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Life under occupation

Death and devastation in Gaza neatly filed and documentedPeter Beaumont in Gaza - The Guardian - "Like exhibits in a museum, every house, school and hospital that has been turned to rubble is noted in a book of destruction "29/5/2009
West Bank water access mired in politics Arwa Aburawa - The Electronic Intifada - Alice Gray, a former water consultant in the West Bank, said that the most significant impact of the Israeli occupation on the Palestinian environment has been the suspension of development. "My job at the time was basically to tell people all the reasons that they probably wouldn`t be able to implement their project," she explained. "The reason that they [projects] are not built is because in order to build them under the Oslo accord, you need permission from the Joint Water Committees -- that`s one big problem already." 28/5/2009
Weekly Report from Hebron: From Sunday 10 May 2009 to Saturday 23 May 2009Issa Amro - Youth Against Settlements - Border police invaded a Palestinian house from Muhtaseb family and they searched the house and forced all the family members to go outside the house and to stay near a checkpoint for 3 hours , kids and women and old men were detained too. 28/5/2009
Testimony: Police detain Palestinian laborers in a meat truck, denying them air and water for over two hours, May 2009 Fathi Hamaeyl - B`Tselem - Time passed, and we were sure they intended to keep us inside until we died. Generally, when they catch workers like us, a large police force arrives and takes us to one of the crossings and lets us return to the West Bank. This time, no additional policemen came. We threatened to break down the door, but the policemen threatened to open fire. Each time one of us said we were suffocating, they responded, “You can all go and die! We don’t want you alive.” They said this a few times. 28/5/2009
Israelis get four-fifths of scarce West Bank water, says World Bank Rory McCarthy - The Guardian - The region faces a fifth consecutive year of drought this summer, but the World Bank report found huge disparities in water use between Israelis and Palestinians, although both share the mountain aquifer that runs the length of the occupied West Bank. Palestinians have access to only a fifth of the water supply, while Israel, which controls the area, takes the rest, the bank said. 28/5/2009
At-Tuwani Urgent Action : Demand that Israeli Occupying Forces Allow At-Tuwani to Bring Electricity into Their Village.CPT Tuwani Team - On Monday, 25 May, members of the Israeli District Coordinating Office (DCO) – the branch of the Israeli army that administers civilian affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)- entered the Palestinian village of At-Tuwani and ordered villagers to halt construction work on new electricity pylons in the village. 27/5/2009
News from IMEMCMay 27 - - Police arrest a Palestinian worker over clams of attacking security gourds at a West Bank settlement***Army dismantles two illegal setters` outposts***Hamas fighter killed in Gaza ***Code Pink Delegation enters the Gaza Strip***Critically-injured peace activist Tristan Anderson moved into Rehab***Israel to demolish more homes in East Jerusalem***Fateh bloc wins students elections in Abu Dis University***Israel says Hezbollah has more rockets than before the second Lebanon war***Abbas concludes visit to Canada, heads to Washington***Jordan summons Israeli ambassador over bill calling for Palestinian state on Jordanian soil27/5/2009
High Court accepts IDF criteria for Palestinian study in IsraelDan Izenberg - Jerusalem Post - "Palestinians will not be allowed to study professions that have the potential to be used against Israel" - one of the IDF criteria okayed by the Supreme Court, despite strong objections from the Committee of Israeli University Heads.26/5/2009
Settlers beat Palestinian woman near NablusMa`an News Agency - The 21-year old Thamina Khalil Abed Al-Hak, a student at Al-Quds Open University, was assaulted by settlers near the Tappuah (Za�atara) checkpoint south of the West Bank city of Nablus. It seems to have been a random attack on passing Palestinians, part of the settlers` effort to stop the governbment`s proclaimed intention to dismantle "illegal settlment outposts" in order to appease the Americans. 26/5/2009
`The Israelis have returned us to the 5th century` Avi Issacharoff - Haaretz26/5/2009
B`Tselem, Report - Beatings & Abuse21 May 2009: B`Tselem and ACRI demand investigation of officers who testified to a policy of routine use of violence against Palestinian civilians 25/5/2009
Gaza `Hope Convoy` stranded as Egypt limits accessMa`an News Agency - "The group of volunteers and European members of parliament said it was bringing 12 ambulances and some 30 truckloads of medical supplies to Gaza, which has been under an Israeli-led land and sea blockade since June 2007"25/5/2009
Netanyahu: Israel will still build on Jewish settlementsRory McCarthy - The Guardian - Israeli prime minister ignores Obama`s calls and says `natural growth` on West Bank and in Jerusalem will continue25/5/2009
Israel destroying Gaza`s farmlands Eva Bartlett - EI - "On the morning of 4 May 2009, Israeli troops set fire to Palestinian crops along Gaza`s eastern border with Israel. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) reported that 200,000 square meters of crops were destroyed, including wheat and barley ready for harvest, as well as vegetables, olive and pomegranate trees"25/5/2009
Windows into GazaSalena Tramel - Commondreams - I returned to Zaytoun, determined to suck it up and do some good reporting. We walked carefully from shelled house to shelled house, from where more of their stories unfolded. There was the boy who was trapped for days without food and water with his dead mother and siblings, the old man who "couldn`t walk because there was a missile in his head", and the son who was buried alive up to his neck.24/5/2009
Armed soldiers, police, attempt to shut down Palestine Festival of Literature opening nightMaan - Israeli police and armed border officials shut down the Palestinian National Theater in East Jerusalem on Saturday, in an effort to quash the Palestine Festival of Literature and prevent international writer and poets from addressing Palestinians. 24/5/2009
Don`t say we did not know #162Amos Gvirtz - Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - on the village of Sinjil23/5/2009
Focus on Gaza - US/Israel relations Part II Link to youtube - Aljazeera - "With a new US administration in the White House committed to an independent Palestinian state, can the right-wing government of Benyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, count on America`s unquestioning support or are the traditional allies set to clash."23/5/2009
Don`t do us any favorsIssa Amro - YNET - "Even when one is given the permit, this does not guarantee unlimited entry to the street. The potential driver is required to renew the permit frequently. Yet there is no possibility of renewing the permit before it expires, and while waiting for the renewed permit the vehicle owner is required to park his car away from his own street" 22/5/2009
Netanyahu: “Jerusalem is ours, will never be divided again”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Netanyahu added “that he would grant all minorities the right to come to the city and to ‘continue living in it’. But on the ground, Palestinian Muslims and Christians are not allowed access to the holy city and are largely deprived from their worship rights. This is happening while the Jerusalem municipality is razing and planning to raze dozens of homes of Jerusalemite Palestinians in the Old City and in several Arab towns around it” 22/5/2009
Israeli official: Treat Jerusalem Arabs better to strengthen Israel`s hold on cityKarin Laub - Associated Press via The Daily Star - "The Israeli official put in charge of Jerusalem`s Arabs said he believes treating them more fairly will strengthen Israeli claims to the entire disputed city"22/5/2009
Border Police invade home near Ibrahimi MosquePaulette Schroeder - CPT Hebron - At 8:45 pm May 17, the IDF invaded the Mutahseb family home near the Mosque in H2 area of Hebron.20/5/2009
Israel bans books, music and clothes from entering GazaAmira Hass - Haaretz - Israel allows only food, medicine and detergent into the Gaza Strip. Thousands of items, including vital products for everyday activity, are forbidden. 17/5/2009
News excerpts As Palestinians mark the Nakba, Occupation places the West Bank under siege - Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies *** Zionist group planning to build homes on top of demolished Palestinian homes in Jerusalem - Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies *** Pope ends Middle East pilgrimage - Aljazeera ** Israeli troops mass as Jenin-area village hosts anti-wall rally - Ma`an *** Gazans Hope U.S. Leader Pushes Israel to Relax Grip - Howard Schneider - Washington Post *** Six injured by the military attack on Nil`in weekly protest - Saed Bannoura - IMEMC *** Bil`in: Nine injured and dozens suffered teargas inhalation - Saed Bannoura - IMEMC ***16/5/2009
ENVIRONMENT: West Bank Becomes Waste LandBy Mel Frykberg - IPS - "Israel has found a cheap and easy way to get rid of its waste, much of it hazardous: dump it into the West Bank. A few Palestinians can be bought, the rest are in no position to complain." 16/5/2009
Life among the ruins in Gaza Amira Hass - Haaretz - "The thousands of heaps of ruins in the Strip have now become part of the landscape. What attracts attention is when one pile of ruins or another disappears...But these are the exceptions. There is no point in clearing away the ruins of the 4,000 buildings and homes that have been totally destroyed, so long as Israel does not permit building materials to be brought into the Strip."16/5/2009
"War Crimes Against Children" - new reportPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - A new report released today reveals the true extent of child killings by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip during its 23 day offensive on Gaza between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009.15/5/2009
Twilight Zone / Play StationGideon Levy - Haaretz - Mohammed Abu Akrub returned from school one afternoon and stood in the street with a few friends, doing nothing, according to him. Six Israel Defense Forces jeeps appeared suddenly and announced a curfew in the village. That was the start of the abuse of Mohammed and his five friends - abuse that continued until dawn, when the six were tossed out of the jeeps, wounded and battered. 15/5/2009
IDF probing whether soldiers forced man to drink urineHaaretz - Anshel Pfeffer - The Military Police are investigating allegations that Israel Defense Forces soldiers assaulted, abused and stole from a Palestinian man detained during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip earlier this year. The police are investigating a number of complaints of thefts from Palestinians during the recent war. 15/5/2009
"Go back and die in Gaza"Stephanie Doetzer - Al-Jazeera - "many of the patients we were in touch with came back from interrogation and told us they did not get the permit: `They tried to extort me to collaborate and I wasn`t willing to give them information, so they sent me back to Gaza.` "15/5/2009
On TV: Israeli siege kills baby aged 2Nancy al-Buhisi, Sameh Habeeb - Another Palestinian child died in a very dramatic scene documented on T.V. A baby aged 2 died today from a heart defect made worse by lack of medical care due to the Israeli-imposed siege.15/5/2009
Palestinians rebuild with mudEva Bartlett - Inter Press Service/ISM - At the donor conference months ago, no less than 4.5 billion dollars were solemnly pledged for reconstruction of the ruined Gaza Strip. But the Israeli authorities continue to prevent entry of construction materials, the houses remain ruined, and the money remains in the banks. Instead of waiting for Godot, homeless Gazans begin helping themelves by the construction of housing from the available mud and straw [ed.]. 12/5/2009
NEWSThe Israeli military kidnaps a mother of "Wanted" Palestinian in northern West Bank **** PPP declines participation in new government **** US, Israel boycott Security Council Session **** Peace Now files an appeal against Israeli railway plan that digs deep into Palestinian lands **** Israel angered by statements of Sheikh Tamimi in front of the Pope **** Israel kidnapped 2350 Palestinians since the beginning of this year **** Netanyahu concludes visit to Egypt with nothing to offer [IMEMC May 12, 2009]12/5/2009
Pope Benedict XVI`s visit 11/5/2009
News excerpts from IMEMC Arab Foreign Ministers to file a lawsuit to the ICJ against Israeli violations ** Netanyahu: "We will never cede the Golan Heights"** UN Experts to visit Gaza to probe war crimes** Israel escalates settlement construction in the occupied West Bank ** Four injured, two kidnapped as Israeli troops attack nonviolent protest near Bethlehem ** Five injured in the weekly Ni`lin protest ** Bil`in Demonstrators Call on International Health Institutions to "Stop the Occupation Flu" 9/5/2009
Twilight zone / A hard road to travelGideon Levy - Haaretz - "Every Saturday night, they leave their village and make their way to the construction site at the Har Homa settlement beyond the separation fence. They live on the site during the week, huddling in the cold among the unfinished buildings they are helping to erect in this giant settlement next to Jerusalem, living in fear lest they be caught, since they are illegal workers. The route to work is dangerous...on the night of March 7, it ended in blood."9/5/2009
Paradise lost By Amira Hass - Haaretz - "For everyone outside Gaza, January 3 is already "the past." For Salah al-Ghul, January 3 is now, forever. This is a typical feeling in Gaza, even four months after the offensive."9/5/2009
Aftermath (8) Life is blindPalestinian Centre of Human Rights - Mahmoud Mattar spent his 15th birthday in February this year, lying in the intensive care unit of Egypt’s Sheikh Zayid hospital. He is one of the 1,606 children who were injured during Israel’s military offensive on Gaza, some of who sustained horrific disabilities, head and spinal injuries, facial disfigurement, burns and amputation. 6/5/2009
Gaza laborers injured in Israel left to dry Rami Almeghari - Electronic Intifada - More than 700 Palestinian workers in Gaza who suffered on-the-job accidents inside Israel used to receive monthly disability payments from Israeli employers. But in January 2009, workers stopped receiving these payments as the Israeli courts decided that Israeli insurance companies are no longer liable towards Palestinians living in what the state has declared a "hostile entity." 6/5/2009
Detainees in Asqalan barred from visitation rights for 1 week for rejecting orange jumpsuitsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The detainees said that orange jumpsuits bring to mind images of the infamous Guantanamo prison." 6/5/2009
PCHR - Annual Report 2008PCHR - "Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) has issued its Annual Report for 2008 that covers the period of 1 January – 31 December 2008."6/5/2009
UN demand for IDF compensation in Gaza could reach $11mBarak Ravid and Amos Harel - Haaretz - "UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accused Israel Tuesday of lying about attacks on the facilities, including one said to have killed more than 40 people." 6/5/2009
Israel `ups questioning of Gaza patients`AFP = Yahoo! News - “Data collected by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel ‘indicates a rise in the number of Palestinian patients interrogated and forced to provide information as a precondition to exit Gaza for medical care’"4/5/2009
Pogrom at Umm SafaDavid Shulman - TPMCafe - Pogroms: it`s something the Jews know about. I grew up on those stories — Cossack raids on the shtetl, the torture and killings and wanton destruction. My grandmother had a brother. They lived in Mikhalayev, in the Ukraine . One day the Cossacks came, and everyone panicked, and the seventeen-year-old brother tried to hide in a pond, and he drowned.3/5/2009
The Gaza Strip: Not nearly back to normal Economist - "Three months after Israel’s war ended, life for Gazans is still dismal...Until the border is open to trade and materials, it will be impossible to rebuild Gaza—or give its people a life approaching normality. “It makes you wonder what those donors’ pledges were worth”, says an UNRWA man in Gaza City."2/5/2009
News Israeli aircraft strike Gaza tunnels - Associated Press/The Independent **** Israeli forces breach Gaza borders in four attacks Saturday; four injured - Ma`an **** Rogue settler bulldozes 150 dunums of Al-Khader land under cover of dark - Ma`an **** Palestinian farmer injured by Israeli fire near Khan Younis - Ma`an **** Obama to meet Peres at the White House - IMEMC **** Bil`in: Four injured and dozens suffered teargas inhalation - IMEMC **** Four injured, dozens suffer gas effects in Ni`lin weekly protest - IMEMC **** Army attacks a nonviolent protest near Bethlehem; four injured six kidnapped - IMEMC2/5/2009
Was the Gaza school bombed by IAF a `legitimate target`? Amira Hass - Haaretz2/5/2009
OPT: Gaza citizens at risk from rubbish, rubble, unexploded ordnanceIRIN1/5/2009
NewsIsrael announces tighter restrictions for Palestinian workers; threatens to revoke permits - Ma`an **** UN demands Israel to freeze pending demolishing orders of East Jerusalem homes - IMEMC **** Palestine UN mission: "Occupation stepping up settlements, especially in Jerusalem" - IMEMC **** Abbas to form a broad government soon - IMEMC **** Unemployment rate in Gaza 65%, poverty 80% - IMEMC **** Settlers attack homes in Safa village, near Hebron - IMEMC **** Gaza still waiting for pledged aid - UN official - Reuters **** Contaminated drinking water in Gaza - IRIN **** 1/5/2009
Commerce in a Time of OccupationHoward Schneider - Washington Post Foreign Service - "Palestinian entrepreneurs, international economic analysts and diplomats contend that the economy of the West Bank, which has about 2.5 million Palestinian residents, will not meaningfully improve unless Netanyahu eases the restrictions on their economic life -- from the ability of companies to obtain raw materials and send products abroad, to workers` freedom to commute to their jobs."9/5/2009
Pontiff calls for establishing `sovereign` Palestinian stateAP - Jlem Post - ""I know how much you have suffered and continue to suffer as a result of the turmoil that has afflicted this land for decades," he said." 13/5/2009
Palestinian women settlement workers` plight Sarah Irving - EI - "We get no vacations, no sick pay, not even pay slips. Once when Umm Ahmad made a mistake, the manager made her stay and fix it without paying her for the time. There is no air conditioning or heating in the factory, so it`s hot in summer and very cold in winter and animals get in through the open windows -- I once found a mouse in the material. And the managers are always screaming and shouting at us, trying to pressure us to work harder"4/5/2009
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