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Life under occupation

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Jerusalem Palestinians defining their own future Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler - EI - "The line is evasive, but categorical: "As occupiers, they have the duty to provide services." "But Israel doesn`t ..." we persist." 30/9/2009
Patients carried up stairs as hospital elevators break downMa`an - "...a replacement part was on order from Israel, but due to security restrictions and closures on the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the part will not arrive until Tuesday." 30/9/2009
Death in the Samouni compoundAmira Hass - Ha`aretz - The Samouni family of Gaza has, to its great misfortune, become one of the best-known families in the world, one that is identified more than any other with the January 2009 onslaught on Gaza. Twenty-nine members of the family were killed on January 4 and 5, the first two days of the ground assault. Two of them, about which this reporter wrote two weeks ago - Atiyeh and his 4-year-old son Ahmed - were killed in their home; 21 were killed in a single building at the same time, and another six were killed separately, in different circumstances. 29/9/2009
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Gaza`s Water Supply Near CollapseMel Frykberg - IPS (inter Press Service)/Common Dreams - The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned that Gaza`s access to safe supply of drinking water could cease at any time. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says outbreaks of disease could be triggered as a consequence. 29/9/2009
Settlers chop down Nablus olive grove on eve of harvestMa’an - Dozens of chainsaw-wielding Israeli settlers cut down more than 150 olive trees between the villages of Huwwara and Burin. [This assault apparently took place around Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement.-ed]29/9/2009
Israel implements extortion and boycottAmos Harel - Haaretz - Israel has warned the Palestinian Authority that it would condition permission for a second cellular telephone provider to operate in the West Bank - an economic issue of critical importance to the PA leadership - on the Palestinians withdrawing their war crimes suit against Israel at the International Court in The Hague. 27/9/2009
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Women`s line (video)Mahsanmilim - On Ramadan, the holy Islamic month, Israel announced that "in honour of the holiday" it would allow elderly Palestinians to pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Fridays. And this is what it looks like. 26/9/2009
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Israeli forces deliver home demolition ordersMa`an - "Hours before dawn Saturday morning", that means the army delivers demolition orders like a thief in the night [ed.]26/9/2009
Settlers break into the Ibrahimi Mosque in HebronSaed Bannoura IMEMC & Agencies "Approximately 150 Jewish settlers broke on Thursday into the Ishakiyya area in the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron under the protection of the Israeli army." 25/9/2009
Israeli police refuse to act after Palestinian home severely damaged during the nightCPT Tuwani Team - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - On the morning of 22 September, a Palestinian family from the village of At-Tuwani discovered that their recently constructed house had been severely damaged during the previous night. The family believes that Israel settlers from the Ma’on settlement and Havat Ma’on outpost are responsible for the damage. Two of the six houses, built on privately-owned Palestinian land in Humra valley, were damaged during the night. 23/9/2009
Israeli troops shoot, kill East Jerusalem man at settlement checkpointMa’an/Jerusalem Post - The Israeli military communique claims that the Palestinian "tried to run over the soldiers and that they "acted in self-defence". A closer examination gives a strong impression he was just trying to get away, fearing to be arrested for smuggling Palestinian workers without permits into Israel. 22/9/2009
Israeli military kills two Palestinian fighters, injures three in Gaza / Army shells tunnels area in Rafah 21/9/2009
Palestinian from Bilin claims beaten by soldiers Ali Waked - Ynet News - During a scuffle between internationals and masked soldiers, in the dark of night, in front of the raided house, Bilin non-violence leader Mohammad Khatib was dragged inside, returning after 20 minutes bruised all over - including video. // PS: Bil`in defies repression, continues weekly struggle 19/9/2009
Devil in the detailsSaleh Al-Naami - Al-Ahram Weekly - "Perhaps the common denominator in the special night prayers at West Bank mosques during Ramadan is a plea for Palestinian unity and an end to internal divisions that constitute a national crisis."18/9/2009
HR Organizations Support Recommendations of UN fact Finding Mission Press release - WAFA - "Palestinian human rights organizations welcomed the report by the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the Fact Finding Mission), released on September 15, 2009." 18/9/2009
Jibril Rajoub: Israel won`t live securely as long as occupation continues Avi Issacharoff - Ha`aretz - "It is hard to believe that only a few years ago Rajoub was still commander of the strongest Palestinian security apparatus, and on the eve of the outbreak of the intifada was considered the No. 1 security chief on the West Bank... in elections about a month ago he was elected to the sixth-highest place on the important Fatah Central Committee, leaving behind many leading political figures and rivals"18/9/2009
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Israel Blocks Money to Gaza`s DisabledJonathan Cook - IMEMC - "Certified as disabled by an Israeli medical committee, he is entitled to a monthly allowance of $800 from Israel`s National Insurance Institute, out of which he has supported his wife and 10 children in their home in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza.In early January, however..."18/9/2009
Unrest Brewing Beneath Gaza CalmMel Frykberg - Antiwar - "“The Israelis are trying to provoke retaliatory rocket-fire so as to justify another ground invasion,” says Dr. Ahmed Yousef."16/9/2009
A captive Palestinian marketRachel Shabi - Guardian - "But across all sectors including banking, services and industry, businesses are stunted to about 20% of their actual capacity." 16/9/2009
Analysis: Looming Water Crisis in Gaza WAFA - "Only 5-10 percent of groundwater - the most important supply source for human use (domestic, agricultural and industrial) in Gaza - yields potable water."16/9/2009
Israel Must Investigate `Operation Cast Lead` Human Rights Groups - Response - "Israel must conduct an independent and impartial investigation into these suspicions and cooperate with an international monitoring mechanism that would guarantee both the independence of that investigation and the implementation of its conclusions."16/9/2009
New Palestinian mobile phone company paralized due to Israeli stranglehold over the airwaves George Bevir - IPT/IMEMC - Wataniya Palestine, which intends to become the Second Palestinian mobile phone operator and has already built its network with the aim of launching on October 15. But its plans encountered the seemingy impassable barrier of an Israeli refusal to make available the 4.8 MHz of the electro-magnetic spectrum which is the minimum Wataniya considers as needed to provide adequate service to its customers. On several occasions, Netanyahu declared that "Israel should keep permanent control over the electromagnetic spectum and never yield it to Palestinians". 15/9/2009
At Tuwani: Israeli Military Delivers Demolition Orders for Six Palestinian HousesCPT - The Israeli military severely restricts Palestinian building in the South Hebron Hills area. However, the nearby Israeli settlements of Ma`on and Carmel and the outposts of Avigail and Havot Ma`on continue to expand. 15/9/2009
Zbaidi brothers denied visits in Israeli prisonAli Samoudi - PNN - “I cannot describe the agony of having meters separating me and my brother who was also waiting on pins and needles for the visit,” Daoud told PNN. 15/9/2009
Israel Blocks Money to Gaza`s DisabledJonathan Cook - IMEMC - "Marie Badarne, of the Labourers` Voice, a workers` rights group based in Nazareth, said the Israeli government`s abuse of the disabled workers echoed a much wider problem faced by Gazans who had been employed in Israel until recently. She said thousands of workers from Gaza had their contracts in Israel terminated without notice by employers in spring 2004, shortly after the government of Ariel Sharon announced it would be ‘disengaging’ from the enclave in summer 2005. […] ‘Overnight more than 20,000 workers had their work permits withdrawn and lost their livelihoods […] They had been paying into the social security system, some of them for decades, but have been denied their legal entitlements, such as severance pay, overtime and holiday allowance’" 14/9/2009
News from Within Podcast: The Freedom Theater The Alternative Information Center - "Through the Freedom Theatre, the children of Jenin refugee camp have been able to live another reality than the violence they normally endure. The theatre`s aim, through art and culture, is to help the children face the trauma they’ve been living since during the 2002 Israeli incursions"14/9/2009
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Palestinian TV satire targets politics for first timeHossam Ezzedine - AFP - "I won`t have any shooting," Abbas tells the delegates. "I am for negotiations... and then more negotiations... and then more negotiations. And anyone who wants to shoot guns -- We will shoot them!"12/9/2009
`I fed him like a baby bird` Amira Hass - Haaretz - ""My husband walked toward the soldiers with his hands up. `Here I am, Khawaja [term for a non-Muslim]. He barely said a word and they shot him. It wasn`t just one who fired. Atiyeh was at the door of the children`s room, [the soldiers] were maybe a meter away. They kept shooting into the room where we were. Ahmed was hit in the head and the chest, Zahwa in the back. Her sons Faraj and Qanan were also hurt, and my Abdallah [10] was hit in the head and the hip, also Amal [his twin sister]." 11/9/2009
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Business Seeks Ways Past Israeli-Palestinian Political ImpasseMel Frykberg - Inter Press Service - "It collects a duty on imports into the West Bank and Gaza, and additionally collects a value-added tax (VAT) on goods and services from Israel destined for the Palestinian territories.The Israelis have often withheld these taxes as a political tool, as when Hamas won the 2006 legislative elections." 9/9/2009
B`Tselem: 773 of Palestinians killed in Cast Lead were civilians Daniel Edelson - Ynet - "60 of those killed were infants and children under the age of five. Among the 320 casualties who had yet to reach the age of 18, 224 were boys and 96 were girls. The names of all those killed are listed in B`Tselem`s detailed report. The oldest fatality listed is Nimer Amum, 101." 9/9/2009
Army kidnaps five boys north of GazaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - The five, aged 13 to 16, were captured by an Israeli unit which infiltrated into the northern Gaza Strip and taken off tb detention in Israel. The exact circumstances remain nuclear, with the Israeli side neglecting to make any explanation for its act beyond calling them in general terms "terrorist suspects", making no reference to their age. 8/9/2009
`We risk our lives for work` Reuters/Y-Net - "Each time you go to work in Israel, you`re risking your life," Abu Omar said. "If one of those soldiers is a bad guy, he might shoot at you while you`re going through the mountains. No one can do anything about it, that`s it." 8/9/2009
Cancer patients going untreated in Israeli prisons until it is too latePNN/PIC - Nearly 50 percent of prisoner deaths are directly related to medical negligence, according to Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Ministry findings. (...) The family of prisoner Ra`ed Darabya, who is suffering from bone cancer, made an all-out appeal to include the name of their son in any prisoner swap deal. 1/9/2009
Female detainee informs lawyer of violence by soldiers, interrogatorsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - On July 21, 2009, the army surrounded the Abdul-Ghani family home in the northern West Bank village of Saida, forcing the family out and conducting three hours of a destructive search. Najwa Abdul-Ghani and her brother Salah were taken (separately) to weeks of interrogation, intimidation and abuse and sleep deptrivation. Meeting a lawyer at the end of August and telling him of what she endured was her first contact with the outside world since her detention. 1/9/2009
Prison conditions plummet during month of Ramadan when family visits are banned and food is inedible PNN - Due to the siege, Israeli forces are not allowing citizens of the Gaza Strip to receive visits. The Center for Prisoners Studies wrote in its most recent report that Palestinians can spend lifetimes not knowing their children or parents due to a lack of family visits.1/9/2009
15-year-old boy killed by Israeli troops, three medics injuredMa`an Ramallah/Efrat Weiss/Ali Waked - Ma`an/Y-Net - The 15-year old Muhammad Nayif, from Jalazun Refugee Camp, was shot and lethally wounded by soldiers near the settlement of Beit El, allegedly while throwing molotov cocktails at an army post. Nayif`s father, a member of the Palestinian security forces, had been killed by the army a few years ago, at the height of the Second Intifada. 1/9/2009
Gaza-bound goods stuck at the border Eva Bartlett - EI - "Over half of the containers have been held in storage since 2007. The Chamber of Commerce reports direct losses of an estimated 10 million dollars, including storage and handling costs, and indirect losses in losing contracts and ties with outside suppliers." 2/9/2009
Father demands Red Cross to locate his detained young daughterSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The father added that he fears Israeli interrogators are torturing and abusing her." 2/9/2009
UN says raw Gaza sewage poses danger for regionKARIN LAUB - AP - "Some 13 to 21 million gallons (about 50 to 80 million liters) of raw or partially treated waste sewage are pumped from Gaza into the Mediterranean every day due to lack of treatment plants."4/9/2009
Radio Bethlehem 2000 returns to the airwaves despite Israeli confiscation and continued threat PNN - "The station is licensed by the Palestinian Ministry of Communications and broadcasts normally on the frequency of 106.4 FM." 4/9/2009
Settlers attack Palestinian farmer near QalqiliaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "“Humiliating an older man is worse than beating him”, the son added." 4/9/2009
Practicing the right of returnMalika Helena - IMEMC - "The trees and the stones of Beit Jibreen would accompany him far better than the dirty narrow streets in his camp."4/9/2009
He is an Arab, therefore he is scary!Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The danger, the new and yet very old danger, is that settlers are an armed population, well trained and fast in using automatic rifles, and are responsible for hundreds of casualties among the Palestinians." 23/9/2009
Israeli police refuse to file a claim against settlers in favor of PalestiniansGeorge Rishmawi - IMEMC - "Currently, the Israeli military restricts Palestinian construction in that area while on the other hand, Israeli settlers are building new houses, expanding the settlement that is already illegal." 23/9/2009
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