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Tai Chi for Peace at Umm Al Kheir, West Bank (w/VIDEO)Villages Group: Israeli Tai Chi instructor Eyal Shani continues to visit Bedouin village Umm Al Kheir hemmed in by the Carmel settlement, and teach the local children in a lesson recorded in video. 30/1/2010
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On Liberal Jews` Lack of Interest in the Goldstone ReportDavid Bromwich, Mondoweiss: "Many American Jews who are liberals, supporters of Israel, and generally well informed about events of the day suppress their knowledge of Israel-Palestine to a second-rate level of almost innocence."30/1/2010
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Mohammed Khatib, Coordinator of West Bank Coordination CommitteeArrestedPress Release - "In the highest profile arrest of the recent wave of repression againstWest Bank popular struggle, Israeli soldiers arrested Mohammed Khatib todaybefore dawn."29/1/2010
UNRWA: Flood Devastated Gaza Sites are Shocking WAFA Palestine News Agency "Shocking. That`s all that can be said of the sight al Mughraqa, Gaza, an area severely affected by the flooding that devastated areas of Gaza on Monday, Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported."27/1/2010
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Army Kidnaps Two Civilians From Bethlehemby Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News & Agencies "Two Palestinian civilians were kidnapped by Israeli troops during a Tuesday morning invasion targeting the West Bank city of Bethlehem."27/1/2010
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Settlers Attack Ramallah Villageby Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News "Dozens of armed fundamentalist settlers invaded on Tuesday evening the village of Beitillu, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, attacked a home and torched a vehicle. " 27/1/2010
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P.a Security Forces Arrest 14 Hamas Members In The West Bankby Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies "Palestinian Security Forces arrested on Wednesday at dawn 14 Hamas members in the West Bank districts of Hebron, Ramallah, Tulkarem and Jenin."27/1/2010
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Detention of young children up 40%Ramallah - DCI Defense Children International "According to the latest figures compiled by DCI-Palestine from sources including the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) and temporary Israeli army detention facilities, the number of Palestinian children detained in Israeli prisons and detention centres inside Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory at the end of December 2009, was 305." 27/1/2010
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Hebron UpdateCPT Hebron - A week in Israeli-occupied Hebron, as recorded by the Christian Peacemaker Teams.26/1/2010
At-Tuwani ReleaseCPT Hebron - Israeli settlers invade At-Tuwani village, enter Palestinian homes, and throw stones at Palestinians; Israeli military attacks Palestinian and throw tear gas26/1/2010
Why can Gazans get mops, not vinegar?Dan Izenberg - The Jerusalem Post - "Why does Israel allow flour into the Gaza Strip but prohibit vinegar and coriander? Why did it suddenly drop the ban on the import of diapers, mops, black pepper and savory two months ago? How does preventing shoes and children`s toys from entering Gaza enhance Israel`s security? These are some of the questions which human rights organization Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement said on Wednesday it hopes to receive answers to in the wake of a decision on Thursday by the Tel Aviv District Court"25/1/2010
OCHA weekly report on protection of civiliansUN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Occupied Palestinian Territory: this week Israeli forces injured 15 Palestinians in the West Bank, and continued to restrict the import of necessities into the Gaza Strip as well as to restrict Gaza fishers to 3 miles from shore.24/1/2010
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Palestinian peace activist brutally arrested - testimonyNurit Peled-Elhanan - Mohanad Abu Awad, 20, son of Khaled Abu Awad - the general manager of Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Parents for Peace - and a peace activist himself, was brutally arrested Friday night, as part of Israeli policy to arrest Palestinian Fatah members and young peace activists so there will be no one to talk to, ever.24/1/2010
Opening Ceremony for a Playground in SalemThe opening of the playground in Salem earlier this month is a landmark in a journey that began seven years ago (January 2003), when a small group of Israelis (who in time adopted the name: the ‘Villages Group’) began regular visits to the blockaded village of Salem near Nablus.23/1/2010
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Photo Story: A Day Of Destruction in Khirbet TanaThe Israeli army rolled into Khirbet Tana, a village east of Nablus with a population of about 300, in the morning hours on January 10, 2010. They then destroyed about thirty structures, including a school, homes, and shelter for farm animals.23/1/2010
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Shiokhy: “Toxic Settlement Products Buried in West Bank”by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies " Azmi Shiokhy, head of the Palestinian Consumer Protection Program in the West Bank, stated that several Israeli factories in are pumping and burying their toxins in several areas in the occupied West Bank. " 22/1/2010
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The Israeli military orders families to leave their homes in northern W.B ready for demolitionby Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News & Agencies " Israel’s military handed out, Thursday, demolition orders to three Palestinian owned homes located in northern West Bank. "22/1/2010
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Rights group demands indictments for settlers who assaulted Palestinians By Chaim Levinson - Haaretz Correspondent " The human rights group Yesh Din is demanding that the Shai police district indict four settlers who were filmed attacking Bedouin in the West Bank in the summer of 2008. The police closed the cases against the suspects, despite a police camera having documented them in action."22/1/2010
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Israel accused of silencing political protestBy BEN HUBBARD The Associated Press "Israel is arresting a growing number of prominent opponents to its policies toward the Palestinians, say critics who are accusing the government of trying to crush legitimate dissent." "20/1/2010
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Eight detained following night raid in Ni`ilinMa’an News Agency – "Eight people were arrested in Ni’ilin on Monday evening, according to a statement issued by Israeli peace activist Jonathan Pollack." 20/1/2010
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Israel blocking NGO efforts with tourist visas By Amira Hass, Haaretz Correspondent " The Interior Ministry has stopped granting work permits to foreign nationals working in most international nongovernmental organizations operating in the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem"20/1/2010
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11-page Preview of Joe Sacco`s `Footnotes in Gaza`Mondoweiss brings an excerpt of Sacco`s brave, groundbreaking new work.16/1/2010
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Hebron leaves us stunned, devastated, drowning in shameOn January 12th, we drive to the southern West Bank city of Hebron. This city is literally drowning in a complex, traumatic, and violent history, that has given birth to the outrageous situation we see today.16/1/2010
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Twilight Zone / Waltz in Batir Zeghayer is a fourth-year sociology student. His father works as a guard at the clinic in Beit Sahur. The separation roads were immediately forgotten when Nidal and his father Khatem began to talk. ...While many young men his age look up to soccer players, singers and celebrities, he admires Simon Bolivar and Edward Said. 16/1/2010
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Hearing Set for Detained Journalist Jared Malsinby Nathan Stokes - IMEMC News & Agencies "Ma`an News Agency has released a press release regarding the current status of their chief editor of the English desk, Jared Malsin. Mr. Malsin is currently waiting a hearing in the Tel Aviv District Court regarding his potential deportation."15/1/2010
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Jamal Juma` - local organizer released from detentionby Ghassan Banourra & Nathan Stokes - IMEMC News Editorial Group "Jamal Juma’, co-coordinator of the Stop The Wall campaign was released yesterday evening."15/1/2010
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Palestinians say settlers torched carsby Ali Waked - Ynet "Umm a-Tin residents say Gilad Farm Jews set fire to four of their vehicles, army did not intervene. `This proves that security forces are supporting settlers,` one resident says "14/1/2010
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Hebron: Little More than a Dream Amina Waheed - MIFTAH - Hebron exists within the violated crevices of the Oslo agreement, which divided the city into two sections that sound more like viruses than a place one could call home: Area H1 is supposed to be controlled by Palestinians, while area H2 is under Israeli domain. However, in response to the violence which broke out during the second intifada, the Israeli army now has full control of the entire city. Operating in violation of the agreement, the army constructed permanent watchtowers in 2005 in addition to hundreds more walls which further restrict freedom of movement. Palestinians in Hebron live asphyxiated, the noose of the Israeli army`s strong presence wrapped tightly around their everyday lives. 14/1/2010
Ma`an News Agency editor Jared Malsin facing imminent deporation Ma`an - Malsin, an American citizen, was detained upon arrival at Israel`s Ben Gurion Airport. Israeli security agents have prevented him from taking calls, and lied to concerned US consular staff, initially denying that he was being held. He is slated for deportation at 6:05 am on Thursday, 14 January. 13/1/2010
Activist from Bil’in Village Arrested in Night Raid 11.01.2010 Haitham Al Katib (video)-Iyad Burnat (reporting) - At 3:20am three Israeli army jeeps and approximately many soldiers invaded Bil’in to arrest 21-year-old Yaseen Mohammad Yaseen. He is one of many activists arrested for attending weekly non-violent demonstrations. Yassen had been avoiding his home in Bil’in for the last six months; only making short visits to see his friends and family. Video showing the failed effort of the soldiers not to be filmed. 12/1/2010
Israeli soldiers attack and injure Palestinian shepherds and CPTers; arrest Musa Raba’iAt-Tuwani - "Other villagers came to the area and tried to calm the situation by talking with the soldiers, but the soldiers ignored all pleas for calm and instead fired sound grenades and tear gas into the small group of women and children gathered nearby on the hillside"11/1/2010
Palestinian official: Israel razed shelters that were home to about 150 Palestinians in the West BankAli Waked and Efrat Weiss - Reuters/Y-Net/Haaretz - A spokesman for the Civil Administration said 14 "illegally constructed structures were removed". They had been built on a military training ground. Atef Hanini, a local Palestinian official, disputed the Israeli justification and said the Palestinian farming community had lived in the area of Tana, east of Nablus, for decades. The structures included homes, stables and a school. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a December report that Israel`s restrictive planning regime meant tens of thousands of Palestinians were left with no choice other than to build without authorization. 10/1/2010
Bil`in organizer Abdallah Abu Rahmah remanded until the end of legal proceedings Jonathan Pollak - Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - Abu Rahmah is charged with incitement, stone-throwing and a ridiculous arms possession charge for collecting and displaying used tear gas canisters shot at demonstrators in Bil`in by the army.10/1/2010
Two Palestinians killed as army bombards GazaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - Israeli tanks, stationed close to northwestern area of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at the two residents and shot rounds of live ammunition into the area. The two residents, who were near the evacuated former settlement of Dugit, were killed. Two days ago, Israeli planes dropped leaflets on the Strip, with a threat to shoot at anyone seen withing a distance of 300 metres of the border fence. The two The two were near the evacuated former settlement of Dugit. 10/1/2010
Calling Bono: Your Palestinian Gandhis Exist ... in Graves and Prisons Alison Weir from "If Americans Knew" responds to Bono`s recent regurgitation of the "where`s the Palestinian Gandhi?!" propaganda. "...the reality is that nonviolence is only as powerful as its visibility to the world. When it is made invisible through its lack of coverage by the New York Times, the Associated Press, CNN, Fox News, et al, its practitioners are in deadly danger, and their efforts to use nonviolence against injustice are doomed."9/1/2010
In Israel, racial profiling doesn`t warrant debate, or apologies Anshel Pfeffer, Ha`aretz: "While governments and citizens of other democracies are dealing with the question of whether they are prepared to live with the chance that their principles and freedoms could lead to a bomber actually managing to activate their hidden device, in Israel that decision has been made for us long ago. "9/1/2010
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Troops attack a Palestinian family in Hebronby Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies "Israeli soldiers attacked on Thursday a Palestinian family in Al Tawana, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and kidnapped one family member."8/1/2010
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Nine Palestinians Wounded By the Israeli Military in Hebronby Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies "Nine Palestinian residents were wounded in separate Israeli military attacks targeting the villages of Sa’ir and Yatta, in the Hebron district, in the southern part of the West Bank."8/1/2010
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Egypt steel border wall could choke Hamas in GazaKARIN LAUB - AP - "Once completed, the steel barrier would cut off blockaded Gaza`s last lifeline."6/1/2010
Putting Lens on Lives in Suspended Animation in Gaza ETHAN BRONNER - NYT - "One of the most interesting videos brings viewers inside the smuggler tunnels through which most consumer goods are brought into Gaza."6/1/2010
Palestinian woman hospitalised following settler attack in Sheikh JarrahInternational Solidarity Movement - At around 2pm, Nadia al-Kurd, 65, was violently pushed by a settler in an unprovoked attack. The settler, one of those currently occupying her neighbours’ house, forced open the gate of her garden, pushing Nadia to the ground.3/1/2010
Health Ministry: Gaza has run out of 141 types of medical drugsby Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News & Agencies "The Ministry said the shortage of medicine was caused by the continued siege on the Gaza Strip by Israel."1/1/2010
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Troops Violently Attack Four Palestinian Workersby Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies "Israeli soldiers attacked on Tuesday at night four Palestinian workers, broke the legs of three of them and took the fourth to an unknown destination. The attack took place near Al Walaja village, near Jerusalem."1/1/2010
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IMEMC: Palestinian Medics, Firefighters, Rescue Settlers From Fire 5/1/2010
A Binational Entity is Already Here; The Only Question is How It Will Look LikeMeron Benvenisti: "Sometime in the late 1980s ...the number of settlements, and even the size of their population, became immaterial because the apparatus of Israeli rule was perfected to such a degree that the distinction between Israel proper and the occupied territories was totally blurred. ...The coexistence of the two national communities is a destiny that cannot be avoided. ...This coexistence must be based upon communal equality and ethical principles, human dignity and freedom; otherwise it will not endure and will perpetuate violence."30/1/2010
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US official hopes Palestinians demand democracyBethlehem - Ma`an News Agency "The US State Department`s Middle East Partnership Initiative looks to support Palestinian democracy by empowering citizens "to raise demands with their local government" Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Tamara Wittes explained." 29/1/2010
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Pity God Didn’t Make Me a Donkey Erella Dunayevsky of the Villages Group: "The donkey took a stroll along the five-meter wide path between the top row of tents of Umm al Kheir and Carmel settlement. The donkey that has not yet learned to tell apart the settlement and the Bedouin locality of Umm al Kheir... When Khadra, owner of the strolling donkey, realized the rascal was proceeding towards the new settlement, she hurried followed to get it back. The donkey stood on the army patrol track that is very close to Umm al Kheir and a bit further from new Carmel. ...Khadra steps on the sacred dirt of the patrol track, intending to teach her donkey its missing lesson in the political understanding of the area. Alas, that was a fateful step. Four bursts of M-16 rifle-fire just missed her head...9/1/2010
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