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Life under occupation

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OCHA-UN report on demolitions (video)The report shows the situation, Nov. 25, in the village of al-Rifayaia, east of Yatta in South Hebron, just after Israeli forces had demolished a building that had been home to two families. The tents offered can`t keep the cold away in this mountain area. [bz] 30/11/2010
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German president visits BethlehemMa`an - German President Christian Wulff visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, ahead of a scheduled visit with President Mahmoud Abbas30/11/2010
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Water is such a precious commodityJenny Martin - Oxfam - Heading south in the West Bank the landscape became increasingly arid beautiful, if desolate. Water is provided in tankers driven many kilometres off-road, and is incredibly expensive. Some families spend as much as 40% of their income on water. On our way back we passed an Israeli settlement with enough water to feed the luscious plants. 30/11/2010
Clowning around in Nablus, Spanish group hopes to bring joyJeff Abramowitz and Laura Villena Diaz - M&C - "Assisted by an organizer and a cameraman, Oscar, Javi and Ale are running a workshop in Nablus, the spearhead of four set to be held in the Palestinian territories between 2010 and 2011. With Palestinian children, youth and women, they intend laying the groundwork for the `big event` - The 2011 Palestinian Clown Festival. The workshops are organised by the Galacian `Pallasos en rebelda` (Clowns in Rebellion) organization, and workshops deal with clowning, juggling and laughter therapy" 29/11/2010
PA: Female prisoner of Israel beaten in custodyAt Ramle prison, the report said, a group of male and female wardens wanted to strip-search her but she refused. When she struggled, a male warden grabbed her head covering and her neck, pushing her into the ground. She said one warden spat in her face. ao27/11/2010
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DFLP demands public freedoms from Hamas in GazaMa`an News - Gaza City "Officials from the leftist party the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said a meeting with Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday was successful, and helped guarantee pubic freedoms for the movement`s members."26/11/2010
Israeli forces re-take Nablus during opMa`an News Agency - Nablus "Informed Palestinian security sources said the Israeli military had informed the appropriate officials ahead of what was described as a "security activity" in the eastern sector of Nablus, in the region of the Balata refugee camp mid-morning on Friday."26/11/2010
Photostory: somber holiday under occupation by Sanne Winderickx - Electronic Intifada "Despite the Israeli control over the area, the spirit and kindness of the festivities prevails even among those worst affected by the occupation. "26/11/2010
The YWCA of Palestine Launches New Study on East JerusalemNo author - World YWCA "In Ramallah on October 28, 2010, the YWCA of Palestine, under the Patronage of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, launched Dr. Nadera’s new study (commissioned by the YWCA and funded by Dan Church Aid – DCA) which highlights the challenging, if not unnatural, daily lives of Palestinians living in Jerusalem."26/11/2010
Israeli Forces Demolish Mosque Press Release - Popular Committees "After carrying demolitions in the villages of Qarawat Bani Hassan near Salfeet, al-Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley and Hizma near Jerusalem yesterday, Israeli bulldozers returned to the Jordan Valley today. At 6:30 this morning, Israeli Civil Administration bulldozers accompanied by soldiers and armored military jeeps entered the Jordan Valley village of Khirbet Yarza, east of Tubas, and demolished the village`s mosque, a house and six animal shelters. The demolitions rendered eleven people homeless." 26/11/2010
Rattling The Cage: Face of Israel in a West Bank courtroom LARRY DERFNER - The Jerusalem Post - Here’s justice for Palestinians in military appeals court: Abu Rahmah was due to be released from prison on Thursday after serving nearly a year – but the IDF didn’t want to let him out. The IDF didn’t think his sentence had been long enough and was appealing for a longer one, and meanwhile wanted him kept in prison until the appeal was heard and decided, which would take months and could, by law, take as long as two years. 24/11/2010
Volvo equipment enabling torture, facilitating occupation David Cronin - The Electronic Intifada - Whatever Volvo may say, the truth is that it has become a subcontractor for the Israeli occupation. Drivers in Europe and America might feel secure as they slide into the well-upholstered seat of a car made by Volvo. In Palestine, the same company is facilitating the torture of children. 24/11/2010
In the name of the father: Israel arrests 16 year-old son of imprisoned protest organizerThe Only Democracy - At 2:30 AM this morning Israeli forces entered the village of Bil’in in armored military jeeps and by foot, and proceeded to surround the home of jailed organizer, Adeeb Abu Rahmah. A group of masked soldiers forcefully entered the house without showing a warrant, and arrested Adeeb’s only son, 16 year old Mohammed. Since his father’s arrest 17 months ago Mohammed serves as the family’s sole provider24/11/2010
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The Occupation Heats Palestinian Temperament Michael Khaled - MIFTAH - Israel rampantly recruits paid informants who receive money, travel permits, cars, clemency for relatives in Israeli prisons, and even women so they will betray their friends and family to the Israelis. No one is out of bounds for Israeli forces to try to enlist, men women, young, old, West Bank, Gaza, and even Palestinians within Israel. All are targets to be solicited by charismatic Israeli officers who try to act as their personal genie, offering to fulfill their greatest wishes. 24/11/2010
A Microcosm of the Palestinian StruggleAlessandra Bajec - IMEMC - "Abed has systematically rejected each offer replying that he would not give up his land." 24/11/2010
Gaza: A love that knows no boundariesDonald Macintyre - Independent - ""My mother used to tell him: `I love you a lot but your problem is you`re an Arab`," Dalia says. Imad agrees: "Every Jewish mother wants her daughter to marry a Jew."" 24/11/2010
UNICEF: Israel Violates the Convention on the Rights of the ChildAlessandra Bajec - IMEMC - "The report highlighted that Israel has no comprehensive strategy to protect the rights of the child and apply the Convention, and there is not a single government agency that deals with the issue of child protection appropriately." 24/11/2010
Gaza farmers sow self-sufficiency Rami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - The idea for the project came to The Rural Woman`s Development Society when Umm Abdallah offered the society some seeds that she had produced herself. [bz] 23/11/2010
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`Anti-fence activist still in jail after completing sentence`Ali Waked - Ynet - Military court preventing release of Abdullah Abu Rahma - leader of Bilin protests against separation fence - despite having completed his prison term. [bz] 23/11/2010
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Israeli soldiers walk free in Gaza human shield caseSteve Weizman, AFP - Yahoo!News - “Gerard Horton, a spokesman in the West Bank for Geneva-based rights group Defence for Children International (DCI), described the sentence as ‘unbelievable.’ ‘Do the Israeli authorities think that a three-month suspended sentence is an appropriate punishment for two heavily-armed soldiers treating a nine-year-old boy as a human shield? […] It`s to look like you`re doing something busy after the Goldstone report, in order to get the UN off your back’" 22/11/2010
Weekly Collection of Occupation VIDEOSfrom FriendlyStranger. ao21/11/2010
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In Memoriam: R.And all I want is to ...tell that young Israeli soldier, the guy with his gear and gun and insolent smile, who today is already in his mid-twenties, it’s your fault. You. Not the Occupation, not the State, not your parents ... You are to blame for R.’s death. ao20/11/2010
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Palestinian non-violent organizer released from prison after one month without chargesby Saed Bannoura - International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group "Eyad Jamil Al Alami of Beit Ummar village in the southern West Bank, has been released from an Israeli detention camp after serving more than a month without any charges." 19/11/2010
Son of Settler leader found guilty of severely beating and dragging Palestinian child behind tractorby Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News 19/11/2010
Flirting with arrest at Jerusalem`s newest settlementBy Bradley Burston Haaretz "If it`s built lavishly like a settlement, and it causes diplomatic damage like a settlement, and it tarnishes Israel`s image like a settlement..."19/11/2010
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If they have no bread, let them eat gravelGisha - The eve of Eid al-Adha celebrated this week brought news of a shortage of flour in the Gaza Strip. For the past two weeks, traders and flour mill owners have warned of shortages of wheat in the Strip, claiming that the mills have been providing about half of their production capacity. The mathematical formulas, which the army used to determine the level to which they would allow the stock of flour in Gaza to be reduced, are no longer in effect. So why is there a shortage? 18/11/2010
Report from Ofer Military Court :`Hundreds of such minors are in custody at any given time"Machsom Watch - " We have previously reported on the “method of hunting minors”: The soldiers enter a village, wait outside the school until classes are over, then provoke the students by engaging them. This leads to throwing rocks, and then, in the dead of night, the soldiers abduct the kids from their bedrooms and bring them to the interrogation rooms at the GSS. ..It is our contention that picking on Palestinian minors is a calculated and well-planned strategy: the massive incrimination of an entire generation, turning some of them into collaborators ... The system must have experts and advisors, manuals and bibliographies to aid it in this undertaking. "17/11/2010
Prosecution Petitions to Extend Bil`in`s Abdallah Abu Rahmah`s Detention on the Day of his Scheduled ReleasePopular Struggle committee -"Abu Rahmah was scheduled to be released tomorrow, after having served a one-year prison term. The military prosecution filed a petition demanding to extend Abu Rahmah`s detention past the time he was sentenced to. If the petition is accepted, Abu Rahmah will be kept in jail past his release date, and despite having served his sentence in full."17/11/2010
Sebastia`s Living Community Sidelined For Ancient RuinsSarah Irving - EI - "This, of course, has various implications. It means that Israeli visitors to the site get to see the versions of history that fit into their national myths -- Greeks, Romans and a smattering of early Christianity. The existence of a vibrant society in Palestine throughout the Christian and Islamic periods down to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 -- one which all the while incorporated Jewish as well as Christian, pagan and Islamic communities -- is ignored. It also means that there are few opportunities for visitors coming with Israeli tours to interact with the modern-day Palestinian inhabitants of Sebastia; […] And it means that no income from most tourists to the site trickles into this little West Bank town"15/11/2010
Israeli soldiers assault PA security at Bethlehem checkpointIsraeli soldiers assaulted four Palestinian Authority security officers at a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Saturday, medical officials said. Soldiers at the Wadi Nar checkpoint beat the men with rifle butts and batons - ao13/11/2010
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Bil’in invaded for the fourth time in three daysHamde Abu Rahme - Mondoweiss - " These two raids make it a total of four raids over the last three days. Ashraf al-Khatib is obviously a target these days. Earlier today, al-Khatib received a phone call from a captain in the Israeli intelligence (Shabak/Shin Bet), demanding to see him in Ofer Military Prison. It was made clear that until he shows up for interrogation the army will come to his house frequently. This is a well known tactic used by Israel, to terrorize the village and the families involved to make life unbearable for them. " 12/11/2010
Saffa Valley November 7th arrests PalestineSolidarity - On November 7th 6 internationals were arrested after they finished working in the Saffa Valley (near the Beit Ayn settlement), they were clearing the land for treeplanting and burned the dead bushes. Once they returned they were detained by soldiers who then arrested 6 internationals that went with the farmers. They were released after being detained for three hours.12/11/2010
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When Israeli Police Become Criminals, Who Protects Citizens?Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - Israeli peace activists often argue quite persuasively that the incredibly high level of corruption and violence within Israeli society is due in large part to the corrupting influence of the Occupation. In the cases you’ll read below, you’ll find that the violence exhibited by the police against its own fellow citizens appears to be learned in large part from the brutality officers see and practice during their own IDF service. The toxic apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. 11/11/2010
Child Labour in Jordan Valley SettlementsDorien Vanden Boer - Jordan Valley Solidarity - The legal age for workers in Palestine was recently increased from 14 to 16, but this change has not materialised on the ground. Settlers avoid this law by recruiting through subcontractors, so that they have no direct contracts with minors, who have no official employee status or rights. Nonetheless, settlers are fully aware that children are working on their fields. 10/11/2010
Samu`aDavid Shulman - It is early November, and so far there has been no rain to speak of. Ezra says this is punishment for our sins—and this time he means not just the endless evils of the occupation but the cumulating sins against the planet and its forms of life by human beings everywhere. We are picking stones from the baked soil of a field just under the "illegal outpost" of Asahel, with its row of ugly pre-fab buildings and its watch-tower and its fence. The field belongs to farmers from Samu`a who have had no access to it until today; they cannot approach their own lands bordering on the settlement without Israeli activists beside them.10/11/2010
Summer camp supports Bedouin communities facing demolition threat[forwarded by ‘Today in Palestine list’]UNRWA--"It`s not easy living here. You never know what will happen tomorrow," says N. Abu Dahuk, a community play worker at the Jahalin School in the Bedouin community of Khan al Ahmar, in the West Bank. The school is under imminent threat of demolition. [for a video of the school see http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2009/07/12/wedeman.mideast.recycled.school.cnn -- dorothy] 7/11/2010
An-Nabi Salih: Army enters home of protest leadersMaann - " The homes of two brothers were raided by Israeli soldiers overnight, with officers warning the men against participation in the village`s weekly protest against land confiscation...The men were told that the village was being declared a closed military zone on Friday, and that any protest that occurred would be quashed. "5/11/2010
Hebron: House arrest instead of schoolAli Waked - Ynet - " A 7th grader under house arrest: Karem, a 13-year-old boy from Hebron, was arrested in late September on suspicion of hurling stones at Israel Defense Forces soldiers. After spending six days in the Ofer Prison, he was placed under house arrest for five months in his uncle`s home and can`t even go to school.The boy`s relatives say he is in a serious emotional state and is finding it difficult to recover from his days in prison. " 5/11/2010
In photos: Women`s volleyball in BethlehemThe Palestinian Volleyball Union organized its first Women`s Championships in 2010, won by a team from Bethlehem`s Ibda center in the Duheisheh refugee camp. ao13/11/2010
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And She Said “I see”Aya Kaniuk - Mahsanmilim - True, I didn’t tell her - I didn’t have the chance to tell her - that it was not at the innocent that he was throwing stones, not at the guiltless, but at those who incorporate violence since they are soldiers. That he threw stones at those who sit between him and his felled life because they are there, which is not their home, and that he lives in the ghetto which they maintain, and his neighbors and family and he himself are humiliated day by day all day, because there is the Occupation, and they – its facilitators – are there at the gates of his life, at the aorta of his spirit and rights, and life. 3/11/2010
Dreaming of dancing around the world Eva Bartlett - EI - ""We want our audience to relax, forget their problems. Everyone in Gaza has lost family members to Israeli attacks or prisons. Everyone suffers under the siege."" 3/11/2010
`Israel won`t get away with treatment of Palestinians`JPOST.COM STAFF - J-lem Post - "... lack of peace that is the real danger, and not any threat from Iran." 3/11/2010
Witnesses: Israeli tanks operating in central Gaza StripMa`an - Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered hundreds of meters into the village of Wadi Al-Salqa, south of Gaza City, roaming the area and bulldozing land.2/11/2010
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Beit Ummar residents remain military targetsMa`an - An Israeli military spokesman confirmed that two Palestinians were detained overnight. They were among six detained across the West Bank, the spokesman said. bz 2/11/2010
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A Show of Palestinian Business Resilience Sam Bahour--The real story however will be embedded in the exhibition’s booths, in the people who are struggling to survive under a brutal and prolonged Israeli military occupation while keeping their eye on the prize: building and information technology sector that has the potential to be a pillar of a future Palestinian state while in the meantime providing sustenance under the distress of occupation 1/11/2010
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