|Life under occupation|
|Children of Gaza||Dispatches - video - On Monday 15th March Channel 4 aired an episode of Dispatches entitled "The Children of Gaza". It focused on the lives of a few of the children living in that small strip of Palestinian land whose lives were devastated when, 15 months ago, Israel launched its military attack on their homes, killing many of their parents and relatives, and shattering their already fragile existences.||28/3/2010|
|Sleepless in Gaza||A video diary about life in the Occupied Palestinian Territories||28/3/2010|
|PCHR Weekly Report: 4 civilians, including a child, killed this week by Israeli forces||by Saed Bannoura -
"In its Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for the week of 18-24 march 2010, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that 4 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank. 22 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and a woman, were wounded."||26/3/2010|
|Reading and Writing, Dignity and Resistance||Joy Ellison - CPT Tuwani - The bravery and determination of the school children of Tuba and Magher
Al Abeed and their parents always impresses me. But as I watched all
twenty-one the kids make their way home that day, I realized just how
highly these families value education. When these children go to school,
they`re learning more than reading, writing, and math. They are learning
what they will have to do to live with dignity. They are learning the
meaning of resistance.
|Child Released After Forced To “Pledge Not To Harm Israel’s Security”||Saed Bannoura -
"She fainted during interrogation as the police and the army claimed that she hurled stones at settler vehicles."
|Israel must allow Palestinians access to adequate water supplies||Iyad El Baba -
Amnesty International -
"Palestinians in the village instead have to rely on cisterns to harvest rainwater and store the water they purchase from tankers. In December 2009, the Israeli army issued a demolition order for a water cistern that the villagers had built."
|Palestinian Organizer Tortured in Israeli Jail||Jonathan Pollak - PSCC press release - Following a short hearing, the judge harshly criticized the prosecution and police, saying there is no evidence connecting Alaaeddin to any violence and ordered his unconditioned release on bail. ||23/3/2010|
|Book review: Higher education under occupation ||Marcy Newman - EI - “When the closures first began Birzeit set up an underground network, which the Israeli regime denounced as ‘cells of illegal education’: ‘secretaries would grab their files and teachers their books. News would then be circulated about the locations in which secret classes would be held. Science students, whose practicals could not be shifted elsewhere, would be smuggled into the campus at night to do their lab work. A student who needed specific books would indirectly contact our librarian, who would climb into the closed library through a back window, find the volumes in question and pass them to the student outside’"||22/3/2010|
|Israeli troops kill four Palestinians as West Bank unrest deepens||James Hider - TimesOnline - "Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers who said that the men had attacked one of their comrades with pitchforks at a checkpoint outside Nablus. […] This followed the funerals of two other Palestinians, Mohammed Kaddous, 16, and his cousin, Osaid, 17, shot dead by Israeli troops confronting stone-throwing Palestinian youths on Saturday"||22/3/2010|
|Please help little Amal from Gaza||Abigail Abarbanel - Countercurrents - Since Israel’s attack over a year ago, Amal has been living with several pieces of shrapnel lodged in her head. She is suffering from frequent awful headaches and nosebleeds. This is in addition to the obvious psychological trauma that she has to live with. As a psychotherapist I have no idea how long it will take and if it will ever be possible for Amal to recover from the trauma she has been through, and what life will be like for her if the shrapnel can’t be taken out of her brain.||21/3/2010|
|47 Palestinians wounded in Hebron and in nearby Beit Ummar ||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - 21 residents needed treatment after inhaling tear gas and nine others were wounded by rubber-coated bullets.
|13 Human Rights Organizations Petition the Supreme Court: Israel Should Not Determine Which Parent a Palestinian Child Lives with||Gisha - News Release - HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, and 11 other Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations petitioned the Supreme Court today against the military and the Minister of Defense, demanding the revocation of an illegal procedure which prevents Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip from relocating to the West Bank, even in clearly humanitarian cases. The petition, written by Att. Ido Blum of HaMoked, states: “With the stroke of a pen, the procedure severs the fabric of life between Gaza and the West Bank for residents of the Territories. It effectively cancels Palestinians’ right to family life, tearing apart families and separating spouses, parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren." ||17/3/2010|
|Israeli raids targeting children ||Nora Barrows-Friedman - The Electronic Intifada - Sarit Michaeli of B`Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories in Jerusalem, says that the treatment of youth by Israeli forces has raised serious concerns regarding the overall protection of the rights of minors within the Israeli military court system. "Children should be afforded extra protection under international law," Michaeli says. "However, Palestinian children who are arrested for allegedly throwing stones are being detained at very young ages. Palestinians are tried as adults at 16 years old, in contrast to the age of 18 for Israeli minors. They`re being held inside prisons with the adult population."
|Gaza: Hundreds Protest In Solidarity With Jerusalem||Ghassan Bannoura -
"Protesters gathered at the building of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza City. Local MPs and politicians delivered speeches demanding Arab and international support to the Palestinians in Jerusalem."
|Jailed Fateh Leader Gets PhD||Saed Bannoura -
"Barghouthi is a Palestinian leader who enjoys wide respect and support from the Palestinian people regardless of their political affiliation. He is seen as a symbol for resistance, determination and steadfastness."
|IDF troops brutalize Palestinian shepherd at settlers` behest||Amira Hass - Haaretz - "They caught Masab and, according to his testimony, the soldiers tied his hands behind his back, threw him onto the floor of the jeep, someone grabbed his throat and some of the other soldiers beat him with their helmets and the butts of their guns and with a pipe, and others kicked him"||15/3/2010|
|Report From A Massafer Yatta School – South Hebron Hills 7.3.2010||It is not an exaggeration to say that no other school in our region (i.e. the entire Middle East) operates under such difficult conditions.... And, nonetheless, students continue to arrive||13/3/2010|
|Interview with Gaza rights defender: "Siege began in 1967" ||David Cronin -
"Eighty-three percent of the people killed [in the 2008-09 assault] were civilians and noncombatants, people who should be protected by international law and not targeted directly."||10/3/2010|
|Soldiers Attempt to Strip-Search Five Palestinian Women||Saed Bannoura -
"Israel is also not allowing the entry of books, educational materials and even clothes."
|Israel “Pardons” Ten Fateh Fighters||Saed Bannoura -
"...this is not the first time the army deceives the resistance, and added that the Israeli army assassinated two months ago three Aqsa Brigades fighters from Nablus although they received a full Israeli pardon."
|Settlers Destroy Natural Spring Near Salfit||Ryan Olander - ISM - The settlers poured sand and cement into the spring, guarded by five armed members of the Israeli military. Palestinians from the village were forced to watch helplessly as events unfolded, prevented by the soldiers from moving close to the spring or from filming what was happening. International Solidarity Movement volunteers were able to secretly film for a short time before the soldiers noticed,
|The Israeli Military Hands Out 10 Demolition Orders To Palestinian Farmers In The Jordan Valley||Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC - All targeted structures are built on private land owned by those farmers, local sources reported. The army says the farmers built those structures on land the state of Israel considers a `national park`, even though it is nowhere near the 1967 borders of the state of Israel.
|Israel Demands P.A To Stop Protests||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - Israel told the P.A that if its officials do not act on “decreasing incitement”, and on stopping boycott campaigns, it would reduce the level of cooperation threatening to increase its invasions and arrests in the Palestinian territories should P.A officials fail to act on stopping nonviolent protests. ||8/3/2010|
|Democracy Now: BDS Debate between Omar Barghouti and Arthur Waskow||For the video, go to http://www.democracynow.org/2010/3/4/bds. Transcript follows. (h/t Mondoweiss)
Gonzalez (host): "But doesn’t the fact that both the Democratic and Republican parties, virtually all of the leadership of both parties has lined up for decades behind Israeli policy, indicate that perhaps a different direction, a civil society approach, as this one represented by the BDS campaign, is a new way to go and that precisely it’s the fact that it is a non-state movement that is developing under BDS that has some sections of Israeli society worried about its effectiveness?"
|VIDEO Russell Tribunal on Palestine Issues Ruling||Deliberations in Barcelona have reached a conclusion. For background, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Tribunal. For the opening video, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRjG7XrpKZY||6/3/2010|
|The sounds of piano in Gaza ||Nour has been playing the piano for two years, and Tasneem loves acting, singing and poetry. She dreams of cutting an album of songs. But she knows, too, that these are likely just dreams. Nour and Tasneem know they may have to give up their artistic activities once they have finished school.
"I will have to give up those hobbies once I get older," says Tasneem. "It will be time to get serious about helping my family earn a living, and then later to take care of my own family."
Assala, 14, is determined to stay with art.||6/3/2010|
|PCHR Weekly Report: “Palestinian Killed, 17 Wounded, as Army Continues Its Violations”||Saed Bannoura -
"Soldiers also destroyed 6 wells used for agricultural purposes in Kufur Dan village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
|Israeli Terror At Rights Activists House||Mazin Qumsiyeh - Countercurrents - The Israeli army invaded our neighborhood at 1:30 AM Tuesday morning waking up my mother, wife and sister. Heavily-armed soldiers blocked roads during "the operation". When my family opened the door, they demanded to see me. They were told I have already left to the US. After many more questions, they left a paper that states I am to appear at the military liaison office next Monday. My sister and wife told them I will not be back by then. Clearly the warning from that military officer at Ush Ghrab that I mentioned in my last e-mail, was based on knowledge of this. I guess I am a wanted man now for engaging in nonviolent protest! Those who were at that event and have video, please contact me.
|U.N. Official Condemns Gaza Blockade||FARES AKRAM -
"“What we are seeing here for the people of Gaza is an existence, not a life.""||3/3/2010|
|12-year-old Child To Be Prosecuted As An Adult By An Israeli Military Court||Saed Bannoura -
"The child was identified as al-Hasan al-Mohtasib, 12. His 7-year-old brother was also detained but was released later on." ||3/3/2010|
|Three more houses demolished in Gaza & orchards bulldozed & wheat fields destroyed, just so.||Eva Bartlett - Ingaza Blog - Of the three collectively-punished families, Abdel Hai Abu Said’s is the luckiest, although in addition to his house he lost 5 dunams of olive and date trees, and the 150 pigeons he bred. By most standards, Abdel Hai’s home is not habitable… yet in one room with 45 degree angle walls the family of 10 crowds nightly to take cover from the cold and rain.
|Israel court to hear Citizenship Law challenge||Ma`an - “During the hearing, the Attorney General`s Office acknowledged that the law causes harm to thousands of innocent Palestinians who ‘do not constitute a security threat,’ but justified it on the grounds that Israel is unable to determine which Palestinians pose a security threat and which do not”||1/3/2010|
|Amir, ten years old, abducted by Israeli soldiers from his bed ||Nora Barrows-Friedman - Electronic Intifada - Hours after our interview, at 2am, Israeli soldiers would break into the house, snatch Amir from his bed, threaten his parents with death by gunfire if they tried to protect him, and take him downstairs under the stairwell. They would beat him so badly that he would bleed internally into his abdomen, necessitating overnight hospitalization. In complete shock and distress, Amir would not open his mouth to speak for another day and a half.||10/3/2010|
|Hebron: Young men disappearing from the Old City||Paulette Schroeder - CPT Hebron - I am most concerned these recent weeks in Hebron. Young teens and even smaller children are disappearing from our neighborhood in the Old City of Hebron. It’s not by kidnapping. It’s not by trafficking. It’s not an unknown person with a criminal record perpetrating the crimes. Rather, the Israeli military is again pressing its boots down harder on the heads of the Palestinian people. If restrictions on travel and commerce, land confiscations, home invasions, and forced business closures have not succeeded in convincing Palestinian families to leave their land, then MAYBE taking their children will.||18/3/2010|
|Pride in time of occupation ||Subhi D. Ali - Jerusalem Fund - In the gallery at The Jerusalem Fund, photographer Elena Farsakh showcased over 150 images entitled "Palestinians, meanwhile", underlining that even while Palestinians are fighting illegal occupation and military siege, there continues to be optimism and pride in their rich culture. ||31/3/2010|
|Christians protest denial of permits to enter Jerusalem on Easter||Judith Sudilovsky - Ecumenical News International - 103 Christian lay leaders and 21 Christian organizations of various denominations signed the protest.(...) Like all West Bank Palestinians, Christians must have permits to travel to Jerusalem. Usually these are granted by the Israeli authorities, but this year they are denied due to the overlapping of Easter with the Jewish feast of the Passover. Israeli policy is to completley deny Palestinian entry during Jewish holidays.
|`Life without my imprisoned husband` - the account of Adib Abu Rahma`s wife||Fatma Abu Rahmah and five of her nine children have gathered in the living room of the family`s prospective son in law. The house is fully equipped, but its sterile immaculateness divulges its lack of inhabitants. Doha, who is nineteen, will move in once she is married, but has been postponing her marriage until the release of her father Adeeb.
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