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Life under occupation

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Video : Israel faces child abuse claims Al Jazeera speaks to Palestinian child who says he was abused by Israeli interrogators... identified only as N... says he suffered sexual abuse at the hands of his interrogators. 30/5/2010
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Israel: Gaza aid convoy can unload cargo in Ashdod for inspectionBy Barak Ravid and Yuval Azoulay - Ha`aretz "Israeli officials reiterate that there is no shortage of humanitarian aid in Gaza, but say that 10,000 tons of aid carried by ships will be transferred to Gaza after inspection."28/5/2010
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Over 100 Palestinian minors reported abuse in IDF, police custody in 2009By Amira Hass - Ha`aretz "69 minors complained of being beaten, four minors reported being sexually assaulted, and 12 said they were threatened with sexual assault."28/5/2010
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US Adviser to Palestinian Security Forces May Retireby Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News The American Army general advising Palestinian security forces has requested retirement, according to sources in the Pentagon. The adviser, Lieutenant General Keith Dayton, has held his current post for five years." "28/5/2010
Six Wounded As Army Bombards Gazaby Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies "Palestinian medical sources reported on Thursday at night that six residents were wounded after the Israeli army bombarded Al Zeitoun neighborhood, east of Gaza city. "28/5/2010
`Most Cast Lead damage not repaired` AP & Jpost - UNDP: Gazans have carried out small-scale repairs worth $173 million with recycled rubble or material smuggled through border tunnels. The UN can do little because it refrains from buying smuggled goods. John Ging, the head of UNRWA in the Gaza Strip, voiced support for the flotilla, urging the world to "send ships to the shores of Gaza."25/5/2010
Bushfires ravage Iraq Burin amidst weekly demonstrationISM - " The northern West Bank village of Iraq Burin demonstrated against the Israeli annexation of their farmlands today, resulting in the injury of one local protester by a tear gas projectile. Tear gas canisters landing on dry grass sparked bushfires in the hot climate, causing further damage to the contested farmland that villagers struggle to reach. "23/5/2010
Report from Ofer Military Court : Muntazar stands to lose a whole school year and miss the Matriculation ExamsMachsom Watch - " there was no substantive hearing, just a postponement for a month, because the prosecutor had to attend a ceremony somewhere...On 21.12.09 20 soldiers broke into the house and arrested Muntazar. He wasn`t 18 yet. He had been incriminated by friends. "23/5/2010
VIDEO: The IDF shooting Tear Gas directly at Protesters in Nabi Salih In this video, the IDF is clearly breaking its own protocol by firing tear gas projectiles directly at Palestinian and Israeli protesters. The final portion of the video explores some of the lasting effects of the IDF’s continued attacks on the village as a result of weekly demonstrations that the village is holding in protest of the occupation and the confiscation of their agricultural well by settlers from Halamish.23/5/2010
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Hamas: Expulsions continue under Mitchell coverMa`an - Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum warned that the current Arab attitude over the expulsions combined with the apparent American insistence on overlooking the issue "will lead to the expulsion of more and more Palestinians from their homeland." 22/5/2010
PCHR Weekly Report: Palestinian child, elderly man killed; 3 Palestinian civilians wounded by IsraelSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank." 21/5/2010
Abu Tir calls Shin Bet interrogation `extortion attempt`Shmulik Grossman - Ynet - ""This is the law of the jungle; I don`t know what democracy or rule of law they are speaking of," he said, "They are trying to hurt me for no reason."" 21/5/2010
Don`t confuse us with factsAkiva Eldar - Haaretz - "Palestinians make up more than a third of the city`s residents, but receive less than 15 percent of the municipal budget. A total of 74 percent of the Palestinian children in East Jerusalem live below the poverty line." 21/5/2010
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A tip for the Shin BetYossi Sarid - Haaretz - "Bullets are fired, trees are chopped down, fields are set ablaze, window panes are shattered and houses are subject to pogroms while the representatives of law and order keep themselves safe and at a distance." 21/5/2010
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Israel Obstructs Entry Of Medicine, Medical Equipment To GazaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israel claims that the equipment and the medicines are undergoing “security check” as they “can be used in a counterproductive way”, according to Israel." 20/5/2010
French push reconstruction of Gaza hospitalMa`an - "After two successful shipments of building supplies into Gaza for the reconstruction of Al-Quds Hospital, French consular officials said they were confident the project would go forward." 19/5/2010
Gaza opens first Olympic-size swimming poolMaan News Agency " Gaza`s first Olympic-standard swimming pool was inaugurated at the As-Sadaka club during a ceremony on Tuesday held by the Islamic Society." 19/5/2010
Chomsky to Deliver Bir Zeit Lecture on Al Jazeeraby Zemanta In: Tikun Olam "Chomsky, not to be played the fool, has delightfully one-upped them all. He’s going to deliver his Bir Zeit lecture via video conference from Amman and it will be telecast live on Al Jazeera. That way it will reach an audience thousands of times larger than the original lecture would have. Since Al Jazeera is available in Israel, perhaps even Israeli citizens will be able to watch him take apart the hypocrisy and brustishness of Israeli policy and Occupation."19/5/2010
Palestinian Fighters Clashes With Israeli Forces In Northern Gaza 1) IMEMC - Salah Al Deen Brigades said in a press statement that a group of its fighters spotted an undercover Israeli military force while trying to infiltrate the evacuated settlement of Doghit near the northern Gaza Strip borders with Israel.
2) Ma`an - Israel may appoint Gaza military governor, as part of preparations for another Gaza offensive, after which it would be "compelled to govern the areas for an extended period."
18/5/2010
A Football Team From Bristol Visits South Hebron HillsThe Eastoners played with Palestinian teams from the cities of Hebron, Beit Lehem and Tul-Karem, but this time they also spent much time in south Mt. Hebron, hosted by the local people and the Villages Group.15/5/2010
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Taxing timesby Saleh Al-Naami - Al-Ahram Weekly "Spurred on by Israel`s three-year-long draconian siege, Gaza is now in the grips of a vicious liquidity crisis" 14/5/2010
New Refugee Camp To Absorb Palestinians Forced Out Of The West Bankby Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies " The Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip, headed by the Hamas movement, decided to establish a new temporary refugee camp at the Erez Terminal, between the Gaza Strip and Israel, to absorb the Palestinians who were forced out of the West Bank recently."14/5/2010
Sugar and Spice and everything…denied: Israels Blockade listLaila El-Haddad - Gazamom - "Oh, and it has also surfaced that they are calculating how many calories each person needs." 12/5/2010
A Tale of Two Apartheids Mats Svensson - SACSIS - "Often my South African colleagues would cry out that apartheid in South Africa was a picnic compared to the West Bank and Gaza." 12/5/2010
Shin Bet recruiters enticing Palestinian medical students with Jerusalem entry permitsAmira Hass - Haaretz - ""Captain Biran" said he was the Shin Bet agent responsible for monitoring the university told them to report on other students and their activities as a condition for renewing their entry permits." 12/5/2010
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Despite court ruling, Palestinian use of Route 443 likely to be limitedAmos Harel - Haaretz - For the first time in almost nine years Palestinians will be permitted to use the highway, yet according to a plan developed by the Israel Defense Forces Palestinian motorists will only be permitted to drive along a limited stretch of the roadway 11/5/2010
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Bethlehem, Etsion DCO, Palestinian DCOBy three MW women - MachsomWatch weekly report "Today we have a meeting with the people in one of the Palestinian DCO`s. We talk to them from time to time when workers and/or merchants submit appeals to have their blacklisting removed. We want to understand from them what the criteria for accepting the request or refusing it are."9/5/2010
Villages Group: First Biodigester Unit at Work in SusiyaWe continue supporting the economic viability of Palestinian residents in the Massafer-Yatta / South-Hebron-Hills region, who are under a constant ethnic-cleansing pressure. This time: a device converting sheep and goat dung to cooking gas.8/5/2010
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Bereaved Gaza astronomer opens up the heavens As the sun set on a clear evening in Gaza City, Suleiman Baraka was setting up his telescope on the rooftop of the French Cultural Center as two dozen visitors waited anxiously to gaze into the stars. It was a rare occasion to break away -- at least momentarily -- from the siege on the ground in the Gaza Strip. 8/5/2010
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Wolfensohn Invests in "Better Place", in spite of plans to install infrastructure in SettlementsWhen the EI reporter asked a BPI spokesperson if these charging stations could be installed inside settlements in the West Bank, the spokesperson said that they would be installed "anywhere ... that you want to live." On a map shown during the video presentation, charging stations were shown in areas in the Jordan Valley and along major routes going east from Jerusalem -- indicating that BPI has already installed charging stations inside the West Bank, and plans to install many more.8/5/2010
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Gaza Employees advised to open new accounts after bank closuresIn a statement, the bank announced that "in light of worsening conditions under which the Bank is called upon to operate in Gaza and after having recently reduced the number of its staff there, it has also decided to close two of its three branches."8/5/2010
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Direct Action and Pepper Spray in al-Walajaby Joseph Dana "The nonviolent protests against the construction of the Wall in al-Walaja continued this morning. Protesters were brutally arrested and some were pepper sprayed on the face while under arrest. "7/5/2010
Shabak blocks participation of West Bank protest leader in European conferencesby Didi Remez - Coteret "Actually, Burnat got off lightly. Advocacy on behalf of the unarmed protest movement in the West Bank (termed “Popular Terror” by the IDF) is a crime punishable by incarceration. Here are a few recent examples"7/5/2010
Two Little Girls: Murder in the Jordan ValleyInternational Solidarity Movement "We stopped by the roadside at the spot where the two little girls had been killed. Their blood still stained the cushion on which they had been sitting, fragments of the military jeep which had rammed their father’s tractor still littered the ground. Janaa Fakha (8), her sister Maasa (5) and their brother Hussein (9) never saw what hit them as they waited for their father to take them from the family …"7/5/2010
PFLP rep denies latest VP rumorsBethlehem - Ma`an "Bethlehem – Ma`an – A PLO Executive Committee member denied Israeli news reports saying President Mahmoud Abbas had requested he take on the role of vice-president of the PA. " 7/5/2010
Israeli firefighters: West Bank mosque fire likely arsonBy the Associated Press In Haaretz "The Palestinian Authority already implicated Jewish settlers in Tuesday`s fire, which destroyed holy books, prayer rugs."7/5/2010
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Family Appeals for the Release of Seriously Wounded SonSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - Ahmad Samir Asfour, who during the War on Gaza lost sections of his intestines and pancreas was detained on the way to an Israeli hospital after receiving all needed documents for medical treatment there. The prison administration refuse to have him hospitalized. He suffers constant pain. 4/5/2010
PA security officials detained in JerusalemMa`an News - Ayoub said Israel knew very well that the men were affiliated to PA security, but wanted to put pressure on the PA following the Ramallah-based government`s efforts to ban settlement goods in the occupied territories.4/5/2010
Jewish settlers blamed for torching West Bank mosqueMohammed Assadi - Reuters - Daraghmeh said he did not see settlers but blamed them because of earlier incidents in which he said crops and olive trees were vandalized. 4/5/2010
Camped out in Erez CrossingDidi Remez, Gisha — The legal Center for Freedom of Movement - "The eleven-day protest of Ahmed Sabeh, released from an Israeli prison on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, and taken to the Gaza Strip – even though his home, wife and son are in Tulkarem – raises an interesting challenge to Israel’s control over the borders and population registry of the occupied Palestinian territory. Mr. Sabeh has camped out inside the Erez Crossing, refusing to enter Gaza, in protest of Israel’s refusal to allow him to return to his home in the West Bank. The Hamas government, in turn, has announced that it will not allow him back into Gaza, in order to avoid facilitating the Israeli policy of removing Palestinians from the West Bank"3/5/2010
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Undercover Forces Kidnap Six Children Near Hebron and some more news Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "The undercover forces, dressed as Palestinians, drove into the town in a White Ford Transit carrying a Palestinian license plate, and kidnapped six children, aged between 13 and 16". Also: Under Police Protection Settlers Occupy Home In Beit Safafa/ Seven, Including A Reporter, Wounded In Beit Jala/ Fundamentalist Jews Attack Funeral of Rabbi Moshe Hirsch3/5/2010
Mahmud from Susya, the Organic FarmerMahmud from Susya got up one day from his depression, and built a very basic green house. With simple tools and techniques he succeeded to surprise us with excellent organic vegetables. The vegetables are an essential addition to the family’s poor diet, based mainly on dairy products from the herd which is their main source of making a living. And while both herding and growing grains is restricted by the settlers/army, green-housing is a brilliant solution for growing food which does not require much land.1/5/2010
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Volvo equipment: Israel`s weapons to destroy al-Walaja homes ActiveStills photographer Anne Paq witnessed Volvo equipment being used to destroy a home in the nearby village of al-Khader. Two days earlier she had taken pictures of Volvo and Caterpillar equipment working between the road and the fence of Har Gilo settlement, just a few meters away from Palestinian houses in al-Walaja. ... Two years ago The Electronic Intifada first reported the use of Volvo equipment in Israel`s violations of international law in the occupied West Bank. So far the company has taken no action to investigate the use of its equipment in Israeli violations of Palestinian rights.1/5/2010
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Israel to permit entry to Arab investors for PICMa`an News Agency "Israel will permit an exceptional 815 Middle East businessmen and women to enter the West Bank for Bethlehem`s second Palestine Investment Conference (PIC) in June, officials announced on Tuesday."28/5/2010
Tribute To The People Of GazaBy Mairead Maguire - Countercurrents.org "Gaza’s people have suffered an Israeli occupation for over 40 years and even though Israel withdrew from Gaza in August 2005 it has continued to control every aspect of life in the tiny coastal strip. Hamas was democratically elected to power in the 2006 Palestinian elections and has governed the Gaza strip since the summer of 2007. It was at this time in 2007 that Israel commenced its devastating blockade of the strip. Essentially the blockade represents a draconian policy by Israel." 28/5/2010
Gaza: 15 injured in Israeli airstrikesMa`an - "Locals told Ma`an that Israeli warplanes fired at least two missiles and that Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Mosque sustained serious damage."26/5/2010
Eyad is gone!Ali Dahmash - IMEMC - " Iyad Sami Zindah, 5 yr old, died today of cancer after Israeli occupation forces prevented him from leaving Gaza to get treatment in Palestine." 26/5/2010
Like a plane without a pilotAmira Hass - Haaretz - "The fence is ugly and horrific, more so than the Holyland project. The mazes of separation create resistance to them. And then the apparatus puts another assembly line to work: the military court system." 5/5/2010
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