|Life under occupation|
|Israeli `security zones` inside Gaza Strip enforced by shooting and bulldozing ||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - A shooting in in the northern Gaza Strip in which two Palestinian workers were wounded, and an incursion in the southern part in which land was bulldozed are the latest incidents in the daily enforcment of Israeli `security zones` on the Palestinian side of the border fence.
|Facing jail, the unarmed activist who dared to take on Israel||Donald Macintyre--The protest by Lady Ashton, who was yesterday accused by Israel`s foreign ministry of "interfering" in the country`s judicial process, follows mounting concern by Western diplomats over the severity of measures taken by Israeli security forces against the mainly rural protests. Officials from several European countries, including Britain, were present for the verdict in the Ofer military court on Monday. ||29/8/2010|
|Bethlehem enters record books with largest Qatayef||The pastry, traditionally made during Ramadan, weighed approximately 50 kg and was made in just under two minutes, 40 seconds, beating the previous 10-minute record. ao
|Gaza Inventor Changes Lives (+VIDEO)||Mundhar Al-Qassas, a taxi driver from Gaza City...An inventor by night, he designs assisted living devices for the disabled in his community...With a continued ban on materials for Mundhar`s inventions, he salvages scraps from other equipment, and puts together unique devices for friends and neighbors. ||28/8/2010|
|Math program taps potential of young students in Gaza ||Eva Bartlett - The Electronic Intifada - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 2010 report on the psycho-social situation of education in Gaza notes the effects of the Israeli attacks and siege on Gaza, saying 83 percent of students surveyed had difficulty concentrating in school; 48 percent had difficulty concentrating during home study; and 81 percent found it difficult to recall their class studies. One of the benefits of the UCMAS program is improved concentration, along with observation, imagination, memory, and creativity.
|Missed opportunities for a peaceful Middle East||Dr Richard Horton -
"If the full truth about the health of people living in the occupied Palestinian territory was more widely known, the international community would no longer tolerate Israel`s apparent indifference."||25/8/2010|
|DCI-Palestine Concerned by Effects on Lives of Children of House Demolitions in Area C||Wafa -
displacement of over 1,100 Palestinians, including 400 children, according to Badil. More than 50% of these demolitions occurred in July alone...Israel is obliged to respect and apply the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child to the Palestinian children in a non discriminate manner. In 2002 the Committee on the Rights of the Child indicated that Israel should refrain from the demolition of civilian infrastructure, including homes, water supplies and other utilities.
|Soldiers Kidnap 12 Palestinians in the West Bank||Saed Bannoura -
The kidnapping is part of a daily campaign carried out by the Israeli army against Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank, including areas that are “controlled” by the Palestinian Authority and the security forces of president Mahmoud Abbas.
|New Peak in Arbitrary Razing of Palestinian Homes : Discriminatory Israeli Policies Demolish Village, Forcibly Displace West Bank Residents||Human Rights Watch - For Immediate Release - The Israeli government should immediately stop the arbitrary destruction of Palestinian homes and other property in the West Bank and compensate the people it has displaced, Human Rights Watch said today. Israeli authorities destroyed 141 Palestinian homes and other buildings in July 2010, the largest number in any month since at least 2005, and have already carried out dozens of demolitions in August.
|Eco-Resistance in the West Bank||Fadi Elsalameen - The Washington Note - So, if you can`t use traditional materials to build and are denied electricity and water, which nearby illegal Israeli settlers use day and night, what do you do? You do as the Palestinians do - go green and eco-friendly. You get your electricity from windmills and solar panels, you build your schools from recycled car tires, and you refuse to give up your land.
|Baby caught in checkpoint turnstile; face cut, hand fractured||Saed Bannoura -
"... the baby`s arm was caught between the metal bars, wresting the baby from her arms and jerking him through the turning metal, where his hand was broken and face and body bashed until he became unconscious."
|Palestinian minors held 3 weeks on suspicion of arson||Amira Hass -
"They were each detained for a total of three weeks, including 10 days in a Shin Bet security service facility in Petah Tikva. Six of those 10 days were spent in isolation. In the end, they were released without charge."
|Gaza doctor writes book of hope despite death of three daughters||Harriet Sherwood - The Guardian - Izzeldin Abuelaish`s moving book charts harsh realities of life in Gaza and details harrowing family tragedy that may have halted Israeli offensive||16/8/2010|
|The girl who became the only fisherwoman in Gaza||Catrina Stewart - The Independent - With an invalid father and a family to feed behind the blockade, 16-year-old Madeleine Kulab has learnt to brave dangerous waters||16/8/2010|
|UN Committee Starts Collecting Testimonies In Gaza||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "A U.N. special committee started Sunday collecting testimonies from residents in the Gaza Strip, the process is an implementation of recommendations set by the report of Judge Richard Goldstone who headed the U.N. Committee that investigated Israel’s war on Gaza during the period between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009"||16/8/2010|
|Jordan Valley village to be razed for third time||Ma`an -
Several rebuilt structures in a Jordan Valley village will be razed again, after Israel`s Civil Administration handed out demolition warrants Sunday morning..."The spate of demolitions raises concerns over whether Israeli authorities could further escalate demolitions throughout Area C," a UN report said, noting more than 3,000 demolition orders handed down by Israeli officials to locals were still outstanding.
|Over 150 Irish artists pledge to boycott Israel||These artists are aware of the Israeli Foreign Ministry`s statement in 2005 that “We see culture as a propaganda tool of the first rank, and...do not differentiate between propaganda and culture.” These artists refuse to allow their art to be exploited by an apartheid state that disregards international law and universal principles of human rights, but look forward to the day when normal cultural relations can be re-established with an Israel that fully complies with such laws and principles."||14/8/2010|
|Palestinian reclaims land from settlement||by Brian Ennis -
IMEMC & Agencies
"A farmer with the help of the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee reclaimed land which had been inside of an illegal Israeli settlement."||13/8/2010|
|WAFA: Hamas Security Forces Harass Palestinian Journalist In Gaza||by George Rishmawi -
"WAFA said that the Hamas security forces have been harassing Husam Mughanni for the past three weeks, and summon him up to three times every week."
|Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (05 -11 August 2010)||Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
"Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)"
|Ramadan on zero||by Saleh Al-Naami -
"While some extra goods are now available to people in Gaza, few have the money to buy them."||13/8/2010|
|Netanyahu Testimony on Gaza Flotilla: PR over Human Rights and Security||Gisha - If the limitations really were, as Netanyahu claimed, necessary "to prevent the entry of weapons and war materiel into Gaza", easing them just in order to improve Israel`s public relations would seem grossly irresponsible. If they weren`t necessary for security – why were they imposed in the first place?
|IDF bans Israelis from Palestinian villages along West Bank highway||Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - The Israel Defense Forces has decided to implement the narrowest conceivable interpretation of the verdict. For example, it is setting up much more meticulous checks along entries to the highway than those imposed on vehicles leaving Ramallah to travel on Route 60, the cross-West Bank highway used by Palestinians, settlers and Israelis.
|Gaza goes organic||Laila El Haddad -
"“Here, insects and birds are welcome. We send them personal invitations” joked Abu Yasir. The project was initially funded by Norwegian People’s Aid."||11/8/2010|
|Palestinians Denied Access To Water ||Stephen Lendman - Countercurrents - In 2009, Amnesty International (AI) addressed the problem in its report titled, "Troubled Waters - Palestinians Denied Fair Access to Water," explaining that water is life, stealing it a crime, without it "we can`t live; not us, not the animals, or the plants," said Fatima al-Nawajah, a South Hebron Hills area resident. Throughout the Occupied Territories, the problem is longstanding, exacerbated by Israeli water policies, denying Palestinians for themselves, preventing their right to their own resources.
|HEBRON REFLECTION Shuhada Street: Keeping the quiet (when there’s no peace to be kept)||Sarah MacDonald - CPTHebron - In November 1999, the Israeli military closed Shuhada Street to Palestinians. They locked or welded shut the doors of Palestinians shops. Even the Palestinian residents who still live on Shuhada Street can no longer use their front entrances. Instead they must take back exits and circuitous routes to stay off the street, sometimes even climbing ladders or ropes and crossing rooftops to get in and out of their homes. ||9/8/2010|
|Case studies: Child workers in Gaza||BBC - "
With Gaza`s economy devastated by years of sanctions and decades of conflict, many families send their children to work in the city`s rubbish dumps, streets and workshops...My father has been out of work for years now. I`m the only breadwinner. One of my younger brothers quit school a year ago to work but he is doing nothing because there aren`t any jobs in Gaza." ob||9/8/2010|
|A movie theater opens in Jenin - video||"After two years of work, the cinema of Jenin, northern West Bank, opened its doors to the public. An important day for the city residents." ob||9/8/2010|
|Gaza-the prison camp that is not?||Laila El-Haddad -
"...the siege is not a siege on foods; it is a siege on freedoms – freedom to move in and out of Gaza, freedom to fish more than three miles out at to sea, freedom to learn, to work, to farm, to build, to live, to prosper."
|Gaza Suffers Heat and Electricity Shortage ||WAFA -
"Amid the heat wave, from which suffers the region, Gaza Power Plant was forced to shut down due to lack of fuel."
|Shooting Back, With Video||DON DUNCAN -
"Footage captured by Btselem’s volunteers has been key evidence in Israeli court rulings in favor of Palestinian plaintiffs.""
|VIDEO 5 year old Palestinian child tries to stop police from dragging his dad away ||Watch Fadel Jaber brutally dragged from his home near Hebron for "stealing" water (ahh, the rich irony). His son almost gets trampled by police in the attempt to stop them. Unfortunately for police, Sky News were there. - ao||7/8/2010|
|Hamas wing welcomes Egyptian resistance||Gaza City -
"Hamas` armed wing the Al-Qassam Brigades released a statement late Thursday night attesting total non-involvement with the Monday rocket launches that hit Eilat and Aqaba."
|Preserving Palestine: The Environmental Politics of the Green Intifada ||Leah Hunt-Hendrix - MIFTAH - Bustan Qaraaqa is part of the wave of grassroots activism around the world, which identifies a connection between politics and lifestyle, between developing a healthy relationship with the environment and social empowerment. Living simply and sustainably can become a method of getting beyond a dependency on party politics, delinking oneself from the interest-driven system of money and power that dominates official political programs. Bustan Qaraaqa identifies itself as part of a Green Intifada, a grassroots democratic movement based on an ethic of caring for the environment and community. ||5/8/2010|
|Shooting back : Palestinian filmmaking culture grows from NGO project||Don Duncan - Le Monde Diplomatique - The presence of cameras, now on both Palestinian and Israeli sides, has deterred violence and abuse. But three years after launching the project, Btselem has seen another, unintended consequence. “People started to take this tool, the video camera, and use it as a way to express themselves, to tell stories,” said Gross. “We didn’t train them to do that. We trained them to document human rights violations. But pretty soon we got the sense that this can be a powerful tool for them to empower themselves.”
|Coordinator of the Popular Struggle Committees denied exit at King Hussein’s Bridge||Iyad Burnat - friends-of-freedom-and-justice-bilin - On August 4, 2010 about 1 PM, Mohammed Khatib from Bil’in was denied exit to Jordan via King Hussein Bridge. Khatib was on his way to Spain via Amman when Israeli border officials prevented him from crossing the border to Jordan. Denying the leaders of the non-violent Popular Struggle to go abroad is clearly an attempt to silence Palestinians who speak about human rights violations committed by Israel.
|The Music Man of Gaza||Laila El-Haddad -
"I was shocked to learn that the institute was bombed multiple times and ultimately burned completely to the ground by Israeli forces during their assault on Gaza. Abu Anas told me that no instruments were spared."
|Sending Palestinian Student Delegation to USA ||WAFA -
"The students included Palestinians from the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and over 20 from the Gaza Strip."||4/8/2010|
|For Gaza Tailors, Market is Flooded, External Markets Are Banned||Gisha - Newsletter - The Israeli cabinet decision to ease the closure on the Gaza Strip did not change the sweeping ban on Gaza exports. While industrial raw materials were allowed into Gaza beginning in July, the limited capacity of the crossings meant only small quantities entered (raw materials were 4% of the total amount of goods that entered in July), while at the same time Israeli-made consumer products, no longer banned, flooded the market. The combination does not bode well for manufacturers in particular and the economy in general, as evidenced by the story of Jihad Abu Dan, aged 22, married and the father of two, whose family owns a textile factory in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya||26/8/2010|
|Three Palestinians seized by Israeli troops in overnight raids in Abu Dis, Hebron||by Saed Bannoura -
Middle East Media Center Editorial Group
"In two separate invasions Tuesday night, Israeli forces attacked the east Jerusalem town of Abu Dis, and the southern West Bank city of Hebron, to search for men listed on the army`s `Wanted` list."||20/8/2010|
|Even ‘Haaretz’ has moral blindness re Gaza||by Jerome Slater -
"What accounts for this astonishing moral blindness, all the more painful considering its source as well as its concern about the “ethical profile” of Israel?"||20/8/2010|
|Globalisation -- the Palestinian context||by Jamil Salman -
"Palestinian officials have remained steadfast in their desire to expose the Palestinian economy to the effects of globalisation."||20/8/2010|
|Women breaking barriers||Agence France Presse (AFP)
"two sisters from the Gaza Strip, aged 13 and 16, who went to work in the fishing industry to support their family following their father’s illness. The report drew much interest and was translated and published on several Arabic language websites."||20/8/2010|
|Jordan Valley is a microcosm of Israel`s colonisation||by Ben White -
"Israeli land seizure and ethnic cleansing should be met with arrest warrants – not arms sales and diplomatic games"||20/8/2010|
|Bil`in, Monday: three 14-year-olds driven away in an army ambulance ||Iyad Burnat - They were detained by soldiers behind the wall for three hours. While behind the wall their families tried to negotiate for their release to no avail. Then the three were taken away in an army ambulance. ||3/8/2010|
|In Gaza, a Hamas informer and a UAV have just one name||Amira Hass - Haaretz - "There are three types of zanana - the first kind watches us and photographs every movement and every person; the second type shoots missiles at us ... " Thus spoke an official of the Prisoners` Affairs Ministry in Gaza, formerly a Fatah stronghold. He looked very serious as he sorted through the various types, but when he got to the third type, his eyes twinkled in a way typical of many Gazans: "And the third type, the only purpose of the third type is to annoy us, to give us a headache." [bz]||3/8/2010|
|Israeli Army Escorts 500 Jewish Israelis Into Controversial Settlement Near Nablus||by Saed Bannoura -
"500 Israeli citizens, escorted by dozens of military vehicles, drove by bus deep into the West Bank on Wednesday in a provocative visit to a West Bank settlement. The settlement has been the home of a number of violent attackers of local Palestinians, and many incidents of violence originated from the settlement." ||27/8/2010|
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