|Life under occupation|
|A Weekly Collection of VIDEOS||Courtesy of Friendly Stranger. ao||29/1/2011|
|B’Tselem Report Indicates Rise in Home Demolitions in 2010||by Ramona M. -
IMEMC and Agencies
Demolitions by Israel of Palestinian homes in the West Bank tripled in 2010, figures from an Israeli human rights group showed on Wednesday, with a big increase in demolitions in the Jordan Valley."
|Settlers Attack Internationals Escorting Palestinians in South Hebron Hills||Ramona M - IMEMC - One international had a still camera stolen from him, however managed to hold on to his video camera and was able to film the event. When this international activist went to the police to file a report, the police told him that if he erased all his footage on the video camera, he would return the other camera to him.
| No man`s land in east Jerusalem||Elior Levy--Ynet special: Chaos reigns supreme in Jerusalem neighborhoods situated beyond security fence||23/1/2011|
|1 dead, 2 injured in blast east of Gaza City||Medics identified one dead and two injured as stone collectors were hit by what was initially believed to have been Israeli fire on Saturday afternoon. ao||22/1/2011|
|Israeli army discharges soldier for shooting Palestinian civilian||Harriet Sherwood -
"The Israeli military has discharged a soldier for acting "unprofessionally" in shooting dead an unarmed 65-year-old Palestinian man in Hebron earlier this month."
|FM Malki Condemns Land Rush in Jerusalem||by IMEMC News
" Malkim told the newspaper that, "The occupation`s land rush in Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem is in full swing, working for the Judaization of many different neighborhoods of the city," he said, naming Sheikh Jarrah, Isawiya and the area near the Damascus Gate."
|Settlers Plant Trees Near Nablus||by IMEMC News -
"On Thursday a group of settlers planted dozens of trees in the evacuated settlement of Homesh, west of Nablus, near the Palestinian village of Burqa.Homesh was the site of an illegal Israeli settlement evacuated in 2005. Settlers have been trying to move back since that time. "
|How old does a Palestinian need to be to pick strawberries in Israel?||By Chaim Levinson -
"A Palestinian must be at least 28 years old to pick strawberries in Israel, and to work in a field he must be at least 35, according to set criteria for Palestinians to be issued a work permit in Israel, Haaretz has learned. " ca
|I get a closeup picture of the health care system and women’s lives in Palestine||Alice Rothchild - Mondoweiss - The incredible fragmentation of care between PMRS, the Ministry of Health, UNRWA (for refugees), and the private sector is staggering. Pregnant patients may get free care at an UNRWA clinic, but stop in at PMRS for a prenatal ultrasound. Labs are done at a variety of locations (with variations in quality) so communication and follow up are problematic. Some of the private care that patients reported is best described as creative and unrelated to general medical practice, but clearly lucrative.
|Hebron Reflexion : They left their mark everywhere||Paulette Schroeder - CPTnet - One week after they had arrested her sons, the military came for the mother. She remained in prison for 26 days. When asked how the soldiers treated her, she said they "used words that no woman should hear." At one point, they ordered her to strip, then checked her private areas, using a detector on some places of her naked body. She said that if the soldiers did this to a woman in prison, what must her sons be experiencing.
|Physicians for Human Rights-Israel reports on ongoing seige of Gaza and anti-democratic onslaught on Israeli Rights Community||Hadas Ziv - Physicians for Human Rights - Dr. Sara Roy of Harvard University, comments: “The greatest and most damaging aspect of Israeli policy has been the transformation of Palestinians in Gaza especially, from a people entitled to, and capable of, national self-determination and developmental change into a group of aid-dependent paupers worthy only of the humanitarian minimum.”
|Bedouin village razed once again as historic Jerusalem hotel demolished ||Report -
"The Israeli government is set to approve the construction of 1,400 new housing units in the Gilo settlement colony, located near Bethlehem in the southern corner of occupied East Jerusalem."||19/1/2011|
|Palestinian Killed, Two Children Wounded In Israeli Bombardment of Northern Gaza||Saed Bannoura -
"On Tuesday morning, soldiers invaded a number of areas in the northern and southern parts of the Gaza Strip." ||19/1/2011|
|Palestinian Political Prisoners Punished for Organizing Hunger Strike in Israeli Prison||Ramona M - IMEMC - Israeli prisons and detention centers holding Palestinians have some of the lowest prison standards in the developed world. Many of the prisoners that were once held in facilities in the West Bank are now held inside Israel, across the Green Line. This violates the Fourth Geneva Convention, which holds that detained persons have the right to remain in occupied territory in all stages of detention, including the serving of sentences if convicted. This is the second hunger strike in recent months. In August 2010, around 7,000 Palestinian prisoners, participated in another hunger strike. bz||18/1/2011|
|Gaza doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish: `"We saved lives," I told the children. "Your sisters` blood wasn`t wasted```||Rachel Cooke - The Guardian - Two years ago, Israeli shells fell on Dr Abuelaish`s family home in Gaza, killing three of his young daughters and their cousin. The horror was caught live on Israeli TV when the doctor phoned his broadcaster friend. Amazingly, the loss did not embitter Izzeldin Abuelaish. Instead he decided his girls` deaths must not be in vain – and slowly he has turned his family tragedy into a force for peace||17/1/2011|
|2010 Year End Concert at the Salem Music Center||On Friday, 24.12.10, in the afternoon, the little hall in the building of the local council of Salem, a village located close to Nablus – was packed. ao||15/1/2011|
|Bethlehem industrial park to open in February||Costs for the preparation of the Bethlehem Industrial park have run past $1 million, the head of the project`s board of directors told Ma`an, adding that the initiative was expected to provide upward of 1,800 Palestinian jobs. ao||15/1/2011|
|Medics: Settler shot pregnant Hebron teen||Summer Rabi Jaber, six months pregnant, was transferred to the Hebron Government Hospital with two bullet wounds in her foot. Doctors said she was referred to the Al-Mizan Hospital, which would be better able to monitor the effect of the incident on the fetus. ||15/1/2011|
|A year in jail is not enough punishment for protesting||Jesse Bacon - The Only Democracy - After ordering to keep Abdallah Abu Rahmah in detention past his release date on the 18th of November 2010, the Military Court of Appeals sided with the prosecution’s appeal demanding to aggravate the one-year sentence imposed on Abu Rahmah. The prosecution asked the court to harshen the sentence so that it exceeds two years imprisonment. However, the judge gave a sentence of a total of sixteen months. He has been in jail for exactly thirteen months and one day. He will now serve three more months to complete the sixteen month sentence.
|Verdict to be delivered on Bil`in`s Abdallah Abu Rahmah`s case||Ramona M. - IMEMC - On November 18th, he should have been released - but wasn`t(!) - although he had spent in prison the full 12 months to which he had been sentenced. The prosecution wants the sentence to be extended, as a deterrence, by another year. [And after that another year, and another year - as with Administrative Detainees?-ed] Abu Rahmah was declared a human rights defender by the European Union, for his leading role in the successful Bil`in protest against the Separation Fence being built cutting through its lands. bz||11/1/2011|
|Family, Friends and Volunteers Renovate Hajja Sara’s Kitchen Tent||...with all the satisfaction we must not forget that Palestinian Susiya remains under the continuing danger of destruction and expulsion. ao||8/1/2011|
|Israelis bribed to admit US goods to Gaza - WikiLeaks||Reuters
The Jordan Times
"US distributors accused Israel in 2006 of charging exorbitant fees to allow their goods into Gaza and an Israeli general admitted corruption existed at a major border crossing, a US diplomatic cable shows."
|In Ajami and Mas’ha, evidence of the continuing Nakba||by Sami Abushhadeh -
"The Palestinian catastrophe, the Nakba of 1948, never really ended. What has happened since then, as Yehouda Shenhav, an Israeli sociologist and the author of Bounded by the Green Line, puts it, is a “continuation of the  war by other means.” There are continuous effort by Israel to displace Palestinians of their land all over the occupied territories and inside Israel."
|Palestinian psychiatrist wins Olof Palme Prize||Ma`an News Agency
"Palestinian psychiatrist Eyad El-Sarraj on Tuesday won the 2010 Olof Palme Prize for his "self-sacrificing and indefatigable struggle for common sense, reconciliation, and peace" in the Middle East, the Swedish jury said.(ca: personal note: I have met Dr. El-Sarraj and he is everything the prize committee says he is. Mabruk!)"
|PA looks to expand free-trade networks||Ma`an News Agency
"In mid-December, Mercosur - which comprises Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay - agreed to negotiate a free-trade agreement with the Palestinian Authority."
|Border guards bar infant from Jlem medical treatment||Ma`an News Agency
"Israeli soldiers deployed at the Zaytoun checkpoint east of Jerusalem turned away a mother and child with a medical permit to enter the city, on the grounds that the 18-month-old child was not her legitimate son. "
|Bethlehem celebrates Eastern Christmas||Ma`an News Agency
"Greek Orthodox, Coptic, Assyrian and Ethiopian Christians gathered in Bethlehem on Thursday to welcome their Jerusalem patriarchs, celebrating the birth of Christ on the Eastern Calendar."
|The Children`s Judge.||Aya Kaniuk and Tamar Goldschmidt - Mamahsanmilim - Twenty three children and youths were brought into court that day. Most of them confessed to the deeds attributed to them already in their first interrogation. Or the second, at the latest. Few confessed only in the courtroom itself. The few who do not plead guilty at first usually do later on. They confess because they are frightened. Threatened. Because they are children. ||6/1/2011|
|Without Borders, If Only ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - My two children carry Jerusalem ID cards and US passports. I have a Palestinian passport (and West Bank ID) plus US citizenship. This meant that traveling across the Allenby Bridge to Jordan would be problematic since Palestinians and Jerusalemites or foreigners cross from different points. I cannot travel from Ben Gurion, like my children, because Palestinian passport holders are banned from using the airport. Hence, I decided the Israeli border control officers and the Jordanians would both understand that this was virtually the only way I could leave the country with my children. Clearly, I had no idea.
|Video: One Family In Gaza||Jen Marlowe - Countercurrets - Palestinians in Gaza are depicted either as violent terrorists or as helpless victims. The Awajah family challenges both portrayals. Through one family’s story, the larger tragedy of Gaza is exposed, and the courage and resilience of its people shines through
|`Soldiers, Settlers, and the Police are the Occupation”: Palestinian Life Inside a Settlement||Ramona M. -
"“The settlers, they attack us. The solders give settlers protection. And the police arrests us.” This team works together to implement and enforce Israel’s efforts at population transfer of Palestinians from areas Israel wants to control.""||12/1/2011|
|Qassam hits Israel; IDF attacks Gaza targets||Ynet -
""The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens or IDF soldiers and will continue acting against any element using terror against the State of Israel," the army said."
|Occupation routine: House demolished in Jerusalem, detentions near Nablus and off the Gaza shore||Ma`an/IMEMC - A house demolished in Jerusalem, Eight Palestinians detained in Israeli Army raids in the Nablus District and four in other parts of the West Bank - all taken to an unknown destination, Palestinian fishermen (exact number unknown) removed from their boat by an Israeli Navy boat and taken to an unknown destination. Altogether, a completely normal and routine day of occupation (ed.)
|Farming in Khoruba valley ||Tuwani Team--On Saturday, 22nd of January, Palestinian farmers successfully plowed fields in Khoruba valley, despite heavy harassment by settlers from the nearby settlement of Ma`on.||23/1/2011|
|Israeli Military Arrests Two Young Palestinians||Jean Fallon--A call came for the Hebron Team to come quickly to the street Friday, January 21,1:30pm. The military had stopped the people going home after Friday prayers at the Mosque. CPT found the people bottled up in the narrow exit tunnel of the Old City. It was an explosive situation. Some of the people had managed to push out into the Plaza where the soldiers were yelling at the people who were yelling back, asking the soldiers to let them return home. Fortunately two CPT-ers from Tuwani joined the Hebron Team in front of six soldiers who had their guns pointed at the crowd. Each of the Team tried to get the soldiers to calm down, to stop yelling, to let the folks go home. Instead of listening to reason, the soldiers yelled more at the people. They tried to force the people to move back. They put their guns into people`s faces, young or old-anyone trying to sneak by. ||23/1/2011|
|HEBRON REFLECTION: They left their mark everywhere||Paulette Schroeder--Her dropped head, her clasped hands, her sad face continue to haunt me. I ask myself: How anyone could endure this kind of pain, especially a mother.||23/1/2011|
|Five Palestinians Wounded In A Tunnel Explosion||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "...the explosion took place due to an accident while handling a propane tank through one of the tunnels"||10/1/2011|
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