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Life under occupation

It’s the export, stupid!Gisha - In the second quarter of 2011, unemployment in the Gaza Strip stood at 28%. Unemployment is particularly high in the 20 – 24 age bracket, where it reached 42% in the first half of 2011. Without a vibrant and profitable manufacturing sector – industrial and agricultural – it is hard to see how the situation might improve. 30/11/2011
When the Coffers Run Dry Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - Meanwhile, Israel continues to punish us, withholding tax revenues that are rightfully Palestinian and which, under the Paris Protocol for economic relations, are to be turned over to the Palestinians almost immediately. The only reason Israel has access to them in the first place is because the Palestinians have no control over borders and must therefore coordinate with the Israelis over everything that goes in and out of the Palestinian areas. 30/11/2011
The ridiculous burdens borne by Gaza medical patientsRami Almeghari- The Electronic Intifada - Isn’t it ridiculous that Palestinian medical staff are not being sent abroad from Gaza on training courses? Isn’t it ridiculous that instead of investing in the health of its people, the Palestinian Authority has spent the millions of dollars it receives from donor countries on its repressive security forces? 30/11/2011
“Law Enforcement” Destroys Prayer House, Homes, School – Just Because They’re for ArabsEhud Krinis - The Villages Group - The Occupation’s deceptively named “Civil Administration” has issued work cessation orders against all of these additions, shortly after their construction. The lawyers hired by the owners managed to delay the Occupation bureaucracy’s inevitable action for several years, until last Thursday (24.11.11): two bulldozers arrived at the hamlet, escorted by Occupation agents, soldiers and policemen, and completely demolished the village mosque and the living structure of the Hamamde family that served as a rabbit pen.30/11/2011
Witnesses in Bassem Tamimi`s Trial: We were Instructed by Interrogators to Incriminate HimJonathan Pollak - PSCC - 15 year-old Mo`atassem Tamimi and 20 Year-old Udai Tamimi told the court they were deprived of sleep and briefed before their interrogations on what to say. Nabi Saleh protest organizer, Bassem Tamimi, has been behind bars for over 8 months. 30/11/2011
Detained Legislator Receives Extended Remand For Six MonthsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Rajoub held the position of the Minister of Waqf and Islamic Endowment at the tenth Palestinian government, and is considered one of the well-respected officials and religious figures in the Hebron district." - id 30/11/2011
Israeli Authorities Prevent Reparation of Major Electricity LinesPalestinian Center For Human Rights - IMEMC - "The prevention of repairs to the damaged line coincides with threats made by Dani Ayalon, Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister, that Israel is examining the possibility of Israel pulling out of the Gaza Strip in terms of infrastructure in response to the Palestinian reconciliation meeting in Cairo." - id 30/11/2011
Israel Bulldozes Land in Salfit, Demolishes Homes in Jordan Valley, Seize Computers, Cash in Nablus PNN - Palestine News Network - "In Salfit, the farmer Hani Mohammed Amer called on Israel to stop bulldozing his land and uprooting the roughly 100 olive trees planted in the area Israeli forces plan to use to build the separation wall. Amer said that the wall would designate more land for the nearby illegal settlements of Azon Atma and Masha." - id 30/11/2011
Main Witness in the Bassem Tamimi Trial: "My Testimony was Taken Under Duress"PPCC press release - Islam Dar Ayuoub, who was 14 at the time of his arrest confessed to having given false testimony at the police due to the immense pressure he was placed under before and during his interrogation. He has been advised by one of his interrogators before the official questioning began to point out Basem and Naji Tamimi as main organizers, and made to believe by another that he would be released if he does.29/11/2011
Palestinians assert national identity by large delegation to the Arab Games in Qatar PNN - The Palestinian delegation Arab Games, to be held in Qatar, is expected to be bigger than on any previous occasion. Assuming that none of the athletes are blocked at border crossings, the Palestinian Olympic Committee intends to send 29 soccer players and administrators, 15 volleyball players, 15 basketball players, seven tae kwon do players, six wrestlers, six bodybuilders, six karateka, six swimmers, six table tennis players, six track and field athletes, five judoka, five fencers, five chess players, four weightlifters, and three beach volleyball players. 29/11/2011
Stone Cold Justice - children in Israeli prisons, the majority accused of throwing stones John Lyons - The Australian/Salem-news - Hundreds of Palestinian children from the age of 12 are brought each year before the military court. Almost all will be imprisoned for anything from two weeks to 10 months. Some will end up in adult jails. And after that they usually have lost trust in others. They don`t have friends any more because they think their friends will betray them. There is also a stigma about them - other children and parents say, `Be careful being seen with him, or the Israeli soldiers will target you too.`" 29/11/2011
Israel sanctions mean Palestinian Authority cannot pay employees` wagesHarriet Sherwood - The Guardian - Impact of Israel`s refusal to release money will be felt by the one-third of Palestinians who depend on public sector workers` wages28/11/2011
Two Schools in NablusFilmmakers Tom Evens and George Azar--Witness--A Documentary video showing the struggle to get an education under occupation. dn27/11/2011
Israeli military arrests two young women after demolishing houses and mosque in the village of Um FagarahCPT Hebron - While the families are afraid for the safety of their daughters, the village has already starte rebuilding the mosque this Saturday, the first day of the Islamic New Year. This, despite the fact that Israeli soldiers can return at any point to bulldoze it again. People from many surrounding villages came to support this action.26/11/2011
Main Witnesses in Trial of West Bank Protest Organizer to Testify Monday and TuesdayPSCC Media Advisory - 14 year-old Islam Dar Ayyoub and 15 year-old Mo`atasem Tamimi, who incriminated protest organizer, Bassem Tamimi, after being unlawfully interrogated, will testify before court on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, at the Ofer Military Court. Entry to the military court must be coordinated with the Israeli army`s spokesperson`s office in advance. 26/11/2011
The non-story of the night raidsNoam Sheizaf - +972 - Why do the soldiers come at night? Why do they come at all to take people’s photos in the event they might become involved in illegal activities? And from there, you can also start questioning the whole logic of a permanent situation in which the army runs civilians’ lives. 26/11/2011
Shalit has been released, while the sanctions remain.Haggai Matar - +972 - Surely the state knows, or can easily check, that `Genocide` is a course that promotes the value of human life, and warns of the dangers and atrocities of war. Surely if there was any real danger in this course, the IPS could have just banned it, as it does with chemistry, computer science and others. 26/11/2011
Israeli Authorities Extend Detention of Journalist Israa Salhab MADA - PNN - "She has not been charged with a crime." - id 23/11/2011
Gaza warns of devastating floods if Israel opens damsPIC - Gazan agriculture ministry and civil defense have warned of devastating floods if Israel carried out its threat to open Gaza valley dams. The livestock in the area would be drowned, main sustenance for most of the people in the area.22/11/2011
Report: “Palestinian Village Condemned To Live In Darkness”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Spanish organisation, Seeba, managed to install solar panels at a Palestinian village in the West Bank, known as Amenzil. For the first time its residents managed to have electricity, but Israel issued a military injunction ordering the residents to remove the panels"21/11/2011
Israeli forces close village, erect checkpointsMa`an News Agency "Israeli forces have closed the entrance of Beita village in Nablus and are refusing to allow residents to enter or exit the area, witnesses said late Thursday.Soldiers erected flying checkpoints in Huwara and the entrance of the Shavei Shomron settlement, and closed the nearby Beit Furrik checkpoint, travelers said." ca 18/11/2011
Army Arrests Seven Palestinians in Hebron and Qalqilia including 4 children Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - army invaded Azzoun town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and arrested four children identified as Qusai Shaher Salim, Rashad Raed Shbeita, Ehab Taleb Mashal, and Ibrahim Ahmad Enaya, all 17 years old.17/11/2011
Erekat: Reports of secret deal to release revenue `nonsense`Ma`an - The Israeli daily Haaretz reported Thursday that the PA offered to stop trying to join international agencies and pledged not to seek any upgrade to its UN status if Israel released money it owes the PA...Hanan Ashrawi also rubbished the report."This report is completely untrue, and the Israeli media tools are not the source of information for the Palestinian positions and decisions," she said in a statement."The report is a new Israeli maneuver and an attempt to create confusion to stop the Palestinian bid to the UN."17/11/2011
Jordan Valley: Demolitions due on 18/11/11Many of the families have already suffered several home and property demolition in clear violation of international law and human rights, all the while settlements in the same area are state subsidized and their mainly agricultural produce – a result of a war crime – is still allowed into European markets. While the international community discusses Palestinian statehood, on the ground Israel is continuing the ethnic cleansing and colonization of Palestine with a further displacement push in the Jordan Valley.17/11/2011
Israeli forces demolish homes in JerichoMa`an News Agency "Palestinian security officials said over 30 army vehicles and 100 soldiers deployed in the Ein al-Duyuk al-Tahta area early Tuesday morning and declared a closed military zone, before bulldozers started demolishing homes.Families did not have a chance to remove their furniture and belongings, security officials added." ca 16/11/2011
DFLP lawmaker: Israel trying to `choke` PAMa`an News Agency "Abu Laila, a member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, noted in a statement that the revenue -- which includes duties on imported goods -- belonged to the Palestinian people and was not a gift or donation from Israel.The funds, amounting to around $100 million each month, were a basic right of Palestinians, he added. He said the Israeli government was trying to choke the PA, and blackmail the West Bank government over the PLO`s application to join the United Nations." ca 16/11/2011
Al-Walajeh, a Village Soon Surrounded Aaron Rotenberg - PNN - "After years of land confiscation and housing demolitions, the fate the residents of al-Walaja have to look forward to is the complete encircling of their village by the wall." - id 23/11/2011
The struggle of a family in the shadow of illegal annexationAlistair George - IMEMC - "“The Israelis hope that that the young people leave, the old people die, and then they can confiscate the land and the houses.”" - id 23/11/2011
PA: Israel razes lands in JerichoMa`an - "Israel was trying to expel farmers from the Jordan Valley." - id 23/11/2011
Israel to withhold Palestinian tax moneySaed Bannoura - IMEMC - The decision was taken in spite of Defence Minister Barak`s argumet that freezing the money would harm the Palestinian security services that proved effective in maintaining the security situation in the West Bank. But Ministers Lieberman and Steinitz felt that the Palestinian Authority must be sanctioned for its UN applications, and for reconciliation with Hamas. 15/11/2011
Israeli Army calls the ex-detainees for interrogationMais Azza - IMEMC - While Israeli Prison Administration are continuing to punish and isolate prisoners under their control, ex-detainees freed as part of the swap last month, were called for interrogation in Ofer detention center near Ramallah - IDF forces breaking into ex-detainee`s home. 15/11/2011
French Consul wounded, policeman killed, in Gaza air strikePress release - PCHR Gaza - The consul`s wife suffered from hemorrhage that led to a miscarriage15/11/2011
Israeli army steps up attacks on Palestinian water Ben Lorber - AIC - In the Jordan Valley, the Israeli army is destroying wells that had permits from the Palestinian Authority, and were operating in the 5% of the Jordan Valley designated after the 1993 Oslo Accords Area A, under full Palestinian civil and military control. 15/11/2011
Why is an Israeli soldier worth more than a Palestinian child?Dana Halawa - EI - "Akram Mansour was arrested at the age of 18. He has spent over three torturous decades languishing in Israeli jails for resisting the Israeli occupation of Lebanon. At 51, he finally gets to taste a bit of freedom — although without his mother, father or sister who died while he was in Israeli custody — before the brain tumor he developed in Israeli jails takes life itself from him." - id 9/11/2011
Medical treatment delayed for hours after army shoots boy in the eyeBrendan Work - Electronic Intifada - "“Four and half hours we were [outside St. John] in the ambulance while they ignored us,” she explained. “The [paramedic] named Bashar, a young man, said he’d done everything he could. He called someone named Dalya at Hadassa [hospital in Jerusalem], responsible for those coming from the West Bank, but she said she needed to speak to the PA [Palestinian Authority]. Al-Makassed [Hospital] said there wasn’t one bed." - id 9/11/2011
Palestinian arrested for tending to his own olive treesMya Guarnieri - +972 - "Monday’s arrest serves as a reminder that Israeli forces are not only complicit with settler violence but that they often use “law enforcement” as a means of violence itself." - id 9/11/2011
Interrogation on way backMazin Qumsiyeh - - After several body and personal belonging searches and hours of waiting, I was sent to speak with a guy who was drinking tea with lemon. Shahar (his name) spoke Arabic and we spent about an hour together (last time there was the good cop-bad cop, this time it was just one investigator). 8/11/2011
Israeli Military Destroys Wells Near HebronAdam Kerry - IMEMC "In the village of al-Mafqara, Israeli authorities demolished solar panels and water pipes that were used to supply electricity and drinking water to the local community. Local resident Nasr al-Nawaja told Ma`an “"By canceling the project, the Israeli occupation is confiscating people’s basic human rights," ca25/11/2011
Are the Freedom Rides a detour for the struggle?Linah Alsaafin - Electronic Intifada "Today, activism and popular resistance isn’t centralized but, rather, is scattered throughout particular villages and parts of cities. For an act that carries huge potential and holds meaningful implications by connecting the current reality of Palestinians to the history of other oppressed societies, there should have been more awareness on the Palestinian street of its occurrence." ca25/11/2011
Palestinian no-shows denied justice in Israeli courtsTomer Zarchin and Jack Khoury - Haaretz "According to the State Attorney`s Office, 1,500 such claims have been filed, mostly claims for bodily harm. There are 110 suits pending in various Israeli courts regarding such damages, many of which are going nowhere because of restrictions on plaintiffs or witnesses leaving the Gaza Strip." ca25/11/2011
David Shulman on South Mt. Hebron and the Breaking of Israeli DemocracyDavid Shumlman--November 12, 2011 Wadi Rahim For once, a quiet day in South Hebron. No settler attacks, no Closed Military Zone, no overt violence—only the background hum of a violent machine running through its familiar rhythms. The soldiers came and went without causing any particular harm; even Ezra said, "They`ve never been so nice to me!"—this after they stopped and searched him repeatedly on the road. We were able to work unhindered, so we opened a long, winding water channel and bordered it with heavy rocks and now, if the rain comes mid-week as they say it will, the water will flow downhill directly into the still usable cistern. Then we worked through the thirsty afternoon at Bi`r al-`Id, fixing the road, hot, heavy, physical work with spades and picks and buckets. A good day. I ache all over, not only metaphysically. 20/11/2011
West Bank settlement is outdoing its neighboring Bedouin villageIlana Hammerman--"And there was a man in Maon, whose possessions were in Carmel; and the man was very great, and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats; and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail; and the woman was of good understanding, and of a beautiful form; but the man was churlish and evil in his doings ... " - 1 Samuel 25:2-3 dn13/11/2011
Generosity at Qalandiya CheckpointAya and Tamar--New in Mahsanmilim6/11/2011
A worldwide appeal to Christians.........Ibrahim Shomali--Palestinian Christians call for an open air mass to pray for the end of the Israeli occupation days after Israel announces a major confiscation of lands in the town of Beit Jala dn6/11/2011
South Hebron Hills UpdateAbout one month ago we reported to you on the state of the local schoolhouse in Palestinian Susiya [Susya]... A little while before arriving at the Susiya school, we learned of yet another act of destruction inflicted by the Israeli Military Occupation’s “Civil Administration” arm.5/11/2011
Freed Palestinian prisoner recounts torture in Israeli jailsMya Guarnieri - +972 "Despite this ruling, Palestinian detainees continue to suffer from torture and mistreatment at the hands of security forces. Between 2001 and 2009, over 600 complaints were filed against General Security Services (GSS or Shabak) on behalf of Palestinian prisoners. None of the petitions were investigated, prompting the United Nations Committee Against Torture to publicly criticize Israel." ca4/11/2011
Israeli doctors `failing to report torture of Palestinian detainees`Human : rights groups accuse doctors of failing to document signs of torture and returning detainees to interrogatorsHarriet Sherwood - The Guardian - "This report reveals significant evidence arousing the suspicion that many doctors ignore the complaints of their patients; that they allow Israeli Security Agency interrogators to use torture; approve the use of forbidden interrogation methods and the ill-treatment of helpless detainees; and conceal information, thereby allowing total immunity for the torturers." 3/11/2011
Petition: Deployment of Private Security Guards in East Jerusalem Is UnlawfulThe Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) - Stationed in neighborhoods such as Silwan and the Old City, 350 private security guards, financed by Israeli taxpayers, are charged with protecting some 2,000 Jewish Israeli settlers. The armed guards carry out daily policing duties such as patrols and guard watch in predominantly Palestinian neighborhoods, without proper supervision and guidelines.3/11/2011
Help Us Stop the Persecutio​n of Ashraf Abu Rahmah from Bil`inMohammed Khatib - This week, demonstrators marched on as usual to demand the dismantling of the Wall, but Ashraf was not among us. One day before, on Thursday, October 27th, a military judge decide to extend Ashraf`s arrest indefinitely, for the duration of the legal proceedings against him, despite the overwhelming evidence pointing to his innocence. 3/11/2011
Israeli Authorities Prevent Farmers Reaching their FarmlandsMais Azza - IMEMC - The farmers stated that the soldiers, based at the gate of the illegal settlement “Salit”, prevented them and their tractors from entering their own lands, and forcibly made them go home. The gate is the only entrance that connects the farmers with their farmlands behind the Wall.1/11/2011
Israel to mull sanctions on Palestinian Authority following UNESCO voteBarak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya - Haaretz - Among the ideas are: cancelling the VIP status of senior Palestinian officials which enables them to cross through Israeli checkpoints; increasing settlement construction; and halting the transfer of tax money which Israel collects for the Palestinian Authority. 1/11/2011
Palestinians may push for UN vote they expect to lose Harriet Sherwood - Guardian - ""Let these countries publicly justify why they will not support a Palestinian state."" - id 11/11/2011
Report: “Palestinian Village Condemned To Live In Darkness”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - “These Solar Panels are the ray of hope to the residents; we have been living here since 1948, and have nowhere else to go.” 19/11/2011
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