|Life under occupation|
|Israeli Internal Probe: 2002 Bombing Which Killed 8 Children `Justified`||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "An `internal investigation` by the Israeli military released a report Sunday that there was `no wrongdoing` in a 2002 targeted assassination carried out by the Israeli airforce, in which Israeli soldiers dropped a missile on a crowded apartment building, killing a targeted leader of Hamas along with 13 civilians, including 8 children"||28/2/2011|
|Israeli bulldozers bury Bedouin village||Ma`an - Some 50 Bedouin residents of Amniyr, a tiny community north of Susiya in the south Hebron hills saw their tents torn down, their olive trees uprooted and water sources covered over.
|Israeli Army Targeting Children in Beit Ummar||Joseph Dana - "According to the press release issued by the PSP, `Other soldiers, accompanied by special units, invaded a park full of children between the ages of 12 and 15 years. The Israeli Forces attacked and shot rubber bullets and sound bombs at the children so they could not run away, and then proceeded to arrest 13 of them`"||21/2/2011|
|Golan Residents Recall Their Tahrir||A note from the forgotten Druze of the Golan, another population occupied by Israel.||26/2/2011|
|Second School Year Opens at Salem`s Music Center||From the Villages Group||26/2/2011|
|PA elections announced, but democracy a long way off ||Jillian Kestler-D`Amours -
The Electronic Intifada,
"The PA cabinet announced on 8 February that municipal elections would be held in the West Bank and Gaza later this year, on 9 July. The presidential and legislative council elections will also be held for the first time since 2006, PA officials said, before September of this year."
|A House Surrounded on all Sides||Palestine Monitor,
"After the Israeli Courts ruled against the demolition of Omar Hajaj’s home in Al Walajah, the Ministry of Defense ordered to surround his home with an electronic fence. If the plans are implemented, Omar and his family will be virtually entirely cut off from his village and surrounding land."
|Israeli bulldozers demolish 20 shelters in Tubas||Ma`an News Agency -
"Israeli military bulldozers demolished 20 huts and animal shelters on Thursday, taking down the majority of buildings in the Yerda area of Tubas for the second time.Ghassan Doughlas, a Fatah official charged with monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said the buildings of the Bedouin community had only been reconstructed the week before."
|Palestinian Authority cabinet resigns||Khaled Amayreh -
"Palestinian commentators also doubt the possibility of holding credible elections. "The decision to hold elections under existing circumstances is hollow; it shows that the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) is panicking and feeling insecure. In any case, we should remember that all these decisions were taken less than 24 hours after Mubarak and Omar Suleiman had gone," said Palestinian writer and commentator Uraib Rantawi.Is the PLO suddenly undergoing an awakening of conscience? Is the Tahrir Square spirit [hovering over] Ramallah? Or is it just another manoeuvre to divert Palestinian public opinion away from the scandalous revelations of Al-Jazeera (the so-called Palestine Papers)?"
|3 shot dead in northern Gaza||Ma`an News Agency - The three were said to have been killed near the evacuated Doget settlement, north of Beit Lahiya. A Palestinian official in Gaza said he was informed that the men were shot allegedly sneaking into Israel.
|TV review: True Stories: War Child blinded and taught to hate – no wonder the children of Gaza play at war||Sam Wollaston -
"And when the hatred is so deeply ingrained, at such an early age, it`s hard to see much hope."
|Hungry Gazans Feed Egyptian Troops||Mohammed Omer -
""They have always been there for us these past five years during the Israeli siege of Gaza," says Al-Nasri. "They help us to stand tall, so we help them.""
|Palestinian Quarry Ordered to Close Due to Settler Action||Circarre Parrhesia & David Steele - IMEMC - Although Beit Fajjar is located deep in the West Bank, the area falls within zone C, and thus is under full control of the Israeli military. As a result, the quarry has been informed that it is mining on "State Land".
|Gaza scholars ask Egypt to end siege||Ma`an News Agency - "A group of well respected religious scholars in Gaza City congratulated the Egyptian people on `ending the tyranny and injustice` of the nation`s former president, and called on the new leadership to continue the trend by opening the Rafah crossing"||14/2/2011|
|BREAKING: Erekat quits over Palestine Papers ||Al Jazeera: Chief Palestinian negotiator resigns, saying source of Al Jazeera`s revelations was in his own office...The news of Erekat`s resignation almost overshadowed the PA`s election announcement.||12/2/2011|
|Exclusive Video: Israeli army arrests 11-year-old in broad daylight (Part 2)||Joseph Dana -
The above is another video from Nabi Saleh, shot a couple of days after the night raids. It was taken on a Tuesday morning after Israeli authorities had completed another house raid. As the army and police were leaving, one police van stops and two border police officers jump out. 11-year-old Kareem Tamimi comes running into the frame, running towards his mother. The camerawoman begins shouting “Child! Child!” in Hebrew to the border police officers to no avail."
|France Grants P.A €10 Million To Finance Water Services In Bethlehem||by Saed Bannoura -
IMEMC & Agencies
"The Ministry said that the project aims at improving the drinking water system and its distribution network, and that this project will improve water services to more than 100.000 consumer by the year 2017."
|PCHR Weekly Report: 16 wounded in 46 incursions by Israeli troops this week||by Saed Bannoura -
In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for the week of 03 – 09 February 2011, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights found that Israeli warplanes bombarded a number of targets in the Gaza Strip, damaging a medicine warehouse of the Palestinian Ministry of Health and injuring 11 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children."
|Sykes-Picot to Mubarak-Suleiman: the beginning of the end||by Mazin Qumsiyeh-
Here in Bethlehem, we will have an event at 11 AM on Sunday in front of the Church of Nativity to celebrate the Egyptian achievements so far and push for more in terms of democracy and freedom. Please come if you are near."
|Palestinians detained, prices soar as Rafah stays closed ||The Electronic Intifada - Report - More than a week of political unrest in Egypt has heightened the threat of a humanitarian crisis in neighboring Gaza. Egyptian soldiers fled their posts on the northern border on 30 January, forcing the Rafah crossing -- a critical valve for the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza -- to close.
|Israeli army represses Palestinian dissent by arresting children at 3am (Part 1)||Joseph Dana - +972 - Based on the initial investigation, the General Security Service (Shabak in Hebrew) determines which child is the most susceptible to psychological torture and will most likely implicate the leadership of the popular committee This unlucky boy is then rearrested, charged with stone throwing (evidence other than confession is usually not provided to back up this charge) and subjected to a much longer interrogation without lawyer or parents present. After two or three children go through this punishment, the army raids the home of the popular committee leaders and they are then imprisoned for between one and three years on charges of incitement
|Palestinians detained, prices soar as Rafah stays closed ||Report -
""There is nothing coming through the tunnels now -- I think the problem is only going to get worse," he said. Petrol has now run out entirely and the only fuel available is the limited amount coming from Israel at treble the price."
|Ten Palestinians Wounded In A Number Of Israeli Air Strike Targeting Gaza||Saed Bannoura -
"...including two children and three women, were wounded after the army bombarded a medical storage facility east of Gaza City."
|Fayyad demands intervention to stop settler violence||Ma`an - "It is time the international community stopped treating Israel as a state above the law," Fayyad said, demanding that international work be put into protecting Palestinians.
|`We were for blackmail` escaped Hamas prisoner says||Ma`an News Agency - "Detained in 2007 after Hamas forces in Gaza ripped a section of the border wall down, allowing thousands of Strip residents to spill into Egypt, where most bought provisions and fuel. [...] After more than a year in detention, Noufal said he started insisting that he know why he was being held"||7/2/2011|
|They pissed on him and he got 8 months||From Machsanmilim--a description of a children`s military court trial||6/2/2011|
|Effects of Egypt`s turmoil felt in Gaza Strip ||Electronic Intifada: "Hassan Washah was the first Palestinian known to have fled from an Egyptian prison and returned to Gaza. Washah described how he escaped Abu Zaabal prison in Cairo`s al-Qalyoubiya district where he had been serving a ten-year sentence." ao||5/2/2011|
|Egyptian Intifada is the “Old Arab Dream”||by Mohammed Rabah Suliman -
"...the youthful generation in Gaza watched closely the demonstrations which constituted an empowering source of inspiration, stirring their sentiments and mobilizing their efforts which terminated in their taking to the streets in solidarity with their Egyptian neighbors. They closely followed the happenings attempting to absorb every minute event so as to carry it through the years when they will be able to communicate to their sons one of the most inspirational and largest events in the history of the Arab world and feeling proud they have lived such a day."
|About me. Welcome to My Blog!||Mohammed Rabah Suliman -
Blog from a Gazan
"Due to the fact that I am living in a region which is characterised by constant war times, brutalities, and violence resulting from the new old historical conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis, I found myself obliged to record my views, experiences, and diaries as I witness them firsthand. Therefore, I have created this blog so that people can read and become more familiar with the lives of Palestinians away from the illusively complex political speeches and media talks. I will be happy to read your comments, and all suggestions are highly appreciated."
|Egypt`s revolution inspires Gaza`s youth ||Mohammed Rabah Suliman,
The Electronic Intifada
"The revolution underway in Egypt is being closely watched by Gaza`s youth who see it as a source of empowerment and inspiration."||4/2/2011|
|After Egypt, Palestinian rivals turn to Facebook||Ma`an News Agency -
By Nasser Lahham
" Inspired by the uprising in Egypt, Hamas and Fatah are taking to Internet as supporters set up rival Facebook pages calling for revolutions against their Palestinian rivals."
|Gaza govt gives okay to re-open cinemas||Ma`an News Agency
"The last movie theater in Gaza City closed in 1987 when the First Intifada broke out. West Bank theaters closed down during the same period, but the cities of Nablus and Jenin made international headlines in 2010 when they both opened theaters playing a selection of popular Arabic, Persian and Hollywood films."||4/2/2011|
| A Normal Day in the Lives of My Palestinian Neighbors||Paulette Schroeder - CPTHebron - Because there is no mandatory schooling for Palestinian children, the children roam the streets, smoke, or help their family. Two times in the recent past, the Military snatched two of these working young men. One of these boys was using a cutting knife to help his father unpack boxes of store goods. The other boy was sent by his father on an errand, but the child`s coat resembled a policeman’s coat. The Military took him and questioned him for hours while his father reasoned with the soldiers.
|Seven Palestinians Killed By Army Fire In Gaza In January||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - The Higher Committee for Emergency Services in the Gaza Strip reported that seven Palestinians were killed by during Israeli military attacks against the coastal region in January. At least twenty residents were wounded. Most of the casualties took place during Israeli air strikes and bombardment targeting the Gaza Strip.
|Harsh Interrogations of Children Escalate in Nabi Saleh||Joseph Dana - +972 - In an escalation of the repression of unarmed demonstration in the West Bank, 14 year old Islam Tamimi was seized from his home and arrested at 0200 on Sunday 23 January 2011 . It was the second time in roughly three weeks that he was taken by Israeli soldiers. The soldiers applied stress position techniques on the 14 year old boy, hoping to force his psychological collapse. The exhausted child was then taken to an unnamed police station where he was interrogated without his parents or a lawyer present. During an eight hour interrogation and after prolonged exposure and sleep deprivation, Tamimi capitulated to the army’s dictated script.
|The order will be to shoot||Amira Hass -
"Israel has created a complex and invisible bureaucracy that completely controls Palestinian freedom of movement, and hence freedom of employment, livelihood and studies, the freedom to fall in love and establish a family." id
|Arrests and Violent Repression in Silwan||Ramona M. - IMEMC||1/2/2011|
|Israeli forces raid Silwan, attempted arrest of Adnan Ghaith’s son - Oudai Ghaith,11 ||SILWANIC - During the early morning raid, the family refused to hand over Oudai Ghaith and police left the home on the condition that the 11-year old boy present himself at the police station at 10am.
|Witnesses: Israel demolishes tents in West Bank village||Ma`an News Agency - "Khirbet Tana falls in Area C, which covers 60 percent of the West Bank and is under full Israeli military and civil control. Residents must apply to Israeli authorities for permission to build on their land, but say permits are routinely refused. According to the UN, in practice Israel`s Civil Administration allows Palestinians to build in less than one percent of Area C"||21/2/2011|
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