|Life under occupation|
|Defense Ministry ordered to release internal documents on Gaza policies||Amira Hass -
"...internal documents that detail the minimum nutritional requirements and calorie calculations needed to sustain the residents of the Gaza Strip." id
|Gaza escalation||Adam Keller -
Crazy Country -
"The Hamas Spokesperson told Reuters: "The armed factions will be obliged to a ceasefire, as long as the occupation too maintains a de-facto cease-fire"."
|Police back settlers` drive to evict Palestinians living on Church land in Jordan Valley ||Paul Adrian Raymond - EAPPI - Nabil Daraghmeh, who lives with his wife and four children on land he legally rents from the Catholic Patriarchate, told EAPPI that settlers arrived and set up a tent and that Isralei police then came and told him to demolish his family’s own tent or he would be arrested. He said he has lived and grazed his cattle here for around 15 years. ||29/3/2011|
|Israeli military demolishes village of Amniyr for second time in five weeks||Tuwani Team-CPT: The demolished homes are on private land
owned by the village`s Palestinian residents. However, Israel has
declared the land to be “agricultural,” and prohibits the residents
from constructing any dwellings, cisterns, or structures of any kind||29/3/2011|
|Dozens of villagers detained in third consecutive army raid on Awarta village||Ma`an/Haaretz - Overnight, the army carried out a third wave of detentions at Awarta village, in connection with the murder of the Fogel Family at the nearby settlment of Itamar. Dozens of villagers were detained, in addition to forty taken in the previous waves. Among the detainees are the deputy mayor of Awarta and two of his brothers. Detainees are reportedly being DNA tested. ||29/3/2011|
|Israel Destroys Ancient Water Reservoir In Bethlehem Area||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "Israeli authorities gave no comment on the destruction of the water wells. They had issued a demolition permit to the owner of the well, Ali Madghan Rashayida, and the owner of the reservoir, Majid Rashayida, on March 13th. Armored bulldozers arrived on the site less than two weeks later and carried out the destruction of the water source"||28/3/2011|
|Waves of arrests in weekly Nabi Saleh Demonstration||Ami972blog--A day after the violent arrest of Nabi Saleh Popular Committee leader Bassem Tamimi, one Palestinian, five Israelis and three international activists were arrested in Nabi Saleh on Friday. A Palestinian cameraman and three more Israelis were briefly detained.
|Salem`s Music Center Team Visits Tel Aviv And Jaffa||We see this visit as part of an ongoing effort to create connections between this groundbreaking project of music education in Salem and professionals and supporters from Israel and abroad. This effort will continue at the end of next week, when Dr. Felicity Laurence from the University of Newcastle, a world known expert in teaching chorus singing to children, will arrive for her second visit in Salem’s Music Center.||26/3/2011|
|Poll: Mideast change positive for Palestinians||Ma`an News Agency -
"The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research released the poll findings on Wednesday, which showed 67 percent of Gaza residents, compared to 32 percent of West Bankers, believe protests should be held to change their respective governments." ca
|Court extends remand of Gazan engineer held in Israeli prison||By Yossi Melman -
"The Petah Tikva Magistrate`s Court decided Thursday to extend the remand of Gazan engineer Dirar Abu Sisi by seven days upon the request of the General Security Service and the Israel Police. Abu Sisi, who was arrested in the Ukraine according to the foreign media, has been held in an Israeli prison for 34 days." ca
|Israeli Soldiers Arrest Bassem Tamimi, Coordinator of Nabi Saleh Popular Committee ||Popular Struggle coordination committee -
"Minutes after Bassem Tamimi entered his home to prepare for a meeting with foreign diplomats, dozens of Israeli soldiers stormed his house at the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh and arrested him. " ca||25/3/2011|
|Detainee Abu Sisi Discloses Detail of His Kidnapping in Ukraine to PCHR Lawyer : PCHR Calls for Immediate Release of Abu Sisi||PCHR - Press Release - Abu Sisi told the PCHR lawyer that on 19 February 2011 he was travelling by train from Kharkov to Kiev to meet with his brother Yousef who was coming from the Netherlands. Abu Sisi stated that three persons, two in military uniforms, entered his room on the train. They asked him to show his passport but he refused. Then they threatened him and forcefully took his passport. They forced him to get off the train at the nearby station of Poltava. At this time he was handcuffed and hooded.||21/3/2011|
|Palestinian Stabbed by Settler Near Hebron||David Steele - IMEMC - Mohamed Awad was attacked by a group of settlers who fled after stabbing him three times. Settlers let Palestinians pay for their grievances against the IDF [the so-called "price tag" policy]. ||21/3/2011|
|Israel says holding missing Palestinian||Ynet - State says 42-year old Palestinian engineer abducted in Ukraine being interrogated in prison
|Village of Awarta faced mass arrests, violence and massive destruction during five days of curfew||ISM--During the five day curfew in the village of Awarta, south of Nablus, the Israeli military raided homes and detained around 300 people, the youngest 14 years old. Some of the men were taken to the local boy school were they had to leave their finger prints and DNA and some were taken to the military base at Huwwra checkpoint. According to mayor, Qays Awwad, 55 men are still in Israeli custody. Some of the detainees reported that they had been abused by the soliders while they were detained and handcuffed. It has been reported that a 75 year old woman was handcuffed and had to sit on the ground while the soliders went through her home, and that an 80-year-old woman was beaten by soliders.||20/3/2011|
|Israeli Military Withdraws From Awarta. Damage, Theft, Assaults Reported||by Circarre Parrhesia -
IMEMC & Agencies
"The military’s action were in response to the murder of five members of the Fogel family, a family of Israeli settlers in Itamar, located near by to Awarta. During the four days of curfew harassed residents and caused repeated damage to property. Local sources reported." ca
|As Israel Celebrate Purim, Palestine Placed Under Siege||by IMEMC & Agencies -
"The Palestinians who have permits to enter Israel will not be allowed to do so until the closure is lifted. All Gaza terminals were also shut down.
|Children Denied Passage Through Wall Gate After Refusing Electronic Body Scan||by Saed Bannoura -
IMEMC & Agencies
"The gate is the only passage the villagers have after the Annexation Wall had completely surrounded their village.The children refused the soldiers’ demands and were forced back home before while the army closed the gate.The villagers live under constant siege and blockade since many years now as the Annexation Wall and the surrounding Jewish settlements have fully encircled their village and isolated it from the rest of the occupied territories." ca
|Israel stooped to Al Jazeera`s level with photos of murdered Itamar family||By Anshel Pfeffer
"Edelstein`s decision was an immediate failure, no serious news organization even considered publishing the photographs, but it is understandable when you consider the constant frustration inherent in his position. Still, even if he had succeeded in shifting the perspective of at least one reporter, it was the wrong call on just about every level." ca
|Israeli Security Shifts Focus from Armed Palestinian Resistance to Suppressing Non-Violent Activists||By Jesse Rosenfeld
"Abu Rahmah`s completed incarceration is the most high-profile example of what appears to be a shift in Israel`s security priorities -- from targeting the armed Palestinian resistance to primarily focusing on Palestinian and Israeli activists involved in popular protest and building international pressure abroad. It was a point made clear during the verdict on the prosecution`s appeal. When I approached the Palestinian grassroots activist in the prisoner`s box for comment before the proceedings began, the military prison security became visibly nervous, intervening immediately and silencing Abu Rahmah before he could get a sentence out." ca||18/3/2011|
|A Huge Palestinian Demonstration Marks “Unity Day” for Hebron||Paulette Schroeder - CPT - At 12:00 noon, March 15, three CPTers witnessed a huge crowd of mostly young people calling for unity between Fatah and Hamas in the struggle of the Palestinians` liberation. Numerous Palestinian flags waved throughout the crowd. Children sat on the shoulders of their older brothers. Young men danced jubilantly as smiles and exhilarating chants filled the street with excitement and hope.
|IMEMC March 16 headlines||Popular Rally Calls for Palestinian Unity in Nablus // Tens Of Thousands Rally In Gaza Calling For National Unity // Haniyya Calls On Abbas To Visit Gaza, Start National Unity Talks // Settler Opens Fire At Palestinian Vehicle Near Hebron
|Abducted Abu Sisi denied lawyer visits||PIC - Dirar Abu Sisi, the Deputy Director of Gaza`s power plant who was abducted by the Mossad in the Ukraine three weeks back has been denied the right to see a lawyer, the Palestinian Prisoner Society said. Abu Sisi is detained at the Ashkelon prison, but the prison has placed restrictions on lawyers meeting with him, PPS attorney Jad Qadmani has confirmed.
|Israeli Settlers Invade Beit Ommar Village||PSP - Three buses of settlers from Bat Ayn and Kiryat Arba Settlements stopped on Route 60 near the entrance of the village. The settlers entered a residence close to the Israeli watchtower, breaking everything inside the house and smashing flower pots and destroying trees and plants outside.
|80,000 Signed on Facebook for Third Intifada||"Third Palestinian Intifada" (http://www.facebook.com/Palestinian.Intifada) had over 80,000 supporters Friday, nearly twice as many as the day before. The page was established Sunday.||12/3/2011|
|Open Letter to Organizers of Berlin`s International Tourism Fair (ITB)||Jerusalem is listed as a very prominent tourist attraction. But it remains unmentioned that the eastern half of the city was occupied in 1967 by Israeli troops and annexed by Israel in 1980...Israel works ceaselessly, systematically and blatantly on the ‘Judification’ of Jerusalem||12/3/2011|
|Neglected Revolution in Palestine||Doris Norrito -
"“What can we do?” a friend blistered, “Israel does to us whatever it wants; America lets them and no one cares.” I saw in people who had had enough, unfurling buds ripe for revolt."
|Abu Seesi Kidnapped by Mossad and Now in Israel’s Shikma Prison||Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - have just confirmed through the Israeli NGO, HaMoked, that the story of the kidnapping and smuggling of Dirar Abu Seesi is under Israeli military censor gag order. I’ve just spoken to his attorney, Michal Rochabi-Dansiger, a government appointed public defender, and she is not allowed to breath a word of his story or detention. I am still trying to contact his sister, but it is late Israel/Gaza time so I haven’t been able to speak to her||10/3/2011|
|Army To Demolish Homes, Barns, Near Jenin||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - The demolition was ordered of eight homes and barns that belong to residents of Barta’a Al Sharqiyya, isolated behind the Annexation Wall.||8/3/2011|
|West Bank Chaos, Just a Stone`s Throw Away||Gideon Levy--An old rattletrap, some despondent villagers, a unit of Civil Administration soldiers and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. ||6/3/2011|
|17 years after Goldstein massacre, Hebron city center paralyzed||B`Tselem -
The closing of Shuhada Street is part of the policy of separation that Israel imposes in the heart of Hebron. This policy has led to Palestinian mass abandonment of the city center and has brought with it severe, continuing breach of the human rights of Palestinians. It is, de facto, an unacceptable regime of discriminatory separation.||4/3/2011|
|Fatah officials demand Abbas fires Western-backed Fayyad||HAARETZ - Reuters -
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has no significant political base of his own but wields substantial power as a former World Bank economist.
|Israeli Navy Fires At Palestinian Fishing Boats||Saed Bannoura -
"Adham Abu Salmiyya, spokesperson of Emergency and Medical Services in Gaza, said that the fishing boats were within Palestinian territorial waters during the attack."
|IDF is preparing for mass civil uprising in West Bank||Anshel Pfeffer -
"Senior officers now serving, or who once served, in the West Bank say they have long felt there is no way to effectively contend with a widespread, nonviolent civil uprising." id
|Eight killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza Strip ||Conal Urquhart -
"The dead included four civilians who were killed when a tank shell was fired at a Gaza City suburb. It is believed three members of the same family were killed... "The brutal crime of today will not pass without a response by the resistance.""
|Aid industry doing no harm in Palestine? ||Samer Abdelnour -
"...the aid industry directly removes from Israel the burden of responsibility for the destruction of Palestinian lives."||23/3/2011|
|UN Official Condemns Israel`s Killing Of Children In Gaza||Saed Bannoura -
"The UN envoy urged "an urgent halt to all acts of violence and full respect of international humanitarian law by all parties before more civilian lives are lost.""
|The sanctity of the soaring Qassam ||Amira Hass -
"But the neighbor/occupier to the east is crazy. It`s wrong to provide it with pretexts that would enable it to once again put Gaza`s children and old people through an ordeal like Cast Lead, or even one half as bad." id
|Practical arrangements underway for Abbas visit to Gaza||...is this momentum from the March 15 youth protests for unity? Netanyahu not happy, whines to CNN that "the PA cannot make peace with us and with Hamas at the same time". Go figure.||19/3/2011|
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