|Life under occupation|
|Factions review unity deal in Gaza||Fatah and Hamas met with factions on Saturday in Gaza on Saturday to discuss the reconciliation agreement reached in Cairo to reunite the Palestinian territories.||30/4/2011|
|Israel Prevents Return of Gazan to Gaza: Shabak Punishing a Collaborator Who Said ‘No?’||"...the fact that the Israeli Supreme Court approved this Shabak hocus pocus speaks very poorly for the Court’s upholding of democratic and human rights...the court decision was made under the British Mandate emergency laws now 60+ years old and not even originally established by the State. ...the same types of emergency laws which the Egyptian just overthrew and which the Syrians are attempting to overthrow. What about Israel? Isn’t it time?"||30/4/2011|
|Medics: 3 teens injured by Israeli fire in Bil’in||Ma`an News Agency
"Jamal Al-Khatib, 15, was injured in the mouth by a rubber-coated bullet. A 16-year-old, Nashmi Abu Rahma, was also hurt by a rubber-coated bullet that struck his foot, and Jaser Yasin, 14, was shot in the leg, medics said." ca
| Israeli Occupation Forces Arrest Palestinian Writer Ahmad Qatamesh||Alternative Information Center - In the early hours of dawn on Thursday, 21 April 2011, a large force of Israeli soldiers and intelligence officers raided the home of the prominent Palestinian writer and academic Dr. Ahmad Qatamesh in Al-Bireh and arrested him. Qatamesh had been an `Administrative Detainee` [i.e. without charges] during the 1990s for almost six years. [Al-Bireh is in the PA administered `area-A`-bz]
|The ‘Real’ Palestine ||Harriet Straughen - MIFTAH - The other day, I finally experienced the ‘real’ Palestine. It was not in the tense streets of Hebron or amongst the active demonstration in Bil’in, but here in Ramallah, in Al Amary refugee camp.
|Another Country||Alon Idan--Thousands of Palestinians go on trial every year in the Ofer military court for offenses like illegally entering Israel or demonstrating against the separation fence. No one really wants to know what goes on there. So is there any point at all to telling this story? ||17/4/2011|
|Body of abducted Italian activist found in Gaza home||Ma`an News Agency
"Salafist radicals in Gaza were suspected in the kidnapping of Vittorio Arrigoni, an activist for the International Solidarity Movement, last seen alive in a video posted online Thursday." ca||15/4/2011|
|Mourners demand justice for slain theater director||Ma`an News Agency
"Mourners of slain actor and director Juliano Mer-Khamis will meet with President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday, delivering a petition ahead of a planned sit-in, calling for protection of Jenin`s Freedom Theater." ca
|Israel must recognize Hamas` government in Gaza||By Uri Avnery -
"There is no point in achieving another fuzzy tahadia (calm ), with the help of another shadowy third party, with no details and no official agreement. We need an official cease fire, fixed in a written document, setting procedures to sort out complaints. We need an agreed, manifest, reliable third party to supervise this process." ca||15/4/2011|
|Awarta residents report daily IDF raids||Ynet - Yaakov Manor, a left-wing activist who visited the village on Sunday, recounted one such raid in a Palestinian home. "The soldiers entered rooms and broke furniture, broke a washing machine belonging to the family and a refrigerator as well. The soldiers tipped over oil containers and broke closets." ||12/4/2011|
|IDF judge: Unnecessary extension of Palestinian remands borders on illegal||Amira Hass - Haaretz - The judge said the incriminating evidence had been obtained before the arrest and on April 5, at 10 A.M. the suspect denied all the accusations. As no further action was taken in the case since then, it is not clear why the prosecution wants to extend the suspect`s remand "for investigation," the judge wrote.||12/4/2011|
|Village remains under siege weeks after settlement murders ||Charlotte Silver - EI - "During the closure everyone in the village was confined to their homes -- even peering out the window could elicit the firing of a deafening sound bomb. Soldiers let loose dogs on houses they searched […]. Less than a week after the Israeli army lifted the first closure, they returned on 22 March to impose another curfew that kept residents in their homes from 4am to 6pm. […] On 6 April, Israeli police and soldiers entered Awarta, arresting 200 residents, 100 of whom were women. After bringing those arrested to the Huwwara military base to take saliva samples, fingerprints and photos, nearly all returned to Awarta by 8:00am the next day"||11/4/2011|
|European Network Denounces Extended Solitary Confinement Of Blind Palestinian Detainee||Saed Bannoura -
"“The occupation uses this cruel punishment in an attempt to break the detainees physically and psychologically”."
|Palestinian Children Demand International Protection||Saed Bannoura -
"On Tuesday evening, four Palestinians, including two children and a pregnant woman, were injured after the Israeli army bombarded several areas in Gaza."
|Palestinian VC fund bets on West Bank tech potential ||DAVID ROSENBERG
"Sadara`s investors include Google and Cisco."
| Israeli forces continue to surround Beit Ummar||Ma`an News Agency - "Israeli forces have stepped up military activity in Beit Ummar since an Israeli settler opened fire on a funeral procession in the town on March 21, injuring two. The Israeli news site Ynet said a mourner had `probably` thrown rocks at the settler car, before the driver parked, disembarked and fired on the gathered mourners. Muhammad Ali Abu Safiyya, 59, was shot in the chest and critically injured. Within days of the shooting, Israel began constructing a fence enclosing the southern flank of the town"||4/4/2011|
|Twilight Zone / Return to Shuk Hatikva ||Gideon Levy--Munir Dweik, our regular taxi driver in Gaza, spent his teen years working in the Hatikva quarter`s chicken market. This week he paid a return visit ||3/4/2011|
|Weekly Collection of Occupation and Activism VIDEOS||from Friendly Stranger. ao||2/4/2011|
|IDF Again Denies Palestinian Access to Wadi Qana near Nablus||This time, apparently, to protect a "field trip" by hundreds of settlers.||2/4/2011|
|Nabi Saleh Protest Organizer, Bassem Tamimi, to Remain Under Arrest||by Joseph Dana -
"During a trial-within-a-trial procedure in Islam’s trial, motioning for his testimony to be ruled inadmissible, it was proven that his interrogation was fundamentally flawed and violated the rights set forth in the Israeli Youth Law in the following:
1.Despite being a minor, he was questioned in the morning following his arrest, without being allowed any sleep.
2.He was denied legal consul even while his lawyer was present at the police station.
3.He was denied his right to have a parent present during his questioning.
4.He was not informed of his right to remain silent, and even told that he is “expected to tell the truth” by his interrogators.
5.It was acknowledged by the interrogators that only one of the four interrogators was qualified as a youth interrogator." ca||1/4/2011|
|Committee: Israel to allow more Gaza exports||Ma`an News Agency -
"Israel has opened registration for manufacturers in Gaza to export goods to Europe, officials said Thursday. Registration is open for clothing and furniture merchants prepared to export, an official from the goods coordination committee said." ca
|A Long Walk Home From School||CPT--On 20 and 21 April 2011, during the Jewish Passover holiday, the Israeli military closed all of the gates on the east side of the Old City souq in Al Khalil/Hebron. This severely restricted the movement of Palestinian residents in that area. One of those affected was Yusuf.
Yusuf is five years old. He attends the kindergarten just across the landing from the CPT women’s apartment. He’s a bright little boy, who interprets in sign language for his mother, who is deaf. He has congenital physical difficulties: he has no left arm and one leg is significantly shorter than the other.
|Israel Scours Palestinian Village in Hunt for Killers||ISABEL KERSHNER -
"Children cried and ran away in fright at the sight of strangers. Mr. Lolah, who had two sons aged 30 and 33 in detention, said the soldiers had raided his house four times and “left nothing untouched.”"
|Settlement to pay NIS 750,000 for shooting death of Palestinian||Chaim Levinson -
"The shooting incident occurred in 2003"...."Adir was charged with negligent homicide and sentenced to 200 hours of community service." id
|Minister Aharonovitch: Israelis, Palestinians on a collision course ||Jerusalem Post - The IDF had been bracing for an increase in rocket fire from the Gaza Strip after the air force bombed a car traveling in Khan Yunis Saturday morning, killing three senior Hamas operatives who, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said, had been planning attacks against Israelis in the Sinai Peninsula.
|Gaza groups declare truce; IDF bombs Strip||by Elior Levy -
"Despite the Palestinian declaration, the army bombed Gaza for the 10th time Thursday, around midnight, targeting smuggling tunnels in Rafah. IDF officials confirmed the strike and said the army is preparing for further retaliation for Thursday’s barrage of rockets." ca
|IDF arrests at least 100 women in West Bank village ||Staff -
"News sources quote council head as saying soldiers entered Awarta after midnight, imposed curfew, rounded up dozens of women from homes." ca
|Aqaba: the crime of existing ||Adam Keller -
Crazy Country -
""It was Asher Tzur from the [Army`s] Civil Administration. The same man who over many years comes to destroy our homes. It was him again, also this time. What does he want from us? What have we ever done to offend him?"" ||13/4/2011|
|Awarta raided overnight, 5 more detained||Ma`an - Despite the continuous raids, arrests, testing and questioning, no suspect has been identified in the case. Because of the gag-order, it is unclear what evidence points to Awarta residents, and no comments have been made indicating that other avenues are being pursued.
An early report said Thai workers from the settlement were taken for questioning in the wake of the stabbing deaths, but little else has surfaced since.
"This is collective punishment," Awwad said, accusing the soldiers of intimidating village residents in an effort to drive them from the land. "Already they took 12 dunums to build Itamar, and now they want the rest."
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