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Palestine Women PrisonersAIC--a video29/5/2011
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May 21, 2011: Music Teachers and Students from Tel-Aviv Visit Salem`s Music CenterCooperation with the Tel Aviv musicians augments the workshops given by Dr. Felicity Lawrence of Newcastle University at the Salem Center in November 2010 and April 2011. These activities open a window to different and varied musical worlds for the students and teachers in this village, among whose population of 6,000 there was only one single musician until a year ago.28/5/2011
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Israeli police use new electrical stunning device on protestersWadi Hilweh Information Center - Silwan "Israeli undercover units are employing a new, unknown electrical device in crowd-control missions in East Jerusalem, say witnesses. Residents of Anata refugee camp stated that undercover police were witnessed brandishing a formerly unseen small electrical device at protesters during clashes in recent days that, when applied, temporarily cripple the movement of those targeted." ac 27/5/2011
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The unbearable Israeli lightness of arresting Palestinians Amira Hass - Haaretz - A senior IDF officer signed an administrative detention order full of mistakes in its contents and with many whiteout erasures. Is an arrest without trial for six months such a trivial matter that it doesn’t require checking of the details? 26/5/2011
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Israeli intelligence, backed by military, threatens villagers in At-TuwaniCPT At Tuwani - At around 7 pm, two military vehicles and about fifteen soldiers on foot entered the village. Soldiers first invaded the house of one of the community`s nonviolent resistance leaders. Soldiers searched rooms and the surroundings at gunpoint. At the same time four men in civilian clothes, but with military gear and assault rifles, systematically approached local adult men and began questioning them.26/5/2011
Prison Protest Expandsby David Steele - 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group "The protest is intended to secure the release of a number of prisoners from solitary confinement and has been ongoing for three weeks so far. Some have been in solitary confinement for a number of years. There are over 7000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, most of whom are political prisoners." ca 20/5/2011
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Army Invades Madama Village, Imposes Curfewby Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies "Ehab Al Qit, head of the Madama Village Council, reported that several Israeli military jeeps invaded the village, imposed curfew and demanded all stores to shut down and all residents to go home. Eyewitnesses said that soldiers also broke into and searched several homes causing damage." ca 20/5/2011
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EU official: Open Gaza crossings immediatelyMa`an News Agency - "EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva called for the "immediate, sustained and unconditional opening of crossings for the flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and persons," following her trip to the coastal enclave Tuesday." ca 20/5/2011
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From Gaza.....Women Push for ChangeSaphia Abou-amer - MIFTAH - Besides the slow social changes taking place in Gaza, women also have a number of institutions and centers to fall back on for support. The Women’s Affairs Center is located in Al-Remal district of Gaza City. The center not only offers support, guidance and advise to women but it is also run entirely by them. I managed a chat with the center’s director Amal Siyam in order to better understand the system of women’s social networking in Gaza.19/5/2011
Israeli Demolitions More Than Double Since Last YearKevin Murphy - IMEMC - "A total of 333 Palestinians were displaced from January to April as a result of the destruction of 78 residential units." 18/5/2011
EU official: No restrictions – no Gaza crisis Ronen Medzini - Ynet - ""We want to see all passageways open and all essential goods transferred. Today it is difficult to transfer vital commodities."" 18/5/2011
Israel`s dogs of war Gideon Levy--Palestinians desperate to earn a living are becoming bolder about getting into Israel to find work. The IDF response? Dogs. 15/5/2011
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Landmines of reconciliationSaleh Al-Naami - Al-Ahram Weekly ""All these issues could be compounded if agreement is not reached regarding unifying the security apparatus until after elections. How can we supervise elections under two separate security agencies? Detentions and restrictions on freedoms could continue." Al-Masri argued that the situation "requires a plan, even a gradual one, to integrate and rebuild security agencies. While delaying the step could circumvent an immediate explosive situation, the landmine could detonate at any moment." ca 13/5/2011
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Judge remands Palestinian teen despite suspicions that soldiers beat himAmira Hass - Haaretz - "He then extended the remand until Thursday "to allow the prosecution to consider its next moves - solely because we are on the eve of Memorial Day and Independence Day, on which no hearings are held."" 11/5/2011
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Israel admits it covertly canceled residency status of 140,000 PalestiniansAkiva Eldar - Haaretz - "..."mass withdrawal of residency rights from tens of thousands of West Bank residents, tantamount to permanent exile from their homeland, remains an illegitimate demographic policy and a grave violation of international law."" id 11/5/2011
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UN special rapporteur on torture to address Nabi Saleh trialJoseph Dana - 972 magazine "14 year-old Islam Tamimi was arrested on January 23 by a large group of soldiers who stormed his family’s home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh in the middle of the night. He was taken from his bed at gunpoint, beaten up by the soldiers who arrested him and denied sleep. His arrest, only a week after a previous military night time raid on his house, is in line with a common Israeli tactic of callously arresting minors in order to use their confessions against many others in the quest to suppress unarmed anti-occupation demonstrations." ca13/5/2011
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IMEMC May 10 headlines***France Extends Further Aid As Palestinian Government Wages Remain Unpaid ***Army Starts Wall Construction Around Palestinian Town North of Jerusalem ***Army Invades A Village Near Jericho ***Soldiers Kidnap Four Palestinians In the West Bank ***Army Invades Jenin 10/5/2011
Beit Ummar: Residents celebrating unity say attacked by soldiersMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces violently shut down a rally celebrating Palestinian national unity in Beit Ummar near Hebron on Saturday, injuring several protesters, locals said"9/5/2011
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Susya and Lasefer, May 7, 2011 David Shulman in another of his reports, sending his personal testimony from the fields of Susya and Lasefer in south Mt. Hebron. 8/5/2011
The Weight of Nationalism in Nabi SalehJoseph Dana--Military might against defensless peoples dn8/5/2011
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House Team Report April-May 2011IWPS--The IWPS house team has been very active for the past couple weeks. There are few internationals in the West Bank at the time and we are working together in an attempt to cover the many needs of Palestinian villages under attack from settlers and the Israeli Occupation Forces. It must also be noted with sadness that the Michigan Peace Team suffered a major loss when one of their members was brutally attacked by soldiers in Izbet at Tabib, resulting in both her wrists being broken. Their team, being only 2 on the ground at the time, has had to leave Palestine.8/5/2011
Drive for Palestinian Unity Exposes Fractured SocietyISABEL KERSHNER--The unity deal is intended, among other things, to strengthen the Palestinian leadership that is pursuing recognition for a Palestinian state — not half a state or two separate states — at the United Nations in September. But the quest for unity has exposed a fractured society that remains geographically separated and still largely controlled by Israel. 8/5/2011
Norway joins ranks supporting unified PalestineMa`an News Agency - "A statement from the PA`s caretaker Minister of Planning and Administrative Development Ali Jarbawi said Wednesday that Norwegian representative in Ramallah Tor Wennesland pledged to continue providing $140 million in annual support to the Palestinian National Authority through to 2012." ca 6/5/2011
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Nokdim Settlement and the JNF establish a Park on Palestinian Tuqu` LandsIsraeli TV - Channel 10 Video (Hebrew w/English subtitles) ca6/5/2011
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Barenboim conducts peace concert in Gaza stripVideo on Youtube -www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4zSSbGJ-x4 "There are musicians who care about humanity..." ca6/5/2011
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World Leaders Warn Israel Not to Impound Palestinian Tax Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam "Now, Tony Blair and Hillary Clinton are both warning Bibi that this money isn’t Israel’s to withhold and no less a figure than Ehud Barak reminds his government that if it does so it will be in violation of international agreements." ca6/5/2011
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23 Killed, 81 wounded, By Army Fire In Gaza, In AprilSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "33 of the wounded are children, 16 are women; these figures indicate that nearly %60 of the wounded in April are women and children." 4/5/2011
Army Seals Nabi Saleh VillageSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - The local Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, one of dozens of nonviolent committee in the occupied West Bank, said that the army is targeting the village for its legitimate nonviolent resistance, and is practicing collective punishment against the residents.3/5/2011
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PA could fail to pay salaries if revenues heldMa`an News Agency - "More than 170,000 Palestinians are employed by the Palestinian Authority in both the West Bank and Gaza, and according to Abu Libdeh, their salaries had been budgeted with some of the $80-100 million in tax revenues Israel collects on behalf of the PA"2/5/2011
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When Montgomery Comes to Nabi SalehMark Perry--As the nonviolence movement in Palestine continues to be threatened, knowledge of its existence remains minimal at best.1/5/2011
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At Umm-Al-Kheir, Fighting Demolitions with ArtThirty years ago, these families have had the misfortune of the Israeli settlement Carmel settling right on top of their lands and living quarters. The continued expansion of Carmel means continued demolitions and evictions for Umm-Al-Kheir...In the meanwhile, young people ...erected (with the help of Israeli and international volunteers) a new tent which they designate to become a center for many educational, artistic and other activities. 21/5/2011
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Palestinian writer detained without charge by Israeli authoritiesAmnesty International - "“We fear that Ahmad Qatamesh may be behind bars for no reason other than the peaceful expression of his political views.”"11/5/2011
Salary crisis to be resolved soon, Fayyad saysMa`an News Agency ""The will of people will not be broken; they are determined to gain their freedom and independence by September," he said. "Suspending their tax revenues is simply an act of desperation.” ca13/5/2011
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Demolition warnings to Walaja residentsMa`an News Agency - "Demolition orders were handed out to seven families in Al-Walaja, the village closest to the ongoing construction of Israel`s separation wall." ca 13/5/2011
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