|Life under occupation|
|In the Jordan Valley, existence is resistance ||Jillian Kestler-DAmours--For Palestinians living amid increasing Israeli repression, simply staying put is a success in its own right.
|Jenin’s Freedom Theater raided by the Israeli army||Joseph Dana -
"Overnight, roughly 50 Israeli Special Forces troops raided the Jenin Freedom Theatre in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the Northern West Bank according to members of the theater. The Freedom Theater is often associated with slain Palestinian-Jewish actor Juliano Mer Khamis and his vision of cultural resistance to Israeli occupation. Mer Khamis was shot by unknown gunman outside of the theatre last spring. According to the press release of the Freedom Theater regarding the raid." ca||30/7/2011|
|Rivlin urges government to authorize Migron outpost||Tovah Lazaroff -
"The West Bank outpost of Migron received a boost this week from Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud), who called from the plenum podium for the government to authorize the community just off Highway 60, north of Jerusalem and east of Ramallah. As long as Migron remained unauthorized, he said, its homes would remain under threat of demolition, particularly the three whose destruction was delayed this week when the state announced that it would move against them in August instead of at the end of July." ca
|Fuel shortage threatens Gaza hospitals||Ma`an News Agency -
"In 2011, the Ministry of Health in Gaza received less than 400 thousand liters of fuel, but the hospitals need 1.5 to 2 million liters, he said.Barhum said Gaza hospitals received just 25.84 percent of required fuel in 2010, and more than 10 percent was unusable." ca||29/7/2011|
|Rights group outlines torture in Israeli detention||Ma`an News Agency - Palestinian detainees face torture and inhumane treatment in Israeli jails, a report by the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said Thursday. In a publication documenting violations of human rights against Palestinians by the Israeli army over two years, the Gaza-based rights group outlined 85 cases of Palestinians tortured in Israeli prison.
|France honors educator of Gaza’s children||Rami Almeghari -
"The medal is considered to be the highest award bestowed on non-French citizens." - id
|Miles of Smiles 4 Heading To Gaza Soon||Saed Bannoura -
"Over 300 patients have died since the siege began due to a lack of essential medical equipment, and having been denied exit passes by the Israeli government to receive treatment outside of Gaza." - id
|Israel extends solitary confinement for terrorist who directed attacks from prison||Chaim Levinson -
"Hamid`s lawyer said it is nearly impossible to challenge solitary confinement because it is based entirely on classified information." - id
|Gaza families demand right to visit prisoners||Eva Bartlett - Electronic Intifada - This right was taken from Gazaâ€™s families in 2007, after the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was taken by Palestinian resistance fighters. "We canâ€™t send letters, we canâ€™t see him, we canâ€™t talk to him,â€ť says Umm Ahmed of her 32-year-old son.||26/7/2011|
|Settlers Torch Palestinian Farmlands Near Nablus||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene but failed to stop the settlers, and instead, obstructed the work of local firefighters.||26/7/2011|
|IDFâ€™s reply confirms collective punishment of Palestinian village||Noam Sheizaf - +972 - From my own personal experience as a soldier and an officer in the West Bank, I can testify that these forms of collective punishment against Palestinian civilians who happen to live where protest is taking place is very common. The only unique thing about this incident is that it was caught on tape.
|Children tormented in the name of the law||Khaled Amayreh -
""...the detained Palestinian children are incarcerated in "sub-human conditions". As a result, Harb said, "it is quite natural that these kids would confess to anything to rid themselves of the miserable and unbearable detention conditions."" - id
|Eyewitness: Golan Heights demonstrators just wanted to return home||Adri Nieuwhof -
""It is a miracle that no one was hurt. The mines were planted in 1974 and ‘75 by Israel. Every year Israel burns the vegetation to make sure that people cannot hide."" - id ||22/7/2011|
|Medicine shortages drive Gazans to alternative healing||Eva Bartlett - The Electronic Intifada - “Not all problems can be treated by complementary or alternative means,” caution Mwtoweh and Shamali. “Like anti-cancer drugs — there are no alternatives,” says Shamali, whose own grandmother suffers for want of an anti-cancer drug unavailable in Gaza.
|Prison 101||Meg Walsh - MIFTAH - Back in prison, Ahmad, Mohammad, and Khalil decided they would provide a different outlet for the children in the camps, a different method of resistance. It would come in the form of a place to escape to-- a place to play sports, to create art, to forget the hassles of everyday life. This is how they came to open the Rehabilitation Committee of New Askar Camp in 1992, which originally sought to provide services to injured and disabled youth following the Intifada, but eventually expanded to become much more than that
|In the West Bank, there is no justice, even for children||Yossi Gurvitz -
"The military justice system – which famously bears the same relation to justice as military music to music – is biased against its detainees even more than the Israeli one." - id
|Soldiers attack mourners at Beit Ummar funeral||Ma’an - Israeli forces opened fire and shot stun grenades at people attending the funeral of Ibrahim Al-Khatib at Beit Ummar village. Two workers for the rights group B`Tselem were beaten by the troops and a resident taken to medical treatment. After the troops left, villagers proceeded with the burial.
|New film tackles military justice system in the West Bank||Joseph Dana - +982 - A new film by Israeli director Raâ€™anan Alexandrowicz tackles the issue of military courts in the West Bank like it has never been investigated on film.
|Airstrikes across Gaza Strip||Ma`an News Agency
"Israeli warplanes raided south and central Gaza late Thursday, targeting sites belonging to Hamas, witnesses said. " ca
|In Nablus, Palestinians play down possibility of September Intifada ||By Avi Issacharoff -
"Ex-militants say they won`t take to streets in September, but wish Israel would disappear." ca||15/7/2011|
|Children of Qalandiya: Mahmoud ||Tamar Fleishman - Palestine Chronicle - "Two, or maybe three days ago" they said, soldiers came out of the checkpoint area, they caught Mahmud and they took him, they handcuffed him, then they dragged and beat him: "They hit him too hard" (said one man).
|IDF shoots, kills Palestinian during Nablus raid ||YAAKOV KATZ AND JPOST.COM STAFF -
"Palestinian medical sources said that Ibrahim Sarhan, 22, was shot at least twice, once in each thigh, and was dead by the time he reached hospital. Sarhan had been on his way to dawn prayers when he was shot, his uncle, Ismail Sarhan, told Reuters." - id
|Twilight Zone / Separation anxiety ||Gideon Levy--Because Israel has prevented any form of family unification in the territories since 2009, mothers and fathers are torn from each other and from their children.
|The tactic of arresting Palestinian children ||Jillian Kestler-DAmours--The Israeli tactic of arresting and detaining Palestinian children is aimed to deter resistance.
|Israel expropriates Palestinian land in order to legalize West Bank settlement||By Chaim Levinson -
"For the first time in three years, the state has confiscated uncultivated land in the West Bank. The land will be used to legalize a nearby settlement outpost. Last week, acting on orders from the government, the Civil Administration declared 189 dunams of land belonging to the Palestinian village of Karyut to be state land, so as to retroactively legalize houses and a road in the Hayovel neighborhood of the settlement of Eli. This would seem to violate Israel`s long-standing commitment to the United States not to expropriate Palestinian lands for settlement expansion." ca
|UN Rapporteur Slams UN Report Backing Israeli Raid On Flotilla||by Saed Bannoura -
"The UN Commission will release the report on Friday in which, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, will express support to what was described as the “legality of Israel’s intervention against the Freedom Flotilla in May 2010".The AFP reported that Professor De Schutter opposes the Israeli siege on Gaza, and considers the Israeli attack on the Flotilla as a violation to the international law, and the right to food." ca
|B`tselem Release Footage Of Settler Attack||by Kevin Murphy -
"Human rights organisation B`tselem has released footage of Israeli settlers from the Yitzhar settlement in the West Bank setting fire to fields near olive orchards belonging to Palestinians in the nearby villages of Burin and Huwara. The ensuing fire consumed dozens of dunams of land and 400 olive trees according to media." ca||8/7/2011|
|One giant leap for mankind||Joe Catron -
"His perspective on the flotilla was similar. "Of course it`s political," he said. "If the flotilla were only bringing food, there would be no difference between the World Food Programme and the flotilla. If there were no political message, they could send it all to Ashdod for land transportation to Gaza. But I understand that each activist coming here believes in the rights of the people of Palestine. And they`re challenging the risks and provocations from the Israeli side because of those beliefs."We know that the Flotilla will not end the naval blockade," he answered. "But it has already sent a very important message to Israelis, Palestinians, and people in the surrounding countries. This criminal siege cannot be allowed to continue." ca
|Financial crisis again for PA||by Khaled Amayreh -
"Another financial crisis has hit the Palestinian Authority (PA), affecting its ability to pay salaries to as many as 200,000 employees and civil servants.The PA, which is not a sovereign entity, relies to a large extent on foreign aid, including semi-regular contributions from the US, EU and oil-rich Arab countries. According to Ghassan Khatib, head of the Government Press Office in Ramallah, three reasons stand behind the current crisis: accumulation of deficits; over-borrowing from banks; and the fact that the arrival of donor contributions doesn`t correspond to the pace of PA financial needs." ca
|Globalized Direct Action ||Meg Walsh - MIFTAH - As most nonviolent movements of the past have shown, change does not often come from the top-down. It comes from below when masses of people realize the need for it. The only difference is that now these people are physically coming on boats and planes to demand change as part of a universal struggle for human rights that connects all people.
|Israeli Army Destroys 9 Water Tanks in Palestinian Village of Amniyr||Tuwani Team - cpthebron - This is the fifth demolition in Amniyr in the last year, according to village residents and Nasser Nawaja, a B’Tselem worker. One month ago the army destroyed 11 houses and two cisterns full of water. The cisterns had also been destroyed 5 months ago and rebuilt with the help of Israeli activists from Ta’ayush. The ruins of houses from previous demolitions are still present; broken stones and twisted metal. Located just south of the archaeological site of old Susiya, the Israeli government claims it is state land.
|Welcome to Palestine – if you can get in||Sam Bahour -
"The prohibition on freely receiving foreign visitors is as disturbing as it is shocking, especially for a country that claims to be the only beacon of democracy in the Middle East." - id
|Soldiers Demolish A Home Near Bethlehem||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - Soldiers entered Khirbat Zakariyya, an village surrounded on all sides by the Etzion settlement bloc, and after asserting that "the house was built without a permit" destroyed the home of Mohammad Khalil Sa`ad and ten of his family members. Such acts are never counted by the army among possible reasons for the exacerbation of tensions on the West bank. [ed.] ||5/7/2011|
|Army: an alarming rise in West Bank tensions||Chaim Levinson and Amos Harel - Haaretz - IDF commanders concerned situation in territories may deteriorate further with diplomatic crisis looming in September when Palestinians make bid for UN recognition.
|PCHR Weekly Report: 35 civilians abducted in 31 Israeli incursions this week||by Saed Bannoura -
"During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 31 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they abducted 21 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children, a Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, a journalist and a human rights defender." ca
|My name is Matan Kohen.||Personal Letter of Appeal -
"My recovery was long and painful and I was left with permanent damage to my vision. Throughout the process I hoped that the soldier who shot me would be held responsible and that the army would be forced to compensate me. Instead, the soldier was not prosecuted. When I sued the Ministry of Defense, the judge decided that not only will I not be compensated, but I that I would be forced to pay for the cost of the trial. The end result is that for the pleasure of being shot by the army, I am required to pay approximately 100,000 shekels -- or about $29,000."
|Building Boom in Gaza’s Ruins Belies Misery That Remains||Ethan Bronner -
"GAZA — Two luxury hotels are opening in Gaza this month. Thousands of new cars are plying the roads. A second shopping mall — with escalators imported from Israel — will open next month. Hundreds of homes and two dozen schools are about to go up. A Hamas-run farm where Jewish settlements once stood is producing enough fruit that Israeli imports are tapering off." ca||1/7/2011|
|Operation Mozart||Ramallah Cafe -
"The operation was planned well in advance, and down to the last detail. Target: Passenger terminal at Israel’s Qalandia military checkpoint, near the entry cage where every day, hundreds of Palestinians cross to Jerusalem. Time of day: High noon, June 23rd, 2011. Operatives: More than two dozen Palestinian children. Weapons: molded wood, metal string, curved brass. Known co-conspirators: Georges Bizet, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. ”This is a musical intifada,” declared Ramzi Aburedwan, founder of the Ramallah-based Al Kamandjati (The Violinist, in Arabic)." ca||1/7/2011|
|Today in Palestine||compilation of events and commentaries
|Twilight Zone / Blood on the tracks||Gideon Levy--Ibrahim Sirhan bled to death after being shot by Israeli soldiers last week in al-Fari’a, a refugee camp near Nablus that can’t escape its tortured past.
|Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Non-Violent Palestinian and Israeli Activists in Al-Walaja||Danny Johnes - IMEMC News - The Israeli army prevented activists and media from accessing the olive grove. They also prevented Israeli and International activist from leaving Al-Walaja.
Among those kidnapped are Al-Walaja resident Shireen al-Araj and human rights activist Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh.
|Mekerot Water Company Disrupts Flow of Water to Palestinian Gardens Again!||James R. Thomas - CPT HEBRON - Mekerot has destroyed cisterns and wells on Jabber property filling them with rocks, and has issued orders for the demolition of all wells in the valley. Jaber said that the interruption of water to crops damages the Palestinian economy. He also said that each farmer in Baqa’a has 10-15 children. “They damage families.”
|Occupation Industry||Meg Walsh - MIFTAH - The settlements and the violence that stems from them, the products they produce on Palestinian land using vital Palestinian resources, and the state that directly supports them must be boycotted in every way possible. We must educate ourselves about what we have been indirectly supporting and take action through how we spend our money. Because those who hold all the power will not change unless movements like this one force them to.
|Jenin’s Freedom Theater raided by the Israeli army||Joseph Dana -
"“Whenever we tried to tell them that they are attacking a cultural venue and arresting members of the theatre we were told to shut up and they threatened to kick us, I tried to contact the civil administration of the army to clarify the matter but the person in charge hung up on me.“" - id
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