|Life under occupation|
|Settlers destroyed 55 olive trees, September 29, 2011||Facebook -
"Jewish settlers Thursday from Shima, a settlement built illegally on the land of Ad Dahriyeh, a town south of Hebron, destroyed 55 fruitful olive trees and wrote several threatening slogans to Palestinian residents, according to security sources." ca
|Palestinian artist gives hope to community under occupation ||Kate Laycock -
"Eid, a 26-year-old Palestinian Bedouin, turns scrap material into art. His own house may be facing imminent demolition, but he is determined that his children will inherit his capacity to dream." ca||30/9/2011|
|The Villages Group: Cooperation in Israel-Palestine||Ehud Krinis -
The Villages Group
"On Thursday, September 22nd, we visited and met the school staff: Principal Muhammed, and the four teachers – Amjad, Nizar, Ahmad and Hima. Our expectations and hopes that the Susya school will be growing vigorously and that the number of classes will increase from year to year, have been put aside as of yet: this year, too, there are only four classes (1st through 4th grades). The limited budget allotted to the school by the Palestinian Authority does not enable it to recruit new teachers. Hence, adding classes and expanding the school’s framework are still impossible. The number of pupils remains small – 32 in all." ca
|A Bureaucratic Occupation ||Julie Holm - MIFTAH - Media coverage of Palestine is most often concerned with violence, and diplomatic fighting on an international stage. While that may draw attention to the area and the occupation, it is distracting the world from seeing the smothering bureaucratic control of everyday life that is an important aspect of the Israeli occupation.
|Palestinian children woken in night to be photographed by soldiers : Youngsters in West Bank village were forced out of bed for Israeli military `mapping` exercise||Harriet Sherwood - "The photos were taken for what the army calls `mapping`: the army did not have any basis for suspecting any particular minor they awoke to photograph, but they wanted to build a reservoir of pictures they could later use for identification purposes, should the minor be involved in stone-throwing or other violent activity. In response to a report on the issue which was broadcast on Channel 10 News, the army said that `it uses a variety of means to maintain order and security`."
|Israel warns of repercussions if Palestine state bid succeeds||Donald Macintyre - The Independent - "The Israeli foreign minister declared on Army Radio: `If the Palestinians will indeed pass a one-sided resolution, if not in the Security Council then the General Assembly, that would bring us to an altogether new situation and this would have repercussions, tough repercussions.` With Israel`s Cabinet yet to take a decision on what, if any, measures it might take in response to the UN bid, Mr Lieberman avoided specifics, including two ideas already floated: withholding customs revenues from the Palestinians and `annexation` of settlement blocs in the West Bank"||26/9/2011|
|The Shabab Vs.The Jesh at Qalandia Checkpoint 21-9-2011.wmv||You Tube
"During a violent five-hour clash between Palestinian youths and Israeli special forces at the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, 20 Palestinians were injured and Israeli troops experimented with two unusual weapons. Israeli soldiers used an acoustic, vehicle-mounted device called The Scream to disperse protestors as well as a new type of tear gas, which eyewitnesses told Palestinian official news wire Wafa was more toxic than usual. Six protestors were injured by Israeli gunfire and an additional 14 were hospitalized for tear gas inhalation." ca
|As If There Is No Occupation||Nu`man Kanafani -
Middle East Research and Information Project
"It is hard to believe that Fayyad, the skilled ex-IMF economist, was not aware from the start of the “ceiling” that Israel’s occupation imposes on the Palestinian territories’ economic recovery. It seems, therefore, that all the talk of building institutions and economic booms was aimed at buying time. Fayyad hoped that if the PA stabilized the economy, demonstrated good will toward Israel and enforced law and order, then international pressure, particularly from the Obama administration, would persuade Israel to deliver an end to the occupation. The Europeans and the Arabs went along because none of them has a better strategy and all are tired of being “payers but not players” in the Israeli-Palestinian theater." ca||23/9/2011|
|Women demonstrate in Gaza in support of UN bid||Ma`an News Agency
"Dozens of women marched in support of the Palestinian bid for UN membership on Thursday, in a rally jointly organized by the General Federation of Palestinian Women and political party FIDA." ca
|Israeli Forces Escalate Measures against School in East Jerusalem ||WAFA -
"...raiding the school, day and night, breaking school windows, demolishing part of the school’s fence and confiscating some of the students’ book bags." - id
|Palestinian Detainees Announce Hunger Strike||Press Release -
"...to demand an end to the ever increasing humiliating and degrading treatment at the hands of Israel`s prisons services (IPS)." - id
|The story of the watermelon and the forty prisoners||Ameer Makhoul - The Electronic Intifada - For every forty prisoners, there was one middle-sized watermelon. As always, we have a special staff composed of prisoners that is in charge of distributing the food. This time, its task was especially difficult: each watermelon had to be cut into forty equal pieces! At the end, each prisoner received a watermelon piece in the shape of an isosceles triangle, whose equal sides are red and the base green. The latter — that is, the rind — was calculated into our 180 grams of fruit a day.
|Border Anxiety in the West Bank||Philip Weiss--The anxiety hit when I least expected it tonight. We had finished a traditional meal in an organic restaurant in Bir Zeit that was playing techno music, then were walking up the narrow stone road in the old city, under a clear starlit sky, when my friends said I had missed the last bus out of Ramallah to East Jerusalem. So the non-Palestinians said that they would drive me.
Then all the questions arose. Did I have my passport? No. You can explain it, you were stupid, you left it in your hotel.
|Palestinian Authority unveils massive blue “UN chair” in Ramallah||Joseph Dana -
"In addition to the chair, billboards have sprung up throughout the city with the words “194 UN Palestine State.” Flags with a similar design have been handed out to the residents of Ramallah." - id
|PNN Reveals Settlers Crimes Against Palestinian Citizens||by Amin Abu Warda -
Palestine News Network - PNN
"Settlers in the West Bank are increasing their attacks against the Palestinians, particularly in the areas closer to the settlements. Meanwhile, the Israeli army trains groups of settlers to repress and attack Palestinians who are expected to march after the UN statehood bid." ca
|PCHR Weekly Report: Two civilians injured, 34 abducted by Israeli troops this week||by Saed Bannoura -
"In its Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 08 – 14 Sep. 2011, Israeli forces continued to attack Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, wounding two and abducting 8, including 3 children." ca||16/9/2011|
|Settler attacks raise West Bank tension ahead of UN||By Tom Perry -
Ma`an News Agency
An escalation in Israeli settler attacks on Palestinian villages in the West Bank risks triggering retaliation, a Palestinian official said on Thursday, pointing to a growing risk to stability in the region.Incidents over the past two weeks have included acts of vandalism against three West Bank mosques, increasing tension just a week before the Palestinians seek recognition of statehood at the United Nations." ca
|Israel mulls emergency laws to handle Palestinian riots in West Bank||Tomer Zarchin - Haaretz - However, there is fear that the emergency regulations could damage the rights of suspects in criminal proceedings in cases that are unrelated to the possible unrest in the territories. ||18/9/2011|
|Empathy Is A Wave: The Banning of Palestinian Children’s Art (from the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland)||Alice Walker - Alice Walker`s Garden - The decision by the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland not to show the work of Palestinian children from Gaza makes me sad. But not discouraged. The art will be shown. The walls of a shoe shop will be found. We will all – those of us who care about these children, whose pain our tax dollars assured – go to see it. Furthermore, we will write to the children to let them know we’ve seen their work and what we think of it. This is the least we can do.
|Israel `demolishes Palestinian wells`||AFP -
Yahoo News -
"The wells were recently dug by Palestinians on the outskirts of An-Nassaryia, a village northeast of Nablus, they said. Israeli rights group B`Tselem said another two wells were destroyed at the same village last week."
|The Children Lose, Again||Abby Zimet - Common Dreams - "A California museum has canceled an exhibit of art by Palestinian kids in Gaza, reportedly after pressure from pro-Israel groups in the Bay Area"||12/9/2011|
|Israeli Police Conduct “General Rehearsal” for September ||AIC - "While the Palestinians are preparing a diplomatic and civil initiative at the United Nations, Israel continues its military preparations in response to this political move. On Sunday (11 September), the Israeli police are conducting a “general rehearsal” in preparation for riots anticipated by Israel following declaration of a Palestinian state in the United Nations"||12/9/2011|
|Army demolishes three dwellings and a toilet in Umm al Kheer village, South Hebron Hills||Tuwani Team - CPT - All of the destroyed structures had existing demolition orders, but according to people from the village, the military arrived with a demolition order that was not for the three homes and the toilet, but rather for a taboun oven in the village. ||10/9/2011|
|Weekly Collection: Occupation and Activism VIDEOS||From Friendly Stranger. ao||10/9/2011|
|Another Round of Israeli Military Vandalism at Umm-Al-Kheir||Yesterday morning, Thursday September 8 2011, around 7 AM, the IDF military regime’s “Civil Administration” officials arrived at Umm-Al-Kheir, accompanied by a bulldozer and military forces, to destroy homes. ||10/9/2011|
|Unpaid salaries add to Gaza woes ||Gregg Carlstrom -
"Hamas receives donations from a number of foreign countries, including Iran and Syria. Al-Rifati would not say which countries have delayed their payments, though Ahmed Yousef, the Hamas deputy foreign minister, denied press reports that Iran has cut its aid." ca
|Away from UN debate, Palestinian camp on edge||By Tom Perry -
The camp`s 16,000 people, mostly descendants of Palestinians dispossessed when Israel was created in 1948, live with memories of a violent past and little hope for a better future.Some view the camp as a ticking bomb, especially at a time when Palestinian belief in any chance of peace with Israel -- or the removal of half a million Israeli settlers in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, annexed by Israel in 1967 -- has dissolved." ca
|The PA doesn’t represent me; why should I trust its statehood bid?||Sameeha Elwan -
The Electronic Intifada
"If the Palestine Liberation Organization, the sole legitimate representative of Palestinians both in historic Palestine and in the diaspora, would be replaced with the Palestinian state contained within the borders of 1967, then what is the destiny of millions of Palestinian refugees living outside those borders? Would they be also part of the State of Palestine? Would this declaration affect their inalienable right of return?" ca||9/9/2011|
|Hummus starts trickling past Israel`s blockade on Gaza||By Amira Hass -
"In November 2009 Major General Eitan Dangot was appointed COGAT head and the list of permitted items grew. The cabinet decided to abolish the list on June 20 last year, in the aftermath of the raid on the Turkish flotilla to Gaza. However, there is still a list of banned items, consisting of products that can also be used as weapons." ca||9/9/2011|
|A Graveyard for Trees||Mazin Qumsiyeh -
"Israeli authorities picked the day well: it was the day of returning to school and to work from the 5 day Eid (Holiday) at the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. They brought massive forces starting at dawn and circled an area of over one square mile declaring it a closed military area." - id ||7/9/2011|
|Report: IDF arrests Hamas` Abu Tir||Elior Levy - Ynet - Expelled from Jerusalem in 2010, for being a Hamas legislator, Tir was now arrested by IDF forces that raided his home overnight in Kafr Aqab, north of Jerusalem. [Emphasis-bz]
|Steinitz says UN bid `greater threat` than Hamas||Ma`an News Agency -
"Although Steinitz did not spell out exactly how Israel would retaliate, his remarks were made shortly after Haaretz newspaper published a report saying the minister had blocked the payment of 380 million shekels ($106 million) in tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority." ca
|Analysis: West Bank dogged by high cost of trade||Ma`an News Agency
An unpublished World Bank report drafted in February 2011 and seen by IRIN said constraints facing Palestinian trade to or via Israel include access within the West Bank itself prior even to reaching the border with Israel or Jordan.The Palestinian Authority and Palestinian businesses are hoping a Sept. 20 bid for statehood before the UN -- and the assertion by UN agencies that Palestinian institutions are prepared for statehood -- will open channels to international trade." ca
|Qosra,23.09-24.09.2011 ||Haithm Katib -
|Israel to forcibly evict Bedouins from West Bank||Amira Hass -
"Over the past few months, the inhabitants of the encampments heard about it repeatedly from representatives of the Civil Administration. They were told that if they refuse to move, they will be evacuated by force."
|Elusive Green Line Defines Lives in Israel and the West Bank||ISABEL KERSHNER - The New York Times - For decades Israel has tried to erase from public consciousness the Green Line, the pre-1967 boundary with the West Bank at the heart of stalled negotiations for a Palestinian state. Israel has built on either side of the Green Line and deleted it from textbooks and weather maps. Israeli drivers plying the main Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway crisscross the unmarked line at the Latrun Interchange every second of the day, slicing through half a mile of West Bank territory and several more miles of no man’s land, oblivious to the area’s fraught history.
|Cops use ruse to nab Hamas lawmaker in Israel illegally ||Oz Rosenberg -
"Monday`s arrest was accomplished by having two undercover border policemen pose as Arab drivers and stage a fight outside the Red Cross compound. When Atoun left the compound to see what was happening, police nabbed him." - id
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