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Life under occupation

Then came Cast Lead in GazaYitzhak Laor - Haaretz - Had the Palestinians produced a film in which Israeli doctors threw a wounded Palestinian out of hospital, after which policemen dumped the injured man out of a patrol car to die in the dark, the prime minister would have denounced his subjects for inciting against their masters.-rh29/2/2012
A Broken HeartAya Kaniuk - Mahsanmilim - It began after 16-year old Bilal was taken to the Russian Compound. Everyone knows the Shabak sits at the Russian Compound, and there the kids confess anything and everything and name names. It means, let痴 say, give us fifteen names and we値l let you go. Or we値l let you sleep. Or we値l not beat you up. Or if you don稚 give us names we値l take in your mother. Your sister. Come work with us, and we値l give you a permit, and your brother will be allowed to enter Israel for his surgery.-rh 29/2/2012
Okay, now seriouslyGisha - four women from Gaza, all leading activists in civil society organizations in the Strip, are being denied a permit to travel to Birzeit to finish their studies in the gender, law and development program and the democracy and human rights program. These programs are not available in the Gaza Strip and the students applications for travel permits were not rejected for reasons of security, but simply because they are students and the security establishment has prohibited students from leaving Gaza to study in the West Bank since the year 2000.-rh29/2/2012
The Price of Ruling at any Cost Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - Hamas is at a crossroads. If it continues to shun any and all efforts to honestly move forward with Palestinian reconciliation it may retain power in the Gaza Strip, but not for long. The people are not fools. And once they see that this authority, which is willing to stay in power at any cost is also willing to forfeit national unity, it is only a matter of time before they are on their way out.-rh 29/2/2012
Israeli Troops Raid Palestinian TV StationsETHAN BRONNER - The New York Times - Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the Palestinian Authority visited both stations after the raids on Wednesday and vowed to get them replacement transmitters. He condemned the raids and likened them to what went on a decade ago during the second Palestinian uprising.-rh 29/2/2012
Communication Ministry raids Ramallah TV stationElior Levy - Ynet - "Barghouthi denounced the raid, calling it "Israeli piracy." He said that it violated the Oslo Accords, which prevent Israeli security forces from entering Area A." - id29/2/2012
Gaza Power Plant Goes Offline Due To Fuel ShortageGhassan Bannoura - IMEMC - "...blackouts could reach up to 13 hours a day in some areas of the Gaza Strip." - id 29/2/2012
Hunger-Striking Detainee Moved Back To Security Detainees FacilitySaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The Red Cross informed her family that she has high spirit, and that she is determined to continue her hunger-strike, until the Administrative Detention order that was served against her without charges is voided." - id 29/2/2012
Israel nixes solar energy for PalestiniansDalia Nammari & Karin Laub - Associated Press - A German-funded solar energy project, initiated by Israeli volunteers in remote West Bank communities, is now in danger. Israeli authorities are threatening to demolish the installations, arguing the panels and turbines were installed without permits. At the same time, the Israeli authorities linked some 100 unauthorized settlement outposts to the electricity grid [sic!], instead of tearing them down.28/2/2012
Soldiers go to sleep in village threatened with demolition Haj Sami Sadeq - Al Aqaba village council - A month after the Israeli Army issued demolition orders for 90% of the small village of Aqaba, villagers were surprised, on coming to prayer on an early morning hour, to find numerous Israeli soldiers deeply asleep in jeeps outside the village`s mosque - evidently having complete trust in the goodwill of the threatened village`s inhabitants. 28/2/2012
Israel`s Transportation Minister plans 11 railway lines in the West Bank Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz plans the creation of no less than 11 new rail lines throughout the West Bank, 475 kilometres in all. In theory, these would be intended "to serve both Israelis and Palestinians". However, the only one likely to be actually built would be the rail line linking the large settlment of Ariel to Metropolitan Tel Aviv, with the effect of further increasing Ariel`s de-facto incorporation in Israel. 28/2/2012
Take action today for Hana al-Shalabi administrative detainee and hunger striker!Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network - "Hana al-Shalabi, an imprisoned Palestinian held under administrative detention without charge or trial, has been engaged in an open-ended hunger strike since her re-arrest on February 16, 2012. Now that Khader Adnan痴 heroism has opened the eyes of the world to the struggles of Palestinian prisoners, it is imperative to keep the pressure on for Hana al-Shalabi" 27/2/2012
During Israeli Invasions; Medic Injured, Eight Palestinians ArrestedGhassan Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Last week, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, PCHR, the Israeli military conducted at least 74 military invasions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 21 Palestinian civilians, including one child"27/2/2012
My friend Walid Abu Rass..update from Israeli High Court hearing - another case of `Administrative Detention`Sam Bahour - ePalestine blog - After losing his appeal, which was a joke given the judge is a military judge from the occupation forces, he took his case to the only other court that Israel, the occupying power, respects (and even that, not always), the Israeli High Court. -- I just heard from Walid`s wife and the organization legally representing him, Addameer: it too was a joke. bz25/2/2012
On 1st Anniversary in Israeli Prison, Abusisi Charges Mossad Spirited Him from Ukraine in CoffinRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam "Dirar Abusisi has just completed his first anniversary as an Israeli prisoner of conscience incarcerated for 田rimes he hasn稚 committed and jailed without trial. He痴 been offered deals by the State involving confession to charges without foundation..." ca24/2/2012
ICRC supplies fuel to Gaza Strip to ease crisisMa`an News Agency - "The International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday supplied 150,000 liters of fuel to the ministry of health in the Gaza Strip. The supplies will help ensure that 13 hospitals can maintain essential services for the next 10 days." ca24/2/2012
Court gives Israel "licence to pillage" West Bank, say rights groupsJillian Kestler-D`Amours - Electronic Intifada "In late December of last year, the Israeli high court dismissed a petition submitted by Yesh Din, challenging the legality of Israeli mining and quarrying operations taking place in the occupied West Bank. The court argued that the laws of occupation change when the occupation is long-term; in other words, the powers of an occupying power can expand, while the prohibitions against it become increasingly flexible in a long-standing occupation." ca24/2/2012
Ethnic cleansing in a Zionist fairylandVacy Vlazna - Al-Ahram Weekly "Indeed, Israeli archaeology has become a state apparatus for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the Zionist fairyland, aka the "City of David Archaeological Park" located in the Palestinian village of Silwan in East Jerusalem." ca 24/2/2012
`Water occupation` of PalestineStuart Littlewood - Al-Ahram Weekly "Oxfam, which is very active on the ground in Gaza, confirms that 90-95 per cent of water from Gaza`s only source, the Coastal Aquifer, is undrinkable. At the current rate the aquifer will be unusable by 2016 and the damage irreversible by 2020." ca24/2/2012
Palestinian teens spend 3 months in jail due to cops` false reportsNir Hasson - Haaretz - Two Palestinian teens who spent three months in jail on suspicion of throwing a firebomb were released this week because the border policemen who incriminated them turned out to have submitted false reports.-rh 23/2/2012
Palestinian Activist to Judge: I Do Not Recognize Your RulesPSCC - Press Release - Bassem Tamimi from Nabi Saleh testified yesterday as part of the defense`s case in the ongoing trial against him. Tamimi, suspected of protest related charges, was arrested on March last year, and remains in detention since.-rh22/2/2012
How Israeli negligence led to the death of a Palestinian car thief Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - After being seriously hurt in an accident, the thief was dumped in the middle of the night, shoeless and clad only in a thin hospital gown. Police and hospital staff blame everyone but themselves for his death that night.-rh 22/2/2012
The cool new Palestinians: geeksJackie Spinner - The Christian Science Monitor - "People are really passionate about entrepreneurship and putting Palestine on the map using technology," says Ghandour, a software engineer who is helping to create and brand an emerging community of technology entrepreneurs in the Palestinian territories. They call themselves Palestinian geeks, or peeks.-rh 22/2/2012
Jerusalem Church vandalised with graffiti expressing hatred against ChristiansCircarre Parrhesia - IMEMC - The graffiti, including 泥eath to Christians and the phrase 菟rice tag, was found on the walls of the Baptist Narkis Street Congregation - the third such anti-Christian incident in Jerusalem during the past month.21/2/2012
Emergency fuel arrives from Egypt via Gaza tunnelsIbraheem Abu Mustafa - Reuters - A limited delivery of fuel arrived in the Gaza Strip through underground tunnels from Egypt, enabling reactivation of one of the four generators at Gaza`s sole power plant so as to provide Gaza`s 1.7 million residents with eight hours of electricity per day. 21/2/2012
Israel demolishes West Bank villages as Israeli outposts remain untouchedAkiva Eldar - Haaretz - Israel`s eagerness to demolish renewable energy installations in a West Bank village is seen as an ugly riposte to the European Union21/2/2012
VIDEO - 15.2.12, Israeli Army demolishes in the Palestininan villages of Saadet Tha`lah and Ar Rakeez.m4v 20/2/2012
Press Release: IDF demolishes in the Palestinian villages of Saadet Tha値ahOperation Dove - "The Palestinian villages of Saadet Tha値ah and of Ar Rakeez are situated in the South Hebron Hills area, respectively near Karmel Israeli settlement and near Avigayl outpost, which are constantly expanding without any kind of restriction by the Israeli authorities, despite the outpost is considered illegal even according to the Israeli law"20/2/2012
Valiance in the Face of Cruelty - Khader Adnan痴 Hunger StrikeCharlotte Silver - CounterPunch - "In a letter he wrote from an Israeli hospital on day fifty-six of his strike, Khader stated, `The Israeli occupation has gone to extremes against our people, especially prisoners. I have been humiliated, beaten, and harassed by interrogators for no reason, and thus I swore to God I would fight the policy of administrative detention to which I and hundreds of my fellow prisoners fell prey`20/2/2012
Israeli officers who left Palestinian to die must payHaaretz Editorial - The chilling tale of a Palestinian car thief released from hospital prematurely and placed in police detention20/2/2012
Nablus village at the center of settler violenceCharlie Hoyle - Ma`an News Agency "Generally speaking, no week passes without an attack," the mayor of Nablus village Asira al-Qibliya says.Located just off route 60, this village of around 3,000 residents is left to fend for itself in a political power vacuum so common in the West Bank. "The Palestinian Authority can稚 do anything for us as they need security clearance," Mayor Ahmed Abdel Hadi says. Such clearance, if approved, could take over 5 hours, he adds." ca 17/2/2012
Palestinians protest against Fayyad`s austerity measuresSaleh Al-Naami - Al-Ahram Weekly "Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad admitted this week that the Palestinian Authority (PA) was thoroughly fettered with Israeli restrictions to the point that the PA was unable to function properly and meet its obligations towards its own citizens." ca 17/2/2012
Standing in solidarity with Khader AdnanNehad Khader - Electronic Intifada "We are in solidarity because we can all imagine ourselves as Khader Adnan. Maybe if his jailers thought for one moment that they could also be Khader Adnan they would have more compassion." ca17/2/2012
Report: Last five years has seen a 315% rise in settler violenceAdam Horowitz - Mondoweiss "Yesterday, the Palestine Center released "When Settlers Attack," a new report on settler violence in the occupied territories. It is the result of of a two-year project which catalogued over 3,700 instances of settler violence from 2004-2011." ca17/2/2012
Red Rag: sounds of warGideon Spiro - Red Rag Column To judge by his statements, Dov Lior could have been a guest of honour at the gathering of European neo-fascist or neo-Nazi parties that took place recently in the Austrian capital, Vienna. Lior痴 words remind us again of the truth of the bumper stickers that used to be seen on cars in Israel: 笛udea and Samaria and Gaza is a crime, and Judea and Samaria and Gaza is evil. (Yesha hu pesha ve-Yesha hu resha)" ca "17/2/2012
Chaos: the new `status quo` Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi - Haaretz "For Israel, chaos is ultimately a good thing. It means that the Islamists and other hostile forces will be too distracted by infighting to focus any attention on fighting Israel." ca17/2/2012
Ignoring Court, Israeli Officials Bulldoze Palestinian HomesJason Ditz - Antiwar - "The officer from the decidedly uncivil Administration tore up the court order, and slapped the home痴 owner across the face." - id22/2/2012
Administrative arrests: Months or years without due processNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "Of the Palestinians currently under administrative arrest, 88 have been held for more than a year. One has been held for more than five years." - id 22/2/2012
Enemies, a hate story Gideon Levy - Haaretz - "... something in the manner of the coverage intimated at it immediately." - id 22/2/2012
A Plea to the World from the Principal of a Palestinian School about to be DemolishedThe Villages Group - The Only Democracy - Before we established our school, local children had to walk 4 km each way, every day, to reach the nearest school. To avoid this, many had stayed with relatives during the school week, without seeing their parents, causing severe psychological problems. No doubt, it is far better for young children to live with their families and attend a school near home.-rh 16/2/2012
Starving for freedom: the hunger strike of Khader Adnan Ali Abunimah - Aljazeera - The 33-year-old Palestinian baker, husband, father, and graduate student has refused food since December 18, a day after he was arrested in a nighttime raid on his family home by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank. He has lost over 40 kgs and his wife Randa and young daughters have described his appearance as "shocking".-rh 15/2/2012
Gaza`s only power station closes Jon Donnison - BBC News - "The closure is believed to be caused by a shortage in fuel being supplied through smuggling tunnels from Egypt. Power cuts, already common, are expected to increase. The station provides around 30-40% of Gaza`s electricity." - id 15/2/2012
Palestinians protest against Fayyad`s austerity measuresSaleh Al-Naami - Al-Ahram - "Again, the PA correctly blames Israel for controlling all the organs through which the Palestinian economy breathes, including border crossings, import-export processes, and frequent Israeli incursions and raids into the heart of Palestinian population centres." - id 15/2/2012
Arrested development: Strangling Palestine`s green powerCharlotte Alfred - Ma`an News Agency - "In recent months, the army issued demolition warnings against six solar and wind power systems in the South Hebron Hills, which were funded by European governments and development groups"13/2/2012
Israel shackles Palestinian hunger strikerHarriet Sherwood - The Guardian - Khader Adnan, detained without charge for two months, may be close to death say human rights groups13/2/2012
Unequal neighbors: Off the grid in Area CCharlotte Alfred - Ma`an News Agency "Pylons tower over South Hebron Hills village Um al-Kher, hoisting electricity cables that bisect the agricultural community. But like hundreds of their Palestinian neighbors, this tiny hamlet has no access to the power grid.The cables running above the heads of the 150 Um al-Kher residents supply a chicken farm set up a decade ago by the adjacent Karmel settlement, wedging the village on both sides." ca 10/2/2012
Court Decides to Hold Session of Striking Detainee at his Hospital BedSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "Khader Adnan, from the northern West Bank city of Jenin, started his hunger strike on December 18, one day after he was arrested by the army. He has not faced charges, and decided to strike to protest his illegal imprisonment. He is one of nearly three hundred Palestinians being held in Israeli detention camps without charges." ca10/2/2012
Khader Adnan Mousa: 53rd day on a hunger strikePhysicians for Human Rights - He also reported feeling fading away, that he suffers from chest pains, and feels he had days, maybe hours, to live.-rh 8/2/2012
Rights and protest in the Middle EastRichard Burden - Guardian - " ...the shackling of Palestinian minors is in line with procedure. This mistreatment must stop." - id 8/2/2012
2,600 Bedouins threatened with displacement as Israeli settlements expandSophie Crowe - EI - "Two years ago, rumors began circulating among the Bedouins living in the EI area of Israel痴 intentions to displace them once more. These rumors have been buttressed by waves of demolition orders in most of the Bedouin encampments." - id 8/2/2012
Stealing Palestine痴 resources is illegal, despite Israeli court rulingCharlotte Silver - The Electronic Intifada - "Contrary to the opinion of many governments and many Israeli legal scholars as well, the court痴 ruling exempts the Israeli authorities from the standard restrictions placed on an occupier." - id 8/2/2012
Ad-Dameer Laywer Visits Hunger-Striking DetaineeSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - " He has not faced charges, and decided to strike to protest his illegal imprisonment." - id 8/2/2012
Judge Orders Professor To Remain In Prison Without ChargeIMEMC News - Press Release - This arbitrary administrative detention is legally incompatible with the most basic international standards of human rights, because it is without any specific charge against the prisoner, it also depends on the military file and secret evidence which cannot be seen by the detainee or defense lawyers; this file is prepared by the Israel intelligence service collecting intelligence information illegally.-rh 9/2/2012
Shabak tortures and ill-treats Palestinian detainees with impunityAdri Nieuwhof - The Electronic Intifada - The Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI) has released a paper on its efforts to hold the Israel Security Agency (ISA) - or Shabak - to account for its practices of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian detainees. In Accountability Still Denied, PCATI reveals how Israel has evaded criminal investigations into all 701 complaints of torture and ill-treatment.-rh 8/2/2012
Israeli Occupation Builds Villas for Carmel Settlers, Destroys the Hut of their Widow Neighbor. YOU Can Do Something about it.Ehud Krinis - The Only Democracy - Yet, even this extremely poor dwelling place was too much in the eyes of the Occupation regime. Last week, on January 25 2012, while the heavy machinery keeps swallowing the hill near Carmel settlement in order to make room for the building of spacious new houses for Umm al-Kheir痴 Israeli neighbors, a 吐ellow bulldozer made its way to the indigenous village not for construction, but for demolition work that left once again Miyaser痴 home in ruins.-rh8/2/2012
Small triumphs in a Sisyphean warAmira Hass - Haaretz - Despite protests, including from Europe, the enormous expanse of Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli control, continues to be an Israeli laboratory for implementing sophisticated methods for the hidden deportation of Palestinians.-rh 8/2/2012
IDF Torturer Doron Zahavi Wants to Sodomize Arabs and Get Medal for ItRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - Doron Zahavi, who still can be called only 。ーCaptain George。ア in the Israeli media, has gone public with his grievance against the IDF, which employed him to torture kidnapped Arabs who were thought to have intelligence about affairs in Lebanon or Syria, specifically Israeli prisoners of war. Among those he worked his wonders on was Mustafa Dirani, who was thought to have specific knowledge of the whereabouts of Ron Arad.-rh7/2/2012
Israeli guard suspected of confining Palestinian woman to get her phone numberOz Rosenberg - Haaretz - According to the woman痴 testimony, the security guard asked for the woman痴 number, and, upon her refusal, detained her between the two gates for 20 minutes, despite her constant pleading, releasing her only after he had verified that she had given him her real number.-rh 6/2/2012
NO PERMISSION FOR THE BLANKET!Sam Bahour - Walid is still being held under what Israel calls Administrative Detention, which means he is detained without charge and neither he, his family, nor his attorney are told why. His fear now is the same that it was when he went through this nightmare of Administrative Detention before, that the six month sentence will be extended for another six months.-rh6/2/2012
Setting Our Moral Compass Straight Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - Let us hope that today痴 signing of the 泥oha Agreement between President Abbas and Khaled Meshaal will be the beginning of a new era for the Palestinians. We can achieve national reconciliation it has always been within our reach. But let us not forget that our social and moral compass is just as important as our political one. In fact, if we do not point it due north, what kind of country and society are we aspiring for?.-rh 6/2/2012
Key settlement outpost slated for evacuationMa`an News Agency - "There are 18 cases regarding outposts, including Migron, before the high court, according to Peace Now, an Israeli pressure group which campaigns for a politically negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Several have been going on for years. Peace Now began petitioning the high court to pressure the Israeli government to take action against the "illegal" outposts, which occupy about 1,620 hectares of West Bank land. About 16 of the outposts are on nearly 100 percent Palestinian land and an estimated 22 are on at least 50 percent Palestinian land, according to Peace Now." ca 3/2/2012
A bad smell is rising from Hebron, and it`s here to stayYossi Sarid - Haaretz "We learned more there in one day than we did here in eight years. Until now, we`d been told in civics class that the state is sovereign; its write runs everywhere. But they made a mockery of us: They never showed us the whole picture. That`s what happens when there`s not enough time for heritage studies. It`s only now I understand that there are whole areas controlled by "vigilantes," as the teacher calls them, and they cleanse the surroundings as needed, like in the Book of Joshua." ca3/2/2012
Video: Bedouin community near settlement faces expulsion, 2012B`Tselem - Monthly Newsletter "Israel`s Civil Administration is planning to relocate some 27,000 Bedouins living in Area C in the West Bank. At first, some 2,300 people will be expelled from their homes near the Ma`ale Adummim settlement and relocated to a site next to the Abu Dis garbage dump, east of Jerusalem. Members of the Khan al-Ahmar community explain how the move will affect them." ca3/2/2012
IDF, Palestinians clash in East Jerusalem; one critically woundedAziz Abu Sarah- +972 "The clashes between the soldiers and the residents concentrated in Hai Abeid, which is downtown Issawiya, and continued until the early hours of the morning. According to witnesses, over a dozen Palestinians were injured. One of the wounded residents was hit with a rubber-coated bullet in his head and is currently in critical situation." ca3/2/2012
Witness to the occupation in the South Hebron HillsRosamond Robertson - Mondoweiss - There is a world of difference between receiving an alert on my mobile: 前ne structure demolished and being in a room with a desperate family facing a demolition in two days time. A world of difference between seeing a house due for demolition as a dot on a map and walking round the neighbourhood, drinking tea in that home and observing the desperate strained face of the father as his young children, unaware of any impending disaster clamber onto his lap and into his arms. rh1/2/2012
How the Occupation Became LegalEyal Press - The New York Review of Books - Surprisingly little is known about the legal apparatus that has enabled and structured the occupation. Filmed in nine days but based on years of archival research, The Law in These Parts aims to expose it. Even before the 1967 Six-Day War, the film reveals, officers in the army痴 legal corps drew up guidelines for a separate system of laws that could be applied to territory under IDF control, rules they were convinced could strike a balance between order and justice. rh 1/2/2012
Does helping Palestinians beautify the occupation?Amira Hass - Haaretz - The pestering brings results: To date they have helped some 5,000 people through the appeals process. The "security prevention" evaporated for 35 percent of them already in the initial stage of handling the case. Some go on to judicial institutions, despite the financial outlay. rh1/2/2012
West Bank couple, deported to Gaza, recount difficult years in Israeli prisonJoe Catron - EI - "Safad moved to Gaza shortly after her husband痴 arrival. They had been married for only twenty days when his arrest separated them on 16 April 2002." ..."The couple marked the end of their separation by renewing their marriage vows." - id 1/2/2012
How Congress is crushing PalestineLaila El-Haddad - Gaza Mom - "Congress痴 policies aimed at, what exactly? Punishing the PA for its statehood bid? For attempting to reconcile with Hamas? Or simply in deference to Israel, their masters?" - id 1/2/2012
Golani brigade terrorizing Palestinians in HebronCPT and ISM - AIC - A newly released report submitted to the United Nations by international organizations working in [Hebron] Al Khalil documents a sharp increase in serious human rights violations against Palestinian civilians, particularly youth and children, living in the Old City and Tel Rumeida13/2/2012
A Must Read Khader Adnan痴 letter from prisonKhader Adnan - I hereby assert that I am confronting the occupiers not for my own sake as an individual, but for the sake of thousands of prisoners who are being deprived of their simplest human rights while the world and international community look on.18/2/2012
Palestine Today 02 14 2012Husam Qassis and George Rishmawi - IMEMC - "Daily roundup of news from the Occupied Palestinian Territories." - id 15/2/2012
UN Envoy Tours Palestinian Territories To Assess Settler ViolenceSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "After a recent increase in Israeli settler attacks against Palestinian civilians, property and holy sites, the UN envoy Richard Falk arrived in the West Bank this weekend to begin an eleven-day tour of the Palestinian Territories to examine the situation." - id 15/2/2012
Love Under Apartheid--videoSeparate videos, each about 5 minutes, of true stories of love under Israeli apartheid and the challenges it faces. dn14/2/2012
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