|Life under occupation|
|PCHR Weekly: “Army Carries Out 81 Invasions In W. Bank, 1 in Gaza”||Saed Bannoura -
"Soldiers carried out 81 invasions into Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, and kidnapped 15 Palestinian civilians, including four children and one woman. Israel also continued its illegal settlement activities in the West Bank, including in occupied East Jerusalem, in direct violations of International law. Settlers also continued their attacks against the Palestinians and their property." ca
|More Palestinian prisoners join hunger strike ||Harriet Sherwood - The Guardian - The number of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails has grown to 2,000, with more preparing to join the protest next week, according to human rights groups in the West Bank. The Israeli prison service is taking punitive measures against hunger strikers, including solitary confinement, the confiscation of personal belongings, transfers and denial of family visits, say Palestinian organisations.
|’60 Minutes’ report on Palestinian Christians gets it wrong||Omar Rahman - +972 - Palestinian Christians are an integral part of the Palestinian people and have been at the forefront of the movement for national liberation. From the earliest days until now, Palestinian Christians have comprised many of Palestinian nationalism’s intellectual pioneers, advocates and political leaders—not the hapless minority caught up in a struggle in which they have no part, as this piece portrays them as being.-rh
|Ralph Nader claims Gaza is a Gulag. Is that useful?||Gisha - Does the situation in Gaza fit what most of us think of as a “humanitarian crisis”? Probably not, but dire poverty and unemployment are exacerbated by Israeli imposed restrictions on movement – particularly on export. Gaza residents are able to travel to other parts of the world via Egypt with almost no Israeli intervention, but Israel still prevents them from engaging with the other part of the Palestinian territory, straining professional, academic, and familial ties under severely restrictive criteria for travel.-rh||26/4/2012|
|PA security sources reveal rise in the number of Palestinians working as agents for Israeli intelligence||MEMO-Middle East Monitor - Australians for Palestine - According to the source, there are various methods used by the Israelis to recruit Palestinians, such as capitalizing on their desire to travel and threatening to prevent them from traveling to study or receive medical treatment. Israelis also target Palestinian minors in Israeli prisons and use drugs in their recruitment. The most insidious method employed is the exploitation of the tough economic conditions in Occupied Territories alongside other deficiencies.-rh||26/4/2012|
|Against the engine of violence: New book explores history of unarmed resistance in Palestine||Jimmy Johnson - The Electronic Intifada - Pearlman begins by presenting a thesis about how a national liberation movement’s structure — mostly either the unity or fragmentation of its leaders and factions — is a reliable predictor of whether it engages in mass unarmed action. More cohesive movements are more likely to opt for an unarmed strategy than fragmented ones, she argues.-rh
|“Rebuilding to Remain in Palestine” Helps Jordan Valley Villagers Build Homes on the Land They Own||GLOBAL DONORS FORUM - Rebuilding Alliance helped Al Aqaba construct a kindergarten that now serves 130 children. That kindergarten has attracted the further investment of 17 countries, U.N. Agencies, and NGO’s in Al Aqaba Village despite demolition orders issued by the Israeli Army against the mosque, medical clinic, the kindergarten and all the homes but two, for lack of unattainable building permits. Now the displaced villagers are ready to return home.-rh
|Female Detainee Sent To Solitary Confinement||Saed Bannoura -
"Lina started her hunger-strike on Tuesday, joining thousands of other Palestinian detainees on hunger strike. Her decision made her subject to constant harassment and abuse by her Israeli jailers in an attempt to force her to break her strike." - id
|Palestinian `bowl battle` begins||Khaled Amayreh -
"As for the Palestinians, they have no choice. Theirs is not only a battle for dignity. It is a battle for life as well." - id
|Prison hunger strike spreads, prionsers removed from Majeddo Prison ||Saed Bannoura - Imemc - More Palestinian prisoners in various prisons, detention camps and interrogation facilities join the hunger strike, bringing the total number of strikers to about 3000. Meanwhile, Israeli authorities removed some 140 Palestinian hunger-striking detainees from the Majeddo (Meggido) prison to an undisclosed location. ||24/4/2012|
|Israeli undercover unit’s murder of Palestinian civilian was part of "training exercise"||Charlotte Silver - EI - "So it appears that after the soldiers are turned into expert killers and liars, they are sent out into the ‘real world’ i.e. Palestinian villages, to test their skills. Except not only are they now training with ‘live extras’ […] but with live ammunition as well"||23/4/2012|
|Access roads to Al Aqaba [in the Jordan Valley] again demolished||Mayor Haj Sami Sadik / Citizens of Al Aqaba - This time the demolition came with a threat. An abusive officer in a jeep numbered 65539 advised our Mayor that he will return for larger scale demolitions in retribution for the observation of the road demolitions by internationals. ||21/4/2012|
|Microfinance on the rise in Palestine, despite the risks||Ma`an News Agency -
""Microfinance is on the rise in Palestine because it serves small businesses which are growing in number and importance," Shireen al-Ahmad, a division chief at the Palestine Monetary Authority, told IRIN. Trying to start a small business is one way to cope with the challenges of public sector employment - but it can be a precarious existence given the state of the Palestinian economy." ca
|First Palestinian family evicted from Beit Hanina ||Nir Hasson -
"Aryeh King, a right-wing activist involved in Jewish purchase of Arab East Jerusalem homes, said he intends to seek a building permit for dozens of housing units for Jews on the site. The plot will be developed with apartments selling for less than a million shekels, designed for "idealistic couples," said King, director of the Israel Land Fund, who has been going after the Beit Hanina homes since 2004. He has announced plans to take possession of other sites in Beit Hanina and the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, which would mean further evictions of Palestinians." ca||20/4/2012|
|A Palestinian mayor issues desperate appeal to the world to restore his village’s lifeline||Philip Weiss -
"Today April 18th 2012 at 11:00 am IDF soldiers accompanied by private contractors appeared without with out prior notification to demolish 2 access roads to the town, named "Road of Peace" and Road of Displacement". The roads we build with our own hands in order to exercise our right to freedom of movement. These roads are part of our lifeline, as our sole source of income relies on our ability to move our agricultural goods to the market." ca||20/4/2012|
|Video: Palestinians turned away from Dead Sea resort as Israelis, Europeans and dogs enter freely||Ali Abunimah-
"This blatant act of racist discrimination at “Kalia Beach” (map) was personally witnessed and caught on video by Hazel Cameron, a Lecturer of International Relations at Scotland’s University of St Andrews." ca||20/4/2012|
|On IDF violence: My own private Lt. Colonel Shalom Eisner||Haggai Matar - +972 - Of course, mine is not the Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner, deputy commander of the Jordan Valley brigade who rammed his rifle in face of Danish activist on Sunday. The person who sent me to the hospital with his blows was another soldier, in reserve service, whose name I still do not know to this day. It was a generic Shalom Eisner, a Shalom Eisner like any other soldier of the occupation who ever attacked, shot, broke, beat, arrested, kicked, twisted, detained, tortured, step on, sprayed or humiliated unarmed civilians.-rh||19/4/2012|
|IDF will go on keeping the Jordan Valley Palestinian-free||Amira Hass - Haaretz - The only excessive stupidity of which deputy brigade commander Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner can be accused is hitting a young blond man in front of a camera. Other commanders and their subordinates will learn the lesson. They`ll check for any subversive cameras before going on to do what is unexceptional in the Wild East.-rh||19/4/2012|
|Sometimes a Camera is a Better Weapon Than an M-16 ||Julie Holm - MIFTAH - Luckily, this case shows that sometimes, a camera is a better weapon than an M-16. As the Danish activist pointed out, a blow to the head heals in a couple of days but what the Israelis do to the Palestinians does not disappear that easily. In other words, Andreas has unwittingly contributed to exposing the real face of the occupation in ways the Palestinians never can.-rh||19/4/2012|
|On Palestinian Prisoners Day, the Suffering of Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails Doubles||PCHR -
"...doubles as a result of violations of their rights. These violations have recently peaked by the forcible transfer and deportation of prisoners." - id
|38% increase in Palestinians displaced by Israel in 2012||Aternative Information Center - Israel has forcibly displaced at least 487 Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since the beginning of 2012, a 38% increase over the same period in 2011.||29/4/2012|
|Malek Alami`s trial||Hava Halevy - Report from Military Court Ofer - Haya got up, raised her hand, as in a classroom, and requested the floor. Before anyone had time to react she said in a quiet pleasant voice, “Madam, I’ve known Malek since he was 8 years old. He is profoundly retarded. There is no way he could have done these deeds. He is totally incapable of carrying out such things.”-rh||12/4/2012|
|How detention without charge links Israel and apartheid South Africa||Eron Davidson - EI - "The use of administrative detention is just one of many similarities between apartheid South Africa and apartheid Israel. [...] It must be remembered though, that apartheid is not just an analogy, it is a crime"||9/4/2012|
|Demolition routine in the Jordan Valley||Dafna Banai - Khabis is a wage laborer, the poorest of the poor. He, his wife and their five children stood 20 meters away, the soldiers standing between them and the house, watching Civil Administration personnel dumping their belongings, sacks of lentils and rice tearing and spilling everywhere. Blankets and mattresses, schoolbooks and clothing – all tossed around as if they were garbage.
|OCHA Protection of Civilians Weekly Report, 28 March - 3 April 2012||UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Occupied Palestinian Territory - One Palestinian was killed and about 190 injured throughout the oPt in demonstrations commemorating the 36th anniversary of Land Day - Serious concerns continue over the lack of electricity in the Gaza Strip.||7/4/2012|
|Why were undercover Israeli agents creeping inside a Palestinian village?||Charlotte Silver -
"Al-Haq’s report is chilling to read. The organization raises the possibility that the Israeli soldiers perpetrated perfidy by pretending to be civilians, which is a war crime under international humanitarian law." ca||6/4/2012|
|Report on routine detention of children in Beit Ommar||Nora Barrows-Friedman -
"In the past 11 years alone, around 7,500 children, some as young as 12 years, are estimated to have been detained, interrogated, and imprisoned within this system. This averages out at between 500-700 children per year, or nearly two children, each and every day." ca
|Twenty lost years||Hasan Afif El-Hasan -
" American-Palestinian historian Beshara Doumani wrote after visiting the West Bank recently that as a result of the PA policies, the people can`t express their strong solidarity with the victims of Israeli occupation in the West Bank or Gaza. He observed that "Nablus [the center of resistance against occupation] is a broken city" where businessmen and professionals who can afford to do so move to Ramallah City or leave the West Bank, mostly to Jordan." ca||6/4/2012|
|`Despite it all we still laugh`||Tamar Fleishman -
""They simply don`t want us here." That was Abdallah`s conclusion. Then he laughed and added: "And despite it all we still laugh."
Words the likes of which I had heard from my grandfather when he would talk about life in that far away country, where he was part of a persecuted minority. Because the laughter of the weak can`t be beaten, not even with a thousand rifles." ca
|For Shalabi, Gaza is Still Home ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - Yesterday, as Hana’ Shalabi was escorted into the Gaza Strip by Israeli police, all would probably agree, it was a tough scene. Visibly emaciated, even under her loose Islamic garb, Shalabi was most likely feeling a myriad of mixed emotions: relief that she would not die – at least from her 44 day hunger strike; elation that she would be free from Israeli prison bars, security checks, harassment and mistreatment at the hands of Israeli interrogation and prison authorities; and sadness because although she was free from Israel’s iron cells, she would not be going home.-rh
|`Despite It All We Still Laugh` ||Tamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - This wasn`t the first time that such a violent action was implemented against the peddlers, under pretext that they don`t have peddling permits, and it probably wasn`t the last. Experience has shown that the silence that falls after such events is temporal and fragile, and one can`t say from where and when the representatives of the occupation will bust out again.-rh||4/4/2012|
|Israeli forces attempt to arrest 2-year-old Palestinian child||Linah Alsaafin - The Electronic Intifada - Murad Shtayeh, the coordinator of the popular resistance committeee in Kufr Qaddoum and the father of little Mo’men, told the Electronic Intifada that heavily armed Israeli soldiers raided his house on Monday at 5:30pm. Two soldiers remained outside, two others went in the house, shouting they were going to arrest Mo’men.-rh
|Shakespeare in the West Bank||Harriet Sherwod - Guardian - this was not the Globe theatre on the south bank of the Thames, but an open-air performance in the shadow of the wall towers over a Palestinian refugee camp, making it perhaps an appropriate setting for a Shakespeare play with themes of exile, injustice, resistance and – ultimately – freedom and forgiveness.
|Israel jails Bethlehem journalist for 4 months||Ma`an - Suhaib al-Assa, 26, who works for Radio Bethlehem 2000, was also fined around 3,000 shekels ($800) by the military court, his father said.
He was arrested by Israeli forces on Feb. 5, after soldiers raided his home in the Bethlehem village of al-Ubeidiya. Soldiers seized the journalist`s personal computer and cellphone during the raid, relatives told PA news agency Wafa.
Al-Assa is being held in administrative detention, a practice started under British mandate rule.||17/4/2012|
|Hebron daily routine: soldiers assault and handcuff an activist||Badia Dwaik, Hebron - I told the soldier “You have no legal basis to arrest me, even within Israeli laws.” I refused to put on the handcuffs and struggled against the four soldiers who tried to restrain me. A soldier pulled my leg up, while the others tied me up and assaulted me physically and verbally. You can see what followed in the video taken by ISM activists who arrived on the spot. ||17/4/2012|
|UN Report: Susiya Village Faces a High Risk of Forced Displacement||George Rishmawi - IMEMC - Susiya village`s 350 residents, 120 of the chilren, used to live in houses, but these had been already destroyed, reducing villagers to life in tents and tin shelters. Settlers living in the nearby settlement (which is called "Susya") are not content, demanding that these too be destroyed and their namesake Palestinian village be completely razed. The military government is known to have given Susiya "a high priority for implementation of demolition orders".||3/4/2012|
|Ministry: Prisoners injured after refusing DNA test ||Ma`an - PA lawyers have filed a complaint with Israel`s Supreme Court to demand the end of forced DNA tests for Palestinians jailed by Israel.
|AICafe 17.4: Art exhibition: from inside Israeli prison||Please join us at the AICafe on Tuesday 17 April at 8.00 p.m., Palestinian Prisoner Day, for an art exhibition by Ahmad Abu Haniya, ex-prisoner and AIC member. During his imprisonment from 2005-2007 in the Ofer and then Negev prisons, Ahmad created various paintings and handmade crafts. Prior to his imprisonment, he participated in different public art events and organized his own art exhibitions. This is his second art exhibition following his release from prison, under the title From Inside the Prison. This art exhibition is in commemoration of Palestinian Prisoner Day, held each year on 17 April.||16/4/2012|
|The Encircled Village of Al Walaja||Skip Scheil -
Palestine News Network
"We wove in and out of the landscape to reach it in about 30 minutes, me, Monjed, and the video camera guy, Shaban. More than 100 people had already assembled beside a huge Palestinian flag. Traditionally dressed girls handed out sweets as we entered the seating area.Turns out it is a festival or ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new gym funded by Oxfam connected with the EU. One speaker said, we asked the villagers what they most wanted and a gym topped the list." ca
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