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Life under occupation

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The deterioration of the Palestine Situation, September 2011-September 2012Saab Mohammed - PLO Negotiations Affairs Dept. - Israel’s actions make it patently clear that there is currently no prospect for meaningful negotiations. If the international community truly wants to resolve this conflict then the culture of impunity granted to Israel must come to an end. The Palestinian application to the United Nations is an effort to legitimize Palestine in the international arena and is a way to salvage the two-state solution.29/9/2012
The specter of a third intifada Gideon Levy--One day, says Jamal Zubeidi, a resident of the Jenin refugee camp, angry young residents of the camp will march into PA areas and onto Israel, as part of an uprising even more violent than its predecessors. dn29/9/2012
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Family of Cast Lead victims wins `compromise, not compensation` from IsraelRami Almeghari - EI - "Adela quoted the Egyptian poet Amal Donqol: “Never bargain your brother’s eyes for another’s eyes. Even if these eyes are replaced by two jewels, never bargain them.”" - id28/9/2012
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World Bank report obscures nature of Palestinian economic crisisNeve Gordon - +972 - "The only way to end the occupation is by forsaking Oslo; to force the Palestinian Authority to stop playing this futile game and to deal head on with its disastrous repercussions." - id 28/9/2012
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PCHR Weekly Report: 2 killed, 2 wounded by Israeli forces this weekIMEMC Staff - International Middle East Media Center - "Israeli forces conducted 23 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank." - id 28/9/2012
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Why did a young man in Gaza set himself on fire?Rami Almeghari - electronic intifada - While Abu Nada was the first person in Gaza known to have set himself on fire in recent years, there have been some similar acts lately in the West Bank. Young men have made self-immolation attempts in Hebron and Ramallah but have been restrained by onlookers. It is widely assumed that such attempts are linked to the price rises and high unemployment faced by Palestinians, which have led to protests in the West Bank’s main towns. 25/9/2012
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High Court rejects Gaza students` petition to study in West BankAmira Hass - Haaretz - The court rejected a petition filed on the women`s behalf by the Gaza-based Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights and the Israeli group Gisha, which advocates in favor of Palestinian freedom of movement, particularly from the Gaza Strip. A panel of high court judges accepted the state`s argument that it has no obligation to accord Gaza residents the right to study in the West Bank.-rh 27/9/2012
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Voices from the Occupation: Iman and Mohammad G. - Settler violence DCI - Four-year-old Iman and five-year-old Mohammad live with their parents in the village of Nahhalin, about 12 kilometres southwest of Bethlehem. At around 4:30 p.m., on Thursday 16 August 2012, they took a taxi to go to the supermarket with their parents and their uncle. As they were passing by the Israeli settlement of Bat Ayin, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at their vehicle.-rh 26/9/2012
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For Arab student going to Ariel, the message is `Yalla, get off the bus`Jack Khoury - Haaretz - An Arab student says security guards humiliated her and forced her off a bus at gunpoint on her way to Ariel University Center in the West Bank.-rh 26/9/2012
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Palestinians demand Oslo cancelled Khaled Amayreh - Al-Ahram Weekly "As protests continue throughout the occupied territories against the high cost of living, growing numbers of Palestinians are openly demanding the cancellation of the Oslo Accords." ca 21/9/2012
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Medics: Two killed in Israeli airstrikeMa`an News agency - "Two Palestinian men were killed Wednesday when Israeli military forces shelled the al-Janeneh neighborhood in eastern Gaza, officials said Thursday.Israeli military aircraft forces shelled a car and killed Ashraf Salah, 38, and Anees Abu al-Aynaen, 22, who worked in the security forces of the Hamas government, locals told Ma`an." ca 21/9/2012
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Human Rights Committee Releases List of Issues for Israel, Adopts ICAHD ConcernsUnited Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC)- ICAHD, Monthly Newsletter "Published earlier this week (September 15 2012), the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) posed 26 questions to Israel regarding its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Israel is party." ca21/9/2012
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A Silwan Story: Palestinian Child Arrested, Abused by Israeli Authorities and Barred From Finishing 9th Grade Moriel Rothman - Huffington Post "Silwan is a microcosm of the Israeli Occupation of the Palestinian Territories writ large. There is one phenomenon, however, whose ubiquity sets Silwan apart from most places in the West Bank and East Jerusalem: child arrests. In the middle of the night, on March 5th, 2012, Suhaib was arrested without warning, along with four other boys from Silwan. He had already been arrested twice before, the first time when just after his thirteenth birthday." ca26/9/2012
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Two pipes for two peoples: The politics of water in the West Bank (Haaretz)Amira Hass - EWASH "In a new series, Haaretz explores the inequitable distribution of drinking water in the West Bank, where supply for the Palestinian falls far short of that of their settler neighbors as well as the standard set out by the WHO." ca26/9/2012
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UNHRC: “Israel Fails To Prosecute Soldiers, Settlers, Who Attack Palestinians”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC "The report was submitted to the Human Rights Council during its Monday session in Geneva, and states that “Israel has failed to conduct the needed legal measures against Israeli soldiers and settlers who practice violence against the Palestinians and their property”.The report also revealed that an Israeli soldier, who was questioned by Israel for killing a Palestinian mother and her daughter, never faced charges until this moment." ca 26/9/2012
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Israel To Build New Settler-Road Near QalqiliaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC `The new planned road will be built on expense of privately-owned Palestinian lands that belong to villagers of Izbit At-Tabeeb, Nabi Elias and Azzoun. " ca 26/9/2012
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Shaath: Fatah, Palestinian leadership reject Barak planMa`an News Agency "In a statement, Shaath said Barak`s plan was a non-started as Palestinians hold the Israeli government completely responsible for discrediting the peace process. " ca 26/9/2012
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PPS Demands Release Of Wounded DetaineeSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Al-Husseini is currently being held at an Israeli hospital, shackled and tied to his bed despite his bad health condition and the extensive presence of the Israeli army." - id 19/9/2012
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What Gaza war crime? Aviad Kleinberg - Ynet - "Such claims against the most moral army in the world should be treated as a nuisance: "We do not have the means to investigate and reenact every incident and confirm or deny every piece of information that is presented."" - id19/9/2012
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World Bank: Palestinian fiscal crisis is deepening AP - Ynet - "...the finances of the Palestinian Authority, which governs the West Bank, have been hurt by reduced donor funding; higher-than-expected spending on pensions and loans; and a revenue shortfall." - id19/9/2012
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Father of seven wounded by soldiers south of Hebron WAFA/Operation Dove – Near Khirbet al-Majaz in the South Hebron Hill, four soldiers stopped a Palestinian car, driven by 38-year-old Palestinian. The man was beaten up and injured in the leg, chest and face. After the soldiers` departure residents found the beaten Palestinian, a father of seven, and took him to hospital for treatment. 18/9/2012
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Hunger striking detainee moved to intensive care Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - Adv. Jawad Boulos of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) stated that Samer Al-Barq, hunger striking detainee, was moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the Israeli Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, due to a sharp deterioration in his condition.18/9/2012
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Palestinian teen assaulted by soldiers detained for a month without cause Noam Sheizaf--Last month, Mairav Zonszein posted a video showing a young Palestinian being assaulted and detained by a group of soldiers, most of them in civilian clothing. The incident happened at checkpoint 56 in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron. dn15/9/2012
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Army invades central Gaza 14 September2012 Quote from IMEMC - "Several Israeli Tanks and armored vehicles invaded, on Wednesday at night, an area east of the Al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza, and opened sporadic fire, local sources reported.Eyewitnesses said that two armored military bulldozers and two tanks invaded Al-Maghazi and uprooting Palestinian lands. No injuries were reported. Also, a number of Israeli drones were heard and seen flying over the area while the army bulldozed the agricultural lands." ca 14/9/2012
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Hunger Striking Detainee Moved To HospitalSaed Bannoura - OMEMC "Safady was kidnapped by the army more than six months ago, and was placed until solitary confinement without any charges. He also predicated in the previous massive hunger strike conducting by the detainee in July this year, and Israel promised to release him when his six-month administrative detention order ends." ca 14/9/2012
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Gaza Strip: Children hurt as Israel strikes tunnels BBC News - "Palestinian sources say the injured boys were brothers aged seven and 10." id 12/9/2012
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Gaza: an early warning of disasterRobert Turner - The Guardian - Avoiding the looming catastrophe in Gaza is simple enough. Lift the blockade10/9/2012
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‘Forgotten Neighborhood’ Underscores the Poverty of an Isolated EnclaveJodi Rudoren - The New York Times - "[...] the report by the United Nations office in Gaza says the situation is worse now than in the 1990s and due to deteriorate further as the population surges to 2.1 million over the next eight years. The United Nations report found that gross domestic product per capita was down (to $1,165 in 2011 from $1,327 in 1994, adjusted for inflation) and unemployment up (near 30 percent over all now, and much higher for women and young people)" 10/9/2012
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Israel to compensate Palestinian family whose sons were killed in Gaza war Amira Hass - Haaretz - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights filed a civil suit in Haifa Magistrate’s Court in August 2010 on the family’s behalf, after it got no response to the complaint it had filed with the Defense Ministry10/9/2012
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"Every minute matters" for gravely ill hunger striker Samer al-Barq, says fatherShahd Abusalama--(Yasin Abu Lafah)Dignity and freedom are more precious than food: this is the belief that arms our Palestinian political prisoners and strengthens their determination against Israeli jailers.dn9/9/2012
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Abusing children "part and parcel" of Israeli ideology, says rights defenderAdri Nieuwhof--Rifat Kassis is the director of Defence for Children International-Palestine Section. In 2010, I interviewed Kassis about about his organization’s work and the special situation of Palestinian children growing up under occupation. I interviewed him again this week on the Israeli soldiers’ confessions about the mistreatment of Palestinian children, published in a new booklet from the Israeli veterans’ organization Breaking The Silence. The disturbing violations of children’s rights by soldiers took place between 2005 and 2011. dn8/9/2012
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Soldiers Kidnap Five Residents From NablusSaed Bannoura - IMEMC Palestinian sources reported that Israeli soldiers, kidnapped on Thursday evening, five persons from the northern West Bank city of Nablus, including one man who carries a Jordanian citizenship." ca "7/9/2012
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Why aid projects in Palestine are doomed to failJeremy Wildeman - Electronic Intifada "In my ten years of work in the aid sector in Palestine, I found there were two key problems that when combined made the delivery of effective aid nearly impossible: Israel’s control of the borders and the major donors prioritizing their relationship with Israel.As a result Israel gets to pick and choose which organizations can work in Palestine and, with the help of the major donors, is able to define a narrative for the occupation on its own terms: one that refers to an illusory “peace process,” “capacity-building” and “development projects” that mask a reality of settler-colonialism and the confiscation of land from a defenseless people." ca7/9/2012
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80 Palestinian organizations protest against EUthe Palestinian Information Center - "It is noted that the EU will offer Israel upgraded trade and diplomatic relations in more than 60 areas at a high-level meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, just weeks after European foreign ministers warned that Israeli policies in the West Bank "threaten to make a two-state solution impossible".ca 7/9/2012
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Fayyad `ready to resign`Ma`an News Agency - "In the third day of mass protests across the West Bank, Palestinians marched through Jenin demanding Fayyad`s resignation and calling on the PA to set a minimum wage, create jobs for the unemployed and lower university fees.Union leaders addressed the crowds and said they would not remain silent amid rising prices, growing unemployment and lack of welfare which they said had led to an economic "tsunami." ca7/9/2012
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Occupied Lives: No place to call homePalestinian Centre For Human Rights - PCHR - Gaza - ""We are refugees from Bersheva, so UNRWA is supposed to give us a housing unit, but we have been waiting for a home for years now. We don’t know when we will get one, but we will just wait, as always.”" - id 6/9/2012
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3 More Palestinians Killed In Gaza, 6 Since Wednesday At NightSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Eyewitnesses reported that six military bulldozers and three armored vehicles invaded Al-Fakhari area in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and bulldozed farmlands while firing at random." - id 6/9/2012
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Soldiers Kidnap Girl, Her 12-Year-Old Brother In HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "A number of extremist Israeli settlers were hitting and kicking the child, Ahmad Hisham Al-Azza, and when his sister, Sondos, defended him, Israeli soldiers, who were at the scene, kidnapped her and her brother."" id5/9/2012
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Palestinian man self-immolates to protest poverty and unemployment in GazaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "The family of Ihab Abu Nada said that he was frustrated at being unable to find a job, and decided to take his life to protest the conditions in Gaza, where he and other young people feel that they have no future"4/9/2012
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Palestinian farmers fighting to surviveJillian Kestler-DAmours - AlJazeera - “This lack of accessible physical space has forced many Palestinian farmers, including 58-year-old Abdel Karim Zbeidat, to rent land from Israeli settlements for agricultural purposes. ‘This is the reality. We don`t have a choice,’ said Zbeidat, who has been farming since 1971 in his Jordan Valley village, also named Zbeidat. He explained that he pays a nearby settlement 15,000 NIS ($3,732) for water, and 5,000 NIS ($1,244) for land access, annually”3/9/2012
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