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Life under occupation

Aged eight, wearing a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt, and placed in Israeli custodyGideon Levy and Alex Levac--27 Palestinian children never made it to school this week; IDF troops lay in ambush for them on the streets of Hebron.dn30/3/2013
PA accuses Israel of blocking water resourcesSharon Udasin - The Jerusalem Post - Israel Water Authority says Israel is supplying above and beyond international requirements25/3/2013
Significant decline in clashes and injuries; one Palestinian killed and another dies of prior woundsOCHA Weekly Report - "These incidents bring the total number of Palestinian civilians killed since the beginning of 2013 by Israeli forces to seven. At least five of these cases have triggered investigations by IDF Military Police. This week, a military court convicted a soldier who shot and killed a Palestinian worker attempting to cross into Israel without a permit on 12 January 2013, of negligent homicide." ca22/3/2013
Palestinian Bedouin Community Jihan Abdalla - AlMonitor "The village, Hamadeen says, is home to some 800 people. It is connected to an intermittent water supply from a nearby village, and has no electricity or access to medical care. Residents rely on battery-operated generators in an area marked by scorching summers and windy, cold winters.Shlomo Lecker, a lawyer representing the Jahalin, says ultimately all Israeli plans to relocate Bedouin communities are aimed at expanding Jewish settlements.“The state of Israel is determined to move the Jahalin to make way for plans to build more settlements,” Lecker told Al-Monitor." ca 22/3/2013
No Prospects for Palestinian CurrencyOmar Shaban - AlMonitor "In autonomous states, the central bank and its affiliated financial institutions are independent of the government. This makes the Palestinian case even more complicated, as the Israeli government controls the Palestinian economy, as well as the financial and banking sectors.It seems that the reasons behind the rejection of issuing the Palestinian pound during the British mandate remain valid."ca 22/3/2013
An open letter to Barack Obama: You are welcome in BethlehemAntwan I. Saca - +972 "I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice." ca 22/3/2013
Video: Israeli soldiers round up children in HebronVideo - Ma`an News Agency "Israeli rights group B`Tselem on Wednesday said Israel`s mass arrest of children in Hebron was "unacceptable," and released a video of the detentions.The video shows soldiers forcefully arresting schoolchildren, one of whom is dragged along the ground by a group of soldiers, as the children`s relatives protest." ca22/3/2013
Sharawna: My release felt like victoryMa`an News Agency - "Israel deported the 36-year-old to the Gaza Strip for 10 years on Sunday in a deal to end a hunger strike he began in July.Sharawna is from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and told Ma`an he hopes to bring his wife and nine children to Gaza.The Palestinian Center for Human Rights on Monday condemned the deportation of Sharawna to Gaza." ca22/3/2013
Palestinians see Obama visit as reminder of broken promises Dalia Hatuqa - The Christian Science Monitor - As President Obama visits Ramallah in the West Bank, the mood among Palestinians is far from the hopes he ignited in Cairo in 2009. They would like to see Obama take a more even-handed, active role in brokering talks with Israel and a tougher stance on Israeli settlement construction.-rh 21/3/2013
Video: My Neighbourhood: a Palestinian boy`s view of Israeli settlements The Guardian - "My Neighbourhood (directed by Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi) tells the story of Mohammed El Kurd, a Palestinian teenager growing up in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed`s family is forced to give up a part of their home to Israeli settlers, local residents begin peaceful protests, and in a surprising turn, are quickly joined by scores of Israeli supporters. Mohammed comes of age in the face of unrelenting tension with his neighbours and unexpected co-operation with Israeli allies in his backyard. My Neighbourhood is latest short film by Just Vision, an organisation that uses film and media to increase the power and legitimacy of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and resolve the conflict nonviolently"18/3/2013
EU Grants PA €20.8 Millions To Pay Salaries, PensionsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Last month, a senior official at the Palestinian Finance Ministry reported that the money Israel collects on behalf of P.A is approximately 500 Million New Israeli Shekels a month, and that Israel charges the P.A. a 3% interest"18/3/2013
“I really hope these crops can reach their harvest”PCHR - The repeated destruction of his farming investments, have forced Wahdan to farm his land differently; “if I had a free choice, I would plant citrus trees like orange and lemon trees. I’ve always had citrus trees and they are much more profitable than the short vegetable crops. Also, instead of investing in my own land, I started working on other people’s land, further away from the border. I farm two plots in Beit Hanoun, besides my own land. I couldn’t take any risks. Even now, we have to wait and see with the ceasefire. It is impossible to predict anything.”-rh 28/3/2013
Israel To Build Settlement Units On Palestinian Lands In BethlehemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "...the lands in question are dozens of Dunams, located near Beitar Illit illegal settlement, built on lands that belong to the residents of Husan, Nahhalin and Wad Fokeen, and are planted with olive trees." - id 27/3/2013
Israeli Soldiers Beat School Students in Hebron M.S. - WAFA - "They said the soldiers held the students, ranging in age between 8 and 17 years, who were on their way to school in the morning." id20/3/2013
Palestinian cartoonist detained for a month as prisoner protests growHaggai Matar - +972 - Since Mohammad Saba’aneh`s arrest, local and international artists and journalists have been calling for his release, claiming that Saba`aneh`s only crime is criticizing the occupation with his pen and palate of colors - and its impact on the growing worldwide protest on the prisoners issue. [The article includes two cartoons, among them "The independent prison of Palestine"-bz]16/3/2013
Is This Where the Third Intifada Will Start?BEN EHRENREICH--On the evening of Feb. 10, the living room of Bassem Tamimi’s house in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh was filled with friends and relatives smoking and sipping coffee, waiting for Bassem to return from prison. dn17/3/2013
Is Any Hope Left for Mideast Peace?RASHID KHALIDI - New York Times "Toward the end of his first term, Mr. Obama essentially abandoned his already modest peacemaking agenda in exchange for a lull in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign for war with Iran. Palestine was again sacrificed, this time to bribe a belligerent Israel for temporary good behavior. " ca15/3/2013
Obama`s visit to Israel criticised as a `maintenance trip` without peace planEwen MacAskill - The Guardian "Visits by US presidents or secretaries of states are often accompanied by announcements of new drives for peace. But Obama`s overtures in his first term were humiliatingly rebuffed by the Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and the focus of his second term so far has been on domestic issues." ca 15/3/2013
Red Crescent helps Hebron community after stormy weatherMa`an News Agency - "The community of 47 people live in semi-permanent structures west of Hebron, near the village of Ithna. Recent stormy weather flooded most of their dwellings and uprooted tents and corrugated iron structures which they were living in." ca 15/3/2013
Palestinian Women Set Back Daoud Kuttab - ALMONITOR - This unique status that is often praised on International Women`s Day has since elapsed, possibly now being replaced by Tunisian, Egyptian and Yemeni women, the latter of which produced the first ever Nobel Peace Prize for an Arab woman, won by Tawkal Karaman.-rh 14/3/2013
Funding And Denouncing Israeli Occupation: Hypocritical EU Must Make A StandRamzy Baroud - Countercurrents - While Israel should be held responsible for its own behavior, the EU and other countries should not finance the occupation while decrying the settlements. This hypocrisy can no longer be tolerated.-rh 13/3/2013
1000 Palestinians, nearly half of them children, face imminent forced expulsion from their homes in Masafer Yatta, which lies within Israeli Firing Zone 918. Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine - The residents of Masafer Yatta urgently need your help to prevent the forced removal of their villages. Their legal status is precarious, and their homes and schools could be demolished at any time. Such an action by the Israeli military would constitute the largest forced expulsion of Palestinian civilians in many years.-rh 13/3/2013
The Rise Of Palestinian Non-Violent Resistance: A Conversation With Mustafa BarghoutiRaja Shehadeh - The Daily Beast - “But let me emphasize that what analysts are predicting will be starting has already started,” he continued. “But it is not following old models. What gives me great hope is the growing movement amongst people for non-violent resistance, which began ten years ago with the resistance to the building of the wall and has been slowly but consistently developing and growing.-rh13/3/2013
Army Carries Out A Limited Invasion In Southern GazaAgencies - IMEMC - "Several armored Israeli military vehicles invaded, on Wednesday morning, an area east of Khan Younis city, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and bulldozed farmlands and property." - id 13/3/2013
Army Detains A Child In BethlehemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israeli soldiers detained a Palestinian child, 14, after claiming that she hurled stones at their jeep west of Bethlehem city." - id 13/3/2013
Nablus was `the center of everything`: interview with architect Naseer ArafatDaryl Meador - EI - "New book documents how West Bank city’s buildings were destroyed by Israeli invasion." - id 13/3/2013
Israel Offers Deportation To Samer IssawiDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse - Ironically, the issue of deportation does not apply to Samer Issawi, because he is a resident of East Jerusalem and therefore, according to Israeli law, falls within the jurisdiction of civilian rather than military authority. Thus, instead of ordering Issawi’s deportation, Israeli security officials are offering Issawi ‘voluntary deportation.’ bz 12/3/2013
Experts probe reach of toxins from West Bank landfillGeorge Hale - Ma`an - In a ministerial statement Israel admits that “the dump in Abu Dis causes serious environmental harm,” and that it "is not designed to prevent land pollution, and there are concerns that the groundwater might be polluted” But it offered no firm timetable for closing it down. Amer Marei, a hydrogeologist at Al-Quds University, wonders: "Would they allow such a site to be built inside Israel, and let the situation that we see happening here happen there? bz12/3/2013
World Bank: Israel restrictions impede Palestinian economyMa`an - Since the late 1990s, the productivity of the agriculture sector has halved and the manufacturing sector has largely stagnated. Exports dropped to 7 percent in 2011, and are concentrated in low value-added goods and services and mostly sold to Israel. Water and transport infrastructure is deteriorating, damaging economic productivity, particularly in Gaza which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2007. Meanwhile, "alarmingly high" levels of unemployment mean many Palestinians do not have the chance to develop on-the-job skills. bz12/3/2013
West Bank funeral highlights Israel’s use of live ammunition to provoke violent resistanceAnnie Robbins - Mondoweiss - "The use of live ammunition on Palestinian protestors is on the rise. On January 31st, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator James W. Rawley expressed `serious concern` about the increase in civilian deaths in the West Bank from the use of live ammunition, after eight Palestinian civilians, including three minors, were killed by Israeli forces over the previous 2-1/2 months"11/3/2013
Demonstrations, clashes throughout West Bank Friday Ahmad Jaradat - AIC - "Dozens of Palestinians were wounded Friday in clashes with Israeli soldiers throughout the West Bank"11/3/2013
Israel Arrests 11 Palestinians across West Bank F.R. - Wafa - The Israeli soldiers Sunday arrested 11 Palestinians across the west bank, wincluding five Jerusalemites. bz10/3/2013
Settlers attack 67-year-old farmer in Beit UmmarMa`an - A group of 30 settlers attacked a 67-year-old farmer in north Hebron on Saturday, a local committee said. 10/3/2013
From returning tear gas to bus segregation: A week in photos - February 28 - March 6Activestills - "This week: Demonstrations against the Israeli occupation and in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, including arrests and injuries; a new segregated bus line for West Bank workers; protesting racism in Jaffa; public action for animal rights; separation wall construction continues, and a Palestinian village resists an Israeli trash dump site. " ca8/3/2013
Palestinian protester shot by Israelis is sixth civilian killed this yearPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Muhammad Asfour, 23, was injured two weeks ago from rubber coated steel bullet in his head during a protest. His funeral will take place after Friday noon prayer in Aboud. Since the beginning of 2013, six Palestinians were killed from soldiers’ shooting. Asfour was 4th year Physical Education student at Al Quds University in Abu Dis and played football in the village’s team. Born on 3/9/1990, Asfour died two days before celebrating his 23rd birthday. " ca8/3/2013
Israeli forces order demolition of southern West Bank hamletMa`an News Agency - "Israeli troops ordered the demolition of 10 homes, six wells, four bathrooms, four sheep pens and two traditional ovens in Khallet Athaba, east of Yatta, spokesman for the hamlet Mahmud Hamamdeh said." ca8/3/2013
Palestinian street boils at plight of prisonersMa`an News Agency - Outside Ofer Prison`s walls and throughout the West Bank, Israeli troops have clashed in recent weeks with Palestinian protesters fed up with Israeli detention policies, an emblem of what they see as Israel`s unjust rule over their lives.-rh 7/3/2013
14 Palestinian and Israeli Organisations Condemn Lack of Accountability for Torture of Palestinian Detainees Al HAQ - The report concludes that all injuries were the result of very recent, severe and direct torture. The undersigned organisations reiterate the demands made by UN representatives for an immediate international investigation into the death of Arafat Jaradat with a view to holding those responsible for his death accountable.-rh 7/3/2013
Apartheid Watch – Palestinian laborers removed from buses to the West Bank,Ofra Lyth - Machsomwatch - The action begins exactly at 5: A policeman, Shai Zecharia, a sergeant major,ceremoniously boards bus No. 286 after it stops. Soldiers order all the Palestinians to get off. They first take their IDs as they leave the bus – so they won’t be able to go anywhere until they receive permission. About 30 laborerers, aged 30-50, march obediently. The soldier/officer bellows: “Udrub!”, and then “Sit on your asses! On your asses!”-rh 7/3/2013
Israel introduces `Palestinian only` bus lines, following complaints from Jewish settlers Chaim Levinson--Afikim bus company to have special buses for Palestinian workers commuting from the West Bank to jobs in central Israel; announcement follows complaints from settlers that Palestinians are a security risk. dn3/3/2013
Tissue tests planned for Israelis in Gaza who want to cross borderAmira Hass--Testing procedure involves opening a case file in family court, hiring a lawyer, finding a biological relative and coordinating a meeting at border crossing to submit saliva samples. dn3/3/2013
Israel murdered JaradatKhaled Amayreh - Al Ahram Weekly "Issa Qaraqaa, minister of prisoners’ affairs in the PA government...described Israeli claims that Jaradat, a father of two children, died a natural death as “a blatant lie”.“The six broken limbs, the severe muscle tearing, the many lacerations and internal bleeding show beyond doubt that the martyr was tortured to death at the hands of these animals." Further corroboration suggesting foul play on the part of the Israelis is the assertion by the victim’s family that the Israeli Shin Bet agents who came to arrest Jaradat last week told him to bid his family and children a “final goodbye” because “you are not going to see them again.” ca1/3/2013
Denied entry by Israel, American teacher prepares to say goodbye to Palestinian studentsPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "This is the second time in two months Israel has stopped Joudah from going back to her classes in Palestine. Those classes have a temporary teacher; and Joudah, who is in Amman, says she has now sent the children a letter telling them she doesn`t think she`ll be back to teach them. How many students? "Ninety kids. They are mostly all 14-years old. I teach three sections of thirty. Three ninth grade classes. The last day I saw them was December 21st, the last day of finals." ca1/3/2013
IDF busy classifying different types of bullets while children are being shotMairav Zonszein - +972 "The IDF long ago banned the use of .22 caliber bullets for crowd control, but appears to have been used to shoot at a 13-year-old Palestinian boy earlier this week. The doctor treating him claims it was a dum-dum bullet, an expanding bullet illegal under international law." ca1/3/2013
Palestinian teenagers become symbols of protest ahead of Obama visitPhoebe Greenwood - The Guardian "The Israeli army has confirmed that live ammunition was used in Monday`s clashes with Palestinian protesters and that two were shot with 0.22 calibre bullets – ammunition known to cause fatalities." ca1/3/2013
A Young Doctor Fights The Depression Epidemic In PalestineBruce Upbin - Forbes - Forty percent of Palestinians are clinically depressed, a rate unmatched anywhere in the word. It’s more than triple that of the U.S., ten times higher than in the U.K., and four to eight times higher than in Scandinavia, where the sun doesn’t shine for a good part of the year. -rh7/3/2013
UNICEF urges Israel to reform detention of minorsDIAA HADID - Associated Press - The UNICEF report said over two-thirds of all children interviewed were arrested in nighttime military operations. It said shouting soldiers often burst into homes, taking children and minors at gunpoint. Parents were not allowed to accompany them.-rh 7/3/2013
New bus service for Palestinians raises charges of racismSheera Frenkel - McClatchy Newspapers - "“Really, what choice do we have?” he asked. “Israel creates the system and we live in it. We need these jobs, so we will use whatever bus they tell us to.”" - id 6/3/2013
A copy-and-paste judge Amira Hass - Haaretz - "On Jan. 14, a military judge heard nine appeals of administrative detention orders issued to Palestinian residents of the West Bank. In each case, the judge revoked the appeals, providing the same decision - word for word." - id 6/3/2013
A new low: Police claim torching of Palestinian cars was `fabricated` Yossi Gurvitz - Yesh Din - "The fictitious closing of investigations that have never actually been opened is the specialty of the Samaria and Judea (SJ) District Police." - id 6/3/2013
Gaza Gas Can`t Help PalestiniansOmar Shaban - Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse - Due to the Israeli economy’s need for gas to sustain the growth it has witnessed over the past few years, Israel has renewed its negotiations to buy Palestinian gas. The new Israeli strategy is based on three main points. First, Israel seeks to shun the Palestinian side, represented by the Investment Fund, which monitors the PA’s investments. Israel limited its negotiations to the BG under the pretext that Hamas controls Gaza and its shores. Second, Israel made sure that Palestinians get their share of the deal in the form of services, meaning that Hamas or even the PA will not benefit from any profits. Third, the Israeli government has also sought to transport gas from maritime fields in Gaza through underwater pipelines to Israeli ports, which represents complete control over Palestinian gas. bz 5/3/2013
UK peace activist faces deportation by Israeli authorities... and upon return set to be detained by Special Branch under anti-terror powers 5/3/2013
`You`re not allowed to use public transportation at all`Ofra Yeshua-Lyth - First-hand report of "bus apartheid": Palestinian workers returning home are forced to leave an Israeli bus at Shomron Gate5/3/2013
Israel extends detention of Hamas MP without trialMa`an - An Israeli military court on Monday extended the administrative detention of Issa al-Jabari. Israeli forces arrested al-Jabari in May 2011. bz5/3/2013
Mass arrest of Palestinian children on their way to school in Hebron – at least 5 under the age of criminal responsibilityB`Tselem - The Israeli Youth Law requires that a parent or adult be present during the interrogation of child suspects. The law does not formally apply to Palestinians in the occupied territories, who are subject to Israeli military law, but the military court has recommended that the relevant provisions be taken into account in all dealings with Palestinian children.-rh 21/3/2013
“I risk my life when I go fishing, but what choice do I have?” PCHR - Under the November 2012 ceasefire between the Israeli and Palestinian authorities, the fishing limit was supposedly extended to six nautical miles. Fishermen began to sail further out to sea, resulting in somewhat greater yields of fish. However, attacks against fishermen continued, even within the previous three mile limit. Between 22 November 2012 and 28 February 2013, there have been 41 shooting incidents, resulting in 4 injuries. In addition, 42 fishermen have been detained in 11 arrest incidents. Furthermore, 8 boats have been damaged, and 8 boats have been confiscated.-rh 21/3/2013
Israeli troops detain Sharawna`s brotherMa`an - Amjad Najjar of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, denounced the arrest as an act of revenge to punish the Sharawna family. Israel exiled Ayman Sharawna, a father of nine, to the Gaza Strip on Sunday in a deal to end a hunger strike he began in July to demand his release. bz19/3/2013
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