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Sireen Khudiri, a children`s teacher and activist kidnapped by IsraelFacebook - "Sireen Khudiri, a resident of Tubas in occupied Palestine, was kidnapped by occupation forces while traveling in her car on the night of 14.5.2013. She is accused of creating a facebook page that would harm the `security` of the apartheid state of Israel." ca31/5/2013
Settlers burn cars, spray graffiti across West BankMa`an News Agency - "In the Jericho village of Az-Zubeidat, four cars and a tractor were found burnt by villagers, locals said. Local NGO coordinator Hamza Zbeidat told Ma`an that settlers raided the village at around 3 a.m. and poured gasoline on the vehicles before setting them alight.B`Tselem also reported that two cars were set on fire in Rantis, west of Ramallah, and graffiti was found in the area. Israeli police confirmed the reports, according to Israeli news site Ynet." ca 31/5/2013
Settlers install mobile homes on Private Land Near BethlehemMa`an News Agency - "Ahmad Salah, spokesperson of a local popular committee against settlements and the separation wall, told Ma’an that settlers brought the homes in response to a court decision to evacuate Sde Boaz.He highlighted that the settlers laid a 5-kilometer dirt road along the Wadi al-Ghawit area to serve the caravans." ca 31/5/2013
Erekat: New settler homes `destroying` Kerry`s effortsMa`an News Agency - "We consider the recent decision of the Israeli government to build a thousand homes in East Jerusalem as effectively destroying the efforts of (US Secretary of State) Kerry," Saeb Erekat told AFP." ca 31/5/2013
Jamal al-Dura calls on Israeli government to bring him his sonPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - "Israel says my son isn`t dead. Can you imagine how this feels for a father who has lost his child? They have all the technology tools in the world. He`s not dead? Then bring him to me," he said...-rh30/5/2013
Soldiers beat family members, damage home while arresting Palestinian teenNoam Sheizaf - +972 "Israeli soldiers beat and dragged Abed Al-Rahem Awad down the stairs of his home, pepper sprayed his sisters and threw several stun grenades through the family’s windows. Earlier this year, the family lost Abed al-Rahem’s younger brother, who was shot in the back at close range after trying to cross the separation barrier near his home." (ca for id)29/5/2013
THE MASSAFER YATTAOCHA - Report, May 2013 "I had 120 heads of animals which I sold after I left Khirbet Saroura; I had no house to live in so I built a small house in Irafaiyeh but this was later demolished by the Israeli authorities because I didn’t have a permit for building it. My childrens houses in Irfaiyeh also have demolition orders against them. The barn I built in Irfaiyeh to house the five cows that are my new source of income also has a demolition order. I lost everything when I fled Khirbet Saroura." (ca for id)29/5/2013
Protection of CiviliansOCHA - Weekly Report 1-20 May 2013 At least 270 Palestinian civilians were injured in the West Bank in clashes with Israeli forces, mostly during demonstrations commemorating what Palestinians refer to as the gAn Nakba Dayh. œ Some 5,000 people, including medical cases, were stranded in Gaza and Egypt following the unofficial closure of the Rafah crossing by Egyptian security officials, following a kidnapping incident affecting Egyptian forces in the Sinai. The crossing was re-opened on 22 May." (ca for id) 29/5/2013
16-year old Palestinian in very critical condition delayed for hours on his way to Hadassah hospitalMoran Barir/translation Ronit Lentin - facebook - If, god forbid, it had been the Jewish driver, or his 16 year old son, who was injured, they would probably have sent a helicopter to take him.25/5/2013
B`tselem Video: Israel prohibits Gazan children from visiting imprisoned fathersB`tselem - On the night before the visit, I couldn’t sleep…I was happy for my mother that she’d see him after so many years…My mother told me I might be allowed to come along on future visits and she calmed me down a bit. But I wasn’t allowed to join the next visit, either, and I was very disappointed. I haven’t seen my father in seven years. I haven’t even seen a recent photo of him. Every time I miss him, I open up the photo album and look at old photos. bz25/5/2013
Settlers Puncture Car Tires Near Bethlehem, Write Racist GraffitiIMEMC & Agencies - "Local sources reported that the settlers punctured tires, and wrote racist graffiti against the Arabs and the Palestinians, including Price Tag graffiti. The Israeli Police said that three of the cars belong to the Palestinians, and two cars are actually owned by Israelis, but the settlers apparently thought the Palestinians own the two cars.Gilo, built on lands that belong to the Palestinians, is considered by Israel to be a “suburban area” of occupied Jerusalem." ca 24/5/2013
Video: Israel prohibits Gazan children from visiting imprisoned fathersB`Tselem - "In July 2012, Israel reinstated authorization for relatives to visit Palestinian prisoners and detainees from the Gaza Strip being held in Israel (hereafter: “inmates”). Such visits were prohibited as of September 2007, shortly after Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip.The Israeli decision to permit visits was made after some 2,000 Palestinian inmates went on a nearly six-week-long hunger strike. B’Tselem has gathered testimonies from Gazan children over the age of eight who have not seen their imprisoned fathers since 2007. In their testimonies, the children describe their longing to be reunited with their fathers as well as the difficulties they face because of the separation. The children’s only mode of communication with their fathers is written correspondence and sending pictures." ca 24/5/2013
Demolition of an apartment in Jabal Al-MukabberSilwanic Net - "The Israeli bulldozers demolished on Tuesday morning an apartment in the neighbourhood of Jabal Al-Mukabber. The apartment belongs to Abdel Baset Abu Rmeileh, and he had recently bought it from Al-Qaq family to live in it with his family.Issa Al-Qaq said that the apartment is 120 square meters and was built in 2000. Two years later, the first demolition order was issued, and since then the family has been trying to issue the necessary permits but to no avail, knowing that there has been violation building fees imposed during the last few years which sum up to more than 80 thousand NIS and that the demolition orders have been put on hold and today’s demolition process came with no prior notice.Large Israeli forces surrounded the whole neighbourhood of Jabal Al-Mukabber before the demolition." ca 24/5/2013
Toxic gas used as anesthesia in Gaza hospitalMa`an News Agency - "Anesthesiologists in Gaza hospitals confirmed Wednesday that a nitrous oxide canister, bought from Israel, contained carbon monoxide and was used mistakenly. He added that anesthesiologists noticed that the patients’ reaction to the anesthetic gas was very dangerous. Four patients suffered severe cardiac arrest but medics managed to save the patients’ lives." ca 24/5/2013
Hunger-striker agrees to Gaza deportation for 10 yearsMa`an News Agency - "Palestinian prisoner Ayman Abu Dawood on Thursday accepted an Israeli proposal to send him to the Gaza Strip for 10 years after he ends a hunger strike he started on April 14.For its part, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society reiterated its opposition to deportation of Palestinian prisoners. It bases its position on the assumption that deportation is “the toughest punishment a Palestinian citizen may face.” ca 24/5/2013
Soldiers Kidnap Five Palestinians Near JeninSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "On Wednesday, the army kidnapped twelve Palestinian children in occupied East Jerusalem, and took them to an interrogation facility in the city." - id (for rh) 23/5/2013
Military presence at Hebron schools – regular updatesTeam Khalil - International Solidarity Movement - "21st May 3 Military vehicles and around 12 Israeli border police / soldiers blocked the road near the entrance to 3 schools as children made their way to class this morning . Soldiers prevented children and teachers from walking to their schools and diverted traffic as others took photo’s of children with their iPhones. At one stage soldiers threw a sound bomb in the direction of a large group of small children. Many of the schools are holding end of year exams today." - id (for rh)23/5/2013
Palestinians in West Bank`s Area C suffer in limboEdmund Sanders - Los Angeles Times - "Residents largely cut off from the Palestinian Authority say Israel is trying to drive them off the land by demolishing homes and withholding services." - id 22/5/2013
Prisoners who starved for art honored by Gaza showJoe Catron - EI - "“The greatest achievements of the prisoners’ movement were in 1985,” Abu Jahil said. “We went on hunger strike to force the Israelis to allow us to make art, among other things. I myself went on hunger strike for 79 days.”" - id 22/5/2013
13 year-old boy shot at by settlers, tortured by soldiers, denied medical attentionUpdate - ISM - "He said that the soldiers and settlement security official (DCI) threatened to kill him. No one from the village could come to the boy’s aid for risk of being shot at by the soldiers." - id22/5/2013
Delivering KFC by Tunnel, Not Too Fast but SatisfyingFARES AKRAM - NYT - "The French fries arrive soggy, the chicken having long since lost its crunch. A 12-piece bucket goes for about $27 here — more than twice the $11.50 it costs just across the border in Egypt." - id 22/5/2013
Army raids: detentions, demolition of buildings, destruction of farmlands and irrigation systemsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - In the past 24 hours, army raides in various parts of the west Bank resulted in: The detention of three residents, aged 22, 25 and 38 at Kufur Qalil village, south of Nablus; the uprooting of more than four Dunams (0.98 Acres) of agricultural lands in Al-Baq’a village, east of Hebron, planted with tomatos, beans, and zucchinis, as well as the destruction of irrigation systems; and the demolition of five commercial buildings at Barta’a Ash-Sharqiyya near Jenin. 21/5/2013
17 Palestinians Injured In The Al-Arroub Refugee Camp, Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - Palestinian medical sources reported that Friday 17 Palestinians have been injured by rubber-coated metal bullets and gas bombs fired by Israeli soldiers invading the Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. [Just an example of what happened on the Friday following Nakba day (15.5) on the West Bank; more at bz]19/5/2013
The meaning of solidarity in the Palestine movementSandra Tamari - Mondoweiss "There is no one Palestinian leadership. Oppression and exile have created divisions in the Palestinian polity and Palestinians have never had truly representative governance. This division serves Israel well and is a major source of concern for many Palestinians, some of whom have called for direct elections to a Palestinian National Council representative of Palestinians across the globe. The division between the PA and Hamas, fomented by the U.S., also serves Israeli interests. Criticizing the lack of Palestinian leadership without this context is disingenuous. The results of Zionist policies of fragmentation are often misunderstood by U.S. allies as political backwardness. It is important for non-Palestinians allies to examine all the ways in which this mostly unspoken and unconscious understanding of Palestinian capabilities shapes our organizing." ca17/5/2013
Gaza gastronomyHarriet Sherwood - Guardian - "Islam, whose six children include a 13-year-old disabled son, is part of a small collective of women, nearly all mothers of disabled children, who offer cookery classes and homestays in the Aida camp." - id (for rh)16/5/2013
Israel freezes decision to transfer Jordan Valley lands to PAMa`an - Ma`an News Agency - "Israeli minister of defense Moshe Yaalon has given orders to suspend construction of a new Palestinian city"..."The land was supposed to be used for rebuilding the Palestinian village of Nuwiema in the Jordan Valley." - id (for rh) 16/5/2013
In photos: revisiting the survivors of Israel’s November assault on GazaAnne Paq - The Electronic Intifada - "I was already in Gaza prior to Israel’s deadly eight days of attacks launched in November 2012. Once I left, the people I had photographed and interviewed during that terrible week remained at the forefront of my thoughts." - id 15/5/2013
Four Detained Legislators Receive Renewed Administrative DetentionSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The center said that the new orders were handed to detained legislator, Dr. Mahmoud Ar-Ramahi, legislator Yasser Masour, legislator Ahmad Attoun, and legislator Basem Za’areer." - ID 15/5/2013
Settlers set wheat fields on fire WAFA - In the latest of numerous such incidents, a group of settlers set fire to wheat fields in the town of Beit Furik, east of Nablus, and prevented Palestinians from putting down the fire. Earlier, settlers set fire to another wheat field in the same area - in this case in the village of Qaryut. ak 14/5/2013
PA to stop paying Israeli prisoner fines in JuneMa`an - Issa Qaraqe, Minister of Prisoners` Affairs, said that on June 1 The Palestinian Authority will stop paying fines imposed by Israel on Palestinian detainees, since "Paying the fines is theft and illegal economic plunder, which funds the Israeli occupation". However, relatives of prisoners criticized the move. "This decision is disastrous," said the wife of prisoner Ahmad al-Mughrabi, from Duheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem. ak14/5/2013
Army Kidnaps Several Palestinians In The West BankSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Monday at dawn, several Palestinians, including an imam of a local mosque, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, after violently breaking into their homes and searching them. Armed clashes and injuries have been reported in the Jenin refugee camp"13/5/2013
Erekat: New settler homes `sabotage peace moves`Ma`an News - "Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said the move sent a clear message to Washington that Israel was not interested in resuming the direct talks, frozen in 2010."We condemn this new decision which is proof that the Israeli government wants to sabotage and ruin the US administration`s efforts to revive the peace process," he told AFP."This is a message to the American administration and a blow to the peace process," he said, suggesting it would drag the region towards violence rather than peace." ca 10/5/2013
REPORT ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE SOUTHERN HEBRON HILLSThe Alternative Information Center - Intense, coordinated activity of Israeli army, police and settlers prevented local Palestinians from accessing their grazing and farm land situated near the settlements and outposts of the area. Nineteen such cases were recorded this month.-rh 9/5/2013
Uprooted Livelihoods : Palestinian Villages and Herding Communities in the Jordan ValleyMa`an Development Center - The area compromises 28.5% of the West Bank and is naturally rich in water, fertile land, and other resources. Currently, there are 11,679 Israeli settlers and over 58,000 Palestinians in this vital region, but due to Israeli occupation policies that severely limit Palestinians’ access to their land and resources, the living standards between the two communities are blatantly separate and unequal.-rh 9/5/2013
Ofer`s stainsAya Kaniuk and Tamar Goldschmidt - Mahsanmilim - Indeed he confessed all that was attributed to him, be it as it may. And who knows what the truth is, did he really put together those rifles, and what does that mean, and did they hand out three bullets or five or any at all, after all this is a plea bargain. Meaning that if he admits guilt, he will be doing less prison time than if he does not.-rh 9/5/2013
Army Kidnaps 13 Palestinians In Bethlehem, 2 In JeninSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Monday at dawn, May 6 2013, Israeli soldiers invaded Beit Fajjar, Al-Khader and Beit Sahour, in the West Bank district of Bethlehem, and kidnapped 13 Palestinians. Army also invaded Jenin and kidnapped two residents"6/5/2013
Twelve Palestinians Injured Near RamallahSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - Ramallah, Saturday May 4 2013; Palestinian medical sources reported that eight Palestinians have been injured by Israeli army rubber-coated metal bullets, while four others suffered fractures and bruises after being attacked by Israeli settlers who invaded Ras Karkar village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. [bz]5/5/2013
Soldiers Invade Kufur Qaddoum, Clash With Local YouthsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - Friday, May 3 2013, Israeli soldiers, supported by an armored military bulldozer and armored vehicles, invaded the village of Kufur Qaddoum, near the northern West Bank city of Qilqilia, after violently dispersing the weekly protest, and clashed with dozens of local youth; several injuries have been reported. bz4/5/2013
Lift Travel Ban on Human Rights DefenderB`Tselem - "The ban preventing Shawan Jabarin from traveling abroad to receive an award is emblematic of the arbitrary restrictions placed on Palestinian human rights defenders and civil society activists,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s interim MENA Programme Director. “It must be lifted, and the Israeli authorities must stop using unspecified security concerns to obstruct the work of Palestinian human rights activists.” ca3/5/2013
International Workers’ Day: On the right to earn a living with dignityB`Tselem - "International Workers’ Day, marked on 1 May, commemorates the historic struggle for the basic right to an eight-hour limit to the workday. More than a century after that goal was achieved, Palestinian workers must still strive for the very right to earn a living without risking their lives, for the opportunity to support their families and for those self-same basic workers’ rights of minimum wage and a limit to the number of hours in a workday. Under occupation, Palestinians are unable to realize these basic labor rights." ca3/5/2013
3 injured as Israeli forces fire at funeral in Beit UmmarMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces fired tear gas and plastic-coated bullets at a funeral procession in Beit Ummar on Thursday afternoon, injuring three Palestinians, a local committee said. " ca 3/5/2013
The solution is the problemSaleh Al-Naami - Al Ahram Weekly "Despite the fierce debate and war of words between Fatah and Hamas, one cannot ignore the role of foreign factors that negatively impacting the chances of reaching and implementing a conciliation agreement. In fact, Israeli Minister Yuval Steinitz has already threatened the PA that Israel will once again withhold taxes it collects on behalf of the PA if conciliation is achieved.The aim of forming a “national consensus” government was to prepare for conciliation, but if this government is formed without consensus it will become yet another stumbling block for conciliation rather than a solution." ca 3/5/2013
Hebron Governor Meets EU Representative In PalestineSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The governor told the EU official that the Israeli army is not only ongoing with its harassment and assaults against the residents, but also continued and expanded its military drills in inhabited Palestinian villages and areas, and continued to destroy Palestinian farmlands, grazing areas, and the forcible removal and relocation of the Bedouins and the residents." ca3/5/2013
Israel evicts Palestinian villagers for army exerciseNoah Browning - Reuters - The residents of Wadi al-Maleh, a village mostly inhabited by shepherds in the arid area bordering Jordan, had almost all left their homes by an evening curfew and retreated to neighboring villages, Aref Daraghmeh, a local leader, told Reuters.-rh 2/5/2013
The Gaza Doctor’s Story Michal Aharoni - Al-Monitor - The play is based on the autobiography of Dr. Ezzeldeen Abu al-Aish, the Gaza doctor whose three daughters were killed by a stray shell fired by the IDF during Operation Cast Lead [2009]. Abu al-Aish, known as “the doctor from Gaza,” worked for years as a gynecologist in Israel. Seconds after the shell hit his house he called journalist Shlomi Eldar at Israel’s Channel 10 news studio. Eldar hit the speaker button on his cell phone and broadcast live the agony of the man whose three daughters lay dead on the floor in front of his eyes.-rh1/5/2013
An interview with Ben Ehrenreich, author of ‘extraordinary’ Nabi Saleh piece in ‘NYT Magazine’Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - On March 15, The New York Times Magazine broke important ground in the mainstream by publishing Ben Ehrenreich`s long and often-thrilling account of resistance in occupied Nabi Saleh, based on his visits to the Palestinian village last summer and earlier this year.-rh1/5/2013
Israel Breaks Signed Agreement to End Prisoner Hunger StrikesGavan Kelly, Shir Hever - The Real News - (video) - In any military occupation, imprisonment is a tool used heavily by militaries in order to control the occupied population. Israel is no exception, and the arrest and long-term imprisonment of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory has become one of the symbols of the Israeli occupation.-rh 1/5/2013
Israeli security forces deployed in West Bank after settler is stabbed to death : Fatal attack on settler near Nablus occurs at around same time that Israeli air strike kills alleged terrorist in Gaza Harriet Sherwood - The Guardian - Confrontations between militant settlers and Israeli security forces in the West Bank were reported following the attack. Two Palestinian school buses were stoned by settlers, while others set fire to tyres and olive groves, the Palestinian official Ghassan Daghlas told the news agency Ma`an.-rh 1/5/2013
Report: "Four Killed, 259 Kidnapped In April"Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Head of the Ahrar Center, Fuad Al-Khoffash, stated that the army also kidnapped in April several Palestinian political leaders, social figures and university professors." - id 1/5/2013
The face of Israel`s discriminatory home demolition policyActivestills - +972 - "Under Israeli zoning policy, Palestinians can build in just 13 percent of East Jerusalem and in just 1 percent of Area C. In both cases these areas are already heavily built up." - id1/5/2013
Syrian refugees flee to relative safety of GazaHarriet Sherwood - Guardian - ""In Syria I had a house, I had a business, I was respected in the community. Now I have nothing. I used to help others, now I have to ask for help. We are refugees again. We thought we were coming back to our homeland, but we have no homeland. We are in a trap."" - id 1/5/2013
Bedouins await Israel’s forcible relocation planJillian Kestler-D`Amours - The Electronic Intifada - "“I want to live in a Bedouin village,” Jahalin said. “It’s like being a sardine in a tin, one next to another. Take that [relocation] plan and show it to Israelis and see if they would want to live there. Nobody would live there.”" - id 1/5/2013
Why a Jewish state cannot fully protect its non-Jewish citizensMairav Zonszein - +972 - Israeli police’s failure to stop the murder of two young Bedouin sisters highlights the arbitrariness of citizenship and discrimination for Palestinians under occupation – regardless of whether they are citizens27/5/2013
Israel’s tax policies suffocate Palestinian JerusalemJillian Kestler-D`Amours - The Electronic Intifada - Jerusalem has historically been the economic, political and cultural center of life for the entire Palestinian population. But after decades languishing under destructive Israeli policies meant to isolate the city from the rest of the West Bank and a lack of municipal services and investment, East Jerusalem has slipped into a state of poverty and neglect.-rh 30/5/2013
29 Palestinians Kidnapped In JerusalemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Thursday at dawn, May 30 2012, dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the As-Sa’diyya neighborhood, in the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem, and the nearby towns of Al-Ezariyya and Abu Dis, broke into and searched Palestinian homes, and kidnapped 29 residents, including children.They were taken to a police station and were placed under interrogation allegedly for throwing stones and fireworks at the army, and at surveillance cameras.-rh 30/5/2013
Déjà vu all over againRashid Khalidi- Kerry, who visits Israel and the Palestinian territories this week, has launched an initiative to improve the economic conditions of Palestinians living under occupation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This proposal might be considered innovative if a plan to "improve the Palestinian quality of life" -- which in practice means improving the conditions of Israel`s Palestinian subjects while ignoring their subjugation -- had not been mooted in 1983 by Secretary of State George Shultz. In the intervening decades,Palestinian "quality of life" has worsened considerably.-rh 30/5/2013
Israel Wants Detainees To Pay For Their Medical ExpensesSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "... this Israeli policy is a policy of extortion and blackmail, and is depriving the detainees from the urgently needed medical attention and treatment." - id 8/5/2013
Jamal al-Dura: If Israel says my son is not dead, let them bring him back Mondoweiss - The Israeli government`s report suggested that the 2000 killing of 12-year old Muhammad al-Dura in 2000 was a hoax and that young al-Dura might still be alive. The boy`s father, Jamal al-Dura responded: "He`s not dead? Then bring him back to me". ak 28/5/2013
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