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Life under occupation

Recovering from surgery, only to be knocked down again by Israeli policeGideon Levy and Alex Levac--Palestinian laborer Hader Sharif was on the verge of recovering from a broken thighbone when Israeli police stormed his home. Now he`s back on crutches. dn30/6/2013
Britain Denounces Israeli Plan To Expand “Har Homa”IMEMC - "Britain said that the Israeli decision, made by the Jerusalem City council, is another obstacle to the efforts to resume direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Alistair Pert, British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, in charge of Middle East, North Africa and South Asian Affairs, stated that Britain strongly believes that settlements built on the occupied territories are illegal, illegitimate under International Law, and are an obstacle to peace in the Middle East." 28/6/2013
Official: Israel to confiscate more land in NablusMa`an News - "The Israeli military plans to confiscate 379 dunums of Palestinian land near Bracha settlement in the northern West Bank, a Palestinian Authority official said Wednesday. The land belongs to Muhammad Abu Zarur, Samih Sadqa, Bassam al-Shaqa, Abdul Fattah Kashkash, Muhammad Qani, Kathem Abdul Ghani and Jamil Khader and his brothers, Daghlas told Ma`an." ca 28/6/2013
Israeli authorities uproot trees in BethlehemMa`an News - "Israeli authorities began digging up agricultural land and uprooting trees in the village of Khirbet al-Nahla in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem on Thursday. A Ma`an reporter said bulldozers were seen razing land on a 25 dunam plot of land belonging to Mahmoud Asad." ca 28/6/2013
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israel imposes new restrictions on internationalsChristian Peacemaker Teams - At the airport or border, Israeli security can ask internationals to sign a paper stating that they will not enter the “area under Palestinian Authority control” unless given military permission beforehand. I had no intention of waiting for military permission before rejoining the team in Hebron, and I dreaded having to respond to this request27/6/2013
Stones UnturnedRAJA SHEHADEH - International Harald Tribune - “Archaeologists are in the business of creating collective memories,” the Israeli archaeologist Raphael Greenberg has argued. This is something the Israelis understand only too well and the Palestinians, apparently, too little.-rh 27/6/2013
Palestinian children tortured, used as shields by Israel: U.N.Stephanie Nebehay - Reuters - "Palestinian children arrested by (Israeli) military and police are systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture, are interrogated in Hebrew, a language they did not understand, and sign confessions in Hebrew in order to be released,".-rh27/6/2013
Military police must decide: Is the IDF a gang or an army?Yossi Gurvitz - +972 - Youth from the village of Qaddum were shocked to find themselves featured on a threatening IDF poster. Will the army severely punish those responsible?.-rh 27/6/2013
Israel stops children`s puppet theatre show over PA linkHarriet Sherwood - The Guardian - Israel has ordered the cancellation of a children`s puppet festival at a Palestinian theatre in East Jerusalem, claiming the eight-day event has been unlawfully sponsored by the Palestinian Authority. East Jerusalem is outside the PA`s jurisdiction.-rh 27/6/2013
Israeli authors lend their names in effort to save Palestinian villagesMatt Surrusco - +972 - Twenty-four prominent Israeli writers recently signed a petition in support of Palestinians in danger of eviction from their homes in the South Hebron Hills. Next to Israeli activists, foreign journalists and Palestinian residents, four of the petition signers stood out on Tuesday as they toured three villages in Israel’s line of fire.-rh27/6/2013
Israel breaks pledge to allow imprisoned Gaza engineer family visits Rami Almeghari - EI - "“The last call, which took ten minutes, was in January 2012,” she said. “When my mother died back in Ukraine, they refused to let us have a phone conversation.”" - id 26/6/2013
Military police must decide: Is the IDF a gang or an army? Yossi Gurvitz--Youth from the village of Qaddum were shocked to find themselves featured on a threatening IDF poster. Will the army severely punish those responsible? dn23/6/2013
Six Palestinians Kidnapped In West BankAgencies - IMEMC - "Several soldiers also invaded the homes of Legislator Jamal Teerawy, and resident Mohammad Ash-Sheikh, and searched them causing property damage. Both are former political prisoners." - id 21/6/2013
After `Arab Idol` win, Gaza goes to sleep with hopeAbeer Ayyoub - +972 - By winning the Arab Idol singing competition, Muhammad Assaf did what politics hasn’t been able to: he united Palestinians24/6/2013
Two Palestinians Injured, One Kidnapped Near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded on Monday at dawn [June 24 2013] Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, kidnapped one resident, and shot two more during clashes that took place after the army invaded the town"24/6/2013
UN: Palestinian children tortured, used as shields by IsraelReuters - Ynet - ""Palestinian children arrested by (Israeli) military and police are systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture, are interrogated in Hebrew, a language they did not understand, and sign confessions in Hebrew in order to be released."" - id 21/6/2013
Detention on Saturday Morning - Erella`s ReportErella Dunayevsky - The Villages Group - And so, 20 years old Ammar and Odeh, and 16 years old Akram, from Umm al-Kheir, who went out with the goats in the morning of the 1st of June 2013, as they do each Saturday, to the grazing areas close to their home, and were detained – they too will surely fold their pain, store it in the storeroom for unprocessed pains, and continue their life, their daily routine, as if such a pain is an ordinary matter, like breakfast, like brushing your teeth or going to the toilette.-rh 19/6/2013
The Village of Nabi Samuel : A Palestinian StainAya Kaniuk - Mahsanmilim - Between the colonies of Giv`at Ze`ev, Giv`on and Ramot, along the route of the main Jews-only road, one small village remains which the Wall has not succeeded in peeling away from this terrain. One Palestinian stain in this contiguous Judaized terrain. The village of Nabi Samuel.-rh 19/6/2013
House demolitions: Zionism`s constant background noiseIdan Landau - Hardly a day goes by without the State of Israel demolishing an Arab home between the Jordan River and the sea. The hum of bulldozers is the constant background noise of Zionism. Listen to it for a few moments.-rh19/6/2013
Setting a dangerous precedent: 16-year-old Ali Shamlawi faces 25 counts of attempted murder for alleged stone throwingKatherine Flynn - Mondoweiss - "Along with the 61 “witnesses” mentioned above, the prosecution’s evidence consists of confessions from the boys. The lawyers and NGOs working on the case insist that these confessions were forced under extreme duress and are therefore inadmissible." - id19/6/2013
Family visit denied due to a cellphoneWAFA – The parents of the 16 year old Shadad A’war went to visit him for the first time since his arrest on May 5. However, police searched the mother and found a cellphone in her dress. She was promptly arrested and held for three hours, and was then told that she will not be allowed to visit her son for two months. Her husband was also prevented from visiting his son that day. Israeli prison and security authorities are increasingly concerned and nervous about Palestinian prisoners` continuing success in smuggling cellphones into the prisons and using them to communicate with the outside and from prison to prison. ak18/6/2013
Palestinian activist Abir Kopty: Oslo should go, the peace process serves Israeli interestsAlex Kane - Mondoweiss "Kopty knows the Palestinian struggle inside and out. She was a key player in the organizing around Bab al-Shams, the Palestinian protest village set up in the E1 area...Kopty voiced harsh criticism of the peace process.“The negotiations have just served Israeli interests and covered up the Israeli policy of continuous colonization, land confiscation, house demolitions, ethnic cleansing policies. This is what negotiations are for Palestinians.” ca14/6/2013
Academia Undermined: Israeli Restrictions on Foreign National Academics in Palestinian Higher Education InstitutionsPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - The report comprehensively details (a) the impact of the restrictions on the quality of education provided, and (b) the impact of the isolation of Palestinian academia from the broader academic community on the development of their academic institutions and educational development in general. Such restrictions have diminished opportunities for development of faculty, courses, and research programs at Palestinian institutions of higher education. The report also concludes that these restrictions are arbitrary and indiscriminate, and clearly contravene international law.-rh 13/6/2013
Sightseeing in the Apartheid State: From Ben Gurion to the West Bank Cynthia Franklin--Eyewitness to the still-unfolding history of ethnic cleansing and Occupation. Report from East Jerusalem and the West Bank. dn15/6/2013
PCHR Weekly Report: 7 civilians wounded, 51 abducted in 69 Israeli incursions this weekPCHR-Gaza - "In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 05 - 12 June 2013, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces have continued to open fire at the Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip border area. A Palestinian worker was wounded, east of Khan Yunis in the south of the Gaza Strip. 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded during an Israeli incursion in al-Far`ah refugee camp, south of Tubas." ca14/6/2013
The return to IqritJonathan Cook - Al-Jazeera - The villagers’ push to recreate Iqrit comes as Israel’s treatment of the refugees from 1948 is under renewed scrutiny, particularly in relation to the circumstances in which the refugees abandoned their homes – and whether Israel’s leaders ordered a program of ethnic cleansing.-rh 13/6/2013
In praise of SuperlandGideon Levy - The studentroom - How easy it is to rile against Superland - What beautiful souls we are, we are so enlightened, we won`t let racism rear its head. But it has reared its head since the day the state was established. It`s a state based largely on racism`s own principles, from the Law of Return to the Absentee Property Law. A Jewish state is by virtue of its definition a nationalist state, who are we to complain about Superland?,-rh 13/6/2013
Acting the Landlord: Israel`s Policy in Area C, the West BankB`Tselem - Report Summary - Some 60 percent of West Bank lands have been classified as “Area C” and are under full and exclusive Israeli control. Area C is home to an estimated 180,000 Palestinians and includes the major residential and development land reserves for the entire West Bank. Israel prohibits Palestinian construction and development on some 70 percent of Area C territory, arguing various rationales, such as being “state lands” or “firing zones.”-rh 13/6/2013
Restrictions on Palestinians living in Israel with spouses now in its 10th yearDusan Vranic - The Washington Post - Israeli Arabs continue to bring their spouses home, because many have family relations with Palestinians that predate the Jewish state, particularly in towns like Bartaa that straddle the line with the West Bank. Even so, such marriages are dropping off because of the difficulties involved, residents said.-rh 13/6/2013
PA official warns of worsening financial crisisMa`an - The PA official also warned of a growing job crisis, with over 250,000 Palestinians currently unemployed, young people particularly affected. bz11/6/2013
Seven Palestinians Kidnapped In Hebron Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "On Monday morning [June 10, 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the southern West Bank district of Hebron, broke into several homes, and kidnapped seven Palestinians before taking them to unknown destinations"10/6/2013
Gaza Farmers Near Fence With Israel Remain WaryFARES AKRAM and JODI RUDOREN--Six months after the cease-fire ended eight days of fighting between Israel and Hamas, Mr. Ettewi and other Palestinian farmers, as well as human rights groups that work with them, say there is much confusion about what is permissible in the so-called buffer zone along Gaza’s eastern border, and that plantings remain few. dn9/6/2013
Among the charges: organizing protests on behalf of Palestinian prisonersPatrick O. Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - Arrested during a night raid in January, Hassan Karajah — youth coordinator with the Palestinian organization Stop the Wall — has clearly suffered the effects of being jailed with little access to sunlight and without proper nutrition and medicines. bz 8/6/2013
ALONE - Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention systemA film by Defence for Children Palestine bz8/6/2013
Palestinian Minister Released After Two Years In CaptivitySaed Bannoura - IMEMC "Israeli released, on Thursday evening, former Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Wasfy Qabha, 50, after holding him under Administrative Detention for two years without charges or trial." ca7/6/2013
Infant Injured In Kufur QaddoumSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The infant, Sana’ Eshtewy, 7 months, received treatment by medics of the Palestinian Red Crescent after the army fired dozens of gas bombs at homes in the village. Media Coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in the village, stated that dozens of soldiers invaded the village and fired rounds of live ammunition, flares, concussion grenades and gas bombs." ca 7/6/2013
WATCH: Al Jazeera takes on the segregated bus debateVIDEO - +972 "Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna is joined by Ben White, Mustafa Barghouti and Gregg Roman in what turns out to be probably the biggest shellacking of an Israeli spokesperson I have ever seen on a mainstream news network." ca7/6/2013
Resource: Area C Palestinians under threat of displacementB`Tselem - "A new report published by B’Tselem to mark 46 years since Israel occupied the West Bank reveals how the Civil Administration has violated its obligation to administer the area for the benefit of the Palestinian population. Contrary to its legal obligations, the Civil Administration, the body responsible for implementing Israeli government policy in Area C (60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli control), implements exactly the opposite policy." ca7/6/2013
WATCH: Israeli ban on family reunification, a `temporary measure?`VIDEO - Israel Social TV "The amendment to Israel’s Citizenship Law, enacted by the government in 2002 in the midst of the second intifada, prohibits Palestinians from the Occupied Territories and citizens of enemy states from entering into Israel for family reunification. Meanwhile the attacks of the Intifada have stopped and a decade had passed. Separated families, however, continue to pay the price." ca7/6/2013
Is Gaza Honey Mixture the next Viagra?Khaled Kraizim - Al-Monitor "Mansour has treated 25 infertile couples who had been unable to bear children for years, by means of pure honey supplemented with vitamins and pollen.Mansour, 52, has produced this treatment after more than 25 years of experience, work and trade in bee honey. He developed a mixture that cures many diseases, including erectile dysfunction (ED), inflammatory hepatitis, stomach ulcers, inflammation of the prostate and the duodenum, in addition to nervous system issues." ca 7/6/2013
Palestinian workers say daily journey to Israel `torturous`Ma`an News Agency - The luckiest workers can make it through the airport-like security inspection in a few hours, while some return home after hours of waiting, and others decide to spend the night in the open air near the checkpoint so they can be first to cross over.-rh6/6/2013
Female Detainees Start Hunger StrikeSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - The detainees are demanding the transfer of Abu Rezeq to a private hospital. They stated they would escalate their strike should Israeli refrain from providing the needed medical attention to Heba.-rh 6/6/2013
Jewish youths charged with racially motivated assault of ArabAviel Magnezi - YnetNews - Group of six Jews attacks Arab youth in Jerusalem, cause him injuries to all body parts: `Get out of our neighborhood, Arab bastard`-rh 5/6/2013
Suspicion and Hate: Racist Attacks On Arabs Increase in IsraelJulia Amalia Heyer - Spiegel Online - Wolkov, 53, teaches history in Ramat HaSharon, near Tel Aviv. She was attacked and her car was damaged, merely because an Arab colleague was sitting in the passenger seat. It happened in March, but it wasn`t the only attack of its kind.-rh 5/6/2013
Gaza Youth Flee Harsh LifeAbeer Ayyoub - Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse - The situation in Gaza has become so dire that some young men prefer life in an Israeli jail to the open-air prison that is Gaza. The four teens, all under the age of 18, were kept at an Israeli reformatory, which made their jail experience different from that of other Palestinian prisoners.-rh 5/6/2013
Israeli troops attack Palestinian civilians near JerusalemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - The protest was not organized in advance, but broke out spontaneously in the Abu Dis neighborhood of East Jerusalem when Israeli Civil Administration officers, accompanied by armed Israeli troops, entered the neighborhood to issue a demolition order.-rh 4/6/2013
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) REFLECTION: Trapping childrenCPT Palestine - The power imbalance between the children trying to get through the checkpoint and the Border Police stopping them is huge. The Border Policeman has the whole weight of the occupation behind him. Border Police officers do not make mistakes. If they shoot a youth they are praised, such as when the female Border Police officer shot 17-year-oldMohammed Salayme in Hebron in December 2012. If they arrest children and break international law, no one will penalize them.-rh 4/6/2013
Gaza 2013: SnapshotGisha - Discourse about Gaza tends toward the extremes. If on one end of the spectrum you hear that Gaza is nothing but an “open-air prison”, others will claim that “there is no closure” and that all Israeli-imposed restrictions stem from security considerations. It will soon be six years since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip and Israel tightened access restrictions on the Strip – a good opportunity to provide up-to-date information on the state of affairs.-rh 4/6/2013
Kerry’s Plan: Palestinians To Be Cast As Fall Guys - AgainJonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Or seen another way, the Palestinian economy`s problem is not a lack of investment; it is a lack of viable opportunities for investment. Palestinians have no control over their borders, airspace, radio frequencies, water and other natural resources, not even over the currency or internal movement of goods and people. Everything depends on Israel`s good will. And few investors will be prepared to bet on that.-rh 4/6/2013
Exclusive Report : Dirar Abu Sisi kidnapped by Ukrainian and Israeli IntelligenceUFree Network - General Director of the sole power plant in the Gaza strip, Dirar Abu Sisi, was kidnapped in Ukraine, and then forcibly deported. The journey of kidnapping included humiliation, torture and many violations of International law. It has been 2 years since he was kidnapped, yet no human rights or legal framework campaigned for Abu Sisi.-rh4/6/2013
Israeli forces detain 4 in East Jerusalem, deliver demolition ordersMa`an - Separately from the arrests, on the same Tuesday morning Israeli police officers escorted Jerusalem municipality staff into al-Isawiya as they delivered demolition orders to several families under the pretext that "their houses were built without a license." bz4/6/2013
Army Demolishes Four Homes, Four Sheds Near JerichoSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - Today, Tuesday, the army surrounded the area before invading it and demolishing the homes belonging to four brothers. On Monday, soldiers had invaded another village in the Jericho district, demolishing three homes, two hothouses and two barns. bz4/6/2013
The cherry on top of the IDFGideon Levy--There isn’t a single Israeli who can imagine what it must be like to wake up in the middle of the night to see dozens of armed, violent soldiers as well as dogs and grenades in his home. dn2/6/2013
IDF soldiers to West Bank children: `We are the army, be careful if we see you`Haggai Matar--IDF soldiers posted leaflets in the West Bank village of Qadum warning children to refrain from attending demonstrations. The leaflet, photographed yesterday at the weekly protest in the village by activist Lior Ben-Eliyahu (the children’s eyes have been hidden by +972), show photographs of four children from the village, probably taken by soldiers at previous demonstrations. The message reads: “We are the army. Be careful if we see you, we’re going to catch you or come to your house.” dn2/6/2013
Despite IDF denials, evidence shows dogs still being used to attack Palestinian suspects Gideon Levy and Alex Levac--Mohammed Amla, 29, was savagely attacked by an IDF dog as he tried to sneak across the border to his place of work in Tel Aviv. dn16/6/2013
‘Keeping the Population in a State of Constant Uncertainty’ Tamar Fleishman--“Ten minutes of standing in the line leading to the soldiers’ post and three more minutes of standing in the inspection zone, were enough to grasp how they implement the declared objective of ‘keeping the population in a state of constant uncertainty’” — The words of a high ranking Israeli officer. dn16/6/2013
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