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Israeli Soldiers Dancing at Hebron Wedding Were Probably Not Welcome GuestsAvner Gvaryahu - The Daily Beast "For those who don`t know the dynamics of Hebron, it might seem from this video that the city finally managed to make the Israeli soldiers and Palestinians friends, like its name and its namesake. But this is a mistake: soldiers in Hebron are, in their own words, the "sheriffs" in town. They can get "invited" to weddings, break up funerals, and stop ambulances. They do whatever they want." ca31/8/2013
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Why did the IDF assassinate two Palestinian journalists?Noam Sheizaf- +972 "The Israeli army still refuses to comment on several incidents in which journalists affiliated with Hamas, but with no connection to military activities, were targeted. In response to an inquiry by an Israeli journalist, an IDF Spokesperson representative wondered why he cares about a couple of Palestinians that died ‘a million years ago.’ ca30/8/2013
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In the West Bank, a new settlement is bornNoam Sheizaf - The regional council for Jewish settlements in the northern part of the West Bank (Samaria) celebrated on Sunday the construction of a new settlement called Leshem, located in the western part of the occupied Palestinian territories. According to a report in Maariv, 72 families have moved into their homes in Leshem, and 70 more are expected to do so in the coming year. The plan is to build around 400 more housing units.-rh29/8/2013
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In photos: Palestinian resilience at Israeli checkpoints and wallsOren Ziv - Electronic Intifada - The freedom of movement of approximately 2.75 million Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is severely curtailed by Israel’s permit regime, wall and system of checkpoints. These movement restrictions prevent Palestinians in the West Bank from freely accessing holy sites in Jerusalem and other cultural and recreation sites and family in the city and present-day Israel. Meanwhile, Palestinians from the West Bank are not able to travel to Gaza, and vice versa, with only rare exception.-rh29/8/2013
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Will Israeli-Palestinian negotiations get my family back home?Suheir Azzouni - The Oslo Times - Israel imposed the “permanent resident” status on the Palestinians in East Jerusalem when it occupied and illegally, unilaterally annexed the city in June 1967 – thus not observing its obligations as an occupying power with regards to the provisions of international law, according to which Palestinian East Jerusalemites are not merely “residents” but are also “protected persons” who are entitled to continue living in their country.-rh 28/8/2013
A day of `law enforcement`: Upheaval, banishment and persecutionHaggai Matar - +972 - In the past 48 hours Israeli police have raided the renewed Palestinian villages of Iqrit and al-Araqib, banished Al-Araqib residents from their homes and tried to shut down a Tel Aviv café that serves as a hub for activists and the municipal opposition.-rh28/8/2013
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Palestine Today 08 27 2013Shamus Slaunwhite and Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC - "Local sources reported that the clashes are part of dozens of protests that took place in different parts of the occupied West Bank after undercover forces infiltrated into Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, Monday, killed three Palestinians and injured dozens." - id28/8/2013
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Jenin man shot by Israeli forces needs spinal surgeryMa`an - Ala Abu Khalifa was critically wounded last week after being shot during an Israeli arrest raid in Jenin refugee camp. His mother said he was hit by a dumdum bullet which caused severe damage to his spinal cord and needs urgent surgery.ak27/8/2013
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Head of PYALARA Youth Association arrested at Erez terminal and deported to Israeli prisonSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - Ala’ Moqbel headed to the Erez Israeli terminal in an attempt to obtain a permit to go to the West Bank after being invited to participate in a workshop organized by the Palestinian Telecommunication Company. Instead, he was arrested. bz 27/8/2013
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UNRWA: One employee was killed in Qalandiya clashesElior Levy - Ynet - The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) stated that one of its employees, 34-year-old Rubin Ziad, was among the three killed in clashes between IDF forces and residents of the Qalandiya refugee camp in the vicinity of Jerusalem on Monday. ak27/8/2013
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Video: Gaza: The economy under the siegeInternational Solidarity Movement - Khalil S. Shaheen, Head of the Economic Unit at the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, talks about the Gaza economy under the siege, how the occupation and the siege affect directly the economy, and therefore the development of the oppressed Palestinian people, denying them the right to develop and have normal lives as human beings26/8/2013
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Two Palestinians Killed By Israeli Army Fire In QalandiaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "Medical sources at the Palestine Medical Center, in Ramallah, said that Robin Zayed, 32, and Jihad Aslan, 19, have been shot and killed by live rounds fired by the invading Israeli soldiers, the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported. Fifteen more Palestinians have also been shot and injured by rounds of live ammunition; some suffered serious injuries, while the rest suffered mild-to-moderate wounds. Dozens of residents have been treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation"26/8/2013
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Palestinian children routinely tortured, some threatened with rape: Israel rights groupAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada - Palestinian children are systematically subjected to torture and violence, including threats of rape, by Israeli interrogators, in order to force them to confess to stone-throwing. bz24/8/2013
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Hamas crackdown on Tamarod group reflects panic, analysts sayEdmund Sanders - LA Times "The homemade YouTube video features four masked men in matching T-shirts, standing like soldiers as one reads a statement lambasting Hamas for killing civilians and calling for the overthrow of the Gaza Strip`s Islamist government.They call their new Palestinian youth group Tamarod Gaza — using the Arabic word for "rebellion" — after the similarly named Egyptian protest movement that helped bring down Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and Hamas` mentor, the Muslim Brotherhood." ca23/8/2013
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Released Palestinian prisoner: `I have changed completely`Christa Case Bryant - Christian Science Monitor "Mr. Asakreh was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1991 for his fatal stabbing of Annie Ley, a French tourist dining at the Bethlehem hotel where he worked toward the tail end of the Palestinian intifada.Asakreh was 18 years old when he went to jail, and bounced around from one Israeli facility to another.“I consider myself as a leader in peaceful ways, not in violent ways,” says Asakreh, who is enthusiastic about the peace talks now under way. “I am completely optimistic … all Palestinians are very optimistic, if both sides are serious.” ca23/8/2013
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Abuse and torture in interrogations of dozens of Palestinian minors in the Israel Police Etzion FacilityB`Tselem - The testimonies describe interrogations in which the minors were forced to confess to alleged offenses, mostly stone-throwing. In almost all cases, the interrogators stopped using violence against the interrogatees once they confessed.-rh 22/8/2013
Palestinians from South Hebron Hill still targeted by settlers: a well poisoned and two road block in the same dayOperation Dove - Press Release - A group of settlers from the area poisoned a well and blocked the road to Bir al Idd Palestinian village, nearby Mitzpe Yair Israeli outpost. The road is one of the main ways of access for Palestinians to the Masafer Yatta area, whose inhabitants are threatened of eviction by the Israeli army.-rh 21/8/2013
Shepherd attacked with iron rodItamar Fleishman - YNet News "The six attackers were waiting for him at the other side of the tunnel," his friend said. "They were wearing masks and as soon as he stepped out of the tunnel, they started to attack him with iron rods. Then they killed and injured some of the sheep and ran away."-rh 21/8/2013
Action Alert: Three leading Palestinian women prisoners’ activists arrestedInternational Solidarity Movement - Samidoun - Leena Jawabreh, Linan Abu Ghoulmeh and Myassar Atyani, three Palestinian activists and former prisoners were seized by the Israeli police at 10:00 pm on the evening of August 15 while visiting a friend, former prisoner Woroud Qasem, in the 1948 occupied areas of Palestine. All three are leading campaigners and activists for Palestinian prisoners and are from Nablus district. Their detention was extended at a hearing on August 19.-rh21/8/2013
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Silent Nakba: Israel’s Slow Displacement of Palestinian FarmersMuki Najaer - PNN - " “My father used to be a farmer,” Dweijat said, “Now he doesn’t have a single tree. Not a single one. And he’s just one farmer.”" - id 21/8/2013
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Israeli forces use excessive lethal force killing Palestinian civilian and wounding 3 others, including 2 children, in JeninPress Release - ISM - "PCHR expresses deep concern for this crime which reflects the continued use of excessive force by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in disregard for their lives." - id 21/8/2013
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Israeli soldiers shoot, kill man in Jenin campMa`an - Israeli forces raided the Jenin camp at 3 a.m. and broke into the home of Islamic Jihad leader Bassam al-Saedi. Clashes broke out with camp residents, who threw empty bottles and stones at Israeli soldiers, who responded with live fire, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. Majd Mohammad Anis Lahlouh, 22, was shot directly in the heart. Karim Sbeih and Alah Abu Khalifa, both in their twenties, were also critically wounded. bz20/8/2013
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Army Invades Aida Refugee Camp In BethlehemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "The sources said that dozens of youths hurled stones and empty bottles at the invading soldiers, and that the army fired gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets [...] The soldiers withdrew from the refugee camp later on without conducting any arrests"19/8/2013
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`We were young. The Israelis and us must now think about the future`Amira Hass--The release this week of two members of the Sawalha family − who killed an Israeli in 1990, when they were both 17 − offers a chance to recall the losses on both sides during the first intifada. dn17/8/2013
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Palestinian Football Chief Demands Israel ExpulsionMa`an News Agency - "The Palestinian Football Association on Thursday urged FIFA to expel Israel from the international federation, saying it had refused to allow several Arab youth teams into the Palestinian territories. Rujub said Israel had denied representatives of the West Asian Football Federation, which includes 12 Arab national football associations, permits to enter the occupied Palestinian territories to play in the WAFF Under-17`s Championship, that was due to begin Thursday.Three managers of the Jordanian football union, two UAE representatives and 13 managers and players from Iraq were refused entry, he said." ca16/8/2013
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Army Admits Alleged “Gaza Mall” Is In MalaysiaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "After being exposed by the Electronic Intifada, the Israeli army issued an apology for an image it published of a lavish mall, allegedly in the besieged Gaza Strip, admitting that the Mall is actually in Malaysia, and claiming that what happened was “an honest mistake”.After the Electronic Intifada exposed the misleading caption, Haaretz contacted the Israeli army spokesperson unit on its official Twitter account, and the army admitted that the image is not from Gaza. The army then removed the picture." ca 16/8/2013
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The morning commute (through the checkpoint)Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Recently a Finnish photographer who had worked in the region sent us these photographs that were posted at his/her blog Ubuntifada. They were taken in late June, at the Bethlehem checkpoint to enter Israel. They depict the everyday experience of hundreds of Palestinians who go to work in Israel. I am respecting the photographer`s desire for anonymity because of employment/funding issues." ca16/8/2013
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Israel Set To Exile 14 Prisoners To Gaza, Release 12 Others In `Goodwill` GestureSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "In a move labeled by Israeli government officials as a `goodwill` gesture, but questioned by the families of the over 4,000 Palestinians imprisoned by Israel as a public relations stunt, just 12 prisoners will be released on Tuesday, with an additional 14 to be exiled to the Gaza Strip"12/8/2013
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Israel to release Palestinian prisoners AlJazeera - Decision to free 26 inmates comes after Israel announced new settler homes, ahead of peace talks later this week12/8/2013
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Futile Peace Talks - AgainJonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Significantly, it was a matter relating to Israel`s Palestinian citizens that nearly scuppered the start of these talks. Israeli cabinet ministers revolted at a precondition from Abbas that the release of long-term political prisoners should include a handful of inmates from Israel`s Palestinian minority.-rh 14/8/2013
Releasing Palestinian prisoners is welcomed, but long overdueUFree Network - the Palestinian absent role in preparing and naming the lists of prisoners intended to be released makes Israel the dominant power to decide the names of prisoners intended to be released. The current release of prisoners is not based on any human right standard; this is obvious as Israel refuses to release prisoners from occupied territories of 1948 and Jerusalem.-rh 14/8/2013
Army Attacks Three Fishermen In GazaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The attack is the latest of a series of ongoing violations against the Palestinian fishermen, and their boats, in Palestinian water in the coastal region, dozens of casualties and arrests have been reported." - id 14/8/2013
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The-battle for hearts and minds - Entry permits during RamadanFady Asleh - Haokets - +972 - "An entry permit is a statement in and of itself: Here, you are permitted to enter once again, to have a good time, to pray. That is, as long as you behave yourself." - id 14/8/2013
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Lorenzetto Loris profits from Israeli occupation Who Profits Project of the Women`s Coalition for Peace - Lorenzetto Loris is an Italian company specialized in planning and construction of foundation, micro-piles, tie beams and ground consolidation equipment. A Who Profits research team has documented a Lorenzetto Loris container at the construction site of the new Tel Aviv-Jerusalem fast train line. The branded container was located at the entrance to tunnel No. 3 which crosses the Green Line border into Cedars Valley, and its portal in the valley is inside the Palestinian territory, near the village of Beit Surik. ak 13/8/2013
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Israel blocked me from going to my own weddingMohammed Kartoum - The Electronic Intifada - Throughout the past two years, Marjan and I planned to have a beautiful wedding celebration with our family and friends in Palestine. I planned on bringing her with me back to Chicago after the wedding. But when I got to the airport I was taken into the interrogation room and questioned for five hours. After tearing apart everything in my luggage, even a bag of chips, they they informed me that I would not be allowed into the country. I was shocked and confused. I repeatedly told them I was on my way to my wedding. Noting helped. "This is security business. We can’t tell you why, but you have to go home.” There is no appeal, their decision is final. ak 13/8/2013
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How did a Palestinian prisoner father a child without seeing his wife?Gideon Levy and Alex Levac--How was the sperm of prisoner Abdul Kareen al-Rimawi smuggled out of an Israeli prison to a Ramallah fertility clinic and, from there, to the uterus of his wife? dn10/8/2013
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Soldiers Kidnap Palestinian Journalist in NablusIda Vanhainen - IMEMC "Israeli soldiers kidnapped two Palestinians, one of them al-Quds Press journalist Mohammed Mona, during an invasion into the ad-Dahiya neighborhood, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Mona a worker for the Iranian News Agency al-Quds Press, have previously been arrested four times and served a total of five years in Israeli prison." ca 9/8/2013
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Army Invades Central Gaza StripSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - In the latest of nearly daily Israeli incursions, six military bulldozers, accompanied by several jeeps, carried out a limited invasion into the central Gaza Strip near Al- Boreij Refugee Camp and Juhr Ed-Deen village. Israeli forces fired several rounds of live ammunition before proceeding to uproot farmlands, allegedly in order to deny cover to cross-border infiltrators. Such incursions are direct violations to the ceasefire agreement mediated by Egypt, in November of last year - however, the Hamas-led government in Gaza is on very bad terms with the Egytoian Armny which seized power last month, and is not in a position to call for Egypitan help. ak 6/8/2013
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Masked settlers suspected of attacking Palestinian shepherd near Mitzpe Yair outpost; police closes investigationB`Tselem - Three days later, Hushiyeh filed a complaint about the assault at the Israel Police station in the settlement of Kiryat Arba. In response to an inquiry by B’Tselem, the police stated that the investigation had been closed on grounds of “unknown assailant” just two weeks later. It is highly doubtful that, in an investigation closed so quickly, all the necessary action was taken in order to locate the assailants.-rh8/8/2013
Five Injured, Two Children Kidnapped, Near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - " Both children were taken prisoner from their homes, while the soldiers also violently attacked and beat Al-‘Allamy. Awad added that violent clashes took place in the town as local youths hurled stones at the invading soldiers. The army fired gas bombs and dozens of rubber-coated metal bullets." - id 7/8/2013
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Video- Amena Abed AlFatah Abed Rabo: A life under occupationKhalil Team - International Solidarity Movement - "Amena might still have been with us, had the Israeli military let the ambulance through the many checkpoints." - id7/8/2013
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The Month in Pictures: July 2013Diaries: Live from Palestine EI - "Protests were held throughout historic Palestine and beyond against Israel’s plans to forcibly evict tens of thousands of Bedouins from the Naqab (Negev) Desert." - id 7/8/2013
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IDF soldier filmed kicking Palestinian boyItamar Fleishman - Ynet - Video distributed by International Solidarity Movement shows soldier cursing, shoving and kicking 12 year old in Hebron; IDF says will investigate 5/8/2013
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In a West Bank Culture of Conflict, Boys Wield the Weapon at HandJodi Rudoren - The New York Times - "Youths hurling stones has long been the indelible icon — some call it a caricature — of Palestinian pushback against Israel: a recent United Nations report said 7,000 minors, some as young as 9, had been detained between 2002 and 2012. Here in Beit Ommar, a village of 17,000 between Bethlehem and Hebron that is surrounded by Jewish settlements, rock throwing is a rite of passage and an honored act of defiance. The futility of stones bouncing off armored vehicles matters little: confrontation is what counts"5/8/2013
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At the home of a Palestinian prisoner, where time stands stillGideon Levy and Alex Levac--Walid Daqa has been in Israeli jail for more than 27 years, without a single phone call with his loved ones. Now there is some hope he may be released. dn4/8/2013
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West Bank water shortage forcing Palestinians to lease land from settlersAmira Hass--Shortage of water and agricultural land in area leads local farmers into embarrassing predicament. dn3/8/2013
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From Ramadan at Qalandiya to Iftar in Al-AraqibActivestills - +972 - "A week in photos" - id 2/8/2013
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Awad, 19, wounded by Israeli fire while gathering firewoodRosa Schiano - ISM - "“Some people tried to reach me but the soldiers shouted at them to go back.”" - id 2/8/2013
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Israel: Eviction of 1,300 Palestinians necessary to save IDF time, moneyAmira Hass - Haaretz - The state wants to evict 1,300 Palestinians from their homes in an army firing zone in the West Bank in part because training there saves the Israel Defense Forces time and money, according to the state’s response to two petitions against the mass eviction.-rh1/8/2013
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