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Life under occupation

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Deadly whitewash: Israel’s culture of impunity in Palestinian deathsAnat Saragusti--Without the stubborn insistence of Palestinians and human rights groups, Nadim Nawara and Mohammed Salameh’s killing by an Israeli soldier would have been just another routine, uninvestigated statistic. dn29/11/2014
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Turkish plan for Jenin industrial zone moves forwardMa`an News Agency - "It was agreed upon in the memorandum that Turkish-Palestinian cooperation would be pursued in order to activate the work of the numerous industrial zones in Palestine, especially in Jenin." ca28/11/2014
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Dreaming Palestinian IdentityEsra Karakaya - IMEMC "The exhibition incorporated various Palestinian artists who worked on the concept of Palestinian dream (“manam”)...Spanning different mediums such as paintings, installations, video, sound and sculptures, the exhibition concept centered on the Palestinian narrative which, according to the Qalandiya program, is attempting “to document an alternative Palestine, one which lives in people`s minds”.ca 28/11/2014
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UNRWA: Severe Flooding in Gaza, State of Emergency DeclaredIMEMC News & Agencies - ""The flooding is exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza caused by blockade and the unprecedented destruction from the latest Israeli offensive," the agency posted on Facebook." ca 28/11/2014
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Jailed Palestinian leader calls for armed resistanceDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Efforts to release Barghouti, whose face adorns the Israeli wall at the strategic Qalandia checkpoint, are on the increase. The Guardian ran an op-ed by former UK Labour Party member of parliament Martin Linton, where he argued that Barghouti could be the Palestinian Nelson Mandela. “If Israel is really serious about peace, it will release Barghouti — the one man uniquely placed to negotiate an agreement,” he argued.-rh 26/11/2014
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Israel`s home demolitions fail to deter violenceYlenia Gostoli - Al-Monitor - EU states and human rights groups including Human Rights Watch have called on the Israeli government to halt the practice, which they say amounts to collective punishment, a war crime under international humanitarian law. B’Tselem argues the policy constitutes a punitive measure rather than a deterrent, and that irrespective of effectiveness “it contravenes basic moral standards by punishing people for the misdeeds of others.”-rh 26/11/2014
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Israeli Settlers Continue Their Attacks against Palestinian Civilians in the West BankPalestinian Centre For Human Rights - PCHR - "The latest of these attacks has been against a house belonging to a Palestinian woman in Kherbet Abu Falah village, northeast of Ramallah, and throwing a tear gas canister and a sound bomb into the house balcony, due to which the balcony contents caught fire." - id 26/11/2014
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Army Renews Order Preventing Constructions Near JeninIMEMC - "... preventing the Palestinians from building in their own lands, on thousands of Dunams of Palestinian lands." - id25/11/2014
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Inside Hebron, Israel’s Heart of DarknessMichael Tomasky--On the edge of this troubled city in the West Bank, Jewish settlers revere the grave of a mass murderer. And that’s just the beginning. dn23/11/2014
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Three suspected hate crimes in one nightAhia Raved and Raanan Ben-Tzur--Acid thrown at imam`s car, Arab workers threatened with knife, police attacked by activists. The unrelated incidents all appear to be motivated by ethnic and political hatred. dn22/11/2014
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Israeli Authorities Prevent 100 Tons of Vegetables from Exporting out of GazaIMEMC - "The dispute is preventing the trucks and their cargo to pass, and to be exported to Saudi Arabia and the West Bank." 25/11/2014
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Archbishop of Westminster shocked by effects of Gaza warHarriet Sherwood - The Guardian - Cardinal Vincent Nichols toured areas of Gaza devastated during the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the summer [ry]24/11/2014
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Israel charges cop with manslaughter in Palestinian youth`s deathDan Williams - Reuters - "Nadim Nuwara, 17, was shot in the chest during a demonstration in May at which Palestinians hurled stones at Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. A second teenage protester was killed but Israel has made no arrest in that case, citing lack of evidence as an autopsy was not carried out" [ry]24/11/2014
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Netanyahu to push for bill to revoke residency of terrorists and their familiesJonathan Lis, Gili Cohen , Nir Hasson and Haaretz--Bill currently in the works would also void the offenders and their families` social benefits. dn 23/11/2014
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Will "reconstruction" prolong the siege of Gaza?Rami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - "Reconstruction in Gaza requires approximately 5.5 million tons of raw building materials, including 1.5 million tons of cement.So far only a tiny fraction of the required amount has been delivered to Gaza." - id 19/11/2014
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Gaza Desalinated Drinking water leading to cancer, Osteoporosis and other fatal illnessesPNN - Palestine News Network - "Despite knowing the causes for the illness, there is no substitute for the desalinated water, since the water provided by the Municipality is salted and unfit for drinking, and Israeli occupation control over more than 82% of Palestinian water." - id 19/11/2014
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Weather brings more challenges to victims of Israeli war crimesMohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "Despite the brutality, Palestinians continue to find ways to survive, remembering the terrorism of Israel’s soldiers and the intentional destruction of their civilian homes that Amnesty International has decried as an unprecedented war crime by a government." - id 19/11/2014
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Eight Palestinians, Including Four Children Kidnapped In Jerusalem And BethlehemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Local sources said the soldiers kidnapped Mahmoud Dweik, Mohammad Dweik and Abdul-Rahman Dweik, and took them to an interrogation center in the city. The kidnapped children are 9-14 years of age" [ry]17/11/2014
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Jumping off the rooftops: Parkour in post-war GazaHaaretz - Palestinian youths practice their Parkour skills over the ruins of houses, which were destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants (Photos by AFP) [ry]17/11/2014
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Jerusalem unrest propelled by Palestinian teensWilliam Booth and Ruth Eglash--JERUSALEM — His school pals call him “the Penguin,” because he is beaky and round. He’s 16 and dressed in the uniform of the Palestinian street warrior — skinny jeans, soccer tee, brand-name sneakers and a balaclava, except he keeps pulling the mask off, complaining it is itchy. dn16/11/2014
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Holy Land sinks deeper into political turmoilDalia Hatuqa - Al-Jazeera "Israel`s leaders are making a huge mistake if they think they can now establish facts on the ground and divide prayer times at the Al-Aqsa Mosque as they did at al-Ibrahimi Mosque [in Hebron]," Mahmoud Abbas said during a memorial for the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat."By doing these things they are leading the region and the world into a devastating religious war," Abbas added." ca 14/11/2014
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For now, the PA is working with Israel, not HamasAvi Issacharoff - The Times of Israel "Abbas, at the Tuesday rally, had launched a scathing attack against both Israel and Hamas. He accused the Gaza-based organization of attempting to sabotage the rehabilitation process of the Strip and of undermining efforts to maintain a functioning reconciliation government. At the same time, Abbas also promised to thwart “extremist and settler efforts” to “defile” the Al-Aqsa Mosque." ca 14/11/2014
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Israel investigates B`Tselem claims on shooting PalestiniansShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor "On Nov. 12, it was authorized for publication that a border police soldier was arrested on suspicion of murdering the two youths, having used live bullets instead of rubber ones. In tandem, the soldier’s commander was also questioned on suspicion of having known that live fire was used but having failed to report it." ca 14/11/2014
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Israel to demolish Hebron home of settler stab suspectMa`an News Agency - "Critics charge that the demolitions merely provoke further anger against Israel and lead to a cycle of violence." ca14/11/2014
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Israeli security defends AbbasBen Caspit - Al-Monitor "Yoram Cohen, the head of Shin Bet,...appeared before the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset and was asked about this issue on Nov. 18. Cohen remarked that Abbas does not encourage terrorism, not openly and not “under the table.” Knesset members from the left leaked his testimony to the media. They forgot to mention the other part of his testimony, which dealt with the issue of East Jerusalem and Temple Mount. On this issue, Abbas does, in fact, show radicalization in the last few months, especially in his rhetoric." ca 21/11/2014
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Israeli attacks on Al Quds University give new meaning to ‘academic freedom’Kamilah Moore - Mondoweiss - During 2012, 2013 and 2014, the total number of attacks on Al-Quds University main campus was 31. During these attacks 2473 people were injured, 5121 teargas canisters and bullets were shot, and 276 people were called by the Israeli intelligence for investigation.-rh20/11/2014
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Israeli ministers pass bill jailing stone throwers for 20 yearsRT - Government ministers in Israel have voted to increase penalties ten-fold on people convicted of throwing stones at vehicles from two to 20 years, in a move designed to deal with a wave of violence that has hit some of Jerusalem’s Arab districts.-rh12/11/2014
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Struggle of Abu Khdeir Family: Pulling Down a Boy’s PhotoTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - The explosive reality that formed following the murder of Muhammad in Jerusalem and its surroundings and especially on the border line between the two nations, which some see as a beginning of an Intifada, led to a sequence of incidents in which the authorities harassed the members of the Abu Khdeir family, who only want to find comfort for their souls and commemorate their child in their own modest way.-rh12/11/2014
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The One-State Reality : Israel’s conservative President speaks up for civility, and pays a price.DAVID REMNICK - The New Yorker - since Rivlin was elected President, in June, he has become Israel’s most unlikely moralist. Rivlin—not a left-wing writer from Tel Aviv, not an idealistic justice of the Supreme Court—has emerged as the most prominent critic of racist rhetoric, jingoism, fundamentalism, and sectarian violence, the highest-ranking advocate among Jewish Israelis for the civil rights of the Palestinians both in Israel and in the occupied territories. Last month, he told an academic conference in Jerusalem, “It is time to honestly admit that Israel is sick, and it is our duty to treat this illness.”-rh 12/11/2014
Video: Routine exchange on a bus reveals racism embedded within Jewish Israeli society -Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss - I got chills up my spine from watching this exchange. The casualness in which the man expresses his sense of entitlement, reveals something so extraordinary about how racism is embedded and reinforced within Jewish Israeli society.-rh 12/11/2014
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Group: Barghouthi in solitary after calling for `armed resistance` Ma`an - The Israeli Prison Service on Wednesday moved jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi to solitary confinement in Hadareim prison, a day after he sent a widely-published letter from prison calling for armed resistance against the Israeli occupation, a rights group said.-rh12/11/2014
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Journal: Farming in Gaza near the Buffer ZoneRina Andolini - ISM - "The farmers situation is clear cut and simple; they have land and are in fear of tending to it." - id12/11/2014
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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in al-ArrubMa`an - Medical sources at al-Mizan hospital told Ma`an that 21-year-old Muhammad Imad Jawwabra was shot in the chest and arrived at the hospital in critical condition. [bz]11/11/2014
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SEE! Demolitions in Hebron Hills AIC - The Israeli army demolishes a traditional village oven for the third time and seizes building materials in the Beduin village of Um Al Kher, South Hebron Hills [ry]10/11/2014
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Ten years since Arafat’s death: Lost hope as the illusion of temporary occupation fadesAmira Hass--Palestinian society is completing its split into geographic units cut off from one another. Meanwhile, economic gaps widen among the regions, cities, villages, refugee camps and extended families. dn9/11/2014
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Israel to confiscate 3,200 acres of Palestinian land near JerusalemMa`an News Agency--JERUSALEM (Ma`an) -- Israeli authorities have delivered orders to the village of Beit Iksa north of Jerusalem ordering the confiscation of 12,852 dunums (3,176 acres) of Palestinian land, locals said on Saturday. dn9/11/2014
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Israel clampdown at shrine fuels Muslim fearsAssociated Press-- The holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and is the most sacred spot in Judaism. Muslims revere it as the Noble Sanctuary, Islam’s third-holiest site and home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the gold-topped Dome of the Rock. dn8/11/2014
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PEACE BUS ACTION PLAN November 5 - November 12Peace Bus Project - "This Friday, at 9am, we plan to visit the Makassed Hospital of the Red Cross in East Jerusalem, Mountain of Olives, and to meet Palestinians from Gaza, to understand their needs and with help of our supporters to buy goods for them (budget 7000 NIS), which is most needed. We will have translators from Arabic to Hebrew and English. The meeting point is Damascus Gate, Old City, Jerusalem, 8:30 am, from there we will take off to the Makassed Hospital." ca7/11/2014
Newsletter 03 Nov. 2014B`Tselem - It is the gradual, creeping impact of the occupation that we present in our new report on the village of Burqah: B’Tselem’s first comprehensive attempt to examine the occupation’s effect on the development of a single Palestinian village.-rh5/11/2014
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Gaza: The Murderous MelodramaDavid Shulman - The New York Review of Books - Hamas, battered, isolated, and impoverished, had little to lose and, as things turned out, much to gain in popular support by launching missiles and mortars at Israel and inviting another round of severe Israeli punishment. Benjamin Netanyahu, by ordering a large-scale attack on Hamas activists and institutions on the West Bank in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on June 12, gladly accepted the invitation.-rh5/11/2014
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Gaza isn’t just a physical wreck. The psychological damage is even worse.James S. Gordon - The Wadhington Post - “The psychological damage is even greater,” says El Najaar, who is leading some local reconstruction efforts. “And it will take much longer and be far harder to repair.” It’s a tragically common refrain here — from political leaders, homeless women, university officials and my own team of trauma counselors from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.-rh5/11/2014
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Israeli forces displayed ‘callous indifference’ in deadly attacks on family homes in GazaAmnesty International - Israeli forces have killed scores of Palestinian civilians in attacks targeting houses full of families which in some cases have amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International has disclosed in a new report on the latest Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip.-rh5/11/2014
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Israeli Man, Palestinian Driver Killed, Several Injured In JerusalemIMEMC & Agencies - In what has been confirmed as a "deliberate attack," Israeli sources said an Israeli man was killed, and several others injured, when a Palestinian driver rammed them with his car in Sheikh Jarrah, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Palestinian man was later shot and killed by the Israeli Border Police.-rh 5/11/2014
Militarized Parenthood in IsraelRuth L. Hiller - New Profile - But the tragedy does not just lie in the loss of a life or in an old man`s belief that every young man and woman must join the army no matter the circumstances. The tragedy is in the conditioning and ongoing indoctrination. The tragedy lays in the way we; as citizens, adults, parents and so-called free thinkers, totally accept the call to the arms.-rh 5/11/2014
A pretense of progress for children in Israel`s military courtsGerard Horton - +972 - "A new amendment requiring military authorities to videotape interrogations of Palestinian minors may seem like a step in the right direction. That is, until you read the fine print." - id 5/11/2014
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Young Palestinian females tortured in Israeli prisonsPNN - Palestine News Network - "The prisoners are banned from seeing their families, not given appropriate medical treatment, not given their rights in courts; a policy to keep them form protesting their imprisonment conditions.The youngest female prisoner is Dima Sawahreh. A 16-year-old eleventh grader from Jabal Al-Mukabber, Jerusalem." - id 5/11/2014
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Israel demolishes 3 Palestinian homes near NablusMa`an - The area around Aqraba has been subject to multiple demolitions over the past few months, with Israeli soldiers destroying over 80 electricity pylons and wires in September and four houses in August. On Oct. 21, settlers set up two new outposts near Aqraba after confiscating hundreds of dunams of land. [bz] 4/11/2014
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At Least 19 Palestinians Kidnapped In JerusalemIMEMC & Agencies - "Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded various communities in occupied East Jerusalem, stormed dozens of homes and ransacked them, and kidnapped at least 19 Palestinians, including children. Army also kidnapped a Palestinian woman in Jenin" [ry]3/11/2014
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Meet the Israelis Picking Palestinian OlivesPalestine Chronicle--(IRIN) It is still dark when the minibus rolls into Jerusalem, picking up Israelis bound for occupied Palestinian land. Their leader, a rabbi, dons a shawl and quietly prays in the back seat. dn1/11/2014
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The fraud that is the Temple Mount movementLarry Derfner--Following the murder attempt on Yehuda Glick, the claim is being made – and getting a more sympathetic hearing than usual – that he and his colleagues have been leading a civil rights movement for Jews. Don’t believe it. dn1/11/2014
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