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Life under occupation

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`Comparing Christians in Israel to their brothers in Middle East is populist and shameful` Photo: EPAFarid Jubran--Pope`s visit was an opportunity to highlight distress and discrimination suffered by Christian community in State of Israel. dn31/5/2014
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Some important details: Ben Ehrenreich on the Nakba Day shootingsBen Ehrenreich - Mondoweiss "Darabee walked me to the spot where Nuwara fell, and to the spot from which the Border Police (and the now-suspended soldier) had been firing. The corner of a building stood in the way: there was no line of fire that would have allowed those soldiers to hit Nuwara. However, another, larger group of Israeli soldiers had gathered behind a concrete blast wall on the edge of a parking lot about 200 meters from the spot where Nuwara was hit. (See image above.) It was there, Darabee said, that he saw a commander choosing targets through binoculars." ca 30/5/2014
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A voice calling in the wilderness: A journey to the `Castle of the Jews`Yuval Ben-Ami - +972 "Two years ago, Israel began granting access to the river east of Jericho, once it realized that many tourists could visit the place Jesus was baptized by simply going through Jordan. There is already a road leading to the river between minefields, and once a year the Greek patriarch leads a procession through it. All that’s left to do is grant access to anyone who wants it, build a parking lot for buses and place a soldier to ensure that nobody walks across the river to the other side." ca30/5/2014
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Walking Palestine, expanding a shrinking countryBassam Almohor - +972 "Yes, the dark truth. Walking in Palestine is a dangerous habit. And thanks to Google Maps, I now see where the borders of the Jewish settlements are, I draw my path virtually, save the path from Google earth into a ‘.kml’ file, then use a free website to convert the ‘.kml’ file into a ‘.gpx’ file and upload it to my iPhone. Voila! I’m safe. Now I can consult my iPhone about where the nearest settlement is, and where its boundaries start, in order to avoid it. I thank every metaphysical element every time I bring my group safely back to its “natural habitat.” ca30/5/2014
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Communities Demand An End to Ethnic Cleansing in Jordan ValleyAlternative Information Center - "Palestinians protested Wednesday in front of the United Nations office in Ramallah against the latest wave of home demolitions and displacement of the Palestinian Bedouin community in the village of Abu al Jaj. The community was evicted on May 21, 2014, rendering 71 Palestinians homeless." ca30/5/2014
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VIDEO: 4 Young Girls Detained in South Hebron HillsChris Carlson - IMEMC News - Israeli forces, on Tuesday, detained four Palestinian girls in the south Hebron hills after being accused by a settler of stealing cherries, according to human rights group B`Tselem.29/5/2014
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13 family homes destroyed in Abu Al Ajaj refugee campJordan Valley Solidarity - On 21st May 2014, the houses and animal barracks of 13 families (including 71 people) were demolished in Abu Al Ajaj refugee camp which is located in Al Jiftlik, in the middle of the Jordan Valley. Under the Oslo accords this land was designated as Area C, in an interim agreement that gave Israel complete control over 60% of the West Bank*.-rh28/5/2014
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Palestinian Christians Need A Political Pope TooJonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Some 9,000 police had been drafted in to protect him, Christian institutions were under round-the-clock protection, and the intelligence services were working overtime. According to a Vatican official, Israel’s preparations had turned “the holy sites into a military base”. On this occasion Israel was less keen to publicise the source of its fears, because the most tangible threat came not from Islamists but Jewish fanatics linked to Israel’s settler movement.-rh 28/5/2014
Who made the bullet that killed sports-loving Palestinian boy “in cold blood”?Patrick O. Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - " As human rights groups continue to condemn the killings, the United Nations and the United States have called on Israel to carry out an investigation." - id 28/5/2014
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Young Palestinian girls detained on suspicion of - eating cherriesHaggai Matar - +972 - "Israeli soldiers and police detained four Palestinian girls between the ages of 11 and 15 on suspicion of — eating cherries from trees belonging to the Jewish settlement of Maon in the south Hebron hills on Tuesday. The four were held at the Kiryat Arba police station." - id 28/5/2014
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The `gentle’ voice of the army Gideon Levy--The aggressive soldier bullies with his gun, the enlightened one with orderly procedures and official exigencies. dn25/5/2014
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Israel Declares War on Israeli BanksSam BAhour--Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip use the Israeli currency, the New Israeli Shekel, for their daily business. However, as the peace negotiation efforts of Secretary John Kerry stumbled (many would say failed) in late April, Israel took many punitive measures to punish Palestinians for not accepting full political submission. dn25/5/2014
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Israeli forces injure six in raid on Issawiya bakeryMa`an - Issawiya monitoring committee member Mohammad Abu al-Homs said Israeli special forces raided a bakery in the village on Friday afternoon and "assaulted" owner Mohammad Mousa Dari, 48, his wife, son, daughter and two other locals who were at the shop. He added that Israeli forces left the village firing live bullets, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets, despite the fact that that there were no clashes in the area at the time. [bz]24/5/2014
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Army Invades Village Near Hebron, Three Palestinians InjuredIMEMC & Agencies - [Saturday, May 24, 2014] Palestinian medical sources have reported that three young men were shot and injured by Israeli army fire, after several military jeeps invaded the at-Tabaqa village, south of Doura town, in the southern West Bank Hebron district. [Every day/night somewhere else-bz]24/5/2014
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In Photos: Life between the Gazan wavesActivestills - +972 "Throughout history, the sea has always been considered the primary outlet for Gaza. Today, even with Israel’s acts of aggression and occupation, the sea is still considered vital for Gazan life. This small coastal enclave has acquired many of its habits and traditions from the sea and developed itself through this maritime resource. Photographer Basel Yazouri, born and raised in the Strip, takes us along for a photographic stroll along Gaza City’s shoreline." ca23/5/2014
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Concern as Israel tries to woo Palestinian ChristiansMa`an News Agency - In a region marked by sectarian division, Israel is trying to bring its Christian Palestinian population on side in a move aimed at splitting them from their Muslim compatriots, experts say.-rh 22/5/2014
Settlers Burn Palestinian Farmlands Near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Jabour urged the Palestinian leadership to provide their utmost support to the Palestinians, and to act on the international level to end the repeated assaults carried out by fanatic settlers, and the Israeli army in different parts of occupied Palestine.-rh 22/5/2014
Divide grows between Israeli, Palestinian journalistsDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The Beitunia incident, however, is reflective of a much bigger problem, namely, the inability of Israelis to gauge the depth of Palestinians’ anger and frustration. In his personal observations of the incident, Issacharoff relates that veteran Israeli journalist Danny Rubenstein had once told him that Palestinians and Israelis cooperate in the field of journalism. Issacharoff wrote, however, “The situation has changed of late.”-rh 22/5/2014
Human rights NGO: Investigate senior IDF officers over Ofer killingsNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "The Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem called for an investigation of senior officers who were present at the scene. B’Tselem also asked the IDF to look into “misleading information” given to the local and international media after the incident." - id 21/5/2014
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Israeli Forces Raid and Attack Hospital, Homes, Many suffocate in JeninWafa - Israeli forces Tuesday stormed the northern West Bank city of Jenin and the nearby camp, attacking a hospital and homes, as well as destroyed water and power networks in the area. The army deployed snipers at the roofs of homes as well as arrested a 22-year-old in the camp. Following the provocative raid confrontations erupted. Governor of Jenin, Tala Dwekat, who condemned the “ongoing aggression against the Palestinian people” said the Israeli attack campaign was aimed at restoring chaos, insecurity and instability. ak 20/5/2014
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Army Demolishes Wall, Uproot Land, In HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Feryal Abu Haykal told the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) that personnel of the so-called `Israeli Department of Antiquities` accompanied by several Israeli jeeps surrounded her father’s home, and demolished its wall. She added that the army also uprooted farmland belonging to her father, and informed the family that the digging is part of `archaeological excavations`” [ry]19/5/2014
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Living inside an invisible cage: Welcome to Nabi Samuel Moriel Rothman--There are only 10 homes left in the small Palestinian village of Nabi Samuel, just northwest of Jerusalem. The remaining families are fighting an uphill battle to continue living in their homes. dn18/5/2014
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` Israel can`t erase the Nakba from history`Saed Erekat - Ma`an News agency "More than ever before, Israel needs come to terms with the horrors it has caused since 1948, by ending its subjugation of millions rather than intensifying its denial and trying to legitimize its persecution. Peace can only come through justice and reconciliation." rh 16/5/2014
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Marwan Barghouti joins latest hunger strikeDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - About 140 of these prisoners declared a new hunger strike on April 24 demanding an end to a situation internationally recognized as illegal. A campaign to support the striking prisoners has spread from Palestine all over the world, with a high visibility on social media. On May 8, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners joined their fellow inmates in a one-day supportive hunger strike. Daily protests are ongoing in Palestine and many Arab countries such as Jordan. Imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti has also joined the hunger strike.-rh 14/5/2014
Israel accused of cracking down on lawyersDalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - "...a criminal investigation has never been launched into any of the approximately 850 complaints of torture submitted to the Israeli Attorney General since 2001." - id 14/5/2014
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14 more arrested as Israeli army intensifies arrest campaign in Kafr QaddumNablus Team - ISM - "At around 12:30AM, the Israeli army arrived at Kafr Qaddum with approximately 35 jeeps and about 100 soldiers, they entered houses to arrest people, while harassing the residents." - id 14/5/2014
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PHOTOS: Palestinian worker shot by Israeli soldiers near Gaza borderRodrick Beiler/Activestills.org - +972 - Al-Wan says that he was shot without warning after working for only 10 minutes in an area 500-600 meters from the wall. Human rights organizations have documented dozens of cases of Israeli army gunfire at persons who posed no threat and were well outside the 300-meter so-called “no-go zone” imposed by the Israeli military inside Gaza’s borders. In many cases, no warning was given before soldiers opened fire. [bz]13/5/2014
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It’s the little things about occupationYossi Gurvitz for Yesh Din - +972 - Sometimes the daily, petty nastiness of the occupation is encapsulated in the dismal theft of a few farming tools [ry]12/5/2014
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Palestinians revive earthen architectureAlJazeera - Despite persisting stigmas, Palestinians are increasingly using clay, mud and sand to build their homes [ry]12/5/2014
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Between elegance and desolation: A short journey to QalqilyaYuval Ben-Ami - +972 "The city boasts an elegant topography: it possesses patience atop a moderate hillside, and its slope fans the densely populated urban cluster. The streets intertwine interestingly, the market is cute, and the similarity of several of the neighborhoods to parts of Jaffa and south Tel Aviv makes one wonder." ca9/5/2014
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Mental illness soars in GazaRasha Abou Jalal - Al Monitor "A report issued April 7 by the health department of the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organization Network explained that the negative economic and social effects of the Israeli blockade are leading “to the exacerbation of psychological problems in Gaza among a large spectrum of citizens, given the increase in poverty rates, unemployment, lack of opportunities and dim hopes for genuine and positive change in terms of their livelihood and humanitarian situations. This is why the levels of anxiety, depression and domestic and societal violence are on the rise.” ca 9/5/2014
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On the Israel-apartheid analogy, yet againRan Greenstein - +972 - let us give thanks to Secretary Kerry, who facilitated – unwittingly – a new round of discussion of the issue. The current round has not repeated the cyclical arguments of the past. We are no longer restricted to debating the matter with reference to specific South African practices. Instead, international law is increasingly becoming the guiding framework.-rh 8/5/2014
Army Kidnaps Nine Palestinians In The West BankSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Israeli soldiers invading different parts of the occupied West Bank have kidnapped at least nine Palestinians. They also detained and interrogated several Palestinians. 8/5/2014
Palestinian journalists protest Israeli violations on World Press Freedom DayAnnie Robbins - Mondoweiss - On Saturday, May 3, Israeli forces broke up a peaceful demonstration of Palestinian journalists at the checkpoint of Beit El near Ramallah on World Press Freedom Day. That same day, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCRH) released a report stating violations against Palestinian journalists include being shot at, killed, wounded, beaten, home invasions, confiscation of press badges and equipment, arrests, and being thrown in prison.-rh8/5/2014
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Palestinians reclaim Gaza `buffer zone`Lena Odgaard - Al-Jazeera - ""The area is super sensitive and it was difficult to get the approval to work there."...But the risks don`t deter the farmers in Umm an-Nasser." - id 7/5/2014
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Ferwana: “Toxic Waste Could Be Leading Cause Of Cancer Among The Detainees”News Report - IMEMC - Ferwana said that 53% of the detainees are held in Beersheba Prison, Ramon, Nafha and the Negev detention camp, all located close to the area where Israel buries toxic waste, in the Negev Desert." - id7/5/2014
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Daily Harassment in the Qeitun areaInternational Solidarity Movement - ISM - "...the area experiences night raids at least two or three times a week. Israeli soldiers enter and harass the locals on a daily basis and the army has arrested two minors during the last month." - id 7/5/2014
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Israeli Independence Day - on the West BankSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - [Tuesday, May 6, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded several Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, installed roadblocks, and searched several homes after violently breaking into them. [bz] 6/5/2014
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Are the Israeli authorities really against hate crimes? Amira Hass - Haaretz - The state prosecutor, via attorney Moshe Willinger, argued that the plaintiffs themselves were to blame for the vandalism of their orchard since they had not installed lighting on their own (this in Area C, where just pitching a stake in the ground, not to mention connecting to the electricity grid, entails endless amounts of red tape for Palestinians). The police closed the investigation into the vandalism “for lack of evidence,” even though army trackers found footprints leading directly from the orchard to the home of a settler named Yissachar Mann in the nearby Maon Farm outpost. [bz]6/5/2014
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35 residents of Wadi al-Qatif west of Jericho face imminent expulsionB’Tselem - "Attempts to expel the members of Wadi al-Qatif from their site of residence are part and parcel of the Israeli endeavors to expel – on a variety of pretexts – thousands of Palestinians who live in dozens of communities throughout Area C" [ry]5/5/2014
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Palestinians mark `Nakba` day amid violenceDalia Hatuqa and Gregg Carlstrom - Al-Jazeera "Two Palestinians, Mohammad Abu Al Thaher and Nadim Nuwara, were shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Thursday during Nakba Day commemorations near the Israeli military base of Ofer just outside Ramallah.Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip were observing what they refer to as the `Nakba` or `catastrophe` that befell Palestinians in the 1948 war.At noon, an eerie silence fell on the West Bank city of Ramallah as sirens wailed for 66 seconds. Following a march from the late President Yasser Arafat`s mausoleum, hundreds stood at the city centre." ca 16/5/2014
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Minister fires back at US over ‘price tag’ allegationsSpencer Ho - Times of Israel "Israel officially classifies racist “price tag” attacks as terrorist acts. ”Price tag” is a term used to describe acts of vandalism and violence associated with the settler movement in retaliation for Palestinian attacks and to protest what they perceive as the Israeli government’s pro-Palestinian policies. Mosques, churches, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases have been targeted in such assaults." CA2/5/2014
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Lawyer Commits Suicide after Being Tortured in Israeli JailChris Carlson - IMEMC "A Palestinian lawyer was found dead in his apartment, on Tuesday, after being tortured during a 45-day detention by Israeli forces, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society.Amjad al-Safadi, aged 39, was beaten, shocked and put under continuous observation, leading to extreme psychological distress, ultimately pushing him to commit suicide, a statement by the organization said." CA2/5/2014
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What “Destruction of Israel”? John V. Whitbeck - ICH - After winning the last Palestinian elections, and after seven years of responsibility for governing Gaza under exceptionally difficult circumstances, Hamas has become a relatively “moderate” establishment party. It has been struggling to rein in more radical groups and prevent them from firing rockets into southern Israel, a counterproductive symbolic gesture which Israeli governments publicly condemn but secretly welcome (and often seek to incite in response to their own, more lethal violence) as evidence of Palestinian belligerence, justifying their own intransigence.-rh 1/5/2014
May Day: Palestinian workers in Israel still `denied basic rights`Ma`an News Agency - ""For Palestinian workers, there is not much cause for celebration: the day is a painful reminder that another year has gone by and nothing has changed," B`Tselem said Wednesday." ca2/5/2014
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