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Israel Destroys Water Lines Feeding Palestinian Areas in Jordan Valley Ma`an News Agency - " Israeli forces on Thursday destroyed a water network which feeds Palestinian villages and Bedouin dwellings in the northern Jordan Valley, the head of the village council of al-Maleh and its surrounding Bedouin dwellings said.Arif Daraghmah told Ma`an that Israeli troops escorted excavators which destroyed a 2,000-meter-long water pipeline near the village of al-Atuf. The pipeline, he said, was funded by the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees." ca 30/1/2015
UNRWA Forced to Suspend Gaza Assistance Due to Lack of Fundsby UNWRA - IMEMC "Gaza, 27 January 2015: UNRWA has been forced to suspend its cash assistance programme in Gaza to tens of thousands of people for repairs to damaged and destroyed homes and for rental subsidies to the homeless... It is easy to look at these numbers and lose sight of the fact that we are talking about thousands of families who continue to suffer through this cold winter with inadequate shelter. People are literally sleeping amongst the rubble, children have died of hypothermia”. USD 5.4 billion was pledged at the Cairo conference last October and virtually none of it has reached Gaza. This is distressing and unacceptable.” ca30/1/2015
Cold miseryThe Economist - "Gaza has been broken by three Israeli offensives in five years; eight years of economic blockade; one-party rule by Hamas, an armed Islamist group; and a distant Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, who has largely forsaken the territory that he lost to Hamas in 2007. The rickety social system that somehow held Gaza together is falling apart."ca30/1/2015
Eyes Wide Open | Photo BlogMuhammad Sabah - B`Tselem - The following photographs were taken by Muhammad Sabah, B’Tselem’s field researcher in the northern Gaza Strip. This is his account of the story behind the images: “The fighting during Operation Protective Edge made it practically impossible to get around Gaza to document events as they unfolded. It would have meant risking life and limb.-rh29/1/2015
“I always thought I’d be next to die”: Gaza journalists reflect on a bloody 2014Patrick O. Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - "Sixteen press workers — fifteen Palestinians and one Italian — were killed by Israel during the attack on Gaza." - id 28/1/2015
PALESTINIAN GIRL IMPRISONED FOR TWO MONTHS, FOUR OTHER CHILDREN THREATENED BY ISRAELI AUTHORITIESEuromid Observer for Human Rights - Press release - A 14-year-old Palestinian girl has been imprisoned by Israeli authorities for 22 consecutive days without contact with her parents, and has just been sentenced to serve another month along with a stiff fine on her parents, reports Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights. Another four children as young as 11 were recently held for four hours under threat of detention and death.-rh28/1/2015
Black Flag: The legal and moral implications of the policy of attacking residential buildings in the Gaza Strip, summer 2014B`Tselem - Summary - Even if political and military leaders thought this policy would bring an end to attacks on Israeli communities, they should not have implemented it because of its foreseeable, horrifying consequences as well as because of the black flag of illegality flying over it.-rh28/1/2015
Gaza-West Bank split divides loversAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - "The couple talks over Skype, Viber and Facebook and whatever other technology allows them to be closer to each other. But nothing compares to getting married and living under the same roof, in the house that Rashed bought on a mountain in Nablus." - id 28/1/2015
Village in Focus: As SawiyaInternational Solidarity Movement - ISM - "Seven mountains surround the village; much of the land is occupied by three illegal Israeli settlements – Eli, Rechelim, and Ma´ale Levona. As Sawiya suffers many injustices under Israeli occupation, including military and settler violence against the village’s residents, lands, homes, and schools." - id 28/1/2015
MP Holds Longest Administrative Imprisonment Record: 134 MonthsPNN - Palestine News Network - "The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights said that the kidnapped prisoner MP Hatem Qafisha (57) holds the record for the longest period of administrative imprisonment in Israeli prisons." - id 28/1/2015
UN aid agency to Gazans: Sorry, but there`s no moneyYael Marom - +972 - "Only $135 million of pledged donor money has been delivered to Gaza, hundreds of millions short of what’s needed, the UN agency says." - id28/1/2015
Report: “37 Children Exiled From Their Homes In Jerusalem, 253 Under House Arrest”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - The courts force the families to sign affidavits to abide by the rulings, and if the child violates those agreements, the parents are themselves imprisoned or fined, and the child sent back to prison. This type of punishment turns the parents into jailers of their own children. Children who are forced to live under house arrest, or those exiled from their homes and neighborhoods, have to wear ankle monitors directly supervised by the Israeli Police, and the security forces. Such measures are direct violations of International Law, especially the “Convention on the Rights of the Child.” [bz]27/1/2015
Israel to Demolish Structures near Hebron.Wafa Palestinian News - The At-Tabban village is in Area C under full Israeli control where building permits are strictly limited. 60% of the total West Bank is Area C, making the chance of a viable Palestinian state near to impossible. [bz]27/1/2015
Israel jails Palestinian girl, 14, for throwing stonesMaktoob / Yahoo News - The Khatibs said they were shocked when the judge sentenced Malak to two months in prison, including time served, and a 6,000 shekel ($1,500) fine, making her the youngest Palestinian female held by Israel. During the hearings, the Khatibs were not allowed to speak to Malak, who was brought into the courtroom handcuffed, her ankles shackled together. "Malak was out near a bypass road when the army detained her," Ali said. "They said she was throwing stones there. She was so scared, she confessed to whatever charges they brought before her." [bz]27/1/2015
Hamdallah: Israel must pay PA tax revenuesMa`an News Agency - "During the meeting, Nilsson said Sweden has increased its financial aid to the PA to $100 million over the next five years.The freeze of about $127 million imposed on January 3 was in violation of the Oslo peace agreement between Israel and the PLO, the UN said last week." ca 23/1/2015
Israeli forces weld shut the doors of an elderly Palestinian woman’s houses on Shuhada StreetInternational Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team - This afternoon in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron), Israeli forces gathered on Shuhada street, surrounding the doorways to the two houses belonging to Aamal Hashem Dundes, an elderly Palestinian woman, and her family. A soldier, wielding a torch and various other equipment, welded shut the doors. Soldiers and police kept international and Palestinian observers away as the houses were sealed up.-rh 21/1/2015
Gaza Health Attack : No Safe PlacePhysicians for Human Rights - Full Report - In July 2014, following discussions with Al-Mezan, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) commissioned a fact-finding mission (hereafter ‘FFM’) to Gaza, whose aim was to gather evidence and draw preliminary conclusions regarding types, causes and patterns of injuries and attacks; attacks on medical teams and facilities; evacuation; impact of the conflict on the healthcare system; and longer-term issues including rehabilitation of the wounded, mental health, public health and displacement.-rh21/1/2015
Occupation Captured : A week of occupation in photosChristian Peacemaker Teams - Pictured here: Palestinian children playing in the streets of Hebron. Next to them and above them is the illegal settlement of Beit Romano, and the ever watchful eyes of the Israeli Military. Despite the presence of the occupation, they continue to play and practice their athletic tricks on their streets. THIS is resistance.-rh 21/1/2015
IDF detains a child and destroys four structures Operation Dove - PRESS RELEASE - At about 9.00 a.m. IDF bulldozers started to tear down two houses and two animal shelters, belonged to the Palestinian Rabai family in Ar-Rifa`iyya. The demolitions affected a total of twenty-five people, included ten children. The Municipality placed two tents to let the people involved have a place to stay at least during the night. 21/1/2015
Two Palestinians are killed near Gush Etzion settlement bloc in West Bank -Kate - Mondoweiss - Israeli forces opened fire at two Palestinians near the Gush Etzion Junction between Bethlehem and Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday evening, killing one. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma‘an that two Palestinians “were involved in a criminal incident” in the area, and one was shot by Israeli soldiers after he attempted to flee the area. The man was “injured seriously and died in the evening,” he told Ma‘an, adding that the other was arrested.-rh21/1/2015
In photos: Gaza’s shattered familiesAnne Paq - The Electronic Intifada - "The Kilanis were not the only family to be wiped out in Gaza last summer. According to the United Nations monitoring group OCHA, 142 families lost at least three members in Israel’s military assault." - id 21/1/2015
Israeli forces weld shut the doors of an elderly Palestinian woman’s houses on Shuhada StreetPhoto Story - ISM - "When international activists attempted to ask why they were being kept back from the scene, soldiers typically responded: “because I say so.” - id 21/1/2015
Report details IDF `double tap` bombings that hit first responders in GazaHaggai Matar - +972 - "Using human shields, attacking medical teams and hospitals, shooting at civilians waving white flags. A new report....documents shocking testimonies of victims and presents new evidence." - id 21/1/2015
Israeli forces demolish house in al-Isawiya in East JerusalemMa`an - Large numbers of Israeli troops and police officers stormed the al-Thahra neighborhood in the center of al-Isawiya at 4 a.m. and deployed in alleys (...) provoking locals on their way to work. As a result, young men clashed with the soldiers who fired tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets in all directions injuring a lady with a rubber-coated bullet. [bz]20/1/2015
Israeli forces expel Hebron women from home, seal propertyMa`an - Israeli forces raided the home of Zuheira Oweida Dandis, 80, and Amal Dandis, 52, and forced them to leave their home before sealing the property. Witnesses said Israeli forces claimed they sealed the property for security reasons, without providing further details. [bz]20/1/2015
PA struggles pay salaries amid Israel sanctionsMa`an News Agency - “As the Israeli government continues to withhold the tax revenue which it collects from Palestinian importers on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, the latter remains unable to pay the monthly salaries to more than 160,000 civil servants” [ry]19/1/2015
PSC Update: Urgent Action – Gaza CrisisPSC--Urgent Action – Gaza Crisis dn17/1/2015
Gaza universities struggle to stay afloatAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al Monitor - "Mohammad Tayseer cannot afford the media faculty fees at Al-Aqsa University, although majoring in journalism has always been his dream. He loves photography and aspires to become a well-known journalist." - id 14/1/2015
4th Gaza Infant Dies of Severe Cold In Caravan HousePNN - Palestine News Network - "After three infant deaths of severe cold, Fadi Qudeih aged one and a half, Tuesday passed away of severe cold in a Caravan (Zinc house) where his family lives." - id 14/1/2015
Winter storm gathers over Occupied PalestineMohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "EDITOR`S NOTE: Mohammed Asad`s home in Shujaiyya was destroyed by Israeli missiles, mortars and tank fire on Friday August 1, 2014 while he was documenting the Israeli massacre of civilians in the Gaza Strip. He is now living in temporary housing as he scrambles to find Internet access to share his photographs when possible." - id 14/1/2015
VIDEO: Olive trees destroyed in YasufNablus Team - International Solidarity Movement - "This is not the first time they have targeted trees – there was a similar incident three or four months ago and the affected family went to the Israeli police. No action has been taken." - id14/1/2015
Frosty Weather Kills Gaza Infant whose Home was Shelled in Israeli Summer Aggression WAFA--GAZA, January 10, 2015 (WAFA) – The frosty storm affecting the Palestinian Territory claimed the life of a newborn infant whose home was bombarded during the 51-day of Israeli aggression on the Gaza strip during the summer of 2014, said local medics. dn11/1/2015
Remembering ShujayeaMegan O`Toole - Al-Jazeera "Israel`s 51-day war on the Gaza Strip last summer killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, displaced more than half a million others and damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes, according to UN data. Among the hardest hit areas was the densely populated district of Shujayea, where heavy tank and artillery shelling killed 72 people and injured more than 200 others in a single day in late July. The massacre sparked international condemnation.More than five months later, little has been rebuilt. Shujayea still looks like a war zone." ca9/1/2015
Israeli forces demolish shops in Bethlehem-area village Ma`an News Agency - "Bulldozers destroyed Palestinian shops near the entrance of Hussan, with Israeli soldiers claiming the structures were built without permits...Israeli bulldozers demolished at least 552 Palestinian structures in the West Bank in 2014, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions."ca9/1/2015
First Palestinian ICC case to focus on Gaza warAttila Somfalvi - AFP - The first case the Palestinians will refer to the International Criminal Court will be the crimes Israel committed during summer 2014, including the Gaza war, a legal expert said Sunday.-rh 7/1/2015
Palestinian girl Malaak al-Khatib, 14, detained for additional week by Israeli forcesSamidoun - Palestinian girl, Malaak Ali al-Khatib, 14, was arrested on 31 December near her school in Bittin village, near Ramallah. Her detention was extended on Monday, 5 January for one week, until Sunday, 11 January, under the pretext of requiring a “conduct report” on the girl before releasing her. The 14-year-old girl is accused of “throwing stones” at Israeli occupation soldiers at the settler bypass road closed to Palestinians near her school. She is one of 23 women and girls and nearly 200 children detained by Israeli occupation forces.-rh 7/1/2015
Why the world doesn`t see Palestine`s sufferingDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The interest of politicians, pundits and journalists usually piques about the Palestinians after sensational news generating major headlines, such as multiple killings, major settlement activities or various political machinations. Real-life, everyday events occurring throughout the occupied territories are rarely covered, although they are accessible through various public platforms.-rh 7/1/2015
Remembering ShujayeaMegan O`Toole - Al-Jazeera - ""This was once one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Shujayea," Walid al-Zaza tells Al Jazeera. "We had houses, businesses, lives." Today, displaced concrete slabs sag precariously above heaps of rubble inside the apartment complex that Zaza`s friends once called home. Up and down the street, as far as one`s gaze can sweep, devastation reigns." - id 7/1/2015
The Month in Pictures: December 2014The Electronic Intifada - "In the occupied Gaza Strip, which the United Nations warns will be potentially unlivable by 2020, the passing year closed as it had begun: under a comprehensive siege imposed by Israel in 2007 and enforced by Egypt’s dictatorship." - id 7/1/2015
Israel Approves Administrative Detention Orders for 13 More Palestinian PrisonersNews & Agencies Report - IMEMC - "At the moment, there are 500 administrative detention detainees, 18 of whom are members of the Palestinian legislative council." - id 7/1/2015
Israel Approves Administrative Detention of 13 Detainees Wafa - At the moment there are 500 administrative detention detainees, 18 of whom are members of the legislative council. [bz] 6/1/2015
Just Another DayB’Tselem - "2014 was a terrible year. It was one of the cruelest and deadliest in the history of the occupation. After so much killing, devastation, pain and suffering it is natural to want to `get back to normal` We must not get back to normal. That `normal` is morally reprehensible. It is deadly, guaranteeing the very opposite of peace and justice" [ry]5/1/2015
SEE! Dig damages Hebron propertyAhmad Jaradat - AIC - The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) is conducting a dig in Hebron`s Tel Rumeida neighbourhood, a dig which is destroying the area [ry]5/1/2015
We teach life, Sir - VideoYouTube - RT Documentary "Gaza may be a warzone, but everyday life for its inhabitants has to continue. For some of those growing up in the violence, playing music has become an important source of relief. RTD goes to Gaza City to follow music school students as they prepare for an end of year performance. Their experiences of war unite them as much as their love of music. They have survived the destruction, endured the horror of shelling and seen people die at first hand. Some have even come close to death themselves. Powerless in the face of such violence, music gives them hope that one day the conflict will end." ca2/1/2015
Spiral,’ ‘threat,’ ‘polarization,’ or ‘full-scale popular campaign for Palestinian freedom’ — reactions to the ICC movePhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Yousef Munayyer, soon to be the head of the US Campaign to End the Occupation, pointed out that the rejection gives momentum to the BDS movement:“Today’s vote is but another meaningless one for Palestinians living under the boot of the Israeli military. Each and every episode like this, where the international community underscores its failure to resolve the Israeli/Palestinian question, is another boon to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which provides an alternative to stagnation at the UN. Perhaps that is the silver lining of this moment.” ca2/1/2015
Palestinian Man Crushed to Death at Israeli CheckpointIMEMC News & Agencies - "A Palestinian man from the occupied West Bank village of Farun died Wednesday morning, after being crushed to death inside an Israeli checkpoint near Tulkarem, while trying to get to work... 39-year-old Ahmad Samih Bdeir, who was on his way to a construction job inside Israel, choked to death in extreme overcrowding amid large numbers of people trying to cross the al-Tayba checkpoint, also called "Shaar Efrayim"." ca2/1/2015
PALESTINIAN RESIDENCY REVOKED AS PUNISHMENT Amnesty International - Urgent Action - The Israeli authorities have revoked the residency of a Palestinian woman, Nadia Abu Jamal, and stripped her three children of their health care rights. They are threatening to do this to all Palestinians involved in “terror” attacks, and their relatives.-rh 1/1/2015
Potemkin Villages at Erez CheckpointTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - They, who had been attacked by IDF soldiers, injured and killed by IDF soldiers, and lost their homes and all they had because of IDF soldier, saw this hospital as a cynical exploitation of their situation. “What are they thinking? They shoot and kill us and we are supposed to kiss the hands that put bandages over the injuries they created and thank them?” a resident of the Strip said to me. “Even if I or one of my kids or relatives were injured during the war, we wouldn’t dare step out of the house, go out of the neighborhood and cross the line towards the soldiers to get to the hospital. Because if I tried getting there they would kill me while I was still on my way”.-rh 1/1/2015
Sheltering Gaza`s displacedMegan O`Toole - Aljazeera - Althamna`s frustration is echoed by many of Gaza`s displaced, who are running out of patience with overcrowded and underfunded temporary shelters and a lack of progress on reconstruction. Milina Shahin, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency (UNRWA), acknowledged the difficult circumstances - but as for when displaced residents will be able to return home, "it is the question no-one can answer".-rh1/1/2015
Living among Gaza`s dead : Families living in squalor inside Gaza City`s el-Sheikh Shaban cemetery are calling for international intervention.Megan O`Toole - Aljazeera - The 43-year-old cannot say exactly how he ended up living in a makeshift home between gravestones; all he knows is that his family has lived here ever since the Nakba, the 1948 expulsion of Palestinians from their lands.-rh 14/1/2015
General Briefing: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli PrisonsAdameer - This general briefing, prepared by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, provides a comprehensive overview of the situation of Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli prisons and detention centers. The issues covered include different violations that prisoners are subjected to, including torture, isolation, and medical negligence, as well as the main categories of prisoners, such as women, children and administrative detainees.-rh14/1/2015
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