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Life under occupation

Why I am going to SusiyaRebecca Strober - Times of Israel - I am going to Susiya to stand in solidarity with the residents of the village, knowing that my voice will be one more in the masses that is against our policy in the occupied Palestinian Territory. Because, proper or not, I am an Israeli; I am an occupier.-rh 29/7/2015
Gaza’s fishermen under constant attack by Israeli warshipsGaza Team - International Solidarity Movement - "Ahmed: “Once I recover I’ll go fishing again…” Ismail (Ahmed’s father): “No, you won’t! That’s enough…”" - id 29/7/2015
Family: blood stains challenge Israeli account of Qalandiya killingOren Ziv - Activestills - Muhammad Abu Latifa, 18, was sleeping in his bed when a sizable force of Israeli soldiers and police commandos raided his house. According to the official Israeli version, Abu Latifa resisted arrest and fled onto the roof, at which point the forces shot him in his lower body, and he then fell to his death while jumping to another roof. However, the blood spatter on the roof suggests that Israeli forces carried him back and that he did not fall. ak28/7/2015
Travel permits aim to manage, not solve, Palestine-Israel conflictDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Freedom to travel is a basic right that is taken for granted in most parts of the world, and after decades of travel restrictions on Palestinians, a worrisome situation has emerged, whereby Israel is making small gestures to the Palestinians, thereby ignoring the important decisions that could end the occupation. It appears that Israel has decided to manage the conflict with the Palestinians rather than solve it.-rh 29/7/2015
Anniversaries: Who counts?Alice Rothchild - Mondoweiss - I found a unique and intimate window into Gazan society, its massive losses, challenges, and phenomenal resilience. I bore witness to 1.8 million traumatized and extraordinary survivors. The intersections of a brutal siege, recurrent wars, homelessness, factional rivalries, and a patriarchal society were clear. I came to understand in a very personal way, the challenging political and human realities in a war-torn area and the desperate need for basic human rights; a respect for personal autonomy, freedom from violence, availability of education and economic choices, and access to housing and health care. I also came to love and respect the immense warmth, humor, and energy of the people in this forgotten and demonized place.-rh 29/7/2015
Hunger Striking Detainee Denied Wheelchair to Use ToiletIMEMC - "Udai Steiti, who was hospitalized after starting an open-ended hunger strike to protest his administrative detention, has asked for a wheelchair to access the hospital’s toilet, but his request was denied forcing him to “crawl to the bathroom”." - id 29/7/2015
Has the IDF found a way to climb down the Susya tree?Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Up against extraordinarily harsh diplomatic pressure from its closest allies, Israel seems to have found a way to save face without creating too much of a fuss — at least temporarily [ry]27/7/2015
Israeli forces kill 53-year-old Palestinian near Hebron, injure sonsMa`an News Agency - "Falah Hammad Abu Maria is the 17th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces this year, three of whom have been killed since the beginning of this month. A spokesperson for a local popular committee, Muhammad Ayyad Awad, told Ma`an that Israeli forces and undercover forces had raided Falah’s house and opened live fire inside the home.Witnesses said the forces shot and injured his son Muhammad, 22, with two live bullets in the pelvis." ca24/7/2015
Gaza: The scars of warKarl Schembri - Ajazeera "While much has been made of mechanisms to bring in construction materials which the blockade prevents, the problem goes deeper than merely providing building materials. At present, Gaza is getting just 7.5 percent of daily construction materials needed to cover the housing demand for the next five years, but even where materials are available, the people lack the finances to start reconstruction in an area with the highest unemployment rate in the world. Large swaths of rubble are still waiting to be cleared - some still containing unexploded ordnance from the war - while the water network has suffered severe damage and electricity only comes intermittently." ca24/7/2015
Justice Minister: Remove legal ambiguity from settlements Tova Tzimoki - YnetNews - Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of Bayit Yehudi has recently begun the process of establishing a committee to organize the legal status of land plots in the West Bank. According to Shaked, the committee`s establishment means residents of the West Bank will cease fearing the threat of land ownership disputes.-rh 22/7/2015
Amira Hass: “Let me be blunt: Gaza is a Huge Concentration Camp”Amira Hass, JULIE POUCHER HARBIN - Juan Cole - In practice, Gaza has become a huge, let me be blunt, concentration camp for right now 1, 800,000 people. This is not a novelty. This is not something new. This did not start, unlike what many people think, with the rise of Hamas, Hamas being elected in 2006, or Hamas taking over the security agencies and apparatus in Gaza in 2007 after the short civil war. We can almost trace it to the moment when it started, and this is the 15th of January 1991 — long before Oslo, long before Madrid, and of course long before the suicide attacks inside Israeli cities and against Israeli civilians.-rh 22/7/2015
Israel`s failed prisoner release policiesShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - The bottom line is that Israel’s working premise — according to which "heavyweight" prisoners are to be expelled to the Gaza Strip upon their release — has been proven to be wrong. Keeping them at a distance doesn’t keep them away from terror. Moreover, banishing them to Gaza further motivates them to resume their terrorist activities.rh 22/7/2015
EU protests against Israeli plans to demolish Palestinian villagePeter Beaumont - Guardian - "In a statement, the European foreign ministers echoed a warning delivered by the US government over the fate of the community of 350 in the south Hebron Hills." - id 22/7/2015
Stone Throwing Bill Passes in KnessetIMEMC - "...allowing Palestinian youth caught throwing stones to be held up to 20 years in prison." - id 22/7/2015
Permanent victims of war: Who remembers Gaza`s children?Amjad Iraqi - +972 - "The Israeli public’s indifference to the effects of war on Palestinian children does not result in passivity — it is an integral component of the violence Gaza’s population faces." - id 22/7/2015
Israeli forces continue abuses on Gaza fishermen, open fire at dawnGaza Team - International Solidarity Movement - "The Palestinian Center for Human Rights reports that in May alone, there were a total of 51 incidents of shootings, incursions into the coastal enclave, and arrests. This included 41 shootings, which left nine injured, including one minor." - id 22/7/2015
European Council calls for lifting siege of GazaEuropean Council - Reiterating its support for the two state solution the EU expressed concern about "The grave situation in the Gaza Strip, (...) where the humanitarian and socio-economic situation remains dire and called for "a fundamental change of the political, security and economic situation in the Gaza Strip, including the end of the closure and a full opening of the crossing points, while addressing Israel`s legitimate security concerns." ak21/7/2015
Court denies equal work conditions for Palestinians in West Bank legal no-mans-landYonah Jeremy Bob - Jerusalem Post - The High Court of Justice issued a 2007 ruling stating that Palestinians who lived in the West Bank but worked for Israelis in the Givat Ze’ev settlement were entitled to the same work conditions as Israelis. This included pay, vacation days and termination pay. The precedent spurred hopes for the Palestinian workers, and their supporters at Combatants for Peace and the Wac-Maan Workers Advice Center, that the court would adopt a similar position in this case. However, the court said that the industrial zone near Tulkarm, where the factory is situated, falls into a special category because it is part of a joint effort agreed under the Oslo Accords. [bz] 21/7/2015
Israeli forces demolish 3 stores in Ithna - Hebron area,Ma`an - The bulldozers demolished a used goods store belonging to Said Fayiz Isleimiyeh in the western area of the town, and a garage belonging to Marwan Hilmi Tmeizeh in Ithna`s east, the municipality said. Israeli forces also confiscated garbage containers in the demolition site and demolished another store belonging to Hussan Sharawi, claiming it was not licensed. While Idhna`s built-up areas are predominantly classified as Area B under the Oslo Accords, the majority of its surrounding land is classified Area C, where under the Oslo Accord, building permits must be approved - and nearly never are - by the Israeli Civil Administration. [bz] 21/7/2015
Israel closes TV station on Palestinian identityShira Rubin - AlJazeera - srael has ordered a six-month closure of the PA-funded station, which aimed to feature investigative documentaries [ry]20/7/2015
Israel orders half of Palestinian village demolished after RamadanMa`an News Agency - "Rabbis for Human Rights and B`Tselem said in a statement that pressure from Israeli settlers had led to the decision to carry out demolition orders in the village of Khirbet Susiya after Ramadan, although a high court hearing regarding the case is currently scheduled for August 3. The Israeli Civil Administration, the Israeli army, and the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) office announced the demolition order to the villagers in a meeting on Sunday." ca17/7/2015
A Year Later, Palestinian Family Mourns 4 Boys Killed on Gaza BeachNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - That was where his son Ismail died in an Israeli strike last summer during Israel’s 51-day war with Hamas. Ismail was one of four young cousins aged 9 to 11 killed while playing on the beach July 16 in one of the most high-profile incidents of the war. The event became instantly emblematic of the high civilian death toll on the Palestinian side. More than 2,200 Palestinians, including hundreds of children, were killed in the war. Sixty-six Israeli soldiers and six civilians also died.-rh 15/7/2015
Journal: When walking becomes a crimePeter Cunliffe - ISM - "The only crime these teens were guilty of was being Palestinian, and going for a walk." - id 15/7/2015
Israel releases Palestinian MP after year in prisonMa`an - The Israeli authorities released Palestinian parliament member Riyad Mahmoud Radad after nearly a year behind bars. The 55- year-old Radad was one of hundreds of Palestinians detained after the abduction of three Israeli teens last year. He was charged with organizing processions in support of Palestinian prisoners. Several other detained Palestinian Parliamentarians were released recently, but MP Khalida Jarrar remains imprisoned despite calls by the international community for her release. ak 14/7/2015
Israel rearrests Palestinian hunger striker day after releaseAmira Hass and Gili Cohen - Haaretz - Former Palestinian prioner Khader Adnan was rearrested on Monday evening, a day after he was released from administrative detention following 55 days on hunger strike, Haaretz has learned. Adnan told his family and friend that he was go to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, like thousands of other Palestinians. The Shin Bet confirmed that Adnan had been arrested, saying that he had entered Jerusalem illegally. Adnan has been transferred to the police for questioning. [bz]14/7/2015
Detained Lawyer Shireen al-‘Eesawy Faced Harsh Conditions In SolitaryIMEMC - East Jerusalem Shireen al-‘Eesawy had been detained since June 2014, charged by the Israeli authorities of having smuggled to Gazan prisoners letters from their families. In the past two months she had been in solitary confinement following a confrontation with prison guards. She says that her cell had been sealed with plastic` preventing entry of fresh air and causing her to lose consciousness; that she has no sheets or covers and had to sleep on the ground; and that when allowed for short periods into the prison yard, she was cuffed and her legs chained. ak14/7/2015
Footage shows officer`s life wasn`t in danger when he shot, killed PalestinianElior Levy, Yoav Zitun - Ynet - VIDEO: Security camera captured incident in which a teenager was apparently shot in the back while fleeing after throwing rocks at IDF jeep carrying brigade commander; IDF says troops felt their lives were in danger, which NGO claims is unreasonable [ry]13/7/2015
SEE! Israel`s occupation in photos AIC - See the Israeli occupation of Hebron this past week [ry]13/7/2015
Israel frees Palestinian prisoner on hunger strikeAl Jazeera--Khader Adnan, who was held without charge, released after 55-day hunger strike amid fears that he might die. dn12/7/2015
Gaza - A home among the ruinsVirginie Nguyen Hoang - Al Jazeera - "Follow three Gazan families as they try to rebuild their lives among the rubble after last year`s war." - id 10/7/2015
Gaza One Year On: Justice Eludes Palestinian ChildrenDCI-Palestine - IMEMC - "“Repeated Israeli military offensives and Israel’s complete disregard for international law have thwarted any meaningful efforts toward implementing comprehensive protections for Palestinian children,” said Brad Parker." = id10/7/2015
Minutes to survive: reflections on Israel`s `roof-knocking` policyMa`an - In a number of cases, the warning explosion itself killed innocent civilians. On July 17, 10-year-old Afnan and his two younger cousins Jihad and Wissam were playing on their roof in Gaza City when a warning missile struck the house. All three children were killed instantly by shrapnel.-rh8/7/2015
The Death and Life of the Two-State SolutionGrant Rumley and Amir Tibon - Foreign Affairs - For the Palestinians, in other words, the increasingly likeliest way to achieve an independent state is, paradoxically, to give up on trying to get one. Only when the Palestinians make the Israelis recognize that the status quo cannot persist indefinitely and reach for something the Israelis hold even more dear than the West Bank—control over Israel itself as a Jewish state—will the Israelis begin to see a two-state solution as their least-bad option.-rh8/7/2015
Photo Essay: Crossing Qalandia, and the Wall, during Ramadan Karam Saleem - Mondoweiss - The second Friday of Ramadan saw more than 350,000 Palestinians descending onto Al Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, many of whom were taking advantage of eased restrictions by Israeli authorities on those living in the West Bank. Qalandia checkpoint operates with several adjustments during the Islamic holy month and for those unable to cross legally, smugglers organize locations along the separation wall for Palestinians to sneak in.-rh8/7/2015
 Gaza’s Mental-Health Crisis and the Trauma of Permanent WarJen Marlowe - The Nation -  The issue is the condition of chronic war, which doesn’t lead to speedy recovery,” said Dr. Elena Chere- panov, a mental-health specialist whose expertise is in collective and cultural trauma. She compares the psychological impact of the violence in Gaza to the public-health crises she’s seen in Chechnya, Liberia, and Abkhazia. “Ongoing war means a really severe and systemic traumatic impact on the community, which permeates all areas of life. There are generations who grow up never having the chance to live in safety or plan for the future, which is crucial for trauma recovery.”-rh8/7/2015
Another grim anniversary for GazaSharif Nashashibi - Aljazeera - Israel`s recently elected government - aptly described as the most extremist in the country`s history (and that is saying something) - consists of figures who believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has actually been too soft on Hamas, and want a full-scale invasion and reoccupation of Gaza to wipe out the Palestinian faction.-rh8/7/2015
Bulldozers poised outside Susiya, right in time for July 4th congressional break Donna Baranski-Walker - Mondoweiss - Congressional intervention, along with a network of US and foreign diplomats whom we contact in emergencies, has helped stave off demolition and keeps that kindergarten safe and Al Aqaba Village thriving.-rh8/7/2015
Palestinian teenager `shot in back by senior Israeli soldier while fleeing`Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - The killing of Mohammed near the Qalandia checkpoint last Friday received widespread coverage in the Israeli media, both because of the seniority of the officer involved – a brigade commander, Col Yisrael Shomer, and because of the support he received immediately after the shooting from senior members of Israel’s government, including education minister Naftali Bennett.-rh8/7/2015
Hunger Striking Detainee Moved Into Solitary ConfinementIMEMC - The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported, Wednesday, that the Prison Administration of the Negev Israeli Detention Camp, forced a hunger striking detainee into solitary confinement.-rh8/7/2015
On the One-Year Anniversary of Israel’s Attack on Gaza: An Interview with Max BlumenthalGlenn Greenwald - The Intercept - Months after the attack concluded, U.N. Chief Ban Ki-moon visited Gaza and labeled the destruction “beyond description,” far worse than prior Israeli attacks. At least 17,000 homes “were obliterated or severely damaged during the conflict,” and it will take two decades to rebuild them; that means that “nearly 60,000 people have lost their homes.”-rh8/7/2015
Post-hunger strike, admin detainee Khader Adnan is re-hospitalizedYael Marom - +972 "The rehabilitation process after such a long hunger strike is complicated, slow and entails serious medical risks. “Refeeding syndrome” can have deadly complications. A return to normal nourishment must be done gradually and under close medical supervision. The dangers increase for somebody like Adnan who has gone on more than one extended hunger strike." ca8/7/2015
Injured woman forced to strip recalls horror of Israel’s Gaza warCharlotte Silver - Electronic Intifada "Majda Sulaiman Khuday, 49, could not hold back the tears as she recalled the night of 23 July 2014 “Can you imagine the humiliation?” she asked. “Lying in front of these young men, naked.” Majda and her husband, Shadi, live in Khuzaa, a village in ,Gaza’s southeast, near the boundary fence with present-day Israel...Israel’s foreign ministry recently released its own findings on the army’s conduct during last summer’s assault on Gaza. The report paints a rosy picture of the 51 days of Israel’s land, air and naval assault on the tiny territory and its 1.8 million inhabitants — estimating a far smaller proportion of those killed to be civilians than figures arrived at by the UN and all human rights organizations, and placing the blame for their deaths almost entirely on Hamas’ tactics." ca8/7/2015
When will Dad come back?Refaat Alareer--The last time my little niece Raneem saw her dad was when the Israeli shells were falling on the heads and houses of more than 10,000 Palestinians in Shujaiya, east of Gaza City, last summer. My brother Mohammed took the time to help guide many families to shortcuts in a desperate attempt to escape the flying shrapnel and debris. Mohammed kept close to his wife, his baby son Hamza and his daughter Raneem. “I will be back. Soon,” he assured his weeping kids and worried wife. “I will be back. I promise.” dn 4/7/2015
Gaza lion cubs in limboAssociated Press--Hotel takes in lions after unsuccessful attempt to transport cubs to Jordan sanctuary through Israel border crossing. dn4/7/2015
Thousands attend funeral for Palestinian teen shot by Israeli forcesMa`an - An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma`an that Israeli forces were carrying out routine activity when a suspect approached the military vehicle and started throwing rocks, damaging the vehicle. After warning the teen, the forces opened fire when he reportedly approached them from close range, the spokesperson added. Israeli news site Haaretz reported that senior Israeli Brigade Commander Israel Shomer was responsible for the death, claiming that he opened fire on the youth after exiting his vehicle. Eyewitnesses say al-Kasbah had left his home early that morning to reach the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and was attempting to climb the separation wall when he was shot. [bz]4/7/2015
In Gaza, the ultimate humiliation Dan Cohen - Mondoweiss - That Israel allows Palestinians in Gaza to import used goods is not a symbol of goodwill or charitable policy – it represents normalization of the siege. To place this in proper context, remember that basic necessities such as adequate electricity and water are not let into Gaza, and Israel calculates the caloric intake for every Palestinian in Gaza, keeping the population malnourished but above catastrophe.-rh1/7/2015
Newsletter 30 Jun. 2015B`Tselem - Israel goes to considerable lengths to demonstrate that it administers the occupation, now going on fifty, in a way that does not involve systematic abuse of the human rights of Palestinians, the residents of the occupied territory. One area in which such attempts are focused is the military court system in the West Bank. -rh1/7/2015
Church-run schools in Israel face `death sentence`Jonathan Cook - Aljazeera - Israel is seeking to bring dozens of church-run schools under government control, a move that community leaders have warned will curb the last vestiges of educational freedom for the country`s large Palestinian minority. Most of the 47 schools, which are among the highest-achieving in Israel, were established by Christian orders more than 100 years ago, before Israel`s creation in 1948.-rh 1/7/2015
A vicious cycle of lawlessness in the West BankEyal Hareuveni - +972 - For nearly 50 years the Israeli army has been treating settler violence against Palestinians as a decree of fate, some sort of force majeure that trumps it in the territories otherwise under its control and responsibility. In other words, the army has dealt with the phenomenon without actually dealing with it.-rh1/7/2015
Expelled for lifeJen Marlowe - Al-Ahram - Nasser was only four years old in June 1986 when, after the remains of an ancient synagogue were discovered in Old Susya, Israel’s Civil Administration, the military body through which it manages the Occupied Palestinian Territories, declared the village an archaeological site and expropriated it.-rh 1/7/2015
New report outlines Al-Aqsa Mosque recommendationsDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - In its summary, the report deals with two issues where it deviates from the accepted opinions of the two conflicting parties. It doesn’t accept the repeated Arab and Muslim claims that Israeli archaeological attempts are aimed at destroying the mosque, and at the same time it accepts Muslim demands that organized and planned visits by Jews to the site should be tightly regulated and that Jews should continue to be disallowed from praying at the compound. Al-Aqsa has banned non-Muslim prayer since 1187.-rh 1/7/2015
Remembering GazaAlternative Information Center - IMEMC - "Testimony from a Gaza resident about Palestinian divisions, understanding and the role of internationals in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." - id 1/7/2015
Israel shoots four boys enjoying evening walk in GazaCharlotte Silver - The Electronic Intifada - "“It’s a very nice area. You can see the fields and farms, and we go there because it used to be closed off but now they told us we can go there,” he explained." - id 1/7/2015
Palestinian home and market attacked by settlers from illegal settlement of Beit HadassahAl Khalil Team - International Solidarity Movement - "Israeli soldiers were present throughout the entire incident, they stood and watched but never intervened to stop the settler violence." - id1/7/2015
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