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Life under occupation

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Israeli authorities seal main road in occupied East Jerusalem neighborhoodMa`an - Israel’s response to alleged attacks -- both large and small -- such as punitive home demolitions, the sealing of entire villages, mass detention campaigns, and withholding the bodies of Palestinians slain while committing attacks, has been condemned by rights groups, who have said the measures amount to “collective punishment” and represent a clear violation of international law. [bz]29/10/2016
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How Israel Privatized Its Occupation of PalestineAntony Loewenstein&Matt Kennard - The Nation "There’s a long history of humiliation inflicted on Palestinians at checkpoints. The Israeli human-rights group B’Tselem has released countless reports over the years documenting the abuse. The Israeli women’s organization Machsom Watch has been monitoring the checkpoints since 2001 and advocating on behalf of Palestinians whose work-permit applications are unfairly rejected...Without massive inter­national pressure, it’s impossible to see how the outsourced occupation won’t become a permanent nightmare. " ca 28/10/2016
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Palestine’s Sweeter FruitIMEMC - "Palestine’s most famous crop is the olive, but not to be overlooked are its grapes. Best known for grape production is the Hebron area of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.The al-Natsheh family vineyard in Hebron city was first planted in the 1950s, two decades after Daoud Salam al-Natsheh bought the 40 dunams of land (a dunam is the equivalent of 1,000 square meters) in 1932 for 250 Palestine pounds, the currency during the British Mandate...Abd al-Aziz said that the settlers in Kiryat Arba have never damaged the vineyard or attacked harvesters but he worried that Israel will eventually colonize the family’s land." ca 28/10/2016
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In Rare Move, Israel Secretly Approved Palestinian Construction in West Bank Barak Ravid & Chaim Levinson - Haaretz "Israel`s security cabinet voted last month to authorize a slew of construction plans for Palestinians living in the West Bank`s Area C – the largest swathe of the occupied territory where all the Jewish settlements are located and where the Palestinian Authority lacks any control...Though the plan is relatively modest in scope, Israel has not undertaken such a move for years." ca28/10/2016
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Israel postpones decision regarding fate of Bedouin schoolMa`an News Agency - "The state of Israel has postponed this week its decision regarding the fate of a primary school in the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank, which has been threatened with demolition by the Israeli government for years.A source, who spoke to Ma’an on condition of anonymity, said on Thursday that a ruling was postponed by four months, leaving the school “off the hook until the decision is made.” ca 28/10/2016
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Israel`s wars in Gaza propel child labor for Palestinian kidsCody O’Rourke - +972 " An investigation by DCIP between January and April 2016 revealed the deplorable work conditions for child laborers in Gaza. From scouring trash pits for re-sellable materials to working long shifts on fishing boats for a few shekels, child labor in Gaza has doubled over the past five years as families struggle to survive." ca28/10/2016
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Israeli defence minister: Next war with Hamas will be the last because ‘we will completely destroy them`Bethan McKernan - Independent - Mr Lieberman made the comments in a rare “hearts and minds” interview with Jerusalem-based Palestinian newspaper al-Quds, published on Monday, in which he insisted that all Palestinians have a duty to deter the Hamas movement from what he called its goal of destroying the Israeli state.-rh 27/10/2016
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Palestinian villages `get two hours of water a week`Eloise Bollack - Aljazeera - Enas Taha, a resident of the Palestinian village of Kafr al-Deek in the occupied West Bank, has become desperate. "Since the [water] crisis started in June, the municipality has been able to supply water for only one hour twice a week," Taha told Al Jazeera. "I am checking the weather forecast every day; they announced rain three weeks ago, but it has not come yet. The only thing I can do is to pray to God."-rh 27/10/2016
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Occupation through the eyes of a child: the way to schoolInternational Solidarity Movement - Imagine being an eight-year old boy, walking to school,and as you come close, close to the roadblock you have to pass every day, army jeeps are everywhere, blocking the roadblock and the gate. You have to squeeze past the jeeps on one side, or squeeze between the two, just to pass the roadblock, just one of the obstacles installed by Israeli forces, as an everyday reminder that you’re the occupied, the ‘less human’ the people the occupying army is trying so hard to displace. Your only fault: being born Palestinian.-rh27/10/2016
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Gaza: Over 1,000 Families Still Living in CaravansIMEMC - "After his home was bombed by the Israeli air force, during the last aggression on blockaded Gaza, Abu Muhammad al-Sharif moved from place to place in hope of having permanent house for his seven-member family." - id26/10/2016
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The social media: a new venue for censorship and persecution IMEMC/MADA - The social media was originally viewed as a wide and efficient window for empowering journalists in particular and Palestinian citizens in general, to express their opinions freely. However, in the past year the social media increasingly assumes an opposite role - systematic surveillance and observation leading to prosecution and oppression relating to user opinions. There is Israeli pressure on Facebook — through a recent partnership agreement to delete comments, photos and even block personal and informative pages, under the pretext of "incitement". Not only the Israeli authorities, but also different Palestinian apparatuses take action against people because of what they posted in the social media. [ak]25/10/2016
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Israeli force detain 15 Palestinians, including Al-Aqsa security guard in raidsMa`an - According to the Islamic Endowment, or Waqf, that runs the Al-Aqsa compound, Israeli forces detained Muhannad al-Zaghal while he was at the entrance to the compound`s Chain Gate, where he works as security guard. [bz]25/10/2016
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Israel issue 46 administrative detention orders against Palestinian detaineesWAFA - Administrative detention is the imprisonment without charge or trial and on the basis of secret evidence for up to six month periods, indefinitely renewable by Israeli military courts. [bz]23/10/2016
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Rallies held in Gaza, Ramallah to urge Hamas and Fatah to end rivalryMa`an - A nonpartisan Palestinian group known as Patriots to End Disagreement and Restore National Unity organized rallies in Gaza City and Ramallah on Saturday, to urge political rivals Fatah and Hamas to put an end to their disputes. Scores of Palestinians gathered in Unknown Soldier’s Square in Gaza City, including representatives of Palestinian political factions and civil society groups. It was said that Palestinian security forces prevented access to buses transporting activists from across the Gaza Strip. In Ramallah, hundreds of activists marched in the city waving Palestinian flags and chanting national unity slogans. [bz] 23/10/2016
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Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen in Beit Ummar, Hebron for alleged rock-throwingMa`an News Agency - "Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma`an that he saw the body of a young Palestinian on the ground near the entrance of Beit Ummar. The young Palestinian, later identified as Khalid Bahr Ahmad Bahr, 15, was reportedly shot by Israeli forces in the back, with the bullet exiting through his chest.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma`an that soldiers were "attacked" by Palestinian youths throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers while they were patrolling the area near Beit Ummar." ca21/10/2016
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Palestinian Universities on the Frontline Sam Bahour - ePalestine.com - Palestinian universities are fighting an uphill battle on two fronts, one being the Israeli military occupation, and more recently, the other being the Palestinian government. Although each poses two very different sets of challenges, one outcome is clear. If immediate and decisive intervention is not forthcoming, the structural damage that will set back entire generations of Palestinian students will haunt Palestine’s developmental capabilities for many years to come. That is, if the damage has not already been inflicted.-rh 20/10/2016
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Israeli Soldiers Attack Villagers, Force Them Out Of Their Olive Orchards, Near NablusIMEMC News - Israeli soldiers assaulted, Tuesday, several Palestinians while picking their olive trees, in their own orchards, north of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and chased them out of their lands.-rh20/10/2016
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Two new hunger strikers join battle: 6 Palestinians strike against administrative detentionSamidoun - Two more Palestinian prisoners have launched a hunger strike against their administrative detention without charge or trial: Mohammed Khattab, 28, and Majdi Oweidat, 23, who launched their strike on 8 October 2016. Both are from Jericho and their administrative detention orders for their imprisonment without charge or trial have been renewed twice, reported Palestinian lawyer Louay Akkeh. Both are held in the Ofer prison; Khattab and Oweidat are beginning to experience medical consequences of their strike including joint pain, headache, stomach pain and dizziness.-rh20/10/2016
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Israelis `train with stun grenades` among civiliansZena Tahhan - Al Jazeera - "One officer is seen teaching another how to operate the grenade. "Throw lower," he tells him. The trainee officer detonates the grenade between the homes and is praised for a "good job" before he walks away with the rest of the officers." - id 19/10/2016
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Gaza`s women are being besieged on all sidesReem Amer and Tanya Rubinstein - +972 - "Between an endless siege that chokes the economy and a traditional society facing increased gender violence, Gaza’s women have few options for survival." - id 19/10/2016
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Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs: `Overwhelming majority` of Palestinian minors in Israeli custody are `tortured`Ma`an - As of mid-October, he said, the number of Palestinian prisoners in Ofer under 18 years old reached 28, 14 of whom were under 14 years old. According to rights group Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP), Israel has also dramatically increased the use of administrative detention -- internment without charge or trial -- against minors. [bz]18/10/2016
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IDF soldiers shoot flare at teen`s face, killing himHaggai Matar - +972 - Israeli soldiers fire illumination flares, at a direct trajectory, at stone-throwers along the Gaza border. A 15-year-old boy is killed. The IDF says it’s conducting an ‘inquiry’ [ry] 17/10/2016
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`Bad Palestinians` under Israel`s collective punishmentYlenia Gostoli - AlJazeera - Lieberman`s "carrot-and-stick" policy includes punitive measures against communities that housed alleged attackers [ry] 17/10/2016
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7 Palestinians detained, 2 Israeli soldiers injured during overnight West Bank detention raidsMa`an - Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 186 detention raids from Sept. 6 to 19. According to Ma’an documentation, some 118 Palestinians were detained under various circumstances, predominantly during overnight detention raids, in the first 10 days of October. [bz]15/10/2016
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Jordan Valley: Israeli Forces Destroy 2km Road for Second TimeIMEMC - "Israeli forces, on Thursday morning, have destroyed a road that leads to a Bedouin community site named Khirbet Hadidiya, in the northern Jordan Valley.An army bulldozer, accompanied with four military jeeps, broke into the area and destroyed, for the second time, the 2-kilometer-long road leading to the community where 120 citizens are living." ca 14/10/2016
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Two Schools in Nablus: Learning to DieAl-Jazeera - "VIDEO -"Rewind" -In 2007, we followed pupils and teachers struggling to get or deliver an education in the West Bank. What has changed?" ca 14/10/2016
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No coverage, no accountability – Palestinian child’s brutal death at hands of Israeli soldiers Ben White - Middle East Monitor - The shocking killing of Abdel-Rahman highlights both the lack of Western media coverage when it comes to the Palestinian victims of Israeli forces’ violence, and the parallel absence of accountability for grave violations of international law and human rights by the Israeli army and its political leaders. No coverage and no accountability means that the killing and maiming of Palestinians – including children – will only continue.-rh 12/10/2016
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Israeli forces demolish Nablus home of shooting attack `mastermind`Ma`an - The Israeli Supreme Court approved the decision to demolish Aliwi`s family home last month, despite the fact that the family had previously filed three appeals against the decision, as they stood to be left homeless by the demolition. According to witnesses of Tuesday`s demolition, soldiers forcibly moved the family members from their apartment to one of the neighbors` apartments, and detained them there for several hours, during which time they demolished Aliwi’s apartment. [bz]11/10/2016
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`Journalism is a dangerous job for Palestinians`Sheren Khalel - AlJazeera - Israel is currently imprisoning more than two dozen Palestinian journalists, most without charges or trial [ry] 10/10/2016
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September 2016 report: 436 Palestinians arrested, nearly 8000 since October 2015 IMEMC - "Israeli occupation forces arrested 436 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza in September 2016, including 73 children and 11 women (including 3 minor girls.) There are approximately 7,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including 59 women, 12 of them minor girls." - id 5/10/2016
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Israeli forces arrest 13-year-old Palestinian weeks after shooting him in both legsSheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - In March, 12-year-old Ramzi Abu Ajamia got word that Israeli forces were looking for him. Terrified of getting arrested, Ramzi stopped sleeping at home and going to school. He succeeded in dodging Israeli forces for five months before he was spotted at clashes during an Israeli night raid on Dheisha refugee camp, where the now 13-year-old was born and raised.-rh 12/10/2016
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Israel`s surefire way of keeping its citizens in the darkShuki Tausig - +972 - Once upon a time we used to have the IDF Censor. Well, we still do, but they no longer act like tyrants. The court system — the same one that rushes to issue scandalous gag orders — has restrained the court system and forced it into leniency. If in the past the censor could redact to its heart’s content, the high-profile case Schnitzer v. Chief Military Censor, which reached the High Court in 1989, compelled the military to explicitly state that there is a “near certainty that the publication will cause substantial and grave harm to security.”-rh12/10/2016
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Israel demolishes homes, water pipes, and agricultural structures in Jordan ValleyMa`an News Agency - Israeli forces destroyed residences, agricultural structures, solar panels, and water pipes in the occupied West Bank district of Tubas, in the Jordan Valley, on Sunday morning. Bashar Bani Odeh, the head of Khirbet Atuf village council, told Ma`an that four Israeli bulldozers accompanied by 12 Israeli military jeeps raided the area of al-Ras al-Ahmar and destroyed nine structures, including structures used to care for cattle.-rh12/10/2016
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The slow creep of ethnic cleansing – extended closed military zone in HebronInternational Solidarity Movement - The closed military zone (CMZ) has been extended, now covering the whole Tel Rumeida neighborhood. At the newly staffed checkpoints, Palestinian residents are often kept waiting by Israeli forces for hours. In one recent case, Israeli forces forced a whole group of Palestinians, including small children to wait for over two hours before they could reach their homes – whereupon the soldiers suddenly just walked away from the checkpoint, allowing for Palestinians to pass. The only plausible reason for such arbitrary behavior is to make the Palestinians go away, leaving Tel Rumeida in sole possession of a particularly fanatic group of settlers. [ak] 4/10/2016
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Continuing crisis over Palestinian local elections Ma`an - First, the Palestinian Supreme Court in Ramallah called off the Palestinian local elections. Then it decided to hold them on the West Bank, but not in the Gaza Strip. After this aroused great protests, the current decision is to put off the elections for half a year and then hold them in both West Bank and Gaza. The underlying issue, of course, is the ongoing division between Fatah and Hamas, which Palestinians seem unable to overcome. [ak]4/10/2016
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Palestinian suffers severe skull injuries after being hit by Israeli sound bombMa`an - A doctor at the al-Makassed hospital told Ma’an that 20-year old Muhammad Hussein Khweis was being treated in the intensive care unit after a sound bomb fired by Israeli forces in his direction hit him in the back of the head, causing him to fall to the ground and faint. [bz]1/10/2016
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