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Life under occupation

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Hebron municipality calls on Israel to remove settler structures in schoolyardMa`an - Under the protection of Israeli military forces, Israeli settlers have recently set up tents and steel structures on the land used as a Palestinian schoolyard in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron. [bz]29/11/2016
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Israeli leader calls for demolition of homes belonging to Palestinian `arsonists`Ma’an News Agency - “Meanwhile, other critics have claimed that Israeli politicians were quick to blame Palestinians for the fires as a political maneuver to further convince the international community of Palestinian hostility toward the Israeli state. One Israeli journalist, Meron Rapoport, wrote for Middle East Eye that ‘the wave of fires has certainly shown how ready the Israeli leadership is to use any opportunity to portray the Palestinian minority as the enemy within, without waiting for evidence or even trying to pretend that it seeks cooperation with its 1.5 million Arab citizens’” [ry] 28/11/2016
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Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians over suspicions of starting fires in Israel, West BankMa`an - Israeli media also reported a detention of a 24-year-old Palestinian from Rahat city in the Negev of southern Israel for alleged “incitement” over a Facebook post reportedly encouraging others to start fires. However, Israeli media later reported that his detention came after Israeli authorities mistranslated his post... [bz]26/11/2016
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Why an Israeli general is Facebook chatting with Palestinians Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor "Shalom, ladies and gentlemen. We’ve decided that we can dialogue directly, and I’m glad I was given an opportunity to address you personally.” This was the opening line of Maj. Gen. Yoav (Poli) Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), in his first live video chat with Palestinians on the Facebook page Al-Monsiq (Arabic for “The Coordinator”). The Facebook page was set up in March 2015 to improve communications between residents of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank on issues under COGAT’s purview, both relating to individual matters and to those of the Palestinian public in general. Mordechai is involved with the daily routine of more than 2.5 million Palestinians in the [Hamas-controlled] Gaza Strip and West Bank." ca 25/11/2016
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Israel releases body of slain Palestinian for burial after withholding it 54 daysMa`an News Agency - " Israeli authorities returned the body of a slain Palestinian on Wednesday night, allowing his family to bury 28-year-old Nasim Omran Abu Meizar in occupied East Jerusalem almost two months after he was killed by Israeli forces.Abu Meizar was shot dead at the Qalandiya checkpoint between the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Sept. 30 after stabbing and wounding an Israeli soldier." ca25/11/2016
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The different ways Israel treats Jewish, Palestinian outposts in the West BankHaggai Matar - +972 - Dozens of Palestinian activists erected an “outpost” in the Jordan Valley Thursday, in protest of recent Israeli army demolitions of Palestinian homes in the area, a marked contrast to a de facto military decision to allow the establishment of two new Jewish settlement outposts nearby. The Israeli army has not demolished either of the two Jewish outposts despite the fact that itself says they were illegally built. It only took a few hours before significant numbers of Israeli troops arrived at the new Palestinian outpost on Thursday, forcefully removing the protesters.-rh 24/11/2016
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Global outcry appears to stop Israeli demolition of Palestinian village to make way for Jewish settlers Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - The large presence of journalists, Arab parliamentarians, and community leaders and activists that gathered in Atir-Umm al-Hiran, as well as the vigilance of supporters and allies around the world, appears to have deterred the Israeli authorities from carrying out their plans this morning to demolish several homes in the village. The demolition remains imminent, however. According to the court order, the state has until November 30 to carry out the demolition.-rh24/11/2016
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Hell on Earth: Being a Cancer Patient in Palestine Tamar Fleishman - Palestine Chronicle - Being a cancer patient in Israel is no child’s play, and in the West Bank it is that much worse. But being a cancer patient in the Gaza Strip is hell on earth. For aside from the physical and mental torment of the illness itself, the Gazan patient and his/her family members are doomed to struggle against the bureaucratic barriers imposed by the Israeli authorities who practically incarcerate all humans inside the Gaza Strip, and in order to exit for treatment the patient – as well as his/her accompanier – need the sovereign’s permission.-rh24/11/2016
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Tortured youths of Aida refugee campal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "The interrogation for 13-year-old Dawud Sharaa began at 2 am in the morning on the eve of his arrest. The four hours previous he spent in the cold, blindfolded, handcuffed, threatened and beaten, told to wet himself if the urge to go to the toilet became too great." - id23/11/2016
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Committee: 8 Palestinian children under 14 currently held by Israel in juvenile centersMa`an - Under Israeli law, Palestinian children can be handed down prison sentences upon turning 14, leading many to claim that some trials of minors were deliberately postponed to allow for such sentencing. [bz]22/11/2016
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Extreme settler violence at Huwarra Checkpoint while soldiers stood byAtt. Eitay Mack - Don`t Say We Didn`t Know - By some mysterious wonder the checkpoint security camera`s tapes were erased two weeks after the event, and the State of Israel accuses Ayed of responsibility for the damage: He forgot to remove the key when fleeing his car, while the settlers were trying to have him burnt alive inside, and so they could move the car to the side of the checkpoint and burn it. [bz]22/11/2016
Israeli minister blocks proposal to `supply Palestinians with less water than settlers`Charlotte England - Independent - Water Authority argued Palestinians do not use as much water, but ministers pointed out this is not a choice, it is because their water supply is limited [ry] 21/11/2016
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Al-Quds University Campus Sabotaged by Israeli ForcesIMEMC News & Agencies - "The raid comes just two days after troops infiltrated the Palestine Technical University (Kadoori) campus, in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, seizing electronic materials and recordings of surveillance cameras" [ry] 21/11/2016
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Gaza fishermen not permitted beyond 6-mile zone any time soonMohammed Othman - Al-Monitor, Palestine Pulse - “I have an average-size fishing boat and three workers. I go fishing twice a day, from 4 p.m. until the early morning hours and from 7 a.m. until noon. I make between 200 shekels [$52] and 300 shekels [$77] on a daily basis by selling the fish, and this amount covers the workers’ wages and the boat’s operational expenses such as fuel. So my daily profit ranges between 40 shekels [$10] to 50 shekels [$13].” [bz]19/11/2016
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Nothing is Simple in PalestineISM - IMEMC "Part of our team was invited by an “inspector” from the United Nations office based here, in Al Khalil (Hebron), to go to a Bedouin village in the South Hebron Hills, where a demolition took place, yesterday.The village of Umm Al Khair was established in 1952, on land the villagers purchased. They have the deed to prove ownership. The village is currently made up of approximately 140 (registered) Bedouin refugees (approximately 28 families) who are mostly goat herders and farmers...In 1982, the illegal colonial Zionist settlement of Carmel was established right next to them (less than 50 yards away), on land they stole from the village...There have been 5 demolitions in the past year: October 27, 2015; 1 in April 2016; 2 this past August; and the most recent one yesterday where two structures were demolished. Their community center, which housed the kindergarten, a computer center, an after school program to help kids with homework, and a library has been demolished several times." ca18/11/2016
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PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct Nine Palestinians In The West Bank”IMEMC - "Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight until early morning hours Wednesday, nine Palestinians, including a twelve-year-old child, in different parts of the occupied West Bank." - id 16/11/2016
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Gaza music school survives despite Israeli assault Mohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "Israeli officials prevent students from participating in music festivals at the level of Palestine, or to meet with their colleagues in the West Bank, Jerusalem, for two consecutive years for the mutual benefit of playing and experience in music festivals." - id 16/11/2016
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Olive harvest and Colonialism in expansion in Kafr ad DikHuwwara team - International Solidarity Movement - "“They stole all my neighbors lands from the north and the east. In the future maybe in the south, maybe me.”" - id 16/11/2016
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9 Palestinian households lose source of income as owners forced to demolish shopsMa`an - Monday’s demolitions came a day after 12 Palestinians were left homeless when they were forced to demolish their apartments in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir, also in accordance with a demolition order that claimed the apartments lacked proper permits. Demolitions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem have seen an unprecedented surge this year, with the number of structures demolished in the first half of 2016 already well exceeding the total number of demolitions carried out in all of 2015. [bz]15/11/2016
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Military Resumes Maneuvers in Residential Areas and Grazing Land of Palestinian Communities: Two Communities Displaced and Another RavagedB’Tselem - "Over recent weeks, the military has held several maneuvers in residential areas or grazing land belonging to Palestinian communities. Israel claims that the areas are “firing zones,” despite the fact that these communities have lived and worked on the land for many years" [ry] 14/11/2016
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Israeli forces injure 4, detain 2 Palestinians after student march erupts into clashes in RamallahMa`an News Agency - "A student march commemorating the 12th anniversary of the death of late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat erupted into clashes with Israeli forces as the march headed to the Ofer detention center to support child prisoners held in Israeli detention centers." ca11/11/2016
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Soldiers Attack Olive Harvesters near QalqiliaIMEMC News & Agencie - Israeli soldiers, on Sunday, attacked and wounded two Palestinians who were picking olives in the village of Kafr Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, according to local WAFA sources. Witnesses said that the soldiers attacked two farmers, identified as Abdul-Mahdi Hekmat, 16, and Qusai Aqel, 20, and also verbally assaulted them while they were tending their olive trees.-rh 10/11/2016
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What does Trump`s victory mean for the Middle East?Gilbert Achcar - Aljazeera - another regional "strong man" whose relations with Washington will greatly improve under Trump is Benjamin Netanyahu. Thus, another direct victim of Trump`s election will be the Palestinian people as Netanyahu will be given more of a free hand in dealing with them than any Israeli prime minister has had since Ariel Sharon in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.-rh 9/11/2016
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Gaza’s missing haunt those left behindHamza Abu Eltarabesh - The Electronic Intifada - "Every day after dawn prayers, Hussein al-Hams, 66, goes in search of his son Juma in the rubble of a building east of Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost city. Juma went missing on 1 August 2014 when he was 22." - id The day became known as Black Friday. 9/11/2016
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The Fraud That is Israeli Justice: Palestinian Minor Sentenced to 12 Years for Knife AttackRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The sentence is a blatant fraud in multiple ways.  At the time of the attack, Israeli law did not permit giving minors sentences as adults." - id9/11/2016
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Israeli court sentences 14 year-old Palestinian to 12 years in prison for attempted murderMa`an - In addition, the court imposed a fine on his family of 180,000 shekels ($47,187). [bz]8/11/2016
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Israeli forces detain 20 Palestinians in night 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 169 detention raids in the last two weeks of October alone. According to prisoners rights group Addameer 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives. [bz]8/11/2016
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Palestinians Harvesting Olives Reportedly Attacked by Settlers Near Ramallah Jack Khoury and Yotam Berger - Haaretz - A relative of one of the victims told Haaretz that some 20 settlers were involved in the attack. "We didn`t see their faces," he said. "I was in the village when we heard screaming. We went down there and saw our people, one of whom was bleeding from the head. I called for help and the settlers fled." The Israel Police and the Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territories said that an investigation has been launched in the incident. [bz]6/11/2016
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Female engineers hope to rebuild Gaza with "green cake"Albawaba - The environmentally-friendly material, which took more than a year to develop, is made of ash and cement and isolates sound, extreme temperatures and fire. It’s named because it’s literally and figuratively green and has a spongy texture, just like a cake. It is lightweight, of lower cost than traditional blocks, thus contributing to the improvement of the buildings and residences in the Gaza Strip. [bz]5/11/2016
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Israelis charged with inciting terrorism for celebrating murder of Palestinian toddler in arson attack at weddingLizzie Dearden - Independent - An Israeli groom and 12 of his wedding guests have been charged with inciting violence and terrorism by celebrating the murder of a Palestinian toddler who was burned to death in an arson attack. Ali Dawabsheh died alongside his parents after their home in the West Bank village of Duma was firebombed by settlers in July last year. Only Ahmed, Ali’s four-year-old brother, survived with serious burns.-rh 3/11/2016
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Israel`s defense minister offers Palestinians big stick, tiny carrotsAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - "Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman`s "carrot-and-stick" plan promises Palestinians big punishments alongside negligible benefits, very much like the policies of the European colonial powers in Africa." - id 2/11/2016
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Imprisoned life: the feeling of a ‘closed military zone’al-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "‘Closed military zone’ means ethnic cleansing of humans not spoken against, dehumanization not spoken against, the forcible transfer of humans not spoken against; even the idea of a human being behind the term of ‘Palestinian’ being denied, the existence of Palestinian human beings denied, their existence destroyed." - id 2/11/2016
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Dahlan: "I am no candidate - will support support Barghouti to replace Abbas" Ma`an - The exiled former Fatah leader Muhammad Dahlan ruled out the possibility of his seeking the Palestinian Authority Presidency following an eventual retirement of Presdient Mahmud Abbas - a possibility discussed in both the Israeli media and that of the Arab World. After sharply denouncing Abbas` administration and ruling out the possibility of a reconciliation with him, Dahlan stated: "I am not a candidate for the presidency. I would support the candidacy of [imprisoned Fatah leader]. This is my personal preference and it also reflects the Palestinian public`s attitude". A poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found 64 percent of the Palestinian public are in favor of the resignation of Abbas, and 33 percent support Barghouti to replace him, while only 4 percent want Dahlan. [ak]1/11/2016
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Israeli forces detain younger brother of slain Palestinian policemanMa`an - Israeli forces raided the Jenin-area town of Qabatiya in the northern occupied West Bank before dawn on Tuesday, where they detained the brother of the slain Palestinian police officer who committed the shooting attack on Monday. Dozens of young Palestinian men clashed with Israeli forces during the raid.[bz]1/11/2016
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Palestinian policeman killed after shooting and injuring 3 Israeli soldiers near RamallahIMEMC - Muhammad Turkman, a 25-year-old Palestinian police officer, opened fire at Israeli forces at the Beit El checkpoint near the entrance of Ramallah, injuring three soldiers. The army said that Israeli soldiers responded by shooting and killing him. Palestinian eye-witnesses claimed that Israeli medical teams, helping the wounded soldiers, let Turkman bleed to death. [ak]1/11/2016
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Why 30 Palestinians celebrated Jewish holiday with settlersDaoud Kuttab - AlMonitor - The public visit of Palestinians to a nearby long-established settlement should not be a surprise to anyone; in fact, the real surprise is that these kinds of visits haven’t happened until now. The international community has not been able to do anything to reverse the nearly 50 years of occupation and the colonial settlement enterprise that has come with it. The Palestinian government, which is in control of small areas of the West Bank (Area A), is completely impotent when it comes to defending Palestinians in Israeli-controlled Area C, which covers 60% of the West Bank and where all settlements are located.-rh 3/11/2016
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Israeli Forces Attack East Jerusalem School in Search of “Stone-throwers”IMEMCnews - Israeli soldiers, on Monday morning, raided a Palestinian school in annexed East Jerusalem, looking for “stone-throwers”, and summoned its headmaster for police interrogation. According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan, soldiers broke into the school, located in Ras Al-Armud, looking for stone throwers, and then showered the school with random barrages of rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs.-rh 3/11/2016
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Forced to divorce by IsraelMaram Humaid - The Electronic Intifada - "“The decision to get a divorce was the hardest one I have ever made,” Samira said by telephone. “But I was forced to because of the severe deterioration of my health.”" - id 2/11/2016
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Israeli Naval Forces Continue to Chase Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza Sea; 6 Fishermen, including Child, Arrested and 2 Fishing Boats Confiscated IMEMC - "The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) noticed that Israeli forces have recently concentrated their attacks against fishermen in Gaza Sea, denying them access to their livelihood and free fishing in Gaza Sea." - id 2/11/2016
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