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Life under occupation

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Israeli forces open fire on fishermen, farmers, and level lands in GazaMa`an - The incident comes a day after it was announced that Israeli authorities decided to reduce the allowed fishing zone off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip only two months after they had extended it. [bz]31/5/2016
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No Israeli Resistance to Bilin Protests – First Time in 11 Years Palestine Chronicle--Bilin in the West Bank stages a weekly demonstration of resistance against Israeli occupation. For the first time in the 11-year history of this popular form of opposition, Israeli forces did not use tear gas and other crowd control weapons to disperse protesters, locals said. dn29/5/2016
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Israeli Arab Student Leader Describes `Humiliating` Strip Search at Prime Minister`s Office Yarden Skop--Diran Shalabneh, head of the National Union of Israeli Students’ department for the advancement of Arab students, was asked to stand behind a curtain and remove her bra for the special security check, before being asked to lower her pants. dn28/5/2016
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Palestine PMO: Israel’s destruction of Palestinian water infrastructure is atrociousPNN/Ramallah - "Today, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah issued a statement condemning Israel’s illegal practice of destroying Palestinian water infrastructure. “Israel uses every means possible to chase Palestinians away from their ancestral land,” Hamdallah said. “Water is life, and if you don’t have water you cannot exist. On Tuesday, Israel handed out demolition notices for four water wells and agricultural structures in the village of Qusra, south of Nablus. The water wells were built with Dutch financial support. Last week, Israel threatened to demolish four water tanks in the town of Beit Ummar, close to Hebron. Those tanks had been constructed as part of a UN-funded water development program.” ca27/5/2016
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Israeli Justice Minister: West Bank settlements will continuePNN/Jerusalem - "The Israeli Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked on Tuesday night promised that her government will continue settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.Shaked’s statement came during the opening of a new school in Itamar illegal settlement." ca 27/5/2016
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A Window Into the West Bank’s ‘Wildest, Most Violent’ AreasJAMES GLANZ - The New York Times - With shoulder-length hair tumbling from beneath his knit skullcap, Hanamel Dorfman, a radical young Israeli settler, explains matter-of-factly on camera how hilltop settlement outposts like his own will continue to proliferate across the West Bank. From there, he says bluntly, Israelis will cross the Jordan River and start building on the other side. Reminded that beyond the river there is another sovereign nation, Jordan, Mr. Dorfman says with an unwavering gaze, “Everything is temporary.”-rh 25/5/2016
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Israel is “infected by the seeds of fascism” and has been taken over by “extremists,” warn ex-prime minister and defense ministers Ben Norton - SALON - Ehud Barak, the former Israeli prime minister and defense minister, said in an interview on Israeli TV on Friday night that fascistic, extreme right-wing politics are on the rise in his country, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.-rh25/5/2016
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Report slams Israel`s military law enforcement systemMegan O`Toole - Aljazeera - "B`Tselem`s cooperation with the military investigation and enforcement system has not achieved justice, instead lending legitimacy to the occupation regime and aiding to whitewash it," the report noted.-rh25/5/2016
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Two Hunger Striking Detainees Face Complications After 51 Days of Strike IMEMC News - "...the Prison Authority was placing obstacles obstructing their lawyers from visiting with them. It demanded the International Red Cross to increase its visits to the detainees, who started their strike on April 3rd...that the two detainees suffered a dangerous weight loss, and have constant pain in various parts of their bodies, in addition to being unable to move." - id25/5/2016
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Why camels mean more than just money to Gaza`s Bedouin Rasha Abou Jalal - Al Monitor - "Bedouin families in Gaza complain about the lack of pastures and the continued urban sprawl, which are making it more difficult for them to feed their camels. This threatens the existence of an important part of Palestinian heritage and a source of livelihood for the Bedouin." - id 25/5/2016
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Refugee camp committees shut down Nablus-area UNRWA offices over aid changesMa`an - In April, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees decided to halt its food distribution program in the camps and replace it with a cash card system, causing concern among UNRWA’s Palestinian employees, who say the move would jeopardize the jobs of 300 to 400 people who work at the organization’s distribution centers. [bz]24/5/2016
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Israeli soldiers detain Palestinian lawmaker in overnight raidNoam Rotem - +972 "Soldiers detain Hamas-linked Abed al-Jaber Fuqaha in his Ramallah home. Fuqaha, who was released from administrative detention a year ago, has spent a total of seven years in prison. He is the seventh Palestinian lawmaker in Israeli custody." ca20/5/2016
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Palestine Today, May 17th, 2016 Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israeli soldiers demolished two Palestinian homes in Occupied East Jerusalem, rendering 23 Palestinians homeless. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the city council claimed the homes were built without permits, and that they are located on lands designated by the state as “National Gardens.”" - id 18/5/2016
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Resistance and hope Victoria Brittain - Open Democracy - The village of Nabi Saleh is a story of resistance in the face of theft and violence. Rawabi encapsulates the vision of a neo-liberal pacified Palestine. And then there is Gaza… [bz]14/5/2016
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Israeli court convicts Palestinian child who was nearly beaten to death by mob Celine Hagbard - IMEMC - "A Palestinian child, Ahmad Manasra, 14, was convicted Tuesday of two counts of attempted murder, despite a lack of evidence, a video showing him being severely beaten and insulted by a crowd shouting racial slurs, and video showing Israeli interrogators brutalizing and intimidating the crying child with no family member or lawyer present." - id for ca 12/5/2016
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Gaza: Blocked in or blowing up? Ahmed Al-Sayed - Al-Ahram - "Hamas and its military wing, the Qassam Brigades, have warned that their patience with the Israeli siege on Gaza, now in its tenth year, is wearing thin." - id for ca 12/5/2016
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How does harvesting wheat threaten Israel?Rami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - "“We didn’t imagine that the Israeli troops would fire at the farm,” said Fatima. “They know who we are. We are local villagers, who farm our land.”" - id 11/5/2016
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Israel puts `travel ban` on BDS campaigner Omar Barghouti Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "Officials have indicated for months they are considering bureaucratic measures to punish the BDS movement co-founder. The de facto travel ban is part of a possible revocation of his residency status; Barghouti has lived in Israel for 22 years." - id 11/5/2016
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Belgian official reviews Gaza humanitarian crisis Mohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "The Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders arrived Tuesday morning in Gaza Strip via the Israeli-controlled (Erez) Beit Hanoun crossing, only one day after Turkish and Swiss ambassadors’ visit to the Strip." - id 11/5/2016
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Israeli Shell Kills A Palestinian Woman In Khan YounisSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Palestinian resistance groups responded by firing several mortars into Israeli areas, close to the border with Gaza." - id 6/5/2016
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Keeping hope alive in the Gaza StripNancy Murray - Mondoweiss “Planting hope is our main duty.” So declared Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, the head of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program (GCMHP), during his April 19th keynote address to the 800 people who attended the organization’s 6th International ‘Mental Health and Human Rights’ Conference in Gaza City.This is a tall order in the Gaza Strip’s crushing conditions. But Dr. Abu Jamei – who lost 28 members of his extended family in a single missile strike during Israel’s 2014 military onslaught – is determined to build on the legacy of the late Dr. Eyad el Sarraj, who founded the GCMHP in 1990 to instill hope and heal the spirit of a people who were exposed to violence and the loss of freedom and human rights on a daily basis." ca4/5/2016
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West bank attack: three soldiers wounded, Palestinian driver killed Roi Yanovsky - Y-Net - Israeli soldiers of the Kfir Brigade were conducting unannounced checks at the entrance of Ein el-Arik, near the Israeli settlement of Dolev, when a Palestinian driver hit them with his van. Three soldiers were wounded, one of them seriously. The Palestinian, identified as 36-year-old Ahmed Shahada, was shot to death. ak3/5/2016
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No medical treatment for "security threat" Nariman TamimiBassem Tamimi - Facebook - My wife, Nariman Tamimi, was prevented by Israeli authorities from traveling to Jordan, where she was to get medical treatment. Soon after she arrived at the Allenby Bridge, she was detained and questioned about her political activity. Eventually, after being threatened with incarceration, she was declared "a security threat", and informed that she is prohibited from travelling abroad. ak3/5/2016
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Israeli police detain Palestinians suspected of Jerusalem stab attackMa’an - Israeli forces closed all entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem following a stabbing attack on al-Wad street in which a 60-year-old Israeli man sustained minor to moderate injuries. According to Israeli police, an 18-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank is held as a suspect in the stabbing; another, of the same age who is from the Old City itself, is held as an accomplice. The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found in a poll conducted last month that support for stabbing attacks had seen a decline - "due, it seems, to a rising perception in its inefficacy." ak3/5/2016
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Police Refuse to Release Video Footage of Thwarted Occupied West Bank “Stabbing Attack”CPI - MK Khenin called on the department in the Justice Ministry that investigates police misconduct to launch an investigation and “to release the videos and any other material that exists from the scene. We cannot accept that people are shot to death in broad daylight based only on a suspicion,” he said.[bz]3/5/2016
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Israeli Forces shoot at family harvesting crops on their landGaza team - International Solidarity Movement - "These families now have to choose between losing all the money invested as well as their main sustenance for the year, or continue trying to harvest the crops on their land – despite the risk of someone getting killed or disabled." - id5/5/2016
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In Hebron, the road to education is paved with fearBen Lynfield - The National - "I J, 14, stood up and recounted an incident two months ago when he was stopped at an Israeli army checkpoint near the school. ‘The soldiers claimed I had a knife. One was pointing his gun at me and the other was searching me. I told him, let me go to school. He hit me. They made me pull my shirt up. [...] One of the soldiers searched my bag but didn’t find anything. They lay me on the ground with an M-16 pointed in my back. They detained me for a half-hour and then let me go to school’" [ry] 2/5/2016
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