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Israeli forces detain 23 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raidsMa`an - Israeli forces detained at least 23 Palestinians, including former prisoners, during overnight and predawn raids Monday across the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources. Israeli forces carry out detention raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-nightly basis. Also two print shops in central Ramallah city were closed and their equipments and computers seized as "part of a campaign against “incitement.” [bz] 31/1/2017
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Funeral held for 19-year-old Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in Jenin hours earlierMa’an News Agency - “After undercover Israeli forces in a civilian vehicle infiltrated the camp, dozens of military vehicles stormed the area, sparking violent clashes that continued for several hours, with Israeli forces heavily firing live ammunition, stun grenades, and tear gas into the camp, as youth threw stones and Molotov cocktails. […] The purpose behind the hours-long raid remained unclear, as the Israeli army spokesperson said that no detentions were made in the camp” [ry]30/1/2017
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Trump administration to reconsider releasing $221 million to PAMa`an News Agency - "According to Israeli daily Haaretz, the money originated from the US Agency for International Development and was meant to be spent on humanitarian aid in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip and to support the development of good governance strategies in preparation for an independent Palestinian state." ca27/1/2017
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In Umm al-Hiran, it is `a continuing Nakba` : Israel has advanced plans to raze the village of 150 homes and replace it with a town for Israeli Jews.Jonathan Cook - Aljazeera - Witnesses, including Israeli Jewish activists who were in the village to protest the demolitions, say Abu al-Qiyan lost control of his car on the dusty hillside below his home after Israeli police shot at him in the early morning darkness. An aerial video taken by police appears to confirm the witnesses` accounts, showing Abu al-Qiyan driving slowly and cautiously until there were bursts of gunfire from the police. The car can then be seen accelerating and veering wildly down the steep slope.-rh 25/1/2017
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Video: Soldiers shot and killed teen as he ran awayMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - Rights and Accountability - "In only a handful of cases have Israeli soldiers been prosecuted for manslaughter since the year 2000. Only two soldiers have been convicted – one for the killing of Tom Hurndall, a British solidarity activist, and the other for the videotaped execution of Abd al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif last year." - id 25/1/2017
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Violent raid on family home – Israeli forces keep family locked upFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "A group of approximately 50 heavily-armed Israeli forces, accompanied by a dog, surrounded the house at 1am and woke up the family for a house-raid. The soldiers prevented all the family members from filming by confiscating their cameras and mobile phones and forcing everyone in a single room. The Israeli forces then proceeded to take out each person, from the 6-month old baby to the grandfather...for a body-search." - id25/1/2017
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Stone thrower gets harshest ever sentence in Israel`s historyLiran Levi - Y-net - Abed Rabbo Dawiya, a Palestinian from East Jerusalem, was convicted of manslaughter - since a stone he had thrown at an Israeli car in late 2015 caused the death of the driver, Alexander Levlovich. He was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment, the harshest sentence ever imposed on a Palestinian stone thrower. [Coincidentally, this is also the day when prosecution and defense present their arguments in the case of soldier Elior Azaria, also convicted of manslaughter for having deliberately shot a wounded Palestinian at point blank range. In that case, the prosecution is demanding a "three to five years" term - which Azaria`s adherents call "harsh and inhuman"-ak]24/1/2017
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Gaza Fisherman Condition Critical Following Israeli Naval AttackIMEMC - Oranes Sherif al-Sultan was shot and injured with a rubber bullet, in the head, close to his eyes. Last week, al-Sultan was detained by the occupation forces, at sea, and released following long hours of intensive questioning. [bz] 24/1/2017
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Gaza reels from electricity crisisIsra Saleh el-Namey - EI "A shortage of electricity is a chronic problem in the Gaza Strip. Electricity infrastructure was targeted and destroyed during multiple Israeli military offensives over the past 10 years and cannot be repaired due to Israeli restrictions on the import of materials and spare parts to Gaza. Further restrictions on the import of fuel combined with a lack of funds have conspired over several years to create an acute crisis...But while Qatari aid will mitigate the situation in the short term, a permanent solution seems a long way off.The Gaza Strip has been suffering severe electricity shortages since the Israeli blockade of Gaza started 10 years ago." ca 20/1/2017
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Searching for the man in the rubble: the shocking photograph that led me to the West Bank Kate Adams - The Guardian "A shot of a Palestinian man standing in the ruins of his home affected a London GP so much that she went to the Jenin refugee camp to find him." ca20/1/2017
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Palestinian local elections on front burner : It looks like the Palestinian municipal elections that were postponed in September might take place in 2017Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Local Palestinian councils have already passed their regular four-year terms. Municipal elections last took place in the West Bank in 2012 and in Gaza in 2005. While it is best to hold local elections in an atmosphere of national unity, it is unfair to the people of Gaza and the West Bank to continue denying them the right to choose their local governments. Internal bickering and disagreements between Hamas and the PLO might continue for years, judging by the rhetoric coming from their respective media outlets and their public pronouncements. The sooner that the local population has a chance to express themselves in the ballot box rather than in any other format, the sooner that unresolved local problems can be addressed by local leaders with a mandate from their constituencies.-rh 26/1/2017
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Israeli security forces shot and killed youth aged 17 while he was fleeing from the sceneB`tselem - On 18 Dec. 2016, at about 12:30 A.M., security forces shot and killed Ahmad Hazem ‘Ata Zidani (a-Rimawi), 17, and injured N.R., 25, during a raid in the village of Beit Rima, northwest of Ramallah. CCTV footage and B`Tselem’s investigation clearly show that they were not endangering the forces when they were shot. Israeli forces are currently entering the village once or twice a week. Such raids are commonplace in the West Bank, leading to frequent clashes and in some cases to the unjustified loss of Palestinian life.-rh26/1/2017
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Palestinians, it`s time to take our fight into the global arena: The non-stop incitement against Palestinian citizens of Israel from both the government and media prove the need for a new kind of resistance.Rami Younis - +972 - The goal of Palestinian citizens is not to be law-abiding Israelis. Their struggle is aimed at turning the country in which they live into a democratic state, and for all Palestinians to become free people with equal rights. Israel’s racist laws, designed to maintain Jewish supremacy, are presented to the world under the nonsense banner of “Jewish and democratic” in order to give a more progressive feel to the ethnic cleansing that has been going on from 1948 until today. Working within that system is not the right way, and we’ve had enough opportunities since 1948 to learn as much.-rh 26/1/2017
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Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian teen during clashes in TuquMa`an - Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager during clashes in the Bethlehem-area village of Tuqu in the southern occupied West Bank on Monday afternoon, the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) ambulance service said. A PRC spokesperson told Ma`an that 17-year-old Qusay Hassan al-Umour was shot with live ammunition in the chest at least three times, and that Israeli forces had detained him for an unspecified period of time before handing over his body to the health organization.-rh 19/1/2017
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Israeli Forces Seize Agricultural Tractors in Jordan ValleyIMEMC News - More than two dozens of tractors were confiscated in different areas of the Jordan Valley, over recent months.It is noteworthy that dozens of citizens living in Khirbet Abziq, mostly refugees from the pre-1948 occupied territories, are being deprived of many basic essential services under Israeli policies. The tractors are used for agriculture and water transference.-rh 19/1/2017
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Video: Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian at checkpointMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - Rights and Accountability - "The footage shows a man standing next to a concrete barrier, several feet away from any Israeli soldiers. The man stands in place for several seconds, and remains standing as a group of soldiers shout at him to stop and sit on the ground and a first shot is fired. He then walks towards the soldiers who are firing near his feet before he eventually collapses, apparently shot in the upper body, as he comes closer to the soldiers at a faster pace." - id 18/1/2017
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Letter from Palestinian father seeking justice for slain sonSiam Nuwara - PNN - "Nadeem’s shooting was filmed on CCTV and international news outlets covering the clashes. The footage shows the face of the soldier who shot him, and other soldiers making fun of it....Nadeem’s father says he was pressured to sign a deal that would give the soldier 3 years instead of the true punishment of his crime." - id 18/1/2017
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PCHR: Israeli Naval Forces continue to chase Palestinian fishermen in Gaza seaPNN - Palestine News Network - "On Monday morning, 16 January 2017, Israeli gunboats chased and opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats.  They then arrested 5 fishermen and confiscated two fishing boats in two separate incidents." - id 18/1/2017
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Broken homesAl Jazeera--A record year of home demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem For decades, Israel has been accused of using home demolitions as a tool to control the Palestinian population in the occupied territories. Israel approves less than two percent of all requests for building permits submitted by Palestinians, and then razes the homes and shops that lack one. In recent months, Israel has also ramped up its policy of punitive demolitions - destroying the family homes of suspected Palestinian attackers - despite the practice being labelled a war crime.dn15/1/2017
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B`Tselem-produced Documentary to premiere at the Berlin International Film FestivalB`Tselem - Press conference "The documentary follows 12-year-old Muhammad Burqan, who lives in Area H2 of Hebron, a section of the city under full Israeli control. Citing the security of some 800 settlers living in H2, Israel imposes severe restrictions on the movement – by pedestrians and by car – of some 43,000 Palestinians living there. Palestinian residents are also subjected to routine violence by Israeli security personnel and settlers, for which no one is held accountable. This state of affairs has led many of the area’s original residents to relocate, leaving behind mostly underprivileged families." ca13/1/2017
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PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct 33 Palestinians In The West Bank”IMEMC News - "The Palestinian Prisoners society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight, at least thirty-three Palestinians, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, during massive invasions and violent searches of homes.The Bethlehem office of the PPS said the soldiers have abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Mohammad Hasan Rabay’a, 34, adding that the Palestinian was previously held by Israel for twelve consecutive years." ca 13/1/2017
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Israeli settlers attack Palestinian videographer of Hebron shooting in attempt to ‘silence documentation and resistance’ Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - Emad Abu Shamsiyah first started receiving death threats in March, after a video he filmed for Israeli rights group B’Tselem, which captured Israeli soldier Elor Azaria shooting dead Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif, 21, was released to the public. The video sparked a media frenzy surrounding the incident, and directly led to the initial indictment of Azaria. Shamsiyah has not had a good night’s rest since.-rh 12/1/2017
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warns Donald Trump not to move US Israel embassy to JerusalemBethan McKernan - Independent - Several senior Palestinian officials have said moving the embassy would hinder moves towards a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One influential imam said it was as good as “a declaration of war.” On Tuesday, the long-serving PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, added his voice to the concerns in an official letter which aimed to dissaude Mr Trump from the idea, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.-rh 12/1/2017
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January 7, 2017 Asael, Susya, Twaneh, Umm al-KhairDavid Shulman, Margaret Olin - Touching Photographs - Asael, possibly the ugliest of all the illegal outposts in the southern West Bank—and the competition is fierce—is rapidly expanding. Yellow bulldozers, parked at the perimeter fence of the settlement, have carved out a huge swathe of intermeshed, criss-crossing gashes in the hill and valley just below. This wide, deep wound in the soil has been sliced, needless to say, through privately owned Palestinian land. We know the families. We’ve plowed here, on the edge of the outpost. There have been many bad moments with the Asael settlers, the ones we can see this Shabbat morning walking their dogs over the hill or praying to their rapacious god or swinging their children on the swings in the painted park just under their pre-fab caravans.-rh11/1/2017
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Report: 7,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jailsYael Marom - +972 - Since the occupation began in 1967, Israel’s military legal system has jailed anywhere between half a million and 800,000 Palestinians, according to estimates. This is an almost inconceivable number. The saying goes that there are practically no Palestinian homes without someone in jail. The conviction rate of Palestinians who have been arrested and tried in this system stands at around 99 percent. This means that if you are a Palestinian who has been arrested, it is worthwhile agreeing to a plea bargain, because you have almost no chance of being found innocent.-rh11/1/2017
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Army Abducts Father of Palestinian Killed In October 2015IMEMC - "The Israeli authorities kept his remains in a morgue for ten months, and only allowed a few members of his family to bury him on Tuesday at dawn, August 30, 2016." - id 11/1/2017
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Israeli forces kill Palestinian man during predawn raid in al-FaraaMa`an - A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces during an overnight raid in the al-Faraa refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tubas on Tuesday, Israeli and Palestinian sources reported, although they widely diverged over the circumstances of the man’s death. ***See: http://imemc.org/article/israeli-forces-execute-palestinian-civilian-at-point-blank-range-in-al-farah-refugee-camp/ and: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4905365,00.html [bz]10/1/2017
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Gaza residents face a cold winter with more than 12 hours of power cuts per dayMa`an - According to a statement released Saturday by Gaza’s electricity company, most districts of the small Palestinian territory will only receive power for three-hour intervals in between 12-hour power cuts, as one of the two generators of Gaza’s sole power plant stopped operating on Friday due to severe fuel shortages. [bz]10/1/2017
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IOF demolish 10 water wells near BethlehemPNN/Bethlehem - "Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) on Wednesday morning knocked down water wells in Teqou’ village east of Bethlehem.Mayor of the town, Tayseer Abu Mufreh, said Israeli occupation vehicles demolished ten water walls used by Palestinian farmers under the pretext of unlicensed construction." ca 6/1/2017
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Activist who filmed Hebron shooting `fears for his life` after Israeli soldier convictedMa`an - Just one day after the killing and release of the video back in March, Israeli settlers gathered outside the home of Abu Shamsiyya to throw rocks and make death threats, and he has received countless hateful messages on Facebook since. The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner last month condemned the “daily violations” of human rights and international law faced by activists and human rights defenders in the occupied Palestinian territory.-rh4/1/2017
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Inexhaustible Memories of Palestine Barbara Nimri Aziz - Counterpunch - I myself had witnessed the gradual transformation of returned Palestinian leaders into a corrupt and impotent club of (mainly) men hanging out in Ramallah pretending to lead, but actually serving as front for independence, their putative authority extending no further than the boundary of this city of NGOs, foreign schools and upscale restaurants. I also witnessed diaspora Palestinians returning to Gaza City after 1993, investing in their forthcoming state, “a Mediterranean Hong Kong”, only to depart within a decade, embittered and often more deeply religious, returning to homes in Austin, Texas and Brooklyn, New York.-rh4/1/2017
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Babies die as Israel blocks ambulances in HebronCharlotte Silver - EI - Rights and Accountability - "Twenty-two Palestinians were killed by the Israeli forces in the Old City or near the surrounding Israeli settlements between October 2015 and March 2016." - id Between November 2015 and May 2016, Israel closed off the Tel Rumeida area of Hebron and forced its residents to register with the army. Access was controlled by a military checkpoint and restricted to residents. 4/1/2017
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2016 `deadliest year` for West Bank children in decadeZena Tahhan - Aljazeera - "Israeli forces killed 32 Palestinian children in West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2016, the highest number in 10 years." - id 4/1/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Children Near Qalqilia IMEMC - "The soldiers abducted two children, identified as Ahmad Sa’id Salama, 13, and Samer Sa’id Radwan, 15, and took them to an unknown destination." - id 4/1/2017
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The Inexhaustible Memories of PalestineBarbara Nimri Aziz - The Arab Daily News - "I had stood speechless at the misnomered separation wall, essentially a cement corral and a menacing blight on the landscape of the Holy Land. I had seen the oasis of Jericho become barely more than an imposing hotel where peace conferees and aid agents hide in style from the peace they are unarguably not advancing." - id  4/1/2017
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End medical apartheid: Israel kills patient Abd al-Kareem after banning him to enter Erez for treatmentPress Releases - International Solidarity Movement - "It’s worth mentioning that the Israeli seige of the Gaza Strip that began in mid 2007 has serious repercussion on the Palestinian health sector, resulting in an aggravation of the humanitarian situation facing Gaza’s 2 million people." - id 4/1/2017
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Girl indicted for attempting to stab an Israeli IDF soldierOmri Efraim - Y-net - The military authorities submitted an indictment against a 17-year-old Palestinian girl for attempting to stab an IDF soldier. The attempted attack took place took place two weeks ago near the Israel Border Police base in Qalqilya. The girl, whose name was not published, told interrogators that the only thing she regretted was that she did not succeed to kill the soldier. At her own initiative she provided the military prosecution with drawings she had made before the act, depicting young Palestinians stabbing Israeli soldiers - though knowing that the drawings might be used as additional evidence in her military trial. [ak] 3/1/2017
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Demolitions (1) : Israeli soldiers destroy 11 homes at Khan al-Ahmar, 87 left homelessIMEMC - Adal Jahaleen, one of the Khan al-Ahmar, told the that the Israeli military arrived with several Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozers in the morning. They forced his family and others out of their homes and proceeded with the destruction of eleven dwellings, home to 87 people.[ak]3/1/2017
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Demolitions (2) : Israeli soldiers destroy 15 homes and a school at Khirbet Tana Ma`an - Israeli military vehicles stormed Khirbet Tana and declared the area a closed military zone. Bulldozers then demolished 15 structures, including residences, barns, and the sole school of the village, which also serves other nearby communities. [ak]3/1/2017
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Israeli Minister’s Plan to Annex West Bank’s Settlements Palestine Chronicle--Bennett noted during an interview with the Israeli Hebrew Radio that he supports granting Palestinians in the West Bank “self- governance, and the Gaza Strip will serve as the future Palestinian state,” noting that he supports holding a referendum to decide on annexing Israeli settlements in the West Bank to Israel. dn1/1/2017
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