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Life under occupation

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Adalah: Israel Has No Legal Right To Offer Lands Tenders In The West BankAdalah - Palestine Chronicle - Adalah, the Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, sent a letter to senior Israeli officials on May 23, 2017 urging them to cancel open tenders offering Palestinian lands declared as state property in the West Bank because Israel has no legal authority in the 1967 occupied territories, the Palestinian Information Centre has reported. Lawyer Suhad Bishara, director of Adalah’s land and planning rights unit, wrote in the letter to Israel Land Authority (ILA) Director Shimron Adiel, Construction Minister Yoav Galant, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit that “the ILA does not have the legal authority to offer land tenders in the West Bank.”-rh31/5/2017
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Israel practices aggressive boycott, divestment and sanctions – against Gaza Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - Nearly seven years have passed since the ICRC noted that “The whole of Gaza’s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility”, that “the closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law”, and that “the dire situation in Gaza cannot be resolved by providing humanitarian aid”.-rh 31/5/2017
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UN denounces Israeli occupation`s impact on Palestinian humanitarian situationMa`an News Agency - In its 2016 annual report released on Wednesday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) denounced Israeli policies for remaining “the key driver of humanitarian need” in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT). OCHA estimated that some 4.8 million Palestinians were affected by the occupation, two million of whom were “in need of humanitarian assistance and protection” and exposed to conflict, violence, forced displacement, and restricted access to essential infrastructure and services.“The prolonged occupation, with no end in sight, cultivates a sense of hopelessness and frustration that drives continued conflict and impacts both Palestinians and Israelis,” the report deplored, days ahead of the 50-year anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.-rh31/5/2017
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Palestinian lawmaker Muhammad Abu Tair released from prisonMa`an - The 66-year-old Muhammad Abu Tair has spent at least 32 years in Israeli custody on and off since he was first detained in 1974. The latest, a 17-month term at the Ktziot prison in the Negev desert, ended this morning. Israeli government sources described Abu Tair as "a terrorist operative", but no acts were attributed to him other than being elected to the Palestinian Legislature on behalf of the Hamas-linked Change and Reform Bloc. Following Abu Tair’s release, 11 Palestinian legislators remain incarcerated by Israel. [ak]30/5/2017
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Two homes, a sheep pen, olive saplings and a dam. What more shall we demolish?Amos Gvirtz - Don`t say we did not know 553 - Gvirtz asks every week attention for the underreported details in which the devil resides. [bz]30/5/2017
Israel Jails Palestinians Who ‘Fit the Terrorist Profile’Jason Ditz - AntiWar - Many Held Without Charges on Secret Evidence [ry]29/5/2017
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How Israel has failed Palestinian victimsIbrahim Husseini - Al Jazeera - Plea deal in Ben Deri case highlights a broader policy of leniency for Israeli offenders, analysts say [ry]29/5/2017
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Muslim population begins month of RamadanHassan Shalan - Ynetnews "On the recommendation of the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkott, and as part of the policy to improve life for the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria and assist the residents of Gaza, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has approved a series of steps in preparation for the holiday period.Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria will be able to visit family in Israel between Sunday and Thursday and on Eid al-Fitr. Entry to Friday prayers and Laylat al-Qadr (a holy night also during Ramadan) will be permitted on the Temple Mount, with residents of Gaza also allowed to enter visit the Temple Mount over the holiday. Requests of Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria who wish to travel abroad via Ben-Gurion Airport will be coordinated, and hours of check point crossings for Palestinians will be expanded to accommodate Gazans." ca27/5/2017
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Ahead of Trump`s arrival, soldiers kill a 15-year old near BethlehemIMEMC - According to Israeli military sources, the boy had ran towards the soldiers while carrying a knife and after a short scuffle, the soldiers shot and killed him. There were no injuries among the soldiers. The dead boy was identified as Raed Ahmad Radayda, 15 years old. His parents said he had disappeared from his home and they started searching when getting word of his being killed. [The closely guarded convoy of US President Trump passed on the scene some 12 hours later, but evidently no one informed Trump of what happened on the spot. ak]23/5/2017
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The true price Israel pays for the occupationShlomo Swirski - +972 "Both the economic and political elite in Israel benefit from the occupation in different ways. The longer the occupation persists, the wider become the gaps between these two ‘1 percents’ and the rest of the country... the main losers of this reality are low- income Israelis, both Arab and Jewish." ca19/5/2017
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For Palestinians in East Jerusalem, Israeli Bureaucracy Goes From Bad to Intolerable Nir Hasson | 19/5/2017
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Israeli Settler Kills A Palestinian Near NablusIMEMC News - "The incident took place after Israeli soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians, marching in solidarity with the detainees, ongoing with the hunger strike they started on April 17th.The soldiers fired gas bombs, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, two of them, including a man, 49, were hospitalized." ca 19/5/2017
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Israeli forces fire rubber bullets at Palestinians marching on Nakba DayThe National - This year marked the 69th anniversary of the "nakba" or catastrophe, during which around 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their land, or fled out of fear. At a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ramallah, dozens of Palestinian youths hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with rubber bullets and the foul-smelling riot control spray known as skunk. A Palestinian emergency worker said 11 Palestinians were taken to hospital, most of them wounded by rubber bullets. The extent of their injuries was not known.-rh 17/5/2017
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Reviving the Palestinian cause Abdel-Moneim Said - Al-Ahram - But suddenly, the Palestinian cause has re-emerged. The beginning was last year when President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, in a speech in Assiut, brought up the Palestinian cause and urged that it not be forgotten. The general idea of his remarks was that as long as there was a search for a comprehensive settlement to the major problems and crises in the Middle East, then perhaps the Palestinian question could be resolved in this broader framework in order to realise stability in this region, which has been shaken and torn by a succession of military and political earthquakes during the past six years. Since then, talk of the Palestinian cause picked up again. The subject may not have elicited the same ardour and zeal as it did in the past, but nor was it greeted with the same coolness or indifference as had been the case since the beginning of this decade.-rh17/5/2017
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Gaza on brink of “systemic collapse,” ICRC warnsAli Abunimah - Rights and Accountability - "“ICRC doesn’t issue statements often,” Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine director for Human Rights Watch commented, “When they do, you listen.”" - id ICRC added that without immediate intervention, “a public health and environment crisis is looming.” 17/5/2017
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Photos of Gaza fisherman murdered by IsraelAhmad Hasaballah- The Arab Daily News - "Bakr was only 25 years old. Israeli officials asserted that his boat had crossed the water boundaries. International Human Rights Organizations denounced the killing saying that Israel could easily have warned the young boater to change directions." - id 17/5/2017
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Palestinians denied passage for Friday prayer in Deir IstiyaRamallah Team - International Solidarity Movement - "The construction of Highway 5066 has become a check-point for Deir Istiya inhabitants, forcing them to walk more than 2 km to access their lands without ensuring their own safety and preventing them to take their cattle, tractors or other machinery with them. Frequent attacks from settlers have also been reported, with no response." - id 17/5/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Attack Nonviolent Protest, Abduct Two, Near NablusIMEMC - According to participants, Israeli soldiers used excessive force when dispersing nonviolent Palestinian protesters. It was when a procession marching in solidarity with the hunger striking detainees was held on the main road between Nablus and Tulkarem. The procession was subjected to an extensive barrage of tear gas grenades, following which the soldiers came closer and made use of their batons.Two Palestinians were taken off to military detention - an organizer, Dr. Sami Daghlas, and a journalist, Ja’far Eshteyya. [ak]16/5/2017
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Could Hamas` pragmatic new leader finally reconcile with Fatah?Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Haniyeh’s election has injected great optimism into the Fatah movement. Fatah leaders are well acquainted with Haniyeh, as opposed to Meshaal. Meshaal has lived his entire life outside the Palestinian territories, so the vast majority of Fatah activists have never even met him. “Haniyeh is the ticket to reconciliation,” said a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council and former Gaza resident on condition of anonymity. He said that Haniyeh is very interested in reconciliation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and has in fact been operating behind the scenes toward this end. Haniyeh realizes that the only way to save Gaza and extricate it from its blockade is by resolving the long crisis between the two organizations. This Fatah higher-up argued that Meshaal did not succeed in this task because he is a foreigner in the West Bank and Gaza and never really understood the distress of the Palestinians. “He only knows how to inflame the masses, to talk about jihad. And that others should fight in his stead. By contrast, Haniyeh knows that only Palestinian unity will benefit the Gaza residents and the Hamas movement that he now heads,” he added.-rh 10/5/2017
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Somaia Shahin: Engraving Gaza’s seashellsGroup 194 - Somaia has chosen a new pattern of arts, engraving colorful drawings and phrases on stones and seashells, and decorating the hands of girls with henna. Somaia, a mother of five, is taking engraving as her career of profession, after graduating from the English language department and not practicing her teaching career.-rh 10/5/2017
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5,000 Gazans at risk of death due to power shortageMotasem A Dalloul - Middle East Monitor - Generators have become the only lifeline for Gaza’s hospitals and patients who are in need of urgent medical care. However, with limited amount of fuel entering the besieged Strip, even these are likely to cease work and stop providing electricity, risking the lives of more than 5,000 patients, medical staff told MEMO. According to the spokesperson of Al-Shifa Hospital, Dr Ayman Al-Sahabani, the number of patients who require dialysis has increased from 400 to 720 which has meant that machines are operating 24 hours a day.-rh 10/5/2017
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23 days of hunger strike: Israeli occupation continues to impose restrictions on attorney visits Adameer - Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons launched a mass hunger strike on 17 April 2017, on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. The call for hunger strike came as a result of Israel’s policies and practices towards Palestinian political prisoners, who continue to face punishments by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS). An estimated 1700 Palestinian prisoners announced the beginning of an open hunger strike. The hunger striking prisoners’ demands include: an end to the IPS’ abusive use of isolation for “security” reasons; an end to Israel’s practice of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial in administrative detention, under which 500 Palestinians are currently detained; ending denial of family visits and better conditions within Israeli prisons and detention centers.-rh10/5/2017
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Israel Must Meet Palestinian Hunger Strikers’ Demands B’Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, said in a press release that Israel must meet the demands of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, noting that even if conditions are improved – Israel will still be holding in custody thousands of Palestinians who have had no fair trial, or no trial at all. B’Tselem noted that the hunger strike “is a non-violent protest focusing on several valid, basic demands for improved prison conditions…Israel imposes severe restrictions on family visits, and many relatives are not permitted to visit at all.” B’Tselem noted that Israel Prison Service (IPS) enforces a complete ban on telephone communications for prisoners held on “security grounds”.rh 10/5/2017
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Fatima Hjeiji: Seventh child killed by Israel in 2017Nigel Wilson - Al-Jazeera - "A gifted mathematics student, Hjeij’s family do not believe the Israeli police`s version of what happened." - id 10/5/2017
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Why Abbas asked Israel to cut power to GazaAhmad Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - "The Palestinian Authority has asked Israel to stop providing funding for Gaza`s electricity as part of President Mahmoud Abbas’ efforts to pressure Hamas into ceding power." - id 10/5/2017
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Two days of clashes in al-Khalil in connection with prisoners’ hunger strikeFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "Before finally retreating from Bab al-Zawiya into H2, a group of soldiers detained a young Palestinian man before escorting him, handcuffed and blindfolded, into the Beit Romano military base." - id10/5/2017
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Israeli police kill 16-year old Palestinian girl in JerusalemIMEMC - On Sunday afternoon, Israeli police shot and killed a 16- year old Palestinian girl, Fatima Afeef Abdul-Rahman Hajiji, near the Damascus gate in Jerusalem. The police spokesperson claimed that the teen attempted to stab a security officer, that account has been disputed by eyewitnesses as well by photos from cameras in nearby shops. Fatima was standing at least ten meters away from the police guard post and posing no direct threat when one of the police started shouting “knife, knife” - whereupon some five of them fired a barrage of bullets at her. Fatima was hit by several live rounds in the chest, and the police continued to fire after she fell onto the ground. Following the fatal shooting, police used pepper-spray against dozens of Palestinians who gathered in the area, chasing them into Sultan Suleiman Street. A 9-year child, Mahmoud Abu Sbeih, fell from a considerable height and was wounded when trying to escape.[ak]9/5/2017
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Settlers throw stones, but the soldiers turn against the victimsAmos Gvirtz - Don`t Say We didn`t Know - Furthermore, five families from Bat Sara`ia, near Tel Al Milh, were issued demolition orders for all their homes and summoned for police interrogation.9/5/2017
Palestinians say video of hunger-strike leader Barghouti eating is fakeJudah Ari Gross, Dov Lieber and Agencies - Times of Israel - Prisoners’ advocacy group claims footage of protest leader sneaking candy in jail was made over a decade ago, accuses Israeli media of waging ‘war of lies’ [bz]9/5/2017
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Israeli military besieges Hebron citing brief absence of settler teensAIC - Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were collectively punished on Wednesday due to three teenage settlers’ impromptu trip to Jerusalem [ry]8/5/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Demolish Residential And Commercial Structures In JerusalemIMEMC - "The demolished commercial structures are owned by Khalil Abu Sbeitan and Rami Sayyad; the army claimed there were built without construction permits.Also in Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded al-‘Eesawiyya town, and demolished several commercial buildings, owned by Motea’ Aby Ryala and Mahmoud Abu Ryala, under the same allegations.Furthermore, the soldiers invaded the al-Walaja village, south of Jerusalem, and demolished three homes, owned by members of Abu Sneina and Nairoukh families." ca 5/5/2017
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The real reasons behind the Palestinian hunger strike Ramzy Baroud - Al Ahram "Sadly, prison is the most obvious fact of Palestinian life; it is the status quo; the everyday reality. The prisoners held captive in Israeli jails are a depiction of the life of every Palestinian, trapped behind walls, checkpoints, in refugee camps, in Gaza, in cantons in the West Bank, segregated Jerusalem, waiting to be let in, waiting to be let out. Simply waiting...Israeli jails are prisons within larger prisons. In times of protests and upheaval, especially during the uprisings of 1987- 1993 and 2000-2005, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were subjected to prolonged military curfews, sometimes lasting weeks, even months." ca 5/5/2017
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Palestinian hunger strikers cut off from communicationCharlotte Silver - EI - "As many as 1,600 Palestinians are refusing food in protest of ill treatment by Israeli prison authorities, including medical neglect and reduction of family visits. Israel has attempted to prevent information on the striking prisoners from reaching the public by transferring protest leaders into solitary confinement and blocking visits by families and lawyers." - id 3/5/2017
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Israel’s Outrage Du Jour: Denying Palestinian Boy Terror Victim’s Rights After He Survived Incineration of His FamilyRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Note, that the Jewish settlers who incinerated both his parents and baby brother live right next door to him in the occupied West Bank and are Israeli citizens.  Yet he is not and so is denied." - id 3/5/2017
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Jewish Israeli killed by soldiers after alleged stabbing attemptRoi Yanovsky & Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - A 19 year old Jewish Israeli was shot and mortally wounded by soldiers at the Hizma checkpoint. The soldiers assert he was trying to stab one of them. He was an inhabitant of Pisgat Ze`ev, one of the Israeli neighborhoods (effectively settlements) built on confiscated Palestinian land in East Jerusalem. [There are two possible interpretations: 1) For some unknown reason he truly tried to stab soldiers at the checkpoint. 2) The over-panicking soldiers killed an innocent man, offering the version that they acted in self-defense; in similar cases where the victim is a Palestinian, the soldiers` version is usually accepted unquestioningly. ak] 2/5/2017
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Israel says 300 inmates end hunger strike; Palestinian official says it`s not soMiddle East Eye - The prison service plan to set up 400 medical centres inside jails "to avoid as much as possible the transfer of hunger striking detainees to civilian hospitals". The hunger strike began on 17 April, with those taking part ingesting only water and salt. They have issued demands ranging from better medical care to phone access. [bz]2/5/2017
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