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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Palestinian was on way to chemotherapy when shot by soldiersMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - "The family looked up one of his doctors online and called him last Friday. It was only then that Jallad’s family learned that he had died, they told Haaretz. They still have not been informed of the date and cause of his death" [ry]20/2/2017
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Israel imposes heightened security measures in Ramallah districtMa’an News Agency - "Israeli forces imposed maximum security procedures at main Israeli military checkpoints in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Monday morning, causing a major traffic jam, local sources said" [ry]20/2/2017
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Total impunity to mess with livesAl Khalil Team - International Solidarity Movement - "This stretches from making Palestinians wait in the rain  and ignoring the bell they need to ring to come through, to asking people to go back again and again through the metal detector for no reason, put babies on the ground in freezing temperatures, or denying them passage completely even after finding their resident’s number on the list." - id 15/2/2017
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Gaza`s starman aims to fight occupation with scienceYlenia Gostoli - Aljazeera - Palestinian astrophysicist Suleiman Baraka wants to put Palestine on the map for research in the field [ry]13/2/2017
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Dutch artist creates beauty from rubble of warHamza Abu Eltarabesh - Electronic Intifada "The unusual idea is the brainchild of Dutch artist Marjan Teeuwen, who for years has worked with the concept that buildings can become sculptures, adding a sense of temporality by working on buildings slated for demolition.Seven such installations have been created: five in her native Holland, one in South Africa and one in Russia. But Gaza was a departure for her in more ways than one: here, the building had already been destroyed." ca 11/2/2017
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Learning in the line of fireSarah Algherbawi - Electronic Intifada "Muhanna al-Masri, a school counselor, has written and distributed an educational guide to help raise awareness among students and their families and help them cope with the fear and stress many suffer.“The continuous bombings and shootings from Israel cause a lot of fear and stress among students,” said al-Masri. To address this, he has designed programs to help students cope in various ways, ranging from simple trips to the seaside to psychological support sessions.Al-Masri was convinced that over time the school could help Wala relieve her symptoms. Of course, he added, there is only so much they can do: The fear is ultimately a rational one and related to the “constancy, frequency and severity of the Israeli violence” at the boundary." ca 11/2/2017
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Israeli Army Carries Out A Limited Invasion, Navy Attacks Fishermen, In GazaIMEMC News - "Several Israeli military vehicles, including armored bulldozers, invaded Palestinian agricultural lands, east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, while navy ships opened fire on fishing boats, in Palestinian territorial waters" [ry]6/2/2017
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Gaza`s cancer patients: `We are dying slowly`Mersiha Gadzo - Aljazeera - The Gaza Strip does not have adequate resources for medical treatment, but Israel prevents patients from leaving [ry]6/2/2017
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The checkpoint regime: Israel and the fragmentation of Palestinian societyal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "...the checkpoint-regime is solely implemented for this kind of humiliation and fragmentation: aiming to create a coercive environment that will facilitate forcible displacement of the Palestinian population. The checkpoints  facilitate the expansion of existing illegal settlements. It allows Israel to eventually grab enough land to connect a consistent stretch of illegal settlements that are free of the indigenous population, the Palestinians." - id 1/2/2017
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Council of Europe report accuses Israel of `systematic killing` in Gaza (including link to full report)Itamar Eichner - Y-net - The Council of Europe, meeting at Strasbourg, voted by a 45-12 majority to adopt a report sharply critical of Israeli conduct in the Gaza Strip. The report cites "Cases of the deliberate fatal shooting of individuals who posed no imminent danger to life, amounting to an appalling pattern of apparently systematic unlawful killings". As well as calling for an end to the siege of Gaza, the report calls on EU countries to back a formal investigation by the International Criminal Court. Israeli Knesset Member Eli Alaluf, who addressed the council to defend Israeli policies, asserted that "Israel wants to live in peace with its neighbors. Gaza is not under siege, but regulated". [ak] 31/1/2017
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Gaza`s infrastructure on the verge of collapse, report warnsDov Lieber - Times of Israel - The Gisha organization, which released its report, “Hand on the Switch: Who’s Responsible for Gaza’s Infrastructure Crisis?” on Tuesday, said the 1.8 million inhabitants of the Strip are plagued by frequent blackouts, undrinkable water and an outdated cellular network. The grim state of the Palestinian enclave’s infrastructure led earlier this month to the largest demonstrations in years by Gaza residents against the Palestinian leadership. The Israeli group puts lion’s share of blame on Israel. [bz]31/1/2017
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Alternative farming on the rise in besieged GazaMersiha Gadzo - Aljazeera - As fertile land shrinks and water crisis deepens, Palestinians are searching for different ways to feed their families [ry] 30/1/2017
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Braving Israeli bullets in Gaza’s seaNesma Seyam - EI - “I still remember the sudden drop in our earnings after the limit was shrunk to six nautical miles. […] Besides the physical harassment, we are continuously subjected to verbal and psychological harassment. The Israeli navy has flooded us with sewage water while we are on board our vessels” [ry]30/1/2017
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EU report accuses Israel of `systematic killing` in GazaItamar Eichner - Ynet - "The report also called for an end to the blockade of the Gaza Strip so that medical supplies and vital goods can be provided for residents of the strip. The report also demanded that Palestinians be allowed to seek work in Israel and that Israel prepare a long-term plan to establish a Palestinian state." - id   25/1/2017
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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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Report: Palestinian teen dies in Gaza after Israel denies him access to hospitalMa’an News Agency "A 17-year-old Palestinian died last week after Israeli authorities refused to allow him to leave the besieged Gaza Strip to undergo treatment for a congenital heart defect, the Gaza-based al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said in a report on Sunday" [ry]23/1/2017
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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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Trump’s Wall and Israel’s Wall in Palestine Eileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "The Israeli government insists that the sole function of the wall is securing its border, but it has been ineffective in preventing violence against Jewish Israelis. For one, the dramatic decrease in suicide bombings since the wall was constructed derives not from the wall but from shifting Palestinian strategies of resistance…" - id 18/1/2017
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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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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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Israeli witness in Gaza: No water, no electricity and children dying unnecessarilyAyelett Shani - Haaretz - Salah Haj Yahya, 50, who lives in Taibeh, runs a mobile clinic on behalf of Physicians for Human Rights and leads medical teams going to Gaza: “Most people don’t have work. They roam the streets, looking for a way to make a living. Across the Gaza Strip there are many people simply selling coffee or tea in the street, preparing a pot at home and walking around with it. A cup of coffee costs half a shekel (13 cents). The main thing is to make some money. [bz]7/1/2017
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