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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Will new agreement lead to increase in Palestinian exports? Ahmad Melhem - Al-Monitor "The Palestinian Ministry of Economy announced May 6 that it reached an agreement with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on the export of Palestinian products to Jordan in small 20-foot containers via the King Hussein (Allenby) Bridge... The agreement, which was sponsored by international parties such as the Quartet, came as part of the implementation of the Palestinian five-year National Export Strategy, developed under the supervision of the International Trade Center (ITC) and funded by the European Union. The strategy was launched by the government on June 1, 2015, in the presence of ITC Executive Director Arancha Gonzalez and EU representative John Gatt- Rutter, and is expected to lead to an overall growth in exports over the next five years by 67%, with an annual growth rate of 13%." ca 20/5/2016
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Sowing steadfastness, harvesting hopeClaire Thomas - Electronic Intifada “When my grandfather bought the land in 1916 he registered it, so we got papers from the Ottomans and we kept re-registering the land with the British, then the Jordanians, and finally the Israelis,” explained Daher’s brother, Daoud...The family has transformed their farm into what they call the Tent of Nations — a center for peace- building and nonviolent resistance. “We wanted to open the farm for people to come and see. This is the best way of education. Come, see, go and tell. We are asking people to go and tell not only what they have heard but what they have seen,” Daoud explained." ca 20/5/2016
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The last window closes - Jordan refuses passage to Gazans AP/Times of Israel - With the Rafah Crossing closed for all but a few days in the years, Gazans seeking to travel abroad thought they had found an alternative way of getting to the outside world - travelling to Jordan and taking a plane from Amman. It is far from easy to get an Israeli permit to go from Gaza via Israel to the West Bank and thence to Jordan, but some have managed it. However, in recent months the Jordanian authorities have increasingly denied entry to Gazan Palestinians, thus foiling the last hope of Gazans who hoped to meet loved ones in Europe or attend university abroad. The reasons for the Jordanian changed policy have not been stated officilally. However, on various past occasions Jordan expressed great apprehension at the possibility that Israel would drive great masses of Palestinians into their territory, and such apprehension habitually lead to restrictions on the entry of Palestinians into the Hashemite Kingdom. ak 17/5/2016
Solidarity visit to Ni’lin: Killings, arrests and invasions as part of everyday life Journals - ISM - "...in the last six months, five boys aged 16 and 17 have been arrested and are still in prison without any charges being made against them." - id 11/5/2016
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Gaza’s grandparents endure one trauma after anotherAnne Paq--Rizka Abu Rujeila, 70 years old, holds her grandson outside the hospital in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, on 24 July. The boy was injured during an attack on the village of Khuzaa. Most residents fled following Israel’s ground invasion and some were attacked as they attempted to leave the village. Khuzaa was cut off for days from the rest of Gaza; Israeli soldiers prevented access to medical workers and journalists. Some residents sought refuge at the hospital, which was overwhelmed by the number of dead and injured. dn8/5/2016
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The incremental annexation of PalestineMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "When that happens, when it becomes indisputable that Israel has no intention of either ceding control of Palestine or giving equal rights and citizenship to the millions of Palestinians who live there, there will only be one way of describing the regime ruling over the entire land from the river to the sea — apartheid." - id6/5/2016
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Qalandiya rashomon: Anatomy of an apparent murder in cold bloodAlon-Lee Green - +972 "The wanton coverage the killing got in the Israeli media made it clear instantly that something wasn’t quite right – beyond the ongoing injustice of the occupation.Following increasing pressure from MKs Zehava Galon (Meretz) and Dov Khenin and Ahmad Tibi (Joint List), as well as Local Call and Haaretz newspaper, the Ministry of Public Security was forced to admit that they were killed by outsourced security guards, employees of the security services company Civil Intelligence." 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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Shooting on Gaza border follows Netanyahu`s visitIlan Ben Zion - Times of Israel - This morning PM Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and senior military officers toured a section of the Gaza frontier. A few hours later, shots were fired from the Gaza Strip. There were no Israeli casualties, but an engineering vehicle was struck. Immediately afterwards, Palestinian media reported intense gunfire by Israeli forces. ak 3/5/2016
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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 Justice Ministry drops probe after report that contractor behind Qalandiya killingsMa`an News Agency - “The Israeli Justice Ministry released a report on Sunday, which revealed that Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail, 23, and her brother Ibrahim, 16, had been shot and killed by a privately contracted security guard, and not a police officer as had previously been thought, Israeli Channel 10 reported, noting that the police officer only fired warning shots into the air. As a result, newspaper Haaretz wrote, the Justice Ministry’s police investigation unit won’t be opening a probe into the killings. It remains unclear if and by whom a further probe will be conducted” [ry] 2/5/2016
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Palestinian sister, brother shot dead at checkpoint in suspected stabbing attemptWilliam Booth and Ruth Eglash - Washington Post - Although the area is monitored by multiple security cameras, no official footage was released. Palestinian vendors in the area said they noticed the woman walking the wrong way, against traffic in a car lane, toward the soldiers. “I heard shouting and curses,” said a young man selling plums. He said the siblings were beside each other when they were shot. The fruit vendor said he counted a dozen or more shots fired. [bz]30/4/2016
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The Woman, Who was Killed By Israeli Soldiers Along With Her Brother, Was PregnantSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "Palestinian medical sources confirmed that the Palestinian woman, who was killed by Israeli army fire, on Wednesday, did not carry an explosive belt as the army claimed, but was instead five months pregnant, and “her only fault was walking the wrong route and not understanding Hebrew.” ca29/4/2016
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Has the countdown to next Hamas-Israel war begun?Adnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - Despite the growing mutual warnings between Hamas and Israel about an imminent confrontation, a number of factors might prevent its outbreak, at least for now. The Israeli army is preoccupied with the growing unrest in the West Bank that began in October. Also, Israelis seem to doubt how much the IDF could actually achieve in Gaza — in terms of completely eliminating the Palestinian factions’ missiles and toppling Hamas — except for killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians. The Israelis must wonder whether it is worth getting pulled back into the Gaza quagmire.-rh 27/4/2016
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Palestinian woman, teen shot dead after alleged stab attempt at QalandiyaMa`an News Agency - Israeli forces on Wednesday shot and killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her 16-year-old brother after they allegedly attempted to carry out a stab attack on border police at Qalandiya military checkpoint near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, police and witnesses said. Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said two suspects -- a woman and a youth -- approached the vehicular path leading through the military checkpoint and walked towards border police officers, the woman with her hand in her bag and the youth with hands behind his back. Officers ordered them to halt several times and they began to turn back before police said the woman threw a knife at an officer. Police opened fire, killing the woman immediately. The youth`s death was confirmed shortly after.-rh27/4/2016
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Palestinians face severe restrictions in Hebron`s Old City for PassoverMa`an News Agency - "Hebron resident and prominent activist Issa Amro said Palestinian locals were preparing for a total lockdown by the Israeli military as thousands of Israelis plan to visit the holy site during Passover.Over the past few days, Palestinians living in the Old City were forced to register with the Israeli authorities once again in order to gain passage through the matrix of military checkpoints in the area, Amro told Ma’an" [ry] 25/4/2016
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Israel Plans to Improve Conditions at "Shameful" West Bank CrossingsDov Lieber - The Times of Israel "As part of a wider effort to boost Israeli-Palestinian economic ties, the Finance Ministry is planning to improve the much- criticized conditions at crossings where tens of thousands of Palestinians enter Israel daily from the West Bank to work, a ministry spokesperson told The Times of Israel on Thursday." ca23/4/2016
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Hebron soldier welcomed home to celebrationsItay Blumenthal - Ynetnews "Sgt. Elor Azaria, who shot dead a neutralized terrorist in Hebron, allowed home for Seder dinner; right-wing activists waited outside his home with support signs as his mother told him: `Welcome home, my child." ca22/4/2016
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Finally, Israel and Palestine is a US election issue. The ‘last taboo’ is not broken, but it’s splinteringRobert Fisk - The Independent "Yet the shift in emphasis is clearly there. Sanders is Jewish – his father was an immigrant from eastern Europe – and most of his family died in the Nazi Holocaust. You might expect he would try to outgun Hillary in her support for Israel. Yet he accused her of devoting “only one sentence... that even mentioned the Palestinian people” in her Aipac hug-in, only “one line on the Palestinian people”. ca22/4/2016
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As Hamas grows stronger in Gaza, IDF prepares for future conflict Yoav Zitun - YnetNews - Hamas has upped the number of fighters in its elite and commando units and is testing short-range rockets with a heavy payload in an effort to restore its strength to what it was before summer 2014; the IDF, meanwhile, is planning to defeat Hamas`s military wing and set them back years; `We`ll defeat them by offense, not defense,` says senior officer.-rh20/4/2016
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EU ‘deeply concerned’ by new phase of West Bank barrierAFP - Times of Israel - “Once built, the barrier will severely restrict access of almost 60 Palestinian families to their agricultural land and profoundly affect their livelihoods.” [bz]19/4/2016
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One Palestinian village`s death by a thousand cutsJoseph Dana - The National - “Over the past decade, the Israeli military has aggressively pushed for the creation of its separation barrier on Al Walaja`s border as part of a larger plan to remove Palestinian villages from the Jerusalem municipality. The pattern is simple: put the village on the West Bank side of the wall, declare a new city boundary, and get rid of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Jerusalemites” [ry] 18/4/2016
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United in opposition to the separation barrierOded Shalom - Ynet - "Two settlers, a Palestinian and two leftist activists are opposed to the resumed construction of the security fence around Efrat 15/4/2016
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`The smell of death hangs everywhere`: Blockade drives Gazans to suicideMohammed Omer - Middle East Eye "Doctors and officials say devastating impact of Gaza war is to blame for growing numbers attempting to take their own lives...In the first quarter of 2016, at least 95 people tried to kill themselves, according to unpublished research by the Euro-Med Observers for Human Rights monitoring group, while suicide rates in the first months of 2016 increased by 30 percent compared with the same months between 2013 and 2014." ca13/4/2016
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Israel reopens Hebron road after 5 months of closureMa`an News Agency - "The head of the Palestinian military liaison, Col. Muhammad Eteiwi, said in a statement that after pressuring the Israeli authorities, his team had been able to secure the opening of the road leading to the Shuhada al-Haram School in the Jabal Jawhar area of Hebron`s H2 zone.The road was sealed with dirt mounds more than five months ago amid severe Israeli security measures, the statement said. It noted that it had been previously reopened for a month before being sealed again." ca 8/4/2016
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Israel`s top court to discuss release of Palestinian bodiesMA`AN News - A joint statement released earlier this month by Addameer and the Israeli minority rights group Adalah condemned Israel’s practice of withholding bodies as "a severe violation of international humanitarian law as well as international human rights law, including violations of the right to dignity, freedom of religion, and the right to practice culture."-rh6/4/2016
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Israel cuts cement supply to Gaza: Palestinian officialMEMO - "Raed Fattouh, head of the Palestinian Commission to Coordinate the Entry of Goods into the Gaza Strip, said the Israeli authorities had `officially and completely` halted all cement consignments to Gaza’s private sector. `The Israeli authorities informed us of their decision to stop all cement deliveries to Gaza as of Sunday, without providing any reason for the move`" [ry] 4/4/2016
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