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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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As Gaza’s Great March of Return approaches one-year, protest founder Ahmed Abu Artema discusses building a non-violent movementAllison Deger - Mondoweiss "It all started because of a bird. Ahmed Abu Artema, the unlikely leader of the largest popular Palestinian movement in decades, strode beside the separation fence that divides his home in the Gaza Strip from Israel on a January evening last year. At twilight he saw birds fly overhead, soaring past the fence “and no one stopped them.” It was a moment of definitive clarity. Ahmed was physically stuck inside a besieged non-state territory, and here was a flock birds more free than him." ca 23/3/2019
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B’Tselem to UN Commission of Inquiry: Israeli “investigations” a mere whitewashing Amit Gilutz - B’Tselem - "The Israeli authorities` promise to “investigate” eleven incidents in which protesters were killed on the Gaza border is mere propaganda" says B’Tselem’s director Hagai El-Ad. He called called upon Santiago Canton, head of the UN Commission of Inquiry into 2018 Gaza protests, to reject the tapestry of lies woven while Israeli soldiers killed even more unarmed protesters: “A real change in Israeli policy will only take place if the international community demands it clearly and unequivocally, and if it stops allowing Israel to do no more than offer hollow promises of ‘investigation’.” [ak]19/3/2019
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Unemployment rate in Gaza reaches new record-high of 52 percent in 2018Gisha - "Unemployment in Gaza continues to rise. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, unemployment in Gaza reached 52 percent in 2018, an increase of almost eight percent since 2017 and of more than 20 percent since Israel imposed the closure in 2007" [ry] 18/3/2019
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The transit to Gaza left at 14:30. She should come again tomorrowTamar Fleishman - Machsomwatch - As I crossed the checkpoint, between the metal detectors and the ID checking posts, a woman stood, her path blocked, carrying a motionless child on her shoulder. The child is 4- year old Abdallah, who until Thursday was hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit and was taken by his mother to Qalandiya in order to proceed from there all the way home to Gaza. Abdallah doesn’t see nor respond. A bit like a living dead child. I didn’t mean to go to the DCO (Civil Administration office) – where they are pushed back in their misery, but meeting these two - seeing the defeated mother whom the soldiers barred from crossing – told the story and I stayed.-rh12/3/2019
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What’s COGAT’s excuse this time?Gisha-Gaza Gateway - An olive oil producer from the Gaza Strip wants to sell his olive oil in the West Bank. It probably sounds like a pretty straightforward request, but all goods entering the West Bank require Israel’s approval and Israel rejected the olive oil producer’s request. Why? (...) The feigned innocence in COGAT’s reply is especially aggravating given that its own social media is plastered with posts, proudly announcing its role in facilitating economic activity in the Palestinian territory [bz]12/3/2019
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4.5 years after Israel destroyed thousands of homes in Operation Protective Edge: 13,000 Gazans still homelessB`Tselem - "During the fifty days of Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, Israel bombed and shelled the Gaza Strip, causing massive damage to civilian infrastructure and homes. About 18,000 residential units were either completely destroyed or heavily damaged, leaving more than 100,000 Palestinians – some 17,000 families – homeless" [ry] 11/3/2019
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Israel kills Palestinians in Gaza, West BankTamara Nassar - EI - "Tamer Khaled Mustafa Arafat, 23, was fatally shot with a live bullet to the head during demonstrations east of Rafah in southernmost Gaza, according to Al Mezan, a human rights group in the territory" [ry] 11/3/2019
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Israel`s Checkpoint 300: Suffocation and broken ribs at rush hourJaclynn Ashly - Al Jazeera - Palestinian workers say conditions at the notorious checkpoint in occupied West Bank have worsened over the last months [ry] 11/3/2019
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Jewish-Palestinian women march in Tel AvivItai Blumenthal - Ynetnews "Some 150 women from the Parents Circle-Families Forum, people who have lost family members to the Mideast conflict, marched in Tel Aviv for International Women’s Day on Friday morning. They held signs decrying violence and hatred and held a gathering in Habima Square." ca " 9/3/2019
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QalandiyaTamar Fleishman - Machsom Watch - Slowly and warily those who were released from hospital that morning emerged from the checkpoint compound, most of them women, and continued towards the transport platform from where their designated vehicle would drive them home to Gaza. Last was a woman, pale, dragging her feet. A few days ago she underwent surgery in a Nablus hospital, replacing her knee, and she yet to recover. The doctors had recommended/ordered total rest for ten days, but the instructions of the Occupation’s experts take precedence over medical ones. The woman reached the van leaning on her walker and could not tackle the two steps in the front of the vehicle, letting three men take her very gently up and inside. Like others, she also came there at 9 a.m., and like others, all very unhealthy, waited for six hours to get going. Until a few months ago, the DCO had a wheelchair for sparing cases like hers extra suffering. No longer.-rh26/2/2019
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Here’s why Bernie Sanders already has the Democratic party rattledNorman Solomon - Alter Net - With a launch of the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign on the near horizon, efforts to block his trajectory to the Democratic presidential nomination are intensifying. The lines of attack are already aggressive—and often contradictory. One media meme says that Bernie has made so much headway in moving the Democratic Party leftward that he’s no longer anything special. We’re supposed to believe that candidates who’ve adjusted their sails to the latest political wind are just as good as the candidate who generated the wind in the first place.-rh19/2/2019
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Palestine`s other open-air prison : Here is what a West Bank Palestinian resident has to go through every time s/he tries to get out of home.Jalal Abukhater - Aljazeera - Under a debilitating siege for more than a decade, Gaza has been rightfully declared the biggest open-air prison in the world. But there is another, similar, prison in Palestine that is less obvious because it suffers from a different kind of siege, undeclared and indirect: the West Bank. Every Palestinian who resides there and holds official Palestinian identification papers is a prisoner in their own home. Freedom of movement is non-existent for the vast majority of the population because of a myriad of Israeli policies aimed at restricting it to the bare minimum. The situation is certainly shocking yet seems to be largely ignored by the world, especially by our Israeli neighbours.-rh19/2/2019
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Record number of reports criticizing Israel said to be released by UN next monthTOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - The United Nations Humans Rights Council is expected to release a series of reports critical of Israel next month, including one reportedly accusing the military of war crimes over its response to violent protests by Palestinians on the Gaza border. According to the pro-Israel watchdog group UN Watch, other reports are set to accuse Israel of alleged human rights violations in the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War war, and in territories claimed by the Palestinians for a future state, Channel 12 news reported Thursday.-rh 19/2/2019
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Will Israeli Jews support Arab Knesset candidate? Shlomi Eldar - Al- Monitor - Will Knesset member Ahmad Tibi, chairman of Taal, succeed in breaking the longstanding taboo of “anyone but Arabs in the coalition”? While it is still too early to tell, the possibility is already keeping Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu awake at night. On the evening of the 2015 elections, Netanyahu had warned, “Arab voters are heading to the polling stations in droves,” managing to drum up more votes for himself. On Feb. 9, he posted a video on his Facebook page attacking Benny Gantz, head of Israel Resilience, and insinuating that Arab votes are illegitimate. The target of his intimidation campaign was Tibi: “You vote for Gantz; you get Tibi,” is the title of the clip, which claims, among other things, “The Oslo Accords passed because of the Arabs’ votes. … Former Chief of Staff Gantz will do it again.-rh 19/2/2019
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2018: Plight of Gaza fishermen after Israel’s gradual destruction of their sectorB’Tselem - "In 2000, there were 10,000 registered fishermen in Gaza; now there are about 3,700. In practice, only about half of the registered fishermen actually fish, as many cannot use their boats due to the lack of supplies to repair them or build new ones, or because the military confiscated the boats. About 95% of fishermen in Gaza live below the poverty line, which is USD 4.6 a day in Gaza" [ry]18/2/2019
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Palestinian battling cancer is denied exit from Gaza for treatmentAmjad Yaghi - +972 - 20 year old Ahlam says the pain has gotten so intense, she can’t sleep at night." (...) “All I want is to have the surgery so that the pain can go away." But already half a year she is refused by Israel to travel to the only Palestinian hospital equipped to do it - in East Jerusalem. [bz]12/2/2019
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In wake of human rights observers expulsion, other rights groups in Hebron fear escalation in violenceYumna Patel - Mondoweiss "Netanyahu wants to satisfy the settlers, and under Trump, they can get away with anything, including the expulsion of a mandated international presence,” C. continued. “The Israelis have always acted with impunity, but this is a whole other level.” ca9/2/2019
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Eyewitness Gaza: Palestinian Children Under SiegeISM Northern California - Heather La Mastro, a school teacher in Berkeley, recently traveled to occupied Palestine. She visited several refugee camps, hospitals and pediatric mental health care programs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip administered by the Palestine Children`s Relief Fund (PCRF). At a meeting due on Feb .9 at Oakland, California, Heather will share her stories meeting Palestinian people, especially her students` Palestinian pen pals in Gaza. [ak] 5/2/2019
Israel begins construction of new Gaza barrierAl Jazeera - Six-metre tall fence will prevent Palestinians from infiltrating Israel from the Gaza Strip, prime minister says [ry] 4/2/2019
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