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Statusless in GazaGhada Majadle - Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) - PHRI has recently been handling cases of female cancer patients from the Gaza Strip who are stateless. Some have no personal identification documents at all. These are women whose family unification applications were never processed or ultimately not approved, or whose families were absent from the Gaza Strip during the 1967 census and therefore never included in the population registry. Gaza residents who need medical treatment that is unavailable in the Strip face many hurdles and barriers put up by Israel even when they do have status, but for stateless individuals, obtaining a permit is a much tougher battle. Many who apply via this process know that their chances of obtaining a permit are particularly low. Fortunately, following our intervention, one of the women did get a permit, and we are currently handling several similar applications in the hopes that the women involved will be able to enter in the coming days.[ak] 10/9/2019
Hague court to deliberate war crimes proceedings charges against Benny Gantz, ex-Israeli Army Chief and leading opposition candidateAmira Hass - Ha`aretz/IMEMC - While Israelis go to the polls next Tuesday, The Dutch Central Court in The Hague will deliberate on a civil lawsuit filed against Benny Gantz - former Israeli Army Chief of Staff and at present an opposition politician, the main contender against Netnayahu. The suit concerns alleged war crimes committed during the 2014 Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, when Ganz was in command. It was filed by Dutch citizen Ismail Ziada, a resident of Gaza’s al-Bureij refugee camp and whose home was bombed by Israeli forces on July 20th, 2014. In the bombing, Ziada lost his mother, three of his brothers, his sister-in-law, a nephew, and a friend who was visiting the family. Gantz`s lawyers asserted that an official in Israel he could claim immunity unless proven to have acted with intent to cause harm or disregard the possibility of harm. In the ongoing Israeli elections campaign, Ganz was less restrained - actually boasting of his responsibility for the killing of thousands in bombing Gaza, in the hope that this would win right-wing voters. [ak] 10/9/2019
22-year old Palestinian escapes Gaza, found dead in BosniaImemc - 22 years Saleh Hamad, from Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, was one of the Gazans driven by terrible conditions to leave thg Strip and seek refuge in Europe. Three weeks after all contact with him was lost, his family got the bitter news: his body was found by the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The family was told that he had drowned, but the precise circumstances are not known (and might never be discovered). [ak] 10/9/2019
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Israeli army shut down entrance to Hebron townWAFA - "Israeli occupation forces sealed today the main entrance to the town of Beit Ummar, to the north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, according to witnesses.Army shut down with a metal gate the entrance to the town, forcing Palestinians to use longer routes to enter or exit the village.Human rights group have long condemned Israel for imposing restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank, describing the restrictions as a main tool which Israel uses to enforce its regime of occupation and control over the Palestinian population." ca 30/8/2019
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Israel cuts supply of fuel to Gaza’s power plant by half “until further notice”Gisha - Gaza suffers from an acute, chronic shortage of electricity, impacting homes, hospitals, factories, and basic civilian infrastructure. Since October 2018, fuel funded through a donation by Qatar is used to operate three of the power plant’s four turbines. Prior to Israel`s decision to cut the supply by half, the power plant was producing about 65 megawatts, providing residents with electricity in cycles of 6-8 consecutive hours followed by at least 8-hour-long outages. Unless Israel reverses its decision, one of the plant’s turbines will stop operating and the power plant will only produce about 40 megawatts. Electricity supply to residents will drop to only four consecutive hours at a time. Deliberate or indiscriminate rocket fire on civilian population centers are a breach of international law. However, the imposition of punitive measures against the civilian population in the Strip also constitutes a serious violation of international law based on the same principle of protection of civilians. Israel’s decision to deliberately reduce the supply of a basic humanitarian commodity, knowingly harming the civilian population in Gaza, constitutes illegal collective punishment.[ak] 27/8/2019
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Israeli warplanes hit Gaza after Palestinian rocket fireAl Jazeera - Israeli authorities also announced a punitive reduction in the flow of fuel to the strip`s main power station [ry] 26/8/2019
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In one East Jerusalem neighborhood, summer vacation has become a war zoneYuval Abraham - +972 "Issawiya is home to 22,000 people, 6,420 of whom are children now on summer vacation, says Omar Atia, who heads an NGO that supports the children of the neighborhood. I call him as he is on his way to Jaffa with his family, to celebrate Eid al-Adha.“I am fleeing Issawiya, Yuval,” he tells me. “One cannot be there during the holiday. It’s too sad. The holiday has always been my favorite day of the year ever ever since I was a child — wearing new clothes, laying them out on the bed the night before, decorating the neighborhood, cooking pasta in the street, feeling happy. But this year, anyone who can is going elsewhere to celebrate. The parents do not want their children to be in the streets. People are mourning. Over the last two month I haven’t seen most of the kids. Everyone stays inside. A child doesn’t forget difficult experiences, do you understand? This situation makes hatred grow in their hearts.” ca 23/8/2019
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Israel actively pushing Palestinian emigration from Gaza, official saysRaphael Ahren - Times of Israel - Israel is actively promoting the emigration of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, and is working to find other countries who may be willing to absorb them, a senior Israeli official said Monday. Israel is ready to carry the costs of helping Gazans emigrate, and would even be willing to consider allowing them to use an Israeli air field [by way of extreme favor-bz] close to Gaza to allow them to leave for their new host countries, the official said, apparently referring to air force bases deep inside Israel. [bz]20/8/2019
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Israel kills three Palestinians in besieged Gaza StripAl Jazeera - Officials say three Palestinians killed, one wounded, after overnight Israeli attacks in northern Gaza [ry] 19/8/2019
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Rashida Tlaib gets OK to visit her grandmother, then decides against itGabe Friedman - JTA "Israel still allows humanitarian requests as exceptions to the law. In her request submitted Thursday, Tlaib had asked to visit the West Bank to see her grandmother, who is in her 90s, saying it could be her “last opportunity to see her.” She promised not to promote the boycott movement against Israel while there. “I will respect any restrictions and will not promote any boycotts against Israel during my visit,” she wrote.Tlaib tweeted her change of heart just before 9 a.m. Eastern time Friday." ca 16/8/2019
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Daily life under occupation: Israeli military blocks access roads to two Palestinian villages in June and July 2019B’Tselem - "Blocking the entrances to villages has long become one of the routine methods of oppression used by Israel against Palestinian residents of the West Bank. Usually, the military justifies such closures with allegations that village youths threw stones or Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles" [ry] 12/8/2019
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Palestinian app helps drivers avoid Israeli checkpoint bottlenecksRami Ayyub - Reuters - “We need applications like this that help us move within Palestine,” said Nicolas Harami, 31, who uses the app while driving from his home in East Jerusalem to Ramallah. The West Bank is scattered with Israeli settlements and military bases, and an Israeli barrier snakes through the territory.
Around 3 million Palestinians live in the territory along with some 450,000 settlers, who can generally drive in the area without major restriction using so-called “bypass roads” built to avoid Palestinian towns. [bz]
6/8/2019
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Security forces make deadly use of crowd control weapons in GazaB`tselem - At least seven of the Palestinians killed died as a result of a teargas canister hitting their head or face directly. Four of them were minors. According to the OCHA Protection of Civilians Database, as of 28 June 2019, more than 1,600 Gaza protestors arrived in hospital with injuries resulting from direct teargas canister hits, more than a third of them in the first three months of 2019. Teargas canisters are a crowd control weapon with a firing range spanning 100 meters to several hundred meters, in the case of extended range canisters. They are designed to be non-lethal and the open-fire regulations, at least officially, as well as use instructions, forbid firing them directly at people due to the grave danger involved. [ak]6/8/2019
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