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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Trump`s snowball rolls from Jerusalem to the Gaza border Eric Yellin - Other Voice in the South - Forty-eight hours after Trump made a reckless statement in Washington, a "Color Red" alert was heard in my town Sderot on the Gaza border. A few blocks away from my home a rocket fired from Gaza hit between houses, causing trauma to several people nearby and damage to property. On the following morning we heard there were four Palestinians dead. The recklessness of Trump has triggered a snowball effect whose size or intensity we cannot yet estimate - but damage has already happened and it is already costing lives.[ak]12/12/2017
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In Photos: Daily struggle of Palestinian workers at Checkpoint 300MA’AN NEWS AGENCY - BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- In the early hours of the morning, typically before dawn, hundreds of Palestinians in the southern occupied West Bank must endure long waits at the 300 checkpoint, one of the only access points Palestinians from the southern West Bank have to Jerusalem and Israel. Palestinians crowd into the cement- and metal-barred walkways, push through turnstiles, pass a metal detector, and show their IDs and permits to Israeli soldiers in order to travel to Israel for work . The process can at times take hours and cold winter temperatures coupled with hours of waiting time means frustrations are high.-rh29/11/2017
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“Sometimes patients die”: Barriers facing Palestinian ambulances entering East JerusalemMAP Medical Aid for Palestinians - With many medical specialties such as radiotherapy and heart surgery only available in Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem, it is vital that patients are able to travel there unimpeded.-rh29/11/2017
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INTERVIEW: Ilan Pappé: How Israel turned Palestine into the biggest prison on earthMustafa Abu Sneineh - Middle East Eye - In May 1967, weeks before the war, Israeli military governors received boxes that contained legal and military instructions on how to control the Palestinian towns and villages. Israel would go on to transform the West Bank and Gaza Strip into mega prisons under military rule and surveillance. Settlements, checkpoints and collective punishment were part of this plan, as the Israeli historian Ilan Pappé shows in The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories, an in-depth account of the Israeli occupation.-rh29/11/2017
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US senator meets with Palestinian students at Al-Quds UniversityMa`an News Agency - "United States Senator Kamala Harris visited Al-Quds University in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, where she sat down with a group of female students who shared their experiences of living in occupied Palestinian territory.According to a press release from the university, after briefing the students on her background and career, Harris listened as the students took turns speaking about their experiences at the university.Harris reportedly told the students that she had driven by Israel’s illegal separation wall on her way to to the university, and asked the students if the wall presented “a real barrier” to their movement.“The classroom unanimously exclaimed ‘yes’, and expressed their anger about the restrictions imposed on them by the Israeli authorities,” the statement said." ca 24/11/2017
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The colour-coded Israeli ID system for PalestiniansLinah Alsaafin - Aljazeera - The clear delineator that has separated and dictated the lives of these Palestinians is the colour-coded identification system issued by the Israeli military and reinforced in 1981 through its Civil Administration branch. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip have green IDs - generally issued once they turn 16 - while Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Israel have blue IDs. The cards affect everything from freedom of movement to family unity.-rh22/11/2017
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‘Invisible Walls Of Occupation’ Shows A Different Side Of Palestinian Life Daniel Witkin - Forward - However, “Invisible Walls” is not about the settlers, the military, or the Israeli state, but rather about Burqah and its residents. The occupation registers predominately in the ways it makes life worse — in daily anxieties, lowered expectations, and a shared degradation. Yet for all the bleakness it depicts, the project is not without a constitutive modicum of hope. It may not deliver the residents from their invisible prison, but it represents a modest step towards an eventual escape from invisibility itself.-rh 22/11/2017
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Israel detains Bil’in non-violence activistWAFA - An army unit raided the village and detained Abdallah Abu Rahmeh and two others from the same family identified as Mohammad Adib Abu Rahmeh and Ahmad Mohammad Abu Rahmeh. Abdullah Abu Rahmeh is an internationally recognized peace activist and coordinator of the Bil’in popular committee against the wall and settlements. He was detained several times in the past for his non-violence activities in his village against Israel’s seizure of Bil’in land for the construction and expansion of its illegal settlements and the construction of the apartheid barrier that has separated the village from most of its agricultural land. [bz] 21/11/2017
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Hamas and Fatah meet in Cairo to resume reconciliation talksMaan - The feuding Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, are set to meet in Cairo, to continue their reconciliation talks - following handover of the Gaza Strip border crossings to the Palestinian Authority security forces. According to the official PA news agency Wafa, the topics up for discussion include the holding of presidential and legislative elections, security control in Gaza, reforming the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), government formation and reconciling families who lost loved ones when Hamas took over power in Gaza in 2007. Several key issues, such as the status of Hamas’ military wing, and the future of between 40,000 and 50,000 civil servants that have been hired by Hamas since the faction took over Gaza in 2007, remain unclear and hotly disputed. [ak]21/11/2017
Video: Fighting to show the truth in GazaEI - "I want to change my perspective, go and see different places in the world, [...] But global politics is really despicable and racist… My visa applications always get rejected” [ry]13/11/2017
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Haifa court to deliberate on "The Women`s Boat" which tries to reach Gaza 12/11/2017
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Amnesty International slams Israel for denying entry of group`s advocacy directorMa’an News Agency - "Raed Jarrar, Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA was attempting to cross through the King Hussein border crossing between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank on a personal trip to visit family following the recent death of his father, Amnesty International said in a statement Wednesday" [ry] 6/11/2017
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VIDEO: Machsom: mornings at Checkpoint 300 Israel/Palestine Peter Morgan - Mondoweiss "Checkpoint 300, or the Gilo Checkpoint, blocks the road between Bethlehem and Jerusalem for Palestinians. Since the 1990s, the checkpoint has evolved from a couple of soldiers at a roadblock to a terminal complete with full body turnstiles and biometric data checking." ca 3/11/2017
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Al-Quds Brigades Declares Five Fighters Dead Under Bombarded TunnelIMEMC News - "Israel is still preventing Palestinian search and rescue teams from entering the area, where the tunnel was bombarded, bringing the number of Palestinians, who were killed in the tunnel incident since last Monday, to twelve." ca3/11/2017
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