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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Two Palestinian Fishermen wounded by Israeli Navy shootings off Khan Younis The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) - “At approximately 19:00, I headed out with two other fishermen, Ibrahim and Murad (who owns the boat). We kept within the limited area allowed [by Israel] for fishing. After two hours, while we were withdrawing the fishing net out of the water, an Israeli gunboat suddenly approached to within 15 meters away from us. The Israelis started shooting. I felt severe pain in my right leg and fell on the deck. Ibrahim was wounded as well. We started yelling, and Murad shouted that we were wounded. We heard the Israeli soldiers talking but did not understand. After minutes, Murad sailed to the shore, and Ibrahim and I were taken to Naser Hospital in Khan Younis. [ak]18/7/2017
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Palestinians hope UN ruling will improve life in Hebron : West Bank residents welcome decision to recognise Hebron`s Old City as World Heritage Site.Nigel Wilson - Aljazeera - Twelve states on UNESCO`s World Heritage committee voted in favour of the Palestinian proposal to name the city a heritage site, while three countries voted against the move and six abstained. The proposal was accepted despite intense lobbying from Israel and the United States to prevent the resolution from passing. Israel reacted furiously to the decision and announced it would cut $1m in funding to the UN that would be diverted to Israeli cultural projects in Hebron. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it "another delusional decision by UNESCO" and charged that by naming it a Palestinian heritage site, UNESCO had denied Jewish ties to the site.-rh 12/7/2017
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PHOTOS: How Israel`s wall keeps Palestinian farmers off their landActivestills - +972 - "...the farmers refused to cross through Military Gate 623, part of Israel’s separation barrier, instead calling on the army to renew expired entry permits for their family members, to issue permits for their workers, and to open the gate earlier than 7 a.m. on a daily basis, due to the recent heatwave." - id 12/7/2017
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Gaza electricity crisis: `It is the worst I can remember – but we expect it to get worse`Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - Move by Mahmoud Abbas to cut electricity to 2- 4 hours a day in escalation of row with Hamas is affecting quality of life for Gazans [ry]10/7/2017
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Starved of power, Gaza Palestinians buckle under a blistering heatwave Dov Lieber - Times of Israel - Strip residents describe sleepless nights, beaches closed due to toxic sewage, and rising food prices; even fresh water is increasingly rare and electricity available only for 2 to 3 hours. "When the power comes, you run like a madman to manage to recharge everything, pump water, shower, sleep, work, get online, cool down and breathe..." [bz]4/7/2017
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`I`d rather die in Gaza than bring my sons to Erez`Mersiha Gadzo - Al Jazeera - Walid Qaoud died of cancer after he was repeatedly denied entry to Israel for refusing to collaborate with authorities [ry] 3/7/2017
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A guide to the Gaza Strip From Israel`s occupation to a decade of siege, here is all you need to know about `the world`s largest open-air prison`.Aljazeera - The Gaza Strip, home to two million Palestinians, is frequently on the news. The small enclave is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and has been aptly described as "the world`s largest open-air prison". It is a small self-governing Palestinian territory that came under Israeli occupation, along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem, after the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.-rh 28/6/2017
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2 Million Palestinians Denied Traveling and Movement due to Closure of Gaza Border CrossingPCHR - (...) it is the responsibility of the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions 1949 to oblige the occupying authorities to abide by the rules of international humanitarian law and to open all border crossings of the Gaza Strip, including Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing, without any restrictions like age restrictions, because Erez is the only crossing that gives importance to the geographical unity between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, so it would allow the Gaza Strip residents to move freely between Palestinian cities and travel abroad. [bz]21/6/2017
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I’m a 90-year-old woman who has lived in Israel for 50 years – here is what I think about Israeli settlementsRuth Kedar - Independent - Since I witnessed its beginnings half a century ago, the occupation has only got worse. The size and scale of settlements is something I can’t get over. I know every little road and every little village of the West Bank and it is frightening to see them swallowed up piece by piece by indistinguishable rows of red roofs that multiply across Palestinian land. It is robbery that is devoid of shame.-rh 21/6/2017
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Family rejects Israeli narrative of Palestinian killed at checkpoint as father is detainedMa`an - The Israeli army said at the time of Bahaa al-Hirbawi’s killing that he was attempting to carry out a knife attack on Israeli forces who were conducting out a “routine check" at the Jabaa military checkpoint. Relatives cited eyewitness accounts as saying that Israeli forces stopped Bahaa at the Jabaa checkpoint on his way back home from Ramallah and surrounded him. After that, “nobody knows what happened,” they said. "In response to the immediate threat, forces fired towards the attacker and a hit was confirmed," the IDF spokesperson told Ma’an, and acknowledged, after being asked for clarification, that the man was in fact killed. No Israelis were injured.[bz]21/6/2017
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B’Tselem field researchers detained by Israeli police in HebronAmit Gilutz - B`Tselem - B’Tselem field researchers Manal al-Ja’bri and Musa Abu Hashhash were detained in Hebron while documenting the increase in movement restrictions imposed by the military at the Bakery Checkpoint. Al-Ja’bri was questioned and held in police custody in the settlement of Kiryat Arba until late night. Abu Hashhash was held at the checkpoint for about 40 minutes and released. [ak] 21/6/2017
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Write to NY Times about Gaza power cuts 21/6/2017
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Lighting the sky of Gaza 19/6/2017
Video: Ramadan in GazaThe Electronic Intifada - "Ramadan, a time of worship and joy for Muslims around the globe, is mixed with sadness in Gaza.During Ramadan three years ago, Israel launched a massive military offensive that would last 51 days and claim more than 2,200 Palestinian lives.The many families in Gaza who lost loved ones during that offensive, and the ones that came before it, feel little joy in their absence." ca 16/6/2017
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Gaza: Looming humanitarian catastrophe highlights need to lift Israel’s 10-year illegal blockadeAmnesty International - The Israeli authorities must immediately lift the illegal blockade and end their collective punishment of Gaza’s population.-rh14/6/2017
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The PA’s wrongful actions towards Gaza residents does not mean Israel can shirk its responsibility for their fateAmit Gilutz - B`Tselem - The Gaza Strip is in the throes of a humanitarian disaster. It is a crisis with severe, sometimes even fatal, consequences for the two million or so people living there. Without a regular power supply, all aspects of life are harmed; even the water and sewage systems are paralyzed, and untreated sewage flows straight into the Mediterranean. This reality is part of an Israeli policy, of the blockade Israel has imposed on Gaza for the past ten years, consigning its residents to living in abject poverty under practically inhuman conditions unparalleled in the modern world. [ak]13/6/2017
Israeli Navy Opens Fire On Palestinian Fishermen And Farmers In GazaIMEMC News & Agencies - "Israeli navy ships attacked, Sunday, [...] Palestinian fishing boats and farmers in the northern and southern parts of the besieged Gaza Strip" [ry]12/6/2017
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Jewish and Palestinian peace activists are building their own Standing Rock on the West Bank Daoud Kuttab - LA Times "Traditionally, Israeli peace groups have limited their activities to Israel proper, holding rallies in opposition to government policies in the comfort of Tel Aviv...A breakthrough occurred recently when a coalition of five Palestinian, Israeli and Jewish diaspora groups, inspired by the Standing Rock protests in the United States, created Sumud Freedom Camp in the West Bank village of Sarura, in South Hebron." ca9/6/2017
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