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UNRWA Forced to Suspend Gaza Assistance Due to Lack of Fundsby UNWRA - IMEMC "Gaza, 27 January 2015: UNRWA has been forced to suspend its cash assistance programme in Gaza to tens of thousands of people for repairs to damaged and destroyed homes and for rental subsidies to the homeless... It is easy to look at these numbers and lose sight of the fact that we are talking about thousands of families who continue to suffer through this cold winter with inadequate shelter. People are literally sleeping amongst the rubble, children have died of hypothermia”. USD 5.4 billion was pledged at the Cairo conference last October and virtually none of it has reached Gaza. This is distressing and unacceptable.” ca30/1/2015
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Israeli forces weld shut the doors of an elderly Palestinian woman’s houses on Shuhada StreetInternational Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team - This afternoon in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron), Israeli forces gathered on Shuhada street, surrounding the doorways to the two houses belonging to Aamal Hashem Dundes, an elderly Palestinian woman, and her family. A soldier, wielding a torch and various other equipment, welded shut the doors. Soldiers and police kept international and Palestinian observers away as the houses were sealed up.-rh 21/1/2015
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Palestinians in East Jerusalem go 10 months without water : Israel refuses to connect four neighborhoods in its self-declared capital to running water.Mairav Zonszein - +972 - The Water Authority and the Ministry of Infrastructure have said that they do not intend to connect the houses in these neighborhoods to the water supply, but rather will expand the flow to the central pipelines. This, despite admitting themselves that it will not solve the problem for the roughly 80,000 residents living in these areas.-rh 21/1/2015
Occupation Captured : A week of occupation in photosChristian Peacemaker Teams - Pictured here: Palestinian children playing in the streets of Hebron. Next to them and above them is the illegal settlement of Beit Romano, and the ever watchful eyes of the Israeli Military. Despite the presence of the occupation, they continue to play and practice their athletic tricks on their streets. THIS is resistance.-rh 21/1/2015
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IDF detains a child and destroys four structures Operation Dove - PRESS RELEASE - At about 9.00 a.m. IDF bulldozers started to tear down two houses and two animal shelters, belonged to the Palestinian Rabai family in Ar-Rifa`iyya. The demolitions affected a total of twenty-five people, included ten children. The Municipality placed two tents to let the people involved have a place to stay at least during the night. 21/1/2015
General Briefing: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli PrisonsAdameer - This general briefing, prepared by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, provides a comprehensive overview of the situation of Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli prisons and detention centers. The issues covered include different violations that prisoners are subjected to, including torture, isolation, and medical negligence, as well as the main categories of prisoners, such as women, children and administrative detainees.-rh14/1/2015
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Israeli settlers attack US consulate convoy in the West Bank (Updated) Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss - On Friday, American security personnel accompanying staff from the United States Consulate in Jerusalem drew their weapons on violent Israeli settlers who attacked a two vehicle U.S. convoy outside the Palestinian town of Turmusaya in the West Bank. Consulate staff were investigating an incident which took place on private Palestinian land on the first night of 2015 when six thousand recently planted olive saplings were uprooted, and dozens of old olive trees were destroyed by violent Jewish settlers from an illegal outpost, Adei Ad, near Turmusaya.-rh7/1/2015
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Video: One of Gaza`s most beautiful neighbourhoods still lies in ruin Kiran Moodley - The Independent - Five months on, little has changed in Al-Shejaiya [ry]5/1/2015
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Palestinian Man Crushed to Death at Israeli CheckpointIMEMC News & Agencies - "A Palestinian man from the occupied West Bank village of Farun died Wednesday morning, after being crushed to death inside an Israeli checkpoint near Tulkarem, while trying to get to work... 39-year-old Ahmad Samih Bdeir, who was on his way to a construction job inside Israel, choked to death in extreme overcrowding amid large numbers of people trying to cross the al-Tayba checkpoint, also called "Shaar Efrayim"." ca2/1/2015
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Potemkin Villages at Erez CheckpointTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - They, who had been attacked by IDF soldiers, injured and killed by IDF soldiers, and lost their homes and all they had because of IDF soldier, saw this hospital as a cynical exploitation of their situation. “What are they thinking? They shoot and kill us and we are supposed to kiss the hands that put bandages over the injuries they created and thank them?” a resident of the Strip said to me. “Even if I or one of my kids or relatives were injured during the war, we wouldn’t dare step out of the house, go out of the neighborhood and cross the line towards the soldiers to get to the hospital. Because if I tried getting there they would kill me while I was still on my way”.-rh 1/1/2015
Sheltering Gaza`s displacedMegan O`Toole - Aljazeera - Althamna`s frustration is echoed by many of Gaza`s displaced, who are running out of patience with overcrowded and underfunded temporary shelters and a lack of progress on reconstruction. Milina Shahin, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency (UNRWA), acknowledged the difficult circumstances - but as for when displaced residents will be able to return home, "it is the question no-one can answer".-rh1/1/2015
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Extremist settlers hurls abuse at injured ISM activistAlly Cohen - ISM - "“Leave, Nazi! Go to Auschwitz, go to Gaza, go to Syria!”" - id 31/12/2014
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Two Palestinians injured by army fire near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC/Jerusalem Post - On Monday night, two Palestinians have been injured, one seriously, after Israeli soldiers opened fire on their car, driving in Beit Ummar north of Hebron. Beit Ummar resident Ibrahim Sabri was shot in the head and taken to the al- Ahli hospital in Hebron suffering a serious injury. Israeli military sources asserted that the soldiers opened fire after an explosive device was thrown at them out of the car (and did not explode). [ak]30/12/2014
Palestinian youth shot dead by Israeli forces south of NablusMa`an News Agency - "Thiab is the 50th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank in 2014" [ry] 29/12/2014
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Video: Christmas in Bethlehem Gets More Fascinating Every YearPNN/Bethlehem - "The Palestinian Christmas season this year aimed to deliver the message of Jesus Christ: Love and Justice, under the slogan "All I want For Christmas Is Justice". The theme is a perfect fit for the situation , since Palestinians can barely breathe under the Israeli occupation...Christmas remains a beacon of hope for all Palestinians as a cry for justice and peace, and a wish to be occupation free." ca26/12/2014
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`No home and no hope`: Palestinians struggling to rebuild their lives amid the Gaza rubbleKIM SENGUPTA - The Independence - The reconstruction plan was set up between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the UN. The conditions stipulated by the Israeli government for allowing supplies in have been labelled draconian, designed to prevent Gaza’s development. The Israelis insist they are vital to ensure that the material is not used for military purposes by Hamas.-rh 24/12/2014
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Israeli rightists tour Aqsa compound for Jewish holiday Ma`an News Agency - Israeli rightists entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah as Palestinians protested near the Moroccan Gate. Mosque guards told Ma`an that at least 68 Israelis entered and toured the compound under armed guard.-rh24/12/2014
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At West Bank checkpoint, a fleeting victory for Palestinian laborersHaggai Matar - +972 - Thousands of Palestinian laborers refused to pass through a West Bank checkpoint in protest of overcrowding and bad treatment from Israeli guards. A day later, their demands were met at the privatized checkpoint, but many believe the improvements won’t last long. [bz]23/12/2014
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Gaza remains a ‘pressure cooker’ as Israel-Hamas tensions continueJoel Greenberg - McClatchy DC - “Four months after the war, `the government of Israel has not made any move to take the diplomatic initiative and promote an arrangement in Gaza, and in fact nothing has changed,` Anat Hefetz, an activist from Kibbutz Nirim, told Israel Radio. `The approach of the decision-makers is to continue with a low-intensity conflict here, to maintain a kind of status quo of managing the conflict without trying to fundamentally change it`" [ry]22/12/2014
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What Will Israel Become?Roger Cohen - New York Times - “We are not willing to accept that mothers and fathers on the other side don’t want peace. They also want it, and I understand that they have a lack of hope just like here.” ak21/12/2014
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Egypt opens Rafah Crossing - but for two days only Dünya Bülteni (World Bulletin) - For the first time since late October, Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing for incoming passengers from the Gaza Strip. However, the opening is limited to two days and only Gazas with serious illnesses,students and foreign nationals will be allowed to cross. An Egyptian official, citing "security reasons", said there was no decision yet to allow the permanent and full opening of the crossing.21/12/2014
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Hamas warns of Israeli `foolishness` as leftists denounce Gaza attackMa`an - Palestinian political organizations widely denounced the bombing, condemning Israel for its repeated violations of the August ceasefire. Israeli forces have opened fire on Palestinian fishermen at sea and civilians near the border repeatedly, injuring dozens and killing one. [bz]21/12/2014
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Soldiers Invade Eastern Areas In Rafah, Khan YounisIMEMC - Israel recently started operations to replace a number of military gates of the border fence with Gaza, largely used for limited invasions into Palestinians lands. [bz]16/12/2014
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PA: Israel responsible for killing ministerMa`an News Agency - "Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli pathologists participated in the autopsy at Al-Quds university. The Israeli pathologist did not sign the autopsy report, although he reportedly approved of the results, al-Sheikh said."After hearing the results of the post-mortem, the Palestinian government holds Israel fully responsible for the killing of Ziad Abu Ein," PA spokesman Ihab Bseiso told reporters."12/12/2014
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Army Confiscates 321 Dunams Of Palestinians Lands In RamallahIMEMC - "In what seems to be an attempt to nullify a ruling by the Israeli High Court, allowing the Palestinians to use bypass road #443, Israel decided to illegally expropriate 321 Dunams of Palestinian lands, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah." - id 10/12/2014
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Friday 12.12. Marching against the Wall, Occupation, and Settlements in Nabi Saleh , Kufr Qaddum, Al Ma`asara , Ni`lin and Bil`inRegister for Transportation9/12/2014
Palestinians ruled by secret regulations even the army can`t explainMaayan Niezna - +972 - Whether they want to attend family gatherings, open a business or visit sick relatives, Palestinians under occupation must adhere to military regulations, the vast majority of which are hidden from public scrutiny [ry]8/12/2014
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Israeli forces detain 12 fishermen off Gaza coastMa`an News Agency - "Israeli gunboats confiscated the four fishing boats, taking them to an unknown destination" [ry]8/12/2014
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Note to Adelson : An occupying regime is neither democratic, nor Jewish, a co-founder of Breaking the Silence writes.Yehuda Shaul - The Jewish week - While democracy is not an imperative feature of Israel for Adelson, Judaism is. To understand his vision of the Jewish state’s character, there is no need to activate one’s imagination or search in far away places. It is enough to visit Hebron. The importance of the city in Jewish history is undeniable.-rh4/12/2014
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