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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

Video - Gaza struggles to rebuild as blockade remainsCharles Stratford - AlJazeera - Israel blocks shipments of building materials to Gaza, accusing Hamas of wanting to rebuild tunnels [ry]22/9/2014
Gaza families mourn amid failure to find missing shipwreck victimsMa`an News Agency - "Due to unrest in neighboring Libya and heavy surveillance of the seas off the Moroccan coast, thousands of migrants have started making the trek from Egypt in recent months, a far more lengthy -- and far more dangerous -- trip than before" [ry]22/9/2014
Israeli forces disperse West Bank protests with rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades.Ma`an - **Nabi Saleh is the site of weekly protests against the Israeli occupation, with residents demanding that lands confiscated for settlement building be returned to them. **In Bilin Israeli forces fired at protesters as they neared Israel’s wall, raising Palestinian flags, chanting a song for unity and calling for the release of prisoners. **In Masara, near Bethlehem, Israeli forces blocked dozens of Palestinian and internationals marching in the village to protest against Israel`s confiscation of land in the area. [bz]20/9/2014
Gaza ceasefire proving once again to be part of the ‘occupation game’Pam Bailey - Mondoweiss - This lukewarm truce in Gaza is part of a long, boringly consistent pattern. A 2009 study that tracked patterns of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza over the course of eight years revealed that unlike what Western mainstream media coverage of the conflict suggests, Israel violates the vast majority of ceasefires first.-rh18/9/2014
Gaza: Life amid the rubbleYolande Knell - BBC News - More than 400,000 of Gaza`s residents were displaced by Israel`s recent 50-day military operation. Some 18,000 homes were also destroyed and many more were damaged. One of the worst affected neighbourhoods was Shejaiya, near the eastern border, where the Israeli military says it targeted Palestinian militants and their tunnels.-rh18/9/2014
How the Shin Bet holds Gazans` health ransomResources - +972 - "The practice of leveraging Gazans’ access to health care in order to get intelligence information out of them has been documented in the past." - id17/9/2014
After the CeasefireOmar Robert Hamilton - London Review of Books - On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the following.-rh17/9/2014
How do you stop Palestinians unionizing? Cancel their entry permitsMichael Schaeffer & Omer-Man - +972 - "A journey into the dark heart of Israel’s permit regime." - id 17/9/2014
15 Palestinian migrants dead after boat capsizes off Egypt coastMa`an News Agency - "Fifteen migrants from Gaza died on Saturday after a boat they were riding in capsized in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of al-Ajami near Alexandria in northern Egypt, Egyptian military sources said" [ry]15/9/2014
Autopsy Reveals Slain Detainee Died Of Extreme TortureSaed Bannoura - IMEMC " Issa Qaraqe’, head of the Detainees’ Committee at the Palestinian Authority, stated that detainee Raed Abdul-Salaam al-Ja’bari, 37, died after being severely and repeatedly tortured by Israeli interrogators.Qaraqe’ accused Israel of committing two main crimes against al-Ja’bari by alleging he hanged himself in his cell, and by trying to falsify and hide the leading cause of death, which is extreme and brutal torture." ca12/9/2014
We Just Want to LiveTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - There is also no statistics that take under account the young men who left their homes in Hebron in seek of work in Jerusalem, or as they call it: “to bring bread to the children”, and got caught by the border police who drove them and dumped them at the checkpoint like an object of no use. They also just want to live.-rh 10/9/2014
Did Israel commit war crimes in Rafah?Karin Laub and Ibrahim Barzak - The Christian Science Monitor - A Palestinian rights group argues that the Israeli army violated the rules of war, which include giving adequate warning to civilians, using proportionate force and distinguishing between civilians and combatants. Unlike in many other Gaza battles, civilians were caught by surprise by the sudden fire and sealed exits.-rh4/9/2014
When the school day ends with tear gasInternational Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team - This afternoon, September 2nd, two ISM volunteers watched over Salaymeh checkpoint at school closing time. Two Israeli soldiers were stationed at the checkpoint to begin with, and as usual, children started walking home after a day at school. At one point two young boys threw stones at the checkpoint. This was shortly followed by a short-range tear gas canister fired by one of the soldiers, which was aimed at the stone-throwing children but primarily affected those who needed to pass the cloud of tear gas in order to reach their homes.-rh4/9/2014
Failure in GazaAssaf Sharon - The New York Review of Books - In Israel, endless controversy over Gaza has overlooked one question: How did we get here in the first place? Why, after a considerable period of relative calm, did Hamas resume rocket fire into Israel?-rh3/9/2014
Israelis unsure whether they won or lost in GazaJonathan Cook - The View from Nazareth - In late July, as Israel launched its ground offensive, Netanyahu’s approval ratings stood at 82 per cent. Days before the current ceasefire took effect on 26 August, that figure had slumped to 55 per cent.-rh 3/9/2014
Israeli forces use Palestinian child as human shield in GazaDefence for Children International - Ahmad, from Khuza`a, near the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, was just 16 years old when he was taken from his family on July 23. He was forced at gunpoint to search for tunnels for five days, during which time he was interrogated, verbally and physically abused, and deprived of food and sleep.-rh28/8/2014
Rolling in underground tunnelsSlavoj Žižek - Mondoweiss - Today in Gaza, the Israeli military is fighting not only in underground tunnels, but also against the natives of the land. They are fighting not only against Hamas, but also against Palestine itself. They --alongside the West-- are fighting against a nation that they have tried to expel from the land for almost 70 years now. They are fighting not only because of these tunnels, but also and precisely to conquer the land within which the tunnels were dug.-rh28/8/2014
All the Masks Have been RemovedTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - This year the appearances have been removed. All the masks have been removed. During the four Fridays of the Ramadan month in Qalandiya checkpoint the occupation had been disclosed, and all its shame was made visible in the public sphere.-rh 27/8/2014
Resistance and Tear GasSaeeda Al-Rashid - IMEMC News - “The word ‘apartheid’ is often used to criticize Israeli racism and the Israeli state’s policies of segregation. But on the street level, what does apartheid actually look like? While living in occupied Khalil under Israeli military occupation for a few months, I experienced only the beginning of the answer to those questions. The rest is in the lived experience of businessmen and women, school children, farmers and shepherds who have lived under occupation for forty-plus years” [ry]25/8/2014
Homeless Gazans struggle to find shelterMohammed Othman - Al-Monitor - Abu Assar and her 13-member family fled the neighborhood of Shajaiya in eastern Gaza following a major attack by Israeli forces on July 19. “The situation is increasingly worsening in the hospital park, where thousands of displaced people have taken refuge,” Abu Assar told Al-Monitor.-rh 21/8/2014
Palestinians, Europeans support reopening Rafah crossingDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - With or without the movement of goods, the reopening of Rafah on a 24-hour basis after the implementation of a permanent cease-fire would have a profound effect on the besieged residents of Gaza, who would consider it the most visible sign that the war and the siege of Gaza are finally over.-rh 21/8/2014
In 2008 Israel Agreed to a Protocol for the Port of Gaza : Why not now?Paul Larudee - Dissidentvoice - In short, there is nothing in the Hamas demands that Israel cannot accept and has not already accepted in similar circumstances, as long as international monitors are placed in charge of implementing agreed protocols for control and security. This is a common sense solution that can meet the requirements of all concerned and allow Gaza to develop itself in ways that are well established in the rest of the world.-rh 21/8/2014
How a Palestinian turned airstrikes into artLauren Hansen - The Week - It`s a harsh reality for those living in the war zone. But 27-year-old Tawfik Gebreel, who lives in Gaza, chooses to find some hope among the wreckage. The Palestinian architect and artist turns photos from the conflict into inspirational portraits of serenity, love, and strength. Using Photoshop, Gebreel manipulates plumes of black smoke into a father playing with his child, a fist emerging from ruins, and a stallion rearing above the crumbling cityscape.-rh20/8/2014
Gaza children unable to go back to schoolFares Akram - Aljazeera - A math teacher, al-Arqan was meant to return to school in less than a week. But as violence has resumed in Gaza after the breakdown of ceasefire talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo, the school year has been postponed indefinitely in the besieged Palestinian territory.-rh20/8/2014
New Gaza truce holding after shaky startMaan News - After days of shuttle diplomacy, the agreement clinched by Egypt ushered in what is potentially the longest period of calm in the five-week conflict and will allow more time for talks on the thorniest issues that separate the two sides, the Palestinians said.-rh 14/8/2014
As war with Israel shatters lives, more Gazans question Hamas decisionsSudarsan Raghavan - The Washington Post - So, after more than a month of war and devastation, Abu Halool speaks words that once seemed unthinkable: He says that although he despises Israel, he also blames Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups for his woes.-rh13/8/2014
How the War in Gaza Could Have Been Avoided : The US and Israel passed on chance after chance to avoid the deadly war in Gaza—and prevent the deaths of thousands.Sandy Tolan - The Nation - Alongside the toll of death and broken lives, perhaps the saddest reality of the latest Gaza war, like the Gaza wars before it, is how easy it would have been to avoid. For the last eight years, Israel and the US had repeated opportunities to opt for a diplomatic solution in Gaza. Each time, they have chosen war, with devastating consequences for the families of Gaza.-rh 13/8/2014
NEWSLETTER 13 Aug. 2014B`Tselem - Newsletter - I`m in a constant state of fear. When I`m at home, I fear for myself, my wife and my daughters. When I go out, I`m afraid of being bombed, or that a nearby building or the street I`m in will be bombed. But I am the channel through which information reaches the office, and from there – the world, so I haven`t stopped working.-rh13/8/2014
Potatoes for Gaza - emergency food aid Gershon Baskin - The Israeli vegetable growers` association is going to destroy 5000 tons "surplus" potatoes on Sunday, and pay the farmers 0.50 NIS per kilo ($0.144) as compensation. If the sum can be collected in time - $730,000 for 5000 tons - it would be possible to send the potatoes to Gaza via a reputable international charitable organization and let them be distributed to the most needy. So far, some 36,000 Dollars were collected, and five days remain to raise the rest. ak12/8/2014
Welcome to the status quo — a tour of the occupationNaomi Dann - Mondoweiss "As a first time visitor to the region, and as someone who had studied this so-called conflict extensively in an academic setting, it was incredibly powerful and disturbing to witness the visual manifestations of the occupation and to meet people working to bring peace with justice to the region. Infrastructure plays a subtle yet violent role in enforcing and expanding the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank. The separation wall, check points, the plethora of barbed wire, settler-only roads running over Palestinian underpasses, and rooftop water tanks are visually striking elements of the architecture of occupation. Equally striking, however, is the resilience and strength of popular resistance against the occupation." ca8/8/2014
Gaza`s health and humanitarian crisisKristin Solberg - The Lancet - The deadliest attack on a health facility was the shelling of al Aqsa hospital in Deir al Balah in central Gaza on July 21. The hospital came under direct tank fire several times, and the surgical ward, the intensive care unit, and pieces of life-saving equipment were severely damaged. Four people died instantly and six died later from injuries, according to WHO.-rh 7/8/2014
We are all complicit in the bombardment of GazaANDREW SMITH - Open Democracy - Yesterday Baroness Sayeeda Warsi resigned from the UK government in opposition to its uncritical support of Israel, while Scotland`s First Minister Alex Salmond called for an embargo on all arms sales to Israel. In Birmingham activist group London Palestine Action successfully shut down and occupied a factory owned by Elbit Systems, Israel`s largest arms company.-rh7/8/2014
Eight Days in Gaza: A Wartime DiaryAtef Abu Saif - New York Times - Sunday, July 27 For the last two hours we’ve heard nothing but sonic booms and the sound of rockets and mortars. Shells have fallen on our street a few hundred yards from my father-in-law’s house, where my wife and I, and our five kids, are staying, and on the street behind us.-rh7/8/2014
Gazans return to their neighborhoods — and find them decimatedSwati Sharma - The Washington Post - Another cease-fire took effect between Israeli forces and Hamas in Gaza, allowing many residents to venture back to their homes. Many found their houses in ruins and tried to salvage any belongings that might have survived the fighting. Others took the time to search for any victims buried in the piles of rubble. Intense airstrikes and ground attacks have taken a huge toll on many towns in the region. Here is a look at Gaza almost a month after Israel began Operation Protective Edge.-rh6/8/2014
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