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Israel discretely increases number of entry permits for Gaza workers Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor " Under cover of political and other events, without any fanfare or official announcements, Israel has coordinated with Hamas to increase the number of entry permits granted to Palestinians in Gaza. The additional 2,000 permits appear to be meant for Palestinian laborers, under the guise of “traders.” This is the first time since Hamas mounted a military coup in June 2007 and took control of Gaza that Israel has taken such a significant step in terms of improving the Gaza economy. While the numbers are still relatively small and will not make a drastic economic change to the enclave’s 2 million residents, it’s a start." ca 13/7/2019
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“From Here, From There” - exhibition in the one remaining house of the 1948 destroyed village al-Ma`inEitan Bronstein Aparicio - De-Coloniser - "The White House Gallery” in kibbutz Nir Oz is located in the only house still standing of the village al-Ma`in, destroyed in 1948. A new exhibit by Eitan Bronstein Aparicio will present there the story of that Palestinian village. The historical and geographical surrounding of the gallery will be shown with the involvement of the refugees from al-Ma`in who most of them are living in Khan Yunis, 8 km away in the Gaza Strip. Ahmad Salman Saqer Abu Sitta is the grandson of the man who built the house of the gallery. In the invitation photo he`s pointing at the lands of his village from his current home in Khan Yunis. He can only say "I`m from there" but can`t return, nor even visit his hometown. This exhibit is an attempt to overcome the fragmentation of the space by violent military power and control. [ak]9/7/2019
IDF: Officer killed in failed Gaza raid was felled by friendly fireJudah Ari Gross - Times of Israel - The IDF Special Operations Division is undergoing upheaval in the wake of last November`s fiasco, when an undercover unit failed in a long-planned penetration into the Gazan city of Khan Younis, with the intention to install a listening device in order to intercept Hamas communications. The soldiers, pretending to be Palestinians, acted suspiciously and were stopped and questioned by Hamas operatives. Having been unmasked, they engaged in an intense firefight and were finally extracted by the risky landing of an IDF helicopter inside the Strip. The now released report of an IDF investigation reveals that the force`s commanding officer, of his name was in fact killed by Israeli "friendly fire". Recriminations over responsibility for the fiasco led to the forced resignation of the head of Special Operations and of several lower ranking officers. [ak]9/7/2019
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This five year old is a very complicated security problem!Gisha - Israeli Knesset Members of ask the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) to allow a five-year-old born in the Gaza Strip to move to the West Bank along with his mother and four siblings. Kawthar Hemo moved from the West Bank to Gaza in 2000 following her marriage to a resident of the Strip. Since February 2017, Hemo has been trying to obtain a permit from Israel that would allow her to move back to the West Bank with her children. Hemo’s registered address, as recognized by Israel, is in the West Bank. In 2012, she updated the addresses of her four older children in the population registry to West Bank addresses, in keeping with her own. When she tried to do the same for her youngest son, now five years old, Israel wouldn’t allow her to. For this reason, Israel is refusing to let him travel to the West Bank with his mother and siblings.[ak] 2/7/2019
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High Court Orders Israel to return seized boats to Gazan fishermanJerusalem Post Staff - Israel returned a boat to fisherman Abad Al-Moati Al-Habil from the Gaza Strip following long legal proceedings that human rights organization Gisha--the center for freedom of movement of Palestinans, "Adalah"--the legal center for the rights of Arab minorities in Israel and the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza administered. This comes after Israel held it over the course of three years. Similarly, at the request of the organizations, the state told the High Court of Justice that in the course of the 4 upcoming months, it will return another approximately 65 boats that were captured from the hands of the fishers in the Strip. [ak] Israel returned a boat to fisherman Abad Al-Moati Al-Habil from the Gaza Strip following long legal proceedings that human rights organization Gisha--the center for freedom of movement of Palestinans, "Adalah"--the legal center for the rights of Arab minorities in Israel and the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza administered. This comes after Israel held it over the course of three years. Similarly, at the request of the organizations, the state told the High Court of Justice that in the course of the 4 upcoming months, it will return another approximately 65 boats that were captured from the hands of the fishers in the Strip. [ak]2/7/2019
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REVEALED: Israel’s Illegal Rules of Engagement in Gaza Lets Snipers Shoot ‘Key Instigators’ Even When They Move Away from Protest (VIDEO)IMEMC News & Agencies - “Adalah Attorney Suhad Bishara […]: ‘The Israeli military – which has up until now kept secret its vague definition of the invented category of ‘key instigator’ – now openly reveals that this category was created retroactively in order to justify the shootings of people who posed no real and immediate danger to Israeli soldiers or civilians” [ry] 24/6/2019
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PCR testimony to UN: 207 Palestinians killed, 12707 wounded in 15 months of border shootings Palestinian Center for Human Rights (Gaza) - At the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices, meeting in Amman, the The PCHR presented a detailed testimony concerning such issues as the continuing Israel army`s willful shooting, wounding and killing of participating in the peaceful demonstrations, which broke out along the borders between Israeli and the Gaza Strip. Since the beginning of the "Great March of Return" on March 30 last year, Israeli forces killed 207 Palestinians, including 44 children and one woman, and wounded 12707 others, including 2532 children and 385 women. The injuries of some of those wounded was reported very serious, and dozens had to have either their lower or upper limbs amputated. [ak]18/6/2019
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A high-tech facelift takes the sting out of an Israeli checkpoint — but not out of the occupationRuth Eglash - The Washington Post - It’s Qalandia — the notorious Israeli military checkpoint known for its reviled metal turnstiles and caged tunnels. For nearly two decades, thousands of Palestinian civilians were forced to wait here, sometimes for hours, as they tried to enter Israel for work, school, medical appointments or family visits. As the main crossing into Jerusalem from Ramallah, the de facto Palestinian capital, Qalandia has become a stark symbol of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and a constant source of humiliation for ordinary Palestinians. It also serves as a daily reminder of how deeply Israel controls their lives.-rh18/6/2019
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Civilians deliberately targeted in Gaza attacks, reports findOren Ziv - +972 - Two separate investigations by B’Tselem and Human Rights Watch determine that the Israeli army and Palestinian armed groups unlawfully targeted civilian populations during the most recent Gaza escalation [ry] 17/6/2019
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Addressing the needs of Gaza patients on the waitlist - a success storyOCHA (UN office for Coordination of Humanitarian Help) - 39-year-old Najwa Hamad, a resident of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip - suffers from throat pain, severe coughing, difficult swallowing and insomnia, among other symptoms. Najwa was diagnosed as suffering from an inflammation of her tonsils that required their urgent removal. However, since government hospitals were overcrowded as a result of emergency surgeries associated with the “Great March of Return”, she had trouble scheduling her surgery. Since she and her husband are unemployed, she had no option of paying for treatment in a private hospital. But with funding from the Humanitarian Fund for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt HF), the Union of Health Work Committees referred Najwa to a private hospital, Al Awda. There, a specialist changed the diagnosis after finding a tumor on her right tonsil, as well as other medical conditions that were to be treated after the surgery. Having gone through the surgery, Najwa’s physical and mental health improved.[ak] 4/6/2019
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