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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/IsraelShir Hever - IMEMC - "Ben White discusses his new book, “Cracks in the Wall”, which examines narratives that challenge the Israeli colonization of Palestine and their recent successes." - id17/1/2019
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Israel opens `apartheid road` in occupied West BankMegan Giovannetti - Aljazeera - Route 4370 has a high wall in the middle, topped with fencing that segregates the road into two separate two-way lanes. The western side is for Palestinians in the West Bank to use to go around Jerusalem, which they cannot enter without an Israeli military-issued permit, while the eastern side serves Israeli settlers going to and from Jerusalem. Palestinians from the village of Anata, which lies on the outskirts of Jerusalem but is separated from the city by Israel`s barrier wall, say part of the highway is built on Anata`s land.-rh 16/1/2019
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The many battles of Gadi EisenkotYossi Yehoshua - Y-net - Eisenkot inherited a greatly deterred Gaza, but his replacement Aviv Kochavi will have to contend with the significant erosion of that deterrence. In addition, the IDF`s performance and results in recent rounds of fighting against the strip have not been good. But the main problem during Eisenkot`s term is the issue of motivation. The motivation to serve in combat units reached an unprecedented low during his tenure. Even the motivation for enlisted service is constantly in decline; with no other tasks but keeping order in the Territories and skirmishing of Gaza fence, young officers feel less inclined to continue with a military career. [ak] 15/1/2019
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Gaza: 39 straight Fridays of protestsPodcasts: Gaza - "Demonstrators, who launched the protests on March 30, are calling for the right of return for Palestinian refugees, under the United Nations Resolution 194, and demanding an end to the 12-year Israeli blockade.Since the rallies first began, more than 215 Palestinians have been killed and at least 18,000 others injured by Israeli forces." ca 11/1/2019
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Republicans push recognition of Israeli annexation of GolanMaureen Clare Murphy - Electronic Intifada "As the Senate considers a bipartisan defense of the Israeli government from boycotts, senior Republicans are urging the Trump administration to recognize Israel’s claims of sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights." ca 11/1/2019
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`Israel`s permit regime isn`t about security, it`s about segregation`Edo Konrad - +972 - "The permit system for Palestinians allows Israel to recruit informants, suppress political activity, and create an opaque system of segregation and control." - id10/1/2019
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Hamas warns of escalation after Egypt border closure, Qatari funds stalledi24NEWS/AFP - As Egypt’s border crossing with the Gaza Strip remains closed and Israel is said to have frozen incoming Qatari aid to the blockaded enclave, extremist groups in Gaza have warned that worsening circumstances for residents could lead to a violent escalation with Israel. Though Qatari funds are supposed to reach Gaza within two days according to Hebrew media reports, the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt remains closed for Palestinians seeking to leave Gaza (...) [bz] 8/1/2019
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Ten years after the first war on Gaza, Israel still plans endless brute forceAvi Shlaim - The Guardian - Israel’s conduct during the first Gaza war was placed under an uncompromising lens by the UN Human Rights Council’s independent fact-finding mission headed by Richard Goldstone, the distinguished South African judge who happened to be both a Jew and a Zionist. Goldstone and his team found that both Hamas and the Israel Defence Forces had committed violations of the laws of war by deliberately harming civilians. The IDF received more severe strictures than Hamas on account of the bigger scale and seriousness of its violations.-rh8/1/2019
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Gaza’s Opioid Problem : For people living under Israeli siege, with high unemployment, tramadol is a means of escape.Miriam Berger - The Nation - The anti-drug classes, however, are something relatively new for conservative Gaza, where drug use is highly stigmatized, but widespread abuse of the synthetic opiate painkiller tramadol is now part of the coastal enclave’s many interconnected crises. Khael started giving lessons in schools (for boys only) last year to combat addiction in a police program that’s part of the Hamas-run government’s own “War on Drugs”—despite criticism that Hamas has long profited from the drug trade along the way.-rh8/1/2019
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The benevolent bureaucrats of military occupationMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - "Israeli occupation bureaucrats shamelessly exploit Palestinian patients from Gaza to present their military rule over a besieged people as benign or even benevolent" [ry] 31/12/2018
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Gaza Christians Obstructed from Travelling to BethlehemIMEMC News - "According to local sources, the Christians, who form a minority in Gaza, annually apply for `holiday permits` to the West Bank, however, most of the time Israeli authorities purposely file permits for the parents and not the children, or, in other cases, for the mother and not the father" [ry] 24/12/2018
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Chasing dreams outside Gaza’s wallsHamza Abu Eltarabesh - EI - “Traveling is a distant dream for most people in Gaza. Gaza’s economy is in freefall: there is widespread poverty, little hope, no prospects and the regular bouts of violence affects everyone. The sheer enormity of people’s situation here means thoughts of leaving are uppermost in the minds of many, especially the young and ambitious” [ry] 24/12/2018
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What an Israeli army closure on Ramallah looks likeZena Tahhan - +972 - The Israeli army imposed a military closure on the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, and closed major checkpoints between cities. The closure, raids, and restrictions on movement followed two drive-by shootings carried out by Palestinians this week near illegal settlements. Two Israeli soldiers were killed in one of the shootings, and in the other, several Israeli settlers were wounded, including a pregnant woman whose baby was delivered prematurely and later died.-rh18/12/2018
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The left-right debate in Israel is over the speed of colonization, not how to end itJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss "In a recent interview with TV host Avri Gilad one of the organization’s leaders, Uzi Arad, former head of the Institute for National Security Studies, laid out the group’s vision and said they hope the campaign is “hitting the awareness” of people. The vision is the notion that the ‘Jewish and democratic’ state is under threat – a demographic threat. The whole discussion is framed against the notion of a possible annexation of Area C of the West Bank, which comprises more than 60% of the area, surrounding some 165 Palestinian enclaves in a Bantustanized archipelago. This area C under full Israeli control is a design of the Oslo Accords of the mid 1990’s. Prominent proponents of its immediate annexation are people such as Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Education Minister Naftali Bennett (both Jewish Home party), who are to the right of Netanyahu. These areas have contained an estimated 300,000 Palestinians in a UN count of 2014, and it is likely close to 350,000 by today. Shaked says that Israel can afford ‘absorbing’ this population." ca15/12/2018
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No Dramatic Makeover Can Turn Abu Dis Into the Capital of PalestineJONATHAN COOK - Washington Report on Middle East Affairs - Any visitor venturing to this small West Bank town is confronted by a vast expanse of 26-feet-high concrete slabs—Israel’s so-called separation wall. Sections are charred black by fires residents set years ago in the hope of weakening the structure and bringing it down. Before the wall was erected more than a decade ago, Abu Dis had a spectacular view across the valley to Jerusalem’s Old City and the iconic golden-topped Dome of the Rock, little more than half a mile away. It was a few minutes’ drive—or an hour’s hike—to al-Aqsa, the third holiest mosque in Islam, or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the reputed site of Jesus’ crucifixion. Now for many of the 13,000 inhabitants, Jerusalem might as well be on another planet. They can no longer reach its holy places, shops, schools or hospitals.-rh11/12/2018
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For Palestinian children in Gaza, an education in conflictTodd Pitman, AP - Yahoo! - “Of the 175 Palestinians killed so far, at least 34 were 18 or under, according to an Associated Press count. Gaza`s Health Ministry says 2,295 minors have been hospitalized, 17 of whom have had a limb amputated; at least 5,124 have been injured in all” [ry] 10/12/2018
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Israel’s new war of attrition on Jerusalem’s PalestiniansJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss - Last week dozens of Palestinians were arrested in Jerusalem, accused of working for the PA to stop house sales to the settlers. It is a quiet campaign of attrition, designed to wear down Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents. The hope is that they will eventually despair and relocate to the city’s distant suburbs outside the wall or into the West Bank. What Palestinians in Jerusalem urgently need is a reason for hope – and a clear signal that other countries will not join the US in abandoning them.-rh4/12/2018
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