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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and LostRamzy Baroud - DISSIDENT VOICE - Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel’s support among ordinary Americans. Not only is Israel losing its support and overall appeal among large sections of American society, but among young American Jews, as well — a particularity worrying phenomena for the Israeli government.The trend promises to be a lasting one, since it has been in the making for years, starting some time after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.-rh21/2/2018
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Gaza’s women stand up to Trump and IsraelSarah Algherbawi - Electronic Intifada "Randa Harara is adamant that she will stand up to Israel’s forces of occupation again – once she has made a recovery. On 11 December, Randa – aged 21 – was shot by a sniper hiding at Nahal Oz, a military checkpoint separating Gaza from Israel. She was taking part in a protest against the announcement by Donald Trump, the US president,that he recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital... An accountancy student at Al-Azhar University and a campaigner with the Progressive Student Action Front in Gaza, Randa knows that the cost of confronting Israel can be high." ca16/2/2018
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IDF chief: Gaza war likely if humanitarian crisis persistsStuart Winer - The Times of Israel - IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot reportedly warned ministers during a cabinet meeting on Sunday that Israel could soon face another war with the Gaza-based Hamas, as a result of the deteriorating humanitarian and economic conditions in the coastal enclave. In his briefing, Eisenkot pointed to the lack of electricity, drinkable water, and food in the Gaza Strip. The IDF chief favored stepping up aid to Gaza, but conditioned the full rehabilitation of the Strip on the return of the bodies of IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, killed in the 2014 war. According to Israeli radio, there is tension between Eisenkot and the political echelon, who accuse the IDF chief of "getting Israel blamed for the conditions in Gaza, while the real blame falls upon Hamas and the Palestinian Authority". [ak] 6/2/2018
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Israel deports 14-year-old girl to Gaza — without telling her parentsEdo Konrad - +972 "Ghada suffers from epilepsy and has seizures every three to six months. She is currently undergoing medical treatment is being treated at Al Amal Medical Center in a-Ram.According to HaMoked, there are approximately 21,000 Palestinians living in the West Bank but whose addresses are listed as Gaza. Israel, which controls the Palestinian population registry, refuses to update their address and considers them “illegal aliens” unless they have have a special military permit to live in the West Bank." ca 2/2/2018
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Palestinian Teens Abdul-Khalik Burnat and Mohammed Tamimi Brought Before Israeli Military CourtIMEMC - “I attended the ‘hearing’ today, fifty days after my son’s abduction, and it was a long day of deliberate humiliations and insults. After two hours of waiting, my wife and I entered the ‘court’, and what a court it is! A court filled with soldiers wearing military uniforms and a child in a cage, his feet in chains, wearing a brown uniform and a broad smile. A smile that says, I am strong! A smile to greet his mother and father in an atmosphere filled with animosity and hatred. One of the soldiers told us to sit in an area reserved for families of the detainees and not to speak,” [the father of Abdul-Khalik] Burnat wrote. The military prosecution’s charges against Abdul-Khalik were read out, including stone-throwing (the most common charge issued against the approximately 700 Palestinian children brought before Israeli military courts each year), as well as allegations that this stone-throwing caused “severe damage to the Wall,” the eight-meter high concrete separation wall condemned by the International Court of Justice. [bz]30/1/2018
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Gaza deserves to liveDr Essam Yousef - MEMO - “The ‘Save Gaza’ campaign is intended to move the world into providing humanitarian assistance to more than two million Palestinians besieged in the Gaza Strip, which has become a disaster zone. Gaza deserves to live. The Palestinians in Gaza deserve to live. Anything less would be a travesty of human rights and international law” [ry]29/1/2018
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Over 7,000 people collectively punished: Israel imposes harsh restrictions on access to village of HizmaB`TSELEM - For more than a week, the Israeli military has been severely restricting access into and out of the Palestinian village of Hizma in the West Bank, apparently in response to stone-throwing along a nearby road. Soldiers have been deployed at all entrances to the village, and physical roadblocks have been put in place barring vehicular access. At various points during this time, only registered residents of the village were allowed in, and men under 40 were not allowed out.-rh24/1/2018
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Why is the Israeli army suddenly concerned about Gaza?Jonathan Cook - For the first time last week Israeli military officials echoed what the United Nations has been saying for some time: that Gaza’s economy and infrastructure stand on the brink of collapse. After a decade of this horrifying experiment in human endurance, the Israeli army finally appears to be concerned about whether Gaza can cope much longer.-rh24/1/2018
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Holy City of Sterile StreetsRoger Cohen - New York Times - The Israeli soldier stands at the entrance to Shuhada Street. The street is deserted, its stores shuttered, doors welded shut. The old center of Hebron has been a ghost town for many years. The Israel Defense Forces refer to “tzir sterili,” or sterile roads, because no Palestinian is allowed on them, whether in a car or on foot.The soldier at the checkpoint is a young man with a ready smile. He tells me he’s visited New York. He asks where I bought my watch. I ask him what he’s done to merit the punishment of Hebron. He laughs, a little uneasily. He’s clearly uncomfortable with his mission, enforcing segregation, and wants to connect. No doubt he’d rather be on the beach in Tel Aviv enjoying a beer.[ak] 23/1/2018
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Israeli Siege on Hizma ContinuesIMEMC News - "The Israeli siege on Hizma town, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, continued for the third consecutive day, after the soldiers installed military roadblock, and placed concrete blocks on the town’s entrances" [ry]22/1/2018
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As Artist-Organizer from Decolonize This Place Is Detained By Israeli Military, Calls for Boycott GrowYates McKee,Andrew Ross - Hyperallergic "Habshe is a community organizer in Aida camp, and a core (though geographically distant) member of the art collectives MTL+ and Decolonize This Place, well-known for their three-month 2016 residency at the New York venue Artists Space, the Anti-Columbus Day tours at the American Museum of Natural History, and their work in building out the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in the international art world. Habshe previously served three years in Israeli prisons for organizing in Aida camp and within Fatah during the second Palestinian uprising that began in 2001." ca19/1/2018
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2017: Tightening of the closure, further limiting movement of people to and from Gaza GISHA - The number of exits by Palestinians through Erez Crossing in 2017 dropped by 51 percent compared to 2016. The monthly average in 2017 was only 5,963 exits compared to a monthly average of 12,150 exits in 2016 and 14,276 exits in 2015. (...) What is clear is that these measures were introduced with little to no public discussion, with immediate effect and no prior notice (...) and, it appears, no consideration of the impact they would have on Gaza’s civilian population, which is already under great duress. [bz]16/1/2018
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Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi—Message From A Freedom FighterAbby Martin -VIDEO- Information Clearing House "Recently, the struggle for Palestinian human rights gained international attention surrounding a new icon of resistance--16 year old Ahed Tamimi." ca13/1/2018
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Gaza girls score for freedomAmjad Ayman Yaghi - The Electronic Intifada - "“The girls love football,” said Abu Dalal. “But their playing it, here in Nuseirat camp, with all the financial difficulties we face, is also a message to the rest of the camp of how spirit can prevail over circumstances.”" - id 3/1/2018
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