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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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West Bank village turned into a `prison` in the wake of arson accusationsMa`an - Dozens of Palestinians have been detained -- including a number of children -- and clashes have erupted daily in the occupied West Bank village of Deir Nidham since it was blockaded by the Israeli army three weeks ago, “turning the lives of 1,600 into a prison,” locals told Ma’an on Wednesday. Deir Nidham, northwest of Ramallah city, was placed under a military closure after a fire erupted just a few kilometers away in the illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish, which is built on the lands of the village and on the lands of neighboring Nabi Saleh.-rh 8/12/2016
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More than half of US aid ‘to entire world’ goes to Israel and it ignores our warnings on settlements Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - But back then in 1993 [when Oslo principles were signed], there were 110,000 settlers in the West Bank. Today there are 385,500 or so. There is an increase – there is about 90,000 settlers living outside of the barrier. And the barrier, I want to remind everybody here, was established by Israel. That’s a line that was drawn by Israel – not necessarily a border, but it’s a line. It’s a reflection of a security line. Outside of that line drawn by Israel there are now 90,000 Israelis living in these patchworks of settlements. There are 129 settlements. There are about 100 outposts, and outposts, as you all know, are illegal.-rh 8/12/2016
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Gaza farmers set to export strawberries to EuropeMa`an News Agency - "Following a decision by Israeli authorities to allow Gaza farmers to export their strawberries to European countries, Palestinian farmers across the besieged enclave have begun to harvest their strawberries for export, Gaza’s Ministry of Agriculture told Ma’an on Wednesday." ca2/12/2016
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How Israel is bypassing the PAAdnan Abu Amer - Al Monitor - Israel communicates with the Palestinians at the checkpoints and online. Examples of the latter are the Facebook page of Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), his Twitter account and his official website, which are visited by thousands of Palestinians daily. On Nov. 11, the COGAT Facebook page posted about 10,000 job opportunities in Israel for Palestinian workers and listed the conditions required; it seems that this page has turned into an official Israeli platform to directly address the Palestinians.-rh 1/12/2016
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Top Israeli Justices Face War Crimes Suit in Chile for Authorizing West Bank Wall Amira Hass - Haaretz -  The suit was filed against former chief Justice Asher Grunis, and Justices Neal Hendel and Uzi Vogelman. The three presided over a petition lodged by Beit Jala residents and rejected an alternative route for the barrier fence suggested by the Council for Peace and Security, an Israeli group comprised of retired military experts. (...) Chile is a signatory on the 2012 Rome Statute, and has since included the principle of universal jurisdiction in its constitution. [bz]29/11/2016
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Rights Groups Urge ICC Investigation into Persecution Arising out of Ongoing Gaza ClosureIMEMC News & Agencies - “This week, Palestinian human rights groups urged the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to examine the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip, which has denied two million Palestinians a panoply of fundamental rights for nearly a decade” [ry] 28/11/2016
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Israeli guard kills Palestinian at Qalandiya checkpoint after alleged stabbing attemptMA’AN NEWS AGENCY - According to Ma`an documentation, Khalil is the latest of 240 Palestinians to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory in October 2015, the majority of whom were shot dead by Israeli forces.-rh24/11/2016
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Extreme settler violence at Huwarra Checkpoint while soldiers stood byAtt. Eitay Mack - Don`t Say We Didn`t Know - By some mysterious wonder the checkpoint security camera`s tapes were erased two weeks after the event, and the State of Israel accuses Ayed of responsibility for the damage: He forgot to remove the key when fleeing his car, while the settlers were trying to have him burnt alive inside, and so they could move the car to the side of the checkpoint and burn it. [bz]22/11/2016
Life is lived on the edge along Gaza’s boundaryHamza Abu Eltarabesh - EI - “According to Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Israeli troops committed 111 human rights violations in the restricted-access areas in the first half of 2016, from live fire and artillery shelling in the areas to troop incursions and the spraying of chemicals on crops. […] In all, seven Palestinians, including three children and a woman, have been killed in the no-go zones in 2016” [ry] 21/11/2016
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Gaza fishermen not permitted beyond 6-mile zone any time soonMohammed Othman - Al-Monitor, Palestine Pulse - “I have an average-size fishing boat and three workers. I go fishing twice a day, from 4 p.m. until the early morning hours and from 7 a.m. until noon. I make between 200 shekels [$52] and 300 shekels [$77] on a daily basis by selling the fish, and this amount covers the workers’ wages and the boat’s operational expenses such as fuel. So my daily profit ranges between 40 shekels [$10] to 50 shekels [$13].” [bz]19/11/2016
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EU diplomats call on Israel to end Gaza siege Middle East Monitor: The 22 envoys made the call on Tuesday following a visit to Gaza to assess its reconstruction, the first such trip to the coastal enclave over the past two years. Since June 2007, the Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege that has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty. [bz]13/11/2016
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Israel postpones temporary expansion of fishing zone off Gaza’s coastAdam Rasgon - The Jerusalem Post - There are approximately 4000 fishermen in Gaza today, who rely on the fish they catch to make ends meet [ry] 7/11/2016
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Israeli forces close several checkpoints, village entrances accross Ramallah districtMa’an News Agency - "Since the unrest began, the occupied West Bank has seen an increase in arbitrary military road closures, periodic blockades of Palestinian villages, towns, checkpoints, and entire districts" [ry] 7/11/2016
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Israel imposes traffic restrictions in southern Nablus District, disrupting lives of over 54,000 Palestinians B`Tselem - From 4 to 11 September 2016, the military blocked the entrances to ten Palestinian communities in the south of Nablus District, along the Huwara road. The military also blocked several roads used to access farmland and side roads. This came on top of the regular closure of the main entrance to `Awarta, imposed by the military since the killing of Eitam and Naama Henkin in a terror attack in October 2015. These restrictions disrupted the lives of some 54,000 residents in the area.-rh2/11/2016
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