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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Muslim population begins month of RamadanHassan Shalan - Ynetnews "On the recommendation of the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkott, and as part of the policy to improve life for the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria and assist the residents of Gaza, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has approved a series of steps in preparation for the holiday period.Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria will be able to visit family in Israel between Sunday and Thursday and on Eid al-Fitr. Entry to Friday prayers and Laylat al-Qadr (a holy night also during Ramadan) will be permitted on the Temple Mount, with residents of Gaza also allowed to enter visit the Temple Mount over the holiday. Requests of Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria who wish to travel abroad via Ben-Gurion Airport will be coordinated, and hours of check point crossings for Palestinians will be expanded to accommodate Gazans." ca27/5/2017
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The Nakba did not start or end in 1948 Al-Jazeera - "The more than three million Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem face home demolitions, arbitrary arrests, and displacement as Israel expands the 100-plus Jewish-only colonies and steals Palestinian land to do so. Palestinian movement is restricted by military checkpoints and the Separation Wall that has obstructed their ability to travel freely." - id 24/5/2017
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Life Behind Israel’s CheckpointsRAJA SHEHADEH - The New York Times - After living for half a century under occupation, I can no longer endure the anxiety of what might appear on the road, whether it is angry drivers bottlenecked at the hundreds of barriers scattered through the West Bank or the pathetic boys who throw themselves at your car pretending to clean the windshield, asking for money. The plight of these boys invariably makes me hate myself, forcing me to confront the extent to which my society has failed. Then, of course, there is the indignity of having to wait on the whim of an Israeli teenage soldier to motion me to pass.-rh24/5/2017
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Dangerous escape from Gaza’s despairHamza Abu Eltarabesh - EI - "No airport, no seaport, and with Gaza’s southern border crossing closed by Egypt since October 2014 and opened with only rare exception, young people in the territory have few alternatives to the dismal situation" [ry]22/5/2017
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Gaza residents left in the dark amid Palestinian power struggleYolande Knell - BBC News - "The Americans and mainly the Israelis have been accusing President Abbas of being weak, [saying] he has no control over the Gaza Strip and is therefore no partner for peace," says Mkhaimar Abusada, a political science professor at al-Azhar University - Gaza. "He wants to restore his power over Gaza, to be taken more seriously." [bz]20/5/2017
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28-year-old Gaza fisherman killed by Israeli Navy Press TV - The 28-year-old fisherman Mohammed Majed Bakr was critically wounded when the Israeli Navy opened fire on a fishing boat off the Gaza shore. He was taken to an Israeli hospital where he died of his wounds. The three other members of the boat crew, as well as two fishermen from another boat, were detained, and both boats impounded. The Israeli Navy is regularly harassing Gazan fishermen, accusing them of violating the Israeli-imposed limit of three nautical miles from the Gazan shore (inside which fishing is poor). Last year, 135 fishermen were arrested, 26 were wounded by direct Israeli gunfire and 43 boats were impounded. The limit was supposed to be extended to six nautical miles in the 2014 ceasefire - but in practice Israeli Navy gunboats continue enforcing the old limit. [ak] 16/5/2017
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Israeli police to open station at entrance to Shuafat refugee campGroup 194 - "A spokeswoman for the Israeli police said internal security minister Gilad Erdan and senior officials would participate in the opening ceremony. The intensive deployment of soldiers at the Shuafat checkpoint and its vicinity affected the movement of citizens living in the area from and to Jerusalem. The Shuafat barrier or checkpoint is one of the West Bank’s hottest flashpoints, where confrontations happen almost on a daily basis between Israeli soldiers and local young men." ca 12/5/2017
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5,000 Gazans at risk of death due to power shortageMotasem A Dalloul - Middle East Monitor - Generators have become the only lifeline for Gaza’s hospitals and patients who are in need of urgent medical care. However, with limited amount of fuel entering the besieged Strip, even these are likely to cease work and stop providing electricity, risking the lives of more than 5,000 patients, medical staff told MEMO. According to the spokesperson of Al-Shifa Hospital, Dr Ayman Al-Sahabani, the number of patients who require dialysis has increased from 400 to 720 which has meant that machines are operating 24 hours a day.-rh 10/5/2017
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A procedure so special it applies to no oneGisha - Among the many, complicated and vague protocols and procedures that govern (and enable) Israel’s control over millions of Palestinians, there is one that ostensibly allows Gaza residents to change their official address to the West Bank, a would-be crack in the tight closure over the Gaza Strip. But this tiny crack is, in fact, fiction. [bz]9/5/2017
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Israeli forces fire at Gaza fishermen, spray pesticides on Palestinian cropsMa`an - Fishermen said that Israeli forces shot at Palestinian fishing boats in two separate incidents off the northern coast of Gaza on Tuesday morning. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they were looking into the reports. Meanwhile, Gaza farmers told Ma’an that Israeli drones sprayed pesticides on Palestinian crops along the border with Israel in central and southern Gaza. The pesticides damage crops in the area, which is Gaza`s main agricultural region. The army spokesperson also said she would look into the case. [bz]9/5/2017
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Who killed Gaza`s fisherman Muhammad al-Hissi?Mersiha Gadzo - Al Jazeera -Gaza`s fishermen brave bullets and dangerous conditions in a fishing sector increasingly decimated by Israel [ry]8/5/2017
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The `silent` war on Gaza`s hospitalsSamer Badawi - +971 - The director of a hospital destroyed during ‘Protective Edge’ has managed to rebuild part of the facility. Now he has about a month’s worth of fuel left to keep its back-up generators running. Without them, the hospital faces another complete shutdown [ry]8/5/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Demolish Residential And Commercial Structures In JerusalemIMEMC - "The demolished commercial structures are owned by Khalil Abu Sbeitan and Rami Sayyad; the army claimed there were built without construction permits.Also in Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded al-‘Eesawiyya town, and demolished several commercial buildings, owned by Motea’ Aby Ryala and Mahmoud Abu Ryala, under the same allegations.Furthermore, the soldiers invaded the al-Walaja village, south of Jerusalem, and demolished three homes, owned by members of Abu Sneina and Nairoukh families." ca 5/5/2017
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The real reasons behind the Palestinian hunger strike Ramzy Baroud - Al Ahram "Sadly, prison is the most obvious fact of Palestinian life; it is the status quo; the everyday reality. The prisoners held captive in Israeli jails are a depiction of the life of every Palestinian, trapped behind walls, checkpoints, in refugee camps, in Gaza, in cantons in the West Bank, segregated Jerusalem, waiting to be let in, waiting to be let out. Simply waiting...Israeli jails are prisons within larger prisons. In times of protests and upheaval, especially during the uprisings of 1987- 1993 and 2000-2005, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were subjected to prolonged military curfews, sometimes lasting weeks, even months." ca 5/5/2017
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Checkpoints for humiliation: a journal pieceFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "Earlier this month, an international woman was ordered to ‘take off her clothes’ after setting off the alarm whilst passing the metal detector at Shuhada checkpoint, occupied al-Khalil (Hebron). This is a personal journal of the events." - id 3/5/2017
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Israel resumes construction of illegal separation wall near al-WalajaMa’an News Agency - “Israeli newspaper Haaretz corroborated the information, adding that construction of the illegal separation wall -- also known as the annexation or apartheid wall -- had been frozen in the al-Walaja area three years ago following legal battles and protests denouncing the move as causing huge damages to the landscape and archaeological heritage in the area” [ry]1/5/2017
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Gaza’s only power plant has run out of fuel leaving Palestinian residents without electricityBethan McKernan - Independent - Two million people in the coastal enclave are now coping with between two - four hours of power a day as health ministry warns cuts could endanger lives [ry]24/4/2017
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Eimear McBride in the West Bank: ‘All that is human in me recoils from this’Eimear McBride - The Irish Times - I had not thought about the world for a very long time and, of all places, this place had seemed easier to ignore. I am driving down to Jericho now and, for the first time in a week, I breathe. Not because I have become accustomed to the hassle of checkpoints or seeing young men and women, still teenagers some, looking out at me from behind guns that they know how to use. Not because I have stopped noticing how grown men and women close themselves up behind a mask of quietude in order to cope with their every movement being at the whim of those same youngsters.-rh19/4/2017
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Crisis Looms in Gaza as Hamas Struggles to Deal With Energy Crisis Jack Khoury - Haaretz "Gaza’s Health Ministry warned on Tuesday that the power shortage could create health problems and urged the international community to step in. It said the lack of steady power to hospitals, coupled with a shortage of fuel to operate emergency generators, could cause the hospitals to collapse. Moreover, it added, the hospitals are already treating only urgent cases, endangering the health of patients who must wait for treatment." ca19/4/2017
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Palestinians demand unity after PA cuts salaries in GazaAhmad Jaradat - Aternative Information Center "Protestors reject the idea that financial crisis requires slashing the salaries of Palestinian Authority workers in Gaza, but not the West Bank. On Wednesday April 5, 2017, employees of the Palestinian Authority (PA) living in the Gaza Strip discovered that their salaries had been slashed by 30 to 70 percent. News of the salary cuts reverberated throughout Palestine, though especially in Gaza, where protests began immediately outside of many local banks." ca14/4/2017
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Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian homes, spray pesticides on crops in GazaMaa`an News Agency - Israeli forces opened fire on Tuesday morning at Palestinian houses and agricultural lands in eastern Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Witnesses told Ma`an that gunshots were fired from Israeli military pillboxes across the border fence, causing material damage to a number of houses. No injuries were reported. Separately, in the southeastern and central eastern parts of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian farmers reported that Israeli drones sprayed "poisonous pesticides” on crops near the borders with Israel. They added that fields of melon, watermelon, okra, and wheat were sprayed with pesticides that may harm the crops.-rh5/4/2017
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