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How Israel makes money from blockading GazaRyan Rodrick Beiler - The Electronic Intifada - From the time Israel imposed its blockade on Gaza in 2007 up until November 2014, a monthly average of 13.5 trucks left Gaza carrying exports – just one percent of the monthly average of goods shipped out just prior to the closure. By contrast, already this year more than 22,000 trucks have entered Gaza, many carrying Israeli produce considered unsuitable for international export.Dumping it on the captive market in Gaza further undermines local farmers. ak 29/3/2016
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Gaza`s Christians prepare to celebrate Easter in Jerusalem Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - "Qobrosi added that he and his family are planning to stay in the Bethlehem area, even though he knows it is technically illegal, with the hope of eventually getting their residency transferred from Gaza to Bethlehem." - id 23/3/2016
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Schoolboys stopped from walking home as Israeli forces expand checkpointal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Recent expansions of checkpoints, such as the transformation of Shuhada checkpoint at the end of December into an even more oppressive metallic monstrosity, have shown how these supposed improvements make passing through the checkpoints an even more arduous, humiliating, threatening and time-consuming experience." - id23/3/2016
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Army Fires on Farmers and Shepherds in GazaIMEMC News & Agencies - “Palestinian farmers and fishermen face frequent fire from Israeli forces inside of or near the military-imposed `buffer zone.` While the exact limits of the zone are often unclear, they are enforced with live fire on both land and seaside borders of Gaza” [ry] 21/3/2016
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Israel Cancels Gazans` Weekly Visit to Al-AqsaIMEMC News & Agencies - "Sources at the liaison office said that Israel had called off the agreement, which previously allowed 200 Gazans above the age of 60 to worship at the holy site as part of a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 Gaza war.Sources said that Israel cancelled the agreement on the grounds that Palestinian worshipers traveling for worship were not returning to the Gaza Strip on the same day of the visit, as the agreement stipulated. "ca18/3/2016
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Palestinian woman shot dead after alleged car attack at Gush EtzionMa`an News Agency - "The Palestinian Ministry of Health later identified the woman as 34-year-old Amani Husni Sabatin from the nearby village of Husan in western Bethlehem. The head of Husan`s village council, Hasan Hamamreh, told Ma`an that Israeli forces had sealed the eastern and western entrances of the village following Sabatin`s death. [He...] said Sabatin was married and the mother of four children, the eldest of whom is a 14-year-old daughter. Her husband works in Israel" [ry] 7/3/2016
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A seaport in Gaza, a neoliberal distractionHani Habib - AIC - Debate on whether Israel will allow a seaport in Gaza is an Israeli tactic to distract from the origin of Gaza’s suffering: Israeli occupation [ry] 7/3/2016
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Palestinian killed as Israel uses Hannibal Directive in refugee campMaureen Clare Murphy - Electronic Intifada "A Palestinian was killed when Israeli forces deployed the so-called Hannibal Directive to extract two of its soldiers who had mistakenly entered Qalandiya refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah overnight Monday.The Hannibal Directive is an Israeli military protocol authorizing massive firepower to prevent a captured soldier from being taken alive...The last time the Hannibal Directive was employed was in August 2014, during Israel’s massive assault on Gaza that summer. Dozens of Palestinian civilians were killed when Israeli forces aimed at locations where they believed a missing soldier might have been held." ca 4/3/2016
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An oasis of peace for Palestinian children in HebronClaire Thomas - AlJazeera - Amid a heavy Israeli military presence, al-Ibrahimiya kindergarten offers children a safe space `just to be kids` [ry] 28/3/2016
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