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`My dream was destroyed` - home demolitions soar in East Jerusalem Judith Sudilovsky - +972 Magazine - “For five years we lived together in our house, nobody bothered us and we didn’t bother anybody. We were in our house and our children ran outside and the only thing we heard was their laughter,” says Muatasem Abbasi of Silwan. “Now, all day my son remembers how the police destroyed our home.” It happened on the morning of November 5, while he was at work. His wife Bara’a Obaid, was home alone with their two toddlers when the police arrived. His parents were in their home on the second floor of the building. “They knocked on the door and told me to open up. I asked them to wait a moment so I could cover my hair but they didn’t let me close the door and they came inside. They gave me five minutes to get dressed and dress my children. They didn’t let me take anything. They threw our things from the window. I asked from them a number of times for a little bit of mercy but they didn’t give me any.” With the help of family and friends, the couple was able to gather a few pieces of clothing and rescue a white living room set from the rubble of their home. [ak] 3/12/2019
Mother of Two remains in detention despite deteriorating health conditionIMEMC - On June 15, 2019, Israeli forces broke into the al-Badan family home in Bethlehem and detained Shorouq al-Badan, 25 years old, a mother of two. She was taken to Hasharon prison and placed for five days in a solitary cell, lacking ventilation and light, and with constant bad smells due to a toilet inside. Later she was given six months of Administrative Detention without trial, no explanation given beyond the statement that "In the military commander`s opinion she constitutes a danger to security". In recent weeks her health is deteriorating. Her lawyer reported that she is suffering from severe stomach pain, is vomiting blood, and that she receives no medical attention and the authorities still refuse to consider releasing her. [ak] 3/12/2019
Israel’s Next Move: The Real Danger in US Decision to Normalize Illegal Jewish SettlementsRAMZY BAROUD - Counterpunch - Let us not have any illusion regarding the American approach to the so-called ‘Israeli-Palestinian conflict’ prior to Trump’s Presidency. The US has never, not even once, stood up for Palestinians or Arabs since the establishment of the State of Israel over the ruins of historic Palestine in 1948. Moreover, Washington has bankrolled the Israeli occupation of Palestine in every possible way, including the subsidizing of the illegal Jewish settlements. However, Pompeo’s statement at a State Department press conference on November 18 that, “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements is not, per se, inconsistent with international law,” is still very dangerous and it does, in fact, constitute a political departure from previous US policies. (rh)3/12/2019
For Hebron Settlers, New Neighborhood Announced by Bennet Is Only the BeginningAmira Hass - Ha`aretz - With Defense Minister Bennett’s backing, the Hebron settlers aim to Judaize the city’s historic old wholesale market. The market had been closed for the past two decades, the shops standing empty, but until now the Israeli authorities have respected the Hebron municipality`s status as "a protected tenant". Now, that is being overturned. Bennet has granted the settlers` long standing demand for "an urban renewal plan" under which the structure would be demolished and new housing units for Jewish Israeli settlers be erected in its place. The center of Hebron has long since been taken over by the settlers, severe restrictions placed on the Palestinians living there with the conscious intention to make their lives into hell and make them go away - which was successful in many of the cases. The settlers also changed the names of the streets in their enclave, replacing the Arabic names with Hebrew names expressing blatant Israeli Jewish nationalism. But for them, that is only the beginning - a map spread by the settlers gives similar Hebrew names also to streets in the other parts of Hebron, which were not (yet?) taken over by the settlers. [ak]3/12/2019
Olive harvest season: expected record yield compromised due to access restrictions and settler violenceOCHA - The annual olive harvest between October and November, is a key economic, social and cultural event for Palestinians. More than 10 million olive trees are cultivated on approximately 86,000 hectares,representing 47 per cent of the total cultivated agricultural area. Between 80,000 and 100,000 families are said to rely on olives and olive oil for primary or secondary income, and the sector employs large numbers of unskilled laborers and more than 15 per cent of working women. The olive oil yield for the West Bank in 2019 is estimated to reach a record 27,000 tons, an 84 per cent increase over the previous year. This is due to the alternate fruit- bearing “on and off seasons” and to less infestation by the olive fruit fly during the current season. But the realization of a potential record yield is compromised due to access restrictions and attacks and intimidation by Israeli settlers. Palestinians with olive groves located in the closed area between the Barrier and the ‘Green Line’ (also known as the ‘Seam Zone’), and in the vicinity of Israeli settlements, face year-round access restrictions and threats that prevent them from safely maintaining their olive-based livelihoods.[ak]3/12/2019
Activists in the Jordan ValleyVideo - Social TV - A short day`s escort with the shepherds in the Jordan Valley reveals the distress and humiliation they experience from the settlers in the nearby outposts, backed by IDF soldiers. The number of Palestinians in the 1.6 million-acre valley is getting smaller by the year as part of the Zionist enterprise. In 85% of the land in the valley it is prohibited to live there, build, lay infrastructure, graze or cultivate. Those who come to the aid of the Palestinians and provide them with some security are human rights activists, the Valley Coalition. They accompany the shepherds to pasture and provide human protection for them. (rh)3/12/2019
PALESTINE PULSE Why the West Bank went silent when Israel attacked Gaza Adnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - Amid the recent military flare-up in Gaza, there were no protests, sit-ins or strikes on the West Bank to express support for the Palestinians trapped in the besieged enclave. The lack of public displays of solidarity has reportedly left Palestinians in Gaza angry and bewildered. The military escalation kicked off by Israel`s assassination of Islamic Jihad military commander Baha Abu al-Ata on Nov. 12 left 34 Palestinians dead and 111 injured along with 65 Israelis wounded.(rh) 3/12/2019
The Systematic Torture of Palestinians in Israeli DetentionYara Hawari - Al-Shabaka - The recent case of Samer Arbeed highlighted once again the systematic use of torture against Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons. Israeli soldiers arrested Arbeed at his home in Ramallah on September 25, 2019. They beat him severely before taking him to Al Moscobiyye detention center in Jerusalem for interrogation. Two days later, according to his lawyer, he was hospitalized as a result of severe torture, and lay in critical condition for several weeks. A judicial body had authorized the Israeli Secret Service, the Shin Bet, to use "exceptional methods" to extract information in this case without going through the courts. This led Amnesty International to condemn what happened to Arbeed as "legally-sanctioned torture." (rh)3/12/2019
Criticism Of Israel Is Not AntisemiticismJohn Scales Avery - Countercurrents - Criticism of the state of Israel is by no means the same as antisemitism. We can acknowledge the great contrubutions of Jewish culture and brilliant Jewish individuals, and at the same time criticize the state of Israel. There is much to criticize. The international community was unanimous in condemning apartheid in South Africa, but the state of Israel has pursued a policy of apartheid as cruel as that of South Africa – or perhaps even worse. Furthermore, Israel has repeatedly launched aggressive military attacks and wars against its neighbours, Lebanon and Syria, and is threatening to attack Iran.(rh) 3/12/2019
Bennett plans building Jewish neighborhood in HebronElisha Ben Kimon,Yoav Zitun,Elior Levy - Ynet News - Bennet instructed the military to begin the official process by advising the Palestinian municipality of the plan to construct housing for Jewish settlers in what had been the produce market which was closed in 1994. According to the proposed plan, the now-empty shops on the street level will remain in Palestinian hands while housing units will be built on the top floors to house settlers.The disputed territory was home for both Jews and Arabs before Arab riots broke out in 1929, in which dozens of local Jews were killed. The riots of August 1929 began when a long-running dispute over access to Jerusalem holy sites escalated into violence. Members of the local Arab community launched savage attacks on Jewish neighbors and their institutions, killing at least 67 Jews.(rh)3/12/2019
For Hebron Settlers, New Neighborhood Announced by Israel Is Only the BeginningAmira Hass - Ha`aretz - With Defense Minister Bennett’s backing, the Hebron settlers aim to Judaize the city’s historic old wholesale market. The market had been closed for closed for the past two decades, the shops standing empty, but until now the Israeli authorities have respected the Hebron municipality`s status as "a protected tenant". Now, that is being overturned. Bennet has granted the settlers` long standing demand for "an urban renewal plan" under which the structure would be demolished and new housing units for Jewish Israeli settlers be erected in its place. The center of Hebron has long since been taken over by the settlers, severe restrictions placed on the Palestinians living there with the conscious intention to make their lives into hell and make them go away - which was successful in many of the cases. The settlers also changed the names of the streets in their enclave, replacing the Arabic names with Hebrew names expressing blatant Israeli Jewish nationalism. But for them, that is only the beginning - a map spread by the settlers gives similar Hebrew names also to streets in the other parts of Hebron, which were not (yet?) taken over by the settlers. [ak]3/12/2019
Gaza`s surviving al-Sawarka children struggle after Israel raidAli Younes - Aljazeera - Mohamad Awad, a member of the al-Sawarka Bedouin tribe and a neighbour of the family, told Al Jazeera the Israeli bombing was a "war crime" because Rasmi and his brother Mohamed were civilians and had nothing to do with any armed group."They raised sheep and were barely making ends meet before they were killed," he said. Awad denied the Israel army`s claim that Rasmi was a member of Islamic Jihad, and said he was an employee of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) government. (rh)3/12/2019
Israel Approves Extra Funding for West Bank SettlementsNoa Landau - Palestine Chronicle - Israel approved an extra 40 million shekels ($11.5 million) for settlements in the occupied West Bank yesterday, reported Haaretz. The majority of the funding allocation approved by the cabinet – 34.5 million shekels ($9.9 million) – is reportedly a one-time grant for “security needs” of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.The remaining 5.5 million shekels ($1.6 million) is “for the construction of first aid stations”, reported Haaretz. (rh)3/12/2019
ISRAEL PULSE Withholding Palestinians’ remains not befitting Israel Yossi Beilin - Al-Monitor - Israel’s political right is convinced it has the solution to terrorism and that implementing it will wipe out, once and for all, the security threats the country faces without making peace with the Palestinians. Their would-be solutions have encompassed a variety of ideas, including instituting the death penalty for convicted terrorists, demolishing the family homes of assailants captured or killed while committing terrorist acts, sealing off attackers` homes, and to top it off, threatening to withhold the bodies of perpetrators from their families.(rh) 3/12/2019
Palestinian shot in back amid laughter in shocking video comes forwardYumna Patel - Mondoweiss - "The grainy video was made in 2018 by Israeli soldiers and films Karam Qawasmi in a tunnel as a sponge-tipped bullet strikes him in the back, he then falls to the ground. The clip picks up Qawasmi’s screams of pain as well as laughter" [ry] 2/12/2019
Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill Palestinain Teen in HebronIMEMC & Agencies - "Badawi Khaled al-Masalma, 18, was shot dead, on Saturday night, by Israeli soldiers in the town of Beit Awwa, west of Hebron" [ry] 2/12/2019
Shooting the messengerJaclynn Ashly - Electronic Intifada "Moath Amarneh lost his eye to a 0.22 caliber Ruger rifle bullet. Colloquially, the bullet is known as the “two-two.” It is a sniper bullet whose use by the Israeli military to control and suppress Palestinian crowds has been increasing for years.The particular bullet that took Amerneh’s vision was fired at some point on 15 November. According to his own testimony, the bullet hit a nearby object, exploded, and fragments flew into his left eye.His injury sparked a solidarity campaign involving thousands of media professionals and supporters, hoping to raise awareness of the very real and present dangers that beset Palestinian journalists.Dozens of journalists have been injured and two have been killed covering demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza since last year." ca29/11/2019
Israel Limits West Bank Farmers` Access to Lands Near Green LineHagar Shezaf - Haaretz - Israel has tightened its restrictions on Palestinian farmers entering the area between the separation fence and Israeli territory. Until now, Palestinians who own land in this area have been able to acquire agricultural entry permits for the broad purpose of “maintaining their connection to the land.” But under new regulations issued by Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank, the purpose of these permits has been narrowed, and they will also only be good for a certain number of entries. (rh)26/11/2019
Israel Expels Human Rights Watch Director for Opposition to Illegal SettlementsJulia Conley - Truthout - Omar Shakir was forced out of the country three weeks after the Israeli Supreme Court upheld the government’s decision to revoke his work visa on the grounds that he supports a boycott of Israel. Neither Shakir nor Human Rights Watch (HRW) endorses a boycott of the country; they do oppose businesses which operate in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, as the settlements violate the 1949 Geneva Conventions. (rh)26/11/2019
Dog bites PalestinianAmos Gvirtz - Don`t say we didn`t know 673 - On Friday, November 15, 2019, Palestinians of the village A-Tawane (in the South Hebron Hills) were harvesting their olives. Jewish settler-colonists from Havat Maon assaulted the harvesters, in an area in which they are forbidden to enter by the regional commander`s order. Palestinians who came there were attacked by the settler-colonists, and a settler-colonist`s dog bit a Palestinian. The dog`s owner escaped from the policemen who arrived on the spot to take the settler-colonists` details... None of the assailants were arrested. [bz]26/11/2019
A spike in both home demolitions and settlement building in East Jerusalem is forcing Palestinians out of their houses — and jobs.Judith Sudilovsky - +972 - His home in Silwan, which he shared with his parents, joined the ranks of the 155 Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem the Jerusalem municipality has demolished so far this year. The reason: it had been built without a permit. Abbasi, whose home was built in 2011, said they had been trying to get a building permit for years. [bz]26/11/2019
Palestinians accuse Israel of negligence after prisoner dies of cancerTimes of Israel - 35 Sami Abu Diak, a Palestinian detainee from the Fateh Movement serving three life sentences for for involvement in the killing of three alleged Palestinian collaborators, died of cancer in an Israeli hospital. The Palestinian Prisoner Society tweeted "The last wish of political prisoner Sami Abu Diak was to die in his mother`s arms. Israel denied this wish, even when it was clear he was on the verge of death. This morning Sami took his last breath alone, handcuffed until the last moment to his hospital bed." Palestinians also assert that over the past years, the Israeli Prison Authority failed to provide Abu Diak with the medical attention needed for a cancer patient, which could have saved - or at least significantly prolonged - his life. The issue of Abu Diak`s death in detention was added to the Day of Rage, already called to protest the US declaring Israeli settlements legal. [ak]26/11/2019
Israel begins destroying Palestinian homes in West BankBBC/Al Jazeera - (...) in spite of this area being supposed to be administered by the Palestinian Authority! [bz]25/11/2019
As rockets paralyze half the country, was eliminating Abu al-Ata worth it?JUDAH ARI GROSS - The Times of Israel - The assassination of Palestinian Islamic Jihad top commander Baha Abu al-Ata in the predawn hours of Tuesday morning prompted a massive retaliation by the Iran-backed terror group, which immobilized large parts of the country for two days, raising serious questions about the utility of such a targeted killing. The conspicuous timing of the strike also prompted harsh criticism in some opposition quarters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was accused of ordering the assassination in order to force his political opponent, Benny Gantz, to scuttle plans to form a coalition without Netanyahu’s Likud party, though Gantz firmly backed the operation. (rh) 19/11/2019
How Western Media Bias Allows Israel to Getaway with Murder in GazaRamzy Baroud - Palestine Chronicle - An Israeli attack on Gaza was imminent, and not because of any provocations by Palestinian groups in the besieged, impoverished Gaza Strip. The Israeli military escalation was foreseeable because it factors neatly in Israel’s contentious political scene. The war was not a question of “if”, but “when”. The answer came on November 12, when the Israeli military launched a major strike against Gaza, killing an Islamic Jihad Commander, Bahaa Abu al-Ata, along with his wife Asma. (rh)19/11/2019
Israel’s relentless violence on Gaza met by global silenceThe Gray Zone - Information Clearing House - A ceasefire has been reached in Gaza after Israel launched a wave of airstrikes that killed 34 Palestinians, including eight members of one family. Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada discusses Israel’s latest bombings, which come after more than one year of weekly, deadly Israeli attacks on non-violent Palestinian demonstrators.(rh)19/11/2019
News Alert: Trump administration says Israel`s West Bank settlements don`t violate international lawThe Washington Post - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Trump administration, as it did with recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and Israel`s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, had simply “recognized the reality on the ground.” (rh)19/11/2019
Looking beyond ‘women and children’ in Gaza’s casualtiesNada Elia - Mondoweiss - Once again, I am reading the statistics about the casualties from Israel’s latest raids on the Gaza Strip, and one again, I am deeply disturbed by the emphasis on the number of women and children. In Israel’s November 11-13 raids on the Gaza Strip, one third of the killed, and close to sixty percent of the injured, are women and children.(rh)19/11/2019
Gaza attacks widen gap between Israel`s Arab parties, Gantz in coalition talks Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The possibility that the Arab Joint list will play some role in helping Benny Gantz, head of the Blue and White party, create a minority government has all but ended with the latest strikes on the Gaza Strip and Gantz’s public support for the attacks. Johnny Mansour, a Haifa-based historian and political science lecturer at Beit Berl College in Israel, told Al-Monitor talks between the Joint List and Gantz are over. “It is clear that these talks are over — while the discussion was never about joining the coalition but supporting it from outside with the aim of pushing [Benjamin] Netanyahu out [of coalition talks]. However, Netanyahu superseded this possibility by his attack on Gaza and forced Gantz’s hand by having the former chief of staff support the attacks on Gaza.” (rh) 19/11/2019
Gaza: Eight family members killed, 12 critical in Israeli raids Three adults and 5 children were killed in attacks while 12 other Palestinian family members in critical condition.Aljazeera - Gaza Strip - Hundreds of Palestinians carrying black Islamic Jihad flags gathered at Al-Mujahideen Mosque in central Gaza on Thursday to attend funeral prayers for eight members of the Abu Malhous family. The eight family members were killed by Israeli air raids in the early hours of Thursday in Deir al-Balah. They were among 34 Palestinians killed by Israeli air raids over the Gaza Strip during two days of cross-border fighting between Israel and the Islamic Jihad. At least 63 Israelis also received treatment for injuries from rocket fire from Gaza.-rh19/11/2019
Gaza tensions threaten chances for minority Israeli government Read more: Abu Much - Al-Monitor - Tensions between Israel and Gaza escalated the morning of Nov. 12 with the assassination of senior Islamic Jihad member Baha Abu al-Atta and a retaliatory barrage of rocket fire on Israeli towns in the south, the lowlands and metropolitan Tel Aviv. As it happened, the escalation comes in the midst of coalition talks and while members of the Joint List are considering supporting a Gantz-led minority government. One might wonder whether the Joint List’s Knesset members remain free to reconsider their interests as Israeli Arabs who want to integrate into Israeli society by offering outside support to the minority government headed by Blue and White’s Benny Gantz. Or does it mean that they have shifted their focus to their brothers and sisters in Gaza, leaving the possibility of a minority government to collapse? (rh) 19/11/2019
Attacking Palestine’s futureGreg Shupak - Electronic Intifada "Traveling across Palestine, as I did to give lectures earlier this year, means following a perpetually fresh trail of repression.Omnipresent are the prison guard towers, the barbed wire, the Israeli soldiers with their massive guns and the separation wall.The day before an event at which I was speaking in Beit Sahour, a small town adjacent to Bethlehem, residents held a funeral for Sajid Mizher, a 17-year-old volunteer medic Israeli soldiers had just shot dead in Dheisheh refugee camp despite his wearing an identifying vest..." ca 16/11/2019
Israeli Extrajudicial Execution Policy Resumed: IOF Airstrike Kills Senior Leader of Islamic Jihad, and his Wife, in Gaza Palestinian Center for Human Rights - According to PCHR investigation, at approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, IOF warplanes fired a missile at Bahaa’ Salim Hassan Abulatta’s house (42), member of the al-Quds Brigades’ military bureau which is the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, and he was in charge of its northern Gaza Strip activity. Abulatta and his wife, Israa’ Mohammed Hassan Abulatta (38), were killed during the targeted airstrike on their apartment, on the second floor of a residential building, resulting in complete destruction. The victims’ bodies were extracted from the rubble at the UNRWA school across the street from their apartment due to the extreme intensity of the explosion: his body was found near the gates, while his wife’s was found within the school. Furthermore, 7 others sustained shrapnel wounds in the airstrike, including 4 of the victims’ children (including two little girls): Salim (19); Mohammed (18); Fatima al-Zahra’ (13); Layan (11); two women from the neighborhood: Hanan Shehda Mohyaldeen Helles (26); Shereen Fouad Khalil Helles (21); and Mahmoud Fouad Abdulrahman Abulatta, victim’s bodyguard. The injuries were reported to be minor and moderate. - rh 12/11/2019
`Israel’s return to the policy of extrajudicial assassination is reckless and criminal. WAFA - Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, PLO Dept. of Public Diplomacy - "Israel’s return to the illegal and criminal policy of extrajudicial assassination and its wilful disregard for the lives of the Palestinian civilian population is reckless and criminal. Netanyahu is exploiting the culture of impunity to commit unchecked crimes and provoke a grave escalation for petty political and personal gain. On orders from the highest political echelons, the Israeli army is launching an assault on the Palestinian people, providing cover for the cold-blooded extrajudicial killing of a civilian in Hebron on Monday then ordering the assassination of two senior figures in Gaza City and Damascus by bombing their homes and targeting their families. [ak] 12/11/2019
Army Kills Four Palestinians, Injures 25, In GazaIMEMC - Zaki Ghannam, 25, was killed when the army fired missiles targeting several militants in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, also leading to the injury of three Palestinians. Earlier, Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian teen, identified as Mohammad Atiyya Hammouda, 18, and seriously injured two others, in Jabalia, in northern Gaza. These killings are added to original Israeli attack which set off the present fighting - the extrajudicial assassination of Baha’ Abu al-‘Ata, 42, a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad, by firing missiles at a residential building in Gaza city, also killing his wife Asma’, and wounding their children Salim, Mohammad, Lian, and Fatima az-Zahra’, in addition to their neighbor Hanan Hallas. It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army also attempted to assassinate a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad in the Syrian capital, Damascus, killing two, including his son, and injuring nine others, among them the grandson of the leader.[ak]12/11/2019
What would Israelis do if Palestinians disappeared overnight?Natasha Roth - +972 - Azem’s novel is a work of magical realism: she uses the impossible scenario of millions of Palestinians vanishing in the blink of an eye in order to pull at the loose threads of Zionist mythology about Israel’s establishment. Accordingly, several eerie scenes in the novel have a ring of familiarity to them for anyone who has read about the Nakba: homes with plates of food uneaten on the table; televisions still switched on; house keys still hanging by the front door — empty rooms that are innately disturbing for how undisturbed they looked, as if the residents had been suddenly spirited away in silence.-rh12/11/2019
Survey: Health care gaps between Jews & ArabsPhysicians for Human Rights - Without proper investment in primary care, conditions that could have been diagnosed and prevented or treated early, are discovered only at a stage where treatment and rehabilitation are more expensive - with the cost borne by the health care system and taxpayers. The “savings” on preventative medicine are swallowed by the high cost of emergency care, long hospital stays, medication and everything these involve. This state of affairs is enabled by the capitation system, which mostly hurts disempowered groups that require multiple services, particularly preventative care. Under this system, Israeli health funds have little incentive to improve the quality of the services they provide and prefer not to invest too much in these population groups. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance bear a responsibility to find a solution for this situation and ensure a fair and equal distribution of resources within health funds, while strengthening the geographic and social periphery.-rh 12/11/2019
Jerusalem: Israel approves controversial Old City cable car - A controversial plan to build a cable car network in Jerusalem`s Old City to transport visitors to one of Judaism`s holiest sites has been approved by Israel`s housing cabinet. The cable cars will ferry up to 3,000 people an hour about 1.4km (0.9 miles) from West Jerusalem to the Western Wall in occupied East Jerusalem. Israel`s government says the project will reduce traffic congestion. But opponents say it will damage the area`s historic landscape. They intend to petition Israel`s High Court of Justice to stop it.-rh12/11/2019
The unbearable heaviness of finding freedom outside GazaSalsabeel H. Hamdan - +972 "For a Palestinian, Gaza is a place from which escape is nearly impossible. Israel has, for the past 13 years, denied all but a tiny number of applicants the right to travel outside the congested, blockaded strip of land that is often described as the world’s largest open-air prison. For those fortunate few who manage to attain a permit to depart, the extreme shock of life outside Gaza is almost unbearable. Freedom is painful: it triggers the release of long-suppressed emotions, and the realization that a lifetime of unending psychological trauma has rendered them unable to normalize the understanding that their lives can be free of fear, scarcity, and helplessness." ca8/11/2019
On Jared Kushner’s PalestinophobiaHaidar Eid - Mondoweiss - Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s Middle East adviser and son-in-law is at it again. In June, he cast doubt about the ability of the Palestinian people to govern themselves. And, as if that was not enough, he made it absolutely clear this week that Israel is not responsible for Palestinian hardship.- rh5/11/2019
If Not Now, then When? And if Not 2020 Presidential Candidates, then Who?Benay Blend -Palestine Chronicle - According to Kane, for example, Mayer says that IfNotNow plans to publicly question presidential candidates about such issues as Israel’s “52-year” (not 71?) occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, as well as issues surrounding “Arabs” (not Palestinians?) living in the ’48. Their questions skirt, however, such topics as Palestinian refugees’ legal right of return as well as military aid to Israel. These omissions, Kane explains, are in line with the group’s broader mission of targeting the American Jewish establishment’s support for Israel’s occupation. This stance also seems to fall within IfNotNow’s concern with the future of Judaism which they understand will be in jeopardy if the Occupation continues. As Max Zahn explains, their position derives, too, from “the contradictory demands of allyship and movement building.”-rh5/11/2019
Israeli Soldiers Attack School, Abduct A Child And Injure Many, In JerusalemImemc News - Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday morning, a Palestinian school in the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted one child, in addition to causing many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation after throwing gas bombs into their school. Media sources said the soldiers abducted Saleh Tawil, in the al-‘Isawiya Secondary School for Boys, and took him to an unknown destination. They added that the soldiers fired gas bombs, in addition to hurling gas grenades into the campus, causing many children to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported.-rh5/11/2019
Palestinian home destroyed in Silwan, six targeted in Yatta IMEMC - In Silwan, an area of Palestinian East Jerusalem especially targeted by settlers, the Israeli municipal officials - accompanied by Israeli police and special forces - demolished the two-story home of Mu’tasim al-Abbasi and his family. As usual, the reason given was that the house had been ‘built without a permit’. (Israeli authorities have not granted building permits to Palestinian homeowners since they began occupying the city in 1967.) In another part of the West Bank, the Yatta District of the South Hebron Hills, Israeli forces arrived at the hamlets of Maghayir al-Abeed and Khallet ed-Dabaa, bearing written notices of their intention to destroy six homes made of bricks and insulated panels, which local residents built with the help of international organizations. In this case, not only are the individual homes "illegal" but the entire two tiny villages are "illegal" as a whole and "just should not be there" as far as the Israeli authorities are concerned. [ak]5/11/2019
Israel to establish waste-to-energy plant in settlement of Ma’ale AdumimB’Tselem - "While this may seem an ecologically positive development, the plant is set to be built within the West Bank, despite the prohibition in international law on exploiting resources in an occupied territory for the benefit of the occupying power" [ry]4/11/2019
`Punitive`: Palestinian rights activist slams Israel`s travel banLinah Alsaafin - Al Jazeera - Laith Abu Zeyad`s travel ban by Israel is a `sinister move` designed to silence critics of the government, Amnesty says [ry] 4/11/2019
Israeli army arrests Palestinian feminist lawmaker, months after her releaseJaclynn Ashly - +972 "Dozens of Israeli soldiers arrested Khalida Jarrar, a prominent Palestinian left-wing lawmaker and activist, after raiding her home in central Ramallah city in the occupied West Bank overnight on Thursday...Suha Ghassan, Jarrar’s 29-year-old daughter, was the only other person at home with her mother during the raid. " ca1/11/2019
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