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Which Countries Are Failing to Deliver Gaza Aid? Annie Slemrod--Gulf Arab states and Turkey have spectacularly failed to fulfill their pledges to Gaza, contributing to a two-thirds shortfall in promised assistance to the beleaguered enclave, a new report reveals.dn24/5/2015
Israel jails Palestinians for Facebook commentsPatrick Strickland--Jerusalem - Iyab Shalabi has only been allowed to visit his father, Omar, in prison once since December, when he and eight other Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem were arrested by Israel for posts they wrote on Facebook and other social media outlets.dn24/5/2015
UN nuclear talks fail after USA blocks plans that would make the Middle East a nuclear-free zoneDoug Bolton-- The conference on the review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), an an international treaty intended to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and further the goal of nuclear disarmament, failed when the USA blocked plans to hold a Middle East conference which would try to making the region free of nuclear weapons. dn24/5/2015
Soldier pays the price for criticizing the Israel armyGideon Levy and Alex Levac--IDF soldier Shachar Berrin was sentenced to a week in prison after he attended the taping of an international TV program, during which he stood up and expressed his opinion of the occupation. dn24/5/2015
Israel`s new deputy foreign minister: `This land is ours. All of it is ours` Associated Press--Tzipi Hotovely gives speech to Israeli diplomats in which she says she will try to achieve global recognition for West Bank settlements dn24/5/2015
Today in Palestine for May 22, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn24/5/2015
The new deputy FM tells Israeli diplomats that, `this country is ours, all of it. i24News--New Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely on Thursday told ministry employees that all of the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews, and that Israel had no need to apologize for that. dn23/5/2015
Village of Bedouins Faces Eviction as Israel Envisions a Village of JewsDIAA HADIDMAY--Umm al-Hiran, in the Negev Desert, near Israel’s de facto border with the West Bank, is home to about 1,000 Bedouins who have lived there since the 1950s. Credit Tsafrir Abayov/Associated Press dn17/5/2015
Today in Palestine for May 15, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn17/5/2015
Israeli government to refugees: Go back to Africa or go to prisonWilliam Booth--HOLOT, Israel — As Europe struggles to stem a spring flood of migrants from Africa and the Middle East trying to cross a deadly Mediterranean Sea, Israel has begun to toughen its stance toward refugees, telling unwanted Africans here they must leave now or face an indefinite stay in prison. dn17/5/2015
Pope welcomes Mahmoud Abbas ahead of treaty with Palestine Agence France-Presse in Vatican City--Pope Francis calls the Palestinian president ‘an angel of peace’ during Vatican visit, as Israel condemns preparation of first accord dn17/5/2015
Letter: Over 100 artists announce a cultural boycott of Israelartists--Along with more than 600 other fellow artists, we are announcing today that we will not engage in business-as-usual cultural relations with Israel. We will accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government. dn17/5/2015
East Jerusalem 2015 – Facts and FiguresAssociation for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) - Palestinians constitute 37% of the population of Jerusalem. 75% of them live under the poverty line. 33% of Palestinian students in Jerusalem do not finish Year 12. Only 64% of households are properly connected to the city’s water network. Only 7% of the postal workers operating in Jerusalem provide services to the Palestinian neighborhoods. 39% of houses are built without permits. There is no urban development, and the city will not even fix broken roads in neighborhoods beyond the separation barrier. During the summer of 2014, there were fierce confrontations with the police, following which at least 5 children lost their sight in one eye due to the use of sponge-tipped bullets. The youngest of these children was 6 years old.-rh13/5/2015
Israel`s West Bank housing policy by numbersMa`an News Agency - "Since seizing the West Bank in 1967, Israel has held full control over all planning matters for both Palestinians and Jewish settlers in an area covering over 60 percent of the territory. Although settlers can secure building permits with ease, the opposite is true for Palestinians who are forced to build illegally, with Israel bulldozing hundreds of unauthorized structures every year, rights groups say" [ry]11/5/2015
Today in Palestine for May 8, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on recent events in the oPt. dn10/5/2015
Western diplomats express concern of `anti-democratic` legislationReuters--Western diplomats express concern of `anti-democratic` legislation pushed by incoming justice minister Shaked, saying it `looks designed to shut down criticism`. dn9/5/2015
How I became involved with Breaking the SilenceAvihai Stollar - +972 " We talked about the operations I had been involved in, I described the atmosphere in my unit and shared some memorable events. When we finished, I was very emotional, dumbstruck even. It was the first time I had spoken about my service, without judging or justifying it. The real meaning of that experience suddenly struck me, and I resolved to join Breaking the Silence, to tell the Israeli public about what I did, in their name, in the Occupied Territories." ca8/5/2015
Ethiopian-Israelis` protest against police violence is met with police violenceActivestills - +972 - Police use stun grenades, violence against protest in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, sparked by video of two officers beating a black Israeli soldier. Dozens reported injured, at least 26 arrested.-rh7/5/2015
Gaza rules: Kill 2 Palestinian women on cellphones in an orchard so Israeli soldiers face zero riskPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Underlying the testimonies, though, are two new doctrines of war that the Israeli military has adopted at the highest level in order to combat violent Palestinian resistance: 1, zero risk to Israeli troops, 2, destruction of entire neighborhoods as a form of deterrence and collective punishment.-rh7/5/2015
The Day After : Neve Gordon on the IDF’s new tacticsNeve Gordon - London Review of Books - One thing is immediately clear from the interviews: the IDF’s working assumption was that once the leaflets were dropped, anyone who refused to move was a legitimate target.-rh 6/5/2015
Soldiers` Testimonies from GazaBreaking the Silence - All of the testimonies - The testimonies in this collection close the yawning gaps between what the IDF and government spokespersons told the public about the combat scenarios, and the reality described by the soldiers that took part in the operation.-rh 6/5/2015
Newsletter 04 May. 2015B`Tselem - Newsletter - Shortly before International Workers’ Day we spoke with four Palestinian workers. Although their homes are only a few dozen kilometers from where they work in Israel, the difficulties involved in reaching their place of work mean they remain there all week, away from their families and home environment6/5/2015
Redefining civilians and legitimate targets: Israeli soldiers testify on Gaza warMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 Magazine - Reading through the 136 pages of testimonies from soldiers and officers from nearly every involved division and brigade, two common denominators quickly become apparent. First is the massive, intentional and unnecessary destruction of homes and buildings throughout the Strip, but particularly in places that ground troops set foot. The second theme, central to nearly every testimony collected from nearly every unit involved in the fighting, was the massive volume and scope of fire employed. ak5/5/2015
Today in Palestine for May 1, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn3/5/2015
Kerry: Criticism of Iran nuclear deal is hystericalYnet--US Secretary of State tells Channel 10 that developing agreement will assure permanent inspection of nuclear facilities, promises US will not sign deal that compromises Israel`s security. dn3/5/2015
Jimmy Carter gets the cold shoulder in IsraelWilliam Booth--JERUSALEM — Former president Jimmy Carter, wrapping up his three-day mission to Israel and the West Bank on Saturday night, said prospects for renewed peace talks were so distant, he didn’t even discuss the matter with the Palestinian leadership. dn3/5/2015
Norway’s sneaky arms exports to IsraelRyan Rodrick Beiler--It may come as a shock that Norway, the home of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Oslo accords, is funneling weapons to Israel. dn3/5/2015
What do Israelis really know about the Nakba? Eitan Bronstein Aparicio--What do Israelis really know about the Nakba?--watch and see dn3/5/2015
Ethiopian Israelis protest discrimination and violence in Jerusalem.Omri Efraim, Roi Yanovsky--A video depicting a police officer brutally beating an Ethiopian-Israeli IDF soldier for no visible reason sparked outrage in the Ethiopian community; several describe similar instances - the only difference was there was no camera to document them by chance. dn2/5/2015
Night of horror at Ben Gurion airport for two French music studentsBastien Anthoine and Philomène Constant--We are two students, both studying musicology at the Université Paris 8 and in the CRR 93 at Aubervilliers and the CRD at Gennevilliers [translator’s note : all located in the suburbs north of Paris]. After taking our baccalauréat exams at the end of high school, we left in September 2013 to spend a year living in Palestine. We gave and attended music classes (violin and flute) at the Edward Said National Conservatory in Ramallah and helped to create a music school in Jericho. This year we had decided to go back during our recent Easter break to see our friends again and to return to the places where we had spent time the previous year. dn2/5/2015
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23 – 28 April 2015)Palestinian Centre for Human Rights - ·Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded 38 others in the West Bank and Jerusalem.-rh 29/4/2015
Scottish Parliament supports Palestinian statehood Scottish Parliament Record - There was widespread support in the Scottish Parliament for the motion of Sandra White of the Scottish National Party, representing the Glasgow Kelvin Constituency, to support "recognition of the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel based on 1967 borders". While the Scottish Parliament has no authority in foreign relations issues, the debate showed the width of support for Palestinian aspirations in the Scottish society. (Note: The debate on Palestine is the last issue covered in the minutes here, following upon various other issues.) ak 28/4/2015
UN inquiry finds wrongdoings on both sides in Gaza summer warAP/Reuters/Y-Net - "I deplore the fact that at least 44 Palestinians were killed as a result of Israeli actions and at least 227 injured at United Nations premises being used as emergency shelters," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in a cover letter accompanying the summary of the inquiry`s findings. The 207-page report on Gaza conflict condemns Israeli fire on 7 UN schools housing refugees, and Hamas for hiding rockets in empty schools. ak28/4/2015
Israel killed more Palestinians in 2014 than in any other year since 1967 Mairav Zonszein - The Guardian - More than 2,300 Palestinians killed and more than 17,000 injured, according to annual report by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [ry]27/4/2015
Report: 10% of needed construction materials enter GazaMa`an News Agency - "The Popular Committee to End the Siege said that between the period of Oct. 14, 2014, and April 23, 2015, 2,252 truckloads of cement weighing around 90,000 tons entered Gaza with an average of 473 tons daily, but Gaza needs 3,000 tons daily" [ry]27/4/2015
Today in Palestine for April 24, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPT. dn26/4/2015
In Stealth Move, Congress Backs Israeli Right`s War on Settlement BoycottsJ.J. Goldberg--The finance committees of the House and Senate have approved amendments to a trade bill that equate boycotts of West Bank settlement products with boycotts of Israel, strengthening efforts by the Israeli right to silence opponents of West Bank settlements. dn26/4/2015
This lawmaker won`t let the Gaza War be pushed under the rugAmos Harel--Some 10 months after the fact, last summer’s Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip has been largely erased from Israeli public consciousness. The confrontation with Hamas – in which more Israelis were killed than in any war since 2006, which completely disrupted life in much of the southern part of the country, and during which rockets were fired at Tel Aviv and the country’s international airport was paralyzed for a day – was barely present on the agenda of the election campaign that ended on March 17. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu easily shook off whatever criticism was aimed at him over the war’s indecisive results, and promised to “be strong” against Hamas next time, too. The general repression of the subject was aided by the Israel Defense Forces’ insistence that the war was a success, if not a victory, because the army ostensibly fulfilled all the missions it was assigned by the political echelon. Actually, there was more criticism of the war – which the state stubbornly continues to term an “operation” – while it was happening than afterward. dn 25/4/2015
Palestinians petitioning court to get back Jordan Valley landChaim Levinson--The High Court of Justice is to hear petitions Monday by Palestinians seeking the return of land they own near the Jordanian border and which was given to Jordan Valley settlers to cultivate. In 1969, two years after the occupation of the West Bank, the army declared the area between the Jordan-Israel border and the nearby security fence to be a closed military zone barred to Palestinians.dn 25/4/2015
Israel Imposed over $30,000 Fines on Minor Prisoners since Start of 2015 WAFA - “Around 500 - 700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12, are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military detention system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones. No Israeli children come into contact with the military court system,” said Defense for Children International (DCI).-rh 22/4/2015
Over $30,000 in Fines Imposed on Minor Detainees since 2015IMEMC News & Agencies - "Representative of Palestinian minor prisoners held in Israeli Ofer prison, Abd al-Fattah Dawla, reported Sunday that the Israeli military courts have imposed a total of NIS 120 thousand (just over $30,000) in fines on minor prisoners since the beginning of 2015" [ry]20/4/2015
700 Israelis whose homes don`t existGideon Levy and Alex Levac--The forebears of Dahamesh’s residents arrived there in 1951, after being removed by the state from their fields and homes on the coastal plain, and being offered alternative land. And indeed they built new homes on the land they received, which was earmarked for farming – and, horror of horrors, the village even expanded over time, as villages are wont to do. The state never recognized it. There is no village.dn 19/4/2015
What’s next for Israel’s new Arab political party?Adam Taylor--Several dozen protesters join the head of Israel`s Arab parliamentary bloc in the Bedouin village of Wadi al-Naam at the beginning of a four-day march to Jerusalem. Around 260,000 Bedouin live in Israel, more than half of them in unrecognized villages without utilities. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images) dn19/4/2015
Operation Protective Edge: A war waged on Gaza`s childrenDefence for Children International Palestine--Operation Protective Edge, which lasted 50 days between July 8 and August 26, claimed the lives of 2,220 Palestinians, including at least 1,492 civilians, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). DCIP independently verified the deaths of 547 Palestinian children among the killed in Gaza, 535 of them as a direct result of Israeli attacks. Nearly 68 percent of the children killed by Israeli forces were 12 years old or younger. dn19/4/2015
Today in Palestine for April 14, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn19/4/2015
Israel to remember 23,320 fallen soldiers, 116 from past years (Photo: EPA) Yoav Zitun--Israel to remember 23,320 fallen soldiers, 116 from past years [Where else in the world have so many Jews been killed since WWII? This number does not include all the civilians killed from the time Israel became a state. And this is supposed to be a country safe for Jews! Safe? With 14 wars/military campaigns in just 67 years? dn]18/4/2015
Video: Ice Cream at Hebron checkpointVIDEO - B`Tselem "The painstaking search took a long time, and in the meantime the ice cream melted. After a delay of about one hour, Maswdeh asked B`Tselem volunteer Raed Abu a-Rmeileh to come to the scene. A-Rmeileh filmed the search of the boxes and the ensuing argument between Maswdeh and the Border Police officer. Eventually, some two hours after the merchandise arrived, Maswdeh had no choice but to abandon the melted ice cream. He sent the shipment back to the factory, but suffered NIS 1,200 in losses." ca17/4/2015
`Empty words`: Donors fail to deliver pledged Gaza aidMegan O`Toole - Aljazeera - The report from the Association of International Development Agencies, released on Monday, found that only 26.8 percent ($945m) of the money pledged by donors at the Cairo conference six months ago has been released, and reconstruction and recovery have barely started in the besieged coastal enclave.-rh15/4/2015
Today in Palestine for April 7, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries about current events in the oPt. dn11/4/2015
Indiscriminate Attacks - How Amnesty International Criminalizes Palestinians for Their Inferior WeaponsNicola Perugini and Neve Gordon - CounterPunch - "It is not only that Israel killed 300 times as many Palestinian civilians, but that the proportion of civilian deaths among Palestinians was much greater: 70 per cent of those killed by Israel were civilians, compared to 8 per cent of those killed by Palestinians. These figures clearly indicate that there is no correlation between precision bombing and distinguishing combatants from civilians. Hi-tech weapons systems can kill indiscriminately too" [ry]7/4/2015
200 Palestinian children in Israeli prisonsAIC - The Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a statement that currently more than 200 Palestinian minors are in Israeli prisons. Most of the minors are in Ofer detention center, near Ramallah within the West Bank, as well as Megiddo and Sharon prisons within the green line. The Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits to transfer prisoners from an occupied territory to the territory of the occupying power [ry]7/4/2015
500% increase in Palestinians detained without trial in 2015Ma`an News Agency - "Israeli authorities have issued 319 administrative detention orders for Palestinians since the beginning of 2015, a rights group said Friday, six times as many as they did the previous year" [ry]7/4/2015
Separation policy in Hebron (including video exposing the apartheid`s implementation)B`Tselem - Military renews segregation on main street; wide part – for Jews, narrow, rough side passage – for Palestinians [bz]6/4/2015
Today in Palestine for April 3, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn5/4/2015
Missouri museum censors Ferguson-Mexico solidarity event for including PalestiniansRania Khalek--The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis canceled a community event scheduled for Thursday after organizers refused to remove Palestinian panelists from the platform. dn5/4/2015
US Rejects Netanyahu’s Demand for Iranian Recognition of Israel as Jewish StateItamar Sharon and AP--US Rejects Netanyahu`s Demand for Iranian Recognition of Israel Read The US State Department rejected over the weekend Israel’s demand that any final deal with Iran on its nuclear program include recognition of Israel’s right to exist, saying that was not the issue at hand. - dn5/4/2015
Monitoring the treatment of children in Israeli Military DetensionMilitary Court Watch - According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 28 February 2015, there were 5,609 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza) held as "security prisoners" in Israeli detention facilities including 182 children. In the case of children this represents an increase of 12 per cent compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 8 per cent compared with 2014. According to the IPS, 51 per cent of Palestinian children and 90 per cent of adults continue to be detained in facilities inside Israel, in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.-rh2/4/2015
March 2015 NewsletterWho Pofits Research Center - Israeli news sources report that Max Bögl and Signon Schweiz won a tender for the construction and maintenance of the track and electronic systems of the A1 rail – a new high-speed train built on Palestinian land.-rh 2/4/2015
B`Tselem Newsletter March 31, 2015***Communities at risk of forced displacement ***Gaza Today: Last summer’s displaced persons still living in schools ***Masked soldiers enter Palestinian homes in Hebron in dead of night, order residents to wake their children, and photograph some of them. [bz for id] 1/4/2015
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