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B’Tselem: 740 Civilians, Including Minors, Left Homeless by Israeli StateIMEMC News & Agencies - "B’Tselem’s figures show that this six-month period alone saw more demolitions than any individual year over the past decade (with the exception of 2013, when occupation authorities demolished 175 homes)...According to the same source, demolitions are carried out only in what has been designated as Area C, which comprises about 60 percent of the occupied West Bank, and which Israel views as primarily meant to serve its own needs, and in annexed East Jerusalem." ca29/7/2016
Ten years after last Lebanon war, Israel warns next one will be far worseWilliam Booth - The Washington Post - When Israeli army commanders describe how the next war against Hezbollah could unfold, they often search for words not used in military manuals. The future conflict, they warn, will be “ferocious” and “terrible.”-rh27/7/2016
Israeli expulsion law `violates all rules of democracy`Jonathan Cook - Aljazeera - "This law violates all rules of democracy and the principle that minorities should be represented," Mohammed Zeidan, director of the Human Rights Association in Nazareth, told Al Jazeera. "It sends a message to the public that it is possible, even desirable, to have a Jewish-only Knesset."-rh27/7/2016
Palestinians concerned about new Israeli NGO lawDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - Palestinians working and volunteering with organizations such as B’Tselem have at times been worried about the futility of their efforts. Painstakingly documenting human rights abuses is not always pleasant and is often frowned upon by Palestinians who fear that some of the information could be harmful to the community if it gets into the hands of the Israeli army and is used in military courts. But the more the Israeli government and the Knesset put pressure on some of these human rights organization, the more people such as Jaber, Jaabari, Jubran and others are confident that they are doing the right job for the ultimate benefit of the Palestinian people.-rh 27/7/2016
UNILATERAL, SUDDEN SUSPENSION OF DIALOGUE BETWEEN SUSYA AND STATE LEADS TO NEW FEARS OF DEMOLITIONSRabbis for Human Rights - Press Release - Talks with the Israeli authorities were held over the last three months with the objective of looking into the option of legalizing the village from a planning perspective. However, two weeks ago, this dialogue was abruptly halted and residents were informed that any agreement to continue them was now the responsibility of the new minister of defence. Discussions with senior members of the administration gave rise to suspicions that the village was under the increasing threat of immediate demolitions. These indications, in addition to the demolition of structures in the general area of Susya over the Ramadan holiday — a rare move made by the army — set a dangerous precedent and raise concerns that political considerations have been introduced to the professional planning process. All of this is to the detriment of the local Palestinian population, already suffering under a discriminatory planning system. Urgent actions is now needed in order to save Susya.-rh 27/7/2016
`Not an Inside Affair of Israel`Ilana Hammerman in "Haaretz" translated by Tal Haran - This discourse must be upended: about 2.5 million non-Israelis cannot continue to live all their lives as hostages of the Israeli voter and society, no matter how democratic that society might be. Consequently – and because not a single Israeli government since 1967 has given up its civilian, not military hold and expansion in the West Bank – the fate of the territories occupied at the time are a matter for the international community. It is an urgent matter, even, now that the takeover of the West Bank has in fact become the open ideology of the Israeli regime.-rh 27/7/2016
Do Israeli police take a soft stance on far-right incitement?Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - On July 22, Ahmed Dawabsha, 6, the only survivor of a hate crime perpetrated by radical right-wing Jewish terrorists in the West Bank village of Douma a year before, was discharged from Shiba Hospital. His father, mother and little brother were burnt alive after their house was set on fire. Suffering from serious burns, Ahmed fought for his life in a hospital. He underwent a yearlong rehabilitation with his grandfather never leaving his bedside. The hospital staff threw him a sixth birthday party, and when he was discharged the villagers gave him a warm welcome. Right-wing circles, by contrast, chose to mark the joyous occasion differently. Hateful comments, curses and death wishes to the Douma child were posted on right-leaning websites as well as on leading Israeli news outlets, mainly on Walla!, whose editors did not filter out any of the nauseating comments.-rh 27/7/2016
B`Tselem: Israel demolished more Palestinian homes in past 6 months than in all of 2015Ma`an News Agency - Israeli authorities have demolished more Palestinian homes in the West Bank in the first six months of 2016 as they did in all of 2015, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem revealed in a report released on Wednesday, in a worrying confirmation of Israel’s ongoing crackdown on Palestinian communities in Area C of the West Bank.rh27/7/2016
Today in Palestine for July 22, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn24/7/2016
Doctors for Human Rights Demands that IPS Remove Chains on Hunger Striker, Bilal Kayed Palestine Chronicle--The General Israeli Radio has announced that Doctors for Human Rights in Israel has filed a suit before the Central Court of Ber Alsaba demanding that it order the Israeli Prison Service to remove chains tied to Palestinian hunger striker Bilal Kayed, who has been on hunger strike for 39 days.dn24/7/2016
Atlanta mayor rejects demand to end Israel police trainingAmal Jubran--Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed rejected a demand from groups affiliated with the movement for Black lives to halt Israel’s training relationship with local police departments. dn24/7/2016
Israeli parliament passes controversial legislation allowing MP expulsion Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - Israel’s parliament has passed a controversial law allowing MPs to expel colleagues for incitement, racism or support for armed struggle against the state that critics say is aimed mainly at Arab legislators.The law was passed in the early hours of Wednesday in a stormy and noisy session of the Knesset. Opposition Israeli-Arab MPs said immediately they would appeal against the legislation at the country’s supreme court.-rh 20/7/2016
50 Days: More than 500 Children: Facts and figures on fatalities in Gaza, Summer 2014B`Tselem Press release - 1394, or 63%, of the 2,202 Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces in Operation "Protective Edge" did not take part in the hostilities. Of these, 526 – a quarter of all Palestinians killed in the operation – were children under eighteen years of age. These are some of the figures published today by Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem to mark two years since the operation, which took place in July-August 2014. Additionally, 17 children were killed while participating in the hostilities, and for an additional 3, B`Tselem was unable to ascertain whether they had taken part in the hostilities .Of the 72 Israelis killed in the operation, six were civilians (one of them a Thai national), including a four-year-old child, and 62 were soldiers killed by Palestinians. Three soldiers were killed by other soldiers, and one in an operational accident.-rh20/7/2016
Israel `narrowing the space for freedom of expression`Nigel Wilson - Aljazeera - A number of recent laws passed by the Israeli Knesset - including one that criminalises those who encourage soldiers to desert - are infringing on freedom of expression for minority groups, human rights organisations say.-rh20/7/2016
Benjamin Netanyahu investigated for money laundering by Israeli authoritiesJess Staufenberg - Independent - Benjamin Netanyahu is under investigation by Israel`s attorney general after reports he was gifted a large amount of money from an unknown source. The Israel Prime Minister has dismissed the allegations of corruption, which are the most recent in a series leveled against himself and his wife, as "baseless". But a formal examination was announced by the attorney general late on Sunday, and could prove to be embarrassing for the leader known as "Bibi" if found to be true.-rh 20/7/2016
Bilal Kayed shackled to hospital bed on 34th day of hunger strike as increasing number of prisoners join protestNorman G. Finkelstein - Over 45 Palestinian prisoners are now on an open hunger strike against administrative detention and in solidarity with imprisoned hunger striker Bilal Kayed, 35, on his 34th day of hunger strike against administrative detention. Kayed was scheduled for release after the completion of his 14.5 year sentence in Israeli prison on 13 June – instead, however, he was ordered to six months’ administrative detention without charge or trial.-rh20/7/2016
Israel Army Rabbi Calls Gays ‘Perverts’ — Says No Need To Prevent Civilian DeathsJTA - Forward - rabbi who heads a religious Zionist pre-military yeshiva in the West Bank has come under criticism for calling homosexuals “perverts” and claiming the Israeli army is promoting a socially liberal agenda. Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, who runs the Bnei David academy in the Eli settlement, also said last week at a conference — a video of the speech surfaced Sunday — that the Reform movement isn’t Jewish and in fact is an offshoot of Christianity.-rh 20/7/2016
New Israeli law seeks to expel ‘misbehaved’ Arab parliamentariansMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - According to the new law, 70 (out of 120 members of Knesset, including 10 from the opposition) may ask a parliamentary committee to determine whether a specific member of parliament has incited to racism, or supported an armed struggle, terrorist organization or enemy against the State of Israel. The law does not define what “support” means. After the committee makes its decision, 90 MKs can then vote to expel the offending member.-rh 20/7/2016
Dr. Ashrawi Delivers Closing Speech at 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora ConferenceIMEMC--PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi delivered a closing keynote address entitled, “Framing Current Issues in Palestine,” at the 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora Conference, yesterday, which was sponsored by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) and the Know Thy Heritage (KTH) program; the Conference was held on July 12 and 13, at the Grand Park Hotel, in Ramallah. dn17/7/2016
PCHR Weekly Report (jULY 16-22) on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPtPCHR--Jerusalem – Israeli Forces Demolish Number of Palestinian Houses in al-Mukaber Mount Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) DN 17/7/2016
Israel`s Great DivideAl Jazeera--Are Jews of Middle Eastern, North African and Spanish descent discriminated against in Israel? dn17/7/2016
Senior rabbi condemns IDF for accommodating LGBT `perverts`Kobi Nachshoni--Religious-Zionist Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, head of a distinguished IDF preparatory yeshiva, accused, via homophobic rhetoric, the army of seeking to silence one `worldview` and promote another. dn17/7/2016
Today in Palestine for July 15, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn17/7/2016
Army Destroys Water Wells, Damages Property, In HebronIMEMC--As the extensive Israeli military invasion into the southern West Bank district of Hebron continues to escalate, the soldiers destroyed, on Thursday morning, water wells, and the entrances of several Palestinian homes. Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers destroyed several Palestinian water wells, detonated the entrances of eight apartments, in Hebron city, violently searched many residences and kidnapped at least one Palestinian. dn 17/7/2016
Using stolen water to irrigate stolen landDror Etkes--Settlers are trying to spin water shortages as a problem that affects both Palestinians and Jews in the same manner. That couldn’t be further from the truth. dn16/7/2016
Israeli demolitions displace dozens of PalestiniansPatrick Strickland--Seven Palestinian families comprised of 43 people, including 25 children, were displaced by the demolitions, Gunness said. They also included a 48-year-old father with Parkinson`s disease, a 48-year-old man who is unable to walk, an 84-year-old woman and another woman who is seven months pregnant. dn 16/7/2016
Israel Undermines Gaza`s Economic Recovery as It Clamps Down on Travel, Imports Amira Hass--At the initiative of the Shin Bet security services, restrictions have been tightened on Palestinians seeking to depart the Gaza Strip and on imports permitted into the territory. These restrictions cut into the Strip’s already limited economic activity. Those directly harmed by the change are the merchants and importers, including the veterans who employ hundreds of people; senior officials in charge of infrastructure and rehabilitation; doctors and academics who take in-service training courses and exams in the West Bank; the ill; those with families abroad and in the West Bank; and workers for international humanitarian groups and diplomatic missions. dn 16/7/2016
Israeli scholar refuses to shut up despite university punishment for saying settlers exhibit ‘psychosis’ Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Last week, in the wake of the murder of a settler girl by a Palestinian, Uri Weiss, a business instructor at an Israeli university, faulted settlers for risking their children’s lives in a “collective psychosis.” Students sought his termination by the university, which ultimately punished him by exempting students from his examination.-rh 13/7/2016
Israeli police initiate ‘friction activity’ on quiet streets in East Jerusalem Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss - An internal Jerusalem police department report reveals Israeli border police “initiated friction activity” to deliberately provoke violence in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, according to Haaretz.-rh13/7/2016
Press releases : Statement on the Passage of the NGO BillNew Israel Fund - The Knesset should never have seriously considered — much less passed — the NGO “transparency” bill which passed today. The bill undermines Israel’s democratic heritage and risks creating a damaging chilling effect on the freedom of expression.-rh 13/7/2016
Israeli settlements: EU fails to act on its diplomats` report Donald Macintyre - The Guardian - The EU has sidelined a call from its most senior diplomats in Jerusalem to step up efforts to halt trade with Jewish settlements in occupied territory despite Brussels’ repeated public protests that the settlements are illegal and threaten the prospects for a two-state solution.-rh13/7/2016
How Israel Shoots Itself in the Foot With Left-Bashing NGO LawJ.J. Goldberg - Forward - In fact, NGOs were already required under existing law to make all funding sources public. The new law merely adds the requirement that organizations funded by foreign governments call attention to that fact every time they appear in public. In effect, the goal is to encourage popular hostility toward organizations advocating minority rights by creating the impression that they’re foreign agents.-rh 13/7/2016
The Survivor’s Guide to GazaBrett Mason, Will West, Georgina Davies, Ana Maria Quinn - SBS - Gaza will be unliveable by 2020 according to the UN, with daily life already a struggle to find food and shelter, but Dateline finds the people bringing innovation and inspiration to the fight for survival.-rh 13/7/2016
Israeli MPs Try To Assault Haneen ZoabiJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - But when Zoabi accuses the soldiers of “murder” at about 4.30-min into the video, all hell breaks loose. A dozen or more Jewish MPs rush to the podium and start circling Zoabi like a pack of baying hyenas. By this stage, when Zoabi is being physically threatened by a number of MPs in the parliament chamber, you might think it would be time for some of them to be forcefully ejected, if only to indicate that this subversion of the democratic process will not be tolerated. But not a bit of it. They are treated with kid gloves.-rh13/7/2016
Israel Widens Scope to Deny Entry to Relatives of Terror Suspects Amira Hass - Haaretz - There’s nothing new about refusing entry permits to Palestinians whose relatives have been involved in terror attacks or shot dead by the Israeli army without having been involved in an attack. For years these decisions have been the province of the Shin Bet security service, and these individuals fell into the category of “refused entry for security reasons.”-rh13/7/2016
How education reform could curb Palestinian unemploymentAhmad Melhem - Al Monitor - There are more students in Palestine pursuing academic tracks at universities than the job market can handle. While university graduates can`t find jobs in their majors, technical and vocational jobs go unfilled.-rh 13/7/2016
Why Israel’s Mossad and Shin Bet Leaders Are Morphing Into ‘Leftists’J.J. Goldberg - ForwaRD It’s the conflict between the security chiefs’ overwhelming support for two states and the seeming immobility of a rightist-led political system that’s driving the growing clash between the groups. Generals complain that time is running out for a two-state solution because settlement growth will make separation impossible. Politicians dismiss the complaints as self-serving bellyaching by isolated individuals. The result is a growing mood of despair among security chiefs, leading to explosions of the sort that took place near Tel Aviv June 28.-rh 13/7/2016
EU: Israeli "NGO Law" undermines democratic values EU External Action - The new legislation, specifically targeting non-profit organisations, imposes reporting requirements which go beyond the legitimate need for transparency and seem aimed at constraining the activities of civil society organisations. This new legislation risks undermining such democratic values as the freedom of speech and a diverse civil society. We call upon Israel to continue to promote its active NGO sector and to refrain from actions which may curtail freedom of expression and association. [ak] 12/7/2016
South African Congregational Church commits to BDSRev. Thulani Ndlazi - Marthiemombergblog/United Congregational Church of Southern Africa - We recognize that the Palestinian struggle is not simply a conflict, but an asymmetric struggle between an oppressor and the oppressed. We hear the call of our sisters and brothers from Kairos Palestine who asked the world, and Christians in particular, to take a public stand against injustice. We are extremely concerned about fundamentalist Christian Zionism which conflates the Biblical Israel with the modern state of Israel. We call on all Christians to read the Bible responsibly so as to not trample on the human rights and the dignity of the Palestinians. We pledge our support to the international Boycott Divestments Sanctions (BDS) campaign. [ak]12/7/2016
Israel approves millions for West Bank settlementsAlJazeera - Israeli right-wing government pledges nearly $13m for Jewish-only settlements [ry] 11/7/2016
Amputees in the Gaza Strip - for them the war is not over Physicians for Human Rights - During the summer 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip medical teams were often forced to work in field conditions. Chaos also reigned in the hospitals due to the heavy workload and the shortage in resources to provide care. And with wounded individuals prematurely discharged from hospital in order to clear beds for hospitalization, their treatment remained partial and faulty. For all these reasons, many individuals who were injured in the limbs underwent improper limb amputation, which prevents the fitting of an artificial limb without surgery to correct the stump. [ak]10/7/2016
On the 12 Year Anniversary of the ICJ Advisory Opinion: The International Community Violates its Own ObligationNAD-PLO Media Brief - Some practical steps that should be taken by the international community are: 1.Contribute to the UN – Human Rights Council Database on companies involved with the Israeli colonization of Palestine. 2.Label and ban products originating from illegal settlements from international markets. 3.Recognize the State of Palestine on the 1967 border. The way for peace is justice, not impunity. By continuing to tolerate 50 years of Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestine, the international community is facilitating Israeli plans and strategies for annexation of Palestinian land. [bz] 10/7/2016
Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Arab Peace InitiativeHenry Siegman - The National Interest - Whatever incitement the Palestinian Authority may be guilty of, it pales into insignificance when compared to the incitement that is Israel’s half-century long occupation.-rh 7/7/2016
Netanyahu’s bloody incitementYakov Hirsch - Mondoweiss - Let me offer an alternative theory that doesn’t need much brainwashing. How about hate? How about revenge? I know that Israelis would like to tell the world that Palestinians should feel privileged to be occupied by Jews but– they don’t feel that way.-rh 6/7/2016
Use of firearmsB`Tselem - Video - "B’Tselem’s investigation of the incident and video footage captured by a Palestinian passerby belie the police claim that the lethal shooting was “precise and targeted”. In fact, the combined material indicates that the Border Police officers could almost certainly have stopped Hajuj with non-lethal means, thereby rendering the shooting unjustified." ca for id6/7/2016
Group: Israeli police reveal new regulations on use of live fire against PalestiniansMa`an News Agency - "Israeli police have unveiled new regulations which permit Israeli officers to open fire with live ammunition on Palestinian demonstrators before a non-lethal option is used, a statement released by Israeli rights group Adalah on Tuesday revealed." ca for id6/7/2016
Water Wars: Israeli Water Policy in the Occupied Territories Lamya Hussain - This Week in Palestine - A conspicuous example of the adverse effects of Israeli policy is the erosion of the Jordan River, where unsustainable policies and the overuse of important resources have helped engender a drastic reduction in water levels. These shortages have severely impacted Palestinian farmers and Bedouin communities, while settlers and settlements continue to be granted far greater access to water networks and subsidies reducing their costs of agricultural operations. An estimated 98 percent decline in the water flow of the Jordan River has been reported over the past four decades. These conditions have also affected the biodiversity of the area, including continual shifts in salinity levels of the Dead Sea, which in turn poses more serious threats to overall groundwater resources in the region. [ak]5/7/2016
The Month in Pictures: June 2016EI - "Five Israelis and four Palestinians were slain during the month of June, and another Palestinian died of injuries sustained a month earlier" [ry] 4/7/2016
Today in Palestine for July 1, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn3/7/2016
No Way to Treat A ChildDefense for Children International - Palestine--EACH YEAR THE ISRAELI MILITARY ARRESTS AND PROSECUTES AROUND 700 PALESTINIAN CHILDREN dn3/7/2016
Why are the Dutch funding settlers in Palestine?Hanine Hassan--Dutch ministers don`t seem to mind bending the laws to incorporate territory to Israel that does not belong to it. dn3/7/2016
Quartet Releases Report on Impasse in Israeli-Palestinian Peace: `Two-state Solution in Danger` ***4. Israel should cease the policy of settlement construction and expansion, designating land for exclusive Israeli use, and denying Palestinian development. ***5. Israel should implement positive and significant policy shifts, including transfer-ring powers and responsibilities in Area C, consistent with the transition to greater Palestinian civil authority contemplated by prior agreements. Progress in the areas of housing, water, energy, communications, agriculture, and natural re-sources, along with significantly easing Palestinian movement restrictions, can be made while respecting Israel`s legitimate security needs. ***6. The Palestinian leadership should continue their efforts to strengthen institutions, improve governance, and develop a sustainable economy. Israel should take all necessary steps to enable this process, in line with the Ad Hoc Liaison Commit-tee recommendations. ***7. All sides must continue to respect the ceasefire in Gaza, and the illicit arms buildup and militant activities must be terminated.[bz]2/7/2016
Israeli Leaders, Extremists Vows Complete Annexation of the West BankPalestine Chronicle--Two Palestinians and an Israeli settler have been killed in the occupied West Bank, as Israeli leaders threaten to build more Jewish-only settlements in the territory.dn2/7/2016
Israeli confiscation of land shows 440% increase in 2016PNN/ Bethlehem - "Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ) revealed in a report issued Tuesday that Israeli authorities confiscated since the beginning of the year 7,773 acres of Palestinian-owned lands, recording an increase by 439% in comparison with last year where 1,442 acres were seized." ca1/7/2016
US donates $52 million to UNRWA in West Bank and GazaMa`an News Agnecy - "United States Consul-General to Jerusalem Donald Blome announced on Thursday a contribution of $51.6 million from the United States to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza.The donation was a response to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East’s (UNRWA) 2016 Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory, at a “critical” time when representatives said refugees were in dire need of assistance. " ca1/7/2016
How media blackout on Hebron shooter trial will undermine IDFMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - Azaria’s trial will also have enormous importance in the battle over the country’s values. Furthermore, the judges could decide that there were expedient circumstances behind his decision to shoot and kill a neutralized attacker. But if the court accepts the prosecution’s request and the important testimonies are delivered behind closed doors, the court will be betraying its own role in the process and contribute to further blurring the boundaries between what is moral and what is political.-rh 29/6/2016
The racial profiling Trump so admires doesn`t even work in IsraelAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Does screening really serve the fight against terror, or do the humiliation and discrimination sow hatred and alienation that generate fury and violence? Can Israel, as Trump said, serve as a success story of the racial screening model, or is the conservative millionaire perhaps like a doctor who prescribes medication that worsens the condition of his patient?.-rh 29/6/2016
Youngest administrative detainee Hamza Hammad ordered to four more months in prison without chargeSamidoun - The Israeli administrative detention order against Palestinian boy, Hamza Hammad, was renewed on Monday, 27 June for an additional four months. Hammad, 16, from Silwad near Ramallah, has been imprisoned without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence since 28 February 2016.-rh29/6/2016
The unrecognized village of Al-Araqib demolished for 100th timeMairav Zonszein - +972 - Israeli security forces demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 100th time Wednesday morning. It was the second demolition during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, taking place while residents were fasting. The first demolition in the village took place almost exactly six years ago, on July 27, 2010.-rh 29/6/2016
Documentary About ‘The Settlers’ Shows Them as Israeli Left Wants To See ThemYitz Landes - Forward - Shimon Dotan’s recent documentary, “The Settlers,” currently attracting a lot of attention in Israel, is painfully beautiful. Dotan’s shots capture both the beauty of the West Bank and the complexity of the geopolitics that are tragically tearing it apart. Along with the fantastic production, Dotan’s skills as an interviewer present the settlers, an often-misunderstood segment of Israeli society, to a wide audience. Yet the film has much more to teach us about the dogma of left-wing Israelis than it does about settlers.-rh 29/6/2016
Turning entire Palestinian villages invisibleUmar al-Ghubari - +972 - Standing on the “Ayalon Valley Lookout,” the villages of Beit Sira, Beit Liqya, Kharbatha, Beit Ur al-Fuka, Beit Ur al-Tahta and Safa are in front of your eyes on the opposite mountain range. They are visible even more clearly than are Modi’in and Shaalabim, which you can see only by craning your neck to the north and to the south. The colonizer fails to see the natives, even though they are right there before him. The sign tells you to look at the view, and to fail to see the Palestinian; to see a purely Jewish landscape. Ignore the rest. Or better yet, make it unseen.-rh29/6/2016
Ramadan soup kitchen offers brief respite to Gaza`s poorSakher Abou El Oun - The Daily Star - In her modest home in the Gaza Strip, Sahar Sherif’s family watches as she ladles out a broth of meat and vegetables for a rare heart-warming meal.For just a month of the year, a soup kitchen in the Palestinian enclave is offering struggling families like Sherif’s a welcome break from daily worries about where they will find their next meal.-rh29/6/2016
Israel`s water cuts: West Bank `in full crisis mode`Sheren Khalel - AlJazeera - Israel stands accused of using `water as a weapon` as some West Bank homes have gone without water for a week [ry] 27/6/2016
Today in Palestine for June 24, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn26/6/2016
Abbas retracts accusation of well-poisoning JewsElior Levy--The Palestinian president has retracted the accusation that he made before the European Parliament that rabbis in Israel had called for poisoning Palestinian wells ad emphasized his deep respect for Judaism. dn26/6/2016
Erdogan to Betray Gaza for Israeli OilRichard Silverstein--Israeli and world media have featured screaming headlines over the past few days that Turkey and Israel are about to resume diplomatic relations broken off after Israeli naval commandos murdered 10 Turkish citizens on the Mavi Marmara in 2010 (including one U.S. citizen). The freeze between the two countries cut off Israeli trade and military coöperation with one of the largest and most influential Muslim nations in the region. Prior to the massacre, Turkey and Israel’s militaries conducted joint military exercises, intelligence agencies freely shared information, and bilateral trade flourished. dn26/6/2016
Exclusive // The Multimillion Dollar Panama Channel to West Bank Settlements Chaim Levinson, Uri Blau--The Amana movement that carries out settlement construction in the West Bank has been receiving tens of millions from a mystery company in the Central American tax haven, via a nonprofit that was also controlled by the movement. A Haaretz investigation as part of the Settlement Dollars Project. dn26/6/2016
Smugglers in West Bank Open Door to Jobs in Israel, and ViolenceJAMES GLANZ and RAMI NAZZAL--DAHIYAT AL BARID, West Bank — At 4:15 a.m. on a dead-end street, a 33-year-old Palestinian man came running from the shadows between buildings with a rickety wooden ladder. He slapped it against the hulking concrete wall and climbed up, hoisting himself the last six feet because the ladder was too short.dn25/6/2016
PCHR Weekly report 16-22 June 2016PCHR--• Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt - A Palestinian child was killed while another civilian succumbed to his wounds in the West Bank. - 6 civilians were wounded, including 3 children, in the West Bank. - A civilian was wounded when he played with a suspicious object from the Israeli forces` remnants, east of al-Zaytoun neighbourhood.dn 25/6/2016
Israeli army commander testifies soldier had no justification for shooting al-SharifMa`an News agency - The company commander of Azaria, Maj. Tom Naaman, recounted to the court the chilling moments after the execution-style killing that took place in Hebron’s Old City on March 24, for which Azaria is now on trial for manslaughter. "I approached him and asked, `Why did you do it?`,” Naaman said during his testimony. “He answered me, `This terrorist was alive, and he needs to die.`" "I was angry at him for doing this. Essentially a shooting had been conducted at the scene that I was in charge of, without my permission," Naaman added.-rh22/6/2016
20 Congress members send Obama letter requesting protection of Palestinian children from Israeli abuses Ben Norton - Salon - The letter describes the occupation as “an unimaginably difficult and at times hopeless environment,” where children “live under the constant fear of arrest detention and violence at the hands of the Israeli military.” Israel’s illegal military occupation marked its 49th anniversary earlier this month. Nearly half, 46 percent, of the roughly 4.7 million Palestinians living in the Israeli-occupied territories are minors under 18 years of age.-rh 22/6/2016
An Israeli-Palestinian confederation? Not so fastYuval Eylon - +972 - The latest hit in the peace plan business comes from “Two States One Homeland,” an initiative that eschews both the two-state solution and the one-state solution, instead envisioning a confederation between Israel and a future Palestinian state. Founder Meron Rapoport fleshed out the movement’s core principles at the movement’s conference a few weeks ago: “We believe that the central aspect that was missed here over the past 22 years is the fact that the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is one country, while at the same time belongs to two peoples. Jews and Arabs are interwoven in every part of this land. The two nations have a deep connection to all parts of this land: Jews feel a connection not only to Ramat Hasharon but to Hebron, and Palestinians are connected to Jaffa and Haifa no less than to Ramallah. Dividing the land goes against these very emotions.”-rh 22/6/2016
Israel Kills 15-Year-Old Palestinian Bystander as West Bank Protests FlareOri Lewis - Forward - The military said several Palestinians threw petrol bombs and stones at vehicles, injuring three civilians, on a highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that traverses the West Bank. Israeli media reports said two of those hurt were foreign tourists. Troops gave chase and “after an initial inquiry, it appears that uninvolved bystanders were mistakenly hit during the pursuit,” a military spokeswoman said, identifying one of them as the Palestinian killed in the incident.-rh 22/6/2016
Israeli defense minister moves to muzzle Palestinian voices for peaceShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - On June 15, Liberman ordered the revocation of Madani’s entry permit into Israel on the grounds that he had promoted subversion in Israel, attempted to intervene in its internal affairs and had even tried to establish a political party. The revocation of Madani’s entry permit means the muzzling of the committee that was created at the instruction of Abbas to establish a dialogue with Israeli society and convey the message that the Palestinian Authority seeks peace and does not engage in incitement and warmongering, as the Netanyahu government depicts it.-rh 22/6/2016
Ramadan 2016: Israel `cuts off water supply to West Bank` during Muslim holy monthPeter Yeung - Independent - Israel has cut off the water supply to large areas of the West Bank, Palestinian authorities have claimed. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have reportedly been left without access to safe drinking water during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a period of fasting, at a time when temperatures can exceed 35C.-rh |22/6/2016
The UN’s damning report on Israel and torture: The desperate case of Palestinian youth in the occupied territory David Palumbo-Liu - Salon - What emerges is a deeply troubling picture of the situation of Palestinian youths and children living in the occupied territories. Despite Israel’s adoption of the amendment on youth mention above, it would appear that those protections would not apply to Palestinians living in the occupied territories. We have only to think of the attacks on Gaza and the arrests and killing of Palestinian youths on the West Bank to see a dangerous form of immunity protecting Israel from being held responsible. We therefore have a formula for the perpetuation of violence and death, as more and more children and young people, already living at the heart of despair, are being pushed to react and then met with even greater violence and abuse.-rh22/6/2016
PM: Israel`s suspension of West Bank water supplies `inhumane and outrageous`Ma`an News Agency - The Palestinian Prime Minister’s office on Thursday slammed Israel’s decision to cut off water supplies for tens of thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank this week as “inhumane and outrageous.” Rami Hamdallah issued a statement in response to the move by Israel’s national water company Mekorot, which saw water supplies suspended in the municipality of Jenin, several villages in Nablus, as well as the city of Salfit and its surrounding villages. “Israel wants to prevent Palestinians from leading a dignified life and uses its control over our water resources to this end; while illegal Israeli settlements enjoy uninterrupted water service,” Hamdallah said. “Palestinians are forced to spend great sums of money to buy water that is theirs in the first place.”-rh22/6/2016
Today in Palestine for June 17, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn19/6/2016
European Parliament Faction Heads to Rivlin: NGO Funding Bill Could Hurt Israel-EU Ties Haaretz--Ahead of Europe visit, president receives letter from five European leaders expressing `concerns about the mounting pressure and recent attacks against civil society organization in Israel.`dn19/6/2016
Rabbi Crosses Communal Line to Work with Controversial Muslim GroupJosefin Dolsten--Prominent rabbi Marc Schneier has started working with a Muslim advocacy group that has been off-limits to major Jewish groups due to its alleged ties to Hamas and anti-Israel views. dn19/6/2016
French pro-Israel group threatens to `scalp` thousands of BDS activists972Magazine--The ‘Brigade Juive’ claims to have sent the threatening email to 8,000 activists worldwide, lamenting that since French law doesn’t do enough against boycott supporters it must take matters into its own hands.dn18/6/2016
PCHR Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (09 – 15 June 2016)Human rights, News Report, Palestine IMEMC News & Agencies "Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territories continued during the reporting period (09 – 15 June 2016)." ca17/6/2016
Knesset extends `racist` emergency provision on Family Unification Law for 13th yearMa`an News - The `emergency` provision to Israel’s Family Reunification Law, which grants automatic legal status to non-Israelis who marry Israeli citizens or residents, was first enacted in 2002 during the political upheavals of the Second Intifada, and was adopted into Israeli law in 2003. The law prevents the granting of Israeli citizenship or residency permits to Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens or residents, including prohibiting Israeli citizens or residents from passing on their legal status to their children if married to someone from the occupied Palestinian territory.-rh 15/6/2016
UN: 2015 was most violent year in West Bank, Israel in the last decadeTovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - Settler violence against Palestinians has declined, the UN report stated, noting that there were 305 such attacks in 2013, which dropped to 217 in 2014 and then declined again to 130 in 2015 [ry] 13/6/2016
Reality check: Almost fifty years of occupationB`Tselem - “In 1967, all Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories had the same status. Since then, Israel has annexed thousands of hectares, declared the Gaza Strip a ‘hostile entity’, and signed the Oslo Accords, which divided the West Bank into dozens of disconnected enclaves. These areas, all under Israeli control, now function as discrete units that differ based on how Israel defines them, what it plans for them, and the status of their residents” [ry] 13/6/2016
Today in Palestine for June 10, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn12/6/2016
Israel removes key sites from Jerusalem`s Old City MapNigel Wilson--The Israeli tourism ministry`s official Old City map erases important Muslim and Christian holy sites and entire neighbourhoods around the historic basin [Harvey Meston/Getty Images]The Israeli tourism ministry`s official Old City map erases important Muslim and Christian holy sites and entire neighbourhoods around the historic basin [Harvey Meston/Getty Images]dn12/6/2016
Gaza attempts to deal with beggarsRasha Abou Jalal--GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On May 24, the director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs of the General Investigation Department of the Palestinian police in the Gaza Strip, Imad Harb, announced in a press statement to Safa Press Agency the arrest of 72 beggars, including 42 children in the streets of Gaza. The arrests were part of the campaign launched May 8 by the Ministry of Social Affairs in Gaza in cooperation with the Palestinian police and the Ministry of Culture to fight begging and arrest beggars in Gaza’s streets. dn12/6/2016
Israel sets 3 day closure on West Bank ahead of ShavuotAssociated Press, Ynetnews & Reuters--The holiday celebrations, in conjunction with the deadly terror attack at Tel Aviv`s Sarona Market on Wednesday, have contributed to a tense atmosphere, causing Israeli authorities to impose the strict measure on Palestinian travel. dn11/6/2016
Nearly 70 years on, disappearance of 1,000 children in Israel remains a mysteryEhud Ein-Gil--Twenty years ago, Haaretz ran a series of reports about the disappearance hundreds of Mizrahi infants, most from Yemenite families, during Israel’s early years. Were they kidnapped and put up for adoption? Had they died and been buried without their parents’ knowledge? Or is there a third possibility? dn11/6/2016
Israel`s smartest student is an ArabShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Mohammed Zeidan, from the Arab community of Kafr Manda in northern Israel, is the only Arab in Israel who has been able to get the ultranationalist Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Arab Knesset member Ahmad Tibi from the Joint List to exchange warm greetings. Zeidan, 19, scored an 800 on Israeli`s Psychometric Entrance Test, the highest possible score. Tibi praised his achievement on Twitter, and Bennett was quick to retweet Tibi’s greeting, leading the two political foes to exchange kind words.-rh 8/6/2016
Palestinian children behind bars: 14-year-old sentenced to over 6 years, visits denied, exorbitant finesSamidoun - Palestinian children continue to be targeted for collective punishment and harsh sentences, as 14-year-old Muawiya Alqam was sentenced to six and one-half years in Israeli occupation prisons and fined 26,000 NIS (approximately $6,750).-rh8/6/2016
Netanyahu Frets Over How To tackle French Peace PlanJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - Part of the reason for bringing Mr Lieberman into the government was to provide more diplomatic wriggle room. With Mr Lieberman cementing Mr Netanyahu’s credentials with the far-right, he is now free to spout vague platitudes about peace knowing that his coalition partners are unlikely to take him at his word and bolt the government. But while the domestic front has been secured, rumbles of dissent reverberate abroad.-rh 8/6/2016
The war of succession brewing in PalestineMenachem Klein - +972 - The struggle over Abbas’ succession signals a generational change among the Palestinian leadership. The old guard, those who established Fatah and the PLO, the refugees of 1948 whose families were dispersed across the Arab world and spent many years in the diaspora, will be replaced by young people who have spent the majority of their lives in Palestine, where the majority of their families live. They acquired the majority of their experience and public status in the intifadas or in Israeli prison. This is precisely how the new generation is different from the old guard, whose status was built on the legacy of armed struggle. Abbas’ generation used this status to convince the public of the necessity of going the political route. The failure of this approach has only hastened the rise of the generation of the “children of the land.”-rh8/6/2016
Nine Palestinians shot and woundedAhmad Jaradat - AIC - Over the weekend, Israeli forces opened fire at demonstrating Palestinians, wounding nine, and escorted settlers into Area A in the West Bank [ry]6/6/2016
Report slams Israel`s `squandering` of aid to PalestineBelal Aldabbour - AlJazeera - The Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor releases a report documenting Israel`s destruction of EU-funded projects in Palestine [ry] 6/6/2016
The Month in Pictures: May 2016The Electronic Intifada [ry] 6/6/2016
Soldiers gather children in Hebron neighborhood, photograph them and release themB`Tselem - "On Tuesday, 24 May 2016, at around 7:30 P.M., several dozen soldiers came to the Jaber neighborhood in Hebron. [...] Testimonies given to B’Tselem [...] indicate that the soldiers passed through the neighborhood, gathering, seemingly at random, some twenty children and teens from the streets. The soldiers had them stand against a wall and began questioning them about an incident that occurred in the area earlier that day, in which stones were thrown at an Israeli bus. They then took a photo of every child and teen using a mobile phone and released them. B’Tselem obtained the details of fourteen of these minors, seven of whom are under the age of twelve – the cutoff age for criminal liability" [ry] 6/6/2016
`Peace` Is the Buzzword in the New Strategy for Fighting BDS on Campus Taly Krupkin--NEW YORK — On Tuesday morning, 1,500 American students, representatives of Jewish organizations, as well as elderly Jews who live in New York, gathered in the historic United Nations General Assembly hall. They were attending the largest-ever event devoted to the fight against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The Israeli Mission to the United Nations has marketed the conference in recent weeks as a student event, and although only half of those present were members of the target audience, all the speakers addressed the American Jewish students, dubbed “Israel’s Iron Dome,” according to Danny Danon, Israel’s UN ambassador. dn5/6/2016
May OverviewOCHA--Protection of Civilians Weekly Report--dn 5/6/2016
Israeli Lawmakers Lead Smear Campaign Under Guise of `Transparency` Haaretz Editorial--Bill that seeks to `out` foreign-funded NGOs is a stellar example of falsehood and disingenuousness. dn5/6/2016
Wiping Palestinian history off the map in JaffaNatasha Roth--A tourist map of Jaffa presents a reimagined, Zionist version of the city: Jaffa 2.0 is a boutique neighborhood of Tel Aviv, with a smattering of ‘local’ (read: native) color. But the map itself simply represents a much broader process of destruction and reconstruction. dn5/6/2016
Rafah Crossing to open for fourth day this weekYnetnews--Egypt opened the Rafah crossing for three days this week and announced that it will remain open on Sunday, as well. Egypt has opened the crossing only a handful of times since the overthrow of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, leaving many Gazans unable to travel outside the small coastal enclave. dn5/6/2016
78% of Israelis support unilateral annexation of Ma’ale Adumim, poll findsKate-- JPost 31 May by Lahav Harkov — Right-wing MKs draft bill to apply sovereignty in West Bank city the day after PM expresses support for Saudi peace plan; Gush Etzion calls to be included in annexation effort. The Knesset Land of Israel caucus called on Tuesday to annex Ma’aleh Adumim, citing a poll showing nearly 78 percent of Israelis agree to it, a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he is ready to negotiate based on the Arab Peace Initiative. The controversial Arab Peace Initiative – long rejected by Jerusalem and also known as the Saudi Initiative – calls for normalizing relations between Arab countries and Israel, in exchange for a complete withdrawal by Israel to pre-1967 lines, which Ma’aleh Adumim is beyond. Most calls for a two-state solution on pre-1967 lines with land swaps put Ma’aleh Adumim on the Israeli side of the proposed border. dn5/6/2016
Today in Palestine for June 3, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on the current situation in the oPt.5/6/2016
List of Non-profits That Would Be Affected by Proposed NGO Bill Revealed Jonathan Lis--Twenty-five of the 27 groups that would be impacted by the law, which requires them to disclose that a majority of their funding is from foreign governments, are organizations whose agenda is either left-wing or deals with human rights or social justice...The bill, which is sponsored by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi), would also require representatives of the groups affected by the law to wear identifying tags at the Knesset. dn4/6/2016
Palestinians get ready for hard-line Liberman as defense ministerAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - Liberman’s appointment sparked several Palestinian reactions. While Hamas deemed his appointment as a sign of increasing racism and extremism in Israel, Fatah said the appointment is like a bugaboo scaring Palestinians given the empty threats he makes in the media. For its part, Islamic Jihad stressed that Liberman`s appointment is proof of the rising fascism among Israeli leaders.-rh 1/6/2016
`We became subcontractors to the occupation`: B`Tselem ends work with Israeli armyMa`an News - “B’Tselem has gradually come to the realization that the way in which the military law enforcement system functions precludes it from the very outset from achieving justice for the victims. Nonetheless, the very fact that the system exists serves to convey a semblance of law enforcement and justice,” the report stated.-rh1/6/2016
How Israeli soldiers became `children of the nation`Nurit Canetti - Al Monitor - This affair, which pitted supporters of the uniformed shooter against the military establishment that denounced him and dragged the Israel Defense Forces into a growingly radicalized social discourse, provided an opportunity to examine current public attitudes toward IDF soldiers: a warm, supportive, parental approach that puts the soldiers first at the expense of civilians and, as in the latest case, at the expense of democratic values, the IDF code of ethics, open-fire regulations and the authority of the military chain of command. Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon and Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot had condemned the act.-rh 1/6/2016
Rubble and dust: 
How EU keeps failing PalestiniansHagai El-Ad - Euobserver - All over the occupied West Bank, one can practically taste the dust in the air: since January 2016 some 300 Palestinians homes and structures have been bulldozed by Israeli authorities. Hundreds have lost their homes to such demolitions, more than half of them children. This cruelty is not random: it is part of a broader strategy by Israel to push Palestinians out of parts of their homeland and further fragment their lands.-rh 1/6/2016
Could Sins of Sara Netanyahu Force Bibi’s Downfall (He Wouldn’t Be the First)?Anshel Pfeffer - Forward - Twenty years to the day Benjamin Netanyahu won his first election, scraping past Shimon Peres by less than 30,000 votes, he received an anniversary gift: the police recommendation to press charges against his wife for misuse of public funds for the upkeep of their private residence in Caesarea. Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, Netayahu’s former cabinet secretary and personal choice for his current job, now has to rule on two cases of allegations against the Netanyahus’ personal finances.-rh 1/6/2016
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