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Four Palestinian children killed in five daysMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - "More than 50 Palestinian children have been killed since October 2015, when a new phase of deadly confrontation between Palestinians and Israeli occupation forces began, according to Defense for Children International - Palestine. The vast majority of children slain were accused by Israel of attempting an attack" [ry] 26/9/2016
Detainees Committee: “Israeli Soldiers Kidnapped 1000 Children This Year”IMEMC News - "In a press release, the committee said that the numbers showed an 80% increase when compared to the number of child abducted in the same period of 2015" [ry] 26/9/2016
Jewish National Fund Gives $530K From American Donors to West Bank SettlementJosh Nathan-Kazis - Forward - “People who are putting their dollar bills in a JNF (box), or writing a check to buy a tree, might want to know that instead of buying a tree in Israel … that their money might be going to developments in the settlements which block peace,” said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, T’ruah’s executive director. T’ruah also noted that JNF reported giving $33,000 to a U.S.-based group called Friends of Ir David, which funds the Israeli organization Elad, which is engaged in settlement activity in East Jerusalem. [bz]24/9/2016
Today in Palestine for September 16, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn18/9/2016
Churches Rip Israel for Occupation and ‘Prison-Like’ GazaJosefin Dolsten--Two leading Christian groups blamed Israel almost entirely for the conflict with the Palestinians and called on the United States to cut defense aid to the Jewish state. dn18/9/2016
Israel dangles Gazan operatives, but Hamas won`t negotiateShlomi Eldar--The prime minister’s special envoy on missing and captured Israeli soldiers, Col. (res.) Lior Lotan, revealed at the annual Herzliya Conference on Sept. 13 that Israel is holding 18 Hamas operatives it detained during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge, as well as the bodies of 19 Hamas members killed in the operation. The information had never before been revealed, and surprisingly, the families of the dead and imprisoned, members of Hamas` military wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, have never spoken out on the issue. dn 18/9/2016
ADC --Thirty-Four Years Later, Sabra and Shatila Remembered ADC--This weekend marks the 34th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most brutal massacres in modern history. Beginning at approximately 6:00 P.M. on September 16, 1982, shortly after Israeli troops seized control of West Beirut, the right-wing Lebanese Phalange forces operating under the direction of Israeli forces massacred over one thousand defenseless men, women and children in the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps. The widespread massacre was carried out methodically over the course of two days until 8:00 A.M. on September 18.18/9/2016
Israeli Troops Kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank and JerusalemReuters--At least 214 Palestinians have died in violent incidents since October in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Of them, 143 were identified by authorities as assailants while others were killed during clashes and protests. Palestinians, many of them acting alone and with rudimentary weapons, have killed at least 33 Israelis and two visiting Americans in attacks that have waned in recent months. dn 18/9/2016
Know your history: Understanding racism in the USA`Lelia Bundles--There will never be an acceptable explanation for what happened between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson in Ferguson but we will never fully grasp why the stage was set for such an encounter unless we know American history. We cannot fully comprehend why Dylan Roof murdered nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston unless we study the Civil War and the Confederacy. We cannot truly fathom . . . dn18/9/2016
Police admit arresting Palestinian man to prevent him from protestingJohn Brown--Police arrested Muhammad Abu Hummus to prevent him from peacefully demonstrating against the Jerusalem Marathon — then lied about it.dn18/9/2016
Israeli Soldiers Murdered Dozens of Captives During One of the Wars the IDF Fought in the First Decades of Israel`s Existence Aluf Benn--According to testimony obtained by Haaretz, captives were ordered to line up and turn around, before they were shot in the back. The officer who gave the order was released after serving seven months in prison, while his commander was promoted to a high-ranking post. dn17/9/2016
Zaytouna-Oliva left Barcelona, followed in Spanish waters Freedom Flotilla Org--Due to technical problems, the Women’s Boat to Gaza* (WBG) Amal-Hope returned to Barcelona and is now docked at a mooring in the Barcelona area. Its sister ship Zaytouna-Oliva was temporarily delayed by the port authorities, although it did possess all necessary documentation. While Amal-Hope is getting assessed for needed repairs, Zaytouna-Oliva has now finally left Barcelona. dn 17/9/2016
WHO: Third of Gaza referral patients denied Israeli exit permitWAFA - Of 2,040 patient permit applications to exit Gaza through Erez checkpoint with Israel for hospital appointments in July, 67.5% were approved, 9.5 percent (190 persons) were denied, including eight children and 14 elderly persons over 60 years, and 23 percent (473 patients) received no response, including 138 children and 57 elderly people over 60. [bz]13/9/2016
Israeli forces kill a Palestinian and injure dozens more at Friday demonstrationsAhmad Jaradat - AIC - Israeli forces killed an 18 year old Palestinian protestor and injured dozens more at Friday demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza [ry] 12/9/2016
Today in Palestine for September 9, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn11/9/2016
Palestinian vote suspended amid deep divisionsBen White--Exactly one month before the long-awaited local elections were set to take place across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian high court in Ramallah suspended the vote - and it is now unclear whether polling will go ahead at all. dn11/9/2016
The Month in Pictures: August 2016EI - "During the month of August, Iyad Hamad, a 38-year-old father, became the 220th Palestinian to be killed since a new phase of deadly violence began at the outset of October last year. Hamad was shot dead by soldiers near a military pillbox outside the occupied West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah, on 26 August. The Israeli army admitted that Hamad was unarmed and posed no threat when he was slain" [ry] 5/9/2016
August: Israeli forces shoot, kill three PalestiniansAIC - Since the popular uprising began in October 2015, Israeli forces have killed 239 Palestinians, including 62 children [ry] 5/9/2016
Today in Palestine for September 2, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn4/9/2016
ICC Investigators to Arrive in Palestine to Investigate Gaza War Crimes Palestine Chronicle--A delegation from the International Criminal Court (ICC) is set to arrive in Palestine in the coming days to assess whether it should probe alleged war crimes committed by Israel during the 2014 Gaza offensive. An Israeli official told the France Press Agency (AFP) that the delegation’s visit is “unprecedented,” adding, “the visit was intended to show the ICC team how the Israeli judicial system works.” dn 4/9/2016
Stray dogs find shelter in battered GazaAFP--While religious authorities in the predominantly Muslim territory consider dogs unclean or impure and would rather shoot or poison them, new kennel built in relatively well-off suburb south of Gaza City provides shelter for strays and domesticates them.dn4/9/2016
Political Spat Halts Train Lines Due to Shabbat, Turns Netanyahu Against Transport Minister Jonathan Lis,Barak Ravid and Chaim Levinson--Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz of deliberately causing a rift with ultra-Orthodox coalition parties, in a political spat that resulted in the shutting down of country-wide train lines in the beginning of the Israeli workweek. dn 4/9/2016
With the reconciliation agreement now signed between Israel and Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has practically forgotten his demands to lift the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip. Akiva Eldar--Turkey’s Foreign Ministry spokesman thought it apt to stress that “normalizing ties with Israel does not mean that we will keep silent in the face of attacks against the Palestinian people.” The Israeli Foreign Ministry, for its part, also referred to the reconciliation deal, noting that “the normalization of our relations with Turkey does not mean that we will remain silent in the face of its baseless condemnations.” dn4/9/2016
100 global intellectuals to gather in PalestineAhmad Melhem--RAMALLAH, West Bank — In a press conference Aug. 14 in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, the Witness Center for Citizen’s Rights and Social Development launched an unprecedented campaign in Palestine, called the "100 International Intellectuals in Palestine," with the aim of attracting the world’s most prominent thinkers to discuss the Palestinian cause and revive interest in it on the global level. dn3/9/2016
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict doesn`t have to be a zero-sum gameMichal Haramati--A recently published opinion poll sought to answer our region’s million-dollar question: Is the two-state solution still relevant? Unlike many others, the poll was carried out simultaneously by the Israel Democracy Institute and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research and included largely similar questions for both sides. And the results are eye-opening. dn 3/9/2016
Zionism Has Reached the End of the Road Odeh Bisharat--So why do things look different? Haim Margaliot Kalvarisky, a central figure in the Zionist movement, wrote in 1937: “It turns out that we have put out our hand for peace, but took it back right away, when the other side expressed its interest in accepting it. This dangerous game did not help to raise our honor in their eyes as honest people, and the accusation that they blame us for, that we are conducting two-faced politics: On one hand we pretend as if we are asking for an agreement, and on the other hand we only want to gain time – is not baseless.” (Taken from Aharon Cohen’s book, “Yisrael Ve’ha’olam Ha’aravi” [“Israel and the Arab World”], published in Hebrew in 1964.) dn3/9/2016
Today in Palestine for August 26, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn28/8/2016
Declassified: How Israel Misled the U.S. About Its Nuclear Program Ofer Aderet--Fifty U.S. documents from the early 1960s were declassified by the U.S. National Security Archive on Thursday, shedding light on Israel’s attempts to hide one of its best-kept secrets to this day: details on its nuclear program. The Americans ultimately believed the Israelis were providing “untruthful cover” about intentions to build a bomb. The documents include papers from the White House, the State Department, the Atomic Energy Commission and U.S. intelligence agencies. The editors are Avner Cohen, a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and William Burr, the head of nuclear affairs documentation at the National Security Archive, which is based at George Washington University in the capital. dn 28/8/2016
Israel Clears Troops in Airstrike Near School in 2014 Gaza WarISABEL KERSHNER--JERUSALEM — The Israeli military had the speeding motorcycle in its sights and had fired an air-to-ground missile at it when the three riders, identified as militants, entered a traffic circle in the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. It was Aug. 3, 2014. dn28/8/2016
High court to rule on Tel Aviv Saturday store openingsItamar Eichner and Tova Tzimuki--The Israeli High Court of Justice is set to rule on the controversial matter; meanwhile, an inter-ministry government commission attempts to find a solution of its own to the Shabbat conundrum. dn28/8/2016
New Palestinian initiative outlines Fatah-Hamas reconciliationAhmad Melhem--The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab citizens of Israel has proposed a new initiative to achieve reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, which includes the formation of a unity government and the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections. dn27/8/2016
EU logo no shield from Israel’s bulldozersSilvia Boarini--This month France condemned Israel’s demolition of buildings in Nabi Samuel village funded by French humanitarian aid. Israel has destroyed or confiscated French-funded structures, including a school, three times in the village so far this year. In the past, these large stickers bearing the EU logo offered a modicum of protection from demolitions. But this year, at least 150 European-funded structures in the West Bank were demolished by Israeli bulldozers in the first three months of 2016 This month France condemned Israel’s demolition of buildings in Nabi Samuel village funded by French humanitarian aid. Israel has destroyed or confiscated French-funded structures, including a school, three times in the village so far this year. In the past, these large stickers bearing the EU logo offered a modicum of protection from demolitions. But this year, at least 150 European-funded structures in the West Bank were demolished by Israeli bulldozers in the first three months of 2016 dn 23/8/2016
Today in Palestine for August 21, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn23/8/2016
How an IDF general whitewashed the killing of three innocent PalestiniansYael Marom and John Brown--. Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan was trying to support a soldier charged with killing an unarmed Palestinian. Instead, he ended up confessing to a crime that could have severe repercussions at The Hague.dn23/8/2016
Israeli Forces Electrocute 16-year-old Palestinian PrisonerPalestine Chronicle-Over 700 Palestinian children are arrested and face ill-treatment by Israeli forces each year. (Photo: via Alarabiya) dn21/8/2016
Gaza headed for `environmental catastrophe`Al Jazeera--Water crisis in the besieged Palestinian territory is putting Palestinian lives at risk, analysts say. dn21/8/2016
Today in Palestine for August 17, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn21/8/2016
Which Jerusalem? Israel’s Little-Known Master PlansNur Arafeh--It is the year 2050 and Israel has fulfilled its vision for Jerusalem: Visitors will see a largely Jewish high-tech center amid a sea of tourists, with a minimal Palestinian presence. To achieve this vision, Israel is working on three master plans; one is well-known but two remain under the radar. dn21/8/2016
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot--50,000 each dayYael Friedson--The comments came during a discussion of the Knesset State Committee held on Tuesday during which the chief of staff said, “between 50 and 60,000 illegals enter Israel each day. Among those in possession of legal permits there were no terrorists in the latest wave of terror and I don’t think there were any even in the last decade.” dn20/8/2016
More Murder, Arrests and Torture: Israeli Response to Uprising in PalestineRichard Hardigan – CounterPunch - “For two hours the soldiers searched every inch of Waleed’s house, turning it upside down, creating a mess the family would spend the entire next day cleaning up. It was not clear what they were looking for, but in the end they did not find it” [ry] 15/8/2016
Today in Palestine for August 10, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries about current events in the oPt. dn14/8/2016
Plan to transplant illegal West Bank settlement of Amona to nearby Palestinian land angers Washingtoni24news--The United States opposes Israel’s plan to transplant an illegal West Bank settlement scheduled for demolition to Palestinian land nearby, a senior official in Washington has noted, according to Ha`aretz. dn14/8/2016
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Votes Overwhelmingly in Favor of Investment Screen!Anna Baltzer--Huge news! Moments ago, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) voted overwhelmingly -- by an estimated 90% -- to create an investment screen that would identify and remove the Church`s investments in corporations profiting from Israel`s violations of Palestinian rights, and other human rights abuses around the world. The new screen has a broad reach, ensuring that the Church would avoid investments in corporations currently complicit in human rights violations as part of the Israeli occupation, as well as any future corporations that become complicit.dn14/8/2016
Hundreds of Jews march for Black Lives MatterWilson Dizard--Led by Jews of color and their allies, nearly 300 marchers calling for greater police accountability wound their way through downtown New York on Thursday night, ending in the arrest of seven activists for civil disobedience. dn14/8/2016
How Gaza`s electricity crisis is becoming Israel`s water catastropheShlomi Eldar--The inability to treat wastewater in the Gaza Strip because of a lack of electricity is threatening to contaminate the water supplies of Gaza as well as Israel unless immediately addressed. dn13/8/2016
Israel’s hydro-apartheid keeps West Bank thirstyCharlotte Silver - EI - "[...] Israel’s Military Order No. 158 strictly forbids drilling or any other water works, including springs, pipes, networks, pumping stations, irrigation pools, water reservoirs, simple rainwater harvesting cisterns, which collect the rain falling on one’s roof. Everything is forbidden or rather not `permitted` by the Civil Administration, Israel’s occupation regime. Even repair and maintenance of wells requires military permits. And we simply don’t get them” [ry] 8/8/2016
The shocking story of Israel`s disappeared babiesJonathan Cook--`No one wanted me to know the truth,` said Gil Grunbaum, pictured in the late 1950s with his adoptive parents [Courtesy of Gil Grunbaum] dn7/8/2016
Today in Palestine for August 5, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn7/8/2016
Shot in the head by the IDF? Your entry permit is now revokedJohn Brown--An IDF officer opened fire on a Palestinian taxi, killing a 15-year-old boy, and wounding five others. The driver, who was shot in the head, returned from the hospital to discover his work and entry permits had been revoked.dn7/8/2016
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