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In Jerusalem, insurance becomes extortionJoharah Baker - The Electronic Intifada - Earlier this year, new regulations made it mandatory for all residents in Jerusalem with temporary family unification permits to obtain Israeli medical insurance. The law, which came into effect on 1 August, will cost those affected a monthly fee in addition to a large backdated one-time charge. It has caused an angry uproar among Jerusalem’s Palestinians, who see it as yet another attempt by Israeli authorities to target their community and make their precarious existence in the city even more challenging.-rh 1/12/2016
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WATCH: A new brand of Jewish nonviolence in Palestine Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - In the summer of 2016, dozens of Jews from the U.S. and other countries came to Palestine, at the request of Palestinian activists, to use nonviolence, civil disobedience, and their privilege as Jews to help oppose the Israeli occupation. Under the banner of “Occupation is not my Judaism,” the activists helped rebuild homes demolished by the Israeli army, facilitated an entire displaced Palestinian village’s return to to its former homes, and put their bodies on the line to challenge the Israeli military regime of segregation and settlement in Hebron.-rh 1/12/2016
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Deported from Palestine: Why Israel fears journalistsEoin Wilson - Aljazeera - As Israel tightens its grip on Palestinians and their international supporters, a growing number of activists, researchers and journalists have been denied access by the Israeli authorities. Among them is Eoin Wilson, an Irish-Scottish freelance journalist specialising in social movements and international solidarity activism. Earlier this month, he was refused entry and banned for 10 years. Here, he reflects on his ordeal at the hands of Israeli interrogators.-rh 1/12/2016
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Why Israel is closely following Fatah conventionShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - MI head Gen. Herzl Halevi issued a warning about the situation, in a closed-door conference at Tel Aviv University last week. Halevi said that power struggles in the Palestinian Authority (PA) may lead to a destabilization of the security situation in the West Bank in the coming year. In his estimation, power struggles between Fatah’s rival sectors will give Hamas great achievements on the ground. “The result will be a very challenging reality in Judea and Samaria,” Halevi said.-rh 30/11/2016
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Today in PalestineToday in Palestine--reports and commentaries on current events in the OPT. dn27/11/2016
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Haifa Battered by FlamesYael Freidson and Ahiya Raved--180 injured, 560 homes burnt after 5 days of raging fires[not mentioned in the article --8 Palestinian fire crews helped put out the blaze (http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Palestinian-firefighter-arrive-to-help-put-out-the-flames-across-Israel-473616] 27/11/2016
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Remove my father`s namePalestine Chronicle--The British Independent newspaper reported that “the son of a Dutch couple who hid Jewish people from the Nazis during the Holocaust has asked for his father’s name to be removed from a monument built on the site of a destroyed Palestinian village.” dn27/11/2016
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Hell on Earth: Being a Cancer Patient in Palestine Tamar Fleishman - Palestine Chronicle - Being a cancer patient in Israel is no child’s play, and in the West Bank it is that much worse. But being a cancer patient in the Gaza Strip is hell on earth. For aside from the physical and mental torment of the illness itself, the Gazan patient and his/her family members are doomed to struggle against the bureaucratic barriers imposed by the Israeli authorities who practically incarcerate all humans inside the Gaza Strip, and in order to exit for treatment the patient – as well as his/her accompanier – need the sovereign’s permission.-rh24/11/2016
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Declaration of Independence barely remembered in PalestineDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - While many Palestinians in the diaspora commemorated the 28th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the celebrations in the occupied territories were not even newsworthy. The reality is that Palestinians in daily confrontation with Israel are no longer convinced by words and declarations. So long as the reality on the ground has not changed, and the occupation continues, there will not be any genuine celebration.-rh 24/11/2016
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Global outcry appears to stop Israeli demolition of Palestinian village to make way for Jewish settlers Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - The large presence of journalists, Arab parliamentarians, and community leaders and activists that gathered in Atir-Umm al-Hiran, as well as the vigilance of supporters and allies around the world, appears to have deterred the Israeli authorities from carrying out their plans this morning to demolish several homes in the village. The demolition remains imminent, however. According to the court order, the state has until November 30 to carry out the demolition.-rh24/11/2016
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Ministry of Education calls for protection of Palestinian minors on Children`s DayMa’an News Agency - "According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 400 Palestinian minors were detained by Israel as of October" [ry] 21/11/2016
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How Abbas could end up with three successorsDaoud Kuttab - AlMonitor - At present, Abbas is not only the Palestinian president and the head of the Fatah movement, but he is also the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee. Traditionally, the PLO position is considered the most important one, as the organization represents all Palestinians and is the highest Palestinian political body. But Palestinian analysts say that the PLO has become an empty shell with few financial resources. A senior Palestinian source privy to discussions within the ruling Fatah movement told Al-Monitor that there are no plans at present to distribute the positions held by Abbas. The source, who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the issue, said that the focus of the seventh Fatah congress is to rejuvenate the movement and to bring in new blood, while at the same time putting an end to what he called the Dahlan movement.-rh 10/11/2016
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The Month in Pictures: October 2016EI - Six Palestinians, including a child, were killed by Israeli occupation forces during the month of October [ry] 7/11/2016
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Netanyahu`s coalition whip wants to revoke B`Tselem director`s citizenshipMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - How does the only democracy in the Middle East deal with outspoken human rights activists? By threatening to revoke their citizenship, of course.“I examined whether, legally speaking, if I can ask the interior minister to revoke the citizenship of B’Tselem’s executive director,” declared the Israeli parliament’s coalition chair, David Bitan, who serves as the whip for Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party.-rh 3/11/2016
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Child Rights Briefing: October 2016 : News and updates on the situation of Palestinian children living in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.Defence for Children International - “He asked for my Facebook password,” said Ahmad H., 17, recalling his first interrogation at Ofer military prison on August 1. “I gave it to him. He logged in and said it had inciting photos.” “I told [the interrogator] of my arrest earlier in April 2016 for 10 days, when I was interrogated [at Shikma prison] in Ashkelon about my Facebook account. I told him I deleted everything upon my release and the account is clean. I told him to check it.” Ahmad told Defense for Children International – Palestine that his interrogator at that point accused him of “obstructing the interrogation, claiming that I had asked someone to delete the photos, but I denied it.”-rh 3/11/2016
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The Almighty Military OrderSam Bahour - epalestine.com - It was 60 years ago today that a scene of cold-blooded murder fell upon the hill-top Palestinian village of Kafr Qassem (also written Kfar Kassim), located in Israel about 20 km east of Tel Aviv, near the Green Line (1949 Armistice Agreement’s demarcation line) separating Israel and the West Bank. It was in Kafr Qassem on this day in 1956 where the Israeli military literally mowed down in cold blood 48 innocent civilians, one being a pregnant woman whose fetus is counted as the 49th victim. It was said that all of this was done in the service of the almighty Israeli “military order,” which no one dared to challenge.-rh3/11/2016
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Israeli Forces Attack East Jerusalem School in Search of “Stone-throwers”IMEMCnews - Israeli soldiers, on Monday morning, raided a Palestinian school in annexed East Jerusalem, looking for “stone-throwers”, and summoned its headmaster for police interrogation. According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan, soldiers broke into the school, located in Ras Al-Armud, looking for stone throwers, and then showered the school with random barrages of rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs.-rh 3/11/2016
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Pro-Israel activists smear student solidarity with Palestine Middle East Monitor - The attack on Palestine solidarity activists, and students in particular, is not just about intimidation and Islamophobia. It is also about using the smear of antisemitism to try and stifle debate, and stigmatise tactics like the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. A statement condemning the UCL protest was released in the name of the Board, the JLC, the Union of Jewish Students, and, notably, the Community Security Trust (CST), a charity whose evidence was heavily relied upon by the recent Home Affairs Select Committee report on antisemitism. The statement, which referred to “violent” protests without any acknowledgement that this is a contested allegation, claimed that an “extreme and intolerant minority” on campus is “determined to prevent pro-Israel, Israeli or Jewish speakers from being heard.”-rh 2/11/2016
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The coming Palestinian prisoners` struggle in 2017 - a view from inside Wael Jaghoub - IMEMC/Handala Center for Prisoners/Samidoun Solidarity Network - Writing from inside the Israeli prison, Jaghoub points out that the prison authorities once again attempt to restrict the Palestinian prisoners and worsen their conditions, and sets out detailed strategies for the prisoners` struggle likely to intensify in 2017. Wael Jaghoub is among the leaders in the prisoners’ movement affiliated to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine [ak]1/11/2016
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