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Israeli Forces Use Excessive Force Killing Palestinian Civilian in Qabatya Village near JeninPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - Press Releases - In an excessive use of force, on Thursday morning, 31 October 2013, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Qabatya village, southeast of the northern West Bank town of Jenin.-rh31/10/2013
Inside Shin Bet : An investigation into the methods used by Israel`s controversial internal security serviceAljazeera - Being a girl in the interrogation, they know honour and reputation is something we highly value. So, they use it against us. They threatened to rape me. A colonel once came to me in the later stages and called me nasty names. He gave details on sexual positions, and that he`d bring his dog to do those things to me. As if to say we are worthless, not human. That we`re worthy of dogs.rh 31/10/2013
Today in Palestine for Tuesday, October 29, 2013Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on events occurring in the OPT on or about October 29, 2013. dn30/10/2013
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Government plans to offer African migrants $5,000 to leave IsraelIlan Lior--The government plans to offer $5,000 to any African migrant who agrees to leave the country voluntarily and promise not to return. This is more than triple the $1,500 it has offered departing migrants until now. dn30/10/2013
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An International Conference in Israel "For a Nuclear Weapons and Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East" – December 5th-6th 2013war is a crime--The question of nuclear policy and the need to discuss it openly has become a cardinal issue worldwide as well as in Israel. Paradoxically, the focus of the government of Israel and its various apparatuses on Iran’s nuclear policy has raised the issue of nuclear policy in the Middle East as a whole, including that of Israel itself. dn30/10/2013
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What’s behind Israel’s biggest economic boomAssaf Oron--The period of Israel’s history that by far saw the largest economic growth, more than any other, was the six years following the Six Day War. And what agricultural, industrial, or hi-tech breakthroughs took place around 1967-1973? None worthy of mention. More than any other single factor, it was the establishment of the Occupation-Settlement Enterprise.dn30/10/2013
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‘We need to remove all the posters from the system’ — Boston censors the Palestinian narrative (Updated: The ads are going back up)Philip Weiss--This just in. Ads in the Boston transit system depicting the loss of Palestinian lands to Israel are being taken down, days after they were put up, because the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority “fielded numerous complaints.” dn27/10/2013
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Activists arrested in Hebron: `Segregation isn`t our Judaism`Michael Omer-Man--ewish activists arrested for protesting against segregation in Hebron on day when national-religious Jews descend on the city to mark Abraham’s biblical purchase of the Cave of the Patriarchs.dn27/10/2013
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What I learned in kindergarten today about the HolocaustYarden Skop--Education Minister Shay Piron’s controversial plan to introduce mandatory K-12 Holocaust studies has drawn a range of responses from educators. How do you teach the Shoah to preschoolers? dn26/10/2013
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Palestinians ask 50 countries to demand commercial sanctions on settlementsElior Levy --PA urges 50 countries to clamp down on private companies conducting business in West Bank, east Jerusalem; Israeli companies and financial institutions with overseas branches also targeted dn26/10/2013
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OCHA Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 8 - 21 October 2013 OCHA--West Bank fatalities: one Palestinian was killed by Israeli forces while reportedly attempting to break into a military base: one Israeli settler was killed by Palestinians. Following the official start of the olive harvest season, over 540 Palestinian olive trees were vandalized by Israeli settlers. The Israeli authorities halted the entry of all types of construction materials into the Gaza Strip, including for projects implemented by international organizations, until further notice, following the discovery of a 1.8- kilometer-long tunnel running from Gaza into Israel.dn26/10/2013
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As a result of restrictions at Rafah: Erez Crossing serves as main gateway out of GazaGisha--October 20, 2013. The restrictions on Rafah Crossing led to a strange turn of events in September: Erez Crossing has now become the main gateway into and out of the Gaza Strip, although no significant change in Israel`s restrictive policy has taken place. The restrictions imposed by Egypt on travel through Rafah have led to a sharp decline in the number of individuals exiting Gaza via Egypt: from an average of more than 20,000 exits a month during the first half of the year to only 3,412 in September. dn20/10/2013
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Today in Palestine for October 18, 2013Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on events in the OPT that took place on or about October 18, 201319/10/2013
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Israeli army taking steps to change Palestinian child arrest policyGili Cohen--UNICEF progress report gives IDF mixed grades in arrest and interrogation of Palestinian minors in the West Bank; army says policy change still under review. dn19/10/2013
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Peace Now: 70 Percent Rise in Settlement Construction Starts Palestine Chronicle--New settlement construction starts rose by 70 percent in the first half of 2013 compared with a year earlier, an Israeli NGO said Thursday, describing the increase as “drastic”. dn19/10/2013
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5200 Palestinian Detainees Currently Held By IsraelSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "The Palestinian Ministry Of Detainees issued a press release revealing that Israel is currently holding captive 5200 Palestinians in 17 prisons, detention camps, and interrogation facilities"14/10/2013
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Palestinians mull appeal to UNSC over `serious Israeli violations in Temple Mount`Jack Khoury--President Mahmoud Abbas claimed Netanyahu`s insistence that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state indicated that the Israeli PM wasn`t interested in reaching a peace treaty.dn12/10/2013
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Press Release: Ministry of Interior: 43% of the family unification applications rejected between 2000 and 2013 Society of Saint Yves--In response to a request by the Society of St. Yves under the Freedom of Information Act, the Israeli Ministry of Interior published figures on family unification applications between the years 2000 to 2013, child registration applications from 2004-2013 and cases in front of the Humanitarian Committee from 2007-2013. Since 2000, the Ministry of Interior rejected 43% of the family unification applications and 24% of the child registration applications. It must be pointed out that the Ministry of Interior denied the registration of 12 children due to security reasons – speaking of minors under 14 years old. dn27/10/2013
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Today in Palestine for Friday, October 25, 2013Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on events that occurred in the OPT on or about the date of this issue. dn27/10/2013
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Israel asks U.S. Jews, Israelis: Where do your loyalties lie?Barak Ravid--Immigrant absorption and foreign ministries distribute survey commissioned by Israel lobby group that asks questions about dual allegiance and Jewish lobby in America. dn27/10/2013
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US lead negotiator calls for delay in new Iran sanctions as nuclear talks continueTom McCarthy--Undersecretary of state Wendy Sherman says `pause` will let US see if talks over Iranian nuclear ambitions can `gain traction` dn27/10/2013
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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT WORKING GROUP REFUSED ENTRY TO GAZA BY ISRAELMartina Anderson MEP--“I endorse the sentiments expressed by the Chairperson of the European Parliament`s Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council (DPLC), Emer Costello, when she said that ‘she is both astounded and dismayed at the decision of the Israeli authorities to refuse an official visit of the delegation to Gaza’. dn27/10/2013
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Israel denies Christian peacemaker from entry Daoud Kattab--Israeli security officials at the King Hussein (Allenby) bridge turned back an American peace volunteer who is part of the Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron twice in the past week.dn27/10/2013
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B`tselem NEWSLETTER 07 Oct. 2013B`tselem--Dear friends, September marked 20 years since the beginning of the Oslo Peace Process. And this month, Israeli and Palestinian negotiation teams are once again engaged in new peace talks. There is much skepticism about the potential of this process, but for me one thing is clear: if the new process is to have any hope of improving the lives of people on the ground, it is vital that we learn the human rights lessons of the Oslo Process. dn13/10/2013
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Today in Palestine for October 11, 2013Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on events occurring in the OPT on or about October 11, 2013. dn13/10/2013
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In the line of fire: Life in the southern Hebron HillsChaim Levinson --A tour of Firing Zone 918 offers a glimpse of the harassment by settlers and soldiers, and of locals` sense of helplessness. dn13/10/2013
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Stop, you`re scaring the children: Fear as a cornerstone in Israeli educationOr Kashti--How fear has become a necessary tool in justifying the status quo and fostering hostility toward all that is different. dn13/10/2013
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There Are No Facts: Excerpt from Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel’Max Blumenthal - Mondoweiss "The JNF was intimately involved in the Nakba, with its then-director Yosef Weitz establishing the Transfer Committee, where a pantheon of leaders orchestrated the final and most brutal stages of ethnic cleansing, which they called Plan Dalet. Described by the Israeli revisionist historian Ilan Pappe as “the quintessential colonialist,” Weitz personally guided the expulsions with a deliberate, calculated hand, dispatching his staff to identify Palestinian villages to destroy—a practice David Ben Gurion called, “cleaning up.” “It must be clear that there is no room in the country for both peoples,” Weitz declared at the time." ca11/10/2013
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A journey into the dark heart of Israel`s permit regimeIdan Landau - +972 - Trapped between the separation barrier and the Green Line, Palestinians living in the ‘Seam Zone’ are forced to reckon with a Kafkaesque permit regime that appears designed to do one thing and one thing only: make them give up and leave8/10/2013
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Israel`s restrictions cost the Palestinian economy $3.4 billion annually Tovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - Lifting Israeli restrictions could boost Palestinian economy8/10/2013
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Ahrar: “Two Killed, 278 Kidnapped, By Israeli Soldiers In September”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - On September 29, the Ahrar center said that there are currently 90 detainees, held by Israel under arbitrary Administrative Detention order, without charges or trial. They are held in the Negev detention camp, Ofer prison, and Majiddo.-rh 2/10/2013
Report on agricultural land in Area C as a means of landgrab.Dror Etkes - Kerem Navot - Behind the reality described in this thorough report is a clear territorial rationale: the agricultural takeover of large swaths of land requires relatively few resources and time in comparison with actual construction in the settlements or the establishment of outposts or satellite settlements, and facilitates the quick establishment of facts on the ground. [PDF version at request from detkes@gmail.com -bz]1/10/2013
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