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Israeli security forces violently arrest two young boys (8 and 12), interrogate and hold them for hoursB’Tselem - "Twelve-year-old Khatab Abu Mariyah was picked up on the street and held for more than nine hours, during which he was interrogated twice without parental accompaniment. Eight-year-old Yusef ‘Alameh was taken from his home, held for about six hours and also interrogated without parental accompaniment" [ry]28/12/2015
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25 Palestinian prisoners in Etzion jail launch open hunger strikeMa`an News Agency - "A lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Jacqueline Fararj, told Ma’an that she had documented ongoing violations against Palestinians held in the jail, including physical assault and poor living conditions.Fararj said that among those in Etzion that began on hunger strike were Abdul-Rahim Zamara, 24, and Yazan Marqtan, 23, who had both been violently assaulted by members of Israel`s prison service with the butts of rifles repeatedly during their detention." ca25/12/2015
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2400 Palestinians arrested since OctoberCommission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs - AIC - Since October 2015, the number of arrested Palestinians has skyrocketed [ry]21/12/2015
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ACRI`s Knesset RoundupACRI - administrative orders are made according to privileged material. The level of danger posed by the person is estimated, as a rule, based on their previous actions or intentions attributed to them, without asking the state to prove those same actions or intent beyond a reasonable doubt, in accordance with a fair criminal trial. Administrative orders and detentions are therefore unacceptable alternatives to ordinary criminal proceedings. These orders make it possible to restrict a person`s freedom for months or years without due process and without allowing them the basic right to defend themselves against the charge made against them.-rh16/12/2015
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Marwan Barghouti remains Fatah’s only hope of defeating HamasPublic Opinion Poll No 58 (by Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research) - In the context of the current escalation, two thirds support stabbing attacks against Israelis. Half of the public believes that the current confrontations will escalate into an armed intifada. If so, two thirds believe that the armed intifada will serve Palestinian national interests in ways that negotiations could not. Findings also indicate a growing rejection of the two-state solution. Similarly, two thirds believe that the two-state solution is no longer viable due to settlement expansion, and three quarters believe that the chances for the establishment of a Palestinian state next to the state of Israel in the next five years are slim or none existing. [bz]15/12/2015
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Israeli forces detain 16 across occupied West BankMa`an News Agency [ry]14/12/2015
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Today in Palestine for December 11, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn13/12/2015
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Israeli forces killing “in cold blood,” Palestinian families sayMaureen Clare Murphy--Israeli forces shot a Palestinian man and, after he was dead, fired at his head at point-blank range, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Mazen Oraibi, a Palestinian Authority intelligence officer from the Jerusalem-area village of Abu Dis, had stepped out of his car at an Israeli checkpoint last Thursday when soldiers opened fire and killed him on the spot. dn 13/12/2015
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Another winter in Gaza`s makeshift homesMatthew Vickery--Gaza Strip - More than a year since Israel`s deadly onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip, the United Nations refugee agency (UNRWA) estimates that 100,000 Palestinians in Gaza are preparing to spend a second winter in damaged homes and makeshift structures.dn13/12/2015
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Newspaper Review: Israeli Army’s Killing of Three Palestinians Focus of Dailies WAFA--RAMALLAH, December 12, 2015 (WAFA) - The killing of three Palestinians by Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip hit the front page headlines in Palestinian daily newspapers. The three dailies reported in their main front page news articles that three Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces in the West Bank district of Hebron and the Gaza Strip district of Deir al-Balah. dn 13/12/2015
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Palestinian Protester Shot by Israeli Border Policeman Awarded $40,200 in Damages Chaim Levinson--A Palestinian from the West Bank village of Bil`in has been awarded 155,000 shekels ($40,200) in damages by the Jerusalem Magistrate`s Court after a member of the Border Police shot him in the arm with a sponge-tipped bullet without justification and later falsely claimed that he had been throwing stones at police. The incident in question occurred in 2005, in the course of weekly demonstrations against construction of Israel`s West Bank separation barrier between the village of Bil`in and its agricultural land. dn 13/12/2015
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High Court Blocks Petition Calling to Indict Authors of `King`s Torah` Sharon Pulwer--The High Court of Justice has denied a petition that sought to force Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to charge the authors of a book that discusses circumstances in which Jews are allowed to kill non-Jews under Jewish law. The petitioners wanted the authors, rabbis Yitzhak Shapira and Yosef Elitzur, charged with incitement to violence and racism for their book “Torat Hamelech” (“The King’s Torah”). dn 12/12/2015
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Breaking News: Khalida Jarrar sentenced to 15 months imprisonment by Israeli military courtSamidoun - Palaestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network - Khalida Jarrar, Palestinian leftist and feminist parliamentarian and advocate for political prisoners, has been sentenced by an Israeli occupation military court in Ofer to 15 months imprisonment today, 6 December 2015. Arrested by occupation military forces who invaded her Ramallah home on 2 April, the imprisonment of Jarrar, former executive director and current vice-chair of the board of directors of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, has sparked widespread Palestinian, Arab and international outrage.-rh10/12/2015
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The radicalization of IsraelNurit Canetti - Al-Monitor - Is the present situation reversible? Can the moderate majority reclaim the reins of power in Israeli society? Stern said, “It is still possible to rouse the Israeli mainstream, but unfortunately that will come during a period of great crisis, when there will be no choice.”-rh 10/12/2015
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The Pursuit of JusticeBEN WHITE - Newsweek - Yet this year alone, the Court has rejected a petition against the Anti-Boycott Law; defended the expropriation of Palestinian land; given the green light for punitive home demolitions; approved the deportation of a Palestinian family from Jerusalem; accepted government plans to demolish Palestinian villages in the Negev and West Bank; and dismissed a petition to restore planning rights to Palestinian communities in 60 percent (‘Area C’) of the West Bank.-rh9/12/2015
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The Month in Pictures: November 2015EI - "A wave of violence originally provoked by Israel’s unchecked assaults and incursions in occupied Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound raged on throughout November, bringing the number of Palestinian fatalities since 1 October to 103, including 23 children, according to the United Nations monitoring group OCHA. Nineteen Israelis, one Palestinian and one American were slain by Palestinians during those same two months, The New York Times reported" [ry]7/12/2015
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Life of limbo for Palestinians denied IDs by IsraelIsra Saleh el-Namey--Reem Hajjaj finds it almost impossible to take an elective medical course outside the Gaza Strip. Unlike her fellow students in the Islamic University of Gaza’s medical school, she does not have a Palestinian Authority identity card. Hajjaj says that this situation has thwarted a lot of her plans. dn 6/12/2015
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Today in Palestine for December 1, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn6/12/2015
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Poll: Over a third of Americans back punitive measures against Israel over settlementsJPOST.COM STAFF--The survey shows a clear partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats over perceptions of whom is to blame for the impasse in the Israel-Palestine peace negotiations. dn6/12/2015
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Swedish Foreign Minister Accuses Israel of Executing Palestinian Assailants Without Trial Barak Ravid--Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström on Friday accused Israel of executing Palestinian assailants without trial. The remarks further exacerbated the tension between Stockholm and Jerusalem, prompting a scathing response from the Israeli ambassador to Sweden. dn 6/12/2015
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The ghettoization of Israel`s `mixed cities`Daniel Monterescu--. . .For Ramle’s Jewish residents it is — the “ghetto.” This is the common term in use. Not in its negative sense, God forbid, just an expression brought from their countries of origin which took root among them. The “Arab ghetto,” akin to the “Yemenite neighborhood” and so forth. But after spending two hours with Ali Bin Hasan of the district, we realized that indeed the Arab neighborhood is like a “ghetto.” Not so much for the Jews outside it as for the Arabs in it. (Maariv 27/8/1965) dn6/12/2015
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How Israeli far right uses news as a tool of incitementShlomi Eldar - Al- Monitor - In an atmosphere of escalation and justified concern by Israelis over possible terror attacks, incitement under the guise of news does not fall on deaf ears. Meanwhile, nobody has issued a word of caution about overt incitement in Israel nor does anyone see this to be a disconcerting sign of what the future might hold.-rh 3/12/2015
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Reaction to further steps in the forced population transfer in the Jordan Valley - al HadidiyaJamal Jumaf and Abu Saqer - Stop the Wall - Al Hadidiya is one of the communities targeted by Israel`s relocation plan of communities in Area C, especially the Bedouin communities in the Jordan Valley, E1 and the South Hebron Hills. The Israeli policies towards these communities have been defined by the United Nations and the European Union as amounting to forced population transfer, which constitutes a war crime under the IV Geneva Convention and a crime against humanity under the Rome Statute.-rh 2/12/2015
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Occupation kills two Palestinians in 2 hours Occupation kills two Palestinians in 2 hours Days of Palestine - Israeli occupation forces killed on Tuesday morning two Palestinians in different places in occupied West Bank just in two hours. Palestinian medical sources said that the Palestinian minor Ma’moun al-Khatib, 16, was shot dead by live ammunition near the illegal Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion. Just two hours later, the Israeli occupation forces shoot a 19-year old Palestinian female student while going to her school.-rh2/12/2015
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