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CARNAGE IN RAFAH DURING 2014 ISRAEL/GAZA CONFLICTAmnesty International&Forensic Architecture - "An Israeli infantry officer described to Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence the events that ensued after the Hannibal Directive was announced on the radio:“The minute ‘Hannibal Directive’ is declared on the radio, there are consequences. There’s a fire procedure called the ‘Hannibal fire procedure’ – you fire at every suspicious place that merges with a central route. You don’t spare any means.” ca 31/7/2015
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Amnesty: Israel Committed War Crimes during Rafah ‘Carnage’Amnesty International - The Palestine Chronicle "The events in Rafah, so-called ‘Black Friday’, have attracted attention for the army’s application of the controversial ‘Hannibal Protocol’, a secretive doctrine designed to thwart the capture of an Israeli soldier by the application of overwhelming force.On August 1, 2014, the Israeli military implemented the Protocol in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip when it was thought that Hamas fighters had captured a soldier, Hadar Goldin, alive." ca31/7/2015
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A bad deal? Diplomacy saves Israel from taking military action against IranShemuel Meir - +972 - The positive consequences for Israel’s security are both many and important. First and foremost, the agreement precludes the introduction of a new nuclear-weapon state in the Middle East. Nuclear weapons are league of its own and the only class that constitutes an “existential threat.” That has now been prevented. The agreement strengthens the Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which Israel is not a signatory but one of its beneficiaries.-rh29/7/2015
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Wrong on the Facts, Wrong on the Law: Israeli’s False Claims of “Self-Defense” in Gaza WarJames Marc Leas - CounterPunch - “Public relations campaigns based on self-defense have been critical to Israeli officials avoiding accountability after each of the six major assaults on Gaza since Israel withdrew its settlers from Gaza in 2005. Notwithstanding the reports of war crimes committed by Israeli forces, the remarkable success of those self-defense based public relations campaigns continued to provide Israeli officials with impunity: the freedom to strike militarily again” [ry]27/7/2015
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Today in Palestine for July 24, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries about current events in the oPt. dn26/7/2015
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Defense Ministry internal report: Land at village slated for demolition privately owned by PalestiniansBarak Ravid and Chaim Levinson--Sussia, the Palestinian village in which structures are slated for demolition, sits on private Palestinian land owned by local people, according to a document of the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration obtained by Haaretz. dn26/7/2015
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Mavi Marmara: Judges call for new investigation into deaths of activists . . .Paul Gallagher--The International Criminal Court has asked its chief prosecutor to reopen an investigation into the interception of the Mavi Marmara, the ship on which nine human rights activists were killed in 2010 after it was stormed by the Israeli Defence Force during an attempt to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip.dn26/7/2015
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The bloody cost of apartheid: Israel kills twice in two days .Ben White--Israeli occupation forces have killed again: the victim this time was Falah Abu Maria, a 52-year-old father shot dead in Beit Ummar, a village in the southern West Bank. Abu Maria`s death came just a day after 21-year-old Muhammad `Alawna had been shot dead near Jenin. Israel has now killed 17 Palestinians in 2015 to date, and wounded dozens more. dn 26/7/2015
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How Israel Uses Water to Control Palestinian LifeCharlotte Silver--The relentless scarcity is purposeful and integral to Israel’s strategy of “demographic balance.” dn25/7/2015
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Study: 51% of Gaza Children, 31% of Adults Suffer Post-War TraumaIMEMC News & Agencies - "According to the organization’s report, “An average of 75% of children surveyed experience unusual bedwetting regularly. In one area, al-Shoka, nearly half the children interviewed wet the bed every night. Up to 89% of parents reported that their children suffer consistent feelings of fear, while more than 70% of children said they worried about another war. On average seven out of 10 children interviewed suffer regular nightmares.” CA24/7/2015
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Israel: Security Forces Abuse Palestinian ChildrenHuman Rights Watch - Israeli security forces have used unnecessary force to arrest or detain Palestinian children as young as 11. Security forces have choked children, thrown stun grenades at them, beaten them in custody, threatened and interrogated them without the presence of parents or lawyers, and failed to let their parents know their whereabouts.-rh22/7/2015
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Today in Palestine for July 17, 2015Today in Palestine-- A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt.19/7/2015
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As the West made a deal that shut down Iran`s nuclear ambitions, the anger over Israel`s undeclared atomic arsenal surfaced againDoug Bolton--Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby calls out `double standard` of international attitude to Israeli nuclear programme Following the landmark deal on Iran`s nuclear programme, the head of the Arab League has branded the international community`s attitude to Israel`s nuclear programme a "double standard" and called on them to pressure Israel into declaring its nuclear weapons. dn 19/7/2015
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Through Lens, 4 Boys Dead by Gaza ShoreTYLER HICKS--The aftermath of an airstrike on a beach in Gaza City on Wednesday. Four young Palestinian boys, all cousins, were killed. Credit Tyler Hicks/The New York Times dn19/7/2015
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PCHR Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (09- 14 July 2015)PCHR-Gaza - "Israeli forces have continued with systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) for the reporting period of 09- 14 July 2015." ca17/7/2015
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Gaza Today : Gaza Testimonies B`Tselem Project - The bombings of the Gaza Strip began a year ago today. For hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, last summer’s nightmare has become an ongoing reality. There are now some 100,000 displaced persons in Gaza living with relatives or in rented homes, in tents, or in the ruins of their old homes.-rh15/7/2015
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Video appears to contradict account of Israeli officer who killed PalestinianPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - Doubts about the account of Col Yisrael Shomer, a brigade commander in the occupied territories, began to emerge last week in witness accounts and medical evidence collected by the Guardian, Washington Post and human rights groups. They suggested that 17-year-old Mohammed Kasbeh was shot in the upper body by Shomer as the youth was fleeing, not in the midst of a life-threatening attack.-rh 15/7/2015
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Addameer: Report on 13 July military court hearing of Khalida JarrarAdameer - Samidoun - At the hearing today for Palestinian Legislative Council Member Khalida Jarrar, the defense team submitted preliminary arguments to cancel the charges. The defense argued concerning the legality of the occupation. Particularly, it argued that the occupation’s situation as continued and long-term deems it illegal. The defense also argued that Mrs. Khalida Jarrar is entitled to immunity as a Palestinian Legislative Council Member.-rh 15/7/2015
Israeli media review: Is Bibi going back to Congress over Iran deal?Edo Konrad and Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Netanyahu’s mouthpiece largely parrots the prime minister’s warnings and fears; leading columnists in other newspapers label the deal a personal failure for Netanyahu, warn that the ground-breaking agreement actually puts a military option back on the table.-rh15/7/2015
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Military Police: Palestinian teens killed by military live fire, although military fired only rubber-coated bulletsB’Tselem - "On 25 February 2015, the Military Advocate General’s (MAG) Corps informed B’Tselem of the closing of the investigation into the killing of Palestinian teens Muhammad and Usayed Qadus in the West Bank village of ‘Iraq Burin in March 2010. The investigation had taken five years and its findings, as reported by the MAG Corps, are absurd: on the one hand, the investigation found that only rubber-coated metal bullets had been fired during the incident; on the other hand it corroborated that the two teens were killed by live ammunition" [ry]13/7/2015
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Today in Palestine for July 10, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn12/7/2015
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Why is Gaza reconstruction so slow?Yolande Knell--In the year since the 50-day conflict with Israel, which saw thousands of Gaza`s buildings reduced to rubble, not a single destroyed home has been rebuilt. dn12/7/2015
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Gaza: how it looks one year after the conflict – then and nowThe Guardian--8 July marks the first anniversary of the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The 50-day conflict began when Israel launched an intense air and ground assault aiming to end persistent rocket fire from Gaza. It was the third major conflict between Israel and Hamas militants since the Islamist group took control of Gaza in 2007. Last year’s fighting killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, as well as 73 Israelis, most of them soldiers. More than 100,000 buildings in Gaza were left damaged or destroyed and have not been rebuilt dn12/7/2015
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Sharp Rise in Negev DemolitionsPalestine Chronicle--1,073 homes in `unrecognised` Arab villages were demolished in 2014 [of Israeli citizens dn].12/7/2015
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First senior officer to be investigated by military police over Protective Edge conductYoav Zitun--Lt. Col. Neria Yeshurun, who led the battalion that lost Captain Dima Levitas, under scrutiny for allegedly approving shelling of clinic -- supposedly in retaliation for soldier`s death. dn12/7/2015
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In June: Israel Detained 150, 60 are MinorsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Most of those arrested were from the East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Silwan (35 arrests), Issawiya (26), the Old City (21) and Beit Hanina (19), as well as Sheikh Jarrah, Jabal al Mukkaber, A-Tur and Sur Baher" [ry]6/7/2015
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Today in Palestine for July 3, 2015Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn5/7/2015
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Protestant churches split over anti-Israel divestment resolutions Debra Nussbaum Cohen--NEW YORK – It was one step forward and a step and a half back for the anti-Israel BDS movement this week. On Thursday, just two days after the United Church of Christ passed a measure requiring divestment from companies connected with Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops voted down a similar resolution, while the much smaller Mennonite Church postponed any boycott decision to 2017.dn5/7/2015
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Gaza RevisitedFrance24--Video dn5/7/2015
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Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza Strip in video statementReuters - The Guardian - The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the US-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah.-rh1/7/2015
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