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Today in Palestine for February 26, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentarie on current events in the oPt. dn28/2/2016
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Traveling While Black: I Was Racially Profiled and Locked Up in IsraelKristian Davis Bailey--Detroit activist and writer Kristian Davis Bailey was en route to a West Bank conference to talk about Black and Palestinian solidarity when Israeli police accused him of drug smuggling. Here, he reflects on the trauma of his arrest and insists that it`s nothing compared to what Palestinians face. dn28/2/2016
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Shhhhhh, we’re annexingYossi Gurvitz for Yesh Din--Last week Yesh Din published our its position paper, “From Occupation to Annexation,” which deals with the way the Israeli government is implementing the conclusions of the Levy Commission Report without any public debate or even an official government decision – an process in which is dragging Israel into de facto annexation of the West Bank,without granting the annexed people their rights.dn27/2/2016
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Frozen in Their Grief: On the Bereavement of Palestinian FamiliesDr. Samah Jabr--The Palestinian community must acknowledge the enormity of the loss of our children. (Activestills.org, file) While the world was celebrating New Year’s Eve in 2015, with all of its promise for the coming year, dozens of Palestinian families were receiving the frozen bodies of their Shaheeds (martyrs): children killed by Israelis in the recent political upheaval. dn27/2/2016
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Video shows execution of Palestinian in JerusalemMaureen Clare Murphy - Electronic Intifada - The apparent execution of a Palestinian in occupied East Jerusalem was caught on video by Al Jazeera on Friday. Israel says that the young man was carrying out a stabbing attack on Israeli Border Police officers when he was killed at the Damascus Gate to Jerusalem’s Old City. But video of the incident released by Al Jazeera indicates that the young man did not pose an immediate threat to anyone’s life when massive lethal force was used against him.-rh 24/2/2016
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Netanyahu`s bag of tricks to deflect criticismAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - “Many voices in Israel understand democracy today in a narrow and minimal way. For them, democracy is just government by the majority.” This astute criticism was made Feb. 15 by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. The main voice that the first citizen is referring to is that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Rivlin`s observation was prompted by a new bill Netanyahu is proposing that would allow the Knesset to expel its own members. The Israeli media refers to the legislation as the “suspension law,” rather than the more precise “expulsion law.”-rh 24/2/2016
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Reconstruction of Gaza: zero buildings, massive profit.Who Profits - The last Israeli attack on Gaza left at least 2,000 Palestinians killed and 17,000 homes destroyed, rendering over 110,000 people homeless and turned much of the strip to rubble. In the aftermath of Israel’s blatant violations of International Humanitarian Law, the already existing humanitarian crisis in the besieged Gaza Strip has been further worsened. Not only did Israel manage to avoid accountability measures, but it has also benefited economically from the ruins it has caused. The case study of Nesher, the sole Israeli cement producer, shows how Israeli construction market makes profit from the destruction Israel has caused in the Gaza Strip.-rh 24/2/2016
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A letter to our readers: On censorshipMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Late last month, a Facebook account belonging to Chief IDF Censor Col. Ariella Ben Avraham sent a message to +972 Magazine and dozens of new media news sites, blogs and Facebook accounts detailing “the obligation to submit to the censor [for prior review] items relating to security.” Col. Ben Avraham, who only recently assumed the role of chief military censor, appears to be expanding her office’s priorities and taking an aggressive new line against new and social media outlets.-rh 24/2/2016
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List of 181 Palestinians & 21 Israelis Killed Since October 1stCeline Hagbard - IMEMC News [ry] 22/2/2016
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Israeli forces kill 15 year old Palestinian childAIC - On Sunday, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child and arrested two others, claiming all three attempted to attack Israeli soldiers [ry] 22/2/2016
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Today in Palestine for February 19, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn21/2/2016
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Israel Dramatically Ramping Up Demolitions of Palestinian Homes in West Bank Amira Hass--Israel has razed over 200 EU-funded buildings in the West Bank in the past two years. This year alone around 480 people, including 220 children, have been left homeless. dn21/2/2016
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SodaStream faces off with Israel over Palestinian permitsAFP--Company threatens to halt production if government continues to deny work visas for dozens of staff from West Bank dn21/2/2016
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Exclude and observe — the violence of settler sovereignty in PalestineJimmy Johnson--Israel is a settler colony. It is premised on the dislocation of Palestine. Israeli geographic existence and expansion is contingent upon Palestinian geographic contraction. Every five dunams of Israel is five less dunams of Palestine, what Patrick Wolfe calls a relationship of “negative articulation.” This dynamic illuminates the tremendous hostility to Palestinian land transfers – whether coerced, fraudulent or voluntary – to Zionists. When someone from Senegal buys a house in India the space does not become part of Senegal’s sovereignty, it remains India. When settlers obtain Palestinian land they remove it from Palestine and transfer it to Israel. The entire history of Zionism and Israel is this history of anti-Palestine-ing (along with some colonizing of adjacent nations). This is no less, and quite possibly most, true of the arms industry and Israeli military-industrial complex. dn21/2/2016
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Despite BDS Hype, Campus Anti-Israel Activity Dips by 15%Nathan Guttman--But while this decline, coupled with a surge in pro-Israel on campus activity, may seem as good news for supporters of Israel, ICC has pointed to the empty half of the glass, noting that pro-Palestinian students have increasingly joined forces with other campus groups, mainly those of minority students, to create an inclusive agenda that provides a larger platform for BDS supporters.dn21/2/2016
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Israel prepares to fight boycott activists onlineAssociated Press--"I want to create a community of fighters," said Sima Vaknin-Gil, the director general of the Ministry for Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, to Israeli tech developers at a forum last month dedicated to the topic. dn20/2/2016
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Capturing Human Moments Amid Chaos in Israel and the West Bank ROBERTA SMITH - New York Times "An exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum explores the region through the eyes of 12 outside photographers." ca19/2/2016
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Homes Demolished in the South Hebron HillsCassandra Dixon - AntiWar - “Early on the morning of February 2nd, Israeli soldiers closed access to Firing Zone 918 and placed checkpoints near the Palestinian villages of Bir al Idd and Al Fakheit. In the village of Jinba, Israeli soldiers and border police demolished 15 houses. They also fired sound grenades and teargas. Several solar electric panels were confiscated by the Israeli civil administration. In nearby Halaweh village Israeli forces destroyed another 9 houses, bringing the total to 24” [ry] 15/2/2016
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Palestinians’ (lack of) access to water in 2015AIC - Thirsting for Justice finds that Palestinians’ access to water is worse in 2015 than in 1995 due to Israel’s discriminatory water regime [ry] 15/2/2016
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Gaza patients battle cancer and Israeli siegeIsra Saleh el-Namey--Abu Shaban alleged a direct relationship between the increase in the number of patients with cancer and the three wars launched on Gaza over the last eight years. Doctors in Gaza and foreign health professionals have long suspected that Israel has used new forms of weaponry over Gaza, including Dense Inert Metal Explosives (DIME) or ammunition laced with radioactive material. dn14/2/2016
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Today in Palestine for February 12, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn14/2/2016
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Obama to sign AIPAC-promoted trade bill that legitimizes Israeli occupation and fights BDSAnnie Robbins--Yesterday the Senate passed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 by a 75-20 veto proof margin. The large trade policy bill includes anti- BDS trade legislation promoted by AIPAC and introduces new U.S. policy language by including all “Israeli-controlled territories” as part of Israel. dn14/2/2016
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Scanning Borders, Israel Surveys New Reality of Tunnels and TerrorISABEL KERSHNERFEB--With new terrorism, violence and chaos engulfing the Middle East, it is clearer than ever to them that nonstate actors with sophisticated weapons and technology have replaced the threat from Arab armies, forcing Israel to weigh differently the advantages of preventive strikes against the risks of setting off the next war.dn14/2/2016
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U.N. rights expert accuses Israel of excessive force against PalestiniansStephanie Nebehay - Reuters "Makarim Wibisono, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, also told Israeli authorities to charge or release all Palestinian prisoners being held under lengthy administrative detention, including children."The upsurge in violence is a grim reminder of the unsustainable human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the volatile environment it engenders," he said in a final report to the Human Rights Council." ca 12/2/2016
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Ad Kan finds eager audience in KnessetAlternative Information Center - "The right-wing Israeli group participated in a hearing of the Knesset Education Committee to promote government censorship of Breaking the Silence...Ad Kan has risen to prominence as a result of the Uvda television show, which showed right-wing Israelis infiltrating anti-occupation activists in the South Hebron Hills to expose their alleged ties to the Palestinian Authority." ca12/2/2016
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British Doctors Demand Israel’s Expulsion From World Medical AssociationRichard Silverstein - Mint Press News - Both letters accuse Blachar, the IMA and Israeli physicians of long-term collusion with the Israeli security apparatus in the torture of Palestinian security prisoners. The doctors assert that such practices violate medical ethics and the principles of the WMA, as outlined in the group’s 1975 Tokyo Declaration.-rh10/2/2016
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Palestinian government says willing to step down for unityAFP - Daily Mail - The Palestinian government said on Tuesday it was ready to step down to enable a new national unity government, as rivals Fatah and Hamas engaged in a new reconciliation effort. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was "ready to resign to support the formation of a national unity government and to take every effort to achieve genuine reconciliation", a statement read. The government is the remnant of the cabinet of independent technocrats that the West Bank-based Fatah and Gaza rulers Hamas agreed on in 2014 when they announced their reconciliation-rh 10/2/2016
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Benjamin Netanyahu says he will build a fence around the whole of Israel to keep out ‘the wild beasts`Adam Withnall - Independent - Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to build a 15ft fence to surround the whole of Israel, saying that the country must “protect itself from wild beasts”.The Israeli Prime Minister appeared to use the extraordinary phrase – which has also been translated as “predators” – to describe both Palestinians and the people of neighbouring Arab states.-rh 10/2/2016
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551 Palestinians arrested in JanuarySamidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network - AIC - Since October`s uprising, 3500 Palestinians have been arrested; the total number of Palestinian prisoners reaches 7000 [ry] 8/2/2016
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Today in Palestine for March 5, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn7/2/2016
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Israeli authorities demolish ten Palestinian homes in Area C in January, leaving 59 homeless, incl. 37 minorsB`Tselem - "The Israeli authorities impose an impossible daily reality on Palestinian communities in Area C by repeatedly demolishing their homes, constantly threatening further demolition, and other violations of their rights. This governmental policy, implemented systematically for years, constitutes the forced transfer of protected Palestinian residents within the occupied territory" [ry] 1/2/2016
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Right-wing MKs flog ‘fascist’ group for ‘outing’ lefty artistsTamar Pileggi - The Times of Israel - The campaign, launched on Wednesday and titled “Moles in Culture,” features a list of artists that includes a number of well-known Israeli authors, actors and musicians — writers Amos Oz, David Grossman and A.B. Yehoshua, actress Gila Almagor, and singers Rona Keinan and Chava Alberstein are featured — accusing them of being “moles” who support left-wing groups that receive some of their funding from foreign governments.-rh3/2/2016
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