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Military effectively shutting down Palestinian quarries in Beit Fajjar to aid de facto annexation of areaB`Tselem - "In their testimony to B’Tselem field researcher Manal al-J’abri, the owners of two of the raided quarries related that since 2008, such raids take place twice a year, on average. However, they claimed that Israeli forces have stepped up activity to stop operations in the quarries in recent months. The forces have repeatedly confiscated crucial equipment, including tractors, buggers, air compressors, control computers, and various work tools. This appears to be part of an Israeli policy to wear the owners down until they shut down the quarries" [ry] 25/4/2016
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Today in Palestine for April 22, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries about current events in the oPt. dn24/4/2016
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World Bank: Raw Deal With Israel Costs Palestinians $285 Million in Annual RevenueJack Khoury - Haaretz - Israel continues to withhold payment of $669 million in accumulated Palestinian tax revenue. This sum includes pension payments by Palestinians working in Israel and their employers, as well as deductions meant to cover the workers’ health insurance and other benefits. [bz]19/4/2016
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World Bank: Palestinian Authority losing $285 million a year due to agreements with IsraelTovah Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - “The Paris Protocol has to be amended to halt the annual loss of $285 million to the PA, the World Bank said in a report it issued Sunday in advance of Tuesday’s meeting in Brussels of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee. Separately, the World Bank said, Israel is holding $669m. it collects from Palestinian worked in Israel and their employers that was due to be transferred to a decimated pension fund under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority. But the PA never created that fund, the World Bank said” [ry] 18/4/2016
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How many Palestinians are imprisoned by Israel?Megan O`Toole, Konstantinos Antonopoulos - AlJazeera - Palestinians are marking Prisoners` Day to highlight the plight of thousands being held in Israeli jails [ry] 18/4/2016
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Today in Palestine for April 15, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt.17/4/2016
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IDF struggles with rising influence of Religious ZionistsReuters--Religious Zionists increasingly represent a larger percentage of the IDF, changing the nature of the once-secular institution; IDF Jewish Awareness Branch helps soldiers weave together Jewish and military values. dn17/4/2016
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CUNY Graduate Students Vote for Academic Boycott of IsraelSam Kestenbaum--The Doctoral Students’ Council at the City University of New York passed a resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israel on Friday afternoon. dn17/4/2016
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Alliance of Baptists Divests from Companies Profiting from Israel’s Occupation of Palestinian LandG.J. Tarazi--During their National Gathering on April 8-10 in St. Louis, the Alliance of Baptists affirmed the use of nonviolent boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) strategies and comprehensive education and advocacy programs to end the 49-year Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land. The Justice in Palestine and Israel Community presented the statement. dn17/4/2016
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Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program and the Displacement of Palestinian BedouinsIMEMC News - Lance Bartholomeusz, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank condemned Israel’s latest round of large scale demolitions of homes in the Palestinian Bedouin refugee community Um al-Khair in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Israel uses parts of the Negev desert for testing weapons with nuclear material and to dispose of nuclear waste from its not-IAEA monitored Dimona nuclear facility.-rh13/4/2016
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Ex-Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Israelis Trained U.S. to Use "Palestinian Chair" Torture DeviceEric Fair - Democracy Now - As a former interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI, Eric Fair was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. While in Fallujah, he witnessed a torture device known as the Palestinian chair. He writes in his new book, "Consequence: A Memoir," that the chair was a way to immobilize prisoners in order to break them down both physically and mentally. He also wrote that the Israeli military taught them how to use the Palestinian chair during a joint training exercise.-rh13/4/2016
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Israeli Demolitions Displace 124 Palestinians in Just One Day The Palestine Chronicle - The details have been revealed in a statement by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA): “In total, 54 structures were demolished in nine different communities in Area C, displacing 124 people, including 60 children.” The statement, issued on Friday, added: “A further 293 people, including 98 children, were otherwise affected.”-rh13/4/2016
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Isolated Palestinian prisoner Shukri Khawaja launches hunger strikeSamidoun - Al-Khawaja’s isolation was extended on Thursday by an Israeli military court in Eshel prison for an additional three months, prompting his hunger strike. He has been held in solitary confinement sine 17 December 2014, and has received only one family visit since that time.-rh13/4/2016
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Students Affairs Council of Palestinian Universities Condemns Israel’s Violations of Right to Education in Al-Quds UniversitySaed Bannoura - IMEMC "This is a press release from the Deans of Students’ Affairs Council of Palestinian Universities, condemning the Israeli army’s continuous invasions into academics institutions, especially the latest invasion into the Al-Quds University on April 5, 2016... The council demands the international community to take all appropriate measures to end Israel’s repeated violations of international law which inhibit basic human rights, including education." ca13/4/2016
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Israel drops investigation into army colonel`s killing of Palestinian teenMa`an News Agency - "The legal division of the Israeli army closed on Sunday an investigation into the killing of a Palestinian teenager last summer by a senior Israeli commander, in a decision Israeli rights group B’Tselem has termed `an integral part` of the Israeli army’s `whitewash mechanism” of its own crimes`" [ry] 11/4/2016
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OCHA: 124 Palestinians Left Homeless in Less than 24 HoursIMEMC News & Agencies - "Multiple demolitions in the occupied West Bank left 124 Palestinians homeless in a single day, 60 of them children, according to a statement by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) released on Friday" [ry] 11/4/2016
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The Month in Pictures: March 2016EI - "Israeli forces killed 23 Palestinians in March as a surge in deadly confrontation that began last October continued for the fifth consecutive month" [ry] 11/4/2016
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Today in Palestine for April 8, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn10/4/2016
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Gov`t approves plan to improve law enforcement in Arab sector [Since when do more police stations guarantee improvement?]Moran Azulay, Roi Yanovsky--Plan includes construction of 10 new police stations and renovation of 10 existing ones in Arab or mixed cities, and adding 2,600 new officers to force. [Since when do more police stations and police guarantee any sort of improvement? dn]10/4/2016
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African Hebrews organize after apparent army cover-up in death of Israeli soldierDan Cohen--Over the last month, members of Israel’s African Hebrew community have begun to organize over an apparent cover-up in the death of Toveet Radcliffe, a nineteen-year-old soldier who was found shot in the head, on the night between February 21 and 22, 2015. dn10/4/2016
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New Challenge for CUNY Over Alleged Anti-SemitismJosefin Dolsten and Sam Kestenbaum--The City University of New York’s efforts to deal with charges and countercharges about anti-Semitism and free speech on campus regarding Israel will soon face a daunting new challenge: On April 15, the school system’s graduate student council will vote on a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. dn10/4/2016
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Report: Israel Spends 61% More on Settlers than Other Citizens Telesur--The Israeli government spends more money on Israeli settlements and settlers in the Palestinian occupied West Bank than it spends on any other Israeli territory within the 1948 borders, a report by Israeli-based think tank Macro Center for Political Economics has revealed. dn9/4/2016
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Review of “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States”Robert Jensen - Nation of Change "In the conflict over the land of Palestine, Israel’s overpowering military superiority has produced decisive battlefield victories. But just as crucial to Israeli dominance in that region is its supremacy in the U.S. news media, which is captured in the title of an important new film from the Media Education Foundation, “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States.” ca8/4/2016
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Who Occupies Whom in Israel-Palestine? Don’t Ask an AmericanEric Schuler - ANTIWAR - That reality is why the recent poll on Americans’ understanding of Israel is both important and depressing. Facts shape our opinions. When those facts are wrong, the opinions tend to reflect that.-rh6/4/2016
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What every Amercan has to know about Israel/PalestineIf Americans knew - The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world`s major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation. It is the goal of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this critical issue, and on our power – and duty – to bring a resolution.-rh 6/4/2016
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Palestinians forever changed by Israeli tortureJonathan Brown - Aljazeera - Abu Sharefa, who has a tattoo of an M16 rifle on his chest, is among dozens of residents of Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah who say they are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after being arrested, detained and tortured by Israeli security forces.-rh6/4/2016
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Private Security companies and the Israeli OccupationWho Profits - Private security companies in Israel play an active role in the occupation of Palestinian land and control over Palestinian people. Private security guards operate checkpoints and guard settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. These security guards have policing powers, they bear arms and are entitled to use force in performing their duties. In the settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the private security guards, who are hired by the state of Israel to guard the settlements, de facto serve as a private police force that serves the settlers population. The employment of private security guards enables state authorities to provide security services only to the settlers, without acknowledging or meeting the security needs of the Palestinian communities around the settlements. This situation creates an inherent inequality between the Palestinian and the Jewish population in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.-rh6/4/2016
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B`Tselem’s Camera ProjectB`Tselem - In 2007, B`Tselem’s Video Department launched its innovative camera project. The organization distributes video cameras and provides training to Palestinians living in areas in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip where tensions are high and clashes are commonplace.-rh6/4/2016
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Today in Palestine for April 1, 2016Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn3/4/2016
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Washington’s Failure to Stem Material Support for Israeli Settler ExtremistsSarah Marusek--US rhetorical opposition to illegal Israeli settlements rings hollow while it lays favors on settler organizations that fund them. dn3/4/2016
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The tragic resilience of Israel’s unrecognized Arab villagesAmjad Iraqi--Palestinian citizens of Israel led the first ‘Land Day’ protests on March 30th, 1976. 40 years later, they’re facing even worse threats than before. +972 visits three unrecognized villages across Israel where Israeli courts have approved evictions in order to build luxury apartments, roads, and new Jewish towns on the ruins of their homes.dn 2/4/2016
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The medic`s deadly shotOded Shalom and Elior Levy--The Palestinian who filmed the Hebron shooting believes himself to be in danger; the soldier he filmed trained constantly before his enlistment, and he was apparently influenced by right-wing extremists.dn2/4/2016
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Israel rabbi to paramedics: `Leave Palestinians to die` : Israeli ambulance crews adopt a policy of denying injured Palestinians treatment, say rights groups.Jonathan Cook - Aljazeera - There is mounting evidence that Israeli ambulance crews are withholding treatment from Palestinians injured during a wave of attacks over the past six months, according to rights groups. Physicians for Human Rights in Israel, a medical watchdog group, found that wounded Palestinians had been left untreated for as long as two hours. In some cases, medical teams are suspected of failing to tend to the injuries of suspected attackers as revenge, in the expectation that they will die from their wounds.-rh 20/4/2016
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Israel Sentenced a 13-year-old Palestinian Girl to PrisonGideon Levy - Information Clearing House - S. is not home. She is in Sharon Prison. A 13-year-old girl, in the seventh grade, she is an inmate in an Israeli jail. Last Thursday, S. was sentenced to four-and-a-half months in prison and a fine of 7,000 shekels ($1,860). If the fine is not paid – and for this family it’s an absolutely unimaginable amount – S.’s mother, Amna Takatka, will be sent to jail for up to seven months: one month for every 1,000 unpaid shekels, for what her daughter did. That was the sentence handed down by military judge Lt. Col. Ami Navon.-rh20/4/2016
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