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Blocking of Websites Critical of Palestinian Authority Violates International and Domestic LawsRamallah/PNN/ - "Blocking websites on the internet may impinge on the right to freedom of expression, including “freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds,” as found under Article 19 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, unless certain restrictions are met and provided for by law." ca30/6/2017
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A decade under siege: Gaza health sector nears collapse Years of Israeli siege, coupled with crippling electricity cuts, have pushed the Strip`s health system close to failure.William Parry - Aljazeera - As the two million Palestinian residents of Gaza enter their 11th year under a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt, the many daily hardships they face are having an increasingly adverse effect on physical and mental health, particularly for the most vulnerable. Life for the people of Gaza has become characterised by soaring unemployment, acute fuel shortages, electricity supply for a couple of hours a day, a crippled water and sanitation system, prison-like movement restrictions, and the ever-looming threat of full-scale Israeli aggression on the horizon.-rh 28/6/2017
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Palestinians in Gaza reflect on 10 years of siegeHosam Salem - Al Jazeera - Residents reflect on how life has changed since Israel blockaded the Strip and Hamas took control [ry] 26/6/2017
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Israel cancels 250,000 Palestinian permits to enter Israel during Ramadan after deadly attack Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - Israeli authorities on Friday rescinded 250,000 Israel entry permits from Palestinians hours after a deadly attack in Jerusalem left four dead and several injured, a spokesperson for the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) told Mondoweiss.-rh 21/6/2017
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Canada Park, a popular picnicking spot for Israelis, created upon the rubble of Palestinian homes Mersiha Gadzo - In 1972, the Canadian branch, JNF Canada, raised $15m ($90m in today’s dollars) to create Canada Park, built on top of the demolished villages in occupied Palestine. Since then, the land has been treated as though it is in Israel proper rather than the occupied West Bank. The Separation Barrier prevents Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank from accessing Canada Park, including families that used to live on the land. A 1986 UN Special Committee reported to the UN Secretary-General that it “considers it a matter of deep concern” that the villagers are denied the right to return due to the construction of Canada Park by JNF Canada.-rh 21/6/2017
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Central Bureau of Statistics: 70% Rise in Construction of Settlements during The Past Year, Compared to Previous YearPeace Now - The ICBS data also shows that between April 2016 and March 2017 there has been a decrease of 2.65% in construction starts within Israel proper (excluding settlements).* [bz]21/6/2017
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Palestinian Children’s Lives Are Shaped By 50 Years of Military Occupation Five decades of occupation have turned military violence into the norm for Palestinian children.Jennifer Bing - Foreign Policy In Focus - Children under 18 years old currently represent 46 percent of the 4.68 million Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (70% are under the age of 30). This current generation has grown up in the shadow of failed negotiations and with futures stifled by systemic discrimination, persistent settlement expansion, blockade, and repeated military offensives. Israeli military courts in the West Bank lack fair trials and due process, and don’t recognize the rights of prisoners. At least 500-700 Palestinian children are held in Israeli military detention in the West Bank every year. These children often experience abuse, especially immediately following arrest. Over 90% of the children are convicted in “courtrooms” housed in Israeli military bases.-rh14/6/2017
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Benjamin Netanyahu to crack down on Israeli human rights groups It comes after the Prime Minister called for the dismantling of a UN agency that aids millions of refugees, accusing it of anti-Israeli incitementSamuel Osborne - Independent - The current law, which requires Israeli organisations receiving a majority of their financial support from overseas governments to disclose their funding, mainly targets human rights groups.There are only 27 Israeli organisations that receive more than half of their funding from foreign governments, according to the Justice Ministry.Of those, 25 are human rights organisations.-rh14/6/2017
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Israel agrees to PA request to reduce Gaza electricity Gaza residents will live on four hours of electricity, as the Palestinian Authority and Hamas continue power struggle.Aljazeera - The Israeli government has agreed to cut down its electricity supply in the Gaza Strip, at the behest of the West Bank- based Palestinian Authority (PA), Israeli officials said. According to Yoav Mordechai, the Israeli head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), President Mahmoud Abbas requested Israel to stop supplying electricity to Gaza back in April. The PA declined to comment to Al Jazeera.-rh14/6/2017
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Culture war takes center stage at Israeli theater festival Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - On May 30, various playwrights, directors and other artists announced their withdrawal from the Acre Festival of Alternative Theater, in which they were scheduled to take part in October 2017, following the organizers’ decision to ban the play “Prisoners of the Occupation” by Einat Weitzman. Their boycott of the play is another stage in the culture war being waged in Israel in recent years. The ban was not the result of a direct order by Culture Minister Miri Regev, who since taking office in 2015 has made it her practice to intervene in the contents of publicly funded events. But her activities have clearly created a threatening climate that limits free expression and leads theaters to practice self-censorship so as not to clash with her and endanger their funding.-rh 14/6/2017
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All Palestinian prisoners need is dry bread, a glass of water– and a bullet to the head Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - In the past, there have been many hunger strikes precisely by such administrative detainees protesting this practice on its own. It is notable that whilst abolishing of this practice has been a demand of the prisoners, it has not even appeared on the list of alleged concessions. Now, if Israel indeed had a clear case of ‘terrorism’ against a Palestinian person, it wouldn’t need the administrative detention, now would it? Israel is otherwise happy to parade ‘terrorists’ in court. So let’s put that one aside. Now, what is MK Hazan saying? That ‘they’ (they’re all terrorists anyway), should simply be executed. This point leans on a point made earlier by the chairman of the committee, MK Amsalem, who said that “in other democratic countries, such as the United States, not only do murderers not get any visits, they are executed.”-rh 14/6/2017
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Israel’s occupation was a plan fulfilledIlan Pappe - Electronic Intifada "Through the work on this book, I realized that the Israeli manipulation of Jewish fear in 1967 was even more cynical than it was in 1948, when the Jewish leadership genuinely could not foresee the results of its decision to ethnically cleanse Palestine. The cabinet meetings reveal a group of politicians and generals, who ever since 1948 looked for a way of rectifying what they deemed was the gravest mistake of the otherwise triumphant “war of independence”: the decision not to occupy the West Bank." ca 10/6/2017
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Even forensics can`t stop Palestinian teen`s killer walking freeBrad Parker - +972 - Nadeem Nuwara and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Salameh Abu Daher were shot dead by Israeli Border Police officers during a 2014 protest. Forensic evidence didn’t stop the Israeli authorities from failing to adequately prosecute the killings [ry]5/6/2017
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