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Life under occupation

Palestinian family’s home invaded, two youths arrested by Israeli soldiers in Azzun villageReport - International Solidarity Movement - "Whilst the Radwan family slept, dozens of Israeli soldiers surrounded their house and broke in. They damaged the door as they entered, sweeping through the house and also breaking the doors of the kitchen cupboards. They ushered the nine family members into one room and forced them all sit on one sofa at gunpoint." - id17/12/2014
`Truth commission` uncovers the history of Bedouin dispossessionTom Pessah - +972 - Zochrot, an Israeli NGO, is experimenting with ways to bring awareness about the Palestinian Nakba to the Jewish Israeli public. After two years of preparations, they convened an informal Public Truth Commission at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba last week, in order to examine the displacement of Palestinians in the Negev/Naqab by Israeli forces that took place from 1948 to 1960. Why until 1960? Most people are actually unaware of the fact the majority of local Bedouin tribes were driven off their lands into either Sinai, the West Bank, or an isolated reservation east of Beersheba (the “Sayag”) in the 1950s – long after the war ended.-rh17/12/2014
Bypassing Israel: The necessity of recognition in European capitalsScott Ratner - Mondoweiss - Essentially every state in the international community has made it clear since at least the 1970s that the Palestinian people are entitled to a sovereign state on the 22 percent of Mandatory Palestine that Zionist forces did not conquer in 1948. This recognition does not, nor has ever, come with the stipulation that such a state must be premised or conditioned upon adhering to what Israel defines as its “national security.” -rh 17/12/2014
Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian in Qalandya Refugee Camp, North of Occupied JerusalemPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - In excessive use of force, on Tuesday early morning, 16 December 2014, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Qalandya refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. The aforementioned civilian was killed when Israeli forces moved into the said refugee camp to arrest Palestinians. A number of Palestinian youngsters gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers to stop arrests. As a result, a civilian was wounded as he was standing on the roof of his family`s house in Antar quarter in the north of the refugee camp.-rh17/12/2014
Take Action: End Solitary Confinement and Isolation, Support Palestinian Hunger StrikersSamidoun - Over 100 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails are now participating in a collective hunger strike, as prisoners from Eshel and Ramon prisons joined the strike demanding an end to the policy of solitary confinement and in solidarity with Nahar al-Saadi, who has been held in solitary confinement since May 2013 and has been on hunger strike since 20 November. The collective strike was launched by 70 prisoners on 9 December. The strikers are demanding al-Saadi’s release from isolation; regular family visits for al-Saadi; and an end to the use of solitary confinement and isolation against Palestinian prisoners.-rh17/12/2014
WATCH: A heartbreaking portrait of life in Hebron, in 9 minutesMoriel Rothman-Zecher - +972 - "Hebron, where the occupation is in many ways manifested in its rawest form, is the only Palestinian city inside which there is an Israeli settlement. It is a junction of direct and daily conflict between Palestinian civilians, Israeli soldiers and Jewish-Israeli settlers." - id17/12/2014
WATCH: Olive harvest marred by arson, vandalism and violenceSocial TV - +972 - "When they are given access during the olive harvest, they often find their trees cut down or burned by settlers." - id17/12/2014
Death of Ziad Abu Ein could work to Abbas’ advantageDaoud Kouttab - Al-Monitor - On a strategic level, the death of Abu Ein will certainly help Abbas and Fatah demonstrate that their policy of nonviolent resistance is a serious strategy that needs to be encouraged and expanded. Fatah is holding its seventh congress on Jan. 2 in Ramallah, and there is no doubt that the story of the new martyr and his effort to save Palestinian land with his body will resonate and produce a much more serious plan for Palestinian statehood based in large part on the need to support nonviolent popular resistance.-rh 17/12/2014
Official: Gush Etzion stab suspect was harassed by settlerMa`an - "Is it reasonable that 46 surveillance cameras in Gush Etzion settlement bloc have failed to document what really happened between Amal Taqatqa, 22, from Beit Fajjar and an Israeli settler who claimed that she attempted to stab him?" Khalid Qaddura said. Amal Jamal Taqatqa, 22, was shot and critically wounded by soldiers near Gush Etzion on Dec. 1 after allegedly stabbing an Israeli settler. [bz]16/12/2014
Video: Forced drought hits Jordan Valley farmers as Israel steals their waterJimmy Johnson - EI - “Israel bans Palestinians from digging new wells, repairing old ones, or even setting up cisterns to collect rainwater. As a result, area farmers must buy expensive water that has to be trucked in. Those who — driven by necessity — build rainwater collection systems without virtually impossible to obtain Israeli permits, must often watch as the occupation forces demolish them” [ry]15/12/2014
Palestinian third-grader arrested by Israel PoliceGideon Levy and Alex Levac - Haaretz - 8-year-old Obeida Ayash was arrested on suspicion of stone-throwing in the village of Silwan in East Jerusalem, which was brimming this week with Border Police officers [ry]15/12/2014
Israel pushing to legalize West Bank outpost slated for demolitionAmira Hass - Haaretz "The gradual expansion of the settlements’ residential and agricultural areas has been accompanied by regular, well-documented efforts by settlers to block the access of Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the area to increasing portions of their land. The numerous closure orders issued by the IDF for the area also limit Palestinian access to their land. The IDF says the closures are designed to prevent friction and conflict between the populations." ca12/12/2014
PA: Israel responsible for killing ministerMa`an News Agency - "Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli pathologists participated in the autopsy at Al-Quds university. The Israeli pathologist did not sign the autopsy report, although he reportedly approved of the results, al-Sheikh said."After hearing the results of the post-mortem, the Palestinian government holds Israel fully responsible for the killing of Ziad Abu Ein," PA spokesman Ihab Bseiso told reporters."12/12/2014
Two Palestinians Kidnapped Near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "...the soldiers broke into, violently searched and ransacked several homes in areas close to the military tower, installed near the main entrance of the town.In related news, a number of extremist Israeli settlers closed a Palestinian agricultural road leading to farmlands belonging to residents of the al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem." ca12/12/2014
Thousands Attend Funeral Of Murdered Minister Abu EinSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The Palestinian Authority held an official burial ceremony for the murdered minister, while Arab members of Knesset Ahmad Tibi and Mohammad Barakeh also attended the funeral.The prayers were held in front of the Presidential headquarters in Ramallah, before thousands marched, carrying the body of Abu Ein to the Shuhada Graveyard in the al-Biereh nearby town." ca12/12/2014
New mooovie remembers cows that `threatened` IsraelDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Audiences across the globe might not initially believe that this agricultural act is innocent, but to the Israeli army, which was terrified of Palestinians becoming self-sufficient, this was nothing short of a declaration of war. Israeli military officers interviewed for the film admit that they were concerned that this action would spread, empowering Palestinians. Until the very last scene of the film, Israeli military officials were curious as to what happened to the cows.-rh 11/12/2014
PA official dies after being assaulted by Israeli soldierMa`an News Agency - Ziad Abu Ein, 55, died after an Israeli soldier beat him on the chest with his helmet in the village of Turmsayya in the Ramallah district, the director of the committee`s information center, Jamil al-Barghouthi, told Ma`an.-rh11/12/2014
Time for international community to hold Israel accountable — here`s howHiba Husseini and Omar M. Dajani - +972 - What is needed is a coherent and sustained effort by the international community to enable Palestinians to secure their fundamental rights as individuals and as a people. International recognition of Palestine – and, by extension, of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination in their homeland – is an important part of that effort. But it must be complemented by unequivocal non-recognition of the legitimacy of Israel’s continuing presence in the Palestinian territory, as well as further steps to define the framework for an eventual negotiated settlement.-rh11/12/2014
Palestinian prisoners’ resistance escalates as occupation increases use of solitary confinementSamidoun - Nahar al-Saadi, 33, has been on hunger strike for 16 consecutive days in protest of denial of family visits and solitary confinement; al-Saadi has been held in solitary confinement since May of 2013, despite an earlier agreement with Palestinian prisoners to abolish solitary confinement in order to end the mass hunger strike of April 2012.-rh 11/12/2014
PHOTOS: In West Bank village, Palestinian farmers go against the grainAhmad al-Bazz, Activestills - +972 - Farmers who own lands located near Israeli settlements, military camps or settler bypass roads are barred from accessing their land throughout most of the year. In these areas, Israeli authorities allow farmers to reach their lands only two times a year: once in April, during which they till the soil around olive trees, and again in October for the olive harvest. Because this process is limited to such a short time, it is usually not long enough to finish the work.-rh11/12/2014
A Country That Never Wanted Me : Israel`s new nationality law only confirms what Arabs already knew: We aren`t welcome.SAYED KASHUA - Foreign Policy - To “enshrine in law” is the phrase the government of Israel uses when it discusses the Jewish nationality act. This phrase implies that the situation already exists de facto. So why not “enshrine” it in law? Discrimination already exists in every sphere of life, so why not make inequality between Jews and non-Jews legal as well?-rh 10/12/2014
Amnesty International accuses Israel of war crimes in GazaYnetnews = Ynet - ""All the evidence we have shows this large-scale destruction was carried out deliberately and with no military justification," said Philip Luther, director of Amnesty International`s Middle East and North Africa program." - id10/12/2014
A new wave of East Jerusalem house demolition orders Ma`an - Israeli authorities delivered demolition orders for residential homes and commercial stores in various East Jerusalem neighborhoods including Silwan, al-Tur, al-Isawiya, and Jabal al- Mukabbir. The Eweisat, Abu al-Jamal, and Elayyan families were issued demolition orders for their homes in Jabal al-Mukabbir. The Elayyan family home was built 10 years ago while the other two properties were built in the 1970s. A total of 25 people live in the three homes. Nader al-Rashq of Isawiya managed to gain a court order preventing for the time being the demolition of his family`s home. Since the beginning of 2014 Israeli bulldozers have demolished at least 359 Palestinian structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. ak9/12/2014
Palestinian stabbed by a settler and injured east of HebronIMEMC - An Israeli settler attacked the 18-year old Moath Noah ar- Rajabi near Bani Neim town, east of Hebron, stabbing him in the shoulder and thigh. The young Palestinian, moderately wounded, was moved to the Hebron Governmental Hospital. Israeli soldiers who arrived at the scene did not attempt to locate the assailant. ak9/12/2014
Hebron: Settlers Vandalize Property, Israeli Police Let Them Go FreeSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - “There is a nearby military roadblock, regularly manned by the soldiers, and about 200 meters away is a police station. A settler from Kiryat Arba settlement, who also works as a security officer in the settlement, a police car and an army vehicle are visible in the video.” In its report, B`Tselem added that neither the police, the soldiers nor the security officer, bothered to stop the assailing settlers, or even ask for their ID cards. “Two settlers responsible for destroying property were never detained or questioned, they were just allowed to drive away without any delay,” B’Tselem said, “Later on, the Palestinians filed a complaint with the Israeli Police in Hebron.” A recent report by another Israeli human rights organization found that over 95% of complaints filed by Palestinians against Israeli settlers go uninvestigated. In addition, Palestinians who file complaints against settlers often face reprisals and further assaults. [bz] 9/12/2014
Erekat condemns Israeli threat to deport Jerusalemite MPsMa`an - Erekat`s statement came as the Israeli Supreme Court was preparing to issue a ruling on whether to deport four members of the Palestinian Legislative Council on Tuesday, but the hearing was postponed to a later date. In a joint statement, Palestinian lawyers Hassan Jabarin, Usama al-Saadi, and Fadi al-Qawasmi condemned the Israeli decision to postpone the hearing. The lawyers said that case did not depend on Israeli laws, but that it contradicted international law. They feared that if the court chose to deport the MPs Abu Teir, Ahmad Attun, Muhammad Tutah, and Khalid Abu Arafeh, the case might be used to deport any Jerusalemite without consideration of legal grounds. [bz]9/12/2014
Army Kidnaps 16 Palestinians In The West BankIMEMC & Agencies - "Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Monday at dawn, at least sixteen Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including a woman who was kidnapped in the yards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem" [ry]8/12/2014
Wireless in Gaza: the young entrepreneurs beating the blockadesPatrick Kingsley - The Guardian - With few goods, or people, allowed to cross the border, the pool of customers and employees in Gaza is small. Web-based startups are giving those with bright ideas a chance to expand their horizons and their businesses [ry]8/12/2014
Israeli poverty statistics paint a misleading pictureDror Etkes - Haaretz "It’s clear that if child poverty statistics in Israel also included those millions of Palestinians – who are paid their wages in Israeli shekels and buy their food in shekels – then based on the situation of the total population living in territory controlled by Israel, the country wouldn’t even make it to the bottom rung of the ladder of developed countries. Almost certainly, it would rank somewhere in the middle of the underdeveloped countries." ca 5/12/2014
Gaza engineer develops new technology to replace cementMohammed Othman - Al Monitor "Engineer Imad al-Khalidi has developed a replacement for cement to help the Gaza Strip deal with its housing crisis, after the Israeli war left many homes damaged or destroyed and in the face of Israel continuing to prevent the entry of construction materials." ca 5/12/2014
Newsletter - November 2014Military Court Watch - According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 31 October 2014, there were 5,447 Palestinians held as "security prisoners" in Israeli detention facilities including 163 children. In the case of children this represents decrease of 10 per cent compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 2 per cent compared with 2013. According to the IPS, 47 per cent of Palestinian children and 90 per cent of adults continue to be detained in facilities inside Israel, in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.-rh4/12/2014
Arab-Israeli school in Jerusalem `set on fire` and walls sprayed with racist graffitiLamiat Sabin - The Independent - The school CEO Shuli Dichter said, as reported by the Jewish Press: "This is not the first time that our shared civic endeavor has been targeted. Even when they stain our school walls, they will not succeed in destroying our work.-rh4/12/2014
Note to Adelson : An occupying regime is neither democratic, nor Jewish, a co-founder of Breaking the Silence writes.Yehuda Shaul - The Jewish week - While democracy is not an imperative feature of Israel for Adelson, Judaism is. To understand his vision of the Jewish state’s character, there is no need to activate one’s imagination or search in far away places. It is enough to visit Hebron. The importance of the city in Jewish history is undeniable.-rh4/12/2014
NEWSLETTER 02 Dec. 2014B`Tselem - Newsletter - Recent months have seen many violent clashes in East Jerusalem. They began in July, after 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir of East Jerusalem was killed, and persisted as tension over the Temple Mount increased and settlers continued to take over houses in Palestinian neighborhoods.-rh4/12/2014
Pssst! Is Israel going crazy?Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - There was that argument in the Knesset in which a Palestinian parliamentarian was dragged out after calling Moshe Feiglin a “fascist.” There’s that Avigdor Lieberman “peace plan” that has just one idea: pay Palestinians to leave Israel. And that from the country’s Foreign Minister! There’s the prime minister’s bill to bar the Palestinian flag as an “enemy” flag at demonstrations and deport Palestinian Israelis accused of crimes to Gaza.-rh4/12/2014
Top 10 reasons Israel should be going to early electionsAmi Kaufman - +972 - From bombs dropped on innocent children in Gaza to the increasing gap between rich and poor, there are many good reasons why the current government needs to go.-rh 4/12/2014
Man run over in West Bank hours after knife attackNoam (Dabul) Dvir = Ynet - "...seriously hurt after being run over in West Bank, 4 hours after terrorist attempted to stab Josh Lorech in same area." - id2/12/2014
Israeli Forces Kill 9 Palestinians, Kidnap 650, in NovemberIMEMC News - "According to Al Ray, the report noted that 42 out of 650 people taken from the occupied West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, were minors, in addition to 17 women." - id 2/12/2014
Photos of the month: Jerusalem ignites while Gaza still smoldersActivestills - +972 - "As violence increased in Jerusalem, residents of war-torn Gaza continued struggling to survive and cope with slow reconstruction and approaching winter weather." - id2/12/2014
Israel plans to reintroduce ban on Palestinian flag Patrick Strickland - EI - "A new Israeli bill aims to criminalize the Palestinian flag. The eight-point plan — labeled by its supporters as an “anti-terror” bill — was introduced by stridently anti-Palestinian politician Yariv Levin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and a lawmaker in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset" [ry]1/12/2014
Deadly whitewash: Israel’s culture of impunity in Palestinian deathsAnat Saragusti--Without the stubborn insistence of Palestinians and human rights groups, Nadim Nawara and Mohammed Salameh’s killing by an Israeli soldier would have been just another routine, uninvestigated statistic. dn29/11/2014
Dreaming Palestinian IdentityEsra Karakaya - IMEMC "The exhibition incorporated various Palestinian artists who worked on the concept of Palestinian dream (“manam”)...Spanning different mediums such as paintings, installations, video, sound and sculptures, the exhibition concept centered on the Palestinian narrative which, according to the Qalandiya program, is attempting “to document an alternative Palestine, one which lives in people`s minds”.ca 28/11/2014
UNRWA: Severe Flooding in Gaza, State of Emergency DeclaredIMEMC News & Agencies - ""The flooding is exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza caused by blockade and the unprecedented destruction from the latest Israeli offensive," the agency posted on Facebook." ca 28/11/2014
Turkish plan for Jenin industrial zone moves forwardMa`an News Agency - "It was agreed upon in the memorandum that Turkish-Palestinian cooperation would be pursued in order to activate the work of the numerous industrial zones in Palestine, especially in Jenin." ca28/11/2014
Will Greater Israel Transform Into Greater Palestine?Henry Siegman - Huffington Post - It is a perspective that accounts for the insensitivity of so many Jewish Israelis to the fact that this latest tragedy occurred only weeks after Israel`s incineration of large parts of Gaza, in which 2,200 Palestinians, mostly non-combatants, including over 500 children, were obliterated, a carnage that a majority of Israelis wanted Netanyahu to continue; to the never-ending assassinations of civilians inside Gaza found anywhere near the fence that imprisons them; to the daily deprivations and humiliations inflicted on West Bank and East Jerusalem Palestinians; and to the assaults by the hilltop youths on Palestinian mosques, homes and olive groves in the West Bank that go unpunished.-rh27/11/2014
Debunking Netanyahu’s propaganda on JerusalemMicha Kurz - Mondoweiss - This short piece of inflammatory propaganda above has been circulated by the Israeli Prime Minister’s office. It is dangerous and should be explained and put into context urgently.-rh 26/11/2014
Jailed Palestinian leader calls for armed resistanceDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Efforts to release Barghouti, whose face adorns the Israeli wall at the strategic Qalandia checkpoint, are on the increase. The Guardian ran an op-ed by former UK Labour Party member of parliament Martin Linton, where he argued that Barghouti could be the Palestinian Nelson Mandela. “If Israel is really serious about peace, it will release Barghouti — the one man uniquely placed to negotiate an agreement,” he argued.-rh 26/11/2014
Anti-Arab incitement grips Israel : The sharp rise in racially motivated attacks compounds the hardships facing Palestinians in Israel.Patrick Strickland - Aljazeera - The apparent uptick in racially motivated harassment and vigilante attacks compounds the already difficult reality for Palestinians in Israel, who make up some 20 percent of the total population. Overcrowding, government neglect and economic marginalisation plague Palestinian communities in cities, towns, and villages spanning the country.-rh26/11/2014
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is NOT a Religious StruggleDon Wagner, Friends of Sabeel North America, Dr. Hatem Bazian, American Muslim for Palestine, Rabbi Alissa Wise, Jewish Voice for Peace -Action Alert - The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is a political struggle and needs a political solution: period. Let’s tell John Kerry not to pass the buck.-rh 26/11/2014
Israel`s home demolitions fail to deter violenceYlenia Gostoli - Al-Monitor - EU states and human rights groups including Human Rights Watch have called on the Israeli government to halt the practice, which they say amounts to collective punishment, a war crime under international humanitarian law. B’Tselem argues the policy constitutes a punitive measure rather than a deterrent, and that irrespective of effectiveness “it contravenes basic moral standards by punishing people for the misdeeds of others.”-rh 26/11/2014
One Rule, Two Legal Systems: Israel’s Regime of Laws in the West Bank : A New Report from the Association for Civil Rights in IsraelACRI - The ‘One Rule, Two Legal Systems‘ report reviews the prevailing legal situation in the West Bank under Israeli rule, and explains how decades of “temporary” military rule have given rise to two separate and unequal systems of law that discriminate between the two population groups living in the one territory – Israelis and Palestinians. The legal differentiation is not restricted to security or criminal matters, but touches upon almost every aspect of daily life.-rh 26/11/2014
Israel’s Model of Political Despair in JerusalemJonathan Cook -Countercurrents - Relations between Israelis and Palestinians have descended into a dangerous melee of tit-for-tat attacks and killings, with the violence of the past few weeks centred on Jerusalem. The city, claimed by Israel as its “undivided capital”, has been torn apart by clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian residents since the summer, when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by Jewish extremists.-rh 26/11/2014
Israeli Settlers Continue Their Attacks against Palestinian Civilians in the West BankPalestinian Centre For Human Rights - PCHR - "The latest of these attacks has been against a house belonging to a Palestinian woman in Kherbet Abu Falah village, northeast of Ramallah, and throwing a tear gas canister and a sound bomb into the house balcony, due to which the balcony contents caught fire." - id 26/11/2014
Army Renews Order Preventing Constructions Near JeninIMEMC - "... preventing the Palestinians from building in their own lands, on thousands of Dunams of Palestinian lands." - id25/11/2014
Israeli Authorities Prevent 100 Tons of Vegetables from Exporting out of GazaIMEMC - "The dispute is preventing the trucks and their cargo to pass, and to be exported to Saudi Arabia and the West Bank." 25/11/2014
Archbishop of Westminster shocked by effects of Gaza warHarriet Sherwood - The Guardian - Cardinal Vincent Nichols toured areas of Gaza devastated during the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the summer [ry]24/11/2014
Israel charges cop with manslaughter in Palestinian youth`s deathDan Williams - Reuters - "Nadim Nuwara, 17, was shot in the chest during a demonstration in May at which Palestinians hurled stones at Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. A second teenage protester was killed but Israel has made no arrest in that case, citing lack of evidence as an autopsy was not carried out" [ry]24/11/2014
Netanyahu to push for bill to revoke residency of terrorists and their familiesJonathan Lis, Gili Cohen , Nir Hasson and Haaretz--Bill currently in the works would also void the offenders and their families` social benefits. dn 23/11/2014
Inside Hebron, Israel’s Heart of DarknessMichael Tomasky--On the edge of this troubled city in the West Bank, Jewish settlers revere the grave of a mass murderer. And that’s just the beginning. dn23/11/2014
Three suspected hate crimes in one nightAhia Raved and Raanan Ben-Tzur--Acid thrown at imam`s car, Arab workers threatened with knife, police attacked by activists. The unrelated incidents all appear to be motivated by ethnic and political hatred. dn22/11/2014
Israeli security defends AbbasBen Caspit - Al-Monitor "Yoram Cohen, the head of Shin Bet,...appeared before the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset and was asked about this issue on Nov. 18. Cohen remarked that Abbas does not encourage terrorism, not openly and not “under the table.” Knesset members from the left leaked his testimony to the media. They forgot to mention the other part of his testimony, which dealt with the issue of East Jerusalem and Temple Mount. On this issue, Abbas does, in fact, show radicalization in the last few months, especially in his rhetoric." ca 21/11/2014
Israeli attacks on Al Quds University give new meaning to ‘academic freedom’Kamilah Moore - Mondoweiss - During 2012, 2013 and 2014, the total number of attacks on Al-Quds University main campus was 31. During these attacks 2473 people were injured, 5121 teargas canisters and bullets were shot, and 276 people were called by the Israeli intelligence for investigation.-rh20/11/2014
Will "reconstruction" prolong the siege of Gaza?Rami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - "Reconstruction in Gaza requires approximately 5.5 million tons of raw building materials, including 1.5 million tons of cement.So far only a tiny fraction of the required amount has been delivered to Gaza." - id 19/11/2014
Tense calm continues at Al-AqsaDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - With age restrictions dropped, 40,000 Palestinians were allowed into Al-Aqsa Mosque that Friday. A few young people were ordered to temporarily surrender their ID cards to ensure that they wouldn’t participate in any violent demonstrations afterward.-rh 19/11/2014
How to create a terrorist : Jerusalem SkunkAnnie Robbins - Mondoweiss - In the A-Tur neighborhood, the police shot skunk water at four large schools, forcing the parents of 4,500 students to leave their children at home due to the unbearable smell. “It was this past Friday, at around 5:30 p.m.,” says Khader Abu Sabitan, a member of the parents’ committee in the neighborhood. “I was on the road and saw them pass with their machine, and saw how they began shooting water at the school. I’m telling you – there was nothing there. It is Friday at 5:30 in the evening, and there was no one in the school or on the streets. Nothing. Everyone was home. They went to all four schools in the neighborhood, shot the water, and left.”-rh19/11/2014
`Home demolitions have not stopped attacks`Dalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - "Israel has increased its violations against al-Aqsa, and crackdowns on people on checkpoints, and through red-tape. All this leads to violence. All this pressure will ultimately lead to an explosion. As you can see, home demolitions have not stopped attacks. Violence breeds violence."-rh Israel has increased its police force exponentially in Jerusalem in the past few weeks in an attempt to curb the violence, but many Palestinians say their long-simmering frustrations over what they called Israel`s oppressive measures are finally boiling over.-rh19/11/2014
Gaza Desalinated Drinking water leading to cancer, Osteoporosis and other fatal illnessesPNN - Palestine News Network - "Despite knowing the causes for the illness, there is no substitute for the desalinated water, since the water provided by the Municipality is salted and unfit for drinking, and Israeli occupation control over more than 82% of Palestinian water." - id 19/11/2014
Settlers spit on Abu Khdeir family as they exit court; alleged killer refuses to enter plea Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Abu Khdeir’s alleged murderers were in court today for a second pre-trial. All three defendants were supposed to enter pleas. In the session the self-proclaimed ringleader of the group, Yosef Haim Ben-David, 29, refused to cooperate. His lawyer told the judge he could not give a statement on guilt on behalf of his client, as was the case in the last pre-trial in October. Today, the delay was because Ben-David is no longer speaking.-rh 19/11/2014
Weather brings more challenges to victims of Israeli war crimesMohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "Despite the brutality, Palestinians continue to find ways to survive, remembering the terrorism of Israel’s soldiers and the intentional destruction of their civilian homes that Amnesty International has decried as an unprecedented war crime by a government." - id 19/11/2014
Eight Palestinians, Including Four Children Kidnapped In Jerusalem And BethlehemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Local sources said the soldiers kidnapped Mahmoud Dweik, Mohammad Dweik and Abdul-Rahman Dweik, and took them to an interrogation center in the city. The kidnapped children are 9-14 years of age" [ry]17/11/2014
Jumping off the rooftops: Parkour in post-war GazaHaaretz - Palestinian youths practice their Parkour skills over the ruins of houses, which were destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants (Photos by AFP) [ry]17/11/2014
Jerusalem unrest propelled by Palestinian teensWilliam Booth and Ruth Eglash--JERUSALEM — His school pals call him “the Penguin,” because he is beaky and round. He’s 16 and dressed in the uniform of the Palestinian street warrior — skinny jeans, soccer tee, brand-name sneakers and a balaclava, except he keeps pulling the mask off, complaining it is itchy. dn16/11/2014
Kerry meets Abbas as Israeli-Palestinian tensions soarMa`an News Agency - "The meeting in Amman came hours after fresh clashes broke out in East Jerusalem where Israeli police fired tear gas, percussion bombs and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators. Months-long unrest in annexed East Jerusalem has in recent days spread to the occupied West Bank and Palestinian communities across Israel." ca14/11/2014
Israel to demolish Hebron home of settler stab suspectMa`an News Agency - "Critics charge that the demolitions merely provoke further anger against Israel and lead to a cycle of violence." ca14/11/2014
Israel investigates B`Tselem claims on shooting PalestiniansShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor "On Nov. 12, it was authorized for publication that a border police soldier was arrested on suspicion of murdering the two youths, having used live bullets instead of rubber ones. In tandem, the soldier’s commander was also questioned on suspicion of having known that live fire was used but having failed to report it." ca 14/11/2014
For now, the PA is working with Israel, not HamasAvi Issacharoff - The Times of Israel "Abbas, at the Tuesday rally, had launched a scathing attack against both Israel and Hamas. He accused the Gaza-based organization of attempting to sabotage the rehabilitation process of the Strip and of undermining efforts to maintain a functioning reconciliation government. At the same time, Abbas also promised to thwart “extremist and settler efforts” to “defile” the Al-Aqsa Mosque." ca 14/11/2014
Holy Land sinks deeper into political turmoilDalia Hatuqa - Al-Jazeera "Israel`s leaders are making a huge mistake if they think they can now establish facts on the ground and divide prayer times at the Al-Aqsa Mosque as they did at al-Ibrahimi Mosque [in Hebron]," Mahmoud Abbas said during a memorial for the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat."By doing these things they are leading the region and the world into a devastating religious war," Abbas added." ca 14/11/2014
Video: Routine exchange on a bus reveals racism embedded within Jewish Israeli society -Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss - I got chills up my spine from watching this exchange. The casualness in which the man expresses his sense of entitlement, reveals something so extraordinary about how racism is embedded and reinforced within Jewish Israeli society.-rh 12/11/2014
Journal: Farming in Gaza near the Buffer ZoneRina Andolini - ISM - "The farmers situation is clear cut and simple; they have land and are in fear of tending to it." - id12/11/2014
The One-State Reality : Israel’s conservative President speaks up for civility, and pays a price.DAVID REMNICK - The New Yorker - since Rivlin was elected President, in June, he has become Israel’s most unlikely moralist. Rivlin—not a left-wing writer from Tel Aviv, not an idealistic justice of the Supreme Court—has emerged as the most prominent critic of racist rhetoric, jingoism, fundamentalism, and sectarian violence, the highest-ranking advocate among Jewish Israelis for the civil rights of the Palestinians both in Israel and in the occupied territories. Last month, he told an academic conference in Jerusalem, “It is time to honestly admit that Israel is sick, and it is our duty to treat this illness.”-rh 12/11/2014
Struggle of Abu Khdeir Family: Pulling Down a Boy’s PhotoTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - The explosive reality that formed following the murder of Muhammad in Jerusalem and its surroundings and especially on the border line between the two nations, which some see as a beginning of an Intifada, led to a sequence of incidents in which the authorities harassed the members of the Abu Khdeir family, who only want to find comfort for their souls and commemorate their child in their own modest way.-rh12/11/2014
Israeli ministers pass bill jailing stone throwers for 20 yearsRT - Government ministers in Israel have voted to increase penalties ten-fold on people convicted of throwing stones at vehicles from two to 20 years, in a move designed to deal with a wave of violence that has hit some of Jerusalem’s Arab districts.-rh12/11/2014
Group: Barghouthi in solitary after calling for `armed resistance` Ma`an - The Israeli Prison Service on Wednesday moved jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi to solitary confinement in Hadareim prison, a day after he sent a widely-published letter from prison calling for armed resistance against the Israeli occupation, a rights group said.-rh12/11/2014
From jail, Barghouthi urges `armed resistance`Ma`an - Barghouthi has said he never supported attacks on civilians inside Israel and in recent years has thrown his support behind peaceful resistance. But now he wrote in a letter to the PA at the occasion of marking 10 years since the death of Yasser Arafat: "It is imperative to reconsider our choice of resistance as a way of defeating the occupier." [bz]11/11/2014
Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in al-ArrubMa`an - Medical sources at al-Mizan hospital told Ma`an that 21-year-old Muhammad Imad Jawwabra was shot in the chest and arrived at the hospital in critical condition. [bz]11/11/2014
Soldier hurt Tel Aviv stabbing attack succumbs to woundsShahar Hay - Ynet - "You`d better start waking up. I understand that this country is living under the delusion that everything is fine. Today it`s me, tomorrow it`ll be someone else`s brother" was Sahar Shiloni`s message to policymakers. [bz]11/11/2014
SEE! Demolitions in Hebron Hills AIC - The Israeli army demolishes a traditional village oven for the third time and seizes building materials in the Beduin village of Um Al Kher, South Hebron Hills [ry]10/11/2014
Ten years since Arafat’s death: Lost hope as the illusion of temporary occupation fadesAmira Hass--Palestinian society is completing its split into geographic units cut off from one another. Meanwhile, economic gaps widen among the regions, cities, villages, refugee camps and extended families. dn9/11/2014
Israel to confiscate 3,200 acres of Palestinian land near JerusalemMa`an News Agency--JERUSALEM (Ma`an) -- Israeli authorities have delivered orders to the village of Beit Iksa north of Jerusalem ordering the confiscation of 12,852 dunums (3,176 acres) of Palestinian land, locals said on Saturday. dn9/11/2014
Israel clampdown at shrine fuels Muslim fearsAssociated Press-- The holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and is the most sacred spot in Judaism. Muslims revere it as the Noble Sanctuary, Islam’s third-holiest site and home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the gold-topped Dome of the Rock. dn8/11/2014
USAID Provides $100m to PA, Settlements Condemned InternationallyIMEMC News & Agencies - "WAFA reports that, in a ceremony at the Office of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara, U.S. Consul General, Michael Ratney, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) West Bank and Gaza Mission Director Dave Harden announced the U.S contribution to the PA... Today`s transfer will be used to directly pay for fuel purchases and support of six hospitals in occupied East Jerusalem, allowing them to continue to provide critical services to the public." ca 7/11/2014
Palestinian Survives A Ramming Attack Near BethlehemIMEMC & Agencies - "The farmer, identified as Mohannad Sa’ad Salah, was trying to cross bypass road #60 when a settler shifted his vehicle towards him and tried to run him over...Last Month, a Palestinian child identified as Enas Dar Khalil, 5 years of age, was killed after an Israeli settler rammed her and her friend with his car and fled the scene." 7/11/2014
PEACE BUS ACTION PLAN November 5 - November 12Peace Bus Project - "This Friday, at 9am, we plan to visit the Makassed Hospital of the Red Cross in East Jerusalem, Mountain of Olives, and to meet Palestinians from Gaza, to understand their needs and with help of our supporters to buy goods for them (budget 7000 NIS), which is most needed. We will have translators from Arabic to Hebrew and English. The meeting point is Damascus Gate, Old City, Jerusalem, 8:30 am, from there we will take off to the Makassed Hospital." ca7/11/2014
History shows current Jerusalem crisis not its lastDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The closing of Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israelis seems to be in line with the objective of a radical Jewish group to build a third temple in Jerusalem and replace the Jordanian authority at the compound.-rh 5/11/2014
Young Palestinian females tortured in Israeli prisonsPNN - Palestine News Network - "The prisoners are banned from seeing their families, not given appropriate medical treatment, not given their rights in courts; a policy to keep them form protesting their imprisonment conditions.The youngest female prisoner is Dima Sawahreh. A 16-year-old eleventh grader from Jabal Al-Mukabber, Jerusalem." - id 5/11/2014
A pretense of progress for children in Israel`s military courtsGerard Horton - +972 - "A new amendment requiring military authorities to videotape interrogations of Palestinian minors may seem like a step in the right direction. That is, until you read the fine print." - id 5/11/2014
Militarized Parenthood in IsraelRuth L. Hiller - New Profile - But the tragedy does not just lie in the loss of a life or in an old man`s belief that every young man and woman must join the army no matter the circumstances. The tragedy is in the conditioning and ongoing indoctrination. The tragedy lays in the way we; as citizens, adults, parents and so-called free thinkers, totally accept the call to the arms.-rh 5/11/2014
Israeli Man, Palestinian Driver Killed, Several Injured In JerusalemIMEMC & Agencies - In what has been confirmed as a "deliberate attack," Israeli sources said an Israeli man was killed, and several others injured, when a Palestinian driver rammed them with his car in Sheikh Jarrah, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Palestinian man was later shot and killed by the Israeli Border Police.-rh 5/11/2014
Israeli forces displayed ‘callous indifference’ in deadly attacks on family homes in GazaAmnesty International - Israeli forces have killed scores of Palestinian civilians in attacks targeting houses full of families which in some cases have amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International has disclosed in a new report on the latest Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip.-rh5/11/2014
Gaza isn’t just a physical wreck. The psychological damage is even worse.James S. Gordon - The Wadhington Post - “The psychological damage is even greater,” says El Najaar, who is leading some local reconstruction efforts. “And it will take much longer and be far harder to repair.” It’s a tragically common refrain here — from political leaders, homeless women, university officials and my own team of trauma counselors from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.-rh5/11/2014
Newsletter 03 Nov. 2014B`Tselem - It is the gradual, creeping impact of the occupation that we present in our new report on the village of Burqah: B’Tselem’s first comprehensive attempt to examine the occupation’s effect on the development of a single Palestinian village.-rh5/11/2014
Gaza: The Murderous MelodramaDavid Shulman - The New York Review of Books - Hamas, battered, isolated, and impoverished, had little to lose and, as things turned out, much to gain in popular support by launching missiles and mortars at Israel and inviting another round of severe Israeli punishment. Benjamin Netanyahu, by ordering a large-scale attack on Hamas activists and institutions on the West Bank in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on June 12, gladly accepted the invitation.-rh5/11/2014
Israel demolishes 3 Palestinian homes near NablusMa`an - The area around Aqraba has been subject to multiple demolitions over the past few months, with Israeli soldiers destroying over 80 electricity pylons and wires in September and four houses in August. On Oct. 21, settlers set up two new outposts near Aqraba after confiscating hundreds of dunams of land. [bz] 4/11/2014
Israeli forces demolish Palestinian homes in SilwanMa`an - One building belonged to former Palestinian prisoner Khalil Abu Rajab, who told Ma`an Israeli troops and intelligence officers escorted bulldozers to the Wadi Yasoul area and proceeded to knock down the walls of the building without allowing the family to remove property. The demolition came without any prior notice, while his lawyer had been trying to obtain the proper license for the building.[bz]4/11/2014
At Least 19 Palestinians Kidnapped In JerusalemIMEMC & Agencies - "Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded various communities in occupied East Jerusalem, stormed dozens of homes and ransacked them, and kidnapped at least 19 Palestinians, including children. Army also kidnapped a Palestinian woman in Jenin" [ry]3/11/2014
The fraud that is the Temple Mount movementLarry Derfner--Following the murder attempt on Yehuda Glick, the claim is being made – and getting a more sympathetic hearing than usual – that he and his colleagues have been leading a civil rights movement for Jews. Don’t believe it. dn1/11/2014
Meet the Israelis Picking Palestinian OlivesPalestine Chronicle--(IRIN) It is still dark when the minibus rolls into Jerusalem, picking up Israelis bound for occupied Palestinian land. Their leader, a rabbi, dons a shawl and quietly prays in the back seat. dn1/11/2014
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