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Autopsy shows Palestinian teen was shot at close rangeMa`an News Agency - "Sabri al-Aloul said that the autopsy results show that 19-year-old Jihad al-Jaafari bled to death after being hit with an M16 bullet that penetrated his body through the left shoulder and struck his lungs before exiting and causing severe bleeding in his arteries and around his spine. The killing was "similar to an execution" because he was shot from very close range, al-Aloul said." ca27/2/2015
14-year-old Palestinian jailed for stone-throwing maintains innocencePeter Beaumont - The Guardian - At a reception last week to mark her return home to the West Bank village of Beitin, near Ramallah, Malak and her family continued to insist she was innocent and had only admitted to the charges of throwing stones and carrying a knife because she had felt intimidated during her time in custody.-rh25/2/2015
Israeli electric company begins West Bank power cuts over debtReuters - The Daily Star - Israel`s state-owned electric company briefly cut power to two Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank Monday to press for payment of what it said was $492 million owed by the Palestinian government.-rh25/2/2015
Civil Administration dismantles, confiscates water pipes in Khirbet Yarza, Jordan ValleyB`Tselem - The measures taken against the residents of Khirbet Yarza – disconnecting them from the water network, preventing vehicular access to the village, and demolishing their homes – are all part of Israeli authorities’ efforts to relocate thousands of Palestinian scattered in small communities throughout Area C in the West Bank. Some 2,700 people currently live in some 20 shepherding communities in the Jordan Valley, and the Civil Administration is taking various steps to try and remove them from their homes. These steps include repeated demolition of their homes, evacuation of the residents for short periods to enable military training in the area, and confiscation of water tanks.-rh25/2/2015
10-year-old boy attacked and arrested for playing in the snowInternational Solidarity Movement - The following day, at 2:40pm, Saleh was again playing in the snow on the hills of Tel Rumeida when he was kidnapped by soldiers and brought to the military base in the Tel Rumeida’s illegal settlement. The 10-year-old boy was kept for about 20 minutes before Israeli police took him to the DCO (District Coordinator Office). After that the boy was handed over to the Palestinian police who informed his father about his whereabouts.-rh25/2/2015
No matter who wins the Israeli elections, Palestinians loseJamie Stern-Weiner - Mondoweiss - The only actor capable of frustrating the above developments and forcing the two-state solution back on the table is a mass non-violent Palestinian movement. But don’t hold your breath for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to pursue this approach. As the Zionist Union’s candidate for defense minister, Amos Yadlin, explains, ‘it is not at all clear that such a popular uprising would not be aimed first and foremost at the PA leadership itself’.-rh 25/2/2015
Israel denies Gaza govt floodwater allegationsMa`an - "In a statement, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said Israel did not operate dams in the south, contrary to claims that it had opened them deliberately to alleviate flooding." - id 25/2/2015
Nine Kidnapped from West Bank, Shepherds Prevented from Grazing LivestockIMEMC - "Israeli soldiers and snipers who took over the rooftops of several houses opened live fire on young men, who, in turn, hurled stones and empty bottles at them." - id 25/2/2015
“If you don’t open the door in 5 minutes, we will blow it up”Khalil Team - ISM - "At least thirty soldiers invaded the homes of Yahya Edies and Saleh Edies at around 2:30 am on Sunday morning." - id25/2/2015
15-year old accused of stone throwing detained since December - denied family visits, medical treatmentSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - The Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights said Khaled Husam Sheikh, 15 years of age, suffers from anemia, and other health issues. [bz]24/2/2015
Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen in Duheisha refugee campMa`an - Jihad Shehada al-Jaafari, 19, was shot under his left shoulder while standing on the roof of his family home near the main road by the camp, during a predawn arrest raid in Bethlehem`s Duheisha refugee camp. In the clashes, an Israeli soldier was struck by a Molotov cocktail and sustained burns. [bz]24/2/2015
Aida Refugee Camp flooded by excess settlement waterIMEMC - Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem city, was flooded after Israeli barrages at Gilo settlement were opened, diverting all excess rain and melted snow water onto the Palestinian camp. Similarly, the opening of Israeli dams near the Gaza border caused large streams of water to flow into inhabited areas on the Gazan side of the border. [ak]23/2/2015
How does the army please settlers? By upping its violenceYossi Gurvitz for Yesh Din--When the settlers of Halamish complained that the IDF it isn’t being violent enough, the brigadier-general assured them that he orders his troops to use unnecessary force against Palestinians. dn22/2/2015
Checkpoint morningsGiedre Steikunaite - New Internationalist - It’s 2.30 am. ‘Where else in the world have you seen people leaving for work in the middle of the night?’ asks a middle-aged man, without requiring an answer. ‘This is the most racist state in the world,’ he comments and rushes off. His hurry is justified: the queue is already forming inside the terminal and he needs to take his place.-rh19/2/2015
American Officials Silent on Israeli Abuse of Palestinian ChildrenMATT PEPPE - Counterpunch - Six weeks after being abducted on her way home from school in the occupied West Bank, 14-year-old Malak al-Khatib was released on Friday from the jail where she was being imprisoned by Israeli occupation forces. The youngest Palestinian girl ever to be incarcerated, Malak is one of hundreds of children to be prosecuted through the Israeli military court system each year.-rh19/2/2015
Israel uses water to blackmail PalestiniansNasouh Nazzal - Gulf News - Despite approval by the Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank, the Israeli National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalon has refused to connect the newly built Palestinian Rawabi city near Ramallah to the water network.-rh18/2/2015
Israeli Soldiers Target Shepherds and Fishermen in Khan Younis, JabaliyaIMEMC - "In 2013, Israeli forces carried out 147 documented attacks against fishermen, according to Al Ray, injuring 10, arresting 22, confiscating 9 boats, and destroying extensive amounts of fishing equipment." - id 18/2/2015
Desperation Drives Gazans Over a Fence and Into Israeli PrisonsJODI RUDOREN and MAJD AL WAHEIDIFEB - NYT - "Moments after Ibrahim al-Awawda climbed over the nine-foot fence separating the Bureij refugee camp on Gaza’s eastern edge from Israel, he was surrounded by six Israeli soldiers. They arrested him, interrogated him and, after he had spent a month in two Israeli prisons, sent him back to the poverty, death and destruction in Gaza that had led him to flee." - id 18/2/2015
Israeli Army Uproots Dozens of Olive Trees near Tubas WAFA - In al-Malih village trees were reportedly uprooted by a military force along with staff from the civil administration and “the protection of nature society” [sic!]. [bz]17/2/2015
Israeli forces to question young East Jerusalem brothersMa`an - "The occupation soldiers forced me to wake my 10 and 12 year old sons up so they can make sure that there was a sign of a dog bite on Muhammad`s hand. They then took photos of the boys and handed me a summons demanding that I bring them to the Russian Compound police station for questioning." [bz]17/2/2015
Rawabi`s dried-up pipe could land Israel in deep waterNahum Barnea - Ynet - Israel refused to connect them to the joint pipe because its government is involved in a conflict with the Palestinian Authority. The PA won`t sign on water supply to the settlements; our government won`t approve water for the Palestinians as long as the PA won`t sign. [Meanwhile] quite a few settlements were connected. [bz] 17/2/2015
Eyes Wide Open | Photo Blog - Khirbet `Ein Karzaliyah: Israeli authorities continue persecution of a tiny community in Jordan ValleyB’Tselem - "`Ein Karzaliyah is a very small community of 24, including 14 minors, who live off farming and shepherding in the Jordan Valley. Israeli authorities have repeatedly attempted to expel the community from their place of residence and have repeatedly demolished their homes, as part of a decades-long policy to expel thousands of Palestinians living in dozens of shepherding communities scattered throughout Area C" [ry]16/2/2015
The truth about West Bank demolitionsBen White--Driving Palestinians out of Area C will facilitate its future annexation to Israel. dn15/2/2015
Israel Examines Remains Of 134 Palestinians Buried in “Numbers Graveyard”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC "The Committee said that Israel was still refraining from providing details on how many numbered graveyards it has, and the exact number of persons buried there, and that Tel Aviv is holding remains of slain Palestinians despite an order by Israel’s Supreme Court ordering the release of 38 persons by the end of December 2013." ca13/2/2015
Taxes on fuel paralyze Gaza’s only power plantAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor "Political conflicts are impeding solving the various crises in the Gaza Strip, such as the unpaid wages of government employees, the closing of the Rafah crossing and the purchase of industrial fuel for Gaza’s power plant. The consensus government in Ramallah is imposing a tax — dubbed the “blue tax” — on industrial diesel before it is sold in Gaza." ca13/2/2015
VIDEO! Childhood in East JerusalemIvan Karakashian - Alternative Information Center "Ivan Karakashian from Defence of Children International-Palestine Section, speaks about Palestinian childhood in East Jerusalem, with a particular emphasis on the psychological impact of detention and home arrest on the child`s development and his wider family." ca13/2/2015
Killing by another means : Israeli policies and unhealthy environment to blame for premature mortality of Palestinians.Charlotte Silver - Aljazeera - Looking at the grim findings in the report we learn that infant mortality among Palestinian children is five times higher than that of Israeli children; Palestinian life expectancy is, on average, 10 years less than Israelis (a gap that appears to be growing); and Palestinian women die in childbirth - in cases that are nearly all preventable - at a rate that is four times greater than Israeli women.-rh , 12/2/2015
When the Other Isn’t Perceived as Human Everything is PossibleTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - For six hours the ambulance had waited on the Palestinian side of the checkpoint for someone to solve the bureaucratic mess. But apparently no one thought it to be an urgent matter. No one on the other side of the rifle or of the computer or of the phone thought that letting a person suffer like that for six hours was terrible.-rh12/2/2015
Palestinians call for boycott of Israeli goodsAssociated Press - Ynet - Activists from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas` Fatah movement launched a campaign in the West Bank on Wednesday, calling on people to boycott products made by six major Israeli food companies.-rh11/2/2015
19-year-old shot and killed by Israeli forces in BurinNablus Team - International Solidarity Movement - "The three young men were beside the settler road outside their village of Burin when the army opened fire. Israeli soldiers were present at the road before they arrived, patrolling the area. The soldiers opened fire with live ammunition, shooting Ahmad Najar in the face and Mohammed Asaos in his side." - id11/2/2015
Palestinian children in Israeli custody victims of `forced confession`Maan - "The Israeli military detention system subjects Palestinian children to several days of prolonged interrogation and isolation with the apparent goal of obtaining a confession at all costs," said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defense for Children International Palestine, on Monday.-rh 11/2/2015
Israel Drops All Charges Against Tariq Abu Khdeir JTA - The Jewish Daily Forward - The U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem announced last week that Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, of Tampa, Fla., was cleared of wrongdoing during the July 3 riot.-rh 11/2/2015
No Voice: Hopes for Israeli elections from those who cannot voteBassam Almohor - +972 - The argument heats up at one of the tables in this men-only café in a Palestinian city. (...) A loud shaved-headed man argues that we need the Right — or even the far-right — to win. They are extreme, and with their measures against the Palestinians, their indifference to international resolutions and their violations of human rights and war crimes against the occupied people — they will lose in the international arena. The Palestinians would gain more support in international institutions, which in turn would create major pressure on Israel to give up. [bz]10/2/2015
Soldiers Demolish A Palestinian Home In JerusalemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - The family never received a prior notice regarding date of the destruction of their property, deemed illegal by the Jerusalem Municipality. [bz]10/2/2015
Anemic 14-year-old Awaits Trial for Alleged Stone Throwing, Public Order CrimesMalak Hasan--Hussam al-Sheikh, Khaled’s father told WAFA that his youngest child, who has been in detention for over 40 days, has lost so much weight and is visibly exhausted, but is courageously facing the harsh conditions in prison despite of his poor health and weak body. dn8/2/2015
Hundreds of rabbis from around the world call on Israel to halt demolition of Palestinian homes Lizzie Dearden--More than 400 rabbis from Israel, Britain and around the world have called on Benjamin Netanyahu to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes.dn8/2/2015
Israel’s Suppression of Peaceful Rallies, Demolition of EU-funded Facilities Focus of DailiesWAFA`s Feb. 7, Newspaper Review in English of the Palestinian dailies Al-Quds, Al-Ayyam and al-Hayat al-Jadida [bz]7/2/2015
VIDEO: "Hebron is Beautiful"Alex Shams - IMEMC - "The short documentary "Khelil Helwa (Hebron is Beautiful)" follows a young boy from Hebron`s Tel Rumeida neighborhood as he goes about his daily life, uncovering the matrix of Israeli military control that defines every aspect of life in the occupied West Bank." - id for rh 5/2/2015
Israeli occupation kidnaps 15 Youngsters Including 9 ChildrenPNN - Palestine News Network - "The kidnap increased the number of children kidnapped from Hebron this year to 35 children." - id for rh 5/2/2015
Demolitions in QusraNablus Team - International Solidarity Movement - "All of the destroyed property was on land belonging to brothers Anwar and Akram Tayseer."..."Since 1967, Israel has demolished over 27,000 Palestinian structures in the Occupied West Bank." - id 4/2/2015
The Most Ugly Form Of Brutality Is That Against A ChildErynn Baker - IMEMC - "Israel continues its abuse on Palestinian children in hopes of quelling the resistance but after 70 years, it is obvious that the resistance will never die out. With each injustice, it grows stronger." - id 4/2/2015
IDF suspends plan to minimize nighttime arrests of childrenGerard Horton - +972 - The program was announced by Israel’s military authorities in February 2014, and called for issueing written summonses instead of arresting children during night raids in the West Bank. The announcement followed concerns raised in the UK, The Netherlands and Australia. [bz]3/2/2015
Raids, arrests, new roadblocks and the case of Osama QabahaIMEMC & Agencies - On Monday, the Salem Israeli Military Court sentenced university student Osama Qabaha, 22, to a ten-month imprisonment, and a 3000 New Israeli Shekels fine. He had been arrested May 28 2014 and since then kept behind bars. [Judging from the relatively light sentence, he seems not to be considered a security threat-bz] 3/2/2015
Israel to continue withholding PA tax moneyMa`an - Netanyahu gave orders to withhold $100 million the PA was supposed to receive as tax revenues for January. Israel was already withholding another $100 million of PA tax revenue for December. The PA government uses the tax revenues to pay its employees. On Sunday, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah urged government employees to be patient and promised to issue a partial payment of salaries "soon." [bz]3/2/2015
Israel Destroys Water Lines Feeding Palestinian Areas in Jordan Valley Ma`an News Agency - " Israeli forces on Thursday destroyed a water network which feeds Palestinian villages and Bedouin dwellings in the northern Jordan Valley, the head of the village council of al-Maleh and its surrounding Bedouin dwellings said.Arif Daraghmah told Ma`an that Israeli troops escorted excavators which destroyed a 2,000-meter-long water pipeline near the village of al-Atuf. The pipeline, he said, was funded by the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees." ca 30/1/2015
UNRWA Forced to Suspend Gaza Assistance Due to Lack of Fundsby UNWRA - IMEMC "Gaza, 27 January 2015: UNRWA has been forced to suspend its cash assistance programme in Gaza to tens of thousands of people for repairs to damaged and destroyed homes and for rental subsidies to the homeless... It is easy to look at these numbers and lose sight of the fact that we are talking about thousands of families who continue to suffer through this cold winter with inadequate shelter. People are literally sleeping amongst the rubble, children have died of hypothermia”. USD 5.4 billion was pledged at the Cairo conference last October and virtually none of it has reached Gaza. This is distressing and unacceptable.” ca30/1/2015
Water Crisis in East Jerusalem ContinuesACRI - "Update: Following the court hearing, the Justices gave the parties 14 days to meet to begin outlining a plan for upgrading water infrastructure in East Jerusalem. The plan must be submitted to the court within 60 days...Israeli planning authorities have never conducted urban planning for the neighborhoods of Ras Khamis, Ras Shahada, Dahyat a-Salam, and the Shu’afat Refugee Camp, located in North-East Jerusalem and within the city’s municipal boundaries for 48 years...The prolonged water crisis is just one example of the chaos and neglect suffered by Jerusalem residents living beyond the separation barrier." ca30/1/2015
Cold miseryThe Economist - "Gaza has been broken by three Israeli offensives in five years; eight years of economic blockade; one-party rule by Hamas, an armed Islamist group; and a distant Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, who has largely forsaken the territory that he lost to Hamas in 2007. The rickety social system that somehow held Gaza together is falling apart."ca30/1/2015
Gaza 2014 : No safe placePhysicians for Human Rights - the report was written following a request by Physicians for Human Rights–Israel (PHR-IL) in order to determine the scope of destruction in body and spirit. It is the only report written by an independent international body granted a permit from Israeli authorities to enter the Gaza Strip during the war.-rh 29/1/2015
Eyes Wide Open | Photo BlogMuhammad Sabah - B`Tselem - The following photographs were taken by Muhammad Sabah, B’Tselem’s field researcher in the northern Gaza Strip. This is his account of the story behind the images: “The fighting during Operation Protective Edge made it practically impossible to get around Gaza to document events as they unfolded. It would have meant risking life and limb.-rh29/1/2015
Occupier’s justice: heads and tails you loseJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss - now that the settlers have a piece of paper with the court’s decision stating that the land belongs to Kiryat Arba, they can bill the Palestinian family for years of arrears on property taxes amounting to $22,000 – more than the family earns in several years. If they don’t pay, the settlers will seize the land and sell it.-rh28/1/2015
“I always thought I’d be next to die”: Gaza journalists reflect on a bloody 2014Patrick O. Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - "Sixteen press workers — fifteen Palestinians and one Italian — were killed by Israel during the attack on Gaza." - id 28/1/2015
MP Holds Longest Administrative Imprisonment Record: 134 MonthsPNN - Palestine News Network - "The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights said that the kidnapped prisoner MP Hatem Qafisha (57) holds the record for the longest period of administrative imprisonment in Israeli prisons." - id 28/1/2015
PALESTINIAN GIRL IMPRISONED FOR TWO MONTHS, FOUR OTHER CHILDREN THREATENED BY ISRAELI AUTHORITIESEuromid Observer for Human Rights - Press release - A 14-year-old Palestinian girl has been imprisoned by Israeli authorities for 22 consecutive days without contact with her parents, and has just been sentenced to serve another month along with a stiff fine on her parents, reports Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights. Another four children as young as 11 were recently held for four hours under threat of detention and death.-rh28/1/2015
Black Flag: The legal and moral implications of the policy of attacking residential buildings in the Gaza Strip, summer 2014B`Tselem - Summary - Even if political and military leaders thought this policy would bring an end to attacks on Israeli communities, they should not have implemented it because of its foreseeable, horrifying consequences as well as because of the black flag of illegality flying over it.-rh28/1/2015
UN aid agency to Gazans: Sorry, but there`s no moneyYael Marom - +972 - "Only $135 million of pledged donor money has been delivered to Gaza, hundreds of millions short of what’s needed, the UN agency says." - id28/1/2015
Gaza-West Bank split divides loversAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - "The couple talks over Skype, Viber and Facebook and whatever other technology allows them to be closer to each other. But nothing compares to getting married and living under the same roof, in the house that Rashed bought on a mountain in Nablus." - id 28/1/2015
Village in Focus: As SawiyaInternational Solidarity Movement - ISM - "Seven mountains surround the village; much of the land is occupied by three illegal Israeli settlements – Eli, Rechelim, and Ma´ale Levona. As Sawiya suffers many injustices under Israeli occupation, including military and settler violence against the village’s residents, lands, homes, and schools." - id 28/1/2015
Report: “37 Children Exiled From Their Homes In Jerusalem, 253 Under House Arrest”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - The courts force the families to sign affidavits to abide by the rulings, and if the child violates those agreements, the parents are themselves imprisoned or fined, and the child sent back to prison. This type of punishment turns the parents into jailers of their own children. Children who are forced to live under house arrest, or those exiled from their homes and neighborhoods, have to wear ankle monitors directly supervised by the Israeli Police, and the security forces. Such measures are direct violations of International Law, especially the “Convention on the Rights of the Child.” [bz]27/1/2015
Israel to Demolish Structures near Hebron.Wafa Palestinian News - The At-Tabban village is in Area C under full Israeli control where building permits are strictly limited. 60% of the total West Bank is Area C, making the chance of a viable Palestinian state near to impossible. [bz]27/1/2015
Israel jails Palestinian girl, 14, for throwing stonesMaktoob / Yahoo News - The Khatibs said they were shocked when the judge sentenced Malak to two months in prison, including time served, and a 6,000 shekel ($1,500) fine, making her the youngest Palestinian female held by Israel. During the hearings, the Khatibs were not allowed to speak to Malak, who was brought into the courtroom handcuffed, her ankles shackled together. "Malak was out near a bypass road when the army detained her," Ali said. "They said she was throwing stones there. She was so scared, she confessed to whatever charges they brought before her." [bz]27/1/2015
UN agency criticises Israel for razing Palestinian homeAFP - Al Jazeera - Office for Humanitarian Affairs accuses Israel of demolishing 77 Palestinians` homes in the West Bank just this week. During 2014 Israel carried out a record number of demolitions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. [bz]24/1/2015
Hamdallah: Israel must pay PA tax revenuesMa`an News Agency - "During the meeting, Nilsson said Sweden has increased its financial aid to the PA to $100 million over the next five years.The freeze of about $127 million imposed on January 3 was in violation of the Oslo peace agreement between Israel and the PLO, the UN said last week." ca 23/1/2015
Occupation Captured : A week of occupation in photosChristian Peacemaker Teams - Pictured here: Palestinian children playing in the streets of Hebron. Next to them and above them is the illegal settlement of Beit Romano, and the ever watchful eyes of the Israeli Military. Despite the presence of the occupation, they continue to play and practice their athletic tricks on their streets. THIS is resistance.-rh 21/1/2015
Report details IDF `double tap` bombings that hit first responders in GazaHaggai Matar - +972 - "Using human shields, attacking medical teams and hospitals, shooting at civilians waving white flags. A new report....documents shocking testimonies of victims and presents new evidence." - id 21/1/2015
Israeli forces weld shut the doors of an elderly Palestinian woman’s houses on Shuhada StreetPhoto Story - ISM - "When international activists attempted to ask why they were being kept back from the scene, soldiers typically responded: “because I say so.” - id 21/1/2015
In photos: Gaza’s shattered familiesAnne Paq - The Electronic Intifada - "The Kilanis were not the only family to be wiped out in Gaza last summer. According to the United Nations monitoring group OCHA, 142 families lost at least three members in Israel’s military assault." - id 21/1/2015
IDF detains a child and destroys four structures Operation Dove - PRESS RELEASE - At about 9.00 a.m. IDF bulldozers started to tear down two houses and two animal shelters, belonged to the Palestinian Rabai family in Ar-Rifa`iyya. The demolitions affected a total of twenty-five people, included ten children. The Municipality placed two tents to let the people involved have a place to stay at least during the night. 21/1/2015
Palestinians in East Jerusalem go 10 months without water : Israel refuses to connect four neighborhoods in its self-declared capital to running water.Mairav Zonszein - +972 - The Water Authority and the Ministry of Infrastructure have said that they do not intend to connect the houses in these neighborhoods to the water supply, but rather will expand the flow to the central pipelines. This, despite admitting themselves that it will not solve the problem for the roughly 80,000 residents living in these areas.-rh 21/1/2015
Gaza Health Attack : No Safe PlacePhysicians for Human Rights - Full Report - In July 2014, following discussions with Al-Mezan, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) commissioned a fact-finding mission (hereafter ‘FFM’) to Gaza, whose aim was to gather evidence and draw preliminary conclusions regarding types, causes and patterns of injuries and attacks; attacks on medical teams and facilities; evacuation; impact of the conflict on the healthcare system; and longer-term issues including rehabilitation of the wounded, mental health, public health and displacement.-rh21/1/2015
Israeli forces weld shut the doors of an elderly Palestinian woman’s houses on Shuhada StreetInternational Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team - This afternoon in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron), Israeli forces gathered on Shuhada street, surrounding the doorways to the two houses belonging to Aamal Hashem Dundes, an elderly Palestinian woman, and her family. A soldier, wielding a torch and various other equipment, welded shut the doors. Soldiers and police kept international and Palestinian observers away as the houses were sealed up.-rh 21/1/2015
Two Palestinians are killed near Gush Etzion settlement bloc in West Bank -Kate - Mondoweiss - Israeli forces opened fire at two Palestinians near the Gush Etzion Junction between Bethlehem and Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday evening, killing one. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma‘an that two Palestinians “were involved in a criminal incident” in the area, and one was shot by Israeli soldiers after he attempted to flee the area. The man was “injured seriously and died in the evening,” he told Ma‘an, adding that the other was arrested.-rh21/1/2015
Israeli forces demolish house in al-Isawiya in East JerusalemMa`an - Large numbers of Israeli troops and police officers stormed the al-Thahra neighborhood in the center of al-Isawiya at 4 a.m. and deployed in alleys (...) provoking locals on their way to work. As a result, young men clashed with the soldiers who fired tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets in all directions injuring a lady with a rubber-coated bullet. [bz]20/1/2015
Israeli forces expel Hebron women from home, seal propertyMa`an - Israeli forces raided the home of Zuheira Oweida Dandis, 80, and Amal Dandis, 52, and forced them to leave their home before sealing the property. Witnesses said Israeli forces claimed they sealed the property for security reasons, without providing further details. [bz]20/1/2015
PA struggles pay salaries amid Israel sanctionsMa`an News Agency - “As the Israeli government continues to withhold the tax revenue which it collects from Palestinian importers on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, the latter remains unable to pay the monthly salaries to more than 160,000 civil servants” [ry]19/1/2015
PSC Update: Urgent Action – Gaza CrisisPSC--Urgent Action – Gaza Crisis dn17/1/2015
4th Gaza Infant Dies of Severe Cold In Caravan HousePNN - Palestine News Network - "After three infant deaths of severe cold, Fadi Qudeih aged one and a half, Tuesday passed away of severe cold in a Caravan (Zinc house) where his family lives." - id 14/1/2015
Winter storm gathers over Occupied PalestineMohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "EDITOR`S NOTE: Mohammed Asad`s home in Shujaiyya was destroyed by Israeli missiles, mortars and tank fire on Friday August 1, 2014 while he was documenting the Israeli massacre of civilians in the Gaza Strip. He is now living in temporary housing as he scrambles to find Internet access to share his photographs when possible." - id 14/1/2015
General Briefing: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli PrisonsAdameer - This general briefing, prepared by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, provides a comprehensive overview of the situation of Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli prisons and detention centers. The issues covered include different violations that prisoners are subjected to, including torture, isolation, and medical negligence, as well as the main categories of prisoners, such as women, children and administrative detainees.-rh14/1/2015
Living among Gaza`s dead : Families living in squalor inside Gaza City`s el-Sheikh Shaban cemetery are calling for international intervention.Megan O`Toole - Aljazeera - The 43-year-old cannot say exactly how he ended up living in a makeshift home between gravestones; all he knows is that his family has lived here ever since the Nakba, the 1948 expulsion of Palestinians from their lands.-rh 14/1/2015
VIDEO: Olive trees destroyed in YasufNablus Team - International Solidarity Movement - "This is not the first time they have targeted trees – there was a similar incident three or four months ago and the affected family went to the Israeli police. No action has been taken." - id14/1/2015
Gaza universities struggle to stay afloatAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al Monitor - "Mohammad Tayseer cannot afford the media faculty fees at Al-Aqsa University, although majoring in journalism has always been his dream. He loves photography and aspires to become a well-known journalist." - id 14/1/2015
Khader Adnan launches hunger strike against administrative detentionMa`an - Khader Adnan, a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails who staged one of the longest hunger strikes in history in 2012, has launched a new week-long hunger strike to protest his renewed detention without charge or trial by Israeli authorities. In November an Israeli military court ruled to release Adnan after five months without trial or charge, but that ruling was never implemented. [bz]13/1/2015
Frosty Weather Kills Gaza Infant whose Home was Shelled in Israeli Summer Aggression WAFA--GAZA, January 10, 2015 (WAFA) – The frosty storm affecting the Palestinian Territory claimed the life of a newborn infant whose home was bombarded during the 51-day of Israeli aggression on the Gaza strip during the summer of 2014, said local medics. dn11/1/2015
Remembering ShujayeaMegan O`Toole - Al-Jazeera "Israel`s 51-day war on the Gaza Strip last summer killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, displaced more than half a million others and damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes, according to UN data. Among the hardest hit areas was the densely populated district of Shujayea, where heavy tank and artillery shelling killed 72 people and injured more than 200 others in a single day in late July. The massacre sparked international condemnation.More than five months later, little has been rebuilt. Shujayea still looks like a war zone." ca9/1/2015
Israeli forces demolish shops in Bethlehem-area village Ma`an News Agency - "Bulldozers destroyed Palestinian shops near the entrance of Hussan, with Israeli soldiers claiming the structures were built without permits...Israeli bulldozers demolished at least 552 Palestinian structures in the West Bank in 2014, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions."ca9/1/2015
Remembering ShujayeaMegan O`Toole - Al-Jazeera - ""This was once one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Shujayea," Walid al-Zaza tells Al Jazeera. "We had houses, businesses, lives." Today, displaced concrete slabs sag precariously above heaps of rubble inside the apartment complex that Zaza`s friends once called home. Up and down the street, as far as one`s gaze can sweep, devastation reigns." - id 7/1/2015
The Month in Pictures: December 2014The Electronic Intifada - "In the occupied Gaza Strip, which the United Nations warns will be potentially unlivable by 2020, the passing year closed as it had begun: under a comprehensive siege imposed by Israel in 2007 and enforced by Egypt’s dictatorship." - id 7/1/2015
A week of occupation in photosChristian Peacemaker Teams - A Palestinian boy covers his ears as an Israeli border policeman fires rubber bullets into a crowd of teenage boys in the Qitoun neighborhood during clashes at school time. Rubber bullets were fired by Israeli forces on two days as children went to school in December.-rh7/1/2015
Palestinian girl Malaak al-Khatib, 14, detained for additional week by Israeli forcesSamidoun - Palestinian girl, Malaak Ali al-Khatib, 14, was arrested on 31 December near her school in Bittin village, near Ramallah. Her detention was extended on Monday, 5 January for one week, until Sunday, 11 January, under the pretext of requiring a “conduct report” on the girl before releasing her. The 14-year-old girl is accused of “throwing stones” at Israeli occupation soldiers at the settler bypass road closed to Palestinians near her school. She is one of 23 women and girls and nearly 200 children detained by Israeli occupation forces.-rh 7/1/2015
First Palestinian ICC case to focus on Gaza warAttila Somfalvi - AFP - The first case the Palestinians will refer to the International Criminal Court will be the crimes Israel committed during summer 2014, including the Gaza war, a legal expert said Sunday.-rh 7/1/2015
Israeli settlers attack US consulate convoy in the West Bank (Updated) Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss - On Friday, American security personnel accompanying staff from the United States Consulate in Jerusalem drew their weapons on violent Israeli settlers who attacked a two vehicle U.S. convoy outside the Palestinian town of Turmusaya in the West Bank. Consulate staff were investigating an incident which took place on private Palestinian land on the first night of 2015 when six thousand recently planted olive saplings were uprooted, and dozens of old olive trees were destroyed by violent Jewish settlers from an illegal outpost, Adei Ad, near Turmusaya.-rh7/1/2015
Why the world doesn`t see Palestine`s sufferingDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The interest of politicians, pundits and journalists usually piques about the Palestinians after sensational news generating major headlines, such as multiple killings, major settlement activities or various political machinations. Real-life, everyday events occurring throughout the occupied territories are rarely covered, although they are accessible through various public platforms.-rh 7/1/2015
Israel Approves Administrative Detention Orders for 13 More Palestinian PrisonersNews & Agencies Report - IMEMC - "At the moment, there are 500 administrative detention detainees, 18 of whom are members of the Palestinian legislative council." - id 7/1/2015
Israel Approves Administrative Detention of 13 Detainees Wafa - At the moment there are 500 administrative detention detainees, 18 of whom are members of the legislative council. [bz] 6/1/2015
SEE! Dig damages Hebron propertyAhmad Jaradat - AIC - The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) is conducting a dig in Hebron`s Tel Rumeida neighbourhood, a dig which is destroying the area [ry]5/1/2015
Just Another DayB’Tselem - "2014 was a terrible year. It was one of the cruelest and deadliest in the history of the occupation. After so much killing, devastation, pain and suffering it is natural to want to `get back to normal` We must not get back to normal. That `normal` is morally reprehensible. It is deadly, guaranteeing the very opposite of peace and justice" [ry]5/1/2015
Palestinian Man Crushed to Death at Israeli CheckpointIMEMC News & Agencies - "A Palestinian man from the occupied West Bank village of Farun died Wednesday morning, after being crushed to death inside an Israeli checkpoint near Tulkarem, while trying to get to work... 39-year-old Ahmad Samih Bdeir, who was on his way to a construction job inside Israel, choked to death in extreme overcrowding amid large numbers of people trying to cross the al-Tayba checkpoint, also called "Shaar Efrayim"." ca2/1/2015
We teach life, Sir - VideoYouTube - RT Documentary "Gaza may be a warzone, but everyday life for its inhabitants has to continue. For some of those growing up in the violence, playing music has become an important source of relief. RTD goes to Gaza City to follow music school students as they prepare for an end of year performance. Their experiences of war unite them as much as their love of music. They have survived the destruction, endured the horror of shelling and seen people die at first hand. Some have even come close to death themselves. Powerless in the face of such violence, music gives them hope that one day the conflict will end." ca2/1/2015
Spiral,’ ‘threat,’ ‘polarization,’ or ‘full-scale popular campaign for Palestinian freedom’ — reactions to the ICC movePhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Yousef Munayyer, soon to be the head of the US Campaign to End the Occupation, pointed out that the rejection gives momentum to the BDS movement:“Today’s vote is but another meaningless one for Palestinians living under the boot of the Israeli military. Each and every episode like this, where the international community underscores its failure to resolve the Israeli/Palestinian question, is another boon to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which provides an alternative to stagnation at the UN. Perhaps that is the silver lining of this moment.” ca2/1/2015
PALESTINIAN RESIDENCY REVOKED AS PUNISHMENT Amnesty International - Urgent Action - The Israeli authorities have revoked the residency of a Palestinian woman, Nadia Abu Jamal, and stripped her three children of their health care rights. They are threatening to do this to all Palestinians involved in “terror” attacks, and their relatives.-rh 1/1/2015
Potemkin Villages at Erez CheckpointTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - They, who had been attacked by IDF soldiers, injured and killed by IDF soldiers, and lost their homes and all they had because of IDF soldier, saw this hospital as a cynical exploitation of their situation. “What are they thinking? They shoot and kill us and we are supposed to kiss the hands that put bandages over the injuries they created and thank them?” a resident of the Strip said to me. “Even if I or one of my kids or relatives were injured during the war, we wouldn’t dare step out of the house, go out of the neighborhood and cross the line towards the soldiers to get to the hospital. Because if I tried getting there they would kill me while I was still on my way”.-rh 1/1/2015
Newsletter - December 2014Military Court Watch - According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 30 November 2014, there were 5,527 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza) held as "security prisoners" in Israeli detention facilities including 156 children. In the case of children this represents a decrease of 4 per cent compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 4 per cent compared with 2013. According to the IPS, 48 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.-rh 1/1/2015
How the children looked being shot by sponge bulletsIdan Landau - Mondoweiss - Last week,police shot Muhammad Jamal Ubeid when he stood outside his home in Issawiyah in “East Jerusalem”. A sponge bullet for demonstration dispersal hit him under his eye. Ubeid is 5 years old. This is how he looks.-rh 1/1/2015
Sheltering Gaza`s displacedMegan O`Toole - Aljazeera - Althamna`s frustration is echoed by many of Gaza`s displaced, who are running out of patience with overcrowded and underfunded temporary shelters and a lack of progress on reconstruction. Milina Shahin, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency (UNRWA), acknowledged the difficult circumstances - but as for when displaced residents will be able to return home, "it is the question no-one can answer".-rh1/1/2015
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