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Ahmed Dawabshe released from hospitalRotem Elizera--Ahmed Dawabshe has been released from the hospital after being treated at Tel HaShomer military hospital for close to a year after an arson attack which killed his entire family. His mother, father, and brother died when their house was set on fire. dn23/7/2016
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A creative Palestinian answer to Israeli checkpointsMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man--The Israeli army has placed barricades at the entrances to Palestinian villages and towns in recent weeks. One crane operator figured out a way to help out stranded motorists. dn23/7/2016
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Israeli Occupation Authorities Are Establishing a Stone Checkpoint at the Entrance of Ibrahimi MosqueHebron/PNN/- "Israeli Occupation Forces are installing a stone checkpoint at the entrance of the Ibrahimi mosque to restrict Palestinians from entering it to visit and pray. As Hebron Rehabilitation Committee’s General Manager, Imad Hamdan, illustrated the new checkpoint will be made of stone in a permanent- style in front of the historic holy site, which will affect the fabric of the building and the community.The restriction of rights and collective oppression of Palestinians in the Old City of Hebron must stop... The installation of another checkpoint in the Ibrahimi Mosque area would only increase current tensions and further the ongoing cycle of violence and expulsion against Palestinians in the area." ca 22/7/2016
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Army Carries Out A Limited Invasion Into Southern GazaIMEMC News - "At least three armored Israeli military bulldozers and four tanks carried out, on Thursday morning, a limited invasion into Palestinian lands, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip...The army conducts daily limited invasions into Palestinian lands close to the border fence, and frequently opens fire at the farmers, and workers, forcing them out of their lands." ca22/7/2016
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Israeli closures: `They`re pushing us into depression` : After recent attacks, Israel sealed off several towns throughout Hebron - a policy that has drawn widespread criticismEmily Mulder - Aljazeera - Sair is one of several towns throughout the Hebron district that has been fully or partially closed by Israel since the start of the month, when deadly attacks carried out by locals left two Israeli settlers dead, marking the most widespread lockdown since 2014. The closures, accompanied by nightly detention raids that have left dozens injured, have severely disrupted the movement of an estimated 400,000 Palestinians, according to the United Nations.-rh 21/7/2016
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Intimate portraits of Gaza’s lost Charlotte Silver - The Electronic Intifada - "Obliterated Families is a newly released multimedia project produced by photographer Anne Paq and journalist Ala Qandil. Two years in the making, it profiles ten families from Gaza partially or entirely annihilated during the Israeli bombardment in the summer of 2014." - id 20/7/2016
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Denied permission to go to the mosque to pray Features - International Solidarity Movement - "When it was the man¡¯s turn, he closed the gate, and told the guy he will not get through. No reason was provided. The man unbuckled and took off his belt and showed he was unarmed, but the officer didn¡¯t care." - id20/7/2016
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50 Days: More than 500 Children: Facts and figures on fatalities in Gaza, Summer 2014B`Tselem Press release - 1394, or 63%, of the 2,202 Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces in Operation "Protective Edge" did not take part in the hostilities. Of these, 526 – a quarter of all Palestinians killed in the operation – were children under eighteen years of age. These are some of the figures published today by Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem to mark two years since the operation, which took place in July-August 2014. Additionally, 17 children were killed while participating in the hostilities, and for an additional 3, B`Tselem was unable to ascertain whether they had taken part in the hostilities .Of the 72 Israelis killed in the operation, six were civilians (one of them a Thai national), including a four-year-old child, and 62 were soldiers killed by Palestinians. Three soldiers were killed by other soldiers, and one in an operational accident.-rh20/7/2016
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New Israeli law seeks to expel ‘misbehaved’ Arab parliamentariansMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - According to the new law, 70 (out of 120 members of Knesset, including 10 from the opposition) may ask a parliamentary committee to determine whether a specific member of parliament has incited to racism, or supported an armed struggle, terrorist organization or enemy against the State of Israel. The law does not define what “support” means. After the committee makes its decision, 90 MKs can then vote to expel the offending member.-rh 20/7/2016
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Israel `narrowing the space for freedom of expression`Nigel Wilson - Aljazeera - A number of recent laws passed by the Israeli Knesset - including one that criminalises those who encourage soldiers to desert - are infringing on freedom of expression for minority groups, human rights organisations say.-rh20/7/2016
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Israel Army Rabbi Calls Gays ‘Perverts’ — Says No Need To Prevent Civilian DeathsJTA - Forward - rabbi who heads a religious Zionist pre-military yeshiva in the West Bank has come under criticism for calling homosexuals “perverts” and claiming the Israeli army is promoting a socially liberal agenda. Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, who runs the Bnei David academy in the Eli settlement, also said last week at a conference — a video of the speech surfaced Sunday — that the Reform movement isn’t Jewish and in fact is an offshoot of Christianity.-rh 20/7/2016
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Palestinian child Muawiya Alqam, 14, sentenced to 6.5 years in Israeli prisonSamidoun - Muawiya and his cousin Ali Alqam, 12, were arrested on 10 November 2015 and accused of attempting to stab an Israeli occupation guard on the Jerusalem light rail. Today, Ali, who was 11 at the time of arrest and turned 12 while imprisoned, is held inside a juvenile detention facility while Muawiya is held in Megiddo prison. Ali was shot three times by Israeli forces and had to undergo surgery to remove a bullet from his stomach. He is being detained for at least one year. Muawiya was accused of attempted murder and possession of a knife, despite the fact that the guard was only lightly wounded.-rh 20/7/2016
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Bilal Kayed shackled to hospital bed on 34th day of hunger strike as increasing number of prisoners join protestNorman G. Finkelstein - Over 45 Palestinian prisoners are now on an open hunger strike against administrative detention and in solidarity with imprisoned hunger striker Bilal Kayed, 35, on his 34th day of hunger strike against administrative detention. Kayed was scheduled for release after the completion of his 14.5 year sentence in Israeli prison on 13 June – instead, however, he was ordered to six months’ administrative detention without charge or trial.-rh20/7/2016
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`We want water` say Bethlehem area protestersDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - “We haven’t had water for nearly 40 days,” a caller to the Voice of Palestine radio station told the presenter of the show July 8. The caller lives in the picturesque village of Artas, southwest of Bethlehem, which is known for its fertile land and imposing monastery. Residents of the village are the latest victims of this summer’s extreme water shortage that has hit many parts of Palestine, but especially the Bethlehem governorate.-rh 20/7/2016
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Using My Jewish Privilege To Make a Difference for Palestinians in HebronBecca Strober - Forward - Our direct-action of creating a communal space in the form of a cinema reminded me how privileged I am, and how capable I am (we are) of using our bodies in a different way. Instead of using my body and the privilege that comes with it to uphold a system, I can use it to resist that system. In that, I feel neither pride nor shame, but simply a responsibility to use my body and privilege to help dismantle the systems that oppress Palestinians.-rh20/7/2016
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Israeli court sentences Palestinian journalist to 6 months in prison over `incitement`Ma`an - In recent months, Israel has detained scores of Palestinians for social media activity, alleging that a wave of unrest that swept the occupied Palestinian territory last October was encouraged largely by "incitement." Palestinians have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel`s nearly 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon. [bz]19/7/2016
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Hamas to take part in Palestinian polls after nine-year hiatusMiddle East Eye - Gaza-based movement says it will take part in local elections called by Mahmoud Abbas, saying it considered them `necessary and important`."This might lead to a general elections and national reconciliation." [bz]19/7/2016
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5 Palestinians injured with live fire during Israeli demolition of prisoner`s homeMa`an News Agency - "Under the protection of armed Israeli soldiers, bulldozers entered the town of Qabatiya in the Jenin district early Monday morning, where they demolished the home of Abu Zeid, who was accused of transferring weapons to the attackers suspected in the killing of a 19-year-old Israeli border police officer and wounding of one other outside the Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem in February" [ry] 18/7/2016
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Contrary to facts and regulations: MAG Corps finds that soldier who killed Mustafa Tamimi acted lawfullyB`Tselem - "Tamimi was hit by a tear-gas canister that a soldier fired at him from very close range on 9 December 2011, while he was throwing stones at a military jeep during a demonstration in the village of a-Nabi Saleh. Tamimi was critically wounded and rushed to Beilinson Hospital in Israel, where he died the following day" [ry] 18/7/2016
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Equality could be the ultimate deterrence to violenceTalal Jabari - +972 - If the Israeli security establishment is looking for a proper way to put an end to violence, a little equality in the eyes of the law might go a long way [ry] 18/7/2016
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Palestinian child sentenced to 6.5-year sentence in Israeli prisonIMEMC News - "Moawiya Alqam was accused of trying to stab an Israeli security guard at the entrance to the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev, along with his 12-year old cousin Ali Alqam. Ali was shot 3 times and badly wounded in the incident. The sentence on Sunday was based on a plea agreement negotiated by Alqam’s lawyer. The case did not go to trial" [ry] 18/7/2016
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A Palestinian Village Under Siege: No One Can Leave, Not Even a Child With Cerebral Palsy Gideon Levy&Alex Levac - Haaretz  "Some 20,000 people were placed under siege this week, in the wake of the incident last Saturday, in which shots were fired at an Israeli couple with six children who were driving toward the West Bank settlement of Tekoa; the father was moderately wounded." ca15/7/2016
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Israeli army carries out explosions in central Gaza StripMa`an News Agency - " Israeli warplanes carried out air raids in the central Gaza Strip late on Wednesday night, with conflicting reports on the nature of the strikes. Palestinian sources said that Israeli warplanes carried out two airstrikes targeting lands east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the besieged Palestinian territory.They added that at least two missiles hit an unknown target south of the Camera military site.No injuries were reported." ca15/7/2016
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For Palestinians, Raising Arabian Horses Is ‘the Hobby of the Poor’ JAMES GLANZ and RAMI NAZZAL - NYT "In America, they call raising horses the hobby of the rich,” said Muhamed Hamdan, 25, a Palestinian trainer who studied in the United States. “Here, it’s the hobby of the poor.” ca15/7/2016
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Army Injures One Palestinian, Kidnaps Another, In JerusalemIMEMC News - IMEMC "The Israeli Police said members of its “Border Guard” units, were attempting to arrest a young Palestinian man from Shu’fat when another Palestinian attempted to obstruct them, and that the soldiers noticed a third young man, reportedly “carrying a knife and approaching them rapidly,” before they shot him.Spokesperson of Fateh movement in Jerusalem Tha’er Fasfous, said the wounded young man was trying to remove a knife from the hand of another young man, known to be a drug addict." ca 15/7/2016
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Undercover Israeli Soldiers Injure 13 Palestinians With Live Fire Near RamallahSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "Undercover Israeli soldiers infiltrated, on Thursday evening, into the al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiyya village, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, shot thirteen Palestinians with live fire, and kidnapped one.Eyewitnesses said the undercover soldiers infiltrated into the village, before breaking into the home of a young Palestinian, identified as Tareq Rabea’, and abducted him. Rabea’ is the coordinator of the Islamic Block at Birzeit University." ca 15/7/2016
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The Survivor’s Guide to GazaBrett Mason, Will West, Georgina Davies, Ana Maria Quinn - SBS - Gaza will be unliveable by 2020 according to the UN, with daily life already a struggle to find food and shelter, but Dateline finds the people bringing innovation and inspiration to the fight for survival.-rh 13/7/2016
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Israeli settlements: EU fails to act on its diplomats` report Donald Macintyre - The Guardian - The EU has sidelined a call from its most senior diplomats in Jerusalem to step up efforts to halt trade with Jewish settlements in occupied territory despite Brussels’ repeated public protests that the settlements are illegal and threaten the prospects for a two-state solution.-rh13/7/2016
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Occupation forces issue notice for Palestinian, dead for 22 years, to report for interrogation Reports - International Solidarity Movement - "This particular event serves as an example of the Israeli military’s arbitrary and indiscriminate methods in their selection and targeting of “suspects.” " - id13/7/2016
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Israeli scholar refuses to shut up despite university punishment for saying settlers exhibit ‘psychosis’ Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Last week, in the wake of the murder of a settler girl by a Palestinian, Uri Weiss, a business instructor at an Israeli university, faulted settlers for risking their children’s lives in a “collective psychosis.” Students sought his termination by the university, which ultimately punished him by exempting students from his examination.-rh 13/7/2016
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Israeli MPs Try To Assault Haneen ZoabiJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - But when Zoabi accuses the soldiers of “murder” at about 4.30-min into the video, all hell breaks loose. A dozen or more Jewish MPs rush to the podium and start circling Zoabi like a pack of baying hyenas. By this stage, when Zoabi is being physically threatened by a number of MPs in the parliament chamber, you might think it would be time for some of them to be forcefully ejected, if only to indicate that this subversion of the democratic process will not be tolerated. But not a bit of it. They are treated with kid gloves.-rh13/7/2016
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Separation and conquest: Israel’s ideological barrier Amjad Alqasis - Mondoweiss - When completed, the Annexation and Segregation Wall is going to be 712 kilometers long, which is more than twice the length of the Green Line, and more than 9.4 percent of the West Bank and 30,000 Palestinians will be trapped between the Wall and the Green Line, an area now known as the seam zone. The Human Rights Committee emphasized its concerns with the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed by the Annexation and Segregation Wall in its concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of Israel.-rh13/7/2016
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Israel Widens Scope to Deny Entry to Relatives of Terror Suspects Amira Hass - Haaretz - There’s nothing new about refusing entry permits to Palestinians whose relatives have been involved in terror attacks or shot dead by the Israeli army without having been involved in an attack. For years these decisions have been the province of the Shin Bet security service, and these individuals fell into the category of “refused entry for security reasons.”-rh13/7/2016
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Parents of slain Israeli soldier fail to prevent Hamas prisoners from watching Euro finalMa’an - The parents of a slain Israeli soldier failed in their appeal to the Supreme Court to prevent Hamas-affiliated prisoners being held in Israeli prisons from having “the privilege” of watching the Euro 2016 soccer championship final between France and Portugal. The appeal was lodged by the family of Oron Shaul, an Israeli soldier who was killed during Israel’s 2014 ground offensive on the Gaza Strip, whose remains are still being held in Gaza - Hamas demanding the release of prisoners in exchange. The Oron family are holding a public campaign to worsen the conditions of Hamas prisoners in order to put pressure on them.However, the Israeli Prison Service stated that there was no legal precedent for barring prisoners from watching public television, and its position was upheld by the Supreme Court. [ak]12/7/2016
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Hunger striker Bilal Kayed likely to be transferred AgainAlternative Information Center - On June 14th, Israeli authorities imposed six months of administrative detention upon Bilal Kayed rather than release him at the expiration of his 14.5-year sentence. He immediately started a strict hunger strike. After 27 days, his physical condition is deteriorating and he is likely to be soon transferred from Ashkelon prison to Barzilai Hospital. Earlier cases show that Administrative Detainees get released only if when they bring themselves in grave life danger. [ak]12/7/2016
The angels I lost in GazaDoa`a Abu Amer - EI - "It has taken me a long time to gather the strength to write about a period of my life that has reshaped me completely: the night I lost 14 members of my family" [ry] 11/7/2016
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Obliterated Families Activestills - The stories of families whose lives were shattered during the 2014 Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip [ry]11/7/2016
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Hizma: raids, harassamnet, dread - and shoppingTamar Flesichman - +972 Magazine - The 7,000 residents of Hizma, completely cut off from Jerusalem by the Israeli Separation Wall, suffer constant army raids, arrests of adults and minors, violent patrols at all hours of the day, body searches, and more. In one case a woman who married a resident of Hizma was not allowed to return to the village because her ID did not list Hizma as her hometown. After several days of total closure, the Israeli security service put up signs calling on the residents "to turn in stone throwers". Despite all, Israeli civilians are welcome in Hizma those who are unmistakably religious settlers. “Many of them come to buy in Hizma here - because it is cheap here” say villagers who speak good Hebrew. "We are angry with the army and police, not with all Israelis or all Jews". [ak]10/7/2016
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Ramadan 2016: Harassment, collective punishment and settlement expansions in the occupied West BankInternational Solidarity Movement - "Netanyahu’s actions continue to escalate the situation in the West Bank and completely disregard the recently released Quartet report, which has resulted in the U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon condemning Israel for this continued expansion of illegal settlements." ca8/7/2016
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Israeli Government Targeting Facebook ActivistsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Israeli officials have blamed social media for inciting a wave of violent attacks by Palestinians that began in October 2015. Since then, Israeli security forces have arrested about 400 Palestinians for social media activity, according to Palestinian rights groups Addameer and Adalah. Most of the arrests have been for postings on Facebook, a popular network among Palestinians...In that year alone, the Israeli attorney general opened 155 investigations into alleged social media incitement, a marked increase from previous years, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz (although the law on social media incitement applies to all citizens and residents, the vast majority of cases have been directed at Arabs in Israel)." ca8/7/2016
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Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Arab Peace InitiativeHenry Siegman - The National Interest - Whatever incitement the Palestinian Authority may be guilty of, it pales into insignificance when compared to the incitement that is Israel’s half-century long occupation.-rh 7/7/2016
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Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab ‘Catastrophe’ Ramzy Baroud - Axis of Logic - On May 15th of every year, over the past 68 years, Palestinians have commemorated their collective exile from Palestine. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine to make room for a ‘Jewish homeland’ came at a price of unrelenting violence and perpetual suffering. Palestinians refer to that enduring experience as ‘Nakba’, or ‘Catastrophe’. However, the ‘Nakba’ is not merely a Palestinian experience; it is also an Arab wound that never ceases from bleeding. 6/7/2016
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Israel Announces Plans for 800 New Settler Homes in Occupied West Bank Jason Ditz - Antiwar.com - After days of talking up the idea of new construction to “punish terror,” Israel’s far-right government has announced plans to build another 800 housing units in settlements across the occupied West Bank, including 240 inside East Jerusalem. These settlement constructions are in addition to 42 units announced over the weekend.-rh6/7/2016
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What Israel`s payoff for Turkish civilians means for PalestiniansShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - The agreement to compensate those injured by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) actions, whether they were “terrorist activists,” as they are called in Israel, or “human rights activists,” as they are called in Turkey, has also angered groups in Gaza and the West Bank. For years, human rights organizations have tried to get the Israeli government to take responsibility for harming civilians, but Israel passed a series of laws that prevent Palestinians from suing for damages to body or property.-rh 6/7/2016
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Israel Is Secretly Shipping Thousands Of Refugees To AfricaAmy Fallon - Thinkprogress - Adam, 29, who requested his real name not be used, escaped the genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region and is now one of the many “refugees in orbit,” as Israeli NGOs have dubbed them, created by the flaws in Israel’s “voluntary” return system. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to visit Uganda on July 4 for the 40th anniversary of the Entebbe raid — the first time an Israeli premier has visited Africa since 1994 — Adam and other African asylum-seekers remain stranded in limbo here.-rh6/7/2016
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10-year old girl arrested on settler children accusationInternational Solidarity Movement - A large group of settler children were playing near the Ibrahimi mosque, again and again harassing a family living next to a checkpoint manned by heavily-armed Israeli forces. When a boy accused one of the Palestinian children of throwing a rock at them, all the settler children and large numbers of Israeli forces gathered at the house. A group of soldiers then entered the house with the settler boy, and eventually came out with the 10-year old girl, crying. They then walked her off to the police station, despite her young age.-rh 6/7/2016
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Israel accused of ‘cruel and inhuman’ border crossing conditions for Palestinians by NGOPeter Yeung - Independent - A human rights NGO has accused Israel of forcing Palestinians to withstand “cruel and inhuman” conditions at its borders. The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, also known as B`Tselem, said even those with legitimate work permits were being made to wait for hours in extremely hot weather. B`Tselem posted an image onto its Facebook account and said in a statement: “The Palestinians photographed waiting in line have permits that allow them to work in Israel. Such permits are issued only after meticulous security screening.-rh 6/7/2016
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In Photos: Palestinians celebrate Ramadan in GazaMohammed Asad - Mondoweiss "Muslims across the world have spent June observing the religious month of Ramadan. In Gaza, where reconstruction after three wars in six years has stalled, the celebrations, fasts followed by feasts, and prayer has brought a welcomed sense of normalcy." ca for id6/7/2016
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Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Three Palestinians In HebronIMEMC News "Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers invaded several homes, and violently searched them, before kidnapping three Palestinians, identified as Ala’ Raed Zghayyar, 23, Ramzi Dandees, and Anas Qfeisha, the son of legislator Hatem Qfeisha...the legislator Hatem Qfeisha was only released from an Israeli prison two days ago, and suffered and health setback after the soldiers invaded his home. Red Crescent medics rushed to his home and provided him with the needed help." ca for id 6/7/2016
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House demolitions in Qalandia refugee campAlternative Information Center - VIDEO "Israeli forces entered the refugee camp with 70 military vehicles and shot live ammunition, rubber coated bullets, sound grenades and tear gas at locals. Four Palestinians were injured and two were arrested. The homes belonged to the families of Issa Assaf and Annan Abu Habsa. Both men were shot dead in December after allegedly attacking Israelis in Jerusalem...The Israeli government stopped punitive house demolitions in 2005, admitting they were ineffective at deterring attacks against Israelis. Israeli authorities resumed the practice in 2014 without explanation." ca for id6/7/2016
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A thousand soldiers deployed to destroy two Qalandiya houses Maan - An estimated thousand soldiers entered the Qalandiya refugee camp, firing tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets in every direction as they confronted camp inhabitnats who tried to bar their way. Tear gas was also shot at Red Crescent ambulances which tried to reach wounded inhabitants. At last, the soldiers managed to carry out their objective - demolition of the homes of Assaf and Abu Habsa families, as a punishment for stab attacks carried out by two young members of the families last year. The assailants themselves were killed on the spot by Israeli police, and there is no evidence of their family members being in any way involved. Nevertheless, the courts approved the demolition orders, as a "necessary measure of deterrence towards future attackers". [ak] 5/7/2016
Hunger striker refuses "release in exchange for deportation"Samidoun - Hunger striking detainee Bilal Kayed refused an offer made by the military authorities to set him free on condition that he accepts a four years` deportation to Jordan. Since starting his hunger strike he had been harassed by the authorities, repeatedly transferred from prison to prison and denied a fan in the summer heat. Kayed had served a long prison term and at its end was not released but kept imprisoned under an Administrative Detention order. Rejecting all medical examinations, vitamins, and salt supplements, Kayed told lawyers: "If they refuse to allow me to live with dignity, then I will choose to die with dignity.” [ak] 5/7/2016
Settler Attacks in Nablus and Hebron, Palestinians InjuredIMEMC - The Knesset passed an amendment to civil law, establishing minimum prison sentence of three years for people who throw rocks at Israeli troops, civilians or vehicles. However, settlers are not subjected to this law. [bz]5/7/2016
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Administrative detention instead of bailAmnesty International - Hasan Safadi, 24, resident of East Jerusalem, and media coordinator for prisoners’ rights group Addameer was arrested at the border crossing with Jordan, interrogated for 40 days and subjected to to sleep deprivation and being tied in stress positions. He was charged with "visiting an enemy country", but the Jerusalem Magistrates` Court agreed to release him on bail. However, after the bail was paid by his parents, he was placed under a six-month administrative detention order signed by Defence Minister Lieberman. Concerned people are asked top send protest letters. [ak] 5/7/2016
Water Wars: Israeli Water Policy in the Occupied Territories Lamya Hussain - This Week in Palestine - A conspicuous example of the adverse effects of Israeli policy is the erosion of the Jordan River, where unsustainable policies and the overuse of important resources have helped engender a drastic reduction in water levels. These shortages have severely impacted Palestinian farmers and Bedouin communities, while settlers and settlements continue to be granted far greater access to water networks and subsidies reducing their costs of agricultural operations. An estimated 98 percent decline in the water flow of the Jordan River has been reported over the past four decades. These conditions have also affected the biodiversity of the area, including continual shifts in salinity levels of the Dead Sea, which in turn poses more serious threats to overall groundwater resources in the region. [ak]5/7/2016
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A Palestinian doctor was the first to help shooting attack victimsElior Levy - Y-Net - Palestinian attackers shot at the car of the Mark family from the Israeli settlement of Otniel, killing the father and wounding his wife and daughters. The assailants then escaped. Soon afterwards a Palestinian doctor, Dr. Ali abu Sharkh, passed there with his wife and brother. "When we saw the overturned car we immediately stopped. The first thing I saw was a teenage girl was in a state of shock. I began to speak to her in English and she didn`t understand me. Then my brother began to speak to her in Hebrew and said to her `don`t be afraid, this is my brother, and he`s a doctor. He wants to help you." [ak]5/7/2016
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Videos: Israeli Army Injures Four Palestinians, Demolishes Two Homes, In QalandiaIMEMC News - "The demolished homes belong to the families of Anan Abu Habsa and Issa Assaf, who were killed on December 24, 2015, after carrying out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem" [ry] 4/7/2016
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Attacked by a soldier? Don`t expect to hear from the policeYossi Gurvitz, for Yesh Din - +972 - A Palestinian resident of Hebron is attacked for trying to protect a child from settler violence. It turns out his attackers were aided by an IDF soldier [ry] 4/7/2016
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Al-Hadidiya, Jordan Valley - No running water, of course, and almost no water at all. David Shulman - Touching Photographs - Here’s the point. Suppose you want to build a pipeline for water—to be taken from well-known, legal Palestinian sources and paid for according to a water meter that you install—so that your tents and shacks would have the elementary happiness of running water. In theory, you could apply to the Civil Administration for a permit. Your application will be rejected. Almost all such applications are. Palestinians in the Jordan Valley cannot get water through pipes or wells by the standard bureaucratic procedures. In desperation, lacking any alternative, they may try to put a pipeline in place. They can be sure the Civil Administration will send its soldiers and policemen to demolish it and to punish them. It happened today at Al-Hadidiya. I saw it. [bz]2/7/2016
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27 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strikeYoutube - VIDEO - "A group of Palestinian prisoners have decided to launch a hunger strike in support of a fellow prisoner. Bilal Kayed was put under administrative detention on the day he was supposed to be released. Kayed has been on a hunger strike for over two weeks and is in critical condition." ca1/7/2016
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US donates $52 million to UNRWA in West Bank and GazaMa`an News Agnecy - "United States Consul-General to Jerusalem Donald Blome announced on Thursday a contribution of $51.6 million from the United States to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza.The donation was a response to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East’s (UNRWA) 2016 Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory, at a “critical” time when representatives said refugees were in dire need of assistance. " ca1/7/2016
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Israeli Forces Fire on Palestinian Farmers IMEMC - "Due to the high frequency of the attacks, live fire often goes unreported." - id 29/6/2016
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Israel`s stop-and-frisk law `blatant racism` : The recent legislation is a form of collective punishment towards Jerusalem and its youth, rights groups say.Zena Tahhan - Aljazeera - According to the law, soldiers can inspect any individual, in specific locations, without having to answer for their actions. This has resulted in what rights groups describe as "openly racist" treatment towards Palestinians who are being body searched, sometimes aggressively, based solely on their appearance. "Any Palestinian who is passing by is subject to being searched. Israeli soldiers would make them stand from between 15 minutes to an hour. It is not just that they search them - but the way they are being searched is humiliating," said Nisreen Allayan, the lawyer for the East Jerusalem project at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.-rh 29/6/2016
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Ramadan soup kitchen offers brief respite to Gaza`s poorSakher Abou El Oun - The Daily Star - In her modest home in the Gaza Strip, Sahar Sherif’s family watches as she ladles out a broth of meat and vegetables for a rare heart-warming meal.For just a month of the year, a soup kitchen in the Palestinian enclave is offering struggling families like Sherif’s a welcome break from daily worries about where they will find their next meal.-rh29/6/2016
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The racial profiling Trump so admires doesn`t even work in IsraelAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Does screening really serve the fight against terror, or do the humiliation and discrimination sow hatred and alienation that generate fury and violence? Can Israel, as Trump said, serve as a success story of the racial screening model, or is the conservative millionaire perhaps like a doctor who prescribes medication that worsens the condition of his patient?.-rh 29/6/2016
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Youngest administrative detainee Hamza Hammad ordered to four more months in prison without chargeSamidoun - The Israeli administrative detention order against Palestinian boy, Hamza Hammad, was renewed on Monday, 27 June for an additional four months. Hammad, 16, from Silwad near Ramallah, has been imprisoned without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence since 28 February 2016.-rh29/6/2016
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Israel’s security figures take aim at hard-line NetanyahuDan Perry and Josef Federman - Boston Globe - On Tuesday, a group representing more than 200 retired leaders in Israel’s military, police, Mossad spy service, and Shin Bet security agency presented a plan to help end the half-century occupation of the Palestinians through unilateral steps, including disavowing claims to over 90 percent of the West Bank and freezing Jewish settlement construction in such areas.-rh29/6/2016
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Water cuts heat up tensions in the West Bank Associated Press - Ynet - "Israel admits it`s been forced to cut water supplies to the parched area, saying that nearby Jewish settlements have also been affected. But Palestinian areas appear to have been hit much harder, and both sides are blaming each other. 29/6/2016
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Israel’s killer bureaucracy Refaat Alareer - The Electronic Intifada - This is the story of my cousin Awad Alareer, who died because Israel imposes severe restrictions on Palestinian patients seeking medical treatment outside the Gaza Strip, especially in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem." - id "29/6/2016
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Top Israeli minister shuts down TV station for Palestinian citizensMakbula Nassar - +972 - Looking at Erdan’s use of “sovereignty” as a reason to shut down the station, one would think Israel respects its side of the Oslo agreements. This sounds especially absurd when taking into account Israel’s daily violations of Palestinian sovereignty in PA-controlled areas, including through arrests of elected officials — not to mention 22 Palestinian journalists. [bz]28/6/2016
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“If they had any human decency, they’d let us hook up to the water pipes that run a meter from our tents”B`Tselem - "On Tuesday, 14 June 2016, the temperature recorded in the Jordan Valley surpassed 40°C (104°F). Nonetheless, Civil Administration personnel seized a tractor that was hauling a water tank in the Palestinian community of Khirbet Samrah, and left a demolition order for water reservoirs built by residents in the area of Khirbet al-Malih" [ry] 27/6/2016
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UN `gravely concerned` over imminent home demolitions in Palestinian refugee campMa`an News Agency - "The UN agency’s statement noted that 19 Palestinians were displaced and 46 others were affected during a Nov. 16 punitive demolition in the same camp, and two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during the clashes that erupted during the operation. UNRWA also reiterated in their statement that punitive demolitions are illegal under international law, and that it had most recently communicated its position to Israeli authorities in April 2016 in the context of court ruling regarding demolitions in Qalandiya refugee camp" [ry]27/6/2016
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Emad Khalil’s story as a Gazan worker in Israel Israel/Palestine Mohammed Saleem - Mondoweiss "Skin tanned and hands calloused from working forty-two years under the sun, Emad Khalil, a sixty-one year old retired laborer, sits in front of me. For thirty of those years, he worked in Israel. His story documents a tremendous change in attitude and policy towards Palestinian freedom of movement, employment opportunities, healthcare, and relations between Palestinians and Israelis. " ca24/6/2016
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Palestine’s ‘prayer for rain’: How Israel uses water as a weapon of warRamzy Baroud - Ma`an News Agency "Entire communities in the West Bank either have no access to water or have had their water supply reduced almost by half.This alarming development has been taking place for weeks, since Israel`s national water company, “Mekorot”, decided to cut off -- or significantly reduce -- its water supply to Jenin, Salfit and many villages around Nablus, among other regions." ca24/6/2016
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Israeli Soldiers Injure A Palestinian Near BethlehemIMEMC News - "Israeli soldiers invaded, late on Thursday evening, Doha town, west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and shot a young Palestinian man, during clashes that took place following the invasion.Medical sources said a young man, 21, was shot with a live round in his leg, and was moved to a local hospital, suffering a moderate injury...Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, earlier on Thursday, at least ten Palestinians, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem." ca 24/6/2016
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20 Congress members send Obama letter requesting protection of Palestinian children from Israeli abuses Ben Norton - Salon - The letter describes the occupation as “an unimaginably difficult and at times hopeless environment,” where children “live under the constant fear of arrest detention and violence at the hands of the Israeli military.” Israel’s illegal military occupation marked its 49th anniversary earlier this month. Nearly half, 46 percent, of the roughly 4.7 million Palestinians living in the Israeli-occupied territories are minors under 18 years of age.-rh 22/6/2016
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Qarawah water apartheid Features - ISM - "Since 1982, when the Israeli military sold their control of the West Bank¡¯s water resources to Mekorot for a mere Shekel, the company has become the main enforcer of water apartheid between the Palestinians, and Israelis living in illegal settlements." - id22/6/2016
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Continuous Restrictions on Religious Freedom in Hebron al-Khalil Team - International Solidarity Movement - "How and in which way these children carrying soup that is donated to families in need, are posing any kind of threat to the Israeli forces or why they have to be stopped, remains unclear." - id 22/6/2016
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Front-page article in ‘NYT’ exposes the lie that wall is a security barrier James North and Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - The New York Times today has a top-of-the-front-page article about tens of thousands of Palestinians managing to get over or through “what Israelis call the security barrier” to work without papers inside Israel. It is a vivid account of smuggling workers into Israel from Palestine. On the one hand, the article by James Glanz and Rami Nazzal, marks real progress: the Times is showing that the wall is not really a security barrier — 55,000 Palestinians legally pass through it and 30-60,000 illegally. If Palestinians really want to kill Israelis, the wall is no obstacle at all.-rh 22/6/2016
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An Israeli-Palestinian confederation? Not so fastYuval Eylon - +972 - The latest hit in the peace plan business comes from “Two States One Homeland,” an initiative that eschews both the two-state solution and the one-state solution, instead envisioning a confederation between Israel and a future Palestinian state. Founder Meron Rapoport fleshed out the movement’s core principles at the movement’s conference a few weeks ago: “We believe that the central aspect that was missed here over the past 22 years is the fact that the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is one country, while at the same time belongs to two peoples. Jews and Arabs are interwoven in every part of this land. The two nations have a deep connection to all parts of this land: Jews feel a connection not only to Ramat Hasharon but to Hebron, and Palestinians are connected to Jaffa and Haifa no less than to Ramallah. Dividing the land goes against these very emotions.”-rh 22/6/2016
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Israel Kills 15-Year-Old Palestinian Bystander as West Bank Protests FlareOri Lewis - Forward - The military said several Palestinians threw petrol bombs and stones at vehicles, injuring three civilians, on a highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem that traverses the West Bank. Israeli media reports said two of those hurt were foreign tourists. Troops gave chase and “after an initial inquiry, it appears that uninvolved bystanders were mistakenly hit during the pursuit,” a military spokeswoman said, identifying one of them as the Palestinian killed in the incident.-rh 22/6/2016
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Marwan Barghouti, A Palestinian Mandela Or Israel’s Worst Nightmare?Piotr Smolar - Worldcrunch - Marwan Barghouti, 56, takes care of himself. He walks and runs. Once a week, he meets with one of his lawyers. Once every two weeks, his wife Fadwa visits and tells him about their four children. In 14 years, he`s gotten to see them just a few times. A picture of his face painted or plastered on the walls of the West Bank reminds the children that their father has a special status. He is the hardened résistant, a symbol of the Palestinian national movement. "My release is bound to happen, sooner or later,” says Marwan Barghouti, in a written interview with Le Monde. "Israel will have to release me, me and the others. During these last decades, it has already happened thanks to the exchange of prisoners or through political discussion."-rh 22/6/2016
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Ramadan 2016: Israel `cuts off water supply to West Bank` during Muslim holy monthPeter Yeung - Independent - Israel has cut off the water supply to large areas of the West Bank, Palestinian authorities have claimed. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have reportedly been left without access to safe drinking water during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a period of fasting, at a time when temperatures can exceed 35C.-rh |22/6/2016
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Gaza garbage puts public health at risk Isra Saleh el-Namey - The Electronic Intifada - "“The sight is killing me,” the 37-year-old mother of six said. The overpowering stench is acutely nauseating, especially in the summer: “The smells waft over earlier in the mornings than at any other time of the year.”" - id 22/6/2016
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PM: Israel`s suspension of West Bank water supplies `inhumane and outrageous`Ma`an News Agency - The Palestinian Prime Minister’s office on Thursday slammed Israel’s decision to cut off water supplies for tens of thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank this week as “inhumane and outrageous.” Rami Hamdallah issued a statement in response to the move by Israel’s national water company Mekorot, which saw water supplies suspended in the municipality of Jenin, several villages in Nablus, as well as the city of Salfit and its surrounding villages. “Israel wants to prevent Palestinians from leading a dignified life and uses its control over our water resources to this end; while illegal Israeli settlements enjoy uninterrupted water service,” Hamdallah said. “Palestinians are forced to spend great sums of money to buy water that is theirs in the first place.”-rh22/6/2016
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The UN’s damning report on Israel and torture: The desperate case of Palestinian youth in the occupied territory David Palumbo-Liu - Salon - What emerges is a deeply troubling picture of the situation of Palestinian youths and children living in the occupied territories. Despite Israel’s adoption of the amendment on youth mention above, it would appear that those protections would not apply to Palestinians living in the occupied territories. We have only to think of the attacks on Gaza and the arrests and killing of Palestinian youths on the West Bank to see a dangerous form of immunity protecting Israel from being held responsible. We therefore have a formula for the perpetuation of violence and death, as more and more children and young people, already living at the heart of despair, are being pushed to react and then met with even greater violence and abuse.-rh22/6/2016
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Israeli army commander testifies soldier had no justification for shooting al-SharifMa`an News agency - The company commander of Azaria, Maj. Tom Naaman, recounted to the court the chilling moments after the execution-style killing that took place in Hebron’s Old City on March 24, for which Azaria is now on trial for manslaughter. "I approached him and asked, `Why did you do it?`,” Naaman said during his testimony. “He answered me, `This terrorist was alive, and he needs to die.`" "I was angry at him for doing this. Essentially a shooting had been conducted at the scene that I was in charge of, without my permission," Naaman added.-rh22/6/2016
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Red Rag column: Muhammad Ali, RIP. Occupation-refuser Giora Neumann. Gideon Spiro - Muhammad Ali embodied the victory of the human and humane spirit of one man in the face of an oppressive, conservative, racist and warmongering system. He was a war-resister who refused to take part in the Vietnam War. He told the racist White establishment the truth to its face, he was not broken and did not submit. gm21/6/2016
Palestinian boy `mistakenly` killed by Israeli troops after British man injured in rock throwing attack Raf Sanchez - The Telegraph - A Palestinian teen coming home from the swimming pool was killed by Israeli troops on Tuesday as they chased another group of youths who threw rocks at cars and injured a British tourist and his Belgian wife. Israeli forces pursuing the rock throwers then reportedly opened fire on a Palestinian car driving nearby, killing 15-year-old Mahmoud Rafaat Badran and wounding four other Palestinian teenagers. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said after the shooting that it appeared none of them was involved in the rock throwing. [As seen from abroad-bz]21/6/2016
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Palestinian boy killed, accidentally believed to be involved in a rock and firebomb attackElisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - An Israeli and two foreigners lightly injured when rocks and Molotov Cocktails were hurled on the 443 Israelis-only road which passes through occupied territory. Shortly thereafter, soldiers noticed a Palestinian vehicle on the road parallel. According to initial reports, the soldiers opened fire, injuring two Palestinians and killing one 15-year-old boy. [bz] 21/6/2016
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Israeli forces demolish two homes south of Hebron, despite pledge to stop demolitions in RamadanCeline Hagbard - IMEMC News - "The Israeli military demolished two homes, an outdoor kitchen and a barn on Saturday in Wadi Jheish and Umm Al-Daraj, in the village of Susiya, in the south Hebron hills [...] despite a pledge by Israeli authorities that they would hold off on destroying Palestinian homes and forcing Palestinian families into homelessness during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan" [ry] 20/6/2016
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Palestinian shot in the back by Israeli forces last month succumbs to woundsMa`an News Agency - "Arif Jaradat, 21, who had Down syndrome, was shot by Israeli soldiers with a live bullet to his back on May 4 when clashes erupted after Israeli forces stormed the Ras al-Aroud area of Sair in Hebron" [ry] 20/6/2016
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Ben Ehrenreich’s New Palestine Book Explores Life on “Planet Hebron”Charles Glass--When I moved to Lebanon in 1972, a joke was doing the rounds about an Englishman, a Frenchman, and an Arab tasked to write books about elephants. The Englishman wrote How to Hunt Elephants, and the Frenchman came up with Recipes for Cooking Elephants à la Française. The Arab, meanwhile, produced 12 volumes titled The Elephant and the Palestine Problem. Since then, publishers have poured out thousands of tomes on Palestine and Israel, some bad, some good. Ben Ehrenreich’s The Way to Spring: Life and Death in Palestine is the latest, and it is excellent. dn19/6/2016
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COGAT: West Bank water supply to Palestinians increased, not decreased TOVAH LAZAROFF, MICHELLE MALKA GROSSMAN - Jerusalem Post "Due to the Ramadan holiday, Israel has increased the water flow to Palestinians at night, when the usage is particularly high after the fast... it also increased the flow of water in the Hebron and Bethlehem area by 5,000 cubic meters per hour, COGAT said.It noted, however, that water demand there exceeds supply in the summer. Israel is working to expand the water infrastructure to fix that shortfall, a step that is made difficult given by the Palestinian refusal to cooperate on water issues, COGAT charged." ca 17/6/2016
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Israel to build $570 M underground concrete wall to block Gaza tunnelsPNN/ Bethlehem - "Ynet Israeli newspaper on Thursday revealed Israel’s plans to build a concrete wall along the Gaza-Israeli borders, reportedly to halt the use of tunnels from Gaza.According to Ynet, the wall will be dug to a depth of several dozen meters underground and will also be built above it.It will stretch along the 60 miles of the southern border around the Gaza Strip, and will cost NIS 2.2 billion (approx $570 million)." ca 17/6/2016
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When fear of terror affects Arabs` livelihood Gad Lior and Telem Yahav - Ynet News - With conspicuously greater frequency, Jewish customers, affected by the fear of terror, demand that companies refrain from sending Arab workers to their homes. Many business owners and commercial organizations are facing this request which is particularly commonplace in fields such as paint and renovation companies employing Arabs, on goods transfer companies, on gardening companies, cleaning businesses and the like.-rh 15/6/2016
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Testimony of one of the latest attacks against Gaza’s fishermen Interview - International Solidarity Movement - ""I’m responsible for providing for my family, we are 21 members… Now no one is providing for us, as I’m injured and they took our boat and motor. How I can work now without a boat?”" - id 15/6/2016
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Israel removes key sites from Jerusalem`s Old City Map : Israeli ministry`s map of Jerusalem`s Old City marks historically unimportant sites and omits key non-Jewish holy sites.Nigel Wilson - Aljazeera - The City of David site features prominently, in large, bold red letters, on the Israeli tourism ministry`s official Old City map, which is distributed free of charge at official tourist information centres in Jerusalem. But the nearby al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, a 14-hectare compound that comprises Islam`s third holiest site, al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as the Dome of the Rock, is only referred to by its Jewish name: the Temple Mount.-rh 15/6/2016
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The End of the Old Israel : How Netanyahu Has Transformed the NationAluf Benn - Foreign Affairs - Israel—at least the largely secular and progressive version of Israel that once captured the world’s imagination—is over. Although that Israel was always in some ways a fantasy, the myth was at least grounded in reality. Today that reality has changed, and the country that has replaced it is profoundly different from the one its founders imagined almost 70 years ago. Since the last elections, in March 2015, a number of slow-moving trends have accelerated dramatically. Should they continue, they could soon render the country unrecognizable.-rh15/6/2016
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Palestine hopes to join Interpol this fallDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - Gen. Adnan al-Damiri, a spokesman for the Palestinian police, told Al-Monitor that joining Interpol will improve the security situation in Palestine and at the same time help strengthen Palestinian efforts at state building. He said, “We need Interpol to stop many cases of people fleeing justice and to extradite those criminals who have fled Palestine.”-rh 15/6/2016
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Palestinian prisoner placed in admin. detention — after serving 15 years Ahmad al-Bazz - +972 - "Administrative detention is a procedure that Israel uses to imprison detainees based on secret evidence, without charging them or allowing them to defend themselves at trial. Administrative detention orders may be renewed indefinitely." - id 15/6/2016
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`Ramadan Tov`: How to stop funding Israel`s occupation: A new BDS campaign to encourage Palestinians to boycott Israeli goods in Ramadan and afterwardsZena Tahhan - Aljazeera - Entitled "Ramadan Tov" - meaning "Happy Ramadan" in Hebrew - the campaign has brought together a majority of the local Palestinian boycott movements for the first time under the umbrella of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group. It aims to encourage Palestinians to boycott Israeli products, food items in particular, during Ramadan, and afterwards. The targets are the biggest Israeli food companies including Jafora, Tnuva, Strauss and Osem. The face of the campaign is an Israeli soldier in his distinguishable green uniform serving a tray of popular Israeli food products regularly consumed by Palestinians during the holy month.-rh 15/6/2016
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Palestinian prisoners struggle against sanctions while separated from their families at RamadanSamidoun - The Prisoners’ Affairs Commission emphasized the importance of supporting prisoners’ families during Ramada, noting that for Palestinian prisoners, their life is not eased during Ramadan but rather face sanctions and repression inside the prisons. They noted that imprisonment is particularly painful when prisoners know their families are gathering together in celebration together, and they are kept apart.-rh15/6/2016
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Knesset extends `racist` emergency provision on Family Unification Law for 13th yearMa`an News - The `emergency` provision to Israel’s Family Reunification Law, which grants automatic legal status to non-Israelis who marry Israeli citizens or residents, was first enacted in 2002 during the political upheavals of the Second Intifada, and was adopted into Israeli law in 2003. The law prevents the granting of Israeli citizenship or residency permits to Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens or residents, including prohibiting Israeli citizens or residents from passing on their legal status to their children if married to someone from the occupied Palestinian territory.-rh 15/6/2016
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Forget Diplomacy. Both Netanyahu and Abbas Need Some Serious TherapyJane Eisner - Forward - But here you have Rice reminding that the “situation on the ground is tense. You have violence at a heightened level. You have incitement. You have intensified settlement activity and home demolitions. You have actions taken that are not conducive to a two-state solution.” She could not have been clearer, but Israeli and Palestinian leaders do not seem to see what she and so many others see. Fear of the future has led to the paralysis of the present. If the most skilled diplomats in the world can’t get the two sides together, then maybe those who best understand and treat the psychosis of denial should step in.-rh 15/6/2016
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Israel puts Palestinian prisoner advocate in administrative detentionEdo Konrad - +972 - Hasan Safadi, who works as media coordinator for Addameer, an NGO that supports Palestinian prisoners in both Israeli and Palestinian prisons, was set to be released from detention on June 10 by order of Jerusalem’s Magistrate’s Court, after paying NIS 2,500 in bail and obtaining third-party guarantees. Later the same day, however, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman signed an administrative detention order against Safadi, effectively overriding the court’s decision. [bz]14/6/2016
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Painting in a refugee camp, dreaming of the seaLinda Paganelli - The Electronic Intifada - Albaba takes up the Palestinian who lived on the coast before the Nakba, and wound up in a refugee camp, cut off and forbidden from accessing the sea. [bz]14/6/2016
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Detention of Palestinian circus performer extended despite international outcryMaan - Israeli authorities ruled to extend Muhammad Faisal Abu Sakha’s remand for another six months from June 13 until Dec. 12, in addition to the six months he has already served in administrative detention -- Israel’s controversial policy of internment without trial or charge. According to prisoner’s rights group Addameer, a confirmation hearing for the ruling is scheduled for June 15, during which a military judge may confirm, limit, or cancel the administrative detention order. [bz]14/6/2016
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Review `The Way to the Spring`Rayyan Al-Shawaf--`The Way to the Spring` is a sobering look at Palestinian life and resistance in the West Bank dn11/6/2016
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Israel Boycott Has Staying PowerSteven Salaita - The Chronicle of Higher Education - We can debate ad nauseam the probity of academic boycott, but it would be more useful to address the problems of repression and occupation that spurred the boycott movement to begin with.-rh 9/6/2016
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Rep. Keith Ellison draws attention to Israeli apartheid in tweet on Palestinian life under occupation Ben Norton - Salon - Rep. Keith Ellison shared a photo on Twitter on Thursday that refers to Israel’s illegal military occupation of the Palestinian territories as apartheid. Ellison, a Democratic congressman representing Minnesota, said he took the photo as he walked down a segregated street in Hebron, a city in the occupied West Bank. It shows a sign reading: “Caution: This was taken by Israel. You are entering apartheid.”-rh 9/6/2016
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The war of succession brewing in PalestineMenachem Klein - +972 - The struggle over Abbas’ succession signals a generational change among the Palestinian leadership. The old guard, those who established Fatah and the PLO, the refugees of 1948 whose families were dispersed across the Arab world and spent many years in the diaspora, will be replaced by young people who have spent the majority of their lives in Palestine, where the majority of their families live. They acquired the majority of their experience and public status in the intifadas or in Israeli prison. This is precisely how the new generation is different from the old guard, whose status was built on the legacy of armed struggle. Abbas’ generation used this status to convince the public of the necessity of going the political route. The failure of this approach has only hastened the rise of the generation of the “children of the land.”-rh8/6/2016
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Interview with mother of youngest Palestinian prisoner’s mother Action Alerts - International Solidarity Movement - "The police took the boys to the Masqubiya interrogation centre. They were interrogated alone, without a legal representative or family member present. The boys were shouted at, beaten and given electric shocks. The interrogators made the boys strip, poured cold water on them then put the air conditioning on to cold." - id 8/6/2016
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What Israel calls progress, Palestinians see as oppressionAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Author and political analyst Ahmed Rafiq Awad also told Al-Monitor that Israel’s proposals are merely an attempt to present itself as helping Palestinians economically and allowing them to move freely.“The Israeli improvements are tools of occupation. Israel makes the Palestinians’ lives complicated, then provides a few improvements to ease the conditions,” Awad added.-rh 8/6/2016
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Netanyahu Frets Over How To tackle French Peace PlanJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - Part of the reason for bringing Mr Lieberman into the government was to provide more diplomatic wriggle room. With Mr Lieberman cementing Mr Netanyahu’s credentials with the far-right, he is now free to spout vague platitudes about peace knowing that his coalition partners are unlikely to take him at his word and bolt the government. But while the domestic front has been secured, rumbles of dissent reverberate abroad.-rh 8/6/2016
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Palestinian children behind bars: 14-year-old sentenced to over 6 years, visits denied, exorbitant finesSamidoun - Palestinian children continue to be targeted for collective punishment and harsh sentences, as 14-year-old Muawiya Alqam was sentenced to six and one-half years in Israeli occupation prisons and fined 26,000 NIS (approximately $6,750).-rh8/6/2016
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Khalida Jarrar freed – Palestinian leftist leader calls for action to liberate Palestinian prisonersSamidoun - Arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Israeli occupation soldiers who raided her home on 1 April 2015, Jarrar was first ordered to administrative detention without charge or trial. Following an international outcry, Jarrar was charged in the Israeli military courts with 12 charges based entirely on public political activity, including giving speeches, attending events, and expressing support for Palestinian prisoners and their families. She was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, in addition to a suspended sentence and a fine.-rh8/6/2016
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Palestinians forced to delay the start of Ramadan as Israel celebrates 49 years of ruling Jerusalem Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Yet in nearly every direction of the celebrations, as Israelis rejoiced in their city of peace, Palestinians were sealed behind police dividers.“Damascus Gate is closed,” shouted an officer to a group of Palestinians in a kettle behind a metal fence erected in the afternoon.-rh 8/6/2016
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To Israel, being “from Gaza” is a crime Ahmed Masoud - The Electronic Intifada - "Not only did Israeli soldiers deny me entry but they were shocked to see someone like me trying to visit the rest of Palestine. Imagine that you are from Manchester or somewhere else up north and tried to fly into London and were told that you were “a northerner, you can’t come here.”" - id 8/6/2016
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Adalah calls for return of confiscated Gaza fishing boats Adalah - Adalah wrote to newly-installed Defense Minister Lieberman, demanding the return of boats and equipment, worth tens of thousands of shekels recently confiscated by the Israeli navy from Palestinian fishermen off Gaza. In five incidents, recorded by the The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza, Israeli navy vessels opened fire on or near the fishing boats, ordered the fishermen to remove their clothes, and then detained them a day or two for interrogation, and confiscated their boats and equipment. [ak] 7/6/2016
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Families who manage to get the permits are allowed to visit once every three monthsIsra Namey-- Gaza Strip - Eight-year-old Yousef al-Najjar sits quietly on the bus, his hands folded, eager to see his father for the first time. It is 4am, and Yousef`s mother has taken him to visit his father, who is serving a 23-year term in Rimon, a notorious Israeli military prison in Israel`s southern Negev Desert. "I am yearning for a glimpse of my dad," said the boy. Yousef`s father was detained in the occupied West Bank and convicted of having links with the Palestinian resistance groups. dn 5/6/2016
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Family: Israeli forces to release PFLP MP Khalida Jarrar on FridayMa`an News Agency - "Jarrar, an executive committee member of the PLO and leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was detained on April 2 from her home in Ramallah and initially sentenced to six months of administrative detention -- internment without trial or charge.However, international pressure later forced Israeli authorities to bring charges against her, all 12 of which focused on her political activism." ca3/6/2016
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No room for Palestinians at Tel Aviv Pride ParadeFady Khoury - +972 "Until the Israeli LGBTQ community truly begins caring about Palestinian oppression, Palestinian queers will have to keep checking our identity at the door...The parade in Tel Aviv, like Oriented, brands Tel Aviv — whether directly or as a byproduct of partial presentation — as a safe, tolerant, and free city. Israeli propaganda groups (“hasbara”) abroad often speak explicitly of Tel Aviv’s uniqueness regarding the Palestinian LGBTQ community as well. But despite this narrative, issues that Israeli queers face in a safe and secure Tel Aviv never resemble those of Palestinians, queer or otherwise, for whom Tel Aviv is far less safe and secure." ca3/6/2016
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IDF: Secret intel shows Hamas lawmaker is ... a member of Hamas Haggai Matar - +972 - "Israel is currently holding over 600 Palestinians in administrative detention, according to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer and Israeli human rights group B’Tselem." - id 1/6/2016
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Army Invades Palestinians Agricultural Lands In Northern Gaza IMEMC News - "The Israeli army conducts daily invasions into Palestinian lands, in border areas in the northern and eastern parts of the coastal region, and prevents the villagers from entering them." - id 1/6/2016
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Palestinians get ready for hard-line Liberman as defense ministerAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - Liberman’s appointment sparked several Palestinian reactions. While Hamas deemed his appointment as a sign of increasing racism and extremism in Israel, Fatah said the appointment is like a bugaboo scaring Palestinians given the empty threats he makes in the media. For its part, Islamic Jihad stressed that Liberman`s appointment is proof of the rising fascism among Israeli leaders.-rh 1/6/2016
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Rubble and dust: 
How EU keeps failing PalestiniansHagai El-Ad - Euobserver - All over the occupied West Bank, one can practically taste the dust in the air: since January 2016 some 300 Palestinians homes and structures have been bulldozed by Israeli authorities. Hundreds have lost their homes to such demolitions, more than half of them children. This cruelty is not random: it is part of a broader strategy by Israel to push Palestinians out of parts of their homeland and further fragment their lands.-rh 1/6/2016
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Israeli ex-officers issue plan to restart peace talks, condemn government inactionIan Deitch - Boston Globe - With peace talks in a deep freeze, the plan by Commanders for Israel’s Security on Friday called to ‘‘preserve conditions’’ for negotiations with the Palestinians. It urges a combination of political and security initiatives together with delivering economic benefits to Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem simultaneously.-rh1/6/2016
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How Israeli soldiers became `children of the nation`Nurit Canetti - Al Monitor - This affair, which pitted supporters of the uniformed shooter against the military establishment that denounced him and dragged the Israel Defense Forces into a growingly radicalized social discourse, provided an opportunity to examine current public attitudes toward IDF soldiers: a warm, supportive, parental approach that puts the soldiers first at the expense of civilians and, as in the latest case, at the expense of democratic values, the IDF code of ethics, open-fire regulations and the authority of the military chain of command. Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon and Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot had condemned the act.-rh 1/6/2016
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`We became subcontractors to the occupation`: B`Tselem ends work with Israeli armyMa`an News - “B’Tselem has gradually come to the realization that the way in which the military law enforcement system functions precludes it from the very outset from achieving justice for the victims. Nonetheless, the very fact that the system exists serves to convey a semblance of law enforcement and justice,” the report stated.-rh1/6/2016
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Interview with the wife of the Palestinian prisoner Mohamed Najeeb Nazal, recently kidnapped in an Arab country and handed to Israel Gaza-team - International Solidarity Movement - "But things were just going to get worse, till “finally on the 26th of January we were informed that he was under interrogation in Ashkelon, south Israel, where he stayed for four days before he was taken to Majedo jail. “Now we are waiting for the trial, where he will be judged under false accusations." - id1/6/2016
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South African Nobelist Coetzee on Israel and apartheid: ‘Draw your own conclusions’ Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - “Apartheid was a system of enforced segregation based on race or ethnicity, put in place by an exclusive, self defined group in order to consolidate colonial conquest particular to cement its hold on the land and natural resources,” Coetzee said, relaying this definition almost verbatim in application to Jerusalem and the West Bank, minus the word apartheid.-rh1/6/2016
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