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Life under occupation

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
`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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
`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
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
Israeli forces open fire on fishermen, farmers, and level lands in GazaMa`an - The incident comes a day after it was announced that Israeli authorities decided to reduce the allowed fishing zone off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip only two months after they had extended it. [bz]31/5/2016
No Israeli Resistance to Bilin Protests – First Time in 11 Years Palestine Chronicle--Bilin in the West Bank stages a weekly demonstration of resistance against Israeli occupation. For the first time in the 11-year history of this popular form of opposition, Israeli forces did not use tear gas and other crowd control weapons to disperse protesters, locals said. dn29/5/2016
Israeli Arab Student Leader Describes `Humiliating` Strip Search at Prime Minister`s Office Yarden Skop--Diran Shalabneh, head of the National Union of Israeli Students’ department for the advancement of Arab students, was asked to stand behind a curtain and remove her bra for the special security check, before being asked to lower her pants. dn28/5/2016
Palestine PMO: Israel’s destruction of Palestinian water infrastructure is atrociousPNN/Ramallah - "Today, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah issued a statement condemning Israel’s illegal practice of destroying Palestinian water infrastructure. “Israel uses every means possible to chase Palestinians away from their ancestral land,” Hamdallah said. “Water is life, and if you don’t have water you cannot exist. On Tuesday, Israel handed out demolition notices for four water wells and agricultural structures in the village of Qusra, south of Nablus. The water wells were built with Dutch financial support. Last week, Israel threatened to demolish four water tanks in the town of Beit Ummar, close to Hebron. Those tanks had been constructed as part of a UN-funded water development program.” ca27/5/2016
Israeli Justice Minister: West Bank settlements will continuePNN/Jerusalem - "The Israeli Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked on Tuesday night promised that her government will continue settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.Shaked’s statement came during the opening of a new school in Itamar illegal settlement." ca 27/5/2016
Report slams Israel`s military law enforcement systemMegan O`Toole - Aljazeera - "B`Tselem`s cooperation with the military investigation and enforcement system has not achieved justice, instead lending legitimacy to the occupation regime and aiding to whitewash it," the report noted.-rh25/5/2016
Israel is “infected by the seeds of fascism” and has been taken over by “extremists,” warn ex-prime minister and defense ministers Ben Norton - SALON - Ehud Barak, the former Israeli prime minister and defense minister, said in an interview on Israeli TV on Friday night that fascistic, extreme right-wing politics are on the rise in his country, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.-rh25/5/2016
Two Hunger Striking Detainees Face Complications After 51 Days of Strike IMEMC News - "...the Prison Authority was placing obstacles obstructing their lawyers from visiting with them. It demanded the International Red Cross to increase its visits to the detainees, who started their strike on April 3rd...that the two detainees suffered a dangerous weight loss, and have constant pain in various parts of their bodies, in addition to being unable to move." - id25/5/2016
Mohammed al-Qeeq, former hunger striker and Palestinian journalist, released from Israeli prisonSamidoun - Palestinian journalist and former hunger striker Mohammed al-Qeeq was freed from Israeli prison on Thursday, 19 May. Al-Qeeq had been held in administrative detention without charge or trial, and engaged in a 94-day hunger strike demanding his release. His strike drew widespread Palestinian and international attention, and highlighted the issue of administrative detention and the imprisonment of Palestinian journalists.-rh25/5/2016
A Window Into the West Bank’s ‘Wildest, Most Violent’ AreasJAMES GLANZ - The New York Times - With shoulder-length hair tumbling from beneath his knit skullcap, Hanamel Dorfman, a radical young Israeli settler, explains matter-of-factly on camera how hilltop settlement outposts like his own will continue to proliferate across the West Bank. From there, he says bluntly, Israelis will cross the Jordan River and start building on the other side. Reminded that beyond the river there is another sovereign nation, Jordan, Mr. Dorfman says with an unwavering gaze, “Everything is temporary.”-rh 25/5/2016
Why camels mean more than just money to Gaza`s Bedouin Rasha Abou Jalal - Al Monitor - "Bedouin families in Gaza complain about the lack of pastures and the continued urban sprawl, which are making it more difficult for them to feed their camels. This threatens the existence of an important part of Palestinian heritage and a source of livelihood for the Bedouin." - id 25/5/2016
Why are some Palestinians upset over Nakba commemoration?Ahmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Al Jazeera correspondent Mirvat Sadeq posted on Facebook May 14, “The Nakba was not a matter of folklore. You cannot commemorate it with dabke dancing and folk songs. It was not a wedding where women wear embroidered dresses. The Nakba is not a celebration. It is a disaster and a continuous massacre against people and lands. Tragedies are not to be celebrated with horns and sirens.” Sadeq was referring to the alarm siren that the commemoration committee played for 68 seconds at noon on May 15 in Ramallah to signal the launching of the Nakba events.-rh 25/5/2016
Refugee camp committees shut down Nablus-area UNRWA offices over aid changesMa`an - In April, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees decided to halt its food distribution program in the camps and replace it with a cash card system, causing concern among UNRWA’s Palestinian employees, who say the move would jeopardize the jobs of 300 to 400 people who work at the organization’s distribution centers. [bz]24/5/2016
As Hamas Tunnels Back Into Israel, Palestinians Are Afraid, TooDIAA HADID and MAJD AL WAHEIDI - New York Times - A neighbor who is 29 and goes by the name Abu Mohammad, said that the danger of nearby tunnels made him reluctant to rebuild. “I give it 99.5 percent that our house will be destroyed again,” he said. “I go crazy thinking about it.” Instead, Abu Mohammad said he was trying to sell his plot of land on the fringe of Beit Hanoun and move to the relatively safer confines inside town. But the only offer he has gotten was for the equivalent of $140 a square meter — less than half the $310 he paid in 2013. [bz]24/5/2016
Will Israel really outlaw torture?Charlotte Silver - Electronic Intifada "Earlier this month, Israel sent a 13-member delegation to the 57th session of the Convention Against Torture to respond to questions about its record on human rights...last Friday – after spending three days studying Israel’s practice of torture and harsh treatment of Palestinian prisoners – the UN Committee Against Torture issued an unsparing report." ca 20/5/2016
Israeli soldiers detain Palestinian lawmaker in overnight raidNoam Rotem - +972 "Soldiers detain Hamas-linked Abed al-Jaber Fuqaha in his Ramallah home. Fuqaha, who was released from administrative detention a year ago, has spent a total of seven years in prison. He is the seventh Palestinian lawmaker in Israeli custody." ca20/5/2016
Palestine Today, May 17th, 2016 Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israeli soldiers demolished two Palestinian homes in Occupied East Jerusalem, rendering 23 Palestinians homeless. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the city council claimed the homes were built without permits, and that they are located on lands designated by the state as “National Gardens.”" - id 18/5/2016
The last window closes - Jordan refuses passage to Gazans AP/Times of Israel - With the Rafah Crossing closed for all but a few days in the years, Gazans seeking to travel abroad thought they had found an alternative way of getting to the outside world - travelling to Jordan and taking a plane from Amman. It is far from easy to get an Israeli permit to go from Gaza via Israel to the West Bank and thence to Jordan, but some have managed it. However, in recent months the Jordanian authorities have increasingly denied entry to Gazan Palestinians, thus foiling the last hope of Gazans who hoped to meet loved ones in Europe or attend university abroad. The reasons for the Jordanian changed policy have not been stated officilally. However, on various past occasions Jordan expressed great apprehension at the possibility that Israel would drive great masses of Palestinians into their territory, and such apprehension habitually lead to restrictions on the entry of Palestinians into the Hashemite Kingdom. ak 17/5/2016
Resistance and hope Victoria Brittain - Open Democracy - The village of Nabi Saleh is a story of resistance in the face of theft and violence. Rawabi encapsulates the vision of a neo-liberal pacified Palestine. And then there is Gaza… [bz]14/5/2016
Israeli court convicts Palestinian child who was nearly beaten to death by mob Celine Hagbard - IMEMC - "A Palestinian child, Ahmad Manasra, 14, was convicted Tuesday of two counts of attempted murder, despite a lack of evidence, a video showing him being severely beaten and insulted by a crowd shouting racial slurs, and video showing Israeli interrogators brutalizing and intimidating the crying child with no family member or lawyer present." - id for ca 12/5/2016
Gaza: Blocked in or blowing up? Ahmed Al-Sayed - Al-Ahram - "Hamas and its military wing, the Qassam Brigades, have warned that their patience with the Israeli siege on Gaza, now in its tenth year, is wearing thin." - id for ca 12/5/2016
Israel puts `travel ban` on BDS campaigner Omar Barghouti Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "Officials have indicated for months they are considering bureaucratic measures to punish the BDS movement co-founder. The de facto travel ban is part of a possible revocation of his residency status; Barghouti has lived in Israel for 22 years." - id 11/5/2016
Belgian official reviews Gaza humanitarian crisis Mohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "The Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders arrived Tuesday morning in Gaza Strip via the Israeli-controlled (Erez) Beit Hanoun crossing, only one day after Turkish and Swiss ambassadors’ visit to the Strip." - id 11/5/2016
How does harvesting wheat threaten Israel?Rami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - "“We didn’t imagine that the Israeli troops would fire at the farm,” said Fatima. “They know who we are. We are local villagers, who farm our land.”" - id 11/5/2016
Israeli Shell Kills A Palestinian Woman In Khan YounisSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Palestinian resistance groups responded by firing several mortars into Israeli areas, close to the border with Gaza." - id 6/5/2016
Israeli Forces shoot at family harvesting crops on their landGaza team - International Solidarity Movement - "These families now have to choose between losing all the money invested as well as their main sustenance for the year, or continue trying to harvest the crops on their land – despite the risk of someone getting killed or disabled." - id5/5/2016
Keeping hope alive in the Gaza StripNancy Murray - Mondoweiss “Planting hope is our main duty.” So declared Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, the head of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program (GCMHP), during his April 19th keynote address to the 800 people who attended the organization’s 6th International ‘Mental Health and Human Rights’ Conference in Gaza City.This is a tall order in the Gaza Strip’s crushing conditions. But Dr. Abu Jamei – who lost 28 members of his extended family in a single missile strike during Israel’s 2014 military onslaught – is determined to build on the legacy of the late Dr. Eyad el Sarraj, who founded the GCMHP in 1990 to instill hope and heal the spirit of a people who were exposed to violence and the loss of freedom and human rights on a daily basis." ca4/5/2016
West bank attack: three soldiers wounded, Palestinian driver killed Roi Yanovsky - Y-Net - Israeli soldiers of the Kfir Brigade were conducting unannounced checks at the entrance of Ein el-Arik, near the Israeli settlement of Dolev, when a Palestinian driver hit them with his van. Three soldiers were wounded, one of them seriously. The Palestinian, identified as 36-year-old Ahmed Shahada, was shot to death. ak3/5/2016
No medical treatment for "security threat" Nariman TamimiBassem Tamimi - Facebook - My wife, Nariman Tamimi, was prevented by Israeli authorities from traveling to Jordan, where she was to get medical treatment. Soon after she arrived at the Allenby Bridge, she was detained and questioned about her political activity. Eventually, after being threatened with incarceration, she was declared "a security threat", and informed that she is prohibited from travelling abroad. ak3/5/2016
Shooting on Gaza border follows Netanyahu`s visitIlan Ben Zion - Times of Israel - This morning PM Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and senior military officers toured a section of the Gaza frontier. A few hours later, shots were fired from the Gaza Strip. There were no Israeli casualties, but an engineering vehicle was struck. Immediately afterwards, Palestinian media reported intense gunfire by Israeli forces. ak 3/5/2016
Israeli police detain Palestinians suspected of Jerusalem stab attackMa’an - Israeli forces closed all entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem following a stabbing attack on al-Wad street in which a 60-year-old Israeli man sustained minor to moderate injuries. According to Israeli police, an 18-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank is held as a suspect in the stabbing; another, of the same age who is from the Old City itself, is held as an accomplice. The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found in a poll conducted last month that support for stabbing attacks had seen a decline - "due, it seems, to a rising perception in its inefficacy." ak3/5/2016
Israel posts demolition orders in East Jerusalem neighborhood IssawiyaMa`an - “The neighborhood rarely enjoys a single day without an Israeli incursion, be it from Israeli forces, tax inspectors, or municipality inspectors -- not to mention the permanent Israeli checkpoints at neighborhood entrances where passengers are inspected and drivers are fined arbitrarily.” Issawiya is one of many Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem which are seeing an influx of Israeli settlers at the cost of home demolitions and the eviction of Palestinian families. [bz]3/5/2016
Police Refuse to Release Video Footage of Thwarted Occupied West Bank “Stabbing Attack”CPI - MK Khenin called on the department in the Justice Ministry that investigates police misconduct to launch an investigation and “to release the videos and any other material that exists from the scene. We cannot accept that people are shot to death in broad daylight based only on a suspicion,” he said.[bz]3/5/2016
In Hebron, the road to education is paved with fearBen Lynfield - The National - "I J, 14, stood up and recounted an incident two months ago when he was stopped at an Israeli army checkpoint near the school. ‘The soldiers claimed I had a knife. One was pointing his gun at me and the other was searching me. I told him, let me go to school. He hit me. They made me pull my shirt up. [...] One of the soldiers searched my bag but didn’t find anything. They lay me on the ground with an M-16 pointed in my back. They detained me for a half-hour and then let me go to school’" [ry] 2/5/2016
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