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Israeli forces detain 21 Palestinians over the course of Rosh HashanahMa`an - According to witnesses, an Israeli police vehicle forcefully rammed into 20-year-old Zaid Fawaw Hamid`s car near the entrance to the village of Silwad in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, and then proceeded to violently beat him. Israeli forces were seen preventing local Silwad medics and ambulance crews from approaching the area to treat Hamid, who Israeli soldiers detained for unknown reasons. An Israeli police spokesperson could not be reached for comment. [bz]24/9/2017
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Israeli Soldiers abduct four Palestinians during a wedding IMEMC - Israeli soldiers arriving at Palestinian towns and villages and detaining people (abducting, as Palestinians consider it) is routine repeated every day (especially every night) all over the West Bank. The only special feature of what happened at al-‘Ezariyya, southeast of East Jerusalem, is that the detentions happened during a wedding ceremony. Soldiers installed a roadblock, stopped the guests heading to the wedding, and took four of them off to detention. As usual, no explanation was given of what they were suspected of. Fortunately, the newly-weds themselves were allowed to pass the roadblock and proceed with the ceremony. [ak]19/9/2017
New Yesh Din report examines Israel`s quarrying activity in the West BankYesh Din - The abuse of Palestinians’ human rights goes beyond the plunder of natural resources, as Israel deliberately employs a policy of preventing the operation of Palestinian quarries in most of the West Bank, which, in turn, forces the Palestinian labor force into dependency on Israeli corporations. The pillage of natural resources in occupied territory is in breach of international humanitarian and human rights law - though approved by Israel’s Supreme Court. [bz]19/9/2017
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Hamas pledges to dissolve administrative committee, hold electionsMa`an - Hamas has pledged to dissolve its administrative committee that runs the besieged coastal enclave and expressed readiness to hold general elections, in a bid for reconciliation with the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA). This, in response to recent diplomatic efforts by Egypt to reconcile the rival factions, while PA President Mahmoud Abbas has been calling on Hamas to end the administrative committee, relinquish control of the small territory to the PA, and hold presidential and legislative elections. [bz]17/9/2017
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Israel stops issuing one-year visas to foreigners married to Palestinians Kate - Mondoweiss "Haaretz 10 Sept by Amira Hass — Ever more frequent demands by the Israeli authorities in the West Bank are forcing these women to leave and reenter the territories. It’s to urge the families to emigrate, critics say — …In recent months, Eva and other citizens of foreign countries who are married to Palestinian residents of the West Bank have noticed that Israel has been putting more limits on their ability to stay put. Another woman, Dora, says that after years of being issued visas (officially called “visitor permits”) that were valid for a year, suddenly, with no explanation, she received a visa that was only good for a few weeks."ca16/9/2017
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A new dawn in Gaza? Ahmed Eleiba - Al-Ahram "The talks in Cairo focus on four basic issues, border control, security, reconciliation and prisoners of war, Tarek Fahmi, a political researcher at the National Centre for Middle East Studies, told Al-Ahram Weekly. The Hamas delegation is also keen to discuss ways living conditions in the Strip can be improved and are pushing for agreements that will increase the supply of electricity to Gaza and open the Rafah crossing. Fahmi believes Haniyeh’s participation in the latest round of talks signals a new phase in the discussions which will directly impact the situation in Gaza." ca16/9/2017
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Israel’s expulsion of Jerusalem lawmakers overturned for nowAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "Human rights groups said that a ruling this week by Israel’s high court confirms that the state cannot revoke the residency of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem on the vague grounds of “breach of loyalty.” After a 10-year legal battle, the high court decided that Israel’s interior minister did not have the authority to expel four Palestinian lawmakers from the city.Legal advocacy group Adalah and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel said that the court’s decision to accept the lawmakers’ appeal affirms that the expulsion was done “in violation of the rule of law while gravely harming their constitutional rights.” ca 16/9/2017
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UN official welcomes Hamas` willingness to reconcile with Fatah-ruled PAMa`an News Agency - "Reconciliation is critical to addressing the grave humanitarian crisis in Gaza, preventing the continuing militant buildup and restoring hope for the future,” Mladenov said. He urged parties to “seize the current positive momentum” in order to “immediately take up its responsibilities in Gaza.” “Gaza is and must be an integral part of any future Palestinian state. Unity is an essential step towards the peaceful realisation of the Palestinian national aspirations," Mladenov added. " ca15/9/2017
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Israeli forces invade Hebrons commercial center on Fridayal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Large amounts of Israeli soldiers went into the H1 area of occupied Hebron, supposedly under full Palestinian control. The army used teargas and stun grenades at one of the main junctions in downtown Hebron, effecting the accessibility of the Manara sqaure area for Palestinian citizens." - id13/9/2017
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Israel cuts off water to Palestinian village for a weekActivestills - +972 - "Mustafa Foqaha, head of the village council, said the amount of water the Israeli water company, Mekorot, allocates to the village has been decreasing over the years, reaching as little as 245 cubic meters per hour prior the full cut-off last week. By the time water was restored on Monday, the supply was even less, a village spokesperson said." - id 13/9/2017
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‘I will shoot you in front of your mother ‘– Israeli forces follow through on threat to Palestinian youth Yumna Patel - Mondoweiss - In late July, the 22-year old Raed al- Salhi of Deheisha refugee camp got a phone call from the Isralei army: "We will shoot you in front of your mother”. So related Khaled, Raed`s brother. Two weeks later, the threat was carried out. On the night of August 9, 2017, Israeli soldiers raided the camp, and the 22-year old Raed was riddled with bullets just outside his family home, as his mother sat in the living room just feet away. Severely wounded, he died in hospital weeks later without regaining consciousness. It is not clear why the Israeli occupation authorities wanted him dead. The threatening phone call had been made by an Israeli officer calling himself "Captain Nidal" - who apparently also saw to its implementation. "Captain Nidal" had already become notorious for systematic terrorizing of the Deheisha camp youths. [ak] 12/9/2017
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Israeli forces confiscate agricultural machinery in Jordan ValleyMa’an News Agency - “In response to a request for comment, a spokesperson for COGAT, the office in charge of Israel`s civil administration unit in the occupied Palestinian territory, told Ma`an that ‘three vehicles were found illegally in the fire zone 901. Staying in a fire zone poses a significant and illegal life risk.’ Rights groups have said that Israeli military training zones, known as a ‘firing zones,’ are used as a pretext to fully annex portions of the occupied West Bank” [ry]11/9/2017
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Young Palestinian photographer in Gaza shines a light on fishermen’s struggleCharlotte Kates - Mondoweis - . Khalid Hashem Abu al-Jedian’s photographs were taken as he accompanied the fishermen of Gaza on their hazardous daily journeys into the sea, where Gaza’s traditional fishery is boxed in on all sides by Israeli siege, enforced by gunships. [bz]9/9/2017
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Israel And The Palestinian Authority Finally Agree — About Jailing Peace Activist Issa Amro Peter Beinart - Forward "Nothing illustrates that better than the case of Issa Amro. Amro, an internationally acclaimed nonviolent activist in Hebron who has written for the Forward, has been arrested by Israel numerous times. He is currently awaiting trial before an Israeli military court on charges that Amnesty International calls “baseless and politically motivated.” But on Sunday, Amro was detained not by Israeli troops but by Palestinian ones. The sequence of events that led to his detention says a lot about the way Israel and the PA work together to deny Palestinians basic rights." ca 8/9/2017
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One magical night in YaffaAnonymous - Mondoweiss "As we set out, around 4:30 p.m. or so, the sunlight was that of an early evening in late July, and the music playing was Bob Marley. Ghassan was at the wheel. Due to his family’s long-maintained connection to a residence in Jerusalem, he had a yellow license plate on his car, which gave him much more freedom of movement than the other plate Palestinians were likely to have...Meanwhile, those for whom this apartheid had been built calmly strolled along the beach, seeing nothing out of the ordinary, pushing their children in strollers and laughing. It was an obscenity, not because of their ignorance, but because their ignorance was concocted: they knew." ca 8/9/2017
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Photo Array: Eid Mubarak from the Gaza StripAhmad Hasaballah - The Arab Daily News - "Thousands of Muslims came out to worship in the face of a brutal and oppressive embargo by the Israeli military. Despite Israel’s brutality, Palestinians continue to survive and respect their religious beliefs and demand justice" - id6/9/2017
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Two nights in Umm al-Kheir: a journalal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "And as much as I hate to say it, as with most things in Palestine, things are so much worse than my last visit." - id6/9/2017
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After Bimkom petitoned Supreme Court, Palestinian village gets power Yotam Berger - Haaretz - the link-up to electricity is part of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s “carrot and stick” policy toward Palestinian villages. Architect Alon Cohen-Lifshitz of Bimkom-Planners for Planning Rights said that the plan is insufficient but is still a significant improvement. In February 2016 Bimkom petitioned the High Court of Justice demanding proper infrastructure and electricity for the village. The Civil Administration, which had a plan, promised to take the necessary steps. [bz] 5/9/2017
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Sheikh Jarrah family expelled, home handed to settlersYael Friedson - Y-net - An Arab family was expelled from their home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Fahamiya Shamasna, 75, told AFP that police arrived before dawn ordering her, her sick husband Ayoub, 84, their son and his family out of the house in the upscale Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood where the couple lived for 53 years. "What greater injustice is there than this?" she said. "Maybe we will sleep in the street." Plans for the eviction had been criticized by the EU, UN and various Western governments, though NOT the United States. [The house is to be handed over to settlers, on the basis that it had been a Jewish property before 1948 - an obvious double standard since Palestinians can`t reclaim their pre-`48 properties. ak]5/9/2017
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Fadwa Barghouthi reportedly banned from visiting her husband until 2019Samidoun - Palestinian lawyer Fadwa Barghouthi, the wife of imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouthi, said on Monday, 4 September that she had been banned from visiting her husband until 2019 in retaliation for her involvement in supporting the prisoners’ hunger strike in April-May 2017. -- Thousands of prisoners participated in the strike and many have reported serious retaliation in the following months. [bz]5/9/2017
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Palestinian dies weeks after being shot by Israeli forces in al-DuhieshaMa’an News Agency - “Palestinian prisoners` solidarity network Samidoun reported that during the weeks following his detention, al-Salhi, held in the intensive care unit in a coma, was denied family visits and heavy guarded despite his unconsciousness and severe medical condition” [ry]4/9/2017
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Israel frees Palestinian clown after nearly two-year detention without chargeMiddle East Eye - “I’m happy to be released … but I know that there are many people in the same position as me still inside, so I’m sad at the same time,” said Mohamed Abu Sakha. “The people inside have a very difficult situation. There are always searches, in the morning, at midnight. There’s no possibility of a personal life inside.” Abu Sakha was arrested at an Israeli checkpoint on 14 December 2015, and held since then under a series of administrative orders. [bz] 2/9/2017
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The Writing On The Wall: Signs Of Occupation In Hebron Issa Amro - Forward "I was born in the ancient Palestinian city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank in a home around the corner from the entrance to Shuhada Street, the main thoroughfare and marketplace in the city. The name of our neighborhood was Bab el-Khan.Today, hanging on the stone walls of my old Bab el-Khan neighborhood is a sign in Hebrew and English reading “Emek Hebron.” The houses and streets are empty. Israeli soldiers stand guard to secure ease of movement for illegal Israeli settlers to travel from our confiscated Palestinians homes to the synagogue they created after taking over half of our mosque." ca 1/9/2017
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Adalah opposes mandate of Israeli Interior Ministry borders cmte. weighing annexation of West Bank land to settlementsAdalah - "Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel sent a letter on 9 August 2017 to senior Israeli officials demanding that they cancel or alter the mandate of the Interior Ministry`s "borders committee" charged with determining the jurisdictional boundaries of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The appointment of an Israeli ministerial committee that operates in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), according to Israeli domestic law, amounts to a de facto annexation of West Bank land to Israel. The committee, established this past March 2017 by the Interior Ministry`s director general, is mandated with evaluating the municipal status and alternations to jurisdictional boundaries of local authorities in Israel.However, this mandate also includes Israeli settlements in the OPT." ca 1/9/2017
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UN: Israel settlements big hurdle to two-state solution Antonio Guterres condemns `illegal` Israeli settlement construction, calling it an `obstacle` that needs to be removed.Aljazeera - Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, has lashed out at Israel`s illegal settlement activity, calling it a "major obstacle" to achieving a two-state solution and peace with the Palestinians."There is no plan B to the two-state solution," he said on Tuesday after meeting Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the West Bank city of Ramallah."A two-state solution, end to occupation, creating conditions to end the suffering of the Palestinian people are the only way to guarantee that peace is established," Guterres added.-rh30/8/2017
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Families of jailed Palestinians call on UN chief to hold Israel accountable for violationsMa`an - They highlighted that Palestinians, including women and children, are subject to “dangerous Israeli violations of prisoners’ rights,” such as deliberate medical neglect and administrative detention. Mother of underage Palestinian prisoner Shadi Farah -- who was just 12-years-old when he was detained in 2015 -- stressed the debilitating psychological effects that detention has on the some 320 children being held in Israeli custody. PLO chief Saeb Erekat took part in the meeting with Guterres.[bz for id]30/8/2017
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Palestinians protest new ‘segregation fence’ in HebronElla Hattey - Moondoweiss - The construction is an extension of a fence originally erected in 2012 to segregate the community and restrict their access. It divides in two the Ibrahimi Street, the road that leads to the Ibrahimi Mosque; two-thirds of the street is divided off and allocated to the Israeli settlers, with the remaining third left for the Palestinian community. The gross inequality is stark, the Israeli side is well paved and accessible to cars and buses, whereas the Palestinian side is made up of broken paving stones and only accessible on foot. To make matters worse, a further extension of the fence not only lengthens it 36 yards (making it 133 yards in total) but now includes a gate that is locked between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Upon opening the gate, a loud alarm sounds alerting the soldiers on duty of who are passing. The gate is not wheelchair accessible, causing a massive problem for the three disabled residents who have to maneuver their mobility scooters through a narrow passage and uneven surface.-rh30/8/2017
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Prominent Israeli rabbi preaches rape in war timeYossi Gurvitz - Mondoweiss - Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu is the Rabbi of the town of Safed, and is one of the most notoriously racist rabbis in Israel. Prosecutors twice considered indicting him for breaking the law against incitement, and twice backed down. He has publicly said he will not condemn “price tag” attacks (by settlers on Palestinians), saying “if the government won’t act, then the public should” (Hebrew). His most notorious act was signing a petition demanding no Jew rent or sell apartments to a non-Jew in his town of Safed; 300 rabbis joined the call. While the act was openly racist, and illegal, the Israel law against incitement to racism specifically excludes “religious debate” from the law; thus the case against Eliyahu was closed (Hebrew). Eliyahu’s ongoing racism, however, is likely to have cost him the 2013 election of the office of Chief Sephardic Rabbi, though he came relatively close (he got 49 votes, the winner got 68). Eliyahu, a member of the Chief Rabbinate Council, also failed to get elected in 2014 as rabbi of Jerusalem; at the time he was reputed to be the candidate of the Jewish Home (Hebrew).-rh30/8/2017
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Benjamin Netanyahu: Israeli settlements in the West Bank are ‘here to stay forever’Bethan McKernan - Independent - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that his country will never give up its settlements on Palestinian land, saying in a speech to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War that “we are here to stay forever”. “There will be no more uprooting of settlements in the land of Israel. It has been proven that it does not help peace,” he said. “We`ve uprooted settlements. What did we get? We received missiles. It will not happen anymore, he said in a speech on Monday in Barkan, a settlement near Tel Aviv.-rh30/8/2017
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Al-Araqeeb Village: Palestinian Bedouins Refuse to Surrender 116 TimesRamzy Baroud - The Palestine Chronicle - On August 1, the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb was destroyed for the 116th time. As soon as Israeli bulldozers finished their ugly deed and soldiers began evacuating the premises, the village resident immediately began rebuilding their homes. 22 families, or about 101 residents, are estimated to live here. By now, they are all familiar with the painful routine, considering the first round of destruction took place in July 2010. It means that the village has been destroyed nearly 17 times per year, since then. And every single time, it was rebuilt, only to be destroyed again.-rh30/8/2017
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‘Auto-anti-Semitism!’ Naftali Bennett declares war on Jewish self-hatred in IsraelJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett could be said to have made a genius triple breakthrough in the fields of psychology, psychiatry and sociology, coining a new term: “auto-anti-Semitism.” “Auto-anti-Semitism is a social-psychological phenomenon in which a Jew develops obsessive contempt and hostility towards Jewish tradition, customs, and observant Jews.” He wrote that on Friday, as cited by the religious-nationalist settler-outlet Israel National News, in response to criticism from leftwing organizations that “Jewish content is permeating more and more into the education system”.-rh30/8/2017
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Israeli state orders settlers to evacuate Palestinian family`s home in HebronMa`an News - HEBRON (Ma`an) -- Israeli authorities have ordered a group of Israelis to evacuate a building in Hebron`s Old City in the southern occupied West Bank that belongs to the Abu Rajab family, after the settlers forcibly took over the home a month ago amid a years-long legal battle over the building. Meanwhile, a member of the Palestinian family reported continued physical attacks at the hands of the settlers. The Israeli state prosecutor told the Israeli Supreme Court that the fifteen settler families have seven days to vacate a three-story building, Israel’s justice ministry announced on Sunday evening.-rh 30/8/2017
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Israel Threatens to Cut Payments to UN Ahead of Guterres` VisitSputniknews - Tel Aviv is determined to put the question of the United Nations` "anti-Israel bias" point-blank during the upcoming visit of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the country, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Sunday."We are seeking a dramatic change in the way the UN treats Israel. It’s time to place the issue squarely on the table and address it head-on," Hotovely said, as quoted by The Times of Israel news outlet, adding that Israel will "no longer tolerate anti-Israel bias."-rh30/8/2017
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Shaath: Gaza-West Bank split `our major failure`Tim Sebastian - Deutsche Welle - At the heart of the delay? The division between Hamas-led Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, of which Shaath’s Fatah party makes up the most powerful group. "You cannot hold a democracy under disunity. Otherwise you consecrate the division," said Shaath on this week’s Conflict Zone from Ramallah.-rh30/8/2017
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For Israeli right, there is no occupationAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Why did Israel revoke the press credentials of Al Jazeera correspondent Elias Karam? He has not been accused of inciting violence. He did not commit the ultimate sin of calling for anti-Israel sanctions. He has not even advocated a boycott of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Karam, an Israeli Druze who identifies as Palestinian, did not sound off about the proposed Nationality Law that if adopted would anchor in the law that he and others like him are second-class citizens. Karam is being punished for using his mic and his camera to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.-rh 30/8/2017
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Moving house in Hebron: Mission all but impossibleB`Tselem - In July ‘Abd al-Jaber Hadad (26) was preparing to move with his wife and two children from an apartment they had rented in the neighborhood of Jabal Juhar to a more spacious apartment on a-Sahla Street. Palestinians are only allowed on foot in a-Sahla Street. Checkpoints have been placed at either end of the street – Checkpoint 160 at one end and the Pharmacy Checkpoint at the other. The new apartment lies just five meters away from the Pharmacy Checkpoint. But the family was forced in the summer heat to walk the furniture the long way. [Including video which would be funny if it weren`t reality-bz] 29/8/2017
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Eight-year-old Palestinian girl dies after being struck by settler carLinah Alsaafin - Al Jazeera - Aseel`s father witnessed his daughter being run over when she was leaving a supermarket, and with the help of other men, managed to stop the car from speeding away. Police said they opened an investigation. However, members of Aseel`s family don`t expect much of it. "We are used to the Israeli police and their ways of dealing with settler attacks on Palestinians." The family had just Friday been notified that their home would be seized...[bz]29/8/2017
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At Home in Gaza - a photo taleText: Paul Moakley/Photographs: Wissam Nassar - TIME - “I focus on how the people want to live normal lives,” he says, “despite the rubble scattered everywhere.” [bz]27/8/2017
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`Israeli airport took away our guitar,` complains Palestinian band Amy Spiro - Jerusalem Post - Lead singer of Apo and the Apostles scrambles to find replacement guitar for UK tour. [bz]27/8/2017
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IT disruption panics Gaza’s new Internet entrepreneursMousa Tawfiq - Electronic Intifada "On 11 July, the Palestine Telecommunications Company, Paltel, announced that its main generator had broken down because of high loads and long power cuts. Tens of thousands of landline customers and some 8,000 Internet subscribers lost service because, as the company explained on its Facebook page, it was not able to import parts for its backup generators or bring in new, better ones. Large areas of the Gaza Strip were left without IT services for 90 minutes before Gaza’s electricity company – which manages severely limited fuel availability through rolling blackouts – intervened to supply Paltel with electricity off-schedule...Many Palestinians in Gaza rely on the Internet for their livelihood." ca 25/8/2017
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Israel seizes mobile classrooms in Palestinian village the day before schoolMA’AN NEWS AGENCY - Days after residents in an isolated Bethlehem-area village received stop-work orders for mobile homes being set up as a school -- structures for which locals insisted they had obtained the necessary permits -- Israeli forces reportedly raided the village Tuesday and seized the classrooms.The raid into Jubbet al-Dib came a day before the first day of the school year, leaving some 64 students from the 1st to 4th grade without a school to attend on Wednesday, Palestinian Authority-owned Wafa news agency reported.-rh 23/8/2017
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‘International law clearly on the side of Palestinians’Richard Falk - Middle East Monitor - Every important issue is rather clearly and decisively in favor of the Palestinian position. And that’s has been true for decades now for at least the 70 years that Israel has existed as a state and a member of the United Nations, And yet nothing has happened to implement the international law as it should be implemented if it is to be in force against the strong and weak equally.-rh23/8/2017
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Israel `jeopardising` Palestinian patients in hospital raidsHarry Fawcett - Aljazeera - The medical director of the main Palestinian hospital in occupied East Jerusalem is calling on Israeli forces to end what he says have become increasingly aggressive tactics on hospital grounds. Dr Bassam Abu-Libneh says security forces are jeopardising treatment of patients during raids.-rh23/8/2017
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Israeli soldiers beaten up `because they looked like Arabs`Jon Sharman - Independent - Two Israeli soldiers were beaten after being mistaken for "Arabs", it has been reported.The pair were on leave and spending time in a public park when they were attacked with a shisha pipe and other objects. They were taken to the Hillel Yaffe medical centre for treatment after suffering facial injuries, according to Israeli media.Their attackers reportedly confronted them and shouted "You are Arabs!" during the assault in the Pardes Hanna district. Both soldiers were Jewish Israelis, from the Golani and Kfir brigades, local media said.-rh23/8/2017
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Israeli Police Bar Entry of Books to Al-Aqsa Mosque IMEMC News & Agencies - "The books were going to two high schools and a kindergarten. The police prevented the entry of the books because they bore the logo of the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian school year starts on Wednesday." - id 23/8/2017
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Continued military presence in demolition-threatened Umm Al-KheirFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "Out of the 70 structures belonging to the village, only two of them will remain after the military carries out the order and destroys the houses. Naturally, this means the end of a village belonging to a Bedouin community which has lived in the area for generations." - id 23/8/2017
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For Arab citizens, `Jewish and democratic` means demographic warOrly Noy - +972 - While much of the world justly focuses on land theft in the occupied territories, we must not forget that Israel uses the pretense of ‘Jewish and democratic’ to actively dispossess its own Arab citizens.-rh23/8/2017
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Israel’s ‘institutional terror’ leads to arrest of 3,800 Palestinians since start of 2017Middle East Monitor (MEMO) - The Israeli arrests, said the PLO, include “collective punishment measures”. This, insisted Issa Qarage, is a violation of international humanitarian law and the Fourth Geneva Conventions. A recent example: Omar Al-Abed from north Ramallah carried out an attack in an Israeli settlement, killing 3. The Israeli occupation authorities not only arrested him but also his parents, three of his brothers and a number of other relatives. The Israelis then destroyed the family home. [bz]22/8/2017
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Will the Rafah Crossing open in September? Amira Hass - Haaretz - Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, told commentators and journalists that the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt - closed almost completley since 2014 - will very likely open to goods and people in September. This seems to be the culmination of prolonged efforts by Hamas to achieve rapprochement with General Sisi`s regime in Cairo. Muhammad Dahlan, the fierce opponent of Palestinian Authority President Abbas, seems also involved in the deal. A reopening of Rafah will alleviate the deteriorating conditions in Gaza, and there are some 20,000 Gazans waiting for the permit to leave the Strip. However, nothing is certain until the crossing is actually opened. The few Palestinians who were able to move through Sinai reported a rough treatment at Egyptian Army checkpoints. [ak] 22/8/2017
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In Walajeh, Palestinian residents mobilize against Israeli demolitionsAhmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org - +972 - “It’s not a building permit issue,” says Araj. “What we are seeing here is part of the Israeli project to implement ‘Jerusalem 2020’ project.’” Araj indicated, referring to a plan by the Jerusalem municipality to connect the Jewish neighborhoods of the city, while maintaining Jewish demographic domination. Walajeh, according to Araj, is one of the main obstacles facing the project. Arab MK Ahmad Tibi, who took part in the protest, told the demonstrators: “They demolish in Walajeh, in Qalansuwa, in the Negev, because this is the Zionist ideology: a land without people.” [bz]22/8/2017
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Israeli court suspends eviction of Shamasna family in East JerusalemMa`an - The court ruled to suspend the eviction order, after challenges were presented by the family’s lawyer Said Ghaliyeh on the lack of documentation of the plots of lands in the neighborhood on the municipal level. The Israeli judge transferred lawyers for the family and the settlers to the execution department of Israel’s Enforcement and Collection Authority to begin procedures of marking the land to determine how much of the home was built on so-called Jewish property. [bz]20/8/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Demolish A Home, Injure 26 Palestinians, Near RamallahIMEMC - "The cameraman was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his face, after a soldier shot him from a close range, while he was filming the clashes." - id 16/8/2017
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Israeli police raid homes of Jerusalemites accused of receiving funds from HamasMA’AN NEWS AGENCY - Israeli police and Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency, forces raided several neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem overnight between Monday and Tuesday, storming and ransacking Palestinian homes that police accused of being financially supported by the Hamas movement Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al- Samri said in a statement that the raids were carried out after “intensive investigations” by Israeli police and intelligence officials that indicated that Jerusalemite families of "terrorists" were receiving money and funding from the Hamas movement “to reward them for the bloody and massive terrorist attacks their children have carried out.”-rh 16/8/2017
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My youngest child has no idea that I am his mother` Recently released Palestinian prisoner and mother of six says she is finding it hard to reintegrate into her family.Hiba Aslan - Aljazeera - Dalal Abu al-Hawa`s 22-month-old son does not recognise her. Hamza was just 10 months old when his mother was imprisoned for a year by an Israeli court for charges she vehemently denies. Abu al-Hawa, who was released on August 7, is having trouble sleeping, is considering seeing a psychiatrist and is finding it hard to reintegrate into her family. "My youngest son [Hamza] refuses to come close to me. "I wanted to put him on my lap, but he hit my hand and ran away," Abu al-Hawa tells Al Jazeera.-rh16/8/2017
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Al Jazeera gains from Israel’s attempts to close it Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Despite Israel’s public statements about closing down Al Jazeera’s offices in Jerusalem, it appears that the execution of such a decision will require a great deal of legal work on the part of the Israeli government. The decision, if implemented, will do little to reduce the coverage by the most-watched Arab satellite TV station. The move seems particularly odd since it would not be favorable to Israeli officials, who used to provide some kind of balance to Al Jazeera’s stories, which allowed them to speak unfiltered in its reports.-rh 16/8/2017
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Sponge rounds, rubber bullets, and tear gas — how Israel’s non-lethal munitions can killSheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - It was the middle of a cold October night in 2015 when an Israeli army jeep came driving through Aida refugee camp blaring a message through its loudspeaker “People of Aida refugee camp, we are the occupation forces,” the message began in Arabic. “If you throw stones, we will hit you with gas until you all die. The children, the youth, the old people – you will all die. We won’t leave any of you alive … Go home or we will gas you until you die. Your families, your children, everyone – we will kill you.”-rh16/8/2017
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A major increase in tourism to PalestineH.E. Rula Maayah - This Week in Palestine - The last months have brought good news for the Palestinian tourism industry. Despite the difficult situations in the region, tourism in Palestine is booming. The first half of 2017 has witnessed an increase of 44 percent in the number of foreign visitors and 40 percent in overnight stays in Palestinian hotels, in comparison to the same period last year. The UNESCO decision to declare the old city of Hebron a world heritage site, [which greatly infuriated the Israeli government], also played a part in boosting tourism. [ak]15/8/2017
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How else to get water?Amos Gvirtz - Don`t Say You Didn`t Know - On Tuesday August 8, 2017, a water truck entered the Palestinian cave village of Pakhit in the South Hebron Hills to provide water for the residents. When it left the village Israeli soldiers stopped the truck and confiscated it, claiming that it had entered a military zone.15/8/2017
Father and his teenage daughter detained by soldiersIMEMC - At the al-Jisir area of Salfit, soldiers assaulted Yasser Suleiman, causing various cuts and bruises, and prevented Palestinian medics from providing him with the needed medical treatment. The soldiers then detained both him and his daughter Sojoud, 15 years of age. No reasons were given. It is worth noting that Yasser is originally from Gaza, and has been living in the az- Zawiya town, west of Salfit, since the year 2000. [There were various cases when the Israeli authorities accuse Gazans of living "illegally" in the West Bank and seek to deport them back there, even when they had built a life in the West Bank. ak]15/8/2017
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Settler violence continues in occupied al-KhalilAl-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "The aggression continued until 2 AM and no Israeli soldiers were at any time present in the neighbourhood to protect the Palestinians living there." - id 11/8/2017
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Israel demolished 36 Palestinian homes as punishment since October 2015WAFA - "...while Israel is quick to demolish family homes of alleged Palestinian attackers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which is a collective punishment policy, it has not taken any similar action against Israeli Jews who killed Palestinians in terror attacks." - id 11/8/2017
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Report: Israeli forces detain 880 Palestinians, including 144 children, in JulyMa`an News Agency - "Among the detainees were 144 children and 18 women, the report pointed out, adding that the majority of the detentions took place in East Jerusalem and the Jerusalem district of the West Bank, with a total of 425 detentions. The Jerusalem area was followed by by Hebron with 120 detentions, Nablus with 85, Jenin with 49, Qalqiliya with 47, Bethlehem with 45, Ramallah with 37, Tulkarem with 36, Tubas with 14, Salfit with 10, and Jericho with 10, while two people from the Gaza Strip were detained." ca9/8/2017
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Feature film to mark new beginnings for Gaza cinema Ali Dolah - Al Monitor "Ten Years," the first feature film produced by a local production company in the Gaza Strip, is expected to breathe new life into the dormant cinema industry in Gaza." ca 9/8/2017
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The Palestinian women`s uprising that electrified JerusalemElhanan Miller - +972 "Religious Palestinian women are taking in active role in the protests at the Temple Mount, shattering stereotypes of Muslim women as docile and subservient." ca9/8/2017
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East Jerusalem family fights Israeli ruling to evict them from their home of 53 yearsMa`an News Agency - A Jerusalemite Palestinian family is facing eviction on Wednesday from the home where they have lived for more than 50 years, after Israeli courts ruled that the house was Jewish property. Ayoub Shamasna told Ma’an on Monday that his family had exhausted all legal avenues after Israeli courts ruled that the family had to be evacuated from the home, where 84-year-old Shamasna has lived since 1964, in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.The magistrate court in Jerusalem, the district court, and the Israeli Supreme Court have all ruled in favor of claims that the house is Jewish property and that the owners could evict the Shamasnas.-rh 9/8/2017
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The State of Israel on the nature of poetryYarden Katz - Mondoweiss -    Dareen Tatour, a Palestinian poet and citizen of Israel, was arrested in 2015 for posting a poem on Facebook. Tatour was charged with “incitement” (partly based on an erroneous translation of her poem from Arabic to Hebrew), imprisoned for months and then kept under house arrest while awaiting trial. Transcripts from her trial were recently published in Haaretz newspaper (in Hebrew) by the sociologist Yehouda Shenhav.-rh9/8/2017
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Israel has stripped citizenship from an Arab Israeli for the first time ever : Judge says the move is a `suitable` response after Alaa Raed Ahmad Zayoud injured four people in an `act of terror`GreGreg Wilford - Independent - Israel has stripped an Arab Israeli man of citizenship, claiming he "removed himself from society" by launching a car-and-knife rampage that left four people injured last year. Activists claim the ruling, believed to be a legal first, will leave Alaa Raed Ahmad Zayoud "stateless" and may violate international laws.-rh9/8/2017
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Trapped between Israel and Hamas, Gaza’s wasted generation is going nowhereWilliam Booth and Hazem Balousha - The Waqshington Post - They are the Hamas generation, raised under the firm hand of an Islamist militant movement. They are the survivors of three wars with Israel and a siege who find themselves as young adults going absolutely nowhere. In many circles in Gaza, it is hard to find anyone in their 20s with real employment, with a monthly salary. They call themselves a wasted generation.-rh9/8/2017
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The war on Israeli BDS supportersAmnon Portugaly - +972 - These days Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister of public security and strategic affairs, is promoting a new law that would exclude his ministry from governmental oversight. This is a step meant to help fight the BDS movement, while also granting legitimacy to gathering intelligence on Israeli citizens who are involved in the movement to boycott Israel.-rh9/8/2017
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Israel: Jerusalem Palestinians Stripped of Status : Discriminatory Residency RevocationsHuman Rights Watch - Between the start of Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967 and the end of 2016, Israel revoked the status of at least 14,595 Palestinians from East Jerusalem, according to the Interior Ministry. Authorities have justified most revocations based on a failure to prove a “center of life” in Jerusalem but, in recent years, they have also revoked status to punish Palestinians accused of attacking Israelis and as collective punishment against relatives of suspected assailants. The discriminatory system pushes many Palestinians to leave their home city in what amounts to forcible transfers, a serious violation of international law.-rh9/8/2017
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Military court extends Palestinian teenager’s administrative detentionMa`an - The Israeli military court at Ofer extended until November the Administrative Detention imposed without trial on the 16-year- old Nour Kayid Issa. As usual in such cases, the court accepted the military authorities` assertion that Issa poses an unspecified "security risk" and that disclosing any details of that alleged risk would "compromise intelligence sources". The occupation authorities make extensive use of Administrative Detention. Issa is currently the youngest one. [ak]8/8/2017
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Clashes break out during Israeli settler visit to Joseph’s TombMa’an News Agency - "Palestinian residents of the adjacent Balata refugee camp told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli troops stormed the area and deployed in the streets and on rooftops before more than 40 buses carrying Israeli settlers arrived and prayed at Joseph`s Tomb" [ry]7/8/2017
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Halamish settlers raid Kobar village, Israeli forces intervene, injure 1 Palestinian, escorting the fleeing settlersMa`an - Some 200 Israeli settlers from the nearby illegal Halamish settlement -- where last month, a Palestinian teen from Kobar stabbed and killed three Halamish settlers -- raided the Kobar village overnight between Thursday and Friday and “attempted to attack locals, who resisted them, leading the settlers to exit the village.” According to locals, the settlers entered through the southern part of Kobar, and when locals resisted them, they fled towards the Jibiya village, only to be surrounded by youths from the two villages. Israeli forces then arrived to the Jibiya village to protect the settlers, opening live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades, injuring one youth with live fire. Israeli forces then escorted the settlers back to the Halamish settlement. [bz]5/8/2017
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Palestinian Charged with Death of Jewish-Israeli GirlfriendIMEMC News & Agencies - "Harouf denied that he had been in a relationship with Halimi at the hearing, claiming that he had killed her “to release (Palestinian) prisoners” held by Israel, before being removed from the courtroom shouting “I’ll kill all the Jews!,” Ynet reported.The Israeli news outlet also quoted Halimi’s husband, Aharon Halimi, as denying that his wife had had an affair, saying that the family would “sue the police” for investigating the case as a criminal instead of a “nationalistic issue.” Romantic relationships between Palestinians and Jewish-Israelis remain taboo in both societies, due to the 70- year conflict since the establishment of the state of Israel." ca4/8/2017
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Israeli construction of southern section of Annexation Wall completedCeline Hagbard - IMEMC News & Agencies "According to Israeli sources, the section of the Wall that has been completed runs from the Turquimiya Crossing to the Israeli settlement of Mitar.Palestinians from the village of Yatta, which is being divided by the Wall, were told by Israeli army officials that the Wall is being constructed through their village land as an act of collective punishment, since some young men from Yatta participated in a shooting attack against Israeli civilians in 2016." ca 4/8/2017
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The Al Aqsa Protests Prove That Palestinian Nonviolence Has Arrived Issa Amro - Forward - My dream has always been to see my people in a mass movement of nonviolent resistance. I have spent most of my adult life making this appeal to my fellow Palestinians and building the relationships we need with the international bodies who can help us. And for one of the first times in my life, I’m seeing the fruits of my labor. Since July, I have seen my fellow Palestinians displaying the strength and the will to pursue nonviolent resistance as the fastest and the only way to end the occupation. It is the success of nonviolent resistance, and its spread throughout Palestinian society, that you have been witnessing over the past few weeks.-rh 3/8/2017
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The fog of Al Aqsa violence obscures the true face of Israel`s occupation Joseph Dana - The National - Any change to the status quo in the Old City is cast in the media as part of a religious war. But is this latest outbreak of violence really a religious fight or is it instead a flash point in the battle between an occupying power and an occupied people? In the age of ISIL and the historic transformation of the Middle East, occupation doesn’t gather nearly the same attention as religious conflict.-rh3/8/2017
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Residents of Israeli-Arab town anxious about proposed land swap Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - The funeral in Umm al-Fahm of the three terrorists who killed the policemen on the Temple Mount on July 14 was attended by masses of local Israeli-Arabs. Immediately afterward, Israel’s Channel 2 reported that Netanyahu had raised a proposal to the US emissaries to the region: The prime minister wants to annex the Etzion Bloc settlement localities in exchange for transferring the Wadi Ara territory — including Umm al-Fahm — to the Palestinians. Liberman had promoted a similar plan for many years, and he even made it the cornerstone of his campaign in the 2015 elections. As soon as he heard Netanyahu’s proposal, Liberman tweeted at him, “Welcome to the club.”-rh 3/8/2017
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BDS ban: Five Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders denied entry to Israel for supporting Palestinian human rightsJewish Voice for Peace - Mondoweiss - Five leaders on an interfaith delegation to Israel/Palestine were refused permission to board their plane in the United States, in what appears to be an implementation of Israel’s travel ban on supporters of Palestinian rights and Boycott, Divestment Sanctions (BDS).-rh3/8/2017
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Netanyahu`s new plan: Getting rid of Israel`s PalestiniansMarzuq Al-Halabi - +972 - "Netanyahu’s proposal to revoke citizenship from tens of thousands of Arab citizens is yet another calculated move meant to absolve Israel of responsibility for the fate of its native population." - id 2/8/2017
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My child died before my eyesSarah Algherbawi - The Electronic Intifada - "“We are living in a cemetery,” said Anas’ mother, Inas al-Najjar. “My son was not the first one to die. And unfortunately he will not be the last.”" - id 2/8/2017
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Border Police assault a father and son from East Jerusalem, break the 58-year-old father’s arm and arrest him and his 15-year-old sonB`Tselem - In a testimony he gave B’Tselem field researcher ‘Amer Aruri on 14 June 2017, S.H. recounted what happened next: Four officers went at me right away. One of them bashed my head against the front of the car. A second one grabbed me by the left hand and a third by the right. At the same time, I saw they were also assaulting my son.-rh 2/8/2017
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Shedding Legal Light on the Gaza Electricity CrisisJulie Webb-Pullman - teleSUR - General Comment No. 6 of the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations states that the right to life in the ICCPR contains the obligation for States to take positive measures, which include measures to ensure health care, especially in life-threatening-circumstances. The reduction in Israeli fuel supplied since May 2017 cannot be considered a positive measure. It also fails the test of a ‘negative obligation’ ie for Israel to refrain from taking action that would directly contravene a right.-rh2/8/2017
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Jodi Rudoren says Palestinians experience ‘apartheid’ — but not in NYTJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss - Israel’s treatment of Palestinians looks “a lot like apartheid” – and not just in the occupied territories, but inside Israel too, where one in five citizens are Palestinian. “I actually think the issue of apartheid is more relevant to how Arab Israelis [Palestinian citizens of Israel] are treated within the framework of the country [Israel].”rh2/8/2017
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Israeli forces violently repress Al-Aqsa solidarity demonstration in al-Khalil (Hebron) [VIDEO]ISM - Israeli forces followed the demonstrators down Wad al-Tofah street, firing rubber coated steel bullets indiscriminately at young boys and men. A skunk truck also drove down Ain Sarah and sprayed chemically treated skunk water on houses of uninvolved Palestinian civilians. [bz]1/8/2017
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Five Palestinians indicted over `Facebook incitement`Yael Friedson - Ynet - The Jerusalem District Attorney submitted indictments against five residents of East Jerusalem for Facebook- related offences. They were charged with "incitement", "calling for terror attacks to be carried out against Israel" and "expressing support for the killing of two Israeli policemen on Temple Mount". One of those indicted had posted on his Facebook page the photo of an Israeli policeman holding his face in shock as paramedics tend to the wounds sustained by his colleague, accompanied by the words: “Hell and darkness in the next life.” [It should be noted that the prosecution had never presented this kind of indictment against Jewish Israelis - though extreme-right Israelis regularly use Facebook to publish calls for the indiscriminate killing of Arabs, for an ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, and even outright and explicit calls for genocide-ak] 1/8/2017
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33 East Jerusalemites detained over Al-Aqsa events Ma`an - Overnight, Israeli police detained at least 33 East Jerusalem Palestinians, as part of a crackdown on those allegedly involved in last week`s protests over Israeli measures at the Al- Aqsa Mosque compound. As told to Israeli TV, the police used sophisticated methods to identify people photographed during confrontations, and these were targeted in the predawn police raids. Some of those detained were minors, including 13-year old. [ak] 1/8/2017
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