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Life under occupation

Israel can now legally seize Palestinian homes in Jerusalem under `absentees` property law Lizzie Dearden - The Independent - The Palestinian side of the holy city had previously been exempt from the Absentees` Property Law, brought in after the 1948 war to allow arriving Israelis to move into abandoned homes. But now Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that it can be applied to East Jerusalem, effectively allowing the state to take control of property whose owners live in the West Bank or Gaza.-rh 22/4/2015
Israel Imposed over $30,000 Fines on Minor Prisoners since Start of 2015 WAFA - “Around 500 - 700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12, are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military detention system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones. No Israeli children come into contact with the military court system,” said Defense for Children International (DCI).-rh 22/4/2015
Palestinian youth murdered by Jewish vigilantes recorded as terror victim on Israeli memorial Robert Trait - The Telegraph - Hussein Abu Khdeir, the dead teenager’s father, also said he would ask for his son’s name to be erased from the plaque. “We don’t need the recognition ... we’re not Israeli citizens,” he told Ashams, a Nazareth-based radio station. “Instead of this list we want justice and the prosecution of the criminals.”-rh 22/4/2015
Israeli forces seal Hizma over alleged stone-throwingMa`an News - Israeli forces blocked all entrances into Hizma town on Wednesday as a punitive measure for alleged incidents of stone-throwing, a human rights group and Israeli media reported.Israeli forces are reported to have placed a large sign at the entrance of the eastern Jerusalem-district town requesting that residents divulge information about those "disturbing the peace."-rh 22/4/2015
Bethlehem PA police thwart attempt to steal Banksy muralMa`an - The Bethlehem municipality is seeking protection for 12 known artworks by British graffiti artist Banksy across the city, after police discovered drilling work which was apparently carried out with the intention of removing and selling the mural, which depicts a young girl searching a soldier. Copies of this mural are often used by Palestinian solidarity activists worldwide, as well as by some anti- militarist and Pacifist groups. In the past, Bethlehem residents have painted over another Banksy mural, depicting an Israeli soldier checking a donkey`s identity papers - intended by the British artist as satire of Israeli occupation practices but interpreted as offensive by Bethlehem residents. ak 21/4/2015
Settlers steal rich soil from Palestinian lands near Salfit Ma`an - The Kafr ad Dik red soil which is of an extremely high quality would now be used in settlers` gardens [on earlier confiscated ad-Dik lands-bz]21/4/2015
Two elderly men denied access to Al-Aqsa MosqueIMEMC - two Palestinian elders, identified as Taha Shawahna, 69, from Sakhnin, and Kheir ash-Shamy, 59, from the al-Makr village, received police orders denying them access to the mosque for 30 days. Recently the Israeli authorities issued dozens of orders denying men and women from entering the mosque compound for different periods. In times of tensions the police is in the habit of restricting entry into the mosque, with only men above 45 or 50 years of age - and women of all ages - being allowed in. The new measure adds a prohibition on specific elderly men and on specific women of various ages. ak 21/4/2015
Soldiers arresting Beit Rima resident violently attack him and his family, leave his brother unconscious in street B’Tselem - "At around 2:30 A.M on Sunday, 18 January 2015, the military arrived at the Ya’qub family home in the village of Beit Rima, northwest of Ramallah. Entering the house, soldiers arrested ‘Ali Talji Ya’qub, 21, beating him and three of his relatives. The soldiers dragged ‘Ali’s brother, Ya’qub Talji Ya’qub, 31, out into the street and left him lying there, unconscious" [ry]20/4/2015
Settlement Agriculture Using Palestinian Child Labor HRW--Israeli settlement farms in the occupied West Bank are using Palestinian child labor to grow, harvest and pack agricultural produce, much of it for export, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Monday. The farms pay the children low wages and subject them to dangerous working conditions in violation of international standards.dn 19/4/2015
Report Concerning BlacklistedMachsomWatch - 12 January 2015 "This MachsomWatch team has been working with blacklisted Palestinian workers and merchants for almost 10 years now, in order to appeal against their blacklisting. From this activity emerges a harsh picture of the oppressive system orchestrated by the Shabak (General Security Services), the Civil Administration and the military commander of the West Bank, with the backing of the Government and the Knesset." ca18/4/2015
Israeli army encloses 7,000 Palestinians in West Bank villageNatasha Roth - +972 "IDF openly tells the 7,000 residents of Hizma that they are being collectively punished for the stone-throwing of a few Palestinians." ca18/4/2015
Israeli army closes off West Bank village after stone-throwing incidentsNir Hasson and Gili Cohen - Haaretz "Soldiers from the Israel Border Police last week blocked all entrances and exits from the West Bank village of Hizme as punishment for local incidents of stone-throwing. In addition, the IDF placed a large sign in the Palestinian village, north of Jerusalem, calling for residents to provide information about those "disturbing the peace." ca17/4/2015
‘Price tag’ settler argues in court that revenge isn’t a crimeNatasha Roth - +972 "Were people’s lives and livelihoods not at stake, it would have been an almost sublime piece of parody. During the trial of four teenage Israeli settlers who set fire to a Palestinian-owned cafe in the West Bank town of Dura, which concluded on Monday, the defendants’ attorneys – as reported by Ynet – brought forth the claim that because the arson was an act of revenge, their clients were not guilty of breaking the law." ca17/4/2015
Israeli court to rule on Palestinian planning authority in Area CMa`an News Agency - "The appeal was lodged in 2011 by a range of organisations, including Rabbis for Human Rights, the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center, and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, in addition to local Palestinian authorities.The appeal points to the fact that Palestinian building permits are almost never approved in Area C, while those Palestinians who do build live under the constant threat of demolition, which Israeli forces carry out hundreds of times each year." ca17/4/2015
State Attorney’s Office: killing a wounded, fleeing boy by shooting him in the back merely a “reckless and negligent act”B`Tselem report - "This is a new low in Israeli authorities’ disregard for the lives of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. The State Attorney’s Office has sent security forces in the Occupied Territories a clear message: if you kill an unarmed Palestinian who poses no threat, we will do everything to cover it up and ensure impunity. Killing a wounded, fleeing youth who posed no threat by shooting him in the back is not a “reckless and negligent act”. The disparity between the grave action and the minor offense is incomprehensible and outrageous." ca 17/4/2015
Organic farms in the West Bank: Hemmed in by smokestacks, separation wallCreede Newton - Aljazeera America - Qato is a researcher at Brown University’s school of public health who conducted a qualitative study on the societal outcomes of the factories. She said that people from Tulkarem feel as if their health has been compromised, even if they are yet to exhibit signs of illness. Qato added: "The occupation limits access to the tools necessary to complete a thorough epidemiological study."-rh 15/4/2015
Abbas’ silence on prisoners astounding, says UK’s Baroness TongeJulie Webb-Pullman - Samidoun - In a telephone link-up with Gaza today Baroness Jennifer Tonge told members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) she was astounded at the silence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the PLC regarding the Israeli kidnapping of PFLP member of parliament Khalida Jarrar on April 02, 2015.-rh 15/4/2015
Smuggled Palestinian prison literature gains outside audienceAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - During the 22 years he spent in Beersheba prison, writer Shaaban Hassouna managed to draft five novels, which he sneaked out in capsules for his family to print. One of his novels, “Shade of a Black Cloud,” received critical and local acclaim. -rh15/4/2015
Gaza is a TombBel Trew - Foreign Policy - Gaza today is a powder keg waiting to explode. The key aspects of the cease-fire agreement that ended the war last summer remain unfulfilled — both Israel and Hamas feel that only more violence can force their enemy to assent to their demands.-rh15/4/2015
HRW: Settlement agriculture using Palestinian child laborMa`an News - The 74-page report, "Ripe for Abuse: Palestinian Child Labor in Israeli Agricultural Settlements in the West Bank," documents that children as young as 11 are working on settlement farms. The children carry heavy loads, are exposed to high temperatures and hazardous pesticides, and in some cases have to pay themselves for medical treatment for work-related injuries or illness.-rh15/4/2015
Analysis: Palestinian options after the Israeli electionAlaa Tartir - Ma`an News - Palestinians throughout the occupied territories–those under a decade-long siege in Gaza, and losing land, water and homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem–and those suffering in refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria and elsewhere, are at the end of their tether. Analysts warn that both Gaza and Jerusalem are at a boiling point, and the West Bank is not far behind.-rh 15/4/2015
Israeli courts give free hand to Shin BetShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - lawyers specializing in civil rights cases, who represent Palestinians accused of security offenses in military courts, have told Al-Monitor that following the abduction and murder of the three Israeli youths last June, the Shin Bet was granted a sweeping license to conduct interrogations using various pressure methods, which often lead to false confessions obtained under duress.- rh 15/4/2015
Against the Occupation: Ten Years of Grassroots Resistance L. Michael Hager -Truthout - In the US, Dr. Martin Luther King showed that nonviolent protest works. His Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 inspired passage of the Voting Rights Act that year, a landmark for US civil rights. In Palestine, Iyad Burnat, head of both the Bilin Popular Committee against the Wall and the Friends of Freedom and Justice in Bilin, has followed Dr. King`s example.-rh15/4/2015
Organic farms in the West Bank: Hemmed in by smokestacks, separation wallCreede Newton - Al-Jazeera - "...he and his family face a challenge that most organic farmers do not: the immediate and long-term effects of the Israeli occupation that has left his farm isolated and also at risk of serious pollution." - id 15/4/2015
‘Not a single destroyed home in Gaza has been rebuilt’The National - "The findings were published in a report by a coalition of aid groups on Monday." - id 15/4/2015
Hope is scarce in Gaza — but we haven’t lost it Jamal Khoudary - The Electronic Intifada - " Unemployment rates have hit an unprecedented level at around 50 percent. Hundreds of factories and workshops have either been destroyed or stopped functioning as essential materials are not allowed into Gaza." - id for bz 14/4/2015
UN Denounces Israel`s Administrative Detention PolicyIMEMC - "Israeli practices of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which defines humanitarian protection for civilians, the United Nations has said." - id for bz 14/4/2015
HRW: Settlements Exploiting Palestinian Children for Agricultural LaborIMEMC - "According to Ma`an News Agency, the 74-page report, "Ripe for Abuse: Palestinian Child Labor in Israeli Agricultural Settlements in the West Bank," documents that children as young as 11 are working on settlement farms." - id for bz 14/4/2015
Video: Ice Cream at Hebron checkpointB’Tselem - "The severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the vicinity of the settlements in Hebron encourage the arbitrary and regular harassment of the residents. B`Tselem volunteer Raed Abu a-Rmeileh filmed a video showing what happened to an ice cream delivery intended for a grocery store" [ry]13/4/2015
Gaza Strip Flooded Following Heavy RainsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Heavy rain has flooded low-lying areas across the Gaza Strip, including Khazaa and Beit Hanoun, where thousands of Gazans displaced by the Israeli offensive last summer are living in caravans" [ry]13/4/2015
To make ends meet, Gazans sell their goldNigel O`Connor - Aljazeera "In August 2014, the World Bank recorded 39 percent of Gazans living in poverty on an income of less than $1.25 per day. Senior staff at Gaza`s Ministry of Economy and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees told Al Jazeera that incidents of poverty had reached 50 percent. Zuhair said he would use the expected $1,000 in proceeds to buy food and items for his children. In better times, he traded refrigerators and washing machines, but he said no one had bought anything for months." ca12/4/2015
Israeli courts convict hundreds of Palestinian childrenPatrick Strickland - Aljazeera "When we got to the police station, he had been beaten up and there was blood on his face," Sheikh told Al Jazeera. "After five court hearings, he was sentenced to four months in prison. How does a 50-year-old man sit on a bench and decide the fate of little children?" ca12/4/2015
Israel shelling in Gaza war unprecedented despite inaccuracyCharlie Hoyle - Ma`an News - In a new report entitled `Under Fire,` Action on Armed Violence found that Israel has "gradually relaxed" rules regarding the use of unguided high-explosive weapons in populated areas, greatly increasing the risk to Palestinian civilians.-rh 9/4/2015
500% increase in Palestinians detained without trial in 2015Ma`an News - Israeli authorities have issued 319 administrative detention orders for Palestinians since the beginning of 2015, a rights group said Friday, six times as many as they did the previous year.-rh9/4/2015
Family Of Detained Child Granted Visit Permit Dated After His Scheduled ReleaseSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israel continues to violate the rights of all detainees, especially imprisoned children, and their families, in direct violation of International Law." - id 8/4/2015
Soldiers Assault Detainees In NafhaIMEMC News - Many Moved Into Solitary Confinement, Others Transferred to Ramon Prison [ry]7/4/2015
Q&A: Wheelchairs for GazaMegan O`Toole - Al Jazeera spoke with Dr Basel Abuwarda about his fundraising campaign to rebuild Gaza`s school for disabled children [ry]7/4/2015
Israel to detain female Palestinian lawmaker for 6 months, lawyer saysAP - Ynet - Khalida Jarrar - 52-year-old PFLP senior political leader - being held under Israeli administrative detention after violating Israeli ban on entering Ramallah, where she lives. [bz]6/4/2015
Refusing handout, Abbas threatens to turn to ICC over frozen tax moniesMa`an - "We will not take the money until we get all of it: either you give us the full amount or we go to the ICC." [bz]6/4/2015
A father and his child ordered to show up for military interrogationIMEMC - Beit Fajjar, Monday at dawn: Israeli soldiers stormed the home of Mohammad Ismael Za’oul and violently searched it. The soldiers then handed him and his 12-year-old son, Ezzeddin, military warrants ordering them to head to the Etzion security base, south of Bethlehem, for interrogation. ak 6/4/2015
Separation policy in Hebron (including video exposing the apartheid`s implementation)B`Tselem - Military renews segregation on main street; wide part – for Jews, narrow, rough side passage – for Palestinians [bz]6/4/2015
Israel to detain female Palestinian lawmaker for 6 months, lawyer saysAP - Ynet - Khalida Jarrar - 52-year-old PFLP senior political leader - being held under Israeli administrative detention [i.e. without trial] after violating Israeli ban on entering Ramallah, where she lives. [bz]6/4/2015
Israeli fakes own kidnapping, Palestinians pay the priceYael Marom--About the same time that news of a nuclear deal with Iran made its way into the headlines Thursday night, reports came out about the suspected kidnapping of an Israeli in the West Bank. dn4/4/2015
Israeli soldiers arrest feminist Palestinian lawmakerHaggai Matar - +972 "Six months after she was ordered to move from her home near Ramallah to Jericho, the army arrests Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar. She will join 16 other Palestinian lawmakers currently serving time in Israeli prisons." ca3/4/2015
Israel Dismantles Solar Panels Providing Power To A Bedouin CommunityIMEMC - "The Hebron Defense Committee said the solar panels were the only source of electricity to the residents, and provided power to a children`s school.Israel repeatedly invades Palestinian Bedouin communities near occupied Jerusalem, the West Bank Northern Plains, Hebron, and several other areas in occupied Palestine. " ca3/4/2015
Israel court rules against separation wall in Beit JalaMa`an News - "Israel`s High Court on Thursday ruled in favor of a petition by local Palestinians in Beit Jala against building the separation wall in the Cremisan Valley area, ending a nine year legal battle against the annexation of local land." ca3/4/2015
WATCH: IDF brings segregated streets back to HebronEdo Konrad - +972 "IDF re-segregates main road leading to Cave of the Patriarchs, two years after it ostensibly put an end to the policy." ca3/4/2015
Journalists still a target in GazaAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - When asked why a large number of journalists died during the recent war, journalist Sami Abu Salem, who is trained in the safety of journalists, said that the main reason stems from the criminal behavior of the Israeli forces that deliberately target journalists.-rh 2/4/2015
Celebrating Holiday of Freedom in an Israeli Desert Jail : African Immigrants Hold Seder Under Deportation ThreatYermi Brenner - The Jewish Daily Forward - The asylum seekers organized the mock Refugee Seder in March to raise awareness of their struggle against Israel’s policy of detaining them and denying them a fair asylum procedure. The event, which took place outside Holot because the facility’s rules disallow visitors, was organized in cooperation with Israeli human rights activists.-rh2/4/2015
David Shulman’s Appeal on Behalf of the People of Palestinian SusyaDavid Shulman - The Villages Group - About a year ago I reported on a truly astonishing document prepared by the Civil Administration in which they argue, in classic colonial style, that the impoverished Palestinians of Susya do not know what is good for them and that their opportunities will increase if only they are moved to the city of Yata-- in other words, if they are forced to relinquish forever their homes, grazing grounds, and fields.-rh 2/4/2015
ICC: Palestine is Newest Member : Court Membership Could Open Door for Justice to VictimsHuman Rights Watch - The ICC treaty officially went into effect for Palestine on April 1, 2015, giving the court a mandate dating back to June 13, 2014, over serious crimes, including war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on or from Palestinian territory.-rh 2/4/2015
Monitoring the treatment of children in Israeli Military DetensionMilitary Court Watch - According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 28 February 2015, there were 5,609 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza) held as "security prisoners" in Israeli detention facilities including 182 children. In the case of children this represents an increase of 12 per cent compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 8 per cent compared with 2014. According to the IPS, 51 per cent of Palestinian children and 90 per cent of adults continue to be detained in facilities inside Israel, in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.-rh2/4/2015
March 2015 NewsletterWho Pofits Research Center - Israeli news sources report that Max Bögl and Signon Schweiz won a tender for the construction and maintenance of the track and electronic systems of the A1 rail – a new high-speed train built on Palestinian land.-rh 2/4/2015
Sneaking across Israeli border last resort for desperate GazansHana Salah - Al-Monitor - Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been illegally crossing the eastern border into Israel for years. Yet, what was once a rare phenomenon has now transformed into an almost daily occurrence. Palestinian youths hope to find a better life and jobs across the border, or even obtain refugee status, but they are almost always detained by Israel. Regardless, more and more youths are risking their lives to sneak across the border.-rh 2/4/2015
B`Tselem Newsletter March 31, 2015***Communities at risk of forced displacement ***Gaza Today: Last summer’s displaced persons still living in schools ***Masked soldiers enter Palestinian homes in Hebron in dead of night, order residents to wake their children, and photograph some of them. [bz for id] 1/4/2015
Palestine’s lingering water crisisAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - “The biggest water catastrophe on earth is in the Gaza Strip, as 97% of the coastal aquifer water is unfit for human use because of seawater intrusion and leakage of sewage water into it,” Ghoneim said.-rh 1/4/2015
Israel Using Live Ammunition for Palestinian Crowd ControlMel Frykberg - IPS - “Ali Safi had critical injuries to his kidneys, spinal cord, lungs and spleen,” Dr Sami Naghli, who runs Jelazon refugee camp’s medical relief services, told IPS. Seventeen-year-old Safi was shot last week by an Israeli sniper armed with a Ruger rifle during clashes between Palestinian youngsters and Israeli soldiers. The bullet which hit him was a 0.22 inch calibre bullet, which is considered less lethal than ordinary bullets of 5.56 mm calibre. There has been a recent increase in the use of this kind of bullet against Palestinian demonstrators by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) despite disagreement within the Israeli military about the use of this controversial weapon for riot control when the lives of Israeli soldiers are not endangered. [bz-id]1/4/2015
Israeli Soldiers Raid Palm Sunday Celebration in Beit JalaIMEMC News & Agencies - "Palm Sunday celebrations in Beit Jala were brought to an abrupt end, on Sunday, when Israeli troops raided the majority-Christian town near Bethlehem and began threatening locals" [ry]30/3/2015
State to announce decision in investigation of killing of Samir ‘Awad by mid-April. B’Tselem criticizes state’s contempt of HCJ ruling and foot-dragging in caseB’Tselem - "Samir ‘Awad, 16, was killed on 15 January 2013 by gunshots fired by soldiers close to the Separation Barrier in the West Bank village of Budrus, although he posed no danger. The Military Police Investigation Unit concluded its investigation of the case and the additional investigation requested of the incident. However, although more than two years have passed since the incident, no decision has been made in the case" [ry]30/3/2015
Settlers destroy 1200 Palestinian olive trees near HebronMa`an - Al-Halayqa told Ma`an that the settlement of Asfar is located on land confiscated by Israeli authorities from Palestinian residents of al-Shuyukh, and now they hope to expand the land under their control by taking over the area where the olive trees were targeted. [bz]29/3/2015
Israel seeks to demolish Palestinian village on ‘archaeological’ groundsChaim Levinson - Haaretz - “It’s incredible, but with the settlements, it was already ruled that Sussia land is privately owned by Palestinians. Despite this, for many years the army has prohibited residents from setting up their homes in the area, and has rejected any request for construction or planning permits, in order to keep them away from the Sussia settlement and to allow the settlers to continue seizing the agricultural lands, and expel the residents to Areas A and B. “Now, after residents made great efforts and prepared plans for their village, the army continues its policy while cynically relying on planning concerns,” the residents` attorney Kamal Mishraki-Asad added. “For years, the army has forbidden water, electricity and drainage infrastructure to be built, and now claims that expelling the residents is for their own good.” [bz]29/3/2015
Israel to stop withholding Palestinian tax revenuesAP - Ynet - State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters at a briefing the move will benefit the Palestinian people and said that having a functioning Palestinian Authority is important to stability in the West Bank. Quartet Representative to the Middle East and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair also lauded the decision, saying: "It is absolutely the right decision both for the improvement of the conditions of Palestinians on the ground and for Israel." [bz]28/3/2015
Palestinian Crashes His Car After Being Forced To Transport Soldier To YitzharSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The Palestinian contacted the army and told of what happened...soldiers then managed to track the Israeli bus, stopped it, and had the young Palestinian driver identify the soldier who stopped him. Israeli army spokesperson said the military opened an investigation into the incident, and intends to move the case to the Military Prosecutor’s Office." ca 27/3/2015
81 Palestinians Placed under Administrative Detention since Early MarchIMEMC - "Administrative detention is an archaic procedure dating back to the time of British Mandate Palestine which allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial." - id 25/3/2015
WATCH: IDF fires tear gas canisters directly at protestorsNatasha Roth = +972 - " Shooting tear gas canisters directly at humans can be deadly, due to the velocity at which the canisters are fired." - id 25/3/2015
Soldiers Demolish A Well, Uproot Trees, Near JeninIMEMC - Ten military vehicles, and an armored bulldozer invaded the village before demolishing a 50-meter deep artesian well. The well provides water for agricultural lands belonging to residents of Ta’nak, Rommana, Zabbouba, Sielet al-Haretheyya, and al-Yamoun. In addition, soldiers demolished a wall, and uprooted more than ten olive trees without providing any explanation for their attack. [bz]24/3/2015
Banned Israeli Weapons Lead to Rise of Cancer in GazaIMEMC - "The Palestinian Ministry of Health has revealed a sharp increase in the number of registered cases of cancer, of various types, where the infection rate in the last three years amounted to 73.1 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants." - id for rh 19/3/2015
IOF Hand Eviction Threats to Lands in Si`ir, Uproot 150 Olive Trees in HebronPNN - Palestine News Network - "Soldiers delivered up to 18 evacuation notices to the population of the area south of Hebron in the last month." - id for rh 19/3/2015
In Gaza the farmers irrigate the land with their bloodValeria Cortés - ISM - "“They kill us, they shoot the few old tractors that we have, they burn our crops and bomb our homes, while their farmers work escorted by a whole army, one of the most powerful armies in the world.”" - id 18/3/2015
Palestine Today, March 18, 2015George Rishmawi and Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC - "Soldiers demolished four residential structures in the Khirbit al-Mathoun village, after violently forcing the families out. The soldiers also invaded Khirbit al-Hadeediyya area, in the Northern Plains east of Tubas, and demolished a home." - id 18/3/2015
Army arrests unconscious activist at Corrie commemoration (scene captured on video) Ahmad Al-Bazz/ - +972 - Soldiers tried to arrest many Palestinians but village women managed to protect most of them. Soldiers decided to arrest an unconscious Palestinian who fell while he was running away. Villagers and activists tried to convince the soldiers to release him and demanded a Palestinian ambulance, but the soldiers refused. “I know you are trying to mislead us! You will be arrested!” [bz]17/3/2015
Hares Boys: 2 Years Behind Bars Passes for Alleged Stone-throwersIMEMC News & Agencies - "Sunday marked two years since five boys, from the northern West Bank village of Hares, were taken into custody over an alleged stone-throwing incident which saw all five charged with attempted murder, despite strongly contested evidence" [ry]16/3/2015
David Shulman`s new report from South Mt, Hebron David Shulman, The Villages Group Just when I come to the conclusion that the men with guns have resigned themselves to recalcitrant ovine reality and the danger has passed, they suddenly arrest two more shepherds: Majlis Salim and Jihad Salim. The arrests are swift and brutal, with much shoving and poking. We’re too far away to be of help, but I can’t bear watching this: despair again. Is it the good despair I’ve written about, the kind that makes you act and take risks and not think about results? I doubt it. It’s a black viscous feeling that goes well with the liquid gold washing over the hill.16/3/2015
West Bank sceptical over Israeli electionsDalia Hatuqa - AlJazeera - Palestinians say the election of a new Israeli government will not change much in their lives [ry]16/3/2015
PA finance minister: We can no longer hold the pieces togetherAmira Hass--This week, the taxes and Customs duties that Israel is withholding from the Palestinian Authority reached 1.74 billion shekels ($435 million), after regular payments to Israeli hospitals, the water company, Mekorot, and Israel Electric Corp. were deducted. The taxes and customs duties — or clearance revenues — that Israel collects and is supposed to transfer to the Palestinians (for a fee of 3%) constitute roughly two-thirds of the PA’s yearly domestic revenue and three-quarters of the public sector’s wage bill. dn 14/3/2015
Gaza vegetables enter Israel for 1st time since 2007Ma`an News Agency - "Three truckloads of tomatoes and aubergines were allowed through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom goods crossing, Israeli rights group Gisha said in a statement -- the first produce in eight years to leave the coastal enclave that is home to 1.8 million Palestinians.Israel announced last week it would allow Gaza to export produce, both to help its farmers and to satisfy the religious needs of Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews." ca13/3/2015
Qatar to Provide 70% of Gaza Reconstruction MaterialsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Head of the Qatari project, Mohammed al-Emadi, announced Wednesday that the status of reconstruction in Gaza is to witness a real breakthrough, noting that Qatar is to provide 70% of the needed construction materials for the projects." ca 13/3/2015
UPROOTED BY ISRAEL, ABANDONED BY THE WORLD: THE PLIGHT OF PALESTINE`S REFUGEESCHARLOTTE SILVER - EI - "Palestinians have been denied protections guaranteed to victims of war and persecution." - id for rh 12/3/2015
Israeli forces raid yet another family’s home in Tel RumeidaKhalil Team - International Solidarity Movement - "The soldiers turned the house upside-down; the family watched as soldiers broke one of their cameras and stole the SD card and a hard drive." - id for rh12/3/2015
Imprisoned Qassam Leader Moved Into Solitary ConfinementIMEMC - "Al-Barghouthi was supposed to undergo a tonsillectomy while in Ramon prison, but the army decided to transfer him to Nafha where he was placed in solitary confinement, in Section 4, despite various infections and sharp pain." - id 11/3/2015
Four Palestinians Kidnapped Near RamallahSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, Nabi Saleh village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and kidnapped four Palestinians, after storming and ransacking their homes." - id 11/3/2015
Soldiers Uproot Farmlands In Nablus, Invade Hebron CommunitiesSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - Israeli military bulldozers uprooted large areas of Palestinian farmlands, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and uprooted more than 300 Olive trees. Army invades a construction company in Hebron, and nearby towns. [bz]9/3/2015
Israel kills fisherman and reduces Gaza`s fishing space by 2 miles: Union MEM - Amidst lack of clarity about how many nautical miles Gaza fishermen are allowed to enter with their boats, Israeli naval forces shot and killed a 34-year-old Palestinian fisherman. Two other fishermen were detained. [bz]9/3/2015
Gaza women protest in front of UNRWA headquartersMa`an - Women held placards calling on the international community to uphold its responsibilities; pressure Israel to allow reconstruction material into Gaza; calling on Fatah and Hamas to end their disunity. [bz]9/3/2015
Israel Demolishes Home near Tulkarm WAFA - The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) explains in a special report that “In almost all cases Palestinians have no choice but to build ‘illegally’, as permits are almost impossible to obtain.” ICAHD points out, that Israel justifies these demolitions “by stating that Palestinians are violating the zoning and planning laws and that the demolitions are merely law enforcement.” Approximately 23% of all demolitions in the occupied Palestinian Territories fall under this type of demolition, while 6% are part of a punitive policy and the remaining 47% are conducted for military and clearing reasons. [bz]9/3/2015
Torture of Palestinian detainees by Shin Bet investigators rises sharplyChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Under torture, Hatib admitted to serving as a lookout for Kawasme and his accomplice, Amar Abu-Aisha, on the night of the abduction. This was a lie; the investigation showed that there was no lookout. The Shin Bet and the military prosecution did not believe Hatib, as can be seen by the indictment he was served, in which there is no mention of involvement in the abduction. (...) Information collected by Haaretz from military courts, and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel. [bz]7/3/2015
Options for a non-Zionist Israeli voterOfra Yeshua Lyth “This is not something we should be discussing” is the limiting mantra that unites Israeli discourse across left and right, with the obedient complicity of the media. Debate about superfluous elections, corruption scandals, wars, verbal and personal brutality, the high cost of living and the housing crisis, extreme social gaps, the lack of compassion for the weak: all these can be understood easier when placed against the background and core principles of the Zionist state. All are linked, in one way or another, to that unique political innovation that charges a high price in return for the perks it claims to bestow on its chosen demographic. The one hundred and five Knesset seats [out of 120] reserved for the Jewish majority squabble furiously over the prime minister’s empty bottles, over the misery of incarcerated political refugees. They are, however, united – from the radical right all the way to the so-called radical left (and Zehava Galon is truly nice and sincere) – concerning the “existential” need to avoid pushing too hard for the over-democratic measures that may jeopardize the eternal existence of a secure “Jewish majority”. 7/3/2015
Who really profits from Israel`s permit regime?Haggai Matar--The number of work permits the Israeli army gives to Palestinian workers nearly tripled, a new Bank of Israel report reveals. Did all those people suddenly become less dangerous, or do the permits serve interests other than security? dn7/3/2015
Many Palestinians Injured Near HebronIMEMC & Agencies - Palestinian medical sources have reported that several Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, after Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday evening, Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron."4/3/2015
`Circus Behind the Wall`Rich Wiles - Aljazeera "Nayef Abdallah was born a refugee in Faraa refugee camp to a family who were driven from their home in Haifa during the Nakba - the events surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948 which Palestinians refer to as "the catastrophe". From such beginnings, few people would have imagined that years later he would go on to take Palestine to the world through a very non-traditional performing art." ca4/3/2015
Incident in which soldiers set dogs on Palestinian youth was part of official policyBtselem press release - A dog handler takes the dog off the leash, the dog chases a group of civilians, clamps its teeth onto a person who did not manage to escape, and holds on until the handler arrives. In some cases documented by B’Tselem, the dog refused to release the person and the dog handler had to use a taser to release his grip. Previous responses [to Btselem complaints] centered on professional mistakes made in some of the cases, according to the MAG Corps, and not on the policy of allowing dog attacks against unarmed civilians. [bz]3/3/2015
Israeli navy opens fire at Gaza fishing boats Ma`an - The Aug. 26 ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian militant groups stipulated that Israel would immediately expand the fishing zone off Gaza`s coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually. Since then, there have been widespread reports that Israeli forces have at times opened fire at fishermen within those new limits, and that the zone has not been expanded. [bz]2/3/2015
In the West Bank, the Kids Aren’t All RightBeth Maschinot--But lawn-mowing is not an option in the West Bank, in part because the Palestinian Authority has nominal control over some areas, but also because the presence of more than 350,000 Israeli settlers rules out a full-scale military siege. Instead, the reigning strategy appears to be mass intimidation and collective punishment of the Palestinian population, most visibly when Israel can offer a rationale. For example, in June 2014, Israel announced the official goals of Operation Brother’s Keeper: To find three kidnapped teenage settlers and then root out the parties responsible. That month, Israeli forces launched a wide sweep of the West Bank, arresting 400 Palestinians and raiding more than 1,000 homes, according to a report from the British Foreign and Commonwealth. At least six Palestinians (including two children) were killed. dn1/3/2015
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