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Israel detains 13 Palestinians in West Bank raids, including girl, minorsWAFA - Report for last night of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) [bz]28/3/2017
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Video: Israeli forces drag barefoot 8-year-old Palestinian boy looking for stone-throwersMa`an - B’Tselem noted that after soldiers dragged the boy to Jabal Juhar street, a local woman tried to pull him from their hands. “Meanwhile, more women gathered around the soldiers. Eventually, more than an hour after the incident began, they managed to extricate Sufiyan and return him to his mother,” the statement said. [bz]28/3/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Demolish Two Homes In JerusalemIMEMC - The family built the property one year ago, but stopped the construction of the second floor, under a direct order from the City Council. Since then, the family has been preparing and filing all needed applications, but the army went ahead and demolished the building without a prior warning. [bz]28/3/2017
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Israeli Military Drills Begin in West Bank, Jordan Valley Families Ordered to LeaveIMEMC News & Agencies - "On Sunday, Israeli forces notified several Palestinian families in the area of Ras al-Ahmar, northeast of Tubas, in the occupied West Bank, to leave their homes on Wednesday to make way for Israeli military training, local sources said" [ry]27/3/2017
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Third Palestinian boy killed this month, others critically injuredAhmad Jaradat - AIC - Mohammad Mahmoud Hattab, 17, was killed when Israeli soldiers stationed in an observation tower opened fire at young Palestinian boys in a car [ry]27/3/2017
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Will we ever know the truth about World Vision and Hamas?Dahlia Scheindlin - +972 "The Australian foreign ministry has not found any evidence that the Gaza head of a major humanitarian organization funneled Australian funds to Hamas, Australia’s ABC news reported Wednesday. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) conducted an investigation after Israel arrested a, Muhammed el-Halabi, the Palestinian head of World Vision’s Gaza office, and accused him of siphoning millions designated for humanitarian relief in Gaza to Hamas." ca24/3/2017
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Israeli Army Kills A Palestinian Teen, Injures Two Others, In Gaza IMEMC - "The slain Palestinian, and the wounded, were in the an-Nahda neighborhood in Rafah, when the Israeli army fired artillery shells at it. The Israeli army claimed it opened fire “on Palestinians heading towards the border fence, arousing suspicion, killing one.”" - id 22/3/2017
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Palestinians ID checked and searched during early morning incursion in Hebron soukal-Khalil Team - International Solidarity Movement - "Local Palestinians were ordered at gunpoint to throw their ID cards on the ground for inspection, and many were subjected to body searches and made to sit in the road." - id 22/3/2017
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Locals in al-Duheisha refugee camp warn of escalating violence by Israeli forcesMa’an News Agency - "Detention raids in al-Duheisha [...] have become a near- daily occurrence. Due to the aggressive nature of the raids, clashes often erupt between local Palestinian youth who throw stones and are met in response with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas, often resulting in serious injuries" [ry]20/3/2017
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Child martyred, others wounded in al-Arroub refugee campAhmad Jaradat - AIC - Israeli forces shot two Palestinian children in the chest: Murad Yousef Abu Ghazi is dead and Saif Saleem Rushdi is critically wounded [ry]20/3/2017
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Palestinian families prevent Israeli settlers from breaking into Hebron kindergartenMa`an - Youth Against Settlement (YAS) coordinator Issa Amro said that a number of settlers and their children attempted to enter a kindergarten on al-Shuhada street in Hebron’s Old City, but that Palestinian locals were able to prevent them from crossing the fence surrounding the school. Israeli settlers in Hebron often gather in al-Shuhada street and the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida during the Jewish holiday of Purim. The Hebron settlers chanted a number of anti-Palestinian slogans on Sunday, including some hailing Baruch Goldstein, who killed 29 Palestinian Muslims in Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque in 1994. [bz for dn]19/3/2017
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Gaza military court orders 10 PA intelligence officials to turn themselves inMa`an News Agency - "Tensions have remained steady as the PA last month decided to hold local elections in the occupied West Bank on May 13 as scheduled, while excluding the Gaza Strip from taking part after Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movement rejected holding elections without first achieving political reconciliation across the occupied Palestinian territory.Despite numerous attempts at reconciling the groups, Palestinian leadership has repeatedly failed to follow through on promises of reconciliation, as both movements have frequently blamed each other for numerous political failures." ca17/3/2017
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Palestinian police wage war on stolen Israeli car traffic AFP - "At the police officer`s gesture, the bulldozer smashes its shovel into a blue Hyundai -- the latest of thousands of cars destroyed by Palestinian police every year. The car`s owner and her children protest, but receive little sympathy. "This car has not been legally registered since 2007, despite its Israeli licence plates," the officer, who declines to give his name, tells AFP... The operation is part of efforts to combat a large underground car market that sees vehicles stolen in Israel or deemed unfit for the roads there transported into the occupied West Bank." ca 17/3/2017
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Left-wing activist detained by police in the West BankThe Times of Israel Staff - Times of Israel -Jeff Halper, a cofounder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, told Haaretz that he was stopped by police after leading a group on a tour near the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. He said they pulled him off a bus heading to Jerusalem and put him in a police van after saying something about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which advocates sanctioning Israel over its policies in the West Bank. According to Halper, the officers asked him if he had “any BDS material” in his bag, before proceeding to throw a number of maps he had on the ground.-rh 16/3/2017
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Israel denies redress to thousands of PalestiniansJonathan Cook - Aljazeera - Israel has given itself almost complete immunity from paying compensation in cases where its soldiers have killed, injured or disabled Palestinian civilians, an Israeli human rights group has warned. In a report released on Wednesday, entitled Getting Off Scot-Free, B`Tselem said that Israel had violated its obligations under international law by denying many thousands of Palestinians redress in Israeli civil courts.-rh 16/3/2017
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Israel’s Ban Of BDS Supporters Stirs Rather Than Stifles DebateLiat Deener-Chodirker - Forward - The bill passed by the Knesset seems to have no tolerance for the views or commitments of people like me. It is an attack on core principles of free speech, democracy, and so many of the values that we as pro-Israel Americans hold up as central to the connection between our countries. It seems designed to exclude and isolate those who combine support for Israelis with support for the rights of Palestinians.-rh 15/3/2017
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How to hold Israel accountable for the crime of apartheidAlaa Tartir - Middle East Eye - As the US administration engages in designing and implementing its “regional solution” to the Arab-Israeli conflict, and as the international community is “celebrating and remembering” the anniversaries of the 1917 Belfour Declaration, the 1948 Nakba, and the 1967 Israeli occupation of the remaining of Palestinian lands, they should question the nature of the “one-state reality” that exists in Palestine-Israel.-rh15/3/2017
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How a small-town street sign became center of latest Israeli-Palestinian disputeDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The mayor of the Palestinian town of Jatt in Israel is caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, the last thing a Palestinian patriot and representative of a nationalist community wants is to take down a street sign bearing the name of Yasser Arafat. On the other hand, the local official has to respect the law and the order by the Israeli minister of interior that requires governmental approval prior to posting any street sign.-rh 15/3/2017
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‘Unfortunately there are many more decent than brave people’ — Michael Sfard Robert Herbst - Mondoweiss - “We can no longer resist with complete freedom. One has to be brave to participate in non-violent dissent, and unfortunately there are many more decent than brave people. Israeli politicians are afraid,” and there have been a “tsunami of bills to close the democratic space available to us.” -rh15/3/2017
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Arab citizens, not Israeli leftists, pay the real price for speaking outRoi Manor - +972 - The Israeli government may be cracking down on human rights NGOs and left-wing activists, but Palestinians citizens of Israel are the ones suffering from concrete persecution — with sometimes fatal results.-rh15/3/2017
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Israeli Police Abduct A Palestinian Novelist From JerusalemIMEMC News - Israeli police officers abducted, on Saturday morning, a Palestinian novelist after she finished writing her latest work dubbed “The Jackal’s Trap,” talking about informants and collaborators, spying on their own people. The Palestinian novelist, identified as Khaleda Gousha, was abducted after the police and soldiers stormed her home, in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem.-rh 15/3/2017
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Curfew, Harassment and Break-in for Shuhada Street as Settlers Celebrate Purim IMEMC - "As on every festive occasion celebrated at the illegal settlements, in here, Palestinians had to expect even greater restrictions than usual on their freedom of movement and their human rights (almost non-existent even on ordinary days)." - id 15/3/2017
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Getting Off Scot-Free: Israel’s Refusal to Compensate Palestinians for Damages Caused by Its Security ForcesB`Tselem - Proposing that the tens of thousands of people injured during this half century wait for the occupation to end is tantamount to assuring that they will never receive any compensation. [bz]14/3/2017
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East Jerusalem schools declare strike on Tuesday protesting Israeli dictatesWAFA - The West Jerusalem municipality is also trying to impose Israeli curriculum on Palestinian schools in East Jerusalem and had already censored many of the school textbooks provided by the Palestinian Ministry of Education by removing entire pages it deemed offensive to its occupation. [bz]14/3/2017
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Fatah spokesperson: Situation in East Jerusalem `has become unbearable`Ma`an - “Israel is attempting in all ways to provoke the emotions of the Palestinian people and push them towards a new confrontation,” Abu Ziyad said, noting the controversial ‘Muezzin bill,’ the “execution of Palestinian activist Basel al-Araj,” and the killing of Ibrahim Matar on Monday. Abu Ziyad rejected Israel’s version of events surrounding Matar’s death -- in which Israeli police claimed that “a terrorist” stabbed and injured two officers with knife -- highlighting eyewitness accounts saying that the altercation between Matar and the police was “under control” and that Matar could have been detained without the use of lethal force. [bz]14/3/2017
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Family of Palestinian slain in Jerusalem: ‘Our son was executed in cold blood’Ma`an - Members of Matar’s family have demanded that Israeli authorities release security camera footage of the incident. The family home was raided and both of slain Ibrahim’s parents, his brother Rida, and his uncle Mahmoud detained. Israeli forces locked the house and took the keys with them. [bz] 14/3/2017
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Hundreds rally in Ramallah in protest of PA police brutalityMa`an - Monday’s rally was organized via Facebook with activists inviting the public to partake “in protest of the behavior of PA security forces.” Protesters marched from Manara Circle in Ramallah’s city center through a number of streets shouting slogans against police practices, against the PA’s security coordination with Israel and in favor of armed revolution. [See also: http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=775931 -bz] 14/3/2017
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Israel effectively bars compensation to Palestinians: Claims for damages down 95%Press release - B`Tselem "Over the past twenty years, Israel has taken measures to guarantee a nearly blanket exemption from its obligation under international law to pay compensation to Palestinians harmed by its security forces. In a new report released today (Wednesday, 8 March), B’Tselem traces the development of this practice and illustrates how it has led to a major drop in the number of claims for damages Palestinians filed in recent years. Israel’s policy reflects how little value it places on the lives, bodies and property of Palestinians living under its control." ca10/3/2017
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I am a proud Palestinian woman and a humanitarian. I am also the mother of the youngest Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail. Farihan Daraghmeh Farah - Mondoweiss "My son, Shadi, is a smart little boy who was always full of life. He is loved by everyone who knows him—family, neighbors, friends and classmates. He is a great Dabke dancer, and a good swimmer and horseback rider. He likes to sing and is excellent at math...Shadi was arrested on December 30, 2015. He was just 12 years old. The news took my breath away; the whole family was in a state of shock. For a long time, none of us could eat or sleep properly. When I closed my eyes, all I could see was my little boy, scared and alone, in a freezing cold prison cell. I later learned that they had forced him to stand in there naked, at one point." ca10/3/2017
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Netanyahu Lobbies Foreign Governments to Accept Israeli Sovereignty in Occupied Syrian GolanIMEMC News & Agencies - "On March 1, 2017, al-Marsad: Arab Human Rights Center – the only human rights center operating in the Syrian Golan – published an updated map of Syrian villages and farms destroyed by Israeli forces in 1967, as well as the Israeli settlements built on their ruins. The organization explains, “after an in-depth comparison of various research sources (Syrian, Israeli, international), [the] new research indicates that the actual number of destroyed villages and farms is much higher: 340 villages and farms.” ca10/3/2017
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Israeli land seizure bill ‘an opening to annexation of West Bank’Ben Lynfield - The National - Masoud Ganaim, an Arab member of the Knesset, said the bill will "legitimise the theft of land from the Palestinians and is an opening to annexation of the rest of the territory in the West Bank. It will change everything, it will close up the path to the peace process and to any two state solution. There won’t be two states, there won’t be a solution.-rh9/3/2017
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Baseless Arrests in the Holy Kingdom of Judea and Samaria Amira Hass - Haaretz - We won’t publish S.’s full name because at 17 years old, he is a juvenile. Unidentified soldiers from an unidentified IDF unit arrested him and his neighbor, Saif-al-Din Ibrahim, on February 28. They fired shots to scare them, slapped them, inflicted pain and left them bound and blindfolded out in the cold for several hours. Then the police were called in on a baseless pretext to finalize the abuse. The arrests without cause of S. and Saif al-Din Ibrahim are two more of those unreported run-ins, an entirely normal circumstance in the holy kingdom of Judea and Samaria.-rh 9/3/2017
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NABOTH’S VINEYARD : Israeli settler agriculture as a means of land takeover in the West BankKerem Naboth - Report - The goal of this report has been to add another layer to the discussion about the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. This debate about the settlements tends to focus on construction of new neighborhoods, establishment of outposts, demographic growth among the settlers, the benefits they receive, and settler violence. Israeli agriculture in the West Bank is usually discussed in connection with the monitoring and labeling of agricultural exports from the West Bank settlements, which is an important tool for advocacy work on the economic implications of settler agriculture. Little is known or discussed, however, about the far-reaching territorial implications of the phenomenon, its humanitarian repercussions, and the risk this poses to Palestinian the state building and for Palestinian civil society.-rh9/3/2017
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Video: ‘Apartheid has been here for ages. It doesn’t really bother us’ — Israeli comedian says in closing act Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - The Israeli comedian Assaf Harel and the host of the show “Good Night With Asaf Harel,” used the monologue of his series finale on Monday to dive into a speech where he said Israel had reached a state of “apartheid” long ago. “Ever since the right-wing took power, more and more voices are warning of apartheid. Are you kidding? Apartheid has been here for ages. Ages,” Harel said.-rh9/3/2017
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A Palestinian woman finds hope in American Jewish resistanceSamah Salaime - +972 - At the progressive Jewish conference of the year, a Palestinian politician wins rousing applause and a former U.S. presidential candidate talks of the injustices caused by the founding of the State of Israel — both seeds of hope for someone who wakes up every day to news of home demolitions and land grabs.-rh9/3/2017
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Israel’s Welcome Now Reserved Only For Jews Who Back NetanyahuJonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Arabs and Muslims have always struggled to gain entry to Israel. Palestinians are routinely abused at the borders, and thousands, especially from Jerusalem, have been stripped of the right to return home after living abroad. But new figures show Israel is excluding other groups too. Entry denials have increased nine-fold in the past five years, topping 16,000 people last year. Among those increasingly turned away are political activists. Israel controls all access to the occupied Palestinian territories, and has been regularly denying entry to solidarity activists and those who support the boycott movement. Legislation passed by the Israeli parliament on Monday night will only intensify the exclusionary trend. The new law forbids entry to anyone who supports a boycott, even if it is only of the settlements. As one legislator pointed out, that means Israel may quickly find itself bound to refuse entry to all officials from the United Nations and Europe.-rh 8/3/2017
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Women’s Day: 56 Palestinian Women Imprisoned by IsraelIMEMC - "Underage prisoners also recently received heavy sentences with Shatila Abu Ayyad, from inside Israel, and Shorouq Dwayyat, both sentenced to 16 years in prison, Maysoun Jabali, from Bethlehem, sentenced to 15 years in prison." - id 8/3/2017
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`Basil al-Araj was a beacon for Palestinian youth` : Family, friends of Basil al-Araj, killed by the Israeli army, say his struggle against occupation will not be forgotten.Shatha Hammad and Zena Tahhan - Aljazeera - Dozens of Basil`s friends and family members have subsequently visited the house where Basil barricaded himself before he was killed. They marched in the streets of Ramallah on Monday with tears on their faces, carrying pictures of Basil and calling him the "martyr of security coordination". In response to Basil`s death, Hamas, the Islamic resistance movement in Gaza, condemned in a statement the security coordination between the PA and Israel. "The systematic killings and the security coordination with the [Israeli] occupation will not succeed in breaking the resistance or undermine the determination of our people."-rh 8/3/2017
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Palestinian children gather at Jerusalem municipality to protest school closureMa`an - Israeli Education Ministry officials visited al-Nukhba at the beginning of the school year to observe the curriculum, students, teachers, and employees, “and everything seemed positive.” [bz]7/3/2017
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Palestinians protest against Basil al-Araj`s killingAl-jazeera - The incursion of Israeli forces deep into Ramallah and the killing of Basil al-Araj caused confrontations between Israeli and protesting Palestinian youths, two of whom were wounded by Israeli bullets. Later, protesters have marched in Ramallah, calling for justice. Mustafa Barghouti, head of the Palestinian National Initiative party, said that Araj`s death was "nothing but an act of extrajudicial killing in Area-A - showing that "there is no safety or security for any Palestinian anywhere." [ak] 7/3/2017
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Palestinian activist Basel al-Araj killed by Israeli forcesTovah Lazaroff/Adam Rasgon - Jerusalem Post - Exactly how did Basel al-Araj die? Did he engage in a two-hour gun battle with the invading Israeli forces before being shot down? Or did he have time only to shoot one bullet before being riddled by hundreds of bullets from an entire Israeli unit? What is clear is that Israeli forces act at will, to detain or kill Palestinians, even in the depth of "Area A" which is supposed to be under "complete Palestinian control". [ak] 7/3/2017
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Israeli soldiers stand by as settlers attack civilians in West Bank villageOren Ziv/Activestills - +972 - Because there hadn’t been protests of late in Nabi Saleh, it appeared the army was caught off on Friday, and the protesters managed to reach what had been their spring, waving a Palestinian flag. Within a matter of minutes, settlers from Halamish arrived, and began to attack the protesters. Soldiers arrived shortly thereafter. [bz]7/3/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian, Moments After Completing A Twelve-Year SentenceIMEMC News - Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday afternoon, Mousa Mohammad Darwish, directly following his release, just as he was stepping out of the Negev Detention Camp, after serving a twelve-year sentence [ry]6/3/2017
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Detainees’ Committee Denounces Israeli Abduction Of Wounded, Disabled 14 years old In BethlehemIMEMC - On September 19, 2015, Issa Adnan Abdul-Mo’ty, now 14, was shot by the soldiers with an internationally-banned expanding bullet in his leg, and his wounded leg was later amputated at an Israeli hospital. [bz for dn]5/3/2017
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Kafr Qaddoum: Israeli forces shoot Palestinian journalistPopular Resistance Committee of Kafr Qaddum - ISM - Stun grenades and teargas at Palestinian protesters. One journalist, from Palestine TV, was shot in the head with a rubber coated steel bullet. A group of masked Israeli soldiers also took his telephone, and deleted all of his pictures and videos from the demonstration. [bz for dn]5/3/2017
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Susya continues to await demolition as Israeli government hesitatesal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Susya is one of the most successful villages in Palestine in harnessing international support against the continuing persecution they face from the Israeli government." - id3/3/2017
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Detainees’ Committee Denounces Israeli Abduction Of Wounded, Disabled, Child In BethlehemIMEMC - "After his leg was amputated following several surgeries that were unable to save it, the child was released, on September 29, 2015, on a 7000 Israeli Shekels bail." - id3/3/2017
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Settler leaders should have been put on trial, not AzariaAmnon Abramovich - Ynetnews - It’s not Elor Azaria who should have been put on trial, it’s all the leaders of the Jewish settlement in Hebron throughout the years. The trial should not have focused on morality in battle, but on the morality of their presence there. Some 900 settlers and yeshiva students have placed themselves among 250,000 Palestinians. Most of them are not preaching good neighborly relations and peace, they are agitators calling for a transfer.-rh 2/3/2017
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Trump’s Middle East ‘deal’ leaves out one vital player: Palestinians Rashid Khalidi - Once again, the future of Palestine is being decided behind the back of the Palestinians. Once again, they have been made invisible. In 1917, when the Balfour Declaration was being crafted in the British cabinet, Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann had direct access to key decision-makers. It was a privilege not extended to any Palestinian. “In Palestine,” Balfour himself said, “we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country.” Weizmann also had direct access to President Truman in 1947 when the United States pushed through the United Nations General Assembly partition resolution that gave more than half of Palestine to the 30 percent that made up its Jewish minority -rh2/3/2017
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In Palestine, no job means no health insuranceKhaled Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - GAZA, Gaza Strip — According to official figures published by the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics on Feb. 16, the unemployment rate in Palestine climbed to 26.9%, with 360,500 unemployed out of a total workforce of 1.3 million in Palestine, while the poverty rate in the Gaza Strip exceeded 80%, according to the Zakat Department affiliated with the Palestinian Ministry of Religious Endowments. Despite these staggering figures, the Palestinian Cabinet announced Feb. 15 the cancellation of all health insurance benefits granted to unemployed citizens starting March 1.-rh 2/3/2017
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Child Rights Briefing: February 2017 : News and updates on the situation of Palestinian children living in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.Defence for Children International - February 6, 2017—Evictions, demolitions, and UXO are constant risks for Palestinian children living in ares of the Jordan Valley that Israel has declared as "firing zones," where Israeli battalions regularly assemble to hone their combat skills. Before tanks can shoot off missile rounds and soldiers can carry out practice missions, goats are removed, animal pens and tents are dismantled. Read more.-rh1/3/2017
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Palestinians in Hebron plead for international intervention to stop settler violence Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss "Palestinian activists in Hebron said they are desperate for stronger international intervention during a week-long campaign in commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the Ibrahimi Massacre." ca1/3/2017
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The 50th anniversary of the occupation will rock the Jewish establishment Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - †Ê …Y †Ô ‡ç ‡í In three months the American Jewish community is going to hit an iceberg called the Jubilee, the 50th anniversary of the occupation/Six Day War. The collision is going to change the Jewish establishment. The fractures that have been developing for years over Israel are going to break out in public agony. The anniversary will change the American Jewish relationship to Israel for a long time, as the Six Day War did 50 years go. Young Jews will take charge, young anti-Zionists will be welcomed into some synagogues, and some will speak up for BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) against Israel.-rh1/3/2017
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Comptroller: Defense establishment neglected tunnel handlingYaron Druckman - Ynetnews - The Shin Bet and Military Intelligence failed to cooperate on tunnels; `significant gaps in intelligence` left troops on the ground no choice but to improvise; plans to combat the threat remained on paper, while the Defense Ministry cut down on budget to protect Gaza border communities.-rh1/3/2017
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Netanyahu and the `apartheid state`Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come up with a new, supposedly sophisticated answer for pesky journalists who ask whether he still supports the two-state solution. If Netanyahu responded that he hopes for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, he would incur the wrath of his friends in the government, the Likud and the Knesset. On the other hand, if he said the two-state solution is dead in the water, he would face condemnation by the entire international community. He cannot, however, simply ignore the question. So what can he do? Throw out the response, “Rather than deal with labels, I want to deal with substance.”.-rh 1/3/2017
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Israel`s Compensation Grabbing Law Editorial, Haaretz "There is no justification for such bureaucratic obduracy, certainly not in a country in which the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty is in force, which protects property rights, even those of a woman from the West Bank town of Qalqilyah.Raba’a Ali Satal, a Qalqilyah resident, married Anwar Satal, a resident of Jaffa, in 2010. About three years ago, Anwar Satal was killed in a traffic accident in northern Israel. In the compensation suit against the insurance company, it emerged that the custodian of absentee property considered her “absentee.” ca 1/3/2017
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Palestinian rights groups condemn Israel`s denial of work permit for HRW directorMa`an News Agency - "In a letter denying a work permit for Omar Shakir dated Feb. 20, 2017, Israel’s Interior Ministry cited an opinion received from the Foreign Ministry that Human Rights Watch’s “public activities and reports have engaged in politics in the service of Palestinian propaganda, while falsely raising the banner of ‘human rights.’" Deputy Executive Director of Program at Human Rights Watch Iain Levine reacted to the move, saying that “this decision and the spurious rationale should worry anyone concerned about Israel’s commitment to basic democratic values."1/3/2017
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Flags, spirits high as week of action in Hebron comes to climax Ahmad Jaradat - Alternative Information Center "Dozens of Hebron residents and local activists gathered at the entrance to Shuhada Street on Wednesday to hoist and release a Palestinian flag over the main commercial thoroughfare in Hebron. A checkpoint and electrical gate tightly control Palestinian access to Shuhada Street, while armed settlers are able to walk in the area freely. This activity, one of three that day in Hebron, is part of the week of action taking place under the banner “Dismantle the Ghetto, Take the Settlers out of Hebron.” Human rights defender Bade Amr explained, “this activity is to say loudly…we will continue struggling against all Israeli human rights violations that result from the closing of spaces in Hebron.” ca 1/3/2017
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Palestinian woman shot, injured by Israeli forces at Qalandiya checkpointMa`an - According to Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri a “suspicious” Palestinian woman entered the vehicle lane of the checkpoint “seemingly carrying an object. The security guards noticed her and instructed her to stop but she ignored the instructions. The guards then started arrest procedures and neutralized the woman,” al-Samri using an Israeli forces term to indicate that a Palestinian was shot without specifying whether they were injured or killed. Al-Samri later clarified that the woman had been `lightly injured,` and that she had been `carrying a bag` in a way that raised the security guards` suspicions. The Qalandiya checkpoint is notorious for being confusing to navigate. [bz] 28/2/2017
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Settlers building race track inside IDF live-fire training zoneEdo Konrad - +972 - The Israeli army uses `live-fire zones` as an excuse to displace Palestinian villages. Now Israeli settlers are illegally building a race track inside one. The decision whether to demolish it or not “will be carried out in accordance with political directives and the necessary legal approval." [bz] 28/2/2017
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Palestinian children requiring military escorts subject to retaliatory collective punishmentAIC - Systemic human rights violations challenge Palestinian life in South Hebron Hills, Operation Dove reports [ry]27/2/2017
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Watch: Israel cuts water lines going to several Palestinian villages in the Occupied Jordan ValleyDays of Palestine [ry]27/2/2017
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Palestinians, Israel soldiers clash in West Bank`s HebronAFP/Yahoo news - Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers Friday in the powderkeg West Bank city of Hebron on the anniversary of a 1994 massacre carried out by a far-right Jewish settler. Soldiers fired tear gas and sound grenades to disperse the crowd as cannons doused them with stinking water, an AFP correspondent said. There was no report of injuries. Jewish settlers, of whom 500 are entrenched in the centre of the city of around 200,000 Palestinians, hurled stones at the protesters who also pelted soldiers with stones. [bz]25/2/2017
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Gaza police destroys 1 ton of unexploded ordnanceMa`an News Agency - "According to Salim Madi, the head of the police’s explosives engineering department in the city of Rafah, an operation carried out north of the city destroyed a large number of unexploded Israeli rocket shells and grenades.Madi added that the explosive devices were dismantled and destroyed in accordance with international standards." ca24/2/2017
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Israeli forces deliver 30 demolition orders in Hebron-area villageMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces delivered 30 demolition orders to several structures in the village of Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron on Thursday.Popular and national committee coordinator in the southern West Bank Ratib al-Jbour told Ma’an that Israeli forces had placed the demolition orders on lands near the structures, which included a school, tents, water wells, barracks, homes, and stockyards. He said Israeli forces also took pictures of the structures. Al-Jbour added that Israeli forces gave the owners of the structures three days to challenge the demolition orders, but said that three days was not enough for the residents to prevent the demolitions." ca24/2/2017
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Israel releases Palestinian journalist after 10 months with no trialHaggai Matar - +972 "After 10 months of administrative detention, it appears the army no longer views Omar Nazzal as a dangerous threat — just like countless other administrative detainees who sit in prison for months, if not years...The Israeli army and Shin Bet Security Service claim Nazzal is affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Israel views as a terrorist organization. Nazzal repeatedly denied the charge and demanded to either sentenced or released. According to his lawyer, Nazzal was jailed by Israel for his repeated criticism of the Palestinian Authority." ca24/2/2017
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Palestinians set delayed local elections for May 13Agence France Presse - "Hamas rejected the announcement. Spokesman Fawzy Barhoum said in a statement it "strengthens divisions and serves Fatah politically." ca24/2/2017
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Lost Time: Palestinian prisoners in Israel : The poignant stories of Palestinian prisoners in Israel and the effects of imprisonment on them and their families.Aljazeera World - There are an estimated 7,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Since 1967, around 750,000 Palestinians have been in custody. Lost Time hears the deeply personal stories of some of the prisoners and their families, exploring the social, emotional, financial, physical, and psychological effects of long-term imprisonment.-rh23/2/2017
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Hanan Ashrawi: “We Are Seriously Worried”Hanan Ashrawi - The Cairo Review of Global Affairs - The problem is not negotiations. We’ve been negotiating since 1991. The problem is the commitment and the political will to respect international law and to have genuine negotiations that would really lead to ending the occupation and a peaceful solution. And [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu would like nothing better than an endless process of negotiations in order to buy more time to create more facts to destroy the two-state solution. So what we need would be a positive engagement and an involvement that would, on the one hand, curb Israeli violations, lead Israel to compliance with international law and create a system of accountability for Israel, but, at the same time, create a system of protections for the Palestinians and ensure that whatever negotiations that will emerge will be based on international law and will have clear objectives and a clear timeline.-rh23/2/2017
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Elor Azaria Verdict: ‘No Justice for Palestinians’Jonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - There has rarely been a trial in Israel where the judges have been under such relentless – and mostly hostile – scrutiny. That appeared to be reflected in their sentencing, more than a month after they found Azaria guilty of manslaughter. The sentence was much lower than the three to five years demanded by the prosecution, and far below the maximum tariff of 20 years. One of the three judges dissented, recommending two and a half to five years.-rh 23/2/2017
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The Trump-Netanyahu summit may have actually made things worseZvi Schuldiner - Global Il Manifesto - For Israel, the meeting makes the situation worse. The Israeli right now believes it can sell citizens on the annexation so dear to the nationalist and fundamentalist coalition that dominates the country. But polls surprisingly indicate that a majority of Israelis support the two-state solution. In this context, the ultra-right wants to use the apparent sympathy of racist Trump to continue with the advance of the settlements in the occupied territories. The settlements are not only a way to gain control of Palestinian lands, they are also a source of new obstacles to a possible or theoretical peace. They also increase the possibility of bloodshed.-rh 22/2/2017
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Palestinian Child With Epilepsy And Leukemia Sentenced To 90 Days In Israeli PrisonSamidoun - IMEMC - "He is one of over 300 Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons, and his case has highlighted both the imprisonment of Palestinian children and the medical neglect of Palestinian political prisoners. Nearly all imprisoned Palestinian children are subject to torture and ill-treatment, including beating, hitting, kicking, psychological abuse, threats, solitary confinement and interrogation without a parent or lawyer present." - id 22/2/2017
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Guy Hirschfeld’s post on the Palestinian Jordan Valley:Guy Hirschfeld - Machsomwatch reports - While on our way we were already informed by phone that the bulldozer was seen on the road, escorted by the Civil Administration. Through our local contacts we located the forces. We will probably never quite understand the panic that seizes the locals when they feel that they’re next – some of them simply begin to evacuate their homes, knowing that the evil agents will not even let them get their meager possessions out in time.-rh 22/2/2017
Israeli authorities move to demolish entire Bedouin communityMa`an - Rights groups and Bedouin community members have sharply criticized Israel`s relocation plans for the Bedouin residing near the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, claiming that the removal would displace indigenous Palestinians for the sake of expanding Israeli settlements across the occupied West Bank in violation of international law. Meanwhile, discussion of an Israeli bill seeking to annex Maale Adumim was postponed last month, reportedly until after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump held their first meeting after Trump`s inauguration. The meeting took place Wednesday... [bz]21/2/2017
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B’Tselem: 2016 a record year in Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homesElior Levy - Ynet - But although Ayoub and his family are required to evacuate the land, which the authorities say can only be used for agriculture, an outpost named Givat Salit has been established just 200 meters away. [bz for dn]19/2/2017
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Police opened fire on Umm al-Hiran driver before he started driving, video showsMeir Turgeman - Ynet News - New video aired on Channel 10 shows that Yaqoub Abu al-Qiyan, the driver who ran over and killed Sgt. Erez Levi during a violent protest against home demolitions in the Bedouin village, only started speeding into the group of officers after they opened fire on him.-rh16/2/2017
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Using art to heal: Battling cancer in Gaza : One Palestinian female artist`s battle with cancer in Gaza. Aljazeera - Aya Abdulrahman was informed by her doctors that she would be dead by the end of 2014. At 21, she had seven malignant tumours. "Your daughter has two months left to live. You cannot do anything. Go home," the doctor told Abdulrahman`s mother. The painful news, however, did not stop her from pursuing her dreams. Since childhood, all Abdulrahman wanted to do was become an artist and leave her mark on the world through art. Abdulrahman seized every opportunity that came her way to display her paintings and drawings across the Gaza Strip and abroad, from Los Angeles to Morocco. She participated in art competitions, worked with sick and disabled children in Gaza to have them express themselves through art, and trained youth in drama and acting. After undergoing a series of surgeries over a three-year span, the locally renowned artist recovered in 2015.-rh 16/2/2017
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Since Trump Won, All Israel Is Talking About Annexation. Why?Naomi Zeveloff - Forward - In general terms, annexation means the political transfer of land. In the current Israeli context, it refers to the application of Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, which Israel captured and has occupied since 1967, and where Palestinians hope to build a state. Naftali Bennett, chief of the hard-line Jewish Home party, has a plan to annex Area C, for example, where hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers live, and then offer citizenship to the less than 50,000 Palestinians living in that area.-rh16/2/2017
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Palestinian Jordan Valley February 7, 2017 AM and PMNurit Popper, Daphne Banai, translated by Tal Haran - Machsomwatch report - Ali lives in Ras Al Ahmar with his wife Dalal and their five children. The place is highly fertile, its ground containing plenty of water. Ali, however, may not pump a single drop. Since the region has been declared a firing zone, many generations after Ali’s family began living there, he may not even introduce a tractor to carry water and feed for his flock. For three months Ali’s tractor as well as the tractors of 6 other residents have been held by the Civil Administration. These people call me on a daily basis, desperate – these tractors are as vital to them as hands and feet. Two weeks ago they were notified of the fine they must pay. They ran to the postal bank and paid. All of them. But then the Civil Administration got clever – now they must also sign a commitment not to re-introduce tractors into the area. What can they do with the tractor if it cannot bring them water? Without water, this is no less than expulsion. It has no other name!-rh 16/2/2017
In commemoration of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre: #DismantleTheGhetto take the settlers out of of HebronInternational Solidarity Movement - February 25th marks the 23rd commemoration of the Ibrahim Mosque Massacre in Hebron. This year’s commemoration coincides with Israel’s unprecedented escalation in seizing Palestinian land in the West Bank for settlement expansion. This has been accompanied with ideas from Israeli ministers to construct settlements and annex most of the C areas in the West Bank. The commemoration also coincides with Israel’s increasing campaigns to Judaize the Naqab, similar to what has happened in Um Al-Hiran recently, with a general rise in the policy of demolishing Palestinian houses whether in the occupied territories or within the Green Line.-rh16/2/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Abduct Twenty Palestinians In The West Bank IMEMC - "Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, at least twenty Palestinians from their homes, after invading and violently searching them, in different parts of the West Bank, and confiscated fifteen Palestinian cars." - id 15/2/2017
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Israeli authorities demolish 3 buildings in East Jerusalem neighborhoodMa`an News - Israeli authorities have stepped up issuing demolition warrants for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, particularly after Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat warned that the demolition of the illegal Israeli outpost of Amona in the occupied West Bank would be met with the mass demolition of Palestinian homes lacking the nearly impossible to obtain Israeli-issued building permits.-rh15/2/2017
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Love under siege in GazaTania Hary - +972 - "In honor of Valentine’s Day, three tales from Gaza of the impossible conditions for families and couples created by Israel’s closure of the Strip." - id 15/2/2017
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2016 sees Israel demolish record number of West Bank homesB`Tselem - 2016 saw a marked increase in the number of homes Israeli authorities demolished throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, citing lack of building permits as a pretext. The scale of demolitions documented by B’Tselem this year is the most extensive since we began systematically documenting demolitions in 2004. In East Jerusalem, authorities demolished 88 residential buildings and 48 other structures. Elsewhere in the West Bank, authorities demolished 274 residential buildings and 372 non-residential ones. These demolitions are indicative of Israel’s efforts to limit Palestinian presence in the areas it seeks to take over, taking advantage of planning and administrative tools to that end.-rh15/2/2017
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‘The way they arrested him was savage’: Israeli forces violently detain 14-year-old disabled Palestinian boy -Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - Mutaz Baraka, also 14 and one of Ali’s friends, told Mondoweiss that he, Ali and around a dozen other children their age had just gotten out of school and were playing in the street next to the refugee camp’s community center when Israeli forces opened the gate in the nearby separation wall. Through the gate, an Israeli military jeep came driving quickly towards them. “Everyone ran but Ali was the slowest, so he didn’t get away, they caught up to him,” he said. - rh15/2/2017
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From the expansion of Leshem settlement to a Bedouin resident forced to demolish his own homeAmos Gvirtz - Don`t say we didn`t know 538 - ... But then I was informed of the confiscation of 326 dunams belonging to the villages of Jalud and Turmus Aya. Then came the news of home demolitions in Ras Al Ahmar and Kardala in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley ... 14/2/2017
Israeli forces detain 25 Palestinians during overnight raidsMa`an - Israeli forces carry out detention raids across the occupied territory on a near-daily basis. [bz]14/2/2017
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The cops at the checkpoint always remind me which side I`m onSuleiman Maswadeh - +972 - “Suleiman, you don’t look Arab,” I would hear over and over, not to mention remarks like, “I didn’t know you were Arab,” “You are different from all the other Arabs I know,” “Are you half-half?” and of course the classic: “You’re Christian, right?” Very quickly, I understood that Jews have no idea what an Arab actually is. In their view, an Arab is a Bedouin who rides a donkey and lives in a shack, wears a galabiya and uses a cane. [bz]14/2/2017
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Israeli forces deliver land confiscation notices in Ramallah-area villageMa`an - According to the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ), at least 60 percent of the village is under threat of confiscation and isolation owing to the construction of Israel’s separation wall. The land confiscated by Israeli authorities has been repurposed for the construction of illegal Israeli settlements, ARIJ said. [bz for dn]12/2/2017
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Some 1,000 olive trees uprooted to build bypass road on ‘Azzun village landB`tselem - [background] On 21 December 2015, the head of the Civil Administration issued an expropriation order for 10.4 hectares of land earmarked for the bypass road. The order noted that the new road will “serve the public good” and improve mobility between Nablus and Qalqilya. In March 2016, the Palestinian village councils and landowners petitioned Israel’s High Court of Justice (HCJ) against the expropriation, on the grounds that the road will not serve all residents of the area but only settlers. On 16 November 2016, the HCJ denied the petition after accepting the state’s claim that the road is intended to serve the entire population of the area. The seizure of the land and uprooting of olive trees have severely harmed the landowners, who have lost a source of income and a major financial asset, as well as an open space that served all local residents for leisure and recreational activities. [bz for dn] 12/2/2017
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Learning in the line of fireSarah Algherbawi - Electronic Intifada "Muhanna al-Masri, a school counselor, has written and distributed an educational guide to help raise awareness among students and their families and help them cope with the fear and stress many suffer.“The continuous bombings and shootings from Israel cause a lot of fear and stress among students,” said al-Masri. To address this, he has designed programs to help students cope in various ways, ranging from simple trips to the seaside to psychological support sessions.Al-Masri was convinced that over time the school could help Wala relieve her symptoms. Of course, he added, there is only so much they can do: The fear is ultimately a rational one and related to the “constancy, frequency and severity of the Israeli violence” at the boundary." ca 11/2/2017
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Israel Passes Law To Legalize Theft Of Private Palestinian Land Charlotte Silver - Countercurrents - Late Monday night, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, approved a bill to retroactively legalize the expropriation by settlers of private Palestinian land that has taken place over the last two decades. Passed by 60-52, the so-called Regularization Bill will legalize around 4,000 settlement homes in so-called unauthorized outposts and settlements. Human Rights Watch swiftly condemned the vote, noting that the Regularization Bill “undoes years of established Israeli law and, coming just weeks after the [UN] Security Council’s unanimous passage of Resolution 2334 on the illegality of settlements, reflects Israel’s manifest disregard of international law.”.rh 9/2/2017
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Will EU be more open to ICC probe of Israeli settlements?Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The sharp increase of Israeli settlement building since the swearing in of Donald Trump, coupled with the anger brewing in Europe over the new US president, is providing an opening for the Palestinians. Attempts to encourage the International Criminal Court (ICC) to initiate a probe into Israeli war crimes have received new life due to the rift between Washington and the European Union.-rh 9/2/2017
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This isn`t Israel`s first `land theft law,` it won`t be the lastOrly Noy - +972 - Congrats to the Israeli Knesset for passing the settlement “regulation law” (also known as the “normalization law” and the “formalization law”) earlier this week. The law retroactively legalizes the theft by Israeli settlers of land privately owned by Palestinians, largely land on which those settlements Israel calls “illegal outposts” were constructed — because their existence is illegal even under Israeli law.-rh9/2/2017
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Israel’s New Land Law: Clearing the Path to AnnexationJonathan Cook - Counter Punch - The legalisation law – also commonly translated from Hebrew as the regulation or validation law – was the right’s forceful response to the eviction last week of a few dozen families from a settlement “outpost” called Amona. It was a rare and brief setback for the settlers, provoked by a court ruling that took three years to enforce. The evacuation of 40 families was transformed into an expensive piece of political theatre, costing $40 million. It was choreographed as a national trauma to ensure such an event is never repeated.-rh 9/2/2017
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Palestinian historical city of Sebastia besieged by settlementsZuheir Dolah - Al-Monitor - Sebastia, the gateway of historical civilizations, is facing a future of invaders different from those in previous eras. These invaders are committing serious violations to eliminate the city’s history and impose the Jewish story on it. One of the most dangerous violations is the Israeli decision to ban the entry of foreign tourists to the land of Palestinian antiquities. To tighten the noose on Sebastia, Israel established the Shavei Shomron settlement after confiscating and controlling most of the city’s lands.-rh 9/2/2017
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Legalizing the theft of Palestinian land has been Israeli policy since Day 1 Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - The law would retroactively legalize about 4,000 settler homes built in what is known as ‘outposts’, outside the ‘settlement blocs’ and on privately owned Palestinian land. Until now, such construction has been deemed illegal even by the bizarre set of Israeli laws applying, indirectly as it were, to the occupation. Thus the law crosses a line Israel has never violated before, even according to right-wingers like Dan Meridor, member of Knesset for Likud and a former minister, who called the law “evil and dangerous”; Israel’s Parliament never regulated Palestinian property ownership in the West Bank because “the Arabs of Judea and Samaria did not vote for the Knesset, and it has no authority to legislate for them,” Meridor says. “These are basic principles of democracy and Israeli law.” -rh9/2/2017
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“If your students want an education…” – Right to education violable under occupation?Features - International Solidarity Movement - "Israeli forces have again denied students their right to education by preventing students as well as teachers from reaching their classes." - id 8/2/2017
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Israeli torture of Palestinian children `institutional`Ben White - Al-Jazeera - "Methods of torture reportedly include slapping the head and forcing a handcuffed individual to squat against a wall for long periods of time." - id 8/2/2017
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Palestinian towns petition Israeli Supreme Court to strike down `Regularization law`Ma`an News - More than a dozen Palestinian municipalities filed a petition to the Israeli Supreme Court on Wednesday against the recently passed outpost “Regularization law” granting official Israeli governmental recognition to more than a dozen illegal settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank established on private Palestinian lands, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned of the consequences of the new legislation on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Legal rights groups Adalah and the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC) presented the petition on behalf of 17 Palestinian municipalities whose lands will be affected by the new law, calling on the Supreme Court to strike it down.-rh8/2/2017
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Netanyahu wants to repress my group, Breaking the Silence. May, don’t help him Yehuda Shaul - The Guardian - n Monday the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, met with his British counterpart, Theresa May. Among other things, he asked her to stop the UK government’s funding of the group I co-founded, Breaking the Silence, as well as other human rights organisations in Israel and Palestine. This is regardless of the fact that Breaking the Silence has not received funding from the British government since 2011. As an Israeli, it’s not my place to tell Netanyahu to stop interfering in decisions made by the British government. That’s something British citizens can do. What I can do is shed some light on the reason Netanyahu is so intent on stopping us, an organisation of soldiers who encourage public debate on the reality of occupation and the moral price it exacts from Israelis.-rh 8/2/2017
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Military Court, Ofer 29.1.17Vivy Sury, Nitza Aminov - Ofer Military Court, January 29, 2017 - Malena! (we’re sick of this!) cried the woman, mother of a 12.5-year old son, when offered a plea bargain including a 3,000 shekel fine. A young woman, angry and hurting, approached us to tell about the arrest of her 12.5 year-old son. The family lives in (the Palestinian town of) Bir Zeit. After school a group of children rode horse-back, and the police came along to arrest them. All the children except her son managed to get away. Her son was taken to the Benyamin detention facility where his father was summoned to report. On the same day, late afternoon, the son was taken to Ofer for arraignment and the family was informed that his hearing would take place on Sunday. The woman told us these children have nowhere to play so they spend their time in the streets. The police arrive regularly to create provocations.-rh 8/2/2017
Palestinians in Nablus-area village say settlers cut down hundreds of olive, almond treesMa`an - The trees were planted two years after the eviction of the nearby Homesh settlement which was located in northwest Nablus. After the eviction, the Palestinian landowners obtained decisions from Israeli courts, including the Supreme Court, that neither settlers, nor Israeli forces would harass the landowners. However, in 2016 settlers started to "camp" in the area under protection of Israeli troops, making it very difficult for farmers to tend their fields and water their trees. [bz]7/2/2017
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Israeli court in Jerusalem sentences 16-year-old Palestinian girl to 6 years in prisonMa’an News Agency - "Since a wave of political unrest spread across the occupied Palestinian territory in October 2015, leading to Israeli forces carrying out mass detention campaigns, the number of Palestinian women and girls detained by Israeli forces has risen sharply. According to Addameer, among those detained between October 2015 and August 2016 were 13 underage girls, some of whom were wounded when Israeli forces detained them" [ry] 6/2/2017
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Committee: Israel agrees to stop `escalations` against Palestinian prisoners amid protestsMa`an - the agreement stated that “escalations” in Israeli prisons “will be immediately halted,” all prisoners who were transferred during raids will be moved back to their original sections during next week, all prisoners held in solitary confinement will be returned to their communal cells, and that Messada officers, the “takeover” unit of the IPS, will not be allowed to enter prisoners’ cells. [bz]4/2/2017
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PA challenges Israeli settlement expansion, official urges UN to interveneMa`an News Agency - "Walid Assaf, head of the PA Committee Against the Wall and Settlements said on Wednesday that a Palestinian government plan was being developed to “strengthen Palestinian determination” in Area C -- the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military and civil control -- and to counter Israeli attempts at annexation and settlement expansion." ca3/2/2017
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Undercover Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Birzeit University StudentsIMEMC News - "Undercover Israeli soldiers infiltrated, Thursday, into the western entrance of Birzeit University, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and abducted two students...the undercover officers also fired several live rounds into the air before withdrawing from the area, and handed the two to a regular army unit." ca3/2/2017
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Israeli settlers hold 2 Palestinian teens returning home from school at gunpointMa`an News - Israeli forces and settlers detained two Palestinians teens at gunpoint on Sunday near an illegal Israeli settlement east of Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank, according to reports from Israeli media, which alleged that the two Palestinians approached the settlement intending to carry out an attack.-rh2/2/2017
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West Bank demolitions: Building up and tearing down on the way to annexationNatasha Roth - +972 - "In January alone, Israeli forces have demolished 121 structures in the West Bank and 16 structures in East Jerusalem. The razing of these buildings displaced 211 people in the West Bank, including 123 children, and 26 people in East Jerusalem, including 11 children." - id 1/2/2017
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We have nowhere else to go’: Bedouins say they will continue to rebuild as Israel carries out home demolitions at a record pace Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - On the morning of Wednesday, January 25th, Israeli forces escorted two bulldozers down from the main road up to the small Bedouin community. Mohammed Jahalin and his family were ordered out of their houses and forcefully gathered together on the edge of their encampment where they watched as the metal blades of bulldozers smashed through their homes.-rh 1/2/2017
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Why I, as a Proud Israeli, Want the World to Boycott Us Ilana Hammerman - Haaretz -As an Israeli citizen and a woman engaged in public life, I declare that the state does not respect my basic right to live according to my conscience. The Judaism it is forcing upon me is not my Judaism. Furthermore, the nationalist and racist fanaticism of the government (led by its interior, culture and education ministers) is becoming more and more extreme, and contrary to the values I hold most dear. These iniquities are an internal concern of Israeli society and I have the right – and for now, at least, also the possibility – to fight for their correction from within society.-rh1/2/2017
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Family of boy paralyzed by Israel sues for damagesCharlotte Silver - The Electronic Intifada - "“If this case is dismissed, it will not be surprising,” he said. “It will just be consistent with a pattern where the Israeli judicial system has become another arm of the occupation, approving the worst policies of the Israeli military since 1967.”" - id 1/2/2017
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12-year-old Circus Student Abducted by Israeli ForcesIMEMC - "“A UNICEF report of 2013 concludes that the ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the (Israeli) military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process, from the moment of arrest until the child’s prosecution and eventual conviction and sentencing."" - id 1/2/2017
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