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Life under occupation

Finkelstein on Gaza: Who or What Has a Right to Exist? Judith Deutsch - Counterpunch "In his preface, Norman Finkelstein writes that this work “has been a painstaking, fastidious undertaking born of a visceral detestation of falsehood, in particular when it is put in the service of power and human life hangs in the balance.” He writes that “Gaza is about a Big Lie composed of a thousand, often seemingly abstruse and arcane, little lies. The objective of this book is to refute that Big Lie by exposing each of the little lies.” His meticulous inquest into Israel’s atrocities and the moral depravity within humanitarian institutions demands answers about who or what has a right to exist." ca24/2/2018
Contrary to Army Report, Autopsy Shows Palestinian Man Who Died in Custody Was Shot Jack Khoury&Yaniv Kubovich - Haaretz "Earlier Friday, the Israeli army said al-Saradih had died from smoke inhalation. According to the army`s preliminary investigation, the man ran toward the Israeli soldiers with an iron bar and attempted to grab a weapon before he was arrested. A video of the incident that took place overnight Thursday shows the soldiers beating the man." ca24/2/2018
MORE PALESTINIANS ARE DYING WAITING TO GET MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE ISRAEL WON’T GIVE THEM TRAVEL PERMITSCRISTINA MAZA - Newsweek - Palestinians are dying at an increasingly higher rate because Israel is issuing fewer travel permits for people seeking lifesaving medical care, according to a group of human rights organizations. At least 54 people died in 2017 while waiting for an Israeli travel permit to seek medical treatment outside of Gaza, according to a joint statement released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Physicians for Human Rights Israel, among others.-rh21/2/2018
The Jerusalem AnomalyNir Hasson - PALESTINE-ISRAEL JOURNAL - Today’s Jerusalem is a place of administrative and governmental anomaly, where residents of the eastern half of the city do not have the same status, benefits, or public systems.-rh21/2/2018
Israeli Warplanes Pound Gaza After Border Bombing :Two Palestinian Teens Killed in Tank AttackJason Ditz - ANTI WAR.COM - The attacks started after a bombing at the Gaza-Israel border. Israeli Army officials say Palestinians rose a flag inside Gaza, but near the border, and planted an explosive device on it. The device detonated when Israeli troops crossed into Gaza after the flag.-rh21/2/2018
Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held without trial or charge launch boycott of Israeli courtsYumna Patel - Axis of Logik - Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons under administrative detention — Israel’s widely condemned policy of detention without charge or trial — launched an open-ended boycott of Israeli courts on Thursday. The 450 administrative detainees released a joint statement announcing the boycott, saying “the core of resisting administrative detention policy comes from boycotting this Israeli legal system.”-rh21/2/2018
February 10, 2018: Susya, Twaneh, Tuba David Shulman - Touching Photographs - I suppose by now everyone knows the Susya story of repeated expulsions and continuous harassment and demolitions. For years nearly every structure in the village has had a demolition order hanging over it. The legal excuse for this act of gratuitous and extreme cruelty is that these shacks and tents and latrines and wind turbines were built without a permit. That’s because Palestinians living in Area C on the West Bank cannot get permits. Beneath the thin veneer of legality lies the true reason. The government is now keen on driving out entire Palestinian communities, not simply on making their lives miserable and destroying homes one by one. The pace has accelerated, and the goal is clear.-rh21/2/2018
Finkelstein on Gaza: Who or What Has a Right to Exist? JUDITH DEUTSCH - counterpunch - The book primarily investigates the official reports about Operation Cast Lead (2008-09), the Mavi Marmara (2010), and Operation Protective Edge (2014). Finkelstein attributes these assaults in part to Israel’s intention to prove its deterrence capacity after its defeat by Hezbollah in 2006. A pattern emerges of Israel’s surreptitious provocations that conceal its own aggression, use of disproportionate military force and targeting of civilians, specious legality, and lies that exonerate Israel and permit ever- increasing brutality. The Dahiya doctrine refers to Israel’s military strategy of acting immediately, decisively, and with disproportionate force. Dahiya is a suburb of Beirut that was flattened by Israel in the 2006 war.-rh21/2/2018
Reprehensible actions by Israeli troops against Palestinians following killing of Rabbi Raziel ShevachDemolishing a home with inhabitants still inside, strip searching 3 women, setting dogs on 3 residents
B`Tselem - Press release - The troops involved in these incidents - including the commanders who gave the orders - are well aware of their complete impunity, as well as of the fact that the residents facing them are defenseless, even inside their own homes - and exploited this to the full. [bz]
Emergency help to 140,000 `most vulnerable Palestinians` very partially compensates for UNRWA cutsOCHA (UN Humanitarian Affairs) - Roberto Valent, acting Humanitarian Coordinator, said that an emergency allocation of $900,000 will over the next six months finance basic health and food support to around 140,000 Palestinians, almost half of them children, who are considered as among "the most vulnerable". The allocation will finance six mobile clinics, providing primary medical care to 39 communities, mainly in the C area. The funds will also cover the distribution of food to Bedouin and herding communities assessed as being vulnerable to food insecurity, as well as being at a direct risk of forcible expulsion by the Israeli army. The project will be implemented by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is facing an unprecedented budget crisis due to sharp cuts in aid by the Trump Administration. [ak] 20/2/2018
Without Posing Any Threat to Soldiers’ Life... Israeli Forces Kill Two Palestinian Children and Wound 2 Others in Southern Gaza Strip
PCHR - According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 21:30 on Saturday, 17 February 2018, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence with Israeli near al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City, fired around 10 artillery shells and opened fire at 4 Palestinian children, who were 30 to 50 meters away from the fence intending to sneak into Israel to work there, according to the testimony of one of the two wounded children. [bz]
Israeli jets and tanks strike Gaza after bomb injures soldiersOliver Holmes and Hazem Balousha - The Guardian - Israel’s military says it targeted Hamas positions after IED on border injured four troops [ry]19/2/2018
Funerals held for Palestinian teenagers killed by IsraelHarry Fawcett - Al Jazeera - Their deaths have added to the tension on the Gaza-Israeli border, following an explosion that injured four Israeli soldiers on Saturday. Israel blames Hamas for the attack and has carried out a series of ground and air attacks on 18 Hamas targets [ry]19/2/2018
WATCH: Soldiers arrest Palestinian children for throwing stones — without proofYael Marom - +972 "There should be nothing normal about holding Palestinian children in detention for hours on end, simply because they were seen in an area where stones were thrown. But that is precisely what Israeli soldiers did this past weekend in the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank." ca16/2/2018
`54 Palestinians die` as Israel refuses medical permitsFarah Najjar - Al Jazeera - "More than 25,000 permit requests were submitted to Israeli authorities. Of those, 719 were refused, often under the pretext of security. Another 11,281 applications are still pending approval - meaning thousands of people are in a state of jeopardy." - id 14/2/2018
`IDF killed five unarmed Palestinians in a single month`Joshua Leifer - +972 - "...all of whom were shot in the upper body during clashes and demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza, according to Israeli anti-occupation organization B’Tselem. None of them posed a danger to the soldiers when they were killed." - id14/2/2018
With Gaza in Financial Crisis, Fears That ‘an Explosion’s Coming’DAVID M. HALBFINGER - NY Times - "“Life has become completely different,” Mr. Abu Shaaban said, his eyes welling up. He has stopped paying a son’s college tuition. He buys his wife vegetables to cook for their six children, not meat." - id 14/2/2018
Israel closes doors on trial of Palestinian teenAP - Ynet - The judge quickly ushered out reporters, saying the trial would be closed "for the protection of the minor." Her lawyer, Gaby Lasky, objected. Tamimi, who has been incarcerated for nearly two months, appeared to be in good spirits as she entered and whispered across the courtroom to her family. Her father, Bassem Tamimi, shouted: "Stay strong!" [bz]13/2/2018
An atmosphere of extremism and a ‘lynching’ that wasn’t Joshua Davidovich - Times of Israel - The case of two Israeli soldiers straying into Jenin and being surrounded by an angry Palestinian crowd became front-page news in the Israeli press, which repeatedly used the term "near lynch". Yisrael Hayom, considered as Netayhau`s own semi-official propaganda sheet, made the most of the drama - the paper quotes the female soldier yelling, “I don’t want to die,” as “dozens of Palestinians began to attack the car, throwing stones from point blank and hitting them with everything they could find.” The two soldiers had a reason to be thankful to the often derided "security cooperation" between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Palestinian police forces quickly arrived on the spot, acting firmly to extract the two soldiers and get them safely out of the city. Yedioth Ahronoth notes that Jenin is different now, with anti-Israel sentiment “at a peak” since an army operation in the city last week culminating with a killing of "a terrorist suspect". A Palestinian security source is quoted “I’ve been in the security forces since they were founded and I’ve never seen such an atmosphere of extremism you see on the Palestinian street these days, not even during the Second Intifada." [ak] 13/2/2018
Israeli forces detain 13 Palestinians, 4 former prisoners, in pre-dawn raidsMa`an - Israeli raids into Palestinian towns and villages are near daily (nightly actually) occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Between January 16 and 29, the UN counted 160 search and arrest operations in the West Bank. [bz]13/2/2018
In one month, soldiers kill 5 unarmed young Palestinians – 3 with shots to the headB`Tselem press release - All were shot in the upper body during clashes and demonstrations that included stone-throwing, although they were not endangering the lives of the soldiers or of anyone else. According to the Israeli military’s open-fire regulations, shooting to kill is permitted only when the lives of security forces or other persons are in danger. Even then, it is allowed only when there are no other means of averting the danger. These incidents did not meet these conditions. [bz] 13/2/2018
Slow death for Gaza cancer patients cut off from careTamara Aburamadan - Electronic Intifada "The only hospital in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that can provide the kind of care Abdullah needs is Augusta Victoria, in East Jerusalem, part of the occupied West Bank. But in late October, the hospital stopped receiving patients from the West Bank beyond East Jerusalem, as well as from Gaza, informing those with previous referrals not to try to make their way to Jerusalem.Hospital administrators told the Palestinian Center for Human Rights that the decision had been made after the Palestinian Authority health ministry in the West Bank failed to pay monies owed to the private hospital.Mohammed Bseiso, a lawyer with the rights group, told The Electronic Intifada that of the hundreds of patients referred to Augusta Victoria every month from Gaza, no more than “about 50-70 percent” are granted permits." ca 9/2/2018
Israeli forces shower Palestinian school with tear gas, sending several students to hospitalMa`an News Agency - "Dozens of Palestinian school students in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron were exposed to high levels of tear gas on Thursday morning as Israeli forces showered their school with tear gas canisters.Several students were transferred to the Muhammad Ali al-Muhtaseb Hospital for treatment.The principal of the al-Hajiryeh school Ammar Bin Jaber told Ma’an “we were shocked by the amount of tear-gas bombs fired by Israeli soldiers at the school and nearby school.” ca9/2/2018
UN: Israel to Level Dozens of Palestinian Schools in West BankIMEMC News - "At least 45 schools are now facing demolition by the occupying Israeli military, the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned on Sunday. Children as young as seven would be left without schools if Israel carries out its demolition project, said Roberto Valent, acting OCHA coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territories." - id 7/2/2018
UN: Fuel for critical Gaza facilities will run out in 10 daysMagazine Staff - + 972 - "The Gaza Strip is on the ‘verge of disaster,’ the UN warns. Intensive care and surgical operating rooms, sewage treatment plants, and desalination plants are at immediate risk — hospitals have already begun to close." - id 7/2/2018
A 14-Year-Old Girl Forced Alone and at Night Into the Gaza Cage. Another Routine Mishap for Israel’s OccupationJonathan Cook - Counter Punch - "How did a 14-year-old Palestinian girl who has never set foot in the open-air prison of Gaza find herself being dumped there by Israeli officials – alone, at night and without her parents being informed? The terrifying ordeal – a child realising she had not been taken home but discarded in a place where she knew no one – is hard to contemplate for any parent." - id 7/2/2018
Soldiers extrajudicially execute Palestinian accused of killing a settlerIMEMC - On Tuesday morning before dawn, Israeli troops invaded the village of al-Yamoun and killed Ahmad Nasr Jarrar, 22. Jarrar, accused of being involved in the killing of a settler a month ago, was the target of a massive manhunt highly publicized in the Israeli media. There were three earlier raids in which military forces failed to capture him. In one of these earlier raids, at Burqin on January 18, the soldiers killed Nasr Jarrar`s cousin Ahmad Ismael, whom they mistook for him. In another raid, also at Burqin on February 3, the soldiers killed Ahmad Samir Abu ‘Obeid, 19 - one of the local inhabitants who tried to resist them. Mohammad Abu Allan Daraghma, a Palestinian journalist specializing in Israeli affairs, asserts that the army was given “shoot-to-kill” orders, and the soldiers were instructed to shoot Jarrar the moment he was visible to them, without attempting to capture him. Following Jarrar`s death, dozens of local youngsters hurled stones at the soldiers, who fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.[ak]6/2/2018
Israeli settler killed in West Bank stabbing attackAl Jazeera News - The attack in the district of Salfit on Monday afternoon, on the main road near the Ariel settlement, was reportedly carried out by a Palestinian, who drove away in a vehicle but later left the car and ran away from an army vehicle chasing him. Bethlehem-based Maan News agency said settlers in the area began throwing rocks at Palestinian vehicles passing by. Hamas, in the Gaza Strip, welcomed the stabbing attack. A similar attack to Monday`s occurred last month. The Israeli army is continuing its search for Ahmad Jarrar, a 22-year-old Palestinian who is wanted for his alleged role in the killing. His cousin of the same name was killed on January 18 after a 10-hour military operation, in what Palestinians believe was a case of mistaken identity. [bz]6/2/2018
Israel demolishes EU-funded Palestinian classrooms in occupied West BankIndependent, Staff and agencies - It was the fifth time the school has been demolished since 2016, Palestinian officials said. Residents, with the help of non-government organisations and EU funding, reconstruct it each time [ry]5/2/2018
Hamas chief`s inclusion on US terror list will further derail peace efforts Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor "Hassan Abu Hanieh, an independent expert on Islamic political movements, told Al-Monitor that Haniyeh was the strong voice behind attempts to tone down the anti-Israeli ideological positions of Hamas.“By rejecting Haniyeh and the moderate wing in Hamas, US President Donald Trump and his ally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are trying to radicalize Hamas by making it clear that even moderate voices are no longer legitimate.” ca 3/2/2018
Israeli Air Force attacks Hamas military complex following rocket fireYoav Zitun - Ynet news "An IDF statement on the attack said the army "sees the Hamas terror organization the sole one responsible for what happens in the Gaza Strip and from it." ca3/2/2018
Activists barricade JNF headquarters to protest eviction of Palestinian familyJoshua Leifer - +972 "Several dozen Israeli and international activists demonstrated outside the Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) Jerusalem offices Wednesday, protesting its role in the eviction of a Palestinian family from Silwan, a neighborhood of East Jerusalem.The JNF, through a subsidiary called Himnuta, has been attempting to evict the Sumarin family for decades." ca2/2/2018
Israel deports 14-year-old girl to Gaza — without telling her parentsEdo Konrad - +972 "Ghada suffers from epilepsy and has seizures every three to six months. She is currently undergoing medical treatment is being treated at Al Amal Medical Center in a-Ram.According to HaMoked, there are approximately 21,000 Palestinians living in the West Bank but whose addresses are listed as Gaza. Israel, which controls the Palestinian population registry, refuses to update their address and considers them “illegal aliens” unless they have have a special military permit to live in the West Bank." ca 2/2/2018
Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Child Near RamallahIMEMC - "Eyewitnesses said the soldiers shot the child from a very close range, striking him with a live round in the head." - id 31/1/2018
Palestinian school under imminent threat of demolition Elias Abuata - Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) - A Palestinian primary school built with European donor funding is facing the threat of demolition by Israeli authorities.The school is the only one serving the Bedouin community of Al Muntar, on the periphery of East Jerusalem in Area C of the West Bank, which has already suffered displacement and destruction of property in the past. The Israeli High Court of Justice ruled that the school was an attempt “to create facts on the ground”, despite its crucial basic service to the community - therefore, the injunction protecting it was withdrawn, facilitating its demolition at any moment after February 1. Currently, 33 pupils aged 5-11 attend the primary school but it was meant to be expanded to receive over 70 pupils this year. This is one of at least 61 schools in the the West Bank and East Jerusalem which are at risk. [ak] 30/1/2018
French intellectuals’ statement on Palestinian child prisoners published in “Le Monde”Samidoun - Ahed Tamimi’s case is not isolated. (...) According to the reports of international agencies, including UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, B’Tselem, Amnesty International and Defense for Children International – Palestine, three out of every four children arrested experience violence during arrest or interrogation. They are frequently arrested in night raids on their home; 85 percent of arrested Palestinian children were blindfolded and 95 percent were handcuffed. They are deprived of access to lawyers, denied the presence of their parents during interrogation and forced to sign confessions. They are also subject to “administrative detention,” imprisonment without charge or trial. They are often detained in detention centers located outside the territories occupied by Israel, making visits from their families difficult. The use of isolation cells for the interrogation of children is a practice that has been likened to torture under international law. [ak]30/1/2018
Palestinian Teens Abdul-Khalik Burnat and Mohammed Tamimi Brought Before Israeli Military CourtIMEMC - “I attended the ‘hearing’ today, fifty days after my son’s abduction, and it was a long day of deliberate humiliations and insults. After two hours of waiting, my wife and I entered the ‘court’, and what a court it is! A court filled with soldiers wearing military uniforms and a child in a cage, his feet in chains, wearing a brown uniform and a broad smile. A smile that says, I am strong! A smile to greet his mother and father in an atmosphere filled with animosity and hatred. One of the soldiers told us to sit in an area reserved for families of the detainees and not to speak,” [the father of Abdul-Khalik] Burnat wrote. The military prosecution’s charges against Abdul-Khalik were read out, including stone-throwing (the most common charge issued against the approximately 700 Palestinian children brought before Israeli military courts each year), as well as allegations that this stone-throwing caused “severe damage to the Wall,” the eight-meter high concrete separation wall condemned by the International Court of Justice. [bz]30/1/2018
Army Abducts Six Palestinians In Jenin, Tulkarem And BethlehemIMEMC News - "The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, six Palestinians in the West Bank governorates of Jenin, Tulkarem and Hebron, in addition to detaining, and interrogating, six others, and wounding one, near Nablus" [ry]29/1/2018
‘It’s a death sentence’: Palestinians in Jerusalem brace for Trump aid cutsOliver Holmes and Sufian Taha - The Guardian - For refugees in the densely packed Shuafat camp, a UN agency facing US funding cutbacks is the closest thing to a government [ry]29/1/2018
Demolishing Palestinian schools `a quiet population transfer`Orly Noy - +972 "By destroying schools in Palestinian villages in Area C and elsewhere, Israel is forcing Palestinians to make a cruel choice — between their land and their children’s futures." ca28/1/2018
Israel distributes eviction, demolition notices to Palestinians in Bethlehem areaMiddle East Monitor - Israeli occupation authorities distributed eviction and demolition notices Monday to Palestinians in Khillat al- Nakhla village in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, reported. Anti-settlement activist in Bethlehem Hassan Brijea reported that Israeli occupation forces raided the village and handed over the notices to the Jubran family, asking them to evacuate their 45-dunam agricultural land. Brijea said that the Israeli occupation authorities claimed, in the notices, that the designated area is classified as a state land.-rh 24/1/2018
Amnesty made the right call when it refused to host Israeli apologistsBen White - Middle East Eye - The commendable decision by Amnesty International UK to cancel an event this week organised by the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) is an important development in the fight against Israel`s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The event, which was to focus on the ills of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), featured Hillel Neuer, the head of pro-Israel pressure group UN Watch. Acknowledging that the booking should never have been approved in the first place, Amnesty UK pulled the plug on the event after concerns were raised both externally and within the organisation.-rh24/1/2018
The Palestinian Struggle Is Not About Rights Within A Legitimized Israel; It’s About Liberation And Self-DeterminationRima Najjar - Countercurrents -The #BDS Movement is a nonviolent grassroots movement originating in the occupied territory of Palestine. Its overriding principles are consistency and commitment to universal human rights, and it has proven to be effective, as a tactic, not least for changing the conversation on Israel.-rh24/1/2018
White House official: Kushner and Greenblatt haven’t spoken to Palestinian leadership since Jerusalem falloutAllison Deger - Moondoweiss - Relaying an unusually pessimistic outlook on Middle East peace, a White House official said today Trump administration senior envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt and the Palestinian leadership have not spoken in nearly seven weeks, breaking contact after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.-rh24/1/2018
Why is the Israeli army suddenly concerned about Gaza?Jonathan Cook - For the first time last week Israeli military officials echoed what the United Nations has been saying for some time: that Gaza’s economy and infrastructure stand on the brink of collapse. After a decade of this horrifying experiment in human endurance, the Israeli army finally appears to be concerned about whether Gaza can cope much longer.-rh24/1/2018
Over 7,000 people collectively punished: Israel imposes harsh restrictions on access to village of HizmaB`TSELEM - For more than a week, the Israeli military has been severely restricting access into and out of the Palestinian village of Hizma in the West Bank, apparently in response to stone-throwing along a nearby road. Soldiers have been deployed at all entrances to the village, and physical roadblocks have been put in place barring vehicular access. At various points during this time, only registered residents of the village were allowed in, and men under 40 were not allowed out.-rh24/1/2018
Israeli Security Pays Price for SettlementsMolad the center for the renewal of Israeli democracy - The greatest challenge to Israel’s security is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Inasmuch as the conflict revolves around land, it is inextricably intertwined with the settlements in the West Bank. Yet for many years, Israel has lacked responsible public debate over the settlements’ impact on national security. Molad’s new study analyses this issue in depth, based on facts, figures and input from Israel’s top defense experts.-rh 24/1/2018
Holy City of Sterile StreetsRoger Cohen - New York Times - The Israeli soldier stands at the entrance to Shuhada Street. The street is deserted, its stores shuttered, doors welded shut. The old center of Hebron has been a ghost town for many years. The Israel Defense Forces refer to “tzir sterili,” or sterile roads, because no Palestinian is allowed on them, whether in a car or on foot.The soldier at the checkpoint is a young man with a ready smile. He tells me he’s visited New York. He asks where I bought my watch. I ask him what he’s done to merit the punishment of Hebron. He laughs, a little uneasily. He’s clearly uncomfortable with his mission, enforcing segregation, and wants to connect. No doubt he’d rather be on the beach in Tel Aviv enjoying a beer.[ak] 23/1/2018
Not just Ahed: Israel holding 300 Palestinian minors in prisonJoshua Leifer - +972 - There are hundreds of Palestinians like Ahed Tamimi: denied bail and held in detention until the end of their trials. Over 400 more are imprisoned without ever being charged with a crime [ry]22/1/2018
`UNRWA shouldn`t be held hostage to politics`Samer Badawi - +972 "The agency provides life-saving assistance to 80 percent of the population in Gaza, food assistance for over a million Palestinians throughout the region, and schools for over half a million children." ca19/1/2018
As Artist-Organizer from Decolonize This Place Is Detained By Israeli Military, Calls for Boycott GrowYates McKee,Andrew Ross - Hyperallergic "Habshe is a community organizer in Aida camp, and a core (though geographically distant) member of the art collectives MTL+ and Decolonize This Place, well-known for their three-month 2016 residency at the New York venue Artists Space, the Anti-Columbus Day tours at the American Museum of Natural History, and their work in building out the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in the international art world. Habshe previously served three years in Israeli prisons for organizing in Aida camp and within Fatah during the second Palestinian uprising that began in 2001." ca19/1/2018
The Palestinian village with only three residentsIbrahim Abdelhadi - Al Monitor - "While all of the inhabitants of the town of Shoshahla left under Israeli threats, three people have returned and continue to cling to their land and refuse to leave a second time." - id17/1/2018
Living among the dead in GazaMohammed Arafat - +972 - "I asked a man who lives among the graves in Gaza how he could bear to live among the dead. He challenged me. ‘How is living among the dead is worse than living among the living?’" - id 17/1/2018
Ahed Tamimi should stay in prison because she might slap again — Israeli ethicistJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - Yesterday, Kasher appeared as a commentator on Ahed’s case. In news coverage for the Dutch NOS Journaal, he is seen viewing a video of her slap (see link from 7:47). Here’s the text of his short interview: Kasher: “So she is permanently provocative. So I can understand the judge” [who has so far not released Ahed on bail, unlike her cousin Nour, ed]. Interviewer: “But she’s a minor. How can she be dangerous?” Kasher: “Dangerous in the sense that she can slap the… slap another officer, and another… ‘Dangerous’ doesn’t need to mean jeopardizing life. It means breaking law and order. I mean, not acting properly, to the extent that disturbs the people from accomplishing their missions.”.-rh17/1/2018
PALESTINE PULSE The Palestinian village with only three residents Ibrahim Abdelhadi - Al-Monitor - To the southwest of the town of al- Khader, 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the city of Bethlehem, lies Shoshahla village located at the foot of a mountain surrounded by five Israeli settlements: Sidi Bouaz, Eliezer, Efrat, Neve Daniel and Kfar Etzion. Only three people — a man, his wife and their daughter — live in Shoshahla and continue to cling to a land they inherited from their ancestors. This small family, which was forced to migrate decades ago under Israeli threats, chose to return to Shoshahla in the early 1990s and is refusing to leave again despite the primitive life they lead.- rh 17/1/2018
US withholds $65 million from UN agency for PalestiniansTimes of Israel Staff - Times of Israel - The United States sent $60 million to keep the UN relief agency for Palestinians (UNRWA) in operation but withheld a further $65 million while it urged others to pay more, a State Department official said Tuesday.-rh17/1/2018
Army Invades Many Apartments In RamallahIMEMCNews - Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, many Palestinian apartments, including one inhabited by a journalist, and conducted violent searches, causing serious property damage.The Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) said the soldiers invaded the apartment of one of its reporters, identified as Zahran Hammad, after detonating the front door.-rh17/1/2018
Palestinian leadership faces monumental decisionsDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The 80-plus members of the Palestinian Central Council (PCC) who are expected to convene for a two-day meeting Jan. 14 in Ramallah face potentially monumental choices. Yet, on the eve of this crucial meeting, nothing resembling consensus can be discerned. The choices range from dissolving the Palestinian Authority (PA) to ending security cooperation with Israel to withdrawing Palestinian recognition of Israel to the declaration of Palestine as a state under occupation. Each choice has its advantages and disadvantages, its supporters and opponents.-rh 17/1/2018
Israeli forces kill Palestinian student, former prisoner during clashes in QalqiliyaMa`an News Agency - Israeli forces shot and killed a 28-year-old Palestinian student and former prisoner during clashes on Monday in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya. Locals identified the slain Palestinian as Ahmad Abd al-Jaber Muhammad Salim, a student at al-Quds Open University in Qalqiliya and the secretary of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) student bloc. Salim was critically injured in the head with a live bullet during clashes in his hometown of Jayyous before he succumbed to the wounds just minutes later.-rh17/1/2018
Palestinian villages attacked – yet resisting illegal outpostsNablus team - International Solidarity Movement - "Following the funeral of a recently killed settler from the illegal outpost of Havat Gilad, dozens of settlers attacked the nearby village of Far’ata. The settlers from the illegal outpost threw stones at seven Palestinian homes, breaking windows and causing other property damage. The attacking settlers also damaged trees belonging to Palestinian villagers." - id 17/1/2018
Homeless in GazaSarah Helm - The New York Review of Books - On November 11, 2017, the gray streets of Gaza suddenly turned yellow as tens of thousands of people came out to wave the flag of Fatah, the party of their former leader Yasser Arafat. This was the thirteenth anniversary of Arafat’s death, and, for the first time since 2007, when the Islamic resistance movement Hamas defeated Fatah in the bloody civil war that followed Hamas’s electoral victory the previous year, it had permitted a public commemoration of Arafat Day. By allowing the celebration, Hamas had given the first substantial sign that it was serious about a new reconciliation deal, signed with Fatah in October.-rh 17/1/2018
Palestinian Leadership Decides to Suspend Recognition of and Cooperation with IsraelIMEMC - In light of the withdrawal of the occupying state from all agreements and revoking them by practice and imposing a fait accompli (...) the PLO Central Council decided that the transitional period stipulated in the agreements signed in Oslo, Cairo and Washington, with its obligations, no longer stands.(...) To suspend recognition of Israel until it recognizes the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders and revokes the decision to annex East Jerusalem and expand and build settlements.(...) To stop security coordination in all its forms and to break away from the relationship of economic dependence established by the Paris Economic Agreement, [in order] to achieve the independence of the national economy. [ak]16/1/2018
Palestinian student killed by army near QalqiliaIMEMC - Ahmad Abdul-Jaber Salim, 28, from Jayyous, was shot with a live round to his head, and died of his wounds at Darwish Nazzal hospital, Qalqilia. Eyewitnesses said Israeli soldiers fired many live rounds at Palestinian protesters, fatally wounding Ahmad, and then fired many gas bombs at Palestinian ambulances and medics. Ahmad was a political prisoner, who was held by Israel for three years until being released in 2016, then enrolling at the Qalqilia branch of the Al-Quds Open University, where he was secretary of the student faction linked to the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP).[ak]16/1/2018
Latest tunnel strike puts Hamas leaders in a tough spot with CairoAvi Issacharoff - Times of Israel "Hamas leaders find themselves in a worrisome situation. Another of their tunnels penetrating into Israeli territory has been exposed and destroyed. In total, three tunnels (four, by another tally) have been destroyed in about two and a half months, and it seems like Hamas is quickly losing its most significant strategic weapon ahead of the next possible military confrontation with Israel." ca15/1/2018
Is Israel testing new types of tear gas in Bethlehem?Ryan Rodrick Beiler - Electronic Intifada "While the report underscores the Israeli military forces’ responsibility under international law for the safety of the Palestinian civilians under its control, it also urges UNRWA to respect its mandate to provide practical protection and assistance to refugees in Aida.“The UN must do something more useful for the people here,” al-Azza from the Lajee Center said." ca 14/1/2018
Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi—Message From A Freedom FighterAbby Martin -VIDEO- Information Clearing House "Recently, the struggle for Palestinian human rights gained international attention surrounding a new icon of resistance--16 year old Ahed Tamimi." ca13/1/2018
Ahed Tamimi flips Zionist mythology on its headGil Gertel - +972 - The story of David and Goliath is a central Zionist myth. The case of Ahed Tamimi shows that while Israel still thinks it’s David, in reality, it’s Goliath.-rh10/1/2018
Israel`s new death penalty bill `targets Palestinians`Shafik Mandhai - Aljazeera - The Israeli government`s proposal to make it easier for judges to hand out the death penalty for "terrorist activity" has been condemned as "fascist" by Palestinian politicians and rights groups, who fear it will give Israel legal cover to target Palestinians.-rh 10/1/2018
Palestinians in Kufr Aqab: `We live here just to wait`Jaclynn Ashly - Aljazeera - Kufr Aqab and Shuafat refugee camp are neglected by the Jerusalem municipality, but beyond the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Police are absent and municipal services are limited. "All of these people are living here solely to keep their Jerusalem IDs," Moien Odeh, a Jerusalem-based legal expert, told Al Jazeera, gesturing to a sea of high-rise buildings in Kufr Aqab. The lack of available land means that these homes are built higher and higher to accommodate an exploding population, estimated to be about 65,000. Most Palestinians here are escaping a housing crisis and soaring prices in Jerusalem, while couples with mixed IDs - Jerusalem and West Bank - are forced to live in the area simply to stay together.-rh 10/1/2018
Israel Shoots Palestinian Teen in the Head During Funeral of Musaab Tamimi (VIDEO)Palestine Chronicle - A Palestinian youth was critically injured after being shot in the head by Israeli forces during clashes that erupted following the funeral of slain Palestinian teenager Musaab Firas al- Tamimi, 16, in the Deir Nitham village, northwest of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.-rh10/1/2018
Soldiers Abduct A Young Woman Near Ramallah IMEMC - "Media sources said the soldiers abducted the young woman, after stopping her at a junction near Shilo illegal Israeli colony, which was built on private Palestinian lands, owned by Turmus Ayya residents."- id 10/1/2018
Ahed Tamimi’s arrest sheds a disturbing light on how children are targeted by IsraelJonathan Cook - The National - Palestinian villages like Nabi Saleh are regularly invaded by soldiers. Children are dragged from their beds in the middle of the night, as happened to Ahed during her arrest last month in retaliation for her slaps. Human rights groups document how children are routinely beaten and tortured in detention. Many hundreds pass through Israeli jails each year charged with throwing stones. With conviction rates in Israeli military courts of more than 99 per cent, the guilt and incarceration of such children is a foregone conclusion.-rh 10/1/2018
Israeli forces detain 19 Palestinians, 14-year-old boy, during raidsMa`an News - "Israeli army forces detained Mohammad Samer Mansour, 14, from the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah."..."According to UN documentation, between December 19th and January 1st, Israeli forces carried out 170 search and arrest operations in the West Bank."- id 10/1/2018
Military court still mulls jailing of Tamimi teen until end of her trialYonah Jeremy Bob - Jerusalem Post - “If the court accepts the claim that the incident in the video does not justify being held in police custody until the end of the trial, especially when speaking of a minor,” her lawyer Gaby Lasky said, it will probably order Ahed Tamimi freed on bail like her cousin. She added, “Ahed was detained because of the feeling of insult and humiliation of part of the Israeli public, and the IDF prosecution wants to return the honor that was trampled on.” The IDF prosecution responded by saying Tamimi was indicted on 10 counts, including numerous instances of throwing rocks at soldiers and that law in the West Bank in such cases permits holding a detainee in custody until the end of a trial. There is also a debate over Tamimi’s family. Her father, Bassem, is revered in Palestinian circles as a Palestinian-style Gandhi for leading protests against the “occupation” and for being jailed over the years. The IDF prosecution views him as a crafty leader who has mixed violent and non-violent forms of protest, in order to harm IDF soldiers while reaping global sympathy. Tamimi’s mother, Neriman, is also under indictment and has been arrested in the past. [ak] 9/1/2018
Open-fire policyB`tselem press release - Not only in Iran: Israeli troops fire live ammunition during protests against Trump’s declaration, killing 10 Palestinians and injuring hundreds. In protests near the Gaza perimeter fence alone, Israeli soldiers shot and killed in December eight unarmed Palestinian demonstrators, none of whom posed mortal danger. [ak]9/1/2018
Israeli Naval Forces Arrest 2 Fishermen and Confiscate Fishing Boat in Northern Gaza Strip IMEMC - According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 12:00 on Monday, 08 Jan, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. They surrounnded a fishing boat belonging to Mohamed Omar al-Najjar. The fishing boat was manned by Jehad Suhail Murad (25) and Mostafa Mohamed Murad (18), both from al-Shati’ refugee camp in Gaza City. The men were forced to take off their clothes, jump into the water and swim towards the Israeli gunboat. The fishermen were then arrested while the boat was confiscated. [bz]9/1/2018
Gazans Struggle to Cope with Heavy Rains as Threat of War EscalatesIMEMC News & Agencies - Dozens of makeshift houses in the Gaza Strip have been flooded since Thursday night, due to heavy rains amid an extreme cold wave hitting the region [ry]8/1/2018
This Palestinian camp is the community most exposed to tear gas in the worldChloé Benoist - MIDDLE EAST EYE - The small and densely populated refugee camp has long been the target of Israeli military raids, but a University of California, Berkeley study released on Thursday led Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner general of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East, to designate Aida the community most exposed to tear gas in the world earlier this year.-rh4/1/2018
Fawzi Al Junaidi Releasedal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement = "...after his family paid a 10,000 shekel bail on Wednesday Fawzi returned back to his family home after a checkup at hospital. The iconic photo of a badly beaten Fawzi escorted by 30 Israeli Soldiers after his arrest went viral. Drawing attention to the excessive force often used by the Israeli army." - id 3/1/2018
Dozens of Israeli teens: `We refuse to enlist out of a commitment to peace`Haggai Matar - +972 - Sixty-three Israeli teenagers have published an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday, declaring their refusal to join the Israeli army due to their opposition to the occupation. “The army carries out a racist government policy that enforces one legal system for Israelis and another for Palestinian in the same territory,” they write. “Therefore, we have decided not to take any part in the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people… for as long as people live under an occupation that denies their human rights and national rights – we cannot have peace.”-rh3/1/2018
Palestinians ready for major shift in strategyDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The US decision is seen by many Palestinian leaders as a unique opportunity to rise up to this occasion by working seriously on national unity. Calls for a serious end to the Palestinian split and a unity of purpose have been on the rise in various Palestinian circles, with many thinking about the best approach forward that can preserve the steadfastness of Palestinians on the ground while making the occupiers pay a much higher price for their illegal occupation, colonial settlements and denial of Palestinian rights.-rh 3/1/2018
Made in Israel: Exploiting Palestinian Land for Treatment of Israeli WasteB`Tselem - Publications - B’Tselem research has found that there are at least fifteen Israeli waste treatment facilities in the West Bank. Most of the waste they process is produced in Israel. Six of the facilities handle hazardous waste which requires special processes and regulatory supervision due to the dangers it poses.-rh3/1/2018
Palestinian 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi is the latest child victim of Israel’s occupationHarriet Sherwood - The Guardian - Ahed’s experiences are echoed in the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the West Bank and Gaza. Such a brutal context for childhood can shape attitudes for a lifetime. Frank Roni, a former child protection specialist for Unicef in the Palestinian territories, said he had observed the “intergenerational trauma” of those growing up under occupation. “The ongoing conflict, the deterioration of the economy and social environment, the increase in violence – this all impacts heavily on children. Children form a ghetto mentality and lose hope for the future, which fuels a cycle of despair,” he said in 2013.-rh3/1/2018
Shin Bet Warns Israeli Ministers: Death Penalty for Terrorists Will Lead to Kidnappings of Jews Worldwide Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman has shared his negative opinion of the bill with the inner security cabinet. The security service will be presenting its opinion to the cabinet when it convenes to discuss the bill, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it would.-rh 3/1/2018
Israeli arrests of Palestinian children rise after Trump’s Jerusalem announcementTessa Fox - Al-Monitor - "On the way to visit his aunt, 16-year-old Fawzi al-Juneidi was captured by Israeli forces in Hebron. He said he was severely beaten and taken to a nearby military watchtower with blood pouring from his face, placed in an outdoor fenced room and made to sit on the ground in cold water in the December chill. “They poured cold water on my feet, as I had lost my shoes when they arrested me. They were standing on my legs and feet, leaving cuts all over my body,” Juneidi told Al-Monitor within days of his release from 22 days in prison. Juneidi said that as a result of the beatings he endured from the time of his arrest, his shoulder was fractured." - id 3/1/2018
Israeli Interrogations Could Lead to False Confessions, says Israeli CourtIMEMC News - An Israel judge ripped into the Shin Bet, an Israeli intelligence service, for its interrogation tactics, saying they could lead people to confess crimes they did not commit. The panel of Be’er Sheva District Court judges has issued the opinion blasting the security service as part of a ruling explaining their acquittal last month of Khalil Nimri, a Palestinian accused of terrorism.-rh3/1/2018
Why Israel`s Permit System is more sophisticated and controlling than Apartheid South Africa’s Pass SystemTony Greenstein - Blog - When we think of Apartheid, whether Israeli or South African, we think of discrimination, segregation and separation. But the essence of Apartheid was labour control and to organise this it was necessary to have a system of pass control. People could only move with the requisite paper. In South Africa this was a crude system and it fell into abeyance but in Israel it is highly sophisticated, with over 100 different varieties of permit. It is the means by which Israel segments and divides the Palestinians, setting one off against another.-rh3/1/2018
This Land Is Our LandRaja Shehadeh - The New York Review of Books - In the course of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, some 750,000 Palestinians fled the fighting or were forced off their land. In 1950 Israel passed a law designating those lands as “absentee” territory and through a series of other legal measures reserved it for the use of the Jewish Israeli population. But there remained heavy concentrations of land—in the Galilee, the north of Israel, and the Negev in the south—that was still owned by the Palestinians who stayed in Israel and became Israeli citizens. In these areas, Palestinians still far outnumbered Jewish Israelis in 1950. The new state was confronted with two questions: how to “Judaize” those areas, and how to transfer most of the land there to Jewish Israelis.-rh3/1/2018
Army extends detention without trial of parliamentarian Khalida JarrarPalestinian News Network - The occupation authorities extended the administrative detention of Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar for an additional six months. Jarrar had been under detention since 2 July 2017, when soldiers invaded her home in El-Bireh. A well-known Palestinian leader, Jarrar is a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, head of its Prisoners’ Committee and Vice-Chair of the Board of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. She is also a prominent campaigner for women`s rights. Jarrar is one of 11 Palestinian parliamentarians imprisoned by the Israeli occupation, most of them jailed – like her – without charge or trial. She is one of three Palestinian women currently held in administrative detention, along with Khadija Ruba’i and journalist Bushra al-Tawil. [ak] 2/1/2018
Ahed Tamimi indicted: `There`s a possibility of her facing a lot of time` Jaclynn Ashly - Al Jazeera - Ahed`s father, Bassem, told Al Jazeera that it was very likely his daughter would be sentenced and imprisoned over the charges. Her lawyer Gaby Lasky told Al Jazeera that owing to the charges, "there`s a possibility of her facing a lot of time." Palestinian teenagers typically face about six to nine months in prison for charges of stone-throwing, but according to a recent law it is punishable by up to 20 years. [bz] 2/1/2018
Slapping a soldier is "aggravated assault" IMEMC - The 21-year-old Palestinian girl Nour Tamimi, who was seen on a widely-distributed film slapping a heavily armed Israeli soldier, was indicted and charged with "aggravated assault of a soldier" as well as "obstructing a soldier from carrying out his duty". Most attention, in Israeli and worldwide, was focused on Nour`s 16-year old cousin Ahed Tamimi, and initially the army seemed inclined to let Nour go - which evidently changed now. [ak] 2/1/2018
Crowded West Bank refugee camp is the most tear-gassed place in the world — Berkeley Law School studySheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - “’Residents have alleged that tear gas utilization by [Israeli forces] is not directly correlated to political tensions, non-violent or violent protests, or stone throwing incidents,’ states the Berkeley study” [ry]1/1/2018
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