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Chilean Court Charges Israeli Officials with War CrimesCeline Hagbard - IMEMC "A lawsuit filed in a federal court in Chile this week charges three Israeli High Court Justices with war crimes for their decision last year to split an ancient monastery in the Bethlehem District from its community by running the Annexation Wall through it." ca2/12/2016
WHO: Latest Health Access Report for the Occupied Palestinian TerritoryIMEMC News & Agencies - "On the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, marked by the UN since 1977[1], WHO launched a 2-year report on health access at an event in Gaza, to highlight how the Israeli permit system and physical barriers obstruct health access for Palestinian patients, ambulances and health workers." ca2/12/2016
Quarrying leaves West Bank villagers on shaky ground Ahmad Melhem - Al-Monitor "The historic village of Kur, southeast of the city of Tulkarm, is known for its architectural heritage, including its domed buildings and castles, the oldest of which dates to the Mamluk era (1260- 1516), while others were built by the Ottomans (1516-1916). According to residents, Kur`s cultural landmarks suffer from general neglect, but what really concerns them is the threat to the buildings, and to their sanity, caused by a nearby stone-crushing operation." ca 2/12/2016
How Israel is bypassing the PAAdnan Abu Amer - Al Monitor - Israel communicates with the Palestinians at the checkpoints and online. Examples of the latter are the Facebook page of Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), his Twitter account and his official website, which are visited by thousands of Palestinians daily. On Nov. 11, the COGAT Facebook page posted about 10,000 job opportunities in Israel for Palestinian workers and listed the conditions required; it seems that this page has turned into an official Israeli platform to directly address the Palestinians.-rh 1/12/2016
In Jerusalem, insurance becomes extortionJoharah Baker - The Electronic Intifada - Earlier this year, new regulations made it mandatory for all residents in Jerusalem with temporary family unification permits to obtain Israeli medical insurance. The law, which came into effect on 1 August, will cost those affected a monthly fee in addition to a large backdated one-time charge. It has caused an angry uproar among Jerusalem’s Palestinians, who see it as yet another attempt by Israeli authorities to target their community and make their precarious existence in the city even more challenging.-rh 1/12/2016
The Real Link Between Israel’s Forest Fires And Muezzin BillJonathan Cook - Counter Currents - Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his support this month for the so-called “muezzin bill”, claiming it was urgently needed to stop the dawn call to prayer from mosques ruining the Israeli public’s sleep. A vote in the parliament is due this week. The use of loudspeakers by muezzins was unnecessarily disruptive, Mr Netanyahu argued, in an age of alarm clocks and phone apps. But the one in five of Israel’s population who are Palestinian, most of them Muslim, and a further 300,000 living under occupation in East Jerusalem, say the legislation is grossly discriminatory. The bill’s environmental rationale is bogus, they note. Moti Yogev, a settler leader who drafted the bill, originally wanted the loudspeaker ban to curb the broadcasting of sermons supposedly full of “incitement” against Israel.-rh 1/12/2016
Now is the moment for us Palestinians to renew our national movementSalem Barahmeh - The Guardian - Fatah has long been the backbone of the Palestinian national movement. Today it is plagued by infighting between its various camps, often headlined by the feud between President Mahmoud Abbas and the former leader Mohammad Dahlan. This infighting is crippling Palestinian politics and society. It is incumbent on Fatah to hold itself to a higher standard and live up to its responsibility as the leader of the national movement. It must take this as a serious opportunity to elect fresh young faces and address its issues – not as an opportunity to further polarise the party and consolidate power. The final opportunity is the rumoured Palestine National Council meeting, which could be held before the year’s end.-rh 1/12/2016
Ethnic Cleansing: Negev is a Battlefield for a Very Fierce Struggle The Palestine Chronicle - “Since the start of the Israeli occupation of Palestine in 1948, all of the indigenous Palestinians who managed to stay in their homes have been called Israeli-Arabs. Consecutive Israeli governments have been trying to assimilate Arab communities, but most of them insist on maintaining their Palestinian identity,”-rh30/11/2016
Why Israel is closely following Fatah conventionShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - MI head Gen. Herzl Halevi issued a warning about the situation, in a closed-door conference at Tel Aviv University last week. Halevi said that power struggles in the Palestinian Authority (PA) may lead to a destabilization of the security situation in the West Bank in the coming year. In his estimation, power struggles between Fatah’s rival sectors will give Hamas great achievements on the ground. “The result will be a very challenging reality in Judea and Samaria,” Halevi said.-rh 30/11/2016
Hebron municipality calls on Israel to remove settler structures in schoolyardMa`an - Under the protection of Israeli military forces, Israeli settlers have recently set up tents and steel structures on the land used as a Palestinian schoolyard in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron. [bz]29/11/2016
Israeli leader calls for demolition of homes belonging to Palestinian `arsonists`Ma’an News Agency - “Meanwhile, other critics have claimed that Israeli politicians were quick to blame Palestinians for the fires as a political maneuver to further convince the international community of Palestinian hostility toward the Israeli state. One Israeli journalist, Meron Rapoport, wrote for Middle East Eye that ‘the wave of fires has certainly shown how ready the Israeli leadership is to use any opportunity to portray the Palestinian minority as the enemy within, without waiting for evidence or even trying to pretend that it seeks cooperation with its 1.5 million Arab citizens’” [ry] 28/11/2016
Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians over suspicions of starting fires in Israel, West BankMa`an - Israeli media also reported a detention of a 24-year-old Palestinian from Rahat city in the Negev of southern Israel for alleged “incitement” over a Facebook post reportedly encouraging others to start fires. However, Israeli media later reported that his detention came after Israeli authorities mistranslated his post... [bz]26/11/2016
Why an Israeli general is Facebook chatting with Palestinians Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor "Shalom, ladies and gentlemen. We’ve decided that we can dialogue directly, and I’m glad I was given an opportunity to address you personally.” This was the opening line of Maj. Gen. Yoav (Poli) Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), in his first live video chat with Palestinians on the Facebook page Al-Monsiq (Arabic for “The Coordinator”). The Facebook page was set up in March 2015 to improve communications between residents of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank on issues under COGAT’s purview, both relating to individual matters and to those of the Palestinian public in general. Mordechai is involved with the daily routine of more than 2.5 million Palestinians in the [Hamas-controlled] Gaza Strip and West Bank." ca 25/11/2016
Israel releases body of slain Palestinian for burial after withholding it 54 daysMa`an News Agency - " Israeli authorities returned the body of a slain Palestinian on Wednesday night, allowing his family to bury 28-year-old Nasim Omran Abu Meizar in occupied East Jerusalem almost two months after he was killed by Israeli forces.Abu Meizar was shot dead at the Qalandiya checkpoint between the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Sept. 30 after stabbing and wounding an Israeli soldier." ca25/11/2016
Hell on Earth: Being a Cancer Patient in Palestine Tamar Fleishman - Palestine Chronicle - Being a cancer patient in Israel is no child’s play, and in the West Bank it is that much worse. But being a cancer patient in the Gaza Strip is hell on earth. For aside from the physical and mental torment of the illness itself, the Gazan patient and his/her family members are doomed to struggle against the bureaucratic barriers imposed by the Israeli authorities who practically incarcerate all humans inside the Gaza Strip, and in order to exit for treatment the patient – as well as his/her accompanier – need the sovereign’s permission.-rh24/11/2016
Israeli guard kills Palestinian at Qalandiya checkpoint after alleged stabbing attemptMA’AN NEWS AGENCY - According to Ma`an documentation, Khalil is the latest of 240 Palestinians to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory in October 2015, the majority of whom were shot dead by Israeli forces.-rh24/11/2016
Israel to build 500 new settler homes in East JerusalemAljazeera - More than 200,000 Israeli settlers now live in communities in East Jerusalem, which Israel has occupied along with the rest of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and parts of Egypt and Syria since the 1967 war.-rh24/11/2016
The different ways Israel treats Jewish, Palestinian outposts in the West BankHaggai Matar - +972 - Dozens of Palestinian activists erected an “outpost” in the Jordan Valley Thursday, in protest of recent Israeli army demolitions of Palestinian homes in the area, a marked contrast to a de facto military decision to allow the establishment of two new Jewish settlement outposts nearby. The Israeli army has not demolished either of the two Jewish outposts despite the fact that itself says they were illegally built. It only took a few hours before significant numbers of Israeli troops arrived at the new Palestinian outpost on Thursday, forcefully removing the protesters.-rh 24/11/2016
Global outcry appears to stop Israeli demolition of Palestinian village to make way for Jewish settlers Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - The large presence of journalists, Arab parliamentarians, and community leaders and activists that gathered in Atir-Umm al-Hiran, as well as the vigilance of supporters and allies around the world, appears to have deterred the Israeli authorities from carrying out their plans this morning to demolish several homes in the village. The demolition remains imminent, however. According to the court order, the state has until November 30 to carry out the demolition.-rh24/11/2016
Tortured youths of Aida refugee campal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "The interrogation for 13-year-old Dawud Sharaa began at 2 am in the morning on the eve of his arrest. The four hours previous he spent in the cold, blindfolded, handcuffed, threatened and beaten, told to wet himself if the urge to go to the toilet became too great." - id23/11/2016
Israeli settlers attack Palestinian house in Hebron with Molotov cocktails WAFA - Settlers from the Israeli settlement of Beit Yatir, built illegally on Palestinian-owned land, attacked the home of Mohammed Abu Qbaita, with Molotov cocktails, setting fire to the house. [bz]22/11/2016
Committee: 8 Palestinian children under 14 currently held by Israel in juvenile centersMa`an - Under Israeli law, Palestinian children can be handed down prison sentences upon turning 14, leading many to claim that some trials of minors were deliberately postponed to allow for such sentencing. [bz]22/11/2016
Extreme settler violence at Huwarra Checkpoint while soldiers stood byAtt. Eitay Mack - Don`t Say We Didn`t Know - By some mysterious wonder the checkpoint security camera`s tapes were erased two weeks after the event, and the State of Israel accuses Ayed of responsibility for the damage: He forgot to remove the key when fleeing his car, while the settlers were trying to have him burnt alive inside, and so they could move the car to the side of the checkpoint and burn it. [bz]22/11/2016
Israeli minister blocks proposal to `supply Palestinians with less water than settlers`Charlotte England - Independent - Water Authority argued Palestinians do not use as much water, but ministers pointed out this is not a choice, it is because their water supply is limited [ry] 21/11/2016
Al-Quds University Campus Sabotaged by Israeli ForcesIMEMC News & Agencies - "The raid comes just two days after troops infiltrated the Palestine Technical University (Kadoori) campus, in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, seizing electronic materials and recordings of surveillance cameras" [ry] 21/11/2016
The different ways Israel treats Jewish, Palestinian outposts in the West BankHaggai Matar - +972 - Palestinian activists protest Israeli attempts to ‘legalize’ settlement outposts by erecting one of their own. Unlike two nearby Jewish outposts, however, the Israeli army demolishes the Palestinian camp within hours. “The army has demolished homes in Khirbet al-Hama many times over the past few months, and at the same time settlers erected new outposts in the area,” said Abdullah Abu Rahme, an activist with the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, which organized the nonviolent action. [bz]19/11/2016
Gaza fishermen not permitted beyond 6-mile zone any time soonMohammed Othman - Al-Monitor, Palestine Pulse - “I have an average-size fishing boat and three workers. I go fishing twice a day, from 4 p.m. until the early morning hours and from 7 a.m. until noon. I make between 200 shekels [$52] and 300 shekels [$77] on a daily basis by selling the fish, and this amount covers the workers’ wages and the boat’s operational expenses such as fuel. So my daily profit ranges between 40 shekels [$10] to 50 shekels [$13].” [bz]19/11/2016
Not guilty. The Israeli captain who emptied his rifle into a Palestinian schoolgirl Chris McGreal - The Guardian - Officer ignored warnings that teenager was terrified. Says he would have done the same even if she had been three years old. Defence says `confirming the kill` standard practice. [bz] 19/11/2016
Nothing is Simple in PalestineISM - IMEMC "Part of our team was invited by an “inspector” from the United Nations office based here, in Al Khalil (Hebron), to go to a Bedouin village in the South Hebron Hills, where a demolition took place, yesterday.The village of Umm Al Khair was established in 1952, on land the villagers purchased. They have the deed to prove ownership. The village is currently made up of approximately 140 (registered) Bedouin refugees (approximately 28 families) who are mostly goat herders and farmers...In 1982, the illegal colonial Zionist settlement of Carmel was established right next to them (less than 50 yards away), on land they stole from the village...There have been 5 demolitions in the past year: October 27, 2015; 1 in April 2016; 2 this past August; and the most recent one yesterday where two structures were demolished. Their community center, which housed the kindergarten, a computer center, an after school program to help kids with homework, and a library has been demolished several times." ca18/11/2016
Gaza music school survives despite Israeli assault Mohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "Israeli officials prevent students from participating in music festivals at the level of Palestine, or to meet with their colleagues in the West Bank, Jerusalem, for two consecutive years for the mutual benefit of playing and experience in music festivals." - id 16/11/2016
PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct Nine Palestinians In The West Bank”IMEMC - "Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight until early morning hours Wednesday, nine Palestinians, including a twelve-year-old child, in different parts of the occupied West Bank." - id 16/11/2016
Olive harvest and Colonialism in expansion in Kafr ad DikHuwwara team - International Solidarity Movement - "“They stole all my neighbors lands from the north and the east. In the future maybe in the south, maybe me.”" - id 16/11/2016
9 Palestinian households lose source of income as owners forced to demolish shopsMa`an - Monday’s demolitions came a day after 12 Palestinians were left homeless when they were forced to demolish their apartments in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir, also in accordance with a demolition order that claimed the apartments lacked proper permits. Demolitions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem have seen an unprecedented surge this year, with the number of structures demolished in the first half of 2016 already well exceeding the total number of demolitions carried out in all of 2015. [bz]15/11/2016
The Telecommunication and IT Sector in Palestine Mashhour Abudaka - This Week in Palestine - Development of Palestinian telecommunication and information technology, like everything else in Palestine, is subject to the asymmetrical power relationship with Israel. The telecommunication agreement, while acknowledging the Palestinian rights to build and operate their own telecommunication infrastructure, gives the Israeli side total control over the international telecommunication gateways, the electromagnetic field (frequency spectrum), the telephone numbering plan, the access to areas labeled Area C, and the importation of equipment – all under the pretext of "security reasons". [ak]15/11/2016
Military Resumes Maneuvers in Residential Areas and Grazing Land of Palestinian Communities: Two Communities Displaced and Another RavagedB’Tselem - "Over recent weeks, the military has held several maneuvers in residential areas or grazing land belonging to Palestinian communities. Israel claims that the areas are “firing zones,” despite the fact that these communities have lived and worked on the land for many years" [ry] 14/11/2016
Israeli forces injure 4, detain 2 Palestinians after student march erupts into clashes in RamallahMa`an News Agency - "A student march commemorating the 12th anniversary of the death of late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat erupted into clashes with Israeli forces as the march headed to the Ofer detention center to support child prisoners held in Israeli detention centers." ca11/11/2016
Israel accused of destroying Muslim graves in East Jerusalem to make way for parkHarriet Agerholm - Independent - “Personnel from the so-called Israeli Nature Authority – backed by large numbers of Israeli forces – stormed the historical Bab al-Rahmeh cemetery and knocked down eight graves,” Mustafa Abu Zahra, head of the committee for the preservation of Islamic cemeteries in Jerusalem told the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency. “Israel wants to transform the cemetery into a national park for Israeli Jews,” he added.-rh10/11/2016
Soldiers Attack Olive Harvesters near QalqiliaIMEMC News & Agencie - Israeli soldiers, on Sunday, attacked and wounded two Palestinians who were picking olives in the village of Kafr Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, according to local WAFA sources. Witnesses said that the soldiers attacked two farmers, identified as Abdul-Mahdi Hekmat, 16, and Qusai Aqel, 20, and also verbally assaulted them while they were tending their olive trees.-rh 10/11/2016
A Second Unauthorized Settlement Outpost Sprouts in Northern Jordan Valley Amira Hass - Haaretz - About two months ago, a group of Israelis built a hut in the Megamat Netzah area and then left. But according to residents of the area and members of the Jewish-Arab Ta’ayush organization, on the night between Wednesday and Thursday of last week, the Israelis returned, cleared land and began new construction activity. A spokeswoman for the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories confirmed that the construction was illegal and had been carried out without the authorities’ approval.-rh10/11/2016
The Fraud That is Israeli Justice: Palestinian Minor Sentenced to 12 Years for Knife AttackRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The sentence is a blatant fraud in multiple ways.  At the time of the attack, Israeli law did not permit giving minors sentences as adults." - id9/11/2016
Gaza’s missing haunt those left behindHamza Abu Eltarabesh - The Electronic Intifada - "Every day after dawn prayers, Hussein al-Hams, 66, goes in search of his son Juma in the rubble of a building east of Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost city. Juma went missing on 1 August 2014 when he was 22." - id The day became known as Black Friday. 9/11/2016
What does Trump`s victory mean for the Middle East?Gilbert Achcar - Aljazeera - another regional "strong man" whose relations with Washington will greatly improve under Trump is Benjamin Netanyahu. Thus, another direct victim of Trump`s election will be the Palestinian people as Netanyahu will be given more of a free hand in dealing with them than any Israeli prime minister has had since Ariel Sharon in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.-rh 9/11/2016
Obama’s last chance of ending Israeli occupationAkiva Eldar - AlMonitor - Israel feels free to conduct itself in the West Bank as if it owned the place, simply because it can. It can because the United States enables it, because Obama turned his back on the promise he made during his landmark 2009 Cairo speech to promote the establishment of a Palestinian state. Not only have things not improved since then, they have deteriorated. The hope that a democratic president, committed to human rights, would be the one to bring peace is all but gone. If Obama does not dare to expel Israel from the occupied territories, who will? He has only a few months left to rectify the wrong and stop our plunge into an abyss.-rh 9/11/2016
Israeli court sentences 14 year-old Palestinian to 12 years in prison for attempted murderMa`an - In addition, the court imposed a fine on his family of 180,000 shekels ($47,187). [bz]8/11/2016
Israeli forces detain 20 Palestinians in night raidsMa`an - Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 169 detention raids in the last two weeks of October alone. According to prisoners rights group Addameer 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives. [bz]8/11/2016
Demolishing homes and confiscating tractors for army maneuver purposesAmos Gvirtz - Don`t say we did not know - Whether it is towards Palestinians in the Jordan valley, or Bedouins inside Israel proper - the same bullying. [bz]8/11/2016
Settlers steal the harvest of 400 olive trees near Nablus Ma’an - For several daysy, Israeli authorities forbade inhabitants of the Nablus area village of Deir Sharaf to enter their agricultural lands. When they finally were let in, more than 30 Palestinian families found that Israeli settlers - probably from the nearby Israeli settlement of Shavi Shamron - had already picked the olives from their trees. [ak]8/11/2016
Palestinians Harvesting Olives Reportedly Attacked by Settlers Near Ramallah Jack Khoury and Yotam Berger - Haaretz - A relative of one of the victims told Haaretz that some 20 settlers were involved in the attack. "We didn`t see their faces," he said. "I was in the village when we heard screaming. We went down there and saw our people, one of whom was bleeding from the head. I called for help and the settlers fled." The Israel Police and the Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territories said that an investigation has been launched in the incident. [bz]6/11/2016
Female engineers hope to rebuild Gaza with "green cake"Albawaba - The environmentally-friendly material, which took more than a year to develop, is made of ash and cement and isolates sound, extreme temperatures and fire. It’s named because it’s literally and figuratively green and has a spongy texture, just like a cake. It is lightweight, of lower cost than traditional blocks, thus contributing to the improvement of the buildings and residences in the Gaza Strip. [bz]5/11/2016
Video: Army injures three, kidnaps one, and sprays waste-water inside home in Kufur QaddoumIMEMC - Several Israeli army vehicles invaded the town, and fired dozens of gas bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets and concussion grenades at the protesters. An Israeli peace activist was mildly injured by army fire; Palestinian medics provided him with the needed treatment. Morad Eshteiwy of the Popular Committee also stated that the soldiers deliberately fired gas bombs into several homes, and sprayed them with waste-water mixed with chemicals, some families suffering severe effects of teargas inhalation. [bz]5/11/2016
Israelis charged with inciting terrorism for celebrating murder of Palestinian toddler in arson attack at weddingLizzie Dearden - Independent - An Israeli groom and 12 of his wedding guests have been charged with inciting violence and terrorism by celebrating the murder of a Palestinian toddler who was burned to death in an arson attack. Ali Dawabsheh died alongside his parents after their home in the West Bank village of Duma was firebombed by settlers in July last year. Only Ahmed, Ali’s four-year-old brother, survived with serious burns.-rh 3/11/2016
Child Rights Briefing: October 2016 : 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 - “He asked for my Facebook password,” said Ahmad H., 17, recalling his first interrogation at Ofer military prison on August 1. “I gave it to him. He logged in and said it had inciting photos.” “I told [the interrogator] of my arrest earlier in April 2016 for 10 days, when I was interrogated [at Shikma prison] in Ashkelon about my Facebook account. I told him I deleted everything upon my release and the account is clean. I told him to check it.” Ahmad told Defense for Children International – Palestine that his interrogator at that point accused him of “obstructing the interrogation, claiming that I had asked someone to delete the photos, but I denied it.”-rh 3/11/2016
The Almighty Military OrderSam Bahour - - It was 60 years ago today that a scene of cold-blooded murder fell upon the hill-top Palestinian village of Kafr Qassem (also written Kfar Kassim), located in Israel about 20 km east of Tel Aviv, near the Green Line (1949 Armistice Agreement’s demarcation line) separating Israel and the West Bank. It was in Kafr Qassem on this day in 1956 where the Israeli military literally mowed down in cold blood 48 innocent civilians, one being a pregnant woman whose fetus is counted as the 49th victim. It was said that all of this was done in the service of the almighty Israeli “military order,” which no one dared to challenge.-rh3/11/2016
Why 30 Palestinians celebrated Jewish holiday with settlersDaoud Kuttab - AlMonitor - The public visit of Palestinians to a nearby long-established settlement should not be a surprise to anyone; in fact, the real surprise is that these kinds of visits haven’t happened until now. The international community has not been able to do anything to reverse the nearly 50 years of occupation and the colonial settlement enterprise that has come with it. The Palestinian government, which is in control of small areas of the West Bank (Area A), is completely impotent when it comes to defending Palestinians in Israeli-controlled Area C, which covers 60% of the West Bank and where all settlements are located.-rh 3/11/2016
Israeli Forces Attack East Jerusalem School in Search of “Stone-throwers”IMEMCnews - Israeli soldiers, on Monday morning, raided a Palestinian school in annexed East Jerusalem, looking for “stone-throwers”, and summoned its headmaster for police interrogation. According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan, soldiers broke into the school, located in Ras Al-Armud, looking for stone throwers, and then showered the school with random barrages of rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs.-rh 3/11/2016
Israeli Naval Forces Continue to Chase Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza Sea; 6 Fishermen, including Child, Arrested and 2 Fishing Boats Confiscated IMEMC - "The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) noticed that Israeli forces have recently concentrated their attacks against fishermen in Gaza Sea, denying them access to their livelihood and free fishing in Gaza Sea." - id 2/11/2016
Israel`s defense minister offers Palestinians big stick, tiny carrotsAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - "Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman`s "carrot-and-stick" plan promises Palestinians big punishments alongside negligible benefits, very much like the policies of the European colonial powers in Africa." - id 2/11/2016
Imprisoned life: the feeling of a ‘closed military zone’al-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "‘Closed military zone’ means ethnic cleansing of humans not spoken against, dehumanization not spoken against, the forcible transfer of humans not spoken against; even the idea of a human being behind the term of ‘Palestinian’ being denied, the existence of Palestinian human beings denied, their existence destroyed." - id 2/11/2016
Israel imposes traffic restrictions in southern Nablus District, disrupting lives of over 54,000 Palestinians B`Tselem - From 4 to 11 September 2016, the military blocked the entrances to ten Palestinian communities in the south of Nablus District, along the Huwara road. The military also blocked several roads used to access farmland and side roads. This came on top of the regular closure of the main entrance to `Awarta, imposed by the military since the killing of Eitam and Naama Henkin in a terror attack in October 2015. These restrictions disrupted the lives of some 54,000 residents in the area.-rh2/11/2016
Forced to divorce by IsraelMaram Humaid - The Electronic Intifada - "“The decision to get a divorce was the hardest one I have ever made,” Samira said by telephone. “But I was forced to because of the severe deterioration of my health.”" - id 2/11/2016
Dahlan: "I am no candidate - will support support Barghouti to replace Abbas" Ma`an - The exiled former Fatah leader Muhammad Dahlan ruled out the possibility of his seeking the Palestinian Authority Presidency following an eventual retirement of Presdient Mahmud Abbas - a possibility discussed in both the Israeli media and that of the Arab World. After sharply denouncing Abbas` administration and ruling out the possibility of a reconciliation with him, Dahlan stated: "I am not a candidate for the presidency. I would support the candidacy of [imprisoned Fatah leader]. This is my personal preference and it also reflects the Palestinian public`s attitude". A poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found 64 percent of the Palestinian public are in favor of the resignation of Abbas, and 33 percent support Barghouti to replace him, while only 4 percent want Dahlan. [ak]1/11/2016
Israeli forces detain younger brother of slain Palestinian policemanMa`an - Israeli forces raided the Jenin-area town of Qabatiya in the northern occupied West Bank before dawn on Tuesday, where they detained the brother of the slain Palestinian police officer who committed the shooting attack on Monday. Dozens of young Palestinian men clashed with Israeli forces during the raid.[bz]1/11/2016
Palestinian policeman killed after shooting and injuring 3 Israeli soldiers near RamallahIMEMC - Muhammad Turkman, a 25-year-old Palestinian police officer, opened fire at Israeli forces at the Beit El checkpoint near the entrance of Ramallah, injuring three soldiers. The army said that Israeli soldiers responded by shooting and killing him. Palestinian eye-witnesses claimed that Israeli medical teams, helping the wounded soldiers, let Turkman bleed to death. [ak]1/11/2016
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