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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Gaza`s infrastructure on the verge of collapse, report warnsDov Lieber - Times of Israel - The Gisha organization, which released its report, “Hand on the Switch: Who’s Responsible for Gaza’s Infrastructure Crisis?” on Tuesday, said the 1.8 million inhabitants of the Strip are plagued by frequent blackouts, undrinkable water and an outdated cellular network. The grim state of the Palestinian enclave’s infrastructure led earlier this month to the largest demonstrations in years by Gaza residents against the Palestinian leadership. The Israeli group puts lion’s share of blame on Israel. [bz]31/1/2017
Israeli forces detain 23 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raidsMa`an - Israeli forces detained at least 23 Palestinians, including former prisoners, during overnight and predawn raids Monday across the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources. Israeli forces carry out detention raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-nightly basis. Also two print shops in central Ramallah city were closed and their equipments and computers seized as "part of a campaign against “incitement.” [bz] 31/1/2017
Funeral held for 19-year-old Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in Jenin hours earlierMa’an News Agency - “After undercover Israeli forces in a civilian vehicle infiltrated the camp, dozens of military vehicles stormed the area, sparking violent clashes that continued for several hours, with Israeli forces heavily firing live ammunition, stun grenades, and tear gas into the camp, as youth threw stones and Molotov cocktails. […] The purpose behind the hours-long raid remained unclear, as the Israeli army spokesperson said that no detentions were made in the camp” [ry]30/1/2017
Trump administration to reconsider releasing $221 million to PAMa`an News Agency - "According to Israeli daily Haaretz, the money originated from the US Agency for International Development and was meant to be spent on humanitarian aid in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip and to support the development of good governance strategies in preparation for an independent Palestinian state." ca27/1/2017
The Israeli police’s extrajudicial execution of Israeli citizen Yaqoub Abu Al-Qia’an Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - The shot to the knee, that is the right knee, may well have been the first hit, which would have accounted for his sudden acceleration, as that was the leg on the gas pedal. The bullet to the chest (nonetheless not hitting vital organs) is very likely the last shot, which was taken after the car hit another and came to a full stop, a shot which could be determined as ‘confirmation of killing’. Whilst I apply speculation here, the autopsy reveals an uncontroversial fact: That Al-Qia’an did not die immediately. He died from bleeding for over 20 minutes, as he was left unattended, despite the fact that there were three mobile intensive care units on scene.-rh 26/1/2017
Israeli security forces shot and killed youth aged 17 while he was fleeing from the sceneB`tselem - On 18 Dec. 2016, at about 12:30 A.M., security forces shot and killed Ahmad Hazem ‘Ata Zidani (a-Rimawi), 17, and injured N.R., 25, during a raid in the village of Beit Rima, northwest of Ramallah. CCTV footage and B`Tselem’s investigation clearly show that they were not endangering the forces when they were shot. Israeli forces are currently entering the village once or twice a week. Such raids are commonplace in the West Bank, leading to frequent clashes and in some cases to the unjustified loss of Palestinian life.-rh26/1/2017
Palestinian local elections on front burner : It looks like the Palestinian municipal elections that were postponed in September might take place in 2017Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Local Palestinian councils have already passed their regular four-year terms. Municipal elections last took place in the West Bank in 2012 and in Gaza in 2005. While it is best to hold local elections in an atmosphere of national unity, it is unfair to the people of Gaza and the West Bank to continue denying them the right to choose their local governments. Internal bickering and disagreements between Hamas and the PLO might continue for years, judging by the rhetoric coming from their respective media outlets and their public pronouncements. The sooner that the local population has a chance to express themselves in the ballot box rather than in any other format, the sooner that unresolved local problems can be addressed by local leaders with a mandate from their constituencies.-rh 26/1/2017
Palestinians, it`s time to take our fight into the global arena: The non-stop incitement against Palestinian citizens of Israel from both the government and media prove the need for a new kind of resistance.Rami Younis - +972 - The goal of Palestinian citizens is not to be law-abiding Israelis. Their struggle is aimed at turning the country in which they live into a democratic state, and for all Palestinians to become free people with equal rights. Israel’s racist laws, designed to maintain Jewish supremacy, are presented to the world under the nonsense banner of “Jewish and democratic” in order to give a more progressive feel to the ethnic cleansing that has been going on from 1948 until today. Working within that system is not the right way, and we’ve had enough opportunities since 1948 to learn as much.-rh 26/1/2017
In Umm al-Hiran, it is `a continuing Nakba` : Israel has advanced plans to raze the village of 150 homes and replace it with a town for Israeli Jews.Jonathan Cook - Aljazeera - Witnesses, including Israeli Jewish activists who were in the village to protest the demolitions, say Abu al-Qiyan lost control of his car on the dusty hillside below his home after Israeli police shot at him in the early morning darkness. An aerial video taken by police appears to confirm the witnesses` accounts, showing Abu al-Qiyan driving slowly and cautiously until there were bursts of gunfire from the police. The car can then be seen accelerating and veering wildly down the steep slope.-rh 25/1/2017
Violent raid on family home – Israeli forces keep family locked upFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "A group of approximately 50 heavily-armed Israeli forces, accompanied by a dog, surrounded the house at 1am and woke up the family for a house-raid. The soldiers prevented all the family members from filming by confiscating their cameras and mobile phones and forcing everyone in a single room. The Israeli forces then proceeded to take out each person, from the 6-month old baby to the grandfather...for a body-search." - id25/1/2017
Video: Soldiers shot and killed teen as he ran awayMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - Rights and Accountability - "In only a handful of cases have Israeli soldiers been prosecuted for manslaughter since the year 2000. Only two soldiers have been convicted – one for the killing of Tom Hurndall, a British solidarity activist, and the other for the videotaped execution of Abd al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif last year." - id 25/1/2017
Gaza Fisherman Condition Critical Following Israeli Naval AttackIMEMC - Oranes Sherif al-Sultan was shot and injured with a rubber bullet, in the head, close to his eyes. Last week, al-Sultan was detained by the occupation forces, at sea, and released following long hours of intensive questioning. [bz] 24/1/2017
Report: Israel continues `policy of reprisal` against Palestinians in Jabal al-MukabbirMa`an - Wafa reported on Monday that Israeli authorities, particularly from the Jerusalem municipality, have continued “reprisal measures” against Palestinian residents of Jabal al-Mukabbir in the form of intensified raids of homes and businesses, imposing taxes and giving orders for home demolitions under the pretext of building without a difficult-to-obtain permit issued by the municipality. Wafa also cited local residents as saying that they have seen an increase in Israeli police-issued tickets to Palestinian drivers and cars parked on the streets of the neighborhood. [bz]24/1/2017
Stone thrower gets harshest ever sentence in Israel`s historyLiran Levi - Y-net - Abed Rabbo Dawiya, a Palestinian from East Jerusalem, was convicted of manslaughter - since a stone he had thrown at an Israeli car in late 2015 caused the death of the driver, Alexander Levlovich. He was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment, the harshest sentence ever imposed on a Palestinian stone thrower. [Coincidentally, this is also the day when prosecution and defense present their arguments in the case of soldier Elior Azaria, also convicted of manslaughter for having deliberately shot a wounded Palestinian at point blank range. In that case, the prosecution is demanding a "three to five years" term - which Azaria`s adherents call "harsh and inhuman"-ak]24/1/2017
Gaza reels from electricity crisisIsra Saleh el-Namey - EI "A shortage of electricity is a chronic problem in the Gaza Strip. Electricity infrastructure was targeted and destroyed during multiple Israeli military offensives over the past 10 years and cannot be repaired due to Israeli restrictions on the import of materials and spare parts to Gaza. Further restrictions on the import of fuel combined with a lack of funds have conspired over several years to create an acute crisis...But while Qatari aid will mitigate the situation in the short term, a permanent solution seems a long way off.The Gaza Strip has been suffering severe electricity shortages since the Israeli blockade of Gaza started 10 years ago." ca 20/1/2017
Searching for the man in the rubble: the shocking photograph that led me to the West Bank Kate Adams - The Guardian "A shot of a Palestinian man standing in the ruins of his home affected a London GP so much that she went to the Jenin refugee camp to find him." ca20/1/2017
Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian teen during clashes in TuquMa`an - Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager during clashes in the Bethlehem-area village of Tuqu in the southern occupied West Bank on Monday afternoon, the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) ambulance service said. A PRC spokesperson told Ma`an that 17-year-old Qusay Hassan al-Umour was shot with live ammunition in the chest at least three times, and that Israeli forces had detained him for an unspecified period of time before handing over his body to the health organization.-rh 19/1/2017
Israeli Forces Seize Agricultural Tractors in Jordan ValleyIMEMC News - More than two dozens of tractors were confiscated in different areas of the Jordan Valley, over recent months.It is noteworthy that dozens of citizens living in Khirbet Abziq, mostly refugees from the pre-1948 occupied territories, are being deprived of many basic essential services under Israeli policies. The tractors are used for agriculture and water transference.-rh 19/1/2017
New Video Raises Questions About Alleged Car-ramming Attack by Bedouin Almog Ben Zikri - Haaretz - A video released on Wednesday may shed new light on the events that ended in the death of an Israeli police officer and an Israeli Bedouin who police claim ran over the officer during clashes in the southern Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran.-rh19/1/2017
Letter from Palestinian father seeking justice for slain sonSiam Nuwara - PNN - "Nadeem’s shooting was filmed on CCTV and international news outlets covering the clashes. The footage shows the face of the soldier who shot him, and other soldiers making fun of it....Nadeem’s father says he was pressured to sign a deal that would give the soldier 3 years instead of the true punishment of his crime." - id 18/1/2017
PCHR: Israeli Naval Forces continue to chase Palestinian fishermen in Gaza seaPNN - Palestine News Network - "On Monday morning, 16 January 2017, Israeli gunboats chased and opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats.  They then arrested 5 fishermen and confiscated two fishing boats in two separate incidents." - id 18/1/2017
Video: Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian at checkpointMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - Rights and Accountability - "The footage shows a man standing next to a concrete barrier, several feet away from any Israeli soldiers. The man stands in place for several seconds, and remains standing as a group of soldiers shout at him to stop and sit on the ground and a first shot is fired. He then walks towards the soldiers who are firing near his feet before he eventually collapses, apparently shot in the upper body, as he comes closer to the soldiers at a faster pace." - id 18/1/2017
Israeli authorities coerce Palestinian man to demolish own home in IssawiyaMa`an - Israeli authorities have ramped up demolition orders in East Jerusalem in the wake of a deadly truck-ramming attack earlier this month, a move which was denounced by Israeli NGO B’Tselem as constituting “collective punishment.” [bz]17/1/2017
Broken homesAl Jazeera--A record year of home demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem For decades, Israel has been accused of using home demolitions as a tool to control the Palestinian population in the occupied territories. Israel approves less than two percent of all requests for building permits submitted by Palestinians, and then razes the homes and shops that lack one. In recent months, Israel has also ramped up its policy of punitive demolitions - destroying the family homes of suspected Palestinian attackers - despite the practice being labelled a war crime.dn15/1/2017
B`Tselem-produced Documentary to premiere at the Berlin International Film FestivalB`Tselem - Press conference "The documentary follows 12-year-old Muhammad Burqan, who lives in Area H2 of Hebron, a section of the city under full Israeli control. Citing the security of some 800 settlers living in H2, Israel imposes severe restrictions on the movement – by pedestrians and by car – of some 43,000 Palestinians living there. Palestinian residents are also subjected to routine violence by Israeli security personnel and settlers, for which no one is held accountable. This state of affairs has led many of the area’s original residents to relocate, leaving behind mostly underprivileged families." ca13/1/2017
PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct 33 Palestinians In The West Bank”IMEMC News - "The Palestinian Prisoners society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight, at least thirty-three Palestinians, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, during massive invasions and violent searches of homes.The Bethlehem office of the PPS said the soldiers have abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Mohammad Hasan Rabay’a, 34, adding that the Palestinian was previously held by Israel for twelve consecutive years." ca 13/1/2017
Israel`s collective punishment follows Jerusalem attackNigel Wilson - Aljazeera - Hours after the incident, Israeli security forces surrounded Jabal Mukaber, an East Jerusalem neighbourhood that had been home to the 28-year-old attacker, Fadi al-Qanbar. Police established a cordon around the community, including a concrete blockade at one of the main entrances and checkpoints at other entry and exit points. The restrictions remained in place on Tuesday morning. "They closed the street with cement blocks. There was an increase in the police presence - they stopped and searched vehicles and inspected identity cards," Atta, a local resident who did not provide his last name, told Al Jazeera."Many couldn`t reach work. I, for example, had to leave my car behind and walk on foot to the main road because of the cement blocks. You could feel the police were on high alert and that they were trying to punish us for what happened."-rh 12/1/2017
Israeli settlers attack Palestinian videographer of Hebron shooting in attempt to ‘silence documentation and resistance’ Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - Emad Abu Shamsiyah first started receiving death threats in March, after a video he filmed for Israeli rights group B’Tselem, which captured Israeli soldier Elor Azaria shooting dead Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif, 21, was released to the public. The video sparked a media frenzy surrounding the incident, and directly led to the initial indictment of Azaria. Shamsiyah has not had a good night’s rest since.-rh 12/1/2017
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warns Donald Trump not to move US Israel embassy to JerusalemBethan McKernan - Independent - Several senior Palestinian officials have said moving the embassy would hinder moves towards a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One influential imam said it was as good as “a declaration of war.” On Tuesday, the long-serving PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, added his voice to the concerns in an official letter which aimed to dissaude Mr Trump from the idea, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.-rh 12/1/2017
Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would destroy Palestine’s hopes of justice Nur Arafeh - The Guardian - By moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, the Trump administration would not only be violating international law, it would also be denying the Palestinian right to self-determination and freedom. Since 1967, Israel has been transforming Jerusalem from a multi-religious and multicultural city into a “reunified” Jewish city under its exclusive control. It has accelerated Jerusalem’s “Judaisation” through policies that specifically aim to minimise the number of Palestinians. Such policies have included the revocation of the residency of Palestinian Jerusalemites under the pretext of “breach of allegiance”, restrictions on family unification, discriminatory urban and zoning policies, the construction of the wall that slices through Jerusalem and the West Bank, starting in 2002, and the closure of major Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem.-rh12/1/2017
A Soldier, Not a “Child”Gershon Hacohen - The Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies - When we ask young men and women to give everything they have and more for the sake of their country and their people, we cannot at the same time see them as kids. This is by no means a denial that every soldier is in fact a son or daughter to their parents.-rh12/1/2017
10 Palestinian homes demolished in Israeli city, prompting mayor to resignMa`an - Israeli authorities demolished 10 homes belonging to Palestinian citizens of Israel in the city of Qalansawe in central Israel on Tuesday morning, prompting a defeated mayor to resign after Israeli authorities refused for decades to approve the city’s master plan. Local sources told Ma’an the devastating demolition campaign sparked clashes between Israeli police and residents. Mayor Abd al-Basit Mansour visited the area along with members of the municipal council and announced he would resign from his post, as Israeli bulldozers razed the homes to ground. Mansour told reporters that, "We have been waiting for approval of a master plan for twenty years, but our request fell on deaf ears.”-rh12/1/2017
January 7, 2017 Asael, Susya, Twaneh, Umm al-KhairDavid Shulman, Margaret Olin - Touching Photographs - Asael, possibly the ugliest of all the illegal outposts in the southern West Bank—and the competition is fierce—is rapidly expanding. Yellow bulldozers, parked at the perimeter fence of the settlement, have carved out a huge swathe of intermeshed, criss-crossing gashes in the hill and valley just below. This wide, deep wound in the soil has been sliced, needless to say, through privately owned Palestinian land. We know the families. We’ve plowed here, on the edge of the outpost. There have been many bad moments with the Asael settlers, the ones we can see this Shabbat morning walking their dogs over the hill or praying to their rapacious god or swinging their children on the swings in the painted park just under their pre-fab caravans.-rh11/1/2017
The truck attack that killed four Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem was not ‘terrorism’ Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - In Netanyahu’s rendering, it is not even significant to mention that the four Israelis who died were soldiers (and not worth even mentioning that the attack also claimed a fifth life, that of the driver, but let’s not get over our heads here). He simply notes them as “four young Israelis”. This is a description that strips the context of its military aspect, and I think Netanyahu knows this very well, as I will elaborate later. By such rhetoric, Netanyahu blurs the distinction between military and civilian targets, a principle which is very important in the distinctions concerning terror.-rh11/1/2017
What do Israelis think about settlements? Turns out age matters.Oded Haklai - The Washington Post - The year 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 war in which Israel conquered the contested territories from Jordan. According to the findings in this research, those born before 1967 are more likely to remember Israel’s pre-1967 boundaries. They know that Israel has not formally declared its sovereignty on Judea and Samaria. They view settlements to be outside the State of Israel’s territory. This is especially true for those who were at least 10 years old in 1967. For that generation, the Green Line is tangible.-rh11/1/2017
Report: 7,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jailsYael Marom - +972 - Since the occupation began in 1967, Israel’s military legal system has jailed anywhere between half a million and 800,000 Palestinians, according to estimates. This is an almost inconceivable number. The saying goes that there are practically no Palestinian homes without someone in jail. The conviction rate of Palestinians who have been arrested and tried in this system stands at around 99 percent. This means that if you are a Palestinian who has been arrested, it is worthwhile agreeing to a plea bargain, because you have almost no chance of being found innocent.-rh11/1/2017
Army Abducts Father of Palestinian Killed In October 2015IMEMC - "The Israeli authorities kept his remains in a morgue for ten months, and only allowed a few members of his family to bury him on Tuesday at dawn, August 30, 2016." - id 11/1/2017
Israeli forces kill Palestinian man during predawn raid in al-FaraaMa`an - A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces during an overnight raid in the al-Faraa refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tubas on Tuesday, Israeli and Palestinian sources reported, although they widely diverged over the circumstances of the man’s death. ***See: and:,7340,L-4905365,00.html [bz]10/1/2017
Gaza residents face a cold winter with more than 12 hours of power cuts per dayMa`an - According to a statement released Saturday by Gaza’s electricity company, most districts of the small Palestinian territory will only receive power for three-hour intervals in between 12-hour power cuts, as one of the two generators of Gaza’s sole power plant stopped operating on Friday due to severe fuel shortages. [bz]10/1/2017
Israeli witness in Gaza: No water, no electricity and children dying unnecessarilyAyelett Shani - Haaretz - Salah Haj Yahya, 50, who lives in Taibeh, runs a mobile clinic on behalf of Physicians for Human Rights and leads medical teams going to Gaza: “Most people don’t have work. They roam the streets, looking for a way to make a living. Across the Gaza Strip there are many people simply selling coffee or tea in the street, preparing a pot at home and walking around with it. A cup of coffee costs half a shekel (13 cents). The main thing is to make some money. [bz]7/1/2017
IOF demolish 10 water wells near BethlehemPNN/Bethlehem - "Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) on Wednesday morning knocked down water wells in Teqou’ village east of Bethlehem.Mayor of the town, Tayseer Abu Mufreh, said Israeli occupation vehicles demolished ten water walls used by Palestinian farmers under the pretext of unlicensed construction." ca 6/1/2017
End medical apartheid: Israel kills patient Abd al-Kareem after banning him to enter Erez for treatmentPress Releases - International Solidarity Movement - "It’s worth mentioning that the Israeli seige of the Gaza Strip that began in mid 2007 has serious repercussion on the Palestinian health sector, resulting in an aggravation of the humanitarian situation facing Gaza’s 2 million people." - id 4/1/2017
The Inexhaustible Memories of PalestineBarbara Nimri Aziz - The Arab Daily News - "I had stood speechless at the misnomered separation wall, essentially a cement corral and a menacing blight on the landscape of the Holy Land. I had seen the oasis of Jericho become barely more than an imposing hotel where peace conferees and aid agents hide in style from the peace they are unarguably not advancing." - id  4/1/2017
Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Children Near Qalqilia IMEMC - "The soldiers abducted two children, identified as Ahmad Sa’id Salama, 13, and Samer Sa’id Radwan, 15, and took them to an unknown destination." - id 4/1/2017
2016 `deadliest year` for West Bank children in decadeZena Tahhan - Aljazeera - "Israeli forces killed 32 Palestinian children in West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2016, the highest number in 10 years." - id 4/1/2017
Babies die as Israel blocks ambulances in HebronCharlotte Silver - EI - Rights and Accountability - "Twenty-two Palestinians were killed by the Israeli forces in the Old City or near the surrounding Israeli settlements between October 2015 and March 2016." - id Between November 2015 and May 2016, Israel closed off the Tel Rumeida area of Hebron and forced its residents to register with the army. Access was controlled by a military checkpoint and restricted to residents. 4/1/2017
Activist who filmed Hebron shooting `fears for his life` after Israeli soldier convictedMa`an - Just one day after the killing and release of the video back in March, Israeli settlers gathered outside the home of Abu Shamsiyya to throw rocks and make death threats, and he has received countless hateful messages on Facebook since. The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner last month condemned the “daily violations” of human rights and international law faced by activists and human rights defenders in the occupied Palestinian territory.-rh4/1/2017
Inexhaustible Memories of Palestine Barbara Nimri Aziz - Counterpunch - I myself had witnessed the gradual transformation of returned Palestinian leaders into a corrupt and impotent club of (mainly) men hanging out in Ramallah pretending to lead, but actually serving as front for independence, their putative authority extending no further than the boundary of this city of NGOs, foreign schools and upscale restaurants. I also witnessed diaspora Palestinians returning to Gaza City after 1993, investing in their forthcoming state, “a Mediterranean Hong Kong”, only to depart within a decade, embittered and often more deeply religious, returning to homes in Austin, Texas and Brooklyn, New York.-rh4/1/2017
Girl indicted for attempting to stab an Israeli IDF soldierOmri Efraim - Y-net - The military authorities submitted an indictment against a 17-year-old Palestinian girl for attempting to stab an IDF soldier. The attempted attack took place took place two weeks ago near the Israel Border Police base in Qalqilya. The girl, whose name was not published, told interrogators that the only thing she regretted was that she did not succeed to kill the soldier. At her own initiative she provided the military prosecution with drawings she had made before the act, depicting young Palestinians stabbing Israeli soldiers - though knowing that the drawings might be used as additional evidence in her military trial. [ak] 3/1/2017
Demolitions (1) : Israeli soldiers destroy 11 homes at Khan al-Ahmar, 87 left homelessIMEMC - Adal Jahaleen, one of the Khan al-Ahmar, told the that the Israeli military arrived with several Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozers in the morning. They forced his family and others out of their homes and proceeded with the destruction of eleven dwellings, home to 87 people.[ak]3/1/2017
Demolitions (2) : Israeli soldiers destroy 15 homes and a school at Khirbet Tana Ma`an - Israeli military vehicles stormed Khirbet Tana and declared the area a closed military zone. Bulldozers then demolished 15 structures, including residences, barns, and the sole school of the village, which also serves other nearby communities. [ak]3/1/2017
Israeli forces detain 5 Palestinian employees of Hebron Rehabilitation CommitteeMa`an - HRC`s director, Imad Hamdan, said that such Israeli procedures “aim to obstruct the committee’s work in maintaining the cultural aspect of Hebron and protect it from the Israeli attempts to Judaize it.” [bz]3/1/2017
Israeli Minister’s Plan to Annex West Bank’s Settlements Palestine Chronicle--Bennett noted during an interview with the Israeli Hebrew Radio that he supports granting Palestinians in the West Bank “self- governance, and the Gaza Strip will serve as the future Palestinian state,” noting that he supports holding a referendum to decide on annexing Israeli settlements in the West Bank to Israel. dn1/1/2017
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