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Israeli forces target Palestinian schools, teachers in East Jerusalem and HebronSheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - Israeli police forces entered Zahwat al- Quds school in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday, arresting the principal of the school as well as three teachers in front of students, before closing down the school and instructing parents to find alternative facilities for their children, according to Palestinian official media, Wafa.The events in East Jerusalem came one day after Israeli forces detained several teachers in the southern Hebron Hills on their walk to school, again in the presence of their students.-rh16/11/2017
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Arab-Israelis fear new bill to increase security guards` powers Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Next week, the Knesset`s Interior Committee will debate a proposed piece of legislation by Minister for Public Security Gilad Erdan, which would expand the authority of civilian security guards. According to the proposal, security guards will be given powers similar to the police in that they will have the right to detain suspects, demand that they identify themselves and even use force to prevent them from entering crowded spaces such as shopping malls and public transportation. Erdan claims that the purpose of the law is to increase civilians` sense of safety in recreation centers and offices that provide services to citizens.-rh 15/11/2017
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Israel Draws Up Blacklist of Boycott SupportersIMEMCnews - The Israeli government is currently preparing a blacklist of local and international organizations and activists who call for boycotting Israeli institutions, products and events, local media sources revealed yesterday. On Sunday, the Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation passed a law against activists who encourage the international boycott of Israel, under which they are likely to be sued or fined.-rh15/11/2017
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Military Court Watch: Newsletter - October 2017Military Court Watch - Detention figures: The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) continues to experience difficulties in providing accurate and timely information regarding the number of Palestinian children in its detention facilities in accordance with an outstanding Freedom of Information application (FOI application). According to the IPS, as of 30 June 2017, 318 Palestinian children were held as "security prisoners" in Israeli detention facilities. This represents a 4 percent decrease compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 17 percent compared with 2016. Out of 318 children, 10 were girls, representing 3 percent. There is currently no available data relating to age breakdown, administrative detention or the percentage of children transferred to prisons inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.-rh15/11/2017
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Gaza Kids Live in Hell: A Psychologist Tells of Rampant Sexual Abuse, Drugs and DespairAyelett Shani - Middle East Transparent - Mohammed Mansour, who treats Gaza victims of sexual assault, describes the dystopian nightmare that Palestinians are living.-rh15/11/2017
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Palestinian human rights bill on child imprisonment introduced in United States CongressSamidoun - Washington, D.C., November 14, 2017—Members of Congress on Tuesday introduced a bill prohibiting U.S. financial support of abuses against Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system, putting violations under the magnifying glass of U.S. taxpayers.-rh15/11/2017
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The Trials of Benjamin NetanyahuRamzy Baroud - Dissident Voice - Corruption in Israeli society has become particularly endemic after the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza in 1967. The idea that ordinary Israelis can move into a Palestinian house, evict the family, claim the house as their own, with the full support of the military, the government and the court, exemplifies moral corruption to the highest degree. It was only a matter of time before this massive corruption racket – military occupation, the settlement enterprise, the media whitewashing of Israeli crimes – seeped back into mainstream Israeli society, which has become rotten to the core. While Israelis might have ‘gotten used’ to their own corruption, Palestinians have not, because the price of Israel’s moral corruption is too high for them to bear.-rh 15/11/2017
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Israeli right’s anti-democratic laws penetrate everywhereAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - The takeover of the corporation of the State of Israel is being executed in incremental fashion, using legislation and sanctions, making it a little less democratic, a little more Jewish. The plethora of laws and sanctions make a mockery of Israeli democracy. Viewed separately, each of these initiatives is a yawn; taken together, this accumulation of legislation should make every Israeli lose sleep.-rh 15/11/2017
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3,000 Gaza Merchants Banned from Travelling IMEMC - "Since Israeli occupation authorities suspended their travel permits. For two years, now, only 800 merchants are allowed to travel." - id15/11/2017
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Israeli army to evict 300 Palestinians from Jordan ValleyMagazine Staff +972 - "So far this year, the IDF has demolished 349 structures, displacing 542 people and 302 children. Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem warned in August that the expulsions would constitute a war crime." - id 15/11/2017
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‘Feast of Sarah’ Holiday Draws Thousands of Settlers to Al-Khalilal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Two Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and two Jeeps surrounded by numerous soldiers, border police, and riot police blocked the intersection at the base of Bab Al-Zawiya, and snipers were placed on the roofs of the main buildings." - id 15/11/2017
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Army punitively seals off a Palestinian village over stone throwing Maan - Israeli forces closed the main entrances to the village of Deir Nitham, preventing anyone from going in or out. The Israeli army said in a statement that the closure was due to continuous rock-throwing by youths of the village at Israeli settlers` vehicles passing by on a main road. Israeli forces stopped searched residents of Deir Nitham, reportedly warning them that they will be raiding the village daily “in order to protect settlers.” [ak] 15/11/2017
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Two houses, a sheep pen, olive trees, straw bales, a grocery store...Amos Gvirtz - Don`t Say We Didn`t Know - At Thabat Mar`i, in the southern part of the Jiftlik, they destroyed two houses. 16 persons remained homeless. -- At Umm Batin they uprooted dozens of young olive trees and destroyed a fence; near Abu Talul they uprooted many young olive trees and large straw bales; On Thursday at Bir Hadaj they demolished a grocery store. [NB: Destruction of Palestinian property on both sides of the Green Line-bz]14/11/2017
Communities Facing Expulsion - for no just reason and with almost no forewarning CWJP - They are not connected to the electricity grid and are denied water from pipes or natural sources. They are mainly poor shepherds who live off their herds. Since the Oslo agreement they found themselves living in area C and hence under direct Israeli occupation. Israel has declared in many occasions that these areas should be annexed to Israel. This latest eviction order will help Israel declare these areas empty and enhance its claim for sovereignty. [bz]14/11/2017
MK Azaria: Barkat is letting electoral considerations blow up Jerusalem Israel National News (Arutz-7) - Knesset Member Rachel Azaria (Kulanu) has criticized Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem, following a TV report that Barkat intends to demolish an entire residential neighborhood in East Jerusalem`s Kufr Akeb and evict hundreds of residents from their homes. As reported, Barkat asked the army`s help in blowing up eight "illegal" residential buildings, seven floors high each. [ak] 14/11/2017
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An Interactive Documentary About Everyday Life in a Palestinian VillageAllison Meier - Hyperallergic "Burqah is an ordinary village in Palestine, where no conflict or momentous event has brought it international attention. And that’s why the developers of the interactive documentary The Invisible Walls of Occupation chose it as their subject, to immerse viewers in the everyday lives of ordinary Palestinians. Layering photographs, video, and maps, the online project invites viewers to step into a school, clinic, or private home, and hear first-hand how occupation has influenced this town." ca10/11/2017
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You are here A life worth living?Hamza Abu Eltarabesh - The Electronic Intifada "On Tuesday, 29 August, Mohannad Younis swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills and ended his life.He was only 22 and seemed to have much going for him. A budding author, he had recently completed a series of short stories and just put the finishing touches on a stage play – Escape.Mohannad was only two months from finishing a postgraduate degree in pharmacy at Al-Azhar University, and was planning to propose to a fellow student at the faculty of medicine. His suicide, therefore, came as a shock to those who knew him and loved him.I know. I was his friend. I mourn him. I miss him. And I am angry at what he did..."Young people are particularly vulnerable, said Abu al-Sabah. “Young people have little hope for the future. They have no support to start their careers or continue their education. And at an age where they want to try something new, they have no possibility to do so.” ca 10/11/2017
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Power crisis threatens livelihoods of Gaza farmersIsra Saleh el-Namey - The Electronic Intifada - "Nizar al-Wahidi, a senior agriculture ministry official in Gaza, said that buying fuel to operate machinery has meant that farmers’ costs have risen fourfold since the power crisis began. “This has sharply decreased the profits of our farmers,” he said. “And the quality of the produce has deteriorated.”" - id 9/11/2017
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UN Panel: Sanctions Needed Against Israel to Stop Ethnic Cleansing of PalestineDarius Shahtahmasebi - Global Research - The U.N. recently launched a scathing critique of Israel’s occupation when the U.N. rapporteur for human rights in the occupied territories delivered a report condemning Israel’s conduct to date. According to the report, published October 23, the “duration of this occupation is without precedent or parallel in today’s world.” In fact, Israel has “driven Gaza back to the dark ages” due to its particularly stringent denial of water and electricity and its restrictions on movement since 2007.-rh8/11/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Abduct Seven Palestinians, Detain Schoolteachers, In West BankIMEMCnews - Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier on Sunday morning, seven Palestinians, from their homes, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, confiscated money, and detained many schoolteachers.-rh8/11/2017
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A LIFESTYLE OF SEGREGATIONnadiaharhash.com - As I struggled reaching the school , I finally found a building in the middle of what seemed like a graveyard . They are trying to make it look like a livable place by putting attractive colors and friendly drawings, thought to myself with a mockery attitude . How can people survive such a hole of obvious segregation. A few meters up is the great walk through of the best part of jerusalem, and yet, the people of the place live as if they are a part of an interactive scene that tourists can look at from above. 8/11/2017
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Raed Jarrar`s detention by Israel raises alarmDalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - Middle East and North Africa division of Amnesty International USA, was stopped at the Allenby crossing between Jordan and the West Bank while on a personal visit to his family following his father`s death. Jarrar, who is an American citizen of Palestinian origin, was detained and questioned for hours before being denied entry into the West Bank.-rh 8/11/2017
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Israeli Forces Raid, Shutdown School in Jerusalem, Detain Faculty MembersPalestine Chronicle - Chairman of al-Quds Committee of Students’ Parents Ziyad Al-Shamal, said Israeli soldiers raided the school, broke into classrooms while students were having classes, and detained three teachers and the school principle, spreading fear and panic among students.rh8/11/2017
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Israeli soldiers assault, take `selfie` with injured Palestinian detaineesMaan/Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs - Around midnight on Sunday Israeli forces raided the home of brothers Tariq Baajeh, 26, and Ahmad Baajeh, 19, in Jayyus. According to the brothers’ testimonies, soldiers handcuffed and blindfolded them and placed them on a military jeep.The Baajeh brothers were assaulted and insulted the entire time they were held at the military zone and then transferred to the Huwwara detention center and afterwards to the Megiddo prison where they were strip searched. So far the routine which numerous Palestinians are undergoing every night all over the West Bank. Adding insult to injury in the case of the Baajeh brothers was the fact that right after assaulting and beating them, the soldiers took a `selfie` together with the handcuffed prisoners. [ak]7/11/2017
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Despite reconciliation, PA detains 46 Hamas members on West Bank Elior Levy - Y-Net - Shortly after Hamas began ceding control of the Gaza Strip`s border crossings with Israel and Egypt to the Palestinian Authority, PA forces detailed no less than 46 Hamas activists on the West Bank. According to a PA official, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Israeli Y-Net news website, these detentions had foiled no less than seven planned stabbings, shootings and bombings targeting Israeli soldiers and settlers on the West Bank. This clamp down on Hamas in the West Bank seems aimed at sending a clear signal to Israel and the US, that reconciliation does not mean that the PA will permit Hamas to re-establish its West Bank infrastructure. For its part, Hamas has publicly demanded from the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to to immediately cease its arrests, which the movement dubbed as “criminal.” [ak] 7/11/2017
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Headmistress and teachers arrested, school closed East JerusalemIMEMC - Israeli police forces raided the Zahwat al-Quds school in Beit Hanina and its attached kindergarten, and detained the headmistress Muna al-Karrawi as well as two teachers. The three women were taken to a detention center. Later, parents were informed tthat the school is closed and they have to move their children elsewhere. [Israeli extreme right groups linked to the Jewish Home Party of Education Minister Naftali Bennet, are waging a vociferous campaign against "incitement" (i.e. manifestations of Palestinian national feeling) in the Palestinian school system of East Jerusalem. AK] 7/11/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Abduct At Least Twenty-One PalestiniansIMEMC News - "The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have abducted, earlier Monday, at least eighteen Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, during extensive and violent searches of homes, and one at the Erez Terminal, in northern Gaza, while three others were taken prisoner in Jerusalem, on Sunday" [ry]6/11/2017
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Israeli armed forces and settlers harassing farmers in As SawiyaNablus team - International Solidarity Movement - "The Israeli border police demanded that the Internationals would leave the land immediately, showed the passports to the settlers and scanned them. “The settler stood on the olives and smiled at us, he even asked us if we were afraid of him." - id1/11/2017
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IDF using Facebook to threaten to destroy Gaza family`s homeEdo Konrad - +972 - "“International law forces us to distinguish between civilians and enemy combatants,” said Adalah attorney Muna Haddad. “According to the law, even the presence of a large number of combatants, is not sufficient to justify an attack which would cause disproportionate damage to nearby civilians.” “These are civilians we are talking about,” Haddad added, “people who were forced to flee their home and change their lives because of the army’s threat. It goes directly against international law.”" - id 1/11/2017
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West Bank settlements: Eight EU countries demand Israel pay for demolished Palestinian schools : EU states seek €30,000 in compensationSamuel Osborne - Independent - Eight European Union countries are demanding Israel compensate them for the demolition of new school facilities for Bedouin communities in the occupied West Bank. A letter from the eight member states is expected to be delivered to Israel`s Foreign Ministry in the coming days, the Haaretz newspaper reported.-rh1/11/2017
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Israel MK: Palestinians’ ‘liability’ is that ‘they weren’t born Jews’MEMO - An Israeli parliamentarian has expressed his support for formal apartheid, backing the annexation of the entire West Bank but without its Palestinian inhabitants being granted the right to vote. MK Miki Zohar, who is chair of the Knesset’s Special Committee for Distributive Justice and Social Equality, expressed his views in an interview with Haaretz newspaper.-rh1/11/2017
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One state for all citizensDaoud Kuttab - Arabic Media Internet Network - bbas then said that in regard to his people, there are two choices: “It will either be the independence of the state of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security with the state of Israel on the 1967 borders, or equal rights for all of the inhabitants of the land of historic Palestine from the river to the sea.” The idea that Abbas would legitimise the one-state option took some by surprise. Was it simply a tactic to get Israelis and Americans to double up support for the two-state solution or is the Palestinian president truly willing to entertain the concept of a single bi- national state?-rh1/11/2017
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THE GAZA SIEGE AT TEN : Reaching a Humanitarian and Political Breaking PointCOUNTERVORTEX - As the Gaza Strip marked the ten-year anniversary of Israel`s siege of the small Palestinian enclave on June 15, the humanitarian situation has continued to alarm rights groups, which have denounced the "inhuman conditions unparalleled in the modern world." Gaza, which has often been compared to an "open air prison" for its 1.9 million inhabitants crowded into 365 square kilometers, has suffered from a decade of isolation and deprivation, made all the worse by three devastating Israeli military operations, and persistent intra-Palestinian political strife.-rh1/11/2017
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7 Palestinians killed, 12 wounded in Israeli bombing of Gaza tunnelMa`an News Agency - At least seven Palestinians were killed, and 12 others were wounded after Israeli forces blew up an underground tunnel between the southern Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.The Palestinian Ministry of Health officially declared the death of seven Palestinians, all fighters in the armed wings of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements in Gaza.-rh1/11/2017
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Balfour Declaration: How Britain broke its Feeble Promise to the PalestiniansJonathan Cook - Dissident Voice - Palestinian objections to the 1917 document are well-known. Britain’s Lord Balfour had no right to promise a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, on the land of another people. But Israelis have been taught a different history in which they, not the Palestinians, were betrayed.-rh1/11/2017
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100 years on: The Balfour Declaration explainedZena Tahhan - Aljazeera - It is regarded as one of the most controversial and contested documents in the modern history of the Arab world and has puzzled historians for decades.-rh1/11/2017
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Is Israel really implementing economic aid to Palestinians? Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon traveled to the seat of the Palestinian government in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Oct. 29 to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. According to reports of the meeting, the two discussed advancing civic administration and economic measures and Israeli- Palestinian cooperation. This is the second time within five months that Kahlon has gone to Palestinian Authority (PA) territory to meet with Hamdallah, and this time, too, the meeting was the result of US pressure on Israel to offer the Palestinians goodwill economic gestures.-rh 1/11/2017
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Israeli MK Zohar: Palestinians Have No Right to National IdentityIMEMC - “No one is going to give them a state, not the left either. We’ll tell them: ‘Guys, no state, live here with us, prosper, earn a living, educate your children’.” [bz]31/10/2017
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Israeli settlers continue widespread theft of Palestinian olive harvest in West BankMa`an - Several reports of Israeli settlers stealing olive pickings from Palestinian lands have emerged since the beginning of the harvest season, with NGO Rabbis for Human Rights reporting on a “massive wave” of thefts, which they described as “hate crimes.” Over the past few days, Israeli settlers from the illegal Kedumim settlement, stole the harvest off of Palestinian-owned land in the Qalqiliya-area village of Jit. [bz]31/10/2017
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Gaza’s blue goldMohammed Asad and Tamara Aburamadan - The Electronic Intifada - "Being a fisherman in Gaza means to practice one of the world’s most dangerous professions." - id 25/10/2017
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Israeli Colonists Flood Dozens Of Palestinian Olive Trees With Sewage IMEMC - "The colonists already picked many olive trees in the area, and stole the produce, especially since they have unrestricted access to the orchards. Although attacks carried out by extremist colonists are frequent, including uprooting and burning Palestinian lands and flooding them with wastewater, they witness a serious escalation every year during the olive harvest season." - id 25/10/2017
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Police, Soldiers and Settlers Provoke Jerusalem Holy SitesIMEMCNews - About 46 Israeli settlers, total, stormed the mosque in groups at early dawn hours, carrying out provocative tours in the courtyards and received teaching about the alleged Temple Mount, said Islamic Waqef media official Firas Al-Dibs.-rh25/10/2017
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Unprotected: The Detention of Palestinian Teenagers in East JerusalemB`Tselem - There is no possible justification for the extreme measures the law enforcement system uses against East Jerusalem minors. The reality described in this report is part of the underpinnings of Israeli control over the Palestinian population of East Jerusalem. So long as this control continues, Israeli authorities will in all probability continue to treat Palestinians in East Jerusalem as unwanted, less equal people, with all that implies. Real change will come only if the reality in Jerusalem is completely overhauled.-rh25/10/2017
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Palestinian wrote `Good morning` on Facebook – was arrested by Israeli policeYour Middle East - Israeli police have mistakenly arrested then released a Palestinian who posted "good morning" in Arabic on Facebook after software mistranslated it as "attack them," police and a media report said Sunday.-rh25/10/2017
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Saving Israel by Ending the OccupationJessica Montell - Palestine Israel Journal - What is striking is the absence of Israeli public awareness and discussion regarding the effects of the occupation on Israeli society. This is the rationale behind SISO, a new movement whose name stands for Save Israel, Stop the Occupation. SISO is a partnership of Israelis and Diaspora Jews, founded to leverage this 50th year to serve as a catalyst for real change.-rh25/10/2017
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The Impact of Occupation on Israeli DemocracyIzhak Schnell - Palestine Israel Journal - Military control of large numbers of people who are denied basic human rights and the right for national self-determination cannot be aligned with democratic values. International law legitimizes such situations in occupied territories but only for a limited time and under strict regulations that do not allow putting the occupied people`s interests at risk except for security reasons of both the occupiers and the occupied. Beyond the tension between occupation and democratic values, the long occupation leads to the infiltration of nondemocratic values and practices into Israel inside the Green Line.-rh25/10/2017
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Former Israeli Defense Minister: There`ll Be No Peace, West Bank Can Hold Millions of More SettlersChaim Levinson - Information Clearing House - Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon expressed support on Thursday for continued Palestinian autonomy in parts of the West Bank, but not independence, and said the territory could hold one or two million additional Jewish settlers.-rh25/10/2017
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Grants to Israeli settlements could breach UK law, Charity Commission warnsBen White - Middle East Monitor - The Charity Commission has warned that making grants to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) could potentially constitute a breach of the Geneva Conventions Act of 1957, in a significant hardening of the Commission’s approach to the issue. It is understood to be the first time that the Charity Commission has specifically cited the 1957 Act in communication with a charity regarding Israel and oPt.-rh25/10/2017
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How Israel engages in `water apartheid`Mersiha Gadzo - Aljazeera - Jordan Valley, Occupied West Bank - Water is not scarce in the Jordan Valley, known as the traditional "breadbasket of Palestine" - yet Palestinian farmers struggle to survive, with little water to nourish their crops. They say the amount of water that Israeli authorities allocate to them has been decreasing daily since the Second Intifada.-rh25/10/2017
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Israeli women march to ‘wage peace’ but refuse to challenge the occupationJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - So the Palestinian women want to talk about the occupation, but someone at the core of this movement, a movement which is actually dominated by what could be described as ‘liberal-Zionists’, decided that this would defeat the purpose of appealing to the wide spectrum – the predominantly Jewish-Zionist spectrum that is.-rh25/10/2017
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Israel delivers demolition notices, cuts off water to homes in SilwanMa`an - Daniel Seidemann of the NGO Terrestrial Jerusalem: “Since 1967, the Government of Israel has directly engaged in the construction of 55,000 units for Israelis in East Jerusalem; in contrast, fewer than 600 units have been built for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the last of which were built 40 years ago. So much for (Jerusalem Mayor Nir) Barkat’s claim ‘we build for everyone.’ ” [bz] 24/10/2017
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Palestinian hunger striker`s health `deteriorating`Farah Najjar - Al Jazeera - "Hassan Showka, from the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, was arrested on September 29 without charges for a second consecutive time. He is being held in administrative detention at Israel`s Ofer prison" [ry]23/10/2017
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Electricity Returns to Palestinian Village, Three Months After Israel Confiscates Power System Amira Hass - Haaretz "The circumstances of the matter are also that the Dutch government paid for the electrical system that was built by Comet-ME; it did not make do with a diplomatic protest over the confiscation. The Dutch parliament held two sessions on the matter, as Haaretz reported." ca21/10/2017
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How the EU mocks the victims of Israel’s crimesAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "On Wednesday, the European Union put out a statement about Israel’s reinvigorated settlement drive, its forced expulsions of Palestinian Bedouins and its evictions of Palestinian families in Jerusalem.The statement does not clearly condemn Israel’s actions. Instead, it says the EU “has requested clarifications from Israeli authorities and conveyed the expectation that they reconsider these decisions, which are detrimental to ongoing efforts towards meaningful peace talks.” This is diplomatic speak for: we barely have the courage to even criticize you, let alone to take action." ca 20/10/2017
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Israeli forces raid, shutdown Palestinian media offices over `incitement`Ma`an News Agency - "Israeli army, intelligence, and civil administration forces raided several offices of Palestinian media outlets and arrested two journalists overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, confiscating equipment and shutting down offices under the pretext that the organizations were “broadcasting inciting material.” In the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus, Israeli forces raided the Transmedia and Palmedia offices and confiscated all equipment before closing the offices with a six-month military order." ca20/10/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Shut Down Media Outlets In The West BankIMEMC - "Israeli soldiers, and secret security officers, invaded eight media outlets, on Wednesday at dawn, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, and shut them down under direct military orders, in addition to confiscating equipment. Some of the invaded agencies are Ramsat, Trans Media and Pal Media, which the military confiscated their broadcast equipment and many machines, for providing services to Palestinian TV stations such as Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds." - id 18/10/2017
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Israel Releases Lawyer Shireen al-Issawi After Holding Her Captive For 43 Months IMEMC - "Al-‘Issawi was repeatedly abducted and imprisoned by Israel, including three times when her brother, Samer al-Issawi held a hunger strike for nine consecutive months, before was released, only to be abducted and imprisoned later." - id 18/10/2017
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Israeli tech companies start contracting in GazaKhaled Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - The Israeli blockade of Gaza in mid-2007 somehow led many students to major in programming and digital technology, implement individual projects and make individual achievements that earned awards from international institutions. [bz]17/10/2017
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Palestinian Children Beaten, Tortured Under Israeli Interrogation IMEMC - "On 12 October, Jerusalemite teen Bilal Khalil Ghatit was ordered to home imprisonment with the imposition of an “electronic monitoring bracelet” on his ankle. He has already been held under house imprisonment since May, and has been unable to leave his home, go to school or visit relatives. His parents have also become prisoners; one of them must stay at home with him at all times." - id14/10/2017
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Exploiting Palestinian workers is not ‘economic peace’Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - " Assuming the average Palestinian supports four family members, then almost 300,000 people — including the elderly, women and children — have been deprived of over one-third of their modest income in the past month." - id14/10/2017
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Israeli Armed Forces use Live Ammunition in Al-Khalil and Detain Two BoysPress Releases - International Solidarity Movement - "The vehicles drove back and forth between two roundabouts firing tear gas and sound grenades randomly. Bystanders and street vendors were affected by tear gas. Live ammunition was also used." - id 14/10/2017
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Al Khan Al Ahmar, the small Palestinian school defying demolition ordersVIDEO - Lacuna "A small school in the desert lands of the occupied Palestinian territories has unintentionally become a critical player in the future viability of the two-state solution in Israel-Palestine. Alice Panepinto and Helen Eisler tell the story of the school at Al Khan Al Ahmar which is facing demolition, and explore the impact on the surrounding Bedouin Palestinian communities." ca11/10/2017
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PLO Condemns Israeli Plans to Build 4,000 Illegal Settlement UnitsIMEMC News & Agencies - "We strongly condemn Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval of the construction of 3,829 illegal settlement units in the Occupied West Bank,” said Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the PLO’s Executive Committee. Reports said, according to WAFA, that Netanyahu is bent on approving, next week, the construction of 300 units in the settlement of Beit El, 206 in Tekoa, 158 in Kfar Etzion, 129 in Avnei Hefetz, 102 in Negohot, 97 in Rehelim, 48 housing units in Ma’ale Mikhmas, and 30 units in Jewish settlement in Hebron." ca 11/10/2017
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Women for human rights and against the occupationArea C - Machsomwatch "The main effect of the occupation on civilians living in the C area is a violation of human rights in all spheres of life.Restriction of movement, limiting the amount of water per capita, preventing the development of infrastructure, preventing construction in accordance with natural growth of population, the army breaking the entry into private properties without warning, and the lack of protection of the Palestinians when settlers attacked Palestinian civilians." ca 11/10/2017
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Destruction and havoc in military raid on Jerusalem’s Abu Al-Nawar SchoolIMEMC - Saturday evening, Israeli forces broke into the compound of Abu Al-Nawwar Al-Badawi, located in Ezzariya town, east of Jerusalem, and raided the compound school, destroying its doors. The school was established with the assistance of popular resistance activists and there had been a precautionary decision not to demolish the school. [bz]10/10/2017
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Soldiers abduct a Fateh official near RamallahIMEMC - Night raids in which Israeli soldiers enter Palestinian towns and villages to capture "wanted" Palestinians are a regular feature of daily life on the West Bank. However, among those targeted in last night`s campaign of detentions (or abductions, as the Palestinians see it) was also Majd Deif Tamimi, an official of the Fateh movement in Ramallah. Tamimi, along with others detained at the village of Nabi Saleh, was kept under guard for several hours at the main entrance of the village and then taken away. His detention coincides with statements of Israeli governmental displeasure at the ongoing process of reconciliation between Fateh and Hamas. [ak]10/10/2017
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Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians in predawn military raidsMa`an - Over the course of the month of September, Israeli forces detained 431 Palestinians including 98 children, 11 women, and three journalists. The majority, 133, were detained in the Jerusalem district, while 60 were detained from the Hebron district, 45 from the Nablus district, 40 from the Ramallah district, 38 from the Jenin district, 28 from the Bethlehem district, 15 from the Tubas district, 10 from the Salfit district, nine from the Tulkaram district, seven from the Jericho district, and six from the Gaza Strip [from which the army supposedly withdrew 12 years ago-bz] 10/10/2017
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Gaza`s clothing makers look to weave their way back into Israeli markets Khaled Abu Amer - Al-Monitor "For the first time since 2007, a sewing company in Gaza has exported a shipment of ready-made clothes to the Israeli market through the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing on Aug. 28." ca 7/10/2017
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Soldiers Attack The Weekly Protest In Kufur QaddoumIMEMC - "Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers tried to ambush the protesters near the new water reservoir of the town, but were unable to abduct any of them.He added that the soldiers verbally and physically assaulted many journalists, and chased them away, to prevent them from documenting the unfolding assault against the protesters." ca 7/10/2017
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When buildings break bonesNablus team - International Solidarity Movement - "On this day however, heavily armed settlers – in the company of Israeli soldiers, no less – would march into his village, enter his home, beat him, break his legs, terrorize his family in the process, destroy the family car, and as a final measure, slice his foot open with a knife, robbing him of any hope of working his land for the next year, possibly longer." - id4/10/2017
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11-year old and 60-year old wounded by soldiers at Shu’fat IMEMC - Soldiers invaded the Shu’fat Refugee Camp north of Jerusalem, breaking through the main gate and deploying in the alleys. Inhabitants rallied to oppose the military incursion, and the soldiers responded with a barrage of tear gas bombs as well as rubber-coated steel bullets. Among the wounded were an eleven years old boy hit in the forehead and a sixty years old man shot in the face and ear. [ak] 3/10/2017
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Netanyahu Slams Palestinian Unity: We Won`t Accept Reconciliation at the Expense of Israel`s Existence Barak Ravid - Haaretz - Netanyahu`s remarks ("Recognize the State of Israel, dismantle Hamas` military wing, cut ties with Iran...") come hours after Education Minister Naftali Bennet called for Israel to halt the transfer of tax revenue to Palestinians, in response to both Interpol`s unilateral induction of the Palestinian Authority, and the current reconciliation process between Hamas and the PA. [bz]3/10/2017
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Palestinian family faces imminent displacement by Israeli punitive demolitionMa`an - Appeals against punitive demolitions are rarely successful, even in cases in which the relatives of actual or alleged attackers have not been charged with any wrongdoing. [bz]3/10/2017
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40,000 Palestinians Collectively Punished after Har Adar AttackAmit Gilutz - B`tselem - On 26 September, Nimer Mahmoud Jamal, 37, from Beit Surik carried out an attack in the settlement of Har Adar, killing a Border Police officer and two settlement security guards. Immediately following the attack, the military implemented punitive measures against the residents of nine villages in the area of Beit Surik, northwest of Jerusalem, totaling about 40,000 people. The military’s actions included raids on villages and homes, damaging property in some cases, scores of arrests, as well as movement restrictions. In Beit Surik itself, the military sealed off all entries and exits. Soldiers took over seven rooftops in the village, having turned the residents out, and raided many other homes, conducting searches, leaving havoc behind.[ak] 3/10/2017
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`It`s an injustice`: Life after Israeli demolitionsJaclynn Ashly - Al Jazeera - Families of Palestinian attackers struggle to adapt after Israel razed their homes in a controversial, punitive policy [ry] 2/10/2017
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Israel permits Gaza student exit visa to study in UK after media pressureMiddle East Monitor - Mohammed Awad, had already lost the chance to study in France after Israel delayed his documentation in 2014. Now again his travel documentation was indefinitely delayed. However, after complaining to various media outlets including the Independent, he received a messaged from the Israeli authorities on Facebook [sic!] that he would be allowed to exit next Tuesday. According to the Israeli NGO Gisha, 289 Palestinian students out of 362 applicants were prevented from pursuing higher education abroad this year alone. [bz]1/10/2017
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