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Life under occupation

Liberal Jews stage sit-in to block annual ‘Jerusalem Day’ march into Muslim Quarter Israel/Palestine Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "     As Israelis marked “Jerusalem Day,” a commemoration of Israel’s capture of the eastern half of the city in 1967 with a parade through the Old City, a group of left-wing American Jews and Israelis blocked their path with a sit-in. Annually the “march of the flags” starts with rallies in the western half of the Jerusalem, followed by tens of thousands of mostly teenaged Israelis marching with banners through the Muslim Quarter, ending at the Western Wall." ca27/5/2017
Muslim population begins month of RamadanHassan Shalan - Ynetnews "On the recommendation of the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkott, and as part of the policy to improve life for the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria and assist the residents of Gaza, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has approved a series of steps in preparation for the holiday period.Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria will be able to visit family in Israel between Sunday and Thursday and on Eid al-Fitr. Entry to Friday prayers and Laylat al-Qadr (a holy night also during Ramadan) will be permitted on the Temple Mount, with residents of Gaza also allowed to enter visit the Temple Mount over the holiday. Requests of Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria who wish to travel abroad via Ben-Gurion Airport will be coordinated, and hours of check point crossings for Palestinians will be expanded to accommodate Gazans." ca27/5/2017
The one day Jerusalem`s Palestinians fear the mostSuleiman Maswadeh - +972 - In my childhood I witnessed right-wing Israelis violently rampaging through the Old City, and especially in the Muslim Quarter where I lived. These rampaged only intensified over the years, due to the security situation as well as the leniency of the authorities. Those who celebrate Jerusalem Day know full well that these kinds of actions are an outright provocation toward the city’s Muslim inhabitants. This is especially felt in the Muslim Quarter.-rh24/5/2017
Israel jails writer Ahmad Qatamesh without chargesPatrick Strickland - Aljazeera - When Israeli forces showed up last week to arrest 66-year-old writer Ahmad Qatamesh at his home in the occupied West Bank, his wife says she was overcome with shock and confusion. "Why now? Why him? He`s old, he has health problems, and he`s just doing what he knows: speaking," said Suha Barghouti, Qatamesh`s wife. "Our family and friends are shocked," she told Al Jazeera by phone from Ramallah. Israeli soldiers arrested Qatamesh, a public intellectual known for his writing and lectures, during the pre-dawn hours of May 14 after raiding his brother`s nearby home.-rh 24/5/2017
Life Behind Israel’s CheckpointsRAJA SHEHADEH - The New York Times - After living for half a century under occupation, I can no longer endure the anxiety of what might appear on the road, whether it is angry drivers bottlenecked at the hundreds of barriers scattered through the West Bank or the pathetic boys who throw themselves at your car pretending to clean the windshield, asking for money. The plight of these boys invariably makes me hate myself, forcing me to confront the extent to which my society has failed. Then, of course, there is the indignity of having to wait on the whim of an Israeli teenage soldier to motion me to pass.-rh24/5/2017
Ahead of Trump`s arrival, soldiers kill a 15-year old near BethlehemIMEMC - According to Israeli military sources, the boy had ran towards the soldiers while carrying a knife and after a short scuffle, the soldiers shot and killed him. There were no injuries among the soldiers. The dead boy was identified as Raed Ahmad Radayda, 15 years old. His parents said he had disappeared from his home and they started searching when getting word of his being killed. [The closely guarded convoy of US President Trump passed on the scene some 12 hours later, but evidently no one informed Trump of what happened on the spot. ak]23/5/2017
Gaza residents left in the dark amid Palestinian power struggleYolande Knell - BBC News - "The Americans and mainly the Israelis have been accusing President Abbas of being weak, [saying] he has no control over the Gaza Strip and is therefore no partner for peace," says Mkhaimar Abusada, a political science professor at al-Azhar University - Gaza. "He wants to restore his power over Gaza, to be taken more seriously." [bz]20/5/2017
The true price Israel pays for the occupationShlomo Swirski - +972 "Both the economic and political elite in Israel benefit from the occupation in different ways. The longer the occupation persists, the wider become the gaps between these two ‘1 percents’ and the rest of the country... the main losers of this reality are low- income Israelis, both Arab and Jewish." ca19/5/2017
For Palestinians in East Jerusalem, Israeli Bureaucracy Goes From Bad to Intolerable Nir Hasson - Haaretz "Unfortunately for Dr. Samir Masri, a resident of East Jerusalem, his son Omar was born prematurely during a family trip to the United States. Because his wife is a native of the West Bank who is in the midst of the “family unification” procedure, their baby had no legal status in Israel when they returned.Thus began their Kafkaesque journey through the bureaucracy of the Interior Ministry office in East Jerusalem, which has a reputation for its poor treatment of Palestinian residents of the city." ca 19/5/2017
For Palestinians in East Jerusalem, Israeli Bureaucracy Goes From Bad to Intolerable Nir Hasson | 19/5/2017
Israeli Settler Kills A Palestinian Near NablusIMEMC News - "The incident took place after Israeli soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians, marching in solidarity with the detainees, ongoing with the hunger strike they started on April 17th.The soldiers fired gas bombs, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, two of them, including a man, 49, were hospitalized." ca 19/5/2017
Israeli forces fire rubber bullets at Palestinians marching on Nakba DayThe National - This year marked the 69th anniversary of the "nakba" or catastrophe, during which around 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their land, or fled out of fear. At a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ramallah, dozens of Palestinian youths hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with rubber bullets and the foul-smelling riot control spray known as skunk. A Palestinian emergency worker said 11 Palestinians were taken to hospital, most of them wounded by rubber bullets. The extent of their injuries was not known.-rh 17/5/2017
Palestinians denied passage for Friday prayer in Deir IstiyaRamallah Team - International Solidarity Movement - "The construction of Highway 5066 has become a check-point for Deir Istiya inhabitants, forcing them to walk more than 2 km to access their lands without ensuring their own safety and preventing them to take their cattle, tractors or other machinery with them. Frequent attacks from settlers have also been reported, with no response." - id 17/5/2017
Photos of Gaza fisherman murdered by IsraelAhmad Hasaballah- The Arab Daily News - "Bakr was only 25 years old. Israeli officials asserted that his boat had crossed the water boundaries. International Human Rights Organizations denounced the killing saying that Israel could easily have warned the young boater to change directions." - id 17/5/2017
Gaza on brink of “systemic collapse,” ICRC warnsAli Abunimah - Rights and Accountability - "“ICRC doesn’t issue statements often,” Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine director for Human Rights Watch commented, “When they do, you listen.”" - id ICRC added that without immediate intervention, “a public health and environment crisis is looming.” 17/5/2017
Reviving the Palestinian cause Abdel-Moneim Said - Al-Ahram - But suddenly, the Palestinian cause has re-emerged. The beginning was last year when President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, in a speech in Assiut, brought up the Palestinian cause and urged that it not be forgotten. The general idea of his remarks was that as long as there was a search for a comprehensive settlement to the major problems and crises in the Middle East, then perhaps the Palestinian question could be resolved in this broader framework in order to realise stability in this region, which has been shaken and torn by a succession of military and political earthquakes during the past six years. Since then, talk of the Palestinian cause picked up again. The subject may not have elicited the same ardour and zeal as it did in the past, but nor was it greeted with the same coolness or indifference as had been the case since the beginning of this decade.-rh17/5/2017
Israeli doctors reject force-feeding prisoners on hunger strikeDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Ran Goldstein, the Israeli executive director of Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI), told Al-Monitor that Israeli doctors see any force used in medical treatment as unethical. “Our organization and the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) see eye to eye on this issue. Force-feeding or forced treatment are unethical, and Israeli doctors will not participate in them.”-rh 17/5/2017
Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israel’s Precarious Identity Is Palestine’s Nightmare Ramzy Baroud - Countercurrents - The ‘Jewish Nation-State Bill’ is the latest concoction of Israel’s rightwing Zionist Jewish parties, which have dominated Israeli politics for years. With the Israeli ‘Left’ rendered irrelevant, or has itself moved to the right, the rightwing elements of Israel are now the supreme rulers of that country.-rh17/5/2017
Israeli Soldiers Attack Nonviolent Protest, Abduct Two, Near NablusIMEMC - According to participants, Israeli soldiers used excessive force when dispersing nonviolent Palestinian protesters. It was when a procession marching in solidarity with the hunger striking detainees was held on the main road between Nablus and Tulkarem. The procession was subjected to an extensive barrage of tear gas grenades, following which the soldiers came closer and made use of their batons.Two Palestinians were taken off to military detention - an organizer, Dr. Sami Daghlas, and a journalist, Ja’far Eshteyya. [ak]16/5/2017
28-year-old Gaza fisherman killed by Israeli Navy Press TV - The 28-year-old fisherman Mohammed Majed Bakr was critically wounded when the Israeli Navy opened fire on a fishing boat off the Gaza shore. He was taken to an Israeli hospital where he died of his wounds. The three other members of the boat crew, as well as two fishermen from another boat, were detained, and both boats impounded. The Israeli Navy is regularly harassing Gazan fishermen, accusing them of violating the Israeli-imposed limit of three nautical miles from the Gazan shore (inside which fishing is poor). Last year, 135 fishermen were arrested, 26 were wounded by direct Israeli gunfire and 43 boats were impounded. The limit was supposed to be extended to six nautical miles in the 2014 ceasefire - but in practice Israeli Navy gunboats continue enforcing the old limit. [ak] 16/5/2017
Barghouti threatens to escalate Palestinian prisoners` hunger strikeRaanan Ben-Zur, Elior Levy - Ynet - Barghouti, who is leading the hunger strike, has been put in solitary confinement since it began almost a month ago. The only visitors he has been allowed to have are representatives of the Red Cross and his attorney. His lawyer, Hader Shkirat, told Ynet after their meeting on Sunday that if no agreement is reached between the striking prisoners` leadership and Israeli authorities in the coming days, the prisoners would also stop drinking water in addition to not eating. [bz]16/5/2017
`Struggling with death`: Palestinian prisoners enter 27th day of mass hunger strikeMa`an - Issa Qaraqe held the Israeli government and Erdan responsible for the condition of the hunger strikers, saying that the Israeli authorities are “carrying out a massacre” by refusing to negotiate with the leaders of the strike whose demands are all about basic rights. The hunger strikers have only been calling for improved prison conditions, such as an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention. [bz]13/5/2017
Does Israel really need the Nationality Law?Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - The Nationality Law is controversial in Israel because it disrupts the delicate balance between the two main features of the country as both Jewish and democratic. The law provides legal sanction to efforts to bolster Israel`s Jewish identity at the expense of other values, such as the equal and respectful treatment of minorities. One example of this is the law`s designation of Hebrew as the country`s sole official language (contrary to Hebrew and Arabic currently), a fact that ignores the 1.8 million Arabs who make up almost one-quarter of the population. Moreover, Israel’s Declaration of Independence, the founding document establishing Jewish sovereignty over the land of Israel, already validates Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people.-rh 10/5/2017
Somaia Shahin: Engraving Gaza’s seashellsGroup 194 - Somaia has chosen a new pattern of arts, engraving colorful drawings and phrases on stones and seashells, and decorating the hands of girls with henna. Somaia, a mother of five, is taking engraving as her career of profession, after graduating from the English language department and not practicing her teaching career.-rh 10/5/2017
Two days of clashes in al-Khalil in connection with prisoners’ hunger strikeFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "Before finally retreating from Bab al-Zawiya into H2, a group of soldiers detained a young Palestinian man before escorting him, handcuffed and blindfolded, into the Beit Romano military base." - id10/5/2017
Why Abbas asked Israel to cut power to GazaAhmad Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - "The Palestinian Authority has asked Israel to stop providing funding for Gaza`s electricity as part of President Mahmoud Abbas’ efforts to pressure Hamas into ceding power." - id 10/5/2017
Fatima Hjeiji: Seventh child killed by Israel in 2017Nigel Wilson - Al-Jazeera - "A gifted mathematics student, Hjeij’s family do not believe the Israeli police`s version of what happened." - id 10/5/2017
Israel Must Meet Palestinian Hunger Strikers’ Demands B’Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, said in a press release that Israel must meet the demands of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, noting that even if conditions are improved – Israel will still be holding in custody thousands of Palestinians who have had no fair trial, or no trial at all. B’Tselem noted that the hunger strike “is a non-violent protest focusing on several valid, basic demands for improved prison conditions…Israel imposes severe restrictions on family visits, and many relatives are not permitted to visit at all.” B’Tselem noted that Israel Prison Service (IPS) enforces a complete ban on telephone communications for prisoners held on “security grounds”.rh 10/5/2017
Could Hamas` pragmatic new leader finally reconcile with Fatah?Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Haniyeh’s election has injected great optimism into the Fatah movement. Fatah leaders are well acquainted with Haniyeh, as opposed to Meshaal. Meshaal has lived his entire life outside the Palestinian territories, so the vast majority of Fatah activists have never even met him. “Haniyeh is the ticket to reconciliation,” said a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council and former Gaza resident on condition of anonymity. He said that Haniyeh is very interested in reconciliation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and has in fact been operating behind the scenes toward this end. Haniyeh realizes that the only way to save Gaza and extricate it from its blockade is by resolving the long crisis between the two organizations. This Fatah higher-up argued that Meshaal did not succeed in this task because he is a foreigner in the West Bank and Gaza and never really understood the distress of the Palestinians. “He only knows how to inflame the masses, to talk about jihad. And that others should fight in his stead. By contrast, Haniyeh knows that only Palestinian unity will benefit the Gaza residents and the Hamas movement that he now heads,” he added.-rh 10/5/2017
Palestinian prisoners having difficulty standing on 23rd day of mass hunger strikeMa`an News Agency - As some 1,600 Palestinian prisoners marked their 23rd day on hunger strike on Tuesday, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners` Affairs warned that hunger strikers had entered a dangerous stage, reporting that health conditions were deteriorating considerably. The political prisoners are calling for an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention -- imprisonment without charge or trial -- among other demands for basic rights.-rh10/5/2017
5,000 Gazans at risk of death due to power shortageMotasem A Dalloul - Middle East Monitor - Generators have become the only lifeline for Gaza’s hospitals and patients who are in need of urgent medical care. However, with limited amount of fuel entering the besieged Strip, even these are likely to cease work and stop providing electricity, risking the lives of more than 5,000 patients, medical staff told MEMO. According to the spokesperson of Al-Shifa Hospital, Dr Ayman Al-Sahabani, the number of patients who require dialysis has increased from 400 to 720 which has meant that machines are operating 24 hours a day.-rh 10/5/2017
23 days of hunger strike: Israeli occupation continues to impose restrictions on attorney visits Adameer - Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons launched a mass hunger strike on 17 April 2017, on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. The call for hunger strike came as a result of Israel’s policies and practices towards Palestinian political prisoners, who continue to face punishments by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS). An estimated 1700 Palestinian prisoners announced the beginning of an open hunger strike. The hunger striking prisoners’ demands include: an end to the IPS’ abusive use of isolation for “security” reasons; an end to Israel’s practice of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial in administrative detention, under which 500 Palestinians are currently detained; ending denial of family visits and better conditions within Israeli prisons and detention centers.-rh10/5/2017
Palestinians say video of hunger-strike leader Barghouti eating is fakeJudah Ari Gross, Dov Lieber and Agencies - Times of Israel - Prisoners’ advocacy group claims footage of protest leader sneaking candy in jail was made over a decade ago, accuses Israeli media of waging ‘war of lies’ [bz]9/5/2017
Israeli police kill 16-year old Palestinian girl in JerusalemIMEMC - On Sunday afternoon, Israeli police shot and killed a 16- year old Palestinian girl, Fatima Afeef Abdul-Rahman Hajiji, near the Damascus gate in Jerusalem. The police spokesperson claimed that the teen attempted to stab a security officer, that account has been disputed by eyewitnesses as well by photos from cameras in nearby shops. Fatima was standing at least ten meters away from the police guard post and posing no direct threat when one of the police started shouting “knife, knife” - whereupon some five of them fired a barrage of bullets at her. Fatima was hit by several live rounds in the chest, and the police continued to fire after she fell onto the ground. Following the fatal shooting, police used pepper-spray against dozens of Palestinians who gathered in the area, chasing them into Sultan Suleiman Street. A 9-year child, Mahmoud Abu Sbeih, fell from a considerable height and was wounded when trying to escape.[ak]9/5/2017
Settlers throw stones, but the soldiers turn against the victimsAmos Gvirtz - Don`t Say We didn`t Know - Furthermore, five families from Bat Sara`ia, near Tel Al Milh, were issued demolition orders for all their homes and summoned for police interrogation.9/5/2017
Israeli forces fire at Gaza fishermen, spray pesticides on Palestinian cropsMa`an - Fishermen said that Israeli forces shot at Palestinian fishing boats in two separate incidents off the northern coast of Gaza on Tuesday morning. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they were looking into the reports. Meanwhile, Gaza farmers told Ma’an that Israeli drones sprayed pesticides on Palestinian crops along the border with Israel in central and southern Gaza. The pesticides damage crops in the area, which is Gaza`s main agricultural region. The army spokesperson also said she would look into the case. [bz]9/5/2017
Israel resorts to “psychological warfare” to try to break strikeCharlotte Silver - EI - In addition to increased raids and transfers to solitary confinement, Israel has also begun seizing money from striking prisoners’ accounts. In response, the Palestinian Authority announced that it would stop paying an allowance to prisoners. This money is used for purchases at the prison commissary, including salts, which are a vital nutrient for hunger strikers. According to lawyers who visited Ketziot, several of their clients were unable to walk or stand. (...) Prison authorities have begun fining them for not standing up during roll call. [bz]9/5/2017
A procedure so special it applies to no oneGisha - Among the many, complicated and vague protocols and procedures that govern (and enable) Israel’s control over millions of Palestinians, there is one that ostensibly allows Gaza residents to change their official address to the West Bank, a would-be crack in the tight closure over the Gaza Strip. But this tiny crack is, in fact, fiction. [bz]9/5/2017
Israeli military besieges Hebron citing brief absence of settler teensAIC - Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were collectively punished on Wednesday due to three teenage settlers’ impromptu trip to Jerusalem [ry]8/5/2017
East Jerusalem hit by wave of home demolitionsAviv Tatarsky - +972 - The maliciousness of the demolition policy in al-Walaja, East Jerusalem and Area C is unmistakable. Thousands have been made homeless by demolitions in the last two years, with the underlying goal of expelling the Palestinian population to the Area A and B enclaves throughout the West Bank. [bz for dn]7/5/2017
Jewish settler mistaken for Palestinian and shot dead. Incident viewed by Palestinians as revealing double standards.Bethan McKernan - Independent - It is rare for the IDF to use deadly force on Israeli citizens. Rights groups and other observers, however, have long accused Israel of using “disproportinate force” and implementing a “shoot-to-kill” policy on alleged Palestinian attackers. [bz] 6/5/2017
Israeli Soldiers Demolish Residential And Commercial Structures In JerusalemIMEMC - "The demolished commercial structures are owned by Khalil Abu Sbeitan and Rami Sayyad; the army claimed there were built without construction permits.Also in Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded al-‘Eesawiyya town, and demolished several commercial buildings, owned by Motea’ Aby Ryala and Mahmoud Abu Ryala, under the same allegations.Furthermore, the soldiers invaded the al-Walaja village, south of Jerusalem, and demolished three homes, owned by members of Abu Sneina and Nairoukh families." ca 5/5/2017
The real reasons behind the Palestinian hunger strike Ramzy Baroud - Al Ahram "Sadly, prison is the most obvious fact of Palestinian life; it is the status quo; the everyday reality. The prisoners held captive in Israeli jails are a depiction of the life of every Palestinian, trapped behind walls, checkpoints, in refugee camps, in Gaza, in cantons in the West Bank, segregated Jerusalem, waiting to be let in, waiting to be let out. Simply waiting...Israeli jails are prisons within larger prisons. In times of protests and upheaval, especially during the uprisings of 1987- 1993 and 2000-2005, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were subjected to prolonged military curfews, sometimes lasting weeks, even months." ca 5/5/2017
Palestinian hunger strikers cut off from communicationCharlotte Silver - EI - "As many as 1,600 Palestinians are refusing food in protest of ill treatment by Israeli prison authorities, including medical neglect and reduction of family visits. Israel has attempted to prevent information on the striking prisoners from reaching the public by transferring protest leaders into solitary confinement and blocking visits by families and lawyers." - id 3/5/2017
Israel’s Outrage Du Jour: Denying Palestinian Boy Terror Victim’s Rights After He Survived Incineration of His FamilyRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Note, that the Jewish settlers who incinerated both his parents and baby brother live right next door to him in the occupied West Bank and are Israeli citizens.  Yet he is not and so is denied." - id 3/5/2017
Jewish Israeli killed by soldiers after alleged stabbing attemptRoi Yanovsky & Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - A 19 year old Jewish Israeli was shot and mortally wounded by soldiers at the Hizma checkpoint. The soldiers assert he was trying to stab one of them. He was an inhabitant of Pisgat Ze`ev, one of the Israeli neighborhoods (effectively settlements) built on confiscated Palestinian land in East Jerusalem. [There are two possible interpretations: 1) For some unknown reason he truly tried to stab soldiers at the checkpoint. 2) The over-panicking soldiers killed an innocent man, offering the version that they acted in self-defense; in similar cases where the victim is a Palestinian, the soldiers` version is usually accepted unquestioningly. ak] 2/5/2017
Israel says 300 inmates end hunger strike; Palestinian official says it`s not soMiddle East Eye - The prison service plan to set up 400 medical centres inside jails "to avoid as much as possible the transfer of hunger striking detainees to civilian hospitals". The hunger strike began on 17 April, with those taking part ingesting only water and salt. They have issued demands ranging from better medical care to phone access. [bz]2/5/2017
13 Palestinian journalists injured while attempting to cover Jerusalem sit-inMa`an - Israeli police had forcibly evacuated a peaceful sit-in organized at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City, held to express support for approximately 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike in Israeli prisons for the past 14 days. After marching through the streets, chanting slogans in solidarity with the hunger strikers, demonstrators were chased by Israeli police on horseback, with Israeli police officers also ripping up and confiscating pictures of Palestinian prisoners that protesters were carrying. [bz for dn]30/4/2017
225 Palestinians Barred From Entering Israel for Joint Memorial Day Ceremony Barak Ravid - Haaretz - For the past 12 years, The Parents Circle Families Forum, an Israeli-Palestinian organization for those who have lost family members to the conflict, along with Combatants for Peace, have held an alternative Memorial Day ceremony which has been attended by thousands of people. The ceremony includes both Israeli and Palestinian speakers and is intended “to commemorate the memory of the victims of the conflict and the shared pain,” say organizers. The event will be held on Sunday evening, the beginning of Memorial Day in Israel, at the Shlomo Group Arena next to the Tel Aviv Convention Center. As of now, it seems that the 225 Palestinian participants will not be able to attend. - after a stabbing attack a week ago by an 18-year-old resident of Nablus injuring four in Tel Aviv. [bz for dn] 30/4/2017
VIDEO: Israel Acknowledges Use of Computer Algorithm For Palestinian ArrestsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Mass detentions of over 400 Palestinians were the result of a computer algorithm based on their social media usage, explains TRNN’s Shir Hever." ca27/4/2017
General Strike Held in Solidarity with Hunger StikersIMEMC News & Agencies - "According to the PNN, the strike includes all sectors except for health sector, tawjihi class and bakeries. This precedes an expected day of rage, where protests and demonstrations will take place on Friday." ca27/4/2017
For settlers, there`s no reason not to break the lawYossi Gurvitz/Yesh Din - +972 "In August 2009, the residents of Kfar Aqeb, a Palestinian village near Ramallah, noticed 12 illegal structures being built on their land near the settlement of Kochav Ya’akov. The residents urgently petitioned the High Court of Justice, assisted by Yesh Din, demanding the court order an immediate halt to the construction. What happened next is a microcosm of the behavior of the law enforcement apparatus in the occupied Palestinian territories." ca27/4/2017
PCHR Concerned over Life of Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Israeli JailsIMEMC - "Most of those prisoners are residents of the West Bank, including 57 women and 300 children. Moreover, the number of sick prisoners is about 1800 prisoners, including 180 prisoners who suffer from serious diseases in addition to 26 others who have cancer." - id 26/4/2017
“Poor man’s kebab” is Gaza’s most treasured foodMousa Tawfiq and Mohammed Asad - The Electronic Intifada - "“I work summer and winter. My booth wasn’t cheap, it cost me $600. I equipped it with extra parts to be used when it rains. I look forward to summer, because I sell hundreds of falafel sandwiches to holiday-makers each day.”" - id 26/4/2017
Israeli travel agencies will soon have to promise not to send tourists to the West BankMa`an - As of May 15, travel agencies will have to "attach, with each request to bring a group of tourists into the country, a special form pledging that they will not send tourists to Judea and Samaria,” using the Israeli term for the occupied West Bank. [A kosher boycott?-bz] 25/4/2017
Library train brings books to Gaza childrenIbrahim Abdelhadi - Al Monitor - “The train stops at all public and UNRWA-affiliated schools in Khan Yunis and also heads to remote areas in the east of the governorate. Nour Abu Jazar, 10, who carefully listens to the storyteller, said “We wish the train would stay for the whole year. But the train only stays for a couple of days... [bz] 25/4/2017
Barghouthi`s health deteriorates on 8th day of Palestinian prisoner hunger strikeMa`an - Israeli authorities have cracked down on Palestinian prisoners since the beginning of the strike, placing scores of hunger strikers in solitary confinement, or dispersing them throughout Israel’s network of prisons to separate hunger strikers from each other, while denying the vast majority access to their lawyers and maintaining a freeze on family visits. --Barghouthi who had a severe drop in blood pressure and blood sugar levels was not willing to take medicine offered him by the prison authorities. [bz] 25/4/2017
Israeli settlers attack peace activists in West BankThe New Arab - One settler can be seen striking prominent Israeli peace activist Rabbi Arik Ashcerman on the back of the head with a stick. At least five activists from the grassroots movement Ta`ayush were injured in the attack, including one with a broken arm. The incident took place in the Jordan Valley. [bz for dn] 23/4/2017
186 security prisoners quit hunger strikeRaanan Ben Zur - Ynet - 100 prisoners reported that they were dropping out just 24 hours after it began. Most of the prisoners who joined the strike hailed predominantly from Fatah and the Popular Front, with only a handful being members of Hamas. The security prisoners resolved to stage the hunger strike after a series of demands submitted to the Israel Prison Service were rejected, among them that the Prisons Service install public telephone wings, similar to those installed for criminal prisoners. [bz for dn]23/4/2017
More Palestinians join mass hunger strike on 6th day, PFLP leaders transferred to solitary. Punitive measures against the hunger strikersMa`an - The Handala Center for Prisoners added that these procedures used on hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners were “aimed at breaking the will of prisoners and preventing the strike from growing.” The center also rejected all “collective punishment procedures” imposed on Palestinian prisoners and added that such policies “violate all international and human rights laws.” [bz for dn]23/4/2017
Anti-Arab bias in political lawsuit against Arab BankRay Hanania- The Arab Daily News - "Biased American legal system that discriminates against the rights of Arabs and Muslims in favor of the rights of pro-Israel activists pushes biased lawsuit targeting Arab Bank in Jordan." - id 21/4/2017
How Israeli soldiers interrogated meFarah Najjar and Shatha Hammad - Aljazeera - Currently, there are 6,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. The number includes 300 children and 53 women, according to the Jerusalem-based Palestinian prisoners support and human rights association, Addameer. Laith Abu Zeyad, Addameer`s international advocacy officer told Al Jazeera that between 500 and 700 arrests of children are made each year in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Upon arrest, Palestinian civilians residing in the West Bank are sent to be tried in Israeli military courts, where conviction rates are as high as 99.7 percent, according to Abu Zeyad. Being tried in a military tribunal is a violation of international law, and means that civilians` due process rights are routinely disrespected.-rh 19/4/2017
Why is this year different for Israeli civil society organizations?Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - The traditional Passover Haggadah includes a series of questions designed to spark the curiosity of the children about the Exodus story. In addition to offering questions about why this night is different from other nights and the words to “We Were Slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt,” the “Jubilee Haggadah” includes commentary by Jewish thinkers from Israel and the United States. One of the first pages contains a lament penned by the writer Amos Oz in August 1967, some three months after the war. “We are condemned now to rule people who do not want to be ruled by us,” the noted author wrote in “Davar,” the now-defunct daily newspaper of the then-ruling Labor Party, “condemned, not merry and euphoric.” Oz warned that all occupations corrupt the occupier. “I have fears about the kind of seeds we will sow in the near future in the hearts of the occupied,” he wrote. “Even more I have fears about the seed that will be planted in the hearts of the occupiers.” Like many of his friends on the political left, Oz did not imagine that five decades later Israelis would be “merry and euphoric,” celebrating the “liberation.”-rh 19/4/2017
Israel Prevents PPS Attorney From Visiting Detainees In OferIMEMC News - "The move is part of collective punishment measures taken by Israel against the striking detainees, including barring them from visits with their families and their lawyers.The hunger strike started on Monday, April 17th, by more than 1300 Palestinian detainees, while hundreds of detainees are preparing to join the “Strike For Dignity.” April 17th also marks the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day." ca 19/4/2017
You are here Jenin won’t forget Israel’s massacreIlan Pappe - Electronic Intifada "Fifteen years ago this month the Israeli army bombarded and assaulted the Jenin refugee camp for more than 10 days. This was part of Israel’s so-called Operation Defensive Shield, during which it sent troops into the heart of six major cities in the occupied West Bank and surrounding towns and refugee camps that were ostensibly under Palestinian Authority control.In a report on the assault, the United Nations concluded that the Israeli army killed dozens of Palestinians in a camp that is just 0.4 square kilometers and hosts about 15,000 people.After the assault, a long debate ensued about the number of casualties. In the immediate havoc that reigned in the camp, the numbers were thought to be very high." ca 19/4/2017
Crisis Looms in Gaza as Hamas Struggles to Deal With Energy Crisis Jack Khoury - Haaretz "Gaza’s Health Ministry warned on Tuesday that the power shortage could create health problems and urged the international community to step in. It said the lack of steady power to hospitals, coupled with a shortage of fuel to operate emergency generators, could cause the hospitals to collapse. Moreover, it added, the hospitals are already treating only urgent cases, endangering the health of patients who must wait for treatment." ca19/4/2017
Israel Celebrates 50 Years As OccupierJonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Israel is to hold lavish celebrations over the coming weeks to mark the 50th anniversary of what it calls the “liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights” – or what the rest of us describe as the birth of the occupation. The centrepiece event will take place in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem. The West Bank settlement “bloc” enjoys wide support in Israel, not least because it was established long ago by the supposedly left-wing Labour party, now heading the opposition. The jubilee is a potent reminder that for Israelis, most of whom have never known a time before the occupation, Israel’s rule over the Palestinians seems as irreversible as the laws of nature. But the extravagance of the festivities also underscores the growth over five decades of Israel’s self-assurance as an occupier.-rh 19/4/2017
Eimear McBride in the West Bank: ‘All that is human in me recoils from this’Eimear McBride - The Irish Times - I had not thought about the world for a very long time and, of all places, this place had seemed easier to ignore. I am driving down to Jericho now and, for the first time in a week, I breathe. Not because I have become accustomed to the hassle of checkpoints or seeing young men and women, still teenagers some, looking out at me from behind guns that they know how to use. Not because I have stopped noticing how grown men and women close themselves up behind a mask of quietude in order to cope with their every movement being at the whim of those same youngsters.-rh19/4/2017
Israeli authorities punish sick Palestinian prisoners who joined mass hunger strikeMa`an - Lawyer Karim Ajwah, of the Palestinian Committee Prisoners` Affairs found out that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) had confiscated the 7 sick hunger strikers` electronic devices, clothes, and sheets. [bz]18/4/2017
1500 Palestinian prisoners launch largest collective hunger strike in years: Take action in support!Samidoun - While the strike was announced by Fateh prisoners with Barghouthi as their spokesperson, prisoners from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Islamic Jihad, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hamas, the People’s Party and others have declared participation in the strike, especially in prisons like Hadarim, Gilboa and Nafha, where there is nearly unanimous participation in the strike among political prisoners. [bz]18/4/2017
Why We Are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s PrisonsMARWAN BARGHOUTI - NYT - Israel has established a dual legal regime, a form of judicial apartheid, that provides virtual impunity for Israelis who commit crimes against Palestinians, while criminalizing Palestinian resistance. (...) Israel has tried to brand us all as terrorists to legitimize its violations, including mass arbitrary arrests, torture, punitive measures and severe restrictions. As part of Israel’s effort to undermine the Palestinian struggle for freedom, an Israeli court sentenced me to five life sentences and 40 years in prison in a political show trial that was denounced by international observers. (...) Rights are not bestowed by an oppressor. Freedom and dignity are universal rights that are inherent in humanity, to be enjoyed by every nation and all human beings. Palestinians will not be an exception. Only ending occupation will end this injustice and mark the birth of peace. [bz]18/4/2017
British-Palestinian professor ‘may never see family again’ after being denied entry to IsraelSamuel Osborne - Independent - ‘I was clearly on a wanted list. He had a pile of papers, he was pointing to tweets they said I had written. They were clearly ready for me’ [ry]17/4/2017
Israeli occupation incarcerates 13th Palestinian legislatorAddameer: Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association - "The number of imprisoned Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) members climbed to 13 on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, when Israeli occupation forces seized PLC member Ahmad Atoun from his home in Ramallah in a pre-dawn raid. Atoun has previously spent several years in Israeli prisons. His last arrest was in 2013, during which he spent 17 months in detention. Atoun is originally from Jerusalem but is banned from living there by occupation forces." ca 14/4/2017
Israeli Soldiers Attack Students In Al-Quds University, Wound Twenty-FourIMEMC News - "The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed its medics rushed to the area, and provided the needed treatment to all wounded students, without the need to hospitalize any of them. In addition, several Israeli army jeeps invaded Fahma village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, broke into the home of Ahmad Shafiq Sa’abna, and interrogated him before illegally confiscating his car.The soldiers also invaded Beit Qad and Deir Abu Da’if villages, northeast of Jenin, and drove through their neighborhoods and alleys in a provocative manager before withdrawing." ca 14/4/2017
With Furious cruelty’–Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour still facing prosecution in Israel Israel/Palestine Kim Jensen and Yoav Haifawi - Mondoweiss "     March 19 and March 28 marked two critical hearings in the trial of the Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour who faces up to eight years in prison on the charges of incitement and support for terrorism. The sessions largely focused on the testimony of two literary witnesses brought by Tatour’s defense attorneys Gaby Lasky and Nery Ramati. The defense’s overarching objectives were to establish Tatour’s inalienable right to freedom of expression, to point out the distorted police translation of Tatour’s poem, and to demonstrate anti-Arab bias in the judicial system. The contentious hearings started late and dragged into the evening as the prosecutor Alina Hardak spared no attempt to undermine the credibility of the witnesses." ca14/4/2017
Palestinians demand unity after PA cuts salaries in GazaAhmad Jaradat - Aternative Information Center "Protestors reject the idea that financial crisis requires slashing the salaries of Palestinian Authority workers in Gaza, but not the West Bank. On Wednesday April 5, 2017, employees of the Palestinian Authority (PA) living in the Gaza Strip discovered that their salaries had been slashed by 30 to 70 percent. News of the salary cuts reverberated throughout Palestine, though especially in Gaza, where protests began immediately outside of many local banks." ca14/4/2017
Could an offshore seaport be Gaza`s salvation?Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - In an interview with Al-Monitor, a senior Hamas political bureau official in Gaza said that building an Israeli-inspired island under full Israeli control would result in the perpetuation of the blockade. “Your minister is willing to invest billions of dollars to build a port that will serve Israel’s security, but this money could be used for millions of far more logical and feasible solutions,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Israel has been playing with the idea that it can continue to rule over residents of the Strip from the air, sea and land, he said, but he noted, “This cannot go on forever.” The only solution, according to the official, is to allow the Palestinians to build a seaport on Gaza`s shore.-rh 12/4/2017
Turmus Aya`s Palestinians threatened by settlement planLizzie Porter - Aljazeera - At the entrance of the Palestinian village Turmus Aya, in the occupied West Bank, a large sign, written in Hebrew, Arabic and English, warns visitors that "this road leads to Palestinian areas [sic]. It is dangerous for Israeli citizens to enter". Contrary to the sign`s warning, it is the Palestinian residents of this seemingly tranquil area who are more nervous, specifically about the recent encroachment from the Israeli settlements that surround their village. Turmus Aya, home to around 4,000 people, lies in the shadow of a string of such settlers` communities, which are illegal under international law. On a bump in the land directly to the north sits Shilo, a well-developed example, built in 1979 and home to around 3,000 illegal settlers.-rh 12/4/2017
How Israel worsened a farm crisis in GazaSarah Algherbawi - The Electronic Intifada - "Earlier this year, an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease occurred in Gaza. For 17 days, Israel blocked the entry of vaccines required to prevent the virus from spreading, according to Gaza’s veterinary services." - id12/4/2017
How Palestinians plan to overcome electricty shortagesAhmad Melhem - Al Monitor - "The Palestinian government is establishing a "new electricity market" that will draw power from various sources but will be supervised by a government-owned company." - id12/4/2017
Soldiers destroy Hebron monument to 16-year girl assailant Elisha Ben Kimon - Y-Net - As part of their raids in Hebron, Israeli soldiers destroyed a monument erected in memory of Bian Asila. In October 2015, Asila, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, attempted to stab Israeli Border Police stationed in her town, lightly wounding one of them, and was then shot to death. In the official Israeli military communique, the demolition of "A monument to a terrorist" was described as "part of the ongoing campaign against Palestinian incitement". [The monument to Baruch Goldstein, who killed 29 people in 1994, is nearby, intact. ak] 11/4/2017
Soldiers uproot 18 olive trees in Deir BalloutIMEMC - Several Israeli military vehicles, accompanied by a bulldozer, invaded Palestinian orchards in Deir Ballout (Salfit Governorate) and uprooted 18 olive trees. The reason given was the installing of new water pipelines to nearby Israeli settlements. [Left without explanation is why this was considered so urgent as to be carried out during the Passover Holiday... ak] 11/4/2017
Israeli Archaeological Dig Forces 25 East Jerusalem Residents to Evacuate Homes Nir Hasson - Haaretz - The municipality declared the building unsafe and for one night moved the residents to a hotel in the city. "Our home was ruined, it is impossible to live there any longer, we have nowhere to live," said Suleiman Oweida, one of the evacuated residents. The Jerusalem municipality said that the cause of the cracks in the building is being investigated. [bz]11/4/2017
Palestinian assaulted and work tools confiscated during early morning raid by Israeli forcesISM - Shahar refused to sign the receipt for over half an hour, partly because he could not read what it said, but also because it became clear that the Israeli soldiers had written that only one piece of equipment had been confiscated from his workshop. In fact, Israeli forces had confiscated various tools and materials from his workshop, including a welding torch, a drill, and a disk cutter, with a total worth of over 4,000 shekels. Eventually, Shahar was punched in his left eye by one of the soldiers and told that if he did not sign the receipt, they would arrest him: ‘What do you think?’ asked one of the Israeli soldiers, ‘Sign and stay with your children, or we can arrest you? You choice.’ [bz]11/4/2017
On 69th anniversary, PLO remembers `heartbreaking` Deir Yassin massacreMa`an - “After sixty-nine years, the Deir Yassin massacre still remains an important reminder of Israel’s systematic measures of displacement, destruction, dispossession, and dehumanization,” Ashrawi said. “The calculated efforts by Israel to completely erase the history, narrative and physical presence of the Palestinian people will not be ignored or forgotten. It is time for Israel’s lethal impunity to come to an end.” “We urge all members of the international community to hold Israel to account immediately, to curb its ongoing violations against the Palestinians, and to support our nonviolent and diplomatic efforts to seek justice and protection in all international legal venues," she added. [bz] 11/4/2017
Jayyous Lands Again Under ThreatIMEMC News & Agencies - "Residents from the West Bank village of Jayyous, east of Qalqilia, endured nightly raids by Israeli forces for a week straight in early April. Israeli occupation forces fired tear gas at resident’s homes, causing some villagers to be taken for treatment to Darwish Nazzal hospital for tear gas inhalation." ca7/4/2017
Malta and Palestine Search for New Ways to Facilitate Tourism Investments (VIDEO)IMEMC News & Agencies - "As part of its efforts to promote cooperation between the countries of Palestine and Malta, the Maltese Middle Eastern Tourism Corporation, with the support of the Representative Office of Malta in Palestine, had organized a second meeting and cultural dinner for a group of businessmen in the city of Bethlehem, where they discussed ways and mechanisms of creating an economic investment between the two countries in general, in the tourism field in particular." ca7/4/2017
Israeli army `among world`s child rights violators`Nigel Wilson - Aך-Jשזקקרש "Occupied East Jerusalem - Flanked by his mother and aunt, Ahmed Mahmoud strolled up the narrow street that leads to the main road in Issawiya in occupied East Jerusalem. It was mid-afternoon in early December 2016, and the 15-year-old had recently earned good grades at school. As a reward, the trio were on an outing to buy him a new pair of shoes, when they encountered a group of teenagers running towards them.Ahmed realised that clashes were taking place in the area between young men from the neighbourhood and Israeli border guards. "I wanted to return home but then the bullet hit me," he said. "I fell to the ground. My aunt started screaming. She was screaming at my cousin, who lived nearby, for help." Ahmed had been shot in the face with a rubber-coated bullet." בש 7/4/2017
Sarah Silverman Condemns Occupation in Passover HaggadahNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - Comedian Sarah Silverman spoke out against Israel’s military occupation in a new Passover Haggadah timed with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War, when Israel conquered the West Bank. “Of all the people, Jews know the bitterness of being oppressed — and not being in our own country,” she wrote. “That’s what makes the occupation all so ironic. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between right and wrong, the situation is complicated and scary, but I’m guessing oppression will always prove to be on the wrong side of history.”-rh 5/4/2017
Israel Steps Up Dirty Tricks Against Boycott Leaders Jonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed cohorts of Israel loyalists in the United States by video link last week at the annual conference of Aipac, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. They should, he said, follow his government’s example and defend Israel on the “moral battlefield” against the growing threat of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. In Netanyahu’s simple-minded language, support for Palestinian rights, and opposition to the settlements, is equivalent to “delegitimisation” of Israel.-rh 5/4/2017
Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian homes, spray pesticides on crops in GazaMaa`an News Agency - Israeli forces opened fire on Tuesday morning at Palestinian houses and agricultural lands in eastern Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Witnesses told Ma`an that gunshots were fired from Israeli military pillboxes across the border fence, causing material damage to a number of houses. No injuries were reported. Separately, in the southeastern and central eastern parts of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian farmers reported that Israeli drones sprayed "poisonous pesticides” on crops near the borders with Israel. They added that fields of melon, watermelon, okra, and wheat were sprayed with pesticides that may harm the crops.-rh5/4/2017
Border Police officers indicted for assaulting PalestinianRoi Yanovsky -Ynetnews - According to the indictment, Yosef Abadi, 22, from Rishon Lezion, and Oshri Ohayon, 23, from Beit Shemesh, had assaulted a Palestinian with the butt of their rifle and even threatened to kill him, because they thought he was suspected of having carried out a stabbing attack. The two arrived at the Christian Quarter in the Old City in May 2016 following a report of a stabbing attack. When they noticed a Palestinian walking by, they suspected that he was the assailant, even though he was unarmed. They approached him, and one of the soldiers struck him with the butt of his rifle, without informing him that he was being arrested or detained and without questioning him.-rh 5/4/2017
HRW: Israel denying human rights workers access to GazaFarah Najjar - Aljazeera - In the report, titled "Unwilling or Unable: Israel Restrictions on Travel to and from Gaza for Human Rights Workers", the US-based organisation expressed concerns over the restriction of entry to human rights workers who require access to the strip in order to investigate possible crimes committed during the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza.-rh 5/4/2017
A rare enlightened military judgeMilitary Court Watch (March 2017 Report) - A judge at the Ofer Military Court rejected the admissibility of a statement taken from a 15-year-old boy on the basis that, during interrogation the boy was denied access to a lawyer. In the statement, the boy had confessed to having been involved in throwing Molotov cocktails at a military sentry point in Hebron. This ruling has potential significance, as up to 90 percent of minors detained by the military in the West Bank continue to be interrogated without having access to a lawyer. Typically, such interrogations produce confessions which military courts usually regard as admissible, resulting with the youngsters being sent to prison with hardly any real judicial process. [ak]4/4/2017
Israeli authorities uproot 150 olive trees in Salfit for `damaging view of nature reserve`Ma`an - Deir Istiya`s municipal council member Nathmi Salman told Ma`an that the trees were uprooted without prior notice. He argued that Israeli authorities "are attempting to control the Wadi Qana area and deprive the (Palestinian) landowners from benefiting from their land under the pretext that it is a nature reserve." [bz]4/4/2017
Israeli occupation issues 46 administrative detention orders Samidoun / AIC - A twelfth member of the Palestinian Legislative Council was targeted in a rash of indefinite detention orders issued at the end of March. [bz]4/4/2017
Israeli Soldiers Abduct 14 Palestinians In The West BankIMEMC News - "Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, fourteen Palestinians, including two children [aged] 12 and 13" [ry]3/4/2017
Grand Mufti: Arrest of al-Aqsa guards `unacceptable`By Ibrahim Husseini - Al Jazeera - Israeli police arrest Palestinian guards after they try to stop archaeologist from removing ancient stone from compound. [bz for dn]2/4/2017
Israeli forces raid house of slain Palestinian teen, seal bookstore in West Bank raidsMa`an - Israeli police ambushed 17-year-old Ahmad Ghazal in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City Saturday afternoon after the boy stabbed and lightly injured three Israelis. Witnesses saw border police corner Ghazal in a small apartment and shower him with bullets, describing the incident as an “execution” and asserting that the teenager could have been easily detained without using lethal force. [bz for dn]2/4/2017
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