|Life under occupation|
|This is not humane. We need dignity||Sami Abdel-Shafi -
"The US and the EU should come to Gaza; then they could draw their own conclusions on an Israeli policy they have backed and funded without ever witnessing its consequences on ordinary civilians` lives."||30/12/2009|
|Family appeals for baby formula banned from Gaza||Ma`an -
"Abu Shabab said he approached local authorities, NGOs, and companies."||30/12/2009|
|The Occupied West Bank Latroun Villages (the story of the ` 67 ethnic cleansing)||Stephen Lendman -
Countercurrents - No easy solutions exist. None are proposed, nor will there be any from the top down. With their growing grassroots support, it`s for committed Palestinians to achieve their long-denied equity, justice and self-determination. That`s how change always comes [concluding words of a documented report, including soldiers` testimonies].
|An airport - on the way to independence ||Ma’an (Ramallah) - The Palestinian Authority Cabinet, after being presented with a feasibility study, decided that the international airport for the West Bank would be at a location between Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley. Airport construction is one of the elements in PM Fayyad`s plan to have all necessary state institutions in Palestine ready towards the declaration of a state in 16 months.
|Bil`in village stormed and two boys arrested||Iyad Burnat - At
2am the IDF came with jeeps and 50 soldiers on foot - to abduct Hamouda Imad Yassin (16) and Ibrahim Khalil Yassin (16) one month since the two were released from a five months prison term. Just the latest in a series of raids and arrests to stop the weekly demonstrations in Bil’in.||29/12/2009|
|One Palestinian family`s story illustrates the absurdity, and intention, of Israeli policy ||Mohammad Alsaafin - Palestine News Network - As a foreign journalist with a British passport, my dad frequently traveled between the West Bank, Gaza and inside the Green Line, and my mother and siblings would join him from Ramallah. But that all changed this August. He was arrested and had his press credentials revoked. He was told his British passport was worthless, because they discovered he had had been born and raised in a refugee camp in Gaza - among other things this is separating him from his family. [Just one of the absurdities in a long saga. ed]||27/12/2009|
|P.A complains to the US over Nablus assassinations||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - A number of US officials asked Israel’s “National Security Advisor”, Uzi Arad, for explanations about the attack and the assassination of the three men in Nablus city which is under the security and civil ‘control’ of the Palestinian Authority.
|Israel Hands Out Demolition Orders To Palestinians In The Jordan Valley||by Ghassan Bannoura -
IMEMC News & Agencies
"On Tuesday, Israeli troops handed out demolition orders targeting buildings belonging to Palestinian farmers from different areas in the Jordan valley."
|For Palestinians, possession of used IDF arms is now a crime ||Amira Hass - Haaretz - In addition to charges of incitement and throwing stones, Abu Rahma was charged with illegal weapons possession due to his alleged possession of M16 rifle bullets and gas and concussion grenades - which, the indictment said, "the accused and his associates used for an exhibition that showed people the means used by the security forces." Abu Rahma`s associates confirmed that empty concussion and gas grenades used by the IDF to disperse demonstrators were exhibited in Bil`in, adding that no one tried to conceal the nature of the exhibition. However, they said, M16 bullets were not part of the exhibit, nor were they found in a search of Abu Rahma`s home.
|Palestinian children suffer from a lack of appropriate TV programming||Daoud Kuttab - Common Ground News - But although Palestinian families spend many hours a day glued to their TV sets, original Palestinian children’s programming is almost non-existent. Instead, hours of dubbed Japanese and other types of cartoons fill the airwaves, especially in key children’s viewing hours. Such dubbed programming usually falls into one of three potentially disadvantageous categories; it is dubbed into classical Arabic (in order to ensure sales in all 23 Arab countries), it consists of imported programming with violent content, or it revolves around religious themes.
|Vaccinating Gaza ||Gaza Gateway - Not only has the closure of Gaza failed to protect it from the virus, but the restrictions on the passage of equipment and fuel are making it difficult to contain the virus`s spread. During the military operation last winter, 15 hospitals and 34 medical institutions were damaged, and their repair has not been possible due to Israel`s refusal to allow building materials into the Gaza Strip. While Israel boasts of permitting increased quantities of humanitarian aid to Gaza, it continues to restrict the entrance of medical supplies, claiming security risks. Thus, Israel is making it difficult to send batteries needed for the UPS systems that protect sensitive hospital equipment during the frequent power outages and is limiting the supply of additional medical supplies, such as X-ray equipment.
|The Israeli military hands out demolition orders to Palestinians in the Jordan Valley||Ghassan Bannoura -
"Over the last several years, Israeli authorities have launched a massive campaign to rid the eastern part of the Jordan Valley (the most fertile land in the West Bank) of its Palestinian inhabitants."
|World `failed Gaza over Israeli blockade` - aid groups ||Tim Franks =
"The charities call for more pressure to be exerted on Israel to end what they describe as its illegal collective punishment of Gazans."
|Gaza Christians struggle to celebrate Christmas under Israeli siege ||Saud Abu Ramadan -
"Earlier this month, Israel announced that it would issue hundreds of permits to the Gaza Christians to attend Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem this year. But with only three days left, the Mattas family have not yet received any travel permission. "||23/12/2009|
|Gaza must be rebuilt now||Jimmy Carter -
"The cries of homeless and freezing people demand immediate relief."
|Israeli soldiers assault Hebron family; detain members||Ma`an -
"The Abu Heikal home is in an area of Hebron blocked off from the main street by several settler trailers housing large families of aggressive youth."||20/12/2009|
|Patient died in Gaza, Death toll due to the siege reaches 366||Ghassan Bannoura -
"Walied Madi, 38 years old, had Tuberculosis. Palestinian doctors were unable to treat him locally because of the siege."
|OCHA: “Palestinians Prevented From Building On 44% Of West Bank Lands”||Saed Bannoura -
"Israel is preventing the Palestinians from building on 44% of West Bank lands as it allocated these areas to settlements and the military."
|Elderly mother joins in prison her five sons, grandson and daughter-in-law||Palestinian Press Agency/Xinhua - Rab’a Belal became the oldest Palestinian woman detainee (and one of the oldest Palestinian detainees in general) when Israeli forces arrived to arrest her in a raid on the family home at Rafidya, western Nablus. Rab’a Belal is the widow of Sheikh Said Belal, one of the Hamas founders, who died five years ago. Her five sons are already in detention, as are a grandson and a daughter-in-law. No reason for the arrest, or specific charges against Rab’a Belal herself, were published. ||15/12/2009|
|Captives (Letter from Gaza)||Lawrence Wright - www.newyorker.com -
Observation balloons hover just outside Gaza, and pilotless drones freely cross its airspace. Israeli patrols tightly enforce a three-mile limit in the Mediterranean and fire on boats that approach the line. Between the sea and the security fence that surrounds the hundred and forty square miles of Gaza live a million and a half Palestinians.
|Abbas Sets Terms for Resuming Stalled Peace Talks ||Reuters - NYT - Abbas, who is under pressure from the United States and the European Union to resume talks that have been frozen for the past year, said he was not setting terms but simply reiterating Israel`s obligations under the "road map" agreement for talks. "When Israel stops settlement activity for a specific period and when it recognizes the borders we are calling for, and these are the legal borders, there would be nothing to prevent us from going to negotiations.||15/12/2009|
|Soldiers Kidnap Two Children In Northern Gaza||Saed Bannoura -
"...in an attempt to enforce the so-called ‘security area’ along border areas."
|Soldiers beat young man in Al-Khalil Market||Johann Funk -
" ...the soldier struck him on the head and abdomen with a rifle butt and kicked him in the groin."||14/12/2009|
|Palestinian Christian leaders call Israeli occupation `a sin against God`||Saed Bannoura -
"“The problem is not just a political one. It is a policy in which human beings are destroyed, and this must be of concern to the Church.”"
|Gaza one year on: The aftermath of a tragedy||Donald MacIntyre - The Independent - As the Gaza War`s first anniversary approaches, the British Independent`s journalists return to Zeitoun - the scene of several incidents of horrific slaughter of Palestinian civilians. Some residents have recovered from the tragedy, some have not.||13/12/2009|
|50-year old cattle farmer killed by Israeli tank shell||Ali Waked - Y-net - Palestinian sources say 50-year old cattle farmer killed by tank shell near al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza; IDF says patrol returned fire towards source of attack waged on them from within Strip.
|Gazan prisoners deprived of winter clothing ||The Palestinian Information Center - Israeli prison authorities do not provide winter clothing to prisoners, compelling them to rely on their familes. However, 760 Gazan prisoners have been denied family visits for more than 30 months, and especially those held in desert prisons suffer greatly from the winter cold. Prison authorities further imposed limits on the number of clothing which West Bank prisoners, who do get family visits, can receive - so as to prevent them from sharing winter clothing with their Gazan fellows.
|Official: West Bank settlers set fire to Mosque||No Author
Ma`an News Agency
"Israeli settlers set fire to the Al-Kabir Mosque in the village of Yasouf, east of the town of Salfit early on Thursday, local officials said."||11/12/2009|
|Israel Continues to Deny Palestinians’ Fundamental Human Rights||Press Release
Source: Palestinian Center for Human rights
"on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day 2009"
|UNRWA Gaza Summer Games 2009||A summer camp releases the lust for life in children growing up with war and siege (video)||8/12/2009|
|Israel accused of interrogating medical patients from Gaza||Rory McCarthy - The Guardian - Palestinians interrogated and held without charge • Questioning is a security measure, government says||7/12/2009|
|Settlers torch Palestinian property, uproot trees||Ma`an News Agency - "Angry at their government over a slowdown in the expansion of West Bank settlements, Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian vehicles and buildings and uprooted more than 50 trees on Sunday"||7/12/2009|
|Wooden houses might solve Gaza housing problems||By ADAM GONN -
THE MEDIA LINE
"Two-story houses built of wood and enforced by sand bags could help alleviate the housing crisis in Gaza. "
|TIPH and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society conduct a first aid training program||TIPH online publication
"TIPH and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society conduct a first aid training program"||4/12/2009|
|The Israeli military kidnaps 15 civilians from the West Bank||By Ghassan Bannoura -
"The Israeli military kidnapped on Thursday 15 Palestinian civilians during invasions targeting West Bank communities."||4/12/2009|
|With the Little Beggars of Qalandiya Checkpoint||Aya Kaniuk - Mahsanmilim - Any time I see Hussam my heart leaps. He was five years old when I saw him for the first time selling stuff at Qalandiya Checkpoint. Back then he already had a different, wide open heart, unusually wide for such a small child. Since then, for these past eight years, and even before really, every single day of his life, from the moment school is out until the late evening hours, he is out selling his miserable goods, beaten and persecuted by both his own family and the various forces of the Israeli Occupation. The single day in which he did not work all these years was when he lay in a Ramallah hospital, after policemen had beaten him unconscious at the French Hill Junction.
|Israeli Soldiers Get `Slap On The Wrist` For Force-feeding Detainees||Saed Bannoura -
"..forced the men to stand in a circle blindfolded and holding onto each other, while the soldiers forced food down their throats."||2/12/2009|
|Israel bans EU MPs from Gaza||Ma’an -
"“Israel had yesterday afternoon granted final permission for all members of our delegation to travel.” “However, some three hours later entry for all members of the delegation was rescinded ’on security grounds,’ without further explanation,”"
|Expiration Date: The Visa Dilemma ||Britan Eakin - Miftah - Every exit and entry from an Israeli border brings the stress of wondering whether or not you will be found out. And if so, what will they do to you? Strip-search you? Destroy your laptop, as recently happened to a young American woman as she crossed the Taba border from Egypt into Israel? Or will they deny you entry or even worse, black list you in which case they can deny you entry for however long they see fit? This is the very worst-case scenario that plagues the minds of those of us who wish to work for justice in Palestine every time we have to cross an Israeli border.
|High Court: Gaza student cannot complete studies in West Bank ||Amira Hass - Haaretz - The High Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday to deny a Palestinian student from Gaza who has been studying in Bethlehem permission to complete her university degree in the West Bank. Berlanty Azzam , 22, has been in the West Bank since 2005 and has only two months of studies left in order to complete her Bachelor`s degree in business administration. In late October, however, the Israeli authorities expelled her back to Gaza claiming that that she was illegally staying in the West Bank.||10/12/2009|
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