|Life under occupation|
|Israel`s "humanitarian" standard: An orphan living in Gaza will not be permitted to unite with his remaining parent in the West Bank||HeMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual and Gisha - as Prime-Minister Netanyahu declares his acceptance of Palestinian statehood, Israel continues to act systematically to further isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, undermining the prospect of a viable Palestinian state
|All in a Day`s Work for the IDF - Beating and Torturing Children||JONATHAN COOK - Counterpunch - The rights of Palestinian children are routinely violated by Israel’s security forces, according to a new report that says beatings and torture are common. In addition, hundreds of Palestinian minors are prosecuted by Israel each year without a proper trial and are denied family visits.
|Fire in Susiya||Last year, Naser and his family were able to drive out settlers who came in the middle of night to damage the family dwelling place.
This time it seems that the attackers were more successful.
|New Israeli procedure bars Gaza Palestinians from moving to the West Bank and erects a virtually insurmountable barrier between the two areas||HeMoked -
The new procedure contradicts a series of Israeli undertakings to negotiate the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state, including an explicit commitment in the Oslo Accords to preserve the status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as "a single territorial unit."
|2 soldiers suspected of abusing Palestinians||Hanan Greenberg - YNet News - Two soldiers who serve in the IDF`s armored battalion are suspected of beating Palestinians at a checkpoint in the Jordan Valley. The soldiers` commanders, who investigated the incident, have already decided to dismiss the soldiers from their combat positions, but the Military Advocate General suspects a criminal offense. ||18/6/2009|
|Israeli troops humiliate Palestinians - and put it on YouTube ||Uri Blau -
This clip, which has been viewed more than 2,800 times, shows the unknown Palestinian standing in a desert setting while a disembodied voice orders him in Hebrew to hit himself: "Yallah, start, do it hard!"||19/6/2009|
|8 Nos, but Nothing New ||Laila El-Haddad -
A mother from Gaza -
"The speech was full of rosy conjectures. The word” peace” was repeated 45 times. Tellingly, the word occupation was not mentioned once."
|Israel is formalizing the separation between Gaza and the West Bank||Gisha -
Press Release -
"...a virtually insurmountable barrier between the two areas." ||17/6/2009|
|Gaza fishermen petition High Court||Aviad Glickman -
"The four ship owners say Israeli officials promised to return the ship and its contents within a week, but have not done so to date." ||17/6/2009|
|Carter, in Gaza, Urges Hamas to Meet Demands ||TAGHREED EL-KHODARY and ISABEL KERSHNER -
"“Tragically, the international community largely ignores the cries for help, while the citizens of Gaza are treated more like animals than human beings,” he said."
|Palestinian June 16 headlines ||IMEMC - Warplanes airdrop soldiers into northern West Bank*** Ten Palestinian men lifted from their beds and taken*** A man beaten by soldiers at the entrance of Beit Ummar village*** Outpost evacuated again, settlers pledged to rebuilt*** Carter arrives in Gaza carrying a letter to Shalit*** Blair welcomes speech of Netanyahu, demands Hamas to change policies*** Qorea`: "No peace talks without halting settlements*** Palestinian People Party expressed sorrow for the death of Hamas prisoner Haitham Amro, who died at a Palestinian prison in Hebron*** Carter to meet Haniyya Tuesday ||16/6/2009|
|PLO: Netanyahu`s speech `a zero`||Ma`an News Agency - "`I call on you, our Palestinian neighbors, and to the leadership of the Palestinian Authority: Let us begin peace negotiations immediately, without preconditions,` [Netanyahu] said. [...] However, he also said that Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state"||15/6/2009|
|Israel fires missiles at Palestinian neighborhood in Rafah, injuring 4; Palestinians fire projectile||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "While the Israeli military spokesperson claimed that the missile attacks Saturday night were `in response to the continuous firing of rockets and mortar shells at Israeli Southern communities from the Gaza Strip`, all witness reports indicate that the Palestinian projectile fired Saturday night (after the Israeli missile strike) was the first projectile fired in four weeks"||15/6/2009|
|Report from Ofer Military Court ||Hava Halevi-
the prosecution lawyer was examining a high school student at an agricultural school in Hebron, who had been found to have a knife in his pocket, at the Cave of Machpela checkpoint...Q. Why do you need a knife in agriculture classes?
(The prosecutor shows the knife to the court)
A. For the trees.
Q. What do you do with the knife?
A. We cut open the trunk of the tree (the knife is for grafting)
Q. Which trees?
|Video - Gaza: The destitute and the forgotten||Inigo Gilmore -
Nearly six months since the devastating war in Gaza, Palestinians are still living amid the rubble. Despite stirring talk of reconstruction efforts, little has changed. Inigo Gilmore visits the devastated neighbourhoods to see how families are coping
| Testimony : Soldiers severely beat and abuse Palestinians near the Dead Sea||
One of them hit me in the head with his weapon. My head started to bleed, which hurt a lot and mad me dizzy...I asked the soldiers to help me. I repeatedly asked them to treat my wound. One of them finally came over to me and tied my head, with a bandage, to the pole. I asked him what he was doing, and he said he was giving me first-aid..."
|Israel must stop demolishing Palestinian homes||Ma`an -
Israeli authorities destroyed the homes and property of 18 shepherd families in the northern Jordan Valley on 4 June 2009, displacing approximately 130 people, after ordering them on 31 May to evacuate because they were living in a "closed military zone."
Some of the families whose homes and property were destroyed had been living in their village since at least the 1950s.
|Doughnuts for Residency ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - According to Israeli law (and I use the term loosely), Palestinians who marry Jerusalem residents must apply for family reunification in order to obtain a Jerusalem ID card and thus live legally in the city. While this may sound like standard procedure (I mean, who would deny a wife the right to live with her husband in the same city?) nothing is standard in Palestine.
|A Music Center in Salem and Dier El Khatab: A Proposal||Jubier Ishtayya - Salem Village - The villages lack any cultural center in which children as well as adults can learn, enjoy leisure time, exposed to culture and develop their intellectual, mental and spiritual abilities. Children and teenaged people especially suffer. They are exposed daily to the violent state of affairs of the occupation, a fact which brings much stress and pressure on them. Their villages, however, lack any facilities to ease the stress, and direct it to productive channels. In order to cope with some of these consequences a group of people from the villages, led by Mr. Jubier Ishtayya, a musician and music teacher has attempted to establish a music center.||11/6/2009|
|Prosecution drops indictment against settler filmed shooting Palestinians ||Tomer Zarchin, Jonathan Lis - Haaretz - The prosecution has announced that it is dropping the indictment against Ze`ev Braude, the West Bank settler who was alleged to have shot two Palestinians at close range during the evacuation of a disputed house in Hebron in December 2008, and was caught on film doing so.
|Israeli Civil Administration, military and police destroy cisterns in Beqa`a Valley||Donna Hicks - cpthebron - The Israeli military destroyed six cisterns and pulled out and hauled away many feet of irrigation pipes from the Palestinian fields. Palestinian farmers build cisterns to collect rainwater to supplement irrigation of their crops. The area is suffering from a multi-year drought. Stop work orders and demolition orders are frequent as this area is under total Israeli control and it is nearly impossible for Palestinian residents to get permits for building and improvements.
|Palestinians rescue wounded settlers||Ali Waked -
""Our human feelings were much bigger at that moment than the feelings of enmity and hatred which Israeli settlers provoke."” ||10/6/2009|
|Limited flare-up in Gaza - militants disable Israeli armoured bulldozer||Saed Bannoura/Ali Waked/Hanan Greenberg/Yaakiv Lappin - IMEMC/Y-Net/Jerusalem Post - [Palestinian militants attack Israeli patrol, using "booby-trapped horses" according to Israeli army sources; Israeli forces carry out limited invasion and devastation in the Strip; Palestinians disable Israeli armoured bulldozer; Gaza situation returns to festering status-quo, apparently waiting upon negotiations between US and Iran. Ed.]
|When A was forbidden to return home||Aya Kaniuk - mahsanmilim.com - Reports from the West Bank - "
The soldiers don`t see their faces.
If they saw them – as persons, their humanity, their names – differentiated and uniquely individual – not as the general principle `man`, if they would not view them through a racist prism that situates the Palestinian at a greater distance from `the human`, as a reduction of the traits of his or her so-called race – they would not comply, would not keep silent, they would not choose not to know.
Because then they couldn`t."||6/6/2009|
|REFLECTION. Hebron: One little boy||Barbara Martens - Christian Peacemaker Teams ||6/6/2009|
|what has happened with them since||Aya Kaniuk - mahsanmilim - Hussam, already ten years old, and his brothers from A-Ram, continue to to be sent to sell their wares at the French Hill Junction, every day, all day, all seasons, for years now. The police and the municipality continue to pursue them and hunt them down, steal their goods, beat, arrest and chase them, but not their parents. They have never, ever, had a single day off.
|In Gaza, women filmmakers find strength behind the camera ||Rami Almeghari - Electronic Intifada - Wshah admits that women`s creativity can face some challenges: "One of the most notable obstacles I have faced is the fact of being a woman in a conservative society. Shooting at night, for example, has been so difficult for us." She adds that "the ongoing Israeli blockade of Gaza makes it difficult to obtain essential equipment." Wshah`s dream is to become an internationally-known Palestinian female director, so that she can create more at an international level beyond Gaza`s borders.
|Army declares Nablus area a closed military zone||Saed Bannoura -
"In an attempt to prevent Israeli peace activists from entering the Nablus area..."||3/6/2009|
|News from Palestine (IMEMC)|| ||2/6/2009|
|At a breaking point: "Young Freud in Gaza" ||Maymanah Farhat - EI - “’Young Freud in Gaza’ provides a much-needed look into a community struggling to survive amidst abject poverty and brutal assaults as it resides under the shadows of collective trauma. With the international blockade leaving the territory virtually cut off from the outside world, the documentary not only offers a glimpse into the private lives of Palestinians in Gaza, it serves as an important historical record”||1/6/2009|
|The Rape of Gaza ||Roane Carey -
"The blockade, directly enforced by Israel and Egypt but conspired in by their superpower patron in Washington, is a continuing act of war against an entire civilian population of 1.5 million, a form of collective punishment and a crime against humanity."
|Report: IDF places facility on private Palestinian land ||Efrat Weiss -
""This is one case in many in which the State blatantly violates the law which it is supposed to be enforcing."" ||3/6/2009|
| Gaza bonanza ||Yotam Feldman and Uri Blau -
"There was a vague, unclear policy, influenced by the interests of certain groups, by this or that lobby, without any policy that derived from the needs of the population. For example, the fruit growers have a powerful lobby, and this lobby saw to it that on certain days, from 20-25 trucks full of fruit were brought into Gaza. It`s not that it arrived there and was thrown out, but if you were to ask a Gazan who lives there, it`s not exactly what he needs. What happened was that the Israeli interest took precedence over the needs of the populace." ||12/6/2009|
|Victims of Israel`s Gaza invasion give evidence to UN mission||Donald Macintyre - The Independent - "Harrowing testimony by bereaved victims of Israel`s military onslaught on Gaza was heard yesterday in the first public session in Gaza City of a UN factfinding mission led by a prominent South African judge"||29/6/2009|
|Rights group: IDF didn`t verify air strike targets in Gaza conflict ||Amira Hass - Haaretz - An international human rights group on Tuesday accused the Israel Defense Forces of failing on six occasions to verify the targets of drone aircraft during the Gaza conflict in January, killing at least 29 Palestinian civilians||30/6/2009|
|A Journalist Beaten -- One Year Later||Mohammed Omer - Agence Global - June 26, 2008 is a day I will never forget. For the events of that day irrevocably changed my life. That day I was detained, interrogated, strip searched, and tortured while attempting to return home from a European speaking tour.||30/6/2009|
|Israel plans to demolish homes of over 300 people in Jordan Valley this month||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - Some homes have already been demolished since the orders were issued, in the areas of Jiftlik and Wadi Malih, displacing 20 people. According to the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Wall Campaign, On 17 June, three residential structures and 12 other structures, among them animal structures, were leveled in Jiftlik. The owners were not present, as they reside in Jiftlik only in the winter season.||25/6/2009|
|PLC speaker, Dr. Aziz al-Dwaik, released from Israeli detention||PCHR - On Tuesday, 23 June 2009, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) released Dr. Aziz al-Dwaik, Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), following three years of arbitrary detention in Israeli jails. ||24/6/2009|
|Hamas, Israel deny Schalit release rumor||Hamas and Israeli officials both denied a report by the Palestinian Ma`an news agency that captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit would be transferred to Egypt in a matter of hours. Later Tuesday, the news agency updated the report, taking out the time frame but still claiming that Schalit`s release was imminent. ||23/6/2009|
|Palestinian Legislature Speaker Aziz Dweik released after three years behind bars ||Ma`an News/Jerusalem Post - This morning Israeli Radio commentators speculated on whether or not Dweik`s release is connected to an impending Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange deal, and reached no clear conclusion on this point. [ed.] ||23/6/2009|
|Woman denied benefits after visiting husband in West Bank||Woman denied benefits after visiting husband in West Bank
Dana Weiler-Polak - Haaretz – “S. was born in Lod, where she lived all her life and is raising her four children. Her only sin, apparently, was in marrying a resident of the territories. That was enough for the National Insurance Institute to continually investigate her, withhold her social benefits and humiliate her”
|Mousa Abu Maria, activist and co-founder of the Palestine Solidarity Project in Beit Ommar, was released from prison || ||21/6/2009|
|Jordan Valley: more than 300 people faced with imminent home demolition ||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - In the past month, there was an intensive issuing of demolition orders for Palestinian homes - and actual demolition of such homes - all across the Jordan Valley. In his "moderate" speech at Bar Ilan University earlier this month, Netanyahu called for Israel to have "defensible borders" - a codeword for retaining the Jordan Valley under Israeli rule. Trying to "get rid" of the Palestinians living there is an obvious corrolary. [Ed.] ||27/6/2009|
|Attack on water brings sanitation crisis||Eva Bartlett - The Electronic Intifada/ZNet - "If you open the fish up, they are black inside. Not like normal fish. The sewage is destroying the fish. People who swim in the water at the port, their skin becomes irritated"||24/6/2009|
|South Hebron Hills: settlers call soldiers, police to arrest young shepherds ||Ma’an/CPT - The youth were grazing their flocks near their village of Tuba, near which is the Havat Ma’on outpost - illegal also according to official Israeli criteria, and which was several times evacuated by the amry but always rebuilt by the settlers. The soldiers talked to a group of settlers who were observing the shepherds from the hill, and then came over and detained them for five hours, declining to give a reason. ||27/6/2009|
|Rafah: One dead and four missing in tunnel collapse||Ma’an - According to repeated rumors, the impending priosner excange might include a removal of considerable easing of the siege on Gaza and reducing the need for smuggling tunnels under the Rafah border. Even if this does happen in the near future, it would come too late for the 18-year-old Ahmad Atef Zu’rob. [Ed.]||27/6/2009|
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