|Life under occupation|
|Life Under Israeli Apartheid: From Settlements To Refugee Camps||Michael Galvin-
upon entering the Har Gilo settlement near Bethlehem, work in construction for Arabs was omnipresent. Sitting deep within the green line and on the Palestinian side of the wall, mansions high up on Har Gilo`s hillside are in full expansion with up to 200 new families expected in the next few years. .. "no visitors, closed military zone." Another car drives up and the settler inside invites us for coffee: "of course you can come in this is my home." ... a small car packed with eight Arab men. Avner, the settler, says they aren`t allowed to drive around by themselves and escorts the car out of the settlement. All of the workers on the houses are Arab, he says. Jewish residents commute to Jerusalem for jobs in the city.
|`The best place one could be on Earth`||Alice Walker -EI-
Rolling into Gaza I had a feeling of homecoming. There is a flavor to the ghetto. To the Bantustan. To the "rez." To the "colored section." In some ways it is surprisingly comforting. Because consciousness is comforting. Everyone you see has an awareness of struggle, of resistance, just as you do. The man driving the donkey cart. The woman selling vegetables. The young person arranging rugs on the sidewalk or flowers in a vase. When I lived in segregated Eatonton, Georgia I used to breathe normally only in my own neighborhood, only in the black section of town...The world has found its voice and though the horror of what we are witnessing in places like Rwanda and Congo and Burma and Israel/Palestine threatens our very ability to speak, we will speak. And we will be heard.
|When security trumps justice||
By Yair Nevo-
Ze`ev Braude had his 15 minutes of fame last December, when he was captured on video shooting at two unarmed Palestinians in Hebron during an argument. The images of Braude, 52, of Kiryat Arba, were shown repeatedly on television in Israel and abroad, as a symbol of settlers` aggressiveness toward their neighbors. But last week, far from the spotlight, the State Prosecutor`s Office chose to cancel the lawsuit against Braude...Sfard says there is no chance of that happening. "Had Matariyeh fired at Braude, he would have been accused of attempted murder and had no chance of being released.
|News from the Territories - Ma`an News Agency||Israeli forces seize Al-Aqsa Brigades man in Nablus&
Five Hebron residents detained at dawn on Thursday&
Yizhar settlers teargas, fire on Palestinian village&
Israeli troops detain PPP man at Azzun gate
|Hebron`s Trail of Tears||Jennifer Urgilez -
Ideological settlers from Givat Ha’avot routinely intimidate, harass, and target the few Palestinian families wedged between this settlement and Kiryat Arba for standing as obstacles to their linkage and Israeli purification of the H2 area of Hebron. Determined to cleanse H2 of its Palestinian roots, settlers exact a “price” from Palestinians, like the Al Jabari family, who refuse to yield to settler concessions by abandoning or selling their property.
|Israeli prosecution drops charges against settler filmed shooting Palestinians||Katherine Orwell -
"The prosecution decided not to try the settler because this could expose classified information that might harm the security of the state if revealed." ||15/7/2009|
|Soldiers say received orders to shoot first, worry later in Gaza war||Reuters -
""We didn`t see a single house that was intact ... that was not hit. The entire infrastructure, tracks, fields, roads, was in total ruin. The D-9 (bulldozer) had gone over everything."" ||15/7/2009|
|IDF soldier: Gazans were used as human shields to check militants` homes ||Amos Harel-
" Palestinians were often sent into houses to determine if there was anyone inside."
|Over the River and Through the Kingdom ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - Just recently, it was announced that the bridge would be opened until midnight as of August 4.
This will definitely be an improvement, at least in terms of the awful congestion. It will not, however, remedy the attitudes of the Israeli border employees who bark orders at the Palestinians, stall in processing their papers or just leave them waiting while they take a lunch break. Unfortunately, this attitude is a result of the oppressed/oppressor relationship created by Israel’s long-running occupation. The situation at the Allenby bridge is just one awful symptom of an even uglier problem.
|Out of the Stone Age: Empowering a West Bank village||Donald Macintyre - The Independent - The one thing Susiya has plenty of is wind and sun. So the hybrid system Mr Dotan and Mr Orian designed of two wind turbines – delivering 350 watts and 1 kilowatt of power aided by solar panel sources – is tailor-made to meet their electricity needs. It is also vastly safer and less pollutant than the kerosene that was their only source of energy before.
|Wonderland||Laila El-Haddad -
Gaza Mom -
"Its a place who’s own resident can no longer access (like myself). Where “space” has a different meaning altogether- where air and sea and land are off limits; and so like ants, they burrow below the ground to create an alternate lifeline; an alternate reality- like Gaza altogether."
|Mohammad Balbol released from administrative detention||DCI -
DCI-Palestine would like to thank everybody who wrote letters on behalf of Mohammad Balbol requesting that he either be charged with a legitimate offence and tried in open court with internationally accepted fair trial rights, or be immediately released.
|Detainee on Hunger Strike since 13 days; demands medical treatment||Saed Bannoura -
The detainee was shot by an Israeli soldier who fired a Dumdum round at him during the first Palestinian Intifada which started in 1987.After his injury, surgeons had to remove part of his intestines. He also suffers a heart disease and needs constant medical attention. He is currently suffering from several infections, while the Israeli Prison Administration (IPA) is refusing to hospitalize him.
|Out of the Stone Age: Empowering a West Bank village||The Independent - As the Americans embark on a new peace mission, Donald Macintyre reports from a West Bank village trapped by its history but now lit up with help from across the divide||27/7/2009|
|Not Only in Tunnels, Not Only in Gaza ||Hedva Isachar - Hagada Hasmalit\ AIC - "In October 2007 the Israeli High Court made a precedent-setting ruling that the Israeli labor laws are applicable for Palestinian workers in the settlements. Despite this, Israeli labor laws are not enforced there. In actuality, neither are the Jordanian or Palestinian labor laws for that matter. A paradise for employers. Children under the age of 14 employed at a daily wage of NIS 50-60"||27/7/2009|
|As reports say W.B settlements evictions are imminent, settlers continue to attack Palestinians||Ghassan Bannoura -
"U.S. administration informed both Israel and the Palestinian Authority that it views east Jerusalem construction as an illegal West Bank outpost." ||22/7/2009|
|Palestinian: Nothing done to curb settler violence ||Ali Waked -
""These incidents have been going on for years, but we`ve never heard of a settler being arrested or prosecuted.""||22/7/2009|
|Two young Palestinians killed in tunnel collapse/ Palestinian teen shot, detained at Gaza border||Ma`an News Agency - "Two young Gazans were killed and eight others injured in a tunnel that collapsed under the border between Egypt and the southern Strip city of Rafah overnight" * "Israeli forces detained a Palestinian teenager after shooting him in the foot near the Israel border on Sunday evening, according to Gaza`s Health Ministry"||20/7/2009|
|Group intervenes on behalf of boy held without charge since 2008||Ma`an -
Defence for Children International (DCI), said in a report filed on 16 July that Wa’ad Al-Hidmy`s seizure "constitutes an arbitrary detention in contravention of international law." The boy was 16 at the time of his arrest...
Administrative detention is detention without charge or trial and is often based on "secret evidence." Israeli Military Order 1591 empowers commanders to detain Palestinians, including children as young as 12, for up to six months."||19/7/2009|
|In pictures: Gaza six months on ||BBC-
ICRC shows Gaza six months after Israel attack ||19/7/2009|
|Administrative detention case submitted to the UN||DCI-
Wa’ad was arrested by Israeli soldiers from his home near the West Bank city of Hebron at 3am on 28 April 2008. Wa’ad has been held without charge or trial ever since and received a fifth administrative detention order on 21 June 2009. Wa’ad was 16 years old when he was first arrested.
|The families driven apart by Israel`s red tape||Donald Macintyre - The Independent - New regulations are making it increasingly difficult for Palestinians from Gaza to see their relatives in the West Bank||13/7/2009|
|Children risk their lives in Gaza`s blockade-busting tunnels||Patrick Moser - AFP\ Yahoo! News - "`I was in the middle of the tunnel. Egypt put some gas in. Three workers died, 18 were treated for suffocation,` says 14-year-old Osama"||13/7/2009|
|Conflict-worn Palestinians carve out niches of joy||MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH -
Associated Press -
"But the hopeful signs come with many qualifiers."
|Water shortages plague West Bank||Katya Adler -
Mohammed Abbas is sick, with chronic diarrhoea. Not for the first time.
He and his family live in a Palestinian village with no running water, no sewage system...Palestinians say Israel makes it virtually impossible for them to dig new wells or to join Israel`s water grid..."Water along with land and religion lies at the heart of the conflict here. Fair distribution will have to be part of any solution."
|The Dayton force dilemma||Nicholas Blincoe -
"The Dayton force is creating the best possible security conditions in the West Bank, albeit continuously subject to Israeli whims and agendas." ||8/7/2009|
|Al Ghoul: `Israel is still holding 36 legislators captive.`||Saed Bannoura -
"...kidnapping and imprisoning legislators, ministers, and elected officials violates the basic humanitarian law."
|Hiyam, a Gaza teenager killed as she offered aid ||Rami Almeghari - EI - "For hours after the attack, the Israeli army denied any involvement and claimed the attack was the result of mortar shells fired by Palestinians. But late on Thursday, the Israeli army changed its story, admitting that Palestinian civilians were hit `accidentally` by Israeli army fire directed at Palestinian gunmen in the area, according to Israeli media"||6/7/2009|
|Stop Escalation in the Campaign for the Expulsion of Palestinian Nomads in the Jordan Valley ||Daphne Banai-
The Jordan Valley is home to some 55,000 Palestinians and 6,000 registered Jewish settlers (actual number is estimated at 4,000). The Jordan Valley constitutes the only link between the occupied West Bank and the rest of the world (through Jordan).
|Gaza residents report severe shortage of basic goods||Ali Waked -
While Israel mulls easing siege on Gaza, locals continue to suffer from continued shortage of basic food products, forced to pay high prices for smuggled, low-quality goods from Egypt.
|Hamas Shifts From Rockets to Public Relations||ETHAN BRONNER -
The aim is to build what leaders here call a “culture of resistance,” the topic of a recent two-day conference. In recent days, a play has been staged, a movie premiered, an art exhibit mounted, a book of poems published and a television series begun, most of it state-sponsored and all focused on the plight of Palestinians in Gaza. There are plans for a documentary competition.
|Undue process|| Ilana Hammerman -
Sa`ed ... was arrested at his home on February 17, 2009 at two in the morning. It was a cold and rainy winter night... Sa`ed and the other young men who were roused from their beds in the middle of the night had to stand there in the downpour. They waited in the street for two hours, blindfolded and handcuffed from behind to a fence...A young military prosecutor, Capt. Genia Walinsky, appealed the decision to let Sa`ed be released on bail...The judge of the Military Court of Appeals, Lt. Col. Netanel Benishu, acceded to her request and overturned the decision. He added that testing to determine whether Sa`ed was a potential organ donor for his ailing sister could be done while he was in detention.
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