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Life under occupation

Fighting for the right to walkRamzy Baroud - Znet - Gaza`s troubles have somehow been relegated, if not completely dropped from the mainstream media`s radar, and subsequently the world`s conscience and consciousness. Weaning the public from the sadness there conveys the false impression that things are improving and that people are starting to move on and rebuild their lives. But nothing could be further from the truth.30/8/2009
Out of bounds? Amira Hass - Haaretz - According to A.K.`s statement, the same soldier interrogated him, still at A.K.`s home, concerning the location of military equipment and tunnels. During this field interrogation, according to the complaint, "Soldiers who had entered his home kicked him forcefully and continued to beat him although he begged them to stop." After the questioning - during which A.K. said he had no knowledge of military equipment or tunnels - he was placed in the bathroom and left there for two days, handcuffed and blindfolded, before being transferred to Israeli territory. 29/8/2009
Does the Civil Administration Intend to Demolish Palestinian Homes in the Judea and Samaria Region? If so, Where, How many, and When?Uri Finkelstein - All seven buildings are inside the village, among other new and old houses. One must assume that although they are clearly an integral part of the village, they are located in Area C, which is the reason for the house owners` problem. The village council has no clear indication of the border between Areas B and C. There are, as usual, extensive delays in the planning situation, but it is impossible to distinguish between these buildings and the comprehensive village plan. 29/8/2009
IDeparting US consul announces 81m USD donation to UN relief effortsSource: Ma`an "US Consul General Jake Walles announced an 81 million dollar donation to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees on Friday, his last working day as the top US envoy to the Palestinians." 28/8/2009
Anti-settler lawyer urges clemency for `Robin Hood` of the `Wild West Bank` By Chaim Levinson Source: Haaretz " Yehudit Karp, former deputy attorney general, last week appeared in court to support a left-wing activist who had been convicted of attacking policemen." 28/8/2009
Dilemma of Palestinian settlement builders Heather Sharp - BBC News - All the workers said they wanted a settlement freeze, even if it meant losing their jobs. But most did not believe it would happen. "We should go on strike," said Mr Rabbaye. But an older labourer quickly interjected: "And then what are you going to live on?"26/8/2009
Three brothers killed, eight wounded in Rafah bombingSaed Bannoura/Ali Waked - IMEMC/Y-Net - The Israeli military comminique included the routine phrase: "pilots identified direct hits on the tunnels". It was left to the Palestinian medical services to remove the dead bodies buried under the debris and publish their identity: Mansour Al Battekhy, 30 and his brothers Wael, 26, and Ibrahim, 34. 25/8/2009
Where is Nasser? Samuel Nichols - CPT Hebron At-Tuwani - When Palestinians are arrested no one knows when they will be released. Unlike Israelis, Palestinians are rarely granted bail while awaiting a court date, or awaiting sentences. Court dates are routinely postponed while the `defendant` sits in jail, often large sums of money are demanded in order for the Palestinian to be released (the most recent sum demanded for Nasser was 20,000 NIS – approximately $5,300). 27/8/2009
Palestinian child wounded; 28 civilians abducted by Israeli forcesSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News "Israeli forces conducted 26 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and abducted 28 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and one woman, in the West Bank, and two fishers in the Gaza Strip"21/8/2009
Gaza`s radical Islamists: Hamas serves the Jewish usurpers KHALED ABU TOAMEH - Jerusalem Post - "A number of al-Qaida-affiliated groups on Thursday condemned Hamas as an apostate movement that serves the interests of Israel by cracking down on their supporters in the Gaza Strip."21/8/2009
ICAHD Building Camp 2009: Days 8-11 : The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - "Today, the settlers turned around and returned to the ideological Susia settlement, escorted by soldiers, after a short interaction with villagers and internationals. Still, this occurrence set a mood of claustrophobia for the internationals here, as we began to understand the lives of Palestinians whose lands are threatened from all sides."21/8/2009
Shin Bet guards top Palestinian leaders in parts of West Bank Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff - The security Israel provides for Abbas and Fayyad is meant to prevent either of two possible scenarios. One is an assassination attempt by Palestinian extremists, such as the Hamas cell that was recently arrested for allegedly planning an attack on Abbas. The other is an assassination attempt by right-wing Israeli extremists. 20/8/2009
OPT: Where Cancer Sufferers Get Only Painkillers!WAFA - Arafat Hamdona, 20, has been confined to the cancer unit of A-Shifa, Gaza`s Primary Hospital, since he was diagnosed with maxillary skin tumors in June 2008. Red lesions protrude from his face, his features are distorted and his eyes swollen shut. In April, Arafat was permitted to travel to Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem where he received three series of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. He was scheduled to return for further treatment, but has not been granted permission by the Israeli authorities to leave Gaza. `He is only given pain killers,` said Arafat`s father, Faraj Hamdona, explaining that that is all As-Shifa has to offer. 20/8/2009
Night raid Bil`in 20.08.09Eyad Bornat - Bil`in - About 25 soldiers had come to the village on foot with their faces disguised. While taking the victim away, the soldiers threw a sound bomb into Palestinian and international activists who tried to interfere and de-arrest the man. A shuffle occurred during which the soldiers hit Palestinians and international activists, knocking one international female activist to the ground and pulling the hair of another. 20/8/2009
Nablus-area residents to protest home demolition ordersPal Reports - In the village Yetma south of Nablus in the West Bank, around 17 houses was given demolition orders from the Israeli Government, issued the 27th of July 2009. All houses were built after the Oslo process, and are located in the only part of the village that is considered to be area C according to the Accords. By the Israeli government, therefor, these houses are considered as having been built without a permit. This is their official reason for issuing the orders. However, the area is located no further than aproximetely 2 km from the border of the Israeli settlement Rahel. Neither the Palestinian Authority nor the Israeli Government will give the house owners licenses saying that they own the land on which the houses are built. 20/8/2009
Mohammad Khatib, member of the Bil`in Popular Committee, has been released from prison ISM Media Alerts- According to Mohammad, "The Israeli authorities are worried that the model of popular non-violent resistance is spreading. They are targeting the popular committees to try to crush it but they cannot destroy the spirit of the demonstrations in Bil’in with the arrests of individuals. The whole village is part of the non-violent resistance and the military would have to arrest the entire village to stop us from protesting against the Occupation and the theft of our land. Even then, when we all come out of jail, we would continue our struggle." 19/8/2009
Israel brings Gaza entry restrictions to West Bank Jonathan Cook - The Electronic Intifada - "Foreign governments like the US ought to be up in arms because this rule violates their own citizens` rights under diplomatic agreements. So far they have remained silent." The US consulate in Jerusalem is aware of the increasing restrictions on foreign passport-holders, according to its website, but claims to be powerless to help19/8/2009
Israeli forces seize four Palestinians in Hebron raidMa`an - A curfew was imposed on the village of Wadi Shajna and the brothers Maher, Ahmad, and Jihad Khalil Ismail Abu Arkoub and their nephew Na’el Abu Arkoub snatched from their beds.18/8/2009
IMEMC headlines 18.08.09 Israeli Ambassador to Washington hints land-swap as part of a peace deal*** Red Crescent in Emirates to send an aid convoy to Gaza*** Israeli claims 6-month “moratorium” on settlement construction; will retain huge swaths of West Bank*** UNRWA calls for $181 M. for urgent aid to Gaza*** etc.18/8/2009
The families of Gaza profit from bunny businessDonald Macintyre - The Independent - Cuddly, clean and nutritious, cottontails are solving the Palestinian food crisis17/8/2009
Fateh elects its revolutionary council, Jewish with Palestinian citizenship electedSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - " Uri Davis, 67, the Jewish-Palestinian man who was the first Jewish candidate, said that he joined Fateh movement in 1984 through the late senior Fateh leader, Khalil Al Wazir (Abu Jihad). He added that he decided to be a candidate so he can help the Revolutionary Council in its external relations. Davis identifies himself as an “Anti-Zionist Palestinian Hebrew”. 16/8/2009
The army continues to harm the freedom of movement of Palestinians in the southwest Hebron HillsB`Tselem - The primary duty of the IDF is to enable Palestinians to travel on this road. If it also wants Israelis to use the road, who, as we recall, are not residents of the occupied territory but were brought there by us, their safety must be ensured in ways that don`t harm the local residents. This is a fundamental condition that cannot be compromised. 13/8/2009
The Cellular Companies and the OccupationWho profits from the Occupation - Newsletter - All Israeli cellular communication companies are commercially involved in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Golan Heights. These companies build infrastructure, maintain property and equipment in illegal Israeli settlements, much of it on privately owned Palestinian lands. They all provide services to the Israeli military and to all Israeli settlers, and some provide specially designed services. They use the Israeli control of the Palestinian territory to exploit the Palestinian frequencies and to impose their services on the Palestinian captive market.13/8/2009
Prison strengthens Palestinian women Jon Elmer - The Electronic Intifada - According to Addameer, a Palestinian human rights group that supports prisoners, women prisoners are "usually detained in harsher conditions than men, in jails dating back to the British Mandate period [1922-1948], lacking modern-day infrastructure or gender-sensitive healthcare. Humid, unhygienic, deprived of natural sunlight and overcrowded, these facilities have been designed for men and by men and rarely do they meet women`s needs." 13/8/2009
Israel releases a detainee after 25 years imprisonmentSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Mansour is the brother of Ibrahim who was killed by the Israeli army in 1988." 12/8/2009
Israeli troops `ill-treat kids` BBC - " "A lot of the time they`re peeing their pants, just sit there peeing their pants, crying. But usually they`re very quiet.`` Eran Efrati is a former commander in Israel`s army. He served in the occupied West Bank.In a discreet park in Jerusalem we meet to discuss allegations that soldiers like him often mistreat Palestinian minors, suspected of throwing stones. 8/8/2009
Dozens wounded in West Bank Marches against Apartheid WallWAFA - Ni’lin - "The current entrance to the village will be closed and replaced by a tunnel to be built under Road 446. This tunnel will allow for the closure of the road to Palestinian vehicles, turning road 446 into a segregated settler-only road . Ni’lin will be effectively split into 2 parts (upper Ni’lin and lower Ni’lin), as road 446 runs between the village. The tunnel is designed to give Israeli occupation forces control of movement over Ni’lin residents, as it can be blocked with a single military vehicle. "22/8/2009
Following Haaretz report: Court blocks razing of Bedouin school Amira Hass - Haaretz - "In the absence of formal planning for the location, the Bedouin are unable to apply for building permits either for homes or for public facilities such as schools and health clinics." 5/8/2009
Israeli bulldozers destroy Blair`s electricity poles in At-Tuwani village George Rishmawi - IMEMC - The poles which the bulldozers came to destroy are part of the infrastructure for a project to supply the village with electricity, a service promissed to the villagers by the Quartet envoy Tony Blair, during his visit to the village last March. 4/8/2009
Terror in Bil`in on the night of 03-08-09 (IDF Invasion)Video - see also call for action in `Activism`4/8/2009
A day in east Jerusalem Sol Gelman - YNET - The real Jerusalem, which most Israelis will never visit, is filled with neglect, violence and hopelessness3/8/2009
As blockade bites deep, more Gaza children must workRami Almeghari - IMEMC News - "Although the Palestinian Child Law of 2004 forbids children under age 15 from working, the phenomenon has become more prevalent among that age group and younger due to the harsh economic conditions in Gaza. In June, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) published a report stating that the closure of Gaza has pushed the unemployment rate to 44 percent and caused a dramatic rise in poverty. Currently, more than 70 percent of Gaza`s population lives in poverty, with an income of less than $250 a month for a family of seven to nine"3/8/2009
What the people of Hizma (near Jerusalem) think about their future...Mahsanmilim -aya kaniuk & tamar goldschmidt - Reports from the West Bank - "...there are rumors probably leaked by the army that they want to give our village and Beit Iksa a document under the heading `Age no. 3`. Or just `No. 3`. Or 4. Something like that. In other words, neither Israeli nor Palestinian citizen. A third category...hat they are coming around counting family members...He knew everything we told him.Then he photographs the house. Each room. And some of the children.3/8/2009
The non-profit worker from Bethlehem who was branded a terrorist by BrunoRachel Shabi, Guardian3/8/2009
Rubble rousing By Amira Hass Haaretz - " In the past three weeks about 30,000 tons of broken concrete have piled up in the area of the dismantled settlement of Gan Or, between Khan Yunis and Rafah in the Gaza Strip. On July 9, some six months after the conclusion of the Israel Defense Forces` assault on Gaza, the United Nations Development Program began clearing the rubble from Gaza. The task of pulverizing the pieces of broken concrete will begin in eight days. " 1/8/2009
The Cellular Companies and the OccupationWho Profits from the Occupation - Even when using Palestinian providers, Palestinian customers have to rely on the Israeli companies because of the restrictions on Palestinian construction of telecommunication infrastructure. The Israeli companies collect a percentage surcharge on all interconnection revenues from calls between Palestinian landlines and cellular phones as well as calls between cellular phones of Palestinian operators and Israeli operators. Similarly, Palestinian operators have to depend on the costly services of Israeli companies for any international call, for calls connecting the West Bank and Gaza and for calls between different areas in the West Bank.11/8/2009
Fatah leadership elections: Marwan Barghouti in, Ahmed Qureia out - but recount started1) Reuters - Haaretz - Some members of the Fatah "Old Guard" lost their positions when the faction elected a new executive body, the initial results showed after more than 90 percent of votes had been counted for the 18-member Central Committee.
2) Ma’an - Re-counting of the last box of votes - after preliminary results showed a razor-thin margin for some of the apparent winners
Report from Ofer Military Court : Machsom Watch - " The defendant is accused of membership and activity in an unlawful organization. On an unspecified day - unknown to the military prosecution but no later than the beginning of 2007, and until his arrest - he was a member or an activist of Al-Farh association, which is connected to Hamas... When we heard that the defendant was manager of a bakery, we felt really bad. Imagine! A bakery, where bread is made, or pitas, or perhaps Hamas members eat this bread or profit from it? " 9/8/2009
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