|Life under occupation|
|Single Gaza goods terminal operates||Ma`an News Agency -
"Between 190 to 200 truckloads of goods including 20 new cars and five truckloads of cement for UNRWA projects were will be allowed into Gaza via the southernmost crossing, Kerem Shalom. "
|Settler and Military Violence Escalates in South Hebron Hills||The Villages Group -
"Yesterday, Tuesday December 28, at 3 AM, Hajja Sara woke up to the sound of her dogs barking. Coming out of her living tent she saw her two adjacent kitchen tents going up in flames (pictures above)."||31/12/2010|
|When the Exception Becomes the Rule: Incommunicado Holding of Palestinian Detainees||Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)-
Report (in Hebrew)
"70 to 90 percent of GSS interrogees were denied meetings with an attorney for more than two weeks, in order to pressure them to confess. See also item from Guardian in OM of 29/12/10"
|Israeli authorities deny Palestinian prisoners access to lawyers||Ana Carbajosa -
""All the detainees who testified reported grave negative consequences of being held incommunicado, emphasising the feelings of fear, helplessness, confusion and despair."" ||29/12/2010|
|Israel`s Qassam strikes on Gaza||Amira Hass -
"It was Vilnai`s signature, not a persistent infection, that fated the Gaza Strip to be the world`s largest and most overcrowded detention camp. And we, the Israelis, are its wardens."
|Gaza doctor takes Israel to court ||Al Jazeera - Father of three daughters killed by Israeli forces files case after failing to reach compensation deal||27/12/2010|
|PA: Ban on settlement workers incremental||Ma`an - Responding to a report in Haaretz, which said the PA had "reconsidered barring Palestinian laborers from working in settlements," PA spokesman Ghassan Khatib said PA to go ahead with it, but at a pace that could ensure parallel work opportunities. ||28/12/2010|
|French Jewish Activist Detained at Ben-Gurion, Denied Entry||Olivia Zémor tells of her 30 hours at Ben Gurion, including some charming conversations with Israeli officials who know they want peace but Palestinians don`t, and her successful refusal to board a plane by force.||25/12/2010|
|Thousands of Tourists Join Palestinians celebrating Christmas in Bethlehem||The weather in Bethlehem was unseasonably warm, with clear blue skies and plenty of sun to warm tourists and Palestinians gathered in Manger Square to await the arrival of Latin Patriarch Fuad Tawwal in a traditional march. ao||25/12/2010|
|Soldiers raid house of Beit Ummar popular committee member||Soldiers from the Karmei Tzur settlement/military base invaded a civilian house this afternoon in Beit Ummar using live ammunition and sound bombs. ao||25/12/2010|
|UN envoys criticize Israel home demolitions||No writer mentioned -
Ma`an News Agency
"Thursday, a field worker for the UN Relief and Works Agency, which cares for Palestinian refugees, decried the "trauma and indignity" of two home demolitions in East Jerusalem."
|Israel stalls on promised Gaza exports||No mention of writer -
Ma`an News Agency
"Two days after Israeli authorities approved the transport of Gaza strawberries into the West Bank, Dutch officials behind the project said foot dragging had delayed the first delivery."||24/12/2010|
|Help Palestinian stay in Jerusalem||Sydney Levy,
Jewish Voice for Peace
"Please heed Adnan`s call. Stand by him and by the people of Silwan.
| Prof Mazin Qumsiyeh and 7 Others Arrested Today at Al-Walaja||J. Qumsiyeh - So as the bulldozer resumed, and the soldiers
spreaded out getting villagers away from the work site and started arresting people who simply were hanging around there. While I was taking picture of a Palestinian male being taken away by Israeli soldiers, I suddenly noticed Mazin was surrounded by soldiers in a lower level terrace from where I was standing trying to speak to the solders (probably telling them they don`t have any valid work order and should not resume the bulldozing.) Right at that moment, they decided to take him away.
|Human rights NGO monitoring Palestinians` legal rights gets robbed of internal use documents||Yaniv Kubovich and Akiva Eldar -
"A check by Sfard`s staff found that notebooks with internal memos and call records were stolen from one of the office drawers. The missing documents refer to Yesh Din activity."
|Israel Demolishing Talks||Mel Frykberg -
"During the demolition Alyyan says he was handcuffed, beaten up, and pepper-sprayed in the face by Israeli border police. A week’s subsequent rioting in Issaweya saw 15 people injured with several hospitalized. One young man lost an eye after he was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet."
|Army Bombards Rafah||Saed Bannoura -
"The air strikes targeted an area reportedly being used as a training base for the Al Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas."
|Farmer: Settlers burned my sheep alive||Ma`an -
""Fadil has nine daughters who depend on him and he has sustained a deep loss today," the mayor said, calling for an inquiry into the incident."
|Bethlehem: Lessons from Christmas Town||Nicholas Blincoe -
"A giant inflatable Santa Claus has appeared outside the pirate DVD shop. It seems a good time to ask if the world`s Christmas Town has anything special to tell us about peace on Earth."
|Palestinian goalkeeper allowed home||Reuters -
""For the past three months I worried I might never be able to rejoin my club, but at last I got the permit.""
|Each of these detainees has a family||Buma Inbar [translation Adam Keller] -
Crazy Country -
"Each of them is an entire world. Some of them are teens who have not yet turned eighteen. How many of them did truly engage in terrorist activities against Israel? How many of them are truly so dangerous that there is no choice but to detain them?"||19/12/2010|
|Gaza teen dead after Israel fires on fishing boat||A Palestinian boy died Friday afternoon after Israeli gunboats opened fire on his fishing boat and flipped it over off the coast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. ao||18/12/2010|
|EU, PA make joint social services allowance payment||Ma`an News Agency
"A combined payment of €11.5 million will see over 56,400 Palestinian families in need receive their social assistance benefits, the European Union announced on Thursday."
|Israel extends detention of Sheikh Jarrah teen||Ma`an News Agency
"Israeli police extended by one day the detention of Ayman Al-Ghawi, 19, from the East Jerusalem of Shiekh Jarrah, his family reported Thursday."
|Labour Is Concerned||Amira Hass - ZCommunications - Labour Party representatives who had visited the Ofer military tribunal in the West Bank two weeks ago expressed shock over how the court conducts its hearings. In a parliamentary debate about detained Palestinian minors, they said that given a sample of 100 children, 69 said soldiers beat them and kicked them when they were being arrested. The children were better off pleading guilty regardless of whether they had done something, because if they were detained until the end of proceedings, this could be three times longer than their punishment, the parliamentarians said.
|Bedouin Community Wells Destroyed Near Hebron||Alessandra Bajec -
"Without access to water through the wells, farmers would have to take their flocks and produce elsewhere, "making our lands an easy target for settlers.""
|Palestinians warn Israeli settlers: ‘Over our dead bodies’||DAVID E. MILLER -
""We are free to use our own lands. Therefore, even use of bodies is legitimate to protect us from settlement expansion.""
|Two partly finished Palestinian homes demolished in East Jerusalem||Ma`an (Jerusalem) - The homes, in the Ras Al-Amud and Sur Bahir neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem, were two of an estimated 60,000 with outstanding demolition orders. With the municipality demolition teams seeming to choose targets more or less at random, Eid Bahjat Dweik had hoped in vain that it would not be his home on which the blow would fall. ||14/12/2010|
|New report on the conditions of Palestinian women prisoners held in Israel ||WOFPP - Like all Gazan prisoners, Wafaa elBis is denied family visits. When placed in a separation cell she was forced to part even with photos of her family. The lawyer retained by the Tel Aviv Women`s Organization for Political Prisoners (WOFPP) finally succeeded in getting her out of isolation. This is one of the anecdotes of prison life detailed in WOFPP`s December newsletter. ||14/12/2010|
|Israel refuses entry to Palestinian firefighters being honored for Carmel fire assistance||Jack Khoury - Haaretz - Ceremony forced into cancellation after only 7 out 10 granted permits. PA: How could the same men be allowed in to fight the fire but not to be honored for their assistance?||14/12/2010|
|Troops Kidnap Former Palestinian Minister in Jenin||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "There are eleven elected legislators and ministers currently imprisoned by Israel"||13/12/2010|
|Medics: 2 teens killed by explosion of old Israeli shell||Ma`an: Two Palestinian teenagers was killed when an artillery shell left behind by Israeli forces exploded in Gaza Friday morning, medics said.
Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said 16-year-old Victor Batniji was dead when he arrived at Gaza City`s Shifa Hospital. Moumin Helles, also 16, died shortly after arriving at the hospital. ao||11/12/2010|
|Poll: Split over sending Palestinian fire crews to Israel||Ma`an: of 48,870 readers who responded to the 7-day poll, 50.3 percent (24,524) described Palestinians` participation as a disgrace, but 48.7 percent (23,761) said sending Palestinian firefighters to help was civilized and a humanitarian duty.
Palestinian civil defense crews were dispatched to Israel to bolster the country`s woefully inadequate fire service.||11/12/2010|
|Gaza`s blockade silences women||by Mary Robinson and Lakhdar Brahimi -
"Aside from the wider humanitarian costs, Israel`s illegal siege on Gaza is having a direct gender cost that militates against peace"
|Abbas: No talks with Israel in shadow of settlements||No author -
Ma`an News Agency
""We will not accept negotiations as long as settlements continue," Abbas told reporters in Cairo after more than one hour of talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak."
|‘The Palestine Cables’: WikiLeaks expose ||by Alex Kane -
"The revelations from the classified State Department cables being published by WikiLeaks and news organizations keep coming, and there`s no shortage of items concerning Israel/Palestine."
|Strawberry Fields Forever||Gisha - Gaza Gateway - As has been the case in every year since June 2007, the export of flowers and strawberries is the exception that proves the rule. While in 2005 Palestinian residents of Gaza exported approximately 70 truckloads per day to Israel, the West Bank and abroad, and while Israel promised, in the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access, to permit the transfer of 400 outbound trucks daily from Gaza, since June 2007, only 262 trucks have left Gaza – a daily average of one-third of a truck.||8/12/2010|
|Six Palestinians Arrested During Israeli Army Raids||Ane Irazabal - IMEMC - The daily (and nightly) routine of occupation: Six Palestinians detained overnight by the Israeli army in the Ramalla, area for reasons unknown; three detained by fellow Palestinians (Hamas militia, in this case) in the Gaza Strip, for reasons unknown; twelve threatened by the Israeli army with the imminent demolition of their home, which was "built without a license" (and without the possibility of obtaining a license)
|Banks in Nablus close, protesting a new PA tax||Ma’an (Nablus) - Several banks in Nablus suspended work in protest of a PA decision to levy a new tax ranging from three to 30 percent on benefits of both civil servants and private sector employees.||6/12/2010|
|Issawiya, a Jerusalem neighborhood behind concrete barricades||Mairav Zonszein==Issawiya, East Jerusalem – The weekly protest in Sheikh Jarrah moved to Issawiya this Friday, where hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians convened to call for an end to the continued siege on the neighborhood. Issawiya is literally down the road from the commanding Hebrew University “student village” compound, just east of the Green Line, with a population of about 17,000 people. Most Israelis are not familiar with the neighborhood, but if they have heard of it, it is likely due to incidents of rock throwing by children that make it into the Israeli press.
|Palestinian property destroyed as Israeli settlements grow ||Report -
The Electronic Intifada
"Israeli bulldozers and armed soldiers implemented a swath of demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures for more than a week in multiple areas across the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley."
|PLO official barred from leaving West Bank||Ma`an News Agency
"Salous, the director of Public Relations for the organization, was detained at the Allenby Bridge border crossing for three hours before being denied entry to Jordan."
|PA ‘surprised’ at Greek Orthodox Church in Wadi Kelt ||By JONAH MANDEL
"PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad “expressed surprise at the participation of a representative of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate,” referring to Archbishop Aristarchos, one of the heads of the Greek Orthodox Church in Israel, who attended the ceremony and praised the Israeli efforts that would now give pilgrims from all over the world better access to the holy site."
|Haniyya: “We Will Accept Any Referendum That Includes All Palestinians”||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Haniyya added that Hamas would accept a state in the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, as long as the Palestinians decide on the issue through a comprehensive referendum even if this referendum contradicts the beliefs and principles of the movement. He also stated that a peace agreement must include an acceptable solution to refugee’s issue.
|U.N.: ‘The family has requested a tent as they have nowhere else to live’ (US: ‘What, me worry?’)||Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - A friend just sent me a summary of a comprehensive report being circulated inside the U.N. that details the latest house demolitions by Israel. They are not just in the Jordan Valley, as earlier reports suggested, but all over the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Below is the roundup in my friend`s paraphrase. Note the disputed claims in illegally-occupied territory that are always resolved in Jewish settlers` favor, even on the Mount of Olives. This little list from 4 or 5 days of demolitions and evictions gives a real feel for the enormity of what is taking place daily.
|Palestinians confront Israeli control in West Bank||By Staff -
AP News -
"With pledge to rebuild road, Palestinians challenge Israeli control in parts of West Bank"
|Israel accused over `cruel` Gaza blockade||Harriet Sherwood -
"Israel is maintaining an overall ban on the movement of people, with the number of permits granted to people to leave Gaza less than 1% of the number 10 years ago, the report says." ||1/12/2010|
|"Return to sender" - Israel blocks the mail to Gaza ||Rami Almeghari -
"Israel`s mail blockade has attracted some international solidarity. In August, the Canadian postal workers union announced its support for activist efforts to send a Canadian boat to try to break the blockade on Gaza. The union said it would symbolically deliver mail to Gaza on the boat. This followed the announcement by Canada Post, the country`s postal service, that it would no longer accept mail destined for Gaza since there was no way to deliver it."
|Palestinian Woman Kidnapped While Visiting Detained Brother||Saed Bannoura -
"On Monday evening, detainees at the Nafha Prison stated that tension is rising at the prison especially after the soldiers kidnapped Miriam and later on attacked several detainees and their parents during visitation."
|Interrogation of Palestinian teens was illegal, court rules||Yaniv Kubovich -
"Security forces refused to allow the minors` parents to accompany their children to the Kfar Sava police station, saying they did not have permits to enter Israeli territory." id
|The Legend of the Child and the Bird and the Lion and the Soldiers||Adam Keller -
Crazy Country -
"And you, Child from Gaza, what is this chutzpa to complain that the two soldiers got off with a suspended term? You were in the hands of the Most Moral Army in The World and you are still breathing, is that not enough?"||1/12/2010|
|Israeli air strikes kill five Palestinians in Gaza ||The Electronic Intifada - Report - In an ongoing assault on the occupied Gaza Strip, Israeli fighter jets struck the southern city of Rafah early this morning, injuring four. The IMEMC reported that four Palestinians were wounded in the attack, which destroyed an alleged "training base" for the armed wing of the Hamas party ("Army bombards Rafah," 22 December 2010).
|Christmas trees `provocative:` Nazareth suburb`s mayor||Maan News - `The request of the Arabs to put Christmas trees in the squares in the Arab quarter of Nazareth Illit is provocative,` Mayor Shimon Gapso told AFP.`Nazareth Illit is a Jewish city and it will not happen -- not this year and not next year, so long as I am a mayor,` he said of the northern Israeli town.
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