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Life under occupation

Gaza’s Only Fisherwoman Continues to SailJoshua Brollier--“The problems started for me at eighteen,” Madleen Kulab said quietly, sitting just meters from the shore of the Mediterranean. “The police and port authorities did not want me to sail as a woman.” Though Madleen has emerged from this recent challenge, receiving permanent permission to fish from the Gazan Interior Ministry, this is not the first hardship she has stared down and overcome in her lifetime. dn29/12/2012
Israel To Displace 1000 Palestinians Next WednesdaySaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Head of the Wadi Al-Maleh area, in the northern plains of the occupied West Bank, Aref Daraghma, stated that the Israeli army intends to displace around 10000 Palestinian Bedouins in the area in order to conduct military training"31/12/2012
Thousands remain without water, power one month after attack on GazaEva Bartlett - The Electronic Intifada - "This is not the first time the Israeli army has targeted Gaza’s electricity network." - id 28/12/2012
PCHR Weekly Report: 12 Palestinians wounded by Israeli troops, including 3 childrenSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "In addition, at least 48 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, were abducted in the West Bank." - id 28/12/2012
Israeli post office says Palestinian cannot send package abroadAmira Hass - Haaretz - "When B.M. displayed a `green` ID card, issued to residents of the territories, the clerk asked if he had any other identification, and eventually refused to send his package abroad." id 28/12/2012
The Calendar of the People of South Mount HebronErella Dunayevsky - The Villages Group - The villagers of the South Hebron Hills have a different calendar. It is a calendar that counts the days since a house, a mosque or a rabbit pen has been demolished over its dwellers, obviously constituting a security threat to the Jewish State...-rh 26/12/2012
Gaza Cease-Fire Helps Fishermen, but Risks RemainSTEVEN ERLANGER and FARES AKRAM - The New York Times -But testing the waters late last month, Mr. Bakr apparently sailed out too far. An Israeli gunboat patrolling against arms smuggling ordered him to stop and strip to his underwear. As the Israelis sank his boat, he jumped into the sea and was hauled aboard the Israeli vessel for questioning.-rh 26/12/2012
Israel`s colonial strangling of BethlehemBen White - Aljazeera - Bethlehem continues to suffer from severe challenges when it comes to developing its tourism-dependent economy. For example, Palestinian tour guides have not been able to enter Israel since 2000, while Israeli tour operators shape itineraries in a way that favours hotels in Jerusalem and means visitors simply dash in and out of Bethlehem. The current unemployment rate stands at around 21 percent, the highest of any West Bank region.-rh 26/12/2012
Politics of Palestine’s everyday captured in stunning debut filmAsa Winstanley - EI - "The film’s title comes from a poem by the late Mahmoud Darwish, “Mural”: Two meters of this land are enough for now." - id26/12/2012
This Christmas, and the Christian Exiled from BethlehemReport - PNN - ""Christmas means family, relatives and friends, but today I celebrate these days without them, and far away from my own home. The occupation imposed this on us."" - id 26/12/2012
The view from Beit LahamMazin Qumsiyeh - Bethlehem (Aramaic for House of Laham, the Canaanitic God of Sustenance) is decked in colors and the best and most beautiful lights are the smiles on the faces of our children. At the Christian service held jointly with the National Cathedral in Washington DC, the Palestinian children bell choir was uplifting. (...) Palestinian Christians believe he became the first martyr for non-violent resistance to foreign occupation of Palestine. 25/12/2012
`Anin, Reihan, Shaked, Thu 20.12.12, MorningObservers: Neta Golan, Shula Bar - MachsomWatch "A rainy dawn at A’anin. We arrived five minutes before the checkpoint closed. One of those crossing told us that about 30 people went through to the seam zone, despite the rain. He also said his wife can’t get a crossing permit to the seam zone even thought his father has land trapped there between the fence and the Green Line. “We went to Salem (the DCO) this week; they said she’s not my wife.” We took identifying information to find out more about this Rashomon." ca21/12/2012
Israeli attacks on journalists in Gaza `violated the laws of war`Leah Whitson - The Guardian "VIDEO - Updated 11pm: Four Israeli attacks on journalists and media facilities in Gaza during the November 2012 conflict violated the laws of war by targeting civilians and civilian objects, says a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). It has made a detailed investigation into the incidents." ca21/12/2012
Official: Israel lets 557 Christians out of Gaza for holidaysMa`an News - "Israel will allow 557 Christians from the Gaza Strip to leave to the West Bank to participate in holiday celebrations, Palestinian officials and the Israeli army said. " ca21/12/2012
A story of Goliath and a little girl Yossi Sarid - Haaretz "a former member of a terror organization, testifies: "A few months ago, I saw with my own eyes in the village of Nabi Saleh a local girl cursing the commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, Brig. Gen. Haggai Mordechai, at point-blank range, while all he did was to listen submissively to the slanderous words." Two cheers for the commander, even three. It`s good that there are still people like him among our forces. It was not television cameras that caused him to exercise restraint, but an inner camera..." ca "21/12/2012
A Third Intifada on the Horizon?Mel Frykberg - Antiwar - Meanwhile, the Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, says widespread unrest in the area could foster the development of the kind of infrastructure that could potentially support a third Intifada, according to Israeli media reports.-rh 20/12/2012
IDF to reduce time Palestinian minors may be held without seeing a judgeAmira Hass - Haaretz - Despite the change - announced by the state in response to a petition by human rights groups - the initial incarceration period for Palestinians remains at least twice as long as for Israeli youths.-rh 20/12/2012
Israel expansion threatens West Bank Bedouin Dalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - Khan al-Ahmar is part of a cluster of Bedouin communities living in or near the E1 corridor, and is deemed one of the few remaining obstacles to long-held Israeli plans to link the holy city directly with the third-largest Jewish settlement in the West Bank.-rh 20/12/2012
Ceasefire Means Nothing to Gaza FishersEva Bartlett- AntiWar - ""We have no chance: we reach six miles and they shoot, we go only three miles and they shoot. What is this ceasefire?"" - id 19/12/2012
"My brother is dying": an urgent appeal from family of hunger striker Samer IssawiMalaka Mohammed - The Electronic Intifada - "I have seen him on Thursday [13 December] when he appeared in court. He looked like a skeleton sitting in a wheelchair, and he can’t move or walk." - id19/12/2012
4600 Palestinians, Including 182 Children, Imprisoned by IsraelSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israel is also holding captive 184 Administrative Detainees without charges or trial, in addition to 13 democratically-elected legislators, three former ministers, dozens of teachers, academics, political and social figures." - id 19/12/2012
Injuries Reported in Clashes Near Aida Refugee Camp In BethlehemSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The Palestinian Red Crescent in Bethlehem reported that medics transported a 25-year-old youth to the nearby Beit Jala Governmental Hospital, after he was shot in the head by a rubber-coated metal bullet fired by Israeli soldiers." - id 19/12/2012
Colonizing Christmas: Facts on Israeli Occupation and BethlehemSaab Mohammed - PLO Negotiations Affairs Department - Bethlehem is a vivid example of the severe and appalling effects that Israeli colonization policies have had in Palestine. Illegal confiscation of land, expulsion of Palestinian families and on-going construction of Israeli settlements are few of countless stories that can be heard from the inhabitants of Palestine in general, and Bethlehem in particular. 18/12/2012
Soldiers shoot on funeral of Palestinian boy at Beit Ummar near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - The 13-year old boy had died of a chronic disease. According to the local Popular Committee, during the funeral the army was heavily deployed at the northern entrance of Beit Ummar, and provocative acts led to clashes with local youths. The soldiers fired several rounds of live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets and gas bombs. Three local youths were hit by rubber-coated metal bullets while dozens were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation. 18/12/2012
Israeli forces make multiple arrests in the West BankMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces detained nine people across the West Bank overnight Sunday"17/12/2012
`Useless, useless, useless`: the Palestinian verdict on Tony BlairMatthew Kalman - The Independent - Former Prime Minister`s role as representative of Middle East Quartet comes in for fiercest criticism yet17/12/2012
The Struggle for Land Rights Near the Gaza BorderJoshua Brollier - AntiWar - "Yesterday in al-Faraheen, Gaza, Israeli Occupation Forces shot and wounded an unarmed 22-year-old farmer, Mohammed Qdeih, from behind. Mohammed and nine others went out to their fields in the early afternoon, walking approximately 250 meters from the Israeli border"17/12/2012
UN: 3,000 homeless after Israeli offensive against GazaMEMO - "The UN has said that the recent Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip left more than 3,000 Palestinians homeless after their houses were completely destroyed by Israel`s bombardment"17/12/2012
How an embroidered girl`s dress became a terror suspectAmira Hass--Recent IDF raids on Palestinian NGOs show how absurdly lax the definition of terrorism is. dn16/12/2012
Rooftop gardens provide food and hope for cash-strapped PalestiniansHugh Naylor--DHEISHEH, WEST BANK // High in the sky above a narrow, noisy and congested street in this West Bank refugee camp is a veritable paradise of green, shade and quiet. dn 15/12/2012
Why was 17-year-old Muhammad killed?Noam R. - +972 - " His mother sent him to buy a cake for the planned party, and when he left his home on his way to the bakery he was stopped at an army checkpoint, where he was shot to death by an officer from the Border Police unit. These are the facts. From here, each side has a different version." - id 14/12/2012
Abbas warns of ICC action if Israel implements settlement plansMa`an News Agency - "Speaking at a news conference in Ankara, Abbas said, "Israel’s announcement to build settlements on the land of the State of Palestine is an aggressive act and a red line which we will not allow. "It is a breach of international conventions, namely the Fourth Geneva Convention." ca12/12/2012
Fewer restrictions aren`t helping Gaza`s fishermen muchFred Pleitgen - CNN "VIDEO"12/12/2012
`IDF soldiers in recent West Bank clashes were allowed to fire, but chose not to` Gili Cohen - Haaretz "The officer said that his division investigates more cases of unauthorized use of live fire than of failure to open fire. “We expect soldiers to use judgment and to understand the significance of aggressive action, to act with moderation, self-control and containment – and to make the correct decision.” ca12/12/2012
Lieberman: Israel won`t renew transfer of PA tax funds for at least four months Barak Ravid - Haaretz "Israel`s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday evening that "the Palestinians won`t see one red cent" of the tax revenues that Israel collects on their behalf for at least the next four months. Lieberman`s remarks, made during a Hanukkah candle-lighting event for his party, Yisrael Beitenu in Tel Aviv, were in reference to Israel confiscating some NIS 460 million in tax revenues collected for the Palestinian Authority in November, in order to offset the PA`s debt to Israel`s Electric Corporation. The move was a response to the UN vote granting the Palestinians non-member state status last month." ca 12/12/2012
IN BROAD DAYLIGHT: Israeli forces raid NGO offices in RamallahMa`an & Reuters - Four laptops, one hard disk and a video camera were taken from Addameer`s office. It is the first time the prisoners group has been raided since 2002, during the height of the second Palestinian intifada. The offices of the Agricultural Work Committees and the Union of Palestinian Women`s Committees were also raided. During the raid, clashes broke out with local youths and Israeli soldiers, who responded by firing tear gas. "This comes in the context of the UN`s decision," Allam Jarrar of the Palestinian NGO Network told reporters on Tuesday morning. "This is a message to the Palestinians, saying that when they take decisions or form patriotic organizations to seek their freedom, the occupation will use aggression to try and stop us," he said. 11/12/2012
18 Seriously Sick Detainees Facing Medical Neglect In Israeli PrisonsIMEMC News - "The International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights issued a press release revealing that 18 seriously ill detainee, permanently at the Al-Ramla Prison Clinic are facing life-threatening conditions due to the lack of adequate and specialized medical attention and treatment"10/12/2012
PHOTOS: Gaza after Israel`s air strikes 10/12/2012
120 houses destroyed completely during Israeli attack on Gaza MEMO - "The Head of Infrastructure and Camp Improvements at the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has confirmed that 120 homes were destroyed completely during the recent Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip. Engineer Munir Manneh added that 9,000 homes were damaged during the offensive"10/12/2012
Helpless: Notes of a Gaza teacherAhmed G. Ferriana--One Gazan’s war diary, November 14-21 dn9/12/2012
The E1 plan and its implications for human rights in the West BankB`Tselem Report - "The implementation of construction plans in E1 will create an urban bloc between Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem, exacerbate the isolation of East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank and will divide the West Bank into two separate areas, north and south.Implementation of the plan will also harm the Palestinian Bedouin communities living in the region. At the end of 2011, the Israeli Civil Administration announced its intention to expel the 27,000 Bedouins living in area C localities throughout the West Bank. In its first phase, this plan was slated for implementation in January 2012, with the Civil Administration planning the forcible transfer of some twenty Bedouin communities – approximately 2,300 people – about half of whom live in E1 – from the area of Ma’ale Adumim and adjoining settlements." ca7/12/2012
Questions of war crimes remain as Israel shifts explanation on strike that killed 10 people from same familyAlex Kane - Mondoweiss - At first, the Israeli military claimed they were targeting the commander of Hamasf rocket launching operations, a man supposedly named Yihia Abayah. But the al-Dalou family knew nothing of this person.-rh 6/12/2012
Hamas leader returns to Gaza to a hero`s welcomeMatthew Kalman - The Independent - It will be Mr Meshaal’s first ever visit to Gaza, which has been ruled by Hamas since it overthrew the Fatah administration of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007. Both Hamas – whose name is an acronym for the Islamic Resistance Movement – and Fatah are trying to gain domestic support as they try to revive stalled unity talks and hold a long-overdue general election.-rh 5/12/2012
Abbas: E-1 plan crosses `red line`Ma`an News Agency - “If that project is implemented, we will use all legal and legitimate means to stop it, and we have something to say and do about these dangerous decisions,” Abbas said.-rh5/12/2012
Hamas: “We Are Going To Cairo This Month To Implement Unity Agreement”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Osama Hamdan, head of the International Relations Department of the Hamas movement, stated that Hamas will be heading to Cairo this month to participate in meetings meant at implementing the Palestinian unity and reconciliation agreement.-rh 5/12/2012
Bedouin face displacement in West Bank corridor, regardless of Israel`s constructions plansAmira Hass - Haaretz - Members of the Jahalin tribe told that the Civil Administration informed them of their intention to relocate them to an already existing village near Jericho, which, according to them, is home to Palestinians from across the West Bank. "We oppose moving there. The Civil Administration told us that the residents are living there illegally, and that their homes (two stories high) will be demolished. We do not agree with other people being relocated because of us, and at any rate the proposed location doesn`t suit us. bz5/12/2012
A mosque demolished in MufaqraOphir Münz-Manor - The Villages Group - `Today we demolish the mosque but as soon as we get the court order we will demolish your house as well.`5/12/2012
Cease-fire revives business in Egypt-Gaza tunnelsScott Wilson, The Washington Post - The Independent - "`They will bomb again […] And then we will dig again — and there will be more money`"3/12/2012
Why Were They Killed? Truth and Trauma in GazaKathy Kelly - CounterPunch - "The Israeli military later claimed it had collapsed the building in hope of assassinating an unspecified visitor to the home, any massive civilian death toll justifiable by the merest hint of a military target. Qassam rockets killing one Israeli a year are terrorism, but deliberate attacks to collapse buildings on whole families are not"3/12/2012
Bach in the West BankKate Hairsine - Qantara - A young Palestinian flutist, who grew up without any classical training, has won a place at a prestigious German music school. Dalia Moukarker of Beit Jala signed for free flute lessons at her school and was determined to play music. Thanks to her own perseverance, and teachers and friends who believed in her talent, she has gained one of four places to study flute at the Karlsruhe University of Music.25/12/2012
Palestinian boy hospitalized after Jerusalem attackMa`an - Two Israelis attacked and injured a 15-year-old Palestinian boy in east Jerusalem. The attackers, believed to be ultra-Orthodox Jews, assaulted the boy from behind, causing moderate head injuries. 25/12/2012
O little town with big ideas: Welcome to BethlehemMatthew Kalman - The Independent - Come all ye tourists: that`s the message from Bethlehem, which is having some success in overcoming high unemployment and the Israeli blockade24/12/2012
Israeli army accused of being trigger-happyRenee Lewis - AlJazeera - Palestinians report increased use of live rounds after Israeli politicians called for greater force to quell protests24/12/2012
Bethlehem Christians feel the squeeze as Israeli settlements spreadHarriet Sherwood--Near a biblical landscape of donkeys and olive trees, houses are being built and Palestinian Christians fear for their future.dn23/12/2012
Almost the last call Amira Hass - Haaretz - This is almost a last call for Europe to take responsibility. It could impose triple taxes on Israeli imports because of products from the settlements. It could finance the building of schools, clinics and solar energy systems throughout Area C, the larger part of the West Bank, where Israel does not allow Palestinian development. For every building demolished, European states could lower the rank of another Israeli diplomat or recall another ambassador to his/her capital. Europe could decide that from now on, Israelis will have to apply for visas to enter its territory, and European leaders could stop meeting with Israeli government representatives as long as Israel is violating international law.-rh 12/12/2012
Growing number in Gaza Strip are in no mood to celebrateEdmund Sanders - Los Angeles Times - But the promised second phase of the cease-fire, including a relaxation of the border restrictions on the movement of goods and people, remains unimplemented. After an initial round of indirect talks in Cairo between Israel and Hamas, no progress has been announced.-rh 12/12/2012
We are being slaughtered with a rusty knife. With Isa and Eid in Nabi SamuelAya Kaniuk - Mahsanmilim - So after they demolished my stall they went to Isa to destroy his animal stall. Isa started yelling at Micha and swearing at them. So the soldiers began to beat Isa up. I was further away then so I ran over. And so did his daughter. And my brother’s kids. We all tried to protect Isa. Because Isa has had heart surgery.-rh12/12/2012
Palestinian prisoners` rights activist detained, tortured in Israeli prison Haggai Matar - +972 - Ayman Nasser, a researcher for the Palestinian prisoners’ rights NGO Addameer, has himself become a detainee in an Israeli prison, having been charged with several counts of membership in an illegal organization and of partaking in illegal assembly. According to Physicians for Human Rights, he has been tortured during his 39-day-long interrogation.-rh 12/12/2012
Israel must stop attacks on Palestinian NGOs and human rights defenders Amnesty International - Press Release - Early on Tuesday 11 December 2012, members of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) raided three Palestinian NGOs in Ramallah, seizing computers, work files and equipment and ransacking their offices in what Amnesty International says is part of a “pattern of harassment” against campaigners in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.-rh 12/12/2012
`If they build here, there will never be peace with Israel` Matthew Kalman - The Independent - "We have been here for 50 years," says Mr Saidi. "If they build here, we will be unable to graze our flocks and I will have to double the amount of feed I buy for the animals. I can`t afford it. I`ll have to sell the flocks and stop being a shepherd."-rh 12/12/2012
PCHR Condemns Raids of Three Civil and Human Rights Organisations in Ramallah by Israeli Forcesby PCHR - IMEMC "PCHR strongly condemns this attack by Israeli forces against civil society organisations in the West Bank, and reiterates its call to the international community and the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to take serious measures to put an end to Israeli crimes against Palestinian civilians and against Palestinian civil society organisations." CA12/12/2012
Lieberman: “Heading To ICC, A Palestinian Declaration Of War On Israel”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies "The threats uttered by the former member of the terrorist Kach movement, that was outlawed by Israel itself, also included a direct threat not only to attack Gaza should the resistance fire missiles into Israel, but to conduct a large-scale ground military invasion. He said that this invasion will not have any restrictions, and will lead to a full Israeli military control over the entire coastal region." ca 12/12/2012
Dr. Barghouthi: “Army’s Use of Live Ammunition, Implementation of Israeli Government Policy”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies "Dr. Barghouthi’s statements came after Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at night, Ni’lin village, and shot two residents identified as Mohammad Hazem Khawaja, 18, and Khalil Srour, 18. Khawaja was shot, by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the head, while Srour was shot with a live round in the leg. " ca12/12/2012
Nilin Invaded 11.12.2012Home video - Saeed Amireh "Saeed Amireh 11 December 23:28 VERY IMPORTANT! PLEASE SHARE NOW! (my village face the oppression alone!) TODAY IN MY VILLAGE NI`LIN 11.12.2012 a very savage invasion to my village Ni`lin today! hard clashes started after the israeli occupation army invaded it and try to arrest people!you can hear all the shooting in the village was mostly live bullets! more than 1000 bullet they shot direct at the people!one guy injured with live bullet in the leg, another one was shot in the neck with rubber coated steal bullet!and dozens of women and kids were injured with tear gas and suffocation as the israeli soldiers shot at the houses!"ca12/12/2012
Effective annexation: Israel now stamping passports of West Bank visitors “Judea and Samaria only”Ali Abunimah - Electronic Intifada ".. Al Quds University is the only Palestinian university that Israel doesn’t recognize because it is the only one that has a presence in eastern occupied Jerusalem, which Israel has illegally annexed. Israel doesn’t recognize students’ diplomas, making it even more difficult for them to find work.The explicitly racist and discriminatory nature of this Israeli entry regime can be seen in the fact that Jews of any nationality are not only granted entry whenever they wish, but are instantly granted Israeli citizenship, while Palestinians living or exiled abroad, even if born in Palestine, can only enter their own country as “visitors” on foreign passports and subject to the occupier’s whims." ca7/12/2012
PA: World should retrieve our tax revenues from IsraelMa`an News Agency - "The Palestinian Authority government on Thursday slammed Israel`s seizure of its tax revenues after Palestine won a UN status upgrade as a "policy of piracy". In its weekly meeting, the cabinet urged the international community to put an end to what it called "the Israeli policy of piracy." ca 7/12/2012
Over 20 hurt in Hebron as soldiers clash with PA policeMa`an News Agency - "More than 20 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli forces in central Hebron on Thursday afternoon, after a skirmish between Israeli troops and Palestinian police.Witnesses told Ma`an that after the incident, Israeli forces deployed extra units and were firing indiscriminately. Local youth threw stones at the troops, and soldiers set off tear gas and fire rubber bullets at the crowd." ca7/12/2012
Omar Barghouti: Lighting a Torch Within: Anti-colonial Israeli Support for BDSOmar Barghouti - VERSO books "The historic call by Palestinian civil society for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it fully complies with its obligations under international law contains a rarely noticed dimension inspired by struggle against South African apartheid. It invites “conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace,”[2] thereby confirming that principled anti-colonial Jewish Israelis who support the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination, and who uphold freedom, justice, and equality for all as the bases for a just, comprehensive, and sustainable peace, are regarded as partners in the struggle." ca7/12/2012
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