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Life under occupation

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In Gaza, it is sometimes better to be sickGisha - Hairdressers and barbers from Gaza will not be allowed to leave the Gaza Strip to participate in a fair at Tulkarem on the West Bank - not because the military has suspicions against them, but simply because residents of the Gaza Strip are not permitted "other than in exceptional humanitarian cases, with an emphasis on medical cases”. 31/3/2012
COMET-ME call to actionVIDEO - "Israel is threatening to demolish solar and wind power systems in six rural communities in the West Bank. More than 500 people depend exclusively on these systems for light, refrigeration, communication and agriculture." ca30/3/2012
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Confined crueltyGraham Peebles - IMEMC - "“The Gaza Community Health Programme estimates that half Gaza`s children – around 350,000 – will develop some form of post-traumatic stress disorder.”" - id 28/3/2012
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Political Detainee Injured After Being Attacked By SoldiersSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The latest attack is among numerous and escalating Israeli attacks against Palestinian political prisoners, especially after the detainees held a series of hunger-strikes demanding Israel to stop its violations against them, and to treat them like prisoners of war." - id 28/3/2012
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PA will ask UN summit to end Israeli administrative detentionMa`an - Hana Shalabi has been on hunger-strike since she was seized from Birqin village 41 days ago. The minister visited families of Thaer Daraghmah, on hunger strike for 13 days, and Muhammad at-Taj, on hunger strike for 15 days, in northern West Bank town Tubas. He also saw relatives of Adeeb Abu Hussein, on hunger strike for 25 days, in Jenin city, and Murad Fashafsha, on hunger strike for 24 days, and Murad Malaysha, hunger-striking for 28 days, in nearby Jaba village. bz27/3/2012
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Jailed Fatah leader calls to end ties with IsraelMa`an News - "Stop marketing the illusion that there is a possibility of ending the occupation and achieving a state through negotiations after this vision has failed miserably," said Marwan Barghouti in a message from his prison cell which was read to a crowd of supporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. He called for a new wave of civil resistance and for severing all ties with Israel. bz27/3/2012
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Video: Occupation -- routine of expelling Palestinians from their lands 26/3/2012
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Mayor: Israeli forces raid Jenin villageMa`an News Agency - "Imad Jaradat said five military jeeps entered the village and stayed at the center. The official said the soldiers sparked clashes by firing tear gas canisters toward homes.Three Palestinians were taken to hospital for inhaling gas, locals said. " ca23/3/2012
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Int`l donors agree to provide PA more financial aidKHALED ABU TOAMEH, TOVAH LAZAROFF - Jerusalem Post At the end of the meeting, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere urged the donors “to ensure the contribution of $1 billion in assistance [to the PA] in 2012.He also urged Israel to facilitate the transfer of tax revenues belonging to the PA." ca "23/3/2012
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Israel to allow 450,000 liters of fuel into Gaza to ease energy crisisAvi Issacharoff - Haaretz "The shipment is meant to provide temporary relief for the fuel shortage in the Gaza strip, which started after Egypt cut off all shipments of fuel to Gaza." ca23/3/2012
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The video that pushed Peter Beinart to speak out against the occupationAdam Horowitz - Mondoweiss "The essence of his case is that American Jews like him are as horrified to discover YouTube videos depicting the brutish realities of the Israeli occupation as they were by the realization that Saddam Hussein really didn’t have weapons of mass destruction. Beinart focuses on one video in particular, of a Palestinian child screaming as his father is arrested by Israeli police on suspicion of stealing water from a settlement near his village. " ca 23/3/2012
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Alternative Water Forum 2012: Israel’s national water carrier violates Palestinians right to waterMondoweiss - "For years, the United Nations Human Rights Committee and other UN bodies have found Israel to be in violation of Palestinians human right to water and sanitation as part of normal reviews of Israel’s compliance with human rights treaties ratified by Israel.Israel`s violations of Palestinians human right to water and sanitation are only increasing. Between 2009 and 2011, Israel demolished 57 rainwater harvesting cisterns and 40 wells Palestinians depend on for their livelihoods. Military destruction of Palestinian water infrastructure is both a direct violation of the human right to water and a war crime under the Fourth Geneva Convention." ca23/3/2012
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Palestine’s Economy is in Trouble, But Why?Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - In the end however, it is not a case of economics. This is only a major byproduct of the fundamental ill, which is Israel’s occupation of Palestine and its control over just about every facet of Palestinian life.-rh21/3/2012
Palestine Today Husam Qassis and Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC - "Human rights groups say there are 300 Palestinian prisoners are currently held by Israel under the policy of administrative detention. Among them are 23 elected law makers." - id 21/3/2012
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Soldiers Invade Nabi Saleh VillageSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The army has been invading the village every night over the last three weeks, and kidnapped three residents including one child; the soldiers always seal all village entrances before violently breaking into homes during late night and early dawn hours. Soldiers harass and attack dozens of residents during these invasions." - id 21/3/2012
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Settlers grab Palestinian water springs: U.N. reportJihan Abdallah - ISM - "...settlers had turned dozens of springs into tourist sites and some were used for swimming." - id 21/3/2012
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Suspect in Palestinian`s roadside death case accused of harassing witnessChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Rehovot police officer on trial for allegedly leaving man on side of the road without food, water or medical assistance, also being investigated for obstruction of justice19/3/2012
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Home Demolitions in Jordan Valley: Thoughts Behind the Camera AIC - Journalist Marta Fortunato documented Israel’s 14 March demolition of 3 homes in the Jordan Valley village of al-Jiftlik, which rendered 22 Palestinians homeless. Thoughts and feelings behind the camera19/3/2012
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Study: Israeli `state land` illegally taken from West BankMa`an News Agency - ""Large swaths of land have been classified state land and designated for use by settlements, despite the fact that they belong to Palestinian individuals or communities," according to a new report by B`Tselem. The report reviews Israeli policies in light of relevant laws in the West Bank before it was occupied by Israel in 1967." ca 16/3/2012
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Giving up on reconciliationSaleh Al-Naami - Al-Ahram Weekly "Youssef said that the US-Israel veto is the reason why Abbas is hesitating on conciliation and that the president is waiting for a more favourable Arab climate to help him overcome pressure from Tel Aviv and Washington to derail conciliation. Youssef, however, believes that it is no longer viable to sacrifice conciliation for the sake of negotiations with Israel."We can no longer procrastinate and wait while the extremist right wing government in Israel is quickening the pace of Judaisation of Jerusalem," Youssef insisted. " ca16/3/2012
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They almost killed my grandmotherRana Baker - The Electronic Intifada - The assassination that claimed the lives of two resistance leaders in Gaza four days ago took place in a densely populated area. It happened right in front of my grandmother’s house.-rh 15/3/2012
Palestine children traumatised by Israeli jail-reportJihan Abdalla - AlertNet - Ninety-eight percent of detained children reported being subjected to violence, either physical or verbal, by Israeli soldiers, the charity`s programme adviser Eyad al-Araj told a news conference in the West Bank, an ordeal that left psychological scars on almost all of them.-rh 15/3/2012
The killing of Zuhair al-Qaissi exposes Israel`s attitude to its supreme courtMya Guarnieri - The Guardian - In his 2006 ruling on targeted killings, former supreme court president Aharon Barak quoted an earlier judgment in which he`d stated: "At times democracy fights with one hand behind her back." But in its war on Palestinians – and anyone that Israel deems an "other" – not only does the state use both hands, it fights with the proverbial gloves off.-rh 15/3/2012
11 detainees wounded, one seriously, In Asqalan PrisonSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - After detainees refused to submit to strip-searching, troops broke into their cells at dawn, attacking with batons and wounding eleven of them, one seriously.13/3/2012
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Last moment before truce: Israeli forces fire on Gaza funeral, 3 injuredMa`an - Mourners carried the bodies of Bassam al-Ajla and Muhammad Thaher, killed in an air strike in the city’s Shujaiyeh neighborhood. Israeli troops opened fire at the mourners, wounding three - who were taken to Shifa Hospital. 13/3/2012
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Islamic Jihad says committed to truce with IsraelMa`an - Islamic Jihad leader Daoud Shihab said his movement would adhere to its commitments under a truce deal reached after many meetings and discussions with Egypt, to end four days of fighting with Israel that killed 25 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. He stressed that his movement expects Israel to halt assassinations of political leaders. 13/3/2012
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Airstrike Kills Child, Wounds Six In Northern Gaza, Death Toll 21Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "A Palestinian child was killed, on Monday morning, and six others were injured, while they were heading to school in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. 21 Palestinians have been killed, and more than 100 have been wounded by army Israeli fire since Friday evening"12/3/2012
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Tulkarem Resists Separation Wall, Israeli Chemical FactoriesEmma Mancini - AIC - Tulkarem. The city resists, between the Separation Wall that strangles the job market and eleven chemical factories that contaminate land and lungs. Tulkarem, a Palestinian city in the northwestern West Bank with some 60.000 residents, two refugees camps and 58 villages in its district12/3/2012
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Between a wall and a Green Line: Palestinian life in ‘Seam Zone’Ariel Bardi--Al’Seefer lies uphill from the settlement of Beit Yatir, just beyond the South Hebron Hills, but the tiny Palestinian village feels worlds apart from the 33-year-old settlement. Indeed, the daily lives of Al’Seefer’s residents, some 60 in number, are mired in extraordinary logistical challenges on account of the village’s physical location: flanked by the Green Line on one side and by the separation barrier on the other, it belongs to the no man’s land known as the Seam Zone. dn11/3/2012
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Sustained attacks on Gaza: 14 dead in 2 daysCommondreams - 14 are now dead in what is said to be the deadliest Israeli-Palestinian flare-up in more than three years. Israeli strikes began on Friday when an air raid killed Zohair al-Qaisi, the secretary general of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) in Gaza.10/3/2012
Israeli Settlers Uproot and Take 100 Olive Trees Owned By Palestinian FarmersGhassan Bannoura - IMEMC "On Wednesday morning a group of 11 Norwegian students and their teacher joined Yassin Da`doua on his land to plant 200 olive trees as part of the olive tree planting campaign organized by Joint Advocacy Initiative of East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine.the leader of the radical settler organization `Women in Green`, Nadia Matar, arrived along with two other Israeli settlers who started taking photos of the young Norwegians. “Your grandparents have killed my grandparents in the holocaust and now you are helping the Arabs to steal our land." ca 9/3/2012
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What it takes to throw away garbage in Occupied PalestineToday in Palestine - Mondoweiss "The people who live in Qalandiyah and Kfar Akeb, who are residents of Jerusalem but on the other side of the security fence, sometimes have to walk many kilometers to throw out their household garbage on the other side of the Qalandiyah checkpoint. Despite the municipality`s statement that cleanup projects and garbage pickup are plentiful in the neighborhoods, which are home to tens of thousands of people, the garbage piles up." ca9/3/2012
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Connecting the West Bank to solar energy: A day at the Abu Kbeta family compoundTomer Weinstein - Mondoweiss "By 4.30pm we were out of the compound, having worked on seven structures including the sheds and one cave. Within the next few days, when the three would finish, the compound will have enough electricity to run a refrigerator, a washing machine and a computer. Young and old were all grateful. Ibrahim smiled "after more than 40 years, we will finally have electricity." ca9/3/2012
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NGO asks Israel`s AG to probe alleged Shin Bet abuse of Palestinian women Chaim Levinson - Haaretz "One of the complaints was submitted by Isra Salhab, an East Jerusalem journalist who says the Shin Bet called her in last November to meet with her husband, who was being interrogated in the Shin Bet facility at Jerusalem`s Russian Compound." ca9/3/2012
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VIDEO: Hana al-Shalabi’s mother speaks out about her daughter’s hunger strike and her ownAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "The interview, which is subtitled in English, speaks not only of Hana’s current hunger strike, but also the two years Hana spent in detention without charge from 2009 to 2011." ca9/3/2012
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NGO asks Israel`s AG to probe alleged Shin Bet abuse of Palestinian womenChaim Levinson - Haaretz - "Several of the testimonies reveal that investigators frequently moved very close to the women being questioned, who were unable to move because they were cuffed, a practice the State Prosecutor`s Office has ruled out." - id 7/3/2012
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The highway robbery of Palestinians in Area CAkiva Eldar - Haaretz - Israel is responsible for all civil affairs in Area C, and to develop infrastructure for all residents - around 300,000 Jewish residents and 150,000 Palestinians. Here is an example of how this equality is carried out in practice.6/3/2012
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Report: Palestinian critically injured in clash with IDFElior Levy - Ynet - Palestinians say youth sufferes serious head injury in clash with security forces at Atara crossing5/3/2012
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Report: “Army Kidnaps Palestinians For Training Purposes”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "The International Solidarity Institution for Human Rights reported that Israeli soldiers have been recently invading Palestinians area, breaking into homes at night and kidnapping Palestinian youths, in order to train new army recruits"5/3/2012
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Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli authorities should revoke Palestinian human rights defender’s travel ban Amnesty Internation - Public Statement "Having decided to permit Palestinian human rights defender Shawan Jabarin to travel abroad from the West Bank for the first time in six years, Israel should now revoke his travel ban, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today." ca2/3/2012
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Shalabi `patient, steadfast` until demands metMa`an News Agency - "Palestinian hunger striker Hana Shalabi said today from Hasharon prison that she is continuing her open hunger strike and remains patient and steadfast until her demands are met." ca 2/3/2012
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Hunger strike galvanises PalestineKhaled Amayreh - Al-Ahram Weekly " According to the Israeli human-rights organisation B`tselem, there has been a sharp increase in the number of administrative detainees held by Israel over the past year, from 219 in January 2011 to 309 in January 2012. Eighty people, or 26 per cent of the detainees, have been held for six months to one year, with another 88 people, or 28.5 per cent, being held for between one and two years. Sixteen detainees have been in administrative detention for between two and four-and-a-half years." ca 2/3/2012
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Tom Hurndall: a remarkable man`s photographs of the Middle EastSean O`Hagan - The Guardian - Peace activist Tom Hurndall died at 22 after being shot by an Israeli sniper. His images and articles, that grew in intensity as his journey became more difficult, are published in a new book.-rh 1/3/2012
Report: “Army, Settlers, Carried Out 145 Attacks In February”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - The Wall and Settlements Information Center at the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Wall and Settlements, issued a report revealing that Israeli soldiers and settlers carried out 145 attacks against the Palestinian residents, their lands and homes, killing one and wounding several others.-rh 1/3/2012
Palestinians prepare to lose the solar panels that provide a lifelinePhoebe Greenwood - Guardian - "Israel is planning to demolish `illegal` solar panels that are the only source of electricity for Palestinians in West Bank villages." - id 14/3/2012
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In Gaza, a victory parade and flashbacks to 2008Amira Hass - Haaretz - "Gaza is getting ready for a victory parade that Islamic Jihad is going to hold this evening at 6 P.M." - id 14/3/2012
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