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Life under occupation

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Soldiers Invade Homes, Conduct Training, In West Bank VillageIMEMC&Agencies - "Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded Ein Shibli village, in the West Bank’s Central Plains, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, broke into several homes and conducted military drills." ca31/1/2014
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Israeli Forces Demolish Entire Village In Jordan ValleyChris Carlson - IMEMC " Israel is seeking to empty the Jordan Valley of its Palestinian residents, who are mainly Bedouin, as it plans to keep it under its control in any future deal with the Palestinians." ca 31/1/2014
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Hamdallah: Gaza priority for PAMa`an News Agency - "After a meeting with Tony Blair in Ramallah, Hamdallah said: "The Gaza Strip is a priority to us. The government is providing the needed support to our people there." Hamdallah said the Quartet was helping to implement a natural gas project in Gaza, in addition to a sea water desalination project.Additionally, Blair and Hamdallah discussed recent economic and political updates in the West Bank." ca 31/1/2014
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Jerusalemite Prisoner Announces Open-ended Hunger StrikeChris Carlson - IMEMC - "The father of the boy said that the IPS transferred his son, on Tuesday, from al-Maskobeyah prison in Jerusalem to Ofek criminal jail, where he refused to enter its cells." - id 30/1/2014
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Military Advocate General: Palestinians need to be protected as wellYoav Zitun - Ynet - `IDF troops are present in the territories in order to protect the Palestinian population as well. It`s outrageous that soldiers fail to intervene in the case of disturbances, regardless of who performs them.` bz28/1/2014
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WATCH: Where kids are arrested for not having a mailbox [video about 7 minutes]Social TV--The occupation doesn’t only takes its toll on Palestinian adults; in even more ways, it affects Palestinian children. In occupied East Jerusalem, children as young as six are snatched from their beds or on their way to or from school in order to give testimony or be questioned.dn26/1/2014
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Two Palestinian fishermen, including child, kidnapped by Israeli forces off GazaRosa Schiano - International Solidarity Movement - "“They made me kneel down and handcuffed my hands behind my back,” Yousef added. ”They gave me some clothes and helped me put them on. They yelled to my cousin Ahmad to swim toward the ship. After about half hour Ahmad was sitting behind me. Our hands and feet were tied.”" - id 29/1/2014
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Israeli forces detain 22 Palestinians in East Jerusalem and NablusMa`an - Ma`an News Agency - "Hani Halabiyya told Ma`an that Israeli troops stormed al-Eizariya and Abu Dis villages shortly after midnight and detained 15 young men after ransacking their homes." - id 29/1/2014
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Prisoner Hamza Kaluti waiting for surgery since 2009Palestinian Information Center (PIC) - Kaluti, 44, suffers from deteriorating health conditions, including hernia, poor eyesight, gout and stiffness in his bones and joints that cause him to hardly move. Since mid-2001 he has been serving six life prison terms on charges of his affiliation with the armed wing of Hamas. bz28/1/2014
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Settler-driven archaeology plan threatens to push Hebron family off farmlandPatrick O. Strickland - Electronic Intifada "Israeli settlers claim the two plots of land are home to the burial site of Yishai and Ruth the Moabite, figures present in Islamic, Christian and Jewish traditions. Similar to plans in several other areas in occupied East Jerusalem and the broader West Bank, they plan to build an archaeological park." ca 24/1/2014
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Photos and video: Israeli forces’ gunfire blocks Palestinian farmland in GazaSil - Resistenza Quotidiana - ""For the harvesting, the whole family will come. There will also be my grandfather, uncles … a few days ago the bulldozers came and destroyed this plot of land that we had sown. Now it is destroyed.”" id for rh 23/1/2014
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PCHR condemns Israeli assassination attempt in GazaPCHR-Gaza - IMEMC News - "According to PCHR’s documentation, since 2004, 636 Palestinians, including 392 civilians (this number includes 184 children and 14 women), have been killed and 438 others, including 401 civilians (this number includes 364 children and 4 women) have been wounded in attacks launched by Israeli drones" [ry]20/1/2014
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Soldiers Kidnap Two Palestinians In Hebron, Settlers Attack FarmersSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "Thursday Evening, January 16, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded Beit Ummar town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and kidnapped two Palestinians. Extremist Israeli settlers attack villagers and farmlands east of Hebron." ca17/1/2014
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Four Children, One Woman, Injured As Army Bombards GazaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Palestinian medical sources have reported that four children and one woman have been injured after Israeli soldiers carried out a number of air strikes targeting eastern and western areas of Gaza city." - id for rh 16/1/2014
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Several Palestinians Kidnapped In West BankSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The invasions and attacks are part of ongoing Israeli military assaults, and escalation, against the Palestinians, their lands and property." - id for rh 16/1/2014
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The fourth destruction: stolen land and childhood Victoria Brittain - Rupa Shah - "There will be no viable Palestinian state and no real end to Occupation to come out of these fraudulent negotiations." id for rh 16/1/2014
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Gaza’s economy shattered by Israeli siegeRosa Schiano - International Solidarity Movement - "The use of the term “export” to refer to the marketing of Gaza products in the West Bank, as if speaking about two different countries, shows the division caused by the barriers of the occupation and its practices that have separated a population." - id for rh 16/1/2014
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Army seizes tents from Jiftlik families AIC - "The Israeli army sized tents provided by the United Nations as emergency response to families from Jiftlik, north of Jericho, after the Israeli army demolished all their residential and livelihood structures" [ry]14/1/2014
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To the self-righteous among us: The bleak statistics on West Bank attacksAmira Hass - Haaretz - The frightened eyes and bloody noses of a few pogromchiks really do it for us. Suddenly, the army disclaims any connection to them, the defense minister describes their actions as terrorism that must be eliminated and the media rehash the item time and again. We have become so addicted to power that a pogromchik who was beaten up in Qusra makes us feel angry and disgusted. If those goons had just attacked a farmer, uprooted trees or torched cars, it would have been business as usual: The army would have invoked its right to ignore it, stand aside and use tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the Palestinians under attack. The police would have deliberately dragged its feet in the investigation and closed the case. The reporter would have wondered whether to bother writing a report like the 107 other reports he or she wrote over the past year... bz13/1/2014
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World Bank Funded Landfill Off Limits To PalestiniansChris Carlson - IMEMC "The landfill is the first modern landfill in the southern West Bank. Since its use has been forbidden, some Palestinian communities have been forced to dump their garbage at non-authorized sites, posing the risk of serious environmental hazards such as pollution of ground water." ca10/1/2014
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Settler Child Sprays Face Of Palestinian Child With ChlorineSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "eyewitnesses said that a settler child, approximately 12 years of age, sprayed face of a Palestinian girl with chlorine, and fled the scene. Soldiers kidnap a Palestinian in Hebron, attack a young woman." ca10/1/2014
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Dozens Injured By Israeli Gas Bombs Near QalqiliaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "Local sources said that resident Ali Tabib, his wheelchair bound wife, Rasheeqa, his daughter Rawda, and his granddaughter Tasneem, were all moved to the Darwish Nazzal Hospital in Qalqilia for treatment. Eyewitnesses stated that soldiers also fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at a number of homes in the village, and added that the soldiers stopped and harassed several villagers." ca 10/1/2014
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The occupation is one big ‘price tag’ attack and we`re all paying the priceUri Misgav - Haaretz "There was also a measure of poetic justice, it should be acknowledged, in the incident... After all, it’s those so-called murderous Palestinians who were the ones who saved the Jewish hooligans from the wrath of the masses...But care is being taken not to demolish the unauthorized pirate outpost of Esh Kodesh which the settlers caught in Kusra came from..." ca10/1/2014
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Israel’s attacks on Palestinian fishermen in Gaza flaunt international conventionsCharlie Andreasson - International Solidarity Movement - "As a result of Israeli aggression, the total catch has fallen by 42% since 2000, and the number of registered fishermen has declined from about 5,000 in the 1980s to less than 3,000 today." - id 8/1/2014
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Israel denies freed prisoner entry to Jordan for medical treatmentMa`an - Naim Shawamrah was released days ago along with 25 other Palestinian prisoners who were detained before the Oslo Accords. He spent 19 years in Israeli jails and in 2013 was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. Throughout his final days in prison, he was unable to walk. bz7/1/2014
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Israel denies freed prisoner entry to Jordan for medical treatmentMa`an - Naim Shawamrah was released days ago along with 25 other Palestinian prisoners who were detained before the Oslo Accords. He spent 19 years in Israeli jails and in 2013 was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. Throughout his final days in prison, he was unable to walk. bz7/1/2014
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Israeli lightly wounded by pipe bomb near BethlehemNoam (Dabul) Dvir - Y-Net - An Israeli was lightly wounded, suffering scratch wounds to his face, after a pipe bomb was thrown at the parking lot near Rachel`s Tomb, an Israeli-controlled enclave in north Bethlehem. Earlier, Palestinians threw an improvised grenade towards an IDF base near Bethlehem. There were no casualties in this incident. Israeli sources counted these as part of "a string of recent events that have threatened to destabilize the West Bank and undermine US-brokered peace talks". ak 7/1/2014
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Israel refuses to let Gaza woman visit sick mother whose medical report says `Palestine`Amira Hass--Israel has refused to let a Gaza woman travel to the West Bank to care for her cancer-stricken mother because the medical report describing the mother’s serious condition bore the heading “State of Palestine.” dn5/1/2014
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Israel: Stop Threatened Eviction of Palestinians Human Rights Watch - The 23 residents now at risk of displacement, including 15 children, live near the town of Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley, an area under Israeli military control. The three households, from the extended Bani Maniya family, rely on their herds of around 900 sheep for their livelihoods, according to humanitarian agencies. The military has not offered to move the families to an alternative location after evicting them from their current area, known as Qarziliya, or offered to compensate them, residents and their lawyer told Human Rights Watch. The families petitioned Israel’s High Court of Justice to stop the displacement plans, arguing that they violated Israel’s obligations to respect the human rights of Palestinians living under its control to work and an adequate standard of living, and its obligations under the Hague Regulations and the Geneva Conventions to respect the property rights of the population under occupation and prohibit the unnecessary destruction of private property. As the petition also argued, the displacement would be carried out on the basis of zoning plans and procedures that discriminate against Palestinians and in favor of settlers. bz4/1/2014
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In West Bank settlement, the state is legalizing lawlessnessYossi Gurvitz - +972 "The state told the High Court of Justice that it has no intention of enforcing demolition orders in the settlement of Ofra ‘due to its special condition.’ History tells us that if this dangerous precedent is accepted, it won’t be the last time this happens." ca3/1/2014
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Elderly Palestinian man dies after alleged tear gas inhalationActivestills - +972 "According to Palestnian medical sources, Jasir died after the Israeli army shot tear gas into his house during a protest in the village on New Year’s Day. After inhaling tear gas, Jasir was evacuated to the hospital in Nablus, were he died a few hours later." ca 3/1/2014
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Palestinian villagers` complaints of settler violence are going unheardAmira Hass - Haaretz - It’s easy to guess that whoever threw two firebombs at a small house in the Palestinian West Bank village of Burin – where a family of five lives – will not be brought to justice. It’s doubtful the police are looking for the assailants, and even if they are, it’s unlikely the culprits will be found.-rh1/1/2014
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Knesset member tries to shut out Arab-Israeli soccer clubShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - In the Dec. 17 game between the two teams, some Bnei Sakhnin fans waved Palestinian flags. At the same time, several Beitar Jerusalem fans ripped up a copy of the Quran and burned its pages. In response, Likud Knesset member Miri Regev announced that she would take action against Bnei Sakhnin and expel the club from the Israeli national league.-rh 1/1/2014
Report: “Soldiers Kidnapped 3874, Including 931 Children, In 2013”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - “The most serious violation is the fact that kidnapped children are beaten and tortured during interrogation”, Farawna stated, “They were humiliated, subjected to physical and emotional torture”.-rh 1/1/2014
Palestinians Should Quit "Peace Negotiations"Ludwig Watzal - Countercurrents - Although Arafat and his successor have recognized the State of Israel already several times officially, the Israeli government still demands from the Palestinians to be recognized as “a Jewish state”, plus Israel’s “right to exist”. Netanyahu declared both conditions a sine qua non for an agreement. In international law there do not exist catchwords such as “right to exist” or “recognition as a Jewish state”. Even US President Harry S. Truman dropped the phrase "Jewish state" in the letter of recognition and replaced it with “State of Israel”. Why should the Palestinians recognize something that even the US has not done?-rh 1/1/2014
Low turnout for Palestinian prisoner release as negotiations slumpAllison Deger - Mondoweiss - In a scaled back ceremony early Tuesday morning 18 Palestinians returned to the West Back in the third round of prisoners released by Israel during the Kerry-backed direct negotiations. The group, all pre-Oslo prisoners who were sentenced to 19 to 28 years, were transferred to Ofer military prison, and then entered the West Bank through the Beituna checkpoint around 2:30a.m., before arriving at the Palestinian Authority headquarters outside of Ramallah.-rh1/1/2014
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Writer Ahmad Qatamesh freed after 2.5 years in administrative detentionSarah Irving - Electronic Intifada - Ahmad Qatamesh was listed as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, the human rights organization which stated that it believed him to be held “to deter political activities by other Palestinian left-wing activists” and “solely for expressing non-violent political beliefs.”-rh1/1/2014
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Role of Palestinian women in the uprisingsRima Nazzal Kattaneh - Al-Monitor - Photos of the first intifada depict women who occupied a visible and distinctive leading position. They were unveiled and wearing trendy clothes. The photos show the most important characteristics of women’s participation and their mass and democratic features. They show how women clearly proved their presence, the momentum of their expansion and their national and progressive identity. That stage produced female leaders whose influence is still clearly felt.-rh 1/1/2014
While you were sleeping....Yossi Gurvitz - IMEMC - "If the army were to invest less aggressiveness against 14-year-old Palestinian children, and more effort in preventing pogroms by government-funded Israeli civilians, perhaps it could say of itself that it’s not only strong, but also moral. So far, this has yet to happen. And, as long as you prefer not to know what is done in your name, and with your taxes, this is unlikely to change." - id 1/1/2014
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Sweeping the sand out of the desert: From Verwoerd to PrawerHilla Dayan - +972 - "...the idea that you can forcefully transfer an indigenous population and determine where it can legally reside – looks and smells like a plan pulled from the dusty drawer of Hendrik Verwoerd, architect of Apartheid South Africa." - id 1/1/2014
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School Patrol Update: Military escort again fails to protect Palestinian children in South Hebron HillsNonviolent Peace Corps - Operation Dove - "The children arrived in Tuba at 12.10 pm instead of 10.50 am, if the military escort had arrived on time. Since the beginning of the school year, the children were forced to walk via the long way without a military escort 10 times." - id for rh 9/1/2014
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Palestinian PleasuresJAMES ESTRIN - NYT - "Tanya Habjouqa, a Jordanian-born photographer, looks for subtler strategies to explore today’s Palestinian experience." - id for rh 9/1/2014
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