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Life under occupation

Still reeling from summer assault, Gaza faces new Israeli threatsPatrick O. Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - "Israeli forces have violated the ceasefire — including regularly firing live ammunition on Palestinians in Gaza — on a nearly daily basis since the truce." - id 31/12/2014
+972`s Story of the Year: GazaSamer Badawi- +972 - "In Jabaliya, Gaza’s largest refugee camp, I met a young man, Alaa Balata, who had lost all 11 members of his immediate family in a single shelling. In Gaza City, the al-Batch family lost 18 in one F-16 strike. And on and on. Just like that." - id 31/12/2014
`Stone-thrower` or `Rock-thrower`? Yoav Zitun - Y-net - The IDF communique on yesterday`s killing of the 17-year old Imam Jamil Ahmad Dweikat described him as "a rock- thrower". The term - apparently used for the first time, rather than the usual "stone-thrower" - was repeated in the headlines of most Israeli media reports. The IDF is not known to have issued any official criteria of weight determining the difference between "a stone" and "a rock"; the term seems to have been used to emphasize the alleged danger to Israeli motorists and hence justify the killing. [ak]30/12/2014
Ambiguous Gaza visit by ministerial delegation from RamallahAFP/Y-Net - Eight ministers and more than 40 other officials of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Consensus Government arrived in Gaza, in another effort to kickstart the long-delayed reconstruction of Gaza. Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh accused the Consensus Government of "failing to keep its commitments, by not carrying out reconstruction, nor unifying institutions under the Palestinian Authority nor organizing elections." [ak]30/12/2014
Two Palestinians injured by army fire near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC/Jerusalem Post - On Monday night, two Palestinians have been injured, one seriously, after Israeli soldiers opened fire on their car, driving in Beit Ummar north of Hebron. Beit Ummar resident Ibrahim Sabri was shot in the head and taken to the al- Ahli hospital in Hebron suffering a serious injury. Israeli military sources asserted that the soldiers opened fire after an explosive device was thrown at them out of the car (and did not explode). [ak]30/12/2014
Israel uses Gaza as a testing ground for weapons, says Barghouti MEMO - "Mustafa Barghouti has accused Israel of using the Gaza Strip as a testing ground for new weapons. Speaking during a review of 2014 in Ramallah, the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative reminded listeners that Israel is now the third largest arms exporter in the world. `There is conclusive evidence that it used the Gaza Strip as a test bed for its deadly weaponry,` he claimed" [ry]29/12/2014
Soldier shoots and kills Muhammad Jawabreh at home, from afar, although he posed no riskB’Tselem - "The fact that soldiers do not see live fire as a last resort to be used only when lives are at immediate risk shows that the open-fire regulations are leniently worded or are leniently interpreted by commanders. The security forces in general, and specifically high-ranking commanders, are very rarely held accountable for killing Palestinians. Policy makers in the government, army and the MAG Corps are responsible for allowing this disregard for Palestinian lives to continue" [ry]29/12/2014
What I’ve learned from living through three wars in the Gaza StripAlaa Radwan--I am 22 years old now; and three times in my lifetime wars have taken place. The first war was the hardest and the most shocking to me since it was the first. Later I tried to get myself “used” to the worst so that reality will not blow me out. I can blissfully say that I am now desensitized to wars. Yes, it is a bliss indeed because as a Palestinian living in the besieged coastal enclave, you should expect the flames of an Israeli war to engulf you and your beloved ones at any time. dn28/12/2014
Israeli police shoot 5-year-old in the face while exiting school bus Ma`an - The child`s uncle said that Muhammad and his 14-year-old sister stepped out of a school bus and had started to walk home when the Israeli forces shot him. The uncle said there were no confrontations at all in the area between Israeli forces and Palestinians at the time of the shooting. An Israeli police spokesman did not return a request for comment. Muhammad was evacuated to the nearby Hadassah Medical Center on Mount Scopus where medical authorities said he had a fracture in the bone below his eye. [bz]28/12/2014
Israel demolishes EU-funded irrigation pools in Jordan ValleyMa`an - Israeli military vehicles arrived in the area of al-Jiftlik accompanied by bulldozers and demolished six irrigation pools used by Palestinian farmers. The pretext for the demolition was based on a "military order," locals said. [bz]27/12/2014
Take a (virtual) ecological tour of the occupied West BankSocial TV - +972 - "From the separation barrier’s effects on animal migration and plant-life to insufficient sewage infrastructure to the discriminatory use of nature reserves." - id 24/12/2014
Israel charges 8 Palestinians over Facebook incitementAFP - Yahoo News - Among the remarks posted online were "It is good to kidnap soldiers", "Zionists flee because you`ll soon be killed by a car" and words expressing hope that a rightwing Jewish activist, who survived an assassination attempt in October, would die a painful death, the indictment said. All eight were arrested earlier this month. [bz] 23/12/2014
1,000 Israelis raid NablusAIC - 1,000 Israelis raided the northern West Bank area of Nablus Sunday night to pray at Joseph`s Tomb, located on the outskirts of the city [ry]22/12/2014
No donkeys allowedInternational Solidarity Movement - Mohammad arrived at the Bab Al-Zawiye side of the checkpoint at 13:40 on Mondayafternoon, his mule laden with empty milk jugs and saddlebags packed with various provisions. Israeli forces refused to let him through, claiming no animals were allowed past the checkpoint – a claim no one, including other international organisations at the scene as well as the Palestinian District Coordination Office for al-Khalil, had ever heard before.-rh24/12/2014
Israeli rightists tour Aqsa compound for Jewish holiday Ma`an News Agency - Israeli rightists entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah as Palestinians protested near the Moroccan Gate. Mosque guards told Ma`an that at least 68 Israelis entered and toured the compound under armed guard.-rh24/12/2014
`No home and no hope`: Palestinians struggling to rebuild their lives amid the Gaza rubbleKIM SENGUPTA - The Independence - The reconstruction plan was set up between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the UN. The conditions stipulated by the Israeli government for allowing supplies in have been labelled draconian, designed to prevent Gaza’s development. The Israelis insist they are vital to ensure that the material is not used for military purposes by Hamas.-rh 24/12/2014
What I’ve learned from living through three wars in the Gaza StripAlaa Radwan - Mondoweiss - During the summer’s Israeli assault, being exposed to horrible scenes of buildings falling down, of people losing their lives, of memories and dreams fading away, I just wanted to survive. I told myself I no longer need electricity. I do not want to “dream” to travel abroad to pursue my own dreams anymore. I do not want anything. I just wanted to survive. To survive was all what I needed. Luckily enough, I survived.-rh24/12/2014
Israeli Court Allows Oil Drilling In Occupied Golan HeightsIMEMC & Agencies - The Israeli Supreme Court ruled, Tuesday, in favor of allowing the Afek Oil Company headed by hardliner and former Minister of National Infrastructure, Effie Eitam, to dig for oil in the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights.-rh 24/12/2014
Video: Christmas in Bethlehem Gets More Fascinating Every YearPNN/Bethlehem - "The Palestinian Christmas season this year aimed to deliver the message of Jesus Christ: Love and Justice, under the slogan "All I want For Christmas Is Justice". The theme is a perfect fit for the situation , since Palestinians can barely breathe under the Israeli occupation...Christmas remains a beacon of hope for all Palestinians as a cry for justice and peace, and a wish to be occupation free." ca26/12/2014
Hall of Nativity Christmas Tree Decorated with Teargas Grenades, Missile Leftovers and Child PhotosIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, this year, in the Hall of the Nativity, Bethlehem, lit up a Christmas tree decorated with teargas grenades, sound bombs, pictures of injured and murdered children, and the missile leftovers used by Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people...The tree was a loud cry of longing for an occupation-free, peaceful life in the Holy Land of Palestine." ca26/12/2014
Israeli Soldiers Rob Family of 70,000 Shekels in Nablus RaidIMEMC News & Agencies - "Ahrar Center for Prisoner Studies and Human Rights said that Israeli forces seized about 70,000 shekels after breaking into home of 52-year-old Ahmed Shubeiri, in Qarboun village, near occupied Nablus...The family said that the soldiers took from them 7,000 Jordanian dinar and 25,000 Israeli shekels, amounting to some 70,000 shekels total.Ahrar`s director, Fuad Al-Khuffash, condemned the action, saying that it was actually theft and not the first incident of its kind among Israeli soldiers." ca26/12/2014
Death of Ziad Abu Ein could work to Abbas’ advantageDaoud Kouttab - Al-Monitor - On a strategic level, the death of Abu Ein will certainly help Abbas and Fatah demonstrate that their policy of nonviolent resistance is a serious strategy that needs to be encouraged and expanded. Fatah is holding its seventh congress on Jan. 2 in Ramallah, and there is no doubt that the story of the new martyr and his effort to save Palestinian land with his body will resonate and produce a much more serious plan for Palestinian statehood based in large part on the need to support nonviolent popular resistance.-rh 17/12/2014
Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian in Qalandya Refugee Camp, North of Occupied JerusalemPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - In excessive use of force, on Tuesday early morning, 16 December 2014, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Qalandya refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. The aforementioned civilian was killed when Israeli forces moved into the said refugee camp to arrest Palestinians. A number of Palestinian youngsters gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers to stop arrests. As a result, a civilian was wounded as he was standing on the roof of his family`s house in Antar quarter in the north of the refugee camp.-rh17/12/2014
Take Action: End Solitary Confinement and Isolation, Support Palestinian Hunger StrikersSamidoun - Over 100 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails are now participating in a collective hunger strike, as prisoners from Eshel and Ramon prisons joined the strike demanding an end to the policy of solitary confinement and in solidarity with Nahar al-Saadi, who has been held in solitary confinement since May 2013 and has been on hunger strike since 20 November. The collective strike was launched by 70 prisoners on 9 December. The strikers are demanding al-Saadi’s release from isolation; regular family visits for al-Saadi; and an end to the use of solitary confinement and isolation against Palestinian prisoners.-rh17/12/2014
WATCH: A heartbreaking portrait of life in Hebron, in 9 minutesMoriel Rothman-Zecher - +972 - "Hebron, where the occupation is in many ways manifested in its rawest form, is the only Palestinian city inside which there is an Israeli settlement. It is a junction of direct and daily conflict between Palestinian civilians, Israeli soldiers and Jewish-Israeli settlers." - id17/12/2014
WATCH: Olive harvest marred by arson, vandalism and violenceSocial TV - +972 - "When they are given access during the olive harvest, they often find their trees cut down or burned by settlers." - id17/12/2014
Official: Gush Etzion stab suspect was harassed by settlerMa`an - "Is it reasonable that 46 surveillance cameras in Gush Etzion settlement bloc have failed to document what really happened between Amal Taqatqa, 22, from Beit Fajjar and an Israeli settler who claimed that she attempted to stab him?" Khalid Qaddura said. Amal Jamal Taqatqa, 22, was shot and critically wounded by soldiers near Gush Etzion on Dec. 1 after allegedly stabbing an Israeli settler. [bz]16/12/2014
Palestinian third-grader arrested by Israel PoliceGideon Levy and Alex Levac - Haaretz - 8-year-old Obeida Ayash was arrested on suspicion of stone-throwing in the village of Silwan in East Jerusalem, which was brimming this week with Border Police officers [ry]15/12/2014
Video: Forced drought hits Jordan Valley farmers as Israel steals their waterJimmy Johnson - EI - “Israel bans Palestinians from digging new wells, repairing old ones, or even setting up cisterns to collect rainwater. As a result, area farmers must buy expensive water that has to be trucked in. Those who — driven by necessity — build rainwater collection systems without virtually impossible to obtain Israeli permits, must often watch as the occupation forces demolish them” [ry]15/12/2014
PA official dies after being assaulted by Israeli soldierMa`an News Agency - Ziad Abu Ein, 55, died after an Israeli soldier beat him on the chest with his helmet in the village of Turmsayya in the Ramallah district, the director of the committee`s information center, Jamil al-Barghouthi, told Ma`an.-rh11/12/2014
Palestinian prisoners’ resistance escalates as occupation increases use of solitary confinementSamidoun - Nahar al-Saadi, 33, has been on hunger strike for 16 consecutive days in protest of denial of family visits and solitary confinement; al-Saadi has been held in solitary confinement since May of 2013, despite an earlier agreement with Palestinian prisoners to abolish solitary confinement in order to end the mass hunger strike of April 2012.-rh 11/12/2014
PHOTOS: In West Bank village, Palestinian farmers go against the grainAhmad al-Bazz, Activestills - +972 - Farmers who own lands located near Israeli settlements, military camps or settler bypass roads are barred from accessing their land throughout most of the year. In these areas, Israeli authorities allow farmers to reach their lands only two times a year: once in April, during which they till the soil around olive trees, and again in October for the olive harvest. Because this process is limited to such a short time, it is usually not long enough to finish the work.-rh11/12/2014
Time for international community to hold Israel accountable — here`s howHiba Husseini and Omar M. Dajani - +972 - What is needed is a coherent and sustained effort by the international community to enable Palestinians to secure their fundamental rights as individuals and as a people. International recognition of Palestine – and, by extension, of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination in their homeland – is an important part of that effort. But it must be complemented by unequivocal non-recognition of the legitimacy of Israel’s continuing presence in the Palestinian territory, as well as further steps to define the framework for an eventual negotiated settlement.-rh11/12/2014
New mooovie remembers cows that `threatened` IsraelDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Audiences across the globe might not initially believe that this agricultural act is innocent, but to the Israeli army, which was terrified of Palestinians becoming self-sufficient, this was nothing short of a declaration of war. Israeli military officers interviewed for the film admit that they were concerned that this action would spread, empowering Palestinians. Until the very last scene of the film, Israeli military officials were curious as to what happened to the cows.-rh 11/12/2014
A new wave of East Jerusalem house demolition orders Ma`an - Israeli authorities delivered demolition orders for residential homes and commercial stores in various East Jerusalem neighborhoods including Silwan, al-Tur, al-Isawiya, and Jabal al- Mukabbir. The Eweisat, Abu al-Jamal, and Elayyan families were issued demolition orders for their homes in Jabal al-Mukabbir. The Elayyan family home was built 10 years ago while the other two properties were built in the 1970s. A total of 25 people live in the three homes. Nader al-Rashq of Isawiya managed to gain a court order preventing for the time being the demolition of his family`s home. Since the beginning of 2014 Israeli bulldozers have demolished at least 359 Palestinian structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. ak9/12/2014
Palestinian stabbed by a settler and injured east of HebronIMEMC - An Israeli settler attacked the 18-year old Moath Noah ar- Rajabi near Bani Neim town, east of Hebron, stabbing him in the shoulder and thigh. The young Palestinian, moderately wounded, was moved to the Hebron Governmental Hospital. Israeli soldiers who arrived at the scene did not attempt to locate the assailant. ak9/12/2014
Wireless in Gaza: the young entrepreneurs beating the blockadesPatrick Kingsley - The Guardian - With few goods, or people, allowed to cross the border, the pool of customers and employees in Gaza is small. Web-based startups are giving those with bright ideas a chance to expand their horizons and their businesses [ry]8/12/2014
Gaza engineer develops new technology to replace cementMohammed Othman - Al Monitor "Engineer Imad al-Khalidi has developed a replacement for cement to help the Gaza Strip deal with its housing crisis, after the Israeli war left many homes damaged or destroyed and in the face of Israel continuing to prevent the entry of construction materials." ca 5/12/2014
Israeli poverty statistics paint a misleading pictureDror Etkes - Haaretz "It’s clear that if child poverty statistics in Israel also included those millions of Palestinians – who are paid their wages in Israeli shekels and buy their food in shekels – then based on the situation of the total population living in territory controlled by Israel, the country wouldn’t even make it to the bottom rung of the ladder of developed countries. Almost certainly, it would rank somewhere in the middle of the underdeveloped countries." ca 5/12/2014
Army Kidnaps 16 Palestinians In The West BankIMEMC & Agencies - "Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Monday at dawn, at least sixteen Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including a woman who was kidnapped in the yards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem" [ry]8/12/2014
Note to Adelson : An occupying regime is neither democratic, nor Jewish, a co-founder of Breaking the Silence writes.Yehuda Shaul - The Jewish week - While democracy is not an imperative feature of Israel for Adelson, Judaism is. To understand his vision of the Jewish state’s character, there is no need to activate one’s imagination or search in far away places. It is enough to visit Hebron. The importance of the city in Jewish history is undeniable.-rh4/12/2014
NEWSLETTER 02 Dec. 2014B`Tselem - Newsletter - Recent months have seen many violent clashes in East Jerusalem. They began in July, after 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir of East Jerusalem was killed, and persisted as tension over the Temple Mount increased and settlers continued to take over houses in Palestinian neighborhoods.-rh4/12/2014
Pssst! Is Israel going crazy?Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - There was that argument in the Knesset in which a Palestinian parliamentarian was dragged out after calling Moshe Feiglin a “fascist.” There’s that Avigdor Lieberman “peace plan” that has just one idea: pay Palestinians to leave Israel. And that from the country’s Foreign Minister! There’s the prime minister’s bill to bar the Palestinian flag as an “enemy” flag at demonstrations and deport Palestinian Israelis accused of crimes to Gaza.-rh4/12/2014
Top 10 reasons Israel should be going to early electionsAmi Kaufman - +972 - From bombs dropped on innocent children in Gaza to the increasing gap between rich and poor, there are many good reasons why the current government needs to go.-rh 4/12/2014
Man run over in West Bank hours after knife attackNoam (Dabul) Dvir = Ynet - "...seriously hurt after being run over in West Bank, 4 hours after terrorist attempted to stab Josh Lorech in same area." - id2/12/2014
Israeli Forces Kill 9 Palestinians, Kidnap 650, in NovemberIMEMC News - "According to Al Ray, the report noted that 42 out of 650 people taken from the occupied West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, were minors, in addition to 17 women." - id 2/12/2014
Photos of the month: Jerusalem ignites while Gaza still smoldersActivestills - +972 - "As violence increased in Jerusalem, residents of war-torn Gaza continued struggling to survive and cope with slow reconstruction and approaching winter weather." - id2/12/2014
Israel plans to reintroduce ban on Palestinian flag Patrick Strickland - EI - "A new Israeli bill aims to criminalize the Palestinian flag. The eight-point plan — labeled by its supporters as an “anti-terror” bill — was introduced by stridently anti-Palestinian politician Yariv Levin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and a lawmaker in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset" [ry]1/12/2014
Only 2% of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza actually delivered Reuters - Ynet - "The money will be largely finished in January 2015. We have a shortfall (for shelter and homes) of $620 million and we are going to run out right in the hardest part of winter." [bz]20/12/2014
Palestinian family’s home invaded, two youths arrested by Israeli soldiers in Azzun villageReport - International Solidarity Movement - "Whilst the Radwan family slept, dozens of Israeli soldiers surrounded their house and broke in. They damaged the door as they entered, sweeping through the house and also breaking the doors of the kitchen cupboards. They ushered the nine family members into one room and forced them all sit on one sofa at gunpoint." - id17/12/2014
Two Palestinians Kidnapped Near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "...the soldiers broke into, violently searched and ransacked several homes in areas close to the military tower, installed near the main entrance of the town.In related news, a number of extremist Israeli settlers closed a Palestinian agricultural road leading to farmlands belonging to residents of the al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem." ca12/12/2014
PA: Israel responsible for killing ministerMa`an News Agency - "Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli pathologists participated in the autopsy at Al-Quds university. The Israeli pathologist did not sign the autopsy report, although he reportedly approved of the results, al-Sheikh said."After hearing the results of the post-mortem, the Palestinian government holds Israel fully responsible for the killing of Ziad Abu Ein," PA spokesman Ihab Bseiso told reporters."12/12/2014
Amnesty International accuses Israel of war crimes in GazaYnetnews = Ynet - ""All the evidence we have shows this large-scale destruction was carried out deliberately and with no military justification," said Philip Luther, director of Amnesty International`s Middle East and North Africa program." - id10/12/2014
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