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Life under occupation

Father of Palestinian youth killed by soldiers in Budrus petitions High Court to end delay in investigationB’Tselem - "Whereas the MAG Corps cites the complexity of the investigation as grounds for the prolonged delay in reaching a decision about the case, the petitioners say that `complex investigation` cannot be used as a catchall phrase to relieve the MAG Corps of its responsibility for ensuring that investigation and prosecution procedures are timely and effective. This is of particular concern as the MAG Corps regularly cites the complexity of investigations as grounds for lengthy delays in all cases of Palestinians killed by soldiers" [ry]31/3/2014
Israel offers Palestinians new talks proposal AlJazeera - The move aims to prevent collapse of peace process, after Tel Aviv failed to free 26 Palestinian prisoners [ry]31/3/2014
‘Nobody knew where I was, nobody… I was simply disappeared’: An Italian tourist’s Ben Gurion nightmareAndrea Pesce - Mondoweiss - They argued that I was a liar because I didn’t say that somebody was waiting for me in Bethlehem, and that those who lie at the border will be not allowed to enter the country.-rh 27/3/2014
When the "Peace" Process Grinds to a Halt, What Then?Jonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - US interests overlap with those of Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel has been the chief beneficiary of the past eight months: diplomatic pressure has largely lifted, Israeli officials have announced an aggressive programme of settlement building in return for releasing a few dozen Palestinian prisoners and the White House has gradually shifted ground even further towards Israel’s hardline positions.-rh 27/3/2014
Senior Fatah Leader links Israeli prisoner release to UN pushDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - A leading Palestinian official has said that the end of March, rather than the end of April, could be the date that the Palestinian leadership moves to join United Nations agencies.- rh27/3/2014
Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinian civilians and armed group member and wound 12 civilians in Jenin refugee campInternational Solidarity Movement - According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 02:00 on the Saturday, 22 March 2014, an Israeli special military force from “Alimam” Unit in the Israeli military, which is described as “an anti-terrorism unit” infiltrated into the south of Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. The Israeli force surrounded a two-storey house belonging to the family of ‘Azmi Mohammed Mahmoud al-Hasaniyah (67) in Tal’et al-Ghabes area.-rh 27/3/2014
Mahmoud Abbas vs Mohammed Dahlan: The Showdown BeginsRamzy Baroud - Countercurrents - On March 16, in an ‘interview’ with privately owned Egyptian Dream 2 satellite channel that lasted hours, Dahlan was granted uncontested space to articulate his political agenda as he saw fit. Dahlan called Abbas a “catastrophe” for the Palestinians. “The Palestinian people can no longer bear a catastrophe like Mahmoud Abbas. Since the day he came to power, tragedies have struck the Palestinian people. I may be one of the people who bear the blame for bringing this catastrophe upon the Palestinian people.”-rh 27/3/2014
Israel`s Wildcard: The Man Who Could Stop The Peace ProcessJulia Amalia Heyer - Spiegel online - The former businessman is the head of the nationalist-religious Jewish Home, a party that promotes settlement policies, and one of the most vocal opponents of any development even remotely connected to the "peace process". Since US Secretary of State John Kerry convinced the Israelis and Palestinians to begin negotiating with each other again, Bennett has been sparring with anyone who endorses the talks.-rh 27/3/2014
Water apartheid in Palestine - a crime against humanity?Ayman Rabi - The Ecologist - "...the deliberate, systematic, purposeful water discrimination and resource theft carried out in Occupied Palestine by the Occupation and Mekorot must be recognised for what they are - crimes against humanity." - id 26/3/2014
The Man, the Lad and the Boy: Each Person is in Himself a Sea Tamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - "I decided to talk about the detainment of Palestinians by the army through the story of three people; I attempted to portray the larger picture by using personal stories. These people aren’t heroes nor are they warriors, provocateurs, protestors or people who had made names for themselves. A man, a lad and a boy, they are just three among the thousands that are crushed under the violent and vicious boot of the executors of the policy that aims to break the spirit and daily life of the Palestinian people" [ry]25/3/2014
Three Palestinians killed during IDF operation in JeninYoav Zitun - Ynet - Attempted arrest of wanted Hamas fugitive in West Bank ends in shoot-out; Israeli forces attacked by hundreds of Palestinians after the operation. Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, blamed Israel for what he called an "escalation" in the West Bank, and demanded the American administration act immediately "to prevent the collapse of everything." bz 22/3/2014
Hares Boys Anniversary Still Worries Global ActivistsElischa Fludd--March15 was the one-year anniversary of the arrest and detention of five Palestinian boys from Hares accused of attempted murder by way of stone throwing. The Hares Boys are a symbol of oppressed youth under occupation rule. The events surrounding the arrests and subsequent trials held in Israel instead of the West Bank are causing new waves of concern about the injustices the occupied peoples face. dn22/3/2014
Gaza refugees learn of food aid cuts by text messagesRami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - Through a text message on her mobile phone, Naima Abu Hasanin learned that she will stop receiving food aid. The message came from the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), which told the single middle-aged woman from the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah that she was no longer categorized as poor.-rh 19/3/2014
Gaza residents fear new warAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - During interviews with Al-Monitor on the morning of March 13, Gazans expressed their fears of a new war. "We were struck by terror last night after local rockets were launched [at Israel]. We were awaiting an Israeli response, and thought the sound of thunder was shelling. However, every time [we heard a sound], the sky would light up confirming it was thunder, thus we breathed a sigh of relief," said Khitam al-Hamayda.-rh 19/3/2014
One year on: the Hares BoysInternational Solidarity Movement - Yesterday the Hares Boys, who are being charged with 20 counts of attempted murder with no evidence whatsoever, have been in an Israeli prison for one year. Now is more important than ever to fully understand the circumstances surrounding the unlawful arrest and imprisonment of Mohammad Suleiman, Ammar Souf, Mohammed Kleib, Tamer Souf, and Ali Shamlawi.-rh 19/3/2014
Minister`s Temple Mount visits provoke PalestiniansMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - Despite the tense atmosphere at the site and the riots that occurred there that very morning, Ariel turned down a recommendation by the police that he forgo this visit and decided just to shorten it. The combined religious and nationalist significance of the Purim holiday and the provocative visit by a right-wing minister at the contentious site, accompanied by a security detail as he wandered among the Muslim worshippers, could easily have caused an incident that could have gotten out of control and set the whole region aflame.-rh 19/3/2014
Italian “expo” will showcase Israeli propagandaStephanie Westbrook - Electronic Intifada "...boasts of “120 years of agricultural research,” spiriting viewers back to times when the Zionist dream was a mere twinkle in the eye of Theodor Herzl, as well as “inventions that have helped put food on the table of millions of people around the world.” A 2012 United Nations “food security” survey shows that Palestinian families are not among the “millions” who have supposedly benefited. Some 19 percent of households in the occupied West Bank and a staggering 57 percent in Gaza are defined as “food insecure.”ca21/3/2014
16 year old boy killed by army fire south of HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - The 16 years old Nayef Yousef Abu Aker, from Deir al-‘Asal village, south of Doura city in the Hebron district, had reportedly been trying to climb the Annexation Wall in the Ramadeen area, when he was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers. The army is currently withholding the body, and informed the Palestinian side that his body will be handed over to the family in the coming hours. This is the latest in an increasing number of incidents of fatal shooting by soldiers in various parts of the West Bank. ak 19/3/2014
Gaza power plant resumes operations - electricity for housholds 8 hours on , 8 hours offMa`an - Gaza`s sole power station resumed generating electricity on Monday after Israel allowed fuel deliveries into the besieged coastal enclave. Jamal Dardasawi, a public information officer for the power plant, told Ma`an that the company would resume the former distribution system to households of eight hours with electricity and eight hours without. ak18/3/2014
“You’re not allowed to use public transportation at all”Ofra Yeshua-Lyth--I arrived at 4 PM at the bus terminal (near what is called the “Shomron Gate Junction”). Until five it looked like nothing was going to happen. Blessed boredom. Travellers get on and get off, including some who look like Palestinians. A military vehicle behind the bus honked with pointless violence and suddenly activated a siren, surely that was nothing more than the simple boorishness of the soldiers who are the lords of the land. dn16/3/2014
The Israeli drone and the Palestinian tent encampmentAmira Hass - Haaretz "A surveillance drone hovers leisurely above Jerusalem’s Old City. Helicopters in the service of the Civil Administration are an integral part of the footwork of demolition-happy inspectors. They hover above Palestinian communities in Area C...There is a direct relationship between Israel’s advanced technology and the denial of basic planning and housing rights. The more developed the technology, the more it succeeds in preventing the Palestinians from maintaining a shred of normalcy in their lives." ca14/3/2014
WATCH: Hebron man faces arrest for waving Palestinian flag on his roofMairav Zonszein - +972 "Video footage released by B’Tselem (here below) was filmed by Shadi Sidr, who lives in the Israeli-controlled H2 area of Hebron, caught a settler on tape trespassing onto his property to try and remove his Palestinian flag from the roof, but getting caught in the barbwire fence and eventually forced to retreat. Several minutes later, five armed Israeli soldiers come up to the roof and threaten to arrest him if he does not pull down the flag. According to Israeli military rule, soldiers can order any person to remove a flag or other symbol or sign if they deem it to be a threat to the public peace/security. The irony of course is that the settler was the one breaking into Sidr’s home." ca14/3/2014
Health Condition of Hunger Striking Prisoners DeterioratingChris Carlson - IMEMC "The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said that 12 Palestinian detainees have declared hunger strike in Israeli jails.PPS said that Ofer prison administration pressured three of the hunger strikers to put an end to their protest steps." CA14/3/2014
Updated: Free the Nabi Saleh threeInternational Solidarity Movement - An Israeli military judge ruled that six demonstrators who were kidnapped from their homes three weeks ago, could be released on bail of 2500 shekels each. With the help of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee and the villagers, three of the prisoners, Fadel Tamimi (54) Mohammed Tamimi ( 24) Basel Tamimi (16) have already been released. We need your help to raise the remaining 7000 shekels to release Jihad Tamimi (25) Mahmud Tamimi (21) Rami Tamimi (36). Any amount will help.-rh 13/3/2014
Women behind the lens: Palestinians filming the occupationManal Ja’bri - +972 - Three years ago, I read a wanted ad in the newspaper for field researchers for B’Tselem, an Israeli organization dedicated to documenting human rights violations in the occupied territories. B’Tselem trains Palestinians in specific locations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where tensions are high and clashes are commonplace, to use video cameras to capture those violations. The footage exposes the Israeli and the international public to the reality of life under occupation.-rh 13/3/2014
Human rights groups agree: Israel is shooting Palestinian civiliansBen White - Middle East Monitor - Human Rights Watch, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Amnesty International, DCI-Palestine, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, B`Tselem - these different human rights group agree on one, disturbing truth: Israeli soldiers are shooting Palestinian civilians.-rh 13/3/2014
Decency Without HopeDavid Shulman - NYR - It is hard to fathom how the Israelis themselves can stand to live with the ongoing misery and cruelty they have inflicted, and it’s not so easy to understand how the rest of the world has let them get away with it. Then there is the shadowy space of infinite suspicion and distrust that the occupation naturally breeds among those who live under or in it.-rh12/3/2014
Israeli killing of judge at border provokes backlash in JordanDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The killing took place just two weeks after Amnesty International produced a report detailing how "trigger-happy" Israeli soldiers often abuse their firepower. The shooting of Judge Zeiter very much fits the profile of the way well-armed Israeli soldiers conduct themselves, likely due to the impunity provided by the Israeli establishment.-rh12/3/2014
When Nadia’s Soul was RapedTamar Fleishman - The Palestine Chronicle - When she exited the room after three hours, Nadia was a different person to the one she was when she entered it. During the three hours she spent in the room Nadia became a victim to severe verbal sexual assault. Nadia’s soul was raped.-rh 12/3/2014
Israel `regrets` killing judge as row with Jordan widensAFP - Google News - "- `Regret` but no apology - Israel expressed regret over the shooting, but stopped short of apologising to Jordan, which is the only Arab country besides Egypt to have made peace with the Jewish state." - id12/3/2014
Occupation Forces Kidnap 3 from Bethlehem, Desecrate Negev CemeteryChris Carlson - IMEMC - "An Israeli military unit responsible for demolishing houses in the Negev, known as "Yoav", desecrated the Islamic cemetery in Al-Araqeb"..."Al-Araqeb was a target for Israeli house demolition operations more than 65 times!" - id12/3/2014
Palestinian Killed By Army Fire Near RamallahIMEMC & Agencies - "Palestinian medical sources said Saje Darwish, 18, was shot and killed, on Monday evening, by the soldiers as he was heading to the family barn, close to the Givat Asaf illegitimate Israeli settlement, built on lands the belong to residents of Beiteen village, north of Ramallah" [ry]11/3/2014
Settlers stone AFP photographer`s carChris Carlson - IMEMC - Abbas Momani, a Palestinian photographer working for AFP, had been on the road leading to al-Jalazun Refugee Camp. He passed close to the Israeli settlement of Beit El, where about a hundred settlers were gathered at the roadside. Some of them threw stones at his car, cracking the windscreen and lightly injuring him in the face and hands. Israeli soldiers on the scene did not intervene. ak 10/3/2014
Palestinian killed near Jordan crossing - "Had tried to steal a soldier`s weapon" Yaakov Lappin, Yasser Okbi - According to Israel Radio, the man was crossing from Jordan to the West Bank and had tried grab a soldier`s rifle. Other soldiers nearby reacted by shooting him dead on the spot. Palestinian sources said that the deceased has been identified as Raed ala a-din Nafa Zaiter, a 38-year-old resident of Nablus. ak10/3/2014
Electricity crisis expected in Gaza as Qatar-donated fuel runs dryMa`an - The last shipment of Qatar-donated diesel - used to fuel the Gaza Strip`s sole power plant - is expected to run out within four or five days. Over the past two months the Qatari donation had helped operate two generators and made electricity available in the Gaza Strip on the basis of eight hours on, eight hours off - which Gazans consider an advantegeous situation. As the last of the fuel runs out, power availability will be reduced to six hours on, twelve hours off. ak10/3/2014
We would like to update you regarding several recent developments in the legal circumstances of Palestinian Susiya.Ehud and Erella on behalf of the Villages Group--March 8, 20149/3/2014
The rights and wrongs of an incarcerated Hamas manGideon Levy and Alex Levac--Jamal Abu al-Haija has been denied visitors for 12 years, from all but one daughter. Now his sick wife wants to visit him. dn9/3/2014
The Final Nail in the Coffin of the US-led `Peace` Talks: Netanyahu demands Palestinians recognize Israel as `Jewish state`Ma`an News Agency - Information Clearing House - For the Palestinians, the issue is intimately entwined with the fate of their refugees who were forced out of their homes or fled in 1948 when Israel became a state. They see Netanyahu`s demand as a way to sidestep a negotiated solution to the refugee question.-rh 6/3/2014
How ‘trigger-happy’ soldiers killed an unarmed man walking to workAllison Deger - Mondoweiss - What the case of Jihad Aslan, Yunes Jahjouh, Rubin Abd al-Rahman Zayed shows, is that even when soldiers are at risk, this “trigger happy” mode of conduct trumps army regulations. Zayed posed no threat. He had a family, a mortgage and a steady job in a bad economy.-rh5/3/2014
Tuba, ShahinDavid Shulman - Ta`ayush - We find the shepherds from Tuba with their goats just over the hill from the chicken coup of Chavat Maon, of cursed memory and cursed present. They’re scared. In fact, I don’t remember ever seeing Palestinian shepherds so nervous.-rh5/3/2014
Gaza Access and Movement: 2013 SummaryGisha - Israel’s closure of Gaza reached the six year mark. Corresponding with the changes on the Egyptian border, more goods entered Gaza via Kerem Shalom Crossing and more exits were recorded at Erez Crossing, connecting Gaza to Israel and the West Bank. Nonetheless, sweeping and indiscriminate restrictions on travel and on movement of goods between Gaza and the West Bank and Israel remained nearly unchanged in 2013.-rh5/3/2014
Creative Gazans develop new crafts to cope with siegeAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - The intensification of the siege has spawned creativity in the most unlikely of places, as citizens seek outlets in an attempt to adapt to the crisis. In addition to these projects, there are people extracting gas from water, unemployed doctors who provide delivery medical services and other unsung heroes whom the media have yet to report on.-rh 5/3/2014
Soldiers Kidnap 22 Palestinians In West BankSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israeli soldiers invaded various Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, kidnapping 22 Palestinians, including four political leaders of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)." - id 5/3/2014
100,000 Archaeological Pieces Smuggled from Palestine Every YearChris Carlson - International Middle East Media Center - "Antiquities expert Dr Hamdan Taha said that the occupation is committing the most dangerous crime against the antiquities, with the aim of changing and falsifying the history of Palestine." - id 5/3/2014
Bahaa runs for PalestineRosa Schiano - International Solidarity Movement - ""I’m running to represent my country and my people, to make sure that other people know Palestine. I run to prove that despite the suffering in which we live, some runners emerge from the darkness and manage to do something important.”" - id 5/3/2014
Open-fire regulations at Gaza border sanction lethal force against civilians who pose no threatSarit Michaeli - B`Tselem - Amneh Qdeih, 57, died of a gunshot wound to her abdomen fired at her when she approached Gaza`s perimeter fence. Her relatives told Qdeih, who was mentally ill, had been at a family wedding not far from the perimeter fence and did not return home. Family members realized she was missing, and began searching for her. They heard gunshots and saw flares. At 6:00 AM, they found Qdeih`s body close to the perimeter fence. ak 4/3/2014
During Netanyahu-Obama meeting, Israeli airstrike kills 2 Palestinians in GazaMa`an - Simultaneously with the Netanyahu-Obama meeting in Washington, an Israeli airstrike on farmland near the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip killed outright Musab Moussa al-Zaaneen, a man in his early 20s. Sharif Nasser, 31, later died of injuries sustained. The Israeli military claimed they had been involved in trying to launch a rocket. ak 4/3/2014
Israeli Army Raids Schools near Jenin, Halts Kindergarten Construction in HebronChris Carlson - IMEMC News - "Israeli forces stormed a kindergarten and a high school in the town of Ya’bod, to the west of Jenin, on Sunday, according to security sources. [Also] Israeli army forces [...] ordered the cease of construction work on a kindergarten facility in the village of Tawani, to the south of Hebron" [ry]3/3/2014
The most moral army in the worldGideon Levy--The Israel Defense Forces believes brute strength is the only way to act, yet Israelis refuse to see what Amnesty International and others tell them.dn2/3/2014
Family of man killed by IDF: We weren’t allowed to convince him to surrenderAmira Hass--Ta’ar said he and his family were woken by the stun grenades fired at the house. Residents also discovered that cell phone services in the area were disrupted from early in the morning, which led them to believe the army was planning a large operation. Residents estimated that some 200 soldiers were spread out in the neighborhood and the areas leading to it. dn2/3/2014
Listen to the Mad Man of Qalandiya Tamar Fleishman--Hundreds of years have passed since the prophet Hosea spoke these words of reproval: “The days of punishment have come, The days of retribution have come; Let Israel know this! The prophet is a fool, The inspired man is demented, Because of the grossness of your iniquity, And because your hostility is so great” (New American Standard Bible, Hosea 9:7) and they are relevant and precise today as they were back then.dn2/3/2014
State confiscates Bedouin playground equipment donated by ItalyAmira Hass--The Civil Administration has issued demolition orders against dozens of structures in the encampment, including the local school. dn2/3/2014
The story behind the wanted Hamas man in JeninGideon Levy--I first met Hamzi in June 2003 when he was 11 and both his parents were in jail; two weeks ago when I saw him again, he didn`t seem like a wanted fugitive. He was killed in Jenin Saturday.dn23/3/2014
Photos of the week: Climbing the wall in Bil`inActive Stills - Photos "This week: Climbing the wall, filling the streets, remembering the Nakba, resisting displacement and saving the chickens." ca7/3/2014
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