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Life under occupation

Israel Demolishes 5-story Residential in Abu DisIMEMC - Five Israeli bulldozers, accompanied by Israeli forces, surrounded a five-story building in Abu Dis, Monday post midnight, and began demolitions at around 1:40 a.m. Muatasim Adilah, owner and lecturer at Al-Quds University, said that he and his family were ordered to leave the building without being allowed to remove any belongings. Three of the five floors were destroyed, while the two remaining floors were left uninhabitable. Mr. Adilah stated that the first two floors were built in 1959 while affirming that an additional three floors were constructed several years ago after obtaining a license from the Palestinian Authority. [bz] 30/9/2014
Al-Ahmad: “Resolution For Ending Occupation Needs Nine Votes, No Veto`Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - According to Azzam al-Ahmad of the Fateh Central Committee, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN is holding extensive talks with various countries, due to last two to three weeks, in advance of presenting a draft Security Council resolution to end the occupation. To pass, it needs at least nine votes in favor and no veto by a Permanent Member. Should the US veto the resolution, the Palestinians would use other options such as filing applications to join more UN institutions and treaties, asking the UN to grant the occupied state of Palestine an active member status, and demanding international protection by implementing the Fourth Geneva Convention to which Israel is a signatory. ak30/9/2014
The Girl with the Doll Tamar Fleishman--The girl with the doll, her mother and her two sisters, one of which was burning up with fever and kept crying each time she saw a soldier, weren’t permitted to pass through the checkpoint and head home to Abu- Gosh. dn28/9/2014
Gaza: Inspiring new forms of resistance? Pam Bailey--Gaza`s `war artists` adapt to occupation by using technology to create and share. dn28/9/2014
Number of administrative detainees highest since 2008Ma`an - Dozens of detainees have been transferred to administrative detention over the past three weeks, while the detention of 70 other prisoners has been extended. [bz]27/9/2014
Israel forces Gaza fishermen to undress in attack violating ceasefire dealJoe Catron - The Electronic Intifada - "“They have everything: the boat, the nets and the fish.” Zayid, whose family owned the craft and equipment, estimated the cost of replacing them at $2,300." - id 24/9/2014
Gaza Hospital Hygiene Workers Announce 3 Day StrikeAgencies - IMEMC - "An official has warned against the collapse of the health sector in the Gaza Strip, due to the lack of an operating budget." - id 24/9/2014
Two Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces lead to clashes with over 30 injured Khalil Team - ISM - "The soldiers used tear gas canisters and live ammunition bullets during the clashes, with numerous injuries including a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head and is now in a critical condition in hospital." - id24/9/2014
Rearrested Shalit Swap Detainees Announce Hunger StrikeIMEMC - 63 Palestinian prisoners rearrested this year, after being released in the 2011 Shalit swap deal, have announced that they would go on hunger strike in order to pressure the Palestinian delegation in Cairo to negotiate with Israel for their release. ak 23/9/2014
Arrested on the way to school in Bil`in, on Sept. 14ISM - A military Judge ruled that 15 year-old Ibrahim Abu-Rahma could be released on bail. Now, the Bil`in popular committee tries to find the 5000 NIS needed to pay the bail money. Please donate. Any amount helps. 23/9/2014
Cairo talks to go on in spite of Hebron killings Ma`an - The Palestinian negotiating team had been headed to the Cairo headquarters of Egyptian intelligence, which mediates indirect talks with Israel, when they learned of the Hebron kiling of two Palestinians accused of the murder of three Israeli teenagers earlier this year. Islamic Jihad leader Khalid al-Batsh said that "the Israeli occupation carried out the assassination in Hebron in a deliberate attempt "to thwart indirect ceasefire talks, aimed at ending Palestinian suffering". Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahhar said the talks would go ahead, a decision taken "in consultation with Hamas officials both in Gaza and abroad". 23/9/2014
Family held at gunpoint as Israel arrests another Palestinian rights defenderCharlotte Silver - Electronic Intifada - Ayman Nasser, 44, is a longtime human rights activist. In addition to his work with Ramallah-based Addameer, Nasser is the co-founder of the Handala Educational Center in Saffa, which focuses on arts, athletics and education. He has worked with Addameer since 2008. [bz]23/9/2014
2 Killed, 3 Injured by Unexploded Israeli Ordnance in Shujaiyya The Palestine Chronicle - “In mid-August, six people were killed in a similar explosion, and watch groups have warned that the ordnance is a particular threat to children, who often think the bombs are toys” [ry]22/9/2014
Several Injuries Reported As Army Invaded BethlehemIMEMC & Agencies - "Palestinian medical sources have reported, on Sunday evening, that one Palestinian was shot and many suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, during clashes with Israeli soldiers invading Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem" [ry]22/9/2014
Cabinet due to again approve controversial section of West Bank barrierNir Hasson - Haaretz "A legal battle over the construction of the barrier has been waged for the past seven years. Among the opponents of the barrier are the residents of Batir, who maintain that the barrier will destroy both the landscape and their unique traditional irrigation system, the residents of the Gush Etzion bloc, who are opposed to a fence in the area, the parks authority and the Friends of the Earth organization. " ca19/9/2014
Army To Demolish A Car Repair Structure Near BethlehemIMEMC & Agencies - IMEMC "Israel continuously limits the ability of the Palestinians to build in their lands, in areas that are under direct Israeli military and security control in the occupied West Bank, but continues to build and expand Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank, and Jerusalem." ca 19/9/2014
Palestinian babies not included on Israel gov’t list of most popular namesIra Glunts - Mondoweiss - On Sunday, the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority declared that during the past year the most popular male names given children were Yosef, followed by Daniel and Ori. The top female names were Tamar, Noa and Shira. This was reported in the English edition of the Ha’aretz news website. What neither the English article nor the government announcement mentioned was that Arabic names were excluded from the survey-rh25/9/2014
New Palestinian film shuns stereotypesDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Now, however, a new cadre of Palestinian filmmakers is trying to show the complexity of Palestinian life, and therefore Palestinians` humanity. Filmmakers such as Michel Khleifi, Elia Suleiman, Hany Abu Assad, Azza el Hassan, Suha Arraf, Raed, Saed Andoni and others have portrayed much more nuanced and complex visions of Palestinian life under occupation.-rh 25/9/2014
Hundreds of Gaza children permanently disabled by this summer’s conflictLena Odgaard - Aljazeera - This summer’s 51 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas took a heavy toll on Gaza’s children, killing 501, according to U.N. figures. It injured an additional 3,374, and though the bombs have stopped, hundreds of those children, just like Louay and Odai, face an uncertain future as disabled.-rh25/9/2014
Will Abbas walk the walk on his threats to Israel?Ahmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will present his plan to end the Israeli occupation at the UN General Assembly, with PA officials warning they will launch a political campaign against Israel should the plan be rebuffed.-rh 24/9/2014
The Guardian view on the human, economic and political costs of the Gaza war : The kidnapping and murder of three Israeli boys was a horrendous crime, but it need not have led to warThe Guardian - Editorial - Having decided that Hamas was to blame, Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, seems to have seen an opportunity to destabilise the just-created Palestinian national unity government, which had brought together Hamas and Fatah, and to undermine Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority. The Israelis charged through the West Bank picking up hundreds of Hamas members.-rh24/9/2014
Resource: How the Shin Bet holds Gazans` health ransomPHR 2008 report - +972 "The practice of leveraging Gazans’ access to health care in order to get intelligence information out of them has been documented in the past. Six years earlier, in 2008, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR-I) put out a detailed report on the practice, including testimonies from Palestinians whom the Shin Bet demanded information from in exchange for permission to enter Israel to receive needed medical care.+972 is republishing the report here in order to explain in greater detail exactly what the reserve intelligence officers are describing." ca19/9/2014
Rawabi still controversial among PalestiniansAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor " We support construction and the rights of our people to benefit from such projects, provided that they support the struggle of the people and do not work with the occupation’s projects.” The controversy over Rawabi city will likely continue after its inauguration." ca 19/9/2014
Gaza ceasefire proving once again to be part of the ‘occupation game’Pam Bailey - Mondoweiss - This lukewarm truce in Gaza is part of a long, boringly consistent pattern. A 2009 study that tracked patterns of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza over the course of eight years revealed that unlike what Western mainstream media coverage of the conflict suggests, Israel violates the vast majority of ceasefires first.-rh18/9/2014
Gaza: Life amid the rubbleYolande Knell - BBC News - More than 400,000 of Gaza`s residents were displaced by Israel`s recent 50-day military operation. Some 18,000 homes were also destroyed and many more were damaged. One of the worst affected neighbourhoods was Shejaiya, near the eastern border, where the Israeli military says it targeted Palestinian militants and their tunnels.-rh18/9/2014
Summary of 2013 data: 199 invatigations into criminal offences by IDF soldiers against Palestinians - only 6 led to indictmentsYesh Din - Yesh Din and B`Tselem áöìí, two Israeli human rights organizations, declared today that the military law enforcement system is a complete failure and that the data shows Israel is unwilling to improve it, and as a result - is unwilling to conduct thorough and proper investigations of harm caused to Palestinians by the Israeli military forces.17/9/2014
After the CeasefireOmar Robert Hamilton - London Review of Books - On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the following.-rh17/9/2014
There is nothing static about the West Bank "status quo"Noam Sheizaf - +972 - Netanyahu’s government treats all “state land” in the West Bank as if it already belongs to Israel, as opposed to land under dispute. For Israel it’s actually better than annexed land: projects that would take an arduously long time to plan and execute under the civilian planning system in Israel proper can materialize in a matter of months under the IDF military regime in the West Bank.-rh17/9/2014
Israeli Court: “Army At Fault In Killing Palestinian Driver”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The slain Palestinian left behind a wife and five children; the oldest of them is 12." - id17/9/2014
Israeli government plans to forcibly relocate 12,500 Bedouin Amira Hass - Haaretz - Concentrating the [West Bank] Bedouin into a few permanent towns represents the culmination of a 40-year process of limiting their pasturage, restricting their migrations and refusing to let them build permanent homes in places where they have lived for decades. [bz]16/9/2014
Army Cuts Electricity to Kufr Qaddum, 6 Villagers Dependant on Oxygen Machines EvacuatedIMEMC - The deliberate power cut Thursday night was an added rage to the weekly Friday demonstration in Kufr Qaddum. A resident explained that the village electricity comes form the illegal Qedumim settlement and that “somebody decided to press the button and cut the supply to the whole village.” [bz]16/9/2014
Israel jailed influential Palestinian writer `to remove him from society`Patrick O. Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - "“Administrative detention is one of the most difficult of Israel’s tactics because prisoners have nothing but uncertainty. They never know when or if they will go home, and neither do their families.” - id 16/9/2014
Two Hebron Children Hospitalized After Settlers’ AttackAgencies - IMEMC - "The settlers started organizing provocative tours, each Saturday evening, in different parts of the Old City of Hebron, under heavy Israeli military presence, and frequently attack the Palestinians. Some 800 Israeli settlers live in the city of Hebron, and around 250.000 Palestinians." - id 14/9/2014
Palestinians condemn plan to forcibly transfer thousands of BedouinsMa`an News Agency - "Palestinian Minister of Agriculture Shawqi al-Ayasa said in a statement that the six Israeli plans publicized this week would have serious negative impacts on Palestinian society and would severely harm the Bedouin way of life, "shaking the economic and social structure of the Palestinian community." ca 12/9/2014
`Police threaten to destroy memorial for slain Palestinian teen, Mohammed Abu Khdeir`Mairav Zonszein - +972 - Israel Police on Sunday threatened to destroy a memorial for murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was burned alive by several Israeli Jews on July 2, according to Tamar Fleishman, an Israeli activist who met with the Abu Khdeir family on Sunday. Mohammed’s father, Hussein, reportedly said police instructed him to dismantle it or they would.-rh10/9/2014
Palestinian Killed By Israeli Army Fire Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - " Issa Salem al-Qatari, 22 years of age, was preparing for his wedding that was planned for next week." - id 10/9/2014
Army incursions into MadamaNablus team - ISM - "...they insisted that we could not take pictures of individual soldiers."..."“If what you are doing is right, why do you hide your faces?”"..."They also promised us trouble by the immigration authorities when leaving the country." - id 10/9/2014
`Police threaten to destroy memorial for slain Palestinian teen, Mohammed Abu Khdeir`Mairav Zonszein - +972 - As clashes and riots break out over the death of another Palestinian teen shot by Israel police, authorities order the family of Muhammed Abu Khdeir, who was burned alive this summer, to dismantle their memorial. [bz]9/9/2014
IDF demolished 9 structures in Rahwa Operation Dove - Israeli soldiers entered into the tiny Palestinian village of Rahwa, South Hebron Hills, and demolished three houses, three animal shelters and three toilets. All the demolished structures were built with simple materials. Ar-Rawha is located in area C and has no access to electricity, to the water pipeline and to any kind of facilities and services - which are plentifully provided to nearby Israeli settlements. 9/9/2014
Israeli forces detain 4 Gaza fishermenMa`an - Last Tuesday, fishermen told Ma`an Israeli forces fired at them with machine guns while they were fishing well within the six-mile limit near Rafah, in an apparent breach of the ceasefire deal. The Israeli army confirmed the incident at the time but said only warning shots had been fired and that the fishermen were further than six miles from shore. [bz]9/9/2014
VIDEO: Seven-year-old Violently Detained, One Child and Two Adults ArrestedISM - IMEMC - A teacher, Abd al-Aziz Hmad Rjob, from the UN school was forced into a headlock as he was trying to intervene with the crying seven-year old. He was also dragged up the road where he was arrested. [bz]9/9/2014
Israel Announces Bids For The Construction Of Settlement Units Near RamallahSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The Israeli government announced, Thursday, bids for the construction of 283 units in an illegal settlement, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah." ca5/9/2014
Did Israel commit war crimes in Rafah?Karin Laub and Ibrahim Barzak - The Christian Science Monitor - A Palestinian rights group argues that the Israeli army violated the rules of war, which include giving adequate warning to civilians, using proportionate force and distinguishing between civilians and combatants. Unlike in many other Gaza battles, civilians were caught by surprise by the sudden fire and sealed exits.-rh4/9/2014
Wadi SimsimDavid Shulman - The Villages Group - Suhail has the sun-scorched face of a south Hebron shepherd. Deep eyes. A certain natural, visible goodness, an ease of being and speaking. He knew today was going to be hard because already at 5AM he saw, from his tent, how the soldiers turned up in their jeeps. We left Jerusalem at 6, when it was barely light, and by 7 we had climbed down the fierce slope of Zanuta and made our rendezvous.-rh4/9/2014
Israelis unsure whether they won or lost in GazaJonathan Cook - The View from Nazareth - In late July, as Israel launched its ground offensive, Netanyahu’s approval ratings stood at 82 per cent. Days before the current ceasefire took effect on 26 August, that figure had slumped to 55 per cent.-rh 3/9/2014
Tens of thousands remain homeless in GazaJoe Catron - The Electronic Intifada - "On Sunday, 58,071 people still lived in 36 UN schools across the coastal enclave, according to Chris Gunness, spokesperson for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees." - id 3/9/2014
Homeless Gazans Need 5,000 CaravansIMEMC - News & Agencies - "See -- "VIDEO: Gaza City`s Devastated Al-Shuja`eyya Suburb"" - id 3/9/2014
Palestinian Killed By Army Fire Near QalqiliaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Israeli sources claimed the slain man "tried to speed through the roadblock", allegedly to ram the soldiers with his car, before the soldiers shot him." - id 3/9/2014
Who are Israel`s Palestinian informants? Mohammed Omer--Israel relies on information provided by a network of Palestinian collaborators. But how does the system really work? dn7/9/2014
42 Wounded Children From Gaza Arrive In Germany For TreatmentSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The wounded children were received in Germany, in an official ceremony held by the Palestinian Embassy in Berlin, the Palestinian Community in the country, representatives of the Friedensdorf Foundation and representatives of German Hospitals who will be providing the children with the needed medical treatment." ca 12/9/2014
Autopsy Reveals Slain Detainee Died Of Extreme TortureSaed Bannoura - IMEMC " Issa Qaraqe’, head of the Detainees’ Committee at the Palestinian Authority, stated that detainee Raed Abdul-Salaam al-Ja’bari, 37, died after being severely and repeatedly tortured by Israeli interrogators.Qaraqe’ accused Israel of committing two main crimes against al-Ja’bari by alleging he hanged himself in his cell, and by trying to falsify and hide the leading cause of death, which is extreme and brutal torture." ca12/9/2014
Soldiers Kidnap 17 Palestinians In JeninSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, ‘Anza village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, broke into and ransacked several homes, and kidnapped 17 Palestinians" [ry]2/9/2014
Mixed results in post-war Gaza opinion poll The latest results in the survey conducted Dr. Nabil Kukali in Gaza Strip revealed the following key results: 72.5% are worried about another military confrontation with Israel; 54.9% believe that the Israeli deterrence has receded; 52.6% support the resumption of the peace negotiations with Israel; 51.3% highly rated the extent of the media coverage; 77.6% believe that Israel has been painfully beaten by the Palestinian militants. ak 1/9/2014
Israeli forces shoot, critically injure Jerusalem teenMa`an - Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16, from Wadi al-Joz suffered a fractured skull after being shot. The teenager was speaking on his mobile phone while walking to a nearby mosque for late evening prayers when he was hit, in what his father said was an unprovoked attack. [bz]1/9/2014
Israel seizes PA tax revenuesMa`an - Israel has seized some 200 million shekels ($55 million) from monthly tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. The Israelן move was allegedly in order to cover unpaid debts Palestinian debts, espקcially over electricity. The seizure will jeopardize the PA`s ability to pay civil servant salaries in Gaza. On Sunday, senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouq said an agreement was reached between Hamas and PA officials to pay salaries on Wednesday, but that looks to be unlikely given Israel`s seizure of PA funds. A senior Palestinian official said that The move by Israel is a deliberate attempt to create obstacles for the Palestinian unity government. The Israeli minister directly concerned in the move is Finance Minister Lapid, the same who made a positive-sounding statement regarding Gaza. ak1/9/2014
Battle for Justice in Palestine – Book Review Jim Miles - The Palestine Chronicle - "In the preface, Abunimah indicates that the Palestinians are winning – not necessarily on the ground where settlements, annexation, blockades, and military rule remains – but winning in the general knowledge of the world from the impact of the BDS movement. The real indicator to this are the many methods and great amount of money and time that is being used to discredit the BDS movement in particular within the U.S" [ry]29/9/2014
Cop who beat US-Palestinian teen says he felt his life was in danger Lazar Berman - The Times of Israel - 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir had his face covered, wouldn’t release weapon in his hands, policeman says [ry]29/9/2014
How the army helps settlers establish illegal outpostsYossi Gurvitz - +972 "In the mid-1990s, the Israeli government decided not to establish new settlements unless they were approved by the entire government. Since then the phenomenon of the “outposts” has developed. An outpost is the result of the seizure of land that is ostensibly private and unauthorized, but enjoys the de facto support of the authorities, including generous support from government sources. This tool is used by settlers to seize Palestinian or public land. This process was described in extensive detail both in a report prepared by Attorney Talia Sasson and in the Yesh Din report “The Road to Dispossession.” In recent years the emphasis has been on expanding and approving existing outposts, rather than on establishing new ones." ca26/9/2014
`I want to prove my son was killed in Israeli jail`Gideon Levy&Alex Levac - Haaretz "On September 9, Jaabari was moved from Ofer to the Eshel facility in the Negev. It’s not clear what happened, but at about noon that day the family learned from the media that Raed had died in prison. No one bothered to inform them about the death or explain the circumstances. Not until that evening did someone from the Israel Police station in Hebron call them, to ask permission to perform an autopsy. The request was granted." ca26/9/2014
Abbas UN Speech To Include Bid For Ending OccupationIMEMC & Agencies - IMEMC "He said his speech would outline a “vision" the Palestinian leadership will be taking and acting upon, in order to end the occupation and achieve independence. Abbas intends to deliver his speech and plan at noon on Friday during the UN General Assembly`s 69th general debate which started on September 23." ca 26/9/2014
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