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Life under occupation

Khalida Jarrar in Ofer military court: Witnesses’ confessions obtained through torture, duressSamidoun - "Khalida Jarrar, the Palestinian leftist parliamentarian and feminist who has been imprisoned since 2 April by the Israeli occupation army faced an Israeli military court at Ofer on Monday, 24 August. Her hearing before the military court had been postponed two times before. The hearing continued for about six hours and will continue on 20 September...Two witnesses testified, and the third will be brought back to testify on 20 September. Both witnesses denied the information attributed to their confessions and testified that they were false confessions extracted through duress and torture." ca for id26/8/2015
Khalida Jarrar trial hears witness confessions `obtained under duress`Ma`an News Agency - "Two witnesses giving testimony at Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar`s first witness hearing on Monday told the court that their confessions were obtained through "torture and ill treatment" by Israeli forces, a Palestinian prisoners` rights group said.Two witnesses giving testimony at Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar`s first witness hearing on Monday told the court that their confessions were obtained through "torture and ill treatment" by Israeli forces, a Palestinian prisoners` rights group said.Addameer said in a press release Tuesday that due to time constraints only two witnesses testified at the hearing, which had been previously postponed three times after the military prosecution repeatedly failed to bring the witnesses to court." ca for id26/8/2015
Allan Prohibited from Leaving HospitalIMEMC - Israel`s Supreme Court suspended the Administrative Detention of Mohammad Allan, after his prolonged hunger strike caused brain damage. But he is not truly free. The Public Prosecution told the Barzilai medical center that Allan is not allowed to leave, and a security guard was accordingly placed at the hospital entrance. Allan’s family was informed that if he left the medical center, he would be punished, and, if the family wanted to move him to another hospital, this must be coordinated by the Israeli security services. ak25/8/2015
Mohammed Allaan Says Will Resume Hunger Strike if Placed in Detention Again Jack Khoury--In interview to Hamas-affiliated website, Islamic Jihad activist who recently ended 65-day hunger strike says administrative detention policy must end. dn23/8/2015
West Bank Demolitions Are Not Law Enforcement but Expulsions Haaretz Editorial--Since the beginning of the year Israel has demolished over 300 Palestinian structures - the purpose is clear: to pressure local Palestinians to leave the Israeli controlled Area C. dn23/8/2015
PHOTOS! Occupation captured Christian Peacemaker Teams - AIC - A week of the Israeli occupation in the southern West Bank city of Hebron [ry]24/8/2015
Israel Demolishes Over 30 West Bank Structures in Two Days, Leaving Dozens Homeless Amira Hass - Haaretz - According to figures from the United Nations, Monday’s demolitions caused the largest number of West Bank Palestinians to lose their homes on the West Bank in a single day since October 31, 2012. The four communities where the demolitions took place are al-Saidi, near the town of al-Zaim, west of Ma’aleh Adumim; and three others to the north of Ma’aleh Adumim: Bir el-Maskub, Wadi Sneysel and Abu Falah, all in the area of Khan al-Ahmar. A total of 400 people live in these communities.-rh19/8/2015
Force-feeding Palestinian prisoners pits Israeli doctors against lawmakersEhab Zahriyeh - Aljazeera - Adnan and Allaan`s form of hunger strike differs from tactics employed by most other Palestinian prisoners, according to Tamar Karni, the chairwoman of the Israeli Medical Association’s (IMA) ethics committee. “All the administrative detainees, except Khader Adnan, agreed to accept saline intravenous infusion with vitamin injections to prolong their life,” Karni said. “Similarly to Adnan, Allaan has refused to accept this palliative care.”-rh19/8/2015
A tale of two beaches – Tel Aviv and GazaIrene Gendzier - Israeli Occupation Archive - For US consumers of the media, the demand to know is imperative given Washington’s crucial role in subsidizing Israeli policies, including the occupation of the West Bank. In this context, knowing as opposed to turning away is a form of resistance against the injustice at the root of the tale of two beaches.-rh19/8/2015
`Night guards` aim to deter settler attacks in West BankAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Alarm bells sound in Palestinian villages attacked by settlers after members of the Dawabsha family were burned alive in Douma, southeast of Nablus in the north of the West Bank July 31. The incident claimed the lives of Saad Dawabsha and his toddler son Ali. This crime prompted Palestinians in some villages to form night guard committees to watch the villages and protect them against settler attacks, especially during the late night hours until dawn.-rh 19/8/2015
One Palestinian’s Refusal to Eat Puts Israel in a BindJODI RUDOREN and DIAA HADIDAUG - The New York Times - The case has received extraordinary attention because it unfolded as Israel narrowly passed a law last month allowing the force-feeding of hunger strikers. That spawned outrage by its own medical association, whose doctors refuse to participate in the law’s application, and international human-rights groups that have also condemned the practice at Guantánamo Bay and in other Western nations.-rh19/8/2015
Israel suspends detention of Palestinian lawyer who suffered brain damage Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - The suspension comes at the end of a period of high drama surrounding the case. After Allan emerged from a medically induced coma on Tuesday, the Palestinian Prisoners Club, which has been championing his case, said he had warned he would step up his hunger strike by not drinking water if Israel did not resolve his case within 24 hours.-rh 19/8/2015
Mashal: Gaza-Israel Talks to be Mediated by Tony BlairIMEMC News & Agencies - IMEMC "“Gaza is heading towards a comprehensive agreement on the issue of lifting the blockade and opening the [border] crossings in a long- term ceasefire deal with Israel,” Aktay said, according to the PNN... “The issue was discussed during [Hamas chief] Khaled Mashal’s visit to Ankara last week,” ca for id 19/8/2015
Due to Israeli siege, Gaza infant mortality rate on the rise for first time in five decades - Dr. Belal Dabour - Mondoweiss "According to UNRWA figures, the infant mortality rate, the number of live-born babies dying before the age of one, has consistently gone down over the past several decades in Gaza, from 127 per 1,000 live births in 1960 to 20.2 in 2008. At the last count in 2013, however, it had risen to 22.4 per 1,000 live births. The Gaza neonatal mortality rate, the number of babies that die before they reach four weeks, has also gone up significantly from 12 per 1,000 live births in 2008 to 20.3 in 2013. The figures date back to 2013, and predate the last, most brutal Israeli assault on Gaza in 2014." ca for id19/8/2015
Israeli army night raids spread fear in West BankKelly Lynn - AlJazeera - Night raids, a common tactic in the occupied West Bank, are used to intimidate the Palestinian community, residents say [ry]18/8/2015
Israel’s State Attorney’s Office continues foot-dragging in investigation of killing of Samir ‘AwadB’Tselem - "More than two and a half years ago, soldiers killed sixteen-year-old Samir ‘Awad. A year and two months later, his father petitioned the High Court of Justice (HCJ) together with B`Tselem, demanding the Military Advocate General (MAG) reach a decision whether to take action against the soldiers involved or close the case. The State Attorney’s Office continues the foot-dragging in this case, repeatedly ignoring interim court decisions" [ry]17/8/2015
Palestinian lawyer on hunger strike over Israeli detention policy falls into coma Mairav Zonszein in Tel Aviv and agencies--A Palestinian lawyer has fallen into a coma after entering his 60th day on hunger strike while being held by Israel in administrative detention. Mohammed Allan, who has been imprisoned without charge or trial since November last year, was put on a respirator on Friday and is receiving fluids – the first medical treatment he has received since beginning his protest against Israel’s policy of administrative detention. dn 16/8/2015
Hundreds demonstrate in solidarity with hunger striking detaineeHassan Shaalan--Around 200 people, including members of Knesset and religious leaders, protested on Saturday afternoon on Route 65 Wadi Ara in solidarity with Palestinian detainee Mohammed Allaan, who has been on a hunger strike for about two months and is hospitalized in Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. dn16/8/2015
Health Under Occupation: Constraints on access to healthcare in the Palestinian TerritoriesZahra Bhaiwala--A continuous wave of wars has plagued the Palestinian people both physically and mentally. Gaza’s hospitals and homes are still in shambles a year after the latest offensive. But apart from death tolls, relief efforts must also place emphasis on the enduring mechanisms of the Israeli Occupation and how they affect the healthcare chain of supply and demand. The glaring restriction on mobility that is the hallmark of the Occupation prevents medical students from traveling abroad to specialize and patients from accessing points of care. The political power vacuum borne out of the rift between Hamas and Fatah to fill the void of an independent nation has left the PA weak and unable to devote resources to the healthcare system. The Occupation is the chief structural barrier to the access of quality healthcare for Palestinians—it has exacerbated existing inequities in the population and has given rise to a host of issues unique to the devastating political reality.dn15/8/2015
Israeli company cuts off water for northern West Bank citiesPNN -Nablus - "The Mekorot Israeli water company on Wednesday has cut the water supply to some areas in the northern West Bank, the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) said...The Palestinian authority said that water supplies northern Nablus were mostly impacted after the move. The PA added that it is working to reconnect the empty water pipes with another source of water..According to the Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene group (EWASH), Israeli settlers enjoy about 300 liters of water per day, while the West Bank average is around 70 liters, which is below the World Health Organization’s recommended minimum of 100 liters per day for basic sanitation, hygiene and drinking.." ca 14/8/2015
Report: Palestinian Prisoner ResistanceSamidoun - IMEMC "About 560 prisoners in Ramon and Nafha prisons are currently taking part in protests against recent violent raids, transfers and other conditions in the prisons; the prisoners intend to collectively escalate their protests over the next month...The prisoners are demanding an end on the invasions and violent raids on cells; improvement of medical care for prisoners, including closing the Ramle clinic; cancellation of sanctions against hunger striking and protesting prisoners; the end of isolation and solitary confinement; restoration of family visits to all prisoners denied them; an end to arbitrary transfers; and the reactivation of Arabic television channels that were removed from prisoners." ca 14/8/2015
14 August, London: Emergency Protest: Demand Freedom for Dying Hunger Striker Muhammed AllanSamidoun - "Muhammad Allan has in total suffered 3 years in occupation prisons with several administrative orders having been issued against him. He went on hunger strike after the occupation again renewed his administrative detention. As punishment for refusing food he was locked up in isolation confinement at Ayala prison near Tel Aviv until his condition deteriorated, forcing them to transfer him to hospital.. His whole body is in pain and numbness and he has started vomiting blood. There is a high risk of organ failure, and death from heart failure." ca14/8/2015
Israel’s Willful Blindness to the Growing Settler Violence Shlomi Eldar - Portside - For years, however, we’ve been turning a blind eye to the uprooting of Palestinian olive trees and the perpetrators of the violent and vandalistic “price tag” attacks. We tell ourselves that these incidents are nothing more than graffiti sprayed on the walls of a house in an Arab village and that its perpetrators are just a bunch of bad apples, a small group of radical settlers gone wild who do as they please, representing no one but themselves. Thus, we refused to see that these bad apples have multiplied rampantly and that there is no one stopping their growth.-rh 12/8/2015
Divide and RuleUri Avnery - Information Clearing House - There is a historical precedent. After the 1956 Sinai War, when President Eisenhower demanded that Israel immediately return all the Egyptian territory it had conquered, many voices in Israel called for the annexation of the Gaza Strip to Israel. David Ben-Gurion adamantly refused. He did not want hundreds of thousands more Arabs in Israel. So he gave the strip too back to Egypt.-rh 12/8/2015
Israel cuts water to Palestinian village, causing deaths of hundreds of farm animalsCeline Hagbard - IMEMC - As an exceptionally hot summer heatwave continues to drain the region`s water supplies, this week Israeli water company Mekorot took the situation to a new level with the villagers of Kafr Qaddoum when the company cut off the village`s water supply.-rh12/8/2015
Palestinians patrol villages for fear of arsonHassan Titi - The Daily Star - "Armed men stopping cars at checkpoints in the West Bank are usually Israeli security forces policing the occupied territory, but in some areas they are Palestinian civilians patrolling their own villages." - id 12/8/2015
Palestinian Family Victimized by Immolation Ineligible for CompensationSTEPHEN LENDMAN - Counter Punch - "Palestinians don’t qualify, only Jews, another example of a racist state, ignoring the rights of all people it’s obligated to protect." - id 12/8/2015
Perpetual neglect jeopardizes Gaza’s archaeological sitesRasha Abou Jalal - Al Monitor - "“We are trying hard to preserve these archaeological sites and buildings, but we only have limited capabilities due to Israeli siege policies.”" - id 12/8/2015
Israeli troops demolish house in Salfit, deliver notices in NablusMa`an - Ma`an News Agency - "Last year Israel demolished 601 Palestinian-owned structures, displacing 1,215 people. The UN said it was the highest annual number of people affected by the policy since it began keeping records in 2008." - id11/8/2015
Palestinian villages suffer water shortage at height of summerElior Levy - Ynet - ""Why do the Jewish neighbors next to us get a quota of 300 liters per person, while we only get 70 liters per person?" asked Biddya Mayor Suleiman Tah. "If they get such an amount of water, then we should get the same amount."" - id 11/8/2015
Father of Palestinian Infant Killed in West Bank Arson Attack Dies …Shirly Seidler Jack Khoury and Ido Efrati--A Palestinian man who was seriously wounded in last week`s West Bank arson attack that saw his infant son burned to death succumbed to his wounds early Saturday. Sa`ad Dawabsheh, 32, suffered severe second-degree burns on over 80 percent of his body and was on life support at the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva for the past week after firebombs were thrown into his home in the Palestinian village of Duma last Friday, killing his 18-month-old son Ali and seriously wounding his wife and 4-year-old boy. dn 8/8/2015
Eight Palestinians Injured In BidduIMEMC & Agencies - "Palestinian medical sources have reported, on Thursday at night, that eight Palestinians, including a pregnant woman, have been injured, after dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded Biddu village, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, and clashed with local youths." ca7/8/2015
Translating a Palestinian family`s grief for NetanyahuSamah Salaime - +972 "The least I could do was go to the hospital to support the Dawabshe family after their 18-month-old baby was burned alive by Israeli settlers. But before I knew it I became the Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Arabic translator." ca7/8/2015
Why are Israelis turning a blind eye to settler violence?Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - For years, however, we’ve been turning a blind eye to the uprooting of Palestinian olive trees and the perpetrators of the violent and vandalistic “price tag” attacks. We tell ourselves that these incidents are nothing more than graffiti sprayed on the walls of a house in an Arab village and that its perpetrators are just a bunch of bad apples, a small group of radical settlers gone wild who do as they please, representing no one but themselves. Thus, we refused to see that these bad apples have multiplied rampantly and that there is no one stopping their growth.-rh 5/8/2015
What Israel’s Dehumanizing Occupation Has Wrought Henry Siegman - Haaretz - The direct connection between the dehumanization of Arab lives that led to the outrage in Duma and the policies of Prime Minister Netanyahu and his fellow ministers should not surprise. For in what other democracy would a head of state dare appoint as the country’s justice minister an individual who posted approvingly on her Facebook page, as Ayelet Shaked did, an article by a fellow ideologue calling for the murder of Arab infants and their mothers in Gaza, whom he described as “snakes,” so they not breed future Arab terrorists?-rh5/8/2015
In Arab village where toddler died, providing security a challengeDANIELLA CHESLOW - McClatchy DC - " “The only thing we can carry is sticks and lights,” Dawabsheh said as he sat in the courtyard of the village’s elementary school, converted into a mourning tent for the toddler, Ali Dawabsheh, who despite a common last name was not closely related to the mayor. “We are not allowed to carry weapons.”" - id 5/8/2015
Settlers torch tens of olive trees in QalqilyaPNN - Palestine News Network - "Israeli settler attacks on trees have been on the increase now, especially with the support of Israeli soldiers and police which destroy trees under security pretexts." - id 5/8/2015
Nightraids in the Souk: Israeli Soldiers Terrorize Old City of HebronKhalil Team - International Solidarity Movement - "They started to forbid movement and surrounded the area, detaining people for several hours. They detained eight Palestinians, two of whom were arrested, handcuffed, and blindfolded." - id 5/8/2015
After baby’s murder, Israeli sniper kills another Palestinian childBudour Youssef Hassan - The Electronic Intifada - "“Perhaps he went to express his outrage at the killing of Ali Dawabsha, but when soldiers shot him from the checkpoint tower, he wasn’t throwing any stones whatsoever,” said Fadel. The details obtained by Fadel of the incident sharply contradict Israel’s spin." id 4/8/2015
Village of Azzun suffers from continuous, targeted attacks by Israeli armyReport - ISM - "When someone within a family is arrested, the rest of his brothers and sons would be forbidden to continue working in Israel, by taking away their work permits within 24 hours. This has impacted the village’s high rate of unemployment, raising it to 39%, the highest unemployment rate in the West Bank." - id 4/8/2015
Israeli police detain 2 Palestinian children in East JerusalemMa`an News Agency - “Israeli police detained two Palestinian children aged 12 and 14 from the neighborhood of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that Israeli police detained 12-year-old Muhammad Sami Odeh for allegedly throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. […] The center said that Israeli police also detained Muhammad Haymouni, 14, from Silwan, without providing further details. […] Last month, the Israeli Knesset passed into law a bill enabling harsher prison sentences for stone-throwing. The new laws makes stone-throwing punishable by up to 10 years behind bars without having to prove intent to harm or cause damage” [ry] 3/8/2015
Newly engaged 19-year-old shot dead by IsraelBudour Youssef Hassan--Relatives mourn during the funeral of Muhammad Abu Latifa, 27 July, in Qalandiya refugee camp, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian youth was killed as he ran from Israeli occupation forces who raided his family home.dn2/8/2015
Israel wrecked my home. Now it wants my land.Nureddin Amro--Nureddin Amro is the founder and principal of Siraj al-Quds School for Integrated Education, a Jerusalem school for visually impaired, poor, orphaned and emotionally troubled children. dn1/8/2015
Palestinian Minors Abused by Israeli InterrogatorsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Ali Etani, a 17-year-old detainee from the northern West Bank city of Jenin, Thursday, briefed his lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) on the ill-treatment and abuse he has been subjected to, during interrogation in Israeli prisons...According to Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, at the end of May 2015, 163 Palestinian minors were held in Israeli prisons as security detainees and prisoners.Most of the minors in detention are subjected to verbal and physical abuse, which is an outright violation of international law." CA28/8/2015
PFLPN Leader Khalida Jarrar `Deported` to JerichoHana Levi Julian - The Jewish Press "Khalida Jarrar, the Ramallah-based head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was “deported” to Jericho by IDF troops on Wednesday, according to the WAFA news agency...Jarrar said she refused to sign the document or comply with the order, which she said also included a directive for surveillance while she remains in Jericho.The entire court order, she commented, is a “violation of international laws.” ca 28/8/2015
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