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Life under occupation

Settlers` secret deal to buy two houses in HebronOded Shalom and Elisha Ben Kimon--Negotiations began five years ago and included dozens of secret meetings; the payment was made at a Kiryat Arba gas stop: An envelope with money for the deeds to the property on 36 Al-Shuhada Street; now, the Palestinian seller is in hiding with a death sentence over his head, while his son was taken by the PA to pressure him into turning himself in, and the buyers are waiting on the decision: Can they move in? dn31/1/2016
Israel bans Palestinian prisoners from bringing in booksHaggai Matar--The ban is a response to smuggling attempts using hollowed-out books, prison officials say. No such sweeping punishments are imposed on Israeli prisoners, attorney says. dn31/1/2016
Nonviolent Resistance in the South Hebron Hills Cassandra Dixon--The worst worries of a child’s school day should be homework. Maybe a lost book, or an argument with a friend. No child’s walk to school should routinely involve armed soldiers and fear of sometimes being chased and assaulted by angry adults. But for the Palestinian children who live with their families in the small rural villages that make up the South Hebron Hills, this is how the school day begins. Illegal settlements and outposts isolate and separate their villages and soldiers are a constant in their lives.dn31/1/2016
Palestinian PM: The Israeli deputy FM uses fiction to whitewash OccupationPNN/ Ramallah - "Hamdallah added, “the Deputy FM of Israel should disclose the sources of funding, local & foreign, that her government funnels to illegal settlements where many extremists reside, some of them are terrorists that have Palestinian blood on their hands, instead of using smoke and mirrors to deceive the international community.” ca29/1/2016
UK doctors call for removal of Israel from World Medical AssociationMa`an News Agency - " A group of British doctors is pushing for the World Medical Association (WMA) to expel the Israeli Medical Association (IMA), the IMA’s chairman said on Wednesday during a meeting of the Knesset Science and Technology committee.In a discussion dealing with the academic boycott of Israel, Zeev Feldman said that 71 British doctors recently called on the WMA to remove the Israeli medical group from its ranks due to allegations of torture by Israeli doctors on Palestinians.Israeli doctors in prison facilities have long been accused of standing by or abetting the torture of Palestinian detainees." ca29/1/2016
Lawyer: Hunger-striking journalist on brink of deathMA`ANS NEWS AGENCY - Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq, who has been on hunger strike in Israeli jail for 61 days, is on brink of death, the journalist`s lawyer told Ma`an on Monday. After visiting al-Qiq earlier in the day, Ashraf Abu Sneina, a lawyer with the Palestinian Authority`s Committee for Prisoners` Affairs, said al-Qiq was unconscious and unable to speak, adding that he has exhibited "sudden symptoms that could lead to his death."-rh27/1/2016
A Decade of Siege on GazaIMEMC - "With a decade of Israeli-imposed economic siege on Gaza and three devastating wars which accompanied it, the Strip now suffers from an acute housing deficit, with a need of more than 70,000 housing units." - id 27/1/2016
STORMS, FLOODS SLAM GAZA STRIPMohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "EDITOR`S NOTE: Mohammed Asad`s home in Shujaiyya was destroyed by Israeli missiles, mortars and tank fire on Friday August 1, 2014 while he was documenting the Israeli massacre of civilians in the Gaza Strip. He is now living in temporary housing as he scrambles to find Internet access to share his photographs when possible." - id27/1/2016
9-year-old girl shot with live ammunition during Friday demonstrations in Kafr QaddumTulkarm team - International Solidarity Movement - "The main road that leads to Kafr Qaddum is cut off by a permanent roadblock, making the journey to the main road three times longer than necessary. This again is illegal according to an Israeli court decision from 2010, but the road is still kept closed." - id 27/1/2016
Lawyer: Hunger-striking journalist on brink of deathMa`an - Unconscious and unable to speak, Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq, who has been on hunger strike in Israeli jail for 61 days, is on brink of death. The 33-year-old journalist from the southern West Bank town of Dura has been on hunger strike to protest his administrative detention, internment without trial or charge. [bz]26/1/2016
2 Palestinians Killed After Stabbing IsraelisAP - ABC News - Israel blames the violence on Palestinian incitement. Palestinians say the attacks stem from frustration at nearly five decades of Israeli military rule. [bz] 25/1/2016
Grieving Palestinian father of shot 13-year old girl says guard went too farAFP - Yahoo - "The person who shot her could have apprehended her or shot her in the leg -- he didn`t have to kill her. It was as though he issued her a death sentence." [bz] 25/1/2016
Palestinian girl tries to stab security guard in AnathothDanny Adino Ababa - Ynet - A 13-year-old Palestinian girl tried to stab a civilian security guard at the entrance to the settlement of Anathoth in the West Bank`s Binyamin region on Saturday morning. The security guard shot and killed her before she was able to hurt him. Her father went after her, but arrived at the scene shortly after the attempted stabbing - and was subsequently arrested. [bz]23/1/2016
 Human Rights Watch Calls on Businesses to Withdraw From Israeli SettlementsAli Gharib - The Nation -  The new 162-page report, “Occupation, Inc.: How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights,” calls for businesses operating in and dealing directly with Israeli settlements to end their endeavors there. “In Human Rights Watch’s view, the context of human rights abuse to which settlement business activity contributes is so pervasive and severe that businesses should cease carrying out activities inside or for the benefit of settlements,” the report says.-rh20/1/2016
Teen Palestinian arrested for killing Dafna Meir in Otniel settlementIMEMC - A Palestinian, identified as Morad Bader Abdullah Ed’eis, 16 years of age, was taken prisoner in Beit Amra village near Yatta, south of Hebron. Israeli security sources said that Ed`eis "confessed during interrogation that he stabbed the settler woman, identified as Dafna Meir, to death." They added that the arrest came following an extensive joint campaign involving Israeli soldiers, police officers, special forces and the Internal Security Services. [bz] 19/1/2016
Palestinian workers banned from West Bank settlementsMa`an - The measure will impact around 11,000 Palestinian laborers who work in settlements in the West Bank -- around 2 percent of the working Palestinian population, according Palestinian policy network Al-Shabaka. [bz]19/1/2016
Palestinian teen could face `maximum sentence`Ylenia Gostoli- Al Jazeera - "The allegation against 13-year old Ahmed Manasra] is not that he stabbed anybody, but that he had the intention to kill," said Lea Tsemel, Mansara`s lawyer. "We will have to prove he did not have that intention, but rather to cause pain and frighten," Tsemel told Al Jazeera. [bz] 19/1/2016
Week of harassment in Jordan Valley continues harm to Area C communitiesB’Tselem - "Between 12 and 14 January 2016, B`Tselem documented a number of Civil Administration (CA) activities that constitute direct or indirect harm to five Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley. In Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah, CA officials photographed structures apparently slated for repeat demolition. In Khirbet ‘Einun, forces destroyed agricultural structures and a reservoir that supplies water to the neighboring community of Yarza. CA officials told families from the communities of Yarza and Khirbet a-Ras al-Ahmar that they would have to temporarily leave their homes yet again due to military training nearby. These actions are some of the measures that Israeli authorities have employed as part of their efforts to reduce Palestinian presence in Area C" [ry]18/1/2016
The Palestinians MUST Put Their Political Act Together If Their Cause Is To Be Kept AliveAlan Hart - Countercurrents - For several years I have been wondering, sometimes on public platforms and in writing, if Palestine is a lost cause. I have now come to the conclusion that as things are it is and will remain so unless the Palestinians, the occupied and oppressed and the diaspora, put their political act together in order to give their cause new life with some real hope of justice eventually.-rh13/1/2016
The Radical New Face of the Jewish Settler MovementNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - The hilltop youth have always had power, which they wielded through violent acts, often under the cover of night. But for most Israelis, these were distant events perpetrated by extremists in the West Bank, a kind of Wild West they rarely think about or visit.-rh 13/1/2016
Have Israelis abandoned any hope for change?Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Things are no better in terms of democracy, tolerance and freedom of speech: The government has approved proposed legislation by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked requiring human rights and other activists whose organizations receive foreign government assistance to wear special identification badges. Education Minister Naftali Bennett has welcomed a decision to ban the teaching of Dorit Rabinyan`s “Borderlife,” a love story between a Palestinian man and a Jewish woman.-rh 13/1/2016
... News Agency - The head of the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners` Affairs warned Tuesday that Israel was preparing to force-feed a Palestinian hunger striker, in what would be the first use of the controversial practice since it was approved by Israeli lawmakers last year.-rh13/1/2016
Welcome to Israel`s Version of ApartheidJonathan Cook - Counterpunch - Moments before an Aegean Airlines flight was due to take off, three Israeli passengers took security into their own hands and demanded that two fellow passengers, from Israel’s Palestinian minority, be removed from the plane. By the end of a 90-minute stand-off, dozens more Israeli Jews had joined the protest, refusing to take their seats. Like a parable illustrating Europe’s bottomless indulgence of Israel, Aegean staff caved in to the pressure and persuaded the two Palestinian men to disembark.-rh 13/1/2016
Israel Force-Fed Hunger Striking Detainee, Journalist Mohammad Al-QeeqIMEMC - Al-Qeeq has waged a hunger strike since November 24th, in protest of his arbitrary administrative detention, without charges or trial. The detainee was strapped, hooked to two machines, and was force-fed through an intravenous infusion, despite the illegality of force-feeding hunger striking detainees, and despite the objections of Israel’s Physicians` Union and unions around the world. [bz]12/1/2016
Solar Power Is Great, Unless You Are a Bedouin in the West BankZafrir Rinat - - Israel encourages settlers using solar panels for electricity, but West Bank Bedouin are deemed to be `building illegal structures.` Adv. Lecker asserts that the confiscation was illegal [even according to Israeli law-ed] because installing the panels did not require any building activity. The panels were simply laid on the ground. [bz]12/1/2016
Birzeit University condemns Israeli `military attack` on campusMa`an - "The military confiscated equipment and computers used in the activities of the students council and destroyed and damaged furniture leaving a great deal of havoc behind," the university said. "This is a blatant attack on our student council and the sanctity of democratic values. This violation of the campus is a part of a blatant and systematic attack on the right of education and freedom of expression." [bz]12/1/2016
Palestinian communities united by revived Israeli policy of destroying attackers` family homesBen Lynfield - The Independent - `We are one people and we help each other in times of stress` [ry]18/1/2016
Israeli troops shoot dead alleged Palestinian attackersAl-Jazeera - "Four Palestinians, who allegedly attempted to stab Israeli soldiers in two separate incidents in occupied West Bank, have been shot and killed.The Palestinian health ministry said three Palestinians died north of Hebron close to the illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etzion after reports of a stabbing attempt on Thursday night."Three attackers, armed with knives, attempted to stab soldiers guarding the Gush Etzion junction," an Israeli army statement said, adding troops responded by shooting the assailants.The fourth Palestinian killed north of Hebron was 16-year-old Khalil Mohammad Shalaldeh." ca 8/1/2016
01/06/15: Christmas in Bethlehem for Eastern Church DenominationsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Hundreds of Palestinians affiliated to the Orthodox, Assyrian, Coptic and Ethiopian churches arrived on Manger Square to mark the occasion...Unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory has served to overshadow this year`s Christmas celebrations, including those led by the Latin Patriarchate in December." ca 8/1/2016
Makarim Wibisono quits as UN rights monitor, saying Israel blocked access to Palestinian territoriesStephanie Nebehay - The Independent "The UN investigator for human rights violations in the Palestinian territories has resigned, saying that Israel had reneged on its pledge to grant him access to the West Bank and Gaza.Makarim Wibisono said that his repeated oral and written requests for access had gone unanswered over 18 months...“I hope that whoever succeeds me will manage to resolve the current impasse, and so reassure the Palestinian people that after nearly half a century of occupation the world has not forgotten their plight,” Mr Wibisono said." ca 6/1/2016
Israeli military confronts violent protests with increasingly lethal forceWilliam Booth and Ruth Eglash - Washington Post - Over the past three months, Israeli forces have shot and killed more than 46 Palestinians during clashes. Most were killed by a single shot to the head or chest, suggesting lethal intent. A handful of others died from wounds inflicted by tear gas canisters or rubber-coated steel bullets. Israeli politicians hope a hard response will "pacify the population". But Palestinian unrest continues, and as one Palestinian leader put it, “in our culture, funerals create more funerals.” [ak]5/1/2016
Israeli forces detain famed hunger striker Khader AdnanMa`an - Adnan was released in July last year after he undertook a 55-day hunger strike to protest his administrative detention -- internment without trial or charge. "All the guarantees which Sheikh Khader asked for have been obtained, and so he triumphed over the occupation state after 55 days of hunger strike," Adnan`s wife told Ma`an at the time. However, Adnan`s release was only made possible after he withdrew his demand that Israel agree never to hold him in administrative detention again. His hunger strike, which brought him near death by the time it concluded was the second he had carried out, following a 66-day long hunger strike in 2012 that also ended in his release. [bz]5/1/2016
Israeli forces demolish homes of 2 Palestinian attackers in JerusalemMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces on Monday demolished the family home of a Palestinian attacker killed in October and sealed off the home of another attacker`s family with cement, the families told Ma`an" [ry]4/1/2016
Preparations underway for Hebron-area funerals of 17 PalestiniansMa`an - Hebron District Attorney Alaa Tamimi told Ma’an that since the bodies were transferred Friday evening, he oversaw examinations of the bodies by forensic doctors, also carried out in the presence of Palestinian Attorney-General, Abd al-Ghani Uweiwi. Tamimi said that the autopsies showed that all 17 had been “executed” without being given any medical treatment after being shot. [bz]2/1/2016
Israeli forces detain 60 Palestinian workers without permitsMa`an News Agency - "As thousands of work permits are denied by Israel, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics estimates 30 percent of Palestinians work in Israel illegally. These workers are often exploited by contractors who know that they have no other choice but to accept lower pay" [ry]11/1/2016
Israeli forces demolish home of Palestinian killed after stab attackMa`an - Al-Halabi’s family had evacuated the house four days after the attack and moved to live in the city of Ramallah in anticipation of their house being destroyed. An initial objection to the demolition was filed by the HaMoked Center for the Defense of the Individual, an Israeli human rights organization, on Oct. 17, 2015. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Israeli High Court of Justice froze the demolition order for al-Halabi’s home along with several others on Oct. 22, but the court later rejected an appeal against the demolition. [bz]10/1/2016
Six families in Jerusalem wait for their homes to be demolishedISM - On Thursday, January 7th, the ISM went to visit Kifaya Rishek, a widow who lives in Beit Hanina, occupied East Jerusalem, waiting for her home to be demolished. But Kifaya is not alone, she lives in this house together with her five children and 16 grandchildren, including 11 year-old, Malak, who is physically disabled. Their financial situation is very difficult; Murad and Ashraf, who have 4 children each, both work cleaning the Cinema City. Sharif has 5 children, and works selling toys in a store. Mohannad has 1 child and works in construction, but his salary is unstable since he works when he is called in by the company. Her daughter, Faiza, is divorced and also lives here with her 2 children. These 5 families who live here will be left homeless. [bz]10/1/2016
Youngest prisoner in the world, Ali, in the Israeli jailsPalestinian Information Center - Ali, 11, was accused by the IOA of trying, with the help of his cousin Muawiyah Alqam, 13, to carry out a stabbing operation against a security guard of the light line in Jerusalem on November 10, 2015. "During this incident Ali was shot with multiple bullets in different parts of his body causing him to slip into a comma. Nonetheless, both his hands and feet were shackled, and he was under tight security escort in Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital. The IOA allowed the child`s family to visit him only once for 20 minutes in the presence of the Israeli police. [bz]9/1/2016
Israeli military forces came to Khirbet Susiya in south Hebron and arrested B`Tselem`s field worker, Nasser Nawaj`a. B`Tselem - Early this morning, Israeli military forces came to Khirbet Susiya in south Hebron and arrested B`Tselem`s field worker, Nasser Nawaj`a. The family reported that the arrest was accompanied by violence. Nasser was taken to the Shai police headquarters, near Ma`ale Adumim settlement. The investigators told his lawyer, att. Gaby Lasky, that they will issue a warrant prohibiting him from consulting with her. Preventing an arrestee from meeting his lawyer is a draconian and unacceptable measure, and a blatant violation of due process. His lawyer was not told for which suspicions he is to be interrogated.20/1/2016
The Israeli Left`s challenge: Defeating ideology with factsMairav Zonszein - +972 - Left-wing and anti-occupation groups in Israel are finally hitting back, but the task seems Sisyphean: how do you win over people who don’t even acknowledge the same sets of facts.-rh20/1/2016
Israel-steps-up-home-demolitions-to-punish-palestinian-attackers/2016/01/16/7c198910-b4a3-11e5-8abc-d09392edc612_story.htmlRuth Eglash - The Washington Post - Israel appears to be stepping up its punitive response by fast-tracking the demolition of homes where the attackers lived. In the past two weeks, three Palestinian homes in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank have been destroyed by the military. Many more have been measured for future demolition or their occupants served with demolition orders.-rh20/1/2016
Gaza scrap collectors finally back in businessFadi Shafei - Al Monitor - "Following years of interruption due to Israel`s blockade on the Gaza Strip, the scrap trade there has resumed, sparking economic hope." - id 20/1/2016
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