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Life under occupation

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How Israel engages in `water apartheid`Mersiha Gadzo - Aljazeera - Jordan Valley, Occupied West Bank - Water is not scarce in the Jordan Valley, known as the traditional "breadbasket of Palestine" - yet Palestinian farmers struggle to survive, with little water to nourish their crops. They say the amount of water that Israeli authorities allocate to them has been decreasing daily since the Second Intifada.-rh25/10/2017
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Grants to Israeli settlements could breach UK law, Charity Commission warnsBen White - Middle East Monitor - The Charity Commission has warned that making grants to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) could potentially constitute a breach of the Geneva Conventions Act of 1957, in a significant hardening of the Commission’s approach to the issue. It is understood to be the first time that the Charity Commission has specifically cited the 1957 Act in communication with a charity regarding Israel and oPt.-rh25/10/2017
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Former Israeli Defense Minister: There`ll Be No Peace, West Bank Can Hold Millions of More SettlersChaim Levinson - Information Clearing House - Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon expressed support on Thursday for continued Palestinian autonomy in parts of the West Bank, but not independence, and said the territory could hold one or two million additional Jewish settlers.-rh25/10/2017
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The Impact of Occupation on Israeli DemocracyIzhak Schnell - Palestine Israel Journal - Military control of large numbers of people who are denied basic human rights and the right for national self-determination cannot be aligned with democratic values. International law legitimizes such situations in occupied territories but only for a limited time and under strict regulations that do not allow putting the occupied people`s interests at risk except for security reasons of both the occupiers and the occupied. Beyond the tension between occupation and democratic values, the long occupation leads to the infiltration of nondemocratic values and practices into Israel inside the Green Line.-rh25/10/2017
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Saving Israel by Ending the OccupationJessica Montell - Palestine Israel Journal - What is striking is the absence of Israeli public awareness and discussion regarding the effects of the occupation on Israeli society. This is the rationale behind SISO, a new movement whose name stands for Save Israel, Stop the Occupation. SISO is a partnership of Israelis and Diaspora Jews, founded to leverage this 50th year to serve as a catalyst for real change.-rh25/10/2017
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Palestinian wrote `Good morning` on Facebook – was arrested by Israeli policeYour Middle East - Israeli police have mistakenly arrested then released a Palestinian who posted "good morning" in Arabic on Facebook after software mistranslated it as "attack them," police and a media report said Sunday.-rh25/10/2017
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Gaza’s blue goldMohammed Asad and Tamara Aburamadan - The Electronic Intifada - "Being a fisherman in Gaza means to practice one of the world’s most dangerous professions." - id 25/10/2017
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Israeli Colonists Flood Dozens Of Palestinian Olive Trees With Sewage IMEMC - "The colonists already picked many olive trees in the area, and stole the produce, especially since they have unrestricted access to the orchards. Although attacks carried out by extremist colonists are frequent, including uprooting and burning Palestinian lands and flooding them with wastewater, they witness a serious escalation every year during the olive harvest season." - id 25/10/2017
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Palestinian hunger striker`s health `deteriorating`Farah Najjar - Al Jazeera - "Hassan Showka, from the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, was arrested on September 29 without charges for a second consecutive time. He is being held in administrative detention at Israel`s Ofer prison" [ry]23/10/2017
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Electricity Returns to Palestinian Village, Three Months After Israel Confiscates Power System Amira Hass - Haaretz "The circumstances of the matter are also that the Dutch government paid for the electrical system that was built by Comet-ME; it did not make do with a diplomatic protest over the confiscation. The Dutch parliament held two sessions on the matter, as Haaretz reported." ca21/10/2017
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Israeli forces raid, shutdown Palestinian media offices over `incitement`Ma`an News Agency - "Israeli army, intelligence, and civil administration forces raided several offices of Palestinian media outlets and arrested two journalists overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, confiscating equipment and shutting down offices under the pretext that the organizations were “broadcasting inciting material.” In the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus, Israeli forces raided the Transmedia and Palmedia offices and confiscated all equipment before closing the offices with a six-month military order." ca20/10/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Shut Down Media Outlets In The West BankIMEMC - "Israeli soldiers, and secret security officers, invaded eight media outlets, on Wednesday at dawn, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, and shut them down under direct military orders, in addition to confiscating equipment. Some of the invaded agencies are Ramsat, Trans Media and Pal Media, which the military confiscated their broadcast equipment and many machines, for providing services to Palestinian TV stations such as Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds." - id 18/10/2017
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Israel Releases Lawyer Shireen al-Issawi After Holding Her Captive For 43 Months IMEMC - "Al-‘Issawi was repeatedly abducted and imprisoned by Israel, including three times when her brother, Samer al-Issawi held a hunger strike for nine consecutive months, before was released, only to be abducted and imprisoned later." - id 18/10/2017
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Palestinian Children Beaten, Tortured Under Israeli Interrogation IMEMC - "On 12 October, Jerusalemite teen Bilal Khalil Ghatit was ordered to home imprisonment with the imposition of an “electronic monitoring bracelet” on his ankle. He has already been held under house imprisonment since May, and has been unable to leave his home, go to school or visit relatives. His parents have also become prisoners; one of them must stay at home with him at all times." - id14/10/2017
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Exploiting Palestinian workers is not ‘economic peace’Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - " Assuming the average Palestinian supports four family members, then almost 300,000 people — including the elderly, women and children — have been deprived of over one-third of their modest income in the past month." - id14/10/2017
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Israeli Armed Forces use Live Ammunition in Al-Khalil and Detain Two BoysPress Releases - International Solidarity Movement - "The vehicles drove back and forth between two roundabouts firing tear gas and sound grenades randomly. Bystanders and street vendors were affected by tear gas. Live ammunition was also used." - id 14/10/2017
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Women for human rights and against the occupationArea C - Machsomwatch "The main effect of the occupation on civilians living in the C area is a violation of human rights in all spheres of life.Restriction of movement, limiting the amount of water per capita, preventing the development of infrastructure, preventing construction in accordance with natural growth of population, the army breaking the entry into private properties without warning, and the lack of protection of the Palestinians when settlers attacked Palestinian civilians." ca 11/10/2017
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Al Khan Al Ahmar, the small Palestinian school defying demolition ordersVIDEO - Lacuna "A small school in the desert lands of the occupied Palestinian territories has unintentionally become a critical player in the future viability of the two-state solution in Israel-Palestine. Alice Panepinto and Helen Eisler tell the story of the school at Al Khan Al Ahmar which is facing demolition, and explore the impact on the surrounding Bedouin Palestinian communities." ca11/10/2017
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Soldiers abduct a Fateh official near RamallahIMEMC - Night raids in which Israeli soldiers enter Palestinian towns and villages to capture "wanted" Palestinians are a regular feature of daily life on the West Bank. However, among those targeted in last night`s campaign of detentions (or abductions, as the Palestinians see it) was also Majd Deif Tamimi, an official of the Fateh movement in Ramallah. Tamimi, along with others detained at the village of Nabi Saleh, was kept under guard for several hours at the main entrance of the village and then taken away. His detention coincides with statements of Israeli governmental displeasure at the ongoing process of reconciliation between Fateh and Hamas. [ak]10/10/2017
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Destruction and havoc in military raid on Jerusalem’s Abu Al-Nawar SchoolIMEMC - Saturday evening, Israeli forces broke into the compound of Abu Al-Nawwar Al-Badawi, located in Ezzariya town, east of Jerusalem, and raided the compound school, destroying its doors. The school was established with the assistance of popular resistance activists and there had been a precautionary decision not to demolish the school. [bz]10/10/2017
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Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians in predawn military raidsMa`an - Over the course of the month of September, Israeli forces detained 431 Palestinians including 98 children, 11 women, and three journalists. The majority, 133, were detained in the Jerusalem district, while 60 were detained from the Hebron district, 45 from the Nablus district, 40 from the Ramallah district, 38 from the Jenin district, 28 from the Bethlehem district, 15 from the Tubas district, 10 from the Salfit district, nine from the Tulkaram district, seven from the Jericho district, and six from the Gaza Strip [from which the army supposedly withdrew 12 years ago-bz] 10/10/2017
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Gaza`s clothing makers look to weave their way back into Israeli markets Khaled Abu Amer - Al-Monitor "For the first time since 2007, a sewing company in Gaza has exported a shipment of ready-made clothes to the Israeli market through the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing on Aug. 28." ca 7/10/2017
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Soldiers Attack The Weekly Protest In Kufur QaddoumIMEMC - "Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers tried to ambush the protesters near the new water reservoir of the town, but were unable to abduct any of them.He added that the soldiers verbally and physically assaulted many journalists, and chased them away, to prevent them from documenting the unfolding assault against the protesters." ca 7/10/2017
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When buildings break bonesNablus team - International Solidarity Movement - "On this day however, heavily armed settlers – in the company of Israeli soldiers, no less – would march into his village, enter his home, beat him, break his legs, terrorize his family in the process, destroy the family car, and as a final measure, slice his foot open with a knife, robbing him of any hope of working his land for the next year, possibly longer." - id4/10/2017
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11-year old and 60-year old wounded by soldiers at Shu’fat IMEMC - Soldiers invaded the Shu’fat Refugee Camp north of Jerusalem, breaking through the main gate and deploying in the alleys. Inhabitants rallied to oppose the military incursion, and the soldiers responded with a barrage of tear gas bombs as well as rubber-coated steel bullets. Among the wounded were an eleven years old boy hit in the forehead and a sixty years old man shot in the face and ear. [ak] 3/10/2017
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Netanyahu Slams Palestinian Unity: We Won`t Accept Reconciliation at the Expense of Israel`s Existence Barak Ravid - Haaretz - Netanyahu`s remarks ("Recognize the State of Israel, dismantle Hamas` military wing, cut ties with Iran...") come hours after Education Minister Naftali Bennet called for Israel to halt the transfer of tax revenue to Palestinians, in response to both Interpol`s unilateral induction of the Palestinian Authority, and the current reconciliation process between Hamas and the PA. [bz]3/10/2017
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Palestinian family faces imminent displacement by Israeli punitive demolitionMa`an - Appeals against punitive demolitions are rarely successful, even in cases in which the relatives of actual or alleged attackers have not been charged with any wrongdoing. [bz]3/10/2017
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40,000 Palestinians Collectively Punished after Har Adar AttackAmit Gilutz - B`tselem - On 26 September, Nimer Mahmoud Jamal, 37, from Beit Surik carried out an attack in the settlement of Har Adar, killing a Border Police officer and two settlement security guards. Immediately following the attack, the military implemented punitive measures against the residents of nine villages in the area of Beit Surik, northwest of Jerusalem, totaling about 40,000 people. The military’s actions included raids on villages and homes, damaging property in some cases, scores of arrests, as well as movement restrictions. In Beit Surik itself, the military sealed off all entries and exits. Soldiers took over seven rooftops in the village, having turned the residents out, and raided many other homes, conducting searches, leaving havoc behind.[ak] 3/10/2017
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`It`s an injustice`: Life after Israeli demolitionsJaclynn Ashly - Al Jazeera - Families of Palestinian attackers struggle to adapt after Israel razed their homes in a controversial, punitive policy [ry] 2/10/2017
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Israel permits Gaza student exit visa to study in UK after media pressureMiddle East Monitor - Mohammed Awad, had already lost the chance to study in France after Israel delayed his documentation in 2014. Now again his travel documentation was indefinitely delayed. However, after complaining to various media outlets including the Independent, he received a messaged from the Israeli authorities on Facebook [sic!] that he would be allowed to exit next Tuesday. According to the Israeli NGO Gisha, 289 Palestinian students out of 362 applicants were prevented from pursuing higher education abroad this year alone. [bz]1/10/2017
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