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Life under occupation

Long-awaited maintenance works offer rare sight for Palestinians in al-KhalilInternational Solidarity Movement - "On Wednesday 29th March 2017 Israeli forces opened a blocked-off street for the first time in almost two decades to allow long- overdue sewage system works. The alley in occupied al-Khalil, open for less than a day, gave Palestinians the rare opportunity to see Shuhada Street and the illegal settlements which have caused countless closures for the civilian Palestinian population." ca31/3/2017
Israel/Palestine Middle East US Politics Activism Features ‘Jerusalem’ on Gaza TV set is as close as many Palestinians will get to real thing - See more at: Kabariti - Mondoweiss "Filming for the dramatic series “Heaven’s Gate” is located in Gaza, but the show is set in Jerusalem, a city that is recreated inside of the besieged strip. The program will air this summer during Ramadan, on the Hamas-owned Al Aqsa TV network. The set spans 5 acres and looks like a version of Jerusalem’s Old City. Cafes, shops houses, and streets are recreated in Gaza with accents of bowed stone walls." ca 31/3/2017
Third Palestinian boy killed this month, others critically injured Ahmad Jaradat - Alternative Information Center "On Friday, thousands of Palestinians, including leaders of political parties and civil society movements, participated in the funeral of martyr Mohammad Mahmoud Hattab, 17 years old, in al- Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. Participants condemned this lethal violence exacted by Israeli soldiers upon Palestinian children. Many also called on the Palestinian people to resist Israeli occupation and reject negotiations and security coordination." ca 31/3/2017
Arab MK: Israel must `pay a price` for occupationDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Ahmad Tibi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, believes that a two-state solution is still the best way to address the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In an Al-Monitor interview during Tibi’s short visit to Amman March 15, he acknowledged the declining fortunes of the two-state solution, but added that “despite a slow erosion of support among Palestinian citizens of Israel and despite not having a good chance of it ever being accomplished, I am still in support of the two-state solution."-rh 30/3/2017
Palestinian student seized by Israeli occupation, denied access to lawyer for 19 daysSamidoun - Palestinian student Kifah Quzmar, a Bir Zeit University student, has been imprisoned at the Moskobiyeh interrogation in Jerusalem for the past 19 days without charge; he has been consistently denied access to a lawyer. In a press release issued by Bir Zeit University, Kifah’s brother Majd Quzmar noted that Kifah had been seized when returning from a trip at the Karameh/Allenby crossing from Jordan on 7 March. His presence in Israeli detention was denied by intelligence agencies until the fourth day after his arrest.-rh 30/3/2017
Israeli army statement on killing of Palestinian teenager in occupation is contradicted by evidence at scene Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - An Israeli army spokesperson said: “Three suspects exited a vehicle adjacent to the community of Beit El, where suspects threw firebombs at the community. In response to the threat, Israeli forces in the area fired towards the suspects, and several hits were confirmed. The suspects then fled the scene.” Evidence of the scene directly contradicts the army’s statement. The car the teens were driving was riddled with bullet holes and the seats and floor of the car saturated with blood, indicating that forces shot at the teens when they were seated in the car, not standing on the side of the road. When asked about the discrepancy, the spokesperson could not comment.-rh 29/3/2017
Why I am determined to tell Palestinians` storiesJames Zogby - The National - When most Americans thought of the conflict they were able to imagine Israelis as people just like them. They were parents who loved their families. They wanted what Americans wanted: peace, prosperity, and a chance to watch their children grow and realise their dreams. They had names and faces. They experienced pain and loss. They were real. Palestinians, on the other hand, were, at best, presented as an abstraction. They were objectified into a faceless mass, without names or personalities. When spoken of at all, they were refugees or terrorists or, after a conflict, mere numbers in a body count.-rh 29/3/2017
Israeli soldiers drag shoeless Palestinian eight-year-old from house to house in shocking video from Hebron : Israel Defence Force troops force boy looking for lost toy to help them find other children believed to have thrown stones and a Molotov cocktailBethan McKernan - Independent - Eight-year-old Sufian Abu Hitah disobeyed his mother to sneak out from his grandparents’ house to look for a missing toy when he was seized by a group of around 15 soldiers who asked him in Arabic to give the names of children who had thrown stones and a Molotov cocktail at the nearby Kiryat Arba Israeli settlement. Crying, the boy told the soldiers he didn’t known anything. However, he was then grabbed by both arms and escorted to both the Kiryat Arba gate and into several houses, despite only wearing socks. Several women who witnessed the scene tried to intervene, eventually managing to free the boy more than an hour later.-rh 29/3/2017
Israel delays cancer treatment for Gaza children Sarah Algherbawi - The Electronic Intifada - "Cancer rates are increasing worldwide... But in Gaza, there are particular concerns that Israeli weaponry may be a contributing factor." - id 29/3/2017
Palestinian Student Kifah Quzmar Launches Hunger Strike Under Interrogation IMEMC - "Kifah Quzmar is not alone; there are over 60 students from Bir Zeit University alone imprisoned in Israeli jails and denied access to their education. Hundreds of Palestinian students are arrested and held as political prisoners; indeed, students are specifically targeted for arrests, especially as annual Palestinian student elections approach." - id 29/3/2017
Will we ever know the truth about World Vision and Hamas?Dahlia Scheindlin - +972 "The Australian foreign ministry has not found any evidence that the Gaza head of a major humanitarian organization funneled Australian funds to Hamas, Australia’s ABC news reported Wednesday. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) conducted an investigation after Israel arrested a, Muhammed el-Halabi, the Palestinian head of World Vision’s Gaza office, and accused him of siphoning millions designated for humanitarian relief in Gaza to Hamas." ca24/3/2017
Israeli Army Kills A Palestinian Teen, Injures Two Others, In Gaza IMEMC - "The slain Palestinian, and the wounded, were in the an-Nahda neighborhood in Rafah, when the Israeli army fired artillery shells at it. The Israeli army claimed it opened fire “on Palestinians heading towards the border fence, arousing suspicion, killing one.”" - id 22/3/2017
Palestinians ID checked and searched during early morning incursion in Hebron soukal-Khalil Team - International Solidarity Movement - "Local Palestinians were ordered at gunpoint to throw their ID cards on the ground for inspection, and many were subjected to body searches and made to sit in the road." - id 22/3/2017
Locals in al-Duheisha refugee camp warn of escalating violence by Israeli forcesMa’an News Agency - "Detention raids in al-Duheisha [...] have become a near- daily occurrence. Due to the aggressive nature of the raids, clashes often erupt between local Palestinian youth who throw stones and are met in response with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas, often resulting in serious injuries" [ry]20/3/2017
Child martyred, others wounded in al-Arroub refugee campAhmad Jaradat - AIC - Israeli forces shot two Palestinian children in the chest: Murad Yousef Abu Ghazi is dead and Saif Saleem Rushdi is critically wounded [ry]20/3/2017
Israeli Police Abduct A Palestinian Novelist From JerusalemIMEMC News - Israeli police officers abducted, on Saturday morning, a Palestinian novelist after she finished writing her latest work dubbed “The Jackal’s Trap,” talking about informants and collaborators, spying on their own people. The Palestinian novelist, identified as Khaleda Gousha, was abducted after the police and soldiers stormed her home, in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem.-rh 15/3/2017
Arab citizens, not Israeli leftists, pay the real price for speaking outRoi Manor - +972 - The Israeli government may be cracking down on human rights NGOs and left-wing activists, but Palestinians citizens of Israel are the ones suffering from concrete persecution — with sometimes fatal results.-rh15/3/2017
How a small-town street sign became center of latest Israeli-Palestinian disputeDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The mayor of the Palestinian town of Jatt in Israel is caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, the last thing a Palestinian patriot and representative of a nationalist community wants is to take down a street sign bearing the name of Yasser Arafat. On the other hand, the local official has to respect the law and the order by the Israeli minister of interior that requires governmental approval prior to posting any street sign.-rh 15/3/2017
How to hold Israel accountable for the crime of apartheidAlaa Tartir - Middle East Eye - As the US administration engages in designing and implementing its “regional solution” to the Arab-Israeli conflict, and as the international community is “celebrating and remembering” the anniversaries of the 1917 Belfour Declaration, the 1948 Nakba, and the 1967 Israeli occupation of the remaining of Palestinian lands, they should question the nature of the “one-state reality” that exists in Palestine-Israel.-rh15/3/2017
Curfew, Harassment and Break-in for Shuhada Street as Settlers Celebrate Purim IMEMC - "As on every festive occasion celebrated at the illegal settlements, in here, Palestinians had to expect even greater restrictions than usual on their freedom of movement and their human rights (almost non-existent even on ordinary days)." - id 15/3/2017
Israeli Military Drills Begin in West Bank, Jordan Valley Families Ordered to LeaveIMEMC News & Agencies - "On Sunday, Israeli forces notified several Palestinian families in the area of Ras al-Ahmar, northeast of Tubas, in the occupied West Bank, to leave their homes on Wednesday to make way for Israeli military training, local sources said" [ry]27/3/2017
Third Palestinian boy killed this month, others critically injuredAhmad Jaradat - AIC - Mohammad Mahmoud Hattab, 17, was killed when Israeli soldiers stationed in an observation tower opened fire at young Palestinian boys in a car [ry]27/3/2017
Hundreds rally in Ramallah in protest of PA police brutalityMa`an - Monday’s rally was organized via Facebook with activists inviting the public to partake “in protest of the behavior of PA security forces.” Protesters marched from Manara Circle in Ramallah’s city center through a number of streets shouting slogans against police practices, against the PA’s security coordination with Israel and in favor of armed revolution. [See also: -bz] 14/3/2017
Israel effectively bars compensation to Palestinians: Claims for damages down 95%Press release - B`Tselem "Over the past twenty years, Israel has taken measures to guarantee a nearly blanket exemption from its obligation under international law to pay compensation to Palestinians harmed by its security forces. In a new report released today (Wednesday, 8 March), B’Tselem traces the development of this practice and illustrates how it has led to a major drop in the number of claims for damages Palestinians filed in recent years. Israel’s policy reflects how little value it places on the lives, bodies and property of Palestinians living under its control." ca10/3/2017
I am a proud Palestinian woman and a humanitarian. I am also the mother of the youngest Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail. Farihan Daraghmeh Farah - Mondoweiss "My son, Shadi, is a smart little boy who was always full of life. He is loved by everyone who knows him—family, neighbors, friends and classmates. He is a great Dabke dancer, and a good swimmer and horseback rider. He likes to sing and is excellent at math...Shadi was arrested on December 30, 2015. He was just 12 years old. The news took my breath away; the whole family was in a state of shock. For a long time, none of us could eat or sleep properly. When I closed my eyes, all I could see was my little boy, scared and alone, in a freezing cold prison cell. I later learned that they had forced him to stand in there naked, at one point." ca10/3/2017
Netanyahu Lobbies Foreign Governments to Accept Israeli Sovereignty in Occupied Syrian GolanIMEMC News & Agencies - "On March 1, 2017, al-Marsad: Arab Human Rights Center – the only human rights center operating in the Syrian Golan – published an updated map of Syrian villages and farms destroyed by Israeli forces in 1967, as well as the Israeli settlements built on their ruins. The organization explains, “after an in-depth comparison of various research sources (Syrian, Israeli, international), [the] new research indicates that the actual number of destroyed villages and farms is much higher: 340 villages and farms.” ca10/3/2017
Video: ‘Apartheid has been here for ages. It doesn’t really bother us’ — Israeli comedian says in closing act Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - The Israeli comedian Assaf Harel and the host of the show “Good Night With Asaf Harel,” used the monologue of his series finale on Monday to dive into a speech where he said Israel had reached a state of “apartheid” long ago. “Ever since the right-wing took power, more and more voices are warning of apartheid. Are you kidding? Apartheid has been here for ages. Ages,” Harel said.-rh9/3/2017
A Palestinian woman finds hope in American Jewish resistanceSamah Salaime - +972 - At the progressive Jewish conference of the year, a Palestinian politician wins rousing applause and a former U.S. presidential candidate talks of the injustices caused by the founding of the State of Israel — both seeds of hope for someone who wakes up every day to news of home demolitions and land grabs.-rh9/3/2017
Baseless Arrests in the Holy Kingdom of Judea and Samaria Amira Hass - Haaretz - We won’t publish S.’s full name because at 17 years old, he is a juvenile. Unidentified soldiers from an unidentified IDF unit arrested him and his neighbor, Saif-al-Din Ibrahim, on February 28. They fired shots to scare them, slapped them, inflicted pain and left them bound and blindfolded out in the cold for several hours. Then the police were called in on a baseless pretext to finalize the abuse. The arrests without cause of S. and Saif al-Din Ibrahim are two more of those unreported run-ins, an entirely normal circumstance in the holy kingdom of Judea and Samaria.-rh 9/3/2017
Israel’s Welcome Now Reserved Only For Jews Who Back NetanyahuJonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Arabs and Muslims have always struggled to gain entry to Israel. Palestinians are routinely abused at the borders, and thousands, especially from Jerusalem, have been stripped of the right to return home after living abroad. But new figures show Israel is excluding other groups too. Entry denials have increased nine-fold in the past five years, topping 16,000 people last year. Among those increasingly turned away are political activists. Israel controls all access to the occupied Palestinian territories, and has been regularly denying entry to solidarity activists and those who support the boycott movement. Legislation passed by the Israeli parliament on Monday night will only intensify the exclusionary trend. The new law forbids entry to anyone who supports a boycott, even if it is only of the settlements. As one legislator pointed out, that means Israel may quickly find itself bound to refuse entry to all officials from the United Nations and Europe.-rh 8/3/2017
`Basil al-Araj was a beacon for Palestinian youth` : Family, friends of Basil al-Araj, killed by the Israeli army, say his struggle against occupation will not be forgotten.Shatha Hammad and Zena Tahhan - Aljazeera - Dozens of Basil`s friends and family members have subsequently visited the house where Basil barricaded himself before he was killed. They marched in the streets of Ramallah on Monday with tears on their faces, carrying pictures of Basil and calling him the "martyr of security coordination". In response to Basil`s death, Hamas, the Islamic resistance movement in Gaza, condemned in a statement the security coordination between the PA and Israel. "The systematic killings and the security coordination with the [Israeli] occupation will not succeed in breaking the resistance or undermine the determination of our people."-rh 8/3/2017
Women’s Day: 56 Palestinian Women Imprisoned by IsraelIMEMC - "Underage prisoners also recently received heavy sentences with Shatila Abu Ayyad, from inside Israel, and Shorouq Dwayyat, both sentenced to 16 years in prison, Maysoun Jabali, from Bethlehem, sentenced to 15 years in prison." - id 8/3/2017
Palestinians protest against Basil al-Araj`s killingAl-jazeera - The incursion of Israeli forces deep into Ramallah and the killing of Basil al-Araj caused confrontations between Israeli and protesting Palestinian youths, two of whom were wounded by Israeli bullets. Later, protesters have marched in Ramallah, calling for justice. Mustafa Barghouti, head of the Palestinian National Initiative party, said that Araj`s death was "nothing but an act of extrajudicial killing in Area-A - showing that "there is no safety or security for any Palestinian anywhere." [ak] 7/3/2017
Palestinian activist Basel al-Araj killed by Israeli forcesTovah Lazaroff/Adam Rasgon - Jerusalem Post - Exactly how did Basel al-Araj die? Did he engage in a two-hour gun battle with the invading Israeli forces before being shot down? Or did he have time only to shoot one bullet before being riddled by hundreds of bullets from an entire Israeli unit? What is clear is that Israeli forces act at will, to detain or kill Palestinians, even in the depth of "Area A" which is supposed to be under "complete Palestinian control". [ak] 7/3/2017
Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian, Moments After Completing A Twelve-Year SentenceIMEMC News - Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday afternoon, Mousa Mohammad Darwish, directly following his release, just as he was stepping out of the Negev Detention Camp, after serving a twelve-year sentence [ry]6/3/2017
Detainees’ Committee Denounces Israeli Abduction Of Wounded, Disabled 14 years old In BethlehemIMEMC - On September 19, 2015, Issa Adnan Abdul-Mo’ty, now 14, was shot by the soldiers with an internationally-banned expanding bullet in his leg, and his wounded leg was later amputated at an Israeli hospital. [bz for dn]5/3/2017
Palestinian police wage war on stolen Israeli car traffic AFP - "At the police officer`s gesture, the bulldozer smashes its shovel into a blue Hyundai -- the latest of thousands of cars destroyed by Palestinian police every year. The car`s owner and her children protest, but receive little sympathy. "This car has not been legally registered since 2007, despite its Israeli licence plates," the officer, who declines to give his name, tells AFP... The operation is part of efforts to combat a large underground car market that sees vehicles stolen in Israel or deemed unfit for the roads there transported into the occupied West Bank." ca 17/3/2017
Gaza military court orders 10 PA intelligence officials to turn themselves inMa`an News Agency - "Tensions have remained steady as the PA last month decided to hold local elections in the occupied West Bank on May 13 as scheduled, while excluding the Gaza Strip from taking part after Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movement rejected holding elections without first achieving political reconciliation across the occupied Palestinian territory.Despite numerous attempts at reconciling the groups, Palestinian leadership has repeatedly failed to follow through on promises of reconciliation, as both movements have frequently blamed each other for numerous political failures." ca17/3/2017
Left-wing activist detained by police in the West BankThe Times of Israel Staff - Times of Israel -Jeff Halper, a cofounder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, told Haaretz that he was stopped by police after leading a group on a tour near the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. He said they pulled him off a bus heading to Jerusalem and put him in a police van after saying something about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which advocates sanctioning Israel over its policies in the West Bank. According to Halper, the officers asked him if he had “any BDS material” in his bag, before proceeding to throw a number of maps he had on the ground.-rh 16/3/2017
Israel denies redress to thousands of PalestiniansJonathan Cook - Aljazeera - Israel has given itself almost complete immunity from paying compensation in cases where its soldiers have killed, injured or disabled Palestinian civilians, an Israeli human rights group has warned. In a report released on Wednesday, entitled Getting Off Scot-Free, B`Tselem said that Israel had violated its obligations under international law by denying many thousands of Palestinians redress in Israeli civil courts.-rh 16/3/2017
Detainees’ Committee Denounces Israeli Abduction Of Wounded, Disabled, Child In BethlehemIMEMC - "After his leg was amputated following several surgeries that were unable to save it, the child was released, on September 29, 2015, on a 7000 Israeli Shekels bail." - id3/3/2017
Susya continues to await demolition as Israeli government hesitatesal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Susya is one of the most successful villages in Palestine in harnessing international support against the continuing persecution they face from the Israeli government." - id3/3/2017
Trump’s Middle East ‘deal’ leaves out one vital player: Palestinians Rashid Khalidi - Once again, the future of Palestine is being decided behind the back of the Palestinians. Once again, they have been made invisible. In 1917, when the Balfour Declaration was being crafted in the British cabinet, Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann had direct access to key decision-makers. It was a privilege not extended to any Palestinian. “In Palestine,” Balfour himself said, “we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country.” Weizmann also had direct access to President Truman in 1947 when the United States pushed through the United Nations General Assembly partition resolution that gave more than half of Palestine to the 30 percent that made up its Jewish minority -rh2/3/2017
In Palestine, no job means no health insuranceKhaled Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - GAZA, Gaza Strip — According to official figures published by the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics on Feb. 16, the unemployment rate in Palestine climbed to 26.9%, with 360,500 unemployed out of a total workforce of 1.3 million in Palestine, while the poverty rate in the Gaza Strip exceeded 80%, according to the Zakat Department affiliated with the Palestinian Ministry of Religious Endowments. Despite these staggering figures, the Palestinian Cabinet announced Feb. 15 the cancellation of all health insurance benefits granted to unemployed citizens starting March 1.-rh 2/3/2017
Child Rights Briefing: February 2017 : News and updates on the situation of Palestinian children living in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.Defence for Children International - February 6, 2017—Evictions, demolitions, and UXO are constant risks for Palestinian children living in ares of the Jordan Valley that Israel has declared as "firing zones," where Israeli battalions regularly assemble to hone their combat skills. Before tanks can shoot off missile rounds and soldiers can carry out practice missions, goats are removed, animal pens and tents are dismantled. Read more.-rh1/3/2017
Palestinians in Hebron plead for international intervention to stop settler violence Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss "Palestinian activists in Hebron said they are desperate for stronger international intervention during a week-long campaign in commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the Ibrahimi Massacre." ca1/3/2017
Flags, spirits high as week of action in Hebron comes to climax Ahmad Jaradat - Alternative Information Center "Dozens of Hebron residents and local activists gathered at the entrance to Shuhada Street on Wednesday to hoist and release a Palestinian flag over the main commercial thoroughfare in Hebron. A checkpoint and electrical gate tightly control Palestinian access to Shuhada Street, while armed settlers are able to walk in the area freely. This activity, one of three that day in Hebron, is part of the week of action taking place under the banner “Dismantle the Ghetto, Take the Settlers out of Hebron.” Human rights defender Bade Amr explained, “this activity is to say loudly…we will continue struggling against all Israeli human rights violations that result from the closing of spaces in Hebron.” ca 1/3/2017
Israel`s Compensation Grabbing Law Editorial, Haaretz "There is no justification for such bureaucratic obduracy, certainly not in a country in which the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty is in force, which protects property rights, even those of a woman from the West Bank town of Qalqilyah.Raba’a Ali Satal, a Qalqilyah resident, married Anwar Satal, a resident of Jaffa, in 2010. About three years ago, Anwar Satal was killed in a traffic accident in northern Israel. In the compensation suit against the insurance company, it emerged that the custodian of absentee property considered her “absentee.” ca 1/3/2017
Palestinian rights groups condemn Israel`s denial of work permit for HRW directorMa`an News Agency - "In a letter denying a work permit for Omar Shakir dated Feb. 20, 2017, Israel’s Interior Ministry cited an opinion received from the Foreign Ministry that Human Rights Watch’s “public activities and reports have engaged in politics in the service of Palestinian propaganda, while falsely raising the banner of ‘human rights.’" Deputy Executive Director of Program at Human Rights Watch Iain Levine reacted to the move, saying that “this decision and the spurious rationale should worry anyone concerned about Israel’s commitment to basic democratic values."1/3/2017
Political poetry as a crime: Inside the surreal trial of Dareen TatourYoav Haifawi - +972 - The first witness was Prof. Nissim Calderon, an expert on Hebrew literature. In his written expert opinion, Calderon stated that there are special rules concerning the expression of poets, describing a long tradition of poets who used harsh words to oppose oppression or injustice — sometimes going so far as to clearly call for violent actions. The poets, Calderon said, were not prosecuted, even by oppressive regimes like the Tsar in Russia or the British Mandate in Palestine.-rh29/3/2017
Israel detains 13 Palestinians in West Bank raids, including girl, minorsWAFA - Report for last night of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) [bz]28/3/2017
Video: Israeli forces drag barefoot 8-year-old Palestinian boy looking for stone-throwersMa`an - B’Tselem noted that after soldiers dragged the boy to Jabal Juhar street, a local woman tried to pull him from their hands. “Meanwhile, more women gathered around the soldiers. Eventually, more than an hour after the incident began, they managed to extricate Sufiyan and return him to his mother,” the statement said. [bz]28/3/2017
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