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Life under occupation

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VIDEO: Israel Acknowledges Use of Computer Algorithm For Palestinian ArrestsIMEMC News & Agencies - "Mass detentions of over 400 Palestinians were the result of a computer algorithm based on their social media usage, explains TRNN’s Shir Hever." ca27/4/2017
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General Strike Held in Solidarity with Hunger StikersIMEMC News & Agencies - "According to the PNN, the strike includes all sectors except for health sector, tawjihi class and bakeries. This precedes an expected day of rage, where protests and demonstrations will take place on Friday." ca27/4/2017
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PCHR Concerned over Life of Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Israeli JailsIMEMC - "Most of those prisoners are residents of the West Bank, including 57 women and 300 children. Moreover, the number of sick prisoners is about 1800 prisoners, including 180 prisoners who suffer from serious diseases in addition to 26 others who have cancer." - id 26/4/2017
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“Poor man’s kebab” is Gaza’s most treasured foodMousa Tawfiq and Mohammed Asad - The Electronic Intifada - "“I work summer and winter. My booth wasn’t cheap, it cost me $600. I equipped it with extra parts to be used when it rains. I look forward to summer, because I sell hundreds of falafel sandwiches to holiday-makers each day.”" - id 26/4/2017
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Israeli travel agencies will soon have to promise not to send tourists to the West BankMa`an - As of May 15, travel agencies will have to "attach, with each request to bring a group of tourists into the country, a special form pledging that they will not send tourists to Judea and Samaria,” using the Israeli term for the occupied West Bank. [A kosher boycott?-bz] 25/4/2017
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Library train brings books to Gaza childrenIbrahim Abdelhadi - Al Monitor - “The train stops at all public and UNRWA-affiliated schools in Khan Yunis and also heads to remote areas in the east of the governorate. Nour Abu Jazar, 10, who carefully listens to the storyteller, said “We wish the train would stay for the whole year. But the train only stays for a couple of days... [bz] 25/4/2017
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186 security prisoners quit hunger strikeRaanan Ben Zur - Ynet - 100 prisoners reported that they were dropping out just 24 hours after it began. Most of the prisoners who joined the strike hailed predominantly from Fatah and the Popular Front, with only a handful being members of Hamas. The security prisoners resolved to stage the hunger strike after a series of demands submitted to the Israel Prison Service were rejected, among them that the Prisons Service install public telephone wings, similar to those installed for criminal prisoners. [bz for dn]23/4/2017
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Israel Celebrates 50 Years As OccupierJonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Israel is to hold lavish celebrations over the coming weeks to mark the 50th anniversary of what it calls the “liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights” – or what the rest of us describe as the birth of the occupation. The centrepiece event will take place in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem. The West Bank settlement “bloc” enjoys wide support in Israel, not least because it was established long ago by the supposedly left-wing Labour party, now heading the opposition. The jubilee is a potent reminder that for Israelis, most of whom have never known a time before the occupation, Israel’s rule over the Palestinians seems as irreversible as the laws of nature. But the extravagance of the festivities also underscores the growth over five decades of Israel’s self-assurance as an occupier.-rh 19/4/2017
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Eimear McBride in the West Bank: ‘All that is human in me recoils from this’Eimear McBride - The Irish Times - I had not thought about the world for a very long time and, of all places, this place had seemed easier to ignore. I am driving down to Jericho now and, for the first time in a week, I breathe. Not because I have become accustomed to the hassle of checkpoints or seeing young men and women, still teenagers some, looking out at me from behind guns that they know how to use. Not because I have stopped noticing how grown men and women close themselves up behind a mask of quietude in order to cope with their every movement being at the whim of those same youngsters.-rh19/4/2017
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Crisis Looms in Gaza as Hamas Struggles to Deal With Energy Crisis Jack Khoury - Haaretz "Gaza’s Health Ministry warned on Tuesday that the power shortage could create health problems and urged the international community to step in. It said the lack of steady power to hospitals, coupled with a shortage of fuel to operate emergency generators, could cause the hospitals to collapse. Moreover, it added, the hospitals are already treating only urgent cases, endangering the health of patients who must wait for treatment." ca19/4/2017
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You are here Jenin won’t forget Israel’s massacreIlan Pappe - Electronic Intifada "Fifteen years ago this month the Israeli army bombarded and assaulted the Jenin refugee camp for more than 10 days. This was part of Israel’s so-called Operation Defensive Shield, during which it sent troops into the heart of six major cities in the occupied West Bank and surrounding towns and refugee camps that were ostensibly under Palestinian Authority control.In a report on the assault, the United Nations concluded that the Israeli army killed dozens of Palestinians in a camp that is just 0.4 square kilometers and hosts about 15,000 people.After the assault, a long debate ensued about the number of casualties. In the immediate havoc that reigned in the camp, the numbers were thought to be very high." ca 19/4/2017
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Israel Prevents PPS Attorney From Visiting Detainees In OferIMEMC News - "The move is part of collective punishment measures taken by Israel against the striking detainees, including barring them from visits with their families and their lawyers.The hunger strike started on Monday, April 17th, by more than 1300 Palestinian detainees, while hundreds of detainees are preparing to join the “Strike For Dignity.” April 17th also marks the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day." ca 19/4/2017
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Anti-Arab bias in political lawsuit against Arab BankRay Hanania- The Arab Daily News - "Biased American legal system that discriminates against the rights of Arabs and Muslims in favor of the rights of pro-Israel activists pushes biased lawsuit targeting Arab Bank in Jordan." - id 21/4/2017
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Why is this year different for Israeli civil society organizations?Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - The traditional Passover Haggadah includes a series of questions designed to spark the curiosity of the children about the Exodus story. In addition to offering questions about why this night is different from other nights and the words to “We Were Slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt,” the “Jubilee Haggadah” includes commentary by Jewish thinkers from Israel and the United States. One of the first pages contains a lament penned by the writer Amos Oz in August 1967, some three months after the war. “We are condemned now to rule people who do not want to be ruled by us,” the noted author wrote in “Davar,” the now-defunct daily newspaper of the then-ruling Labor Party, “condemned, not merry and euphoric.” Oz warned that all occupations corrupt the occupier. “I have fears about the kind of seeds we will sow in the near future in the hearts of the occupied,” he wrote. “Even more I have fears about the seed that will be planted in the hearts of the occupiers.” Like many of his friends on the political left, Oz did not imagine that five decades later Israelis would be “merry and euphoric,” celebrating the “liberation.”-rh 19/4/2017
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Israeli authorities punish sick Palestinian prisoners who joined mass hunger strikeMa`an - Lawyer Karim Ajwah, of the Palestinian Committee Prisoners` Affairs found out that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) had confiscated the 7 sick hunger strikers` electronic devices, clothes, and sheets. [bz]18/4/2017
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British-Palestinian professor ‘may never see family again’ after being denied entry to IsraelSamuel Osborne - Independent - ‘I was clearly on a wanted list. He had a pile of papers, he was pointing to tweets they said I had written. They were clearly ready for me’ [ry]17/4/2017
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With Furious cruelty’–Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour still facing prosecution in Israel Israel/Palestine Kim Jensen and Yoav Haifawi - Mondoweiss "     March 19 and March 28 marked two critical hearings in the trial of the Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour who faces up to eight years in prison on the charges of incitement and support for terrorism. The sessions largely focused on the testimony of two literary witnesses brought by Tatour’s defense attorneys Gaby Lasky and Nery Ramati. The defense’s overarching objectives were to establish Tatour’s inalienable right to freedom of expression, to point out the distorted police translation of Tatour’s poem, and to demonstrate anti-Arab bias in the judicial system. The contentious hearings started late and dragged into the evening as the prosecutor Alina Hardak spared no attempt to undermine the credibility of the witnesses." ca14/4/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Attack Students In Al-Quds University, Wound Twenty-FourIMEMC News - "The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed its medics rushed to the area, and provided the needed treatment to all wounded students, without the need to hospitalize any of them. In addition, several Israeli army jeeps invaded Fahma village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, broke into the home of Ahmad Shafiq Sa’abna, and interrogated him before illegally confiscating his car.The soldiers also invaded Beit Qad and Deir Abu Da’if villages, northeast of Jenin, and drove through their neighborhoods and alleys in a provocative manager before withdrawing." ca 14/4/2017
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Israeli occupation incarcerates 13th Palestinian legislatorAddameer: Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association - "The number of imprisoned Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) members climbed to 13 on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, when Israeli occupation forces seized PLC member Ahmad Atoun from his home in Ramallah in a pre-dawn raid. Atoun has previously spent several years in Israeli prisons. His last arrest was in 2013, during which he spent 17 months in detention. Atoun is originally from Jerusalem but is banned from living there by occupation forces." ca 14/4/2017
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Palestinians demand unity after PA cuts salaries in GazaAhmad Jaradat - Aternative Information Center "Protestors reject the idea that financial crisis requires slashing the salaries of Palestinian Authority workers in Gaza, but not the West Bank. On Wednesday April 5, 2017, employees of the Palestinian Authority (PA) living in the Gaza Strip discovered that their salaries had been slashed by 30 to 70 percent. News of the salary cuts reverberated throughout Palestine, though especially in Gaza, where protests began immediately outside of many local banks." ca14/4/2017
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Could an offshore seaport be Gaza`s salvation?Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - In an interview with Al-Monitor, a senior Hamas political bureau official in Gaza said that building an Israeli-inspired island under full Israeli control would result in the perpetuation of the blockade. “Your minister is willing to invest billions of dollars to build a port that will serve Israel’s security, but this money could be used for millions of far more logical and feasible solutions,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Israel has been playing with the idea that it can continue to rule over residents of the Strip from the air, sea and land, he said, but he noted, “This cannot go on forever.” The only solution, according to the official, is to allow the Palestinians to build a seaport on Gaza`s shore.-rh 12/4/2017
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Turmus Aya`s Palestinians threatened by settlement planLizzie Porter - Aljazeera - At the entrance of the Palestinian village Turmus Aya, in the occupied West Bank, a large sign, written in Hebrew, Arabic and English, warns visitors that "this road leads to Palestinian areas [sic]. It is dangerous for Israeli citizens to enter". Contrary to the sign`s warning, it is the Palestinian residents of this seemingly tranquil area who are more nervous, specifically about the recent encroachment from the Israeli settlements that surround their village. Turmus Aya, home to around 4,000 people, lies in the shadow of a string of such settlers` communities, which are illegal under international law. On a bump in the land directly to the north sits Shilo, a well-developed example, built in 1979 and home to around 3,000 illegal settlers.-rh 12/4/2017
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How Israel worsened a farm crisis in GazaSarah Algherbawi - The Electronic Intifada - "Earlier this year, an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease occurred in Gaza. For 17 days, Israel blocked the entry of vaccines required to prevent the virus from spreading, according to Gaza’s veterinary services." - id12/4/2017
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How Palestinians plan to overcome electricty shortagesAhmad Melhem - Al Monitor - "The Palestinian government is establishing a "new electricity market" that will draw power from various sources but will be supervised by a government-owned company." - id12/4/2017
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Soldiers destroy Hebron monument to 16-year girl assailant Elisha Ben Kimon - Y-Net - As part of their raids in Hebron, Israeli soldiers destroyed a monument erected in memory of Bian Asila. In October 2015, Asila, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, attempted to stab Israeli Border Police stationed in her town, lightly wounding one of them, and was then shot to death. In the official Israeli military communique, the demolition of "A monument to a terrorist" was described as "part of the ongoing campaign against Palestinian incitement". [The monument to Baruch Goldstein, who killed 29 people in 1994, is nearby, intact. ak] 11/4/2017
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Soldiers uproot 18 olive trees in Deir BalloutIMEMC - Several Israeli military vehicles, accompanied by a bulldozer, invaded Palestinian orchards in Deir Ballout (Salfit Governorate) and uprooted 18 olive trees. The reason given was the installing of new water pipelines to nearby Israeli settlements. [Left without explanation is why this was considered so urgent as to be carried out during the Passover Holiday... ak] 11/4/2017
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Palestinian assaulted and work tools confiscated during early morning raid by Israeli forcesISM - Shahar refused to sign the receipt for over half an hour, partly because he could not read what it said, but also because it became clear that the Israeli soldiers had written that only one piece of equipment had been confiscated from his workshop. In fact, Israeli forces had confiscated various tools and materials from his workshop, including a welding torch, a drill, and a disk cutter, with a total worth of over 4,000 shekels. Eventually, Shahar was punched in his left eye by one of the soldiers and told that if he did not sign the receipt, they would arrest him: ‘What do you think?’ asked one of the Israeli soldiers, ‘Sign and stay with your children, or we can arrest you? You choice.’ [bz]11/4/2017
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On 69th anniversary, PLO remembers `heartbreaking` Deir Yassin massacreMa`an - “After sixty-nine years, the Deir Yassin massacre still remains an important reminder of Israel’s systematic measures of displacement, destruction, dispossession, and dehumanization,” Ashrawi said. “The calculated efforts by Israel to completely erase the history, narrative and physical presence of the Palestinian people will not be ignored or forgotten. It is time for Israel’s lethal impunity to come to an end.” “We urge all members of the international community to hold Israel to account immediately, to curb its ongoing violations against the Palestinians, and to support our nonviolent and diplomatic efforts to seek justice and protection in all international legal venues," she added. [bz] 11/4/2017
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Jayyous Lands Again Under ThreatIMEMC News & Agencies - "Residents from the West Bank village of Jayyous, east of Qalqilia, endured nightly raids by Israeli forces for a week straight in early April. Israeli occupation forces fired tear gas at resident’s homes, causing some villagers to be taken for treatment to Darwish Nazzal hospital for tear gas inhalation." ca7/4/2017
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Malta and Palestine Search for New Ways to Facilitate Tourism Investments (VIDEO)IMEMC News & Agencies - "As part of its efforts to promote cooperation between the countries of Palestine and Malta, the Maltese Middle Eastern Tourism Corporation, with the support of the Representative Office of Malta in Palestine, had organized a second meeting and cultural dinner for a group of businessmen in the city of Bethlehem, where they discussed ways and mechanisms of creating an economic investment between the two countries in general, in the tourism field in particular." ca7/4/2017
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Sarah Silverman Condemns Occupation in Passover HaggadahNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - Comedian Sarah Silverman spoke out against Israel’s military occupation in a new Passover Haggadah timed with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War, when Israel conquered the West Bank. “Of all the people, Jews know the bitterness of being oppressed — and not being in our own country,” she wrote. “That’s what makes the occupation all so ironic. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between right and wrong, the situation is complicated and scary, but I’m guessing oppression will always prove to be on the wrong side of history.”-rh 5/4/2017
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Israel Steps Up Dirty Tricks Against Boycott Leaders Jonathan Cook - Countercurrents - Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed cohorts of Israel loyalists in the United States by video link last week at the annual conference of Aipac, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. They should, he said, follow his government’s example and defend Israel on the “moral battlefield” against the growing threat of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. In Netanyahu’s simple-minded language, support for Palestinian rights, and opposition to the settlements, is equivalent to “delegitimisation” of Israel.-rh 5/4/2017
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Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian homes, spray pesticides on crops in GazaMaa`an News Agency - Israeli forces opened fire on Tuesday morning at Palestinian houses and agricultural lands in eastern Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Witnesses told Ma`an that gunshots were fired from Israeli military pillboxes across the border fence, causing material damage to a number of houses. No injuries were reported. Separately, in the southeastern and central eastern parts of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian farmers reported that Israeli drones sprayed "poisonous pesticides” on crops near the borders with Israel. They added that fields of melon, watermelon, okra, and wheat were sprayed with pesticides that may harm the crops.-rh5/4/2017
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Border Police officers indicted for assaulting PalestinianRoi Yanovsky -Ynetnews - According to the indictment, Yosef Abadi, 22, from Rishon Lezion, and Oshri Ohayon, 23, from Beit Shemesh, had assaulted a Palestinian with the butt of their rifle and even threatened to kill him, because they thought he was suspected of having carried out a stabbing attack. The two arrived at the Christian Quarter in the Old City in May 2016 following a report of a stabbing attack. When they noticed a Palestinian walking by, they suspected that he was the assailant, even though he was unarmed. They approached him, and one of the soldiers struck him with the butt of his rifle, without informing him that he was being arrested or detained and without questioning him.-rh 5/4/2017
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A rare enlightened military judgeMilitary Court Watch (March 2017 Report) - A judge at the Ofer Military Court rejected the admissibility of a statement taken from a 15-year-old boy on the basis that, during interrogation the boy was denied access to a lawyer. In the statement, the boy had confessed to having been involved in throwing Molotov cocktails at a military sentry point in Hebron. This ruling has potential significance, as up to 90 percent of minors detained by the military in the West Bank continue to be interrogated without having access to a lawyer. Typically, such interrogations produce confessions which military courts usually regard as admissible, resulting with the youngsters being sent to prison with hardly any real judicial process. [ak]4/4/2017
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Israeli authorities uproot 150 olive trees in Salfit for `damaging view of nature reserve`Ma`an - Deir Istiya`s municipal council member Nathmi Salman told Ma`an that the trees were uprooted without prior notice. He argued that Israeli authorities "are attempting to control the Wadi Qana area and deprive the (Palestinian) landowners from benefiting from their land under the pretext that it is a nature reserve." [bz]4/4/2017
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Israeli occupation issues 46 administrative detention orders Samidoun / AIC - A twelfth member of the Palestinian Legislative Council was targeted in a rash of indefinite detention orders issued at the end of March. [bz]4/4/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Abduct 14 Palestinians In The West BankIMEMC News - "Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, fourteen Palestinians, including two children [aged] 12 and 13" [ry]3/4/2017
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Israeli forces raid house of slain Palestinian teen, seal bookstore in West Bank raidsMa`an - Israeli police ambushed 17-year-old Ahmad Ghazal in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City Saturday afternoon after the boy stabbed and lightly injured three Israelis. Witnesses saw border police corner Ghazal in a small apartment and shower him with bullets, describing the incident as an “execution” and asserting that the teenager could have been easily detained without using lethal force. [bz for dn]2/4/2017
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