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Life under occupation

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Israeli authorities destroy 60 solar panels in remote Bethlehem-area villageMa`an News Agency - "Head of the village council Rateb Abu Mahamid told Ma’an that Israeli army forces and members of the Israeli Civil Administration raided the village early Wednesday to seize the solar panels, highlighting that they were installed last year by human rights organizations to provide electricity to the remote village, which has "no necessities of life to survive," according to the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ).The village, located in Area C -- the more than 60 percent of the occupied West Bank under full Israeli military control -- is surrounded by illegal Israeli settlements, and as a result, Israel bars Palestinians from building and being connected to basic infrastructure, Abu Mahamid told Ma`an." ca30/6/2017
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Marking the Green LineNew Israel Fund - Hundreds of Israelis marched last week along the Green Line, the historic boundary between Israel and the West Bank, to remind Israelis that this is what separates the country from the occupied territory. Holding signs including, “Fifty Years of Occupation – Enough,” activists organized by NIF grantees Machsom Watch and Givat Haviva laid long strips of green cloth along the line. The line is so invisible that at one section near the Latrun intersection in Israel they walked on a dirt road next to a wheat field and alongside a major Israeli highway.-rh28/6/2017
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Fuel imported from Egypt averts full collapse in Gaza StripMA’AN NEWS AGENCY - A million liters of Egyptian-provided fuel is set to enter the besieged Gaza Strip on Saturday via the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt in order to assist the territory with a crippling electricity crisis, in the latest of a number of fuel shipments provided by Egyptian authorities. Israeli authorities announced plans to make drastic power cuts to the besieged territory last month, upon request of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the occupied West Bank, which foots Gaza’s monthly electricity bill from Israel, by subtracting from taxes collected by Israel on behalf of the PA.-rh 28/6/2017
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Pushing Gaza to suicide: The politics of humiliationRamzy Baroud - MA’AN NEWS AGENCY - Muhammad Abed is a 28-year-old taxi driver from the village of al-Qarara, near the town of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip. He has no teeth. Lack of medical care and proper dentistry work cost him all of his teeth, which rotted and decayed at a very young age. Yet, his dire financial needs prevented him from acquiring dentures. His community eventually pitched in, collecting the few hundred dollars needed for Muhammad to finally being able to eat. Muhammad is not unemployed. He works ten hours, sometimes more, every single day. The old taxi he drives between Khan Yunis and Gaza City is owned by someone else. Muhammad’s entire daily salary ranges from 20 to 25 shekels, about $6. Raising a family with four children with such a meager income made it impossible for Muhammad to think of such seemingly extraneous expenses, such as fixing his teeth or acquiring dentures. Strange as it may seem, Muhammad is somewhat lucky.-rh28/6/2017
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Why Is One Pro-Israel Group Desperate To Keep You From Watching This Video? Peter Beinart - Forward - The worst part is that for major American Jewish organizations, ignorance is an export. It is not enough that American Jewish leaders never hear from Palestinians themselves — they do their best to ensure that American politicians don’t, either. Consider the sequence of events that began on June 8. On that day, an advocacy group called No Way To Treat a Child hosted a panel discussion on Capitol Hill. That’s not unusual. Advocacy organizations hold panel discussions on Capitol Hill all the time; the location makes it easier for congressional staff to attend. What made this one unusual was its subject: the Palestinian experience under Israeli control.-rh 28/6/2017
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A guide to the Gaza Strip From Israel`s occupation to a decade of siege, here is all you need to know about `the world`s largest open-air prison`.Aljazeera - The Gaza Strip, home to two million Palestinians, is frequently on the news. The small enclave is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and has been aptly described as "the world`s largest open-air prison". It is a small self-governing Palestinian territory that came under Israeli occupation, along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem, after the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.-rh 28/6/2017
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A Palestinian family dividedJaclynn Ashly - Aljazeera - ""Each day, my children ask me when they will be able to come see me," he said. "I don`t know what to tell them any more."" - id 28/6/2017
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Israel terrorizes Gaza civilians in air strikes as Ramadan endsMohammed Asad - The Arab Daily News - "An unknown religious extremist group allegedly claimed credit for the rocket fire against Israel, but many Palestinians asserted that Israel fabricated the claim of a rocket attack in order to launch strikes against Muslim targets marking the end of the 30 days of Islamic religious fasting, Ramadan." - id 28/6/2017
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Life imprisoned in a ‘closed military zone’: “Daily Life”?al-Khalil team International Solidarity Movement - "If you break a pair of scissors, your children will not be doing arts anymore, and no matter how often they ask for new one’s, the parents are prohibited to bring scissors, even non-sharp children`s-scissors, into this area." - id28/6/2017
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7 Palestinians detained, 8 hospitalized in violent Israeli military raidsMa’an - During a violent raid into al-Duheisha refugee camp, at least eight Palestinians were injured, including six who were shot with live fire in the legs - one of whom was an on-duty paramedic whose brother was detained, and a youth who was run over by an Israeli military vehicle. Locals said that several Israeli military vehicles raided the refugee camp around dawn time, surrounded it from multiple areas, as snipers deployed on the rooftops of houses. Clashes erupted between Israeli soldiers and local youth at the entrances of the camp, with Israeli forces firing rubber-coated steel bullets, live bullets, and tear-gas bombs.[ak]27/6/2017
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Life in a septic tankSarah Algherbawi - Electronic Intifada "Every day, 100,000 cubic meters of raw sewage are discharged into the sea around Gaza. The Gaza Strip’s environmental problems have worsened in recent years. Gaza has suffered from chronic electricity shortages ever since its sole power plant was bombed by Israel in 2006. Israel imposed an ongoing, severe economic blockade on the territory one year later, restricting the import of fuel and hindering repair of electricity infrastructure destroyed and damaged during successive military offensives." ca 23/6/2017
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On World Refugee Day, estimates show 66% of Palestinians became refugees in 1948On World Refugee Day, estimates show 66% of Palestinians became refugees in 1948MA’AN NEWS AGENCY - According to UNRWA, 42 percent of the total population of the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip are internally displaced refugees from historic Palestine, with data indicated that Palestinian refugees living in the occupied territory and Gaza have an overall unemployment rate of 33.3 percent in 2016, compared to 22.3 percent among non-refugees.-rh 21/6/2017
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What we choose to ignore about the 1967 WarJames J. Zogby - +972 - The sins of the 1967 War are still with us. Not only in the continuing crime of the occupation and the new victims it takes, but also in the unanswered questions and the still unaccounted for victims.-rh21/6/2017
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Proposed Bill to Strip Palestinians in Israel of Their CitizenshipThe Palestine Chronicle - A proposed Israeli bill seeks to strip perpetrators of anti-occupation resistance attacks of their Israeli citizenship and their families of legal residency permits, Israeli media reported. According to Israel Hayom, the bill was introduced by Robert Ilatov, a Yisrael Beiteinu member of Knesset, and it is supported by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The newspaper quoted Ilatov as saying: “We will no longer allow the absurd [situation] in which terrorists and those who aid terrorism carry blue [Israeli] ID cards and enjoy the rights and benefits of citizens, while acting to annihilate us.”-rh 21/6/2017
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Iftar on the rubbleNora Lester Murad - Mondoweiss - Nora Lester Murad and her friends organize an Iftar dinner next to the rubble of a demolished Palestinian house in East Jerusalem, "We planned the Iftar to show solidarity with Ashraf and Islam, and the tens of thousands of Palestinian families whose homes have been demolished, partially demolished, or sealed, and who live every day under the imminent threat of demolitions by the Israel authorities. -rh21/6/2017
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Campaign of collective punishment after Jerusalem attackMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - The military raided the homes of the slain attackers and gave notice that the homes would be demolished. Two Palestinians in the village were shot in the legs with live ammunition during confrontations that broke out during the Israeli military raid. Additional injuries were reported on Sunday, as the village was besieged for a third consecutive day, and soldiers allegedly looted the home of a woman who was detained. [bz]21/6/2017
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Gaza power cuts: `This is the worst it`s ever been`Mersiha Gadzo - Aljazeera - "My son was born with congenital lung disease; his right lung is bigger than his left. When there`s no electricity, I worry that he might die. I`m afraid for my son; his life depends entirely on the nebuliser, which gives him oxygen. The moment he starts to play or run, he immediately needs more oxygen." - id 20/6/2017
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Life under Siege: Indiscriminate killing of farmers IMEMC - "Zeina was solely responsible for Hani and his six siblings and the family’s income is based on the 2 dunums of land they own and where they plant wheat, which is located in Elfokhari neighborhood, about 350 meters from the borderline line with Israel." - id20/6/2017
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Gaza`s ticking sewage bombShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - "Adar notes that even now Gaza does not have any potable water. Sewage and excessive pumping by the Palestinians have polluted the ground water. Given that the aquifer level has changed and salt water has intruded into the ground water, the water in Gaza is not only polluted, it is overly saline. Adar sums up thus, “I say this as clearly as possible: It is both morally incorrect and politically not logical to have your neighbor thirsty. It could come back to haunt us.”" - id 20/6/2017
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Dispatch from ‘the most ****ed up place on Earth,’ Hebron’s H2 quarterCharlie Zimmerman - Mondoweiss "      “They handcuffed and blindfolded me, threw me into a bathroom, and closed the door. They left me there for five hours.” Issa Amro’s voice rises steadily with anger as he speaks in the backyard of his small home in the H2 region of Hebron, where 400-850 messianic Jewish settlers live, protected by up to 2,000 soldiers, smack in the middle of a Palestinian neighborhood of 36,000. He goes on to describe the Israeli soldiers occasionally opening the door, pointing a gun at him and laughing. His voice quavers at some points, the trauma underlying his anger clearly close to the surface." ca 16/6/2017
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UN blames Palestinians for electricity crisis Israel caused in GazaAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "Robert Piper, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territories, acknowledged on Wednesday that without immediate action the electricity crisis will bring about the “collapse of vital life-saving, health, water, sanitation and municipal services.” (-) Piper is echoing the Israeli line that Palestinians themselves are to blame. His statement calls “upon the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and Israel to put the welfare of Gaza’s residents first and to take the necessary measures to avoid further suffering” – as if all these bodies are equal in their power and responsibility." ca16/6/2017
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Video: Ramadan in GazaThe Electronic Intifada - "Ramadan, a time of worship and joy for Muslims around the globe, is mixed with sadness in Gaza.During Ramadan three years ago, Israel launched a massive military offensive that would last 51 days and claim more than 2,200 Palestinian lives.The many families in Gaza who lost loved ones during that offensive, and the ones that came before it, feel little joy in their absence." ca 16/6/2017
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Israel`s renewal of law restricting family unification condemned as `apartheid`Ma`an News Agency - - Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, renewed the controversial “Citizenship and Entry into Israel” law, which sets severe limitations on Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory married to Israeli citizens, for the 14th year on Monday, as Palestinian members of parliament denounced the move as “racist” and a show of “apartheid” against Palestinian citizens of Israel. The law was extended by a vote of 57 in favor and 16 against, according to a statement released by the Knesset, The law applies to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip, and foreign nationals from Iran, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq -- and can apply to other nationalities originating from countries the Israeli government deems a security threat.-rh14/6/2017
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Gaza: Looming humanitarian catastrophe highlights need to lift Israel’s 10-year illegal blockadeAmnesty International - The Israeli authorities must immediately lift the illegal blockade and end their collective punishment of Gaza’s population.-rh14/6/2017
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Trapped and traumatized in GazaSarah Algherbawi - The Electronic Intifada - "“It’s a cruel feeling to go from being young, active and full of hope to being depressed,” Samih said. “Gaza is not a good place to live. If I had a choice, I would not live here.” The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor has estimated that more than half of all people in Gaza have experienced depression." - id 14/6/2017
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Israel Cuts Gaza Electricity to 2 Hours a Day IMEMC - "The Israeli Security Cabinet approved, Sunday, a 35 per cent reduction of the electricity supply to Gaza Strip." - id 14/6/2017
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls for dismantling of UN Palestinian refugee agencyMaayan Lubell - Independent - Organisation says it currently aids five million registered Palestinian refugees in the Middle East [ry]12/6/2017
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UNRWA Condemns Construction of Tunnel under Gaza School as Violation of NeutralityIMEMC News- "In a statement released by UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness, the agency stated that on June 1, UNRWA discovered part of a tunnel that passes under two adjacent Agency schools in Maghazi camp in the Gaza Strip, namely the Maghazi Elementary Boys A&B School and the Maghazi Preparatory Boys School. The schools are located on the same premises.The discovery was reportedly made during the summer vacation, at a time when the schools are empty, and in the course of work related to the construction of an extension of one of the buildings." ca10/6/2017
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After 50 years, military violence is the norm for Palestinian childrenJennifer Bing - +972 "Children under the age of 18 currently make up almost 50 percent of the Palestinians living in the occupied territories — and have grown up with systemic discrimination, settlement expansions, and war...I work for the American Friends Service Committee, which has been involved in advocacy and humanitarian work with Palestinians for more than 50 years. In that capacity I co-coordinate the “Israeli Military Detention: No Way to Treat a Child” campaign with Defense for Children International—Palestine. For decades we have documented escalating violations of the rights of Palestinian children by Israeli military forces." ca9/6/2017
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Palestinian Resentenced to Life in Prison, 34 Years after Being Released IMEMC - "Yousif Hassan Ahmad Abu al-Kheir, a 74-year-old Palestinian, was serving a life sentence in Israeli custody for what Israeli news outlet Ynet called “serious security offenses” when he was released in 1983 as part of a prisoner swap deal between Israel and the Fateh movement." - id 7/6/2017
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