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Life under occupation

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Israeli forces raid PalMedia headquarters in Ramallah, seize equipment and documentsMa`an - The targeting of media "proves Israel`s intentions to prevent [journalists] transferring the message of our people`s desired freedom" says statement of the Palestinian Ministry of Information. [bz]29/7/2017
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Palestinian Dies From Head Wounds Suffered Three Days Ago In HizmaIMEMC News - "It stated that, on Monday July 24, the young man, identified as Mohammad Fathi Kanaan, 25, was shot with a live round in the head, before he was rushed to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, and was instantly moved to the surgery ward.The Palestinian remained in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit, until he was official pronounced dead, on Thursday evening." ca 28/7/2017
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Bitter Palestinian rivalry adds to the agony of Gaza’s vulnerableSarah Helm - The Guardian - Kidney dialysis, intensive care and neonatal units are all in crisis. The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah on the West Bank has refused to pay for medicines, which are now critically depleted even for those in most need. Payments due to Israel each time patients are transferred are also being blocked, so that babies in need of critical care as well as cancer patients are refused permits to leave for treatment in the West Bank and Israel. Doctors say 10 cancer patients who have died in the past month could have been saved if they had been transferred.-rh26/7/2017
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Amnesty International slams Israeli police for ‘terrifying’ hospital raidsMa`an News Agency - Human rights organization Amnesty International has condemned Israeli forces for multiple violent raids into an occupied East Jerusalem hospital, which has been struggling to treat hundreds of Palestinians who have been injured by Israeli forces in recent days in a brutal crackdown on demonstrations surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.In the span of ten days, Israelis killed four Palestinian demonstrators and injured more than 1,000 others, in protests against new Israeli security measures put in place at the holy site following a deadly shooting there on July 14.-rh26/7/2017
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Why is UN pushing for Gaza’s surrender?Maureen Clare Murphy - Electronic Intifada "...what the report actually does is reveal how the UN has apparently aligned with Israel and its international backers in pushing for Gaza’s total surrender to its tormentors.This is made evident with the background context provided in the report which frames Israel’s economic blockade on Gaza as the response to Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007, which Piper’s report perversely describes as a “coup.” ca 21/7/2017
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Two Million Gazans Swelter in the DarkMohammed Omer - Washington Report on Middle East Affairs "The unremitting electric blackouts—sometimes for as long as 20 to 22 hours a day—along with ill-equipped hospitals and closed borders, mean that many people in Gaza literally face death as a result of Israel’s collective punishment." ca21/7/2017
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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.-rh20/7/2017
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Sensing an opportunity, Israel targets UNRWA and the Palestinian right of returnBen White - MEMO - UNRWA has long been a bête noire of Israeli politicians and pro-Israel advocacy groups, who in recent years have attacked the agency over allegations of ‘incitement’ in schools, employees’ social media posts, and claims of compromised neutrality during Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. Such complaints – which have lacked in substance and accuracy – are, however, primarily proxy targets for the fundamental reason why UNRWA is so despised: in the words of Netanyahu, “by its very existence”, the agency “perpetuates – and does not solve – the Palestinian refugee problem”. So, what does Netanyahu mean? To unpack this further, consider this piece written by fellows at right-wing institute Middle East Forum, praising Netanyahu’s call for the dismantling of UNRWA.-rh20/7/2017
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8th Kite Festival in Burinal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "The festival is kind of a tradition for this town, but has not taken place for the last three years, because the main organiser and head of the Burin Youth Committee, Target Organisation for Rural Development, Ghassan Najar was in prison, having been arrested for hosting the last Kite Festival in 2014." - id 19/7/2017
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Two Palestinian Fishermen wounded by Israeli Navy shootings off Khan Younis The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) - “At approximately 19:00, I headed out with two other fishermen, Ibrahim and Murad (who owns the boat). We kept within the limited area allowed [by Israel] for fishing. After two hours, while we were withdrawing the fishing net out of the water, an Israeli gunboat suddenly approached to within 15 meters away from us. The Israelis started shooting. I felt severe pain in my right leg and fell on the deck. Ibrahim was wounded as well. We started yelling, and Murad shouted that we were wounded. We heard the Israeli soldiers talking but did not understand. After minutes, Murad sailed to the shore, and Ibrahim and I were taken to Naser Hospital in Khan Younis. [ak]18/7/2017
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Yet Another Military Trial in the Occupied TerritoriesKhulood Badawi - Human Rights Watch - Amro, the prominent founder and coordinator of Youth Against Settlements, and Human Rights watchdog al-Atrash were charged with “demonstrating without license,” “entering a closed military zone,” “incitement,” and “obstructing an officer,” at a February 2016 protest. The protesters were demanding Israeli authorities reopen al-Shuhada Street in Hebron, a key artery that the Israeli military has heavily restricted for the 40,000 Palestinians of Hebron to protect 500 Israeli settlers who reside in the area. Israeli restrictions, which include over 100 physical obstacles across Hebron have transformed al-Shuhada street from a vibrant street full of Palestinian shops and shoppers into a virtual ghost town of shuttered windows and graffiti. - Amro also currently faces 14 other charges related to his nonviolent activism. [bz] 18/7/2017
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Israeli forces shoot young Palestinian in East Jerusalem, raid hospital where he is treatedMa`an - The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that Israeli troops stormed the area of Ein al-Luza and fired stun grenades and live fire haphazardly, while young residents threw Molotov cocktails and fireworks in response. One Palestinian was seriously injured during the raid, according to the information center, and taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery. The center added that Israeli police raided the al-Makassed Hospital east of the Old City of Jerusalem, seeking to detain the injured Palestinian. Official Palestinian news agency Wafa said the young man was taken from his hospital bed by Israeli forces. [bz]18/7/2017
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 How Israel’s 10-Year Blockade Brought Gaza to the Brink of Collapse : The crisis in Gaza is not simply a humanitarian tragedy. It’s a moral outrage.Tareq Baconi - The Nation -  he stories read like dispatches from a nightmare, describing a reality that is almost too extreme to fathom: nearly 2 million people locked inside a land mass the size of Philadelphia, the borders carefully controlled, the movement of goods and humans severely restricted; as much as 72 percent of the population facing food insecurity and 41 percent struggling with unemployment; hospitals forced to rely on generators for life-saving equipment, while supplies of life-saving medicines dwindle to dangerous levels; and looming in the not-far-off distance, as water treatment and desalination plants stop working, the risk that drinking water will run out.-rh12/7/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Kill Two Palestinians In Jenin IMEMC - "Medical sources In Jenin said the soldiers killed Sa’ad Hasan Salah, 21, from Jenin city, and Aws Mohammad Salama, 17, from Jenin refugee camp, after shooting them with live fire. The sources added that the soldiers also shot Odai Nizar Abu Na’sa, 19, with an expanding bullet in his leg, causing a serious injury." - id 12/7/2017
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`Gaza will be unlivable next year, not 2020 as the UN says`Edo Konrad - +972 - "Without electricity, the pumps that deliver tap water to apartments in high-rise residential buildings stop working. “Water used to reach these houses between two-to-three hours every few days,” Khalil Shaheen says. “And this is in the summer. Yesterday, my building only had one hour of water.”" - id 12/7/2017
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Apartheid illustrated: Israeli soldier shoots another soldier in Hebronal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "The Israeli forces immediately closed the whole area to Palestinians by closing all the checkpoints, collectively punishing the civilian Palestinian population." - id12/7/2017
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Video: Gaza’s gaping woundMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - “Four of them had made it to the top of the building when it was hit by a heavy missile fired from an F-16 warplane. The roof collapsed, killing eight people, all but two of them children. One of the 28 persons who were injured in the strike died of his wounds days later. The Israeli military claimed that operational error caused unintended civilian deaths when it targeted the Kaware family home, where a senior figure in Hamas’ military wing was living” [ry]10/7/2017
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Palestinian baby dies from tear gas inhalationLaurin-Whitney Gottbrath - Al Jazeera - Officials say the child died from asphyxiation two months after Israeli forces shot tear gas at his home near Ramallah [ry]10/7/2017
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Dutch gov’t condemns Israeli confiscation of donated solar panelsJericho/ PNN/ - Palestine News Network "The Dutch government has lodged a protest with Israel over the confiscation of equipment donated to the Palestinian village of Jibbet Addeeb’s hybrid power system (diesel and solar powered), according to a written statement of the Dutch foreign ministry, sent to Haaretz by the Netherlands’ office in Ramallah." ca7/7/2017
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Life under occupation: Resisting Israeli apartheid in H2 area of HebronPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - Alternative information Center "The violence of soldiers and settlers has not deterred the Shamsiya family from reporting on human rights violations in Israeli occupied Hebron.Imad Abu Shamsiya is a 47-year old husband and the father of five children – three boys and two girls. A shoemaker by profession, for years he has been dedicating a large part of his time to opposing Israeli occupation by documenting human rights violations committed by Israeli settlers and soldiers in his home as well as in Tel Rumeida and other parts of Hebron via camera." ca7/7/2017
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Israeli military court extends detention of Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin as international protest growsSamidoun - Saafin and Jarrar were seized by Israeli occupation forces who invaded their family homes in the Ramallah area in pre-dawn raids on 2 July 2017. They recounted the experience of the raids to Addameer lawyer Muna Naddaf, who said that the two were taken to Ofer military court for interrogation after being seized. Both were only interrogated for 30 minutes before being placed in a small room with no windows for four hours. By 4:00 pm on the same day, the two were transferred to HaSharon prison, one of the two prisons where dozens of Palestinian women are held.-rh5/7/2017
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Demand to stop prisoner payments is Israeli gambit to avoid peace talks — PA commissionSheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - “The Israeli position understands very much what that impact [of cutting prisoners’ salaries] would be, and how impossible that is,” he said. “This demand to stop payment to prisoners is a condition by Israel to avoid making any peace treaties with the Palestinians. In a time in which people want to talk about settlements and borders and water issues, Israel wants to make this issue with prisoners the crux of a deal to make peace?”.-rh5/7/2017
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Israeli Court in Abu Khdeir Case: “Jewish terrorism is different from Arab terrorism”Celine Hagbard - IMEMC - "The father of Mohammed Abu Khdeir says that he is angry about the Israeli court ruling, and will take the case to the International Court in the Hague." - id 5/7/2017
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Photos of life at Beit Lahia in GazaAhmad Hasaballah - The Arab Daily News - "Hasaballah’s award winning photography has documented the lives and struggles of Palestinians who live under Israeli oppression and the brutal Israeli embargo." - id 5/7/2017
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A day in Umm al-Kheir, threatened by demolition by Israeli forcesal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "The whole life in this beautiful piece of land is dominated by their settler-neighbours: except for one house in the village, every house has several times been demolished and is constantly threatened by demolition by the Israeli forces." - id5/7/2017
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The West Bank`s `Disneyland` Offers a Small Break From the Israeli Occupation Gideon Levy - Haaretz "The Ghanem brothers are certain that peace can start in their Mega Land. Just let them make 5-D peace on one of their spinning rides and you’ll see. In the meantime, we did our best to play down our own national identity amid the masses of Palestinian visitors." ca1/7/2017
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34 House Dems condemn Israeli charges against Issa Amro — follower of civil rights movement and GandhiPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "We believe that nonviolent means of political engagement should be encouraged rather than suppressed, and that the persecution and imprisonment of peaceful activists such as Mr. Amro only threatens the safety and human rights of both Palestinians and Israelis." ca1/7/2017
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Palestinian Goes to the Beach for the First Time in Decades, Gets $200 Fine From Israeli Fashion Police Roy Arad - Haaretz "This isn’t a story about a boy who lost an eye or about a wrecked home. It’s about a minor matter, but still, it tugs at the heartstrings.Hakam Habash, a 36-year-old man who works in a Nablus factory that manufactures jeans for companies in Israel, hadn’t seen the sea for 20 years. When he received a permit to be in Israel in the daylight hours during the month of Ramadan, which just ended this week – he decided to go to the seashore. But his foray to Herzl Beach in Netanya ended in bitter disappointment." ca 1/7/2017
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Israel may be able to confiscate our money, but it cannot confiscate our dignity Issa Qaraqe - PNN "The ratification by the Israeli ministerial committee on June 14, 2017 of the draft law allowing the withholding of Palestinian tax funds under the claim that they are used to fund subsidies for the families of detainees, martyrs, and wounded is more horrifying and immoral than war itself.Israel is attempting to skin and punish the Palestinian people alive and cloak penal legislations designed to crush the Palestinian people under the veil of law." ca 1/7/2017
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