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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis march to support village encircled by wallHaggai Matar - +972 Magazine - Over 500 Palestinian and Israeli demonstrators marched to protest the construction of the separation wall and house demolitions in the West Bank village of Walaje, south of Jerusalem. The march started at the entrance to the nearby city of Beit Jala, with activists chanting against the occupation and in favor of a two-state solution. As the march got underway, Jews and Palestinians stood together forming a bridge with their hands for others to pass through, calling for “build bridges, not walls.” [ak]19/9/2017
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A new dawn in Gaza? Ahmed Eleiba - Al-Ahram "The talks in Cairo focus on four basic issues, border control, security, reconciliation and prisoners of war, Tarek Fahmi, a political researcher at the National Centre for Middle East Studies, told Al-Ahram Weekly. The Hamas delegation is also keen to discuss ways living conditions in the Strip can be improved and are pushing for agreements that will increase the supply of electricity to Gaza and open the Rafah crossing. Fahmi believes Haniyeh’s participation in the latest round of talks signals a new phase in the discussions which will directly impact the situation in Gaza." ca16/9/2017
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Workers are weakest link in Gaza’s garment trade Mousa Tawfiq - The Electronic Intifada - Gaza’s textile industry is being revived after years of decline. The siege, which Israel imposed on Gaza a decade ago, banned even cloth and thread. Recently, Israel has made an exception for textiles. Israeli businesses have lately outsourced some work to Gaza’s factories, rather than to distant China... [bz]12/9/2017
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Three Years After the War: Gaza Youth Speak OutRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “`At bedtime, I am afraid to turn the lights off. I am not a coward, it is just that I worry that this bulb hanging from the ceiling is the last light that remains (shining) in my life.` Soon after he penned these words, Moath Alhaj, a young artist from a Gaza refugee camp, passed away in his sleep" [ry]11/9/2017
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Young Palestinian photographer in Gaza shines a light on fishermen’s struggleCharlotte Kates - Mondoweis - . Khalid Hashem Abu al-Jedian’s photographs were taken as he accompanied the fishermen of Gaza on their hazardous daily journeys into the sea, where Gaza’s traditional fishery is boxed in on all sides by Israeli siege, enforced by gunships. [bz]9/9/2017
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One magical night in YaffaAnonymous - Mondoweiss "As we set out, around 4:30 p.m. or so, the sunlight was that of an early evening in late July, and the music playing was Bob Marley. Ghassan was at the wheel. Due to his family’s long-maintained connection to a residence in Jerusalem, he had a yellow license plate on his car, which gave him much more freedom of movement than the other plate Palestinians were likely to have...Meanwhile, those for whom this apartheid had been built calmly strolled along the beach, seeing nothing out of the ordinary, pushing their children in strollers and laughing. It was an obscenity, not because of their ignorance, but because their ignorance was concocted: they knew." ca 8/9/2017
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UN chief calls for end of Israeli blockade of GazaBethan McKernan - Independent - Secretary General Antonio Guterres appeals for funding to alleviate humanitarian crisis in visit to `de-developing` Palestinian enclave [ry]4/9/2017
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Palestinians protest new ‘segregation fence’ in HebronElla Hattey - Moondoweiss - The construction is an extension of a fence originally erected in 2012 to segregate the community and restrict their access. It divides in two the Ibrahimi Street, the road that leads to the Ibrahimi Mosque; two-thirds of the street is divided off and allocated to the Israeli settlers, with the remaining third left for the Palestinian community. The gross inequality is stark, the Israeli side is well paved and accessible to cars and buses, whereas the Palestinian side is made up of broken paving stones and only accessible on foot. To make matters worse, a further extension of the fence not only lengthens it 36 yards (making it 133 yards in total) but now includes a gate that is locked between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Upon opening the gate, a loud alarm sounds alerting the soldiers on duty of who are passing. The gate is not wheelchair accessible, causing a massive problem for the three disabled residents who have to maneuver their mobility scooters through a narrow passage and uneven surface.-rh30/8/2017
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Israeli state orders settlers to evacuate Palestinian family`s home in HebronMa`an News - HEBRON (Ma`an) -- Israeli authorities have ordered a group of Israelis to evacuate a building in Hebron`s Old City in the southern occupied West Bank that belongs to the Abu Rajab family, after the settlers forcibly took over the home a month ago amid a years-long legal battle over the building. Meanwhile, a member of the Palestinian family reported continued physical attacks at the hands of the settlers. The Israeli state prosecutor told the Israeli Supreme Court that the fifteen settler families have seven days to vacate a three-story building, Israel’s justice ministry announced on Sunday evening.-rh 30/8/2017
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Tribute to Gaza fishermenLeen Abu Said - "We are not numbers" - On Sept. 8, 2016, Israeli naval forces opened fire on five Gaza fishermen, then detained them and seized their boats. This week, one of those boats, owned by Abd al-Muti Al-Habil, served as an open-air gallery for a tribute to the fishermen of Gaza. To of these fishermen have been killed, twenty- three arrested and six boats destroyed. Photographer Khalid Hashem, documenting the fishermen`s lives, displayed 18 dramatic photographs in an exhibit called “Hook,” dedicated to the some 3,000 Gazan fishermen who continue to take to the sea every day (compared to the 10,000 who used to earn their living this way in 2000). [ak]29/8/2017
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Moving house in Hebron: Mission all but impossibleB`Tselem - In July ‘Abd al-Jaber Hadad (26) was preparing to move with his wife and two children from an apartment they had rented in the neighborhood of Jabal Juhar to a more spacious apartment on a-Sahla Street. Palestinians are only allowed on foot in a-Sahla Street. Checkpoints have been placed at either end of the street – Checkpoint 160 at one end and the Pharmacy Checkpoint at the other. The new apartment lies just five meters away from the Pharmacy Checkpoint. But the family was forced in the summer heat to walk the furniture the long way. [Including video which would be funny if it weren`t reality-bz] 29/8/2017
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Will the Rafah Crossing open in September? Amira Hass - Haaretz - Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, told commentators and journalists that the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt - closed almost completley since 2014 - will very likely open to goods and people in September. This seems to be the culmination of prolonged efforts by Hamas to achieve rapprochement with General Sisi`s regime in Cairo. Muhammad Dahlan, the fierce opponent of Palestinian Authority President Abbas, seems also involved in the deal. A reopening of Rafah will alleviate the deteriorating conditions in Gaza, and there are some 20,000 Gazans waiting for the permit to leave the Strip. However, nothing is certain until the crossing is actually opened. The few Palestinians who were able to move through Sinai reported a rough treatment at Egyptian Army checkpoints. [ak] 22/8/2017
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`Denial of treatment to Gaza cancer patients makes Israel unfit to host the International Biochemistry Congress`AURDIP (Assoc. des Universitaires Pour le Respect du Droit International) - In September, the Israeli Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is due to host in Jerusalem the 42nd Congress of the Federation of the European Biochemical Societies (FEBS). 89 acadmics, some of them Israeli, have signed a call for a boycott of that conference. Among other things, the signatories note that "The biochemistry of cancer is one of the themes of the FEBS Congress. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer is as low as 30% in Gaza, which Israel has besieged for the past ten years, as compared to 86% in Israel. In 2016, only 44% of Gaza patients who requested access to Israeli hospitals were admitted; more than half of those refused entry were cancer patients." [ak] 22/8/2017
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Israeli forces murder Palestinian boy in West BankDays of Palestine - Israeli occupation claimed he stabbed an Israeli soldier, but Israeli medical service Megan David Adom stressed that the Israeli soldier was wounded by friendly fire [ry]21/8/2017
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Sea of Hope New Israel Fund - "The group of over 50 Palestinians from Bethlehem who recently came to Tel Aviv was among 1,500 West Bank Palestinians who had an opportunity to spend time in the Mediterranean this summer thanks to the “Sea Day” recently organized by NIF grantee Machsom Watch. The program, which has been operating for 10 years, brought 20 groups of Palestinians to Israel’s Mediterranean coast by bus, mainly women and children who had never seen the sea before." ca18/8/2017
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The Trumpeter and Violinist Can`t Leave Gaza for the West Bank (for Jordan no problem!)Amira Hass - Haaretz - The two young musicians, with the help of attorney Moran Gur of Gisha, still hoped that the High Court would explain the absurdity of the situation to the state. But the judges found that "the petitioners have no legal reason for which this court should intervene (...) musical development not necessarily [being] dependent on location." So, in Ramallah and Nablus the Palestine Youth Orchestra had to perform without them. [bz] 8/8/2017
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New graffiti on Israeli separation wall denounces Trump obsession with barriersMa`an - Shortly after midnight, a foreign man was seen perched on a ladder spray-painting a military tower embedded in the Israeli Separation Wall adjacent to Bethlehem and Aida refugee camp. Once finished, the mural revealed a large-scale portrait of US President Donald Trump embracing the watchtower, with a thought bubble reading "I am going to build you a brother." The painting of this mural coincided with The Washington Post releasing the transcript of a phone conversation between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, where Trump cited the Israeli Separation Wall as a precedent for his own planned wall on the US-Mexican border. [ak] 8/8/2017
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Demolition orders strike al-Walaja as Separation Wall stretches through HebronAhmad Jaradat - AIC - "[...] on Thursday the Israeli Authority finished constructing more of the separation wall in the Hebron district, starting from the town of Tarkomia in the west and stretching 42km to Yatta, south of Hebron. The separation wall has separated thousands of agricultural dunams and cut off access to important economic resources, primarily olive trees" [ry]7/8/2017
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Israeli construction of southern section of Annexation Wall completedCeline Hagbard - IMEMC News & Agencies "According to Israeli sources, the section of the Wall that has been completed runs from the Turquimiya Crossing to the Israeli settlement of Mitar.Palestinians from the village of Yatta, which is being divided by the Wall, were told by Israeli army officials that the Wall is being constructed through their village land as an act of collective punishment, since some young men from Yatta participated in a shooting attack against Israeli civilians in 2016." ca 4/8/2017
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