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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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The Tunisian star who filled Palestinians with hope — for one night Samah Salaime - +972 - "My heart was beating fast and I couldn’t stop smiling. A huge Palestinian flag flew underneath a beautiful full moon." - id 24/8/2016
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Isolated: Israel cuts village of Beit Iksa off from East Jerusalem and the rest of the West BankB`Tselem - “After the guards give me the signal, I drive up to the inspection point and all the passengers get out except the elderly. […] Sometimes, they allow sick people or mothers with babies or little children to stay on the bus. The rest of the passengers line up outside. A guard stands at the door of the bus and the passengers come up to him one by one and show their identity cards. He only lets residents of Beit Iksa and the elderly […] back onto the bus. The age limit varies according to the guard’s mood. […] It usually takes them about ten to twenty minutes to check all the cards, depending on the number of passengers. On days when they’re strict, it can take hours” [ry] 22/8/2016
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Gaza merchants say Israel withholding permits, stifling tradeTimes of Israel staff and AFP - Gazan businessmen and traders staged a protest at a crossing point Monday over what they said was the mass cancellation of travel permits by Israel, which they blamed for suffocating trade, having scrapped hundreds of travel documents allowing them to enter Israel and the West Bank as well as other countries for trade. [bz]16/8/2016
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Swedes demand Israel repair ship after court victoryAFP - Yahoo News - In its ruling on Sunday the Supreme Court said the state impounded the ship illegally and awarded its owners legal costs of 40,000 shekels ($10,500, 9,400 euros). Ship to Gaza spokesman Dror Feiler said Ship to Gaza would now file a claim for damages. "They kept the boat for four years in the port of Haifa." It is still afloat but unfit to put to sea. "We will demand that the boat will be put into seaworthy condition so we can sail." [bz] 9/8/2016
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Palestinian music band protests Israeli Security Forces with an impromptu concertMEMO - Dawaween was blocked from leaving Gaza to travel to the Palestine International Festival for Dance and Music in Jerusalem [ry] 8/8/2016
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Israel deliberately forces inhuman conditions on Palestinians working in the country by permitB`Tselem - “This reality, in which workers have to sacrifice a normal family life, a social life, and a reasonable amount of sleep for endless hours of waiting for a checkpoint to open, only so they can get to work on time, is not a necessary evil but a result of Defense Ministry policy. […] This reality cannot be excused on security grounds or by citing budgetary concerns or personnel issues. It reflects a deliberate choice by the Israeli authorities to maintain these inhuman conditions and force them on Palestinian workers” [ry] 1/8/2016
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Rights group denounces ICRC reduction in family visits as prisoners continue hunger strikeMa`an News Agency - "The group said the reduction in family visits constituted a move against a right obtained by prisoners after a 35-year long struggle, adding that it increased the suffering of families of prisoners." ca29/7/2016
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Palestinian Artist in Gaza Using Spices and Fruit as PaintEman Hussein - BarakaBits - Abu Al-Eish explained that her main goal is to “promote the Palestinian cause to the World”. To be able to carry out her art she had to find alternatives for paint - not available under the siege. [bz]26/7/2016
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Turkish aid flows into besieged Gaza StripSamya Kullab - Al Jazeera "More aid from Turkey has started flowing into Gaza this week under the terms of the recent Turkey-Israel deal, after the Social Affairs Ministry spent weeks organising the material. Distribution to about 75,000 families dependent on government subsidies began on Tuesday, although delivery was previously expedited to some of the neediest families, including Abu Attia`s." ca 22/7/2016
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Israeli closures: `They`re pushing us into depression` : After recent attacks, Israel sealed off several towns throughout Hebron - a policy that has drawn widespread criticismEmily Mulder - Aljazeera - Sair is one of several towns throughout the Hebron district that has been fully or partially closed by Israel since the start of the month, when deadly attacks carried out by locals left two Israeli settlers dead, marking the most widespread lockdown since 2014. The closures, accompanied by nightly detention raids that have left dozens injured, have severely disrupted the movement of an estimated 400,000 Palestinians, according to the United Nations.-rh 21/7/2016
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Using My Jewish Privilege To Make a Difference for Palestinians in HebronBecca Strober - Forward - Our direct-action of creating a communal space in the form of a cinema reminded me how privileged I am, and how capable I am (we are) of using our bodies in a different way. Instead of using my body and the privilege that comes with it to uphold a system, I can use it to resist that system. In that, I feel neither pride nor shame, but simply a responsibility to use my body and privilege to help dismantle the systems that oppress Palestinians.-rh20/7/2016
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Combatants for Peace - film screening on the Separation Wall 19/7/2016
Army Injures One Palestinian, Kidnaps Another, In JerusalemIMEMC News - IMEMC "The Israeli Police said members of its “Border Guard” units, were attempting to arrest a young Palestinian man from Shu’fat when another Palestinian attempted to obstruct them, and that the soldiers noticed a third young man, reportedly “carrying a knife and approaching them rapidly,” before they shot him.Spokesperson of Fateh movement in Jerusalem Tha’er Fasfous, said the wounded young man was trying to remove a knife from the hand of another young man, known to be a drug addict." ca 15/7/2016
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A Palestinian Village Under Siege: No One Can Leave, Not Even a Child With Cerebral Palsy Gideon Levy&Alex Levac - Haaretz  "Some 20,000 people were placed under siege this week, in the wake of the incident last Saturday, in which shots were fired at an Israeli couple with six children who were driving toward the West Bank settlement of Tekoa; the father was moderately wounded." ca15/7/2016
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Separation and conquest: Israel’s ideological barrier Amjad Alqasis - Mondoweiss - When completed, the Annexation and Segregation Wall is going to be 712 kilometers long, which is more than twice the length of the Green Line, and more than 9.4 percent of the West Bank and 30,000 Palestinians will be trapped between the Wall and the Green Line, an area now known as the seam zone. The Human Rights Committee emphasized its concerns with the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed by the Annexation and Segregation Wall in its concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of Israel.-rh13/7/2016
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Gaza farmers demand IDF compensation for herbicide sprayingMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - The Israeli army sprayed herbicides in the Gaza Strip late last year, causing damage to hundreds of acres of Palestinian farmland. Now the farmers want an investigation — and compensation [ry] 11/7/2016
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Hebron Siege Continues For The 11th Day; Army Kidnaps Six PalestiniansIMEMC News - "The strict Israeli siege and collective punishment imposed on Sa’ir and Bani Neim towns, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, continued for the eleventh consecutive day, while the soldiers continued the invasion of homes, in various areas, and kidnapped six Palestinians, on Monday at dawn" [ry] 11/7/2016
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Amputees in the Gaza Strip - for them the war is not over Physicians for Human Rights - During the summer 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip medical teams were often forced to work in field conditions. Chaos also reigned in the hospitals due to the heavy workload and the shortage in resources to provide care. And with wounded individuals prematurely discharged from hospital in order to clear beds for hospitalization, their treatment remained partial and faulty. For all these reasons, many individuals who were injured in the limbs underwent improper limb amputation, which prevents the fitting of an artificial limb without surgery to correct the stump. [ak]10/7/2016
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Israel accused of ‘cruel and inhuman’ border crossing conditions for Palestinians by NGOPeter Yeung - Independent - A human rights NGO has accused Israel of forcing Palestinians to withstand “cruel and inhuman” conditions at its borders. The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, also known as B`Tselem, said even those with legitimate work permits were being made to wait for hours in extremely hot weather. B`Tselem posted an image onto its Facebook account and said in a statement: “The Palestinians photographed waiting in line have permits that allow them to work in Israel. Such permits are issued only after meticulous security screening.-rh 6/7/2016
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Israeli forces close checkpoints near Nablus, settlers attack Palestinian carsMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces closed several checkpoints near the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus Saturday night, as Israeli settlers organized a protest on the road leading to the Huwwara checkpoint, one of the main entrances into Nablus, and threw rocks at Palestinian cars" [ry] 4/7/2016
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Israel continues siege on Palestinians in HebronAl Jazeera Staff - Hebron remains on lockdown as Israeli forces comb the area for assailants connected to an alleged shooting attack [ry] 4/7/2016
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Egypt to open Rafah crossing for five days starting WednesdayPNN/ Gaza - "We have been informed by the Egyptian side that they will open the crossing for five days from Wednesday to Monday, except on Friday,” Gaza’s border crossing authority said in a statement...AA added that according to the border authority, the number of Gazans now waiting to cross stands at some 28,000, most of whom seek medical treatment abroad or who are studying at universities overseas." ca1/7/2016
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