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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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In Pictures: Palestine MarathonAlJazeera - More than 3,000 runners from 39 countries ran in the second annual `Right to Movement` marathon in Bethlehem [ry]14/4/2014
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Army Blocks Agricultural Road Leading To Thousands Of Dunams In HebronIMEMC & Agencies - "The Israeli army closed a main agricultural road that leads to thousands of Dunams of Palestinian farmlands, east of Beit Ummar town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. The road was blocked 1by a 20-centimeter high concrete wall." ca11/4/2014
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Qalandiya Checkpoint: An obstacle to normal lifeAmer ‘Aruri - B`Tselem "Human rights violations in the context of occupation are not limited to violence and destruction. The daily routine of Palestinians as dictated by Israeli policies inherently results in violations of their rights. Qalandiya Checkpoint is a clear example: it separates Palestinian neighborhoods cut off from each other by the Separation Barrier. Most of the people who cross the checkpoint are residents of East Jerusalem who need to reach other parts of the city for work, school, or medical treatment ." ca4/4/2014
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Kerem Shalom crossing opens for Gaza exports to UkraineMa`an - Israeli authorities opened the Kerem Shalom crossing with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to allow a single truckload of wooden furniture to be exported to Ukraine [this exception showing] how much the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip are limited by the economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006. [bz]1/4/2014
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Jenin and Nablus refugee camps: enclaves of fearShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - "The dire economic situation, coupled with disappointment in the Palestinian Authority, have turned West Bank refugee camps into enclaves of violence, led by armed youths from various organizations." - id 26/3/2014
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In photos: al-Walaja village faces “slow death” as Israel takes its landAnne Paq - EI - "Al-Walaja is a beautiful Palestinian village of around 2,000 people, located partly in the occupied West Bank’s Bethlehem governorate. It is well known for its water sources, its beautiful landscapes and agricultural terraces[...] But after more than six decades of continuous dispossession, it stands to be reduced to around 3,000 dunums through the completion of Israel’s separation wall in the West Bank – meaning a loss of around 85 percent of its agricultural lands and a painful share of its cultural heritage" [ry]25/3/2014
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Photos of the week: Prayer, protests, and arrests in the streetsActive.Stills Org - "Activestills is a collective of Israeli, Palestinian, and international photographers, united by a conviction that photography is a vehicle for political and social change. Our images are frequently published by many leading human rights, development, and advocacy agencies." ca21/3/2014
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16 year old boy killed by army fire south of HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - The 16 years old Nayef Yousef Abu Aker, from Deir al-‘Asal village, south of Doura city in the Hebron district, had reportedly been trying to climb the Annexation Wall in the Ramadeen area, when he was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers. The army is currently withholding the body, and informed the Palestinian side that his body will be handed over to the family in the coming hours. This is the latest in an increasing number of incidents of fatal shooting by soldiers in various parts of the West Bank. ak 19/3/2014
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Gaza power plant shuts down due to fuel shortageNidal al-Mughrabi/Reuters - Chicago Tribune - Last time there were blackouts, Qatar gave funds to Hamas`s West Bank-based rival, President Mahmoud Abbas`s Palestinian Authority, which then ordered fuel for the enclave from Israel. Gaza`s energy authority said on March 12 that Qatar had agreed to extend its funding of fuel for three more months. For the arrangement to work again, Israel would have to open its commercial crossing on the border with Gaza, which it closed after violence erupted along the frontier this week. bz15/3/2014
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Decency Without HopeDavid Shulman - NYR - It is hard to fathom how the Israelis themselves can stand to live with the ongoing misery and cruelty they have inflicted, and it’s not so easy to understand how the rest of the world has let them get away with it. Then there is the shadowy space of infinite suspicion and distrust that the occupation naturally breeds among those who live under or in it.-rh12/3/2014
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Witness: Allenby victim shot 3 times in chestMa`an News Agency - "A man who was with Raed Zeiter, who was shot dead Monday by Israeli troops at the Allenby Bridge crossing with Jordan, says he suffered three gunshot wounds to the chest" [ry]11/3/2014
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Gaza man uses remains of Israeli shells to produce works of artMa`an - Muhammad al-Zumar, a young Gazan, is regularly searching the ruins of buildings destroyed during Israeli military offensives, collecting the remains of missiles and other spent ammunition to use as raw material for handicrafts which he has assembled into an exhibition in his home. He started the project in the aftermath of the Israeli military assault on Gaza in 2008-9. Al-Zumar, like many Gazans, is unemployed, but this artistic project project is not very exapnsive. "The metal fragments I get free, I only need to find money for the paint" ak10/3/2014
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Electricity crisis expected in Gaza as Qatar-donated fuel runs dryMa`an - The last shipment of Qatar-donated diesel - used to fuel the Gaza Strip`s sole power plant - is expected to run out within four or five days. Over the past two months the Qatari donation had helped operate two generators and made electricity available in the Gaza Strip on the basis of eight hours on, eight hours off - which Gazans consider an advantegeous situation. As the last of the fuel runs out, power availability will be reduced to six hours on, twelve hours off. ak10/3/2014
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Jordan Valley essential for a viable Palestinian stateDr. Ibrahim Sharqieh and Dr. Ghassan Shabaneh - Al-Monitor "This past December, again using security justifications, Israel for the first time revealed a plan for permanently keeping the territory when the Ministerial Committee for Legislation passed “a bill to annex the Jewish settlements in the Jordan Valley to Israel and apply Israeli law to them.” ca 7/3/2014
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Photos of the week: Climbing the wall in Bil`inActive Stills - Photos "This week: Climbing the wall, filling the streets, remembering the Nakba, resisting displacement and saving the chickens." ca7/3/2014
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Creative Gazans develop new crafts to cope with siegeAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - The intensification of the siege has spawned creativity in the most unlikely of places, as citizens seek outlets in an attempt to adapt to the crisis. In addition to these projects, there are people extracting gas from water, unemployed doctors who provide delivery medical services and other unsung heroes whom the media have yet to report on.-rh 5/3/2014
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