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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Humiliation and sloppy security checks at IDF checkpointsYoav Zitun - Ynet - "Sometimes, the violence against the Palestinians is carried out in dark places: "In one of the roadblocks there is a sealed building called a court, which is supposed to be used to try wanted Arabs or those causing problems. That`s where they are beaten up."" - id 29/7/2015
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Israeli army investigating Gaza incidents reported on by Breaking the SilenceGili Cohen - Haaretz "A Military Police investigation has been launched into incidents suspected to constitute rules of war violations during last summer`s Gaza war. The incidents were featured in a Breaking the Silence report about the hostilities...Military does not say which ones it is looking into, but soldiers` testimonies in report include shooting at civilians, destroying property and looting cars." ca17/7/2015
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Turkish-funded water desalination plant opens in Gaza MEMO - "A water desalination plant funded by a Turkish aid organisation was inaugurated on Saturday near the Gaza Strip`s Al-Shati refugee camp. The project will allow the purification of seawater with a view to providing some 5,000 camp residents with fresh drinking water" [ry]13/7/2015
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IDF: Hamas is deterred, restrained and restrainingAmos Harel - Haaretz "A year after the start of the war in Gaza, there is a sense in the Israel Defense Forces General Staff that the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip is “deterred, restrained and restraining.” A senior IDF officer said Tuesday in a conversation with journalists that the organization’s leadership does not seem interested in conflict with Israel and that it is working to retrain small, more extreme Islamist groups and to prevent rocket launching at the Negev." ca8/7/2015
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Photo Essay: Crossing Qalandia, and the Wall, during Ramadan Karam Saleem - Mondoweiss - The second Friday of Ramadan saw more than 350,000 Palestinians descending onto Al Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, many of whom were taking advantage of eased restrictions by Israeli authorities on those living in the West Bank. Qalandia checkpoint operates with several adjustments during the Islamic holy month and for those unable to cross legally, smugglers organize locations along the separation wall for Palestinians to sneak in.-rh8/7/2015
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Norwegian Refugee Council urges a holistic plan to help Gazans rebuild homesMalta Today - Of some 12,600 destroyed, none have been rebuilt. An extra 83,977 damaged housing units still wait for repair. Gaza is getting just 7.5 per cent of daily construction materials needed, and even where materials are available, the people lack finances.NRC calls upon the international community to support a holistic plan for all aspects of the reconstruction process, and provide urgent temporary shelters for tens of thousands of displaced persons. to cover the housing demand, to start reconstruction7/7/2015
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Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: No hope and no jobs, so the young risk their lives and run for it Sam Masters - The Independent - With youth unemployment above 60 per cent, it is no wonder that young Gazans want to escape. Sam Masters meets a man in Maghazi who scaled the fence to Israel [ry]6/7/2015
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UNRWA to Close Hundreds of SchoolsIMEMC News & Agencies - "UNRWA might close 700 Palestinian refugee schools due to funding crisis faced by the organisation, a senior official has said...248,000 out of the 500,000 children to be affected are from the Gaza Strip as 252 schools in Gaza are expected to remain closed.“The situation has been deteriorating because of the continuous Israeli siege and the closure of the Rafah crossing with Egypt… The situation in Gaza deteriorated after last summer’s offensive as the number of needy people is increasing,” he explained." ca3/7/2015
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In Gaza, the ultimate humiliation Dan Cohen - Mondoweiss - That Israel allows Palestinians in Gaza to import used goods is not a symbol of goodwill or charitable policy – it represents normalization of the siege. To place this in proper context, remember that basic necessities such as adequate electricity and water are not let into Gaza, and Israel calculates the caloric intake for every Palestinian in Gaza, keeping the population malnourished but above catastrophe.-rh1/7/2015
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