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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Temporary Extension of Fishing Zone Expires IMEMC News & Agencies - "As part of Israel’s blockade off the coastal enclave since 2007, Palestinian fishermen have been required to work within a limited `designated fishing zone.` The exact limits of the zone are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated, most recently extended to six nautical miles from three, following a ceasefire agreement that ended Israel’s 2014 offensive on the Palestinian territory" [ry] 27/6/2016
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Front-page article in ‘NYT’ exposes the lie that wall is a security barrier James North and Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - The New York Times today has a top-of-the-front-page article about tens of thousands of Palestinians managing to get over or through “what Israelis call the security barrier” to work without papers inside Israel. It is a vivid account of smuggling workers into Israel from Palestine. On the one hand, the article by James Glanz and Rami Nazzal, marks real progress: the Times is showing that the wall is not really a security barrier — 55,000 Palestinians legally pass through it and 30-60,000 illegally. If Palestinians really want to kill Israelis, the wall is no obstacle at all.-rh 22/6/2016
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Gaza Mechanic Turns Heads With Classic Mercedes Replica Nidal al-Mughrabi - Ha`aretz - Repairing cars in the Gulf, a Palestinian mechanic from Gaza spotted a vehicle that took his breath away - the classic Mercedes Gazelle. Munir Shindi knew that he had to have one, and after returning home to Gaza, set about building a replica of the 1927 model of the two-door, open-top roadster from scratch. Harsh conditions in the Strip did not deter him from going on, cannibalizing parts from used vehicles and importing a few items such as locks, hub caps and hinges from the United States. Now, the masterpiece shaped by Shindi, 36, is on display in his workshop, admired by his neighbors. [ak] 21/6/2016
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PHOTOS: Tens of thousands of Palestinians cross Israeli checkpoints for Ramadan prayersAhmad al-Bazz - 972 - Nearly 70,000 Palestinians from the West Bank and 300 from Gaza take advantage of a temporary relaxation of Israeli restrictions on movement in order to attend Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem [ry] 20/6/2016
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Fleeing heat and electricity blackouts, Gazans break their fasts on the beach due to power crisisMa`an News Agency - "As an electricity crisis continues to afflict the Gaza Strip, Muslim residents of the besieged coastal enclave are breaking their fasts on the beach, as the holy month of Ramadan enters its second week" [ry] 13/6/2016
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Soldiers Attack Gaza Farmers, Shepherds and FishermenIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Israeli army continued its attacks against Palestinian farmers and shepherds along Gaza’s borderline, Sunday, according to WAFA correspondence" [ry] 13/6/2016
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Wars and poverty force Gaza children to workSakher Abou El Oun - Yahoo!News - “On Sunday, the International Labour Organization marks World Day Against Child Labour, an initiative that has seen the number of child labourers drop to 168 million from 246 million in 2000. But in Gaza the trend has been upward. According to Palestinian estimates, child labour has doubled over the past five years, with 9,700 children aged between 10 and 17 now working in the enclave” [ry] 13/6/2016
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Israel Punishes 83,000 Palestinians over Tel Aviv ShootingTelesurtv - "Israel suspended entry permits for a staggering 83,000 Palestinians Wednesday during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan after the deadly Tel Aviv shooting, in an act of collective punishment that is likely to increase tensions." ca10/6/2016
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Rep. Keith Ellison draws attention to Israeli apartheid in tweet on Palestinian life under occupation Ben Norton - Salon - Rep. Keith Ellison shared a photo on Twitter on Thursday that refers to Israel’s illegal military occupation of the Palestinian territories as apartheid. Ellison, a Democratic congressman representing Minnesota, said he took the photo as he walked down a segregated street in Hebron, a city in the occupied West Bank. It shows a sign reading: “Caution: This was taken by Israel. You are entering apartheid.”-rh 9/6/2016
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What Israel calls progress, Palestinians see as oppressionAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Author and political analyst Ahmed Rafiq Awad also told Al-Monitor that Israel’s proposals are merely an attempt to present itself as helping Palestinians economically and allowing them to move freely.“The Israeli improvements are tools of occupation. Israel makes the Palestinians’ lives complicated, then provides a few improvements to ease the conditions,” Awad added.-rh 8/6/2016
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Adalah calls for return of confiscated Gaza fishing boats Adalah - Adalah wrote to newly-installed Defense Minister Lieberman, demanding the return of boats and equipment, worth tens of thousands of shekels recently confiscated by the Israeli navy from Palestinian fishermen off Gaza. In five incidents, recorded by the The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza, Israeli navy vessels opened fire on or near the fishing boats, ordered the fishermen to remove their clothes, and then detained them a day or two for interrogation, and confiscated their boats and equipment. [ak] 7/6/2016
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Israeli forces open fire on fishermen, farmers, and level lands in GazaMa`an - The incident comes a day after it was announced that Israeli authorities decided to reduce the allowed fishing zone off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip only two months after they had extended it. [bz]31/5/2016
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Will new agreement lead to increase in Palestinian exports? Ahmad Melhem - Al-Monitor "The Palestinian Ministry of Economy announced May 6 that it reached an agreement with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on the export of Palestinian products to Jordan in small 20-foot containers via the King Hussein (Allenby) Bridge... The agreement, which was sponsored by international parties such as the Quartet, came as part of the implementation of the Palestinian five-year National Export Strategy, developed under the supervision of the International Trade Center (ITC) and funded by the European Union. The strategy was launched by the government on June 1, 2015, in the presence of ITC Executive Director Arancha Gonzalez and EU representative John Gatt- Rutter, and is expected to lead to an overall growth in exports over the next five years by 67%, with an annual growth rate of 13%." ca 20/5/2016
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Sowing steadfastness, harvesting hopeClaire Thomas - Electronic Intifada “When my grandfather bought the land in 1916 he registered it, so we got papers from the Ottomans and we kept re-registering the land with the British, then the Jordanians, and finally the Israelis,” explained Daher’s brother, Daoud...The family has transformed their farm into what they call the Tent of Nations — a center for peace- building and nonviolent resistance. “We wanted to open the farm for people to come and see. This is the best way of education. Come, see, go and tell. We are asking people to go and tell not only what they have heard but what they have seen,” Daoud explained." ca 20/5/2016
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The last window closes - Jordan refuses passage to Gazans AP/Times of Israel - With the Rafah Crossing closed for all but a few days in the years, Gazans seeking to travel abroad thought they had found an alternative way of getting to the outside world - travelling to Jordan and taking a plane from Amman. It is far from easy to get an Israeli permit to go from Gaza via Israel to the West Bank and thence to Jordan, but some have managed it. However, in recent months the Jordanian authorities have increasingly denied entry to Gazan Palestinians, thus foiling the last hope of Gazans who hoped to meet loved ones in Europe or attend university abroad. The reasons for the Jordanian changed policy have not been stated officilally. However, on various past occasions Jordan expressed great apprehension at the possibility that Israel would drive great masses of Palestinians into their territory, and such apprehension habitually lead to restrictions on the entry of Palestinians into the Hashemite Kingdom. ak 17/5/2016
Solidarity visit to Ni’lin: Killings, arrests and invasions as part of everyday life Journals - ISM - "...in the last six months, five boys aged 16 and 17 have been arrested and are still in prison without any charges being made against them." - id 11/5/2016
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Gaza’s grandparents endure one trauma after anotherAnne Paq--Rizka Abu Rujeila, 70 years old, holds her grandson outside the hospital in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, on 24 July. The boy was injured during an attack on the village of Khuzaa. Most residents fled following Israel’s ground invasion and some were attacked as they attempted to leave the village. Khuzaa was cut off for days from the rest of Gaza; Israeli soldiers prevented access to medical workers and journalists. Some residents sought refuge at the hospital, which was overwhelmed by the number of dead and injured. dn8/5/2016
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The incremental annexation of PalestineMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "When that happens, when it becomes indisputable that Israel has no intention of either ceding control of Palestine or giving equal rights and citizenship to the millions of Palestinians who live there, there will only be one way of describing the regime ruling over the entire land from the river to the sea — apartheid." - id6/5/2016
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Qalandiya rashomon: Anatomy of an apparent murder in cold bloodAlon-Lee Green - +972 "The wanton coverage the killing got in the Israeli media made it clear instantly that something wasn’t quite right – beyond the ongoing injustice of the occupation.Following increasing pressure from MKs Zehava Galon (Meretz) and Dov Khenin and Ahmad Tibi (Joint List), as well as Local Call and Haaretz newspaper, the Ministry of Public Security was forced to admit that they were killed by outsourced security guards, employees of the security services company Civil Intelligence." ca4/5/2016
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West bank attack: three soldiers wounded, Palestinian driver killed Roi Yanovsky - Y-Net - Israeli soldiers of the Kfir Brigade were conducting unannounced checks at the entrance of Ein el-Arik, near the Israeli settlement of Dolev, when a Palestinian driver hit them with his van. Three soldiers were wounded, one of them seriously. The Palestinian, identified as 36-year-old Ahmed Shahada, was shot to death. ak3/5/2016
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Shooting on Gaza border follows Netanyahu`s visitIlan Ben Zion - Times of Israel - This morning PM Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and senior military officers toured a section of the Gaza frontier. A few hours later, shots were fired from the Gaza Strip. There were no Israeli casualties, but an engineering vehicle was struck. Immediately afterwards, Palestinian media reported intense gunfire by Israeli forces. ak 3/5/2016
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Police Refuse to Release Video Footage of Thwarted Occupied West Bank “Stabbing Attack”CPI - MK Khenin called on the department in the Justice Ministry that investigates police misconduct to launch an investigation and “to release the videos and any other material that exists from the scene. We cannot accept that people are shot to death in broad daylight based only on a suspicion,” he said.[bz]3/5/2016
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Israeli Justice Ministry drops probe after report that contractor behind Qalandiya killingsMa`an News Agency - “The Israeli Justice Ministry released a report on Sunday, which revealed that Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail, 23, and her brother Ibrahim, 16, had been shot and killed by a privately contracted security guard, and not a police officer as had previously been thought, Israeli Channel 10 reported, noting that the police officer only fired warning shots into the air. As a result, newspaper Haaretz wrote, the Justice Ministry’s police investigation unit won’t be opening a probe into the killings. It remains unclear if and by whom a further probe will be conducted” [ry] 2/5/2016
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