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Gaza Has Highest Unemployment Rate: World Bank ReportPaul Goldman - NBC News - Numbers "fail to portray the degree of suffering of Gaza`s citizens due to poor electricity and water and sewerage availability, war-related psychological trauma, limited movement, and other adverse effects of wars and the blockade." [bz]27/5/2015
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The Ministry of Economic DefenseGisha - Gaza Gateway - Ten years after the implementation of the disengagement plan, Israel’s Ministry of Defense has wide discretion to determine the bottom line on the monthly balance sheet of your average private entrepreneur from Gaza and it appears to have nothing at all to do with security. [bz]27/5/2015
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Besieged in Gaza from birth to deathDan Cohen - Mondoweiss - Leila Najjar is 25 years old and six months pregnant. She and her husband Mohammed Sulaiman want to be together for their child’s birth. But she may not see him for years. That’s because Najjar lives in Gaza and her husband is studying in Adelaide, Australia. Israeli authorities won’t let Najjar pass through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing or the Egyptian-controlled Rafah crossing to join Sulaiman, 25, in Australia.-rh27/5/2015
Palestinian Festival of Literature begins tonight!Yasmin El-Rifae - Mondoweiss - In a few days, over a dozen writers will arrive in Ramallah from different parts of the world to take part in the Palestine Festival of Literature, which I help organize. It is a traveling roadshow that puts on public literary events featuring Palestinian and visiting writers in different cities in the evenings. Over the course of the week, it also aims to show writers something of Palestinian histories and present-day realities. A lot of time is spent on the road, traveling in and around the geography of occupation: the checkpoints, walls, and segregated motorways.-rh27/5/2015
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Israel launches Gaza air strikes after rocket attack : No casualties reported on either side, and Hamas reportedly arrests Islamic Jihad members behind attackReuters - The Guardian - Israeli warplanes hit back early on Wednesday, striking four “terror infrastructures” in the southern Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said. Gaza residents said the targets included training camps used by Islamic Jihad militants.-rh 27/5/2015
Gaza economy `on verge of collapse`, with world`s highest unemployment Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem--World Bank report says Israeli blockades, war and poor governance have left 43% of people out of work and the strip facing dangerous financial crisis. dn23/5/2015
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Jerusalem Police shoot 10-year-old Palestinian boy in the eyeHaggai Matar - +972 "Israeli Police wounded a 10-year-old Palestinian child in the eye Thursday afternoon while dispersing protesters near the Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem, according to Arabic media outlets in East Jerusalem. The boy, who was most likely hit by a black-tipped sponge bullet, was hospitalized in moderate condition in Hadassah University Hospital. It is unclear what will be the fate of his eye." ca22/5/2015
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Hundreds of unarmed demonstrators confront live fire at Kafr Qaddum on Nakba DayInternational Solidarity Movement - Reports - Today (15th of May), during the Nakba day demonstration in Kafr Qaddum, four young men were shot with live ammunition in their legs. One of the men got a serious bone fracture. Apart from the live ammunition being shot from all directions, Israeli forces fired several rounds of rubber coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades. Throughout the protest, the Israeli military forces used a skunk truck to force the demonstrators back from reaching the closed road; closed since 2002 due to the building of the settlement Kedumim. ISMers in the demonstration saw houses and gardens being sprayed, and a boy as young as four crying, covered in the noxious chemical skunk ‘water’-rh21/5/2015
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Army Kidnaps Eleven Palestinians In The West BankIMEMC & Agencies - Soldiers invaded and searched several homes, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and kidnapped two Palestinians identified as Monjed Thiab al-Juneidi, 26, and Rashad Erfa’eyya. They also broke into the home of Abdul-Hafith al-Hashlamoun, and handed his son, Eyad, a military order for interrogation. Eyad is a local journalist.-rh 21/5/2015
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Palestinians banned from Israeli buses in West BankAFP - Ynet - "This move have been the subject of lobbying by West Bank settlers for several years." - id 20/5/2015
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PHOTOS: When Israel decides to cut Palestinian farmers off from their landAhmad al-Bazz - +972 - "The Israeli army decided last week to close the main gateway Palestinian farmers from four villages use to access their lands." - id20/5/2015
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Soldiers Open Fire On Farmers And Fishers In GazaIMEMC - Several soldiers, and armored military vehicles, advanced close to the border fence, and fired rounds of live ammunition on the farmers, and on a number of Palestinian shepherds. The attack did not lead to casualties, but the residents had to leave the area fearing addition Israeli fire, and escalation. In addition, Israeli navy ships fired dozens of live rounds targeting a number of Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza waters, close to the Khan Younis shore, in the southern part of the coastal region. The attack caused property damage but no injuries; the fishers sailed back to shore to avoid further navy fire. [bz]16/5/2015
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Remember Gaza?Matt Duss - FMEP/Tablet - In the wake of Protective Edge, there was widespread recognition that the status quo could not continue. Then, as after previous rounds, it did. (...) “There have been some baby steps in the right direction: for example, limited ability to sell goods from Gaza in Israel and the West Bank and more travel permits issued to senior traders,” said Tania Hary, deputy director of Gisha, an Israeli NGO that monitors Gaza. “These small adjustments to policy aren’t being felt by most people in Gaza, where unemployment and poverty remain high. Real change requires a shift in the concept that access restrictions are bargaining chips." [bz] 12/5/2015
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Gaza`s energy crisis increases risk of firesWalaa Ghussein - AlJazeera - Primitive heating devices have led to serious burns and deaths, with children particularly at risk, doctors say [ry]4/5/2015
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Gaza Fishermen Under Israeli FireIMEMC News & Agencies - "Israeli naval boats, on Sunday, opened heavy machine gunfire towards Palestinian fishermen while sailing just offshore of Gaza City, within the allotted the fishing zone, according to local sources" [ry]4/5/2015
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After 15 years some Palestinian doctors now drive into IsraelDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The ministry source told Al-Monitor that the idea of allowing doctors to drive to Israeli hospitals came from Israeli security officials, who decided that this type is travel is necessary in dealing with emergency cases. While Israeli decisions are always explained in security jargon, the real reason for increasing or decreasing restrictions is political. For example, no reason was given as to why Palestinian doctors working for Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem were not granted the same permission.-rh 29/4/2015
Report Concerning Blacklisted, more readibleMachsomwatch - "his MachsomWatch team has been working with blacklisted Palestinian workers and merchants for almost 10 years now, in order to appeal against their blacklisting. From this activity emerges a harsh picture of the oppressive system orchestrated by the Shabak (General Security Services), the Civil Administration and the military commander of the West Bank, with the backing of the Government and the Knesset: a summary of the activities of the group for 2014." ca for id29/4/2015
Israeli forces seal Hizma over alleged stone-throwingMa`an News - Israeli forces blocked all entrances into Hizma town on Wednesday as a punitive measure for alleged incidents of stone-throwing, a human rights group and Israeli media reported.Israeli forces are reported to have placed a large sign at the entrance of the eastern Jerusalem-district town requesting that residents divulge information about those "disturbing the peace."-rh 22/4/2015
Facebook group shares checkpoint wait in real timeDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The Facebook group monitoring the crossings was started by Richard Khoury, a Palestinian who works for the International Committee of the Red Cross. In an interview with Al-Monitor, Khoury explained how the group was established. “My wife and I live in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, and on weekends we normally go to Ramallah to see family and friends.” Khoury said that after wasting so many hours waiting in line, he and his colleagues at work began exchanging information on traffic backups through Facebook.-rh 22/4/2015
COGAT decision to restrict entrance of wood to GazaGisha – "The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced (Hebrew) in late March that lumber pieces that are 20 to 25 centimeters wide and more than 5 cm thick had been put on the `dual-use` material list, meaning that they are no longer permitted to enter the Gaza Strip, `unless a specific permit had been issued by the Gaza District Coordination Office (DCO)`” [ry]20/4/2015
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Analysis: Palestinian options after the Israeli electionAlaa Tartir - Ma`an News - Palestinians throughout the occupied territories–those under a decade-long siege in Gaza, and losing land, water and homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem–and those suffering in refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria and elsewhere, are at the end of their tether. Analysts warn that both Gaza and Jerusalem are at a boiling point, and the West Bank is not far behind.-rh 15/4/2015
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Organic farms in the West Bank: Hemmed in by smokestacks, separation wallCreede Newton - Aljazeera America - Qato is a researcher at Brown University’s school of public health who conducted a qualitative study on the societal outcomes of the factories. She said that people from Tulkarem feel as if their health has been compromised, even if they are yet to exhibit signs of illness. Qato added: "The occupation limits access to the tools necessary to complete a thorough epidemiological study."-rh 15/4/2015
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Israel Allows Palestinian Doctors to Drive Into JerusalemABC News - "The program began on Tuesday. Officials say it could be expanded if it is successful." - id 15/4/2015
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Aid groups say world must push for end to Gaza blockade AP, The Big Story - “The report signed by 46 aid groups said only open borders and a durable Israel-Hamas cease-fire can bring economic, social and political stability to Gaza. Otherwise, ‘a return to conflict — and the cycles of damage and donor-funded reconstruction that accompany it — is inevitable’" [ry]13/4/2015
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WATCH: IDF brings segregated streets back to HebronEdo Konrad - +972 "IDF re-segregates main road leading to Cave of the Patriarchs, two years after it ostensibly put an end to the policy." ca3/4/2015
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