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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Bennett: ‘The West Bank Will Soon Become Part of Israel’Ben White - Palestine Chronicle - According to Hebrew news site 0404, Bennett’s statements came in response to the Israeli occupation forces’ evacuation of 15 houses in the settlement of Netiv HaAvot on a hill belonging to Palestinian civilians in the town of Al-Khader, west of occupied Bethlehem. Bennett confirmed that the government had approved the establishment of a settlement in the area, adding that a huge neighborhood will be built on this hill.-rh16/4/2019
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Azzun village sealed off by Israeli forces for 19th dayMa’an News Agency - "Israeli forces sealed off the village`s main entrance with large cement blocks 19 days ago, preventing passage in both directions and forcing Palestinian residents to take a different route to reach other districts" [ry] 15/4/2019
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Israeli troops shoot live gunfire toward farmers and fishers in GazaCeline Hagbard - IMEMCnews - “When the soldiers saw farmers working their lands east of Khan Younis, they began firing, forcing the farmers to leave their land. In northern Gaza, […] Palestinian fishing boats which were within the allowed ‘nautical security zone’ established by Israel were fired upon by Israeli naval ships. […] The fishers who were targeted were only 2 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza” [ry] 8/4/2019
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The violence of “relative calm”Maureen Clare Murphy - EI - “Thus ‘relative calm’ reigns over the West Bank and Gaza Strip as Israel’s military occupation approaches its 52nd year. ‘Relative calm’ – the meaninglessness is baked into the phrase – being that Palestinians are still deprived of their basic rights, which are treated as subject to negotiation even by the UN. Those deprived rights include Palestinians’ very right to life” [ry] 8/4/2019
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Confusing situation for Gaza fishermenIMEMC - According to reports of the ceasefire agreement reached between the Israeli government and Hamas, Israel has expanded the permitted fishing zone from six to 15 nautical miles, for the first time in years, with the purpose of boosting a Gazan economy that is heavily reliant on the fishing sector. It is not clear, however, whether the new policy is implemented in practice by the Israeli Navy ships constantly patrolling the Gazan waters. Israeli navy ships attacked, on Tuesday at noon, several Palestinian fishing boats in the Central District of the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip. The head of the Palestinian Fishermen Union in Gaza, Zakariya Bakr, said that Israeli Navy chased several fishing boats less than twelve nautical miles from the shore - i.e., well withing the new permitted zone. The navy sprayed the Gazan boats with waste-water mixed with chemicals. [ak] 2/4/2019
Break open the world`s biggest prison - the Gaza Strip! Na`ama Farjun/Yossef Kiton/Tanya Rubinstein - Women`s Coalition for Peace - Today, Saturday March 30 at 7.30 PM, we will be holding a demonstration in solidarity with the people of Gaza, opposite the Defense Ministry (HaKirya) in Tel Aviv . Already for a whole year, the two million inmates of the world`s biggest prison - the Gaza Strip - are beating against the bars of their prison cell - and are answered by the live bullets of Israeli Army snipers. This evening, Israeli demonstrators in Tel Aviv will share in commemorating a year to the "Great March of Return" demonstrations at the fence surrounding Gaza. We will call for: * Full civil and political rights for the Palestinians living under Israeli control and occupation * An end to the systematic shooting of unarmed civilians * An end to criminal bombings * An end to the siege which is suffocating Gaza`s economy and society. 30/3/2019
Netanyahu`s bankrupt Gaza strategyAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor "The latest attacks from Gaza on population centers in the Israeli heartland and the warning sirens that constantly blare in border communities prove that Israel’s blockade strategy is bankrupt. Recent protests in Gaza reflect residents’ dire economic straits, but they are a long way from auguring a popular uprising against the armed Hamas thugs who lord over them. The key lies in the meeting room of Israel’s Security Cabinet." ca 30/3/2019
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Gaza border protests: 190 killed and 28,000 injured in a year of bloodshedOliver Holmes and Josh Holder - The Guardian "One year ago, Palestinians trapped in Gaza began a protest movement at the frontier with Israel that was intended to last six weeks...A year later, the rallies continue. Thousands have bullet wounds through their legs. The streets of Gaza are filled with people limping or in wheelchairs. Children, journalists and medics have been killed, even when they were standing far back from the fence. The UN has said Israel’s military may have committed war crimes, deliberately targeting civilians." ca30/3/2019
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7000 Palestinians and internationals from 76 countries take part in Palestine MarathonIMEMC - Some 7,000 people took part in the “Run for Freedom” Palestine Marathon which set off from Manger Square in Bethlehem. The route followed Israel’s illegal 26-foot-high Separation Wall and loops four times through the city. It was chosen to draw attention to the constraints Palestinians face in their daily lives – that there is no route that can be run continuously before hitting a border or roadblock. Europeans from Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, joined forces to form one team with one theme: EU4Palestine. This is the second year an EU team participates in the Marathon to support Palestinians in shedding light on basic human rights, including the right to move.[ak] 26/3/2019
As Gaza’s Great March of Return approaches one-year, protest founder Ahmed Abu Artema discusses building a non-violent movementAllison Deger - Mondoweiss "It all started because of a bird. Ahmed Abu Artema, the unlikely leader of the largest popular Palestinian movement in decades, strode beside the separation fence that divides his home in the Gaza Strip from Israel on a January evening last year. At twilight he saw birds fly overhead, soaring past the fence “and no one stopped them.” It was a moment of definitive clarity. Ahmed was physically stuck inside a besieged non-state territory, and here was a flock birds more free than him." ca 23/3/2019
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B’Tselem to UN Commission of Inquiry: Israeli “investigations” a mere whitewashing Amit Gilutz - B’Tselem - "The Israeli authorities` promise to “investigate” eleven incidents in which protesters were killed on the Gaza border is mere propaganda" says B’Tselem’s director Hagai El-Ad. He called called upon Santiago Canton, head of the UN Commission of Inquiry into 2018 Gaza protests, to reject the tapestry of lies woven while Israeli soldiers killed even more unarmed protesters: “A real change in Israeli policy will only take place if the international community demands it clearly and unequivocally, and if it stops allowing Israel to do no more than offer hollow promises of ‘investigation’.” [ak]19/3/2019
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Unemployment rate in Gaza reaches new record-high of 52 percent in 2018Gisha - "Unemployment in Gaza continues to rise. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, unemployment in Gaza reached 52 percent in 2018, an increase of almost eight percent since 2017 and of more than 20 percent since Israel imposed the closure in 2007" [ry] 18/3/2019
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The transit to Gaza left at 14:30. She should come again tomorrowTamar Fleishman - Machsomwatch - As I crossed the checkpoint, between the metal detectors and the ID checking posts, a woman stood, her path blocked, carrying a motionless child on her shoulder. The child is 4- year old Abdallah, who until Thursday was hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit and was taken by his mother to Qalandiya in order to proceed from there all the way home to Gaza. Abdallah doesn’t see nor respond. A bit like a living dead child. I didn’t mean to go to the DCO (Civil Administration office) – where they are pushed back in their misery, but meeting these two - seeing the defeated mother whom the soldiers barred from crossing – told the story and I stayed.-rh12/3/2019
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What’s COGAT’s excuse this time?Gisha-Gaza Gateway - An olive oil producer from the Gaza Strip wants to sell his olive oil in the West Bank. It probably sounds like a pretty straightforward request, but all goods entering the West Bank require Israel’s approval and Israel rejected the olive oil producer’s request. Why? (...) The feigned innocence in COGAT’s reply is especially aggravating given that its own social media is plastered with posts, proudly announcing its role in facilitating economic activity in the Palestinian territory [bz]12/3/2019
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4.5 years after Israel destroyed thousands of homes in Operation Protective Edge: 13,000 Gazans still homelessB`Tselem - "During the fifty days of Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, Israel bombed and shelled the Gaza Strip, causing massive damage to civilian infrastructure and homes. About 18,000 residential units were either completely destroyed or heavily damaged, leaving more than 100,000 Palestinians – some 17,000 families – homeless" [ry] 11/3/2019
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Israel kills Palestinians in Gaza, West BankTamara Nassar - EI - "Tamer Khaled Mustafa Arafat, 23, was fatally shot with a live bullet to the head during demonstrations east of Rafah in southernmost Gaza, according to Al Mezan, a human rights group in the territory" [ry] 11/3/2019
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Israel`s Checkpoint 300: Suffocation and broken ribs at rush hourJaclynn Ashly - Al Jazeera - Palestinian workers say conditions at the notorious checkpoint in occupied West Bank have worsened over the last months [ry] 11/3/2019
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Jewish-Palestinian women march in Tel AvivItai Blumenthal - Ynetnews "Some 150 women from the Parents Circle-Families Forum, people who have lost family members to the Mideast conflict, marched in Tel Aviv for International Women’s Day on Friday morning. They held signs decrying violence and hatred and held a gathering in Habima Square." ca " 9/3/2019
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