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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Palestinian Artist in Gaza Using Spices and Fruit as PaintEman Hussein - BarakaBits - Abu Al-Eish explained that her main goal is to “promote the Palestinian cause to the World”. To be able to carry out her art she had to find alternatives for paint - not available under the siege. [bz]26/7/2016
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Turkish aid flows into besieged Gaza StripSamya Kullab - Al Jazeera "More aid from Turkey has started flowing into Gaza this week under the terms of the recent Turkey-Israel deal, after the Social Affairs Ministry spent weeks organising the material. Distribution to about 75,000 families dependent on government subsidies began on Tuesday, although delivery was previously expedited to some of the neediest families, including Abu Attia`s." ca 22/7/2016
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Israeli closures: `They`re pushing us into depression` : After recent attacks, Israel sealed off several towns throughout Hebron - a policy that has drawn widespread criticismEmily Mulder - Aljazeera - Sair is one of several towns throughout the Hebron district that has been fully or partially closed by Israel since the start of the month, when deadly attacks carried out by locals left two Israeli settlers dead, marking the most widespread lockdown since 2014. The closures, accompanied by nightly detention raids that have left dozens injured, have severely disrupted the movement of an estimated 400,000 Palestinians, according to the United Nations.-rh 21/7/2016
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Using My Jewish Privilege To Make a Difference for Palestinians in HebronBecca Strober - Forward - Our direct-action of creating a communal space in the form of a cinema reminded me how privileged I am, and how capable I am (we are) of using our bodies in a different way. Instead of using my body and the privilege that comes with it to uphold a system, I can use it to resist that system. In that, I feel neither pride nor shame, but simply a responsibility to use my body and privilege to help dismantle the systems that oppress Palestinians.-rh20/7/2016
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Combatants for Peace - film screening on the Separation Wall 19/7/2016
A Palestinian Village Under Siege: No One Can Leave, Not Even a Child With Cerebral Palsy Gideon Levy&Alex Levac - Haaretz  "Some 20,000 people were placed under siege this week, in the wake of the incident last Saturday, in which shots were fired at an Israeli couple with six children who were driving toward the West Bank settlement of Tekoa; the father was moderately wounded." ca15/7/2016
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Army Injures One Palestinian, Kidnaps Another, In JerusalemIMEMC News - IMEMC "The Israeli Police said members of its “Border Guard” units, were attempting to arrest a young Palestinian man from Shu’fat when another Palestinian attempted to obstruct them, and that the soldiers noticed a third young man, reportedly “carrying a knife and approaching them rapidly,” before they shot him.Spokesperson of Fateh movement in Jerusalem Tha’er Fasfous, said the wounded young man was trying to remove a knife from the hand of another young man, known to be a drug addict." ca 15/7/2016
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Separation and conquest: Israel’s ideological barrier Amjad Alqasis - Mondoweiss - When completed, the Annexation and Segregation Wall is going to be 712 kilometers long, which is more than twice the length of the Green Line, and more than 9.4 percent of the West Bank and 30,000 Palestinians will be trapped between the Wall and the Green Line, an area now known as the seam zone. The Human Rights Committee emphasized its concerns with the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed by the Annexation and Segregation Wall in its concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of Israel.-rh13/7/2016
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Gaza farmers demand IDF compensation for herbicide sprayingMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - The Israeli army sprayed herbicides in the Gaza Strip late last year, causing damage to hundreds of acres of Palestinian farmland. Now the farmers want an investigation — and compensation [ry] 11/7/2016
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Hebron Siege Continues For The 11th Day; Army Kidnaps Six PalestiniansIMEMC News - "The strict Israeli siege and collective punishment imposed on Sa’ir and Bani Neim towns, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, continued for the eleventh consecutive day, while the soldiers continued the invasion of homes, in various areas, and kidnapped six Palestinians, on Monday at dawn" [ry] 11/7/2016
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Amputees in the Gaza Strip - for them the war is not over Physicians for Human Rights - During the summer 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip medical teams were often forced to work in field conditions. Chaos also reigned in the hospitals due to the heavy workload and the shortage in resources to provide care. And with wounded individuals prematurely discharged from hospital in order to clear beds for hospitalization, their treatment remained partial and faulty. For all these reasons, many individuals who were injured in the limbs underwent improper limb amputation, which prevents the fitting of an artificial limb without surgery to correct the stump. [ak]10/7/2016
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Israel accused of ‘cruel and inhuman’ border crossing conditions for Palestinians by NGOPeter Yeung - Independent - A human rights NGO has accused Israel of forcing Palestinians to withstand “cruel and inhuman” conditions at its borders. The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, also known as B`Tselem, said even those with legitimate work permits were being made to wait for hours in extremely hot weather. B`Tselem posted an image onto its Facebook account and said in a statement: “The Palestinians photographed waiting in line have permits that allow them to work in Israel. Such permits are issued only after meticulous security screening.-rh 6/7/2016
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Israel continues siege on Palestinians in HebronAl Jazeera Staff - Hebron remains on lockdown as Israeli forces comb the area for assailants connected to an alleged shooting attack [ry] 4/7/2016
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Israeli forces close checkpoints near Nablus, settlers attack Palestinian carsMa`an News Agency - "Israeli forces closed several checkpoints near the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus Saturday night, as Israeli settlers organized a protest on the road leading to the Huwwara checkpoint, one of the main entrances into Nablus, and threw rocks at Palestinian cars" [ry] 4/7/2016
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Egypt to open Rafah crossing for five days starting WednesdayPNN/ Gaza - "We have been informed by the Egyptian side that they will open the crossing for five days from Wednesday to Monday, except on Friday,” Gaza’s border crossing authority said in a statement...AA added that according to the border authority, the number of Gazans now waiting to cross stands at some 28,000, most of whom seek medical treatment abroad or who are studying at universities overseas." ca1/7/2016
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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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