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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Here’s why Bernie Sanders already has the Democratic party rattledNorman Solomon - Alter Net - With a launch of the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign on the near horizon, efforts to block his trajectory to the Democratic presidential nomination are intensifying. The lines of attack are already aggressive—and often contradictory. One media meme says that Bernie has made so much headway in moving the Democratic Party leftward that he’s no longer anything special. We’re supposed to believe that candidates who’ve adjusted their sails to the latest political wind are just as good as the candidate who generated the wind in the first place.-rh19/2/2019
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Palestine`s other open-air prison : Here is what a West Bank Palestinian resident has to go through every time s/he tries to get out of home.Jalal Abukhater - Aljazeera - Under a debilitating siege for more than a decade, Gaza has been rightfully declared the biggest open-air prison in the world. But there is another, similar, prison in Palestine that is less obvious because it suffers from a different kind of siege, undeclared and indirect: the West Bank. Every Palestinian who resides there and holds official Palestinian identification papers is a prisoner in their own home. Freedom of movement is non-existent for the vast majority of the population because of a myriad of Israeli policies aimed at restricting it to the bare minimum. The situation is certainly shocking yet seems to be largely ignored by the world, especially by our Israeli neighbours.-rh19/2/2019
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Record number of reports criticizing Israel said to be released by UN next monthTOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - The United Nations Humans Rights Council is expected to release a series of reports critical of Israel next month, including one reportedly accusing the military of war crimes over its response to violent protests by Palestinians on the Gaza border. According to the pro-Israel watchdog group UN Watch, other reports are set to accuse Israel of alleged human rights violations in the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War war, and in territories claimed by the Palestinians for a future state, Channel 12 news reported Thursday.-rh 19/2/2019
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Will Israeli Jews support Arab Knesset candidate? Shlomi Eldar - Al- Monitor - Will Knesset member Ahmad Tibi, chairman of Taal, succeed in breaking the longstanding taboo of “anyone but Arabs in the coalition”? While it is still too early to tell, the possibility is already keeping Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu awake at night. On the evening of the 2015 elections, Netanyahu had warned, “Arab voters are heading to the polling stations in droves,” managing to drum up more votes for himself. On Feb. 9, he posted a video on his Facebook page attacking Benny Gantz, head of Israel Resilience, and insinuating that Arab votes are illegitimate. The target of his intimidation campaign was Tibi: “You vote for Gantz; you get Tibi,” is the title of the clip, which claims, among other things, “The Oslo Accords passed because of the Arabs’ votes. … Former Chief of Staff Gantz will do it again.-rh 19/2/2019
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2018: Plight of Gaza fishermen after Israel’s gradual destruction of their sectorB’Tselem - "In 2000, there were 10,000 registered fishermen in Gaza; now there are about 3,700. In practice, only about half of the registered fishermen actually fish, as many cannot use their boats due to the lack of supplies to repair them or build new ones, or because the military confiscated the boats. About 95% of fishermen in Gaza live below the poverty line, which is USD 4.6 a day in Gaza" [ry]18/2/2019
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Palestinian battling cancer is denied exit from Gaza for treatmentAmjad Yaghi - +972 - 20 year old Ahlam says the pain has gotten so intense, she can’t sleep at night." (...) “All I want is to have the surgery so that the pain can go away." But already half a year she is refused by Israel to travel to the only Palestinian hospital equipped to do it - in East Jerusalem. [bz]12/2/2019
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In wake of human rights observers expulsion, other rights groups in Hebron fear escalation in violenceYumna Patel - Mondoweiss "Netanyahu wants to satisfy the settlers, and under Trump, they can get away with anything, including the expulsion of a mandated international presence,” C. continued. “The Israelis have always acted with impunity, but this is a whole other level.” ca9/2/2019
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Eyewitness Gaza: Palestinian Children Under SiegeISM Northern California - Heather La Mastro, a school teacher in Berkeley, recently traveled to occupied Palestine. She visited several refugee camps, hospitals and pediatric mental health care programs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip administered by the Palestine Children`s Relief Fund (PCRF). At a meeting due on Feb .9 at Oakland, California, Heather will share her stories meeting Palestinian people, especially her students` Palestinian pen pals in Gaza. [ak] 5/2/2019
Israel begins construction of new Gaza barrierAl Jazeera - Six-metre tall fence will prevent Palestinians from infiltrating Israel from the Gaza Strip, prime minister says [ry] 4/2/2019
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IOF repress demonstration against apartheid road near JerusalemPNN - Palestine News Network - "Construction of the road is planned to continue to the south, further entrenching the two separate and unequal systems of transportation in the West Bank. The Palestinian part is designated to eventually connect Ramallah to Bethlehem. This plan will enable Israeli authorities to block Palestinians commuting from the south of the West Bank to Ramallah from accessing Road 1, which leads to Jerusalem. By doing so, the Israeli checkpoint between the West Bank and Jerusalem, which bars Palestinians access to their capital, could be moved several miles to the east, past the Ma’ale Adumin, Mishor Adumim, and Kfar Adumim settlements, in effect annexing them to Jerusalem." - id 24/1/2019
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INSS: Israel could face three-front war in 2019Itamar Eichner - Ynetnews - Israel could face military conflicts on three different fronts—Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip—at the same time in 2019, according to an annual assessment of security challenges done by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), a national security think-tank. "The main three fronts are: Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, and they are very volatile. Despite the continued mutual deterrence between the sides, there is a potential for a military escalation, which could eventually lead to an all-out three- front war … Israel is ought to be prepared for this scenario,” said the assessment, which was submitted to President Reuven Rivlin last week.-rh22/1/2019
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Gaza hospitals about to run out of fuelMaureen Clare Murphy - EI - "Some 35,000 liters of Qatari-funded fuel were delivered to Gaza in October, increasing the availability of electricity to up to 11 hours per day. But the Qatari fuel stock is only enough to keep three turbines at Gaza’s aging power plant running for six months at most, and there is increased demand during winter" [ry] 21/1/2019
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Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/IsraelShir Hever - IMEMC - "Ben White discusses his new book, “Cracks in the Wall”, which examines narratives that challenge the Israeli colonization of Palestine and their recent successes." - id17/1/2019
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Israel opens `apartheid road` in occupied West BankMegan Giovannetti - Aljazeera - Route 4370 has a high wall in the middle, topped with fencing that segregates the road into two separate two-way lanes. The western side is for Palestinians in the West Bank to use to go around Jerusalem, which they cannot enter without an Israeli military-issued permit, while the eastern side serves Israeli settlers going to and from Jerusalem. Palestinians from the village of Anata, which lies on the outskirts of Jerusalem but is separated from the city by Israel`s barrier wall, say part of the highway is built on Anata`s land.-rh 16/1/2019
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The many battles of Gadi EisenkotYossi Yehoshua - Y-net - Eisenkot inherited a greatly deterred Gaza, but his replacement Aviv Kochavi will have to contend with the significant erosion of that deterrence. In addition, the IDF`s performance and results in recent rounds of fighting against the strip have not been good. But the main problem during Eisenkot`s term is the issue of motivation. The motivation to serve in combat units reached an unprecedented low during his tenure. Even the motivation for enlisted service is constantly in decline; with no other tasks but keeping order in the Territories and skirmishing of Gaza fence, young officers feel less inclined to continue with a military career. [ak] 15/1/2019
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Gaza: 39 straight Fridays of protestsPodcasts: Gaza - "Demonstrators, who launched the protests on March 30, are calling for the right of return for Palestinian refugees, under the United Nations Resolution 194, and demanding an end to the 12-year Israeli blockade.Since the rallies first began, more than 215 Palestinians have been killed and at least 18,000 others injured by Israeli forces." ca 11/1/2019
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Republicans push recognition of Israeli annexation of GolanMaureen Clare Murphy - Electronic Intifada "As the Senate considers a bipartisan defense of the Israeli government from boycotts, senior Republicans are urging the Trump administration to recognize Israel’s claims of sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights." ca 11/1/2019
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`Israel`s permit regime isn`t about security, it`s about segregation`Edo Konrad - +972 - "The permit system for Palestinians allows Israel to recruit informants, suppress political activity, and create an opaque system of segregation and control." - id10/1/2019
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Hamas warns of escalation after Egypt border closure, Qatari funds stalledi24NEWS/AFP - As Egypt’s border crossing with the Gaza Strip remains closed and Israel is said to have frozen incoming Qatari aid to the blockaded enclave, extremist groups in Gaza have warned that worsening circumstances for residents could lead to a violent escalation with Israel. Though Qatari funds are supposed to reach Gaza within two days according to Hebrew media reports, the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt remains closed for Palestinians seeking to leave Gaza (...) [bz] 8/1/2019
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Ten years after the first war on Gaza, Israel still plans endless brute forceAvi Shlaim - The Guardian - Israel’s conduct during the first Gaza war was placed under an uncompromising lens by the UN Human Rights Council’s independent fact-finding mission headed by Richard Goldstone, the distinguished South African judge who happened to be both a Jew and a Zionist. Goldstone and his team found that both Hamas and the Israel Defence Forces had committed violations of the laws of war by deliberately harming civilians. The IDF received more severe strictures than Hamas on account of the bigger scale and seriousness of its violations.-rh8/1/2019
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Gaza’s Opioid Problem : For people living under Israeli siege, with high unemployment, tramadol is a means of escape.Miriam Berger - The Nation - The anti-drug classes, however, are something relatively new for conservative Gaza, where drug use is highly stigmatized, but widespread abuse of the synthetic opiate painkiller tramadol is now part of the coastal enclave’s many interconnected crises. Khael started giving lessons in schools (for boys only) last year to combat addiction in a police program that’s part of the Hamas-run government’s own “War on Drugs”—despite criticism that Hamas has long profited from the drug trade along the way.-rh8/1/2019
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