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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Palestinian Dies after Falling from Israel`s Apartheid WallIMEMC - "Around 60,000 Palestinians are employed inside Israel, but only about half of those have proper documentation. An estimated 30,000 Palestinians cross into Israel without any work permits, largely traveling through wilderness areas to avoid the strict Israeli permit regime." - id for rh 26/3/2015
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School students use sewage channels to reach school in the western Ramallah district Ma`an - The al-Tira Beit Ur al-Fuqa high school is now enveloped by the Israeli separation wall on three sides at a point where the wall extends more than five kilometers inside the 1949 Armistice Line. The wall separates the villages from the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Horon as well as an Israeli military training camp. On the school`s fourth side, a road was opened exclusively for settlers going from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. [bz]24/3/2015
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David Shulman`s new report from South Mt, Hebron David Shulman, The Villages Group Just when I come to the conclusion that the men with guns have resigned themselves to recalcitrant ovine reality and the danger has passed, they suddenly arrest two more shepherds: Majlis Salim and Jihad Salim. The arrests are swift and brutal, with much shoving and poking. We’re too far away to be of help, but I can’t bear watching this: despair again. Is it the good despair I’ve written about, the kind that makes you act and take risks and not think about results? I doubt it. It’s a black viscous feeling that goes well with the liquid gold washing over the hill.16/3/2015
Israel to Build another Wall along Jordanian Border Tamar Fleishman--Israel plans to build another “separation wall” on the border with Jordan to protect it from possible infiltration by global jihadists, Israeli media reported on Thursday. The plan has been revealed following the completion of a similar security fence on the border with Egypt. dn15/3/2015
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Israel relaxes restrictions on permits for elderly PalestiniansMa`an News Agency - "The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Yoav Mordechai, said in a statement that as of Sunday, men over the age of 55 and women over the age of 50 will be allowed to cross into Israel for daily visits without the need for permits." ca 13/3/2015
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50,000 Israelis show up at the wrong protestMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 "If 50,000 Jewish Israelis marched on the Qalandia checkpoint demanding an end to the occupation even Netanyahu would take note, Herzog would change his messaging overnight, and the seeds of change just might have a chance of sprouting." ca13/3/2015
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Gaza women protest in front of UNRWA headquartersMa`an - Women held placards calling on the international community to uphold its responsibilities; pressure Israel to allow reconstruction material into Gaza; calling on Fatah and Hamas to end their disunity. [bz]9/3/2015
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Israel kills fisherman and reduces Gaza`s fishing space by 2 miles: Union MEM - Amidst lack of clarity about how many nautical miles Gaza fishermen are allowed to enter with their boats, Israeli naval forces shot and killed a 34-year-old Palestinian fisherman. Two other fishermen were detained. [bz]9/3/2015
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Options for a non-Zionist Israeli voterOfra Yeshua Lyth “This is not something we should be discussing” is the limiting mantra that unites Israeli discourse across left and right, with the obedient complicity of the media. Debate about superfluous elections, corruption scandals, wars, verbal and personal brutality, the high cost of living and the housing crisis, extreme social gaps, the lack of compassion for the weak: all these can be understood easier when placed against the background and core principles of the Zionist state. All are linked, in one way or another, to that unique political innovation that charges a high price in return for the perks it claims to bestow on its chosen demographic. The one hundred and five Knesset seats [out of 120] reserved for the Jewish majority squabble furiously over the prime minister’s empty bottles, over the misery of incarcerated political refugees. They are, however, united – from the radical right all the way to the so-called radical left (and Zehava Galon is truly nice and sincere) – concerning the “existential” need to avoid pushing too hard for the over-democratic measures that may jeopardize the eternal existence of a secure “Jewish majority”. 7/3/2015
Israeli navy opens fire at Gaza fishing boats Ma`an - The Aug. 26 ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian militant groups stipulated that Israel would immediately expand the fishing zone off Gaza`s coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually. Since then, there have been widespread reports that Israeli forces have at times opened fire at fishermen within those new limits, and that the zone has not been expanded. [bz]2/3/2015
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Israel sets up iron gates at container checkpointMa`an News Agency - "Israel is ignoring all agreements concerning the checkpoint, as all talks were geared towards removing the checkpoint. We were surprised it is being improved and we do not know what is next." ca27/2/2015
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10-year-old boy attacked and arrested for playing in the snowInternational Solidarity Movement - The following day, at 2:40pm, Saleh was again playing in the snow on the hills of Tel Rumeida when he was kidnapped by soldiers and brought to the military base in the Tel Rumeida’s illegal settlement. The 10-year-old boy was kept for about 20 minutes before Israeli police took him to the DCO (District Coordinator Office). After that the boy was handed over to the Palestinian police who informed his father about his whereabouts.-rh25/2/2015
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Gaza donations fall way short of pledgesAl Jazeera - "Only about five percent of money pledged to rebuild Gaza, after it was devastated by Israel`s deadly assault last year, has reached Gaza, humanitarian news service IRIN has said." ca20/2/2015
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Do Israelis have any idea how bad it is in Gaza?Haggai Matar - +972 "Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, which killed over 2,000 people, including hundreds of children and entire families, lead not only to destruction, but also to a breakdown in Palestinian reconciliation. Fatah and Hamas continue to find reasons not to make reconciliation a reality: Fatah refuses to pay the salaries of Hamas members (partially because Israel has frozen the tax revenues it owes the Palestinian Authority), Hamas is blaming the situation in Gaza on the unity government and attacks on members of Fatah are becoming routine." ca20/2/2015
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Checkpoint morningsGiedre Steikunaite - New Internationalist - It’s 2.30 am. ‘Where else in the world have you seen people leaving for work in the middle of the night?’ asks a middle-aged man, without requiring an answer. ‘This is the most racist state in the world,’ he comments and rushes off. His hurry is justified: the queue is already forming inside the terminal and he needs to take his place.-rh19/2/2015
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Video: Khuza`a, January 2015B’Tselem - "The town of Khuza`a lies in south Gaza, about 500 meters from the Israeli border.[...] Residents told B’Tselem that on 22 July 2014, 2 days after ground forces entered Gaza, the town was heavily attacked and many fled to schools in nearby Khan Yunis. The UN listed 556 homes damaged, 336 of them destroyed" [ry]9/2/2015
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Israel reluctantly accepts Hamas ruleBen Caspit - Al Monitor - "Israel from the north, Gaza in the middle, Egypt`s Sinai on the south."..."but only the residents of Gaza are trapped in a bubbling pressure cooker, which has exploded with growing intensity over the years." - id for rh 5/2/2015
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Israeli soldiers open fire at Palestinian protesters at Gaza borderMa`an News Agency - "A spokesman for the Gaza Committee to Break the Siege, Adham Abu Salmiya, told Ma`an that march was in protest against the continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and the Israeli refusal to allow reconstruction materials into Gaza." [ry]2/2/2015
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