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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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IDF: Hamas is deterred, restrained and restrainingAmos Harel - Haaretz "A year after the start of the war in Gaza, there is a sense in the Israel Defense Forces General Staff that the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip is “deterred, restrained and restraining.” A senior IDF officer said Tuesday in a conversation with journalists that the organization’s leadership does not seem interested in conflict with Israel and that it is working to retrain small, more extreme Islamist groups and to prevent rocket launching at the Negev." ca8/7/2015
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Norwegian Refugee Council urges a holistic plan to help Gazans rebuild homesMalta Today - Of some 12,600 destroyed, none have been rebuilt. An extra 83,977 damaged housing units still wait for repair. Gaza is getting just 7.5 per cent of daily construction materials needed, and even where materials are available, the people lack finances.NRC calls upon the international community to support a holistic plan for all aspects of the reconstruction process, and provide urgent temporary shelters for tens of thousands of displaced persons. to cover the housing demand, to start reconstruction7/7/2015
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Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: No hope and no jobs, so the young risk their lives and run for it Sam Masters - The Independent - With youth unemployment above 60 per cent, it is no wonder that young Gazans want to escape. Sam Masters meets a man in Maghazi who scaled the fence to Israel [ry]6/7/2015
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UNRWA to Close Hundreds of SchoolsIMEMC News & Agencies - "UNRWA might close 700 Palestinian refugee schools due to funding crisis faced by the organisation, a senior official has said...248,000 out of the 500,000 children to be affected are from the Gaza Strip as 252 schools in Gaza are expected to remain closed.“The situation has been deteriorating because of the continuous Israeli siege and the closure of the Rafah crossing with Egypt… The situation in Gaza deteriorated after last summer’s offensive as the number of needy people is increasing,” he explained." ca3/7/2015
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In Gaza, the ultimate humiliation Dan Cohen - Mondoweiss - That Israel allows Palestinians in Gaza to import used goods is not a symbol of goodwill or charitable policy – it represents normalization of the siege. To place this in proper context, remember that basic necessities such as adequate electricity and water are not let into Gaza, and Israel calculates the caloric intake for every Palestinian in Gaza, keeping the population malnourished but above catastrophe.-rh1/7/2015
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Israel seizes activist flotilla headed to Gaza - towing it to Ashdod portYoav Zitun, Elior Levy - Ynet - Naval special forces take control of ship, which carried 20 activists including Joint Arab List MK Basel Ghattas, former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki and Dror Feiler. But according to the Minister of Defence "There is no siege on Gaza." [bz]30/6/2015
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What I learned crossing the Qalandia CheckpointLea Georgeson Caparros - Mondoweiss - My first sight of the wall had been on the other side of the checkpoint. The wall, a sickening sight from any angle anyway, was, on the Ramallah side, covered in scars. Beautifully colourful scars. The kind that tell stories. Stern faces, abstract illustrations and promising words. Some scars hold a more violent undertone, black smoky stains bleeding up from the ground to reach up towards watchtowers as if that was enough to tear them down. Together, they make up a stunning bright canvas to hide the hideous grey beneath it, so you will not forget the wall is there. So you will not ignore it. So you will not ignore the injustice it so clearly symbolises.-rh24/6/2015
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Israel returns 19 confiscated Gaza fishing boatsMa`an - Israeli authorities returned 19 Palestinian fishing boats confiscated from fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip. An official at the Palestinian liaison told Ma`an that the boats were being transferred to Gaza`s seaport where they would be delivered to the fishermen`s union. In April, Israel returned 15 boats it had seized. Fishing union chief Nizar Ayyash said at the time that the return of the boats was welcome but noted that a total of 60 Gazan boats had been seized by the Israeli Navy over the years, so many still remain to be returned - and that the Israeli Navy continues harassing fishermen and seizing more boats. ak23/6/2015
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Israeli Navy set to intercept dangerous flotilla carrying medical supplies and solar panelsTimes of Israel - The Marianne of Gothenburg, a Scandinavian fishing boat, has left Messina, Sicily en route to Crete, Greece - their final destination being Gaza, with a humanitarian cargo of medical supplies and solar panels. On board are among others Swedish journalist Kajsa Ekis Ekman, Swedish-Israeli composer Dror Feiler, and Spanish Member of the European Parliament Ana Maria Miranda Paza. If intercepted by the Israeli Navy, they are committed to strict non-violence. ak23/6/2015
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MK Bassel Ghattas threatened over Gaza flotillaMoran Azulay - Y-net - Joint Arab List MK Bassel Ghattas` decision to participate in the upcoming Gaza flotilla has caused an uproar in the Knesset, with various right-wingers making shrill calls for his "suspension". Ghattas himself remains adamant; stating: "I am performing my duty as a publicly elected representative. I am not doing anything illegal or illegitimate. My participation in the humanitarian flotilla to Gaza is my right and duty. The issue is not the flotilla but the humanitarian crisis that exists for a million Palestinians, as a result of Israel`s blockade. I want to remind the hypocrites who are trying to make headlines at my expense that Israel apologized over the Marmara affair." ak 23/6/2015
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The Evil That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Israel’s Apartheid Sandy Tolan - Thruthdig - What, after all, to call a system of legalized discrimination based on ethnicity and religion in which one group has full voting rights and the other does not? What to call a system under which one people can travel freely on roads built specifically for them, whisking through checkpoints because of their religion and the color of their license plates, and under which the other must submit to inspection at military kiosks frequently manned by snipers? A system under which one population in hilltop enclaves is protected by troops and military surveillance towers, while the other is subjected to frequent night raids by those same troops? -rh17/6/2015
New bill would ban boycott advocates from entering Israel Patrick Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - If passed, the bill would ban supporters of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) from visiting present-day Israel and the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. It would also bar foreign nationals of Jewish ancestry who support boycotting Israel from obtaining Israeli citizenship17/6/2015
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Israel says war in Gaza was moral and deaths are the fault of HamasWilliam Booth - The Washington Post - Israeli officials issued a broad defense Sunday over how their country waged the war in the Gaza Strip last summer, making a case that Israel sought to minimize civilian casualties as the Islamist movement Hamas put its people in the line of fire and cynically used the ensuing death and destruction to stoke anti-Israel propaganda.-rh17/6/2015
The Green Line: serving Israel`s racist policies since 1967Neve Gordon - al-Araby - The Green Line offered the fictive promise of two states. In reality, it sustains a racist regime and the judaisation of the West Bank.-rh17/6/2015
Israel eases restrictions on Palestinians for RamadanAFP - Yahoo News - "Israel announced that Palestinians will be able to travel directly by bus from West Bank cities to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound." - id17/6/2015
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Israeli Forces Demolish 3 Industrial FacilitiesIMEMC News&Agencies - "The West Jerusalem municipality, on Tuesday, issued orders to demolish industrial facilities for Palestinians in Al-Jeeb town, northwest Jerusalem, under the pretext of no building permit.ocals said that the neighborhood was inhabited by almost 900 Palestinians. They added that they are always harassed and threatened with home demolitions, since they are surrounded by a number of continuously expanding settlements, such as Giv’at Ze’ev and Giv’on, narrowing the living spaces for Palestinians." ca10/6/2015
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No permit, no entryLauren S. Marcus - +972 - I thought of mandatory conscription as somewhat of an inconvenience — I never thought the army would be ‘fun.’ I never expected to serve at a checkpoint. I never expected to hate myself for it.-rh10/6/2015
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PHOTOS: For Palestinians, checkpoints can pop up at any timeAhmad al-Bazz - +972 - "Nearly 60 percent of the 96 Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank do not lead to Israel, but rather separate Palestinian cities and towns. Sometimes, checkpoints pop up in response to security incidents, other times there is no explanation at all." - id 3/6/2015
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