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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (11- 17 September 2014) (The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)) - 23-oct-2014

September 18, 2014 - Summary : Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (11 – 17 September 2014). Shooting: In the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical source pronounced a member of an armed group dead of wounds he sustained on 11 July 2014, when an Israeli drone targeted a group of Palestinians east of Hamoudah gas station at the entrance of Beit Hanoun village. In that attack, a Palestinian was killed and 2 others were wounded. On 17 September 2014, Israeli forces opened fire at a group of fishermen who were sailing near the border fence. As a result, a fisherman sustained a bullet wound to his right leg. The fishermen was standing 200 meters off the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and giving directions to his sons who were fishing in a rowing boat....

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Israeli Occupation Forces Re-arrest Ayman Nasser, Legal Unit Coordinator at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Addameer) - 22-oct-2014

September 18, 2014 - In the early hours of this morning Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) re-arrested Ayman Nasser (44) from his home in the West Bank village of Saffa. Nasser is the legal unit coordinator at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Nasser’s wife reported that "at 1:30AM, a large number of IOF raided our house while we were sleeping. We woke up to the sounds of heavy knocking on the front door and my husband, Ayman, rushed to open the door. Around 15 soldiers raided the house and started yelling at me and my children, demanding us to move to the living room. Six soldiers, including one female soldier, pointed their weapons at us while we waited in the living room. Half an hour later, a military officer identified Ayman and took him outside the house. Ayman returned with the officer after ten minutes, and said goodbye to us."...

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The sole representative of the Palestinian people (Toujan Faisal) - 22-oct-2014

September 18, 2014 - I would like to move you from the victorious celebrations to the rooms where secret negotiations are held and international decisions are made when it comes to the Gaza Strip in particular. Forgive me, but I believe that our perception of a victory in Gaza requires us to consider Che Guevara's famous quote: "Revolution is created by the most honourable and inherited and exploited by scoundrels." As many predicted, there was nothing at all surprising about the "surprising non-traditional plan for resolving the Palestinian issue", which was promised by Mahmoud Abbas on the eve of the ceasefire. In fact, one could argue that what ensued is the worst possible thing that could have happened to the cause and that this was due to the steps taken by Abbas himself...


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Israeli drone conference features weapons used to kill Gaza’s children (Rania Khalek) - 22-oct-2014

September 18, 2014 - Less than one month after killing more than 2,100 Palestinians in Gaza, including more than 500 children, Israel is hosting its annual drone conference. Organized in partnership with the US embassy in Tel Aviv, "Israel Unmanned Systems 2014" offers Israeli military firms an opportunity to flaunt the performance of their products, many of which were tested on Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip this summer. Palestine has long served as a laboratory for Israel’s ballooning "homeland security" industry to test and perfect weapons of domination and control, with disenfranchised and stateless Palestinians serving as their lab rats. ...

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Israeli high court upholds racist "admission committees" law (Charlotte Silver) - 22-oct-2014

September 18, 2014 - The Israeli high court upheld on Wednesday the "Admissions Committees Law," which allows rural towns in the Negev and Galilee to reject Palestinian citizens of Israel and other marginalized groups from residing in them on the basis that they are "unsuitable" for Jewish communities.
It is a ruling that Israeli civil and human rights organizations have condemned as legalizing the practice of segregation. Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, filed a petition against the law on behalf of several human and civic rights organizations in Israel on 30 March 2011, arguing that the law violated Israel’s prohibition against discrimination. On 17 September, an expanded panel of judges ruled five-to-four to dismiss the petition...

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BBC’s new "Head of Statistics" twists casualty figures to whitewash Gaza massacre (Amena Saleem) - 22-oct-2014

September 18, 2014 - An open letter to the BBC’s Director General, written by Palestine solidarity activists, is calling for the removal of BBC journalist Anthony Reuben from all reporting on Palestine following the publication of an online article in which he attempts to sanitize Israel’s killing in Gaza. Reuben is the BBC’s "Head of Statistics," a role created in February, he claims in his Linkedin profile, specifically for him. Writing as "Head of Statistics" in August, Reuben authored an article for the BBC website headlined "Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures." When he wrote the article, 1,948 Palestinians had been killed in Israel’s assault on Gaza, the majority of them men...

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Palestinians fleeing Syria charged $400 per month to rent garages in Beirut (Moe Ali Nayel) - 22-oct-2014

September 18, 2014 - On Tuesday, 9 September, Palestinian refugees from Syria descended from across Lebanon to Beirut. They gathered in a group of approximately two hundred to protest outside the UN refugee agency UNHCR’s headquarters in the capital’s Jnah neighborhood. The protest was called by Syria’s Palestinians in Lebanon, an organization that draws attention "to all the humiliation and insults" they are subject to in Lebanon.At the protest, Palestinian refugees described the dire conditions they face in Lebanon. A middle-aged man, Omar, stood warily on the sidewalk facing the UNHCR building. A resident of Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus, which has been under siege since June 2013, Omar was sandwiched between his teenaged son and daughter. He held onto his family in the absence of his wife who he said was "taken by death in Yarmouk last year."...


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Israeli occupation forces destroy water networks and launch assault on farmers () - 22-oct-2014

September 18, 2014 -Israeli occupation forces issued on Wednesday a decree banning farmers from irrigating agriculture on their stepped lands in Atov, located in eastern Tubas city in the occupied West Bank, threatening to arrest any citizen who cultivates his or her land.Palestine's Safa news agency reported that occupation forces destroyed the water system three days ago that the farmers of the area had connected to their lands, in continuation of a policy that deprives the Atov area of all kinds of infrastructure. The president of the Atov Council told Safa that, "Arresting and threatening the farmers today is the second step following the destruction of the water network," pointing out that the goal of the occupation forces is to exercise full control over Atov and Al-Bakya'a...

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90% of Gazans live below poverty line, 95% of water undrinkable (Middle East Monitor) - 21-oct-2014

Setember 18, 2014 -Head of the Popular Committee against the Siege Jamal Al-Khodari has described living conditions in the Gaza Strip as "disastrous" after the latest Israeli war. In a briefed press release, Al-Khodari said that more than 90 per cent of Palestinians in Gaza live under the poverty line because of the sharp increase of unemployment rates. "Displaced Gazans, who live in shelters, experience disastrous conditions," Al-Khodari said, "as they lost the basic needs of life after the collapse of almost all facilities of major services such as electricity, water and sanitation."..

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Syria News - September 17, 2014 (Local Coordination Committees of Syria) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 - By the end of Wednesday, LCC were able to document 100 martyrs including 8 women, 14 children and 3 martyrs under torture: 35 martyrs were reported in Hama; 28 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 18 in Aleppo; 6 in Homs; 6 in Deir Ezzor; 3 in Daraa; 3 in Idlib and 1 in Hasakeh....


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Number of Iraqi orphans, widows rising with conflict (Omar al-Jaffal) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 - Naima Ibrahim, 36, lost her husband during the government's bombing of Fallujah in May. She had intended to flee the city with her husband and children after the city fell to militants belonging to the Islamic State (IS) and some tribal groups, but her husband died in the shelling while out buying food. His death forced her to remain in Fallujah. She and her children now live on the money provided by her brothers and neighbors in addition to aid from humanitarian organizations in Anbar province. Ali al-Hayali, a member of the Al-Khair Foundation, which operates out of Anbar, took it upon himself to help cases similar to Ibrahim’s. He estimates that about 400 children have been orphaned in the province since the start of the government's military operations against the armed groups in December of last year...

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The unspoken US-Iranian alliance against IS militants (France 24) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 - ...On August 31, following US airstrikes, the Iraqi Army and Shiite militias directly tied to Iran broke the siege on Amerli, a northern Iraqi city that had been under siege by IS militias. What’s more, video footage emerged purportedly showing Iran’s top military commander, Qassem Soleimani, on the frontlines of the battle against IS alongside Iraqis likely trained and instructed by the US. "Americans have sent advisors to Iraq to help the Iraqi army and the Iranians have done likewise, so we can assume that they exchange information or, at the very least, that they are speaking in an indirect manner. After all, they are technically in the same camp— they are fighting side-by-side against IS," explained Thierry Coville, a specialist in Iranian politics who works at French international relations research institute IRIS in an interview with FRANCE 24...

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Obama Has No ISIS Strategy (By: Peter Van Buren) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 - ...Now as we fight ISIS together, Assad has been rebranded. The issue of how action against ISIS will only strengthen Assad is set aside. Assad is supported by the Russians, whose interests in Syria are thus tacitly upheld by Washington even as a mini-Cold War rises in the Ukraine from the ashes of the last great struggle the United States claimed to have won...The United States issued Maliki’s replacement the same to-do list the United States issued Maliki since 2006– unite Iraq, and make it snappy, even as more troops are sent in. The blind man in the dark search for moderate Sunnis in Iraq to create a political solution will likely work out as well as it has in Syria. Iran, who won the 2003-2011 Iraq War with the installation of a pro-Tehran Shia government in Baghdad, is holding on to its victory, now with United States air power on its side...

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After the Ceasefire (Omar Robert Hamilton) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 - On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the following: 1. Annexed another 1500 acres of West Bank land 2. Seized $56 million of PA tax revenue 3. Not lifted the illegal blockade (as required by the ceasefire) 4. Broken the ceasefire by firing at fishermen on four separate occasions 5. Detained six fishermen
6. Killed a 22-year-old, Issa al Qatari, a week before his wedding 7. Killed 16-year-old Mohammed Sinokrot with a rubber bullet to the head ..

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With $550M in agricultural losses, Gazans going hungry (Rasha Abou Jalal) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 - Souad Motlaq joins a long queue in Gaza City to get aid from one of the charities that provides food to thousands of Gazan families suffering from food insecurity as a result of the recent Israeli war. Motlaq was covering her head with a piece of cardboard to try escape the hot sun, sighing as she saw the queue was moving at a snail's pace. She told Al-Monitor indignantly, "This is the first time I have stood in a queue to get food aid. War alone forced me to do this." Her seven-member family can no longer obtain food due to its scarcity and skyrocketing prices, which have forced her to resort to relief organizations for food....

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Statement No. (1024) regarding the new international coalition against the so-called terrorism (Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - AMSI) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 - ... Based on the above, we record openly and frankly what is to come: First, the insistence of the international community to start from the results, ignoring address the root causes and its developments that it shows concern of them; will not settle the matter, The situation existing in Iraq and Syria created and contributed to the composition of several factors, including: the unspeakable injustice upon the two peoples, especially in Iraq after the American occupation, then Iranian influence, the first beneficiary of the occupation and collaborating with it over the past years, through the tools of political and security situation in the country, a policy that Iranians continued to adopt sectarian cleansing by killing, arresting, torturing and exclusion; and unless remedy this injustice done, the international community will not be able - If intentions true - to handle the results. Second: The targeting of the organization by bombing, its members are scattered among civilians; will lead to the raise of the death toll of civilians..

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Hundreds, many from Gaza, murdered at sea by smugglers (Charlotte Silver) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 - Nearly five hundred people are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after setting sail from Egypt, fleeing countries across North Africa and the Middle East ravaged by war, epidemic and instability. Many of the people onboard are believed to have been Palestinians from Gaza, thousands of whom are said to have fled since Israel began its devastating 51-day offensive on 7 July. As testimonies are collected from the handful of survivors, a macabre yet still fragmented story of what caused hundreds of men, women and children to drown at sea is coming to light...


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Israel tortures prisoners captured in Gaza invasion (Joe Catron) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 - Two dozen Palestinians captured during Israel’s invasion of Gaza this summmer remain in detention more than three weeks after the 51-day offensive ended. While the men have had limited contact with their families, the legal team representing most of them says several have been tortured."They testified in front of our lawyer that they were subjected to torture by the Israeli interrogators," Issam Younis, director of Gaza’s Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, told The Electronic Intifada on Monday. Al Mezan represents 22 of the 24 detainees still held by Israel. "At least eight that were visited by the lawyer were subjected to torture," Younis added. "It doesn’t mean the others were not."..

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Deir al Balah Rehabilitation Center cares for Gaza’s disabled in the wake of ‘Operation Protective Edge’ (Dan Cohen) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 - In the central Gaza Strip area of Deir al Balah, Usama Abu Safer, 30, devotes his time to working with disabled people. Born paraplegic, Abu Safer’s own disability inspired him to dedicate his life to this work. "I was born disabled but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel like I’m missing something," he explained. "This is my basic motivation to live and to help other people who have a similar condition." Usama Abu Safer divides his time between the Deir al Balah Rehabilitation Center and Al Forsan local radio. Established in 1998, The Deir al Balah Rehabilitation Center employs all disabled people, and has a physical therapy department, a rehabilitation center for the deaf, a school for the blind, a center for disabled children and a neuropathy department...


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7500 New Settlers Moved Into West Bank, Jerusalem, Settlements In Six Months (Saed Bannoura) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 - The Yesha Council of Settlements has reported that the number of Jewish settlers living in the occupied West Bank, including in and around occupied Jerusalem, has reached 382031, adding that 7500 Israelis have moved into West Bank and Jerusalem settlements in the last six months. Yesha said that, back in January of 2014, 374469 settlers lived in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and that the current number of settlers (382031) is a 2% increase. It said that the biggest settlement is Beitar Illit settlement, located southwest of occupied Jerusalem, with a population of 63087 Jewish settlers...


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6 Moderate Syrians Who Don’t Want U.S. Airstrikes On ISIS (Mike Giglio) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 - ..."Is this a war on Islam? There will be many debates on this, even by the people who have left Syria because of ISIS. While they agree on ISIS’s crimes, they also agree that at least we do not support this strike.
"No one can convince me that the U.S. was not following the rise of ISIS in Syria. Why did they let it get to this point? The American politicians are liars, and they are inhuman. It will eventually make people feel that all the American people are liars and inhuman. The reason that I decided to talk to you is that I need to deliver this message and tell you that you are liars, and that we will really hate you. Not the way ISIS does. But it is better to say this than to be hypocrites and liars and say that we love you. "I hate America. I really hate America. In the direct experience we have in Syria, it became clear to us that the U.S. has the lowest possible morals. Write it down again: I hate America."..

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War without end? (Bill Law) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 -As any five star general worth his salt will tell you, a war without an exit strategy is a war that is likely to be lost. And yet as the United States embarks on its third war in Iraq in a little more than twenty years, it is doing so, eyes wide open it seems, to the glaring reality it has no exit strategy.The American people have been warned that this will be a long engagement. Indeed Mr Obama (who made a campaign promise in his first run for president to get the US military out of Iraq) has suggested that his successor will be left to cope with what he has now begun. Tellingly, the president in his 10 September address to the nation was at pains not to call this latest war a war. Rather it is "a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy."...

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Aggression on Gaza and the reconciliation agreement (Nadia Saad Al-Din) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 - No sooner was the Israeli occupation's battle against the Gaza Strip over in a disappointing result for the Israeli "goal bank"- despite the crimes it committed against the Palestinian people - did the division between Fatah and Hamas arise once again, violating the agreement recently signed, conjuring scenes of dispute and conflict that reflect the weakness of the foundation of the reconciliation agreement in establishing national unity and building a base against the occupation's attempts to seize both the Palestinian land and history....


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Manufactured Drought: Yarmouk without water for 10 days (Talal Alyan) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 - Water has been cut off entirely in Yarmouk refugee camp for 10 days. As I’ve already written about, the Syrian regime has engineered a drought since June that has compounded the anguish of the those still trapped inside the camp. Limited water services were turned on for only a couple hours every few days. However, water services have been shut off completely for the last 10 days. "There is no water in the camp," explains one resident, "we’ve been in this condition for awhile. It’s either (a crisis of) food or water or something else. We can no longer endure this"...

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'Two-tiered' laws mean systematic discrimination for Palestinian citizens of Israel - report (Middle East Monitor) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 -A new report details the systematic discrimination faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel, after a summer of heightened tension and racist incitement against the state's non-Jewish population. Discriminatory legislation is the focus of the new report by the Mossawa Centre, a Palestinian NGO based in Haifa, who say that the research "paints the picture of a worsening situation for the Arab community in Israel" . According to Mossawa, Palestinians in Israel "are discriminated against in almost all aspects of life from education and employment to land allocation", with key factors being "the lack of a constitution as well as the paradoxical definition of Israel as both a Jewish and Democratic state"...

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Iraq: Armed militias attack and displace tribes in Babil (Middle East Monitor) - 21-oct-2014

September 17, 2014 -Armed militias loyal to Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki raped women in the town of Jurf Al-Sakhr, in the north of the Babil governorate, the Baghdad Centre for Human Rights said yesterday.The organisation said in a statement that last Wednesday, militias stormed a house and raped a 20-year-old woman after they arrested 18 men from the area.The statement said the centre received documents confirming the incident involving the woman who is also a mother of two. They also published a video that includes testimonies of two women describing the militia's attack on women and men in the region...

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