Category Archives: Occupation

Video: Protesters set Israeli checkpoint aflame following funeral in Beit Ummar

An Israeli checkpoint sustained significant damage in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar near Hebron on Friday after clashes broke out following the funeral of 3 Palestinians killed earlier in the day.

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Video: Night raid in Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp

Video of an Israeli raid Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp early in the morning on July 21st, 2014. Soldiers arrested 3 young men and assaulted several others. They confiscated footage from that night’s clashes in Bethlehem from journalist Mohammed Al Azza, briefly detained him and assaulted him and his two younger brothers. A father in the camp attempts twice to visit his brother’s home being raided by soldiers in an effort to see his son, and is denied violently by IDF. Screams can be heard in the streets as gunfire and sound bombs from the Israel military go off while youth throw stones toward the soldiers.

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In Photos: Activists clash with Israeli and Palestinian Authority forces during protest in Bethlehem

Kelly Lynn reports from Bethlehem where for the last four days, Palestinian Authority security forces have been deployed to quell protests that have raged on Jerusalem-Hebron Road since the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir on July 2nd.

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Israeli police ransack Tariq Abu Khdeir family home and arrest relatives in apparent revenge raid

Just hours after 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir left for Ben Gurion International Airport to return home to Tampa, Florida, Israeli police raided and ransacked the home of his family in the Shufat neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The police arrested Abu Khdeir’s uncle and cousins without charges. The Israeli motive appears to have been revenge for the family’s role in publicizing CCTV footage of Abu Khdeir’s brutal beating at the hands of Israeli police, and their public campaign to secure his return to the US. Above, the Abu Khdeir home following vandalism by the Israeli police.

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Israel destroys el-Wafa hospital as staff evacuates all patients

The Israeli military has destroyed el-Wafa orthopedic hospital in the Gaza Strip, after first targeting the facility with five missiles on July 11, 2014. The Israeli military began striking the building around 8:oo pm this evening and within two hours all hospital staff and patients had evacuated the only rehabilitation center in the Gaza Strip. As they departed what remained intact from the medical center burned to the ground. “It’s already destroyed,” said director of el-Wafa Basman Alashi, continuing, “I don’t know how much is left of it, but we have evacuated all of our patients.

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Hamas has agreed to a ceasefire, says senior Palestinian official (Updated)

Early this evening in Palestine, a senior official in the Palestinian Authority said Hamas has accepted a ceasefire with Israel, as brokered by Egypt.

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Tensions rise on West Bank, and 22-year-old dies after Israelis stop ambulance

Tensions haven’t been so high on the West Bank since the intifadahs. Fatah crowds celebrate Hamas rockets, and the Israeli army kills a 22-year-old man as it continues to search for those wanted in connection for killings of three Israeli teens.

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10 Years after the Advisory Opinion on the Wall in Occupied Palestine: Time for Concrete Action

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On the tenth anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s Advisory Opinion on the Israeli Separation Wall, 86 leading international jurists and legal networks from all continents, among them UN special Rapporteurs, acting and former judges, leading law professors as well as national and continental professional associations, call on the United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon and world leaders to take “concrete action” against Israel’s wall in the occupied West Bank.

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The Aftermath: Home demolitions and dead Palestinian teen follow Netanyahu call for revenge

Allison Deger reports on the fallout since the bodies of the three abducted Israeli youth were found. She talks to Israeli settlers hitchhiking from the spot Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrah were taken and the families of the kidnapping suspects whose home in Hebron was destroyed in a punitive Israeli demolition. Finally, she travels to the teens’ funeral where calls for revenge ring out. Above, the Abu Aisha family’s demolished house in Hebron.

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Photo Essay: Israeli soliders destroy Qawasmeh and Aisha family homes in retribution attack

Israeli soldiers used knives from the kitchen to destroy furniture throughout the Qawasmeh home. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)

Kelly Lynn reports from Hebron where the Israeli military raided the homes Amar Abu Aisha and Marwan Qawasmeh on Monday evening, June 30th into the morning of July 1st. At approximately 12:00 am, soldiers set up explosives in both homes, detonating them after the families were evacuated. Israeli intelligence has accused both men of allegedly kidnapping the settler teens. The whereabouts of both men are unknown.

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Hundreds of Israeli soldiers raid Hebron as West Bank crackdown enters second week

As the largest West Bank military operation in a decade enters its second week, Israel raided H2, the area of Hebron under Israeli security control, for the first time since the second Intifada. Overnight 200 soldiers were deployed to arrest eight Palestinians, including five from one family. Palestinian activist Badia Dwaik attempted to film the assault until he was attacked by Israeli soldiers.

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The Ramallah bubble just popped: Reflections on a city under siege

Corey Peruca writes about the recent Israeli incursions into Ramallah which at one point seemed immune to the ravages of the occupation: “Just a few days ago I reassured a colleague living in Jerusalem not to worry, because Ramallah is safe. “Is that what you tell yourselves?” she asked. I knew, of course, that anything could happen here, but had wrongly assumed that Ramallah was to some extent off-limits, even amidst all that’s been happening around us.”

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Photo Essay: Israeli night raids terrorize families of Azza Refugee Camp

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Refugee camps across the occupied West Bank have regularly experienced Israeli military raids and arrests in the middle of the night over the past two weeks as part of the crackdown on the Palestinian population in the wake of the disappearance of three Israeli settlers. Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery report from Azza refugee camp where families’ lives are invaded and turned upside down, seemingly for no reason. Above, a girl’s room after a night raid. The laundry machine, which usually sits in the closet of the room was pulled out of the wall and thrown on the floor.

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Israel can’t force-feed occupation to those who hunger for freedom

Belligerent occupations – especially ones where no hope or end is in sight – engender evermore creative and costly forms of resistance, as the hunger strike demonstrates. A physical act of resistance can be temporarily foiled. But the spirit behind it cannot be so easily subdued.

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‘This is not looking for the missing settlers, it is just trying to punish us’: A report from ten days of lockdown in Hebron

A young boy pushes a makeshift scrap metal barrier for protection from the IDF in Hebron. (Photo: Sheren Khalel)

As the search for the three missing teenage settlers intensifies, the city of Hebron continues to experience complete lockdown. Sheren Khalel reports from the city where protests against the siege have become frequent, and injuries and arrests are common. Normal life in Hebron has always been difficult due to military occupation and the placement of an illegal Israeli settlement within the city center, but this week it has become even more grim.

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One killed in protests as Israeli army takes control of Ramallah city center for first time since 2007

The de facto capital of the West Bank was laid under siege in the early morning hours as both the Israeli army and Palestinian Authority police attacked Palestinians on the streets of Ramallah in a coordinated effort, with one killed by Israeli live-fire. Not since 2007 had the Israeli military taken control of the city’s downtown, typically a nexus of commerce in the occupied Palestinian Territory. Although there has been longtime security coordination since the establishment of the Palestinian civil administration in 1994, this was the first instance of both Israeli and Palestinian forces working in armed conjunction to suppress Palestinian protesters.

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Nighttime Israeli raid on Bir Zeit University yields — truck full of Hamas flags

In the wake of the reported abduction of three Israeli teens in the West Bank last week, the Israeli army has been conducting nighttime raids in West Bank cities and arresting hundreds. But in the first raid on Bir Zeit University in nearly 20 years of Palestinian Authority control, witnessed by Allison Deger, the Israeli target seemed to be Hamas paraphernalia. Just as the focus of many of the army’s actions has been the political party the Israeli government sees as terrorist

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Israeli checkpoint reinstated outside Nablus stops Palestinian traffic for over two hours

During the Intifada, Zaatara was a checkpoint just south of Nablus and now it has been reinstated as the Israeli army is ramping up its presence inside and around major West Bank cities since three youths were abducted last Thursday in a settlement bloc near Bethlehem. Reports say the wait in the checkpoint line runs around two and a half hours. Passengers in shared taxis are made to exit the vehicle as the army searches and checks identification cards. Even ambulances have to wait in these long lines.

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Photo Essay: The siege of Kufr Qaddum

Nestled in the hills of the occupied West Bank near the city of Nablus lies the village of Kufr Qaddum. Since 2003 the Israeli army has blockaded the road from the village to Nablus, cutting off the village’s lifeline to its main economic and social hub. Since 2011, the villagers have fought back in an attempt to end the siege on Kufr Qaddum. Matthew Vickery reports from the village where every Friday the picturesque landscape is engulfed in a thick cloud of black smoke.

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Israeli army enacts curfew near Nablus and raids eight major West Bank cities

In a major escalation of force not seen since the Second Intifada, tonight Israeli military vehicles are inside cities across the West Bank, and the army has enacted a curfew in a Nablus area town. The only population center in the West Bank that does not have Israeli soldiers patrolling and carrying out arrests is Jericho. The raids come in the aftermath of the abduction of three Israeli youths last Thursday.

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The Israeli crackdown on the West Bank as seen from the Qalandiya checkpoint

The kidnapping on Thursday night of three Jewish religious school students: Gil-Ad Shaer,16, Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Naphtali Fraenkel, hitchhiking in Gush Etzion (south of Jerusalem and Bethlehem) can be felt right across Israel and Palestine, including the Qalandiya checkpoint.

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Human rights orgs condemn collective punishment of Palestinians in response to disappearance of three Israeli settlers

The recent wave of arrests, attacks, killings and total closure of large parts of the West Bank following the disappearance of three Israeli settlers is a clear form of collective punishment against the Palestinian people. As the Occupying Power, Israel is obligated to carry out its search for the missing settlers in line with its obligations under international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL). Although some of the measures carried out by the Israeli forces in large parts of the West Bank may have a link to the investigation into the disappearances, the methods employed are indiscriminate in their nature and are undermining the fundamental rights of the persons concerned.

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Kidnapped

The hunt continues for the missing Israeli teenagers. The roundup of Palestinians also continues. More than 100 Palestinians have already been taken by Israel’s military. Have they, too, been kidnapped?

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Israeli army seals Hebron, saying Hamas is responsible for abducted teens

The manhunt for three Israeli teens abducted from a West Bank intersection in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc late Thursday evening continues with the Israeli army sealing Hebron and arresting 80 overnight in the largest operation in the Palestinian territory in years. The Palestinian Authority indicated that Hamas is not responsible, and says naming Hamas is an “escalation” tactic.

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Death comes to downtown Ramallah

Allison Deger offers a diary from Ramallah. Weeks after Nadime Nuwara and Mohammed Salame were killed during a Nakba day protest, Ramallah is still in gloom. This wasn’t a clash. It was an indiscriminate spray of bullets. And one took a boy from deep inside the Ramallah enclave: Nadime attended St. George Orthodox School in an upscale neighborhood with restaurants priced around twice that of any other West Bank city.

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