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Pulse of Palestine News Check-Up: 3rd May 2019

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Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)

Prisoners

  • 26.04.19 Palestinian Prisoner, Farraj, Suspends Month-Long Hunger Strike
  • 02.05.19 Palestinian Prisoner Hossam Ruzza Ends Hunger Strike after More than Six Weeks

East Jerusalem

  • 30.04.19 Israeli Forces Attack Palestinian Family, Demolish Two Homes in Silwan (VIDEO)

West Bank

  • 27.04.19 Palestinian Injured by Israeli Fire Succumbs to Wounds
  • 30.04.19 B’tselem: Israeli Forces Killed Unarmed Palestinian Bystander
  • 29.04.19 Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Palestinian near West Bank Checkpoint
  • 30.04.19 Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Palestinian at Checkpoint near Nablus
  • 01.05.19 Wedding on Hold: Palestine, Politics and Prison
  • 01.05.19 B’tselem: Israeli Army Distributing Misleading Video after Killing Palestinian Paramedic
  • 01.05.19 Two Israelis Sentenced to Just One Year for Racist Anti-Arab Attacks
  • 02.05.19 Israel bans Palestinian Minister of Women’s Affairs from travelling to Jordan

Gaza

  • 26.04.19 On 56th Friday of Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Wound 110 Civilians, including 37 Children, 3 Women, 4 Paramedics, and Journalist
  • 30.04.19 Reduction of Gaza fishing zone an ‘illegal collective punishment’
  • 30.04.19 Gaza now has a toxic ‘biosphere of war’ that no one can escape
  • 01.05.19 Gaza’s Poverty Level Reaches 80%, Says PGFTU
  • 02.05.19 Israeli Airstrikes Target Sites in Gaza (VIDEO)

Settlers and Settlements

  • 30.04.19Israeli Government to Fund Hotels in West Bank Settlements
  • 02.05.19 Israeli settlers destroy more olive trees in occupied West Bank
  • 03.05.19 12,000 Jewish Israel settlers raid historic West Bank cemetery

Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions

  • 27.04.19 Palestinian Christians Celebrate Holy Saturday (VIDEO)
  • 28.04.19 Israeli NGO Calls on Israel to Revoke BDS Founder’s Residency (VIDEO)

Domestic Affairs

  • 29.04.19 PA Returns ‘Secretly-Received Millions of Shekels’ to Israel

Foreign Affairs

UK

  • 29.04.19 The attacks on a great Palestinian charity by UK Lawyers For Israel must end

EU

  • 01.05.19 EU High Representative Vows $24.7M in Aid to Palestinians

Israel

  • 30.04.19 Israeli rabbis at military prep school are caught on video praising Hitler
  • 02.05.19 UNRWA reinstate 500 employees to full-time contracts
  • 03.05.19 UN calls on Israel to halt demolitions in East Jerusalem

Economics

  • 29.04.19 ‘If you’re for justice for Palestinians, you’re for climate justice’: Zena Agha on climate change and the future of Palestine
  • 30.04.19 How tech is bringing Israelis and Palestinians together

Arts, Culture and Sport

  • 01.05.19 Stone Men by Andrew Ross review – the Palestinians who built Israel

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)

Prisoners

26.04.19: Palestinian Prisoner, Farraj, Suspends Month-Long Hunger Strike

Palestinian prisoner Khaled Farraj. Image via Palestine Chronicle

‘Palestinian prisoner, Khaled Farraj, has suspended his open hunger strike after 29 days, on Thursday.
The Prisoners and Former Prisoners’ Affairs Committee said that Farraj, 31, who is a resident from Dheisheh refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, suspended his 29-day hunger strike after his lawyer reached an agreement with the Israeli prosecution.’

Read the rest of the article at Palestine Chronicle

02.05.19: Palestinian Prisoner Hossam Ruzza Ends Hunger Strike after More than Six Weeks

Palestinian Prisoner Hossam Ruzza. Image via Palestine Chronicle

‘A Palestinian prisoner in Israeli detention has ended a hunger strike after more than six weeks.
Sixty-one-year-old Hossam Ruzza ended his hunger strike yesterday evening after occupation authorities agreed not to renew his administrative detention order.
He is thus due to be released on July 13.’

Read the rest of the article at Palestine Chronicle

East Jerusalem

30.04.19 Israeli Forces Attack Palestinian Family, Demolish Two Homes in Silwan (VIDEO)

Israeli forces attacked Palestinian residents as bulldozers demolished two Palestinian-owned homes, on Tuesday, in the Silwan neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. Image via Palestine Chronicle

‘Israeli forces attacked Palestinian residents as bulldozers demolished two Palestinian-owned homes, on Tuesday, in the Silwan neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.
Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces and police, in addition to a number of Israeli bulldozers stormed the neighborhood and surrounded the two homes, which belong to two Palestinian brothers, Anas and Qusai Barqan.’

Read the rest of the article Palestine Chronicle

The West Bank

27.04.19 Palestinian Injured by Israeli Fire Succumbs to Wounds

Omar Awni Younes, 20, succumbed to injuries caused by Israeli soldiers. Image via Palestine Chronicle

‘A Palestinian youth identified as Omar Awni Younes, 20, succumbed on Saturday evening at Beilinson Hospital in Israel to wounds he sustained last week, when he was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces near Nablus city in the occupied West Bank, the Ministry of Health said.’

Read the rest of the article Palestine Chronicle

29.04.19 Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Palestinian near West Bank Checkpoint

An Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank. Image via Palestine Chronicle

‘A young Palestinian was shot in the back today near an Israeli military checkpoint in the north of the West Bank, according to Palestinian sources.
They told WAFA that Israeli soldiers opened fire at the Palestinian who was not immediately identified.’

Read the rest of the article at Palestine Chronicle

01.05.19 Wedding on Hold: Palestine, Politics and Prison

Image via Al Jazeera

‘According to the Jerusalem-based human rights organisation B’tselem, in February 2019, there were over 5,000 Palestinians languishing in Israeli prisons. The idea of women committing to men in prison with long sentences is a little-known aspect of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as well as an intensely personal and complex one.’

Read the rest of the article at Al Jazeera

01.05.19 B’tselem: Israeli Army Distributing Misleading Video after Killing Palestinian Paramedic

Israel announces a comprehensive closure on Gaza and the West Bank. Image via Palestine Chronicle.

‘Israeli forces shot and killed a volunteer paramedic during a refugee camp raid, after which the army distributed a misleading propaganda video.
According to the investigation by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, Sajed Mizher – aged just 17 – was shot in the abdomen while rushing to the aid of a wounded resident.’

Read the rest of the article at Palestine Chronicle

01.05.19 Two Israelis Sentenced to Just One Year for Racist Anti-Arab Attacks

Racist graffiti on the walls of Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem. Image via Palestine Chronicle

‘Two Israelis were sentenced to just one year in prison yesterday for a series of racially-motivated assaults against Palestinian citizens, reported Haaretz.
The pair, named as Koren Elkayam, 22, and Tamir Bartal, 20, from Beersheva, were “convicted in a plea bargain of assaulting Arabs in order to deter them from having romantic relationships with Jewish women”, the paper reported.’

02.05.19 Israel bans Palestinian Minister of Women’s Affairs from travelling to Jordan

Amal Hamad is sworn in as a Minister of Women_s Affairs in the new Palestinian government, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank town of Ramallah. Image via Middle East Monitor

‘Israeli restrictions on Palestinians travelling outside the occupied territories have prevented the Minister of Women’s Affairs from going to Jordan to attend a conference. Dr Amal Hamad was due to participate in the Euro-Mediterranean Conference entitled “Launching the Regional Campaign on Zero Tolerance with Violence Against Women and Girls” which opens today in the Jordanian capital Amman.’

Read the rest of the article at Middle East Monitor

Gaza

26.04.19 On 56th Friday of Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Wound 110 Civilians, including 37 Children, 3 Women, 4 Paramedics, and Journalist

Image via Palestine Centre for Human Rights

‘On Friday, 26 April 2019, in excessive use of force against peaceful protesters on the 56thFriday of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege, Israeli forces wounded 110 civilians, including 37 children, 3 women, 4 paramedics, and a journalist, in the eastern Gaza Strip. Two of those wounded sustained serious wounds.’

Read the rest of the article at Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

30.04.19 Reduction of Gaza fishing zone an ‘illegal collective punishment’

‘A decision by the Israeli military to scale down the permitted fishing zone in the besieged Gaza Strip comes as “no surprise” to the enclave’s 4,000 fishermen.
“The decision did not come as a surprise. The occupation always backs down from agreements that affect fishermen in the strip,” Zakaria Bakr, head of Gaza’s fishermen’s union, told Al Jazeera.
Citing an alleged rocket attack, the Israeli army said on Tuesday fishing in Gaza would only be permitted up to six nautical miles (11km) until further notice.’

30.04.19 Gaza now has a toxic ‘biosphere of war’ that no one can escape

Palestinian children fill their bottles with water from a public tap in Rafah. Image via Mondoweiss

‘A combination of repeated Israeli attacks and the sealing of its borders by Israel and Egypt, have left the territory unable to process its water or waste. Every drop of water swallowed in Gaza, like every toilet flushed or antibiotic imbibed, returns to the environment in a degraded state.’

01.05.19 Gaza’s Poverty Level Reaches 80%, Says PGFTU

The increase of unemployment and poverty in Gaza are a result of the Israeli 12-year siege. Image via Palestine Chronicle

‘Marking International Labor Day, the besieged Gaza Strip has seen its unemployment rate rise to 54% with poverty levels rising to 80%, according to Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU), on Wednesday.
The head of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions, Sami al-Amassi, said in a statement that the situation in Gaza reached a catastrophic level, noting that the numbers are “shocking.”’

02.05.19 Israeli Airstrikes Target Sites in Gaza (VIDEO)

Israeli airstrikes targeting Gaza. Image via Palestine Chronicle

‘Israeli warplanes out airstrikes across the besieged Gaza Strip, on predawn Thursday, Ma’an News reports.
Hebrew-language news outlets said that Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes, targeting several Hamas movement sites, located in northern Gaza’

Settlers and Settlements 

30.04.19 Israeli Government to Fund Hotels in West Bank Settlements

An illegal Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank. Image via Palestine Chronicle

‘The Israeli government will subsidize hotels in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, as part of a plan to attract more tourists to the area.
According to an article in Arutz Sheva, citing a report by Israel Hayom, Israel’s Tourism Ministry “will aid entrepreneurs who want to invest in building or expanding hotels in Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank]”.’

02.05.19 Israeli settlers destroy more olive trees in occupied West Bank

Palestinian farmers inspect the damage done to their olive trees that were cut down by Israeli settlers. Image via Middle East Monitor

‘A group of Jewish Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farms on Wednesday and cut down 150 mature olive trees in the village of Burqa east of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Quds Press has reported. The settlers came from the illegal Atzaf colonial outpost built on Palestinian land, said witnesses, who added that they were protected by Israeli occupation forces.’

Read the rest of the article at Middle East Monitor

03.05.19 12,000 Jewish Israel settlers raid historic West Bank cemetery

Israeli settlers can be seen in the West Bank. Image via Middle East Monitor

‘Some 12,000 Israeli Jewish settlers yesterday raided several historic Muslim tombs belonging to scholars and prophets in the village of Kafl Haris, east of the West Bank city of Salfit, Quds Press reported.
Local sources told the news site that a large number of Israeli occupation forces also raided the city to secure the invasion of the settlers.’

Boycott Divestment Sanctions

27.04.19 Palestinian Christians Celebrate Holy Saturday (VIDEO)

Christian holy sites in Jerusalem. Image via Palestine Chronicle

‘Palestinian Christians, along with international pilgrims, marked today Holy Saturday in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, and in East Jerusalem, a day before Easter holiday.’

Read the rest of the article at Palestine Chronicle

28.04.19 Israeli NGO Calls on Israel to Revoke BDS Founder’s Residency (VIDEO)

Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of the BDS movement. Image via Palestine Chronicle

‘The Israeli human rights group, Betzalmo, has called on Israel’s Attorney General and Minister of Interior to cancel BDS-founder Omar Al-Barghouti’s residency status, Arutz Sheva reported Sunday.’

Read the rest of the article at Palestine Chronicle

Domestic Affairs

29.04.19 PA Returns ‘Secretly-Received Millions of Shekels’ to Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Image via Palestine Chronicle

‘The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) has returned “millions of shekels” to Israel, which the latter had secretly-transferred to the Fatah movement, Israel’s Channel 7 announced yesterday.
The channel said:
“The Israeli government has secretly-transferred millions of shekels to the PA in order to help alleviate its financial crisis and to prevent the Palestinian leadership from collapsing,”’

Read the rest of the article at Palestine Chronicle

Foreign Affairs

UK

29.04.19 The attacks on a great Palestinian charity by UK Lawyers For Israel must end

Palestinians demonstrate at the Gaza fence on 22 March. Image via Middle East Eye

‘Interpal is now fighting a battle against the odds, just to keep going.
It is under pressure from a group called UK Lawyers For Israel (UKLFI). For the past year, the UK Lawyers for Israel has actively sought to pressure financial organisations into withdrawing banking or donation processing facilities for Interpal.’

Read the rest of the article at Middle East Eye

EU

01.05.19 EU High Representative Vows $24.7M in Aid to Palestinians

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. Image via Palestine Chronicle

‘The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini said yesterday that the European Union will offer €22 million ($24.7 million) in humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.
The EU diplomat’s remarks came during the joint press conference held ahead of the annual spring meeting of the International Donor Group for Palestine.’

Read the rest of the article at Palestine Chronicle

Israel

30.04.19 Israeli rabbis at military prep school are caught on video praising Hitler

Image via Mondoweiss

‘Yesterday, Israeli Channel 13 aired video recordings by rabbi educators at the state-sponsored military prep-academy Bnei David in the West Bank settlement of Eli. The rabbis hail Hitler’s Nazi racist ideology as “100% correct”, only criticizing it for not being applied to the right people – that is, the Jews should be the master-race, and non-Jews the ‘untermenschen’.’

Read the rest of the article at Mondoweiss

US

03.05.19 Kushner’s Middle East plan not to mention ‘two-state’ solution

Kushner gave the administration_s strongest indication yet that the plan will not propose two states for Israelis and Palestinians. Image via Al Jazeera

‘Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, is expected next month to present a long-awaited deal on behalf of the US administration, which has closely aligned itself with Israel.
Vowing to take a fresh approach, Kushner gave the administration’s strongest indication yet that the plan will not propose two states for Israelis and Palestinians – for decades the US-backed goal in marathon peace talks.’

Legal

26.04.19 UN: Palestine Facing Worst Financial Crisis Yet

Gaza is on the verge of collapse due to the worsening crisis. Image via Palestine Chronicle

‘A United Nations (UN) report published Thursday warns that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is facing “unprecedented” financial challenges due to loss of revenue and extreme austerity measures.
The report, issued by the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (Unsco) for the upcoming bi-annual meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) in Brussels on April 30, reads:
“A major fiscal crisis, coupled with growing humanitarian needs and lack of a political prospect for a negotiated solution, threatens the stability of the West Bank and the very survival of the Palestinian state-building effort.”’

Read the rest of the article at Palestine Chronicle

03.05.19 UN calls on Israel to halt demolitions in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces are launching demolitions for 16 commercial shops in the Shuafat camp in occupied Jerusalem. Image via Middle East Monitor

‘The UN today called for an immediate halt to the Israeli authorities’ destruction of Palestinian-owned property in East Jerusalem.
In a statement, Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick said: “Demolitions in East Jerusalem have increased at a staggering pace over the last month, leaving tens of Palestinians displaced and others who have lost their livelihoods overnight. This must stop.”’

Read the rest of the article at Palestine Chronicle

02.05.19 UNRWA reinstate 500 employees to full-time contracts

Protest by UNRWA staff outside the agency’s headquarters on 18 September 2018. Image via Middle East Monitor

‘UNRWA’s High Commissioner Pierre Krhenbühl announced yesterday that 500 employees would be issued full-time contracts starting from 1 May until 31 December, Maan reported.
Krhenbühl said he was happy to announced a “series” of measures that would “positively” affect the Palestinian refugees and UNRWA staff, noting that these measures came as a result of strong coordination among UNRWA teams.’

Read the rest of the article at Middle East Monitor

Economics

29.04.19 ‘If you’re for justice for Palestinians, you’re for climate justice’: Zena Agha on climate change and the future of Palestine

Image via Mondoweiss

‘Climate change is among the greatest threats facing humanity. Its effects are global, wide-ranging, and distributed in a highly unequal manner. Although Palestinians and Israelis inhabit the same physical terrain, Palestinians under occupation will suffer the effects of climate change more severely.
So begins “Climate Change, the Occupation, and a Vulnerable Palestine,” a recent policy brief by Zena Agha for the Palestinian think tank Al-Shabaka. In the paper, Agha outlines the threat that climate change presents to Palestine, how it is exacerbated by the Israeli occupation, and the steps being taken, or not being taken, to prepare for it.’

Read the rest of the article at Mondoweiss

30.04.19 How tech is bringing Israelis and Palestinians together

Palestinian Zada Haj says the Tech2Peace program has helped her make new Israeli friends. Image via BBC

‘Climate change is among the greatest threats facing humanity. Its effects are global, wide-ranging, and distributed in a highly unequal manner. Although Palestinians and Israelis inhabit the same physical terrain, Palestinians under occupation will suffer the effects of climate change more severely.
So begins “Climate Change, the Occupation, and a Vulnerable Palestine,” a recent policy brief by Zena Agha for the Palestinian think tank Al-Shabaka. In the paper, Agha outlines the threat that climate change presents to Palestine, how it is exacerbated by the Israeli occupation, and the steps being taken, or not being taken, to prepare for it.’

Read the rest of the article at BBC

Arts, Culture and Sport

01.05.19 Stone Men by Andrew Ross review – the Palestinians who built Israel

Apartment blocks in the planned city of Rawabi. Image via The Guardian

‘A secret no one likes to talk about: how the West Bank settlements are built by Palestinians forced off the land.’

Read the rest of the article at The Guardian

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