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Military and Security Forces: February 1, 2012

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According to data obtained by B’Tselem from the Prison Service, there has been a steady increase in the number of Palestinian detainees held in administrative detention in 2011: In January 2011 219 Palestinians were held in administrative detention, while in December 2011 their number had risen to 307.  According to the data, as of the end of December 2011, 29% of detainees had been held for between 6 months and one year, and a further 24% for between one and two years.  17 detainees have been held for between two and four years, and one has been held for more than five years.  The data further shows that at the end of 2011 Israel was holding a Palestinian minor in administrative detention.  One of the detainees, 34 year old Khader Adnan, from the village of ‘Araba near Jenin, was detained on December 17, and has been on hunger strike since the 18th.  According to Physicians for Human Rights, “his condition is life-threatening.”

Closed Society: February 1, 2012

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Settlers punctured the tires of a vehicle belonging to a Palestinian in the settlement of Kfar Etzion.

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February 1st, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Closed Society: February 1, 2012

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Settlers threw stones at a Palestinian truck in the settlement of Yitzhar.

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February 1st, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Military and Security Forces: February 1, 2012

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A soldier serving in the Armored Corps claims that he was forced to stand out in the rain for two hours while waiting to take a drug test at a Military Police base.  According to the soldier, MPs denied his request to stand under a nearby awning.  Furthermore, during his interrogation investigators forced him to strip naked.

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February 1st, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Economy and Society: February 1, 2012

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Three years following a harsh report by the State Comptroller who found a long list of flaws in the provision of rehabilitation and mobility equipment to the disabled, the main flaws still exist, as are the promises of the Ministry of Health to improve its services.  Receiving aid from the ministry still requires filling out numerous forms about the applicant’s health and income; there is a lack of manpower in the relevant bureaus; receiving a wheelchair or prosthetic leg might depend not only on the applicant’s need, but also on the existence of funds in the health bureau’s budget.  In many cases applicants are referred to privately funded associations such as Yad Sarah or Ezer MiZion.

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February 1st, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Economy and Society: February 1, 2012

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Out of 90,000 high school students who take the matriculation exams, only 515 (approximately 0.5%) studied and were tested on Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, according to data released by the Ministry of Education.

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February 1st, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Closed Society: February 1, 2012

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Speaking at the Knesset plenum on Wednesday, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar (Likud) announced that in light of the success of a pilot program of school trips to Hebron and the Cave of Patriarchs, it was his intention to expand the project to schools across the country.

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February 1st, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Closed Society: February 1, 2012

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A 61-year-old Palestinian woman was hit in the head by a stone thrown by settlers at Palestinian cars on Highway 60 in the northern West Bank.

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February 1st, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Closed Society: February 1, 2012

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A Palestinian worker in a reception hall in the Modi’in area was beaten with a plank by a guest who thought he saw the worker speaking with a Jewish female guest. The assaulted worker sustained injuries and hemorrhages.

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February 1st, 2012 at 7:20 pm