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Internal Security: February 4, 2013

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The Police has been conducting enforcement operations in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Isawiya and Silwan. The operations included numerous arrests, roadblocks to inspect vehicles, tax collection, house demolitions, shutting off water, various fines, searches and random checks of identification, and more.

Residents said police officers and commanders have admitted to them that in practice it is punishment in response to rock-throwing and other disturbances.

“Learn not to throw rocks. As long as you continue to throw rocks we aren’t leaving,” one Silwan resident said a police officer told him. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

Internal Security: January 1, 2013

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Residents of the East Jerusalem village of Issawiya claim that the police subjects them to collective punishment.  According to residents, the police initiates daily arrests without justification in order to cause provocations, and every vehicle entering the vehicle is checked by police safety inspectors.  In addition, several residents have had their water supply cut off due to debts accrued to the “Gihon” water corporation. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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January 1st, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Military and Security Forces: November 21, 2012

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More than a hundred reserve soldiers signed a petition calling for cutting off the Gaza Strip of electric power and other utilities.  The petition wording is  ”We call on the Israeli Government to cut off electricity, water and any other critical resource to the Gaza Strip in order to create deterrence ahead of a decision about a ground invasion.”

(Hebrew – HaKol HaYehudi)

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November 21st, 2012 at 11:42 am

Closed Society: January 1‎‏9‏‎, 2012‎

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The annual United Nations report on the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories found that the number of civilian casualties in Gaza and the West Bank rose by more than 30% compared to 2010. The report addresses the Gaza blockade, which it views as collective punishment, the situation in East Jerusalem, and Area C – which is under Israeli control – where Palestinian residents are facing increasing pressure from the Israeli authorities and settlers violence.

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January 19th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Political: November 28, 2011

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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Israel Beitenu) has stated that his party will do everything in its power to prevent the transfer to the Palestinian Authority of tax revenue collected for it by Israel.

(Hebrew)

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November 28th, 2011 at 11:22 am

Diplomacy: November 21, 2011

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A ministerial forum has decided to continue the freeze on Palestinian tax revenue collected by Israel.

(Hebrew)

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November 21st, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Diplomacy: 13 May, 2011

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Amnesty International’s annual report criticized Israeli policy on a number of matters. According to the report:
  • Due to the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip for four years now, 4 of every 5 Palestinians requires humanitarian aid. The NGO argues that the closure is collective punishment and breaches international law.
  • During 2010, Israel demolished 431 houses in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a 59% increase compared to 2009.

Military and Security Forces: 19 April, 2011

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) has published a study which documents human rights violations by Israel towards Palestinians, between March 30, 2011 and April 12, 2011. The study mentions a number of incidents of shootings by IDF at civilians, in both the Gaza strip and the West Bank, as well as closing of the Kerem Shalom crossing to prevent entry of goods to the Gaza strip area during the recent military operation.

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Military and Security Forces: 12 April, 2011

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“Hagada Hasmalit” (Hebrew for “Left Bank”) web site published a study, which lists all the arrests and searches that the IDF has been doing in the Palestinian village Awarta, since the terrorist attack in the settlement Itamar last month. The study reveals that IDF troops have been breaking into houses in the village during the night, gathering residents in the yards without warm clothing, and damaging residents’ property.

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April 12th, 2011 at 4:28 pm