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  • IDF puts Palestinians under closure as Israelis go to the polls

    While Jewish Israelis will be able to move freely in and out of the occupied West Bank, millions of Palestinians — even those with entry permits issued by the Israeli army — will be on lock-down. As millions of Israeli citizens head to the polls to vote on Tuesday, the Israeli army will put Palestinians in the West Bank under complete closure and will seal the Gaza Strip entirely. Movement within the West Bank should not be affected. [tmwinpost] This means that as Israeli citizens living in settlements across the occupied territories may move freely back and forth across the…

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  • Settlers to Palestinian laborers: 'Work with human rights groups and lose your job'

    Flyers posted in villages near Gush Etzion warn Palestinian laborers they will be banned from nearby settlements should they cooperate with anti-occupation groups. Settlers in the southern West Bank posted flyers warning Palestinian laborers not to cooperate with Israeli human rights activists or organizations if they want to keep their jobs. [tmwinpost] Tazpit News Agency, a settler-aligned English-language news outlet, reported earlier this week that Israeli settlers in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc have been posting these intimidating flyers around Palestinian villages nearby. The flyers threaten to ban Palestinians who cooperate with human rights groups from working in settlements there. According to the…

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  • Denying Palestinian laborers access to justice

    A new Israeli labor regulation continues a trend of increasingly suspending rule of law for Palestinians in the West Bank, in this case leading to further segregation in access the courts. By Sawsan Zaher In the Israeli economy, dirty, difficult, and dangerous jobs often are left to some 170,000 foreign workers, among them 55,000 Palestinian workers from the West Bank. Numerous NGO reports and media exposes have documented the abuses faced by these workers. Yet the most vulnerable and exploited segment of Israel’s labor force now faces yet another barrier to justice: in August, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked issued a new regulation requiring most foreign workers to deposit…

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  • How police killed a Palestinian man, tried to blame his cousin

    A Jerusalem court rejects police attempt to place the blame for their own bullets elsewhere, but it's not the first time they've tried — or succeeded at doing so. By John Brown* On the night between Sunday and Monday of last week, Israeli Border Police officers shot and killed Mustafa Nimer, a resident of Ramat Gan, in Jerusalem's Shuafat refugee camp. While the police officers initially claimed that the driver, Ali Nimr — Mustafa's cousin — had tried to attack them, a video of the shooting that surfaced on Tuesday revealed that the officers continued to fire even after the vehicle came to a complete stop and…

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  • How an IDF general whitewashed the killing of three innocent Palestinians

    Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan was trying to support a soldier charged with killing an unarmed Palestinian. Instead, he ended up confessing to a crime that could have severe repercussions at The Hague. By Yael Marom and John Brown* Late last week, Channel 2 news reported that three senior reserve officers — Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan, Brig. Gen. Shmuel Zakai, and Gen. Dan Biton — will testify for the defense of Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier who is on trial for shooting and killing a Palestinian who stabbed an IDF soldier in Hebron, though he was already immobilized.  Zakai had previously posted on…

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  • Who notices when a Palestinian construction worker falls to his death?

    Abed al-Harush is the 22nd construction worker killed in a work accident this year. That's a number you won't hear in the mainstream Israeli press. By Ruti Feuchtwanger Have you heard of Abed al-Harush from the West Bank city of Yatta? Probably not. And that's not your fault. Most of us haven't heard about him or his death, since it received very little attention in the press. No top headline, despite the fact that he deserved one, considering the way he died. [tmwinpost] Al-Harush is the 22nd construction worker who has died in a work accident in 2016. He was killed…

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  • Charged with conspiracy — for renting a rope to climb over the wall

    Despite admitting that the young man was only looking for work, police decide to charge him with conspiracy to commit a crime — renting a rope and ladder. Israeli police prosecutors indicted a 26-year-old Palestinian man in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Wednesday morning for climbing over the separation wall in order to find work. According to the indictment, last Friday Muntaner Ben-Mahmoud Barakat went to the West Bank village of a-Ram, which is separated from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina by the concrete separation wall. He paid somebody NIS 50 ($13) to use a ladder and rope to…

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  • How to stop Palestinians unionizing: Security, security, security

    When Palestinian workers at the Tzarfati garage in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim unionized, management made up criminal accusations against the Palestinian chairman of the workers’ committee, exploiting the hostile war-time environment at the time. Management brought in the army, the police, and sent him to military court — resulting in the revocation of his work permit. By Niv Hachlili / 'The Hottest Place in Hell' It’s seven o’clock on a Thursday evening and Hatem Abu Ziadeh sits behind the wheel of the taxi he drives to support his family. He’s been on the go since early morning,…

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  • On heels of small victory, tragedy strikes in overcrowded checkpoint

    Concessions in response to workers protest of overcrowding were short-lived, Palestinians say. A 38-year-old Palestinian laborer dies in Israel's Sha'ar Ephraim checkpoint in the West Bank. A Palestinian man died at the Sha'ar Ephraim checkpoint Wednesday, just a week after Palestinian laborers there staged a strike to protest overcrowding and poor treatment from guards. Ahmad Samih Abdir, 38, from the Tulkarem area of the West Bank, collapsed inside a turnstile in the checkpoint, according to his brother. Medics at the checkpoint declared him dead shortly thereafter. Abdir didn’t have any medical problems, according to his brother, and he leaves behind a wife…

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  • At West Bank checkpoint, a fleeting victory for Palestinian laborers

    Thousands of Palestinian laborers refused to pass through a West Bank checkpoint in protest of overcrowding and bad treatment from Israeli guards. A day later, their demands were met at the privatized checkpoint, but many believe the improvements won’t last long. The Palestinian laborers passing through the “Sha’ar Ephraim” checkpoint in the early morning are a strange sight by any standard. Those passing through before dawn mostly look stressed, busy, tired and retreated into themselves. “The hour or two spent inside the checkpoint are more difficult than an entire work day,” one of the workers told me Monday morning. But…

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  • Segregating the evening commute to the West Bank

    Jews and Palestinians who commute from the West Bank to work in central Israel each day will soon ride separate buses home. Let’s not give too much credit to Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, however. The decision to segregate the evening commute wasn’t all that creative. He only completed his predecessors' decision to segregate the morning commute. It’s not really segregation. Not on paper at least. Or at least the paper doesn’t use the word "segregation." In practice, however, people of one national origin will not be allowed to ride on the same bus lines as people of another national origin —…

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