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Settlements Generate Virtually No Economic Activity
"A recent Israeli government report estimated there are…$250 million in annual exports — [only] 0.55 percent of the national total — from the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, territories the international community generally considers illegally occupied."
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Mairav Zonszein, Israel Must Stop Settler Violence, 8 November 2013
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Police impunity
After their own investigations establishing a prima facie violation, Btselem has lodged over 280 complaints of alleged police violence in the oPt since the start of the second Intifada: "we are aware of only 12 indictments" Btselem April 2013
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Runners in the first ever Bethlehem Marathon were forced to run two laps of the same course on Sunday 21 April 2013, as Palestinians were unable to find a single stretch of free land that is 26 miles long in Area A, where the PA has both security and civil authority. See Marathon report
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30th March, land day.
On 30 March 1976, thousands of Palestinians living as a minority in Israel mounted a general strike and organised protests against Israeli government plans to expropriate almost 15,000 acres of Palestinian land in the Galilee.The Israeli government, led by prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and defence minister Shimon Peres, sent in the army to break up the general strike. The Israeli army killed six unarmed Palestinians, wounded hundreds and arrested hundreds more, including political activists. All were citizens of Israel.
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* Out of 103 investigations opened in 2012 into alleged offences committed by Israeli soldiers in the occupied territories, not a single indictment served to date
Yesh Din, 3 Feb 2013
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* In total, out of an area of 1.6 million dunams in the Jordan Valley, Israel has seized 1.25 million − some 77.5 percent − where Palestinians are forbidden to enter.
Haaretz editorial, 4 Feb 2013
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Israelis – Jews and Palestinians – in daily protest for prisoners


Israeli Jewish and Palestinian activists gather at Jaffa Clock, Tower Square in solidarity protest with Palestinian prisoners. Photo by Hadas Parush

In Jaffa, a quiet protest for Palestinian prisoners

By Hadas Parush, JPost
March 14, 2013

Israeli Jews and Arabs have been gathering in Jaffa square every day for weeks to protest what they say are unfair detentions.

Arab and Israeli activists gather at Jaffa’s clock tower square Every single evening, for the past 38 days and counting, a small group of Israelis – Arabs and Jews – gather at Jaffa’s central clock tower square, demonstrating for the release of Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons.

This little-known demonstration joins protests across the country, as well as demonstrations in the West Bank, demanding the release of what they say are political prisoners and Palestinians detained without a trial.

“There are about 187 administrative detainees in Israeli prisons. Israeli security forces simply show up and arrest these people, put them in jails. No indictment has been issued against them, and they were not taken to trial,” said Mahmoud Abu Arishe, a Jaffa youth movement activist. “In many cases, the prisoners are not even aware of what they are detained for.” Political prisoners, he added, are what the state calls security prisoners, but to the activists here, they are prisoners of war. “It cannot be that the occupier himself is the one that judges the people that are fighting for their freedom.”

The deteriorating condition of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strikes, coupled with death of prisoner, Arafat Jaradat, in an Israeli prison last month, sparked a series of violent protests in the West Bank which have largely overshadowed the more peaceful demonstrations held across the country.

“This issue is mostly avoided in Israeli media so most Israeli people don’t know about it, Jewish Israelis tend to ignore it, and also avoid dealing with this undemocratic situation, thinking that all these Palestinian people under detention are terrorists,” said Tel Aviv resident and Israeli activist, Tamar Aviah. “We are here to raise up the undemocratic tool of administrative detention and also the fact that most of the Palestinians are there because of their political activity and not necessarily because of violent political activity.”

The demonstration called specifically for the release of Samer El Issawi, released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal in 2011 and rearrested last July for having crossed over to Israeli controlled territory in the West Bank. Israeli forces maintain administrative detentions as a security measure to prevent future threats.

The group, composed of the Jaffa Youth movement and other supporters, plan to continue showing up everyday at 6pm until Samer El Issawi is released from prison.

Every single evening, for the past 39 days and counting, a small group of Palestinians of 48 and Jews gather at Jaffa’s central clock tower square, demonstrating for the release of Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons.

This little-known demonstration joins protests across the country, as well as demonstrations in the West Bank, demanding the release of what they say are political prisoners and Palestinians detained without a trial.

“There are about 187 administrative detainees in Israeli prisons. Israeli occupation forces simply show up and arrest these people, put them in jails. No indictment has been issued against them, and they were not taken to trial,” said Mahmoud Abu Arishe, a Jaffa youth movement activist. “In many cases, the prisoners are not even aware of what they are detained for.” Political prisoners, he added, are what the state calls security prisoners, but to the activists here, they are prisoners of war. “It cannot be that the occupier himself is the one that judges the people that are fighting for their freedom.”

The deteriorating condition of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strikes, coupled with death of prisoner, Arafat Jaradat, in an Israeli prison last month, sparked a series of violent protests in the West Bank which have largely overshadowed the more peaceful demonstrations held across the country.

“This issue is mostly avoided in Israeli media so most Israeli people don’t know about it, Jewish Israelis tend to ignore it, and also avoid dealing with this undemocratic situation, thinking that all these Palestinian people under detention are terrorists,” said Tel Aviv resident and Israeli activist, Tamar Aviah. “We are here to raise up the undemocratic tool of administrative detention and also the fact that most of the Palestinians are there because of their political activity and not necessarily because of violent political activity.”

The demonstration called specifically for the release of Samer Al-Issawi, released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal in 2011 and rearrested last July for having crossed over to Israeli controlled territory in the West Bank. Israeli forces maintain administrative detentions as a security measure to prevent future threats.

The group, composed of the Jaffa Youth movement and other eful lins, plan to continue showing up everyday at 6pm until Samer Al-Issawi is released from prison.

Useful links

For more on Tamar Aviah/Avia: Attacks Target Palestinians In Israeli Towns
For more on Jaffa/Yaffa Youth Movement: Defying Israeli Restrictions; Thousands Mark The Nakba Day in Jaffa
Prisoners’ associations: Addameer prsioner support and human rights;
Samidoun, Palestinian prisoner solidarity network,
Palestinian Prisoners’ Campaign
Civil rights: ACRI, Al Haq
Previous postings on Samer Issawi: Outsiders must help Palestinian hunger strikers say Issawi and Abbas March 7, 2013
Court refuses to release Issawi – 800 more join hunger strike, February 20, 2013
International calls to save life of hunger striker Samer Issawi, February 15, 2013

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