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Headlines From Palestine: November 30, 2014


Palestinian Injured By Israeli Occupation Gunfire In Gaza Strip on Saturday

A Palestinian was injured late Friday after Israeli forces opened fire near the border with the Gaza Strip east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, medical sources told Ma’an.

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Israeli Occupation Rejects Turkey’s Gaza Floating Generator: Official

Palestinian National Economy Minister Mohamed Mustafa said Sunday that the Israeli authorities have officially rejected the proposal of having a Turkish floating power-generating ship near the Gaza Strip coast to help solve the electricity crisis in the embattled enclave.

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Hate Crimes

Photo: Tali Meir

Photo: Tali Meir

Another Hate Crime: Jerusalem Bilingual Hebrew-Arabic School Set On Fire, Racist Graffiti Left

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Israeli Terrorists Attack Palestinian at Tram Stop Near Jerusalem Old City

Israelis assaulted a Palestinian man at a light rail station near the Old City of Jerusalem early Sunday, the man told Ma’an.

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Rabbi Who Wants to ‘Cleanse’ Palestinians To Move to Palestine’s East Jerusalem

An influential extreme right-wing rabbi associated with hardline settlers told his community members in the West Bank city of Hebron that he intends to move to east Jerusalem in order to strengthen the Jewish character of the city, Israeli daily Ynet reported on Friday.

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West Bank and Occupied Lands

Israeli Occupation Forces Shoot Italian Activist, 11 Palestinians in West Bank Demo

A pro-Palestinian Italian activist was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli gunfire during a Friday protest in the northern West Bank, medics and the activist’s organization said.

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Israeli Occupation Bans Resident Of Israel,Islamic Movement Leader From Jerusalem

The head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib, has been banned from entering Jerusalem for six months following an order issued by the head of the Israeli army’s Central Command.

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Israeli Occupation Makes Palestinian Family Pay For Synagogue Attack

Nadia Abu Jamal’s world has fallen apart since her husband’s deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue: Israeli authorities have ordered the demolition of their home and revoked her residency rights.

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Political Prisoners

Israeli Occupation Releases 2 INFANTS Detained With Their Mother

Israel on Thursday afternoon released two infants who were detained by authorities after accompanying their mother on a visit to see their father in an Israeli jail.

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2 Palestinians To Be Detained Without Trial For 6 Months

Israeli authorities on Friday transferred two East Jerusalem Palestinian detainees to administrative detention without charge or trial, where they will reportedly be kept for the next six months.

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Israeli Occupation Arrests 2 Palestinians in Bethlehem, Summons 3 Other Saturday

Israeli forces arrested on Saturday two Palestinian residents of Bethlehem as well as summoned three others to appear before the Israeli intelligence, said security sources.

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Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

PLO’s Dr. Ashrawi Expresses Gratitude to International Society For Solidarity With Palestine

On the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi in a statement expressed gratitude to everyone who supported the Palestinian statehood recognition.

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Full Statement From PLO On International Day Of Solidarity With The Palestinian People

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Thai Government Affirms Support For Palestinians’ Rights On Occasion of International Day of Solidarity

On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which is marked every year on the 29th of November, the Thai government reaffirmed its support for the Palestinian people in their quest for freedom and basic rights.

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Arab League Backs Palestinian Push For statehood

The Arab League on Saturday backed President Mahmoud Abbas’ plan to seek UN endorsement for a timetable for declaring an independent state, and rejected recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.

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Israeli Occupation Rejects Turkey’s Gaza Floating Generator: Official


Palestinian National Economy Minister Mohamed Mustafa said Sunday that the Israeli authorities have officially rejected the proposal of having a Turkish floating power-generating ship near the Gaza Strip coast to help solve the electricity crisis in the embattled enclave.

“The Israeli rejection [to the proposal] requires us to exert more efforts to solve the electricity problem in Gaza,” Mustafa said in a statement.

“The past few days have seen an increase in the operations of the electricity sector, extending for eight consecutive hours instead of the usual five,” he added.

“We’re currently waiting for the Israelis to extend power lines in order to increase supply to the electricity sector,” Mustafa said.

Since 2012, electricity in the Gaza Strip has been operating according to a rotation system; it works for six hours in some areas and cuts off for another six hours to provide other areas with power.

Among the factors that exacerbated the electricity crisis in Gaza are problems with the strip’s infrastructure, shortage of industrial fuel required to generate electricity, as well as technical issues with Gaza’s power plant.

During the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip – which lasted for 51 days and left 2,160 Palestinians dead  – the strip’s sole power plant went offline after its main fuel tank was targeted by Israeli airstrikes.

Even though the plant remains functional, it has stopped running due to Gaza’s chronic fuel shortage.

The Gaza Strip requires 360 megawatts of electricity – of which only 200 megawatts are currently available – to meet the needs of its roughly 1.9 million residents.

Gaza currently has three sources for electricity: Israel, which provides 120 megawatts; Egypt, which supplies 28 megawatts; and Gaza’s power plant, which generates between 40 and 60 megawatts daily.

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Headlines From Palestine: November 11, 2014


  • West Bank Commemorated the 10th Anniversary of the death of Arafat, Gaza is prevented from doing so.

  • Palestinian Imad Mohammed Jawabra,21 years, dead from chest injuries received earlier by Israeli Occupation in Aroub Camp north of Hebron

  • Israeli occupation arrest the father & other relatives of the suspect in Tel A’Rabia (Tel Aviv) stabbing incident.

  • Israeli racist protesters were chanting “No Arabs, no terror attacks!”  when they attacked a taxi driven by a Palestinian last night

  • Israelis sprayed racist graffiti and damaged cars in Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa last night

  • Israeli occupation Golani Brigade that committed the massacre in Shuja’iya Gaza now being deployed to West Bank according to reports.


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Israeli Occupation Military Vehicles And Bulldozers Invade Gaza

Several Israeli military vehicles on Monday escorted bulldozers which leveled Palestinian land near the Gaza borders in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

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Palestinian Dead, 2 injured in Gaza Tanker Truck Explosion

A Palestinian man was killed and two others were injured early Tuesday when a tanker truck carrying diesel from Israel to the Gaza Strip exploded on the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom crossing, medics said.

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Gaza Allowed To Export Fish To West Bank For 1st Time Since 2007

For the first time since 2007, fish caught by Palestinian fishermen in Gaza was allowed to enter the West Bank on Monday, an official said.

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Khaled Abu Ghali

Khaled Abu Ghali

Gaza Journalist to Receive Martin Adler Prize

The Trust announced today that Palestinian journalist, fixer and translator Khaled Abu Ghali, will be the recipient of this year’s Martin Adler Prize at the Rory Peck Awards.

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Palestine Government And Turkey Start Work On 1,000 Temporary Houses In Shujaiyya

The Gaza-based Palestinian minister of public works and housing and the ambassador of Turkey to Palestine Mustafa Sarnic on Monday laid the cornerstone of a project to temporarily accommodate 1,000 displaced families in Shujaiyya neighborhood in Gaza City.

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UN Chief Sets Up Gaza Inquiry

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appointed a five-member panel to investigate Israeli attacks on UN shelters during the Gaza war and the discovery of weapons at UN sites.

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West Bank and Occupied Lands

Palestinian Murdered By Israeli Occupation Forces in al-Arrub

A young Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces Tuesday during clashes in al-Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron, medics said.

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Israeli Occupation To Demolish School, Residential Structures Near Hebron

The Israeli authorities on Monday handed notices to demolish a school, three houses, and two tents near the town of Yatta, south of Hebron, according to local sources.

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Palestinian Worker Shot Dead in Israel

A Palestinian worker was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Israel early Tuesday, Palestinian security sources said.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Attempt To Detain Yet Another Palestinian Toddler Monday

Israeli forces raided the al-Zeidani family home in al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan on Monday in order to detain their 16-year-old and two-year-old sons, family told Ma’an.

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PLO Erekat Rejects Israel’s Approval to Apply Israeli Law to Squatters, Urges to Join ICC

Member of Palestinian Executive Committee Saeb Erekat urged Monday for joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) in response to Israeli government’s decision to apply Israeli law on West Bank settlements.

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Palestine Government And Turkey Start Work On 1,000 Temporary Houses In Shujaiyya

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – The Gaza-based Palestinian minister of public works and housing and the ambassador of Turkey to Palestine Mustafa Sarnic on Monday laid the cornerstone of a project to temporarily accommodate 1,000 displaced families in Shujaiyya neighborhood in Gaza City.

The project will be funded by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency TIKA. President of TIKA Serdar Cam was present at the ceremony.

After thanking the government and people of Turkey, al-Hasayna said that 1,000 temporary houses would be installed in conformity with the best standards.

“Such a model Gaza has never seen before,” he added, noting that all the needed infrastructure will be prepared before installing the temporary houses.

Turkish ambassador Mustafa Sarnic delivered a short speech during the ceremony urging all “free people of the world to set real borders for the state of Palestine and completely end the siege imposed on Gaza.”

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ICC Decided Not to Probe 2010 Gaza Flotilla Raid

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Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have decided not to open a probe into a 2010 Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that left nine Turkish activists dead.

The prosecutors said publicly available information provides “a reasonable basis” to believe that the Israeli forces committed war crimes during the attack in international waters back in 2010, but the case does not fall under their jurisdiction for an official probe, according to court papers

seen by Reuters.Freedom Flotilla

“The information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes under the court’s jurisdiction have been committed in the context of interception and takeover of the Mavi Marmara by IDF (Israeli military) soldiers,” reads the court papers.

However, the crimes were not grave enough to fall under the ICC’s jurisdiction, the prosecutors said.

In May 2013, a lawsuit was filed in The Hague against the Israeli regime on behalf of Turkey’s Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH) and the victims’ families.

Ramazan Ariturk, a lawyer for the victims, told the press at the time that “the evidence of Israeli aggression was presented to the court. The accused include Israeli officials involved in the raid, including the Israeli prime minister, defense minister and the chief of staff of the Israeli military.”

On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos attacked the Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, killing nine Turkish citizens, including a teenager with dual Turkish-US citizenship, on board the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara and injuring about 50 other people who were part of the team on the six-ship convoy.

The flotilla was attempting to break the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, carrying aid to Palestinians in the enclave.

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Israel Okays Turkish Floating Generator for Gaza: PA Official

By Anees Barghouthy


Israel has preliminarily granted permission to a Turkish generator ship to anchor off the coast of the Gaza Strip to provide the power-starved Palestinian enclave with electricity, a Palestinian Authority (PA) official has said.

“Israeli authorities have given preliminary approval to the Turkish power-generating ship to anchor at the nearest point off the coast of the Gaza Strip,” Hussein al-Sheikh, head of the PA’s civil affairs department, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

He said Israel had initially rejected the idea when it was first proposed.

“But they’ve given preliminary approval in recent days,” he added.

Al-Sheikh said the PA and United Nations were pressuring Israel to give the project final approval.

Al-Sheikh praised the role played by Turkey in providing help to the blockaded Gaza Strip’s roughly 1.9 million residents.

Earlier this week, Turkey announced the allocation of $200 million for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip until 2017 as part of international efforts to rebuild the enclave, which was devastated by a recent Israeli war.

For seven weeks in July and August, Israel pummeled the Gaza Strip with the stated aim of halting rocket fire from the embattled Palestinian territory.

More than 2,160 Palestinians were killed during Israel’s onslaught – the vast majority of them civilians – and some 11,000 injured, while vast swathes of the territory’s infrastructure were left in ruins.


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Israeli Occupation Refused To Allow Turkish Electricity For Gaza

(Ma’an News)

With regards to the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip, PM Hamdallah said that the government has been spending 2 million Shekels ($600,000) a day to buy diesel needed to run the Gaza Strip’s sole power plant, which was bombed by Israel and is running under-capacity.
In addition, Hamdallah government had managed to sign an agreement with the government of Turkey to get a floating electric power station to the Gaza coast with the capacity to generate 105 Megawatts.
However, he said that Israel had opposed the idea and there have been efforts at the international level to convince Israel to allow the power ship to anchor off the Ashdod coast and supply the Gaza Strip with electricity.

Israel severely limits Gaza’s imports of fuel, leading to recurring shortages and running blackouts of up to 18 hours a day even in peace time.

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Gaza Awaits Floating Electricity Generator

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The deputy head of the Palestinian energy authority said Sunday the Turkish offers to provide the Gaza Strip with a floating electricity generator for three months was still in the works.

However Fathi Sheikh Khalil said the authorities were still awaiting the necessary permits to send it.

Speaking to a news conference, Khail said that the energy authority did not object to the ship docking in Israel or Egypt and would not insist on it being within Gaza’s borders.

Khalil reiterated that the electricity company managed to return to use 80 percent of the grids that were damaged by the latest Israeli assault on the enclave.

He added that a scheduled six hours of electricity a day would continue as long as there was not enough fuel, but will return to the eight-hour schedule once more was available.

He also said that an estimated damage of $15 million was made to different equipment in the company’s warehouse in eastern Gaza, while damage to the electricity grid was estimated at $25 million.