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Palestine Media Roundup (August 27)

[12/08/1987 First Intifada, Palestinian uprising against Zionist occupation of their land. In its first year, fifty-three Palestinian children. Image uploaded via Creative Commons ] [12/08/1987 First Intifada, Palestinian uprising against Zionist occupation of their land. In its first year, fifty-three Palestinian children. Image uploaded via Creative Commons ]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page co-editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.]

The Occupation Forces

A Palestinian That Was Shot And Detained By Israeli Forces Remains In Critical Condition Raed al-Salhi has undergone several surgeries since being shot and detained by Israeli authorities earlier this month during a raid on the al-Duheisha refugee camp in the southern West Bank. 

Israeli Forces Shot And Wounded A Palestinian With Live Ammunition In Gaza The Palestinian “youth” was shot in the chest by Israeli forces stationed at military watchtowers on the Gaza-Israel border near Jabaliya for approaching the border fence.

A Palestinian Teen Was Shot Dead For Alleged Attempted Stabbing At Israeli Military Checkpoint The teen was killed by Israeli forces at the Zaatara military checkpoint after an alleged attempted stabbing, though the only wounded Israeli soldier was hurt by “friendly fire.”

At Least Fifteen Palestinians Were Detained Across West Bank In Early Morning Raids Israeli forces detained Palestinians from Jenin, Tulkarem, Ramallah, Bethlehem and elsewhere in overnight raids.

Israeli Authorities Destroyed A Palestinian Car Wash And Other Structures In East Jerusalem In addition to the car wash, two other commercial buildings and a home were demolished by Israeli forces in neighborhoods across occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli Forces Assaulted And Detained A Palestinian Man And His Daughter Near Salfit Yasser Suleiman and his fifteen-year-old daughter were taken from the al-Jisr area north of al-Zawiya for unknown reasons.

Israeli Authorities Demolished A Palestinian Kindergarten In A Bedouin Community In Jerusalem The community of Jabal al-Baba is on the outskirts of al-Eizariya and faces further demolition threats from the Israeli Civil Administration despite a ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court.

Domestic Politics

Suicide Bomber Kills Himself And Hamas Security Officer And Left Multiple Wounded At Rafah Border Crossing With Egypt The unidentified assailant blew himself up after being detained by Hamas security forces at the crossing point between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. This marks the first time that a Palestinian carried out a suicide bombing attack against Hamas security forces according to one source in Gaza.

PA President Abbas Hosted Delegation From Israeli Meretz Party The meeting between the Palestinian Authority President and the left-wing party from Israel was said to have been to discuss recent political events and the future of the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

The PA Has Threatened To Shut-Off Electricity To Gaza Unless Hamas Plays By His Rules President Mahmoud Abbas claimed that he would cut off financial support to the coastal region unless Hamas works with his Fatah government.

Both Hamas And Fatah Condemned Israel On The 48th Anniversary Of Al-Aqsa Arson Attack Though it may be the only thing the two Palestinians can agree on currently, the political leaders of Gaza and the West Bank both issued statements in condemnation of “ongoing Israeli aggressions” at the mosque compound.

The Palestinian Authority Has Reduced Medical Referrals For Gazan Patients By 80% This has been viewed by human rights groups as an attempt by the Palestinian Authority to put pressure on Hamas.

Foreign Affairs

A US Judge Has Ordered The Deportation Of Famous Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Odeh is known for her work helping Arab women in the United States since the early 1990s. Her American citizenship was revoked by an American judge this week for failing to disclose convictions for her connection to bombings that occurred in the 1970s.

An Activist Is Walking From Sweden To Palestine In Protest Of Israeli Occupation Swedish activist Benjamin Ladra is walking four thousand four hundred kilometers to Palestine from Gothenburg, Sweden to “spread knowledge about the ongoing Israeli occupation.”

Activists In The UK Face Jail Time For Protests Outside Factory Owned By A Subsidiary Of Israeli Drone-Maker Elbit Five protestors were arrested for demonstrating outside the UAV Engines Ltd plant, and they could each receive sentences of up to six months in prison and fines up to five thousand pounds.

The Chief Of PA Police Forces Met With Interpol General Secretary In France Major General Hazem Atallah met with Interpol’s General Secretary Jurgen Stock to discuss the civil security situation in the occupied territories and the Palestinian bid to join the global law enforcement organization.

Settlers and Illegal Settlements

Two Teenage Israeli Settlers Have Been Arrested For Assaulting Palestinian Bus Drivers In "Jews-Only" Settlements The two teens, residents of the highly nationalistic settlement of Bat Ayin, were caught in the act as they attempted to pepper-spray a bus driver.  

The Israeli State Is Confusedly Arguing That Their Confiscation Of Private Land Will Benefit The Palestinians In defense of the internationally-condemned and illegal outpost “Regularization Law” which expropriates privately-owned Palestinian land for use by Israeli settlements, Israeli officials claimed the law would benefit Palestinians by providing them “financial compensation” for their land.

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
 

Portuguese Photographers Have Launched A Pledge To Join Cultural Boycott Of Israel Over forty Portuguese photographers, teachers and students announced that they would not accept “professional invitations or financing from the State of Israel” and to refuse collaboration with their apartheid government and colonial institutions.

Law

In Occupied East Jerusalem Palestinian Construction Is "Unlawful" While Israeli Demolitions Are Legally Authorized Palestinians in the neighborhoods of East Jerusalem face unfair legislation that disallows them from obtaining building permits for residences and other structures and permits Israeli authorities to demolish them at will.

The Israeli Supreme Court Has Frozen Implementation Of Controversial Settlement Legislation A bill recently passed by Israel’s Knesset that would retroactively legalize settlements in the West Bank has been frozen in accordance with international law.

A Palestinian Man Was Detained By Israeli Authorities For Alleged "Incitement" On Facebook The man was detained for allegedly “inciting violence and terrorism” and for “expressing support for the so-called Islamic State.”

An Israeli Court Rejected An Appeal Request To Release The Family Of Palestinian Responsible For Halamish Attack The family of Omar al-Abed was ordered by the Israeli Ofer Military court to remain in custody for allegedly having “advanced knowledge of the attack” that left three Israeli settlers dead.

The Palestinian Authority Has Become More Authoritarian Through New Cyber Crimes Law The new law effectively criminalizes all online activities that exhibit “any form of digital dissent” and which can impose jail time, fines and even hard labor for “creating, publishing and sharing information deemed dangerous by the Palestinian Authority”

Economy and Development 

Egypt Once Again Closed Off The Rafah Crossing To Gaza After A Four-Day Opening The border crossing was open for an “exceptional” amount of time to allow for Muslims to perform the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Palestinians In Gaza Celebrated Their "Victory" In Al-Aqsa Controversy By Holding A Race The race, in which scores of Palestinians participated, was organized to celebrate Palestinian resistance to Israeli security measures implemented at the al-Aqsa mosque last month.

Palestinian Companies Exported $8.1 Million Worth Of Goods Last Month Exported products went to the United States, Jordan and the UAE and detailed a 3.1 percent increase in exports over June according to the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy.

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