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Dina Elmuti: Palestinian children -The invisible workers of Israeli settlements

The summer air grew considerably hotter as we drove down to the Jordan Valley. Its red fertile soil radiated heat beneath our feet as we walked toward the lush agricultural field dotted with young boys picking vegetables. Wearing a red hoodie over his baseball cap, Omar, 17, quickly jumped off a tractor to greet us. He appeared thin and sun-burned and his hands felt calloused from picking vegetables bare-ha ...

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Ziad Abbas: Torturing and Jailing Palestinian Children

Although I have been living far from Palestine for a few years and I am now in my forties, I still have nightmares about the Israeli army invading my house when I was a child and about the first time I was tortured. This is the reality most Palestinian former prisoners live with for the rest of our lives. When I was a child, friends my age who were arrested before me said they “saw the stars at noon. ...

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Maria del Mar Fernández: The Gaza Strip is Closed and More Besieged Than Ever

  Israel continues to maintain a full, tight closure by land, sea, and air, on the only coastal enclave left to Palestine. This has become even worse since July, as the Egyptian government closes the Rafah crossing on a regular basis and has destroyed many tunnels through which the inhabitants of Gaza could receive food, medicines, fuel and construction materials that Israel bans from entering or allow ...

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Visualizing Palestine: 800.000 Olive Trees Uprooted, 33 Central Parks

Source: Visualizing Palestine   Sources 800,000 olive trees uprooted. Oxfam, 2011. Olive Harvest Factsheet, p2 (PDF) 24,000 trees in Central Park. Central Park, 2013. Official Website, Frequently Asked Questions (accessed 31 May 2013) $12.3million loss = 10% of potential peak year income from the 8 million remaining trees in West Bank and Gaza. UN OCHA, 2012. Olive Harvest Factsheet & UNDP, 2008. T ...

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Middle East Monitor: Public Health Sector in Gaza Faces Disaster Under Tightened Siege

Intensive care medical units such as this one at the Al-Emarati Hospital in Gaza face significant cuts to their power and medical supplies Middle East Monitor | Sept 21, 2013 The Minister of Health in Gaza has urged the international community to put pressure on Israel and Egypt to lift the siege and allow medicines, medical supplies and basic construction material to be allowed into the beleaguered territo ...

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IRINNEWS: Egyptian Border Restrictions Create Misery in Gaza

Photo: Ahmed Dalloul/IRIN People trying to travel between Gaza and Egypt have been blocked RAFAH, 17 September 2013 (IRIN) - Residents and officials in Gaza say the repeated closures of the border crossing into Egypt, a key lifeline for Palestinians in the occupied territories, is destroying livelihoods, harming health and lowering basic living conditions. The border crossing at Rafah has now been closed fo ...

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Mairead Maguire: The World Should Join In Call To Stop US War In Syria

Peacepeople.com Pope Francis has set Saturday September 7, 2013 as a worldwide day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria. The Vatican has declared that it is against “armed intervention,” pointing to the havoc caused by the United States led war to topple Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 2003. I would like to add my support t Pope Francis’ appeal and pledge to pray and fast for peace on Septem ...

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