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Memorial to 418 Palestinian Villages Which Were Destroyed, Depopulated and Occupied by Israel in 1948, by Emily Jacir, Refugee tent and embroidery thread, 138 Not on the fence: Druse in Majdal Shams
Jeruslalem Post 30 Mar 2011 - Golan Heights residents say they would prefer to live in Syria, even under a dictatorship, rather than in a democratic Israel.

New Stop the Wall report: Brazil's Military Relations with Israel (English version)
Stop The Wall - Mar 30, 2011-- On the occasion of the 3rd global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Action Day on March 30 (Palestinian Land Day), we release Stop the Wall’s disconcerting and potentially explosive report on growing and strategic military relations between Brazil and Israel. [

New Stop the Wall report: Brazil's Military Relations with Israel (Portuguese version)
Stop The Wall - Mar 30, 2011-- On the occasion of the 3rd global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Action Day on March 30 (Palestinian Land Day), we release Stop the Wall’s disconcerting and potentially explosive report on growing and strategic military relations between Brazil and Israel. (Portuguese version) [

Palestinian Refugees Act to Save Jerusalem’s Lifta Village from Destruction
Shadi Rohana, Alternative Information Center 3/29/2011
      “This is not just a construction plan- they want to erase our memory,” architect and Lifta refugee Nasser Abu-Lel told local and international media today [29 March] in East Jerusalem regarding the Israel Land Administration’s plan to build a luxurious residential and commercial zone on the remains of his village in West Jerusalem.
     “The Israeli plan targets what remains of the houses we were forced to leave in the Nakba of 1948; the stones and walls that echo the daily life of our own parents, before the Zionist gangs forced them to leave.”
     The proposed decade-long project, which the Israeli Land Administration now wishes to implement (plan number 6036), was issued following Jerusalem Municipal approval of the construction of 268 housing units, one hotel and a number of community institutions on the site of the Palestinian village of Lifta. Following the court petition to save Lifta that was submitted by various organizations Lifta refugees on 6 March, the Israeli court issued a temporary injunction on selling lots on the site.
     The press conference this morning to protest the plan was organized by the Sons of Lifta Society, an organization that gathers refugees from Lifta and their descendents in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Speakers at the conference included the Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Hussein, Fatah’s Jerusalem Affairs Liaison Hatim abd al-Qader, representatives from the Sons of Lifta Society and refugees from the village, as well as Attorney Sami Arshid, who represented Lifta refugees and other organizations at court.
     Arshid told reporters that his petition to the court was the culmination of work done on the ground by various Palestinian and Israeli organizations, architects, planners and other individuals since approval of the plan by the Jerusalem Municipality....
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Seven children; seven adults abducted by Israeli troops in Beit Ummar
IMEMC - Monday March 28, 2011 - 18:54, In the latest in a series of raids targeting Palestinian villages engaged in non-violent weekly protests against the Wall, Israeli forces invaded the village of Beit Ummar, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, at 2:30 am on Monday and seized 14 residents, including 7 children, from their beds.

Sparse funeral highlights villagers' isolation
3/28/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A sparsely attended funeral on Sunday in a village surrounded by Israel's separation wall highlighted the isolation of communities cut off from their neighbors and relatives. When Sheik A'tta Ash-Shu'ur, an elderly resident of Arab Ar-Ramadin Al-Janubi, passed away Sunday morning, village representative Kassab Ash-Shu....

Arrest raid targets Beit Ummar, 14 detained
3/28/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 14 Palestinians overnight from the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar, as construction of military road blocks and a fence surrounding one side of the residential area continue. Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad estimated that 150 Israeli soldiers entered the town during the campaign, which began at....

(en) Palestine-Israel, The joint struggles the AAtW are involved with continues
A-infos 28 Mar 2011 - We are not alone. We join the popular Palestinian comities for the struggle against suppression, house demolitions, creeping transfer, the separation robbing fence, settler colonialism, settler's harassments of neighbors and encroachment on villages lands, and occupation. Among Israelis too we are not alone. Some radicals struggle...

Beit Ummar to be fenced in from south
3/27/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- For a third day in a row, Israeli forces appeared in large numbers around the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar, installing road gates and fence posts in a move residents fear will close them in and stifle the population center. Local activist Mohammad Ayyad Awad told Ma'an....

University of Johannesburg Makes History: UJ Senate Decides to Sever Links with Israeli Apartheid
Stop The Wall - (Mar 24, 2011)

LSE Boycotts Israeli Company – Eden Springs
Stop The Wall - (Mar 24, 2011)

G4S to partially cut ties with Israeli Apartheid
Stop The Wall - (Mar 12, 2011)

Students Against Israeli Apartheid at the University of Toronto and York University Launch Campus Divestment Campaign
Stop The Wall - (Mar 17, 2011)

Edinburgh University students vote overwhelmingly for boycott of Israeli goods
Stop The Wall - (Mar 17, 2011)

Abbas: No peace agreement until prisoners released
3/26/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) - There will be no peace agreement before all Palestinian prisoners in Israel's custody are released, President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday. During a reception in Ramallah for the coordinator of the popular committee against the wall and settlements in Bil'in, Abdullah Abu Rahma, recently freed from Israeli jail....

Head of Popular Committee in Nabi Saleh Arrested
IMEMC - Friday March 25, 2011 - 16:17, Bassem at-Tamimi, the head of the Popular Committee Against the Wall & Settlements in an-Nabi Saleh, has been arrested by the Israeli military on Thursday.

Settlers 'install fence' at Palestinian home
3/25/2011 - TUBAS (Ma'an) -- Settlers from the illegal settlement of Miskiyut, protected by Israeli soldiers, installed a barbed wire fence around a Palestinian homeon Thursday. The settlers barred residents from moving inside or outside the house while installing the fence around the barns of sheep and cows there, according to Palestinian and international peace activists....

Clashes near Jerusalem: 2 injured, 5 detained
3/23/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were injured and five others detained during clashes that erupted between Israeli forces and residents of the Jerusalem-district village of Qatanna Wednesday afternoon. Residents said the clash started when an Israeli patrol entered the village, adjacent to the separation wall northwest of the Old City of Jerusalem. An Israeli....

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Village of Awarta faced mass arrests, violence and massive destruction during five days of curfew
International Solidarity Movement, Israeli Occupation Archive 3/20/2011
      19 March 2011
     During the five day curfew in the village of Awarta, south of Nablus, the Israeli military raided homes and detained around 300 people, the youngest 14 years old. Some of the men were taken to the local boy school were they had to leave their finger prints and DNA and some were taken to the military base at Huwwra checkpoint. According to mayor, Qays Awwad, 55 men are still in Israeli custody. Some of the detainees reported that they had been abused by the soldiers while they were detained and handcuffed. It has been reported that a 75 year old woman was handcuffed and had to sit on the ground while the soldiers went through her home, and that an 80-year-old woman was beaten by soldiers.
     Three Scandinavian ISM activists were in Awarta during the five day curfew, from Saturday afternoon until Wednesday noon. From the roofs of people’s houses they witnessed how the Israeli soldiers went into homes, arrested men and made the families wait outside while they raided their homes resulting in large scale damage to property. The ISM activists also visited homes that soldiers had searched to find broken windows, cut fuse-cables, smashed furniture, and polluted drinking water caused by Israeli soldiers.
     Hundreds of soldiers entered the village in military vehicles early on the morning of the 12th of march, following the murder of five members of a settler family in the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Itamar. According to the soldiers, they were searching for the murderer and would continue until they found one. One soldier told ISM activists, ”we will search this village until we find someone.” In the process of ”searching” the houses the soldiers damaged framed pictures, furniture, TV-sets, gas heaters, smashed holes in floors and walls, stole money and jewelry, and poured liquids over computers.... -- See also: Source
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The resurgence of Palestine
Abdaljawad Hamayel, Ma’an News Agency 3/20/2011
      For five consecutive years Palestinians have been in a state of nihilism. Politics, even as day-to-day talk, was completely derided and scorned.
     Besides the few protests that took place in villages near Ramallah and Hebron, the rest of Palestine was plunged into an unprecedented silence. Checkpoints became a fact of life and the Israeli built "wall" became part and parcel of the territory and its landscape. Meanwhile European and American money poured in by the millions celebrating 'Fayyadism' as the new political genre that would transform Palestinian polity and remove any obstacles to Palestinian statehood.
     On March 15, this manufactured nihilism finally broke and a new generation of Palestinian youth inspired by the protests in the Arab world embarked on a bold national campaign. They demanded the election of a new Palestinian National Council composed of all Palestinians everywhere, an end to the political division between Hamas and Fatah and a new strategy to confront the Israeli occupation.
     The streets of Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron and Gaza buzzed with protesters reclaiming the Palestinian national movement and advocating a radical overhaul and change to the failures of the past 20 years.
     Strategic failures began with the Palestinian leadership's support of Saddam Hussein in his occupation of Kuwait and ended with a fractured Oslo agreement that resulted in the fragmentation and dissolution of the Palestinian national movement into a political authority dependent heavily on western financial support and legitimation.
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Human Rights Centre: Thousands of Jerusalemites halt claim to taxes as a prelude to being separated from the city
Jerusalem Centre for Social and Economic Rights, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/18/2011
      Mr. Segev stated that the Wall had been constructed for demographic reasons; to get rid of 55,000 Palestinian Jerusalemites in districts overseen by the municipality.
     The Jerusalem Human Rights Centre has said that authorities of the Israeli occupation have recently begun the implementation of a new policy affecting Jerusalemite inhabitants living in districts that have been cut off by the Apartheid Wall surrounding the occupied city. In a report released today, the Jerusalem Centre for Social and Economic Rights highlighted that their legal department had recently received complaints from residents of these districts stating that when they went to the occupation's municipality in Jerusalem to obtain the 2011 list of Arnona tax fees, they were informed that they were no longer required to pay the tax and as such their request was refused by municipal officials.
     The Research and Documentation Unit at the Centre quoted Omran al-Rashiq, a resident of "New Anata" or the al-Salam district, as saying: His family had lived in the suburb for more than thirty years and had always paid the Arnona Tax. What had happened a few days ago was that the municipality had informed him that they were now no longer required to pay the fees; however, no explanation had been given for this shift in policy. He highlighted the fact that the Arnona papers were one in a long list of documentation required by the Israeli Interior Ministry and had to be produced when conducting certain transactions. Mr al-Rashiq expressed fears that this development would lead to his family losing their rights to reside in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Centre has warned that this could be the preliminary step toward political procedures disclosed over a year ago by Yair Segev, a high-ranking official within the occupation's municipality in Jerusalem....
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Israel To Demolish Six Homes In East Jerusalem For Wall Construction
IMEMC - The Israeli Authorities handed down orders to six Bedouin families, from Al Saray’a tribe, in occupied East Jerusalem, informing them the the Jerusalem Municipality intends to demolish their homes.

Warning against Israeli plan to isolate Jordan Valley region
PIC 19 Mar 2011 - The campaign, Save the Jordan Valley, warned of an Israeli scheme to isolate the Palestinian Jordan Valley region through building the eastern wall, which was announced by the Israeli premier.

A Gazan's Reflection on the Murder of Jews in Itamar
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Mar 2011 - By Samah Sabawi The morning news of the Itamar murders broke out, I got a call from my father, a man from Gaza whose entire life was derailed by Israel's occupation of his land. He was fuming: "nothing could justify these murders" he yelled "even if we were to bring up the occupation, the harassment, the brutality of Israel's army and settlers - the minute we entertain an act so criminal as to kill a baby in cold blood, we become no better than those whose acts we despise." I posted his comment on my Facebook wall. A day later, some of my Jewish friends sent me messages inquiring if it was true that Palestinians in Gaza celebrate the killing of Jews. One of them asked “Is there a custom to give out sweets after such events?” The messages came with several links. I expected to see the usual pro-Israel...more

Children Denied Passage Through Wall Gate After Refusing Electronic Body Scan
IMEMC - On Wednesday and Thursday, Israeli soldiers stationed at a gate in the Annexation Wall near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, have been demanding the students to undergo electronic scan before they are allowed to walk to school. The children refused and were ordered back home.

Palestine through the lens of a ‘caged bird’
Lynda Renham-Cook, Uruknet 3/13/2011
      In her continuing series on Palestine, Lynda Renham-Cook speaks to Palestinian photographer Ahmad Mesleh who takes photos of his countrypeople as they struggle to fight against an occupation.
     Ahmad Mesleh is not just a photographer taking photos in Palestine, but a Palestinian taking photos of his own people as they struggle to fight against an occupation.
     For him it is more than just photography, his camera is the 'Eye on Palestine’. The struggle for him is not only overcoming occupation but also one of artistic freedom.
     The following is Ahmad’s story through his own words and photographs. The photographs show the desperation felt by the young people of Palestine. Young people who are trapped behind an apartheid wall and who face unmerciful brutality by the Israeli army.
     The taking of these photos have almost cost Ahmad and others like him their lives. It is the bravery of Ahmad and others like him that allows us to see the truth. A truth sometimes too brutal to be faced but if Ahmad and others like him risk their life to portray it then surely we should just as bravely face it.
     A remarkable man with a constant smile, I spoke to him about his work and his life.
     The eye on an occupation
     Ahmad compares the life of a Palestinian under occupation to that of a caged bird.... -- See also: Ahmad Mesleh's blog: Eye on Palestine
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(en) Palestine-Israel, bright moment in the joint struggle against the separation fence, settler colonialism, and occupation.
A-infos 15 Mar 2011 - Yesterday, on a sunny Monday afternoon, Abdallah Abu Rahme - the initiator of the joint non violent popular struggle in the village Bil'in 2006, just released from the Israeli concentration camp Ofer after a year and a half sentence for incitement, hugged Jonathan Polak - one...

Bil'in protest leader freed from Israeli jail
3/14/2011 - OFER MILITARY PRISON, RAMALLAH (AFP) - A Palestinian activist jailed for organizing weekly demonstrations against Israel's separation wall was freed on Monday after 15 months behind bars. Abdullah Abu Rahma was one of the chief organizers of weekly demonstrations in Bil'in that have come to symbolize the Palestinian fight against the vast....

Israel releases prominent Palestinian activist jailed over West Bank protests
Palestine Note 14 Mar 2011 - Haaretz - Israel released Monday a prominent Palestinian activist, who served 16 months in prison for his role in often violent demonstrations against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank. Abdullah Abu Rahmeh was convicted last...

Palestinian Popular Committee Response to Itamar Incident
Uruknet March 13, 2011 - Palestinian Popular Committees against the Wall and Israeli Settlements express their deep sadness and sorrow concerning the killing incident in the Itamar colonial settlement. The Popular Committees view the killing incidence as a part of the escalation generated and mobilized by the policies and actions of the Israeli occupation. These policies created the circumstances for...

Palestinian Popular Committee Response to Itamar Incident
Alternative Information Center - Palestinian Popular Committees against the Wall and Israeli Settlements express their deep sadness and sorrow concerning the killing incident in the Itamar colonial settlement.

Tear down this Israeli wall
Uruknet March 11, 2011 - In 1980, a song I wrote, Another Brick in the Wall Part 2, was banned by the government of South Africa because it was being used by black South African children to advocate their right to equal education. That apartheid government imposed a cultural blockade, so to speak, on certain songs, including mine. Twenty-five years...

Death in Itamar
Tikun Olam - The Fogel family murdered by terrorists in Itamar (Emil Salman) Today, the specter of death stalks the settlement of Itamar. A Palestinian militant penetrated the security barriers intended to protect the residents and broke into a home of the sleeping Fogel family and stabbed to death...

Family of five settlers killed in Itamar
Palestine Monitor: 12 Mar 2011 - Near Atwara south of Nablus, two unidentified assailants crept into the settlement outpost of Ittamar last night. Hopping an electric security fence at 10pm, according to Israeli army sources, they then entered a home and stabbed to death a family of five settlers, including a one month-old infant. The surviving three children alerted authorities at around 1am this morning. “We could not help the first four stab victims. Following an inspection of the scene I spotted an infant of about three who still had a pulse. We engaged in lengthy resuscitation efforts but had to pronounce him dead,” said one of the first paramedics to Ynet . “The murder scene was shocking. Kids' toys right next to pools of blood.” Following a vociferous out-lash from the area's settlement community, the Israeli military and settler groups closed roads in the area around Nablus. Awarta itself is under “strict military siege.” Previously closed...more

Tear down this Israeli wall | Roger Waters
The Guardian 11 Mar 2011 - I want the music industry to support Palestinians' rights and oppose this inhumane barrier In 1980, a song I wrote, Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 , was banned by the government of South Africa because...

State recognition and hypocrisy
Santiago Gonzalez Vallejo, Ma’an News Agency 3/9/2011
      Israel’s continued colonization of what remains of historic Palestine makes a Palestinian state nonviable. The PLO’s early dream of seeing a bi-national secular, democratic Palestine collided with Zionist racism, which has always has chosen in favor of conquest and the exclusion of Palestinians. From there, the Zionists used the colonies to deplete resources and bring Jews into the conquered areas -- in sum, putting the Jewish State of Israel ahead of any other consideration, which also makes the possibility of a circumscribed Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza unrealistic.
     In 1988 in Algiers the PLO recognized Israel. Israel later recognized the PLO but not Palestine. For that reason, the Conference of Madrid and the Oslo Accords were made in bad faith on Israel’s part. Before that, in between, and afterward, the settlements have continued, along with other attributes of Zionism.
     The same has happened with governments of Likud-Labour Party members (of Socialist International, which also welcomed the party of Ben Ali of Tunisia), Kadima and others, and also with Bush, Clinton, Bush Jr. and Obama. With the PLO of 1988, after the elections of Arafat and Abbas or during the current period of decay. And also with Felipe Gonzalez, Aznar or Zapatero, Delors, Santer, Prodi, Barroso and others.
     Of course, some of responsibility for this vacuum lies with the PLO and the Palestinian Authority’s own leaders, mainly those affiliated with Fatah, and also with the rest of the organizations that did not secure democratic structures representing the totality of the Palestinian people.
     At a minimum, the Palestinian insistence to not continue negotiations on an unending, continually revised “Peace Process ”, if colonization deepens with new settlements and extension of the Wall in the West Bank, helps to reveal the actual state of the situation....
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Playground fence symbolizes Jewish split in Israel
LA Times 9 Mar 2011 - Two nursery schools share a play area, but ultra-Orthodox parents don't want their children exposed to secular ways and immodestly dressed mothers.The barrier has been torn down, but the division remains. A new front in the struggle between Jerusalem's secular and ultra-Orthodox communities has opened...

Army To Demolish Homes, Barns, Near Jenin
IMEMC - Tuesday March 08, 2011 - 08:38, The Israeli Authorities handed on Monday evening eight orders for the removal of eight homes and barns that belong to residents of Barta’a Al Sharqiyya, isolated behind the Annexation Wall south west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Israel hands Jenin residents demolition orders
3/8/2011 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli military vehicles escorted crews from the Israeli Planning Department to the northern West Bank town of Barta'a Ash-Sharqiya on Tuesday, where eight demolition orders were handed out. The village, located east of the Green like but west of Israel's separation wall, is in the northern West.... Related: Arrests, demolition warnings in Beit Ummar and South Hebron community faces demolitions

Israel and milking America.
Palestine Note 8 Mar 2011 - Ehud Barak, the Israeli defense minister in Bibi Netanyahu’s government announced to the Wall Street Journal that Israel would seek $ 20 Billions in upgrade for its already existing $3.2 Billions annual defense grants. It seems the...

Israel may ask U.S. for $20 billion more in security aid, Barak says
Ha'aretz - Defense Minister tells Wall Street Journal that Israel must be on guard considering the unrest sweeping the Arab world, adding increased aid could help make Israel a 'stabilizer in such a turbulent region'.

Israel looks to cash in on upheaval in the Middle East; may request $20 billion more in military aid from the US
Mondoweiss - According to an interview with Ehud Barak in today's Wall Street Journal , Israel is looking to "upgrade" its defenses in light of the democratic movements sweeping the Middle East, and, as per usual, is wanting the US to foot the bill. The U.S. is already slated...

Israel constructs electric fence on Egypt border
IMEMC - Monday March 07, 2011 - 18:59, An Israeli military official based in the southern part of Israel stated Monday that the first stage of the Israeli electric fence on the Israel-Egypt borders will be accomplished soon.

(en) Palestine-Israel, The uprising of the masses in the whole Arab region vibrate also in Israel and the 1967 occupied areas.
A-infos 7 Mar 2011 - The connection between the upraising of the masses of the Arab countries is expressed by the uprising masses and the political arena in both Israel and the occupied territories. The continued joint struggles the anarchists against the wall are involved with include these vibrations and eruption...

Non-violent Protest Leader in Nabi Saleh taken by Israeli troops
IMEMC - Sunday March 06, 2011 - 17:23, Local protest leader Naji Tamimi was abducted during a night raid on the village of Nabi Saleh by the Israeli military, according to a statement by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, along with local eyewitnesses.

A Dutch company helping to build the wall seeks to evade responsibility
Mondoweiss - On a recent visit to Ramallah, I heard a fascinating tale about two entrepreneurial brothers and how they are trying to evade prosecution for aiding Israeli apartheid.  Doron Livnat is the director of Riwal, a Dutch company that supplied cranes used in building the 650-kilometre wall...

Anti-wall protest near Ramallah
3/4/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities sent infantry forces into the village of An-Nabi Saleh on Friday in order to prevent the residents from holding their weekly demonstration against the wall and settlements. Locals said Israeli forces occupied one of the houses in the village to monitor the movement of residents in the village especially....

Occupation municipality approves building of Magharba gate bridge
PIC 4 Mar 2011 - The Israeli occupation municipality of Jerusalem gave its final approval for the re-building of the bridge to the Magharba gate in the wall surrounding the Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

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