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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 Safa Protesters Remove 100 Meters Of Fence Isolating Them From Their Orchards
IMEMC - As part of the protests marking the 36th anniversary of the Palestinian Land Day, and the Global March to Jerusalem, residents of Safa village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, headed to their lands and orchards that were illegally confiscated by Israel, and isolated behind a barbed-wire fence, and managed to remove 100 meters of the fence. ...

Israeli forces seize teen at Beit Ummar protest
3/31/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a teenage boy during a weekly protest held in Hebron village Beit Ummar on Saturday, locals and security officials said. Spokesman of the local anti-separation wall committee Yousef Abu Maria said forces seized Hussain Ramzi, 14, during the demonstration. An Israeli army spokesman said a teenager had been....

[uruknet.info] This Land is Ours
Uruknet March 30, 2012 - We climbed the hill at Al Khader, overlooking Bethlehem, and marvelled at the view of the city and, to our right, the extensive Israeli settlement of Gilo. Reaching the summit, Mohammed and I paused. Ahead was the building-site that marked the progress of the Annexation Wall; the scarred landscape, the bulldozers, the...

One Arrested and Several Injured During Weekly Demonstration in Beit Ommar
Palestine Solidarity Project 31 Mar 2012 - On Saturday, March 31, 2012, Palestinian, Israeli and international activists held the weekly demonstration in Beit Ommar, by the fence separating the town from the illegal Karmei Tsur settlement. Karmei Tsur is built on stolen Palestinian land and makes it impossible for the farmers of Beit...

This Land is Ours
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Mar 2012 - By Stephen Williams We climbed the hill at Al Khader, overlooking Bethlehem, and marvelled at the view of the city and, to our right, the extensive Israeli settlement of Gilo. Reaching the summit, Mohammed and I paused. Ahead was the building-site that marked the progress of the Annexation Wall; the scarred landscape, the bulldozers, the watchtower, the fences. A hundred metres away was a Palestinian house hemmed in on three sides by the worksite; for its inhabitants, life would never be the same. Mohammed was staring at the ugliness with infinite sadness. “This is our land,” he said. “Part of me is lost.” Each stolen duram, each burnt olive grove , every racially-segregated road, each fence, barrier, wall cutting through the landscape denying access to crops, dividing families, each scar on the landscape is mirrored by the scar on the soul of a Palestinian. An hour later we were driving through...more

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd supports World Social Forum Free Palestine
Global BDS 29 Mar 2012 - Roger Waters on tour with his “The Wall Live” show in Brazil today issued his support for the World Social Forum Free Palestine: “Since visiting Israel and the occupied territories in 2006, I have been part of an international movement to support the Palestinian people in...

The Global March to Jerusalem: in solidarity with Palestinians under occupation
In Gaza: 29 Mar 2012 - * posters for the Global March to Jerusalem, in Shatila camp, Beirut, Lebanon March 27: Day one in Beirut, where over one hundred human rights activists from around the world are gathering to join Lebanese and Palestinian activists in the Global March to Jerusalem on March 30, also Palestinian Land Day. Over 20 have come from North America and Europe, and an Asian caravan carries justice activists from 11 countries to join the March. Local and international organizers have been working on the campaign for months, coming together under an umbrella of non-violent action against Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem—a holy city for all—which Israeli leaders have openly declared their intent of forcefully rendering more Jewish. The long and varied list of the March’s endorsers includes: Jamal Juma’a, coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall campaign; Nobel laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mairead Maguire; Jewish activists like Rabbi...more

Open letter to Michael Oren ahead of Easter
3/28/2012 - As Christian leaders in Palestine, we were appalled by the baseless allegations you published in the Wall Street Journal on March 9. Your attempt to blame the difficult reality that Palestinian Christians face on Palestinian Muslims is a shameful manipulation of the facts intended to mask the damage that Israel has done to our community.... Related: Kairos document

Israel 'faces isolation' as new border fence is erected - video
The Guardian 28 Mar 2012 - Once the latest barrier is completed, Israel will be almost completely enclosed by steel, barbed wire and concrete Harriet Sherwood Mat Heywood

[uruknet.info] Demonstrators protest Gaza buffer zone
Uruknet March 27, 2012 -- Dozens of demonstrators rallied in northern Gaza on Tuesday to protest Israel's confiscation of land inside the border. The Israeli military imposes a no-go buffer zone inside the borders of Gaza, demolishing homes and buildings in the area, capturing valuable agricultural land and firing at Palestinians near the fence. The rights group...

Ghana: Israeli Company Commended - for Completing Sea Defence Project On Time
allAfrica.com 28 Mar 2012 - [Accra Mail] The Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing Mr. Enoch Teye Mensah has expressed appreciation to the Amandi Construction Limited, an Israeli construction firm, for constructing a 2.7-kilometer sea defense wall and a tarred road from Atorkor-Dzifa to Dzifa-Anyanui in the Volta Region.

Open letter to Michael Oren ahead of Easter
Ma’an News Agency 3/28/2012
      As Christian leaders in Palestine, we were appalled by the baseless allegations you published in the Wall Street Journal on March 9. Your attempt to blame the difficult reality that Palestinian Christians face on Palestinian Muslims is a shameful manipulation of the facts intended to mask the damage that Israel has done to our community.
     As has been stated in our Kairos document, we Palestinian Christians declare that “the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land is a sin against God and humanity because it deprives Palestinians of their basic human rights, bestowed by God.”
     The Israeli occupation is the primary reason why so many members of the oldest Christian communities in the world have left the holy land, Palestine.
     Since the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights began in 1967, the Israeli government has confiscated thousands of acres of land owned by Christian Palestinians to build settlements Israel now calls “neighborhoods.” These settlements have divided Bethlehem and Jerusalem for the first time in the two millennia since Jesus walked between these holy cities.
     Palestinian Christians in Jerusalem have been hardest hit by this land grab policy.
     The Israeli government has demolished the homes of hundreds of Palestinians in the occupied city and revoked the residency rights of thousands more, while promoting foreign immigration to the ever-expanding illegal settlements throughout our occupied homeland. -- See also: Kairos document
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Israeli border patrol kill two men along Egypt border
IMEMC - Just after Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu toured the route of a border fence under construction between Israel and Egypt Tuesday, Israeli border patrol agents shot and killed two men on the border. ...

PM 'satisfied' with Egypt border fence progress
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 - Netanyahu says fence stops illegal workers, smugglers, terrorists, answers one of four threats facing Israel.

Israel extends new border fence but critics say it is a sign of weakness
The Guardian 27 Mar 2012 - Doubts grow over the fortified frontiers the Jewish state says are needed as deterrents against terrorism and illegal infiltration It cuts a steel swath through the stark wilderness where Israel and Egypt meet, glinting in the...

Latest strip of West Bank security fence to hinder Palestinian access to agricultural land
Ha'aretz - 25 Mar 2012

Foundation: Israeli group breaks Jerusalem gravestones
3/25/2012 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A group of Israelis broke two Muslim gravestones in a Jerusalem cemetery on Saturday, the Al-Aqsa Foundation said. More than 20 Israelis gathered in Bab al-Rahmah cemetery near the eastern wall of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform prayers, the Foundation for Waqf (Endowment) and Heritage said. A cemetery guard told the....

Local official: Israeli forces arrest man in Yatta
3/25/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested a man in the southern West Bank town of Yatta on Sunday afternoon, a local committee member said. Ahmad Jaber Mohammad Nawaja, 22, was arrested by soldiers after they raided the Hebron town, coordinator of the popular resistance against settlements and the wall Rateb al-Nbour told Ma'....

[uruknet.info] Ambassadors Of Portugal, South Africa, Teargased Near Ramallah
Uruknet March 24, 2012 - Ambassadors of Portugal and South Africa, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, were treated for the effects of teargas inhalation after Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs at dozens of local and international peace activists during the weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall and Settlements in kufr Qaddoum village, near the...

Ambassadors Of Portugal, South Africa, Teargased Near Ramallah
IMEMC - Ambassadors of Portugal and South Africa, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, were treated for the effects of teargas inhalation after Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs at dozens of local and international peace activists during the weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall and Settlements in kufr Qaddoum village, near the Ramallah. ...

Two Children Injured By Army Fire Near Ramallah
IMEMC - A Palestinian child was wounded in the face by a rubber-coated metal bullet fired by Israeli soldiers who attacked nonviolent protesters against the Wall and Settlements in Nabi Saleh village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah; a second child was shot and injured in the leg. ...

Al-Ma'sara Village Holds Its Weekly Nonviolent Protest
IMEMC - Dozens of local residents, and International peace activists, held the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and Settlements in Al-Ma’sara village, near Bethlehem; Israeli soldiers attacked the protestors leading to clashes leading to clashes between local youths and the army, no injuries were reported. ...

Two Civilians Injured, One Critically, As Troops Attack West Bank Anti Wall Protests
IMEMC - On Friday two civilians were injured, one seriously while many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when Israeli soldiers suppressed anti wall protests in a number of West Bank villages. ...

Committee: Settlers uproot 85 olive trees near Bethlehem
3/24/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Settlers uprooted dozens of olive trees in the Bethlehem village of al-Khader on Saturday, a local anti-separation wall committee said. The group of Israelis destroyed 85 olive trees in a field belonging to Khader Ali Au Ghalyoun, committee coordinator Ahmad Salah told Ma'an. The settlers, according to Salah, have....

Two Stray Bullets in Gaza
Johnny Bravo, International Solidarity Movement 3/24/2012
      Gaza - On Sunday it was reported that a young boy had been shot on farmland near the Rafah crossing. The details were unclear. Several colleagues and I traveled to Rafah to find out what happened. After making several inquiries, we entered a Bedouin area several hundred meters north of Gaza’s border with Egypt and three kilometers from the Karm Abu Salem area of the Israeli border on the East. We followed a young man on a motorcycle down dusty roads with small plots of crops and olive trees on one side, and dilapidated homes made of corrugated metal, cinder block and plastic on the other.
     Standing outside a rickety gate, three boys explain that we need to wait, as there are only women at home. A child runs off to summon a male family member. Someone calls from inside asking us to enter.
     We pass through a dusty courtyard and are directed to a small dark room with nothing but mats on the floor. A bare light bulb hangs overhead. A plastic clock hangs on the wall. Despite all the children on the street and in the home, there are no toys. A young boy sits in the corner, playing with the fringe on a woman’s coat, shy and surprised at the strangers in his home. A woman with a child clutching her leg peeks from behind a curtain. Plastic chairs are brought in for the guests.
     Faiza, the boy’s forty-four-year-old mother enters and sits on the mat next to the boy. He is six-year-old Sohaib Sultan. He is the victim of the shooting, but he looks uninjured. Faiza pulls down his pants to show the fresh bandage on his left buttock. She explains that on Saturday evening at seven o’clock, they heard gunfire from the border. Sohaib was sitting exactly where we sat, playing on the floor with his brothers, when the bullet pierced the corrugated metal roof and struck him. She points to the hole in the ceiling just above my head. -- See also: Sohaib, 6 years old, injured by an Israeli bullet and Medics: Explosion near Gaza City injures 2 children
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5 injured in West Bank demonstrations
3/23/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Five people were injured on Friday in weekly West Bank demonstrations, a local group said. Three women sustained bruises after Israeli soldiers assaulted them in a weekly demonstration in al-Masara village, Bethlehem, the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements said. The demonstration began at a cultural center in the village....

(en) Palestine-Israel, The expanding of the joint struggle is less than welcome by Israeli state forces
A-infos 20 Mar 2012 - It was a second Friday with Israeli activist of the anarchists against the wall initiative seriously wounded. Last week demo it was a metal bullet rubbed by rubber that hit the nap of the neck of one of our group in Naby Saleh. The previous Friday...

Christian leaders: Israeli ambassador 'masks reality'
3/19/2012 - Kairos Palestine, a group of Palestinian Christians, denounces Michael Oren's recent op-ed "Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians," published in The Wall Street Journal. In this inaccurate and manipulative text, Oren, Israel's ambassador to the US, blames the plight of Palestinian Christians on oppression at the hands of Palestinian Muslims.... Related: A Palestinian Christian response to Michael Oren

His story told by his mother: Ayoub Asalya, 12 years old, killed by an Israeli missile
3/18/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Rosa Schiano, 19 March 2012, il Blog di Oliva - Ayoub Asalya, 12, was going to school on Sunday morning when he was killed by an Israeli missile.  On the walls of his house there is a poster with his image. Ayoub is shown smiling with a cap on his head."The nights before he.... Related: il Blog di Oliva

[uruknet.info] His story told by his mother: Ayoub Asalya, 12 years old, killed by an Israeli missile
Uruknet March 18, 2012 - - Ayoub Asalya, 12, was going to school on Sunday morning when he was killed by an Israeli missile. On the walls of his house there is a poster with his image. Ayoub is shown smiling with a cap on his head. "The nights before he was killed, he came to me...

Expelling Palestinian communities through ongoing home demolitions
Stop The Wall - Christian Peacemaker Team Already in 2011, Israeli occupation authorities had informed UN agencies that in 2012 they would start to “relocate” Palestinian communities in area C. In other words, the Israeli authorities have been blatant that they would ethnically cleanse the some 60% of the West Bank that fall under...

Weekly anti-Wall protests call for solidarity with Hana Shalaby
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Ni’lin: Israeli soldiers repressed the weekly popular march in Ni’lin, west Ramallah, as they threw dozens of tear gas bombs. This Friday’s march in Ni’ilin was part of the mobilization efforts for the global mobilizing effort “Israeli Apartheid Week” and was entitled “Racism of Israel”...

The Israeli apartheid week launched in Hebron and Bethlehem
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign The grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign and the BNC organized a documentary presentation about the Israeli apartheid regime in Hebron and Bethlehem cities. Mohammad Basheer, youth activist in Stop the Wall campaign and the independent youth movement (Herak Shababi), said that the activities started there...

His story told by his mother: Ayoub Asalya, 12 years old, killed by an Israeli missile
3/18/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Rosa Schiano, 19 March 2012, il Blog di Oliva - Ayoub Asalya, 12, was going to school on Sunday morning when he was killed by an Israeli missile.  On the walls of his house there is a poster with his image. Ayoub is shown smiling with a cap on his head."The nights before he.... Related: il Blog di Oliva

In photos: Beit Ommar weekly protest
3/17/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Younes Arar, 17 March 2012, Beit Ommar Popular Committee - The Beit Ommar Popular Committee organized today's weekly peaceful protest adjacent to Karmei Tzur colony built on the stolen land of Beit Ommar farmers. When we arrived next to the so called security fence surrounding the colony, more than 60 heavily armed Israeli....

Israel unveils its grid of tunnels under Aqsa Mosque and Old City
PIC - The Jerusalem committee against the wall and settlement said there is a network of tunnels under the foundations of the Aqsa Mosque and the Old City of Jerusalem.

Beit Ommar Popular Committee Leads Weekly Demonstration Near Karmei Tsur
Palestine Solidarity Project 17 Mar 2012 - On March 17th, 2012, about 30 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists marched towards the fence surrounding the Karmei Tsur settlement near Beit Ommar, as part of the Beit Ommar Popular Committee’s weekly peaceful demonstration. Karmei Tsur settlement was built on land stolen from Palestinian farmers. Many...

Eight Injured, one Seriously, as Israeli Troops attack West Bank Anti Wall Protests
IMEMC - Eight civilians were injured, one seriously, on Friday, while many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when Israeli soldiers attacked anti wall protests in a number of West Bank villages. ...

Analysis: How Israel really treats Christians
3/16/2012 - By Fida Jiryis - In a recent op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, "Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians," Ambassador Michael Oren presents Israel as a tolerant, dove-like, and peaceful democracy. This is belied by the facts. I am one of those Palestinian Christians living inside Israel to whom Oren refers. At no time in....

In Photos: Bethlehem met with rain of Israeli violence
3/16/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Mahmoud Zawahre, 16 March 2012, Al Ma'sara Popular Committee - Today the weekly demo of Al-Ma'sara, near Bethlehem, was underway as dozens of Palestinians and Israelis demonstrated in  the heavy rain against the wall in solidarity with Hana Shalabi. Israeli Occupartion Forces first attacked Mahmoud Zawahre, the coordinator Of Al-Ma'....

How Israel really treats Christians
Fida Jiryis, Ma’an News Agency 3/16/2012
      In a recent op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, "Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians," Ambassador Michael Oren presents Israel as a tolerant, dove-like, and peaceful democracy. This is belied by the facts.
     I am one of those Palestinian Christians living inside Israel to whom Oren refers. At no time in my life have I ever felt the "respect and appreciation" of the Jewish state, which Oren so glowingly references.
     Israel's Christian minority is marginalized in much the same manner as its Muslim one or, at best, quietly tolerated. We suffer the same discrimination when we try to find a job, when we go to hospitals, when we apply for bank loans, and when we get on the bus -- in the same way as Palestinian Muslims.
     Israel's fundamental basis is as a racist state built for Jews only, and the majority of the Jewish population doesn't really care what religion we are if we're not Jewish. In my daily dealings with the State, all I have felt is rudeness and overt contempt.
     Oren's statement that "The extinction of the Middle East's Christian communities is an injustice of historic magnitude" is outright shocking to anyone familiar with even the basic history of how Israel was founded.
     I would like to remind Oren and others that this founding expelled thousands of Palestinian Christians from their homes in 1948 and displaced them, either forcing them to flee across the border or making them internal refugees. The ethnic cleansing of Palestinians that comprised the founding of Israel is, too, an injustice of historic magnitude. A man living in a glass house -- or a house stolen from Palestinians -- should think very carefully before tossing stones.
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Israel: Its Fantasies and Its Realities
Immanuel Wallerstein, Agence Global 3/15/2012
      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel visited the United States in the beginning of March 2012. He came to say, once again, that a nuclear Iran would pose an existential threat to Israel, and that Israel reserved the right to take timely action to counter this. President Obama asserted just as vigorously that, yes, a nuclear Iran would pose an existential threat to Israel, and that the United States could not countenance this, but that the timing of Netanyahu was off. Non-military action against Iran should be exhausted first before thinking of other action.
     Let us examine the premises. Why would Iran, with nuclear weapons, pose an existential threat to Israel? That is, who believes that, if Iran had nuclear weapons, the Iranian authorities would use them to bomb Israel? Actually, no one in any position of responsibility in Israel, in the United States, or elsewhere in the world believes this. They only say they do.
     Let us start with the ostensible arguments. Israeli officials point to the fact that Pres. Ahmadinejad and others have said that they wish to "wipe out" (or some such phrase) Israel. Of course, many experts have pointed out that the translation is incorrect. But even if it were accurate, does that do anything more than repeat the long-standing position of large numbers of people in the Middle East opposing the concept of a Jewish state and favoring various other outcomes to the long-standing dispute?
     Why on earth would Iran bomb Israel? They would kill at least as many Arabs as Israelis, if they did. They would be subject to immediate retaliation by Israel, which is well-armed in nuclear weapons. Iran bombing Israel is a fantasy that no responsible leader believes.
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A Palestinian Christian response to Michael Oren
3/14/2012 - By Faysal Hijazeen - As the parish priest of Ramallah, an op-ed by Israel's envoy to the US gave me pause for thought. Michael Oren's article spoke volumes of Israel's unending misrepresentation of Palestinian daily life. The presence of our 13 Latin Patriarchate Schools throughout the West Bank and Gaza.... Related: Michael Oren, Wall Street Journal: Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians

Syria violence divides Druze in occupied Golan Heights
3/14/2012 - MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights (Reuters) -- Kameel Khater's friends used to creep out at night to spray anti-Israeli slogans on the walls of their village in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. These days they have a different target for their graffiti - the government of near neighbor Syria. Khater, 35, is one of about 10,000 Druze....

A Palestinian Christian response to Michael Oren
Faysal Hijazeen, Ma’an News Agency 3/14/2012
      As the parish priest of Ramallah, an op-ed by Israel's envoy to the US gave me pause for thought. Michael Oren's article spoke volumes of Israel's unending misrepresentation of Palestinian daily life.
     The presence of our 13 Latin Patriarchate Schools throughout the West Bank and Gaza, for over 150 years, is a living witness to the coexistence of Palestinian Christians and Muslims.
     We have never faced in our schools or society the supposed persecution of Christians by Muslims to which Mr Oren referred in "Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians," published Friday in the Wall Street Journal.
     Contrary to Oren’s statements, the persecution of Christians here is caused mainly by the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory. This occupation humiliates us, destroys our economy, causes demographic changes and deprives millions of the freedom of movement and their right to decent lives, in addition to the confiscation of land.
     These are the main ways Christians are persecuted in Palestine.
     As anyone with eyes can see, the wall that Israel has imposed has negatively affected the lives of Palestinians and has confiscated a large amount of what is left of Palestinian land.
     Oren claims that Israel "allows holiday access to Jerusalem's churches to Christians from both the West Bank and Gaza." In reality, the countless fixed and flying checkpoints have turned our lives into hell.
     Israeli obstacles and practices do not differentiate between Muslims and Christians, and are imposed over a whole nation. The bullets that fired against Palestinians do not differentiate between Christians and Muslims. -- See also: Michael Oren, Wall Street Journal: Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians
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Israeli police escort Harvard tour from Bethlehem village
3/13/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces stopped a group of 55 Harvard University students touring Bethlehem village al-Walaja on Tuesday, witnesses told Ma'an. Security guards manning bulldozers that are building Israel's separation wall surrounding the village stopped the bus of students as they drove along the planned route of the wall....

IDF fires as Palestinians riot during funeral
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 - Troops shoot at Palestinians who approach security fence, hurl stones during funeral service of two Islamic Jihad terrorists ....

[uruknet.info] Israeli Buffer Zone State Terror
Uruknet March 11, 2012 - ...After decades of extreme oppression, Palestinians are committed to resist until free, though doing it extracts a huge toll. Under protracted siege, Gazans suffer most of all, including by Israel's imposed Buffer Zone. It's a no-go "access-restricted" free-fire area, extending from Israel's border fence well into Gaza's most arable land. Palestinians entering...

Israel’s Walls and Wars Strategy Begins to Fail
Rami G. Khouri, Agence Global 3/12/2012
      BEIRUT -- The visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United States received the lion’s share of publicity about Israel’s position in the Middle East and the world last week, but the real story about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict rests elsewhere. The great tale that goes largely unrecognized reflects that combination of bubbling forces around the world -- grassroots, professional, political -- that achieve two important things: to assert that the world will not forever acquiesce in the systematic denial of the national rights of the Palestinian people, and to apply new forms of pressure on Israel to end its systematic oppression of Palestinians that more and more is routinely compared to Apartheid South Africa.
     Two simultaneous developments brought this to mind last week -- one in Beirut and the other in many countries. In Beirut, I was struck by the force of a two-day conference on health conditions of Palestinians in and outside Palestine, co-organized by the American University of Beirut Faculty of Health Science, Birzeit University and The Lancet, the London-based leading international journal on public health. The gathering of 75 or so health researchers from around the world was impressive, especially the opening remarks of Lancet editor Richard Horton.
     In his analysis of research as a tool for social justice, equity and addressing power and inequity, in Palestine, refugee camps around the region, and throughout the world, he said that research and universities can play an active role in promoting justice, citizenship, voice and accountability. They can generate knowledge in the service of “defending universal principles of human rights and human dignity.”
     Specifically addressing The Lancet’s interest in disseminating research about health conditions of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, he said that university research is a form of peaceful resistance and non-violent protest that oppose forces that use health or medicines as an instrument of war.... -- See also: Articles and reports from The Lancet regarding health issues in occupied Palestine, March 2009
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Testimonies from the heart of darkness
Tamar Fleishman, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/8/2012
      In the second instalment of her reports from the occupied West Bank, Tamar Fleishman describes sentences handed down in Israeli military courts.
     What does a military judge know about childhood in the Qalandiya refugee camp, about growing up in the shadow of the Wall, or by the checkpoint that in its very essence is an expression of violence? What does such a judge know of a habitat of poverty and wretchedness that for a while now has been serving as a hunting ground for soldiers who with no hesitation follow a commander that says "make them feel hounded" and perform what is known in their jargon as a "violent patrol"? Both of these expressions are to be found in testimonies from Israeli soldiers.
     What do military judges know about a life of precariousness, where locked doors are burst open in the middle of the night, when a father's arms and a mother's bosom aren't able to provide protection in the face of incriminations, thefts, false accusations and beatings?
     On the way to Ofer on the occupied West Bank I always hope that I will not recognise those on trial, that anonymity will be preserved, and that I will only get a glance of their desperation. I always hope that the names will not be familiar and that the faces will not be carved in my memory. However, these hopes were crushed one morning when I froze in front of a child, the youngest of those I had seen on the bench on trial.
     Ibrahim Abul-Aish was 16, but his body appeared smaller than would be expected at that age. This was before the Israeli authorities changed the age of adulthood for Palestinian children, in order to create the appearance of equality before the law. Up until recently, anyone who had reached his or her 16th birthday was considered an adult in the eyes of the Israeli military court system.
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Activists: 2 wounded at West Bank protest
3/10/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two protesters were injured at a march in Ramallah-district village Bilin on Friday, activists said. The protest was in support of Palestinian prisoners, especially hunger-striker Hana Shalabi, a release from thePopular Struggle Committee said. Demonstrators made a hole in the fence separating the village from its land, and Israeli forces shot....

Homes destroyed, shattered lives
Graham Peebles, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/8/2012
      Israel's criminal policy of house demolitions in the occupied Palestinian territories is intended to destroy Palestinian lives.
     Within the catalogue of criminality that is Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the destruction of Palestinian homes must rank as one of the most cynical and heinous. According to the website internal-displacement.org, "some 90,000 people are currently reported to be at risk of displacement as a result of Israeli policies such as restrictive and discriminatory planning, the revocation of residency rights, the expansion of settlements and the construction of the West Bank separation wall."
     Let us explore further, with tacit reference to the United States, which bankrolls the operation.
     Home: a refuge from the world, safe and secure, somewhere to relax with family and friends, and breath easy, free from fear. This simple image is unknown to many Palestinians living under the illegal occupation of the West Bank by Israel. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Administration (UNRWA), "the Israeli practice of demolishing homes, basic infrastructure and sources of livelihoods continues to devastate Palestinian families and communities in East Jerusalem and the 60 per cent of the West Bank controlled by Israel, known as Area C. Many of the people affected already live in poverty, and demolitions are a leading cause of their ongoing displacement and dispossession in the West Bank."
     Last year saw more homes demolished than in the previous six years, and record numbers of people were made homeless and displaced. According to the US human rights organisation Human Rights Watch, by November last year the "Israeli authorities had demolished 467 Palestinian homes and other buildings in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), displacing 869 people...."
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Two protesters wounded in Friday demos against Israeli Annexation Wall
IMEMC - Weekly non-violent protests were held on Friday afternoon in the villages of Bil’in, Nil’in, Al Mas’ara and Nabi Saleh. Two citizens were injured in addition to dozens of cases of inhalation of military grade tear gas in the village of Bil'in, west of Ramallah. ...

Women's day demonstration in Qalandia for the rights of female Palestinian prisoners
3/9/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Satu, 8 March 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - On International Women's day, March 8th,  hundreds of demonstrators rallied in Qalandia in solidarity with hunger striker Hana Shalabi and calling for Israel to end the occupation. The demonstrators marched marched down the street next to the separation wall to Qalandia checkpoint, carrying....

Videos: The seen and unseen in the No Go Zone
Nathan Stuckey, International Solidarity Movement 3/7/2012
      Today, like ever Tuesday, we marched into the no go zone north of Beit Hanoun. We gathered by the half destroyed Beit Hanoun Agricultural College and marched north, towards Jerusalem. A Jerusalem that few of the protesters have ever seen, they have never been allowed to go to Jerusalem, it is forbidden to them, just as the land in the no go zone is forbidden to them. Jerusalem and Al Aqsa are unseen. We demonstrated for Al Aqsa and the prisoners. The prisoners too are unseen; Gazans are not allowed to visit their sons and brothers and held in the prisons of the occupation. As we walked down the road toward the no go zone a giant balloon rose over the wall. We are the seen, watched from giant balloons, watched from soldiers in the towers that line the wall, seen from the sights of guns, an Apache helicopter roars in the distance. Local herders tell us that there are tanks behind the wall. For us, the soldiers who look at us through rifle scopes are yet unseen. Later, they will make their appearance. In the sky floats the black flag which flies over the occupation, most of the world refuses to see it, they refuse to recognize it for what it is, but for the people of Palestine it always floats in the sky, like the second moon in a Murakami novel.
     We enter the no go zone and walk toward the flags that we have left during previous demonstrations. There are about forty of us, we have no guns, only our voices and our flags. We stop by row of flags we left last week. Sabur Zaaneen from the Local Initiative of Beit Hanoun starts to speak, “Khader Adnan told us that honor is more important than food, Hana Shalabi reminds us that freedom is more important than food, we will continue the struggle.” Both of them are held in Israeli prisons, neither of them have been charges with any crime. Three months ago few people knew who either of them were, they were unseen, but they still existed, within them both was a great power and a great determination. Both of them refuse to be oppressed in silence, their hunger strikes are calls for justice, for honor. They are inspirations to us all.
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Homes Destroyed, Lives Shattered
Dissident Voice: 7 Mar 2012 - Within the catalogue of criminality that is Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the destruction of Palestinian homes must rank as one of the most cynical and heinous. Some 90,000 people are currently reported to be at risk of displacement as a result of Israeli policies such as restrictive and discriminatory planning, the revocation of residency rights, the expansion of settlements and the construction of the West Bank Separation Wall. 1 All, let us note and explore further, with the tacit engagement of America, who bank-rolls the entire operation. Home, a refuge from the world, safe and secure, somewhere to relax with family and friends, and breathe easy, free from fear. This simple image of normality is unknown to many Palestinians living under the brutal illegal occupation by Israel.The Israeli practice of demolishing homes, basic infrastructure and sources of livelihoods continues to devastate Palestinian families and communities in...more

Israeli police: Woman arrested in attempted stabbing attack
3/6/2012 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli settler security guards on Tuesday detained a Palestinian woman carrying a knife near Immanuel settlement in the northern West Bank, Israeli police said. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an the woman was detained near the outer fence of the settlement, which lies between Qalqiliya and Nablus. She....

Palestinian woman plans stabbing attack in Emmanuel
YNet News, 6 Mar 2012 - West Bank observation post spots woman carrying knife near Emmanuel security fence. Subsequent check reveals woman suffers from psychological issues ....

AIPAC Works for the 1 Percent
Chris Hedges, Truthdig 3/4/2012
      Chris Hedges gave this talk Saturday night in Washington, D.C., at the Occupy AIPAC protest, organized by CODEPINK Women for Peace and other peace, faith and solidarity groups.
     The battle for justice in the Middle East is our battle. It is part of the vast, global battle against the 1 percent. It is about living rather than dying. It is about communicating rather than killing. It is about love rather than hate. It is part of the great battle against the corporate forces of death that reign over us—the fossil fuel industry, the weapons manufacturers, the security and surveillance state, the speculators on Wall Street, the oligarchic elites who assault our poor, our working men and women, our children, one in four of whom depend on food stamps to eat, the elites who are destroying our ecosystem with its trees, its air and its water and throwing into doubt our survival as a species.
     What is being done in Gaza, the world’s largest open-air prison, is a pale reflection of what is slowly happening to the rest of us. It is a window into the rise of the global security state, our new governing system that the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin calls “inverted totalitarianism.” It is a reflection of a world where the powerful are not bound by law, either on Wall Street or in the shattered remains of the countries we invade and occupy, including Iraq with its hundreds of thousands of dead. And one of the greatest purveyors of this demented ideology of violence for the sake of violence, this flagrant disregard for the rule of domestic and international law, is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC.
     I spent seven years in the Middle East. I was the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times. I lived for two of those seven years in Jerusalem. AIPAC does not speak for Jews or for Israel. It is a mouthpiece for right-wing ideologues, some of whom hold power in Israel and some of whom hold power in Washington, who believe that because they have the capacity to war wage they have a right to wage war, whose loyalty, in the end, is not to the citizens of Israel or Palestine or the United States but the corporate elites, the defense contractors, those who make war a business....
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Analysis: In Israeli military, a growing orthodoxy
3/5/2012 - By Dan Williams - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Roni Daniel saw the writing on the wall in a toilet. A former infantry commander who fought in three Middle East wars and now the dean of Israeli defense correspondents, Daniel recently visited military headquarters in Tel Aviv. There, a urinal that uses a motion detector to clean itself was....

Introducing Bil'in: The ritual of resistance and oppression
3/5/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Sophie Van Dijk, 2 March 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - Today we went to Bil'in, a small village 17 km from Ramallah.  For decades it has been harassed by the Israeli army. When the Apartheid Wall was constructed, it separated the farmers from their land. Seven years ago, the villagers succeeded....

In Israeli military, a growing orthodoxy
Dan Williams, Ma’an News Agency 3/5/2012
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Roni Daniel saw the writing on the wall in a toilet.
     A former infantry commander who fought in three Middle East wars and now the dean of Israeli defense correspondents, Daniel recently visited military headquarters in Tel Aviv. There, a urinal that uses a motion detector to clean itself was signposted: "Forbidden on the Sabbath". Troops, he realized, were being ordered to defer to Orthodox Jewish curbs on the use of electricity between Friday night and Saturday night.
     For Daniel, and for millions of other Israeli citizens, the sign is symbolic of creeping change in an institution long cherished as a bastion of national unity. An increasing number of conscripts are Orthodox Jews - mirroring the growth of the minority in Israeli society at large. Some religious troops view military service through the prism of their own piety - either as the realization of a messianic vision that sees Jews conquering biblical lands or as an institution that should be subordinated to rabbinical writ.
     For secular Israelis, already worried about the role of religion in the Jewish state, that threatens not just the military but the country itself.
     "In my time, the skullcap-wearers came to the military and served alongside me. They lived their lives as they pleased, we respected them, and they also respected our lifestyle," said Daniel, who is 64 and secular. "Today's generation, to a degree, joins up with the object of imposing its lifestyle on others - to dictate how to behave. It's a crawling annexation."
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[uruknet.info] East Jerusalemites appeal to UN for help with garbage collection
Uruknet March 4, 2012 - Mynet (Hebrew) reports that residents of Qalandia and Kfar Akab are "drowning in garbage." The two Palestinian neighborhoods are within the Israeli-drawn municipal boundaries of Jerusalem, but located on the West Bank side of the separation barrier. According to Mynet, Qalandia has been without municipal garbage service for eight months, resulting in...

Israeli Troops use Gas to Suppress Anti-Wall Protests
IMEMC - On Friday many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation as soldiers suppressed anti wall protests organized in a number of West Bank villages. The protests were in solidarity with political detainee in Israeli Jails Hana Ash-Shalabi, who is on hunger strike for 16 days in protest of her captivity. ...

DC Graced by AIPAC, Occupy-AIPAC This Weekend
Arab American Institute 2 Mar 2012 - This weekend will be a special one for Washington, DC, as the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is about to host its largest annual policy conference here. In the spirit of �Occupy Wall Street,� hundreds of activists will be gathering in DC this weekend...

(en) Australia, Melbourne, Sedition Journal: [Mac Announce]
A-infos 2 Mar 2012 - Amor Libertario, Camp Anarchy, Israeli Pro-Palestinian activist of 'Anarchists Against the Wall' speaking at MAC, Right to Strike: WSN @ Occupy Friday *Amor Libertario: Conversational Spanish Class* 7pm Thursday 8/03 @ Mac, 62 St Georges Rd, Northcote Grupo de conversación-lectura-debate en Español sobre “Amor Libertario”. --- A group...

Report: “Army, Settlers, Carried Out 145 Attacks In February”
IMEMC - The Wall and Settlements Information Center at the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Wall and Settlements, issued a report revealing that Israeli soldiers and settlers carried out 145 attacks against the Palestinian residents, their lands and homes, killing one and wounding several others. ...

Homes Destroyed, Lives Shattered: Criminal Demolitions in the OPT's
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Mar 2012 - By Graham Peebles Within the catalogue of criminality that is Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the destruction of Palestinian homes must rank as one of the most cynical and heinous. "Some 90,000 people are currently reported to be at risk of displacement as a result of Israeli policies such as restrictive and discriminatory planning, the revocation of residency rights, the expansion of settlements and the construction of the West Bank Separation Wall." (Internal-displacement.org) Let us note and explore further, with the tacit engagement of America, who bank-roles the entire operation. Home, a refuge from the world, safe and secure, somewhere to relax with family and friends, and breath easy, free from fear. This simple image of normality is unknown to many Palestinians living under the brutal illegal occupation by Israel. “The Israeli practice of demolishing homes, basic infrastructure and sources of livelihoods continues to devastate Palestinian families...more




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