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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 ‘Holding the world in the middle’
Jeruslalem Post 31 May 2011 - Jerusalem neighborhoods on other side of security barrier struggle with the best, and the worst, of both worlds.

Army may prevent June 5 protesters reaching border fence
Daily Star 31 May 2011 The Lebanese Army may hold back protesters planning to demonstrate on the border with Israel Sunday to mark Naksa for fear of a repeat of the events of Nakba Day, when at least 15 people were...

New campaign launch: Plant-a-Tree in Palestine
Stop The Wall - May 31, 2011-- We are pleased to announce a joint project of the Middle East Children’s Alliance, the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall), the Palestinian Farmers Union, and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. [, This May 15, Palestinian and Syrian refugees staged a protest to the Israeli fencing along the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. While those on the other side are shouting "That's enough, stop, there are mines!" the people overcome their fear chanting "We want to go home!" "I sacrifice my blood and my sould for you, Palestine!" ...After generations in exile, they are finally back in their homeland.

The Wall
Dissident Voice: 31 May 2011 - The Wall is a thought provoking new play based on Douglas Watkinson’s own experiences. At the age of sixty, David visits a British military cemetery in Israel. For the first time in his life he is about to call upon the grave of his father Ralph who was blown up in 1947 at the age of twenty five by the Jewish Stern Gang. The play is a unique encounter between David, a middle-aged Englishman, and his dead father Ralph, a young English Corporal at the time of the British Mandate. It is a meeting through which we, the audience, can ‘witness’ six decades of Israeli brutality, through the eyes of a dead British Corporal buried in foreign soil along side thousands of his peers. The play is a cleverly constructed dialogue between a sixty year old son: a man who grew up in post WWII Britain, an indoctrinated gentleman and...more

Why June 5 Matters
Joe Catron, Palestine News Network 5/30/2011
      I gasped as the first bullet struck a young man standing a few paces ahead of me. Watching him crumple to the ground, I struggled for breath and fought my natural urge to run. “Allahu Akbar!”, the crowd roared around me. “Yalla, Shebab!” A half-dozen other men – none of whom could have been older than twenty, and most of whom looked much younger – rushed forward, retrieving their fallen compatriot and carrying him quickly to a waiting ambulance. A thin trail of blood marked their path, ending in a small, dark puddle where the first of the day’s many gunshot victims had fallen.
     Thousands of refugees and other Palestinians had gathered at the Erez Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip. An imposing military structure of massive concrete barriers and machine gunners’ towers, the border wall separates Gaza Strip residents from the 78% of Palestine seized by the State of Israel in 1948. For the two-thirds of residents who are refugees, it also prevents their return to the homes from which they and their families were forcibly expelled that year. Palestinians throughout the world remember this Nakba, or catastrophe, every May 15 with gatherings, demonstrations, and resolutions to someday return.
     But this year would be different. Inspired by the popular uprisings against dictatorships across the Arab region, Palestinians were resolved to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of 711,000 people from their country by making history, rather than remembering it.
     On the morning of May 15, Nakba Day, tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered around the borders of Israel and its occupied territories, determined to march to the homes and homeland denied to them for generations. In Beit Hanoun, they walked from buses forced to stop kilometers from the crossing by the sheer numbers of the crowd. Many remained at checkpoints preceding the crossing. Others pressed forward, their eyes fixed on the distant gate.
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Israel to mark Jerusalem 'reunification' with cash
5/29/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday reaffirmed his intent to keep Jerusalem the country's "undivided capital," in a speech announcing a $100-million investment package for the occupied holy city. Speaking at a special meeting of his cabinet held inside the Old City walls, Netanyahu repeatedly vowed that....

IOF places tight grip on village near Nablus
PIC - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) has tightened procedures at the gates of the separation wall in the Azzun Atma village near Qalqilya, locals have reported.

Donor bread and congressional circuses: US Congress mesmerized by Netanyahu’s 'lies and illusions'
Lawrence Davidson, Redress 5/30/2011
      The Zionist capacity to trigger a panic attack among Democrat campaign staffs cannot, except in a few select neighbourhoods, possibly be about votes.
     The money
     According to a 19 May report by the Wall Street Journal, the American Zionists are starting to turn the screws on President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. “Jewish donors and fundraisers are warning the Obama re-election campaign that the president is at risk of losing financial support because of concerns about his handling of Israel.”
     If you doubt that this tactic can work just watch the video of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress. Those 20-plus “sustained standing ovations” did not come from mere true believers. They came from the throughly bought and bullied. The Zionists have a strikingly successful and very longstanding vote-buying operation and they are, of course, applying it to the president and his re-election campaigners.
     Thus the Wall Street Journal article goes on to say that Obama will “court Jewish donors at a June fundraiser”. There is every indication that the Obama campaign plans to be “extremely proactive” in letting the “Jewish community” know that the president does not want to be “too critical of Israel”.
     All of this is very odd. In 2008 Obama took 77 per cent of the Jewish vote. According to reliable pollsters, there is no indication that it will be much different in 2012. Most Jewish voters don’t vote primarily on Israel or foreign policy issues. Like other Americans they vote on domestic, and particularly economic issues. According to pollster John Zogby, “the lines are drawn fairly well, and I think it is hard for it [the Jewish vote] to not be a 75 to 25 per cent split for Obama and the Democrats”....
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Israeli army shuts down 'illegal' Palestinian protests
5/27/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shut down anti-wall protests in villages across the West Bank on Friday. The Israeli army says the unarmed weekly protests in Palestinian villages are illegal. Asked why the protests were illegal, an army spokesman said the areas between Israel's separation wall and villages Ni'lin and....

Israel continues to fence in Qalqiliya village
5/25/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Construction continued Wednesday on a barbed wire fence encircling the northern flank of Izbat At-Tabib, a village east of Qalqiliya. Residents awoke Monday to Israeli soldiers guarding work crews, who were installing a barrier between the village and the nearby settler-bypass Road 55. An Israeli military spokeswoman said at the time....

Israel continues to fence in Qalqiliya village
Palestine Note 25 May 2011 - Ma'an- Construction continued Wednesday on a barbed wire fence encircling the northern flank of Izbat At-Tabib, a village east of Qalqiliya. Residents awoke Monday to Israeli soldiers guarding work crews, who were installing a barrier between the village and the...

[uruknet.info] Izbat al-Tabib village resists land confiscation, demolition orders
Uruknet May 24, 2011 - One may not expect to see construction in a village where approximately 80 percent of the homes are currently pending demolition. But in Izbat al-Tabib, a small village less than ten kilometers away from the green line, Israel's internationally-recognized armistice line with the occupied West Bank, and the wall-confined city of Qalqilya, that is...

Israeli forces install fence around Qalqiliya village
5/24/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces began to install a barbed-wire fence on Monday around a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank, saying it was meant to prevent stone throwing. Residents of Izbat At-Tabib, located east of Qalqiliya, awoke to the sounds of construction, and were told that lands made inaccessible by the construction....

Army builds fence around Izbat Al Tabib
5/23/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement - This morning at about 9am the Israeli army entered the village of Izbat Al Tabib with construction vehicles and began to build a large barbed wire fence along the side of the village separating it from highway 55 which runs parallel. The International Solidarity Movement joined with men, women and children from....

Popular Demonstrations: Na’alin Commemorates Three Years of Weekly Protests
Alternative Information Center - A review of the weekly protests against the Separation Wall and the Israeli occupation in the West Bank villages of Bil’in, Na’alin, Nabi Saleh, Qalandiya, al Masara and al Walaje.

[uruknet.info] Israeli court sentences teen to 6 months
Uruknet May 23, 2011 -- Israel's military judges on Monday issued a six-month jail sentence to a teenager from Bil'in village near Ramallah. Amjad Ayed Abu Rahma, 15, was sentenced at Ofer military court near Ramallah, local activists said. He was detained in January for participating in Bil'in's weekly non-violent protests against the separation wall. Villagers have demonstrated every...

Israel puts barbed-wire fence around village of 247 Palestinians in W. Bank to prevent stonethrowing
Mondoweiss - and other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlers New buildings in Mehola settlement JVS 23 May -- For few days now, Mehola settlement, in the Northern Jordan Valley, builds new houses. Mehola is located at the junction between...

Israeli attacks Izbat Tabib, resumes annexation
Palestine Monitor - Only twenty people stand in the way of Israeli bulldozers moving right now on Izbat Tabib in order to build a so-called security fence through the small, ancestral village farms. - News / 4th-col-1st-article , Apartheid Wall , Non-violent resistance , International solidarity , Theft , Occupation , Impunity

Israeli attacks Izbat Tabib, resumes annexation
Palestine Monitor: 23 May 2011 - Only twenty people stand in the way of Israeli bulldozers moving right now on Izbat Tabib in order to build a so-called security fence through the small, ancestral village farms. - News / 4th-col-1st-article , Apartheid Wall , Non-violent resistance , International solidarity , Theft , Occupation , Impunitymore

[uruknet.info] Military Resistance 9E 16 : "Unchecked Incompetence"
Uruknet May 21, 2011 - I was standing in Maroun al-Ras, Lebanon, on 15 May, in solidarity with thousands ofPalestinians, Lebanese and other pro-Palestinian protestors, and I saw Israelis use liveammunition against protesters throwing rocks over the barbed-wire fence at the border. Many young men were shot: 10 people died and 115 were wounded, the largest numberof casualties at...

Israel’s Separation Wall - the death of Palestinian statehood
Kathleen Christison, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/5/2011
      The Wall has decapitated the Palestinian polity by physically severing its head from its population base. Walls are the very embodiment, the essential symbol, of separateness and apartheid, and in Palestine, the Separation Wall gives a literal, concrete form to the Jewish exclusivism and separation represented by Israel's governing political philosophy of Zionism. As such, the Separation Wall represents an end to any possibility of independent statehood for Palestinians in any part of their native land.
     The Wall facilitates the achievement of Zionism's primary objective-the establishment and maintenance of an exclusivist Jewish state in Palestine-by separating Palestinians from the Jewish population and aiding in the slow ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. This occurs by confiscating Palestinian land, restricting the free movement of Palestinians, preventing growth and expansion, and breaking up the territory available to them.
     Although Israelis contend that the Wall was erected as a security barrier to prevent the entry of Palestinian suicide bombers into Israel, in fact the primary purpose of the structure is to assert a territorial claim. Human rights leaders have recognized this objective from the beginning. John Dugard, a highly knowledgeable United Nations human rights official, observed in 2003, when construction on the Wall was just beginning, that this construction was "a visible and clear act of territorial annexation under the guise of security." The route of the Wall is obviously designed to incorporate the major Israeli settlement blocs into Israel; this is evident simply from looking at a map, which makes it clear that as the Wall winds in and out of the West Bank, it encompasses settlements, as well as land for their future expansion, even where they are situated deep inside the territory. The Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem has pointed out that in some locations the effort to include land for expansion in fact took priority over security considerations and often even compromised security....
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Two young men wounded; dozens suffer gas inhalation in Bil'in weekly demonstration
IMEMC - Saturday May 21, 2011 - 09:42, On Friday, in the weekly march in Bil'in organized by the Popular Committee Against the Wall with the participation of Sa'di Tameezi, the Palestinian ambassador to Vietnam, two young men were injured, and dozens of people suffered from the effects of tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers.

Ni'lin marks 3rd anniversary of non-violent protests
5/21/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The West Bank village of Ni'lin on Friday marked its third anniversary of weekly non-violent demonstrations against Israel's wall. Since 2008, Israeli forces have killed five Palestinians demonstrating in Ni'lin to protest Israel's confiscation of one third of the village's land....

In photos: Non-violent resistance in the West Bank
5/21/2011 - MaanImages - Israeli soldiers shut down weekly anti-wall protests on Friday against the separation wall in An-Nabi Salah near Ramallah and in Al-Ma'sara near Bethlehem. The wall confiscates privately-owned Palestinian land from both villages. Israeli forces detained dozens of protesters at the rallies, fired tear gas canisters and sound grenades at demonstrators and declared....

Turkey president: Hamas must be 'rational' about Israel's right to exist
Ha'aretz - In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Abdullah Gul praises Obama's Mideast speech in which he drew the 1967 borders as an outline for Israeli-Palestinian talks.

Turkish president pressures Hamas to recognize Israel
Jeruslalem Post 21 May 2011 - In 'Wall Street Journal' interview Gul welcomes Obama's reference to 67 borders, recalls telling Mashaal "you have to be rational."

[uruknet.info] Israeli gunfire kills Gaza teen: medics
Uruknet May 21, 2011 - Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the Gaza Strip on Saturday as he approached the border fence with Israel, Palestinian medics said. The 17-year-old boy's body was found near El-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, they said. On Friday, two young Gazans were wounded as Israeli troops opened fire at a protest...

IOF uses violence against fresh West Bank protests
PIC - Two Palestinians were injured and dozens sustained breathing difficulties after Israeli occupation forces IOF) suppressed a weekly anti-separation wall march in Bil'in village west of Ramallah.

Israel steps up border security fearing fresh demonstrations
Daily Star 20 May 2011 Israel boosted security on its border with Lebanon Friday amid fears that protesters could repeat demonstrations that saw thousands of Palestinians march toward a security fence on Nakba Day.

2 Gaza protesters wounded by Israeli fire as Jewish state sends troops to Golan Heights
Daily Star 20 May 2011 Two young Palestinians were wounded in Gaza Friday when Israeli troops opened fire at a protest near the border fence, a medical source said.

Israel boosts border security over protest fears
Daily Star 20 May 2011 Israel boosted security on its border with Lebanon Friday amid fears that protesters could repeat demonstrations that saw hundreds of Palestinians march toward a security fence Sunday.

Israel-Turkey ties threatened by new Gaza flotilla
5/19/2011 - ISTANBUL, Turkey (AFP) -- A new aid flotilla aiming to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip threatens to deal a fresh blow to Turkish-Israeli ties, a year after a bloody Israeli seizure of a Turkish activist ship. Bilateral relations remain stuck in crisis after several fence-mending meetings between the one-time allies over the past year....

Nakba day in Gaza
International Solidarity Movement 5/18/2011
      Nakba Day. The day of the Catastrophe. A day to mark the ethnic cleansing of 800,000 Palestinians from their homes. A day to remind themselves and the world, that one day, they will return to their homes, that they have not forgotten their land. Today marked 63 years of dispossession, 63 years of ethnic cleansing. Thousands of Palestinians marched north from Beit Hanoun to the wall; thousands of Palestinians marched toward their homes.
     As we approached the wall the Israeli army barked out its hello. A tank began to fire over the crowd and into the sand dunes lining the road. The Israeli bulldozers had already thoroughly destroyed anything that was once on this land, outside of threatening the crowd there was nothing to accomplish by this shooting. It is a strange thing to be fired at with a cannon from a tank; you can almost feel the air shake when the shell explodes. The crowd did not stop, it continued forward, chanting against the occupation, chanting their love of their land.
     Soon the stream of wounded began. From the front of the crowd men and boys carried by their friends, by whoever was standing near them when they were shot. They came in a steady stream; you could hear the tak tak tak of the Israeli rifles echo against the calm sky. In the West Bank, the soldiers are usually stationed on a hill, first comes the tear gas, and then come the bullets, usually rubber at first, later the live ammunition. In Gaza there are no pretenses, first the tanks fire their cannons, then the soldiers safe in their concrete tower start to shoot live ammunition into the crowd.
     The crowd, maybe a thousand strong by now, is strung out along the street. Their only cover the concrete lane separators. Above them, Apaches hover, not for the whole protest, but they come and go; perhaps they will fire missiles into the crowd. It is pretty hard to imagine what possible use an Apache has in crowd control. Then again it is hard to imagine the possible uses of a tank for crowd control, yet off to the right of the crowd an Israeli tank shelters behind an earth berm....
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On an old anniversary, a new sense that change is possible
Jonathan Cook In Nazareth, The National, Israeli Occupation Archive 5/17/2011
      Ordinary Palestinians are drawing the same conclusion: in the face of tanks and fighter jets, Palestinian strength lies in a unified national liberation movement that refuses to be defined by Israel’s policies of fragmentation.
     They are extraordinary scenes. Film shot on mobile phones captured the moment on Sunday when at least 1,000 Palestinian refugees marched across no-man’s land to one of the most heavily protected borders in the world, the one separating Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
     Waving Palestinian flags, the marchers braved a minefield, then tore down a series of fences, allowing more than 100 to run into Israeli-controlled territory. As they embraced Druze villagers on the other side, voices could be heard saying: “This is what liberation looks like.”
     Unlike previous years, this Nakba Day was not simply a commemoration of the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians in 1948, when their homeland was forcibly reinvented as the Jewish state. It briefly reminded Palestinians that, despite their long-enforced dispersion, they still have the potential to forge a common struggle against Israel.
     As Israel violently cracked down on Sunday’s protests on many fronts – in the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem and on the borders with Syria and Lebanon – it looked less like a military superpower and more like the proverbial boy with his finger in the dam.
     The Palestinian “Arab Spring” is arriving and Israel has no diplomatic or political strategy to deal with it. Instead on Sunday, Israel used the only weapon in its current arsenal – brute force – against unarmed demonstrators. -- See also: Source
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Nakba Protests: A Taste of the Future
Palestine Chronicle: 18 May 2011 - By Jonathan Cook - Nazareth They are extraordinary scenes. Film shot on mobile phones captured the moment on Sunday when at least 1,000 Palestinian refugees marched across no-man's land to one of the most heavily protected borders in the world, the one separating Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Waving Palestinian flags, the marchers braved a minefield, then tore down a series of fences, allowing more than 100 to run into Israeli-controlled territory. As they embraced Druze villagers on the other side, voices could be heard saying: "This is what liberation looks like." Unlike previous years, this Nakba Day was not simply a commemoration of the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians in 1948, when their homeland was forcibly reinvented as the Jewish state. It briefly reminded Palestinians that, despite their long-enforced dispersion, they still have the potential to forge a common struggle against Israel. As Israel violently cracked down on...more

Syrian crosses border, hitchhikes to Tel Aviv
Daily Star 17 May 2011 A Syrian man who crossed into Israel in a large crowd that breached a border fence this week hitchhiked across the country, even sitting beside Israeli soldiers on a public bus, to find the home he...

Israeli forces crack down on non-violent march in Al Walaja village
IMEMC - Monday May 16, 2011 - 05:15, A total of 11 peace activists and reporters were detained Sunday by the Israeli military as they attempted to march to the old village of al Wallaja, near the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Those detained included leading activist Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh, Chairman of Board of the Palestinian Centre for Rapprochement Between People (parent organization of the IMEMC). The seven arrested international activists have been subsequently released while four Palestinians remain in custody in Atarot prison in Jerusalem.

PA police quash Bethlehem Nakba protest
5/16/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority police prevented young men from the three refugee camps in the district from marching toward Israel's separation wall, which cages the city in from the north, in events marking Nakba Day. Early in the day teens throwing rocks at Israeli guard towers dotting the eight-meter-high separation wall....

Day of mourning called in Lebanon's refugee camps after Nakba demonstration deaths
The National 16 May 2011 - Ten people died when Israeli army opened fire on several hundred protesters as they moved towards the fence that marks where Israeli territory begins, during march to mark when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced from their homes in 1948.

Palestinian refugees surge into Israeli-occupied Golan Heights - video
The Guardian 16 May 2011 - Amateur footage filmed on Sunday 15 May shows a large group of Palestinian protesters break through a border fence despite danger of land mines

[uruknet.info] Dramatic video shows Palestinians, Syrians entering Israeli-occupied Golan Heights
Uruknet May 15, 2011 - A dramatic video published by the website baladee.net shows the moment when hundreds of Palestinian refugees and Syrians break through the border fence from Syria into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights (part of Syria occupied by Israel in 1967 and illegally annexed in 1981). The video, which appears to be taken from the Israeli-occupied side...

[uruknet.info] Matthew Cassel / JustImage Dramatic video shows Palestinians, Syrians entering Israeli-occupied Golan Heights
Uruknet May 15, 2011 - A dramatic video published by the website baladee.net shows the moment when hundreds of Palestinian refugees and Syrians break through the border fence from Syria into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights (part of Syria occupied by Israel in 1967 and illegally annexed in 1981). The video, which appears to be taken from the Israeli-occupied side...

Palestinian "Arab Spring" confronts Israel
Daily Star 16 May 2011 The thousands of protesters who surged from Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, flattening some buffer-zone fences and drawing deadly Israeli gunfire, reminded many in the country of the image-corroding consequences of pitting the region's mightiest...

Qalandiya Nakba Protests: Only the surface of the people's anger
Stop The Wall - This May 15, Palestinian and Syrian refugees staged a protest to the Israeli fencing along the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. While those on the other side are shouting "That's enough, stop, there are mines!" the people overcome their fear chanting "We want to go home!" "I sacrifice my blood and my sould for you, Palestine!" ...After generations in exile, they are finally back in their homeland.

I´m sick of – 63 years of Nakba” [VIDEO]
Intifada-Palestine: 16 May 2011 - I´m sick of The Wall I´m sick of the checkpoints between Palestinian cities I´m sick of illegal Israeli settlers and settlements I´m sick of having the Hebrew language on my ID card I´m sick of people not knowing anything about our... more

Teen killed in Gaza protest marking Nakba
5/15/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An unidentified 18-year-old was killed and 125 others injured by Israeli fire during a march of Palestinians in Gaza toward the separation fence and Erez border with Israel on Sunday. The group, estimated to number almost 1,000, marched in commemoration of the Palestinian expulsion from homes and villages in....

Israeli forces violently arrest demonstrators in al-Walaja
5/15/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - At 11 AM on al-Nakba remembrance day, 500 residents from the West Bank village of al-Wallajeh and international supporters marched towards the Israeli Apartheid Wall. The Wall was built to separate the villagers from their original land from which they were expelled in 1948. The demonstration was violently attacked by the Israeli military with rubber....

Analysis: The writing was on the wall
Jeruslalem Post 15 May 2011 - Yesterday’s confrontations reflect new regional realities and a derisive perception of Israel. And there’s more to come.

Senior UN official slams security fence as 'unacceptable'
Jeruslalem Post 15 May 2011 - Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos says she's "horrified" by Israeli policies; plans to meet with PA leaders, but not Israelis.

Photos: Qalandiya Nakba Protest May 15
Stop The Wall - May 15, 2011-- See a photo story on the protests at Qalandiya checkpoint and the brutal repression against the people defending their rights and very neighbourhood against Israeli disposession, agression and oppression. [

Worsening clashes and serious injuries in Qalandiya
Stop The Wall - May 15, 2011-- Ongoing clashes at Qalandiya checkpoint, north of Jerusalem, with three confirmed head injuries. Injuries are growing as protesters are evacuated constantly and ambulances are moving back and forth. One ambulance hit by Israeli Occupation Forces. Israeli snipers stationed across Qalandiya. [

Illegal Israeli train project A1 faces heat from BDS movement
Stop The Wall - (May 10, 2011)

Demolition warnings to Walaja residents
5/13/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Demolition orders were handed out to seven families in Al-Walaja, the village closest to the ongoing construction of Israel's separation wall. Village council member Adel Al-Atrash told Ma'an that the orders were handed out on Wednesday night, and residents were given 72 hours to appeal to the....

'Israel's 9/11 coming in September'
5/14/2011 - As though Israeli leaders aren't doing enough to scare their citizens about Palestinian reunification and statehood, another "warning" has recently popped up on the streets of Tel Aviv. The walls, rather. It's right-wing graffiti -- a blue Star of David with the date "9/0/11" below. The meaning is clear. Israel....

Bil'in Villagers Protest Againt The Wall To Mark The Nakba
IMEMC - Friday May 13, 2011 - 18:54, Three civilians were injured in the village of Bil’in, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, as the villagers carried out their weekly anti-wall protest. As is the case every Friday since six years, international and Israeli supporters joined the villagers after the midday prayers and marched towards the wall.

Israel suspends work on section of West Bank barrier
Palestine Note 12 May 2011 - Guardian - Israel has suspended construction work on a 25-mile section of its controversial separation barrier in the West Bank in order to save money, it says. A defence ministry document, revealed by Army Radio, says work near a group...

Israel’s Arab Spring dilemma
Abdel-Moneim Said, Al-Ahram Weekly 5/12/2011
      Israel knows Arab democracy would unleash anti-Israeli sentiment, while it cannot be seen to be against it having spent so many years deriding the Arabs for lacking it.
     "Arab Spring" is the expression now commonly used in the international media to refer to the wave of uprisings that swept the Arab world from Bouazizi's desperate protest that flared into Tunisia's "Jasmine Revolution", through the turmoil that now grips Syria, and Libya, Yemen and Bahrain before that, and to the disturbances that portend the inevitable, although tardier, advent of revolution in other countries of the region. The term is modelled on the "Prague Spring" of 1968, when the Czechoslovakian people's rebellion against communist government and soviet occupation offered a rare glimmer of the possibility of the collapse of totalitarian rule in Eastern Europe. That possibility eventually did come to fruition in another spring, in the 1990s, when the governments of Eastern Europe began to teeter and fall, one after the other, as it rapidly became clear that the Soviet Union and the whole communist ideology were little more than paper tigers that proved incapable of sustaining a couple of knocks on the Berlin Wall in the autumn of 1989.
     But spring did not just arrive to Eastern Europe. Whether they occurred in the depth of winter or under the scorching summer sun, uprisings across Asia and Latin America against despotism, authoritarianism and tyranny gave rise to an onrush of springs of one form or another. But while change rippled across the rest of the world in the 1990s, not a whiff of a democratic breeze fluttered across the Arab world. Politicians and political scientists were stumped by this immobility against a global backdrop of flux. Eventually they simply resigned themselves to this persistent stagnation, or to what some boasted of as an immutable stability, and converged upon what they called the "Arab anomaly". Once again, the Arabs had become the exception that defied explanation and the international grasp. But then, hadn't it always been this way? The Arabs and Arab issues had to be handled in the way one deals with exceptions, which are not subject to the laws and rules that apply elsewhere in human societies.
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Report: Israel freezes West Bank fence near major settlement bloc
Ha'aretz - Defense Ministry document quoted by Army Radio says discussion concerning the construction of separation fence in the Gush Etzion area would resume in late 2012.

Israel suspends work on section of West Bank barrier
The Guardian 11 May 2011 - • Work stops near Gush Etzion settlements to save money • Halted section subject to numerous legal challenges Israel has suspended construction work on a 25-mile section of its controversial separation barrier in the West Bank...

Bethlehem-Area Village of al Walaje Soon to be Completely Enclosed by Separation Wall
Alternative Information Center - “Movement will be controlled, not restricted”, declared the Israeli High Court to the residents of al Walaje, a West Bank village four kilometres from Bethlehem which will be soon be completely enclosed by the Separation Wall....

[uruknet.info] Settlers attack a school in northern West Bank
Uruknet Mau 9, 2011 - A group of Israeli settlers attacked on Monday morning a Palestinian school in the southern part of Nablus, northern West Bank. Witnesses told local media that the settlers smashed windows and put-up a banner and wrote slogans on the outer wall of the school calling for the killing of Arabs. Israeli soldiers were providing...

Happy Independence Day wishes from a Palestinian
Aziz Abu Sarah, +972 Magazine 5/10/2011
      Ibrahim was digging a grave for the narrative of fear and replacing it with a narrative of hope
     I published this article last year at the Jerusalem post; I thought today is an appropriate occasion to repost it.
     It might be hard to believe that a Palestinian would wish an Israeli Jew a happy Independence Day, but I am only following in the footsteps of another Palestinian I know, Ibrahim from Hebron.
     Three years ago, I was cohosting a bilingual (Arabic and Hebrew) radio show at Radio All for Peace in Jerusalem with my Israeli cohost, Sharon Misheiker. Our weekly show happened to air on Israeli Independence Day, and on that day we invited Ibrahim, a peace activist, to talk about the land that had been confiscated from him for the building of the separation barrier.
     I remember that Ibrahim spoke with compelling passion and heartbreaking emotions about the loss of his farmland, which had been a main source of income. Before ending the conversation, we asked him how he felt about Independence Day, and we received a surprising answer.
     With his characteristic candor, Ibrahim told us that he had already called his Israeli friends and wished them a happy Independence Day.
     Sharon and I were shocked.
     Ibrahim told us that he received the same response from all his Israeli friends: silence, shock and disbelief. They didn’t know what to say. They were caught by surprise. They had never heard a Palestinian wishing them a happy Independence Day.
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Israel vs. Palestine; them and us
Sami Jamil Jadallah, Palestine Note 5/10/2011
      As Israel celebrate its 63rd anniversary, I could not help but compare the Zionist Israeli leadership to that of the Palestinian leadership past (Hajj Amin Husaini, Ahmed Shukairi and Yasser Arafat) and present (Abbas & Company) and what each achieved for their people in over 100 years of conflict? While one celebrate a nation, strong as ever (Peres) the other ( Fayyad) is wondering how to meet the current payroll? While one celebrates a nation with an army and institutions, the other promises the people a “virtual” state with none of the prerequisites of a modern nation state. While one talks of expanding and solidifying the Jewish Occupation, the other talks of reviving the PLO and restructuring the Palestine National Congress as if any one gives a damn about the PLO or its PNC.
     Of course there are no comparisons between a leader like David Ben-Gurion and someone like Yasser Arafat. One dedicated his life to creating a nation out of remnant of people from over 120 countries, and succeeded in having a state with “state and governing institutions” on day one. While the other dedicated his life to political manipulation, lies, fraud, corrupting every thing around him and failing “his” people at every turn, never achieved liberation, or ending the occupation, let alone return of refugees. At best he returned to Palestine as a servant of the Jewish Occupation ending his life as hostage to his masters.
     David Ben-Gurion and the Zionist leaders were able to create a state out of terrorism, armed struggle and powerful and manipulative international politics in the service of Israel, and never had to apologize for any thing, not the forced exile of 700,000 Palestinians, not the destruction of 500 villages, not the continued land theft for an ever expanding settlements, not the ethnic cleansing of Arabs from East Jerusalem, not the Apartheid Wall, not the many wars on Gaza and Lebanon.
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Army Starts Wall Construction Around Palestinian Town North of Jerusalem
IMEMC - Tuesday May 10, 2011 - 03:23, Local sources reported that the Israeli Authorities started the construction of a segment of the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall, around Qalandia Palestinian town, north of occupied East Jerusalem.

"I Want My Ball Back": My Visit To Israel and the West Bank
Palestine Note 9 May 2011 - Osama Bin Laden paid his Pakistani neighbors for their balls when they ended up on his side of the wall. All the better to avoid notice. Of course, when it’s simpler to just give the cricket balls back that tends...

Settlers attack a school in northern West Bank
5/9/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - Palestine News Network - A group of Israeli settlers attacked on Monday morning a Palestinian school in the southern part of Nablus, northern West Bank. Witnesses told local media that the settlers smashed windows and put-up a banner and wrote slogans on the outer wall of the school calling for the killing of Arabs. Israeli soldiers.... Related: Palestine News Network

Press Conference on ‘East Jerusalem: Key Humanitarian Concerns’ Report
Relief Web 9 May 2011 - Source: UN Department of Public Information , UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory Presenting a new report on East Jerusalem at Headquarters today, its author, Ray Dolphin, said the separation barrier under construction there not...

Budrus: A West Bank village's emblematic struggle for its land
The Guardian 9 May 2011 - Powerful movie about Palestinian protests against Israel's separation barrier is now available on DVD I'm finally back in Jerusalem after almost two months away, much of it in Tripoli, which was weird and fascinating . But it's...

[uruknet.info] Israeli Army Starts Wall Construction Around Palestinian Town North of Jerusalem
Uruknet May 9, 2011 - Local sources reported that the Israeli Authorities started the construction of a segment of the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall, around Qalandia Palestinian town, north of occupied East Jerusalem. The sources said that several army bulldozers supported by armored military jeeps invaded the area and started leveling Palestinian lands to prepare them for Wall construction...

IOA starts building section of separation wall around Qalandia village
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) started building a section of the separation wall around the village of Qalandia to the north of occupied Jerusalem, local villagers said on Monday.

Peres at official Memorial Day service: Israel is as strong as ever
Ha'aretz - Speaking at the official Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the president says that Israel hasn't had the possibility to lose 'even one war.'

Nation mourns 22,867 fallen soldiers as siren sounds
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 - Remembrance Day for servicemen and women who lost their lives defending Israel opened by President Peres at Western Wall; In the past year, 183 soldiers and security personnel died while serving the state.

Hamas: We will consult Fatah on resistance
5/8/2011 - CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Hamas will decide whether or not to use violence to resist Israel in consensus with Palestinian factions, the movement's leader told The Wall Street Journal." How to manage the resistance, what's the best way to achieve our goals, when to escalate and when to cease fire, now....

Hamas chief: We will coordinate all decisions regarding Israel with Fatah
Ha'aretz - In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Hamas leader defends his organization's right to wage an armed struggle against Israel.

[uruknet.info] Hamas: We will consult Fatah on resistance
Uruknet May 7, 2011 - Hamas will decide whether or not to use violence to resist Israel in consensus with Palestinian factions, the movement's leader told The Wall Street Journal. "How to manage the resistance, what's the best way to achieve our goals, when to escalate and when to cease fire, now we have to agree on all those...

Israelis violently break up unity rally on occupied land
Mondoweiss - From the Palestine Project: Hebron: Three members of the Beit Ommar National Committee against the Wall and Settlements were injured this afternoon in a demonstration near the Israeli Karmei Tsur settlement. Yousef Abu Marya, age 36, (holding up his right arm in photo above) had his...

Hamas’ Meshal Offers New Pragmatism, Renounces Violence (For Now)
Tikun Olam - Khaled Meshal discusses Palestinian unity agreement and Hamas approach toward resisting Occupation (David Degner/WSJ) In an interview with the Wall Street Journal , Hamas’ Khaled Meshal offered a newly pragmatic, consensus-driven Hamas approach to its Fatah collaborators and to Israel.  Of course, the proof is in the...

Local Leader, Mahmoud Zwahre, Arrested At Weekly Protest Against The Wall At Al Masara
IMEMC - Friday May 06, 2011 - 16:30, The weekly protest against the wall in Al Masara was today disrupted by the Israeli military.

Activists: 15-year-old arrested at West Bank protest
5/6/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Soldiers arrested a 15-year-old Palestinian boy during a demonstration against Israel's wall and settlements in the central West Bank village of Bil'in, near Ramallah, protesters said Friday....

[uruknet.info] Israel's Separation Wall - the death of Palestinian statehood
Uruknet May 5, 2011 - The Wall facilitates the achievement of Zionism's primary objective-the establishment and maintenance of an exclusivist Jewish state in Palestine-by separating Palestinians from the Jewish population and aiding in the slow ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. This occurs by confiscating Palestinian land, restricting the free movement of Palestinians, preventing growth and expansion, and breaking up the...

Israel's Separation Wall - the death of Palestinian statehood
Middle East Monitor 5 May 2011 - Walls are the very embodiment, the essential symbol, of separateness and apartheid, and in Palestine, the Separation Wall gives a literal, concrete form to the Jewish exclusivism and separation represented by Israel's governing political philosophy of Zionism. As such, the Separation Wall represents an end to any...

Dr. Cornel West endorses BDS, supports Ethnic Studies at University of Arizona
Intifada-Palestine: 4 May 2011 - Dr. Cornel West Following the recent direct action on the University of Arizona (UA) campus — in which an enormous mock wall was constructed to bring attention to Israel’s wall in the West Bank and the wall at the US-Mexico border... more

European Orchestra to Perform in Gaza Strip
Palestine Note 2 May 2011 - Wall Street Journal - Daniel Barenboim, a renowned Israeli conductor and Palestinian rights activist, will bring an orchestra of European musicians for a performance in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. The concert, coordinated in secret with the United Nations until...

Israel bulldozes agricultural lands in Qalqilya
2 May 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)- Israeli bulldozers invaded yesterday the northern West Bank city of Qalqilya razing agricultural lands belonging to Palestinian citizens  in order to expand the construction of the Apartheid Wall .

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim to perform with orchestra in Gaza
Ha'aretz - European musicians will enter Gaza with Barenboim through Egypt-Gaza border crossing after concert coordinated in secret with the UN, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Palestinians cut off from medical treatment
IRIN, Ma’an News Agency 5/2/2011
      BEIT JALA, Bethlehem (IRIN) -- Fuad Ahmed Jabo's mother was 70 when she died of a heart attack in the Palestinian village of Tantour in Beit Jala, between Israeli-controlled Jerusalem and the Palestinian city of Bethlehem.
     They had called a Palestinian ambulance but delays at the checkpoint between Bethlehem and Tantour held it up. The Israeli ambulance services told Jabo that because his house fell inside a militarized zone, they would not be able to help. With time running out, Jabo and his nephew decided to carry her to hospital. They had gone just 200 meters when she died.
     "It would have taken two minutes for an ambulance to get here from Jerusalem. It used to take me three minutes to get to Bethlehem but since the wall was finished, it takes at least half an hour," Jabo, 50, told IRIN.
     The Jabos are among 80 villagers in Tantour and tens of thousands of Palestinian families across the West Bank and Gaza whose access to health care has been restricted by Israel's security measures, including the wall and its strict permit system.
     Work on the wall began about 100 meters behind the Jabos' home in 2001. By 2005, when it was finished, the family was cut off completely from the West Bank. As West Bank ID holders, they are not covered by Israeli national insurance so cannot go to hospitals in Israeli-controlled East Jerusalem. They have to cross through a checkpoint into the West Bank to get medical help. They are also not permitted to drive on the Israeli side.
     According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, about 1,500 West Bank ID holders have been displaced to the Jerusalem side of the wall and now face potentially life-threatening delays when seeking medical treatment. -- See also: Source
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The ghost town between Palestine’s past and its future
Catrina Stewart, The Independent 4/30/2011
      Catrina Stewart visits an abandoned settlement, frozen in time 63 years ago, that may soon become a luxury housing development.
     Walking through the abandoned Palestinian village of Lifta, Yacoub Odeh is transported back to a time more than 63 years ago when as a child he would play in these streets before his carefree existence came to an abrupt end.
     As he points out the old mosque and olive press, names come tumbling back, events, memories – a life before 1948, the fateful year that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled their ancestral homes during Israel's war of independence, most of them never to return.
     All that remains of this once-prosperous village are the shells of dozens of houses dotted throughout the valley, their outer walls largely intact but now overgrown with wildflowers and weeds.
     How much longer the village will remain in this state is anyone's guess. It is at the centre of a wrangle over whether it should be preserved in its current state as a reminder of the Palestinian dispossession or redeveloped into luxury housing. The Israel Land Administration, now the legal owner of the land, is marketing plots to developers to construct an upscale neighbourhood based on the buildings that already exist.
     "They [the Jews] did not destroy Lifta in time of war, so they should not destroy it when Israel is talking about peace," says Mr Odeh, a Palestinian in his early 70s who spent his early childhood there. -- See also: Call to Save the History, Culture and Heritage of Lifta Village and Palestinian Refugees Act to Save Jerusalem’s Lifta Village from Destruction
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Palestinian child detained by Israeli forces in Jerusalem
1 May 2011 -   West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces detained yesterday at night a Palestinian child known as Mohammed Houshia, 12, after raiding his house in Jerusalem under the pretext of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers existed near the Separation Wall.




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