Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel
The Wall: News & Background - June 2011
New neighborhood in Bil'in after wall moved
6/30/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Bilin residents are due to start the construction of a new neighborhood on land returned to them following the re-routing of Israel's separation barrier. Villagers will start building "Bilin West" on Friday as part of the weekly demonstration against the wall, a statement from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee....
New neighborhood in Bil'in after wall moved
Palestine Note 30 Jun 2011 - Ma'an- Bilin residents are due to start the construction of a new neighborhood on land returned to them following the re-routing of Israel's separation barrier. Villagers will start building "Bilin West" on Friday as part of the weekly demonstration against...
Separation Barrier by Bil’in moved west
B'tselem 30 Jun 2011 -
29 June 2011: Separation Barrier moved, but some 1,300 dunams of Bil’in land remain on other side
B'tselem 30 Jun 2011 - In the past week, almost four years after the Israeli High Court order on the matter, the army dismantled the section of the Separation Barrier built on land of the Bil’in village within the West Bank. The route of the barrier has been moved westward, with a new section already in place, thereby returning to the village 745 dunams of farmland that had been taken by the previous route. However, 1,300 dunams of village land remain west of the barrier, within the borders of the Modi’in Illit settlement. Parts of the dismantled section loaded onto a truck. Photo: Oren Ziv, activestills, 28 June 2011. The barrier was first erected in the Bil'in area in 2005, close to the built-up area of the village. Part of it ran through a valley, along a “topographically inferior” route, as the High Court put it. The route was set to enable expansion of the Matityahu East neighborhood of the Modi’in Illit settlement, although plans for the expanding the neighborhood had not yet been approved. This action violated the High Court’s ruling requiring prior approval for such plans (on the building offenses committed in constructing the neighborhood and the theft of Palestinian land to build Modi’in Illit, see here). In September 2007, the High Court ordered the state to create a new route that would run, to the extent possible, on state land and not on the land of Bil'in. The alternate route proposed by the state still left large swaths of villagers’ land on the western side of the barrier. The villagers petitioned the court again. In December 2008, the court ordered the army to carry out its 2007 judgment “without further delay” and “as soon as possible.” The new route has been approved by the court, even though some 1,300 dunams of village land remain west of the barrier. Since 2005, when construction of the barrier began in the area, the Israeli authorities have taken various measures to make to stifle villagers’ protest against the theft of their land. The army has begun to enforce a military order issued in 1967, defining a procession of ten or more persons as unlawful; every Friday, when the demonstrations are regularly held, it declares the area around the barrier a closed military area; and soldiers exercise their authority to disperse demonstrations, even when demonstrators are not violent. Route of the dismantled Separation Barrier; behind is seen the new section, and behind it construction in Matityahu East. Photo: Oren Ziv, activestills, 28 June 2011. The planning of the Separation Barrier’s route in the Bil’in area totally disregarded the resulting extensive infringement of the villager’s human rights. It was governed by extraneous considerations with no bearing on the protection of Israeli civilians. The route was primarily chosen to annex de facto as much land as possible for the Modi’in Illit settlement. Consequently, the route is unlawful..
The truth behind another Israeli expulsion trick
Amira Hass, Sabbah Report 6/28/2011
Of all places, it is in Azzariyeh, east of Jerusalem, that one can really learn to appreciate the activities of Palestinian law-enforcement authorities in cities like Ramallah and Nablus. In those cities, Palestinian security forces are seen as authority figures who are trying to protect and serve Palestinian citizens, not just as extensions of Fatah or subcontractors of the Israel Defense Forces or the Shin Bet security service.
Unlike Ramallah and Nablus, which are categorized as "A" areas, Azzariyeh and its neighbors Sawahra and Abu Dis are holed up in an enclave of type "B", where the IDF does not allow the Palestinian police to be fully functional. The interim Oslo 2 agreement determines that the Palestinian Authority is responsible for maintaining public order in Area B, but in the same breath it limits the PA's authority and the means by which it can protect the people from disruptions of public order. Almost every action taken by the Palestinian police in Area B requires IDF approval.
And Israel, which has no inhibitions about violating key clauses of the agreement, is particularly meticulous here: The number of police officers is limited, police are prohibited from moving from a makeshift police station in an apartment building to a proper one, they are not allowed to carry weapons or wear uniforms, and they are prohibited from bringing in reinforcements on their own to locate drug or weapons dealers or to deliver subpoenas. Is it any wonder that the Azzariyeh-Abu Dis enclave has become a place of refuge for the outlaws of the West Bank? Not that this enclave has not had its share of troubles. Since it was shut off by the wall in 2005, all its ties with its natural and immediate urban center, East Jerusalem, have been severed. The enclave's isolation, and the impoverishment and despair to which it gave rise, are as painful as a fresh burn. more.. e-mail
Israeli Government Hand in Hoax Anti-Flotilla Video
Tikun Olam - It’s beginning to appear that virtually every statement, every tweet, every Facebook Wall posting from the Israeli government about the Flotilla is either steeped in fraud or simply wrong. Earlier today, I posted about what Dena Shunra has aptly called an IDF blood libel against the...
No Turkish boat to Gaza as Ankara, Tel Aviv mend fences
Electronic Intifada: 28 Jun 2011 - Barbara Slavin The Electronic Intifada Washington, DC WASHINGTON ( IPS ) - Turkey and Israel are close to resolving their dispute over last year’s flotilla attack, but the partnership that existed between them for more than a decade will almost certainly stay submerged.more
Israel Begins Rerouting Barrier Around West Bank Village
Palestine Note 27 Jun 2011 - Peaceful protesters of Bil'in say the struggle is far from over The National - A dedicated supporter of his village's weekly demonstrations against Israel's separation barrier, Ahmed Abu Rahme, 38, turned up to Friday's protest in a solemn mood. Two...
Getting on board with peace in Israel
Hagit Borer, Los Angeles Times 6/26/2011
An Israeli American explains why she will be among many boat passengers trying to break through Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Later this month an American ship, the Audacity of Hope, will leave Greece on a journey to the Gaza Strip to attempt to break Israel's blockade. It will join an expected nine other ships flying numerous flags and carrying hundreds of passengers from around the world. I will be one of those passengers.
I am an Israeli Jewish American. I was born in Israel, and I grew up in a very different Jerusalem from the one today. The Jerusalem of my childhood was a smallish city of white-stone neighborhoods nestled in the elbows of hills. Near the center, next to the central post office, the road swerved sharply to the left because straight ahead stood a big wall, and on the other side of it was "them."
And then, on June 9, 1967, the wall came down. Elsewhere, Israeli troops were still fighting what came to be known as the Six-Day War, but on June 9, as a small crowd stood and watched, demolition crews brought down the barrier wall, and after it, all other buildings that had stood between my Jerusalem and the walls of the Old City, their Jerusalem. A few weeks later a wide road would lead from my Jerusalem to theirs, bearing the victors' name: Paratroopers Way.
A soldier helped me sneak into the Old City. Snipers were still at large and the city was closed to Israeli civilians. By the Western Wall, a myth to me until then, the Israeli army was already evicting Palestinian residents in the dead of night and demolishing all houses within 1,000 feet. Eventually, the area would turn into the huge open paved space it is today, a place where only last month, on Jerusalem Day, masses of Israeli youths chanted "Muhammad is dead" and "May your villages burn." more.. e-mail
The Liberation Anthem - A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Jun 2011 - By Samah Sabwai To the people of Israel who fear our freedom: Don’t be afraid, we will liberate you too. This is my rendition Of an anthem to be sung That day you and I Will stand side by side Shoulder to shoulder Watching a new dawn Wipe away Decades of hate and savagery The day I rise From the ashes of your oppression I promise you I will not rise alone You too will rise with me You will be liberated From your own tyranny And my freedom Will bring your salvation This is my rendition Of an anthem to be sung I’ll craft new words of expression Outside of this suffocating language That has occupied me Your words, Are like your walls They encroach on my humanity I am more than demography I’m neither your collaborator Nor your enemy I am not your moderate Not your terrorist Not...more
Israel begins rerouting barrier at protest site
6/26/2011 - BIL'IN, West Bank (AFP) -- Israel on Sunday began rerouting the fence around the West Bank village of Bilin, the focus of protests against Israel's controversial separation barrier, the military said. The barrier's route in the area will be moved away from the village and closer to a nearby Israeli.... Related: Israel dismantles section of the Separation Wall in Bil'in
Israel reroutes West Bank barrier at Bilin
AlJazeera 26 Jun 2011 - Four years after Supreme Court ordered it to, army begins removing barrier at Bilin, replacing it with concrete wall.
Israel dismantles section of the Separation Wall in Bil'in
6/26/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - The Palestine Telegraph - Israeli occupation forces started Sunday dismantling a section of the Separation Wall near the village of Bil'in in the northwest of Ramallah in accordance to the decision issued by Israeli supreme court about four years ago. Witnesses told local sources that Israeli soldiers fired tear gases and rubber bullets at.... Related: Israel begins rerouting barrier at protest site
Israel dismantles section of the Separation Wall in Bil’in
26 Jun 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces started Sunday dismantling a section of the Separation Wall near the village of Bil’in in the northwest of Ramallah in accordance to the decision issued by Israeli supreme court about four years ago.
Peaceful protesters of Bil'in say struggle is far from over
The National 26 Jun 2011 - After Israel's military finally implemented a ruling by the Supreme Court that the separation barrier through the West Bank village of Bil'in had taken too much Palestinian land, 150 acres werereturned on Friday: but villagers intend to carry on fighting for the rest.
Israel continues dismantling West Bank barrier after 4-year delay
Ha'aretz - Four years ago Supreme Court ruling called to remove the fence from the area, which denies land to residents of the West Bank village.
MKs on J'lem border tour: Security fence working
Jerusalem Post 26 Jun 2011 - Kalandia Crossing needs to be improved, say State Control Committee members; will hold session to discuss other side of barrier.
Moving the wall: Israel tears down part of West Bank barrier
Daily Star 26 Jun 2011 Israel began repositioning part of its illegal barrier in the occupied West Bank Sunday, four years after a court ruled it should be re-routed to give Palestinians greater access to farmland.
Protesters dismantle section of wall in Bil'in village; 7 injured by Israeli troops
IMEMC - Saturday June 25, 2011 - 02:42, Protesters in Bil'in village continued dismantling a section of the Israeli Wall that the Israeli army began removing earlier this week, in accordance with an Israeli court ruling made four years ago to move the Wall in that area.
Erekat: Turkey to aid statehood bid
6/24/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- PLO official Saeb Erekat said Friday that Turkey had pledged to enlist more nations to recognize Palestine as an independent state at the UN in September. Speaking with Ma'an from Turkey, where he is with President Mahmoud Abbas for meetings with the Turkish leadership, Erekat said they had a.... Related: Report: Israel sees chance to mend fences with Turkey
Report: Israel sees chance to mend fences with Turkey
6/24/2011 - ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) -- Israel and Turkey have an opportunity to end a deep crisis in their ties following mutual gestures, Israel's deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon was quoted as saying Friday. In an interview published in Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper, Ayalon highlighted a letter Israel's premier sent to his Turkish.... Related: Erekat: Turkey to aid statehood bid
Seven Injured by Troops Gunfire as Bilâin Celebrate the Removal of the Old Wall
PNN - Ghassan Bannoura/PNN Exclusive – Seven people were injured on Friday as Bil’in villagers in central West Bank celebrated the removal of the old Israeli wall built on their lands. The six locals...
Protesters in Bil'in drive bulldozer at the Wall
6/24/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - Hundreds of protesters led by a bulldozer marched on the Wall in Bil'in today after the Israeli army began dismantling it earlier this week. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad ank MK Mohammed Barakah participated in the demonstration. Israeli soldiers open fire at a Palestinian protester driving a bulldozer at.... Related: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee
Ni'lin demonstrates against the Apartheid Wall
6/24/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - Ni'lin - A weekly Ni'ilin demonstration was met with the intense tear gas attack, leaving dozens suffering from the consequence of inhaling the gas. Demonstration, organized by the Ni'ilin Popular Committee and joined by Israeli and international peace activists was held in solidarity with the political prisoners from the village....
[uruknet.info] What's Really Going On at the Israeli Institute for Biological Research? Exposing Israel's Most Dangerous Secret
Uruknet June 24, 2011 - Drivers will only dart a glance at that mammoth structure nestled in the dunes south of Rishon Litsion southeast of Tel Aviv as they speed on their way. It is forbidden to turn off the Tel Aviv-Rishon Litsion highway onto the side road leading up to that building, which is barricaded by cement walls...
[uruknet.info] IOF removes part of the Apartheid Wall in Bil'in
Uruknet June 23, 2011 - On Tuesday, 21 June, Israeli Occupation Forces began dismantling the western part of the Apartheid Wall on the land of Bil'in. Tuesday marks a heroic victory of the steadfast popular resistance, which will restore 1,200 dunums of land to the village of Bil'in. The slated route of the Wall around Bil'in includes three walls,...
Israelis shoot up protesters’ bulldozer at Bil’in wall– as Fayyad participates in demo
Mondoweiss - From Jonathan Pollak of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee in Bil'in : Hundreds of protesters led by a bulldozer marched on the Wall in Bil'in today after the Israeli army began dismantling it earlier this week. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Israeli member of Knesset Mohammed...
Bil’in VIllagers to move the wall themselves
The Only Democracy? JVP 23 Jun 2011 - After the Israeli military finally began to move the wall after a Supreme Court decision and 2 more than 5 years of protest (2 since the victory) , the village of Bil’in will take matters into their own hands again tomorrow. Photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org Popular Struggle...
Palestine’s Own Spring
Alain Gresh, CounterPunch 6/24/2011
"Down With Division"
The images of Palestinians massed at Israel's borders on 15 May represented a dream for some, and a nightmare for others. On the 63rd anniversary of the declaration of the Jewish state and of the nakba (catastrophe) for the many thousands of Palestinians expelled from their homes, demonstrators from Syria , Lebanon, Jordan and Gaza converged on the promised land. They were only a few thousand but the world wondered what would happen if millions marched peacefully to the borders and walls next time. These refugees – neglected by the PLO since the 1993 Oslo accords despite having inspired the Palestinian awakening of the 1960s – may have decided to take their future into their own hands.
The banners in Ramallah demanded the right of all Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, Beirut or Amman to elect a national representative council, and a radical reform of the PLO. This could represent a new stage in the liberation struggle, and Israel's brutal response on 15 May, killing 14 unarmed Palestinians, shows how worried its leaders are. It is this new aspiration of ordinary Palestinians after the Arab uprisings, overlooked by both Hamas and Fatah, which has pushed the rivals to end their long quarrel and agree an accord, ratified in Cairo on 4 May by representatives of 13 Palestinian factions. It anticipates the formation of a government of technocrats or independents; the liberation of prisoners from both sides held in Gaza and the West Bank; presidential and legislative elections within one year; reform of the PLO; and the merging of the security forces on a strictly professional basis. Priority is given to reconstructing Gaza, which remains under Israeli blockade.
Unsurprisingly, the agreement was quickly rejected by Israel, with its prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, telling Fatah to choose between peace and Hamas. He did not mention that for months Israeli officials had justified their reluctance to agree an accord with Mahmoud Abbas (head of the Palestinian Authority and leader of Fatah) on the grounds that he only represented half the Palestinians.... more.. e-mail
Barbed wire first phase of wall relocation in Bil'in
6/23/2011 - BIL'IN, Ramallah (AFP) -- Israeli troops on Wednesday began taking down barbed wire around the West Bank village of Bil'in, focus of years of protests against Israel's controversial separation barrier, an AFP correspondent reported. Army bulldozers were seen razing a watchtower on a hill overlooking the village but the military....
Defense Ministry begins dismantling section of West Bank barrier
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2011 - Haaretz- The Ministry of Defense has begun in recent days dismantling a section of the West Bank separation barrier near the village of Bili'in, four years after the High Court of Justice ruled that the barrier's route must be redrawn....
Bil'in Demonstrators to Take Down the Wall
Alternative Information Center - After nearly six years of weekly protests, Israel’s army began dismantling the Wall in the West Bank village of Bil'in this week. Protesters will march to the Wall at 12.30 p.m. on Friday 24 June, implementing...
10 wood-coal workshops demolished near Jenin
6/22/2011 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers began to remove Wednesday several wood-coal workshops in the Jenin-area town of Barta'a Ash-Sharqiya, located inside the Green Line but separated from its neighbors by Israel's separation wall. Along with the destruction of the workshops, Israeli forces confiscated a number of the heavy machinery and....
After 4 years, Bil'in says wall route being moved
6/22/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Observers said Wednesday that the Israeli military had began dismantling a portion of the separation wall in the village of Bil'in, six years after the high court declared the route of the wall illegal. A statement by local activist group the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, however, said the new....
After 4 years, Bil'in says wall route being moved
Palestine Note 22 Jun 2011 - Ma'an- Observers said Wednesday that the Israeli military had began dismantling a portion of the separation wall in the village of Bil'in, six years after the high court declared the route of the wall illegal. A statement by local activist...
Israel demolishes coal facilities in Jenin
22 Jun 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces started Wednesday destroying coal facilities in the village of Barta’a located in the southwest of Jenin, behind the Apartheid Wall.
IDF takes down Bilin fence
YNet News, 22 Jun 2011 - IDF troops on Wednesday began taking down the fence around the West Bank village of Bilin, focus of years of protests against Israel's separation barrier. Last year, ... ....
Making Sand Out of Ruins
B'tselem 22 Jun 2011 - Over the past year, B'Tselem has documented eleven cases in which soldiers fired at and wounded Palestinian civilians working in areas near the perimeter fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. In these eleven cases, the gunfire struck civilians who, because of the lack of jobs in the Strip, were compelled to earn a living by collecting building materials for recycling. The lack of jobs has grown since Operation Cast Lead and following the continuing siege on the Strip.
12 times in the last year Israel has shot and wounded Palestinians working to collect scrap near fence in Gaza– 12 times
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Israel Shifts A Section Of the Annexation Wall in Bilin
IMEMC - Wednesday June 22, 2011 - 00:57, The Israeli army started on Tuesday evening to shift a section of the illegal Annexation Wall built on lands that belong to the residents of Bil’in village, west of the central West bank city of Ramallah.
Youth movement continues to spearhead Palestinian protests
Stop The Wall - Jun 6, 2011-- This year’s anniversary of the Naksa - the occupation of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights by Israel - has been marked by historic popular protests. [, Jun 5, 2011-- See Videos on the protests at Qalandiya checkpoint and the brutal repression against the people calling to end the occupation.
Israeli army begins dismantling the Wall in Bil’in
Mondoweiss - Six years into the weekly protests and nearly four years after the high court declared the path of the Barrier illegal; the army began dismantling the Wall in the village of Bil'in. But even according to the new path 435 acres of village land will remain...
Archbishop of Canterbury reprimanded by angry Holy Land Christians
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 6/22/2011
"We need advocates for the truth,” they tell him
Kairos Palestine, the voice of Palestinian Christians, has given the Archbishop of Canterbury a strong ticking-off for remarks he made during a BBC interview.
Rifat Kassis, Coordinator of Kairos Palestine, said he was "deeply troubled" by the archbishop's "inaccurate and erroneous remarks" about the situation of Christians in the Middle East. He called the archbishop's failure to mention the Israeli occupation and the regime's oppressive policies "shocking".
In a letter to the archbishop, he said:
We were deeply saddened by your declarations because we know that Your Grace is well informed ... and you know very well that in the Bethlehem area alone there are 19 illegal Israeli settlements (such as nearby Har Homa built on Jabal Abu Ghneim) and the wall that have devoured Christian lands and put Bethlehem in a chokehold. You know well that only 13 per cent of Bethlehem area is available for Palestinian use and the wall isolates 25 per cent or the Bethlehem area’s agricultural land. Not to mention the situation of Christians in Jerusalem, which you know very well, since you should have received reports from the Anglican bishop in the city whose residency permit was denied by the occupying power.
Mr Kassis ended by saying: "We would like to remind Your Grace that Christian Palestinians need advocates for the truth. It is the truth, and only the truth, that will lead to peace and justice in our home."
So what did Archbishop Rowan Williams say to the BBC that so infuriated his Palestinian brethren?
Apparently, it was the way he talked about the ethnic cleansing of Christians, referring to extreme pressure in Iraq while suggesting that the exodus of Christians from Palestine was due to “a much more undramatic but equally steady and strong pressure. -- See also: Kairos Palestine more.. e-mail
Archbishop of Canterbury Angers Palestinian Christians
Palestine Chronicle: 21 Jun 2011 - By Stuart Littlewood Kairos Palestine, the voice of Palestinian Christians, has given the Archbishop of Canterbury a strong ticking-off for remarks he made during a BBC interview. Rifat Kassis, co-ordinator of Kairos Palestine, said he was "deeply troubled" by the Archbishop's "inaccurate and erroneous remarks" about the situation of Christians in the Middle East. He called the Archbishop's failure to mention the Israeli occupation and the regime's oppressive policies "shocking". In a letter to the Archbishop he said: "We were deeply saddened by your declarations because we know that Your Grace is well informed… and you know very well that in the Bethlehem area alone there are 19 illegal Israeli settlements (such as nearby Har Homa built on Jabal Abu Ghneim) and the wall that have devoured Christian lands and put Bethlehem in a chokehold. You know well that only 13% of Bethlehem area is available for Palestinian use and...more
Palestinians Record West Bank Protests With Cameras Supplied by Israelis
Palestine Note 20 Jun 2011 - New York Times- While journalists have found themselves scouring the Internet in search of video from protests across the Middle East recently, one protest movement, by small groups of villagers opposed to Israel’s security barrier in the West Bank, has...
Israel to build wall on occupied Golan
PIC - 20/06/2011 - 10:31 AM
Beit Ummar farmers barred from lands
6/19/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Beit Ummar residents said Saturday that a protest demanding access to lands was quashed, and harassment from the Israeli military has continued throughout the week, as construction of a fence around part of the town was completed. The town, adjacent to the illegal Israeli-only settlement of Karmi Zur, stages weekly protests.... Related: Beit Ommar in "defiance of instruction"
Jenin man dies in work accident in Israel
6/19/2011 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian construction worker died Sunday in the Israeli city of Herziliya, near Tel Aviv, after a wall collapsed on him, locals said. Firas Muhammad Khadir Bisharat, 34, was at work refurbishing a school gym in the city when the accident occurred. He died at the scene and a Red Star....
2 foreign supporters arrested by Israel in Beit Ummer
19 Jun 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli forces detained yesterday evening two international supporters who were trying to enter the town of Beit Ummer in order to participate residents in the weekly rally against the Apartheid Wall.
Army raids West Bank village
6/18/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israel's army raided Bil'in, west of Ramallah, and fired tear gas, said Rateb Abu Rahmah, spokesman of the popular committee against the wall in the village. Abu Rahmah said troops intensively fired gas canisters and many of the residents were hurt after inhaling gas while wide areas....
Hundreds join weekly anti-wall protests across West Bank
6/17/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinians and international activists protested Friday against Israel's separation wall in villages across the West Bank. Israeli forces fired-tear canisters at the demonstrators in Ni'lin, Bil'in, Nabi Saleh and Al-Mas'ara, villages near Ramallah and Bethlehem. In Al-Mas'ara, near Bethlehem, activists protested....
[uruknet.info] Settlers Torch Olive Orchards Near Ramallah
Uruknet June 16, 2011 - A number of armed extremist Israeli settlers torched on Wednesday at night dozens of olive trees that belong to villagers of Bil'in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The trees are located in Palestinian orchards isolated behind the Annexation Wall. The Popular Committee Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements issued...
Right of Return and Right to Break the Fence
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Jun 2011 - By Dr. Mohsen M. Saleh When the 12-year-old 'Imad saw his mother prepare some sandwiches, which they can have during the march on 15/5/2011 to the southern Lebanese borders with Palestine, he wondered in surprise, 'What is the food for? Will we have the time to eat it? Aren’t we going today to the borders of Palestine to fight the Israelis?' The message which this kid and his peers have conveyed gave that event another dimension. These marches of return that headed towards the borders with Palestine, which was occupied in 1948 and became known as Israel, turned into a landmark in the Palestinian approach to the right of the Palestinians to return to their homeland. The Return Marches: A Turning Point The crowds that participated in the marches in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, West Bank and the Gaza Strip in addition to those killed while trying to penetrate the border...more
Settlers Torch Olive Orchards Near Ramallah
IMEMC - Thursday June 16, 2011 - 11:24, A number of armed extremist Israeli settlers torched on Wednesday at night dozens of olive trees that belong to villagers of Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The trees are located in Palestinian orchards isolated behind the Annexation Wall.
Settlers burn olive trees in Bil’in
16 Jun 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli settlers burnt yesterday dozens of olive trees planted in the territories of Bil’in village located behind the Apartheid Wall in the West of Ramallah.
The Right of Return and the Right to Break the Fence
Dr. Mohsen M. Saleh, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 6/16/2011
When the 12-year-old 'Imad saw his mother prepare some sandwiches, which they can have during the march on 15/5/2011 to the southern Lebanese borders with Palestine, he wondered in surprise, "What is the food for? Will we have the time to eat it? Aren't we going today to the borders of Palestine to fight the Israelis?"
The message which this kid and his peers have conveyed gave that event another dimension. These marches of return that headed towards the borders with Palestine, which was occupied in 1948 and became known as Israel, turned into a landmark in the Palestinian approach to the right of the Palestinians to return to their homeland.
The Return Marches: A Turning Point
The crowds that participated in the marches in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, West Bank and the Gaza Strip in addition to those killed while trying to penetrate the border fence represented three important indicators:
First: Transforming the right of return from a theoretical framework or a nostalgic wish to a practical program. This indicates that Palestinian refugees are adherent to their land and that their stay in host countries depends on their ability to return. Thus, this indicator sends a reassuring message to the host countries which are concerned about naturalization.
Second: The strong transition of the issue of return to the third generation. This proves that the owners of this right have not forgotten it but rather became more ready to die for it. They are ready to use new, effective, and even costly methods which have not been used by their fathers or grandfathers. The vast majority of participants were the youth and almost all of those who were killed and wounded were the young also. This conveys an important and decisive message in this respect and proves that the Israeli hope "The old will die and the young will forget" did not come true. Hence, the hopes of those concerned about the right of return were boosted as much as the Israeli side was frustrated. more.. e-mail
7 hurt at protest against land confiscation near Ramallah
6/15/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) - Seven Palestinians were injured, including two critically, Wednesday after an anti-wall protest turned into clashes between Israeli soldiers and young Palestinians in Deir Qaddis, west of Ramallah. A rally headed from the village to obstruct Israeli bulldozers digging up private lands for the separation wall, a Ma'an correspondent reported....
Egyptian security detain African 'infiltrator'
6/15/2011 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian border police forces detained on Wednesday a Sudanese migrant attempting to cross the borders with Israel, Egyptian security sources told Ma'an. The sources said police officers spotted an African migrant trying to infiltrate through the border fence between Egypt and Israel in Sinai about 2 kilometers to....
Biddu holds an unarmed demonstration
6/15/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 10 June 2011, Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - The village of Biddu held a demonstration this week demanding access to their farmlands and a end to the Separation Wall in their village. In 2004, four demonstrators were shot dead by live ammunition in a similar demonstration. Roughly 50 people gathered near an Israeli placed gate at.... Related: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee
Map of the West Bank, Settlements and the Separation Barrier, June 2011
B'tselem 15 Jun 2011 - Download PDF This map depicts the most up-to-date route of the separation barrier, including the changes made to the route of the barrier adjacent to the Palestinian communities of Wadi Rasha, Jayyus and Bil’in. More on the topic
The Coming Israeli Tsunami?
Immanuel Wallerstein, Agence Global 6/15/2011
The Palestinians are pursuing their project of seeking a formal recognition of their statehood by the United Nations when the General Assembly convenes in the fall. They intend to request a statement that the state exists within the boundary lines as they existed in 1967 before the Israeli-Palestinian war. It is almost certain that the vote will be favorable. The only question at the moment is how favorable.
The Israeli political leadership is well aware of this. There are three different responses that are being discussed by them. The dominant position seems to be that of Prime Minister Netanyahu. He proposes ignoring such a resolution totally and simply continuing to pursue the Israeli government's present policies. Netanyahu believes that, for a very long time, there have been resolutions adopted by the U.N. General Assembly that have been unfavorable to Israel, all of which Israel has successfully ignored. Why should this one be any different?
There are a few politicians on the far right (yes, there is an even further right position than that of Netanyahu) who say that, in reprisal, Israel should formally annex all of the presently occupied Palestinian territories and end all talk of any negotiations with the Palestinians. Some of them also want to force an exodus of non-Jewish populations from this expanded Israeli state.
Former Prime Minister (and present Defense Minister) Ehud Barak, whose political base is now almost non-existent, is warning Netanyahu that he is being unrealistic. Barak says that the resolution will be a tsunami for Israel, and that therefore Netanyahu would be wisest somehow to make a deal with the Palestinians now, before the resolution passes.
Is Barak right? Will this be a tsunami for Israel? There is a good chance that he is. There is however virtually no chance that Netanyahu will heed Barak's advice and try seriously to make a deal with the Palestinians before then. more.. e-mail
The West Bank Settlements and the Separation Barrier - June 2011
Relief Web 14 Jun 2011 - Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Country: occupied Palestinian territory
IOF soldiers torch hundreds of Palestinian dunums
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) set hundreds of dunums of cultivated land west of Ramallah city and near the racist, separation wall on fire.
Jamal Juma interview, Bitterlemons 6/13/2011
On the subject: Palestinian refugees and Arab revolution - an interview with Jamal Juma
bitterlemons: What do you think has been the impact of this year's demonstrations held on the occasions of the 1948 Nakba, when Israel was created and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lost their homes, and 1967 Naksa marking the occupation of the rest of historic Palestine?
Juma: It is not distant from the Arab revolutions and the situation in the region. The momentum that has been created there is also affecting and influencing Palestinian society and the Palestinian people. The most important thing about what happened on Nakba day was the participation of Palestinian people from outside. This is [usually] very sharply restricted. The Palestinian people and this young generation came to tell the world and to tell Israel and even the Palestinian Authority that "we are still here and we want to come back to our homeland. We are practicing it this time, not just calling for it."
The Naksa was a kind of continuation. They wanted to say, "we came with empty hands, just carrying the slogans that we want to return back to our homes and you killed many of us, but you won't stop us from continuing the steps that we started, calling for rightful return." The Naksa day protest was to make sure this message continued.
bitterlemons: Were you on the ground in the West Bank? What was the feeling in the air?
Juma: The Campaign to Stop the Wall was one of the organizers of the demonstrations. First, many of the calls were to have a demonstration on the Manara [Ramallah's central square], but everyone knew that there were going to be marches towards [Israel's] borders [from other countries].... more.. e-mail
Bil'in residents say regular incursions are intimidation tactic
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 - Ma'an- The day after anti-wall protests in Bil’in, Israeli forces enter the village causing anger amongst residents, leading to the throwing of rocks and glass bottles at patrol cars. The coordinator of the local popular committee against the wall, Ratib...
Police prep for riots when UN mulls Palestinian independence
Ha'aretz - Main scenario in police drill envisions hundreds or thousands of Palestinians heading toward roadblocks or the separation fence, trying to enter the Israeli side.
[uruknet.info] Map of the West Bank, Settlements and the Separation Barrier, June 2011
Uruknet June 13, 2011 - B'Tselem today launches its new and updated map of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. for the first time, B'Tselem's map also includes the "unauthorised outposts" which are illegal even under Israeli law, built around some settlements....
Troops Kidnap Three International Activists Near Hebron
IMEMC - Sunday June 12, 2011 - 09:20, Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Saturday afternoon three international peace activists participating in the weekly nonviolent protest against the Israeli Annexation Wall and settlements in Beit Ummar town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
Bil'in residents say regular incursions are intimidation tactic
6/12/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The day after anti-wall protests in Bil'in, Israeli forces enter the village causing anger amongst residents, leading to the throwing of rocks and glass bottles at patrol cars. The coordinator of the local popular committee against the wall, Ratib Abu Rahma, told Ma'an that several military vehicles....
Israel arrests 3 international supporters in Beit Ummer
12 Jun 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces detained yesterday three international activists and supporters who were trying to enter the town of Beit Ummer in the southern West Bank in order to participate in the nonviolent demonstration against Israeli settlements and the Apartheid Wall.
New map: the West Bank, Settlements and the Separation Barrier, June 2011
B'tselem 12 Jun 2011 - 12 June '11 http://www.btselem.org/maps B'Tselem today launches its new and updated map of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. for the first time, B'Tselem's map also includes the "unauthorised outposts" which are illegal even under Israeli law, built around some settlements. The map depicts the most up-to-date route of the separation barrier, including recent changes in the wall near the Palestinian communities in Wadi Rasha near Qalkiliya, the route south of Jayyus, and route in Bil'in, and the progress in the barrier's construction.
British delegation to assess West Bank barrier, settlement construction
PIC - A delegation including members of British parliament and civil society organizations landed Sunday in Qalqilya province in the West Bank to gather facts on the effects of the separation barrier.
Fatal car crash in north Israel kills four
Ha'aretz - Car inexplicably veered off Haifa road and collided with technical school wall; car then flipped over and erupted in flames.
IOF cracks down on peaceful protests in West Bank
PIC - Dozens suffered the effects of breathing tear gas after the Israeli occupation forces cracked down on a weekly rally in Bil'in protesting Jewish settlement construction and the separation barrier.
One missile, one playground: The will of Gaza
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency 6/10/2011
A "Hamas commander" drove a beat-up gray van in northern Gaza and theatrically spoke on his walkie-talkie as I sat in the passenger seat.
The van was almost barren, save for the most basic equipment propelling it to move forward over the bumpy roads of an overcrowded refugee camp.
Iyad was not here to show me any militant training camp, or even to assess the damage that had befallen the impoverished Gaza Strip during Israel's devastating war, Operation Cast Lead, which killed and wounded thousands in 2008-09.
Scars of the damage sustained during the three-week onslaught are still visible throughout the Strip. But Iyad was here to show me his latest personal project: a playground for refugee children.
At first glance, the "playground" did not seem impressive at all. All I noticed was a small plot of dirt jammed between two unsightly concrete buildings.
"So, what do you think?" asked Iyad, with a proud smile. His attempt at growing a full beard was not entirely successful, giving him a younger, albeit disheveled appearance.
"It's impressive," I replied, still trying to understand the nature of the accomplishment.
I learned later that the achievement was creating space out of the debris. At one time prior to December 2008, when an Israeli missile decided to drop in, a family had lived in this spot. The house had collapsed, and its residents became mere posters of mourned Palestinian faces adorning the walls of other houses in the neighborhood. more.. e-mail
Walking to the Buffer Zone
Johnny Barber, CounterPunch 6/10/2011
Inside the Jail of Gaza
We marched to the buffer zone with about 20 others including members of the Beit Hanoun Local Initiative who have been organizing non-violent demonstrations for the past three years, as well as several members of GYBO (Gaza Youth Break Out). Carrying flags and alternately chanting, singing and walking in silence we approached the Israeli border. This is a no go zone for Palestinians. Israel has deemed that 300 meters from the wall is a buffer zone, so Palestinian farmland is taken away.
Waving flags and chanting we reached the edge of the buffer zone and continued walking. Almost immediately, dust kicked up just ahead of us, a warning shot rang out. We stopped, daring to go no further. Climbing a small embankment we waved our Palestinian flags and chanted to the soldiers hidden in the guard towers. Not five minutes passed and 2 shots rang out, one kicking up dust at our feet. 19 year old Mohammed Kafarna grabbed his neck, turned, and ran back in the direction we had come. He had been hit with shrapnel.
That effectively ended the demonstration; we turned and headed back toward the village. I was stunned that two dozen people could pose such a threat to Israel that the army would resort to using live rounds of ammunition against us. Of course, we were not a physical threat, I imagine the Israeli soldiers laughed at us as we turned and headed back. But non-violent demonstrations do cause a threat, especially when people walk to the wall and demand access to their land, their olive trees, their resources, and their homes. Israel has only one method to disperse non-violent demonstrators and that is through violent repression.
We often hear of Israel’s need for security, yet the people of Gaza are under occupation by the state of Israel and no one utters a word about their security.... more.. e-mail
Syria refugee’s dream of return ends in tragedy
Majeda El Batsh, South Lebanon 6/10/2011
JERUSALEM (AFP) – When Ezzat Maswadi burst across the ceasefire line from Syria into the occupied Golan Heights, he thought his chance to return to Jerusalem -- the city of his birth -- had finally come.
But the return that Maswadi had longed for was not to be, and his attempts to reach the Holy City would eventually lead to his death, three weeks later, in the fields between Syria and the Golan town of Majdal Shams.
Born to a Palestinian family in Jerusalem in 1977, Maswadi grew up in the nearby town of Al-Eizariya until 1984, when his family moved first to Jordan and then to Syria.
His father moved back to Jerusalem shortly afterwards, but Maswadi and his mother were told they had lost their residency permits under an Israeli law which quietly revoked the residency of anyone who stayed away more than three years.
So Maswadi stayed in Damascus, fearing he would never be able to go home, until he heard that Palestinian refugees in Syria were planning to march towards Israel on May 15, the anniversary of the Jewish state's creation.
Palestinians mark the occasion as the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" when hundreds of thousands of them fled or were expelled from their homes in the war that accompanied Israel's declaration of independence.
On the day of the protests, a clear, warm Sunday, Maswadi joined thousands of others as they marched unimpeded to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria, just across from Majdal Shams in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights.
A handful of Israeli troops stationed in the area, apparently caught short, watched in horror as Maswadi and other protesters moved quickly across heavily-mined fields, cut through a fence and entered Majdal Shams. more.. e-mail
Hassan Hijazi: A Brown-haired Young Man
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Jun 2011 - By Uri Avnery My hero of the year (for now) is a young brown-haired Palestinian refugee living in Syria called Hassan Hijazi. He was one of hundreds of refugees who held the demonstration on the Syrian side of the Golan border fence, to commemorate the Naqba - 'Disaster' - the exodus of more than half the Palestinian people from the territory conquered by Israel in the war of 1948. Some of the protesters ran down to the fence, crossing a minefield. Luckily, none of the mines exploded – perhaps they were just too old. They entered the Druze village of Majdal Shams, occupied by Israel since 1967, where they spread out. Israeli soldiers shot, killed and wounded several of them. The rest were caught and immediately deported back to Syria. Except Hassan. He found a bus carrying Israeli and international peace activists who took him with them – perhaps they...more
Israel and the Delusion of Separateness
John Grant, CounterPunch 6/9/2011
"A Part Limited in Time and Space"
"A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
This 1954 quote from Albert Einstein hangs on the wall in my house. It seems to me truth distilled down to its most humble and indisputable essence. The more I read it, the more fundamental and inescapable its wisdom seems.
While we feel like "a part limited in time and space," that sense of being apart is, Einstein says, a delusion upon which collectives, nations and empires are built. And, by extension, how wars are fomented and maintained.
We all naturally gravitate to these delusional human prisons. To a certain extent, they're unavoidable. In my mind, they dovetail with the classic definition of tragedy as a case of someone or some group meeting a destructive or fatal end rooted in their own decisions. "[T]hey die and are not happy through their own efforts … as a condition contained in the effort," says Oscar Mandel in A Definition Of Tragedy.
Humans gather and foist notions upon themselves that they are "exceptional" or "the chosen people" or "beloved of God" or just richer and more powerful and more deserving than some other people whose prison is constructed of very different delusions, in some cases based on being victimized. Religions are notorious for maintaining delusional prisons in this respect. more.. e-mail
East Jerusalem: 'The wall is choking us all' - video
The Guardian 8 Jun 2011 - Abd al-Fatah lives on ancestral land in an ancient Cana'anite cave on the edge of Jerusalem's municipal boundary. Israeli businessmen intend to build a new settlement on his land. He recorded his daily battle to keep...
[uruknet.info] Wine Bottles Smashed In Al-Aqsa Compound
Uruknet June 8, 2011 - Local sources report that a number of Jewish settlers broke into the al-Aqsa compound and began drinking wine and smashing bottles on the floor. Consumption of alcohol is forbidden in Islam and such acts are considered desecration. The group allegedly broke through a gate near the Western Wall and were protected by Israeli police....
Scores Treated for Gas Inhalation As Soldiers Attack Protest in Northern West Bank
PNN - Tul-Karam - PNN - Scores of civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation as Israeli soldiers attacked a non-violent protest against the wall and settlements on Tuesday at the village of Nazlit Issa,...
Israeli Troops Open Fire on Non-Violent Protest in Gaza, Injuring One
PNN - Gaza - PNN - A Palestinian young man was injured during a non-violent protest organized at the security fence near the town of Beit Hannon in the northern part of the Gaza...
Israeli settlers blamed for arson attack on West Bank mosque
The Guardian 7 Jun 2011 - Carpets set alight and Hebrew graffiti scrawled on walls in 'retribution' for removal of nearby Jewish structure Jewish settlers were accused of attacking a mosque in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday, setting alight carpets and...
[uruknet.info] Israeli settlers set fire to mosque in West Bank Palestinian village
Uruknet June 7, 2011 - West Bank settlers are suspected of attempting to set fire on Tuesday morning to a mosque in the West Bank village of Maghayer, breaking through a window and rolling burning tires into the mosque in order to maximize damage. The attackers left a message in Hebrew scrawled on the mosque's walls, reading "price tag"...
Settlers accused in West Bank mosque arson
Daily Star 7 Jun 2011 Jewish settlers were accused of attacking a mosque in the Israeli-occupied West Bank Tuesday, setting alight carpets and daubing Hebrew graffiti on its walls.
Olive trees burned in fire sparked by tear-gas
6/6/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces stationed along the separation wall near the Jerusalem-area village of Qatanna fired tear-gas canisters at a group of young farmers on Monday, the heat from which caused a brush fire damaging 40 trees. The leader of the village council told Ma'an that the brush around the olive....
Olive trees burned in fire sparked by tear-gas
Palestine Note 6 Jun 2011 - Ma'an - Israeli forces stationed along the separation wall near the Jerusalem-area village of Qatanna fired tear-gas canisters at a group of young farmers on Monday, the heat from which caused a brush fire damaging 40 trees. The leader of...
Commemorating Naksa: Report on Weekend Anti-Occupation Protests
Alternative Information Center - This past weekend’s demonstrations (3-4 June) against the Israeli occupation, settlements and apartheid walls were conducted in the West Bank villages of Bil’in, Na’alin, Nabi Saleh, al Masara and Beit Ummar. In Budrus a demonstration was...
MESS Report / Israel border calm after Syria prevents protesters from reaching fence
Ha'aretz - While it remains unclear whether Assad's regime organized protests, it was proven that it can prevent them from taking place.
Commemorating Naksa: Report on Weekend Anti-Occupation Protests
Dolev Rahat, Alternative Information Center 6/6/2011
When demonstrators understood that the fire was aimed directly at their bodies, they began to run. The shooting, however, did not stop...
This past weekend’s demonstrations (3-4 June) against the Israeli occupation, settlements and apartheid walls were conducted in the West Bank villages of Bil’in, Na’alin, Nabi Saleh, al Masara and Beit Ummar. In Budrus a demonstration was held against an Israeli quarry located on land of Palestinian villages.
The weekly demonstration against the Separation Wall in the Ramallah-area village of Bil’in commemorated the 44th anniversary of the Naksa, the beginning of Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan. Demonstrators carried two huge maps of Palestine that noted the Palestinian land lost in 1948 and 1967. When demonstrators reached the Separation Wall, Israeli soldiers shot tear gas and skunk water at them. Journalist Haled Manasara was injured in his leg from a tear gas canister. However, demonstrators did manage to reach the Wall (which in this area is a barbed wire fence) and removed tens of metres of it.
Tear gas canisters resulted in the setting of several small fires and burning of numerous olive trees. Soldiers continued shooting toward the olive groves with the goal of setting trees on fire, even after the demonstration ended and protesters returned to the village.
In the Ramallah-area village of Na’alin the weekly demonstration commemorated the second anniversary of the death of Aqel Srur, who was shot in the chest with live fire in the village in June 2009. This week the military also chose to oppress the Na’alin demonstration using live ammunition. -- See also: AlJazeera video: Violence marks 'Naksa' in Golan Heights more.. e-mail
Rally at separation wall dispersed by Israeli forces
6/5/2011 - BETHLEHEM(Ma'an) -- Residents of the village of Al-Walaja were joined by international solidarity activists in a protest Sunday, demanding the end of construction of the separation wall on local lands, and an end to Israeli occupation. The protest was one of a half dozen across the West Bank, Gaza and the occupied Golan....
[uruknet.info] Israeli forces kill 13 protesters: Syrian TV
Uruknet June 4, 2011 - Israeli troops fired Sunday at demonstrators in Syria who rushed toward the border fence in a protest against Israeli occupation, and Syrian state television said 13 were killed...There were no reports of incidents along the Lebanese border. In the occupied West Bank, about 100 Palestinian protesters marched to an Israeli military checkpoint, where soldiers...
Israeli forces kill 18 protesters: Syrian TV
Daily Star 5 Jun 2011 Israeli troops fired at Palestinian demonstrators in Syria who rushed to the border fence on Sunday in what Israel called a challenge to its sovereignty. Syrian state-run media said 18 were killed.
Israeli forces kill six protesters: Syrian TV
Daily Star 5 Jun 2011 Israeli troops opened fire Sunday at Palestinian protesters in Syria who rushed toward a border fence and Syrian state television said six demonstrators were killed.
Iran delegation visits south Lebanon amid heightened security
Daily Star 5 Jun 2011 An Iranian delegation visited border towns in south Lebanon Sunday amid heightened security which led to the forceful removal of a group of protesters attempting to near the separation fence with Israel earlier in the day.
Reports say Israel killed 20 protesters today at fence of occupied Golan
Mondoweiss - and other news from Today in Palestine: Naksa Day '14 dead' as Israel opens fire on Golan MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights (AFP) 5 June 20:18 -- Israeli troops opened fire on Sunday as protesters from Syria stormed a ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights, with...
Jerusalem for All
Sami Jamil Jadallah, Palestine Note 6/2/2011
Jerusalem, the city of the faithful, is too important to be left to the present Israeli and Palestinian leadership. A united, open Jerusalem for All is a must. A city central to the believes of billions of Jews, Christians and Muslims must not be held hostage to the political agenda of few millions of die hard Evangelical Christian Zionists and Zionist Jews.
For over 63 years ever since the founding of Israel, Jerusalem was administer first by Jordan until the 67 War with the resulting transfer of the entire city of Jerusalem, East and West under the total control of Israel.
It is true that there was a separation wall between East and West along the armistice line of 48 and it is true that Israelis were not permitted to visit and worship at the Wailing Wall; however Jordan never planned and carried out anything that will erase Jewish history in Jerusalem. Unlike Israel, which is making sure that its 67 War never stops and its assault on Jerusalem never stopped, making sure that it erases all Muslim and Christian presence in the Holy City.
The Palestinians especially under Arafat PLO and even Mahmoud Abbas’ PA, never gave Jerusalem any importance. When Arafat and the PLO had tens of billions in its coffers, the PLO never took any concrete steps to help the Arabs, Christians and Muslims of East Jerusalem and the surrounding areas to withstand the on going assault on their presence in Jerusalem and never had a well funded plans to offset the well organized ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem of its Muslims and Christians citizens, which culminated in the ethnic cleansing of more than 100,000 Arab citizens who were forced to leave the city where they lived for centuries to allow room for new immigrants with suspected Jewish origin to move in and take their place. Arafat was too much of a coward to lead his people on a peaceful march toward Jerusalem. more.. e-mail
My Gaza refugee camp revisited
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency 6/3/2011
"Do you remember Mahmoud?" asked Abu Nidal, my neighbor from nearly 20 years ago, when I lived in Gaza.
"Yes, of course, I do," I answered. I remembered him as yet another trouble-making child among the Nuseirat refugee camp's numerous rabble-rousers. He was defined by a stream of snot that never seemed to dry. Although loud at times, he had always been helpful and pleasant.
But now, unlike so many others who emerged from the camp's rusty doors and narrow alleyways to greet me after my long absence, Mahmoud was nowhere to be seen.
"He is in heaven now," said Abu Nidal. His voice, which had been so cheerful about my arrival, suddenly became muffled. The years of hurt over the loss of his son had culminated into one moment. He paused and wiped tears.
A poster on the wall showed the face of a handsome, bearded man. He had been killed during an Israeli army raid into Gaza a few years ago. The poster dubbed him, "The Great Martyr Mahmoud Fa’iq al-Hajj."
I placed my right hand on Abu Nidal's shoulder and said, as is customary in these situations: "We are all your children." Abu Nidal nodded gratefully, and the neighbors began recalling the names of other martyrs. Soon, we began to read Al-Fatiha, asking God to bless the souls of all those who had perished in Gaza.
It has been many years since I last stood here, in the Red Square. Named after the many people who were killed at the hands of Israeli soldiers during the First Uprising of 1987, the once open area has shrunk, like many other spaces in and around the refugee camp. more.. e-mail
Israel spurs work on Egypt border fence
YNet News, 2 Jun 2011 - Defense Ministry hopes to complete 215 km-long fence by 2012, a year ahead of....
HEBRON/AL-KHALIL: Soldiers detain and abuse 14-year-old boy; new documentary describes Israeli imprisonment of Hebron minors
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine - On 10 May 2011, fourteen-year-old, A.* was returning to his home near Bab il Baladiye, the entrance to the Old City, with two friends. Some younger boys were throwing rocks at the Bab il-Baladiye checkpoint and when soldiers emerged from behind the wall to deal with...
An open letter to Fouad Ajami on his misrepresentation of the Arab revolutions
Mondoweiss - Neocon Fouad Ajami lately published an attack on the Palestinians in the Wall Street Journal -- an unfiltered anthology of Israeli myths and lies, revisionist history, misrepresentation of the Arab revolution, and so forth; dismissing the UN statehood effort. I wrote out a letter, an e-mail...
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