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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
US condemns PA denial of Jewish ties to Western Wall
Jeruslalem Post 30 Nov 2010 - PJ Crowley says paper "factually incorrect, insensitive and highly provocative"; tells PA leadership to combat de-legitimation of Israel.
Israeli-Palestine Holiday Tour, Without Showing the Conflict
IMEMC - 29 Nov 2010 - Monday November 29, 2010 - 12:26, The French tour company Voyageurs du Monde (World Travelers) has launched a new brochure to promote tourism in Israel and Palestine as a whole, under the slogan "peace and love" but only mentions, superficially, the separation wall or the checkpoints. The project has been supported by the Israeli National Tourism Office as well as the Delegation of Palestine in France.
Crossing the Line: Inside the Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall
PNN - Not ironically, the biggest problem for the Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall is organizing. With no functional leadership and no place to meet, they come together in Tel Aviv at vaguely agreed-upon...
The 8th Week Against the Apartheid Wall – From Argentina to Australia, a Worldwide Call for the Wall to Fall!
Stop The Wall - This year’s Week Against the Apartheid Wall came against the backdrop of another round of peace talks doomed to failure, where once again the negotiators give the Israeli Occupation a free hand in dictating terms which would allow it to sustain its racist and illegal practices. [
Non Violent Demos in Bil'in and Ni'lin Attacked by Israeli Troops
IMEMC - 27 Nov 2010 - Friday November 26, 2010 - 18:57, Dozens of people suffered tear gas inhalation during the weekly nonviolent protests against the Wall and Settlements in the West Bank Villages of Bil'in and Ni'lin, near Ramallah, on Friday; no arrest were reported.
Naturalists Complicate Al Walaja's Fight Against the Wall
Palestine Monitor - This month, the Israeli High Court of Justice heard arguments against the army's proposed route of the Separation Wall around al Walaja, a small village between Jerusalem, Bethlehem and several expanding Israeli settlements. Despite the absence of security reasons for constructing the Wall in al Walaja,...
Naturalists Complicate Al Walaja's Fight Against the Wall
Palestine Monitor: 27 Nov 2010 - This month, the Israeli High Court of Justice heard arguments against the army's proposed route of the Separation Wall around al Walaja, a small village between Jerusalem, Bethlehem and several expanding Israeli settlements. Despite the absence of security reasons for constructing the Wall in al Walaja, the Israeli army is pushing forward with 2006 plans that would encircle the residential center, severing it from surrounding agricultural land belonging to the village. The wall will sit directly next to villagers' homes and cut families off from 1,800 dunums of land that have been a part of al Walaja for generations. Written and photographed by Charlotte Silver. Homes next to the wall in al Walaja Shereen, a resident and activist of al Walaja explained, “It will seal the village completely, and disconnect it from its surroundings, and there will be no way to grow.” Upon the completion of the wall, there will...more
An Arab-Israeli Thanksgiving, one day
Palestine Note 26 Nov 2010 - It's hard to think of Arabs and Israelis celebrating Thanksgiving together. The relations between the two have been the worst, especially between Palestinians and Israelis. Israelis are living the high life. The Wall has allowed them...
Four Detained, Many Treated for Tear Gas Inhalation During W.B. Anti Wall Protests
PNN - Ghassan Bannoura- PNN - This week four were arrested and dozens of civilians were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation as Israeli troops attacked anti wall protests organized at a...
Israel's Third Periodic Report to the UN
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Nov 2010 - By Stephen Lendman On October 18, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights offered an "Alternative Report" response to Israel's submission, sent to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). Submitting to the UN, Aharon Leshno Yaar, Israel's Permanent Representative to Geneva said "Israel was proud of its long-lasting recognition of the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family," omitting to explain he means only Jews, no others, especially Muslims. State belligerence for over six decades proves it. PCHR reviewed recent facts, documenting them in its report. Previous articles discussed them it detail, but they bear repeating. By so doing, peace and self-determination for a beleaguered people may come sooner. PCHR addressed each article, detailing Israel's noncompliance, presenting indisputable, convincing evidence. In its July 9, 2004 "Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory," the...more
Activism roundup: Abu Rahme sentence extended, students stage mock checkpoint
Uruknet November 25, 2010 - This week an Israeli military judge extended the jail term for Abdallah Abu Rahme, a well-known Palestinian activist who was due to be released on 18 November. This ruling follows a year-long sentence and lengthy court trials that found him guilty of incitement and coordinating "illegal" demonstrations against Israel's wall in his village of Bilin...
Israel Chafes as Palestinian Denies Its Link to Western Wall
New York Times 25 Nov 2010 - Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, denounced the challenge to Jewish claims on the iconic holy site, as tensions with the Palestinians appeared to worsen.
Should Palestine Declare Statehood?
Palestine Monitor: 25 Nov 2010 - It would not be the first time. In 1988, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) unilaterally declared independence in Algeria. Other than an upgrade of the PLO's 1974-acquired observer status though, the Algiers declaration did not have much effect. As dozens of countries - but none of the main Western players - endorsed the declaration, the occupation and the settlement-building went on, and Israel retained main control over the land, the resources and the population. Written by Cecile Gault. Graffiti on the Separation Wall Could it go any differently this time around? At first glance, the picture does not look bright. First, it would seem that there is not much of a state to proclaim to begin with. The Palestinian Authority controls just 40% of the West Bank and none of East Jerusalem and Gaza. Natural resources remain in the hands of Israel. As the World Bank pointed out in a...more
Palestinian official: Western Wall is not Jewish
Ha'aretz - Palestinian information minister says his 5-page report citing Muslim links to the shrine represents the official position of the PA; Netanyahu spokesman: Report is incitement., Deputy Arab League chief accuses Israel of placing 'one obstacle after another' to halt efforts to renew Mideast peace process., New law requires two-thirds Knesset majority or a referendum to cede land in East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights.
Israeli military court keeps West Bank protester in jail after end of sentence
The Guardian 24 Nov 2010 - Abdallah Abu Rahmah, who led protests against separation barrier, is held until prosecutors' appeal to extend his sentence The leader of village protests against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank is being kept in prison...
Palestinian official: Western Wall is not Jewish
Ha'aretz 25 Nov 2010 - Palestinian information minister says his 5-page report citing Muslim links to the shrine represents the official position of the PA; Netanyahu spokesman: Report is incitement., Deputy Arab League chief accuses Israel of placing 'one obstacle after another' to halt efforts to renew Mideast peace process., New law requires two-thirds Knesset majority or a referendum to cede land in East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights.
Grenade tossed at Palestinian prisoners in Hadarim jail
PIC 24 Nov 2010 - Unknown assailants, believed to be Jewish extremists, hurled an Israeli army grenade at the fence surrounding the Hadarim jail that accommodates around 800 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday morning.
WATCH: The Battle for Al-Walaja
Palestine Monitor - In a small Palestinian village between the ancient cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem, lies the village of Al Walaja. In early 2010, the Israeli military entered the village to oversee the confiscation of Palestinian land for the construction of Israel's separation barrier, in defiance of international...
For killing 9 on the flotilla, Israel should apologize to…. Israel!
Mondoweiss - As many of you know, the Simon Wiesenthal Center is building a museum of "tolerance" on a Muslim cemetery in  Jerusalem. You can see the construction walls in this picture's middle ground, amidst the gravestones. Another branch of the LA-based Wiesenthal center is on 42d Street...
WATCH: The Battle for Al-Walaja
Uruknet November 23, 2010 - In a small Palestinian village between the ancient cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem, lies the village of Al Walaja. In early 2010, the Israeli military entered the village to oversee the confiscation of Palestinian land for the construction of Israel’s separation barrier, in defiance of international law. In the months that followed, the people of...
Jerusalem Western Wall development plan opposed by Palestinians as 'illegal'
The Guardian 22 Nov 2010 - Israel approves controversial £15m scheme to improve area around major tourist site in occupied East Jerusalem Israel has approved a £15m five-year plan to develop the area around the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site and the...
Israel begins barrier construction on border with Egypt
Palestine Note 22 Nov 2010 - The $370 million project is meant to stem flow of illegal migrants and militants Washington - The Israeli government has begun construction of a barrier, including an electric fence and surveillance equipment, along a 155-mile stretch...
WATCH: The Battle for Al-Walaja
Palestine Monitor - In a small Palestinian village between the ancient cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem, lies the village of Al Walaja. In early 2010, the Israeli military entered the village to oversee the confiscation of Palestinian land for the construction of Israel's separation barrier, in defiance of international...
Journalist Beaten While Filming Youth Arrest in Bil'in
Palestine Monitor: 23 Nov 2010 - Haitham Al-Khatib is a journalist and resident of the Palestinian village of Bil'in, a village divided by the Separation Wall and home to the famous weekly non-violent protests. At 2 a.m this morning he was woken by the screams of his neighbour's young girls. Along with friend and fellow journalist Hamde Abu Rahmah he came running out of his home to investigate. Written by Clive Granger. Mohammed, 16, being arrested this morning. Photo by Haitham Al Khatib Israeli soldiers had entered Bil'in late last night, intending to arrest Mohammed Abu Rahmah, son of Adeeb, one of the prominent organisers of demonstrations against the Wall. Adeeb has served the past 17 months in prison on charges of ‘incitement'. Mohammed, 15, lives with his mother and six sisters, the youngest aged four. All had been asleep when the soldiers barged in. On resisting arrest Mohammed was beaten and dragged off by soldiers....more
WATCH: The Battle for Al-Walaja
Palestine Monitor: 23 Nov 2010 - In a small Palestinian village between the ancient cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem, lies the village of Al Walaja. In early 2010, the Israeli military entered the village to oversee the confiscation of Palestinian land for the construction of Israel's separation barrier, in defiance of international law. In the months that followed, the people of Al Walaja, with support from Israeli and international activists, began a spirited campaign of non-violent resistance to put a stop to the theft of their land. Written, directed and produced by Aaron Fernandes. Featuring in depth interviews with the people at the front of the struggle,"Against the Wall: the Battle for Al Walaja" offers a rare insight into the proud struggle of a small community against near impossible odds. If Israel pushes ahead with the current plans for the wall's construction, the village will be surrounded on all sides by concrete and barbed wire, forming...more
Retaining walls demolished near Jerusalem
11/22/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished retaining walls and and a barbed wire fence surrounding an agricultural field in Iswawiya, northeast of Jerusalem, local sources said Monday. The sources said the walls were demolished two weeks ago, the rebuilt by villagers....
Russell Tribunal on Palestine: Concluding Statement London Session
Uruknet November 22, 2010 - The RTP London Session took place at the Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL on 20-21 November 2010. Over the past two days, the Tribunal heard compelling evidence of corporate complicity in Israeli violations of international law, relating to: the supply of arms; the construction and maintenance of the illegal separation Wall; and...
Israeli soldiers kidnap child, foreign activists at peaceful demo
22 Nov 2010 - Hebron, November 22, (Pal Telegraph – OP) Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped a 14-year-old Palestinian child, two other citizens and three foreign solidarity activists who were taking part in the weekly anti wall march in Beit Ummar village, Al-Khalil district, on Saturday. Local sources said that the soldiers blocked the participants from reaching the land behind the separation wall and...
Israel bombs homes in Gaza, injuring six
11/22/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - 21 November - The afternoon of November 19th an Israeli fighter plane bombed a house in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza. The house of the Dar Shorafa family, located 400 meters from the border fence, has disappeared. At the center of the date palm garden is a 3 m deep crater with the rubble of the....
Israel to start works Monday on NIS 1.35 billion fence along Egyptian border
PIC 22 Nov 2010 - The Israeli government will kick off works on Monday to raise an advanced fence costing NIS 1.35 billion aimed at keeping infiltrators from seeping into the country, Israeli Radio said.
A Jewish Boat: The Story of Irene
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Nov 2010 - By Lillian Rosengarten I want to give you a small sense of the political climate that hovered over us when we attempted to sail to Gaza. The bottom line truth of my experience on the little Jewish boat, Irene is that I became a witness to what I can only call insanity. I am completely indebted to this historic voyage for it has fueled in me a fire, an intense determination to break down walls of hate, to speak out, to shout and condemn Israel’s insane politics and to use myself in the spirit of non violence for I am a pacifist. I support liberation and an open society for Palestinians and Israelis as one. This is my dream to break down barriers of fear and hate. There is no other choice. When I decided I had to be a passenger on the Jewish boat Irene, it was despite the...more
Israel to invest $23 million in Western Wall plaza
11/21/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved plans to invest millions of shekels in a five-year project to expand the plaza next to the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites in Jerusalem's Old City. The plans to improve access to the site were outlined in a statement from.... Related: PA slams Israel's Western Wall plans
PA slams Israel's Western Wall plans
11/21/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel's cabinet on Sunday backed plans to invest millions of shekels in a five-year project to develop the Western Wall plaza, in a project branded by the Palestinians as "illegal." The plans to improve access to both the Wall and to nearby archaeological sites were outlined in a statement from Prime.... Related: Israel to invest $23 million in Western Wall plaza
PA slams NIS 85 million Kotel development project
Jeruslalem Post 21 Nov 2010 - "This move is preventing us from reaching a solution," PA spokesman says; project to help accomodate 8 million annual visitors to Western Wall, the most visited site in Israel.
Israel approves $23 million plan to renovate near Western Wall
Ha'aretz - Five-year maintenance work won't cover areas that house disputed shrines holy to both Jews and Muslims, says government; Palestinians: Plan is bad for peace process.
Israeli military attacks non-violent anti-Wall demos in Bil`in, Ni`lin, al-Ma'ssara and Nabi Saleh
IMEMC - 20 Nov 2010 - Saturday November 20, 2010 - 14:33, Dozens of civilians were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation as Israeli troops attacked anti wall protests organized at a number of villages in various parts of the West Bank.
Qalqilya’s Movement Restrictions Crushing Local Economy
Uruknet November 20, 2010 - In Qalqilya, Israel’s Separation Wall has strangled the Palestinian economy and put thousands out of work. Before 2000, it was relatively simple for Palestinians to get permits to work in Israel; now, access is severely limited and even those with permits face lengthy delays each day. The effect of the Wall on the West Bank...
Israeli minister: Futuristic plan for further borders
20 Nov 2010 - Nazareth, November 20, (Pal Telegraph - OP) Israeli Minister of Intelligence Dan Meridor said the border-drawing process for future Palestinian and Israeli states must be based on the apartheid wall and settlement blocks, while retaining Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Meridor said in an interview with the Israeli daily Haaretz published on Monday that new borders must be based...
"Friending Israel": Dealing with crazy neighbors
Palestine Note 20 Nov 2010 - Of course, if all or most of your neighbors think it's you who are the deed restriction violator, the guy that builds a fence three feet on someone else's property line, the guy that comes running...
Dozens suffer breathing problems in IOF quelling of WB marches
PIC 20 Nov 2010 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) used excessive force to disperse peaceful marches in West Bank villages on Friday that are weekly organized to protest the separation wall and growing settlement drive.
Israeli troops Use Tear Gas to Suppress Anti wall Protests in the West Bank
PNN - Ramallah – PNN – dozens of civilians were treated fir the effects of tear gas inhalation on Friday as Israeli troops attacked anti wall protests organized at a number of Locations. In...
There Could Never Be Peace Without a Minimum of Justice
Palestine Monitor: 18 Nov 2010 - Mustafa Barghouthi, Palestine, PNI, thanked the Socialist International for its constant efforts to support the cause of peace in Palestine and in the Middle East, and he apologised for questioning whether the current discussion could be called a debate when the representative of the Israeli Labour Party had left immediately after giving his speech. He urged participants to face the reality that there was a deadlock in the so-called peace process. It was not hard to imagine what would happen to the proximity talks, and the very big risk of failure due to the continuation of the same policy of settlement expansion, ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem, and oppressive measures in the West Bank and Gaza. Israel was negotiating via bulldozers. He mentioned Aualage, a small village in Bethlehem in the heart of the West Bank which was losing all its land to Israeli bulldozers and a wall that was three...more
Israeli minister: Future borders must be based on wall and settlements
PIC 17 Nov 2010 - Israeli Minister said border-drawing process for future Palestinian and Israeli states must be based on apartheid wall and settlement blocks, while retaining Jerusalem as capital of Israel.
Obama's Bribe: Palestinians Will Be the Losers - Again
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Nov 2010 - By Jonathan Cook - Nazareth Watching the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians drag on year after year without conclusion, it is easy to overlook the enormous changes that have taken place on the ground since the Oslo Accords were signed 17 years ago. Each has undermined the Palestinians' primary goal of achieving viable statehood, whether it is the near-trebling of Jewish settlers on Palestinian land to the current numbers of half a million, Israel's increasing stranglehold on East Jerusalem, the wall that has effectively annexed large slices of the West Bank to Israel, or the splitting of the Palestinian national movement into rival camps following Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in 2005. Another setback of similar magnitude may be unfolding as Barack Obama dangles a lavish package of incentives in the face of Benjamin Netanyahu in an attempt to lure the Israeli prime minister into renewing a three-month, partial...more
A Bribe too Good to Refuse
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Nov 2010 - By Stephen Lendman When all else fails, offer money, or in this case weapons for peace (a clear oxymoron) via for a three month settlement construction moratorium in name only. In fact, new building is unimpeded, Obama's offer a facade to hide reality on the ground. More on the deal below. Last December, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the moratorium, saying he hoped it would launch meaningful peace talks. They're entirely fraudulent ones, a grand illusion even Netanyahu once called "a waste of time." Decades of Israeli/Palestinian/US relations prove nothing from Washington or Tel Aviv can be trusted, their word never their bond. On November 13, PeaceNow.org said since late October, the end Netanyahu's moratorium, "settlers (began) build(ing) 1,629 housing units, and even (dug) foundations for 1,116 of them. (Work began) in 63 settlements, 46 of them east of the Separation (Wall) and 17 on (its) western side." Moreover, throughout...more
In First Interview Since Critical Injury at West Bank Protest, U.S. Peace Activist Tristan Anderson Urges Iran to Free Jailed Hikers
Uruknet November 16, 2010 - The U.S. peace activist Tristan Anderson has given his first interview since being critically injured when Israeli soldiers fired a high-velocity tear gas canister directly at his head in 2009. Anderson was taking part in a weekly nonviolent protest against Israel’s separation wall in the West Bank. On Sunday, he helped unfurl a banner calling...
Israeli Deputy PM: Wall Should Become Official Border For Israel
Uruknet November 15, 2010 - Verifying the fears that Palestinians have voiced for years (which have constantly been denied by Israel), Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor told an interviewer with Ha'aretz newspaper that Israel plans to use the Wall constructed inside the West Bank as the official border of the state of Israel. Since its creation in 1948, Israel has...
Israeli Deputy PM: Wall Should Become Official Border For Israel
IMEMC - 15 Nov 2010 - Monday November 15, 2010 - 12:30, Verifying the fears that Palestinians have voiced for years (which have constantly been denied by Israel), Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor told an interviewer with Ha'aretz newspaper that Israel plans to use the Wall constructed inside the West Bank as the official border of the state of Israel.
Israeli Deputy PM: Wall Should Become Official Border For Israel
Uruknet November 15, 2010 - Verifying the fears that Palestinians have voiced for years (which have constantly been denied by Israel), Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor told an interviewer with Ha'aretz newspaper that Israel plans to use the Wall constructed inside the West Bank as the official border of the state of Israel. Since its creation in 1948, Israel has...
Separation Barrier strangles al-Walajah
Uruknet November 15, 2010 - The State Attorney's Office informed the High Court of Justice that the Ministry of Defense will suspend work on building the Separation Barrier in the area of the village al-Walajah, in southwest Jerusalem. The announcement, which also stated that Israel intended to expropriate in the near future the land intended for construction of the Barrier,...
Israel to start building fence along Egyptian borders in two weeks
PIC 15 Nov 2010 - Israel announced that building the fence along the borders with Egypt would start within two weeks with the aim of barring "infiltration into Israel".
Sheikh Jarrah: Fighting For Survival
Palestine Monitor: 15 Nov 2010 - Hundreds of people gather every Friday afternoon in the village of Sheikh Jarrah to protest the Israeli evacuation of Palestinian families from their homes. Jewish, Palestinian, and international demonstrators join together in solidarity each week to peacefully protest the seizure and demolition of an entire Palestinian community. Written and photographed by Brynn Ruba. Sheikh Jarrah has historically housed on of the largest concentrations of Arabs outside the Old City in Jerusalem. The demolitions of Sheikh Jarrah are a clear indication of the continued policy of ethnic cleansing in the future Palestinian capital. / Sheikh Jarrah has been a Muslim neighborhood since long before the UN partition of 1948. According to the Ottoman census in 1905, the Sheikh Jarrah sub-district housed 167 Muslim families. / Children of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood watch the demonstration from a fence. Sheikh Jarrah is currently home to 28 families. / Israelis soldiers stand guard during the protest. Soldiers...more
Netanyahu: Israel to begin Egypt border fence within two weeks
Ha'aretz - Number of African infiltrators has reached more than 10,000 since beginning of 2010, according to recent Justice Ministry report.
Beit Hanoun commemorates 2006 massacre, Israeli forces shoot Gazan rubble collector
11/14/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - 13 November 2010 | ISM - Gaza - The demonstration in the Beit Hanoun Buffer-zone tuesday remembered the brutal Israeli shelling in the area 4 years earlier that killed 20 civilians and injured 60. Palestinians of the Local Initiative group and 4 International Solidarity Movement activists approached the wall at Erez crossing and passed rock collectors in the....
Netanyahu: Israel to begin Egypt border fence within two weeks
Ha'aretz 14 Nov 2010 - Number of African infiltrators has reached more than 10,000 since beginning of 2010, according to recent Justice Ministry report.
Derisory Supreme Court hearing on the wall in al-Walaja
11/12/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - 08 November - On Monday the 8th of November, after a two hour charade in the Supreme Court of Israel, the decision over the path of the wall in Al-Walaja (near Bethlehem), was adjourned for another 45 days. Their indecisiveness was mainly with respect to the fact that the path on which the wall is already....
Video shows Israeli soldiers celebrating the demolition of houses in Gaza
Mondoweiss - The video above was posted to YouTube by Assaf Kintzer, an Israeli activist with Anarchists Against the Wall. The caption reads, "IOF soldiers celebrating the destruction of houses in Gaza during 'Cast Lead'." Kintzer says the video, which was shot using a mobile phone, was sent...
New plans part of Judaising Occupied East Jerusalem
Jumana Al Tamimi, Gulf News 11/8/2010
      Thousands of Jewish colonists will gather each day outside the ancient Damascus Gate, the vital gateway of the old city in Occupied East Jerusalem - not to demonstrate against their government's policies or to vent their feelings towards the Arabs - but to use the city's new public "light rail" transport system.
     The Occupied East Jerusalem station, one of the central stations in the plan, is scheduled to start operating next April. It is just 20 metres away from Damascus Gate, one of seven gates to the old city and, Palestinian activists say, the most vital to the economy of the old city.
     "This light rail project is part of [a plan to] Judaise [Occupied] Jerusalem," said Jamal Juma, a Jerusalemite who heads the Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign and is active against Israeli colonial activities.
     "It will connect the colonies built in Occupied East Jerusalem with both the old town in the occupied eastern part of the city, and the western part of Jerusalem," Juma told Gulf News in an interview. "This rail project is first and foremost a colonial project."
     Transportation, Juma explained, is one of the most important bases for development and expansion. "This train will reinforce the colonies in Occupied East Jerusalem and its surroundings," Juma said.
     While the central station is anticipated to attract nearly 10,000 colonists every morning and evening from the colonies built in and around Occupied East Jerusalem, Israel is stealthily changing the reality on the ground, Palestinian activists cry.
     But that's a cry that is apparently going unanswered.
     An intensive Jewish presence outside the old city will leave a different impression among visitors to the area as well as the original inhabitants of the city, making it "as if they are in a Jewish neighbourhood," Palestinians say.
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Israeli Court Issues 45-day Extension for Wall Encircling al-Walajeh
PNN - Al-Walajeh – PNN - Residents of al-Walajeh, northwest of Bethlehem, witnessed what appeared to be a near-fatal setback when the Israeli High Court of Justice ordered a 45-day grace period in which...
Israeli Banks Profiteering from Occupation -
Uruknet November 8, 2010 - Wall Street does it. Other Western banks do it. They all exploit markets, often ripping off customers illegally. Why not Israeli banks also in their own back yard, easily in expanding settlements. The Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) includes 10 feminist organizations and non-affiliated activist women in Israel. Founded in 2000, it advocates "radical...
J'lem area village fails to have security barrier moved
Jeruslalem Post 8 Nov 2010 - Southwest of the capital, the village of Walaja is set to lose access to almost half of its land if construction continues on planned route.
Foreign Ministry: 1100 Africans sneak into Israel monthly
Jeruslalem Post 8 Nov 2010 - Average of illegal migrants infiltrating southern border from Egypt jumps from 350 per month last year as construction of long planned fence yet to begin.
Israeli Banks Profiteering from Occupation
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Nov 2010 - By Stephen Lendman Wall Street does it. Other Western banks do it. They all exploit markets, often ripping off customers illegally. Why not Israeli banks also in their own back yard, easily in expanding settlements. The Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) includes 10 feminist organizations and non-affiliated activist women in Israel. Founded in 2000, it advocates "radical social and political change," and is "a leading voice against the occupation, committed to feminist principles of organizing and Jewish-Palestinian partnership in a relentless struggle for a just peace." In October, it released a report titled, "Financing the Israeli Occupation, The Direct Involvement of Israeli Banks in Illegal Settlement Activity and Control over the Palestinian Banking Market." Besides stealing Palestinian land, economic interests play a large role in Israel's occupation, including resource control, labor exploitation, and commercial enterprises of all kinds, operating freely and illegally in settlements, banks among them. Israeli banks...more
Bil’in’s weekly demo drowned in tear-gas clouds
7 Nov 2010 - West Bank, November 7, (Pal Telegraph – Joseph Dana) Some hundred demonstrators – residents of the villages accompanied by their Israeli and international supporters – marched from the village’s center towards the Wall and the lands that are isolated behind it today, as demonstrators have been doing every Friday for nearly six years. On arriving to the large yellow metal...
Firing at workers near the Gaza perimiter fence
Uruknet November 6, 2010 - 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...
Tear Gas to Silence the Protests in Bil'in and Ni'lin
IMEMC - 5 Nov 2010 - Friday November 05, 2010 - 17:35, On Friday, a number of civilians were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti wall protests in the central West Bank villages of Bil’in and Ni'lin.
Israeli Army Uses Tear Gas During The Anti Wall Protest in al-Ma'sara
IMEMC - 5 Nov 2010 - Friday November 05, 2010 - 16:35, On Friday, a number of civilians were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation during the weekly anti wall protest in the village of al-Ma’sara, near Bethlehem.
Army Breaks Into Homes Of Two Nonviolent Protestors In an-Nabi Saleh Village
IMEMC - 5 Nov 2010 - Friday November 05, 2010 - 11:24, On Thursday night, Israeli soldiers broke into the homes of two brothers in Nabi Saleh village, near Ramallah, and warned them to not take part in the weekly protests against the Wall, land grab, and settlements.
Villages across West Bank hold anti-wall rallies
11/5/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shut down weekly anti-wall protests across the West Bank on Friday. At a demonstration in Bil'in, in the Ramallah district, locals and internationals called for an end to occupation and freedom for political prisoners. Protesters marched to the wall, and some protesters threw stones at Israeli soldiers....
Israeli Troops Fire Tear Gas At Bil'in Protestors
PNN - Ramallah – PNN – A number of civilians were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti wall protest at the central West Bank village...
Interview: Budrus "built a model of civil resistance"
Electronic Intifada: 4 Nov 2010 - This Sunday, 7 November, will mark exactly seven years since Ayed Morrar first saw Israeli bulldozers arrive to destroy the land of his village, Budrus, in the occupied West Bank. Ayed al-Morrar, founder of the first popular committee to resist Israel's wall, discusses with The Electronic Intifada contributor Jody McIntyre his village's struggle and victory and the future of the movement.more
Meeting Between Non-violent Activists and British Foreign Secretary in Ramallah
IMEMC - 3 Nov 2010 - Wednesday November 03, 2010 - 16:25, On Wednesday, British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, met a group of Palestinian non-violent resistance activists near the Israeli wall that surrounds the city of Ramallah.
Come to Al-Walaja Friday and to Palestine this Christmas
Uruknet November 3, 2010 - A critical peace march in Al-Walaja Noon Friday, 5 November 2010. The local committee invites all activists to this critical event coming only 3 days before a key Israeli supreme court session that will rule about the wall that is being built to strangulate the village. Attending thr march on Friday will help in drawing...
British FM backs non-violent struggle against security fence
YNet News - William Hague meets with Palestinian activists, calls jailed leaders 'human....
Firing at workers near the Gaza perimeter fence
B'tselem 2 Nov 2010 - Over the past year, B'Tselem has documented 11 cases in which soldiers fired at and wounded Palestinian civilians close to the perimeter fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The use of live fire to remove civilians from the area is indiscriminate, cau
UK Foreign Secretary meets with Palestinian activists, when will the US follow suit?
Mondoweiss - The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee is reporting that William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, met with leading Palestinian grassroots activists in Ramallah. The meeting serves as a subtle show of support as Israel continues to crack down on the spreading nonviolent resistance to the Wall. From...
Gaza medics: Israeli forces shoot mentally disabled man
11/2/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A mentally disabled man was shot Tuesday by Israeli forces east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, medics said. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said the 40-year-old man was transferred to hospital. An Israeli military spokesman said soldiers saw a Palestinian approaching the security fence....
Ni’ilin Protesters Cut Through Electronic Fence During Weekly Demo
2 Nov 2010 - Ni'ilin, November 2, (Pal Telegraph - Joseph Dana) A larger than usual group of Ni’ilin residents, accompanied by Israeli and international supporters marched towards the concrete wall built on the village’s lands this week after the Friday midday prayer. Soon after the march had reached the wall, soldiers positioned behind the wall began shooting tear-gas on the demonstrators, which proved...
Israeli Court to Hear Petition against Separation Wall Construction in Al Walaja
Alternative Information Center - Al Walaja, a village northwest of Bethlehem that is currently at risk of being surrounded by Israel’s Separation Wall, will have a day in Israeli court next week to challenge the Wall’s planned construction.
Our Story Premiere
Palestine Monitor - Our Story describes the Palestinian situation from 1948 until the present with particular emphasis on the Apartheid Wall and the evolution of the Israeli apartheid system. It is presented by Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, "Al Mubadara". Daily life stories,...
Our Story Premiere
Palestine Monitor: 2 Nov 2010 - Our Story describes the Palestinian situation from 1948 until the present with particular emphasis on the Apartheid Wall and the evolution of the Israeli apartheid system. It is presented by Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, the Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, "Al Mubadara". Daily life stories, maps, statistics, historical facts, photographs, and vidoe spots illustrate our presentation. "Our Story" is a critical source of information for scholars, journalists, students, and anyone seeking an objective narrative of the decades-old Middle East conflict. Invitation to attend a documentary film "Our Story" on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in Al-Kasaba Theatre and Cinematheque- Ramallah Your presence is highly appreciated For more information, please contact 0599 9 400 73more
Civil resistance to bring down the Walls
Ayed Morrar, Huffington Post, International Solidarity Movement 11/1/2010
      Budrus, a documentary film now debuting across the US, tells the story of a successful protest campaign by unarmed Palestinian civilians against Israel’s military occupation in my small West Bank village. Our struggle’s success and the consequent expansion of civil resistance to other West Bank communities may provide hope to viewers desperate for positive news from the Middle East, but today an Israeli crackdown on unarmed Palestinian protesters is threatening this growing movement. For our movement to thrive and serve as a true alternative to violence, we need Americans’ to demand that Israel, a close US ally, end this repression.
     Budrus depicts our ten month campaign of protest marches in 2003-2004, which included participation by men, women and children, and by representatives from all Palestinian political factions, along with Israeli and international activists, to resist the construction of Israel’s Separation Barrier on our lands. Young women, led by my 15-year-old daughter Iltezam, ran past armed Israeli soldiers and jumped In front of the bulldozers that were uprooting our ancient olive trees. The soldiers regularly met us with clubs, rubber-coated bullets, curfews, arrests and even live ammunition. But we won in the end. The Israeli military rerouted the barrier in Budrus, allowing us access to almost all of our land.
     The film ends with Palestinian and Israeli activists heading to the neighboring village of Ni’ilin where the struggle to save Palestinian land continues today. But following Budrus’s success and faced by a growing numbers of civilians protesting the confiscation of their lands, Israel has responded with military might, attempting to quell this new movement. Twenty Palestinians have since been killed during unarmed demonstrations against the construction of the Separation Barrier.
     In Ni’ilin, in the dark of night, Israeli soldiers have staged hundreds of military raids and arrests of civilians from the village; hundreds more were injured — forty by live ammunition, and five, including a ten year old, were shot dead. Today, a horrid 25 foot concrete wall stands in Ni’ilin, behind which lie 620 acres of village lands taken for the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements. -- See also: Source
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The People Speak
In Gaza: 1 Nov 2010 - * photo Adie Mormech Oct 31, 2010 (IPS) - The focus on people’s movements in Palestine continues to gain momentum with growing non-violent demonstrations in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, and with a Palestine-wide call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel . Years of the non-violent demonstrations throughout the occupied West Bank against Israel’s separation wall have finally generated some media interest in the issue of the wall and annexation of Palestinian land. Yet the behind-the- scenes work of Palestinian unions, Palestinian and international BDS groups , video conferences bridging Palestine to the outside world, and the struggle of Palestinian students to access an education continues largely unnoticed by the cameras. In July, 2010, the United Nations IRIN news reported that roughly 39,000 Palestinian children from Gaza would not have schools to attend, following the destruction or severe damage of some 280 schools and kindergartens during...more
OCHA Report: 1,000 Palestinians Injured By Israeli Forces in 2010
Palestine Monitor: 1 Nov 2010 - The Office for The Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs' (OCHA) Protection of Civilians report announced this week that 1,000 Palestinians have now been injured by Israeli forces during 2010. The figure is a 38% increase on the last year's total for the same time frame. Israeli soldiers in Nabi Saleh The landmark was reached during the most recent weekly demonstrations against the Separation Barrier, which have been responsible for around a quarter of injuries sustained this year. Friday in Nabi Saleh, north of Ramallah, saw 17 people injured by tear gas and rubber bullets used to disperse the protest. Three more casualties were taken in Bi'lin and Al Ma'asara. Coincidentally, another landmark was reached in the West Bank last week with the 400th Palestinian resident displaced. 261 structures have been demolished in the West Bank this year, and another 39 in East Jerusalem. New stop work orders have been issued to...more


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