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Olive Groves in Disrepair

Today we worked in the olive groves of the village of Hares. It was a revelation to find out what well-tended olive groves look like. All the groves I had seen before today belonged to the farmers of Mas-Ha and were beyond the Annexation Fence (a "Security Fence" if you're Israeli!). They were overgrown with thistles and weeds, and the terrace walls and boundary walls were in a poor state of repair. It made the work of picking the olives much more arduous and dangerous.

In my ignorance I had just assumed that Palestinians don't pay a great deal of attention to these things, after all it's not unusual for farmers anywhere in the world to allow groves and orchards to grow quite wild. It seemed a little strange though, since at some point in the past they had obviously taken the trouble of building the walls, but having no way to find out more I was left with my assumptions.

The olive groves of Hares revealed not only my ignorance of how much the farmers care for their land, but also my lack of understanding of the impact of the Annexation Boundary Fence on the farmers of Mas-Ha. The groves of Hares are those classically beautiful terraced groves, rambling down the hillside, with lovely sandstone terrace and boundary walls, and ploughed and weeded dry earth. They look so tidy in a very organic and ancient way. They have been here, looking like this since antiquity. Omar, the man we were working with today, said that his fields had been in his family for generations, and the trees we were picking were at least one hundred years old.

The farmers of Hares do not have to contend with the Annexation Fence, so they can access and tend their land more often than the farmers of Mas-Ha, who before this week hadn't been allowed to get to their land for nine months. The farmers of Hares who have land near the settlement of Revava still cannot get to it as often as they would like. Omar, the farmer we worked with today, said that he had only been on his land twice this year, once to plough and repair walls, and the second time was now - to harvest. His land abuts the settlement boundary fence. Well, actually the settlement has been built on his land and the land of other farmers of Hares - stolen from them by the settlers with the complicity and assistance of the Israeli government. more..


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Meet the Israelis Picking Palestinian Olives
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Olive Harvest 2014: A photo story
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Man singing traditional Palestinian olive picking songs. One who might need a ladder. Boys on their way to taking a selfie with the soldiers in the background. One happy man. Settlers observing the olive picking. Surrounded by settlement Beitar Illit. From Tulkarem. Tarp is used...


The eradication of Sinai and Gaza
Sameer Al-hajjawi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/27/201
      The leader of the coup regime in Egypt resorted to repeating the same broken record as grounds to justify the death of Egyptian soldiers in Sinai, saying that what happened was a "foreign conspiracy" and that the attack was carried out with foreign support, without pinpointing who these supporting parties were and what type of support they provided.
     However, the most dangerous statement made by the leader of the coup regime was his threats directed at the Gaza Strip and his announcement that he would take many measures in the border region, especially in Rafah, in order to "end the problem at its roots". He also declared a state of emergency and a curfew in northern Sinai and the closure of the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip until further notice.
     Al-Sisi's statements and his measures on the ground mean that the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas is the object of his threats and vows. This puts the Gaza Strip in direct confrontation with the coup government ruling Cairo.
     Of course Al-Sisi resorted to the traditional solution and the usual excuse, i.e. "foreign conspiracy", but he did not once mention the ongoing war against the people of Sinai since the coup, the crimes committed against them, the neglect they have been subjected to, or the fact that they are not being treated as humans.
     Since the beginning of the coup and until now, i.e. in a 15 month period, Al-Sisi has killed 1,050 tribe members in Sinai, 70 citizens a month, arrested over 8,000, wounded 3,000, demolished 860 houses, burned over 1,000 Bedouin tents, and uprooted over 120,000 fruitful olive trees extending from El-Arish to Sheikh Zuweid and from Jura to the city. He also destroyed 45 groundwater wells in the region, burned over 600 of the people's cars, and uprooted all the trees close to the Palestinian border with Rafah.
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Continuous invasions by settlers spoil the joy of Palestinians’ olive harvest
Ha'aretz - 25 Oct 2014


Settlers attack olive harvest amid Jerusalem unrest
New Jewish Resistance 26 Oct 2014 - Israeli settlers torched some 100 olive trees owned by Palestinian farmers near Nablus as the harvest began—the latest in a pattern of such attacks. read more


West Bank protests for Jerusalem
Ahmad Jaradat, Alternative Information Center 10/25/201
      Israeli forces suppressed Friday's weekly popular demonstrations throughout the West Bank, conducted in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners and Jerusalem, which is under attack by Israel.
     Seven Palestinians were wounded by live bullets and five by rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes with Israeli forces near Ofer prison, west of Ramallah. One of the injured is a ten year old child. All were taken to a hospital in Ramallah for treatment. The injuries occurred as Israeli troops attacked a demonstration in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners.
     The demonstration in the Ramallah-area village of Bil'in was also attacked by Israeli forces, which shot tear gas, sound grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets to stop the protest march. One Palestinian was injured while dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation, including a 22 year old American citizen. Several trees caught fire from the grenades. A sound grenade was also shot directly into the private home of a family, while the family was present. This provoked several young participants to throw stones at the army jeeps and soldiers.
     Protesters in the Bethlehem-area village of al Masara were stopped by Israeli soldiers as they reached village lands which had been confiscated for the nearby settlement of Halamish. Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters, causing suffocation of dozens of demonstrators.
     Demonstrators in the Bethlehem-area village of Wadi Fukin scored a small victory against Israeli troops when they marched to pick olives from their lands slated for confiscation. Israeli settlers, accompanied by soldiers who shot sound grenades, attempted to scare the villagers and international supporters away from the land, but were unsuccessful. [END]
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‘Village on the volcano’ is latest effort to trivialize the occupation
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occupied Palestinian territory: Land Equals Life for Olive Farmers in the Biddu Enclave
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Olive harvest in Surif: ‘There's on this land what is worth living’
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WAFA - 23 Oct 2014


ISM Report on Huwwara Raid
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Israel Seizes 20 Dunams Near Salfit
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Israeli Settlers Burn 100 Olive Trees near Nablus, Multiple Abductions in Gaza, West Bank
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Zionist settlers burn Palestinian olive grove
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occupied Palestinian territory: UNRWA Supports farmers in Biddu during the olive harvest
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occupied Palestinian territory: Statement: Humanitarian Coordinator calls for support for the Palestinian olive sector
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Jewish settlers set fire to 200 olive trees in Nablus village
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Settlers Torch 100 Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA - 22 Oct 2014


As harvest season begins, Israeli settlers burn 100 Palestinian olive trees
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Israeli Forces Demolish Houses in Jerusalem, Jordan Valley, Settler Outposts Constructed near Nablus
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Palestinian man successfully harvests olives for the first time in 14 years
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Settlers Attack Palestinian in Hebron, Destroy Olive Trees in Bethlehem
WAFA - 20 Oct 2014


A peek inside the Israeli subconscious as revealed at the King Hussein crossing from Jordan
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Palestinian engineer wins National Energy Globe Award
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Settlers Cut Around 50 Olive Trees Near Bethlehem
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Palestinian women stitch their way to independence
Jerusalem Post 18 Oct 2014 - Traditional embroidery a way out of poverty for women in traditional Palestinian society.


Settlers in Jerusalem tear down family’s Islamic banners, give them to a dog
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PHOTOS: Palestinians watch harvest season disappear before their eyes
Ahmad Al-Bazz, Activestills.org, +972 Magazine 10/18/201
      In the village of Salem, as elsewhere in the West Bank, Palestinians are forced to harvest their olives according to the whims and restrictions of Israeli authorities.
     As every year in October, Palestinian families in the West Bank head to their groves in order to begin the olive harvest season. The harvest for any given family might take a few days or several weeks depending on the number of olive trees they have.
     In the village of Salem, near Nablus, the daily olive harvest routine is for families to go out at 6:00 in the morning and work until sunset. All family members participate in the harvest, from children to the elderly. The families that have groves near their houses and far from settlements can work freely. Families that have groves near Israeli settlements, military bases or bypass roads can only harvest according to a schedule imposed by Israeli authorities.
     This year, Israeli authorities gave only five days to Salem residents who have lands behind the Israeli bypass road and nearby settlement outposts of Elon Moreh. These families have to finish their harvest in this limited time regardless of their number of olive trees.
     Some families decided to start harvesting on the days before those dictated by the Israeli authorities’ schedule in order to be able to finish all of their trees. Some succeeded, while others were caught by Israeli authorities and forced to stop working and leave their land. At the same time, other residents said that soldiers forced them to stop the harvest at noon even on days that were supposed to be allowed according to the schedule.
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IOF harasses Palestinian olive harvesters in Jenin
PIC - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday stepped up their provocative persecution of Palestinian citizens and olive harvesters in Yabud town, south of Jenin city.


Olive trees burned as anti-Palestinian incitement grips Galilee
Electronic Intifada: 17 Oct 2014 - Eight Jewish-only communities surrounding Tarshiha have been allocated considerably more resources than its indigenous Palestinians. more..


Armed Israeli settlers attack Jerusalem home celebrating Hajj return
10/16/2014 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Armed Jewish settlers on Thursday attacked a Palestinian home in the al-Suwanna neighborhood on the Mount of Olives east of the Old City of Jerusalem, removing banners celebrating the return of a family member from the Hajj pilgrimage. Witnesses said settlers from the nearby Beit Orot settlement carrying automatic weapons approached the house on Thursday and tore down Islamic banners that....


Settlers prevent villagers from reaching lands
10/16/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers prevented Palestinians from reaching their agricultural lands Thursday in the al-Iqban village in eastern Bethlehem despite prior security coordination with an Israeli liaison. A Ma'an reporter said that a group of Israeli settlers from an illegal settlement outpost in the village prevented villagers from reaching their lands for olive picking. The head of the Janata municipality told....


Stories from Burin during the olive harvest
10/15/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Nablus team, Burin, Occupied Palestine - On Monday, three Palestinians were picking olives in Burin. Their field was in a very exposed area, right between an illegal settlement, a military checkpoint, and a security detention centre. A group of ISM volunteers accompanied them as protective presence. These are some of their stories: Ali, 10-years-old: "The army keeps coming to our school and throws tear gas at us. One time....


Injuries reported during IOF attack on olive harvesters
PIC - Dozens of injuries were reported Tuesday evening among Palestinian farmers in Arqah village after being brutally attacked by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) while picking their olives.


Stories from Burin during the olive harvest
10/15/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Nablus team, Burin, Occupied Palestine - On Monday, three Palestinians were picking olives in Burin. Their field was in a very exposed area, right between an illegal settlement, a military checkpoint, and a security detention centre. A group of ISM volunteers accompanied them as protective presence. These are some of their stories: Ali, 10-years-old: "The army keeps coming to our school and throws tear gas at us. One time....


Injuries reported during IOF attack on olive harvesters
PIC - Dozens of injuries were reported Tuesday evening among Palestinian farmers in Arqah village after being brutally attacked by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) while picking their olives.


Settlers Steal Olive Harvest near Tulkarm
WAFA - 14 Oct 2014


Olive Harvest 2014: The opening event of the olive harvesting in Wadi Fukin village.
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Olive 2 Under the surveillance of dozens of Israeli soldiers the opening event of the Olive Harvest program was in Wadi Fukin village. Activists from Palestine, Norway, Sweden, Spain, USA and Germany gathered in a field threatened by the nearby Israeli settlement Beitar Illit, to...


Settler arracks against olive fields increasing in Salfit
PIC - Israeli settlers have noticeably increased their attacks against olive fields in Salfit this year in comparison to last year.


Israeli settlers terrorize annual Palestinian olive harvest
Mondoweiss - The Olive Harvest Settlers beat woman picking olives with her children near Salfit SALFIT (Ma‘an) 11 Oct — A large group of Israeli settlers on Saturday morning violently beat a young Palestinian woman while she was picking olives from trees in an orchard in the village...


Expert: Olive harvest to decline to half of annual average
10/12/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The olive harvest in Palestine is expected to yield only half the amount of olive oil as usual this year, an expert told Ma'an Sunday. Faris al-Jabi, who chairs the Palestinian National Center for Research and Agricultural Development, told Ma'an that the 2014 olive harvest would not exceed 15,000 tons of olive oil. In good years, Palestine....


Israeli settlers beat young Palestinian woman picking olives
Al-Akhbar News 12 Oct 2014 - A large group of Israeli settlers on Saturday morning violently beat a young Palestinian woman while she was picking olives from trees in an orchard in the village of Yasuf in the Salfit district in the central West Bank, a Palestinian official said. The assault is...


Israel to Seize Some 80 Dunams of Farmland near Bethlehem, Settlers Assault Yasuf Olive Harvesters
IMEMC - Israeli forces notified residents of al-Khader, to the south of Bethlehem, Saturday, of their intention to seize about 80 dunams of Palestinian-owned cropland, according to local activist Ahmad Salah. Also on Saturday, Israeli settlers assaulted Palestinian olive harvesters in Yasuf, near Salfit. ...


Settlers beat woman picking olives with her children near Salfit
10/11/2014 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- A large group of Israeli settlers on Saturday morning violently beat a young Palestinian woman while she was picking olives from trees in an orchard in the village of Yasuf in the Salfit district in the central West Bank, a Palestinian official said. The assault is the third such attack on Palestinian olive pickers in three days, creating concern about unchecked....


Cheers to Tel Aviv: White City bar voted best in Mideast, Africa
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2014 - World's 50 Best Bars votes Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar on Hayarkon Street as this year's best drink venue in the region.


Israeli settlers burn olive trees in Salfit
PIC - A group of Israeli settlers have burned and vandalized Friday evening a number of olive trees in Yassouf town in Salfit under Israeli occupation forces protection.


Palestinian Family Attacked by Settlers While Harvesting Olives
IMEMC - Tuesday afternoon, the 7th of October, olive farmer Mahmoud Rga Mahoud Aid, his wife and their three children were attacked by a group of settlers from the illegal settlement of Giv’at Ya’akov. The attack took place on the family´s land near the village of Burin, south west of Nablus. ...


Settlers attack Palestinian olive farmers for 2nd time in 2 days
10/10/2014 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli settlers protected by soldiers burned and damaged olive trees on Palestinian lands in the Yasuf village near Salfit in the northern West Bank on Friday, the second suck attack in the last two days. Settlers from the Kfar Tappuah settlement set fire to and damaged several olive trees on Friday while Israeli soldiers in the area stood by.... Related: Palestinian family attacked by settlers while harvesting olives


Palestinian family attacked by settlers while harvesting olives
10/10/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Nablus Team | Burin, Occupied Palestine - Tuesday afternoon, the 7th of October, olive farmer Mahmoud Rga Mahoud Aid, his wife, and thei three children were attacked by a a group of settlers from the illegal settlement of Giv'at Ya'akov. The attack took place on the family´s land near the village of Burin, south west of Nablus. The the family had only three days.... Related: Settlers attack Palestinian olive farmers for 2nd time in 2 days


Israeli settlers continue to burn olive trees on Palestinian lands
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2014 - Palestinians hurls rocks at Israeli armored bulldozer during clashes following a protest on October 3, 2014 in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near the northern city of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: AFP - Jaafar Ashtiyeh) Palestinians hurls rocks at Israeli armored bulldozer during...


Settlers Uproot, Cut Dozens Of Olive Trees Near Bethlehem
IMEMC - A number of extremist Israeli settlers invaded Palestinian orchards near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, before cutting and uprooting dozens of olive trees. ...


Palestinian farmers, Israeli settlers clash near Nablus
10/9/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinian farmers and Israeli settlers clashed on Thursday evening in the Yanun valley near the Aqraba village south of Nablus. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that several Israeli settlers from Itamar attacked dozens of Palestinian farmers and attempted to steal their olive crop, which belongs....


Settlers Uproot, Destroy Dozens of Olive Trees near Bethlehem
WAFA - 9 Oct 2014


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IMEMC - Settlers, last night, torched 30 olive trees dating from Roman times, in the village of Nahhalin, to the southwest of Bethlehem, according to a local activist. ...


Olive Harvest 2014: Settlers torch trees in Nahalin
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign olive fierd On Wednesday the 8 of October settlers torched 30 olive trees in the village of Nahalin, west off Bethlehem. Residents from the village say that it was a group of settlers from Beitar Illit. The residents say that this is not the first...


Olive Harvest 2014: Settlers cut olive trees in village between Salfit and Nablus.
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Olive 2014 Monday 6.10: Israeli settlers cut down around 100 olive trees nearby the village of Yassouf, which is located about 7 km north of the town of Salfit. Farmers from this area have reported that settlers from Tuffah were behind. It has also been...


Land Defense Coalition releases Olive Harvest Program
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Settler attacks increase as Palestinian olive harvest starts
PIC - Thousands of olive trees have been uprooted, burned or cut down by extremist Israeli settlers since the annual harvest got under way in the West Bank this month.


Settlers Torch Olive Trees near Bethlehem
WAFA - 8 Oct 2014


Israeli Settlers Attack and Damage Palestinian Owned Olive Trees Near Nablus
IMEMC - Israeli settlers attacked, on Monday, a Palestinian-owned olive grove near the northern West Bank district of Nablus. ...


Settlers chop down dozens of olive trees near Nablus
10/6/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Monday chopped down dozens of olive trees on Palestinian agricultural lands in the Nablus district, an official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said that settlers from Tuffah chopped down around 100 olive trees belonging to Palestinians in the village of Yasuf. Settlers also destroyed trees in Burin and....


Extremist Settlers Ruin Olive Groves in Nablus Village
WAFA - 6 Oct 2014


Israeli settlers chop down olive trees in Nablus
Al-Akhbar News 6 Oct 2014 - A Palestinian throws stone during clashes with Israeli soldiers following a protest against the Zionist settlements on October 3, 2014 in the West Bank city of Nablus. (Photo: Anadolu - Nedal Eshtayah) A Palestinian throws stone during clashes with Israeli soldiers following a protest against the...


Fire breaks out in dumping ground south of Jenin
10/3/2014 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Firefighters managed to control a blaze that erupted south of Jenin on Friday in a dumping ground used by Israeli settlers, civil defense crews said. The fire broke out in Um al-Rihan town south of Jenin, damaging dozens of olive trees. Firefighters eventually controlled the blaze and managed to protect surrounding agricultural lands. [END]


The summer of small Jewish thinking
Mondoweiss - Like children returning to school, I thought I’d write some short reflections about the things I learnt during the holidays. 1. Tapestry I was never much good at arts and crafts. I only do words. But this summer I learnt something about cross stitch tapestry. Around...


VIDEO: Israeli Forces Use Violence Against Unarmed Demonstrators Attempting to Plant Olive Sapplings
IMEMC - Wadi Foukeen is a Palestinian village just west of Bethlehem with a population of approximately 1,250 people. A weekly Friday demonstration has been organized by the village community against the Israeli occupation and in response to the recent land grab of 4,000 dunams (nearly 1,000 acres) by the Israeli government. ...


VIDEO: Israeli forces use violence against unarmed demonstrators attempting to plant olive sapplings in Wadi Foukeen
9/27/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Khalil team, Wadi Foukeen, Occupied Palestine - Wadi Foukeen is a Palestinian village just west of Bethlehem with a population of approximately 1,250 people. A weekly Friday demonstration has been organized by the village community against the Israeli occupation and in response to the recent land grab of 4,000 dunams (nearly 1,000 acres) by the Israeli government. Over a quarter of the confiscated land belongs to....


We must beware Isis wants the west to conduct a crusade | Oliver Miles
The Guardian 26 Sep 2014 - Our bombers can achieve little, but Britain can make a diplomatic difference in Iraq and, perhaps, Syria too If we are embarking on yet another Middle East war, we should start by reflecting that it is...


Israeli settlers sabotage the olive harvest in Awarta
9/23/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Awarta, Occupied Palestine - On the 28th of August, around 7:00 a. m. , Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Itamar cut down and burnt more than 30 olive trees belonging to Awarta village before the harvest. For the farmers living southeast of Nablus City, the olive trees are a basic, continual part of life. The large, illegal settlement of Itamar is built on the lands....


Masked Arabs throw rocks, bottles of paint at Jewish school bus on Mt. of Olives
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2014 - Egged bus attacked outside Old City; 2 more Palestinian youths arrested for French Hill petrol station riot.


The battle to preserve Bethlehem's cultural heritage
9/17/2014 - By Charlie Hoyle - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- When Palestinian filmmaker Leila Sansour left Bethlehem in the 1980s there were no military checkpoints intimidating the city, no separation wall jutting into residential gardens, and no Israeli settlements dominating the horizon." I grew up in a very idyllic town, but I didn't think of it like that as a child. There were forests of olive....


The battle to preserve Bethlehem’s cultural heritage
Charlie Hoyle, Ma’an News Agency 9/17/2014
      BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- When Palestinian filmmaker Leila Sansour left Bethlehem in the 1980s there were no military checkpoints intimidating the city, no separation wall jutting into residential gardens, and no Israeli settlements dominating the horizon.
     "I grew up in a very idyllic town, but I didn’t think of it like that as a child. There were forests of olive trees, fig trees, apricot trees and huge fields filled with grape vines," she told Ma'an.
     "All of this is lost in Bethlehem. Now what we have is a concrete forest of buildings."
     Sansour’s new documentary, Open Bethlehem, is the culmination of a 10-year journey of emotional reconnection with a city she left as a teenager to experience the wider world.
     It is also a tribute to the legacy of her father, who founded Bethlehem University.
     "My father was very involved and very committed to the Palestinian cause and believed an educated people could fight better for themselves," she says.
     After his early death, Sansour says she was haunted by his legacy and the intimate moments spent discussing Palestine's future, and was drawn to return during the Second Intifada.
     The filmmaker lived through military curfews, the siege of the Nativity Church, and the building of the separation wall, and spent five years filming the changing fortunes of her hometown.
     "Bethlehem for me is a city of contrasts. It is parochial, but very international. It is pastoral, yet sits on the edge of a desert. There are layers of contrast in how famous and celebrated it is yet how brutalized it is by the occupation."
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Soldiers Burn Olive Trees Near Hebron
IMEMC - Israeli soldiers burned, on Thursday, a number of Palestinian olive trees in an orchard of the Wad al-Hasseen area, in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. ...


The Palestine problem will remain unsolved while the killing continues | Oliver Miles
The Guardian 21 Aug 2014 - None of the big players in Gaza know what change looks like, but it wont happen by force. The status quo is not an option The current war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas is the...


Settlers set fire to olive trees in al-Khalil
PIC - Israeli settlers from Avijal settlement set fire on Thursday to olive trees and agricultural lands east of Yatta town in al-Khalil.


In step with the ‘Modern Times’
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2014 - France-based Israeli jazz pianist Yonathan Avishai is in town to show just how far he has taken his craft.


Video - Action alert: Join ISM
8/16/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Occupied Palestine - The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is placing a call out for volunteers to join us in the West Bank now, and for the olive harvest beginning in October. We need solidarity activists to support the Palestinian popular struggle by joining protests and demonstrations, to document and report on the crimes committed by both the Israeli military and the colonial settlers living on Palestinian land throughout the West Bank....


Israel's Alexander Brewery to pour at Ottawa beer festival
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2014 - National Capital Craft Beer Festival will feature dozens of beers including the micro-brew from the Hefer Valley.


‘Cooking is my politics’: Rawia Bishara’s Middle Eastern food is all about spreading culture
Mondoweiss - Rawia Bishara, owner of Tanoreen and author of Olives, Lemons and Za’atar. (Photo via Institute for Middle East Understanding) When out-of-town friends pop in to Brooklyn for a visit and ask where they should go to eat, I have one answer for them: Tanoreen . The restaurant...


A Plague on One House
Greg Shupak, Jacobin 7/17/2014
      “Both sides” aren’t to blame in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel is.
     On July 15, Western media demanded that Hamas and other resistance groups operating in the Gaza Strip accept what they labeled an “Israeli-Egyptian ceasefire proposal.” On the surface, the call sounds reasonable, which is exactly what allows it to disorient audiences largely unfamiliar with the details of the ongoing conflict.
     The first objection is the obvious one: How can Hamas agree to a deal that it played no part in negotiating and that was crafted by two of its enemies? The mainstream media would be unlikely to demand that Israel agree to an arrangement jointly put forth by, say, Hamas and Iran — an imperfect analogy, since Hamas and Iran do not colonize and besiege Israelis. But the point stands.
     Second, implicit in this criticism of Hamas is the idea that Palestinians are obliged to accept any offer, no matter its terms. Consider, for instance, Mouin Rabbani’s point that what the Gaza Strip’s militant groups and a huge number of Palestinians object to in the proposal is that it just puts back in place the same 2012 ceasefire agreement which Israel has violated freely, and does not ensure that such violations would stop.
     What’s more, Rabbani suggests, “Hamas and other Palestinian organizations are averse to returning to an untenable status quo, which lasts only until Israel once again decides to launch a major assault on the Gaza Strip,” and which does not point to “concrete steps towards lifting the ongoing and prolonged blockade of the Gaza Strip.”
     The Israeli violations of the 2012 agreement that Rabbani mentions are a long-term habit of the country. Hamas has good reason to distrust Israel’s commitment to a ceasefire, but Western media has tended to ignore this point when it discusses the failure of the proposed truce.
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Extremist Settlers Clash With Rabbis Over Palestinian Olive Groves on West Bank
The Foward Breaking News 25 Jul 2014 - Jewish settlers clashed with activists of the Rabbis for Human Rights movement near the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday as they protected Palestinians beginning the annual olive harvest. Click here for the rest of the article...


International Anger Mounts Against Israel
Dissident Voice: 23 Jul 2014 - You take my water Burn my olive trees Destroy my house Take my job Steal my land Imprison my father Kill my mother Bomb my country Starve us all Humiliate us all But … I am to blame: I shot a rocket back. — Placard first seen in Gaza, 2012 The “most moral army in the world” from “the only democracy in the Middle East” has attacked hospitals, a home for the disabled, a geriatric hospice, demolished five mosques, razed entire neighbourhoods, erased entire families – the youngest – so far – just three days old if you do not count the unborn, as in the case of twenty nine year old Samar Al Hallaq killed with her two sons, aged four and five, other members of her family and carrying her third child. Her husband was critically injured. Yet again a war is declared against children and the young....more


Israeli forces shoot 20-year-old with live ammunition during Ni'lin demonstration
7/18/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Ramallah, Ni'lin, Occupied Palestine - Today at the weekly demonstration in the village of˙Ni'lin˙near˙Ramallah,˙the Israeli military shot live˙ammunition˙at˙protesters. Palestinians, Israeli activists, and internationals marched through the olive groves belonging to the village, demanding their land back and freedom for all Palestinians, only to be met by a cloud of tear gas. The group split up as people ran through the trees....


For Anas Qandeel, Who Won’t Be Posting His Grief – A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Jul 2014 - By Pina Piccolo (Dedicated to Anas Qandeel, the boy that was killed in Gaza one hour after posting his fear and frustration in Facebook.) You weren’t killed by the Mighty Cliff that crumbled upon your house, Anas Qandeel, one hour after you posted your frustration at lack of sleep, nor was it the Protective Edge with its sharp surgical precision and the policy hadn’t been set, yet to send an sms, or tap the roof in warning Gaze, impatient boy, past the Molten Lead past the Society of Spectacle watching and eating pop corn rosy cheeked from its Sderot hill past the grieving orange groves and olive trunks contorted in the shape of a certain languishing of the heart past that snaking Wall emitting that certain dirge refraining in your brain like the dimming buzz of collapsing colonies as you glance a doll’s head surfacing amid crumbled concrete blocks her...more


Thousands of Palestinians Seek Refuge at UNRWA Schools
IMEMC - Soldiers set fire to olive trees in Jenin Thousands of Palestinians sought refuge at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian schools, Sunday, after Israeli forces ordered them to evacuate their homes in northern Gaza, in preparation for bombing the area. Clashes continued in the West Bank area, today, as soldiers set fire to olive trees near Jenin and deny worshippers entry to Al Aqsa mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem. ...


Israeli Soldiers Set Fire to Olive Trees, Provoke Clashes, Many Suffocate near Jenin
WAFA - 13 Jul 2014


An Old Man and a Young Man in Gaza – A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Jul 2014 - By Heathcote William An old man holds a placard that reads, “You take my water, burn my olive trees, Destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, Imprison my father, kill my mother, Bombard my country, starve us all, Humiliate us all, but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.” Here are some ungodly chants From the Zionist Book of Psalms Which are used to justify Laying waste to a whole country And to its inhabitants: “We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages Destroying all the infrastructure including roads and water” Eli Yishai, former Deputy Prime Minister. Amen “There should be no electricity in Gaza, No gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. … We need to flatten entire neighborhoods … flatten all of Gaza” Israeli journalist Gilad Sharon in the Jerusalem Post. Amen “There are no innocents in Gaza. Mow them down … Kill the Gazans...more


ANC comparison of Israel to Nazis riles South African Jews
Jerusalem Post 10 Jul 2014 - Such statements, the Jewish communal bodies assert, have “dishonored the standing of the party of Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela.”


Gitmo detainees demand same religious rights as Hobby Lobby
Uruknet 10 Jul 2014 - July 4, 2014 -Two hunger-striking Guantánamo Bay detainees have asked a US court to count them as persons with religious free exercise rights, in the wake of a new Supreme Court decision extending those rights to US craft store chain...


Settlers annex Palestinian-owned land under military protection in Arrabah town
PIC - A large number of Jewish settlers under military protection on Tuesday seized a vast tract of Palestinian-owned land in Arrabah town, south of Jenin, and embarked on bulldozing its olive trees.


Zombie ideas and divestment
Richard Falk, Al-Ahram Weekly 7/2/2014
      The mainstreaming of the boycott and divestment campaign against Israel is a major achievement of the Palestinian solidarity movement.
     At this moment it is right to celebrate unreservedly the outcome of the vote in the US Presbyterian General Assembly decreeing the divestment of US$21 million worth of shares in Motorola Solutions, Hewlett-Packard and Caterpillar, companies long and notoriously associated with implementing Israel's unlawful occupation policies in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.
     This carries forward the momentum of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign and recent efforts emanating from the UN and the EU to induce governments, as well as corporations and financial institutions, to become aware that it is increasingly viewed as problematic under international law to profit from dealings with Israel's settlements and occupation security mechanisms.
     It is much too soon to suggest a cascading effect from recent moves in this direction, but the mainstreaming of the divestment and boycott campaign is a major achievement of the Palestinian solidarity movement that is displacing the moribund peace process that in recent months dramatised the extent to which the Israeli government is not interested in a favourable negotiated solution even as mediated by partisan US mediation mechanisms and in relation to a weak Palestinian Authority (PA) that seems readier to offer concessions than to seek compromises that incorporate Palestinian rights under international law.
     The Presbyterian decision, itself vetted by an elaborate debate and producing a text crafted to narrow the distance between supporters and opponents of divestment, did not address issues of context....
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Israeli bulldozers 'level Palestinian land, uproot trees' near Salfit
6/29/2014 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers on Sunday leveled Palestinian lands in the Salfit district in the central West Bank, locals said. Witnesses said bulldozers uprooted dozens of olive trees and fruit trees in the Thahir Subih neighborhood of Kafr al-Dik. Local researcher Khalid Maali said that an Israeli court had approved confiscation of 3,000 dunams (750 acres) of private Palestinian land, but that the....


First national laboratory for olive oil testing launched in Lebanon
Daily Star 26 Jun 2014 The first Lebanese National Laboratory for Olive Oil Testing was inaugurated Thursday in Kfarshima by the Agriculture Ministry, in line with a project funded by the Italian Embassy in Beirut.


UNESCO group votes to protect ancient Palestinian terraces from Israel’s wall
Mondoweiss - Battir terraces, photograph by Daniella Cheslow We have just learned of a major victory for Palestine: the village of Battir south of Jerusalem, renowned for 2000-year-old terraced plots and ancient olive trees, has been named a World Heritage Site in Danger by a UNESCO committee meeting today...


Ramallah art show subverts ideas of Palestinian masculinity, statehood
Electronic Intifada: 12 Jun 2014 - Omarivs Ioseph Filivs’ The Ceremonial Vniform is impressive in its depth of exploration and beautifully crafted works. more..


Official: Settlers plant olive trees on private Palestinian land
6/10/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A group of over a dozen settlers planted olive trees on private Palestinian land in the Nablus village of Jalud on Tuesday, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from Esh Kodesh settlement planted dozens of olive tree saplings on land belonging to Rashid Muhammad....


Pope Francis hosts Israeli-Palestinian peace prayer
6/8/2014 - VATICAN CITY (AFP) -- Pope Francis on Sunday hosts an unprecedented joint peace prayer in the Vatican with Israeli President Shimon Peres and president Mahmoud Abbas in a symbolic gesture aimed at fostering dialogue. Abbas said he hoped the event in the Vatican Gardens, which will include Christian, Jewish and Muslim prayers and the planting of an olive tree by all three leaders, would "help Israel....


The Roman tree
6/7/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Khalil team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine - At approximately 1:00 pm on June 4th, a burning olive tree was located in the vicinity of Tel Rumeida, al-Khalil (Hebron). The Palestinian firefighters extinguished the fire with no assistance from the occupying Israeli military. As an occupying state, Israel is legally responsible for providing adequate services and aid for those living in the occupied territories, however this responsibility....


Abbas, Peres to plant olive tree at Vatican ceremony
6/6/2014 - VATICAN CITY (AFP) -- The Israeli and Palestinian presidents will plant an olive tree as a symbol of peace after an unprecedented prayer meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican Gardens on Sunday amid high tensions in the Middle East. The Vatican said it hoped the initiative launched by Francis, which will include Christian, Jewish and Muslim prayers and music, would have an impact on public....


Politics, economy harm Lebanon's olive oil
Daily Star 29 May 2014 The country’s tenuous political landscape and security situation has shadowed the production of its rich local organic products, especially olive oil.


Settlers Chop down 20 Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA - 26 May 2014


Walking Palestine, expanding a shrinking country
Bassam Almohor, +972 Magazine 5/25/2014
      Walking in Palestine is a dangerous habit. But I walk because my country is small and getting smaller. I walk to make it big again.
     I walk because my country is small - getting smaller, shrinking and vanishing. It is being fragmented, scattered into pieces, disconnected, or connected with thin, narrow corridors.
     I walk to make it big again; I walk in valleys and canyons so that the land feels huge around me. I walk to make my country look vast and wide. I walk so I can spend weeks crossing it - to take photos, to smell fresh air, to get tanned, to feel free, to stretch my muscles, to relax my ears, to listen to the sounds of nature. I walk so I can feel that the whole country is my balcony. When I walk, Palestine is a continent.
     I also walk for fitness. But, goodness me, even the Bedouin have stopped walking nowadays. Only their shepherds walk. I recently crossed Palestine and met only two shepherds, children picking za'tar (thyme), and a handful of hikers.
     Everyone else drives. There is a taxi service in every village. A woman orders a taxi to visit her friend on the next street.
     There are very few trails in Palestine. Most of the beautiful, old, natural ones became roads, savagely widened by bulldozers, criss-crossing olive groves and destroying the natural habitat. Of course, our "mashtoob" cars must drive.
     "I can stay longer, even after dark, in my farm nowadays," says Abu Mahmoud from the village Jammalah, while starting his old van. His donkey was recently retired, and is only used when his van runs out of gas.
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Settlers Continue Raids on Joseph's Tomb
IMEMC - 30 olive trees uprooted near Nablus A number of Israeli settlers raided Joseph’s Tomb, in the West Bank city of Nablus, this morning, according to the PNN. ...


Official: Settlers uproot 30 olive trees near Nablus
5/26/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers uprooted dozens of olive trees in the northern West Bank on Monday, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that Israelis from the settlement of Eli destroyed 30 olive trees in the village of Qaryut south of Nablus. The trees were located in the....


17 olive trees uprooted by Israeli settlers in Jenin
Uruknet 23 May 2014 - May 18, 2014 -JENIN, (PIC)-- More than 17 olives trees were completely knocked down on Saturday by a horde of Israeli extremist settlers in Palestinians native lands in Um al-Rayhan village south-west of Jenin.Sheikh Nafaa Zaid Al-Kilani, a targeted landowner...


Lag Ba omer in Hebron: Settlers light bonfire in Palestinian orchard
Uruknet 23 May 2014 - May 18, 2014 - Settlers in Hebron celebrated Lag Ba Omer Saturday night by lighting a bonfire in an olive grove in the heart of the Palestinian neighborhood Tel Rumeida. The grove, which belongs to the al-Knibi family, is located...


Samih al-Qasim and the Language of Revolution
Palestine Chronicle: 22 May 2014 - By Liam Brown I’ve gone to meet renowned Palestinian Arab Druze poet Samih al-Qasim in his home in the Galilee village of Rama. Perched on a hillside, his home overlooks the valley below, which is known by locals as the “sea of olives”. When I walk into his room, Qasim, dressed in a dressing gown and familiar red scarf, stands and greets me. “Ahlan wa Sahlan,” (“You are welcome”) he says to me in Arabic. My previous meeting with the poet was cancelled; he was diagnosed with cancer some time ago and often needs time to recover after rounds of treatment. Today Qasim is feeling in improved health and I’m in luck; I have been accompanied to the poet’s home by Dr Nazih Kassis, a translator and lexicographer, and long-time friend of Qasim. Qasim grins mischievously as he brandishes a copy of one of his books newly translated from Arabic...more


Israeli forces uproot trees, level land near Bethlehem
5/19/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers leveled large tracts of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem-area village of Nahalin on Monday, locals said. Head of the village council, Majid Ghayatha, told Ma'an that Israeli bulldozers uprooted dozens of olive and almond trees in the Wad Salem area. Several grapevines were also destroyed. Locals told Ma'an that they believe Israeli forces are clearing....


Settlers torch private Palestinian field in Hebron
5/18/2014 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set fire to a private Palestinian field in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday night as part of a celebration for the Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer. Settlers circled around the field and watched as the fire burned olive trees, in a field that locals said belongs to the Iqneibi family....


17 olive trees uprooted by Israeli settlers in Jenin
PIC - More than 17 olives trees were completely knocked down on Saturday by a horde of Israeli extremist settlers in Palestinians’ native lands in Um al-Rayhan village south-west of Jenin.


Nakba: recollection, retelling and existential vertigo
Talal Alyan, Al Jazeera 5/16/2014
      It was a mistaken belief that Palestinians would forget.
     Had they cut our tongues, it might have proven more effective than ethnic cleansing. We lost the wars, found little sympathy for our dispossession in the West and discovered cruelty amid the neighbours that hosted us. For our purported allies, we were nothing more than political props to be sloganised and cast aside. For our enemies, we were to be fought but never acknowledged because, after all, that would concede our existence. If ever there were a conquest so masterfully designed, it was the defeat of Palestine.
     The mistake though, the enormous miscalculation, was the assumption that we would forget, the notion that time and generational gaps would give way to an amnesia that never came. The memory of Palestinians has endured the evacuated villages and rewritten narratives and laundered histories. It has withstood the massacres and humiliations. It is the reason why Palestinians who have never set eyes on Jaffa still find that city in their sleep. And insist on returning to her port.
     But the act of remembrance in the Palestinian context extends beyond the political; it is more than a cue for resistance.
     Palestinian dispossession is an existential vertigo. It is easy to forget with the growing acknowledgement of our tragedy that there are still people who impugn our very identity, those who continue to regard everything from our culture to our history as myth. The sustained Nakba is not, therefore, simply a territorial uprooting. It stands as a threat to our very being, one that continues to impose upon Palestinians the fundamental choice of either remembering or having never existed.
     Memory, then, for Palestinians is a self-prescribed stabiliser, an impulse against much more than the theft of land or symbolic olive tree....
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Jewish settlers ravage Palestinian agricultural land in Bethlehem
PIC - Fanatic Israeli settlers have uprooted yesterday dozens of olive trees and grapes in a Palestinian agricultural land in Bethlehem, southern West Bank.


It s the little things about occupation
Uruknet 15 May 2014 - May 11, 2014 -Sometimes the daily, petty nastiness of the occupation is encapsulated in the dismal theft of a few farming tools. Ryad, who lives near Bethlehem area, has a small orchard with apricot, hazelnut, olive and fig trees. Near...


Israeli Arabs, Jews rally to save organic olive grove
Al-Monitor 15 May 2014 - Jews and Arabs together are battling Israeli authorities to save their fragile organic olive grove from electrical lines planned to pass over their lands to avoid military training zones.


Rabbis Urge Action Against Arab Attacks on Mount of Olives
The Foward Breaking News 11 May 2014 - More than 100 Orthodox rabbis, mostly from the United States, are urging action against ongoing Arab attacks on the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Click here for the rest of the article...


Perennial olive trees uprooted, lands razed by Israeli settlers in WB
PIC - Local Palestinian sources and eye-witnesses said a horde of Israeli settlers renewed on Sunday attacks on their native lands and agricultural fields west of Ramallah.


Settlers Chop off Olive Saplings near Ramallah
WAFA - 5 May 2014


Jewish extremists target car, olive trees in 'price tag' attacks
5/4/2014 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Two "price tag" attacks occurred on Saturday, one in the West Bank and one in northern Israel, media reported. According to the Israeli news site Ynet, a car in the northern city of Akka was found with its tires slashed and vandalized with graffiti. The words "price tag" were written on the car, along with a star of David, Ynet reported....


Vandals destroy dozens of olive trees in West Bank hate crime
Ha'aretz - 3 May 2014


Israeli Settlers Chop Down Roman-Era Olive Trees in Bethlehem Village
WAFA - 3 May 2014


WATCH: 'Handyman' Netanyahu helps Israel ring in Independence Day celebrations
Jerusalem Post 2 May 2014 - The premier is willing to roll up his sleeves and pitch in with real handiwork and craftsmanship.


IOF destroys olive trees in Madama village
PIC - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Friday morning stormed Madama village to the south of Nablus city and embarked on uprooting and destroying olive trees in Palestinian-owned fields.


Israeli Settlers Uproot Scores of Olive Saplings near Bethlehem
WAFA - 1 May 2014


Over 150 Olive Trees Destroyed Near Nablus
IMEMC - Israeli settlers destroyed over 150 Palestinian-owned olive trees south of Nablus, on Monday, according to a Palestinian official. ...


Settlers cut down over 150 olive trees near Nablus
4/28/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Monday destroyed over 150 olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers south of Nablus, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that a group of settlers from Yitzhar raided the Huwwara village and cut down over 150 trees. The trees belonged to Nayif Khadir....


Palestinian leader denounces Holocaust as 'heinous crime'
LA Times 27 Apr 2014 - Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu calls the Holocaust comments a play for public opinion and exhorts the Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas to cancel pact with Hamas. At a time when the Middle East peace process appears stymied, Israel received an unexpected olive branch when Palestinian Authority President...


Settlers cut down 60 olive trees near Nablus
4/27/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Settlers from the Israeli settlement of Yitzhar on Sunday chopped down more than 60 olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers south of Nablus in the northern West Bank. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that a group of settlers raided a neighborhood known locally as Al-Luhuf and chopped down....


Escalation of Israeli settlers’ attacks
PIC - More than 60 fruitful olive trees were uprooted by Israeli settlers in Hawara village, south of Nablus, on Sunday morning.


Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas calls Holocaust 'most heinous crime'
LA Times 27 Apr 2014 - At a time when the Middle East peace process appears stymied, Israel received an unexpected olive branch when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the Holocaust and expressed sympathy with its victims.


mortars and nostalgia for the past
In Gaza: 23 Apr 2014 - milkman, Damascus old city Sitting outside a restaurant surrounded by olive and evergreen trees. In a nearby church courtyard, a band is practising…trumpets, drums. I’m the only customer here, trying to type out some notes and listen to today’s audio recordings. The restaurant owner is smoking a cigar and throwing comments my way every so often, on the situation here. An explosion. “It’s from the east, from the ‘Free Syrian Army’ he says casually. “There were three mortars today on Bab Touma, and the other day a mortar which killed and injured many,” he adds, referring to the Bab Touma attack I’ve blogged about previously. This morning, leaving in a hurry to meet someone, I took the narrow lanes that flank the main road linking the Straight Street and Bab Touma. The shops, bookstores, small eateries along this main road are fascinating, but the quiet life that exists in the...more


Crafting a Holocaust Remembrance Day liturgy
Jerusalem Post 21 Apr 2014 - The Shoah reminds us that traditional liturgy and practice cannot go on as if nothing happened.


Several Kidnapped, Summoned to Interrogation in WB
IMEMC - Settlers cut down 100 olive trees near Ramallah Israeli forces, Sunday, abducted five Palestinians from across the West Bank and summoned four others for interrogation, according to reports by local and security sources. ...


Israeli settlers chop down olive trees in Ramallah village
4/20/2014 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Sunday chopped down more than 100 olive trees in the central West Bank village of Ras Karkar, locals said. Witnesses told Ma'an that more than 20 settlers from a nearby illegal Israeli outpost chopped down the five-year-old trees in a private Palestinian field. Locals say the attacks are an almost everyday occurrence. In 2013, there were....


Jewish settlers chop down more than 100 olive trees
PIC - Jewish settlers used hand saws and other sharp tools to chop down more than 100 olive trees in Ras Karkar village to the north west of Ramallah on Sunday.


Easter Festivities in Jerusalem
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 4/17/2014
      The dwindling Palestinian Christian population celebrated Palm Sunday in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and even in Gaza. The dwindling Palestinian Christian population celebrated Palm Sunday in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and even in Gaza. Eastern and Western Christian calendars were united this year, bringing larger numbers to the celebrations than usual.Israel again this year issued permits for Palestinian Christians from nearby Bethlehem and Ramallah to enter Jerusalem to celebrate the Easter festivities.
     This season witnessed an increase in Egyptian Coptic pilgrims to Jerusalem. Air Sinai, which used to run four flights a week, increased them to 12, bringing 547 pilgrims to participate in the Easter celebrations.Press reports said that the number of pilgrims participating in Palm Sunday celebrations this year was more than double last year. Some 30,000 are reported to have participated, compared to 12,000 last year.Clergymen in Jerusalem say that the main reason for the increase is that Palm Sunday this year was celebrated on the same day by Christians who belong to the Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical churches.In Gaza, Orthodox Bishop Alexas led the tiny Christian Palestinian congregation in celebrating the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem one week before his crucifixion.The traditional Palm Sunday celebrations follow the same route that Jesus took some 2,000 years ago, starting from the Mount of Olives neighbourhood of Beit Ania, down past the Church of Gethsemane and up to the old city via the Lion Gate.Boy scouts from various local Palestinian Christian churches usually participate in the pageantry, along with believers, church leaders, tourists and lay persons. Palm Sunday marchers on the traditional path carry branches of palm trees and sing hymns as they remember the days leading to Easter Sunday.Easter in Jerusalem is quite special; various churches and religious denominations hold events, church services and colourful pageants throughout the Passion Week.Greek and Cypriot pilgrims who often stay with local Palestinian Christians participate in these events leading to the Easter morning when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
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Imagined letter from a Palestinian prisoner
Nassar Ibrahim, AIC & OPGAI, Alternative Information Center 4/17/2014
      Good morning to us. and also good morning. to .you!
     Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades. Bars, wires, soldiers, rifles, walls, observation towers.but the eye keeps searching for a glimpse of hope... children, youth, old men, women and men...from here...and from there....and, from the darkness of the night, bursts an aaaaaahhhhh from the depth of the soul... continuing to dawn's twilight, stroking the first droplets of shiny dew on a cactus, an olive tree, an almond tree, a pomegranate tree, a fig tree and a pine tree. It passes, pure and true, like a butterfly that just escaped its cocoon... a sad twinkle in the eyes, pain, reproach, anger, love, longing and willpower as high as the skies...
     Oh bird of promise, fly as you please in the space of my cell, and fly over my mates asleep on their benches. Pass by their faces, gently like a breeze, and wipe their foreheads one by the other, and awaken them...whisper to them: Awake my comrade, awake my sister, my brother... good morning to us here... good morning my homeland, so close, yet far away... good morning mother, good morning father, good morning daughter, son, sister, brother, wife, lover, friend, good morning our neighbors... good morning to you all... from here, from the benches of prison we invite you for a cup of old coffee that we hid for precisely this occasion. April 17.
     We don't wish to spoil your morning coffee and its special moment; we are fine over here.... yes here...! In the Naqab, Beer A-Sabi', Ofer, Majiddo, Al-Ramlah, Kidar, Nafha, Ramon, Dekel, Shikma, Ayalon, Ofek, Majen, Neve Terez, Nitsan, Gifon, Hadarim, Ha-Sharon, Rimonim, Petah Tikvah, Hermon, Shta, Gilboa, Kishon, Dimon, Al-Carmel, Tabariyya, Tel-Aviv... can you remember all these names and addresses? These are our places of residence, our small and big details. They are the storage place of our memories, can you still remember them? Here we spend our nights and days, our summers and autumns, our winters, waiting for spring to arrive...
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Nablus farmer detained after being attacked by settlers
4/17/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian farmer in Nablus on Wednesday on suspicion of attempting to stab a settler after a group assaulted him and cut down his olive trees. Palestinian security officials told Ma'an that settlers from Maale Levona assaulted Khalid Samih Daraghmah and his son while they were tending their trees south of Nablus near al-Lubban ash-Sharqiyah. Jalal....


An area of land and an olive tree planted in Asira, in memory of Vittorio Arrigoni
4/17/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team˙|˙Asira, Occupied Palestine - On the 16th of April, the children of the Retaj Centre for Women and Children in Asira planted an olive tree on a piece of land which has been named after Vittorio Arrigoni. This symbolic act was made to remember the Italian volunteer killed on the 15th of April 2011. Asira is located south of Nablus, and is....


In Israel, power lines are set to run through Arab-Jewish olive grove
Ha'aretz - 16 Apr 2014


Call to Pope Francis for Passover Week: ‘Palestine Wants Justice’
IMEMC - Palestinian Christians carried a bold message as part of the annual Palm Sunday procession from the Mount of Olives to the Old City in East Jerusalem, this year. The parishes of various Palestinian villages carried banners reading: "Pope Francis: Palestine Wants Justice." ...


We Are the Palestinians – A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Apr 2014 - By Gary Corseri Before Moses or the Romans, Before Jesus and Muhammad, Before the Turks and the English, We dwelled in this land. We built cities out of the dust, Watered with our tears, Mortared with our joys; We fished the abundant seas, Blessed our children’s marriages In our cool olive groves. We did not bother To give ourselves a name Other than “the People–” The ones who had always been. Intruders came And marched across our land. They brought Sky Gods And iron weapons. They butchered our babies. The old men prayed, And were murdered where they prayed. The women keened And were murdered where they keened. We wrote petitions to World Councils And were laughed off the stage. We appealed to the “Great Powers” For mercy, understanding, peace and justice. Sometimes they listened politely. (We were pawns in their games.) Sometimes they yawned at our wounds. Our skin...more


Settlers Burn Olive Trees West of Bethlehem
IMEMC - Israeli settlers burned down a number of olive trees at dawn, this morning [Saturday, April 12, 2014]. ...


Savir's corner: Self-recognition
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2014 - Vandalism in Arab villages, curtailing their water supply and uprooting their olive trees are anything but Jewish.


Activists Plant Olives in Land Threatened with Seizure by Israel
WAFA - 9 Apr 2014


Land Day: 1,000 Olive Saplings Planted Near Jenin, Soliders Fire on Gaza Youth
IMEMC - To mark the occasion of Land Day, one thousand olive saplings were planted on Palestinian land threatened with seizure by Israel in ‘Arraba, near Jenin, on Monday. ...


Israeli forces fire at activists planting trees in southern Gaza
3/31/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers opened fire at Palestinian activists planting trees in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday, witnesses said. Activists told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers stationed in watchtowers near the border town of Khuzaa shot at the activists, who were planting olive trees to mark Land Day east of Khan Younis. Gaza Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said....


Settlers torch olive trees south of Nablus
PIC - Israeli settlers set fire to olive trees in Qaryout village south of Nablus northern occupied West Bank on Sunday night.


Marking Land Day, Thousand Olive Saplings Planted in Lands near Jenin
WAFA - 31 Mar 2014


Settlers Set Fire to Years-Old Olive Trees
WAFA - 31 Mar 2014


Israeli Forces 'Target Journalist' in Land Day Protest near Jerusalem
IMEMC - Planting borderland with olive trees marks Land Day in Gaza Israeli forces hit a journalist with a tear gas canister during clashes in the Jerusalem governorate as Palestinians marked Land Day, according to a local popular committee spokesman. ...


Israeli forces disperse Land Day demo in Nablus
3/28/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Friday dispersed a protest commemorating Land Day in the Nablus village of Burin, a PA official said. Ghassan Daghlas told Ma'an that villagers had aimed to plant olives trees in Burin following the demonstration, but Israeli forces fired stun grenades and tear gas at the crowds. A number of activists suffered tear gas inhalation. [END]


Morocco's movie 'Mecca' seeks return to glory days
3/28/2014 - OUARZAZATE, Morocco (AFP) -- Ouarzazate in southern Morocco was once dubbed the "Mecca" of the film industry for its studio facilities and the stark beauty of its locations, with many Hollywood blockbusters shot there." Laurence of Arabia" (1962, Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif), "The Sheltering Sky" (1990, Debra Winger, John Malkovich), "Kundun" (1997, Martin Scorcese), "Gladiator" (1999, Russell Crowe, Oliver Reed) and "Babel" (2006, Brad....


Settlers cut down 50 olive trees near Nablus
3/27/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers cut down more than 50 olive trees in Huwwara village south of Nablus in the northern West Bank on Thursday, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that "a number of settlers from Yitzhar settlement chopped down more than 50 olive trees in....


Daghlas: Jewish settlers chopped down 5700 olive trees since beginning of 2014
PIC - Jewish settlers chopped down more than 50 olive trees in Hawara village, south of Nablus, on Thursday morning bringing the number of trees destroyed by them since the beginning of 2014 to 5,700.


Jewish settlers destroy, uproot hundreds of olive trees in Turmus'ayya town
PIC - A horde of fanatic Jewish settlers on Wednesday destroyed and uprooted more than 1,200 olive seedlings and trees in a Palestinian-owned piece of land in Turmus'ayya town, north of Ramallah city.


Settlers Cut 50 Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA - 27 Mar 2014


Israeli settlers damage Palestinian solar panels, olive trees
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2014 - Israeli settlers destroyed solar panels and olive trees in the West Bank on Thursday, local news agencies reported. A group of settlers from the illegal outpost of Mitzpe Yair attacked and smashed solar panels belonging to a Palestinian community in the south Hebron hills, locals told...


IOF bulldozers level 10 dunums of cultivated land lots
PIC - Israeli occupation forces unleashed their huge bulldozers in a hamlet near Yatta town, south of Al-Khalil, on Wednesday destroying ten dunums of land planted with almond and olive trees.


Presbyterians on Israel lobby junket visit SodaStream but fail to see life under occupation
Mondoweiss - (Photo: Jeffrey DeYoe) This past February, at the beginning of our Palestine olive tree planting trip sponsored by the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the Beit Sahour YMCA we had the opportunity to take a tour, led by a prominent Israeli human rights activist, through the large...


Israeli settlers uproot 50 trees
3/18/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Tuesday uprooted 50 big olive trees in Ein Yabus village south of Nablus. A Palestinian official who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank told Ma'an that settlers from the nearby Yitzhar settlement uprooted 50 fruit trees in al-Sauma'a area north of the village. The trees belong to Fawzi Hassan Mohammad Hassan, he added. [END]


Settlers Cut Down 50 Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA - 18 Mar 2014


Settlers Kill 55 Olive Trees with Toxic Chemicals in Nablus
IMEMC - Israeli colonial settlers damaged, Sunday afternoon, 55 olive trees after spraying them with toxic chemicals in Jaloud village, south of the West Bank city of Nablus. ...


Settlers destroy 55 olive trees near Nablus
3/16/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers destroyed dozens of olive trees in the northern West Bank district of Nablus on Sunday, an official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers raided the village of Jalud and sprayed over 55 olive trees with toxic chemicals, killing them. The trees -- which were....


Settlers Kill Olive Trees with Chemicals near Nablus
WAFA - 16 Mar 2014


‘Never Forget’: For Rachel Corrie – A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Mar 2014 - By Gary Corseri  (Note: American peace activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death on March 16, 2003, while trying to stop an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) armored bulldozer from demolishing Palestinian homes in the occupied Gaza Strip.) Barely a woman, twenty three years old– Soft, vulnerable…. Surely, the Monster Will stop in its tracks! She steels her will, Thinks of the tank in Tiananmen Square– One little man stopping a tank! Surely, They will perceive her love-resolve: To die in a great cause is to mortar– Not martyr–the Cause! She must not die! Cannot break her parents’ hearts– Back home!  (She sees them now!) If only they knew How she had grown! They would understand… This other love that held her now In place, this love of home and place, And the Other, Of the faces, the voices, the laughter… Olive groves and sun-scented skin; The love she’d found for...more


Settlers uproot 30 trees near Yatta
3/14/2014 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers uprooted 30 olive trees on Friday southeast of Yatta near Hebron, a local activist group said. Spokesman for the local resistance committees Nidal al-Haddar told Ma'an that settlers from the Israeli settlement of Susiya raided the area and uprooted 30 trees belonging to the Shatat family in the village of Khirbet Zanuta. Khirbet Zanuta is located in....


On Reading Morani Kornberg-Weiss’ ‘Dear Darwish’
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Mar 2014 - By Vacy Vlazna Dear Morani, “We who are born here on this divine land, we who are dedicated to the message of peace and freedom and the defense of human values, and of the strength of the olive tree…we declare our presence as a wound crying in the depths of time and space in spite of the tempests which try to rend our roots from the very earth to which we gave our name.” — Mahmoud Darwish (D)  at the 50th anniversary of the Nakba. Sixteen years later the wound still gushes forth sumud .* I applaud your conversion from Zionist ideology to support for the one-state solution. So when I received your book of poetry, Dear Darwish, I was excited with the possibility that here could be another welcome Israeli voice to join respected Israeli dissidents like Gila Svirsky, Miko Peled, Maya Wind, Ilan Pappe, Tali Shapiro, Amira Hass, Rami...more


Israeli scientists seek lunar landing with dishwasher-sized spacecraft
Jerusalem Post 9 Mar 2014 - Group from Israel competing for $20 m. prize from Google, hoping to land first private craft on moon.


Fighting the occupation with a needle and thread
Yara Hawari, Electronic Intifada 3/5/2014
      Can traditional Palestinian embroidery be made fashionable? The founders of Ibra wa Khayt (Needle and Thread), a recently-opened business in Ramallah have set out to do just that.
     Tamara Reem had the idea for the project in early 2013 after she added a piece of embroidery given to her by her grandmother to a pair of shirwal (trousers).
     "Everywhere I went people would ask where I got them from," she said. "And it was nice that I had a story. So instead of saying they were from a shopping mall, I could tell them the story about the embroidery. It was embroidered by my grandmother in the 1960s in Jerusalem . It's my own personal history."
     Both Reem and her business partner Weeam Hammoudeh trace their interest in embroidery to their grandparents.
     Hammoudeh's family is originally from Lifta, a village in Jerusalem that was ethnically cleansed by Zionist forces in 1948. She grew up in Ramallah before moving to the US for graduate school.
     "While we were in the United States, embroidery was something that reminded me of my grandmothers but since coming back I have become more interested in the techniques and designs themselves," Hammoudeh said.
     The two women have set about finding old thobes (traditional Palestinian dresses) that are no longer used or have worn away, researching from which region or village the garments originated and, if possible, who made them.
     Giving the embroidered parts of the clothing to local stitchers and tailors, they use them to make new items - until now, mainly trousers and skirts. The buyer of each final piece is told the history of the old clothes on which it is based.
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Israeli forces arrest man for planting trees near Qalqiliya
3/7/2014 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Friday afternoon detained a young man while he was planting an olive sapling east of Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank, locals said. Alaa Issa al-Dweiri, 20, was detained and taken to an unknown destination while he was participating in a campaign to plant olive saplings on Palestinian lands in Izbet at Tabib under threat of confiscation by....


Settlers attack stopped by farmers in Talfeet
3/6/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, Team Nablus| Talfeet, Occupied Palestine - Farmers caught a settler cutting down olive trees in Talfeet, delivered him to the Israeli police and lodge a complaint toward him. This morning, at around 10:30, three farmers working on their land in Talfeet caught a settler cutting down olive trees in the area. Quickly joined by other villagers, they were able to capture him....


Nablus farmers capture tree-chopping Israeli settler
3/5/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian farmers on Wednesday detained an Israeli settler after they caught him chopping down olive trees in their fields in the northern West Bank, an official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that the settler was caught destroying olive trees near the Nablus-district village of Talfit. The....


Palestinians Catch Settler Chopping Down Olive Trees
WAFA - 5 Mar 2014


Israel imposes curfew in Nablus as Palestinian farmers detain settlers
Al-Akhbar News 5 Mar 2014 - Israeli forces imposed a curfew on two villages in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, after Palestinian youths hurled molotov cocktails at an Israeli settler vehicle, Palestinian media reported. Meanwhile, Palestinian farmers detained several Israeli settlers for cutting down olive trees in their fields nearby. The...


Creative Gazans develop new crafts to cope with siege
Al-Monitor 4 Mar 2014 - Gazans try to adapt to the miserable conditions brought by the siege via creative means.


Fall in Olive Oil Production in 2013, Says statistics Bureau
WAFA - 3 Mar 2014


Settlers uproot 180 sapling near Qalqiliya
3/2/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Sunday uprooted over 180 olive saplings in the Kafr Qaddum village east of Qalqiliya, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas told Ma'an that a number of settlers from Kedumim uprooted the olive saplings in the Khalet al-Natesh area in the northeast of the village. They belonged to villager Nathmi Obeid. [END]


Settlers Uproot Palestinian-Owned Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA - 2 Mar 2014


Two blushing pilgrims: A Palestinian love story
Al Jazeera 2/28/2014
      Omar' is Hany Abu-Assad's latest contribution to the rich and effervescent Palestinian cinema.
     Can Palestinian filmmakers afford telling a love story, in the midst of their historic trauma of dispossession and national liberation, without appearing to belittle or compromise the historic fate of their people?
     Hany Abu-Assad has built a towering career as a Palestinian filmmaker by trying to do precisely that: Young Palestinians falling in love, sharing their innocent dreams, while struggling to liberate their homeland.
     In "Rana's Wedding" (2002), "Ford Transit" (2002), and finally in "Paradise Now" (2005) he has tried with varying degrees of success to navigate a critical path between the personal and the political, the creative and the critical, the courageous and the foolish, the amorous and the brutish. The result has dwelled on his uncanny ability to map out the moral tapestry of blossoming innocence that is so entrenched in the overriding conditions of a national liberation movement that it scarcely allows for a smidgeon of reality. Hany Abu-Assad's singular contribution to the rich and effervescent Palestinian cinema is precisely this luscious topography of human feelings punctuated by a defiant struggle.
     Other Palestinian filmmakers like Najwa Najjar in her "Pomegranates and Myrrh" (2008) or Michel Khleifi in his film "Zindeeq" (2009) have also tried to navigate this same critical path. Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman is a breed apart. In films like "Divine Intervention" (2002) or "The Time that Remains" (2009), Suleiman has managed to craft a filmic language in which everything he does - at one and the same time - is so personal that makes the political drop its guard and do as he says. The result is a kind of cinematic thinking transmuting into an allegorical language that dismantles reality as we see it.
     Master craftsman
     In his most recent work, "Omar" (2013), Hany Abu-Assad has so finely perfected his cinema that we can now look back at his oeuvre and see the confident hands of a master craftsman....
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Settlers Uproot Olive Trees and Attack 65-year-old Shepherd
IMEMC - Israeli settlers destroyed 150 olive trees in Al-Khader, a Palestinian village south of Bethlehem, and assaulted an old Palestinian shepherd near Nablus, Monday, at noon. ...


Settlers destroy 150 olive trees, assault old man
PIC - Jewish settlers destroyed 150 olive trees in a Bethlehem village and assaulted an old Palestinian shepherd near Nablus at noon Monday.


Political Zionism is destroying a culture and a people, and intentionally so
Mondoweiss - I just spent two weeks in Israel/Palestine, representing American Presbyterians, with an international team that planted olive trees for Palestinian farmers who would otherwise be unable to work their fields.  This happened to be the two weeks in which the flap over the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)...


Settlers destroy 700 olive tree saplings near Ramallah
2/21/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) - Extremist settlers destroyed over 700 newly planted olive tree saplings north of Ramallah on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that a group of settlers from the illegal outpost of Ade Ad carried out the attack. Over 700 saplings belonging to Mahmoud and Rabah Hizma were....


Olive Trees Uprooted near Ramallah, Clashes in Nablus
IMEMC - Dozens of settlers, Wednesday, uprooted more than 700 olive seedlings in Turmsaya, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah. ...


Settlers Uproot More Than 700 Saplings Near Ramallah
IMEMC - [Wednesday, February 19, 2014] A number of extremist Israeli settlers invaded Palestinian olive orchards, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, uprooting more than 700 saplings. ...


Settlers Uproot 700 Olive Seedlings near Ramallah
WAFA - 19 Feb 2014


Princeton restaurant promotes night of Israeli wine– from occupied Golan
Mondoweiss - Wine tasting Princeton A restaurant in Princeton, N.J., is hosting a night in March for wines from a maker in Israel’s occupied territories of the Golan Heights. The restaurant is Mediterra, a taverna. Here’s the promo: MEDITERRA Wherever the Olive Grows ~ Israel – Pelter Winery Wednesday...


Iran, world powers restart nuclear talks amid limited expectations
LA Times 18 Feb 2014 - BEIRUT — Both sides sought to tamp down expectations Tuesday as representatives of Iran and six world powers met in Vienna for talks aimed at crafting a comprehensive agreement about Tehran’s controversial nuclear program.


U.S. diplomats study how to preserve Iran's dignity in nuclear talks
LA Times 17 Feb 2014 - Representatives from the U.S. and five other nations who will meet with Iran in Vienna this week need to craft a deal that looks like a victory for both sides. JAKARTA, Indonesia — U.S. diplomats preparing for a new round of nuclear negotiations with Iran...


Israeli forces prevent farmers from planting near Bethlehem
2/16/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces prevented Palestinian farmers and international solidarity activists from planting olive trees on private lands southeast of Bethlehem on Sunday. Local land owner Hussein Asakra told Ma'an that the farmers headed to their private lands accompanied by dozens of solidarity activists in order to plant olive trees in the Ghozlan area near the Israeli settlement of Teqoa. After....


Palestinian activists successfully plant 100 olive trees in fields targeted by settlers in South Hebron Hills
2/16/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - 15th February 2014, Operation Dove, Susiya, Occupied Palestine - On February 15th, 2014, more than 60 Palestinian men, women and children from the South Hebron Hills and city of Hebron gathered in the Palestinian village of Susiya and together with international and Israeli activists, participated in a nonviolent action˙ organized by the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee. The action consisted in planting some 100 olive trees....


Occupation forces suppressed an activity to plant olive seedlings in Susia area
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign سوسيا 15-2-2014 15 2 2014, Israeli occupation forces suppressed an activity to plant olive seedlings in Susia area in Hebron, they also prevented activists from reaching Al Mkfarah and Atwana regions to plant olive seedlings. More than 150 Stop the Wall and Farmers Union activists...


Israeli Forces Prevent Hebron Activists from Planting Trees
IMEMC - Israeli forces prevented, Saturday, anti-settlement activists from planting olive saplings in the villages located to the east of Yatta, in the Hebron district, according to a local official. ...


Eighty young olive trees uprooted in South Hebron Hills
2/14/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - On the afternoon of February 11, Palestinians discovered about eighty olive trees uprooted alongside bypass road 317 near the Susiya junction in the South Hebron Hills. The olive tree grove belongs to the Hushiya family from the nearby town of Yatta and had been planted only three weeks ago. Yesterday afternoon the owners and B'tselem staff members gathered near the destroyed trees, waiting for the....


World's largest fair-trade olive oil supplier has origins in Jenin
Al-Monitor 13 Feb 2014 - Few in Israel have heard of the Canaan Fair Trade commercial enterprise; however, in the West it is a well-known brand name, a Palestinian venture that has succeeded where its Israeli counterparts have failed.


One Palestinian Man’s Reading of Susan Abulhawa’s My Voice Sought The Wind
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Feb 2014 - By Hatim Kanaaneh I am no romantic poet. Yet Susan Abulhawa’s first published collection of poems ( My Voice Sought The Wind , Just World Books, 2013) slices directly to my heart. Like her, I once wrote poetry in Arabic. A group of us, high school friends in Nazareth some of whom went on to become ‘real poets,’ put out an occasional handwritten pamphlet of poetry. And like Susan, my cultural exile robbed me of the finesse and flare of my mother’s tongue. I must admit though that, unlike her, I don’t suffer any phantom pains where it once sprouted in my heart. It was too long ago. Susan opens with an ode to olive oil, the cure-all salve for all Palestinian wounds and the explosive charge in our mystical weaponry. I inherited some ancestral olives and a multi-millennial olive stands in my front yard. I drool reading Susan’s recipe: And without...more


Settlers destroy over 150 olive trees near Bethlehem
2/11/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Settlers cut down 150 olive trees in the Bethlehem-area village of al-Khader on Tuesday, land owners said. One of the owners, Muhammad Shawqi al-Zayyah, told Ma'an that settlers destroyed around 150 olive trees that his family planted two years ago. Several vines were also cut down. The settlers there are led by a Jewish extremist known as Hananiya, who....


Activists Plant Olive Seedlings in Response to Settlers’ Attack
WAFA - 11 Feb 2014


Settlers Uproot 150 Olive Seedlings near Bethlehem
WAFA - 11 Feb 2014


Palestinians Say Peace Talks Doomed by 'Reservations' — Predicts 'Stuck' Process
The Foward Breaking News 11 Feb 2014 - A top Palestinian official said on Tuesday a framework agreement being crafted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to buttress troubled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks may be doomed to fail. Click here for the rest of the article...


VIDEO: 'Surviving on grass and olives'
BBC 11 Feb 2014 - Some of the 1,200 people evacuated from the Syrian city of Homs have spoken of surviving on a diet of grass and olives, the BBC has learned.


Abbas aide calls Kerry peace formula a recipe for failure
Al-Akhbar News 11 Feb 2014 - A Palestinian official said on Tuesday a framework agreement being crafted by US Secretary of State John Kerry to sustain troubled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks may be doomed to fail. Nabil Abu Rdeineh, spokesman to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, said the deal due to be submitted...


In Cremisan, our land represents our existence
Father Ibrahim Shomali, Ma’an News Agency 2/11/2014
      Father Ibrahim Shomali is the Parish Priest of Beit Jala, Bethlehem District.
     Since the beginning of our struggle for Cremisan, we have been determined to tell the world about the story of a small Palestinian community that, like many others, is threatened once again with dispossession and colonization.
     Beit Jala had already lost two thirds of its lands to the Israeli settlements of Gilo and Har Gilo, leaving our town with only 4,500 dunams of land. Our land represents not only our heritage and our olives represent not only our presence: they represent our existence.
     As Palestinians we have gone for painful stories. In Beit Jala, we saw the refugees flee in 1948, the settlements grow since 1967, and the oppression engendered by a military occupation that aims at annexing our land. We witnessed the historic compromise made by the PLO, recognizing Israel on 78 percent of historic Palestine, which we all believed would bring peace.
     But Israel decided otherwise through its insatiable appetite for land. Since the PLO recognized Israel and accepted a two-state solution on the 1967 border, Israel has accelerated settlement construction and other elements of its colonial enterprise. Our town, due to its proximity to Jerusalem, was a natural target for Israeli settlements.
     When Israel announced its plans to build the annexation wall, Palestine went to the International Court of Justice, and in 2004 obtained an unequivocal opinion: The construction of the wall in the occupied Palestinian territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and its associated regime, violate international law. Nevertheless, Israel has continued to build the wall with impunity.
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Settlers Uproot 800 Olive Tree in Singel
IMEMC - Israeli settlers uprooted at dawn, today [Sunday, February 9, 2013], 800 olive seedlings in Singel village, north of Ramallah. ...


Settlers uproot trees in Ramallah village for second time in 3 weeks
2/9/2014 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers early Sunday raided private Palestinian land near Ramallah and uprooted hundreds of newly planted olive trees, locals told Ma'an. Locals said that dozens of settlers raided fields in the village of Sinjil north of Ramallah and uprooted and stole 800 olive saplings. The saplings had been planted days earlier after settlers uprooted olive trees in the same....


Planting "Freedom Seedlings" activities continues.
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Olive Planting 2 8 2 2014, Dozens of volunteers of Palestinians Farmers Union, Stop the Wall Campaign, Kafr al-Labad Association, and some farmers, planted olive seedlings in "Alhvasi" region, under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Palestinian and Arab Society for the...


Settlers' attacks Report for January of 2014. Uprooting more than 2,000 olive trees and almost daily attacks on citizens.
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign برافر 1 January 2014 witnessed increase in the continues settlers' crimes against Palestinians and their property, as well as the reveal of further settlement expansion plans that the Israeli government agreed on. The Israeli government has announced the construction of more than 1,600 housing units...


Jewish settlers uproot 400 olive trees north of Ramallah
PIC - Jewish settlers uprooted 400 olive saplings in Sinjil village land, north of Ramallah, on Sunday morning.


Settler Uproot 400 Olive Seedlings near Ramallah
WAFA - 9 Feb 2014


"Itamar" settlers uprooted 200 olive trees in the village of Aqraba and the occupation's authority agreed on a plan to built 558 new housing units in Jerusalem.
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign اقتلاع 100 شجرة زيتون في قريوت 5 2 2014, a group of "Itamar" settlement settlers, uprooted more than 200 olive trees, purported to be150 years old or older, which cover an area of 50 acres, and belongs to the citizen Ezat Moawia from Yanoun town,...


Settlers cut down 100 olive trees near Nablus
2/5/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Wednesday destroyed over 100 olive trees in the Nablus district, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from Itamar cut down the olive trees in an open area in Wadi Yanoun, which is situated between Awarta and Yanoun villages. Jewish settlers....


Jewish settlers chop down 250 olive trees
PIC - Jewish settlers chopped down 250 olive trees to the north of Aqraba village, south of Nablus, on Wednesday.


Settlers uproot more than 1,000 olive saplings near Ramallah
Uruknet 4 Feb 2014 - February 2, 2014 -- Jewish settlers on Sunday vandalized private Palestinian agricultural lands north of Ramallah and uprooted more than 1000 olive trees and newly planted saplings, a Palestinian official said.Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities...


Settlers Uproot Hundreds Of Trees In Nablus, Ramallah
Uruknet 4 Feb 2014 - February 2, 2014 - [Sunday, February 2, 2014] Israeli settlers invaded Palestinian orchards in the West Bank districts of Nablus and Ramallah, uprooting more than 1,425 olive trees and saplings.Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official in charge of Israeli Settlements File,...


Settlers Uproot Hundreds Of Trees In Nablus, Ramallah
IMEMC - [Sunday, February 2, 2014] Israeli settlers invaded Palestinian orchards in the West Bank districts of Nablus and Ramallah, uprooting more than 1,425 olive trees and saplings. ...


Settlers uproot more than 1,000 olive saplings near Ramallah
2/2/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Jewish settlers on Sunday vandalized private Palestinian agricultural lands north of Ramallah and uprooted more than 1000 olive trees and newly planted saplings, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that a group of settlers from the Shilo settlement uprooted more than 1000 saplings in....


Settlers Uproot around 1625 Olive Saplings near Ramallah
WAFA - 2 Feb 2014


Settlers Uproot 25 Olive Trees
IMEMC - [Wednesday, January 29, 2014] Israeli settlers, on Wednesday, uprooted around 25 olive trees in the village of Madama, south of Nablus, according to a local activist. ...


Settlers Uproot 25 Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA - 29 Jan 2014


Australia’s crimes during its colonial history resemble those of Israel
Vacy Vlazna, Al Jazeera 1/26/2014
      "Imperialism after all is an act of geographical violence" - Edward Said
     Is it just me, or do you also see a thread of colonial superiority and racism binding US, Australia, and Canada to Israel?
     Think about it. All are ex-British colonies and like Israel, have a dark history of atrocities committed against their respective indigenous peoples and all continue to treat them as third class citizens.
     I can't speak for the US and Canada, but, apart from realpolitik and arms trade, an underlying colonial arrogance goes a long way to explain why my "civilised" "democratic" Australian government is complicit in granting Israel impunity to perpetrate war crimes and crimes against humanity on a daily basis against generations of Palestinian families.
     The tragic past and near narratives of the suffering of unspeakable colonial atrocities against Indigenous Palestinians and Indigenous Australians bear close resemblance and are written in blood and great injustice.
     Just as Israel's Independence Day and the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) have a bloody symbiosis, Australia Day or Invasion Day, on the January 26th, is celebrated or mourned according to the victors or the vanquished.
     Both Israeli and British colonists took the "terra nullius" ("empty land") to justify their brutal occupations and wholesale land theft of Palestine and Australia. Israel boasts it made the desert bloom even though for centuries Palestine traded in olives, oil, quinces, pinenuts, figs, carob, cotton, dates, indigo, artichokes, citrus fruit, almonds, mint sumach and much more. In Australia, the Aborigines maintained their food supply with a sophisticated fire management system of the land.
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Israeli bulldozers uproot olive trees
Uruknet 25 Jan 2014 - January 23, 2014- Occupation military bulldozers uprooted thousands of olive trees in Wadi Qana in the town of Dier Estia of the governorate of Salfit on Thursday under the pretext that the area is a natural reserve and thereby could...


Last mass held in Beit Jala as court to rule on land seizure
1/24/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Residents of Beit Jala held their last weekly mass Friday in an area threatened by Israel's separation wall as locals awaited a decision from Israel's Supreme Court on an appeal to halt the land seizure. Around 60 Palestinians, internationals and representatives of the Catholic, Orthodox and Lutheran churches gathered on an olive tree-covered hilltop in the Cremisan....


Israeli Settlers Uproot, Steal 800 Olive Trees Near Ramallah
IMEMC - A group of Israeli settlers, on Wednesday, uprooted 800 olive saplings planted by Palestinian farmers, in the village of Sinjel. ...


Iran extends energy olive branch to West
1/23/2014 - DAVOS, Switzerland (AFP) -- Iran on Thursday stepped up its efforts to woo investors and normalize its relations with the West with an offer to help create a new multilateral body tasked with stabilizing global energy supplies. President Hassan Rouhani told the World Economic Forum in Davos that Tehran was ready to put some of its extensive oil and gas reserves at the disposal of the....


Jewish settlers uproot 800 olive saplings near Ramallah
Uruknet 23 Jan 2014 - January 22, 2014 - Illegal Jewish settlers have uprooted more than 800 olive saplings on land belonging to the village of Sinjel near Ramallah. Mayor Ayoub Swedan told Palestine s official Wafa news agency that villagers woke on Wednesday morning...


Israel Uproots Hundreds of Olive Trees near Salfit
WAFA - 23 Jan 2014


Ariel Sharon's Long Goodbye
Heathcote Williams, CounterPunch 1/23/2014
      Stiff-Necked Protagonist
     There is a convention that you're not supposed to speak ill of the recently dead, which unfortunately imposes a kind of vow of silence, because there is nothing good to say. He [Ariel Sharon] was a brutal killer; he had one fixed idea in mind which drove him all his life: a greater Israel, as powerful as possible, as few Palestinians as possible." - Noam Chomsky, Democracy Now, January 13, 2014
     "It is not just Sabra and Shatila. He committed so many crimes against Arabs everywhere. . He is truly a butcher." Adnan al-Mikdad, a Lebanese man who lost both his parents in the Beirut massacre, New York Daily News, January 11, 2014
     "Sharon was the most typical Israeli one could imagine, embodying the saying, 'If force does not work, try more force.'" Uri Avnery, The Israeli Imperator, www.avnery-news.co.il January 17, 2014
     "Sharon personified the most brutal, colonial, reactionary & racist trends in Zionism. A Jewish Rambo." Avi Shlaim, Israel and Palestine, London: Verso, 2009, p. xiii
     Like the wall he'd built
     To divide two Semitic
     Peoples, he was cut off.
     Like the olive trees
     On others' land which he'd uprooted,
     He'd become barren....
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Settlers uproot hundreds of trees near Ramallah
1/22/2014 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers uprooted over 600 recently planted olive and almond saplings in a village north of Ramallah on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that a group of settlers from Givat Ariel and Maale Levona uprooted newly planted saplings in the village of Sinjil....


Jewish settlers destroy 600 seedlings financed by Red Cross
PIC - Jewish settlers destroyed 600 olive and almond seedlings in a Palestinian village, south of Nablus city, on Wednesday morning.


Settlers Uproot 800 Olive Seedlings near Ramallah
WAFA - 22 Jan 2014


Email your president, tell him to protest the cruel removal of Palestinians from their lands in Hebron Hills
Mondoweiss - David Shulman and fellow activists use olive branches to protest settlers’ destruction of Palestinian trees (graphic: Ta’ayush) David Shulman is a leading writer in Israel and the U.S. who posted this report from a wrenching day of activism in the Hebron Hills at the Ta’ayush website ....


Military Resistance 12A15 What Goes Around...
Uruknet 20 Jan 2014 - January 19, 2014 - ... A massive US government spending bill introduced Monday evening would ramp up war spending for the first time in four years, and it includes billions for new weapon systems. A trillion-dollar, government-wide omnibus spending measure crafted...


Ignoring Human Rights Watch report, NYT suggests 15-year-old goaded Israeli soldiers who killed him
Mondoweiss - Jalazoun camp Isabel Kershner reports for the New York Times on a strike by UN relief workers in the West Bank that is stoking tensions inside Palestinian refugee camps. Outside the [Jalazoun] camp’s main entrance, youths were throwing stones, goading Israeli soldiers among the olive trees...


Settler violence: It comes with the territory
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 1/21/2014
      Unlike any other aspect of the occupation, settler violence is something nobody outside the radical fringe in Israel will defend. This, alone, they'll denounce. And yet, nobody - in Israel or internationally - has found the political will to put a stop to the decades-long phenomenon, even when the victims are U.S. citizens.
     The burned door of the Khalil family home, months after settlers set it on fire while seven family members slept inside. (Photo: Activestills.org)
     Kamal Shaban, a farmer in the West Bank village of Sinjil, is watching workmen repair a local family's house that had recently been firebombed by settlers in the middle of the night, forcing the parents and five children asleep inside to flee to the rooftop. As for himself, Shaban tells me that during the autumn olive harvests, settlers have stoned the laborers in his fields, turned over a tractor, stolen sacks of olives and once broke a worker's arm with a big rock - all under the eye of Israeli soldiers required by the Supreme Court to protect the farmers.
     He asks: "Why do the United States, the European Union and the United Nations call Hamas terrorists and Hezbollah terrorists, but they don't call these people terrorists?"
     The phenomenon of settler violence against Palestinians, which is as old and as vibrant as the settlements themselves, tells you everything you need to know about how serious Israel is about ending its rule over a foreign people. It also tells you everything you need to know about how serious the world is about forcing Israel to end it.
     Settler violence, lately characterized mainly by masked young men roaming the West Bank and attacking Palestinian farmers with stones, clubs or rifles and burning their olive groves, their fields, and occasionally their schools, mosques and homes....
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Labor MK Bar: We must not wait for someone to be killed on Mount of Olives
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 - Knesset panel calls for higher security on holy site and cemetery in Jerusalem, which has been subject to rock-throwing.


Settlers Plant Olive Trees On Illegally Seized Land
IMEMC - [Tuesday, January 14, 2014] Dozens of Israeli settlers, protected by soldiers, took over a Palestinian-owned plot of land in an area east of the city of Hebron, and began planting it with olive trees on Tuesday, according to a local witness. ...


Settlers Cut Olive Trees In Hebron
IMEMC - [Monday, January 13, 2014] Local sources have reported that a number of Israeli settlers cut down nearly 50 Palestinian olive trees, east of Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. ...


20 olive trees destroyed in the South Hebron Hills area of At Tuwani
1/13/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Operation Dove, At Tuwani, Occupied Palestine - This morning Palestinians discovered 20 olive trees destroyed alongside bypass road 317 in the South Hebron Hills area of At Tuwani. The olive tree groves belongs to the Al Amor family from At Tuwani and had been planted 34 years ago. At 9. 35 am the owners, Operation Dove volunteers and B'tselem staff members gathered near the....


Settlers cut down 50 olive trees, IOF soldiers raze tents
PIC - Jewish settlers have destroyed nearly fifty olive trees belonging to Palestinians in al-Khalil south of occupied West Bank.


Settlers Chop Down Olive Trees to the East of Yatta
WAFA - 13 Jan 2014


Shameless intervention in support of Netanyahu
George S. Hishmeh, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 1/9/2014
      Several decades ago, when I began my career in journalism at the Daily Star in Beirut, Lebanon (and later became editor-in-chief), I was assigned to interview, at a late hour one evening at the capital's international airport, a prominent member of the British Labour Party and the House of Commons who was at the start of a Mideast tour. Edith Summerskill, who was sympathetic to the plight of the Palestinians, had loudly criticised the position of the British government vis-a-vis the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. So I hoped she would then respond to some of my questions, but she surprised me when she said she would not criticise the British government outside Britain; she would do that once she returned home. Her position stunned me, but I later appreciated her attitude.
     So last week, I was shocked to learn from Haaretz, the Israeli daily, that Republican Senator John McCain had declared publicly during an unexpected visit to occupied Jerusalem that he shared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's concerns about whether some parts of the so-called "framework" agreement that is being negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians by US Secretary of State John Kerry are enforceable, viable options that do not jeopardise Israel's security.
     I thought McCain would have done better had he followed in the footsteps of Summerskill and not embarrass a senior member of the US government. The US Secretary of State was in occupied Jerusalem at the same time on his tenth visit there to craft a Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement and the following day, he was scheduled to see Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Alongside McCain was his frequent fellow traveller, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, as well as Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming - they had all travelled to Afghanistan before coming to occupied Jerusalem. For the record, the three senators did not bother - disappointingly - to visit Abbas, whose office was only a few miles away.
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Palestinian villagers capture settlers carrying out price tag attack in West Bank
Uruknet 9 Jan 2014 - January 8, 2014- Palestinians from the village of Qusra captured a band of invading setters yesterday who had come to raid their village and uproot their olive trees. Ma an reports 18 settlers were captured, Haaretz reports ten. The invading...


Clashes in Qusra: olive trees destroyed and settlers beaten
1/8/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - 08th January 2014, International˙Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Qusra, Occupied PalestineClashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth erupted yesterday after settlers attacked villagers from Qusra on their fields. Palestinians captured a group of settlers on their way to Qusra after they had destroyed a number of olive trees. In the morning of the 7th ˙January 2014, several farmers from Qusra, a village south of Nablus, entered....


Settlers Torch Palestinian Cars, Cut Olive Trees
WAFA - 8 Jan 2014


Palestinian villagers capture settlers carrying out ‘price tag’ attack in West Bank
Mondoweiss -   Qusra Jan. 7, 2013 (photo: Ahmad Talat Hasan) Palestinians from the village of Qusra captured a band of invading setters yesterday who had come to raid their village and uproot their olive trees. Ma’an reports 18 settlers were captured, Haaretz reports ten. The invading masked...


Villagers Hold Settlers ‘Captive’ Near Nablus following Clashes
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Jan 2014 - Palestinian villagers from the Nablus town of Qusra on Tuesday held at least 18 settlers captive after they raided their village and tried to uproot olive trees, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers from the illegal outpost of Yesh Kodesh tried to uproot olive trees belonging to Qusra residents. In the nearby village of Jalud, dozens of settlers attempted to uproot olive trees south of the main entrance. Jalud residents quickly mobilized to stop the attacks, leading to clashes. Daghlas said that Qusra villagers managed to contain 18 settlers for several hours in an area between Qusra and Jalud. Palestinian security sources told AFP locals had apprehended the settlers, some of whom were masked, after earlier clashes between the sides near Qusra village. The governor of Nablus, Jibrin al-Bakri, later confirmed that the...more


Villagers hold settlers 'captive' near Nablus following clashes
1/7/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian villagers from the Nablus town of Qusra on Tuesday held at least 18 settlers captive after they raided their village and tried to uproot olive trees, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from the illegal outpost of Yesh Kodesh tried to....


Naked Australian stuck in washing machine freed with a splash of olive oil
The National 7 Jan 2014 - A naked Australian man who became stuck in a washing machine as part of an ill-planned practical joke was freed from the appliance with the help of an unusual rescue device: olive oil.


Palestinians detain settlers uprooting olive trees
Al-Akhbar News 7 Jan 2014 - Palestinian villagers briefly detained 13 settlers who crossed into their fields near the West Bank City of Nablus Tuesday to uproot olive trees, state news agency Wafa reported. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who documents settler crimes, told Wafa that settlers from nearby illegal outpost...


Palestinians catch settlers allegedly attempting a ’price tag’ attack
Michael Omer-Man, +972 Magazine 1/7/2014
      Settlers invade the village of Qusra, where they are trapped by village residents. Palestinians eventually call the Israeli army to evacuate their attackers. Qusra has a long history as the target of settler violence.
     Palestinians in the West Bank village of Qusra caught a group of Israeli settlers who they said invaded the village to carry out a so-called "price tag" attack against locals, leading to a standoff that lasted nearly two hours on Tuesday.
     The incident began late Tuesday morning when the Israeli army demolished an illegal structure in the settlement of Esh Kodesh, Israel Radio reported (Hebrew). In response, some 25 settlers descended toward the neighboring village of Qusra to carry out a "price tag" attack.
     The settlers physically attacked a Palestinian family and farmers and attempted to uproot olive trees in fields between the settlement and the village, explained Zacharia Sada, a field worker for Rabbis for Human Rights who witnessed the events.
     Villagers quickly arrived on the scene and light clashes broke out until the army arrived to separate the two sides, Sada said. A smaller group of settlers, however, went around the soldiers and ran into the village, ostensibly to carry out a "price tag" attack in retaliation for the demolition in the settlement.
     Villagers quickly spotted the invading settlers, who after some clashes ran into a Palestinian home and sought refuge on an unfinished second floor. Several were lightly injured by the villagers as they were chased into the house.
     A Palestinian Authority officer who was in the village, along with Palestinian human rights workers, put themselves in between the enraged villagers and the would-be Israeli attackers, Sada recalled.
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In 'Rumi’s field': can US and Iran meet in a place beyond sanctions and centrifuges?
Al-Monitor 7 Jan 2014 - The United States and Iran must relearn the craft of diplomacy for their relationship to secure benefits for both sides.


Villagers Hold Settlers ‘Captive’ Near Nablus following Clashes
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Jan 2014 - Palestinian villagers from the Nablus town of Qusra on Tuesday held at least 18 settlers captive after they raided their village and tried to uproot olive trees, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers from the illegal outpost of Yesh Kodesh tried to uproot olive trees belonging to Qusra residents. In the nearby village of Jalud, dozens of settlers attempted to uproot olive trees south of the main entrance. Jalud residents quickly mobilized to stop the attacks, leading to clashes. Daghlas said that Qusra villagers managed to contain 18 settlers for several hours in an area between Qusra and Jalud. Palestinian security sources told AFP locals had apprehended the settlers, some of whom were masked, after earlier clashes between the sides near Qusra village. The governor of Nablus, Jibrin al-Bakri, later confirmed that the...more


Will Lebanon Survive in 2014?
Franklin Lamb, Beirut, CounterPunch 1/3/2014
      Should It?
     Another week, another terrorist bombing. It's beginning to look a lot like that here in Lebanon these days. Another apparent suicide bomber detonated a car rigged with explosives in the southern suburbs yesterday killing at least five people and injuring at least 77. The health ministry released a statement just a short while ago reporting that an additional 67 people were treated in hospitals for wounds and released, while 10 people remained hospitalized with more severe injuries.
     Many who thought their team and its local and international supporters were invincible appear to be rethinking recent events. More are realizing that their enemies are also skilled and fearless fighters and not at all afraid to die for their religion, or related causes, and may well be growing in number as they view the results of their handiwork.
     Yesterday's explosion is the fourth bombing since last July in Beirut's southern suburbs known as Dahiyeh. It targeted al-Arid Street two blocks almost directly behind the office of the Sabra-Shatila Scholarship Program (SSSP) near the old Al Manar building which re-located after being repeatedly bombed by US funded Israel forces in 2006. Some preliminary reports indicate that a 20 kilogram bomb was used in the explosion hidden and then detonated inside an olive green Jeep Grand Cherokee.
     The latest information this morning comes from Hezbollah security guys who guard our building (and my motorcycle-bless them for both favors!) and who have been visibly present throughout Dahiyeh for the past six months, ever since the spate of neighborhood bombings began. People in South Beirut tend to believe that al-Qaeda-linked groups are responsible for this latest in a series of attacks and some point to the recent reports from UPI and other media that Al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammad al-Golani and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have ordered their fighters specifically into Lebanon for the sole purpose of fighting and destroying Hezbollah.
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Israeli troops erect tents near Yabad
12/24/2013 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli troops erected three military tents near the main road of the northern West Bank town of Yabad on Tuesday morning. Eyewitnesses told a Ma'an reporter that they saw three military tents on Palestinian olive trees near the main road between Jenin and Tulkarem. Large numbers of Israeli soldiers deployed in the area, they added. In response, Israeli forces....


Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity: saving the angels at Jesus's birthplace
The Guardian 23 Dec 2013 - Italian craftsmen have won the Palestinian Authority's tender to repair the 4th-century church and Unesco heritage site Italian craftsmen have begun urgent repairs to the centuries-old roof of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, first...


Christmas: Wasteful, Extravagant, and Immoral
Dissident Voice: 16 Dec 2013 - On this date 360 years ago, Oliver Cromwell was made Lord Protector of England. What does that have to do with Christmas, you may ask? Well, the parliament of puritanical Protestants that he led tried to ban Christmas for being un-Christian. In 1645, four years before the execution of King Charles I, which ushered in the Cromwellian republic, a group of MPs created the Directory of Public Worship to purge the calendar not only of Christmas but of all holy days, while enforcing strict observance of Sunday worship. This hard-assed animosity toward Christmas (and human revelry in general) did not arise in a vacuum; it reflected a distaste among the more austere elements of British society for festivities and general human enjoyment. First, the Puritans condemned Christmas for being wasteful, extravagant, and immoral, and for not being consistent with the Bible . Second, the holiday was seen as a relic of...more


Why it's hard for me to mourn Nelson Mandela
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 - Outside of his own country, he was not the same Nelson Mandela who had transformed South Africa from an apartheid state into a true democracy by means of an olive branch and reconciliation.


Soldiers Uproot Olive Trees Near Bethlehem
IMEMC - Villages Isolated Near Hebron [Monday at Dawn, December 9, 2013] Local sources report that Israeli military bulldozers have uprooted more than 40 olive trees, in order to connect settler road #60 with the Cremisan Monastery in Beit Jala town, west of Bethlehem, and other areas. ...


IOF bulldozers destroy 40 olive trees
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) unleashed their bulldozers in Walaja village, west of Bethlehem, on Monday morning and destroyed 40 olive trees.


Paltoons by Latuff // Days of Rage and Solidarity with Palestine
Desert Peace 12/2/2013
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"Price tag" attack in South Hebron Hills
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 - November 30, 2013 -On the morning of November 29, a Palestinian noticed several olive trees damaged in a field close to the West Bank s South Hebron Hills area outpost of Havat Ma on. The owner of the olive trees...


An unrelenting assault on the village of Deir Istiya's farmland
11/28/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - International˙Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Deir Istiya, Occupied Palestine - The village of Deir Istiya has encountered severe disruption to its agriculture and water supply since 1990 from the Israeli authorities and nearby illegal settlements. This has culminated in the Israeli army's planned action to uproot nearly 2500 olive trees in the very near future. The army's mandate to perform this action stems....


PHOTOS: A state-sanctioned price tag on Palestinian olive trees
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 - November 26, 2013 - Israeli civilians accompanied by the military damaged or destroyed some 60 Palestinian-owned olive trees Monday in the West Bank village of Tuqu . A headline on the Hebrew-language settler website Hakol Hayehudi stated: "The IDF does a...


Interview with Saeed Amireh: 'The occupation affects our life in so many ways, economically and socially.'
International Solidarity Movement 11/28/2013
      Saeed Amireh is a 22-year-old resident of Ni'lin, the son of a farmer, who has been active in the popular resistance since 2003.
     Can you tell us a bit of the history of Ni'lin?
     In the past, Ni'lin used to be part of the area which is within the '48 borders now. In 1994, when the Palestinian Authority came, Ni'lin became part of Ramallah city. So now Ni'lin is located exactly at the green line of 49 and about 27 kilometres west of Ramallah. The village is part of the West Bank but not under Palestinian control. It is completely area C and therefore under Israeli control.
     After 1967, when the West Bank was occupied, Ni'lin has been suffering constantly. Since that time, the Israelis began to build colonies on our land, starting with Ni'li in the north of Ni'lin in the early '70s, you can see that they stole the name from our village. Then Hashmonain in the south, Qiryat Sefer, Mattitjahu and then Naaleh. So there are five Israeli colonies. They also built an apartheid road called 446 that separates Ni'lin into two parts. Due to these constructions, the villagers have lost a great part of their land. The majority of the people here are farmers and their main income source comes from harvesting their land.
     Besides that, Ni'lin has two main olive oil factories; the export is another major income. Ni'lin is famous for its olive oil production and for their cactus industry. Just like Hebron is famous for grapes, Jerico for bananas. During this period, intensified by the construction of the wall, Ni'lin lost about 5000 hectares of land out of a total of 5800 hectares, so there is only 800 hectares left. We have been fighting against this land grabbing and confiscation.
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Israeli soldiers destroy 60 olive trees near Bethlehem
Uruknet 27 Nov 2013 - November 25, 2013 -- Israeli forces uprooted over 60 olive trees in a Bethlehem village on Monday, a local official said.The mayor of Tuqu, Taysir Abu Mfareh, told Ma an that Israeli soldiers accompanied by settlers uprooted dozens of trees...


Israeli Genocide of Palestinian Olive trees
Sabbah report 27 Nov 2013 - Extreme hatred of everything non-Jewish seems to be ingrained in the blood of Zionist Israeli Jews. This hatred is expressed by their warmongering politicians, their terrorist army, their fundamentalist rabbis, and their extremist civilians starting from their children up to their elderly of both sexes. They...


Israeli Settlers Destroy Palestinian Olive Grove Near Salfit
IMEMC - A group of Israeli settlers invaded the village of Bruqin, near Salfit in the northern West Bank, early Monday morning, and uprooted a grove of 15 olive trees. This follows a similar uprooting of over 100 trees, the week before, in Yatta village. ...


Settlers bulldoze Palestinian lands west of Salfit, chop olive trees
11/27/2013 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers raided lands in the northern West Bank with bulldozers on early Tuesday morning in order to level the area to prepare it for expansion of the nearby Ariel settlement block, a witness said. Settlers razed the lands north of Bruqin village west of Salfit to prepare it for the construction of factories that will be a part of the....


Settlers uproot 15 olive trees in Salfit
11/25/2013 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Settlers uprooted 15 olive trees in the Salfit village of Bruqin on Monday, a local committee said. The popular committee against the wall and settlements told Ma'an that settlers from the outpost of Brukhin destroyed over 15 trees belonging to the Sheikh Omar family. Last Monday, settlers destroyed at least 26 olive trees in the Nablus village of Qusra.... Related: 10 olives trees destroyed in Bruqin


Israeli soldiers destroy 60 olive trees near Bethlehem
11/25/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces uprooted over 60 olive trees in a Bethlehem village on Monday, a local official said. The mayor of Tuqu, Taysir Abu Mfareh, told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers accompanied by settlers uprooted dozens of trees in the village. The mayor called on the human rights organizations to support Palestinians against constant Israeli violations. Over 7,500 olive trees were....


10 olives trees destroyed in Bruqin
11/25/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Bruqin, Occupied Palestine - Yesterday in the village of Bruqin, citizens found that approximately 10 olive trees had been severely damaged. The branches were cut with a saw and then pulled off by hand; this method can˙kill˙the tree if the damage is not immediately repaired. The olive trees were 63-years-old and were planted in 1950. The trees' owner relies.... Related: Settlers uproot 15 olive trees in Salfit


Israeli Soldiers, Settlers Cut Down Dozens of Olive Trees
WAFA - 25 Nov 2013


Israel approves 829 settler homes in West Bank: NGO
Al-Akhbar News 25 Nov 2013 - Palestinians throw stones at Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank village of Qusra, after Jewish settlers from the illegal Esh Kodesh outpost tried to uproot Palestinian olive trees, on November 18, 2013. (Photo: AFP - Jaafar Ashtiyeh) Israeli authorities have given the go-ahead for the...


Settlers Uproot Olive Trees in Salfit
WAFA - 24 Nov 2013


Olive Harvest in Palestine: Evaluation and Future Challenges
Palestine News Network


Morning settler attack triggers clash with serious injuries in Qusra
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 - November 19, 2013 - Early yesterday morning, a Palestinian family was attacked by approximately 20 settlers on their fields in Qusra village, southeast of Nablus. 30 olive trees were also destroyed. Following this incident, a clash broke out between Israeli...


Morning settler attack triggers clash with serious injuries in Qusra
11/19/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Qusra, Occupied Palestine - Early yesterday morning, a Palestinian family was attacked by approximately 20 settlers on their fields in Qusra village, southeast of Nablus. 30 olive trees were also destroyed. Following this incident, a clash broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth in the village where a house was raided and Israeli soldiers fired many tear gas canisters, rubber-coated....


Settlers uproot 26 olive trees in Nablus village
Uruknet 19 Nov 2013 - November 18, 2013 -- Settlers destroyed at least 26 olive trees in the Nablus village of Qusra on Monday, a local official said.Village mayor Abed al-Atheim told Ma an that settlers from an illegal outpost south of Qusra chopped down...


8 hurt in Nablus clashes, 1 critically
11/18/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Eight Palestinians were injured on Monday in clashes with Israeli forces south of Nablus, locals said. Abed al-Athiem al-Qadi, the mayor of Qusra village, told Ma'an that clashes broke out earlier in the day after Israeli settlers uprooted 26 olive trees in the village. Israeli forces arrived on the scene and fired rubber-bullets at Palestinian villagers, injuring eight people....


Settlers uproot 26 olive trees in Nablus village
11/18/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Settlers destroyed at least 26 olive trees in the Nablus village of Qusra on Monday, a local official said. Village mayor Abed al-Atheim told Ma'an that settlers from an illegal outpost south of Qusra chopped down 26 trees belonging to Talat Fawzi Hassan. The settlers also damaged concrete agricultural structures belonging to Deeb Abdel Latif Hassan and Ali Abdul....


Israeli settlers uproot 106 olive trees near Yatta
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 - November 17, 2013 -- Israeli settlers raided Palestinian agricultural areas in the southern West Bank overnight, uprooting 106 olive trees in Quwawees area east of Yatta.Locals said that Israeli settlers destroyed 106 olive trees owned by Abd al-Nabi Makhamra in...


Israeli Settlers Cut Down Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA - 18 Nov 2013


Israeli settlers uproot 106 olive trees near Yatta
11/17/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers raided Palestinian agricultural areas in the southern West Bank overnight, uprooting 106 olive trees in Quwawees area east of Yatta. Locals said that Israeli settlers destroyed 106 olive trees owned by Abd al-Nabi Makhamra in an overnight attack. Settlers have recently destroyed trees in the area with ripe olives, in order to prevent Palestinians from harvesting them, locals added....


Israeli soldiers cut down 100 olive trees at night in occupied village– in name of security
Mondoweiss - Soldiers cut [down] 100 olive trees in Ya‘bod IMEMC — [Thursday November 14, 2013] Israeli soldiers invaded Ya‘bod village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and cut [down] more than 100 olive trees that belong to the residents despite a pending petition filed by...


Gaza farmers succeed in tending to olive harvest - with international support
11/16/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - The Electronic Intifada, Joe Catron, Gaza City, Occupied Palestine - During the recent olive harvest, which lasted from the end of September through October, dozens of Palestinian volunteers joined˙farmers in their groves near the tense barriers of the Gaza Strip. The volunteers worked during a week at the height of the harvest season, from 20 to 27 October, in two of the farming districts most often....


Soldiers Cut 100 Olive Trees In Yabod
IMEMC - [Thursday November 14, 2013] Israeli soldiers invaded Yabod village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and cut more than 100 olive trees that belong to the residents despite a pending petition filed by the owners with the Israeli Supreme Court. ...


Soldiers Cut Olive Trees Near Jenin
IMEMC - [Wednesday November 13, 2013] Israeli soldiers cut dozens of Palestinian olive trees close to the main road near Ya’bod village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin. ...


Israeli forces cut down 100 olive trees in Jenin village
11/14/2013 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli military forces on Thursday cut down 100 olive trees in the Jenin town of Yabad, despite a petition by landowners against the decision, a local official said. Yabad mayor Samer Abu Baker said that Israeli soldiers arrived overnight to cut down the trees, which are located near the illegal settlement of Mevo Dotan. Israeli forces also set up a checkpoint....


Israeli Soldiers Cut 100 Olive Trees In Yabod
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 - November 14, 2013 - Israeli soldiers invaded Yabod village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and cut more than 100 olive trees that belong to the residents despite a pending petition filed by the owners with the Israeli...


Israel Cuts Down 100 Olive Trees in West Bank Town
WAFA - 14 Nov 2013


Gaza farmers succeed in tending to olive harvest - with international support
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 - November 13, 2013 - During the recent olive harvest, which lasted from the end of September through October, dozens of Palestinian volunteers joined farmers in their groves near the tense barriers of the Gaza Strip. The volunteers worked during a...


Gaza farmers succeed in tending to olive harvest -- with international support
Electronic Intifada: 13 Nov 2013 - Workshops encourage Palestinian farmers to boycott Israeli goods and build a social movement. more..


Supreme Court crafts compromise in copyright case between Ragen, Shapiro
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 - Ragen agreed to court order to remove 29 sentences from her 400-page book in any future printings.


Knesset committee discusses attacks on Israelis, others at Mount of Olives
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 - MK Regev says visitors in "mortal danger," demands accountability and plan of action from police.


Israel orders destruction of village olive grove in retaliation for alleged stone throwing
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 - November 11, 2013 - The Israeli military has issued demolition orders for hundreds of Palestinian olive trees in the village of Yabad, in the northern West Bank, following threats that if kids kept throwing stones at soldiers, the army would...


Olive harvest in Burin: Israel stifles Palestinian agriculture
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 - November 10, 2013- With a population of around 2,500, the village of Burin is situated in the governate most often exposed to settler violence in the West Bank-Nablus. Between January and August of this year, 96 settler attacks have been...


Israel orders destruction of village olive grove in retaliation for alleged stone throwing
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 - November 10, 2013 - The Israeli military has issued demolition orders for hundreds of Palestinian olive trees in the village of Yabad, in the northern West Bank, following threats that if kids kept throwing stones at soldiers, the army would...


The occupier’s fiat: Because Palestinian boys throw stones at us, we will uproot 100s of olive trees
Mondoweiss -   Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction of movement Israel orders destruction of village olive grove in retaliation for alleged stone throwing IMEMC 10 Nov — The Israeli military has issued demolition orders for hundreds of Palestinian olive trees in the village of Ya‘bad,...


Israel orders destruction of village olive grove in retaliation for alleged stone throwing
IMEMC - The Israeli military has issued demolition orders for hundreds of Palestinian olive trees in the village of Yabad, in the northern West Bank, following threats that if kids kept throwing stones at soldiers, the army would destroy the village's olive trees. ...


Settlement expansion in Khalil encroaches on Palestinian land
11/10/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine - The attempted expansion of Qiryat Arba, the largest settlement in Khalil,˙threatens to further reassign land boundaries. This would affect the livelihoods of several Palestinian families who have long been subject to harassment and violence. On Tuesday 5th November, international activists were called to the Tamimi family olive groves in Khaled Abudee, which are located in a....


IOF threatens the destruction of hundreds of olive trees in Jenin village
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have notified 70 villagers in Yabad, south of Jenin, that their olive trees would be chopped down after four days of verbal threats to the same effect.


Israeli authorities to destroy olive groves for 'security purposes'
11/9/2013 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Families in the Palestinian town of Yabad woke up this morning to find their olive trees covered in Israeli military signs in Hebrew and English announcing the army's intention to chop down their olive orchards, locals told Ma'an. Locals were surprised when they visited their lands near the northern West Bank town's main street and....


Farmers Ordered to Uproot their Olive Trees
WAFA - 9 Nov 2013


Israeli settlers burning and uprooting Palestinians olive trees
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 - November 7, 2013 - ..."The ancient olive trees are regarded by Palestinians as a symbol of their connection to the land," reports Al-Jazeera. "Each year during the olive harvesting season, such incidents spike across the West Bank-where more than 515,000...


Settlers steal olives in As Sawiaya
11/5/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, As Sawiaya, Occupied Palestine - The villagers of As Sawiaya had gained permission to pick their olives, for just 3 days in the year the Israel army was allowing them to visit their land. These three days were overshadowed by the harassment and attacks from settlers from the illegal Israel settlement of Eli. Since these attacks happen on a regular basis....


Resistance is fertile: Palestine s eco-war
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 - November 4, 2013 - They come from across the planet and meet in the shadow of Israel s 12m concrete wall. They strap olive saplings and water bottles to the back of a donkey, silent under its burden. Former police...


Israeli bulldozers uproot 25 olive trees west of Salfit
11/4/2013 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers on Monday razed Palestinian lands west of Salfit and uprooted 25 olive trees in order to to pave the way for the expansion of an Israeli settlement, an independent researcher said. Israeli authorities razed the lands in the northwestern West Bank in order to expand a road for settlers from the adjacent settlement of Bruchin, said researcher Khaled Maali....


Israeli bulldozers uproot 25 olive trees west of Salfit
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 - November 4, 2013 -- Israeli bulldozers on Monday razed Palestinian lands west of Salfit and uprooted 25 olive trees in order to to pave the way for the expansion of an Israeli settlement, an independent researcher said.Israeli authorities razed the...


Israeli settlers' attacks against Palestinian agricultural lands continue
PIC - Israeli bulldozers have uprooted more than 25 olive trees after bulldozing large tracts of agricultural lands for the benefit of Brochan settlement, Palestinian farmers said.


Israeli Settlers Destroy Olive Trees near Bethlehem
WAFA - 4 Nov 2013


The silent axe: Driving Palestinian olive farmers off their land
Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 11/3/2013
      The daily terrorism directed against Palestinians in the West Bank is reliant on the despair Palestinians have for the Israeli justice system. A case in point: olive trees burned to the ground.
     Amira Hass last week wrote about the "quiet terror attacks," the ones Israelis don't hear about. They occur on an almost daily basis and they are directed at Palestinian agriculture. Time after time, Palestinians' trees are set on fire, uprooted or cut down. Time after time, it happens in an area that is under Israeli control. Time after time, it happens within spitting distance from Israeli settlements or outposts that are surrounded by soldiers, policemen, security cameras and more. Time after time, the people responsible evade justice.
     Read also: Settler violence: Think of it like burning down a Jewish business
     Hass noted that the attacks are quiet, because the Israeli media and the IDF are in cahoots to cover up what, at best, is military incompetence of the first rank and, at worst, is aiding and abetting agricultural terrorism. But there's another reason that these events fade into the background. Aside from the Israeli public's disinterest in knowing what is happening in their name and with their tax shekels; and aside from the tendency of for-profit organizations who once were proud of saying that the public needs to know but nowadays just prefer to avoid angering the buyers of the ads they envelope in text, there is another factor: the fact that Palestinians despair of reporting the incidents. Here is a case in point.
     Abd Al-Razeq Mahmmoud Abd Al-Karim Amer is a farmer from Qaddum who is all too familiar with the dark side of the Israeli occupation. Every year his plot of land, situated near the settlement of Qedumim, is attacked on the eve of the olive harvest. He lodged several complaints with the Israeli police in the past, to no avail. In 2008, Amer saw the vandals who ran amok on his plot with his very own eyes; the police investigator told him that does not constitute evidence.
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Israeli forces prevent Palestinian olive harvest in 2 villages
11/3/2013 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday prevented Palestinians in two villages across the West Bank from accessing their orchards in order to harvest olives on their lands, activists said. Women, children, and elderly residents of the central West Bank village of al-Janiya were escorted by activists from the "You're not alone" campaign to harvest olives on Sunday morning. Israeli forces deployed....


THE OLIVE TREE
Sabbah report 3 Nov 2013 - This is the olive picking season. Like other harvests, it should be a season of joy. However, the land-grabbing occupiers of Palestine have imbued Israeli youth with the destructive arrogance of conceited, swaggering, self-loving Jews. Settlers always attack villages during the olive picking season and destroy...


Poetry for Justice
Dissident Voice: 3 Nov 2013 - Susie Abulhawa, Palestinian poet, author of  Mornings in Jenin , founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, exile, mother, lover, friend, stands naked in  My Voice Sought the Wind (Just World Books); her collection of trenchant and beautiful poems replete with honesties and literary seductions. Reading her poems is akin to being in conversation with a lyrically intelligent and passionate woman; a conversation that is at once intimate and universal shifting vividly in place and time, in emotion and insight, in self and the people of her poetic landscape. There’s something so right, so apt that her first poem for this book is “The Gift of Olive Oil” for like the essence of the olive, her poetry is ’ A token/ Something from the soil of things shared ‘ and the ’ heritage ,’ ‘ longing ,’ and ‘ a wound ‘ are its recurring song lines. And each poem, when you linger and ’ Press it between...more


PHOTOS: Hundreds of olive trees destroyed near West Bank village
Uruknet 1 Nov 2013 - November 1, 2013 - Nearly 230 olive trees were destroyed earlier this week in the northern West Bank. According to B Tselem, an Israeli NGO that documents human rights violations in the occupied territories, the trees belonged to the Radwan...


Masked settlers assault and injure B Tselem camera volunteer harvesting olives
Uruknet 31 Oct 2013 - October 31, 2013- Last Saturday, 26 October 2013, at around 6:30 A.M., the Na asan family of the village of al-Mughayir, Ramallah District, went to harvest their olives. The Adei Ad illegal settlement outpost was built near the Na asans...


Israeli Settlers Destroy 300 Olive Trees near Qalqilya
WAFA - 31 Oct 2013


The key to a just peace
James Zogby, Al-Ahram Weekly 10/30/2013
      Without bringing front and centre, as recognised equals, Palestinian victims of Israeli aggression, not only will the peace process be a charade, it will ultimately fail.
     Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are meeting in the latest chapter of the decades-long saga of on-again, off-again peace talks. With no leaks, and even less optimism, there is no shortage of speculation as to how the talks are going or whether any agreement is even possible.
     Here in the US, supporters of the Palestinians are engaged in a sometimes heated but rather pointless debate as to what the "deal" should include or whether no deal is the best outcome - since that, it is projected, might lead inevitably to a one-state solution. This entire discussion is not only unedifying, it is a waste of energy and a cop-out.
     This is not to say that the outcome doesn't matter. Rather it is an acknowledgment of the fact that the ultimate resolution of the conflict won't be impacted by our debates. Instead of exhausting ourselves arguing about what we can't control, we should be focused on what we can do to shine a light on the daily injustices visited upon Palestinians and mobilising support for those whose human rights are being abused. It is here that an impact can be made.
     There are human rights groups in Israel and Palestine that are engaged in this effort. They are documenting: cases of land confiscation and home demolitions; prisoners held without charge or trial; instances where vigilante gangs of settlers have desecrated mosques, cut down olive trees, beaten or killed Palestinian youngsters; and where the military has used collective punishment, excessive force, or acted to humiliate Palestinian civilians.
     The victims of these illegal and immoral behaviours deserve our attention. Their cases should be adopted, their names need to be known, and they should be supported until the injustice ends.
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Settlers destroy 300 newly planted olive trees in Qalqiliya
10/31/2013 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Settlers destroyed over 300 olive trees in a Qalqiliya village on Thursday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from Qarni Shomron uprooted hundreds of newly planted trees near Azzun village. The trees belonged to Salih Radwan and Ahmad Abdullah Radwan. On Wednesday, settlers....


Jewish settlers destroy 600 olive trees
PIC - Jewish settlers chopped down and incinerated more than 600 olive trees in Ainbus village, south of Nablus.


Settlers destroy over 600 olive trees in Nablus
10/30/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Settlers destroyed over 600 olive trees in a Nablus village on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from Yizhar cut down hundreds of olive trees belonging to the Hamad, Hussein and Allan famlies in the village of Einabus. Settlers also used a....


Video: Settlers attack farmers, volunteers at olive harvest
10/30/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem on Wednesday released video footage and photos of an Israeli settler attack on Palestinian farmers. B'Tselem said in a statement that on Oct. 26, masked Israeli settlers approached the Palestinian village of al-Mughayir and attacked the Na'asan family with stones while they were harvesting olives."The family responded by....


Settlers destroy over 600 olive trees in Nablus
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 - October 30, 2013 -- Settlers destroyed over 600 olive trees in a Nablus village on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said.Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma an that settlers from Yizhar...


Settlers cut Down 600 Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA - 30 Oct 2013


Israeli attacks on Palestinian olive groves kept top secret by state
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 - October 28, 2013 - A document obtained by Haaretz details a series of incidents that have been kept confidential. Defense officials are content that the information has been kept secret for so long and that the leak of a few...


Israeli attacks on Palestinian olive groves kept top secret by state
Ha'aretz - 28 Oct 2013


Gaza Olive Harvest Resumes Despite Israeli Border Threats
Uruknet 28 Oct 2013 - October 27, 2013 - Moussa Saadat and his wife, Fatima, pick olives and thoroughly inspect them to see if they are damaged or not. They explained to Al-Monitor that worms had infested the majority of this year s crop. The...


Internationals Help in Olive Picking in Israeli-Threatened Areas
WAFA - 28 Oct 2013


Settlers Burn Olive Saplings, Trees, South Of Bethlehem
IMEMC - [Sunday Morning October 27, 2013] A number of extremist Israeli settlers, burnt dozens of Palestinian olive saplings, and trees, that belong to residents of the Al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. ...


In photos: Palestinian olive harvest carries on centuries of tradition
10/27/2013 - Palestinians harvested their olives this week across the West Bank, continuing a long-standing annual Palestinian tradition despite ongoing hardships caused by settler attacks and the Israeli occupation. The Palestinian olive harvest season began in early October and will continue for the next week. Recently, Palestinians have come under attack by Israeli settlers around Hebron as well as in Qaryut and Jalud, both near Nablus. Ma....


Jewish settlers set dozens of trees on fire
PIC - Jewish settlers set dozens of trees and olive saplings on fire south of Bethlehem at dawn Sunday.


For Israel’s police, settler violence is but a fantasy
Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 10/26/2013
      The Israeli right-wing likes to claim that Palestinians fabricate the destruction of their olive trees. The police disagrees. Not that they are any good at catching the terrorists.
     "When you besiege a city a long time, to make war against it in order to capture it, you shall not destroy its trees by swinging an axe against them; for you may eat from them, and you shall not cut them down. For is the tree of the field a man, that it should be besieged by you?" - Deuteronomy, 20:19
     One of the most common phenomena of the quiet kind of settler terrorism, carried on an almost daily basis in the West Bank, is that of vandalizing trees. Yesh Din has dedicated its new data sheet to this phenomenon.
     Destroying crops is an ancient tool of agrarian terror. Its purpose is generally disinheriting farmers from their land for the benefit of others. Aside from the economic damage - and the damage is immense in societies still making much of their living off agriculture - there is the crippling fear that even if you give your all to your crops, even if you wake up at unreasonable hours, even if you work in the blazing sun and the freezing rain, all your work will be in vain, for some human scum will creep up at night and set the fruit of your labor ablaze.
     The Bible is quite familiar with this situation:
     "Thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof; thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shall not eat thereof; thine ass shall be violently taken from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee; thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shall have none to rescue them; the fruit of thy land, and all thy labors, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed always."
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PA to plant 750,000 olive trees to compensate for settler attacks
10/26/2013 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Caretaker Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Saturday that the Palestinian Authority will compensate Palestinians whose olive trees have been damaged by Israeli settler attacks by planting 750,000 olive trees across the West Bank. Hamdallah stressed that the Palestinian Authority is working to limit the obstacles imposed by the Israeli occupation on Palestinian economic development and livelihoods. Israeli soldiers and settlers....


Settlers uproot 30 olive trees in Huwwara
10/25/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Friday uprooted 30 olive trees in Huwwara village south of Nablus, an official said. Ghassan Daughlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from Yitzhar settlement uprooted 30 olive trees that belong to Dawod Salim Odeh. More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East....


Susan Abulhawa’s My Voice Sought The Wind – Poetry Review
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Oct 2013 - By Vacy Vlazna Susie Abulhawa, Palestinian poet, exile, mother, lover, friend, stands naked in My Voice Sought The Wind ; her collection of trenchant and beautiful poems replete with honesties and literary seductions. Reading her poems is akin to being in conversation with a lyrically intelligent and passionate woman; a conversation that is at once intimate and universal shifting vividly in place and time, in emotion and insight, in self and the people of her poetic landscape. There’s something so right, so apt that her first poem for this book is The Gift of Olive Oil for like the essence of the olive, her poetry is ‘A token/ Something from the soil of things shared ‘ and the ‘heritage’,‘longing’ and ’a wound’ are its recurring songlines. And each poem, when you linger and ‘Press it between your tongue and palate’ will yield unexpected revelations into the darkness and radiance of human...more


Settlers assault farmers, attack vehicles in Nablus
10/24/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Thursday attacked several farmers in the Nablus district, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that a group of settlers assaulted Palestinian farmers who were harvesting olives in the Nablus village of Burin. One farmer suffered severe bruising as a result of the attackThe settlers....


PHOTOS: Israel punishes Ni ilin activist, denies access to olive trees behind the wall
Uruknet 23 Oct 2013 - October 23, 2013 - For being one of the leaders of Nil in s popular struggle against the wall, Muhammad Amira has been marked by military authorities and is consistently denied a permit to work his own lands - for...


In South Lebanon, Entire Families Pick Olives
Al-Akhbar News 24 Oct 2013 - Many decided to put off their older children’s schooling so they could help them in the olive harvest. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Many decided to put off their older children’s schooling so they could help them in the olive harvest. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) About 10 days ago, South Lebanon...


Settlers prevent Bethlehem farmers from reaching their land
10/23/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers and military forces prevented dozens of Palestinian farmers from reaching their land east of Bethlehem on Wednesday. Armed settlers assaulted villagers from Tuqu while Israeli soldiers stood by and prevented them from reaching their land to harvest olives, a Ma'an reporter said. Head of Tuqu village council Taysir Abu Mifreh said that settlers from Noqedim also used....


Settlers attack Palestinian farmers in first week of olive harvest
Uruknet 23 Oct 2013 - October 23, 2013 - Near the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, the village of Burqa is home to around 2,000 Palestinians. Surrounded on three sides by the Israeli military as well as settler areas, the village is...


In a Harvest, Palestinians Cast a Light on Hardship
New York Times 22 Oct 2013 - Palestinians and the advocacy groups that support them are using the olive harvest, a beloved annual ritual, to highlight hardships under Israeli occupation.


Extremist Settlers Caught On Tap Attacking Palestinian Villagers
IMEMC - Israeli TV, Channel 2, published a video showing a group of extremist Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian villagers picking olive trees in their own land, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. ...


Settlers uproot 53 olive trees in Qalqiliya, attack farmer
10/22/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Tuesday uprooted 53 olive trees in Kafr Laqif village west of Qalqiliya, officials said. Ghassan Douglas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, said that a number of Israeli settlers from the Karni Shomron settlement uprooted around 53 olive trees belonging to Suleiman Jaber. In a separate incident, Israeli settlers from the....


occupied Palestinian territory: The case of Al Mughayyir village
Relief Web 22 Oct 2013 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory (extract) As the annual olive harvest begins in the West Bank, the case study describes the impact of a settlement outpost on a Palestinian village, in terms...


WATCH: Masked settler beats Palestinian with metal pipe
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 - October 22, 2013 - Masked settlers attacked Palestinian olive pickers and Israelis who joined them on Sunday near the village of Burin, I reported here. Now, a video of the incident has come to light, showing what appears to be...


Who is the real threat: Iran or Israel?
Akbar Ganji, Al Jazeera 10/22/2013
      Israel continues to threaten Iran, despite the new dawn in Iranian diplomacy spearheaded by President Rouhani.
     During his eight-year presidency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeatedly used inhumane and absurd language to speak about the existence of Israel and cast doubt on the catastrophic events of the Holocaust, and by doing so he served extremists such as Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu well, to the extent that he was favoured by many Israeli officials in the presidential elections of 2009.
     Netanyahu, who is the biggest loser in the outcome of Iran's last presidential elections, called President Hassan Rouhani a "wolf in sheep's clothing", alleging that he smiles while building a nuclear bomb.
     In my recent article, Iran's olive branch, I demonstrate the fallacy of Netanyahu's arguments. The fact is that Netanyahu and his government have tried to bring the Iran "nuclear threat" to the foreground in order to sideline other major issues, including the continued occupation of Palestinian lands and denying citizenship rights to its inhabitants. The fact that has been neglected is that Israel has been building hundreds of nuclear warheads and it threatens Iran with military attacks.
     Iran's nuclear bomb is a product of Israel's propaganda. Since 1992, Netanyahu and current Israeli President Shimon Peres have repeatedly claimed that Iran will build a nuclear weapon over the next few years. Here are two out of many examples:
     1992: Israeli parliamentarian Netanyahu tells his colleagues that Iran is three to five years from being able to produce a nuclear weapon - and that the threat had to be "uprooted by an international front headed by the US".
     1992: Israeli Foreign Minister Peres tells French TV that Iran was set to have nuclear warheads by 1999....
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Palestinian youth unite across borders, one hike at time
10/21/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- They surveyed the scene below them: Palestine's characteristic terraces, spotted with olive trees and sloping hills, with an Israeli settlement on the horizon. Last Friday morning over 100 Palestinian youths gathered at the top of a mountain north of Ramallah, preparing to descend into the nearby olive groves of Deir Jarir and the historic town of Taybeh just beyond....


PHOTOS: Settlers attack Palestinian olive pickers, damage trees
Uruknet 21 Oct 2013 - October 21, 2013 - Palestinian olive growers and their trees were attacked across the northern West Bank on Sunday, resulting in at least four injuries and the destruction of dozens of trees at the height of the yearly olive harvest....


Settler attacks on the rise as Palestinian olive harvest begins in the West Bank
Mondoweiss - The Olive Harvest PHOTOS: Settlers attack Palestinian olive pickers, damage trees 972mag 20 Oct by Michael Omer-Man — Palestinian olive growers and their trees were attacked across the northern West Bank on Sunday, resulting in at least four injuries and the destruction of dozens of trees...


Official: Israeli forces detain man harvesting olives
10/20/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces early Sunday detained a 65-year-old man while he was harvesting olives near the Nablus district village of Azmut, a Palestinian official told Ma'an. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that Israeli forces detained Adnan Samarah while he was picking olives on his land near the illegal Israeli....


Settlers attack olive harvest near Nablus
10/20/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Settlers on Sunday attacked a group of Palestinians and international volunteers harvesting olives in the Nablus village of Burin, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from the notorious Yizhar settlement raided the neighboring Palestinian village of Burin and attacked the group with iron rods. Nemr....


Settlers attack olive harvest near Nablus
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 - October 20, 2013 -- Settlers on Sunday attacked a group of Palestinians and international volunteers harvesting olives in the Nablus village of Burin, a Palestinian Authority official said.Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma...


IOF bar Palestinians from harvesting olive trees in Idna town
PIC - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) prevented on Saturday hundreds of Palestinian citizens from reaching their cultivated lands in Idna town south of Al-Khalil city for the olive harvest.


Settlers Uproot 100 Olive Trees Near Nablus
IMEMC - Saturday morning [October 19, 2013] A number of extremist Israeli settlers invaded Palestinian olive orchards in Qaryout village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and uprooted more than 100 olive trees. ...


Settlers destroy more than 100 olive trees near Nablus
10/19/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers chopped down more than 100 olive trees in the Nablus district village of Qaryut early Saturday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Eli destroyed over 100 trees belonging to village residents Muhammad Ibrahim Muammar....


More than 100 olive trees uprooted in West Bank, Palestinians report
Ha'aretz - 19 Oct 2013


Over 100 olive trees uprooted in West Bank, Palestinians report
Ha'aretz - 19 Oct 2013


Settlers destroy more than 100 olive trees near Nablus
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 - October 19, 2013 -- Israeli settlers chopped down more than 100 olive trees in the Nablus district village of Qaryut early Saturday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settler activities in the northern West...


Israeli Settlers Cut Down over 100 Olive Trees in Nablus Area
WAFA - 19 Oct 2013


Even the World Bank Understands: Palestine is being Disappeared
Jonathan Cook, Centre for Research on Globalization - Middle East 10/17/2013
      Two recent images encapsulate the message behind the dry statistics of last week's report by the World Bank on the state of the Palestinian economy.
     The first is a poster from the campaigning group Visualising Palestine that shows a photoshopped image of Central Park, eerily naked. Amid New York's skyscrapers, the park has been sheared of its trees by bulldozers. A caption reveals that since the occupation began in 1967, Israel has uprooted 800,000 olive trees belonging to Palestinians, enough to fill 33 Central Parks.
     The second, a photograph widely published last month in Israel, is of a French diplomat lying on her back in the dirt, staring up at Israeli soldiers surrounding her, their guns pointing down towards her. Marion Castaing had been mistreated when she and a small group of fellow diplomats tried to deliver emergency aid, including tents, to Palestinian farmers whose homes had just been razed.
     The demolitions were part of long-running efforts by Israel to clear Palestinians out of the Jordan Valley, the agricultural heartland of a future Palestinian state. Ms Castaing's defiance resulted in her being quietly packed off back to Europe, as French officials sought to avoid a confrontation with Israel.
     The World Bank report is a way of stating discreetly what Castaing and other diplomats hoped to highlight more directly: that Israel is gradually whittling away the foundations on which the Palestinians can build an independent economic life and a viable state.
     This report follows a long line of warnings in recent years from international bodies on the dire economic situation facing Palestinians....
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4 girls die after becoming trapped in car
10/17/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinian girls died Thursday after becoming trapped inside a car in the Hebron district village of Tarqumiya, medics and an official told Ma'an. Tarqumiya mayor Sami Fatafta said that five girls were playing in the car while their parents were harvesting olives. Unable to open the doors, four of them suffocated. The fifth is reportedly in critical condition....


Even the World Bank Understands: Palestine is Being Disappeared
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Oct 2013 - By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Two recent images encapsulate the message behind the dry statistics of last week’s report by the World Bank on the state of the Palestinian economy. The first is a poster from the campaigning group Visualising Palestine that shows a photoshopped image of Central Park , eerily naked. Amid New York’s skyscrapers, the park has been sheared of its trees by bulldozers. A caption reveals that since the occupation began in 1967, Israel has uprooted 800,000 olive trees belonging to Palestinians, enough to fill 33 Central Parks. The second, a photograph widely published last month in Israel, is of a French diplomat lying on her back in the dirt, staring up at Israeli soldiers surrounding her, their guns pointing down towards her. Marion Castaing had been mistreated when she and a small group of fellow diplomats tried to deliver emergency aid, including tents, to Palestinian farmers whose...more


Even the World Bank Understands
Dissident Voice: 17 Oct 2013 - Two recent images encapsulate the message behind the dry statistics of last week’s report by the World Bank on the state of the Palestinian economy. The first is a poster from the campaigning group Visualising Palestine that shows a photoshopped image of Central Park, eerily naked. Amid New York’s skyscrapers, the park has been sheared of its trees by bulldozers. A caption reveals that since the occupation began in 1967, Israel has uprooted 800,000 olive trees belonging to Palestinians, enough to fill 33 Central Parks. The second, a photograph widely published last month in Israel, is of a French diplomat lying on her back in the dirt, staring up at Israeli soldiers surrounding her, their guns pointing down towards her. Marion Castaing had been mistreated when she and a small group of fellow diplomats tried to deliver emergency aid, including tents, to Palestinian farmers whose homes had just been razed....more


Syria first lady pledges to stand by husband
The National 15 Oct 2013 - DAMASCUS, Oct 15, 2013 (AFP) - Syria's first lady Asma al-Assad laughed off claims she has fled the war-hit country in footage broadcast on Tuesday, saying she was standing by her embattled husband President Bashar al-Assad. The British-educated Asma has rarely appeared in public since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, where more than 115,000 people have been killed since March 2011 according to a watchdog. But on Tuesday, hours after her husband attended prayers to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha feast in Damascus, Syrian state television broadcast a clip of the first lady. The mini-feature showed her comforting the bereaved and planting olive trees with children, dressed in black trousers and a grey T-shirt with the Syrian flag on the front. "I am here, my husband and my children are here in Syria. It's obvious that I'd be here with them," she told reporters, when asked of claims that she had left the country. "How can I teach my children to love Syria if they don't live here?" she added with a smile. "I was here yesterday, I'm here today and I will be here tomorrow." There was no indication of when the footage was recorded or where. ram-sah/hkb


Olive farmers hard-pressed by Israel s wall
Uruknet 15 Oct 2013 - October 15, 2013 - ...The Israeli army often destroys olive trees near Israeli settlements and the separation wall, and groves are also subject to attacks by settlers. In the 60 percent of the West Bank under direct Israeli military and...


Palestinian Olive Season Puts Focus on Israeli Settlements
Uruknet 15 Oct 2013 - October 15, 2013 - ... Palestinians consider the historic act of olive picking part of their nonviolent popular struggle. Many schools in areas with a large number of olive trees close, so that entire families can join in on this national...


30 settlers attack Palestinian car near Nablus
10/14/2013 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- A group of 30 settlers attacked a vehicle carrying three Palestinians near Nablus on Monday. Nasser Hamarsheh, 60, his cousin Montaser and an international guest were traveling to the former site of Homesh settlement northwest of Nablus when 30 settlers hiding behind olive trees attacked the car with stones and sticks. The car managed to escape the attack and an Israeli....


A family in Qaryut was stopped by Israeli soldiers from harvesting their olive trees
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 - October 14, 2013 -Yesterday, Sunday 13th October, Palestinian farmers and international activists were picking olives in Qaryut when it was observed that two members of settler security from the illegal settlements of Eli and Shilo were nearby. The settler security...


Settlers attack Palestinians harvesting olives in Hebron
10/13/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers attacked residents of the Hebron district village of Susiya while they were picking olives Saturday, injuring three Palestinians, a village councilman said. Jehad al-Nawal, head of Susiya's village council, told Ma'an that the settlers beat and injured Nasser, Khalil and Sameeha al-Nawaj'a. Al-Nawal added that settlers often target Palestinians during the olive harvest....


Settlers attack Palestinians harvesting olives in Hebron
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 - October 12, 2013 -- Israeli settlers attacked residents of the Hebron district village of Susiya while they were picking olives Saturday, injuring three Palestinians, a village councilman said. Jehad al-Nawal, head of Susiya s village council, told Ma an that...


Israeli soldiers cross technical fence on Lebanon border
Daily Star 12 Oct 2013 An Israeli infantry unit crossed the technical fence in south Lebanon Saturday and inspected an olive field where UNIFIL was able to defuse tensions a day earlier, a security source told The Daily Star.


Jewish settlers attack farmers harvesting olive crops
PIC - Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian farmers while harvesting their olive crops in Susiya village in Al-Khalil.


Fear of Annexation Turns Olive Harvest Bitter
Palestine News Network


Fear of Annexation Turns Olive Harvest Bitter
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 - October 11, 2013 -On Friday morning a group of 100 gathered in Beit Jala s Cremisan valley to pick and sort olives, as Palestinians have done every October for many centuries. Europeans, North Americans, South Americans, and Palestinians gathered to...


Settler attacks on farmers escalate in Nablus
PIC - Farmers in villages east of Nablus complained of the escalation of settlers' provocative actions over recent days that precede the season of olive harvest..


Vengeful settler attacks draw sharp criticism of Israeli Army
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 - October 10, 2013 -An Israeli human rights group has charged that the army is failing to protect Palestinians from violence by settlers after masked Israelis attacked an elementary school, vandalised cars and torched hundreds of olive trees in the occupied...


Since 1967 Israel has razed over 800,000 Palestinian olive trees, the equivalent to destroying Central Park 33 times over
Mondoweiss - This week marked the start of the annual Palestinian olive harvest, an ancient tradition on which 80,000 families still rely for their livelihoods. Yet these families face growing economic hardship due to Israeli land confiscations, access restrictions, settler attacks, and not least the widespread uprooting, destruction...


Settlers torch olive trees, attack school in Nablus
10/9/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Dozens of settlers set fire to agricultural land in Nablus on Wednesday and attacked students at a local school, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from Shilo set fire to agricultural land in an area known as Mount Jalud. Dozens of settlers then raided a....


China extends olive branch to wary SE Asia at summit
The National 9 Oct 2013 - Chinese prime minister calls for end to tensions over South China Sea during meeting of Asian leaders in Brunei.


Israelis attack school in Palestinian village, torch olive groves
Ha'aretz - 9 Oct 2013


Settlers steal olives from 110+ trees in Abu Huwar
Uruknet 9 Oct 2013 - October 8, 2013 - On the 5th of October, local farmers discovered that the olives from more than one hundred trees had been stolen, and that another ten trees had been damaged or destroyed. Abu Huwar farm, belonging to Yasser...


Two busloads of settlers come to occupied village, steal Palestinians’ olives
Mondoweiss - Land, property, resource theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Settlers steal olives from 110+ trees in Abu Huwar Deir Sharaf (ISM) 7 Oct — by Team Nablus — On the 5th of October, local farmers discovered that the olives from more than one hundred trees had been...


Witness to injustice in Palestine
Jamal Kanj, Redress 10/8/2013
      Review of Pamela Olson's Fast Times in Palestine
     . As I read the book I tried to fathom what drove a young American woman from a small town in Oklahoma with a degree in physics to end up spending two years traversing military checkpoints and helping farmers harvest olives in the Middle East.
     After graduating from Stanford University in 2002, the new graduate was working at a neighbourhood bar to save enough money for a backpacker holiday in the Greek isles when her French friend suggested Egypt as an alternative, less expensive destination. She travelled to Cairo and the Sinai, where she met an Israeli tourist named Dan who invited her to visit him in Israel.
     The author tackles the paradox of occupation in very straightforward layman's terms, describing how a 40-mile journey from Jerusalem to the Palestinian city of Nablus would take a full day.
     Her journey took her across the Red Sea to Jordan, where she met - by chance - two peace volunteers, one British and one Canadian, who were on holiday from their work in Palestine. In the few days she spent with them in a central Amman hotel, she learned for the first time of the 3 billion dollars the US government pays Israel annually on behalf of American taxpayers.
     Stories about occupation, the Palestinian people and human rights activism intrigued her, and she became interested in finding out for herself the truth about life in the West Bank. She jumped on the opportunity when they invited her to come along with them, and they took her to an unlikely tourist destination, a small Palestinian village called Jayyous.
     The author tackles the paradox of occupation in very straightforward layman's terms, describing how a 40-mile journey from Jerusalem to the Palestinian city of Nablus would take a full day crossing a separation wall, changing cabs six times and navigating permanent and flying Israeli military checkpoints....
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Man sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for rape, murder
10/8/2013 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Ramallah court of first instance on Tuesday sentenced a man convicted of rape and murder to 15 years of hard labor. A prosecution report said the unidentified man followed the victim into an olive grove, where he knocked her unconscious with a rock. He allegedly raped her repeatedly, before strangling her to death. [END]


Screening of the Film "The Colour of Olives"
Palestine News Network


Settlers Uproot 13 Olive Trees near Ramallah
Palestine News Network


Israeli settlers chop Palestinian olive trees; destroy farmland in northern West Bank
Uruknet 7 Oct 2013 - October 6, 2013 - As Palestinian farmers across the West bank prepare for the annual olive harvest, several attacks by Israeli settlers have destroyed the harvest of a number of these farmers. On Saturday near Nablus, Israeli settlers chopped down...


Settlers force Palestinian farmer from his olive trees at gunpoint
Mondoweiss - Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Ahead of olive harvest, settlers chop down trees near Nablus NABLUS (Ma‘an) 5 Oct – Extremist Jewish settlers chopped down more than 100 olive trees Saturday morning in Deir Sharaf village south of Nablus, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan...


Israeli settlers chop Palestinian olive trees; destroy farmland in northern West Bank
IMEMC - As Palestinian farmers across the West bank prepare for the annual olive harvest, several attacks by Israeli settlers have destroyed the harvest of a number of these farmers. On Saturday near Nablus, Israeli settlers chopped down over one hundred olive trees, just a few days before they were scheduled to be harvested. ...


Israeli forces arrest 4 Palestinian children in Qalqiliya
10/6/2013 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday arrested four children north of Azzun village in Qalqiliya, the village municipality said. Ikrema Mohammad Sweidan, 8, Yazan Khaled Sweidan, 12, were arrested in an olive grove near the main road of the village. Ahmad Mohammad Salim, 11, and another unidentified child were also arrested north of the village. An Israeli army spokeswoman said that Israeli forces....


Child found dead in Jenin village, locals say
10/6/2013 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- A child was found dead on the side of the road in a Jenin village on Sunday, locals said. Deya Jamal al-Ayasa, 9, was found by a passerby among olive trees on the side of the road. He was taken to Jenin hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The body of the child had no visible bruises or injuries, locals said. [END]


Ahead of olive harvest, settlers chop down trees near Nablus
Uruknet 6 Oct 2013 - October 5, 2013 - Extremist Jewish settlers chopped down more than 100 olive trees Saturday morning in Deir Sharaf village south of Nablus, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma...


Ahead of olive harvest, settlers chop down trees near Nablus
10/5/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) - Extremist Jewish settlers chopped down more than 100 olive trees Saturday morning in Deir Sharaf village south of Nablus, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from Shave Shomron settlement stormed olive fields in the al-Ghazan neighborhood of Deir Sharaf and destroyed more than 100 trees. He....


Settlers destroy 50 olive trees south of Hebron
Uruknet 5 Oct 2013 - October 3, 2013 -- A group of Israeli settlers destroyed over 50 olive trees in the south Hebron hills on Thursday, locals said.Palestinian farmer Jaber Ali Shatat told Ma an that settlers from Susiya raided agricultural land next to the...


Palestinians say settlers destroyed olive trees
Daily Star 5 Oct 2013 A Palestinian farmer says that a group of vandals from an Israeli settlement in the West Bank damaged dozens of olive trees as the annual harvest of the important crop begins.


Settlers cut down and burn hundreds of trees in Nablus and al-Khalil
PIC - Jewish extremist settlers attacked olive groves in Deir Sharaf village west of Nablus northern West Bank on Friday night.


Israeli Settlers Cut Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA - 5 Oct 2013


Escalation in settlers' attacks as olive harvest season approached
PIC - The Israeli settlers' attacks have escalated recently in West Bank cities, where they uprooted on Thursday 40 olive seedlings in Yatta, south of al-Khalil.


Thirty-five years after Israeli confiscation, a Palestinian village returns to its land
Mondoweiss - Palestinian firemen from the village of Burqa near Nablus plant an olive tree sapling on land restored after a 35-year Israeli confiscation. (Photo: Allison Deger) After 35 years, deliverance has finally come to the village of Burqa. Decades ago the West Bank hamlet on a hilltop near...


Settlers confront Palestinians picking olives in Salfit
10/3/2013 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers from attacked Sami Yousef Radad, 60, from al-Zawya in western Salfit while he was picking olives on his land Thursday, Radad said. He told Ma'an that settlers attacked him and his wife while picking olives on his own land near Qanah settlement and verbally assaulted him before asking him to leave and stop picking olives."After I....


Syrian Regime Chokes Off Food to Town That Was Gassed
Uruknet 3 Oct 2013 - October 2, 2013 - Government forces are tightening the noose around one of the suburbs gassed by chemical weapons in August, raising concerns of a fresh humanitarian crisis as residents forage for olives, grapevine leaves and other basic foods. Pro-regime...


Settlers Uproot Dozens of Olive Trees near Hebron
WAFA - 3 Oct 2013


Kenya’s Westgate Mall Massacre: Context of a Ghastly Event
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Oct 2013 - By Zaakir Ahmed Mayet – Johannesburg The shopping complex known as Westgate mall in the Kenyan capital Nairobi is on everyone’s lips and every news agency appears to be covering the ghastly event that catapulted this unknown location into the headlines. The mainstream media has carefully crafted this narrative into one that has a limited timeline beginning on the 21st September 2013 and embedding key words such as “Islamic terrorism”, “insurgents”, “Al-Shabaab” and “Al Qaeda” establishing the foundation and terms of reference for any discussion. As the consumers of the mainstream are caught up in the natural expression of humanitarianism, empathy and concern; critical questions are marginalized. The most critical question being – what is the context of this ghastly event? It is crucial before engaging the context to establish the motivation for the Westgate mall attack. Various news agencies have indicated that Al-Shabaab via its official twitter account made...more


Death toll rises to 6 in attack on Egypt police
9/30/2013 - EL-ARISH (Ma'an) -- An Egyptian soldier was shot dead Monday afternoon on the main airport road in southern el-Arish, bringing Monday's death toll to six. Security sources told a Ma'an reporter in el-Arish that the officer was shot while looking out from an armored vehicle patrolling the airport road. The vehicle came suddenly under fire from behind bushes and olive.... Related: 5 Egyptian policemen killed in Sinai attacks


A carefully crafted US-Israel message on Iran
Jerusalem Post 30 Sep 2013 - Netanyahu and Obama's meeting Monday, shows Rouhani did not drive a wedge on the nuclear issue between the two leaders and despite recent diplomatic developments the US and Israel remain on the same page.


Israeli forces block entrances to Yabad village in Jenin
9/29/2013 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday blocked the entrances to Yabad, a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank district of Jenin, and set up military checkpoints, locals said. Israeli forces raided the village early Sunday from 5 a. m. to 6. 30 a. m. and fired multiple sounds bombs. They subsequently razed olive orchards around the village. Israeli forces prevented Palestinians from....


Settlers burn olive trees in Sarta
Uruknet 28 Sep 2013 - September 27, 2013 - Settlers burnt around 35 olive trees in the Palestinian village of Sarta late on Thursday night, following the area being declared a closed military zone in preparation for the construction of a new settler road. Around...


Israeli Crimes Against Farmers Cause 60% Deficit in Olive Production
Uruknet 28 Sep 2013 - September 26, 2013 -Over the last few years, Israel leveled 20,000 dunums of land, on which over half a million olive trees were planted, Alray reports. "The coming season s production will see a deficit by 60%,"Deputy Director General of...


Israeli Crimes Against Farmers Cause 60% Deficit in Olive Production
Palestine News Network


First 'sophisticated' olive press in Tel Aviv damaged in fire
Ha'aretz - 24 Sep 2013


Settlers Burn 350 Olive Trees Near Nablus
IMEMC - Local sources reported Monday [September 23 2013] that a group of extremist Israeli settlers set ablaze more than 350 Palestinian olive trees that belong to villagers of Sorra and Tal villages, west of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Settlers also harvested Palestinian orchards near Jenin. ...


First 'sophisticated' olive press in Tel Aviv damaged in fire
Ha'aretz - 24 Sep 2013


Tel Aviv University accused of stealing name and logo of Palestinian think-tank Al-Shabaka
Uruknet 24 Sep 2013 - September 22, 2013 - Having seen so much of their country occupied and colonized by Israel, Palestinians have often objected to Israeli attempts to appropriate symbols of their culture as well, including dishes like hummus, falafel and olive oil, as...


Settlers’ attacks on lands in Jenin continue for the second day
PIC - Dozens of settlers stormed on Tuesday morning the citizens' lands isolated behind the Apartheid Wall in the village of Jalboun east of Jenin, and started uprooting the olive trees.


Settlers Destroy Olive Trees near Jenin
WAFA - 24 Sep 2013


Settlers Set Fire to Dozens of Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA - 23 Sep 2013


Israelis Steal Olive Crops from Palestinian Farmers
WAFA - 23 Sep 2013


Israeli soldiers assault Palestinian farmer near Hebron
9/22/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) - Israeli forces assaulted a Palestinian farmer from the Hebron area in the southern West Bank after they broke though his home in his own olive field. Ahmad Salamah Atawna told Ma'an that a group of Israeli soldiers broke into his house in Khirbet Jamrura neighborhood of Beit Kahil village to deliver a demolition order. He highlighted that the soldiers....


Salfit farmers ask for protection in face of settlers’ attacks
PIC - Farmers in Salfit province have asked for protection in face of the usual Jewish settlers’ attacks on them during the olive harvesting season.


White House Seeks To Ease Israel Worries About Iran Thaw
The Foward Breaking News 21 Sep 2013 - Even as it crafts a response to overtures from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Obama administration is working to reassure Israeli officials there will be no easing of sanctions on Tehran unless it first takes tangible steps to limit its nuclear program, U.S. and diplomatic sources...


US Threats Syria: Powerful – but Amazing
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Sep 2013 - By Jamal Kanj The myopic view of the world’s most powerful men in Washington never ceases to amaze me. I am reminded of the 1980s when then American president Ronald Reagan compared the Afghan Mujahideen to America’s founding fathers. Indeed, Reagan’s heroes became “founding fathers” but for a new breed of extremism guided by blind hate that found fertile ground wherever America’s misguided intervention took place: Iraq, Libya and now in Syria. Al Qaeda’s atavism is inherent in America’s wars in the Arab world. Just like Colin Powell before him and the conservative Republican’s Israeli firsters, John Kerry’s “irrefutable” evidence was crafted by the Democratic wings of Zionist Liberals in the dens of the Pentagon and the halls of the State Department in a made for Israel war to be executed by American soldiers and paid for by American tax payers. Not surprising that the most influential foreign lobby in...more


PA official: Settlers torch olive fields in Nablus
9/12/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Dozens of settlers set fire to Palestinian agricultural fields east of Nablus on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that a mob of settlers raided agricultural fields in the villages of Azmut and Deir al-Hatab and set fire to olive groves. Dozens of olive trees were....


Witnesses: Israeli forces bulldoze land south of Qalqiliya
9/12/2013 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces razed Palestinian land south of Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank early Thursday, witnesses said. Israeli civil administration crews arrived with bulldozers and razed land belonging to Jalud village. They also uprooted olive trees, witnesses told Ma'an. Locals say Israeli authorities plan to confiscate the land to expand the illegal Alfe Menashe settlement, built on Palestinian land in the area. [END]


[Uruknet 100802 12-sep-2013 23:12 ECT] PHOTOS: Olive trees damaged in Hebron
Relief Web 12 Sep 2013 - September 9, 2013 - Ten olive trees were seriously damaged early Sunday morning by Israeli settlers in the South Hebron Hills. The olive trees, located in the Humra valley located adjacent to the Israeli outpost of Havat Ma on (Hill...


Arab youths shatter tour bus’s windows near Mount of Olives
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2013 - Witness says "people began to scream and panic"; young girl on bus narrowly escapes injury when window shatters.


U.N. Inspection a Figleaf to Justify Air Strike on Syria
IPS The United Nations, which has remained deadlocked over Syria, is in danger of being craftily exploited to justify the impending air strike on Damascus. The threat of double vetoes by Russia and China against an attack on Syria has shifted the focus to the U.N. team of inspectors whose report...


Settlers uproot over 40 olive trees in south Hebron hills
9/9/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers uprooted over 40 olive trees in the south Hebron hills late Sunday, a local official said. Ratib al-Jabour, coordinator of the popular committee against the wall and settlements, said that settlers from Maon destroyed olive trees in the neighboring village of al-Tuwani. The trees belong to the al-Rabai family. Annual figures compiled by Israeli rights group Yesh....


IOF soldiers burn down ancient olive trees, break gate of monastery
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) burned down a number of olive trees, some of which are one thousand years old, and broke the gate of a monastery south of Bethlehem on Saturday evening.


Humanitarian Intervention
Dissident Voice: 6 Sep 2013 - With the announcement by the Obama administration that it intends to launch an attack on Syria in response to the chemical attack alleged to have been carried out by the Syrian government, the U.S. Administration has again assumed for itself the role of global “gendarme ,” policing, punishing, and as it’s drone warfare program demonstrates, even executing the natives of the global village at will. In its single-minded dedication to this global role, the Obama administration has also freed itself from the constraints of international law as the President shamelessly declared that he was “comfortable” operating outside of the global legal frameworks that the U.S. itself helped craft. How is it that the administration can announce to the world its intentions to circumvent, and by doing so, subvert international prohibitions on war? By wrapping itself in the false flag of humanitarian concerns for the suffering masses in Syria. President Obama,...more


My Surprisingly Inspiring Trip to the West Bank
Jeff Cohen, CounterPunch 8/30/2013
      Echoes of Our Civil Rights Movement
     As I prepared for a grueling fact-finding trip to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank (occupied for 46 years), Secretary of State Kerry announced that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to resume peace talks without preconditions.
     On the day my delegation flew to the region, Israel announced that it had approved still more housing for Israeli settlers: "Israel has issued tenders for the construction of nearly 1,200 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank," reported London's Financial Times, "defying U.S. and Palestinian opposition to expansion of Jewish settlements three days before the scheduled start of peace talks."
     It's the same old depressing story, with Israel showing little interest in making peace.
     So before I turn to what's surprising and inspiring in the West Bank, let's acknowledge the bad news: Palestinians are slowly being squeezed out of their homes, deprived of their water and centuries-old olive groves, humiliated on a daily basis by Israeli settlers and the Israeli state in a relentless violation of their human rights that gets worse as much of the world looks away.
     But here's the good news: Across the West Bank, Israel's occupation has given rise in recent years to a nonviolent "popular resistance" movement that should be an inspiration to people across the globe. This unarmed resistance has persisted in the face of Israeli state violence (aided by U.S.-supplied weapons and tear gas), lengthy jail sentences for nonviolent protesters and widespread detention and abuse of children.
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Settlers destroy dozens of olive trees near Nablus
8/28/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers raided private Palestinian olive groves south of Nablus on Wednesday and destroyed dozens of trees, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that the attack took place in an area between Huwwara and Burin. Settlers destroyed over 25 trees. The fields belong to Hasan....


Doughlas: Settlers Uproot 25 Olive Trees in Nablus
Palestine News Network


Olive tree resistance: Qusra farmers replant crops after settler arsons
Mondoweiss - A Palestinian in the village of Qusra holds the broken branch of an olive tree. (Photo: Associated Press/Nasser Ishtayeh) Located in the hills south of Nablus, Qusra has been making headlines on a regular basis over the past few years. Tucked in between highway 60 and...


PA: Israeli forces expand illegal outpost in Nablus
8/25/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers on Sunday leveled private Palestinian land in Nablus in order to enlarge an illegal settlement outpost, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas told Ma'an that Israeli forces dug up vast tracts of land surrounding Einabus village to enlarge an outpost known as Hill 782. Settlers destroyed dozens of olive trees to illegally establish the outpost. [END]


Call to action: Join ISM for the 2013 Olive Harvest Campaign
8/22/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 22nd August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Occupied West Bank - At a time of regular settler violence in the West Bank, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is issuing an˙urgent call for volunteers to join us for the 2013 Olive Harvest Campaign˙at the invitation of Palestinian communities. The olive tree is a national symbol for Palestinians. As thousands of olive trees have been bulldozed, uprooted, burned and....


Israel starts illegal construction, destroying field of olive trees on private Palestinian land near village of Immatin
8/17/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 17th August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Immatin, Occupied Palestine- Immatin is a village situated in close proximity to the annexation wall and flanked by the illegal settlements of Qedumim, Gilad and Immanu'el. Recently, three brothers from the village went to work on their land. However, when they arrived, they found that construction workers, under instruction from the Israeli authorities, were bulldozing....


Take My Camel: The Disappearing Camels of Jerusalem and Jaffa
Penny Johnson, Jerusalem Quarterly File 8/12/2013
      Spring Edition
     "'Take my camel, dear,' said my Aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass," is the once famous opening line of Rose Macaulay's eccentric 1956 travel novel, The Towers of Trebizond.1 And the first-person narrator does take the camel traveling from Trebizond (Trabzon) on the Black Sea all the way to Jerusalem, where she tethers the beast in the garden of Saint George's church and hostel. This fictional cameus dromedarius is perhaps the last working camel - discounting a series of disconsolate camels offered for tourist photo ops on the Mount of olives - to find his or her (sex never determined) way to the Holy City. Or is it? A few traces remain in Jerusalemites' living memories. A distinguished historian, for example, was initially surprised by the subject of camels in Jerusalem but then remembered camels delivering heavy goods in the Old City during his boyhood in the 1960s.2 A lawyer, in law school in Jerusalem in the 1940s, at first emphatically says: "there were no camels in Jerusalem." But then, he recalls camels in the Valley of the Cross, below where the Israel Museum now stands.3
     I will later speculate on the reasons for what I term the repressed camel memory syndrome. However, it is clear that camels begin to vanish not only from urban and rural landscapes in late Mandate Palestine, but out of Palestinian memory as well. Looking through the lens of the early photographer of Palestine, Khalil Raad, and other photographic and textual traces of camels in the city, let us ask where have all the camels gone - and when and why.
     Just a few of the images allow us to imagine camels in the urban and rural landscapes of Palestine, including Jerusalem, Jaffa, and the Galilee. A photograph in the American Colony collection shows a long camel train bringing grain from the Dead Sea to Jerusalem in 1917. A striking photograph of "Bedouins unloading wheat-laden camels" at Damascus Gate is dated in the range of 1920-1933....
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Jalud settler attack: 'Imagine if we were not in our homes, they would have destroyed them'
8/13/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 13th August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Jalud, Occupied Palestine - Yesterday morning, 12th August, settlers from the illegal settlements of Esh Kodesh and Ahiya attacked several houses in the village of Jalud and set land on fire, including ten olive trees. On the morning of the 12th of August at 11:30, four masked settlers from the two illegal settlements approached several houses located....


Video – Sent to prison for playing with olives
8/12/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 12th August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine - On Sunday, 11/08/2013, at approximately 4 o'clock in the afternoon, two activists from Youth Against Settlements (YAS) were arrested. ˙ Twenty-one-year-old Abd AlMajeed Bassam Amro, and twenty-year-old Ali Talib Amro were playfully throwing olives at each other when an Israeli soldier came up to them and accused them of throwing stones....


Bilin rallies for Palestinian prisoners
8/10/2013 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Protesters rallied in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners at the weekly demonstration in Bilin near Ramallah on Friday. Israeli forces fired plastic-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs toward the demonstrators, activists said. The tear gas canisters set fire to olive trees in the Abu Laimoun reserve, they added. Protesters raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans for national unity, and....


Photo essay: Israeli army incursion through Apartheid Wall in Ni'lin
8/10/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 10th August 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah Team, Ni'lin, Occupied Palestine - Yesterday at around 1pm, Palestinians together with Israeli and international activists marched through the olive groves towards the annexation wall on Ni'lin's land. Demonstrators approached the area of the wall chanting slogans against Israel's apartheid policies and the annexation of land for the illegal Israeli settlements....


The Politics of AIPAC's Anti-Iran-Diplomacy Letters
Marsha B. Cohen,  8/8/2013
      Mitch McConnell did it, Harry Reid didn't. Elizabeth Warren did it, Bernie Sanders didn't. Al Franken did it, Tom Coburn didn't.
     I'm referring to the signing of the latest letter, crafted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and proffered by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), urging President Barak Obama to turn a cold shoulder to newly elected Iranian president Hassan Rouhani while pursuing a more confrontational and aggressive Iran policy. The Arms Control Association's Greg Thielmann has already penned an important discussion of why this measure complicates efforts to reach a peaceful solution with Iran, which I highly recommend.
     It is worth recalling that another Iranian president-elect, Mohammad Khatami - a reformist whose surprise election shocked the Iranian political establishment - was also greeted by sanctions pushed through Congress. On August 19, 1997, weeks after Khatami took office, President Bill Clinton confirmed that virtually all trade and investment activities by US persons with Iran were prohibited. Those sanctions not only boosted Iranian hardliners who oppose a detente with the US, they also helped ensure that Khatami and his supporters would be unsuccessful in making many of the economic improvements and political changes needed to improve the lives of the Iranian people. His crippled victory was followed by the election of hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2005. Since then, dozens of letters, resolutions and sanctions bills have emanated from Congress, which of late seems incapable of accomplishing anything else.
     According to the "76 senators" who signed the letter:
     "We believe there are four strategic elements necessary to achieve resolution of this issue: an explicit and continuing message that we will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapons capability...."
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Kirkuk Plays Dice With Violence
IPS A traditional ‘tray and cup’ gambling game in Kirkuk that extremists have been targeting. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS. Two teams struggle to find an olive under one of the 11 cups displayed on a tray. The traditional game sin-u-serf   (tray and cup in Kurdish) is only played during the Muslim...


Iran nominee seen as olive branch to United States
Daily Star 30 Jul 2013 If Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani wanted to signal his determination to rebuild relations with the United States and strike a "grand bargain," he could hardly do better than pick Mohammad Javad Zarif as his foreign minister.


Video – Israeli settlers torch Hebron family's property for eighth time
7/29/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 29th July 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine - On Sunday, July 28, Israeli settlers severely burned land belonging to Hani Abu Haikel and his family in Hebron. Occupation soldiers, though at first trying to help stop the fire, ended up blocking the road so that Palestinian firefighters were delayed in reaching the scene. Several very old olive trees were destroyed in the....


Israeli settler shoots live ammunition at Palestinian human rights house in Hebron
IMEMC - A group of human rights workers engaged in the project 'Youth Against Settlements' in Hebron, in the southern West Bank, reported that late Friday night, a group of activists were sitting in front of the group's headquarters when a settler fired live rounds from an olive grove nearby. ...


Settlers torch 400 olive trees near Bethlehem
7/23/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Settlers set fire to over 400 olive trees in a village southwest of Bethlehem on Sunday, locals said. More than 12 acres of trees were set alight by settlers from nearby Bat Ayin settlement, witnesses said. The land belongs to Haj Abdul-Rahman Hamdan. Since 1967, Israeli forces have confiscated over 2,500 acres of land from al-Jaba village, leaving only 750 acres....


Ancient olive press found in Jerusalem excavation
Jerusalem Post 23 Jul 2013 - Press unearthed as scientists dug out remains from grounds upon which a student dormitory will be built.


Israeli Settlers Set Olive Trees on Fire
WAFA - 20 Jul 2013


"Teva tax breaks could have created 40,000 jobs"
Globes Macro Economics - Association of Crafts and Industries president Yehuda Alhadeff: Teva's tax breaks could have also saved 34,000 businesses.


Land grab in Qaryut; residents fear illegal settlement expansion
7/16/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 16th July 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Qaryut, Occupied Palestine - On the 3rd of July 2013, settlers from the illegal colony of Shilo bulldozed land belonging to Qaryut, destroying around two hundred recently planted olive trees. Citizens of Qaryut are now concerned that new houses for the illegal settlement are being built on this stolen land. At around 10am, five settlers with a bulldozer....


Palestinians say destruction of olive groves is an Israeli ‘terror campaign’
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Women of Asira al-Qibliya create cultural center to resist the Israeli occupation
Fatima Masri, Palestine Monitor 7/13/2013
      The Retaj cultural center in the Nablus District of Palestine is a meeting place where the women of Asira al-Qibliya gather to support one other and deal with the hardships of the occupation. The town of Asira al-Qibliya is surrounded by Israeli settlements on three sides and is subject to daily episodes of violence provoked by the settlers.
     On Wednesday July 10th - about six weeks after its official opening - the Retaj Cultural Center organised a series of workshops, ranging from music therapy to psychological support. The women, led by a trained psychologist, gathered to relieve the ongoing stress of being mothers and wives in a town where the threat of violence is constant. In a separate room, young girls expressed themselves through music and games.
     In one workshop an officer from the Palestinian Civil Defence was invited to train the girls on how to behave in case of a fire and how to limit tear gas inhalation. Questions were posed by the officer in the form of a game. "What do you do if your house is full of gas and you can't breath?" The girls, some of which are no more than six or seven years old, rushed to be the first ones to give the correct answer.
     Attacks by settlers and by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) are a daily occurrence in Asira al-Qibliya. The settlement of Yitzhar -populated by some of the most extremist settlers in the West Bank - extends atop a hill overlooking Asira al-Qiblia. From there, settlers ignite car tires and roll them down the hill setting fire to the Palestinian houses below.
     The Israeli Human Rights Center B'Tselem documents attacks committed by the settlers, which in Asira al-Qibliya include the burning of olive trees and firing live ammunitions at the villagers. B'Tselem has denounced the soldier's indulgence towards these acts of violence. Instead of putting an end to the acts of vandalism, the IDF instead shoots tear gas to disperse the villagers who attempt to defend their properties against the settler attacks.
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Settlers from illegal colony of Itamar destroy 1,500 Palestinian olive trees
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Egyptian helicopters attack Jihadists in Sinai
7/13/2013 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Two Egyptian Apache helicopters hovered Friday over olive groves south of el-Arish before they fired shells at bunkers of Jihadist gunmen who were preparing to attack army checkpoints, says military sources said. According to the sources, army intelligence detected information about Jihadists hiding in olive groves and preparing to launch attacks against checkpoints. As a result, commanders sent two Apaches....


AIPAC & OFAC Ratchet-Up US Sanctions Targeting Syria and Iran's Populations
Franklin Lamb, Damascus, CounterPunch 7/12/2013
      Let's Cut 'Em Off at the Knees and Let Allah Sort It Out!"
     The US Treasury Department's Office of Financial Assets Control, since March of 2012, is directed by Mr. Adam J. Szubin who more than once has boasted on the sidelines of a Congressional Hearing on Iran and Syria and at last March's AIPAC's national conference, that he fancies himself a modern day Inspector Javert. Choosing the Dickens character, according to one Congressional source, as a kind of role model because of Javert's focused and relentless obsession. Szubin has pledged the same with pursuing the financial interests of anyone on the planet that in any way violates the massive and still growing US-led economic sanctions that are targeting the civilian populations of Syria and Iran. For last fall's Halloween party on the Hill, Mr. Szubin came dressed up as, yep, Jean Valjean's nemesis.
     Reportedly a pleasant fellow, Mr. Szubin works closely with his mentor, David S. Cohen, a bit less so, some say of the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. The two gentlemen often work together, and sometimes with friends located less than a 20 minute walk across the Mall below the US Capitol buildings at the AIPAC HQ. It is with selected AIPAC staff, sometimes over a catered lunch, that they dream up and craft ways to cut off the financial legs and the lines of banking support for all "terrorists". They also enforce US-led politically motivated civilian targeting economic sanctions against rogue nations (read: the civilian populations of Syria and Iran), and even sometimes combat the financial support of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction-the latter only with respect to 'bad' countries like Iran, as opposed to 'good' countries like Israel.
     OFAC has been accused of taking orders from AIPAC, who takes orders from the Israeli Embassy, wlhile for some reson is not required to register and foreign agents, and whose offices reportedly flood Szubin and Cohen with memoranda on how to, as a sign two weeks ago above the printer in AIPAC's library read, "cut em off at the knees and let Allah sort it out!"
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Settlers Uproot Hundreds of Olive Trees in Nablus
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Settlers from illegal colony of Itamar destroy 1,500 Palestinian olive trees
7/12/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 12th July 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Awarta, Occupied Palestine On the morning of Thursday 11th July, villagers from Awarta found that 1,500 of their olive trees had been cut down over the last month by settlers from the illegal settlement of Itamar. When they attempted to highlight this crime with media coverage, the mayor and several journalists were detained for several hours by....


Palestinians say destruction of olive groves is an Israeli ‘terror campaign’
The National 12 Jul 2013 - Villagers in Awarta say that Israeli settlers have felled more than 1,000 of their trees in the past month, which highlights the challenges faced by the roughly 80,000 Palestinian families living under Israel’s occupation who depend on the olive industry for their livelihood.


Settlers Cut 1150 Olive Trees Near Nablus
IMEMC - Ghassan Daghlas, in charge of Israeli Settlements File at the Palestinian Authority in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, has reported that a number of extremist Israeli settlers cut on Thursday [July 10 2013] 1150 Palestinian Olive trees east of the Nablus District. ...


Settlers cut down 1,150 olive trees in Nablus
7/11/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Thursday cut down 1,150 olive trees in Palestinian groves near Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said. Residents of Itamar settlement used chainsaws to cut down the trees north of Awarta, said Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank. The trees belonged to 25 Palestinian families and were planted in a 600-dunum grove, Daghlas....


Villagers say a Massacre Committed against Olive Trees
WAFA - 11 Jul 2013


20 dunums of land and 200 olive trees set on fire by settlers in Sarra
7/3/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 3rd July 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Sarra, Occupied Palestine - On the morning of the 30th of June, settlers from the illegal outpost of Havat Gilad rallied 100 settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Qedumim to attack the land of the Palestinian village of Sarra. Late in the morning, settlers went to the land located between Sarra and the illegal Israeli outpost and....


Women’s co-op seeks to revive Hebron Old City
Sheren Nassir, Ma’an News Agency 7/3/2013
      HEBRON (Ma'an) -- On the outskirts of Hebron, in the village of Idnah, is a large warehouse where women gather daily, struggling to make ends meet.
     It's the headquarters for the fair trade cooperative Women in Hebron. In a city with an unemployment rate of 35 percent, Women in Hebron employs 150 women, giving hope where there was none.
     The walls of the warehouse are lined with burlap material and on them hang intricately embroidered dresses, bags and scarves. Inside, women sit in a circle sewing pieces of delicate fabric. The embroideries are collected and then sold in a shop at Hebron's old suq, or traditional market.
     Many of the women sewing are divorced, widowed or have husbands long detained by Israel. For some, the money they make from their embroideries is their family's only source of income.
     Some 75 percent of the Palestinian population in Hebron's city center lives below the poverty line. Poor schools, education, water and healthcare are just some of the problems the people of Hebron face.
     Women in Hebron was created by Nawal Slemiah not long after her wedding in 2005. Instead of buying jewelry with the money she received, as is custom, Slemiah collected 700 shekels ($194) -- all that she had -- and bought embroidery supplies.
     "I thought, I can spend this money one time on something that is not useful, or I can buy this material and it will be useful for a long time," Slemiah told Ma'an.
     She had no idea that her leap of faith would lead her to start a company that would eventually change her life and many of those around her.
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WATCH: Stewart Skypes into ‘Daily Show’ from Mideast
Jerusalem Post 1 Jul 2013 - Jon Oliver has been temporarily replacing everyone’s favorite Jewish fake news show host, Jon Stewart, on the "Daily Show."


Tunisia Now Searches an Economic Spring
IPS An olives farm in Kelaa Kebira in Tunisia. Credit: Monika Prokopczuk/IPS. Nearly two-and-a-half years since the toppling of the autocratic regime of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in the first regime change of the now famous Arab Spring, the high expectations of change to come with the revolution have hardly been...


Settlers Burn Palestinian Farmlands Near Nablus
IMEMC - Villages of the Sabastia area, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, have reported that a number of extremist Israeli settlers burnt, Thursday [June 27 2013], Palestinian agricultural lands planted with Olive and Almond trees. ...


Israeli Settlers Set Fire to Olive Trees south of Nablus
WAFA - 25 Jun 2013


Settlers at stolen spring watch violent repression of Nabi Saleh demonstration
6/21/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 21st June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine - On Friday 21st June 2013, around sixty protesters from the village of Nabi Saleh and abroad gathered for the weekly protest. First, passing through the Olive grove, they descended the mountain towards the stolen village spring, but were met with a violent reaction from the Israeli military, who shot large amounts of tear....


Settlers building illegal road on Palestinian land in Hebron
6/19/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 19th June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Hebron, Occupied Palestine - Israeli settlers in the Wadi al-Hussein valley neighborhood of occupied Khalil (Hebron) have begun building a new road on land owned by a Palestinian family. The road will be around four meters wide and lead to the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba which is above the valley. When completed it will split two olive groves. The....


PA official: Settlers burn 300 olive trees near Nablus
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The latest episode of endless settler violence in Qusra
6/17/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 17th April 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team˙| Qusra, Occupied Palestine - The night of Saturday, 15 June, Israeli settlers continued a tradition of violence and harassment against the Palestinian village of Qusra. Late at night, settlers from Esh Kodesh, the nearby settlement, trespassed upon Palestinian private property, damaged five olive trees, destroyed part of a building and took two support poles from it. Several olive....


Jewish settlers uproot Palestinian olive trees
PIC - Jewish settlers chopped down olive trees and tore down a small warehouse in Qasra village to the south of Nablus on Saturday night.


Settlers Destroy Olive Trees in Nablus
WAFA - 16 Jun 2013


PA official: Settlers burn 300 olive trees near Nablus
6/15/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers set fire to over 300 olive trees on Saturday in a Nablus village, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activities, told Ma'an that settlers from the illegal outpost of Havat Gilad set fire to olive trees in the Nablus village of Imatin. The blaze destroyed over 300 trees....


Teen novel depicts Israeli settlements as unnatural
Electronic Intifada: 14 Jun 2013 - William Sutcliffe’s The Wall features an extremist who shoots Palestinian olive trees.more


’Made in Gaza'
Eric Walberg, Al-Ahram Weekly 6/11/2013
      The builders of Gaza's Ark hope to bring Gazan goods to the world.
     The latest plan to try to break the illegal siege of Gaza, according to organiser Michael Coleman at Sunday's press conference in the port of Gaza, is to refurbish their very second-hand fishing boat, fill it with Gazan products (date products, embroidery, craft items and more) and sail to another Mediterranean port, like any normal exporter.
     Though this would hardly be earth-shattering news in any other coastal area, it is hoped that this time Israel will blink, and not scuttle this modest attempt to help beleaguered Palestinians in Gaza stand on their own feet. "Israel always claimed that the blockade was meant to prevent the smuggling of illegal weapons into Gaza. In that case, it should have no problem with a boat leaving the Gaza Strip," said Mahfouz Kabariti, head of Gaza's Fishing and Marine Sport Association.
     Efforts to end the siege really got underway following Israel's 22-day assault on Gaza in 2008-2009, first trying to reach Gaza from the Rafah crossing with Egypt in December 2009, on the Gaza Freedom March. This failed, but led to the Freedom Flotilla in May 2010, which held the world in thrall, as Israeli commandos dropped from helicopters, killing nine Turkish activists, arresting the others, and seizing the boats and cargo of food and medicine.
     Three years later, the siege continues and the movement against it is stronger than ever, the focus now being on Gaza's Ark. This time, it is not internationals trying to bring aid to Gaza, but internationals helping Palestinians export their products - breaking the siege, but in reverse. Gazans, with a modicum of international assistance, are at this moment converting the old fishing boat into a cargo vessel using Gaza's meagre resources. Later this year, a crew of internationals and Palestinians will sail it out of Gaza - the only Mediterranean port closed to shipping - carrying Palestinian products destined for international buyers, in the process, breaking through the Israeli blockade.
     Though it is paying wages to boat builders and providing business opportunities to traders, Gaza's Ark is not an aid project, but an attempt to support Palestinians' right to fish and operate in their territorial waters, where at present they are hounded, stripped, robbed and killed by Israeli patrols, intent on forcing them to give up and leave their homeland....
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‘Made in Gaza’: Breaking the Siege
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Jun 2013 - By Eric Walberg The builders of Gaza’s Ark hope to bring Gazan goods to the world. The latest plan to try to break the illegal siege of Gaza, according to organizer Michael Coleman at Sunday’s press conference in the port of Gaza, is to refurbish their very second-hand fishing boat, fill it with Gazan products (date products, embroidery, craft items and more) and sail to another Mediterranean port, like any normal exporter. Though this would hardly be earth-shattering news in any other coastal area, it is hoped that this time Israel will blink, and not scuttle this modest attempt to help beleaguered Palestinians in Gaza stand on their own feet. “Israel always claimed that the blockade was meant to prevent the smuggling of illegal weapons into Gaza. In that case, it should have no problem with a boat leaving the Gaza Strip,” said Mahfouz Kabariti, head of Gaza’s fishing and...more


Made in Gaza: Breaking the Siege
Dissident Voice: 12 Jun 2013 - The builders of Gaza’s Ark hope to bring Gazan goods to the world. The latest plan to try to break the illegal siege of Gaza, according to organizer Michael Coleman at Sunday’s press conference in the port of Gaza, is to refurbish their very second-hand fishing boat, fill it with Gazan products (date products, embroidery, craft items and more) and sail to another Mediterranean port, like any normal exporter. Though this would hardly be earth-shattering news in any other coastal area, it is hoped that this time Israel will blink, and not scuttle this modest attempt to help beleaguered Palestinians in Gaza stand on their own feet. “Israel always claimed that the blockade was meant to prevent the smuggling of illegal weapons into Gaza. In that case, it should have no problem with a boat leaving the Gaza Strip,” said Mahfouz Kabariti, head of Gaza’s fishing and marine sport association....more


OCHA: 50 Palestinians injured, 13 others displaced in one week
PIC - A UN report said that around 50 Palestinians were injured in the West Bank and Gaza, 1,000 olive trees were damaged, and 30 people were displaced in East Jerusalem during the past week.


A tale of 3 villages: settlers cut down 20 olive trees, burn a car, scrawl ‘Death to Arabs’ on homes
Mondoweiss - Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Apartheid / Restriction of movement Settlers cut [down] Palestinian trees near Hebron IMEMC -- Thursday June 6 2013, a number of extremist Israeli settlers cut nearly 20 Palestinian olive trees that belong to a farmer from Beit Ummar Palestinian town,...


Settlers Cut Palestinian Trees Near Hebron
IMEMC - Thursday June 6 2013, a number of extremist Israeli settlers cut nearly 20 Palestinian olive trees that belong to a farmer from Beit Ummar Palestinian town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. ...


Jewish settlers chop down 20 olive trees
PIC - Jewish settlers chopped down 20 olive trees in Beit Ummar village, north of Al-Khalil, on Thursday morning.


Settlers Cut Down Olive Trees near Hebron
WAFA - 6 Jun 2013


Settlers Uproot Local Farmers Olive Tree’s for 7th Time In a Year
Palestine Solidarity Project 6 Jun 2013 - Thursday June 6th 2013: Early this morning a group of settlers entered Beit Ommar from Bat Aiyn, a settlement that lies to the south of the village, and attacked the land of local farmer Hammad Abdal Hameed Jaber Saleebi age 75. With covered faces they set...


Occupation Diaries: Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Jun 2013 - Reviewed by Hala Nassar (Raja Shehadeh: Occupation Diaries. Profile Books Ltd, London 2012. Pages 208, Illustrations.) When Raja Shehadeh writes about Palestine, he makes sure that we walk with him the valleys, the mountains and the wild hills and prairies of the occupied land.  As in his previous book, Palestinian Walks (Scribner 2007), which won the Orwell Prize 2008, Shehadeh’s Occupation Diaries, we continue to smell the first rain on the thirsty earth, touch the stones, hear the gurgling water from the brooks, admire cyclamens, and contemplate the history of the land of olive trees.  Shehadeh in Occupation Diaries, also being nominated for the Orwell Prize 2013, does not only take us for walks to the villages near Ramallah in the north and all the way to the south in Jericho to observe the continuous brutal Israeli polices to disfigure the landscape, but also walks us to the streets of...more


Settlers attack Palestinian vehicles in East Jerusalem
6/5/2013 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles with rocks late Tuesday in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur, locals said. Settlers from Beit Orot, in the Mount of Olives, damaged several vehicles in the area before a number of young Palestinians confronted them. Israeli police officers who arrived on the scene arrested three Palestinians, including Amir and Ahmad Abu Sbeitan." This is systematic support....


Settlers Destroy Olive Trees near Salfit
Palestine News Network


After the flames, only determination remains in Burin and Madama
6/3/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 3rd June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Burin and Madama, Occupied Palestine - On Monday 3rd June, around a dozen settlers from the illegal colony of Yizhar set fire to Palestinian's fields in the villages of Burin and Madama, destroying at least 50 acres of arable land with olive trees. The settlers were joined by a jeep of border police when 40-50....


Ode to the U.S.S. Popeye
Dissident Voice: 3 Jun 2013 - I am Popeye the nuclear-torpedo man, I live beneath a dark Mediterranean sky. Russians? they threaten with ashcan, they know not I’m a Family Guy, just on patrol, not the Ku Klux Klan; I eat spinach, no Lukoil to fry, cannot remember a Test-Treaty ban, King of the Sea, dial Cpt. B-L-I-G-H, no Exodus strategy for Mahmoud’s Iran, I quickly “pivot,” hear Olive’s pitiful cry, pitter-patter feet, count a billion Han, ballistic muscles, Allenby Bridge of Sigh.more


Data shows that Palestinians now own just 8 per cent of historic Palestine
Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/28/2013
      New data published by the Land Research Centre (LRC) shows that Palestinians own only eight per cent of historic Palestine. The LRC is affiliated to the Arabic Studies Association in Jerusalem. In a press conference held in Ramallah, it announced the publication of its latest Year Book, in which it documents Israeli violations of Palestinian rights concerning lands and houses. The book is published in English and Arabic.
     LRC director Jamal Al-Emla described 2012 as "the year of settlements", a reference to the massive increase in settlement expansion by the occupation authorities. He used photographs, charts and maps to demonstrate that the amount of historic Palestine owned by Palestinians has been in decline since the British Mandate era right up to last year. They now own just 8 per cent of their own country. The decline, claimed Al-Emla, is due to Israel's ethnic cleansing, expulsion of Palestinians and confiscation of their land followed by its colonisation by Jewish settlers.
     "The occupation destroyed 189 houses during 2012," he pointed out. "About 1,215 Palestinian residents, who used to live in those houses, were made homeless." The Israeli occupation destroyed 415 commercial and agricultural properties, including wells. They also threatened to destroy 772 houses while 590 other facilities under construction, including houses, have been halted.
     "The city which is endangered the most is Nablus," said the LRC director, "followed by occupied Jerusalem."
     The data also showed that the Israeli occupation has destroyed 64,000 trees on Palestinian property, including 53,122 olive trees, which have been uprooted, burnt or drenched in raw sewage.
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Israeli forces violently suppress villagers working their land in Nabi Saleh
5/31/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 31th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah Team, Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine - Unlike in previous demonstrations, two army jeeps invaded Nabi Saleh today an hour before the demonstration was due to begin. After midday prayers, over 60 villagers, joined by a number of Israeli and international activists, marched from the center of the village along a path through the olive groves on to the main....


Settlers uproot olive trees near Nablus
Uruknet


Fundraiser in NYC for ‘Palestinian House of Friendship’ to support creative approaches to non-violent resistance
Mondoweiss - I traveled to Palestine last October with a group tour arranged by the Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies, a Palestinian tour agency. We visited the town of Aseira to meet the people there and to take part in an olive harvest. While there our group...


Extremist Settlers Burnt Olive Trees, Farmlands, Near Qalqilia
IMEMC - A group of extremist Israeli settlers burnt, on Wednesday evening, several Palestinian olive trees and farmlands planted with wheat, in an area located between the villages of Far’ata and Jeet, east of the northern West Bank of Qalqilia. ...


Settlers uproot olive trees near Nablus
5/29/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers uprooted over 300 olive trees near the village of Awarta southeast of Nablus on Wednesday, a local official said. The Israeli liaisons office told its Palestinian counterparts that over 300 olive trees inside the fences of Itamar, settler-monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma'an. He said the trees were within the settlement's boundaries but belonged to....


Should ‘price tag’ attacks be considered terror?
Jerusalem Post 28 May 2013 - Some should, others shouldn’t, but crafting a law that makes this distinction may be difficult. Do we really want to equate spray-painted slogans with suicide bombings?


Settlers setting up tent and planning road in Palestinian owned land in Al Khalil
5/27/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 27th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Team Al Khalil, Hebron, Occupied Palestine - This morning, settlers from Kiryat Arba, an illegal israeli settlement in the city of Al Khalil (Hebron), started to place road markers for the construction of a road through the Palestinian olive groves of Wadi al-Hussein. They were accompanied by Israeli military and....


'This time they destroyed everything': Uprooted Bedouins face more evictions
Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, Atir-Umm al-Hieran, Electronic Intifada 5/24/2013
      A clothesline hangs between heaps of twisted metal and cracked slabs of concrete, while a handful of olive trees lay haphazardly, their roots exposed, under the scorching Naqab desert sun.
     Less than a week ago, this was where approximately 600 Israeli police officers were deployed to demolish 18 structures, including 10 homes, and uproot 600 trees in the “unrecognized” Palestinian Bedouin village of Atir-Umm al-Hieran, just 30 minutes from the major city of Bir al-Saba (Beersheva).
     Residents reported seeing approximately thirty flatbed trucks haul away most of the rubble, while Israeli police set up a dozen roadblocks in both directions along the main road, preventing residents from trying to stop the bulldozers. Only a few destroyed buildings were left behind and broken toys, notebooks and other personal effects remained scattered across the sand.
     “It’s the worst thing that can happen,” said Khader Abu al-Qian, a village elder, from the shade of a makeshift tent across the street from the scene of the destruction.
     The Israeli authorities demolished two homes in Atir once before, in 2007. But police and agents with the Israel Land Administration regularly come to the village to take photographs of buildings, Abu al-Qian explained. They even once asked him if he would rather demolish the village himself, or wait for them to do it. “More extreme”
     Despite this experience, Abu al-Qian said that last week’s demolition — in an area of the village home to fifty persons, including over two dozen children — was something completely different.
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Settlers Spray Olive Trees With Toxic Chemicals
IMEMC - Nablus - Saturday April May 15 2013, a number of armed extremist Israeli settlers invaded a Palestinian olive orchard that belong to two residents of Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, before spraying the trees with dangerous chemicals, causing the trees to die. ...


Settlers use chemicals to destroy over 100 olive trees
5/25/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers destroyed over 100 olive trees in a Nablus village on Saturday after spraying them with toxic chemicals, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from the notoriously extreme Yizhar settlement sprayed toxic....


Fire destroys 10 dunams of land in Hebron
5/25/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A fire destroyed 10 dunams of agricultural land in Hebron on Saturday, civil defense crews said. Firefighters managed to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the village of Idhna, and destroyed mainly olive trees. Police have opened an investigation into the incident. [END]


Settlers burn olive trees with chemicals in Nablus
PIC - Laboratory results carried out by residents of Burin village showed that Jewish settlers used during attacks on the village lands toxic chemicals that burned thousands of acres of olive trees.


Prelude to land theft: a livelihood trashed in Aqraba
5/21/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 21st May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Team Nablus, Aqraba, Occupied Palestine - Seven hundred olive trees were uprooted first thing in the morning of 16th May while a bulldozer got to work destroying the farmer's concrete water storage facility and surrounding dry stone walls and fences in Aqraba. The Israeli army, who did some....


Israeli forces uproot olive tree saplings near Nablus
5/16/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday uprooted over 1,200 olive tree saplings and razed land belonging to a Palestinian farmer in the northern West Bank, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity, said soldiers uprooted more than 1,200 saplings, dug up over 40 dunums of farm land and demolished....


Israel recognizes four illegal West Bank outposts
Al-Akhbar News 16 May 2013 - A Palestinian woman gestures near olive trees damaged by suspected Jewish extremists in a Palestinian-owned plantation the village of al-Tiwana, south of the West Bank city of Hebron on 10 May 2013. (Photo: AFP - Hazem Bader) Israel plans to declare legal four unauthorized West Bank...


Setters uproot 150 trees near Nablus
5/14/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Tuesday uprooted over 150 trees belonging to Palestinians south of Nablus, a local official said. Settler monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma'an that several settlers attacked Sbeih mountain area between Beita and Yatma villages and destroyed over 150 olive and fig trees. [END]


Settlers Burn Palestinian Agricultural Lands Near Nablus
IMEMC - Monday evening, May 13 2013; a group of extremist Israeli settlers set ablaze Palestinian olive orchards and farmlands that belong the villages of Qaryout, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. ...


'Nothing forbidden for them, but nothing allowed for us'
5/13/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 14th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Qaryut, Occupied Palestine, By Team Nablus - Settlers from the illegal colony of Shilo set fire to land belonging to the nearby village of Qaryut. Around 25 families own land in this area. The land contained wheat crops and olive trees and is next to land previously stolen by settlers.... Related: PA official: Settlers torch fields near Nablus


Settler attacks, September-December 2012
Ahmad Jaradat and Johanna Wagman, Alternative Information Center 5/13/2013
      Hebron and southern West Bank region
     On September 9th, settlers from the Kfar Etzion and Eliezer settlements to the south of Bethlehem took over 6 dunams of land located between both settlements; the land belongs to children of Ali Khader Salah from the village of Al Khader . According to Ahmed Salah, coordinator of Al Khader’s popular committee, “the settlers brought several mobile homes and set them up on the land”.
     Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian during olive harvesting in the Hebron area of Tel Romeida, while Israeli settlers look on (Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler)
     On September 12th, five settlers came during the night and tried to burn the Salman al – Farise mosque in the town of Dura, west of Hebron. The settlers poured incendiary substance on the mosque, but the residents who discovered them threw stones at the settlers, who escaped by car. The settlers wrote racist words against Palestinians as well as threatening phrases such as ”price tag”, a well-known slogan used by settlers in the West Bank. The director of mosques in Hebron, Waqf Jamal Abu Iram, said that ”This aggression is part of the settlers’ policy against mosques, which increased over the last months in the West Bank. The residents discovered and faced them, otherwise the mosque would have been burned”.
     On September 14, at 10 am around 150 settlers from the Beit Haggai settlement to the south of Hebron participated in a celebration march through the streets of Dura. The settlers were protected by Israeli soldiers, who closed roads during the three hour march. Moreover, soldiers closed the road connecting the al–Rojoub mosque to the al Munhil school in the Wadi Qamra side.
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39;Price tag' attack in South Hebron Hills
5/11/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 10th May 2013, Operation Dove, South Hebron Hills, Occupied Palestine - On May the 10th at about 6 a. m. some Palestinians from At-Tuwani and two Operation Dove volunteers found out that 62 olive trees had been cut during the night in a field next to the Bypass road 317. On a small wall nearby the....


Israelis Cut 62 Olive Trees in South Hebron Hills, says Group
WAFA - 11 May 2013


Occupiers demolish houses, iron shop, and dozens of olive trees
Mondoweiss - Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction of movement Israel demolishes Bedouin village for 50th time BEERSHEBA, Israel (Ma‘an) 9 May -- Israel on Thursday demolished a Bedouin village in southern Israel for the 50th time in two years, locals said. A large force of...


Settlers uproot dozens of olive trees in Hebron village
5/10/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Friday uprooted dozens of olive trees in a village in the southern West Bank. Residents of Maon settlement uprooted around 70 trees in al-Tawani village, east of Yatta, said Rateb al-Jbour, the Hebron popular committee coordinator. The trees belonged to Khader al-Amour and Kayed al-Amour, al-Jbour told Ma....


Settlers Uproot 70 Olive Trees, Expand Settlement in Hebron
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Jewish settlers chop down olive trees in Al-Khalil
PIC - Jewish settlers chopped down 15 olive trees near Susiya area in Yatta town, south of Al-Khalil, on Wednesday.


Jewish Settlers Destroy 20 Olive Trees South of Nablus
Palestine News Network


Israel destroys agricultural land, wells in Hebron
5/7/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday destroyed over 100 acres of private Palestinian agricultural land in Hebron, locals said. The mayor of Tarqumiya, Sami Fataftah, told Ma'an that Israeli forces bulldozed over 100 acres of land planted with olive and fruit trees. Israeli forces also destroyed three water wells used for....


Settlers use rocks and sharp tools to attack 50 and 65 year-old farmers in Beit Furik
5/7/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 7th May 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Beit Furik, Occupied Palestine, by ISM Nablus - Two olive farmers from the village of Beit Furik, east of Nablus, are recovering from head wounds in a near-lethal attack by colonial-settlers. Although both survived, they are in need of daily check-ups at a clinic in Nablus and are afraid to....


Settlers Cut Olive Trees Near Ramallah
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Israel demolishes structures, arrests 11 in West Bank raids
Al-Akhbar News 6 May 2013 - Israeli forces raided two areas in the village of Beit Ula west of Hebron early Monday, damaging agricultural land and destroying an electrical network and two water wells, local news reported. The soldiers also used four bulldozers to uproot around 2,000 olive, grape and almond trees...


Disrupting their eternal rest
YNet News, 5 May 2013 - Considered the most important cemetery in Judaism, its dry earth is sent all over of world. Yet despite its importance, and even though the state comptroller issued a harsh report about it, The Mount of Olives is still open and unprotected, at the mercy of the residents of east Jerusalem. Menachem Begin, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, S.Y. Agnon and Rabbi Kook are turning over in their graves ....


Jewish settlers chop down dozens of olive trees in Bethlehem village
PIC - Jewish settlers chopped down on Sunday dozens of old olive trees in Nahalin village, Bethlehem province.


Tear gas sparks fire in West Bank village
5/4/2013 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Friday fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades in Kafr Qaddum, sparking a fire that torched over 40 olive trees, the PA civil defense said. Firefighters extinguished the fires, which had spread over two acres of land in the northern West Bank village. [END]


Settlers torch olive trees near Ramallah
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Settlers torch olive trees near Ramallah
5/2/2013 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Thursday cut down and torched over 50olive trees in the central West Bank village of Deir Jarir north of Ramallah. Residents of Ofra settlement stormed fields belonging to Muhammad Jihad Shujaiyya and Muhammad Mahmoud Hamdan and cut down trees before setting fire to them, witnesses told Ma'....


Report: Settlers start over 50 fires in West Bank
5/1/2013 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Settlers started over 50 fires across the West Bank on Tuesday following the fatal stabbing of a settler in Nablus, official news agency Wafa reported. A report by the civil defense said firefighters had to deal with 57 fires caused by settlers. Hundreds of olive and almond trees were damaged and....


PHOTOS: The face of Israel’s discriminatory home demolition policy
Activestills, +972 Magazine 4/30/2013
      Demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem are part and parcel of Israel’s publicly stated plans to reduce and control the demography of Palestinians and non-Jews in Jerusalem. With little chance of receiving building permits, Palestinian families often decide to build anyway, hoping that maybe their home will be spared.
     On Wednesday April 24, Israeli authorities demolished three Palestinian houses in the At Tur neighborhood on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem. The pretext, as usual, was that the owner had built illegally, though he had spent months applying for permits from the Jerusalem Municipality and provided all requested documentation. One of the structures demolished was an addition built to house the youngest generations of the 45-member Jaradat extended family, illustrating one of the basic quandaries facing East Jerusalem Palestinians: As families grow and children get married to start families of their own, where can they live if the government will not grant them permission to build?
     Israelis sometimes display a disturbingly blas? attitude toward the demolition of Palestinian homes. One sometimes encounters the attitude, even among self-proclaimed leftists, that “there are laws,” and since an Israeli Jew cannot build a house without permission, why should a Palestinian be able to? They might even offer examples of how their own family wanted to build and were denied permission. So if Israelis obey the law, isn’t it the Palestinians’ fault when they are punished for breaking it?
     This attitude may seem reasonable to foreigners as well. Most countries have zoning and building regulations that are generally respected as a necessity for maintaining orderly communities. But what these attitudes fail to grasp is the systematic discrimination faced by Palestinians under Israeli occupation, a context well-documented by various human rights organizations....
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Settlers plant trees in Palestinian fields near Nablus
4/29/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Monday planted trees on private Palestinian land in Nablus in the northern West Bank, a Palestinian Authority official said. Settlers plowed land belonging to Palestinian farmers in Azmut, east of Nablus, and planted young olive, vine and prunus trees, said Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the....


Creeping dispossession destroys Palestinian agrarian communities
Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 4/28/2013
      The existence of the illegal Adei Ad settlement outpost harms Palestinians not just physically but also financially, and leads to the abandonment of Palestinian villages.
     The Israeli media stopped, in recent years, paying attention to assaults of Palestinians by settlers, unless it is a particularly severe case, such as an assault on an 80-year old farmer. One of the issues which isn’t even touched upon as far as the media is concerned – and hence, the majority of Israelis – is the fact that the outposts’ very existence often constitutes theft, quite literally.
     The outpost Adei Ad, which is the case study of our new report, “The Road to Dispossession,” sits on the lands of four Palestinian villages: Al Mughayer, Qaryut, Jaloud and Turmusaya. The clearest case is that of Al Mughayer.
     As we’ve seen, the creation of an outpost creates several rings of damage around it. The first ring is the territory of the outpost itself, which often grows quickly. The second ring is the outpost’s perimeter, and the third is the land which Palestinian farmers may enter just twice a year, subject to military approval and coordination. The farmers of Al Mughayer are not allowed access to their own lands, and someone found a way to take advantage of that fact: on several occasions, Israelis made their way to Al Mughayer’s olive groves and pillaged them just days before the owners received permission to work the lands. The founder of Adei Ad, Boaz Melet, was convicted of trespassing in such a case, and two other settlers are still on trial for such charges.
     Enraging as these thefts may be, the major financial damage is not caused by theft but by the destruction of property and preventing access to it. The residents of the four villages complain time and again about their trees being cut down, burned, and in a few rare cases poisoned....
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In the Wake of Last Year’s “Soft Coup” against Paraguay’s President, Will a New Narco-Dictatorship Emerge?
Dissident Voice: 28 Apr 2013 - Paraguay’s April 21 election of Horacio Cartes, a dodgy “tobacco magnate,” rancher and banker, whose Banco Amambay has been accused of laundering drug money, tax evasion and other crimes, raises the specter of “state capture” by powerful drug cartels linked to US intelligence agencies. In the context of US efforts to manage not eliminate , the multibillion dollar global trade in illegal narcotics, Cartes electoral victory might very well be a shot in the arm for certain three-lettered US intelligence agencies, eager beavers always on the lookout for new allies–and an endless supply of black funds–to carry out hemisphere-wide dirty ops against leftist governments. The current US destabilization campaign targeting Venezuela’s newly elected president, Nicolás Maduro and the Bolivarian revolution, is instructive in this regard. A key factor driving US regional operations is control over the narcotics market. As researchers Oliver Villar and Drew Cottle revealed in Cocaine, Death Squads and...more


What were Craft International's rent-a-soldiers doing at the Marathon?: Photos Raise Questions About Boston Bombing Story Line
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Soldiers Uproot 700 Olive Trees Near Jenin
IMEMC - Thursday April 25, 2013; Israeli soldiers uprooted more than 700 olive trees in Arraba area, close to the Dotan illegal Israeli settlement, near Arraba village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin. ...


Israeli forces uproot 700 olive trees near Jenin
4/25/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday uprooted over 700 olive trees near Arraba village in the northern West Bank, Palestinian Legislative Council member Najah Abu Bakr said. The trees belonged to Palestinians in Arraba, south of Jenin, close to the Israeli settlement Mevo Dotan, the MP said in a statement. On Tuesday, Israeli....


Israeli Settlers Uproot Olive Trees near Jenin
WAFA - 25 Apr 2013


Israel destroys over 1,000 olive trees in Hebron village
Mondoweiss - Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction of movement Map of destroyed villages aims to teach Israelis about Nakba Tel Aviv (IPS) 22 Apr by Jillian Kestler-D'Amours -- Fireworks went off over the Tel Aviv skyline last week as thousands of flag-waving Israelis marked the...


'My land is like my identity...I will always replant my trees' - farmer resists as 500 olive trees uprooted in Beit Dajan
4/24/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 24th April 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Beit Dajan, Occupied Palestine, By Team Nablus - On the 22nd April 2013, 500 trees belonging to Beit Dajan villager Jamal Kanaan were uprooted by the Israeli military; making a total of six times since 2002 that his olive trees have been destroyed by the Israeli authorities. Around 50 soldiers....


Army Cuts 600 Trees Near Hebron
IMEMC - Tuesday April 23, 2013, the Radio Bethlehem 2000 has reported that Israeli soldiers cut more than 600 Palestinian Olive and Almond trees and removed a tent in Um Neer area, south of Yatta near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. ...


Israel destroys over 1,000 olive trees in Hebron village
4/23/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces destroyed over 1,300 olive trees in the south Hebron hills on Tuesday. Israeli soldiers accompanied officials from Israel's civil administration as demolition crews uprooted hundreds of olive trees in the village of Susiya, Ma'an's reporter said. According to B'Tselem, there are....


Israeli Soldiers Uproot Olive Trees in Hebron
Palestine News Network


Israeli soldiers and Border Police destroy 200 young olive trees in Palestinian village of Susya
4/23/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 23th April 2013, Christian Peacemaker Team, South Hebron Hills, Occupied Palestine - Israeli soldiers and border police today used a backhoe to uproot 200 young olive trees in the Palestinian village of Susya in the South Hebron Hills. The demolition of the olive grove began at 8:00 am and finished at 10:45 am. The....


Soldiers Uproot Olive Trees South of Hebron
WAFA - 23 Apr 2013


Land owner says Israeli forces uproot 500 trees
4/22/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the Beit Dajan village in Nablus on Monday and uprooted 500 olive and almond trees, locals said. Gamal Kanan, 60, whose land the trees were planted on, said this was the third time Israeli forces had entered the al-Toyour neighborhood to uproot trees. He was told by troops....


April showers may harm olive harvest, official warns
4/22/2013 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Heavy rainfall across the Palestinian territories over the past two days may have a negative impact on this year's olive harvest, a Palestinian Authority Ministry of Agriculture agronomist told Ma'an. The late April downpour may also be harmful to the country's grain crops, Ibrahim Qteishat....


Jewish Settlers Uproot, Steal Olive Trees near Hebron
WAFA - 16 Apr 2013


Settlers Cutting Olive Trees and Beating Up a Palestinian Farmer
Palestine Solidarity Project 13 Apr 2013 - On the morning 10th of April Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian land in Saffa, a part of Beit Ommar village. Saffa often experience attacks like this. The settlers in question lives in the close by settlement called Bayt Ayin which is a part of the bigger Gush...


Olive oil judge brings expertise from Jordan
Daily Star 12 Apr 2013 Jamal al-Batsh knows olive oil. Batsh heads the Olive Directorate in Jordon’s Agriculture Ministry.


Settlers set fire to olive trees near Hebron
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Israeli forces uproot 300 olive, almond trees in Hebron
4/9/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces uprooted over 300 olive and almond trees in a Hebron village on Tuesday, a local official said. Agricultural committee coordinator in Hebron Murad al-Jabarin told Ma'an that Israeli forces destroyed the trees in al-Rahwa village south of Hebron. The village is constantly targeted by Israeli forces, he added. [END]


Settlers set fire to olive trees near Hebron
4/9/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) - Israeli settlers on Wednesday set fire into a number of olive trees east of Yatta. Locals told Ma'an that a number of settlers set fire into 10 olive trees east of Yatta near Maon settlement. The land is owned by Ibrahim Khalil Rabi. Settlers showered farmers with stones while....


Israeli Forces Uproot Hundreds of Olive Trees in Hebron
Palestine News Network


Qusin villagers prevented from planting olive trees on their land by Israeli army
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IOF soldiers chop down 350 trees south of Al-Khalil
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) chopped down around 350 almond and olive trees near Daheriya town, south of Al-Khalil, on Tuesday morning.


Palestinian village succeeds in campaign to stop Israeli sewage dumping on their land
IMEMC - Residents of the village Sabastiya near Nablus have confirmed that the pipe which pumps raw sewage onto their land from nearby illegal settlement Shave Shomron has been shut off. The raw sewage poisoned both olive and apricot trees belonging to the village. ...


Olive tree planting in the village of Aruf, Jordan Valley
4/8/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 8th April 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Aruf, Jordan Valley, Occupied Palestine, By Team Nablus - On Monday 8 April the village of Aruf in the Jordan Valley, planted olive trees on their land accompanied by solidarity activists. The group planted twenty-five trees, dedicating them to prisoners and international activists killed by the Israeli authorities. Just prior....


Qusin villagers prevented from planting olive trees on their land by Israeli army
4/7/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 6th April 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Qusin, Nablus, Occupied Palestine, By Team Nablus - On Saturday 6 April villagers from Qusin, east of Nablus, accompanied by international and solidarity activists attempted to plant olive trees on land denied access to them by the Israeli Army. After successfully planting several trees, and proceeding closer to the military road that cuts through Palestinians lands, the....


Village of Sabastiya celebrates successful campaign against sewage dumping on their land
4/7/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 7th April 2012, International Solidarity Movement, Occupied Palestine - Residents of the village Sabastiya near Nablus have confirmed that the pipe which pumps raw sewage onto their land from nearby illegal settlement Shave Shomron has been shut off. The raw sewage poisoned both olive and apricot trees belonging to the village. The residents of Sabastiya have....


Settlers Uproot Dozens of Olive Trees in Bethlehem
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On Land Day; Palestinians Plant 200 Olive Saplings In Al-Khader
IMEMC - Marking the 37th Anniversary of the Palestinian Land Day, Palestinians in Al-Khader town, near the West Bank Palestinian city of Bethlehem, planted 200 Olive saplings amidst ongoing settler attacks against Palestinian orchards and lands in the area. ...


Fayyad plants olive tree at site of protest village
3/30/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Marking Land Day on Saturday, Ramallah-based Palestinian premier Salam Fayyad planted an olive tree at the site of a protest village dismantled by Israel. [END]


Settlers uproot olive trees south of Bethlehem
3/29/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers uprooted hundreds of olive trees and saplings in al-Khader village south of Bethlehem early Thursday morning, activists said. Ahmad Salah, the coordinator of popular committee against settlements and the wall in al-Khader, told Ma'an that a group of settlers from Nevi Daniel were behind the incident. The....


Grassroots groups plant olive trees in al-Khader
3/29/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - Commemorating the 37th anniversary of the Land Day, Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights carried out Friday a voluntary activity in al-Khader south of Bethlehem in association with the village's municipal council and several grassroots organizations. More than 100 Palestinians from Bethlehem and Hebron refugee camps....


Settlers Uproot Dozens of Olive Trees in Bethlehem
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Obama Fails in the Mideast
Sam Bahour, Ramallah, CounterPunch 3/25/2013
      Militarism Wins the Day...Again
     As I watched President Barack Obama’s helicopter pass above my home, just before landing at the Palestinian Presidential Compound next to Ramallah, I just shook my head in disappointment, first as an American, then as a Palestinian. I thought: “Another U.S. president, on another high fanfare visit, carrying the same, failed political messages.”
     It was difficult to follow Obama’s visit on TV. In normal practice when dignitaries come to town, Israel disrupts the satellite signals that feed our televisions. Nevertheless, I was able to tune in to a single Arabic channel, broadcast from Lebanon, that was unaffected by this.
     Peeling away all the protocols, red carpets, formalities and artificial photo opportunities, I focused on what was coined “the policy speech.” President Obama gave it in Israel at a conference center to an audience of Israeli students. The president crafted a message directly to Israeli citizens, bypassing the right-wing Israeli prime minister who, until today, continues to build illegal, Jewish-only settlements, despite America’s and the world’s disapproval.
     Clear message
     The message to Israel was clear: there is no better ally to Israel than the U.S. He went on and on about how Israel will always be backed by the U.S., no matter what. Militarism won the day.
     To Palestinians, and the majority of the world, that message no longer makes sense. Why support Israel as a military occupier that continues to build Jewish-only settlements?....
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Yair Lapid, centrist star and Finance Minister, plans 16,000 new settlement units in West Bank
Mondoweiss - Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Farm land and trees destroyed for expansion of Israeli military checkpoint MEMO 21 Mar -- Israeli occupation forces have started to expand the Dotan military checkpoint near Jenin. The work entails the destruction of Palestinian farm land and olive...


Obama Lays Out Case for Israel to Revive Peace Talks
New York Times 21 Mar 2013 - In a carefully crafted speech that was enthusiastically welcomed by a youthful audience of Israelis, President Obama advocated a vision of a future Israel at peace with the Palestinians.


Put Olive on Seder Plate for Palestinians and All Oppressed Peoples
Jewish Voice for Peace - The olive tree is a universal and ancient symbol of hope and peace. And sadly, the destruction of Palestinian olive trees by Israeli settlers and the Israeli army is just one example of the way that Israeli policies systematically deny Palestinians of even their most basic...


PCBS: Olive oil production increased by 10 percent in 2012
3/17/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Olive oil production in the West Bank and Gaza Strip increased in 2012, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. The total quantity of olive oil extracted increased by 10. 6 percent compared to 2011, with 22,951 tons of oil produced. There are around 279 olive presses in operation and....


Olive Oil Production Rises in 2012, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA - 17 Mar 2013


Settlers seize Bethlehem agricultural land, group says
3/16/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers seized farmland in the Bethlehem village of al-Khader on Saturday, official news agency Wafa reported. Settlers from Elazar settlement planted olive trees and placed other structures, such as clay pots, on land belonging to farmers in the village. A few months earlier, settlers seized five dunams of....


Hopes Pope Francis will seek peace with Islam
The National 14 Mar 2013 - Al Azhar, the 1,000-year-old centre of Sunni Muslim learning holds out olive leaf to Francis after acrimony with his predecessor. Bradley Hope and Hugh Naylor report


Farmers attacked by Israeli army and settlers, preventing them from planting olive trees in memory of Rachel Corrie
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Farmers attacked by Israeli army and settlers, preventing them from planting olive trees in memory of Rachel Corrie
Rachel Corrie Foundation 13 Mar 2013 - This article was originally posted by the International Solidarity Movement on March 12, 2013. Link to full article . Farmers attacked by Israeli army and settlers, preventing them from planting olive trees in memory of Rachel Corrie By Lisa Marchant Farmers peacefully planting olive trees in the land of...


Don’t blame settlers for violence against Palestinians
By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 3/13/2013
      Israeli soldiers are the ones who make the prolonged dispossession of the Palestinians possible. If the army wasn’t there, violent settler attacks could not take place.
     One morning in late February of this year, J., a resident of a village in the Nablus district, went to work in his field along with his two cousins, M. and A. (We are not using the complainants’s full names for the same reason members of the Shin Bet are only known by a single name: the fear, perfectly justified in this case, that by exposing complainants’ names we will be putting them at risk). The three reached the field with a horse, a donkey, a chainsaw and various other tools. They worked for several hours, and at about noon were alarmed to see an armed mob approaching them, reportedly composed of Israeli citizens, coming from the direction of the settlement of Yitzhar.
     The mob was composed of twenty to thirty settlers with their faces covered, accompanied by three or four soldiers. One of the soldiers pointed his gun at M. and demanded his ID card; J. and A. started to leave with their tools when they noticed the settlers beginning to break branches of the olive trees, their source of livelihood. J. started crying “thieves, thieves,” and begged the soldiers to do something to stop the damage.
     Just 100 meters separated the settlers from the soldiers, and yet, according to the testimony, the soldiers stood idly by guarding the hoodlums and doing nothing to prevent the property damage. J. watched helplessly as the settlers stole his horse, his chainsaw, and his coat, which contained a very precious possession, his ID. “Look at these thieves,” said J to the soldier in desperation, “they are taking my things.” “Relax,” replied the soldier; “we’ll talk to the police.” M followed the settlers, who returned to the settlement. He noticed a settlement security vehicle, as well as a military jeep in close proximity. No one intervened.
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PA official: Israeli settlers uproot olive trees in Nablus
3/12/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Tuesday uprooted over 100 olive trees in a village south of Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said residents of Rechalim settlement destroyed around 121 trees in Qaryut village. Daghlas told Ma'an that settlers had....


Farmers attacked by Israeli army and settlers, preventing them from planting olive trees in memory of Rachel Corrie
3/12/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 12th March 2013 International Solidarity Movement, Occupied Palestine, By Lisa Marchant - Farmers peacefully planting olive trees in the land of Asira al Qiblya were today disrupted by Israeli soldiers who halted the planting. The presence of Palestinians on their own land also attracted the attention of illegal settlers from the nearby settlement of Yizhar, leading....


Fair trade helps Palestinian farmers stay on their land
Emily Lawrence, United Kingdom, Electronic Intifada 3/11/2013
      There are many varieties of olive oil available to the British shopper at the local supermarket, but one stands out from the rest. It’s not just the fair trade symbol that marks it as distinctive; it’s also the rarely seen description on its label: “Produced and Bottled in Palestine.”
     This bottle of olive oil has had a difficult journey. From the farms and olive groves of the Israeli-occupied West Bank to the shelves of a UK supermarket, such Palestinian goods, and the farmers who produce them, face hardship at every stage of the manufacturing and exporting process. And while Israel has ready access to foreign markets, Palestinian farmers often struggle to make a viable living from their crops.
     Through the fair trade initiative, however, Palestinian goods are slowly starting to gain access to global markets.
     Fair trade, thought up in the 1980s as a way of supporting producers in developing countries, now provides a decent price and a sustainable income to thousands of smallholders worldwide.
     The initiative reached Palestine in 2004, as a group of Palestinian farmers, exporters and cooperatives came together in Jenin to form the Palestine Fair Trade Association (PFTA), with the aim of establishing global trade links and providing a stable income for farmers suffering the impact of occupation. Despite a struggling economy, Israeli movement restrictions and shrinking farmland, farmers were able to start selling their produce overseas for a fair price.
     Palestinian olive oil was first awarded the fair trade mark in 2009, and is now distributed to more than 17 countries around the world, including the UK, by companies such as Equal Exchange and Zaytoun.
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Hoenlein appeals to PM: Save Mount of Olives
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2013 - Orthodox American Jewish organizations band together to protest Arab desecration of ancient burial site.


Security forces probe price tag attack near Nablus
Jerusalem Post 9 Mar 2013 - According to the IDF, some 100 Palestinian olive trees were cut down that belonged to the village of Al-Sawiya.


PA official: Settlers destroy over 100 olive trees in Nablus
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PA official: Settlers destroy over 100 olive trees in Nablus
3/8/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Settlers uprooted over 100 olive trees south of Nablus on Friday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Settler-monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma'an that settlers from Rechalim destroyed at least 120 olive trees in the nearby Palestinian village of As-Sawiya. The trees belonged to Muhammad Jazi and Hamdi Jazi." This....


Settlers Cut Olive Trees, Throw Stones at Palestinian Car in Nablus
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Lebanon: Hidden Costs of SMS Voting
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2013 - viewers are craftily enticed to cast an SMS vote for their favorite contestants. (Photo:Marwan Bu Haidar) viewers are craftily enticed to cast an SMS vote for their favorite contestants. (Photo:Marwan Bu Haidar) Every week, Lebanese are glued to their television screens, mesmerized by big-budget productions with...


occupied Palestinian territory: BADIL's Ongoing Nakba Education Center (ONEC) releases new short film!
Relief Web 6 Mar 2013 - Source: BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory BADIL's Ongoing Nakba Education Center (ONEC) is delighted to announce the release of our latest multi-media advocacy tool! 'Dead Olives & Settlements: Three Farmers in Abud' (...


Settlers uproot 100 olive trees near Bethlehem
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Settlers Cut 60 Olive Trees Near Bethlehem
IMEMC - The Palestine News Network (PNN) has reported that a number of extremist Israeli settlers cut, on Tuesday morning, nearly 60 Palestinian olive trees that belong to a resident of Nahhalin town, in the Bethlehem District. ...


Settlers uproot 100 olive trees near Bethlehem
3/5/2013 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Monday uprooted almost 100 olive trees in a village southwest of Bethlehem, a local official said. In a statement, the head of Nahhalin village council said a large group of settlers, guarded by Israeli forces, uprooted nearly 100 trees aged around 30 years old. [END]


Israeli Settlers Cut 60 Olive Trees near Bethlehem
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Israeli Settlers Cut 60 Olive Trees near Bethlehem
WAFA - 5 Mar 2013


PHOTOS: Palestinians’ prayerful protest awaits verdict
Alternative Information Center 2/26/2013
      Photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler
     Many Friday demonstrations in Palestine take place after midday prayers, but few protests are themselves a call to prayer. Such is the nature of the weekly gathering in a Beit Jala olive grove, a simple non-violent witness against the Israeli separation wall that threatens to divide village lands. Each week, a priest leads a mass among the olive trees, and though the liturgy is Catholic, local and international supporters of diverse religious traditions are often present in solidarity.
     Since 2006, area residents have waged a court battle against the proposed route of the wall, which would cut off important agricultural lands as well as the Cremisan monastery and winery, an important economic, natural, and spiritual resource to this Bethlehem-area community. In 2010, the landowners were joined in their case by the Salesian Sisters of Cremisan, whose convent, including a school serving local children, would also have been isolated behind the wall. In October 2011, local Christians began organizing weekly vigils, often attended by international religious and diplomatic leaders, and garnering widespread media attention.
     “At first, we thought maybe we would send a letter to President Obama,” says Father Ibrahim Shomali, the priest who typically leads the service, “but we know that he would not hear us. We then thought maybe we should send a letter to the leaders in Europe, but they will not hear us either. Finally, we decided, let’s pray to God—only he will hear us.”
     According to Father Shomali, “The only reason for the wall is to connect two settlements.” These are Gilo and Har Gilo, Israeli colonies expanding over nearby hilltops, and like all settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, illegal under international law....
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Settlers destroy 50 olive trees near Hebron, locals say
2/24/2013 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Settlers uprooted over 50 olive trees in the Hebron village of Beit Awwa on Sunday, locals said. Khalid Muhammad al-Suiati told Ma'an that his father found at least 50 olive trees uprooted and a number of grapevines damaged after arriving to work on his land early Sunday. The trees....


On ‘The invention of the Jewish People’
Palestine Chronicle: 21 Feb 2013 - By Jamal Kanj The Invention of the Jewish People was a book written by Shlomo Sand, an Israeli professor of history at the University of Tel Aviv. The author wasn’t probing a belief system, but Zionist fabrications of a spurious common lineage for people of the Jewish faith. Sand argues the implausibility of Jews having a common ethnic identity as Judaism was originally, like Christianity and later Islam, a “proselytising religion”. The notion of Judaism as a “race”, rather than a religion of various races, is incompatible. The results of a recently published study by Israeli-American geneticist Dr Eran Israeli Elhaik at John Hopkins University have scientifically and genetically validated Sand’s research. The idea of a “nation race” was progressively developed and reinforced over centuries of segregated Jewish communities in Europe. With the rise of German nationalism in the 19th century, Jewish historian Heinrich Graetz “retrospectively” crafted a discrete identity...more


Syrian refugees pour south to Jordan in nightly exodus
2/20/2013 - HAURAN PLAIN, Jordan (Reuters) -- Under cover of darkness, the young mother steps through the muddy olive groves on the Syrian-Jordanian border, telling her children to hold tight to avoid getting lost in the stream of people fleeing south to safety. Her lower face covered with a white scarf, she carries a dark carrier bag while....


In photos: Gaza farmers rally for Israeli boycott
Alternative Information Center - Hundreds of Palestinian farmers marched to the Gaza Strip's Israel-imposed "buffer zone" on Saturday morning, where they rallied and planted olive trees. The demonstration, organized by the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), was part of...


Nothing says 'Olive You' like chocolate cake
Jerusalem Post 12 Feb 2013 - This Valentine's Day, try using olive oil when baking chocolate cakes; your heart and your beloved’s will thank you.


PHOTOS: A West Bank battle fought with olive trees
Alternative Information Center 2/12/2013
      Photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler
     Accompanied by an international volunteer, a Palestinian farmer plants an olive tree in Ein Al-Qassis, which is surrounded by Israeli settlements and targeted by settler activists.
     It's a West Bank land battle in which olive trees have become the weapon of choice. With Israeli settlements surrounding them on every hillside, international volunteers join Palestinian farmers in planting seedlings in an area called Ein Al-Qassis, belonging to the Palestinian village of Al Khader. The YMCA Joint Advocacy Initiative, which organized the planting, chose this area because of its particular vulnerability—surrounded on all sides by Israeli settlements of the Gush Etzion bloc: Efrat, Elazar, and Allon Shevut, including an outpost connected to the latter. Like all Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, Gush Etzion’s are illegal under international law.
     The YMCA is not the only organization targeting this area. Israeli settler activists known as “Women in Green” have also focused on Ein Al-Qassis, which they call by a Hebrew name "Netzer". As their web site states, "One of the places where Women in Green plant trees to safeguard Israel's Statelands, is Netzer; in the heart of Gush Etzion, between Elazar and Alon Shvut." They lay claim to this as part of their "G-d given Biblical Homeland" and plant trees there to show their "opposition to the abandonment of parts of our homeland and to the return of Israel to the "Green Line", the pre-1967 borders."
     A recent article in Israeli media quotes Women in Green leaders saying that their goal is, “To prevent the Arabs from taking over the land.” They target areas designated by the Israeli government as so-called “state land”—meaning that the Israeli government has not recognized private ownership by Palestinians or anyone else....
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‘We Grow, They Bulldoze, We Re-Plant’: Palestinian Farmers Call for Israeli Agricultural Produce Boycott
In Gaza: 10 Feb 2013 - Published at IPS – By Eva Bartlett Tawfiq Mandil, 45, stands amongst hundreds of Palestinian farmers, activists, and international supporters in the Gaza Strip’s eastern Zeitoun district, about half a kilometre from the border with Israel. They are renewing a call for the boycott of Israeli goods. “The Israeli army destroyed my house and my five dunums of land (a dunum is 1,000 square metres) on the last day of the attacks in 2009, as well as 20 other homes,” he says. With signs reading ‘Boycott Israeli Agricultural Products’ and ‘Support Palestinian Farmers’, Mandil and others protesting Israeli oppression of Palestinian farmers joined together Saturday to plant olive trees on Israeli-razed farmland and to implore international supporters to join the boycott of Israeli agricultural produce. Mandil believes that the boycott is his only hope for justice for Palestinian farmers being targeted by the Israeli army and oppressed by Israel. “We...more


Defying surveillance, Gaza farmers demand boycott of Israel
Eva Bartlett, Gaza Strip, Electronic Intifada 2/11/2013
      ZEITOUN, Gaza (IPS) - Tawfiq Mandil, 45, stood among hundreds of Palestinian farmers, activists and international supporters in the Gaza Strip’s eastern Zeitoun district, about half a kilometer from the boundary with Israel. They were renewing a call for the boycott of Israeli goods.
     “The Israeli army destroyed my house and my five dunums of land [one dunum is equal to 1,000 square meters] on the last day of the attacks in 2009, as well as 20 other homes,” he said.
     With signs reading “Boycott Israeli agricultural products” and “support Palestinian farmers,” Mandil and others protesting Israeli oppression of Palestinian farmers joined together Saturday to plant olive trees on Israeli-razed farmland and to implore international supporters to join the boycott of Israeli agricultural produce.
     Mandil believes that the boycott is his only hope for justice for Palestinian farmers being targeted by the Israeli army and oppressed by Israel. “We hope that it will put pressure on Israel to stop targeting us and allow us to farm our land as we used to.”
     With an Israeli surveillance blimp hovering above and within sight of a remotely-controlled machine gun tower, the significance of the rally’s location near the “buffer zone” was not lost. Israeli authorities prohibit Palestinians from accessing the 300 meters flanking the Gaza-Israel boundary. In reality, the Israeli army regularly attacks Palestinians up to two kilometers from the boundary in some areas, rendering more than 35 percent of Gaza’s farmland off-limits.
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‘We Grow, They Bulldoze, We Re-Plant’: Palestinian Farmers Call for Israeli Agricultural Produce Boycott
In Gaza: 10 Feb 2013 - Published at IPS – By Eva Bartlett Tawfiq Mandil, 45, stands amongst hundreds of Palestinian farmers, activists, and international supporters in the Gaza Strip’s eastern Zeitoun district, about half a kilometre from the border with Israel. They are renewing a call for the boycott of Israeli goods. “The Israeli army destroyed my house and my five dunums of land (a dunum is 1,000 square metres) on the last day of the attacks in 2009, as well as 20 other homes,” he says. With signs reading ‘Boycott Israeli Agricultural Products’ and ‘Support Palestinian Farmers’, Mandil and others protesting Israeli oppression of Palestinian farmers joined together Saturday to plant olive trees on Israeli-razed farmland and to implore international supporters to join the boycott of Israeli agricultural produce. Mandil believes that the boycott is his only hope for justice for Palestinian farmers being targeted by the Israeli army and oppressed by Israel. “We...more


Olive planting in Madama as part of international day of action
2/9/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 9 February 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus, Occupied Palestine - Today was the International Day of Action for the Boycott of Israeli Agricultural Products, with corresponding actions all around the world. ISM-Nablus decided to show support for the people of the village of Madama by planting olive trees together with activists from the Yamen Culture and....


In pictures: Farmers rally for Israeli agriculture boycott in Gaza ‘buffer zone’
Mondoweiss - Hundreds of Palestinian farmers marched to the Gaza Strip's Israel-imposed "buffer zone" this morning, where they rallied and planted olive trees. The demonstration, organized by the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) , was part of a  global day of action  for boycotts of Israeli agricultural companies...


Gaza farmers launch call to boycott Israeli produce
Joe Catron, Gaza City, Electronic Intifada 2/8/2013
      Dozens of Palestinian farmers and fishermen rallied in the Gaza seaport this week, launching several days of actions across the Strip to support boycotts of Israeli agricultural corporations.
     Upcoming events will include a march by farmers, ending with the planting of olive trees, near the “buffer zone” around Gaza’s boundary with Israel on Saturday.
     The protests, organized locally by the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), are part of a day of action coordinated globally by UAWC, other Palestinian agricultural organizations, and the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee.
     The effort follows the 28 January announcement that South African fruit importer Karsten Farms had severed its ties with Israeli agricultural exporter and settlement producer Hadiklaim. The precedent-setting victory came after a year of successful campaigning by South Africa’s Palestine Solidarity Alliance and BDS South Africa.
     It also follows a 30 September day of action coordinated with UAWC by Canadian activists.
     “We must boycott Israeli agriculture because these products support settlements and the siege, while we can’t even export outside the Gaza Strip,” Mourad Qidah, a farmer in Khuzaa, said after the port gathering. “We need to support our own products.”
     “I’m in danger”
     Israel tightly restricts the Gaza Strip’s imports and exports, flooding local markets with agricultural and other goods while preventing nearly all Palestinian products from leaving....
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The solution to the haredi draft problem
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2013 - Mainstream Israel can facilitate increased haredi participation in the army by adopting crafty and nonthreatening compromise solutions.


Revisions to Prawer Plan for Negev Bedouin expose the farce of law in Israel
Nadia Ben-youssef, +972 Magazine 2/3/2013
      The latest revision to the Prawer Plan, which will eventually displace tens of thousands of Arab Bedouin from their ancestral land in the Negev (Naqab), in some ways improves its tone toward the Bedouin. But the Arab Bedouin community has resolutely rejected the Prawer Plan, and Benny Begin’s latest report reminds us succinctly that the law was never intended to be a friend to the oppressed.
     On the day after the Israeli elections, outgoing MK Benny Begin finished writing his recommended revisions to the Prawer Plan. The Minister without portfolio had been charged with responding to public grievances about the government-approved plan and its implementing legislation, which together aimed to displace tens of thousands of Arab Bedouin from their ancestral land in the Negev (Naqab). In the cabinet meeting on January 27, the Begin report was quickly approved and incorporated into the Prawer Plan, with the prime minister calling the decision “brave” and Minister Begin calling the revised plan “an expression of the Government’s goodwill and readiness to reach a solution.” But despite the pretense of generosity attached to the revisions, the amended Prawer Plan, which has been rejected by the Arab Bedouin community, retains both its discrimination and injustice.
     Begin’s 13-page report (translated here in English) is the minister’s single response to the grievances of “over 1,000 Negev Bedouin, as well as their relevant groups and organizations” who participated in a three-month public consultation period in early 2012. The government called the consultations, which were held after the Prawer Plan and the draft Prawer Plan Law were already approved by the government, “unprecedented.” In the 10 months following the end of consultations, Minister Begin was able to craft a sophisticated response that demonstrated careful attention to language and tone. Gone are the explicit statements designating the Bedouin as squatters or legitimizing permission to evict them with “reasonable force.”
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Israeli Settlers Uproot Tens of Olive Trees in Burin
WAFA - 3 Feb 2013


In photos: Israel evacuates Nablus protest tent
2/2/2013 - Reuters / Mohamad Torokman / MaanImages - Israeli forces evacuate "Al-Manatir neighborhood" protest tent in an area of Burin, Nablus, on Saturday, leading to clashes which injured at least 20 people. Seven people were arrested by Israeli forces and settlers attacked Burin with fire-bombs and rocks, damaging homes, cars and setting fire to olive trees. The encampment is.... Related: Activists set up new protest village in Nablus, settlers shoot teen and Israel evacuates Nablus protest village, dozens injured


Resist the land grab: donate a tree
1/29/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 29 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus, Occupied Palestine - For more than a decade the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) has supported Palestinians during the olive harvest, a task which continues to be challenging. We regularly support farmers by accompanying them to fields and planting olive trees in areas of high risk of settler attacks and.... Related: Donate to ISM


Israeli forces demolish buildings in East Jerusalem
1/28/2013 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces demolished at least four buildings and a sewage network in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan early Monday, locals said. Bulldozers leveled land and uprooted olive trees in order to access the demolition sites, closing all the surrounding roads, witnesses told Ma'an. The raid, shortly after the....


Beit Iksa's residence standing strong after the forceful eviction of Bab Al Karama
1/26/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - By Team Khalil, 26 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Beit Iksa, Occupied Palestine - The people of Beit Iksa were joined by other Palestinian activists on Friday morning to make their way to the site of the recently demolished Bab Al Karama camp, bringing with them a number of young olive trees to plant for the....


Big punishments for small hopes
1/26/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - By Haroun Zeitoun, 26 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Burin, Occupied Palestine - This morning in Burin, the village that sits in the valley between the Yizhar and Bracha colonial settlements just south of Nablus, saw a small yet high-spirited group plant olive trees. The task was done within an hour and afterwards international activists were....


Protest tent in Shuafat against land confiscation
PIC - People of Shuafat village in occupied Jerusalem set up on Tuesday a new protest tent, calling it "Somud Zaytun" (Olive Steadfastness), in protest against the Israeli confiscation policy.


Settlers Uproot Olive Saplings In Al-Khader
IMEMC - Tuesday January 22, a number of armed extremist Israeli settlers invaded an orchard that belongs to a local resident of the Al-Khader city, near Bethlehem, and uprooted several olive saplings in addition to digging a road in the middle of the orchard. ...


More houses, more olive trees — Israeli demolitions in villages from the Jordan to Bethlehem
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Settlers Cut 50 Olive Trees Near Bethlehem
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PA says Israel to allow more olive oil past Green Line
1/19/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian and Israeli sides have reached an agreement to facilitate the entrance of Palestinian olive oil inside the Green Line without obstacles, officials say. After a meeting in Tiberias between a Palestinian delegation headed by Khalid Al-Junaidi, an adviser of the agriculture minister, and an Israeli delegation headed by the director....


Settlers Uproot 20 Olive Trees near Bethlehem
WAFA - 19 Jan 2013


Settlers Cut 50 Olive Trees Near Bethlehem
IMEMC - A number of extremist Israeli settlers cut, Thursday, more than 50 olive trees that belong to a resident of Husan town, west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. ...


Your Nakba, and Mine – A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Jan 2013 - By Ramzy Baroud When your grandfather deserted his horse At the lower edge of the Pacific My family’s steed was still grazing By the southern hills of Palestine Your Nakba started before mine But mine is yet to end. Your name is molded to mean many things And signify nothing Mine is ‘gun powder’ The bones of my ancestors keep the mountains of Galilee standing My cousins are the ones holding the Gaza fort Against the invading Khazars. Our ruggedness might not suit your taste But we inherited the language of the trees So that the legacy of olives and figs may live through our children Until we harvest the remaining citrus of Beit Daras And redraw our music to rhyme with love and life And everything in between. I have to fight to preserve the essence of my name And I mustn’t die – as of yet Until my...more


the Palestinian, grassroots anti-apartheid wall campaign (Stop the Wall), the Farmers’ Union and the Popular Coalition for the Right of Land and A delegation from the boycott committee against the Jewish National Fund organized an event to plant new olive
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign STW Planted Olive Trees In Khirbet Al Twayyel-Nablus Sunday, January 13, 2013, the Palestinian, grassroots anti-apartheid wall campaign (Stop the Wall), the Farmers’ Union and the Popular Coalition for the Right of Land organized an event to plant new olive trees. A delegation from the...


Official: Settlers destroy over 200 olive trees in Nablus
1/11/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Settlers destroyed over 200 olive trees in a Nablus village on Friday, an official said. Dozens of settlers from the illegal outpost of Esh Kodesh raided the village of Qusra early Friday and uprooted at least 210 olive trees, settlement monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma'an. The trees were....


Settlers Uproot 210 Olive Trees in Nablus
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occupied Palestinian territory: Settlers suspected of vandalising Palestinian olive trees
Relief Web 11 Jan 2013 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 01/11/2013 13:21 GMT NABLUS, Palestinian Territories, Jan 11, 2013 (AFP) - Around 200 olive trees in a northern West Bank village were discovered vandalised on Friday, with residents blaming settlers from a nearby...


Settlers uproot 210 olive trees south of Nablus
PIC - Israeli settlers continued their attacks in various parts of the West Bank, where a number of them uprooted more than 200 olive trees from the territory of Qasra village south of Nablus.


Exhausted Egyptians count cost of political turmoil
1/9/2013 - ZAGAZIG, Egypt (Reuters) -- These days, craftsmen, shopkeepers and other inhabitants of the Egyptian Delta town of Zagazig are often too busy making ends meet to ponder why life seems to be getting harder every day. But when, exhausted, they finally come home and sit down to their evening meal, conversations inevitably turn to growing hardship....


Qusra settler attack, two hospitalised
1/7/2013 - International Solidarity Movement - 6 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Qusra, Occupied Palestine - At around 2 p. m. seven settlers attacked a farm on the outskirts of Qusra.  The farm belongs to Abu Nasser and his wife Nedda who are both in their sixties. Nedda confronted the settlers after seeing them on their property cutting olive trees, warning them off....


Settlers raid Nablus village, burn Hebron car
1/1/2013 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Dozens of settlers raided the northern West Bank village Qusra overnight Monday, uprooting more than 190 olive trees, an official told Ma'an. Several residents of the village, near Nablus, were assaulted, and homes and a tractor were also damaged in the raid, settlement monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas said. Palestinian.... Related: VIDEO - Red Crescent attacked during settler raids in Qusra


Settlers Uproot 40 Olive Trees in Nablus
Palestine News Network


Jewish settlers chop down 40 olive trees
PIC - Jewish settlers chopped down 40 olive trees in Qasra village, south of Nablus, that witnessed an Israeli teargas attack on Wednesday night.


Bethlehem Christians feel the squeeze as Israeli settlements spread
The Guardian 22 Dec 2012 - Near a biblical landscape of donkeys and olive trees, homes are being built and Palestinian Christians fear for their future Amid plastic bags snagged on gorse bushes, rusting hulks of cars in a breakers yard and...


Bethlehem unveils giant carving of baby Jesus
12/21/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Bethlehem artist hopes to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest ever model of baby Jesus, carved in olive wood. Zakaria Zakaria's 300-kg carving was unveiled in Bethlehem on Thursday, made from a 700-kg olive tree imported from Italy. Ibrahim Faltas, the head....


Obama wants gun policy recommendations in a month
YNet News, 19 Dec 2012 - President tells news conference Biden will lead efforts to craft policies to crack down on gun violence. Newtown massacre was a 'wake-up call for all of us,' he says ....


The Struggle for Land Rights Near the Gaza Border
Joshua Brollier, Antiwar.com 12/17/2012
      GAZA CITY — Yesterday in al-Faraheen, Gaza, Israeli Occupation Forces shot and wounded an unarmed 22-year-old farmer, Mohammed Qdeih, from behind. Mohammed and nine others went out to their fields in the early afternoon, walking approximately 250 meters from the Israeli border. Within minutes, two heavily armed Israeli military jeeps rushed to the security fence. They issued a warning for the farmers and residents to leave the area and shortly thereafter the Palestinians, intimidated by the heavy military presence, began to head back to the village of Abasan. The soldiers were not satisfied and opened fire, piercing Mohammed’s right arm from the backside. Israeli forces continued to shoot rounds of live ammunition while Mohammed and the others frantically evacuated and waited for an ambulance. Another young Palestinian, 19, was shot yesterday near the border in Jabaliya.
     Under the siege, Israeli “closed military zones” have confiscated up to 35% of Gaza’s arable land, which was previously used for fruit and olive orchards, wheat and various vegetables. With nearly half of Gaza’s population designated as “food insecure” by U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the farming industry having been crippled from the inability to export products under the Israeli blockade, this land is essential for the livelihoods of thousands of farmers and residents of Gaza. Even so and given that four Palestinians have been killed and over 50 injured since the Nov. 21, 2012 ceasefire agreement, one might ask why anyone would risk their life and venture near the border at all.
     Palestinians have had varying experiences near the fence. There have been some successes with farming and some incidents resulting in death and serious injuries. The agreement between Israel and Hamas clearly stated that Israeli forces would “refrain from targeting residents in the border areas” and to “stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea, and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.” Hamas and other factions have held up their end of the bargain with not a single rocket being fired from Gaza.
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In search of the political Palestinian narrative
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 12/4/2012
      JERUSALEM- Despite the vote at the United Nations in support of Palestinian statehood, this non-violent effort by the Palestinian leadership is facing an uphill battle. Another narrative is competing for the hearts and minds of Palestinians. Prime minister Salam Fayyad spoke of this narrative in simple terms. Referring to the perceived success of Hamas, especially after Gaza, Mr. Fayyad admitted: “Hamas has delivered, we have not.
     The Hamas narrative follows the same one tried by the founders of the Palestine Liberation Organization: the military/resistance one. The Palestinian guerrilla factions, starting with Fatah in 1965, argued that the only way to liberate Palestine was through armed struggle. Fatah began before the 1967 Israeli occupation with an armed operation from southern Lebanon and, after occupation, used Jordan to initiate attacks. In March, 1968, when a joint Palestinian-Jordanian force repulsed an Israel incursion in the Jordanian town of Karameh (the word means dignity), the PLO was able to get volunteers and support throughout the Arab world.
     Over the years, the various PLO factions used force against what would be considered legitimate military targets, as well as what many in the world would consider illegitimate civilian targets, be they in Israel, the occupied territories or abroad. This has brought both attention and scorn to the Palestinians. The struggle for liberation was tainted by the use of the term “terrorism,” which made gaining worldwide support difficult.
     The relatively non-violent Palestinian intifada that began in 1987 encouraged the PLO to put aside its guns and attempt the political track. In 1993, Yasser Arafat set down his gun, raised the olive branch and shook hands with the Palestinians’ archenemy, Yitzhak Rabin. The Oslo peace process brought hope, which was partially dashed by Mr. Rabin’s assassination by a radical Jewish settler and the election of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister.
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On Syria’s Coast, Olive Trees a Reminder of War
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 7 Dec 2012 - A Syrian woman with the colours of the national flag painted on her face with the Arabic word "We love you" in Damascus on 15 March 2012. (Photo: Louai Beshara) A Syrian woman with the colours of the national flag painted on her face with the...


On Syria’s Coast, Olive Trees a Reminder of War
Al-Akhbar News 7 Dec 2012 - A Syrian woman with the colours of the national flag painted on her face with the Arabic word "We love you" in Damascus on 15 March 2012. (Photo: Louai Beshara) A Syrian woman with the colours of the national flag painted on her face with the...


Man wounded in Nablus settler assault
12/6/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A 47-year-old Palestinian man was beaten up by Israeli settlers during an olive harvest south of Nablus on Thursday, local officials said. Nasser Fayez Odah is in a moderate condition after a group of settlers attacked him with sticks and sharp objects, Huwara village council head Moin al-Dmeiri said. A.... Related: Israeli soldiers ransack homes in Nablus


Settlers Cut, Uproot, 200 Olive Trees Near Bethlehem
IMEMC - Palestinian sources reported that a group of extremist settlers cut and uprooted approximately 200 olive trees in Palestinian orchards west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. ...


Egypt: Clashes erupt despite proposal to end crisis
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2012 - Rival factions hurl petrol bombs, stones outside palace; Three Morsi advisers quit; VP offers olive branch to opposition.


Settlers Uproot 200 Olive Trees
WAFA - 4 Dec 2012


IOF soldiers, settlers uproot 150 olive trees
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Jewish settlers bulldozed vast tracts of Palestinian farmland in Jaba village to the west of Bethlehem on Monday and destroyed 150 olive trees in the process.


We Want It to Stop
Dissident Voice: 3 Dec 2012 - On November 15, 2012, day three of the recent eight day bombardment of Gaza, Ahmed Basyouni and his family were watching news of the attacks on TV in their home in the eastern section of Beit Hanoun. He and his wife assured his older children that they would be safe because they lived in a calm area where there are no fighters. Two of his younger sons were asleep in the next room.  While they were talking, at approximately 10:35 pm, the Israeli Air Force fired three rockets from a U.S.-provided F-16 bomber into a nearby olive grove.  Ahmed’s house rocked, all his windows shattered, electricity went out plunging the family in darkness, and Ahmed’s fifteen year old son Nader screamed  from the next room that his brother was dead. When Ahmed went into the room, he saw, with horror, that it was true.  A fleck of shrapnel from the...more


Palestine 2012 – Gaza and the UN resolution
Noam Chomsky, Sabbah 12/2/2012
      An old man in Gaza held a placard that reads: “You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.” [1]
     The old man’s message provides the proper context for the timelines on the latest episode in the savage punishment of Gaza. They are useful, but any effort to establish a “beginning” cannot help but be misleading. The crimes trace back to 1948, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled in terror or were expelled to Gaza by conquering Israeli forces, who continued to truck them over the border for years after the official cease-fire. The persecution of Gazans took new forms when Israel conquered the Strip in 1967. From recent Israeli scholarship we learn that the goal of the government was to drive the refugees into the Sinai, and if feasible the rest of the population too.
     Expulsions from Gaza were carried out under the direct orders of General Yeshayahu Gavish, commander of the Southern Command. Expulsions from the West Bank were far more extreme, and Israel resorted to devious means to prevent the return of those expelled, in direct violation of Security Council orders. The reasons were made clear in internal discussion immediately after the war. Golda Meir, later Prime Minister, informed her Labor colleagues that Israel should keep the Gaza Strip while “getting rid of its Arabs.” Defense Minister Dayan and others agreed. Prime Minister Eshkol explained that those expelled cannot be allowed to return because “We cannot increase the Arab population in Israel” — referring to the newly occupied territories, already tacitly considered part of Israel. In accord with this conception, all of Israel’s maps were changed, expunging the Green Line (the internationally recognized borders), though publication was delayed to permit UN Ambassador Abba Eban to attain what he called “favorable impasse” at the General Assembly, by concealing Israel’s intentions. [2]
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We Want It to Stop
Kathy Kelly, War Is A Crime 12/2/2012
      On November 15, 2012, day three of the recent eight day bombardment of Gaza, Ahmed Basyouni and his family were watching news of the attacks on TV in their home in the eastern section of Beit Hanoun. He and his wife assured his older children that they would be safe because they lived in a calm area where there are no fighters. Two of his younger sons were asleep in the next room. While they were talking, at approximately 10:35 pm, the Israeli Air Force fired three rockets from a U.S.-provided F-16 bomber into a nearby olive grove. Ahmed's house rocked, all his windows shattered, electricity went out plunging the family in darkness, and Ahmed's fifteen year old son Nader screamed from the next room that his brother was dead.
     When Ahmed went into the room, he saw, with horror, that it was true. A fleck of shrapnel from the rocket had killed his youngest son, eight year-old Fares Basyouni. Fares had been completely decapitated but for a strip of flesh from the side of his face. The child’s blood covered the ceiling, the walls and the floor.
     Fares’s father and mother spoke softly about their murdered son. “He was a kind boy, sometimes naughty,” said Ahmed, “but very kind.” Fares’s mother told us that he was crazy about food. He would finish his breakfast and announce that he was ready for seconds. And he loved to play. Once he completed his homework, he was ready for games. “He was the life of the house,” the father added. “Now the home seems so quiet.”
     Across the road, the home of Jamal Abdul Karim Nasser is uninhabitable. The ruins of the home face directly onto the missile crater. Young relatives explained to us that shrapnel from the missiles had killed Odai Jamal Nasser, age 15. We were standing on the edge of the crater when Odai’s brother Hazem, age 20, asked us into what remained of his home.
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Israel demolishes home in East Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center - Israeli authorities demolished a home in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of the Mount of Olives on Monday morning. The Aramin family of eight persons, of whom six are children, is now homeless. Illustrative photo of Israeli...


occupied Palestinian territory: The Palestinian Vote at the U.N.: Moving Forward
Relief Web 30 Nov 2012 - Source: US Institute of Peace Country: occupied Palestinian territory Olive Branch Post by Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen On November 29, 1947 the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 181, recommending the adoption of a partition plan for the British Mandate of Palestine,...


Israel demolishes home in East Jerusalem
AIC: Jerusalem 30 Nov 2012 - Israeli authorities demolished a home in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of the Mount of Olives on Monday morning. The Aramin family of eight persons, of whom six are children, is now homeless. Illustrative photo of Israeli forces prior to a home demolition in Jerusalem (Photo: Sergio...


Elderly farmer, granddaughter, died hours before Gaza truce
11/30/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Elderly farmer Ibrahim Abu Nasr was determined to harvest his last two olive trees, despite ongoing Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip last Wednesday. The ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants would come into effect just nine hours later. But as Ibrahim, 80, began prayers in the olive grove in....


Competing narratives for the liberation of Palestine
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 11/29/2012
      Two narratives are competing for the hearts and minds of Palestinians, regarding the best way to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine: one military, the other nonviolent.
     Each has strong arguments, but neither has produced any result yet. Both narratives were being displayed in parallel fashion this month. The PLO will seek statehood through the UN, while Hamas sought to convince the Israelis to quit their occupation through the use of rockets.
     The military narrative has been with us for decades. The Palestinian guerrilla movements, starting with Fateh in 1965, argued that the only way to liberate Palestine is through armed struggle. Fatah began its struggle with a guerrilla operation from south Lebanon and celebrated when joint Palestinian and Jordanians forces repulsed an Israel incursion in the Jordanian town of Karameh.
     Over the years, the various PLO factions used force against what would be considered legitimate military targets, as well as what many in the world would consider illegitimate civilian targets, be they in Israel, in the occupied territories or abroad. This has brought both attention and scorn to the Palestinians.
     The struggle for liberation was tainted by the use of the term terrorism, which made gaining worldwide support difficult.
     The relatively nonviolent Palestinian Intifada in 1987 encouraged the PLO to put aside its guns and attempt the political track. In 1993, Arafat set down his gun and raised the olive branch; he shook hands with the Palestinians' archenemy Yitzhak Rabin.
     The Oslo peace process brought hope which was partially dashed by Rabin's assassination by a radical Jewish settler and the election of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister.
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Israeli authorities destroy olive groves, wells, barns near Hebron
11/28/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Wednesday leveled olive groves and demolished irrigation wells and barns near Hebron in the southern West Bank, the Land Research Center said. Israeli forces escorted a civil administration crew with bulldozers to Wadi al-Qatami in Beit Ula where they dug up olive fields, destroyed three wells used for....


Syria launches airstrikes as combat rages in Damascus
11/27/2012 - BEIRUT (Reuters) -- Syrian aircraft attacked towns in the country's north and east and killed at least five people in a strike on an olive oil press as fighting raged in the capital Damascus on Tuesday, opposition activists said. Rebels battled government forces in the Damascus suburb of Kfar Souseh, on the edge of....


Syria launches air strikes as combat rages in Damascus
Daily Star 27 Nov 2012 Syrian war planes attacked towns in the country's north and east and killed at least five civilians in a strike on an olive oil press as fighting raged in the capital Damascus, opposition activists said.


Syrian Rebels Report Many Dead in Airstrike on Olive Press
New York Times 27 Nov 2012 - Syrian rebels accused the authorities of launching an airstrike outside the northern city of Idlib on Tuesday, killing at least 20 people as they waited to have their olives turned into oil.


Settler violence and IDF raids: For West Bank Palestinians, there is no ceasefire
+972 Magazine 11/25/2012
      While Israelis are breathing a sigh of relief that quiet has mostly been restored (for the time being), and life can supposedly just go back to normal, with Gaza out of sight and out of mind, the other elephant in the room – the West Bank and East Jerusalem – is all but quiet.
     This morning (Sunday) a “price tag” attack was identified on a car in Shuafat, a Palestinian refugee camp in East Jerusalem, which is located inside the city’s municipal borders (and thus under total Israeli jurisdiction). The car has the word “Gaza” graffitied on it, as pictured here in a photo taken by the nonprofit Ir Amim:
     According to The Times of Israel, a total of eight vehicles in East Jerusalem were vandalized with such messages on Sunday – the second time such an incident took place in the last three weeks.
     In addition, last Thursday, one day after the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel was announced, 400 olive and fruit trees were destroyed by settlers in the South Hebron Hills, in yet another price tag attack, which have become all too routine over the past few years and especially months.
     Israeli Ta’ayush activists found this message graffitied by the perpetrators:
     “Price tag: From Be’er Sheva and Tel Aviv,” South Hebron Hills, Nov 22, 2012
     According to Ta’ayush, a police report has been filed, but as has been reported on here countless times, this rarely leads to arrest and the settlers continue to act with impunity.
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Owner: 400 olive trees uprooted in south Hebron
11/23/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers in the south Hebron hills uprooted around 400 olive trees belonging to a Palestinian farmer, locals said. Abu Iyad Housheh visited his land near the Carmiel settlement on Thursday and found the two to three-year old trees had been destroyed overnight. He has filed a complaint to the Israeli....


Settlers Uproot 400 Olive Trees in Yatta Village, Hebron
Palestine News Network


Killing before the Calm: Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Civilians Escalated before Cease-fire
In Gaza: 23 Nov 2012 - * Nader Abu Mghaseeb , 14, killed by targeted Israeli drone bombing two hours before the “cease-fire” while going to get food for his family. first published: Palestine Chronicle     ** NOTE: contains graphic images…reality of Palestinians under occupation and continuous Israeli attacks. Nov 21, al Aqsa hospital, Deir al Balah. At approximately 2pm, Mubarak Ibrahim Abu Houly, 24, was walking among the olive trees on his land when the drone hit him, tore off his left leg… not that it mattered…he was instantly dead.  Drone strikes come without any warning. The sky is continually filled with the buzzing of the drones, and eventually you tune them out, they become background noise. Abu Houly lived in central Gaza’s Nusseirat camp, an area that has been hammered by Zionist bombings this past week. In Deir al Balah’s al Aqsa hospital morgue—a small room with two three-drawer fridges—Mubarak’s body, awaiting burial, is another...more


Behind the pillars of cloud
Rami Zurayk and Anne Gough, Al Jazeera.com 11/22/2012
      The food and farming sector in Gaza has been severely maimed, worsening the condition of agricultural sector.
     Since its creation in 1948, Israel has used food and nutrition as a means to entrench its military and territorial occupation of Palestine. While all eyes are turned today to the savage eradication of children and entire families in Gaza through operation "Pillar of Cloud", Israel pursues its long-term goal of decimating the means of food production, livelihoods and the ability of those in Gaza to make economic and political decisions about what they grow and what they eat.
     Gaza and the rest of Occupied Palestine is being restructured as an entity where malnutrition is endemic, access to food is denied and people are forced to live under the constant fear of not having enough to eat.
     In the last eight days, the food and farming sector in Gaza has been severely maimed, worsening the condition of an agricultural sector impaired by six years of Israeli imposed siege, military campaigns and decades of occupation.
     In the first five days of the assault, the Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza estimated losses to the agriculture and fishing sectors to be above US $50 million. Follow the latest developments in the ongoing conflict
     According to our colleague Mohammad El Bakri, who is with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and other agricultural specialists in Gaza, farmers are in the midst of the crucial olive harvest and olive oil production season and the destruction is a disastrous blow for food and economic security in Gaza.
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Settlers detain 3 Palestinians, hand them to soldiers
11/21/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers detained three Palestinians from a Nablus village on Wednesday, before handing them over to Israeli soldiers, a local official said. Moen al-Dameidi, the mayor of Huwwara, told Ma'an that settlers assaulted three Palestinians who were harvesting olives in the village. Nasser al Hajj Fayez, 40, his son.... Related: Israeli forces arrest 32 across West Bank


Israeli army drops thousands of leaflets over Gaza
11/20/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's army said Tuesday it had dropped leaflets over the Gaza Strip warning residents to stay away Hamas facilities. Israeli air craft dropped thousands of leaflets over numerous Gaza neighborhoods warning civilians to get out of the way, as its army prepared for a possible invasion of the enclave....


Intentional and Deadly Mistakes
Dissident Voice: 17 Nov 2012 - There’s a fair amount of literature revealing the true nature of US foreign policy. Some of the masters at relating this narrative (with seemingly dozens of books between them) include Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and James Loewen. Films in this this field, however, seem to be few and far between. Not long ago I reviewed Scott Noble’s The Power Principle , a comprehensive and radical look at US history and foreign policy. The new series from Oliver Stone, Untold History of the United States , promises to provide another radical and provocative look at the United States’ past. The DVD discussed below is another critical look at US foreign policy that reveals the thoughts of major architects of that policy, generals who carried it out, and its critics. The DVD, titled Deadly Mistakes? , runs for a few hours and is actually a collection of shorter films directed by Walter Miale and collected...more


Jerusalem: no need to translate document to Arabic
AIC: Jerusalem 12 Nov 2012 - Jerusalem’s District Court will rule in the coming days whether the Jerusalem Municipality is obliged to translate into Arabic the planning documents concerning construction of a national park on land confiscated from the East Jerusalem villages of Issawiya and Mount of Olives. Issawiya land slated for...


Settler attacks Palestinian man in Hebron – Israeli soldiers look on
11/9/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - 9th November 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - On Thursday in Hebron, Palestinian activist Imad Al Atrash was beaten by an illegal Israeli settler whilst two soldiers watched, without intervening. Imad reports that he was walking through an olive grove in Tel Rumeida when a man from a nearby illegal settlement shouted abuse at him....


IOF cut down dozens of olive trees south of Bethlehem
PIC - Israeli Occupation Forces ( IOF) cut down on Thursday dozens of olive trees from land belonging to Palestinians in the village of al-Nahalin, west of Bethlehem.


Israel "more inhuman" than apartheid South Africa, ANC conference told
Electronic Intifada: 9 Nov 2012 - Adri Nieuwhof Geneva 9 November 2012 The recent ANC conference was a tribute to anti-apartheid leader Oliver Tambo combined with a call to boycott Israel.more


Pentagon says Iranian warplanes fired on US drone over Gulf
11/8/2012 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Iranian warplanes fired multiple rounds at an unmanned unarmed US surveillance aircraft in international airspace over the gulf last week, but the craft was undamaged and returned safely to its base, Pentagon spokesman George Little said on Thursday. President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta were both advised early on about the....


Occupation Uproots Almond and Olive Trees from Nahalin Lands, West of Bethlehem
Palestine News Network


Cindy Corrie Co-leads Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegation to the West Bank
Rachel Corrie Foundation 7 Nov 2012 - WEST BANK – 2012 Olive Harvest Delegation Arrives in Palestine/Israel October 23, 2012 – Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) is pleased to announce that our 32 member delegation to Palestine/Israel arrived at Ben-Gurion airport Monday morning and is now safely in Jerusalem. The purpose of this delegation, the...


Settlers 'uproot 100 trees, spray racist graffiti' in Nablus
11/7/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers uprooted over 100 olive trees and sprayed racist graffiti in a Nablus village on Wednesday, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that settlers from Rechalim sprayed "Death to Arabs" and "Price Tag" on the walls of....


Colonizers ruin olive trees in Hebron
11/7/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - November 7th 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - Olive trees and one apricot tree were ruined on the morning of November 5th in a section of Khalil (Hebron) called  Jales Mount, which is near the colony of Kiryat Arba. Rashed Zaroo showed the damage to internationals that afternoon. He explained that the land is owned....


Settlers set ground on fire in Salman Valley, Burin
11/7/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - November 6th 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - Today at around sundown, settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar set fire to the ground in the Salman valley at Burin. The fire was in the same location where two ISMers and two members of the Michigan Peace Team (MPT) had been picking olives only....


Dozens of olive trees torn down near Ramallah
YNet News, 7 Nov 2012 - Week after outpost evacuation, evidence of 'Price Tag' vandalism surface in West Bank village ....


Settlers Uproot 100 Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA - 7 Nov 2012


Settlers Uproot Palestinian Trees Near Hebron
IMEMC - A number of extremist Israeli settlers uprooted dozens of olive and prune trees that belong to a resident of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. ...


Settlers Steal Olive Crops in Hebron
WAFA - 6 Nov 2012


Committee: Settlers destroy dozens of trees in Hebron
11/5/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Settlers from Kiryat Arba uprooted dozens of olive trees in Hebron on Monday, a local agricultural committee said. Over 70 olive and plum trees were destroyed by settlers on land belonging to Hamad al-Zaro, the committee said. Since 1967, 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted by Israeli forces, resulting in a....


Fires burn olive groves in Ramallah, Qalqiliya
11/4/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fires burned dozens of olive trees in two Ramallah villages and northern West Bank city Qalqiliya, before firefighters were able to control the blaze on Sunday. Civil defense forces said they were called to extinguish fires spreading over vast tracts of land in central Qalqiliya, and the villages of Beituniya and....


Koura’s Olive Trees Being Used as Firewood
Al-Akhbar News 4 Nov 2012 - What on Earth was my father thinking when he decided to trouble himself and grow olive trees (Photo: Khaled Ghourabi) What on Earth was my father thinking when he decided to trouble himself and grow olive trees (Photo: Khaled Ghourabi) Lebanon’s olive farmers are still trying...


Galilee students learn olive culling from Peres
Jerusalem Post 2 Nov 2012 - Students from the Kadoorie Agricultural School and Youth Village inaugurate the olive harvest with the presidential tree.


Settlers assault farmers east of Qalqiliya
11/1/2012 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers from Kedumim settlement assaulted farmers in Jeit village east of Qalqiliya, locals said Thursday. Farmers were harvesting olives, and suddenly a group of settlers attacked them, they said. Israeli soldiers also assaulted farmers when they arrived. The farmers are Fakhri Yameen, 65, Alaa Yameen, Mohammad Yameen, Thaer....


The war on the Palestinian olive harvest
Alon Aviram, +972 Magazine 10/30/2012
      Some 80,000 Palestinians families depend on the annual olive harvest for their livelihoods. This year alone, settlers, with the backing of the army, have destroyed or damaged thousands of olive trees, threatening both a major source of income and an age-old agricultural custom.
     Dry shrubs and a mishmash of makeshift tarpaulin shelters cover parts of this parched valley in the South Hebron Hills. The carcass of a car rests in the bottom of a cistern. According to Breaking the Silence, an organization of veteran combatants that works to expose to the Israeli public to the realities of the occupation, it had been placed there by local settlers in order to contaminate collected rainwater with rust. This is the village of Susya al-Qadima. There is an absence here of local infrastructure, as Israeli civil authorities repeatedly deny building permits, and the entire village has been issued pending demolition orders. Unlike the much younger neighboring Jewish settlement of Susya, it doesn’t get much more arid and inaccessible in the West Bank than here.
     Last Saturday, Israeli Border Police declared an area belonging to Susya al-Qadima a closed military zone, effective immediately. An officer waved papers at us and stated that he was legally warranted to force everyone out of the valley. We noticed that the orders were outdated, unsigned, and dictated that only Israelis were prohibited from entering the specified site. This did not stop the temporary expulsion of Palestinian locals.
     An activist beside me from Taayush, the Israeli and Palestinian organization which uses non-violent direct action to try and end the occupation, was detained as he argued against the authority’s actions. He was handcuffed and marched to the army pillbox overlooking the valley. The Border Police prohibited locals from farming their own land, manhandled us, and threatened anyone who remained in the area with arrest....
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UN finds 'crisis of dignity' as settlers destroy Palestine’s olive trees
Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, Electronic Intifada 10/30/2012
      SALEM (IPS) - Affixed to a large cement bloc, the rusted, gray gate leading Palestinian farmers from the northern West Bank village of Salem to their olive groves was opened for four days this year.
     “The road is closed by this gate and it’s closed except for two times in the year,” said Adley Shteyeh, a member of the Salem local committee.
     Salem residents own approximately 10,000 dunams of land on the eastern side of their village (a dunam is the equivalent of 1,000 square meters). The area can only be accessed with a permit issued by the Israeli military authorities and after crossing the gate and Israeli settlement bypass road.
     “Usually we need ten days or more to do our work on the other side [of the bypass road],” Shteyeh said. Over his shoulder, a handful of villagers could be seen cutting branches off their trees, to make sure they get all the olives before their permits run out.
     Last week, two Palestinian farmers from Salem attempted to cross the bypass road in a tractor to access the olive trees. Before they could manage to do so, an Israeli military jeep blocked their passage. Moments later, this reporter witnessed two more army jeeps arrive on the scene.
     Then, about a dozen Israeli soldiers held a group of Palestinian and international supporters, who were on a tour of the village, and local Palestinian residents, on the suspicion that Palestinian youth from the village threw stones at nearby Israeli settlers.
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The war on the Palestinian olive harvest
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Arab Women Turn to Crafts as a Source of Employment
New York Times 31 Oct 2012 - A growing number of Jordanian women are, for a few hours each day, escaping from family and social constraints into gainful, home-based activities.


Olives and the cost of Israel’s occupation
Alternative Information Center - The olive harvest is a “key economic, social and cultural event for Palestinians,” stated OCHA’s 2012 report on the annual harvest published Tuesday 16 October. The report reiterated Israel’s obligation to protect Palestinians and their property...


Dignity Grows On Olive Trees
Uruknet


Olives and the cost of Israel’s occupation
AIC: Economy of the Occupoation 30 Oct 2012 - The olive harvest is a “key economic, social and cultural event for Palestinians,” stated OCHA’s 2012 report on the annual harvest published Tuesday 16 October. The report reiterated Israel’s obligation to protect Palestinians and their property while ensuring accountability when attacks by settlers occur. In an...


UN finds "crisis of dignity" as settlers destroy Palestine's olive trees
Electronic Intifada: 30 Oct 2012 - Jillian Kestler-D'Amours Salem 30 October 2012 Farmers in the West Bank village of Salem have only been allowed access their olive groves for four days this year.more


Dignity Grows On Olive Trees
IPS Affixed to a large cement bloc, the rusted, grey gate leading Palestinian farmers from the northern West Bank village of Salem to their olive groves was opened for four days this year. “The road is closed by this gate and it’s (always) closed except for two times in the year,”...


Building Steadfastness in Face of Colonies’ Expansion
Palestine Solidarity Project 28 Oct 2012 - The production of olive oil in Palestine is considered fundamental for Palestinian economy. For the majority of Palestinian families, especially in the north of the West Bank and in some areas in the south, olive trees have an economic and historic importance as these trees have...


Egypt: Judaizing Jerusalem threatens stability in the region
PIC - Egypt strongly condemned the Israeli occupation authority’s plan to construct nearly 800 new settlement units in eastern Jerusalem and government headquarters in Mount of Olives.


Aid groups welcome Ashton visit to Area C
10/25/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A group of aid agencies on Thursday welcomed the visit of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to Palestinian communities in areas under Israel's full control in the occupied West Bank. Ashton and PA prime minister Salam Fayyad visited the olive harvest in the Ramallah village of Ras Karkar....


Picking olives in a cage
10/25/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - Journal by Ellie Marton, 25 October 2012,  International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - I spent Tuesday inside a cage. Not my usual way to spend a sunny Tuesday – but for the Palestinian farmers I was with, this is routine. This is because their land happens to be near the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel - in....


Syrian bombardments create new refugee wave
10/24/2012 - ATIMA, Syria (Reuters) -- Hundreds of Syrian refugees have poured into a makeshift refugee camp overlooking the Turkish border, fleeing a week of what they say are the most intense army bombardments since the uprising began 19 months ago. In the past two days, 700 tents have been erected in a sprawling olive grove on a....


‘By God’s promise this land is ours!’ Settlers attack Palestinian oliver-pickers
Mondoweiss - The film shows a settler attack on the Palestinian citizens of Tel Rumeida, and how the attacking settlers are guarded, aided and abetted by the soldiers of the Israeli occupation forces. The film shows how the soldiers, rather than deter the criminal actions of the settlers,...


“Six Flowers” help keep Palestinian handicraft tradition alive, adding modern twist
Electronic Intifada: 23 Oct 2012 - Rami Almeghari Gaza City 23 October 2012 A group of six sisters in Gaza have started their own business selling embroidery that combines traditional Palestinian patterns with modern trends.more


Italian Activist and Two Palestinians Arrested at Hebron Olive Grove
Palestine News Network


Canada’s Representative Joins Farmers in Picking Olives
WAFA - 23 Oct 2012


Israel plans military college on the Mount of Olives in occupied East Jerusalem
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Palestinian Olive Harvest Begins
Al-Akhbar News 23 Oct 2012 - Photoblog by Dylan Collins Sprinkling the rolling, and at this time of year rather arid, hills of the West Bank are olive trees, everywhere. They and their succulent little fruit are the lifeblood of the Palestinian people. At the beginning of each October – in Ramallah,...


"Six Flowers" help keep Palestinian handicraft tradition alive, adding modern twist
Electronic Intifada: 23 Oct 2012 - Rami Almeghari Gaza City 23 October 2012 A group of six sisters in Gaza have started their own business selling embroidery that combines traditional Palestinian patterns with modern trends.more


while harvisting olive trees;Three Civilians Attacked and Injured by Settlers then Kidnaped by Troop
IMEMC - Israeli settlers attacked and injured two Palestinians and one international supporter who were biking up olives in southern West Bank. ...


3 Arrested as Palestinians attacked by settlers and soldiers in Tel Rumeida
10/22/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Vicky Blackwell and Elyana Belle, Photographs by Vicky Blackwell - 22 October 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - VIDEO from Youth Against Settlements: UPDATE: 10. 30pm – All 3 men have now been released without charge. Today, a group of settlers from the illegal settlement in Tel Rumeida arrived at Hashem Azzeh's olive....


Resheq condemns Israel's intent to establish military school in east J'lem
PIC - Member of Hamas's political bureau Ezzat Al-Resheq strongly denounced the Israeli government for intending to establish a military academy in the Mount of Zeitoun (olives) east of occupied Jerusalem.


Group decries plans for army college on Mount of Olives
10/21/2012 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Muslim-Christian group on Sunday decried an Israeli government plan to build a military academy in occupied East Jerusalem. Peace Now settlement watch director Hagit Ofran said on Sunday that notices were hung around the Mount of Olives, giving the public 60 days to file objections to the building of the....


Lies about the olive harvest: The settlers against the intervention of human rights’ organizations for the Palestinians
Uruknet


Olive trees of Gethsemane among oldest in world
10/20/2012 - VATICAN CITY (Reuters) -- Olive trees in the Jerusalem garden revered by Christians as the place where Jesus Christ prayed before he was crucified have been dated to at least 900 years old, a study released on Friday showed. The results of tests on trees in the Garden of Gethsemane have not settled the question of....


Olive trees of Gethsemane among oldest in world
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2012 - Tests on the olive trees in the Jerusalem garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives have been dated to at least 900 years old.


The unreported tragedy of Palestine's olive harvest
Uruknet


Couple assaulted by settlers in Nablus olive grove
10/19/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian couple were moderately wounded on Friday morning after settlers assaulted them in an olive grove south of Nablus. Muhammad Rashed Ghazal, 47, told Ma'an he and his wife Hanan Eghbareh, 43, headed to their lands in Ein Makhna, near the Huwwara checkpoint, after prior coordination with Israeli....


Olive season kicks off across Lebanon
Daily Star 19 Oct 2012 Issa Semaan is 80 years old and has undergone open-heart surgery, but that isn’t stopping him from climbing up trees to pick this season’s olives.


The unreported tragedy of Palestine’s olive harvest
Dr. Daud Abdullah, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/19/2012
      The olive harvest has always been a time of heart-warming celebration in Palestine. It gives a sense of fulfilment to families and communities alike. In recent years, however, the occasion has been marked by bitter despoliation. Israeli settlers have waged a callous campaign against this economic lifeline of ordinary Palestinian farmers. Between January and October this year, more than 7,500 olive trees were damaged or destroyed by settlers in the occupied West Bank.
     The right to private property is an inalienable right of all members of the human family. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: "Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property." (Article 17)
     According to UN estimates, almost half (48 per cent) of all agricultural land in the occupied territories is used to grow olive trees; most of these are in the West Bank. The local economy depends largely on the farming and marketing of olives, olive oil and other derivatives. In fact the olive oil industry supports around 80,000 families; the average size of a Palestinian family in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is 6 people. This year, officials in the West Bank expect the yield to be between 18,000-20,000 tons of oil.
     In Gaza, about 33,790 dunums (one dunum is equal 1,000 sq metres) is now under olive cultivation. The Israeli military has levelled 7,300 dunums of land previously planted with olive trees along the border with the coastal strip. Even so, Israeli soldiers regularly open fire on farmers to prevent them from reaching their own land.
     Faced with this annual onslaught by the Israeli army and settlers, the authorities in the West Bank have this year ordered farmers to begin the harvest early. So far, this measure has failed to avert the attacks.
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Palestinians close road to Jerusalem in protest of settler violence
Alternative Information Center - Palestinians from the village of Ur al-Tahta briefly blocked road 443 to Jerusalem on Tuesday to protest the uprooting of olive trees by settlers. Army forces called to the scene clashed with the protesters in an...


New season ushers olive harvest, accusations
Jerusalem Post 18 Oct 2012 - Wearing a white hat with a flap to protect him from the hot sun, 57-year old Muallem, prepares for the harvest.


UN report: settlers destroy more than 7,500 olive trees
PIC - OCHA has revealed that the Jewish settlers continued their attacks against the Palestinian farmers in the occupied West Bank since the beginning of the year destroying more than 7500 olive trees.


Olive Harvest Obstructed by Road Blocks and Checkpoints
Palestine Solidarity Project 18 Oct 2012 - Olive harvest is upon us. Many Palestinians, as well as internationals, have been looking forward to this season. All family members, including small children and grandparents, gather to pick olives in the beautiful fields throughout the West bank. Every autumn PSP participate in the olive harvest...


Farmer Arrested for Being a Victim of Israeli Stone Throwers.
Palestine Solidarity Project 18 Oct 2012 - On Sunday morning, October 14th, 2012, at 7 a.m. a farmer, Mohammed Abd Alhamid Soleibi, was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces as he was harvesting olives in his fields. His olive trees are located in Area C, in Saffa, close to Bayt Ain an Israeli...


Israel 'opens fire' on olive harvesters in Gaza
10/17/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian farmers said Israeli forces opened fire Tuesday while they harvested olives near the border in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, while Israel said it had no record of the incident. Farmers were harvesting the olives with volunteers from a local initiative as well as international activists. This....


Settlers Uproot Olive And Grape Trees In Al-Khader
IMEMC - Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall in Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, reported that a number of armed extremist settlers uprooted 20 olive trees and 15 grape trees that belong to the residents of the village. ...


Beit Hanoun: The occupation opens fire at Palestinian farmers
PIC - The agricultural sector in the network of Palestinian NGOs strongly condemned the Israeli occupation forces attack, on Tuesday morning, on a group of farmers while they were reaping olive fruits.


IOF deprives entire village of olive harvesting
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have denied access permission to the inhabitants of Teyba village, west of Jenin, to enter their land behind the segregation wall and harvest their olive fruit.


Settlers Destroy Olive, Grape Trees near Bethlehem
WAFA - 16 Oct 2012


UN: In 2012, over 7,500 olive trees belonging to West Bank Palestinians have been damaged or destroyed by Israeli settlers
Mondoweiss - Today, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released a fact sheet on the Palestinian Olive Harvest, which typically takes place in October and November. The olive harvest is also a period of increased settler violence and intimidation against Palestinians trying to access their...


Ashrawi calls on diplomats to protect olive harvest
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2012 - After more than 450 trees vandalized since beginning of harvest, PLO member urges observer teams to document abuse, attacks.


Israel urged to protect West Bank olive trees after settler attacks
The Guardian 15 Oct 2012 - More than 870 trees vandalised in first week of harvest this month, according to UN Hundreds of olive trees have been uprooted, burned or cut down by extremist settlers since the annual harvest got under way...


Settlers vs. Palestinians: Who took down olive trees?
YNet News, 15 Oct 2012 - Settlers who documented Palestinians cutting down olive trees claim that Palestinians did so in attempt to put blame on settlers; Palestinians: It's a lie ....


Colonist Activity in Beit Ommar Land Supported by Soldiers
Palestine Solidarity Project 15 Oct 2012 - At 10 a.m. Friday, October 12th about 100 colonists, escorted by soldiers from the Israeli occupation forces, walked out of Karmei Tsur. They went in the direction of Jala at the west of Beit Ommar where several Palestinian residents have their olive trees. Local families were...


A malignancy called Jewish settlers
Sabbah report 15 Oct 2012 - Graphix by Don Nash at Skulzwerks They murder in cold blood, steal in broad daylight and lie as often as they breathe the oxygen of life, all in the name of the Lord. They descend on poor and helpless Palestinian olive harvesters in the vicinity of...


UN envoy 'alarmed' by settler attacks on olive harvest
10/14/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process on Sunday called on Israel to protect the Palestinian olive harvest, which has been beset by daily settler attacks in its first weeks. Robert Serry said he was "alarmed" at the repeated attacks on farmers and destruction of hundreds of olive....


Ashrawi asks diplomats to protect olive harvest
10/14/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- PLO leader Hanan Ashrawi wrote to foreign envoys on Sunday requesting they place observers with Palestinians harvesting olives to deter settler attacks." Given Israel's support for the settlers and its refusal to allow the Palestinian Authority to provide protection throughout the occupied territory, the Palestinian people require international intervention....


Arson Attack on Olive Trees in Qaryut
10/14/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - 14 October 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - Last night in the West Bank village of Qaryut, 12 Palestinian owned olive trees were irreparably destroyed in a late night arson attack by Israelis from the illegal West Bank settlement of Eli. The attack follows an incident last week, on the night of October 8th, in....


PLO's Ashrawi calls on int'l teams to protect olives
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2012 - After more than 450 trees vandalized since beginning of harvest, PLO member urges observer teams to document abuse, attacks.


The occupation arrests a Palestinian farmer from al-Khalil
PIC - Israeli occupation forces arrested on Sunday a Palestinian citizen from the town of Beit Ummar in al-Khalil south of the occupied West Bank, while he was reaping olives in the his land.


Displaced Syrians desperate for shelter as winter nears
LA Times 13 Oct 2012 - In Syria, many of the estimated 1.5 million left homeless by fighting lack adequate food, housing and security, and see no help on the horizon. ATMA, Syria — The rows of olive groves that line the hillsides like silent sentinels are bursting with life, both...


Settlers Burn Olive Trees Near Nablus
IMEMC - Palestinian media sources reported, Saturday, that a group of extremist Israeli settlers burnt Palestinian Olive trees that belong to residents of Qaryout village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. ...


IOF soldiers block Palestinian farmers from reaching their olive fields
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) blocked on Saturday Palestinian farmers from reaching their olive fields in Beit Ummar village to the north of Al-Khalil.


Jewish settlers set olive trees on fire, expel farmers
PIC - Jewish settlers set on fire a number of Palestinian olive trees on the outskirts of Qaryut village, south of Nablus, at dawn Saturday.


Israeli Settlers Set Ablaze Olive Trees South of Nablus
WAFA - 13 Oct 2012


Newspapers Review: Olive Season Under Attack by Israeli Settlers, say Dailies
WAFA - 13 Oct 2012


Israeli settlers set Palestinian orchards ablaze
Al-Akhbar News 13 Oct 2012 - Israeli soldiers (L) argue with Palestinian farmers from the West Bank village of Burin, north of Nablus, on October 10, 2012, to stop them clash with Jewish settlers of Bracha settlement. Over 100 olive trees belonging to Palestinians in a West Bank village have been found...


Palestinians will pay the price for Israel’s early election
Dr. Daud Abdullah, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/12/2012
      In most countries, elections are purely internal affairs. In Israel, though, things are different; elections often have horrible consequences for the Palestinians living under the brutal Israeli occupation. The election in early 2013 will be no different.
     Reacting to Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement of an early election, veteran Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat admitted that they may have to pay the price. This, he explained, will probably entail an escalation of settler attacks, further expansion of settlements and another full-scale onslaught on the Gaza Strip. Israeli politicians thrive on malevolence toward the Palestinians.
     In reality, such escalation has already started. In Jerusalem, settler incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque have now become a daily spectacle. Their calls to divide Islam's third holiest mosque have become increasingly loud and audacious. Equally, with the onset of the olive harvest, Palestinians across the occupied West Bank are confronted with the systematic theft of their crops and destruction of ancient trees. As for Gaza, the worst is yet to come.
     Despite efforts by the Hamas administration to keep the peace, Israel has in recent days carried out a number of bombing raids on the territory. To many they appear to be a dress rehearsal for the type of aggression carried out in December 2008, weeks before Israel's previous general election. There is nothing extraordinary about an early poll in Israel. Although the law allows for a four-year term, the average life of an Israeli government is just two years. The current parliament is due to end in October 2013.
     While making the announcement, the Prime Minister accused his coalition partners of putting party interests before that of the country, a clear reference to the opposition he encountered to his proposed budget. In fact, each party is trying to feather its own nest....
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Palestinian Injured As Settlers Attacked Farmers In Hebron
IMEMC - Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, reported that one resident was injured after a group of extremist Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian family picking its olive trees. ...


Rights groups raise alarm over settler attacks on olive trees
10/12/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- As the West Bank olive harvest season begins, two Israeli rights groups released reports this week criticizing Israeli authorities for failing to protect Palestinians from settler violence, or investigate attacks. Over the past week, Palestinian farmers have reported almost daily attacks on harvesters and olive groves in the West Bank. Israeli....


Settlers Attack Palestinian Farmers in Kufr Qaddoum, Destroy Olive Trees
Palestine News Network


Settlers Attack and Injure Palestinians Harvesting Olives in Tel Rumeida
10/12/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - 12 October 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - In two separate incidents on Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th October 2012  settlers from the illegal settlement in Tel Rumeida, Hebron stole olives from two trees belonging to Jawad Abu Eisheh and attacked his family whilst they attempted to harvest from their land. Between 2pm and 4pm....


Video shows Israeli Settlers stealing olives in Hebron
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Arab teens assault Modi'in resident in east Jerusalem
YNet News, 12 Oct 2012 - Youngsters hurl stones at Jewish man's vehicle on his way to Mount of Olives cemetery; 'I prayed to God. It felt as though I was being lynched,' he says ....


B'Tselem suspects army not prepared to protect Palestinian olive harvesters
PIC - B'Tselem" human rights organization has documented a number of attacks carried out by the Israeli settlers and targeting farmers and olive groves throughout the West Bank.


Caught On Tape: “Settlers Harvest Palestinian Olive Trees”
IMEMC - A number of Israeli settlers, including children, were caught on tape harvesting Palestinian olive trees in the Tal Romedia neighborhood, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. ...


Settlers Attack Burin village Near Nablus
IMEMC - Israeli settlers invaded, on Wednesday evening, the Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and attacked several residents returning home from their olive orchards. Two youths injured by army fire. ...


Video shows settlers taking olives in Hebron
10/11/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A group of Israeli settlers in Hebron in the occupied West Bank were caught Thursday stealing olives from Palestinian farmland, local activists said. The Palestinian group Youth Against Settlements released the video of settlers at work on the olive trees "in line with the Israeli plan to control Hebron.""Olive season....


Israeli Settlers Steal Olive Crops in Hebron
WAFA - 11 Oct 2012


Newspapers Review: Settlers Cutting Down Olive Trees Focus of Dailies
WAFA - 11 Oct 2012


Settlers destroy over 250 olive trees near Ramallah and over 120 trees in Nablus as olive harvest begins on the West Bank
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Settlers Uproot 300 Olive Trees Near Ramallah
IMEMC - Palestinian sources reported Wednesday that several extremist Israeli settlers uprooted around 300 olive trees that belong to residents of Al-Mogheer village, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. ...


Committee: Settlers destroy 250 olive trees near Ramallah
10/10/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Settlers destroyed over 250 olive trees in a Ramallah village on Wednesday, a local agricultural committee said. Jewish extremists from nearby Shilo settlement entered the area and cut down the trees in al-Mughayyir village, the committee added. Attacks increase around the time of the olive harvest season as settlers target olive....


Settlers Uproot 200 Olive Trees in Ramallah
Palestine News Network


Israel's air traffic halted after unidentified craft spotted over country's center
Ha'aretz - 10 Oct 2012


Settlers Uproot 300 Olive Trees near Ramallah
WAFA - 10 Oct 2012


Settlers Cut Dozens Of Olive Trees Near Nablus
IMEMC - Local sources reported that a group of armed extremist settlers of the Aliyea illegal settlement cut dozens of Olive trees that belong to residents of Qaryout village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. ...


PA: Settlers destroy 120 olive trees in Nablus
10/9/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Jewish extremists cut down over 120 olive trees on private Palestinian land in Nablus on Tuesday, a Palestinian Authority official said. The vandals were from the illegal settlement of Eli, Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an. Eyewitnesses said the settlers used chainsaws....


Settlers Uproot 120 Olive Trees in Nablus
Palestine News Network


Settlers Uproot Tens of Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA - 9 Oct 2012


Soldiers Attack Palestinian Farmers Near Hebron
IMEMC - Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, reported Saturday that dozens of Palestinian villagers, picking their olive trees west of Hebron, were treated for the effects of teargas inhalation after being attacked by Israeli soldiers. ...


Official: Settlers uproot olive trees in Ramallah village
10/7/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers uprooted around 40 olive trees in a Palestinian village in the central West Bank, a local official said on Sunday. Villagers from Ras Karkar, northwest of Ramallah, discovered the trees had been destroyed on Sunday morning, village council head Riziq Nofel told Ma'an. A group of 10....


Witnesses: Settlers attack farmers, burn olive trees
10/7/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in the Ramallah town of Beitillu on Sunday, burning dozens of olive trees, witnesses said. Locals told official news agency Wafa that settlers from nearby Nehaliel settlement attacked the farmers while they were picking olives and set fire to dozens of trees. Israeli forces....


Settlers cut down olive trees, vines near Bethlehem
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Settlers chop down 100 olive trees in village near Bethlehem
10/6/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers chopped down over 100 olive trees in a Palestinian village near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, a Ma'an correspondent said Saturday. [END]


Settlers cut down olive trees, vines near Bethlehem
10/6/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Friday destroyed 100 newly-planted olive saplings and at least 60 vine trees on private Palestinian land in Al-Khader village near Bethlehem. The coordinator of the local anti-wall committee, Ahmad Salah, said he noticed the vandalism while he was on a regular tour monitoring the town's fields....


Israeli soldiers prevent farmers from accessing land
10/6/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers prevented farmers from tending their land in Hebron on Saturday, medics said. Soldiers stopped over 50 farmers from accessing their olive trees on land near Adora settlement and fired tear gas to disperse them, Red Crescent official Abdul Haleem al-Jaafreh told Ma'an. The farmers were treated at....


IAF shoots down UAV in northern Negev
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2012 - UAV enters Israel's airspace from Mediterranean, shot down by F-16s; origin of craft unknown, IDF believes sent to gather intel.


Jewish settlers chop off 120 Palestinian trees
PIC - Jewish settlers damaged and chopped off around 120 olive trees and grapevines in Al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, on Friday, local sources said.


Elbit Systems awarded Australian navy contract
Globes Aerospace & Defense - The company's Battle Management Systems are to be integrated into landing craft installed on board the Canberra Class Amphibious ships.


Wall Threatens to Cut Through History
IPS Dating back to the late 1890s, the historical Jaffa-Jerusalem railroad winds in a U-shape at the base of the valley. Olive groves adorn the bottom of one steep hill. Further up the slope, pine trees and an Israeli army patrol road lead westward towards Jerusalem. On the adjacent hillside, a...


Daystar, TBN ready for Messiah in Jerusalem
LA Times 30 Sep 2012 - The Christian TV broadcasters both have their offices set up on a holy city hill, poised for Jesus, and are spreading the gospel to Jews in Israel. JERUSALEM — If the Messiah descends from the Mount of Olives as foretold in the Bible, America's two...


‘Con man sold inedible olive oil’
Jerusalem Post 28 Sep 2012 - Scam discovered when authorities raided two factories run by the man in the North; some 25 tons distributed in stores.


Appeals for the protection of farmers in WB during olive harvest
PIC - Many farmers in the West Bank appealed for protection against settlers' attacks during the olive season, after the repeated attacks on farmers near settlements..


Settlers Uproot Olive Trees near Nablusþ
WAFA - 27 Sep 2012


Nablus olive harvest to start Oct. 9 in restricted areas
9/25/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The olive harvest will start on Oct. 9 in restricted areas of Nablus, a PA official said Tuesday. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that the Nablus governorate had informed farmers about the decision. The set date will enable farmers and local....


Occupation releases wild boars east of Jenin to destroy olive crops
PIC - The Israeli Occupation forces released dozens of wild boars into Palestinian agricultural fields in towns of Aannin,Tura and Barta'a, in Jenin district, in order to damage the crops.


Settler attack in Aqraba leaves 3 injured, 1 hospitalized
9/19/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Ben Greene and Ellie Marton, 19 September 2012, International Solidarity Movement - On Monday 17, September, six Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Itamar attacked three members of the Benijaber family, who were walking home to the Palestinian village of Aqraba from their olive groves. Maher Hashem Mostafa Benijaber reported that he, his brother.... Related: Settler attack in Aqraba leaves 3 injured, 1 hospitalised and http://www.hrw.org/world-report-2012/world-report-2012-israeloccupied-palestinian-territories


Settlers uproot trees in al-Khalil
PIC - A group of Israeli settlers uprooted on Friday evening olive trees in the south of al-Khalil, while scores of them stormed al-Majour area near Dura.


West Bank's farmers demand creating external markets for olive oil
PIC - A number of farmers in the West Bank demanded to find external markets for olive oil, with the coming olive season, and stop importing other olive oil from abroad.


[Hand] crafting peace
Jerusalem Post 15 Sep 2012 - Israeli and Palestinian women launch joint arts and crafts businesses in effort to promote reconciliation, peace.


Israel grabs hundreds of acres of Nablus olive trees to build ‘Israeli bypass road’
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Settlers destroy 18 olive trees Burin
9/11/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Alex Marley, 11 September 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - Eighteen Palestinian-owned olive trees were destroyed by Israeli settlers in the village of Burin, near Nablus, when the illegal settlers attacked the Palestinian land on Tuesday 4 September 2012. Burin, located in the northern West Bank, comes under frequent attack from the illegal settlements....


Settlers break into Qasra village in Nablus and destroy olive trees
PIC - A group of Israeli settlers stormed on Saturday evening, Qasra village in the south of Nablus city, and destroyed a number of olive trees.


Settlers burn 130 olive trees in northern West Bank
9/8/2012 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set fire to around 130 olive trees in a northern West Bank village on Friday, locals said. Residents of Immanuel settlement set fire to the lands while residents were at Friday prayers, locals said. Fawzi Al-Ghanem, owner of the land, told Ma'an that civil defense crews brought.... Related: Settlers set Nablus orchard ablaze


Settlers set Nablus orchard ablaze
9/7/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers set fire to an orchard in a northern West Bank village on Friday morning, eyewitnesses told Ma'an. Residents of Eli settlement entered Qaryut village, torching olive and almond trees, villagers said. The people of Qaryit rushed to the site to douse the flames, they added.... Related: Settlers burn 130 olive trees in northern West Bank


Settlers Uproot Olive Trees near Nablus
Palestine News Network


Settlers Destroy 20 Olive Trees south of Nablus
WAFA - 5 Sep 2012


Media Pitch: Palestinian Olive Farmers Ordered to Uproot Trees in Deir Istiya
Palestine News Network


Grapevine: Taking a leaf out of KKL-JNF’s book
Jerusalem Post 30 Aug 2012 - In the Negev, where it had been thought that nothing could grow, there are now two million olive trees.


Israeli police investigating Muslim-Christian brawl on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives
Ha'aretz - 29 Aug 2012


Sights and Insights: A valley spot worth a stop
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2012 - Thousands of Jewish tombstones line the Jerusalem's Kidron Valley, along with hundreds of olive trees.


Exile and the Prophetic: On empty suits and olive trees
Mondoweiss - This post is part of Marc H. Ellis's "Exile and the Prophetic" feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. In anticipation of the Tampa stage-set. I’m thinking about the Isaac weather – bucket loads of rain and high winds I hope...


Lynching 'Demographic Threats'
Yousef Munayyer,  8/23/2012
      Last week I wrote about the racism involved in Zionism’s constant planning of demographic engineering in Israel and how common such a racist principle is in the mainstream discourse. Three hours after the piece was posted, a lynch mob in Jerusalem ganged up on three Palestinian Arabs and beat Jamal Julani within an inch of his life. Police said it was a miracle he didn’t die.
     This is nothing more than the inevitable trajectory of a colonialist ideology, like Zionism, imposing itself on a non-Zionist native population.
     Of course, this is not an isolated incident. This occurs in the context of rising Israeli settler terrorism which has reached record levels with every passing year of the last decade. And while settler terrorism is reaching new levels, it is not new. Numerous settler terror attacks took place in the 1980s and 1990s, including many bombings and shootings which left Palestinian civilians dead or injured. The day of the lynch attempt, settlers threw a fire bomb at a Palestinian car near Bethlehem injuring 5 and destroyed olive groves in Hebron. On Tuesday settlers attempted to set a house on fire near Nablus. Arson attempts were repeated the next day in a different Nablus area village where cars were also vandalized and a Palestinian child was hit by a settler vehicle in Hebron’s old city (the second time a Palestinian child is run over in the Hebron area in as many weeks.) All of this, of course, happened in the span of one week.
     About 90% of Palestinian complaints against such violence are dismissed or ignored by the Israeli legal system. Sometimes, convictions are handed down, but punishments for this sort of violence are notoriously light. Take, for example, the case of Tzevi Struck. He was convicted of kidnapping, aggravated battery and multiple counts of assault against a 15 year-old Palestinian child who was found beaten unconscious, naked and bound in an open field. In the US, federal sentencing guidelines for kidnapping alone are a minimum 121 months, and if we add the complicating factors of battery and assault plus the age of the victim, here in America the penalty would almost certainly be vastly more severe. Struck, however, was sentenced to only 30 months.
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Jewish settlers ruin olive trees south of Al-Khalil
PIC - A gang of Jewish settlers from Havat Maon settlement at dawn Saturday destroyed about 40 olive trees in Al-Hamra area of Tuwani village south of Al-Khalil city.


Settlers Cut Off 30 Olive Trees south of Hebron
WAFA - 25 Aug 2012


Amateur jihad tests Syrian rebel resources
8/24/2012 - ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) -- Talal Mohammad is a long way from Tennessee, and he's out of his depth. In an olive grove a few miles from the frontlines of Aleppo, he's at a loss to explain to a battle-hardened bunch of Syrian rebels what exactly this prosperous, US-trained Saudi dentist is doing....


Thirty olive trees cut nearby the village of At-Tuwani, South Hebron Hills
8/21/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Operation Dove, 20 August 2012, At-Tuwani, South Hebron Hills - In the afternoon of August 16th some Palestinians discovered that an olive grove situated in Humra valley had been recently destroyed during the night, according to a Palestinian. Thirty olive trees were broken or severely damaged. The olive grove belongs to a Palestinian family that....


IN PHOTOS: 30 Palestinian-owned olive trees cut down in South Hebron Hills
Alternative Information Center - The olive grove belongs to a Palestinian family and it is located in front of the Havat Ma'on illegal outpost. This brings the number of Palestinian trees cut down or damaged in the South Hebron Hills...


Call to action: Olive Harvest 2012
8/18/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - 18 August, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - At a time of increasing settler violence in the West Bank, the International Solidarity Movement is issuing an urgent call for volunteers to participate in the 2012 Olive Harvest Campaign at the invitation of Palestinian communities. The olive tree is a national symbol for Palestinians. As thousands of olive trees....


Settlers Uproot 30 Olive Tree, East of Yatta
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Olive grove destroyed in south Hebron
8/17/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers destroyed 30 olive trees in a Palestinian grove in the south Hebron hills on Thursday, a local official said. The trees in al-Hamra valley, neighboring the Havat Maon settler outpost, are owned by the al-Rabee family, popular committee coordinator Rateb al-Jabour said. Al-Jabour condemned aggression by settlers in the....


In photos: Palestinian Lifta becomes Israeli tourist site
8/17/2012 - MaanImages / Eva Pilipp - Once a small paradise on the outskirts of Jerusalem, famed for its wheat, barley, olives, fruits and traditional Palestinian embroidery, Lifta is today the only intact pre-1948 village that has not been destroyed or repopulated. Palestinians say Lifta is a space for dreams, to travel back in time, and a vital....


Settlers Uproot 30 Olive Tree, East of Yatta
Palestine News Network


Committee: Israeli forces uproot land in Bethlehem village
8/13/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers uprooted agricultural land in the Bethlehem village of al-Khader on Monday, a local committee said. Ahmad Salah, spokesman for the local committee against the wall and settlements, told Ma'an that five dunams of private Palestinian land were leveled in al-Absiyya, near the settlement of Elazar. Olive trees....


Ancient olive trees, stolen from Palestinian lands, now decorate Israeli settlement
Mondoweiss - Olive tree, said to be several hundred years old, transplanted to Israeli settlement  A week or so back I toured the sprawling Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim with Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. And he pointed out several ancient olive trees that...


Carnal Valleys, or Walking in Jerusalem in the 1990s
Rochelle Davis, Jerusalem Quarterly File 8/10/2012
      Summer 2012
     Reflections
     In the 1990s, i walked all around Jerusalem. tomes have been written about religious sentiments aroused by walking the streets of this Holy City. the very stones radiate sanctity, history, and faith. People spend vast resources to get here, to feel its power and walk the streets of Jerusalem. i had no such desire or experiences because i walked in the city not as one of these tourists of faith, but as a foreigner living here in order to conduct research and work. i walked among the sacred places, the purveyors of faith and practicing worshippers every day, but was more immersed in the life of the contemporary city; the city whose Palestinian inhabitants struggle to maintain some grip on. i was prepared for all of these elements of living in Jerusalem, the holy reverence and the steadfast resistance, and i learned a great deal from living these experiences. i was not prepared however, for the base mundaneness that i bumped into while walking in the city.
     I walked at least part of the way to work every morning. i would make my way by shared taxi from where i lived in ‘izzariya, on the east side of the Mount of olives, into the city. the israelis had recently put up checkpoints, and i lived on what they decided would be the West Bank side of the checkpoint. it was, in comparison to the checkpoints of today, a fairly primitive stand of cement blocks with well-armed soldiers stopping cars that lined up politely along the road. We’d all hold up our identity cards, and i my american passport; they’d look us over, and on most days we’d go through. When it looked like the israelis were being particularly challenging, or turning people away, the taxi drivers would know to take us over tal‘at al-Shayah to the Mount of olives, through al-tur and down via Sawaneh into the city. But our normal route took us from ‘izzariya up to Ra’s Qubsa and around the curve of the Mount of olives where all the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim holy places would come into view. Breathing in this vision of the city’s majesty was a good start to the morning and end of the day....
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Not just roses of Sharon: Byzantine olive press found in Hod Hasharon
Ha'aretz - 7 Aug 2012


1,300-Year-Old Olive Press Unearthed
The Foward Breaking News 8 Aug 2012 - A rescue dig conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in Hod Hasharon has uncovered a rare olive press from the Byzantine period, some 1,300 years ago. Click here for the rest of the article...


Parshat Va’et’hanan: Seeking comfort
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2012 - ‘And houses full of all good things, which thou didst not fill, and cisterns hewn out, which thou didst not hew, vineyards and olive-trees, which thou didst not plant, and thou shalt eat and be satisfied’ (Va’et’hanan; Deuteronomy 6:11.)


Fire destroys over 200 olive, almond trees in Jenin
8/2/2012 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- A fire destroyed over 200 olive and almond trees in Jenin on Thursday, the PA civil defense said. Firefighters managed to contain the blaze in Jenin, but large areas of agricultural land were burnt. The civil defense warned people not to light fires on dry grassland, especially when temperatures are high....


Israeli Settlers Uproot and Burn Olive Trees in Nabi Saleh
IMEMC - Israeli settlers uprooted and burned olive trees on Palestinian land in the village of Nabi Saleh on Wednesday. ...


Settlers Uproot and Burn Olive Trees in Nabi Saleh
Palestine News Network


Palestinian olive trees on fire following Jewish settlers’ arson attack
PIC - Jewish settlers set Palestinian olive trees on fire in Nabi Saleh village north of Ramallah on Tuesday evening, local sources said on Wednesday.


Olive trees uprooted in Qusra
7/25/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Nina and Saffron, 25 July 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - Over 33 Palestinian-owned olive trees were uprooted by the Israeli military in the village of Qusra, near Nablus, when the military entered the village around 7 a. m. on Tuesday,  July 17. For one hour and a half, Israeli soldiers and equipment uprooted....


Jewish settlers chop off 100 olive trees
PIC - Jewish settlers chopped off one hundred Palestinian olive trees in Wadi Ma’een east of Yatta town in Al-Khalil province on Tuesday.


Sleepless nights in Burin
Alma Reventós, International Solidarity Movement 7/25/2012
      Thousands of olive trees in Burin have been burned during attacks by settlers from nearby illegal Israeli colonies.
     “I have not slept all night.” The words of a young man from the Bilal Al-Najjar youth cultural center in Burin, after a night of raids by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on the town.
     On Monday 23 July at 9:30 p.m., some 20 IOF military jeeps entered Burin, a village of 3,000 inhabitants located southwest of the city of Nablus. The Israeli military closed all entrances to the town, isolating it during the invasion. Burin’s residents are accustomed to such raids on a weekly basis, but usually they occur much later at night. This time, as the military entered Burin, many residents of the town were still outdoors and encountered the IOF jeeps on their streets.
     During the invasion, soldiers repeatedly fired tear gas in the center of Burin, even inside of residents’ homes. A woman of 65 had to be evacuated by ambulance to hospital in Nablus after suffering suffocation from the gas.
     Accompanying the military were 5 Israeli settlers from a nearby illegal settlement. According to Palestinian witnesses, the settlers at first were hesitant to leave the military jeep that they arrived in, but the back-up of the Israeli military encouraged them. The settlers took photos of the new Bilal Al-Najjar cultural centre, still under construction, and the old original center.
     Israeli occupation forces left the village at 11:30 p.m., after two hours in the village.
     “We are leaving now but we will return very soon,” threatened the commander of the Israeli forces present in the village of Burin Monday night. Indeed, 5 military jeeps returned that very night at 1 a.m. to patrol the residential streets.
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Terra Incognita: Drowning in olive oil... prices
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2012 - Because of government regulators and industry lobbyists, Israelis are paying among the highest prices in the world for olive oil, even though it is produced locally.


Settlers Cut down 100 Olive Trees near Hebron
WAFA - 24 Jul 2012


Drama meets daily life in Palestinian film
7/23/2012 - RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- Brazen and in broad daylight, "Israeli infantry" plunge deep into the Palestinian city of Ramallah, hoisting a flag atop a makeshift checkpoint. A motley crowd of children, veiled ladies and young men in jeans chant defiantly in the summer sun at the soldiers clad in olive drab and facing them with rifles. A....


Uprooting Palestinian trees - and lives
Amira Hass, Ha’aretz 7/16/2012
      Residents of the Palestinian village Beitilu watch helplessly as their trees are mysteriously mutilated.
     The hummer and the jeep screeched to a halt on the path in the olive grove. The soldiers bravely climbed out of the vehicles, and proceeded toward the unknown. Armed and determined, they cleared their way through thorns, stones and rusty barrels; they headed toward the suspicious figures. Within a few minutes, the soldiers received reinforcements. Another hummer appeared on the scene, and its soldiers climbed out of it, armed and determined. Behind them the Swiss red rooftops of the Nachliel settlement jutted into the skyline. Standing before them was a group of thirty people.
     “What are you doing here? Who are you?” one of the soldiers asked. “Don’t approach us,” he added. His comrades didn’t really know what to do with themselves. Aim their rifles? Leave them dangling on the sides of their bodies? Look sideways? Or perhaps they should gaze directly at members of this unusual group, which stood between the thorns, stones, mutilated olive and fig trees, and gleaming teeth of a barbed wire fence.
     That the mysterious group which stood between the barbed wire fence and the chopped trees seemed both unusual and somewhat threatening to the soldiers is no surprise. The soldiers are not accustomed to seeing people who are not Nachliel settlers in that area. (The settlement, according to the Mate Binyamin regional council website, was established in October 1984, and has 80 families. Located close to Modi’in, it is a “warm, Torah-centered community, a place where it is fun to live."
     Were they to have made a bit more of an effort, the soldiers would have known that the journalists’ excursion was preceded by a press conference in Ramallah organized by UNICEF, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), and the human rights groups B’Tselem and Al-Haq....
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Settlers destroy olive trees in Palestinian field for the 2nd time in 24 hours
PIC - Jewish settlers destroyed vineyards, olive and almond trees of a Palestinian farmer for the second time in 24 hours in Beit Ummar village, north of Al-Khalil, local sources said.


IOF troops destroy hundreds of olive trees
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) protected huge bulldozers that went on a destruction spree of hundreds of olive trees in Juba village to the south west of Bethlehem on Thursday morning.


Refugees display mosaic art after revival workshops
7/18/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian refugees in Bethlehem opened an exhibition of mosaic art on Sunday, following workshops teaching the ancient craft. Palestinian painter Mujahed Khallaf is conducting mosaic workshops in refugee camps across the West Bank hoping to revive the art in Palestine. Mosaic work has fallen out of practice after historically playing an....


Arafat Came Offering Peace, Got Poison
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Jul 2012 - By Dallas Darling If Yasser Arafat, former co-founder of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), died from a lethal radioactive substance known as polonium, not only was it a clear case of political assassination by means of nuclear terrorism, but when he came bearing an olive branch and offered peace to Israel he only got poison. After many years of leading the struggle for Palestinian statehood, in 1974 PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat addressed the United Nations saying: "Today I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter's gun in the other. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand. I repeat, do not let the olive branch fall from my hand." Sadly, the olive branch of peace had already fallen from both Arafat's and Arab-Palestinian's hands in 1917. The British government and Balfour Declaration would eventually honor Zionist claims to create a new nation, Israel,...more


IOF Uproot Olive Trees, Raze Lands in Nablus
Palestine News Network


Israeli municipal employees uproot olive trees in Qasra village
PIC - Israeli troops and civil servants stormed Tuesday morning Qasra village south of Nablus city and uprooted and confiscated all olive trees from a Palestinian land.


U.S. Sends New Navy Forward Staging Ship to Gulf in Escalation Against Iran
Tikun Olam - U.S.S. Ponce, floating attack craft, as it arrives in Bahrain (U.S. Navy) The U.S. sent the U.S.S. Ponce, described as a floating command post for forays into Iran, to Gulf waters for the first time.  Although, the Ponce has been described as a forward staging base...


Scientists, pupils present prospective lunar craft
Jerusalem Post 11 Jul 2012 - Tiny space vehicle due to launch in a few years for unmanned landing on the moon presented to Knesset.


Run For Palestine, For Gaza
In Gaza: 11 Jul 2012 - * Run For Palestine past event Dear Friends, I have registered to participate in the July 15 Run for Palestine .  The proceeds will go to both Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP UK) and Islamic Relief , both of whom do amazing work in Gaza.  Having myself lived in Gaza for two years, I saw the good works of both organizations and vouch for their credibility and integrity. 25% of the proceeds will go to providing meals for impoverished children during the month of Ramadan (which begins soons); 25% will go to planting new olive trees in Gaza. Both of those projects will be done by Islamic Relief. MAP-UK will use the proceeds to bring 4 doctors from Gaza here, to train them on treating certain diseases in children, like cancer. MAP will also send needed medications to Gaza. If you would like to pledge on my behalf for the two...more


Settlers Uproot around 120 Olive Trees, South Nablus
Palestine News Network


Settlers Cut Down 120 Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA - 5 Jul 2012


Settlers Uproot 41 Olive Trees Near Nablus
IMEMC - A group of extremist Israeli settlers uprooted, on Wednesday morning, 41 Olive trees that belong to a resident of Tal village, west of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. ...


Settler Attack Near Nablus Destroys Olive Trees
IMEMC - Israeli settlers wrecked numerous olive trees in a Nablus village, in the West Bank. ...


Official: Settlers destroy olive trees in Nablus village
7/3/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Tuesday destroyed dozens of olive trees in a northern West Bank village, a PA official said. Residents of Havat Gilad outpost entered a private field owned by Nayif Raihan, from Tell village south of Nablus, and chopped down 41 trees, Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official monitoring settlement activity....


Fire crews battle Nablus blaze
7/3/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Firefighters extinguished a huge blaze in Nablus on Tuesday, the civil defense force said. Crews contained the fire in olive groves in Majdal Bani Fadil before it spread to other crops, the force said in a statement....


Visiting Teacher from Gaza: Meet Amani Inshasi
Rachel Corrie Foundation 3 Jul 2012 - Visiting Gazan teacher Amani Inshasi will be in Olympia for just under a week beginning Saturday July 7th. Bridge the gap between our communities and share in this cultural exchange! There are many different opportunities to meet Amani: Embroidery Craft: Circle Flag SATURDAY, JULY 7, 3...


Israel Planning A Military College In Mount Olive
IMEMC - The Israeli Regional Planning and Construction Committee in Jerusalem approved, Monday, a plan to build a Military College near the Augusta Victoria Hospital in Mount Olive, in occupied East Jerusalem. ...


New IDF military college to move to east Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 2 Jul 2012 - Interior Ministry approves National Defense College plan to build structure on Mount of Olives; Peace Now slams move as "crazy."


‘Israelis are helping write US laws, fund US campaigns, craft US war policy’
Mondoweiss - At Al Jazeera, Ahmed Moor has a piece titled , "How the Israel lobby erodes US sovereignty." Strong words. Moor says that Israelis are "helping write US laws, funding US campaigns, and helping craft US war-making policy." Part of his case is the Mark Kirk Senate bill...


In photos: The annexed tomb
6/27/2012 - MaanImages / Florian Ladstaedter - Soldiers and Jewish pilgrims maintain a permanent presence at Rachel's tomb, believed to be the burial place of the biblical matriarch Rachel -- a holy place for Muslims, Christians and Jews. Once was an idyllic mausoleum style tomb surrounded by olive trees inside Bethlehem, Israel's separation wall now entirely....


Susiya defiant against threat from namesake settlement
Noah Browning, Ma’an News Agency 6/27/2012
      SUSIYA, West Bank (Reuters) -- Susiya the Israeli settlement enjoys well-watered lawns, humming electricity, and the protection of a mighty state. One rocky hill away, Susiya the Palestinian village is parched and doomed.
     The cluster of around 50 breezeblock hovels and tents, erected without the elusive building permission of Israel's occupying authorities in the West Bank, has been condemned by the Israel's high court. It faces imminent demolition.
     Little but a name and mutual contempt bind the 1,200 conservative Jewish and 350 Bedouin neighbors, their imminent divorce reflecting the mismatched strength and the despair for coexistence in a divided land.
     "They're thieves and aggressors, living on stolen ground with the help of a criminal government," said Muhammad Ahmed Nawajah, a greying goat herder in flowing robes and white headress who prides himself on being older than the state of Israel.
     Nuwajah and his kin used to roam freely with their flocks and pick olives even after Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and slowly began to sow Jewish settlements there.
     But after the Susiya settlement was founded a quarter century ago, he says settlers began attacking the Bedouin as they went about their daily work, and the Israeli army, citing security reasons, limited their olive harvest to one day a year.
     His calloused finger traced the path of power lines which rise high above the village's cacti and bypass it completely on their way toward the settlement. -- See also: Fayyad praises 'steadfast' village threatened by Israel
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My Response to Liberal Zionists: BDS is Not Extremism
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Jun 2012 - By Samah Sabwai (Watch a video recording of the article below). Leading Liberal Zionists have come out in impressive numbers calling for the boycott of settlements. But I have to warn you there is something to dread; they want you to buy Israeli products instead. They say they want to save Israel from a dangerous extremist threat. Namely: the Israeli gov’t and the BDS! Yes, they’ve lumped us together as two extreme versions calling for one state. Both? Extreme? In other words, liberal Zionists are telling us that Palestinian resistance, boycott sanctions and divestments that calls for equality between Palestinians and Jews is as extreme as Netanyahu’s plan for erasing the green line and colonizing all of historic Palestine. In such deranged twisted views, Palestinians demanding to be equal to Jews are perceived to be as extreme as the Jews who uproot olive trees, scorch Palestinian fields and demolish Palestinian...more


Why did the Israeli military kill 13-year-old Ma’moun al-Dam?
Mondoweiss - Blood-stained pieces of Ma'moun’s clothes were splayed across the olive grove (Photo: Hama Waqum) Shreds of black and blue cloth stained in red lay scattered across an olive grove on the outskirts of Gaza City. The remains of 13-year-old Ma’moun al-Dam’s t-shirt lay hooked into an olive...


Lebanese Olive Oil: Farmers Pitted Against Government
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2012 - Discussions covered the difficulties encountered in finding buyers for olive oil produce, its high cost, and the losses that farmers incur due to the lack of a market. (Photo: Kamel Jaber) Discussions covered the difficulties encountered in finding buyers for olive oil produce, its high cost,...


Lebanese Olive Oil: Farmers Pitted Against Government
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2012 - Discussions covered the difficulties encountered in finding buyers for olive oil produce, its high cost, and the losses that farmers incur due to the lack of a market. (Photo: Kamel Jaber) Discussions covered the difficulties encountered in finding buyers for olive oil produce, its high cost,...


Lebanese Olive Oil: Farmers Pitted Against Government
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2012 - Discussions covered the difficulties encountered in finding buyers for olive oil produce, its high cost, and the losses that farmers incur due to the lack of a market. (Photo: Kamel Jaber) Discussions covered the difficulties encountered in finding buyers for olive oil produce, its high cost,...


Lebanese Olive Oil: Farmers Pitted Against Government
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2012 - Discussions covered the difficulties encountered in finding buyers for olive oil produce, its high cost, and the losses that farmers incur due to the lack of a market. (Photo: Kamel Jaber) Discussions covered the difficulties encountered in finding buyers for olive oil produce, its high cost,...


Lebanese Olive Oil: Farmers Pitted Against Government
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jun 2012 - Discussions covered the difficulties encountered in finding buyers for olive oil produce, its high cost, and the losses that farmers incur due to the lack of a market. (Photo: Kamel Jaber) Discussions covered the difficulties encountered in finding buyers for olive oil produce, its high cost,...


Resisting Drones in Missouri: 'Let Justice Flow Like a River'
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Jun 2012 - By Brian Terrell The United States District Courthouse in Jefferson City, Missouri, is a modern and graceful structure sitting on a bluff over the Missouri River. Less than one year old, it is a virtual temple in white marble, granite and glass, its clean lines all the more immaculate in contrast to its nearest neighbor, the crumbling 19th century hulk of the derelict and empty Missouri State Penitentiary, now a tourist attraction and occasional movie set. Set into the floor of the courthouse rotunda, executed in marble and bronze, is the image of the Great Seal of the United States, the eagle with arrows in one talon and olive leaves in the other, circled by a quote from the Bible, from the prophet Amos, “Let Justice Flow Like A River.” Even the wide Missouri’s current gets a bit sluggish in the summer months and justice was flowing just as slowly...more


Settlers Cut Tens of Olive Trees South of Hebron
WAFA - 10 Jun 2012


Settlers Cut Olive Trees Near Hebron
IMEMC - A number of extremist Israeli settlers of the Maon illegal settlement, cut on Sunday morning, several Palestinian olive trees, east of Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. ...


Committee: Settlers chop down 30 trees near Hebron
6/10/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers destroyed 30 olive trees in the southern West Bank on Sunday morning, a local official said. Residents of Maon settlement chopped down the orchard in al-Tuwani village, south of Hebron, belonging to locals Jibreel and Fadel Ribi, local committee against settlement activity coordinator Ratib al-Jabour said. On Friday, settlers....


Ben-Ari: Jews ‘afraid’ to travel to Mount of Olives
Jerusalem Post 11 Jun 2012 - National Union MKs tour a-Tur neighborhood in east Jerusalem for "security check."


City Bites: Olive & Fish
Jerusalem Post 10 Jun 2012 - Fresh fish and delicious dining in a special location.


Settlers cut down over 30 trees in Hebron, activist says
6/8/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Settlers chopped down dozens of olive trees in the district of Hebron on Friday, a local activist said. Rateb al-Jabour, from the popular committee against the wall and settlements, said the trees belonged to Ali al-Arda from Yatta. Jabour appealed to international organizations to help remove the "settlement cancer" which is....


[uruknet.info] Settlers destroy olive trees in southern West Bank
Uruknet June 3, 2012 -- Settlers destroyed dozens of olive trees in the Hebron town of Yatta on Sunday, a local official said.Ratib al-Jubrour, the coordinator of a local committee against settlements and the wall, said settlers from Maon damaged trees belonging to the al-Jabarin family. The attack is part of "ongoing criminal acts settlers practice against...


[uruknet.info] Celebrating Palestinian Resistance and Resilience
Uruknet June 3, 2012 - ... For the last 64 years, Zionists in Palestine have been killing Palestinians, destroying homes, uprooting ancient olive trees, burning, poisoning, and destroying farm land, stealing water, imprisoning Palestinian men and women, girls and boys, and breaking their bones. They have been strangling the 1.7 million Palestinians in Gaza, denying them rights to...


Two Palestinians Injured, Crops Destroyed in Spate of West Bank Settler Attacks
AIC: West Bank and Settler Violence 3 Jun 2012 - In a two-day spate of settler violence, two Palestinians were wounded in a Nablus-area village after clashes with settlers on Saturday, while settlers uprooted olive and fruit trees and burned the harvest from 300 dunams of barley fields in two Hebron-area villages on Saturday and Sunday....


Settlers destroy olive trees in two villages on Sunday as EU set to condemn settler violence
AIC: West Bank and Settler Violence 3 Jun 2012 - Israeli settlers destroyed olive and other crop producing trees belonging to Palestinians from the Hebron district villages of Tuwani and Beit Ummar on Sunday, whilst settlers attempted to take over some six dunams of land near the Bethlehem-area village of Al Khader on Saturday. Anti-Palestinian graffiti...


Does the world have room for Battir village?
Ghassan Olayan, Ma’an News Agency 6/3/2012
      Battir, a Palestinian village south west of Jerusalem, has a charming, rural landscape which was recently recognized by UNESCO with the Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes.
     Battir also has had a unique agreement with Israel since 1949. The Rhodes Armistice Agreements, signed during the period of Jordanian rule over the West Bank, was implemented by Israeli military leader Moshe Dayan, Hassan Mustafa and six others from Battir village.
     The agreement confirms that "Battir inhabitants will continue having ownership to their lands falling in the Jewish Territory."
     But since that day Israel's military occupation and now the separation barrier have had devastating effects on the people and the land of Battir.
     These detrimental effects are felt across the region, where human security is under constant threat and every aspect of life has been affected, including health, education, agriculture, employment and infrastructure.
     The town has collectively experienced land expropriation, the destruction of agriculture, including olive and fruit trees that served as a source of income, settlement expansion, and isolation from other West Bank communities.
     Other threats include the lack of urban networks and tools to mitigate the urban encroachment on the area, in particular landfills and Israeli dumps that pollute the earth and the precious water sources.
     If the situation does not improve, Battir's ecological and environmental equilibrium will continue to be threatened and its residents denied the chance to enjoy their natural heritage and sustain the land.
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Settlers destroy olive trees in southern West Bank
6/3/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Settlers destroyed dozens of olive trees in the Hebron town of Yatta on Sunday, a local official said. Ratib al-Jubrour, the coordinator of a local committee against settlements and the wall, said settlers from Maon damaged trees belonging to the al-Jabarin family. The attack is part of "ongoing criminal acts settlers....


In photos: Palestine's last keffiyeh factory
6/3/2012 - MaanImages / Eva Pilipp - In a small warehouse in the southern West Bank, the last Palestinian-made traditional keffiyah scarves are painstakingly woven and hand embroidered. The international symbol of the Palestinian cause, keffiyahs are increasingly imported from cheaper sources, including China. But for the women crafting the scarves in the Hirbawi factory, their work is also....


[uruknet.info] IDF confirms: Settlers shot, tied up and beat Palestinian near Nablus
Uruknet June 2, 2012 - Last week I posted videos taken by the spokesperson of B'Tselem, Sarit Michaeli, showing a confrontation between settlers and Palestinians near the village of Urif, in the Nablus region. You can see in the videos settlers setting fire to a Palestinian olive grove, and hear gunshots. A third clip shows a wounded...


Weekend in Palestine: Gaza airstrikes and attacks on peaceful protesters in the West Bank
Mondoweiss - link to www.maannews.net link to www.juancole.com '--> Land Theft & Destruction / Restriction of Movement / Refugees Settlers burn down ancient tree in Hebron HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set fire to a 1,000-year-old olive tree in central Hebron overnight Friday, witnesses said. Local activist Issa Amro said the...


Settlers burn down ancient tree in Hebron
6/2/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set fire to a 1,000-year-old olive tree in central Hebron overnight Friday, witnesses said. Local activist Issa Amro said the group then hurled stones at a community center in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood on Saturday morning. Settlers tried to remove the Palestinian flag from the 'steadfastness and....


Fire ravages 2,500 dunams planted lands in Jenin
6/2/2012 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Some 2,500 dunams of agricultural land burned down on Saturday, after an accidental fire broke out in the northern West Bank, officials said. The blaze destroyed 2,000 dunams of cypress and pine trees, and 410 dunams of olive trees, near Ziba village in the Jenin-district, adjacent to Israel's separation....


Settlers Set Fire to Olives, Attack Youth Center in Hebron
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10-year-old boy found murdered in Kfar Qassem
YNet News, 1 Jun 2012 - Annas Sarsur's body found in olive grove; police say signs of extreme violence were evident ....

 
 

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