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Joint Struggle against Israeli ApartheidKim Bullimore -- The Palestine Chronicle -- The solidarity between the Palestinian residents of Bil`in village, internationals and the anti-occupation and anti-Zionist Israelis who each week trekked to the village has become an inspiring model for joint popular struggle31/12/2007
Sun. 30/12 at 20pm presenting eviction order for Huldai!Demo at home of Mayor Ron Huldai to protest Kfar Shalem evictions because of cruel alliance between city and real estate sharks. Transportation: 19:00 `Mahal- Moshe Dayan` compound - Kfar Shalem / 19:00 Tel Aviv Central Station / 19:00 `Gan Hashnayim` Jaffa (corner of Yefet and Dr. Erlich) / For more: Adar: 052-544-4866 / Einat: 052-355481529/12/2007
Photos from Women in Black mass national vigil, Friday, 28.12.07, taken by Rita Mendes Flohr 29/12/2007
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Army hunts for Palestinians who killed two soldiers south of HebronAli Waked/Efrat Weiss/Maan News staff - Y-Net/Maan News - [In this, more than in other news items, the difference between the Israeli and the Palestinian points of view is very evident, though the facts reported in both sources are essentially the same. Ed.] 29/12/2007
CEASE FIRE!Gush Shalom-Haaretz-"The security establishment Does not want to stop. As always. That is a crime against The inhabitants of Sderot, Against the inhabitants of Gaza, Against all of us."28/12/2007
Palestinians make three feature films despite occupation, no audience and no fundingAssociated Press-Herald Tribune-"There`s only one cinema in all of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and most film makers refuse to show their films in Israel,skipping an important potential audience. In the end, most viewers are European audiences....Most recently, Hani Abu-Assad, the Israeli-born director of the 2005 film "Paradise Now," earned a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for his tale of two Palestinian men who decide to become suicide bombers."28/12/2007
Combatants for peaceSeth Freedman-the Guardian-"..he spared the hushed room no detail about the grisly action that he saw during his spell on the front line. His lurid descriptions of opening fire on a jeepful of suspected terrorists was chilling - but was only half the story that he was trying to convey. He wanted the students to understand that, while in the short term their counter-terrorist actions may have seemed successful, in the bigger picture all of their efforts were in vain when it comes to ending the cycle of violence."28/12/2007
Women`s Mideast Peace Movement Marks 20 Long Years Brenda Gazzar-womens enews-"You can live in Israel your daily life as an Israeli Jew perfectly and forget" about the occupation, she says. "What Women in Black did, they didn`t let the issue of occupation be ignored . . . They brought it to the fore. They brought it to public attention."28/12/2007
A Palestinian Struggle Rooted in LandPalestine Media Center - "For nearly a generation, Nassar and his family have stood their ground, unarmed, against pistol-toting settlers who have barricaded the farm`s dirt lanes, uprooted its olive groves, tried to bulldoze their own roads and disabled a tractor and a rooftop water tank." 27/12/2007
Refusing to accept apartheid in Beit JalaAdri Nieuwhof and Amer Madi - Electronic Intifada - Last night the rains finally arrived in Beit Jala, a small town in the West Bank, one kilometer west of Bethlehem and about eight kilometers south of Jerusalem. Its alluring hills are covered with olive trees, vineyards and apricots. In 1967 Israel confiscated 22 percent of Beit Jala`s land. Now, the construction of Israel`s separation wall is in full swing and will cut off another 45 per cent of Beit Jala`s land. We went to visit the area to feel the impact of the wall and listen to the stories of the farmers who didn`t sell their land and choose to resist the its confiscation. 23/12/2007
Candle procession in Beit Sahour calling for a Just PeaceGeorge Rishmawi - IMEMC - On Friday Palestinian residents of Beit Sahour marched through the town, east of Bethlehem marking the beginning of the three-day, Joy to the City festival. The marchers carried signs, calling for a Just Peace, and signs against the annexation wall that is being built on Palestinian land.22/12/2007
13 groups protest against JNF fund drive for `Canada Park`JESSE ROSENFELD - NOW Magazine - The fact is, the Park in the Latrun Valley sits on the occupied West Bank on the site of two Palestinian villages, Imwas and Yalu, destroyed by Israel in the 1967 war. [followed by DINA AWAD`s demo report in same paper. ed]22/12/2007
Women in Black Friday, Dec. 28 13.00 – 14.00 A mass vigil in Jerusalem (for transportation from Nazareth, Afula, Megiddo, Kufar Yasif-Abu Snan, Acre, Haifa Tel-Aviv click headline) 21/12/2007
The Burden of Draft Dodging: `I was a commander in the army - what are you?`Peleg Sapir - translated from HaGada Hasmalit by Daphna Levit - a story of a patriotic near-lynch21/12/2007
Don`t say we did not know 88ICAHD-"On Tuesday, 11th December, 2007, police forces demolished 15 homes of Bedouins in the Negev. In Twail Abu Jarwal , they demolished four tents and four tin shacks. In addition, they demolished seven more homes, near El Sara, Tel `Arad, Abu Tlul Ashab, Bir El Hamam, El Bat and two homes in El Madbah."21/12/2007
Tomorrow will be worseCatherine Cornet-BabelMed-"Indeed, she crosses borders that few can cross - or that the majority simply do not want to see. When an Israeli soldier asks her at a check point « What are you doing here ? » she simply replies « What are you doing here ? ». In other letters, she describes the wall of misunderstanding between both countries. In West Jerusalem, when she goes to visit some friends, she never hears about Israeli agressions. In Ramallah, she can’t avoid seeing them. She is surprised how in Israel, restaurants and cafés are full of people, in peace. Everyday though, she writes to remind them."21/12/2007
Letter to Susan Sarandon, don`t support LevievRachel Pfeffer-Jewish Voice for Peace-“The residents of Bil’in face a powerful alliance of political and economic interests. Two neighbourhoods will be built on their stolen lands. The Green Park project is being constructed by Dania Cebus, a subsidiary of Africa-Israel Corporation, a real-estate investment firm owned by one of Israel’s most powerful businessmen, Lev Leviev. It is a massive project, a $230m enterprise with 5,800 apartments. The revenues of Africa-Israel recorded a sharp increase in 2005 and its operating profits grew by 129%. All these investments depend on the route of the wall, which will make the new neighbourhoods safe and raise the value of land investments, but divide the villagers of Bil’in from their lands, completing the annexation process.”21/12/2007
N.B. !!! the highway 443 demo was POSTPONED 19/12/2007
What Is After Annapolis?Ahmad Al-Akhras - Znet - "The world is watching. America cannot afford to be on the side of injustice and apartheid. America must do something and do it now." 19/12/2007
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Subsumed Reuven Kaminer - "But do not despair. Condeleeza Rice has informed us that George Bush is coming to the region next month to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. She explained, somewhat mysteriously, that Bush has special ways of solving problems." 19/12/2007
Hold the Spanish government to account!Jamal Juma` - Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign - We are calling upon you to hold the Spanish government to account for their serious attack on civil society over the last week, which today culminated in the forcible closure of the Forum for a Just Peace, which was to be held in Madrid from the 14-16th December.16/12/2007
Protesting serious violations at the Madrid ForumInternational Solidarity Movement - The International Committee, which includes representatives of PNGO, AIC, and other key Arab and international civil society networks, decided as far back as July that any group that wishes to take part in the Forum must first endorse the Reference Document as a necessary condition of participation. This Reference Document articulates the consensus principles agreed upon by the diverse international groups organizing the Forum, and projects an alternative vision for justice and peace based on international law and universal human rights. We, and virtually all of our partners, view the violation of this basic criterion as an undemocratic, unprofessional and utterly unacceptable attempt by some to impose governmental will on a distinguished civil society initiative.16/12/2007
Why I will not participate in the Madrid Social Forum for a Just Peace in the Middle EastMichael Warschawski - Alternative Information Center (AIC) - In an unacceptable procedure, the Spanish Foreign Ministry established a parallel Israeli delegation, bigger than the official one, aimed to change the agenda of the Madrid Social Forum from an Anti-Annapolis conference to an “all inclusive” gathering, discussing the pro and against of the war plans shaped in Annapolis by George W. Bush and Ehud Olmert. 16/12/2007
No to unjust peace!Coordinating Committee of the Palestinian Delegation - A response to Madrid Social Forum`s misrepresentation of facts 16/12/2007
Friday protests: three wounded at Bil`in, five on Road 443 George Rishmawi/Eyad Bornat - IMEMC/Bil`in Friends of Freedom and Justice - There is nothing special about this week`s protests, it is all a continuing routine: the routine of only Israeli drivers allowed on route 443 which was built on Palestinian land, of the Fence still in the same place at Bil`in months after the Supreme Court ordered it to be moved, of Palestinians lodging an unarmed protest together with Israelis and internationals and of the army shooting and wounding such demonstrators. 15/12/2007
Hebron Update: 3-9 December 2007CPT-Hebron Update-"..border police had locked down the first turnstile, letting one person through the metal detector at a time, making them go back and take off belts, take out money and mobile phones, until they did not set the metal detector off. This made the teachers late for school. The headmaster of Ibrahimiyye School told Donna Hicks, “Every day! This happens every day!” "14/12/2007
END THE SIEGE ON GAZA -Letter from Rela MazaliRela Mazali-Press Release-"Therefore ... the siege has been fairly successful at hiding this simple truth: The siege of Gaza is a crime; it is indiscriminate murder; it is a systematic execution of hostages; it intentionally sows arbitrary death. Now, another year has passed. I`m sending out this mail with the same sense of urgency, the same beseeching desperation."14/12/2007
Don`t say we did not know 87ICAHD-"On Thursday, 6th December, 2007, a resident of Palestinian Susya found that 32 of Yasser`s trees had been cut down, presumably by settlers from a nearby outpost, where they had celebrated the lighting of the third Hanukka candle."14/12/2007
END THE SIEGE ON GAZACall for a joint Palestinian-International-Israeli campaign. It is time to put aside any partisan conflicts and unite people in the pursuit of freedom, justice, and peace. For details or to join the campaign, contact: mail@phr.org.il 12/12/2007
Alternative Tours in English.ICAHD - "For more information or to make a reservation visit the web site http://www.toursinenglish.com" 12/12/2007
Zot Khannukah? In Our Day at Time of Year Arik Asherman - RHR - "We were the few against the many, the weak against the mighty (Khannukah addition to the amidah prayer), etc." 12/12/2007
Protesting the JNF: Toronto community groups oppose fundraising for illegal "Canada Park"On 2 December, two hundred people from a host of community organizations braved the first snowstorm of the winter to protest the Jewish National Fund (JNF) annual Negev Dinner held at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto. Significantly, board members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees in Ontario were present at the picket,including CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan.9/12/2007
Hanukkah message and activism update from Rabbis for Human RightsArik Ascherman - Rabbis for Human Rights - In the coming week we have a double holiday – the Festival of Lights continues until the 3rd of Tevet, and International Human Rights Day is on the 10th of December. Israel`s 60th anniversary gives additional significance to both of them, as we remember our commitment in our Declaration of Independence that the State of Israel "Will be based on freedom, justice and peace in light of the vision of the prophets of Israel." 9/12/2007
Unusually quick operation against "illegal outpost" buildersISM - Three Palestinians, five Israelis, and three internationals arrested (...). The 2,700 strong Jahalin Bedouin community is also being driven out of the land they have lived on - to make place for another Apartheid road. 8/12/2007
Madrid, a Space for PeaceForum for a Just Peace in the Middle East - Many Israelis and Palestinians will be in Madrid the coming weekend (December 14th to the 16th), joining Spanish and other European activists in a conference to promote A Just Peace in the Middle East ("Peace can only be achieved with an organised civil society and on the basis of International Law, respect for Human Rights and the full sovereignty of the peoples"). 8/12/2007
Israelis and Palestinians set up a `protest outpost` Associated Press - IHT - Palestinian and Israeli activists built a mock "Palestinian outpost". In the West Bank area between Jerusalem and the settlement of Maaleh Adumim, demonstrators set up a small house, complete with a concrete foundation, and raised Palestinian flags. "We are trying to make a new Palestinian suburb on land that is threatened with expropriation," said Bil`in activist Abdullah Abu Rahme.8/12/2007
At-Tuwani Update: 1 October – 31 October, 2007CPT-Update-The team observed Thai immigrant workers in a field that was recently stolen by Israeli settlers from Susya. A Palestinian informed both the Israeli police and an Israeli lawyer who is pursuing a legal case about land belonging to Susiya village. 7/12/2007
Don`t say we did not know 86 ICAHD-"On 27th November, the IDF entered the village, shot three pupils on their way home, wounding them, including one who was seriously wounded. After that, they searched a house for a wanted person, shot inside the house and caused extensive damage. They arrested two youngsters of the family and beat them."7/12/2007
A Chanuka Message from Jewish Voice for PeaceJewish Voice for Peace-"The threat to cut power to Gaza is being held up until the government can "prove" that this will not unduly impact the civilian population of Gaza. But the fuel supply cut can only have one effect, and that is to harm the people of Gaza. It does nothing to deter rocket fire from Gaza, and will only convince the Palestinian people, in both Gaza and the West Bank, of what they already suspect--that Israel`s willingness to participate in peace talks is merely a smokescreen for tightening the occupation and the siege of Gaza." 7/12/2007
At-Tuwani: Demonstrators Walk in Solidarity to Tuba VillageCPTHebron - "Settler violence has also blocked Tuba villagers from reaching their fields for routine plowing, sowing and grazing. The Israeli peace organization, Ta`ayush, which cosponsored Saturday`s march, hoped that a large Israeli activist presence would enable Tuba farmers to plow without harassment." 6/12/2007
Banksy in Bethlehem: a sudden, provocative comebackRory McCarthy - The Guardian - "The Bristol-born "Guerrilla artist" has been here before - two years ago he produced several stencilled scenes on the Palestinian side of the wall. The paint is fading on them now, but the vast concrete and steel barrier continues to grow and is as controversial as ever. Now more than half complete, it is projected to run to 721km (448 miles) and when finished will place 10 per cent of the West Bank on the "Israeli" side. Israel has rejected a 2004 advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice which ruled the barrier was illegal where it crossed into the West Bank and should be torn down." 6/12/2007
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Eden Springs campaign updateSPSC - `Council notes the call by major groups in Palestinian civil society to boycott Eden Springs. Council further notes that the STUC have supported this call & have cancelled their contract with Eden Springs. Council resolves to support this call and instructs officers to cancel the contract with Eden Springs in their supply of water to City of Edinburgh Council.` 2/12/2007
PHR-Israel emergency appeal for medical supplies for Gaza Physicians for Human Rights - Israel - The prolonged siege imposed by the Israeli government on Gaza, the closing of its borders, the tightening of policies regarding permission to exit Gaza for medical purposes, and the severe shortage of medications and other medical supplies all severely damage the Palestinian health system and endanger the lives and health of thousands of Palestinian patients. 2/12/2007
Routine Friday at Bil`in, Beit U`r and Me`sarah - demonstration, protest, army violenceManar Jibrin-IMEMC News - After reaching the barbed wires near the construction site, the Israeli soldiers who were at the site used loudspeakers to warn them against coming closer .They ordered the crowd to keep away and they showered the protesters with gas and sound bombs and fired rubber coated bullets. Among the demonstrators was a former Israeli soldier who had been on the other side in earlier Bil`in demonstrations. 1/12/2007
Defenders of Human Rights - a letterRabbi Arik W. Ascherman - RHR - "May it be Your Will that the Festival of Lights beginning this week will strengthen and inspire us to shine the light of hope into those dark places where people see no hope today." 5/12/2007
An appeal from the Palestinian-Israeli Peace NGO ForumThe Palestinian-Israeli Peace NGO Forum - ALLMEP – the Alliance for Middle East Peace - Please send a fax to Prime Minister Olmert and to President Abbas5/12/2007
Anarchists: Shut off power in Tel AvivRoi Mandel - Ynet - "...the decision to limit the electricity flow to Gaza is a war crime that will not prevent Qassams from landing in Gaza-area communities, only sharpen Hamas` response."5/12/2007
People`s voice thunders a clear `yes`JACOB SHAMIR & KHALIL SHIKAKI - J-lem Post - "We wish to add to the public debate our insights based on our joint Israeli-Palestinian Public Opinion Poll (JIPP)."26/12/2007
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