|Prevention of Demolition of Centre for Autistic and Special Need Children in East Jerusalem ||The prevention of the demolition will help the children and families of a particularly vulnerable sector of the community. Activists will be present at the center`s site in Wadi Joz in order to try to prevent the demolition. Please come to help||30/4/2007|
|Hebron urgent action: tell Israeli government that new settlement is violation of international law||CPT Hebron - On 19 March 2007, Israeli settlers illegally occupied an empty four-story Palestinian building. This multi-unit Hebron building is close to the Kiryat Arba settlement of 7000 residents and is strategically located to link Kiryat Arba to the smaller enclaves inside Hebron`s Old City.||29/4/2007|
|International protest against the expansion of settlements in the Hebron district||Ahmad Jaradat and Ahani Ayala Iacucci - AIC - Israel and Palestine will never have a real peace without negotiating the total withdrawal of all the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Oslo agreements, with their utopian call to stop the construction of new settlements, in fact gave Israel a level of legitimacy to freely continue its policy of occupation “at any price.”||29/4/2007|
|Israeli convict allowed by court to have "house arrest" in illegal settlement outpost on Palestinian land ||Polly Bangoriad - IMEMC - An Israeli settler named Hanan charged with the attempted armed robbery of a bank in Israel. The court sentenced him to 8 years in prison, 6 of which he has served. However, the convict suggested to the court that he `imprison` himself for the remaining two years in an illegal settlement outpost on Palestinian land instead. Bizarrely, the court agreed, and Hanan is presently occupying an illegal outpost on the agricultural land of a Palestinian farmer, Ass`ad Sudeh from Al Khader. The settler has now started trying to use the Palestinian`s farm land for himself.
|South Hebron: `Impartial` detention of settler attackers and peace activist who was attacked ||Jerusalem Post staff - The eight activists, who were from the "Rabbis for Human Rights" movement, said that as they arrived to help the Palestinians they were confronted by two setters with a dog. The settlers started to hit the activists and also broke the cameras belonging to several international volunteers, they said.
|Nobel peace laureate Corrigan injured in anti-fence protest||Ali Waked-YNet News-"The security forces say the area where activists hold their protest is a no-access military zone which they have to evacuate of Palestinian and Israeli protesters every Friday. Activists say the fence route near Bilin was designed to expropriate Palestinian farm land which will be used to expand a Jewish settlement in the area."||27/4/2007|
|AT-TUWANI UPDATE: 11- 24, April 2007||CPT-email Newsletter-"The soldiers declared the entire area southwest of Tuwani a closed military zone. Schram went around the hill and got excellent video of the destruction of 50 young olive trees and a cistern on Ali Raabi`s land. When soldiers and the bulldozer left Tuwani they went to Inneizel and destroyed one house, and Qawawis, where, they destroyed five homes and one bake oven. These included some of the homes destroyed in February and rebuilt in March with Israeli and international help. "||27/4/2007|
|SILWAN – SETTLERS ENCROACH ON ANNEXED HISTORIC JERUSALEM ||ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE-" This part of the plan calls for the demolition of 88 houses in Al-Bustan (Ed. neighbourhood in Silwan) located near the archaeological site of biblical Siloam. Silwan is part of East Jerusalem whose annexation by Israel after the 1967 war is considered illegal under international law."||27/4/2007|
|End the Occupation Now||Mairead Corrigan Maguire-CommonDreams.org-"I walked with my Palestinian interpreter who told me his home was on the other side of the wall. His 12 acres of land was confiscated by Israeli Authorities and his 400 year old olive trees were uprooted, taken to Jerusalem and planted in a new Israeli settlement."
Half way down the road, Israeli soldiers started firing a mystery gas at us, and aimed plastic bullets directly at us. Later, they used water cannons. We were a completely unarmed. ||27/4/2007|
|Jaffa residents at risk of eviction and demolition again.||Thousands of people stand to become homeless in order to benefit wealthy investors. The popular committee to defend the land and the right to residency is calling for a joint demonstration against the eviction and expulsion on Friday April 27th at 13:30. The demonstration will leave from the south end of Beit Pelet street at Kidron park which is in front of reef beach (Givaat Ha`aliya beach) behind Abu Naser restaurant. ||24/4/2007|
|Discussion on one-state vs two-states solution, and on the boycott ||(1) Uri Avnery - "The Bed of Sodom" - "The idea of the "One-State Solution"... diverts the effort from a solution that has now, after many years, a broad public basis, in favor of a solution that has no chance at all.` (2) Ilan Pappe - `The people of this state are not evil, but they live in a system
of evil. A limited evil, directly only towards the Palestinains.
In Bil`in for ten mintues we fantasized how would this place
look, once liberated from this evil. Surprisingly we thought also
of Sakhnin and Jaffa, and not just about Bil`in and Jericho.` (3) A comment on the subject by Beate Zilversmidt - `Meanwhile, we should remain united in the struggle against the occupation, and not get hopelessly divided in a fight over the number of states.
|Palestine-Israel, The nonviolent joint struggle in Bil`in and Um Salmuna region continued this Friday.||Ilan Shalif - Anarchists Against the Wall - ` I asked Landao what made him change sides and become an activist for the anti-occupation cause, and he said it happened when he stopped learning about reality through the media, and "started to look at reality through reality, through going to the places where things happen and meeting the people here. That is how I started realizing what Israel is doing to an entire people".`||23/4/2007|
|Escort South Hebron Palestinian farmers who want to cultivate their lands. ||This Saturday April 21 we`ll go once more to South Hebron area in order to escort Palestinian farmers who want to cultivate their lands.
Please email Yehuda: yehudaagus@gmail. com||20/4/2007|
|Bedouin in Al Hadidi asking for Israeli and international presence during imminent home demolition this Saturday ||For more information, contact:
Fathy, 0599-352-266, 0542-108-984, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris, 0598-340-364, 0526-012-203 email@example.com
ISM Media Office, 0599-943-157, 02-297-1824, firstname.lastname@example.org
|`Double Jeopardy entraps Palestinians`||Sonja Karkar - ZNet - "Since 1967, one-fifth of the Palestinian population (more than 700,000 people) has ended up in Israeli jails for refusing to accept Israel’s oppressive military occupation. The vast majority of these Palestinians are not terrorists with “blood on their hands”, but ordinary men and women who have been prepared to speak out against the occupying power as would any people subjected to 40 years of human rights abuses. "||19/4/2007|
|Mothers of prisoners call for their release and condemn Johnston kidnapping||Electronic Intifada - Open letter - "As we reject the illegal detention and inhumane treatment of prisoners, we reject the claim by any group that they may commit criminal and un-national acts in the name of the Palestinian and Arab prisoners. The kidnapping of anybody, including BBC journalist Alan Johnston, is against the rights of the prisoners, it is against the love and the suffering of their mothers, it is against the whole of the Palestinian people."
|Tree planting in Beit Umar ||the people of beit umar has invited us to a tree planting this saturday, 21.04.07. as some of you may know the army has been going into the village on a daily basis for a long time. This Saturday we will march to the path of the "security fence" and plant some trees .
if you want to join this action call ben at 050-739431 .
|As Israeli army erects new checkpoint and raids village, Bil`in prepares for its International Nonviolence Conference ||Ma`an -
"The main issue addressed will be non-violent resistance to the Israeli occupation, including the boycott, divestment and sanctions path."
|South Hebron Women`s cooperative selling products in J`lem this Friday at Daila. || ||17/4/2007|
|Turning the other cheek near Bethlehem||Kobi Snitz - ISM - Even as they were repeatedly kicked and punched by Occupation Forces, none of the demonstrators raised a hand to harm their attackers. Instead, as could have been seen in several press photographs, Abu Maria raised his right hand defiantly to signal a V as he was being beaten.||15/4/2007|
|One of this week`s Bil`in wounded was Tom, who came all the way from Brighton, UK||Brighton delegation Bil`in press release - "The people of this village have had their land stolen, their olive trees uprooted, and their livelihoods devastated. By daring to protest against this injustice they are met with aggression and violence. This has made me more determined than ever to support them."||14/4/2007|
|Tanya Reinhart memorial ceremony in Mas`ha postponed||There came a decision from the Mas`ha organizers that this Saturday is canceled, and we would hear yet when it can take place.
|Nonviolent Organizer Arrested in Um Salamuna||PSP - Yusef was clearly targeted by the IOF from the beginning of today`s demonstration in Um Salamuna. He was arrested while peacefully seated on the ground. Initially the IOF said Yusef would be released today, however when fellow demonstrators arrived at the police station in Gush Etzion they were notified that Yusef is being charged and that he will be kept in jail until he can be seen by a judge. The IOF are refusing to tell Yusef`s lawyer what he is being charged with and do not permit her to meet with him until Sunday. As a result, Yusef will be held for at least 4 days before any action can be taken.||14/4/2007|
|A boycott by any other name ... ||James Bowen - Ha`aretz - In the late 19th century, changes in Ottoman law created a new class of large landholders, including the Sursuq family from Beirut, which acquired large tracts in northern Palestine. A similar situation had long existed in Ireland, where most land was controlled by absentee landlords, many of whom lived in Britain.
The 1880s, however, initiated dynamics that led the two lands in different directions. In 1882, the first Zionist immigrants arrived in Palestine, starting a process that subsequently led to the eviction of indigenous tenant farmers, when magnates like the Sursuqs pulled the land from under their feet, selling it to the Jewish National Fund.
In contrast, in 1880, Irish tenant farmers started a process that turned them into owner-occupiers. A former British army officer played a role in this drama, which introduced his name as a new word into many languages. ||13/4/2007|
|Four non violent demonstrators injured south of Bethlehem - in anti-Wall protest of Juret al Sham`a village||Najeb Faraj - IMEMC - International and Israeli activists along with local villagers marched to the construction site of the wall that is being built on land confiscated from the village Juret Al sham`a. Upon arrival, protesters tried to stop the bulldozers from destroying the villagers` farmland. Soldiers attacked the protesters using batons, rifle butts and concussion grenades. 4 protesters were lightly wounded. Among those injured was Sami Awad, the director of the holy land trust, an organization that deals with non violence organizing.||13/4/2007|
|14 injured in Bilin protest, among them three journalists||Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC - In the weekly non-violent protests against the illegal separation wall in the village of Bil`in near the West Bank city of Ramallah, 14 protesters were injured including three journalists. 2)||13/4/2007|
|Recognition Forum||Sat., April 14, Protest and Study Seminar at the Al Araqib Negev lands; transportation from Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem ||8/4/2007|
|Second Annual Conference in Bil’in 18 – 20 April 2007||it`s time to register, click for more||14/4/2007|
|Peace Now: activists` delegation to Peretz`s house: evacuate the new Hebron settlement Now!||Transportation from Jerusalem at 10am - call Noa: 054-2151128; from Tel-Aviv at 10am - call Noah: 054 8080498||7/4/2007|
|Yonatan Pollak - arrested Friday in Bil`in||Come tonight (Saturday) 19:30, to the court "Migrash Harrusim" in J`lem||7/4/2007|
|Good Friday demo against the Wall ||Ilan Sahlif - A-Infos - Some forty demonstrators gathered together in the village of Wadi Nis. Inspired by the work of the great surrealist artist Muhammad Khatib of Bilin, the demonstrators carried a huge cross to observe "Good Friday". They marched to the path of the Wall where they blocked a working bulldozer. The works were stopped for an hour. ||7/4/2007|
|Don`t say we didn`t know #49||Amos Gvirtz - In his weekly series of life in the warzone which we call home Gvirtz focuses on concrete situations about which you don`t read elsewhere. This week he zooms in on a settler...||6/4/2007|
|Registring for the Friday demo 6th April in Bil`in & Um Salmuna||
You are invited to register to the organized
transportation to the 6th of April Friday demonstration
in Bilin (the 112th demo) and Um Salmuna, against
the separation fence and occupation.
We meet at the new central buss station of Tel Aviv
at 11:00 (NOT as in Winter time of 10:00)
Register as early as you can preferably before Thursday night.
Please contact as early as you can.
Or better by e-mail with your mobile phone number to:
|The Jewish People are not my People. My People are Hashem and his Family from Bil`in||Benny Ziffer - Ha`aretz - "There is nothing festive in this posting. Passover, shmassover, I hate the holidays because while we celebrate, while us Jews babble slogans about freedom, and fantasize
that we are a miserable enslaved nation, we are in fact busy enslaving the Palestinian people. It`s become banal and boring to repeat this a thousand times, but in my eyes, the hypocrisy cries out to the heavens."
|Hebron: Serving Coffee in Beit Romano||Sean O`Neill - CPTHebron - "The coffee shop struggles to cover its costs. But the point isn`t really to make money. I asked Muhammed recently how business was. "Oh, not good," he said. "Not many people. But we resist." The point is to say to the occupation, we can open up shop wherever we want."||4/4/2007|
|J-BIG members believe that Israel`s policies "constitute a betrayal of the best trends in Jewish ethical tradition" and operate a form of racism. ||Ruth Tenne -
Palestine Chronicle -
"The new group, J-BIG, is an outcome of the deep frustration Jewish peace activists feel towards the inaction displayed by the Jewish community and its liberal wing with regard to Israel`s repressive occupation of Palestinian land."||4/4/2007|
|Jerusalem Church Leaders in Easter Call for Ending Embargo on Palestinians ||WAFA -
""Pray for the newly formed unity government of the Palestinians together with the Israeli government and the Arab initiative, to work for taking away fear and hence all oppression, the walls, the barriers and the prisons." "
|Irish artists` academy debates boycott motion||EI -- "Aosdána [the Irish state-sponsored academy of artists] wishes to encourage Irish artists and cultural institutions to reflect deeply before engaging in any [...] cooperation [with state-sponsored Israeli cultural events and institutions], always bearing in mind the undeniable courage of those Israeli artists, writers and intellectuals who oppose their own government`s illegal policies towards the Palestinians."||2/4/2007|
|Billboards for peace||Avaaz.org - Today in a moment of rare hope for the Middle East, the Arab League is making a serious peace offer to Israel in Riyadh. The international community is rallying in support -- but by refusing to address core issues like the 1967 borders, Israel risks throwing away this chance.||1/4/2007|
|Beit Ommar, Palestine: Our Roads WILL Remain Open! ||Infoshop News - "There are 4 major roadblocks throughout Beit Ommar preventing vehicular traffic from several neighborhoods to the main highway. They are part of a larger `matrix of control` designed by the Israeli Army to maintain complete control over the movements of Palestinians. The people of Beit Ommar and PSP are committed to maintaining freedom of movement to and from their village and others. The Israeli Army will NOT be allowed to make the people of Beit Ommar prisoners in their own village."
|Demonstrations in Bil`in and Um Salmuna, Friday April 13||Register as early as you can preferably before Thursday night.
Please contact as early as you can.
|Nobel Peace Laureate wounded & Puerto Rican climber/peace-activist arrested in Bil`in||Ali Waked - Ynet - Irish Laureate Mayread Corrigan "I salute the residents of Bilin for their peaceful struggle in a region that is so violent and I call on the Israeli public, whom I know is for justice and peace, to support the residents` struggle." // "The wall is believed to be evil and illegal by the whole world" said Tito Kayak, who was arrested in 2000 for climbing to the top deck of the Statue of Liberty in New York. [see also MA`AN / PNN].||21/4/2007|
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