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While the Occupation is business as usual for Israel, there should be no business with Israel

In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

24 hours to 8am 02 February 2012

Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG)

10:30pm Israeli tanks shell Beit Hanun farms

10:40pm Israeli war-planes strafe Beit Hanun farms

Beit Hanun hit by Israeli missile strike

Young persons in the Askar refugee camp under Israeli fire

Stone-throwing settler militants hospitalise Palestinian woman

Israeli troops invade home and vandalise the contents

Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in refugee camp and 3 towns and villages

2 air strikes – 2 attacks – 6 raids including home invasions and settler violence – 1 injured – 2 acts of agricultural sabotage – 1 taken prisoner – 1 detained – 100 restrictions of movement

Home invasions & occupations: midnight, Yatta - 04:00, Beit Ummar.

Peace disruption raids: 03:00, Aqraba - 02:00, the Al-Far'a refugee camp - 07:00, Asira Al-Qibliya - 19:20, Jericho.

Palestinian attack: Northern Gaza – evening, seven missiles fired towards the Green Line.

Palestinian attack: Khan Yunis – evening, a number of missiles fired towards the Green Line.

Air strike – agricultural sabotage: Northern Gaza – 22:40, Israeli war-planes strafed farms in Beit Hanun.

Air strike: Northern Gaza – 20:00, Beit Hanun hit by Israeli missile strike.

Israeli attack – agricultural sabotage: Northern Gaza – 22:30, Israeli tanks shelled Beit Hanun farms.

Israeli attack: Nablus – 15:15, Israeli forces opened fire on minors in the Askar refugee camp.

Home invasion and vandalism: Hebron – midnight, Israeli troops raided Yatta, forced their way into a house and vandalised the contents.

House demolition order: Jerusalem – Israeli Occupation troops placed a demolition order on the home of Silwan resident, Maher Isyam.

Occupation settler violence: Nablus – 14:00, a Palestinian woman, Miyasar Ismail (61), was admitted to hospital with a head injury caused by stone- throwing Israeli militants near Huwara.

Occupation settler violence: Nablus – 03:00, an Israeli mob, accompanied by Israeli forces, raided the Al-Kuroum area in Aqraba.

Recent news updates:

Israel intends to destroy solar panels in village near Hebron. The Israeli Occupation has issued a demolition notice against a renewable energy project that provides the only source of electric lighting for the village of Al-Mnazel.
Israel tells Palestinian farmers it intends to seize their land. The Israeli military has given Nahalin village (near Bethlehem) farmers 45 days to file an objection.
Silwan residents issued with more house demolition orders. The latest orders were issued with insults aimed at provoking residents.

Rock-throwing settler militants near Nablus inflict head injuries – woman hospitalised.

The woman's injuries were so severe that she was kept for 24 hours in the Intensive Care Unit of Nablus Hospital before the doctors considered her condition stable enough for her to be released to a general ward. also
Israeli troops took prisoner 320 Palestinians in January.

Video: Identities of contradiction. / Moriel Rothman / A 25-minute documentary based on conversations with Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel in Deir al-Assad, Bineh and Majd al-Krum: “I learned so much from making it, and I think the views and insights expressed by the people I talked with in the making of this project cast an important light on an incredibly complex – and, in my mind, under-explored – element of the situation here in Israel/Palestine. 'Every Palestinian here, in this country, has two identities. A national identity, Palestinian. And a civil identity, which is an Israeli identity. Of course, this is reality, and we recognise it'.”

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says China and Israel have "huge potential and broad prospects for co-operation." Beijing "is ready to continue to expand and deepen" the relationship and is already considering a Chinese-built rail line across the Negev Desert from Haifa, on Israel's Mediterranean coast near new-found offshore gas-fields, to Eilat on the Red Sea, Israel's maritime route to Asia. See article:

Israel prevents Occupied Golan Heights farmers from sending their products to Syria.

Globalised Palestine The National Sell-Out of a Homeland (By Khalil Nakhleh) The Red Sea Press, Inc., 2012; 286 pages. Order via or .

Two Palestinians wounded in Israeli air-strike.

Video shows French woman wounded by IDF tear-gas grenade.

Israeli settlers beat Palestinian shepherd

Israeli Occupation soldiers attack Palestinian youth (18) with dogs and beat up two children. The Israelis abducted the teenager in Tabqa village, south of Al-Khalil after unleashing the dogs on him.


Youth Conference and

Brussels Air promotion of Israeli Apartheid

From Mazin Qumsiyeh:

Video of the event today at Al-Walaja (three arrested and subsequently released), comments on the just-concluded Herzliya conference, action item to do for Brussels Air, Youth Conference in Palestine in July, and more. This email also blogged at:

1) Video: On Sunday, 5 February 2012, villagers from Al-Walaja and international supporters went to the area where the Israeli apartheid authorities were still destroying lands to build a wall that will isolate the remaining villagers from their remaining land and allow for further expansion of the illegal colonies of Gilo and Har Gilo. Already over 90% of the village
lands were taken for colonial settler activities in the past six decades. The
area is just below the oldest (3000 years) tree in Bethlehem district (Video less than three minutes. http://youtube/XZ7Wn9KY4bI

2) The "Herzliya Conference" just concluded. This is the annual conference
that brings the elites of the Israeli military industrial complex together
to plot "strategy" in a coastal town named after the founder of Political
Zionism, Theodor Herzl. This location is on ethnically-cleansed Palestinian
land (see for history of the location). Shimon Peres, a war criminal and architect of Israel's arsenal of Weapons of Mass Destruction appropriately opened it as a keynote speaker. There were several sessions that touched on Iran, including "Iran: Will Sanctions Work?" and "The Ticking Clock: Dissuading and containing Iran's strategic ambitions" where war criminals like Danny Ayalon debated whether it is enough to continue to use clandestine terrorist operations in Iran or whether we need to push the US to start another war like they did on Iraq (one million civilians killed so far) on behalf of Israel. There was a session on "Galilee: Setting Priorities for Regional Development" where a number of Jewish Zionists discuss how to transform the Galilee into a Jewish area (without consulting the native inhabitants of the Galilee). The Galilee and Negev were left with a good number of Palestinians after the ethnic cleansing during the foundation of "Israel". There were sessions titled things like "Advancing Israel Normalisation in the International Community" where efforts to whitewash apartheid are celebrated and plans for new propaganda and lobbying campaigns debated. There were also sessions celebrating the anniversary of the Jewish National Fund or KKL (Keren Keyemeth L'Israel), a group that participated for decades in ethnic cleansing and continues to do so (e.g. in the Negev where Bedouin are being displaced to Judaicise the Negev). Participants were also taken to military bases and training facilities of the apartheid army so that they could visit with the most moral army that caused the largest post-World War II refugee crisis and that has murdered over 25,000 children. There was even some talk about how to get Mahmoud Abbas (whose term has expired long ago) to return to fruitless and endless negotiations. After all, the "Peace process industry" needs to be revived so that more time is allowed for the continued rape of Palestine (expanding colonial settlement etc.)! In over 20 sessions, not one dealt with what the natives of Palestine (Christians and Muslims) go through or how we feel. To cap the "conference" the Israeli government made announcements of more land confiscation (e.g. 430 dunums in Nahhalin) and more home demolitions (e.g. in Al-Aqaba).

Shamelessly, the head of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, addressed this
gathering of apartheid leaders. Also Mr. John Baird, foreign minister of
Canada (with MP Irwin Cotler) came to claim that Canada supports Apartheid Israel. Mr. Riad Al-Khoury from Jordan came and thus also lent his blessings to apartheid. There was also the Zionist Zoelnick (head of the
World Bank) and a few other American Jewish Zionists "discussing" how best to get Israel even more money and arms from our taxes.

I guess I should look on the positive side: that this year, there were less
of those "Internationals" willing to show their faces at this circus. But it is a distraction to blame these rich elites but ultimately it is our responsibility to make sure that we end their games of domination, war, and destruction. People are taking on the responsibility of change and each of us can do more to advance peace with justice. The horrific events in Egypt (where 80 people were killed when fans of two football teams collided) also remind us of the worst element of human weaknesses. It then matters a lot what those who disapprove DO.

Unfortunately, many of our closest supporters and even Palestinians
themselves do not understand basic issues relating to Palestine and the
Israeli apartheid system or believe that their actions cannot make a
difference (they do). Because of these misunderstandings, they make
devastating choices, including for example supporting the mythical "two state solution". I will not discuss here why it is mythical and why it is what
led us to 20 years suspension of the Palestinian Liberation Struggle in
return for an industry of negotiations (yes an industry that is profiting
some Palestinians who became invested in the status quo (i.e. in the
Occupation) and addicted to the "security aid" and "humanitarian aid" that
comes primarily from the US and Europe (respectively). I already discussed
this in detail in my 2004 book
Sharing the Land of Canaan. But I am
willing to debate anyone in public on these issues. More relevant is to act
on whatever convictions you carry.

3) Example of action: I wrote to these email addresses the letters below
about Brussels Air promoting Israeli apartheid. Please read and if interested in writing or taking action based on your conscience, then please do. That is how change happens in society: when enough people say enough is
To Brussels Air and Ink Global

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“You did not respond to my earlier email (copy below) sent three weeks ago about your January 2012 Brussels Air magazine's shameless promotion of Israeli apartheid. But then when I returned home from Belgium, I noted that
this was not the first time you are promoting Apartheid Israel as a destination. In fact, your web-page ( which I just checked starts out with the August 2011 issue promoting Tel Aviv and stolen Palestinian food (Falafel) as if it is an Israeli food "Tasting Tel Aviv: Where Fashion meets Falafel". So I am now personally boycotting your airline and will be promoting a boycott of your airlines.

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD”

Dear Colleagues in Brussels Air and Ink Global,

It was my first trip on Brussels Air and it will likely be the last. Your B.There! Airline magazine soured my trip since it promoted apartheid. Imagine if at the height of Apartheid in South Africa, your magazine chose to highlight the white part of the segregated country and promoted it in three distinct locations in one issue, something you do not do for any other of the nearly 200 destinations to normal cities/countries. This is precisely what you did by promoting Apartheid Israel in three locations in your January 2012 issue: On page 14 you promoted "Tel Aviv Art weekend", on page 50 you promoted a Tel-Aviv "food blog", and in page 55 you had feature article advertising (free) an Israeli company (Uploads). Brussels Air according to your magazine and website flies to nearly 200 destinations
around the world. Yet, I saw most of those not mentioned in this magazine let alone deserving of three free promotional items.
This alone is favoritism but is scandalous when we add the fact that Israel is recognised by people around the world as an apartheid state and there is a worldwide movement for boycotts, divestments, and sanctions (BDS) called for by Palestinian Civil Society. I realise Brussels Air contracts with a British company to do their magazine and the mistaken bias likely originated with Ink Global. Perhaps in your next magazine you can promote Palestine alternative tourism ( and ) or highlight the way Belgians are travelling to help their fellow human beings like in the forthcoming welcome to Palestine Campaign ( I would be happy to help.

I have an email list of more than 50,000 activists and depending on your answer to this email, I will write to them to encourage a boycott of this airline. After all, there are other ways to travel without being pelted with free advertisements for apartheid Israel.

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD Palestinian - American Professor and author currently on speaking tour in Belgium”

4) Sabeel 7th Young Adult Conference. Challenging Oppression, on a Donkey: Christ, Resistance, and Creative Discipleship. 4 -15 July 2012
AND An Opportunity for young Palestinians (16-19 year old) to develop
writing skills (deadline Feb 13)
5) With Jack Lew's appointment, Jewish community again has a White House address By Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraph Agency
6) Mark Dubowitz, Jewish head of Foundation for Defense of Democracies,
commends Obama for "shot across the bow" (The "Foundation for Defence of Democracies" agenda is to fight for change only in countries deemed unfriendly to Israeli apartheid or US imperial tendencies but countries like Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and Jordan are not to be touched by these hypocritical groups).

7) And there is also the so called "National Endowment For Democracy"

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD A Bedouin in cyberspace, a Villager at home

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