|IOP - 16 February 2012|
|Saturday, 18 February 2012|
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 16 February 2012
Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG) http://www.nad-plo.org/dailyreports.php
Israeli air strikes on 2 Gaza districts – injuries
Israeli Navy opens fire on Palestinian fishing boats in 2 Gaza districts
Home invasion: beating and hospitalisation
Home invasions: houses occupied
Israeli soldiers abduct 4 youngsters aged 16 and 17
Zionist militants in racist arson attack
Occupation settlers: agricultural sabotage and plunder
Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in refugee camp and 9 towns and villages
2 air strikes – 2 attacks – 29 raids including home invasions – 3 beaten – 7 injured
5 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage – 11 taken prisoner – 13 detained – 112 restrictions of movement
Home invasions & occupations: Jerusalem - Wadi Al Jouz - 23:30-02:20, Jenin - 23:30, Arraba - 18:35, Azzun - 11:05, Hebron - 12:30, Khursa - 19:00, Hebron.
Peace disruption raids: 02:30, Gaza city - 22:30, Turmus'ayya - Deir Abu Mash’al - 09:40, Jab‘a - 11:50, Maithaloun - 01:00, Burqin – Tulkarem - 09:40, Ramin - 17:20, Quffin - 01:00, the Nur Shams refugee camp - 10:35, Al Nabi Eliyas - 19:55, Kafr Qaddum - 15:10, Asira Al Qibliya - 23:10-04:10, Nablus - 21:20, Taqou - Hebron - 11:30, Al Thala - 11:30, Al Tuwani - 12:30, Dura - 19:20, Beit Anun - 23:30, Ithna - 01:30, Yatta.
Palestinian attack: Northern Gaza – evening, 2 missiles launched towards the Green Line.
Palestinian attack: Northern Gaza – evening, 1 missile launched towards the Green Line.
Palestinian attack: Khan Yunis – evening, 1 missile launched towards the Green Line.
Air strikes – injuries: Gaza – 02:30, four people were injured in Israeli air strikes on the Al Tufah district of Gaza City.
Air strikes: Central Gaza – evening, Israeli air strikes hit an area north-west of the Nasriyat refugee camp.
Israeli attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – 05:30, Israeli gunboats opened fire on Palestinian fishing vessels off Beit Lahiya.
Israeli attack – economic sabotage: Rafah – evening, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the city.
Home invasion – beating: Jerusalem – Israeli soldiers invaded a house in the Wadi Al Jouz neighbourhood and assaulted a resident, Yasser Munir.
Home invasions and theft: Jenin – 23:30-02:20, Israeli troops raided the city, invaded the homes of two Parliamentary deputies, an office, and made off with a computer.
Home invasions – beating – hospitalisation: Qalqilya – 18:35, Israeli troops raided Azzun for two hours, setting up two flying checkpoints at the southern entrance and in the centre, and invading several homes and shops. One person, Malik Haniya, was beaten up and hospitalised by Occupation troops.
Home invasion and occupation: Hebron – 11:05, Israeli soldiers occupied a house, taking over the roof as a sniper post.
Home invasion and occupation: Hebron – 12:30, Israeli forces occupied the roof of a house near the village of Khursa for use as a military post.
Raid – abductions: Ramallah – Israeli troops raided Deir Abu Mash’al and abducted two 17-year-old youths: Zuhdi Hiriz and Oday Baraghtha.
Raid: Nablus – 15:10, Occupation troops raided Asira Al Qibliya and fired tear gas grenades at residents.
Raid: Nablus – 23:10-04:10, Israeli forces, accompanying Occupation settlers, raided the city for five hours.
Raid – agricultural sabotage – water crimes: Hebron – 11:30, the Israeli Army raided Al Thala and Al Tuwani villages, destroyed two farm buildings and two wells, and bulldozed crops.
Beating: Hebron – 19:00 Israeli troops in the Old City took prisoner and beat up a Palestinian preventive security officer, Atef Abu Sneineh.
Abductions: Ramallah – evening, Israeli soldiers in Bil’in village abducted three 16-year-old boys: Mahmoud Abu Rahma, Samih Khatib and Basil Khatib.
Occupation settler agricultural sabotage: Ramallah – 11:25, Zionist militants raided a farm between Turmus'ayya and Al Mughir village, cutting down the branches of olive trees and plundering several of them.
Occupation settler racist arson attack: Qalqilya – 03:00, an Israeli mob raided Al Nabi Eliyas village, set fire to a vehicle and scrawled racist insults on walls.
Occupation settler agricultural sabotage: Nablus – 14:45, Israeli Occupation militants raided Madma village and destroyed several olive trees.
Non-violent resistance – tear gas casualties: Ramallah – 11:20, 13 protesters, including family members of a detainee, were overcome by tear gas during an assault by Israeli Occupation forces near the entrance to the Ofer prison.
Recent news updates:
Nablus village defies Israel's Supreme Court interference with the operation of its mosque. Village Council head Ali Eid said the village is waiting for instructions from the Nablus governor, who is following up the case. Burin is encircled by Jewish-only settlements and settler outposts, which have stolen 37.5% of the villagers' land. http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=460392
A plea to the world from the principal of a Palestinian school about to be demolished. In November we reported with joy about the new school structure at Susiya (Susya). (see also an earlier report here). Only a few weeks later, the Occupation regime’s fraudulently named “Civil Administration” handed down demolition orders against the school. In a rare direct expression of an Occupied Palestinian voice in the Israeli printed press, the school’s prinicipal Muhammad A-Nawwajeh published an editorial in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper about the demolition order on his school. Unlike most of Haaretz op-eds, this article, What Will You Tell My Students? by Muhammad Jaber Hamed A-Nawwajeh was apparently not translated for the newspaper’s English site. We provide a translation in English at the following URL: http://villagesgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/a-plea-to-the-world-from-the-principal-of-a-palestinian-school-about-to-be-demolished/
Red Crescent expresses concern over Israel's targeting of its teams. The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) on Wednesday expressed the uttermost concern over the Israeli Occupation targeting of its medical teams that prevents them pursuing their humanitarian duties. PRCS condemned Israel for targeting an ambulance with the firing of rubber-coated bullets during a sit-in protest outside the Ofer military camp. The PRCS also condemned Israeli forces for attacking another ambulance while it was transferring a journalist hurt in the Al-Issawiya district of East Jerusalem on Tuesday night. http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=19002
From Mazin Qumsiyeh
Forgetting about my own personal troubles, I thus started to think based on the issue of compassion and dignity more. A story like this should generate compassion and it certainly helps us identify decent human beings (like the Israelis and Palestinians of all religions who helped save the lives of so many children). But why did so many ignore it or feel no compassion because it is not their children or belong to their self-identified (fictional) group. A 33-year-old Palestinian, Khader Adnan, is on his 61 days of hunger strike (because he is held without charge in so-called administrative detention by Israel). How many will care if he dies or care now about him? Regardless of his background, isn't he someone's husband, someone's father, someone's son, someone's uncle? Below is a letter from a friend about Khader Adnan's situation. These and other stories that break our hearts do not seem to elicit even a blip of compassion and care from millions who may tangentially hear about these things. Some people say there is "compassion fatigue" among some of us but I disagree. I believe once you have true compassion for fellow human beings you can never tire of it; compassion here is defined as compassion for all human beings, not selected members of your "tribe", "nation", "religion" or other concocted group identity (to me this is the opposite of compassion).
Eleven years ago (4 June 2001), I published this letter in Haaretz titled "Sincere condolences" about another tragedy which is relevant here:
In 1967, as a ten-year old child in Beit Sahur, I witnessed something that still touches me to this day - a reunion between my grandfather and his Jewish best friend from high school. Two old folks who had not seen each other between 1948 and 1967. Two old folks who cried like children. Both are gone now. I thought of this, and how much I miss the wisdom of my grandfather as I saw the recent events and the tragedies and the victims of violence in our homeland. My grandfather wrote to me in 1974 that if he was to give me one piece of advice for the future it would be to realise that the world changes and that we have to remove our own shackles, which come to us from society and culture. It is time we started thinking and reflecting carefully on the futility of separation, nationalism and militarism. It is time to insist on and teach ourselves to live together in equality and humanity. If the Berlin Wall tumbled, Apartheid in South Africa was dismantled, and Europe is unifying, why can't we do the same? Imagine if the billions of dollars we spend on weapons were spent to better our economies, desalinate sea water, develop closer relationships and friendships, and provide therapy for the over 17,000 injured in the recent violence. In the midst of our tragedies, let us work together for a better world.
Mazin B. Qumsiyeh, Ph.D.*
The accident Photos here: http://www.alwatanvoice.com/arabic/news/2012/02/16/249119.html
Below is a letter from a friend about Khader Adnan's situation
If you don't know what 59 days of hunger strike mean - I am afraid every day to read he has finally died. He is in hospital, chained to his bed, still denied all kinds of rights. And yesterday, an Israeli court - after having POSTPONED the hearing of his lawyer's appeal to a decision that he will stay in administrative detention until May 8 - decided that in spite of his condition, HE WILL REMAIN IMPRISONED UNTIL MAY 8. THIS IS A DEATH SENTENCE. Since day 45 of his hunger strike, Adnan could die any moment. The judge furthermore argued that it is ADNAN WHO IS TO BLAME FOR HIS SITUATION."*
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Behind the Wall
Rich Wiles is a photographic artist who has been living and working in Palestine for some years. His photographic work has been shown around Europe, the US, Australia and in Palestine itself. Since 2006 he has been writing from Occupied Palestine under the title Behind the Wall. Much of this work is based in and around the refugee camps in Palestine, highlighting daily life and memories of refugees who still live in forced exile for over 60 years since Al Nakba (The Catastrophe). www.richwiles.com
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