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While Occupation and blockade are 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

For some days now the Negotiations Affairs Department's daily situation reports of Israeli Occupation and blockade of Palestine have been unavailable - and at the moment even their website appears to be shut down! At times such as these we feel it best to send out an occasional IOP Report in order to keep you informed and to assure you we have not gone away! Regards, Leslie and Marian


Gilad Atzmon will be touring the USA in the next three weeks: “I will be talking about The Wandering Who, Jewish identity politics, music and ethics and the future of Palestine. I will be giving many radio interviews and am scheduled for a few TV appearances. Truth, Justice and Peace is all we want."

Hebron: peace activists drew attention to the Apartheid closure to Palestinians of Shuhada Street. See: Israeli soldier brutality and the arrest of Fadi Quran is shown in this short clip. Longer video of the event here: and story:

Action: Israeli apartheid week.

Another BDS victory, this time in Naples.

Censorship of social media websites. Facebook pays low-wage foreign workers to delete selected content: For example, Facebook deletes accounts created by Palestinian Resistance groups.

Israel denies solar energy to Palestinians. Grand Island Independent - 19 hours ago
International monitors have warned that Israel is suppressing Palestinian development in the West Bank sector under its full control, known as "Area C,". . .

Israel to confiscate Salfit village land. The Israeli military has issued an order for the annexation of a northern West Bank village’s land, local officials told Ma’an on Sunday.

Women rally for Al-Aqsa – Gaza Feb 26 2012 – Photography / Ethnic Cleansing and Denial of Palestinian Identity – Special Topic Israel’s Likud threatens to invade Al-Aqsa Mosque – Overview, More Information about Al-Aqsa Under Threats (PDF). All posts about Al-Aqsa Mosque on this blog – Category Photography Al-Aqsa Assault – February 19, 2012 – Video and Photography Al-Aqsa Assault – See also article Israel's fateful blunder below:


Israel's fateful blunder

"As distressing as the current situation in Al-Aqsa Mosque may be, it is not unique. Similar acts of desecration are perpetrated daily against Christian and Muslim religious sites throughout historic Palestine. This week saw the defilement of the Baptist church in Jerusalem where insulting remarks against Mary, the mother of Jesus, were scrawled on its walls. The fate of Al-Hamra Mosque in Safad and Al-Mujadalah Mosque in Akka are other examples. Such is the rule of law and religious freedom in democratic Israel - 'the light unto nations'.” - Middle East Monitor MEMO commentary:

There is something ominous about the current wave of attacks on Christian and Muslim religious sites in and around Jerusalem. The pro-Israel media asserts that these attacks are the handiwork of an extremist fringe. This is not the case. They are part of a determined policy carried out by, for and with the approval of the Israeli government, under army and police protection. While Israel's occupation authorities, as a matter of routine, obstruct Palestinians from worshipping in Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third most sacred in Islam, they allow illegal Jewish settlers to enter in order "to perform religious rites". No right-thinking mind would accept this parody. And yet, last Friday, for the first time since the occupation began in 1967, soldiers were stationed on the rooftop of the main prayer area of Al-Aqsa (in the area of the silver dome).

It does not take much to figure out that if Al-Aqsa Mosque had any value to these Jews, they would never commit acts of profanity and indecency therein. If they really had any religious affinity to the Noble Sanctuary, they would show due reverence and respect. Instead, they think that having military might and the power to deface and destroy the mosque gives them ownership rights; it doesn't. Nothing alters the fact that Al-Aqsa and its environs belong to the Muslims, including the so-called "Wailing Wall", whose ownership was determined by a British Mandate inquiry before Israel was created in Palestine. Similarly, the discussions currently taking place in the Knesset to ban the Muslim call to prayer (adhan) in Jerusalem and Israel will not change anything, other than illustrate further the increasingly racist and extremist nature of the Israeli state.

As distressing as the current situation in Al-Aqsa Mosque may be, it is not unique. Similar acts of desecration are perpetrated daily against Christian and Muslim religious sites throughout historic Palestine. This week saw the defilement of the Baptist church in Jerusalem where insulting remarks against Mary, the mother of Jesus, were scrawled on its walls. The fate of Al-Hamra Mosque in Safad and Al-Mujadalah Mosque in Akka are other examples. Such is the rule of law and religious freedom in democratic Israel - 'the light unto nations'. The timing of this escalation is not without significance. It comes amid growing international concern with the situation in Syria. The Netanyahu government has decided to seize the opportunity to complete the Judaisation of Occupied Jerusalem. Despite several Security Council resolutions (476 and 478) declaring its 1980 Basic Law 'null and void', the Israeli parliament recently started discussions to amend the law to make Jerusalem the capital of all Jewish people wherever they be. Al-Aqsa Mosque, however, remains a major obstacle toward this symbolic objective. It has always been the heart of the holy city of Jerusalem. Netanyahu and his extremist coalition government hopes that by provoking confrontation and creating disorder, it will have a pretext to impose order and a division of the mosque, as Israel has done over the years at the Mosque of Abraham in Hebron, and restrict access even further for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligations and worship.

As is usually the case, Israel's Western allies, Britain included, remain in thrall to the pro-Israel Lobby and indifferent to its outrages. Eight months ago, the Cameron government prevented Sheikh Raed Salah from completing a speaking tour in the United Kingdom on the pretext that the issue of Al-Aqsa was 'sensitive' and Salah's discourse was likely to create community tensions. When challenged in court, the Home Secretary claimed that Mr. Salah's warnings about Israel's ulterior motives towards Al-Aqsa Mosque were untrue. After this week's public calls by Jewish settlers' leaders for material help to destroy the mosque, it would be interesting to hear what Theresa May has to say now. Putting aside the motives, it is now evident that the future of Al-Aqsa Mosque has become one of the central issues of the conflict in Palestine. For decades, Israelis asserted there was no religious dimension to the conflict in the Holy Land; that it is only about politics. By attacking Al-Aqsa Mosque in the manner that they have, the Israelis have committed a fateful blunder from which they will emerge the losers. There is only one Al-Aqsa. It may be in Palestine but it does not belong to the Palestinians. Nor does it not belong to the 300 million Arabs. It is the sanctuary of 1.4 billion Muslims the world over.

Thus, when a Palestinian leader delivers a Friday sermon in Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, as Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh did this week, and women stand side-by-side with their menfolk at the doors of Al-Aqsa to defend its sanctity, it means that something fundamental has changed in the dynamics of the conflict. The troika masquerading as a democratic government in Israel, led by the triad of Netanyahu, Lieberman and Barak, may continue to deny this but it is only a matter of time before they realise the folly of their racist policies and see the inevitably devastating results. Israel has indeed committed a fateful blunder.


Human Rights 206 – Human Rights and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

MID-TERM TEST 1 - Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, 26 February 2012

1. The first key Zionist who helped establish political Zionist Jewish
communities in Palestine was:
A) David Ben Gurion
B) Edmond de Rothschild
C) Theodore Hertz
D) Leon Pinsker
E) Alfred Dreyfus

2. The Philistines/Filistu/Palestine were first mentioned in
documents/authenticated records:
A) >3000 years ago
B) At the time of Jesus
C) By Aristotle
D) By Roman rulers
E) By Arab travellers in the 6th century AD

3. The first uprising in Palestine against the political Zionist project
was in the year:
A) 1881
B) 1921
C) 1929
D) 1936
E) 1987

4. The first use of armed resistance in Palestine against the Zionist
project and/or its sponsors was in:
A) 1920-1925
B) 1930s
C) 1948
D) 1960s
E) 1970s

5. Martin Buber, Judas Magnes, and Albert Einstein were all
A) Political Zionists
B) Cultural or Religious Zionists
C) Self-hating Jews
D) Israeli academics
E) Supporters of the political Zionist leadership in Palestine

6. The early Canaanites included all these groups except
A) Phoenicians
B) Philistines
C) Nebateans
D) Babylonians
E) Jebusites

7. The total population of Palestine (Christians, Muslims, and Jews) in
1917 was closest to:
A) 700,000
B) 1.5 million
C) 3 million
D) 4 million
E) 5 million

8. The main hardships suffered by the remaining Palestinians inside the new
state of Israel in 1948 include all the following EXCEPT:
A) They were subjected to martial law between 1948-1966
B) Many villages declared "unrecognised" receiving no government services
C) They had much of their remaining land taken from them
D) New discriminatory laws were introduced as well as pressures on school
E) They had no legal residency right in the new state of Israel

9. Israel's basic laws include all these laws that discriminate EXCEPT
A) Israeli law of return allowing any Jews to acquire citizenship while
denying it to Palestinian refugees
B) Land laws including absentee property law
C) Press laws
D) Knesset election laws to prevent anti-Zionists from running for election
E) National service laws that favour Jews who serve in the Army

10. Famous Palestinians from 1948 areas include all the following EXCEPT
A) Tawfiq Ziyad
B) Mahmoud Darwish
C) Azmi Bishara
D) Ghassan Kanafani
E) Sheikh Raed Salah

11. The first political organisation among 1948 Palestinians after the
foundation of the state of Israel on their lands came under which
ideological system:
A) Communist/socialist
B) Pan-Arab nationalist (Nasserite)
C) Islamist
D) Palestinian nationalist (local)
E) Arab Israeli centrist (local)

12. In 1974, Yasser Arafat addressed the United Nations for the first time.
These factors all likely played a role in his arrival at the UN for the
first time EXCEPT:
A) The PLOs 10-point programme of 1974 that allowed a change in international standing
B) The USA agreed to recognise the PLO after the PLO agreed to recognise
resolution 242 and 338
C) There was a change in geopolitical structure of the Middle East after
the October 1973 war (Egypt and Syria versus Israel)
D) The Arab summit had declared the PLO the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians
E) Popular struggle and armed resistance ensured prominence of the
Palestinian cause

13. All of these are recognised key unique Palestinian dates for which
Palestinians hold commemorations EXCEPT:
A) Nakba Day (15 May 1948)
B) Deir Yassin (7 April 1948)
C) Labour Day (1 May 1948)
D) Naksa Day (6 June 1967)
E) Land Day (30 March 1976)

14. All of these actions were forms of non-violent popular resistance in
the 1920s in Palestine EXCEPT
A) Demonstrations
B) Petitions
C) Boycotts
D) Strikes and Economic disruptions
E) Defacing the British issued currency

15. All of these are characteristics of the UN Partition plan of 1947 EXCEPT
A) It allocated more lands for the "Jewish state" than the "Arab State"
B) It had provisions for removal of villages to make the two countries more
C) It was issued when Palestine had 2/3rd of its population Christian and
Muslim (1/3rd Jewish)
D) It proposed internationalising Jerusalem area
E) It was adopted after much pressure from the USA administration
(President Harry Truman)

16. The Palestinian Refugee rights (and/or refugee rights in general) are
recognised in all these documents except
A) UN General Assembly Resolution 194
B) Universal Declaration of Human Rights
C) Hague and Geneva Conventions
D) UN Security Council Resolution 242
E) The Oslo accords

17. What was on the minds of refugees immediately after their expulsion
from Palestine?
A) Survival (food and shelter)
B) Getting back home
C) Political organisation
D) A and B
E) A, B, and C

18. Today the largest numbers of Palestinians in the world are where?
A) In historic Palestine
B) In Jordan
C) In Lebanon
D) In Syria
E) In South America

19. Every date in our history (even tragedies) had both positive aspects or
outcomes and negative. Please mention one negative and one positive aspect for each of those events. Try not to include the obvious – a massacre
obviously has people killed so that is negative. I am looking for thoughtful informed answers that show you were reading, listening, and analysing.
A) The 1936-1939 uprising

B) The Naksa of 1967

C) The 1982 Sabra and Shatila Massacre

20. Give the Palestinian versus the Israeli Zionist positions on these topics (argue the case from each perspective) and what does international law say about it
A) On the right of Palestinian refugees to return
Palestinian position
Israeli Zionist position
International law position

B) On Israel as "a Jewish state"
Palestinian position
Israeli Zionist position
International law position

21. The transition from Ottoman Rule to British rule in Palestine after the end of World War 1 was a dramatic shift for the Palestinian society.
Mention at least four such changes that impacted life negatively for the
Palestinian natives. (A sentence or two on each)

22. List at least three possible contributing factors or hypotheses to
explain why the British government decided to issue the Balfour Declaration
2 November 1917.

23. I do not expect you to have memorised PLO charter articles but can you
state two points to prove the thesis/theory that the text of the PLO
charter was highly influenced by the politics and narrative of exile
(having been written by those in exile!).

Bonus 1: What was the impact of the Oslo accords (1993) on the Palestinians inside the Green line (1948 areas)?

Bonus 2: The Balfour declaration said that while it supports "a national
home for the Jewish people in Palestine" it should be understood that
"nothing will be done to jeopardise the civil and religious rights of the
non-Jewish communities in Palestine". Why did Palestinians complain about
this language?


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