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IOP Report {1} - March 2012 Print
Sunday, 11 March 2012

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

Two people killed in second Israeli air strike.

Five children abducted in dawn raid on Silwan. A huge force of Israeli troops stormed Silwan on the morning of 5 March, abducting five minors: Islam Ahmad Awar (17), Shadad Muhammad Awar (12), Suhayb Arafat Awar (13) , Elyas Khader Awar (14) and Ahmad Salah Awar (14).

Some 100 rockets hit Israel since Friday, no injuries or damage reported.,7340,L-4200794,00.html

Israeli forces attack Palestinian funeral in Gaza – four injured. The injured were mourners at a funeral for some of those killed during earlier Israeli air strikes.,7340,L-4200879,00.html

16 Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza. At least three Palestinians have been killed and three others injured in a new Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip, Press TV reports. The latest attack comes as 13 Palestinians were also killed overnight in Israeli aerial and land attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip, which the Israeli Army has confirmed. In the first attack on Friday, missiles fired from an Israeli drone struck a car in the Tel El-Hawa neighbourhood, west of Gaza City, killing both passengers and severely injuring another person. In addition, at least four other Palestinians were killed and over 20 injured when Israeli tanks shelled areas in the west and north of Gaza. Israeli warplanes and ground forces have been attacking Gaza since the end of Israel's December 2008-January 2009 Cast Lead offensive. Most of the victims of these attacks are civilians, including women and children.

Air strikes kill 3 people in Gaza.

Israeli incursion into Lebanon. The incursion coincided with further Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace.

Jerusalem: graffiti targets Arabs and Christians. Vandals scrawled anti-Arab and anti-Christian slogans in Hebrew on a monastery compound and a school in Jerusalem.

Israeli Army threatens Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) observers in Hebron. Christian Peacemaker Teams have been threatened with arrest and death by the Israeli Army’s Golani Brigade since publication of the CPT report, Under Attack: Golani Brigade's war on the Palestinian population of Al-Khalil (Hebron). The report documents the recent escalation of human rights abuses in Al Khalil.

House demolition orders: Israeli Occupation forces invaded the Janba and Bir Al-Ad villages south of Al-Khalil city while delivering the demolition orders. palestineinfo

Agricultural sabotage: Israeli troops invade Northern Gaza and bulldoze crops. palestine-info

Occupation settlers uproot and seize 100 olive trees.\

Death: Israeli soldiers shoot and kill Palestinian man near Hebron.

Hana al-Shalabi: 20 days of hunger strike while world looks away from Israel's abuses. Ali Abunimah.
While almost the entire US Congress genuflected to Israel and its supposed “democracy” at the annual AIPAC convention in Washington this week, victims of Israel’s political repression, including Hana al-Shalabi who is on day 20 of her hunger strike, languished in its prisons, ignored by world news media.

Abduction: Israeli soldiers abduct 13-year-old boy from Nablus. Muhammad al-Tanji Abu Thira was taken to Majedo Prison in Israel, his mother, Latifa, told Ma'an. Latifa is a former prisoner who was freed in the October prisoner exchange.

British people plan to mark Palestinian Land Day. On 11 March 1976 Israel published its plan to confiscate Palestinian land for illegal settlements and military training camps. Palestinian activists called for protests and people took part in demonstrations. Israeli forces killed at least six people and wounded over 100. Hundreds of Palestinians were also arrested. The rally outside the Israeli Embassy in London is quite symbolic – it was the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour's notorious 'declaration' in 1917 that paved the way for the imposition of the Zionist state.

People of the world unite to liberate Jerusalem. Noura Khouri / A two-day conference of the international committee for the “Global March to Jerusalem” in Amman concluded last week – with member committees, representing more than 60 countries present. The head of the Jordanian committee taking part in the meeting, Abdullah Obeidat, said that “trade unions and opposition parties decided to support the march and participate in defence of the holy city and Palestinian families in the occupied territories.”

India joins Global March to Jerusalem, 30 March 2012. “Freedom for Palestine” - “Boycott Israel” - “This Year in Jerusalem”. The GMJ-India ( convoy finally set off towards Jerusalem from Rajghat. The commitment to the Palestinians embodied the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Ram Manohar Lohia and Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar and it was hoped that the movement would serve to create awareness about the Palestinian cause ,both in India and across the world. The Indian convoy will cross over to Pakistan across the Wagah border on March 10. The convoy, which has been organised by the Asian Peoples’ Solidarity for Palestine (APSP), will then travel to Iran, Turkey and then by ship to Beirut. Finally, on March 30, with hundreds of thousands of people and delegations from the majority of the world's nations, they will march to the borders of Palestine, demanding an end to the Judaisation of Jerusalem and Freedom for Palestine.

Gaza Hospitals running out of medical supplies.

The Global March to Jerusalem. On Friday 30 March 2012 – Land Day – people from around the world will come together to march towards Jerusalem. Marches will take place in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt. The Global March to Jerusalem is a peaceful movement to assert the importance of Jerusalem, politically, culturally and religiously, to the Palestinian people and humanity as a whole. The Global March to Jerusalem is calling for freedom for Jerusalem and its people, to end Israeli policies of apartheid and ethnic cleansing. Join us in solidarity with their peaceful protest:

London Protest in Solidarity Global March to Jerusalem Friday 30 March 2012

Opposite the Israeli Embassy London, 2 Palace Green, High Street Kensington, W8 4QB.

Nearest Tube: High Street Kensington

Facebook: GlobalMarchToJerusalemUK


Occupy AIPAC confronts Bibi Netanyahu's insane push for war with Iran

4 March 2012 Activists gathered in Washington, DC to try to "disrupt business as usual."

Palestinian flags flew high while Arabic music blared and young Palestinian women wearing kaffiyeh scarves danced in a circle. Mock settlements were lined up in front of a group of activists, while the anti-war group CodePink gathered on the steps of the Washington Convention Center holding signs that spelled out “No US Tax $ For Israel.” Activists chanted “Free, free Palestine,” and signs held high decried the assassinations of Iranian scientists and a potential US or Israeli war on Iran. A large banner was unfurled in the back that read, “Occupy AIPAC.”

This was the scene on March 4, Occupy AIPAC's main day of action. Hundreds of activists had begun to arrive the day before for the counter-summit, organised by CodePink, challenging the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the centre of gravity of the Israel lobby. “I’m back in DC, here with Occupy AIPAC...because I think it’s really important we put pressure on AIPAC to let them know that we don’t agree with their buying off of Congress for the state of Israel,” Ann Wright, a former US colonel who resigned from her State Department post in protest against the Iraq war in 2003, told AlterNet. AIPAC's annual conference kicked off that day, and the hundreds of anti-AIPAC demonstrators massed outside the Washington Convention Center were determined to have their message heard. Police officers and private security kept the convention centre closed to most of the protesters. Still, a number of disruptions of the AIPAC conference occurred as a small number of activists who managed to get inside “mic checked” Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, and interrupted a session about “defending Israel” on college campuses.

An impassioned speech by Ashira Hakan, an activist from Palestine who had just arrived in DC, tried to bring the reality of Occupied Palestine home to the AIPAC conference. She explained how Mustafa Tamimi, a 28-year-old Palestinian, was killed by Israeli soldiers in the village of Nabi Saleh, and how Palestinian children were terrorised by night raids. “Look at the faces of the children,” she implored, referencing YouTube videos of the raids. Earlier, Occupy AIPAC protesters gathered on both sides of the street where President Obama's motorcade was due to emerge. When the motorcade passed, protesters chanted and held up huge “No War on Iran” signs. “AIPAC is pushing Congress, and trying to push the administration, toward war with Iran,” explained Robert Naiman, policy director for Just Foreign Policy. “The thing we want to get across is that it's time for a change in US policy towards the Middle East away from war and towards resolving problems through diplomacy.”

But a much different message about US policy in the Middle East was being conveyed inside the halls of the convention centre. The rhetoric emanating from AIPAC, whose annual conference draws thousands of activists and hundreds of elected officials from across the political spectrum, was decidedly hawkish, and it was all about Iran. Iran war fever officially washed over DC last weekend. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on March 5 captured the hysterical tone of the Israel lobby's confab. To thunderous applause, Netanyahu, the head of the right-wing Likud Party, delivered remarks to a room that included more than half the members of Congress. The American-educated leader followed a familiar script. “A nuclear-armed Iran must be stopped,” Netanyahu warned. “We’ve waited for diplomacy to work. We’ve waited for sanctions to work. None of us can afford to wait much longer,” he said, hinting at future military action against Iran.


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