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IOP Report {3} - March 2012 Print
Monday, 19 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

Twenty-four Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/3524-twenty-four-palestinian-are-on-hunger-strike

Israeli forces attack protesters – head and other injuries. http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=468565

Group demands lifting restrictions on Palestinian mobility. Around 300 international non-governmental organisations signed an appeal on Wednesday, demanding the lifting of Israeli restrictions on Palestinian mobility in the Occupied West Bank. The plea was submitted in a seminar on Israeli violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory hosted by the United Nations Human Rights Council. Euro-Mid (Euromid Observer for Human Rights) regional director, Amani al-Sinwar, gave a detailed presentation of Israel's main violations during its latest offensive in the Gaza Strip, and the unjustified restrictions Israel imposes on Palestinians in the Occupied territories. http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=19298

PCHR weekly report March 8-14: “24 Palestinians killed, 74 wounded”. The PCHR said that, after Israel started its most recent aggression against the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Army carried out 36 air strikes and fired 43 missiles into the coastal region, killing 24 Palestinians, including one child, a woman and two elderly men ... The PCHR further stated that 74 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire and shells in the reported period, and that 59 of the casualties, including 16 children and 7 women, were civilians. The arbitrary Israeli bombardment in Gaza led to the destruction of at least 32 Palestinian homes, in addition to a school, a workshop and a centre that belongs to the Red Crescent Society ... Soldiers also kidnapped 11 Palestinians, including two children, in the West Bank, and carried out 56 invasions into Palestinian cities, villages, towns and refugee camps. Three Palestinians, including a child, were kidnapped by the Army at military roadblocks in the West Bank. http://www.imemc.org/article/63166

Video: Israeli soldiers set an attack dog on protesters in Quffer Qaddum. Soon after the demonstration began, clashes between Israeli Border Police officers, who shot tear-gas grenades and rubber-coated bullets, and local youth who threw stones at the forces, developed. Roughly 15 minutes later - in a scene that seemed as if it was taking place in the American South of the 1960s - Border Police officers decided to set a dog on demonstrators standing several dozens of metres away. The dog chased after the protesters, biting and locking its jaws on the arm of one of them - Ahmad Shtawi. For long minutes, the dog would not release its hold on the bleeding arm, even after its handler arrived at the scene and tried to order it to do so. The Border Police officers then arrested Shtawi, despite the fact he was in obvious need of medical attention.
http://popularstruggle.org/content/israeli-soldiers-sic-attack-dog-protesters-qufer-qaddoum

Casualties of the last attacks on Gaza: Visit to Shifa Hospital. This morning we went to pay a visit to the wounded at the Shifa Hospital. Most of them have fractures and burns ... Moath Nofal Abo El-Eash, 20: On Monday around 1:30am, two missiles hit Jabalya refugee camp, north of Gaza City. The first attack was carried out by a drone. The missile hit the Hammad family home. More than 30 people have been injured, including 21 children. The house has been completely destroyed and others have been damaged. Abo El- Eash’s house was close to that of the Hammad family. Moath had heard the explosions, and his neighbours asked him to go out to try to save Hammad’s family. As soon as he left his home an F-16 launched another missile. Moath has injuries from burns all over his body, particularly on his face and splinters in several parts of his body. I asked him if he felt like telling a message to the world after what had happened to him. Moath replied, "My image is enough to tell the world." Before saying goodbye, he told us that the weapons used are American. http://palsolidarity.org/2012/03/casualties-of-the-last-attacks-on-gaza-visit-to-shifa-hospital/
Israeli aircraft open fire, west of Gaza City. Israeli helicopters opened fire on farmland in the Sheikh Ajlen area, west of Gaza City, late on Thursday, witnesses said. http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=468431

Occupation sea and air forces break ceasefire in Gaza. Israeli Occupation forces on Thursday evening shelled the city of Gaza from the air and sea. Israeli Occupation gun-boats opened machine-gunfire on the Sheikh Ajleen neighbourhood of Gaza City. In the meantime, Israeli helicopters machine-gunned eastern districts of Gaza City. palestineinfo

Eight injured, one seriously, as Israeli troops attack West Bank anti-wall protests. Protests were organised in the central West Bank villages of Bil'in, Ni'lin and al Nabi Saleh. Eight protesters, including one international supporter, were injured by Israeli fire in the village of al Nabi Saleh. The international activist was seriously injured when she was hit by many rubber-coated bullets. http://www.imemc.org/article/63167

Mother with baby taken prisoner while crossing checkpoint in Hebron. Israeli soldiers manning a checkpoint at Shuhada Street, in the Old City of Hebron on Thursday took prisoner the 28-year-old Palestinian woman when she tried to cross the checkpoint with her three-year-old child. The soldiers claimed that she had tried to attack them. http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=19299

Palestinian prisoners ask Israeli court to halt DNA tests. The Palestinian Authority has asked Israel’s highest court to halt the forcible taking of DNA samples from Palestinian prisoners. "We petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court yesterday against the humiliating treatment of our prisoners," Prisoner Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqaa told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah. He said that at Shita Prison in northern Israel, which holds mainly Palestinian security prisoners, inmates were forcibly restrained while samples of hair were taken and their mouths swabbed. http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/16/201027.html

Israeli budget reinforces discrimination against 1948 Palestinians. In 2007, the Israeli Prime Minister’s office established the Authority for the Economic Development of the Minority Sector with the goal to improve minorities’ economic activity. In 2010, on the eve of Israel’s admittance into the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Israeli politicians ramped up their lip service to close the gap between the Arab and Jewish sectors. Citing the negative impact a low-performing minority sector has on the overall Israeli economy, politicians promised to make economic equality a priority. Yet nearly two years later, the Palestinian community within the 1948 borders – 20 per cent of the national population – is still only allotted 6.25 per cent of the 2012 state budget. http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/israeli-budget-reinforces-discrimination-against-1948-palestinians

Treasure trove of rare plants found in Hebron Hills. A new survey shows that agricultural practices followed for centuries around Palestinian villages in the southern Hebron Hills have helped to sustain a rich variety of rare plants. Without this agriculture it is not certain these species would have survived. In extensive parts of the area where the survey was conducted, traditional Palestinian agriculture is practised. This is based on harvesting by hand, shallow ploughing and limited use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers. Many of the rare species are annuals that accompany the sown fields. The life cycle of these plants is identical to the cycle of agricultural cultivation. http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/features/treasure-trove-of-rare-plants-found-in-israel-s-hebron-hills-1.418752

Administrative detention: Israel's way of bypassing justice. Tens of thousands of Palestinians and their families have suffered from the humiliation brought on by a single law, one that Israel uses to gaol people without charge. The British were not content with their calamitous Balfour Declaration which led to the Palestinian catastrophe. They went further, introducing unfair laws in Palestine that Israel makes use of to this day. One of these is “administrative detention,” which allows for the detention of Palestinians for up to six months without charge. The detention period can be repeatedly renewed, thus circumventing due process. http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/administrative-detention-israel%E2%80%99s-way-bypassing-justice
Sorry, gentlemen, but you're no Roosevelt and Churchill

Cameron and Obama absurd posing as champions of human rights. On Tuesday, Mr Cameron and Mr Obama wrote a joint article for the Washington Post in which they asserted that they were “building the institutions that under-gird international peace and security”. The United States does not even belong to the International Criminal Court, which brings war criminals to justice, on the realistic grounds that it fears its own generals being held accountable for their atrocities…The two leaders claimed to be on the side of “brave citizens across the Middle East and North Africa who are demanding their universal rights”. This is partly true. Britain and the US have not stood in the way of the Arab Spring, or at any rate not as much as all that. Nevertheless, the claim that we are on the side of human rights would come as news to the brave protesters in Bahrain, or the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, or the prisoners held for a decade without trial in Guantánamo. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9143417/Sorry-gentlemen-but-youre-no-Roosevelt-and-Churchill.html

Israel's policies toward its Palestinian minority.

Part 1: Love in a Troubled Land : http://prospect.org/article/love-troubled-land

Part 2: Tinderbox in Israel : http://prospect.org/article/tinderbox-israel

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It's not just about Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip

Separating the blockade of the Gaza Strip from the totality of Israel's crimes against Palestinian human rights plays into Zionism's hands. Palestine is already partitioned and divided in the interests of Israel's territorial ambitions. The success of the Zionist project depends equally upon the processes of Occupation, annexation and blockade. These are the techniques employed by an ideology whose final goal is that most repugnant of all social divisions – ethnic exclusivity. Let's not help to divide Palestine any more than the Zionists already have. The article below points the way to united action and an end to separation. – LB

The Right of Return is a central demand of the Palestinian liberation movement

PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity) # 579 March 16, 2012

As reported recently, Norman Finkelstein absurdly calls the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against apartheid Israel a "cult," and admonishes Palestinians to limit their struggle to the "two-state solution". Finkelstein’s attack on the BDS movement is not, as some of his critics have suggested, merely an indication of personal demoralisation, faulty legal analysis, or political short-sightedness. Rather, it reflects a stubborn attempt to rationalise his rejection of Palestinian demands, especially full equality and refugee rights that challenge the legitimacy of a "Jewish state."

Despite his ferocious criticism of the 45-year-long Occupation, Finkelstein has long represented those non-Palestinians in the solidarity movement who see the "two-state solution" as necessary to ensure Israel’s survival as a "Jewish state," a means of reconciling their altruism with their political comfort zone. Not only is this unjust on its own terms, but it places Finkelstein squarely at odds with a grass roots Palestinian movement demanding an end to all the apartheid structures without which the "Jewish state" could not exist. Finkelstein denounces those BDS demands as a "clever" attempt to hide their anti-Zionist logic. But the real problem is that he and his allies often become alienated, if not hostile, when called upon to acknowledge — much less confront — more than a century of Zionist colonialism, particularly the ethnic cleansing of 1948 (the Nakba).

Finkelstein’s interview is an important opportunity, particularly for those of us who are Jewish, to affirm our unequivocal support for those rights. This both undermines false charges that BDS is anti-Semitic, and promotes a broad-based, international movement committed to ending not only the Occupation, but the entire apparatus of colonialism and apartheid throughout historic Palestine. Finkelstein, who has courageously exposed Zionist hypocrisy in the past, will possibly be convinced to support the BDS campaign’s comprehensive demands, or at least refrain from undermining those who do.

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Adapted from "Transforming Finkelstein BDS attack into opportunity", written by David Letwin and published on line on 28 February 2012 by The Electronic Intifada. David Letwin is a Palestine solidarity activist. Full text on line at: http://electronicintifada.net/content/transforming-finkelstein-bds-attack-opportunity/11008

Distributed by PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity) WWW.PAJUMONTREAL.ORG

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BDS trial in Bobigny : the state prosecutor demands a prison sentence to set an example!

English translation by Stephane

The many activists (some 200 inside and outside the tribunal -- see the video http://www.europalestine.com/spip.php?article6989) who had taken the day off work to come and support the four BDS activists Maha, Olivia, Mohammed and Ulrich, at Bobigny magistrates court on 15 March 2012, who are accused of racist discrimination and incitement to hatred and violence, for having participated in or having posted on their website boycott actions against the Israeli occupation, were not to be disappointed!

During this marathon trial which lasted from 10 am to midnight, which was requested by the government and commandeered by the Israeli lobby, we witnessed hours and hours of lies spouted out by the five plaintiff lawyers, considering themselves on home ground. Unable to produce the documents purporting to confirm their assertions, distorting statements and texts, inventing non-existent newspaper articles: what a show! They remained incapable of demonstrating that French law prohibits the citizen boycott of a State, as argued by our lawyers, Dominique Cochain, Antoine Comte and Gilles Devers.

As if that wasn’t enough, the prosecutor went on to explain that the Minister for Justice, Michele Alliot Marie, had issued a circular asking him to condemn us “with serenity and independence", but omitted to say that she had announced this decision at the CRIF (Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France) gala evening, (even though she had said earlier in Parliament that our boycott actions in supermarkets did not constitute offences). And after telling us how much he respected our cause, our freedom of conscience and our ideas, he asked the court to pronounce exemplary sentences against us, in order to prevent us from continuing to defend that same cause: fines of between 1000 and 2000 euros for Mohamed, Maha and Ulrich ... and a three to four months suspended prison sentence against Olivia Zémor, explaining that getting rid of the leader, we would have peace at last.

The French government, the only one in the world to demand the punishment of those engaged in non-violent actions to stop the criminal policies of Israel, does it really believe that these dictatorial methods will stop the international boycott movement, while the Israeli Occupation continues its colonisation and atrocities?

While the bombing of Gaza continues and Hana Shalabi is in her 28th day of hunger strike to protest against arbitrary imprisonment, torture and humiliation inflicted on the Palestinians resisting the Occupation? In our humble opinion, the French government is mistaken !

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In the meantime, rendezvous Friday March 23 at the court of Pontoise (3 rue Victor-Hugo, access by SNCF Pontoise station) from 12am to support 7 BDS activists charged with having called for the boycott of Israeli products while staging a mock trial inside the Carrefour supermarket in Montigny, a suburb north-east of Paris (95).

All the best, capjpo-europalestine

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Palestinian Resistance

Ali Kazak's newsletter Today in Palestine contains many news summaries that include both armed and non-violent methods of resistance to the Occupation. The newsletter also contains much other useful reporting. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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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