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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

(Compiled by Leslie Bravery, Palestine Human Rights Campaign POB 56150, Dominion Rd, Auckland, New Zealand

24 hours to 8am 17 April 2012 [Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG).]

Israeli Army and Occupation settlers: relentless agricultural and economic sabotage

Injury as Gaza farms come under Israeli Army fire

Settler mob beats up and hospitalises West Bank villager

Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in refugee camp and 5 towns and villages

1 attack – 16 raids including home invasions – 1 beaten – 2 injured

6 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage – 6 taken prisoner – 10 detained – 103 restrictions of movement

Home invasions & occupations: 21:00, Qalqilya - 00:15-01:55, the Balata refugee camp - 10:20, Beit Ummar.

Peace disruption raids: 14:30, Beitin - 22:40, Hadad Al-Siyahiya - 01:05, Al-Far’a - 18:45, Jit - 20:00, Hajja - 22:50, Kafr Qaddum - 10:50, Beita - 13:00, Orif - 13:50, Asira Al-Qibliya - 01:30, Tel - 12:15, Al-Oja - 10:00, Dura - 14:20, Hebron.

Palestinian attacks: none

Israeli attack – injury: Khan Yunis – morning, one person was wounded when Israeli Army positions behind the Green Line opened fire on farms in Khaza’a.

Agricultural sabotage - destruction: Salfit – 08:00, the Israeli Army destroyed three greenhouses, four wells and two farm buildings in Kafr Al-Dik while threatening, for over four hours, shocked villagers who tried to defend their property.

Agricultural sabotage: Salfit – 13:20, the Israeli Army bulldozed farmland and uprooted olive trees and almond trees.

Agricultural sabotage - destruction: Hebron – 08:00, the Israeli Army destroyed wells and other property between the villages of Al-Hajra and Turmat.

Agricultural sabotage - destruction: Hebron – 12:30, the Israeli Army destroyed wells on land south of the city.

Home invasions – surveillance cameras: Qalqilya – 21:00, the Israeli Army raided the town, invaded three homes and viewed surveillance camera recordings of the house.

Home invasion and occupation: Nablus – 00:15-01:55, Israeli troops, firing tear gas and stun grenades, raided the Balata refugee camp and occupied the roof of a house.

Raid – intimidation: Qalqilya – 18:45, Occupation troops raided Jit village, surveyed the area and detained Abdallah Ali, as he was farming his land.

Occupation settler agricultural sabotage: Ramallah – 13:25, a Zionist mob invaded land in Beit Illo village and uprooted 250 olive trees.

Occupation settler agricultural sabotage: Ramallah – 16:20, a gang of Israelis invaded farmland in Ein Al-Ma, Dura Al-Qari village.

Occupation beating – hospitalisation: Nablus – 23:30, settler militants beat up and hospitalised a Deir Sharaf resident, Ayman Hijja.

Occupation settlement expansion: Hebron – 09:50, Zionist militants camped out on agricultural land in eastern Yatta.

Recent news updates:

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Palestinian organisations call for action against G4S over role in Israeli gaols

Submitted by Michael Deas

As political prisoners began a mass hunger strike and Prisoners' Day was marked with demonstrations in Palestine and around the world, Palestinian organisations today called for action to be taken against G4S, the British-Danish security corporation that is contracted to provide security equipment to Israeli prisons at which Palestinian political prisoners are held.

A statement signed by 12 Palestinian organisations, including Addameer, DCI Palestine and the Palestinian BDS National Committee, said: G4S is the British-Danish security company whose Israeli subsidiary signed a contract in 2007 with the Israeli Prison Authority to provide security systems for major Israeli prisons. G4S provided systems for the Ketziot and Megiddo Prisons, which hold Palestinian political prisoners from occupied Palestinian territory inside Israel in contravention of international law. The company also provided equipment for Ofer Prison, located in the occupied West Bank, and for Kishon and Moskobiyyeh detention facilities, at which human rights organisations have documented systematic torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including child prisoners. G4S continues to provide equipment to Israeli prisons.

In light of the increasing campaign of civil disobedience from within the prisons, we demand accountability for all corporations that both enable and directly profit from Israel’s continued violations of Palestinian prisoners’ rights being committed with impunity. Amid hunger strikes and the highly publicised prisoner exchange deal in October, Palestinian prisoners’ issues have gained recent attention in international spheres. However, despite this increased focus and the criticisms of these practices by United Nations bodies, there has been no institutional changes made by Israel in regard to the human rights violations being committed against Palestinian political prisoners and detainees. In an attempt to counter Israel’s unwillingness to change its policies and the lack of accountability for its countless human rights violations, alternative measures such as preventing participation by companies such as the G4S proves to be one of the few remaining effective steps towards pressuring Israel to comply with international law. It is time overdue to break this chain of international complicity.

The statement also welcomed the news that the European Union has decided not to renew a contract with G4S following a campaign by members of the European Parliament and Palestine solidarity organisations that counted former EU Parliament President Jerzy Buzek among its supporters. G4S had provided security services to the European Parliament buildings since 2008.

Activists and local politicians in Malmo in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark are currently working to pressure local authorities not to renew lucrative contracts with the company, and similar campaigns are being planned elsewhere in Europe. In October 2011, the Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA) passed a motion blocking its contract with G4S.

As well as for its support for Israeli Apartheid, G4S has also come under fire from campaign groups for its abuse of workers rights in countries across the world and its controversial role in the UK asylum and deportation system. Refused Angolan asylum seeker Jimmy Mubenga died after being “restrained” by G4S guards during a deportation flight in October 2010. Palestine solidarity activists subsequently joined members of the Justice for Jimmy Mubenga campaign outside a G4S shareholders’ meeting London.


Facing the reality of discrimination

Barghouti to US Jews: I know you don’t like the word apartheid, but what do you call a system that gives a settler 50 times more water than a Palestinian?

On March 26, at the J Street conference in Washington, DC, Palestinian leader Mustafa Barghouti described apartheid in Palestine to a largely-Jewish audience. As he spoke, you could have heard a pin drop in a room jammed with 500 people hearing about the one-state option. His comments have resonated in the weeks since. It is a marvel, and a tragedy, that this description of Palestinian conditions has not been published in America. Here is a substantial portion of his remarks. Halfway down is his description of apartheid and segregation. At the end is his explanation of why non-violent resistance and international solidarity are the Palestinians' only weapon today.

Let me remind you that back in the '40s, the Palestinians wanted a one-state solution. It was under lots of Israeli pressure and international pressure that the Palestinian national movement decided in 1988 to accept a compromise, and that compromise was, two state solution. When we agreed on that, we accepted to have a state in 22 per cent of the land of historic Palestine instead of 44 per cent, which we should have had according to the Partition plan of 47. So this was a very painful compromise.

During the last 30 years maybe, or 25 years, what we’ve witnessed is a process where Israeli governments have been ... compromising the compromise. And that’s why we find ourselves in a very difficult position today. To many Palestinians, after signing the Oslo agreement, today they feel that they have discovered that they were living in an act of deceit. That the two states option was not really meant to produce a two states option but to produce a system of segregation and apartheid. The main factor that is destroying the two states option has always been there, which was the continuation of settlement activity. If Palestinians have made a mistake, their biggest mistake was to agree to sign an agreement in Oslo without insisting first on freezing all settlement activity. This was a mistake and should not have been done. [Applause.]

Today to ask Palestinians to go back to the table of negotiations again while settlements continue to happen is like asking two people to sit down around a table, negotiate over a piece of cheese, and one side is stuck behind bars and walls, that is the Palestinian side, and the other side is eating the cheese. At the end of the day there will be nothing left to negotiate about, that is the reality. In one way or another, their Israeli government, their United States government, their majority of people in this game – are putting in the hands of the settlements the right to decide the future. That is the problem. With the continuation of settlements, the whole solution of two states becomes impossible. What we are witnessing today is a creation, or a consolidation to be precise, of a system of segregation and Bantustans. The proposals to Palestinians to stick together in what is called an interim solution in less than 37 per cent of the West Bank in the form of separate ghettos from each other – and having that as a solution. Some people might not like the word apartheid, when we say that we live in a system of apartheid and segregation, and I understand why you wouldn’t like it. Because there is nothing to be proud about having a system of apartheid and segregation in the 21st century. But as Menachem [Klein] said, we actually live in that system. It’s one regime.

What is apartheid? Apartheid is a system where you have two laws, two different laws, for two people living in the same area. If you don’t like the word apartheid, give me an alternative to a situation where a Palestinian citizen is allowed to use no more than 50 cubic metres of water per year, while an Israeli illegal settler from the West Bank is allowed to use 2400. How would you classify a situation where the Israeli GDP per capita is about $30,000 while a Palestinian's GDP per capita is less than $1400?

Yet we are obliged to pay the same prices for products as Israelis do. More than that: We are obliged to pay double the price for electricity and water that Israelis do though they make 30 times more than we do. Segregation of roads is another issue. This is the last place on earth, actually the first place on earth where people have been segregated with roads. I'm talking about roads in the West Bank, major roads are exclusive to Israeli settlers or army or Israeli citizens. I cannot describe to you to the level of violation of human rights.. we’ve left to see Israeli Army using dogs against our non-violent protesters in the most vicious way. Which reminds us of what happened during the Segregation system here in the United States.

So the problem is very clear. Of course it is either two states or one state. But the reality is, What we are witnessing today with the passage of time is that people will be [left] with two alternatives. Either it’s a segregation apartheid system, or one democratic state system,. This is the choice we will all face unless some kind of a miracle happens and I don’t know what that miracle is. The two-state solution will not happen because the balance of power is so skewed in the interest of one side. That’s why were opting today for non-violent resistance and opting for a strong international solidarity movement, because we want to change the balance of power. When do we decide that the two state-solution is over? What is the time point at which we both decide that it is over and say, two-state solution cannot work any more? I don’t know. Maybe we’ve crossed the line already. Maybe we’re about to cross it. But the fact that you're having this discussion at this conference this day in DC is an indicator that we have either crossed the line or are about to cross it.

Second, There is no way you can have a Jewish democratic state and keep occupation and oppression of another people. [applause] It’s impossible. We cannot have this operation. Not only because from a moral point of view it is inconsistent with your history and Jewish tradition, but because we as Palestinians, as people, will never accept to remain slaves of occupation. That has to be understood.

...If the two-state option is dead, please understand me, this time it will not be Palestinian responsibility. As many of you would say, the Palestinians were responsible in 1947 for not having the two-state option. This time it is an Israeli responsibility and no one can avoid that.

Philip Weiss


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