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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 19 April 2012 [Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG).]

Israeli troops detain 12-year-old shepherd

Night home invasions by Israeli troops firing stun grenades

Israeli Army destroys farm buildings – damages roads

Israeli Army issues demolition order on Jerusalem home

Israeli Army issues destruction orders on tent dwellings

Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in 11 towns and villages 25 raids including home invasions

3 acts of agricultural/pastoral sabotage

9 taken prisoner – 12 detained – 105 restrictions of movement

Home invasions & occupations: 17:50, Abu Qash - 02:20-07:10, Azzun - 01:00, Tel - 23:30, Husan - 02:30, Beit Ula, - dawn, Beit Ummar.

Peace disruption raids: 10:50, Ya’bad - 07:10, Kafr Qud - 11:30, Ibziq - 11:45, Al-Aqaba - 03:25, Tubas - 23:40-04:00, Tulkarem - 11:55, Al-Nabi Eliyas - 20:00, Kafr Qaddum - 13:00, Orif - 23:00, Jurish - 12:15, Iraq Burin - 18:45, Tur - 17:50, Jericho - 00:35-02:40, Taqou - 09:15, Kursiya - 10:40, Al-Thahiriyye - 01:00-03:20, Yatta - 01:10-03:00, Ithna - 03:10, Hebron.

Palestinian attacks: none

Home invasions: Qalqilya – 02:20-07:10, Israeli troops, firing stun grenades, raided Azzun, stormed two homes, and took one person prisoner.

Agricultural sabotage - destruction: Jerusalem – the Israeli Army destroyed 13 farm buildings belonging to Al-Jib villagers.

Agricultural sabotage: Nablus – 12:15, the Israeli Army took prisoner a farmer, Sa’id Foqiya, as he tried to farm his land in Iraq Burin.

Intimidation of a child – pastoral sabotage: Nablus – 18:45, Israeli soldiers detained a 12-year-old shepherd boy, Oday Mansour, near Tur village in Nablus.

Raid – destruction orders on dwellings: Tubas – 11:30, the Israeli Army raided Ibziq village and left destruction orders on tent dwellings.

Raid – destruction of infrastructure – vandalism: Tubas – 11:45, Occupation troops raided Al-Aqaba village, destroyed an Athletics Centre wall and bulldozed two roads.

House demolition order: Jerusalem – the Israeli Army issued a demolition on the home of a Palestinian resident, Mohammad Al-Joulanies.

Intimidation: Salfit – 16:40, Occupation troops manning the Atara checkpoint detained a Qalqilya resident, Yusef Bayda, and destroyed his Identification card. Note: loss of ID renders the victim liable to be seized and taken prisoner for lack of ID.

Recent news updates:

Medsin Global Health Conference 2012. The conference, entitled Conflicted: The War for Health, grappled with the causes of conflict, emergency humanitarian response and how to translate that response into effective sustainable development, all through the lens of global health. It consisted of four panel discussions and several break-out workshop sessions over the course of the two days. Aimee Shalan, MAP's new Director of Advocacy and Communications, ran a workshop with a group of 20 trainee doctors, giving an overview of MAP's approach in delivering health and medical care to those worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement. The session traced the history of MAP's work, from its establishment in the aftermath of the massacre at Sabra and Shatila, to the organisation's work in Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian territory today. Read More

First Palestinian family evicted from Beit Hanina. Housing project for 'idealistic Jewish couples' planned in East Jerusalem neighbourhood, says right-wing activist. An East Jerusalem Palestinian family was evicted from its home that a court ruled had been purchased by Jews in the 1970s. The eviction, carried out by the Bailiff's Office with police back-up, gave Jewish residents complete control of three homes in the Beit Hanina neighbourhood, paving the way for the first Jewish residential presence in the area.

Stockholm Airport bars Israeli airline's personal ethnic profiling. The Swedish Airport refuses to allow Israeli methods of security inspections dictated by Shin Bet, which include ethnic, personal profiling and extensive questioning. Arkia has to stop flying to Stockholm because the Swedish capital’s international airport now refuses to allow Israeli methods of security inspections dictated by the Shin Bet security service, TheMarker learned on Wednesday. Thus, Stockholm’s airport joined those in Malmo and in Copenhagen in refusing to allow Israeli security inspections, which involve ethnic and personal profiling, extensive questioning and selective inspections based on the perceived degree of risk to security.

Holocaust survivors struggling to make ends meet in Israel. Harriet Sherwood - The Guardian - But, now, in the last years of her life, Ros is ashamed. One of the 198,000 Holocaust survivors still alive in Israel, she is also one of the growing proportion who cannot make ends meet, who struggle with insufficient funds on a daily basis. Wiping a single tear with a shaking hand, she says: "For the first time, I don’t have enough money for food or clothes. I used to have pride, now I am ashamed."

United Methodist Church considers divestment. Next week starting on April 23, representatives from the United Methodist Church will gather in Tampa to participate in a historic vote on whether to divest from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. Rabbinical student and member of JVP’s Rabbinical Council, David Basior, asks us, “I hope you and everyone you know will join me now in asking them to vote 'yes' on divestment. By doing so, these church members will be taking a stand for Jews, a stand for Palestinians and a stand for Justice.

Britain's duty to the Palestinian people.


The Crisis of Zionism: undeterred by unavoidable realities

Joseph Dana – 20 April 2012:

On my first trip to the West Bank, I was struck with a strange sense of familiarity. I left my apartment in Jerusalem and set off driving south, passing Bethlehem on my left and Israeli settlement blocks on my right. Driving through the Occupied West Bank, I stopped at an Israeli petrol station, just like the ones in my neighbourhood. I stopped at an Israeli national grocery chain and was almost apprehended by Israeli traffic police for speeding as I rejoined the well-maintained road. Despite the fact that I was in the middle of Occupied Palestinian Territory, I felt as though I was still in Israel and, according to the Israeli legal system, I was.

On the surface, every sector of Israeli society, except religious settlers and the military establishment, understand the occupation to be an ephemeral security measure necessary only in the absence of a peace agreement with the Palestinians. Likewise, many in the international community, especially American Jews, believe that Israel is desperately working towards a two-state solution which will finally end Israel’s colonial project in the West Bank and Gaza. Yet, the reality on the ground is markedly different. Settlements continue to grow despite the attention they receive in the media. New immigrants from the United States, France and South Africa as well as Israelis from Tel Aviv pour into the steady supply of homes over the 1948 Green Line in search of a modest house with a garden at a reasonable price.

New settlers are only part of the Israeli mosaic in the West Bank. Israel’s economy is deeply entrenched beyond the Green Line. Recently, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Israeli companies could extract natural minerals from the rich land of the West Bank. The main water aquifers which supply thriving Tel Aviv and Haifa are found under the mountain top city settlement of Ariel. The captive economy of Palestine is a central and lucrative focal point for Israeli exports. Given this entrenchment of infrastructure, the cornerstone of Israeli society, the Army, is symbiotically connected to the West Bank. Israel’s famed conscription is maintained at such high levels, in part, to allow for a constant supply of soldiers needed to patrol the dark corners in between the hills of the West Bank.

Israel’s massive military industry, almost unrivalled throughout the world and known to provide the latest “combat tested” equipment, ranging from drones to tear gas canisters, uses the West Bank as a research and design laboratory. Without the West Bank and its hundreds of Palestinian villages, which double as elaborate training grounds, the industry would surely suffer.

The current Israeli parliament, controlled by an aggressive pro-Settler majority which enjoys enormous popularity in Israeli opinion polls, is busy ensuring that criticism of Israel’s slow annexation of the West Bank is quickly silenced. New laws, like the recently passed anti-boycott legislation that makes non-violent calls for boycotts of Israel by Israeli civilians a civil crime, have completely erased the Green Line. Human rights organisations which attempt to document Israel’s routine violations on the ground are also targeted with harsh funding laws and vile attacks on the evening Israeli news programmes.

When social justice protests erupted in the centre of Tel Aviv’s café-lined streets, all discussion of the occupation or even its economic impact was discredited as political. The time to talk about the social rights for Israelis is now, the protesters claimed, and discussion of the occupation is merely exhausted political banter. Despite the desire of some to draw a connection between social justice and an end to the occupation, Tel Aviv residents, by and large, rubber-stamped the occupation. Without a doubt, the social justice protesters, ballooning at times to 500,000 people, demonstrated that there is no longer a large segment of Israeli society that is willing to demand an end to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.


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