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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

While the Occupation is 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

48 hours to 8am 20 April 2012 [Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG).]

Armed settler terrorists open fire on Palestinian shepherds

4am home invasion: Israeli troops abduct minor and hospitalise pregnant woman

Israeli settlers assault 12-year-old boy

Israeli Army missiles hit Northern Gaza town

Tear gas casualties and injuries in Israeli Army assaults on peaceful protesters

Gaza farms under Israeli Army fire

Settler gang destroys West Bank village vegetable crops

Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in 9 towns and villages

2 attacks – 31 raids including home invasions – 8 beaten – many injured

2 acts of agricultural/pastoral sabotage

15 taken prisoner – 32 detained – 112 restrictions of movement

April 20 & 21

Home invasions & occupations: 08:50, Kafriyat - 20:25-23:00, Ya'bad - 22:25-01:25, Ubeidiya - 04:00, Yatta. 13:00, Kafr Qaddum.

Peace disruption raids: 11:00, Jalbun - 17:00, Jalbun - 23:00, Al-Fundak - Tubas - 09:40, Tulkarem - 23:40, morning, Aqraba - 23:55, Azmut - 18:20, Kafr Al-Dik - 11:30, Zatara - 14:00, Jericho - 20:05, Zubeidat - 12:40, Hebron - 20:50, Hebron - 19:40, Idhna - 20:30 , Al-Khum. 18:45, Bir Zeit - 14:45, Jabah - 02:45, Deir Deif - 14:00, Al-Maleh - 11:00, Shufa - 09:00, Auja - 14:55, Al Khadr - 02:20, Bethlehem - 00:50, Tarqumia - 17:20, Hebron.

April 20

Palestinian attacks: none

Israeli attack: Gaza – the Israeli Army opened fire on farms in Al-Shejaia, in the east of Gaza City.

Home invasion: Jenin – 08:50, Israeli troops, accompanied by staff from the Israel Antiquities Department, raided Kafriyat village, searched a home and photographed it.

Home invasion – abduction – pregnant woman hospitalised: Hebron – 04:00, the Israeli Army raided Yatta town, searched several homes, abducted a 16-year-old minor, Mohammed Abu Sinina, and injured and hospitalised a pregnant woman, while taking prisoner her husband, Saed Dawoud.

Injury: Tubas – 19:05, a Palestinian man, Yasser Kaabna, was wounded by Occupation troops.

Occupation settler agricultural sabotage: Tubas – 09:45, a Zionist mob raided farmland and destroyed vegetable crops belonging to a Palestinian man, Bassem Sawafta.

Beatings – minors: Nablus – 18:00, Israeli forces assaulted three minors in the Brakha Occupation settlement.

Tear gas attack: Hebron – 08:55, Israeli forces positioned at the entrance to the Al-Arrub refugee camp fired tear gas at minors.

Tear gas attack: Hebron – 12:15, Israeli troops positioned at the entrance to Beit Ummar fired tear gas at minors.

April 21

Palestinian attacks: none

Israeli attack: Northern Gaza – an Israeli Army position on the Green Line fired three missiles into the east of Beit Lahia.

Home invasion and occupation: Qalqilya – 13:00, the Israeli Army raided Kafr Qaddum village and occupied the roof of a house.

Occupation settler armed terrorism – pastoral sabotage: Nablus – 16:45, armed Israeli terrorists opened fire on Palestinian shepherds grazing sheep in the Jordan Valley area of Furush Beit Dajan.

Occupation settlers assault on child: Hebron – 22:00, Israeli settlers assaulted a 12-year-old boy, Hamza Hrezat south of Yatta town.

Raid – injury: Hebron – 17:20, Israeli troops raided and fired tear-gas grenades at people in the Old City, Abu Sinena neighbourhood, injuring one resident, Mousa Abu Turk. Two residents were detained.

Non-violent resistance – injuries – tear gas casualties: Ramallah – 13:00, in Al Nabi Saleh, an Israeli Army assault on a protest against the theft of village land left several demonstrators injured, including a journalist and several others overcome by Israeli tear gas. Three Israeli solidarity activists were detained.

Non-violent resistance – injury – tear gas casualties: Ramallah – 14:00, in Ni'lin town and Bil'in village, Israeli Occupation troops injured one person and tear-gassed several others in both town and village. The victims were protesting against the theft of local land.

Non-violent resistance – injury – tear gas casualties: Ramallah – 18:00, one person, Fares Nasser Mukbel, was injured when Israeli troops at the Betunia checkpoint fired tear gas grenades and rubber-coated bullets at peaceful demonstrators.

Non-violent resistance – injuries: Qalqilya – 13:00, several people were injured at a protest demonstration in Kafr Qaddum village against the closure of the eastern entrance to the village. Israeli forces fired rubber-coated bullets and tear gas grenades. One of the injured was a journalist, Nasser Ishtayyeh.

Recent news updates:

Israel destroys Palestinian Bedouin homes. UN agencies in the occupied West Bank said on Sunday that Israel last week destroyed 21 homes of Palestinian Bedouin refugees, making 54 people, including 35 children, homeless. A joint statement from the refugee agency UNRWA and the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs condemned the April 18 demolition of the structures at Khalayleh, north of Jerusalem, along with the removal the same day of refugees from two houses in occupied East Jerusalem. "The forced eviction of Palestinian refugees and the demolition of Palestinian homes and other civilian structures in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is contrary to international law," UNRWA's West Bank director, Felipe Sanchez, said in the statement. "We urge the Israeli authorities to find an immediate solution to enable the Palestinian population of the occupied West Bank to lead a normal life, in full realisation of their rights."

Israeli occupation forces ban Imam from Al-Aqsa Mosque. Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque and chairman of the Supreme Islamic Council in Jerusalem, has described Israel's decision to prevent him from entering the Noble Sanctuary for two months as "arbitrary and inhuman". Sheikh Sabri told Quds Press that this, the third such banning order, runs contrary to all concepts of freedom of worship. "This violates the authority of the Islamic Waqf administration in Al-Aqsa Mosque," he said, "and how many democratic countries in the world prevent people from attending places of worship?" The Sheikh stressed that military dominance alone does not, and will not, give the Israeli occupation authorities any rights over Islam's third-holiest site.

'Never Again' is an Empty Slogan. Gilad Atzmon / 20 April 2012 / The United States must resolve that ‘never again’ is not just an ‘empty slogan’, said US President Barack Obama on Thursday, in a statement marking Holocaust Remembrance Day. Yet, I am left bewildered, what does President Obama refer to? Is  ‘never again’ a universal message pointing at genocides in general or did he refer to Jewish suffering only? With 1,455,590 dead Iraqis due to an Anglo-American criminal war, it seems as if the USA is actually complicit in an actual genocide. Obama's comments followed Israeli PM Netanyahu’s Holocaust Memorial Day address at Yad Vashem, where he stated that Israel's "enemies tried to bury the Jewish future but our future was born again in the land of our forefathers, here we built a base, and a new beginning of freedom, and hope and action.” Netanyahu, as usual, was almost correct. The ‘Jewish future’ was indeed born again after the holocaust just to introduce total misery, racism, expansionism, oppression, death and carnage to the entire Middle East. The so-called ‘Jewish State’ has managed, in just a few decades, to locate itself as the primary threat to world peace. With the Jewish State and its lobbies pushing for a war against Iran, there is little room for doubt. Israel is driven by a suicidal inclination in the spirit of Biblical Samson. Yet, being a nuclear super power, Israel’s potential self-inflicted tragedy may as well put an end to the world, as we know it. In Yad Vashem, the Israeli PM once again explored the most banal pre-traumatic stress symptoms. He went on to say that today’s generation “faces calls to exterminate the Jewish State,” and that lessons of the past must not be forgotten. Netanyahu obviously focused on Iran, calling it an existential threat to Israel, and to world peace. He added, "It is the world’s responsibility to stop Iran securing nuclear weapons." PM Netanyahu is obviously wrong. It is actually obvious that nuclear Iran could only save Israel from itself. It would restrain the Jewish State and stop it from exploring its lethal inclinations. If Obama is sincere, if ‘never again’ isn’t just an ‘empty slogan’ as he says, he'd better go out of his way to restrain Israel’s genocidal inclinations and its belligerent pro-war Lobbies around the world.

Israel holding 1350 hunger-striking Palestinians.

Israel moves to bolster West Bank outposts.

Disputing Goldstone's lies ~~ the truth about 'Cast Lead' and Gaza today.

UNRWA, OCHA condemn forced displacement of refugees in West Bank.

Shakespeare comes to life in Jericho. In the oldest city in the world, next to the Dead Sea, Shakespeare came to life again on Friday night, thanks to a partnership between London’s Globe Theatre and Ashtar Palestinian Theatre. Actors from Ashtar staged Shakespeare’s Richard II amidst the ruins of Hisham’s Palace as a part of the Globe to Globe international theatre festival. Edward Muallem, an actor, director, drama trainer and co-founder of Ashtar Theatre said, “We chose Hisham’s Palace, because it’s a historical place, and we’re trying to revive the historical sites, culturally.” He added, “This is the first time for us as actors to have a play in a historical, open-air theatre. Our task is to transform stones into culture. As actors, the biggest challenge for us is to stage the play in an open-air place, not in a closed venue, because of the distracting noise from the environment.” Iman Aoun, actress, producer and co-founder of Ashtar Theatre said: “The idea for this play came from the Globe Theatre, which chose Ashtar for the British Culture Olympics. Ashtar Theatre chose this place because it’s such a realistic setting for a play about a king.” The play will represent Palestine at the Cultural Olympics in London. The Globe to Globe festival will stage 37 Shakespearean plays in 37 countries, in partnership with local theatre companies, in 2012.

OCHA – Protection of civilians Weekly Report 11-17 April, 2012. Israeli forces injure 40 Palestinians in the West Bank; a farmer was also injured in the Gaza Strip. Also in the West Bank, Settlers injure four Palestinians and vandalise over 250 olive trees. Israeli authorities forcibly evict Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem, and demolish 25 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C. In Gaza, power cuts of 12 hours per day continue to disrupt delivery of services and daily life.

The world`s largest open-air gulag. Ralph Nader - Counterpunch - Have you heard much lately about the 1.5 million Palestinians illegally imprisoned by the Israeli government in the world's largest open-air Gulag? Their dire living conditions, worsened by a selective Israeli siege limiting the importation of necessities of life – medical items, food, water, building materials and fuel, to list a few – have resulted in an 80 per cent unemployment rate and widespread suffering from unlawful punishment, arbitrary arrests and imprisonment in Israeli gaols.

Attempts to distinguish settlements from outposts create a false distinction. A letter written by the new director of ACRI's Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Department, Attorney Tamar Feldman. Attorney Feldman began her career as a legal intern at ACRI in 2006 and recently re-joined us as the Director of the Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Department. “Authorised” settlements and “unauthorised” outposts are not distinguishable from each other on grounds of their illegality under International Humanitarian Law or by the severe harm they each inflict upon a range of human rights of the Palestinian residents of the West Bank. In fact, they are also not entirely distinguishable from each other in terms of the support they receive from state authorities. Unauthorised outposts, which began to crop up after Israel’s pledge in the mid-1990s not to establish new settlements, have so far not been given official approval by Israeli governments, but their existence has relied on government aid in matters of security, infrastructure, and even planning. In the event that a settlement is built on private land, it constitutes a clear violation of international law prohibiting the confiscation of private property. When a settlement is built on public land, it constitutes a violation of the prohibition on the exploitation of resources of the occupied territory for the needs and benefit of the occupying power – a prohibition the High Court has upheld on several occasions. Both types of construction in the territories constitute clear and blatant violations of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which concerns the protection of civilians during war. Complete letter:


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