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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 www.palestine.org.nz)

24 hours to 8am 30 July 2012 [Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG).]

Israeli troops open fire on Palestinian workers' bus – 1 dead, 2 wounded

Beit Lahiya farm under Israeli Army fire – farmer wounded

Israeli Navy twice opens fire on Palestinian fishing boats

Khan Yunis farms under Israeli fire from Green Line

Occupation settler violence: home invasion and vandalism

Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in 2 villages

5 attacks – 8 raids including home invasions – 1 dead – 4 injured

5 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage

4 taken prisoner – 9 detained – 104 restrictions of movement

Home invasions & occupations: morning, al-Issawiya - 19:10, Burin - 00:15, al-Zubeidat.

Peace disruption raids: 13:40, Jaba - 23:20, Anin - 20:15, al-Nabi Elyas - 16:25, Jericho - 10:20, Tarqumia.

Palestinian attacks: none

Israeli attack – death – injuries: Jerusalem – 01:30, Israeli forces at the Al-Za’im checkpoint in East Jerusalem opened fire on a bus, killing a labourer, Akram Badr, and wounding two others, Ashraf Abu Badha and Khalid Ziyada. http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-border-police-shoot-palestinian-dead-in-east-jerusalem-1.454549

Israeli attack – agricultural sabotage: Northern Gaza – 11:30, a farmer, Salah Akhlil, was wounded when an Israeli Army position behind the Green Line opened fire on a Beit Lahiya farm.

Israeli attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – 07:10, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Beit Lahiya

Israeli attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – morning, Israeli gunboats opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Beit Lahiya.

Israeli attack – agricultural sabotage: Khan Yunis – morning, Israeli forces positioned behind the Green Line opened fire on agricultural land in Khaz’a.

Occupation settler home invasion: Nablus – 19:10, Israeli settlers, escorted by Israeli troops, raided a Burin villager's home and local farms.

Occupation settler vandalism: Jenin – 12:00, Israeli settler militants raided the previously abandoned settlement of Homesh and stoned passing vehicles on the Nablus-Jenin road.

Occupation road casualties: Qalqilya – 21:20, an injured Palestinian man, Mohammad Rayan, was admitted to hospital after being run over by an Israeli settler vehicle near Al-Nabi Eliyas village.

Occupation settler agricultural sabotage – Israeli Army complicity: Nablus – 08:30, Zionist militants, accompanied by Israeli soldiers, invaded Burin village farmland.

Economic sabotage: Gaza – the Israeli Navy continues to enforce a three-nautical-mile fishing zone on the blockaded territory.

Violation: Hebron – Israeli Occupation forces continue to enforce a military order prohibiting Palestinian vehicles from using Shalala Old Street and allowing only Israeli civilian and military vehicles on the road.

Recent news updates:

Call for the World Social Forum Free Palestine. 28 November – 1 December 2012, Porto Alegre (Brazil) http://www.stopthewall.org/world-social-forum-free-palestine-2012 (Also see appeal below.)

Israeli war crimes in Gaza – calculated, precision terror. This report looks at the alleged Israeli war crimes committed during the Gaza War – blindfolded children being used as human shields alongside innocent civilians and medics being targeted. Mounir's eyes search around the old house as he recounts the events of 16 January, when a rocket fired from an unmanned aerial vehicle killed his sister, her husband and four of her children. The scene he says will never leave him. 'We found Mohammed lying there, cut in half. Ahmed was in three pieces. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLZgNy46aTQ&feature=related

Romney's insulting remarks reveal appalling ignorance and prejudice. Mitt Romney told Jewish donors on Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the nearby Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who called his comments racist and out of touch. In the West Bank, Israel retains overall control, and Palestinians only have limited self-rule. Israel controls all border crossings in and out of the West Bank, and continues to restrict Palestinian trade and movement. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have said repeatedly that the Palestinian economy can only grow if Israel lifts those restrictions. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32023.htm

Israeli prison guards beat detained Palestinian MP. Israel has recently escalated its assaults on Palestinian prisoners, including Palestinian MPs, and is allowed to violate international law with impunity. http://www.palestine-info.co.uk

Israel fences off Qalqilya land around the southern side of Azzun Atma. A two-metre-high spiral fence was installed on around 1500 metres of land running from the settlement of Oranit to the crossroads of Kafr Qasim and route 505, isolating the area known as Beer al-Shilla, the artisian well, and about 8000 square metres of farmland. http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=508086

Ultimate goal of Israeli policy in Hebron is ethnic cleansing.  http://palsolidarity.org/2012/07/ultimate-goal-of-israeli-policies-in-hebron-ethnic-cleansing/

Water crime: Israeli settlers draining Palestinian water supply. Israel allocates 70 times more water to each settler than to the average Palestinian in the West Bank, the head of the Palestinian Water Authority said on Sunday. At a press conference in Ramallah, Shaddad Attili said Palestinians received 105 million cubic metres of water, less than the amount allocated in the 1995 Oslo Accords and around a quarter of the 400 million cubic metres needed, according to international standards. The Palestinian Water Authority has had to buy water and is billions of shekels in debt. http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=508418

Settlers terrorise child, attack activists. http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=20353

Settler gas attack on Palestinians; victim taken prisoner and refused aid. Israeli Army complicity.  http://palsolidarity.org/2012/07/hebron-settlers-gas-attack-palestinians-victim-arrested-and-refused-aid/

Man hospitalised after Israeli Army attack on Nabi Saleh. Israeli forces invaded the village on Saturday evening, opening live fire and tear gas grenades. Saturday's raid was the fifth day in a row that the Army invaded Nabi Saleh at the time of Iftar, the Popular Struggle Co-ordination Committee said. http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=508210

PCHR Weekly Report on Israeli human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territory 19-25 July. http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8674:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-19-25-july-2012&catid=144:new-reports

Economic sabotage: fishing in troubled waters. Fishermen in the Gaza Strip have to deal with more than just the typical occupational hazards. Instead of just worrying about holes in their nets or fuel for their motors, fishermen, like Fadel Abuwarda (30), also have to think about the regular illegal attacks, arrest, detention and confiscation of their fishing equipment they are subjected to by Israel’s naval forces. It does not matter whether they are within the three nautical miles that Israel has unilaterally declared Gazans are allowed to fish in. Nowhere in the Gaza Sea are fishermen safe. On 20 June, at around 19:30, Fadel and a friend came under Israeli fire while they were fishing a mere 1700 metres from shore: "We had just thrown our nets in the water when we saw an Israeli gunboat speeding towards us. We then tried to pull our fishing nets out of the water and retreat, but they started shooting at us. Each time we made attempts to pull the nets in, they fired at our boat." After opening intensive fire on the two men, the initial Israeli gunboat left and was replaced by a number of other smaller gunboats with soldiers onboard. http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8670:occupied-lives-fishing-in-troubled-waters&catid=144:new-reports

Video – Occupied lives: Fishing in troubled waters. This week’s video links to a narrative given by Fadel Abu Warda, a Gaza fisherman taken prisoner (in violation of international law) while working within the Israeli-imposed three nautical mile limit from shore. http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8669:occupied-lives-fishing-in-troubled-waters&catid=145:in-focus

Video: War, blockade traumatise Gaza children. The children of Gaza continue to bear the brunt of Israel’s wanton aggression during the Gaza war and its frequent air-strikes and incursions. Israel ended its war on Gaza in 2009 [2010], an all-out war which claimed the lives of many people, including innocent children, and injured thousands of others. According to psychiatrists, Children who make up nearly 60 per cent of Gaza's population are still traumatised and psychologically scarred. Due to the on-going Israeli blockade of the tiny coastal enclave, Gaza lacks enough centres and specialists to deal with the high volume of traumatised children. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/07/29/253427/war-blockade-traumatize-gazas-children/

The checkpoint: terror, power and cruelty. / Boston Review / All disobedience must be eliminated for the IDF to have firm control of the land and its people. Brute force cannot eliminate the possibility of Palestinian resistance but as long as resistance is possible, the military, whose only tool is brute force, cannot rest. Occupation, it might then be said, is about fighting the war before it begins, constantly postponing the next burst of resistance. The idea is to demonstrate presence (le’hafgin nohehut), commanders tell their soldiers. We make them feel like we’re watching their every move and anticipating their every action. This is the occupier’s solution to the problem of preventing everything everywhere: the Army has to make Palestinians believe that nothing escapes Israel’s fist. The soldiers demonstrate presence in order to make Palestinians fear that they are present even when they are not. Thus, the Israeli Army’s unofficial yet unavoidable tactic is to instil constant fear through arbitrary acts of force. The IDF demonstrates presence in a variety of ways. It peppers the West Bank with observation posts, foot patrols, Jeeps, Humvees and tanks. It conducts random raids on houses and random inspections of cars and pedestrians. It enforces a curfew. However, the IDF’s most prominent and most notorious form of presence is the checkpoint. http://www.bostonreview.net/BR37.4/oded_naaman_israeli_defense_forces_palestinians_occupation.php

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Call for the World Social Forum Free Palestine, 28 November to 1 December 2012, Porto Alegre, Brazil

http://www.stopthewall.org/world-social-forum-free-palestine-2012

Occupied Palestine is part of every free heartbeat in this world and her cause continues to inspire solidarity across the globe. The World Social Forum Free Palestine is an expression of the human instinct to unite for justice and freedom and an echo of the World Social Forum’s opposition to neo-liberal hegemony, colonialism and racism through struggles for social, political and economic alternatives to promote justice, equality, and the sovereignty of peoples. The WSF Free Palestine will be a global encounter of broad-based popular and civil society mobilisations from around the world. It aims to:

  1. Show the strength of solidarity with the calls of the Palestinian people and the diversity of initiatives and actions aimed at promoting justice and peace in the region.

  2. Create effective actions to ensure Palestinian self-determination, the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, and the fulfilment of human rights and international law, by:

a) Ending Israeli occupation and colonisation of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;

b) Ensuring the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and

c) Implementing, protecting, and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

3. Be a space for discussion, exchange of ideas, strategising and planning in order to improve the structure of solidarity.

 

Exactly sixty-five years after Brazil presided over the UN General Assembly session that agreed upon the partition of Palestine, Brazil will host a different type of global forum: an historic opportunity for people from all over the world to stand up where governments have failed. The world's people will come together to discuss new visions and effective actions to contribute to justice and peace in the region. We call on all organisations, movements, networks, and unions across the globe to join the WSF Free Palestine from 28 November to 1 December 2012 in Porto Alegre. We ask you to join the International Committee for the WSF Free Palestine, we will establish as soon as possible. Participation in this forum will structurally strengthen solidarity with Palestine, promote action to implement Palestinians' legitimate rights, and hold Israel and its allies accountable to international law. Together we can raise global solidarity with Palestine to a new level.

Palestinian Preparatory Committee for the WSF Free Palestine 2012

Secretariat members:

1. PNGO - Palestinian NGO Network

2. Stop the Wall - Palestinian Grass-roots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign

3. BNC - Palestinian BDS National Committee

4. OPGAI

5. Alternatives

6. Higher Follow up Committee (representing Palestinian forces inside Israel)

7. Higher Committee for the Commemoration of the Nakba

8. Jerusalem Action Network

9. Kairos Palestine

10. General Union of Palestinian Women

11. Coalition of Civil Society Organisations 

Co-ordination:

PNGO - Palestinian NGO Network

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Further news sources

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

For more news see: Today in Palestine!

groups.yahoo.com/group/f_shadi

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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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Visit http://www.sapienspromise.org/  for further news.

See this In Occupied Palestine newsletter at: the PHRC website: www.palestine.org.nz

- and you can check out previous editions by clicking on In Occupied Palestine listed under Contents

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Stop the Violence Coalition

Stop the Violence is a coalition aimed at fighting against Israeli violence and crimes all over the world. The purpose of the coalition is to co-ordinate the efforts of groups and individuals working to protest against the historic and continuing oppression of Palestinian people by the Israeli regime. Our coalition is an independent and non-profit organisation, based in Europe, which was formed as part of a global movement against Israeli apartheid. We can also provide the latest news, articles, photos, events and petitions.

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Website: www.stoptheviolence.eu

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Palestine Human Rights Campaign Aotearoa/New Zealand (PHRC)

Declaration

We believe that a just peace in Palestine/Israel depends upon the return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland and the dismantling of the Zionist structure of the state of Israel, recognising that the further partitioning of Palestine in order to create the so-called two-state solution would lead only to further injustice and suffering.

We advocate the primacy of international law, the acceptance of which by the Israeli regime must be the basis for the ending of Israeli military occupation and all forms of ethnic discrimination.

We work to raise awareness of the international community's responsibility for upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the urgent need for the state of Israel to be called to account for its gross abuses of Palestinian human rights.

We call for the establishment of a unitary, secular and democratic state in Palestine/Israel, with full and equal citizenship rights for Palestinians, Israeli Jews and all other ethnic communities.

The Palestine Human Rights Campaign Aotearoa/New Zealand (PHRC) works to raise public awareness of the Palestinian people's struggle to resist Israeli military occupation and Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. PHRC seeks to bring pressure on the New Zealand Government to join the majority of the international community in requiring Israel to:

  • observe all relevant UN Resolutions and Geneva conventions

  • cease ethnic discrimination and territorial annexation

  • abandon its militarism and violence