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Wednesday, 08 August 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

(Compiled by Leslie Bravery, Palestine Human Rights Campaign POB 56150, Dominion Rd, Auckland, New Zealand www.palestine.org.nz)

24 hours to 8am 06 August 2012 [Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG).]

Israeli air strike on Rafah: I dead, 1 critically injured

Israeli military aircraft menace Rafah

Israeli Army shells cripple Rafah international airport

Israeli Navy continues to impose 3-nautical-mile zone on Gaza fishing boats

Night peace disruption and/or home invasion in 2 villages

1 air strike – 1 attack – 3 raids including home invasions – 1 dead – 1 injured – economic sabotage – 5 taken prisoner – 7 detained – 99 restrictions of movement

Home invasions & occupations: 01:00, Dura.

Peace disruption raids: 09:30, Jericho - 01:20, al-Samu.

Palestinian attack: Northern Gaza – evening, a number of missiles fired towards the Green Line.

Palestinian attack: 02:20, a number of missiles fired towards the Green Line.

Air strike: Rafah – 14:15, an Israeli air-launched missile attack on a road in the city hit a motorcycle, killing a Palestinian Resistance activist, Eid Okal, and critically injuring another.

Aerial menace: evening, Israeli aircraft patrolled the district.

Israeli attack: Rafah – evening, Israeli artillery positioned behind the Green Line shelled and opened fire on the crippled international airport.

Raid: Jericho – 09:30, Israeli troops, accompanying Occupation settlers, raided the city..

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.

Palestinian armed resistance: Central Gaza – 22:30, Palestinian Resistance fighters opened fire on Israeli forces east of al-Qarara.

Recent news updates:

As they organise to defend their land and farming against the onslaught of settlements and siege, Palestinian agricultural workers and organisers have been subjected to an intensified arrest campaign in the occupied West Bank of Palestine. Click here to sign our petition at change.org or sign on here to demand an immediate end to the targeting of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees and all Palestinian farmers and agricultural workers, and the freedom of the Palestinian organisers imprisoned for defending their rights.
http://samidoun.ca/2012/08/take-action-palestinian-farmers-agricultural-workers-targeted-for-imprisonment-and-persecution/#petition

Egypt's Brotherhood says Mossad behind Sinai attack. http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=510551

See also Mazin Qumsiyeh below and guess what?:

Egypt closes Gaza border following Sinai attackwho gains from that?

http://www.npr.org/2012/08/06/158205478/sinai-attack-dashes-hopes-for-closer-gaza-egypt-ties

South Hebron Hills villages organise to resist expulsion. In response to demolition orders for eight villages in “Firing Zone 918” of the South Hebron Hills, a coalition of Palestinian communities is acting to overcome these historical patterns. http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/news/west-bank-and-settlers-violence/4969-south-hebron-hills-villages-organise-to-resist-expulsion-.html

Israel to PA: Abandon statehood and you can develop gasfields.. Jason Ditz – AntiWar / Top PA Negotiators `Unaware` of Offer http://news.antiwar.com/2012/08/05/israel-to-pa-abandon-statehood-and-you-can-develop-gasfields/

PA-Israel trade agreements only stabilise Occupation. The trade agreements signed earlier this week between Israel and the Palestinian Authority serve as a reminder of the convenient status quo of Occupation. They also illustrate just how irrelevant the PA has become in the struggle against the foreign military regime, and raise the question: When and how will it pay the price?

http://972mag.com/pa-israel-trade-agreements-stabilize-occupation-not-undermine-it/52342/

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No nice wars

From Mazin Qumsiyeh:

http://popular-resistance.blogspot.com/2012/08/no-nice-wars.html

An attack on an Egyptian army post in northern Sinai left 15 soldiers dead. The attack was denounced by all Palestinian Resistance forces, including mainstream ones (Fatah, PFLP, DFLP, popular resistance committees, Hamas) and even marginal Jihadi forces (Islamic Jihad). I was very disappointed to see a few Palestinians try to use the incident to score points against other Palestinian factions. But to most Palestinians, it was clear from its pattern and timing that this was another Israeli false flag operation stretching back to the Lavon affair in the 1950s when Israeli agents planted bombs in Egypt against Western interests to sabotage relations between those countries and Egypt. An attempt to incite Egyptians against others (Palestinians or Iranians) must be exposed and thwarted especially when there is an ongoing existential struggle.

Avraham Burg, ex-speaker of the Israeli Knesset, wrote an article entitled "Israel’s Fading Democracy" http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/opinion/sunday/israels-fadingdemocracy.html?pagewanted=all It is an interesting read but I disagree with his notion that Israel has moved from democracy to right-wing fanaticism. I believe it is a movement from low grade camouflaged fascism to high grade open fascism. Already seven million of us are refugees or displaced people, thanks to this regime of racism. This happened for decades and continues today (e.g. see this about Israel refusing cases by stateless Palestinians under its occupation http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/new-regulation-may-barmigrants-palestinians-from-filing-lawsuits-in-israeli-courts.premium-1.456170or
this about
Fishermen in Gaza http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C05UhR9qtiA)

And the future looks just as deadly as we watch the mayhem created by the Western countries under the Israel lobby's thumb. We are told we can only choose from two options: secular dictators affiliated with Israel/US imperialism, or Islamist dictators affiliated with Israel/US imperialism (the latter may be harder to dislodge since few are willing to tackle dishonest men wrapping themselves in the garb of religious piety)! This is a rigged game whose outcome either way would work for the game-makers. The commander of the Israeli Army 91st Division, Brigadier-General Hertzi Halevy threatened even more war crimes for anyone who dares object to the game: "Lebanon will sustain greater damage than that done during the second Lebanon war*…The response will need to be sharper, harder, and in some ways very violent. After the Goldstone Report**, people in the international
community and in Israel thought that battle in a densely populated area
could be carried out in a nicer way. It cannot be nice. Without the use of
great force, we will find it difficult to achieve our aim, and the enemy
should also know that." The "second Lebanon war" was a war by the Israeli military on the civilians of Lebanon. Dozens of villages were destroyed. It is ironic since another IDF commander stated recently: We fired more than a million cluster bombs in Lebanon: "What we did was insane and monstrous, we covered entire towns in cluster bombs," the head of an IDF rocket unit in Lebanon said regarding the use of cluster bombs and phosphorus shells during the war.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/idf-commander-we-fired-more-than-a-million-cluster-bombs-in-lebanon-1.197099

As for the "The Goldstone report", it tried to accommodate Zionism by condemning home-made rockets fired by the Resistance forces from Gaza towards the Palestinian land occupied and ethnically cleansed since 1948. But the report also cited the Israeli killing of over 1400 Palestinians (mostly civilians, including nearly 400 children). The international community refused to act, even as solid evidence was provided that war crimes and crimes against humanity were conducted during this "operation". Even Israeli soldiers admitted to the brutal kinds of actions they were ordered to do. http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Operation_Cast_Lead_Gaza_2009_Eng.pdf
Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli Occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the Occupied Syrian Golan http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/docs/report.asp?id=1127

Roger Waters and BDS: Moral Courage and Unwavering Commitment to Human
Rights. "Where governments refuse to act, people must, with whatever peaceful means are at their disposal. For me this means declaring an intention to stand in solidarity, not only with the people of Palestine but also with the many thousands of Israelis who disagree with their government's policies, by joining the campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel." - Roger Waters http://pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1968

Gloria Brown: From segregated Mississippi to Palestine/Israel http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/7169/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1214519
Dershowitz (arch racist) supports Obama.
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=279340
Action: Sign to object to Romney's racist views that "cultural differences", not the Occupation, are what makes the Palestinian economy weak,
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/301/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11229
Take Action: Free Palestinian farmers and agricultural workers targeted for imprisonment. http://samidoun.ca/2012/08/take-action-palestinian-farmers-agricultural-workers-targeted-for-imprisonment-and-persecution/
The lies about the 1967 war are still more powerful than the truth.
http://www.redress.cc/palestine/ahart20120605
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Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD http://qumsiyeh.org
HumanRights newsletter
http://lists.qumsiyeh.org/mailman/listinfo/humanrights

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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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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