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Tuesday, 14 August 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

72 hours to 8am 12 August 2012 [Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG).]

Israeli gunboats twice open fire on Palestinian fishing boats

Night home invasion – woman and infant's 6-hour ordeal

Israeli Army opens fire on Gaza farmland – one person wounded

Israeli troops shoot their away onto Rafah farmland and bulldoze crops

16-year-old boy injured in Israeli Army assault on peaceful protest

Israeli Army opens fire on Palestinian shepherds

Israeli troops uproot olive trees, destroy well and restrict Palestinian villagers' use of their spring

Israeli troops raid village and deny villagers access to their mosque

Non-violent protests: Israeli forces inflict 3 injuries and many tear gas casualties

Occupation settlers invade Palestinian home

Settler terrorists open fire on Palestinian shepherds

Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in 20 towns and villages

5 attacks – 21 raids including home invasions

5 beaten – 11 injured – 5 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage

4 taken prisoner – 24 detained – 108 restrictions of movement

August 10, 11 & 12

Home invasions & occupations: 18:10-midnight, Hebron. 02:30, Bani Na’im. 03:30, Jinata.

Peace disruption raids: 10:30-02:30, al-Ram - 23:35, Deir al-Ghusoun - 16:45, Sabastiya - 20:40, Deir Samit - 21:10, Khursa - 21:20, Dura – 23:30, Hebron - 03:00, Hebron. 17:00, Faqu'a - 19:10, Deir Sameet - 02:35, Yatta. 04:00, Silwad - 17:25, Azzun - 17:55, Orif - 03:30, Salfit - 01:35, Husan - 21:30, al-Tuwani- 23:30, Hebron.

August 10

Palestinian attacks: none

Home invasion – woman and infant ordeal: Hebron – 18:10-midnight, Israeli forces invaded the home of a woman, Raja Al-Hih, detaining her and her infant child for almost six hours.

Non-violent resistance – injuries and tear gas casualties: Ramallah – 15:15, in Beitunya, three protesters, including a 16-year-old boy, Mohammad Atta, were injured during an Israeli Army attack on a peaceful demonstration outside Israel's Ofer Prison. The Occupation forces were firing rubber-coated bullets and tear gas grenades. Several people were overcome by Israeli tear gas.

Property violation – land theft: Bethlehem – Israeli militants opened a park established on stolen Palestinian land surrounding a spring in Irtas village.

Raid – Israeli Army and settlers: Nablus – 16:45, the Israeli Army, accompanied by Occupation settlers, raided Sabastiya village archaeological sites.

Raid – violation of religious worship: Hebron – 21:10, the Israeli Army raided Khursa village and prevented residents from entering a mosque.

August 11

Palestinian attacks: none

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

Israeli attack – wounding – agricultural sabotage: Khan Yunis – morning, one person, Mohammad Fara, was wounded when the Israeli Army opened fire on Palestinian farms in Abasan al-Jadida.

Israeli attack – agricultural sabotage: Rafah – morning, Israeli forces shot their way onto farmland near the Sufa crossing and bulldozed crops.

Israeli attack – pastoral sabotage: Rafah – morning, the Israeli Army opened fire on Palestinian shepherds at work near the Sufa crossing.

Beating: Jerusalem – 15:00, Israeli soldiers beat up and hospitalised a Bethlehem resident, Raed Al-Wahsh.

Non-violent resistance – tear gas casualties: Ramallah – 13:30, several people were overcome by tear gas during an assault by Israeli forces on anti-annexation Wall protesters in the villages of Bil’in and Ni’lin.

Non-violent resistance – tear gas casualties: Ramallah – 13:30, several people were overcome by tear gas during an assault by Israeli forces on anti-annexation Wall protesters in Al-Nabi Saleh village.

Non-violent resistance – injuries – tear gas casualties: Qalqilya – 13:30, two people, Aqba Obied and Yahya Al-Ishtawi, were injured by Israeli tear gas grenades and others were overcome by Israeli tear gas during an assault by Occupation forces on protesters in Kafr Qaddum village.

Non-violent resistance – injury – tear gas casualties: Bethlehem – 13:30, one person, Eyad Zawahra, was injured during an assault by Israeli troops on anti-annexation Wall protesters in al-Ma'asra village.

Property violations – agricultural sabotage – water crime: Tubas – the Israeli Army ordered the removal of six caravans in Atuf village, uprooted several olive trees and destroyed a well.

Property violations – water crime: Hebron – Israeli troops issued orders preventing residents from using the al-Jadida spring in Tel al-Rumeida on Fridays and Saturdays of every week in order to give Occupation settlers sole use on those days. This is an additional violation because the spring is under the Authority of the Palestinian Ministry of Religious Affairs.

August 12

Palestinian attack: Khan Yunis – morning, one missile fired towards the Green Line.

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

Occupation settlers invade home – Israeli Army complicity: Qalqilya – 09:40, settler militants, escorted by Israeli Occupation troops, raided Kafr Qaddum farmland and invaded the home of local resident, Abdel Rahmad Jum’a.

Armed Occupation settler terrorism: Qalqilya – 19:25, armed Zionist terrorists opened fire on Palestinian shepherds near the annexation Wall gate in Azzun Atma.

Occupation settler raid and vandalism: Nablus – 19:40, Israeli militants raided Orif village and stoned the home of a villager, Imad Al-Safadi.

Israeli raid – tear gas casualty: Hebron – 23:30, a resident, Bassam Al-Razim, was overcome by tear gas when Israeli forces, firing tear gas grenades, assaulted homes in the Old City Jabal Jalas area.

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:

Hamas prepared to close blockade-resistance tunnels if Egypt opens Rafah crossing permanently.

Israeli Army chief orders Salfit outpost legal.

Incarcerated inside Israel, Palestinians tortured and isolated

Today in Palestine for 10 August 2012. Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on events in the OPT occurring from August 6-12, 2012.


Appeasement or sanctions

Open Letter to New Zealand's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Murray McCully:

13 August 2012

Dear Mr McCully,

Your email to us of 01 August 2012 failed to adequately address questions we had put to you regarding your claim that it was better to accommodate Israel in order to promote what you called 'dialogue'. We again ask you what change for the better in Israel's behaviour has resulted from your support for Israel's application for OECD membership.

The question raises itself yet again in the light of fresh diplomatic concern over recent developments in which the 1500 residents of eight Palestinian villages in the Hebron Hills are to be forcibly removed and their homes demolished. The Israeli Army wants the belligerently-occupied land for use as a live-firing zone. An EU mission has issued a statement saying that “the designation of the area as a live-firing zone would thus reduce further the opportunities for Palestinian communities to live and work in Area C.” The statement also referred to the negative effect the militarisation of the area would have on “any potential for economic and social development in the area.”

What sort of civilised democracy would evict, for such a purpose, defenceless communities and destroy their homes in flagrant violation of international law? Mr McCully, in your email you told us that “OECD membership brings with it required commitments by the member state to OECD standards and instruments.” Do you believe the appalling treatment being meted out to the people of the South Hebron Hills is in line with the required commitments by Israel to OECD standards and instruments? It would appear that, far from being reformed, Israel has been emboldened by the favourable treatment it has been receiving from Western nations such as New Zealand.

It must be perfectly clear by now that dialogue, reasoning and valuable rewards have utterly failed to deter Israel from its illegal and implacable abuse of the people under its domination. The only non-violent alternative is obvious and New Zealand should now give a lead in calling for sanctions against Israel at the UN. Are you now willing to support such a move? If you are not so prepared, could you please explain to the world why you are not? In the absence of sanctions, what initiatives do you propose to introduce to replace those that have thus far totally failed to protect Palestinian human rights?

Yours sincerely,

Leslie Bravery,

Palestine Human Rights Campaign


Restiamo umani - Stay human

From Mazin Qumsiyeh:
(English with a bit of Italiano and Français)

On Friday, we had a day of lectures and discussions on the situation of Christians in Palestine and in Diaspora. This coincided with the launch of three books by on Palestinian Christians in the West Bank, Palestinian Christians in Israel, and Latin Americans with Palestinian roots. Over 100 Christians (and many Muslims) attended this event. Also last week was full of events to attend including two baptisms, weddings etc. On Sunday, we attended the wedding of a cousin at our church and then went to an Iftar (breaking the fast) with camp children at the Al-Rowwad Centre in the Aida Refugee Camp. Christians and Muslims here celebrate with each other in the spirit of camaraderie because Palestine provides an umbrella for all.

This is in contrast to the continued repression by the Jewish state of non-Jewish natives (Christians and Muslims). Over 1.5 million Palestinians (2/3rds of whom are refugees) remain under a brutal siege in the arid strip of Gaza and we in the "West Bank" suffer the continuation of colonial activities in our land with over 600,000 Jewish settlers who have taken over our best land and natural resources. Millions of Palestinian refugees (Muslim and Christian) are still denied their internationally recognised right to return to their homes and land. Over 60,000
Palestinian civilians were killed by the Israeli Army over the past six decades and yet, the Zionists want us to forget all of that and focus instead on 11 Israelis who served in that army and were killed in a botched attempt to rescue them in Munich 40 years ago. But the world is not stupid and injustice cannot be hidden and more and more people are heeding the call to Stay Human (Restiamo umani as our late friend Vittorio Arrigoni used to implore us). Thus, we have activists coming in the Welcome to Palestine third campaign and a Scandinavian ship sailing to break the siege on Gaza, and many *more actions* and writings for truth (see selections below).

Next 'flytilla' to arrive through Jordan: Welcome to Palestine campaign organisers say fewer activists expected during next fly-in; will arrive in Amman airport and attempt to cross over to the Palestinian Authority by land,7340,L-4264887,00.html
Official website (Français) and the call in several languages

Scandinavian ship sails to challenge Gaza blockade: The SV Estelle, a 53-metre vessel backed mainly by Swedish and Norwegian groups, sets sail from Oslo as organisers hope other ships will join it during its journey to
the Gaza Strip.
*Take action:* Rachel Corrie trial verdict August 28
*Musica come resistenza: *l'orchestra palestinese (A short video about the
Palestine Youth Orchestra in Italy)
*Il n’y a pas de jolies guerres*
Book review: How Israeli school textbooks teach kids to hate.
*Take Action*: Sign petition to protect hundreds of thousands of Muslims
from persecution in Myanmar (Burma).
We are collecting 50,000 signatures
for petition to be delivered to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, asking
for an immediate resolution to protect the Rohingya Muslims. Join us.
Why are we in Gaza being punished for Egypt border guard killings?
*Action*: Download a great presentation on the situation of Israel and Palestine (from Association Swiss-Palestine, branch Ticino) and use it

Stay human/Restiamo umani

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

Palestinian Centre for Rapprochement Between People

Beit Sahour Al-Rowwad Children's Theatre Centre - Aida Refugee Camp

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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.

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