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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

19 February 2013 [Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG). ]

Zionist filth assault in West Bank village

Israeli Navy opens fire on fishing boat

Israeli Navy takes prisoner 2 fishermen

Israeli Army troops and dogs invade West Bank homes

Israeli soldiers beat up 17-year-old youth

3-month-old baby and mother overcome by Israeli tear gas

Israeli soldiers abduct 4 youngsters aged 15 to 17

Israeli soldiers beat up mentally-handicapped youngster

Israeli Army destroys home and farm building

Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in 4 refugee camps and 9 towns and villages

2 attacks – 36 raids including home invasions – 8 beaten – 14 injured

2 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage

30 taken prisoner – 12 detained – 115 restrictions of movement

Home invasions & occupations: 02:20, al-Issawiya - 21:00, al-Issawiya - dawn, al-Issawiya - 13:25, Sabastiya - 04:00, the al-Aida refugee camp - 04:00, the al-Duheisha refugee camp - 01:30, Hebron - 02:30, Yatta.

Peace disruption raids: 11:05, Beit Dajan - 13:15, al-Nassariya - 16:20, Burin - 07:00, Beit Annan - 21:0, the Shu’fat refugee camp - dawn, Beit Iksa - 10:00, Abu Dis - 10:00,Beit Rima - 10:20, Ramallah - 09:55, Bruqin - 12:50, al-Arqa village - 19:50,Ya’bad - 09:55, Tulkarem - 03:00, Tulkarem - dawn, Qalqilya - 02:50, Qalqilya - 03:20, Kafr Qalil - 10:20, Kafr al-Dik - 11:30, Hares - 01:40, Hares - 08:35, Jericho - 11:25, al-Doha - 11:50, Bethlehem - 01:10, Dura - 11:15, al-Samou’ - 16:40, the al-Fuwar refugee camp - 20:00, Israeli forces raided Halhul - 02:00, the al-Urub refugee camp.

Palestinian attacks: none

Israeli attack: Hebron – 15:45, Israeli forces, manning a checkpoint at the entrance to the al-Urub refugee camp, opened fire on a vehicle that managed to escape. Occupation troops then closed all access to the camp.

Israeli attack – economic sabotage: Northern Gaza – 10:30, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off Beit Lahiya and took prisoner two fishermen.

Checkpoint beating – hospitalisation: Salfit – 09:30, Israeli soldiers manning the Za’tara checkpoint beat up and hospitalised a resident of Yassuf, Abdel Nasser Abel Fatah.

Home invasions – dog attack: Jerusalem – dawn, Israeli troops again raided al-Issawiya village, invaded two homes, using police dogs, and took prisoner another two residents.

Home invasions – beatings: Nablus – 13:25, the Israeli Army raided Sabastiya village, invaded two homes and assaulted a 17-year-old youth, Karam Balhaq, and another resident.

Israeli Army stun and tear gas grenade assault: Bethlehem – 14:20, Israeli forces positioned at the al-Aida refugee camp entrance fired stun and tear gas grenades at residents.

Israeli Army tear gas assault: Ramallah – 10:10, Israeli forces positioned near the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village fired tear gas grenades at residents and set up a checkpoint at the entrance, closing off the village from the outside world.

Israeli Army tear gas assault – abduction: Tulkarem – 14:50, the Israeli Army fired tear gas grenades at people near the Ashour factory and abducted a 15-year-old boy, Mohammad Nasrallah.

Israeli Army tear gas assault: Hebron – 10:30, Israeli forces fired tear gas grenades at residents near the Halhul Bridge.

Israeli Army tear gas assault – baby and mother casualties: Hebron – 11:50, a three-month-old baby, Samir Al-Alami, and his mother were overcome by Israeli Army tear gas during an assault by Occupation forces on people at the entrance to Beit Ummar.

Israeli Army tear gas assault – mentally-handicapped youngster beaten: Hebron – 15:15, Israeli soldiers beat up a mentally-handicapped child and fired tear gas grenades at people near the al-Urub refugee camp.

Non-violent resistance: Jerusalem – the Israeli Army took two people prisoner while suppressing a protest demonstration near the Old City Bab al-Amoud Gate.

Non-violent resistance: Ramallah – 10:50, Israeli troops injured six protesters during an assault on a demonstration in front of the Ofer Prison in Beitunya. Several other people were overcome by Israeli tear gas.

Non-violent resistance: Nablus – 13:35, Israeli soldiers, firing tear gas grenades, abducted a 17-year-old youth, Taysir Kharaz, during an assault on protesters near the Huwara checkpoint.

Occupation settler vandalism: Ramallah – 10:10, Israeli settlers stoned passing vehicles on the main road near the al-Jalazun refugee camp.

Occupation settler/Israeli Army incursion: 11:05, settler militants, accompanied by the Israeli Army, invaded the Marqa area in Beit Dajan.

Occupation settler/Israeli Army incursion: Nablus – 13:15, Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli forces, invaded al-Nassariya village.

Occupation settler/Israeli Army incursion: Nablus – 16:20, Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli forces, invaded Burin village.

Zionist filth: Nablus – Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli forces, invaded Burin village.

Raid – house demolition – destruction – agricultural sabotage: Jerusalem – dawn, the Israeli Army raided Beit Iqsa and destroyed a home and a farm building.

Raid: Tulkarem – 09:55, the Israeli Army raided the al-Shuweikh district and conducted 'tests' on wells.

Raid – abduction: Salfit – 01:40, the Israeli Army raided Hares village and abducted a 15-year-old boy, Rabie’ Sultan.

Violation of mosque: Jerusalem – 08:00, Israeli settlers, escorted by Israeli troops, invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and molested worshippers.

SEE ALSO: Restrictions of Movement notes after Behind the Wall (below)

Recent news updates:

False myth of Jews’ eternal longing for land of Israel. Shlomo Sand is a history professor at Tel Aviv University. His charismatic, readable style was evident in his previous book The Invention of the Jewish People, the English edition of which kicked up quite a controversy in 2009. The title alone seemed designed to shock. Sand’s new book, The Invention of the Land of Israel, is essentially a direct sequel, focusing on the nature of an idea central to Zionism: the “Land of Israel”. . .

Israel in Peril. 7 June 2012 / David Shulman / The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart, Times Books, 289 pp., $26.00

Running Rings Around the World. The PLO – Negotiations Affairs Department is pleased to have released a new animated video “Running Rings Around the World”. The video explains the ring of illegal Israeli settlements being built around the Old City of Occupied Jerusalem in just eight minutes. We hope that it will help you understand the real dimension of the Israeli settlement enterprise inside the Occupied capital of the State of Palestine.” See the video:: The fact sheet “Running Rings Around the World” can be seen at:


Samer near death

From Mazin Qumsiyeh
I will be speaking in Paris, Bordeaux, Grenoble and Geneva this week, and in South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town) the week of 3-11 March 2013.
Details will be updated at*

Letter from Samer Issawi, Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike close to death (211 days without food). [Here in Palestine, we had regular vigils, demonstrations, and confrontations with the occupiers to demand the release of Samer and other prisoners of conscience unjustly held by the occupiers. Samer and others were released as part of an exchange of prisoners and then Israel rearrested/kidnapped them under the unlawful system of "administrative detention" without charge or trial. Samer's brother Shadi was also arrested on Sunday in a way to pressure Samer and the family. *Please do write to officials in your country asking that they demand Israel comply with its own prisoner agreements and with international humanitarian laws*].
BDS Good news: South African agricultural company severs Israeli relations
Together for one democratic state; upcoming conference in Stuttgart
Action: Open Shuhada Street campaign 25 February

The Centre for Constitutional Rights, in collaboration with the National
Lawyers Guild and others, is organising the Palestine Solidarity Legal Support initiative in order to protect and advance the constitutional rights of Palestinian rights activists across the US.

A new genetic study of the European (Ashkenazi) Jews and Middle Eastern and European populations shows again that the Zionist idea of Jewish dispersal and return to Palestine is false. Most of the genetic affiliation of European Jews falls squarely in clusters of other Europeans with very limited Middle Eastern input. By contrast Iranian, Iraqi and even Azerbaijani Jews are Middle Eastern (by and large). See figures in the original paper titled “The Missing Link of Jewish European Ancestry: Contrasting the Rhineland and the Khazarian Hypotheses” by John Hopkins scientist Eran Israeli-Elhaik.

Mazin Qumsiyeh

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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

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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).


Restrictions of movement

In addition to the particular acts of violence and repression reported in this daily newsletter, every area of Israeli Occupied Palestinian territory experiences varied and arbitrary restrictions of movement imposed by the Israeli Army. These are too numerous and detailed to be included in our daily reports but nevertheless they should be borne in mind. Lack of freedom of movement, in addition to whatever particular acts of cruelty and spite are reported here, is the frustrating and humiliating background to daily life for the Occupied Palestinian people. The Israeli Occupation’s military restrictions on Palestinian freedom include:

  • Checkpoints at the entrances to towns and villages to prevent people entering or leaving. Interference with people attempting to move around towns and villages.
  • Cement blocks and barbed wire and/or earth mounds on roads.
  • Farmers prohibited from going onto their land to work it.
  • Road closures to isolate areas in which the Israeli Army considers the presence of Palestinians to be ‘illegal’.
  • Gaza's International Airport is permanently closed and Palestinians needing to enter or leave Palestine can do so only with Israeli permission.
  • Interference with access to mosques and freedom of worship.
  • Wall Gates. The gates in Israel’s annexation Wall, which restrict Palestinian access to their land.
  • Curfews. Anyone appearing in the street or at a window is liable to be shot dead.
  • Israeli Army violence. The Israeli Occupation Army enforces many of the above restrictions with the threat, or actual use, of military action as well as personal physical assault. Thus, Palestinians are faced with an all-pervasive and constant state of Israeli violence towards them.


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