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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, Auckland, New Zealand [If you have difficulty with the display of this report, it may be better viewed on our website]

NB: We shall always do our utmost to verify the accuracy of all items in these IOP newsletters/reports wherever possible – but please forgive us for any errors or omissions (not of our own making) that may occur! L & M.

IOP Report {Number 5 for December 2017}

One state or two:

The Voice of the Next

Palestinian Generation

Support for BDS is

more critical than ever

Gaza – an inquest into

its martyrdom

Another murder ignored

by the news media

Israel to name railway station

after Donald Trump

Israeli soldiers disclose

mistreatment of

Palestinian children

New Palestinian strategy

for 2018?

2 Palestinian protesters

shot dead by Israeli Army

in the Gaza Strip

Knesset nationality bill

considers Palestinian

citizens as second-class

Israeli settlers and

Army attack northern

West Bank school

Recent news updates:

One state or two, The Voice of the Next Palestinian Generation: a worthy piece by Gideon Levy reporting on a debate between Afif Safieh and Ali Abunimah. If there are two camps, as Gideon Levy argues, I would fall solidly in the camp of Ali Abunimah. [Mazin Qumsiyeh] Read Gideon's article online: (also see below).

In the face of US-sponsored Israeli brutality, support for BDS is more critical than ever. The latest illegal, anti-Palestinian move by the US Administration has given Israel a green light to escalate building illegal settlements and walls on stolen Palestinian land and ethnically cleansing whole Palestinian communities with impunity, especially in Occupied Jerusalem. In the face of this, support for the BDS movement for Palestinian rights is more critical than ever. BDS is a source of immense hope and inspiration because it is the voice of the absolute majority of Palestinians and because it is effectively building pressure to hold Israel accountable. For example, a 16-million-strong farmers’ union in India and a one-million-strong council of churches in South Africa recently adopted BDS in solidarity with our struggle for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. A major Danish pension fund has recently divested from Israeli banks financing Israel’s illegal settlements. Keep this hope alive. Donate to the Palestinian-led BDS movement.

Gaza An Inquest into its Martyrdom | By Norman Finkelstein | The Gaza Strip is among the most densely populated places in the world. More than two-thirds of its inhabitants are refugees, and more than half are under eighteen years of age. Since 2004, Israel has launched eight devastating “operations” against Gaza’s largely defenceless population. Thousands have perished, and tens of thousands have been left homeless. In the meantime, Israel has subjected Gaza to a merciless illegal blockade. What has befallen Gaza is a man-made humanitarian disaster. Based on scores of human rights reports, Norman G. Finkelstein's new book presents a meticulously researched inquest into Gaza’s martyrdom. He shows that although Israel has justified its assaults in the name of self-defence, in fact these actions constituted flagrant violations of international law. But Finkelstein also documents that the guardians of international law — from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to the UN Human Rights Council — ultimately failed Gaza. One of his most disturbing conclusions is that, after Judge Richard Goldstone's humiliating retraction of his UN report, human rights organisations succumbed to the Israeli juggernaut. Finkelstein’s magnum opus is both a monument to Gaza’s martyrs and an act of resistance against the forgetfulness of history. Book Review: By Sara Roy, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

Gaza – An Inquest into its Martyrdom

Norman Finkelstein (Author)

Available worldwide

Hardcover, 440 pages

ISBN: 9780520295711

January 2018

$34.95, £27.95

E-Book Version

Bethlehem 2017 facts and figures:

Another murder ignored by the news media.

How a Palestinian girl from an Occupied village emasculated the Israeli Army.

Palestinian Heroine. 28 December 2017 | What would you do if armed soldiers of an occupying force shot your 14-year-old cousin in the face at close range and then tried to force their way into your property?

Youth Against Settlements: Issa's trial continued in Israeli military court. Of the charges against him, one was for a 2013 remark he allegedly made in Hebrew calling a soldier stupid. For this, and the other 17 baseless charges against him, Issa may serve up to a few years in prison. But, regardless of the continuation of Issa's trial, all of us remain committed to the work. And, we have a lot to do in the coming year. We will be beginning the year getting ready for the ninth annual Open Shuhada Street campaign. We hope everyone can host an event on their campus or in their city. We have photos, flyers, booklets, personal stories and other supplies for you to use. We can even send an activist from Hebron to speak at your event. We encourage you to protest in front of Israeli consulates and embassies and the institutions and organisations that fund the settlers in Hebron. Sign up now to be part of the campaign or to come to Hebron to participate in the actions that will take place on the ground.

Israel to name railway station after Donald Trump. 28/12/2017 | The Israeli Transport Minister, Yisrael Katz, announced on 27 December that he had chosen to name a proposed underground railway station near the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City after Donald Trump to thank him for 'recognising' Jerusalem as its capital. The envisaged underground extension of a high-speed rail link between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is still on the drawing board and a Transport Ministry spokeswoman said other departments still needed to approve it. Reuters – see also:

How might it be made possible to recognise war as a crime? recognisewarasacrime

Israeli Army arrests donkey in Silwan, Jerusalem.

Former Israeli soldiers disclose routine mistreatment of Palestinian children. Booklet of testimonies of former Israeli soldiers describes beatings, intimidation and humiliation of children.

Year in Review – Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy? | Ramzy Baroud, 27 December 2017. 2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process’, at least in its American formulation, has ended. And with its demise, a political framework that has served as the foundation for US foreign policy in the Middle East has also collapsed. Not only did the US pull out of the 'peace process', it is expected to do its utmost to jeopardise any Palestinian initiative aimed at holding Israel accountable for its 50-year-old illegal military occupation. If the Palestinian leadership fails to transition itself into a new role, it is likely to find itself in direct confrontation with the Palestinian people, who are ready to move on into a whole new type of struggle; one that is not beholden to the farce of a ‘two-state solution’, which was never truly on the agenda to begin with. Read full article

2 Palestinian protesters shot dead by Israeli Army in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli Army position opened fire on eastern Jabalya, in the northern Gaza Strip, killing 24-year-old Zakariya al-Kafarne as well as another, unidentified, person who was later pronounced dead. As at 29 January this year, the deaths of these two Palestinians brought the death toll of Palestinians killed by Israel since Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem to 12 — i.e eight killed by the Israeli Army and four killed in air strikes.

Palestinian succumbs to wounds sustained in Israeli Army attack on Gaza. 28-year-old Sharif Abed Shalash succumbed to a wound he sustained the week before when Israeli forces shot him in the stomach with live ammunition during protests in Gaza.

Israeli Army shoots Palestinian teenager in the face, for putting his hand in his pocket.

Knesset nationality bill considers Palestinian citizens as second-class citizens. 23 December 2017 | Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has tasked Head of the Israeli Knesset, David Amsalem, to promote the nationality bill. Important issues that the bill addresses include:

The State of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, in which they realise their aspiration to self-determination in accordance with their cultural and historical heritage

The purpose of this Basic Law is to defend the character of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, a Jewish and democratic state

The state anthem is “Hatikvah,” the state flag is white with two blue stripes and a blue Star of David, the state emblem is a seven-branched menorah with olive leaves and the word “Israel”

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel; Independence Day is the national holiday of the State

The state’s language is Hebrew; the Arabic language has a special status

Every Jew has the right to immigrate to the land [of Israel] and acquire citizenship; the State shall act to gather in the exiles [of Israel]

The bill proposal, first submitted 4 years ago by Likud MK Avi Dichter, seeks to enshrine, as a basic law, the concept that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people. The legislation determines that all Israeli law must be interpreted according to this principle. The Bill discriminates against Arab-Israelis (the Palestinians who remained home during the Israeli ethnic cleansing in the 1940s) and specifies some of the practical aspects of Israel being the nation-state of the Jewish people.

Israeli settlers and Army attack northern West Bank school. | 28 December 2017 | Settlers from the Yitzhar Israeli Occupation settlement, supported by Israeli troops firing rubber-coated bullets and tear gas, attacked students at the Burin High School in the northern West Bank district of Nablus. Several youngsters were wounded and there were tear gas casualties. The students had been sitting for their mid-term exams when the settlers attacked the school. The school suspended the exams and dismissed the students as the premises filled with tear gas fumes.

UN 2017 Review:

No safe space – Health Consequences of Tear Gas Exposure Among Palestine Refugees | UC Berkeley School of Law Human Rights Center Report.

India Scraps 500 million military deal with Israel amid calls of boycotts.

To Exist is to Resist: Documenting Biodiversity in Occupied Palestine.

Sign the petition “Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook: Stop censoring Palestinians on Israeli Govt command.” Our goal is to reach 1,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

The Voice of the Next

Palestinian Generation

By Gideon Levy | 28 December 2017 | Haaretz

A lecture hall at Australia’s University of Adelaide, about a month ago. The event: An open discussion between longtime Palestinian diplomat Afif Safieh and the rising Palestinian star Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada website. The mood was charged, very tense; it was an intra-Palestinian clash of ideas — for and against the Palestinian Authority; one state or two, boycotts. It was a personal clash and also a generational confrontation, just as transfixing. The debate raised issues long brewing in Palestinian circles, in the territories and even more so in the diaspora. It is embarrassing to think that Israel hasn’t even begun such discussions. They are sorely needed.

Safieh is a senior Palestinian diplomat. He has served as ambassador to Moscow, Washington, The Hague and London. He sat on Fatah’s Revolutionary Council and was very close to Yasser Arafat, who once sent him to deliver a letter to 25 African leaders. In that pre-email era, he presented the letter to nine of them and gave the rest to ambassadors. He is now a private individual, living in London with his Belgian wife. He visits Ramallah for meetings of the Revolutionary Council. Abunimah was born and lives in the United States. He knows Barack Obama from Chicago and often appears in the international media. Abunimah accused Safieh and members of his generation of capitulating to Israel, which made Safieh practically choke with rage. Abunimah appeared via video hookup from Chicago, where it was late at night. Safieh was on stage in Adelaide, squirming in his chair, flailing with anger, occasionally glancing up at the electronic screen above his head. He knows that the man appearing there represents the next generation, but Safieh’s cohort is not yet ready to yield the stage.

Twenty-one years separate them, years of frustration and despair. Both are exiles — articulate and polished, educated and media-savvy, yet an abyss separates them. Safieh is an old-school diplomat, Abunimah is from the social networks. The latter’s generation will pose much more difficult challenges to Israel. Abunimah said that if you move slowly you’ll achieve nothing, while Safieh said that Israel is so strong that achieving great things is impossible, which is why one must be realistic and struggle for what one can. He recalls that it was his generation that raised the idea of one state, which was subsequently abandoned. “We aren’t able to get to two states, how will we get to one?”, Safieh barked at Abunimah, and their mutual contempt was evident.

It was a confrontation between the realpolitik of the previous generation and the revolutionary spirit of its heirs. Between modernity and the electronic struggle and diplomatic messages and the world of old. Between a compromise with Israel (never achieved) and an unwillingness to compromise on anything and to conduct a determined struggle that is unlikely to achieve anything in the near term, but at least exudes a new spirit. Safieh is an excellent spokesman for his people but the debate demonstrated the total ideological bankruptcy of the PA he represents. Fifty years of occupation and zero achievements is a worthy time to debate what went wrong and whether to adopt a new strategy. It’s doubtful it will bring the Palestinians any accomplishments, however; the continued bickering over two states, the 1967 borders and the peace process is a proven path to a dead end.

Israelis should listen to the new voices. They will get louder. Abunimah is not a terrorist, nor is Safieh, of course; but Abunimah will not compromise with Israel that way Safieh was prepared to and still wants to. Israel has missed the opportunity for compromises. Abunimah wants one state and the right of return; boycotts, divestment and sanctions; the end of Zionism and a halt to racism. On American campuses they listen to him much more readily than to Safieh. The old Palestinian locomotive has reached the end of the line. “And then one track whispered to the other, the king is dead, long live the new king,” (from “Song of the Locomotive” by Arik Lavie). Let’s see how well Israel does with him.


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