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Selected News Week of 4/1/11

Posted on April 1, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Israeli Occupation Forces to expropriate 662 Palestinian dunums in Occupied East Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) is planning to confiscate 662 dunums of Palestinian land between Tur and Aissawayia villages in occupied Jerusalem. The Israeli Ir Amim organization, specialized in monitoring the situation in East Jerusalem, said on Wednesday that the planning and construction committee of Jerusalem municipality had decided to allocate this area for establishing parks and tourism buildings. It said that the project is expected to be endorsed by Monday,


Palestinian refugees act to save Jerusalem's Lifta village from destruction

"This is not just a construction plan- they want to erase our memory," architect and Lifta refugee Nasser Abu-Lel told local and international media today in East Jerusalem regarding the Israel Land Administration’s plan to build a luxurious residential and commercial zone on the remains of his village in West Jerusalem. "The Israeli plan targets what remains of the houses we were forced to leave in the Nakba of 1948; the stones and walls that echo the daily life of our own parents, before the Zionist gangs forced them to leave." ... The press conference this morning to protest the plan was organized by the Sons of Lifta Society, an organization that gathers refugees from Lifta and their descendants in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.


Lod Under Attack

At present 3,000 demolition orders are currently issued against the Palestinian residents of the city of Lod. In what residents of city are calling a “calculated process of ethnic cleansing,” all Palestinian residents of Lod live in a constant state of fear that their home will be next on the chopping block. Over the last year, resistance is growing in Lod. Watch this slideshow of its latest showing.


Settlers injure Ramallah woman

Israeli settlers threw stones Wednesday at a 36-year-old woman driving between Ramallah and Birzeit, who was later hospitalized.  The woman, identified as Rula Al-Qwasmy, suffered broken bones and a concussion, and was transferred to a hospital in Ramallah.


Police beat and spat on us'

A Palestinian man who was arrested in connection to a rape of an 11-year-old boy and was later released is saying he and the three other former suspects are considering suing the police for a violent arrest and humiliation they were subjected to during their interrogation. "We were treated like dogs, a police officer spat on us and shouted that all Arabs must be killed."


Palestinians commemorate the 35th anniversary of Land Day

In Israel, many cities organized strikes. The largest demonstrations were held in Ar-Raba (Galilee) and in the Bedouin village of Al Araqib (Negev). In this city, which is considered a symbol of the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli policy after having been destroyed 19 times since July 2010, more than 1,000 people were present and Palestinian members of the Knesset gave speeches along with a number of women. The main cities of the West Bank (Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jenin, Tulkarem) also witnessed rallies and demonstrations against the Israeli policy of confiscation for illegal settlement expansion and against the Israeli denial of Palestinian rights in Area C.


Memories of the first Land Day

Dr. Kanaaneh has been kind enough to allow us to republish an excerpt from his book A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Israel describing his experience of the first Land Day in 1976.


On Land Day, the Jewish National Fund racist legacy is exposed

On this year’s Land Day, the Jewish National Fund has called for a "Stop the Hatred Day" and concocted a new slogan: "They destroy, we build." Of course, anyone who is familiar with Al Arakib knows that it is the JNF that destroys and the indigenous Bedouins who rebuild. Since it was founded in 1901, the JNF has been at the forefront of ethnic cleansing in Palestine.


Israel approves lawyer visit ban on Palestinian prisoners

The Israeli ministerial committee has approved a law that empowers the courts to ban lawyer visits to Palestinian prisoners for one year after arrest, the Palestinian Prisoner Society warned. Israel is trying to express its racist and inhumane policies in the form of law provisions, the PPS said.


Israel lays Gaza-like siege on West Bank village

Since 24 March, Israeli forces have sealed the southern occupied West Bank village of Beit Ommar for an indefinite amount of time as soldiers continue to arrest youngPalestinian residents and hold them in Israeli detention centers. In a move akin to the four-year-long economic blockade against the occupied Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers have closed the six entrances to the village of 17,000 inhabitants and have imposed a widespread prohibition policy against all major imports and exports from the village -- including gasoline, produce, raw industrial materials and basic supplies. Ambulances have also been prevented from entering or exiting the village. The closures and arrests followed a brazen attack by an Israeli settler on a funeral procession on 21 March.


Olmert says Gaza war inevitable

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said that an all-out war against the Gaza Strip is inevitable. "If there's one thing I regret -- it's that we didn't finish the job back then -- we cannot avoid the need to complete the job," Olmert said on Wednesday, referring to the Gaza war while he was in office. "Israel cannot accept the presence of a terror entity in Gaza, which threatens the citizens of Israel, without taking action. Not random action, but controlled, precise and organized action with enough force to bring a change to the reality in Gaza," Olmert was quoted as saying by Ynetnews.


Rachel Corrie trial resumes

The civil lawsuit brought by parents of slain American peace activist Rachel Corrie against the state of Israel will resume Sunday, the foundation named after her said Wednesday ... "Corrie's case forms a new test for the Israeli judicial system. This case will give this system another chance to show that it is able to work as an independent system that seeks to achieve justice and apply the law, rather than continue to entrench its politicized attitude by seeking to shield [Israeli forces]" a joint release by rights groups Al-Mezan, Al Dameer, and Gaza Community Mental Health Program said.


BDS campaigners force Ahava shop to move

The central London flagship store of Ahava, an Israeli cosmetics company whose products come from stolen Palestinian natural resources in the occupied West Bank, and are produced in the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Shalem, has been forced to move following a sustained campaign from BDS activists. A spokeswoman for Shaftesbury PLC, which owns the property that the shop is currently located in, told the Jewish Chronicle: “When Ahava’s lease expires in September, we will not offer them a new one.”


46% of Israeli teens: Revoke Arabs' rights

Friedrich Ebert Foundation's Youth Study reveals Israel's teens think greatest threat to state is Jewish-Arab conflict, believe less in democratic values. As for who they trust most - IDF gets 93% ... About 60% of Jewish youths prefer "strong leadership" to rule of law ... Asked how they feel when they think of Arabs, 25% responded with "hate" and 12% responded with "fear".


Benjamin Netanyahu's heart of darkness

He claims again and again that Israel fully provides equal rights for Arabs in Israel. I wrote down the claim: "There's only one country in the heart of the Middle East that has no tremors, no protests. That's Israel. Because we're the only one where we respect human rights. The only one that respects the rights of Arab citizens.


Thousands mark Land Day: 'Israel humiliating Arabs'

Arab sector leaders, leftists protest against 'continued expropriation of Arab lands, Knesset's racist legislation'. Thousands of people, including Knesset members and left-wing activists, gathered in Israel-Arab towns on Wednesday to mark the 35th annual Land Day, in which the Arab sector traditionally protests the "expropriation" of lands by the state. As part of the protests, the entire Arab sector went on strike for the day.


Join the international campaign to Stop the Jewish National Fund

“Commemorating the Palestinian Land Day and the Global BDS Day of Action, the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)… calls on people of conscience around the world to take civil and legal steps to oppose the presence and activities of the JNF in their countries due to its long-standing and intricate role in crimes of colonization, ethnic cleansing and apartheid against the Palestinian people.




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