Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Land day marked by Israel's killing of Palestinian child

A day commemorating the seizure of Palestinian land was marred Tuesday by the death of a Palestinian boy, shot by Israeli soldiers, near the Gaza border.

The 15-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed al-Faramawi, was killed east of southern Gaza town of Rafah. Gaza medics and witnesses confirmed that he was shot dead by Israeli forces who fired on Palestinians marking Land Day. Several others were wounded in the incident, Iran's English Web site AlAlam News reported. more

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Four Israeli soldiers killed in a week as Gaza resistance gives Israel bloody nose

Resistance fighters successfully ambushed IDF soldiers attempting an incursion into Gaza. Two Palestinians also dies. Israel has now lost four soldiers in the Gaza border zone. Israeli tanks withdrew from the strip this morning (five tanks and two bulldozers), but Gaza residents expect israel to commit more massacres in retaliation as helicopters and unmanned drones buzz overhead.
Now, as Netanyahu debates how he should respond to American pressure regarding construction in East Jerusalem and the future of the settlements, he will, for the first time, have to face an urgent security problem: Four Israeli fatalities along the Gaza border in less than a week.

The last thing Netanyahu needs right now is a war in Gaza. more

Friday, 26 March 2010

Israeli arrogance gets them into trouble in the West as UK expels Mossad spy

The Guardian newspaper said Wednesday that Israel’s persistence in defying the US call for halting settlement activities in occupied Jerusalem and its forging of British passports in order to murder a senior Hamas official in Dubai is a “mark of arrogance.”

The Guardian highlighted, commenting about the issue of forged British passports and the last remarks made by Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington about occupied Jerusalem, that “both events in London and Washington are the marks of an arrogant nation that has overreached itself.”

“The forging of British passports is the work of a country which believes it can act with impunity when planning the murder of its enemies, while simultaneously claiming to share the values of a law-based state,” the newspaper added. “Netanyahu's statements in Washington, made as he was preparing to meet Barack Obama, are the mark of a leader who thinks he can openly defy the will of Israel's closest military ally.”

It also quoted US secretary of state Hillary Clinton as saying that “continued construction in east Jerusalem undermines America's ability to play any effective role in the peace process.”

The Guardian warned Netanyahu that he has to face the consequences of his ideological stand over east Jerusalem and stop pre-empting the shape of the final agreement by creating facts on the ground, adding that no deal with the Palestinians can be made in such conditions.

For its part, the Independent newspaper stated Wednesday that the British-Israeli diplomatic crisis is at its lowest ebb because of the Mossad’s use of cloned British passports in Dubai assassination.

The newspaper added that the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat was not only intended for conveying the British government’s dismay about this issue to Israel, but also to the British public opinion.

In a related context, pro-Palestinian British organizations and jurists in the UK decided to bring charges against the Mossad for the assassination of Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh in Dubai and its forgery of British citizens’ passports.
Al-Jazeera net quoted lawyers and human rights activists as saying that the case of Mabhouh’s murder would be referred to British courts in the next few days.

For its part, the British Muslim Initiative called for expelling Israel’s ambassador in London and enlightening the British public about the details of this crime.

Mabhouh’s wife, for her part, told Al-Jazeera net that a group of attorneys will follow up the case of her husband’s murder in the next few days.

She said she handed an official proxy in this regard to a noted legal office in the UK specialized in such cases, pointing out that lawyers will seek to focus on the crime of assassination itself and not only on the issue of the forged passports.

In the same context, the British foreign office on Wednesday warned citizens that it might not be safe to use their passports in Israel.
On a warning posted on its website, the foreign office called on its citizens not to leave their passports in the possession of a third party in Israel, especially airports’ security officials.

Thanks to PIC

BBC news bias echoes Israeli propaganda as it bury's news of killing of Palestinian teenagers

pictured above - protest outside the BBC


When a Thai kibbutz worker was killed in Israel by a rocket launched from Gaza last week, BBC News online gave the incident headline coverage flagged up on its home page. (BBC news online, ‘Rocket fire from Gaza kills man in southern Israel’, 23:42 GMT, Thursday, 18 March 2010

By contrast, the killing of two Palestinian teenagers, Mohammad Qadus and Osaid Qadus, by Israeli soldiers on Saturday was buried at the end of a short news report on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's Middle East visit. Even worse, the BBC’s footnote simply echoed Israeli propaganda that “no live bullets were fired, only tear gas and rubber bullets”, despite ample evidence to the contrary. (BBC news online, ‘UN chief says Gaza suffering under Israeli blockade’, 11:26 GMT, Sunday, 21 March 2010,

Yesterday morning, we joined with a number of media activists in sending complaints to the BBC. We emailed Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen. We asked Bowen why BBC News so often channels the Israeli version of events without proper scrutiny. We pointed out that, in contrast to the BBC, other news media had given the tragic killings of Mohammad Qadus and Osaid Qadus significant prominence, while also providing strong evidence that directly contradicted Israeli claims. For example, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported that the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem had obtained an X-ray of Osaid Qadus's body that refuted the Israeli army's assertion that “no live bullets were fired”. B‘Tselem commented:

"Rubber-coated steel bullets will not enter and exit the body in that way. It's very clear these injuries would not have been caused by any kind of crowd-control measure. The army's explanation is simply impossible and not consistent with the evidence." (Ma’an news agency, ‘Army explanation “simply impossible”’, 22 March, 2010;

To read the rest of this media alert, please go to:

Sign the petition to demand release of UK Gaza protesters

A defence campaign has been set up for the protestors who have been charged with offences at the Gaza demonstrations in

More than 20 of the 78 people charged have been sent to prison in an unprecedented campaign by the police. Almost all of
those charged are Muslims. The campaign to defend the protestors has resulted in some good press coverage, and one of the first defendants to plead not guilty was acquitted last week.

Please sign the petition in defence of the protestors, which will be delivered to the Home Office at a protest on Tuesday
30 March
, 4.30pm.


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collecting signatures as widely as they can. Please send them to the Stop the War office in time for the 30 March protest at
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Gaza protester released from prison after police lies fall apart

Call for inquiry after video evidence clears Gaza protester

The Metropolitan police were forced to drop charges today against a British man charged with violent conduct at a protest in London against the Israeli bombing of Gaza. It emerged they had failed to provide crucial video evidence until a day before the trial. From the Guardian

UN human rights council demands that Israel pay reparations to Palestinians

Make Israel pay for the destruction it wrought in Gaza. True to form the US and five European countries opposed the resolution - no wonder the West is hated in the Middle East and beyond.
GENEVA — Israel should pay Palestinians reparations for loss and damages suffered during last year's war in the Gaza Strip, the U.N. Human Rights Council suggested Thursday.

The 47-nation body didn't call for similar payments by Palestinians to Israelis. The resolution was opposed by the United States and five European countries.

Israeli Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar said the resolution was biased and defamatory, and would do nothing to bring Palestinians and Israelis closer together.

The proposal by Pakistan passed by a majority of 29 to 6, with 11 abstentions. One country, Gabon, didn't vote. more

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Tanks open fire near Eretz as IDF bulldozers enter Gaza to demolish homes and farms

Israeli bulldozers have demolished several Palestinian homes and destroyed farmlands in the northern sector of the Gaza Strip after Israeli tanks opened fire on them.

In the early hours of Tuesday, a number of Israeli army bulldozers uprooted trees and then leveled several homes after tanks opened fire on the periphery of the Beit Hanoun (Eretz) crossing and near the northern border of the Gaza strip, the International Middle East Media Center reported on Wednesday. more

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Netanyahu AIPAC speech disrupted by CodePink activists in settlement protest

Code Pink Disrupts Netanyahu Speech, Pulls Off AIPAC Hoax

Activists with the group Code Pink interrupted Netanyahu’s speech on two occasions with calls to freeze settlement building and end the US-backed blockade of the Gaza Strip. One protester said Israel is guilty of war crimes. Earlier in the day, Code Pink pulled off a hoax by releasing a fake press release in AIPAC’s name calling for a complete freeze on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories. Code Pink members also dressed up in suits and handed out copies of the statement outside the AIPAC conference to confused attendees. Several major news outlets picked up the statement before AIPAC issued a denial. We’ll have more with author Norman Finkelstein later in the broadcast.

Audio report at Democracy Now here

Al Jazeera report here

CodePink press release

CODEPINK Protests Netanyahu inside AIPAC Gala
Activists call for end to siege on Gaza and illegal settlements

WASHINGTON - March 23 - Shortly after announcing Israel’s commitment to defense in his address to the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Gala, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was disrupted by a demonstrator. Rae Abileah, 27, from Half Moon Bay, CA, jumped onto AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr’s private table alongside the stage and unfurled a pink banner that said “Netanyahu: Build Peace Not Settlements!” Abileah shouted, “Lift the siege of Gaza! No illegal settlements!” as she was forcefully removed from the building. A second disruption came moments later from Joan Stallard, from Washington, DC, who shouted, “Stop the settlements!”

Today, Tuesday, March 23, at noon CODEPINK is planning to build a settlement (including homes and beds) inside Senator Schumer’s and Senator Lieberman’s offices (Hart Senate Building, offices 313 and 706). CODEPINK’s protests of the policies of AIPAC during their national conference this week have included daily morning protests, staging of a checkpoint for attendees, an afternoon press conference announcing the launch of a city-wide boycott of products illegally made in the settlements, and the release this morning of a spoof press release from AIPAC announcing that the organization was calling for a settlement freeze.

American Jewish peace activists are outraged at the influence that AIPAC has on U.S. policy. “AIPAC supports policies of aggression that damage Israel’s reputation, harm innocent Palestinians, and contribute to making America less safe in the world,” said Jewish-American activist Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK.”

CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. CODEPINK rejects foreign policies based on domination and aggression, and instead calls for policies based on diplomacy, compassion and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence.

Video: 80% of Gazans lack access to clean water thanks to Israel's siege

Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has brought immense sufferings to Palestinians living in the coastal territory.

The siege even impedes the supply of water, the most basic need for human survival.

Now - 80 per cent of Gazans lack access to clean water.

The head of Gaza's water authority says he has plans and the means to import water from other countries until self-dependency is reached, but Israel's blockade is the only thing in the way.

Al Jazeera's Casey Kauffman reports from Gaza.

UK to expel Israeli diplomat over cloning of British passports by Mossad's al-Mabhouh murder squad

The ambassador, Ron Prosor, will not be expelled according to diplomatic reports. Instead it's more likely to be a lower-ranking staff member. [update] Telegraph claims it is the Mossad station chief who has been expelled.
The UK is to expel an Israeli diplomat over the use of twelve cloned British passports in a Dubai murder, the BBC has learned.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband will make a statement to Parliament later.

Israel has said there is no proof that its agents were behind the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room in January.

Diplomatic sources stressed the British government has stopped short of accusing Israel of the murder. more

Monday, 22 March 2010

Boycott H&M fashion store over opening programme in Israel

Swedish fashion chain H&M opened its first store in Israel on Thursday morning, but not everyone seems to be happy about it. The Swedish organization for solidarity with the Palestinians and the Palestinian association in Stockholm have called for a boycott H&M over its decision to open six more stores in Israel and urged the company to postpone the opening until Israel "respects international law."

According to a statement issued by the organizations, "The familiar red H&M sign will be visible in the Azriel Mall in Tel Aviv and, a few days later, in the Malcha shopping centre in Jerusalem, a city gradually cleansed of its Palestinian population to be replaced by Jewish-Israeli settlements." more

Ban on visit to Gaza says blockade inflicts 'unacceptable suffering' on population

UN General Sec. Ban on his first visit to Gaza since the war attacks Israel for the suffering of the population. Will Clinton call for the lifting of this illegal collective punishment by Israel when she speaks at the AIPAC conference today or for the punishment of the IDF criminals that killed four Palestinian teenagers this weekend? Of course not.
Gaza – Ma'an – On his first visit to Gaza since the end of Israel's Operation Cast Lead, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the ongoing siege "not sustainable" adding that the continued closure "is wrong."

More than a year after he spoke in front of the smoldering remains of the UN warehouse in Gaza City, hit by Israeli missiles during the December 2008-January 2009 war, Ban addressed Gazans in Khan Younis, saying they "are striving to provide for their families amid unacceptable, unsustainable conditions."

The Israeli siege of Gaza, Ban said, "causes unacceptable suffering of human beings," with half of the areas population, which is under the age of 18, suffering the most, a UN news brief quoted the official as saying.

Clinton addresses AIPAC to reassure Zionists US support is 'rock solid'

Hillary Clinton is addressing AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) today to reassure the pro-Israel crowd that US support, no matter how many people the IDF kills, will be 'rock solid' (see text of her speech here), apart from the odd cynical criticism to try and play to an Arab audience in the pretence that the US is neutral when in fact it is the main military and political backer of the settler state. Israel's Netanyahu will also be addressing the policy conference.

Last year there were protests inside the conference centre organised by women's peace group CodePink.
AIPAC, or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, describes itself as the most important organization affecting the U.S. relationship with Israel. With a budget of $65 million, and membership now standing at over 100,000, it is no wonder that congressional staffers consider it one of the most powerful and effective lobbies on Capitol Hill.

Once a year, AIPAC holds its annual conference in Washington DC. This May it was attended by over 5,000 participants. Its annual policy conference is one of Washington’s largest gatherings of lawmakers, topped only by the President’s State of the Union address. Guests this year included two-thirds of the House, half the Senate, and Vice President Richard Cheney.

Only rarely is a critical word uttered among politicians regarding AIPAC and its associates that support unjust and aggressive (and disastrous) U.S. policies toward the peoples of the Middle East. We aim to change that. Go to Protest AIPAC

IDF terrorists kill four unarmed Palestinians in weekend escalation

Two Palestinians killed protesting restriction on access to farmland because of settler presence near Iraq Burin. The IDF is a terrorist organisation but as usual no condemnation from the western hypocrites. On Saturday near Nablus two Palestinian teenagers were killed by IDF for the 'crime' of throwing stones.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Air strikes across Gaza as US imposes sanctions against bank and al-Aqsa TV

Israeli air strikes across Gaza this morning. Two people injured.
Meanwhile the US has imposed sanctions against the Islamic National Bank and the Hamas-aligned al-Aqsa TV station. This comes as the European Unions head of foreign affairs visits the strip run by 'terrorists'. Western policy in the region in shot through with hypocrisy and contradiction - a stance born from trying to defend the oppressor against the oppresssed.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

German Jewish group sending humanitarian aid to Gaza in show of solidarity

Berlin : A leading German Jewish peace group which has repeatedly criticized Israel's policies in the occupied territories, is to ship humanitarian aid to Gaza this spring.

According to a press statement sent to IRNA in Berlin on Thursday, the German-branch of European Jews for a Just Peace in the Middle East (EJJP) is to deliver "urgently needed things like medicines, baby food, blankets, children's clothes and school material" to Gaza which remains under siege by Israel and Egypt.


Ansar al-Sunna Brigade rocket hits kibbutz killing one

Rocket fire kills one in Kibbutz as EU's quasi foreign minister, Catherine Ashton, visits Gaza. Small Islamist group Ansar al-Sunna claimed responsibility for the attack. Hamas has been attempting to rein in rocket fire by other resistance groups. Israel, always keen to latch onto any excuse to try and kill Palestinians, has launched airstrikes in response.

Jordan calls for action against Israel on Jerusalem but fails to break diplomatic relations

"Not helpful" is all Obama has to say about the ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem by its occupiers. So it is not surprising that hopes in Obama in the Arab world are evaporating quickly.

Which is why the king of Jordan is feeling the heat. He says Jerusalem is a red line not to be crossed:
AMMAN: Jordan’s King Abdallah on Wednesday demanded the international community take firm action to stop Israel’s actions in Jerusalem, saying the holy city is a “red line.”

Jerusalem is a red line and the world should not be silent about Israel’s attempts to get rid of Jerusalem’s Arabs residents, Muslims or Christians,” the king told Catherine Ashton, visiting EU foreign policy chief, according to a palace statement.

Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, “demands the international community take a firm, swift, direct and effective action to stop Israel’s provocative measures in Jerusalem, that seek to change its identity and threaten holy sites there,” he said. more
But if King Abdallah was serious about 'direct action' then he would surely break off diplomatic relations with Israel now.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

IDF opens fire on demonstrators challenging Gaza 'no-go zone' near Beit Hanoun

Israel's 'buffer zone' takes more of the limited amount of land available for cultivation out of use. Farmers are regularly harassed and shot at by Israel's soldiers.
Gaza – Ma'an – Israeli forces opened fire during a demonstration in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday afternoon, protesters said.

Abu Al-Walid Az-Zaq, member of the Popular Committee Against the Buffer Zone, said the demonstration was intended to reassert control over an Israeli "no-go area" near Beit Hanoun.

The closure separates farmers and residents from their lands and property, and runs counter to claims that the military evacuated all of Gaza during its 2005 redeployment.


Israel targets Palestinian children in attempt to crush peaceful protests

As the strains in the US/Israel relationship start to show it should be remembered that the US is still totally committed to 'Israel's security'. So it's no surprise that there have been no condemnations from the US over the injuring of dozens of Palestinian protesters yesterday in East Jerusalem. Israeli security forces have been targeting children as a way of pressuring the resistance movement. Also, Israel announced it has lifted its closure of the West Bank but the defacto closure created by countless roadblocks, checkpoints and settlements of course continues.
SILWAN, EAST JERUSALEM, Mar 16, 2010 (IPS) - Three thousand heavily armed Israeli security service forces locked down large parts of the Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday, as battalions of police fired rounds of tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian protesters in the occupied eastern part of the city. Nearly 40 Palestinians were wounded and treated at nearby hospitals, as 25 were arrested during intense clashes...

..."The Israeli forces are threatening the families through the children," Shafaa continues. "In the cases when the police come in and arrest the children, they will only release them on an expensive bail, and every day, the community continues to fear what will happen to their kids."


Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Ramallah street named in honour of US activist Rachel Corrie

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday named a street after a U.S. activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in a 2003 protest against house demolitions in Gaza.

The dedication ceremony was held on the seventh anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death.

Corrie's mother, Cindy, said her daughter stood for many other foreign activists who have come to the West Bank and Gaza in recent years to serve as a buffer between Palestinians and Israeli troops.


Clashes break out at protests against Israel's encroachment on al-Aqsa mosque

The Palestinian rage against Israel's dedication of reopening a synagogue close to al- Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem flared on Tuesday, where clashes erupted in the disputed holy city and demonstrations dominated the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Hamas is calling for a new intifada against the occupation.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Viva Palestina convoy activists from Bristol UK to get official welcome back to home city

Nine brave Bristolians will be officially welcomed home to the city at the Council House this evening, after their 34-day, 4,000-mile aid trip to Gaza at Christmas.

The group delivered more than £20,000 of humanitarian, medical and educational aid, raised by the people of Bristol on January 6 – despite clashes with Egyptian authorities at the border.

Supported by Bristol City Council, the group included four vans and mini-buses and a 44-ton truck painted with Banksy-style murals of Bristol & Gaza on one side, and Wallace & Gromit on the other. The group joined the main UK Viva Palestina convoy in London on December 5 and 250 people of all denominations set off across Europe and the Middle East to Gaza.

Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Professor Manuel Hassassian, will join the welcome, along with Gaza journalist Sameh Habeeb, the Founder, Chair and Editor– in-Chief of the Palestine Telegraph.


Egypt's steel Gaza wall nears completion as towers are reinforced

Egypt's shameful Gaza steel wall is apparently nearly finished. Following the death of a soldier when the Viva Palestina was temporarily barred from entering the strip, the Egyptian state has decided to reinforce the watchtowers... all to the joy of the Israel and the US.
The reinforced underground steel wall which Egypt is building along its border with Gaza is nearly completed, Egyptian daily al-Shorouq reported Monday.

"Work on the main wall is in its fourth and final stage," the paper reported. Once that is complete, cameras and detection devices will be installed.

The process will take "a few weeks," followed by a testing period overseen by Egyptian and international experts.

The observation towers along the border are currently being replaced by new steel towers which employ bullet-proof glass. more

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Israel admits 50,000 illegal settler homes are in planning process

Israel is planning to build 50,000 homes, mostly in East Jerusalem. Pictured above is the Ramat Schlomo settlement where permission for a further 1,600 units was announced during Biden's visit.
Some 50,000 new housing units in Jerusalem neighborhoods beyond the Green Line are in various stages of planning and approval, planning officials told Haaretz. They said Jerusalem's construction plans for the next few years, even decades, are expected to focus on East Jerusalem. more

British journalist Paul Martin released from prison in Gaza

British journalist Paul Martin has been released from detention in Gaza according to Reuters.

Paul Martin was has been held since February 14. He went to Gaza to give defence evidence for a man accused of collaborating with Israel.No charges have been brought against Martin.

UN bomb disposal unit allowed into Gaza to start defusing Israel's munitions

Over a year after the deadly war inflicted on the people of Gaza Israel has finally allowed a UN bomb disposal unit into Gaza to start clearing up some of the unexploded munitions left behind the world's 'most moral army'. No word on what the international community intends to do about the depleted uranium that litters the strip. It would also be nice if Israel would allow the import of concrete into Gaza so that reconstruction can begin.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Defence campaign for jailed Gaza protesters galvanising support

Meeting to build support for Gaza activists

by Siân Ruddick

Over 100 people met last Tuesday to build solidarity for people jailed after protesting at Israel’s assault on Gaza last year.

Anti-war and Palestine campaigners joined representatives from community groups and families of some of the defendants.

Some of the accused have been sentenced to two and a half years.

Joanna Gilmore, a researcher who has been following the cases, said, “These are harsh sentences, and are designed to intimidate protesters.”

Campaigning lawyer Imran Khan pledged to organise appeals for all those who want them.

He said, “We have to organise the appeals properly like we did after the Bradford riots. We have to pick the strongest cases first and fight with them.”

The meeting demanded immediate release for all those imprisoned, for the complaints against the police to be upheld and for all those facing trial to have the charges against them dropped.

Imran Khan has organised a meeting for families and lawyers on Wednesday of this week.

Thanks to Socialist Worker (UK)

Rachel Corrie trial opens today as Israeli defence ministry starts to feel the heat

The Rachel Corrie trial opens today with the Israeli defence ministry in the dock.
A 23-year-old American activist stands in front of an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza. The bulldozer drives over her, crushing her to death. These are the facts.

Rachel Corrie, along with colleagues from the International Solidarity Movement, was trying to prevent Israel from bulldozing homes in Rafah, close to the Egyptian border. Her activism cost her her life in March 2003.

A colleague said at the time, "Many times the bulldozer came up to us and buried us with dirt, but they always stopped."

Corrie's parents want to know the truth about their daughter's death, whether the killing was intentional and who is accountable.


Israel apologises to Biden and US for timing, not intent, of settlement expansion annoucement

Of course it's the Palestinian people Israel should be apologising to for continuing to steal their land. Is the Israeli ruling class divided among itself as this seems to be the only way to explain the ineptness of the announcement yesterday of more land grabbing which seemed designed to embarass its most powerful ally - the US?They do have a lot on their plaate to be worryng about - from Iran to Rachel Corrie.
Israel apologised to Joe Biden today for announcing a plan to build 1,600 homes on occupied Palestinian land during his visit, after the US vice-president launched a strongly worded attack on the planned construction in an East Jerusalem settlement.

An Israeli cabinet minister apologised for the timing of the announcement but not for its substance. "This should not have happened during a visit by the US vice-president," the welfare minister, Isaac Herzog, told Army Radio. "This is a real embarrassment and now we have to express our apologies for this serious blunder."


Israel backs down and will let EU's Ashton and UN's Ban into Gaza

Israel backs down and says it will allow EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and UN gen sec Ban into Gaza.
Israel will allow two senior international visitors to enter the blockaded Gaza Strip, in a rare departure from policy, during their upcoming visits to the region, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

Israel has denied almost all international guests entry from its territory to the Hamas-controlled enclave since its offensive there last year in order to isolate the Palestinian Islamist group that calls for the Jewish state's destruction.

The ministry said in a statement that the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, who will visit next week, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who visits in a few weeks, will be able to go to Gaza.

"In response to the special requests ... Israel has decided to facilitate their entry to the Gaza Strip in order to allow them to get a first hand impression of humanitarian activities taking place in that area," the statement said.


Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Israeli government announces 1,600 new houses for settlers in East Jerusalem

The announcements comes as Joe Biden tells the world what great lovers the US and Israel are. In other words Israel can do what it likes and the US will let them get on with it, while making some public noises to appear 'even-handed'. (Pictured above: East Jerusalem district of Silwan is being targeted by the settlers).
The Interior Ministry approved the building of 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem, a ministry statement said on Tuesday.

The units are to be constructed, according to the ministry statement, in addition to the ultra-Orthodox Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, expanding it both to the east and to the south. more

Video: Official trailer for 6th Israeli Apartheid Week, plus London events diary

Israeli Apartheid Week - London

1st - 11th March 2010

Palestine Societies in SOAS, UCL and LSE

Day One

Anatomy of Israeli Rule in The Occupied Palestinian Territories

Monday 1 March 2010, 7pm

LSE, Room D702 (Clement House)


Adi Ophir, associate professor at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University

Sari Hanafi, Associate professor at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, American University of Beirut

Day Two

Stop the Wall!

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

UCL – Room and time TBC


Taysir Arbasi, Former olive farmer and project director of Zaytoun, Palestine

Michael Warschawski, Alternative Information Centre, a joint Palestinian-Israeli research group

Yasmin Khan, War on Want

Day Three

Apartheid Israel and the Land Question

Wednesday, 3 March 2010, 7pm

SOAS, Room G50


Salah Mohsen, community organiser and an activist for the rights of the Palestinian citizens of Israel, a member of the General Council of the National Democratic Alliance

Nidal Rafa, TV producer and journalist based in Jerusalem, sits on the boards of the English-language publication This Week in Palestine, and the al-Hosh gallery of Palestinian art in Jerusalem.

Day Four

The Application of Universal Jurisdiction After the Cast Lead Offensive

Thursday, 4 March 2010, 7pm

SOAS. Room B102


Daniel Machover, Co-founder of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights in
1988, Machover actively pursues potential legal remedies in the UK and
EU for Palestinian victims of Israeli human rights abuses

Day Five

Palestinian Women’s Lives in Occupied Jerusalem:

Hosted by the SOAS Gender Centre

Organised by


Monday, 8 March 2010, 7pm


Women and Children in the Old City


Hiyam Elayan, Co-ordinator, Saraya Women’s Centre, Old City.

Women and children in a Jerusalem Refugee Camp


Amal Ehjazi, Co-ordinator, Women’s Centre, Shu’fat Camp.

The Health Situation in Jerusalem and its Suburbs


Dr Huda Hassan, Doctor for UNWRA, lives in Abu Dis and works in Jerusalem.

Palestinian Women Under Occupation


Dr Fadwa Al-Labadi, Director of the Insan Centre for Gender Studies, Al Quds University, Abu Dis.

Day Six

Democracy or Apartheid? Israel's regime of control and the Palestinians

Tuesday, 9 March 2010, 6pm

LSE, U8 (Tower 1, access from Clements Inn)


Ben White, writer and freelance journalist, author of 'Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide' (Pluto Press, 2009).

Day Seven

Film Screening:

Thursday, 11 March 2010, 6pm

LSE, D702 (Clements House)

Yizkor: Slaves of Memory

Director: Eyal Sivan, 1991

Followed by a Q&A with the director

IZKOR, is a portrait of the Israeli society that has never been shown before, thirty days in the life of a state that lives to the rhythm of its memory. This award-winning film puts forward a passionate and severe analysis of the Hebrew state. “IZKOR,” means "remember" in Hebrew and this film looks in depth at this imperative that is imposed on the children of Israel. In Israel during the month of April feast days and celebrations take place one after another. School children of all ages prepare to pay tribute to their country’s past. The collective memory becomes a terribly efficient tool for the training of young minds. The author of the film is an Israeli. By going to rediscover the myths and symbols that have contributed to the making of his own identity, as well as that of every Israeli, he is bringing into play his own personal experience

Fatah signals reconciliation talks could be back on as Arab League summit looms

Are the national reconciliation talks on again? Maan is reporting moves by Fatah to get Hamas representatives to Cairo to sign up to a 'Unity Road Map'.
Gaza – Ma'an – A Palestinian lawmaker representing Fatah in Gaza proposed on Tuesday that Hamas head to Cairo and sign the Egyptian unity plan ahead of the Arab League summit in Tripoli.

The trip, according to Ashraf Jum'a, would be the first of four stages allowing Palestinian factions to "climb down from the tree," Jum'a told Ma'an, in a proposal he termed the "Unity Road Map."


Israel's 'deputy mayor' of Jerusalem shows his racism with attack on Arab residents

If anyone has doubts about the racist nature of Israel's ongoing demolition and construction programme the Israeli deputy major makes it disgustingly transparent - clear out the Arabs.
It is much preferred to have Jews living in Jerusalem rather than Arabs, Deputy Jerusalem Mayor David Dahari said during a tour of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Shiekh Jarah on Tuesday, Israel Radio reported.

According to Dahari, who is a represents the National Religious Party (NRP), more Jews will be living in the neighborhood by the end of the year.

The deputy mayor said, “Jews can live in every house in Jerusalem and unfortunately Arabs can too.” more

Egyptian bloggers' day of 'electronic' solidarity with Palestinians of Gaza

Egypt's blogger are risking the wrath of their dictatorial state with today's show of solidarity with Gaza, given the regime's role in maintaining the blockade, affirmed by the building of a steel fence along the border to deter tunneling.
CAIRO: Egyptian Internet activists have agreed to change their profile photos on the popular social networking site Facebook on Tuesday as part of Arab Unity and support with the “resilience of Palestinians in Gaza.” The group will be celebrating the steadfastness of the Gaza people who have been under economic and political blockade for their 1,000th day “without bowing to the U.S.-Israeli domination.”

Egyptian bloggers and activists have called for the “electronic day” against the siege in support of Palestinian steadfastness and have highlighted that those who struggle to regain their rights “inevitably will attain it even if it takes a long time.” more

Monday, 8 March 2010

American Jews come out in support of Israeli Apartheid Week as Israeli establishment divided on response

Excellent article by Donna Neve, a Jewish American supporter of Israeli Apartheid Week writing in Haaretz today (see below). The Israeli establishment seems increasingly split over how to respond as another Haaretz article shows:
...Recently I experienced deja vu when I saw the exact strategy I had been taught so many years ago being used by the Israeli government and the American Jewish establishment as part of a relentless hasbara campaign to denounce and discredit Justice Richard Goldstone and the Goldstone Report.

On this past International Holocaust Day, as part of this campaign, the Israeli government shamefully used this day to further its attack on Justice Goldstone and the report.

The attack has been particularly virulent, perhaps because this evidence-based report, whose lead author is internationally respected and known as a supporter of Israel, revealed the immorality of the IDF's actions with powerful legal authority.

The IDF is not a "defense" force. It is an illegal occupying army that is brutalizing the Palestinian people. Why am I marching with 22 organizations to protest the Friends of the IDF dinner and the war criminal it is honoring? Quite simply: How could I not?

Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and long-time organizer for Israeli-Palestinian peace and justice, is a member of Jews Say No!, one of the organizations co-sponsoring the protest on March 9th.

Part of Israel's Apartheid Wall is pictured above.

Israel gives green light for settlement construction as US's Biden visits

US VP Biden is in Israel this week and as a little present Israel has given the go ahead for yet more settlement construction. The settlement (pictured above) looks more like a hilltop military outpost, which is essentially what they are, than a village.
Israel authorized the construction of 112 new apartments in the West Bank despite a pledge to slow settlement building, the government disclosed Monday - a decision that enraged the Palestinians a day after they reluctantly agreed to resume peace talks.

Word of the new construction in the Beitar Illit settlement came amid a flurry of activity by the U.S. to try to salvage peacemaking.

Under heavy U.S. pressure, Israel agreed in November to restrict building in the West Bank to some 3,000 apartments whose construction was already
underway. But it rejected any curbs in east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want for their future capital


Colombia Journalism Review points to press freedom in Gaza despite Paul Martin arrest

Paul Martin, the UK journalist arrested in Gaza nearly two weeks ago, has still not been released. He was to be a witness at the forthcoming trial of an alleged collaborator. The article snippet below from the prestigious Colombia Journalism Review makes the point of arguing that Hamas has been up until now at least fairly hands off with the international media. It is hoped that these press freedoms will not be undermined by further detentions of journalists doing their job.

The Perils of Reporting from Gaza

Gaza journalists hopeful that press freedoms will persist

By Ashley Bates

On February 14 in the Gaza Strip, Hamas arrested Paul Martin, a British documentary filmmaker, on suspicions that Martin had “committed offenses against Palestinian law… that harms the security of the country.” Martin was about to testify on behalf of a Palestinian militant who had been accused of collaborating with Israel.

Martin’s arrest and continued detention has raised new concerns about the safety and freedom of foreign journalists working in Gaza. In recent years, these journalists have contended with unusual pressures, including meddling from Hamas security forces, Israeli prohibitions on their entry into Gaza and the danger of getting caught in the crossfire between opposing sides.

Hamas generally does not aggressively interfere with the press—a policy that some analysts see as an effort to improve its reputation in the West. After Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, it helped secure the release of Alan Johnson, a British journalist kidnapped and held for 114 days by a militant group called the Army of Islam.

“[Hamas] has never done anything to me directly,” said Erin Cunningham, who has reported from Gaza for multiple American publications. “If I’m out with my camera, they want to know who I am, where I’m from, why I’m shooting, but normally it works out….[By arresting Paul Martin], I think Hamas has crossed a line that presents a danger for the journalists working here.”


Sixth Israeli Apartheid Week swings into action in Canada

Toronto Israeli Apartheid Week

We are very proud to announce our speakers along with the specific themes of each evening for IAW 2010. Mark your calendars with the different topics for each evening and speakers:

Friday, March 5, 7pm National Liberation: From Turtle Island to Palestine
Location: Library Building, Ryerson University LIB072, 350 Victoria Street (map)

Rabab Abdulhadi born and raised in Nablus, Palestine, Rabab Abdulhadi is a long-time feminist activist and scholar who has made significant contributions to the struggle for Palestinian self-determination and the well-being of Palestinian women. She has participated in numerous organizations dedicated to fighting for the rights of Arab and Arab-American women. From 1982 to 1988, she was the Director of Political and International Relations at the Middle East Research Center in New York. Rabab Abdulhadi was instrumental in founding the Union of Palestinian Women’s Associations in North America during the first Intifada, or Palestinian uprising, that grew into 2,000 members and 29 chapters in the United States and Canada. Rabab Abdulhadi is also involved in a variety of coalition-building projects that make links between diasporic communities living in the U.S., U.S. communities of color and women of color activisms. Doctor Rabab Abdulhadi has published extensively for the academic and mainstream presses writing on issues of nationalism, terrorism, race, ethnicity and the experiences of the diasporic Arab communities. She currently teaches in the Ethnic Studies Program at San Francisco State University.

Tyendinaga Mohawk Shawn Brant has been repeatedly imprisoned for his stand against colonial policies and unjust treatment of First Nations peoples in Canada. He is currently involved in a long-standing battle to bring clean water to his community, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, which is one of the 85 First Nations communities that do not have access to this basic right. Shawn lives on the Territory with his

* ASL Interpretation will be provided on closing night (March 5).


@ The Blue Moon Pub
725 Queen St. E. (at Broadview)
Doors Open: 9 pm
Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door (tickets will be available during IAW events)

This event is a fundraiser for Israeli Apartheid Week 2010

Israeli Apartheid Week is proud to present Palestinian hip-hop artist, Abeer Alzinaty’s (aka Sabreena Da Witch) debut performance in Canada. The event will also feature Montreal based Iraqi MC Narcycist as well as local DJs. All are invited to this night of music and dance that will conclude the 6th annual Israeli Apartheid Week.

Abeer Alzinaty (aka Sabreena Da Witch) is a Palestinian hip hop artist. Born in 1984 in Lydd, she started performing R&B in Arabic and English in her teens and released her first original Mix-tape. Witch's intifada, in 2008. Abeer has been featured in a number of documentaries about Palestinian music including Jackie Salloum's award winning documentary Slingshot Hip-Hop. Abeer's music speaks to her experiences as a Palestinian woman living in Israel. Critiquing multiple injustices resulting from or supported by the occupation, while celebrating freedom, equality and enlightenment.

The Narcicyst is an Iraqi MC/Media Master. His musical career was spawned through the collaborative work of the Euphrates family; A growing collective of Muslim visual artists, musicians, painters, filmographers and photographers. Releasing two albums with Euphrates, the crew garnered worldwide attention from Time Magazine to publications out of the Middle East and Europe. With a book being released under the title “Fear of An Arab Planet”, and a brand new self-titled album and acting in feature length film "City of Life", The Narcicyst is sure to make you see yourself through the proverbial mirror that is the current state of the world.

Past events in IAW 2010:

Monday, March 1, 7pm Five Years Since the BDS Call - Celebrating Our Success*
Location: Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management, TRS 1607, 55 Dundas St. West (map)
Hosted by the CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy

Na'eem Jeena: is an academic, author, journalist, community leader and post-graduate student. He is currently the Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, a research institute dealing with the Middle East, and a PhD candidate in Political Studies. Na'eem has a history of activism in the anti-apartheid struggle, and is a well-known activist in South Africa. He has been a leading figure in the Palestine solidarity and anti-war movements in South Africa. Na’eem also served for many years on the Board of the Freedom of Expression Institute, including as its Deputy Chairperson. He also worked for the FXI as Head of the Anti-Censorship Programme, Head of its Access to Information Programme, and as Director of Operations.

Jon Elmer is an independent Canadian journalist and researcher specializing in the Middle East. He has lived in and covered the West Bank and Gaza since 2003; he's currently based in Bethlehem. He is a correspondent for Inter Press Service news agency and a contributor to Pacifica Radio, Al Jazeera, and the forthcoming anthology The Plight of the Palestinians (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010). -

*ASL Interpretation will be provided on opening night (March 1).

Tuesday, March 2, 7pm Fighting Racism, Fighting Apartheid
Location: OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St. West (map)
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid – a working group of OPIRG-Toronto

Nada Elia is a faculty member at Antioch University, Seattle, where she teaches Gender and Global Studies. She is co-founder of RAWAN (the Radical Arab Women's Activist Network), chairs the Anti-Militarism and Occupation taskforce of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, and serves on the Organizing Committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. A scholar-activist, Elia is the author of Trances, Dances, and Vociferations: Agency and Resistance in Africana Women's Narratives, co-editor of The Color of Violence: the INCITE anthology, and has published numerous articles on the sociopolitical factors impacting gender and national identity n societies at war and/or under occupation.

Gabriel Ash is an activist and writer. Since 2000, Gabriel has been engaged in work in support of Palestinian liberation, including with Stop U.S. Tax-funded Aid to Israel Now!, Palestine Activist Forum New York, and the International Solidarity Movement. Gabriel wrote numerous articles about related topics, in particular Israeli politics, in many movement publications, including Left Turn, Electronic Intifada, Numb Magazine, Dissident Voice and others. He was born in Romania and grew up in Israel, where he translated Michel Foucault and J.-F. Lyotard into Hebrew. He contributes regularly to the blog, "Jews Sans Frontieres" and is active in the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and in, a web TV collective.

7th Generation Indigenous Visionaries (7thGIV) founding members met while attending Haskell Indian Nations University, our purpose is to build solidarity and bridge the gaps with tribes/nations in the U.S. and other Indigenous people around the world. 7thGIV is dedicated to the preservation of our culture by promoting educational experiences to increase awareness through reflexive interaction with other Indigenous peoples. Members of 7thGIV took part in a delegation to Palestine this past summer.

Wednesday, March 3, 7pm ‘Planning’ Apartheid: Environment, Architecture, and Colonialism
Location: Medical Sciences Building, Auditorium, 1 King’s College Circle(map)
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid – a working group of OPIRG-Toronto

Ilaria Giglioli has recently completed a Masters degree in Geography from the University of Toronto, where her research focused on water politics and territory in Palestine. She has worked on water vulnerability mapping for the Palestinian research institute ARIJ, and is a long-time Palestine solidarity activist in Canada and abroad.

Atif Kubursi is emeritus professor of economics and also teaches in the Arts and Science Programme at McMaster University. Dr. Kubursi also taught economics at Purdue University in Indiana, USA, was senior academic visitor at Cambridge University, UK in 1974/75, and lectured and consulted at Harvard between1989-1998. Dr. Kubursi also served as the Acting Executive Secretary, at the Undersecretary General level, of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He is the recipient of the Canadian Centennial Medal.

Gitz Crazyboy is a 25 year-old dene-blackfoot youth worker living up in the middle of ground zero.

Thursday, March 4, 7pm: Coming Out Against Apartheid: Queer Solidarity Activism
Location: OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St. West (map)
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid – a working group of OPIRG-Toronto

Trish Salah is a Montreal-based writer, activist and teacher at Concordia’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute. She has been politically active organizing around a wide range of issues, including Palestinian solidarity, sex workers' rights, anti-racism and anti-capitalism, employment security and healthcare for transsexual and transgender people. Her first book of poetry, Wanting in Arabic, was published by TSAR Books and her recent writing appears in the journals Open Letter, No More Potlucks, and Aufgabe. Her new manuscript is titled “Lyric Sexology.”

John Greyson is a Toronto video artist/filmmaker whose features, shorts and installations include Fig Trees (Best Documentary Teddy, Berlin Film Festival, 2009), Proteus (Diversity Award, Barcelona Gay Lesbian Film Festival, 2004), and Lilies (Best Film 'Genie', 1996). An associate professor in Film at York University, he was awarded the 2007 Bell Canada Award in Video Art.

Jenny Peto is an activist with the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and a student in Sociology and Equity Studies at OISE. Her research on Israeli Apartheid has focused on the co-optation of human rights, including queer and feminist issues, by the Israeli State and its supporters.

This year, look for IAW videos of 2010 talks and previous year's talks. See the trailer.

About IAW 2010

First launched in Toronto in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. Last year, more than 35 cities around the world participated in the week's activities, which took place in the wake of Israel's brutal assault against the people of Gaza. In Toronto, IAW 2009 featured a full week of events kicked off by Palestinian activist and writer Omar Barghouti.

IAW 2010 takes place following a year of incredible successes for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement on the global level. Lectures, films, and actions will highlight some of these successes along with the many injustices that continue to make BDS so crucial in the battle to end Israeli Apartheid.

Endorsers of Israeli Apartheid Week 2010 so far:

Canadian Arab Federation * Palestine Community Centre * Not In Our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism * Independent * Jewish Voices * Educators for Peace and Justice * Socialist Action * Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid * Queers Against Israeli Apartheid * Labour For Palestine * Faculty For Palestine * No One Is Illegal * International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network - Toronto * CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice * Salaam, Queer Muslim Communities * CUPE Local 3907 * Ryerson Students' Union * Equity Studies Students' Union * Caribbean Studies Students' Union * Health Studies Students' Union * Agitate! Queer People of Color * The Centre for Women and Trans People at UofT * Barrio Nuevo * Young Communist League * Resistance Art * Ontario Public Interest Research Group - UofT * Ontario Public Interest Research Group - York * Fair Trade Coalition * York University Free Press * Upping The Anti * Toronto Coalition to Stop the War * Science for Peace * Venezuela We Are With You Coalition (CVEC) * Communist Party of Canada * Socialist Project * Ryerson Students Union * Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation (NECEF) * Toronto New Socialists * Canadian Muslim Union * Canada Palestine Association * International Socialists * Holy Land Awareness and Action Task Group of SW Presbytery in Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada * Toronto Coalition to Stop the War * No More Silence * Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada/Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance * International Socialists * Socialist Voice * Toronto Haiti Action Committee * BASICS Free Community Newsletter * Tyendinaga Support Committee * Student Christian Movement - UofT

To endorse the week or get involved with organizing contact

Ashkenazi the butcher of Gaza flying into hail of protest in NYC

After the first anniversary of the war on Gaza,THE BUTCHER OF GAZA IS COMING TO NYC!He Belongs in Prison, Not the Waldorf!

On March 9th, there will be a $1000-a-plate fundraising dinner forthe Israeli Occupation Forces after murdering 1,400 innocent Palestinianslast year! The criminal Gabi Ashkenazi, Chief of IDF General Staff, will be there.We will be there too!

Stand with the people of Gaza!Demand the end of US support to Israel!Arrest and prosecute Ashkenazi and all Israeli War Criminals!

Protest! Tuesday, March 9th, 6 p.m.Outside the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel49th St. and Park Avenue, Manhattan(#6 train to 51st St. or any train to Grand Central)For more info,,

more at

Thursday, 4 March 2010

UK signals backdown on war crimes arrests threat despite Mossad activities

So what does Israel have to do to earn the displeasure of the British government? Kill 1,400 people - that's OK, fake our citizens' passports - that's OK.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Thursday it would restrict its citizens' right to seek war crimes arrests, after diplomatic protests over a warrant for the arrest of Israeli ex-foreign minister Tzipi Livni for the Gaza offensive.

The arrest warrant was withdrawn after Livni cancelled a visit to London last December, and she has not attempted to visit Britain since.


Head of EU foreign affairs council Catherine Ashton urged to visit Gaza on Israel trip

EU's head of foreign affairs is being urged by leading charities to see the effects of the Gaza blockade for herself. Maybe she'll ask Israel for compensation after destroying Gaza infrastructure built with EU funds, but we won't hold our breaths...
LONDON- EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton should go to Gaza during her visit to Israel next month, a coalition of leading charities said Thursday.

Groups including Christian Aid, CAFOD and Amnesty International UK say Ashton needs to "see for herself the devastating impact of (Israel's) two-and-a-half year blockade of the strip on its civilian population".

Ashton is visiting Israel on March 17. In December, Israel prevented a delegation of European Parliament lawmakers from travelling to Gaza despite initially authorising the visit. more

IDF raid Hadarim prison in attempt to break Palestinian morale and prevent protests

IDF launches raid on an Israeli prison but no inmates were seized. Motivation seems to be to spread intimidation and fear so that prisoners think twice before protesting their conditions.
Gaza – Ma’an – The Prisoners Affairs Ministry in Gaza said Wednesday that Israeli forces raided the Hadarim detention center and searched prisoners' cells on Tuesday.

In a statement, the ministry said Israeli forces raided center and forced prisoners to strip. They were searched "provocatively" and verbally abused, according to the ministry.

Video: report on Israeli Apartheid Week and Israel's PR counter offensive

Al-Jazeera report on the Sixth Israeli Apartheid Week and how the comparisons with Aparthied SOuth Africa is really getting too the Israeli establishment.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Israel's weapons producing more birth defects in Gaza as pregnant women live in fear

Gaza, March 3, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) -An increase in birth defects among newborns in the Gaza Strip - first documented in the Palestine Telegraph - has become apparent, despite claims to the contrary by some doctors at Al-Shifa Hospital. Pregnant women say they are living in constant fear.

Noha Abu Laban, 37, a resident of Jabalia camp in the northern Gaza Strip, is in her final month of pregnancy and says: "In the war, I inhaled the smoke of white phosphorus, which was fired on the roof of our house. I have been feeling sick since my pregnancy, and have had heavy bleeding." Noha is currently being treated in the High-Risk Pregnancy Care Unit at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. more

UN official condemns Gaza blockade for creating an open-air prison, sending development into reverse

"A situation of development going backwards" is how the UN's John Holmes describes the situation he encountered in Gaza, reported in the New York Times. Below is the open-air prison statement report by Al-Jazeera.
John Holmes, the United Nation's humanitarian chief, has revisited the Gaza Strip, a year after Israel's assault on the territory ended.

He told Al Jazeera that it was disappointing how little has changed since the war and that there has been no real possibility of reconstruction, mainly because of Israel's siege of the Strip.

He said the blockade resulted in misery for the Palestinians.

"They're living in a kind of open-air prison. They're still suffering from this kind of collective punishment they've been suffering for three years now." more

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Dubai bans Israelis from entering the country even if they carry a European passport

Dubai police say that Israelis are no longer welcome in Dubai and anyone carrying Israeli or dual citizenship would be barred from entry. The police have also called in the FBI to investigate the Iowa-based Metabank that issued credit cards to the murder suspects and has links to Israel.
Dubai authorities have asked the FBI to investigate the links between suspects in the murder of the Hamas leader Mahmoud al Mabhouth and their American-issued payment cards, an FBI source confirmed yesterday.

...Also yesterday, Gen Tamim said people travelling to the UAE who are suspected of having Israeli citizenship will not be allowed to enter the country regardless of what passport they hold. He said the police had previously allowed Israelis who held dual citizenship to enter the country using their other passport.


Palestinian resistance fighter killed during tank incursion near Beit Lahiya

GAZA, March 1 (Xinhua) -- A Palestinian militant was killed Monday afternoon and his faction said an Israeli shelling caused his death in northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya.

Ali Ghaben, 20, was killed when Israeli tanks fired shells at a group of militants who were monitoring the border between northern Gaza and Israel, said Abu Mujahed, spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committee (PRC), a Gaza-based faction.

Another fighter was injured in the shelling, the spokesman added.

The incident happened as witnesses said that several Israeli tanks rolled for 200 meters into Palestinian-controlled areas in Beit Lahiya.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Silwan in East Jerusalem faces more demolitions as main road collapses due to settler activity

The Jerusalem Municipality issued a further 8 demolition orders on February 24 applying to Palestinian homes in Silwan village East Jerusalem. The main street of Wadi Hilweh neighbourhood of Silwan collapsed that evening at the same point it collapsed in January due to structural damage caused by settler project “City of David”’s subterranean excavations. more

Israeli Apartheid Week enters sixth year as support for boycotts grows

Solidarity in Action: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions
March 2010

Mark your calendars - the 6th International Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) will take place across the globe from from the 1st to the 14th of March 2010!

Since it was first launched in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. Last year, more than 40 cities around the world participated in the week's activities, which took place in the wake of Israel's brutal assault against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. IAW continues to grow with new cities joining this year.

IAW 2010 takes place following a year of incredible successes for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement on the global level. Lectures, films, and actions will highlight some of theses successes along with the many injustices that continue to make BDS so crucial in the battle to end Israeli Apartheid. Speakers and full programme for each city will be available soon.

If you are planning to organize IAW in your city in 2010, please contact:

Hamas and Islamic Jihad urge increased action to protest Israel's heritage site provocation

Following Israeli violence at Al-Aqsa mosque on Sunday and the heritage site provocation, Hamas and Islamic Jihad are calling for action to be stepped up. The PA cabinet is convening its next meeting in Hebron as a protest and Jordan has issued a stern denunciation of the move as concern mounts.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad urged an escalation of protests in the West Bank on Sunday, against what they called an Israeli assault on Palestinian religious sites.

Islamic Jihad staged a mass rally in Gaza denouncing renewed violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem and Israel’s recent decision to lay claim to two holy sites in Bethlehem and Hebron.

Islamic Jihad leader Muhammad Al-Hindi told the assembled crowd that Israel "only understands the language of force. This settlement, called Israel, cannot intimidate our people and our resistance through aggression.