Monday, 28 February 2011

Israeli Apartheid Week stretching out across the globe in solidarity with Palestinians


The 7th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week 2011

March 2011

Israeli Apartheid Week organizers across the globe are gearing up for the 7th year of actions in support of Palestinian Civil Society's call for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). Last year’s IAW was incredibly successful with over 55 cities worldwide joining the week to end Israel’s apartheid.

Due to the popularity of Israeli Apartheid Week we have extended the "week" to allow campuses, organizations and regions on different schedules to participate:
March 7-20, Global
March 21-26 United Kingdom

To make getting involved even easier, we have made a list of regional representatives who will help you in this process. They will make sure you have the IAW organizing packet, answer any questions you may have, help you get your event posted on the IAW website and help you connect with other IAW organizers and events in your area. We urge you to contact them as soon as possible.

If you are planning to organize IAW in your city in 2011, but there is no contact listed for your region, please contact the general IAW email at: iawinfo@apartheidweek.org

Killing of children in assassination of Hamas leader 'legitimate' says Israeli commission


The perverse logic of Israeli justice finds that the killing of thirteen civilians in 2002, including children, in order to kill one person they labeled a 'terrorist', although 'disproportionate' was still 'legitimate'.
Gaza/Tel Aviv - A internal probe Monday into Israel's targeted killing of a Hamas leader in Gaza nine years ago found that the victim was a 'legitimate' target - but the results of the strike had been 'disproportionate.'

An Israeli commission of inquiry submitted its findings to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the 2002 incident in which Israel dropped a one-ton bomb on the central Gaza City house of Sheikh Salah Shehadeh, a senior leader in the radical Islamist movement now ruling Gaza and the head of its operational branch.

Shehadeh was killed, but so were his wife, his 15-year-old daughter and 13 other innocent civilians who were in neighbouring apartments when the bomb was dropped shortly before midnight on July 22, 2002.

Some 150 neighbouring Palestinians were also injured in Gaza City's densely-populated al-Daraj neighbourhood...

...'An examination of the operation according to the rules of Israeli and international law unequivocally removes any suspicion that a criminal offence was committed by any of those involved in the operation,' said the commission's report, a unclassified summary of which was sent to journalists Monday. more

Settler attacks on Palestinians around Nablus continue as another car is torched


For the second day in a raw, a group of fundamentalist settlers of the Yitzhar illegal settlement, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, invaded on Saturday at dawn Burin Palestinian village, and torched a vehicle that belongs to a local resident.

Eyewitnesses reported that the settlers torched the vehicle of resident Bashir Al Zibin, and also torched his front yard.

On Friday at dawn, the settlers invaded the village and torched a bulldozer that belongs resident Ibrahim Eshtayya.

The two attacks are part of a series of attacks carried out by Jewish settlers against several villages in the Nablus district. more

Settlers want Israeli 'citizen' fired from bus driving job because he's an Arab


The Apartheid character of the Israeli state on show again. So-called Arab Israelis - Palestinians living inside Israel - are treated as second-class citizens in their own land.
A Palestinian-Israeli bus driver holding Israeli citizenship has been threatened with firing after he was assigned to a route that serves the Israeli colonial settlement of Elazar. Jewish Israeli residents of the settlement have launched a campaign to have the bus driver fired, submitting a letter to the regional council to that effect.

Although the settlers said that they were not motivated by racism, they had to consider the safety of their children, and could not accept the possibility of an Arab bus driver driving their children. At the same time, one of the letters calling for the firing of the driver was submitted by the right-wing organization Komemiyut, which said that “the enemy” should be deprived of their sources of livelihood. more

Artillery targets Rafah and one killed in air strike as Israel continues daily attacks


A Palestinian fighter was killed on Sunday in an Israeli air strike and today there has been artillery fire in the south, with one reported injury.
At least one man was injured Monday, medics told Ma'an, in what witnesses near the Gaza International Airport said was a volley of artillery fire from an Israeli tank operating near the Rafah border area.

Medics said teams were dispatched to the area to evacuate the wounded, while witnesses said ambulances were seen arriving at the airport, following the firing of several shells.