Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Palestinian Land Day commemorated in New York City with flashmob demo

To commemorate Land Day a flashmob took place today in New York City's Grand Central Station (see video below). Land Day, March 30, is an annual day of commemoration for Palestinians of the events of that date in 1976. In response to the Israeli government's announcement of a plan to expropriate thousands of dunams of land for "security and settlement purposes", a general strike and marches were organized in Arab towns from the Galilee to the Negev.[1][2] In the ensuing confrontations with the Israeli army and police, six Arab citizens were killed, about one hundred were wounded, and hundreds of others arrested. See wiki for more.

Prominent Israeli authors rally to defence of Palestinian bookshop owner facing deportation

Leading Israeli authors rally behind Jersusalem-born bookshop owner Munther Fahmi who is facing deportation. Sign the petition here.
Leading Israeli authors Amos Oz and David Grossman have added their support to efforts to head off the deportation of an East Jerusalem bookstore owner whose shop at the American Colony Hotel specializes in works about the Arab-Israeli conflict and has been a major destination over the years for diplomats and foreign journalists. more

Palestine Festival of Literature has a page for Munther here.

Palestine Land Day: Four-fold increase on 2009 in settlement building in Palestine

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Thirty-five years on from the uprising, in which six young protesters were killed by Israeli forces, Palestinians constitute almost half of the population of the Palestine under the British Mandate, but have access to less than 15 percent of the land, the PCBS report said

Israel's separation wall has confiscated around 733 square kilometers of occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank, the report notes. Israel says the wall was built to prevent attacks, but its route runs deep inside the West Bank, often as far as 22 kilometers, according to UN reports. Land between the wall and the Green Line has been used for illegal Israeli settlements and military bases.

PCBS (Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics) found that in 2010, Israel built 6,794 Jewish-only housing units on occupied Palestinian land, four times more than in 2009. more
Downlaod the PCBS press release here

Airstrike kills Palestinian fighter and tunnels hit again

Islamic Jihad fighter killed in Rafah this morning.
An Israeli aircraft attacked a pair of Palestinian militants riding on a motorcycle in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing one and wounding the other, the Islamic Jihad group said.

The Israeli military said it had "targeted and hit a terrorist squad" that had launched rockets toward southern Israel the previous day. The military said the air force carried out an additional airstrike overnight that hit a smuggling tunnel in southern Gaza. more