Saturday, 31 March 2012

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (22–28 March)

(Ongoing construction works in “Armon Hanatsin” settlement in Jerusalem)

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

IOF have continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.
A Palestinian civilian was wounded.

Dozens of protesters and 3 diplomats suffered from tear gas inhalation.

IOF conducted 65 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the Gaza Strip.
3 Palestinian civilians were wounded during an Israeli incursion into Rammoun village, northeast of Ramallah.

IOF arrested 19 Palestinians, including a child, two women and a patient.
A Palestinian child was wounded by the explosion of a suspicious object left by IOF near Nablus.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
Israeli settlers attacked 3 Palestinian shepherds and wounded a Palestinian civilian in Ramallah.
Israeli settlers uprooted dozens of trees and stole agricultural tools in Bethlehem.
Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in Nablus and injured one of them.
IOF demolished 4 tents, 6 barnyards and 3 barracks in the northern Jordan Valley.


Deportee urges hunger striker Shalabi to reject Gaza deal

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian who was deported to Gaza in 2002 has urged Hana Shalabi not to accept a deal under which she will be deported.

Shalabi, from Jenin, ended a 43-day hunger strike on Thursday after reaching a deal with Israeli authorities that she will be deported to the Gaza Strip for three years.

Fahmi Canaan, from Bethlehem, was one of 26 Palestinians deported to Gaza in 2002 after taking shelter in the Nativity Church in Bethlehem. Israeli forces surrounded the church for 40 days before the deal was reached to deport the men inside, who were wanted by the Israeli army.

But Canaan said Thursday that the deportees were told they would be allowed to return home after two years but Israel reneged on the deal. more

Video: The Gaza Onslaught

By Dimension Studios, Ramalllah, Palestine

George Galloway election victory sends Palestine liberation advocate to UK parliament

George Galloway's victory in a UK election in the northern city of Bradford was a victory for the cause of Palestine, evidenced by Haaretz's shocked report:
Far-left candidate, George Galloway, won a landslide victory in the by-election for the Bradford West parliamentary seat in the U.K. on Thursday night. Galloway, a former Labour MP who was banished from the party after he called the Iraqi resistance to kill British soldiers in the country, celebrated his victory, tweeting to supporters, "Long live Iraq. Long live Palestine, free, Arab, dignified. George Galloway MP." more
Viva George Galloway, a fearless fighter for justice.

Former Israeli prime minister Olmert disrupted by activists in Chicago (again)

(video from a previous Olmert speech on 16 October 2011 disrupted by pro-Palestine activists)

From The Electronic Intifada

Chicago gave former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert a proper greeting once again yesterday (29 march 2012). Outrageously, the former Israeli premier was invited to speak at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs about “peace.”

The Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago (with which I am an organizer) and the Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights stated today:
Approximately 100 Chicagoans, many of them students, protested former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s appearance at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs yesterday. Olmert’s talk, an exclusive event for ticket-holders only, was also disrupted by a courageous activist who attended the 45-minute speech focusing on the “peace process.”
Thaer Ahmad disrupted the talk during the question and answer part of the program, when it became clear that all questions were pre-arranged and he would not be allowed to ask a question.

“I decided to interrupt as he was answering a question about predicting the future two to three years from now. I asked him if he thought that two to three years from now, justice would be served and he’d be tried as a war criminal for the murder of 1,400 Palestinians in Gaza in 2008 and 1,000 Lebanese in 2006.”

Ahmad added, “[Olmert] stopped and looked at me in surprise. Everyone was quiet and [security] grabbed me and while they escorted me out, I said there was more than 300 children who were killed [in Gaza].”

Demonstrators’ chanting and drumming were heard inside the venue throughout Olmert’s appearance, forcing him to acknowledge the protest. Olmert remarked that he was surprised that there was a protest of his appearance. However, it should have been no surprise as Chicagoans made international headlines in 2009, the last time Olmert appeared in Chicago. His speech at the University of Chicago was constantly disrupted and the protest caught on video that went viral on the Internet and was broadcast by Al Jazeera and even Israeli Army Radio.