Sunday, 28 July 2013

Call for action against huge ethnic cleansing plan: Stop Prawer Plan!

We call on international solidarity activists to organize demonstrations on 1 August in their own cities, and to spread awareness of the biggest impending ethnic cleansing campaign against Palestinians by Israel since 1948 through writing petitions, sharing information on the Naqab and Prawer Plan, or by any other show of activism.

On Monday, July 15, thousands of Palestinians protested in their cities, towns and at busy street junctions against the Prawer Plan, in a day that was designated as the national day of rage, or Anger Strike.

From Bir Sabe to Jerusalem, West Bank to the Galilee, Haifa to Gaza, Palestinians demonstrated against the Prawer Plan which passed its first reading in the Knesset last month. The Plan aims to

* confiscate 800,000 dunums of land in the Naqab desert
* expel over 50,000 Palestinian Bedouins
* demolish 35 unrecognized villages
* confine 30% of Palestinian Bedouins in the Naqab to 1% of the land

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British human rights activist wins fight over Israeli-made water-meter

A British Palestine supporter won a battle this week to stop Southern Water company installing an Israeli-made water meter at her home.

The “Morning Star” newspaper said in its online edition that Brighton resident, Caroline O'Reilly was so determined not to have an Israeli-made meter that she even sat in a hole in the road in protest against Southern Water's use of the meter.

According to the paper, O'Reilly managed to force Southern Water to back down after her protest won her much support.

Brighton and Hove Palestine Solidarity Campaign have been fighting against installation of the meters in thousands of homes in Sussex.

The group said they are made by “Arad Technologies” - an Israeli company which the group claims profits from and is deeply complicit in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The group said it had been challenging Southern Water to explain "how a company that is so blatantly involved in ethnic cleansing and the appropriation of Palestinian water resources can have been awarded this lucrative contract, when the procurement process clearly contravened several of Southern Water's own ethical and corporate responsibility policies.

The Morning Star added that "Following Caroline O'Reilly's refusal to allow the Arad meter to be installed, she exchanged letters with Southern Water staff, resulting in a significant climb-down by the company."

Other Palestine supporters in the area are following Caroline's example and rejecting the Israeli-made meters by insisting Southern Water installs alternative equipment. more

Soldiers injure Gaza farmer in Israeli firing at border

Israeli soldiers have injured a Palestinian farmer at the borders between eastern Gaza Strip and the occupied Palestine.

Residents living in al-Bureij refugee camp in the besieged enclave told Xinhua on Saturday that they heard gunfire near the borders, adding that Israeli troops opened fire at a farmer who was approaching the border.

The Israeli military has not yet made any comments regarding the incident. more

Israeli forces evict protest village near Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces evicted a protest village near the Kfar Etzion settlement compound south of Bethlehem on Saturday, a local committee said.

The Popular Struggle Committee Against the Settlements and the Wall said its activists pitched tents on land belonging to the Abu Ayyash family.

Four hours later, the Israeli army arrived with an order to evict the protesters, the committee said.

The committee said the action sent a message to the Israeli government that Israeli settlements would eventually vanish. It said Palestinian were entrenched in their land, and that they would dictate the next stage in peace talks, not the negotiators. more