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kdaqqa:

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes | إسرائيل تهدم منازل الفلسطيين

Israel demolishes residential buildings in occupied West Bank

جرافات الاحتلال تهدم مباني سكنية فلسطينية في مناطق مختلفة من الضفة المحتلة

On top of taking the Palestinian land back in ‘48, Israel even takes homes and land INSIDE the Palestinian Territories. Breaking UN and international laws again and again.

BILIN, West Bank (AP) — Residents of this Palestinian village have planted flowers in hundreds of spent Israeli tear gas grenades to honor those killed during their weekly protests against Israel’s West Bank separation barrier.

Mohammed Khatib, a village organizer, said Wednesday that the unusual garden is meant to show that life can spring from death.

Bilin has become a symbol of Palestinian protests against Israeli policies in the West Bank. The village’s struggle to regain land taken by the barrier was the subject of “Five Broken Cameras,” a documentary nominated for an Oscar last year.

Palestinians say the barrier, which cuts into the West Bank, amounts to a land grab. Israel says it’s needed to keep Palestinian attackers out. 

The Bilin garden commemorates Bassem Abu Rahmeh, a protest leader who was killed in 2009 when a tear gas grenade struck him in the chest during a demonstration. Bassem’s sister, Jawaher, died nearly two years later, a day after a weekly protest during which villagers said she inhaled Israeli tear gas.

During West Bank protests, Israeli troops often fire tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and occasionally live rounds, portraying them as appropriate means against Palestinian stone throwers.

The Big Story / AP

This is absolutely inspiring.

flisteen:

Samer Issawi is a Palestinian citizen and activist. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2002 when the IDF invaded several West Bank cities. He was released 10 years later along with 1027 innocent Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the Israeli prisoner, Gilad Shalit. 

Samer is again in jail because he was trying to visit Jerusalem. He has been on a hunger strike since July 29, 2012. Today’s date is February 17, 2013. That is 203 days without proper food. His health has greatly deteriorated & he’s on the brink of death. Why? Because he was trying to visit his homeland. The Israeli government continues to confine innocent Palestinian citizens without any justified reason. They continue to break many international laws yet no media will shed light on this. Why? Because the media is backed by Israel. 

This is disgusting. I pray for Samer Issawi, his family, and every other innocent Palestinian that’s in jail for no reason or even has to deal with the IDF scum. 

Please take a second to read this letter that he wrote:

MESSAGE FROM SAMER AL-ISSAWI – 16.02.13 – ‘I turn with admiration to the masses of our heroic Palestinian people, to our Palestinian leadership, to all forces, parties and national institutions. I salute them for standing by our fight to defend our right to freedom and dignity.

I draw my strength from my people, from all the free people in the world, from friends and the families of the prisoners who continue day and night chanting for freedom and an end to the occupation.

My health has deteriorated dramatically and I’m hung between life and death. My weak body is collapsing but still able to be patient and continue the confrontation. My message is that I will continue until the end, until the last drop of water in my body, until martyrdom. Martyrdom is an honor for me in this battle. My martyrdom is my remaining bomb in the confrontation with the tyrants and the jailers, in the face of the racist policy of the occupation that humiliates our people and exercises against us all means of oppression and repression.

I say to my people: I’m stronger than the occupation army and its racist laws. I, Samer al-Issawi, son of Jerusalem, send you my last will that, in case I fell as a martyr, you will carry my soul as a cry for all the prisoners, man and women, cry for freedom, emancipation and salvation from the nightmare of prisons and their harsh darkness.

My battle is not only for individual freedom. The battle waged by me and by my heroic colleagues, Tariq, Ayman and Ja’affar, is everyone’s battle, the battle of the Palestinian people against the occupation and its prisons. Our goal is to be free and sovereign in our liberated state and in our blessed Jerusalem.

The weak and strained beats of my heart derive their steadfastness from you, the great people. My eyes, which started to lose their sight, draws light from your solidarity and your support of me. My weak voice takes its strength from your voice that is louder than the warden’s voice and higher than the walls.

I’m one of your sons, among thousands of your sons who are prisoners, still languishing steadfasting in the prisons, waiting for an end to be brought to their plight, their pains and the suffering of their families.

The doctors told me I became exposed to stroke because of the disorder of my heartbeats, the shortage of sugar and the drop in blood pressure. My body is full of cold and I can’t sleep because of the continued pain. But despite the extreme fatigue and chronic headaches, as I move on my chair, I’m trying to summon all my resources to continue on the road till its end. There is no going back, only in my victory, because I’m the owner of Right and my detention is invalid and illegal.

Do not be afraid for my heart if it will stop, don’t be afraid for my hands if they will be paralyzed. I am still alive now and tomorrow and after death, because Jerusalem is moving in my blood, in my devotion and my faith.

thepalestineyoudontknow:

Palestinians build ‘settlement’ near Jerusalem, receive eviction orders from Border Police 

In response to the Israeli government’s plans to build 4,000 housing units for Jewish settlers in the E1 area, Palestinians set up a new tent village called Bab Al-Shams (Gate of the Sun). Police attempts to dismantle the new village were thwarted by a temporary warrant issued by the High Court of Justice.

 250 Palestinians, organized in part by the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee and activists from several villages in struggle against the wall and settlements, arrived at the area known by Israel as E1 early this morning, and started work on their new village. Activists state that the village is built entirely on private lands owned by Palestinians from the nearby town of Al-Tur.”This is a popular response to Israel’s plan to expand its settlements, especially in this area,” Muhammad Khatib of the Bil’in Popular Committee told +972.

Not long after the tents were set up, Border Police and Civil Administration forces arrived at the scene and handed out eviction notices to residences of the new outpost-village, threatening to return and demolish the erected tents shortly. Prepared in advance for such an occasion, activists petitioned against the demolitions to the High Court, which then issued a warrant delaying any eviction or demolition for six days.

Israeli plans for construction in E1 as a response to success of the Palestinian UN bid (and partly as a message for voters in the upcoming elections) attracted much worldwide criticism, including from the U.S. For the activists, this is a popular and direct response to Israeli attempts at annexing the corridor between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim.

The new village is named “Bab Al-Shams,” after the landmark book by Elias Khoury, depicting the life of a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon who insists on returning to his home in the Galilee, where he manages to meet his wife in a secret cave called “Bab Al-Shams.”

The activists released a statement about the action:

We, the sons and daughters of Palestine from all throughout the land, announce the establishment of Bab Alshams Village. We the people, without permits from the occupation, without permission from anyone, sit here today because this is our land and it is our right to inhabit it…

We declare that the village will stand steadfast until the owners of this land will get their right to build on their land… Bab Alshams is the gate to our freedom and steadfastness. Bab Alshams is our gate to Jerusalem. Bab Alshams is the gate to our return.
For decades, Israel has established facts on the ground as the International community remained silent in response to these violations. The time has come now to change the rules of the game, for us to establish facts on the ground – our own land. This action involving women and men from the north to the south is a form of popular resistance. In the coming days we will hold various discussion groups, educational and artistic presentations, as well as film screenings on the lands of this village. The residents of Bab Alshams invite all the sons and daughters of our people to participate and join the village in supporting our resilience.

This is not the first time that Palestinians set up an outpost in the E1 area. Previous such attempts were made in 2007 and also in 2011. Both previous attempts, made in smaller numbers than this action, ended with the eviction and demolition of the outsposts by Israeli authorities.(source)

God willing, this time Bab el Shams will stay.

mushuusei:

A Palestinian stone-thrower runs after Israeli security forces fired tear gas during clashes against Israel’s military operation in Gaza, outside Ofer prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah November 15, 2012.

mushuusei:

A Palestinian stone-thrower runs after Israeli security forces fired tear gas during clashes against Israel’s military operation in Gaza, outside Ofer prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah November 15, 2012.

silly-nanners:

israelfacts:

Explosion and smoke rise following an Israeli air strike at sunrise in the northern Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Thursday, 15 November, 2012.
(Photograph: Ariel Schalit / AP)

Good morning, savages.

silly-nanners:

israelfacts:

Explosion and smoke rise following an Israeli air strike at sunrise in the northern Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Thursday, 15 November, 2012.

(Photograph: Ariel Schalit / AP)

Good morning, savages.

xeb695:

A picture taken from the southern Israeli town of Sderot shows smoke billowing from a spot targeted by an Israeli air strike inside the Gaza strip on November 15, 2012. (AFP Photo / Jack Guez)

xeb695:

A picture taken from the southern Israeli town of Sderot shows smoke billowing from a spot targeted by an Israeli air strike inside the Gaza strip on November 15, 2012. (AFP Photo / Jack Guez)

Today we sent a clear message to Hamas and other terrorist organizations, and if it becomes necessary we are prepared to expand the operation.
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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu after killing 10 people, including an 11-month-old baby boy and a seven-year-old girl, warns ‘Hamas and other terrorist organizations’ that his troops may start a ground invasion of Gaza.

Israel killed over 1,400 Palestinians during its last ground invasion of Gaza four years ago, including over 300 children, committing countless war crimes in the process.

The army has deployed extra infantry units near the Gaza border, halted major exercises, cancelled soldiers’ leave and mobilised reserve forces.

(via israelfacts)

israelfacts:

A Palestinian carries a wounded woman into a hospital after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on November 14, 2012. Israel’s latest attacks on Gaza have killed 10 people so far, as aerial and sea bombardment continue into the night. The dead include an 11-month-old baby and a seven-year-old girl.
(Photograph: Reuters / Saleh Salem)

israelfacts:

A Palestinian carries a wounded woman into a hospital after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on November 14, 2012. Israel’s latest attacks on Gaza have killed 10 people so far, as aerial and sea bombardment continue into the night. The dead include an 11-month-old baby and a seven-year-old girl.

(Photograph: Reuters / Saleh Salem)