Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem
Chair of West Midland PSC
Tonight’s message begins with ‘Today in Palestine.’ I urge you to at the least scan the first 2 sections. The first one reports mainly recent demolitions and in so short a period of time. The second section focuses on Land Day, commemorated today, with the exception of Lod, which commemorated yesterday. Just glance at the summaries. Of course I don’t object to your reading the full report. All I meant to say is that the summaries about the demolitions, in particular, give you a sense of what is happening. Not nice, to put it mildly. Every time I read about a demolition of a home I think of how it must feel–how the family can take losing their possessions, the place where they sleep, shower, eat, work on the computer, go to the toilet, have all their photo albums, kids toys, etc etc etc. It must be unbearable to lose so much, so horrible, so inhumane.
The second item is about Land Day commemorations. I have added 2 links at the end for background on why Palestinian citizens of Israel commemorate Land Day.
Item 3 relates an unbelievable dastardly event at a check point. This is not the sole event of this nature at check points. But any time I read one of these or hear about it, I shudder—shudder for the parents, for the baby, for the soldiers or others who perpetrated this act. What kind of animals have they become, and what will they be?
Item 4 you will enjoy. It is a 4-5 minute video of an event at Grand Central Station in NY—a group musically educating the throngs on Boycott.
Item 5, the final one, offers you ways to counter the Jewish National Fund. Please do!
1. Today in Palestine
Section 1 = Land and property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlers
Section 2 = Land Day
2, Ynet Wednesday, March 30, 2011
17:55 , 03.30.11
‘Continue struggle.’ MK Tibi protests Photo: AP
Thousands mark Land Day: ‘Israel humiliating Arabs’
Arab sector leaders, leftists protest against ‘continued expropriation of Arab lands, Knesset’s racist legislation’
Thousands of people, including Knesset members and left-wing activists, gathered in Israel-Arab towns on Wednesday to mark the 35th annual Land Day, in which the Arab sector traditionally protests the “expropriation” of lands by the state.
As part of the protests, the entire Arab sector went on strike for the day.
Demonstrators in the northern Galilee Arab-Israeli town of Arabeh and in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al-Arakib in the Negev called out against home demolitions and the “expulsion of Arabs from their lands.”
Palestinian flags during Arabeh rally (Photo: Hassan Shaalan)
“We are continuing with our struggle against home demolitions and racist legislation directed against the Arab population,” said MK Hanna Swaid (Hadash), who demonstrated in Arabeh.
MK Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al) said during the rally in Al-Arakib that “we must continue with the struggle until the demolition orders (for homes in the Bedouin village) are annulled and an education system fitting of a country that claims to be democratic is established.”
Sachnin resident Sami Ganayim told Ynet, “For us, Land Day is sacred. I will always remember the invasion of our lands and the shahids (martyrs) who were killed trying to protect them. The worst thing is that the State of Israel doesn’t respect its Arab citizens and takes every measure to humiliate and banish us from the country.”
“However, we will not let them realize this dream and will survive until our last breath,” he said.
Hadas Ziv, director of Physicians for Human Rights, also attended the rally in Al-Arakib. “Land Day not only reminds us of the historic injustice of land expropriation, it is marked to protest against the continued policy of dispossession and plundering aimed at reminding the country’s Palestinian citizens that they are not wanted in their homeland,” she said.
3. From Pauline at the EAPPI. Outrageous news. Ruti
March 28, 2011
JENIN, (WAFA) – A Palestinian one-day old baby was inspected and forced through X-ray search by Israeli forces stationed in a checkpoint at Bartaa al-Sharqiya, a village northwest of Jenin, north of the West Bank.
Mohammad Omrah, the baby’s father, was escorting his wife and newborn back from the hospital one day after the birth in his car, but they were held back for over an hour under the rain at the checkpoint.
Omrah said “on our way home from the hospital, only one day after my wife gave birth to my son Oday, we were held back for over an hour at Dotan checkpoint near Yabad town. I informed the soldiers about my wife and baby’s condition but they insisted on keeping us for no reason, despite the fact that we have previously coordinated with the Israeli District Coordination Office (DCO).”
“Israeli soldiers insisted on inspecting the baby by putting him through an X-ray search device,” he added. “I refused their request at the beginning in fear for his life, but I had to agree because I knew they would hold us there till morning, with little care to my wife and child’s health.”
He continued “after putting the baby through the X-ray device, they held us outdoors in the cold and rain. My wife was forced to leave the car for inspection, although she had had a caesarean operation the day before. She was also held for half an hour before we were allowed to pass.”
Bartaa al-Sharqiya, a village 30 kms west of Jenin, is completely isolated by the Separation Wall from the West Bank. As a result, its residents need special Israeli permits to enter or leave the village, and only from 7 AM till 9 PM. Only residents and first-class relatives are given permits.
The Israeli private security companies which run Bartaa al-Sharqiya’s crossing implement humiliating and severe measures against Palestinian residents.
Bartaa al-Sharqiya has only one clinic and no medical centers to provide necessary medical care for its residents. Ambulances are not allowed into the village, and residents must go to medical institutions in Jenin. Israel started constructing the Separation Wall in 2002 and isolated many lands and properties behind the wall. The living conditions in Palestinian villages which were isolated deteriorated sharply, as people’s daily lives and movement rely on special permits and the mood of Israeli soldiers at the checkpoints.
Numerous international resolutions were issued regarding the Wall; the main one of which was by the International Court of Justice in 2004 which considered the Wall to be illegal by 150 votes of members of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
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4. From Hannah M.
In the midst of some depressing news, some uplifting news, and the rest of our busy lives, I want to share this video with you. Seriously, it’ll be the best spent 4 minutes of your day. 🙂
As part of the Global BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) Day of Action commemorating Land Day, Adalah-NY: the New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel surprised crowds in New York’s Grand Central Station with a song and dance. Performing to the tune of “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey, we added our own little twist to remind people to boycott Israel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myt23xhMEMk
Please pass it around! Facebook, Twitter, what have you… Help us make this thing go viral!
5. Forwarded by Eldad
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