Israeli army jeep runs over Palestinian child

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– An Israeli soldier in a speeding military jeep deliberately ran over a Palestinian child in a hamlet to the east of Yatta town in al-Khalil province at noon Wednesday. Eyewitnesses said that the child was 14 years old and was transferred to hospital where doctors described his condition as “moderate”. Similar incidents by Israeli settlers and soldiers were recently monitored but none was investigated. The Israeli occupation authorities consider such incidents as road accidents.

(Source / 30.03.2016)

Middle East Quartet in Jerusalem to advance two-state solution

Israeli forces take position on the roof of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City during clashes with Palestinians on Sept. 28, 2015

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Middle East Quartet envoys arrived this week to Jerusalem to discuss a forthcoming report intended to advance the two-state solution, the Quartet said Wednesday.

The Quartet in a statement said the envoys reached Jerusalem on Monday to hold discussions with Palestinian and Israeli officials in anticipation of preparation of the report.
Envoys met with officials from the PLO, Palestinian Authority, Israeli Prime Minister’s’ office, and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The Quartet decided last month that a report covering the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel was necessary in efforts to halt a “cycle of escalation” of violence in the area.
After meeting in Oslo, officials party to the Quartet discussed their “serious concern” of the potential direction of the peace process if changes weren’t made to the “status quo.”
The Quartet at the time said the report would include “recommendations that can help inform international discussions on the best way to advance the two-state solution.”
Condemnations were launched from the group for “all acts of terror,” as well as “continued acts of violence against civilians, ongoing settlement activity, and the high rate of demolitions of Palestinian structures” the group said was periling the two-state solution.
Middle East Quartet envoys visited Jerusalem and Ramallah in December to discuss concrete moves towards resolving the escalation in violence that increased in October, but appeared to leave empty handed.
The Quartet — established in 2002 to mediate the peace process — is one of several international actors who have attempted to weigh in on ongoing violence in the occupied Palestinian territory but have ceded little more than verbal condemnations of both Israeli and Palestinian leadership.
Successive attempts at peace negotiations between Palestinian leadership over the decades are largely seen by the Palestinian public as having failed to bring Palestinians any closer to an independent state, with many believing the talks have instead prolonged the Israeli military occupation.
(Source / 30.03.2016)

PCBS: “As Palestinians Mark Land Day, Israeli Illegally Controls More Than 85% Of Palestine”

The following is a press release by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistic (PCBS), marking the fortieth anniversary of the Palestinian Land – March 30, 2016

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Israeli Occupation Authorities laid hand over more than 85% of the total area of historical land of Palestine which totals about 27,000 km2. Arabs comprise 48% of the total population but utilize only 15% of the land.

Israeli Occupation also set up a buffer zone along the border of the Gaza Strip extending over 1,500 m along the eastern border.

Consequently, the zone usurps about 24% of the total area of the Gaza Strip (365 km²), which is one of the most densely populated area in the world with about 5,000 capita/km².

Furthermore, Israeli Occupation maintains tight control over more than 90% of the area of the Jordan Valley, which constitutes 29% of the total area of the West Bank.

Every year, the Palestinian people remember the confiscation of 21 thousand Dunams of land in Al-Jalil (Galilee), Al-Mothallath and Al-Naqab (Negev) on 30 March 1976.

On this day, the Israeli authorities expropriated the land and responded violently to the protestations, killing six young demonstrators.

Jerusalem 2015; Intensive Judaizing

While the Israeli occupation authorities keep demolishing Palestinian houses and denying Palestinians the right to build any new houses, they grant permits to build thousands of housing units in the Israeli settlements in and around Jerusalem.

Only in 2015, they authorized the building of over 12,600 housing units in the Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, in addition to 2,500 hotel rooms.

Moreover, the Israeli occupation authorities ratified regulations to replace the original Arabic names of the streets in the old town of Jerusalem by Hebrew ones.

This inscribes in Israel’s ongoing policy of Occupation of Jerusalem and falsification of its history and geography not to mention the imposition of new demographic facts on the ground.

The Israeli occupation authorities demolished about 152 Palestinian buildings (houses and establishments) and sent hundreds of demolition orders to owners of other buildings; moreover, the Israeli occupation authorities confiscated 546 Dunams of the Palestinian land in the Eesawiyya locality and Shu’fat camp to establish a national park and dumping site for wastes from illegal Jewish settlements.

Israeli Violations: Martyrs, Wounded and Prisoners
The number of martyrs reached 181 martyrs during the year 2015 were 32 martyrs of children and 9 women and 26 martyrs in the Gaza Strip, while the number of injured has risen during the year 2015 about 16,620 wounded, while the number of cases of detention amounted to about 6830 case, including 2,179 children.

Israeli Settlements: Unjust Expansion

There were 413 illegal Israeli constructions in the West Bank (including 150 settlements and 119 outposts) by the end of 2014.

Furthermore, the Israeli occupation authorities approved the building of over 4,500 housing units in the Israeli settlements in the West Bank Except those that were approved in Jerusalem.

Still, these same authorities deprived Palestinians of their right to build and laid obstacles, which undermine any potential urban expansion especially for the Palestinians in Jerusalem and Area “C” which is under full Israeli control.

It should be noted that Area “C” constitutes over 60% of the West Bank area. Israel also erected its Expansion and Annexation Wall, which isolates more than 12% of the West Bank land.

Data indicated that the total number of settlers in the West Bank was 599,901 at the end of 2014, 286,997 of whom in the Jerusalem Governorate (they represent 48% of all settlers in the occupied West Bank). 210,420 of these illegal settlers live in Jerusalem J1 (that part of Jerusalem, which was annexed forcefully by Israel following its occupation of the West Bank in 1967).

In demographic terms, the proportion of settlers to the Palestinian population in West Bank is around 21 settlers per 100 Palestinians compared with 69 settlers per 100 Palestinians in Jerusalem governorate.

Environment: Continuing Degradation

Israeli settlements cause direct damage to the Palestinian environment. They actually discharge 40 million cubic meters (mcm) of wastewater annually into Palestinian valleys and agricultural land.

Only 10% of such water is treated. If compared to the wastewater produced by Palestinians in the West Bank, which stands at 34 mcm per year, Israeli settlers produce five times the Palestinian.

Moreover, the Israeli authorities prevent Palestinians from building their own wastewater treatment plants. On another level, they allocated part of the Palestinian land in Jordan Valley to an Israeli dumpsite of industrial waste.

Consequently, Palestinian agricultural land endured enormous damage not to mention impact on health animals and biodiversity, in addition to the Israeli authorities bulldozed and burned more than 15,300 trees of Palestinian farmers during the year 2015.

Water: Deficiency and Suffering

Like other Arab countries, Palestine suffers from scarcity of water and resources.

However, the situation in Palestine is more complex because of prolonged Israeli occupation, which controls most of the existing water sources and prevents the Palestinians of their right to access their water sources or any alternative sources.

The Israeli occupation controls the majority of renewable water resources totaling 750 MCM (Million Cubic Meter), while Palestinians receive only about 110 MCM.

The Palestinian share from the three groundwater aquifers should be 118 MCM according to Oslo Agreement II. This share was supposed to increase to 200 MCM by the year 2000 had the Interim Agreement been fully implemented.

Buildings: Demolish of Housing Units and Establishments

On the fortieth remembrance of the Land Day, the Israeli occupation violations against the Palestinians continue, in terms of land confiscation, demolition of buildings (housing units and establishments) and forcible displacement of residents. Israeli occupation authorities usurped 6,386 Dunams of Palestinian land in the various governorates of the West Bank in 2015.

Furthermore, they demolished 645 building (houses and establishments), forcibly displacing 2,180 persons in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, 1,108 of whom are children.

They also threatened to demolish 780 building, at a time when the needs of housing units for Palestinian increase.
In figures, 60.9% of households in Palestine need to build new housing units over the next decade according to the reported data survey of housing conditions in 2015 (one residential unit or more).

Tourism: Israeli Monopoly

The Israeli narrative is based on falsification of the culture, civilization and history of Palestine. Therefore, the occupation authorities alter Palestinian national treasures and monuments of ancient times.

In figures, 53% of the archeological sites in Palestine are in Area “C”, which is under full Israeli control. The Israel occupation prevents any excavating or restoration of these sites for the building of recreational and tourist attractions.

They also create obstacles to prevent Palestinian tourism agencies from organizing proper visits of the Holy Land.

With these restrictions, they give a competitive edge to the Israeli companies that market the Nativity Church in Bethlehem and Deir Quruntol in Jericho, for instance, as part of tourism in Israel.

By granting more facilities to Israeli companies, tourists are ‘advised’ to stay in Israeli hotels as Palestinian areas are ‘denounced as unsafe’. With these measures, Palestinians are deprived of over 75% of potential touristic services revenues.

Sources:

1. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics 2015: Israeli settlements in the West Bank, 2014. Ramallah- Palestine

2. Abdullah Al-Hourani Center for Studies and Documentation, Annual Report, 2015.

3. National Office for the Defense of the Land and Resist Settlement, Impact of Israeli Settlements on the Palestinian Environment. 2016

4. Land Research Center report of the Association Arab Studies, Sum of Israeli Violations Against the Palestinian Right to Housing and Land.

5. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, 2015.

(Source / 30.03.2016)

Israeli Minster Calls for “Civil Targeted Killings” of BDS Leaders

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Speech bubble: “When do you want Barghouti’s scalp? Now? Or later?” (Noam Revkin Fenton/FLASH90)

The Yediot Achronot conference attacking BDS has become a veritable carnival of hate.  Everyone from delusional Hollywood celebrities (Roseanne Barr) to cabinet ministers, to the leader of the Opposition have pledged fealty to the cause.

But the apogee same yesterday when Transportation Minister Israel Katz called for the “civil targeted killing“of BDS leaders like Omar Barghouti.  The phrase he used (sikul ezrahi memukad) derives from the euphemistic Hebrew phrase for the targeted killing of a terrorist (the literal meaning is “targeted thwarting”).  But the added word ” civil” makes it something different.  Katz is saying that we won’t physically murder BDS opponents, but we will do everything short of that.

One may rightly ask what business a transportation minister has conducting targeted killings, physical or otherwise, against anyone.  Though everything in Israel is in service to the national security state, has transportation fallen under that bailiwick as well?

We are entering dangerous territory when an Israeli cabinet minister engages in wordplay that verges on putting a bull’s-eye on the backs of non-violent activists.  If there are Israel apologists out there who dismiss the significance of such rhetoric they are sadly mistaken.  In this torrid political environment in which Israeli leftists have become criminals and wounded Palestinian youth may be summarily executed in the street,  it is only too easy to forsee Palestinian activists like Barghouti having a bounty on their heads.

Does anyone doubt there are scores of Yigal Amirs out there who’d be pleased to strike a blow for their hateful cause by putting a bullet in the head of a Palestinian?

Not to be outdone, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri called for stripping BDS founder Omar Barghouti of his Israeli residency, which he gained in 1994 when he married an Israeli citizen.  Deri claimed that Barghouti is employing a scam against Israel because his main residence is Ramallah and not Israel (though he’s pursuing, or has completed, an MA at Tel Aviv University).  Given Katz’s ever so veiled threat against him it would be no wonder if Barghouti did choose to value his safety and live where he’s not under threat of death.

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Gag order prohibiting reporting of the details of the criminal charges against Minister Aryeh Deri

In this context, it’s ironic Facebook activists have posted a gag order involving a potential criminal case against Deri himself. It seems that the Israeli Attorney General has been investigating criminal charges of an unspecified nature. It’s important to recall that Deri has been charged with corruption in the past, been convicted, and spent time in prison. However, when his sentence was served, he was reappointed to the leadership of the Shas party, won a seat in the Knesset, and became interior minister.  It appears this recycled thief may be up to the same old tricks once more.

Israeli loyalty oath Elton John had to sign to appear in Israel

Immigration form artists must sign which affirm they have not committed any act “the Jewish people or security of the State of Israel.”

Deri’s spiritual boss, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, told an audience of the faithful a few weeks ago that under Jewish law, no Palestinian should be allowed to live in the land of Israel. In other words, he was espousing the ethnic cleansing of Israel, and the expulsion of 20% of its population. Only later did the rabbi explain that he wasn’t, God forbid, proposing that Palestinians be expelled now, but that this would only happen after the Messiah came and Israel was a proper halachic state. Is it any surprise that Deri himself would jump on the band wagon and commence the expulsion by stripping Barghouti of his legal rights to residency?

Israel’s major concert promoter, Shuki Weiss, who plays a major role in combating the cultural boycott against Israel, complained at the Yediot conference that Deri’s interior ministry was demanding that international artists wishing to perform in Israel sign a loyalty oath in order to obtain a visa.  The ministry immediately denied the claim.

The immigration form which performers and their management must sign to visit Israel demand the artist affirm he or she has not “committed any act against the Jewish people or the security of the State of Israel.”  Clearly this is a form of loyalty oath.  Though countries may exclude any foreign visitor they wish for any reason, to force an international artist of Elton John’s stature to pledge that he has not acted against the Jewish people seems outrageous.

(Source / 30.03.2016)

Thousands march on 40th Land Day to protest decades of land grabs

Palestinian refugees returning to their village during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Thousands of Palestinians across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory marched Wednesday to commemorate the 40th Land Day, protesting decades of Israeli land grabs.”Palestinians are entitled to their land and they will give up not one inch,” Hamas official Yehya Mousa said at a rally in Gaza City to remember the Palestinian protests against Israeli land seizures that were violently suppressed on March 30, 1976.Hundreds of Gazans marched from the city towards the Erez crossing in the coastal enclave’s north, waving Palestinian flags and demanding the right of return of Palestinian refugees forced to leave their land when Israel was established in 1948.Senior Fatah leader Zakariyya al-Agha also addressed Gaza’s rally, telling protesters: “The martyrs who fell on that day embodied national unity,” in reference to the six unarmed Palestinians gunned down 40 years ago.”As the Palestinian people mark Land Day, they are still facing an (Israeli) policy based on ethnic cleansing and land confiscation, and the Netanyahu government continues with its racist plans to deport the Palestinians and build Israeli settlements and separation walls,” he said.In the occupied West Bank’s Ramallah district, Palestinian students from al-Quds Open University and Modern University College who were marking Land Day managed to cut through a barbed-wire section of Israel’s separation wall east of al-Bireh.The students crossed the wall, reaching confiscated agricultural lands and raising a Palestinian flag before Israeli forces intervened. Forces then chased the demonstrators firing rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas.The PLO for its part slammed Israel’s “racist” policy of allocating land solely for its Jewish population at the expense of the land’s indigenous Palestinian population.”Rather than supporting the two-state solution on the 1967 border, the Israeli government continues to consider all of historic Palestine as part of Israel with the aim to impose two different systems, an Apartheid regime,” PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in a statement.There were mass rallies inside Israel too, including in Umm al-Hiran, a Bedouin community in the Negev which Israel plans to displace in order to expand the suburbs of Beersheba city.Both Palestinians and Israeli activists took part in the protest, including the head of Israeli group Rabbis for Human Rights, Rabbi Arik Ascherman.This year’s Land Day commemorations follow a new wave of land grabs in the occupied Palestinian territory that rights groups say mark a return to an Israeli government policy not seen since the pre-Oslo period in the 1980s.Condemning these confiscations, Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now has said that “instead of trying to calm the situation, the government is adding fuel to the fire and sending a clear message to Palestinians, as well as to Israelis, that it has no intention to work towards peace and two states.”Despite repeated condemnations by the international community, Israel has come under little actual pressure to halt its settlement program, land seizures, or the forced displacement of Palestinian communities.

A Hamas official plants an olive tree in the Gaza Strip in commemoration of Land Day
(Source / 30.03.2016)

Al-Mizan: IOA threatening lives of Gaza patients

GAZA, (PIC)– Al-Mizan Center for Human Rights accused the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) of seriously threatening the Gazan patients’ lives by preventing them from traveling for treatment and by arresting some of them at Beit Hanon- Erez crossing. The official in the Department of field research at the center, Samir Zaqout, said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) had arrested eight patients from the Gaza Strip at the Erez crossing in northern Gaza Strip since the beginning of this year 2016. Zaqout told Quds Press that the IOF had arrested on Monday patient Mohamed Kamel Abu Oudeh, 34, from Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, while he was on his way for treatment in a hospital in the West Bank. He pointed out that the arrest of Oudeh is the second case of arrest of patients in less than a week, as the patient Hani Salim, 40, was arrested last Thursday, in the same way. The Palestinian researcher charged that the arrest of patients “exploits the Gazan patients’ need to cross Erez crossing in order to arrest or blackmail them”, he described arresting patients through the crossing as “arbitrary.” Al-Mizan Center asserted that what the Israeli occupation authorities do against patients comes in the context of “gross and systematic violations” of the rules of international humanitarian law, especially in light of the continuation of the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip for more than eight years. He called on the international community to put pressure on the IOA to compel it to respect the international law, to lift the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, and to ensure the freedom of movement of people and goods. The IOF arrested 44 Palestinians, including four patients and 30 merchants at the Beit Hanon- Erez crossing over the past year 2015.

(Source / 30.03.2016)

Palestinians marks Land Day

WEST BANK, (PIC)– The Palestinian people mark Wednesday the 40th anniversary of the Palestinian Land Day amid calls for general strike and marches throughout the occupied territories. A general strike was declared in the Palestinian towns and cities within the Green Line since the early morning hours. Two popular marches are also scheduled to be organized in the afternoon in Battof and Negev in commemoration of the Land Day. The participants will first visit the tombs of the six Palestinian citizens who were killed on March 30, 1976. The Higher Monitoring Committee has called for massive participation in the general strike and in the events. Similar marches and events are scheduled to be organized today throughout the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and in the diaspora marking the Land Day. In Gaza Strip, activists started on Tuesday planting trees along the border fence between Gaza and the 1948 occupied territories. On March 30, 1976, Israeli police repressed protests by Palestinian citizens against the confiscation of Arab land in the Galilee for use by Jewish settlers. Six protesters were killed, some 100 wounded and hundreds were arrested. Ever since, Palestinians in occupied Palestine and the diaspora mark Land Day on March 30.

(Source / 30.03.2016)

Resurgence of Revolutionary Movement Emphasizes Syrians’ Rejection of Assad’s Survival

The Syrian Coalition expressed full support for the growing resurgence of the civil movement in the town of Maaret al-Nouman in rural Idlib. It stressed the importance of the peaceful civil movement continuing in all parts of Syria. The Coalition reaffirmed its condemnation of any attacks against civilian activists and defenders of the rights of the Syrian people.

“in spite of all the of killings, displacement, destruction, arrest, starvation and siege suffered at the hands of the Assad regime, Syrians have recently breathed a new life into the civil movement to convey a clear message to the world that they totally reject the survival of the Assad regime under any circumstances,” the Coalition said.

The Coalition added that “Syrians once again showed unshakeable commitment to the flag of the revolution and its goals, emphasizing they will not succumb to any attempts aimed at the continuation or the rehabilitation of the regime of tyranny and oppression.”

The revival of the civil movement, the Coalition stressed, offers an opportunity to reaffirm commitment to the revolution and strengthen the relationship between the revolution and its institutions. It also offers an opportunity to create the conditions necessary for the triumph of the revolution and to better represent the movement until its demands for freedom, justice and dignity are fulfilled.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 30.03.2016)

Land Day: Palestinian anti-colonial struggle against land confiscation, for freedom and liberation

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30 March 2016 marks the 40th Land Day, a day of Palestinian struggle against settler colonialism and celebration of the connection of the Palestinian people to the land that continues despite expropriation and dispossession. The day marks the anniversary of the mass upsurge inside Occupied Palestine ’48 on 30 March 1976, in response to an Israeli state attempt to confiscate over 20,000 dunums of land from Palestinians in the Galilee; like today, Israeli “citizenship” has never spared Palestinians from land confiscation and dispossession on their soil.

land-day-3Thousands of Palestinians in ’48, those with Israeli citizenship imposed upon them by the state, who remained on the land after 80% of Palestinians were expelled in the Nakba, rose up with a general strike and mass popular protests in the most visible resistance to the Israeli state and its policies of dispossession since the Nakba. They were met with massive state violence, and the killing of six Palestinians – Kheir Mohammad Salim Yasin, Khadija Qasem Shawahneh, Raja Hussein Abu Rayya, Khader Eid Mahmoud Khalayleh, Muhsin Hasan Said Taha and Raafat Ali Al-Zheiri – by the Israeli army as they marched to defend their land.

Just as Palestinians in ’48 face state violence, land confiscation, and the racist policies of Zionism, they also confront imprisonment, arrests and repression. There are currently 75 Palestinian “security” prisoners from Occupied Palestine ’48, housed with fellow Palestinians and facing the same restrictions and denial of rights. Karim Younis, the longest-imprisoned Palestinian prisoner, is from Occupied Palestine ’48 as is his cousin Maher; indeed, six of the seven Palestinian prisoners imprisoned over 30 years for their role in the Palestinian resistance are from Occupied Palestine ’48: Karim and Maher Younis, Walid Daqqa, Rushdi Abu Mukh, Ibrahim Abu Mukh and Ibrahim Bayadseh. Palestinian theater Al-Midan in Haifa was subjected to state scrutiny, repression and denial of funds for its exhibition of Palestinian culture, which included the theatrical performace of a short story by Daqqa.

Karim Younis
Karim Younis

They have been consistently denied release in both prisoner exchanges with the Palestinian resistance and in Oslo-negotiations-based prisoner releases, as the Israeli state attempts to separate them as “Israeli citizens” from their fellow Palestinian prisoners in releases and labels them a “domestic matter“. At the same time, they are housed with fellow Palestinian prisoners, denied family visits, forced to see family only through glass, and held in solitary confinement while Israeli “criminal” prisoners – and even the rare Israeli Jewish prisoner held as a “security” prisoner for extreme-right violence – are granted temporary releases, their sentences limited and lowered, and allowed lengthy family visits, furloughs, and conjugal visits.

Palestinian prisoners from Occupied Palestine ’48 include the long-time prisoners held since the 1980s as well as Lena Jarbouni, the longest-serving woman Palestinian prisoner; Ameer Makhoul, the imprisoned director of Ittijah, the Union of Arab Community-Based Associations; and Asmaa Hamdan, the 19-year-old Palestinian woman ordered to administrative detention without charge or trial for sending a text message to her family.

Lina Jarbouni
Lina Jarbouni

The roots of the Israeli military system currently imposed upon Palestinians in the West Bank were derived from British colonial military orders imposed on Palestine – and then on the martial law imposed on Palestinians in occupied Palestine ’48 until 1966, used to undermine all attempts of Palestinians organizing inside their occupied homeland to organize and defend their land.

For example, the Al-Ard movement, which was composed of Palestinians in ’48, founded in 1958, was outlawed in 1964; its very name highlighted the centrality of the land and the struggle to preserve of its Palestinian and Arab identity. The criminalization of the movement only reinforced the defense of the land as central to a movement of indigenous people struggling to defend “the imprisoned land” from colonization.

Cultural resistance was critical for the Palestinians of ’48. Describing the growth of resistance poetry, Ghassan Kanafani wrote, “Many popular poets were put in prison or confined under severe restrictions. And as the trend of popular poetry grew and expanded, the occupying forces extended their tyrannical, measures, killed some poets and prohibited all Arab gatherings. Such measures could not anyhow uproot this trend of resistance but rather kept it dormant for almost five years to burst anew with intense force and vitality.” Poets like Samih al-Qasim and Mahmoud Darwish were imprisoned; the resistance poetry of the prison became a major contribution of the Palestinians of ’48 to Palestinian culture.

Palestinian organizations were outlawed while Palestinians were denied freedom of movement, speech and association; at the same time, the confiscation of Palestinian land continued in an ongoing Nakba; by 1993, over 80% of lands under the control of Palestinians after the Nakba in Israel were confiscated. Palestinians in ’48 were, and are, an integral part of the modern Palestinian revolution as well as fellow victims of Israel’s repression and racist violence.

Palestinians in ’48 are at the center of organizing Palestinian support for all prisoners; as most Palestinian prisoners are held within the 1948 occupied areas, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Palestinian political leaders and activists engage in visits, demonstrations outside prisons, and campaigns of support. The Palestinian movement in ’48 has played a critical role in supporting, publicizing and defendingPalestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli hospitals, including Mohammed al-Qeeq, Khader Adnan, Mohammed Allan and many others.

land-day-6Today, 40 years later, Palestinians throughout occupied Palestine continue to resist and confront settlement expansion, land confiscation, racism, Zionism and apartheid. From the expansion of settlements, to the destruction of villages and the confiscation of land, to the ban on Palestinian agricultural products entering Jerusalem, to new racist lawsproposed daily atop a racist foundation, the Israeli state continues – and is intensifying – its policy of attempting to sever the Palestinian people from the land of Palestine.

Land Day is a day of anti-colonial struggle for all Palestinians: for Palestinian prisoners, struggling for freedom in their homeland; for Palestinians in ’48, struggling against apartheid, racism, and dispossession; for Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank, struggling against ethnic cleansing, occupation, home demolitions, land confiscation and settlement construction; for Palestinians in Gaza, struggling against siege and the occupation of the skies, seas and borders; for Palestinians in exile and diaspora everywhere, struggling for the right of return and the liberation of the land of Palestine. It is also an international day of anti-colonial struggle that salutes the struggles of indigenous people in North America, Australia, New Zealand and everywhere confronting settler colonialism, genocide and racism, and the liberation movements everywhere confronting imperialism and exploitation of land, people and resources.

As the extreme-right Zionist government of Netanyahu, Ayelet Shaked, Naftali Bennet, Miri Regev, Moshe Ya’alon, Gilad Erdan, Uri Ariel and their compatriots intensify the repression of Palestinians in ’48 and throughout Palestine, it is critical more than ever to intensify our efforts to defend the Palestinian people and Palestinian land, including the campaign to free all Palestinian prisoners. The international campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions, and the Palestinian call that has inspired and led that campaign, highlights the struggle of Palestinians in ’48 for justice and equality as central to Palestinian freedom and justice in Palestine. On the 40th Land Day, we must escalate global boycott and BDS campaigns and the international isolation of Israel – and the corporations, like G4S, that profit from its oppression and racism.

The occupation of Palestinian land is the central facet of the settler colonial Zionist project in Palestine; Land Day marks the unity of the Palestinian land, people, and cause, everywhere inside and outside Palestine, for defending and liberating the land and people of Palestine.

Historical References:

(Source / 30.03.2016)

Israeli navy fires rocket at Gaza fishermen

This is almost a daily Israeli aggression carried out against Gaza fishermen and farmers

Israeli occupation warships fired on Wednesday morning shells at Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza coasts, northern Gaza Strip.

Last year Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen at least 139 times, wounding 24 and damaging 16 fishing boats, the Palestinian Human Rights Centre said

Days of Palestine, Gaza Strip -Israeli occupation warships fired on Wednesday morning shells at Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza coasts, northern Gaza Strip.

Fishermen said that the shells landed near the shore, where a number of fishing boats were destroyed and two of them were set on fire.

Immediately after the shelling, most of the fishermen were obliged to stop fishing and leave the sea in order to remain safe.

Palestinian ministry of health said that the Israeli shelling did not caused any causalities among the fishermen or the residents in the targeted area.

This is almost a daily aggression carried out by the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian fishermen.

Last year Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen at least 139 times, wounding 24 and damaging 16 fishing boats, the Palestinian Human Rights Centre said.

(Source / 30.03.2016)