More Than 60,000 Signatories, Including Nobel Prize Laureates, Celebrities and Religious Organizations, Call For Military Embargo on Israel Ahead of Gaza Donors Conference - Signatories Include Desmond Tutu, Roger Waters, Alice Walker, Michael Ondaatje, Brian Eno, Mira Nair and Mike Leigh
Under the surveillance of dozens of Israeli soldiers the opening event of the Olive Harvest program was in Wadi Fukin village. Activists from Palestine, Norway, Sweden, Spain, USA and Germany gathered in a field threatened by the nearby Israeli settlement Beitar Illit, to pick olives. A good amount of cameras covered the harvesting, among them Palestinian press. Wadi Fukin village is surrounded by three Israeli settlements Tsur Hadassah, Beitar Illit and Hadar Beitar.
The Israeli policies to ethnically cleanse the Palestinian Bedouin communities from the Jordan Valley and the area east of Jerusalem include the construction of three apartheid-style townships. Once expelled, these communities should be relocated there. However, in the last weeks Palestinian campaigners and Bedouin communities have made great advances to obstruct this plan: They have directly targeted the companies involved in the construction of the two townships currently being developed.
On Wednesday the 8 of October settlers torched 30 olive trees in the village of Nahalin, west off Bethlehem. Residents from the village say that it was a group of settlers from Beitar Illit. The residents say that this is not the first time, but one of several attempts to seize land for the settlements.
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The Olive Harvest program opening campaign in Wadi Fukin Friday, 10.10.14
Monday 6.10: Israeli settlers cut down around 100 olive trees nearby the village of Yassouf, which is located about 7 km north of the town of Salfit. Farmers from this area have reported that settlers from Tuffah were behind. It has also been reported about vandalism in Burin and in Awarta.
Since the Israeli occupation of the West bank in 1967, more than 800 000 olive trees have been destroyed by Israeli forces or settlers, according to human rights organizations.
The Land Defense Coalition, a coordinating body of grassroots movements and organizations, announces the program of collective efforts to safeguard the annual olive harvest and are calling on volunteers to stand in solidarity with Palestinian communities and join in the harvest on October 10 until October 25, 2014.
The Israeli military administration has published a new plan of expulsion of Bedouin families from their communities and to relocate them in new cities. This is tightening the threats to the Bedouin in the Jordan Valley and may form another step towards the fragmentation of the West Bank.
Akbayan (Ctitizens' Action Party) today protests an arms deal between the Philippine government Israeli military company Elbit Systems. In particular, on June 22, 2014, the government signed a US$20M deal with the Israeli military company Elbit Systems for 28 Israeli upgraded armored personnel carriers (APCs) that will be delivered in 2015.
The Israeli Civil Administration announced on Sunday, August 31th the planning takeover of almost 4000 dunums (approx. 1000 acres) in the area near to Betlehem. This is the biggest land confiscation in one announcement in the last 30 years.
The latest aggressive military attack on Gaza since 7th July 2014, increased a boycott of Israeli produce in the West Bank. The BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions) movement was founded in 2005, when more than 170 Palestinians civil society organizations called on people across the globe to hold Israel accountable and isolate it until it implements international law and ends its violations of Palestinian human rights.
Since the beginning of the massacre in Gaza on July 7th 2014, all eyes of the international media are focused on this Israeli military aggression. But also in the West Bank resistance and repression has increased: the clashes between Palestinian activists and the Israeli military on the checkpoints have escalated during this time. Palestinians in the West Bank mobilized in solidarity with the people in Gaza in daily acts of resistance while the Israeli military took advantage of the focus on Gaza to kill, repress, arrest and further expand their settlements.
6 \ 8 \ 2014 The Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed on Tuseday, that the number of martyrs on the thirtieth day of the Israeli attack on Gaza, reached 1875 martyrs, including 430 children 243 women and 79 elderly; and that the number of wounded people is 9567 incl
21 \ 7 \ 2014, The number of martyrs in Gaza reached 510, and more than 3,000 were injured since the beginning of the Israeli attack on Gaza. More than 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 100 were wounded in the massacre that Israeli army committed in Al-Shojaeia neighborhood on Sunday morning 20 \ 7 \ 2014. Most of the martyrs were civilians; this crime brought back Sabra and Shatila massacre’s memory to our minds as they both were committed by the Zionist Israeli occupation.
More than 30 pro-Palestine campaigners occupied the Cabinet Office this afternoon demanding an end to the UK’s flourishing arms trade and military cooperation with Israel.
Campaigners from the London Palestine Action group occupied the building for more than 45 minutes. 3 people locked themselves to railings in the building while others chanted slogans calling on the UK government to impose a military embargo on Israel.
A member of the London Palestine Action group said:
10 \ 7 \ 2014, The national-international campaign for the implementation of ICJ's decision , was launched yesterday, in a press conference held in Ramallah, in the tenth anniversary of the ICJ’s decision on the illegality of the wall.
8 \ 7 \ 2014, today at dawn, Israeli occupation forces began a military operation "Protective Edge" against the besieged Gaza Strip, and until now this operation resulted in the death of Rashad Yassin, 27-year-old, and dozens of injuries among citizens after targeting houses in different places in Gaza. Palestinian resistance in return fired rockets towards the settlements, saying that it will not stay hand folded in front of occupation's crimes in the West Bank, occupied land since 1948, and Jerusalem, where their latest crime was burning Mohammed Abu Khudair alive.
On 10th Anniversary of Historic ruling against Israel’s Wall, Israel bombs Gaza: at the UN, 86 top legal experts urge UN and third-state action, protests continue in Palestine, worldwide events to stop Israeli impunity.
7 \ 7 \ 2014, Israeli forces arrested more than 50 Palestinians during the demonstrations that started in the towns inside the Green Line.
These demonstrations came as a rejection of occupation's crimes against Palestinian people, and the most recent crime which is burning the child Mohammed Abu Khudair,16-year-old, alive in occupied Jerusalem.
Clashes erupted in Nazareth, Jaffa, Kafr Kana, Araba, Ableen, Al Taybah, Baqa al-Gharbia, Al Tira, Shafa Amro, Sakhnin and the Negev.