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14/05/13 A group of settlers set fire to agricultural land in the village of Beit Furik, east of Nablus, on Tuesday. There is a checkpoint at the entrance to the town and this, along with the efforts of the occupation army and settlers, prevented the villagers from putting out the fires

 13/05/2013 On Tuesday Israeli occupation forces handed over notices to demolish 14 houses in al-Auja, in the Jericho and the Jordan Valley area. This follows the demolition of three houses last weekend

Israeli forces suppress Nakba march and arrest coordinator of the Popular Campaign in Bethlehem

On Wednesday morning (24/4/13) Israeli occupation forces, accompanied by bulldozers and the so-called Civil Administration, demolished 3 houses under construction in the Ganieh region, northwest of al-Arrub refugee camp, north of Hebron. When Hazem Abdel Fattah Al Jabri returned to his home the occupation forces had demolished a room 35m square  and a concrete wall 120m long and 2m high – costing him about two hundred thousand shekels.

 

On the 17th April Palestinians gathered in the occupied territories to commemorate the 39th Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. This day was first commemorated by the Palestinian National Council, under the authority of the PLO, in 1974. On this date the Palestinian prisoner, Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi, was released in the first exchange between Palestinians and the Israeli occupation.

Palestinian boycott activists are calling on the Netherlands’ Prince Willem to reconsider his decision to lend his name to a water project undertaken by the Jewish National Fund Netherlands in the Naqab/Negev desert in the south of present-day Israel. The project is in honor of the prince’s inauguration as king later this month.

Al-Ma’sara: Israeli occupation forces suppressed the weekly march against the separation wall in Ma’sara. The IOF intercepted the march and attacked demonstrators, beating them, preventing them from reaching the wall and injuring a number of them.

Beit Ummar: Three demonstrators were hit by rubber-coated metal bullets fired by the IOF at the entrance to the village of Beit Ummar and dozens of citizens suffered the effects of tear gas and smoke bombs.

On Thursday (11/4/13) Israeli settlers attacked a 60 year old man as he worked on his land near Ramallah. The settlers beat Ahmad al-Zir, who used to be a Palestinian judge, round the head with an iron rod until he lost consciousness and was taken to Ramallah Government Hospital.

Demonstrators from the BDS campaign in Brazil (boycotts, divestments and sanctions) showed their solidarity with Palestine last week when they staged protests at the LAAD Fair. The LAAD fair (The Latin American Aerospace and Defence Exhibition) took place at the RioCentro in Rio de Janeiro from the 9 – 12 April and had been dubbed by activists the "Fair of Death".

Settlers from the settlement of Beit Ayin, northwest of Beit Ummar in Hebron, cut and destroyed dozens of trees on the land of farmer Hamad Abdul Hamid Jaber, on Thursday morning. This sabotage left 55 grape vines, 1 quince tree and 45 olive trees destroyed. Two olive trees were more than 30 years old. The settlers also wrote slogans calling for a “price to be paid” and “death to the Arabs”. 

Beitillu Village:

Beitillu is a village located to the northwest of Ramallah, 19 km from the city. Beitillu is bordered to the east by Birzeit and the farm village, Almazra'a and to the west by the Green Line.  To the north it’s bordered by Nabi Saleh and to the south by Ras Karkar and Al-Janbeh.  Beitillu contains about 103 water springs.  

Last week the hacking group Anonymous launched a cyber-attack campaign dubbed #OpIsrael replacing Israeli homepage messages with anti-Israel slogans and causing massive disruption to government, academic and private sites. The attach reached its peak on Sunday with high-profile government systems such as the Foreign Ministry, the Bank of Jerusalem, the Israeli Occupation Ministry, the IOF blog and the Israeli President's official website all being hacked.

 

Urgent Appeal for Action

            6 April 2013

 

Stop Israeli construction of a new illegal settlement highway in occupied Palestinian territory

Halt Israeli destruction and forcible displacement of the Palestinian community of Beit Safafa in occupied East Jerusalem

The Occupation suppresses the weekly demonstrations against the wall and settlements and demonstrations condemning the martyrdom of captive Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh

 

The funeral of prisoner Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh in Hebron today was attended by thousands of mourners who lined the streets as the funeral procession set off from al-Ahli hospital towards al-Shuhada cemetery where the body will be buried.

 

 

Late on Wednesday night clashes erupted at Einab checkpoint, east of Tulkarem in the Occupied West Bank, resulting in the death of two Palestinian teenagers. Security officials confirmed that Israeli soldiers opened fire with live bullets killing Amer Nassar , 17, instantly when several bullets hit him in the chest. His body was held by the Israeli Occupation Forces for several hours before finally being returned to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Linah Alsaafin, from Electronic Intifada - US President Barack Obama arrived in Ramallah by helicopter yesterday and gave yet another insipid speech. The Palestinian Authority’s security forces, collaborating with US forces, designated a huge security perimeter with the PA compound — the Muqataa — in the middle. Some of the city’s busiest streets were closed off and inaccessible to those not living there.

In the occasion of the 8th of march, the international Women’s Day, in the village of Qalqiliya 50 to 60 women participated in a protest in front of Habla gate, which divides Qalailiya from much of the rest of the district and crucial farming area. The gate is part of the all encompassing system of control Israel has established to enact its apartheid and is constituted by ever present Walls, checkpoints, gates and Jewish-only roads. This particular gate bars access to the other side for most of the time, allowing Palestinians to pass only 3 days per week in specific hours.

Last Friday, March 8th, Stop the Wall organized a demonstration in cooperation with the local organizations in Sabastiya and in Salfit district to protest against the Shafi Shomron settlement. Shafi Shomron has been making life impossible to the villagers in innumerous aspects. The protesters were repressed by the occupation forces, who shot tear gas and sounds bombs at the crowd.

On February 22nd, during a protest in support of the hunger strikers in Aboud, 22-year-old student Mohammad Assfour was shot by the Israeli military, becoming the another martyr in the recent prisoners Intifada. The protest gathered 70 Palestinians showing their support and solidarity for the political prisoners who have been in a hunger strike.

Palestinian youth groups of "Palestinians For Dignity" call to reject US President Obama's visit to the occupied Palestinian territory expected between 20-22 March, and to demonstrate against the possible return to negotiations.

The legacy of Chavez lives on in the anti-imperialist struggle around the globe!

To the people of Venezuela,

with deep sadness we have heard the news of the passing away of President Hugo Chavez Frías, an exceptional leader, fighter against imperialism and for the self-determination of the people.

We give our condolences to his family, those that were closest to him and all those that are mourning his passing away today.

I have never been in a courtroom or a jail before now. I cannot draw a direct comparison to anything I know from the UK. But I am certain that the court hearing of Stop the Wall youth coordinator Hassan Karajah on 14 February at Jalameh military court near Haifa was not like anything I could have come across in the UK.

This Friday, in Hebron Stop the Wall had joined the Hebron Defense Committee (HDC) and  national political parties to mark the Open Shuhada Street Action Day. Amidsts other activities, the Friday protest was the culmination of the mobilization. The protest started at Bab Izzawiya near “Checkpoint 56” and proceeded then to Hebron’s old city.

A steel and concrete barrier blocking off Shuhada Street along the path of the demonations was scaled by several youths who planted several Palestinian national and political flags on top.

Tomorrow, Hassan Karajah will have a new military court session. It is now over five weeks that Hassan is in Israeli detention, interrogated by the same military officers that tortured Arafat Jaradat to death. Still no accusations have been brought forward against him.

On February 28, at yet another hearing the military judge decided that he and his lawyer will had to wait another 7 days for evidence and charges to be presented. In the meantime, Karajah will remain in detention.

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