The students of the International MA Program in Peace and Development Studies of the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, Spain and other students of the University joined together on December 11, 2003 to participate in supporting the Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign and took part in activities organized by the Consell d’ Estudiantes of the University and the UNESCO chair of Philosophy for Peace.

The Municipality and residents of Arab Ramadin village issued an appeal this week for international solidarity and support against the intensifying Occupation measures which aim at expelling them from their land. The community, south of Qalqiliya city, is locked into an enclave with the Israeli settlement Alfe Menashe and is being de facto annexed behind the Apartheid Wall. The completion of the Wall and its ghettoization of Arab Ramadin are turning a community of shepherds into exploited workers for Israeli settlement industrial zones as they are unable to sustain their lives.

***image1***There is now only 30 meters left of a second Wall being built near the village of Zeita, north of Tulkarem, which will further imprison communities north of Zeita between the Apartheid Wall and the Green Line. This second Wall extends west of the Apartheid Wall from Quffin down to Zeita, whereby it confines Baqa ash Sharqiyya, Nazlat Isa, and Nazlat Abu Nar into a ghetto. The Occupation military issued an order last week to confiscate more of Zeita’s lands for this second wall, now the total land confiscated for the building of the Wall in Zeita is 326 dunums*.

Last Thursday, December 11, the Occupation Administration gave the Municipality of Habla village, south of Qalqiliya, a new confiscation order with maps outlining the construction of tunnels between Habla and Qalqiliya City.

***image2***Palestine Forum in Osaka, Japan has hosted yet another powerful event in solidarity with Palestinian resistance to the Israeli Apartheid Wall. On December 6 and 7, organizers established a street stall at "Kyobashi Com's Garden", one of the biggest shopping centers in the city. At the booth, a documentary video on the struggle in Palestine was shown, photographs and maps of the Wall were displayed and informational flyers were distributed with protest postcards attached.

Construction of the Apartheid Wall in the Jenin/Tubas area of northeastern West Bank is moving forward, as trees are being uprooted, lands are being cleared and communities are being terrorized at ever-increasing rates.

8 December – The United Nations General Assembly, at the resumption of its long-running tenth emergency special session on Palestine, adopted a resolution today asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to issue an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of Israel's construction of a separation barrier between itself and the West Bank.

On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Saturday, November 29th, the ‘ActiePlatform Palestina’ (APP) in Belgium organized actions against Israel’s Apartheid Wall in every province capital in Flanders and Brussels. Solidarity actions took place in eight cities throughout Flanders and in total, nearly 700 people demonstrated to make the day a tremendous success.

Activists in Osaka, Japan are continuing their solid campaign in solidarity with Palestinian resistance to the Apartheid Wall with an exhibition December 6 and 7. The exhibition is being held at "Kyobashi Com's Garden", one of the biggest underground shopping streets in Osaka and is a part of an official(municipal) event associated with "Human Rights Week". It will feature photographs of the Wall and other informational materials about its destructive path.

What: Photo Exhibition

When: December 6 and 7, 2003

Where: Kyobashi Com's Garden


You can now download the first English translation of The Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign “Nashra”, meaning newsletter in Arabic. We have chosen to keep this title, as this publication is a direct translation from the Arabic and we want to remain as true to its essence as possible. The Nashra is a powerful tool being used to share information and mobilize here in Palestine. We hope that by making this resource available, we offer another way to consistently highlight the destructive reality of the Wall as well as the ever-increasing resistance to it.

In continuation of activities for International Day Against the Apartheid Wall on November 9th, groups and activities in Amman, Jordan are coordinating events to address the impact of the Wall in Palestine and support Palestinian resistance to defend their livelihoods. The Jerusalem Forum is organizing with the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign for a lecture on Tuesday December 9th where speakers from the Campaign will disucss the Wall’s devastating reality on life in Palestine.

Baqa ash Sharqiyya, Tulkarem District

***image3***At the Apartheid Wall’s gate to the south of Baqa ash Sharqiyya, a village isolated between the Wall and the Green Line, Israeli military soldiers have now been replaced with so-called border guards. All of the “border guards” at this gate are men, and they are prohibiting all Palestinian women from crossing the gate, forcing them to travel to a gate near the village Qaffin, where they then undergo body searches by soldiers who are women.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, including a boy of six, in a major West Bank raid on Monday that provided a sharp contrast to the festive launch in Geneva of a symbolic Middle East peace accord.

The push into Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's base city Ramallah coincided with a U.S. diplomatic mission that won an Israeli pledge to start removing Jewish settler outposts as required by an internationally backed "road map" peace plan.


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