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The state owned Saudi Electric Company (SEC) has signed a letter of intent to award Alstom a 1.9 billion Euro contract to build a power plant in Shoaiba.

French multinational Alstom is a 20% shareholder in Citypass consortium that has been contracted by Israel to build a light rail in Jerusalem. Alstom is the bigger partner of the two international shareholders in the project.

***image1***This video shows how Occupation forces shot Ashraf Abu-Rahma, 27 years old, in the foot after he had been detained, blindfolded and handcuffed.



On 7 July 2008, the villagers of Ni'lin organized yet another demonstration. During this protest Ashraf was detained. He was handcuffed and blindfolded. Then, the military shot him in the foot at close range.



While torture, ill-treatment and other cruel methods to break the will and the spirit of the Palestinians are nothing new, this time the incident was captured by a video camera.








On Monday, 16 June 2008, the European Union and Israel agreed to upgrade their relations within the framework of the EU-Israel Association Agreement. This starts a process to end in April 2009 with the definition of a common Action Plan that involves the adoption of initiatives and the creation of stronger ties in a broad spectrum, including economic, trade, academic, security and diplomatic fields.



We are appalled by the EU's blatant refusal to hold Israel to account for its persistent violations of human rights and international law.






This video shows the ongoing struggle of Ni’lin village against the occupation's campaign of dispossession. Located in west Ramallah district, the village lost the greater part of its lands in 1948. The Apartheid Wall is now destroying the rest of the lands, the village’s thriving economy. Farmers, workers and small businessmen are all equally affected by the ghettoization of the village.




This factsheet highlights the history and struggle of Ni’lin. The village is located in the West Bank, 26 KM to the west of Ramallah city. The village of Ni’lin has become a site of active struggle against the Apartheid Wall. Frequent protests and confrontations between villagers and Occupation soldiers are staged on the site where bulldozers are razing land to build the latest segment of the Wall.

Development or Normalisation? A critique of West Bank development approaches and projects is the first report that examines in detail the economic and political implications of the most recent development schemes and the role international institutions have in shaping the development programme of the Fayyad government.

The National BDS Steering Committee has released the following statement on the eve of the Palestine Investment Conference in Bethlehem:




Since the founding of the apartheid Israeli state sixty years, ago the Palestinian people have endured sufferings and tribulations beyond the imagination of most people. Between 1946 and 1949, thousands of Palestinians were slaughtered and nearly 800,000 imprisoned. 531 towns and villages were erased. 800,000 Palestinians were brutally expelled from their homes and separated from their land: their descendants today are refugees: almost two thirds of the total Palestinian population.




The Grass-Roots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign wishes to express its solidarity with and call for the immediate and unconditional release of indigenous political prisoners Chief Donny Morris, Deputy Chief Jack McKay, Head Councilor Cecilia Begg, councilors Sam McKay and Darryl Sainnawap and council employee Bruce Sakakeep from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) and spokesperson Bob Lovelace from the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (AAFN).




OPEN LETTER TO THE BRAZILIAN PEOPLE



We write to express our support for the Brazilian people in their struggle against the Mercosur-Israel FTA agreement and convey our thanks to those who have taken up the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). We were all shocked to see the Mercosur, which set out to be an economic framework grounded in the respect and the advancement of human rights, to so blatantly disregard these values in its dealings with the Israeli state. This agreement must be derailed.






Open Letter from the Palestinian Boycott Campaign's National Committee (BNC)



9 April 2008



Ms. Ann Venneman

Executive Director

UNICEF





Dear Ms. Venneman:













NOVEMBER 9 - 16:
SIXTH WEEK AGAINST THE APARTHEID WALL
MOBILIZE AND RAISE YOUR VOICE

78 Palestinian villages, neighbourhoods, communities and cities are threatened in their very existence by the isolation imposed on them via the construction of the Wall, the settlements and their infrastructure. Throughout the West Bank some 266,442 Palestinians are facing living conditions that soon will force them to abandon their homes and communities and to turn into refugees or internally displaced people. This fact sheet gives the basic information about this wave of forced expulsion at the hands of the Occupation.

This fact-sheet offers an overview of the Occupation’s policies of aggression against the Palestinian people, their land and their property during 2007. It also provides information on the Israeli colonization of the West Bank. Finally, it summarizes the actions of Palestinian popular resistance against the Wall as well as the key developments in regards to international solidarity.




The wall is down, at least in Rafah and for a few days. This week, while aid agencies were issuing statements and the UN was discussing yet another Security Council resolution, only to be vetoed by the United States, people in Gaza have taken control of their own fate.




In defiance of the crackdown on protest in the West Bank for the visit of US President George Bush, a coalition of national groups have organised a sit-in at the Orthodox Club in Ramallah to voice their opposition to the visit.



The organisers, The National and Islamic Forces, the Palestinian Grassroots Anti Apartheid Wall Campaign, the Prisoners Association, the National Committee to Commemorate the Nakba, released the following statement:



To our heroic people:








In the first half of the twentieth century al-Jahalin Bedouin lived in Tel Arad, north of Bir Saba', in an area belonging to Hebron district. Then, in 1948 came the Nakba (catastrophe). All over Palestine, Zionist gangs attacked Palestinians in a concerted effort to remove them from their land to make way for the new Jewish state. 750,000 Palestinians were driven out and became refugees. Al-Jahalin were evicted and the land of Tel Arad was seized.



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Palestine, December 28 2007



Dear Susan Sarandon,



We have heard and seen, with sorrow, your pictures making your way through a picket line in front of Lev Leviev’s new jewelry shop in New York. It was disturbing to know that a prominent figure like you, known for her clear moral standings, has accepted to contribute to the profits made with blood diamonds and invested in the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.








This report draws on testimonies from Palestinians living all over the West Bank about their experiences living the ghettos created by the Israeli Occupation. In the course of our research, we have identified seventy-nine villages that are in a particularly critical situation, having been completely isolated by the infrastructure of apartheid. The level of restriction placed on these villages by the Occupation makes life within them socially and economically unsustainable.

The Palestinian civil society delegation to the Forum for a Just Peace in the Middle East, planned for December 14 to 16 in Madrid, has decided not to participate in the Forum due to serious last-minute violations.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is planning and implementing a range of development projects in the Palestinian Jordan Valley, whose stated aims are to facilitate the economic development of the area and to increase Palestinian cooperation with the Israeli state.
There are fundamental weaknesses in the project, which are discussed in this briefing.

The main points addressed are:

Last Tuesday’s demonstrations, which brought thousands onto the streets of Ramallah, Hebron, Tulkarem, Nablus and Gaza in defiance of the Palestinian Authority’s attempt to silence the peoples’ voice, represented a crucial moment for Palestine.




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Open letter to the activists fighting the US Wall of Death on the Mexican border

 

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