Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The View from a Divided Palestine

The View from a Divided Palestine:

"With less than a month before the planned Annapolis peace summit, the New America Foundation/American Strategy Program will be hosting Mustafa Barghouti in conversation with Rita Hauser to look at the expectations, opportunities and risks of renewed U.S. peace efforts.

This is the first in a series of events hosted by New America's Middle East Initiative that look at the landscape in the run-up to the Annapolis conference."

Friday, October 26, 2007

1991 Documentary on JNF's Illegal Canada Park

Documentary on JNF's Illegal Canada Park:

"1991 Documentary on JNF's Illegal Canada Park Built on the destroyed villages of Latroun: Imwas, Yalo and Beit Nouba - 31 min - Oct 1, 2007"

Related Report:
Source: Al-Haq

Displacement Destruction and Appropriation
The Palestinian Villages of Latroun 40 Years After 1967

In the early hours of 6 June 1967, Israeli military forces entered the three Palestinian villages in what is known as the Latroun salient, namely ‘Imwas, Yalo and Beit Nouba. As the Jordanian army had already withdrawn from the area, the Israeli forces met with no resistance and immediately began to expel the residents from their homes. By 7 June 1967, the majority of the residents had fled and were on the long walk to Ramallah, where they would take temporary refuge. Unknown to them, however, the Israeli authorities had already started to implement their plan to raze the villages to the ground, and 40 years later the villagers would still be displaced.

Click here to read Al-Haq‘s legal brief on the case of the Latroun villages, which outlines the violations of international law perpetrated not just during the Six-Day War, but over the course of the 40 years of belligerent occupation which have since ensued.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Palestinian olive farmers face threat of attack

Palestinian olive farmers face threat of attack - 22 Oct 07:

"Al Jazeera's David Chater meets the Palestinian olive farmers who can only reach their crop with the protection of peace activists."

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Human Rights and Politics in Israel-Palestine | MIT World

Human Rights and Politics in Israel-Palestine | MIT World:

Anat Biletzki
Jeff Halper
October 22, 2007
Running Time: 2:28:28

"Human rights are central to the fraught politics between Israelis and Palestinians, these two panelists argue. Any conceivable solution to such an endless conflict must begin by acknowledging the current bleak realities of Palestinian life under Israeli rule, they say.

Anat Biletzki and the group B'Tselem have conducted painstaking studies of how Israel’s longstanding agenda of allowing its civilians to settle on Palestinian occupied land constitutes an infringement of the Palestinians’ basic equality, property rights, freedom of movement, their very “right to self-determination.” The settlements were given a “cloak of legality,” sanctioned as they were by one Israeli government after another. Geographically, the settlements break up what might have been a contiguous Palestinian state.

Biletzki ties the settlements together with other work by the Israelis conducted in the name of security to demonstrate the existence of a forbidding, two-tier society : a system of roads off limits to Palestinians in the occupied territories, or permitted only via carefully guarded checkpoints; the wall (or separation barrier), which runs through Palestinian land; and the total control of Gaza, from the economy to communications, which increasingly makes it “a big prison.” This barricading of Palestinians has become a “routine phenomenon” –and not worthy of the headlines, in the way bombs and torture are, says Biletzki. She insists that “our political conversation must become a human rights conversation,” and hopes that she can make an impact on American Jews and policy makers, who don’t believe in the possibility of making a deal with the Palestinians: “If we give them the land, they’ll throw us into the sea.”

Jeff Halper describes the current situation for Palestinians as apartheid, knowing full well the awful resonance of the term. He sees the system of settlements, roads and the wall as a deliberate land grab, “imprisoning tens of thousands of Palestinians within cities, towns and villages.” The word apartheid “cuts through -- immediately you get it.” This is important because the situation in Israel “is a global issue that affects everyone. It’s the epicenter of instability in the entire region…one of the reasons you can’t take toothpaste onto an airplane.”

Reframing the issue will bring the kind of negative attention that South Africa once drew, as well as international sanctions, and corporate divestment. While Halper believes Israel has essentially foreclosed a viable two-state solution, he still imagines that the U.S. might persuade Israel to pull out of the settlements, so Palestinians can move back in. “There would be dancing in the streets of Tel Aviv,” Halper predicts, because so many Israelis “want this albatross off their back.”."

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Wall Cuts off Palestinian Children from Home And School

Wall Cuts off Palestinian Children from Home And School:


Separation Barrier cuts off children from Tel 'Adasa, which is in East Jerusalem, and their school in Bir Nebala, September 2007. www.btselem.org

B'Tselem is an Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories."

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