Saturday, June 5, 2010

Demonstration to mark 43 years to the occupation - Beit Nuba (the new) 4-6-10

Demonstration to mark 43 years to the occupation - Beit Nuba (the new) 4-6-10

yisraelpnm June 04, 2010The occupation marks its 43rd year, starting June 1967. It has been 43 years of domination, oppression, segregation, settlement enterprise, theft of water and lands, military regime, closures and restrictions on movement, house demolitions, political arrests, torture, one-sided annexation and killing of civilians. 43 years of war crimes and colonial expansion.

During these years, and with added force since the late 80s, a Palestinian struggle for independence have risen. In Israel women and men called out to end the occupation. In this past decade, more than ever before, the contacts between those struggling grew stronger, and the cross-border cooperation became an inherent part of the struggle. The weekly demonstrations in the West bank -- Bil'in, Nialin, Maasra, Nabi Salah, Walaja, Bet Omar, Hebron and South of Mount Hebron, Bet Jala, Sheich Jerach and many other locations -- became a symbol of breaking the walls of segregation towards a hope for a future of equality and a just peace.

For this reason a demonstration marking the 43rd year of the occupation organized jointly by the popular committees in the West bank which unite all the Palestinian political parties, and the Coalition of Organizations against the Occupation.

On the June 4th demonstration the focus is on one case which embodies the entire history of the occupation:

The villages Yalu, Amuas and Bet-Nuba in the Latrun enclave were completely destroyed by the Israeli army during the occupation in June 1967. On some of their lands settlements such as Mavo Horon were built; other lands became the Canada Park, where Israeli citizens spend their leisure time.

For many years the uprooted residents of the three villages used to convene on these lands on the 4th of June. Yet, even this symbolic act was taken away from them with the erection of the Separation Wall. The land which used to be their home is now forbidden for visitation. However, the uprooted residents don't comply with their expulsion and insist on their right to return.

The majority of the families live today in the villages around the road 443. During the 80's, thousands of dunams were expropriated from the residents of these villages under the pretense that the road will serve them as a major route to Ramllah. However, the road is closed to Palestinian vehicles for years. The Supreme Court has ordered to open a section of the road, in a way that will not enable easy access to Ramallah through trhe checkpoints of Bitunia or Kalandia. The opened road will hence lead to nowhere.

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