Thursday, July 29, 2010

Palestine & Related Headlines 7/29/2010 + CPT's Art and Peggy Gish Interview

Headlines for July 29, 2010
Democracy Now!

Israel Refuses to Pay Medical Bills for Emily Henochowicz

The Israeli government is refusing to pay the medical bills of Emily Henochowicz, the American student who lost her eye in May after being shot in the face by an Israeli tear gas canister. The twenty-one-year-old student was shot while taking part in a protest in the West Bank against Israel’s deadly attack on the Gaza aid flotilla. Her medical treatment in Israel cost $3,700. But Israel has refused to pay, claiming that she was not intentionally shot. In a statement issued Wednesday, the Israeli Defense Ministry said Henochowicz, who also holds Israeli citizenship, endangered herself by participating in the demonstration.

Israel Demolishes Bedouin Village in Negev Desert

In other news from Israel, around 300 Bedouin Palestinians living in Israel’s Negev Desert have become homeless after police demolished their entire village. 1,500 Israeli police arrived at the village of al-Araqib. Within hours, the entire village of forty to forty-five homes was completely razed. The village head, Sheikh Siyah al-Turi, said, "They destroyed our homes. They uprooted our trees. They took our generators, our cars and our tractors. There is nothing left. It’s as though we were never here." Israel defended the demolitions, saying the homes were built illegally.

Peace Activist Art Gish, 70, Dies

And the longtime peace activist Art Gish has died at the age of seventy after a tractor accident on his farm in Ohio. He had been a longtime member of the Christian Peacemaker Team and made yearly visits to Hebron in the occupied West Bank to monitor settler violence and Israeli home demolitions. I interviewed Art Gish, along with his wife Peggy, last year.

Art Gish: "Christian Peacemaker Teams came out of the peace churches, the Quakers, the Mennonites, the Church of the Brethren, out of the idea that if we’re really serious about peace, we ought to be willing to take the same risks as soldiers take and go into a nonviolent—into violent situations and be a nonviolent presence there. What if people who want peace made the same kind of commitment that soldiers make?"

Amy Goodman: "What do you mean?"

Art Gish: "That we go there, and we take risks, and we stand in the middle, and we work for peace in there."
watch the full interview in the second video posted Below

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Below is Art and Peggy Gish interview on Democracy Now! April 10, 2009

Five Years After Helping to Expose Abu Ghraib Scandal, Christian Peacemaker Teams Continue Human Rights Work

Five years ago this month, in April of 2004, the first photographs from inside Abu Ghraib appeared in the US media. The photos showed Iraqi prisoners being tortured, abused and humiliated by US forces and private contractors. The initial reports of abuse came from Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq. We speak with Peggy Gish and Art Gish of the Christian Peacemaker Team.

Peggy Gish, has worked in Iraq with Christian Peacemaker Teams since October 2002. She is the former co-director of the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network in Athens, Ohio. She is the author of Iraq: A Journey of Hope and Peace.

Art Gish, has been part of Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron since 1995. He is an organic farmer and author of several books, including Hebron Journal: Stories of Nonviolent Peacemaking.

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