[Feb. 24] Demonstrators carried signs reading "I DON'T sleep well at night", "WRONG APPOINTMENT" (...) “Children watch you from the clouds!" Full report of youthful anti-Halutz protest at:
The Tel Aviv-based Anarchists Against the Wall had a busy week.
The following account was provided by organizer Yonathan Polak.
“At Bila'in the bulldozers are working quite close to the village houses, about four or five kilometers from the Green Line (pre-'67 border). Not that this is the decisive factor for us, we would protest even if the Wall was being built on the Green Line itself, since we oppose the whole idea of erecting walls to separate people from each other.
"Talking about "an end to violence" — while continuing to strangle the Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem with walls and turning them into fenced enclaves. Talking about "two states" — and continuing to section the West Bank with fences. Disengaging from the suffering and the misery that Israel will leave behind in the Gaza Strip, a fenced enclave — and continuing to create new enclaves in the West Bank, through fences, roads, check-points and settlements.
Talking about evacuation of settlements while constructing new ones."
Not forgetting Lifta
Friday, 11am activists came at the call of Zochrot to the entrance of Jerusalem, to the remains of Lifta village. Lifta is one of the few Palestinian villages to escape total demolition after being emptied in 1948. Up to the present the village houses can be discerned from the Tel-Aviv--Jerusalem highway.
Among those who came were former inhabitants - having become refugees and never allowed back. The activists posted signs at village landmarks and also had produced special brochures. The event was not only a commemoration but also a protest: a current building plan threatens to destroy the remains of the village to make way for a new Jewish neighborhood...
more about Zochrot activities at:
Israel's new frontier -- by Aluf Benn
Aluf Benn reveals how the decisions are taken which cause Palestinians to lose their lands:
"I will not say to you, Mr. Prime Minister, that we will not
defend in the High Court of Justice the alternative that has been chosen.
We will of course defend it, but let there be no doubt - there is legal
danger here," said the attorney general. "Don't even imagine Gush Etzion
not being inside the fence," replied Sharon.
Full text of the well-researched article
Testing democracy in Jerusalem
Sarah Kreimer, Jerusalem Post
Feb. 15, 2005
"Young Anatoly Sharansky paid a high price, fighting for the rights of free speech in the Soviet Union, and for the freedom to become part of the nation which expressed his yearnings as a Jew. Today, in Jerusalem, the city for which Sharansky bears ministerial
responsibility, 230,000 Palestinians yearn for the rights of free speech, and for the right to determine their own future as part of their own nation."
Hidden costs of Israel's occupation policies
Chris McGreal in Jerusalem
Friday February 25, 2005
Israelis are paying a high but rarely acknowledged economic and social cost for nearly 40 years of occupation, says a report commissioned by Oxfam published today.
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