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Over 200 Israeli (Jewish) citizens actively resisted the occupasion and closure of the West Bank last Friday by showing up at the village of Rantis with shovels, pickaxes, and gardening trowels. they tore at the barricade for several hours while the army and police looked on. The picture shows ICAHD co-ordinator Jeff Halper (center with hat) resisting police please to cease and desist. In the meanwhile villagers came out with soft drinks and encouragement for the demonstrators. However they refrained from helping with the removal of the barricades. The Israeli government's racist policies are well known to the Palestinians. While Jews may resist the occupation under the bemused tolerance of the army, peaceful Palestinian resistance is all too often met with lethal force. This action concluded peacefully.Over 200 Israeli (Jewish) citizens actively resisted the occupasion and closure of the West Bank last Friday by showing up at the village of Rantis with shovels, pickaxes, and gardening trowels. they tore at the barricade for several hours while the army and police looked on. The picture shows ICAHD co-ordinator Jeff Halper (center with hat) resisting police please to cease and desist. In the meanwhile villagers came out with soft drinks and encouragement for the demonstrators. However they refrained from helping with the removal of the barricades. The Israeli government's racist policies are well known to the Palestinians. While Jews may resist the occupation under the bemused tolerance of the army, peaceful Palestinian resistance is all too often met with lethal force. This action concluded peacefully.

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Analysis and Editorials

Land Day: Joint Palestinian and Israeli March in Arabeh and Sahnin
by IMC-Israel volunteers
7:41pm Fri Mar 30 '01

On March 30, 2001, thousands of Israeli Palestinians along with over 250 Israeli Jewish citizens, marched in the Israeli Palestinian villages of Arabeh and Sahnin in a show of solidarity on Land Day. Land Day is held every year in memory of March 30, 1976. On that day, Israeli forces confiscated a total of 5500 acres of land from the Palestinian villages of the Galilee, in northern Israel. These areas were classified by the Israelis as "closed military zones" and later fell subject to heavy illegal settlement expansion. The confiscation of land provoked heavy confrontations between Palestinian citizens and Israeli military forces, confrontations that claimed the lives of 6 Palestinians, injured 96, and resulted in the arrest of 300. This year's Land Day was the first time in which there were any large demonstrations by Israeli Palestinians since the events in October of 2000, when the Israeli Police massacred 13 Israeli Palestinian protestors.

To read the whole article (Pictures with Hebrew comments), click here.

Right for both peoples
by Tanya Reinhart
12:37am Fri Mar 30 '01

In the past two weeks, we are witnessing the beginning of a new phase: Israelis and Palestinians are extending a hesitant hand to each other, across the IDF's barricades and checkpoints.

To read the whole article, click here.

To read We didn't see; we didn't know, click here.
To read Vote Blank to Deligitimize the Elections , click here.
To read Barak's Version of Sharon, click here.
To read Count the Blank Ballots, click here.
To read The Peace That Kills, click here.
To read Don't Say You Didn't Know, click here.
For her article, Stop Barak! click here.
For background info on the media reports of mass evacuations of Beit Jala, click here.
For her article, Green Light To Slaughter, click here.
For her article, The Camp David Fraud, click here.

Tacit Consent: Settler Violence against Palestinians
by B'tselem Israeli Human Rights Association
10:18pm Wed Mar 28 '01

Over the course of the present Intifada, the scope and intensity of settler violence toward Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories has increased dramatically. Several settler leaders have warned that they would "take matters into their own hands", and use force, if they did not find IDF conduct satisfactory. These were not idle threats. In the last few months, settlers have shot Palestinians, thrown stones at Palestinian cars, damaged property, uprooted trees, burned a Mosque, hurt Palestinian medical crews, attacked journalists, prevented farmers from getting to their land and prevented Palestinian vehicles form using the roads.

To read the whole article, click here.

Israelis Resist Closure
by Fred Schlomka
8:43pm Sat Mar 24 '01

Over 200 Israeli (Jewish) citizens actively resisted the occupation and closure of the West Bank last Friday by showing up at the village of Rantis with shovels, pickaxes, and gardening trowels. they tore at the barricade for several hours while the army and police looked on. The picture shows ICAHD co-ordinator Jeff Halper (center with hat) resisting police please to cease and desist. In the meanwhile villagers came out with soft drinks and encouragement for the demonstrators. However they refrained from helping with the removal of the barricades. The Israeli government's racist policies are well known to the Palestinians. While Jews may resist the occupation under the bemused tolerance of the army, peaceful Palestinian resistance is all too often met with lethal force. This action concluded peacefully.

To read the whole article, click here.

American-based academic committees on human rights
by Jacob Katriel
2:32pm Sat Mar 24 '01

An address to the Human Rights Committee of the New York Academy of Sciences, New York, March 22, 2001.

"I am here today because I am deeply concerned about the disasterous consequences of Israel's policy and conduct in the occupied territories for both Israelis and Palestinians. I feel that something can be done. I am convinced that drawing your attention to this urgent situation serves the true long-term interests of Israel, even if I find myself, momentarily, in a minority of those who take it upon themselves to speak up. I mentioned Professor Sumaya Farhat-Naser, whose peace activities were brought to my attention just a couple of weeks ago. I do not know her personally, but I looked her up in the Internet. I found a good deal of very impressive material that would have warmed the heart of any peace-seeking Israeli. It included an interview with her, published in an Austrian daily on January 11, 1999, when she received the Bruno Kreisky Peace Prize. Her concluding sentence has stuck in my mind. She said 'Losing hope is a luxury we cannot afford'."

To read the whole article, click here.

PHRMG Report: Criminal Negligence? Settler Violence and State Inaction
by Alon Carmel
1:43pm Sat Mar 24 '01

New report by the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG) analyses settler violence during the Al-Aqsa intifada and the failure of the Israeli state to fulfil its obligation to protect Palestinians living under its control.

To read the whole article, click here.

Hope has become a scarce commodity
by Adam Keller
1:23am Sat Mar 24 '01

Reflections on the return of Sharon, and on Barak who paved the way for it. Implications for the Palestinian strategy - and how the peace movement only begins to regain its confidence.

To read the whole article, click here.

Against history
by Saleh Abdel-Jawwad in al-Ahram
10:14pm Tue Mar 20 '01

Oslo not only crippled the peace process, writes Saleh Abdel-Jawwad (professor of political science at Bir Zeit University, Ramallah), it signed away some of the Palestinians' most fundamental rights.

"The renewed onslaught of land confiscation, settlement expansion and ring roads generated astounding demographic changes. At the time of Oslo, the total amount of confiscated land stood at some 16,000 dunums. A year later, this figure had doubled, setting a pace for land confiscation that would remain constant throughout Rabin's and Netanyahu's rule"

To read the whole article, click here.

Sharon's National Unity Government Shoring Up the "Iron Wall"
by Jeff Halper
10:37pm Mon Mar 19 '01

Sharon's "national unity" government represents a closing of ranks around the rock-bottom refusal of Zionism and Israel to entertain the possibility of truly sharing this land with the Palestinians -- either in one state or in two. The role of the Sharon government is to generate such despair among the Palestinians that they will sue for surrender.

To read the whole article, click here.

London Palestine Solidarity March
by i-Contact video network
1:48am Sun Mar 18 '01

On March 17th, 2001, approximately 1,500 people, amongst them MP's, academics, students, anarchists, Marxists, and who ever else was up for it - marched in solidarity from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, calling for the immediate removal of the roadblocks and trenches that were dug up by the Israeli occupation forces last week, and a cessation to the confiscation of Palestinian land on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

For more pictures of the march, 1, 2.

To read the whole article, click here.

Peaceful Birzeit University march ends with one death and scores injured
by www.birzeit.edu
12:41pm Sun Mar 11 '01

Over 1000 people, amongst them politicians, officials, academics, staff and students of Birzeit University marched from Ramallah to the trenches on the Ramallah - Birzeit Road, calling for the removal of the roadblocks and trenches that were dug up by the Israeli occupation forces last week. After the speeches were over, people started to fill up the trenches by hand and a few garden tools with the help of a bulldozer that was sent from Ramallah. While busy filling up the trenches with their bare hands and just a few garden tools, the Israeli soldiers started to fire tear gas bombs at the marchers to try to disperse them.

To read the whole article, click here.

Judea Against Israel
by Uri Avnery
12:41pm Sun Mar 11 '01

Venice is sinking. The jewel of mankind, with its unparalleled beauty, is in the process of vanishing. Scientists are already calculating when the waves will finally close over the city. But the sinking is so slow that the inhabitants do not notice it. Israel is in a similar situation. Our Israel, the state that we have created with our sweat and blood, our talents and dreams, with its new Hebrew language, culture and society that have fascinated the entire world, is vanishing. Its place is being taken by a different, antithetical state.

To read the whole article, click here.

Israel confirms
by Haggai and Irit Katriel
9:12am Tue Mar 6 '01

"The IDF is acting to capture territories as a strategic aim in the present conflict." This was confirmed yesterday for the first time by "a senior military source". The policy of destruction and expulsion which was reported for months is now revealed.

To read the whole article, click here.

For more background on this issue, please read the article Palestinian Refugees, Israeli Hypocricy, click here.

Destroy our Churches, But leave Palestinian people their homes
by CWNews
12:53pm Tue Feb 27 '01

Latin-Rite Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem released his annual Lenten letter this week, telling Israel's army, "Destroy our churches if you must, but leave the people their homes."

To read the whole article, click here.

Al-Awda report from Gaza
by Alison Wier
1:54pm Mon Feb 19 '01

Live report from Alison Wier from San Francisco (a member of Al-Awda-SF) now visiting the Israeli occupied areas (Gaza). Read to understand how people are doing on the ground.

To read the whole article, click here.

The Death of Hilmi Revisited
by Gila Svirsky
11:41pm Tue Feb 13 '01

Hilmi, a 10-year old Palestinian boy, was killed 4 years ago by an Israeli settler, whose sentence of 6 months "community service" defies the scales of justice. The Israeli court system has an abysmal record on prosecuting Israeli settlers who harm Palestinians in the territories. To quote a B'Tselem report about this very subject, "The [Israeli] authorities have adopted an undeclared policy of absolution, compromise, and mitigation for Israeli civilians who harm Palestinians." Recent settler violence, unpunished, is a violent reminder that this is true.

To read the whole article, click here.

The Clear Voice of the Abstainer
by Meron Benvenisti from Ha'aretz
5:37am Tue Feb 13 '01

A huge number of those who chose to abstain - even discounting those who didn't vote out of laziness or for apolitical motives - requires the political establishment to take seriously the "fashionably alienated," and to recognize that there are situations in which abstention is an expression of political involvement as deep or deeper than voting for lack of alternative.

To read the whole article, click here.

Hares, a Village Under Ocupation
by Neta Golan
2:53am Sat Feb 3 '01

The west bank village of Hares is situted in an erea that is planned to be annexed to Israel.IT has been subject to systematic violence and harasement by setlers and the I.D.F. this report focuses on the story of two children and one young father who were killed in the village.

To read the whole article, click here.

Rivers of Blood - A New Sharon Episode
by Haithem El-Zabri
7:50am Fri Feb 2 '01

Activists and supporters of Palestine need to do the utmost to secure an international peacekeeping force capable of protecting the Palestinians from the potential carnage that Sharon can inflict. This may be achieved by massive demonstrations in world capitals, intensive lobbying, greater media involvement, and any other means. In addition, they need to provide the Palestinians in the occupied territories with financial and moral support, to alleviate their suffering and enable them to endure the escalated atrocities against them.

To read the whole article, click here.

A Personal Perspective on Conscientious Objection in Israel
by Ruth Hiller
1:03pm Thu Feb 1 '01

Just three years ago my son Yinnon approached me and told me that he could not serve in the military on moral grounds. He said he knew with growing certainty that pacifism was his ideal. He was 16. The soul searching that followed this declaration was not just my son's but became mine as well, and that of the entire family. The process was deep and often painful. It forced us to question not only our core values, but also demanded an evaluation of ourselves as parents, siblings, as family partners and as Israelis.

To read the whole article, click here.

Two Articles: The Acid Test Failed and The Future is Now (Reply to Uri Avneri)
by Israel Shamir
11:45am Fri Jan 20 '01 

The Acid Test Failed: This article (offered here in English translation) appeared in the Russian Israeli weekly RI one month ago, and was reprinted since then by numerous newspapers and Internet publications in Russia and in Russian Israel. It is still a subject for a lively debate in the local Russian community as well as in Russia. The author, Israel Shamir, is one of best-known and most respected Russian Israeli writers and journalists. He wrote for Haaretz, BBC, Pravda and translated Agnon, Joyce and Homer into Russian. He lives in Tel Aviv and writes a weekly column in the Vesti, the biggest Russian-language paper in Israel.

To read the whole article, click here.

The Future is Now: Uri Avneri, of Peace Block, published in the net an article arguing that peace is still possible on the basis of Two Nations - Two States, removal of settlements and return of small amount of refugees into Israel, in order to sustain the Jewish character of the state. Israel Shamir whose "Acid Test" was recently published in the net, wrote this response, while Vincent White and Ellen Cantarow edited this English version.

To read the whole article, click here.

Report: Civilians Under Siege
by B'tselem Israeli Human Rights Association
11:45am Fri Jan 12 '01 

Since the beginning of the recent uprising on 29 September 2000, Israel has placed a series of sweeping restrictions on movement of the Palestinian population in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. These restrictions severely impair the right to work and earn a living, the right to proper medical treatment, the right to education, and the right to maintain family life. Israel?s restrictions on freedom of movement disrupt all aspects of daily life for some three million people. This policy is one of the primary reasons for the increasing destitution and despair in the Occupied Territories and has made the lives of the population unbearable.

To read the whole article, click here.

The current crises in the Middle East: What can we do?
by Noam Chomsky
3:30pm Sat Jan 6 '01  

On December 14, 2000 Noam Chomsky spoke at MIT in Boston, about the present crises in the Middle East.

Lecture Abstract:

The Middle East has been a prime policy concern for the US for half a century, and throughout this period, the US has had a major impact on developments there. Current crises are many and ominous. Of particular significance are those concerning Israel-Palestine. Here the US role has been, and will continue to be, decisive in shaping the course of events. Of all the complex factors involved, this is the one that we can directly influence. To face the responsibilities and opportunities constructively it is crucial to understand what US policies have been and what they are today. The human consequences of action, or inaction, are likely to be very great.

To hear and see the lecture as a RealMedia Webcast, click here.

Audio Testimony on the Present Situation in Hebron
by Kauthar Salaam
2:28am Sun Dec 31 '00  

A conference was held on Dec. 14th at the Tel-Aviv University entitled Testimonies pt. II: Reports on theAl-Aqsa Intifada.

Testimony on the present situation in Hebron was given by Ms. Kauthar Salaam, a journalist who works for the UN and lives in Hebron. Her report was given in English

To listen to her testimony in Real Audio format, click here.

Welfare Reform in Israel

Following the trend of welfare reform programs in the United States and Europe, Israel is planning to significantly reduce income-support payments and implement a form of 'welfare to work' and 'workfare' programs in Israel.

For an in-depth discussion of this subject, read this position paper on the initial proposals to introduce workfare into Israel and how it may affect solo mothers, done by Barbara Swirski of the Adva Center

To read the paper, click here.

On the 12th of December, 2000, a critical debate on the issue of Welfare Reform in Israel was held at Tel-Aviv University. Prof. Stephen Wizner of the Yale Law School lectured on various Welfare Reform programs in the United States, their impact at home, and what Israel can expect by implementing similar programs.

To Listen to the lecture in Real Audio, click here

Palestinian Refugees: Israeli Hypocricy
by Irit Katriel
5:03pm Sat Dec 23 '00  

It is almost ironic that the Israeli demand for a renunciation of the right of return comes up at a time when a new flow of Palestinian refugees is created, and that the alleged offer to evacuate the Gaza strip is made while great efforts are underway to enlarge the existing settlements at the expense of Palestinian homes and lands.

To read the whole article, click here.

Notice of Departure from Service
by Eyal Rozenberg
12:54am Sun Dec 10 '00

Two months ago, just after the beginning of the Intifada, Eyal Rozenberg declared that he refused to continue his service in the Israeli Army. In the night between the 20th and 21st of November, at Midnight, the Israeli military police came to his house and took him to the military prison. He was released after some days... but now he has been taken to prison once again.

English translation of the letter Eyal Rozenberg gave his commander in which he requests to be released from the IDF. Eyal was home for the weekend after completing his second prison term for refusing to wear a uniform.

To read the whole letter, click here.

Illusions of Restraint: B'Tselem Human Rights Report 
by Yael Stein of B'Tselem Israeli Human Rights Group
7:03pm Wed Dec 6 '00

B'Tselem has completed research and fieldwork and is releasing a report addressing human rights violations in the Occupied Territories over the past two months. The report concludes that,
in spite of claims to the contrary, Israel has not adopted a policy of restraint in its response to events in the Occupied Territories.

To read the whole report,click here.
 
Interview with Prof. Yehudah Shenhav of The Eastern Democratic Rainbow 
15:41pm  Mon Nov 21 '00 

Yehuda Shenhav, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tel-Aviv University and member of Keshet Ha-Democrati Ha-Mizrahi (The Eastern Democratic Rainbow), discusses, in English, subjects ranging from the dominance and dangers of Management Ideology, to the limits of Liberal Rights in an unjust society.

To hear the Real Audio on Globalization and  Management Ideology, click here.
To hear the Real Audio on the limits of Liberal Rights,click here.
To hear the Real Audio (Hebrew) on Hok Ha-Karkaot,click here

More Links

B'TSELEM - The Israeli Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
ADDAMEER (conscience) Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association
ZNet's Mideast Watch
The Alternative Information Center (AIC)
LAW The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human

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