Articles Archive for January 2009

Apartheid Wall, Ni'lin »

23 Jan 2009
More Ni’lin demonstrations, more injuries, and a lot more tear gas

A regular ritual has developed at the Apartheid Barrier building site at the village of Ni’lin. First a standoff in an olive grove, then an Israeli Occupation Forces invasion of the village, and finally a pitched battle between Palestinian youths and the invaders.

The Palestinians’ demonstrations of defiance in the face of Israeli firepower are now a twice- or even thrice-weekly affair. Armed only with slings for throwing stones, the youth of Ni’lin are up against a potentially-lethal force.

On Wednesday this week, January 21, the Israeli forces invaded the village after a standoff with youths. One person was hospitalized after being hit by a ‘rubber’ bullet, and there were three arrests. Ten people were treated on-site for severe tear … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

22 Jan 2009
Israeli forces ransack family home during arrest in Beit Ommar

At 11:30 pm on Monday, January 19, more than a dozen Israeli soldiers accompanied reportedly by prison guards from Ashkelon prison, swooped on Beit Ommar. They arrived at the home of Yousef Badr Mahmoud Khlayl, 27, who lived with his wife of 4 months, his parents, and 6 small children. The family was forced outside at gunpoint, and held there for over 3 hours whilst the Israeli Occupation Forces wreaked havoc throughout the house.

Two weeks previously, Yousef’s brother Mahmoud Badr Mahmoud Khlayl was arrested from his home and taken … Continue reading

Betlehem District, Gaza »

22 Jan 2009

The daily demonstrations in solidarity with the people of Gaza continue across Palestine. These pictures from January 19 show around 200 women and children demonstrating in Betlehem. This rally took place outside the UNRWA Relief Office on the busy Hebron Road/Beit Jalla Road junction where it caused modest traffic disruption. Demonstrations like this have been taking place on a daily basis across the West Bank since the conflict began four weeks ago.

Gaza »

19 Jan 2009

Contributed by Aharon, a former volunteer with PSP

As I sit here in my comfortable nook at my local independent coffee shop, sipping Nicaraguan blend, innocent men, women, and children are being systematically cleansed in a part of the world very dear to me. 1,200 Palestinians have been slaughtered by Israeli Destruction Forces since Israel’s offensive in Gaza began on 27 December, more than half of them civilians. More than half of them civilians. More than half of them civilians. 5,200 have been injured, and an estimated 90,000 have fled their homes. Yet, with Gaza being half the size of my beloved city of San Francisco, and having twice the population, an estimated 1.5 million, fleeing … Continue reading

Gaza »

19 Jan 2009

The story of the Sammouni family in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City has brought widespread condemnation of the Israeli Occupation Forces’ methods and calls for an investigation into possible war crimes. The family was ordered by Israeli soldiers to move into a single compound “for their safety”. The morning after being moved, the building was shelled multiple times. Paramedics were then refused access to the area for days as children sat without food or water, surrounded by the bodies of their dead mothers and fathers. The International Red Cross said that Israeli forces were nearby and must have known that there … Continue reading

Gaza »

19 Jan 2009

From IRIN, News service from the UN-OCHA

TEL AVIV, 19 January 2009 (IRIN) – As relative calm settles over Gaza for the first time in three weeks following the Israeli ceasefire, the scale of the humanitarian crisis is becoming evident. Some 100 bodies have been discovered in areas that were previously inaccessible.

The grim discovery brings the Gaza death toll since the Israeli offensive began on 27 December 2008 to over 1,300, according to officials of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNWRA) – and that number is expected to rise. Over 5,400 have been wounded.

Israel has tightly controlled information during its military operation, not allowing foreign correspondents into the Strip, although some Israeli media were allowed in briefly – but under … Continue reading

Gaza »

19 Jan 2009

From Maan News Agency http://maannews.net/en

The embers of Tel Al-Hawa continue to burn. The smoke from the fire and concrete dust cloud the air, and carry the thick smell of burning and rotting bodies.

This street, up until Thursday was one of the most luxurious streets in Gaza City, built by the Palestinian Authority in the late 1990s.

Rather than flowers, glittering glass and stone a walk through Tel Al-Hawa two days after the Israeli invasion into the area, burnt cars with burned bodies, half demolished apartment towers and torn up roads are what greet passersby. The hospital is where most residents call home now.

Ma’an visited the destroyed neighborhood, and asked about the burned car at the main street’s entrance. A former … Continue reading

Gaza »

18 Jan 2009

From Ma’an News Agency (www.maannews.net/en) January 18, 2009:

Gaza – Ma’an – A Gazan farmer is dead and his son injured by Israeli fire less than ten hours after Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire in the Gaza Strip Sunday morning, medical sources confirmed.

The farmer was identified as 24-year-old Abd As-Samad Abu Rejlieh, who was shot as he went out to his lands to inspect the damage from the 22-day Israeli incursion.

Israeli fire also hit a mother and her daughter in their home in the northern Strip town of Beit Hanoun, both were injured.

Since the ceasefire went into effect at 2am Sunday morning, one is dead and several injured. Medical crews continue to dig bodies out of Gaza rubble. … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall, Ni'lin »

18 Jan 2009
Soldiers get trigger-happy with the tear gas at Ni’lin

The anti-Apartheid Barrier demonstrations at the West Bank village of Ni’lin have become a regular affair. Every Friday, after noon prayers, there is a standoff between soldiers and young Palestinians that degenerates into a disproportionate battle of Israeli firepower and teenagers running for their lives.

Internationals from PSP and ISM along with Israeli Anarchists attend such standoffs to provide a visible presence so that Israeli forces are, in theory, less likely to use lethal force. Shamefully, but undeniably, this does provide some form of deterrent to the Israeli forces, and ‘only’ four Palestinians have been killed in the last six years at demonstrations where internationals were present.

Last Friday’s standoff … Continue reading

Gaza, Other »

18 Jan 2009
Jaffa march attracts 3,000 anti-war protestors

Three thousand demonstrators descended on Jaffa yesterday evening to protest against Israel’s war on Gaza. In one of Israel’s biggest internal protests so far, a noisy but peaceful banner-waving army marched and chanted their disapproval at Israel’s latest military adventure.

Demonstrators gathered in the Charles Clore Garden against the evening skyline of Tel Aviv, and then marched two kilometres through Jaffa to Ha-Shnayim Garden. The pre-planned route had been closed to traffic, and there was a distinct police presence (included mounted and helicopter).

The wide array of banners and flags highlighted the diverse mixture of Palestinian and Israeli organizations and individuals that … Continue reading