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Report on A-Ram struggle + many alerts


Report on A-Ram struggle against the wall + many alerts

[] The wall that separates Palestinians from Palestinians report on A-Ram protest [] Struggle (against the wall/against house demolitions) on many fronts: in Iskaka, the Negev, in courts, prisons + more English summary of attached alerts and reports

[] The wall that separates Palestinians from Palestinians report on A-Ram protest

[Hebrew attached - òáøéú îö"á ]

"I am speaking here as an Israeli, an Israeli patriot who loves this country and all who live in it, Israelis and Palestinians. When I see it torn to pieces, it is like seeing a thing of beauty destroyed" said former Knesset Member Uri Avnery of Gush Shalom at a press conference held inside the protest tent erected by the A-Ram municipality next to the ruined main street which is going to be replaced by an 8-meter high "Separation Wall." "This Wall has nothing to do with security; it does not separate between Israelis and Palestinians; it separates as anybody can see Palestinians from Palestinians in order to make their lives miserable. Building a wall here is like building a wall right through Dizengov Street in Tel-Aviv or like a wall through 5th Avenue and Champs Elysees."

There were many other speakers: Kadura Fares, the Palestinian Minister for coordinating the anti-Wall campaign; Khatem Abdul Kader, member of the Palestinian parliament for the Jerusalem area; Knesset Member Muhammad Barake of Hadash; Sheikh Taysir Tamimi of the Supreme Muslim Court; Rev. Hannah Atallah, spokesperson of the Greek-Orthodox Church; Hannah Amira, member of the PLO executive. One recurring theme was: the silence of the Arab World.

While the press conference was winding up Israeli and Palestinian women arrived, carrying signs and starting a protest march up to the Kalaniya Checkpoint to the north. During the march bulldozers stopped working and moved aside, and the police did not interfere, contenting themselves with closing the road further to the south by barbed wire.

However, later in the afternoon police tear down the protest tent, claiming that "it has been built illegally on Jerusalem municipal land". A-Ram mayor Sirhan Salayme: "This is A'ram land and I personally as mayor approved erecting the tent. As if it not enough that they build a wall cutting us off from jobs, businesses and schools in Jerusalem, they also want to gag us and prevent the possibility of non-violent protest."

On June 28, the Supreme Court will hear the appeal of the A-Ram inhabitants, joined by Israeli organizations. Till then however, the army is allowed to do all the preparatory work, though not build the wall itself.

[] Struggle (against the wall/against house demolitions) on many fronts: in Iskaka, the Negev, in courts, prisons + more English summary of attached alerts and reports

-- òáøéú / Hebrew "David Nir" Bail needed for 15 imprisoned Palestinian workers for details David 052-991-379 Yakov 050-573-3276 -- òáøéú / Hebrew Yacov Manor Friday protest of house demolitions in the aftermath of brutal invasion this week of villages in the Negev and ongoing discrimination of "unrecognized" villages 10.00am at Tel Shoket Junction transportation Tel-Aviv 8.30 - Arlosorof Train Station ph: 09-7670801, 050-733276

-- òáøéú / Hebrew + English Eitan Bronstein re planning of Zochrot events

-- [English] Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) complaint about shooting at its ambulance

-- [English] B'tselem New report calls permit system to Cross Separation Barrier 'Racist'

-- [English] Palestine Media Center on: Hunger Strike of P10K Activist Ken O'Keefe in Israeli Jail and with pending deportation -- [English] "IWPS House" On how today the villagers of Iskaka along with internationals and Israelis managed to stop the bulldozers. And on continuation of struggle tomorrow and Friday

# The "Breaking the Silence" soldiers' exhibition continues in Tel Aviv (until June 25th) link for details [in Hebrew only] : http://www.shovrimshtika.org/hebrew/

# Arna's Children June schedule at: http://www.arna.info/Arna/movie.php?lang=heb

# Video footage of mass uprooting of olive trees and the women's resistance in Az Zawiya, June 7 available at:

http://www.womenspeacepalestine.org/news8junazzawiya.htm (International Womens' Peace Service - IWPS)

# Palestinians draw the map for understanding the Disengagement Plan http://www.nad-plo.org/images/maps/pdf/gaza.pdf

# Truth against Truth - opposite views on the history of the conflict in 101 steps

Hebrew / òáøéú http://www.gush-shalom.org/Docs/Truth_Heb.pdf

English http://www.gush-shalom.org/Docs/Truth_Eng.pdf

# Boycott List of Settlement Products (newly updated) Hebrew / òáøéú http://gush-shalom.org/Boycott/boycheb.htm

English http://gush-shalom.org/Boycott/boyceng.htm

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