In Occupied Palestine: May 9 & 10, 2005
In Occupied Palestine
May 9 & 10, 2005
(No statistics were available for May 9)
Israeli Violence Causes Palestinian Woman to Miscarry
Israel Turns Al Aqsa Mosque into Military Post
Israeli Army of Occupation Takes 120 Palestinian Sheep
Israel Turns Al Aqsa into Military Post - Hundreds Pray in the Streets
In a tense day around the perimeter of the Al Aqsa Mosque, Israeli Occupation police and "Border Guard" forces denied Muslims entry to the mosque on Sunday evening. Thousands of youths arrived at the gates of Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday morning in a bid to prevent extremist right-wing Jews from raiding the compound.
The Israeli Occupiers have announced that they intend to limit the entrance of Muslim worshippers to the site on Monday. Only those, 45 years of age and older, carrying Israeli identity cards will be allowed to pray at Al Aqsa Mosque. Many roadblocks and checkpoints have been erected and more than 2000 police and "Border Guard" soldiers are stationed at entrances leading to the mosque. As a result, hundreds of worshippers were forced to perform the Dawn prayers in the streets adjoining the Mosque, which is considered Islam's third holiest site.
A large number of Israeli troops have been deployed on the site of Al Aqsa Mosque, and its plaza and the Old City have been turned into a military post. Earlier on Sunday morning, Israeli Occupation forces set up a network of closed circuit surveillance cameras at the mosque entrances, the Al Aqsa Institution for Building Islamic Holy Sites reported.
Israeli Troops Wound 5 Palestinians, Arrest 7 others
Israeli Occupation troops wounded five Palestinians yesterday in the town of Durra, southeast of Hebron and arrested seven others in the village of Barqeen, near Jenin. Medics and other witnesses said that Maher Abu Ras, 15, and four others received medical attention at the clinic in Durra after being shot and hurt by tear-gas canisters fired by Israeli soldiers. Witnesses said that violent clashes erupted yesterday between local youngsters and Israeli Occupation troops following earlier beatings handed out by the soldiers in the downtown area.
At least seven Palestinian residents were reportedly taken prisoner in the village of Barqeen, according to local residents who said that Israeli soldiers stormed the village and blockaded a number of houses, firing stun grenades and terrorising the inhabitants.
Zionism in practice
Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property
[Source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group]
Annexation Wall Building: 22 sites
Attacks: 9 – in Occupied Palestine the following were some of the people and areas that came under Israeli fire:
Hebron – the town of Beit ‘Awwa at 10pm.
Khan Yunis – the West Khan Yunis refugee camp (twice)
Rafah – the neighbourhood of Yabna in the Rafah refugee camp.
See Physical assaults below.
Home invasions and occupation: Numerous
Ramallah & El Bireh –the Israeli Army raided Ramallah at 1:25pm and raided the city again at 10:40pm. People’s homes in the neighbourhood of Um ash Sharayet were invaded in the second raid and residents were detained while the Israelis photographed them, recording people’s names and other identity particulars.
Jenin – a house in the village of Wadi Al Far’a was invaded during a morning raid by Occupation forces.
Nablus – at 2:10am, the Israeli Army raided the city of Nablus, invaded a house and took two people prisoner.
Hebron – at 9:15pm, the Israeli Army raided the area between the towns of Idhna and Dura and invaded a number of houses.
Physical assaults: 5
• Occupation forces assaulted a number of Palestinians near Israel’s annexation Wall in the village of Deir al ‘Asal, firing tear-gas grenades at people and severely beating several villagers. The Israeli violence caused a nine-month pregnant Palestinian woman, Siham Yousef Abu ‘Askar, to miscarry and left another person with contusions.
• In a raid on the village of Beit ‘Einun, the Israelis encountered resistance from villagers as Occupation troops beat up and detained local students.
Hebron – The Israeli Army of Occupation took 120 sheep belonging to Yousef Mahmoud ash Shawamreh and his brothers.
Prisoners taken: 11
Jerusalem – Palestinian schoolchildren were the victims of stun and tear-gas grenades fired at them by Israeli soldiers in a raid on the neighbourhood of Al Mukabbir Mount.
• At 3pm, an Israeli Army patrol raided the city, set up a checkpoint in the neighbourhood of Nimrah, and searched pedestrians and vehicles. At 12pm, the Israelis raided the city again and patrolled the area.
• At 1am, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled the town of Yatta.
Settler violence: 2
Nablus – Jewish settlers, intimidating Palestinian villagers, released a herd of pigs onto Palestinian agricultural land between the villages of Till and ‘Iraq Burin, putting crops in danger.
Hebron – two Palestinians were injured when Jewish settlers stoned and threw bottles at people’s homes in the Old City.
Times indicated in red contribute to the sleep deprivation suffered by Palestinian children.
Zionism in principle
"When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle."
Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Forces,
New York Times, 14 April 1983.
On The Besieged Palestinian President
To the uncritical eye, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas looks like an ordinary statesman residing over an equally ordinary political reality. Nothing could be further from the truth.
See...Ramzy Baroud: Abbas' Terrible Dilemma
From The Hebrew: The Theft of Trees
Over 100,000 trees have been removed. Some of these have turned up mysteriously in Israel, being sold for up to 25,000 shekels (A$7,500). For the Palestinians the trees have an enormous economic significance. An olive tree is not just a tree but often their major source of income. It also has a cultural and spiritual meaning to the Palestinians, being also the family's wealth, often inherited from previous generations and destined to be for their offspring.
See... Sol Salbe:
How to Turn the World Upside Down
PALESTINE HUMAN RIGHTS AND INDONESIAN HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGNS
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Fund Raising Lunch
Our invited guest is Ahmed Zaoui.
Jack Dickey Hall
174 Greenlane West (near corner of Gt South Rd) Greenlane.
Saturday 28th May 2005 at 12 30pm.
Attendance ONLY by booking: Tickets $20 Children Free.
Only 50 tickets available to each group so please book early from:
Tel: 520 0201
Candlelit Vigil – Saturday 14th May
7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Civic Square
Al Nakba - Commemorating 57 Years of Palestinian Dispossession
The State of Israel was declared on the 14th May 1948. 750,000 Palestinians were forced to flee their homes, while others were massacred. Today six million Palestinians remain displaced around the world. The state that was allocated to them by the UN has been consistently denied. International humanitarian law is broken again and again as the illegal Israeli Occupation continues.
The ‘Wellington Zionist Society’ is meeting at the City Gallery this Saturday to celebrate Israel’s ‘independence’ day. 57 years of ethnic cleansing is nothing to celebrate!
Please join us in a candlelit vigil to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Palestine Human Rights Campaign