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Zionism in practice in Occupied Palestine

In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

June 24 & 25, 2005

‘Your wall kills every beautiful thing in our village’ (anti-Wall Protest Poster)

Homes Occupied, Trashed & Plundered in Israeli Army Rampage

Israeli Troops Beat up Bridegroom for Defending his Bride


[Source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group]

Annexation Wall Building: 23 sites

Attacks: 22 – in Occupied Palestine the following were some of the people and areas that came under Israeli fire:

Northern Gaza – the town of Beit Lahiya.

Gaza – indiscriminate fire from the area surrounding the settlement of Nitsareem, south of Gaza City.

Khan Yunis –

A mentally handicapped person near Israel’s ‘security’ line opposite the West Khan Yunis refugee camp.

At 7:15pm, houses in the West Khan Yunis refugee camp.

At 7:45pm, houses in the West Khan Yunis refugee camp and the An Namsawi neighbourhood in the city.

At 12:40am, houses in the area of Qizan an Najar.

To the east of the area of Khuza’a.

Rafah –

The area surrounding the Salah ad Din gate.

At 9:30pm, gunfire and flares from the area surrounding the settlement of Eastern Morag, north of the city.

Ramallah & El Bireh – fire from the Israeli settlement of Psagot, at a vehicle being driven in El Bireh.

Curfews: 1

Salfit – at 1am, Occupation forces shot their way into the town of Haris and imposed a curfew.

Destruction of property: 2

See Raids and Settler violence below.

Detentions: 19

Home invasions and occupation: Numerous

Ramallah & El Bireh – a house in the town of Deir Ghassana was invaded and photographed during a raid by Occupation forces.

Tulkarem –

At 10:55am Israeli Special Forces raided the town of Baqa ash Sharqiya, returning to raid again at 9:30pm and occupy a house for military use.

A 17-year-old Palestinian was wounded as Israeli forces shot their way into an area which is, by agreement, a Palestinian Authority controlled area in the town of Illar. During the raid the Israelis occupied a house and converted it into a military post.

Salfit – at 12:30am, Occupation forces raided the town of Kifl Haris, occupied people’s homes and used them as military bases. The home invasions were necessary, according to the Israelis, because a group of Israeli settlers were visiting to perform religious rituals at the Shrine of the Prophet Thu al Kifl.

Injuries: 4

Tulkarem – Mohammed Ali Majdoubeh had to have four fingers amputated as a result of injuries received when an Israeli Army explosive device placed in a bag was detonated in the village of Seida.

Physical assaults: 3

Qalqilya –

The Israelis set up a flying checkpoint at the entrance to the town of Azzun, held up a wedding procession and tried to physically search the bride. When the bridegroom and another family member tried to protect her the Israeli soldiers beat the bridegroom so savagely he had to be admitted to hospital.

On June 21 Israeli troops beat Ibrahim Abu Tayem during a raid on the city. The beating was so severe that Tayem had to be taken to hospital.

Salfit – a Palestinian, Mohammed Najeh, had his arm broken by Israeli troops during an international anti-Wall protest in the village of Marda.

Plunder: 1

Tulkarem – at 10:am Occupation forces raided the town of Attil in an 18-hour raid that did not end until 4am. Firing stun- and tear-gas grenades indiscriminately, the Israelis occupied four houses for military purposes, invaded other houses in the town and detained the residents. The rampaging Israeli troops stormed the home of Husni Kamal Abu Sa’dah, stole jewellry from the house and damaged the furniture. The raid continued through the night with the Israelis roaming the streets and damaging vehicles.

Prisoners taken: 26

Raids: 45

Ramallah & El Bireh –

At 1:10am, the Israeli Army raided and roamed the town of Beit Rima and the village of Kafr Ein.

An Israeli Army unit raided a neighbourhood in the city of El Bireh. At 11pm, the Israelis raided the city again and detained a vehicle on duty with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

At 3am, Occupation forces raided and roamed the villages of An Nabi Salih and Kafr Ein.

Tulkarem –

Occupation forces shot their way into the town of Deir al Ghusun, firing indiscriminately as they roamed the streets.

At 12:20am, an Israeli Army unit raided area (B) in Dahiyat Shuweika and positioned itself 100 metres from a Palestinian National Security checkpoint.

Hebron –

At 8:30pm, the Israelis raided and roamed the streets of the town of Dura.

At 11:30pm, Israeli troops raided and roamed the town of Yatta and the Al Fawar refugee camp.

At 4am on June 23, the Israeli Army raided the town of As Samoa’ and took a 17-year-old boy prisoner.

At 4am on June 23, the Israeli Army raided the town of Yatta and took one person prisoner.

An 11-year-old boy was taken to hospital after being run over by a vehicle that was attempting to escape from invading Occupation forces in the town of Dura. The Israelis injured a Palestinian as people tried to resist the incursion into the town.

At midnight, the Israeli Army raided the town of Surif and took one woman prisoner.

Nablus – at 4:25am, Israeli Special Forces raided the city of Nablus and pursued one resident as they invaded and detained people in an apartment block.

Bethlehem –

At 12:15am, an Israeli Army unit raided the town of Al Khadr and roamed the area.

At 12:50am, Occupation forces raided and roamed the streets of the city and the Ayda refugee camp.

Times indicated in Bold Type contribute to the sleep deprivation suffered by Palestinian children.

Restrictions of movement: – 74

The Israeli Occupation’s military restrictions on Palestinian freedom covered by this category include:

Checkpoints at the entrances to towns and villages to prevent people entering or leaving.

Interference with people attempting to move around towns and villages.

Cement blocks and barbed wire on roads.

Rubble on roads.

Farmers prohibited from going onto their land to work it.

Road closures to isolate areas in which the Israeli Army considers the presence of Palestinians to be ‘illegal’.

Yasser Arafat International Airport is permanently closed and Palestinians needing to enter or leave Palestine can do so only with Israeli permission.

Interference with access to mosques and freedom of worship.

Flying checkpoints that create instant obstacles to movement and which appear day or night, anywhere.

Wall Gates. The gates in Israel’s annexation Wall, which restrict Palestinian access to their land on both sides.

Israel enforces many of the above restrictions with the threat, or actual use, of military action as well as personal physical assault. Thus, Palestinians are faced with an all-pervasive and constant state of Israeli violence towards them.

Settler violence: 1

Qalqilya – Israelis from the Jewish settlement of Kedumim broke the windscreen of a Palestinian bus as they threw stones on the Nablus-Qalqiliya road.


Zionism in principle

In the severest sense, Herzl was a man of his time and class; a monarchist who believed the best ruler 'un bon tyran'. (1) His Jewish State baldly proclaimed: 'Nor are the presentday nations really fit for democracy, and I believe they will become ever less fit for it... I have no faith in the political virtue of our people, because we are no better than the rest of modern man. (2) His universal pessimism caused him to misjudge totally the political environment of latenineteenthcentury Western Europe. In particular, Herzl misunderstood the Dreyfus case. The secrecy of the trial, and Dreyfus's soldierly insistence on his innocence, convinced many that an injustice was done. The case aroused a huge surge of Gentile support. Kings discussed it and feared for the sanity of France; Jews in remote hamlets in the Pripet Marches prayed for Emile Zola. The intellectuals of France rallied to Dreyfus's side. The socialist movement brought over the working people. The right wing of French society was discredited, the army stained, the Church disestablished. AntiSemitism in France was driven into isolation lasting until Hitler's conquest. Yet Herzl, the most famous journalist in Vienna, did nothing to mobilise even one demonstration on behalf of Dreyfus. When he discussed the matter, it was always as a horrible example and never as a rallying cause.

(1) Desmond Stewart, Theodor Herzl, p. 141.

(2) Ludwig Lewisohn (ed.), Theodor Herzl: A Portrait, pp. 2934.

Lenni Brenner

Zionism in the Age of the Dictators


Palestine Human Rights Campaign

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