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ISM Update From Palestine

ISM DIGEST

1) Rachel Corrie: Answers needed 2) Threats and worry in al-Asa'asa on the eve of Israeli disengagement 3) In Gaza, we don't yet see the peace that's supposed to be in the plan 4) Azzoun burns 5) Young Palestinian women lead international protest in Bil'in 6) Soldier joins Bil'in protest 7) Bil'in, a test field for new Israeli weapons 8) ISM activist's killer sentenced; will similar legal action now be available for Palestinian victims? Not likely in the near future.

RACHEL CORRIE; ANSWERS NEEDED Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial August 15, 2005

The family of English peace activist Tom Hurndall is experiencing the cold comfort of justice at last. Hurndall, 22, was shot in the head by an Israeli sniper in Rafah about two years ago while moving Palestinian children out of the line of fire. He remained in a coma for nine months before he died.


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THREATS AND WORRY IN AL-ASA'ASA ON THE EVE OF DISENGAGEMENT August 14th, 2005 by Lee

Al-Asa'asa is a village of 500 situated right next to the settlement of SaNur. Radical anti disengagement settlers from all over the West Bank, many from Hebron, have camped out at SaNur, surrounding the small military settlement with tents.

READ THE REST: /www.palsolidarity.org/main/2005/08/14/threats-and -worry-in-al-asaasa-on-the-eve- of-israeli-disengagement _________________________________________________________

IN GAZA, WE DON'T YET SEE THE PEACE THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE PLAN August 14th, 2005 by Khaled Nasrallah

If you asked me about the withdraw from Gaza, I would tell you that sure, it's a step ahead. That is, if it really is something that is a start toward real peace. Is it? Real peace is something we've not yet seen. We are tired of the images on television depicting this current unreal peace, which is not connected to the daily life of people here.

READ THE REST AT: www.palsolidarity.org/main/2005/08/14/221 _________________________________________________________

AZZOUN BURNS August 12th, 2005 By Sarita

Over 500 villagers from Azzoun demonstrated Friday, August 12, to protest the second stage of the construction of the Apartheid Wall which will confiscate 1200 dunums (about 300 acres) of land on the eastern side of their village.

READ THE STORY AND SEE SOME PHOTOS AT: www.palsolidarity.org/main/2005/08/13/azzoun-burns-2 _________________________________________________________

YOUNG PALESTINIAN WOMEN LEAD DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE WALL August 16th, 2005

A group of twenty young Palestinian women aged from 13-16 led more than 400 people in a demonstration Monday against the illegal annexation barrier being constructed across land belonging to the village of Bil’in. Local villagers were joined by a large number of activists from a range of peace organizations, including around 200 international representatives from the Women in Black and members of direct action groups The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and the International Women’s Peace Service (WIPS)

READ THE REST AT: www.palsolidarity.org/main/2005/08/16/young-palestinian-women-lead-demonstration-against-the-wall-in-bilin/ _________________________________________________________

SOLDIER JOINS BIL'IN PROTEST August 12th, 2005 by ISM activists

A woman who showed up in her military uniform along with protesters in Bil'in was quickly arrested by soldiers and transferred to IDF investigators for questioning. About 100 or so peace activsits carried their own version of Israeli's annexation wall that is being built through villages like Bil'in. Soldiers detained more than 30 Israeli and foreigndemonstrators. Two Israelis were arrested.

Read the rest and see photos at: http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/2005/08/12/soldier-joins-bilin-protest/

BIL'IN A TEST FIELD FOR NEW ISRAELI WEAPONS August 12th, 2005 Saed Bannoura IMEMC & Agencies

Israeli and international leftist peace activists accused the Israeli army of using demonstrations against the Separation Wall in the West Bank village of Bil'in as a "test field" for its new weaponsfor dispersing protests.

READ THE REST: http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/2005/08/12/bil%e2%80%99in-a-test-field-for-new-israeli-weapons/

ISM ACTIVIST'S KILLER SENTENCED; WILL SIMILAR LEGAL ACTION NOW BE AVAILABLE TO PALESTINIAN VICTIMS? NOT LIKELY IN THE NEAR FUTURE August 11th, 2005 >From ISM Media

Justice is difficult to come by in the middle of an illegal military occupation. For some, with the legal and financial resources and freedom to pursue it, there is a slim chance that they might see some limited response. For many others, though, the chance to have the wrongs committed against them addressed will never come.

READ MORE AT: http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/2005/08/11/ism-activists-killer-sentenced-to-eight-years-in-prison

SEE ALSO THE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT ON TOM HURNDALL: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news/press/16347.shtml

You can find late-breaking International Solidarity Movement news, photos, essays and other information at http://www.palsolidarity.org.

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