ponedjeljak, 6. prosinca 2010.
Izrael nastavlja s rušenjem palestinskih kuća i gradnjom kolonističkih naselja
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Diljem Zapadne obale, uključujući Istočni Jeruzalem i Jordansku dolinu, izraelski su vojnici i buldožeri u nešto više od tjedan dana uništili brojne palestinske kuće i građevine.
24. studenog 2010. u selo Abu al-Ajaj u Jordanskoj dolini ušla su 2 buldožera i oko 200 vojnika koji su potom uništavali torove za stoku i šupe. Ovo je rušenje uslijedilo 2 tjedna nakon što je država konfiscirala zemlju koja pripada tom selu kako bi je pripremila za širenje obližnjeg ilegalnog izraelskog kolonističkog naselja. Tijekom rušenja ubijeno je nekoliko jarića. Izraelski je sud naredio zamrzavanje širenja obližnjeg izraelskog kolonističkog naselja Massua, no palestinska je imovina unatoč tome uništena, a kolonisti namjeravaju nastaviti graditi svoje ilegalno naselje usprkos sudskoj odluci.
Jordanska se dolina većinom nalazi u "Zoni C", području koje obuhvaća 60% Zapadne obale i koje je prema odredbama Sporazuma iz Osla pod potpunom izraelskom kontrolom.
Istog su se dana, 24. studenog, deseci mještana sela Bani Hassan pokušali suprotstaviti izraelskim vojnicima dok su buldožeri rušili njihove selo koje se nalazi u blizini palestinskog grada Salfita i ilegalnog izraelskog kolonističkog naselja Ariel. Istovremeno su izraelske vlasti na području Wadi Qana u blizini sela Bani Hassan buldožerima uništile projekt rehabilitacije područja Wadi Qana, na koji je palestinsko ministarstvo financija utrošilo 120 000 američkih dolara. Uništen je vodeni kanal, te dijelovi spremnika i sustava za poljoprivredno navodnjavanje.
Istoga dana, 24. studenog, izraelski je buldožer u pratnji izraelske policije srušio dom Abeda Zablaha u četvrti at-Tur u blizini Maslinske gore u Istočnom Jeruzalemu. Zablah je otac 5 djece i uspio je dobiti sudski nalog kojim se naređuje obustavljanje rušenja njegovog doma, no kad se s nalogom vratio sa suda kući, izraelske su snage njegovu kuću već sravnile sa zemljom.
Nekoliko dana ranije, 22. studenog 2010, izraelske su snage ponovo srušile selo palestinskih beduina al-Araqib u negevskoj pustinji. To je bilo 7. puta od srpnja 2010. da izraelske vlasti ruše to selo. Međunarodna organizacija za ljudska prava Amnesty International u svojem je priopćenju upozorila da "najmanje 50 od 250 mještana sela al-Araqib ponovo živi u ruševinama svojih domova koje pokušavaju ponovo izgraditi. Drugi kampiraju u šatorima na seoskom groblju". Izraelski su mediji početkom 2010. izvijestili da je vlada odlučila utrostručiti rušenje beduinskih građevina u Negevu.
Selo al-Araqib sravnjeno je sa zemljom 27. srpnja 2010. Tada je oko 1000 izraelskih interventnih policajaca na tom području osiguravalo rušenje nekoliko desetaka domova. Mještani koji su se vratili na svoju zemlju izgradili su skloništa nakon rušenja u srpnju, no njih su izraelske vrasti ponovo uništile 4. kolovoza, 10. kolovoza, 17. kolovoza, 13. rujna, 13. listopada, te prošli tjedan. Amnesty International osudio je izraelske vlasti zbog ovih "uzastopnih rušenja kojima je cilj silom istjerati mještane al-Araqiba sa zemlje na kojoj su živjeli generacijama... Činjenica da je ovo selo bilo srušeno 7 puta u 4 mjeseca pokazuje da se ne radi o nekoj administrativnoj pogrešci, već o svjesnoj politici izvlašćivanja izraelske vlade."
U Istočnom Jeruzalemu su pak 22. studenog izraelske vlasti buldožerima rušile objekte u naseljima al-Isawiyye i Hizma. Prema izvještaju Amnesty Internationala srušeni su torovi za stoku i kućice koje su koristili poljoprivrednici.
Slijedećeg jutra izraelska je policija u četvrti Jabal Mukkaber, također u Jeruzalemu, izbacila jednu palestinsku obitelj iz njihovog doma, nakon što je sud presudio da je ta kuća vlasništvo židovskih kolonista. Odmah po deložaciji obitelji Qarain, izraelska je policija kuću predala kolonistima koji su povezani s kolonističkom organizacijom Elad.
Izraelska nevladina organizacija Izraelski odbor protiv rušenja kuća (ICAHD) u svom izvještaju navodi da se organizacija Elad bavi naseljavanjem ektremističkih kolonista usred palestinskih četvrti na području oko starog dijela grada u Jeruzalemu, naročito u onim četvrtima Istočnog Jeruzalema koje povezuju stari dio grada s ostatkom Zapadne obale, uključujući četvrti Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, Ras al-Amud i Jabal Mukkaber.
U ICAHD-u upozoravaju da su razlozi za deložaciju obitelji Qarain nejasni, te naglašavaju da, bez obzira na odluku izraelskog suda i način na koji su se kolonisti domogli imovine, svako naseljavanje izraelskih civila u okupiranom Istočnom Jeruzalemu predstavlja kršenje međunarodnog prava koje zabranjuje okupacijskoj sili da svoje civile naseljava na okupiranom teritoriju.
Tjedan dana kasnije, 30. studenog 2010. izraelske su snage srušile još jedan palestinski dom i poslovni prostor u Jeruzalemu, u četvrti al-Isawiyye. Tijekom rušenja policija je protiv prosvjednika upotrijebila suzavac.
25. studenog 2010. izraelske su snage srušile jednu kuću u selu al-Rifayaia, istočno od Yatte na Zapadnoj obali. U kući su živjele 2 obitelji odnosno 20 osoba, uključujući 16 maloljetnika. Nekoliko sati prije ovog rušenja izraelske su snage srušile 4 doma i 3 zgrade za držanje domaćih životinja, te nedavno obnovljenu džamiju u mjestu Khirbet Yerza, u kojem živi više od 120 mještana. To područje okružuju izraelski vojni logori, uključujući logore Samrah, Almaleh i Kopra, a stanovništvo je izloženo učestalom uznemirivanju od strane vojske. Za većinu kuća na tom području izraelske su vlasti izdale naloge za rušenje.
29. studenog 2010. izraelske su snage podijelile naloge za rušenje 1 džamije i 2 kuće u selu al-Masara u blizini Betlehema. Vojska je u selo došla u 6 terenskih vozila i fotografirala džamiju i spomenute kuće.
U isto vrijeme jedno je kolonističko naselje u Istočnom Jeruzalemu najavilo gradnju novih stambenih jedinica isključivo za Židove. Izraelske su vlasti odobrile plan izgradnje u kolonističkom naselju Gilo, u blizini Betlehema na okupiranoj Zapadnoj obali. Plan obuhvaća izgradnju 130 stambenih jedinica na zemlji u četvrti Beit Safafa u Istočnom Jeruzalemu.
The (old) news from wikileaks so far – The US is Israel's greatest enabler
That there is nothing new, or surprising, in these cables yet that we feel the need to parse through them is indicative of our frustration with the current state of affairs, leading us to believe this will be a worthwhile endeavor. Surely there is nothing new in the often-delusional Netanyahu's petulance, or his persistent paranoid belief that Israel – nay, the Jews – is constantly under attack from all sides, even its allies. That the US will do just about anything for its protégé is likewise old – yawn – news. Netanyahu manages to coerce the US into supporting Israel in its pursuance of its divine mandate for constant, international protection no matter what, and in the face of every real or imagined obstacle. In the WikiLeaked cables, the Israeli government constantly highlights three threats: "Iran's nuclear program, the build-up of rockets and missiles in Lebanon, Syria and Gaza, and the Goldstone Report." (#09TELAVIV2777) In defense against each of these threats, and in other arenas, the Israelis seem adept at coercing the US into doing their bidding.
Why NGO Monitor is attacking The Electronic Intifada
NGO Monitor has launched a campaign targeting a Dutch foundation's financial support to The Electronic Intifada, accusing the publication among other things of "anti-Semitism." NGO Monitor is an extreme right-wing group with close ties to the Israeli government, military, West Bank settlers, a man convicted of misleading the US Congress, and to notoriously Islamophobic individuals and organizations in the United States. ... NGO Monitor's attack on The Electronic Intifada is part of a well-financed, Israeli-government endorsed effort to silence reporting about and criticism of Israel by attacking so-called "delegitimizers" -- those who speak about well-documented human rights abuses, support boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), or promote full equality for Palestinians. Last February, The Electronic Intifada reported that a leading Israeli think-tank had recommended a campaign of "sabotage" against Israel's critics as a matter of state policy ("Israel's new strategy: "sabotage" and "attack" the global justice movement," 16 February 2010). NGO Monitor has already been at the forefront of a campaign to crush internal dissent by Jewish groups in Israel that want to see Israel's human rights record improved. The Jerusalem-based organization poses as a project concerned with accountability for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), but as Israeli human rights activist and journalist Didi Remez has stated, "NGO Monitor is not an objective watchdog: It is a partisan operation that suppresses its perceived ideological adversaries through the sophisticated use of McCarthyite techniques -- blacklisting, guilt by association and selective filtering of facts" ("Bring on the transparency," Haaretz, 26 November 2009). ... In becoming the latest target of NGO Monitor's defamation and sabotage efforts, The Electronic Intifada joins previously targeted organizations including Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, Adalah, Al-Haq, Mada al-Carmel as well as Israeli groups such as B'Tselem, Breaking the Silence, HaMoked and New Israel Fund, among dozens of others. NGO Monitor -- as a glance at its publications reveals -- characterizes any documentation of, or call for an end to Israel's systematic human rights abuses, violent colonization of the occupied West Bank including Jerusalem, or its siege and amply documented war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza as "hate," "incitement" and/or "anti-Semitism." NGO Monitor is closely tied to Israel's far-right, its government and military as well as leading anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim activists in the United States. NGO Monitor states on its website that it is "a joint venture of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs, founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation, and B'nai B'rith International." As The Electronic Intifada reported in 2005, the Institute of Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center on Public Affairs is a think-tank providing a home for Israel's military and political elite. Among the panoply of Israeli officers who speak and write for the Institute is Doron Almog, who notoriously chose to remain on board an El Al aircraft at London's Heathrow airport and flee back to Israel rather than face a pending arrest warrant for alleged war crimes while he was a division commander in the occupied Gaza Strip ("NGO Monitor should not be taken seriously," 18 October 2005). Among NGO Monitor's International Advisory Board are some unusual choices for an organization focused on accountability. In addition to Alan Dershowitz and Elie Wiesel (who has gone on record saying he can never criticize Israel), there is former CIA chief and pro-Iraq-war activist James Woolsey, and Elliott Abrams. Abrams was convicted in 1991 of withholding information from the United States Congress in the Iran-Contra affair in which he was deeply involved as an official in the Reagan administration. As deputy national security advisor during the administration of George W. Bush, Abrams was the architect of covert US policies intended to overturn the January 2006 Palestinian legislative elections by arming Palestinian militias opposed to Hamas, which had won the vote. Abrams' policies led to a Palestinian civil war that cost hundreds of lives (David Rose, "The Gaza Bombshell," Vanity Fair, April 2008). NGO Monitor's "Legal Advisory Board" includes former Israeli ambassador Alan Baker, who as an Israeli government official spent years publicly defending Israel's violations of international law, including its settlements in occupied territory, which are nominally opposed by all EU governments, including the Netherlands. Cementing the link even more closely, NGO Monitor recently published a joint report with its partner the Institute for Zionist Strategies entitled "Trojan Horse: The Impact of European Government Funding for Israeli NGOs." The Institute for Zionist Strategies, as Didi Remez has pointed out, is led by Israel Harel, a founder of the fanatical Gush Emunim settler movement.
Boycott roundup: French companies to drop out of Jerusalem rail project
In a significant victory for the global Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, French companies Veolia and Alstom have dropped out of the Jerusalem light rail project due to sustained pressure from Palestine solidarity groups. The companies were contracted by the Israeli government to construct and manage the tramway linking Jerusalem to several illegal Israeli settlement colonies in the occupied West Bank. ... Palestinian soccer players, coaches and athletic clubs in the occupied Gaza Strip released an open letter on 20 November to Michel Platini, president of the Union of European Football Associations, calling on the organization to "reverse apartheid Israel's participation" in European soccer matches ("An Open letter from Besieged Gaza to Michel Platini and UEFA: Reverse Apartheid Israel's Participation in European Competitive Football," 20 November 2010). In August, the Israeli government denied players from Gaza to travel to Mauritania for a match. A month later, Platini threatened Israel with expulsion from the soccer union if it continued to restrict Palestinian athletes from freedom of movement. "Israel must choose between allowing Palestinian sport to continue and prosper or be forced to face the consequences for their behavior," he added ("Platini: I'll kick Israel out of Europe," Palestine Monitor, 2 October 2010). The athletes' letter praised Platini's remarks, and accounted in detail the various ways in which Israel's ongoing siege and blockade against the Gaza Strip affects daily life for Palestinians -- athletes or not. "Like all residents of Gaza, footballers are continually deprived entry or exit from what many mainstream human rights organizations call the world's largest open-air prison," stated the letter. "You must know that we are still grieving the loss of over 430 of our children, who were among the 1,443 people killed during Israel's three-week bombing of Gaza in winter 2009. Two of our national football team heroes, Ayman Alkurd and Wajeh Moshate, were among those 1,443. 5,300 more people were injured. Many had their legs amputated. They will never have the chance to play football." The authors of the letter, representing more than thirty athletic and civic organizations in Gaza, highlighted the historic anti-racism campaigns by European soccer unions, including UEFA's recent policy to support referees in stopping games for racist behavior. The letter pointed out that racism "is at the heart of why our national team cannot play abroad. It is the core reason why our sporting equipment does not arrive. It is the reason why our stadiums do not get built and why our football season ends prematurely through resource shortages or violent attacks. The letter concluded with a plea to Platini and UEFA to rescind Israel's participation in European competitions until the state's racist policies end against Palestinians and it abides by international law.
Without land, Gaza farmers grow crops on roofs
Hussein Shabat, director of the Palestinian Center for Youth Development, guides families working on rooftop garden projects, sometimes with the aid of outside donors. "Beit Hanoun is an important place for such gardens. It's near the border with Israel, and much agricultural land has been destroyed repeatedly by the Israeli army," he says. The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee reports that up to 75,000 dunams (a dunam equals 1,000 square meters) of prime agricultural land has been destroyed by Israeli bulldozers and bombings. "Also many farmers are unable to access their land because of the Israelis," Shabat adds. The Israeli imposition of a "buffer zone" along Gaza's borders swallows at least a third of Gaza's farmland and renders lethal any border regions farmers try to access. This land formerly produced wheat, barley and a variety of fruits and nuts; it was Gaza's food basket. "Many people have left their homes and land near border areas, because they are afraid of the constant Israeli shooting and shelling attacks," Shabat says. Beit Hanoun is now a waterless, treeless landscape. ... Home-grown food projects like rooftop gardens, and raising rabbits and chickens on the roof help combat the severe poverty of Gaza's 80 percent food-aid dependent population. Those living in tightly-packed refugee camps or overcrowded towns but with access to a roof can potentially stave off malnutrition and at the same time generate a small income.
Cape Town Opera plays Tel Aviv amid calls for boycott
The Cape Town Opera is performing Porgy and Bess in Tel Aviv, Israel. On opening night a group of Israeli Peace activists held a flash mob outside the opera house, calling on the performers to boycott Israel. (video)
Why we walked out
Students across the US are protesting a public relations campaign that brings soldiers from the Israeli army to speak on campuses. These tours are an attempt to justify recent war crimes committed by the army and are coordinated by various organizations, the most well-known being the Zionist organization StandWithUs. Our protests have drawn attention to the massive Israeli human rights abuses in the occupied Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The protests started on 20 October 2010, when two Israeli army soldiers visited the University of Michigan campus. Students, staff and community members collectively engaged in a silent walk-out in memory of and in solidarity with the Palestinian children who were silenced by the Israeli military during Israel's three-week bombardment of the Gaza Strip in winter 2008-09.