Some times it feels like a Sisyphus endeavor, but the persistent struggle continue. Small gains and the faint call of the first swallows that surfed the wind of the last winter storm are bringing the spring to the tortured east of the Mediterranean sea. The news about the successes of the B.D.S. and other solidarity actions of international support encourage us in spite of the soaring wave of the Israeli settler colonialist efforts.
Not too many Israelis and Internationals (a bit above dozen) joined the local Palestinian villagers in the weekly demo in Bil'in against the oppression of the Palestinian people by the Israeli regime. Because of the rain the protesters were driven to the wall, but the weather miraculously brightened just as we got there. Right at the beginning the soldiers shot a rubber bullet, just to show that they can, and then gassed the shabab along the southern fence. The protesters adapted to the wind and moved to the northern fence, where an army jeep was stoned and portions of barbed wire and iron poles were removed and confiscated with little army repression. At one point a firetruck approached. The local popular committee managed to stop the shabab from throwing stones at the adjacent army jeep, and called to the firemen in Hebrew, English and hand gestures that it was safe to pass, but the driver decided to turn back. Shortly after, the demonstration was declared over, just in time for the drizzle to resume.
Bil'in and Nabi Salih Demo By haithmkatib http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU1BbqskUEw
Protest against the occupation, 2.3.2012. Today's demonstration in Nabi Saleh is dedicated to Palestinian political prisoner Hana al-Shalabi who is on her 16th day of hunger strike protesting Israel's policy of administrative detention and to the freed prisoner Naji Tamimi. Naji and other demonstrators, marched during a protest against the occupation.
The settlers of the near by colony Nve Tsuf built on robbed lands of the village complaint about the clouds of tear gas the wind bring them when the weekly demonstration is harassed...demon
Photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org http://www.flickr.com/photos/activestills/6946726879/
yisraelpnm 2.3.2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6K64JKtN_U
Hassan Daboos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egRZx68SuyM&feature=youtu.be
Some 150 people joined the weekly demonstration in Kufr Qaddum this week. Army fired tear-gas canisters directly at protesters in complete disregard to its own open-fire regulations.
The march preceded from the center of the village towards the main road, where the army awaited the demonstration, shooting large amounts of tear gas canisters, some of them directly at protesters. The army also used the "skunk", a water cannon spraying foul smelling water against the peaceful demonstrators. Several protesters were injured and treated in the field.
Kufr Qaddum, a small town of 3,500 inhabitants, is situated in the northern West Bank, between Nablus and Qalqilya. Qaddum's total land area used to consist of nearly 19,000 dunams, of which 11,000 are now under total Israeli control. Village lands have been repeatedly confiscated to build and expand the settlement of Kedumim. The expansion of one the settlement's neighborhoods, Mitzpe Yishai, became relatively well-known when even the Israeli Civil Administration described land takeover as theft. Lands that were officially recognized as belonging to private owners in Qaddum were taken over in an orderly manner, without any official authorization.
Lior Ben Eliahu http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2642079262243.147745.1563442697
Haim Schwarczenberg http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3483928656251.2165134.1212414101
Don't say we did not know #301
The most recent water bills received by residents of the unrecognized villages, by those with running water, appear to be 69% more expensive than their previous ones.
On Tuesday, 21st February, 2012, government representatives accompanied by police arrived to demolish two homes in Laqia. Three more homes were demolished by their owners, out of fear that they would be charged with the demolition.
On Wednesday, 22nd February, 2012, government representatives accompanied by police came, and using tractors and ploughs, destroyed some 1,500 dunums (dunum=1000 sq.m.) of land sowed with wheat near Bir El-Hamam, Wadi Ruan, and other places. These lands were stolen from the Bedouins by the state, and now the state is offering to lease these lands to the Bedouin for NIS 2 per dunum. By doing so, the Bedouins will be recognizing state ownership over lands that were stolen from them.
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