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Bethlehem Ghetto

justicewheels April 25, 2010The Ghetto of Bethlehem is shrinking, the people are resisting but feel abandoned by the self-appointed leadership. Many people complain that the Prime Minister who was not elected or confirmed by the parliament comes to give his blessings to projects or to plant a tree for the cameras. In fact he symbolically planted a tree in Mitris front yard after the army bulldozed his trees. Internationals and locals replaced the childrens swings and slide only to see them pulled out again a few days later. We now have the video of the dragging of nonviolent protesters from the garden of Mitri and tape of the destruction of his childrens playground http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1iWdi…

Saturday night we had an educational protest to hundreds of Italian tourists who were brought by the catholic church on pilgrimage. We were distressed to find that they had coordinated their visit with the Palestinian ministry of tourism AND with the Israeli ministry of tourism. We objected to the way it was presented and dealt with. The wall is not after all a border between states to march to for peace and play games on the other side. The wall is an illegal apartheid structure built on occupied territories separating Palestinians in the shrinking Bethlehem Ghetto from their land and from other Palestinians and from their holy sites in Jerusalem. As the Italians were crossing the apartheid wall, the Israeli army was extending the wall around Al-Walaja village of Bethlehem and destroying more of Mitris land. But Al-Walaja people were heroic on Sunday. They delayed the uprooting of their trees at a cost to themselves: over 30 were injured and several detained. Internationals and Israelis were there. I will try to get you the link to a video of the actual action. It is hard for us to be at many places of destruction at one time and we lack resources to get video cameras in the hands of qualified people to document the atrocities so this initial video (photographed by another person) has little of the more rough and tumble action.

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Bilin night raid 12.09.09 by haitham al katib:

“Bil’in night raid 12.09.09

Shortly after 2pm, the Israeli occupation forces invaded the village of Bil’in from two different directions once again. They raided two houses in an attempt to arrest Mohammed Ahmed Yasseen (age 21), and Yasseen Mohammed Yasseen (age 21). In the first house soldiers were quite aggressive during their operation. Neither of the wanted men was home at the time.

At the second house, the soldiers, disguised with face masks as usual, met a lot of resistance from Palestinian and international activists who were standing in their way and filming the event. As they did not find their victim, they eventually retreated to the four waiting Jeeps, arresting one international activist from Great Britain on their way. Yet, according to their conversation in Hebrew, they planned to release him a little further on their way toward the Apartheid Wall. He was indeed released a few minutes later before they exited through the Wall.

This has been the second night raid this week. It seems that the Israeli forces are stepping up their night raids again in Bil’in.”

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Palestinian farmers (Beit Ummar) oppose Land confiscations aug 09:

“On August 21st 2009, we joined local Palestinian farmers and members of Palestine Solidarity Project at a nonviolent action near the security fence [read apartheid wall] around Karmei Zur settlement. This settlement is near the village of Beit Ummar, half way between Bethlehem and Hebron.

The army have apparently agreed to allow the farmers access their land inside the fence: however, the local farmers dont see why they should have to ask the army to go to lands which they legally own. As has happened in other places, the farmers see this as the slippery slope to a permit system and eventually to being excluded altogether. (I have seen the same thing in Hebron city, where Palestinians are either barred from using certain roads, or are now required to have permits to go where they traveled freely before.)

Also present were a number of other internationals, some Israelis from Tel Aviv, as well as some journalists. The group walked to the outer security fence of the Karmi Zur settlement. Two Palestinian activists/farmers inserted papers with the slogans we will never leave our land, stop illegal building on Palestinian land on the fence’. Two of the landowners joined the group. They showed copies of ownership papers the Ottoman period.

On the video, you can see part of the new road being built, for the settlers, on Palestinian land, between the settlement and the security fence built by the military. ِِIn addition, a watchtower is going to be erected.

When the army arrived, we spoke to one of the soldiers. He was able to have a respectful talk, even though he wasnt accepting that their presence there legalized theft. Oh yes, he said, we all want peace and love. He said the fence was built after attacks on settlers by the terrorists.

The names of the families who cant access their land are Abu-Marya, Soleiby, Awwad, Abu Ayyesh, and Sabarna. Since the security fence was built, the army either prevents access, or wants farmers to co-ordinate their access with them. Several of the Palestinian farmers here are refusing to seek permission to access land which is legally theirs. They have also turned down offers of large sums of money for their land.

Polite conversation with the soldier ended when an armed and aggressive settler security person arrived. He shouted insults at the internationals, and Go back to Germany and Go back to the Holocaust to an activist who identified himself as Jewish. He then opened the gate in the fence, insisting that the army disperse the activists. We all left. The army followed behind, then randomly seized an international, who was detained then later released.

For more information about Palestine Solidarity Project, see the website: http://palestinesolidarityproject.org”

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Tracing All That Rmains of the destroyede village of Kh Idmith:

Over 500 ethnically cleansed and destroyed Palestinian villages to empty the land for colonialist zionist settlers. Here are the remains of another such village with remains still evident to condemn the crime visited upon the Palestinians.

“Khirbat Idnmith is a Palestinian village which was ethnically cleansed and destroyed soon after the 1948 war by the Israeli Army.”


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Tent of Nations:

“In August, 2009, AIC visited the Tent of Nations, a farm situated in the middle of 4 Jewish settlements in Palestine, just southwest of Bethlehem, neighbouring the village of Nahalin.

Now in its fourth generation, the farm which harvests olive trees, grapes and other products, is under constant threat of occupation. Daoud Nassar, third generation farmer and owner of the land, along with his family, has withstood settler attacks and Israeli military lawsuits disputing his ownership.

Nassar and his family, with the the support of international volunteers and organizations, are maintaining the farm, hosting youth camps and professional workshops for women.


The Tent of Nations is a fulfilled dream of Bishara Nassar the Palestinian Christian who lived all his life in Bethlehem city and on the land itself. Bishara devoted his life to protecting his land. He ordained his family’s land for network projects, which included a youth activity hall. Bishara died in 1976. However, his family carried on with the work to uphold the vision.

In the year 2000, friends joined the Nassar’s vision and Together they found the Tent of Nations, remarking that a portion of the land was dedicated to the Tent of Nations by the Nassar family.

Today, the Tent of Nations is housed under the Bethlehem Bible College umbrella with support from Friends of Tent of Nations.

Land History:
Daher Nassar (Bishara’s father) purchased this land in 1924. Since that time, many family members have worked the land by day, and slept in caves by night. The land has produced olives, grapes, and wheatetc.

In 1991, the Israeli government declared the whole area including the Nassars portion to be an Israeli state property.

The Nassar family has all the original land papers and contributed plenty of work to the land from the time of Ottoman, British, Jordanian, and Israeli governance, which shows that the Israeli government has no right to declare it because obviously the land belongs to the family since 1924 the date of purchase.

The Nassar family challenged Israel’s declaration and therefore the case was brought to the court.”

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Palestinian villagers protest land seizure – 04 Sep 09:

“Hundreds of Palestinian villagers have made a short but symbolic march to the separation wall that Israel has built on their land, a non-violent protests that they regularly undertake.

Equally, the protesters, marching from the village of Bilin, are regularly met with a violent response from the Israeli army.

‘The village of Bilin is literally on the frontline of Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian land and the construction of its separation barrier,’ Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera’s correspondent reporting from the village, said.

‘Later today the villagers of Bilin will protest the fact that not only they, but also five neighbouring villages, have lost their land which has been seized to build an Israeli settlement.

‘This huge settlement will result in 40,000 Jewish settlers living on occupied land here in the West Bank and as Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu is planning to give the go ahead for even more of these settlement homes to be built,’ she said.

Netanyahu is set to approve plans to build hundreds of new homes on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, before considering US demands for a construction freeze.”

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Settlers Push Palestinians to Sleep on Street:

“Israel’s continuing policy of settling East Jerusalem has left dozens of Palestinians homeless and sleeping on the streets. Hundreds more are at risk, amidst allegations of document forgery by Israeli settlers who have taken over Palestinian homes.
Recently, Israeli riot police forcibly evicted 53 Palestinian refugees including 20 children from their homes in the East Jerusalem suburb Sheikh Jarrah. Many sustained injuries during the process.”

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