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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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Ta’ayush and Internationals at Um Al Kher:

“The Bedouin village of Um Al Kher is one of the most vulnerable inside the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The villagers were originally forced from their homes in 1948 from the Dead Sea town of Arad. They are officially registered refugees with UNRWA, and have official ownership papers for their lands.

The Israeli army have demolition orders on everything in Um Al Kher, including the tents. Everything that was built after 1984. 1984 was the year the overlooking Israeli settlement of Karmel was established. Karmel is a strategic settlement, and for this reason, there is huge pressure on the villagers to leave.

Settler outposts and roads means villagers are blocked from accessing their traditional grazings lands. If they go further, they are at risk of attack from the settlement of Ma’on.

Across the road, is a huge industrial air conditioned chicken production unit. Um Al Kher has not electricity. The Israeli army has tried to discourage involvement and assistance by international groups. Recently, the IDF sent a stern letter to Oxfam, to warn them that their assistance to this village inside militarized area C was a criminal activity. The villagers are also critical of the Palestinian Authority, which it feels has forgotten them: ‘we’ve had an immense support of words, but nothing practical.’

This short video shows a group of Israeli and international activists trying to break the construction ban, and build a road. The IDF and the police intervene to stop the action.

Palestine Video – A Palestine Vlog

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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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Israel’s New Land Reform Law – Adalah:

“On 3.8.09 the Knesset passed the new land reform law, which violates the property rights of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel and the Palestinian refugees.”

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Gazans mark 61st anniversary of Israeli occupation:

“Palestinians in Gaza mark 61 years of Al-Nakba, ‘catastrophe'”

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UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen AbuZayd’s Washington Roundtable (Part 1):

“On December 8, 2009, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) will be sixty years old.

The anniversary presents UNRWA with a unique opportunity to reposition itself among humanitarian actors in the Middle East and reflect about the contribution – past and future – that the agency has made, and will make, to the prosperity and stability of the region, and to four generations of Palestine refugees.

To stimulate this process of reflection, UNRWA is organizing a variety of activities that will enable refugee host authorities, donors, journalists, universities, research institutions, NGOs, and of course the refugees themselves, to debate the agency’s record and consider future challenges.

As the United States has always been the agency’s largest donor and a strong political supporter for the past six decades, Washington has been selected as the venue for a roundtable that will bring together journalists and Middle East policy experts to discuss the role of UNRWA.”

Part 1

Part 2 (Q&A)

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