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The village of Beitin is located less than five minutes from Ramallah. Overlooking the city from the northeast, Beitin is sandwiched between the two settlements Bet El, which also contains a military base, and Ofra. The main road between Beitin and Ramallah has been closed by an Occupation checkpoint, forcing residents from Beitin and surrounding villages to travel nearly a half-hour on an agricultural road to reach the city.




Occupation forces repressed a demonstration condemning the Apartheid Wall and settlements at the Qalandiya checkpoint, which closes off Jerusalem to the north, on Saturday. Demonstrators called for the opening of the checkpoint and demanded that Palestinians be allowed to enter and reach their isolated city.



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On Christmas Eve, several hundred people protested against the Wall al Walaja. Located next to Bethlehem, the small village is struggling to halt the recently renewed construction of the Wall. If completed, the village will be encircled on all sides. Residents living near the path of the Wall have faced harassment by Occupation soldiers, and local activists who have tried to stop bulldozers have been beaten and arrested.



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In 2009, Stop the Wall and Addameer released a report entitled Repression
Allowed, Resistance Denied
, which detailed the repression of Palestinian human rights defenders active against the Wall since 2002. Following up this report, Stop the Wall published a shorter update in the summer of 2010, covering March – June 2010 and detailing how Occupation forces continued to target the anti-Wall movement.

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While President Obama prepares for a photo-op for the resumption of direct negotiations between the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and Israel, Palestinians got ready for protests (1). There is frustration and anger in the Palestinian streets, in the minibuses that serve as public transport as much as among the political activists. The PNA decision to resume direct talks with Israel has provoked an almost unprecedented climate of tension between the Palestinian people and their leadership.




While President Obama prepares for a photo-op for the resumption of direct negotiations between the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and Israel, Palestinians got ready for protests (1). There is frustration and anger in the Palestinian streets, in the minibuses that serve as public transport as much as among the political activists. The PNA decision to resume direct talks with Israel has provoked an almost unprecedented climate of tension between the Palestinian people and their leadership.




First published in Dromos newspaper, Greece.




First published in Dromos newspaper, Greece.




An Open Letter from Gaza to Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey: Urge UN Secretary General to remove Alvaro Uribe from the Panel of Inquiry into the attack on the Humanitarian Flotilla to Gaza





Tuesday, 17th August, 2010, Besieged Gaza, Palestine





Dear Mr. Prime Minister,










An Open Letter from Gaza to Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey: Urge UN Secretary General to remove Alvaro Uribe from the Panel of Inquiry into the attack on the Humanitarian Flotilla to Gaza





Tuesday, 17th August, 2010, Besieged Gaza, Palestine





Dear Mr. Prime Minister,










Occupied Palestine, 9 July 2010 – On the fifth anniversary of the Palestinian Civil Society Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights,[1] the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) warmly salutes all our local and international partners and supporters, individuals and organizations, who have contributed to the establishment and spectacular growth of what is now a truly global movement for accountability and upholding international law.

Occupied Palestine, 9 July 2010 – On the fifth anniversary of the Palestinian Civil Society Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights,[1] the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) warmly salutes all our local and international partners and supporters, individuals and organizations, who have contributed to the establishment and spectacular growth of what is now a truly global movement for accountability and upholding international law.

Occupied Palestine, 08 June 2010 -- In light of Israel’s massacre of humanitarian relief workers and activists aboard the Freedom Flotilla on 31 May 2010 and its insistence to continue its illegal siege on Gaza, pressuring Israel to comply with its obligations under international law has become of undeniable urgency.

Occupied Palestine, 08 June 2010 -- In light of Israel’s massacre of humanitarian relief workers and activists aboard the Freedom Flotilla on 31 May 2010 and its insistence to continue its illegal siege on Gaza, pressuring Israel to comply with its obligations under international law has become of undeniable urgency.

In the village of Ni’lin’s weekly protest against Israeli Occupation, protestors demonstrated their solidarity with those who participated in the Freedom Flotilla’s effort to end Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip. Participants raised Turkish flags as well as flags of the countries of origin of many of the Flotilla’s activists in honour of those that were killed by Israeli forces. In their attempt to suppress the march, Israeli forces drowned the area in tear gas and set off sound bombs, resulting in the suffocation of many of the protestors.

In the village of Ni’lin’s weekly protest against Israeli Occupation, protestors demonstrated their solidarity with those who participated in the Freedom Flotilla’s effort to end Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip. Participants raised Turkish flags as well as flags of the countries of origin of many of the Flotilla’s activists in honour of those that were killed by Israeli forces. In their attempt to suppress the march, Israeli forces drowned the area in tear gas and set off sound bombs, resulting in the suffocation of many of the protestors.

First published at: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11286.shtml



In recent weeks, the US- and Israeli-backed Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) has made a show of calling on Palestinians to boycott goods manufactured in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.






First published at: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11286.shtml



In recent weeks, the US- and Israeli-backed Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) has made a show of calling on Palestinians to boycott goods manufactured in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.






17 May 2010 -- For sixty-two years, Palestinians have been denied their dignity and fundamental human rights. The creation and “international” acceptance of Israel in 1948 marked the culmination of a new kind of politics in the region that has had devastating consequences to this day. The acceptance of an ethnic Jewish state over the ruins of Palestinian society in a historically pluralistic region meant that indigenous Palestinians were automatically considered superfluous in the land they had inhabited for many generations.

17 May 2010 -- For sixty-two years, Palestinians have been denied their dignity and fundamental human rights. The creation and “international” acceptance of Israel in 1948 marked the culmination of a new kind of politics in the region that has had devastating consequences to this day. The acceptance of an ethnic Jewish state over the ruins of Palestinian society in a historically pluralistic region meant that indigenous Palestinians were automatically considered superfluous in the land they had inhabited for many generations.

The Occupation's policy to transform Bethlehem into a ghetto where normal life is impossible makes popular resistance the only way forward. Protests against the Wall and the settlements are ongoing in al Ma'sara, al-Walaja, Jub ath-Thib, Beit Jala, Beit Sahour and Wadi Rahal.

Below a two videos chronicling the the popular resistance in Beit Jala and al-Walaja.

In this report the UNESCO Chair presents its findings with regard to the facts and circumstances related to the death of Usaid Abd Qadus (19) and Muhammad Ibrahim Abdel-Qadr Qadus (16) from the village of Iraq Burin (Nablus Governate) on Saturday 20 March 2010.



In the 15 page report, the UNESCO Chair establsihes that:






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