The Latest From Palestine: News

Palestinian non-governmental organizations, networks and grassroots organizations and movements are preparing for one of the largest anti-globalization, anti-imperialism gatherings expected in the coming year, the World Social Forum (WSF). Only three weeks away, the World Social Forum in Mumbai India, to be held from the 16-21 of January, is expecting in attendance some 75,000 activists from civil society worldwide.

Over 1,000 residents of encaged Qalqiliya City demonstrated on Saturday, December 27, against the Apartheid Wall which has encircled the city for over one year. The demonstrators met in Martyr Abu Ali Eyad Square in the city center and marched towards the southern entrance of the city which is closed off by the 8-meter high concrete Wall which towers over the area and surrounds the entire city.

Yesterday, Lamis Tayser Ibrahim, a resident from Deir Ballut village in Salfit district, was prevented from reaching the hospital in Nablus when experiencing premature labor; she is twenty years old with a one year old daughter and was in her seventh month of pregnancy with twins. However, the Occupation military closed off the entire village yesterday, prohibiting all movement in and out of Deir Ballut. When Lamis arrived to the village’s main road to Nablus in desperate need of medical attention from bleeding and labor pains, Occupation soldiers refused to let her pass.

Today, the Occupation military arrived in Al Aqaba just before noon with military bulldozers, tanks, and soldiers and invaded the village, which lies just northeast of Tubas. They began demolishing two homes which had been given demolition military orders in October 2003; one house was home to 12 people while the second was home to eight family members. Another ten buildings in Al Aqaba are threatened for demolition with military orders including the kindergarten, the generator, and the village mosque.

The students of the International MA Program in Peace and Development Studies of the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, Spain and other students of the University joined together on December 11, 2003 to participate in supporting the Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign and took part in activities organized by the Consell d’ Estudiantes of the University and the UNESCO chair of Philosophy for Peace.

The Municipality and residents of Arab Ramadin village issued an appeal this week for international solidarity and support against the intensifying Occupation measures which aim at expelling them from their land. The community, south of Qalqiliya city, is locked into an enclave with the Israeli settlement Alfe Menashe and is being de facto annexed behind the Apartheid Wall. The completion of the Wall and its ghettoization of Arab Ramadin are turning a community of shepherds into exploited workers for Israeli settlement industrial zones as they are unable to sustain their lives.

***image1***There is now only 30 meters left of a second Wall being built near the village of Zeita, north of Tulkarem, which will further imprison communities north of Zeita between the Apartheid Wall and the Green Line. This second Wall extends west of the Apartheid Wall from Quffin down to Zeita, whereby it confines Baqa ash Sharqiyya, Nazlat Isa, and Nazlat Abu Nar into a ghetto. The Occupation military issued an order last week to confiscate more of Zeita’s lands for this second wall, now the total land confiscated for the building of the Wall in Zeita is 326 dunums*.

Last Thursday, December 11, the Occupation Administration gave the Municipality of Habla village, south of Qalqiliya, a new confiscation order with maps outlining the construction of tunnels between Habla and Qalqiliya City.

***image2***Palestine Forum in Osaka, Japan has hosted yet another powerful event in solidarity with Palestinian resistance to the Israeli Apartheid Wall. On December 6 and 7, organizers established a street stall at "Kyobashi Com's Garden", one of the biggest shopping centers in the city. At the booth, a documentary video on the struggle in Palestine was shown, photographs and maps of the Wall were displayed and informational flyers were distributed with protest postcards attached.

Construction of the Apartheid Wall in the Jenin/Tubas area of northeastern West Bank is moving forward, as trees are being uprooted, lands are being cleared and communities are being terrorized at ever-increasing rates.


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