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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.




8 December – The United Nations General Assembly, at the resumption of its long-running tenth emergency special session on Palestine, adopted a resolution today asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to issue an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of Israel's construction of a separation barrier between itself and the West Bank.




On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Saturday, November 29th, the ‘ActiePlatform Palestina’ (APP) in Belgium organized actions against Israel’s Apartheid Wall in every province capital in Flanders and Brussels. Solidarity actions took place in eight cities throughout Flanders and in total, nearly 700 people demonstrated to make the day a tremendous success.




Activists in Osaka, Japan are continuing their solid campaign in solidarity with Palestinian resistance to the Apartheid Wall with an exhibition December 6 and 7. The exhibition is being held at "Kyobashi Com's Garden", one of the biggest underground shopping streets in Osaka and is a part of an official(municipal) event associated with "Human Rights Week". It will feature photographs of the Wall and other informational materials about its destructive path.



What: Photo Exhibition

When: December 6 and 7, 2003

Where: Kyobashi Com's Garden





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You can now download the first English translation of The Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign “Nashra”, meaning newsletter in Arabic. We have chosen to keep this title, as this publication is a direct translation from the Arabic and we want to remain as true to its essence as possible. The Nashra is a powerful tool being used to share information and mobilize here in Palestine. We hope that by making this resource available, we offer another way to consistently highlight the destructive reality of the Wall as well as the ever-increasing resistance to it.





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