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The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

[ISM Updates] Digest March 22, 2009

Digest March 22, 2009
1) The Nation: Palestinian Revolution?
2) Speaking Truth to Power
3) IPS: Israelis Using 'Excessive' Force Against Protesters
4) Human rights workers to accompany farmers in Gaza
5) Six years without Rachel – We still demand justice
6) Boycott Israel Action
7) Streets remain closed as army continues demolition attempts in Beit
8) Israeli soldiers reoccupy 'House of Contention' in Hebron
9) Israeli army attack non-violent demonstration and steal cameras in
Burin, Nablus region

1. The Nation: Palestinian Revolution?

Roane Carey | The Nation

On Friday [March 20, 2009] I went to the anti-separation wall demo in
Ni'lin in the West Bank, the same village where International
Solidarity Movement activist Tristan Anderson was critically wounded
last week. Several hundred villagers were accompanied by Jewish
Israeli activists (most with Anarchists Against the Wall) and ISMers,
plus a few journalists like me. The IDF started firing tear gas at us
even before we got close to the wall. The shebab (Palestinian youth)
responded with stones, and the game was on: back and forth street
battles, with the soldiers alternating between tear gas, rubber-coated
steel bullets and occasional live ammunition, often fired by snipers,
and the shebab hurling their stones by slingshot against the Israeli

The IDF often fires tear gas now with a high-velocity rifle that can
be lethal, especially when they fire it straight at you rather than
pointed up in the air. Pointed straight, it comes at you like a
bullet. That's what seriously wounded Anderson. I saw these
projectiles coming very near us, and saw how dangerous they could be.
Not to mention the live ammo they occasionally fired–but they fired
live rounds only at the shebab, never at the Jews or internationals.
After a few hours, the clashes died down. Six were injured, one
critically. Me, I just coughed and teared up from the gas on occasion.
(In simultaneous demos in the nearby village of Bi'lin, three were
injured, including two Americans.)

I mistakenly thought the army would be less aggressive on Friday, and
not only because of the negative publicity surrounding the shooting of
Anderson (the killing of Palestinians is of course routinely ignored
in Western media; in Ni'lin alone, four villagers have been killed in
the past eight months, with hundreds injured). The day before Friday's
march, revelations from Israeli veterans about war crimes they'd
committed in the recent Gaza campaign made world headlines .

As villagers prepared yesterday's march, Jonathan Pollock, a veteran
activist with AATW, showed me where Anderson was standing when he was
shot and where the IDF soldier was standing who shot him, just up the
hill. The soldier had fired a high-velocity tear-gas canister at close
range–what looked to me like about fifty or sixty meters–directly at
Anderson, hitting him in the head. It was hard to imagine the
intention could have been anything other than to seriously maim or

The courage and steadfast resistance of the people of Ni'lin, and many
other West Bank villages just like it that are fighting the wall's
illegal annexation of their land, is truly remarkable. Every week, for
years now, West Bank Palestinians have stood up against the world's
fourth-most-powerful military machine, which shows no compunction
about shooting unarmed demonstrators. This grassroots resistance–
organized by the villagers themselves, not Fatah or Hamas–has gotten
little publicity from the world media , which seem to prefer stories
about Hamas rockets and the image of Palestinians as terrorists.

The village protests against the wall are inspiring, and not just
because they've continued for so long, against such daunting odds. The
villagers recognize the power and revolutionary potential of mass,
unarmed resistance, and the shebab with their slingshots hearken back
to the first intifada of the late 1980s and the "children of the
stones," when hundreds of thousands of men, women and children were
directly involved in the struggle against the occupation. The Israeli
government knows how difficult it is to suppress that kind of mass
resistance, which is why it has used such brutality and provocation
against the villagers. The army wants to shut this uprising down
before it spreads, and would like nothing more than for the villagers
to start using guns, as the IDF is certain to win a purely military
confrontation. The other inspiration of this struggle is the courage
and solidarity of the Israeli and ISM activists. They risk their lives
day after day, and the villagers appreciate it. I saw signs in Ni'lin
praising Tristan Anderson, who, just like Rachel Corrie six years ago,
was willing to sacrifice his life for Palestinian justice.

2. Speaking Truth to Power

By Sharon Lock  (See blog:

We were back at Faraheen this morning accompanying farmers again,
eying the jeeps driving along the Israeli border while our farmers
removed the irrigation pipes from one of the fields we have visited
regularly. Since Mohammed was shot in the leg, the farmer here has
decided to give up on this field, its convenient well, and its half-
grown parsley crop - 200,000 shekels worth - in case of further injury
or death of harvesters. It was a quiet morning, thank goodness.

Tristan is conscious and was breathing on his own until he caught
pneumonia. He has a long way to go and it's not known what will be
ahead - for sure, more surgery, including on his damaged right eye.

A second time this week we spotted an Israeli gun boat traveling at 3
miles from the shoreline, all the way from near Deir al Balah to Gaza
city (it kept pace with our shared taxi) as fishermen were out trying
to get in a catch in, and inevitably the next day we heard that a
fisherman had been shot; Deeb Al Ankaa who we understand to now be in
Kamal Odwan hospital.

I met a great Manchester guy this week, Dr Sohail of Medical
International Surgical Team (MIST) who has come here to do good work
with peoples' bones, for example working with amputees who have had
limbs removed at a high point, to enable the otherwise impossible
attachment of prosthetic limbs (if Israel lets the prosthetics through
the border, which apparently is another problem of the siege…).

Thinking about bones, I immediately thought of Wafa. After wincing at
the picture of her in hospital the day after soldiers shot out her
kneecap, Dr Sohail said "I'm a kneecap man!" and told me a series of
incomprehensible surgical things he might be able to do to give her
back some movement. We rang her family today while standing in the
Faraheen field (it's a good time to get your phone-calling done) to
say that Dr Sohail will see her in June if I go and take a photo of
her medical records for him beforehand.

Dr Sohail spoke of the several limitations medical people are under
here - mostly no access to the latest equipment - if any gets in, no
access to training on how to use it - and of course very little of the
ongoing training amongst their international peers that people doing
tricky surgical things need to have.

In the last days there have been renewed calls for an International
Criminal Court investigation into war crimes in Gaza, including for
example "white flag killings" by Israeli soldiers. One of the big
problems in the way is that during the attacks there were no forensic
pathologists in Gaza trained to a level that would meet the
requirements. (They are trying to send some people outside for
training now, ready for the next time…) A second big problem is that
when the International Criminal Court representatives tried to get in
through Rafah to investigate the situation, Egypt refused to let them
through, so they missed the February 8 deadline for submitting

And it was never going to be easy. Here is an example. One of the Al
Quds Red Crescent medics talked about getting through to some of the
surviving Samouni kids trapped with dead adults, on the first Red
Cross/Red Crescent evacuation permitted by Israel. He said the kids
(who they found in circumstances that left some of the medics who
reached them, traumatised themselves) said the adults had been shot,
and they had covered over the bodies themselves.

The medics knew it was important to try to take the adults' bodies
out, but the children were starving, dehydrated, and in a state of
collapse. Since Israel had not permitted the medics to take
ambulances, and several miles had to be covered, the medics found a
donkey cart for the children. The Red Cross asked Israel to be allowed
to take a donkey to pull the cart, but Israel said no.

My medic friend says: "We put the children on the donkey cart and
pulled it ourselves, hurrying to get out before 4pm which was the
deadline for the evacuation. And there was no room for the bodies. So
a lot of time passed before those bodies could be retrieved, and while
we have the verbal testimony of the children, we don't have an early
medical assessment of the adults bodies."

I was called in to PressTV to give an interview today about what I
witnessed myself, and it turned out this is because Israeli soldiers
have themselves started to admit some of what went on, in the Israeli
press today. This has been covered by the TimesOnline, and the
International Middle East Media Centre. It includes an anonymous
solider who 'says that he was told "we should kill everyone there
(Gaza). Everyone there is a terrorist."'


3) IPS: Israelis Using 'Excessive' Force Against Protesters

Posted on: March 20, 2009

By Mel Frykberg | Inter-Press Service

The critical wounding of a U.S. activist has highlighted the excessive
use of force by Israeli forces.

The activist, Tristan Anderson, 38, was shot in the head by Israeli
soldiers during a protest against Israel's separation barrier in the
Palestinian West Bank last week. He remains in intensive care in Tel
Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv.

Anderson was one of approximately 400 international, Palestinian and
Israeli protestors taking part in a demonstration in the village of
Ni'ilin, near the central West Bank city Ramallah, when he was hit by
a teargas canister.

Since Israel's devastating three-week war on Gaza, human rights
organisations and activists have accused the Israeli Defence Forces
(IDF) of using indiscriminate violence and testing new weapons on
unarmed protestors.

The teargas canister which hit Anderson is a new variety being used by
the IDF, and is particularly lethal if fired directly at protestors.

The gas canister can travel over 400 metres. It does not make a noise
when fired, or emit a smoke tail, and has a propeller for mid-air
acceleration. A combination of velocity and silence increases the
danger it poses.

Witnesses gave testimonies to the media and to human rights
organisations that they saw Israeli soldiers aiming at Anderson before
they shot the canister from a distance of about 60 metres. It hit him
directly on the forehead. The impact of the canister caused severe
damage to the right eye, and Anderson has had to undergo critical
brain surgery.
Israeli soldiers continued to fire teargas canisters towards the
wounded man and the people surrounding him as he lay critically
injured on the ground and Palestinian medics tried to give him first

Later, a Palestinian ambulance trying to rush Anderson to hospital was
blocked at least five minutes by Israeli soldiers. Only after other
foreigners engaged the soldiers in heated debate did they allow the
ambulance to pass.

Anderson was then delayed another 15 minutes while an Israel ambulance
was called, because Palestinian ambulances are not allowed to cross
into Israeli territory without special permit.
Jonathan Pollack, an Israeli activist who witnessed the event said
that the soldiers had fired unnecessarily. "There was no way that
their lives were even remotely in danger or that they might have been
injured," Pollack told IPS.

"Even if the IDF (Israeli defence forces) argument was true that they
had been the targets of stones before they shot him, no stone could
travel uphill for 60 metres and threaten them, and Anderson had
definitely not been involved in any violent activity."

Pollack said the demonstration had finished and most of the
demonstrators had left when the teargas was fired. "At the time of the
shooting there were no confrontations, and Anderson was standing
amongst about 10 remaining protestors just milling about."

Sarit Michaeli, spokeswoman for the Israeli rights group B'Tselem says
that the IDF has at times used crowd control measures
indiscriminately. "The teargas canister is not meant to be used as a
weapon or fired directly at protestors but in an arc or at an angle,"
she told IPS.

"We have many credible witnesses, and I myself have seen soldiers fire
at people who are nowhere near and have nothing to do with any stone-
throwing. And even when the soldiers have the right to shoot on
grounds of self-defence, they are obliged to use the minimum of force
and in a strictly proportionate way."

B'Tselem is concerned about the even more severe crowd control methods
being employed by the IDF.

An Israeli journalist was recently shot in the chest with a rubber-
coated steel bullet (marble-sized metal ball covered in 0.5mm of
rubber) when the soldiers knew full well the target was a journalist.
Towards the end of last year the IDF began once again to use Ruger
rifles, which use .22 calibre ammunition, against unarmed protestors.

"We have written a letter to the judge advocate general (JAG)
protesting and questioning the use of Ruger rifles," said Michaeli.

According to B'Tselem, back in 2001 then JAG Major-General Menachem
Finkelstein had ordered that use of the Ruger rifle be stopped. The
decision followed the killing of several children in the Gaza Strip by
Ruger rifle fire, and an order by the Central Command to cease using
the rifle. The order came after it was found that soldiers often used
the rifle against demonstrators without justification.

Furthermore, Israeli soldiers are using live ammunition against
protestors, contrary to IDF laws of engagement.

Although Anderson's case made international headlines because of his
status as a foreigner, four Palestinians were killed by the IDF in the
village of Ni'ilin last year.

Ahmed Mousa, 10, was shot dead with live ammunition in July last year.
The following day Yousef Amira, 17, was left brain-dead, and died a
week later after he too had been shot in the head with rubber-coated
steel bullets.

Arafat Rateb Khawaje, 22, was shot in the back with live ammunition in
December. The same day Mohammed Khawaje, 20, was also shot in the head
with live ammunition. He died three days later.

The villagers of Ni'ilin and their supporters have been protesting
weekly against the confiscation of their land by Israeli authorities
for expansion of nearby Israeli settlements, and against the
separation barrier.

The separation barrier, which slices through the village, divides
Palestinian farmers from their land. It was deemed illegal by the
International Court of Justice in 2004.

4) Human rights workers to accompany farmers in Gaza

8am, Thursday 19th March 2009: Seven international Human Rights
Workers (HRWs) will be accompanying Palestinian farmers in Al Basan
Kabira, Al Faraheen, East of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip.

HRWs from Britain, Australia and Canada will be accompanying farmers
on their lands 500m from the 'Green Line' as they attempt to retrieve
irrigation pipes.

Palestinian farmers have been repeatedly been shot at by Israeli
forces while working on their agricultural lands within 1km from the
'Green Line'.

On the 18th February 2009 international HRWs witnessed the shooting of
20 year old Mohammad Il Ibrahim by Israeli forces. Mohammad was shot
in the leg as he was loading parsley onto a truck approximately 550m
from the Green Line. The farmers and internationals had been working
for two hours in full view of the Israeli forces and were leaving the
area at the time of shooting.

Mohammed al-Buraim is the fourth Palestinian farmer to be shot by
Israeli forces in the 'buffer zone' in the last two months. Two of the
four farmers shot died from their wounds.
On the 18th January 2009, 24 year old Maher Abu Rajileh from the
village of Khoza'a was killed by Israeli forces while working his
agricultural lands 400m from the Green Line. On the 27th January,
Anwar al Buraim was shot in the neck by Israeli forces.

On 20 January, Israeli soldiers shot Waleed al-Astal (42) of Al Qarara
(near Khan Younis) in his right foot.

5) Six years without Rachel – We still demand justice

16th March, 2009 | ISM Gaza Strip

Every year we remember 16th March. We remember a kind, insightful,
talented person committed to the plight of the Palestinian people, who
genuinely had the courage of her convictions. Her name was Rachel
Corrie. This year, the anniversary of her death comes in the wake of
Israel's massive assault on the Gaza Strip. We believe Rachel would
want the world to remember the 1,400 Palestinians killed before she is
remembered herself. Now, six long years after her death, the situation
in Gaza is even more desperate than when Rachel bore witness to it.
Six years on we still demand justice. We still demand that the
international community hold the Israeli military and government
responsible for the murder of Rachel and so many

Palestinian civilians. We also demand that the US justice system holds
responsible the Caterpillar company which continues to provide the
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) with the military D-9 bulldozers,
which killed not only Rachel but a number of Palestinians and have
demolished thousands of Palestinian homes.

It wasn't possible for ISM volunteers to enter the Gaza Strip for
several years due to the clampdown of the Erez crossing, so today was
the first time ISM activists managed to commemorate the anniversary in
Gaza itself. Some of the activists who volunteered with ISM Rafah in
2003 were able to compare the situation then and now. Different facets
of occupation are manifest in 2009 - the oppressive wall along the
Rafah border with Egypt has been cut down but has been replaced by
siege and blockade; the brutality endured by the residents of Rafah's
border areas has now touched every single person throughout the Gaza
Strip. From 2002 to 2005 over 3,000 Palestinian homes were bulldozed
in Rafah. Now, in just 22 days, thousands more were destroyed
throughout the entire Gaza Strip. 100,000 Palestinians have been left
homeless by air missile strikes and shelling with many families now
living in tents on the rubble of their homes.

This is a highly poignant day for us, so to mark it in a positive and
inspiring way, we joined five young Palestinian artists to create a
mural on one of the few remaining sections of the Israeli wall on the
Rafah-Egypt border strip. The same wall whose construction saw the
creation of a buffer zone hundreds of metres deep, which gnawed away
at vast swathes of residential neighbourhoods, including the one
Rachel died trying to safeguard. The same wall from where fellow ISM
activist, Tom Hurndall, was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier
from a watchtower less than a month after Rachel was killed. The same
wall that for years was intended to imprison Palestinian people. The
same wall that was finally destroyed by the Palestinian people.

As the artists began painting the wall, enlivening it with colourful
symbols of defiance, Israeli F-16 fighter jets were heard flying over
Rafah. Despite Israel's announcement of a "unilateral ceasefire" on
18th January, the Israeli Air Force continues to unilaterally bomb
Rafah and other areas in the Gaza Strip almost daily.. Most of the
international journalists have left and the international community
considers the war as being over, but Palestinian civilians are still
being killed and injured by Israeli attacks on a regular basis.
Fortunately, today we weren't bombed by Israeli aircraft. Maybe
because we were protected by the "Palestinian Air Force". Palestinian
children from the Lifemakers Center along with kids from the nearby al-
Barazil refugee camp responded to the Israeli military flying F-16s by
flying kites! 14 kites were flown in memory of the 14 hundred
Palestinians killed recently in Gaza. Another kite sent our love to

This was also a symbolic action against the crippling Israeli-Egyptian
blockade. Gaza has been under siege for nearly two years now and can
aptly be described as the world's largest open-air prison with over
1.5 million people locked in by land, sea and air. After the Free Gaza
Movement voyages challenged the blockade by sea last year, followed by
the Viva Palestina convoy challenging the siege by land last week,
Palestinian children symbolically broke the control of Gazan airspace

A delegation from Code Pink also succeeded to gain entry recently and
celebrated International Women's Day with the courageous women of Gaza
on 8th March. Rachel's parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie joined them,
commenting on their visit, "Despite the pain, we have once again felt
privileged to enter briefly into the lives of Rachel's Palestinian
friends in Gaza. We are moved by their resilience and heartened by
their song, dance, and laughter amidst the tears."

Maybe the soaring kites were seen by some of the internationals
protesting today on the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing, against
the Egyptian authorities' denial to allow them access to Gaza. They
included Jordanian parliamentarians and Greek engineers aiming to
assist reconstruction efforts in Gaza. However, all of this is not
enough. We must call again on the international community to mobilise
against the genocidal siege on Gaza.

The Israeli Occupation Forces attempted to kill another American ISM
activist, Tristan Anderson, three days ago in the stalwart West Bank
village of Ni'lin. Tristan, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Just as today we stood at the destroyed wall of Rafah, commemorating
the sacrifice of Rachel, one day we will stand together with Tristan
at the destroyed wall of Ni'lin to commemorate the sacrifice of Ahmed
Mousa (10), Yousef Amira (17), Arafat Rateb Khawaje (22) and Mohammed
Khawaje (20), the four civilian martyrs of Ni'lin. Despite the murders
of Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndall, despite the attempted
assassinations of Brian Avery and Tristan Anderson, despite the
injuries, abductions, illegal deportations and denials of entry that
we suffered, we are back. ISM is still here, and will continue to
support Palestinian non-violent resistance.

Today, six years after the martyrdom of Rachel; three days after the
shooting of Tristan; two months after the Palestinians ousted the IOF
from the Gaza Strip; 42 years after the occupation of West Bank, East
Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip; 61 years after the Naqba; we still say
free Palestine! End the occupation! Peace with justice and dignity! We
should remember Rachel and all that she stood for. Similarly we must
never let the world forget all the innocent Palestinian souls who
perished without mercy. Their fate is already slipping from the
collective memory of the international community, fading from the
headlines of a fickle corporate media. It is time this manufactured
catastrophe ends so that Rachel's death and the deaths of countless
Palestinians were not in vain.


6) Boycott Israel Action

Posted on: March 18, 2009

Palestine solidarity activists go boycott shopping in France and hold
a teach-in on Israeli-made products. (Euro Palestine)


7) Streets remain closed as army continues demolition attempts in Beit

Ma'an News

17 March 2009

Israeli forces blocked off the Gilo road beside Bait Safafa Tuesday as
soldiers prepared to destroy the sixth floor of a multi-family home in
East Jerusalem.

Demolition began in the late hours of the morning, with crews removing
the tile roof of the building and knocking down walls on the Ar-Rakhma
street building. The demolition stalled when demolition workers
attempted to dismantle the elevator to the top floor. Eyewitnesses
said several methods of destruction were attempted, but none have yet
been successful.

Earlier in the day armed soldiers blocked the entrances to both the
Gilo and Beit Safafa streets, prohibiting press from entering the area
and warning residents that if they leave with their cars they will not
be permitted to re-enter the area. Others are able to enter the area
but only on foot.

Soldiers have prevented those who live in the building from coming
within 200 meters of the site.

Those who wish to remove personal items from their homes in advance of
the demolition are being removed from the area.

The six-story building belongs to Mahfoudh Abu Khalaf, who is
reportedly refusing to leave the building, which houses 50 people,
from several different families. Some were seen taking suitcases and
furniture out of the building.

The first three floors of the building were built with permits, but
the fourth, fifth and sixth were denied permits and are considered
illegal. The sixth floor is home to seven people.

Israeli soldiers told locals that only the sixth floor will be
destroyed Tuesday, though the other two have demolition orders
pending. They have been assured that special equipment will be used to
ensure that only the top floor of the building will be destroyed.

Witnesses said it was likely the demolition would damage the other
floors of the home.

8) Israeli soldiers reoccupy 'House of Contention' in Hebron

17th March 2009 | Ma'an News Agency

Hebron – Ma'an – Three months after Israel's army evacuated settlers
from the Ar-Rajabi building that was confiscated two years earlier,
soldiers have returned to reoccupy it.

Dubbed the Hebron-area House of Contention, the building is owned by a
Palestinian family before it was taken over by Jewish settlers.
Enforcing a court order, the Israeli military evacuated the settlers
by force in early December.

But on Sunday, the home returned to the spotlight when Israel's army
announced it would turn the building into a military post rather than
return it to its original Palestinian owners.

Hebron Mayor Khaled Al-U'seili, said the Ar-Rajabi building "is owned
by the family and should be returned to it."

"Having a military post in the area would make the situation worse,"
he said, "adding that Israel's military presence in the area should be

Al-U'seili also noted that a recent agreement signed between the
Palestinian Authority and Israel stipulated that Ash-Shuhada Street
should be reopened for Palestinians and their vehicles in both

"We previously had a decision from the Israeli High Court to open the
street, yet a military decision was taken to close the street for the
Palestinians," he said.

"Israeli army commanders should consider opening the street in two
directions, rather than what they are planning," he said, adding
"restoring normal life to the Old City will not happen but by lifting
all kinds of closures on the area."

He noted that there are currently 101 military checkpoints in the
Hebron area alone.
Imad Hamdan the administrative and financial manager for the Hebron
Rehabilitation Committe said his organization petitioned the Israeli
Supreme Court to prevent Israeli soldiers from using the Rajabi

9) Israeli army attack non-violent demonstration and steal cameras in
Burin, Nablus region

On the 13th of March 2009, in Burin village (Nablus district), the
Israeli army repressed a peaceful and non violent demonstration by
shooting live ammunition and teargas canister aimed directly at

The protesters decided to hold ground, before a group of twenty
Israeli soldiers started to chase the demonstrators down to the
village, beating up the Palestinians demonstrators, including a
journalist, and international activists. They also set about illegally
confiscating all the cameras and a video recorder that previously
where being used to document the soldiers' actions.

Between seventy and a hundred people took part in the demonstration
against the expansion of the illegal settlement in the village, who
will result in the confiscation of much of the village's lands.

This is again a blatant example that Israel still refuse any kind of
freedom of expression to the Palestinian people and try to prevent
journalists or internationals to report and document about the illegal
Israeli occupation.




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