Closed Zone – Boycotts & More Protests Against Israeli Land Theft

While Arab bloggers protest Israel’s despicable forced evictions and confiscations of Palestinian homes and land, in the West Bank, activist women prepare to march for International Women’s Day.

Tomorrow the nonviolent Palestinian resistance will take to their fields and towns, to their confiscated land to confront confiscation for the Wall and settlements.

Expectations are for a violent Israeli response that is an omnipresent aspect of the popular resistance. Western Ramallah’s Bil’in and Na’lin will demonstrate, as will Qalqilia’s Jayyous.

Tomorrow is a special day as every Friday the West Bank chooses a pertinent theme with which to devote demonstrations, in addition to protesting the general policy of the occupying Israeli authorities: last week it was the forcible destruction and eviction of East Jerusalem’s Silwan and Al Bustan to the south of Al Aqsa Mosque.

Tomorrow the honor will be paid to international women’s day. Southern Bethlehem’s Umm Salamuna is expected to come out in droves along with activists from throughout the province that received last week confiscation orders for dozens more dunams of its lands.

Women activists in Bethlehem issued an invitation to “all those of you who care about women’s issues.” Hundreds are expected on Friday.

Over at Jews sans Frontieres, Anthony Cordesman’s flawed CSIS report on Israel’s attack on Gaza is soundly examined and glaring omissions highlighted – Cordesman “diplomatically fails to mention the U.S. attempt to overthrow the elected Palestinian government that led to Hamas taking over”, “He also ignores that whole history of potential negotiations with Hamas”.

Cordesman’s work hards to absolve Israel from war crimes because he is concerned about the effects vigorous prosecution of such crimes would have on the deployment of U.S. forces.

Cordesman’s concern is to defend the right of the U.S. and it’s allies, whoever they may be, to fight “assymetric wars” that inherently depend on harm to civilians. International law in its present form is not congruent with the way U.S. strategic interests are evolving. (and U.S. hostility to the ICJ and other treaties that put limits on warfare is well known.) CSIS, and the corporate elite it serves, got its money’s worth.

On the boycott and apartheid front, the cessation of negotiations by the British Embassy with Leviev owned Africa-Israel, a company building on stolen Palestinian land in the West Bank is a landmark decision, setting a terrific precedent for more UK divestments, boycotts and sanctions against Israel in the future.

Tony Greenstein is encouraged by the progress of the international boycott on apartheid Israel.

it is clear that the growing level of support for Boycott in the trade unions and similar organisations, coupled with a consumer boycott and individual businesses also refusing to trade with Israel is making its mark.

To keep an eye on – the “long-delayed trial of two former AIPAC staffers accused of passing classified info to the media and the Israeli government.” Gershom Gorenborg quotes Doug Bloomfield in the New Jersey Jewish News:

One of the topics AIPAC won’t want discussed, say these sources, is how closely it coordinated with Benjamin Netanyahu in the 1990s, when he led the Israeli Likud opposition and later when he was prime minister, to impede the Oslo peace process being pressed by President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.

That could not only validate AIPAC’s critics, who accuse it of being a branch of the Likud, but also lead to an investigation of violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

“What they don’t want out is that even though they publicly sounded like they were supporting the Oslo process, they were working all the time to undermine it,” said a well-informed source.

2 comments to Closed Zone – Boycotts & More Protests Against Israeli Land Theft

  • From the Age:

    A TWO-YEAR international investigation has revealed an increase in the number of stunted children in the occupied Palestinian territories.

    It found conditions so extreme that Palestinian women have sometimes been forced to give birth at Israeli military checkpoints.

    A series of articles published yesterday by the medical magazine The Lancet concludes that the occupation, the recent conflict in Gaza and inter-Palestinian fighting are undermining the health and development of the population.

    The best solution to health in the territories is peace and security under a sovereign Palestinian state, say the authors, who are doctors and academics from Birzeit University in Ramallah and Oxford, with assistance from international health scientists, the World Health Organisation and other UN agencies.

  • From the Age / AFP:

    Mrs Clinton urged Israel to allow more aid into the war-shattered Gaza Strip.

    “We have obviously expressed concerns about the border crossings,” she said. “We want humanitarian aid to get into Gaza in sufficient amounts to alleviate the suffering of the people in Gaza.”

    Mrs Clinton and Mr Abbas criticised the Israeli-run Jerusalem municipality’s decision to destroy dozens of homes built without permits in east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as their future capital.

    “Clearly, this kind of activity is unhelpful and not in keeping with the obligations entered into under the road map,” Mrs Clinton said, referring to a blueprint for peace talks adopted by the international community in 2003. “It is an issue that we intend to raise with the Government in Israel and the government at the municipal level in Jerusalem.”

    Mr Abbas said: “The message to us is very clear — whoever takes these sorts of measures does not want peace.”

    Israeli authorities are planning to evict 1500 residents and raze 88 homes in an area it has designated as a national park, on top of other demolition plans in the area known as Silwan. Israel says the homes were built without permits, but Palestinians say permits are impossible to obtain and that many of the homes were built before Israel’s occupation of east Jerusalem in 1967.