March 30 marked the 30th commemoration of Land Day throughout Palestine, in the Palestinian Diaspora, and internationally. This year’s central demonstration was held in Lid, near the Palestinian coast, occupied in 1948 when the majority of the people of Lid were expelled by the Zionist forces, thus made into refugees, awaiting return. Today, Palestinians in Lid face continued and escalating Israeli policies of ethnic cleansing. Read more about Land Day 2006: "From Lid to Halhoul, from Ramle to Jenin"
On Monday morning, 3 April 2006, Israeli occupying forces extra-judicially executed the leader of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of Fatah, in Beit Sahour town in the West Bank. Another Palestinian was injured and arrested by Israeli occupying forces. This latest attack comes following decisions taken by the Israeli political and military establishments to continue to target Palestinian activists. Israeli occupying forces moved into Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, surrounded an apartment building, stormed in and opened fire. The blew open a door of one of the flats and killed Ra’ed Mohahmmed ‘Ebayat and wounded Ra’ed Suleiman al-Jawarish with two bullets in his shoulder and foot. Read more about Another extrajudicial execution: Israel assassinates leader of Aqsa Brigades
Recognizing serious differences between Israel and the Palestinian Authority as they transition to new governments, a United Nations political official today called on both sides to keep the plight of residents of Gaza and the West Bank from deteriorating, as he briefed the Security Council on developments in the Middle East. “Despite the gulf between the parties, they and the international community share a common interest and duty to prevent a security or humanitarian crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory,” said Tuliameni Kalomoh, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Read more about Middle East parties must prevent crises in Palestinian territories: UN official
This week Israeli occupying forces killed five Palestinians, including a child. Israeli forces carried out an extra-judicial execution. Israeli gunfire wounded at least 18 Palestinians. Israeli forces continued to shell Palestinian areas in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces conducted 27 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. At least 44 Palestinians, including four children, have been arrested by Israel. Israeli forces have turned six Palestinian homes into military sites. Israel continued to impose a total siege on the occupied Palestinian territories. Kalandia checkpoint has been turned into a border corssing. Israel continued to construct the Separation Wall in the West Bank. Read more about Weekly report on human rights violations
Do policymakers in Washington and Europe ever feel ashamed of their scandalous double standards? Before and since the Palestinian elections in January, they have continually insisted that Hamas comply with certain demands. They want us to recognise Israel, call off our resistance, and commit ourselves to whatever deals Israel and the Palestinian leadership reached in the past. But we have not heard a single demand of the Israeli parties that took part in this week’s elections, though some advocate the complete removal of the Palestinians from their lands, writes Ismail Haniyeh, the new Palestinian prime minister. Read more about A just peace or no peace
On 18 March 2006, Leigh Brady visited a grieving family in Al Yamun, a town in the northern West Bank. Their 7-year old daughter had been murdered the night previously by Israeli Border Police, who had entered the town to arrest “wanted” Palestinian militants in a raid led by Israeli Defence Forces. Her name was Akaber Adbelrahman Zaid and she was on her way to a doctor’s clinic to have stitches removed from her chin. Instead she received a barrage of bullets to the head, when an undercover Border Police unit opened fire on the car in which she was travelling with her uncle. Read more about "Don't worry - it's just another Palestinian child's death"
The recent Palestinian elections and the victory of Hamas. What does that mean to the “peace process” and the Palestinian people, and how will that impact the Middle East and the relations with the US, European Union and other countries. KPFT speaks with EI’s Ali Abunimah about the significance of the Hamas upset. Palestinians went to the polls to elect 132 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Hamas with its list of Change and Reform obtained 74 seats, the Fatah Movement obtained 45 seats. Read more about EI speaks about the Palestinian elections on KPFT
Possibly the best source for finding news and information on the daily effects of Israeli occupation, interpretation of major events happening in the Middle East, and establishment of context for the conflict is alternative media source Electronic Intifada (EI). The term “intifada” is Arabic for “popular uprising,” and the intent of EI is to provide a Palestinian voice of the experience under occupation. When I spoke with EI founder Ali Abunimah, he explained that the name EI came out of the 1990s when Palestinian people from around the world started to use the internet as a tool of self-expression and a response to the mainstream press’s distortion of the conflict. Read more about Press For The Rest: Reshaping a loaded term for the media
EI’s Ali Abunimah spoke at McGill this week as part of Social Justice Days, a series of student-organized events that encourage activism. Abunimah is the co-founder of Electronic Intifada, a Web site devoted to covering the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The writer and commentator discussed media coverage and the future of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict at a tea on Friday at 3 p.m. at First Peoples’ House, 3505 Peel. Under the Olive Tree is a weekly Palestinian affairs radio program on CKUT 90.3fm providing an alternative focus on events, issues, arts and current affairs in the Palestinian communities in Montreal, Canada and beyond. Read more about EI on CKUT's "Under the Olive Tree"
Palestine is reeling from high unemployment and a poverty rate of 48%, with half its people surviving on food aid. With an increasingly deteriorating situation on the ground, severe food shortages in Gaza, and talk of suspending aid to the Palestinian people, the Electronic Intifada asked Makboula Yasin, Executive Director of the United Palestinian Appeal, Inc., in Washington, D.C., what people can do in terms of getting direct humanitarian assistance to the people who need it most. Read more about UPA: Direct humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people