By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

We had a demonstration in Al-Walaja on Sunday morning (23 May 2010) which went smoothly.  At 11:30 we went to Beit Jala for the weekly demonstration. Palestinian Security Forces detained children ahead of the demonstration. Then we demonstrated at the site below with mostly internationals and Israelis.  Israelis are arrested blocking bulldozers.  One reporter is taken via ambulance having fainted from the gas.   Later some young Palestinians join the demonstration higher up the hill. After some tear gas shooting from
the Israelis in area C, Palestinian security (apparently in coordination with Israeli security) beat s some youth (although these were not the two
young men who threw stones earlier).  Security forces also threatened organizers.  Previously some activists in Al-Walaja where also called for
Palestinian security interrogation. Amazing footage here:

The attacks from the Israeli soldiers at the peaceful demonstration in Al-Masara 21 May 2010 (here no Palestinian security are allowed in the area)

In bad news, Israel is still detaining and imprisoning political activists and denying them due process.  Even  Moredechai Vanunu who served 18 years
in Israeli jails for exposing Israel’s nuclear weapons capability is now back in jail for three months for talking to media!.

In good news “Following lobbying efforts by the Italian Coalition Against Carmel-Agrexco, two major Italian supermarket chains, COOP and Nordiconad,
announced the suspension of sales of products from Agrexco, the principal exporter of produce from Israel and the illegal Israeli settlements in the
Occupied Palestinian Territories.” (over 6,200,000 members and annual revenue of €11.8 billion).  And the world is holding its breath as a flotilla of ships with lots of supplied an hundreds of decent people try to break the siege on Gaza again.

See and support:

and photos…..

ACTION: Right of Return and One Secular Democratic State event in Bethlehem
area to parallel with the Haifa conference In conjunction with this weekend’s Haifa conference regarding right of return and a one state solution, a two-day parallel event will be held in the Bethlehem area, May 28th and 29th.   The event, to be held at the Alternative Information Center in Beit Sahour, will feature a Friday evening link-in to the Haifa conference. A panel discussion is scheduled for
Saturday (More details to be sent to those interested).

Twilight Zone on Capitol hill (or should I say Israeli occupied Congress of the US).  Watch this groveling to AIPAC as an additional US $205 million is
given to the apartheid state from US tax payers

1 Comment

  1. david hicks said,

    May 25, 2010 at 11:30

    Thank you guys for keeping us informed with this site .

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