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Soldiers beat Knesset member at Hebron demonstration

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 28, 2009

Barakeh, chairman of the Hadash party, said troops pushed him violently and sprayed him with tear gas when they through tear gas and shock grenades into the crowd.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074453.html

Witnesses said that upon word that the soldiers were ordering the crowd to leave, Baraka insisted that the only people able to make such a request were the Palestinian owners, at which point soldiers beat him.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36732

MK Mohammad Barakeh addresses protesters in front of the entrance to Shuhada Street in Hebron

MK Mohammad Barakeh addresses protesters in front of the entrance to Shuhada Street in Hebron

The protest was attended by about 50 local and international activists, including MK Mohammad Barakeh of Hadash and Palestinian Legislative Council member Sahar Qawasmi. Giving a passionate and fiery speech in front of the entrance to Shuhada Street, Baraka was an inspiration to the crowd. Supported by chants of “free free Palestine,” Baraka argued into the loud speaker that the military had no right to close the street off, as the Israeli high courts have ruled that it should be open to traffic. In a face-to-face argument with an Israeli military commander ordering the crowd to disperse, Baraka stood his ground, demanding that the road be opened. After the soldiers used force, tear gas, and sound bombs to disperse the crowd, one German activist was arrested and five were injured, including one man who was knocked unconscious.

For full article, visit http://www.alternativenews.org/content/view/1667/110/

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Nimer Sultany: Lieberman is no abnormality

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 25, 2009

Likewise, it would be mistaken to think of the rise of Avigdor Lieberman and his party, Yisrael Beiteinu, as a major development or as the main source of concern for the Palestinians. Focusing on Lieberman (charitably called by the Guardian a “hardliner”) distracts the discussion from the real issues to the person of one unpleasant politician who says ignominious things others are generally unwilling to say. This logic seems to suggest that the political disappearance of Lieberman will bring about a serendipitous resolution of major problems in the Middle East. Lieberman, however, only exacerbates an already existing problem, and he cannot be easily dismissed as a marginal case of excess or abnormality of the Israeli political system.”

It would be mistaken to think of the rise of Avigdor Lieberman as a major development or as the main source of concern for the Palestinians.

It would be mistaken to think of the rise of Avigdor Lieberman as a major development or as the main source of concern for the Palestinians.

Source: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10420.shtml