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Reuters journalist among two injured at anti-wall protest

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009

One of the injured journalists, photographer Sa’ed Hawwari, works for the UK-based Reuters news agency, according to protest organizer Iyad Burnat in a telephone interview with Ma’an. He was taken to a hospital in Ramallah after suffering a gunshot in the leg, presumably from a rubber-coated bullet.

Dozens were injured by tear gas that was fired on the demonstrators as they approached the separation barrier near the village.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36858

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Arab leaders on Land Day: We’re not afraid of Right

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009

On March 30, 1976, six young Palestinians were killed and dozens injured in mass demonstrations that took place in many towns and villages.  Twenty-eight years before, Palestinians lost 78% of their land to the Zionists during the months before and after Israel declared itself a State in 1948.   Not until 1966 did Palestinians, who remained in what became Israel, receive citizenship, living under military rule in the 20 year interim, much like Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza live today.  These years were marked by continued land theft and the activation of Israel’s policy of “Judeazation” of the Galilee, and other areas where indigenous Palestinians remained on their lands.

Palestinians mark Land Day

Palestinians mark Land Day

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Thousands of Israeli Arabs marched in commemoration of the 33rd Land Day. MKs warned against Israel’s Judaization of Galilee, Negev and vow to propose bill to acknowledge day as national holiday for Arab public. Two youths arrested for throwing stones during Kfar Kanna rally.

For full article, visit http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3694675,00.html

“But what makes Land Day resonate with Palestinians everywhere is that it was the first time Palestinians inside Israel stood together and successfully resisted Israel’s goal of confiscating their land.”

For full article, visit http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=14962

Land Day March 30th: Palestinian and worldwide actions planned

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 30, 2009

Land Day began 32 years ago, on March 30th, 1977, when Israeli forces attacked a non-violent demonstration against widescale land confiscation in the Galilee, in northern Israel. On that day, Israeli forces killed 6 Palestinians, injured 96 and arrested 300. Palestinians inside Israel, the West Bank and Gaza as well as refugee camps in nearby Arab countries declared the day to be ‘Land Day’, to commemorate the loss of Palestinian land, which is still ongoing to create and expand the state of Israel.

Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions logo

Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions logo

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On Monday, protests are planned against Israel’s separation wall, which has resulted in the de facto annexation of large swaths of Palestinian land, and settlements, which are built on seized land. Rallies are planned in towns across the West Bank, Jerusalem, and in the Galilee, in the north of Israel.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36758

Arab MKs to skip vote on Knesset speaker due to Land Day

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 30, 2009

Likud MK Reuven Rivlin is due to be elected Knesset speaker Monday afternoon, but Arab Knesset factions are objecting to the timing of the vote. On Monday the Arab sector commemorates Land Day, marking violent protests in 1976 over government land policies in which six Arabs were killed.

MKs from Arab factions are expected to be absent Monday from the vote, after failing to convince acting speaker Michael Eitan that it should be rescheduled to take place on Tuesday.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074809.html

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/

Israeli forces attack Bil’in anti-wall protest; four injured

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 27, 2009

The demonstration on Friday afternoon was meant to commemorate Land Day, but Israeli soldiers attacked the protesters, injuring four of them, including Americans and others who choked on teargas or were shot.

It was not immediately clear whether or not the injured demonstrators were shot by live fire or rubber-coated bullets, although it is usually the latter at the weekly anti-wall demonstrations across the West Bank.

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Protesters’ banners condemned Israel’s ongoing policies and violence against civilians, especially in Jerusalem and commemorated what the Palestinians call the Land Day. The protest began in the center of the village then headed towards the Apartheid Wall which is being built on Bil’in’s land.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59636