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Quiet slicing of the West Bank makes abstract prayers for peace obscene

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 18, 2009

The conclusion is obvious: while paying lip-service to the two-state solution, Israel is busy creating a situation on the ground that will render such a solution impossible. The dream underlying Israel’s plans is encapsulated by a wall that separates a settler’s town from the Palestinian town on a nearby West Bank hill. The Israeli side of the wall is painted with the image of the countryside beyond the wall – but without the Palestinian town, depicting just nature, grass and trees. Is this not ethnic cleansing at its purest, imagining the outside beyond the wall as empty, virginal and waiting to be settled?

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Eviction of Palestinians from Jerusalem homes

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009
Nasser Ghawi in front of what was his family home in East Jerusalem until he was evicted at gunpoint

Nasser Ghawi in front of what was his family home in East Jerusalem until he was evicted at gunpoint

The police came for them at dawn on a Sunday, heavily armed, wearing helmets and riot shields as they broke down the metal doors of the houses and dragged the two Palestinian families out onto the streets.

It was over in minutes, the Hanoun and the Ghawi families evicted from what had been their homes for the past five decades, and thrown onto the pavement before the sun had fully risen.

Within hours young, religious Israeli settlers had been moved in, guarded by dozens of armed police and their own private armed security guards.

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The Israeli Supreme Court rejected a petition by two Palestinian families challenging their eviction from their houses in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Sunday.

The Hanoun and Al-Ghawi families had appealed a decision by the Israeli Central Court which also denied their right to remain in their homes. The families’ lawyer, Husni Abu Hussein presented Ottoman-era documents proving the family’s ownership of the land.

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Police arrest head of Islamic Movement’s northern branch

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 23, 2009

A spokesman for the northern branch of the Islamic Movement called the arrest “unacceptable,” adding that “Salah’s detention was made as part of the process of strengthening [Jewish control] of Jerusalem.”

“No one broke the law here,” he continued. “There was simply an intention of forming a popular committee for dealing with all matters relating to the Palestinian Culture Festival, meant to declare the city ‘the capital of Arabic culture for 2009.'”