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Dear Friends,

Just 5 items tonight.  Actually, till just a minute ago there were 4, but a message just came into my inbox that needs distributing.  It is number 4.  I had intended to give you a break.  But of course if you feel at any time that you wish to know more, you are always welcome to check out the ‘Today in Palestine’ compilation at www.TheHeadlines.org.

In brief, the main point of item one is that Annelien Kisch has been once again called in for interrogation.  The first time was when police began their investigation of New Profile, of which Annelien is a member. This time it is for an act of civil disobedience.  More power to civil disobedience!  So necessary in countries as militaristic and small-minded as is Israel. More power to those who engage in civil disobedience.  May the interrogations go quickly and uneventfully.

Item 2 is a brief note informing us that 6 members of a single family  had been arrested—Palestinians, of course!

Item 3 announces the forthcoming Gaza flotillas, 2 of them, probably in April.

Item 4 is the message that I mentioned above.  It tells about the wanton killing of animals by a settler.  I guess we have to be grateful that he did not also take the lives of the 2 teen shepherds tending the animals. The victims?  Palestinian animals, of course.

Item 5 I missed yesterday when running through the newspapers.  I missed it because I was interested mainly in international reactions to the Turkel findings.  Thanks to David H. for calling my attention to the piece, which is The Guardian editor’s commentary on the recently revealed papers by Al Jazeera  Interesting.  At this particular moment in time, it is difficult to forecast tomorrow’s doings, much less make long-term plans.  Lebanon is seething, Tunis has not yet quieted down.  Individuals in Egypt light themselves on fire.  And in Israel-Palestine, nothing is ever secure or quiet.

Dorothy

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1.  From Eldad Kisch,

January 24, 2011

Faits du jour. (Facts of the day)

Although I never really had the ambition to act as a political commentator, you will not be able to refrain from  asking what I think of the manoeuver by Barak. Barak has rid himself with one fell swoop of his troublesome supporters, who still carry the ancient leftist ideas from a long past history. And the most important that he remains glued to his defence post!  The Netanyahu government will now emerge stronger and needs to make even less efforts to promote peace.

Whether Barak will do well at the next election is a moot question, and of later concern, because his horizon is limited, but for the short term (and so think all politicians here) he can sit back and relax.

We have always believed that Barak is not so different from Netanyahu.

The Labour Party (Avodah) must first overcome the sudden jolt of being orphaned. Then the battle over the new leadership will follow. It will take a while before they get over this shock.

The real news is that Annelien is now officially invited to appear at the police station in Jerusalem for interrogation. That cannot be done at the local police station.

For those who do not faithfully follow our troubles: Annelien is involved with the Israeli women who take Palestinian women and kids to the sea, for a breather from their daily misery to forget the occupation for one day. This movement was founded by the journalist Ilana Hammermann. The ladies ‘smuggle’ their guests through the checkpoints, and they notified the public through newspaper articles and ads that this signifies a deliberate form of civil disobedience, which focuses on unfair restriction of Palestinian movement. The authorities cannot simply allow this behavior, and they show who really is the boss here.

Some of the participants have been interrogated in the past few days, but no actual measures have been taken. Until now, this is a beginning of intimidation.  The ladies have invoked their right to remain silent.

To be continued.

(Whoever wants to support and applaud Annelien – or condemn her action – can do so directly through her e-mail, akisch@bezeqint.net. Please make sure to send a copy to me, so I know that I still am being read).

Eldad Kisch, January 2011.

(translation Irith Kisch).

[Thanks Eldad.

This is not the first time that Annelien has been called in for interrogation.  She was one of the New Profile members whom the police surprised at 7:00 AM 2 (or is it 3) years ago, confiscating computers and other personal belongings, and taking the people in for interrogation.  New Profile has been exonerated, as also the members who were called on the carpet. Hopefully, the same will occur in this case, too.  Civil disobedience is healthy for the country and for our souls.  Dorothy]

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2.  From Yoav Barak,

January 24, 2011

6 members of the sha’aban family, including one minor, were violently arrested in their house yesterday.

they will remain in custody until tomorrow noon.

the sha’aban family  has been leading the struggle against the demolitions in dahamash, and has received much

harassment from the lod police because of that. the violent incident from yesterday is definitely an extreme escalation by the police,

who used much force and tear gas in the family’s house.

me and some people are going there now with a car, and there might be a vigil infront of the police station later tonight.

please stay updated for that.

call me for details or if you want to join.

yoav

0522449687

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3. Two more Gaza-bound flotillas to set sail in spring

Groups responsible for sending last aid flotilla, on which nine activists were killed, have organized more maritime convoys; Turkish pro-Palestinian group linked to Hamas is one of the organizers.

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/two-more-gaza-bound-flotillas-to-set-sail-in-spring-1.338780

By Jack Khoury

Two of the groups that organized the May 31 Gaza-bound flotilla will be sending two more flotillas to Gaza in the spring, as part of a campaign against Israel’s blockade of the Strip, an activist in the Free Gaza movement said on Sunday.

The latest maritime convoys are expected to set sail in April and in late May, and are being organized by groups including Free Gaza and IHH, a Turkish pro-Palestinian organization that has been linked to Hamas.

The decision, due to be officially announced later this week, comes as an Israeli committee of inquiry announced its finding that the naval commandos who raided last year’s May flotilla acted in self-defense when they killed nine Turkish citizens on board its lead ship, the Mavi Marmara.

The Free Gaza activist who reported the planned flotillas, Kafr Kana resident Lubna Masarwa, who was on board the Mavi Marmara, said this year’s convoys would have more ships and more volunteers, including politicians and well-known athletes and artists.

These will not be the first flotillas to set off for Gaza since the naval raid, which was followed last June by the Irish-flagged Rachel Corrie – a ship owned by the Free Gaza movement and named after a pro-Palestinian American activist crushed to death by an Israel Defense Forces bulldozer during a protest in Gaza.

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4.  from Tuwani Team

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Maghayir Al-Abeed, South Hebron Hills, West Bank – In the early afternoon of 23 January 2011, an armed man killed two animals near the South Hebron Hills village of Maghayir Al-Abeed. Two teenage shepherds reported that they were watering their family’s flock at a well just above their village when a man running through the area, carrying an M-16, fired four or five shots at the dog which accompanies their flock. The shooter proceeded to chase the flock, kicking a ewe and throwing rocks at its head. The dog died immediately from four gunshot wounds and the incapacitated sheep died approximately two hours after the beating. 

The two teenage shepherds, Mohammed Mahmoud Mukahmri, 15, and ‘Awli ‘Ali Mukhamri, 13, ascended the hill, following the assailant from a distance, in time to see the man enter the grouping of trees which surrounds Ma’on settlement and Havat Ma’on outpost. They reported the man had a dark brown beard and was wearing black pants, a black shirt, and a yarmulke.

Ninety minutes after the incident, Israeli authorities arrived to investigate the crime scene and take testimonies from those present during the incident.

Hani Salaami Mukhamri, the owner of animals who arrived at the scene mere moments after the shooting, reacted sharply to the police investigator’s doubts that Mukhamri could be certain the assailant that he saw was an Israeli settler, and not an Arab. “Palestinians in this area don’t have guns, never in my life have I seen a Palestinian civilian with a gun. Only settlers have guns here.” Mukhamri also lamented the utter disregard for the lives of his animals, “three lives were lost here today: my shepherding dog, a sheep, and the unborn lamb that the ewe was carrying.”

The well where the shooting took place is a main source of water for the families in Maghayir Al-Abeed . In early 2001, Mukamri’s mother was shot in the leg by an Israeli settler while she drew water from the very same well.

International peace activists from Christian Peacemaker Teams arrived at the scene after the shooting, taking testimony and photo and video documentation.

Pictures are available here: http://cpt.org/index.php?q=gallery&g2_itemId=22150

Video will be available soon.

Operation Dove and Christian Peacemaker Teams have maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004. 

[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]

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5. [Forwarded by David Hartsough]

Here is the Guardian’s editorial relating to the recent, massive leak of Palestinian papers relating to the “peace process.”
Esther 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jan/23/palestinian-papers-fig-leaf-editorial?intcmp=239

The Palestinian papers: Pleading for a fig leaf

The secret notes suggest one requires Panglossian optimism to believe that these negotiations can one day be resurrected

Editorial

guardian.co.uk, Sunday 23 January 2011 20.00 GMT

Article history

Gerald Kaufman once described Labour’s 1983 manifesto as the longest suicide note in history. If ever a set of documents merits this epithet, it is surely the one we publish today. Written by Palestinian officials, obtained by al-Jazeera and shared with the Guardian, the papers are the confidential record of 10 years of efforts to seek a peace agreement with Israel.

It is hard to tell who appears worst: the Palestinian leaders, who are weak, craven and eager to shower their counterparts with compliments; the Israelis, who are polite in word but contemptuous in deed; or the Americans, whose neutrality consists of bullying the weak and holding the hand of the strong. Together they conspire to build a puppet state in Palestine, at best authoritarian, at worst a surrogate for an occupying force. To obtain even this form of bondage, the Palestinians have to flog the family silver. Saeb Erekat, the PLO chief negotiator, is reduced at one point to pleading for a fig leaf: “What good am I if I’m the joke of my wife, if I’m so weak,” he told Barack Obama’s Middle East envoy George Mitchell.

Palestinian concessions roll on. The Israeli settlements around East Jerusalem? Sold, two years ago in a map which allows Israel to annex all of the settlements bar one, Har Homa. Mr Erekat called it the biggest Yerushalayim (he used the Hebrew word for Jerusalem) in history. Israel’s former foreign minister Tzipi Livni acknowledges the pain involved, but refuses the offer. Israel banks the concession anyway. They are building in occupied Gilo today as if there is no tomorrow. Haram al-Sharif, the third holiest site in the Muslim world? That, too, is up for grabs. Mr Erekat said he was prepared to consider “creative ways” to solve the problem of Haram al-Sharif or the Temple Mount.

The surrender of land Palestinians have lived on for centuries prompts more demands. Not only does Israel want all of East Jerusalem, Har Homa, and the settlement blocs of Ariel and Ma’ale Adumim which carve strategic swathes out of the West Bank. Not only does it insist on a demilitarised state. It also wants Palestinian leaders to sign away their future. When Mr Erekat asked Ms Livni: “Short of your jet fighters in my sky and your army on my territory, can I choose where I secure external defence?”. She replied: “No. In order to create your state you have to agree in advance with Israel – you have to choose not to have the right of choice afterwards. These are the basic pillars.”

Before the extreme right politician Avigdor Lieberman rose to prominence, the papers reveal that Israel asked for some of its Arab citizens to be transferred to a new Palestinian state. Since then, state population swaps have entered the mainstream of Israeli debate, but no one is asking the Israeli Arabs themselves. Has the former nightclub bouncer from Moldova become more Israeli? Or is Israel behaving more like a Moldovan nightclub bouncer?

One requires Panglossian optimism to believe that these negotiations can one day be resurrected. Nineteen years of redrawing the 1967 borders, of expanding the boundaries of Jerusalem, of refusal to accept the return of Palestinian refugees, and of pleading for a fig leaf, has sullied the concept of peace.

The Palestinian Authority may continue as an employer but, as of today, its legitimacy as negotiators will have all but ended on the Palestinian street. The two-state solution itself could just as swiftly perish with it. If that is to be saved, three things have to happen: America must drop its veto on Palestinian unity talks and take up Hamas’s offer of a one-year ceasefire; a negotiating team that represents all major Palestinian factions must be formed; and Israel has to accept that a state created on 1967 borders, not around them, is the minimum price of an end to the conflict. The alternative is to allow the cancer of the existing one-state solution to grow and to prepare for the next war. No one will have to wait long for that.

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