Palestine

GAZA; BREAKING OF CEASEFIRE - unpublished letter to Irish Times, 040513.

Sir,

the report on the extrajudicial killing of Haitham Al-Mes-hal by an Israeli air strike attack in Gaza (World Report, 1 May) states that “Islamist militants in Gaza have fired intermittently at Israel in recent weeks despite an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire reached after the November conflict” - thus giving the impression yet again that it is the Palestinians who have broken the ceasefire agreed after the eight day war last November.

According to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, Israeli soldiers fatally shot four Palestinians in the West Bank and at least one in the Gaza Strip in January alone. The people killed were unarmed and posed no danger to the soldiers. Over eighty Palestinians had been injured by Israeli forces in the same period. Palestinian civilians, whose only crime is to live in the border areas or to fish for their livelihood in the restricted zones in the sea, are terrorized on a daily basis by the Israeli armed forces who do not wait for the excuse of sporadic rocket fire to indulge in their daily harassment and terror.

Yours etc.

JIM ROCHE,
PRO Irish Anti War Movement,
PO Box 9260,
Dublin 1.

Honouring Rachel Corrie, killed in Gaza 10 years ago defending a Palestinian home

Honouring Rachel Corrie, killed in Gaza 10 years ago defending a Palestinian home

"Rachel’s untimely death was an inspiration to become more involved in the struggle for freedom for Palestine. We honour her memory and what she was standing for."

Video: "Surveillance, Fear and Israeli Colonialism" Dr. Nadera Shaloub-Kevorkian for the Department of Sociology in TCD

The Department of Sociology in TCD collaborated with the Centre for Post-Conflict Justice to host a public lecture, Surveillance, Fear and Israeli Colonialism by Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Dr Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a feminist activist and leading expert in the field of human rights and women's rights in Israel/Palestine.

The lecture discussed surveillance over colonized Palestinian subjects to argue that colonial dispossession functions in different layers. The lecture is based on Professor Shalhoub-Kevorkian's work on surveillance, securitization and social control in militarized zones. http://naderakevorkian.blogspot.ie/

Part 1: Dr. Shalhoub-Kevorkian on Surveillance, Fear and Israeli Colonialism, TCD, 20-2-2013

Part 2: Dr. Shalhoub-Kevorkian on Surveillance, Fear and Israeli Colonialism, TCD, 20-2-2013

Video: Former US Army Col. Ann Wright Speaking in Galway

Part 1: Col. Ann Wright Speaks in Galway

Part 2: Col. Ann Wright Speaks in Galway

Part 3: Col. Ann Wright Speaks in Galway

Part 4: Col. Ann Wright Speaks in Galway

Israel to launch 'Palestinians-only' bus service

Proof of apartheid - Israel to launch 'Palestinians-only' bus service

Service will ferry workers from the Palestinian town of Qalqiliya across the border of the West Bank towards Tel Aviv

Conal Urquhart
The Guardian, Monday 4 March 2013

The Israeli government will on Monday begin operating a "Palestinians-only" bus service to ferry Palestinian workers from the West Bank to Israel, encouraging them to use it instead of travelling with Israeli settlers on a similar route.

Officially anyone can use them, but the ministry of transport said that the new lines are meant to improve services for Palestinians.

Information on the new services, which are operated by the company Afikim, have reportedly only been advertised in Arabic and distributed only in Palestinian areas of the West Bank.

The buses will run from the Eyal checkpoint by the Palestinian town of Qalqiliya across the border of the West Bank towards Tel Aviv. The passengers are Palestinians who have been granted permits by the army to enter Israel during the day to work.

Palestinians used to use Palestinian minibuses and taxis to travel into Israel but Israel has increased the number of permits it gives to Palestinians which has led to more mixing on shared routes.

In a statement to the Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, the ministry said: "The new lines are not separate lines for Palestinians but rather two designated lines meant to improve the services offered to Palestinian workers who enter Israel through Eyal Crossing.

"The new lines will replace irregular, pirate lines that charge very high prices from Palestinian passengers. The new lines will reduce congestion and will benefit Israelis and Palestinians alike."

The ministry also said it is against the law to prevent any passenger from boarding a bus but Israeli civil rights groups said this was not the case in practice.

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