Saturday, March 26, 2011
Israeli solidarity activists & Palestinians farmers were planting olive trees to replace old ones ripped out by settlers from Mt. Hebron. Settlers show up, driving sheep onto the land. The IDF is called, soldiers & border police show up & tell everyone to leave, the area is a closed military zone. The soldiers don't do much to the settlers, but throw concussion grenades at the Palestinians. The border police arrest a boy & two adults. One of the adults has to be taken away by ambulance after he loses consciousness. After the soldiers & police leave, the settlers return with the sheep, driving them onto a Palestinian farmers wheat field.
Friday, March 18, 2011
The demonstrators in Gaza faced arrest from Hamas' security:
We, the Palestinian youth of the Gaza Strip, answered this call, and poured onto the streets in the hundreds of thousands to non-violently protest our current predicament. Sadly, we were met with repression from those forces that claim to be achieving our liberation and we have been under Hamas attacks ever since March 15 for the crime of asking for new elections to hasten the long overdue creation of an independent Palestinian state.
Our demands were made and all political parties in Gaza joined us. We suddenly found Hamas internal security attacking us wherever we went, even within Al Azhar University. They entered the university and injured dozens of students who were protesting peacefully inside their own institution.
Many of us have now taken shelter in the UNRWA headquarters. We are asking for UNRWA protection for the youth who are protesting in the Gaza Strip now. We ask too that the international community recognize our rights as human being to freedom, equality and safety whether under Hamas or PA rule, as well as under occupation or as citizens of Israel.
Friday, March 11, 2011
This video was posted on the internet, calling for mass demos on March 15 in Gaza & the West Bank.
On behalf of the Palestinian Arab people, on the blood of the martyrs, widows and bereaved, orphans and thousands of prisoners in Israeli jails and all our people in the Palestinian diaspora, we call on all the Palestinian factions to unite under the banner of Palestine, in order to reform the political system in Palestine, based on the interests and aspirations of the Palestinian people in the homeland and the diaspora . . . .
From here we call on the governments of the West Bank and Gaza to respond to the legitimate demands of the people:
1 - the release all political detainees in the prisons of the PA and Hamas
2 - the end of all forms of media campaigns against each others
3 - the resignation of the governments of Haniyeh and Fayyad to re-build a government of national unity agreed by all Palestinian factions representing the Palestinian people.
4 - the restructuring of the Palestine Liberation Organization to contain all the Palestinian factions and get back to its initial aim: Palestine's freedom
5 - the announcement of the freeze of negotiations until the full compatibility between the various Palestinian factions on a political program
6 - the end of all forms of security coordination with the Zionist enemy
7 - the organization of presidential and parliamentary elections simultaneously in the time chosen by all the factions
Events will start on Tueseday, 03/15/2011 at 11:30 pm and will continue until the achievement of all goals. We will be gathering in the following places (modifications possible):
Gaza: the Unknown Soldier Square
Ramallah: Manara Square
Tulkarm: Roundabout Gamal Abdel Nasser
Jenin: complex of garages near the old Cinema Jenin
Hebron: in front of the governor's office
Bethlehem: Church of the Nativity Square
Nablus: Martyrs Square
Jordan and Lebanon: no location yet
All over the world: in front of the Palestinian embassies, in coordination with the Palestinian communities abroad.