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Israel sprays Gaza farms with poisonous chemicals

21 Apr

PressTV video report, Gaza, 20 April 2015

Days of Palestine report, Gaza Strip, 20 April, 2015

Israeli occupation destroyed all structures and facilities of the Gaza farmers along the eastern borders during last summer’s Israeli offensive

On Monday morning the Israeli occupation sprayed poisonous gases on the Palestinian farms in the east by the Gaza borders.

“During last summer’s Israeli offensive on Gaza, the Israeli occupation destroyed last year’s season,” Hussein said, “and this came to destroy this year’s season.”

Conformed accounts of Palestinian farmers reiterated that this is the second time that the Israeli occupation had sprayed poisonous gases on their crops along the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip.

“When I arrived my farm in the early morning, I was surprised to see an Israeli farming plane crossing the borders towards farms inside Gaza,” farmer Said Hussein told Days of Palestine. “The plane started to spray unidentified chemicals.”

Hussein added: “My farm is 400 metres away from the borders and I planted several kinds of vegetables. After the plants were sprayed with the poisonous gases, they started to turn brown gradually.”

He said that the plants were not completely damaged, but he expected them to be completely damaged by tomorrow or after tomorrow.

Israeli occupation destroyed all the Gaza farmers facilities along the borders of the Gaza Strip during last summer’s Israeli offensive on the Strip. “That destroyed last year’s season,” Hussein said, “and this came to destroy this year’s season.” [Slightly abridged]

A Palestinian farmer collects damaged strawberries at his field in Beit Lahia

One night at Al-Shifa hospital during Israel’s war on Gaza

20 Apr


PressTV Documentary, 2015

Gaza was attacked yet again by the Israeli Occupation for 50 days during July-August last year. PressTV Documentaries visited Al-Shifa hospital on 19 July 2014 hospital and heard the graphic accounts of patients, doctors, nurses, activists, and journalists and witness heartbreaking scenes, the results of the escalating brutality of the Occupation.

Al-Shifa hospital is the largest medical complex and central hospital of Gaza. It assumed other functions amidst the conflict; here is how doctors describe Al-Shifa, “a de-facto refugee camp, shelter, local hangout, and target.” Through this exclusive documentary we experience a full range of casualties during a night at Al-Shifa. Here we smell blood, death, and faraway torture. We see how innocent people from different ages die every day and night.

The moving documentary features interviews with international witnesses, including Huda Julie Webb-Pullman from New Zealand.

‘Israeli occupation needs to be brought to an end’

27 Feb


By David Palumbo-Liu, Salon, 26 February 2015

“The Israeli occupation is ugly, it’s vicious, it’s brutal and it not just needs to be brought to attention, it needs to be brought to an end”: Cornel West on Israel in Palestine — and why Gaza is “the hood on steroids”

American philosopher, author & academic activist, Cornel West speaks with a Stanford professor about the divestment effort and Palestinian activism.


One of the fundamental questions with regard to the critique of — and activism against — the Israeli occupation: How does this connect up with other social movements, and other struggles? Is the case of Israel and Palestine so specific, so complex, as to resist analogy? And if so, what does that mean for those who would be inclined to sympathize with the plight of the Palestinians, but unable to see their way clear to act in solidarity with them, as they might for others?

These are pressing and difficult problems, yet increasingly, and especially on college campuses, and in academic organizations, people are willing to discuss and debate things like divestment, as well as academic and cultural boycotts that refuse to endorse the status quo. Indeed, earlier this month a group of 600 artists that included Ken Loach, Brian Eno, Khalid Abdalla and Haim Bresheeth announced they were endorsing a cultural boycott of Israel.

At a recent event at Stanford, where I am a professor of comparative literature, Cornel West paused in the midst of a speech to praise the student organizers who had put forward a bill to ask the Stanford trustees to divest; the bill had failed by only one vote. (And, on February 18, there would be a revote, in which the bill was passed, 10-4-1.) West made a point of insisting that raising the Palestinian flag should not be seen as an act of narrow nationalism, but rather as an act of solidarity with an oppressed people, and as part of the effort to grant them their right to self determination.

Afterwards, I spoke about how the issue of Israel-Palestine was registering not only with young people, but also with older progressives and intellectuals, and about the linkages between civil rights struggles in the US and abroad.

First of all, let me ask you: Why do you endorse the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement? In what ways do the movement and its goals resonate with your longstanding activism, your values and principles?

Cornel West: Well I always proceed based on moral criteria and spiritual standards that have to do with keeping track of the humanity of persons. And there is no doubt in my mind that the Israeli occupation is ugly, it’s vicious, it’s brutal, and it needs to not just be brought to attention, it needs to be brought to an end. It’s also true that I am against the occupation of the Tibetan people and the occupation of Kashmir and others, but this particular occupation is one that deserves our attention precisely because as an American citizen my tax money is being used to perpetuate that ugly occupation.

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Occupation obliges Palestinian to demolish his house

21 Oct
Palestinian citizen Amin abdul-Haqq from Jerusalem demolished his own house after an Israeli threat to destroy the house and make him pay high fees.

From Days of Palestine, Jerusalem, 21 October 2014

Israeli occupation authorities do not issue building licences for Jerusalemites or allow them expand their house to keep up with the natural population increase. It is a measure to force them leave the city.

A Palestinian resident in the city of Jerusalem was obliged on Sunday by Israeli occupation to demolish his own house.

Palestinian citizen Amin abdul-Haqq from the Palestinian city of Jerusalem demolished his house by his own hands after an Israeli threat to do the job and make him pay high fees for the task.

Earlier this week Abdul-Haqq received a demolition notice issued by the Israeli occupation authorities. In the notice, he was given two choices; either the Israeli occupation demolishes the house, and he had to pay for that, or destroy his own house with his own hands.

Abdul-Haqq, who spent much time saving money and building his house, chose to destroy his house by his own because it was much cheaper than leaving it to the Israeli occupation to do so.

It is a norm that if someone received this order and did not carry out the mission alone, the Israeli occupation forces would demolish the house themselves. They will then charge him and put him in jail.

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