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September 22, 2009
September 22, 2009: Yesterday, Today and Back to Bil'in UPDATED Oct. 16, 2009 LEADS

Four Injured and Dozens of People were Suffered Teargas Inhalation during the Bil'in Weekly Protest


Friday 16 October 2009

 
    After the Friday prayer, the residents of Bili地 gathered in a protest along with Israeli and international activists. A group from France called French people to support Palestinian People and another group from Norway joined the demonstration in solidarity with the village in their struggle against the Wall and settlement building. The protesters raised Palestinian flags and banners to allow Palestinian farmers to pick olive trees from their land. The protest called to remove the illegal wall and settlements, stop land confiscations, , and attacks on Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem, remove checkpoints and road blocks, and the release of all the Palestinian detainees. 

    One more creative action for Bil段n today. The Popular Committee realized a huge scale. This is a very symbolic action.

     The scale, as everybody knows, is the symbol of the justice, used everywhere in the world. The Bil段n痴 scale was today a little bit different from the others. One of its size was heavier than the other one. Indeed, the heaviest was representing Israel, the light one represent Palestine.

     That means that the justice court is not really fair. Indeed, Israel does not respect the international decisions (all of the United Nations resolutions for example).

    The people in Bil段n are searching justice. Israel stole 60% of the lands and established settlements illegally. Two Canadian companies (Green Park international and Green Mount international) are working in the illegal settlement.  Bil段n intented a process to the Canadian court. The case has been refused.

 

   The French delegation realized a creative action as well.

They make eight big people in cartoons wearing piece of olive tree (symbol of the land the Bil段n people lost). Six of them were wearing the Palestinian flag, the two men in the middle were white, symbol for peace. In their body, it was Written 鉄top the Wall / Stop the occupation. Each person wear on his head Salam or peace.

The French delegation wants to fight with the people of Bil段n. The delegation approved the non violent actions for peace.

 
The demonstrators have walked in the village streets chanting slogans condemning the policy of occupation, and calling for national unity, as well as they have stressed on the need for popular resistance. Demonstrators carried ladders and other tools they use to harvest the olives, once they have arrived at the gate of the wall which located in Athaher area, they have tried to cross their land to harvest their fruits of olives from their land, that located behind the wall, then the Israeli soldiers have showered them with tear gas bombs, causing four injured: one of them journalist who refused to mention his name, and anther French lady her name Marten Bogho, and the two Palestinian Abdullah Alrwashda, and Jaber Abu Rahmah, and dozens of people were suffered teargas inhalation. 

 
  On the other hand, the Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bil段n has condemned the Israeli army's threat to the Palestinian farmers near Nablus to impose a fine up to 6000 Israeli shekels ($ 1700 ) for seeking help from foreign volunteers to reach agricultural areas(Palestinian lands) close to the Israeli settlements .although the committee has  considered this as unfair decision; that allows the settlers to exercise their terror on the modest Palestinian farmers, as the Solidarity reveal to the world the brutal terror  of the settlers.

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Abdullah Abu Rahama- the popular committee against the wall coordinator\ Bil段n

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Sept. 22, 2009

Yesterday was the International Day of Prayer for Peace
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I lead with a new one that came to me then via email and repeat the one I cling to every day since
I put up this site, which is on my homepage.

Second spot is an article published in the conservative Jerusalem Post and in 'clean up' Back to Bil'in...
 

 Prayer for Grace, Mercy, & Courage
 
God of all grace and mercy, whose love knows no limits or boundaries, thank you for welcoming us into your presence.

Fill our hearts, merciful God, with the graces of your Holy Spirit, with love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control.

Teach us to love those who hate us; to pray for those who despitefully use us; that we might be the children of your love.

When adversities strike give us the grace to be patient and in our prosperity keep us humble so that we might always be a witness for you.

Give us courage, O Lord, to stand up and be counted, to stand up for others who cannot stand up for themselves, and to stand up for ourselves when we feel we must.

Excerpt from a prayer by Nick Beam, pastor Pleasant Hill (OH) Church of the Brethren


A Franciscan Benediction:

May God bless you with discomfort at:

Easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships-
So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at:

Injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed:

For those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world;

So that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

-National Council of Churches:


Updated Sep 21, 2009
Borderline View: Getting behind Obama    
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DAVID NEWMAN 

Today's summit meeting between US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas coincides with the circulation of a petition initiated by the Israeli Peace NGO Forum and signed by many Israeli public figures, academics and peace activists. Addressed to pro-peace Jewish organizations in America, the letter requests that the progressive pro-Israel pro-peace groups in North America make their voices heard in support of Obama's policies aimed at bringing Israel and the Palestinian Authority back to the negotiating table.

My colleague Dr. Gershon Baskin made an impassioned plea in his Jerusalem Post column last week for the Israeli public to wake up and reinvigorate the vanished pro-peace lobby. But it is not only the domestic lobby which needs to get its act together. Our progressive pro-peace friends abroad also need to work on influencing their respective governments, and the US administration in particular, to exert real pressure on both Israelis and Palestinians to implement difficult compromises.

If Israeli and Palestinian leaders have proved one thing, it is that left to their own devices they are totally unable to reach a solution, and that it requires a strong but fair-minded honest broker acting as a third party. Obama has shown that he, unlike his predecessor George W. Bush, is prepared to take on that role.

IF WE are to believe the electoral data, some 70 percent of the American Jewish community voted for Obama in the presidential elections last November. They did not buy into the malicious slander disseminated by some lobbyists that "Hussein" (sic) Obama would automatically do a U-turn on all issues relating to Israel and the Jewish community. They came to the correct conclusion that Obama, like all previous presidents, would remain a strong strategic ally of the Jewish State, concerned for its long-term security and well being but, equally recognizing that without a strong move toward further concessions, any form of peace could never be achieved.

Bush may have been a strong strategic ally but he did Israel a disfavor by blindly agreeing to almost everything ever proposed to him by Sharon and Olmert. Obama's greater approval rating in some parts of the Middle East grants him the power to exert pressure where necessary, if only because he has a greater chance of being accepted as an honest broker by both sides.

For that to happen, Obama needs to hear words of support from the influential Jewish community in the US. For too long, the progressive, liberal, pro-peace lobby outside Israel has played second fiddle to the establishment representatives, most notably AIPAC, which have taken it upon themselves to speak in the name of Israel, as though they were the only bodies that know what is good for the country.

It is at this juncture that the pro-peace lobby in the US has an important role to play. It has to show the president that the majority of American Jews support his attempts at peacemaking, and that the vociferous voices that oppose his tougher stance with the Israeli government do not represent the majority. Its belief in a solution based on two states for two people is a practical one, not just a slogan to be uttered by Israeli leaders in an attempt to please the international community. Progressive supporters of Israel adopted a two-state position long before the slogan was taken up by politicians such as Ariel Sharon and Tzipi Livni.

The Obama administration made some headway in recognizing the importance of this alternative pro-Israel lobby, recently inviting some of their representatives to a White House discussion, while excluding some of the more intransigent right-of -center lobby groups which have traditionally been invited.

AND YET, despite the window of opportunity that has presented itself for progressive Jewish organizations in the US, they have largely remained silent.

They have the ear of the new American administration.

They must not go the way of the Israeli peace movement and tone down their rhetoric because they mistakenly think the administration will carry out the job on their behalf.

Israel's peace movement always made this mistake whenever a Labor government was in power. Rather than continue to exert pressure precisely when such pressure would have met with a friendly response, they folded their banners and went home to wait the signing of a peace agreement which never materialized.

Equally, it is time for Israeli governments and embassies throughout the world to work with the pro-peace lobbies instead of ignoring them. It is time to correct the falsity, often promoted by the official community lobbies and their representatives, that the pro-peace lobbies critical of the occupation and Israeli policies in the West Bank are somehow less concerned or less supportive of Israel than those who would follow blindly. They implicitly lump them together with those who would boycott or delegitimize Israel, rather than recognize them for the allies they are. Organizations such as the Friends of Peace Now, New Israel Fund, J-Street, the Israel Policy Forum, to name but a few, want to see a strong, vibrant Israel negotiate its way through this troublesome century.

Just as Baskin's call to the domestic peace constituency to wake up is critical, so too must our friends and allies in the American (and European) Jewish communities seize this opportunity.

They must not remain silent.

They must not let themselves be humbled into submission by an organized community which attempts to portray them negatively.

Now is the time for them show their support of Israel by coming together, supporting President Obama and his Middle East envoy, and demonstrating to Israeli governments that there is an alternative way forward.

The writer is professor of Political Geography at Ben-Gurion University and editor of the International Journal of Geopolitics.


Bil'in night raid 21/09/09
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Israeli forces invaded Bil'in once again just before 1am. Six jeeps entered the village via the gate in the occupation wall. Two jeeps stopped at the house of Mohammed Ahmed Yasseen (age 21) and searched for him in the ground floor apartment belonging to his mother. Four jeeps stopped at Abdullah Mahmoud Aburahma's (age 37) house and searched for him there. Two of these jeeps left quickly to search for Yasseen Mohammed Yasseen (age 21) at his home. None of the men were at home and no-one was arrested.

International and Israeli activists accompanied local Palestinians at all three locations to protest against the invasions and to document events. The house searches were relatively short-lived, compared to the numerous previous invasions. The soldiers delivered letters to all three families demanding that the three men go to Ofer prison to meet 'Captain Fo'ad' of the shabak. This was the first time such a demand was written in Arabic.

The invading forces were particularly aggressive at Abdullah Mahmoud Aburahma's house. They fired tear gas and shot live ammunition in the air as they exited the village a little before 2am. No-one was injured or arrested.

There has been speculation that an Israeli lawyer is attempting to show that this long series of night arrests is illegal because no forewarning was given to any of the Palestinians so far seized and detained. These letters may be an attempt by the Israeli army to pre-empt a court order demanding a warning before any arrest.

Thank you for you continued support,

Iyad Burnat- Head of Popular Commitee in Bilin
co-founder  of Friends of Freedom and Justice - Bilin

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A REPLY to:

Dear Eyad Bornat,

I am so weary of these ruthless IDF harassing the few people left in Bil'in almost everyday in spite of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and ex-president Jim Carter's visit so recently with also that of new Palestinian Head.

An Israeli lawyer is aware that this is illegal. So what is the outcome? Is there no end to their ruthless torment of these innocent Palestinian people who do no harm against the might of this Israeli 'Defence' (in fact, attacking) Forces who have illegally occupied Palestine and blockaded Gaza even of its humanitarian supplies after their onslaught just at the beginning of this current year?

My friends and I abhor this continual Injustice of Israeli Shabaks or whoever! Please make my strong contempt we show to them and our support stands for ISM and a few sensible Israelis and most of all for all the residents of Bil'in.

Yours in Friendship Always,
ZB




On Feb. 23, 2009, I wrote:

For four years, the beleaguered agricultural village of Bil'in in the West Bank has resisted the route of Israel's Wall; which in Bil'in is composed of miles of barbed wire fencing that denies the landowners access to their legally owned land.

The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that The Fence must be moved and the stolen land restored to the Bil段n villagers; but civil and military authorities have not complied and last week, night time raids by Israel escalated.

Mahmoud Zwahre, a coordinator of the Popular Committee Against The Wall, wrote:


Imagine being awakened to the sound of a stun grenade. Imagine such a grenade landing in your front yard every night. This is the reality that residents of Palestinian villages who are struggling against the apartheid wall are forced to deal with since the attack on Gaza.

These nightly invasions by the army, which terrorize villagers, are becoming ever more frequent. Invasions take place three to four times a week in the villages of Beit Likia and Bil'in. In the last week, the villages of Ma'asara, Ni段lin and Jayus too have joined the list, as troops have been harassing those who participate and organize the village protests.


Around 12:30 at night the solders [knocked on] the door of my house [demanding] I open the door; more than 10 solders entered my house without my permissionthey pushed me out side in the cold weather with very light clothesthey told me that they are going to arrest me and they [bound] me I'm on the ground on my knees at that time; I thought that I'm in Guatanomoand then they told mewe are going to arrest you next week we are going to come in more difficult way; so don't come to demonstrate, don't organize demosWhile they was checking in my house they found emails for many friends from solidarity associations.

Today or tomorrow we are going to win because we have the faith.-end Mahmoud



Even with the four years of media blackout on the popular struggle, thousands of Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals have been waging a nonviolent campaign of resistance to the construction of the route of Israel's Wall in the Occupied Territories.

Palestinian farmers, mothers, children and activists have been braving teargas, beatings, bullets, arrest, and even death to rise up against the most well equipped army in the world, with nothing more than their own bodies and determination.

In 2004 the International Court of Justice ruled that The Wall is a violation of International Law because it cuts through the West Bank appropriating Palestinian land and destroying Palestinian villages and economy in order to establish more illegal settlements.


The route of The Electric Fence in Bil'in and the Israeli army prohibits the indigenous people to tend and harvest their olive groves. Over 2,003 dunums of prime agricultural land have been confiscated by The Electric Fence.

The Israelis built apartments for 750 settlers that the indigenous people are forbidden to enter.

In Bil'in, the Green Line is five miles from The Electric Fence and the Popular Committee in Bilin has been fighting the illegal actions of the Israeli government with demonstrations and legal actions.


The Israeli government attempts to justify their land theft by returning to the Ottoman Law that states if the landowner doesn't tend his land it can be confiscated by the State. The Israeli army and The Electric Fence have prevented the indigenous people from accessing their legally owned land, thus depriving them of food, income and human rights.

After the indigenous people of Bil'in brought their case to the Israeli Municipal Court and the High Court; both courts agreed the building of the settlement dwellings was indeed illegal and ordered the construction to cease in January 2006. Construction continued and the settlers moved in and the High Court accepted these 'facts on the ground' but the indigenous people have not given up seeking justice.


Every Friday afternoon in Bil'in after prayer at the mosque the ritual march in nonviolent solidarity to The Wall/Electric Fence unites the indigenous people, Israeli and international activists in the struggle who sing and chant slogans such as:

"The wall will fall in Bil'in; the wall will fall like in Berlin."


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