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Palestine's Popular Resistance Continues

A roundup of activity near Bilin, as well as several coming actions.

Demonstration in Nabi salih, Palestine, 07/05/2010 Photo by: Keren Manor/
Demonstration in Nabi salih, Palestine, 07/05/2010 Photo by: Keren Manor/

(BILIN, West Bank) - A poll reveals that a majority of Israelis are willing to ban human rights organizations in the 'Jewish state'. A bill introduced in the Knesset would outlaw any Israeli human rights organization which exposes Israeli war crimes.

Protest at Bilin, 7-5-10 Photo by:
Oren Ziv/

Yesterday, one peaceful protester was hurt and 6 detained in Bilin's weekly protest against the apartheid wall, which has been declared a war crime, in violation of the 4th Geneva Convention.

Those arrested include our friends Ashraf Abu Rahma, 28, who was videotaped at another event as he was blindfolded and shot by Israeli soldiers. He is the brother of martyr Bassem, killed at a peaceful protest. Read our stories about these two brothers below[1][2][3].

Also arrested, Abed Al-Fattah Burnat, a Committee member who is 53, Haitham Al-Khatib, a 34-year-old Photographer, Roy Vackner, and Uri Baytman, who are both Israelis, and a 27-year-old US citizen whose first name is Stormy.

Israeli secret agents also arrested a Palestinian leader in Haifa, who is the head of Ittijah organization, Ameer Makhoul, on secret evidence.

They placed a gag order on the media over that.

Popular resistance including in Al-Walaja

Better and shorter videos of our arrests in Al-Walaja

And the Israeli government says it will 'legalize' outposts in the West Bank. This is how most of the settlements came to get Israeli government recognition, even though they are illegal per International law.

In the meanwhile, settlers continue to harass Palestinians.

Thus, we descend further into fascism in this apartheid racist state, even as the Israeli propaganda machine still babbles about 'the only democracy in the Middle East'.

But the demonstrations yesterday in Bil'in, Ni'lin, and elsewhere went on successfully. In the Al-Ma'sara demonstration, something unusual happened.

As always, village people walked towards their lands and the soldiers blocked the road with razor wire and armed jeeps.

"Israeli Technologies of Apartheid"

Gaza Fishing boats attacked by Israeli
gunboats Oct. 5 2008 by Andrew Muncie

But after a while and some negotiations, the officers allowed the marchers to march along the main road to their lands. Something new happens here every day.

Also check the amazing photos that are brought to you by Active Stills:

Inspiring event showing how isolated Israel is becoming (except by spineless government officials who need to be challenged). Activists disrupt "Israel Technology" event at Boston Museum of Science (a propaganda effort).

ACTION: We need to act in a last push to stop Israel's accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Read this OECD Bends Rules for Israel Then act here

ACTION: Join Palestinians in peaceful expression and commemoration of Nakba in Washington DC, Saturday May 15th, 2010 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.. The boat leaves at 4:00 p.m., we will start meeting at 3:30 p.m. Washington Harbour, 3000 Mass Ave., NW. at the bottom of 31st St in Georgetown.

Israeli Military Shoots Gaza Farmer

Additional Information: The boat ride is 1 hour, we will regroup afterwards around our digital billboard truck that will be displaying documentary video and pictures of the Nakba 1948 and the continued ethnic cleansing of Palestinians today.

Bring posters that read: Free Palestine, End the Occupation, Nakba... 62 years is enough, Stop U.S. tax Dollars to Israel, End the siege of Gaza. Please do not deviate from this theme. If you have a boat, please join our flotilla on the Potomac.

If you do not wish to ride the boat, we need supporters cheering the boat from the Key Bridge; we also need photographers and videographers to document this event and help us submit a video to the Gaza Freedom March Nakba competition. The first prize will be $100 donated to the Free Gaza Flotilla.

This is a Family Friendly Event, bring your children for a beautiful ride on the Potomac. We'll be singing songs from the 60's. Sponsored by: Washington Peace Center, Gaza Freedom March, Free Gaza Movement, US Campaign To End The Occupation. RSVP and more info:,


[1] Apr-02-2010: A Tale of Two Palestinian Brothers... and Israel's Dismissal of Murder - Opinion by Tim King Salem-News.c

[2] Sep-04-2009: Israeli Military Fires on Media Crew in West Bank (VIDEO) - Forward by Tim King

[3] Dec-17-2009 : Israelis Shot Palestinian Man Who Was Bound and Gagged - Political Commentary by Tim King


Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD - Popular Committee to Defend Ush Ghrab (PCDUG) "A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home. Mazin has been an Associate Professor of Genetics; Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine since 1999. He previously held a similar position at Duke University. Professor Qumsiyeh has authored over 110 scientific papers in areas of mammalogy, biology, and medicine including mammalian biology and evolution, clinical genetics, and cancer research. He has published over 100 letters to the editor and 30 op-ed pieces in International, national, regional and local papers on issues ranging from politics to environmental issues. His appearances in national media included the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, CNBC, C-Span, and ABC, among others. He is the founder and president of the Holy Land Conservation Foundation and ex-President of the Middle East Genetics Association, and Prof. Qumsiyeh won the Jallow activism award from the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee in 1998. Those are just a small list, visit Mazin Qumsiyeh's amazing and informative Website to learn more:

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