Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated on Thursday that Israel does not intend to freeze the expansion and construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The statements of Netanyahu came during a meeting with the Czech Prime Minister, Mirek Topolanek. The Czech Republic is the rotating head of the European Union.
The Israeli PM said that this issue should be parallel, stating the ?if the Israeli?s were barred from building in the West Bank, the Palestinians should refrain from building too?.
This position disregards the fact that settlements in the occupied West Bank are illegal under the international law and constitute a war crime.
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On Friday Israeli soldiers violently attacked the nonviolent weekly protest against the Annexation Wall in Bil?in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and injured 25 protesters.
13 soldiers were reportedly injured in clashes that took place after the army attacked the protestors.
Dozens of residents and peace activists marched towards the Wall and chanted slogans against the Wall and settlements, and in commemoration to Basim Abu Rahma, who was killed by the army during last week?s protest.
Canadian musician Leonard Cohen urged to cancel Israel concert
Open letter, British Committee for the Universities of Palestine
The following is an open letter from the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine to Canadian musician Leonard Cohen:
Dear Leonard Cohen:
Your songs have been part of the soundtrack of our lives — like breathing, some of them. But we can’t make sense of why you’ve decided to perform in Israel in September this year.
From: GALLOWAY, George
Sent: 14 April 2009 14:03
Subject: letter concerning viva palestina
By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard copy will be sent to
Compliance Investigation Unit (London
Charity Commission Direct
PO Box 1227
Liverpool L69 3UG
To the Charity Commission,
I have been travelling for many weeks in North Africa and the Middle East, Europe, and North America. I have returned to a London address I seldom visit to find a blizzard of correspondence from you. Your correspondence, when read together, as I have just done, seems to represent a wildly disproportionate and inappropriate reaction to our recent delivery of aid to the suffering Palestinians in Gaza, and must raise the question: Why?
The peremptory letters from you, and by you I mean the Charity Commission, are full of bluster and threat, issuing absurd deadlines to people it does not seem to occur to you are not even receiving your letters, either because they are working abroad (Ms Razuki and Mr Al-Mukhtar), travelling abroad on high profile political business (myself), or you are writing to them at the wrong address. [More…] In my own case, Easter Saturday opened with your, latest, threat to go before a High Court judge in a bid to force me to appear before you. That will not be necessary. I look forward to telling you to your faces what I think of you. Which is this.
Israeli settlers attack Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance in Hebron’s Old City
Ma’an News, Apr 12, 2009
A group of Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance in the old city of Hebron Saturday afternoon, causing damage to the vehicle.
According to Abed Al-Haleem Al-Ja’afra, the Head of Ambulance and Emergency Services for the Red Crescent, the ambulance was moving a patient from the Hebron governmental hospital to her home on Ash-Shuhada Street when the attack occurred. The Israeli army had given permission for the ambulance to drive on Ash-Shuhada Street, which is normally closed to all Palestinian cars and traffic. Read more