Israel demolishes West Bank water infrastructure

Ma'an News Agency Tubas, Jordan Valley 14/09/2011

Israeli soldiers on Tuesday demolished water infrastructure in the northern West Bank, locals and Palestinian Authority security officials said. Palestinian farmer Muwaffaq Abdul-Raziq said troops demolished his well in Khirbet Atuf, near Tubas. The well cost him 750,000 shekIsraeli authorities use Israeli army machinery as they destroy a water reservoir used by Palestinian farmers in Hebron, in the West Bank village of Yatta, near the Israeli settlement of Sosia. Photograph: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPAels (around $202,000) to construct, he said, adding that he had obtained a license to build it. The well was expected to pump enough water to irrigate around 700 dunums of farmland, Abdul-Raziq said. He appealed to the Palestinian Authority to protect farmers in the Jordan Valley from Israel.

Ahmad Assad, a local PA settlement affairs official, said the "aggression" against Palestinian properties and businesses was a "desperate attempt to thwart the Palestinian Authority's UN bid."

Meanwhile, Israeli forces destroyed two Palestinian wells on the outskirts of An-Nassaryia, a village northeast of Nablus, Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses said.

The wells were recently dug by Palestinians.

Israeli rights group B'Tselem said another two wells were destroyed at the same village last week.

A spokesman for the Israeli military, which controls the use of West Bank water resources, could not immediately confirm or deny the incident.

The army regularly destroys unauthorized Palestinian construction in areas under Israel's rule.

See also Guardian's David Hirst 14 Sept 2011

See also Israeli military continue to target water wells in the West Bank

See here for original article: AFP contributed to this report.

The official commemoration of 9/11 asks us to remember and at the same time to forget. We are shown the humanity and the small, moving, personal details of many of the innocent New York victims of terrorism. We are asked to forget the humanity of the more numerous victims of US Empire, even those murdered in their thousands by the West's allies on another Tuesday 9/11.

We are asked to praise Israel in its 2008/9 butchery of Palestinians in Operation Cast Lead and massacres since 1948.

US-sponsored killing of elected Chilean President on 9/11... 1973

If we are to stand for one minute for the victims of New York 9/11, we might stand for over two minutes for the Palestinian dead since only 2000, twelve minutes to accord equal dignity to the Chilean 9/11 victims. We should have to stand for more than half an hour to commemorate pro-rata the Iraqi dead since the US-led invasion of 2003 and almost 16 hours, for example, to accord the same humanity to the Indo-Chinese victims of the American invasion and chemical bombing of Vietnam until 1975.

Consistent opposition to terrorism means opposing ALL terrorism – the mass killing of innocent civilians – but especially when it is carried out by our own governments or their allies. If we commemorate the victims of terrorism selectively, if we exclude those murdered by our own governments, we align ourselves with Bush and Blair and Cameron and Netanyahu. We also inflict further pain on the ignored victims of empire.

Mick Napier
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Peace & Justice Centre
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 {youtubejw width="200" height="220"}cbC5f2z6PmI{/youtubejw} Ken Loach's 11-minute film on 9/11s, 2000 and 1973

 See also another short video

and also a poem in the same vein from Emmanuel Ortiz (USA)


2011, Sep 8th, 7:30pm, Augustine ChurchIsraeli Apartheid and how to defeat it. Details here



Sygmunt Bauman says Israel 'terrified of peace' and 'taking advantage of the Holocaust to legitimize unconscionable acts,' in interview with Polish weekly 'Politika.'
By Roman Frister

Sygmunt Bauman, the Jewish sociologist and one of the greatest philosophers of our time, castigated Israel harshly this week, saying it did not want peace and was afraid of it. Bauman said Israel was "taking advantage of the Holocaust to legitimize unconscionable acts," and compared the separation fence to the walls surrounding the Warsaw Ghetto, in which hundreds of thousands of Jews perished in the Holocaust.

In a long interview to the important Polish weekly "Politika," Bauman said Israel was not interested in peace. "Israeli politicians are terrified of peace, they tremble with fear from the possibility of peace, because without war and without general mobilization they don't know how to live," he said.

"Israel does not see the missiles falling on communities along the border as a bad thing. On the contrary, they would be worried and even alarmed were it not for this fire," the Polish-British sociologist said.

Bauman, who lived in Israel briefly, referred to an article he wrote in Haaretz, in which he expressed concern that the younger Israeli generation was being raised on the understanding that the state of war and military alert were natural and unavoidable.

The Polish public has not heard such a diatribe against Zionism and Israel since the anti-Semitic propaganda campaign the Communist regime conducted after the Six-Day War...

Some of his books have been translated into Hebrew, including "Liquid Love."
His grandson is attorney Michael Sfard, of the human rights group Yesh Din.

Read full article in Haaretz 1 Sept 2011

Thurs 8 Sep, 7:30pm.

Augustine Church, George IV Bridge. (map)

The situation in Palestine is grim, but the good news is that international solidarity with Palestine is increasing by the day. Hear from activists recently returned/ deported from the West Bank, as well as Gazan professor, Haider Eid, and find out what part you can play in ensuring justice for Palestine.

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Professor Haider Eid of al-Aqsa University in Gaza

Professor Eid will discuss via video-link issues relating to the UN vote on Palestinian statehood, and the revelations of the “Palestine Papers”.

Frank Thomas, Secretary of SPSC Edinburgh: 

After informing Israeli passport-control staff at Tel-Aviv that his onward destination was Bethlehem, where he had been invited to visit Palestinian families, he was jailed for almost a week before being deported back to the UK.

ISM (International Solidarity Movement) volunteer, Fiona Law, recently returned from the West Bank.

Chaired by SPSC chair, Mick Napier.

Mick is pictured here on his arrest at Tel-Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, before being jailed and deported alongside Frank and over 100 others. Around 600 more were prevented from boarding planes to Tel Aviv by airlines in their home countries.


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