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2nd November 1917

As part of Britain's long colonial history and its continuous efforts to support Zionism, on this day the Balfour Declaration was issued, carving the way for the Nakba.

The then British foreign secretary, Arthur Balfour, promised the zionists a "national homeland for Jews" in Palestine. He gave a land that he didn't own to those who didn't deserve it.

104 years ago it was called Palestine and it remains Palestine!

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Palestinian land turned onto a garabage dump

A silent weapon used by the Israeli Occupation to keep a tight grip on the remaining lands of the West Bank... A weapon, that brings diseases and slow death upon Palestinians, toxifies the environment, and harms animals.


About the Occupation’s disposal of its waste in the West Bank…

 

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A traditional Palestinian breakfast

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Eye On Palestine (@eye.on.palestine) • Instagram photos and videos

This is humus (garbanzo beans smashed mixed with sesame purée,lemon juice and olive oil on top. Next is fried cauliflower and next fried sliced eggplants and the rest you should know. If you have a chance try it with pocket bread (hbazzi7359aolcom)

 

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High School Education behind Israeli bars

With smuggled pens and lessons written on cigarette boxes, Palestinian prisoners fought their way to claim their right to education in Israeli prisons, so how does the senior year of high school (Tawjihi) look in confinement?

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#ApartheidIsrael

Palestinians have been divided into four groups.

The first are Palestinian citizens of Israel, who currently have greater freedom of movement (than other groups of Palestinians) and are accorded the right to vote in Israeli Knesset elections, although they experience many inequalities and restrictions in public life.

The second group are those Palestinians who reside in East Jerusalem but are not citizens.

The third are residents of the rest of the occupied West Bank, and the fourth are the residents of the Gaza Strip.

An additional fifth category consists of Palestinian refugees who are simply barred from returning to the country altogether.

Each of these groups experiences apartheid differently, but the overall scheme is governed by the same ideology and policy of privileging Jews over non-Jews.

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Palestinians in several villages between the cities of Nablus and Jenin have been confronting Israeli settlers, over the past ten days, in an act of resistance against Israeli settlers and settlements.

Settlers led provocative marches, attacked Palestinians and their properties in Burqa, Sebastia, Beita, Silat al-Dhaher, and Bizzariya villages, and vandalized graves in Burqa. All that was committed under the support of the Israeli Occupation Forces who fired live and rubber-coated bullets and tear gas, wounding and suffocating around 300 Palestinians.

Today, there are +500,000 Israeli settlers living in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Since Jan. 2021, settler violence has been escalating, amounting to around 410 attacks against Palestinians and their properties (by the end of Oct. 2021).

Palestinian villagers and Palestinians from nearby cities stand strong defending their lands in the face of settlers’ attacks and the colonial systematic policies supporting them to confiscate Palestinian lands.

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Settler Attacks on the Village of Burqa
Israeli settlers, for over a week, have been waging a wave of violent attacks against the village of Burqa in the north of the occupied West Bank. Homes were vandalized, defenseless residents were terrified by aggressive settlers, and the Israeli soldiers served protection to the settlers.

 

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“They silenced it. It mustn’t be told; it could cause a whole scandal. I don’t want to talk about it, but it happened. What can you do? It happened."

This is what the former Israeli soldier Moshe Diamant told the film director Alon Schwartz in a new documentary film that goes back to the affair of the Palestinian village #Tantura.

Akevot’s researcher Adam Raz told Haaretz about the new testimonies about the battle of #Tantura, and about the code of silence among the soldiers who were there – and among all of us – that prevents any discussion about what happened.

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BRITAIN IS ENSURING THE DEATH OF A PALESTINIAN STATE

The UK claims to support a ‘two-state’ solution in Israel-Palestine but the body of a Palestinian state has long been in the morgue, although nobody dares to have a funeral. As long as Britain and other states continue to superficially endorse a two-state solution, Israel will become entrenched as a full-blown apartheid state with international blessing.

Britain today is a secondary actor in the international arena and its ability to influence the so-called peace process in Israel and Palestine is limited. It cannot be considered a significant contributor to efforts to find a solution to Israel’s continued colonisation and occupation of Palestine. 

Yet Britain bears massive historical responsibility for the situation of the Palestinian people and shares the overall Western blame for the present reality in the occupied territories. 

In 1917, after the so-called Balfour Declaration, Britain enabled the settler colonial movement of Zionism to begin a project of state building in Palestine. During its subsequent rule as a ‘mandatory’ power, the UK provided assistance to the small community of Jewish settlers to build the infrastructure of their future state, while being aware that the indigenous people of Palestine, who were 90% of the population in 1917, rejected this prospect. 

Support was given while many British officials on the ground were aware of the Zionist desire to take as much of Palestine as possible and have in it few Palestinians.

Then came the Nakba (catastrophe), the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948, when British officials and officers responsible for law and order watched passively as Israel expelled half of Palestine’s population, destroyed half of its villages, and demolished most of its urban space. 

Each such chapter in this history should have left some residues of guilt and a sense of accountability on the part of the British establishment, but it did not.

For example, Britain’s shameful policies did not prevent it from joining Israel in an attempt to topple the most pro-Palestinian Arab leader, Egyptian leader Gamal Abdul Nasser, in 1956. 

And while Britain was a co-author of UN resolution 242, which could have led to a full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967, it did very little to insist on its implementation as a permanent member of the UN security council. 

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Israel's ban on family reunification

Israel is doubling down on its apartheid rule over Palestinians while it and its international accomplices attempt to fend off the label.

This week, Israel reinstated a ban on Palestinian family unification as part of its demographic engineering efforts to ensure a Jewish majority in the territory of historic Palestine.

Adalah, a group that advocates for the rights of Palestinians in Israel, said that the legislation is “one of the most racist and discriminatory laws in the world, and must immediately be repealed.”

The “Citizenship and Entry into Israel” order prohibits Israel’s interior minister from granting residency or citizenship to Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza who marry citizens of Israel.

According to Adalah, which will challenge the law at Israel’s high court, “it also bans unification between a citizen or resident of Israel with spouses from ‘enemy states,’ including Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran.”

Adalah added that “UN human rights bodies have called on Israel to revoke the ban on Palestinian family unification as it violates international law.”

Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, has renewed the temporary order banning family unification 21 times over the past 18 years, the rights group added.

However, unlike in the past, the current version of the law “explicitly states that its purpose is to ensure a Jewish demographic majority,” Adalah said.

Israeli lawmakers and Ayelet Shaked, the state’s interior minister, have said that the legislation is intended to prevent Palestinians from gradually returning to their homeland.

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Honouring Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie was killed on March 16, 2003 while staging a peaceful protest to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition.

#RachelCorrie became one of the top trending topics on Twitter on her death anniversary.

Born in Olympia, Washington, Corrie dedicated her life to human rights, defending Palestinian rights in particular.

She was the youngest of three children of Craig and Cindy Corrie, who described their family as "average American, politically liberal, economically conservative, middle class".

Corrie was known for her love for peace and defending Palestinian rights, frequently exposing violations by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories.

In 2003, she went to Gaza for her senior-year college assignment; to connect her hometown with Rafah, as part of a sister cities project.

During her stay, she engaged with members of the International Solidarity Movement, a pro-Palestinian NGO.

On March 16, Corrie defied an Israeli bulldozer in hopes of stopping it from demolishing the home of a Palestinian family.

Corrie believed that her western features and blonde hair would deter the bulldozer, but she was wrong.

She was crushed to death when the Israeli bulldozer driver ran her over repeatedly, according to eye witnesses. 

Aftermath of her death

The people of Gaza described her as a “martyr” and staged a massive funeral for their American friend.

No U.S. senator attended her funeral.

An Israeli investigation into her death concluded that it was an accident.

Neither the international community nor Corrie's parents have bought the Israeli explanation.

In 2005, Corrie's parents filed a civil lawsuit against Israel, asserting that she had either been intentionally killed or that the soldiers had showed criminal negligence.

They sued for a symbolic one U.S. dollar in damages.

An Israeli court rejected the lawsuit in 2012 ruling that the Israeli government was not responsible for her death.

The ruling was slammed by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, as well as activists.

Corrie has since been one of the symbols of the Palestinian cause.

An Irish aid ship that set out for Gaza in 2010 named itself after Rachel and her story has been told in several documentary films portraying the plight of Palestinians.

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Former Israeli politician says anti-Semitism accusation a "trick" to deflect criticism of Israel

On August 14, 2002, Amy Goodman interviewed former Israeli Minister of Education Shulamit Aloni on the radio and television program Democracy Now.

 

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Amy Goodman: Often when there is dissent expressed in the United States against policies of the Israeli government, people here are called anti-Semitic. What is your response to that as an Israeli Jew?

Shulamit Aloni: Well, it’s a trick, we always use it. When from Europe somebody is criticizing Israel, then we bring up the Holocaust. When in this country people are criticizing Israel, then they are anti-Semitic. And the organization is strong, and has a lot of money, and the ties between Israel and the American Jewish establishment are very strong and they are strong in this country, as you know. And they have power, which is okay. They are talented people and they have power and money, and the media and other things, and their attitude is “Israel, my country right or wrong,” identification. And they are not ready to hear criticism. And it’s very easy to blame people who criticize certain acts of the Israeli government as anti-Semitic, and to bring up the Holocaust, and the suffering of the Jewish people, and that is justify everything we do to the Palestinians.

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ApartheidIsrael

from @mondoweiss UN Special Rapporteur says Israel is committing 'pitiless' apartheid in new report

A new UN Human Rights Council report is the latest in a series by international and Israeli groups accusing Israel of the crime of apartheid. "There are pitiless features of Israel’s ‘apartness’ rule in the occupied Palestinian territory that were not practiced in southern Africa, such as segregated highways, high walls and extensive checkpoints, a barricaded population, missile strikes and tank shelling of a civilian population, and the abandonment of the Palestinians’ social welfare to the international community,” Michael Lynk's report said. “With the eyes of the international community wide open, Israel has imposed upon Palestine an apartheid reality in a post-apartheid world.”

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