Palestine Update 546
Israeli abuses mount
Credible reports suggest that the Israeli military judicial system has become an inseparable part of the larger Israeli settler-colonial and apartheid apparatus, implementing Israeli laws and procedures against Palestinians. It is easy to lose count of the numbers arrested and detained because the army swoops down and indiscreetly rounds up people. Palestinian resistance has now spread into prisons where Palestinians refuse to fall in line with court procedures. Resistance groups response – is regularly misrepresented as “communal religious violence” or “clashes” between two roughly equal sides. But what lies at the heart of the Israeli attack on al-Aqsa is its settler-colonial drive to conquer and control all of Palestine. Solidarity with one’s own people make people sacrifice their own lives and enable fighters to carry on with their struggle. Everyone is contributing- women, children, and youth.
Read this stories of ‘sumud’ (steadfastness)
Al-Aqsa mosque raids highlight Israel’s abuse of Palestinians
“April 17 marks Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, commemorating the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian political prisoners incarcerated by the Israeli occupation regime. Since Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, over 800,000 Palestinians have been arrested and detained by Israeli authorities. Currently, Israel continues to detain 4,450 Palestinians, among them 32 women, 160 children, and 530 administrative detainees held without charge or trial. These numbers could well increase today after Israeli forces raided the Al-Aqsa mosque, killing six Palestinians and injuring over 150…For over 100 days, all Palestinian administrative detainees — currently 530 detainees — and their lawyers have refused to participate in the court procedures relating to administrative detention. Despite the boycott, Israeli military courts continue to confirm administrative detention orders in confirmation hearings that only include Israeli military judges, military prosecutors, and (in some cases) intelligence officers, attesting to the role of the military courts as a rubber stamp to the directives of the Israeli occupation authorities…The Israeli military judicial system has become an inseparable part of the larger Israeli settler-colonial and apartheid apparatus, implementing Israeli laws and procedures against Palestinians. The link between Israel’s military judicial system and its laws has been increasingly highlighted by the cascade of reports by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the UN Special Rapporteur, all of which find the Israeli regime guilty of the crime of apartheid.”
How Israel uses Judaism as a settler-colonial weapon
Since the start of Ramadan, Israel has carried out near-daily attacks on worshippers at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, the third most revered site for Muslims all over the world. Occupation forces, for example, terrorized worshippers with an assault during dawn prayers on the second Friday of Ramadan, smashing the mosque’s stained glass windows, and injuring more than 150 people. It’s an alarming echo of what happened last year, when Israel’s attacks triggered a full-scale confrontation between Israel and Palestinians across their historic homeland. Resistance groups in Gaza intervened in defense of Palestinians in Jerusalem, and Israel waged an 11-day bombing campaign in Gaza that left more than 250 Palestinians, including almost 70 children, dead. The Palestinian response – is regularly misrepresented as “communal religious violence” or “clashes” between two roughly equal sides.
But what lies at the heart of the Israeli attack on al-Aqsa is its settler-colonial drive to conquer and control all of Palestine.
The women at the heart of Beita’s resistance
For 100 days, Palestinians from Beita camped on a mountain to disrupt the rebuilding of an Israeli settler outpost. Meet the women who made it possible.
“When the protests began nearly a year ago, the men of Beita, which is home to about 18,000 residents, decided to maintain a constant presence on the mountain, which also overlooks the Palestinian villages of Yatma and Qabalan. They used social media to stream 24-hour footage from the demonstrations, both to garner more support from across Palestine and to maintain contact with people back in the village — including to request water to drink….[Amaal] Abu Shamsa was one of the first to respond to these requests…Within two weeks, the deliveries had become systematic: twice a day. The women…prepared food and received donations from other families including bread, meat, yogurt, dates, rice, and sometimes cash….Together, they prepared 250 meals per day over a period of 100 days — a time which Abu Shamsa speaks of fondly. When more solidarity groups joined the rallies on Fridays, the women collectively prepared no less than 3,500 meals on those days. “This is how we, as a women’s group, discovered that our unity makes things happen…”
In Masafer Yatta, activism is not a choice but a necessity,
To be an activist in the South Hebron Hills is to live a life that is not yours. In this region of the occupied West Bank, which suffers from near-daily home demolitions and violence at the hands of the Israeli state and settlers, you must always be ready for an emergency. You might be asleep and then suddenly get woken up by a call to come and document a settler attack in a nearby village. You might have a plan for the day — just regular things to attend to in your personal life — and have to put all that aside in order to track down and document a convoy of soldiers and bulldozers on their way to demolish someone’s house. Or you might have to spend the day accompanying a shepherd grazing their flock in an area that has been declared state land, who has asked for activists to be present in case they are attacked by settlers or harassed by the military.
We were born into families in which our lives revolved around raising sheep and goats and cultivating the land. As a child, I thought that when I grew up I would have my own goat farm surrounded by trees. Once I started school, I discovered my love for the English language, so I added being a teacher to my dream of raising goats. However, being born in a place under threat of forced eviction, it didn’t matter what we wanted. There’s a reality imposed on us, and in order to survive here we were forced to shape ourselves according to that reality. So instead of following our dreams, our lives since the teens were devoted to documenting rights violations by the Israeli occupation forces and settler violence against Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills.
Jerusalem: Al-Aqsa in The Snipers Scope w/ Lowkey & Dr. Ramzy Baroud
Activist rapper Lowkey is joined by Dr. Ramzy Baroud to discuss the latest Israeli attacks against al-Aqsa mosque and worshippers, the Temple Movement, media coverage and the hypocrisy of Arab countries’ responses to Israeli crimes who have made peace agreements with Israel.