Ramadan kareem to all Muslims!
Items for today include a story about the demonstration yesterday in
Al-Walaja where Israeli occupation forces apparently used an experimental
weapon, links to CNN videos exposing the money grubbing fake “terrorism
expert” Walid Shoebat (who was disavowed by his family in my village of Beit
Sahour), and a request for financial donations to aid a Palestinian girl
through the Harford Catholic Worker group. In other news is a spreading
discontent among Israelis about their countries policies that make the rich
richer, and the poor poorer (and no it is not merely a “housing protest”).
And in Syria, Bashar Asad forces killed 150 protesters in one day, a record.
It seems that rising revolutions will not be stopped by promises of reform
and lying politicians anywhere in the world.
Arrests, experimental weapons, and live ammunition for peaceful
demonstrators: Al-Walaja popular committee reports that a demonstration
against the wall happened yesterday 31 July 2011 at 9 AM with participation
by dozens of locals, internationals, and Israelis. The occupation forces
fired tear gas, stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets and live
ammunition. Injuries were reported. Most disturbing was that the Israeli
soldiers used a new type of canisters that released an unknown substance in
the air. The canisters were cylindrical and black (similar in shape but
slightly smaller than stun grenades and produced no sounds). Israeli
soldiers carefully removed the two objects from the field using gloves on
one and a piece of cardboard on the other (clearly not wanting any remnants
left in the field for these experimental weapons). They also tried to find
and confiscate any video or photo evidence. One Palestinian youth was
arrested as were three Israeli and two International activists
&feature=related. The two Internationals are from the PEDAL group. The
European PEDAL group, a group of cyclists who traveled on bicycles from
London to Palestine to link struggles of communities along their path,
struggles that range from economic justice to migrant workers’ rights to
freedom from occupation and colonization (www.100daystopalestine.org). Some
people asked to see a picture of the oldest tree in the area that is
threatened (like descendants of its planters) by the wall in Al-Walaja.
Here it is on Palestine Remembered
(look around that site for lots of information on Palestine).
Another request: The girl with Cochlear implants hopefully will have
specialized evaluation soon. But now I turn to you for help for another
girl. Marwa Al-Sharif went to Connecticut 10 years ago (August 2001) to
have an Israeli bullet removed from her head. While the operation was
successful, some side effects remained including a strange detrimental
effect on development of her teeth. Marwa had done well in school since
returning to Palestine and just graduated from high school but really
requires expensive dental surgeries on all her teeth. We need your donation
towards this work which is estimated to cost NIS18,000 (Euro3,800 or
US$5,500.) The Hartford Catholic Worker (a nonprofit which helped bring
Marwa to the US in 2001) is collecting donations which will be transferred
directly to the Palestinian dentist for the work. Please donate by going
directly to http://hartfordcatholicworker.
donations that it is for “Marwa’s Dentistry Work”. For detail on her story,
CNN exposes Walid Shoebat, a fake terrorism expert (he claimed he is an
ex-terrorist which is a lie and he rakes in hundreds of thousands from this
scam). Watch this:
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in occupied Palestine. He serves as chairman of the board of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Sahour He is author of “Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle” and the forthcoming book Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope and Empowerment.