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Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by WAEL012000, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. This is a letter from a dear, dear friend of mine in occupied Palestine.

    Dear friends,

    Warm greetings from the West Bank! Please circulate
    this to anyone you think would find it of interest.

    * * *

    I’m here with the International Women’s Peace Service,
    a small NGO whose mandate is to monitor and document
    human rights abuses and peacefully intervene to
    prevent them here in the Salfit region of the West
    Bank. (The West Bank was invaded by Israel during the
    1967 Six-Day War, and has been illegally occupied by
    the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) since then.) Being a
    rural area, Salfit is under the radar both for media
    and for other NGOs who tend to be focused on Hebron
    and Ramallah and, of course, Jerusalem. Living and
    working here allows IWPS team members to witness the
    effects of the Occupation firsthand, and to be able to
    document the daily realities of life under the
    Occupation for the people of Salfit.

    We live in an apartment in the village of Hares, which
    is in between Ramallah and Nablus and a little to the
    east. On the road that runs by the entrance to the
    village stands a concrete watchtower, set up by the
    IDF. It looks like a lighthouse, and it dominates the
    hillside. On a hilltop two kilometres away is the
    settlement of Ari’el, the second-largest colony in the
    West Bank. Like all Israeli settlements in the West
    Bank it is illegal under international law, under the
    Geneva Conventions, under resolution after resolution
    at the UN. Ari’el is growing rapidly. It was founded
    by 40 settlers in 1978, and now has a population of
    over 24,000. It is an important part of the Israeli
    Government’s “facts on the ground” strategy – settle
    enough Israelis in the Occupied Territories that it
    will be impossible to remove them all if, when, the
    land is partitioned into two states. In the 2003
    Roadmap, it was again mandated that such illegal
    settlement would stop. But it continues.

    Settlements often spread by creating outpost
    settlements a kilometre or so away, little clusters of
    trailers surrounded by barbed wire. Revava, part of
    the Ari’el settlement “bloc,” began that way, right on
    the edge of Hares. Now, with over 700 settlers, it’s a
    lot more permanent. Sometimes the Revava settlers come
    onto Hares land, into the fields where the villagers
    are working, and shout and threaten them. Sometimes
    they bring weapons. This is a story that we hear over
    and over again from farmers across the region --
    settlers harassing farmers, often preventing them from
    tending their land. My first day here, we went out to
    the olive groves of the village of Awarta with a small
    group of Israeli activists from Rabbis for Human
    Rights, one of the many Jewish Israeli groups working
    for justice for Palestinians. Awarta’s land, like the
    fields of many Palestinian villages, is in a valley.
    The settlement of Itamar, like most settlements, is on
    a hilltop overlooking the valley. The routine in the
    ongoing skirmishes between settlers and villagers is
    that the villagers go to tend their trees; the
    settlers come and threaten them; the villagers call
    the army or the police; the army or police come and
    tell them there’s nothing they can do (sometimes they
    add that their job is to protect the settlers). They
    tell the villagers to go home and try again tomorrow,
    when the whole drama is repeated. The impact this has
    on the farmers runs deeper than the daily anguish of
    watching your ancestral land slowly being taken away
    from you, and the economic repercussions of losing
    your livelihood. The Israelis have dusted off an old
    Ottoman law that says if land lies fallow for three
    years, ownership is lost.

    Yesterday we traveled north to Wadi Qana with Rezeq
    Abu Nasser, who used to farm there. Wadi Qana means
    “Valley of the Canals,” and it’s one of the most
    fertile places in the West Bank – a long valley
    watered by 17 separate springs. It is part of the
    extensive land of Deir Istya, a village close to
    Hares, and was abundant with fields of wheat and
    barley, and of tomatoes, squash, lentils, figs, and
    watermelon. I say “was” because, since 1978, Deir
    Istya villagers have lost between one third and one
    half of their farmland in and around the valley. It’s
    not just the land lost to the eight settlements that
    have sprung up on the hilltops overlooking the valley,
    or to the road that joins them. Much of the land has
    been polluted by the open sewage pipes that ended on
    the hillsides just below the settlements, spewing
    their contents down into Wadi Qana. You can smell the
    sewage as you enter the valley, see the algae covering
    the pools. Years of documenting and reporting on the
    pollution by Rezaq and other Deir Istya residents,
    environmental groups, and supportive international
    groups such as IWPS, finally bore some fruit when a
    couple of months ago most of the open pipes were
    closed. But it’s a hollow victory, with the valley’s
    land spoiled, and sewage water still flowing down from
    Ginat Sharom into pools banked by dark sludge.

    A major highway, the Trans-Samaria Highway, crosses
    the West Bank, giving settlers speedy access to Tel
    Aviv. In the Palestinian Territories, only vehicles
    with yellow Israeli number-plates can use roads like
    this. Palestinians use the smaller local roads. They
    always bring their ID cards with them, to show to the
    soldiers at the checkpoints, and allow many hours over
    the driving time. People can pass through a checkpoint
    in half an hour, or in four hours, or in eight – there
    is no way of telling in advance. I’ve heard stories of
    Palestinians being late for meetings in nearby cities
    even though they began their journey the day before.
    There are major permanent checkpoints, such as Zatara
    on the road south to Ramallah, where drivers queue for
    hours and the soldiers take their time, and there are
    flying checkpoints – you round a corner and cars are
    slowing, two or three soldiers in the roadway flagging
    them down. Road blocks are another factor to consider
    – roads blocked by slabs of concrete, or because the
    tarmac road surface has been smashed. A roadblock in a
    rural area like Salfit can mean that a 5-minute trip
    to the next village can suddenly take 45 minutes.
    There are no checkpoints or roadblocks on the
    Trans-Samaria Highway, and it is never subject to
    arbitrary closures.

    Time to close, and to cook supper. I will write again
    before long.


    She can't even get to first base with her required and brain washed sething hatred of Israel and Jew bashing. SHE CAN"T EVEN GET THE FIRST SENTENCE CORRECT!! Should be:

    >>> Warm greetings from the OCCUPIED West Bank! <<<

    Oh, the humanity of it all for this irreversible mistake and blunder! All the killings for the Intifada, schooling of PA children to "kill the Jews," suicide bombings, our own Hamas killing of an entire family on a beach, the billions in Swiss Bank accounts.

    All taken away by an unshaved NGO rag.

    Will you demand an immediate U.N. investigation Wael of this unprovoked massacre against the lies of the PA because of this blunder?

    Please keep us updated.


    Please send us photos of your trip to the beach to see where Hamas killed the family on the beach.
  3. I also heard the Pizza shop bombing was carried by your mossad to implicate us naziboy!!

    I mean, you a history of doing so...You know, the bombing of the Jewish refugee ships, the Kastner affair and others.

    Come to think of it, I now see why you naziboys will think that everyone will me as malicious and vindictive as you are.

    despite of your half assed fraudulent websites, despite your vigorous campaign to spread fraudulent claims that ranged from us planting the bomb to possibly being one of yours to possibly being one old shell, to one of your shells is unaccounted for and there for the possibilities are open to them damn fighters launching these rockets from the beach and that is why you had to shell even though you missed the target by one whole town....The whole world is waking up to your criminal presence on our land.

    Take care Naziboy!

  4. You take care of yourself being an NGO in the blessed land of Israel spreading nothing but lies and killing.

    Be careful during the upcoming PA civil war. Must be scary to think that you could possibly be killed by your own clan - either walking down the street or having a famiily picnic at the beach.


    Infi Dell Dhimmi

    P.S. Wael, are you burning with the peace of Islam in your heart as a good NGO?

    Quote from WAEL012000

    "We only stood our grounds and covered your faces with spit mixed with our blood.