This Week in Palestinian Blogs: More Violations of Human Rights and a Little Bit of Art

While most news wire took the comments of the Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad on Israel out of context, in peacepalestine, an article from Tehran Times explains the context in which his speech occurred. It turned out that the Iranian president did not mean a phsycial annihilation of Israel, but rather a non-violent confrontation of the Zionist movement and schools. On the same matter, Sabbah sadly asks: did anyone react when Israeli leaders shamelessly demanded Palestine to be wiped off the map?

Israel's aids to Pakistan after the earth quake are dependent on Pakistan's recognition of Israel. peacepalestine reports that a 200-memeber delegation of Pakistan are to visit Israel as ordered by Western Europe and the US if they want to receive loans.

Italy threatens in the same “Support Israel or else” way those who do not take part in a demonstration infront of the Iranian embassy by considering them not only enemies of Israel but also enemies of every Italian Jewish as stated by the leader of the Roman Jewish Community.

Haitham Sabbah has finally found the famous Ariel Sharon interview by Amos Oz dated 1982. Other outrageous things said by Israeli leaders about Palestinians and Arabs can be read here

peacepalestine writes about an index that measured freedom of press in all countries of the world in which North Korea ranked 167th. While surprisingly the Palestinian Authority (PA) ranked as the 82nd and was considered friendier towards press than Israel who ranked as the 92nd. The index was made by Reporters Without Borders. following up the Italian pro-Israel agenda, peacepalestine wrote about a press statement by Forum Palestina in which a decision was made to dedicate a week of action that is about the rights of the Palestinian people from 12 to 19 November in Rome/Italy. The peacefull democratic acitivties of the coming week will put out the flames of war and lies lit in Rome by the pro-Israel demonstration.

Israeli air raids continued on Gaza Strip and a child was shot dead in the heart and head by Israel occupation forces for holding a toy gun. Ahmad Khateeb was shot while walking down a street in Jenin Refugee Camp in a visit to some relatives. Ahmad‘s family response to the hosiptal's request of donating their dead child's organs to other Israeli patients might come as a surprise to some of you considering the state of emotions they are still going through. It should be mentioned (for the sake of comparison) that Israel deprives patients and urgent cases in Gaza Strip of having medical treatment abroad.

Meanwhile, Imaan from Living in Gaza city nicely describes her Eid days, she says she hasn't seen people as happy and joyful since the time she arrived Gaza.

Talking about Eid in Palestine, Israel occupation forces wished the Palestinians a happy Eid on its own way by sending voice messages to their mobile phones early in the morning. “thousands of Palestinian customers with the local Mobile Communication Network- Jawaal, received a voice message sent from some private number”. The message said:

“This is the IDF, we wish you happy Eid. We work continuously to protect you. You must shun the terrorists from your society. We warn you from attempting to threaten or harm our security. You must cooperate with us to help us provide you with better life standards and safety. Once again, refrain from assisting or accommodating terrorists in your homes”

On air strikes umkahlil writes about an appeal to individuals and professional organizations to join a protest against the Israeli air forces policy of illegaly flying over the occupied Gaza Strip. Inhibitants of the strip risk sever mental health problems caused by supersonic booms, especially children. Supersonic booms are contradiction to Geneva Convention & International Convention for Rights of Children.

In Bethlehem Bloggers, a report via Guardian says Bethlehem will be soon encircled by Israel's security barrier. Church of the Nativity lies in the heart of Bethlehem marks one of the most sacred sites-the birthplace of Christ.

Inside the Church of Nativity, by Sugar Cubes

Israel's assassination policy continues as two of Gaza masterminds were assassinated in a missile attack. The two victims were Hasan Al-Madhoun, aged 32, the leader of the Al-Aqssa Martyrs Brigades, a breakaway group of Fatah. And the other victim was identified as Fawzy Abu Al-Kar; aged 37, one of the most wanted leaders of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas Movement.

From Sumoud, 13 AMB activists detained in PA jails go on hunger strike in a protest against an unjustified detention while their families urged an immediate release. The detainees were accused of planning and involvement in anti-occupation targets, the latest of which a raid that left 3 settlers killed and 30 others injured.

Eye witnesses from the International Solidarity Movement say on the 29th of October, they were called to the streets by local Palestinians of the village of Bil’in. A force of three jeeps full of Israeli soldiers armed with M-16s were conducting night raids to arrest villagers in Bili’n. we were witness to two of the arrests, one of which was a young boy of 14. The other was a young man of about 18. There was one further arresst that we did not directly witness. Most of the 19 people arrested in the past 2 weeks have been young men below the age of 19. They further said that a Palestinian man was taken and used as a human shield. ISM team filmed everything.

This week, a Travel Exibition by ‘Made in Palestine’ is being held in Vermont between 18th of Oct and 20th of Nov:

Made in Palestine is a collection of contemporary art made by 23 Palestinian artists and refugees who live in the occupied territories and in the Diaspora. According to curators at the Station Museum, it is “the first exhibit of contemporary Palestinian art ever displayed in the United States.” The exhibit includes works in many media, including oils, paper, video, sculpture, textile art, ceramics, and photography.


Hani Zurob Tayseer Barakat Rajie Cook

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Made in Palestine current Traveling Exibition is taking place since the 18th of Oct and will continue until the 20th of this month Nov in Montpelier, VT, USA. Other tentative locations: New York City and Mexico.

Read more about this event.


  • Chris Berel

    Amazing how many lies can fit in one little blog. Mary of peace palestine has outdone herself! Bravo!!!

  • chris, the internet troll who joins pro-Palestinian mailing lists so that he can spam them. If you should find something from him in your mailbox, delete it without delay.

    (If I know I am bothering Chris, I must be doing something right!)

  • kactuz

    “While most news wire took the comments of the Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad on Israel out of context, in peacepalestine, an article from Tehran Times explains the context in which his speech occurred”

    How stupid is this writer anyway? Does he/she believe this crap? A man says that he wants to kill every man, woman and child in a country, and the writer makes sorry, sick excuses. How disgusting. Probably one of those people that think Mohammed was a good guy, or something. Has she ever read the Hadiths about the life of Islam’s great prophet? That would explain everything!

    John Kactuz

  • Let me welcome you all to the Palestinian Blogsphere, obviously, Kactuz and Chris you two need to be more enlightened. Stay tuned, Monday is almost here ;)

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