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This Week in Palestinian Blogs: State of Denial

One year of resistance in Bil'in

Bil'in, which has been struggling non-violently for almost one year now, continues to be robbed by the Israeli occupational forces as the first anniversary of it's non-violent weekly protests (and another sad day) is fast approaching on the 20th of this month Februray, 2006.

One Year of Non-violent Resistance

Photo credit: International Solidarity Movement

News of the blogosphere…

Paradise Now is nominated for the Oscar, proudly has made it to be the first Palestinian film to ever be nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign film category.

Haitham Sabbah and Shaden were invited as delegates as well as panelists to Al-Jazeera Second Annual Forum held under the slogan “Defending Freedom, Defining Responsibility”. Haitham wrote about blogging and the focus it has gained in all the sessions, whereas Shaden posted pictures of her tour inside Al-Jazeera offices. Haitham has also wrote a very interesting post summerizing what happened and providing his thoughts.

Bil'in conference on Joint Nonviolent Struggle will take place in Bil'in, Al-Khalil (Hebron) on the 20 & 21 of Februray, 2006.

ISM asks, why did the state of Israel chose this specific route for the wall just near the Palestinian village of Bil’in, and why not move it westward closer to the nearby Jewish settlement of Modi’in Illit? People of Bil'in (Palestinians, Israeli and Internationals) demand an answer.

ISM
coordinator in Al-Khalil (Hebron), asks that the Israeli government respects their commitment to Palestinians in Al-Khalil:

Since Hammas won in the Palestinian elections the entire world is putting conditions for dealing with the Hammas government. Here in Hebron we want to know why no one puts conditions on dealing with the Israeli Likud government?

From Ramallah Online, Israel to deport 40,000 in an attempt to judaize an-Naqab (the Negev).


What we talk about…

Ohoud of Arabesque Rhabsody like always has something artsy to blog, check out her Weekly Art Musing. Ohoud is a big fan of Iraqi art.

The Black Iris posts an intersting story about corrupted Palestinian officials who stole $700 million from the PA.

Palestine, Jordan and Israel, the crazy triangle?

… And I feel like that’s not really showing you the true madness of the situation. The “Holy Land” is so screwed up, so essentially weird, that there might as well be BBC journalists coming to checkpoints in the form of angels to abduct foreigners and take them on rides.

From ISM, filming settlers is provocative but how do Palestinians feel when being cut off by armed soldiers?

From KABOBfest, NABEEL reviews Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World suggesting that:

Just like the fact that the US should work on practicing democracy on the homefront before attempting to “export” it, Brooks should try working on actually being funny before going abroad looking for laughs from Muslims.


Jews sans frontiers
posts an article from an American newspaper which says that:

Israel has worked for decades to drum into our consciousness the notion that “there is no partner for peace.”

The newspaper continues :

This places the blame for its military occupation on the shoulders of the very people it occupies


The little things that matter…


moomin13
is a Palestinian artist, moomin has made some postcards especially for:

Americans whose tax dollars are supporting the occupation

Greetings from the State of Denial

Photo credit: moomin13

He tells the story of the above postcard as follows:

Dear America, this is an illustration of something that happened to two friends of mine, Raad and Fadi as we were all trying to cross through Tayaseer checkpoint in the Jenin region of the West Bank. They were detained for about an hour, threatened with a beating and accused of being Hizballah terrorists. One of the soldiers told them they were “disgusting Arabs who deserve to be beaten and stay in jail.” You can read about this whole story here

Rachel Corrie An American Conscience is a film directed by Yahya Barakat. It's about the death of Rachel Corrie, who was killed on March 16 2003 by the Israeli occupational forces in Rafah. The film will be screened for the Bil’in Conference.

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