Monday, September 30, 2013

Today in Palestine - Israeli Settlers Occupy Palestinian Land, Obstructing Peace Talks

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Israeli settlers near Nablus in the West Bank have occupied a hill so that they can occupy the land and build more settler units on the Palestinian land. This continuing theft of Palestinian is preventing a peaceful resolution to this 60-year-old conflict. The soldiers are protecting the settlers, who are throwing stones. The soldiers fired stun grenades and tear gas at the Palestinian villagers in Burin.

Please take three minutes to watch this live report from the West Bank.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Today in Palestine

In Colorado we are experiencing tragic loss of life and property - a hundred year event. There is much suffering and loss - they are saying as many as 20,000 homes lost.

In Palestine today there is no great tragic event (and no national news anchors in yellow raincoats standing next to torrents of muddy water)--in Palestine there is only the tedious, monotonous daily loss of life and property. In Palestine today is no different from yesterday or tomorrow. I think that is why we continue to allow our tax dollars to be used to support a government bent on removing everyone who is not Jewish from all of Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.

Today in Palestine, in the Jordan Valley, at least 120 people are homeless because the Israeli military bulldozed their village. There was no hundred-year flood, no torrents of rain inundating fields, only soldiers armed with automatic weapons and bulldozers.

Ma'an News reports:

"Aref Daraghmeh, the mayor of al-Malih and al-Madarib villages, told Ma'an that a large Israeli military force accompanied bulldozers to the site of Khirbet Makhool village in Tubas, before demolishing homes and agricultural structures.

The villagers, who are mainly Bedouins, were given no prior notice about the demolitions, Daraghmeh said."

The article also mentions that last week soldiers entered the Jericho village of Fasayil and destroyed buildings.

It's not the flood, but the drip, drip, drip of destruction.