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Palestine: Freedom Summer 2005

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    Now, more than ever join the call for freedom this summer in Palestine! Palestine needs you. Freedom Summer Campaign
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 3, 2005
      Now, more than ever join the call for freedom this summer in
      Palestine! Palestine needs you.


      Freedom Summer Campaign
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/palsolidarity/message/1218


      Now, more than ever join the call for freedom this summer in Palestine!

      Palestine needs you.

      While the world hears that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is being
      resolved and Sharon is now `a herald of peace', apartheid is
      reinforced each day in Occupied Palestine.

      The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian led
      non-violent protest movement that includes Israelis and people from all
      over the world. We work with Palestinian communities in cities and
      villages to support peaceful marches and non-violent actions.

      Palestinians continue to oppose the Israeli colonisation of their land
      through non-violent resistance. The Israeli military uses lethal and
      excessive force against Palestinian non-violent protests. With
      international presence and participation in these protests, Israeli
      forces cannot act with the same impunity and must show some restraint.

      The following Palestinian communities have requested ISM support for
      their non-violent actions in July and August:

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      Tulkarem - July 3rd - 9th

      Non-violent actions against:

      o The Israeli chemical factories built on stolen Palestinian land.
      These factories contaminate the air and water in ways that are illegal
      within Israel. They now have their own security fence that annexes yet
      more land.

      o Settlements expanding on Palestinian land rendered inaccessible by
      the Annexation Barrier.

      o Road blocks that separate one Palestinian area from another.

      o The checkpoint and Annexation Barrier that isolate the village of
      Jbara from the rest of the West Bank that restricts access to the
      village to permit holders, and makes the lives of the villagers
      unsustainable.

      There will also be solidarity and support visits to outlying villages
      that suffer frequent invasions and others that fences and walls isolate.

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      July 9th

      Actions all over Palestine to mark one year since the International
      Court of Justice ruled the Annexation Barrier illegal, and ordered it
      dismantled immediately. The Israeli government continues to ignore
      this judgment, and the international community fails to enforce it.

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      Jenin - July 10th – 16th

      Non-violent actions against:

      o Jalame checkpoint that separates Jenin from the villages to it's
      north since 2001.

      o Barta'a checkpoint that isolates Barta'a and two other villages
      from the neighbouring villages and Jenin city.

      o The unmanned road block that separates Jenin and the villages to
      its east since 2002.

      o Home demolitions and denial of access to agricultural land in Arab
      as Suweitat near land annexed by the illegal settlement of Kadim.

      There will also be events in support of Palestinian political
      prisoners and a solidarity visit to Jenin refugee camp.

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      Salfit - July 17th - 21st

      o A five day march along the route of the `Ariel Loop' of the
      Annexation Barrier that carves up the region 22 kilometres east of the
      Green Line.

      The march passes through six villages in the area. In each village, a
      direct action draws attention to a local problem, such as settlement
      expansion, road blocks, and homes isolated from their villages by the
      Annexation Barrier.

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      Nablus - July 22rd - 28th

      Four non-violent actions in the Nablus area against:

      o The roadblock on the main road separating Nablus and the village of
      Asira since 2001.

      o The Huwara checkpoint and military base. The checkpoint is one of
      several that strangle the city of Nablus. The base is a detention
      center for Palestinian political prisoners.

      o Denial of access to agricultural land. Villagers will plant trees
      on their land beyond the settler-only roads. Settlers from Elon Moreh
      settlement claim this land as their own, and attack the Palestinian
      owners when they try to tend to it.

      o The isolation of Palestinian homes and denial of access to
      agricultural land in Asira. Villagers will remove the roadblock that
      renders five families and a large of amount of agricultural land
      inaccessible.

      Also, a tour of the Old City of Nablus and Balata Refugee Camp, and
      solidarity visits with families of prisoners and martyrs. Marches will
      show solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners.

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      Bilin, Beit Surik, Budrus, and others - July 29th - August 7th

      o Join the villages in the Ramallah region for their ongoing
      imaginative campaign of nonviolent resistance to the Annexation
      Barrier that is threatening to turn their villages into open air prisons.

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      Jerusalem - August 8th - 15th

      A series of non-violent actions and rallies against the theft of
      Jerusalem. Jerusalem remains the physical, spiritual, cultural, and
      economic heart of the West Bank. Israel has illegally annexed the
      city, and denies the native Palestinian population access to the city
      and freedom of worship.

      Non violent actions against:

      o The Qalandia checkpoint

      o The Ar Ram section of the Annexation Barrier.

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      Hebron - August 16 to the 23rd

      A small number of fanatical settlers are established in the old city
      of Hebron. Protected and aided by the Israeli military, they
      intimidate the Palestinian population, which vastly outnumbers them.
      Under the Gaza withdrawal plan, settler attacks and home demolitions
      have intensified.

      Non-violent actions against:

      o The Israeli settlement in the heart of the old city of Hebron.

      o The Annexation Barrier in the villages in the villages of Ar Ramdin
      and Imneizeil.

      *******************

      Most of the actions above feature evening events. These include
      discussions with prisoners' families, refugees, children's groups and
      representatives from long-suffering villages that have been repeatedly
      invaded.

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      To volunteer, and have any questions answered, send an e-mail to:

      info@...

      For more information on the ISM and our Freedom Summer 2005 campaign,
      visit our website at:

      http://www.palsolidarity.org


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      The Kafkaesque Abuse of Rateb Abu Rahma - "The Palestinian Gandi"

      On Friday June 17th, the brothers Abdullah and Rateb Abu Rahma were
      arrested at a demonstration against the construction of the wall on
      the lands of their home village of Bil'in.

      The brothers were charged with throwing stones at the police but video
      tape taken by Israeli peace activists Shai Polak and Imad Barnes
      clearly shows that this is not so. The evidence was so clear that the
      military judge rebuked the police for lying about the case and ordered
      the two released. Last week Abdullah was released from the Ofer prison
      camp on 5000 shekels bail but the decision about Rateb's case was
      postponed to Tuesday June 28th.

      When Adv. Tamar Peleg, a Hamoked lawyer who represents the two,
      arrived at the military court she was told that Rateb's file was lost
      and the court clerks had no idea where it might be. After hours of
      delay the judge who heard the case the week before was located and the
      decision he made was read by a second judge.

      In the decision the judge criticized the police for lying and ordered
      Rateb released on 5000 shekels bail. On this news, the Abu Rahma
      family set out chairs in the garden in preparation for a celebration
      and people began to come by to congratulate them. At the same time,
      Israeli activist Leiser Peles rushed to Jerusalem to post the bail for
      Rateb. Then things started to go wrong.

      On Leiser's return to the Ofer prison camp he was arrested and accused
      of being inside area A (which is forbidden for Israeli citizens).
      After hours of waiting at the prison gate, the delegation from the
      vilage was told that the prosecution appealed the release and that the
      appeal would be heard the next day. The judge who allowed the appeal
      apparently told the prosecution that the case is so clear cut that he
      will surely turn down their appeal but still allowed them another day
      to file it.

      The cruel process of expectation and disappointment was repeated again
      on June 29th. With just minutes before the deadline the prosecution
      filed their appeal and the hearing was set for the next day.

      At last, on June 30th the judge ordered the release of Ratib on 5000
      shekels bail, but will not make a final decision on the prosecution
      appeal until Sunday July 3rd. Ratib, 40, married with children, spent
      14 days in custody for a crime he did not commit.

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