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Sunday, Aug. 5 - the day after 10 000 Israelis demonstrated at the
initiative of Peace Now against war, marching with torches and shouting
anti-occupation slogans in the center of Tel-Aviv from the Rabin Square to
the Defence Ministry. One couldn't avoid feeling uplifted by the fact that
we are no longer totally isolated - we the few hundred who
have been swimming against the current for nearly a whole year.
The big camp is beginning to wake up from its coma and to
judge from the speeches and the reactions of the crowd, at least a few
lessons seem to have been learned during the months of silence: that there
can be no peace with settlements; that the 1967 border must be the basis
for the two-state solution. It really means something to hear from Yossi
opposition leader but most of all barometer of the not so sure doves, that
he no longer trusts the army spokesman. That he stopped believing the
daily army communiques giving the official versions about why there had
again to be killed Palestinians, "targeted" or
Also, Nurit Peled, who got the floor as bereaved
mother got standing ovations when she called Palestinian bereaved parents
her "brethren" while making it very clear that the settlers
could not count on any feelings of solidarity from her side; she also
defended the Conscientious Objectors whose right to refuse is still
non-existent in Israel.
It was a pleasure to distribute there the Gush Shalom
"generous offers" flyer, many people asking a second one for a
friend or a colleague, and to see in the course of that evening our
two-flags sticker displayed on more and more t-shirts.
But on this same August 5, the day after that revigorating experience,
was very much very bad news about what is actually going on. We don't have
to tell you about ongoing exchanges of fire, on the nightly destructionk
from the air of a Palestinian police office in the Gaza Strip, about the
Palestinian's drive-by shooting spray in the middle of the day in
Tel-Aviv - very close to the place of yesterday's rally - or about another
hi-tech killing this afternoon by the Israeli Air Force's helicopter
squad, in Tulkarm; it was
broadcast by all the networks.
We conclude with forwarding you something about a much less widely
published ongoing phenomenon - which we just now received from Palestine
Media Center - PMC (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(...) According to Palestinian official sources, Israeli occupation forces
have razed and burned 3,669,000 square meters of planted land since late
September 2000. They have also uprooted and burned 26,570 olive trees.
In its latest acts of aggression against Palestinian fields and crops,
Israeli occupation forces burned and razed a number of fields in the
Occupied Palestinian Territory.
In the Nablus District, Israeli occupation forces burned yesterday 4
August more than 200 olive trees planted on the road connecting the Ziwata
and Ejinsia villages.
Eyewitnesses reported that the Israeli occupation forces prohibited civil
defense crews from extinguishing the burning trees.
In Jericho, a large number of Israeli occupation forces, supported by
military bulldozers, razed 20 dunums of banana farmland. The owner of the
farm said that Israeli occupation forces razed his land under the pretext
that Palestinian gunmen supposedly used it for cover in the past.
The Palestinian farmer refuted the Israeli allegations,
stressing that his
farm lies 2 km away from the main road, making the allegation that gunmen
used it for opening fire absolutely preposterous. He told reporters that
this was the second time his farm is razed, adding," Last time, the
(Israeli) soldiers razed 30 dunums of my farmland using the same
The Emergency Committee of the Jericho Governerate evaluated the farmer's
losses at 360.000 NIS (New Israeli shekels).
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