the root of the problem is always colonialism

one year has passed since nahr el bared refugee camp has reopened. well, sort of. since a fraction of the original population was allowed to return to their destroyed homes after the lebanese army attacked the camp, looted the remaining items of value, and killed, detained, and tortured a number of palestinians. a-films has a new short film showing the latest situation in the camp that is worth watching:

in spite of this brutal attack and its aftermath still plaguing palestinian refugees in lebanon it should always be remembered that the root of the problem is the zionist colonization and occupation of palestine and the fact that un resolution 194 has never been implemented, which would allow palestinians the right to return to their homes in palestine.

and that root of the problem–zionist colnizers and occupiers here in palestine–remain the problem here, too. some recent examples of what zionism looks like in palestine from over the weekend:

in akka:

The Arabs48 news website reported on Friday that a group of extremist Jewish residents of Akka (Acre) attacked on last Tuesday a pregnant Arab woman as she was on her way to an Arab school in the town where she works as a teacher.

The teacher, Wisal Namarna, 22, gave the Arabs48 news website details about the attack which left her with an injury in her left arm as she placed it on her abdomen in order to protect her fetus.

in nablus:

Two young Palestinian men have been shot and injured by Israeli forces that invaded Al-Far’a refugee camp north of the West Bank city Nablus on Saturday morning.

Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that seven Israeli military vehicles stormed the camp at 1:30am and opened fire at a group of youth in the center of the camp.

Palestinian Red Crescent medics said that they evacuated 17-year-old Imad Tayih who was shot in the thigh, and 23-year-old Thabit Raja who received a gunshot to the foot. Their wounds were described to be “moderate.”

in husan:

A Palestinian man, 47-year-old Bassam Za’ul from the southern West Bank village of Husan was awoken at 3:30 am on Saturday when more than a dozen Israeli military vehicles stormed his house.

Za’ul says soldiers then told him and his family to leave within five minutes; they told him that “the home is now under army control.”

in talluza:

Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian man harvesting his olive trees in the village of Talluza north of the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday.

Palestinian sources told Ma’an reporter that “a number of Israeli soldiers stormed the village and arrested 26-year-old Mohammad Jihad.” The man was taken into Israeli custody after being detailed and questioned for several hours.

all over the west bank:

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) conducted a survey on the impact of the Israeli separation wall, finding that the percentage of displaced households had increased by 58% since June, while closures have doubled.

By the end of June 2008, nine governorates were affected directly by the wall: Jenin, Tubas, Tulkarem, Salfit, and Qalqilia, in the north of the West Bank; Jerusalem, Ramallah and Al-Bireh in the mid-region; with Bethlehem and Hebron in the south.

but there is some good news for the day (see: boycott works!):

In an unusual situation for the West Bank’s Barkan Industrial Park, which so far has largely escaped the pressure of international boycotts, a Swedish-based locksmith company that operates a factory there announced this week that it was relocating to within the Green Line for political reasons.

“We’re leaving because [the industrial park] is in the West Bank,” Ann Holmberg, spokeswoman for the Assa Abloy company, told The Jerusalem Post by phone from Sweden on Thursday.

Assa Abloy, which acquired the Yavneh-based firm Mul-T-Lock in 2000, also purchased a subsidiary plant at that time in the Barkan Industrial Park, which is located more than 10 kilometers over the Green Line, near Ariel.

The company, Holmberg said, was remiss in not understanding the significance of the location until last month, when the point was hammered home by a report issued jointly by the Church of Sweden, aid group Diakonia, and SwedWatch, a nonprofit group that monitors the conduct of Swedish businesses.

The report, Holmberg said, accused the company of acting in an “unethical” manner and of “violating international law” by having a subsidiary in the West Bank.

and in other news…that surge that mccain thinks is working so well? well, watch this episode of al jazeera’s “people and power” and see what you think for yourself–see how well iraqis like their israeli-influenced american occupation:


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