I feel obliged to share some good news today, though after speaking with my grandma earlier tonight it seems that she was worried that something bad was happening here. I reminded her that this is “normal” here; Israeli Terrorist Forces (ITF) invade Palestinian cities, villages, and refugee camps every day. Though I’m not sure if she remembered that I’m actually in Palestine as when I saw her last month she was confused and thought I was in Lebanon. And today she got confused and thought my brother’s birthday was today rather than yesterday. In any case, there were clashes nearby today, as there are every day.
Three Palestinans were arrested from neighboring towns as Israeli forces carried out a widespread military operation.
More than 40 military vehicles entered the camp area, and soldiers imposed a curfew, preventing civilians from leaving their homes to go to work and school.
Palestinian medical sources confirmed that 22-year-old Mohammad Fu’ad Sawalmah sustained three bullet wounds in his chest and thigh and was transferred to a hospital with severe blood-loss. Also in serious condition is 11-year-old Ihab Ghaleb Balaydah who was shot in back and immediately hospitalized.
Twelve-year-old Yousef Munir Al-Abushi was shot in the hand with a rubber-coated bullet and was transferred to hospital for treatment.
Sources confirmed that Israeli forces evacuated women from their homes and forced them into public streets inside the camp. Groups of young men attempted to close several streets in the camp in order to prevent Israeli military vehicles from accessing them.
The incident was sparked when Israeli soldiers demanded entrance into the area to detain unidentified men.
According to top-level security officers, the altercation occurred when a number of Israeli military jeeps arrived at the gate and asked security men there to evacuate so that they could enter claiming that they were looking for two men who entered to the headquarters wearing civilian clothes.
The security man guarding the headquarters called over one of the captains who informed refused to evacuate the gate, and added that the two men who entered the compound were employees who had come to perform their jobs.
Israeli soldiers then fired live ammunition at one of the security guards, threw a sound-bomb that failed to explode, and kicked at the gate leading to the security compound.
Tulkarem security personnel were put on alert and top-level security officers were instructed to call their Israeli counterparts to inform them of the situation.
But really, I meant to share a bit of good news today in honor of Rania, as always so in Spain:
On November 1st a group of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists, answering to the Palestinian civil society call to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel joined the international efforts to Boycott Veolia in Europe in front of Bilbao City Hall.
Veolia, through its participation in building the Jerusalem light railway, is directly involved in Israeli war crimes and its regime of apartheid, colonialism and occupation.
The city council of Bilbao has primarily awarded — but is still waiting to ratify in the coming months — the concession contract for bus transportation to Veolia.
The city of Bilbao has been the first city in Spain where a nonviolent direct action has happened to raise awareness about the responsibility of public European institutions when granting contracts to companies that collaborate with the zionist colonization of Palestinian land.
Britain is taking the lead in pressing the EU to curb imports from Israeli producers in the occupied West Bank as a practical step towards halting the steady increase in the construction of Jewish settlements.
An internal EU note circulated by the UK expresses concern that goods produced from the settlements may be entering Britain after being illegally exempted from tariffs in violation of an Israel-EU trade agreement.
And the note, seen by The Independent, calls for the EU separately to consider afresh much more stringent labelling rules for settlement-produced goods in British stores to prevent them being designated as being from the “West Bank” in a way that could falsely imply that they have a Palestinian origin.
The initiative is the strongest sign yet of deepening official frustration in Whitehall at Israel’s persistent flouting of international exhortations to halt the construction of settlements – which are seen by Britain and most other countries as illegal. Moderate Palestinian leaders say continued settlement building is a major problem.
The Government proposes that other member states should follow its own example in conducting a “targeted” examination of goods imported from Israel to establish whether they were in fact produced inside the 1967 “green line”. Results from the Customs and Excise Study, to identify “potential settlement goods incorrectly described as being of Israeli origin”, have not yet been published.
They boycott is working. It is catching on in various ways. And that is good news!