A few “highlights” selected by our friend GP from the Scottish Friends of Palestine
Briefing Paper/Newsletter, published on 14Aug2012:
• WATER CONTAINERS
Hundreds of Palestinian and Bedouin families living in the Jordan Valley have had their water containers confiscated. They are not allowed to tap into the water pipes which go through their
own land so the containers are taken away on the argument that they have been stealing water.
Newborn babies, handicapped children, children after surgery, women, old folk–and, of course, sheep–are among those most seriously affected.
• TEMPORARY EVICTIONS
There are examples of people being forced out of their homes for 24 hours or more to allow the Israeli Defence Forces to carry out training exercises.
A 2-day-old infant passed his third day under the hot sun with no shelter.
• DEMOLITION OF 29 PALESTINIAN HOMES
A court has allowed the authorities in Occupied Jerusalem to destroy 29 Palestinian homes there.
In addition there are other examples of the destruction of Palestinian homes.
• PLANS FOR HUNDREDS OF SETTLER HOMES IN THE WEST BANK
Despite it being generally accepted that the continuing illegal settlements in the West Bank are the main impediment to genuine peace negotiations, the Israeli Prime Minister has said that hundreds of new settler homes are to be built there.
There are frightening examples of the terrible effect which the siege of Gaza is having on the heath of those in Gaza and particularly, of course, on children.
• 1456 PALESTINIAN CHILDREN SHOT DEAD BY ISRAELI FORCES since 2000.
There are numerous examples of violations and abuse of Palestinian children. The treatment of young people in detention and under questioning is absolutely appalling; various examples are given.
As some of you know, GP had an example of the brave humour displayed by Palestinians when he had the honour to meet Naim Ateek recently. Escorting him to the Mull Ferry on route to Iona, a friend took his case, drawing a mock horror question from Naim, “Is this the check point?”
The SFoP newsletter tells of a Palestinian under torture from his over-sized oppressor who was stepping on his back and squeezing his arms.
“You must be getting a double salary”.
“How come,” asked the torturer.
“Because of your weight”.
GP says, and your blogger cannot agree more:
“We must never forget the indomitable spirit of the Palestinians and
give them all the support we can.”