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A Few of My Thoughts on One State or Two: Palestine

I am often asked if I support a one state solution or two state solution. Well my answer is…both.
In my ideal world:
0-20years

-End of occupation and withdrawal of troops from West Bank and E Jerusalem.
-Removal of Israeli forces from Jordan Border Crossing (Allenby Bridge)
-Creation of elevated train service from Gaza to West Bank under full control of Palestine with Israel controlling the ground under it.
-Removal of all settlers from West Bank
-End of all trade restrictions on Palestine
-Creation of a sustainable economy in Palestine
-Resettlement of 500,000+ Palestinian refugees to West Bank
-Jerusalem to be united and administered as an international zone
-Development of deep-sea port in Gaza controlled by Palestine
-Cessation of all Israeli military incursions and operations in Palestine and cessation of armed resistance attacks from Palestinian factions.
-Banishment of all ultra-national and ultra-religious factions and parties

Under this idea the need for armed factions would disappear and freedom of movement would be re-established. Focus would be on economy and state building not defense. Mutual recognition and diplomacy would replace the current animosity between both entities. People would begin to have normal lives living in peace knowing both people have a right to self determination. Slowly movement of people between states and interaction between the two will increase evolving into a US-Canada model.

20+ Years

-The formation of a bi-national government with equal rights for all people and religions.
-A move to one state will begin with the right of return granted to all refugees- Jewish and Palestinian.
-Two strong economies will merge into one with neither having the upper hand.
-Dissolution of JNF
-Recognition and rights given to Bedouin villages- equality with kibbutz’s
-Prohibition of civilian owned firearms.
-Removal of separation barrier
-Formation of joint military forces and end of mandatory service
-Representation at the UN as a bi-national state

I am far from being a politician or lawyer and theses are just my ideas and thoughts- nothing more.

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Gaza Electricity Crisis: Week Three

Man carries boy through sewage filled streets. Photo courtesy Reuters

Man carries boy through sewage filled streets. Photo courtesy Reuters


I wish I could report good news as this new week starts but unfortunately I can’t. Wednesday brought with it another setback due to the current fuel crisis. Sewage treatment plants could no longer operate and raw sewage has begun to overflow in the streets. Many areas are inundated with the rank mess including Rafah, and al Sabra neighbourhood of Zaytoun. Experts say 20,000 are effected from this and possibly more in the coming weeks if the problem is not solved. This could add another more complicated and dangerous aspect of the crisis: diseases such as Cholera. Gaza also has a severe medicine shortage and hospitals are running on bare minimums due to fuel shortages affecting their generators.I wonder how they will cope if we have an outbreak? It will be disastrous.

Water outages are also more common now because the water pumping stations are operating at only a minimum. Gaza residents have large water containers on our roof-tops used to store water from the pumping station. In order to re-fill the tanks however, electricity must be on at the pumping station AND your residence and that was a difficult task to accomplish on 8 hours of electricity.Now it is even more difficult if not impossible.

Black water tanks on roof-tops store water- when  thye run out our taps are dray, sometimes for days. (personal photo)

Black water tanks on roof-tops store water- when thye run out our taps are dray, sometimes for days. (personal photo)

Drivers have started mixing cooking oil into their fuel now that it is nearly impossible to find gas. The streets are filled with a rank stench like French fries and falafel.This mix of fuel will ultimately injure the engine but what other choice do they have?

Nuseirat Refugee Camp, donkey's and horses are becoing more and more plentiful on the streets since fuel crisis began. (personal photo)

Nuseirat Refugee Camp, donkey’s and horses are becoing more and more plentiful on the streets since fuel crisis began. (personal photo)

Various people reporting we will be restricted to a mere FOUR hours of electricity starting today. It is currently off at my house so I am unable to confirm that at the moment. I know it will be harder to stay connected to the outside world though and I am getting increasingly nervous at the situation. We will survive this-we always do, but what toll will it take on us this time? How many lives will be lost? I am begging our politicians to find a solution to this and to think about the civilians who are suffering.

They Say We Don’t Exist But We Are Still Here

Every day I am told ‘Palestine has never existed’ yet they can never explain all of the evidence that proves we did and DO exist. Here is a small sample of pictures and maps I have collected.

1917 Balfour

1917 Balfour


zionist proclaim stat e in palestine
1927 advertisement to visit Palestine

1927 advertisement to visit Palestine

Fly To Palestine

Fly To Palestine

1927 coins

1927 coins

Passport under the British Mandate

Passport under the British Mandate

circa 1927 stamp

circa 1927 stamp

Ptolemy Map

Ptolemy Map

7th Century map of Palestine

7th Century map of Palestine

Map of  the Holy Land-Palestine circa 1866

Map of the Holy Land-Palestine circa 1866

1500 BC Palestine

1500 BC Palestine

Palestine map 1572

Palestine map 1572

Arutz Sheva Israeli National News

Arutz Sheva Israeli National News

google palestine

Electricity and Fuel Situation in Gaza

Gaza's electricity generator powered by fuel-photo courtesy Ma'an News Agency

Gaza’s electricity generator powered by fuel-photo courtesy Ma’an News Agency


The electricity generator for all of Gaza shut down at 6am this morning because it ran out of fuel. Unfortunately this isn’t the 1st time it has happened and will probably not be the last. Right now we are existing on the few megawatts purchased by the PA from Egypt and Israel that will provide us with approximately 4 to 6 hours of electricity each day.Normally we receive 8 hours of electricity then have rolling blackouts of 8 hours.
This is not merely about houses being in the dark-the generator shut-down disrupts municipal services as well. Local water pumping stations will be unable to function and provide us with water. We will have to rely on reserve water tanks that hold only a few hundred liters for each home. Once the reserve tanks are out it will be nearly impossible to refill them until regular electricity supply is restored. I am not sure how long this situation will last but is time to find a better way to ensure we have fuel, electricity and water.

Waiting for cooking fuel- photo courtesy of Shehab news Agency

Waiting for cooking fuel- photo courtesy of Shehab news Agency


Also cooking fuel is still scarce. Some people are resorting to burning paper and what wood they can find in order to cook food so they can eat. It is just beginning to be cooler weather in Gaza so this situation is bound to get worse unless an alternative can be found.

All this after a night of aggression by Israeli army. I wonder how much more we can take?

Apartheid roads: Restricted Roads in West Bank

The following charts outline the road restrictions in place by Israel on Palestinians in the West Bank. Can you imagine not being able to use a road simply because you are Palestinian?

Roads Palestinians are prohibited from using in the West Bank

Roads Palestinians are prohibited from using in the West Bank

Roads in West Bank with partial prohibitions for Palestinians

Roads in West Bank with partial prohibitions for Palestinians

Hebron roads with restrictions for Palestinians

Hebron roads with restrictions for Palestinians

Graphs all courtesy of B’Tselem

Drawing Circles In The Gaza Sky: An Israeli Air Force Hobby

Often we are given the *pleasure* of viewing Israeli Terror Air Force jet trails loop and curve across our sky. Today was one of those days. I wonder how many US $$$’s are spent on fuel to power the jets to take the *soldiers* on their creative drawing class trips?

Keep in mind Israel controls Gaza airspace and no commercial air traffic is allowed into Gaza airspace. Also, Gaza does not have a single plane, helicopter or drone so the only jet trails we see are from Israeli jets..the very same jets that bomb us.
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Sheikh Radwan Area of Gaza

Sheikh Radwan Area of Gaza

AL Jundi Street facing east in Gaza

AL Jundi Street facing east in Gaza

Jet trail stretched from south to north

Jet trail stretched from south to north

Restriction of Movement=Restriction of Trade

The following article is from B’Tselem can be found HERE

Checkpoints

In February 2013, there were 98 fixed checkpoints in the West Bank.

58 are internal checkpoints, which are situated well within the West Bank. These checkpoints include 17 in Area H2 in Hebron, where Israeli settlement enclaves are found. Thirty-four of the internal checkpoints are regularly staffed.

40 of the fixed checkpoints are the last inspection point before entering Israel, although most are located a few kilometers east of the Green Line, or just outside the entrance to Jerusalem. All these checkpoints are staffed regularly, and are closed when not staffed. Some have been completely or partially privatized, and several are staffed by armed civilian guards employed by private security companies under supervision of the Crossing Directorate of the Ministry of Defense.

At some of the checkpoints, Israel prohibits crossing for private Palestinian vehicles, apart from those with special permits, and in principle allows crossing only for public transportation and commercial vehicles.

In addition, the army erects hundreds of surprise flying checkpoints along West Bank roads. During the month of May 2012, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) counted some 256 flying checkpoints compared with c. 340 in March 2012. Between January 2011 and September 2011, OCHA counted a monthly average of c. 495 flying checkpoints. During 2009-2010, the monthly average for flying checkpoints was 351, and from September 2008 to March 2009, the monthly average was 65.
Physical obstructions

In addition, Israel has blocked the access roads to some of the main traffic arteries in the West Bank by means of hundreds of physical obstructions, such as dirt piles, concrete blocks, iron gates, and trenches. The number of obstructions fluctuates often, depending on political and security circumstances. During 2012, OCHA counted an average of 445 physical obstructions a month, compared to an average of c. 434 obstructions during the period May through December 2011 and an average of 519 during 2010.

The obstructions prevent the crossing of vehicles even in emergencies. In addition, they restrict the movement of many pedestrians who have trouble bypassing them: the elderly, sick persons, pregnant women, and small children.
Forbidden roads

Another restriction is forbidding Palestinians to use certain roads. In February 2013, there were 67 kilometers of roads in the West Bank that Israel classified for the sole, or almost sole, use of Israelis, primarily of settlers. Israel also prohibits Palestinians from even crossing some of these roads with vehicles, thereby restricting their access to nearby roads that they are ostensibly not prohibited from using. In these cases, Palestinians travelers have to get out of the vehicle, cross the road on foot, and find an alternative mode of transportation on the other side.

The forbidden-roads policy is not laid out in the military legislation or in any official document, except for the prohibition on travel on Route 443, a road that connects the Tel Aviv area with North Jerusalem, which was prescribed in a military order five years after the prohibition was instituted and was partially removed following a ruling by the High Court of Justice. Another road, which runs from the Beit ‘Awwa junction to the Negohot settlement, was reopened following a High Court ruling given in October 2009. The IDF Spokesperson’s Office informed B’Tselem that the prohibitions on Palestinian travel are based on “verbal orders” given to soldiers. This mode of operation adds a dimension of uncertainty and makes it difficult to critique the policy and test its validity in court.

The Separation Barrier

In addition to the above restrictions, the Separation Barrier, which was built mostly inside the West Bank, impairs Palestinian movement. As of February 2012, there were 35 checkpoints (included in the checkpoint data above) along the Barrier. In addition, OCHA counted, through the end of 2011, 60 agricultural gates intended to enable Palestinian farmers who live on one side and have farmland on the other side of the Barrier to get to their land. Crossing at these checkpoints and gates is conditioned on a special permit and by prior coordination with the Civil Administration. In recent years, Israel has reduced the number of permanent permits enabling access to land and communities situated on the western side of the Barrier and has limited the permits it issued to short, fixed periods.

The severe restrictions on persons wanting to cross the checkpoints and gates varies from one checkpoint and gate to another and from one time to another, but at almost all the regularly staffed checkpoints and gates of the Barrier, a person crossing on foot has to show an identity card or crossing permit and is checked in accordance with the procedures for crossing at the specific crossing. Often, soldiers check vehicles and the passengers’ items.

Unlawful policy causes collective punishment

One of the declared objectives of Israel’s policy restricting Palestinian movement is to protect the settlers. In light of the illegality of the settlements, the restrictions pile one illegal action on top of another: sweeping, disproportionate impairment of freedom of movement of an entire population to realize and perpetuate a policy that is illegal from the start. However, even if the restrictions were intended to prevent attacks inside Israel, and not in settlements, the policy would be illegal given its sweeping and disproportionate nature, which makes it prohibited collective punishment.Furthermore, Israel’s policy is based on the assumption that every Palestinian is a security threat, thus justifying restrictions on the person’s freedom of movement. This racist assumption brings with it the sweeping violation of human rights of an entire population based on national origin. As such, the policy flagrantly breaches international law.

Gaza life can be difficult but sunsets like this make it all worth it

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Smears and Defamation: Just Another Week In Palestine

It has been awhile since I posted about the abuse I receive online. As you all know I support non-violent resistance and don’t believe war will get us anywhere. Perhaps this makes me more of a target because I get abuse from people on BOTH sides of the conflict instead of just one.
Caution: VERY strong Language
Here are a few examples of abuse I have received this week alone

golanisniper-vert

mily threat

davidika

jews masks 2

hamant jihadi

evangilna blog smear

evanlina sally hates jews

rose not tinted

rock throwing exile

September 21, 2013: Gaza Beach

Breathtaking sunsets are a Gaza trademark

Breathtaking sunsets are a Gaza trademark

Selling fire grilled sweet potatoes on Gaza beach

Selling fire grilled sweet potatoes on Gaza beach

Fiery sunset September 21, 2013

Fiery sunset September 21, 2013

Horses on the nearly deserted beach

Horses on the nearly deserted beach

beach sept 21 upload