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The Swedish ship Estelle is now in Naples, Italy, & plans to sail to Gaza.

Local elections take place in the West Bank on Oct. 20, but some question whether  elections under Occupation matter.

The siege on Gaza is still causing hardship for Palestinians.

A demo takes place in Ni'ilin.

Since 2007, travel between Gaza & the West Bank has been almost nonexistent.

Activists in the South Hebron Hills film settlers abusing a cow.  

In Gaza, Islamic Jihad celebrates the 25th anniversary of its' founding.

Vandals thought to be settlers spray offensive slogans on the Franciscan convent on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion.

Ami Ortiz in March 2008 was the victim of a bomb planted because his family were Messianic Jews.

Al Jazeera looks at the deterioration of relations between Turkey & Israel.

What will happen if Iran is seen not to kow-tow to Israeli pressure over nuclear activities?

Activists demonstrate in Tel Aviv in solidarity with protesters in Spain & Greece.

The Real News reporter Lia Tarachansky makes a pitch for her film Seven Deadly Myths.  You can contribute here.

Nina Paley gives her take on the history of the Holy Land.

This Land Is Mine from Nina Paley on Vimeo.

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  •  Elections under occupation are really ineffective (4+ / 0-)
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    elliott, downsouth, Friendlystranger, poco

    for genuine change. At the end of the day, the Palestinians need to be freed and vote as an independent people in their own independent nation.

    Otherwise, you will still have the blockade around Gaza that is strangling the Palestinian economy. You will still have administrative detention, massacres and war crimes committed against the Palestinian people by a foreign power, the reduction of Palestinian land due to an increase in settlements, etc.

    Sadly there is no land to create a Palestinian state and therein lies the tragedy:

    The big question today is whether after 45 years of occupation why there has been no sovereign state. The only advice I’d give to someone interested in this is to look at a map and ignore what will be the hypothetical borders of a future Palestinian state and recognize the fact that the two populations are intermingled in Israel and West Bank. Because of the colonization and the fact that no one has been able to stop it since 1967 we now reach a situation where in the West Bank there is not a single hill without a settlement or an outpost. How do you create a viable Palestinian state in that situation, and where this is not enough land or water to create that state? You can’t. Therefore all the attributes of the state aren’t there anymore. Jerusalem has become a de facto unified capital of Israel and what really struck me when I was there was the extraordinary gap between the facts on the ground and what is still being negotiated in this parallel world which has totally lost touch with reality.
    The law is clear. West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are occupied territory and as long as Palestinian territory is occupied, the Palestinians as a people will remain occupied. If elections cannot remove the occupation, such elections are futile.
  •  I love you for posting all this news. (2+ / 0-)
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    Friendlystranger, poco

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

    by ZenTrainer on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 07:56:33 PM PDT

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