Here's an update on Tristan Anderson's condition. He's unconscious following surgery in a good Israeli hospital, and will be kept unconscious for days to aid healing. His family's getting a lot of support, and is headed over there.
On Monday at 4 p.m. in San Franciso,there's going to be a demo in solidarity with Anderson at the Israeli consulate.
Henry Norr of California writes:
How about adding some info about the theft of Ni'lin lands by the Israelis? The ISM's quick summary:
construction of the Apartheid Wall, deemed illegal by the in 2004. Ni’lin will lose approximately 2500 dunums [10,000 acres] of
agricultural land when the construction of the Wall is completed.
Ni’lin was 57,000 dunums [228,000 acres] in 1948, reduced to 33,000 dunums in 1967,
currently is 10,000 dunums and will be 7,500 [30,000 acres] dunums after the
construction of the Wall."
Most of the MSM coverage of
this story at best includes the infuriating AP line that Palestinians
object to the Wall because it "juts into the West Bank," as if they're all just cartographers or diplomats, not real people being robbed of their livelihoods.
Along the same lines, there's a good factsheet entitled "Ni'lin – A Struggle for Existence," put together last year by the Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign.
As to the four
Palestinians killed in Ni'lin, I'm quoting again from the ISM:
"Ahmed Mousa (10) was shot in the forehead with live ammunition on
29th July 2008. The following day, Yousef Amira (17) was shot twice
with rubber-coated steel bullets, leaving him brain dead. He died a
week later on 4 August 2008. Arafat Rateb Khawaje (22), was the third
Ni’lin resident to be killed by Israeli forces. He was shot in the
back with live ammunition on 28 December 2008. That same day, Mohammed
Khawaje (20), was shot in the head with live ammunition, leaving him
brain dead. He died three days in a Ramallah hospital."
Starhawk also wrote about these victims in a moving post.