“. . . Israeli actions constitute a deliberate and crude exercise of power and an attempt to isolate the Palestinian people from the rest of the world . . .” (Hanan Ashrawi)

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The Women’s Boat to Gaza, Freedom Flotilla Coalition composed of civil society organizations  from more than a dozen countries. (Photo: Global Research, Sep. 29, 2016)

❶ Israel detains all-female crew of Gaza Freedom Flotilla in Givon prison
. . . ❶ ― (a) Israeli women betray their sisters, intercept Women’s Boat to Gaza

  • Background: “An ‘Invented People’: Palestinian Refugee Women and Meanings of Home.” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies.

❷ Israeli forces detain 40 Palestinians in West Bank, East Jerusalem night raids
❸ Israeli Soldiers Uproot 40 Dunams Of Palestinian Agricultural Lands Near Hebron
❹ World condemns settlement: Palestinians say we expect to translate statements into real action
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ISRAEL  DETAINS  ALL-FEMALE  CREW  OF  GAZA  FREEDOM  FLOTILLA  IN  GIVON  PRISON
Ma’an News Agency
Oct. 6, 2016
Female activists who were sailing on board the all-women solidarity ship “Zaytouna” heading towards the besieged Gaza Strip are currently being detained in the Israeli prison of Givon, the Israel Prison Service (IPS) told Ma’an on Thursday.
___The 13-person crew of the Zaytouna — which means “olives” in Arabic — was intercepted by Israeli naval forces on Wednesday as their boat entered Israel’s unilaterally declared buffer zone or “military exclusion zone,” off the coast of Gaza.
___The women were then detained and taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod, before being taken to detention facilities.        More . . .
. . .― (a) ISRAELI WOMEN BETRAY THEIR SISTERS, INTERCEPT WOMEN’S BOAT TO GAZA
Gaza.Scoop.ps – Real Time News From Gaza
October 5, 201
Israeli women soldiers led the attack in international waters on the Women’s Boat to Gaza, Zaytouna-Oliva, on Wednesday evening Gaza time, and kidnapped the 13 international women on board.
___The 13 freedom sailors included New Zealand Member of Parliament Marama Davidson, 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire from Ireland, and retired US army colonel Ann Wright.   More . . .

Holt, Maria. “An ‘Invented People’: Palestinian Refugee Women And Meanings Of Home.” ACME: An International E-Journal For Critical Geographies 14.2 (2015): 98-106.   Full Article     In December 2011, US Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich declared that the Palestinians are an ‘invented people’. . . . The persistent negation of Palestinian identity has deep roots. In a speech in Haifa in 1969, Moshe Dayan remarked: ‘Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist; not only do the books not exist, the villages are not there either’ (Ha’aretz 1969).
[. . . .] 
Far from disappearing, as the ‘Arab villages’ had disappeared, Palestinians have preserved not only a strong sense of identity but also an image of ‘a place called home’. The recollection of home and homeland remains powerful for Palestinian refugees and, out of this rooted identity, has emerged a resistance movement determined to make real again the Palestine that has been lost. Inspired by memories of their homeland, successive generations have enacted forms of resistance, from militant activism to resilience and survival. As refugee camps have been invaded, homes destroyed and lives fragmented, they have responded with steadfastness and the abundant fruits of memory and imagination. Their efforts embody the ‘tension between identity and territory.’
[. . . .] 
In 2013 in the Gaza Strip, an 80-year old woman called Ghatheyya Mifleh al-Khawalda recalled her home village of al-Qastina, which she left in  1948; in her words: ‘Of course I am not allowed to go there anymore, but I still think about my village after all these years. Al-Qastina crosses my mind very often. It doesn’t make sense that I cannot be in my home, on my land, in the place where I grew up. I still dream of the days of the land’ (Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 2013). However much the lives of refugee women improve or a new ‘narrative of heroism’ develops, there cannot be satisfaction, in terms of justice and morality, until this core issue of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been satisfactorily resolved. Then, at last, women such as Umm Walid and Asma in the West Bank, Huda in Lebanon and Ghatheyya in Gaza will no longer have to suffer the pain of being dismissed as an ‘invented people’.

ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  40  PALESTINIANS  IN  WEST  BANK,  EAST  JERUSALEM  NIGHT  RAIDS 
Ma’an News Agency     
Oct. 6, 2016
Israeli forces detained at least 40 Palestinians, including at least 11 minors, in overnight raids in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem between Wednesday and Thursday, Palestinian and Israeli sources told Ma’an.     East Jerusalem
___Israeli forces reportedly raided homes in at least three neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem, detaining 16 Palestinians, Palestinian sources said.       More . . .  

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Israeli armored bulldozers, invaded Palestinian lands west of Hebron, and uprooted trees, Oct. 5, 2016 (Photo: IMEMC News)

❸  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  UPROOT  40  DUNAMS  OF  PALESTINIAN  AGRICULTURAL  LANDS  NEAR  HEBRON
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
October 6, 2016
Israeli soldiers, accompanied by a number of armored bulldozers, invaded Thursday the at-Tass area, west of Kharas town, west of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, before bulldozing and uprooting 40 Dunams (9.88 Acres) of Palestinian lands.      ___Abdul-Fattah Qodeimat, the head of Kharas Local Council, told the Maan News Agency that the lands were planted with almond and olive trees.    More . . .
WORLD  CONDEMNS  SETTLEMENT:  PALESTINIANS  SAY  WE  EXPECT  TO  TRANSLATE  STATEMENTS  INTO  REAL  ACTION
Palestine News Network – PNN       
Oct. 6, 2016
While the world condemning Israeli settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territories, the Palestinians demand to transfer these convictions into action in order to force Israel to stop it.
___PLO Secretary General Dr. Saeb Erekat said in statement that PNN received via email on US State Department’s Criticism of Israeli Settlements and Israel’s Response saying that Palestinian want to world to translate its condemning statements in to real action.     ___Erekat said: “Although we welcome the State Department’s criticism of Israel’s plans to construct a new settlement in the occupied State of Palestine, we expect the United States to translate its statements into real action.”     More . . .    
Related . . . U.S.  condemns  Israeli  settlements,  ending  thaw  in  once-frosty  relationship

 

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