israeli prime minister Olmert has announced in a speech that he is ready to release palestinian prisoners in exchange for a captured occupation soldier in palestinian custody since late june 2006. in his speech, Olmert said: "With Gilad Shalit's release and his return safe and sound to his family, the Israeli government will be willing to release many Palestinian prisoners, even those who have been sentenced to lengthy terms...I know that many Palestinian families yearn for the day when their loved ones will return home. This day could be very close. "
he also said that if the palestinians cease "terrorism," then, "We [Israel] will significantly diminish the number of roadblocks, increase freedom of movement in the [Palestinian] territories, facilitate movement of people and goods in both directions, improve the operation of the border crossings to the Gaza Strip, and release Palestinian funds for the purpose of alleviating the humanitarian hardship which many of you suffer." while saying this, Olmert also stated that the palestinians will have to live within the illegal borders unilaterally set by the Aprtheid Wall.
Olmert also said that palestinians have to, "relinquish your demand for the realization of the right of return." this outrageous statement means that palestinians have to stop working towards the ability for those living in the Diaspora, including those expelled in 1948, from returning to their homeland.
Olmert, at the end of his speech, gave these chillings words, "In a violent battle, we will prevail, even if it is lengthy and even if it claims many victims...Do not put us to another test, which will involve many casualties and destruction, and which will lead to total hardship and despair. "
for a transcript of the entire speech:
child from al-jab'a village at demonstration (taken 9-29-06)
A total of 45 countries, including European Union members, Latin American states and Japan, voted in favor of the resolution proposed by Arab and other Islamic countries, with only Canada voting against and Cameroun abstaining.
The resolution, similar to others approved in the past by the old Human Rights Commission which the Council replaced earlier this year, called on Israel to take "serious measures" to prevent settlers attacking Palestinians....
...The council earlier Monday passed a resolution criticizing Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights.
The council voted 32-1 with 14 abstentions to declare illegal Israel's 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights and demand that Israel rescind its decision to impose its laws and jurisdiction on the area, which it captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
Canada, which said the resolution was unbalanced, was the only no vote, and European Union members abstained.
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in the west bank:
sunday, occupation forces invaded the village of azzun, wast of qalqiliya and shot one boy. Yasser Faisal Musa Salim, 15, was shot in the leg while demonstrating.
KILLED TWO people. Fatma Nazal, 55, a civilian, was shot and killed. Abed El-Razeq Mahmoud Nasser Bakr, 22, a fighter with the popular resistance committees' nasser salah addin brigades, was also shot and killed. following the two killings, Yasser Mazal, a spokesman for the brigades announced that the group would retaliate.
monday, occupation forces invaded nablus and seized six men associated with fatah. during the incursion, occupation soldiers were fired on by palestinian resistance fighters. three of the teenagers seized are: Hashim Abu Zant 19, Rami Abu Jasa, 19 and Mohammad Hashim, 18. during the incursion, a military bulldozer damaged some buildings. a seventh man, was seized outside of nablus. Nasser Majed 'Udwan, 19, a student at al-najah university in nablus, was seized at jit checkpoint, east of nablus city.
monday, occupation forces invaded qalqilliya and seized three men associated with hamas. numerous homes were invaded, and the following men were seized: Lo'ay Subhi Daoud Freij, 32, Ahmed Mustafa Kharuf, 22, and Nimer 'Abed Al-Karim Hindi, 40.
monday, occupation forces invaded nahaled village, west of bethlehem, and seized four men. after invading numerous homes, the army seized Sadi Shakarnah, 19, his brother Saleh, 20, Nassif Shakarnah, 20 and Mahir Ghaiath, 18.
monday, occupation forces invaded ramallah and seized two men.
monday, occupation forces invaded huwarra village, south of nablus, and imposed curfew. school children were not allowed to attend classes, and at present, the curfew is still in effect.
monday, occupation forces invaded bethlehem, invaded numerous homes and and seized one man. Tamer Mustafa Abu-Dayeh, 20, a student at al-quds open university. during the invasion. soldiers fired live ammunition, concussion grenades, and tear gas into the area.
monday, occupation forces invaded al-khalil (hebron) and seized three palestinians, claiming they were hamas and islamic jihad members.
monday, a colonial settler in hebron's tel rumeida neighborhood attacked a nine year old palestinian child, injuring her. Worrod Shabana was attacked on her way home by a settler. she is currently in the hospital were she is being treated for serious injuries to her left hand, and bruising covering large areas of her body.
in the gaza strip:
monday, ONE PALESTINIAN DIED from injuries sustained nearly one month ago in clashes with occupation soldiers in the farahun area of khan younis, in southern gaza. Yahya Al-Kasas, 25, a fighter with islamic jihad's al-quds brigades, died in an Egyptian hospital.
monday, occupation forces invaded the town of al qarara, north of khan younis, in southern gaza and injured one women. Fawziyya Al Malaha, 40, was shot in the right leg by invading soldiers. Malaha was farming her land at the time when she was shot with small arms fire from a tank.
from the resistance:
monday, the al-aqsa martyrs brigades, the main military wing of fatah, launched two home made aqsa-103 rockets into the western negev desert. this operation, was in retaliation of occupation forces violating the ceasefire by invading west bank cities and seizing 15 palestinians.
how did necessity help to spawn the recent upsurge in non-violent resistance in gaza?