Activist conference prepares for solidarity march

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Maan News Agency | Dec 11, 2011

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Activists are preparing for a major international solidarity march next year, organizers said as a preparatory conference was set to open on Monday.

Arab and international solidarity groups from more than 20 countries will gather in Amman to prepare for the march to Palestine from neighboring countries, slated for March 30, or Land Day, in 2012.

Preparation committee director Ribhi Halloum told the Kuwait news agency on Sunday that protesters will head towards Palestinian borders from Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

The protest aims to move the right of return possessed by Palestinian refugees from theory to practice, Halloum said, adding that preparation work had started to ensure that the action is a success.

On May 15, thousands of protesters massed on Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza, trying to force their way across on the anniversary of the mass dispossession of Palestinians during the 1948 creation of the state of Israel. Four were killed on the Syrian border and ten in Lebanon by Israeli fire.

On the anniversary of the 1967 war when Israel captured the Golan from Syria as well as the West Bank and Gaza Strip, hundreds of demonstrators stormed a ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights, with Damascus saying 23 demonstrators were killed and Israel saying it was aware of 12 casualties.

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Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 (updated Dec 3, 2011: 85.000) new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Besides this, Israel approved plans to ethnic cleanse 57.000 bedouin from Palestine

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