At the end of the Week against the Apartheid Wall from November 9 to 16, Pragoti presents different facets of the Israeli occupation and the daily resistance of the people of Palestine.
While Shimon Peres is billed for knighthood , the testimonial of twelve-year old Muhammad Salah Muhammad Khawajah reaffirms the daily travails of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. But oppression cannot put down resistance, which finds new forms of expression. Checkpoint 303, a collective of artists from Palestine, Tunisia and France creates electronic experimental music that carries a strong message for peace and justice. The number of refuseniks in Israel who conscientiously risk imprisonment in their objection to be party to Israel’s crimes also add to the struggle. The world remembers 21 year old Tom Hurndall who fell to Israeli snipers in Gaza for the crime of rescuing Palestinian children from gunfire. This post is dedicated to the internationalist solidarity for Palestine.
International experts protest Israel's blockade of Gaza.
Salwa Salam Qupty clutches a fading sepia photograph of a young Palestinian man wearing a traditional white headscarf. It is the sole memento that survives of her father, killed by a Jewish militia during the 1948 war that established Israel.
Since the beginning of the Oslo process in 1994, the World Bank has been heavily involved in the development projects of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Following Hamas' electoral and military victory and the subsequent ousting of forces loyal to PNA president Abu Mazen from Gaza, Bank development projects and funding have focused more exclusively on the West Bank. The appointment of former Bank employee Salam Fayyad as prime minister in 2007 has only strengthened the Bank's influence on PNA economic and development policies.
The following is a statement from South Africa, supported by a wide range of voices and institutions, condemning the celebration of Occupation apartheid: