Israel Escalates Illegal Settlement Building
Israel announces even more illegal settlement building, with 277 housing units in Ariel, and further announcements expected in the next few days. This follows international condemnation of its recent announcements of a further 1600 housing units in Ramat Shlomo, another 4300 units in East Jerusalem and 900 units in Har Homa.
Popular struggle continues in first week of Ramadan and the BBC comments on the attempt to erase Palestinian names in Jerusalem.
Death toll continues to rise in Gaza – 17-year old disabled child killed near border by Israeli forces; and one Palestinian killed and seven injured in Israeli strike on Gaza. Internet ‘blackout’ in Gaza last week highlighted Israel’s control of communications network.
Israeli envoy to the UN, Ron Prosor, warns against Palestinian ‘confrontation at the UN’ and says that Blair is ‘making progress’ in discussions with Palestinians, calls the forthcoming UN conference on human rights (Durban III) ‘anti-semitic and racist’.
Palestinian grassroots organisations comment on the enterprise of declaring a state.