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Yanun, 16 October 2005: Olive picking with "Internationals" and Israelis

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Yanun, a tiny Palestinian village, some of whose lands were stolen by the illegal settlement Itamar, some 12 km south-east of Nablus.
 
View of Yanun with the newly paved road leading south to Aqraba, financed by the European Community:

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Yanun would have been one more victim of ethnic cleansing, but for the solidarity and determination of Palestinians, Israelis and "Internationals". Taayush, Gush Shalom, ISM, and couregeous individuals prevailed against the coalition of evil. 
 
Approaching Yanun from the west one cannot avoid seeing the burned out olive groves on the southern slope of the Illegal settlement Itamar. It takes a very perverted "love of the land" to put an olive grove on fire.

"You are dead people". I witnessed when this phrase was uttered by an illegal settler at an old resident of Yanun. This, in my opinion, is as despicable as the worst utterances by the most despicable criminals of all times, uttered at Jews. [for a report see Haaretz, October 25, 2002].

Taayush: Defying the ethnic cleansers, 15.11.2002.

Area map. The illegal settlement Itamar encompases the 800 m altitude line between Bayt Furik and Khirbat Yanun, south-east of Nablus.

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Swedish was dominant. I sometimes felt being on the cast of a Bergman movie. An occasional "machsom" in the incomprehensible chat, as well as the reference to Folke Bernadotte, were the only reality checks.

For the too-young-to-know: Who was Folke Bernadotte?

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Gamilah-Yafit Biso, leading our mission
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Rabbi Arik Ascherman

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Did Darwin have a point?

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Reaching high. Competing technologies.

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A supporter Dr. Caroline Lucas MEP, whom I am only entitled to admire.

A proper Jewish-Palestinian encounter
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Prof. Marcy Newman

Marcy's report on this very day in Yanun

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Lunchtime artwork
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Israelis and Palestinians, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Atheists and Pantheists, Swedes, Americans, Germans, Danes, Britons, South Africans, young and old, pacifists and war-veterans, we all stand together for the sake of a sane humanity.

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