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Video: Residents Join Strike Against Wind Farm Project in Occupied Golan Heights

Workers throughout the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights went on strike on Tuesday in protest of plans to build wind turbines on agricultural lands.

Dozens of farmers and public sector workers gathered in the village of Majdal Shams, holding signs and waving Syrian flags.

“We are protesting the inhumane act of building windmills on our lands,” said Qasem Al-Safadi. “We are the owners of this land and no one has the right to intervene in our interior matters.”

Some 10 wind turbines built in 1992 already dot Mount Bnei Rasan, a hill near the ceasefire zone between occupied Golan and government controlled Syria. A new plan approved by Israel’s National Infrastructure Committee includes new wind farm projects with the goal of producing 17 per cent of the country’s energy from renewable sources by 2030.


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Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel

By Andrew Ross

The Story of Palestine’s Stonemasons and the Building of Israel “They demolish our houses while we build theirs.” This is how a Palestinian stonemason, in line at a checkpoint outside a Jerusalem suburb, described his life to Andrew Ross. Palestinian “stone men,” utilizing some of the best quality dolomitic limestone deposits in the world and drawing on generations of artisanal knowledge, have built almost every state in the Middle East except their own. Today the business of quarrying, cutting, fabrication, and dressing is Palestine’s largest employer and generator of revenue, supplying the construction industry in Israel, along with other Middle East countries and even more overseas. Drawing on hundreds of interviews in Palestine and Israel, Ross’s engrossing, surprising, and gracefully written story of this fascinating, ancient trade shows how the stones of Palestine, and Palestinian labor, have been used to build out the state of Israel–in the process, constructing “facts on the ground”–even while the industry is central to Palestinians’ own efforts to erect bulwarks against the Occupation. For decades, the hands that built Israel’s houses, schools, offices, bridges, and even its separation barriers have been Palestinian. Looking at the Palestine-Israel conflict in a new light, this book asks how this record of achievement and labor can be recognized.

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