Friday, December 30, 2011

Israel/Palestine News.

The story of Mustafa Tamimi, & the demos after his death.

In Beit Ummar, residents demonstrate . . .

suffer a settler invasion . . .

& have entry blocked by the IDF.

A Palestinian grape farmer in Beit Einun talks about his problems under Occupation.

The Real News looks at Al Ariqib, where the Jewish National Fund is trying to drive out the residents of a Bedouin village & plant trees over the area

Israelis demonstrate against gender segregation in Beit Shemesh after a little girl was harassed by Ultra Orthodox Jews.

This video shows the IDF searching for Gaza tunnels. The IDF claims that Hamas & other groups will use tunnels to try to kidnap more IDF soldiers.

The Gaza siege prevents farmers from exporting most of their crops--strawberries, peppers, tomatoes and flowers.

Off Gaza, an Israeli gunboat tries to swamp a boat full of international observers.

Israel criticizes Hamas joining the PLO.

A Gaza man is killed by an Israeli drone.

Gaza's Christian community celebrates Christmas.

Christmas leads to conflict in Bethlehem.

During Christmas Mass, Jerusalem's Latin Patriarch asks for Middle East peace. Christian Palestinians celebrate Christmas, but the Occupation presents problems.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

A holiday message from B'tselem.

The City of Jerusalem hands out free Christmas trees.

Hamas is building new schools in Gaza.

Israel continues to harass Gazan fishermen.

Four videos of a demo in Nabi Saleh last Friday.

Israeli activists protest in front of the offices of the Jewish National Fund in opposition to the JNF's role in evicting Palestinians from Silwan.

Palestinians celebrate as the second round of prisoner releases for Gilad Shalit occur.

A proposed Israeli law to ban the call to prayer from mosques in Israel is called racist

Israeli & US policies are being criticized by other nations on the UN Security Council.

The Dead Sea is shrinking. In Occupied Palestine, Israel is claiming the new land.

Artist John Quigley & Palestinian refugee children make a copy of Picasso's Peace Dove at the foot of the Mount of Temptation in Jericho.

Israelis, Palestinians, & internationals protest the new checkpoint between Shu'fat refugee camp & Jerusalem.

The impact of international aid on the Palestinian economy is examined in this video.

Gaza still remembers the Israeli invasion as its' anniversary comes around.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

Marchers celebrate Israel's Human Rights Day in Tel Aviv, as rightists protest the march.

Gaza has been hit with more Israeli air raids.

Israel hasn't fulfilled its' promise to ease the Gaza siege.

Israel denied citizenship to 15,000 Ethiopian Jews.

B'tselem catches settlers setting fires on Palestinian land near Hebron.

In Jerusalem, Ultra-Orthodox Jews try to impose their beliefs on secular Israelis.
Right wing Israelis protest the presence of African refugees in South Tel Aviv.

This is the demo where Mustafa Tamimi was killed.

Two videos on Mustafa Tamimi's funeral.

These two videos show protesters in Tel Aviv demonstrating against Tamimi's death.

Israeli officials fan the outrage over the death of Tamimi with their Tweets.

B'tselem posts this video of the death of Mustafa Tamimi in Nabi Saleh. WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC.

The Real News covers the difference between government reactions to Israeli demonstrators & Palestinian demonstrators.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

Two videos show a demo in Nabi Saleh.

JustJerusalem is asking people to write to the JNF to stop the evictions of Palestinians from Silwan (for a letter template see

The Jerusalem Post interviews Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz.

Israel attacks Gaza.

The non-profit Gisha helps Israeli Arabs visit Gaza.

Settlers from the outpost Havat Ma'on near Hebron destroy Palestinian olive trees.

Al Jazeera's Inside Story discusses whether Israel can end its' regional isolation.

The Civil Peace Service Gaza posted this video of the Israeli Navy harassing boats off Gaza.

Bad behavior from Israeli soldiers at checkpoints in these two clips.

The PM has yanked ads calling for Israeli-Americans to return to Israel after outrage in the American Jewish community.

Activists took to the streets of Tel Aviv last Saturday to protest legislation in the Knesset restricting civil liberties.

The Israeli government & the Knesset are involved in what critics call a right wing attack on civil liberties.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

Breaking the Silence posts this video of Hawara checkpoint near Nablus, filmed by the IDF Educational Corp.

Independent Jewish Voices Canada protests the Jewish National Fund for its' part in occupying Palestinian land.

Two videos of a demo in Nabi Saleh, & one in Ni'ilin.

Settlers stone the car of a solidarity activist in the south Hebron Hills.

In Surif, Palestine Solidarity Project visits a farm where the IDF has seized farm land & will demolish a well.


In Bilin, the IDF demolishes an international solidarity center.

The IDF demolished two houses, a mosque, a barn and a generator building before arresting two girls in Umm Fagarah in the south Hebron Hills.

Israeli & Palestinian activists protest the eviction of Palestinians in Jaffa, Israel.

Khoolod Badawi, a Palestinian woman who lives in Jerusalem, discusses her life in Israel & her opposition to the Occupation.

Gazans criticize the World Health Organization for meeting in Jerusalem.

Gaza's phone & internet provider is about to upgrade its' equipment, but Gazans are skeptical of improvements in service.

Israel holds another training exercise testing its' ability to respond to biological weapons.

Gazans hope the Egyptian elections will help end the Israeli siege.

Egypt's elections are causing worries in Israel about security.

PM Netanyahu & Defense Minister Barak are in favor of attacking Iran while the rest of the Israeli defense establishment is not.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

An ex-soldier explains why he wants to 'break the silence.'

Ex-IDF soldiers explain the logistics of occupation in videos from Breaking The Silence.

Demos took place in Nabi Saleh & Ni'ilin.

The IDF searches 25 houses & arrests 3 young men in a 2AM raid in Nabi Saleh.

Last week, I put up a version of this video from UNRWA. They took it down for some reason. Here is the new one.

The IDF demolishes a house in Beit Hanina, in the area claimed by Israel as part of Greater Jerusalem.

While signing an agreement with the Romanian prime minister, Netanyahu comments on the new protests in Cairo & on sanctions against Iran.

Hamas is short of cash, so it is cracking down on banks & companies that have not paid taxes because of a directive from Fatah.

I think these videos are from al-Araqib in the Negev, where Israel is expelling Bedouins from a village they have lived in for decades. Anyway, this series of videos show border police helping bulldoze the tents of Arabs.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

Rafeef Ziadah & Remi Kanazi recite poems about Palestine.

Demos took place in Nabi Saleh & Ni'ilin.

UNRWA defends the job it is doing in Gaza in this video.

Despite the siege, Gazans hang on.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz calls for building more housing in the E-1 neighborhood of the settlement Ma’aleh Adumim, & withholding tax money from the Palestinians, in retaliation for UNICEF membership for Palestine.

B'Tselem posts this video showing incidents of settlers harassing the West Bank olive harvest.

Prof Manuel Trajtenberg says Israel's national security depends on social justice as his committee releases a report on the social inequality that lead to the J14 protests.

Palestinian leaders must decide what to do next after the statehood bid appears to be defeated.

Netanyahu talks about the IAEA report on the Iranian nuclear program.

In response to attacks on Palestinians & Israeli activists at the Anatot settlement Sept. 30, solidarity activists held another demo last Friday outside Anatot. This time, there was a heavy police presence.

Members of Via Campesina, a Brazilian farmers union, discuss plans for a conference in Hebron with the the Union of Agricultural Work Committees and other Palestinian grassroots social movements.

Six Palestinian activists Tuesday attempted to board Jerusalem bound buses in the West Bank as part of an action to draw parallels between opposition to the Occupation & the US Civil Rights Movement. The activists were able to board a bus, but were removed & arrested at Hizmeh checkpoint into Jerusalem, interrogated by the Shabak, & then released.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

In this Breaking The Silence video, an ex-soldier talks about using tear gas against demonstrators.

Demos took place in Bilin, Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh & al Walaje.

An activist shows his life: anti-Occupation demos in the morning, a rave in the evening.

Activists in Susia help Palestinians harvest olives, with the IDF watching. Two settlers show up. A settler with a dog steals a sack of olives, & gets the dog to grab another sack. The border police are called, but they do nothing. The soldiers & police close the olive grove to the activists & farmers. A settler takes a last sack of olives.

Activists have called for demos today at Anatot to protest settler violence.

The Israeli Supreme Court has upheld former Pres. Moshe Katsav’s rape conviction & 7 year prison sentence.

Russia has warned Israel about attacking Iran.

Israel's threats to attack Iran have increased tensions between the two countries.

David Frost interviews Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, the PM & foreign minister of Qatar, about Palestine.

The Palestinians have decided to push for full statehood at the UN & nothing else.

Al Jazeera reports on the attempt to break the Gaza siege.

The Real News has this report on the continuing siege of Gaza & the failure of the recent aid ships to break it.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

Again, demos took place in Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin, Beit Ommar, & Bilin.

Social Justice demonstrators take to the streets of Tel Aviv again.

Alternative Information Center visits 100 African-Palestinians living near Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

The IDF demolishes power lines going to the village of Umm Fagarah near Hebron.

Israelis & Palestinians again protest against settlements in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jerrah.

The only Hamas senior leader released in the prisoner swap vows to fight on for Palestine.

A ceasefire with Hamas falls apart when militants fire rockets into Israel & Israel responds with bombing.

Israel prepares for a nuclear Iran by test firing a ballistic missile & holding an evacuation drill for Tel Aviv.

The reaction from the US & Israel was swift & negative.

UNESCO votes to accept Palestine as a member state.

The CBC reports that the Canadian & Irish aid ships bound to Gaza have been boarded by Israeli Marines & are now being towed to Ashdod, where the activists on board the two vessels will be questioned by Israel police & then deported to their countries.

Here are more videos on the two boats, the Canadian Tahrir & the Irish Saoirse.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

Ilan Pappe & Rafeef Ziadah talk about BDS at the University of London Student Union (ULU).

Ashraf Abu Rahmah grouses about the Fatah lead demo in Bilin (see below) leading to the burning of more trees before he is arrested by the IDF.

Demos take place in Ma'asara, Beit Ommar, & Bilin.

Clinton Bailey talks about studying the Bedouins of the Negev & Sinai.

Gaza holds an entrepreneurship fair for youths.

The Israeli siege of Gaza has caused conditions to deteriorate.

Turkey has increased its' aid to Gaza since the Mavi Marmara incident.

Jewish settlers attack another group of Israeli solidarity activists as they helped with the olive harvest in Jalud. Richard Silverstein has more on the incident.

PM Netanyahu offers help to Turkey after the recent earthquake.

Shimon Peres welcomes Gilad Shalit home. Sorry for the lame music.

Nabi Saleh celebrates the release of three cousins (Ahmed, Ahlam and Nizar Tamimi) from Israeli prison. Ahlam was exiled to Jordan for her part in the Sbarro bombing.

After the Hamas Shalit prisoner swap, Israel has traded 25 Egyptians for Ilan Grapel, a 27-year-old US-Israeli citizen who was accused of spying.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

's reply to the charge Occupy Wall Street is antisemitic.

Demos took place in Beit Ommar & Nabi Saleh.

The Palestine Solidarity Project is giving tours of the occupied West Bank.

In Bilin, last Friday was olive harvest time.

Many of the freed Palestinians are traumatized by their treatment in prison.

Gilad Schalit is flown by helicopter to Mitzpe Hila.

Palestinian prisoners are reunited with their families in Gaza.

Gaza gives 400 Palestinian prisoners a joyous welcome.

Gilad Shalit returns to Israel.

Palestinian prisoners considered too dangerous by Israel were released to Qatar, Turkey, Jordan and Syria.

Palestinians celebrate the release of prisoners in the West Bank.

Samud Karaja is released to her family in the West Bank.

Hamas representative Osama Hamdan discusses the accusation of murder against the swapped Palestinian prisoners.

On Tuesday, Galid Shalit is released to Egypt.

Palestinians await their relatives in Gaza.

On Monday, the process begins.

Gazans have mixed feelings on swap.

Al Jazeera explains the terms of the prisoner swap.

Israelis filed suit to block the swap.

Some Israelis reacted unfavorably to the prisoner swap.

Two opinions on the why of the Shalit prisoner swap. The Real News presents the opinion that the swap is both Netanyahu's & Hamas' attempt to cut into Fatah's prestige for pushing for statehood in the UN.

Richard Silverstein claims Netanyahu did the prisoner swap with Hamas because he wanted to get Shalit back before he orders the Israeli airforce to attack Iran. More here, here & here.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

This lady has a black belt in sarcasm.

In Jab`a, the IDF demolishes a Palestinian's house.

In Beit Ommar, a 20 year old was shot in the shoulder.

Demos took place in Ni'lin . . .

in Yatta,

& Nabi Saleh.

An aid convoy delivers $1 million in medical supplies to Gaza.

Gaza farmers are banned by Hamas from selling palm tree fronds to Israel.

Jews & Arabs protest the 'price tag' vandalizing of a Muslim cemetery & a Christian cemetery in Jaffa.

Squadron 100 (The Flying Camel Squadron) monitors the border of Gaza & Egypt.

The band Roxette is scheduled to play in Tel Aviv & the BDS campaign demands they cancel.

Some PA officials say Tony Blair should resign.

The West Bank olive harvest leads to Israeli imposed restrictions on Palestinian farmers due to settler attacks.

Activists demonstrate outside Ofer prison in solidarity with the prisoner hunger strike.

Activists in Gaza, Israel, & the West Bank fast in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike.

4500 Palestinian prisoners continue their hunger strike started on Sept. 27.

Families in Gaza prepare for the prisoner swap.

The Shalit family welcomes the coming release of their son.

Netanyahu & Hamas have agreed to a prisoner swap: over 1,000 Hamas prisoners for Gilad Shalit, the Israel soldier who was captured in 2006 near Gaza.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

Palestinians in Israeli jails go on a hunger strike to protest their treatment.

A group of French Catholics are given a tour of the settlements surrounding Beit Ommar.

Last Friday, there were demos in Nabi Saleh & Ni'lin.

Gazans support a hunger strike of Palestinians in Israeli jails.

The Gaza siege leads to polluted aquifer & unsafe drinking water.

The Israeli siege & unemployment is leading to a baby boom in Gaza.

Oktoberfest is celebrated in Taybeh in the West Bank.

Congress withholds $200 million in aid to Palestine because of the statehood bid.

Two videos on Sec. of Defense Panetta's visit to Israel.

Deputy FM Danny Ayalon rejects Palestinian objections to new settlements in the Jerusalem suburb of Gilo.

A gag order was placed on the case of a religious student accused of burning a mosque in northern Israel, and then partially lifted.

Thousands protest the relocation plan for Bedouins in the Negev.

Gazans filing claims against the IDF are appealing the increase of filing fees to $100,000 per claim to the Israel Supreme Court.

This trailer shows the struggle of Sheikh Jerrah, where Israeli activists help Palestinians ejected from their homes to make way for Jewish settlements.

This Monday, the City of Tel Aviv cleared out the tent city on Rothschild Boulevard.

A Palestinian farmer who had his land annexed by the Anatot settlement goes to work it, accompanied by a group of Israeli solidarity activists. They are attacked by settlers, & Richard Silverstein covers it here, here, here, here, and here.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

The Palestinian organization Al Haq presents two Virtual Field visits, looking at Israeli human rights violations.

The siege of Gaza has crippled its' shipbuilding industry.

Handicapped Gazans make & sell handicrafts to support themselves.

Gazans protest the IDF's buffer zones.

In Gaza, journalists celebrate the international day of solidarity with Palestinian journalists.

Demos are held in Nabi Saleh . .

& in Ni'lin.