Friday, January 28, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Last Saturday, ten thousand Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv against anti-democratic initiatives by the Knesset & current government, specifically the formation of a Knesset committee to investigate 'left-wing' organizations.
Representatives of various opposition parties spoke at the event. Hadsh MK Mohammad Barakeh told the crowd that though some people hoped that the occupation would "remain outside the 1967 borders," this idea was proved wrong. "The occupation corrupted Israel," said Barakeh.
MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) said that it’s too easy to blame [Israel Beitenu's Avigdor] Lieberman and [Shas'] Eli Yisahy for the current unti-democratic trends. "It is Binyamin Netanyahu’s government that initiates the racist and anti-democratic laws," said Horowitz. He later attacked Labor party and Defense Minister Ehud Barak for taking part "in the most racist government in Israel’s history."
. . . MK Meir Sheetrit of Kadima, former Justice and interior minister, advised human rights organizations not to cooperate with the planned Knesset committee that would look into their actions and financial sources. The committee has no legal or moral authority, said Sheetrit.
Haaretz also covered the demo.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
From last year in Susya in South Hebron: settlers begin to plow land owned by Palestinians. Activists & the land owners stop the plowing, then two more settlers come rushing up, one brandishing a pistol. The police are called. Police & soldiers show up, along with more settlers, who start singing & dancing. Finally, the IDF shows the activists an order declaring the land an off limits military zone. The activists have to leave. They do, as a settler makes a veiled threat.
The next video marks some sad news about Rabbi Menachem Froman, the religious leader of the settlement Tekoa in the West Bank, who crafted a ceasefire with Hamas in 2008 that the Israeli government did not join. Richard Silverstein reports on his website the Rabbi has cancer. This is a celebration in song & Torah study by the Rabbi & his disciples.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
This is the birthday party for Myar Burnat, the daughter of the head of Bilin's Popular Committee of the Resistance. This is on May 28, 2010. The videographer finally dug this out of his vaults. The Palestinians have sparklers! Cakes! Popcorn! Corn on the cob! Music! What a shindig!