Saturday, March 26, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

In Australia, activists are targeting the L'Oreal Fashion Festival in Melbourne as part of the BDS campaign.

Israeli solidarity activists & Palestinians farmers were planting olive trees to replace old ones ripped out by settlers from Mt. Hebron. Settlers show up, driving sheep onto the land. The IDF is called, soldiers & border police show up & tell everyone to leave, the area is a closed military zone. The soldiers don't do much to the settlers, but throw concussion grenades at the Palestinians. The border police arrest a boy & two adults. One of the adults has to be taken away by ambulance after he loses consciousness. After the soldiers & police leave, the settlers return with the sheep, driving them onto a Palestinian farmers wheat field.

Bilin residents, Israelis, & internationals (including wheelchair bound Jody McIntyre) demonstrate once again this Friday at the Wall.

At a demo in Al-Ma'asara, near Bethlehem, the IDF turns the marchers back & then flings concussion grenades at them.

I don't get it. Who is Art? Is he one of the musicians, or someone else? ;>)

Israeli activists help Palestinians repair a cistern in Susya on March 19 (it had been bulldozed by the IDF.)

There was a bombing at a bus stop in Jerusalem on March 23, & this is a rather graphic video of the aftermath.

Last Friday, a group of youths continued their demonstration for national unity in Bethlehem.

From March 15, another view of the unity rally in Gaza. The guys with the green flags are Hamas supporters.

From last Friday, protesters take to the streets & fields on An Nabi Salih.

From January 2010, B'tselem shows Gaza teenagers working in the tunnels.

The village of Al-Nu'man was annexed to Israel as part of East Jerusalem in 1967. But its' Palestinian residents were issued only West Bank IDs, making them illegal residents in Jerusalem.

Palestinian community leaders comment on the closing of 25 community centers by Israel in Jerusalem.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

Canada's military support & trade with Israel is looked at in this video.

Each day, Palestinians enter Israel illegally from the West Bank, & each day la migra ICE the border police round them up & deport them to the Occupied Territories.

How the Gaza siege damages the livelihoods of fishermen.

The situation in Hebron is shown, where a Palestinian market has been shut down so Israeli settlers may walk the streets near their settlement.

The history of the Jewish National Fund in Israel is explored in this video.

Israeli soldiers refuse to allow a pregnant woman to pass on her way to the hospital.

The villagers of Al-Araqib & their supporters held a vigil & planted olive trees at their village on Sat. March 12.

Skeikh Jarrah had its' weekly demo for March 11.

Here is the weekly demo in Bilin.

In Bilin, Abdullah Abu Rahmah was released March 14 after serving 16 months in an Israeli prison.

In the Jordan Valley, Israel has demolished every building except a mosque in Khirbet Tana, a Bedouin village.

On March 15, there were demonstrations throughout the West Bank & in Gaza that called for unity between Fatah & Hamas (among other things.)

The Palestine News Network had this story on the demonstrations.

The demonstrators in Gaza faced arrest from Hamas' security:

We, the Palestinian youth of the Gaza Strip, answered this call, and poured onto the streets in the hundreds of thousands to non-violently protest our current predicament. Sadly, we were met with repression from those forces that claim to be achieving our liberation and we have been under Hamas attacks ever since March 15 for the crime of asking for new elections to hasten the long overdue creation of an independent Palestinian state.

Our demands were made and all political parties in Gaza joined us. We suddenly found Hamas internal security attacking us wherever we went, even within Al Azhar University. They entered the university and injured dozens of students who were protesting peacefully inside their own institution.

Many of us have now taken shelter in the UNRWA headquarters. We are asking for UNRWA protection for the youth who are protesting in the Gaza Strip now. We ask too that the international community recognize our rights as human being to freedom, equality and safety whether under Hamas or PA rule, as well as under occupation or as citizens of Israel.

There was also a demonstration in Jerusalem on March 15.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

Al Jazeera's Riz Khan interviews Roger Waters of Pink Floyd about his campaign to tear down the Wall.

Last Friday in Sheikh Jarrah, special forces Border Police wearing masks brutalized demonstrators & arrested three activists. When they appeared before a judge, all charges were dismissed. More videos of the event can be seen here, here, & here.

Israelis demonstrate in Tel Aviv after the government orders deported the students portrayed in the 2011 Oscar winning documentary Strangers No More.

This video was posted on the internet, calling for mass demos on March 15 in Gaza & the West Bank.

On behalf of the Palestinian Arab people, on the blood of the martyrs, widows and bereaved, orphans and thousands of prisoners in Israeli jails and all our people in the Palestinian diaspora, we call on all the Palestinian factions to unite under the banner of Palestine, in order to reform the political system in Palestine, based on the interests and aspirations of the Palestinian people in the homeland and the diaspora . . . .
From here we call on the governments of the West Bank and Gaza to respond to the legitimate demands of the people:
1 - the release all political detainees in the prisons of the PA and Hamas
2 - the end of all forms of media campaigns against each others
3 - the resignation of the governments of Haniyeh and Fayyad to re-build a government of national unity agreed by all Palestinian factions representing the Palestinian people.
4 - the restructuring of the Palestine Liberation Organization to contain all the Palestinian factions and get back to its initial aim: Palestine's freedom
5 - the announcement of the freeze of negotiations until the full compatibility between the various Palestinian factions on a political program
6 - the end of all forms of security coordination with the Zionist enemy
7 - the organization of presidential and parliamentary elections simultaneously in the time chosen by all the factions

Events will start on Tueseday, 03/15/2011 at 11:30 pm and will continue until the achievement of all goals. We will be gathering in the following places (modifications possible):
Gaza: the Unknown Soldier Square
Ramallah: Manara Square
Tulkarm: Roundabout Gamal Abdel Nasser
Jenin: complex of garages near the old Cinema Jenin
Hebron: in front of the governor's office
Bethlehem: Church of the Nativity Square
Nablus: Martyrs Square
Jordan and Lebanon: no location yet
All over the world: in front of the Palestinian embassies, in coordination with the Palestinian communities abroad.

Gaza fishermen have suffered under the Israeli siege.

Gaza youth protest (anonymously) the Israeli siege, Hamas, & International indifference.

Today there was another demo in Bilin, even as the birds flew home for Spring.

In football (soccer) news, Palestine hosts Thailand in Ramallah in a qualifying match for the 2012 Olympics (the Thais cleaned their clock.)

In Lod in Israel, there was a vigil to protest house demolitions against Palestinian Israelis.

For International Women's Day, Palestinians focused on the occupation & how it effects Palestinian women.

March 8 was International Women's Day. In Israel, over 40 events commemorated it. Dorit Abramovitch discusses feminism in Israel.

Another view of the Palestinian demonstration Feb. 28 telling the Palestinian Authority they are being dismissed.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Israel/Palestine News

Young Palestinians demonstrate against Mahmoud Abbas and the PA in DC on Feb. 28.

Palestinian student from Gaza killed in Libya.

Gazans slam Holocaust lessons in UNRWA schools.

In Gaza, Palestinian women play key role in politics.

Max Blumenthal highlights the opinions of some of his neighbors on Ben Yehuda St. in Jerusalem.

In Hebron on Feb. 25, over 1000 Palestinians, Israelis & internationals demonstrated against the continued closure of Shuhada street to Palestinians.

In the South Hebron Hills, Israeli activists try to help Palestinian farmers against harassment by settlers, police & IDF soldiers.

The demo in Bilin this Friday was in celebration of the founding of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP.)

There was a demo in Ni'ilin last Friday.

Also last Friday, there was another demonstration in An Nabi Salih.

IDF soldiers have established a lookout post on the roof of an apartment building in Silwan.

Activists say the demonstrations in Sheikh Jarrah have revived the Israeli left.

J Street held its' second annual conference in Washington Dc on Feb. 26 thru Feb. 28. The following video is of journalist Mona Eltahawy speaking on a panel on Arab democracy movements.

A young Gazan confronts an Israeli member of the Knesset at the J Street conference.

Medea Benjamin of Code Pink gives her view of the J Street conference.