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.

Two videos cover the funeral of Issam Odeh in Kusra, near Nablus, who was killed with a rubber bullet by the IDF as he defended his village against settler attacks.

In Beit Shemesh, parents hold a unity rally for a girl's school.

Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman criticizes Turkey's prime minister at a party rally.

Israel announces expansion of settlements in East Jerusalem just before the Abbas speech.

Mouin Rabbani, a Middle East analyst discusses Palestinian reconciliation & what's next for the Palestinian statehood bid.

Palestinians react jubilantly to the Abbas speech, both in Ramallah & Hebron.

Tony Blair comments on the Quartet proposal issued because of the statehood bid.

Finance minister Yuval Steinitz warns Israel will take economic measures against the Palestinians for the statehood bid.

Senior Hams official Osama Hamdan explains why Hamas does not support Abbas' bid for statehood.

Israel's deputy FM Danny Ayalon comments on the bid for statehood at the UN.

(Here's part 2 of Abbas' speech on Al Jazeera.)

The Real News gives an overview of the speeches of Abbas & Netanyahu.