Friday, March 30, 2012

Israel/Palestine News


Palestinians replant olive trees in Ni'ilin to replace trees bulldozed for the Wall.

Demos in al-Maasra, Ni'ilin, & Nabi Saleh.

Settlers in the South Hebron hills harass Palestinian shepherds & Jewish activists one week, then are barred by the IDF the next.

A Gaza surgeon was able to do an unique operation despite the siege.

The power shortage in Gaza has killed a child which depended on electrical equipment to breathe.

Bahaa al-Farra. a runner from Gaza, is headed to the 2012 Olympics in London.

Two videos about the hunger strike of Hana al-Shalabi.  She has agreed to end her hunger strike, but will be exiled to Gaza for three years.

Inside Story asks how can Israel claim to be the only democracy in the region & violate Palestinians' human rights?

Al Jazeera's Cal Perry visits Israel's oldest communal settlement, Kibbutz Nachshon.

Israel now has the world's highest per capita rate of medical marijuana use.

Shaul Mofaz is elected new head of the Kadima party over Tzipi Livni.

Marchers protest against an Israeli attack on Iran in Tel Aviv.
On Israel's version of Big Brother, Saar Szekely starts a debate about the Occupation.

Tawfiq Abu Naeem, one of the prisoners released in 2011 in the swap for Gilad Shalit, in Gaza urges the people of the world to take place in the Global March to Jerusalem for Land Day.

As part of Land Day, Palestinians living in Issawiya and A-Tur plant olive trees on land the Municipality of Jerusalem  has zoned as national parkland.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Israel/Palestine News

Activists demonstrate outside the Brooklyn Academy of Music to protest a performance of the Batsheva Dance Troupe.

Two videos of a demo in Nabi Saleh.

IDF soldiers go on a night raid in Nabi Saleh.

B'tselem posts a video of a Palestinian being attacked by an IDF dog.

For a month, Gazans have suffered a shortage of fuel, leading to power outages & cold homes.

Gazans celebrate Rachel Corrie on the 9th anniversary of her death.

Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation (PYALARA) and Save the Children UK celebrate the end of a road safety program in Gaza with an impromptu parade.

In a Tel Aviv bar, Shaul Mofaz campaigns to be the next Kadima leader with a speech stating he will form a unity government with Likud (but without Netanyahu.)

Jerusalem Post reporter Yaakov Lappin explains that Palestinian armed groups are trying to intimidate Israel from making preemptive strikes in Gaza.(3:12)

Despite new conflict in South Sudan, Israel is beginning to deport refugees back to the new country.

The Alternative Information Center speaks to YMCA Rehabilitation Program Director Nader Abu Amsha about the psychological effects of detention on Palestinian children.

The Real News covers the hunger strike of Hanaa Shalabi, who is protesting her detention without  charge.  A doctor from Physicians for Human Rights says after 36 days, she is in immediate danger.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Israel/Palestine News

Ta'ayush posted this video of them escorting Palestinian shepherds in the South Hebron hills, where they were harassed by the IDF & border police.

Demos took place in Nabi Saleh, Bilin, Ni'ilin, & Kfer Qaddum.

On International Women's Day, there were protests at Qalandia & in Gaza.

Suha Barghouti, the Chair of the Palestinian NGO network, discusses women's roles in Palestinian popular resistance, past & future.

Al Jazeera interviews Rabbi Dovid Weiss, a member of Neturei Karta, an anti-Zionist group of Haredi Jews.

Amihai Mazar,a head Israeli archaeologist, explains how the historical record doesn't back up what is written in the Old Testament. 

Gazans mark Israel Apartheid Week.

An aid convoy enters Gaza.

Gazans face a shortage of cooking gas.

The Jerusalem mayor issues a statement of reassurance after a Palestinian teenager stabbed a 19 year old female soldier on the light rail.  The Palestinian youth was arrested at Qalandia checkpoint as he tried to return to the West Bank.

As dozens of workers erected white plastic tents across Sacher Park in preparation for Jerusalem’s second annual marathon on Friday, municipal workers demolished and removed the last shacks on the edge of the park, which since last June have housed over 30 homeless families protesting against the lack of public housing. “My God, I can’t believe it… Can you believe how hard we worked to build this?” asked Oshrit Ben-David, watching with tears in her eyes as a crane removed the wooden shack where she has lived with her husband and two children, aged 4 and 6, since last summer.
“They are destroying a tent made of trash, while they’re building tents for eight hours that cost eight million shekels,” said her husband, Sharon Ben- David, as he sorted through the rubble and found childrens’ books and toys.
Middle East Matters
Israel. Gaza militants and the Israeli air force continued to exchange fire today, despite an Egyptian-mediated truce announced on Tuesday. Israel struck two militant sites in response to rocket fire on southern Israel, and militants retaliated by firing two rockets into Israel. Violence erupted last Friday after Israel killed two senior militants from the Popular Resistance Committees. Israel claimed the militants were en route to conduct a terrorist attack. Over the ensuing four days, Islamic Jihad launched at least two hundred rockets into southern Israel, wounding three. Israel forces conducted thirty air strikes, killing twenty-three Palestinians. Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system successfully shot down 77 percent of the incoming rockets it perceived as a threat. An Israeli official suggested the Iron Dome’s performance over the last week could be seen as a “mini-drill” for how Israel’s Arrow II defense system might handle an Iranian attack.

Israelis take shelter from rockets in Ashdod.

Israelis protest the airstrikes in Gaza in front of the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv.

An Israeli asks Senior Editor Paul Jay of the Real News why don't Americans hear the Palestinian viewpoint in their news.

Palestinians feel frustrated as the world pays attention to Israel & Iran rather than to the on going Occupation.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Israel/Palestine News


Film maker Abeer Haddad releases Duma, a film about sexual assault in Palestine.

Demos took place in Bilin & Nabi Saleh.

A school in California wrote to the Khan Al Ahmar school in the West Bank after hearing the school was slated for demolition.

To mark International Women's Day, the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations highlights the hunger strike of administrative detainee Hana Shalabi.

Cold weather causes problems for Gazans.

Palestinians originally from the village of Lifta near Jerusalem abandoned during the Naqba  now live near Hebrew University.

It snows in Jerusalem.

Al Jazeera's The Stream looks at whether the Israel Lobby is recruiting minority students to nullify human rights complaints.

AIPAC held its' annual meeting in Washington.  Here are several videos on what took place.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Israel/Palestine News

TAMIMI: Can I ask why you are searching?
IDF SOLDIER: Yes. Because we want peace . . and you are throwing stones on our roads. . .
TAMIMI: . . I think this road is ours, not yours.

Demos took place in Hebron & Nabi Saleh.

The Palestinian struggle against Israel's seizure of land & water in the Jordan Valley is documented.

Gazans mark the anniversary of the establishment of the DFLP.

PressTV reports PA head Abbas is considering cutting all ties with Israel & calling for a popular uprising.

West Bank Palestinian prisoners are boycotting military courts.

David Sheen explores racial discrimination in Israel in four segments.

David Sheen ties current discrimination against African refugees to the story of the African Hebrew Israelites, who migrated to Israel in the '60s & '70s & settled around Dimona.

The Tal law in Israel exempts the Ultra-Orthodox from military service. The Jerusalem Post discusses the politics of the law, which the Supreme Court has ruled invalid.

Gaza students protest for the protection of Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

In Jerusalem, police & Muslims clash repeatedly at Al Aqsa mosque, with rumors of right wing Israelis plotting to seize it increasing tensions.

Israelis & immigrants protest against the deportation of families in Tel Aviv.

The Real News explains how clearing Bedouins from the Negev desert in Israel is part of a plan to create a belt of Jewish settlements starting in Galilee, going thru the West Bank, & ending in the Negev.