Friday, May 25, 2012

Israel/Palestine News


Retired and outgoing Israeli security officers criticize the push for war with Iran.

Gazans celebrate the end to Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike.

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

A settler attacks an activist & breaks his camera in the South Hebron Hills.

Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria are held in deplorable conditions in Jordan.

Naji Tamimi, a 49 year-old activist from the village of Nabi Saleh, is arrested at a protest at a checkpoint in Ni'ilin.

Right-wing Israeli politician Michael Ben-Ari says the Israel government is causing African refugees to come to Israel (who he wants to round up & expel) by selling weapons to their governments & causing war.

Interior Minister Eli Yisha gives his views about the rights of foreign workers in Israel.

A riot broke out in South Tel Aviv as a march against Sudanese refugees turned violent.

At a previous march . . .

Right wing Israelis & settlers celebrate Jerusalem Day, the day in 1967 when Israel captured East Jerusalem.  Israeli activists & Palestinians held a small counter demonstration.

Israeli settlers come to a Palestinian village in the West Bank & start to throw stones.  Palestinians come out & throw stones back.  The IDF shows up, then the settlers open fire with M-16s & pistols.  A Palestinian man is wounded in the face.

The raw footage from B'Tselem.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Israel/Palestine News


The Real News reports on two demos where the police in Tel Aviv started targeting 'ringleaders' for arrest.

Demos took place in Nabi Saleh & Beit Ommar.

Fighters trapped in the Church of the Nativity & then expelled to Gaza mark their 10th anniversary.

Palestinians & Israelis protest the Nakba or catastrophe with demos & rallies.

A video of the settlers from Havat Maon, south of Hebron.  One day, settler children & adults throw stones at farmers & activists.  The next day, 19 olive trees are found destroyed.

Palestinian prisoners ended their hunger strike after coming to an agreement with the Israeli authorities.

Demos occurred  in solidarity with the prisoners before the agreement.

Gazans debate the agreed end to the hunger strike.

Before the end of the hunger strike, Israeli & Palestinian activists blocked the entrance to a settlement in a solidarity action.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Israel/Palestine News


Palestine Studies TV talks with Professor of Sociology, Bernard Sabella, of Bethlehem University, about Christian Palestinians.

Demos took place in Nabi Saleh, Ofer, & Beit Ommar.

The IDF occupied the streets & roofs of Beit Ommar to shoot teargas & rubber bullets at protesters.

The IDF harasses Palestinians trying to enter & leave Beit Ommar.

The Gaza siege depletes the bee industry.

Israelis were surprised to find out that the early elections promised by Netanyahu have been replaced with a new coalition with the centrist party Kadima.

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are on hunger strike to protest Israel's policies towards them.  Here are several videos.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Israel/Palestine News


Demos took place in Beit Hanin & Ofer.

Shepherds & activists in Yanun are harassed by settlers & the IDF.

IDF soldiers shoot at Gazan farmers as they try to harvest crops.

West Bank Palestinian Christians comment on the remarks Ambassador to the US Michael Oren made to Sixty Minutes.

A new wall is being built on the border between Lebanon & Israel.  Inside Story asks if walls help or hurt Israel.

Danny, maybe it would help relations with Palestinians if they could get resident cards or building permits easily, or if the settlers who took over Palestinian houses were evicted & the houses returned.

The Jaber family of Hebron was surprised to learn they inspired Peter Beinart to write The Crisis of Zionism.

Residents of El Araqib demonstrate against the Jewish National Fund again.

PM will accept early elections:
Sources close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday morning that he would not hesitate to hold early elections, following statements over the weekend from four political parties indicating an accelerated push to advance polling dates. . . .
Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman said on Saturday that his party was no longer obligated to the coalition. . . .
Other opposition party leaders were not waiting for answers from Netanyahu, as Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich and Meretz head Zehava Gal-On both proposed bills to dissolve the Knesset


PM Netanyahu has been criticized for his push for war with Iran by members of the Israeli security establishment.  How will this affect his re-election?
A Prisoner Solidarity Conference takes place in Jerusalem attended by 150 people in support of Palestinian hunger strikers.

The Hummus Enforcement Agency is a film by Eran Vered, who explores what would happen if Israel suddenly outlaws the possession & sale of hummus.

Gazans have set up a tent to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israel.

Cancer seems to have increased in Gaza.

The Real News interviews Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert about the continuing humanitarian crisis in Gaza caused by the Israeli siege.