Friday, July 27, 2012

Israel/Palestine News


Moshe Silman, who set himself on fire at a Tel Aviv social justice protest, has died, inspiring more protests for social justice.

The death of senior leader  Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv was mourned by Ultra Orthodox Jews at a funeral in Jerusalem.

PM Netanyahu talks to his cabinet about Syria, the Bulgaria bombing, & universal service in Israel.

Next, we have several videos showing settlers from Havat Maon harassing Palestinian shepherds & Israeli activists in the South Hebron Hills.

Dr. Ziyad Thabet Assistant Deputy Minister of Education discusses problems in education in Gaza in two videos.

Fadel Abu Warda tells how he was arrested by the Israeli Navy while fishing three miles off the coast of Gaza.

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

In this video, a border policeman headbutts 17 year old Thair Ghanam (1:04 in video) in Hebron before arresting him. The Palestinian youth was taken to a military base where he was released.  He then went to 'Aaliya hospital  where they treated him for a broken nose.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Israel/Palestine News


Palestine Studies TV discusses how the US Senate tried to change the US definition of a Palestinian refugee.

PM Netanyahu calls the bomb blast that killed Israeli tourists in Bulgaria the work of Iran.  Others disagree.

Thousands of Ultra Orthodox Jews protest against conscription again in Jerusalem.

Maoz Zion residents (Mizrahi Jews) complain about delays by firefighters in battling a blaze near their town.

Writer Yossi Gurvitz talks about "When Israel Is Mighty."

Secretary of State Clinton stops in Israel during a Mid-East tour.

Demonstrations for social justice increase after Moshe Silman, a homeless man, sets himself on fire at a protest in Tel Aviv.  He died from his burns Friday July 20.

Kadima has resigned from the coalition government over Netanyahu's stance on reforming the universal conscription law to include religious Jews.

A demo takes place in Ni'ilin.

Activist's are harassed by a SUV in the South Hebron Hills.

Gaza's construction industry is booming, despite the siege.

The IDF conducted a night raid in Nabi Saleh.

Israeli activists rally in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank in a show of support for Palestinians, who have been denied water by the IDF:
Background: In recent weeks, with the warming of the weather, the Miltary's Government's Civil Administration is resorting to creative and wicked means in order to deny water to the Palestinians in the Jordan Valley and deny them water. Already for many years, Palestinians in the Jordan Valley are not allowed to connect their houses to flowing water – having to bring in water by tankers, at a far higher price than of piped water. Recently, however, a large number of these water tankers were confiscated by the Civil Administration with the excuse of a suspicion of their having been used to commit a crime – i.e. "the theft of water". In this way, hundreds of people were consigned to thirst, among them hundreds of babies, children, elderly and sick – in the hottest time of the year, at the hottest part of the country. Another way to harass the Palestinian residents is an "expulsion for a limited time" in order to make place for military exercises.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Israel/Palestine News


Activists march in Tel Aviv in a social justice protest.

PM Netanyahu & Kadima Party head Shaul Mofaz agreed on a team to draft an universal service law.

Akiva Orr talks about the differences between secular & religious Jews.

Former PM Ehud Olmert is cleared of bribery & corruption charges, but is convicted of granting favors to a colleague.

An African refugee & his pregnant wife are burned in an arson attack in Jerusalem.

Al Jazeera 's The Stream talks to Clayton Swisher about his story of Arafat being poisoned with polonium.

Demos took place in Nabi Saleh & Ni'ilin.

Two videos look at the effect the Wall has on rural Palestinians & their farms.

Jordan is criticized for discriminating against Palestinians fleeing the strife in Syria.

A Gazan mother talks about an Israeli airstrike that killed her young son.

Eritrean refugees on their way to Israel face hardships in Egypt's Sinai.

Due to the overthrow of Mubarak, the Egyptian government is promising to open the Rafah border crossing into Gaza on a 24 hour basis.  Gazans now can visit Egypt during regular business hours, a reversal of Egypt's policy of enforcing the Israeli blockade.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Israel/Palestine News


Sandra Tamari tells Palestine Studies TV how she was denied entry to Israel because she was Palestinian-American.

Demos took place in Ni'ilin & Nabi Saleh.

Mark Brailsford, Senior Protection Coordinator at UNRWA, talks about refugees & the Occupation.

Gaza children celebrate in Freedom Hall in Beit Lahia.

 Author Akiva Orr explains how the State of Israel came to define who is a Jew.

Al-haq looks at how the Wall has effected East Jerusalem Palestinians.

Professor Esther Herzog recalls how Israeli NGOs used the program of assimilation of Ethiopian Jews to Israel for their own purposes.

Social justice marchers take part in three events in Tel Aviv: an alternative to 'White Night', a beach protest, & a march.

Two border police ambush a Palestinian boy in Hebron.

The big news this week is that Al Jazeera Network has broadcast an investigation that shows that Yasser Arafat apparently was poisoned with polonium, causing his death.