Friday, December 27, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

Israel has launched air raids against Gaza, & the lone power plant in Gaza is shut down for lack of fuel.

"A 14 year-old Palestinian boy has been killed after being run over by an Israeli settler near Jerusalem al-Quds.
Amin Musa al-Fakeer was critically wounded on Saturday and transferred to hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to his family, Amin was on his way to buy goods and was travelling with his donkey when he was run over by an Israeli from the Maale Adumim settlement. Amin's family is still awaiting the Israelis to return his body to Bedouin camp Anata where they live."

The IDF uses military banning orders to keep Israeli activists from helping Palestinian farmers.

Christians find it hard to get to Bethlehem due to the Occupation.

The peace talks are threatened by Israel's intention of building two thousand more settlements in Jerusalem & the West Bank, & the EU issues warnings.

Demos take place in Bilin & Nabi Saleh.

Samer al Issawi is released from an Israeli prison after a long hunger strike.

B'tselem highlights its work.

Israel has annexed a disputed offshore oil field that Lebanon planned to explore for gas & oil.

African refugees & their supporters protest a new law ordering their roundup & detention in holding camps.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

Hamas sponsors the Jerusalem Seventh Scientific Conference in Gaza.

Settlers & Palestinians get into a confrontation in Hebron.

UNRWA runs a winter campaign to help Palestinian refugees in the Middle East.

Palestinians hold funerals in Jenin & Qalqilya after the IDF shoots dead Palestinians in each city.

Gazans sit-in to protest the Israeli blockade that keeps fishermen from making a living.

There was a demo in Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem.

Winter storms hit the West Bank & Gaza.

African refugees march on the Knesset in Jerusalem & are attacked & arrested by police.

The American Studies Association has voted to boycott Israel.

Russia Today interviews John Dugard, former special rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Council concerning Palestinian affairs.

Mohammad Assaf, the Gaza born Arab Idol star, is touring the US.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

Severe winter weather adds to Gaza's problems.

Palestinian officials are losing faith in the peace talks.

It snows in Nabi Saleh.

A Palestinian organization says Israel is holding five thousand Palestinian prisoners, including 200 children.

During a night raid in Ni'ilin, the IDF shoots & injures a cameraman.

Demos take place in Ni'ilin & Nabi Saleh.

Settlers & Palestinians argue in Hebron, then the IDF clashes with Palestinians protesting the settlers.

Another outtake from Nissim Mossek's Wild West Hebron.

The Knesset has approved the law allowing the detention & expulsion of African refugees from Israel.

The Israeli & Russian Foreign Ministers met in Moscow.

Young Israelis are emigrating for economic reasons.

The UK & other EU nations are beginning to insist their businesses don't help the Occupation.

Michel Warschawski of the Alternative Information Center criticizes Israel's Left. 

Israel has military censorship, but journalists say self-censorship is a bigger problem in Israeli media.

Phyllis Bennis talks about how she went from Zionist to Anti-Zionist, & discusses current issues concerning Israel & Palestine.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

Members of  Islamic Jihad rally against medical neglect in Israeli prisons just outside the Erez crossing in Northern Gaza.

IDF commander says protecting Palestinian olive trees is not part of his mission.

Security chief of Karmel settlement shoves camera away.

The residents of Umm El Khair have rebuilt their oven to make taboon bread.

The IDF shot dead Antar Shibli Mahmoud al-Aqraa just weeks before his wedding.

Activists visit a village in the South Hebron Hills.

The IDF hits a B'tselem cameraman with a tear gas canister.

The IDF declares Palestinian farmland a closed military zone.

Three young boys object when the IDF arrests their father.

Israel has announced more settlements will be built on Palestinian land despite the peace talks.

Yousef Alhelou talks with the Real News on how blockage of fuel for Gaza's power plant has harmed residents.

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

UNRWA remembers years of service in Gaza with three videos about photographer George Nehmeh.

The IDF bulldozes Palestinian homes & farm buildings in the Jordan Valley.

Activists In Gaza partially break the sea blockade.

A Palestinian rapper comments on Israelis trying to adopt the keffiyeh.

Shadia Mansour and M-1 - The Kufiya is Arab 

'Good morning, cousins.
Come and honor us with your presence.
What would you like us to offer you, Arab blood or tears from our eyes?
 I believe that's how they hoped we would greet them. Look how they grew confused when they realized their mistake.
That's how we wear the kufiya, the black and white kufiya.
They began playing a long time ago by wearing it as a fashion accessory. No matter how creative they become, no matter how they change its color,
an Arab kufiya will remain Arab.
Our kufiya: they want it. Our culture: they want it.
Our dignity: they want it.  Everything that's ours: they want it.
No, we won't be quiet for them. We won't permit them.
No, no. It suits me.
 Thank you. The thing isn't theirs. It's got nothing to do with you.
They mimic us in how they dress. This land is not enough for them.
They're greedy for Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Learn how to say "humanity!"
Before you wear the kufiya, we have come to remind you who we are.
And whether you like it or not, it's our kufiya.

  This is how we wore the kufiya (because of patriotism), the kufiya, the Arab kufiya.
This is how we wore the kufiya (our fundamental identity), the kufiya, the Arab kufiya.
Come on, raise the kufiya (Raise this kufiya for me!), the kufiya, the Arab kufiya.
Raise it, bilaad ash-shaam [Greater Syria, i.e. Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine]! The Arab kufiya will remain Arab.

There is no group like the Arab people.
Show me any nation in the world that's more influential!
The picture is clear. We're the civilization.
Our history and our heritage are the witness to our existence.
In this way, we wore the Palestinian thawb.
From Haifa, Jenin, Jabal an-Nar to Ramallah
Let me see the kufiya, the white and red one.
Let me raise it up to the sky.
I am Shadia the Arab. My tongue stabs like a knife.
My earthquake trembles uncontrollably. My words are a letter.
Record it! I am Shadia Mansour and the kufiya is my identity.

From the day I was created, Sir, and this people is my responsibility.
That's how I was brought up - between the West and East,
between two languages, between the [rich] miser and the poor man.
I saw life from both sides.                                                                                                                         I'm like the kufiy
No matter how you wear me, and wherever you take me off, I will remain as my origin: Palestinian.

This is how we wore the kufiya (because of patriotism), the kufiya, the Arab kufiya.
This is how we wore the kufiya (our fundamental identity), the kufiya, the Arab kufiya.
Come on, raise the kufiya (Raise this kufiya for me!), the kufiya, the Arab kufiya.
Raise it, bilaad ash-shaam [Greater Syria, i.e. Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine]! The Arab kufiya will remain Arab.

M-1 finishes the song with a verse in English

Human rights organizations express concern over Israel joining the UN Human Rights Council.

Protesters in Israel, Palestine & around the world protest the Prawer plan to relocate Bedouins in the Negev.

PM Netanyahu gives Pope Francis a book about the Spanish Inquisition persecuting converted Jews.

French scientists say Yassir Arafat did not die of polonium poisoning.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

Because of rebels in the Sinai, the Egyptian military continues to blow up tunnels & shut down the Rafah border crossing.

The IDF discovers a tunnel from Gaza into Israel.

Settlers protected by the IDF attack Palestinians & solidarity activists in the South Hebron Hills.

Demos took place in Ni'ilin & Nabi Saleh.

City Councillor Sami Abou Shehadeh gives a tour of Jaffa.

We're Not Nice a group associated with the social justice movement meets in South Tel Aviv & remembers the Israeli Black Panthers.

Israelis protest again their government's refusal to abide by the unanimous Supreme Court ruling instructing the state to free  African asylum-seekers it holds in a desert detention camp without access to trials.

Four videos on the Israeli reaction to the Iran nuclear deal.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

A sewage treatment plant floods the streets of Gaza after shutting down for lack of fuel.

Youth Against Settlements post a video from the pro-settlement group Women In Green.
"WiG is a registered non-profit organization founded in 1993. It is opposed to a two-state solution; that is, the creation of a Palestinian state alongside, and mutually recognizant with, Israel. The group particularly opposes the return of land occupied in 1967, and strongly supports Israeli settlement of those territories, which it proposes should be annexed. WiG also opposed Israeli military withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000."

Palestinians & the IDF clash in the West Bank.

The IDF conducts night raids in Bilin & Ni'ilin.

Demos take place in Ni'ilin & Nabi Saleh.

Hamde Abu Rahma tries to keep the IDF from confiscating the picture of his slain cousin Bassem Abu Rahma.

Israeli activist Sahar Vardi talks about how she became a refusenik.

The chief Palestinian negotiators quit as more Israelis & Palestinians push the one state solution.

French President Hollande suggests Palestinians give up the right of return in exchange for Israel ceasing new settlement construction.

Israelis in Kiryat Malachi talk about what life is like in the apartment block that was hit by a Gaza missile one year ago.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

As Yasser Arafat's death is marked by Palestinians, opinions still differ on who caused his death.

A demo takes place in Ni'ilin.

A video revisiting the work of Ezra Nawi & the organization Ta'ayush, then a video of the new Ezramobile.

Delegations of Israeli & Palestinian citizens meet in Jerusalem to talk unofficially about peace.

Avigdor Lieberman is acquitted of fraud & returns to his post as foreign minister.

US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro speaks to the Jewish Federation General Assemble in Jerusalem.

PM Netanyahu speaks to the Jewish Federation General Assemble in Jerusalem, castigating the US-Iran talks.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

After a year of investigations, a Swiss team of doctors state that Yasser Arafat was poisoned with polonium 210.

Settlers & Palestinians argue outside a kindergarten in Hebron.

Palestinians in Hebron clashed with the IDF after the funeral of Anas al-Atrash.   Al-Atrash was shot dead at a checkpoint after he tried to stab a soldier.

'Hundreds of Palestinians on Sunday took part in a funeral procession for a militant who was killed by Israeli tank fire.
Medics said the body of Khaled abu Bakra was unearthed on Saturday (November 2). A Hamas source said three of its men were in the tunnel at the time of the attack and were killed in the blast.  . . . '

Anther demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

Israel is looking for oil inside the West Bank.

David Sheen asks for public funding so he can write a book about African refugees in Israel.

The peace talks between Israel & Palestine continue under US direction.

PM Netanyahu calls for economic integration for Palestinian Israelis, & Shir Hever examines whether this is nothing but a public relations ploy by Israel.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

A Gazan with a camera supplied by B'tselem looks at the Bummer Generation.

The olive harvest in the West Bank brings settler attacks.

Gazans receive the 1st Prize & 2nd Prize in an UNRWA/EU film competition.

The IDF & Border police stop activists & a Palestinian family from reaching farmland.

Christian Zionists think they are doing 'God's Work' helping settlers in the West Bank bring in the harvest.

Demos take place in Nabi Saleh.

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of the current Peace talks.

The Jerusalem Post covers a conference in Kiev concerning an antisemitic prosecution in  Tsarist Russia.

Max Blumenthal talks about his new book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel in five videos.

Texas A&M will establish a campus in Nazareth Israel.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

' In the village of al-Qusra in North of occupied West Bank, dozens of Israeli settlers stormed the village and chopped down nearly two hundred olive trees.They later attacked the villager's houses and farm machinery with stones, causing serious damage.Angry villagers complained and Palestinian security officials detained some of the settlers. But that did not last long as they were forced to release them upon the arrival of Israeli army. The occupying soldiers then fired tear gas at the Palestinian residents.'

Gaza students construct an ozone making device to clean hospital rooms.

A Palestinian youth in Hebron has an epileptic seizure.

Settlers again harass Palestinian shepherds & solidarity activists in the South Hebron Hills.

' A young Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli troops in a cave between the villages of Bilin and Kafr Nima in northwest Ramallah on early Tuesday morning.

Large numbers of Israeli military vehicles had raided an agricultural area in the early morning and subsequently clashed with Muhammad Assi, a 24-year-old Islamic Jihad activist, who had barricaded himself in a cave amidst fields.

Assi was killed following a shoot-out with Israeli forces that lasted a few hours.'

A demo takes place in Bilin.

Mohammed Assaf of Gaza comes out with a new video.

B'tselem again documents the conditions at checkpoints for Palestinians coming into Israel to work.

Israeli activists are arrested again for protesting the detention of African refugees in Saharonim.

At the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference,  Yair Lapid, Tsipi Livni, & Shimon Peres speak.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

Gazans get ready to celebrate Eid al-Adha.

 UNICEF says Israeli forces continue their mistreatment of Palestinian youths during detention.

In Gaza, the PFLP protests the visit of cleric Yusef al Qaradawi because of his support for Syrian rebels.

Palestinians demonstrate in the West Bank in support of hungerstrikers protesting their conditions in Israeli jails.

This year's Eid al-Adha falls at the beginning of the Palestinian olive harvest

Protests take place in Nabi Saleh & Bilin.

Yariv Levin, Coalition Chairman, discusses the new Knesset session.

At an anniversary rally of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination., his grandson calls for a peace settlement.

A new poll shows US Jews are less supportive of Israel.

The Knesset passes the Prawer plan to relocate Bedouins from the Negev.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

Farmers in Gaza are hard hit by the tunnel closures.

A Ta'ayush activist recounts his interactions with the settlers of Othniel in the South Hebron Hills.

A young girl living in the settlement of Psagot was shot & wounded . . .

. . resulting in an IDF raid on the nearby village of al-Bireh.

The IDF killed 3 Palestinians in the Qalandia refugee camp.

An ex-IDF colonel living in a West Bank settlement is killed by Palestinians wielding knives & axes.

The IDF searches the Palestinian village of At Tuwani Sunday night.

Another demo takes place in Bilin.

Activists are booked at the police station in Dimona for protesting the detention of African refugees at the facility holding them.

Israelis protest in Tel Aviv  the ruling of the Supreme Court that released 2,000 imprisoned African refugees.

Eight hundred thousand Israelis mourned the death of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in Jerusalem.  Richard Silverstein gives his view on the man here .

Israel & Egypt both commemorate the Yom Kippur War.

Max Blumenthal & Alex Kane try to question Sheldon Adelson and Elie Wiesel about Israel & Palestine at an event honoring Rwandan strongman Paul Kagame.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

Hamas stages military parades as a signal to Egypt & the Gaza people.

A settler flirts with an activist filming him.

Palestinian-American businessman Bashar Masri is building a planned Palestinian city in the West Bank.

Gazans enter the Israeli buffer zone to protest & are met with teargas & gunshots.

A demo takes place in Ramallah.

Activist Ido Naveh explains his views on African refugees, non-violent resistance, & crime in Tel Aviv.

Canadians Tarek Loubani and John Greyson were on their way to Gaza, when they were arrested at a protest by the Egyptian military.

With the US & Iran softening their stances to each other, hardliners are pushing back, especially Israeli PM Netanyahu.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

Paul Jay of The Real News asks Palestinian activist Rania Masri why she considers Israel an 'enemy state.'

Border police try to stop a bus full of activists from going to Susya.

Palestinian shepherds sing & an activist plays a flute in the South Hebron Hills.

Three settlers damage two olive trees in the South Hebron Hills.

A conference takes place in Susya.

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

Reuters shows scuffles in Hebron in the West Bank & in East Jerusalem at Al Aqsa mosque.

Israel closes the center of Hebron for a week-long Jewish religious festival, leading to clashes with Palestinians, & the shooting death of an Israeli soldier.

Restrictions by the Israeli Navy & now the Egyptian Navy make life tough for Gaza's fishermen.

EU diplomats trying to bring aid to Palestinians who had their village bulldozed in the West Bank, were physically stopped by the IDF & their aid was seized.

Iranian President Hasan Rouhaniin opens the way to negotiations over his country's nuclear activities in a speech at the UN, with the US responding positively & Israel negatively.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

Yousef Alhelou discusses how the Egyptian military government has repeatedly shut down the Rafah border crossing to Gaza.

Israel forces shoot Palestinian boy to death

Israeli settlers burn down a house in the Palestinian village of Madama.

A modeling agency opens in Ramallah.

Gazans protest foreign interference in Syria.

The IDF has bulldozed a Palestinian village in the Jordan Valley.

Israel bombs Gaza after rocket fire.

Activist Meron Estefanos is interviewed about Eritrean refugees in Israel.

Robert Perry discusses Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's statement that Israel would prefer a non-Iranian supported regime in Syria.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Israel/Palestinian News

The closure of smuggling tunnels to Gaza leads to a fuel shortage for Gaza's fishermen.

 Palestinians clash with Israeli forces as hundreds of Jews pray at Joseph's Tomb

Israel is seizing more Palestinian land in the Jordan Valley & East Jerusalem.

Hamas activists in Ramallah protest the peace talks.

AFP News Agency looks at the history of the Wall.

There was a car bombing on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing to Gaza.  Later, the Egyptian army reacts.

Activists get the license number of IDF soldier watching them.

VideoMedia looks at banking in the West Bank.

Demos take place in Bilin & Ni'ilin.