Friday, April 26, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

The Real News reports the PA is spending 28% of its' budget on security forces to suppress more radical opposition to Israel.

Demos take palce in Nabi Saleh & Bilin.

Four videos from the South Hebron Hills: the IDF destroys a cistern; Palestinian farmer finds 120 olive trees destroyed by settlers; activists stop a settler only road from being built; Palestinians are banned from working their land.

500 competitors from 23 different countries participated in the first West Bank marathon, but 14 runners from Gaza were prevented from running by Israel.

A young Gazan sings a song about waiting for his father to get out of an Israeli prison.

To commemorate the death of Bassem Abu Rahma, activists from Bilin first cut a fence outside of Ofer prison, then burn tires at the fence & launch sky lanterns.

Samer al Issawi ends his hunger strike after Israel agrees to release him to his village near Jerusalem after another 8 months.

British journalist Kate Arno caught the IDF using a 17 year old Palestinian as a human shield

The Real News reveals the Israeli government had to admit that state lands confiscated from Jordan were used to build settlements.

Israeli activists in Tel Aviv go on hunger strike in support of Samer Issawi.

An Israeli delegation goes to Turkey to discuss compensation for the Mavi Marmara.

The Real News looks at what happened with the Facebook page I Acknowledge Apartheid Exists.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

Palestinian refugees from Syria flee to Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

Settlers from Mitspe Yair attack Palestinian shepherds & their flocks in the South Hebron Hills.

The village of Battir near Bethlehem has asked to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hamas is now giving Gaza school boys military training once a week.

Protests took place in Silwad & Nabi Saleh.


Fierce resistance was sparked yesterday by the vicious beating of a 60-year-old former judge Ahmad al-Zir after so called "settlers" attacked him the previous day with an iron bar which fractured his skull and left him unconscious as he was tending his land between Ofra colony and the Palestinian village of Silwad.

"They were hitting him again and again on the head, cursing him and telling him to shut up," said Mahmoud Hussein, a relative and an eyewitness of the alleged attack Reuters reports.

Village youths tracked down the Israelis to their encampment and burned down one of their improvised homes. Israeli forces were sent to the scene late Thursday to disperse the angered Palestinians. They fired at the protesters, wounding two with live bullets, including one in the chest, medics said.

The Real News & Al Jazeera look at the resignation of Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad.

The Real News looks at the de facto separate Jewish & Palestinian bus lines set up during the worldwide Apartheid Week.

Secretary of State Kerry's attempt to restart peace talks fails.

David Sheen posts two videos from the annual conference in Ramle, Israel, of the  'Jewish Supremacist' Komemiyut Movement.  This year's conference is about the judiciary.  David Reeb live tweets the whole conference here.

Israel commemorates the Holocaust with two minute silence on Holocaust Day.

Richard Silverstein discusses the case of Jack Teitel, a settler who attacked Palestinians, gays, leftists, & even the police in Israel & the West Bank.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians live in Syria, but some are fleeing to Gaza to escape the civil war.

As John Kerry tries to jump start talks between Palestine & Israel, Palestinians express skepticism.

B'Tselem has documented 18 incidents over the past three years of police pepper spraying nonviolent protestors in violation of their own regulations.

Young soccer players burn shirts of the Barcelona Football Club in Bilin in protest of Barcelona's decision to play in the national stadium in Tel Aviv.

Italian Member of the European Parliament Luisa Morgantini talks about how she became involved in Palestinian solidarity activism.

Palestinian Photojournalist Jihad Khadeh how he was shot by the IDF.

The Real News reports on how more & more Palestinians are embracing the one state solution.

A visit with Hamde Abu Rahmah, a photojournalist & activist from Bilin.

Palestinians claim Israel has violated the Gaza ceasefire 50 times.

Demos take place in Bilin & Nabi Saleh.

Secretary of State Kerry travels to Turkey to push for better relations between Israel & Turkey.

In the South Hebron Hills, at different locations & on different days, the IDF harasses Palestinians trying to work their land.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bojo'd For the PFLP

The blog has been a complementary blog to the diaries I published on Daily Kos.  Now I have been banned from DKos (bojo'd as Kossacks call it) because of my last diary which had a video of a student group of the PFLP working on the land & planting olive trees near Bilin.  The PFLP is listed as a terrorist group by the US State Dept., just as the Provisional IRA, the African National Congress, & the MEK once were.  The PFLP hijacked quite a few airliners in the early '70s, & staged suicide bombings in Israel  from 2000-2004.  I got banned for 'supporting' a terrorist organization.  No, I was trying to show what is happening in the West Bank.  I don't think the people of Bilin think of the PFLP as a terrorist organization.  They are glad for their support against the Occupation.
        But the people of Bilin don't own & run Daily Kos, Markos ZĂșniga, or kos, does.  It's his site, & his rules.  If he wants to ban me for something I think is BS, well, he can.  I'm just taken aback by the process.  I don't know if I ran afoul of kos himself or the Israel/Palestine moderator.  The first I found out I was banned was when I saw the red advisory telling me I was in trouble.  Maybe I didn't read it fully.  I thought it was just a warning.  Of course, if the moderator had posted a comment telling me to take down the video on the PFLP, I would have taken it down (& left it up here.)
      The big regret I have is the audience I will miss at DKos.  A few people did appreciate the videos presented.  But there is a way to continue Israel/Palestine News on Daily Kos.  Someone else can do the diaries.  Contact me at & I'll e-mail you the list of videos.
I'll continue doing my version here.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Israel/Palestine News

Incidents of racism & attacks have doubled in Israel each year since 2008.

Richard Silverstein has another video, this time talking about an Israeli military intelligence unit that allegedly committed foreign assassinations.

Nathan Blanc faces prison again for his refusal to serve in the IDF.

The death of Maisara Abuhamdeyyah cause violent protests in the West Bank, & a rocket attack into Israel from Gaza & an Israeli airstrike in reply.

Demos take place in Sabastia, Bilin & Nabi Saleh.

Palestinian prisoners in Israel have smuggled sperm out of prison to start families with their wives.

Gazans react to the Israeli apology to Turkey for the Mavi Marmara incident.

The UK troupe Circus For Palestine performed next to the Wall for the children of Bilin.

Hamas has ordered schools in Gaza to teach Hebrew.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) clears land & plants olive trees in Bilin.

UNRWA suspends food aid in Gaza after a violent demonstration over suspension of cash handouts outside its' Gaza headquarters.

An IDF officer assaults an activist who is filming during a demo in the village of Al Masara near Bethlehem.

Palestinians again protest on Land Day, against more land seizures & more settlements.