Friday, June 27, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


The crackdown by Israel continues.

The U-N Security Council has once again turned a blind eye on Israeli atrocities in the occupied Palestinian territories.
15-member council has failed to agree on a statement that would have
deplored the deaths of Palestinians in recent Israeli raids. In a
closed-door council meeting on Monday, the Russian ambassador proposed a
press statement after listening to a Palestinian appeal. But, the U-S
envoy rejected any reference to Israel. According to a diplomatic
source, Samantha Power said that any language directly criticizing
Israel would be a red line for Washington. However, another council
member, Jordan, wanted a stronger language saying deploring Israel is
simply not enough. Tel Aviv has launched a deadly crackdown in the West
Bank under the pretext of searching three missing Israeli teenagers.
Several Palestinians have been killed and hundreds of others detained in
the Israeli offensive.

Israeli activists demonstrate against the crackdown in Tel Aviv.

A demo takes place in Bilin.

The IDF demolishes houses & a road in the South Hebron Hills.


Youth dance & act in a play at an anti-Occupation festival in Tuwani.

Syrian soldiers have been killed as Israel retaliates for a death caused by a mortar shell in the Golan Heights.

The Palestinian Health Ministry is warning of a medical crisis in the
besieged Gaza Strip as the enclave is running out of ALL types of

The ministry says nearly 600 types of basic medicines
and medical equipment have already run out. It warned that more than 150
other types of medical supplies are expected to finish in the coming
few weeks. Meanwhile, officials say the existing fuel crisis in Gaza has
added salt to the wound of Gazans. They say fuel shortages have
affected hospitals and medical services. The coastal region has been
under the Israeli blockade since 2007. Dozens of patients have lost
their lives due to the shortage of medicines.

The Occupation:  just in time for the World Cup.

France has warned companies about doing business in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian community activist from Chicago faces a trial on charges she lied to get her American citizenship.

The Real News looks into how the state of Israel uses land policies to ensure Jewish supremacy.

Phyllis Bennis talks about Martin Indyk & his role in the peace talks.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


With the disappearance of three Israeli teenagers, Israel has shut down the West Bank.

Hamas rule of Gaza enters its' eighth year.

Demos take place in Nabi Saleh & Ni'ilin.

The hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners continues.

In the South Hebron Hills, activists record the IDF evicting Palestinians from their land & protecting settler outposts.

In Al Araqib in the Negev Desert, Israel continues to try to bulldoze the village & evict its' Bedouin inhabitants.

An interview with Bracha Shapiro, an ultra-orthodox woman who worked as a social worker with African refugees.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


The Occupation continues.

International experts go to Ramallah to investigate the IDF killing of two Palestinian youths.

Palestinians deported from Bethlehem to Gaza have petitioned the Pope & UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to get Israel to allow them to return home.

Demos take place in Jerusalem on Naksa Day & in Nabi Saleh.

Palestinian officials  protest the statement by Australia's attorney general that Australia will no longer consider East Jerusalem as Occupied.

The Palestinian prisoner hunger strike continues.

Mai Liberkaz discusses how she became an activist against Israel's war on African refugees.

Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz claims Hezbollah is militarily stronger than most other countries, only surpassed by China, Russia, France, Israel, America & Great Britain.

Eighty eight US Senators state in a letter that the new Palestinian unity government is a blow to peace talks, while former US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer says Israeli interference in US domestic politics has lead to worsening relations with the current administration.

Lia Tarachansky & Shir Hever discuss Israeli government reaction to soldier & settler violence against Palestinians.

Demonstrators in London & Lebanon take part in the Global March to Jerusalem.

Richard Silverstein on his website shows a video of Israeli Iron Dome missiles being launched to counter Syrian fireworks.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


A Palestinian unity government is sworn in & Israel reacts with more housing for settlers.


The family of a Palestinian killed by Israeli soldiers at an Israeli
checkpoint last night, has denied Israel's claim that he had shot at
Israeli forces.
They say Alaa Mohammad Odeh, was approaching the
Zaatara checkpoint at the entrance to the city of Nablus by foot in
order to collect some goods for his mobile phone store. There he entered
into a conflict between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians and he was
shot dead on the spot. They say that the army then made a great effort
to cover their crime. The morning following the incident, over 30
Israeli soldiers entered the village of Huwwara to question the family
of Alaa. They also searched his phone shop, but Alaa's friends claim
this was staged as a cover up to the murder. Alaa is the 14th
Palestinian to be killed by Israeli soldiers since the beginning of
2014. In January, Amnesty International produced a report that accused
Israeli soldiers of shooting and killing Palestinians without
justifiable cause. The village of Hawara has now declared 3 days of
mourning for Alaa. Israeli soldiers claim he was involved in a shoot out
resulting in the injury of an Israeli soldier. However, his family says
he was simply going to collect a shipment at the checkpoint when he was
shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.
Activists document settler destruction of Palestinian property.

A group of Palestinian landowners
and activists have built a new protest village, in yet another effort to
raise awareness on Israel's settlement expansion projects which are
considered illegal under international law.
The tent village was set
up in Khalet al-Nahli, south of the occupied West Bank city of
Bethlehem. But, it was destroyed hours later, after the Israeli army
raided the area and dispersed all the protesters. One of the activists
present in the tent village told us that Israel's continuous evictions
of the Palestinian protest camps is illegal under international law.
Khalet al-Nahli protest camp was set up near another tent that had been
built by Israeli settlers weeks ago. Those settlers had threatened the
Palestinian landowners to seize their land in the area. Other protest
camps have been set up in the past, as part of the Palestinians' efforts
to raise international awareness on Israel's settlement projects, and
to help bring an end to the expansion activities. This new protest tent
village is reminiscent of one built in the E1 area in 2013, which was
violently demolished and evacuated by Israeli authorities. Protesters
here say they will continue to build on their own land to prevent the
expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the area which are planned
to divide the occupied west bank into two parts.

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

Brazil donates computers to UNRWA in Gaza for use in health clinics.

The Palestinian prisoner hunger strike continues.

Ronnie Barkan of the Israeli group Boycott From Within is touring Europe to drum up support for the Palestinian BDS campaign.
B'tselem looks at the case of complaints about police violence in Nabi Saleh.

The Real News looks at Israel's arms exporting industry.