Friday, September 26, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


Hamas, Fatah form national unity government in Gaza;  IDF to kids:  no ball for you!; Trouble at Al Aqsa mosque.

Today (23/9/14) at Salaymeh checkpoint in Hebron, Israeli forces fired
29 rounds of tear gas and 5 stun grenades at children going to school.
The morning started off peaceful as children passed through the
checkpoint but as word spread that two Palestinians had been murdered by
the Israeli army the night before, tensions began to rise quickly.
Israeli forces had a clear presence at the checkpoint from the start. A
few small stones were thrown by a small number of young boys, but landed
nowhere near the checkpoint.

Qeitun checkpoint, Hebron (23/9/14): clashes had erupted and were
underway between unarmed Palestinian youth and Israeli forces. An
excessive amount of tear gas was used in addition to rubber coated steel
bullets and stun grenades.

A small group of older boys were
throwing stones but they did not manage to reach the Israeli forces.
However, the commander insisted on firing despite the presence of the
many young children, some as young as 8 years old, in front of them
attempting to get to school.

Later on the Israeli forces threw
stun grenades and brutally grabbed and arrested two young Palestinian
boys between the ages of 14 and 15 years old. One of the boys whilst in a
headlock and handcuffed was punched several times in the side.


From May:

Police fail to protect the girls from settler violence but finds the
resources to vigorously enforce the law on children for minor
suspicions. On Tues. May 27, the police detained four Palestinian girls
after a Ma'on settler accused them of picking cherries from his grove.
The police took them to the station without adult accompaniment,
interrogated two of them and, after four hours, handed them over to the
Palestinian Police. They were released only in the evening.


From Wikipedia:

Esh Kodesh (Hebrew: אֵשׁ קֹדֶשׁ, lit. Sacred Fire) is an Israeli outpost in the West Bank near Shilo. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this.[2] The population in 2005 was under 12 families.[3]


A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


Unit 8200 Refuseniks; 12,000 Bedouins to be evicted; Schools open in Gaza while schoolkids dodge teargas in Hebron.

Daharia's land, South Hebron hills, near the outpost of "Havat Moore" 6.9.2014

Settler leader Avidan Ofir (of Wild West Hebron fame) harasses Palestinian farmers & Israeli activists in the South Hebron Hills.

Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center says the latest
conflict with Gaza began after a crisis emerged in Israel over the
defense budget

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

UNRWA looks at the plight of Palestinian refugee children in Gaza, Jordan & Syria.

Palestinian Olympic runner Nader Al-Masri isn't letting the destruction
left by the Israeli attacks on Gaza keep him from training and running
for Palestine.

Andrew Levine discusses American foreign policy regarding Israel.

Leftist anti-war protesters in Israel were attacked by right wing thugs.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


A demo takes place in Ni'ilin.

In Pakistan, urban myths combine with BDS.

This is a hit in Israel.

More from Richard Silverstein


Why stay here

Everybody’s asking

When you can catch a plane and begin to breath.

Even the newly Orthodox are leaving

And getting far away from me

How long can family be an excuse?

The neighbor’s lived in LA for 15 years already

She says we need to shut that watchful eye,

And everyone who comes back from abroad

Tells me how good it is there.

Berlin, Berlin

Even if I forget my right hand

You’ll wait forever

For us to return to you.

Reichstag of Peace

And of the Euro and of light

For all your songs

I don’t have a passport.

Let’s be honest.

Grandpa and Grandma didn’t come here [Israel] because of Zionism,

They fled because they didn’t want to die.

And now they understand that here there’s no life [possible],

They’d rather we be far away than poor.

No, it’s not a fleeing for convenience’s sake

It’s fleeing flat out

To keep your head above the water.

Even our forefather Jacob went down [emigrated] to Egypt

Because rent there was a third

And salaries double.


The whole world migrates everywhere

Only here is it considered betrayal of the [Jewish] people

By leaders who want us to remain alone

To remain afraid

Because everybody hates Jews.

And every time they open their mouths

They pin the yellow star on me again

Like a medal of honor

Like it’s a boutonniere.

They degrade all of us

Without a scrap of pride.

Liberate the Ghetto already

Let us live like a normal people.

I don’t really want anywhere else.

It’s cold there

Strange there

And Hebrew is the only language I love speaking.

Give me a bit of the Kinneret

If there’s any left, I’ll be happy.

But how long can we ignore tomorrow?

How can I raise kids in a place that

Chased away Dudu Zar ?

US politicians still blindly defend Israel.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Israel/Palestine News



Women in Black continue to demonstrate in Jerusalem for peace.