Friday, November 28, 2014

Israel/Palestine News

Sukars live exposed to elements in house shelled in Protective Edge, November 2014

Protective Edge ended in late August 2014, but most residents of the
Gaza Strip are still suffering its consequences. The video shows the
apartment of the Sukar family in a-Shuja’iyeh neighborhood in Gaza City,
which was heavily shelled in the operation. The parents and their five
children now live in an apartment that does not provide them shelter
from the cold and rain: “This apartment had been hit by shells and parts
of it were destroyed. Whenever it rains, the house is flooded. The
children get sick with colds. I hope we’ll be able to go back to our
apartment, with all our belongings and furniture, especially the washing
machine… This war set us forty years back…"

A Zio-fascist settler in the East Jerusalem settlement of Gilo (regarded
as a neighborhood of Jerusalem whose residents haven't the slightest
clue they're on occupied land), tries to "counter" the Muezzin calls for
prayer from the neighboring village of Beit Jala.
Early in the
morning he plays aloud the Jewish Sh'ma Yisrael prayer, but unlike the
Muezzin call, he's not doing so for the sake of prayer or for religious
reasons but rather for ultra-nationalistic ones.

Originally aired on Israeli Channel 1.

On November 23 and 25 Israeli settlers from Havat Ma’on hammered in the
ground three meters high iron pylons at the edge of the wood inside of
which the illegal Israeli outpost is located, keeping on the ongoing
Some days before, on November 13, the same settlers
(equipped with a white jeep carrying an electricity generator, a drill
and cement) had already dug 10 cm diameter holes in the surrounding

In both occasions South Hebron Hills Popular Committee
members and B’tselem operators called the DCO to denounce the illegal
works, but Israeli forces didn’t show up.

During the last month
in the South Hebron Hills area, Israeli forces carried out several
demolitions in the Palestinian village of Um Al Kher and seized
materials in the Palestinian village of Susiya. In the meanwhile they
have not taken any measure to stop an illegal expansion of an illegal
Israeli outpost.

Nevertheless the Palestinian communities of the
South Hebron Hills area are still strongly committed to nonviolent
popular resistance against the Israeli occupation.

The Women In Black again hold a vigil in Zion Square Jerusalem.

The deputy speaker of the Knesset expels two Arab MKs for speaking out against the bill to declare Israel the Jewish homeland.


There are countless examples of Hebrew University complicity in
occupation and apartheid. Here is one such reason as explained by Eran,
Hebrew U graduate, while standing in the village of Issawiya which is
being controlled and whose land is being stolen from under their feet,
with the help of Hebrew U and the Jerusalem Municipality.

Israeli forces go on a night raid in Hebron.

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

If you wonder why tensions are rising in Jerusalem, one reason is that settlers have been posting things like this.  Hat tip to Richard Silverstein,

Friday, November 21, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


The IDF spies on activists & Palestinian farmers with a toy drone.

Palestine refugees from Syria describe their tenuous refuge in Jordan
where lack of legal status, unemployment and fear of forced return
compound the hardship of their temporary displacement.

This past weekend was a Jewish holiday commemorating the purchase of
Hebron by Abraham for the burial of Sarah. Yesterday, for several hours,
hundreds of illegal settlers, national-religious Jews and a large
accompanying Israeli military force passed through the Old City of
Hebron. As a result many shops had to close early and the freedom of
movement for Palestinians was restricted. As the groups passed through
the Old City, many shouted profanity at Palestinians, yelled chants,
draped Israeli flags over their backs and threatened to hit a volunteer
from the organization Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). A star of David
was also spray-painted on the ground of the Old City.

Ta'ayush Activists accompanied land owners from 'Sa'ir and 'Shioch to
work on their land located between the settlements 'Asfer' and 'Mezad.
Activists and Palestinian landowners violently attacked by settlers that threw stones at them.
settlers attacked with stones, one of them had a brass knuckle on his
hand, they tried to snatch cameras and beat Palestinians and activists.
All that time soldiers who were present prevented the attacks, and did not stop and detain none of the criminals.
more than an hour of attacks, the soldiers allowed the Palestinians to
continue the work started, on their own private land.

A settler clips a Palestinian with his car & when activists protest, the IDF starts yelling & dispersing them.

This is video of two non-violent direct actions that were part of a
campaign entitled #On2Jerusalem organized by local Palestinian popular
resistance committees to show solidarity with the people of Jerusalem.

the first action Palestinian and international activists crossed the
apartheid wall and cut a barbed-wire fence directly behind it to pass
from the West Bank into Northern Jerusalem.

The second action involved activists attempting to cross into Jerusalem from Hizme checkpoint.

Residents of Issiwaya East Jerusalem show the marks of IDF use of teargas & rubber bullets.

Demos take place in Nabi Saleh & Ni'ilin.


Months before the #toilettengate affair and ahead of Dr. Gregor Gysi's
visit to Israel/Palestine in an attempt to legitimize the illegitimate,
Boycott from Within had published a letter calling on Gysi and Die Linke
to reconsider their support of apartheid. This call also applies to the
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

The letter was handed to Gysi in
person at a Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung event in apartheid Tel-Aviv, on June
12th 2014. He refused to comment on the letter or to respond to our
question from the audience.

David Sheen gives a talk at Florida International University Oct. 14.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


On a bus, Israelis demand to search a Muslim women's purse & she protests.

Independent journalist Charlotte Silver discusses how the defense was
blocked from including the role of torture and PTSD in her case

An anti-racism rally in Jerusalem.

Activists film an ultra-nationalist rally.

Activists chased out of hall.

Rightists shout abuse.


Moshe Leon - Jerusalem City Council member and chairman of the Likud faction in Jerusalem.

Max Blumenthal & David Sheen testify to Germany's Bundestag. 

The following videos are Sheen's testimony.


Top German lawmaker Gregor Gysi endorsed a public campaign accusing Max
Blumenthal and I of anti-Semitism and demanded we be banned from the
Bundestag. After we spoke in the German parliament over his objections,
we requested a meeting with him at his office. He refused, so we
confronted him and demanded answers.

Residents of Issawaya in East Jerusalem protest.

A security camera captures Israeli settlers setting a fire in the village of Farata near Nablus.

30/10/14: Due to a teachers strike in solidarity with underpaid public workers, school in Hebron finished at 10:00
in the morning. Several young boys threw stones towards the military,
armed at Salaymeh checkpoint, and the soldiers then fired three
canisters of tear gas.

The children threw more stones, and the
soldiers fired approximately ten more tear gas grenades in several
rounds. This continued until 11:00
when an army vehicle drove up from a side street at a high speed. Three
soldiers jumped outside one of the school buildings, before running
into a school yard and arrested the 14-year-old boy.

A demo takes place in Bilin.

Israeli police shoot in the back Arab Israeli citizen Khairuddin Hamdan in Nazareth after he attacks their vehicle then flees.  More by Richard Silverstein here.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


In the South Hebron Hills village of Umm El Khei, a Palestinian woman makes pita bread.

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.
Unremarkable Tweets and Donor Pressure Cost Me My Job 

After the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaigne rescinded Steven
Salaita's job over tweets condemning Israel's war on Gaza this summer,
Salaita says he is waiting for a ruling on his case for reinstatement

Activists film a rally by Lehava .


The World Bank points out that letting Palestinians economically develop Area C in the West Bank would benefit Palestinians by adding 35% to their GDP.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


This talk was delivered by Richard Silverstein, author of the Tikun Olam
blog, on October 23, 2014 at Unitarian Universalist Church in Seattle.
He spoke to the group, Unitarian Universalist Humanists. The talk,
Fear, Loathing and Terror in Israel-Palestine, addresses the recent
failures of U.S. brokered peace talks, and the rise in terror on both
sides of the Israel-Palestine divide. It notes the most recent terror
attack by an East Jerusalem Palestinian on the Jerusalem light rail line
in which two Israeli Jews were killed, the settler attempts to pray at
Muslim holy sites, and Israeli police invasions of the mosques on the
Temple Mount. In spite of the bleak outlook, Silverstein outlines a
possible compromise that could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

blog exposes the excesses of the Israeli national security state and
tosses a life preserver to the last remaining remnants of Israeli
democracy. It is at
A Third Intifada on the Horizon?

Journalist Max Blumenthal discusses the situation in Jerusalem and the reconstruction plans for Gaza


Activists go to confront settlers & police at an illegal settlement, but when they get there it's empty.

Israel/Palestine News


Tzippi Schlissel, a settler from the illegal settlement in Tel Rumeida
(Hebron) attempts to prevent a Palestinian man from picking olives on
his own land.

Israel bulldozes the village of Um Al Kher in the South Hebron Hills.  Afterwards, they start to rebuild. 
Jerusalem and the Fate of Palestinians Israeli activist Jeff Halper says the recent tension and violence in Jerusalem is a product of defeated Palestinian political resistance and Israel's policy of Judaization

The IDF destroyed UNRWA's warehouse full of food during the last assault on Gaza.

Deer filmed in South Hebron Hills.

Continuation of clash at Issawiya in East Jerusalem from last week.