Friday, December 26, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


Here are the last minutes of Q&A and concluding statement from
Tel-Aviv University's event on "The Case Against Academic Boycotts of

The panel in support of the Crime of Apartheid includes:
Amos Yadlin, Pnina Sharvit Baruch, Galia Golan, David Denker, Ilan Troen.
Is Israel Unfairly Held to a Higher Standard? Norman Finkelstein on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)

Norman Finkelstein and Paul Jay discuss a full page ad in the NYT that
says Israel is condemned by liberals for human rights violations while
it defends gay rights, and less is said about the persecution of gays by
Iran, Hamas and ISIS


More than three months have passed since "Operation Protective Edge" and tens of thousands of families in the Gaza Strip have no house to live in. According to data published by the United Nations in October, during "Operation Protective Edge" destroyed the homes of 20,000 families and homes of 80,000 families are damaged. Khuza'a which lies to the east of Khan Yunis, near the Israeli border, were destroyed and damaged hundreds of homes. The Al -kra extended family lived until last summer five apartments in the building, which was completely destroyed during the fighting. today the family is living in two tents next to the ruins.

another night full of teargas and live bullet shooting and sound bombs
around my house. the house was full of tear gas and the children were

Soldiers stop activists at road block.
A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

Activists hold a demonstration against House demolitions in East Jerusalem.

With tensions rising in Jerusalem, hate crimes against Palestinians have
increased in recent months. Mohammed lost his cousin to one such
incident a while ago, and now he is one of the newest victims. Like
others, he fears for his life. This is the story of Palestinians living
in East Jerusalem and negotiating their security each day.
Identity and Collective Denial - Lia Tarachansky on Reality Asserts Itself  (3/3)

Ms. Tarachansky says Israel is ripping itself apart and fascism is celebrating in the ruins

Friday, December 19, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


Saleh, a sixty-six-year-old Palestinian resident of Tel Rumeida,
al-Khalil (Hebron), waited with his mule outside Shuhada checkpoint for
nine hours over the course of two days. He spent four hours waiting
before being allowed through on Monday (15/12/14) evening.

then spent five hours Tuesday (16/12/14), which is what this video
shows, attempting to cross in the opposite direction before eventually
turning back, after being denied repeatedly by Israeli forces claiming
that donkeys, mules, horses, and carts are not permitted to pass through
the checkpoint.

Settlers try to prevent Palestinians from plowing their own land.
Identity and Collective Denial - Lia Tarachansky on Reality Asserts Itself Paul Jay of The Real News interviews Lia Tarachansky on her personal history.

The military blocked the main entrance to a Hebron neighborhood for 3
weeks because of a torched checkpoint, punishing hundreds for a deed by
individuals. The checkpoint serves no security purpose and is part of
Israel’s separation policy in Hebron. The military must remove this and
other unnecessary checkpoints in Hebron. As long as the checkpoint
remains, the military must enable regular passage and avoid collective

Rabbi David Menachem leads an anti-racism protest in Jerusalem.

Activists watch deer.

Activists tour Issawiya.

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

IDF sprays East Jerusalem neighborhood with foul smelling skunk water.

A Palestinian official says Ziad Abu Ein's autopsy proves the minister
died of a violent act, while Israeli officials cite heart failure.
Thousands of Palestinians attended his funeral on Dec. 11 in Ramallah.
Calls grew for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to suspend security
coordination with Israel.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein died shortly after an Israeli border
policeman shoved and grabbed him by the throat during a protest in the
occupied West Bank. An autopsy is being carried out with Palestinian,
Israeli and Jordanian pathologists.


Illegal Israeli settlements continue to grow in the occupied West Bank
and East Jerusalem, and people like Canadian-Israeli Miriam Schwab are
moving into predominantly Palestinian areas. Many Palestinian families
worry they will be forced out of the city where they've lived for
generations. In 2009, Israel evicted the Hanoun family from the home
they had lived in since 1956. Sherihan Hanoun says no one has the right
to take away the home where she was born and has a history.

an interview with Mutasim Ali - part 1
Early Elections Could Result in Most Right-Wing Coalition in Israel's History Journalist Max Blumenthal says centrist parties have no other political purpose besides promoting the image of Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East

Outside parliament on Monday, a small group of Israeli activists and
African asylum seekers released approximately 2,000 balloons into the
air, symbolising the 2,000 asylum seekers currently jailed at the Holot
detention centre.

Sigal Avivi, an Israeli activist from Tel Aviv, told MEE that the
group was there to protest the law "in the name of the people jailed in
Holot that could not come".

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

Roughly 2,000 people — students, teachers and parents from “Hand in
“Hand” schools from across Israel — marched through the streets of
Jerusalem Friday morning to the Max Rayne bilingual school, which was
the target of an arson attack last weekend.
Many others joined the march in support the school and to speak out
against racism, including activists and at least one member of Knesset,
Jamal Zahalka of Balad.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Israel/Palestine News


11 Palestinian demonstrators were wounded at the Kufr Qaddum protest on
28th November 2014. 18-year-old Sami Jumma was shot twice with live
ammunition, once in the hand and once in the chest. He required surgery
and is now in a stable condition. The remaining 10 injured protesters
were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and four required hospital
treatment. One of whom was a 10-year-old child, although all four were
later discharged.

An Italian ISM activist was also shot in the chest with live ammunition, the full article can be read here:

Israelis arrest five activists in Hebron.

The Chief Rabbi of the ITF (aka IDF) explains to students why Muslims
have no right to al-Aqsa mosque. His video was originally published on
28 Nov 2014:

Orthodox Jews, however, almost in their entirety, think the exact
opposite as this ITF Rabbi and see such self-proclaimed Jews as being
Zionist and anti-Jewish!
See the poster at min: 01:00 of the video!

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has argued for keeping Palestinian
workers off of public Israeli buses. Yaalon says the laborers are
dangerous and harass Israeli women. AJ+ caught a ride on one of the
buses to hear from a Palestinian about it. Raji Abdallah Saleh Ahmed
explains that sharing a bus is about much more than sharing a ride: "It
helps build peace."

David Sheen presents two videos.

An eight-year-old Palestinian girl is opposing the Israeli occupation of
her West Bank village - with a mobile telephone. Jana Tamimi makes news
reports about the regular conflicts with Israeli soldiers in Nabi
Saleh, filming video on a camera phone and posting it online.

As Juan Cole notes on his site, anti-ISIL Arabs are fighting back with satire & ridicule, including Palestinians  (Don't give money to MEMRI.  They are Islamophobes.)