Friday, December 25, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- Tourists, political leaders, activists and
residents of Bethlehem gathered in the city-center on Thursday, right in
front of the Nativity Church with an unusual message this year. While
December is usually a time for cheerful Christmas celebrations at the
Nativity, the people of Bethlehem have been unable to put aside the
political turmoil for the sake of the holiday.

With Christmas
just days away, the city of Bethlehem erected what they call a
"Resistance Tree." The tree, an olive tree which was recently uprooted
by Israeli forces from a nearby neighborhood, was placed in the center
of the main square, overlooking the towering Christmas tree and
historical Nativity church. Instead of baubles and tinsel, the
Resistance Tree was decorated with tear gas canisters clinking together
like bells, photos of Palestinians recently killed or detained,
Palestinian national scarves and sling shots.

At the "lighting
ceremony," the Mayor of Bethlehem, Vera Baboun spoke to the crowd, "This
tree is our message," Baboun said. "We plant our roots and we are
rooted to this land. Olive trees are the trees of life. We see our
people's eyes and the hopes of our women and the dreams of our men
reflected off this tree."

Around the tree, activists laid tear
gas canisters in the shape of a star, lighting candles from the metal
cylinders which were collected after protests in the city with Israeli

"Even with the Israelis speaking a language of death, we speak a language of life," the mayor proclaimed.

Video: Sheren Khalel and Abed al-Qaisi

PressTV:  you spray herbicides on plants to kill them, not pesticides.

Ahmad is 18 and lives in the Balata refugee camp, the biggest in the
occupied West Bank. His grandparents were forcibly removed from Jaffa
during the creation of Israel. There's only 32 miles between Balata and
Jaffa, but Ahmad can only dream of seeing his homeland. He's not allowed
into Israel.


Israeli forces forcing Palestinian school-boys to lift up their shirts
and trouser-pants in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron). 21st December 2015

Israeli forces bag-searching Palestinian woman's bags while
school-children pass by in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron). 21st December

The IDF raids the Youths Against Settlements house in Hebron.

Soldiers stand around a checkpoint in Hebron after a Palestinian woman is shot.

the Israeli Army Prevented ALjazeera crew from getting in to YAS house , they claimed that it is a close Military zone

The normal harassment of an IDF checkpoint in the West Bank.

Demos take place in Billin & Nabi Saleh.

American football has become a fertile training ground for elite
military combat units in Israel. Some 2,000 Israelis now play the game
citing brotherhood, discipline and fitness as its main draw.

Dozens of Palestinian dressed like Santa Claus demonstrated on Friday
for peace and an end to occupation in front of the wall separating
Israel and Palestinian territories in Bethlehem, as clashes erupted
between some young Palestinians and Israeli forces shortly after.

Ronnie Barkan of Boycott From Within criticizes the NGO Breaking The Silence.

Every morning, hours before dawn, around 30,000 Palestinian laborers
make their way from the occupied West Bank, where they live, and enter
Israel. These workers, desperate to keep their jobs, arrive at the
checkpoints hours early, sleeping on concrete on the Israeli side of the
checkpoint they make it through with time to spare.

Workers say
they work in Israel for a variety of reason, but most point to a lack
of opportunity, high unemployment and low wages in the occupied West
Bank. West Bank Palestinian workers in Israel make an average of around
$65 a day, more than double the average daily wage in the West Bank.

with a high demand for work permits, which are only granted to a
fraction of applicants, workers have no job security, creating
dangerously helpless situations for thousands. With the onslaught of
recent violence, things have only gotten worse for these men urgently
trying to make a living for their families.

Abed Abu Shierra
knows the men who cross through the Bethlehem 300 checkpoint well,
getting to know thousands of faces as he serves them coffee on their way
through every morning.

"It started to get worse for people
being stuck like this at the start of this new Intifada," Abu Shierra
explains to Mondoweiss. "Before the situation was a little bit better."

Video by Sheren Khalel and Abed Al Qaisi

Part 10 of "The Bullet, The Ballot & The Boycott" by David Sheen at
the University of Missouri on 9 November 2015 [Audio/Video by Yousuf

Friday, December 18, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


Part 2 of "The Bullet, The Ballot & The Boycott" by David Sheen at Claremont College, CA on 28 October 2015

Israel says it built the separation wall for security reasons to keep
Palestinians from the occupied West Bank out of Israel. So why does 85%
of the wall run inside the West Bank, rather than on the border with
Israel? And how has it affected Palestinian communities?

Solidarity activists are forced to lift their shirts by the IDF in Hebron.

Former Finance Minister, Yair Lapid, launched a new anti-BDS campaign at
Israel's national Ben-Gurion airport, which is situated in
ethnically-cleansed al-Lydda.

Another Hebron encounter.

Part 1 of "The Bullet, The Ballot & The Boycott" by David Sheen at the University of New Orleans on 10 November 2015

IDF soldier swears to "break Hebron" young to old.

Meet the Palestinians jumping for freedom near the West Bank separation wall. Shot by Yevgeni Bronfermacher in Palestine.

Rabid pro-Israel nonprofit Im Tirtzu posted this video to smear four Israeli human rights activists.

IDF troll and disrupt Palestinian reporter's live broadcast in West bank.

Part 4 of "The Bullet, The Ballot & The Boycott" by David Sheen at
Unitarian Church, Richmond, UK on 25 November 2015 [Audio/Video by
Marwan Zeineddine]

Part 7 of "The Bullet, The Ballot & The Boycott" by David Sheen at
Brooklyn College on 4 November 2015 [Audio/Video by Ed Briody]

Palestinian artists use graffiti to reveal reality of society in Gaza City
Note: Click 'CC' button to see translation.

Friday, December 11th 2015 protest by the village of Nabi Saleh in the
occupied West Bank against the theft of their land and their spring by
the neighboring settlement Halamish, against the occupation and against
apartheid; commemorating Mustafa Tamimi killed by the Israeli army four
years ago.

Protest In front of the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv in call to stop the
cycle of the killing and oppression continued in the Occupied
Territories. 9.12.2015

Part 9 of "The Bullet, The Ballot & The Boycott" by David Sheen at
Emory University on 11 November 2015 [Audio/Video by Christopher Weaver]

Ronnie Barkan comments on 'moral Zionists', or the so-called 'Israeli
left' which is the single greatest threat to realizing Palestinian

Here's Peter Beinart's delusional and supremacist view in 30 seconds:
"To continue to pay people to move from democratic Israel across the
green line in to non-democratic Israel. That is a threat to Israel's
survival because it makes it so much easier for those people who don't
want Israel to exist to say that Zionism and democracy are incompatible,
to say that Israel is an apartheid state, to say that it is
fundamentally a racist enterprise. To defeat them we have to struggle
for Israeli democracy. That's why I write what I do."

But what if
the Zionism and democracy ARE INDEED incompatible? What if Israel IS an
apartheid state? What if the Zionist project in Palestine IS
fundamentally a racist enterprise?

The State of Israel is not
even remotely democratic - it is founded on the exact opposite of
democratic values. "The Jewish & Democratic State", even in its
smaller territory (aka Israel proper/Palestine48), couldn't be any less
democratic. It is no more democratic than, say, "The People's Democratic
Republic of North Korea" even though both have 'democratic' in their
name. Yet no one in their right mind would treat North Korea as a
democracy, right? The only reason that Israel is being treated
differently is because of the sheer propaganda which is being propagated
by the likes of Beinart.

Today is International Human Rights Day, commemorating 10 December 1948,
the day the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by
the UN. The declaration, composed in the wake of the horrors of World
War II, states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity
and rights and, as such, are all deserving of life, security, liberty,
equality and dignity. On the other side of the Green Line (the 1949
Armistice Line), a line essentially invisible to Israelis, millions of
people – Palestinian residents of the West Bank, including East
Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip - are being deprived of their rights. The
West Bank city of Hebron is one of the places where these rights are
violated particularly blatantly. To mark International Human Rights Day,
we’ve put together a short clip that gives a brief explanation of the
background to current events in Hebron, and the daily oppression in the
city that has become a flashpoint for violent flare-ups.

Part 8 of "The Bullet, The Ballot & The Boycott" by David Sheen at
Our Savior Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, WI on 28 October 2015

Part 5 of "The Bullet, The Ballot & The Boycott" by David Sheen at Zaytuna College, CA on 22 October 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


Part 6 of "The Bullet, The Ballot & The Boycott"
a presentation by David Sheen
Marygrove College • 1 November 2015



Oh god.  Shut down the sound on the first 11 seconds.  Palestinian journalist documents the shut down of a border crossing near Jenin.

Vijay Prashad says that ISIS oil is smuggled through Turkey to Israel and is a major source of ISIS funding.

More and more children in Gaza, Palestine, are leaving school to work as
their families struggle to make ends meet under Israel's economic

"We fear for our children, we are afraid of what lies ahead." but what
lies ahead? The prospect of this apartheid city having an Arab
neighborhood in it!

"The city of Afula is a Jewish city and we wish to maintain the status quo."

Settlers seem to be having a meeting in Jerusalem & activists are kept out by police.

In November 2015 head chefs from nine famous restaurants in New York,
Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome and Athens spent
a week cooking in Tel Aviv as part of a PR initiative to bring
international prestige to Israel’s culinary scene. The Round Tables
culinary show is sponsored by Israeli government ministries, the Tel
Aviv Municipality and businesses operating in illegal Israeli

Over 130 civil society groups wrote to the
restaurant chefs calling on them to cancel participation from this
complicit initiative that whitewashes Israel’s oppression of

The initiative is even more tasteless as it comes
on the heels of brutal Israeli repression against Palestinians
protesting for their rights and freedom in the Occupied Territories and
inside Israel. Racist incitement by Israeli officials and public against
Palestinians has reached shocking and unprecedented levels.

the Round Tables in apartheid Tel Aviv, concerned citizens from around
the world have expressed their dismay to those restaurateurs who have
been participating in this effort of whitewashing Israeli crimes.

two videos

Questions & Answers with David Sheen at St. Nicolas Parish Church in Guildford, UK on 24 November 2015

Friday, December 4th 2015 protest by the village of Nabi Saleh in the
occupied West Bank against the theft of their land and their spring by
the neighboring settlement Halamish, against the Israeli occupation and
against apartheid.

Police & masked IDF soldiers harass a Women In Black demo in Jerusalem.

BETHLEHEM -- Mutaz Zawahra was having the time of his life in France on a
youth program with two other friends when he got the news that his
oldest brother had fallen dangerously ill. His brother, Ghassan, was on
hunger strike in Israeli prison protesting his internment without trial
or charge, and family members told Mutaz that his older brother may not
make it through his strike alive.

Mutaz returned home
immediately to be with his family, just in time for the start of the
unrest that was about to erupt. Not long after, on Sept. 29, Israeli
authorities announced that they would release Ghassan, 40 days into his
hunger strike. Ghassan ended his strike and began to look forward to
home. Exactly two weeks later, his brother was shot dead.

forces shot and killed Mutaz during a particularly intense bout of
clashes coined "A Day of Rage." He was the 30th Palestinian to be shot
dead that month.

Mutaz, a well-known supporter of the left-wing
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was loved by his
community -- a fact that was apparent at his funeral, as thousands of
mourners flooded the streets of Bethlehem.

His brother Ghassan, was not one of them.

When Ghassan was finally released on Nov. 30, he went straight to his brother's gravesite before even thinking to go home.

days later he was giving a speech at a commemoration ceremony, which
should have marked the 40-day anniversary of his brother's death, as
Islamic tradition. The commemoration was held for several days however,
so Ghassan could at least have the honor of paying his respects to his
brother on a special day just for him.

During his speech,
Ghassan is flanked by three other younger brothers, giving him the
strength to continue when tears threaten to break his voice.

hat tip to Mondoweiss.

Demolition of the home of Raghib Elawi in the neighborhood of Dahia, Nablus, on the 3rd of December.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center discusses various
perspectives on the value, direction and future of the Palestinian

segment from a lecture by David Sheen: "The Bullet, The Ballot & The Boycott" at McGill University on 12 November 2015

Ido Gal Razon, former [IDF] soldier, testifies to Israeli apartheid
parliament on PTSD and murdering people in Gaza. 11 Nov 2015, State
Control Committee, Israeli Knesset.

Settlers, guarded by the IDF, occupy the yard of  activist group HQ in Hebron.

Israeli forces early Thursday seized eight buses belonging to a
Palestinian transportation company in Nablus after the organization
transported Palestinian youths to partake in demonstrations.

Body (sic) searched by soldiers of the Israeli army, at the Saleime checkpoint in occupied Hebron (Palestina)

Hebron-H2, November 26, 2015 at 2 pm, an Israeli military skunkwater
truck went on the main street of Qaitun, a Palestine Neighborhood and
emptied its chemical container in the streets, also targeting houses and
rooftops alongside the street.
They did it without any security
reason - just to make life hard and unpleasant in this Palestinian
neighborhood of Hebron H2 (Israeli controlled).

Demos occur in Hebron & Nabi Saleh.

Occupied Palestine, Hebron H2, Thursday 26 november 2015:
Israeli army randomly arrested a Palestinian child who passed Qaitun
checkpoint on his way to school. They also arrested a French human
rights observer for asking about the name and the age of the child.

The IDf roughs up a Palestinian man in East Jerusalem when he objects to his arrest.

Part of a speech David Sheen gave at Marygrove College.

Palestine Advocacy Project board member Richard Colbath-Hess faces
reporters and a passionate crowd after an MBTA Board meeting on ads his
group sponsored that many say defame Jews.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely was an invited speaker at
the Zionism 3.0 conference in Palo Alto, California on November 22.
Hotovely is a member of the right-wing Likud party and has called for
assassination of Palestinian leaders and annexation by Israel of all the
land "between the [Jordan] River and the [Mediterranean] Sea." As she
began to speak, five activists rose from the audience to declare her
under citizen's arrest, in keeping with warrants recently issued for
Israeli officials in Spain, South Africa and Turkey.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


The Negev is wholly in the State of Israel, for the record.

AJ+ visited chef Rawia Bishara at her restaurant Tanoreen in Brooklyn.
She showed us how she makes her delicious hashweh to go with your turkey
this year! You can read more about chef Bishara's cooking in her highly
lauded cookbook “Olives, Lemons & Za'atar: The Best Middle Eastern
Home Cooking.”

Two Palestinian girls attack a man (who turns out to be a Palestinian from Bethlehem) before being shot by a security guard (one dies, the other is seriously wounded.)

A Palestinian family's home has been demolished in the South Hebron Hills.


Another demo occurs in Nabi Saleh.

 Nightly raids by the Israeli army in Tell, a village near Nablus, in occupied Palestine
An arrested man has to leave his family and his house for an unknown period of time.

Palestinian schoolchildren were prevented from accessing their school after Israeli forces covered [them] with teargas.

Some Israeli soldiers reportedly suffered from tear gas inhalation and one soldier was assisted by an ambulance.

Israeli forces then fired tear gas and foul-smelling skunk water into the surrounding Palestinian area.

Two Palestinian Americans are pulled from a plane for speaking Arabic.

David Sheen talks at three universities & responds to criticisms by Zionists in the audience.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Israel/Palestine News

Sami Abul Roos, a Palestinian living in a refugee camp, says regional
media used a random photo of him to depict one of the ISIS attackers in
Paris. And he's not the only person to have their photo confused. From
video journalist Noor Harazeen.

Israeli checkpoints are a Palestinian way of life, but now they can find a way around it.

People rallied outside of an AEI event where Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu was being honored while on his visit to the nation's
capital, where he's asking the president for and increase in aid to

The IDF blocks a Palestinian road in the South Hebron Hills.

Activists love baby animals.

The Italian activist was arrested and repeatedly denied medical
assistance by the ambulance personnel during the arrest. The police
officers refusing the medics to approach or place Fresta on a stretcher
were identified by their first names, Nikolai and Ruslan.

An activist is stopped by police & the IDF outside a settlement in the West Bank.

Friday, November 13 2015 protest by the village of Nabi Saleh in the
occupied West Bank against the theft of their land and their spring by
the neighboring settlement Halamish, against the Israeli occupation and
against apartheid.

Two women activists are evicted again from their apartment by the IDF in Hebron.

Israeli forces shooting teargas directly at school-children in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron). Thursday, 12th November 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


Clashes continue between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers in
the occupied West Bank. We spoke to the protesters to find out what
motivates them to fight when they are so heavily outgunned.

Raw footage at clashes in the occupied West Bank of Israeli soldiers firing at Palestinians.

In Hebron, the IDF lets settlers invade Palestinian land.

Amid tear gas and gunfire, Palestinian protesters talk to AJ+'s Dena
Takruri about why they’re confronting Israeli soldiers in the occupied
West Bank.
Netanyahu to Meet With Obama, Appear at Center for American Progress

Journalist Max Blumenthal explains why presidential candidate Hilary
Clinton would preserve the status quo in the Israel/Palestine conflict
and why a progressive think tank invited the Israeli prime minister to
speak at their organization

Activists describes seeing Palestinian shot outside his window.

Issa Amro detained in his own yard by IDF.

Several videos of settlers & soldiers taking over Palestinian property.

A settler ambulance drives around Hebron.

The IDF guns down a seventy-something woman driving in a car.

Clashes between stone throwers and the Israeli army aren't new, but what
is it like for people who have grown up with this happening in their

Settlers hold a BBQ in Issawiya.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


Activists film a squad on a raid in Issawiya East Jerusalem.

The person who is being apprehended by the border police in occupied
Jerusalem may have very well carried out a terror attack a few minutes
earlier [see link below]. The issue here, other than the violent arrest,
is the collusion and coordinating of versions among the Israeli police.
November 2nd, 2015.

Video of the attack which may have been carried out by the man apprehended in this video:

Activists are harassed by security guards from Nof Zion .

Meet a Palestinian woman risking her life to fight the Israeli occupation. Shot by video journalist Elia Ghorbiah in Palestine.

Infamous violent settler Anat Cohen hitting international in the face on November 2nd 2015 in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron).

On the 29th October Mahdi Mohtaseb was executed by Israeli forces at the
Salaymeh (160) checkpoint, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the old city of
al-Khalil (Hebron). Mahdi, who is survived by five brothers, two
sisters, and many grieving family and loved ones, joins the daily rising
death toll of mostly Palestinian youths gunned down by Israeli forces
and Israeli settlers since October 1st.

Palestinians demonstrating outside the Ibrahim Mosque

are dispersed by the IDF.

Another demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

Yazan Ikhlayel, 17, was at Aida refugee camp’s local community center
when Israeli forces stormed the camp. He was filming Israeli jeeps
rolling through one of the camp’s main roads shooting off tear gas from
his iPhone when a soldier began issuing a message to residents from one
of the jeep’s loud speakers

Friday, October 30, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


Ali Abunimah, author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the
Israeli-Palestinian Impasse, says no one has the gumption to deal with
the real problem - and that is Israel

Middle East in Focus Host Estee Chandler says the conflation of
criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism is meant to shut down debate

interview with Dr. Chen Tannenbaum-Domanovitz

an interview with Hananya Vand.