Friday, May 22, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


May 17 is the annual Jerusalem Day, when ultranationalist Israelis march thru Palestinian East Jerusalem.
Illinois House Passes Bill to Stop BDS Campaign Against Israel

Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada says 102 unanimous
votes in the Illinois legislature violates the first amendment and deter
civil society action that is attempting to hold Israel accountable for
its illegitimate and illegal action that even the US considers against
its long standing policies .

The IDF trains in what looks like a wheat field.
Israel's Descent into Barbarism - Norman Finkelstein on RAI (1-3)

Paul Jay interviews Norman Finkelstein.

Demos take place in Susiya & Ni'ilin.

part of an interview with Yana Puller

interview with Hananya Vanda - part 3

interview with Ester Vorknach - part 1

Palestinian Christians are celebrating the canonization of two
Palestinian nuns as Saints. Palestine is the birthplace of Christianity,
and Christians have long been an integral part of the fabric of
Palestinian society. Despite that, their population in the Holy Land has
dwindled. AJ+'s Dena Takruri explains why.

The right of return is one of the biggest sticking points in the
Palestinian–Israeli conflict. In 1948, the founding of Israel lead to
the expulsion and dispossession of what is now the world's biggest
refugee population. Should they be allowed to return?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


A Gaza doctor whose three daughters & niece were killed by Israeli tank fire speaks.

On Sunday evening, May 3th, a group of at least 40 soldiers performed
military training in the Palestinian neighborhood of Tel Rumeida in
occupied Al-Khalil (Hebron), Palestine.

During the almost one
hour long training, heavily armed soldiers were occupying the streets,
impeding movement for Palestinian residents. Several persons were forced
to give a lengthy description of where exactly they are living before
eventually being allowed to proceed on their way home.

The armed
Israeli forces pointed their machine-guns at Palestinians walking by and
created an intimidating atmosphere in the neighborhood.

This was
already the third military exercise in Tel Rumeida documented by ISM
within seven weeks. During these trainings, the army sometimes occupies
Palestinian houses and gardens.

International volunteers documenting this aggression were insulted by soldiers throughout the training.

A settler on horseback hassles a Palestinian shepherd.

On the evening of May 9th, a Palestinian woman and her two small
children were attacked by settlers as she was on her way to the shops.

Abu Remele lives in Tel Rumeida, an area in Hebron under Israeli
control. She was on her way to buy groceries, when about twenty settlers
gathered around them and attacked her son. A Palestinian man, Mohammed
Abu Hazerh, promptly ran to protect them from this harassment.
Harassment of this kind is not unusual for the Palestinians living in
this part of the city.
The Roots of Inequality for Ethiopian Israelis

As mass protests erupt against police brutality in Israel, journalist
Lia Tarachansky explains how Ethiopian Jews are seen as third class
citizens in Israel's ethnocracy

Israeli settlers in Al Khalil (Hebron) rebuilding an illegal synagogue
on Palestinian land, and injure international as ISM tried to document
the incident.

The Jabari family owns land surrounded by
settlements, and Israeli settlers in the area constructed a
tent-synagogue on their land several years ago. After many expensive
court cases the Israeli court recognized the synagogue for being illegal
and tore it down. However, the next day Israeli settlers were
rebuilding the construction under Israeli military presence who did not
prevent them for doing so.
Settlers have been chasing and physically assaulted passing Palestinians passing by on the street.
international volunteers arrived, the settlers had broken the family's
water pipe, and started attacking and harassing anyone who tried to
document the incident.

A demo happens in Nabi Saleh.

This video was put together in order to point a finger at "Breaking the
Silence", an organization that claims to publish testimonies while in
reality it publishes stories which are removed of all factual data. The
data relating to the crime, the perpetrators and their victims had all
been voluntarily redacted by the organization, which sits on a trove of
information that it refuses to publish.

The clip was taken from a talk by Prof. Ilan Pappe which was given at the Al-Awda Convention in 2008.

This is a song from the Jewish Bund, which opposed Zionism.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


Lauryn Hill has canceled a performance in Tel Aviv after running into
difficulty arranging a similar gig for her Palestinian fans in Ramallah.
Her decision comes after activists released a spoof video of “Killing
Me Softly” to ask her not to perform in Israel.

Chilling testimonies by Israeli soldiers reveal firsthand accounts of
military policy during the 2014 war in Gaza. Their stories contradict
the official Israeli rhetoric of only targeting fighters, and they
disclose new evidence of possible war crimes.



Clashes on the streets of Tel Aviv. Thousands of Israelis of Ethiopian
origin have taken to the streets after a video appeared online. It
appeared to show an Ethiopian-Israeli soldier being beaten by two
Israeli police officers.

Residents of Nabi Saleh hold a festival against the Occupation.

An activist films a new born donkey in the South Hebron Hills.

A demo takes place in Ni'ilin.

A theater reenactment of an Israeli parliament session where top
government lawmaker Miri Regev responds to the Supreme Court overturning
a law she promoted to round African refugees into desert detention
centers. From Dafna Zilberg's "A Ticket to the Circus".

working in Abu Annan Jaabari land , Israeli settlers and soldiers
attacked the work , then the land was announced as a close military zone

At least 26 babies born via surrogates in Nepal have arrived home to
their same-sex parents in Israel. But the fate of the surrogates, and
Israel's conservative surrogacy law, is being called into question.

Noted author, activist, and political analyst Norman Finkelstein spoke at Syracuse University on April 23, 2015.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


Activists demonstrate in solidarity with Gaza.

Home demolitions in East Jerusalem have occurred at an average rate of 50 per year since 2004.

Nureddin Amro’s family home was substantially demolished by Israeli authorities on the morning of 31st March 2015.

We can’t give that morning back to the amro family, but we can help them move on.

Help rebuild the Amro family home in Wadi al-Joz after it was unjustly demolished:

Showing bulldozed homes in Nabi Saleh.

protest in the village in solidarity with a prisoner Iyas Refaee who suffer from cancer inside israeli prison
Ratner Report: The Palestine Exception to the First Amendment

Any criticism of Israel and push for BDS is considered anti-Semitic -
such extreme reactions are an indication of the success of the campaign.
The most recent Stanford University case is another example of that

Settlers destroy Palestinian's grapevines.

Activists like baby farm animals.

Settler in East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah calls police on demonstrators.

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.

2015 alternative torch-lighting ceremony

The news about Gaza tends to conjure up images of destruction, decimated
buildings and human suffering. But there's a beautiful side to the area
that is too often ignored, and artist Lara Aburamadan wants to show it

Watch the brave security forces of the Zionist state, who keep
everything ethnically-pure and dandy, in hot pursuit after an
ultra-Orthodox Jew who waves a Palestinian flag in protest of the
provocative and fascist IDF-memorial event that is carried out by the
Zionists inside an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Beit-Shemesh,

Notice how the Israeli police treats the
fascist wearing an Israeli flag as he stones the anti-Zionist Jew (and
carries on doing so with the policeman present) vs. the way they treat
the anti-fascist anti-Zionist Jew for calling "Shame on you!" while
holding a Palestinian flag. [April 22nd, 2015]

Judaism ≠ Zionism.

Judaism ≠ Zionism: On Israeli Independence Day (Nakba Day) 2015, the
ultra Orthodox community in Beit-Shemesh, Israel (Palestine'48) held a
procession to mourn the Zionist day of "independence".

In tens of
synagogues the worshipers take lent and say special prayers which are
specific to days of mourning. In several such synagogues the mourners
also hold a procession and such was the case this year in Beit-Shemesh
and Bney-Brak inside Israel, as well as in the UK, Canada, and

The Zionist "independence" day is celebrated by the ultra-Orthodox Jews
of Jerusalem by burning of the Zionist flag - a flag that represents the
greatest threat to Judaism and a heresy as far as they are concerned.