Friday, September 25, 2015

Israel/Palestine News

Netanyahu Meets Putin Looking for Existential Threat to Israel

Shir Hever says Netanyahu made misleading statements after his trip to Russia about coordinated military action in Syria.

Noura Erekat explains fight taking place in the Palestine Liberation
Organization as PA President Mahmoud Abbas speculates about a coming

Jerusalem police barricade streets going into East Jerusalem.

The IDF makes a raid at 4 AM, searching houses & arresting a Tamini son.

In Hebron, the IDF shoots dead 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamoun at a checkpoint.

Hat tip to Mondoweiss .

Two videos about another demo in Nabi Saleh.

Ronnie Barkan responds to a question about Prof. Chomsky and activism for Palestinian rights.
With Majed Abusalama in Prague, 4 June, 2014.

Forces teargassing children on their way home from school in Hebron,
ocupied Palestine. This happens almost every single day!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


Israeli police have stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied East Jerusalem and reportedly fired tear gas and stun grenades.

Responding to the false accusation of antisemitism against #‎BDS
activists, Ronnie Barkan explains that the greatest antisemitic force in
the world today is, in fact, the State of Israel.

('Jewish and Democratic State of Israel') uses such racist rhetoric
which is clearly antisemitic, as explained in the video. Not only that -
by sticking to this line and conflating Zionism with Judaism - it is
Israel which places Jews around the world in jeopardy and it is Israel
which poses the greatest threat to world Jewry!

This is very much
in line with Zionism's deeply anti-Jewish thinking and practice. The
list of Zionist anti-Jewish activity is too long to be demonstrated
here, but this will hopefully serve as a good intro:

The Tel-Aviv branch of CafeCafe had to pay 30K NIS compensation to an
Arab trainee, who was explicitly dismissed from work at the moment it
was understood that he was an Arab.

This report exposes CafeCafe -
Israel's largest coffee chain - as a chain that systematically
discriminates and refuses to employ Arab/Palestinian citizens of Israel
simply based on their ethnicity. Even though one of their Tel-Aviv
branches was found guilty of discrimination by the court, its other
branches seem to be undisturbed by it and carry on their usual racist

A demo is held in Nabi Saleh.

A growing number of Palestinian refugees in Syria and Lebanon have been
forced to uproot for a second time, joining hundreds of thousands of
Syrians fleeing war on a perilous journey, aiming for mainland Europe
but making it only as far as Cyprus.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Israel/Palestine News
A takfiri (Arabic: تكفيريtakfīrī) is a Sunni Muslim who accuses another Muslim (or an adherent of another Abrahamic faith) of apostasy.[1] The accusation itself is called takfir, derived from the word kafir (infidel), and is described as when "one who is, or claims to be, a Muslim is declared impure."[2] The act of accusing other Muslims of being takfiri has become a sectarian slur, particularly since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in 2011.[3][4][5]
In principle the only group authorised to declare a member of an Abrahamic religion a kafir ("infidel") is the ulema, and this is only done once all the prescribed legal precautions have been taken.[2] However, a growing number of splinter Wahhabist/Salafist groups, classified by some scholars as Salafi-Takfiris,[6] have split from the orthodox method of establishing takfir through the processes of the Sharia law. They have reserved the right to declare apostasy against any Muslim, in addition to non-Muslims.

The IDF arrests a 10 year old & a 12 year old in Silwan.

Ahmad Nasser, brother of the 24-year-old political prisoner Mahmoud
Nasser, speaks about the illegal arrest, exorbitant bail and how this
affects his family. He urges all of us to take a stand against and asks
to help his brother.

UPDATE: On 7 September 2015 in an appeal
hearing the judge ruled to set the bail at 15.000 Shekel. The family is
happy the bail has been lowered, but still for Palestinian average
income this is an unaffordable amount. Therefore you support is still
very much needed. Please consider making a donation and visit and select Free Mahmoud Nasser Campaign.

After Israel's High Court forces the government to release 1,200
non-Jewish African asylum-seekers from detention, the mayor of Arad
orders police to monitor the entrance to town and prevent them from
entering. We asked locals what they thought of the decision.

Vittorio Feras testimony on his violent arrest in Nabi Saleh on 28 August 2015.

The IDF tries to block a activist from filming in Nabi Saleh.

In Hebron, settlers block a Breaking the Silence tour of the city & mock the police with songs.

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh.  Settlers also rallied to show support for the IDF.

Last week, 14-year-old Ahed Tamimi confronted an Israeli soldier who was
assaulting her brother. She is one of the faces of the anti-occupation
movement in the West Bank.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Israel/Palestine News

Veolia Pulls Out of Israel

Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah says Veoila has lost billions due to the BDS movement.

In Shaab Al Butum, South Hebron hills, the IDF enters school to issue a demolition order.

For hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, last
summer’s nightmare has become an ongoing reality. Maha Abu Mutlaq, a
17-year-old high school student, told B’Tselem of the reality she must
now deal with: “The mood in Khuza’ah is terrible and makes me not want
to study. The streets and houses are in ruins. Wherever you go you see
wreckage and pictures of the dead on walls and doors. When the school
year began, it was very hard for me to concentrate. I kept thinking
about our life before the war and how we’re homeless now. The war forced
us into a terrible reality.

Female settler Anat Cohen attacking international activist, harrasing and insulting her.

52-year old Palestinian man, Hisham Azzeh was arrested Saturday 30th of August in Hebron in Occupied Palestine.

Settlers from Metzad harass Palestinians working on their own land.

Since the end of the last Zionist massacre against Gaza there have been more than 1300 reported attacks against the fishermen.

then, 22 boats have been stolen; 26 fishermen have been injured; one
fisherman, Tawfiq Abu Riela, has been assassinated; 28 boats have been
disabled by bullet fire; 2 big fishing boats have been sunken by rocket
fire, one in Deir El Balah at 300m from the coast and one in Gaza City
at 5 miles; 51 fishermen have been kidnapped while working and 3
fishermen remain prisoners until now.

Those facts, among other
practices of the occupation forces, have caused the quantity of fish
caught to decrease from 1600 tons the year before the massacre to 1000
tons the year after. At the same time the number of fishermen who work
in the Gaza Strip has decreased from 3000 to 1000 and the fishermen who
keep working have seen how their monthly income decreased from 2000 ILS
to the actual 100 ILS.

Friday the 28th of august, there was a demonstration in the Palestinian
village Nabi Saleh close to Ramallah. A non-violent Italian protester
got shoved to the ground by Israeli forces and violently handcuffed and
pushed down the hill.
After the arrest, the soldiers drove the
31/year old Italian man, Vottorio Fera, in the
military jeep for almost nine hours, before he was taken to a police

A demo occurs in Nabi Saleh.  Footage of IDF soldier trying to arrest 12 year old Mohammad Tamimi & being driven off by the boy's relations.