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.

The first Video of the killing of Mahdi Muhtaseb in Hebron
on 29\10\2015

In Hebron, settlers try to attack a Palestinian shop but are stopped by police.

Hebron--This afternoon, in the street of occupied Al-Khalil, a mass peaceful
demonstration took place with nearly two thousand people, men, women and
children, to protest against the refusal of occupation authorities to
deliver the bodies of the martyrs assassinated by Israel forces.
Shuhada checkpoint, several hundred of people were gathered standing,
with flags and clapping when suddenly, for no reason, Israeli forces
began to shot around fifty teargas and sound grenades against the
peaceful protesters. Many people has been shot by the grenades landed

Yousef Munayyer, Ali Abunimah and Max at a press conference on the Palestinian rebellion.

Settler Anat Cohen screams curses & swats international activists in Hebron

The IDF stops Palestinians from entering a market in Hebron.

The International Solidarity Movement remembers Hashem al Azzeh

A little girl recites a song by Sami Yusuf to an IDF squad.

Demos take place in Nabi Saleh & Billin.

Rabbis for Human Rights says their head, Arik Ascherman, was attacked by
a Jewish settler while Ascherman was trying to extinguish a fire in a
Palestinian grove. Ascherman and his group had been helping Palestinians
pick olives earlier in the day near the Itamar settlement.

On the 6.16, while Ansar 'Aasi, 25, was at work at a cleaning products
company in al-Bireh, clashes between soldiers and Palestinian youth took
place in the area. At a certain point, as 'Aasi was standing at the
entrance to the storage room, soldiers spotted him and began to
violently arrest him, kicking and assaulting him with their rifles. The
incident was captured on the company's security cameras. 'Aasi required
medical treatment ans was taken to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital on

'Aasi was held in detention for two days before even
being taken for interrogation at the Binyamin police station. Police
interrogators there told him that three soldiers identified him as a
stone thrower. In spite of his denials, the police did not bother to
check his alibi claim, in spite of the existence of footage. Only
following an arrest extension hearing at the Ofer military court, was
the police willing to view the footage, which was brought to them on
Friday, 9.10.2015. 'Aasi was released unconditionally on Sunday, 11.10,
after five days in wrongful detention.
B'Tselem does not know whether
the soldiers who arrested 'Aasi were held accountable for assaulting
him and making up false charges

Israel blocks the road with blocks & sets up a checkpoint into Issiwiya, a neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

An activist is stopped at a checkpoint at the entrance of Issawiya.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Israel/Palestine News

Baltimore Rallies in Solidarity with Palestine

TRNN talks to Baltimore-Palestine Solidarity about why they are
protesting Senator Ben Cardin's office and their response to the latest
round of violence in Israel and Palestine
Can Kerry Contain Netanyahu?

Samah Sabawi, Palestinian author and playwright says Palestinians are
waking up to the reality of political separation and the system of an

Is Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu rewriting history to blame a Palestinian for the Holocaust?
Netanyahu's Record on Inciting Violence Against Palestinians

Max Blumenthal, author of The 51-Day War: Resistance and Ruin in Gaza,
says Netanyahu absolved Hitler of the final solution by placing the
blame for the Holocaust on the Palestinians.

An Eritrean man being beaten by an Israeli mob shocked many. Is this
what happens when politicians encourage people to take the law into
their own hands?

Footage from Hebron: Israeli military enables 5-day settler attack:

documented a five-day (6-10 Oct. 2015) campaign of violence by settlers
against Palestinians in Hebron. Settlers repeatedly threw stones and
bottles at Palestinian homes near the Kiryat Arba settlement fence,
while Israeli security forces looked on. Settler violence intensified
after two attacks by Palestinians in Hebron: a settler sustained serious
injuries and a Border Police officer was slightly injured; one
perpetrator fled, the other was shot to death. In another incident, a
confrontation developed with settlers and Palestinians throwing stones
at each other. Soldiers stood by the former and fired tear-gas at the
latter. This glimpse of daily life in Hebron is an extreme example of
the imbalance of power throughout the West Bank, in which Israeli forces
back settler violence targeting Palestinians.

An IDF riot vehicle sprays down houses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya.

Jewish settlers block the entrance into an East Jerusalem neighborhood after the police set up a checkpoint.

Israelis Rush To Self-Defense Classes And Gun Stores Amid Recent Wave Of
Violent Attacks. “Stab! Stab!” This Israeli self-defense instructor
demonstrates how to thwart a knife attack with a handbag.

Israeli journalist Gideon Levy speaks to a meeting of Jewish Voice for Peace, even with pro-Israel hecklers present.

A Jewish settler shot and killed a Palestinian teenager. As the death
toll rises, hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians marched through the
streets of Jerusalem chanting "Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.”

Police & soldiers won't allow activist to sit on steps at Damascus Gate.

After the extrajudicial execution of Fadel Qawasmi 18 years old in
shuhada street , the Israeli army closed Shuhada street for the
Palestinians especially the Human Rights Defenders .
The lives of the Palestinians who are living H2 is in danger , people are afraid about their lives .

An Eritrean man died after being shot and then beaten by a mob that
apparently mistook him for a gunman following a shooting in Israel.

Tension builds in Israel and the West Bank with three new stabbing attacks on Israelis reported on Saturday, and the funeral for a young Palestinian stone-thrower killed by Israeli forces in Nablus. VICE News attends the funeral, where grief turns to rage and calls for revenge.

Uri Rezken was stabbed in the back by a man who mistook him for Palestinian. Now, Uri's calling for peace.

A demo occurs in Billin.

A ‎Palestinian woman from Haifa attacked and detained by
[Jewish] ‎Israeli passersby in Tel Aviv. Passers-by are arguing about
whether or not to beat and kill her. One woman claims she saw she had a
knife and screams and demands her execution. Someone kicks her in the
head. If not for the intervention of some of the bystanders who stop the
lynch this would have been reported as another "stabber terrorist" that
was "neutralized" .

Security guard for the settlement of Nokdim harasses activists.

Police allow mobs of Israelis to roam Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.

British vounteer David Amos described the moment his group was attacked
by Israeli settlers in the West Bank, near the Palestinian village of
Burin, Thursday. The 66-year-old was hospitalised after rocks were
hurled at him during the incident which took place on Wednesday, leaving
him bloodied and with injuries to his head.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


The Israeli parliament has approved increased security measures in
response to the recent violence in the country and the occupied
Palestinian territories. But are they really trying something new?

An artist in Gaza who uses fruit, sand and spices as paint says she sees
her art as a form of resistance to the Israeli occupation of
Palestinian territories.

We talk to the activists behind a new video about solidarity between black Americans and Palestinians.

 The Illegal colonists of the Yitzhar settlement south
of Nablus attacked farmers, family members and internationals and set
fire to more then a dozen olive fields in Burin and Huwarrah.
Palestinians ‘Living Under Two Occupations’: Violence Spikes in the West Bank

Jeff Halper says Israel and the Palestinian Authority are partners in repression.


The cycle of violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories
continued on what Palestinian leaders declared a “Day of Rage.” 30
Palestinians and 7 Israelis have now been killed this month.

Palestinian attacks police at checkpoint  & is gunned down.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat urged Israelis to arm themselves at all times
in the midst of two-weeks of violent clashes between Israel and
Palestine. Four Israelis and 25 Palestinians have been killed.

Checkpoints in East Jerusalem expose Palestinians to more harassment.

An activist filming in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem is jumped by a female settler & soldiers & police do nothing.

In response to the attack in which Palestinians killed Eitam and Naama
Henkin, settlers attacked Palestinians and their property in many parts
of the West Bank. Footage shows that soldiers were present at the scene
throughout the incidents, but did not prevent the attack or arrest
perpetrators. On the contrary, the soldiers accompanied settlers on
their rampage, and used crowd-control weapons against Palestinian youth
from the villages, who threw stones at the settlers in order
to push them back. In one of the videos a soldier is helped by a masked
settler who carries his military backpack containing tear-gas
canisters, and even loads the canisters onto the soldier's six-shot

Two soldiers & a cab driver object to a Women In Black demo in Jerusalem.
Israel Escalates Punitive Measures Against Palestinian Resistance in Jerusalem

Economist Shir Hever says more repression will not subdue anger
resulting from decades of occupation, and this could potentially
undermine Israel's arms exports and its practice of managing the
conflict without political compromise

Tel Aviv Friday 9.10.2015 demonstration against the occupation, against escalation, against apartheid.

A demo takes place in Billin.

Fadi Alloun, a 19 year-old resident of occupied Jerusalem, was shot by
Israeli police with at least 7 bullets even though it does not seem that
he was posing a threat to anyone at that point.
The official claim
against him, which is yet to be proven, is that he had stabbed 15
year-old Moshe Malka moments earlier. It is also claimed that he was
carrying a knife at the moment of the shooting.

Violence has spiked in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories,
with more stabbing attacks and clashes between Palestinian protesters
and Israeli forces.

On the 5 of October Israeli forces invaded Bab A-Zawwiya in occupied
al-Khalil (Hebron). They broke into a Palestinian shop to use it for
military purposes in an area supposedly under full Palestinian control.

Israeli undercover agents reportedly infiltrated a group of Palestinian stone throwers.

A leftist activist films a march by Lehava members & is attacked.

When you think of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, you probably think
of clashes, rockets, checkpoints and Gaza – but what's really at the
heart of the violence in Israel and Palestine?

The IDF ransacks & prepares for demolition the home of a Palestinian attacker Muhannad Halabi.

A settler named Ben Goldstein makes a video asking for money for 'our brave IDF warriors' while toting an assault rifle

Friday, October 9, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


A stone throwing attack by settlers damages Palestinian renewable energy facility.

Four Palestinian teenagers and four Israelis have been killed in the
West Bank in October. Are Palestinians On The Verge Of A Third Intifada?

Four Palestinian teenagers and four Israelis have been killed in the
West Bank in October. Are Palestinians On The Verge Of A Third Intifada?

A Palestinian man  is summarily shot in this video.  Richard Silverstein describes the action on his website:

 . . . a mob of mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews pursuing a lone
Palestinian man and shouting repeatedly, “shoot him, shoot him.”  Then
police sirens are heard.  The video clearly shows the police car, the
officer exiting it pointing his weapon and killing the Palestinian.  The
officer never says anything to the victim beforehand.  He doesn’t tell
him to stop.  He doesn’t identify himself.  He shoots first and then
asks the crowd whether the dead boy stabbed someone.  Another Israeli
responds: “He hadn’t yet succeeded [in doing so].”   . . .
Reports Expose Zionists Stifling Dissent on US Campuses

Judith Butler and Dima Khalidi speak with TRNN’s Sharmini Peries, about
two reports released this week, on how Israel’s defenders use false
charges of anti-semitisim, law suits, and official denunciations to
limit debate on US Campuses.


University campuses are the front line of Palestinian human-rights
advocacy in the U.S., but a new report by the Center for Constitutional
Rights and Palestine Legal documents hundreds of cases in which students
and scholars have been punished for their free speech.

Israir and the Israel Airports Authorities have lost a legal suit
concerning ethnic-based discrimination. While the official racist claim
was that: "We have a security directive prohibiting the flying of five
minorities together", it was soon realized that the rationale behind it
was to disembark an Arab/cousin/Ishmaelite passenger for the sake of a
Jewish one.

A demo takes place in Nabi Saleh . . . by Israeli settlers.

A wedding takes place in Beit Umar.

On Saturday, October 3, members of Boston Students for Justice in
Palestine attended the Bernie Sanders rally with a sign that read “Will
Ya #‎FeelTheBern 4 Palestine?”. We held our sign quietly and
respectfully in the overflow area, and did not block any of the rally
screenings or walkways. We received a warm welcome from surrounding
Bernie supporters and rally participants, many of whom also carried

Within minutes of arriving, we were approached by police
and venue staff and told that the Bernie Sanders campaign team requested
we take down our sign (see video). To our knowledge, no other
individuals were asked to do the same. After we were told to take our
sign down, we began filming our interaction with police and staff. We
were immediately given a verbal trespass order and threatened with

We understand that in American politics, the mere mention
of “Palestine” often stirs controversy, but polls show that a growing
and increasingly diverse segment of the American population sympathizes
with the Palestinian struggle for freedom and equality. This is
especially true of young people like us. These numbers will only grow as
more Americans become aware of Israeli human rights abuses and
discriminatory policies and recognize that supporting Palestinian
freedom, justice and equality is a progressive value.

We have
discussed the incident with Sanders’s campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, who
expressed regret about how we were treated and acknowledged that our
sign was “appropriate” and “in the spirit of many other signs there.” We
are eager to engage in a dialogue about inclusivity and the elevation
of under-represented voices. Sanders speaks up for those hurt by low
wages, gender inequality, school tuition, corporate power, and climate
change. Recently, he released a broad policy platform to address
systemic racism. We want him to also speak up for those hurt by US
foreign policy and military aid: we want him to speak up on Palestine.
We hope that Sanders and other presidential candidates will seriously
consider our government’s role in Israel's human rights abuses as they
shape their foreign policy platform.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Israel/Palestine News


40-year-old Nidal Alareer's three houses were destroyed during the
51-day war on Gaza in the summer of 2014. While the threat of another
Israeli mega-assault looms, Alareer is slowly rebuilding one his homes. I
sat down with him to ask about the Eid holiday this year.

Hat tip to Mondoweiss

The IDF arrests a 10 year old Palestinian in the South Hebron Hills.

They raise the Palestine flag at 11:39 in this clip.

Meet Palestine's first professional basketball player: Sani Sakakini the 26-year-old who's aiming for the NBA.

English-subtitled audio recording of Rabbi Yisrael Ariel (Head of The
Sanhedrin and The Temple Institute) speaking in Jerusalem on 9 September
2015 about how Jews should treat non-Jews.

How liberal is Tel Aviv? Take a tour with former city council member
Sami Abu Shehade and view the reality of ongoing ethnic cleansing that
the Tel Aviv-Jaffa (Yafa) municipality is responsible for, since 1948 to
this day.

Yafa is one of the oldest cities in the world with a
4000 year history. Yet, the newly created city of Tel Aviv had
physically destroyed much of Yafa and drove away over 95% of its
inhabitants, while trying to erase its rich legacy. The ethnic cleansing
of Yafa, which was carried out in 1948, had not stopped but had
recently transformed into an economic transfer under the guise of the
(racist) law.

Do you support the city council of Amsterdam, who
successfully deals with confronting its own dark past, in its initiative
of twinning with the city Tel Aviv-Jaffa who is constantly in the
process of covering up its dark past and even darker present? Should
mayor Eberhard Van Der Laan accept this reality by twinning and giving a
green light to Israeli apartheid?

An official municipality ad
boasts that "The IDF enlistment rate from Tel-Aviv city schools is 91%
for girls and 92% for boys." as well as bragging that "Tel Aviv is the
city with the largest number of career officers in the Israeli army."

Demos were held in Beit Jala & Billin.

The new trend for hotels in #apartheid Israel - warning their
ethnic-Jewish guests of expected Arab guests who are booked for the same
In another incident, hotel conditions its service to guests
under 21 years of age, on showing a valid soldier ID: "Which means that
18 to 21 year old Arabs, who don't serve in the army, cannot stay in the

Two Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalists were assaulted Friday by
Israeli soldiers who destroyed and seized their equipment in the
occupied West Bank after the funeral of a Palestinian killed by the

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