Friday, December 30, 2016

Israel/Palestine News

There’s no fundamental shift in US policy, but Kerry’s remarks suggest that the US is opposed to Israel as a Jewish state as part of a two-state solution, says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies

Netanyahu's response reveals that the Israeli government has no strategic plans beyond hoping that Palestinians will accept life under occupation, says economist Shir Hever

Since Sept. some 220 Palestinians (incl. about 100 minors) have been forced to leave their homes in the Jordan Valley on multiple occasions to make way for military training. Families from Ibziq, Khirbet Humsah and Khirbet a-Ras al-Ahmar have had to spend hours on end, or even all night, far from home and exposed to the elements. The frequency of these displacements completely disrupts residents’ lives and threatens the very existence of these communities. As an occupying power, Israel cannot use the land for routine military purposes, harm the livelihood of protected persons on this pretext, or attempt to expel the residents.

Why Americans Shouldn't Support Israeli Settlements In Palestinian Land

Calling Palestinian rights ‘problematic’ and LGBT rights a matter ‘in public dispute,’ the TV authority bans a public service announcement by Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

Gideon Levy discusses how the government’s preoccupation of a small Israeli colony in the occupied West Bank reflects the political power of settlers in Israel

Mossad Assassinates Hamas Drone Engineer in Tunisia

Friday, December 23, 2016

Israel/Palestine News

A demo in Ni'ilin.

On 24-25 Nov. 2016, the military took over the homes of two Palestinian families in Hebron. The soldiers used the bathrooms, the kitchens, and in one home also the bedroom of 17-year-old Warud Da’na. She began videotaping the soldiers’ conduct, but they would not allow her to continue. As Da’na told B’Tselem: “It was hard to watch them walking over the carpets in my room with their shoes and sitting on my bed after moving the dolls. I asked my father to tell them to leave, but he said he couldn’t.” Warud and her brother slept over at their grandfather’s, and returned the next morning. She said: “It was very obvious that the soldiers had slept in my bed. The thought of them sleeping in my bed and in my room really bothers me.”

Friday, December 16, 2016

Israel/Palestine News

David Friedman's extreme views are reflected in his use of a term for Jewish collaborators in the Nazi death camps to describe a pro-peace Israeli organization in support of a two-state solution, says political economist Shir Hever.

President-elect Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner: sponsor of illegal Israeli settlements, Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces board member, and now, possible Mideast envoy. How can an advocate of settlements---a major obstacle to peace--broker peace between Palestinians and Israelis?

On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul jay that his father, a famous Israeli General, was ostracized for saying it was necessary to negotiate with the PLO and respect Palestinian self-determination; but he never gave up his belief that the expulsion of 1948 and creation of a Jewish state was justified. He fulfilled a childhood dream and became a member of the IDF Special Forces; then he came to realize that everything he'd believed in was a lie. He's come to understand that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands began in 1948 and he broke with the liberal zionist belief in the "secularization of the bible" and the mission of a Jewish state; he says BDS is an effective strategy that should be supported

Demo in Ni'ilin.

This video unravels Israel’s colonial policies and practices in occupied East Jerusalem, which aim to reduce the Palestinian presence in the city. At present, there are around 200,000 Israeli settlers and 300,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem. These include some 100,000 Palestinians who have already been isolated by the wall. On the other hand, if the wall is completed by Israel, some 100,00 additional Israeli settlers would be placed on the east Jerusalem side of the wall.

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Journalist Charlotte Silver says the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act doesn’t do anything to counter or address anti-semitism, but instead targets Palestinian activism

Diana Ralph and Dr. Tarek Loubani discuss its significance for the future of the solidarity movement in Canada

Incredible footage of Palestine and Jerusalem from the year 1896. Muslims, Jews and Christians lived next to each other and peacefully under the auspices of the Ottoman (Uthmani) Caliphate/Empire

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Israel/Palestine News

Palestinians have lived in the camps around Lebanon since the Nakba in 1948 when they were forcibly ejected from their homeland by Israel. Most of these Palestinians have never set foot in Palestine and are prevented from doing so by Israel. Only the oldest have any memory of their homeland. Most were born in poverty in Lebanon and remain there. This video interviews Palestinians of various ages in Bourj El Barajneh camp in Beirut, Lebanon to see how they keep the memory of their homeland alive. What ‘reminds’ them of Palestine, what is their collective cultural memory, and how do they keep these memories alive for the younger generation in a camp where only 1% or less have actually lived in Palestine?

Video by Celia Peterson

Surfing enthusiasts in Gaza hope to meet other surfers from around the world and participate in global competitions, but Israeli travel restrictions prevent them from leaving the besieged strip. Israel also bans the fiberglass material needed for surfboards, which makes the sport difficult.

Video by Mohammed Asad

Two former Israeli ambassadors, Ron Prosor and Alon Pinkas, in defense of the rape advocating genocidal dictator of South Sudan.

This film addresses the process of arrest, interrogation, and the policy of house arrest and their effects on children. The film provides accounts of children who were arrested in order to highlight a larger policy of persecution and targeting of Palestinian children in Jerusalem.

This film was produced for Addameer Prisoner Support by Odeh Film.

Journalist Daoud Kattub says the 7th Fatah Congress may lead towards rapprochement between the two dominant Palestinian parties

Friday, December 2, 2016

Israel/Palestine News

The German arms company ThyssenKrupp pushed enormously expensive weapons on Greece while Germany was imposing austerity on the nation, says political economist Shir Hever

Message suggested recent forest fires were 'divine retribution' for moves to silence mosques in Israel and East Jerusalem.

Under a quarter of American Jews voted for Donald Trump, yet the Republican candidate received 49% of the Israeli-American vote. On Tuesday, November 22 Mondoweiss reporters asked Israelis in West Jerusalem what they thought about the election of Donald Trump and found overwhelming support for the incoming U.S. president. "In this difficult time all over the world, it's time for strong leaders," says one Trump admirer.

12-part series with Ethiopian Jewish-Israelis who are currently refusing to do reserve duty in the Israeli army and claiming that there is institutional racism against their community • with Jajaw Bimro & Avishai Malson Tzaghon.

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The clowns of Gaza are bringing a smile to kids traumatized by war.

Filmed by video journalist Camilla Schick for AJ+.

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Israel has accepted an offer of help from the Palestinian authorities to tackle the wildfires that have engulfed large areas of central and northern parts of the country.

Protesting racism outside the home of Israel's police chief Roni Alsheikh • 31 August 2016

Demo in Ni'ilin.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Israel/Palestine News

In New York, Jewish and Muslim communities unite in protesting against anti-semitism, Islamophobia and discrimination heightened by Trump's victory.

Protests took place in NYC outside a Zionist Organization of American gala that featured Trump advisor Stephen Bannon

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson and Paul Jay discuss Trump's foreign policy team and whether it's a continuation of policy under Cheney

IDF shoots at & then maces Amir Bitan in Jordan valley, El Heime.

Another Demo In Ni'ilin.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Israel/Palestine News

Arab-Israeli MP Ahmed Al-Tibi condemns new bill backed by Netanyahu to ban the Athan (Islamic call to prayer) in Jerusalem.

Demo In Ni'ilin.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Israel/Palestine News

The right sees it as carte blanche for its political activities while the left sees it as potentially leading to less U.S. support for the occupation, says political economist Shir Hever

PM Netanyahu congratulates US President-Elect Donald Trump.

On 2 November 2016, soldiers entered the village of Zabubah, in the northern West Bank, in pursuit of children who had thrown rocks at the separation barrier. The soldiers entered the center of the village and ran toward a group of children who had gathered there. The children dispersed, but one of them, an 11-year-old, froze. A security camera installed in the area captured the incident on video.

Filmed by: Yusef Abid

Miko Peled, whose father was an IDF general, tells Paul Jay that Bernie Sanders opened the door for mainstream politicians to criticize U.S. policy towards Israel

Another demo in Ni'ilin.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Israel/Palestine News


These Palestinians can only access their land for a couple of days per
year. This is how they harvest olives under occupation. Filmed by video
journalist Elia Ghorbiah in Palestine.

 70% of Palestinians living in Gaza are refugees due to Israeli
policies of mass expulsion. As they face debilitating conditions under
Israeli occupation and siege, Israel denies them their internationally
recognized right to return to their homes and land.

Clinton’s administration’s policy towards the Palestinians would reflect
her patronizing and colonialist remarks from 2006 recently published by
the Observer, says TRNN correspondent Shir Hever


Two videos about the Occupation in the Jordan Valley.

Addameer is pleased to announce the launch of a new film that tackles
the issue of administrative detention as a policy used by the Israeli
government to hold Palestinians indefinitely on secret information
without charge or trial. The film specifically focuses on the
psychological effects of administrative detention on detainees and their

Questions & Answers with David Sheen
University College London • 23 November 2015

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over 30 years the AIC has been at the forefront of bringing together
Palestinian, Israeli and international activists to resist apartheid and

While local and international leaders are unable to
sustain initiatives in this post-Oslo accords period, the AIC works to
break this stalemate by bringing Palestinians and Israelis together to
create new ideas and actions for real change on the ground.

nature of Israel's colonial occupation means that the joint
Palestinian-Israeli work of the AIC is a necessity, not a choice.

Yehudah Glick, once called ‘the most dangerous man in the Middle East’
for his leadership with the Temple Mount Movement, was appointed to the
Israeli Knesset last month, suggesting this once fringe movement is now
in the Israeli mainstream.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Israel/Palestine News


interview with Darfur refugee al-Hajj Hassan

Another demo in Ni'ilin.

Palestinian cistern damaged near settlement of Metzad.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Israel/Palestine News


Border Police throw flash grenades in East Jerusalem in  a training excersize.


B'tselem spokesman slams Israeli settlements & asks the UN to pass a resolution against them.
- A flotilla bound for Gaza carrying food, medicine and other
humanitarian aid was intercepted and seized last week by the Israeli
Navy. The Women’s Boat to Gaza had set sail from the Spanish port city
of Barcelona in mid-September in efforts to break the ongoing Israeli
blockade. Organizers say the Israeli military seized the boat and
detained the 13 human rights activists aboard in international waters
about 40 miles away from Gaza’s shore. The Israeli military towed the
boat to the Israeli port of Ashdod and detained the women for up to four
days before deporting them. We speak to passenger Ann Wright, retired
Army colonel and former U.S. diplomat. Her recent article is titled
"Women’s Boat to Gaza Participants See the Israeli Imposed Perpetual
Darkness on Gaza." Wright spent 29 years in the military and later
served as a high-ranking diplomat in the State Department.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Israel/Palestine News


On 9 Oct. 2016, Civil Administration and military forces arrived at the
community of a-Ras al-Ahmar which lies east of the Palestinian town of
Tammun, in the northern Jordan Valley. The forces destroyed 10 dwellings
and 17 livestock pens and left 24 people, including five minors,
homeless. These demolitions are part of a massive campaign launched by
the Israeli authorities in early 2016. From January through 6 April
2016, the authorities demolished 128 dwellings and 138 other structures
in vulnerable Palestinian communities. These demolitions have rendered
homeless 510 people, including 275 minors.

A Palestinian in Jerusalem is killed after taking part in a drive by shooting killing two.  Richard Silverstein says he was a Shabak informant who turned against his handlers.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Israel/Palestine News


Today’s top stories are;
The Palestinian government decides to
postpose the local election in the Palestinian territories until further
notice, a day after a Palestinian Supreme Court ruling excluded the
Hamas-run Gaza Strip from the vote.
Jordan is facing growing protests across the Kingdom against a 10-billion-dollar gas deal signed with Israel.

United States suspends efforts to reach an understanding with Russia on
implementing a ceasefire in Syria, accusing Moscow of not living up to
its commitments under a previous agreement.

Tamer Nafar's acceptance speech at the Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars)
Ashdod (ethnically cleansed Isdud), 22 Sep 2016.

Another demo in Ni'ilin.

Ana Mish Politi - I'm not political
Performed by Tamer Nafar Min Dam and Yossi Zabari at the Ophir Awards (Israeli apartheid's version of The Oscars)

Translation: Angel Fox & Ronnie Barkan

Diana Buttu is interviewed on Al Jazeera about the death of Shimon Perez.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Israel/Palestine News


The former Israeli president and prime minister has been remembered as a
peacemaker, but his biography tells a different story, says Michel

A panel discussion on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement
with Dimitri Lascaris, Constantine Kristonis, and Lia Tarachansky.

Despite Trump being wrong on the Iran deal, the US congress is more
likely to derail it than his potential presidency, says Col. Larry

In early June, during the month of Ramadan, the Israeli water company,
Mekorot, cut back water supply to several Palestinian communities in the
northern West Bank, including the village of Salem, which is located
east of Nablus and has a population of about 5,000. These communities
suffered from an acute water shortage throughout the summer, and
continue to suffer from it today. Israel has exclusive control over the
supply of water to the entire West Bank, and the amount of water it
supplies to Palestinians falls short of the minimum recommended by the
World Health Organization, and far short of the amount supplied to
Israelis. In this video, Rand ‘Awad, 43, married mother of three, speaks
about living with a water shortage and the many difficulties caused by
the recent cutback.

Kh. Humsah is one of dozens of small shepherding and farming communities
scattered throughout the Jordan Valley. It is comprised of about 20
families and located northeast of the Hamra checkpoint. Like other
communities in the Jordan Valley and throughout Area C, Kh. Humsah is
not recognized by the Israeli authorities, which repeatedly demolish
homes, prevent the community from connecting to the water network and
work toward expelling its residents. Community residents must subsist in
the extreme heat of the Jordan Valley, making a meager living off
farming and shepherding, while facing a constant water shortage. Dina
and Abdallah Abu Kabash, parents of four and residents of Kh. Humsah
speak about the difficulties of living with a water shortage, and
constant harassment from the Israeli authorities.

In early June, during the month of Ramadan, the Israeli water company,
Mekorot, cut back water supply to several Palestinian communities in the
northern West Bank, including the town of Salfit, which has a
population of about 15,000. These communities suffered from an acute
water shortage throughout the summer, and continue to suffer from it
today. Israel has exclusive control over the supply of water to the
entire West Bank, and the amount of water it supplies to Palestinians
falls short of the minimum recommended by the World Health Organization,
and far short of the amount supplied to Israelis. In this video, Jamal
Shahin, from Salfit, speaks about the severe damage the sudden water
cutback caused his cow farm and dairy factory.

Another demo in Ni'ilin.

Repost of video of activists & Palestinians confronting soldiers  who invaded house, this time with dialogue translated.

Obama & Netanyahu talk for the last time during a UN meeting.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Israel/Palestine News


Israel is likely to increase its arms exports now that it cannot use the
aid on its own weapons industry, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now fighting to remove the
influence of the military and security elite from the political process
now that Israel can no longer finance its arms industry through US aid,
says political economist Shir Hever.

In recent months, Israel has stepped up its targeting of Palestinian
human rights defenders. One of those targets is Issa Amro, known for his
engagement in non-violent activism and civil disobedience. Amnesty
International has condemned these attacks, claiming that Issa and others
have been "arrested solely for exercising their rights to freedom of

Issa: "In our occupied city, we don't have any basic
rights...everyone is a target, every one single stone and tree here is a
target for the Israeli occupation."

Palestinians greet Israeli demonstrators outside of Susiya.