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
Friday, December 30, 2016
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.
Friday, December 23, 2016
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
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
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.
Produced by: PLO-NAD
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Saturday, December 10, 2016
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
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.
Friday, December 2, 2016
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.