Friday, August 18, 2017

israel/Palestine News


Pro-Israeli groups are pushing the White House to transition from neoconservativism to Alt-Right, says Shir Hever

The Israeli government is compiling a list of BDS (Boycott, Divestment,
Sanctions) activists who are not allowed to travel to Israel. Asa
Winstanly of the Electronic Intifada talks about the effort to expose
this secret list

Richard Spencer, a white nationalist and de facto leader of the
so-called “alt-right,” described himself to a reporter on Israel’s
Channel 2 News as “a white Zionist” on Wednesday evening and argued that
Israelis “should respect someone like me.”

Palestinian activist Mohammed Othman, American website designer Adam
Abel and pro-skater Kenny Reed are making dreams come true for the
teen-skaters in the West Bank city of Qalqilyah.
Not only do they
aim to normalize the lives of the local children but also promote gender
equality. And even though skating is considered to be a "boys' sport",
in Qalqilyah girls do come to skate. Read

Israeli forces this morning demolished a two-story building in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya.


TRNN's Shir Hever discusses the reasons for the rapid rise in Palestinian incarceration, including hundreds of children

"Hadas always swam according to her compass, and not with all the other
fish. And her compass has led her to this courageous act."
So said
this week, the father of conscientious objector Hadas Tal, who declared
her refusal on grounds of opposition to the occupation.

In late July, dozens of Israeli settlers raided and occupied the Abu
Rajab family home in the Old City of Hebron near the Ibrahimi Mosque.
Since then they have slowly moved in under the constant protection of
armed Israeli soldiers. Abu Rajab family members are now subjected to
daily harassment from the settlers, while soldiers control the family’s
every move in and out of the parts of the home where they have been able
to remain.

“The mother has undergone a sex-change operation and today she’s a man” —
this is the opening of a social services’ paper listing the reasons for
taking Erez Cohen’s son away from him. Cohen, 44, was raised as a girl
and lived as a woman, but since he discovered that he was born an
intersex person, he has been living as a man.

The Green Line is in fact the border of the State of Israel under the
1949 armistice agreements. So where does lack of knowledge about this
line come from? First and foremost, it is important for look at the
Israeli educational system, perhaps the most significant system for
shaping our personal or collective consciousness.

Press CC to get English subtitles.

Demo takes place in Ni'ilin.

Hundreds of demonstrators called on Minister Uri Ariel to dismantle the
Bedouin Settlement Authority, dismiss the director-general Yair Maayan
because of his racist statements and immediately stop the house

On 21 July ‘17, dozens of Israeli police raided al-Makassed hospital in
East Jerusalem seeking to arrest a critically injured Palestinian.
B’Tselem found that armed officers entered various wards. Officers tried
to seize the man’s bed on the way to surgery and pushed medical staff
and persons protecting him. The man died meanwhile. Such violent,
life-endangering conduct cannot be justified. The police can use other
means, without harming staff or patients or violating the convention
that medical staff and clinics are a safe haven.

Friday, August 11, 2017

israel/Palestine News


The growing corruption scandal threatening Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu's political future now includes casino mogul Sheldon

Her twin sister joined the IDF but Hadas decided to refuse to enlist.
She receives full support from the parents, who she says are already
part of her struggle. Watch the personal interview with Hadas in which
she explained the reasons that led her to refuse to enlist.

An Israeli soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant has
begun serving time in a military prison following one of the most
divisive trials in Israel's history.

Shabaab of Rafah become the first Gazan team to win football's Palestine
Cup in more than a decade, despite Israeli restrictions keeping 10 of
its players off the pitch. (AFP Video)

Settlers began throwing stones at Palestinians while making their way
back from shabbat prayers. Local sources say that three Palestinians
were injured in the settler attack, including at least one broken arm
and one head injury. Soldiers failed to disperse the settlers, but
rather chose to disperse the Palestinians present with stun grenades.

Israeli forces attacked demonstrators in Khursa, near Dura, occupied Hebron governorate. 4th of August, 2017.

Strangely, the state manages to translate from Arabic documents related
to security and intelligence, but when it comes to translating into
Arabic signs, such as "Line 42 will arrive in ten minutes" it suddenly
fails, delays and presents excuses. See the Knesset debate on the
translation and accessibility of public transport to Arab society. The
discussion was held as part of the Arab Language Day in the Knesset.

Another demo in Ni'ilin.

The subject of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land occupied by
Israel since the 1967 war is one of the most divisive between the two

Now Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has laid
the foundation stone for Bitar Illit, in the West Bank. This new
settlement will rehouse residents of Amona, an illegal settlement shut
down by the Supreme Court.


Some relatives of Palestinian prisoners say Israeli authorities are
keeping them from visiting their loved ones. Israel admits the
visitation restrictions are part of an attempt to force Hamas into talks
about a possible exchange of prisoners. Rahul Radhakrishnan has more.

Israeli settlers seize Palestinian family homes in Hebron

flashpoint city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank has seen a rise in
tensions after Israeli settlers moved into three Palestinian apartments
by force just over a week ago.

Within hours the army turned the
site into a closed military zone, in effect providing protection to the
settlers, and restricting the Abu Rajab family access to their own home.

The Abu Rajabs are slowly being forced from a cluster of apartment building, in which they have lived for decades.

Friday, August 4, 2017

israel/Palestine News


What is the Green Line, and what does it symbolize for you? Has the
Green Line been forgotten in our consciousness? We went out to check
what the public thinks of the Green Line, and heard about borders,
occupation and separation.

On 13 June 2017, Border Police knocked on a door in Silwan, East
Jerusalem. When no one answered, they demanded that the brother who
lives next door give them the keys to the house. An argument ensued;
Border Police then assaulted the man and his son, broke the man’s arm,
and arrested both father and son. The footage shows part of the incident
as recorded by a neighbor on his cell phone. This incident illustrates
how unbearably easy it is for police to abuse East Jerusalem residents.

Adopting is complex, we recognize it, but the complexity is not related
to the parents' sexual orientation." Thousands protested against the
state's petition to the High Court that it would forbid non-straight
couples to adopt children on the grounds that single-sex families are
different and may add additional burdens on the child.

On 10 March 2017 Palestinians and Israeli security forces clashed in
Silwad. A Border Police officer fired a sponge round, injuring D.T., 17.
The officer then hit him in the head with a gun. D.T., who lost
consciousness, was taken to Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, where he
underwent surgery for a cranial fracture and subdural hematoma. During
his 12 days in Hadassah Hospital, his parents were not allowed to
approach him, and he was kept in restraints. While shocking, this case
is not at all unusual, nor is the fact that no one will be held
accountable, guaranteeing these injustices will continue as long as the
occupation does.
The incident was captured on the gas station’s security cameras
Please note: The security cameras' timestamps are inaccurate.
The video was edited by B'Tselem

The truth about desert detention centers.

The Defamation League's hypocrisy.

Between the Hebrews of Dimona & the refugees of Africa.

Israeli forces attacked unarmed demonstrators with live ammunition
following a protest against the new access restrictions at Jerusalem's
al-Aqsa mosque.

Another demo in Ni'ilin.

Al-Khalil/Hebron, 26th July 2017, 8pm. A small group of Palestinians were
protesting outside Checkpoint 56 in central Hebron when they were
attacked, entirely unprovoked, by around 30 Israeli soldiers. The
heavily-armed soldiers rushed into the crowd without warning, throwing
sound grenades at the demonstrators.

Noa Gur Golan came to the recruitment center and declared a
conscientious objection, but was sentenced in the meantime to five days
in prison. Her family and the "Refusers" support network came to support
her and her decision.

Eight months after completing the "Women's Boat to Gaza" solidarity
sail, the participants gathered in the Swedish Parliament and presented
the Gazan status quo,and specifically the state of women under the

Huda Ghalia graduates 11 years following the 2006 Gaza beach tragedy that killed seven members of her family

More than 100 settlers stormed a residential building in occupied Hebron
on 25 July 2017 and evicted its Palestinian residents under the
protection of occupation forces.

Friday, July 28, 2017

israel/Palestine News


After a public backlash against a proposed law that would make it a
felony for Americans to support the international boycott against
Israel, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have issued a
letter promising to amend the law. TYT Politics Contributor Ryan Grim ( explains.

B'Tselem spokesperson Amit Gilutz says the NGO law is one of many
legislative initiatives unfairly targeting organizations that oppose
Israel's occupation of Palestine

The Palestinian protest against restrictions on the Al-Aqsa mosque is
the latest challenge to a 50-year occupation, but self-denial and racism
preclude Israelis from listening, says veteran Israeli journalist
Gideon Levy

As the Al-Aqsa protests continue despite a deadly Israeli crackdown,
writer Mariam Barghouti says Palestinians across the Occupied
Territories "are reiterating their right to exist"


The deadly Israeli crackdown on Palestinians protesting restrictions at
Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of an effort to divide the holy site
and undermine the Palestinian struggle for freedom, says Dr. Mustafa


A new report from War on Want reveals that some of the UK's top banks
and financial institutions are investing in companies known to supply
Israel with weapons and technology used in the oppression of

On Jul. 19, military and Civil Administration forces confiscated two
water tanks in Kh. Tall al-Himma in the northern Jordan Valley, along
with a pump from a spring used as the community’s main source of water.
Solar panels were confiscated there on Jul. 5. The cruel treatment of
these communities, which Israel refuses to connect to the water system,
is particularly brazen in the current scorching heat of the Jordan

Since the mid-1990s, the Israeli military has imposed a policy of segregation in the center of Hebron. As part of this policy, in 2012 it built a fence along the main road of a-Salaimeh neighborhood, dividing it
lengthwise: a wide, paved section for Jews, and a narrow, rutted
pedestrian passageway for Palestinians. Subsequent to footage published
by B’Tselem, the military cancelled the separation, but then reinstated
it in 2015. In May 2017 the military extended the fence into the Gheith
neighborhood, installing a gate at its end which is arbitrarily unlocked
by Border Police. This severe injury to Hebron residents is a case of
collective punishment. It keeps residents from leading normal lives and
makes their lives intolerable. Israel thereby promote the ongoing silent
displacement of Palestinians from the center of Hebron.

Since the fence was extended from a-Salaimeh to Gheith
in May 2017, residents of the two neighborhoods must take a significant
detour when the gate installed at the end of the fence is locked.
B’Tselem field researcher Manal al-Ja’bri documented boys obliged to
take a long alternate route, which includes flights of steps, to reach
their home which is situated on the main street, pushing and carrying a
trolley with pottery made by their father. This route takes far longer,
is hard to negotiate, and is dangerous at night. This severe harm is a
case of collective punishment, which keeps residents from leading normal
lives and makes their lives intolerable.
The clip was edited by B’Tselem.

Wadi a-Nasara, al-Hareqa and Jabal Juhar are three Palestinian
neighborhoods (pop. ~45,000) in the southern part of Hebron. The
settlement of Kiryat Arba was established nearby, and settlers use the
main road that links the neighborhoods and leads to al-Haram al-Ibrahimi
(the Tomb of the Patriarchs). In Nov. 2002, Palestinians killed twelve
members of the Israeli security services on that road. The military then
erected a 2-km barrier between Wadi a-Nasara and the neighborhoods
south of it, barred vehicular access by Palestinians to the
neighborhood, and did not even allow Palestinian pedestrians to use the
road, forcing them to use a rock-strewn field by the side of the road.
In May 2017 the military barred Palestinians from walking even there,
and as of June irregularly allows them to do so.

Atalia Ben-Abba is a conscientious objector; Tamar Sholav is enlisting
for combat unit in the Karakal. Both met to discuss the connection
between their choice and feminism.

The Two State Solution- Is it still viable? What can make it happen?
What is the Alternative? Symposium at the School for Peace at Wahat al
Salam-Neve Shalom with Professor Sari Nusseibeh, Meron Rapoport, Yossi
Kuperwasser, Professor Yuli Tamir, and Professor Ilan Pappé.

Friday, July 21, 2017

israel/Palestine News


A bipartisan Senate bill would make boycotting Israel punishable by up
to 20 years in prison. But a new pushback from groups including the ACLU
could help stop the ‘draconian’ measure, says Josh Ruebner of the US
Campaign for Palestinian Rights

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a blistering attack against
the European Union during a closed-session meeting Wednesday morning in
the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

Some musicians are calling on Radiohead to boycott Israel, others are
supporting the band's decision to play in Tel Aviv this Wednesday.


Israeli bombs. Israeli drones. Israeli-imposed power cuts. And no way to
leave. Everyday life in Gaza is shaped by Israeli policy, which has
turned the coastal enclave into a maximum security prison where the
inmates are fathers, mothers and children whose only crime is being born
in Gaza. Can you imagine life like this?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Western media is missing important context behind the deadly gunfight at
Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound, says journalist and filmmaker Dan

On Wednesday, 5 July 2017, Civil Administration officials and the
military came to the Palestinian community of Khirbet Tall al-Himma
(Khallet Hamad) in the northern Jordan Valley, south of the community of
‘Ein al-Beida. They confiscated two solar panels used by five families,
numbering 25 people, including 15 minors. The panels had been donated
by a humanitarian aid organization in March 2017, after Israeli
authorities confiscated the pre-fab one of the families had been living

This month, the implementation of the Deposit Law, which constitutes an
additional blow to the asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea, began. The
law obligates employers to set aside 20 percent of the workers' wages
to a deposit, and they will receive their money back only if they leave
the country. On June, a demonstration was held in Habima Square in Tel
Aviv, protesting against the aggressive law. The protest was attended by
members of the Israeli asylum seeker community, and employers, mainly
from the restaurant industry, where many asylum seekers work.

The Palestinian village of Jub a-Dib near Bethlehem has existed since
1929, yet Israel refuses to hook it up to the power grid. In late 2016,
thanks to international aid, 96 solar panels were installed providing
the 160 residents with regular electricity for the first time. Israel
confiscated the panels on 28 June 2017. This is another example of
Israel’s systematic abuse of Area C Palestinians, denying them basic
services and confiscating or destroying alternatives provided by aid

An event marking the launch of the book "50 Concepts, Testimonies and
Representations of Occupation". The panel was moderated by Dr. Ishai
Menuhin (editor of the collection), with the participation of the writer
Odeh Bisharat, Prof. Idith Zertal, Adv. Dan Yakir, Dr. Anat Matar and
Miki Kratsman (editor of the presentations).

Gur Golan dreamed of being a pilot as a child. Instead, she declared a
conscientious objection and went to jail. Watch her tell about her
supporting brothers, about pacifism, and why she did not try to be
released through the mental health officer.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at the ֹÉlysée Palace in Paris


On 19 May 2017, Israeli security forces fired tear gas canisters at
protesters in ‘Abud. Some fell in nearby homes. ‘Abd a-Rahman al-Majid, a
toddler with ALS was at his home and had trouble breathing due to gas
inhalation. This footage, filmed by Falastin TV, shows his parents, and
medics trying to get him to an ambulance waiting at the entrance to the
village. The toddler was taken to hospital and remained there for three
weeks. Four weeks after returning home, he died. This case illustrates
Israel’s lenient, permissive use of “crowd control” measures, relying on
the fact they are considered “non-lethal” and ignoring the danger

After 10 years of Israeli siege, the UN warns Gaza is becoming
'unlivable.' Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Israel, with
the Palestinian Authority's help, is responsible for the crisis, as most
of the world looks on in silence.

Protest against the blocking of the road from Kufr Qaddoum to nearby Nablus, against the occupation and against apartheid

Friday, July 14, 2017

israel/Palestine News


In an attempt to protect accurate consumer labeling information, the
Ontario Liquor Control Board and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
ordered the products labeled 'Product of Israel' but produced in the
Occupied Territories removed, says Dr. David Kattenburg

Israeli police investigate three corruption cases involving the prime minister

On 12 March 2017, during the Jewish holiday of Purim (traditionally
celebrated by dressing up), A B’Tselem volunteer filmed a Hebron
resident who, while documenting the detention of a Palestinian youth at a
checkpoint, was detained himself. He was then harassed by settlers
while Israeli Border Police stand stood by and did nothing.

Israeli officers’ conduct is part of a longstanding policy of
appropriating Palestinian urban areas in Hebron for the benefit of
settlers. Israel thereby promotes the ongoing silent displacement of
Palestinians from the center of Hebron.
The clip was edited by B’Tselem.

Is the Two State Solution Still Viable?


The Two State Solution- Is it still viable? What can make it happen?
What is the Alternative? Symposium at the School for Peace at Wahat al
Salam-Neve Shalom with Professor Sari Nusseibeh, Meron Rapoport, Yossi
Kuperwasser, Professor Yuli Tamir, and Professor Ilan Pappé.

A group of young Palestinians from Umm al-Fahm, descendants of families
displaced in 48 of their villages, meets every week to discuss identity,
national oppression and the Nakba. They are part of the "Odna" project -
return in Hebrew, which deals with the promotion and planning of the
return of the Palestinian refugees.

"Our soldiers have a need to tell what they saw and what they did, and
their mission and national commitment collide with the inhuman missions
they are required to carry out." On the eve of the reading of soldiers'
testimonies for five hours, Breaking the Silence are determined to
continue to place a black mirror in our faces.

International law practitioner and researcher Dr. Valentina Azarova
discusses the politics involved in UNESCO's decision to rule Hebron a
Palestinian World Heritage Site in danger

Richard Silverstein discusses Israel’s silenced history of racially motivated medical malpractice

"Have you ever visited a refugee camp? Have you seen the poverty?",
"It's impossible for so many to return", "They'll throw us into the
ocean", "We have to provide them with a solution", "The refugees are the
root of the problem".
What is your view on the Palestinians refugees
right of the return? What would happen if it were realized? Is a
conflict resolution possible without a refugee solution?
Watch the answers of Israelis and Palestinians from the West Bank.

Nora Lester Murad warns that aid to Palestine serves the Israeli occupation

Friday, July 7, 2017

israel/Palestine News


Historian and author Vijay Prashad says Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's visit to Israel underscores the Indian government's shift to the
right and abandonment of the Palestinian cause

What do you think are the problems and difficulties the bisexual
community has to face? Preparing for the pride parade this Friday
(9/6/2017), we went out to check how is this year's pride events theme -
bisexuality - is perceived.

Palestine Solidarity Campaign wins case against the UK Government as
judge rules government acted unlawfully by restricting local councils
from pursuing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state
of Israel, says Hugh Lanning

Another attempt to expel Palestinians from their land on the false pretext of requiring coordination

Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s misguided policies of "trading the
long-term strategic interest of the Zionist movement and the state of
Israel in exchange for short-term political gains, is a mistake" says
TRNN correspondent Shir Hever

Save Net Neutrality


Friday, June 30, 2017

israel/Palestine News


Daoud Kuttab, award winning Palestinian journalist discusses the
tensions Kushner faces as Trump's peace negotiator in the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the annual "Taglit-Birthright" event

On 5 April 2017 CA personnel arrived with a military escort at Um
al-‘Ubor – a community beside Route 90, east of the town of Tammun, that
is the permanent home of four families. The community is surrounded by
farmland owned by Palestinian Jordan Valley residents and leased to
local farmers. The forces uprooted date palms and ruined melon and fakus
[Armenian cucumber] crops on a 0.4-hectare field, all on land privately
owned by a Tubas resident. B’Tselem field researcher ‘Aref Daraghmeh
filmed the damage to the melon field.

The conflict in Israel/Palestine is presented in a rejoinder to Denis
Prager's opinion. It presents important facts about the incessant
conflict in the Holy Land.

Friday, June 23, 2017

israel/Palestine News


Seventeen women have been murdered this year - four of them in the past
week. Hundreds demonstrated calling for women's blood not to be

In solidarity with the residents of Gaza, who are plunged into darkness,
activists raised a message of light and hope to the Gazans, to whom
Israel is further reducing the allocation of electricity.

The untold story of the return of the residents of Wadi Fukin to their village in 1972 after 20 years as refugees.

The 8th edition of the ISDEF weapons exhibition took place in Tel-Aviv
at the beginning of the month - a resistance protest was held in front
of it.

“I am Palestinian and I’m going to stay Palestinian forever. It doesn’t matter where I live or what passport I carry.”

by Israel during the Naksa in 1967, Manal grew up as a refugee in
Jordan. Today, Manal lives in Brooklyn and remains active on
Palestinian, undocumented, Muslim, and Arab women's rights locally.

Beirut-based journalist Nour Samaha has uncovered extensive Israeli government support of anti-Assad forces in southern Syria

Qatar is an important supporter of Hamas and as the friction against
Qatar grows in the region it will be difficult to deliver aid, the
consequences for Hamas and the Gaza Strip will severe, explains Imad
Alsoos of the Free University of Berlin

Saturday, June 17, 2017

israel/Palestine News


Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu says the power cut to Gaza is fault of
Palestinian Authority, but actually is result of a power play between
Abbas and Netanyahu in the run-up to peace negotiations explains TRN's
Shir Hever

Nabil Marouf, Palestine’s Representative in Canada, calls for sanctions,
boycotts and criminal prosecutions to being an end to Israel’s system
of apartheid


Dozens of members of the "Church of Jesus", Filipinos living in Israel,
held a cleaning day on the streets of South Tel Aviv. This is their way
of thanking Israel and showing their love for the environment.

“We will never stop fighting for Palestine, because Palestine is everything.”

Abdelhadi still remembers her childhood nightmares of Israeli soldiers
executing her--nightmares that surfaced after watching footage of the
Second Intifada. It was the first indication that her life as a
Palestinian was seen as disposable. Today, Eman vows to never stop
standing up for Palestine--and to never forget the injustice inflicted
on her family.

"There are mobsters who have the law enforcement in their pockets so
they will keep on breaking the law. It's a mafia. Benjamin Netanyahu -
you are a Mafioso. Mandelblit - you're a Consigliere." Hundreds
demonstrated on Saturday evening to protest the poor investigation of
Prime Minister Netanyahu by the Attorney General.

The day of struggle for equality of Ethiopian origin took place in the
Knesset two years after the big protest. During the day, various
committees were held in the presence of many MKs and Ethiopian community
organizations, and discussed issues of substance to the community.

Friday, June 9, 2017

israel/Palestine News


The Moon landing, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Beyonce, Fidget Spinners.
A lot has happened during 5 decades of occupation in the West Bank,
Gaza, and East Jerusalem. While the world has changed, so much has
stayed the same for Palestinians under Israeli occupation. #Marking50

a 3-part interview with author & activist Shiri Eisner