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

2 part interview with Sarit Michaeli

Fifth Avenue in Manhattan was awash in blue and white flags on Sunday,
June 4, 2017, as the Celebrate Israel parade kicked off for its 52nd
year. This year’s theme according to organizers was “Celebrate Israel
All Together,” though the 50th year of Jerusalem’s "reunification" took
center stage. But for Palestinians, the so-called reunification of
Jerusalem marks the beginning of Israel’s 50-year military occupation of
the West Bank including East Jerusalem. With this in mind, multiple
anti-occupation protests halted the parade along its route, resulting in
7 arrests by the NYPD.

“We don't have any freedom at all. We shouldn't be treated as lesser than others. We should be equal."

Fadwa Khalil was 9 years old when Israel occupied the West Bank, pushing her family out of their home. It was the second time her family was displaced, after Israel forced them out them as part of the ethnic cleansing of 1948. She now lives in Jalazone refugee camp, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. #Marking50

“It was the worst scene ever when when we were pushed out [by Zionist forces]. Only God knows how much I cried.”

A Nakba survivor, 86-year-old Ibrahim lived through displacement in 1948 and has endured 50 years of Israeli occupation. #Marking50

Max Blumenthal of Alternet's Grayzone Project says President Donald
Trump's backing of the Saudi Arabian campaign against Qatar could be the
"pilot program" for a wider regional agenda of U.S.-backed Saudi

In the first of an extended three-part interview on the 50th anniversary
of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war, author and scholar Norman
Finkelstein debunks the enduring myths surrounding that historic
confrontation -- myths that have sustained​ the ensuing Israeli
​ occupation of Palestinian lands​.


Sahar Francis of the Adameer Prisoner Support Association talks about
what the Palestinian prisoner's hunger strike achieved and explains why
strike leader Marwan Barghouti says that it could resume if the
agreement is violated

before expulsion in Palestine: "We were there. We do exist." Today, 7
million+ Palestinians are denied their right to return by Israel. #Nakba

Check out our new video on Linda Sarsour, Women's March co-chair and
Palestinian-American Muslim social justice activist. Facing a wave of
Islamophobic and misogynist attacks, Linda has been fearless and
steadfast against the backlash - And people across the country are
rising up to say #IStandWithLinda

Friday, June 2, 2017

israel/Palestine News


Political cartoonist Mohammad Saba'aneh talks about the palestinian
prisoners' hunger strike, resistance, BDS, and the role that art and
political cartoons play in the resistance to the Israeli occupation

The "Towards the community" program provides professional guidance to
families in order to prevent the removal of children from their homes to
frameworks such as boarding schools or foster homes. But the situation
that is created is such that the fate of a child at risk depends first
and foremost on his place of residence, since not all authorities
allocate funds for treatment within the community.

Over the last few months, members of the "Holot Theater" have returned
to Holot facility to continue the joint theater project of Israelis and
asylum seekers. This was the birth of the "Generation 2.0" theater
group. The stories told in the show present a life line that is composed
of the stories of the actors - asylum seekers, from childhood to their
lives here, and how these are reflected through the eyes of the Israelis
(through the Israeli actors) to the audience.

More than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners are on hunger strike in order to
improve their conditions of detention in the Israeli prison. Dozens of
demonstrators demonstrated in Tel Aviv demanding that the prisoners'
demand be met to improve their prison conditions.

May 26.5.2017 protest by the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West
Bank in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike on
its final day.
Also against the theft of their land and their spring
by the neighboring settlement Halamish, against the Israeli occupation
and against apartheid.

In a special session of the cabinet held in the Western Wall tunnels complex Sunday morning, the government approved two massive projects to facilitate easier access to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

The first is an ambitious and prestigious initiative that will cost some NIS 200 million to build a cable car from the capital’s First Train Station complex to the Dung Gate of the Old City in order to improve general access to the Western Wall.
The second will be to build an elevator to provide greater accessibility from the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall plaza.


The solidarity festival for cinema and human rights is one action in a
series of protests against the 50 years of the occupation, which are
trying to crack down on the celebrations of the unification of Jerusalem
promoted by the establishment, along with a deepening violation of
freedom of art and expression. The festival's producer said that the
festival will soon expand its activities and will conduct screenings and
discussions in other communities in Israel.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Israel/Palestine News

More than 50 Jewish anti-Occupation activists from around the world joined with Israelis on Wednesday in a non-violent demonstration in opposition to the annual March of the Flags, a violent event that celebrates the Israeli capture and occupation of East Jerusalem following the Six-Day War in 1967. During the course of the protest, ​several Israeli and international Jews were injured — including at least one person who suffered a broken arm — after refusing to allow the police to force Palestinian shops in the Old City to close.
​The activists intentionally formed a blockade as right-wing Israeli marchers began assaulting Palestinians outside the Damascus Gate. Once the blockade was formed, the protestors were stormed by a group of right-wing Israeli extremists. The Israeli authorities violently dispersed the activists. At least one American Jewish activist may have a broken arm and is en route to the hospital.
This year’s March of the Flags was especially symbolic, coming exactly 50 years after the Israeli Occupation of the Palestinian territories began and just one day after President Trump visited the region. The activists were members of IfNotNow, Free Jerusalem, and All That’s Left, different organizations that are part of the growing anti-Occupation movement in the Jewish community.
“Over the past 50 years, the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian territory has become more and more entrenched, making the daily existence of Palestinians harder and harder. Today we acted to urge our community back home to shake off its complacency and join Jews around the world calling for an end to the Occupation,” said Talia Kravitz, an IfNotNow member who lives in New York.
The demonstration started in the early afternoon as dozens of Jews joined together to shop in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, knowing that just hours later these same shops would be forced closed by the Israeli authorities in order to clear the path for the right-wing extremists later in the day. They wanted to put their money where their hearts were. In the weeks leading up to Jerusalem Day, they canvassed stores in West Jerusalem and got more than 20 to put up signs in their windows opposing the forced closure of Palestinian shops. Two Jewish-owned stores in West Jerusalem even went as far as to strike, closing their own shops in solidarity with their Palestinian counterparts.
Following this act of economic solidarity, the activists used their bodies to block Israeli security forces from entering the Old City via the Damascus Gate. The organizers intended to stop one of the clearest ways that the Israeli state uses violence against Palestinians in service of right-wing Jewish extremists — a trend seen across the Occupied Territories.
Before it was ripped from their hands, they held a banner that read “End the Occupation” in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. They also sang songs in Hebrew and chanted slogans like “Now, now is the time; Jews must stand with Palestine.”
“Trump’s supporters are eerily similar to the sort of right-wing Jewish extremists who march through the Old City every year, chanting ‘Death to the Arabs’ and assaulting any Palestinian that happens to be in the area. Our community has seen that sort of racism and nationalism before, and we know how devastating the costs can be.” said ​Zoe Rudow, an IfNotNow member from Oakland.
There are hundreds of thousands of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, and, according to the activists, the claim of a “unified” city hides the deep legal, economic, and political disparities between the Palestinian and Jewish residents of the city.
“For 50 years, Palestinians in Jerusalem have lived under an oppressive, unequal system. The illusion of ‘unification’ on Jerusalem Day makes the Palestinians living in the city invisible, and comes at the expense of their freedom of movement and livelihood,” said Uri Agnon, a member of Free Jerusalem and lifelong resident of Jerusalem.


More than 100 protesters demonstrated in front of the US Embassy during a
visit by US President Donald Trump in Israel, where environmental
activists, immigrants from the United States, tourists, Palestinians and
socialists called "Donald - go home."

Palestinian political cartoonist Mohammad Saba'aneh talks about his art and its importance to him and to the Palestinian people

More than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners have been on hunger strike for
over a month in Israeli jails demanding improved prison conditions.
After 34 days of foodless strike, many of the prisoners are in a
dangerous medical condition. A delegation of Israeli activists arrived
for a solidarity visit in Hebron. The delegation, which was organized at
the initiative of the Hitabrut-Tarbut movement, arrived at the tent of
prisoners' families and heard about the prisoners' demands, which
included: installing a public telephone in the prison for talks with
family members, installing toilets for families waiting for a visit,
extending the visit from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, and allowing
academic studies (a right denied to Palestinian prisoners while Jewish
security prisoners enjoy it).


Thousands participated in events on both sides of the Green Line to mark
the Nakba and for the right of return of Palestinian refugees, calling
for reconciliation between the two peoples to recognize the injustice

Hundreds of activists, organized by a coalition of Palestinian, Israeli
and International organizations joined the families of Sarura to rebuild
their village and create the "Sumud Freedom Camp."

The coalition
wants to show a grassroots counterpoint to the high-level political
process and Trump's visit to Israel/Palestine this week. They also want
to send a message to the Israeli authorities.

The state is tolerant toward them and even offers them rehabilitation
programs and relocation to new towns set up especially for them. But
they show contempt for the law and are not deterred. Is that so? The
second article in a series on the myths and facts about Israel's Bedouin

US and Israeli companies are working with Israeli approval to siphon
natural gas from Gaza's territorial waters, even though this is illegal
according to international law, says TRNN's Shir Hever

Peace Now's Anat Ben Nun:  Support our May 27th Event from Americans for Peace Now on Vimeo.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Israel/Palestine News


Clashes broke out between protesters and soldiers from the Israeli
forces in the West Bank city of Hebron, Friday, during a rally in
support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails
entitled ‘Day of Rage’.

Clashes erupted between Israeli security forces and Palestinian
protesters near the West Bank's Qalandia checkpoint, north of Jerusalem,
on Thursday night.

The residents of Ma'lul who were expelled from it in 1948 are part of
the 300,000 internally displaced persons living in Israel, and it is
unclear to them why they are not being allowed to return to their lands.
They celebrated Easter at the church in Ma'alul, one of the few
buildings that survived the ruins of the army.​

Documentary filmmaker Lia Tarachansky explains that the income
garnishing measure targets African refugees and is intended to
discourage asylum in Israel

Every Friday, a group of freeganists arrives at the Carmel market to
save the food that is about to be thrown out by the merchants in the
market. In a reality where 40% of the food is thrown into the trash,
they try to create a new ecological culture and more appropriate use of
existing food.

An alternative torchlighting ceremony took place on the eve of Yom Ha'atzmaut, parallel to the official ceremony held on Mount Herzl. This
year's ceremony marked the 50th anniversary of the occupation, calling
for an immediate end to the oppression and violence in the occupied
Palestinian territories, for redressing the injustices we cause, for
correcting the attitude towards the weak among us, for promoting
workers' rights and for the hope of peace with all our neighbors.

Alaa Tartir of the Palestinian Policy Network explains that the
Palestinian Economy is unable to grow or develop because the Israeli
occupation controls all aspects of the economy

Some protesters faced off with security forces after one person was
killed and a few people were injured in the clashes erupted between a
group of Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers in the village of
Nabi Saleh, West Bank on Friday. The group walked through the village to
express solidarity with the 1,300 Palestinians, kept in the Israeli

Playback Theater is not conventional and predictable, it depends on the
cooperation between the audience and the actors. From the audience comes
a story and the actors reflect it in an abstract and personal way. This
festival hosted People with Disabilities, Refugees, Members of the LGBT
Community, Immigrants, etc. The festival is therefore called 'The Quiet
Voices Receive a Stage'.

Palestinian flag flies over Dublin City Hall in solidarity with Palestine and Palestinian hunger strike.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Israel/Palestine News


Mohammed Matry, a former political prisoner, talking during the march of
return on the land of the village of al-Kabri, about the prisoners'
strike in which he participated in the 1980s, the lethal tactics of
forced feeding, and the basic demands of Palestinian prisoners today. In
contrast to the government's propaganda, the prisoners do not demand to
be released from prison or seek excessive rights. They require the
installation of public telephones in prisons (where all the
conversations are recorded) so that they can speak with their families,
they demand the right to relatives visits , the right to study and basic
human conditions.​

Hundreds of Palestinians prevented by the Minister of Defense from
entering Israel participated in a joint memorial ceremony in Beit Jala.
At the event, a discussion was held on the importance of Memorial Day in
Israeli society and the ceremony was broadcast live from Tel Aviv.

Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Democratic politicians,
even progressives like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, are out of
touch with their supporters when it comes to defending Palestinian

Eritrea is one of the countries that produces more refugees in the
world. More than 8.500 asylum seekers managed to arrive to Israel, but
for women, life is even more difficult. They usually can not take the
way to Europe because it's a more dangerous trip by the sea, so usually
the risk their lives crossing the Sinai, where most of them end up in
torture camps, raped and tortured by the smugglers.

The Peace NGO Forum is a platform for interactions and collaborations
with some 120 organizations. The forum's last meeting was held in Lod,
with the aim of examining the question of the connection between peace
organizations and Arab society in Israel.

Najah a-Rajabi, also known as Um Nasser, lives in Batan al-Hawa, a
neighborhood in Silwan, East Jerusalem. She is 62 years old and has nine
children. Twelve years ago settlers took over the building that adjoins
hers, and have made her life a misery ever since. She recently
received, as did most local residents, eviction claims from the Ateret
Cohanim settler association. Backed by authorities, it is part of the
most extensive dispossession proceedings underway in recent years in
East Jerusalem. Settlers are already living in a few neighborhood
buildings, and they were joined by official and private security
personnel funded by the Ministry of Housing. They regularly use violence
against Palestinian residents, including the use of live fire and crowd
control measures, threats, arresting minors and disrupting the fabric
of life.

Batan al-Hawa, a neighborhood in the heart of Silwan, is the setting for
the most extensive expulsion scheme in recent years in East Jerusalem.
The Ateret Cohanim settler association, backed by the Jerusalem
Municipality and the courts, has been trying to evict 81 neighborhood
families and take over their homes. It has already taken over six
buildings. The presence of settlers is attended by official and private
security personnel who regularly use violence against residents,
disrupting daily life.

Thousands of Palestinians gathered in Mandela Square in Ramallah on
Wednesday to support the more than 1,000 Palestinian political prisoners
who have been on hunger strike for 17 days in Israeli jails.
Demonstrators took to the street while Mahmoud Abbas was meeting with
U.S. President Donald Trump. According to Haaretz, the Trump
administration has asked Abbas to end government payments to the
families of prisoners in Israeli jails. Palestinians will strongly
disapprove if Mahmoud Abbas concedes to Trump's request. Ahmad Al Akra, a
demonstrator in Ramallah, said, “[Abbas] has been compromising more of
our freedom and so far nothing has been accomplished. And I think this
might be the final straw."

Friday, May 5, 2017

Israel/Palestine News


Abbas flattered Trump in an effort to gain favor with Trump, but Trump
offered nothing new in terms of US policy towards Palestinians, says Ali
Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada

Imad Al-Soos discusses the new Hamas declaration of principles, and how it differs from the old Hamas charter of 1988

Two Israeli men with serious mental health conditions who crossed
separately from Israel into the Gaza Strip in 2014 and 2015 have
apparently been held by the Hamas military wing, Human Rights Watch said
today. Avera Mangistu and Hisham al-Sayed, who both have histories of
wandering far on foot, including across borders without authorization,
have not been heard from since they entered Gaza.

authorities have indirectly acknowledged in media statements holding the
two men, but say they will divulge nothing about them – not even to
confirm their detention – until Israel frees a group of detained Hamas
members. Hamas authorities refer to the men as soldiers, but a Human
Rights Watch investigation indicates that the Israeli men were not
combatants or affiliated with the Israeli government when they entered

People living in occupied east Jerusalem are contesting a bill to impose
limitations on the Muslim call to prayer. The legislation is currently
making its way through Israel's parliament. But the people living in
Issawiya have literally built their opposition to the bill. TRT World's
Andre Pierre du Plessis reports.

Trailer (subtitled) - 70 Years Across the Sea: American Jews and 21st Century Zionism from Eric Axelman on Vimeo.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Israel/Palestine News


Mass arrests of over 400 Palestinians were the result of a computer
algorithm based on their social media usage, explains TRNN's Shir Hever

Introduced by Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice
for Peace, Gandhi Peace Award Honoree Omar Barghouti describes victories
of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) in the effort
for Palestinian justice

Lets show "Im Tirzu" what it means to be an Israeli.
Watch Social TV Video that was rejected by the Im Tirtzu movement.
Tirtzu movement had launched a video competition with prizes of NIS
70,000 which presents a certain perspective of what it means being
Israeli according to the values of the movement. They uploaded a video
that will set an example to the values they want to promote
Social TV
submitted a video created specifically for the competition, which
corresponds to the video of Im Tirtzu, with values that are…well…quite
different and challenging.
This week Im Tirzu's competitions website
was launched and Social TV's video was not included as Im Tirzu is
claiming it is " Offensive, humiliating, defamatory and inappropriate to
the values of "Im Tirtzu" and that Social TV is actually a foreign
agent" (Quote by Matan Peleg, CEO of Im Tirtzu).

Palestinian protesters gathered outside the Israeli embassy in London
yesterday to express solidarity with Palestinian prisoners who launched a
mass hunger strike in Israeli jails on 17 April to press for basic

Israelis had a barbecue outside Ofer Prison, near Ramallah, while Palestinian prisoners are on a hunger strike.

Settlers attack activists in the South Hebron Hills.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Israel/Palestine News

Hundreds of Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons without charge or trial, known as administrative detention. Administrative detention is a common tactic used by Israel to detain and imprison Palestinians for up to six months at a time without having to charge them or put them on trial. Today on Prisoners day, over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners launched an open-ended hunger strike with a list of demands to improve the conditions.

Sahar Francis, Director of the Adameer prisoner support NGO, explains
how this is the largest such strike since 2012 and how it has its roots
in the different legal systems for Palestinians and Israelis.

Israel Border Police personnel deployed tear gas against demonstrators
marching in Bethlehem, Monday, who were rallying in solidarity with the
thousands of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails taking part in
an organised mass hunger strike.

Police officers fired cans of
tear gas at the demonstrators, who responded to the shots by throwing
rocks and setting bins on fire.

Over 2,000 Palestinians are
thought to be taking part in the hunger strike against conditions in
Israeli jails and the occupation of Palestinian territories, with the
action kicking off on Sunday to coincide with Palestinian Prisoners'

Friday, April 14, 2017

Israel/Palestine News


Many organizations intend to promote peace or a solution to the conflict
by employing various strategies: demonstrations, conferences,
round-table discussions, direct action… or even keyboard activism. The
bottom line – there’s still no peace. So what is the right strategy?

New Israeli missiles in the arms deal serve no real purpose for India says TRNN's Shir Hever

thousand demonstrators participated in the march of the democratic camp
in Jerusalem against the occupation and for peace. The demonstration
was attended by Jews and Arabs, calling after 50 years: "Stop the

The yellow star is an inseparable part of the Jewish-national identity
and of our Holocaust victim, but alongside the Holocaust of the Jews,
millions of other citizens of various groups were murdered by the Nazi
regime. They, too, wore a patch for marking, and they, too, were placed
in concentration and extermination camps. What do we know about these
victims, and why do the education system and institutions of Holocaust
studies minimize these victims?

Palestinian Villages Hidden Under Israeli Forests from Jonathan Cook on Vimeo.

Saffuriya was one of more than 500 Palestinian villages ethnically cleansed by Israel in 1948, during the Nakba. Journalist Jonathan Cook explains how Israel quickly acted to raze the villages so the 750,000 refugees could not return and then covered up these war crimes by planting forests over the ruins.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Israel/Palestine News


The leaked Hamas charter suggests a willingness to accept a two-state
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict says Imad Alsoos.

A tour of the city of Hebron with Hisham Sherbet (Hebron Protection
Committee), where he tells about the historical past of Hebron and
presents the narrative of life in the city - from living together to
limiting and dangerous control of the Palestinian population. Hisham
reviews the situation in Hebron during the Oslo Accords, the massacre in
the Tomb of the Patriarchs and talks about the current reality between
the settlers and the Palestinians.

Jewish Defense League members attack protesters with IfNotNow outside
the AIPAC convention in Washington D.C., March 26, 2017. (Video courtesy
of JDL Watch)

JDL walking towards Kahane's grave to pay a special visit while in the country.