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’.
Friday, May 19, 2017
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.
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
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.
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'.
Friday, May 12, 2017
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Friday, April 28, 2017
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
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).
Friday, April 21, 2017
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.
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
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?
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?
31st March – 2nd April 2017, Cork, IrelandInternational Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility 31st March – 2nd April 2017, Cork, Ireland
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
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.
Friday, March 31, 2017
After the P5+1 nuclear deal made it difficult for the Israeli government
to continue to appeal to the right-wing through casting Iran as the
bogeyman, casting BDS as a 'delegitimization' campaign became its next
means of generating fear and paranoia among voters, says journalist
Members of the Jewish Defense League clashed with protesters from
several left-wing protest groups under the umbrella of the IfNotNow organization, during a demonstration against the annual AIPAC (American
Israel Public Affairs Committee) Conference in Washington DC, Sunday.
At about 1:30 P.M. on 19 March 2017, a force of more than 15 soldiers
seized 8-year-old Sufian Abu Hitah, who was out on the street barefoot,
looking for a lost toy. Two soldiers dragged him to the al-Harika
neighborhood and took him into several homes, demanding he identify
children who had thrown stones and a Molotov cocktail at the Kiryat Arba
settlement. Over an hour later, several women managed to extricate the
boy and return him to his mother. Two local residents, including
B’Tselem volunteer May Da’na, captured the incident on video.
National Press Club 2/27/2017 Senator Chuck Schumer admits to journalist
Sam Husseini that Israel has nuclear weapons. Under the Arms Export
Control Act, the U.S. may not provide foreign aid to countries outside
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) absent waivers and sanctions.
Despite Israel's status outside the NPT congress passes
multi-billion dollar aid packages every year, which the president signs
Friday, March 24, 2017
Lecture by journalist David Sheen at the University of Arizona in Tucson
on 6 March 2017 • SUMMARY: With far-right governments in power in both
Washington and Jerusalem, an examination of Israel’s state-sponsored
race wars against indigenous Palestinians and African refugees is in
order. An unflinching look at the last eight years under Netanyahu, and
specifically the past year 2016, serves as a primer on his racist
playbook – one which Trump seems keen on implementing here at home. Can
Americans of conscience help roll back the rise of the racist right,
both in the USA and in Israel and Palestine?
Ali Abunimah, co-founder of electronicintifada.net, discusses David
Sheen's reporting on Israel's treatment of African refugees, in a short
segment from his lecture "Pinkwash, Greenwash, Hogwash", presented in
Toronto, Canada, at the 519 Church Community Center, on 24 June 2013.
The original 1.5 hour video, filmed and edited by Queers Against Israeli
Apartheid, can be viewed here: https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/...
Al-Walaja, occupied West Bank -- Around 2,000 mourners marched on Friday
in the Bethlehem-area village of al-Walaja for the funeral of slain
Al-Araj, 34, was killed on March 6 during an
Israeli military raid at the home where he had been hiding out for two
months after he was released by the Palestinian Authority in October and
forced into hiding by Israeli forces who reportedly raided his family
home 11 times between October and March.
said the political activist and philosopher exchanged gunfire with
Israeli soldiers during the raid, resulting in his death. No injuries
were reported among Israeli soldiers carrying out the raid, however
doctors at the hospital which received al-Araj’s remains on Friday told
Mondoweiss that his body had been riddled with 21 bullets.
Palestinians have branded the killing an “assassination” of a budding political leader.
On 20 Jan. 2017, during clashes with Palestinian minors in the village
of Sa’ir in Hebron District, Israeli Border Police pursued several young
women onlookers and assaulted them. The end of the incident was
captured on film: a masked officer is seen grabbing a 13-year-old girl’s
arm and striking her cousin on the head. B’Tselem has documented many
cases of Israeli security forces’ violence against Palestinian minors.
By holding no one accountable, the military’s senior command - including
its law enforcement system - allows such cases to recur.
Hundreds of people have staged more protests in the occupied West Bank,
furious over cooperation between Palestinian and Israeli security
Journalists have accused Palestinian riot police of violence, in what they say is a wider crackdown on dissent.
Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports from Ramallah.
On Sunday 12th March 2017, Basil al-Araj was meant to be tried in court.
Instead, Basil was assassinated by the Israeli occupation forces in
Ramallah – just a few minutes away from the headquarters of the
Palestinian Authority security forces.
We gathered outside the
Palestine Mission in London to honour Basil, and to demand the end of
the security coordination with Israeli occupation forces. We condemn the
complicity of the PA security forces in arresting Palestinian activists
with no charge and torturing them with impunity.
For more information, see http://londonpalestineaction.tumblr.c...
== Basil Al-Araj 'The Intellectual Martyr’ ==
was born in al-Walajeh village between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. He
studied pharmacy and was an advocate for resistance against the
Basil and five of his friends disappeared in March
2016. They were later arrested by the PA after the Israeli army tipped
them off. They were placed in solitary confinement, tortured and denied
visits for 6 months. Following a group hunger strike, they were released
in September 2016.
Basil’s friends were rearrested by Israel but
he was in hiding for 9 months. On March 6th, Basil was murdered by
Israeli soldiers in a two hour standoff in Ramallah.
Friday, March 17, 2017
On Friday, 10 Feb. 2017, Madama residents went out to enjoy the good
weather at a spot south of the village. Soldiers guarding the nearby
settlement of Yitzhar came there and threw tear-gas canisters at the
villagers. Ahmad Ziyadah, a B’Tselem camera project volunteer, began
filming the soldiers and was ordered to leave. When he refused, he was
violently detained. When his brother came to help him, a soldier fired a
rubber-coated metal bullet at short range at his knee. Ziyadah, who did
no more than film the soldiers, was kept in custody for six days with
the backing of a military court. The footage, which shows only the end
of the incident, was edited by B’Tselem.
Israeli and Palestinian women commemorated International Women's Day by
breaking a symbolic wall between them. The event featured a panel of
women from the Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families Forum, women have
painted graffiti on the model of the separation wall and broke it, and
finally walked down the separation wall, where they lit a candle in
memory of those who lost their lives in the conflict. Among the speakers
was Suha Abu Khdeir, the mother of Mohammed Abu Khdeir from Shuafat,
who was kidnapped, murdered and cremated by Jews in July 2014.
To mark 23 years since the massacre committed by Baruch Goldstein in
Hebron, a demonstration was held demanding the opening of Shuhada Street
and get the settlement out of the city center. The night before the
demonstration, soldiers were sent to threaten two Palestinian activists.
Dozens of activists on behalf of direct employment with security and
cleaning staff of Azrieli Malls danced in the entrance plaza of the
Azrieli Mall in Tel Aviv on Friday morning (03/03/2017). According to
the protesters, the management of the network - which has 14 shopping
malls and through contractors employing hundreds of security and
cleaning employees - ignored their demands to employ them direct
employment. protesters danced in the hope that it would spur the mall
management to accede to their request. the dance was the first step in
the campaign to encourage customers not to buy in the network as
Since 2000, Israel has maintained a “buffer zone” along the Gaza border,
within Gaza, restricting Palestinians’ access to their farmland and
killing or injuring hundreds of civilians who posed no danger. Since
2014, the military has also sprayed herbicides to maintain the “buffer
zone”, damaging land it authorizes owners to cultivate. In January,
spraying without prior notice caused farmers serious damage. If Israel
believes a “sterile” is crucial to its security, it must establish the
zone in its own territory.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Palestinian activist Basel El A'areg was eliminated on Monday by the
Israeli occupation forces in the Palestinian Authority town El Bire.
Since then, the authorities hold his body in the pathological Institute
Abu Kabir and make the release of it subject to unacceptable conditions,
including: limiting presence in the funeral to number of people agreed
by the regime, and the putting up a mourning tent for one day only, as
opposed to the traditional three days.
This protest in front of
the pathological Institute demanded release of the stolen body to his
family immediately and without any conditions!
In May 2013 soldiers fired at ‘Ata Sabah, 12, in a field behind his
school in al-Jalazun Refugee Camp. He was left paralyzed from the waist
down. Ever since, apart from some funding from the PA, his family has
had to foot the bill for expensive treatments and medicines and
transport to school because Israel has managed to craft a legal reality
in which it is virtually impossible for Palestinians harmed by Israeli
security forces to get compensation. This reality, along with immunity
from criminal charges enjoyed by government and military officials
allows Israel to operate in the occupied territories with no
In Feb. 2004 Basmah Mansur, a mother of 10, was hit in the face by
soldiers’ gunfire as she stood by a window in her home. After lying
unconscious for two weeks she woke to find she could not accomplish even
the simplest of tasks unaided. She has been dependent on the goodwill
of family and neighbors ever since because Israel has managed to craft a
legal reality in which it is virtually impossible for Palestinians
harmed by Israeli security forces to get compensation. This reality,
along with immunity from criminal charges enjoyed by government and
military officials allows Israel to operate in the occupied territories
with no accountability.
In June 2004 soldiers in Nablus fired at the Islims’ balcony, killing
Ihab, 17, and wounding his father and 15-year-old brother Bahaa, who
lost an eye and required many operations in Jordanian hospitals. While
the actual surgery was funded by the PA, the high cost of travel and
staying in Jordan had to be shouldered by the family because Israel has
managed to craft a legal reality in which it is virtually impossible for
Palestinians harmed by Israeli security forces to get compensation.
This reality, along with immunity from criminal charges enjoyed by
government and military officials allows Israel to operate in the
occupied territories with no accountability.
The Knesset scheduled a day to discuss about the situation of the LGBT
community, for the second year. Many committees were held, and Members
of Knesset were discussing with LGBT youth associations representatives.
However, the same week some laws regarding LGBT community rights
weren't approved, thus, is The Knesset really able to provide equality?