Friday, October 13, 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017
The West Bank village Shoshahla, located south of Bethlehem, was built in the 1870's and by 1985 every Palestinian in the village had either been forced out or intimidated to leave by Israeli forces and settlers. But 7 years later one family did the unthinkable -- they returned home. And they have been fighting to stay on their land ever since.
Friday, September 29, 2017
It is not every day that you see in Israel art exhibitions in a hummus
shop, mosque, garage or law firm. The Mediterranean Biennale aspires to
take the art out of the boundaries of the museum and to display in the
Galilee works by artists from Israel, Palestine, the Middle East and
Hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians marched (Saturday, 16/9/2017) in a
march marking the International Day of Peace in solidarity with the
residents of al-Walaja. The march, entitled "Build Bridges, Not Walls,"
was held in protest against the demolition of houses in al-Walaja and
the construction of a wall that will surround the village and prevent
access to the spring and farmland. The march was supposed to end at the
rally, but for fear that this activity would result in the normalization
of the occupation, some residents of al-Walaja prevented the march from
entering the village and the holding of the rally.
The connection between the ultra-Orthodox society and human rights organizations and left activists may be surprising, but the state's push of the ultra-Orthodox to enlist has led the latter to appeal to human rights organizations for assistance. Gabriel Saada is a central activist in the struggle against the ultra-Orthodox recruitment law. He runs an advocacy line for the ultra-Orthodox public, which operates as a kosher radio station through which he conducts his struggle against the draft decree: "My son does not fit this framework, and you come and just cut everything that I worked for from the root".
In our childhood animals were our best friends, at some point we became
their worst enemies. So what makes us eat animals without feeling pangs
of conscience? For thousands of people who marched in Tel Aviv animal
rights march, the answer is clear: Education and the creation of a
faulty consciousness. Listen to 8-year-old Yahli who explains how in
kindergarten children are taught that cows live in the cowshed and not
in nature. The march took place on Saturday, 9/9/17,and at the end of
the march a large living performance was presented, presenting the shape
of the feet of a dog made by the participants.
The Palestinians will join Interpol, the international police
organization's generally assembly voted on Wednesday, clearing the way
for Palestine to become a member.
75 nations back motion after Israel fails to delay general assembly
vote; Palestinians praise 'joyous occasion'; Israeli minister blasts
Palestinians 'diplomatic war'
Jerusalem Municipality destroys the home of two families in East
On Wednesday, 13 September 2017, Jerusalem Municipality officials
arrived at the neighborhood of Ras al-‘Amud in East Jerusalem, escorted
by Border Police. They bulldozed a two-story, two-apartment building to
the ground, leaving eight people, four of them minors, homeless. The
pretext for the demolition was lack of building permits, even though it
is the Israeli authorities that deny Palestinian legal construction in
East Jerusalem. The Israeli authorities have already demolished 45 homes
in East Jerusalem since the beginning of the year, leaving 126 people,
including 70 minors, without a roof over their heads.
On 9 Aug. 2017 Kifaya al-Ja’bri, 12, was awakened by knocking at the
door of her home in the al-Muhawel neighborhood, Hebron; the Giv’at
Ha’avot settlement was built nearby. She opened the door to find about
20 soldiers with a dog. The soldiers came inside, gathered the family in
one room and searched the house. Ayat al-Ja’bri, 33 - Kifaya’s sister
and a B’Tselem volunteer - filmed the soldiers, including dialogue
indicating they were trying to plant something in the house and
deliberately keeping her away. After the soldiers left, the al-Ja’bris
unsuccessfully tried to find the concealed item. The IDF Spokesperson
said nothing was planted in the home.
Nir Baram, author of the book "A Land Without Borders" went out to meet
with Palestinians in the West Bank and was surprised to find most of
them talk about longing the 1948 borders, rather than the occupation in
1967, In the following discussion, he presented a teaser of the film and
held a discussion on the gap in the perception of the conflict between
Palestinians and Israelis, together with representatives of the
Palestinian Authority and the "Two States One Homeland" movement.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
On 13 Aug. 2017, Rania al-Muhtaseb documented Israeli security forces
coming to her home in central Hebron and welding shut a door to the
house, on the unfounded grounds that the entrance served “fleeing
suspects”. The forces used severe violence against her aunt, Zleikhah
al-Muhtaseb, 55, who tried to prevent the welding. This is yet another
example Israel’s policy of segregation and restriction on Palestinian
movement in central Hebron, which is coupled with abuse, violence and
daily harassment by security forces and settlers.
Under Israel’s segregation policy in Hebron, Palestinians depend on the
goodwill of security forces even for simple actions. On 7 July 2017, the
Hadads moved house within central Hebron. Police at the Pharmacy
Checkpoint did not let the truck carrying their furniture through and
sent them to Checkpoint 160. Two family members remained at the Pharmacy
Checkpoint to move lighter possessions by hand, and one got into an
altercation with the police that led to his arrest. Shuruq Hadad
documented the incident on video from the new apartment.
On 8 Sept. 2017, at about 3:00 P.M., a military force came with a
bulldozer to the dirt road that connects the town of Yatta with the
villages of Masafer Yatta, dug it up and blocked it off with rocks. The
destruction of the road, which had been renovated just a day earlier
with aid funding, forces villagers to now take a long detour. Masafer
Yatta, which extends southeast of Yatta in the South Hebron Hills, is
home to more than 1,000 people which Israel has been trying to expel for
many years, including by declaring the area Firing Zone 918.
On 5 Aug. 2017, a large group of young settlers physically and verbally
assaulted two Palestinian youths who were walking in the Jaber
neighborhood of Hebron. When the youths tried to defend themselves,
soldiers arrested one of them. He was released later that night.
Residents who witnessed the scene tried to convince the soldiers to
release the boy and asked that they stop the attack, but the settlers
continued to act violently, injuring three residents. B’Tselem volunteer
‘Aref Jaber captured parts of the incident on video.
Hundreds of protesters marched in East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah
neighborhood on Friday, against the eviction of the Shamanseh family,
who forced from their home on Tuesday morning.
Among the detainees were two residents of the neighbourhood: a young
boy, reportedly detained for a short period of time, and another person
found waving the Palestinian flag.
The Shamansehs, a family of eight, had lived in the area for over 50
years. This was the first eviction in Sheikh Jarrah in eight years.
Lehava (Hebrew: למניעת התבוללות בארץ הקודש LeMeniat Hitbolelut B'eretz HaKodesh; "Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land") is a Jewish far-right organization based in Israel that strictly opposes Jewish assimilation, objecting to personal relationships between Jews and non-Jews. It is opposed to the Christian presence in Israel. It has an anti-miscegenation focus, denouncing marriages between Jewish women and non-Jewish, particularly Arab, men. Its actions have been denounced by President of Israel Reuven Rivlin as being like "rodents gnawing under the shared democratic and Jewish foundation of Israel".https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehava
Israeli bulldozers have reportedly demolished several Muslim graves in
addition to a wall at a cemetery in occupied Old City of Jerusalem
al-Quds as the Tel Aviv regime goes ahead with its total disrespect for
human and religious values.
The head of the Committee for the Preservation of Islamic Cemeteries in
Jerusalem al-Quds, Mustafa Abu Zahra, told Arabic-language Wafa news
agency that Israeli bulldozers rolled into Martyrs’ Cemetery near the
Lions' Gate to the al-Aqsa Mosque, tearing down a wall and destroying a
number of graves there.
Abu Zahra noted that the cemetery contained the remains of 400
Palestinians, who were killed during the Six-Day War fought on June
5-10, 1967 between the Israeli regime, on the one side, and Egypt,
Jordan, and Syria, on the other.
segment of a slideshow by David Sheen about incitement to racist
violence by top Israeli leaders leading up to and during the assault on
Gaza in the summer of 2014. Presentation given at Palfest (Arts festival
demonstrating solidarity with the people of Palestine) in Dublin,
Ireland on 8 July 2015, exactly one year after the assault. Full
50-minute presentation: http://bit.ly/inflictedongaza
Friday, September 8, 2017
Demand that the Carmel settlement take responsibility and stop the stone-throwing on Umm al-Kheir!
September 1, 2017
The village of Umm al-Kheir in the south Hebron hills has been under
attack by stone-throwers from the adjacent settlement of Carmel for the
past four nights. With the sole aim of depriving the villagers of their
sleep – every hour throughout the night, a stone is lobbed over the
fence. A single stone, jerking an entire village out of sleep. Cowardly,
under cover of darkness, the perpetrator runs away.
Israeli forces detained a popular Palestinian wedding singer and his
band members during predawn raids in the central occupied West Bank
district of Ramallah today, reportedly over a video released by the
group applauding Omar Al-Abed, who has been indicted for carrying out a
deadly stabbing attack in July that left three Israeli settlers dead.
On 24 August 2017, settlers from Kiryat Arba verbally abused
Palestinians in the al-Hariqah neighborhood of Hebron on loudspeaker,
including insults to Islam. When they noticed a B’Tselem volunteer
filming them from her window, they directed racist and obscene language
at her, including threats of extreme sexual violence. Although the
threats were explicit and the swearing constituted severe sexual
harassment, Israeli security forces at the scene allowed the settlers to
continue undisturbed, as is usually the case.
Friday, August 25, 2017
August 22nd was the first day of school in occupied Palestine, but when
these kids showed up for class, there was no school to be found.
night before school was set to start, Israeli forces came and
dismantled the school in Jubbet al-Dhib and confiscated everything
inside, with the exception of a few dozen chairs.
Now these kids,
who live in a remote village outside of Bethlehem, will either have to
make a six-kilometer trek to the nearest school or try to learn out in
the open air.
A 12-year-old Palestinian boy was assaulted by Israeli occupying forces
on yesterday evening during a raid in the occupied Ramallah
neighbourhood of Umm Ash-Sharayet.
Footage obtained by the
Palestinian Information Centre shows Israeli occupation forces punching
and kicking the child, before he is dragged into a military vehicle.
On the one hand, Israel is guarding the Green Line, in order to prevent
Palestinians from crossing it, and on the other, it blurs it to allow
the establishment of settlements inside it. After the first chapter,
which described the blurring and even disappearance of the Green Line in
the education system, we examined what Palestinians think of the Green
Line, what is its importance among the Palestinian leadership, and why
this line is so important to Zionist peace organizations.
Two years have passed since the death of Jessica, a woman in
prostitution who committed suicide in the brothel where she lived for
fifteen years and was exploited by dozens of clients every day. In
commemoration of her and of fifty-nine additional women in prostitution
who have died in recent years, and marking the passing of the client's
criminalization law bill in preliminary reading , a march and rally were
held to commemorate and combat prostitution.
On 29 May 2017 Israeli soldiers ordered the closing of a grocery shop in the Palestinian
neighborhood of Jaber, Hebron, for the benefit of a belligerent parade by settlers.
A B’Tselem volunteer then filmed soldiers going up to
two local boys, and forcibly removing them from the street.
The video was edited by B'Tselem.
The Intifada within the American, Israeli, Islamic Triangle was a debate
that took place on the 8th of November 1989 at the University of
The debate is famous for the exchanges between
Professor Norman Finkelstein and CNN Newscaster Wolf Blitzer. The Panel
also hosted Father Martin Jenco and intellectual, Zafar Bangash.
Friday, August 18, 2017
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
"Hadas always swam according to her compass, and not with all the other
fish. And her compass has led her to this courageous act."
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
“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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Friday, July 28, 2017
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 (http://Twitter.com/RyanGrim) explains.