Israeli mathematician Kobi Snitz, who participated in the action in Umm
al-Hiran, says the evidence undermines the police's version of the story
as a terrorist attack
Friday, January 27, 2017
On the night of 18 Dec. 2016 four Israeli military and Border Police
jeeps arrived at Beit Rima. In clashes that ensued, a member of the
security forces shot and killed 17-year-old Ahmad Zidani. A security
camera captured the moment Zidani was shot. The video was edited by
The official police video of the killing at Um al Hiran, 18 Jan. 2017, which had been circulating on Israeli media is fake!
had been doctored in order to remove the initial shot which was fired
by a police(wo)man as well as speed up the car being shot at - trying to
create the appearance of shooting in self defense.
Um al Hiran
is an "unrecognized" Bedouin village in the Naqab (Negev) desert in
Palestine-Israel. The village, which is denied basic infrastructure by
the state, is set to be evacuated and demolished in order to build an
ethnic-Jewish settlement in its place.
On the day Donald Trump was sworn in as the United States 45th
president, Israeli Border Police arrested six Palestinians activists in
the E1 area of Jerusalem for protesting against the expansion of illegal
Israeli settlements, the annexation of Palestinian land and Trump's
plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
Friday, January 20, 2017
A central question of the Middle East Peace Process remains: can the two-state solution be saved?
continues to build illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian
Territories - contrary to the recent UN resolution 2334. Against this
backdrop, a conference has been organized in Paris on Sunday, January 15
to try to relaunch the moribund peace process. Over 70 countries will
be attending the conference although Israeli and Palestinian officials
will not be present.
The French Initiative has been warmly
received by the Palestinian leadership as a final chance to save the
two-state-solution: “Two states today is possible. Tomorrow, it might be
too late” warned Muhammad Shtayyeh, Fatah Central Committee Member, who
nevertheless remains optimistic. “The reality on the ground, the
demography on the ground, the geography on the ground, shows that a
two-state solution is still possible today”.
public opinion no longer reflects this official position. A recent poll
shows that 65% of Palestinians no longer believe the two-state solution
is viable due to ongoing settlement expansion. “The more people think
the two-state solution is no longer viable, the more likely they it is
that they will shift and support a one-state solution” explains Dr.
Khalil Shikaki, Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey
A few years ago, a minority of Palestinians would
openly express support for the one-state solution. But today support is
growing according to Radi Jarai, a Fatah dissident and Political
Scientist at Al-Quds University. In 2013, together with members from
other political factions, he created the ‘One Democratic State’ movement
that advocates for the creation of a binational state. According to
Jarai: “We are in a one-state solution since 1967, after the occupation
of the West Bank and Gaza strip”. Young people are key proponents of the
binational state. Mainly because they are disillusioned with the
concepts of state building and the peace process.
Will the peace process be relaunched after the Paris Conference? More than 60% of Palestinians believe otherwise.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Excerpt from the short documentary “The Boy from H2”, directed by Helen
Yanovsky and filmed in collaboration with B’Tselem's field researchers
and Camera Project volunteers in Hebron. Produced by B’Tselem’s video
The short film (20 min.) tells the story of 12-year-old
Muhammad Burqan, who lives in Area H2 of Hebron, a section of the city
that is under full Israeli control.
3000 Nights is a 2015 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Mai Masri. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film focuses on a Palestinian woman, who whilst in jail, gives birth to a son. It was selected as the Jordanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.