Friday, March 31, 2017

Israel/Palestine News


TRNN Correspondent Shir Hever highlights what may have driven
ex-National Security Advisor's Michael Flynn controversial lobbying work
tied to Turkey: an unknown Israeli natural gas company seeking a
Turkish pipeline.

Journalist Max Blumenthal sits down with renowned Israeli historian Ilan
Pappé to talk about the first of his forthcoming book, Ten Myths About

Journalist and author Max Blumenthal says the vocal Jewish-led protests
at this year's AIPAC Policy Conference highlight a growing generational
divide on Israel-Palestine

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
Richard Silverstein

UN Secretary General Guterres caves under pressure from Israel and
United States and orders Under-Secretary Rima Khalaf to withdraw an
incriminating investigative report on Israeli apartheid policies against
Palestinians, says Vijay Prashad

Anti-AIPAC protest in Washington: Thousands of Jewish Americans gather
in DC in what is being called the largest protest of the AIPAC annual
conference in history.
Copỷight: AJ+

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
into law.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Israel/Palestine News


TRNN's Shir Hever says although the reality of apartheid is obvious and
uncontroversial to most Israelis, the recent United Nations report
establishes an important legal [case] for why apartheid exists [beyond] the
Occupied Territories

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, 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:

Dr. Jeff Halper, co-founder of Israeli Committee Against Housing
Demolitions, was leading a tour of an Israeli settlement in East
Jerusalem when police arrested him on suspicion of 'incitement'

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
Basil al-Araj.

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.

Israeli authorities
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

Israel/Palestine News


London Palestinian Solidarity Campaign Chairman Hugh Lanning says these
laws are exposing the anti-democratic nature of the state

RNN's Shir Hever says Intel is attempting to add prestige to its brand
while Israeli politicians strive for a political victory to create the
appearance of an international foothold in the nation’s economy

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.

Civil Administration confiscates trailer home and market stall

Soldiers & settlers manhandle activists filming construction at an illegal outpost.

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.

Does the Israeli public care about what is happening in the occupied
territories? We asked the public about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
What do they think? What do they think about the proposed solutions?
What is their hope?

Teachers demonstrated outside the home of the Minister of Education
Bennett to protest the deprivation of their rights as contract workers
and demanding continuance of employment and job security.

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

Israel/Palestine News


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!

TRNN correspondent Shir Hever says the ban could be used to prevent
re-entry of Palestinians who oppose the Israeli occupation of their land

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.

Students and faculty held events including mock checkpoints and poetry
readings to draw attention to the occupation of the Palestinian
territories and settler-colonialism, says scholar-activist Yara Hawari

Journalist Richard Silverstein says Trump's nativist populism has emboldened hate groups to commit anti-Semitic attacks

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?

In Last Monologue, Israeli Comedy Show Host Implores Israelis to Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid
Asaf Harel's scathing indictment of Israeli society has gone viral.

Israel's troops sneak into Syria to gather intel. by presstv


Dear Rabbi Sacks – stop your lies about BDS

MP Gerald Kaufman died Feb. 26, 2017.  He was a critic of Israel.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Israel/Palestine News


Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to believe he can secure a
regional peace agreement without [involving] Palestinians, says Haaretz
columnist Gideon Levy

Water cistern destroyed in South Hebron Hills, February 2017

Fayha Shalash, Palestinian journalist and the wife of imprisoned hunger
striker and journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq, urges international action for
his release.

Water pipe sawed off in Jordan Valley, February 2017

Eleonora Roldan Mendivil, who was set to teach an introductory course on
political theory, says she was unable to defend herself against
accusations of anti-Semitism
Please like, watch and share this video -- made in Palestine. Help us get it seen.
It’s called “In Their Own Words: Palestinians Champion BDS,” and features Palestinians of different ages, genders and backgrounds expressing why they champion the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and call for the solidarity of people around the world to win freedom, justice and equality.

 5-part interview with Sigal Avivi (@sigalavivi)
Israeli activist who volunteers with non-Jewish African refugees

year old Ahed Tamimi reveals life under occupation in the village of
Nabi Saleh in Palestine. This video was screened as part of the FOSNA
Living Resistance Tour when Ahed was effectively denied a travel visa to
speak in person.

Israeli TV Acknowledges that Police had Fabricated a Terror Attack:
The rabid right-wing Channel20 (Israeli TV) acknowledges that Bedouins of Um al-Hiran have a real case and are not all liars - that's a novelty right there. Furthermore, they also admit that the version pushed forward by the Police Commissioner Alsheikh and Propaganda Minister Erdan is totally fabricated!
So let us ask this again: WHO MURDERED YAKUB MUSA ABU AL-KIAN?!