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.