Olives for Hope

If the world is ever going to come to peace,
humanity can no longer be recognized 
on a case by case basis.


Selected News Week of 5/07/11

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Thousands Mark Palestinian Nakba in Galilee



A High-Profile Call for Marriage Equality in Israel


Israeli: Islam is not a threat. Israel is.

This one voice of an Israeli mother displays more humanity and concern for the Muslim Ummah than most of the Mosque leaders in this country.


Israel stripped 140,000 Palestinians of residency rights

Document revealsThousands of Palestinians who left the West Bank to work or study between 1967 and 1994 had residency rights revoked


Israel is getting away with 'robbing' the Palestinians of $105 million


Israel braces for 'Nakba Day

IDF boosts West Bank deployment as Palestinians prepare to mark 'disaster' of Jewish State's establishment; police bracing for possible violence within Green Line, Arab-Israelis hold major rally Tuesday


Judge delays demolition of 22 homes in east Jerusalem until mayor's plans for park approved


Israel's new laws promote repression

As Arabs across the region struggle for freedom and democracy, Israeli law seems to be headed in the opposite direction.


A section of the West Bank barrier under construction suspended.

Israel has suspended construction work on a 25-mile section of its controversial separation barrier in the West Bank in order to save money, it says.



From Amnesty International eastmed@amnesty.org

Palestinian writer detained without charge by Israeli authorities


Tony Kushner: an angel in America

Kushner's drama has explored the McCarthyite witchhunts. How ironic that he was persecuted for criticising Israel's government



Selected News Week of 5/15/11

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 1:06 PM


Israel Lost in Denial


The Israeli government’s sigh of relief was surely heard around the globe. When the rift between Palestinian factions existed, Israel simply brushed off any possibility for resolution of the conflict, claiming that the Palestinian president was simply too weak to implement any agreement as along as Hamas was in control of Gaza.

Supporters of justice in the Middle East need to raise their voices, lest president hears only Israel's shouting.


On the surface it appears that president Obama has given up on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and, frankly, given the evidence, it is difficult imagining that there is something different beneath the surface.

The Underlying Philosophy of Upper Nazareth


Nazerat Illit, or Upper Nazareth, is a Jewish enclave built above the Palestinian Arab city of Nazareth in the Galilee, northern Israel. 

Interactive map of Palestine villages destroyed in Nakba


The Electronic Intifada has produced this interactive map that allows you to see information about any of the more than 400 Palestinian cities, towns and villages depopulated and destroyed during the Nakba -- the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Zionist and later Israeli forces.

Israeli Troops Open Fire On Demonstrator


At least 14 people have reportedly been killed after Israeli troops opened fire on protesters on the country's borders with Lebanon, Syria and Gaza.

Photos Nakba Day 5-15-11


Freedom Riders inspire new generation of Arab protest leaders


Joan Mulholland was watching television one day when something flashed across the screen that gave her chills.

Abbas: Blood of those killed fighting for Palestinian freedom will not go to waste


In televised address, Palestinian president says Nakba Day protests proved that 'the will of people is stronger than the power of oppressive forces.

17 year old killed during Nakba demonstrations in East Jerusalem


Israel is claiming that the minor was shot by Israeli security forces but eyewitness and activists on the ground are claiming that he was shot by private settler security guards around the large settlement, Beit Yonatan, in the heart of Silwan.

Pizzarotti: Stop Building an Israeli-only Train


An international campaign has successfully encouraged German National Railways to pull out of the Israeli construction of a train line through the West Bank.

Recognizing the reconciliation


Money aside, a PA crisis and/or collapse resulting from a boycott of the new Hamas-Fatah government could ultimately lead to further violence and chaos.

Israel has to choose: Mideast peace or apartheid


The choice is not between Hamas and Israel; the choice is between settlement-colonies or states: between accepting two states with the 1967 border or maintaining an apartheid regime.


Selected News Week of 6/5/11

Posted on May 5, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Report: Wine bottle smashed at Al-Aqsa compound

A bottle of red wine was broken in the grounds of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, by "Jewish extremists" who had snuck into the compound, an eyewitness reported. In Islam, alcohol is forbidden, and bringing it into a Muslim holy site is considered to be desecration. 



Special Guardian video series on East Jerusalem: Interactive video: Living in East Jerusalem

Four Palestinians and two Israelis used cameras provided by the Guardian and B'Tselem human rights organisation to record video diaries about their lives and experiences in East Jerusalem



Video: 'Every action in this area is very sensitive'

A Jewish-Israeli archaeologist takes us on an alternative tour of the 'City of David' - the archaeological site and tourist attraction in the centre of Jerusalem, owned by the Israeli settler organisation Elad



Video: The Wall is choking us all

Abd al-Fatah lives on ancestral land in an ancient Canaanite cave on the edge of Jerusalem's municipal boundary. Israeli businessmen intend to build a new settlement on his land. He recorded his daily battle to keep them away



Video: Sharing our house with settlers

Muna and Muhammed are 12-year-old twins living in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem. Settlers have taken over the front of their home, but the family continue to live in the rest of the house



Video: My kids won't live under the same illusion I did'

Raised in West Jerusalem, Sara Benninga is an emerging activist leader in a growing mixed solidarity movement. We gave her a camera to record her daily life moving between opposing cultures in East and West Jerusalem



Video: Witnessing the truth

Zuheir set up CCTV cameras around his home to document clashes between settlers, residents and security forces. Footage captured on his camera contradicts the official line on the killing of a local Silwan resident by an Israeli settler guard



Golan protests

The UN Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday she was "deeply concerned" over the use of live ammunition against protesters in the Israeli-occupied Golan on Sunday, which saw between 10 and 23 killed as pro-Palestinians marking An-Naksa Day rushed to the ceasefire line, just weeks after 12 died in the same area. "Between 30 and 40 protesters have reportedly been killed by Israeli security forces in the past three weeks," Pillay said in a statement. "The Government of Israel has a duty to ensure that its security personnel avoid the use of excessive force.


Amnesty: Israel must investigate Golan deaths

Amnesty International on Wednesday called on the Israeli authorities to investigate their army's killing of protesters along the ceasefire line with Syria on Sunday. The global rights group said they had spoken to a human rights activist in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights who "contradicts IDF [Israeli army] claims that all possible non-lethal means were used to disperse the protesters before lethal force was used."



PLO leader slams US, German stance as 'counterproductive'

"People do not negotiate their right to statehood. Rather, this is an inherent right," a PLO official lashed out Wednesday in the wake of US and German statements demanding Palestinian officials abort plans to seek UN recognition of statehood. "Far from acting unilaterally, Palestinians are bringing their case for statehood before the United Nations, the worlds preeminent multilateral body. Self-determination and respect for the sovereignty of nations are principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter, making the UN a natural forum to resolve this issue," Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee said in a statement.



Republican Rep. urges House to sever UN aid if Palestinian statehood vote passes

FoxNews 7 June -- A Republican congressman says he wants the House to cut off U.S. aid to the top office at the United Nations if the international organization votes in favor of Palestinian statehood this fall. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., plans to introduce a resolution that would call for the funding cutoff to the "bloated" U.N. Secretariat in New York City -- the office headed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ... The U.S. is the largest single contributor to the United Nations. The U.S. paid up more than $6.3 billion in 2009, the last year for which data was available.



US condemns mosque arson

In a statement delivered by a White House spokesman, the United States condemned Tuesday "the burning and vandalizing of a mosque in the West Bank village of Al-Mughayyir." .. These incidents have served to undermine efforts to promote a comprehensive peace in the region. We call on the Israeli government to investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice, and for calm from all parties," the spokesman said.


France to pursue Middle East peace talks

France will pursue efforts to organize a Middle East conference despite reservations expressed by the United States and Israel, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said. 



UN says West Bank economy not flourishing

Claims that the economy in the West Bank is flourishing overlook rising unemployment and a jump in inflation that has decreased purchasing power, a United Nations report said on Wednesday. In recent months, observers and officials including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have described the West Bank's economy as booming, calling it a sign of positive momentum under Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas ... The report said the unemployment rate in the West Bank stood at 25% in the second half of 2010, up from 23.5% in 2009 ... And it said that rising consumer inflation, which stood at 2.3% in the second half of 2010, caused "a further slide in the purchasing power of wage incomes" among Palestinians in the West Bank. The agency said the figures provided a stark counterpoint to claims of an economic boom in the West Bank.


Haneen Al Zoabi: Racists impose the rules of the political game in Israel

Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, Haneen Al Zoabi, has condemned the initiative led by a Jewish member, Yariv Levin, to ban her from traveling outside the country and to prevent her from participating in the Freedom Fleet 2. She described the move as an unparalleled form of racism. 



Israeli factories in Salfit major cause of high rate of cancer among children

The Israeli Barkan industrial area established on Palestinian land in Salfit is the major cause for soaring rate of cancer among children in the area compared to other Palestinian areas, health and local sources said on Wednesday. 



750 public doctors resign

Angry over the Palestinian High Court's decision mandating a return to work for striking public sector doctors, 750 union members collectively submitted their resignations on Wednesday. The union called on PA Minister of Health Fathi Abu Mughli to resign in solidarity,



Ex-Mossad chief inspires 'security' bill

Meir Dagan's controversial statements on Iran, peace process prompt Likud MK to draft bill calling to restrict former defense establishment personnel's access to media



Traveling to the other part of home 

For Palestinians in Gaza, the answer to "Have you ever been to Jerusalem?" is usually a complicated one. 



The no-longer temporary occupation

Every sector of Israeli society, except religious settlers and the military establishment, understand the occupation to be an ephemeral security measure necessary only in the absence of a peace agreement with the Palestinians. Ask any Israeli on the streets of Tel Aviv whether they think that Israel will permanently control the Occupied Territories and the immediate answer will be no, it is all about immediate security. This charade is exploited by successive Israeli governments as they proclaim a desire for peace while simultaneously creating permanent facts on ground like Jewish settler roads, checkpoints for Palestinians and new settlements.


Richard Silverstein vs. censorship

Ynet 7 June -- In a special interview US blogger who broke several stories, including Ofer Brothers' Mossad dealings, talks about his sources, repercussions of releasing news restricted by [Israeli] gag orders




Selected News Week of 4/14

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 1:49 PM

 Hero of Gaza: Vittorio Arrigoni, kidnapped and murdered

...His life's work is his legacy. It surpassed all boundaries. Vittorio Arrigoni has helped an endless list of Palestinian people over the years and his work has led to a great deal of exposure of the treatment of Palestinians under the Israeli occupation. As the world moves toward a real understanding of the reality of Gaza; Israeli snipers, constant fear and attacks on civilians from the Israeli military, Vittorio Arrigoni was a bright light. He was close to our friend and fellow writer Ken O'Keefe, and loved by thousands, perhaps millions. [links to his writings for Salem-News at end of article]


Israel may let new flotilla reach Gaza

Israel is considering allowing the Freedom Flotilla 2, due to sail next month, to reach Gaza, to prevent a repeat of last summer?s clash between flotilla participants and Israeli forces. A document drawn up by the foreign ministry in Jerusalem and presented to prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested as one option allowing the vessels to reach Gaza without interference.


US campus activists facing increased repression

USC is not the only campus where solidarity activists have experienced disturbing attempts deny their First Amendment rights. Eleven Muslim students at the University of California Irvine are currently facing criminal charges for disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the US, Michael Oren.


Palestinians inaugurate first West Bank international soccer stadium

The first international soccer stadium in the West Bank was inaugurated yesterday, with French international star Lilian Thuram making the first kick.


PCHR weekly report Apr 7-13

Last week's Israeli military attacks killed 18 Palestinians, according to the weekly report of the Palestinian Center of Human Rights ... Additionally, 38 civilians, including 14 children, a woman and two paramedics, and 4 resistance activists were wounded.


Selected News Week of 4/7/11

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 2:17 PM

In Memoriam: Deir Yassin

On the eve of the war, Deir Yassin and the adjacent Jewish colony of Giv'at Sha'ul signed an agreement promising to be good neighbors. This agreement was approved by Haganah headquarters in Jerusalem.


Netanyahu: Hamas will not set new rules

During late-night consultations regarding escalating violence in south, PM said Israel's "response will be determined, harsh and ongoing"; Danny Ayalon: There is a heavy price for terrorism.



Demolitions in Samra

After noon on 7th April the army demolished three large animal shelters and a kitchen in the farming community of Al Samra in the northern Jordan Valley.


Homes and roads destroyed in Aqaba

On April the 7th at 6 am the village of Al Aqaba woke up to find the Israeli Army destroying their road and two homes. Two Caterpillar bulldozers were with the military jeeps.They demolished two concrete houses leaving a families homeless, one with 11 children, and the other with 7 children.


10 tractors were confiscated in ‘Ein Al Beida and Bardala

At 7am on Wednesday 6th April the army and military police raided farms and fields in the north of the Jordan Valley. All farmers with a tractor were forced to drive to the illegal Israeli colony of Mehola, where they waited for hours for have their IDs and proof of tractor ownership inspected.


Israel and Palestinians have conflicting visions for village's future

Lifta is the last intact pre-1948 Palestinian village in Israel. The Israelis want to put apartments there, but Palestinians want the area preserved as an open-air museum ...


Settler leader downplays WikiLeaks comments on West Bank evacuation

Settlers leader Danny Dayan on Thursday downplayed his comments revealed by WikiLeaks that some settlers would be willing to leave the West Bank for "the right price."


100 women detained in Awarta

Israeli troops stormed the village of Awarta on Thursday morning, arresting more than 100 women in what local officials said was part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of five settlers in March.


Refugee camps lack basic facilities, need to expand: study

A study into the difficult living conditions in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, including recommendations for areas of improvement, was published Wednesday. The camps have not expanded since they were founded but the population has increased fourfold in that time.


Marmara to return to Gaza in May

Vessel involved in deadly raid in May 2010 scheduled to take part in another flotilla to Gaza Strip next month, IHH declares. Total of 15 ships to participate in 'Freedom flotilla 2'


Goldstone has paved the path for a second Gaza war / Gideon Levy

All at once the last doubts have disappeared and the question marks have become exclamation points. Dr. Ezzeldeen Abu Al-Aish wrote a short book in which he invented the killing of his three daughters. The 29 dead from the Al-Simoni family are now vacationing in the Caribbean. The white phosphorus was only the pyrotechnics of a war film. The white-flag wavers who were shot were a mirage in the desert, as were the reports about the killing of hundreds of civilians, including women and children. "Cast lead" has returned to being a phrase in a Hanukkah children's song.


US wants Gaza war crimes report to 'disappear'

[US envoy to the United Nations Susan] Rice told a congressional hearing, "what we want to see is for it to disappear and no longer be a subject of discussion and debate in the Human Rights Council or the General Assembly or beyond."


Where now for the Goldstone report? / John Dugard

In short, there are no new facts that exonerate Israel and that could possibly have led Goldstone to change his mind. What made him change his mind therefore remains a closely guarded secret. The Goldstone report was not the only fact-finding report on Operation Cast Lead. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the League of Arab States (whose mission I chaired) all produced thorough reports on the conflict. In all the reports, including the Goldstone report, there were accounts of the killings of civilians by Israel Defence Forces (IDF) in a cold, calculated and deliberate manner. But the principal accusation levelled at Israel was that during its assault on Gaza, it used force indiscriminately in densely populated areas and was reckless about the foreseeable consequences of its actions, which resulted in at least 900 civilian deaths and 5,000 wounded.


Palestinians left skeptical on unity prospects

Palestinian factions agree that national reconciliation will not be achieved in the near future because Hamas and Fatah are deeply entrenched in partisan interests despite positive statements from both sides ... Jamil Mizher, a leading figure in the PFLP, said there is nothing new regarding Egyptian pressure on Fatah and Hamas and both movements remain adamant behind their positions to serve their own interests.


60% of Egyptians support peace with Israel

Some 60% of Egyptians support the peace treaty with Israel – as long as an independent Palestinian state is established alongside the Jewish state, a study conducted by the United Nations-affiliated International Peace Institute shows.


Israeli official: We struck in Sudan

A senior Israeli military official told TIME Magazine Wednesday that the Jewish state was behind a mysterious air strike in Sudan Tuesday that killed two people.  "It's not our first time there," the official was quoted as saying, apparently referring to the 2009 airstrike that demolished an arms convoy near the border with Egypt.


Haaretz WikiLeaks exclusive: Peace Now updates US on West Bank construction

7 Apr -- Israeli left-wing non-government organization Peace Now has urged the U.S. to pressure Israel into evacuating West Bank outposts, according to an American diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks, adding that the group regularly updated both Washington and the Defense Ministry on ongoing settlement construction. See the full story in Friday's Haaretz Newspaper.




Israel Begins Witch Hunt against Palestinian Educators, Pupils who Honoured Land Day

 Israel launched a witch hunt against Palestinian educators and pupils who commemorated Land Day by participating in the community’s declared strike. Education Ministry supervisors visited Palestinian schools on Land Day and schools were ordered to send lists of teachers absent that day. 




Israel expedites vote on hundreds of new homes beyond Green Line

Proposal to construct 942 housing units in Gilo was approved Monday by the building and planning committee; according to standard procedure, the district committee would have waited months before bringing the matter to its own agenda.




Palestine’s Christians demanded Monday freedom of access and movement to reach the holy places in Jerusalem without Israeli intervention.

A statement published by the Palestinian Christians called on the international community to intervene to facilitate freedom of entry of Christians to Jerusalem to worship during the Easter holiday.



Selected News Week of 4/1/11

Posted on April 1, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Israeli Occupation Forces to expropriate 662 Palestinian dunums in Occupied East Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) is planning to confiscate 662 dunums of Palestinian land between Tur and Aissawayia villages in occupied Jerusalem. The Israeli Ir Amim organization, specialized in monitoring the situation in East Jerusalem, said on Wednesday that the planning and construction committee of Jerusalem municipality had decided to allocate this area for establishing parks and tourism buildings. It said that the project is expected to be endorsed by Monday,


Palestinian refugees act to save Jerusalem's Lifta village from destruction

"This is not just a construction plan- they want to erase our memory," architect and Lifta refugee Nasser Abu-Lel told local and international media today in East Jerusalem regarding the Israel Land Administration’s plan to build a luxurious residential and commercial zone on the remains of his village in West Jerusalem. "The Israeli plan targets what remains of the houses we were forced to leave in the Nakba of 1948; the stones and walls that echo the daily life of our own parents, before the Zionist gangs forced them to leave." ... The press conference this morning to protest the plan was organized by the Sons of Lifta Society, an organization that gathers refugees from Lifta and their descendants in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.


Lod Under Attack

At present 3,000 demolition orders are currently issued against the Palestinian residents of the city of Lod. In what residents of city are calling a “calculated process of ethnic cleansing,” all Palestinian residents of Lod live in a constant state of fear that their home will be next on the chopping block. Over the last year, resistance is growing in Lod. Watch this slideshow of its latest showing.


Settlers injure Ramallah woman

Israeli settlers threw stones Wednesday at a 36-year-old woman driving between Ramallah and Birzeit, who was later hospitalized.  The woman, identified as Rula Al-Qwasmy, suffered broken bones and a concussion, and was transferred to a hospital in Ramallah.


Police beat and spat on us'

A Palestinian man who was arrested in connection to a rape of an 11-year-old boy and was later released is saying he and the three other former suspects are considering suing the police for a violent arrest and humiliation they were subjected to during their interrogation. "We were treated like dogs, a police officer spat on us and shouted that all Arabs must be killed."


Palestinians commemorate the 35th anniversary of Land Day

In Israel, many cities organized strikes. The largest demonstrations were held in Ar-Raba (Galilee) and in the Bedouin village of Al Araqib (Negev). In this city, which is considered a symbol of the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli policy after having been destroyed 19 times since July 2010, more than 1,000 people were present and Palestinian members of the Knesset gave speeches along with a number of women. The main cities of the West Bank (Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jenin, Tulkarem) also witnessed rallies and demonstrations against the Israeli policy of confiscation for illegal settlement expansion and against the Israeli denial of Palestinian rights in Area C.


Memories of the first Land Day

Dr. Kanaaneh has been kind enough to allow us to republish an excerpt from his book A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Israel describing his experience of the first Land Day in 1976.


On Land Day, the Jewish National Fund racist legacy is exposed

On this year’s Land Day, the Jewish National Fund has called for a "Stop the Hatred Day" and concocted a new slogan: "They destroy, we build." Of course, anyone who is familiar with Al Arakib knows that it is the JNF that destroys and the indigenous Bedouins who rebuild. Since it was founded in 1901, the JNF has been at the forefront of ethnic cleansing in Palestine.


Israel approves lawyer visit ban on Palestinian prisoners

The Israeli ministerial committee has approved a law that empowers the courts to ban lawyer visits to Palestinian prisoners for one year after arrest, the Palestinian Prisoner Society warned. Israel is trying to express its racist and inhumane policies in the form of law provisions, the PPS said.


Israel lays Gaza-like siege on West Bank village

Since 24 March, Israeli forces have sealed the southern occupied West Bank village of Beit Ommar for an indefinite amount of time as soldiers continue to arrest youngPalestinian residents and hold them in Israeli detention centers. In a move akin to the four-year-long economic blockade against the occupied Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers have closed the six entrances to the village of 17,000 inhabitants and have imposed a widespread prohibition policy against all major imports and exports from the village -- including gasoline, produce, raw industrial materials and basic supplies. Ambulances have also been prevented from entering or exiting the village. The closures and arrests followed a brazen attack by an Israeli settler on a funeral procession on 21 March.


Olmert says Gaza war inevitable

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said that an all-out war against the Gaza Strip is inevitable. "If there's one thing I regret -- it's that we didn't finish the job back then -- we cannot avoid the need to complete the job," Olmert said on Wednesday, referring to the Gaza war while he was in office. "Israel cannot accept the presence of a terror entity in Gaza, which threatens the citizens of Israel, without taking action. Not random action, but controlled, precise and organized action with enough force to bring a change to the reality in Gaza," Olmert was quoted as saying by Ynetnews.


Rachel Corrie trial resumes

The civil lawsuit brought by parents of slain American peace activist Rachel Corrie against the state of Israel will resume Sunday, the foundation named after her said Wednesday ... "Corrie's case forms a new test for the Israeli judicial system. This case will give this system another chance to show that it is able to work as an independent system that seeks to achieve justice and apply the law, rather than continue to entrench its politicized attitude by seeking to shield [Israeli forces]" a joint release by rights groups Al-Mezan, Al Dameer, and Gaza Community Mental Health Program said.


BDS campaigners force Ahava shop to move

The central London flagship store of Ahava, an Israeli cosmetics company whose products come from stolen Palestinian natural resources in the occupied West Bank, and are produced in the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Shalem, has been forced to move following a sustained campaign from BDS activists. A spokeswoman for Shaftesbury PLC, which owns the property that the shop is currently located in, told the Jewish Chronicle: “When Ahava’s lease expires in September, we will not offer them a new one.”


46% of Israeli teens: Revoke Arabs' rights

Friedrich Ebert Foundation's Youth Study reveals Israel's teens think greatest threat to state is Jewish-Arab conflict, believe less in democratic values. As for who they trust most - IDF gets 93% ... About 60% of Jewish youths prefer "strong leadership" to rule of law ... Asked how they feel when they think of Arabs, 25% responded with "hate" and 12% responded with "fear".


Benjamin Netanyahu's heart of darkness

He claims again and again that Israel fully provides equal rights for Arabs in Israel. I wrote down the claim: "There's only one country in the heart of the Middle East that has no tremors, no protests. That's Israel. Because we're the only one where we respect human rights. The only one that respects the rights of Arab citizens.


Thousands mark Land Day: 'Israel humiliating Arabs'

Arab sector leaders, leftists protest against 'continued expropriation of Arab lands, Knesset's racist legislation'. Thousands of people, including Knesset members and left-wing activists, gathered in Israel-Arab towns on Wednesday to mark the 35th annual Land Day, in which the Arab sector traditionally protests the "expropriation" of lands by the state. As part of the protests, the entire Arab sector went on strike for the day.


Join the international campaign to Stop the Jewish National Fund

“Commemorating the Palestinian Land Day and the Global BDS Day of Action, the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)… calls on people of conscience around the world to take civil and legal steps to oppose the presence and activities of the JNF in their countries due to its long-standing and intricate role in crimes of colonization, ethnic cleansing and apartheid against the Palestinian people.




Selected News Week of 3/27/11

Posted on March 27, 2011 at 9:32 PM

European countries want UN, not U.S., to advance Mideast peace talks

The Associated Press--Britain, France and Germany want the United Nations and the European Union to propose the outlines of a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state, UN diplomats said.


Dan Rather`s crew `humiliated by Israeli security`

Associated Press--In a letter to Israeli officials, producer says legendary anchorman`s crew held up for hours at security checks, strip-searched before interview with Deputy PM Meridor


Who is annexing Whom?

Uri Avnery--IN A rare late-night session, the Knesset has finally adopted two obnoxious racist laws. Both are clearly directed against Israels Arab citizens, a fifth of the population.


ASOI: Israel`s Latest Apartheid Law By Ilan Pappe


Those of us who have been veteran comrades in the struggle for peace and justice in Palestine have quite often been frustrated by the inability to galvanize enough support in the political and media establishments in the West against the brutal occupation of the West Bank and the strangulation of Gaza. We believed that clear cut evidence of the oppression and the highly visible criminal policies that raged since 1967 should have at least triggered a world reaction similar to the one that now takes place against Libya, and even more so.

Waves of arrests in weekly Nabi Saleh Demonstration

A day after the violent arrest of Nabi Saleh Popular Committee leader Bassem Tamimi, one Palestinian, five Israelis and three international activists were arrested in Nabi Saleh on Friday. A Palestinian cameraman and three more Israelis were briefly detained.


Officials: Israel destroys ancient wells near Bethlehem

 Israeli authorities destroyed ancient water wells and natural reservoirs used by Bedouins southeast of Bethlehem, Palestinian officials said.  A 3,000-cubic-meter well owned by Ali Madghan Rashayida and a 225-cubic meter reservoir belonging to Majid Rashayida were demolished last week, in a move Palestinian Authority officials said was illegal and "an obvious assault by the Israeli occupation."


Proposal to implement Al-Bustan demolition plan amidst upheaval in Arab world

Several high-ranking officials in the Jerusalem Municipality have submitted a proposal to city mayor Nir Barakat to begin the prospective demolition program in Al-Bustan neighborhood of Silwan. Residents of Silwan have denounced the proposal as a calculated move to execute the highly controversial plan during a time when international media attention is focused elsewhere, namely on the current uprisings in Libya, Yemen and around the Arab world. Residents dismiss officials’ notion that the demolition of large tracts of this prominent Jerusalem neighborhood could pass relatively unnoticed as naive and have asserted that were it to be implemented, it would trigger large-scale Palestinian uprisings.


Israeli sources carry out massive dawn raid

 Israeli forces stormed Silwan at dawn yesterday [Thursday], seizing 9 Palestinians from their homes. The arrested are Mohammed Saleh, Alaa Ali Awwad, brothers Sumbol and Hammouda Malhi, brothers Thaer and Faraj Khalil Mehtseb and a child from the Shyoukhi family. A child named Ashraf Shalodi was also arrested in front of the Al-Bustan protest tent on Wednesday, 23 March and two other residents, Rami Ghaith and Wisam Qawasmi, were summoned by police for interrogation.


Israel orders evacuation for Tubas-area Bedouin

Evacuation and demolition orders were handed out to a Bedouin family east of Tubas on Sunday afternoon, local officials told Ma‘an ... Nabil Mustafa Daraghmeh, the head of a Bedouin family in the Ein Al-Hilwa area outside of Tubas in the northern West Bank, was served papers demanding he and his family evacuate their tent home and move their herds elsewhere. Palestinian security officials told Ma‘an that several Israeli military patrol cars arrived in the area to serve the papers, which gave Daraghmeh one day to leave the area.


Jewish settlers uproot 21 olive trees in Salfit March 26

Jewish settlers from Alei Zahav settlement on Saturday morning uprooted about 21 olive trees in Deir Ballut town west of Salfit city. Head of the municipal council in the town Ahmed Mustafa said the settlers uprooted olive trees east of Deir Ballut belonging to a Palestinian citizen called Sami Ibraheem.


Shalev: UNGA 'Palestine' resolution may have real impact

Shalev: Israel "only just found out" about Resolution 377; same process used in 1981 to advance Namibian independence, delegitimize S. Africa -- Israel failed to realize until recently that the Palestinian bid to win United Nations General Assembly endorsement for statehood in September might not be merely declarative, but could have profound practical consequences under the provisions of a little-known UNGA resolution, Gabriela Shalev, the former Israeli ambassador to the UN, has told The Jerusalem Post.


So whose Nakba is this? / Zvi Bar'el

Haaretz 27 Mar -- Anyone who wants to erase the Nakba, water down the Palestinian collective memory and blur Land Day, will only push students deeper into a remembrance that includes all the errors, distortions and hatreds against whoever seeks to uproot that memory.


Selected News Week of 3/20/11

Posted on March 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Military Intelligence monitoring foreign left-wing organizations

Israeli sources say department created several months ago dedicated will work closely with government ministries.



UN investigator: Israel engaged in ethnic cleansing

U.S. academic Richard Falk spoke to UN Human Rights Council as it prepared resolution condemning settlement building in East Jerusalem and West Bank; Israeli, Palestinian UN envoys clashed during discussion about murder of family in Itamar.



Omar Barghouti: “As our South African comrades did in their fight against apartheid,  we must go to international civil socitey”

Video about 5 minutes of Omar Barghouti explaining bds and why



Knesset to pass “separate but equal” communities bill

The new law will allow Jewish communities, built on state land, to reject non-Jews who wish to purchase properties within them. Needless to say, no such settlements are built for Arabs



Arab victim 'stabbed 10 times by haredim'

Christian Arab assaulted near Safed says 'Jews' racism against us has reached point of real violence'



Israel admits to arrest and detention of Gaza engineer

Dirar Abu Sisi, an engineer at Gaza's power plant went missing from the Ukraine nearly two weeks ago; his wife alleged that he was kidnapped by the Mossad.




Selected News Week of 3/13/11

Posted on March 13, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Tell Congress to support continued funding of UNRWA

The House of Representatives is expected to soon take up the Obama administration’s annual request for funding of UNRWA, and challenges have risen in Congress to cut or even eliminate US funding for the Agency.  American Friends of UNRWA joins other organizations including Churches for Middle East Peace, Arab American Institute, Americans for Peace Now, and the United Nations Association in urging you to act quickly to support continued funding of UNRWA!


UNRWA: A Good Investment for American Taxpayers

The historic popular uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East are forcing the United States, for the first time in decades, to recalibrate American priorities there. In the past, we have weighted our diplomacy and resources toward order and stability, often at the expense of our commitment to freedom, democracy and development. The events of recent weeks make clear that we must give higher priority to supporting more just and accountable political institutions and to unfulfilled human needs. If we don't, the threat of violence and instability will surely grow.


US senator wants 'readjustment' of Mideast policy

US Senator John Kerry said that US policy toward the Middle East needs a "readjustment" to reflect the new realities of the region, as people across the region engage in protests demanding better representation from their leaders.



Awarta Village Under Full Closure Since Saturday; Scandinavian Activists Trapped

Israeli forces have maintained a closure of the village of Awarta for the last three days, preventing all residents from leaving their homes, with no indication as to when the closure will end and the residents will be allowed out of their homes.


Geneva conference on Palestinian prisoners' rights hears shocking testimonies

Geneva conference on Palestinian prisoners' rights hears shocking testimoniesMore than 700,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel since 1967, representing over 20 percent of the whole population living under Israeli occupation. This was one of many shocking statistics and testimonies presented at the First International Conference on the Rights of Palestinian Prisoners and Detainees held in Geneva on 11-12 March


Netanyahu is ignoring Abbas' efforts to end Palestinian incitement

Netanyahu is demanding the cleansing of preaching of hatred for Israel from sermons in the mosques. But he would do well to do some housecleaning first - in the synagogues.


On the 8th Anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s Stand in Gaza

A Message from Craig and Cindy Corrie, March 16, 2011


Palestinians protest as Israel attempts to erase their presence in Lod

PalestineMonitor 11 Mar -- A demonstration took place Tuesday evening in Lod, one of Israel’s mixedcities, provoked by the most recent spate of house demolitions there. ... The crowd yelled, ‘You can arrest us and beat us but we will not leave Lod’.The most recent victims of home demolitions in Lod are the Abu Eid family, comprising seven families in total, whose homes were demolished three months ago. For two months, the families lived in tents on their land. Last week, they laid the foundations for temporary cabins but those too were torn down on the orders of the police.



UN rights expert condemns sharp increase in Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes

An independent United Nations expert has called on Israel to stop illegally demolishing Palestinian homes in the West Bank, including two apartment buildings in East Jerusalem where 150 people are about to be evicted, citing a recent surge in such actions. "This pattern of eviction, demolition, expansion of settlements, and settlers’ violent expropriation of Palestinian homes in the occupied East Jerusalem violates fundamental human rights, as well as provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention governing belligerent occupation," UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories Richard Falk said in a statement.


5 Palestinian patients seek access to hospital

Five Palestinian kidney patients were prevented Saturday from access to the hospital in Nablus city by Israelioccupation forces stationed at Beit Furik checkpoint in the east of thesame city. Naser Abu Jaish, head of village council, said that Israeli army prevented all citizens including five patients to pass through the checkpoint. He emphasized that those patients in desperate need for medical treatment and he demanded the international committee of the red cross to immediately intervene to evacuate them to the hospital.


Bedouin reject compensation offer, accusing Israel of land grab

Responding to reported deal to provide Bedouin with approximately 50% of their current land, some leaders accused the state an intentional attempt to divide their community.


Abbas aide: Israel's approval of West Bank homes 'unacceptable'

Cabinet approves construction of new settlement houses as a response to a deadly terror attack on a family of five in the settlement of Itamar.


Keith Ellison Tears Up At Hearing On Muslim-American 'Radicalization'

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim-American elected to Congress, broke into tears Thursday during a hearing investigating possible radicalization of Muslim-Americans, telling the House Homeland Security Committee the inquiry was “the very heart of scapegoating.”


Football finally comes home for Palestinian national team

Palestine's Atef Abubelal in action during a friendly victory against Pakistan. Today the team will play its first competitive home match


Tell Congress: Cutting this aid could come back to bite us.

An effort is underway in the House of Representatives to cut U.S. funding for a UN group that provides key humanitarian support for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.


"No Israeli occupation" in the West Bank?

Congressman Anthony Weiner said last week that there was "no Israeli occupation" in the West Bank and that there were no Israeli troops there.



'No Palestine without Jordan Valley'

In response to Netanyahu's claim that continued military presence in Jordan Rift Valley vital for Israel's security, PM Fayyad says only solution to conflict is establishment of Palestinian state within 1967 borders



Selected News Week of 3/6/11

Posted on March 9, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Palestinian diplomatic status in the UK upgraded

Palestinian delegation in London to become a diplomatic mission, bringing Britain into line with several other EU countries


Bill to punish anti-Israel boycotters passes first Knesset hurdle

According to proposal, Israelis would face harsh punitive measures for such actions; controversial bill also calls for imposing sanctions on foreign nationals and groups and on states that give boycotts force of law.



Hamas announces initiative to regain national unity with Fatah

Hamas representatives said Saturday that the Islamist party is preparing a comprehensive initiative to end more than three years of internal Palestinian division.



Israel denies British volunteers entry to West Bank

Israeli authorities on Friday prevented a group of British volunteers from entering the West Bank, a peace group due to host the delegation said.



Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) interview: explains why Israel's Apartheid should be opposed

Floyd's Roger Waters talks to Riz Khan about his passionate campaign for the rights of the Palestinian people and why, more than 30 years after he wrote the globally-acclaimed album 'The Wall', he is focusing on another wall - the Israeli separation barrier in the West Bank.



Weekly protest in Shiek Jarra - Arabs / Jews / Internationals in Solidarity



Construction in West Bank settlements quadrupled since end of temporary freeze'

According to data by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, settlers began building over 114 houses during the 10-month settlement freeze, and began construction of over 427 houses since October 2010.



Why is Israel aid exempt?

As US fiscal conservatives cut food programmes for poor children, military aid for Israel is left untouched.



Palestinian boy claims police beat him

Eleven-year-old boy caught throwing stones in east Jerusalem suffers head, stomach trauma



Palestinians 'don't feel confident that Netanyahu government serious about territorial concessions'

US President Obama this week called on Jewish leaders to speak to their colleagues in Israel and to “search your souls” over Israel's seriousness about making peace, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Wednesday.



Sixth Prison Term for Conscientious Objector Ajuad Zidan

CO Ajuad Zidan We have learned that CO Ajuad Zidan, was sentenced to 30 days of imprisonment on 27 Feb. for his refusal to enlist. This is now his sixth (!) term in prison.