Tadamun: Israel detained student because of his graduate project
The international Tadamun society for human rights said the Israeli occupation forces detained about one month ago a university student from Tulkarem city because of his graduate research project.
The Israeli planning and construction committee has decided to confiscate 650 dunums of land in occupied Jerusalem to establish two garbage dumps.
A small but spirited group of Bedouin and Israelis demonstrated outside of the Jewish National Fund’s Jerusalem offices on Sunday. The protesters, who numbered in the dozens, called for the JNF, a quasi-governmental organization, and the state of Israel to end discriminatory policies towards Bedouin residents of the Negev, including home demolitions and relocations.
Maqdesi: The IOA has closed 88 Jerusalemite institutions since 1967
The IOA has shut down more than 88 Palestinian human rights, social and charitable organizations in occupied Jerusalem since 1967 and forced 33 others to move its offices to the West Bank.
The first step in preventing all parking on Wadi Hilweh
The Israeli police campaign to issue traffic tickets to Palestinians on Wadi Hilweh Street in Silwan continues. Tickets are being issued to cars parked on the sides of the street despite the absence of signs prohibiting parking on the street. According to one of the Wadi Hilweh Committee members, “while issuing tickets to Palestinians, the Israeli police neglect giving traffic tickets to the settlers’ cars which park at the northern entrance of Silwan, even though they cause traffic jams and block traffic movement.”Another citizen said, “I can’t make any differentiation between the Segregation Discriminative regimes and the one we have here in Jerusalem.”
VIDEO: A view of the crowded streets in Balata Refugee Camp
Balata Refugee Camp was established to be a “temporary solution” after the 1948 War, after which the State of Israel was established. Eventually, it became a “permanent temporary solution.” Over time, its population has become increasingly demanding. In particular, the younger generation of refugees has been exposed to the influence of new technologies and lifestyles. As Subuh remarked, this is why “young generations feel more frustrated today.” Watch a video-portrait of Balata Refugee Camp, created by Giorgio Algeri.
OPT: Boosting protection and tackling food insecurity
RAMALLAH 27 January 2012 (IRIN) – The humanitarian community’s 2012-2013 Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) has a narrower scope than in previous years, focusing on two strategic objectives: improving the protective environment, including access to essential services like health care and education, and tackling food insecurity especially in areas where the Palestinian Authority (PA) has limited access.
A 44-year-old citizen was wounded east of Gaza city at noon Tuesday in Israeli occupation forces’ shooting, medical sources said.
Gaza medical official: Farmer shot near Israel border
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian farmer on Tuesday east of Gaza City, a medical official said. Emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said the farmer, who was not identified, suffered a gunshot wound while working on his land east of Gaza City. He was taken from Shajaiya to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City where he was said to be moderately injured, Abu Salmiya said. Israel’s army did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Israeli military incursion east of Maghazi refugee camp
Israeli tanks carried out a limited incursion into the eastern area of Al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza Strip and infiltrating troops day kidnapped citizens east of Rafah area.
Four Injured as Beit Ommar Marks Anniversary of Yousef Ikhlayl’s Murder
On Tuesday, January 31st, 2012, Beit Ommar villagers demonstrated near Route 60 at the entrance of the village to commemorate the one year anniversary of the murder of Yousef Ikhlayl, a 17-year-old Beit Ommar youth who was murdered by Israeli settlers on January 28th, 2011. The demonstration was organized by the Popular Committee in Beit Ommar and was supported by the Palestine Solidarity Project, the Popular Committee in Yatta, and several other Palestinian organizations.
Palestinian detainee Khader Adnan at risk of imminent death after 45 days hunger strike, Ali Abunimah
Khader Adnan, 34, a Palestinian being held without charge or trial, is at grave risk of death after 45 days of continuous hunger strike, according to Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR), whose doctors examined him.
IPS to break Adnan’s hunger strike by force
The Israeli prison service has decided to break the hunger strike of detained Islamic Jihad leader Sheikh Khader Adnan by force, the Hebrew radio said on Tuesday.
IOF soldiers detain liberated prisoner, Hamas leader among others
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested an ex-prisoner who was liberated in the exchange deal with Hamas movement in Al-Khalil province and a 50-year-old lecturer in Jenin among others on Tuesday.
IOF soldiers arrest seven Gazans in January including three minors
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested seven Palestinians from the Gaza Strip on its borders and at the crossings in January 2012 including thee minors, a human rights activist said on Tuesday.
Israeli forces ‘detain 5 from Qalqiliya village’
QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained five men from a Qalqiliya-district village overnight Monday, locals told Ma’an. Troops raided a number of houses in Kafr Qaddum, before seizing Ali Juma, 20, Ahmad Juma, 20, Aqba Obeid, 33, Majd Abu Khaled, 23, and Abdul Latif Obeid, 18, residents said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said four were detained in the village and “taken for security questioning.” Kafr Qaddum holds a weekly protest against the decade-long closure of the area’s main entrance. The village lies beside Jewish-only settlement Qedumim. The army spokeswoman said six others were detained across the West Bank overnight Monday.
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested a Palestinian man from his home in front of the PA security building in Jenin city at dawn Monday.
EU concerned over arrest of Dweik and other MPs
The European Union expressed concern in a statement on Sunday over the Israeli arrest of Palestinian legislative council speaker Dr. Aziz Dweik and other MPs.
Palestinians have staged a sit-in outside the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza to condemn Israel’s detention of a senior Islamic Jihad official, Press TV reports.
Please join us on Tuesday, January 31, at 8:00 pm for a free screening of the documentary “Women in Struggle” by Palestinian filmmaker Buthina Khoury
A married couple, both former political prisoners from the occupied West Bank, recount their years in detention from Gaza, where the husband was deported to following last October’s prisoner swap.
After Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, B’Tselem wrote to the MAG Corps demanding investigations of the Military Police Investigation Unit (MPIU) into 20 incidents that had taken place during the operation. In each of the incidents, B’Tselem’s field research raised serious suspicions that military actions had harmed unarmed, uninvolved civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law.
Tunisians to launch campaign against normalization with Israel
Ahmed Kahlaoui, leader of Tunisia’s National Committee to Support Arab Resistance to Normalization, has appealed for the awaited Tunisian constitution to include an article outlawing the normalization of relations with Israel. He asserted that the Committee would move to Pardo, set up a protest tent, and stage a sit-in which would continue until its demands have been met.
Istanbul conference: Worldwide marches in support of J’lem next March
The global alliance for the support of Jerusalem and Palestine invited all Arabs, Muslims and friends to participate in the marches to be held next March all over the world in support of Jerusalem.
Beit Ommar Organizers to Host Second Annual Womens’ Conference
The Center for Freedom and Justice, an organization in Beit Ommar committed to combining activism against the occupation with social service and popular education, will be hosting the second annual Womens’ Organizing Conference to strengthen female participation and leadership in nonviolent resistance initiatives. The conference will take place in Beit Ommar village in the Hebron District of the southern West Bank on March 10th 2012. Last year, over 300 Palestinian, international, and Israeli women attended the first conference in Beit Ommar. Please consider donating towards the cost of this conference and supporting women organizing against the occupation. Links to the Center’s Paypal account can be found below.
Take Action: Pro-BDS Op-Ed Needs Letters to Editor
US Campaign member group WRITE! for Justice, Human Rights, and International Law in Palestine issued the following action alert yesterday. Please respond by writing a letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer in support of Ali Abunimah’s op-ed promoting boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS).
The international Social Movements Assembly, now meeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil–and buoyed by the spirit of the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street movement– issues a declaration for a global struggle against capitalism, colonialism, occupation, and inequality, calling on activists around the world to take to the streets on June 5, 2012. Palestine and boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) are on the agenda, too.
On January 23, Occupy AIPAC announced plans to confront the powerful Israeli Lobby in Washington from March 2 – 6. More on what’s planned below. Since last September, OWS inspired affiliate groups. Among others they include Occupy Together, Occupy Everything, Occupy Arrests, Occupy Police, Occupy Marines, Occupy Veterans, Occupy Writers, Occupy Filmakers, Occupy Schools, Occupy the World Wide Web, Occupy Freedom, Occupy NATO, Occupy Congress, Occupy the White House, and Occupy Your State Capital America.
Racism / Discrimination
A vendetta by Zionist campaigners from the Im Tirtzu group is pursuing actor Mohammed Bakri as he takes to the stage for a rare and impressive performance.
Support a Palestinian family fighting to stay together under Israel’s citizenship law
There has been a flood of new laws, practices and rules of apartheid in Israel. Sometimes many of us feel paralyzed because of the racist manifestations in the judiciary, legislature and executive and don’t know where to start fighting. Yet when those laws begin to destroy the lives of close friends, we know this is a good place to start.
Different informed Palestinian sources revealed the involvement of diplomats from the Palestinian authority embassy in Paris in espionage activities for Arab, western and Israeli intelligence agencies.
Fateh: “No Talks Without Israeli Commitment to International Law”
Media spokesperson of the Fateh movement, Osama Al-Qawasmi, stated that the Fateh movement and the Palestinian leadership has a unified position regarding rejecting peace talks with Israel before Tel Aviv recognizes International Law and the two-state solution based on the 1967 borders.
Consultations are under way between Ankara and Hamas movement to open an office for the latter in Turkey, America press reports said.
Palestinians blame Israel for exploratory talks’ failure (Reuters)
Reuters – Palestinian leaders blamed Israel on Monday for the failure of exploratory talks aimed at resuming peace negotiations, and said they plan to explore alternative ways to bring about a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Documents obtained by the Egyptian “Rose al-Yusef” newspaper have revealed that during the period between January-December 2011, Israel sought to gather the signatory consent of European, North and South American, and Southeast Asian countries for an Israeli project aimed at establishing an alternative to the Suez Canal. The content of the documents exposing the plan, which were marked Top Secret from the offices of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were hugely shocking. They revealed that ousted President Hosni Mubarak was aware of and in agreement with the project despite it being a wholly Israeli political and strategic plan to channel 50% of revenues from the Suez Canal into the Israeli Treasury.
12 Iraqis Killed As V.P. Warns Against Widespread Sectarian Violence
At least 12 Iraqis were killed and 14 more were wounded in new attacks. The violence targeted security personnel. Meanwhile, Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi gave an interview to C.N.N. in which he reiterated his innocence.
Iraq Security Forces arrest 16 of Hashemi’s bodyguards
Iraqi Interior Ministry announced, on Monday, that 16 of Vice-President Tarek Al Hashemi’s bodyguards were arrested for assassinating officers and judicial investigators with silenced weapons.
AP – The United States is selling some military equipment to Bahrain as it walks a fine line between pushing the Sunni monarchy to open talks with the opposition while proceeding cautiously with a strategic ally to counter Iran.
Bahrain’s use of tear gas against protesters increasingly deadly
Bahrain must investigate more than a dozen deaths that followed the misuse of tear gas by security forces, Amnesty International has said after another person was seriously injured by a tear gas canister in Manama this week. On Tuesday, 20-year-old Mohammad al-Muwali was seriously injured and hospitalized after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister launched by riot police responding to an anti-government protest in the capital city’s Karrana neighbourhood.
Bahrain must release woman activist convicted for listening to ‘revolutionary’ music
The Bahraini authorities must release the first woman activist to be convicted over her involvement in last year’s pro-reform demonstrations, Amnesty International said today after a court rejected her appeal and upheld her prison sentence. Fadhila Mubarak’s 18-month prison sentence for protesting and listening to “revolutionary” music was today upheld by the Court of Cassation in the capital, Manama.
World Briefing | Middle East: Bahrain: Clashes After Teen’s Funeral
Antigovernment protesters clashed with riot police officers on Monday after the funeral of a teenager who died last week while in police custody.
Reports of gunfire and explosions in suburbs of Syrian capital after security forces launch campaign to regain control.
Syrian Activist Speaks from Hiding: The Bloodshed is Continuing Despite International Criticism
Street battles are raging at the gates of the Syrian capital of Damascus, and activists say at least 62 people were killed nationwide on Sunday. This comes as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Syrian leadership, particularly President Bashar al-Assad, to end the violence against the demonstrators immediately, and plans to take up a draft resolution this week calling on him to step down and transfer power. “They are just watching the bloodshed in Syria and keep talking and talking without doing anything,” says Razan Zaitouneh, a lawyer and human rights activist, who joins us from Damascus. We also speak with Karam Nachar, a U.S.-based cyber-activist who is working with Syrian protesters via social media platforms. [includes rush transcript]
The US/Saudi Agenda and the Syrian Rebellion
Some people consider it a bit rich that Saudi Arabia is the one leading the charge or helping to lead the charge with Qatar, which is also a bit rich, demanding human rights in Syria. On the other hand, the people of Syria certainly have a right to rebel against dictatorship. It’s a complicated question.
U.S. uses drones to protect envoys; Iraq said outraged (Reuters)
Reuters – The State Department said on Monday it has used unarmed drones to help protect its diplomats overseas and the New York Times reported that the program had outraged senior Iraqi officials.
Yemen: Amnesty for Saleh and Aides Unlawful
A new law granting amnesty to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his aides violates Yemen’s international legal obligations, Human Rights Watch said today. The sweeping law provides domestic immunity from criminal prosecution for serious international crimes such as the deadly attacks on peaceful demonstrators in 2011.
VIDEO: Tunisian Jews reject calls to leave
In the wake of the Arab Uprising, which began a year ago in Tunisia, an Israeli government minister said that for their own safety all of Tunisia’s remaining Jews should move to Israel.
The amber streetlights standing sentry over the Nile Cornice running in front of the communications building in the Maspero complex in downtown Cairo do something odd to peoples’ coloration at night, flattening and softening bright colors, turning the assemblages of people into a chiaroscuro – here and there a green laser lacing through the smoke and smog to mark out one of the snipers perched in the windows of the hulking rotunda.
Iran seeks to halt some oil sales
The dispute between Iran and Western economies escalates after Tehran says it will stop oil sales to some countries.
Putting Israel First
The campaign to lure the US into attacking Iran has one big problem to overcome before the War Party can taste success: the rather obvious fact that such a war would benefit Israel, and not the United States. This is why Israel’s partisans in the US constitute the spearhead of the pro-war agitation, why AIPAC [...]
Anti-Zionism in the 21st Century, Tariq Shadid
The essence of the Palestinian struggle is the battle against Zionism. It is a battle against its racism, against its murderous war crimes, against its insatiable territorial hunger, against its disdain for non-Jewish human rights, and against its devoted attempts to destroy Palestinian national identity. As voices of normalization are on the rise, and social media is invaded by paid pro-Zionist bloggers, there is an increased need for anti-Zionists to draw attention to the crimes committed by ‘Israel’, and to speak up against the ongoing media silence and the apologist activities of those misleadingly portraying themselves as ‘peace doves’. Let us first look briefly at the history of the anti-Zionist struggle, and then see where we stand today.
The Palestine Nakba: Decolonising History
The Palestine Nakba: Decolonising History, Narrating the Subaltern, Reclaiming Memory. Nur Masalha. (London: Zed Books, January 2012). 288 pp. Hardback. ISBN: 978-1848139718. 2012 marks the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba – the most traumatic catastrophe that ever befell Palestinians. This book explores new ways of remembering and commemorating the Nakba. In the context of Palestinian oral history, it explores ‘social history from below’, subaltern narratives of memory and the formation of collective identity. Masalha argues that to write more truthfully about the Nakba is not just to practise a professional historiography but an ethical imperative. The struggles of ordinary refugees to recover and publicly assert the truth about the Nakba is a vital way of protecting their rights and keeping the hope for peace with justice alive. This book is essential for understanding the place of the Palestine Nakba at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the vital role of memory in narratives of truth and reconciliation.