A peaceful protest by activists from Palestinian popular committees successfully blocked the Jerusalem – Jericho road on Friday in their ongoing protest against Israeli policies to ethnically cleanse the Palestinian Bedouin communities from “Area C”.
Monthly Archives: November 2014
Israeli forces shot a Palestinian youth and an int’l volunteer in the chest with live rounds during demonstration in northern West Bank Friday even as Haaretz publishes story on West Bank youth shot and paralyzed by occupying soldiers who mistook him for someone else
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had assured that the Jewish democratic state law would not infringe on the rights of its non-Jewish citizens, but two days later his Likud party introduced a Knesset bill to ban the Palestinian flag from protests, deport Palestinians to Gaza, and strip Palestinian citizens of their citizenship or residency, and refuse to return remains of the deceased, in cases of “incitement.”
Israeli foreign minister Lieberman’s peace plan has a fascistic ring: Pay Palestinians to leave Israel and move to Palestinian state. Does the west notice?
Durham County, North Carolina has taken towards dropping private company G4S’ contract to provide security for libraries, parking lots and other municipal buildings. The move by Durham County commissioners followed a months-long campaign by a coalition of activists who criticized G4S, a British-Danish company, for its ties to the Israeli occupation.
A Thanksgiving cartoon from Katie Miranda.
When news broke of a Palestinian bus driver’s body found hanging by a metal chord in the rear of an Israeli bus in a West Jerusalem parking lot, two separate narratives developed. The death came in the midst of a bitter pattern of attacks on Israeli and Palestinian civilians across the city and the official reason given in the autopsy by Israel was that Yousef Hassan al-Ramouni, 32, had committed suicide. However, the Palestinian media, government, family of the deceased, and witnesses to the body, most importantly a pathologist that sat in on the medical exam, all said otherwise, contradicting, the police’s pronouncement that there was “no suspicion of criminal activity.” Mondoweiss has obtained a copy of a letter authored by the Israeli General Coordinator of the Palestinian territories to the Palestinian Authority, asking them “to stop such incitement and bring the genuine facts regarding the circumstances of death of the deceased, to the attention of the Palestinian public.” In Israel, incitement is a crime punishable with a prison sentence.
Relations between Israelis and Palestinians have descended into a dangerous melee of tit-for-tat attacks and killings, with the violence of the past few weeks centred on Jerusalem. The city, claimed by Israel as its “undivided capital”, has been torn apart by clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian residents since the summer, when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by Jewish extremists. Subsequent attacks by Palestinians culminated last week in a shooting and stabbing spree by two cousins at a synagogue that killed four Jews and an Israeli policeman. In this atmosphere, both sides have warned that the political conflict is mutating into a religious one. By refusing to recognise any Palestinian national claims in Jerusalem, Netanyahu has forced the population to recast the conflict in religious terms. Unable to identify politically with either Fatah or Hamas, Jerusalem’s Palestinians have found powerful consolation in a religious struggle to counter the mounting threats to Al-Aqsa.
A huge win for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) annual conference in Washington. Participating members voted overwhelmingly, by a majority of 265 against 79, to adopt a resolution defending their right to boycott Israeli academic institutions, part of the Palestinian campaign for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel. The resolution will now go to a vote of the full membership.
There have been a number of attacks on Palestinians in the last two days, by settlers and soldiers, in Jerusalem and the West Bank. One died, a 22 year old hit by a bus
Sen. Elizabeth Warren takes her first foreign trip, to Israel, and meets with Benjamin Netanyahu even as he is working to undermine US negotiations with Iran. The road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue runs through Jerusalem.
As Dima Khalidi of Palestine Solidarity Legal Support made clear at a forum in DC last week, Palestinian activism in the US is on the ascent; and efforts to suppress it go against the American commitment to the First Amendment and will only hurt Israel in the end.
Anna-Esther Younes interviews Max Blumenthal about his controversial appearances in Berlin, Germany where he and David Sheen were accused of anti-Semitism because they spoke on racism in Israeli society.
The New York Times says the Israel cabinet’s decision to make Israel “the nation state of the Jewish people” is “heartbreaking.” The emotion would be more appropriate to an American jurisdiction; and Israel has been violating principles of equality for more than 60 years.
A Wellesley College chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine formed this fall and tried to start a conversation about Palestinian human rights. A few pro-Israel students are trying to shut down that conversation, saying it is “menacing.” The campaign represents a bigoted backlash against Palestinian solidarity and in the process Wellesley SJP has been falsely accused of contributing to a growing hostile and anti-Jewish environment on our campus. Three SJP members respond and address the repeated attempts to slander their work for Palestinian and Israeli human rights.
On 11/24/2008 a Texas Jury found Shukri Abu Baker and his comrades in the HLF case guilty of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Shukri Abu Baker shares his “sarcastically serious” thoughts on our sixth anniversary of the decision.
A poster put up by Students for Justice in Palestine at Wellesley College asked students What Zionism means to you? and included answers like genocide and apartheid. A pro-Israel student says the poster makes Jews feel unsafe and targeted.
Flamethrower Seth Lipsky is calling for the U.S. to join the “battle for Jerusalem,” while Bret Stephens says we may have to “militarily” engage in the conflict
Ma‘an reports: A Palestinian youth was attacked and beaten by a group of Jewish settlers at Damascus Gate near the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Friday night, a local political activist who was present at the time of the incident said. 22-year-old Ahmad Yaqub al-Ghoul lost consciousness as a result of bruising and bleeding he suffered after three Jewish settlers described as being in their 20s hit him with an iron bar and belts in the al-Musrara area just north of Damascus Gate.