At dusk Thursday evening nearly 200 right-wing Israelis took to the streets of Jerusalem, chanting racist anti-Arab epitaphs and nationalist songs. The march came at the end of day that saw Israeli forces kill two Palestinians and Palestinian attackers wound nine Israelis, including two soldiers, in four separate attacks, the highest number of serious injuries inflicted on Israelis in recent weeks. At the time of publication the right-wing group was marching from West Jerusalem into Palestinian East Jerusalem.
Category Archives: Israel/Palestine
Israeli peace camp group linked with Molad says that rightwing MK Bezalel Smotrich is a demagogue for saying Hamas is an asset; but in fact that has been the policy of all Israeli governments.
Although settler violence has been getting more media attention since the firebombing that killed three Palestinians this summer, the true scale of the violence is still under-reported. In fact, there have been more than 122 Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians in the last week, according to the PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department.
Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat, who was recently spotted holding a Glock in an East Jerusalem neighborhood, today suggested Israeli citizens prepare themselves for vigilantism and called for all Israelis with valid gun licenses to carry weapons following soaring tensions.
As the crisis in Israel-Palestine devolves, with some predicting a third intifada, the YWCA in Jerusalem issued an alert calling Israel’s entrenched military occupation “the Endless State of Emergency.”
A brutal video shows undercover Israeli forces infiltrate a group of Palestinians protesters this afternoon near a checkpoint outside of Ramallah in the West Bank and open fire on the demonstrators. The video also shows unformed Israeli soldiers wound two more protesters with live rounds, critically injuring one by firing a shot into the back of the protester’s head.
On Tuesday Israeli forces destroyed two houses in Jabal al-Mokabber village in occupied East Jerusalem. Palestinian Center for Human Rights says the crime is part of a collective punishment policy against innocent Palestinians in violation of article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention that prohibits retaliatory measures against protected persons and their property.
Rida Abu Rass shares the speech she wishes Mahmoud Abbas had given at the UN last week. It includes: “We did our best to accommodate the Israeli need for a state alongside us, but the geopolitical reality that Israel created renders this solution impossible. On behalf of all Palestinians, I declare that our hands are still open to designing a peaceful solution for the region, but this time, as equal partners in our shared homeland.”
Can anyone say when the Israeli colonial project, dependent as it is on the suppression of a subject people in the name of the theft of their land, will reach its end? For sure not. But the downfall of such regimes often comes unforecast and without warning. It may be hard for Israelis (and their best friends abroad) to digest the reality of the situation, especially given the irony that they are bringing that future on themselves.
Signs in English and Hebrew call for revenge, at a settler sit-in in occupied Jerusalem where two Jews were stabbed to death Saturday
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has declared a level 3 state of emergency in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, following the serious escalation of attacks by Israeli forces and violent settlers against Palestinians, which has included assaults and serious violations against PCRS staff and ambulances.
Israeli forces shot 13-year-old Abed Obeidallah in the chest, killing him almost instantly on Monday afternoon, right as protests were beginning in front of Aida refugee camp where the boy lived. A day later more than one thousand mourners laid the young teenager to rest in a cemetery just minutes away from the UN school Obeidallah had just left before he was shot.
Scores of Palestinians were injured in clashes across the West Bank, after calls were made for a “day of rage” following a string of Palestinian attacks on Israeli citizens, Israeli incursions into the West Bank and Jerusalem—including the demolition of two homes overnight Monday—and a pronouncement from Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu that he is now “running an all-out war against Palestinian terrorism.”
The situation at al-Aqsa has come to symbolize in painful microcosm the Palestinian story of dispossession. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is betting that greater force will win, but Jonathan Cook says Palestinian youths will continue reaching for the humble stone, exerting what little power they have against a modern Goliath.
An 18-year-old Palestinian youth was killed in Tulkarem in the occupied West Bank and a 13-year-old was killed in Aida refugee camp Monday as Israeli forces clashed with demonstrators
Dan Cohen reports from Gaza where on September 13th, the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Israeli government closed the border crossing to the besieged Gaza Strip, exacerbating existing fuel shortages into a full-on crisis. Since then, cars have been lined up around city blocks to obtain small amounts of fuel – only enough for a day of work. With unemployment in Gaza at a staggering 60%, many of the taxi drivers are men who took the job as a last resort and means of survival. But the fuel crisis has taken away taxi driving and frustration is high.
The Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem is under attack. Every day groups of settlers are given armed escorts through its gardens, Israeli soldiers loll on the grass and receive lectures from officers while access to Palestinian residents and worshipers is regularly restricted.
Settlers and soldiers descended on Ramallah following Palestinian attacks that claimed four Israeli lives in recent days, and mobs in Jerusalem chant “Death to Arabs,” as some Palestinians speculate that a third intifada has begun in response to incursions on the Al-Aqsa mosque.
Yesh Din petitioned Israel to evacuate the settlement of Adei Ad, east of Shilo. Instead, Israel intends to legalize Adei Ad and four other illegal outposts, which contain settlers who have committed violence against Palestinians
Speaking at Cardozo Law School, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked dispensed with “Jewish values”. Liberty, nonviolence, justice – to her and the Jewish Home party, all can be readily sacrificed to the overarching mission of ethnic and religious homogeneity.
Once again, the New York Times reports at length on Jewish deaths in Israel/Palestine — while suppressing news of Palestinian deaths.
The international community has been acting over the last twenty years as though there is a genuine peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis while Israel furthered its interests by continuing to expand its colonial settlements and to deepen its security ties with PA security apparatuses to meet its own security needs. It is now time to declare the two-state solution well and truly dead.
Avram Meitner writes the slaughter of Eitan and Naama Henkin, two settlers killed yesterday while traveling between the settlements of Itamar and Elon Moreh, is terrorism in the same way that the slaughter of hundreds of innocent men, women and children in Gaza is terrorism. Either oppose both equally, or accept that you are led by primitive tribalism rather than principles.
Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah gathered outdoors Thursday evening to watch a simulcast of President Mahmoud Abbas address the United Nations General Assembly, and celebrate the raising of the Palestinian flag at UN headquarters. Despite the excitement at the event, many of the onlookers were skeptical of the achievement and voiced criticisms of Abbas’s announcement that the Palestinian Authority is no longer bound by the Oslo Accords.
Netanyahu sneered at the world for 44 seconds of canned silence at the UN General Assembly today, assailing the silence over Iranian threats . . . and the world laughed.