Palestinian Prisoner Day should be understood as a day of global solidarity for all indigenous peoples’ freedom and self-determination because indigenous peoples are the primary target of the prison industrial complex within settler societies.
Category Archives: Israel/Palestine
Noam Chomsky says some things Israel does “really shock me” — like separating Palestinian and Jewish mothers in separate maternity wards at Israeli hospitals, according to Ruchama Marton of Physicians for Human Rights
Udi Aloni writes: “I’m simply sick and tired of the self-righteous internal Jewish-Israeli discourse where in the end it seems a Jew only argues with a Jew so that they can make up later that evening and go demolish an Arab home together.”
Bad pay, hard labor, nasty skin rashes, and poor sleep in constructions sites are just the tip of work conditions found in Israeli agricultural settlements, said a Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report released Monday. The 75-page “Israel: Settlement Agriculture Harms Palestinian Children” is a devastating look into underage Palestinian laborers farming for Israeli companies.
Israel’s Justice Ministry has said it is taking on hate crime against Palestinians. Why is it plea-bargaining with four Israeli teens who torched a Palestinian cafe near Hebron after painting “Revenge” on the door?
Escalating violence at Friday demo. The Israeli military did not even wait for Kafr Qaddum’s Friday demonstration to start before firing at the crowd of demonstrators today. Before prayers had finished the Israeli military began firing at the demonstration with teargas, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets.
Not a single house has been rebuilt in Gaza since the end of the devastating war 9 months ago, UNRWA reports
Palestinians can always tell their stories better than western journalists, Walaa Ghussein explains. “We’re not less courageous, but a journalist needs to protect himself\herself in order to stay alive to tell the stories of others, and they don’t have that kind of protection.”
A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Friday at the funeral for his cousin in the town of Beit Ummar near Hebron. Ziyad ‘Awad, 27, was killed by Israeli forces and thirteen others injured when soldiers opened fire on mourners at the funeral of Ja‘afar ‘Awad, 22, who died at 2:45 a.m. Friday morning from health complications following long imprisonment by Israel.
On January 6, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb spoke at Stanford Hillel about why she supports BDS “as a conflict transformation tactic.” Stanford joins Harvard and Wesleyan Hillels in open defiance of Hillel International’s red lines on who students can hear.
Ahmad Jaradat writes for the AIC: “The southern West Bank city of Hebron is under what local Palestinians are calling a siege to enable tens of thousands of Israelis to celebrate the holiday of Passover this week by invading the city. “
Israeli settlers, on Saturday, opened pepper spray on 11-year-old Qamar Qafisha, from Hebron, on Shuhada street in the city.
Israeli forces injured dozens of Palestinian and foreign activists on Friday, including one with live fire, as they suppressed weekly marches across the West Bank.
Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar was arrested by Israeli soldiers in the early-morning hours of March 2 from her Ramallah home, reported her family. In today’s early-morning raid, around 30 armed Israeli soldiers entered Jarrar’s home at approximately 1:15 am, confining her husband, Ghassan, to the spare bedroom, interrogating her, searching the home, and confiscating two computers while arresting Jarrar. “My mother always speaks the truth to power. She is a woman and a loved leader. That is why they went after her,” said Yafa Jarrar, one of Khalida’s daughters and a Palestinian activist, early on Thursday. “This occupation is vicious and their track record shows that anyone who speaks out against their aggression is a target.”
There are still a few weeks before head of the Joint List Ayman Odeh begins his first term in Israel’s parliament, yet he has already led a protest across the country. This past weekend Odeh led the “March for Recognition” with hundreds of Bedouins who live in unrecognized villages. The 130 kilometer trek from the southern Negev desert to Jerusalem officially ended on President Reuven Rivlin’s doorstep Sunday afternoon.
Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is apologizing for a pre-election video he posted on Facebook, which, his critics claimed, used fear-mongering and racism to encourage Israelis to vote for Likud. Two weeks later, the Prime Minister admits he made a mistake. “We had to put something together and, ultimately, we did a bad job. We made a video I’m not proud of.” Netanyahu added, “the lighting was grim. I look pale, pasty. I look fat. Really fat. The white balance was off. The Israeli people deserved better. They deserve higher definition.”
Over fierce rightwing opposition, Israel’s interior ministry approved 2200 housing units in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of East Jerusalem– even as bulldozers destroyed the foundations of three apartment buildings in the same section. Ir Amim called the approvals a welcome and unexpected development.
Today, March 30th Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, marched for Land Day, Yom al-Arda in Arabic, which commemorates protest in the Galilee in 1976 where six Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed.
About 60 Israeli soldiers and police rained tear gas on 200 unarmed and unoffending protesters in Nabi Saleh today in commemoration of Land Day. Then the forces shot rubber-coated steel bullets, and live ammunition
Three soldiers come up to the minibus holding rifles out before them, and a boy of 10 sitting next to you who you’ve never met before jams himself into your side and clutches your arm, saying “I scared.” The soldiers examine all the papers and wave you on. You wonder what this boy has seen that he was so terrified.
I first saw the spanking new administrative buildings for the Gaza Community Mental Health Program in 2005; ten years later there is a rusty shabbiness to the exterior but the people working inside are energetic and spectacular. The property fronts a road and then a glorious sandy beach and the crashing grey blue waves of […]
Ma’an reports: (Ma‘an) 26 Mar — Thousands of Palestinians on Thursday marched in the funeral of a young man who succumbed to his wounds the day before after being shot by Israeli forces during a protest near Ramallah last week. 20-year-old Ali Mahmoud Safi was buried in the al-Shuhada (Martyrs’) Cemetery in the al-Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah Thursday, as thousands mourned the first Palestinian youth to be killed in the camp so far this year.
Amira Hass says Oslo’s failed promise includes the hope of resolving the conflicting histories of the conflict; Palestinians were ready to accept Zionists as not just colonialists, but escapees from Europe.
Hatim Kanaaneh reflects on the recent Israeli election and strains to find optimism in what he sees as a rising tide of fascism in the country: “It is my belief that the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel has a mission it cannot shirk: forcing true democracy on the Jewish majority that continues to slide down the slippery slope of racism. It is our ordained destiny, it seems, to save Israel from its the-whole-world-is-against-us paranoia. It is our role to coax Israel back from its Masada Complex stand. We have little choice but to fulfill this impossible mission; the alternative is too bleak to contemplate.”
Prime Minister elect Benjamin Netanyahu recently issued an apology to “Israeli Arabs” for his outlandishly racist Election Day remarks that “Arabs voters are going to the polls en masse.” Netanyahu chose to render his apology to a crowd of elderly men rather than the 12 recently elected Palestinian Arabs from the Joint List that actually represent the majority of the country’s Arabic speaking population. His message? Palestinians seeking genuine representation and influence in the body politic are not welcome.