Abdulhadi Hantash, land surveyor for the Palestinian Authority, has compiled a record of crimes against Palestinians near Hebron in 2014 by settlers and soldiers that includes 30 wells destroyed, 3778 trees uprooted, 16 Palestinians killed and many cases of sexual provocation and one attack on graves
Category Archives: Israel/Palestine
For those trying to read developments between Israel and Gaza over the past weeks, the picture has been unusually puzzling. Does Israel want Hamas weakened or strengthened?
Rebecca George visits the Martyr’s Cemetery outside Dheishe Refugee Camp on the first morning of Eid Al-Fitr, when nearly 200 Palestinians from the Bethlehem area came to visit the graves of deceased relatives and loved ones who have been killed during the conflict with Israel.
Israeli soldiers kidnapped four Palestinian teenagers, on Sunday at night and on Monday at dawn, in Silwan town, in occupied East Jerusalem, after invading, and violently searching, a number of homes.
Days after the announcement of the Iran nuclear deal, Dan Cohen set out in West Jerusalem’s Yafo Street to find out what Israelis thought about the agreement. The range of responses reflected the continuous right-ward shift and the complete militarization of Jewish Israeli society against a backdrop of apathy.
The recent UN report on the Gaza war of 2014 fell for Israeli propaganda when it treated tunnels out of Gaza as a real source of terror but did so to make its allegations against Israel palatable to Israelis, says Palestinian-Canadian human rights lawyer Diana Buttu
Israel Security says Rawan Abu Matar, 17, was arrested for stabbing soldier, 20, causing mild injuries, at roadblock outside Nahliel settlement. Security claims the woman “confessed she intended to kill a soldier.”
State Dep’t issues an emphatic statement re the occupied village of Susiya: “We’re closely following developments… and we strongly urge the Israeli authorities to refrain from carrying out any demolitions in the village.” Sign of things to come?
For Israeli military and security firms, occupied East Jerusalem’s population of 300,000 Palestinians presents unique challenges to develop new methods of enforcing occupation. One firm has sold a Google Street View-style mapping system to Israeli military and police agencies used to plan operations in occupied East Jerusalem to the smallest detail.
Marc Ellis writes about Reverend Naim Ateek’s strident and heartbreaking letter to the Episcopal Church expressing his disappointment that it failed to pass a resolution supporting divestment from the Israeli occupation.
The spirits of the more than 2,000 Palestinians who were killed in Israel’s 50-day military operation against Gaza last summer have been immortalized in the posters that have emerged from the conflict. Catherine Baker from the Palestine Poster Project Archives discusses 10 posters created in response to last summer’s attacks that demonstrate the power with which artists wield their tools to record history, influence the discourse, and effect action.
IMEMC reports: Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Sunday, the village of Susiya, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and “offered” the villagers to leave their village and lands, and to relocate to different areas allocated by the “Civil Administration Office.”
Five children in the Abu Jarad family were killed, and a family “erased” by an Israeli Apache helicopter attack a year ago. The U.S. funds Israel’s military machine, and insures that there is never accountability for war crimes. A Capitol Hill briefing on July 29 led by the US Campaign to End the Occupation aims to end that immunity.
Featuring Tel Aviv and West Bank “stories” this past week, the popular smartphone app Snapchat took a dramatic step in the direction that many social media tools seem to be heading – a much greater emphasis on story telling and the inevitable politics that come with it.
First Moshe Yaalon, the Israeli defense minister, approved the takeover of al-Baraka, a church compound in occupied territory near Bethlehem. Then Israeli forces quelled a demonstration against it
New video footage has emerged revealing the moments before an Israeli soldier shot and killed 17-year old Mohammed al-Kasbah on July 3, 2015 in al-Ram near the Qalandia checkpoint. The recording captured on a security camera posted at a gas station, contradicts Col. Yisrael Shomer’s account where he said he fired at the Palestinian teen because his life was in imminent danger.
Hasan Masri was arrested by Israeli police after defending his family from a settler attack on the road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. And a 30-year-old woman in the party suffered a miscarriage due to “extreme fear” of the settlers.
Claims that Palestinian solidarity activists made “threats” against the first Israeli feis, or Gaelic dance competition, to force its cancellation lack any evidence. Maybe the boycott worked after all, and no one showed up?
For months rumors have circulated that Hamas has held two Israeli citizens and the remains of two soldiers captive in the Gaza Strip for almost a year. Following a motion filed by the Israeli daily Haaretz, a gag order concealing the cases was lifted yesterday prompting Israeli officials to addressed the matter publicly for the first time. Israel confirmed Ethiopian-Israeli Avraham Mengitsu, 28, and one other are detained in Gaza, along with the bodies of two soldier killed during the summer war.
What Americans find abhorrent in our history we now support in Palestine; and the US will not be redeemed from history of slavery till it reckons with support for Israel, Rev. David Etherington writes
Francesca Borri reports from Ramallah where business has replaced politics, and you can live without feeling the military occupation that lurks on all sides.
Amnesty International (AI) has teamed up with Forensic Architecture of Goldsmiths, University of London, to launching The Gaza Platform, a digital mapping tool that can be used to collate, map, explore and analyze patterns in attacks on Gaza during last summer’s brutal Israeli military offensive against the tiny blockaded enclave.