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Moriel Rothman uses the Shamasneh family eviction case in Sheikh Jarrah as an example of how the dispossession of the Palestinian people continues today, albeit in less dramatic fashion than 65 years ago.
Until last week the Arab world’s position on Israeli borders was firm. Then Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Middle East and the Arab League reversed its stance on settlements, backing “land swaps” between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
No longer do the soldiers just protect the settlers, they attack Palestinians together with the settlers Israeli forces, settlers attack Ramallah village RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 5 May — Settlers raided on Saturday night Ras Karkar village west of Ramallah, and attacked … Continue reading
On Wednesday an Israeli court ordered an expansion of the separation barrier into the Cremisan Valley. The wall will now envelop a Catholic monastery and school on three sides, and confiscate precious wine-producing lands. Will this landgrab awaken the world to the plunders of Greater Jerusalem?
State Dept human rights report on Israel: ‘most significant human rights problems during the year were terrorist attacks against civilians; institutional and societal discrimination against Arab citizens’
Last Friday the U.S. State Department released its Country Reports for Human Rights Practices, including one for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
Hundreds of Israelis traveled over the Green Line to observe Passover this week at a carnival-like event as Israeli officials closed the Ibrahimi Mosque to Palestinians in the West Bank’s largest city. The contrast between the Palestinian and Israeli Jewish areas was stark. While most Palestinians closed up shop in Hebron’s Old City due to the threat of settler harassment, Israeli Jews marked Passover by dancing in the streets, surrounded by high-flying Israeli flags and armed soldiers.
Unconditional American support only goes so far when the rest of the world is turning against you. That’s why Barack Obama went to Israel– to try and help Israel break out of its deepening political loneliness with an effort to jumpstart negotiations and reconcile Turkey to Israel. Will it work? By most indications, Israel’s actions and political system will continue to isolate the country.
Israeli police raided the protest village Bab al-Shams in the early hours of Sunday, hours after President Obama departed from the region. Around 200 Israeli police clad in riot gear, affixed with green glow sticks, set upon the protesters. A small group of the protesters were taken to Ofer military prison. Above, Israeli riot policemen detain Palestinian activists during the eviction of Bab al Shams (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills).
President Barack Obama and the residents of Beit Safafa village experienced the same sandstorm in Jerusalem yesterday. But that’s where the commonality ended: while Obama traveled freely around Jerusalem, residents of the Jerusalem neighborhood protested the construction of a highway set to slice Beit Safafa in half. The highway will serve illegal Jewish-only settlements that surround Beit Safafa–part of a larger plan to fortify “Greater Jerusalem.” Above, graffiti decrying the mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barakat near the protest site
President Barack Obama received a hearty welcome from his Israeli hosts this afternoon as Air Force One touched down in Ben-Gurion Airport for an official ceremony that saw the president and prime minister of Israel praise America’s commitment to the state they represent. Obama returned the favor with kind words for Israel. The speeches praising Israel capped a morning that consisted of the Israeli and American elite mingling with one another before the president arrived.
Excerpts from the Institute for Middle East Understanding fact sheet “Does Netanyahu Really Support the Two-State Solution?”
College students who attend school at the illegal mega-settlement of Ariel are upbeat about President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel. While they are upset the American Embassy did not extend invitations to them to hear Obama speak, conversations with about ten different students this afternoon at Ariel University, Israel’s first settlement college, provided a snapshot of an Israeli public that is buoyed by the Obama visit–a visit they see as affirming the importance of the U.S.-Israeli relationship. Above, the road right outside Ariel settlement’s university.
Palestinian human rights orgs to Abbas: Meet Obama in Jerusalem to challenge Israeli ‘facts on the ground’
A letter from the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council to President Mahmoud Abbas in advance of President Barack Obama’s visit to the region. The letter calls on President Abbas to invite President Obama to meet with him in the Orient House in occupied East Jerusalem, in order to refute Israel’s attempts to create “facts on the ground” through its settlement policy.
No peace plan and lots of photo-ops: White House sets low expectations for Obama visit to Middle East
There will be no new peace initiative announced when President Obama touches down in the region, nor likely any pressure on Israel for continued settlement building. Instead, the visit will focus on symbolic events and diplomatic meetings with the leaders of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority (PA) that touch on a wide range of issues. Those details came in a White House conference call with reporters yesterday afternoon. Obama communications aide Ben Rhodes did not mention the issue of settlements during the call–and gave no indication that illegal colonies in the West Bank would be an agenda topic for when the president meets with Netanyahu.
Benjamin Netanyahu has finally put the finishing touches on the new Israeli government as President Obama prepares to visit to Israel/Palestine next week. Although there are some new faces and parties in the ruling bloc, the situation on the ground will look like more of the same for Palestinians. In fact, all signs indicate the settler movement are the big winners in the new government.
Are American media saying anything about the land confiscation that is a way of life for Palestinians living under occupation?
Despite a week of clashes settlers party for Purim in Hebron.
‘We’ll take over the Likud, we’ll take over the country’: Far-right Israeli MK Moshe Feiglin honored in New York City
Moshe Feiglin was the star last night in Queens, New York. The far-right Israeli activist, West Bank settler and newly minted Member of Knesset spoke to about 100 of his most ardent supporters in Fresh Meadows’ Chateau Steakhouse to raise money for his Manhigut Yehudit movement. The dinner honored a politician who advocates for paying Palestinians to leave the occupied territories as well as establishing exclusive Jewish control over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Above, Feiglin (center) speaks with a supporter at last night’s dinner.
Israeli and Palestinian officials have been in Washington laying the ground for President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel and the West Bank next month. Obama apparently intends to start his second term with an effort to engage with Israel and the Palestinians that is almost as certain to prove an exercise in futility.
In the Jordan Valley, elements of Israel’s policy clearly go far beyond the legal definition of apartheid, The annexation of territory and imposition of impossible living standards on the Palestinians closely resembles ethnic cleansing.
A response to the New York Times Frequent Flyer column featuring Ahava North American CEO Elana Drell-Szyfer.
For years Birthright has taken Jewish trip goers to a kibbutz that Israel has recently admitted is located in Lebanon.
Momentum has been building in Europe for a ban on settlement products, and Der Spiegel reports EU officials are still on a “confrontation course” with Israel.
The Israeli military works with hilltop settlers in occupied lands outside Nablus to destroy the Palestinian protest encampment of al-Manatir in Burin
Orit Struk and Moshe Feiglin are the Knesset’s newest settler ministers, elected in January. They are bent on annexing most of the West Bank and rebuilding the Jewish temple on the site of the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem