How can it be that settlements have a constant supply of fresh, clean water, while adjacent Palestinian villages suffer from severe droughts? In the Jordan Valley, settlement agriculture remains prosperous, while critically undercutting water and land resources belonging to the Palestinian villages.
Many of these villages exist on just 40% of the World Health Organization’s recommended minimum for water consumption, while in some Bedouin communities, that number falls to 20%. And yet, Israeli settlements continue to farm water-intensive species and use advanced technology to draw water that would otherwise go to Palestinian villages.
Hours before the weekly protest against the occupation in the West Bank village of Qaddum last Friday, Israeli soldiers detained four Palestinian children aged five to nine for allegedly rolling burning tires. Under Israeli military law, the age of criminal culpability is 12.
The soldiers reportedly threw stun grenades at and handcuffed the small children, raising the question: is there no other way to disperse a group of small children?
Last year, as part of a creative initiative, Israelis and Palestinians met in public spaces in an attempt to wrestle with disagreements and reach reconciliation and a written agreement. Last week, as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were actually holding talks and the Israeli media was busy covering the release of Palestinian prisoners, a delegation of Israelis and Palestinians met in the heart of Jerusalem to speak publicly about peace. Passersby weren’t as enthusiastic.
In late September, 500 academics from around the world sent a letter to the EU demanding not to dilute its new guidelines limiting cooperation and funding of Israeli institutions located or operating beyond the pre-1967 borders. Among them were a number of Israeli academics.
Ishay Rosen-Zvi is one of the Israeli professors who signed the petition. “The only thing needed to end the occupation — and it’s amazing how simple it is — is to stop funding it,” he explained.
The Palestinian “right of return” is a phrase so powerful that it tends to offend Israelis as much as the word “nakba.” Last month a rare forum for open discourse on the issue took place at a conference initiated by ‘Zochrot.’ How can a Palestinian return be planned for, what does transitional justice look like and what are Palestinian youth doing today to realize return?
Israeli singer Ehud Banai performed in the Israeli settlement of Susya in the south Hebron Hills last Sunday. Although public outcry against the performance led to the show’s cancelation, the show eventually went on and got started, in the words of Israel’s Channel 10 News, “on the right foot.”
Social TV was in the neighboring Palestinian village of Susya, with Palestinians as they protested against the performance.
Disruptions in Israeli water supplies often earns bold headlines in the Israeli media. But when Palestinian communities are cut off from the water supply for days or weeks on end, it doesn’t make the news. And while the Israeli government often supplies Israeli settlements with an infrastructure that guarantees water access, Palestinians must store their water in large containers, due to frequent shortages.
This is the story of Al-Ma’asara, a village near Bethlehem that sees its water supply cut off sporadically for extended periods of time, and the inability of the Palestinian Authority to do anything about it.
It seems there’s no custom more characteristic of the Jewish holidays than the shopping fever. We don’t always know where are money goes and for which purpose, but now it appears that now there is a solution. A new app called Buycott – a combination of the words “buy” and “boycott” – lets consumers learn about companies and corporations that manufacture the products by scanning the barcode on the packaging.
Users can define their purchasing preferences such as supporting certain companies, buying Israeli produce, boycotting or avoiding products manufactured in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, or produced while exploiting animals.
Four and a half years after 16 activists were arrested in Tel Aviv for protesting Operation Cast Lead, a court acquits them of all charges. The question is why — despite video evidence showing they did nothing wrong — did the police continue to aggressively push to indict the protesters on bogus charges?
By Inbal Sinai, Social TV editorial
Protesters in white suits covered in fake blood arrive at Sde Dov Air Force Base in north Tel Aviv to protest Operation Cast Lead, January 2, 2013. The signs read: “You have children’s blood on your hands.” (Photo: Activestills.org)
It was hard to remain apathetic as difficult-to-digest reports arrived from Gaza during the Israeli attack in the winter of 2008-2009, known as “Cast Lead.” According to data from B’Tselem, 1,391 Palestinians were killed in the fighting (759 of whom were not combatants, and 344 of whom were minors).
A group of Israeli activists decided to stage a protest action at the entrance of Tel Aviv’s Sde Dov Airport, one of the Air Force bases from which planes attacked the Gaza Strip. The short protest, during which activists wore white suits stained with “blood” and laid on the ground for a number of minutes at the airport’s entrance, ended with the arrest and indictment of 16 activists. Last week, after three days in jail, thousands of shekels in bail and four and a half years of court hearings, all of the accused were acquitted. (Read the full court verdict in Hebrew.)
Despite the fact that it was a legitimate protest and despite the fact that the protesters acceded to the police’s orders, for some reason unknown, the officers on the scene decided to arrest them while they were standing on the sidewalk and causing no disruption to traffic, as can be seen in the video below, shot by David Reeb:
Still, for some unknown reason the police prosecution decided to file an indictment against the protesters, in which they are accused of attempting to enter a military base by force,...
Since the takeover of its spring by settlers, the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh has not known a quiet weekend. Every Friday, the members of the village, along with Israeli and international activists, hold demonstrations and attempt to march toward the spring, which has been swallowed up by the settlement of Halamish. The demonstrations, which are declared illegal by the IDF, are forcefully put down with tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades, among other weapons.
Susya, a Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills, is once again facing the threat of demolition by Israeli authorities. In 2010, the right-wing settler organization Regavim, along with the adjacent settlement of Susya, petitioned an Israeli court for an order to demolish homes in the village.
Regavim argues that Palestinians stole the land, that they are violent toward the settlers of Jewish Susya, and that the settlers’ freedom of movement is hindered, among other things.
Palestinians in the village Qaddum, near Nablus, hold celebrations marking two years of struggle against the annexation of their lands to the settlement of Kedumim and against the Israeli army blocking the main access road into and out of the village.
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