Amid the most serious wave of violence Israelis have experienced in at least a decade, several hundred left-wing Israelis protested outside the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem this weekend, demanding an end to the occupation and the violence. A larger right-wing protest was scheduled to take place in the same location Tuesday night, calling for a harsher and more violent response to the wave of stabbing attacks.Read More... | 1 Comment
An attack on a television news crew indicates that the violence of the far right has reached the heart of Israeli cities. A television crew from Israel’s Channel 2 was attacked on Thursday evening by onlookers while covering a stabbing attack in the northern city of Afula. The reporter, Furat Nasser, is an Arab citizen, while the camera and sound man were Jewish. The men who surrounded them shoved and struck the sound man, who was later hospitalized. In the video men in the crowd can be heard cursing the police, the press, and Arabs. Channel 2 anchor Yonit Levy was…Read More...
The Israeli media claimed that Fadi Alloun, who stabbed a 15-year-old in Jerusalem, was shot and killed while being chased as he was holding a knife. A new video reveals that he could have been subdued, and did not pose a threat. By *John Brown Last Saturday an Israeli policeman shot and killed Fadi Alloun, a 19-year-old resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, after he was suspected of stabbing a 15-year-old Israeli near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate. A video that went viral following the incident shows young Jewish Israelis egging on the policemen to kill Alloun, despite the fact…Read More...
(Updated below with a response from the Israeli military spokesperson's office.) A video released Wednesday onto several social media accounts and published by several news outlets shows Israeli plainclothes undercover officers apparently shooting an unarmed Palestinian youth in the leg at point blank range, while other undercover officers hold him down. The shooting and beating took place during clashes in between Ramallah and the Beit El settlement, which abuts the de facto Palestinian capital and hosts the army's regional headquarters base. Several videos of the same event emerged on Wednesday, showing the Israeli plainclothes troops wearing keffiyehs wrapped around their faces,…Read More... | 3 Comments
Hundreds of settlers launch dozens of attacks against Palestinians across the West Bank, in the wake of two Palestinian attacks that left four Israelis dead. Rights groups demand the army intervene to protect Palestinians from settler violence. Israeli settlers carried out dozens of violent attacks across the West Bank over the past two days in the wake of the murders of four Israeli civilians by Palestinians. In the northern West Bank village of Bur’in masked settlers were filmed rolling boulders and burning tires down a hill toward Palestinians. Groups of settlers, at times accompanied by the Israeli army, threw stones…Read More... | 6 Comments
You thought only Prime Minister Netanyahu does silence? Kaufman, Simon, and Garfunkel have a wake-up call for you. Related: Abbas' peace project has hit a dead end Is this what the end of Oslo looks like?Read More... | 1 Comment
The Israeli prime minister digs deeper into his bag of UN shtick. (Updated below with even better versions.) Israeli Prime Minister is known for his antics and shtick at the United Nations. In the past he has flaunted cartoon drawings of bombs, waved blueprints of Auschwitz and now he used a new prop — deafening silence. Deriding the entire world for ignoring threats to Israel by Iran, Netanyahu accused the representatives present in the UNGA chamber: “the response from every one of you here, utter silence. Deafening silence.” And then he went silent. With the most terrifying evil stare, or perhaps…Read More... | 4 Comments
Soldiers destroy cameras belonging to Palestinian and Italian photographers in the West Bank town of Beit Furik. A firsthand account from the photojournalist who filmed the now-viral video. By Ahmad Al-Bazz / Activestills.org Israeli violations of Palestinian "freedom of press" in this country are not uncommon. In fact, the opposite is true. But what I witnessed yesterday in the West Bank town of Beit Furik was nothing short of shocking. I was there covering the clashes that followed the funeral of Ahmad Khatatbeh's funeral, 26, who died from his wounds after being shot by Israeli soldiers at the Beit Furik…Read More... | 9 Comments
Could Israeli soldiers have arrested, instead of killed a young knife-yielding woman in Hebron? And what will happen to those soldiers if it turns out they shot when they didn't need to? A young Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the occupied city of Hebron Tuesday morning, hours before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur and the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. As usual, there are — at least — two conflicting narratives. There are also a number of details everyone agrees on. [tmwinpost] Hadeel al-Hashlamon arrived at the “Shoter” checkpoint in the West Bank city of…Read More... | 65 Comments
Church-run schools serving over 30,000 Arab children in Israel have been on strike for weeks due to crippling budget cuts. Private Jewish schools receive far more funding. The church-run schools are considered among the best schools in the country and parents fear they could be forced to shut down. Read more on the church school crisis: Arab school strike highlights Israel's discriminatory education policiesRead More... | 6 Comments
A developer wants to evict 12 Palestinian families in order to build a Jewish-only luxury housing project in Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood. Can we call it a settlement, or is it just gentrification? Related: Gentrification leaves one Jaffa family caged in their own home Arabs and Jews come together to oppose gentrification in Jaffa WATCH: Violent eviction of Palestinian family from Jaffa homeRead More... | 4 Comments
Israeli police regularly shut down roads in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya following clashes there, in what amounts to collective punishment on the village's entire population. That is the message residents had for police: we just want to live. Stop punishing us. More on collective punishment in Issawiya: Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis protest collective punishment in East Jerusalem WATCH: Police spray putrid water on Palestinian homes, schoolsRead More...
For decades, since the First Lebanon War, Israeli military objector group Yesh Gvul has been leading demonstrations in support of imprisoned conscientious objectors. Last month, the organization went to ‘Prison 4’ in Zrifin to support conscientious objector Ido Ramon, who has served some 100 days for refusing to take part in the occupation. Social TV asks the activists what brings them to the demonstrations, what gives them the strength to keep returning for so many years, and what they have to say to enlistment-aged Israelis. More on conscientious objectors: Freed Israeli conscientious objector: They tried to break me Israeli teens…Read More...
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