As 2015 comes to a close, +972 Magazine’s editors and bloggers look back at the year that was, and share the articles that most resonated with them – in no particular order. By +972 Magazine Staff Meet the new generation of Palestinians in Israel To most Jewish Israelis they don’t have names or faces. At worst they are rioters and stone-throwers waving Palestinian flags; at best they are a discriminated-against minority. Henriette Chacar sat down with four young, prominent, politically active Palestinian citizens of Israel to discuss their demands, their identity, how they are different than the generations that preceded them,…Read More...
Did a Palestinian activist see justice only because the soldier who shot him was an Arab? In a rare piece of positive news, Haaretz reported Saturday that the Jerusalem Magistrates' Court decided that 155,000 shekels ($40,200) should be paid in compensation to Rateb Abu Rahmeh, a Palestinian activist and university lecturer from the West Bank village of Bil'in. The decision was made after Abu Rahmeh filed a lawsuit against a Border Policeman who, in 2005, shot him in the leg with a sponge-tipped bullet during a weekly demonstration in Bil'in. The court found that the policeman had given a false…Read More...
Even after 11 years of struggle, the residents of Bil'in refuse to forget about the land that was taken from them. The year was 2006. The village Bil'in near Ramallah had already marked over a year of weekly protests against the separation barrier that cuts them off from their land. One day, during a hearing at the High Court of Justice over a petitioned against the route of the wall, Justice Aharon Barak wondered aloud: "Why do they protest there so often?" [tmwinpost] Nearly 11 years have passed since the residents of this small village decided they wanted to oppose…Read More...
Israel's Interior Ministry banned British peace activist Gary Spedding from the country for 10 years, claiming that he was an anti-Semitic liar who might start a riot. Unlike other activists who have suffered the same fate, Spedding isn't giving up without a fight. An Israeli court is slated to rule next month on a case involving a British human rights activist who was denied entry into the country, deported, and banned for 10 years, who claims that the Interior Ministry is targeting him for his political views. It all began on January 9, 2014. Gary Spedding, a 25-year-old British pacifist…Read More... | 2 Comments
What has four propellors and a camera? Participants in the weekly protests against the separation wall in the West Bank village of Bil'in were surprised Friday to find that the army was using a new tool to put down the demonstrations. For the first time, a small drone equipped with four propellors and a camera hovered above the protesters as they marched toward the wall and chanted slogans. I asked the IDF Spokesperson's Unit what the purpose of the drone was; I have yet to receive a response. The camera can be used for a number of purposes, although in…Read More... | 5 Comments
The campaign to expel Israel from FIFA makes its way to the weekly anti-occupation protests in the West Bank. As the world watched the FIFA Congress Friday to see whether the international soccer organization would vote to expel Israel from the association, today's weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh took the form of a soccer game. [tmwinpost] Under the watchful eyes of IDF, Border Police and riot police units stationed at the village entrance, Palestinians and internationals placed rocks on the main road to act as goalposts, and began competing against each other in penalty shootouts (the rocks are most often placed…Read More... | 1 Comment
Thousands of Palestinians mark Prisoners Day across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. President Abbas calls for releasing Palestinian prisoners, while Hamas calls for kidnapping Israelis. By Oren Ziv / Activestills and Haggai Matar Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis and international activists marched in the West Bank village of Bil'in on Friday to mark Palestinian Prisoners' Day. Additional demonstrations took place in Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh, Kafr Qadum, Ma'asara, as well as in front of the United Nations offices in Gaza. On Thursday, Palestinians also protested outside Ofer Military Prison to show solidarity with Palestinians being held in Israeli jails. The…Read More...
'Occupied Palestine Through My Lens' is a visual chronicle of the West Bank village's struggle against the Israeli separation barrier. 'Children of Bil'in' is a book of portraits of youngsters from the village, the proceeds of which will benefit Palestinian children with cancer. When the bulldozers arrived in Bil’in for the first time, in February 2005, and the villagers went out to protect their lands from the separation barrier, Haitham Khatib decided that somebody has to start documenting the popular resistance. It couldn’t be that people are non-violently protesting against an army coming to steal their land (roughly 1,500 dunams…Read More... | 1 Comment
Editors' picks of the top photos from Palestine, Israel and beyond for the month of February. This month, Palestinians establish a new protest tent, ultra-Orthodox Jews protest military recruitment, Israeli factory workers protest job cuts, a 14-year-old Palestinian girl is released from prison after 44 days, Negev Bedouin mourn their lost ones, Bil'in marks 10 years of popular struggle, LGBTQ activists speak up against homophobia, and a second wave of snow blankets the holy city. Photos: Oren Ziv, Ahmad al-Bazz, Keren Manor, Yotam Ronen, Basel Yazouri, Keren Manor, Shiraz Grinbaum, Faiz al-Bazz, Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Activestills.orgRead More... | 4 Comments
Israel's Arab politicians are often attacked for 'dealing too much' with the Palestinian issue. But if they don't speak up for a people who lack even the most basic civil rights, who will? One of the most-repeated criticism of Israel's Palestinian members of Knesset, which always come up around election time, is that they "deal too much" with issues relating to Palestinians in the occupied territories, yet they neglect their voters — the Arab public in Israel. This criticism was raised, yet again, in Haaretz's poll [Hebrew] published last week, which raised both these issues, as if they contradict each other.…Read More... | 9 Comments
Text by Haggai Matar Photos by Yotam Ronen, Shiraz Grinbaum, Miki Kratsman / Activestills.org Nearly 1,000 protesters — Palestinians, Israelis and internationals — marched to celebrate 10 years of popular struggle in the West Bank village Bil'in. Soldiers responded with tear gas, pepper spray and arrests. One Palestinian was badly wounded. Meanwhile, activists marked 21 years since the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre, and called to open Shuhada Street to Palestinians. Approximately 1,000 protesters, most of them Palestinian, 100 Israelis and dozens of international activists took part in a large protest in Bil'in on Friday, marking ten years of popular…Read More... | 10 Comments
The village that managed to unite the world behind the spirit of nonviolent Palestinian protest marks not only a decade of tear gas, night raids and tragedy, but also of co-resistance and victories in its struggle against settlements, the separation barrier and the occupation. Anyone who has visited the West Bank village of Bil’in on a recent Friday might think, just for a second, that they were back in 2005. At first glance, it seems like nothing has changed since the days of the first protests, which began 10 years ago this month. Now, as then, the protesters — mostly…Read More... | 33 Comments
Bil'in protest leader Abdullah Abu-Rahme: If Israelis must decide between Labor and Likud, they might as well just vote for Liberman instead. The residents of the West Bank village Bil'in are in close contact with the Israeli state. For the past ten years, they have been waging a popular struggle against the separation barrier that has cut them off from most of their land, while withstanding heavy oppression from the army, including arrests, tear gas, raids on the village, and more. As non-Jewish subjects of military rule in the occupied territories, the residents of Bil'in have no right to vote…Read More... | 14 Comments
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