New report by Israeli and international rights groups demand more protection for the right to protest. But even as the report shines a light on the West Bank, how can you protect a right you don't have? If freedom of expression is the grievance system of democracies, the right to protest and peaceful assembly is democracy’s megaphone. It is the tool of the poor and the marginalized – those who do not have ready access to the levers of power and influence, those who need to take to the streets to make their voices heard. ('Take back the streets: Repression…Read More...
Twenty-five years ago this past weekend, a large-scale popular uprising by Palestinians began against Israel's then 20-year-old military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. Sparked by an incident in which four Palestinians were hit and killed by an Israeli driving in Gaza on December 8, 1987, Palestinian frustration at living under repressive Israeli military rule and Israel's growing colonial settlement enterprise erupted, grabbing international headlines and drawing attention to the plight of Palestinians living in the occupied territories. On this 25th anniversary, the IMEU offers the following fact sheet on the First Intifada. By The Institute for…Read More... | 14 Comments
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RT @AmiKaufman: Already a few hundred gathered at demo to #endgazaattack http://t.co/2eTZxtGnlm
'We need the help of the international community at large and of the EU in particular' to end the Israeli occupation http://t.co/ts3lr1Y5Ce
Israeli academic Nurit Peled-Elhanan on why Europe needs to contain Israel’s settlement policy http://t.co/ts3lr1Y5Ce
'The resistance's demands are the same ones the Palestinian people beg for. Would any other human settle for less?' http://t.co/01XPu7leyd
40 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza, Palestinian death toll passes 1,000 (via @haaretzcom