What we're seeing today is not a new intifada, but an ever-more sophisticated version of the one Palestinians have been fighting all along. In a pre-interview with a television news producer yesterday, I found myself stammering over a familiar question: as a Palestinian, do you have any hope for the future? Steeped in the day-to-day of our "conflict" with Israel, I find it difficult to respond to such banalities - not least because I'm in no position to represent all Palestinians. So after attempting something articulate with the producer, I decided to get in touch with my friend, Emad Burnat, the…Read More... | 5 Comments
Israeli Leftists want the 1.5 million Palestinians who live in this country to become an integral part of this Israeli society. But they see their fellow Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank belonging to a different country. By Rami Younis A Palestinian man and a Jewish woman are both participants at a Jaffa protest rally. The Palestinian calls out, “Yafa Arabiyeh Falastaneeyeh!” (“Jaffa is Arab-Palestinian!”). The Jewish woman doesn't like this. She takes him aside and explains that this is a joint Jewish-Arab demonstration. Thus, according to the woman, there is no place for a chant of “Jaffa is…Read More... | 65 Comments
Israeli army arrests 11 Palestinians during night raids on West Bank villages participating in the popular struggle against the wall and settlements. The Israeli army raided three West Bank villages this past week, arresting a total 11 activists in connection with organizing weekly demonstrations against the occupation, local activists said. According to the activists, the villages of Nabi Saleh and Ni'ilin were raided in the dead of night between Monday and Tuesday, while the village Kufr Qaddum was raided during during the early hours of Thursday morning. Among those arrested were a minor and a photographer. Four out of seven Qaddum…Read More... | 16 Comments
Palestinian popular committees hold a convention in Nabi Saleh in bid to promote and unite the popular struggle against occupation and apartheid, launching a new type of weekly protest. The demonstration that followed was welcomed by soldiers with the traditional tear gas barrage. The popular committees coordinating much of the unarmed struggle against the wall and settlements in the West Bank started a new campaign on Saturday. In addition to the weekly Friday protests in Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh, al-Ma'asara, Qaddum and other places, each of which focuses on local issues, activists are now planning to hold a central gathering…Read More... | 1 Comment
Since 1994, activists in the Italy's Susa Valley have been engaged in a popular struggle against government plans to build a 57 kilometer high-speed railway. On a trip to the West Bank, the Susa Valley activists came to better understand life under Israeli occupation, and came away with new insights for their own struggle back home. By Riccardo Carraro When we use the term “popular struggle” we usually mean it in the context of collective, grassroots participation in a fight that is inclusive of several sectors of society, without distinction based on gender, age, culture, etc. And although each popular struggle…Read More... | 8 Comments
About 250 people joined the weekly popular demonstration in Bil'in against the wall and settlements, which was dedicated to resisting army oppression towards political activists. In the past few weeks soldiers have been crossing over the wall and chasing Bil'in demonstrators with more violence than has been witnessed there in the last couple of years. In addition, two residents have been arrested in relation to the protests and earlier this week three youths in Qalandia were shot dead by a border police raiding party. ?color1=000000&color2=ffffff&iv_load_policy=3&hd=1&wmode=transparent&loop=1&autoplay=0&disablekb=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=0&autohide=1&rel=0&origin=972mag.com" frameborder="0"> Villagers in Bil'in were joined by representatives of the Ni'ilin and Ma'asara popular committees,…Read More...
In Bil'in, the army is adopting new tactics to get demonstrators away from wall, while in Qadum, it took the initiative with a preemptive strike on the local mosque during prayer. And yet, this past Friday, hundreds of Palestinians and Israeli and international solidarity activists protested against the occupation - and got their fair share of tear gas. It's been a while since my last visit to Bil'in. I've been busy with union work at Maariv, and besides – taking a Friday at home is always more tempting than marching up West Bank hilltops in the summer heat, and dodging…Read More... | 1 Comment
Art exhibition and sale in Tel Aviv -- and online -- will try to cover the legal expenses of Israeli and Palestinian activists arrested for their protests against the wall, settlements, military campaigns and all systems of occupation and Apartheid. A great opportunity to support a great cause. Over the past decade or so the popular, unarmed and joint struggle of Palestinians, Israelis and internationals has become a symbol of resistance to the occupation. In dozens of cities, towns and mainly agricultural villages, popular committees have been organized in the spirit of the First Intifada, uniting different factions in order to…Read More... | 3 Comments
This week: Palestinians protest settlements as their construction continues unabated; activists participate in weekly demonstrations and celebrate milestones in the popular struggle; Israeli authorities raid Eritrean-owned shops in Tel Aviv; housing activists protest Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid, and Guy Fawkes marches in Boston.Read More... | 3 Comments
The Israeli military interrupts the launch event for a new graphic novel created by the makers of the documentary film 'Budrus.' Text by: Jessica Devaney, Photos by: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org Just Vision launched an Arabic graphic novel at the Budrus Girls School on Thursday. Created by Irene Nasser and based on the award-winning documentary, Budrus (directed by Julia Bacha), the graphic novel looks at the unarmed movement in the village through the eyes of 15-year-old Iltezam Morrar. Starting this summer, Just Vision’s outreach team will use the graphic novel to engage Palestinian youth in discussions surrounding the significance of women's role…Read More... | 5 Comments
I went to the weekly demo against the Wall in the Palestinian village Bil’in yesterday, after several months that I haven’t visited the West Bank at all (I try not to travel beyond the Green Line when it’s not for work). A colleague visiting from the U.S. joined me, and we arrived at the village shortly after noon. Some internationals and a few Israelis gathered in the streets, and when the prayer ended we started walking towards the wall, a march which has become much longer since the army moved the route of the barrier closer to the ultra-Orthodox settlement…Read More... | 41 Comments
About 100 Palestinians from the ancient village of Sebastia and their supporters held a demonstration today to protest against settlers spilling their sewage onto the village's agricultural lands. This was the third demonstration in two months; villagers are starting weekly demonstrations, much like the ones against the wall and settlements that take place every Friday in Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh and Qaddum. Demonstrations took place in all of those villages as well on Friday, some of them with violent confrontations with army forces. In addition, activists in the newly formed popular committee say they are planning to take the matter to the…Read More... | 39 Comments
Hundreds of Palestinian took part today in demonstrations in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, specifically those administrative detainees on hunger strike. Dozens were lightly wounded from tear gas inhalation, and several from live ammunition. The main protest today occurred outside Ofer Prison, just outside Ramallah, in support of Samer Issawi, who has not eaten since July 29, 2012, along with the rest of the Palestinians on hunger strike. Hundreds of Palestinians, including MK Ahmad Tibi, Palestinian MP Mustafa Barghouti and Islamic leader Sheikh Raed Salah gathered near Ofer at noon for a Friday prayer before marching toward the prison,some confronting army…Read More... | 14 Comments
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