Israeli military court convicts Abdullah Abu Rahmah of obstructing a bulldozer building the separation barrier. His previous trial and imprisonment was followed closely by western governments. Abdullah Abu Rahmah, one of the central organizers of the popular resistance protests against the separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bil'in, was convicted of obstructing the work of a soldier by an Israeli military court this week. He will likely be sentenced to four months in prison. Abu Rahmah, who was recognized by the European Union as a "human rights defender" dedicated to non-violence, previously served over a year in prison for organizing…Read More... | 42 Comments
The most compelling images of September's top stories in Palestine, Israel and beyond. This month: Rebuilding Gaza, new settlements in East Jerusalem, anti-occupation protests in the West Bank, Palestinian teen’s killers on trial, and poor Tel Aviv residents lose a long fight to keep their homes. More photos: Living in the ruins of a shattered Gaza neighborhood More photos: Clashes in East Jerusalem after police kill young Palestinian More photos: Gaza's children face an uncertain future More photos: Amid rubble and trauma, Gaza goes back to school …Read More... | 7 Comments
This week: Palestinian and Israeli protests across the political, ethnic and religious spectrum; homes and property damaged and destroyed in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel; aid for those suffering; and a wedding under protest. Related: Wedding crashers: Do anti-miscegenation protesters hate or love Judaism? 10,000 protest in Tel Aviv for a just peace, end to occupation PHOTOS: Israeli forces kill Palestinian and bulldoze his family houseRead More... | 2 Comments
Thousands converge on Washington, D.C. to protest Israel's offensive on Gaza. Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org Some 10,000 activists converged on the White House in Washington, D.C. this weekend to protest Israel’s offensive on Gaza. Politico reported that the event may have been “the largest pro-Palestinian march to take place in the United States.” At least two protesters were arrested, one for “climbing a light pole.” The Washington Post quoted a police spokesperson acknowledging an “exceptionally large number of protesters,” though D.C. police have declined to issue public crowd estimates for years due to the contentious nature of…Read More... | 21 Comments
The fascists attacked. Police didn't respond in time and ran away when the sirens wailed. We were lucky to get away with only three injured, one in the hospital and many traumatized. (Translated from Hebrew by Michael Sappir) When the sirens wailed in Tel Aviv last night one thing was clear to us: the fascists in front of us were more dangerous than the rapidly approaching rockets. One by one, the police ran to bomb shelters and left us face to face. Only one brave and wise officer remained in the middle and attempted to separate us. Only when the Iron…Read More... | 5 Comments
This week: A bystander's funeral, a settlement is born in Hebron, a Passover for past and present strangers in the land, remains from a house demolition, love wins in the Palestine Marathon, remembering a massacre, petitioning the Pope, and a masquerade in Al Ma'sara.Read More...
The markedly stone-free protests in al Ma'asara are nevertheless violently suppressed by the Israeli army. "We see the soldiers here with their guns, their boots, their shields and their helmets protecting the wall – but we know the real problem is the wall that is in their minds," protest leader says. About 200 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists attended this week's Friday demonstration against the wall and settlements in the village of al-Ma'asara, south of Bethlehem. The larger-than-usual crowd gathered at noon in the village center to commemorate seven years of popular struggle in the village – seven years of weekly marches toward…Read More... | 1 Comment
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. http://youtu.be/CZ2NRA2_TQ4 Related: 'Performing in my stolen home': An open letter to Ehud Banai WATCH: IDF bars Israelis from protesting settlement concertRead More... | 2 Comments
There are many injustices under the occupation: small ones and big ones. There is theft and murder and never ending oppression. There is Shuhada Street, and they all exist there. By Leehee Rotschild On the Friday before last, Palestinian protestors accompanied by Israeli and international solidarity activists wanted to mark "Open Shuhada Street Day" in Hebron. Shuhada Street has been closed to Palestinians since the Baruch Goldstein massacre in 1994, including residents who live on the street and have to climb onto their rooftops to adjacent streets in order to leave their houses. Meanwhile, settlers living in the area come…Read More... | 4 Comments
Had the Israeli media paid attention to a protest by Eritrean refugees outside their embassy last week, the public would have learned something valuable about the Eritrean community in Israel: they desperately want a better future for their country so that one day soon, they can go home. By Sigal Rozen Over 200 Eritrean refugees gathered last Friday, despite the rain and a storm, in front of the Eritrean embassy in Ramat Gan to express their support for Eritrean soldiers who rebelled last week and took over the Eritrean Ministry of Information's building in the capital Asmara. For a moment, it…Read More... | 1 Comment
Until we find a way of measuring the efficacy of one form of protest or another, surely we must encourage all forms and enable all those who desire change to express their desire in the way they think will be most effective. By Yonatan Preminger Roee Ruttenberg’s recent post criticized the way a group of “pro-Palestinian” activists in Berlin disrupted a concert by the Israeli choral group Gevatron. The gist of his article is that the protesters were childish attention-seekers, and that this form of protest is ineffective. This piece raises a thorny question: how are we to gauge the…Read More... | 11 Comments
A new regular feature from the Activestills photography collective. Each week, we will bring you a selection of our most compelling images from movements for political and social change throughout Palestine and Israel. Activestills is a collective of Israeli, international and Palestinian photographers, united by a conviction that photography is a vehicle for political and social change. To stay updated on our latest images, like Activestills on Facebook or follow @activestills on Twitter. You can also visit our flickr photostream.Read More...
Two separate protests were held Saturday night in Tel Aviv, in a bizarre drama that split the ritual Saturday evening demonstrations into two ragged parts, with each group claiming to represent the true social justice movement. Both struggled to generate their own energy as if the other didn't exist, though one city block alone separated the two events. At one point members of one demonstration burst into the other, staging a counter-protest. The attendees' attention was clearly divided between addressing the range of policy injustices, and each other. One demonstration had no clear leader; it began at Habima Square, and…Read More... | 5 Comments
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