Spending the night with Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, hoping to stop the bulldozers coming to demolish their homes. By A. Daniel Roth I am awakened by the “thud thud thud” of someone pounding and then the sound stops. It feels like I am waking up after only five minutes of sleep. Each of my eyes feels like it weighs 10 pounds. I can't remember where I am, but the sound is unmistakably a fist hitting a door. I hear rustling somewhere near me and realize I'm in a dark room, on a mattress on the floor surrounded by other…Read More... | 3 Comments
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Hundreds of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists partnered together to repair a central access road in the South Hebron Hills. Israeli soldiers then declared the area a closed military zone, forcibly dispersing volunteers. By Arianna Skibell The Israeli army assaulted and forcibly arrested 17 people Friday after a group of more than 125 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists tried to repair a road in the West Bank. The road serves as the most direct access point for a small cluster of Palestinian villages that sit in the valley between two hilltop settlements in the South Hebron Hills. [tmwinpost] Among those arrested were three Palestinian…Read More... | 9 Comments
Palestinian and Israeli activists who have been camping out in the village, which Israel says it will demolish, say they will resist nonviolently. The residents of Khan al-Ahmar are preparing for the imminent demolition of their village, which activists and residents fear could take place as early as Monday morning. [tmwinpost] Saturday night saw a record number of people staying the night at Khan al-Ahmar’s protest tent, with around 300 Palestinians and 30 Israeli and international activists sleeping in the schoolyard tent encampment. The activists woke at 6:30 a.m. Sunday to find over 15 police vehicles parked at the entrance to the village. Like a…Read More... | 5 Comments
As Israeli authorities prepare to demolish Khan al-Ahmar's school, a group of activists lay backpacks outside Israel's Supreme Court — one for each student who may soon find himself without a place to learn. A group of Israeli and foreign Jewish activists laid 174 backpacks outside Israel's Supreme Court in Jerusalem on Tuesday morning as a protest against the impending demolition of the entire village of Khan al-Ahmar, including its school. Each backpack, say the activists, was meant to represent a student who studies at the "tire school" and will be left without a place to learn. [tmwinpost] The action,…Read More...
Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement's Freedom Seder in 1969, 100 Jewish and Palestinian anti-occupation activists read from a Haggadah written in English, Hebrew and Arabic, are joined by MK Mossi Raz and former Knesset speaker Avraham Burg. As the setting sun turned the city of Hebron pink behind them, over 100 Palestinians, Israelis, and international activists held a “Freedom Seder” in the occupied city Wednesday, organized by the Hebron-based Palestinian group Youth Against Settlements (YAS) and members of All That’s Left, an anti-occupation collective comprised mainly of North American Jews. [tmwinpost] The participants, including MK Mossi Raz (Meretz) and former…Read More...
Israeli police forcefully dispersed American Jewish anti-occupation activists, who had gathered in the Old City to protest Jerusalem Day and the March of the Flags. Israeli police broke the arm of an American Jewish activist and injured several other anti-occupation demonstrators while forcefully dispersing a Jerusalem Day protest in the Old City on Wednesday. [tmwinpost] The demonstration, held at Damascus Gate by American and Israeli Jewish activists with IfNotNow, Free Jerusalem and All That's Left, took place during the March of the Flags, an annual right-wing parade that habitually results in violence against Palestinians from both its participants and the Israeli police units…Read More... | 24 Comments
As internationals and Jews, we are unjustly privileged — and therefore obligated to take part in nonviolent direct action in support of the Palestinian struggle for freedom. By Leanne Gale My first protest in the West Bank was in 2012. On the advice of a college professor, I went to a demonstration in Susya, a Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills. The village was then, as now, under threat of demolition. [tmwinpost] When we arrived, along with a few other American students affiliated with J Street U, there were already around 700 Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals present. The children of…Read More... | 21 Comments
What happens when dozens of Jewish American activists come to Palestine to practice civil disobedience alongside Palestinians struggling against the occupation? In the summer of 2016, dozens of Jews from the U.S. and other countries came to Palestine, at the request of Palestinian activists, to use nonviolence, civil disobedience, and their privilege as Jews to help oppose the Israeli occupation. Under the banner of "Occupation is not my Judaism,” the activists helped rebuild homes demolished by the Israeli army, facilitated an entire displaced Palestinian village's return to to its former homes, and put their bodies on the line to challenge…Read More... | 61 Comments
The Israeli army really wants to see Palestinian nonviolent activist Issa Amro in prison. We ask Issa why he's facing 18 charges now, and what 'winning' would mean for him. Video by A. Daniel Roth, Aaron Rotenberg Nonviolent Palestinian organizer Issa Amro has been practicing and teaching nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience in the occupied city of Hebron since 2003, in part through the local activist group he helped establish and operates, Youth Against Settlements. Recently, the Israeli army announced that it plans to prosecute him for 18 separate charges going all the way back to 2010. [tmwinpost] Almost all of the charges are…Read More... | 5 Comments
'I have the distinct feeling that the next time we come back, none of what we are building will be here.' By Sarah Stern I run my hands over small jagged stones, turning over rubble and finding bits of fuzz, broken marble, plastics cups…remains of day-to-day life. I realize there’s something a bit Sisyphean to what we’re doing. I scoop up a pile of rocks and dump it into a bucket, pouring these into the inside of a makeshift wall alongside other Ashkenazi Jews, bright red, oppressed here only by the sun. [tmwinpost] We are working with Palestinians from a…Read More... | 1 Comment
With demolitions pending in four Palestinian villages, solidarity activists must recognize the overarching agenda that unifies the seemingly different struggles. By Penina Eilberg-Schwartz Four Palestinian villages reached out to Israeli and international activists last week, requesting urgent support. All four villages — Umm el-Kheir and Susya in Area C in the West Bank, and al-Araqib and Umm el-Hiran in the Negev — notified us that demolitions are more probable than usual in the near future. While each village has its own history and circumstances it’s important to look at both the particularities and the broader narrative arc that emerges between them. Each village…Read More... | 1 Comment
While Netanyahu was busy blaming a Palestinian for the Holocaust, a group of Jewish activists asked the World Zionist Congress what it was planning to do to end the occupation. Hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made headlines for telling the World Zionist Congress that a Palestinian inspired Hitler to exterminate the Jews, a group of Jews from around the world came to that very same congress to remind delegates of the conditions in which Palestinians live. [tmwinpost] The group, comprised of members from both the Center for Jewish Nonviolence and the Israeli left-wing group, All That's Left, arrived at…Read More...
Over 70 Jews from around the world headed to Susya last weekend, where they stood with the residents of the West Bank village under threat of demolition against displacement and settler violence. It was part anti-occupation activism, part Jewish summer camp, part WWOOF and a little reminiscent of young foreigners coming to volunteer on a kibbutz. Over 70 Jews in their 20s and 30s, mostly from English-speaking countries, spent last Friday and Saturday in the impoverished Palestinian village of Khirbet Susya, whose residents are living under a looming threat of a second forced displacement from their homes. The first time…Read More... | 1 Comment
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