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  • Israelis, Palestinians march together against the occupation

    The new monthly march is held along a major settler highway, ensuring that Israeli settlers see Jews and Palestinians working together to nonviolently end the occupation. Text by Yael Marom Photos by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org Hundreds of Palestinian and Israeli activists marched from the Palestinian village of Hussan to the main settler checkpoint in the southern West Bank Friday afternoon, protesting against Israel’s settlements and demanding an end to the 47-year military occupation. The protest, which took place in an area of the West Bank under full Israeli control and where settlements are situated directly adjacent to Palestinian villages, was accompanied…

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  • Jews, Arabs march on Israeli checkpoint to demand an end to occupation

    Hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians march along a major West Bank highway as part of a non-violent protest against the occupation, settlements and the recent wave of violence. Some 300 Israelis and Palestinians marched on the Israeli army’s “tunnels checkpoint” south of Jerusalem Friday to demonstrate against the occupation, against the ongoing violence, and in support of two states. The demonstrators gathered on Route 60, the southern West Bank’s main north-south artery that connects Jerusalem, Beit Jala, the Gush Etzion settlements, and Hebron. For an hour, the demonstrators marched north along the side of the road to drums while chanting…

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  • Settler group tries to shut down bi-national Memorial Day event

    The Samaria Settler Council, the same group that recently released a video defaming human rights groups with anti-Semitic imagery, petitions the defense minister to stop Palestinians from participating in, and to pass a law banning an alternative Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony. An Israeli settler group is trying to shut down the 10th annual joint Israeli-Palestinian memorial day ceremony put on by Combatants for Peace and the Parents Circle Families Forum, which is set to take place this Tuesday. The Samaria Settler Council asked the Israeli defense minister not to grant entry permits to the Palestinian participants in the ceremony, which…

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  • Take a (virtual) ecological tour of the occupied West Bank

    From the separation barrier's effects on animal migration and plant-life to insufficient sewage infrastructure to the discriminatory use of nature reserves, the occupation's impact goes far beyond the personal and political — it's also an environmental hazard. Social TV takes you on an ecological tour of the occupied West Bank. Related: Israelis, Palestinians must cooperate now on the environment

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  • 'Unprecedented' violence stalks anti-war demos across Israel

    The recent demonstrations in Tel Aviv and Haifa against the Gaza war have largely failed to reach the global media. And while the end of the bloodshed still seems far from sight, there is a different, violent confrontation being held inside Israel – one that targets Arab citizens and left-wing activists on the internet, and uses physical violence against anti-war demonstrators. By Omer Raz Tel Aviv, July 13 The second weekend of Operation Protective Edge saw the first bout of physical violence at Habima Square - the cultural heart of Tel Aviv. At around 8 p.m. a crowd of several…

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  • WATCH: Mainstream media ignores alternative memorial ceremonies

    Last month, Israel commemorated Memorial Day. While the mainstream media extensively covered official Memorial Day ceremonies, alternative ceremonies were ignored. Also in the roundup: NGO Zochrot publishes a new map showing hundreds of Arab villages that were destroyed between 1948 and 1967, including a tour to Deir Yassin and a "march of return."

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  • Israel's Memorial Day: A day of mourning and militarism

    Today is not only a day of sadness for fallen Israeli soldiers, it's also one of public declarations that all those bloody conflicts were righteous and necessary - just like the current ones and those that lie ahead.  Maybe in another country, a country that goes to war once in a generation or longer, Memorial Day can be a day strictly of sadness for the soldiers who were killed, and can even be a day to look back and ask: Was that war, or the one before it, really necessary? Did some of these soldiers we're mourning, did this family's…

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  • WATCH: Theater of the oppressed

    The 'Combatants for Peace' theater group held a workshop in the Palestinian village of Izbat Tabib in order to help people whose homes are under threat of demolition. The group is using a unique method of a non-violent struggle called 'the theater of the oppressed.' The method allows the audience to experience different situations the characters must cope with – instead of only talking about them. Our reporter, Noam Foreman, accompanied the group for its activities. Israel Social TV is an independent media NGO working to promote social change, human rights, social justice and equality, and to mobilize its viewers towards activism.

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  • Save Susya campaign: Over 12,000 faxes annoy Defense Ministry

    The Defense Ministry and Civil Administration complained Tuesday that the thousands of faxes calling on the government to cancel the demolition of the Palestinian village are disrupting their work and threatened to get the police to stop the campaign.  Over 300 faxes were sent on Tuesday morning alone to the Defense Ministry offices as part of the "S.O.S. Susya"  campaign launched by several Israeli anti-occupation organizations to raise awareness and actively oppose the planned demolition of the small Palestinian village of Susya, in Area C of the southern West Bank. A simple click on the campaign's website automatically sends 5 faxes…

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  • Hundreds protest plan to demolish entire Palestinian village

    Over 500 Israelis and Palestinians from near and far gathered in Susya (southern West Bank) on Friday to protest plans by Israeli authorities to demolish the Palestinian village in its entirety. Despite being a peaceful and nonviolent demonstration, the army fired stun grenades, tear gas, and threatened to use "skunk" water. One protestor was injured in the head by a stun grenade and required stitches. Susya - located in Area C of the West Bank under full Israeli control - is under threat of destruction, following the June 7 interim injunction by the High Court of Justice to stop construction in the…

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  • Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day event blasted as 'insult to citizens'

    In response to a joint Israeli-Palestinian memorial ceremony organized by "Combatants for Peace" in the Tel Aviv Harbor, Naomi Enoch, chair of the state-owned company that operates the harbor, said that the ceremony was an outrage, and condemned its participants. In the last year, 67 Palestinians were killed by Israel, and four Israeli citizens were killed by Palestinians. "Combatants for Peace," a movement of Israeli and Palestinian ex-fighters devoted to reconciliation, ending the occupation and peace, holds a ceremony each year on the eve Israeli Memorial Day in commemoration of everyone who died in the conflict. This year, the event was held…

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  • What is normal about normalization?

    The anti-normalization movement plays into the hands of the state of Israel's policy of separation. By refusing to engage and even on some level cooperate with Israelis, Palestinian anti-normalizers accept this policy. Anti-normalization is one of the hottest topics in the Palestinian community, although very few people can define exactly what it should mean. It is a term that gained strength in the 1980s against accepting the status quo of the occupation. Those who supported anti-normalization then were concerned about the occupation becoming a secondary issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A growing number of Palestinians working for Israeli businesses, a…

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