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...
For years there have been calls for on-the-ground opposition to the occupation. Now there are a growing number of Jewish platforms — and voices — seeking to make it happen. By A. Daniel Roth The way the world is talking about the Israeli occupation is changing. Alongside that change, opportunity is knocking for those of us standing in opposition: calls for diaspora Jews to be present on the ground in Israel and Palestine are increasing. An important shift is beginning to take place — right now. [tmwinpost] The writing is on the wall. Since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected,…Read More... | 15 Comments
While Israel was headed to the polls, Palestinian, international and Israeli activists protested Israeli construction in the E1 area of the West Bank near Jerusalem. Text and photos by Ahmad Al-Bazz / Activestills.org Palestinian, international and Israeli activists protested against Israeli plans to seize and build in the E1 area, which would cut off the northern and southern parts of the West Bank. Held on the same day as Israeli elections, the protest was aimed at attracting international attention to the progress of illegal Israeli construction and the planed displacement over 15,000 Palestinians and Bedouin communities living in 45 communities…Read More...
The non-violent direct action is in protest of restrictions on access to the Aqsa Mosque that Israel places on Palestinian worshipers from the West Bank. Some 50 Palestinian and international activists used two make-shift bridges to cross the separation wall between Qalandiya and northern Jerusalem Friday morning. They also cut razor wire adjacent to the wall. The non-violent direct action was in protest of the restrictions on access to the Aqsa Mosque that Israel places on Palestinians from the West Bank. Separately, following a tripartite meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s…Read More... | 12 Comments
A group of Palestinian activists used hammers and crowbars to break a square meter hole in the Israeli separation wall dividing lands belonging to the West Bank town of Al Khader in the late hours of Friday night. Although the activists hammered away at the wall for nearly an hour, with traffic passing by on Road 60 on the other side of the wall, no police or military forces arrived on the scene during the entire action. Read Haggai Matar's award-winning series: The Wall - 10 years on The action followed similar breaches in the towns of Bir Nabala and…Read More... | 1 Comment
Palestinian activists, accompanied by international supporters, descended on an Israeli military roadblock in the Palestinian village of Al Walaja at noon Thursday, quickly dismantling it before Israeli forces could arrive on the scene. The activists used a sledge hammer to break the lock on a steel gate blocking the road between Al Walaja and the bordering village of Beit Jala. The gate had been installed by the Israeli military in the past year to prevent movement between the two Palestinian villages at the location where the Israeli separation wall will eventually be built. Activists used the leverage provided by the…Read More... | 9 Comments
The displaced Maronite community of Bir'em has decided to implement its right of return by resettling its land. Authorities have threatened to evict the villagers should they refuse to leave. Exactly one year ago, the displaced people of Iqrit decided that after 64 years of empty promises, they would wait no longer to return to their lands. Just last week, the villagers of Iqrit celebrated the first anniversary of their outpost built on confiscated lands, and announced plans to go on expanding their presence on the ground. Now it appears that Iqrit is not alone, as another displaced community on…Read More... | 8 Comments
The displaced members of the village of Iqrit marked one year since their groundbreaking direct action: the return of the village youth to the village, the revival of its traditions and the strengthening of their hold on the land. Although they are now celebrating with friends and supporters, they fear a potential response from authorities. Every year for the past 18 years, the displaced Palestinian community of Iqrit has organized a summer camp on the expropriated lands of their village so that the younger generations, born in cities and towns elsewhere in Israel, will remember their heritage and continue the…Read More... | 16 Comments
The third generation of the displaced community of Iqrit decided that they'd had enough of waiting for authorities to allow them to return to their village lands, taking matters into their own hands. Last August, they set up their base in a room adjacent to the old church and haven't left since. In 1948, the Christian Orthodox village of Iqrit surrendered to the IDF without a fight. When soldiers ordered residents to leave for two weeks for security reasons, considering the village is extremely close to the Lebanese boarder, nobody thought twice about it. Three years later, in July 1951,…Read More... | 8 Comments
Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists blocked roads throughout the West Bank on Wednesday in a coordinated direct action to protest the occupation. The specific focus of the demonstration varied from location to location, with some activists citing support for the Palestinian bid to upgrade its status at the UN later this month, tomorrow's anniversary of the Palestinian Declaration of Independence, the anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death, and Palestinian National Youth Week. Activists in some locations were successful in blocking traffic for some time, while in others Israeli forces used sound bombs, tear gas, and arrests to disperse crowds. …Read More... | 3 Comments
In Berlin this week, a concert performed by the mostly-octogenarian Israeli choral group, Gevatron, was interrupted by pro-Palestinian activists. The individuals donned red shirts and shouted slogans, while unfurling banners and signs and confronting the audience attending the benefit for the Jewish National Fund (JNF). The group that posted the video, DirectActionBerlin, just opened their account last week, putting up - you guessed it - just one video. I was tempted not to even post about this, lest this forum gives this stunt - or others like it - any more attention or publicity than I think they deserve. But I…Read More... | 32 Comments
Over the weekend, Palestinians went on three direct actions to establish and maintain their hold on West Bank lands. Farmers in Tuqu' returned to lands they have been banned from farming, residents of Mufagarah built a new home after a series of demolitions, and the women of Nabi Saleh marched to the village spring for the second time in a month. The weekend started like all other weekends in the West Bank– with popular unarmed demonstrations against the wall, the settlements and the occupation in the villages of Bil'in, Ni'lin, Nabi Saleh, Qadum and Ma'asara. Once again demonstrations were attacked…Read More... | 5 Comments
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