The campaign to expel Israel from FIFA makes its way to the weekly anti-occupation protests in the West Bank. As the world watched the FIFA Congress Friday to see whether the international soccer organization would vote to expel Israel from the association, today's weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh took the form of a soccer game. [tmwinpost] Under the watchful eyes of IDF, Border Police and riot police units stationed at the village entrance, Palestinians and internationals placed rocks on the main road to act as goalposts, and began competing against each other in penalty shootouts (the rocks are most often placed…Read More... | 1 Comment
Thousands of Palestinians mark Prisoners Day across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. President Abbas calls for releasing Palestinian prisoners, while Hamas calls for kidnapping Israelis. By Oren Ziv / Activestills and Haggai Matar Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis and international activists marched in the West Bank village of Bil'in on Friday to mark Palestinian Prisoners' Day. Additional demonstrations took place in Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh, Kafr Qadum, Ma'asara, as well as in front of the United Nations offices in Gaza. On Thursday, Palestinians also protested outside Ofer Military Prison to show solidarity with Palestinians being held in Israeli jails. The…Read More...
Marking 47 years of the Israeli occupation since 1967, we asked Activestills photographers to choose one photograph from their archive and write about it. Oren Ziv Going every week to the protests in West Bank village of Bil'in, I knew most of the people who were attending the demonstrations. One of them was Bassem Abu Rahme, also known as "Fill." At every protest he would go to the front and try to talk to the soldiers in Hebrew. On the day I took his photo, some of the protesters managed to cross the first gate of the separation barrier and march between…Read More... | 17 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
Israeli army's Facebook status chides journalists for not choosing sides and becoming active participants in conflict. By Mati Milstein "Pictured is Zehava Weiss, who was injured earlier this year when Palestinians threw bricks at her windshield. Reporters on the scene were positioned to film the ambush and did nothing to stop it." The status update above, on the Israeli military's Facebook page last week, exposed its dangerous misunderstanding – and outright perversion – of the role of journalists in conflict situations. This potentially endangers both the lives of journalists and their ability to freely expose situations of conflict to the…Read More... | 15 Comments
Israeli private security opens live fire on unarmed Israeli and Palestinians demonstrators. Army arrives and throws tear gas on the demonstrators. This morning, roughly 40 unarmed Palestinians among with four Israelis, held a demonstration at an illegal Israeli quarry built on the land of the villages of Ni'ilin and Budrus. As the demonstrators approached the quarry they could see an Israeli private security guard screaming at them from a small distance. Within seconds, the guard opened live fire on the protesters. He even took time to aim at individual protesters. The below video was shot by one of the activists on the scene. According to eyewitnesses, within…Read More... | 9 Comments
Roughly thirty demonstrators including Israeli and international supporters marched peacefully to the Separation Wall as part of the weekly unarmed protest in Ni’ilin. Protesters were attacked with tear gas and soldiers entered Ni’ilin’s agricultural lands, chasing the demonstration back to the village. After midday prayers, villagers from Ni’ilin along with Israeli and international supporters peacefully marched to the Separation Wall, which sits in the heart of their agricultural lands. Israeli army soldiers on the other side of the wall informed the demonstrators that the area was considered a closed military zone demanding the demonstrators to leave the area. The demonstration…Read More... | 5 Comments
Before the first heavy rains hit Israel yesterday, thousands people gathered in central Tel Aviv to mark international Human Rights Day. The occasion brought together various Israeli NGOs and thousands of concerned citizens in the spirit of presenting a face of Israel that supports human rights and progressive values. Placards were carried through the streets supporting gay rights, woman’s rights, African refugees rights and, also, coexistence between Jews and Arabs. Police lined the streets of the demonstration to ensure the safety of the protesters and keep confrontation with the right wing counter protesters at bay (one has to hand it…Read More... | 3 Comments
Palestinian popular resistance to the Israeli occupation, settlements and the wall are a regular occurrence in the West Bank. Despite this, the overwhelmingly non-violent protests, often put down harshly by occupation forces, rarely make the mainstream news. In this video, Joseph Dana, +972 blogger and one of the only journalists who covers the protests, discusses being on the front lines of the Palestinian popular struggle. [blip.tv ?posts_id=4379893&dest=-1]Read More...
As we stood on the windswept hillside with the jumbo planes landing behind us at Ben Gurion International Airport, I was struck by the gentle breeze full of fall hints that was engulfing our group of fifteen people. Shacaf, a photographer and fellow activist, turned to me and said, “we have a holy breeze today, the wind is blowing right on the soldiers so they do not want to fire tear gas.” Indeed, he was right, not a single shell of tear gas was used on our demonstration on this day. The weekly demonstration against the Separation Wall and occupation…Read More... | 2 Comments
New flaws are starting to come out in the case of American peace activist Rachel Corrie’s death in Gaza in 2003. Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while non-violently standing in front a Palestinian house slated for demolition in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafeh. Today, the state is providing testimony in a civil suit started by Corrie’s parents. According to the press relase from the Rachel Corrie Foundation: The first state witness, a Military Police investigator known to the court as Oded, was part of a three-person team that investigated Rachel’s killing. Oded corroborated much of the testimony provided…Read More... | 1 Comment
“Colonialism is not a thinking machine, nor a body endowed with reasoning faculties. It is violence in its natural state, and it will only yield when confronted with greater violence.” -Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth The final Friday of Ramadan saw a round of demonstrations against the occupation and the Separation wall throughout the West Bank. I traveled to Ni’ilin as well as Nabi Salih, to document and support friends at the sites of struggle. The end of summer is a strange time for the popular struggle. Many international supporters who travel to Israel/Palestine for a summer of occupation tourism…Read More...
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