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  • Photo Essay: March for Palestinian independence

    The demonstration today in Jerusalem in support of Palestinian independence was attended by anywhere from 2000 to 4500 people (according to a Facebook post), who marched from the Old City's Jaffa Gate to Sheikh Jarrah. I was there and organizers announced 3,000 attendees at the end, but Channel 2's evening news reported "over 1000."  I suppose they're playing it safe, but after tramping through burning sun on a winding walk through Jerusalem's famous Friday crush, with people singing, drumming, cheering, dancing and laughing, that conservative estimate has a cynical ring. Here are a few photos. The goal of this demonstration…

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  • Israelis, Palestinians to march in joint call for Palestinian statehood

    By Eitan Grossman 'Only Free Men Can Negotiate' - Nelson Mandela   This Friday (July 15, 2011), thousands of Palestinians and Israelis will march together in Jerusalem to express their support for international recognition of the unilateral declaration of Palestinian independence. Thousands of Palestinians and Israelis will take part in a historic march organized by the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity movement and the popular committees of East Jerusalem. Marchers will set out from Jaffa Gate and walk along the border between the two parts of the city. The march will culminate in a rally in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood that symbolizes…

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  • IDF officers to hide their identity for fear of arrests abroad

    In an attempt to protect themselves from prosecution abroad, IDF officers will hide their identity The IDF is increasingly worried about the possibility of being prosecuted abroad for war crimes: Maariv published an article this morning (Hebrew), saying senior officers will have their identities hidden, noting specifically this was not due to ‘field security’ reasons, i.e. fear that the officers will become targets for assassination, but rather for legal reasons. A senior officer told Maariv this is done in order to “protect the officers from the legal point of view.” Borrowing a longstanding Air Force tradition, soon Israeli media will…

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  • Most important Jewish anti-occupation group needs your support

    Facing mounting legal costs, Anarchists against the Wall have issued an urgent plea for donations. This is why I think we should support them Anarchists Against The Wall is, at least in my opinion, the most important progressive political group to operate in Israel in the last decade. It's hard to note in a short post the enormous effect the Anarchists have had on grassroots politics in Israel and Palestine, but I will try to make a few points on their actions. The name of the group might be misleading. AATW are not like similarly named groups in the West.…

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  • Peres: Jerusalem already at peace, an agreement will ruin it

    President Shimon Peres has this observation to offer today during a visit to the Bedouin township of Houra: "People are living and working peacefully, and there are also mishaps, but if they try to put it into writing, a world war will break. Practically speaking, there is already peace in Jerusalem, anyone who will try to turn it into an agreement will ruin everything. All faiths and all the prayers rise up together, and the government doesn't intervene." I suppose the takeovers of Palestinian property in Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah, proto-fascist parades with chants of "death to Arabs" and the…

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  • A non-violent demonstration grapples with civil disobedience

    "The fact that you found yourself a victim of police violence does not mean that you were doing anything wrong. You were doing something right. You might have broken the law, but you were doing so to fight against a deeply entrenched and institutionalized wrong." By Eitan Grossman A little more than a week ago (25.5.2011 and 27.5.2011), the Solidarity movement held two non-violent demonstrations in Ras el-Amud to protest the inauguration of a settlement, Maaleh Zeitim, in the heart of the Palestinian neighborhood. Both were joint Israeli-Palestinian actions. The first demonstration took place during the inauguration ceremony itself, in…

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  • Solidarity with Palestinians rises, as does risk to activists

    It’s been two years since peace activist Seán O’Neill last visited Israel and he’s noticed some fundamental changes to the Israeli left. While solidarity with Palestinians is on the rise, activists are under tighter surveillance of the state By Seán O’Neill An Israeli activist friend called me Thursday night with some parting advice as I left for my hostel after getting a beer with him.  I had mentioned that Friday I would head down to the weekly protest at Sheikh Jarrah. “Be careful,” he said, “it’s getting dangerous out there.”  Then he added a clarifying point: “For people on this…

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  • Watch: Jerusalem Day's racist march, escorted by police

    Thousands of rightwing Israelis marched today in Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods, provoked local Palestinian residents and shouted racist remarks chants, among them "let your village burn," "death to Mohammad" and "death to all leftists". The event, part of the "Jerusalem Day" celebration, was organized and promoted by the municipality. Jerusalem's police escorted the parade, and made no attempt to stop the racist calls. you can see it all in this video: --------------------------- +972 magazine needs your support. Check this post to see why, and how can you help to keep this project going

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  • WATCH: Police use stun guns for first time on Jewish protesters

    A demonstration against the settler takeover of East Jerusalem was held in the neighborhood of Ras al-Amud yesterday afternoon. The demonstration was organized by members of the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity group, an Israeli led nonviolent protest movement based in Jerusalem.  Days before the demonstration, a new and illegal Jewish settlement was inaugurated in Ras al-Amud with name of Ma'ale HaZeitim. Yesterday's demonstration was a nonviolent exercise of the right to protest the illegal Israeli act of creating new settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. Israeli police reacted with excessive and violent force against the chanting Jewish protesters. For the first time, police used electronic stun guns against protesters who,…

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  • Ministers celebrate East Jerusalem settlement expansion

    While Netanyahu was still reeling from his political victory following his US trip Wednesday, back at home, Interior Minister Eil Yishai and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and other government officials made good on Netanayhu's promise to maintain the occupation in Jerusalem by staging a provocative ceremony to inaugurate 60 housing units already constructed in the Palestinian neighborhood of Ras el Amud in East Jerusalem. This settlement, known as "Maale Zeitim" and owned by Florida tycoon Irving Moskowitz, was begun in the 1990's under Ehud Olmert's premiership and is an ugly barricaded building under constant 24-hour surveillance (funded by my tax shekels)…

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  • Ahead of Nakba Day, Palestinians inspired by Arab Spring

    Right from the beginning of the Arab Spring, Palestinians have felt excited about what has being going on in the region. There were celebrations in the street when Tunisia’s Ben Ali fell; and even more when Egypt’s Mubarak was toppled because people here see him as such a good friend to Israel. At the same time, there is jealousy; even though our major problem is not the Palestinian Authority or even Hamas, it is the occupation. We say that we were the first to launch a popular resistance movement - with the first intifada, in 1987 – but our situation…

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  • Daniel Barenboim: I am a Palestinian and an Israeli

    On Tuesday, world-renowned conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim breached the blockade on Gaza by bringing an orchestra of some of Europe's top musicians to a brief solidarity concert. +972 spoke to him after his return to Berlin. How do you sum up the visit? I think it was a very important occasion. Thirty-six of the best European Musicians – from the Berlin Staatskapelle, from the Berlin Philharmonic, from the Vienne Philarmonic, from the Orchestra du Paris, and from La Scala of Milan came there with me and we were able to show solidarity with the civic society of Gaza. This…

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  • Jerusalem court slams police for illegitimate arrests of protesters

    This article was originally published in Haaretz Illegitimate arrests of Israeli protesters is on the rise. This is a tactic often used by the police and army to keep activists away from demonstrations for a substantial period of time, effectively stripping them of their right to protest and weakening the entire movement. The court's ruling is in fact a frightening indication of how authoritarian Israel has become. This week, the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ordered the police to pay NIS 25,000 in compensation to four Israeli activists from the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement, whom they arrested without due cause while they…

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