The veteran activist, known for leading non-violent popular protests in the West Bank village of Ni'lin, was shot with a 'sponge-tipped' bullet, causing a head injury. Police later shackled him to his hospital bed. Israel Border Police officers shot Muhammed Amira in the head with a sponge-tipped bullet at close range during a weekly protest against the separation wall on Friday, activists and the man's attorney said. Amira, also known as Abu Nasser, is a well known figure who has been leading unarmed popular protests against Israel's separation wall in his village of Ni'lin since 2007, when the protests began. Amira, 47, is a…Read More... | 1 Comment
Netanyahu's new settlement policy doesn't just pave the way for massive construction in the West Bank — it also, with the blessing of a right-wing U.S. president, risks freezing Palestinians out of the diplomatic process entirely. By Mitchell Plitnick On March 30, the Israeli government announced that it had approved the first new settlement in 20 years. The new settlement is part of the government’s compensation package to the settlers of the recently evacuated outpost named Amona. The Israeli courts had ordered the demolition of this illegally built settlement for the first-time way back in 2006. This February, Amona was…Read More... | 9 Comments
A new poll shows that among Israeli settlers, a striking 74 percent say that conditions in Israel these days are good or very good. The same cannot be said for their Palestinian neighbors. Late Thursday night, the Israeli security cabinet voted unanimously to approve the establishment of a new West Bank settlement to be populated mainly by former residents of Amona, an illegal Israeli outpost ordered dismantled by the High Court of Justice. The cabinet’s decision effectively means that Amona was not truly dismantled, but rather put on hiatus before being reestablished about 20 kilometers away. [tmwinpost] In the same meeting,…Read More... | 28 Comments
The main entrance to the West Bank village of Qalqas has been closed since the Second Intifada. The residents are having none of it. Photos and text: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org Some 250 Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Qalqas, south of Hebron, protested on Friday against the Israeli military's closure of their village’s main entrance, which has been in place since the Second Intifada — which started 17 years ago. Before the protest, the demonstrators held the Muslim Friday noon prayer beside the large rocks and cinder blocks placed by the Israeli army at the entrance to the village. Children held signs,…Read More...
The attempt to blame ill Palestinians for the deficiencies of Israel's healthcare system distracts from the fact that there is only one sovereign responsible for the state of medical care in the occupied territories. By Ran Goldstein A recent Israeli media investigation made headlines over the last few weeks after concluding that Israelis in the country's periphery are losing out as a result of Israel's providing medical treatment to Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But these conclusions are manipulative. [tmwinpost] Let’s begin with what should be self-evident under international humanitarian law: Israel, as the entity that oversees the conditions that impact health in…Read More... | 10 Comments
Israeli and Palestinian women commemorated International Women's Day last week by destroying a mockup separation wall in the West Bank city of Beit Jala. The event, put on by the Bereaved Families Forum, included a vigil in memory of those who have lost their lives in the conflict. Among the speakers were Suha Abu Khdeir, the mother of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was kidnapped and burned alive by three Israelis in July 2014.Read More... | 10 Comments
The fact that Israel has no desire to destroy Hamas and re-occupy Gaza means the next round of fighting will end much like the previous ones: a 'strategic tie' with enormous human suffering in both Israel and the Strip. By Doron Matza It is impossible to understand what is happening in the Gaza Strip without understanding the following paradox: the relationship between Israel and Hamas appears as a "zero-sum game," yet both sides cooperate with one another. [tmwinpost] For over a decade, Israel and Hamas have maintained a relationship of both confrontation and reconciliation. From the Israeli point of view, Hamas' presence in Gaza…Read More... | 6 Comments
Over the past 20 years, Israel has assembled an entire system to ensure it won't have to pay compensation to Palestinians harmed by security forces in the occupied territories. It is almost impossible for Palestinians to file successful civil suits against the Israeli military for harm caused to them in the occupied territories, thereby leaving them with no effective avenues for recourse, according to a report published by Israeli human rights clearinghouse B’Tselem on Wednesday. [tmwinpost] As a result of a combination of legislation limiting Israel’s liability toward Palestinians, along with procedural hurdles erected by the military and civilian court systems, the…Read More... | 1 Comment
The reality in the West Bank is one that resembles a prison, where the prisoners are held for as long as humanly possible. Their release will carry a price — and Israelis are not willing to pay it. The Knesset passed a law Monday night denying entry visas or residency rights to foreign nationals who call for boycotts against Israel or the settlements. The law won't have much of an affect on entry into Israel proper, but rather will mostly affect those trying to enter the West Bank — a solid reminder that the ban is yet another example of the way Israel holds Palestinians prisoners. After all,…Read More... | 5 Comments
Every room overlooks the West Bank separation wall, the lobby features a Greek statue choking on teargas, and faux-security cameras dot the corridors. Welcome to "The Walled Off Hotel," the new Bethlehem-based project from British street artist and enfant terrible Banksy. BETHLEHEM — It takes an unusual hotel proprietor to advertise their establishment as “the hotel with the worst view in the world.” But then Bansky, the British street artist renowned for his satirical and political graffiti, isn’t your average hotelier. With his name already well-established in Israel-Palestine thanks to his famous creations on the West Bank separation wall and…Read More... | 2 Comments
The Israeli army says it ordered work stopped on the RallyCross track, but settler officials are singing a different — and defiant — tune. Several Palestinian communities in the same firing zone have been displaced by the military in recent years. Israeli authorities have been laying the groundwork for a state-of-the-art RallyCross race track, in what they say is a response to the growing demand for motor sport recreational facilities and areas. The only problem? The track being built is partially inside an IDF live firing zone in the occupied West Bank — a designation Israeli military authorities often use to displace local Palestinian…Read More... | 5 Comments
Ellis Kadoorie hoped that by establishing an agricultural school in Tulkarm, he would be helping to educate and improve the conditions of Palestinians and Jews alike. Little did he know it would become a microcosm of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By Tamar Novick and Arie M. Dubnov The Kadoorie Agricultural School holds a special place in Israeli national memory; a second home for figures like the poet of the 1948 war, Haim Gouri, the future generals Yigal Allon and Yitzhak Rabin, and many of the Palmach generation, the school is seen as the spiritual soil from which sprouted the mythological Sabra. “Kadoorie…Read More...
Israel's control over the West Bank has long ago morphed into a regime based on ethnic discrimination and segregation. Let's start calling it like it is. By Yariv Mohar Recently we have been seeing the resurgence of a right-wing discourse that opposes both the annexationist far-right and the left. Instead of supporting far-reaching solutions, these rightists believe that the status quo in the West Bank is preferable and must be kept up for as long as possible. In any case, say the supporters of the status quo, we have not faced any significant international pressure against Israel; thus we can continue with…Read More... | 41 Comments
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