Monday, March 27, 2017

John Space

  • The people of Silwad and Deir Jarir resist land theft | May 11, 2013
    A new settlement sprung up two months ago between the West Bank villages of Deir Jarir and Silwad, and the people of the villages have made it clear they are not going to accept it quietly.  The new settlement is an ‘outpost‘ settlement, meaning it is unrecognized and illegal even under Israeli law. The outpost is calling itself Nezah Benjamin ... .....
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  • Israel refuses to respect Gaza ceasefire | May 02, 2013
    Reports of a settler killed near Nablus dominated media coverage of Palestine this week. But another murder committed the same day received far less international attention, perhaps because the victim was Palestinian and the assassin was the Israeli government. A precision strike by Israeli warplanes killed Haitham al-Mishal in northern Gaza... .....
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  • Kufr Qaddoum persists in struggle against occupation | April 27, 2013
    Since the start of the weekly demonstrations in Kufr Qaddoum on July 1, 2011, the village has seen more than 120 arrests. More than 100,000 shekels have been paid in fines for those arrested. Over 2,000 people have suffered from severe tear-gas inhalation. One teenager was critically injured by a tear-gas canister that hit him in the head... .....
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  • Bethlehem Runs Rings Around the Wall | April 22, 2013
    On Sunday, roughly 500 people ran in the Right to Movement Marathon, the first marathon to take place in the West Bank. The marathon was held in Bethlehem, a city that bumps up against the Apartheid Wall, a fact which presented runners and race organizers with unique challenges.  Zuher Tmeza, the coordinator for Right to Movement‘s Information... .....
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  • Israeli corporation profits from high price of prisoners‘ food | April 20, 2013
    Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails often purchase items from the canteen, an alternative to the meals provided by the Israel Prison Service each day. But the high cost of the canteen provides ample profits to the private Israeli company Dadash, which holds the contract to supply food and other items to the canteens in all Israeli jails. .....
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  • Can a Documentary Save Palestine? | April 06, 2013
    Although neither film won an Academy Award, the very inclusion of 5 Broken Cameras and The Gatekeepers in this year‘s Oscar ceremonies signals that support for Palestinian resistance is becoming more mainstream. But although it may seem the Oscar nominations for the two films came out of nowhere, they are both part of a proud tradition of... .....
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  • Hacker group Anonymous vows to "Erase Israel From the Internet" | April 03, 2013
    The hacker collective Anonymous is preparing a second wave of assaults against Israeli websites after a period of relative calm in Israeli cyberspace following the end of Israel‘s November assault on Gaza known as "Operation Pillar of Defense." The promised attacks, promoted through Twitter, are part of an Anonymous initiative known as... .....
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  • Obama‘s visit to Palestine tainted with hypocrisy | March 28, 2013
    US President Barack Obama made headlines around the world for his trip to Israel and Palestine, with many praising him for his pro-peace rhetoric during a speech to Israeli university students. But behind his verbal opposition to the settlements, Obama has done more to promote settlement construction than perhaps any other US president, and his... .....
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  • With Israeli coalition formed, outcome looking ever worse for Palestine | March 21, 2013
    On the surface, Israeli political star Yair Lapid‘s first speech to the Knesset was a ray of hope in a dark landscape of institutionalized racism and violence. Lapid, whose Yesh Atid party has 19 of 68 seats in the newly formed coalition government, spoke out against settler violence and the impunity granted to settlers by Israel, describing... .....
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  • Palestinians tell Obama ‘You‘re not welcome here‘ | March 20, 2013
    On Tuesday, the night before President Obama‘s arrival in Israel, around 400 Palestinians gathered in Ramallah to send him a message: they don‘t want him here. Demonstrator Hazem Kawasmi carried a sign that said "Obama, you‘re not welcome here." He said the US‘ close ties with Israel mean they are complicit in the oppression of the Palestinian... .....
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  • Damascus Gate hosts demonstration for hunger strikers | March 12, 2013
    Around 70 people gathered in front of the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem‘s old city on Tuesday evening to show their support for the Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails, including long-term hunger striker Samer Issawi. Demonstrators chanted in support of the hunger strikers for about an hour before attempting to march east to... .....
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  • Aida Camp residents drilled hole in Apartheid Wall | March 12, 2013
    Sixteen year old Saleh Elamareen was shot in the head with a dumdum bullet on January 18 and was pronounced dead several days later. But the full circumstances surrounding Elamareen‘s death, who was shot several days after an Israeli invasion of Aida refugee camp in response to the discovery that a hole had been drilled in the Apartheid Wall... .....
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  • "We Exist, We Resist" showcases resistance photography | March 07, 2013
    A new exhibit at the al-Bireh cultural center proves that photography can be a powerful tool in the struggle against the occupation. The exhibit, called "We Exist, We Resist," features around 50 photos by 12 different photographers, both Palestinian and international. The event was organized by the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee and... .....
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  • Bil‘in: Eight years fighting the Wall | March 04, 2013
    On March 1, roughly 400 Palestinians & international supporters gathered in Bil‘in to mark the eighth anniversary of the popular resistance movement that has taken hold in the village. The demonstrations are held in Bil‘in in opposition to Israel‘s theft of land from the village by means of settlement construction and the Apartheid Wall... .....
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  • Israel kills prisoner, sparking anger throughout Palestine | February 25, 2013
    After two weeks of growing protests in support of hunger striker Samer Issawi, Palestinians were given a new cause for anger when prisoner Arafat Jaradat died in Israeli custody inside Megiddo prison. The Palestinian Authority stated Jaradat was tortured to death which was verified by Saber Aloul, the doctor who was present at Jaradat‘s autopsy... .....
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  • Open Shuhada Street, end Apartheid | February 23, 2013
    On Friday February 22, hundreds marched in Hebron‘s old city to demand the opening of Shuhada Street, a major artery in the city connecting the center to the cemetery. The Israeli army closed Shuhada Street to Palestinians following Baruch Goldstein‘s massacre of 29 people inside the Ibrahimi mosque in 1994, and today most of the street is... .....
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  • Red Cross closes Ramallah office to "pressure" hunger strikers | February 19, 2013
    On February 11, Sheikh Khader Adnan, who was on hunger strike for 66 days in Israeli jail last year before being released, began a sit-in hunger strike at the Al-Bireh offices of the ICRC. Over the last week, several others have joined Adnan‘s hunger strike in the ICRC office. The ICRC responded by shutting the offices, forcing people in need of... .....
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  • The surrounded town of Beit Ommar | February 18, 2013
    The village of Beit Ommar is effectively under siege. The town is penned in by settlements on three sides, and the fourth is dominated by an Israeli guard tower, severely restricting freedom of movement and access to land for the residents.The people of Beit Ommar hold demonstrations every Saturday and are often met with a violent response from... .....
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  • Thank God It‘s Friday is Nabi Saleh‘s biggest film debut | February 17, 2013
    Thank God it‘s Friday probably had the most successful film debut in the village of Nabi Saleh. The village‘s cultural center was filled beyond capacity, and seats were hard to find amid an excited, cheering crowd. The documentary has been in the works for two years and focuses on the ongoing struggle to reclaim the land of Nabi Saleh, much of... .....
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  • Two shot at Ofer prison as hunger strike demonstrations grow | February 16, 2013
    Israeli security forces responded with extreme violence to demonstrations held across the West Bank in solidarity with hunger strikers held in Israeli prisons without charge. The largest demonstration took place outside Ofer prison in Beitunia where Israeli soldiers shot two people with high-velocity bullets. The use of live ammunition against... .....
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  • Apartheid Wall threatens 2000 years of agriculture in Battir | February 11, 2013
    The unique system of terraced agriculture practiced in Battir has continued without stop throughout wars dating back from the eras of the Romans to the Mamluks to the Ottomans. It survived the devastation of Israel‘s 1948 land grab, the 1967 war and two intifadas.  But now Israel plans to build its Apartheid Wall directly through the terraces... .....
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  • Road closures in Hebron violates 1997 agreement | February 09, 2013
    Shuhada Street may get the most attention, but it‘s far from the only road that‘s been closed in Hebron. Last Friday, the Hebron Defense Committee, an activist group, staged a demonstration to call attention to the many other roads that have been closed in the city. "Shuhada Street, it‘s like 900 meters, but we have another four kilometers... .....
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  • Ni‘lin: Still steadfast, still in resistance | February 03, 2013
    Despite deaths, severe injuries, land confiscation & settler attacks, the people of Ni‘lin remain steadfast in their struggle against the Israeli occupation and the Apartheid Wall.  At a demonstration on Friday, January 26th, demonstrators from the village climbed the Wall and planted a Palestinian flag where it could be clearly seen by Israeli... .....
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  • Nearly ten years after store closures, Hebron still suffering | January 26, 2013
    In the graffiti stenciled around Hebron‘s old city, two interrelated messages are frequently found on the walls: "Open Shuhada Street" and "Free Ghost Town." Shuhada Street was the city‘s main market area, closed completely to Palestinians by the Israeli military since the Second Intifada, and the eviction of residents and forcible closure of... .....
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  • Israel Avoids Hard-Right Shift: No Benefit for Palestinians | January 23, 2013
    With many commentators predicting big wins for the settler movement in Israel’s elections, the Knesset appeared poised for a hard-right shift. But though the official results won’t be in until eight days after the election, the exit polls show a much weaker right wing than predictions suggested.Likud, the party of right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin .....
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  • Hebron families struggle for existence | January 19, 2013
    This report is the first in a new Palestine Monitor series on life in the Old City of Hebron. The Palestine Monitor will publish one report a week on Hebron leading up to the ‘Open Shuhada Street’ protest on Feb. 25 organized by the nonviolent resistance group Youth Against Settlements. The demonstration marks the anniversary of Baruch Goldstein’s .....
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  • Doctors in Gaza calm after the storm | November 28, 2012
    After eight days of bombing, shelling and terror brought on by Israel in its so-called “Operation Pillar of Defense,” doctors in Gaza were finally able to rest this weekend. The Israeli assault, which left 166 Gazans according to Al-Jazeera English, also left Gazan doctors short on rest and Gazan hospitals short on beds and supplies... .....
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