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With the passing away of Nelson Mandela, South Africa has lost a truly inspirational leader of their struggle against apartheid. The world has lost a symbol of the human quest for justice and equality. Palestine has lost a comrade in the struggle that never forgot the natural bond between two people fighting apartheid.

The Israeli forces demolished a house under struction at dawn on Thursday, in Deir Balout village in Salfeet district. Rezek Abu Naser the coordinator of Stop the Wall in the district has reported that the house belongs to Ghanem Abd Allah, and has an area of 130 meters.

In November, numerous BDS initiatives were launched as solidarity activism built up towards the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people (November 29).  
 
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Hundreds of people participated in the demonstration that the people of Khirbat Al Taweel, the grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign and the Agraba municipality jointly held on the 29th of November after Friday prayer in Khirbat Al Taweel, south of Nablus.

Thousands of people all over Palestine have participated in the angry demonstration against the Israeli ‘Prawer plan’. The organizers estimated the number of protesters to be more than 10,000 participating in the Day of Anger. Stop the Wall had organized a protest in Ramallah in coordination with the anti-Prawer Plan Committee based inside the Green Line.  

 

15 \ 11 \ 2013, a group of activists of the Popular Resistance , demolish a section of the concrete wall, about ten meters near the town of Bir Nabala, northwest of Jerusalem, dozens of participants pass to the other side of the wall which lead to the city of Jerusalem.

National coalitions and youth call for a Day of Rage on November 30 in Negev, Haifa, Ramallah, Gaza and stressed in a statement distributed by the Herak Haifa, the convergence of forces in Haifa: "We will make our voice heard, strong and determined."

The campaign “You are not alone" launched by Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall) and the Palestinian Farmers Union was carried out for the ninth consecutive year.

 

Stop the Wall has prepared a special report describing the horrific conditions in which Palestinians find themselves on a daily basis when crossing the checkpoints. For this we interviewed four individuals who experience these crossings daily and they have provided us with an insight into the difficulty, complications and humiliations they must face within their own land, whether they are looking for work, going to school or visiting loved ones – every part of their life is affected by the checkpoints.

Once again Argentina has voiced its allegiance to Palestine. Argentinian Congresswoman, Dr. Maria Elena Chieno, who heads the group of Argentinean MPs on Palestine and participated as one of the testimonies in the Ethical Tribunal on Palestine arranged in Argentina submitted a new draft legislation last September.

9 \ 10 \ 2013  The Stop the Wall campaign, “You’re not Alone”, led in cooperation with the Farmers' Union and the Cooperative Association of Kafr Labad, implemented its activities to support local villagers during the olive harvest in the villages of Kafr Labad in Tulkarem and of Bruqin in Salfit.

 

With the start of the olive harvest season for this year, the settler attacks have escalated throughout different areas of the West Bank. The attacks ranged from stealing the olive harvest, uprooting trees and attacking citizens and their properties. The violations and attacks carried out by the settlers usually occur all year round.

The Land Defense Coalition, a coordinating body of grassroots movements and organizations, announces the program of collective efforts to safeguard the annual olive harvest and are calling on volunteers to stand in solidarity with Palestinian communities and join in the harvest on October 3 until October 20, 2013. 

Recently, the people of “Sarta” village (located to the southwest of Nablus) had no other choice but to stand up against the settlers of the nearby colony known as “Brokheen”. This occured when the villagers realized that the sounds they could hear from the bulldozers were not coming from inside the colony but were in fact coming from the road leading to their village and which they until now used frequently.

BDS Colombia continues to stand in with Palestine in their struggle against the Israeli illegal military occupation of their lands. As part of their commitment to support the Palestinian call for boycott, divestments and sanctions against Israel, BSD Colombia organized a seris of talks between June and August 2013 to address economic, military and cultural relations between Colombia and Israel.
 

Israeli occupation forces yesterday attacked people of the community of Khirbet Makhoul and a group of consuls and diplomats from France, Britain, Spain, Ireland, Australia and the European Union's political office on a field visit. They confiscated a truck they had brought, loaded with tents and humanitarian aids for the residents of Khirbet Makhoul in the northern Jordan Valley. The materials were donated by some countries of the European Union. An Israeli soldier dragged the French diplomat Marion Castaing out of the truck, forced her on the ground and pointed a gun at her head.

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Early Monday morning, Israeli occupation forces demolished all the homes of local villagers in the village of Khirbet Makhool, located in the northern part of the Jordan Valley.

 

 

On 10 September, the Israeli high court started hearings on if and how Israel’s discriminatory Absentees’ Property Law (1950) should be applied to Jerusalem properties of Palestinians residing in the occupied West Bank. For Palestinians, this case will be crucial for determining the usefulness of legal challenges of this law in Israeli courts.

The Civic Coalition-Jerusalem has issued a special brief about the Israeli Absentees’ Property Law on this occasion.

  • EU must resist US pressure and meet obligations under international law
  • EU should take further steps to end complicity with Israeli apartheid, colonialism and occupation
  • The Dutch government has demonstrated states can prevent business involvement in illegal Israeli projects in the occupied Palestinian territory
10-9-2013According to the Jerusalem News Network, the Israeli military has decided to allocate 5 thousand acres of land belonging to Palestinians, which is located to the east of the apartheid Wall in the Jordan Valley, to agricultural settlements. This is part of an overall attempt to solidify the Israeli regime from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River.  
  

"We are writing to express our concern that Norway’s Ministry of Finance has lifted its 2010 ban on investing funds from Norway’s Global Pension Fund in the Israeli company Africa Israel and its construction subsidiary Danya Cebus.

The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) has met with the Brazilian consul in Ramallah Paulo França to call on Brazil to abandon a $35m development collaboration project with Israel. The delegation urged Brazil to at least ensure that money from the project will not be diverted to Israeli companies that are implicated in human rights abuses and violations of international law.  
 

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