From Palestine

Shimon Peres was a Nobel Peace Prize winner for the West but continues to be a War Criminal for Palestine. Shimon Peres died few days ago and is best known  as an Israeli prince of peace. Peres certainly would have liked to enter history as a peacemaker, but that’s not how he should be remembered: indeed, his greatest contributions were to Israel’s military victories. Despite his involvement in the Oslo peace process, which earned him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was never his primary work.

 Violations continue in the West Bank: 13 people have been killed and 170 wounded, whilst a massive raid of arrests put 380 Palestinians under arrest. Meantime, the construction of 2 new settlements was announced together with 1000 new housing units in the West Bank including Jerusalem. As usual, Israel enforces violence, murders and oppression with one hand, while expanding vital place for its own population with the other. Pushing away Palestinians, pulling in Israelis.  

After one year of coordination and planning, yesterday the Palestinian Youth Forum (PYF) gathered for the first time. Over 250 young people from all over the West Bank met in Ramallah, Jerusalem to discuss a common vision on the Palestinian struggle and coordinate common further action. Coming from different political experiences and perspectives, the Forum testifies a foundational moment to overcome the differences and divisions tearing apart the Palestinian struggle and unify within differences, the Youth as the most valuable agent of resistance.

 7 people have been killed in the past five days in the Hebron province and in East Jerusalem. With the ending of the Aid celebration, the climate in the West Bank seems to raise up to level it reached last year in the same period. Since October 2015, 227 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces.

The Canadian government is threatening not only the participation of delegates from Palestine but from the entire global south in the upcoming World Social Forum (WSF) to be held in Montreal from August 9-14 2016. We urgently need your help! From Palestine alone four delegates - renown activists, trade union leaders, youth activists - have been unable to receive visas.

Together with the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity and Mayfirst/People's Link we have coordinated action and are asking you to: 

1) Sign and share among your contacts and networks the online petition here.

2) Please help us to find organizational endorsements and signatures of high level figures for the text below. Please send any endorsement to: global@stopthewall.org.

Twelve years ago the International Court of Justice in its verdict on the apartheid Wall, ruled the Wall and Israel’s settlement project illegal and reminded the international of its obligation to stop Israeli crimes. Today, in Palestine we are facing a full scale attack to try to subdue Palestinian rebellion flaring up over and over again while Israel rushes to close off the ghettos in which we are supposed to be herded. The last week has shown the shocking scale of repression.

It is time for European citizens to demand not a penny more of their tax money be spent on Israeli military and security corporations
As European leaders are gathered in Brussels to discuss the future of the EU, they would be well advised to put into effect values of accountability, justice and solidarity - and halt funding for Israel's repressive apparatus against Palestinian youth.

Break your fast, break your ties to the occupation

In 2005 the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli apartheid, occupation and colonialism started with a call by Palestinian civil society. The initiative is based on the understanding that once the profits Israeli economy reaps from the occupation, a new process of resistance and of change will have started. The Palestinian National Boycott, divestment and Sanction Committee (BNC), a wide coalition of the largest Palestinian organisations, trade unions, networks and NGOs, is the national and international reference body for the global BDS movement that has developed over the last decade. Its board is made of 32 members, which represent the different grassroots movement, associations and NGO network.

The Paris initiative aims to restart negotiations for a two-state solution. But so far peace plans have only helped Israel take more Palestinian land.
The Israeli Bantustanization project is an attempt to reduce the areas accessible to Palestinians to fragmented cantons - or Bantustans - and annex the remaining land and natural resources, using the term 'Bantustan' as was applied to partially self-governing areas under South Africa’s white supremacist apartheid system. So far, "peace initiatives", like the planned conference that started in Paris this week, haven’t exactly helped in stalling this process.

Ramallah, people fighting for social justice

Ramallah 10 May 2016 - In Ramallah, nearly two thousand people gathered to protest against the social security law. The demonstration started in the city centre to march past the Legislative Council building up to the ministry of public housing The protest has been called in opposition to a law that violates social and civic rights and engenders social injustice, favouring employers against employees. The demonstration, organised by the national committee formed to coordinate mobilization against the law, attracted workers of all different kinds, testifying how the opposition to the law unifies all strata of the population. The organisers say the participation would have been much bigger had the big companies not prevent their employees to join the demonstration.

It is with sadness and indignation that we have learned about the murder of João Pereira de Oliveira, known as João Bigode. He was murdered on April 15 at around 7pm by a death squad that shot him in his home in Santana, municipality of Antônio Gonçalves (Bahia/Brazil).

Today, a first mass demonstration against the social security law that has been issued by president Abu Mazen and is supposed to come into force on April 21 has shown an overwhelming opposition among the Palestinian population to the policies of the Palestinian National Authority. After the mobilization of the teachers union at the beginning of this year, this is the second time Palestinian masses are out on the streets against the policies of the PNA.

The Brazilian state of Bahia decided on April 2 to end its cooperation agreement with Israeli water company Mekorot. The decision comes after pressure from campaigners from the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which works to end Brazilian complicity with Israel’s violations of international law.

Saturday, March 26, the Palestine New Federation of Trade Unions (New Unions) have celebrated their official recognition as trade union federation by the Palestinian authorities and at the same time have held their annual congress, voting for a new union council and executive committee. The New Unions unite today  26 trade unions in all of the 10 West Bank districts and represent around 10 000 workers from all sectors.

Support BDS, and Palestine will be free!” – Angela Davis

On the occasion of Palestinian women’s celebration of 8th of March, the International Women’s Day, we the undersigned, Palestinian women organizations, centers and groups, call upon all women and feminists of the world, as well as women’s organizations and collectives, to endorse the BDS Call issued by Palestinian civil society in 2005 and join to the BDS movement to support our struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

The last week has seen continues mobilization, starting with the launch of Israeli Apartheid Week in Palestine to the continues struggle of the Palestinian teachers for their rights. Hunger striking journalist Mohammad al-Qiq has achieved a victory - on May 21st he will be released - while Israel continues waves of new arrests and the ethnic cleansing. 

With a demonstration of thousands fo people in support of the BDS movement in Ramallah, on February 27th, Palestinian popular movements kicked off the Palestinian part of the International Israeli Apartheid Week. In the West Bank and Gaza, many activities are planned to happen until March 10th in Palestine. Among them, events will be happen in the cities of Bethlehem, Hébron, Ramallah and Jerusalem.

This week has seen a continuous attack on Palestinian youth, several of them have been killed. As well arrests continued and 12 year old Dima al Wawi became the youngest female Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails. Israel has continued to destroy schools and to attck Palestinian education while journalist Muhammad al Qiq resists in ongoing hunger strike.

Early in the morning of February 15, a squad of around 25 Israeli soldiers arrived in the refugee camp in Ramallah.The Israeli army did not give a reason for their raid in the camp, speaking only of "operational activity".

The Israel forces destroyed today over 40 houses and structures in Tubas, a district in the Jordan Valley of the occupied West Bank. This week dozens of homes have been already destroyed in several locations in Area C, in particular in the Jordan Valley and the rampage is continuing.

 

Since the announcement in the media that the health of Muhammad al Qiq, a Palestinian journalist held in administrative detention since December 13 is getting critical, political parties, prisoners organizations, the Journalists Union and popular committees of the Stop the Wall Campaign came together and have organized daily protests in city centers of the West Bank and in front of Red Crescent offices.

After the death of two Palestians on Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces imposed a partial closure on Ramallah this Monday. A military source has stated that the restriction is not because of the shootings that took place on Sunday, but due to investigations of previous cases.

 

The absence of authentic Palestinian national leadership is particularly acute at this time of crisis. The current youth uprising against Israel’s prolonged military occupation and denial of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) and within Israel is generally acknowledged to be largely leaderless. What role is there for political parties to contribute to the youth uprising given that they remain entrenched in the Palestinian body politic despite their splits and weaknesses? Palestinian political activists and analysts try to anser this and other questions in a project coordinated by al-Shabaka.org, the Palestinian policy network.

Thursday, at 7:30 in the morning Israeli military entered the Jordan Valley community al Hadidiya for yet another wave of demolitions. The punitive operation targeted the family of the head of the community, Abu Saqer, and was a clear retaliation for the fact that the people of al Hadidiya had started to prepare the dirt road that links the village to the world for the rainy winter months placing gravel onto it. Abu Saqer’s pregnant daughter has been attacked by the soldiers and is currently in hospital risking to loose her baby.

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