From Palestine

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.

In 2015 the Land Defense Coalition has been officially launched as the coordination body for some of Palestine’s largest popular movements as well as local grassroots organizations. We have already built powerful actions and popular resistance together - in order to continue in the year ahead, we need your support. Please consider contributing with a donation to our struggle in 2016.

 

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.

Stop the Wall has prepared an interactive map of the locations of struggle of the current protests and mobilisation. The map will continue to be updated and expanded and shows examples of mobilisation and repression, photos, videos and local accounts.

To read a short analyis, click below. 

 

News Bulletin of the events of the 25th October 2015

1- The young girl Dania Jihad Arshid (17) was executed by the Israeli Forces at the military checkpoint near Ibrahimi Mosque. One of the eyewitnesses who was standing in line, just 4 meters far from the checkpoint said that the soldiers had searched the girl’s bag and her personal belongings and put her through the metal detector but they did not find anything dangerous material with her. The soldiers asked the girl: ‘where is the knife?’ She replied: ‘I’m not carrying a knife’, then one of the soldiers shot a bullet between her legs terrifying her, so she took a step back and put her hands in the air and kept saying: ‘I’m not carrying a knife!’ but the soldiers shot her dead with 8 to 10 bullets in the chest and the neck.

    Israeli arms exports take dramatic hit amid growing boycott campaign 

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been running highly visible campaigns against military trade with Israel that have seen 12 banks and pension funds exclude Israeli arms company Elbit Systems from their investment portfolio. Israeli owned arms factories have been blockaded, and a growing number of political parties and trade unions have called for an end to military ties with Israel.

The governments of Norway and Turkey have both announced military embargo policies against Israel in recent years.

Mahmoud Nawajaa, general coordinator with the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the largest Palestinian civil society coalition that leads the BDS movement, said:

“Israeli military companies market their products on the basis of their successful use in Israel’s massacres of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians, yet it now seems that growing public awareness of and opposition to Israel’s war crimes are starting to hit Israel’s military exports.”  

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Also don't miss the new briefing published by the BDS Movement on military cooperation and trade of Israeli weapons, tools of repression against the ongoing Palestinian protests. The military trade is at the heart of Israeli oppression: find out more on the military companies and the complicit international institutions, and on the campaigns that work against these and the military aid to Israel.

1) 19-year-old Yahya Hashem Grerh died from his injuries after he got shot a week ago during clashed with Israeli military, in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip

2) 467 people have been injured, 438 of which in the West Bank, 29 in Gaza Strip. 34 of them have been injured with live ammunition, 95 with rubber-coated metal bullets, 322 suffered from asphyxiation by tear gas and 16 suffered other injuries.

3) Continuing clashes with the Israeli Forces starting from afternoon till midnight in more than 50 locations, among them:

While we remember Hashem as a pillar of Palestinian steadfastness in the Old City of Hebron and an inspiration to Palestinian activists and international solidarity from across the world, we know his spirit and determination will continue to animate the struggle of our people. We, the people that had the honour to know him and the people that share his struggle, will keep his legacy alive and continue on the path towards liberation.

May Hashem rest in peace.
May Hashem rest assured that we continue in the struggle. 

The BNC have published two new documents, take a moment to read and share them within your network!

A new resource to help media, activists and supporters of the Palestinian struggle get to grips with the ongoing developments in Palestine.
 
2. Call out: Turning the tide against Israel’s criminal repression 
http://www.bdsmovement.net/2015/call-out-turning-the-tide-13444
Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance! Cut all military ties with Israel!
A BNC statement welcoming the ongoing #SolidarityWaveBDS mobilisations and urging continued action, particularly on military embargo. 
 
#SolidarityWaveBDS

News Bulletin of the events from the 19th October 2015

1. Deaths: Hoda Mohamed Darwish, 65-years-old, died after inhaling tear gas that was fired by the Israeli forces at Al-Mansoob checkpoint at the eastern entrance to the town of Al-Esaweh in Jerusalem and then being denied access to the hospital by Israeli forces.

2. Injuries: 195 civilians injured in the West Bank, 2 from live ammunition, 37 with rubber coated metal bullets, 136 cases of suffocation from tear gas and 20 injuries by beating.

News Bulletin of the events of the 18th October

1- 21-year-old Muhannad Al- Aqabi from Hourah in Al-Naqab was martyred today after taking part in both a stabbing and shooting action at the central station in Beir Al- Sabe’. The Israeli forces suspect that he took a soldier’s weapon after stabbing him, so the police shot two suspects at the scene only to later realize that one of them was an Eritrean worker that was mistakenly shot. This action has led to the death of an army officer and the wounding of ten; two of them are in a critical condition.

News Bulletin from the events of the 16th and 17th of October 2015

16th October 2015

1- Five Palestinians were martyred today in separate incidents, three of them from Gaza and two from the West Bank:

Shawqi Jamal Obaid, 37 years old, from Jabalyia martyred today after being wounded in clashes with the occupation forces in Beit Hanoun last Friday.

- Yihya Farahat, 23 years old, from Al Shuja’yah martyred today during clashes at Beit Hanoun’s checkpoint with a bullet to his head by the occupation forces.

Mahmoud Hatem Hamedah from the east of Al-shuja’yah, martyred today after being shot by the Israeli forces during clashes near NahelOzz at the east of Gaza.

- Iyad Khalil Mahmoud Al- A’wawdeh, 27 years old, from A- Mureq in Hebron, he was martyred after being shot under the claim of attempting to stab a soldier at Al- jourah in Hebron during clashes.

- Ihab Jihad Hinany, 19 years old, from Beit Foriek east Nablus, he was martyred after being shot with a bullet to his chest during clashes at Beit Foriek’s road junction.

News Bulletin from the 14th and 15th October 2015

The daily clashes continue, as does Israeli repression with the implemention of the group punishment policy, which includes house demolitions, land confiscation, the annulment of the residency documents for the Palestinians who live in Jerusalem.

14th October 2015

The Israeli Occupation Forces executed two young Palestinians in Jerusalem and a prisoner from Jenin was killed in one the Israeli prisons:

The young Palestinian Basim Ragheb Sider (20) from Hebron was executed by the Israeli occupation forces at Bab Al- Amoud  in the center of Jerusalem under the accusation of having allegedly stabbed a soldier;later on,  the the Israeli Occupation released some pictures that turned out to be  fake and the boy did not have any knife as they claimed. According to eyewitnesses who were present on the scene of the murder, the Israeli soldiers fired more than ten bullets from a close distance without him stabbing anyone as the Israeli police claims, but soldiers left him to bleed and prevented the ambulance from reaching him until he bled to death.

Ahmad Fathi Abu Sha’ban (23) from Ras Al-Amoud neighborhood near the central station in Jerusalem was executed after being shot for allegedly stabbing a settler. The police claimed in a statement that one of its private forces shot an Arab young man who tried to stab a settler, which led to his killing right away. However, an Israeli witness confirmed that Abu Sha’ban did not have a knife and did not hurt anyone, one of the settlers started  to shout, calling him a “terrorist” and so a policeman shot him from a zero distance.

News Bulletin of 13th October 2015. Resistance and Repression continues.

 

  1. Three Palestinians have been killed in the same day in separate incidents, two of them from Jerusalem and one from Bethlehem:

Baha E’lyaan, (23), and his friend Bilal Omar Ghanem (23), ,both  from Jabal Al-Mukaber in Jerusalem were involved in a stabbing and shooting attack on an Israeli bus.Baha was killed and Bilal was severely wounded. Bilal is still in the hospital for treatment and he is under arrest.

Ala’a Abu Jmal, (33), from Jabal Al- Mukaber in Jerusalem, ran over two settlers and then got out of his car and stabbed others.

Mutaz Ibrahim HamdanZawahreh, (27), from Al- Dhaisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem,was shot with live bullets in his back by the Israeli forces during clashes in Bethlehem. He was transferred to a hospital but the doctors’ attempts to keep him alive failed.

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