From Palestine

1.10.2015 Israeli police continue their violent crackdown on Palestinians protesting at Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The British private security firm G4S has contracts equipping and providing services to the Israeli police and prisons, making G4S complicit in this violence.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Jamal Joumah, head of the "Stop the Wall" Campaign in Ramallah, to discuss the recent clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Kairos Palestine and the Stop the Wall Campaign have launched their joint mobilizing and advocacy initiative ‘Praying is Resistance’ on Sunday Sep 20th . The initiative is a joint response to Israel's acceleration of the construction of the Apartheid Wall, settlement expansion and displacement of Palestinian communities from Area C, which comprises over 60% of the West Bank. 

The initiative ‘Praying is Resisting’ of joint action between Stop The Wall and Kairos Palestine saw its first activities in occasion of the World Week of Prayer held from September 20 -26 under the theme “"God has broken down the dividing walls". The first two initiatives both took place in Bir ‘Ona, neighborhood of Beit Jala, the past weekend.

Under the slogan “You are not alone – Standing up to settler violence”, Stop the Wall announces the program for this year’s mobilization to protect the olive harvest and Palestinian rights. This year, the olive harvesting takes place in a moment of dramatic escalation of settler and military violence against Palestinian farmers and villages, and on their lands.

                                                                                                                              

Among the many faces of Occupation, daily demolitions play a relevant and devastating role of land theft and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. Susiya is only one of the many examples: a village whose people live in constant fear of being ejected from their land and deported, as has already happened three times in the last thirty years. This policy is part of the two key overall plans of the Israeli administration: The ‘Relocation Plan’ aimed at clearing Area C in the West Bank from the Palestinian communities in order to prepare it for definitive annexation, as well as the Israeli master plan to ‘Judaize’ Jerusalem, the Galilee and the Naqab and the confiscation of large parts of the West Bank. 

May First/People Link - an amazing US-Mexican organization providing many organizations, including Stop the Wall and other Palestinian organizations, with web and communication hosting and support - is under attack, AGAIN. 

Hundreds of people gathered for the mass mobilization Sunday morning. The protest tore down one of the gates of the Israeli apartheid infrastructure that segregates the Palestinian people from their lands and from each other. 

At 6.30am on August 20th 2015, the Israeli army entered Khirbeit Samra in the north of the Jordan Valley with ten military jeeps and two bulldozers and destroyed Samra School. The school was built by Jordan Valley Solidarity and international volunteers, in co-operation with local Palestinians, in 2013/14 to provide Khirbeit Samra and the surrounding villages in the Beqaa area with a space where children could practice their right to education.

Like our Facebook page “Olympics without Apartheid” here!

See the Stop the Wall Factsheet Ban ISDS! - Olympics without Apartheid here!

Israeli military companies, all of which are deeply involved in Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinian people, among others, see the Olympic Games as an opportunity for profit and a means to export their “field-tested” expertise in maintaining apartheid, repression of people, and militarization of urban spaces across the globe. They must be stopped.

On Tuesday 11th August 2015 Jordan Valley Solidarity activists witnessed Israeli house demolitions in two villages of the Jordan Valley: Al Jiftlik and Khirbet Humsa.  Israeli soldiers with two bulldozers and around fifteen Jeeps arrived in Al Jiftlik at 7am and demolished two houses. The owners of the houses, Mahmoud Mitaheb and his brother Abdallah Mitaheb, have families of ten and four members respectively.

The mystery surrounding the ownership of this hotly contested strategic building and its land has finally been uncovered, exposing not only the deception that was used to obtain the land but also the imminent plan in regards to being taken over by settlers.

 

One year since Israel’s Gaza massacre and ten years since the launch of the BDS movement: building the boycott is more important than ever. Read here the statement from the Palestinian BDS National Committee - BNC.

We are like a tree, if you uproot us we will die - A local resident

The concepts of military training alongside fertile agricultural land, to say the least, are worlds apart. Home to thousands of Palestinians, whose existence is sustained by the fruitfulness of their land, both the crops and people of the Jordan Valley are now at the forefront of Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestine. The war on crops is fast becoming one of the main tactics adopted by Israel to destroy the livelihood of many Palestinians, directly hitting their main source of income and destroying their way of life.

The Stop the Wall Campaign sends a deep felt salute to the Greek people who this Sunday have stood up bravely against brutal austerity measures that the Eurogroup wants to continue to impose on Greece. Your steadfastness against the scaremongering and the dictates of some of the most powerful institutions in the world is today inspiring people across the globe - including in Palestine.

This week’s report highlights in particular the growing use of life bullets and serious injuries in protests against Israel’s occupation policies across the West Bank. Again almost sixty invasions have occurred in the West Bank while fishermen are still the main target of Israeli attacks on the people in Gaza.

 

This report gives a summary of growing colonization and ethnic cleansing and ongoing repression of Palestinian resistance during the first ten days of June. A particular increase in the use of 'flying' temporary checkpoints in order to disrupt Palestinian life is highlighted, along with 121 Israeli raids and operations in the West Bank.

 

Throughout May, Stop the Wall and the Land Defense Coalition have been working together to build resistance, support steadfastness and create information and awareness about Israel's ongoing policies of ethnic cleansing and colonization in the West Bank. May has been a month of heavy onslaught on the Palestinian people in the West Bank, with Israel advancing its expulsion plans in the South, East and the West of the West Bank. While grassroots organizing continues the enduring apathy of the international community is chilling. 

This report gives a summary of growing colonization and ethnic cleansing during the month of May as well as the human rights violations enacted by the occupation authorities during this period in order to repress popular resistance and hinder journalists from reporting about the reality of Palestinian life under occupation and apartheid.

 

The case of Brazil: Israel’s experience of repression of the Palestinian people goes global - In a globalized world, any analysis of militarization and repressive ideologies, methodologies and technologies has to take into account the dynamics of import and export of these concepts and tools across borders. One of the world’s most prominent exporters of ideology and technology of repression is undoubtedly Israel.

At least 22 people have been seriously injured during the Nakba protests that have been organized all over the West Bank by the Higher Committee to Commemorate the Nakba, which includes various political forces and grassroots forces, including Stop the Wall. 67 years after the start of the Nakba when 700 thousand Palestinians where ethnically cleansed from their land, the catastrophe for the Palestinian people is ongoing.

Palestinian civil society organizations have written an open letter to the EU asking for an end to EU funding to Elbit Systems and other Israeli military and security companies.

 

The protest camp has been constructed and destroyed 11 times. 15 people have been arrested, and 36 have been injured. Local residents and activists from across the West Bank are attempting to prevent Israel from forcibly relocating Bedouin from their current homes.  

 

Abu Imad is a bedouin. His community and family have been moved twice by the Israeli authority. Now they want to move him again. "They don't even treat us like animals: it's way worse".

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They live alone next to an Israeli settlement, in Qaryout village. After decades of settler attacks, they still refuse to move away. Although for years they could not sleep all at the same time: at least one member of the family had to remain awake, in case the settlers came to attack them with stones, guns and iron bars.

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