The Latest From Palestine

An analysis by Jamal Juma' on Trump's Jerusalem declaration, its impact and the alternative processes towards justice, freedom and equality for Palestinians that Trump yesterday has rendered almost unavoidable. A fresh thinking that can not only save Jerusalem but bring peace to the region.

The day of mobilisation called for in Palestine on Friday has seen mass demonstrations all over Palestine. During the day, Israeli repression was heavy and killed two Palestinians in Gaza and left over 800 people injured.

The day after Donald Trump’s ominous declaration arbitrarily recognising Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem and the city as Israel’s capital, in all major cities of the West Bank people poured out on the streets in protest. Israeli repression injured over 100 people.

On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (November 29), the Ka’abneh Bedouin community in the Jordan Valley hosted a Day in Solidarity and to Support Steadfastness. Thirty activists gathered to help the beleaguered community to finish the building of their local school, as a form of resistance to ongoing Israeli efforts to ethnically cleanse the area from Palestinian presence.

South Africa, Brazil and Palestine: Apartheid is a world-wide issue when it comes to the control of non-white populations, when it comes to interests in land. It is a fight over ethnic and territorial supremacy.

 

November 9 has been launched as a Global Day of Action for a #WorldwithoutWalls by Palestinian and Mexican movements because we recognised each other in the shared injustice we are suffering and in our ongoing struggle to achieve justice, equality and dignity.

This connection was only the start: the idea of #WorldwithoutWalls has inspired and brought together many more movements. Over the last months over 370 organisations from some 30 countries around the world have joined in the call.

Here you find a list of some highlights among the global actions that during the days of the November 9 are building a #WorldwithoutWalls. Dozens of inspiring actions from north to south, from east to west have been planned: workshops, rallies, encounters, debates, exhibits, protests, video screenings and much more.... 

 

Since October 31, hundreds of people representing a large number of popular movements are on their way throughout Mexico in an International Caravan for the Unity of the People and against the Walls of Infamy, against Paramilitarism and the [Mexican] Educational Reform. The Caravan is yet another step in the people's struggle for a World without Walls, for freedom, justice and equality. 

On November 2, at an invitation of the National Committee for the Commemoration of 100 year anniversary of Balfour Declaration, angry mass rallies were launched in all Palestinian cities and abroad, condemning the crime committed by Britain against our people when the then Foreign Secretary of Britain in a letter promised the Zionist movement a homeland in Palestine. The account here shows that Palestinians, still struggling against a colonial regime that the British Mandate in 1948 and with the support of the United Nations handed over to the then newly formed state of Israel, continue to struggle for their rights.

November 9 will signal worldwide that joint construction of a #WorldwithoutWalls has started. We are calling on activists, movements and groups to join with a stencil action. This action will symbolise that “We are many, we are everywhere, and we will continue to build a #WorldwithoutWalls together”.

You may choose to add this action to some other initiative you are planning or do the stencil action on its own.The important part is: please let us know and send us pictures, videos, and reportbacks so that we can share them! For the stencil file and a short tutorial, please click here.

Actions of all kinds are welcome and important for the #WorldWithoutWalls Day of Action!

Here is one simple and concrete global action for you to take on November 9: Wherever you are, leave a mark in your community that you/your group are part of the masses worldwide building for a #WorldwithoutWalls.

JOIN WITH A STENCIL ACTION!

See here the file for the #WorldwithoutWalls logo stencil mask and a small tutorial on how to build a stencil action.

The World Without Walls delegation, formed of leaders in the movement against the US/Mexico border wall has arrived in Palestine to build connections with Palestinians impacted by the Israeli Apartheid Wall and Latinx and indigenous communities impacted by the US/Mexico border wall. 

On Monday August 28, 2017, Israeli police and intelligence forces stormed Yabous Cultural Center located in Al-Zahara Street. The Center was forcibly shut down by Israeli forces in Occupied East Jerusalem on the excuse of banning a lecture about Al-aqsa mosque. The Occupation Forces closed the Center between the hours of 16:00 and 22:00.

Friday 25th of August, al Walaja has continued its resistance to defend its existence with a mass protest to protect their homes from Israeli demolition. Hundreds of Palestinians gathered after Friday prayers at the village mosque, west of Bethlehem city.

At least 28 different actions took place across the UK from 1st to 7th July 2017 calling for an immediate two-way arms embargo against Israel. Activists closed down factories and two branches of HSBC bank, held public meetings, took action online and distributed 1000’s of information flyers.

70 french organizations, associations, parties and unions have published  a call to AXA to respect international law and cut ties with Israel’s colonial and apartheid policy.

Through its subsidiary, AB, AXA maintains investments in Elbit Systems, a major Israeli weapons manufacturer accused of providing the illegal white phosphorus containing shells used by the Israeli army against civilians in Gaza. AXA is as well a shareholder of three Israeli banks: Hapoalim, Leumi and Mizrahi Tefahot.

The last week has seen an almost unprecedented retreat of Israel in front of Palestinian mass mobilisation. The occupation authorities removed newly installed metal detectors and surveillance cameras from the entrance to the al Aqsa Mosque and eventually had to give access to the Mosque to all worshippers, scrapping a previous ban on men under the age of 50. This victory against Israeli attacks on Palestinian rights and existence in Jerusalem has come at a crucial moment for the city and is bound to lastingly transform power relations.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is excited to announce the full launch of our new bi-lingual BDSmovement.net website. We launched a version of the site last year and we’re delighted that the site is now fully online in both Arabic and English.

Nostalgia has no space in realpolitik. However, in the case of Modi’s visit to Israel – billed as a milestone by both governments – we remember India’s legacy of solidarity and support for the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality and wonder which path India is taking now.

Over 200 Latin American organizations, coalitions, social movements and personalities published a July 9 letter addressed to the Board of Directors of Cemex, the Mexican multinational company, calling on it to end the company’s complicity in Israel’s human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Khirbet Tana has been under Israeli attack for long in the attempt to expel the Palestinian population from their lands and colonise the areas with settlements. Challenging Israeli home demolition, residents have taken to reform and inhabit caves and are leading an inspiring struggle for dignity and rights.

As every year, BDS France protested Elbit System's presence at France's biggest military exhibition. The action took place by the Elbit Systems stall on Saturday 24, June, during the Paris Air Show. Elbit Systems is one of the main profiteers from Israel's apartheid Wall and wars against the Palestinian people and exports this expertise around the globe - including for the construction of the US Wall of Shame against the Mexican people. 

With the passing of World Refugee Day on June 20th, we remember the Palestinian refugees both within the occupied territories and those dispersed around the world. At the same time resistance against the ongoing Nakba - the destruction of our homes and villages to dispossess and exile us - continues. The Sumoud Freedom Camp in the South Hebron hills is just one of our expressions of steadfastness.

From Israel’s apartheid Wall on Palestinian land to the US Wall of Shame on indigenous land at the border with Mexico – Walls are monuments of expulsion, exclusion, oppression, discrimination and exploitation. As people affected by these walls and as movements that pose justice, freedom and equality as our tools to resolve the problems of this planet, we join the call for the 9th of November as a Global Day of Action for a World without Walls.

Read and endorse the Call for Action below. 

After 41 days, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs and Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) put out a joint statement that ‘Freedom and Dignity’ hunger strike has been suspended after more than 20 hours of negotiations. Palestinians have taken to the streets celebrating and singing in disbelief. It is still un-clear what the hunger strikers and the Israeli state have agreed upon.

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