Ariel Sharon - the ‘butcher of Sabra and Shatila’ - is dead. Unfortunately his legacy still lives on. While Israeli main media outlets unanimously praise the ‘national hero’, for the Palestinian and Arab people, it’s truly time for mourning. Hardly anyone in the Israeli leadership evokes so much pain in their collective memory.
January 7, 2014 Israeli occupation forces prevented the citizens of Khirbet Jeb El Theeb east of Bethlehem, and a group of activists from reaching their lands that have been threatened with confiscation for 13 years; during the Million Tree program titled "Home Seedlings" that is lead by the Palestinian Farmers Association and the anti-apartheid Campaign Stop the Wall, with the support of the Arab Society for the Conservation of Nature and funded by the Welfare Association.
December 24 2013 - Friends of the Earth International stands in solidarity with its member PENGON/Friends of the Earth Palestine and the Palestinian people in their struggle for their right to live in dignity and exercise sovereignty over their land and natural resources, including access to fresh water.
Germany has long since been providing Israel with costly weapons - mostly at half or less the market price - in order to continue its wars and apartheid policies.
Recently, Israel has started an initiative for negotiations for three to four missile speedboats to integrate in its navy. Israel already has six German submarines able to carry nuclear weapons.
Within the framework of a bigger effort to stop the deal to further arm Israeli apartheid, two important German peace groups - Pax Christi and IPPNW - have given out the statement below.
Only in November, Israeli govermental bodies, military and settlers together have been responsible for uprooting and destroying 786 olive trees, approving the establishment of 2680 settlement units and confiscating 5248 dunums.
The Stop the Wall Campaign, the Palestinian Farmers Union, the Land Defense Coalition and Palestinian activists from inside the Green Line organized last Friday a volunteer activity to plant 300 olive trees in the area of Makhrour, in the town of Beit Jala (Bethlehem district). The event brought together some 400 people of the town, volunteers and participants from different provinces of the West Bank, a member of the Legislative Council, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, and the mayor of Beit Jala, Dr. Nael Anton Salman.
PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, praised the recent announcement by Dutch water company, Vitens, to end its cooperation with Israel’s national water company, Mekorot, calling it a “necessary and moral decision”.
Mekorot is responsible for a number of violations of international law within the occupied State of Palestine. This includes the pillage of shared water resources and the denial of Palestinian access to their own water resources, in order to sustain Israel’s illegal settlements.
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.
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."
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.