The Latest From Palestine: News

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.

Under the title “No to the Horizon2020 Law Train project - No to cooperation with Israel’s repressive system!”, on Thursday 24, a large coalition of Portuguese forces has held the official launch of a campaign aimed at ending the participation of the Portuguese ministry of Justice and the police in a joint, EU funded project with Israeli police forces.

29, June 2016.Israel carries forward its ethnic cleansing and displacement policies, by targeting Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills. New demolitions in the village of Wadi Jheish, led to the destruction of two houses, leaving two families, comprised by 20 people, homeless. Those who tried to remain in the house to prevent the demolition, were harshly beaten and four people were arrested. It is the second time in two years that the large scale demolitions in the village are carried out. The area of the village close to Susiya was declared archaeological site in 1986, long after the community was established, and has since been targeted with demolitions relentlessly by the Israeli military. Settler violence is a daily routine. Making their permanence there unfeasible creates conditions to finally expel the community and colonize the area with Israeli settlers.

With the beginning of Ramadan, the State owned Israeli water company Mekorot cut off water supply in the northern West Bank. The most affected areas are currently the Nablus and Jenin governorates. In the meantime, Mekorot guarantees the full supply of water to the settlements located in the same area. Since decades, Mekorot has been enforcing a water apartheid system upon the Palestinian people, reselling Palestinian communities water it has stolen from them, and is a crucial actor in Israeli colonization and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian land. The problem in Palestine is not the lack of water, it is the lack of justice. 

Read the facts here and sign the petition to hold Mekorot accountable.

With the beginning of Ramadan, the State owned Israeli water company Mekorot cut off water supply in the northern West Bank. The most affected areas are currently the Nablus and Jenin governorates. In the meantime, Mekorot guarantees the full supply of water to the settlements located in the same area. So far, the company hasn’t offered any justification for the shuts down. Mekorot has been enforcing a water apartheid system for a long time now in the Palestinian people, reselling Palestinians water it has stolen from them. Up to now Palestinians are not allowed to freely dispose of their water resource and are made dependant on Mekorot for 60% of their basic needs of water.

Reposting the article by Andrew, 8th June 2016, from War's resisterer international

During her time working as an intern at War Resisters' International, Taya Govreen-Segal, a consceintious objector, delivered a talk to the “Britain and Palestine: Past History and Future Role” conference, held at Sarum College, Salisbury, UK, on 13th February. Below is a transcript, providing detailed analysis of the role of the arms trade in the ongoing occupation of Palestine.

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.

Newly built factory destroyed in Ni'lin. The road from Ramallah to Ni’ilin brings us deep into Area C, the 60% of the West Bank declared under the Oslo Accords as under full Israeli control and prime target for Israeli annexation policies, in disregard of IHL and its obligations under the Geneva Convention. The villages is witness to the complex interaction of Israeli policies of land grab, isolation, economic stranglehold and colonization - all aimed at displacing the Palestinian population and implanting illegal settlers in their place. Yet, the village continue to resist.

The EU continues to fund Israeli companies and institutions that are directly involved in the maintenance of the Israeli regime of apartheid, colonialism and occupation. ECCP has worked on new research, Stop the Wall prepared new resources, a new campaign targets a shocking EU funded project aimed at unifying methodology of interrogation between Israeli police and European police forces.

 

Press Release: May 18th

More than 300 human rights and aid organisations, church groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe have called on the EU to uphold its legal responsibilities and hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and to defend the right of individuals and institutions to take part in the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for justice and equality.

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.

To workers every were in this world,

To all trade unions representing the workers and leading the workers struggle for their rights,

In this day, the day of labour struggle and internationalism of the working class against class oppression and exploitation and all forms of racism and racial discrimination, the Palestinian New Federation of Trade Unions (PNFTU) salutes all those workers and trade unions that are with us in the struggle for workers rights and against capitalism and neoliberalism. We wish your struggles success, so that we advance together towards a world of peace, justice and equality away from wars, colonialism and savage globalization and the increase of right wing governments and forces as well as austerity policies across the globe can be defeated.

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.

As part of the calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions on Israel, Palestinian organizations and municipalities urge governments and public institutions to end cooperation with the Israeli state-owned water company Mekorot. This year, movements in Bahia, in the northeast of Brazil, have joined in the struggle against these dirty deals demanding their state water companies end a cooperation agreement signed with Mekorot in 2013.

- G4S has lost contracts worth millions of dollars in more than a dozen countries following BDS campaigns protesting its role in Israeli prisons, settlements and checkpoints

- Campaign against G4S to remain “high BDS priority” until sale is finalized

- BDS to continue supporting boycotts against G4S over mass incarceration globally

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".

Last Wednesday, February 10, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) demolished a number of houses and agricultural facilities in the Jordan Valley early in the morning. The soldiers, many times accompained by settlers, alleged that the structures shouldn’t be there, since it’s a “closed military zone”.

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