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On May 28th the long awaited meeting between Obama and Mahmoud Abbas took place. While the media hailed the profound understanding between the two, a closer look reveals that the meeting is yet another lost opportunity for Palestinians to assert their rights.




In Ni'lin, where 300 Palestinians and international supporters gathered to march in protest against the Apartheid Wall, snipers were deployed in an under-construction building and armed soldiers in the fields and streets. Occupation forces fired excessive rounds of tear gas and young men and boys responded by throwing stones. More tear gas and live ammunition followed, ultimately preventing the march from taking place.

The Arab Jahalin are the biggest Bedouin tribe in the West Bank, living primarily in the areas around Jerusalem. Originally from Tal Arad, near Bir Saba’ in historic Palestine, the Jahalin were violently expelled from their homes during the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe) and forced to live as refuges in the West Bank. Following the 1967 occupation, Israeli military forces again targeted the Jahalin, expelling them from land confiscated for Jewish settlement.

On May 1, the Wall was moved in Jayyus. Villagers turned out to celebrate, finally able to walk on land that has been isolated for years.




On May 15, Palestinians officially commemorated 61 years of the Nakba. From May 14 – 16, activities and demonstrations were organized across historic Palestine, in Gaza, the ’48 and the West Bank.



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This briefing was created for the Norwegian Pension Fund to demand divestment from Elbit Systems. Elbit Systems is one of the largest Israel “security” and “defence” companies. It is key in manufacturing a variety of weapons used against both the Palestinian and Lebanese people as well as providing technology used to secure the Wall and settlements.

UAVs and other weapons

This briefing was created for the Norwegian Pension Fund to demand divestment from three Israeli companies. Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC), Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises Ltd, and Emblaze Ltd. all are engaged in activities that run contrary to the Fund’s ethical guidelines.



Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC)

The IEC has been in constant violation of the ethical guidelines in a number of ways. The most relevant is its historic and long-running support for Jewish settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory:







This briefing was created for the Norwegian Pension Fund to demand divestment from three Israeli companies. Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC), Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises Ltd, and Emblaze Ltd. all are engaged in activities that run contrary to the Fund’s ethical guidelines.

Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC)
The IEC has been in constant violation of the ethical guidelines in a number of ways. The most relevant is its historic and long-running support for Jewish settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory:

This Friday, Basem Ibrahim Abu Rahma was martyred in Bil’in, where he was shot during a protest. Soldiers also attacked several other anti-Wall demonstrations in the West Bank, wounding scores of people. In these past months, the deaths of Abu Rahma, along with Arafat Khawaja, Mohammed Khawaja, Ahmed Mousa and Youssef Amirah are not isolated examples of “unauthorized fire” or protocol breach, but rather reflect a violent, institutionalized military policy.



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On March 30, people across the world organized film screenings, sit-ins, demonstrations and new boycott campaigns on the first global BDS action day. Some highlights included South America, which is quickly taking up the BDS call, and Italy, which has mobilized on an unprecedented level.




Demonstrations, protests and tree planting occurred across historic Palestine on March 30, as Palestinians commemorated Land Day. The Popular Committees, in cooperation with municipalities and other organizations, planned activities in a number of villages and cities. The growing momentum and support of the boycott movement among Palestinians is becoming more tangible, a result of the grassroots organizing that has been undertaken throughout the West Bank.



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30 March 2009 - Today, the Palestinian people scattered across the globe mark Land Day, commemorating the events of 33 years ago, when Israeli security forces shot and killed six young Palestinian citizens of Israel and injured many.




On 18 March, Occupation machinery demolished a house in al-Ezariya as well as several Bedouin tents and animal pens. A total of 39 people lost their homes. These demolitions, however, only represent a small fraction of the targeted structures in Jerusalem. Collectively, hundreds of structures housing thousands of people face demolition threats in Palestinian communities across the city.



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At the end of February through the beginning of March, heavy rains struck Palestine. This was a welcome change from the dry weather, particularly in Palestinian agricultural areas. However, communities in Qalqilya and Tulkarm located near the Wall witnessed the flooding of their fields and greenhouses and the destruction of crops and infrastructure.




Since the Palestinian Authority was established in 1995, several projects have been launched to build the institutional framework of the Palestinian economy, so as to provide the economic basis of an independent Palestinian state. Fourteen years later, a Palestinian state with the ’67 borders has become a mirage; the economy in the West Bank is completely strangled by the apartheid infrastructure imposed by Israel, while Gaza lies in ruins as a result of over 18 months of siege and bombardments.

The Israeli bombing and invasion of Gaza, which has now claimed more than 1,400 lives, generated serious popular backlash the world over. The overwhelmingly weak official positions and statements, especially in the Arab world, stood in stark contrast to the outpouring of rage that was witnessed in the streets of capitals, cities and towns across the globe.

The olive harvest in Palestine is an age‐old tradition that reaffirms Palestinian ties to the land and serves as a vital element of Palestinian economic, social and cultural life. Each year, however, the harvest becomes a bigger challenge for the farmers who face a tightening siege from the Wall, expanding settlements, settler attacks, and permit restrictions, all of which serve to force Palestinians from their land.

During the last olive harvest, the deep racial oppression that is present across the entire land of Palestine rose to the surface in the form of frequent attacks against Palestinians. In our report on the olive harvest*, we have documented how Palestinian farmers in the West Bank faced abuse from settlers and soldiers who physically assaulted them, destroyed their property, and prevented them from reaching their lands. However, this report shows only one area of settler aggression.

The Occupation's barbaric assault on Gaza served to galvanize the people of the world, bringing millions of people together to denounce the atrocities being committed. From north to south, east to west, people joined forces not only to demand an end to the attacks, but also to call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, and to call upon the international community to hold Israel accountable for its crimes.

The Occupation's barbaric assault on Gaza served to galvanize the people of the world, bringing millions of people together to denounce the atrocities being committed. From north to south, east to west, people joined forces not only to demand an end to the attacks, but also to call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, and to call upon the international community to hold Israel accountable for its crimes.

Mass demonstrations, vigils and protests in solidarity with Gaza have erupted all over Palestine. The call for an immediate end to the brutal massacre of Gaza, for national unity and the liberation of Palestine, have dominated the mobilization everywhere.

Below are a few videos of the protests:

Jayyous: the mobilization against the Apartheid Wall has turned into ongoing protests against the annihilation of Gaza:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYzYS_9wCIg

In the latest of a series of demonstration organized in Jayyous by the Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, over 800 people gathered to protest the Wall and to show their solidarity with the people of Gaza. January 2rd was the largest of Jayyous’ demonstrations so far, as the people condemned all forms of Zionist aggression.



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The massacres in Gaza that in the last 48 hours have taken over 300 lives and injured over 1000, come at the end of over one and a half years of brutal siege. A crime against humanity, a creeping genocide, the latest killing spree is not only the responsibility of the Israeli authorities. For over 60 years the international community has shown over and over again that they have no intention to stop Israel – whatever it does.



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Occupied Ramallah, Palestine - 27 December 2008: Today, the Israeli occupation army committed a new massacre in Gaza, causing the death and injury of hundreds of Palestinian civilians, including a yet unknown number of school children who were headed home from school when the first Israeli military strikes started. This latest bloodbath, although far more ruthless than all its predecessors, is not Israel 's first.

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