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:

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.







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.


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.


A powerful photo exhibit illustrates the reality and struggle of the Palestinian villages threatened by the Wall and the Bedouin communities within the context of the ongoing Nakba. 36 photos, including captions.

To preview the exhibit, see below.

To obtain the hi-res photos of the exhibit and captions, please contact us at

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An in depth study on the history of the Jahalin Bedouin, from there expulsion from Tal ‘Arad until the present. Based on a number of oral histories, the Jahalin narrate their own struggle from the days of the Nakba in 1948, when they were driven from their homeland to the construction of the Apartheid Wall, which is to isolate and swallow the last lands they have been living on for settlement expansion.

To download the PDF of the report in English, click here.

The state owned Saudi Electric Company (SEC) has signed a letter of intent to award Alstom a 1.9 billion Euro contract to build a power plant in Shoaiba.

French multinational Alstom is a 20% shareholder in Citypass consortium that has been contracted by Israel to build a light rail in Jerusalem. Alstom is the bigger partner of the two international shareholders in the project.

***image1***This video shows how Occupation forces shot Ashraf Abu-Rahma, 27 years old, in the foot after he had been detained, blindfolded and handcuffed.

On 7 July 2008, the villagers of Ni'lin organized yet another demonstration. During this protest Ashraf was detained. He was handcuffed and blindfolded. Then, the military shot him in the foot at close range.

While torture, ill-treatment and other cruel methods to break the will and the spirit of the Palestinians are nothing new, this time the incident was captured by a video camera.

On Monday, 16 June 2008, the European Union and Israel agreed to upgrade their relations within the framework of the EU-Israel Association Agreement. This starts a process to end in April 2009 with the definition of a common Action Plan that involves the adoption of initiatives and the creation of stronger ties in a broad spectrum, including economic, trade, academic, security and diplomatic fields.

We are appalled by the EU's blatant refusal to hold Israel to account for its persistent violations of human rights and international law.

This video shows the ongoing struggle of Ni’lin village against the occupation's campaign of dispossession. Located in west Ramallah district, the village lost the greater part of its lands in 1948. The Apartheid Wall is now destroying the rest of the lands, the village’s thriving economy. Farmers, workers and small businessmen are all equally affected by the ghettoization of the village.

This factsheet highlights the history and struggle of Ni’lin. The village is located in the West Bank, 26 KM to the west of Ramallah city. The village of Ni’lin has become a site of active struggle against the Apartheid Wall. Frequent protests and confrontations between villagers and Occupation soldiers are staged on the site where bulldozers are razing land to build the latest segment of the Wall.

Development or Normalisation? A critique of West Bank development approaches and projects is the first report that examines in detail the economic and political implications of the most recent development schemes and the role international institutions have in shaping the development programme of the Fayyad government.

The National BDS Steering Committee has released the following statement on the eve of the Palestine Investment Conference in Bethlehem:

Since the founding of the apartheid Israeli state sixty years, ago the Palestinian people have endured sufferings and tribulations beyond the imagination of most people. Between 1946 and 1949, thousands of Palestinians were slaughtered and nearly 800,000 imprisoned. 531 towns and villages were erased. 800,000 Palestinians were brutally expelled from their homes and separated from their land: their descendants today are refugees: almost two thirds of the total Palestinian population.

The Grass-Roots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign wishes to express its solidarity with and call for the immediate and unconditional release of indigenous political prisoners Chief Donny Morris, Deputy Chief Jack McKay, Head Councilor Cecilia Begg, councilors Sam McKay and Darryl Sainnawap and council employee Bruce Sakakeep from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) and spokesperson Bob Lovelace from the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (AAFN).


We write to express our support for the Brazilian people in their struggle against the Mercosur-Israel FTA agreement and convey our thanks to those who have taken up the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). We were all shocked to see the Mercosur, which set out to be an economic framework grounded in the respect and the advancement of human rights, to so blatantly disregard these values in its dealings with the Israeli state. This agreement must be derailed.

Open Letter from the Palestinian Boycott Campaign's National Committee (BNC)

9 April 2008

Ms. Ann Venneman

Executive Director


Dear Ms. Venneman:


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