Analysis

“Walls in Times of Pandemic” - is an online exhibit that has been preparared thanks to the contributions of many movements across the globe, from the Philippines to Mexico. It gives fragments of reality, traces connections and gives inspirations of struggle.

Visit the exhibition here. 

Palestinian civil society unites in a call for immediate and targeted sanctions as countermeasures to Israel's ongoing de facto and impending de jure annexation of large parts of the West Bank. As Israeli apartheid is finalizing its Bantustan project, aimed at encaging those Palestinians that have not been expelled from their homeland, it is time to act for states and the United Nations. Please read here the full call. 

“Hearing the sounds of fire and shooting at dawn, 15-year-old Zaid Qaysya hurried curiously to the rooftop of his family’s house in Al-Fawwar refugee camp, Hebron. It was heavily armed Israeli soldiers shooting at unarmed people protesting the Israeli military raid to the camp that disturbed Zaid’s sleep. While Zaid was watching the clashes between the soldiers and the protesters, an Israeli sniper from a distance of 400 meters was also observing Zaid and in premeditation and deliberateness he shot him dead in the head,” narrated Ismail Abu Hashhash, a defender of Palestinian refugees’ rights from Al-Fawwar refugee camp. Zaid was killed on May 13 by an Israeli sniper.

Today, May 1st, 2020, the Palestine New Federation of Trade Unions has issued a statement for international unity and struggle. The New Unions state "We Palestinians express our solidarity with our sisters and brothers all over the globe in fighting the pandemic and the capitalist corporations which rake in profits on the backs of workers. Crises are moments of change and today we reiterate our call for more collective action to intensify the movements that eventually will overthrow the racist, colonial, capitalist, patriarchal and neoliberal world order that hinges on the exploitation and subjugation of workers."

Honouring March 8, International Women’s Day, we share the story of Salma. Like Salma, many Palestinian women endure formidable social and political challenges. Palestinian women’s suffering from the occupation is no different from Palestinian men. Yet, the oppression inflicted upon them is doubled as they are also politically and socially marginalized and suppressed by their patriarchal society. Marking the struggle of women for liberation and justice, Stop the Wall asserts that the revitalization of the Palestinian liberation struggle has to include feminism.

Outraged at Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century,’ Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip and all over the West Bank - the Jordan Valley, Jericho, Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Qalqilya - protested to denounce the US plan for peace. Palestinians see plans for another Nakba, the catastrophic mass expulsion of Palestinians in 1948, lying at the very heart of it. Dozens of protesters suffered suffocation due to tear gas fired by the Israeli occupation forces while others were shot with live ammunition and rubber-coated bullets.

As Israel's military with its airforce, missiles and drones has already killed 34 Palestinians in another brutal assault on the besieged and occupied Gaza Strip, 32 European Palestine solidarity, anti-militarization and migrants organizations call on the EU, the European Maritime Safety Agency and Portuguese CEiiA, who has officially contracted Israel's Elbit Systems Hermes 900 killer drones at the service of the EU, to stop contracting Israeli drones and military companies in order to implement its inhumane anti-migration policies. Read the full letter here.

Workshops to build the agenda for a common struggle have been the core of the second day of the 'United in Struggle' Popular Resistance Conference. Questions regarding the strengthening of popular struggle in Palestine, including better coordination and ore involvement of women and youth were discussed as well as the positions and efforts to link this struggle with international solidarity and a global effort for freedom, justice and equality.

Wadi Hummus, the neighbourhood in Sur Baher, between Jerusalem and Behlehem, today is full of rubble. Israeli military invaded the area on Monday and destroyed with bulldozers and explosives in only few hours the homes of almost a thousand of Palestinians. Israel hopes that the Palestinians living there will move on, disappear among the over six million Palestinian refugees that Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing policies have already caused. It assumes we and the people around the world will forget.

Beyond the human suffering of the people in Wadi Hummus, the political callousness of Israel’s apartheid regime and the outrage that should take hold of each of us, in order to build an effective reaction to what happened we have to analyse the context and significance of the large scale demolitions in Sur Baher.

The last 15 years have proven that only when we as people hold accountable those that decide about and profit from the crimes against us human rights gain value. They have furthermore shown that together we are strong enough to withhold the hardest times. Today is the moment to intensify our efforts, to demand the implementation of the ICJ decision as a fundamental step towards a World without Walls and respect for human rights for all! READ THE FULL STOPTHEWALL STATEMENT HERE.

Stop the Wall invites activists, academics and all those affected by walls: physical and ideological walls that divide us, to contribute to a collection of essays, short papers and other written or visual contributions discussing and building the quest for a World Without Walls. Please find the details and information on how to contribute here.

2018 has seen Stop the Wall involved deeply in the struggle against Israel’s relentless efforts to reduce the Palestinian people into Bantustans, dispossessed, displaced and enclosed by walls and checkpoints. Against all odds, we have achieved a number of victories and given hope and support in the crucial moments to our people in struggle. Stop the Wall is now releasing an inspiring summary of our struggles and achievements throughout 2018. Reinforcing Steadfastness is the main strategy to resist Israeli plans of expulsion and dispossession. 

Please join us on November 9! Here are 3 InterActions to build momentum for a #WorldwithoutWalls on the Global Day of InterAction.

10 days to the Second Global Day of InterAction for a #WorldwithoutWalls! As the countdown starts and movements and organizations across the world are preparing to join in, Stop the Wall releases a first list of planned activities. It's an inspiring coming together of diverse actions united by the determination to build effective solidarity and joint struggles to challenge the walls that oppress, exploit, exclude, discriminate and kill.

Below, we republish an interview with Jamal Juma' on Mondoweiss. On June 4, Ida Audeh spoke to Jamal Juma’, coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, about the popular resistance in Gaza, the Trump administration’s policy toward the question of Palestine, and Palestinian options to chart a new course.

 

Last Friday, Israel yet again used Palestinian civilians as guinea pigs in its weapons laboratory, testing its new teargas-firing drones against civilians in Gaza. The export of Israeli military technology, “field-tested” on Palestinians, contributes substantially to financing Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and military aggression against other nations.

The BDS National Committee welcomes the recent resolution of the UN Human Rights Council calling on states to ensure respect of international law, among others by preventing arms trade with Israel.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee celebrates International Women's Day, says "Justice is always a feminist issue. And in turn, justice in Palestine is a feminist issue, and the rights of women are fundamental to our movement’s pursuit of a safe, just and dignified world for all."

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.

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.

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.

The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) calls on people of conscience the world over to further intensify BDS campaigns to end academic, cultural, sports, military and economic links of complicity with Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. This is the most effective means of standing with the Palestinian people in pursuing our inherent and UN-stipulated rights, and nonviolently resisting the ongoingintensifying Nakba."

Read the BNC statement commemorating the 69th anniversary of the Nakba here. 

The ‘settlement law’ adopted by the Israeli parliament this week legalises apartheid rule over Palestinians.

By itself, the law passed on Monday will not substantially change the day-to-day reality of the Palestinian struggle. It’s a piece of legislation that simply adapts legal strategies used since 1948 to dispossess Palestinians of their land.

What the law does, however, is significantly alter Israel’s legal relationship with the Palestinians under its military control in the West Bank.

Fidel Castro’s passing has been for many a moment of reflection on Cuba’s past and present. In this article published by the Afro-Middle East Centre, we revisit  the Cuban revolution’s contributions to peoples’ struggles across the globe and to the Palestinian people in particular. As many movements around the world are grappling to understand, redefine and practice contemporary and effective forms of internationalism and solidarity, a look at this history and at present-day efforts may help to identify new inputs to shape global connections among peoples.

When a true hero dies sadness is overpowered by a sense of gratitude and responsibility. Fidel Castro’s passing away leaves all those of us convinced that justice, freedom and equality are possible with these revolutionary emotions. Our gratitude goes to his commitment to the struggle and courage to attempt almost impossible feats.

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