Analysis

The absence of authentic Palestinian national leadership is particularly acute at this time of crisis. The current youth uprising against Israel’s prolonged military occupation and denial of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) and within Israel is generally acknowledged to be largely leaderless. What role is there for political parties to contribute to the youth uprising given that they remain entrenched in the Palestinian body politic despite their splits and weaknesses? Palestinian political activists and analysts try to anser this and other questions in a project coordinated by al-Shabaka.org, the Palestinian policy network.

by Yassmine Saleh

In showing that Palestinians won’t submit to Israeli violence, the ongoing youth uprising has given the rest of Palestine hope.

Over the past several days, Palestinian youth in the West Bank have been exerting their political power — destroying parts of the Separation Wall surrounding the city of Abu Dis with a large hammer, rallying against the attacks on Jerusalemite Palestinians in the Old City, and clashing with Israeli soldiers at checkpoints.

The BNC have published two new documents, take a moment to read and share them within your network!

A new resource to help media, activists and supporters of the Palestinian struggle get to grips with the ongoing developments in Palestine.
 
2. Call out: Turning the tide against Israel’s criminal repression 
http://www.bdsmovement.net/2015/call-out-turning-the-tide-13444
Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance! Cut all military ties with Israel!
A BNC statement welcoming the ongoing #SolidarityWaveBDS mobilisations and urging continued action, particularly on military embargo. 
 
#SolidarityWaveBDS

May First/People Link - an amazing US-Mexican organization providing many organizations, including Stop the Wall and other Palestinian organizations, with web and communication hosting and support - is under attack, AGAIN. 

The case of Brazil: Israel’s experience of repression of the Palestinian people goes global - In a globalized world, any analysis of militarization and repressive ideologies, methodologies and technologies has to take into account the dynamics of import and export of these concepts and tools across borders. One of the world’s most prominent exporters of ideology and technology of repression is undoubtedly Israel.

The Israeli elections confirmed that the Likud Party will continue being in government. This is also the government that is responsible for the massacre last summer, which caused more than 2200 deaths among the Palestinian population in Gaza.

Occupied Palestine, January 25, 2015

To: Syriza and the Greek people

As the Palestinian Land Defense Coalition, a network of local committees, farmers, workers, women and youth, we congratulate Syriza and the Greek people for the victory in today's elections.

The assassination of Ziad Abu Ein must trigger a new phase in the Palestinian political agenda that confronts the Israeli occupation and apartheid project head on.

 

Exactly 25 years ago, the Berlin Wall came down. John F. Kennedy’s famous speech ‘I am a Berliner’ made that wall the very symbol the West had chosen to embody the ‘other’ against which it pitted itself for decades, justifying countless wars, support for dictatorships, torture across the world and internal repression. November 9, 1989 marked the end of the Cold War era and the beginning of the era of the ‘clash of civilizations’. Returning to the old orientalist scheme the Arab and Muslim populations became the new enemy.

 

The Israeli policies to ethnically cleanse the Palestinian Bedouin communities from the Jordan Valley and the area east of Jerusalem include the construction of three apartheid-style townships. Once expelled, these communities should be relocated there. However, in the last weeks Palestinian campaigners and Bedouin communities have made great advances to obstruct this plan: They have directly targeted the companies involved in the construction of the two townships currently being developed.

Stop the Wall Campaign strongly condemns the massive military onslaught by Israeli Occupation Forces.

Over the past two weeks, more than 500 Palestinians have been arrested; six have been shot dead by Israeli forces; air strikes have bombarded Gaza; our homes, cities and refugee camps have been invaded every night; and our freedom of movement has been taken hostage by a lockdown of the entire West Bank imposed through checkpoints and the deployment of surveillance drones overhead.

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.
 

The narrative structure and locations of the story of Christmas according to the Bible combined with present day scenarios and facts in Palestine.*

 

Any joint activity in which all involved are aware that the stated goals won’t be achieved is a planned failure. Unless, that is, the true goals are different to those being openly stated. In this sense, the “renewed Palestinian-Israeli peace process” seems already a success for Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise and US imperialism.

 

The Palestinian Authority would be “traitors” if they agreed to a condition the UK is seeking to impose in exchange for agreeing to  support Palestine upgrading its membership in the UN. So said Raji Sourani, Director of the Palestine Center for Human Rights (PCHR) at a meeting with lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) in Gaza City today.

 

Here is what's new for the WSF Palestine. Please share with your networks and see you in November 2012!

Tuesday, July 3rd, saw in the streets of Ramallah the third demonstration in a row that had been called by the youth. While Saturday's demonstration was aimed to protest the invitation to Ramallah extended by the PNA to Shaul Mofaz, Israeli vice-prime minister and war criminal, Sunday's protest was a reaction to the violent repression of the demonstration the previous day.

The violent repression of demonstrations in Ramallah on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July by Palestinian Authority police demonstrates the increasing unpopularity of the PA's commitment to negotiations and normalisation with the Israeli occupation. After 20 years of failed negotiations, it is impossible to explain the rationale of talks while Israel accelerates the ethnic cleansing of areas C and settlement construction matched with the destruction of Palestinian homes and revocation of residency rights in Jerusalem.

 

On 2nd August 1981, the Irish revolutionary and member of the Irish parliament in the south, Kieran Doherty, died after 73 days on hunger strike. Along with nine other prisoners, he started a hunger strike to protest the policies of the British state in the north of Ireland and the conditions of Irish Republican political prisoners. Of the ten Irish martyrs, Kieran Doherty’s survived for the greatest length of time, with his other comrades dying after between 46 and 71 days.

 

The Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign expresses its solidarity with Watan TV and the Al Quds Educational TV as they have been raided by the Israeli army on Thursday night, February 29.

Since the beginning of this Intifada in 2000, Israel has transformed the already harsh conditions under occupation into a nightmare of destruction and imprisonment. Economic life has severely suffered and unemployment has skyrocketed. Since September 2000, over 432 factories and 9,735 small shops and street seller stalls have been destroyed while Gaza’s industry has suffered complete breakdown due the destruction wrecked upon the Strip in the 2008/9 attack by Israel and the ongoing siege.

A call from Palestinian civil society on European universities, academics, students and people of conscience from Palestinian academics, students and civil society organisations.

Download the call in English and French.

Palestine is an international symbol of struggle against occupation, racism, and colonialism. On October 15, 2011 the world gathers in what some have called a global intifada, to stand up against imperialism.

This was originally posted on the BNC website: http://www.bdsmovement.net/2011/occupy-wall-street-not-palestine-8163

Occupied Palestine, October 13 - The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the largest Palestinian civil society coalition struggling for Palestinian rights, is proud to stand in solidarity with the movements struggling for a new world based on democracy, human rights and economic justice. From New York to Athens, from Madrid to Santiago, from Bahrain to Rome, these huge mobilisations provide a much needed reminder of something that Palestinians have always known – that another world, a dignifying one, is possible and ordinary people can create it.

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