The Latest from Palestine: Independent Youth Movement

Al Hirak AL Shababi/Independent Youth Movement (IYM)

The Independent Youth Movement (Hirak Shebabi) is a coalition of politically independent youth. It is an activist network born out of and aims to embody the will of the Palestinian people. The Hirak Shebabi is an umbrella organization composed of youth affiliated to various political factions and parties as well as civil society organizations and local groups. It is not subordinate to any political party or faction. Membership of Hirak Shebabi does not require adherence to specific ideological or political leanings. Hirak Shebabi further seeks to unite groups active in social and national liberation under one coalition and considers diversity and plurality an advantage that pushes towards inclusiveness.

The Independent Youth Movement is driven by national concerns. It was among the first youth groups to take to the streets on March 15th and continues to organize local and national activities and protests.

We call for ending the division through direct elections to the Palestinian National Council (PNC) of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). New PNC elections guarantee representation of all Palestinians wherever they live including those living in the territory occupied in 1948, 1967 and the diaspora. They will unify the Palestinian people around one political platform and this new representation will allow us to develop a new common Palestinian strategy of struggle. This strategy has to adopt a political, economic and cultural discourse that counters and amends the discourse that has been accepted over the last twenty years, re-establishes the narrative of the Palestinian cause that has been distorted and truncated and meets the aspirations and sacrifices of our Palestinian people.

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. 

Koos Mohammed interviewed among others Mazen al Azzeh, an activist in the Stop the Wall Campaign from Bethlehem district, about the uphill task of building a boycott of Israeli goods in a condition of completely captive market, such as the West Bank and Gaza. 


They organize trips for youth to increase the level of awareness of other young people in the same situation.

Palestinian youth groups of "Palestinians For Dignity" call to reject US President Obama's visit to the occupied Palestinian territory expected between 20-22 March, and to demonstrate against the possible return to negotiations.

In the early hours of Wednesday 23rd January 2013, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested Hassan Yasser Karajeh, the Stop the Wall youth coordinator and a well known young human rights defender, violently breaking into his home in the West Bank village of Safa, west of Ramallah. We are gravely concerned to hear reports of Mr Karajah being subject to physical violence already at the very beginning of his detention. This new arrest of a Stop the Wall staff member comes as part of the continued Israeli repression of Palestinian human rights defenders and of Stop the Wall in particular.

More than 200 Palestinians are building the village “Bab Munatir” in the Nablus region:


This morning, more than 200 Palestinian Grassroots Committees activists started construction of (02.02.2013) the village of “Bab Munatir” on the land of the Munatir area – land threatened with confiscation by the Israeli army of occupation and settlers in the Palestinian village of Bourin, south of Nablus region.


As a result of the Israeli aggression on Gaza protest demonstrations and solidarity marches was arranged all over the West Bank – From Jenin in the north to Hebron in the south. Once again the occupation forces of Israel suppressed the popular resistance of the Palestinians.

We will go out today to say in one VOICE


At 5:00 pm at Manara Square in Ramallah


Building upon the popular anger that rejects being turned into beggars who are preoccupied with making a living instead of our national struggle, Palestinians for Dignity calls upon you to join a mass march to demand:
Social justice and the termination of the Paris Economic Protocol
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 5:00pm
at the Manara Square in Ramallah

Around 80 volunteers attended a day of environmental and solidarity activities, organised by Stop the Wall, in the village of Dura al Qare’ in Ramallah district. The volunteers cleaned the water springs of the village and helped farmers irrigate their crops.

Around 160 Palestinian youths attended a day of voluntary activities in Wadi Qana, a valley in the Salfit district. Stop the Wall called for this activity in order to carry out environmental and agricultural work for the benefit of the Palestinian citizens and the surrounding landscape.

A group of more than 60 Palestinian youths participated in a trip to the village of al Walaja, to the west of Bethlehem, on Friday 15th June 2012 in order to reach out to the local community and to enhance the Palestinian presence in the area which has experienced much land confiscation, settler violence and repression by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) over the years.

From November 28 to December 1 2012 the World Social Forum "Free Palestine" will be held in Porto Alegre (Brazil)´.

Hassan Kharajeh, Stop the Wall's youth co-ordinator, has been especially active in mobilizing young Palestinians to oppose the occupation. He spoke to Eoin O’Ceallaigh, outreach assistant with Stop the Wall, about the role of youth in the hunger strike demonstrations and why today’s generation of youth has Israel scared.

Place: Gathering at the petrol station in Beituniya (Ramallah)
Date: Tuesday 15th May 2012
Time: 1 pm
On the 64th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe), the Independent Youth Movement Herak Shebabi and Stop the Wall have called for a mass demonstration to converge on Ofer prison in the West Bank.

The following is a statement released by youth organisation Palestinians for Dignity, 13.5.12 - Local and international news agencies informed us last night, 12 May, that the Palestinian political establishment met with the representative of the Israeli apartheid regime, Isaac Molkho, in Ramallah to deliver the latter's response to a previous letter that was sent by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) on 17 April. 



At 7am, Wednesday 9th May, around 50 Palestinian activists blockaded and shut down the principal office of the United Nations in Ramallah, Occupied Palestine. They were protesting the failure of the UN to fulfill its mandate and to hold Israel to account for its repeated violations of International Humanitarian and International Human Rights Law.

Herak Shababi Mustakil (Indpendent Youth Movement) calls on our people and Arab nation and the free people of the world to be victorious for the dignity and freedom of our prisoners and demands that the palestinian, Arab and international trade unions to actively participate in the victory to the prisoners in the Zionist occupation prisons program.

29 April 2012

Ramallah, 14 February 2012 – Herak Shebabi expresses its grave concern for the life of Khader Adnan, who received no decision yet in the appeal against his administrative detention order. On the 59th day of his hunger strike, Khader’s health has entered an alarmingly critical stage that will likely have irreversible consequences and could lead to his fatal collapse at any moment.

Ramallah, 19 December 2011 – On 18 December, 550 Palestinian prisoners were released in completion of the second phase of the prisoner exchange deal concluded by the Israeli government and Hamas authorities on 11 October. In contrast to the first phase of the prisoner releases, which saw 477 mutually agreed upon prisoners released on 18 October in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Israeli authorities selected the names of the 550 prisoners released in this phase.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,


November 2, 2011

To the Mexican students,

To the Mexican people,

The Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign "Stop the Wall" and the Independent Palestinian Youth Movement "Harak Shebabi" expresse its solidarity with the Mexican students for the killing of Carlos Sinhue Cuevas, Mexican student and activist.

Herak Shababi Mustakel, the Independent Palestinian Youth movement, calls for the expulsion of Tony Blair from Palestine and considers him an unwanted person.

The “Welcome to Palestine” initiative took place July 8-16, 2011. In response to an invitation put forth by Stop the Wall along with 40 other Palestinian civil society organizations, popular resistance committees, and political factions, hundreds of international visitors reserved flights to Israel's Ben Gurion airport for July 8th, 2011.

Palestinian youth in Ramallah continued their hunger strike today in the Manara. Staying in the square throughout the night, youth are have remained steadfast, demanding an end to the Palestinian political division and the democratic elections for the Palestinian National Council.

The continuing destruction of the Palestinian education system by Israeli occupation and apartheid is not only an attack on the lives of individuals but threatens the development of the whole of Palestinian society.

This fact sheet details the obstacles put in the way of Palestinian youth accessing educational facilities and obtaining education and knowledge that can contribute to them and their contribute to them and their people living in dignity and freedom.


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