UN: Dozens of children homeless after Israel illegally demolished Palestinian houses

The United Nations has condemned Israel for illegally demolishing houses of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, leaving 77 people, over half of whom are children, homeless in three days.

“Demolitions that result in forced evictions and displacement run counter to Israel’s obligations under international law and create unnecessary suffering and tension,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in statement Friday.

The demolitions took place in East Jerusalem and the districts of Ramallah, Jericho and Hebron, according to the statement.

See full story here.

Palestinian farmer shot and injured by Israeli troops near Gaza border

A 24-year old Palestinian farmer was wounded in the foot by Israeli forces stationed at a watchtower along the Israeli border with Gaza while the farmer was tending his field.

 Gaza border from the Israeli side (image by leahdgreen)

Gaza border from the Israeli side (image by leahdgreen)

The ‘no go zone’ established by the Israeli military next to the border was extended by Israeli troops to further encroach onto Palestinian farmlands and orchards following the Israeli assault on Gaza in summer 2014.

Read full IMEMC post here.

Dozens of olive trees felled in settler violence

Two incidents in the West Bank leave upwards of 60 olive trees severely damaged, according to human rights organizations.

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Vandalized trees in the West Bank village of Yasuf, January 11, 2015. (Photo by Zakariya Sadeh/Rabbis for Human Rights)

Dozens of Palestinian-owned mature olive trees were felled in a suspected settler attack Saturday night in the West Bank, according to two Israeli human rights organizations.

Villagers discovered the vandalized trees on lands belonging to the village of Yasuf, in the central West Bank in between the Israeli settlements of Rehelim and Kfar Tapuach.

See full +972 report here.

ISM Olive Oil Bottling Party to Benefit Palestinian Farmers and Nonviolent Resistance


Where:   Grassroots house, 2022 Blake St., Berkeley, CA (between Ashby and Berkeley BART)

When:    Sun, Jan 25, 2015 10AM to 5:00PM

The 2014 harvest oil has arrived, with zaatar (thyme) in the same shipment.  New keffiyehs, too, all needing packaging/bottling.  Please join us to benefit Palestinian farmers and nonviolent resistance in Palestine.  If you only want to buy, that’s OK, too.  The fun, fellowship and aroma of olive oil are hard to beat.  The bottled oil and other items will be sold to raise money and awareness for the work of the ISM.

Stopping nonviolent resistance volunteers from entering Palestinian is a major priority for the Israeli regime, but we continue to send them and to provide training.  Meet our volunteers and listen to their stories as you bottle oil.

The Northern California chapter of the International Solidarity Movement bottles and packages FAIR TRADE ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN Palestinian olive oil, olive oil soap, zaatar and Palestinian made kuffiyas, and has other interesting items as well as the art and jewelry of Katie Miranda.

You are welcome to bring food, but we will have some typical Palestinian dishes to offer as well. Bring family, friends, etc. Our products make great gifts with a human rights message.  These products are also available at the ISM-NorCal online store, but we have many more that are not on line.  It all helps Palestinian farmers and businesses as well as nonviolent resistance in Palestine.

December 2014 Newsletter

A Palestinian child who was killed by an Israeli airstrike on the harbor is carried away by paramedics, Gaza city, July 16, 2014. Three children were reportedly killed during the attack. As of 15 July 2014, 200 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the 2014 Israeli assault against the Gaza Strip, and more than 1,400 have been injured. Photo by ActiveStills.org

A Palestinian child who was killed by an Israeli airstrike on the harbor is carried away by paramedics, Gaza city, July 16, 2014. Three children were reportedly killed during the attack. As of 15 July 2014, 200 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the 2014 Israeli assault against the Gaza Strip, and more than 1,400 have been injured. Photo by ActiveStills.org

“These Are War Crimes,” Says Father of Gaza Family Wiped Out by Israeli Airstrike

If Israel blockades Gaza, we will blockade Israel in Oakland

A Shooting in Hebron

Call for Volunteers

Pdf version – Design and production donated by Lisa Roth, lisarothgrafix.com

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Knesset voted to uphold unprecedented suspension of MK Zoabi

68 MK’s voted against MK Zoabi’s appeal, 16 supported Zoabi and 1 MK abstained.

The Israeli Knesset today voted to uphold the six-month suspension of Palestinian Arab MK Haneen Zoabi, the longest such suspension ever imposed in the parliament’s history.

MK Zoabi appealed to the Supreme Court earlier this month against the suspension, arguing that it was political persecution and prevented her from carrying out her parliamentary duties on behalf of her voters. Read more

Grab your seat at the free Palestine Solidarity Telesummit

by Katie Miranda

Because the Palestinian struggle is very important to me on a personal level and I know the same is true for all of you, I knew you’d want to see this.

Maybe you’re unsure how best to use your time and resources in support of the struggle given Israel’s recent war on Gaza. Maybe you’re wondering where the movement is winning and how to support that, or maybe you’re wondering what areas still need a lot of work. Read more

STOP ZIM ACTION COMMITTEE LETTER OF THANKS TO ILWU LOCAL 10 WORKERS AT OAKLAND PORT

Stop ZIM Action Committee
@StopZIMOak snurl.com/stopzims27

October 2, 2014
Brothers and Sisters of ILWU Local 10,

We, members and supporters of the Stop Zim Action Committee, want to express our gratitude to Local 10 members, who in the best tradition of the ILWU, upheld the principle of labor solidarity by honoring our picket line against the ZIM Shanghai on September 27. Read more

My Summer Trip to the Middle East

by Jaime Cader

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Signs at the Beit Atfal Assoumoud center at the Rashediah refugee camp

This last summer during the months of July and August, I had the opportunity to stay in Lebanon, Jordan and Jerusalem. The majority of my stay was in southern Lebanon in the city of Tyre for one month and ten days. I went to join other English language teachers who were volunteering for the LEAP (Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians) Program. We were divided into working at two separate refugee camps: Bourj Al Shamali and Rashediah. Read more

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