- IDF Forces arrest 12 protesting for social justice in the West Bank
Aug 14, 2011 - 05:29:32 PM
"When construction is completed, the village and its 2,500 residents will be surrounded on all sides by an eight-meter high concrete wall. The only access to the road connecting them to Beit Jala will probably be through a gate manned by soldiers. The village will be separated from most of its agricultural plots. People will get up in the morning and instead of olive trees and fields and the sunrise, they will see a wall. Instead of stone terraces along the ridge, deemed architectural-agricultural gems, they will see concrete. Instead of a village, they will be living in a pen. Beyond the pen, on the village's lands, neighborhoods for Jews only will rise and prosper." Amira Hass
- Apartheid on Steroids | The Nation
Aug 13, 2011 - 07:17:59 PM
Steven Brown, former provost at Brown University, whose parents headed the United Jewish Appeal, writes: "What I witnessed in the West Bank—home to about 2.5 million Palestinians and 400,000 Israeli settlers—exceeded my worst expectations. While the world’s statesmen have dithered, Israel has created a system of apartheid on steroids, a horrifying prison with concrete walls as high as twenty-six feet, topped with body-ravaging coils of razor wire. Spaced along these walls are imposing guard towers that harbor bunkers from which trespassers can be shot by Israeli soldiers. From this physical segregation—one land for Israelis; another, unequal land for Palestinians—flows a torrent of misery, violence and human rights abuses. The West Bank suffers from acute shortages of water, housing, jobs and healthcare. Palestinian children are separated from their parents, denied access to hospitals and stoned and beaten by Jewish settlers. Human rights... are routinely violated."
- IDF Civil Administration pushing for land takeover in West ...
Jul 25, 2011 - 10:18:07 AM
"Inclusion of Jordan Valley, northern Dead Sea and area surrounding Ariel in 'settlement blocs' whose takeover the administration is advancing, would prevent establishment of Palestinian state with territorial contiguity."
- Israel expropriates Palestinian land in order to legalize ...
Jul 17, 2011 - 03:43:10 AM
"Last week, acting on orders from the government, the Civil Administration declared 189 dunams of land belonging to the Palestinian village of Karyut to be state land, so as to retroactively legalize houses and a road in the Hayovel neighborhood of the settlement of Eli. This would seem to violate Israel's long-standing commitment to the United States not to expropriate Palestinian lands for settlement expansion."
- UN Humanitarian Chief calls for an end to forced displacement
Jun 06, 2011 - 05:15:47 AM
"On the first day of her mission, Ms. Amos witnessed firsthand the impact of the Barrier on Palestiniancommunities in the Jerusalem governorate. The Barrier is the single largest obstacle to Palestinian movement,with 85% of its route inside the West Bank. One particular group of affected persons include 8,500 Palestinians,who live in closed areas between the Barrier and the Green Line."
- Passover Seder Cup 4: Obama, this year in Jerusalem
May 25, 2011 - 07:25:26 AM
This beautiful article by Bradley Burston from last year's Passover continues to inspire: "We built this Jerusalem, this faith, this people, on the idea that God cannot be seen nor touched, that God cannot be built of stones, nor destroyed in fire, nor claimed by one people alone, nor translated into the language of maps, nor used as a weapon to shun other peoples, malign other faiths, or deny others this city....We built this city, and after us, the Christians built this city, and after them, the Muslims built this city. But this is what it has taken 3,000 years, and this Seder, to teach us: All along, it was You who built this city. This is not our city, nor theirs, nor theirs. It is the city of the One God who is all of ours....So long as Jerusalem is not shared, we, all of us, remain in exile." - Bradley Burston, Ha'aretz Newspaper
- Netanyahu to speak to his friends in DC at Joint Session of Congress
May 25, 2011 - 07:24:17 AM
"...Israel’s former Shin Bet Director General Yaakov Perry, described the current status quo in the West Bank as 'presenting a mortal threat to the state of Israel.' Our continued presence in the [Palestinian] territories is a threat to Zionism. With every passing minute further damage is done to the state of Israel.” ..."It does not portend well for Israel’s enonomic future when the US Congress gives Israel’s Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu a prestigious forum in Washington to present his 'plans for peace' to the world. That is most certainly not the 'change toward reform' that Israel’s economic and security leaders were talking about." - James M. Wall, Wallwritings
- Today's Borders are the Indefensible Ones
May 25, 2011 - 07:18:40 AM
"Borders themselves do not guarantee security. But borders that are recognized by the international community give a country the legitimacy to defend its sovereignty. Israel has no such borders, and more and more countries are finding it difficult to defend Israel's position, which seeks to persuade others that occupation is a means of defense....The real danger for Israel is not only the crisis in relations with the United States and most of Europe, it's the deception Israel is trying to market to the Israeli public. According to that deception, a strong stand based only on nationalist slogans can replace a diplomatic solution; all that's needed to survive Obama's term with the current borders are well-crafted speeches and the right amount of manipulation. This strategy turns Netanyahu into a real threat to Israel's security and future." - Editorial, Ha'aretz Newspaper, Israel
- Netanyahu's Speech to the US Congress
May 25, 2011 - 07:16:53 AM
"Netanyahu should not be blinded by the applause in a Congress which remains the hostage of a power-hungry Israeli lobby....The extremist position that Netanyahu presented, wrapped in rhetoric and cliches, constitutes a final closing of the door to renewed negotiations and an embarkation on a course of collision with the Palestinians and the entire world, towards the inevitable "diplomatic tsunami" predicted by Defense Minister Barak. In the longer term it may actually turn out that Netanyahu – the very man who demands of the entire world to recognize the principle of "A Jewish State" – will be the one who drives the Palestinians to despair of achieving their own state and into demanding a vote for the Knesset instead." - Adam Keller, Gush Shalom
- Buy Israel – Don't Buy Settlements (They're not the Same ...
Apr 17, 2011 - 01:33:34 PM
IPI welcomes and highly recommends the statement by Meretz USA which clarifies the need to distinguish between boycotting Israel and boycotting companies that sustain Israel's occupation and settlements. This is a distinction many groups have long tried to make. As Meretz points out, people who love Israel can support the latter approach out of concern for the State of Israel's secure and democratic future.
- Rights group calls for monitoring of mass ...
Apr 13, 2011 - 07:14:53 AM
A series of arrest raids in the West Bank village of Awarta have rounded up between 600-700 residents, including the sick, elderly, and pregnant since March 11, when five settlers were murdered in their beds.The arrests took place "despite the fact that no evidence has been brought forth to indicate that the murders are related to Awarta, suggesting a campaign of collective punishment against the village," Addameer said in a statement.The statement said 55 villagers remain in detention, are being held without charge, and include two under the age of 18.
- UN envoy condemns Israel's killing of civilians in Gaza
Mar 22, 2011 - 08:15:53 PM
The UN's envoy to the Middle East Robert Serry on Tuesday condemned Israel's killing of civilians in Gaza. On Tuesday afternoon, an Israeli tank fired at a family playing football outside their home in the eastern part of the Ash-Shaja’iya neighborhood in Gaza City.
- Episcopal leaders dismayed at Israel's denial of Jerusalem bishop's residency permit
Mar 22, 2011 - 11:39:49 AM
The Episcopal bishops of Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., have in separate statements decried the decision by Israel's Ministry of the Interior to deny a residency permit for Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani and his family to live in Jerusalem. Dawani's episcopal ministry requires him to travel throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, which includes parishes and institutions in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian Territories. Dawani, a Palestinian Christian, has held a residency permit for Jerusalem since 2007."The seizure of Bishop Dawani's travel documents means not only that he cannot visit the Christian communities of Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. It also means he cannot minister to the Christian communities located minutes from St. George's Cathedral...
- Uruguay joins South American nations in recognizing Palestinian statehood
Mar 21, 2011 - 07:55:01 PM
More than a half-dozen other countries in South America have already recognized the Palestinian state recently: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Chile and Peru.
- Gaza Strip: Israel launches air strikes
Mar 21, 2011 - 07:54:06 PM
At least 17 people have been wounded by a series of Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip.
- Gaza militants fire dozens of mortars into Israel
Mar 21, 2011 - 07:52:27 PM
About 50 mortars were fired - two Israelis were hurt, Israel says. Israeli tanks later shelled targets in the coastal strip, wounding at least five people, Palestinian officials say. The Islamist group Hamas, which runs Gaza, said it fired some of the mortars. Three days ago an Israeli air strike killed two of its members.
- UN investigator: Israel engaged in ethnic cleansing with settlement expansion
Mar 21, 2011 - 04:58:06 PM
Israel's expansion of settlements in East Jerusalem and eviction of Palestinians from their homes there is a form of ethnic cleansing, a United Nations investigator said on Monday.
- UN: Massive increase in home demolitions
Mar 21, 2011 - 04:42:15 PM
The latest numbers from the United Nations show a two-fold increase in the number of Palestinian homes and agricultural buildings destroyed by Israel order this year, causing concern among officials. The UN Relief and Works Agency recorded 70 demolitions since the start of 2011, displacing 105 Palestinians, of whom 43 were under the age of 18.
- In Palestine, Everything is Relative ...
Mar 14, 2011 - 09:48:49 AM
Note: IPI disagrees that murder can be "relative." Murder, no matter who does it, is wrong, and the murderers of the family in Itamar should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Yet this article correctly points out the practice of the mainstream media in ignoring the many Palestinian deaths at the hands of Israelis that occurred in the period the media describes as "relative calm." A Palestinian man was shot while sleeping in his bed in Hebron. Two young men from a Palestinian village close to Itamar were murdered. Dozens of others have been killed, their deaths not noted by the Western press. We must lift up their lives and their deaths for all the world to see, even as we condemn those who killed the family in Itamar.This article addresses the reality of continuing Israeli attacks on and murders of Palestinians in recent months.
- Maan News Agency: Settler attacks against Palestinians escalate
Mar 13, 2011 - 01:54:14 PM
As the Shabbat ended Saturday evening, Israeli settlers raided Palestinian villages and towns across the West Bank, injuring several Palestinians. The raids followed the killing of a family of five Israelis in Itamar settlement in Nablus overnight Friday.