The Prawer plan, special West Bank edition

The Prawer plan, special West Bank edition

Quietly, without demonstrations or consulting the stakeholders, the Civil Administration is cooking up a plan to relocate West Bank Bedouin into crowded new townships. By Amira Hass - Sabbah Report § What does this remind you of? Thousands of people are forced, at gunpoint, to leave their homes. … [Read more...]

It’s either Israel or the occupation

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Occupation of the Palestinians has become, among other things, like therapy for the trauma of Europe. By Oudeh Basharat - Sabbah Report § For the occupation’s 47th birthday, which unfortunately came last week, there is no song more appropriate than Farid al-Atrash’s sad tune: “My birthday is upon … [Read more...]

Why do Israeli soldiers bully Palestinians?

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The violent behavior of the Israeli soldier videotaped aiming his rifle at a Palestinian teen, setting off a storm in the media, especially the social media — was not exceptional. By Amira Hass - Sabbah Report § Why did his commanders send a soldier with a record of violence to bully Palestinians in … [Read more...]

Are the Israeli authorities really against hate crimes?

A Palestinian woman gestures as she stands beside an olive tree after it was cut down in the West Bank village of Litwane, January 6, 2006 near the Jewish settlement of Ma'on. Photo by Reuters

Go to Israeli court and listen to the police and army's excuses for not quashing the Maon Farm settlers' harassment of Palestinians. By Amira Hass - Sabbah Report § Is there a connection between the regular harassment of schoolchildren by settlers from outpost X and the vandalism of Palestinian trees … [Read more...]

Journey into an Invisible war in Occupied Palestine

Journey into an Invisible war

A filmmaker travels through the West Bank exploring the relationship between Palestinians and Israeli settlers. "We recognise that the Palestinian state must be big enough to be viable, to be independent, to be prosperous. We will be generous," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said. But … [Read more...]

Palestinians… They can be killed

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The language of the military and Shin Bet spokespersons hypnotizes us, as always, with its objective-professional imitation By Amira Hass - Sabbah Report § So the Shin Bet security service found another reason for us why Muataz Washaha deserved to die. He was allegedly a lookout in an “armed terror … [Read more...]

The blood it’s acceptable to shed

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The further trials and tribulations of the most moral army in the world (part of an ongoing series, alas). By Gideon Levy - Sabbah Report § Which is worse, accidental pointless manslaughter or premeditated murder? Which is more heinous, pointless killing as a result of mistaken identity, or … [Read more...]

Israeli Crimes Go Unpunished

Yusef a-Shawamreh next to the Separation Barrier. Photo: 'Abed Al-Hashlamoun, EPA

2013 "the worst year ever due to the Israeli crimes which went unpunished" By Stephen Lendman - Sabbah Report § They're longstanding. They continue daily. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) highlights them. It did so in its 2013 annual report. PCHR Director Raji Sourani called 2013 "the … [Read more...]

Abbas Versus Dahlan – Collaborator Versus Agent

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It is a little appealing to let PA leader Mahmoud Abbas and former Fatah strong man in Gaza Muhammed Dahlan batter each other in public as they have been doing recently. By Khaled Amayreh - Sabbah Report § In the final analysis, both don't belong to the realm of saints, to put it extremely mildly. … [Read more...]

An Israeli takeover of the Palestine Authority…?

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On the face of it that’s a silly question and the speculation it represents – that Palestinian “President” Abbas could replaced by an Israeli agent or asset – is not worthy of discussion. But before dismissing it readers might do what I did and consider two things. By Alan Hart - Sabbah Report § The … [Read more...]

Cold-Blooded Israeli Murder

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On March 22, Israeli forces invaded Jenin's refugee camp. Residents were terrorized. Three were murdered in cold blood. By Stephen Lendman - Sabbah Report § Israeli security forces are licensed to kill, injure and terrorize with impunity. They take full advantage. On March 22, they murdered … [Read more...]

The Day After The Palestinian Authority Collapse

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The breakdown of the Palestinian Authority would turn the West Bank into a violent, criminal, chaotic, disease-ridden place. By Haitham Sabbah - Sabbah Report § In early 2013, in collaboration with the U.S./Middle East Project (USMEP) and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF), … [Read more...]

Israel Accused of War Crimes in West Bank

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By Stephen Lendman - Sabbah Report § Amnesty International's (AI) new report is blunt [Read fill report below]. It's titled "Trigger-Happy: Israel's Use of Excessive Force in the West Bank." It begins saying: "Out of nowhere many soldiers jumped out and ambushed Samir. They shot him first in the … [Read more...]

Al-Khalil (Hebron): #OpenShuhadaSt actions – 2014

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On Friday February 21, Youth Against Settlements are organizing 4 days campaign of actions demanding the openingof  Shuhada street in the old city of Hebron. The following annoucement and statement by Youth Against Settlements contains more details on Open Shuhada street actions for this year. Youth … [Read more...]

Galilee: Another World Is Possible

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By Mazin Qumsiyeh - Sabbah Report A visit to the Galilee just emphasized to me that we are on the right track to one democratic state where we live together in equality, peace, and harmony. Another world is coming. As you will see below, there is no difference in colonial settlement activity inside 1948 or … [Read more...]

To Palestine, with Love

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By Yasir M. Tineh - beyondcompromise.com Photographers and star-crossed lovers from around the world have gotten together to produce a video for Palestinian lovers this Valentine’s Day. The video targets Israel’s Citizenship Law, which prohibits Palestinian spouses (read: West Bank and Gaza) of Israeli … [Read more...]

Israeli Forces Attack EU Diplomats

French diplomat Castaing lays on the ground after Israeli soldiers carried her out of her truck containing emergency aid, in the Jordan Valley

" 'They dragged me out of the truck and forced me to the ground with no regard for my diplomatic immunity,' " French diplomat Marion Castaing said. Life in Occupied Palestine reflects institutionalized colonization and apartheid. Israel governs extrajudicially. It does so ruthlessly. It's an … [Read more...]

Two-State Solution or Illusion?

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The Two-State Solution Peter Beinart is a “liberal Zionist” who has written a piece in the New York Review of Books of 26 September 2013 entitled “The American Jewish Cocoon.” In this essay he laments, “The organized Jewish community [is] a closed intellectual space.” By this he means that most American … [Read more...]