Large numbers of Palestinians are staging a sit-in atop Mount Al-Urma in the West Bank amid settlers’ attempts to seize it.
By Shatha Hammad | Middle East Eye | Mar 5, 2020
‘I am here 24 hours a day, I don’t get tired nor do I feel bored… I will stay here to protect our lands, whatever it costs.’ —19-year-old Adham Zuhair
Around the stove, about 30 Palestinians gather inside a big tent on top of Mount Al-Urma, east of the town of Beita in the occupied West Bank, taking a rest and preparing for the latest confrontation with Israeli soldiers and settlers.
Hours earlier on Monday, settlers had tried for a second time to reach the top of the mountain, but the residents of Beita, which lies south of Nablus, had quickly gathered to defend their lands.
Clashes erupted, during which the Israeli army opened fire, wounding two Palestinians with live ammunition and 10 others with rubber bullets.
Joint List alliance capitalizes on backlash against Netanyahu by taking 15 seats in Knesset.
By Oliver Holmes | The Guardian | Mar 4, 2020
In Monday’s vote, Arab turnout surged to 64.7%, according to estimates from the Israel Democracy Institute think tank.
Arab politicians are set to make historic gains in the Israeli election, taking more seats than ever before and solidifying their position as the third-largest force in the Knesset, the country’s parliament.
After 99% of the votes were counted, the Joint List alliance, a merger of politicians predominantly representing Palestinian citizens of Israel, had 15 out of 120 Knesset seats.
Boosted by a backlash to racist campaigning by Benjamin Netanyahu, Arab candidates also capitalised on anger towards the prime minister’s ally, Donald Trump. The US president’s recently-released “peace plan” included a highly-controversial clause that could strip some Arab-Israelis of their citizenship.
Please join our brothers and sisters at Bellevue Presbyterian Church to explore questions American evangelical Christians often have about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this Saturday morning at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.
Alex’s talk “Peace in the Holy Land, A Palestinian Christian Perspective,” will address many of the questions evangelical Christians raise about the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These questions include:
What prevents peace between Israel and Palestine?
What does the Bible say about the situation in the Holy Land today?
Who are the Palestinian Christians?
What are the challenges and opportunities for interfaith dialogue?
After his talk, Alex will be joined by Rich Morse, Regional Coordinator of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) and both will take audience questions. Rich, who is CMEP’s Washington Regional Coordinator, will also talk about ways U.S. Christians can advocate for a just peace in the Holy Land.
The choices in Israeli election sends a clear message that racism is politically correct and personal corruption is irrelevant.
By Gideon Levy | Information Clearing House | Mar 3, 2020
There is no left and no center in Israel, only an original right, and a right that is a cheap imitation.
You can be disgusted, you can be fearful, you can even be shocked, but you can’t deny his incredible talent: Benjamin Netanyahu the wizard struck again. Now he’s also an alchemist – take a serious indictment, scatter incitement, and win the admiration of the masses. You can be contemptuous, you can denounce it, you can even rise up against the nation that voted that way, but you have to respect its choice. To bow your head. It’s the will of the people. The people want Netanyahu.
The time has come to recognize that fact: Israel is right-wing, hard right. Racism is politically correct, personal corruption makes no difference, as long as you guarantee the continuation of Jewish supremacy, rule over another nation, arrogance and hatred. Peace, equality and justice are for the weak. Not for most Israelis. They said it loud and clear on Monday, more decisively than in the two previous election campaigns: Netanyahu is our king. Netanyahu is the king of most Israelis.
Please join our brothers and sisters at Seattle Pacific University for an event sponsored by the Social Justice and Cultural Studies Dept and Churches for Middle East Peace. Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb will speak about the work of culture building and preservation in Palestinian society under the Israeli military occupation.
Come learn about the critical work of culture building and preservation in Palestinian society under the Israeli military occupation. Featuring keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, founder and president of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, Palestine, and co-founder of U.S.-based fundraising and advocacy organization Bright Stars of Bethlehem. Rev. Dr. Raheb is the most widely published Palestinian Christian theologian to date.
In 2015 he received the Olof Palme Prize for his courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence, and for a future Middle East characterized by peaceful coexistence and equality for all. In 2012 he was awarded the German Media Prize for his “tireless work in creating room for hope for his people, who are living under Israeli Occupation, through founding and building institutions of excellence in education, culture and health.”
A poster featuring Palestinian leaders defeated and humiliated is the epitome of Israel’s vision of absolute ‘victory’ over Palestinians.
By Hagai El-Ad | +972 Magazine | Mar 2, 2020
This victory image is the vulgar graphic representation of the political plan now being touted to fulfill the next phase of this very vision: U.S. President Donald Trump’s “peace” plan.
Both contenders for Israel’s premiership, Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, are hoping to give the victory speech after today’s vote. Yet regardless of who – if any – emerges the winner, Israelis have already been presented with this election’s victory image: the humiliating poster featuring Palestinian leaders kneeling, blindfolded and defeated, against the backdrop of a destroyed city.
The campaign, advertised on billboards by the far-right group Israel Victory Project and quickly taken down by order of Tel Aviv’s mayor, is the epitome of Israel’s current phase of control over the Palestinians. Though they were in the public eye only for a short time, these billboards are already etched in the collective consciousness. After all, that is where the idea came from: the minds of a growing number of Jews in Israel who are publicly expressing their vision of absolute “victory” over the Palestinians — not only in the depths of their subconscious, but most openly and practically.