UK-Palestinian girl retells Nakba story – wins award

27 May


VIDEO: British-Palestinian Child Wins Awards for Retelling Nakba Story

Palestine Chronicle report, 26 May 2016

British-Palestinian Leanne Muhammed has won the 2015-16 Speak Out Challenge held in London following a moving speech about the Nakba and its effects on Palestinian society.

Leanne, from Al-Burj Al-Shamali refugee camp in Lebanon, is a student at Wanstead High School in London. She joined the Speak Out Challenge giving a speech entitled “Birds not Bombs”.

In it Leanne spoke about the suffering of the Palestinian refugees since 1948 and how even children are discriminated against because of their nationality.

She also spoke about the continuous Israeli assaults and violations against the Palestinian people, as well as the threat of bombing.

Leanne gave an example of a one-year-old baby, who had cancer and died because he could not receive proper treatment due to travel restrictions imposed by the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.


Palestinians rally in support of Women’s Boat to Gaza

26 May


VIDEO: TelesurTV, Gaza, 25 May 2016

The National Committee for Breaking the Siege held a sit-in rally on Tuesday in support of the “Women’s Boat to Gaza” anti-siege mission. Noor Harazeen reports from Gaza. 

The international blockade-busting ‘Women’s Boat to Gaza’ is due to set sail in September, with a Kiwi delegate on board. See the side bar for options to donate to the Kia Ora Gaza appeal for this mission.


Video: How Airbnb profits from Israeli occupation

25 May

Video highlights how Airbnb profits from Israeli occupation (Jewish Voice for Peace)

By Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 23 May 2016

Activists are stepping up pressure on Airbnb, the popular travel website, over its listings of accommodation in settlements built by Israel in the occupied West Bank.

This new short video released by Jewish Voice for Peace urges travelers not to rent vacation homes in settlements, which are often not clearly identified as such in the website’s listings.

“You’re basically collaborating with settlers who steal Palestinian land,” one activist says in the video. “I implore you not to go to Airbnb in the settlements.”

“Airbnb makes a profit off of stolen land and the displacement of Palestinians,” the video states.

Airbnb allows individuals to rent out their homes to vacationers and takes a cut of their profit.

More than 146,000 people have signed a petition at urging Airbnb to end its business in the settlements.

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What are Lieberman’s plans for Palestinian leadership?

25 May


Israeli’s newly-appointed Defense Minister, ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman

Middle East Monitor report, 24 May 2016

Right-wing Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman will endeavour to create the appropriate conditions for the return of his friend, former Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan, as head of the Palestinian Authority, Israeli media sources have said.

Channel 10’s Arab affairs commentator, Zvi Yehezkeli, said there are reasons “to justify the rise in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ blood pressure. He is well aware of the special relationship between his mortal enemy Dahlan and the new defence minister in Israel.”

In a report aired by the channel on Sunday, Yehezkeli pointed out that Lieberman “greatly improves Dahlan’s prospects of returning to the internal Palestinian arena. Credit for bolstering the relationship between the two men goes to the role played by their mutual friend, billionaire Swiss Jewish businessman Martin Schlaff.”

He explained that what improves Dahlan’s chances is the special relationship he has with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi in addition to his position as adviser to the ruler of the United Arab Emirates. Lieberman has openly expressed his plan to get rid of Hamas’ rule in the Gaza Strip. He is also interested in imposing an international mandate over the Strip before handing it over to a Palestinian or Arab party.

In an article published by Haaretz, former Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Arens called for seeking Egypt’s assistance in finding an Arab or Palestinian party to take charge of matters in the Gaza Strip once Hamas is toppled.

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Teenage Palestinian girl shot dead at checkpoint

25 May


Teenage Palestinian girl, Sawsan Mansur, shot dead after alleged stabbing attempt near Jerusalem. An image taken at the scene on May 23, 2016.

Ma’an News Agency report, Bethlehem, 24 May 2016

A Palestinian teenage girl was shot and killed after she allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli border policewoman near the Ras Biddu checkpoint north of Jerusalem on Monday.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a “female terrorist” allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack, adding that the Palestinian pulled out a knife and attempted to stab a female border guard stationed at the checkpoint. Another officer immediately fired gunshots at the Palestinian teen and “neutralized” her.

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Time to end the ‘hasbara’

24 May


By Ramzy Baroud, Arab News, 24 May 2016

Merely being in the company of hundreds of Palestinian journalists and other media professionals from all over the world has been an uplifting experience. For many years, Palestinian media has been on the defensive, unable to articulate a coherent message, torn between factions and desperately trying to fend off the Israeli media campaign, along with its falsifications and unending propaganda or “hasbara.”

It is still too early to claim any kind of paradigm shift, but the second Tawasol Conference in Istanbul, which took place on May 18 to 19, served as an opportunity to consider the vastly changing media landscape, and to highlight the challenges and the opportunities facing Palestinians in their uphill battle.

Not only are Palestinians expected to demolish many years of Israeli disinformation, predicated on a make-believe historical discourse that has been sold to the world as fact, but also to construct their own lucid narrative that is free from the whims of factions and personal gains. It will not be easy, of course.

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Israeli soldiers expose random attacks on Gaza

24 May

1829156566‘Breaking the Silence’ demonstration Tel Aviv.

Palestine Chronicle report, 23 May 2016

Breaking the Silence is an Israeli organization that publishes anonymous testimony from soldiers regarding the use of excessive force against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The organization appeared in court on Sunday to counter the state of Israel’s demand by its prosecutor that the group reveal its sources.

Breaking the Silence comprises of current and former [Israeli] soldiers who released an enlightening report last year on the 2014 Gaza war that included anonymous testimony suggesting that indiscriminate artillery fire contributed to large-scale destruction and a high number of civilian casualties in the area.

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