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Video: Palestinian writer, Mohammed El-Kurd’s moving speech to the UN today

30 Nov

Video by TRT World – key points, 30 November 2021

The entire speech recorded by HW News

29 Nov

Why the Palestinian voice should take centre stage

26 Nov

A Palestinian man sits on the rubble of a destroyed house in the Gaza Strip after 11 days of violence in May. (Photo: Mahmoud Issa/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

We Do Exist: Why the Palestinian Voice Should Take Centre Stage

For Palestine to be free, for the Palestinian people to achieve their full rights and for the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees to be honored, the story of Palestine has to be told by the Palestinians themselves.

By RAMZY BAROUD, Opinion, Common Dreams, 25 November 2021

At a recent New York event, the President of the Foreign Press Association Ian Williams declared, before an approving audience, that it is time “to reclaim the narrative on Palestine”.

This phrase—’reclaiming the narrative’—is relatively new to the Palestinian discourse. Years ago, the concept, let alone its implementation, were quite alien: the pro-Israel crowd refused, and still refuses, to acknowledge that Palestinians, their history and political discourse matter; some in the pro-Palestinian movement relegated Palestinian voices as if they were simply incapable of articulating a coherent narrative.

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Raids, arrests and death threats: Israel’s strategy of silencing human rights defenders

21 Nov
Benny Gantz, Israel's defense minister in Jerusalem, Israel, on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 [Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

Benny Gantz, Israel’s defense minister in Jerusalem, Israel [Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

Dr Ramzy BaroudRomana Rubeo, Middle East Monitor, 19 November 2021

On 21 October, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz announced the issuance of a military order designating six prominent Palestinian human rights groups as ‘terrorist organizations’. Gantz claimed that they are secretly linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a socialist political group that Israel considers, along with most Palestinian political parties, ‘a terrorist organization.’

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Why are children in Gaza dropping out of school?

20 Nov

Mondoweiss, 20 November 2021

Gaza Strip: The Latest situation overview

  • 331 schools damaged
  • 2,173 homes destroyed or damaged beyond repair
  • 10 damaged hospitals; 23 damaged or destroyed medical clinics
  • 14 hours of electricity a day

This week we are taking you to Gaza where we will focus our attention on the confluence of an economy in “free fall,” damage to infrastructure from successive hostilities [from] Israel, and massive layouts during the pandemic. This has wrought new depths of economic devastation, but a report out this week from Al Mezan, a Gaza-based human rights group, has turned our attention to how all of this impacts children. We learned that these stressors are leaving children unable to focus at school and they are increasingly dropping out.

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Olive Harvest in Palestine: Could Oil Become Tears?

19 Nov

It would not be an exaggeration to say that olive trees are like children to Palestinians

A view from an olive grove during olive harvesting by Palestinian farmers in Nablus, Erst Bank on October 13, 2021. While Palestinian farmers living in the West Bank welcome the olive harvest season with joy, in some areas the joy gives way to anxiety due to the threat of attack by Jewish settlers. [Photo by Issam Rimawi. Anadolu Agency]

MIDDLE EASTBY YOUSEF M. ALJAMAL, Politics Today, 19 November 2021.

Olive trees and harvests have an exceptionally important place in Palestinian culture, especially in villages where farming is the main source of income for Palestinian families. Palestinians and especially farmers have always looked at olive trees as a national symbol that should be kept and protected as it speaks of the thousands of years of their history in Palestine. This special importance has been expressed in the Palestinian culture, through oral history, songs, and poetry.

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“Today I visited our stolen home…”

18 Nov

The author, Abla Mohammad Taher Dajani Daoudi as a teenager in front of her family home in Baq’a, Jerusalem.

The author revisited her old home in her wheelchair recently.

Abla Mohammad Taher Dajani Daoudi, shares her family’s Nakba story of forced eviction. Translated from Arabic by Mary Shehadeh Khoury, This Week In Palestine, August 2021

‘Falling Leaves Turn Back to Their Roots’

Today, I visited our stolen house in the southern Baq’a area, in the western part of Jerusalem, the former Dajani neighborhood. A lifetime of beautiful memories hit me with a force that took my breath away. Standing on the doorstep of the home that witnessed my birth in 1930, I ran my fingers along its iron gate in an attempt to unlock it, when suddenly I realized that I was not allowed to enter. Those who occupied Palestinian houses cannot bear to see the original owners.

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World Bank report: Gaza ‘undergone deindustrialization’ as a result of Israeli siege

18 Nov

Obayda El Khabo in his small makeshift work area during an early morning in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. (Photo: Mahmoud Nasser, The Palestine Chronicle)

Palestine Chronicle, 14 November 2021

Gaza is still suffering “from a particularly difficult economic situation with very high unemployment and deteriorating social conditions”, the World Bank warned in a report this week.

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The little boat that could

17 Nov

Legal victory for Canadian boat to Gaza

The MV Tahrir, attacked by IOF water-cannons.

Canadian boat Tahrir under attack by Israeli navy in international waters, November 2011

By Andrew Mitrovika, AlJazeera, 16 November 2021

It is a rare thing that Israel is forced to admit that it has broken the law and has to pay for it.

We and, of course, the Palestinians well know that the so-called “international community” has, since Israel’s engineered inception, allowed it to act with outrageous impunity – despite its long and incriminating record.

So, when the news arrived last week that a dogged bunch of Canadians won a belated, but oh so satisfying, victory against an arrogant government that threatened them, kidnapped them and stole a boat – brimming with medicine and solidarity – destined for occupied Gaza, it was a happy day indeed.

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VIDEO: International solidarity aid convoy enters Gaza

14 Nov

VIDEO: unique footage of the historic entry of the Miles of Smiles international convoy of 27 fully-equipment, new ambulances from Egypt into the besieged Gaza Strip this week.

After many months of planning, preparation, negotiations and tireless effort, the convoy navigated the hazardous journey across the Sinai desert from Alexandria for several days to finally cross the Rafah border crossing to a jubilant reception.

The convoy was preceded a few months earlier, by a fleet of trucks that delivered a huge supply of urgently needed medical aid.

Following Israel’s brutal eleven-day bombardment of Gaza in May, humanitarian organisations around to globe heeded the call from Miles of Smiles to support this mission to help resurrect Gaza’s seriously devastated and depleted health services.

Kia Ora Gaza raised $35,000 to combine with other Freedom Flotilla campaigns from Canada, Norway, USA and South Africa, to sponsor one of the convoy vehicles, which will serve disabled Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip.

A second group of another ten ambulances is due to arrive from Jordan this week to complete this mission – the 39th solidarity convoy to Gaza (& the largest in many years) organised by Miles of Smiles, who pledge to continue supporting the Palestinian struggle to end Israel’s occupation and crippling siege of Gaza.

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Video by Medics Worldwide – a MoS convoy partner.

40th anniversary of Springbok tour event

12 Nov

This Sunday 14 November 2021, 4pm on line.

Theme: “Apartheid – wrong for South Africans, wrong for Palestinians”

The link to the event is here

Hilda Halyard-Harawira will chair the event.

John Minto will link the historic struggle against South African Apartheid in 1981 to the struggle against Israeli apartheid in 2021, with contributions from others.

Hosted by Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa.

“…out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train”

9 Nov

Video compilation: Yusuf/Cat Stevens – ‘Peace Train’ and the ‘Miles of Smiles’ solidarity convoy of 27 new, fully-equipped ambulances heading for Gaza.

Soon after the ‘Peace Train’ solidarity convoy of 27 ambulances broke through the siege and rolled in to Gaza yesterday, convoy representative Abdullah Al-Hajjar from ‘Miles of Smiles’ partner, Medics Worldwide, addressed the welcoming ceremony:

Abdullah Al-Hajjar addresses the welcoming ceremony for the convoy in Gaza yesterday.

Last May, over the course of eleven days, the Israeli occupation launched an unjust aggression on the Gaza Strip, where civilians were directly targeted. The aggression has led to more martyrs, including children, women and people with special needs, as well as thousands of injured people, in addition to material damage to facilities and infrastructure.

In light of a stifling crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, and in the conditions of a suffocating siege that the Gaza Strip has been going through for 15 years, which has prevented the entry of new ambulances that can cope with the great health care needs, the recent Israeli attacks came to further complicate the matter.

The high number of civilian casualties and the great destruction caused by the bombing, as well as targeting facilities, health care experts, emergency crews and their cars, in violation of international and humanitarian laws, the need for ambulances to transport more wounded and injured also increased.

Since the first moment of the aggression against the Palestinian people, Medics Worldwide (MEDICS) have been working on the ground with an intervention plan that targets the immediate and most urgent needs as well as the continuing and long-term needs, by providing urgent support and assistance to the affected people of all categories, whether they are wounded or displaced whose homes have been destroyed.

We also supported the efforts of the civil defense teams in the work of removing the rubble and rescuing the victims who were under the rubble of the destroyed houses. In addition to urgent relief, we have also worked on more sustainable solutions aimed at developing infrastructure and rebuilding the destroyed health institutions.

At MEDICS we believe in the importance of joint action and the necessity of coordination between humanitarian workers, especially in light of wars and disasters. This project is the culmination of great efforts made to unify work and maximize the benefit by providing (37) ambulances equipped with full technical equipment, supported by humanitarian institutions in various countries of the world.

Here we must thank our partners from Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Algeria, Jordan, South Africa, Britain, New Zealand [Kia Ora Gaza], Norway and Canada [Freedom Flotilla Coalition campaigns] for their generous support to ensure the success of this project. We also thank our partners in the Miles of Smiles convoys for their continuous effort to complete the required preparation [of the vehicles] and high coordination with the relevant authorities in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Arab Republic of Egypt with the aim of breaking the siege and allowing [the ambulance convoy] to enter the Gaza Strip.

We stress here the need to continue the gift of the free world to confront this fierce and unprecedented attack, which indicates the solidarity of the global human conscience in the face of the injustice inflicted on the besieged people of the Gaza Strip. Thank you to all the institutions that support and fund this modest effort, and the peoples of the free world for their constant support for the Palestinian people in all circumstances.

We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for their permanent support for the Palestinian people and for facilitating the entry [of the convoy ambulances] into the Gaza Strip.


Unloading the 27 ambulances from the fleet of vehicle haulage trucks at the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing. Another 10 ambulances are due to arrive soon from Jordan.
The convoy ambulances enter Gaza
The first ambulance passes through the Gaza border control.
The ‘Peace Train’ of ambulances heads off to their allotted health care providers to serve the pressing needs of the people in the Gaza Strip.

Solidarity convoy of ambulances finally arrives in besieged Gaza

8 Nov
One of the first ambulances to pass through the gates with lights flashing and sirens sounding.

There were jubilant scenes at the border gate as the first batch of the ‘Miles of Smiles’ international convoy of new, fully equipped ambulances has finally arrived in Gaza from Egypt today.

Sponsored by civil society organisations from dozens of countries around the world, this is undoubtedly the one of the largest humanitarian convoys of new ambulances to break through the harsh 14 year siege of Gaza.

Convoy organisers confirmed that “Today, 18 ambulances successfully passed the Rafah Crossing Point. The remaining nine ambulances are still awaiting approval at the crossing point. We’d like to thank everyone who helped bring joy and happiness to the people of Gaza.”

Miles of Smiles coordinator Dr Essam Yousef added: In my name and my colleagues at Miles of Smiles convoys I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for the solidarity you have given to our people of Palestine 🇵🇸
بأسمي و أسم جميع زملائي في أميال من الأبتسامات أتقدم للجميع بجميل الشكر والتقدير والاحترام لكم جميعا على مناصرتكم لشعبنا الفلسطيني
د عصام يوسف

The first batch of ambulances assembled in a Gaza compound today. (Photos: Medics Worldwide)

Special Zoom event this Sunday

7 Nov

This coming Sunday 14th November at 4pm – we are live on zoom to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1981 Springbok tour and to step up the fight against Israeli apartheid in 2021. Be there!

Largest convoy of new ambulances due to arrive in Gaza

7 Nov
The fleet of vehicle haulage trucks depart the compound in Egypt on their way to besieged Gaza with an international solidarity convoy of 27 new, fully equipped ambulances.


A fleet of “Miles of Smiles” ambulances is due to arrive in Gaza on Sunday 7 November.

The largest shipment of ambulances from the Miles of Smiles convoy is scheduled to arrive in the Gaza Strip, tomorrow, Sunday, (local time) through the Rafah land crossing with Egypt.

The general coordinator of the convoy, Dr. Issam Youssef, said in a press statement issued today, Saturday 6/11/2021, that the Miles convoy, in cooperation with its partners from several humanitarian institutions around the world, has sent a fleet of fully equipped ambulances to Gaza.

Yousef pledged to continue the efforts of “Miles of Smiles” in support of Gaza, and to continue its attempts to conduct convoys and delegations to support the Palestinian people.

Last July, Miles of Smiles sent humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, which included quantities of medicines, medical equipment, and assistive devices for people with special needs, in addition to relief aid for poor families. [End]

Kia Ora Gaza combined with other Freedom Flotilla campaigns to sponsor one of the convoy ambulances as part of a large international mission organised by Miles of Smiles.

Ed. See earlier posts:

Israeli forces kill Palestinian child near Nablus

6 Nov

Mohammed Da’das, 13, was killed by Israeli forces near Nablus. (Photo: via Social Media)

Palestine Chronicle, 6 November 2021

A 13-year-old Palestinian child, Mohammed Da’das, was shot dead by Israeli occupation soldiers on Friday in the village of Deir al-Hatab, near Nablus, in the occupied West Bank, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

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West failing to back up its condemnations of Israel with action

4 Nov

A settler walks past construction sites around Givat Zeev and Ramat Givat Zeev, Israeli-occupied West Bank, near Jerusalem (Reuters)

By RAMZY BAROUD, Arab News, 2 November, 2021

The onus is not on colonial powers to behave themselves, but on the rest of the world to hold them to account.

Ramzy Baroud

The international uproar in response to Israel’s approval of a massive expansion of its illegal settlement enterprise in the occupied West Bank may give the impression that such a reaction could, in theory, force it to abandon its plans. Alas, it will not, because the statements of concern, regret, disappointment and even outright condemnation are rarely followed up with meaningful action.

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Huge solidarity convoy of ambulances heading for Gaza

3 Nov

A convoy of 27 new, fully-equipped ambulances is on its way to bomb-ravaged Gaza from Egypt as part of a huge international solidarity mission to help resurrect the besieged enclave’s health services devastated by Israel’s siege and recurring brutal bombardments.

Kia Ora Gaza and Freedom Flotilla Coalition campaigns are among the dozens of humanitarian organisations around the world which have supported this mission, headed by Miles of Smiles, by sponsoring the ambulances.

Follow this website for further updates.

A fleet of giant vehicle haulage trucks are loaded and now on the hazardous road through the Sinai desert to Gaza.

Israel’s UN Envoy tears up Human Rights Council report

31 Oct

Israeli Envoy to the UN Gilad Erdan tears to pieces the UNHRC’s annual report while on the podium of the UN General Assembly. (Photo: video grab)

Palestine Chronicle, October 30, 2021

Israeli Envoy to the United Nations (UN) Gilad Erdan on Friday tore to pieces the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)’s annual report while on the podium of the UN General Assembly, claiming it was biassed against Israel, news agencies reported.

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Israeli forces attack Palestinians protesting demolition of Islamic cemetery (VIDEO)

28 Oct

Palestinian protesters are attacked by Israeli forces as they demonstrate against the bulldozing of a cemetery in Jerusalem. (Photo:

Palestine Chronicle, 28 October 2021

Israeli forces attacked protesters who gathered and held prayers at the Islamic cemetery of Al-Yusufiyah, where graves have been dug up and the site desecrated, The New Arab reported, adding that one of the protesters was detained by Israeli police.

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, said the planned theme park is an assault on the dead.

“The graves of human beings cannot be violated no matter the gender, nationality or religion,” he said.

Israeli authorities have claimed that authorized burials at the cemetery will be untouched but video footage has shown a Palestinian woman being dragged away as she clung onto one of the graves which reportedly belonged to her deceased son.

Video: Anadolu Agency

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