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  • Mohammad Hureini of Youth of Sumud

    Final Straw, Jan 28, 2024 This week, we’re featuring a conversation with Mohammad Hureini (twitter / instagram), a young activist from Masafer Yatta, an area in the hills south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank in Palestine. Mohammad is a member of a non-violent group called Youth of Sumud that struggles to hold on…


  • Meanwhile in the West Bank

    The past days have been horrific for the residents of Majaz, one of the villages in Masafer Yatta, and inside the area claimed by Israel as firing zone 918. Israeli soldiers, and settlers dressed as soldiers, invaded the village on the night of February 14. The soldiers landed a helicopter and entered the village. Later…


  • Settler attacks and their impact on the Palestinians by Hamdan Huraini

    HUMANS OF MASAFER YATTA AUG 11, 2023 “Saleh Awad, this is my name. I live in the village of Wadadah, in the South Hebron Hills, with eleven members of my family. My life is a simple and beautiful life. I rely on our sheep to earn a decent life for my children and my family,…


  • Masafer Yatta Update

    MASAFER YATTA UPDATE


  • Stand with Masafer Yatta!

    $2,000 of $2,000 on 7/27/23


  • Masafer Yatta on the cover of The Nation

    In recent years, our team at Local Call and our partners at +972 Magazinehave been reporting from ground zero in Masafer Yatta — a community of over 1,000 Palestinians living under the imminent risk of mass expulsion ever since the Israeli army declared their lands a “firing zone.” The Nation is now featuring the community’s…


  • Hebron Emergency Caves Project

    We are getting closer to our goal of providing emergency housing to one family in the Masafer Yatta area of the South Hebron Hills. The need is urgent; since we first took this on, demolitions have proceeded including the Sfai school, which was demolished for the third time in spite of international appeals. Please read…


  • Friends of Hebron: New social media links

    Just days ago, Israelis demolished several Palestinian shops in the old Hebron vegetable market. These are shops that were forced closed by military order for security reasons — reasons that have now proven themselves as a mere pretext for settlement expansion. We fear more destruction to come – we need action now! Donate Now as…


  • In Hebron, a salad needs security coordination

    The direct violence of the occupation is obvious, but what are the subtle ways in which apartheid seeps into Palestinian life? Ameera Al-Rajabi, Community Peacemaker Teams, April 11, 2023 The Israeli occupation of Palestine is marked by the war crimes directly carried out by the occupiers, such as murder, demolition, displacement, and other violations that…


  • URGENT! Stand with Masafer Yatta today!

    MRSCP has decided to join in an emergency campaign sponsored by Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and Stop the Wall Coalition to provide emergency shelter and schools for the families of Masafer Yatta in the South Hebron hills area. You will hear more from us in the coming week about our portion of the campaign,…


  • 20 years later: Remembering Rachel Corrie

    WORT 89.9FM Madison 2023-03-17 WORT 89.9FM Madison · 20 years later: Remembering Rachel Corrie Twenty years ago today, on March 16, 2003, word came to us that our daughter Rachel had been killed in Gaza. She had been run over by an Israeli military-operated and U.S. made and funded Caterpillar D9R bulldozer, as she stood…


  • ‘Who hits a 64-year-old woman with a bat?’

    Cassandra Auren, an American peace activist, was visiting the Palestinian village of Tuba when settlers attacked her with a bat and fractured her skull. Yuval Abraham, +972 Magazine, March 13, 2023 Cassandra Auren seen following a settler attack in the village of Tuba in the South Hebron Hills, West Bank, March 7, 2023. In partnership…


  • The Heartbreak and Defiance of Occupation

    WORT 89.9FM Madison 2023-03-12 WORT 89.9FM Madison · The Heartbreak and Defiance of Occupation At a 1979 meeting of Israel’s “Ministerial Committee for Settlement Matters in the Judea and Samaria area,” created in 1972 for the purpose of establishing new settlements in the West Bank, chairman of the committee Ariel Sharon said of the “firing…


  • Upcoming Events: March 12-16, 2023

    Sunday, March 12: WORT interview with Masafer Yatta Activist Thursday, March 16: Cindy and Craig Corrie on WORT Thursday, March 16: Tantura Film and Discussion   On Sunday March 12 at 5 pm, tune into WORT’s World View program for a taped interview with Masafer Yatta activist Ali, who will discuss the current situation of…


  • Rafah Home Construction

    Rafah Home Construction 2/27/23 Phase 1: $3,080 • Goal: $3,080 Phase 2: $3,555 • Goal: $3,555 Phase 3: $3,429 • Goal: $3,429


  • Global Day of Online Action #EndEthnicCleansing

    Palestine is on fire. Since yesterday night, Palestinian villages of Huwara, Burin, Asira Qabliya, Beita, Beit Furiq and Za’atara in South Nablus district have been under full attack by Israeli settlers, supported by their military. Settlers all across the West Bank have attacked people and their lands, burned their homes, streets and cars. Over 100…


  • Stop Nora’s Eviction أوقفوا تهجير نورة

    Occupied Jerusalem, 2/18/2023 On 6 February 2023, the Israeli occupation’s high court rejected a request from the Ghaith-Sub Laban family to appeal an eviction order issued in March 2022 in favor of an Israeli settler organization. The family’s request for appeal, submitted through their lawyer Mohammad Dahleh, is the last legal intervention possible within the…


  • The theft of Harun Abu Aram’s body, home, and life

    Harun was born into, paralyzed, and killed by Israel’s colonial system. The struggle to dismantle it begins in the cave where he spent his final years. Harun Abu Aram in his village of Al-Rakeez in Masafer Yatta, West Bank. (Emily Glick) Yuval Abraham, +972 Magazine, February 16, 2023 Harun Abu Aram is dead. For two…


  • ‘It’s our home! Why would we leave?’

    How Palestinians in Masafer Yatta are resisting Israel’s expulsion attempts Qassam Muaddi, The New Arab, 10 February 2023 In May 2022, the Israeli supreme court ended a 20-year-long legal battle by rejecting a petition, presented by the inhabitants of the 12 villages, against the military declaration of their lands and homes as a ‘firing zone’.…


  • Masafer Yatta Instagram Live!

    Monday, January 9th 11:00 am Central Join us for an urgent Instagram live! Tune in to learn how you can stand in solidarity with Palestinian people as they defend Masafer Yatta from Israel’s violence. We’ll be joined by Sami Huraini, a Palestinian activist and co-founder of Youth Of Sumud / شباب صمود, based in Masafer…


  • Rep. Pocan on Israeli demolition in Masafer Yatta

    The Israeli government is demolishing homes, schools, farms, water infrastructure, and other basic necessities in Masafer Yatta. This blatant violation of international law is unconscionable, escalating tensions and making peace more difficult.https://t.co/MzMsgGakaS — Rep. Mark Pocan (@RepMarkPocan) January 5, 2023


  • End-of-Year Appeal: Help with Rafah Family Home

    Dear Friends of MRSCP, We hope you will consider contributing to our year-end fundraising drive to renovate and repair a family home located in the Tal al Sultan neighborhood of Rafah, where we previously installed a playground.  This house is one of 20 that the U.S. organization Rebuilding Alliance has selected for their new Gaza Family…


  • The Zionist Cossacks Have Been Released on the Palestinians

    What are we – anti-colonial Israelis, Jews of conscience and international supporters of Palestinian rights – going to do about it? Jeff Halper, ICAHD, 16 December 2022 Benjamin Netanyahu, due to return as Israel’s prime minister within the next few days, has one overriding concern: evading conviction and possible imprisonment in the three corruption cases…


  • ACT NOW: Prevent water cistern demolition in Sfai, South Hebron Hills

    December 24, 2022 In this time of Hanukkah, while Jews celebrate the miracle of the oil that lasted 8 days, the Palestinian village of Sfai in the desert of Masafer Yatta is about to have its water cisterns demolished. There could not be a more cruel irony. No water means no life. We are supporting…


  • Zoom Nov 17: Architect Salem Alqudwa on Housing in Gaza

    Sometimes there is a moment of hope.  Please join me this Thursday at 4:30 pm CT to hear how we are redefining development housing in Gaza starting with 20 homes for families in dire need: Click here to join the Zoom Call


  • Palestinians resisting forced removal by moving into caves

    The people of Masafer Yatta are using ancestors’ caves to resist Israel’s home demolitions Members of Palestinian Masafer Yatta communities determined to remain on their land despite Israeli forced evictions, south of Hebron in the West Bank, May 7, 2022. (Mamoun Wazwaz-Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert, Business Insider, October 23, 2022 Palestinians are…


  • No Government Has the Right to Pass Such Laws

    Dr. James J. Zogby, Arab American Institute, October 17, 2022 During the past month Israel has held 800 Palestinians under administrative detention orders, expelled several Palestinians from East Jerusalem, seized more Arab-owned land from areas around Hebron and in the Jordan Valley turning much of it over to settlers, and instituted a lockdown of many…


  • Emergency Zoom on Conditions in the West Bank

    In this time of crisis, I invite you to an Emergency Zoom Forum with the UN: Conditions on the Ground in the West Bank Sunday, October 16th, at 1pm CT Register for Sunday’s Zoom Forum Who: Our guest speaker is the U.N.’s West Bank Field Coordinator, Jonathan Whittall, who will be calling in from Jerusalem.…


  • Urgent Call to Defend Khallet ad-Dabe’ from Destruction

    Stop the Wall, 26 September 2022 A whole village with over 90 residents is at the brink of being ethnically cleansed. The Israeli Supreme Court set September 29 as the date the demolition of Khallet Ad- Dabe’ can begin. The demolition orders include all homes and most livelihood structures in the village.  If no action…


  • Update: On-The-Ground Jewish Solidarity with Masafer Yatta

    Thanks to those who attended our webinar “On the Ground Jewish Solidarity with Palestinian Resistance in Masafer Yatta” with Peter Beinart, Awdah Hathaleen, Nur Zahor, and Zack Witus. If you didn’t have a chance to see it, you can watch the recording. The testimony by our panelists was emotional and powerful. It was apparent that…


  • #DefendMasaferYatta

    USCPR, 9/19/22 Israel is carrying out the largest mass expulsion of Palestinian people from their rightful homes in 55 years. The Israeli govt is violently forcing out 1,300 Palestinian people in Masafer Yatta amid a media blackout. The world must hear this news! #DefendMasaferYatta


  • Israeli soldiers arrest Hafez Huraini of Masafer Yatta

    BREAKING: Hafez Huraini, 52, was arrested by Israeli soldiers after he was brutally attacked by settlers who broke his arm and disabled his ambulance in the village of Tuwani. He is still detained. Hafez is the father of Sami Huraini, a Palestinian law student and coordinator of Youth of Sumud, activists from the At-Tuwani area…


  • Lina Abu Akleh at Rebuilding Alliance Benefit on Sep. 10th

    Please join us — in person or online — for a special evening. I am honored to tell you that Lina Abu Akleh, niece of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, will be the Keynote speaker at Palestine: Hope and Resilience. Joining her in person are Cindy and Craig Corrie, the parents of Rachel Corrie, who will…


  • Giant eye murals bear witness to Palestinians in Jerusalem

    Murals that are part of the public art project ‘I Witness Silwan’ depicting the eyes of local and international figures, including George Floyd, a Black American killed by police, top right, Aug. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/ Mahmoud Illean) Associated Press, August 27, 2022 JERUSALEM — A group of artists has filled a Palestinian area of…


  • Daniel Levy: Apartheid Label Must Be a Wakeup Call

    Daniel Levy, President of the U.S./Middle East Project Meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Thursday, August 25, 2022 “The Situation in the Middle East Including the Palestinian Question” I would like to thank the Council and the Chinese presidency in particular for allowing me to share some thoughts with you today. The events of…


  • Watch now: United for Justice Across Palestine

    United for Justice Across Palestine: Defund Israel’s Bombs, Blockade, and Bulldozers Featuring Walaa Sabah from We Are Not Numbers, Sahar Francis from Addameer, and Palestinian journalist Mariam Barghouti. Moderated by Palestinian scholar Nour Joudah. “At a bare minimum, reclaim your tax dollars in the U.S. You have a homelessness epidemic going on; invest in housing.”…


  • Demolitions in Masafer Yatta

    Occupation forces carried out the demolition of homes and agricultural facilities Alliance for Human Rights, Facebook, July 20, 2022 From the early morning hours occupation forces carried out a demolition campaign against homes and agricultural facilities. They demolished the house of the Nawajah family in Jawaiah and two tents of Sawi and Abu Tabikh. In…


  • The Plight of Palestinians in Masafer Yatta

    Ayman Mohyeldin, MSNBC, Jul 15, 2022 On his first Middle East trip as president, Joe Biden began by visiting Israel, a country he’s been to 10 times since he was a senator in 1973. On this latest trip, Biden discussed how to address Iran’s nuclear program, and re-stated his support for a two-state solution. But…


  • Updates: WORT Interview on Masafer Yatta with New Links

    World View, July 10, 2022 Gil Halsted interviews Sami Huraini of the Youth of Sumud on the devastating Israeli occupation of Masafer Yatta in the south Hebron Hills. Israel has had full military and civil control over the area since 1967 and designated it “Firing Zone 918” in 1981 with the purpose of expelling all…


  • BREAKING: 200+ Palestinians, Israelis, and American Jews protest to #SaveMasaferYatta

    Growing up, I was told over and over: “You need to take responsibility for Israel. It’s your responsibility as a Jew.” Now, I would say: “It’s unconscionable what’s happening in my name in Israel/Palestine, and as an American Jew, I am uniquely positioned to do something about it.” That’s why I’ve spent the past week…


  • June 14, 2022
    No Way to Treat a Child Webinar

    Please join the #nowaytotreatachild campaign co-leaders from Defense for Children International – Palestine and American Friends Service Committee for a webinar on June 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific time. The webinar will share updates on Palestinian children’s human rights, including updates on Palestinian children who have been detained, killed, used as…


  • Save Masafer Yatta

    change.org, 5 May 2020 Update: Israel’s High Court of Justice dismissed all the petitions against the forcible transfer of up to 1,200 Palestinians in a large part of Masafer Yatta that Israel has declared a closed military zone. Masafer Yatta is an area in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank, which is home…


  • A Word from Jeff Halper on “Jerusalem Day”

    Jeff Halper, ICAHD, May 29, 2022 Today, Sunday, May 29, the Jewish state of Israel will carry out a government-sponsored pogrom on the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem. “Jerusalem Day,” the annual Israeli celebration of the conquest and illegal annexation of the Old City and “East” Jerusalem, has been called the “national holiday of the settlers.”…


  • Speak Out Against Forced Displacement in Masafer Yatta

    Americans for Justice in Palestine Action (AJP Action) firmly condemns Israel’s plans to ethnically cleanse the city of Masafer Yatta in the West Bank. We call on Congress to demand the State Department rebuke Israel for the forced displacement of over 1000 Palestinians, a clear and reprehensible violation of international and human rights law. YOUR…


  • Rights groups slam Israeli ruling that allows razing of villages

    Israel’s top court rejects the petition against the expulsion of Palestinian residents from villages in the West Bank. A demonstrator holding a Palestinian flag gestures as he stands next to Israeli forces [File: Mussa Qawasma/Reuters] Al Jazeera, 5 May 2022 Rights groups have decried a decision by an Israeli court that paves the way for…


  • April 26, 2022: Webinar on the Palestinian Solidarity Movement

    Presented by the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD) and Mondoweiss. 12 noon Central Register Here Bob Herbst is a civil rights lawyer, co-chair of the ICAHD-USA board, and a member of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and the Westchester, New York, Peace and Action Coalition (WESPAC). Phil Weiss is a senior editor at a…


  • Environmental Justice Has No Borders

    A Call to the Environmental Justice Movement Sign the Pledge NDN Collective Israel violently forces Indigenous Palestinians out of their homes and off their land, and harms the environment in the process. Join us in supporting Palestinian freedom and environmental justice by signing and sharing the Environmental Justice Has No Borders Pledge. Together, we can…


  • February 23, 2022
    Webinar: Determined to Stay

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  • Israeli settlers seize and fence off land in Sheikh Jarrah

    The area is on high alert following the demolition of a Palestinian house north of the neighbourhood, which has been widely condemned


  • #SaveSheikhJarrah Twitterstorm

    Palestine Solidarity Campaign, January 19, 2022 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm GMT At 3am last night, Israeli security forces raided the Salhiya family house in Sheikh Jarrah, arresting and injuring multiple family members. After the family – who have lived in the house since 1956 –  refused to be expelled, Israeli troops barricaded then stormed…


  • ‘How do they expect my children to grow up and not be full of hatred?’

    Lital Salhiyeh, whose family home in Sheikh Jarrah was demolished on Wednesday morning, has no idea where she and her family will go now. Yuval Abraham, +972 Magazine, January 19, 2022 The remains of the Salhiyeh family home that was demolished by Israeli authorities, in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, January 19, 2022.…


  • “We don’t have another place to go”

    Dispossession, Settler Violence, & Resistance in Masafer Yatta Occupied Thoughts, Foundation for Middle East Peace, 1/12/2022 In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, FMEP's Sarah Anne Minkin speaks with activist and author Ali Awad about the threats of dispossession and state-backed settler violence facing Palestinians in the Masafer Yatta area of the South Hebron Hills. Ali's most…


  • Our Tax Dollars at Work: Destroying a Palestinian Family’s Home and Livelihood

    Al Fakheit is one of 12 villages located in the Masafer Yatta area that Israel claims as Firing Zone 918. The Palestinians living in these villages have fought a long legal battle to remain in their homes. On January 3 the Abu Sabha family lost their last legal appeal in an Israeli court. The Abu…


  • #SaveAlWalaja on December 26


  • New Film on Hebron at the New York Times

    Mission: Hebron by Israeli filmmaker Rona Segal was published recently in the opinion section of the New York Times website, and can be watched there (with a subscription) or on YouTube. Mission: Hebron is a short documentary based on interviews conducted by the director with Breaking the Silence testifiers about their service in Hebron. Describing…


  • The Residents of Firing Zone 918

    This morning, residents of Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv awoke to find posters depicting the faces of Palestinians from Massafer Yatta splashed across their cities. Since the late 1990s, the Israeli army has been trying to operate a military training zone (Firing Zone 918) in Massafer Yatta. After a twenty-year legal battle to remain on…


  • #SaveAlWalaja

    More #SaveAlWalaja graphics to stop ethnic cleansing for 220 families in Al-Walaja


  • September 22-28, 2021
    Virtual Delegations to the South Hebron Hills

    Visit with Youth of Sumud and your guides Bana & Sami September 2021 Join us for a virtual tour of the South Hebron Hills. During this tour we will visit villages in the southern part of the West Bank where Palestinians remain steadfast and continue to resist the constant threats and attacks from nearby Israeli…


  • September 12, 2021
    South Hebron Hills online tour and event

    A lot of media focus has rightfully been given to Sheik Jarrah and Gaza recently, but in the South Hebron Hills similar human rights violations are going on which don’t garner as much attention. We invite you to join us and our friends at the Good Shepherd Collective and the Youth of Sumud to explore…


  • What Happens to a Palestinian Who Protects His Land

    Home Invasions and False Arrests: Aref Jaber defies settlers’ attempts to take over his plot of land near Hebron, and finds himself facing harassment from the army too Amira Hass, Haaretz, Aug. 28, 2021 On December 11, a structure made of wood and cinder blocks appeared on a piece of land belonging to Aref Jaber…


  • Israeli Home Demolition in East Jerusalem

    AJ+/Al Jazeera Plus, June 29, 2021 Israeli forces have started demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood. Hundreds of Palestinian families are threatened with forced expulsion because the occupying power refuses to give them building permits. pic.twitter.com/GQXVFxbNSh — AJ+ (@ajplus) June 29, 2021


  • Home Demolitions in Silwan, East Jerusalem

    Join Silwan activists Sahar Abassi and Zuheir Rajabi online to find out how you can help.


  • VIRTUAL DELEGATIONS TO SILWAN, EAST JERUSALEM

    Eyewitness Palestine June 12, 13, or 16 1:00 – 2:30 pm Central Participants in this Virtual Delegation will see the ways in which Palestinians in Silwan, East Jerusalem, are resisting Israeli occupation and displacement. In Silwan, Israel and its tourist and archeology industries seek to link the bible story of King David to the modern…


  • Life Under Occupation: The Misery at the Heart of the Conflict

    An eviction in East Jerusalem lies at the center of a conflict that led to war between Israel and Hamas. But for millions of Palestinians, the routine indignities of occupation are part of daily life.


  • Barbara Olson and Tsela Barr: Let’s stop funding Israel’s campaign of oppression

    Smoke rises following Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, Thursday, May 13, 2021. Weary Palestinians are somberly marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as Hamas and Israel traded more rockets and airstrikes and Jewish-Arab violence raged across Israel. (AP Photo – Adel Hana) TSELA BARR AND BARB OLSON, The Cap Times, May…


  • Update: May 10, 2021
    Banner Drop for Sheikh Jarrah

    Note: The start time has changed to 3:30 pm. In light of the recent events in Jerusalem and the escalating fight to stop the forced expulsions of Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, MRSCP will be holding a banner drop tomorrow, Monday May 10, beginning at 3:30 on the Campus Drive pedestrian overpass.…


  • May 23, 2021
    Virtual Book Launch for Determined to Stay on Silwan

    Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) Virtual Book Launch for Silwan! “Determined to Stay: Palestinian Youth Fight for Their Village” May 23 @ 1-2 pm Central Silwan is a Palestinian village just outside the ancient walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. Determined to Stay is the moving story of its people in the face of occupation. As…


  • Methodists Divest from Caterpillar citing Palestinian Evictions

    Israeli bulldozers expand the West Bank Jewish-only settlement of Nofei Nehemia in the Salfit District on private Palestinian land, which was expropriated by Israel and declared “state” (public) land, according to the owners. ActiveStills Ahmad Al-Bazz, 13 Aug 2020 Methodist Sabeel-Kairos Group (UK), 5th May 2021 The Methodist Church has sold its shares in the…


  • US Congressman: Respecting Palestinian Rights is Key to Defeating Antisemitism

    US Congressman Andy Levin US Congressman Andy Levin has warned that anti-Semitism cannot be properly defeated without addressing Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians. Speaking earlier this week during an online discussion hosted by the progressive Jewish movement IfNotNow on how the Biden administration can combat anti-Jewish racism, the Michigan Democrat lawmaker mentioned his long…


  • More on Masafer Yatta in the Occupied West Bank

    Masafer Yatta: A Palestinian community fighting for survival Masafer Yatta: A Palestinian community under pressure The Israeli army shooting that left Harun Abu Aram paralysed has once again brought to light the difficult living conditions in the West Bank hamlets


  • The village where Palestinians are rendered completely powerless

    Help Harun Abu Aram Heal Rebuilding Alliance is organizing this fundraiser and will be working with the family to meet their needs. They are a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to realize a just and enduring peace in Palestine and Israel founded upon equal rights, equal security, and equal opportunity for all. Harun Abu…


  • Why Was Harun Abu Aram Shot?

    Help Harun Abu Aram Heal Rebuilding Alliance is organizing this fundraiser and will be working with the family to meet their needs. They are a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to realize a just and enduring peace in Palestine and Israel founded upon equal rights, equal security, and equal opportunity for all. Hamed Qawasmeh,…


  • Update: December 3, 2020 Rep. Mark Pocan Virtual Town Hall on Palestine

    Please thank Rep. Pocan for participating in the town hall and for being a champion for Palestinian rights. His DC office line is (202) 225-2906. The town hall was an amazing event that you don’t want to miss. The situation for Palestinians is so dire in so many ways, and hearing their stories directly should…


  • Urgent news from Sheikh Jarrah

    November 13, 2020 I’m writing with some urgent news from East Jerusalem that hits very close to home – we’ve just received word that new eviction orders have been issued to four families in the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, and they may be forcibly removed as early as Saturday. Sadly, this is a story…


  • What Comes First, an Israeli Army Firing Zone or Palestinian Villages?

    Palestinians in the southern Hebron mountains Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz Amira Hass, Haaretz, 03/08/2020 Next Monday the justices of the High Court of Justice will discuss the State of Israel’s demand to destroy eight Palestinian hamlets in the southern West Bank. I should say: will once again discuss, because the government’s demand is not new. For…


  • Israel issues demolition notice for Palestinian cave home

    ‘I didn’t make the cave. It has existed since antiquity,’ says Ahmed Amarneh from West Bank village of Farasin Ahmed Amarneh and a neighbor chat outside his home, built in a cave in the village of Farasin, west of Jenin, in the northern West Bank on August 4, 2020. (Photo by JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP)…


  • Groundbreaking Call to Prevent US Aid for Palestinian Demolition

    US FUNDS AND EQUIPMENT USED TO DISPLACE COMMUNITIES IN THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK J Street, March 16, 2020 J Street welcomes a groundbreaking congressional letter that calls on the Trump administration to strongly oppose the Israeli government’s demolition and displacement of Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, and to determine whether materiel purchased from…


  • Homes Demolished in South Hebron Hills

    Hello friends, On the morning of February 27 Israeli forces arrived in the small Palestinian village of Isfaiy and used a bulldozer to demolish a barn for sheep and goats. They then drove to the small cluster of houses that is the village of al Rakeez, South Hebron Hills, and demolished two homes, leaving three…


  • Israeli Military Confiscates School in Susiya

    Video Link Good Shepherd Collective, February 19, 2020 This morning, the Israeli military entered the village of Susiya with a bulldozer in order to confiscate a small, one-room building that served as the children’s school. As you watch the video, consider the perspective of the Palestinian GSC leader who took this video. After waking up…


  • Israeli Occupation Forces Kill 3 and Destroy Home in Less than 24 Hours

    February 6, 2020 The newest Israeli killing of Palestinians under its policy of excessive use of force, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed 3 Palestinians and wounded 8 others in less than 24 hours in Jenin and Hebron, north and south of the West Bank. Of the Palestinians killed, 2, including a policeman, were shot…


  • Now – Nov 17: Gaza in Color: Stories from Behind the Wall Online Art Auction

    Original artwork and signed prints that were hand-carried out of Gaza. This auction offers over 100 pieces by seven artists who are struggling to share their vision and their stories with the outside world. Despite the ongoing eleven year-long blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt on the Gaza Strip and the violence and human rights…


  • Israeli house demolitions are the true crime — not BDS

    Celebration of house demolition, by Israeli border police and IDF officer, July 22, 2019. Screenshot from video. Mohamed Mohamed, Mondoweiss, July 26, 2019 Israel is at it again. It remains consistent in engaging in one of its favorite activities: stealing Palestinian land and tormenting Palestinians. On Monday, Israeli bulldozers, escorted by hundreds of Israeli soldiers,…


  • The Israeli Occupation in Hebron: July 2019

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  • Stop Palestinian Home Demolitions!

    The morning of Monday, July 22, 2019, Palestinian families in the village of Sur Baher woke up to the sound of bulldozers accompanied by hundreds of Israeli troops that had been ordered to oversee the destruction of their homes. Israeli demolition crews are now in the process of destroying 16 Palestinian apartment buildings, totaling 100…


  • Hundreds Lose Shelter as Israeli Forces Destroy Housing Units in occupied East Jerusalem

    Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Ref: 89/2019, July 22, 2019 On Monday morning, 22 July 2019, Israeli military forces launched a large-scale destruction operation against civilian property in Wadi al-Humus neighborhood, in Sour Baher, south of occupied East Jerusalem. Hundreds of Israeli soldiers and machinery carried out the destructions that resulted in hundreds of civilians…


  • 500 Palestinian families in Jerusalem are about to have their homes destroyed

    Action is needed to protect them and tens of thousands more who risk losing their homes under Israel’s devastating home demolition policies. Mike Merryman-Lotze, American Friends Service Committee, Apr 19, 2019 Israeli’s home demolition policy has led to the destruction of thousands of Palestinian homes (like this one in Hebron in the West Bank) and…


  • Hello from Palestine

    Operation Dove, 2/13/19 Facebook video: Israel Destroys South Hebron Hills Water Piping Today Israeli forces destroyed and confiscated underground pipes in the Palestinian villages of Jinba, Khallet Athaba, Ar Rakeez and Al-Mufaqarah. Soldiers detained the mayor of the Palestinian village of Tuwani and the head of the council of Masaffer Yatta. The confiscation has disrupted…


  • Caves in the south Hebron Hills bring villages back to life

    Ahmad Al-Bazz and Anne Paq, Mondoweiss, February 11, 2019 Anne Paq presented Intimate Portraits of Gaza’s Lost at the 2017 Madison-Rafah Rachel Corrie Commemoration. Based on the #ObliteratedFamilies project by Paq and Palestinian-Polish journalist Ala Qandil, the project profiled the annihilation of Gaza families during the Israeli bombardment in 2014.


  • South Hebron Hills Update

    Expulsion by a thousand cuts Dear Friends, The last weeks have been busy and challenging in the South Hebron Hills. Young Palestinians, with international and Israeli peace activists, have planted hundreds of trees. But this is also a difficult time. Soldiers and settlers have repeatedly forced shepherds off of Palestinian grazing land located near settlements…


  • Collective Punishment Against Families

    Israeli Forces Blow up Building Belonging to Abu Hmeid Family for the Third Time Ref:135-2018, December 15, 2018 As part of the collective punishment policy adopted by the Israeli forces against the families of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli soldiers or/and settlers, on Tuesday early morning, 15 December 2018, the Israeli forces…


  • House Democrats Condemn Trump’s Actions Against the Palestinian People

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2018 House Democrats Condemn Trump Administration’s Actions Harming the Palestinian People WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02), James P. McGovern (MA-02), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Betty McCollum (MN-04), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today released the following statement condemning the Trump Administration’s recent actions harming the Palestinian…


  • May 2, 2018
    Memorializing 70 Years of Occupation

    UW-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine Rescheduled from April 27. Stop by to see UW SJP’s display memorializing 70 years of occupation and devastation that stills continues today in Palestine. We will be handing out literature and you can find out how you can get involved in the cause. Hope to see you all there!


  • Islam Maraqa of ISM on WORT

    Gil Halstead with Islam Maraqa on Access Shahir Hunaina, YouTube, November 16, 2016 My Blood is Palestinian (Dammi Falastini), translation by Sara Ba Keeping my oath, following my religion You will find me on my land I belong to my people, I sacrifice my soul for them My blood is Palestinian, Palestinian, Palestinian My blood…


  • Demolishing Palestinian schools ‘a quiet population transfer’

    Orly Noy, +972, January 24, 2018 By destroying schools in Palestinian villages in Area C and elsewhere, Israel is forcing Palestinians to make a cruel choice — between their land and their children’s futures. Students sit in a classroom at school in the Jahalin Bedouin community of Khan Al-Ahmar, West Bank, February 22, 2017. (Faiz…


  • Israel no longer bothers with the illusion of legal proceedings

    Israel is so confident of its ability to expel Palestinian communities that it no longer even bothers to create the illusion of legal proceedings B’Tselem, November 22, 2017 Over the past month, the state has informed three Palestinian communities that it intends to expel them from their homes and land. The notification was made by…


  • A Policy of Displacement

    Visualizing Palestine, September 2012 “‘Policy of Displacement’ focuses on the Israeli government’s widespread practice of demolishing Palestinian homes in the West Bank and Gaza since 1967. The data for the graphic draws primarily on research by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). The graphic was first published by Al Jazeera English on 28 August,…


  • Ilan Pappe: No, Israel Is Not a Democracy — And Never Was

    Israel is not the only democracy in the Middle East. In fact, it’s not a democracy at all. Ilan Pappe, Jacobin, May 5, 2017 Excerpted from Ten Myths About Israel, Verso Books In the eyes of many Israelis and their supporters worldwide — even those who might criticize some of its policies — Israel is,…


  • Israel seizes solar panels donated by Dutch government

    Israeli soldiers carried out raid on solar farm which allegedly did not have proper building permits Bethan McKernan, The Independent, 3 July 2017 The Netherlands has lodged a complaint with the Israeli government after dozens of Dutch solar panels donated to a West Bank village were confiscated by Israeli authorities. The hybrid diesel and solar…


  • Banksy’s Murals Turn Up In The Gaza Strip

    Krishnadev Calamur, NPR, February 26, 2015 Banksy’s work is now in the Gaza Strip. The artist, who uses public spaces for his often-provocative murals, posted images that he said were of art he created in the Gaza Strip, along with a two-minute video of life in the Palestinian territory, titled “Make this the year YOU…


  • Israel Bulldozes Democracy

    AYMAN ODEH, The New York Times, February 11, 2017 A Bedouin woman reacts to the destruction of houses by Israeli authorities on January 18, 2017 in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran, which is not recognized by the Israeli government, near the southern city of Beersheba, in the Negev desert. (Menahem Kahana/Agence France-Presse — Getty…