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  • After 50 years of failure to stop violence and terrorism against Palestinians by Jewish ultranationalists, lawlessness has become the law. By Ronen Bergman and Mark Mazzetti, New York Times Magazine This story is […]


  • FOX 32 Chicago, May 7, 2024 Demonstrators at the University of Chicago were given a final notice to leave their encampment on campus which was established to protest the war […]


  • Columbia College Student Council Please, listen to us – not political figures, radical fringes and misguided media The Guardian, 4 May 2024 On Tuesday night, we watched in horror as […]


  • By Hamdan Huraini HUMANS OF MASAFER YATTA, MAY 5, 2024 How do we define human rights? Does a Palestinian have the right to live or not? Is a Palestinian a […]


  • by Awdah Hathaleen HUMANS OF MASAFER YATTA, MAY 4 The occupation army has a new strategy: closing the roads that connect all of the villages and cities in Masafer Yatta. […]


  • May 3, 2024 University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin erred when she authorized a police raid Wednesday on a well-organized encampment by student advocates for peace and justice in Gaza on Library […]


  • Deescalating conflict around protests was possible, but many colleges turned to law enforcement instead. By Abdallah Fayyad | abdallah.fayyad@vox.com  , Vox, May 3, 2024 Abdallah Fayyad is a correspondent at Vox, where he […]


  • BY SCOTT GORDON ● POLITICS ● MAY 1, 2024  Wednesday morning’s crackdown included brutal attacks on protestors, arrests without charges, and a dubious narrative. Perhaps it was an example of progressive policing or Madison-centric policing or the “Madison Model.” […]


  • MAY 1, 2024 BY CHALI PITTMAN AND FAYE PARKS WORT 89.9FM Madison · Police Invade "Liberated Zone," Leading to Injuries and Arrests Officers from a variety of state and local departments – including UW-Madison […]


  • @thecakelin Replying to @thecakelin "I mean they have to face the fucking responsibility of what they did" – Professor Samer Alatout (sameralatout on Twitter) #uwmadison #madisonwi ♬ original sound – […]


  • UW Madison Professor Samer Alatout asked police to leave students at the encampment alone this morning. This is what the police did to him. Professor pinned on the ground being […]


  • Report on Israel’s Crimes and Violations of Palestinians’ Rights in the West Bank in January and February 2024 ♦️Since the beginning of 2024, the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) and Israeli […]


  • Good Shepherd Collective Weekly Report Intro Since October 7, Israel has killed at least 31,043 people in Gaza, wounding 76,666. The death toll is widely understood to be a massive […]


  • 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 […]


  • With the world’s focus on Gaza, settlers have used wartime chaos as cover for violence and dispossession. Letter from the West Bank Shane Bauer, February 26, 2024 The family of […]


  • 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 […]


  • Under the cover of the relentless bombardment and atrocity crimes in Gaza, Israeli forces have simultaneously unleashed a new, brutal wave of unlawful violence against Palestinians in the occupied West […]


  • Don’t Let Us Feel Alone

    Awdah Hathaleen, Humans of Masafer Yatta, Feb 11, 2024 I stopped posting and updating for a while. I didn’t do this because the situation changed or ended, I stopped because […]


  • SUPPORT US Palestinians and Israelis who’ve experienced the settlers’ attacks first-hand see the move as a positive but wholly insufficient step toward accountability. Oren Ziv, +972, February 8, 2024 Einan […]


  • ESCALATING OPPRESSION

    📷ESCALATING OPPRESSION: Massive arrest campaigns…Extrajudicial killings..Enforced Disappearances 📷 Full report:📷 https://t.co/brru6QXXwf pic.twitter.com/gKET8x9f9i — Addameer – الضمير (@Addameer) February 1, 2024 FULL REPORT FROM ADDAMEER


  • The Occupation of the American Mind and My Neighborhood   Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin Street, Room 302 5:30 pm social time 6:00 pm screenings Discussion following the films. Free popcorn. RSVP […]


  • Amid the Palestinian genocide activists spread awareness about Cop City and Israeli police training Jocelyn James, Prism, November 14th, 2023 A protester cries while speaking during a rally against the […]


  • NBC News, Dec. 26, 2023 In the village of At-Tuwani in the West Bank, residents say Jewish settlers have become far more aggressive since Hamas’ October 7 terror attacks in […]


  • Bethan McKernan, Kyri Evangelou, Mariam Dwedar and Temujin Doran, The Guardian, 14 Dec 2023 Masafer Yatta, the most rural and desolate area in the West Bank, is home to about […]


  • Plant An Olive Tree in the Madison-Masafer Yatta Grove! 271 of 500 Trees as of 12/16/23 Trees sponsored now will be planted where attacks on villages are happening. This is […]


  • Israelism Hosted by Tikkun Olam Productions On-demand Dec 8, 1:00 AM EST – Dec 11, 1:00 AM EST $5 for a 24 hour rental Get Tickets Now available to rent […]


  • Matthew Cassel, Mark Boyer and Santiago García Muñoz, New York Times, November 30, 2023 Since the Oct. 7 attacks in Israel, extremist settlers in the West Bank have been emboldened, […]


  • 12 Noon CT Join us this Wednesday for our next webinar of Solidarity Speaks, an emergency series giving people around the world a forum to hear directly from Palestinians and Israelis calling […]


  • Zuhour Muhammad Awad, the author’s grandmother, walking in the village of Tuba in May 2021. Ms. Awad says she was born in Tuba in 1948. She has spent her life […]


  •   11 am CT In support of our colleagues in Palestine, in support of the Palestinian people, and in support of justice for all people, Librarians & Archivists with Palestine (LAP) is […]


  • 12 Noon – 1 pm A Public Affair host Esty Dinur will be talking with three local Palestinian women about their families’ stories, what they understand and feel about the […]


  • Edward Wong and Patrick Kingsley, November 6, 2023 Israel’s National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir (C) inspects M5 automatic assault rifles being handed out to volunteers of the new civilian guard […]


  • Unhinged, Murderous Settlers Terrorize Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills As Gaza faces genocide, extremist settlers in the West Bank are running rampant. One Youth of Sumud activist says: “The […]


  • Join us this Wednesday for our next webinar of Solidarity Speaks, an emergency series giving people around the world a forum to hear directly from Palestinians and Israelis calling for an immediate […]


  • Left: Bilal Muhammed Saleh from the village of As-Sawiya south of Nablus, shortly before he was shot to death by settlers in his olive grove. The South Hebron Hills B’Tselem, […]


  • More than 100 Palestinians have been killed, more than 2,000 injured and nearly 1,000 forcibly displaced by Israeli settlers since Hamas’s Oct. 7 attacks on Israel, the United Nations said. […]


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  • Settlers push Bedouins off West Bank territory Herders report violence driving them from their homes in accelerating, aggressive and highly effective campaign Emma Graham-Harrison and Quique Kierszenbaum in Ein Rashash, […]


  •   Rochester Witness Palestine Film Festival Israelism (2023) Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 3:00 pm ET/2:00 CT Online only REGISTER Co-writers/directors: Erin Axelman and Sam Eilertsen Run Time: 1:34 Language: […]


  • CPT Palestine, October 19, 2023 Since 7 October, our lives have been profoundly disrupted—our daily routines upended, and our sense of safety shattered. We find ourselves constantly glued to the […]


  • Tamara Nassar, The Electronic Intifada, 18 October 2023  


  • October 14, 2023 At the request of supporters from abroad, we applied to friends of us, residents of south Mt. Hebron, and asked them to send reports about the current […]


  • Tamara Nassar, THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA, 13 October 2023 Palestinians carry the body of Muntasir Zaaqiq killed a day earlier in clashes with Israeli security forces, during his funeral in the […]


  • Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | October 11, 2023 – Today, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and all Arab Americans once again commemorate a somber day. 38 years ago today Alexander […]


  • Oct 15, 2023 2:00 PM Central The modern nation of Israel, created by the UN in 1948, is central to the political and cultural life of the American Jewish community. […]


  • Support Sami Huraini

    On October 30th, Palestinian Human Rights Defender Sami Huraini will be sentenced by the Israeli Court in retaliation for his activism. Since Sami and his family have defended their home […]


  • Thank You from Palestine!

    Hello friends, Thank you all so much for helping me to come back to Palestine, and for sponsoring young olive trees to be planted in Masafer Yatta in the coming […]


  • Jerry Windley-Daoust, The Catholic Worker Movement, September 2, 2023 “These settlers act with impunity because Israel has impunity in the world, and they have that because of the U.S.,” Cassandra […]


  • Backed by hundreds of community members, Google workers protested yesterday outside Google’s biggest cloud conference of the year to demand that their bosses stop doing business with Israel’s apartheid regime. […]


  • Owner hopes playing with felines will offer therapy to those scarred from the strip’s devastating wars and other hardships Mehr Jan, American Muslim Today, Aug 21, 2023 Following the popularity […]


  • One underreported aspect of Cop City is the long and ongoing relationship between Georgia police agencies pushing this project and the Israeli police forces. The Stop Cop City campaign is […]



  • Sunday, August 27 on WORT’s World View The interview begins at 33:00. Cassandra talks with Gil Halstead about her upcoming trip to Palestine, where she will attend the September 6 […]


  • Tuesday, August 29, 7 pm CT Reparations and the Palestinian Right of Return as Teshuvah (Repentence) for the Nakba: An online talk by Peter Beinart Organizers suggest you may want […]


  • Free Sami Huraini

    Started January 10, 2021 Petition to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ Why this petition matters Started by Palestine Partners Palestinian human […]


  • Dear Friends, I wanted to let you know that I will be returning to Palestine soon for the September 6th  trial of the settler who assaulted me and fractured my […]


  • When members of Congress applaud falsehoods about Israel being a vibrant democracy, they are aiding and abetting further oppression of Palestinians. By Yuli Novak,  +972 Magazine, July 31, 2023   […]


  • 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 […]


  • Not only did the anti-government protests not condemn the assault on Jenin, its leaders even praised the ‘brave men’ who took part in the invasion. Israelis block the Ayalon Highway […]


  • Masafer Yatta Update

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  • Israel’s “right to defend itself” is invoked constantly by its supporters, but international law says Israel cannot simultaneously occupy Palestinian land and attack it as a “foreign” threat, or treat […]


  • Jenin by Eli Valley, July 7, 2023 Jewish Cartoonist Eli Valley Sparks Angry Debate About anti-Semitism His comics often employ Nazi imagery satirically and he’s explicit about the point: To […]


  • Israel’s raid on Jenin, through the eyes of one family Hussein Shibly looks out Saturday from his home, which was damaged in the Israeli raid in the Jenin refugee camp […]


  • As you know Jenin recently endured an especially deadly and destructive assault by the Israeli armed forces.  (See this AlJazeera link for details, pictures and videos). Please consider donating to the […]


  • Palestinians in West Bank cities are fast discovering that if their expulsion won’t be possible, Gazafication will be their future. Palestinians gather around parts of an Israeli armored vehicle after […]


  • Palestinian residents confront Israeli occupation forces in the Shuafat refugee camp. (Photo: via Activestills.org) Ramzy Baroud, July 1, 2023 Numbers can be dehumanizing. However, when placed in their proper context, […]


  • West Bank residents reported gunfire, drones and explosions as Israel launched extensive air and ground attacks on occupied Jenin early July 3. (Video: Reuters) Steve Hendrix and Niha Masih, The […]


  • Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) Omar Qatin, a 27-year-old US-resident and husband and father to a Palestinian American, was shot and killed by the Israeli army during a settler […]


  • Killers walk free after farcical internal ‘investigation’ June 17, 2023 Yesterday, the Israeli military announced it was closing the case over the death of Omar Asaad, the Palestinian-American octogenarian killed […]


  • I witnessed the aftermath of the Sabra and Shatilla massacre, carried out with Zionist complicity as a preview for the “final solution to the Palestinian problem.” With the present Israeli […]


  • Videos from a March 16 raid in Jenin show increasingly deadly tactics by Israeli officers See the Washington Post article for videos and a 3D reconstruction of the March 16 […]


  • Sandra Whitehead, Wisconsin Muslim Journal, May 23, 2023 Photos by Mouna Photography Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, the grandson of globally respected icon of resistance against injustice Nelson Mandela, meets members of […]


  • The event, marking the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians when Israel was created, was condemned by the Israeli ambassador to the world body.   Mahmoud Abbas, the president […]


  • As salaamu alaykum — On this Faith & Action Friday, my heart is heavy as we approach Nakba Day.  The Nakba, or “catastrophe” in Arabic, is what Palestinians call the […]


  • May 16, 2023 at 7:00pm – 8:00pm (CDT) Zoom RSVP On Tuesday, May 16, in honor of the million Palestinians driven from their homes in the 1948 Nakba, CODEPINK Congress […]


  • Last night, Americans for Justice Palestine (AJP Action) led a historic event alongside IMEU, Project48, AFSC, USCPR, VCHR, JVP Action, DAWN, and EMGAGE Action on Capitol Hill to acknowledge the […]


  • 09 May 2023 Today at dawn, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have killed 13 Palestinians, including 4 women and 4 children; one was a 17-year-old girl, in addition to 3 commanders […]


  • Jewish Voice for Peace The Wire, 5/9/23 Last night, “a total of 40 fighter jets participated in bombing different locations,” reported Middle East Eye. “Another air strike in the afternoon […]


  • American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee (ADC), May 9, 2023 Washington, D.C. | May 9, 2023 – The world must stand united and unequivocally condemn the ongoing  brutal attacks by the Israeli Occupation […]


  • Israeli military said they knew of ‘collateral’ in their operation to kill three Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) members. A woman mourns her friend who was killed along with her husband […]


  • A Conversation With Cassandra Dixon And Ali Awad A PUBLIC AFFAIR, WORT 89.9 FM, APRIL 20, 2023 WORT 89.9FM Madison · Rising Violence in the West Bank: a Conversation with […]


  • Tom Hurndall, Youth Of Sumud Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights, 11th April 2023 Tom Hurndall was 21-years-old when, twenty years ago today, he was shot in the head while trying […]


  • MRSCP member and Palestine Partners founder Cassandra Dixon is home safe and (mostly) sound from the Masafer Yatta area of the West Bank after being seriously injured in a settler […]


  • “We are staying here, herding our sheep and cultivating our land. Nothing will uproot us from our land.” —Jaber Dbabseh, Masafer Yatta Two Hundred Fifteen Palestinian families in Masafer Yatta, […]


  • A letter to President Biden and Secretary Blinken from Bernie Sanders, Jamaal Bowman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Summer Lee, Rashida Tlaib, Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar, Betty McCollum, André Carson, and Ayanna Pressley […]


  • #StopArmingIsrael

    Tax Day Action Kit Invite your neighbors to question how the U.S. government uses our tax dollars to fund Israeli violence—and imagine what could happen if those funds powered the […]


  • Mel Frykberg, March 27, 2023 Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Courtesy Cassandra Auren An American senior citizen allegedly suffered a potentially fatal attack in the West Bank as part […]


  • Cassandra Dixon is helped by women from the Palestinian hamlet of Tuba, in the Masafer Yatta area of the West Bank, after she was attacked by a Jewish settler on March […]


  • 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 […]


  • What I Saw May Be a Sign of What’s to Come Mourners march with the body of Abdel Fatah Hussein Khroushah, a 49-year-old Palestinian who was killed and was accused […]


  • How Israeli Settlers Launched A Pogrom With Israeli politicians constantly fanning the rhetorical flames, last month’s violence—and actual arson—didn’t exactly come as a surprise. Smoke and flames rise after Israeli […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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, […]


  • 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 […]


  • Huwara is not a story of ‘two sides fighting each other.’ It’s the story of a regional superpower that tramples over millions of disenfranchised people. Nawal Domedi looks at the […]


  • Demolition Report Good Shepherd Collective, 3 March 2023 Over $5,000,000 in reported damages after the Huwara pogroms — a collobrative night of violence organized by the Israeli settler movement and the […]


  • The death toll from the war in Yemen1 has reached nearly 400,000 and, despite diplomatic progress, 2022 was one of the deadliest years since the beginning of the conflict eight […]


  • Palestinians inspect the destroyed cars at a scrapyard in the town of Huwara near Nablus in the West Bank on February 27, 2023 after they were torched overnight. Photo by […]


  • 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 […]