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  • May 14, 2024 Online Premiere, June 6-27, 2024 “Where Olive Trees Weep” offers a searing window into the struggles and resilience of the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation. Following Palestinian […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • Masafer Yatta Update

    MASAFER YATTA UPDATE


  • $2,000 of $2,000 on 7/27/23


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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, […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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, […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • #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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


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


  • 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 […]


  • 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, […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]



  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • #SaveAlWalaja

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


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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, […]


  • 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 […]


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


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • ‘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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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. […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • Hebron Freedom Fund


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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, […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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. […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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, […]


  • 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 […]


  • 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 […]