Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Israeli government announces 1,600 new houses for settlers in East Jerusalem

The announcements comes as Joe Biden tells the world what great lovers the US and Israel are. In other words Israel can do what it likes and the US will let them get on with it, while making some public noises to appear 'even-handed'. (Pictured above: East Jerusalem district of Silwan is being targeted by the settlers).
The Interior Ministry approved the building of 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem, a ministry statement said on Tuesday.

The units are to be constructed, according to the ministry statement, in addition to the ultra-Orthodox Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, expanding it both to the east and to the south. more

Video: Official trailer for 6th Israeli Apartheid Week, plus London events diary

Israeli Apartheid Week - London

1st - 11th March 2010

Palestine Societies in SOAS, UCL and LSE

Day One

Anatomy of Israeli Rule in The Occupied Palestinian Territories

Monday 1 March 2010, 7pm

LSE, Room D702 (Clement House)


Adi Ophir, associate professor at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University

Sari Hanafi, Associate professor at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, American University of Beirut

Day Two

Stop the Wall!

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

UCL – Room and time TBC


Taysir Arbasi, Former olive farmer and project director of Zaytoun, Palestine

Michael Warschawski, Alternative Information Centre, a joint Palestinian-Israeli research group

Yasmin Khan, War on Want

Day Three

Apartheid Israel and the Land Question

Wednesday, 3 March 2010, 7pm

SOAS, Room G50


Salah Mohsen, community organiser and an activist for the rights of the Palestinian citizens of Israel, a member of the General Council of the National Democratic Alliance

Nidal Rafa, TV producer and journalist based in Jerusalem, sits on the boards of the English-language publication This Week in Palestine, and the al-Hosh gallery of Palestinian art in Jerusalem.

Day Four

The Application of Universal Jurisdiction After the Cast Lead Offensive

Thursday, 4 March 2010, 7pm

SOAS. Room B102


Daniel Machover, Co-founder of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights in
1988, Machover actively pursues potential legal remedies in the UK and
EU for Palestinian victims of Israeli human rights abuses

Day Five

Palestinian Women’s Lives in Occupied Jerusalem:

Hosted by the SOAS Gender Centre

Organised by


Monday, 8 March 2010, 7pm


Women and Children in the Old City


Hiyam Elayan, Co-ordinator, Saraya Women’s Centre, Old City.

Women and children in a Jerusalem Refugee Camp


Amal Ehjazi, Co-ordinator, Women’s Centre, Shu’fat Camp.

The Health Situation in Jerusalem and its Suburbs


Dr Huda Hassan, Doctor for UNWRA, lives in Abu Dis and works in Jerusalem.

Palestinian Women Under Occupation


Dr Fadwa Al-Labadi, Director of the Insan Centre for Gender Studies, Al Quds University, Abu Dis.

Day Six

Democracy or Apartheid? Israel's regime of control and the Palestinians

Tuesday, 9 March 2010, 6pm

LSE, U8 (Tower 1, access from Clements Inn)


Ben White, writer and freelance journalist, author of 'Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide' (Pluto Press, 2009).

Day Seven

Film Screening:

Thursday, 11 March 2010, 6pm

LSE, D702 (Clements House)

Yizkor: Slaves of Memory

Director: Eyal Sivan, 1991

Followed by a Q&A with the director

IZKOR, is a portrait of the Israeli society that has never been shown before, thirty days in the life of a state that lives to the rhythm of its memory. This award-winning film puts forward a passionate and severe analysis of the Hebrew state. “IZKOR,” means "remember" in Hebrew and this film looks in depth at this imperative that is imposed on the children of Israel. In Israel during the month of April feast days and celebrations take place one after another. School children of all ages prepare to pay tribute to their country’s past. The collective memory becomes a terribly efficient tool for the training of young minds. The author of the film is an Israeli. By going to rediscover the myths and symbols that have contributed to the making of his own identity, as well as that of every Israeli, he is bringing into play his own personal experience

Fatah signals reconciliation talks could be back on as Arab League summit looms

Are the national reconciliation talks on again? Maan is reporting moves by Fatah to get Hamas representatives to Cairo to sign up to a 'Unity Road Map'.
Gaza – Ma'an – A Palestinian lawmaker representing Fatah in Gaza proposed on Tuesday that Hamas head to Cairo and sign the Egyptian unity plan ahead of the Arab League summit in Tripoli.

The trip, according to Ashraf Jum'a, would be the first of four stages allowing Palestinian factions to "climb down from the tree," Jum'a told Ma'an, in a proposal he termed the "Unity Road Map."


Israel's 'deputy mayor' of Jerusalem shows his racism with attack on Arab residents

If anyone has doubts about the racist nature of Israel's ongoing demolition and construction programme the Israeli deputy major makes it disgustingly transparent - clear out the Arabs.
It is much preferred to have Jews living in Jerusalem rather than Arabs, Deputy Jerusalem Mayor David Dahari said during a tour of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Shiekh Jarah on Tuesday, Israel Radio reported.

According to Dahari, who is a represents the National Religious Party (NRP), more Jews will be living in the neighborhood by the end of the year.

The deputy mayor said, “Jews can live in every house in Jerusalem and unfortunately Arabs can too.” more

Egyptian bloggers' day of 'electronic' solidarity with Palestinians of Gaza

Egypt's blogger are risking the wrath of their dictatorial state with today's show of solidarity with Gaza, given the regime's role in maintaining the blockade, affirmed by the building of a steel fence along the border to deter tunneling.
CAIRO: Egyptian Internet activists have agreed to change their profile photos on the popular social networking site Facebook on Tuesday as part of Arab Unity and support with the “resilience of Palestinians in Gaza.” The group will be celebrating the steadfastness of the Gaza people who have been under economic and political blockade for their 1,000th day “without bowing to the U.S.-Israeli domination.”

Egyptian bloggers and activists have called for the “electronic day” against the siege in support of Palestinian steadfastness and have highlighted that those who struggle to regain their rights “inevitably will attain it even if it takes a long time.” more