"Israel's failure to respect the right to return for Palestinians who were forced to flee their homes in 1948 is a flagrant violation of international law that has fuelled decades of suffering on a mass scale for Palestinian refugees across the region, said Amnesty International, marking 71 years since the Nakba (catastrophe), as it is known to Palestinians. Amnesty International's dedicated Nakba website 70+ Years of Suffocation showcases powerful images and testimonies that tell the heartbreaking stories of Palestinian refugees living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Jordan and Lebanon" (Amnesty International, 15 May, 2019).
As the world's largest and most protracted displaced population, Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) today number 8.7 Million, constituting 66.7 % of the Palestinian people. Yet, neither the internationally mandated bodies nor the international community, have taken any measures to adequately address this ongoing Nakba (catastrophe) by the provision of just and durable solutions as stipulated by international law, and as embodied in UNGA Resolution 194 of 1948 and UNSC Resolution 337 of 1967.
Thursday 23 May, the UN Security Council will receive the Secretary-General's report on the protection of civilians in conflicts and hold its annual open debate on the topic. A report released by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition last weekhighlighted the continuing insecurity and attacks faced by health workers in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The report, to which MAP contributed, identified 308 attacks that affected Palestinian health workers, medical facilities and health transport in 2018. The report notes a UN Commission of Inquiry on the protests in Gaza, which recently found that the oPt is "one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a health worker". It stresses that the Commission's investigation found "reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli snipers intentionally shot health workers, despite seeing that they were clearly marked as such."
La coalition européenne de soutien aux prisonniers palestiniens s'est réunie à Bruxelles les 27 et 28 avril. Sous le slogan " L'arrestation d'enfants est un crime contre l'humanité ", la coalition lance une campagne internationale de soutien aux prisonniers et exige la libération des enfants palestiniens détenus dans les prisons israéliennes. Un large public originaire de plus de 20 pays européens a assisté à la conférence.
As Eurovision proceedings come to an end in apartheid Tel Aviv, the winner is already clear: the BDS movement for Palestinian rights. Fewer and fewer artists are performing in Israel because of its vast human rights abuses against Palestinians. This year's @Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv will be remembered as not just the most controversial, but one of the worst attended, despite Israel's propaganda.
Palestinian, Israeli and international artists have come together to put on a series of concerts as an alternative to the Eurovision Song Contest held in Tel Aviv, amid protests calling for a boycott of the music competition. The event, "Globalvision", was held in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, Haifa, London and Dublin on Saturday and included live performances by Palestinian, Israeli and international artists. The performances were live streamed around the world on the night of Eurovision's finale in Tel Aviv.
Palestinian artists held a concert in a building destroyed by Israel just a week ago to call on the world to boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Tel Aviv. "Why doesn't Eurovision arrange an event to let the music of dead, bombed-out buildings, and for the voices of mothers of the slain to be heard?"
Wolf Alice aren't a band you would ever expect to interview about the Eurovision Song Contest. The group's guitarist Joff Oddie describes Eurovision as "a wonderful idea, if a bit naff at times". But rather than being a secret fan, Joff is one of several artists who've been calling on people to stay away from this year's event in Israel.
It's hard not to love Eurovision: it's camp, kitsch fun and I'm a sucker for power ballads and dance floor bangers. In recent years, I have been swept up in the excitement. But as the son of a Palestinian refugee and as a gay man, I simply cannot bring myself to take part in the revelries this year.
"Cultural Boycott" by Eurodivision
"Eurovision boycott": The Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah talked to Al Jazeera English about the campaign to boycott Eurovision 2019 that was held in Tel Aviv, 18 May 2019.
PALESTINEVISION - SONG PROTEST - World 2019
"Zing je eigen Eurosong" - Leuven - 04/05/2019
Eurovision Song Contest 2019: Protesters have gathered outside the venue of the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel's Tel Aviv to call for a boycott of the event.
* 3 juni '19 - 20:00: "THE APOLLO OF GAZA" - Nicolas Wadimoff. In aanwezigheid van de regisseur. In 2013 werd voor de kust van Gaza een standbeeld van Apollo ontdekt. Niet veel later verdween het op mysterieuze wijze. Waren hier vervalsers aan het werk? Of ging het om een geschenk van de goden aan een Palestijns volk dat smacht naar hoop?
# Halle, 7-21 juni: Wereldvluchtelingendag 2019 - Brug naar Palestina. Wereldvluchtelingendag werd voor het eerst georganiseerd in 2001 en wordt sindsdien ieder jaar op 20 juni gehouden. Tienduizenden mensen uit de hele wereld nemen die dag de tijd om vluchtelingen wereldwijd in de kijker te zetten. In Halle proberen we dit jaar de brug te slaan naar Palestina.
* 7 tot 21 juni: "Memory of a Land," schilderijen van Maher en Iryna Naji.Waar? Basiliekstraat 49, Halle. Vernissage op 7 juni vanaf 17u.In het weekend 10u-18u, op donder- en vrijdag 14u-19u. Maher Naji werd in 1963 geboren in het Jabalaya vluchtelingenkamp (Gazastrook).Zijn politiek geïnspireerde werken vielen niet in de smaak bij Hamas en in 2017 werd hij 2 weken gevangen genomen. Met de expo "Memory of a Land" stellen hij en zijn vrouw Iryna voor het eerst hunschilderijententoon in België, in hun thuisstad Halle.
* 7 tot 21 juni: Expo "De verdwenen dorpen van Palestina." Expo Johan Depoortere.Waar? Foyer, stadhuis Halle, Oudstrijdersplein 18. Wanneer? tijdens de openingsuren van het stadhuis. Op weekdagen van 9u-12u en 13.30u-16.30u, donderdag 17u-20u. Gesloten op pinkstermaandag. Het Eurovisiesongfestival 2019 in Israël vond plaats in Ramat Aviv, een stadsdeel dat letterlijk gebouwd is op de ruïnes van het Palestijnse dorp Sheikh Muwanis. Voormalig VRT-journalistJohan Depoortere maakte vorig jaar een rondreis in Israël & Palestina. Hij speurde naar de geschiedenis van Sheikh Muwanis en ruim 600 andere dorpen waaruit de Palestijnse inwoners werden verjaagd en de huizen werden vernietigd. Een fototentoonstelling over stille getuigen van een woelig verleden.
The current violence in Gaza cannot be abstracted from the history of continued Palestinian displacement, dispossession, and murder. The news cycle focuses on immediate actions; rockets, air strikes and security risks, because acknowledging the broader reality leads to uncomfortable political conclusions. In fact, many Palestinian activists and academics now talk of an ongoing Nakba, one that did not end in 1948 but still continues.
Yes, Israel has been a colonial regime for the past 70 years. Founded in 1948 through the displacement of nearly 800,000 Palestinians and the destruction of more than 530 towns and villages, this premeditated ethnic cleansing, known as al-Nakba, the catastrophe, was the prelude to a regime of settler colonialism, apartheid and occupation over the Palestinian people. But while Israel has been a settler-colonial enterprise since 1948, it is not the only remaining one. Indeed, the US currently engages in 21-century wars and occupations abroad, while at the same time waging war on indigenous and working people at home.
The anniversary of the Nakba comes every May. But we, the Palestinians of 1948, live in memory of the Nakba in different circumstances than all other Palestinians. Here from within Israel, we can hear the sirens declare the beginning of the celebration observed by those who occupied us while we are still deeply rooted inside of our homeland. We suffer because we feel alienated in our own country, we shout and scream and no one hears us. Israel's Independence Day is marked on May 9 this year, the holiday follows the Hebrew calendar.
This year, to honor all that has been lost, and ensure we can move forward, we must pressure our politicians to address the Nakba from the river to the sea. While the news headlines can't possibly tell the whole story, and about the years of behind-the-scenes toil that led to these "firsts" and "mosts", they are nevertheless indicative of the fact we are indeed at a turning point, with events developing at a more rapid pace than we have been used to.
Thousands of Palestinians rallied on Wednesday to markNakba Day, what Palestinians call "the catastrophe" that befell them in the war that led to the establishment ofIsrael in 1948. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their homes.
With the occupation largely hidden from view, many Israelis bemoan - in good faith, I believe - the lack of a "partner for peace" on the Palestinian side. Held captive by their politicians' rhetoric and their own reasonable fears about security, what they don't see is how deeply Israel's military apparatus is invested in suppressing the very development of a Palestinian civil society that might produce such a partner - an interlocutor like the Palestinian rights campaigner Issa Amro.
Rim Banna, a famous Palestinian singer who translated Palestine's most moving poetry into song, passed away last March at the age of 51. Banna captured the struggle for Palestinian freedom in the most dignified and melodious ways. If we could imagine angels singing, they wouldsound like her.
Dareen Tatour sat in prison and was put under house arrest for a poem she published on Facebook. Now an Israeli court has decided to partially overturn her conviction, ruling that a poem she wrote, which landed her in prison last year, does not constitute incitement to violence.
Located on three acres of land near Bethlehem, the Palestine Museum of Natural History is home to some 260 types of plants, rare butterflies and birds. It is also a place where Israelis and Palestinians work alongside each other to further research, education and conservation. "Israeli volunteers, who oppose colonialism, Zionism and Israeli occupation, work with us,"Mazin Qumsiyeh, founder and director of the museum and a well-known human rights activist, told Al-Monitor.
Communiqué de l'AFPS, CFDT, CGT, FIDH, Al Haq, LDH, Solidaires, Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine. A l'issue d'une intense campagne de mobilisation, nos organisations se félicitent aujourd'hui du retrait d'ALSTOM de l'appel d'offre pou l'extension du réseau de tramway à Jérusalem-Est, outil de la politique de colonisation et d'annexion israélienne à Jérusalem.
Een rechter in de staat Texas heeft een wet van het deelstaatparlement ongeldig verklaard. Die wet verplicht overheidsambtenaren een verklaring te ondertekenen dat ze niet zullen deelnemen aan BDS-activiteiten tegen Israël. De rechter oordeelt dat deze wet een inbreuk is op de vrije meningsuiting.
Germany's parliament has condemned as anti-Semitic a movement calling for a cultural boycott of Israel over its policies towards Palestinians. Lawmakers in the Bundestag said the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group uses anti-Semitic methods to promote its political goals. The BDS movement described the decision as "a betrayal of international law".
The Palestinian Journalists Union in the West Bank on Tuesday said that the Israeli occupation forces have killed 102 Palestinian journalists since 1972. Naser Abu Baker, head of the union, said during his speech for a conference on press freedom in Ramallah that 19 journalists have been killed since 2014.
On 15 May European diplomats will be holding a party featuring the Dutch DJs Detroit Swindle and artists from across Europe at Charles Clore Park in Jaffa. They will be dancing - figuratively, if not literally - on the graves of Palestinians. The party,hostedby the Dutch, European Union and German embassies, among other European institutions, is supposed to celebrate theEurovision Song Contestthat will be going on simultaneously in Tel Aviv.
Germany has just criminalized justice. A blend of warranted guilt feelings, orchestrated and taken to sickening extremes by cynical and manipulative Israeli extortion, caused the federal parliament on Friday to pass one of the most outrageous and bizarre resolutions since the end of World War II.
Many US states are using anti-boycott laws and executive orders to punish companies that refuse to do business with illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, HRW said today. More than 250 million Americans, some 78 percent of the population, live in states with anti-boycott laws or policies.
The grandson of late iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela has called on the Palestinians to follow the footsteps of South Africans while struggling against the "apartheid" state of Israel. In an exclusive interview, Mandla Mandela said South Africans lived for decades under the apartheid regime in their country.
A veteran US politician who has announced his candidacy for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination for 2020 has described Israel as a "racist state" which is committing "genocide" against the Palestinians. The remarks were made on Twitter by 88 year old former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel.
C'est le ramadan à Gaza. Cette année, il est ponctué par la pénurie et par la peur, plutôt que la réjouissance et les cérémonies. Pour de nombreuses familles à Gaza, il sera un mois de deuil. Vingt-neuf Palestiniens ont été tués durant l'assaut violent de l'armée israélienne le week-end dernier, dont deux femmes enceintes et un enfant qui n'avait que quelques mois. La nuit avant le début du mois sacré, des éclairs ont pénétré le ciel noir alors qu'Israël lâchait une fois encore ses bombes sur nous.
About 68% of households in Gaza experience severe or moderate levels of food insecurity, and the unemployment rate increased from 44% in 2017 to 52% in 2018. In an increasingly destabilized economy and weakened social fabric, families' resilience capacities are increasingly eroded, and the vulnerability of certain groups, particularly children, is exacerbated. Child labour, including children engaging in hazardous occupations, has become a commonly used mechanism to alleviate poverty and secure daily expenses.
When Gaza's people sleep at night, Salah al-Juju wakes up from his makeshift bed in Palestine Square, in the center of Gaza City, and begins his customary tour. Al-Juju, 56, has lived on Gaza's streets for some 21 years. Every night until sunrise he searches through Gaza's garbage containers looking for books.
The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) yesterday rejected the demand to release prisoner Sheikh Sayyah Al-Turi and return him to the Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb. Prison services had conditioned his release on his forcible transfer and deportation from Al-Araqeeb. Al-Turi refused the terms, preferring to say in jail and his release has been postponed for a further 60 days. OnTuesday morning, Israeli bulldozers demolished Al-Araqeeb and displaced its residents for the 144th time.
Un tribunal israélien a confirmé une décision du gouvernement d'expulser Omar Shakir, directeur du bureau de Jérusalem de Human Rights Watch. Le tribunal a fondé sa décision sur une loi de 2017 qui interdit l'entrée aux gens qui plaident pour un boycott d'Israël ou de ses colonies en territoire occupé.
"Israel's doctrine of 'defensive democracy' is a lie, devoid of any intellectual integrity," El-Ad wrote. "Israel is carrying out a large-scale, violent national project, and the government seeks not only to protect this despotic project from criticism, it also refuses to pay any price for its cultivation. The Palestinians foot the bill; this is their exclusive domain."
During the 1967 Six Day War, the West Bank and East Jerusalem were occupied by Israel. 52 years later this brutal military occupation remains in place, with the West Bank's almost 3 million Palestinian residents subjected to a maze of military checkpoints, attacks by illegal Israeli settlers and a lack of access to resources. So what is life like for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem? Here are 12 things you should know.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that in the past 2 weeks alone, Israeli forces demolished 41 Palestinian-owned structures in occupied East Jerusalem and Area C of the occupied West Bank, displacing 38 Palestinians and affecting 121 others. OCHA said in its biweekly Protection of Civilians Report that the demolitions took place under the pretext that it was built without the nearly-impossible to obtain Israeli permit.
The year 2019 has seen a significant increase in the number of Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem who have had to demolish their own home, or part of it, after having built it without a permit. The residents elect this path in order to avoid paying the city thousands of dollars they would have been billed, had municipal authorities carried out the demolition. Fifteen residential homes were demolished by their owners in East Jerusalem from the beginning of the year until 31 March 2019.
One of the many ways in which Israel seeks to oppress and control the Palestinian population is by imprisoning those who lead the resistance to its occupation and settler colonialist project. In Palestine, a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail is referred to as " aseer", or captive, because he or she is not a criminal.
The Prisoners' and Freed Prisoners' Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation revealed on Sunday that the Israeli occupation authorities have arrested more than 50,000 Palestinian children since 1967, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed has reported. Almost 17,000 of those arrested were detained in the years since the start of Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000.
The Nakba is the most traumatic catastrophe that ever befell Palestinians. This book explores new ways of remembering and commemorating the Nakba. In the context of Palestinian oral history, it explores 'social history from below', subaltern narratives of memory and the formation of collective identity. Masalha argues that to write more truthfully about the Nakba is not just to practise a professional historiography but an ethical imperative. The struggles of ordinary refugees to recover and publicly assert the truth about the Nakba is a vital way of protecting their rights and keeping the hope for peace with justice alive.
"Stories of the Homeland" (Zarefah Baroud)
"Lost cities of Palestine: Haifa, Nazareth, and Jaffa" (film by Ramez Kazmouz)
"Ens O Jam - Tarallali" (singer: Muhamed Mustafa)
"What Happened When Palestinian Women Took Charge of Their Village" (Haaretz)
Coordinating Committee: Prof. ém. Marie-Christine Closon (UCL), Prof. Patrick Deboosere (VUB), Prof. Lieven De Cauter (KULeuven), Em. Prof. Herman De Ley (UGent), Em. Prof. Marc De Meyere (UGent), Prof. Serge Deruette (UMons), Lieve Franssen (dir. Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor), Carl Gydé (director CAMPO), Prof. Perrine Humblet (ULB), Prof. Marc Jacquemain (ULiège), Em. Prof. Madeline Lutjeharms (VUB), Raven Ruëll (metteur en scène), Prof. ém. Christiane Schomblond (ULB), Dr. Nozomi Takahashi (UGent), Prof. Karin Verelst (VUB).
Mailing address: Belgian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI), 12, Kasteellaan, Deinze, O-Vla, 9850, BE