Palestine this week

Palestinian Journalist attacked and beaten by Israeli Soldiers

Palestinian photojournalist Moheeb Al-Barghouthi was attacked and beaten by Israeli Soldiers while covering the (Non-Violent) Anti-Apartheid Wall protests in Nabi-Saleh in the Occupied West Bank. Judging by the photo below Al-Barghouti was beaten severely.

Al-Barghouti after the attack

Maan News reports:

“Palestinian photojournalist Moheeb Al-Barghouthi was beaten by Israeli soldiers on Friday while covering an anti-wall protest in Nabi Saleh near Ramallah.

Al-Barghouthi, who works for the official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, suffered head injuries and sustained bruises across his body in the attack.

He said soldiers destroyed his camera and confiscated some of his equipment.

The journalist said the soldiers accused him of “misrepresenting” the image of Israeli forces. They left him bleeding and handcuffed on the ground in intense heat for several hours, he added.”

You can see the below video for footage of the protest and the subsequent arrest of young Palestinian Men.



Has the Arab Spring reached Israel?

Thousands of Israeli’s have protested in the Streets, asking for Benjamin Netanyahu’s resignation, shouting “Mubarak, Assad, Bibi Netanyahu.”



Israel Bombs Gaza

Israeli Airforce jets struck Gaza City, this Thursday. According to the Israeli Newspaper Haaretz, this was in response to the firing of Grad rockets at Israel in the last few days by militant groups. The IDF contended that the Airstrike was targeting tunnels used for ‘terror activity’, a ‘terror activity site in Central Gaza and one in Southern Gaza. Given that Israel considers the entire Gazan Government to be a terrorist Organization, I wonder who decides what constitutes ‘terror activity’…  Maan News agency Reported 2 Injuries.



Israel’s Interior Ministry has approved 900 new settlement homes in Har Homa, East Jerusalem

“Illegal Shumeegle”.  Maan News reports:

 Har Homa is known as Abu Ghnaim to Palestinians and used to be a lush forested area in northern Bethlehem before being destroyed to make space for the illegal settlement.

Hagit Ofran, who monitors settlement activity for the Israeli group Peace Now, described the final approval of the project as “a very dramatic development” because of where the new housing will be located.

“It adds a new ridge to Har Homa which blocks the territorial contiguity between east Jerusalem and Bethlehem and adds a further barrier to the possibility of east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital in a two-state solution,” she told AFP.




New Bill proposes making Hebrew the only National Language of Israel

A number of Kadima Party Politicians are ‘reconsidering’ their support for a new law which would “the national home for the Jewish people.”  About 24% of Israelis are not Jewish.

This follows a spate of thoroughly undemocratic bills being passed in the Israeli Knesset, including the boycott law , which makes it an offence to call for a boycott of Israeli products (yes, even if they are manufactured in illegal settlements).