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25 Sep 2011
Berlin Demonstrates in Support of the Palestinian Struggle

Berlin, Germany, 22nd September 2011: Palestinian residents of Berlin, alongside German solidarity activists and Members of Parliament, demonstrated in the center of the German capital in support of the Palestinian struggle.

Demonstrators gathered outside the German parliament to hear speeches in support of the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN. Speakers also called for a campaign of boycott, disinvestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, for an end to the occupation and the seige on Gaza, and in support of the Palestinian popular struggle.

Among the participents at the demonstration was member of the Beit Ommar popular committee and PSP co-founder Mousa … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Hebron District, Politics »

24 Sep 2011
Huge Crowds Gather in Hebron for Historic UN Speech

Last night, PSP joined thousands of Palestinians on the streets of Hebron to watch Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the UN general assembly. Large crowds congregated along al-Quds street, where several big screens had been erected.

There was an expectant and celebratory atmosphere as the crowd watched musical and cultural performances that were being staged in Beirut and Nablus in the build up to the speech, which began at approximately 7pm local time.

The crowd applauded, cheered, and chanted as … Continue reading

Hebron District, Politics »

21 Sep 2011
Huge Protests in Hebron Ahead of UN Bid for Statehood

Wednesday 21st September: PSP today joined tens of thousands of demonstrators on the streets of Hebron to show support for the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN this week.

With all local schools closed for the day, children and youths from across the Hebron district descended on the city, joined by thousands of other demonstrators, and numerous youth organisations, including the Palestinian Boy Scouts.

Major streets in the center of the city were packed for the colorful and vibrant march, while demonstrators danced, sang, and chanted for an end to the occupation, … Continue reading

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18 Sep 2011
Palestine and the UN: Questions and Answers

    QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1) WHY ARE YOU INSISTING ON GOING TO THE UN IN SEPTEMBER?
Palestinians want to go to the UN in order to get international recognition for their future – a Palestinian State – and to legitimize Palestinian claims for freedom, independence and statehood.

2) WILL THE UN HELP IN MATERIALIZING THOSE GOALS?
The majority of countries in the world support Palestinian statehood. The goal is to abolish the four and half decades of Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories. Gaining staehood would open open up several new avenues for Palestine to pursue and end to the occupation and denial of human rights, such as the ICJ.

3) CAN YOU IDENTIFY THOSE … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action, Other, Politics, Settler Violence »

4 Sep 2011
More Evidence of Israeli Plans for September Violence Emerge

More evidence has emerged this week that Israel and its settlers are preparing to use extreme violence in response to peaceful Palestinian protests this Septemeber.

The International Middle East Media Center reports that extreme right-wing settler groups have prepared plans to attack peaceful Palestinian protests following the UN vote on statehood in Septemeber (original article here). In a chilling echo of the Israeli rhetoric used before the Cast Lead attacks on Gaza in 2008, an eight-page document urges settlers to “transform September from a threat to a historic opportunity to change the rules of the game”.

In this document, the settlers themselves acknowledge that the demonstrations are likely … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Politics »

28 Aug 2011
Israeli Women Visit Beit Ommar

This past Saturday, twenty-eight Israeli women visited Beit Ommar at the invitation of the Beit Ommar Women’s Committee. The event was organised to give the women a chance to eat together, mingle, and discuss the challenges that citizens of Beit Ommar face on a daily basis.

Iman Abu Maria started the discussion by illustrating the situation in Beit Ommar. She highlighted the problems caused by the five illegal settlements which surround Beit Ommar, including the regular settler assaults on Palestinian farmers cultivating their own land.

The issue of escalating violence from the Israeli military was also discussed, both in terms of the growing number of nighttime raids carried out in … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Politics »

20 Jun 2011
Activists Gather in Beit Ommar to Discuss One State Solution

On the evening of Thursday, June 16, about 35 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists met in Beit Ommar in order to discuss the formation of one, democratic, secular state in Israel and Palestine. They began by mentioning how the secular, democratic state is different from the bi-national state, because all individuals within it are equal before the law, regardless of their nationality, religion or gender. They also conversed about the importance of taking practical steps to envision what one state would look like. A committee of seven was formed to draft a vision statement for the goals of the larger group. They will gather to write this statement over the … Continue reading

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29 Apr 2011

Next Tuesday, members of Hamas and Fatah will meet in Cairo to sign a final document, securing a reconciliation deal between the two parties. The agreements will include intermediary measures for unity politics and a mandate for Palestine-wide elections within a year.

The Palestine Solidarity Project strongly supports this move toward unity, and hopes that these developments will help bring together the Palestinian people in their struggle to overcome the Israeli occupation. By ending a polarizing division that has fractured the Palestinian cause, we hope we can begin to build a strong, unified movement against Israeli occupation and apartheid.

Israel’s continued renunciation of any reconciliation attempt between Fatah and Hamas serves only the interests of an entrenched occupier. The Palestine Solidarity … Continue reading

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29 Apr 2011
Fatah, Hamas Make Unity Deal

Article from Ma’an News Agency
Picture from The Jerusalem Post

Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah reached an “understanding” in Cairo on Wednesday to set up a transitional unity government and hold elections, Hamas and Fatah sources said.

Hamas leader Izzat Ar-Rishiq confirmed the initial agreement. Ar-Rishiq said Cairo will call all factions to sign the final reconciliation within the week with the presence of Mahmoud Abbas and Khalid Mash’al.

Egypt’s official MENA news agency said the factions “reached a complete understanding after talks on all the points, including the formation of a transitional government with a specific mandate and setting a date for elections.”

Egypt will now call a meeting of all … Continue reading