Palestine/Israel

The Alternative Information Center (AIC) was established in 1984 by Palestinian and Israeli grassroots activists as a binational organisation to promote the human and national rights of the Palestinian people and a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis based on progressive principles and respect for international law. Its news site "AlternativeNews" brings you interesting news and opinions on the Palestine/Israel conflict and other Middle East Politics.
You read here for instance Why are Palestinians protesting the Paris Protocol?

Learn more from the Palestine festival of literature on their site

Miko Peeled claims that the current situation is an apartheid regime that must go, and that a single-state solution is closer than many people think because of the changing mindsets of many Israelis, American Jews, and holocaust survivors.
He is author of the book "The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine". Read also the review of this book on the electronic intifada.

Read Institute of Palestine Studies for many in depth information.

Israeli Occupation Archive: great resource for all Israel-Palestine matters. Written - amongst a lot of others - by Gideon Levy, writing also for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and Noam Chomsky, who travelled to Gaza, crossing the border with Egypt in Rafah, for the first time in october 2012. Before Israel barred him from entering the West Bank. After his visit to Gaza, Noam has a bit of quarrel with Gisha, an Israeli organization, whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians. It was all about an article he wrote after his visit to Gaza.

The Al Jazeera-documentary 'Going against the grain' (2013) follows Gideon Levy on one of his assignments in Hebron, and meets some of the ordinary Palestinians whose lives he has described in his regular column for Haaretz.

David Cronin interviews Gideon Levy in A rare voice of courage: journalist Gideon Levy interviewed (The Electronic Intifada 31/03/2010)

The Electronic Intifada was founded in 2001 and is an independent online news publication and educational resource focusing on Palestine, its people, politics, culture and place in the world.
The article "UK’s Observer adds “kill Jews” to Hamas leader Khaled Meshal’s Gaza speech when he did not say it" by Ali Abunimah on this site shows us how the main mass media manipulate all of us. The question this is a malicious act or an error caused by the prejudices and the incompetence of the translator is only a secondary one in my eyes.
Listen to (or read) this interview with Noam Chomsy during his visit to Gaza in 2012.
Some more interesting stuff on this site:
- In "Book review: how Israeli school textbooks teach kids to hate", Asa Winstanley talks about an important new book, Palestine in Israeli School Books, by Israeli language and education professor Nurit Peled-Elhanan.
- Choose a kid at random, "aim at his body": Israeli soldiers confess their violence and "You want to kill him but he’s crying": More Israeli soldiers’ confessions of crimes against children by Adri Nieuwhof
- Premier League footballers condemn attack on Gaza, boosting pressure on UEFA to pull 2013 U21 from Israel again by Ali Abunimah
- Dexia: A sleazy bank aiding Israeli settlers and Express delivery for Israel’s war diamonds (about Antwerp) by David Cronin
- Pink Floyd star’s new Israel boycott letter to "family of Rock and Roll"
- Palestinian journalist, threatened with death, seeks asylum in Belgium (07/02/2016) about Abdelsalam Abunada by David Cronin.
- Israeli settlement goods “welcome” in Europe, says EU envoy by Ali Abunimah (28/03/2016)
Copy BDS tactics, pro-Israel activists told at UN conference by Rania Khalek (03/06/2016)

The Middle East Monitor provides a focused and comprehensive coverage of Palestine, and its regional neighbours, using an extensive networks of partner organisations and correspondents on the ground. Here you can read amongst other things Israeli officials admitted Geneva Conventions violations, secret documents reveal (21/09/2016).

The Palestine Information Centre provides us with a lot of news.

Sixteen Minutes to Palestine explores the richness and authenticity of the Palestinian identity through original commentary, analyses and other content relating to the Palestinian struggle wherever and however it may occur. It examines the impact of the occupation in a way that goes beyond figures and statistics and draws connections to faces, stories, narratives, and visual evidences.
The name Sixteen Minutes to Palestine refers to the time it took David Ben-Gurion to read the Establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, thereby institutionalizing the subjugation and mass displacement of the Palestinian people.

Miftah, the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (established in Jerusalem in December 1998)

Stop the wall is a campaign aiming to tear down the Wall. They express the Palestinian desire for liberation. They explain it all very well and very detailed on the about page of their site. One of their points of action aims to a world wide divestment of Elbit, an Israeli company that is one of the world’s premiere “security and defence,” firms, specializing in military electronics, surveillance systems, Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs or “drones”), and security systems. It is a symbol for the Israeli economy, which essentially thrives on and fuels war, repression and control in Palestine and around the globe.
Unhappily through the Horizon 2020 program the tax payers in the Europe Union support the industrial military complex of Israel. Read "Supporting Israeli apartheid: EU funding for Elbit Systems" about this.

The global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights was initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005, and is coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), established in 2007. BDS is a strategy that allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice.
BDS on Monoweiss with among other things Dozens of Spanish cities declare themselves 'Free of Israeli Apartheid' (9/9/2016).

Corporate Watch - Tracking Corporate Complicity in the Occupation of Palestine: this site  intends to strengthen and provide a resource for the growing BDS movement and the wider international solidarity movement.

+972 is a blog-based web magazine that is jointly owned by a group of journalists, bloggers and photographers whose goal is to provide fresh, original, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of events in Israel and Palestine. This collective is committed to human rights and freedom of information, and they oppose the occupation.
It is a platform for our bloggers to share analysis, reports, ideas, images and videos on their channels. Each blogger owns his or her channel and has full rights over its contents (unless otherwise stated). The bloggers alone are responsible for the content posted on their channels; the positions expressed on individual blogs reflect those of their authors, and not +972 as a whole.
The name of the site is derived from the telephone area code that is shared by Israel and Palestine.
Here you can read for instance New Jewish network launches worldwide initiative against occupation by Mairav Zonszein (October 18, 2015) and Tel Aviv mayor says the occupation is a cause of Palestinian terror by Edo Konrad (June 9, 2016).

Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network, is an organization, registered in California, with the mission to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law. Al-Shabaka, which means "The Network," is a think tank without borders or walls.

Military Court Watch monitors the treatment of children in Israeli military detention. It is a voluntary association established by a group of lawyers and other professionals who share a belief in the rule of law. They work closely together with Dalia Association, whose mission is to mobilize and properly utilize resources necessary to empower a vibrant, independent and accountable civil society in the region.

Ma'an News Agency is an independent Palestian news agency.

Ramzy Baroud grew up in a Gaza refugee camp and lives now in the USA, still dreaming of going home. He is an internationally syndicated columnist, author and editor-in-chief of the Palestine Chronicle. He taught mass communication at Australia’s Curtin University of Technology, Malaysia Campus. Baroud is also former head of Aljazeera.net English’s Research and Studies department. He is the author of several books including; Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli InvasionThe Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle and My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story. He publishes in many international publications as you can see here.
An interesting article of him - not directly connected with Palestine - is "No Security Firms for African Refugees: Opportunities and War in Mali".

The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) is a human rights and peace organization established in 1997 to end Israel’s Occupation over the Palestinians. ICAHD takes as its main focus, as its vehicle for resistance, Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and within Israel proper.
In the following video Executive Director of ICAHD, Jeff Halper, talks about recent transitions in Israeli policy towards the Palestinian people, and about why Israeli governments, from Begin to Sharon, have always been able to rely on US support. The full title for his lecture is "From Apartheid to Warehousing: Israel's Strategies of Dispossession and Control." and is produced by pdxjustice Media Productions:

Gush Shalom (Peace Bloc) is an Israeli peace activism group founded and led by former Irgun and Knesset Member and journalist, Uri Avnery, in 1993. Amongst other things it sent  a “Relief Convoy to Gaza” while it is under Hamas administration. By some it is considered as one of Israel’s most influential peace organizations.
Avnery stated that he started Gush Shalom because other Israeli peace groups did not take a strong stance against what he considered "the repressive measures" of the government of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Gush Shalom is an extra-parliamentary organization, independent of any party or other political grouping although it has members who are associated with various political parties. It objects to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, and argues that the occupation is illegal and that Israel is committing war crimes on a daily basis. It opposes Israel's policies of blockade and non-recognition of the Gaza Strip. It supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine question, with the 1967 border between Israel and Palestine, and with Jerusalem as the capital of both states.
The movement supports soldiers' refusal to serve in the West Bank or Gaza strip, recognition in principle of Palestinian right of return. Its activists regularly confront Israeli security forces at construction sites in settlements.
"THE GREATEST danger to Israel is not the putative Iranian nuclear bomb. The greatest danger is the stupidity of our leaders." was the first sentence of an article titled "The Debacle" written by Uri Avnery on 30/11/2013 on the site of Gush Shalom.

In Gaza by Eva Bartlett is maybe the best blog/site about the Palestian people. Thanks to her I know "Gangnam Gaza Style".

Read all about it in "Gangnam Gaza Style: on the siege, Palestinian Prisoners, Palestinian Pride".

Kanan48: interesting blog with many links

Love Under Apartheid: about mixed Israeli-Palestine couples

ADDAMEER (Arabic for conscience) Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association is a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution that works to support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons.

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the long-entrenched and systematic oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian population, using non-violent, direct-action methods and principles.  Founded in August 2001, ISM aims to support and strengthen the Palestinian popular resistance by being immediately alongside Palestinians in olive groves, on school runs, at demonstrations, within villages being attacked, by houses being demolished or where Palestinians are subject to consistent harassment or attacks from soldiers and settlers as well as numerous other situations.

Al-Haq is an independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organisation based in Ramallah, West Bank. It defends human rights in Palestine since 1979 and has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. In December 1989 the organization shared the Carter-Menil Human Rights Prize with the Israeli group, B'Tselem, which goals are to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.

Co-founder of the Palestinian National Initiative (Al Mubadara), Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi established The Palestine Monitor to be a counterweight to the bias against Palestine found in many international news sources. The Palestine Monitor was established in December 2000, after the start of the Second Intifada. Since then it has documented a broad scale of human rights abuses carried out by the Israeli government and military across the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. It is based in Ramallah.

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights is based in Gaza City.

A Doctor in Galilee is the personal blog of Hatim Kanaaneh, MD, MPH. It is certainly well worth reading.

Breaking the silence: Israeli soldiers talk about the occupied territories

Zochrot ("Remembering") seeks to raise public awareness of the Palestinian Nakba, especially among Jews in Israel, who bear a special responsibility to remember and amend the legacy of 1948.

JKDAMOURS is the blog with text, audio and video of Jillian Kestler-D’Amours. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, she is a journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Jerusalem. Jillian writes for Inter Press Service, Al Jazeera English and The Electronic Intifada news agency and works for Free Speech Radio News. Her work also has appeared in Le Monde DiplomatiqueMa’an News Agency, Counterpunch, This Magazine, Briarpatch Magazine, IRIN humanitarian news agency and other international publications.
Jillian completed her first documentary film in November 2011. Sumoud tells the story of the residents of al-Araqib, a so-called unrecognized Bedouin village in Israel’s Naqab/Negev desert, and their ongoing fight to remain on their ancestral lands. Sumoud has been screened throughout Israel and the West Bank, and premiered in the U.S. at the Boston Palestine Film Festival.

The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality (NCF) considers that the State of Israel fails to respect, protect and fulfill its human rights obligations, without discrimination, towards the Arab-Bedouin citizens in the Negev. As a result, the Forum has set out as one of its goals to achieve full civil rights and equality for all those living Negev.

Jonathan Cook is the only foreign correspondent to be based in Nazareth, the capital of the Palestinian minority in Israel.

Mondoweiss is a news website blog, founded in 2006 and edited by journalists Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz. It is devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a progressive Jewish perspective. On this site you find for instance “Nous accusons: Mainstream media fails to report context and severity of Israeli atrocities against Gaza” by Noam Chomsky and the 'Gaza Eight'

Intifada - Voice Palestine was started as a pro-Palestine blog, only on January 11th, 2009. Almost 2000 articles have been published in the first year alone. This website is managed by a single person trying to satiate a need for truth in a world voraciously devoured by inconsistencies and uncomprehending propaganda and lies against the people of Palestine. Editor Elias F.  Harb  is a Palestinian based in Mexico, who is not affiliated to any political party and has no political ambitions.

Yesh Din is a Jewish organization in Israel giving assistance to Palestinian residents on the West bank. Their side is rich on information about what is happening in that area.

Norman Finkelstein is an U.S. academic and a devoted son of holocaust survivors, known for het ardent critic of the Israel and US Mid-East policy. He wrote also many books. The article about him on wikipedia is a good starting point to discover more about him. In september 2012 he was guest in Belgium where he did the following interview:

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is a United States Jewish organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and human rights. They support the aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem" and opposes Israel Defense Forces operations in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. It also supports Israeli conscientious objectors.
One of their campaigns is hashtagged #GazaNames. This campaign invites everyone to submit a photo with the name of a person, who was killed during the last atrocities of the Israeli forces in the the Gaza strip (2014). The result of this action you can see here.
They also produce a lot of interesting introductionary stuff.

Another good introduction is Primer on Palestine, Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Joel Beinin and Lisa Hajjar for the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP).

IJAN (International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network) is an international network of Jews who are uncompromisingly committed to struggles for human emancipation, of which the liberation of the Palestinian people and land is an indispensable part. Their commitment is to the right of return for Palestinian refugees, the ending of the Israeli colonization of historic Palestine and an end to US economic and military dominance in the region, in which Israel plays a crucial part.
The State of Israel’s historic and ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people from their land contradicts and betrays the long histories of Jewish participation in their own and collective struggles for liberation. They object to Zionism’s exploitation of histories of Jewish persecution and genocide to justify the colonization of Palestine and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and its debasement of these histories.

Jews sans frontieres - An Anti-Zionist blog - browsing the media. As far I can see this blog is Britain (and Ireland) based.

How We Can Solve the Palestinian Israeli Problem is a hour-and-a-half film by Sami Moukaddem, released in late September 2012. The line-up of more than 30 interviewees includes Noam Chomsky, Gideon Levy, Mairead Maguire, Ken Loach, David Hirst, Jonathan Cook, Hajo Meyer and Ghada Karmi. The full list of speakers you find here.

Read also Palestinian Resistance: an icon for those who long to live free, written by Susan Abulhawa on 26/07/2014 on Middle East Eye.

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) was formed after the 2010 Freedom Flotilla mission, in order to coordinate action between numerous local campaigns that joined the efforts against the siege of the Gaza Strip.
FFC on YouTube