Interview: Remi Kanazi on BDS and 'hurt feelings'
Remi Kanazi is a Palestinian-American poet and activist and a member of the organizing committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. In February, he released a video entitled "This Divestment Bill Hurts my Feelings," focusing on BDS campaigns at universities targeting companies that engage in business with the Israeli occupation.
Settlers assault Palestinians near Ramallah village
A group of extremist Israeli settlers on Thursday assaulted three young Palestinian men while they were picking plants south of al-Mughayyir village north of Ramallah. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that the assailants were settlers from Kokhav Hashahar.
Israeli forces level private Palestinian land in Jordan Valley
Israeli forces started a far-reaching campaign leveling private Palestinian lands in the northern Jordan Valley, local residents told Ma'an. A member of a local tribal committee Abdul-Latif Ishtayya said that more than 40 military vehicles escorted dozens of settlers who brought bulldozers and started to level private Palestinian lands in Beit Hassan neighborhood.
Faith leaders urge Pope Francis to denounce Israel's abuse of Palestinian children
In anticipation of the Pope's May visit to the Holy Land, an Open Letter signed by over 200 bishops, clerics, members of religious orders and theologians from several faith traditions, was delivered today to Pope Francis. The letter asks the Pope to speak out against the Israeli army's program of kidnapping, detention, and systematic abuse of Palestinian children and to call for an end to the occupation and colonization of Palestine.
Israeli forces demolish Bedouin homes in Negev
Bulldozers escorted by a large contingent of Israeli forces demolished homes belonging to Bedouin citizens of Israel in al-Zaarura village in the Negev on Wednesday morning. Eyewitness Muhammad Abu Judah told Ma'an that Israeli forces and police officers accompanied bulldozers as they approached al-Zaarura village from the west. Locals told Ma'an that bulldozers demolished houses belonging to the al-Farawnah family.
Israeli forces impose curfew on 2 Nablus villages
Israeli forces imposed a curfew on two northern West Bank villages after Palestinian youths hurled Molotov cocktails at an Israeli settler vehicle earlier in the day, witnesses said. Witnesses told Ma'an that the Israeli army imposed a curfew on the villages of Huwwara and Beita south of Nablus, forcing all shopkeepers on the main road connecting the two villages to shut down their stores.
Palestine activists, labor and environment groups in US unite against Veolia
On 18 November 2012, Thomas Hock, the vice president of labor relations for Veolia Transportation, checked into the Marriott Hotel in downtown Oakland, California, for a three-night stay in the San Francisco Bay Area. A month earlier, BART - the Bay Area Rapid Transit rail system - had quietly hired Hock as a labor consultant in preparation for the impending contract negotiations between BART and its employees... Now, Hock and Veolia have become synonymous with union-busting - and the company's tarred image is proving to be a boost for campaigners calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.
Israeli forces arrest 3 Palestinian boys in Jerusalem
Israeli police on Tuesday arrested three Palestinian boys in the Old City of Jerusalem, a Ma'an reporter said. The three were identified as Murad al-Tarhouni, Muhammad Abu Sneineh, and Ahmad Abu Gharbieh, all between the ages of 13 and 14. Police took the boys to al-Wad police station, then transferred them to al-Qashla station.
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