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Attached Baladna report “Palestinian Youth Voices Suppressed during Gaza War” summarizes the actions taken by the government, institutions, and public within Israel to hush Palestinian citizens dissent over the war on Gaza. Over the last month, Baladna has witnessed the suppression of dissent within Israel from government authorities, institutions and mainstream Israeli society. Palestinian youth have voiced their opposition to Israel’s continuing military offensive in Gaza on social media and through protesting. Their opposition has been met with censorship from all levels of Israeli society. The rise in racist speech and violence from the...
12/08/2014 - 10:14 | Reports, Publications & Videos
We, the under signed Palestinian human rights and community-based organizations are extremely disappointed by your performance, notably by your biased statements, your failure to act, and the inappropriate justification of Israel’s violations of IHL, which amount to war crimes. Until today, you have taken no explicit and tangible measures to address the recent Israeli attacks in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since 13 June. Moreover, your statements have been either misleading, because they endorse and further Israeli false versions of facts, or contrary to the provisions established by international law and to the interests of its defenders, or...
07/08/2014 - 13:36 | Reports, Publications & Videos
Abdallah Abu Amara, 22, belonged to the generation that has grown up in isolation under the Oslo Accords, an isolation compounded by the seven year siege on Gaza.
03/08/2014 - 08:08 | Reports, Publications & Videos
Since 8 July 2014, when Israel launched its air, sea and land military offensive dubbed “Operation Protective Edge”, at least 479 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, about 75% of whom the UN humanitarian office (OCHA) report to be civilians, with upwards of 3,500 people injured.[1] The casualties have included entire families, women, children and the elderly, as Israeli air strikes have deliberately targeted homes. An estimated number of 472 homes have been totally destroyed with thousands severely damaged. Mass displacement has escalated across Gaza with upwards of 100,000 displaced, with an estimated 43% of Gaza’s territory declared as a “no-go...
23/07/2014 - 09:04 | Reports, Publications & Videos
We, the Palestinian civil society organizations in Israel, absolutely reject the new law enacted by the Knesset on 24 February 2014, which replaces Arab representation on a public advisory board of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with sectarian representation. This new law is a dangerous attempt by the state to distort the Arab identity of Palestinians in Israel. Despite its actual marginal impact, racist motives underlie this law and foreshadow the enactment of more racist bills and policies, which we will oppose.
02/03/2014 - 11:17 | Reports, Publications & Videos
The debate around the recruitment of Arab citizens of Israel to the Israeli military has intensified in the last month. In recent years, Israel has been increasingly proactive in the recruitment of Arabs to service. Some young people have been susceptible to the assimilation
11/02/2014 - 14:42 | Reports, Publications & Videos
The Druze community was systematically and constantly segregated from other Palestinians, with a huge influence of Israeli policies. Their ID cards and many legal aspects, such as separate electoral in local municipality, reinforce the idea of a separated group and also reinforce their identity as a national one
04/02/2014 - 09:21 | Reports, Publications & Videos
Several major protests have been coordinated in response to this catastrophic plan. Meticulous and intensive grassroots work culminated with prominent days of action in the Naqab as well as in the North on 15 July and 1 August. One of the most remarkable aspects of these events has been the unprecedented leadership of young people
19/08/2013 - 05:57 | Reports, Publications & Videos