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Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli policemen during clashes after Friday prayers in the Palestinian east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, March 21, 2014. The tension came after Israeli police banned Palestinian males under the age of 40 from entering the Old City of Jerusalem for the most important prayer of the week at Islam’s third holiest site, Al-Aqsa Mosque. (Photos: Ammar Awad / Reuters)

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I have witnessed the systemic humiliation of Palestinian men, women and children by members of the Israeli forces.

Their humiliation is familiar to all black South Africans who were corralled and harassed and insulted and assaulted by the security forces of the apartheid government.

In South Africa, we could not have achieved our democracy without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors.

The same issues of inequality and injustice today motivate the divestment movement trying to end Israel’s decades-long occupation of Palestinian territory and the unfair and prejudicial treatment of the Palestinian people by the Israeli government ruling over them.

Those who turn a blind eye to injustice actually perpetuate injustice. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.

Desmond Tutu at the opening of the 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week in South Africa, pledging his support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. (via standwithpalestine)

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15-year-old Palestinian Youssef Shawamra was shot dead by Israeli forces today near Israel’s Apartheid Wall close to the village of Deir al-Asal al-Tahtain in the West Bank, March 19, 2014. According to his older brother Abed Shawamrah, Yousef was picking gundelia - a thistle-type plant used in cooking - when he was killed. Israeli forces have killed 57 Palestinians and injured almost 900 since the resumption of peace talks last July.

Photos: Nasser Shiyoukhi/AP / Ammar Awad/Reuters

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Israeli settlers walk into a Palestinian home and decide it belongs to them

This footage, filmed and published in 2009, gives you an intimate yet disturbing close-up of colonial expansion and occupation. Watch as over a dozen Jewish settlers make their way into a Palestinian home in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and lay claim to a section of the property.

The home belonged to the Al-Kurd family. Rifqa Al-Kurd, 90, attempted to keep the settlers from entering the home but the settlers quickly moved around her, bringing their own belongings into the house and removing the family’s belongings from the premises.

According to the video’s description, a previous court order administered by an Israeli judge transferred ownership rights over part of the house to a family of Jewish settlers. It is unclear if any appeals were made on behalf of the Al-Kurd family, but considering Israel’s longstanding history of ignoring land ownership deeds held by Palestinians, it is unlikely that the situation would have changed.

Source: Sixteen Minutes to Palestine

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It would be a colossal disaster if Beyonce’s debut performance in apartheid-Israel goes ahead on June 15. Please help persuade her to cancel playing under a fascist regime and consistent violator of human rights. Sign the petition here.

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A Palestinian family sits inside their makeshift house during power cuts in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, March 15, 2014. The Gaza Strip’s sole power station stopped generating electricity on Saturday, causing blackouts throughout the territory after it ran out of fuel, officials said. Gaza lacks much basic civil infrastructure and lives under an Israeli blockade meant to “put the Palestinians on a diet” and which also curbs imports of fuel and building supplies. Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters

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A Palestinian family sits inside their makeshift house during power cuts in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, March 15, 2014. The Gaza Strip’s sole power station stopped generating electricity on Saturday, causing blackouts throughout the territory after it ran out of fuel, officials said. Gaza lacks much basic civil infrastructure and lives under an Israeli blockade meant to “put the Palestinians on a diet” and which also curbs imports of fuel and building supplies. Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters

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Today’s demonstration in Nabi Saleh against the theft of Palestinian land and nearby fresh water spring, West Bank, Friday, March 14, 2014. 

It’s now four years that the people of Nabi Saleh along with international activists have been protesting every single Friday after Jumu’ah prayers against Israel stealing their land in the form of the nearby illegal Jewish settlement of Halamish. To rub salt into the wounds, the very settlers living in Halamish have occupied Ein al-Qaws, their nearby fresh water spring.

Jewish settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law but Israel is only increasing and speeding up construction - another clear message that Israel is vehemently working against peace. The population in illegal West Bank settlements has grown twice as much as in Israel itself.

131 Palestinian structures have already been demolished this year to make way for settlements, displacing 241 people.

Photos: Mohamad Torokman / Reuters

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Gaza: Medics tend to Palestinian men wounded by Israeli air strikes, at a hospital in Rafah, Thursday March 13, 2014. (Photos: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters)

Keep Gaza in your prayers.