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Activism and research in Palestine

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Shoal Collective
‌are currently in the West Bank researching the companies profiting from the occupation, carrying out interviews with Palestinian and Israeli grassroots activists and producing writing which we hope will increase public understanding of the situation, inform solidarity activists and the BDS movement worldwide.

A group of us will also take part in grassroots activism with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), joining Palestinians in demonstrations and direct action against the Israeli colonisation of Palestinian land.

Why do we need financial help?

We need help to pay for travel to Palestine from Europe, accommodation while we are doing our interviews and research, pay accommodation fees to ISM, pay translators and pay for our travel around the West Bank. Some of this will have to come out of our own pockets, but we’d like to ask you to give us a helping hand.

If you'd like to do a direct bank transfer, rather than using GoFundMe, please email us at info [at] shoalcollective.org

29323090_15243787400_r.jpegWhy now?

The Israeli military occupation of Palestine is becoming ever more brutal. Palestinians are rising up against the occupation. In December 2017, US President Donald Trump gave renewed US approval for Israel’s occupation, by announcing that the US would move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Jerusalem is of huge cultural and religious importance to Palestinians, East Jerusalem was taken by military force by Israel in 1967. Since the announcement, demonstrations have been held across the West Bank and Gaza. Right now protesters in Gaza are demonstrating weekly against Israel's  siege, they have been met by a brutal wave of repression by the Israeli military. We feel it is time for the solidarity movement to redouble its efforts.

About the International Solidarity Movement (ISM)

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.

29323090_15243785340_r.jpegAbout our grassroots media projects

We will interview people involved in workers' movements, co-operatives, popular committees and women’s groups, aiming to amplify the voices of those being oppressed by the Israeli state. We will meet anti-occupation activists banned from travelling by the Israeli state, conscientious objectors facing prison for refusing to join the Israeli military, and Palestinians who have been imprisoned for their activism. We will research corporations profiting from Israel's occupation, with the aim of providing ‘information for action’ in line with the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions.

Supporting the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israeli apartheid

Since 2004, Palestinians have been calling on ordinary people around the world to support the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against apartheid Israel. We plan to produce research and articles as ‘info for action’ to support campaigns against the companies profiting from the occupation.

About Brighton ISM

Brighton ISM is one of many support groups for ISM, based in Brighton in the South of England. Our goal is to support ISM’s work by sending activists to join ISM’s activities in Palestine. More broadly, our aims are to oppose the systematic oppression, racism and violence against Palestinians living under occupation. We are committed to opposing oppression and racism in all its forms, whoever it is directed against.

Please contact us if you want to transfer directly to our bank account.

(Photos by Daniel Edwins (under a CC license), and Shoal Collective)
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During Ramadan, it is traditional for Muslims to break the fast with dates. This means it is one of the busiest times of the year for date exporters.

In the occupied West Bank, the Jordan Valley provides an ideal environment for date growing, and Israeli colonists have taken advantage of this environment, and the cheap Palestinian workforce provided by the occupation’s stranglehold on the Palestinian economy. This, together with stolen Palestinian land and water, allows the settlers to grow dates on an industrial scale.

Undercover Corporate Occupation researchers visited several of the Jordan Valley settlements during May and June 2018. This is what they found: http://corporateoccupation.org/2018/06/09/israel-companies-still-making-a-killing-out-of-settlement-dates-this-ramadan/
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“We Fight For Life…We Want To Create A Better Life”

A few weeks ago we visited Manal Tamimi in the village of Nabi Saleh, Palestine. On the morning of 6 June 2018, 21 year old Ezz Al Tamimi was murdered by the Israeli military – the third person from the village to be killed. He was shot with live ammunition in the neck and chest.

We published this interview with Manal as we thought it might help to explain the context of Ezz’s death. Manal explains the continuous violence and harrassment faced by the villagers of Nabi Saleh. Nabi Saleh, along with many other West Bank villages, has become a symbol of Palestinian grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation.

Read the interview here: http://corporateoccupation.org/2018/06/06/we-fight-for-lifewe-want-to-create-a-better-life-facing-daily-violence-and-harassment-in-nabi-saleh/
Manal Tamimi holding some of the weapons
Tear gas canisters in Nabi Saleh
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Over the last few days we've been meeting Palestinians whose homes have been demolished in Hebron, the Jordan Valley and Wadi Quna. Just one devastating aspect of the occupation. Yesterday we met Atta Jaber who, along with his family, has been farming his land for 18 years only to see it destroyed in 8 hours by soldiers using JCB bulldozers. His house had already been demolished twice.
Just one uprooted tree on Atta's land
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