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|New initiative aims to protect Palestinian working women||Entsar Abu Jahal - The work environment in Palestine suffers from violations of labor rights in general and women’s rights specifically, as women are the weakest entity in their patriarchal society. Consequently, the Palestinian Ministry of Labor and the National Committee for Women’s Employment (NCWE) coordinated with the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU), with the support of the International Labor Organization, to launch the first Guideline for Women’s Employment Rights on Oct. 4 in Ramallah.-rh
|The Death of the Two-State Solution : What the Bankruptcy of White House Policy Means for the Israelis and Palestinians ||Sandy Tolan - TomDispatch - In a regime of growing confinement, the Israelis have steadily undermined Palestinian sovereignty, aided and abetted by an American acquiescence in Israel’s ongoing settlement project. Now, at least, there is an opportunity to lay the foundations for some newer kind of solution grounded in human rights, freedom of movement, complete cessation of settlement building, and equal access to land, water, and places of worship. It will have to be based on a new reality, which Israel and the United States have had such a hand in creating. Think of it as the one-state solution.-rh||20/10/2016|
|Art festival explores Palestinian right of return||Rich Wiles - Aljazeera - Although Qalandiya International explores concepts of "return" in various Palestinian and international contexts - which is particularly significant amid a global refugee crisis - the biennial`s curatorial statement begins with the question: "Can a word carry the cure to all the ailments, both past and present, of a tragedy? For us Palestinians, return has become the core antithesis to our Nakba."-rh||20/10/2016|
|Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs: `Overwhelming majority` of Palestinian minors in Israeli custody are `tortured`||Ma`an - As of mid-October, he said, the number of Palestinian prisoners in Ofer under 18 years old reached 28, 14 of whom were under 14 years old. According to rights group Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP), Israel has also dramatically increased the use of administrative detention -- internment without charge or trial -- against minors. [bz]||18/10/2016|
|7 Palestinians detained, 2 Israeli soldiers injured during overnight West Bank detention raids||Ma`an - Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 186 detention raids from Sept. 6 to 19.
According to Ma’an documentation, some 118 Palestinians were detained under various circumstances, predominantly during overnight detention raids, in the first 10 days of October. [bz]||15/10/2016|
|Israel`s surefire way of keeping its citizens in the dark||Shuki Tausig - +972 - Once upon a time we used to have the IDF Censor. Well, we still do, but they no longer act like tyrants. The court system — the same one that rushes to issue scandalous gag orders — has restrained the court system and forced it into leniency. If in the past the censor could redact to its heart’s content, the high-profile case Schnitzer v. Chief Military Censor, which reached the High Court in 1989, compelled the military to explicitly state that there is a “near certainty that the publication will cause substantial and grave harm to security.”-rh||12/10/2016|
|Israel ‘silencing’ Palestinian journalists in `incitement` offences crack down, monitors say ||Bethan McKernan - Independent - Five radio journalists operating in the Palestinian city of Hebron have been arrested for inciting violence against Israelis, amid growing concerns that the offence is being used to crack down on Palestinian freedom of the press and freedom of expression online.-rh||12/10/2016|
|Israel and Academic Freedom: a Closed Book||Stanley L. Cohen - counterpunch - Though each generation has confronted different demons in different ways, at day’s end, it has always come back to the notion of free and robust speech as the best vehicle for knowledge and change. Ironically one of the most eloquent explanations of the First Amendment’s critical role in the search for truth was penned by none other than a Zionist, Justice Louis Brandeis in his concurring opinion in Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357, 375 (Brandeis, J., concurring).-rh
|Israel: Strong Words Must Be Followed by Strong Action||James J. Zogby - LobeLog - This administration, like those before it, will argue that their hands are tied—that Congress will undercut them or overrule them. But in the last three months of this administration, President Obama has an opportunity to set things right. He can, for example, restate the 1970’s State Department finding (which has never been overturned) that all settlement activity is illegal. He can allow the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution declaring the illegality of settlements and imposing international sanctions against Israel for its violations of international law. And he can refuse to block an Arab effort to refer the issue to the International Criminal Court.-rh||12/10/2016|
|Four Palestinian children killed in five days||Maureen Clare Murphy - EI - "More than 50 Palestinian children have been
killed since October 2015, when a new phase of deadly confrontation
between Palestinians and Israeli occupation forces began, according to
Defense for Children International - Palestine. The vast majority of
children slain were accused by Israel of attempting an attack" [ry] ||26/9/2016|
|Detainees Committee: “Israeli Soldiers Kidnapped 1000 Children This Year”||IMEMC News - "In a press release, the committee said that the numbers
showed an 80% increase when compared to the number of child abducted in
the same period of 2015" [ry] ||26/9/2016|
|Jewish National Fund Gives $530K From American Donors to West Bank Settlement||Josh Nathan-Kazis - Forward - “People who are putting their dollar bills in a JNF (box), or writing a check to buy a tree, might want to know that instead of buying a tree in Israel … that their money might be going to developments in the settlements which block peace,” said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, T’ruah’s executive director. T’ruah also noted that JNF reported giving $33,000 to a U.S.-based group called Friends of Ir David, which funds the Israeli organization Elad, which is engaged in settlement activity in East Jerusalem. [bz]||24/9/2016|
|Police admit arresting Palestinian man to prevent him from protesting||John Brown--Police arrested Muhammad Abu Hummus to prevent him from peacefully demonstrating against the Jerusalem Marathon — then lied about it.dn||18/9/2016|
|Know your history: Understanding racism in the US||A`Lelia Bundles--There will never be an acceptable explanation for what happened between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson in Ferguson but we will never fully grasp why the stage was set for such an encounter unless we know American history.
We cannot fully comprehend why Dylan Roof murdered nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston unless we study the Civil War and the Confederacy.
We cannot truly fathom . . . dn||18/9/2016|
|Today in Palestine for September 16, 2016||Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn||18/9/2016|
|Churches Rip Israel for Occupation and ‘Prison-Like’ Gaza||Josefin Dolsten--Two leading Christian groups blamed Israel almost entirely for the conflict with the Palestinians and called on the United States to cut defense aid to the Jewish state. dn||18/9/2016|
|Israel dangles Gazan operatives, but Hamas won`t negotiate||Shlomi Eldar--The prime minister’s special envoy on missing and captured Israeli soldiers, Col. (res.) Lior Lotan, revealed at the annual Herzliya Conference on Sept. 13 that Israel is holding 18 Hamas operatives it detained during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge, as well as the bodies of 19 Hamas members killed in the operation. The information had never before been revealed, and surprisingly, the families of the dead and imprisoned, members of Hamas` military wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, have never spoken out on the issue. dn ||18/9/2016|
|ADC --Thirty-Four Years Later, Sabra and Shatila Remembered ||ADC--This weekend marks the 34th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most brutal massacres in modern history. Beginning at approximately 6:00 P.M. on September 16, 1982, shortly after Israeli troops seized control of West Beirut, the right-wing Lebanese Phalange forces operating under the direction of Israeli forces massacred over one thousand defenseless men, women and children in the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps. The widespread massacre was carried out methodically over the course of two days until 8:00 A.M. on September 18.||18/9/2016|
|Israeli Troops Kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank and Jerusalem||Reuters--At least 214 Palestinians have died in violent incidents since October in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Of them, 143 were identified by authorities as assailants while others were killed during clashes and protests.
Palestinians, many of them acting alone and with rudimentary weapons, have killed at least 33 Israelis and two visiting Americans in attacks that have waned in recent months. dn
|Zaytouna-Oliva left Barcelona, followed in Spanish waters ||Freedom Flotilla Org--Due to technical problems, the Women’s Boat to Gaza* (WBG) Amal-Hope returned to Barcelona and is now docked at a mooring in the Barcelona area. Its sister ship Zaytouna-Oliva was temporarily delayed by the port authorities, although it did possess all necessary documentation.
While Amal-Hope is getting assessed for needed repairs, Zaytouna-Oliva has now finally left Barcelona. dn
|Israeli Soldiers Murdered Dozens of Captives During One of the Wars the IDF Fought in the First Decades of Israel`s Existence ||Aluf Benn--According to testimony obtained by Haaretz, captives were ordered to line up and turn around, before they were shot in the back. The officer who gave the order was released after serving seven months in prison, while his commander was promoted to a high-ranking post. dn||17/9/2016|
|WHO: Third of Gaza referral patients denied Israeli exit permit||WAFA - Of 2,040 patient permit applications to exit Gaza through Erez checkpoint with Israel for hospital appointments in July, 67.5% were approved, 9.5 percent (190 persons) were denied, including eight children and 14 elderly persons over 60 years, and 23 percent (473 patients) received no response, including 138 children and 57 elderly people over 60. [bz]||13/9/2016|
|Israeli forces kill a Palestinian and injure dozens more at Friday demonstrations||Ahmad Jaradat - AIC - Israeli forces killed an 18 year old Palestinian
protestor and injured dozens more at Friday demonstrations in the West
Bank and Gaza [ry] ||12/9/2016|
|Today in Palestine for September 9, 2016||Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn||11/9/2016|
|Palestinian vote suspended amid deep divisions||Ben White--Exactly one month before the long-awaited local elections were set to take place across the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian high court in Ramallah suspended the vote - and it is now unclear whether polling will go ahead at all. dn||11/9/2016|
|The Month in Pictures: August 2016||EI - "During the month of August, Iyad Hamad, a 38-year-old father,
became the 220th Palestinian to be killed since a new phase of deadly
violence began at the outset of October last year. Hamad was shot dead
by soldiers near a military pillbox outside the occupied West Bank
village of Silwad, near Ramallah, on 26 August. The Israeli army
admitted that Hamad was unarmed and posed no threat when he was slain"
|August: Israeli forces shoot, kill three Palestinians||AIC - Since the popular uprising began in October 2015, Israeli forces
have killed 239 Palestinians, including 62 children [ry] ||5/9/2016|
|ICC Investigators to Arrive in Palestine to Investigate Gaza War Crimes ||Palestine Chronicle--A delegation from the International Criminal Court (ICC) is set to arrive in Palestine in the coming days to assess whether it should probe alleged war crimes committed by Israel during the 2014 Gaza offensive.
An Israeli official told the France Press Agency (AFP) that the delegation’s visit is “unprecedented,” adding, “the visit was intended to show the ICC team how the Israeli judicial system works.” dn
|Stray dogs find shelter in battered Gaza||AFP--While religious authorities in the predominantly Muslim territory consider dogs unclean or impure and would rather shoot or poison them, new kennel built in relatively well-off suburb south of Gaza City provides shelter for strays and domesticates them.dn||4/9/2016|
|Political Spat Halts Train Lines Due to Shabbat, Turns Netanyahu Against Transport Minister ||Jonathan Lis,Barak Ravid and Chaim Levinson--Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz of deliberately causing a rift with ultra-Orthodox coalition parties, in a political spat that resulted in the shutting down of country-wide train lines in the beginning of the Israeli workweek. dn
|With the reconciliation agreement now signed between Israel and Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has practically forgotten his demands to lift the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip. ||Akiva Eldar--Turkey’s Foreign Ministry spokesman thought it apt to stress that “normalizing ties with Israel does not mean that we will keep silent in the face of attacks against the Palestinian people.” The Israeli Foreign Ministry, for its part, also referred to the reconciliation deal, noting that “the normalization of our relations with Turkey does not mean that we will remain silent in the face of its baseless condemnations.” dn||4/9/2016|
|Today in Palestine for September 2, 2016||Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn||4/9/2016|
|The Israeli-Palestinian conflict doesn`t have to be a zero-sum game||Michal Haramati--A recently published opinion poll sought to answer our region’s million-dollar question: Is the two-state solution still relevant?
Unlike many others, the poll was carried out simultaneously by the Israel Democracy Institute and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research and included largely similar questions for both sides. And the results are eye-opening. dn
|Zionism Has Reached the End of the Road ||Odeh Bisharat--So why do things look different? Haim Margaliot Kalvarisky, a central figure in the Zionist movement, wrote in 1937: “It turns out that we have put out our hand for peace, but took it back right away, when the other side expressed its interest in accepting it. This dangerous game did not help to raise our honor in their eyes as honest people, and the accusation that they blame us for, that we are conducting two-faced politics: On one hand we pretend as if we are asking for an agreement, and on the other hand we only want to gain time – is not baseless.” (Taken from Aharon Cohen’s book, “Yisrael Ve’ha’olam Ha’aravi” [“Israel and the Arab World”], published in Hebrew in 1964.) dn||3/9/2016|
|100 global intellectuals to gather in Palestine||Ahmad Melhem--RAMALLAH, West Bank — In a press conference Aug. 14 in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, the Witness Center for Citizen’s Rights and Social Development launched an unprecedented campaign in Palestine, called the "100 International Intellectuals in Palestine," with the aim of attracting the world’s most prominent thinkers to discuss the Palestinian cause and revive interest in it on the global level. dn||3/9/2016|
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