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Today in Palestine for November 21, 2014Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn23/11/2014
Only witnesses for the State are permitted to enter Israel in Palestinian suits for damages Amira Hass-- 23/11/2014
HRW: Punitive Israeli house demolitions a `war crime` AFP--Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of `deliberately and unlawfully punishing people not accused of any wrongdoing`, says policy `amounts to collective punishment`. dn23/11/2014
Europe Takes Stronger Measures, Albeit Symbolic, to Condemn Israeli PoliciesSTEVEN ERLANGERNOV--European nations, Israel’s largest trading partners and a historical bastion of support, are taking stronger measures to support Palestinian sovereignty and condemn what many see as aggressive, expansionist Israeli policies. dn23/11/2014
Wellesley College fires Hillel staff as Jewish students face upped anti-Israel activityDebra Nussbaum Cohen--Wellesley College fires Hillel staff as Jewish students face upped anti-Israel activity Jewish students in Wellesley College dismayed by abrupt firing: `We lost our support system, we`re on our own.`dn 22/11/2014
Redefining Israel`s Jewish and Democratic Character Bill for a New Basic Law: Israel as the National State of the Jewish People (MK Ze`ev Elkin)ACRI - Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs Sunday 16/11/2014 – Determining the Government`s Position - ACRI’s Position: Put simply – this is a particularly dangerous bill with extremely far-reaching implications. The bill as it stands would subjugate the democratic character of the State of Israel to its Jewish nature and place the democratic rights of all citizens in danger.-rh 20/11/2014
Four killed in Jerusalem synagogue terror attackNir Hasson, Barak Ravid, Jonathan Lis and Jack Khoury--Netanyahu convenes Security Cabinet meeting, says Israel will respond with `firm hand;` police kill two assailants at the scene, believe third suspect is on the loose; several worshipers injured, four in serious condition. dn18/11/2014
Today in Palestine for November 16, 2014Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in oPt. dn18/11/2014
Haaretz obtains full document of EU-proposed sanctions against IsraelBarak Ravid--Sanctions could apply to Israeli politicians opposed to the two-state solution, which could include Bennett and Rivlin; steps against European companies working in settlements; punitive measures against Palestinians over `negative measures.` dn18/11/2014
Palestinian pathologist suspects foul play in bus driver`s death, despite autopsy resultsNir Hasson--Palestinian pathologist suspects foul play in bus driver`s death, despite autopsy results Physician disputes forensic report, noting signs on body of worker found hanged in Jerusalem on Sunday were inconsistent with suicide. dn 18/11/2014
Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen in West Bank clashesJack Khoury--According to eyewitnesses, 13-year-old Bahaa Samir Badr was hit by a live bullet in his chest during clashes in the Beit Laqia village northwest of Ramallah earlier that day.dn16/11/2014
Report: Palestinian severely wounded in east Jerusalem clashesNoam (Dabul) Dvir--A Palestinian youth was severely wounded in his head Saturday night during clashes between Palestinians and a police force in al-Tur, a neighborhood in east Jerusalem. He was evacuated to Al-Makassed Hospital. dn16/11/2014
Vast Majority of Israeli-on-Palestinian Crime Claims Routinely Unsolved – Rights GroupPalestine Chronicle--Israeli police have proven vastly inept at solving reported crimes against the Palestinian population: a staggering 92 percent of complaints end up closed with no justice served, according to the Yesh Din human rights group.dn16/11/2014
Princeton Professors Open New Front in Campus Battle Over IsraelSpencer Parts--Princeton University professors have opened a new front in the battle over Israel on campus with a petition signed by 60 tenured faculty members calling for the university to divest from companies backing the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. dn16/11/2014
Today in PalestineToday in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn16/11/2014
Secret EU document outlines sanctions to impose if Israel thwarts two-state solutionBarak Ravid--The European Union has distributed a confidential document to its 28 member states that contains the draft of a proposal for sanctions to be imposed on Israel if it takes action in the West Bank that could make the two-state solution impossible, European diplomatic sources and senior Israeli officials said. dn16/11/2014
SF`s Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution CAIR--Francisco`s Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution condemning the most recent Islamophobic advertisements placed on San Francisco buses. dn16/11/2014
Israeli Attacks on Fishermen in the Gaza SeaPCHR - Factsheet - Israeli Naval forces continued to carry out attacks on Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip during the reporting period[1] (1 – 31 October 2014), including 18 shooting incidents that resulted in the injury of a fishermen while fishing; destroying 2 fishing boats; chasing incidents that led to the arrest of 7 fishermen; and confiscation of 2 fishing boats belonging to Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.-rh 12/11/2014
Riots continue in Kafr Kanna, East JerusalemHassan Shaalan, Ahiya Raved - Ynet - Arab students protest at Tel Aviv, Haifa universities; partial strike in businesses in both Arab and mixed communities as some businesses open their doors; `If we stay quiet, then police might do this again elsewhere, and we don`t know who`s next,` says business owner who joined strike [ry]10/11/2014
Arab sector goes on strike in protest of Kfar Kanna shootingHassan Shaalan, Ahiya Raved--Partial strike in businesses in both Arab and mixed communities as some businesses open their doors; `If we stay quiet, then police might do this again elsewhere, and we don`t know who`s next,` says business owner who joined strike. dm9/11/2014
CCTV footage raises questions in police shooting of knife-wielding Arab IsraeliNoa Shpigel, Jack Khoury and Yaniv Kubovich--Police insist that officers` lives were in danger when the man attacked a police car with a knife, but footage indicates officers may not have followed protocol. dn9/11/2014
Today in Palestine for November 7, 2014Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn9/11/2014
EU foreign chief calls for Palestinian state Al Jazeera--New foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state during visit to Gaza. dn9/11/2014
Palestinian homes as targets Salil Shetty--Nearly three months have passed since the latest conflict came to an end, but the piles of rubble and empty shells of family homes in Gaza serve as painful reminders of the death and destruction that resulted from Israel`s latest military operation there in July and August.dn8/11/2014
Today in PalestineToday in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn2/11/2014
Israel’s border red-tape policies can present impenetrable barriers for organisationsJonathan Brown--RAMALLAH - “The school is broken. They’ve ruined us.” Ms Lana Khalaf, head of a private, charity-backed school in Nablus, has had to make sweeping revisions to the school’s English curriculum this semester after 11 of its newly hired teachers arriving from the United States were denied entry to Israel at Ben Gurion airport. They then flew back to the US.dn2/11/2014
Israel to shut Gaza border crossings in wake of cross-border projectile fireGili Cohen--Authorities notify Palestinians of move; crossing to Egypt remains closed. dn2/11/2014
Israeli Shin Bet prevents youth camp, summons activists to interrogationAbir Kopty--On Thursday, October 30th, an Abnaa’ Elbalad organizer, received a phone call from a hotel in Nazareth informing him that they are obliged to cancel an Abnaa’ El-balad youth camp scheduled to take place in the hotel on Friday and Saturday. The hotel explained they received threats from the Israeli Intelligence Services, the Shin Bet, who described the event as a “security threat.”dn2/11/2014
WATCH: Listening to the ‘Sound of Torture’972Magazine--A new Israeli film takes a disturbing look at the torture camps for Eritrean refugees in Sinai, and the Swedish-Eritrean journalist who has devoted herself to exposing the torture victims’ stories and ending their suffering. dn2/11/2014
Autopsy Shows Hijazi Shot more than 20 Times Ma`an--The initial autopsy report of a Palestinian man slain by Israeli soldiers early Thursday shows that he was shot all over the body at least 20 times and that his death was caused by severe bleeding from his chest, neck, hands, legs, lungs, and heart.dn2/11/2014
Organised Hypocrisy on a Monumental Scale
on the Economic Occupation of the West Bank
Robert Wade - London Review of Books - It almost seems as if the Israeli state has mapped the entire Palestinian economy in terms of input-output relations, right down to the capillary level of the individual, the household, the small firm, the large firm, the school, the university, so as to find all possible choke points, which Israeli officials can tighten or loosen at will. [bz]28/10/2014
Assaulted for being ArabGideon Levy and Alex Levac--Mohammed Azam is so frightened he won’t leave his house. He’s petrified of traveling on a bus, on the light-rail train and even in a taxi. His father drives him everywhere. He’s also apprehensive about going back to the university when the academic year begins next week. He’s ashamed to face other students while he is still bandaged, limping and wracked by pain. dn26/10/2014
How Israel forces Bedouins to live in a graveyardStephanie Westbrook--Located in the Naqab (Negev) region of present-day Israel, al-Araqib is older than the state itself: its cemetery dates back to 1914. Yet that is not considered significant by the authorities. Home to a Palestinian Bedouin community, al-Araqib is deemed an “unrecognized village” by Israel. dn 26/10/2014
Hebrew U. threatens Palestinian students with expulsion over political activitiesRami Younis--Twelve Palestinian students are facing possible expulsion from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University for participating in an ‘illegal’ political protest. In the past, the university only took steps against particular student groups. Now, it’s switching gears and targeting individual students. dn26/10/2014
India buys $525m worth of missiles from Israel, rejecting rival U.S. offerGili Cohen and Reuters--India will buy at least 8,000 Spike anti-tank guided missiles, more than 300 launchers, Indian official says. (And Israel`s War Industry will make money. dn)26/10/2014
Today in Palestine for October 26, 2014Today in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn26/10/2014
Today in PalestineToday in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt.25/10/2014
A Palestinian-American teenager was killed during clashes with the Israeli military on Friday Associated Press in Ramallah--A Palestinian-American teenager was killed during clashes with the Israeli military on Friday amid heightened tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank. A relative identified the teen as 14-year-old Orwah Hammad and said he was born in New Orleans and came to the West Bank when he was six. Hammad’s cousin Moath said he was among a group of Palestinians who were throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers. dn 25/10/2014
U.S. publicly humiliates Israeli defense minister as visit ends Barak Ravid--Ya`alon declares crisis between him and Obama administration over, only to find out that it revealed he was denied audience with top officials. dn25/10/2014
PCHR Report On Israeli Violations In Occupied PalestineSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "The Palestinian Centre For Human Rights (PCHR) published its weekly report on Israeli violations against the Palestinians in occupied Palestine in the period between October 2 to October 15" [ry]20/10/2014
Gaza plan `relieves Israel of responsibility`Gregg Carlstrom and Dalia Hatuqa - AlJazeera - Complicated mechanisms could risk prolonging the Gaza reconstruction efforts, critics argue [ry]20/10/2014
The saddest – and most optimistic – peace organization turns 20Netta Ahituv--At the end of 1994, Yitzhak Frankenthal, a bereaved father and an Orthodox Jew, spent three months in a public library in Tel Aviv. His self-appointed task: to go through the library’s newspaper archive and find the names of all the families that had lost loved ones in terror attacks since 1948. The final list numbered 422 families. He invited 350 of them (forgoing those whose loss was quite recent and those who had made bellicose declarations to the media regarding Arabs) to join a group of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families that he was establishing. Representatives of 44 families who had lost members to the conflict responded positively and became the first to join the Parents Circle Families Forum – Palestinian [and] Israeli Bereaved Families for Peace. It’s the saddest – and most optimistic – peace organization that is active here. As it marks the 20th anniversary of its founding, the forum now consists of 620 Israeli and Palestinian families bonded by bereavement. dn 19/10/2014
As Israeli officials vow to turn Gaza into Darfur, the international community pledges billions to sustain the brutal status quo.Max Blumenthal--The Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip has brought with it a depressingly familiar ritual: The Israeli military destroys large swaths of the ghettoized coastal enclave, leaving tens of thousands homeless, a trail of carnage and piles of rubble. Then, Western and Arab diplomats rush to some Middle Eastern capitol to play janitor to the Jewish state, pledging billions in aid to clean up Israel`s mess. And like clockwork, Israel destroys everything all over again just a year or two later, bombarding Gaza with unprecedented ferocity. dn19/10/2014
Abbas: Settlers have no right to `defile` Al-Aqsa MosqueNir Hasson and Jack Khoury--Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Friday for the defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque against Israel. Abbas stated that the holy site was being desecrated by settlers and that a continued Palestinian presence is required there to protect it. dn19/10/2014
Today in PalestineToday in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn19/10/2014
Palestine and IsraelPublications Parliament UK - Transcript of the discussion preceding the vote on recognition of Palestine. [bz]18/10/2014
How ‘Open Hillel’ created a new community by challenging the Jewish establishmentAlex Kane--Hundreds of young Jews from around the country converged on Harvard over the weekend for the Open Hillel conference. The event succeeded in creating a space where open dissent on Israel is welcomed and where conversation and debate is the norm. At the heart of the Open Hillel network is a conviction that Hillel should be a place that welcomes all Jews--not just those who follow the establishment line on Israel. dn16/10/2014
Today in PalestineToday in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the oPt. dn16/10/2014
Administration In Negev Detention Camp Escalates AssaultsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC News & Agencies - "The Palestinian Committee of Detainee has reported that Israeli soldiers have escalated their attacks against Palestinian political prisoner, held at the Negev Detention camp, under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial" [ry]13/10/2014
Over 640 Swiss artists call for cutting military cooperation with IsraelPACBI-- 640 Swiss artists and cultural actors published a public statement on the 23rd of September condemning the war crimes committed by Israel during its fifty-day-long assault on the Gaza Strip. The statement calls on the Swiss Council to suspend all military cooperation with the Israel, including canceling a recent order of Elbit H-900 military drones, which were tested in Gaza and would are intended to be used by the Swiss intelligence to monitor Switzerland’s own population. dn12/10/2014
Jewish American peace activists interrupt High Holdays with protestKate Aronoff--On September 29, `IfNotNow` interrupted the traditional act of Tashlich and recognized that while we can cast away our sins symbolically, our hands are not clean collectively until the Occupation ends and a path is forged for freedom and dignity for all. dn12/10/2014
Christian clerics urge recognition of Palestinian stateAFP--Three leading Christian clerics in the Holy Land appealed Friday for more European governments to recognize a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital. dn12/10/2014
Netanyahu `doesn`t bother to cover the gap between words and bulldozers.` (Wikimedia Commons) Jamal Kanj--In my last column, I discussed Benjamin Netanyahu’s proclivity to deceive, cheat and lie. During my research, however, I came across an article by Israeli journalist Amira Hass, who had a different take on the issue. dn12/10/2014
Sweden rebuffs the US on PalestineChristian Christensen--Stockholm returns to its progressive foreign policy roots. dn11/10/2014
The Month in Pictures: September 2014EI - A monthly roundup of photographs documenting Palestine, Palestinian life, politics and culture, and international solidarity with Palestine [ry]6/10/2014
All the countries — including Sweden — that now recognize Palestinian statehoodKabir Chibber - Quartz - "Currently, more than 130 countries officially recognize Palestine. That is significantly up from about 90 that did so in 1988" [ry]6/10/2014
Israeli youths jailed for refusing to serve in armyMaureen Clare Murphy--The anti-militarization group New Profile announced this week that two Israeli youths who refuse to serve in the army are once again being sent back to military prison. dn5/10/2014
How the Israel Lobby Set Beto O`Rourke RightNathan Guttman--What Happens When Freshman Lawmaker Misses the Memo dn5/10/2014
Sweden Will Recognize State of PalestineReuters--Sweden’s new center-left government will recognize the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday. dn5/10/2014
More than 350 anthropologists from around the world endorse BDS movementJTA--More than 350 anthropologists from around the world have endorsed a boycott of Israel and its academic institutions. dn5/10/2014
Forty leading Jewish Studies Professors have denounced the pro-Israel group, AMCHA,Paul Berger--Leading Jewish Professors Denounce Pro-Israel Group`s `Blacklist` Paul Berger Forty leading Jewish Studies Professors have denounced the pro-Israel group, AMCHA, for degrading the "currency of academic freedom." AMCHA is circulating a list of 218 professors it charges with "an anti-Israel bias" or "antisemitic rhetoric." The Jewish Studies Professors in North America said AMCHA`s monitoring of university lectures and conferences is "deplorable " and "strains the basic principle of academic freedom. dn5/10/2014
Israel to summon Swedish ambassador over plan to recognize PalestineBarak Ravid--Lieberman calls new PM Stefan Loven`s declaration proof he has not internalized that it`s the Palestinians who are presenting obstacles, not Israel. dn5/10/2014
Today in PalestineToday in Palestine--A compilation of reports and commentaries on current events in the OPT. dn5/10/2014
PCHR Press Release September 30, 2014 Ref: 145/2014 PCHR--PCHR Calls for Full and Immediate Ending of the Closure and Warns of Repercussions of Its Institutionalization and Continuity dn4/10/2014
560 Palestinians Imprisoned by Israel in SeptemberIMEMC News - According to the Palestinian News Network, the records indicate that the Hebron province has witnessed the highest rates of imprisonment, with 163 prisoners, followed by Jenin province, with 108.-rh 1/10/2014
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