|Documents & Data|
|Cape Town Opera: Don`t help Israel whitewash its crimes ||Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel--The following open letter to the Cape Town Opera was issued by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel on 25 October 2010:
|Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 20 - 26 October 2010 ||OCHA--[The paragraph below is a summary. For the full report click either on the English or Hebrew, depending on your language preference, or, if that doesn’t work, use the link http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha_opt_protection_of_civilians_2010_10_29_english.pdf]
|Montreal activists launch campus boycott campaign ||Jillian Kestler-D`Amours--The 13-page report, entitled "Structures of Oppression: Why McGill and Concordia`s campus community must sever their links with the Technion University" [PDF], examines Technion`s links to military technologies and manufacturers and the militarization and repression of political dissent on the Israeli university`s campus. The report also details the nature of Concordia and McGill universities` relationships with the Israeli institution.||31/10/2010|
|IRAQI DEATH TOLL – WIKILEAKS REVEALS TIP OF THE ICEBERG ONLY||Kathleen Barry--[Prof. Barry , Author of books as Female Sexual Slavery, a Biography of Susan B. Anthony, and most recently Unmaking War, Remaking Men, responds to Wikileaks stats on the numbers of Iraqi civilians killed.
The numbers of Palestinian civilians killed are more available than were those of Iraqis thanks to Human Rights organizations and others as B’tselem, Palestinian Red Cressent Society, OCHA,
The reasons that Israeli soldiers kill civilians are similar to those that Barry outlines below for American soldiers. Here again, what Israeli soldiers do is available from testimonies from Courage to Refuse and Breaking the Silence, and more recently from items uploaded on facebook.
The question is what do we do with the information and the statistics? Statistics do not help reduce the numbers. Gathering them and exposing them is an important step, but it unfortunately does not end them.
|The Zionist Organization of America’s Effort to Criminalize Campus Activism through Federal Civil Rights Legislation||Eyal Mazor--Under the leadership of Mort Klein, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is celebrating its success in its efforts to expand federal anti-bullying guidelines stipulated under the US Civil Rights Act of 1964. So why in the world would Mort Klein and his pro-occupation and pro-settlement ZOA be interested in federal civil rights and anti-bullying policy in the first place? Perhaps a new-found interest in protecting religious practice and reigning in on all instances of discrimination? Of course not. Read on and prepare yourself to be outraged.||31/10/2010|
|E-Book about the JNF launched||What is the JNF and how is it complicit in dispossessing Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line? A new online project with documents and academic analysis. ao||30/10/2010|
|PEACE STARTS HERE! New Site about Refugees||UNRWA launched this site with personal stories, in order to humanize the Palestinian refugee debate. ao||30/10/2010|
|Activestills IMAGES from the past week protests||Sheikh Jarrah, Bil`in, Umm-el-Fahm. ao||30/10/2010|
|A Collection of VIDEOS from the past week||Courtesy of blogger FriendlyStranger. ao||30/10/2010|
|Israel Reveals Documents Related to the Gaza Closure Policy Due to Gisha`s Freedom of Information Act Petition||Gisha - After 1.5 years of obstruction, Israel revealed the procedures governing the closure of Gaza and the lists of goods whose entrance was permitted.
The documents reveal a policy of economic strangulation.
The documents show that Israel was guided by considerations of image and public perception, not just security and the rights and needs of Palestinian residents of Gaza.
|Israelis `building 600 new homes in West Bank`||AP - The Independent - "Assessing the extent of post-freeze construction is difficult because Israel`s government has declined to release information and settlement officials generally do not provide detailed data. Peace Now, which is conducting an extensive survey of building activity, has reported that work has begun on at least 600 new homes since restrictions, which Israel imposed in November 2009 for 10 months, were lifted on September 26. A count by the Associated Press found that - as of early last week - work had begun on at least 544 apartments"||25/10/2010|
|Channel 1 Correspondent Confirms Ilan as Shabak Director-Designate. NGO Forces IDF to Release Secret Memo Documenting Gaza Strangulation||Richard Silverstein Tikun Olam--Gishaï¿½s website notes that when it first sued the state in order to expose this 2009 memo the latter denied it existed. When that didnï¿½t work, it conceded the memo existed but that releasing it would endanger ï¿½national securityï¿½ (now, you have a chance to judge for yourself the probity of this claim). The government has now conceded that it must release them under an FOIA legal proceeding. However, the government continues to refuse to release the current rules governing the siege which are supposedly more lenient than the pre-Marmara rules. ||24/10/2010|
|What led to IDF bombing house full of civilians during Gaza war?||Amira Hass--A Military Police investigation into an air strike that killed 21 Palestinian civilians during Operation Cast Lead, according to a recent Haaretz report, indicates senior air force officers had approved the attack. The report, published on Friday by Amos Harel and Anshel Pfeffer ("IDF probes top officers on Gaza war strike that killed 21 family members" ), alleges senior officers authorized the bombing despite being warned by more junior officers that civilians were likely located at or nearby the target site. ||24/10/2010|
|Vatican body asks UN to `end Israeli occupation` ||AFP--In final statement of two-week conference, bishops` synod urges international community to take `necessary legal steps to put an end to the occupation of the different Arab territories`||24/10/2010|
|3 Jews showed this video last night at NYU, challenging Zionism||[forwarded by Abraham (eibie) Weizfeld] PHILIP WEISS--Three years ago a Palestinian friend sauntered down Broadway and said, I have only one goal in life, I want to end Zionism. I was shocked that a person would say something like that, I thought he must be a violent revolutionary. Well a lot has changed, and last night I went to an event at NYU where three Jews sat at the front of the room and said their goal is to end Zionism inside Jewish life and thought. ||24/10/2010|
|Aliyah job fairs held across North America ||Ynetnews--[These job fairs omit important information--that 30% of the population is in danger of living under the poverty line, that 1 of every 3 children lives under the poverty line, that the next war is just around the corner, and so on and so forth. Please fill in the holes if you come across one of these job fairs. Dorothy]||24/10/2010|
|JVP response to ADL||Cecilie Surasky, Jewish Voice for Peace--The story about the ADLï¿½s top ten list has made the news across Israel ï¿½ in Haaretz, and the Jerusalem Post, and Ynet . But itï¿½s also triggering quite a reaction here in the United States, revealing yet one more way the Anti-Defamation Leagueï¿½s Abe Foxman has a broken moral compass when it comes to Israel.||24/10/2010|
|It was the Gaza assault`s worst atrocity. Now the truth may finally be told||Israeli military police are investigating whether an air strike which killed 21 members of the same family sheltering in a building during the Army`s Gaza offensive in 2008-9 was authorised by a senior brigade commander who had been warned of the danger to civilians.||23/10/2010|
|Iraq War Documents Leaked: Link to Main Site||Courtesy of WikiLeaks. "The military files record a descent into chaos and horror as the occupation sparked civil war. This is the version of events the American military didn’t want you to know." ao||23/10/2010|
|Rachel Corrie Trial: The driver testifies Behind A Screen||Craig Corrie spoke out against this dehumanisation of both victim and perpetrator after the hearing yesterday:
“I think the screen is emblematic of one of the big problems we have in this area, which is not being able to recognise the humanity of each other… Palestinians in Gaza never see the Israelis, they just see these machines moving around, and you could hear from the language in court and how the Israelis keep talking about the terrorists, the terrorists, that they don’t see the human beings either. We couldn’t see the human being behind this screen.”||23/10/2010|
|Netanyahu`s List of Foreign Donors Revealed||According to estimates, 98% of the funds donated to Netanyahu came from abroad. ||23/10/2010|
|Financing the Israeli Occupation : The Direct Involvement of Israeli Banks in Illegal Israeli Settlement Activity and Control over the Palestinian Banking Market||Coalition of Women for Just Peace - Who Profits from the Occupation Report - The report identifies six categories of involvement of Israeli banks in the occupation: Providing mortgage loans for home-buyers in settlements, providing special loans for building projects in settlements, providing financial services to Israeli local authorities in the West Bank and the Golan Heights, operating branches in Israeli settlements, providing financial services to businesses in settlements and benefiting from access to the Palestinian monetary market as a captive market||20/10/2010|
|Playing with Water||Pulse - "Water in Israel is probably one of the most blatant faces of apartheid. As reports like the Amnesty International report of 2009, `Troubled Waters` and the B’tselem website coverage of the issue, `The Water Crisis` show us, Israel’s resources are invested in water theft/access denial from the Palestinians. But water in Israel is not just a substance of life, for those who can’t have it, it’s a tradable commodity, for those who’ll never miss it"||18/10/2010|
|South Hebron Residents visit Haifa to see Film Premiere||The film by Danny Verete documents the relationships between residents and Villages Group and COMET-ME activists. To be screened Sat. Oct. 30 in Jerusalem Cinemateque. ao||16/10/2010|
|Israeli soldiers `shot at children collecting gravel by Gaza border`||"Security": the ultimate excuse for any wrongdoing. ao||16/10/2010|
|Settlers near Nablus caught on camera torching cars||The suspects, residents of the illegal Migdalim settlement, were filmed entering the nearby Qusra village at 1:40 a.m||16/10/2010|
|Israel Israel provokes Palestinians and US by going ahead with new settlements. Plan for 238 new houses in East Jerusalem comes at a time when peace talks are stalled||Ewen MacAskill in Washington--The 238 houses are in Pisgat Ze`ev and Ramot, both in East Jerusalem and both with predominantly Israeli residents. The Israeli government regards both as part of Israel but the Palestinians, and almost all of the international community, see them as illegal, built on Palestinian land occupied by Israel in 1967.||17/10/2010|
|Arab states: World must put an end to `Israeli arrogance`||By Haaretz Service--57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference condemns Israel for renewing settlement construction in East Jerusalem, says it`s a `provocative step intended to sabotage peace process.`||17/10/2010|
|Anti-Defamation League smears peace groups, Jewish Voice for Peace on top 10||Muzzelwatch--Under Abraham Foxmanï¿½s leadership, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is an embarrassment. It calls itself the ï¿½nationï¿½s premier civil rights/human relations agency,ï¿½ dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry and protecting the civil rights for all. But thereï¿½s a critical exceptionï¿½ ï¿½allï¿½ does not include those it considers a threat to the Israeli government.||17/10/2010|
|Declaration of The Movement for One Democratic State in Palestine||The Movement for One Democratic State in Palestine--[although the plan laid out below is idealistic to the nth degree, it is definitely an aim worth working towards. Dorothy]||10/10/2010|
|Stop raids against US anti-war activists and international solidarity activists||IJAN--We are calling on our international allies to take action in support of long-time peace and human rights activists who have come under attack for their work against U.S. occupation and military intervention abroad. ||10/10/2010|
|Gaza flotilla attack: calls for international criminal court to step inTurkish victims ask international criminal court to pursue Israeli gunmen over raid on ship||Afua Hirsch--Lawyers acting for Turkish citizens injured or killed when Israel intercepted the flotilla in May have written to Luis Moreno Ocampo, the court`s prosecutor, claiming there is an "overwhelming" case for prosecution.||10/10/2010|
|Arab League urges US to call halt on Israeli settlements||Ian Black, Middle East editor--Talks in Libya produced a statement by the Arab League last night urging the Obama administration to carry on working for an extension of Israel`s 10-month settlement freeze, which expired last month, so that the already faltering negotiations can continue.||10/10/2010|
|Abbas may circumvent Israel, ask U.S. to recognize Palestinian state||Reuters--Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told Arab leaders he may seek U.S. recognition for a Palestinian state, which would include all of the West Bank, should peace talks with Israel break down, an aide said on Saturday.||10/10/2010|
| Israel promises to lower profile, OECD conference stays in Jerusalem ||Attila Somfalvi--A tourism conference scheduled to take place in Jerusalem in late October will not be canceled or moved to Tel Aviv, Ynet learned Saturday following an agreement between Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and the secretary general of the Organization of Economic Cooperation Development (OECD), Angel Gurria.||10/10/2010|
|Palestinian children betrayed by aid agencies||Eleanor Kilroy - Mondoweiss - "A September 2010 report has found that Palestinian children’s rights to life and liberty are being sacrificed, as major donor agencies fail to challenge the Israeli state’s violations of international laws for fear of offending influential political lobbies"||4/10/2010|
| Palestinian killed by border guard in J`lem||Maï¿½an News Agency--[compare the Maï¿½an news agency report of the incident to the Jerusalem Post oneï¿½how differently it is slanted, and in the JP report the individual killed has no name, as is customary when Israel news agencies write about the killing of Palestiniansï¿½
|Egypt destroys four Gaza smuggling tunnels ||DPA--Egypt has said it destroyed over 20 tunnels in September alone along its 11-kilometer-long border with the enclosed enclave. ||3/10/2010|
| 2 Givati soldiers convicted of inappropriate behavior ||JPOST.COM STAFF--The prosecutor`s office was expected to sentence the soldiers to a suspended sentence. [Is this punishment that fits the crime? DN]||3/10/2010|
|UN: Israel Executed Flotilla Activists||YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-A1PYgzMv0&feature=youtube_gdata
"Gareth Porter: UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis "Executed" US Citizen Furkan Dogan"||1/10/2010|
|B`Tselem: 10 years to the second Intifada – summary of data ||Press Releases -
"27 Sept. `10: 10 years to the second Intifada – summary of data "||1/10/2010|
|Israel Reveals Documents related to the Gaza Closure Policy||Gisha -
"After one and a half years in which Israel at first denied their existence and then claimed that revealing them would harm "state security", the State of Israel today released three documents that outline its policy for permitting transfer of goods into the Gaza Strip prior to the May 31 flotilla incident. The documents were released due to a Freedom of Information Act petition submitted by Gisha in the Tel Aviv District Court, in which Gisha demanded transparency regarding the Gaza closure policy. Israel still refuses to release the current documents governing the closure policy as amended after the flotilla incident."
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