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|COMET-ME July Newsletter||The alternative-energy group installing units in Palestinian South Hebron Hills communities continues to make great progress.||31/7/2010|
|Israeli airstrikes kill 1, injure 10 in Gaza; 3 civilians shot near Erez|| ||31/7/2010|
|Israel: Withdraw Legislation Punishing Human Rights Activists ||Human Rights Watch - Israel`s Knesset should reject proposed legislation that would weaken the country`s vibrant civil society, Human Rights Watch said today. Recent proposed bills would penalize human rights groups for critical reporting and advocacy, including publicizing information on war crimes, expressing support for boycotts, or helping refugees and asylum seekers.
|Gaza Operation Investigations: Second Update||The State of Israel - B. 154: In the aftermath of the Gaza Operation, the destruction of private property and infrastructure by ground forces was the subject of one of the five special command investigations ordered by the IDF Chief of General Staff. One of the lessons learned from this investigation was that there should be a set of clear rules and guidelines to assist commanders in making such decisions.||27/7/2010|
|The Disinherited: The 1967 Expulsion of the Golan`s Syrians||The official "perfect" narrative about the Golan`s Syrian inhabitants being military-affiliated civilians who all left of their own accord, is exposed in its falseness when official documents and testimonies from both sides surface. Other casualties are Israeli historians, who admit (anonymously) of not investigating the matter for fear of being labeled.||31/7/2010|
|Inside the Cosmetics convention, Ahava boss denies the Occupation||Etedgi argued that they were not “occupied” territories but rather “disputed” territories. He went on to claim that the dispute would be over when peace came and this question would be resolved because the land would all belong to Israel and there would no longer be a problem. He refused to answer any questions about the violations of rights of the people in the Occupied Territories. Etedgi stated that the factory was going to stay put. ||24/7/2010|
| US: PLO mission can now fly flag ||HILARY LEILA KRIEGER JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDE--
Crowley did note, however, that the move represents an improvement in US relations with the Palestinian Authority.||25/7/2010|
|British government attempt to change the law ||By Natalie Hanman--
An attempt by British lawyers to obtain an arrest warrant for Tzipi Livni, the former Israeli foreign minister and now opposition leader, from a London magistrates court late last year prompted the then government to try to change the legal process by requiring the approval of the attorney general. The move provoked outrage from lawyers.||25/7/2010|
|Israeli troops get orders to protect civilian welfare||Harriet Sherwood--
The Israeli military is to assign a "humanitarian affairs officer" to each combat unit to advise on the need to protect civilians and their property during conflicts.||25/7/2010|
|UK Jews `back Israel two-state solution`||BBC--
A majority of British Jews believe Israel should swap territory for peace, and negotiate with Hamas, a survey suggests.||18/7/2010|
|Jerusalem Municipality demolishes 6 houses across East Jerusalem ||Since Netenyahu`s return from his most recent visit to the US, his government has declared new building plans for East Jerusalem settlements and has now recommenced home demolitions in Palestinian neighbourhoods. ||17/7/2010|
|Palestinian BDS National Committee marks five years of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions||Posted by BNC Europe==
Occupied Palestine, 9 July 2010 – On the fifth anniversary of the Palestinian Civil Society Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights, the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) warmly salutes all our local and international partners and supporters, individuals and organizations, who have contributed to the establishment and spectacular growth of what is now a truly global movement for accountability and upholding international law. We call upon all people of conscience to respond to continued Israeli impunity by joining the movement and taking visible and effective BDS actions. After five years of BDS, the movement has proven, indisputably, to be the most effective and morally consistent form of solidarity with the people of Palestine in our struggle to end Israel`s occupation, apartheid, and persistent denial of the UN-sanctioned right of return for the Palestinian refugees. ||11/7/2010|
|Historic decision by Swansea City Council to bar future contracts with Veolia on the grounds of its illegal activities in the West Bank.||Richard Jones
Swansea Palestine Link--
The passing of the resolution was very important in its own right, but we have since dicovered that this is the first resolution of its kind to have been passed by any UK authority, in that it makes explicit its reasons for ruling out any future contracts with Veolia. Other authorities have discontinued contracts with Veolia, but have not specified this reason. Swansea City Council is therefore leading the way with what is now seen as a landmark decision.
|Methodists vote for settlements boycott ||Karen Burke BST-The Guardian--
The Methodist conference [i.e., the Methodist Church of Great Britain. DN] has voted for a boycott on goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements
| An open city? ||Larry Derfner -
Jerusalem Post July 2, 2010 -
Arabs can`t buy land anywhere in Jerusalem.
Whenever the world objects to Israeli plans to build new neighborhoods for Jews in east Jerusalem – such as happened when plans for the Silwan neighborhood resurfaced last week – the official response here is that Jerusalem is an “open city.” The proof offered is that Arabs not only buy and rent in the capital’s Arab neighborhoods, but in its Jewish neighborhoods as well.
MAYOR NIR Barkat declined to be interviewed for this article, but when challenged over the controversial expansion of Ramat Shlomo and other east-side Jewish neighborhoods in a March 22 interview with Sky News, he acknowledged that the “open city” policy comes with a few caveats.
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