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Israeli forces cut water supply to village in Jordan ValleyJordan Valley Solidarity - ISM - "The village relies on agriculture as its main source of income, and is currently preparing for the harvest of guava and corn as well as other fruit and vegetables, and so the recent Israeli attack on the water supply comes at a critical time for farmers." - id 18/7/2018
Extremist Settlers Attack Palestinian Homes, Torch West Bank FarmlandIMEMC - "Residents rushed to defend their homes and land but the Israeli army intervened, to protect the settlers, and confronted the residents, shooting at them to keep them back." - id 18/7/2018
How to fight the demolition of a West Bank school? Start the year earlyOren Ziv/Activestills - +972 - At around 7 a.m. on Monday morning, the Palestinian activists who slept in the yard rolled up their mattresses and packed up their belongings, as students from various nearby Bedouin communities arrived in their school uniforms. Over the past few weeks, the school yard has become a gathering spot for Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists fighting to prevent the demolition. [bz]17/7/2018
Israeli bulldozers raze lands in besieged GazaMa`an - Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the "buffer zone," which lies on both land and sea of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence. The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave, which has been under an Israeli air, land, and sea blockade for 10 years. [bz]17/7/2018
Israeli Authorities’ Decrease Fishing Area to Three Nautical MilesPCHR press release - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the Israeli authorities’ decision on Monday, 16 July 2018, to decrease the fishing area from 6 to 3 nautical miles adjacent to the Gaza Strip shore. PCHR considers that this decision is part of collective punishment practiced against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, which partly targets tightening on fishermen, who are banned from fishing freely and denied access to the areas where fish breed. On 09 July 2018, the Israeli authorities already decided to reduce the fishing area to 6 nautical miles off the Gaza Strip shore. Reducing the fishing area would disastrously reflect on the economic and living conditions for around 4000 fishermen and 1500 workers, said Nizar ‘Ayash, Head of the General Union of Fishing Workers in the Gaza Strip. [bz] 17/7/2018
`Like twins`: Gaza mourns teenage boys killed in Israeli air raidFarah Najjar, Maram Humaid - Al Jazeera - An Israeli air strike killed Luay Kaheel, 16 and Amir al-Nimra, 15, while they were playing on a rooftop of a building [ry] 16/7/2018
Speaker at Israeli gov’t conference promotes genocide against Arabs and non-JewsJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - On the stage was an aging terrorist, Moshe Zar, a former founding member of the Jewish-terrorist movement “Jewish Underground” (in 1980’s), who said the following: “I am known for saying ‘Build a house, it’s like you wiped out a hundred Arabs. Build a settlement, it’s like you wiped out tens of thousands of goyim [‘non-Jews’]’. That’s the truth”. His words were applauded by a considerable number of the public, including the settler standing beside him, Yael Shevach, the widow of rabbi Raziel Shevach, who was murdered in January on a road in the occupied West Bank outside the settlement he lived in. Israeli journalist David Sheen has provided the video with subtitles here. -The immediate context within the conference was about settlement in “Judea, Samaria and Gaza”. After a video was screened, Zar told about an attack that had occurred in a settlement and said that construction of the settlements is “our sweet revenge”. “Our revenge, the revenge of all of us, will be only in the settlement of Eretz Israel” [the land of Israel]. -rh11/7/2018
The Gaza siege isn`t about security. It`s collective punishment, pure and simpleMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "Israel shut down Gaza’s ability to conduct trade because of flaming balloons and kites that Palestinians have been floating over the border. There is no security justification, just collective punishment." - id 11/7/2018
Israel closure of vital Gaza commercial border takes effectHarry Fawcett - Aljazeera - "The United Nations has criticised Israel`s closure of the primary passageway for basic goods to residents of the besieged Gaza Strip. Tel Aviv made the move in response to Palestinians launching incendiary kites across the border. Only humanitarian aid, medical supplies and food are being allowed in. Hamas leaders say shutting the Karam Abu Salem crossing is a crime against the Palestinian people." - id 11/7/2018
By Razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will Bulldoze Illusions of Peace ProcessJonathan Cook - CounterPunch - "Now, the Jahalin are about to be driven from their lands again, as though they are nothing more than wayward cattle. This time they are to be forcibly re-settled next to a waste dump by the Palestinian town of Abu Dis, hemmed in on all sides by Israeli walls and settlements." - id 11/7/2018
Obama was shocked — shocked — to find that settlements were eating the West Bank!Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - So maybe it really is time for simple people, those who do view ‘disappearing Palestine’ maps, to take action where politicians fail to act and fail to see. Palestine is really disappearing. It’s a genocidal pattern, and you’re seeing it happen in real time.-rh11/7/2018
Israeli right dreams of third temple in Jerusalem Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - On July 3, Netanyahu addressed a letter to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, saying that lawmakers could visit the Temple Mount once every three months. The first of the ministers to implement his “right” to visit the site after Netanyahu’s decision to lift the ban was Uri Ariel, the minister of agriculture and a member of HaBayit HaYehudi. Ariel has made no secret of his yearnings for a third Jewish temple to replace the two destroyed ones. “We hope and pray for Tisha B’av to be a day of happiness and for the temple to be rebuilt, so that there will be no more fasts and we will be able to bring all the sacrifices that we read about in this week’s Torah reading,” Ariel said. “God willing, a kohen’s [Jewish cleric] blessing will be bestowed on all those ascending the Mount.”-rh 11/7/2018
Bulldozing Palestine, one village at a time : Israel wants the village of Khan al-Ahmar razed to the ground to cut off Jerusalem from the West Bank.Mariam Barghouti - Aljazeera - Khan al-Ahmar, a village of 180 people, is about 15km northeast of Jerusalem and falls within what is known as Area C of the occupied West Bank, as defined by the Oslo Accords. The area has been inundated with more than 300,000 Israelis living in 125 illegal settlements and is under Israeli administrative control. Under the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authorities was supposed to take over administering the area, but, of course, Israel never let that happen.-rh11/7/2018
Palestinians fear recent aid cuts could expandRasha Abou Jalal - Al-Monitor - The Australian government announced July 2 its decision to cut direct financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA), citing fears that the funds are paid as monthly salaries to Palestinian nationals convicted of carrying out attacks against Israel. The decision is another challenge to the PA, which is already suffering from a steady decline in foreign funding and an estimated budgetary deficit of around $1 billion this year.-rh 11/7/2018
July 5, 2018: Susya. Post by David ShulmanMARGARET OLIN - Touching Photographs - So there is the Big Destruction, the one everyone in Susya and in al-Khan al-Ahmar knows will happen, the one everyone fears, and there are the Little Destructions along the way, the tremors that presage what is to come, as if the army were testing the water. ‘Azzam Nawajeh, whose home is on the demolition list, says he wishes they would do the big one already; waiting day after day, for many months, in the certainty that they will come, is torture enough. This morning we thought it was happening, but in the end what we saw were two Little Destructions. They were awful.-rh11/7/2018
Israeli president slams bill that could lead to Jewish-only communitiesAFP, Jerusalem - Alarabiya - The so-called nation-state law, which the government hopes to have approved by the end of the month, could become part of the country`s basic laws which serve as a de facto constitution. The clause Rivlin criticized would allow the state to “authorize a community composed of people having the same faith and nationality to maintain the exclusive character of that community.” That was seen as allowing towns to exclude Arab citizens, who account for some 17.5 percent of Israel`s population, or even other Jewish communities. Rivlin said that the legislation “could harm the Jewish people worldwide and in Israel, and could even be used as a weapon by our enemies.” -rh11/7/2018
10 cowsheds, 9 homes and a watertankAmos Gvirtz - Don`t Say We Didn`t Know - At Al Faresiya in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley they demolished a large water tank that had served 148 persons. [bz]10/7/2018
Gazan traders : `Israel`s closure of the only commercial crossing `the final nail in the coffin`Jack Khoury, Yaniv Kubovich and Noa Landau - Haaretz - "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also thought that by imposing sanctions on the Gaza Strip he could lead to an internal uprising or apply pressure, but it didn’t work," Dr. Maher al-Tabaa of the Palestinian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Gaza told Haaretz. "It is Gaza’s civilian population and businesspeople who will suffer, and this is collective punishment." [bz] 10/7/2018
Israeli snipers kill one Palestinian and injure 57 more with live fire at the Friday `Return March` events, among them women and childrenIMEMC - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) denounced the Israeli excessive use of force against the nonviolent protesters and added that the soldiers injured a total of twenty-four children, seven women, five paramedics and one journalist, in addition to causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. It held both Israel’s military and political leadership responsible to the high number of civilian casualties in Gaza, especially since they granted a green light to the military to resort to the excessive and lethal use of force against protesters, who posed no threat to the lives of the soldiers, barricaded hundreds of meters away across the parameter fence. [bz] 7/7/2018
Israeli Soldiers Injure Three Women In GazaIMEMC - "The Israeli attack took place after thousands of women nonviolently marched on Palestinian lands, near the fence, carrying Palestinian flags, and chanting against Trump’s “Deal of the Century,” which strips the Palestinian of their basic rights." - id4/7/2018
The four year anniversary of the murder of Mohammed Abu KhdeirISM - International Solidarity Movement - "The autopsy confirmed he had inhaled the burning material confirming he was still alive when he was set on fire and that he suffered internal as well as external burns covering 90% of his body." - id 4/7/2018
‘Deal of the Century’ is Not New and the PA Leadership is Not a VictimRamzy Baroud - Countercurrents - The order of that anticipated failure is likely to go something like this: the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah is likely to reject the deal once the full details of the US administration’s plan are revealed; Israel is likely to withhold its decision till Palestinians rejection is exploited thoroughly by pro- Israel US media.-rh4/7/2018
Prominent Jewish BDS activist denied entry to IsraelTOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - Israeli officials barred a Jewish pro-Palestinian activist from entering the country late Sunday and began proceedings to deport her over her support for a boycott of the country. Ariel Gold said that she had arranged her visit ahead of time with Israeli authorities, in line with a demand by Jerusalem after her last visit to the country, but was being deported anyway after landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport.-rh4/7/2018
Greenwashing the Nakba: The Real Story Behind Israel’s “Blooming Desert”Whitney Webb - Axis of Logic - There is, however, another side to this story, one that shows that the “blooming desert” of Israel is a convenient disguise for the degradation and destruction of Palestine’s natural resources, a means of obfuscating the worst of occupation by wrapping it in the cloak of Zionist mythology. While a central theme of Zionist mythology has long been the need for the Jewish Diaspora community to re-establish itself by returning to agricultural labor, the truth of Israel’s agricultural “success” involves the unsustainable use of occupied resources and the deliberate destruction of the land and water still used by Palestinians today.-rh 4/7/2018
Israel to deduct $300m a year from Palestinian Authority budgetHarry Fawcett - Aljazeera - The Israeli government has been given the green light to deduct approximately $300m a year from the budget of the Palestinian Authority. Israeli politicians say the Palestinian leadership paid $350m last year to Palestinian prisoners jailed for attacking Israeli security forces, and their families. Al Jazeera`s Harry Fawcett reports from the Occupied West Bank.-rh4/7/2018
Secrecy a sign of seriousness in peacemakingDaoud Kuttab - Arab Media Internet Network - In today’s Washington- sponsored attempts at peacemaking, we are seeing the total opposite, a sign that those behind peace efforts are more interested in pleasing their boss, President Donald Trump, or in some cases aimed at pleasing Trump’s major funder Sheldon Adelson. Ever since the high-profile rejection of US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley of the appointment of Salam Fayyad as the UN special representative to Libya because he is Palestinian, to the almost daily Tweets of US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and the latest interview of Trump’s senior adviser Jered Kushner with Al Quds newspaper, a pattern emerges that reflects lack of seriousness. The US president himself publicly shot down his own so-called efforts to peace when he contradicted his earlier efforts on Jerusalem by boasting publicly that he “took Jerusalem off the table”.-rh4/7/2018
Newsletter - June 2018Military Court Watch - Detention figures –According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 31 May 2018 there were 5,732 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza) held as “security prisoners” in Israeli detention facilities including 291 children(12-17 years). In the case of children there was an 8% decrease in the number compared with the previous month and an annual increase of 4% compared with 2017. These figures include 3 children heldin administrative detention. According to the IPS, 52% of child detainees were unlawfully transferred and/or detained inside Israel in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention during the month. Child detention rates are currently up 62% since UNICEF published its child detention report in 2013. -rh 4/7/2018
`Wherever soldiers march no wild weeds ever grow again`
- about `temporary` evictions in the Jordan Valley -
Daphne Banai/Machsomwatch - Don`t Say We Didn`t Know - "Every time we were evicted, the soldiers drove behind us, leading us as if we were sheep, without a drop of human compassion. We were in such a hurry that we forgot to take along any food and drink. I am a mother of seven small children. I have a child suffering from Downs Syndrome and a baby under one-month of age. Outdoors here it is either extremely cold or extremely hot, what are we supposed to do? [bz] 3/7/2018
Israeli demolition of entire Palestinian village days away, villagers fear+972 Magazine Staff - Israeli security forces show up and survey homes in Khan al-Ahmar, which activists and residents fear is a sign of forced displacement of the entire village. Israel’s top court gave its approval to the demolition, an act rights groups say would constitute a war crime [ry]2/7/2018
Army Invades Palestinian Lands In Southern GazaIMEMC News - "The soldiers [...] bulldozed Palestinian lands, and installed sand hills in the area, before withdrawing" [ry]2/7/2018
The defiance that launched Gaza’s flaming kites cannot be extinguishedJonathan Cook - Mondoweiss "But from inside Gaza, things look very different. These initiatives are driven by a mix of recognisably human emotions: a refusal to bow before crushing oppression; a fear of becoming complicit through silence and inaction in being erased and forgotten; and a compelling need to take back control of one’s life...A young girl observed of the kite’s lure: “When we fly the kite, we know that freedom exists.” A message scrawled on one read: “I have the right to pride, education, justice, equality and life.” ca29/6/2018
Alarming mortality trend among young Palestinian refugees in GazaAkihiro Seita - Medical Aid for Palestinians - After 11 years of unlawful blockade and closure, Gaza’s health system is close to collapse. Beset by severe shortages of medicines and equipment, a chronic electricity crisis, and protracted de-development, it reflects a wider humanitarian emergency which affects every aspect of day-to- day life for the 1.9 million people who live there. UNRWA emphasises that “it is reasonable to assume that the unstable power supply, the deteriorating functionality of medical equipment, the periodic shortages of essential drugs and medical consumables have had an impact on the quality of medical care with a consequent impact on infant mortality. “Although it is not possible with our data to attribute the stalled decline in infant mortality to the siege, it should be noted that the stalling began at the same time as the siege.” Amid these existing challenges, there are new threats to the health of Gaza’s residents due to recently-announced US cuts to funding for UNRWA.-rh27/6/2018
“I just want him to be a normal boy again"ISM - International Solidarity Movement - "Gaza family appeal for urgent help to support treatment of 11 year old Mahmoud who was shot in the face by an Israeli sniper." - id 27/6/2018
Palestinian activists slam draft law prohibiting filming of Israeli forcesYumna Patel - Middle East Eye - On 2 June, Aaref Jaber witnessed Israeli forces shooting and killing 37-year old Palestinian construction worker Rami Wahid Sabarneh. The incident took place just down the street from his home, which sits east of the Ibrahimi Mosque (also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs) in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. He filmed the entire thing. “A soldier saw me film the shooting and he approached me, telling me to delete the video," Jaber, a member of the Hebron-based Human Rights Defenders (HRD) group, told Middle East Eye. "When I refused, he pushed me up against a wall and put his gun to my head. He said ‘Did you understand? Or should I put this bullet in your head so you can understand?’” For years, the Israeli government has targeted Palestinians and their supporters through a series of highly controversial laws. But the latest bill discussed by Israeli lawmakers has local and international activists and journalists alike fearing for the future.-rh27/6/2018
Israeli settlers burn 300 Palestinian olive trees in Nablus districtMa`an - Earlier this year, the Shin Bet, Israel`s internal intelligence agency, reported a spike in Israeli hate crimes against Palestinians in 2018. According to the April report, there were 13 attacks in the first four months of this year - more than in the whole of 2017, when the agency recorded only eight attacks -- though Palestinians report the number to be much higher. Many Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israelis committing violent acts against Palestinians. [bz]26/6/2018
As Israel Pushes to Build, Bedouin Homes and School Face DemolitionDavid M. Halbfinger and Rami Nazzal - NYT - With the Trump administration providing diplomatic cover, right-wing ministers in Israel pressing to exploit that while it lasts and international support for the Palestinians focused for the moment on Gaza, a new ruling by a settler-majority panel of Israel’s Supreme Court appears to have freed the government to proceed with the removal of entire Bedouin communities on the West Bank. Advocates of the Bedouins say this would be a war crime: the forced transfer of a population under the protection of the military occupation. [bz]26/6/2018
Shaked Warns of New War on GazaIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Palestinians in the Gaza Strip continue to point out that their protests are entirely legitimate under international law.To call them terrorists, they insist, is not only inaccurate, but also an attempt by the Israelis and their supporters to deceive the world about the nature of the conflict in occupied Palestine.It is worth mentioning that Israel has started to launch drone attacks against Palestinian children who fly kites along the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip." ca 23/6/2018
Syrians in Golan Heights to boycott municipal election by IsraelNour Samaha - Al Jazeera "Following a decision handed down by Israel`s supreme court last year to hold, for the first time ever, municipal elections in October 2018 for the occupied Golan`s 26,000 Syrian residents, local religious leaders and village elders are calling for a full rejection of the elections, calling it a "red line." ca22/6/2018
Israel soldiers set dogs on elderly Palestinians and teens in Jenin refugee campMiddle East Monitor - According to rights group B’Tselem, on 7 May, a group of some ten Israeli soldiers raided Jenin refugee camp at around 4am, along with “two attack dogs”. The soldiers “forcibly entered two homes, woke up all the residents, turned the homes topsy-turvy, and detained two people”. In one house, home to Zahra Ya’qub, 85, her son Salah, 44, his wife Sabah, 40, and their three children, soldiers “muscled in”, and “assaulted the couple with dogs that knocked down Sabah”.-rh20/6/2018
40 Dunams of Palestinian Land Leveled in Jordan ValleyIMEMC - "Israeli bulldozers, on Tuesday, leveled land belonging to Palestinians in the northern Jordan Valley area, without providing any reasons. Mutaz Bisharat, an activist from Tubas, said that Israeli bulldozers leveled more than 40 dunams of land (approximately 10 acres) belonging to Palestinians in the area, despite having ownership deeds, known as tabu." - id20/6/2018
“A Letter from Gaza, June 2018” by Hanan BashirHanan Bashir - UK Palestine Mental Health network - Hanan Bashir is a 21 year old student living and studying psychology in Gaza who has asked for assistance publicizing the following statement. Please share it widely:. I have always hated crying for help. You may have read about Gaza’s plight in newspapers or academic articles and you may have heard about the many deprivations we the Palestinians face, like having just four hours of electricity each day, three extraordinarily brutal wars, the almost always closed border crossings and so on and so forth. We, as humans with the human bodies and feelings, before any kind of divisions human beings may create, are all trying to send a message from inside the box (Gaza) to the humans outside the box. Our signal is intended to be sent everywhere that humans live, it is meant for all who want to listen.-rh 20/6/2018
Israeli bill forbids documentation of IDF abuses Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - The Israeli ministerial committee on legislation approved a bill criminalizing the filming of Israeli soldiers in the West Bank June 17. Proponents of the legislation, introduced by Knesset member Robert Ilatov of Yisrael Beitenu, argue that it is designed to protect soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces operating alongside Palestinian residents, or as Ilatov himself phrased it, to prevent “filming meant to undermine the spirit of the IDF soldiers [and of] residents of the State of Israel or to damage state security.” The version of the bill approved by the ministerial committee imposes jail terms of five to 10 years on violators.-rh 20/6/2018
The fallacy of Israel`s human shields claims in GazaNeve Gordon & Nicola Perugini - Aljazeera - It has become part of a macabre ritual. Each week, thousands of Palestinians stride towards the fence surrounding the small swath of land in which they have been imprisoned for years, as Israeli snipers pick their victims and shoot. Since March 30, 132 Palestinians have been killed and over 13,000 have been injured as they have courageously protested the effects of Israel`s ongoing military siege on Gaza.-rh20/6/2018
There is a way to solve the Gaza crisisRon Ben-Yishai - Ynetnews - Analysis: An arrangement led by Egypt and supervised by UN and Arab League inspectors, which would lead to the creation of a joint PA-Hamas civil government, would serve all parties and gradually dismantle the explosive conflict—even without forcing Hamas to disarm completely. While this solution may be far from ideal for Israel, the chance is worth the risk.-rh 20/6/2018
After international pressure, Netanyahu postpones for third time demolitions in Khirbet Susya Yoav Zitun, Itamar Eichner - Ynet - The demolition of illegal Palestinian homes in Khirbet Susya is seen as one of the symbols of the Palestinian battle in the West Bank, and Israel has been under heavy international pressure—mainly in recent weeks—to prevent the evacuation which would have received wide international coverage. The demolition may have also been postponed due to the upcoming visit of US President Donald Trump’s envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, and his special advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, this weekend. [bz] 19/6/2018
Israel extends detention of female Palestinian lawmakerCaron Creighton, Associated Press - Yahoo! News - "Khalida Jarrar had been scheduled to be released on June 30. But the army said a military court had determined that the 55-year-old woman continued to pose a security threat" [ry]18/6/2018
The two-state solution is dead. Palestine needs a new UN mandateMark Seddon - The Guardian "We appear to be living in increasingly lawless times. Article 24 of the Geneva convention states: “Medical personnel exclusively engaged in the … treating of wounded shall be respected and protected in all circumstances.” But in general, talk of the Geneva convention – when civilians can be targeted with barrel bombs by state authorities in Syria or Saudi missiles in Yemen, and unarmed demonstrators are shot at by Israeli army snipers – just serves as a reminder that leaders from Netanyahu to Assad, from Putin to Duterte, will do whatever they like if they can get away with it." ca15/6/2018
Israel has three options in GazaAdnan Abu Amer - Al-Jazeera "What this episode shows, however, is that it is increasingly difficult for Israel to maintain the status quo. Its strategy of "Gaza will not live and will not die" no longer seems to be working. It fears that small improvements and patches will no longer appease the Palestinians. And it is in this context that Israel seems to face three options in Gaza: reoccupation, another war, or lifting of the siege." ca 15/6/2018
How Israeli Banks Finance Theft of Palestinian LandAli Abunimah - Portside - “Human Rights Watch’s new report exposes more clearly and unambiguously than before the direct and deep involvement of Israeli banks, through their business with and in the illegal Israeli settlements, in Israel’s war crimes of forcible population transfer and pillage,” Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, told The Electronic Intifada. “We welcome HRW’s unambiguous conclusion that Israeli banks ‘cannot mitigate or avoid contributing to’ Israel’s violations of international law in the occupied Palestinian territory.”,-rh 13/6/2018
Why Anti-Fascist and Pro-BDS Work Go Hand-in-HandDavid Palumbo-Liu - Truthout - PUBLISHED June 12, 2018 SHARE A white lower-case t on a black background READING LIST WAR & PEACE Winning the News Cycle: Trump’s Made-for-TV Singapore Summit HUMAN RIGHTS Ten Years After Postville Raid, Immigration Enforcement Returns to Totalitarian Tactics ECONOMY & LABOR Using “Climate Solidarity” to Remedy Climate Alienation POLITICS & ELECTIONS Henry A. Giroux: The Nightmare of Neoliberal Fascism WAR & PEACE With Explicit US Backing, Saudi Attack on Yemen’s Humanitarian Lifeline Begins ECONOMY & LABOR Over 90 Percent of UPS Teamsters Just Voted to Strike Shortly after presidential candidate Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric and eventual rise to power emboldened a bigoted and anti-intellectual backlash at universities across the US, several colleagues and I who are engaged in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) tactics against the Israeli state established a national network to fight fascism on college campuses, called the Campus Antifascist Network (CAN). Zionists attacked us soon after. They targeted us precisely because we were also active in BDS work. The conservative blog Legal Insurrection sounded the alarm.-rh13/6/2018
Bearing witness to the routine violence of occupationZak Witus and Sasha Belenkiy - +972 - "Even when the cameras of the big international news agencies disappear, the occupation grinds on. One day in the West Bank and East Jerusalem demonstrates how precarious Palestinians’ physical safety and rights are under Israeli military rule." - id 13/6/2018
Gone but not forgotten: The case of missing PalestiniansShatha Hammad - Al-Jazeera - "At least 78 Palestinians have been documented missing since the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1948." - id 13/6/2018
Israeli Military Training Destroying Village CropsIMEMCnews - Palestinian farmers in the northern West Bank town of Aqraba, south of Nablus, complained on Monday that Israeli army military training, in their area, has destroyed their crops. WAFA reported that, according to Yousef Dirieh, an activist in the anti- settlement committee of Aqraba, the Israeli army was conducting training with live ammunition in Khirbet al-Tawil, an area in Aqraba. -rh13/6/2018
How Long Will We Pretend That The Palestinians Are Non-people?Robert Fisk - Information Clearing House - Monstrous. Frightful. Wicked. It’s strange how the words just run out in the Middle East today. Sixty Palestinians dead. In one day. Two-thousand-four-hundred wounded, more than half by live fire. In one day. The figures are an outrage, a turning away from morality, a disgrace for any army to cre And we are supposed to believe that the Israeli army is one of “purity of arms”? And we have to ask another question. If it’s 60 Palestinians dead in a day this week, what if it’s 600 next week? Or 6,000 next month? Israel’s bleak excuses – and America’s crude response – raise this very question. If we can now accept a massacre on this scale, how far can our immune system go in the days and weeks and months to come?.rh 13/6/2018
Why Israel refuses to complete West Bank security fence Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - The waning of the second intifada was attributed in large measure to construction of the barrier, which resulted in a significant decline of terror attacks within Israel. Nonetheless, despite the barrier’s successful results, opposition by Jewish settlers has prevented completion of the project in some sections. The settlers argue that completion of the barrier promotes the left wing’s “separation idea” to create a permanent border with the West Bank.The settlers are not the barrier’s only opponents. Palestinian residents of the West Bank and environmental groups are also opposed for different reasons, and a number of petitions have been submitted against the project to the Supreme Court over the years. The Palestinians argue that the proposed route of the barrier annexes some of their lands to Israel, while green groups claim the construction causes grave environmental damage. The tangled array of interests and political pressure has prevented the completion of the barrier up to now.-rh 13/6/2018
Lieberman: Israel will not ease Gaza crisisMiddle East Monitor - Speaking to Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Lieberman explained that Hamas should release the bodies of Israeli soldiers Hadar Goldin and Shaul Aaron and return Avraham “Avera” Mengistu who crossed from Israel to Gaza on his own. “The Palestinians want a humanitarian initiative from Israel, Israel also wants a humanitarian initiative from Hamas,” he said. Lieberman accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of “exacerbating the Gaza crisis by not transferring the full salaries of Gaza employees.”- rh13/6/2018
The Corporate Media’s World of IllusionsJonathan Cook Information Clearing House - For several years now, I have been writing these regular blog posts with one end in mind: to help open a door for readers and encourage them to step through. I select issues, usually those that dominate western media coverage and represent a consensus that we might term the Great Western Narrative, and try to show how this narrative has been constructed not to inform and enlighten but to conceal and deceive. It is not that I and the many other bloggers doing this are cleverer than everyone else. We have simply had a chance – an earlier one – to step through that door ourselves, because of a jarring life experience that the Great Western Narrative could not explain, or because someone held the door open for us, or more usually because of a combination of the two.-rh13/6/2018
Palestinians outraged at Israeli bill to ban filming of IDF Entsar Abu Jahal - Al-Monitor - The Palestinian Ministry of Information issued a statement May 27 describing the Israeli Knesset deliberations on a bill that would ban the filming of Israeli soldiers in action as the height of discrimination. The statement said the proposed law encourages Israeli soldiers to continue killing and called it an attempt to protect them from international legal pursuit. The proposal to ban the filming of Israel Defense Forces soldiers stems from concern that documentation would affect the soldiers’ work.-rh 6/6/2018
Freedom Flotilla: Meet the 85-year-old woman trying to break the Gaza siegeAlaraby - Among the Freedom Flotilla family, which seeks to deliver aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, is an 85-year-old American woman who flew all the way from California to a port in Scandinavia to assert her solidarity with Palestine. Barbara, a doctor, became immersed in the Palestinian cause nearly 10 years ago after familiarising herself with brutal Israeli occupation. Before that, she specialised in obstetrics in the United States and volunteered in various Latin American countries with her husband.-rh6/6/2018
Israeli forces expel Palestinians from homes in Jordan Valley for military drillsWAFA News - The Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea make up approximately 30% of the West Bank and are considered the most significant Palestinian land reserves, according to the Israeli Rights group B’Tselem. Israel continues to pursue various measures to annex this territory de facto since 1967, targeting to ban territorial contiguity between a future Palestinian state and the rest of the Arab world. Meanwhile, Israel exploits the resources of the area and generates profit by allocating generous tracts of land and water resources to Israeli settlements. International rights organizations have considered the continuation of the Israeli campaign, which targets Palestinians in the Jordan Valley, whether though confiscations, demolitions or evictions under the pretext of holding military exercises, as a violation of international humanitarian law.- rh6/6/2018
Jordan Valley: IOF expel Palestinian families to run military drillsPNN - Palestine News Network - "Israeli forces had reportedly notified the families about the planned eviction a day earlier, ordering them to leave their tent homes and stay away from the area from 6:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. as the military drills take place. The same families have been expelled from their homes three times the past two months, under the same pretext of military drills." - id6/6/2018
Netanyahu wants Abbas to pay for Gaza kite arson Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - everal hours before setting off for Europe on June 4, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on social media that he had instructed his national security adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat to start proceedings against the Palestinian Authority (PA) for damages caused by the fire kites from Gaza. Specifically, Israel would deduct the damages from tax revenues it collects for the PA and use the money to compensate Israeli farmers whose fields have been burned in the recent wave of airborne arson attacks.-rh 6/6/2018
Israeli Minister: Assassinate Palestinians Who Launch KitesThe Palestine Chronicle - An Israeli minister has said today that Palestinians who launch kites from Gaza should be assassinated. Israel’s Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, made the comments while speaking at an event in the city of Sderot, close to the border with Gaza. Erdan is a member of the ruling Likud party and has previously worked as an advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.- rh 6/6/2018
51st Anniversary of Naksa CommemoratedIMEMCNews- Palestinians marked, on Tuesday, June 5th, the 51st anniversary of the “Naksa,” or “setback,” when Israel invaded and occupied the West Bank, Gaza, Sinai, and the Golan Heights in 1967, during the Six-Day War, displacing some 300,000 Palestinians, as well as thousands of Syrians, from their homes. Palestinian officials and local rights groups have called upon people in all areas affected by the occupation and illegal Israeli settlements, to organize sit-ins and protests in commemoration of the day. Officials and rights groups called upon the international community to not only take action but demand every country to assume its legal responsibilities and stop all cooperation with the Israeli occupation, and to secure freedom and independence for the Palestinian people and protect them from the ongoing crimes and violations committed by Israel.-rh6/6/2018
The Colonization of Palestine: Rethinking the Term ‘Israeli Occupation’ Ramzy Baroud - Arabic Media Internet Network - The grassroot mobilization in Gaza and the West Bank, and among Palestinian Bedouin communities in the Naqab Desert are, once more, widening the Palestinian people’s sense of national aspirations. Thanks to the limited vision of the Palestinian leadership, those aspirations have, for decades, been confined to Gaza and West Bank. In some sense, the `Israeli Occupation` is no longer an occupation as per international standards and definitions. It is merely a phase of Zionist colonization of historic Palestine, a process that began over a 100 years ago, and carries on to this date.-rh6/6/2018
Palestine in Pictures: May 2018The Electronic Intifada - "At the close of the month the Red Cross warned that Gaza was facing a health crisis of “unprecedented magnitude” after Israel’s crackdown on the Great March of Return protests left more than 13,000 Palestinians injured." - id6/6/2018
Settlers Take Over House in Hebron’s Old City DistrictIMEMC - The house is part of the Qaitoun neighborhood and is in need of reconstruction. A group of Israeli settlers, heavily guarded by soldiers, took over the house. The soldiers facilitated the settlers’ entry into the house, according to the PNN. [bz]5/6/2018
In memory of Razan al-NajjarOrly Noy -+972 - The 21-year-old paramedic was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers while trying to aid wounded protesters near the Gaza-Israel separation fence. Many Israelis either refuse to believe she was actually killed or claim that her killing was somehow justified [ry]4/6/2018
IDF says investigation opened into killing of Gaza nurseReuters/AP - Ynet - In a written statement on Saturday, the military said looking into death of 21-year-old Razan Ashraf Najjar, a volunteer medic, who was shot in the chest Friday as she ran toward the border fence, apparently in an effort to reach a casualty. Thousands of people attended Najjar`s funeral in Gaza on Saturday, including some she had treated when they were wounded at previous border protests. [bz]2/6/2018
In Gaza, grief and pain for slain `angel of mercy` paramedicLinah Alsaafin & Maram Humaid - Al Jazeera - "An Israeli sniper shot and killed medical volunteer Razan al-Najjar as she tried to evacuate a wounded protester." - id 2/6/2018
Activist Who Filmed Fatal Shooting of Hebron Man Detained by Israeli ForcesIMEMC - "Last week, Israeli lawmakers proposed a new bill in the Israeli Knesset that would criminalize the photographing or recording of Israeli soldiers while on duty." - id 2/6/2018
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