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Writers, editors protest Israeli sponsorship at Brooklyn Book FestivalUri Blau - Haaretz - Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz was one of hundreds who criticized New York festival for its `endorsement` of Israel following Gaza war [ry]22/9/2014
Other Voice: We call upon the government to immediately initiate a political processMonday, 22.9.2014, between 17.00 and 20.00 demo in front of PM residence21/9/2014
Victory for BDS campaign as UEFA decides against Jerusalem tournament bidCampaigners are now planning to intensify the pressure on Platini to live up to his promises and suspend the Israeli Football Association. [bz]20/9/2014
Israeli forces disperse West Bank protests with rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades.Ma`an - **Nabi Saleh is the site of weekly protests against the Israeli occupation, with residents demanding that lands confiscated for settlement building be returned to them. **In Bilin Israeli forces fired at protesters as they neared Israel’s wall, raising Palestinian flags, chanting a song for unity and calling for the release of prisoners. **In Masara, near Bethlehem, Israeli forces blocked dozens of Palestinian and internationals marching in the village to protest against Israel`s confiscation of land in the area. [bz]20/9/2014
‘Any Palestinian is exposed to monitoring by the Israeli Big Brother’ : Testimonies from people who worked in the Israeli Intelligence Corps tell of a system where there were no boundariesThe Guardian - On the one hand, I felt solidarity with the victims, with the oppressed people who were denied such basic rights as I take for granted to be mine. On the other hand, I realised that the job I had done during my military service was that of the oppressor.-rh18/9/2014
Victory for Khalida Jarrar!Samidoun - With steadfastness and resistance, and the campaign of thousands in Palestine and around the world who have stood with Khalida Jarrar, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Jarrar today achieved victory and the end of the expulsion order to Jericho placed upon her by Israeli occupation authorities.-rh18/9/2014
The Haifa MobNoam Chayut - Boston Review - Many innocent people have lost their lives in Gaza. I lost only the freedom to express my thoughts in my neighborhood streets.-rh18/9/2014
Israel’s N.S.A. ScandalJAMES BAMFORD -The New York Times - It should trouble the American public that some or much of the information in question — intended not for national security purposes but simply to pursue political agendas — may have come directly from the N.S.A.’s domestic dragnet. According to documents leaked by Mr. Snowden and reported by the British newspaper The Guardian, the N.S.A. has been sending intelligence to Israel since at least March 2009.-rh 17/9/2014
Campaign gives new choices to Druze youth facing Israeli conscriptionPatrick O. Strickland - The Electronic Intifada - "The campaigning group `Refuse — Your People Will Protect You` was founded in March 2013 to provide legal and moral support to Druze conscientious objectors." - id 17/9/2014
B`Tselem awarded the 2014 Stockholm Human Rights AwardB`Tselem, press release - "The International Legal Assistance Consortium, the Swedish Bar Association and the International Bar Association announced today that the 2014 Stockholm Human Rights Award will be presented to the Israeli human rights organization B´Tselem" [ry]15/9/2014
Israel intelligence hits back over refuseniks` letterMa`an News Agency - "’We wish to express shock, disgust and complete disassociation from the regrettable letter that was written by our comrades from the unit,’ they wrote in the letter, excerpts of which were published in Yediot Aharonot newspaper. ‘Political refusal to serve has no place anywhere, and particularly so in Unit 8200. The moment we, as soldiers in the reserves, are called to the flag, we set aside our political inclinations and opinions, and come to serve the state’" [ry]15/9/2014
BDS Victory as Vancouver Blocks Israeli ShipAlternative Information Center - IMEMC - "Hopefully this is just the beginning of a world-wide campaign against Zim and all other Israeli shipping, until Israel reconsiders its policy of blocking all shipping to and from Gaza." - id 14/9/2014
Intel soldiers respond to critics: Unit`s activities go well beyond self defenseElior Levy - Ynet - "Some of us tried to bring up the issues noted in the letter with our superior commanders, and tried asking questions, but sadly they were met with silence." - id 14/9/2014
H.E. Dr. Hanan Ashrawi to Receive the 2014 HCEF Path of Peace AwardRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "As one of the most articulate and compelling voices in Middle East politics, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi’s service and work has greatly advanced the Palestinian cause." - id14/9/2014
Veterans of Elite Israeli Unit Refuse Reserve Duty, Citing Treatment of Palestinians Jodi Rudoren - NYT - In a letter sent Thursday night to their commanders as well as Israel’s prime minister and army chief, 43 veterans of the clandestine Unit 8200 complained that Israel made “no distinction between Palestinians who are and are not involved in violence” and that information collected “harms innocent people.” Intelligence “is used for political persecution,” they wrote, which “does not allow for people to lead normal lives, and fuels more violence, further distancing us from the end of the conflict.” [bz]13/9/2014
Israeli reservists refuse to serveAl-Jazeera - "We veterans of Unit 8200, reservists past and present, declare that we refuse to take part in activity against Palestinians and refuse to be tools to deepen the military control in the occupied territories," the soldiers wrote. [bz]13/9/2014
`We`ve been there, and we`ve done it, and we can`t go on` (Letter of refusal by 43 officers, soldiers of elite intelligence unit)Elior Levy - Ynet - "(...)we are refusing only because from a moral perspective we are unable to be a tool to intensify the military control in the territories." (...) "We will agree to return to serve in the unit if we know that the purpose for which we are there is self-defense, and not to perpetuate the military regime." [bz]13/9/2014
Please support my friend Hiba Reziq to fulfill her dream of service to her people as a pediatrician. Gershon Baskin - She will return to Palestine and be a great addition to the badly needed medical services of Palestine. 13/9/2014
Israeli intelligence veterans` letter to Netanyahu and military chiefs - in full The Guardian - Translation of the full text. [bz]13/9/2014
42 Wounded Children From Gaza Arrive In Germany For TreatmentSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The wounded children were received in Germany, in an official ceremony held by the Palestinian Embassy in Berlin, the Palestinian Community in the country, representatives of the Friedensdorf Foundation and representatives of German Hospitals who will be providing the children with the needed medical treatment." ca 12/9/2014
`Police threaten to destroy memorial for slain Palestinian teen, Mohammed Abu Khdeir`Mairav Zonszein - +972 - Israel Police on Sunday threatened to destroy a memorial for murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was burned alive by several Israeli Jews on July 2, according to Tamar Fleishman, an Israeli activist who met with the Abu Khdeir family on Sunday. Mohammed’s father, Hussein, reportedly said police instructed him to dismantle it or they would.-rh10/9/2014
Pro-Palestinian group publishes ads challenging Israeli Apartheid practicesManaging Editor - The Arab Daily News - "This advertisement highlighting Israel’s recent land grab will run in the Boston Metro newspaper on the 9th and 10th of September." - id 10/9/2014
Tsunami managementAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "For the moment, residents of the South and of the Gaza Border perimeter enjoy a kind of privileged position in the public opinion, due to the price they paid. They have a kind of immunity from criticism which might enable them to take in the coming weeks a leading position in a campaign of civil grassroots pressure on the government of Israel, to take “a bold political initiative”." - id 10/9/2014
Israeli academia and security officials to Netanyahu: adopt the Arab Peace InitiativeYaser Okbi - Ma`ariv (English summary by APN`s news review) - Israeli former security officials and academics write letter calling on Prime Minister to embrace the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002, which, they write, has support of most Israelis and Palestinians.9/9/2014
Petition: protest the firing of Dr. Steven Salaita 9/9/2014
Professor Salaita to defiantly speak out on campus Christine Des Garennes and Julie Wurth - Chicago Tribune/News Gazette - The Palestinian-American Professor Steven Salaita, whose speaking out during the recent Gaza War caused the University of Illinois to revoke his job weeks before he was to start at the Urbana- Champaign Campus. His public comments on campus this afternoon (Sept.9) are expected to be followed with a classroom walkout by his supporters. ak9/9/2014
Block the Boat: The Inside Story, part twoBDS Marin-- Having been delayed for four days, the Israeli ship, the Zim Piraeus, finally left for Russia on Wednesday, August 20th. The block the boat action was a huge success. Contrary to what the mainstream media and Zionist press reported, much of the cargo was NOT unloaded at Oakland. This information was given to us by the dock workers themselves. It has since been verified by many of the Zim customers whom we have been phoning over the last two weeks. Several of them have confirmed that they never received their cargo, that Zim has told them it was going to the Far East, and that they would not get it back again “for some months”. dn7/9/2014
Palestinians march across West Bank against Israeli occupationMa`an - In Wadi Fukin protesters headed toward lands in the eastern part of the village that are under threat of confiscation [under the latest 4000 dunam land grab] and started planting olive tree saplings, but were subsequently assaulted by Israeli soldiers. [bz]6/9/2014
Bringing the boycott back home: Palestinian stores drop Israeli goodsYael Marom and Jessica Devaney - +972 "A website launched under the title “Alternative Palestinian Products,” enables shoppers to find Palestinian alternatives to the Israeli-made products they are used to buying." ca5/9/2014
Demonstration to support imprisoned CO`s Udi Segal and Uriel Ferera 4/9/2014
Wadi SimsimDavid Shulman - The Villages Group - Suhail has the sun-scorched face of a south Hebron shepherd. Deep eyes. A certain natural, visible goodness, an ease of being and speaking. He knew today was going to be hard because already at 5AM he saw, from his tent, how the soldiers turned up in their jeeps. We left Jerusalem at 6, when it was barely light, and by 7 we had climbed down the fierce slope of Zanuta and made our rendezvous.-rh4/9/2014
ACTION ALERT: Take action for the immediate release of Dr. Yousef Abdul HaqSamidoun - Dr. Yousef was taken from his home at approximately 02:30am and transferred to Huwwara Military Camp, just south of Nablus city. 7 days later Dr. Yousef appeared before an Israeli Military Court where a Judge consented to Dr. Yousef’s detention, without charge, for 4 months.-rh4/9/2014
When the school day ends with tear gasInternational Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team - This afternoon, September 2nd, two ISM volunteers watched over Salaymeh checkpoint at school closing time. Two Israeli soldiers were stationed at the checkpoint to begin with, and as usual, children started walking home after a day at school. At one point two young boys threw stones at the checkpoint. This was shortly followed by a short-range tear gas canister fired by one of the soldiers, which was aimed at the stone-throwing children but primarily affected those who needed to pass the cloud of tear gas in order to reach their homes.-rh4/9/2014
Israel’s right wing Zionists, Palestine’s militant resistance are political winners after Gaza slaughterPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Polling shows that Hamas`s popularity has spiked across Palestine with 61 percent saying the same strategy of militant resistance should be adopted in the West Bank. Israelis, meantime, have shifted right, more supporting settlements leader Naftali Bennett, who makes sitting P.M. Netanyahu look like a centrist.-rh4/9/2014
Failure in GazaAssaf Sharon - The New York Review of Books - In Israel, endless controversy over Gaza has overlooked one question: How did we get here in the first place? Why, after a considerable period of relative calm, did Hamas resume rocket fire into Israel?-rh3/9/2014
Children want to liveAdam Keller - Crazy Ountry - "Throughout these fifty terrible days, it was the Coalition of Women for Peace which assumed the task of keeping alight the flame of opposition to the war." - id3/9/2014
Israeli, Palestinian boys pitch up for football friendlyDaphne Rousseau - Yahoo News - "The Israeli children came from villages surrounding the besieged Palestinian enclave while the Palestinians were bused in from Yatta in the southern West Bank." - id 3/9/2014
Palestinian schools educate students to buy localAbdullah H. Erakat, The Media Line - Ynet - In bid to support local economy, fight Israel, more and more Palestinians heeding call to buy local and use non-Israeli products: `With our money, we were putting bullets in their guns` [ry]2/9/2014
Petition: Stop persecution of Conscientious Objectors! 1/9/2014
Palestinian-Israeli / Israeli-Palestinian Day of Commemoration of Those Perished in the War 28/8/2014
PCHR Calls for Stopping Extra-Judicial Executions in GazaPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - Press Releases - PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority and resistance groups to intervene to stop such extra-judicial executions whatever their reasons or motives are.-rh27/8/2014
Women Peacebuilders Needed in Palestinian-Israeli NegotiationsVANESSA THEVATHASAN - Counter Punch = "Setting a stunning example, Palestinian and Israeli women from Creativity for Peace have taken the initiative to move forward in peace dialogues while their elected representatives have failed to broker an agreement." - id 27/8/2014
WATCH: Children long for kites, not bombs, in Gaza skies Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill - +972 - "Four years ago we began making a documentary film focused on two charismatic teenagers in the Gaza Strip, whose passion for kites seemed unusually spirited in a place beset by years of blockade and deprivation." - id 27/8/2014
Stop the war! Protest demonstration – Saturday Aug. 23, 20.00, Habima Square, Tel Aviv 23/8/2014
The Peace Bus from Jerusalem to the Gaza Border - 5th Journey! Today, Friday, Aug. 22, 22/8/2014
In 2008 Israel Agreed to a Protocol for the Port of Gaza : Why not now?Paul Larudee - Dissidentvoice - In short, there is nothing in the Hamas demands that Israel cannot accept and has not already accepted in similar circumstances, as long as international monitors are placed in charge of implementing agreed protocols for control and security. This is a common sense solution that can meet the requirements of all concerned and allow Gaza to develop itself in ways that are well established in the rest of the world.-rh 21/8/2014
Israel`s `refusers`: Why we too feel `occupied`Saima Mohsin - CNN - The 19-year-old has been in prison for 20 days. He`s a "refuser" -- the name given to conscientious objectors who refuse to join the Israeli military on political and ethical grounds.-rh21/8/2014
Adameer : Urgent – Palestinian Legislative Council Member Khalida Jarrar Expelled to JerichoSamidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network - At 1.30 A.M on 20 August 2014 approximately 50 Israeli occupying soldiers surrounded Jarrar`s home in Ramallah. An Israeli captain then proceeded to hand Jarrar an order which states that Jarrar must not leave the district of Jericho for the next six months and can only leave with the express permission of the Israeli military commander in the West Bank.-rh 21/8/2014
How a Palestinian turned airstrikes into artLauren Hansen - The Week - It`s a harsh reality for those living in the war zone. But 27-year-old Tawfik Gebreel, who lives in Gaza, chooses to find some hope among the wreckage. The Palestinian architect and artist turns photos from the conflict into inspirational portraits of serenity, love, and strength. Using Photoshop, Gebreel manipulates plumes of black smoke into a father playing with his child, a fist emerging from ruins, and a stallion rearing above the crumbling cityscape.-rh20/8/2014
A letter to the Israeli government from a retired terrorist Ruth Reznik - +972 - "To this day, I understand the need of an occupied people to resist their occupier, and establish underground resistance forces until they gain their sovereignty." - id 20/8/2014
Holland & Barrett health food shops - remove the Dead Sea settler products! 19/8/2014
Oakland activists block Israeli ship for third dayMassoud Hayoun & Renee Lewis - Aljazeera - Pro-Palestinian protesters on Monday continued a campaign to block an Israeli commercial vessel from docking in Oakland, California for a third day.About 20 protesters arrived at the port at 5 a.m. local time to block the container ship owned by Zim Shipping Services Ltd., one of the world`s largest container shipping companies, from entering the Port of Oakland and unloading cargo. Two demonstrators were detained and cited, according to the Oakland Police Department. ak 19/8/2014
Israeli ship remains at sea as thousands of protesters gather in OaklandRebecca Bowe - The Guardian - Blockade delayed as word spreads that ship is off the coast of California, closer to Santa Cruz, and won’t be docking that day [ry]18/8/2014
Mass peace rally - Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, Saturday Aug. 16 16/8/2014
Israel shocked by scope of Hamas tunnels in Gaza, but locating them still a challengeFelice Friedson - National Post - They lead “from mosque to mosque; mosque to house; house to hospital; kindergarten to house … It is estimated that gunmen are able to live inside a tunnel for weeks at a time, apparently sustained by the quantities of dates and water left behind.”-rh14/8/2014
Why Gaza Fought BackRAMZY BAROUD - Counterpunch - "I couldn’t fathom the idea that Mahmoud, the child I remembered as running around half-naked with a runny nose, had become a fierce fighter with an automatic rifle ready to take on the Israeli army. But that he was, and he was killed on duty." - id 13/8/2014
Israeli soldiers shot my teenage sonIyad Burnat - The Electronic Intifada - " This demonstration was planned in honor of the children of Gaza, and our children in Bilin. We know that the children are affected most by this violence by the Israeli occupation." - id 13/8/2014
NEWSLETTER 13 Aug. 2014B`Tselem - Newsletter - I`m in a constant state of fear. When I`m at home, I fear for myself, my wife and my daughters. When I go out, I`m afraid of being bombed, or that a nearby building or the street I`m in will be bombed. But I am the channel through which information reaches the office, and from there – the world, so I haven`t stopped working.-rh13/8/2014
Codepink protest causes cancellation of Israeli Embassy event Codepink - Activists went to the Israeli Embassy in Washinton D.C., waving signs reading "End the siege of Gaza!" and "Killing kids in Gaza violates my Jewish values". At the time, the Embassy was supposed to hold a "Public Diplomacy event" - but it was cancelled in order to prevent activists from gaining entry to the embassy compound. They remained on vigil outside. ak12/8/2014
Hundreds in Tel Aviv defy police ban to protest Gaza warHaggai Matar - +972 magazine - Israeli security forces forbade what was slated to be the largest anti-war demonstration in Israel since the outbreak of hostilities in Gaza. Still, some 500 activists did turn up on Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in defiance of the ban, which was put in place ostensibly to stop large gatherings during a time when missiles are being fired at Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities. Protesters chanted such slogans as “Funds to welfare not to war,” “Build more classrooms not more bombs” and “In Gaza and Sderot children want to live.” ak12/8/2014
Urgent donations needed for Gaza Emergency Food Aid 12/8/2014
Potatoes for Gaza - emergency food aid Gershon Baskin - The Israeli vegetable growers` association is going to destroy 5000 tons "surplus" potatoes on Sunday, and pay the farmers 0.50 NIS per kilo ($0.144) as compensation. If the sum can be collected in time - $730,000 for 5000 tons - it would be possible to send the potatoes to Gaza via a reputable international charitable organization and let them be distributed to the most needy. So far, some 36,000 Dollars were collected, and five days remain to raise the rest. ak12/8/2014
War weeks in Haifa Free Haifa - We got a chance to study the right wing slogans. “Gaza is a parking” – probably in praise of the flattening of neighborhoods… "Bring me Hummus, Chips and Salad” – their view of relations with local Arabs. “You Don’t Have a State!” – something we already noticed. “A Jew is a soul – An Arab is a son of a whore!” – variation of a common football chant. When they all started to sing, to the rhythm of a Hassidic hymm: “The entire world hates Israel!” we almost joined them. ak12/8/2014
Israel-Gaza conflict: Petition to send Royal Navy hospital ship to Gaza reaches 50,000 Natasha Culzac - The Independent - Campaigners, including comedian Rory Bremner, welcomed the deployment of NHS staff but called for the release of Falmouth-based RFA Argus [ry]11/8/2014
Help for the Gazan casualties at Al-Mukased hospital in East JerusalemThe hospital`s urgent need is medications for the wounded and facilities for them and their relatives who must stay within the confines of the hospital by Israeli orders [ry]11/8/2014
African Solidarity with PalestineAfrican scholars and scholars of Africa--We, the undersigned African scholars and scholars of Africa, hold that silence about the latest humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel’s new military assault on the Gaza Strip—the third and most devastating in six years—constitutes complicity. Member state of NATO which mounted an air war on Libya ostensibly to protect civilians in Benghazi have been by and large quiet about the fate of civilians in Gaza. World governments and mainstream media do not hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. We, however, as a community of scholars have a moral responsibility to do so. dn10/8/2014
West Bank uprisings dampened by PAAhmad Azem - Al Monitor "It should be noted that young Palestinians have started to develop a new type of confrontation in the villages near the settlements, or at checkpoints. They are starting to cut off roads and prevent Israeli vehicles from passing while the Israeli army watches from afar. Al-Monitor has witnessed such events in the village of Al-Eizariya, near the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem. Yet at times, the army would directly intervene as it did in Beit Hanina and Shuafat. This raises the question: To what extent will this situation develop?" ca8/8/2014
Upcoming Silwan/City of David Archaeological TourSunday August 10th at 2 pm 6/8/2014
Upcoming Silwan/City of David Archaeological TourSunday August 10th at 2 pm 6/8/2014
Gaza Calling: All out on Saturday 9 August Day of RagePress Release - ISM - "As we face the full might of Israel’s military arsenal, funded and supplied by the United States and European Union, we call on civil society and people of conscience throughout the world to pressure governments to sanction Israel and implement a comprehensive arms embargo immediately." - id 6/8/2014
Growing Movement of American Jews Speaking Out Against Assault on GazaNaomi Dann - Jewish Voice for Peace - More than in any previous outbreak of bloodshed in Gaza, Jewish Americans have been organizing in outright protest against the devastating assault carried out by the State of Israel. Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) reports organized street protests, demonstrations and civil disobedience actions, carried out specifically by Jews, in Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, New York,Chicago, Washington DC, the Bay Area and other locations. This might have long term implications, long past the end of the current terrible round of bloodshed which claimed nearly 2000 lives in three weeks. ak 5/8/2014
Who are the Israelis refusing the call of Protective Edge?Dahlia Scheindlin - +972 - "It is a huge taboo. The idea of avoiding IDF service in a society whose mythical founding narrative is about protection from existential destruction is anathema even in normal times. To refuse a draft order in wartime is practically incendiary" [ry]4/8/2014
Emergency call from GazaMartin Lejeune - Gaza City, 31st July - The nerves are constantly on the edge after three and a half weeks of continuous bombardment, of which I only experienced one and a half weeks. Nevertheless, all 70 inhabitants of this house behave calm and considerate. They share everything they have, a baked bread, the last cigarette, a mobile phone battery or a piece of soap for personal hygiene. Yesterday I was in our quarters’ kindergarten, where 80 people are sleeping per room. 2/8/2014
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