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Protest at UAE Embassy in PretoriaTisesetso Magama - Africa4Palestin - The “Abraham Accord” is an agreement in which the UAE and Bahrain will depart from their decades long commitment of boycotting and not having relations with Israel until the regime ends its unlawful occupation of Palestine. The move by the UAE and Bahrain to sign this agreement is rightly being called a ‘stab in the back of the oppressed Palestinians’ as it effectively allows Israel to continue with its unlawful occupation of Palestinian lands while maintaining relations and facing no consequences for its illegal actions. The human rights organization #Africa4Palestine joins the Palestinians and the South African government in not approving this agreement. We will be holding a lawful protest at the UAE Embassy in Pretoria, calling on the UAE should be on the right side of history with those countries who are holding Israel accountable for its human rights abuses instead of rewarding the Israeli regime. [ak]15/9/2020
`Don’t Say we didn’t know!` Chronicling the rourine of oppression 8/9/2020
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It never ends: another week of settler assaults Ta`ayush - Another attempt by settlers to raise a new outpost near Birin (Hebron District) was thwarted; the Israeli army violently quenched a protest vigil by farmers of the Palestinian village of Shufa (Tul Karm District) against their land being taken over for the sake of paving an access road to the illegal outpost Avnei Hefetz, built on their land – an army officer was documented wildly beating a 60-year old Palestinian; settlers have been assaulting Palestinian shepherds from Deir Jarir in the West Bank hill range for some time now, and harassing their flocks – Israeli activists are needed for daily accompaniement there, as well as in Hamra and Auja in the Palesitnian Jordan Valley; a Palestinian woman, 9-months pregnant, was wounded by stones thrown by dozens of settlers at Palestinian vehicles on road 60; confiscation of equipment, damage and structure demolitions by Israeli army forces at Zif and Jinba in the South Hebron Hills, as well as near Taqu’a (Bethlehem District), Wadi Al Siq in the West Bank hill range, and in East Jerusalem neighborhoods. [ak] 8/9/2020
Cartwheeling Palestinian children and `educational` soldiersTaayush weekly report: - As in previous weeks, the army blocked the Hares village exit, and demonstrators had to make do with short speeches and a prayer opposite the barrier. As the prayer was over, the demonstrators began to disperse. A group trying to exit the village was blocked by soldiers who jumped an Israeli activist, tried to arrest him, but were forced to make do with spraying pepper gas at the faces of demonstrators who freed him from them. About five small children from the village had fun jumping and cartwheeling in front of the soldiers who continued to block the village exit. When the soldiers finally opened the road to enable vehicles to leave, their commander decided to hold an educational session and directed them to block the cars again “until the children go home”. A few minutes later the soldiers tired of their mission, opened the barrier and left the village. [ak]1/9/2020
A hunger striking detainee achieves success, another striker`s health deteriorates Palestinian Prisoners’ Society / IMEMC - After he had been on hunger strike for 15 days of hunger strike, the Israeli authorities agreed not renew the Administrative Detention order of 53 year old Musa Zahran, when his current six-month term comes to its end. Zahran, from Deir Abu Mesh’al, has already served a total of five years in Israeli prisons, without ever being accused of any specific act - solely on the basis of an Israeli general asserting that his detention is "needed for security reasons". Another administrative detainee - 49 year old Maher al-Akhras from the town of Silat al- Dhahr in the Jenin District - is already on 35 consecutive days of hunger strike, is suffering from weight loss, severe fatigue, headaches and joint pains, and was transferred to Ramla Clinic when his condition deteriorated.[ak] 1/9/2020
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Mahmoud Nawajaa: Without you, I would have suffered much more!Mahmoud Nawajaa - BDS Movement - It was 3:30 am, just before Eid al- Adha. We had prepared ourselves to celebrate the holiday in our new dream home, which took us years to finish. Tens of Israeli soldiers, with dogs, stormed our home, terrifying our three children. They took me blindfolded and handcuffed to a military interrogation center near Haifa.They put me in a tiny underground cell with no windows, with rough concrete walls, and a large metal door. A bright light that was always on. I couldn’t tell day from night, so time was creeping by. During my 19 days of interrogation, I never saw the sun, except for a total of 20 minutes, when taken to the military court hearings. I resisted the degrading conditions of detention by remembering the laughter of my two-year-old son Ahmad, my conversations with my wife, friends and colleagues, and many little life details that I had not paid any attention to before.Today, I am free! Were it not for your solidarity, my incarceration would have been immeasurably worse. I do not have the words to express my deep gratitude to everyone who participated in the campaign to release me.[ak]1/9/2020
Netanyahu attacks Supreme Court judges for blocking demolition of Palestinian family home Netael Bandel - Ha`aretz - The Supreme Court revoked a demolition order for the family home of Nizmi Abu Bakr, a Palestinian charged with murdering Israeli soldier Amit Ben Ygal in the West Bank in May. Justice Menachem Mazuz wrote that the petitioners, Abu Bakr’s wife and eight children, are not accused of any involvement in Abu Bakr’s alleged “malicious actions – not in aiding, knowing his intentions to take action and not even in supporting his acts after the fact. The attacker himself was caught and is on trial, and he is expected to serve a long term of imprisonment, if he is convicted. This means that the damage to the house first and foremost constitutes harm to his wife and children who were left to live in the house." Its demolition, he wrote, "would leave them without a roof over their heads,” wrote Mazuz. PM Netanyahu called it “a miserable ruling” which "gives a tailwind to terrorism" and demanded that the court hold another hearing on the matter, with an expanded panel of judges. [ak] 11/8/2020
Ta`ayush report: Occupied Territories, August 2-9, 2020:Taa`ayush - A new settler outpost in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley /// Home demolitions and uprooting of palm trees in Jiftlik village /// Settlers steal and vandalize equipment, water systems and solar electricity systems in Sarura, South Hebron Hills /// Daily harassment of Palestinian communities by the new settler outpost at Umm Zaitouna /// Palestinians manage to prevent confiscation of vehicles by police and army near Tawane /// Israeli activists join local protests against settler incursions and tree uprooting, activist detained at Hares, Palestinians and Israeli activists together targeted by teargas and stun grenades at Turmus Aia; Nine activists arrested at protest in JNF (KKL) building in Jerusalem, re threatened expulsion of the Somarin family in Silwan. [ak]11/8/2020
International Court decision on probing Israeli actions delayed until mid-August Middle East Monitor - In July, when Netnayahu seemed on the verge of declaring annexation of much of the West Bank, the International Criminal Court in the Hague seemed poised to assert its jurisdiction in the West Bank and start proceedings on Palestinian accusations of Israeli war crimes. That would have meant a head-on collision with President Trump, Netanyahu`s ally and originator of the annexation plan - but the court seemed on the verge of taking this step, as either a retaliation or a preemptive act towards Israeli annexation. But with the annexation plans put on hold, the ICC decided to lay down the hot potato - at least until mid-August, the end of its summer recess. Meanwhile, the Israeli government is preparing a secret list of hundreds of its officials who are liable to be tried in The Hague on war crimes charges. Presenting of charges against them would not lead to their actually sitting in the dock, but likely they would have to forget about ever again having a European vaction. [ak]4/8/2020
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Israel offers money to Palestinian family over settler killing but family prefers to fight it in courtGilad Cohen / Elisha Ben Kimon - Y-net News - In 2018, Israeli settlers from the settlement of Tapuah hurled stones at a Palestinian car traveling on a road near Nablus, causing the death of Aisha al- Rabi and wounding her husband and duaghter. Five settlers were arrrested in the aftermath. In the aftermath, Israel`s Defense Ministry recognized the attack as having been "an act of terror" as defined in Israeli law, but ruled that Al-Rabi`s family deserved no compensation since "She was not an Israeli citizen and the killing occurred outside Israel`s recognized boundaries". The family contested the ruling, appealing to the Supreme Court in Jerusalem and demanding that the Government of Israel pay seven million Shekels in compensations. After several months the Defence Ministry approached the family, offering to settle out of court for the sum of 670,000 Shekels. However, the al-Rabi Family rejected this offer as "far too little" and will continue its judicial appeal. [ak] 4/8/2020
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Manchester university divests from firms complicit in Israeli occupationAsa Winstanley - Electronic Intifada - The University of Manchester has divested more than $5 million from Caterpillar and the parent company of travel site Booking.com. Activists on Monday said it was “a colossal win for the Palestine solidarity movement in Britain” and a “watershed moment.” The university has been a focus for campaigners since 2016. [bz] 4/8/2020
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Oxford and other top British universities under fire for sending students to illegal Israeli settlementsOpen Democracy - The institutions, including the universities of Oxford, Manchester, and Leeds, run exchange schemes with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As part of the programme, students usually stay in halls of residence in a Palestinian area of Jerusalem illegally occupied by Israeli settlers. [bz] Munir Nuseibah, assistant professor at the faculty of law at Al Quds University, the Palestinian university in Jerusalem: “By participating in this exchange, the universities... disregard the international consensus that East Jerusalem is occupied and that its annexation by Israel is contrary to international law.” Amnesty says the universities are “actively linking themselves to a whole system of illegality, discrimination and exploitation”. 4/8/2020
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‘No longer outcasts’: Anti-occupation activists find their place in Israeli protestsOren Ziv - +972 - Left-wingers tried to insert their messages into mainstream Israeli protests for years, only to be rejected. Today`s anti-Netanyahu protests are very different [ry] 3/8/2020
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