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In Unprecedented Move, Eight European Countries to Demand Compensation From Israel for West Bank Demolitions Barak Ravid - Haaretz "Eight European Union countries wrote an official protest letter to Israel, demanding over €30,000 ($35,400) in compensation for confiscating and demolishing structures and infrastructure which the countries had built in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control. A senior European diplomat told Haaretz that the letter, which is the first of its kind, was expected to be delivered to senior Foreign Ministry officials within a few days." ca 20/10/2017
Israeli Foreign Ministry Censors Telecom CEO’s Facebook Post Attacking UN BlacklistRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The BDS movement frightens official Israel profoundly."..." It could have a significant chilling effect on their international trade prospects.  Not a welcome prospect for a nation whose economy depends so highly on exports." - id 18/10/2017
World Premiere set for film “Naila and the Uprising”Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "A Story of the Hidden Role Women Played in the Nonviolent Movement of the First Intifada receives World Premiere at DOC NYC. Film Screens at DOC NYC and IDFA in Lead-up to 30th Anniversary of First Intifada." - id18/10/2017
Bryan Adams, not coming to Israel is the best way to give Israelis a messageBoycott From Within - Dear Bryan Adams,We remember well your condemnation of Israeli actions in the strongest possible terms during the Israeli assault on Gaza. From your scheduling a performance in Israel for December this year, we must conclude that you feel your performance here will be a chance to deliver a positive message of resistance, or at least to interject some humanity into a tragic situation. However, past experience has shown that such messages have little impact on the Israeli public, while the Israeli government is very happy to claim a moral victory for itself whenever a well known artist performs in Israel (...). We, too are Israeli fans of yours. Much as we would enjoy your concert, we would hate to see you perform here. Seeing one of our favorite artists cross a picket line would be far more disappointing than missing out on his music.[ak]17/10/2017
Shakespeare in Gaza Donald Macintyre - The Guardian - A handsome poster of James Barry’s 18th-century painting King Lear Weeping over the Dead Body of Cordelia advertised a video performance by school students in the Nuseirat refugee camp. It might seem incongruous to find an event commemorating the quartercentenary of Shakespeare’s death in an isolated enclave corralled by electronically monitored fences, ruled by an armed and proscribed Islamic faction, and succinctly dismissed by Condoleezza Rice as a “terrorist wasteland”. But it was part of a long history of cultural life and heritage, easily overlooked amid a decade-long economic siege and three devastating wars.[ak]17/10/2017
Ten school children injured in East Jerusalem raids - parents suspend studies in protest IMEMC - Israeli forces invaded the Schools Street in al-‘Isawiya, and fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets. Ten school children, 9 to 16 years of age, were wounded in the face, limbs and abdomen, and moved to hospitals and clinics. The Pupils’ Parents Committee decided to suspend classes in all schools in the town until further notice, demanding an end to Israel’s ongoing military invasions, which have escalated since the beginning of the new school year, with the Israeli forces repeatedly and provocatively targeting the pupils. [ak] 17/10/2017
Censorship battle and an antisemitic charge cause angerThe Guardian - Dr David Alderson and 42 others want the University of Manchester to apologise to the students whose campaign it has maligned, and to the censored speaker whom it has defamed. Meanwhile Prof Avi Shlaim and six other signatories object to Moshe Machover’s expulsion from the Labour party [ry]16/10/2017
ACLU launches first major challenge of anti-BDS legislationSamer Badawi - +972 - "The lawsuit offers the most stark example yet of how anti-BDS legislation threatens Americans’ First Amendment rights." - id 14/10/2017
Destruction and havoc in military raid on Jerusalem’s Abu Al-Nawar SchoolIMEMC - Saturday evening, Israeli forces broke into the compound of Abu Al-Nawwar Al-Badawi, located in Ezzariya town, east of Jerusalem, and raided the compound school, destroying its doors. The school was established with the assistance of popular resistance activists and there had been a precautionary decision not to demolish the school. [bz]10/10/2017
Thousands of Israeli, Palestinian women `wage peace` in the desert+972 Blog - The march by Israeli and Palestinian women, demanding that both peoples’ leaders do more for peace, culminated with a protest outside Netanyahu’s residence. Before arriving in Jerusalem, thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women marched through the West Bank along the Dead Sea, part of more than two weeks of a “Journey to Peace” by an organization called Women Wage Peace. The organization was founded in the wake of the 2014 Gaza war. Earlier actions an earlier march near Jericho and a 50-day sit-in and hunger strike outside the PM`s residence.[ak] 10/10/2017
Ken Loach donates Israel screening profits to BDSYaniv Halily - Y-net - British director Ken Loach donated the proceeds from the screenings of his latest film in Israel to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Loach was heavily criticized last summer after reports revealed that, although he called for a boycott on Israel, he himself was profiting from screening his films there. Loach`s producer Rebecca O`Brien replied that distribution company of "I, Daniel Blake," signed a distribution agreement with Israel without Loach`s knowledge. The film - telling the story of Daniel Blake, a working-class man who was crushed under the weight of bureaucracy after suffering a heart attack - was widely acclaimed by Israeli critics and screened in front of audiences at packed theaters in Israel last spring. Loach now decided to donate the entire Israeli profits to the BDS movement, which published its warm thanks. [ak] 10/10/2017
Defense Ministry teach-in against the destruction of Khan Al Akhmar and Susya 10/10/2017
The Siege-The Freedom Theater performing in New York-Avi Dichter displeased NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center - New York University is presently hosting the Jenin-based Freedom Theater, playing "The Siege": "A passionate retelling of the story of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. It is told from the point of view of some of the armed Palestinian fighters who found refuge in the church. Along with 200 civilians, they were given sanctuary by the church’s resident priests and nuns and spent 39 days there with dwindling food, water and medical supplies." As told in the right-wing Israeli paper "Yisrael Today", the university got an angry letter from Avi Dichter, at the time the Head of Israeli Security and now a Likud politician. "These were terrorists who took the Christian clergy hostage!" wrote Dichter, demanding that NYU put an end to the "glorification of terrorism", "inciting anti-Israeli play" and "anti-Semitic play". [ak] 10/10/2017
Mass women`s peace rally calls for ending conflictAdi Rozenberg - Ynet - Some 30,000 people participated in a Jerusalem rally Sunday, the culmination of the Women Wage Peace organization`s "Journey to Peace" campaign, with former MK Shachiv Shnaan, who lost his son in the July Temple Mount attack, calling for an end to bloodshed on both sides. [bz]10/10/2017
Women`s Journey to Peace 8/10/2017
Sanders stands with Palestinian activist. More politicians must do the sameMaya Garner - +972 - "It is a big deal when high profile American politicians like Bernie Sanders stand up for a Palestinian." - id 4/10/2017
Can a Holocaust survivor be an anti-Semite?The Guardian - After an intervention by the Israeli Ambassador to London, the University of Manchester forbade the historian Marika Sherwood, a Jewish survivor of the Budapest ghetto, to entitle her lecture "You`re doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to me". Ambassador Mark Regev asserted that having this title would make the lecture into "an anti-Semitic hate speech". Sherwood herself said: “I was just speaking of my experience of what the Nazis were doing to me as a Jewish child. I had to move away from where I was living, because Jews couldn’t live there. I couldn’t go to school. I would have died were it not for the Christians who baptized us and shared papers with us to save us. I can’t say I’m a Palestinian, but my experiences as a child are not dissimilar to what Palestinian children are experiencing now”. Eventually, the lecture took place under the title "A Holocaust survivor’s story and the Balfour declaration’". [ak]3/10/2017
‘There must be another way’: Israeli 19-year-old jailed for refusing military service Bethan McKernan - Independent - “I have had the privilege of meeting friends from the Palestinian Territories, Jordan and other countries. I have gotten to know the people, their personal stories and not the perceptions we were raised upon,” Noa says. [bz]3/10/2017
Sanders stands with Palestinian activist. More politicians must do the sameMaya Garner - +972 - Issa Amro, whose work has been recognized by the EU and the UN, adheres strictly to nonviolence as a methodology of resistance. He is a human rights defender who refuses to compromise on his principles. He refuses to accept anything less than full rights for the Palestinian people. As a Palestinian, any action against the occupation carries the cost of detention, arrest, beatings and military prison. [bz]3/10/2017
Israel permits Gaza student exit visa to study in UK after media pressureMiddle East Monitor - Mohammed Awad, had already lost the chance to study in France after Israel delayed his documentation in 2014. Now again his travel documentation was indefinitely delayed. However, after complaining to various media outlets including the Independent, he received a messaged from the Israeli authorities on Facebook [sic!] that he would be allowed to exit next Tuesday. According to the Israeli NGO Gisha, 289 Palestinian students out of 362 applicants were prevented from pursuing higher education abroad this year alone. [bz]1/10/2017
Women`s Journey to Peace - Sept./Oct. 2017 26/9/2017
Women`s Journey to Peace - Sept./Oct. 2017Women Wage Peace - This week, tens of thousands of women embarked upon a journey of hope and peace, in order to voice their uncompromising demand for the resolution of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict through a political agreement and the inclusion of women in the negotiation process. The Journey to Peace begun at the end of Rosh Hashana and will reach its high point during the week of Sukkot in the Tent of Sarah and Hagar – a huge tent of discussions, hope and peace, art and music, encounters and talking with the decision makers. We, Jewish and Palestinian women, the daughters of Sarah and Hagar, will sit together in the tent and we will ask to end the long running dispute and we will call for the leaders of both peoples to come to the tent and to begin continual negotiations there until an agreement is signed. From the tent, we will continue to Jerusalem, where we will launch the largest women’s congress ever. [ak] 26/9/2017
150 Palestinians and Israelis mark interfaith new year in East Jerusalem with a street dinner Orly Noy - +972 - The settlers who proudly entered the Shamanseh’s home three weeks ago were nowhere to be found. Maybe they hid behind locked doors, listening to the Arab-Jewish party outside — a reminder of the days in which Jews and Arabs lived here side by side, and did not make a mockery of themselves by expelling children and the elderly from their homes. [bz]26/9/2017
Giro d’Italia must steer away from IsraelTamara Nassar - EI - "Sharaf Qutaifan, from PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, recalled Israel’s continuous abuse of Palestinian athletes and destruction of sports infrastructure. `To claim this race will somehow ‘unite’ is ludicrous and an affront to Palestinians forced for decades to navigate Israel’s lethal obstacle course of bombs, bullets, checkpoints, roadblocks and walls,` he said" [ry]25/9/2017
Help bring Palestinian children to Congress! 19/9/2017
Bernie Sanders sponsors special Congressional Briefing: Palestinian children speak about peaceDonna Baranski-Walker - Churches for Middle East Peace/Rebuilding Alliance - Just before International Peace Day, the office of Senator Bernie Sanders is sponsoring a special briefing on Capitol Hill, featuring Palestinian children, who will recount what peace means to them, giving examples of what its absence implies. Also present will be human rights defenders Rabbi Arik Ascherman from Torat Tzedek, and Alon Cohen-Lifshitz from Bimkom: Planners for Planning Rights. [ak]. 19/9/2017
Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis march to support village encircled by wallHaggai Matar - +972 Magazine - Over 500 Palestinian and Israeli demonstrators marched to protest the construction of the separation wall and house demolitions in the West Bank village of Walaje, south of Jerusalem. The march started at the entrance to the nearby city of Beit Jala, with activists chanting against the occupation and in favor of a two-state solution. As the march got underway, Jews and Palestinians stood together forming a bridge with their hands for others to pass through, calling for “build bridges, not walls.” [ak]19/9/2017
Three detainees currently holding hunger strikesIMEMC - Three Administrative Detainees are currently holding hunger strikes protesting being held without charges, as well as bad living conditions and treatment. --Anas Ibrahim Shadeed, 20, from Doura is now on the sixth day of his hunger strike. He had previously been detained, when he went on hunger strike for no less than 88 days - leading to memory loss. He was then released - but detained again after two weeks. He now resumes his hunger strike. --Salama Sawarka, from Gaza city had been arrested in March 2009 and was sentenced to seven and a half years - but when he was supposed to be released in September 2016, Israel kept him detained without charges and without any release date in sight. --Ezzeddin ‘Amarna, 55, from Jenin, West Bank, also declared an open-ended hunger strike - protesting being held without charges, bad conditions and repeated harassment in Nafha prison.[ak] 19/9/2017
WATCH: Settler attacks left-wing activist, breaks his arm
Guess who was detained and taken in for questioning
Yael Marom - +972 - One of them attacked Ta’ayush activist Guy Butavia, hitting him in his chest with his weapon and pushing him to the ground. Butavia was treated by an IDF medic on the scene before being taken to a hospital. “I went to Carmel after more than two weeks of endless stone throwing on a nightly basis at Umm al-Kheir,” Butavia says. “Right after we entered the settlement the soldiers arrived and tried to block us. They did not present us with a closed military zone order, so we continued walking. Suddenly the armed settlers from Carmel appeared. They treated us as if we were ‘terrorists.’ [bz] 19/9/2017
Is it possible to voice criticism of Israel`s government - in Munich?"Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue Group", Munich - The SPD-CSU majority in the Munich City Council seeks to curtail the right of free discussion in urban spaces and forbid criticism of the Israeli government, labeling it "anti-Semitism". Should the Spd/CSU proposal be adopted, many international speakers - including those from the Israeli peace movement - would no longer be able to speak in municipal halls. The lecture "50 years of Israeli occupation", which Israeli journalist Gideon Levy (Haaretz) delivered in May this year, would become impossible to repeat in the future. Even South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu would no longer be able to speak in Munich. [ak]19/9/2017
WHTT and Two Jewish Activist Groups Challenge Christian Zionist Event at SF SynagogueActivists from Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow picketed the speech of prominent “Christian Zionist" speaker David Brogh at the Emanu-El synagogue in San Francisco. The activists carried `End the Occupation and `Resist Islamophobia` slogans. Also participating in the protest were Christian members of "We Hold These Truths", who said said that the militant warlike attitudes of Christian Zionism - e.g. supporting the Iraq War and calling for war against Iran as well - compleltely contradict the teachings of Jesus.[ak] 19/9/2017
Israelis and Palestinians march together: Build bridges, not walls! 15/9/2017
War crimes and open wounds: The physician who took on Israeli segregationAlon Mizrahi - +972 - "The State of Israel never considered itself responsible for the health of those it occupied." - id13/9/2017
`Occupation will not deprive our children of education!” - Jeb Al-Theeb school rebuilt and defendedIMEMC - Three weeks after it was demolished by the army, parents and activists completed reconstructing the school of Jeb Al-Theeb village, enabling 64 children in grades one to four to start at last their school year. At the inauguration, Palestinian Authority Minister Walid Assaf stated that "this occupation will not deprive our children of their right to education!”. Numerous Israeli soldiers were seen on the hills overlooking the rebuilt school, arousing apprehensions that the army intended to demolish it again. However, the village obtained a court injunction, temporaritly preventing a re-demolition. Later, thirty Israeli settlers attmpted to storm the rebuilt school and were held off by villagers and activists. [ak] 12/9/2017
Jailing Issa Amro: Israel (and the PA’s) Problem with Non-Violent ActivismFoundation for Middle East Peace - Issa Amro, an internationally recognized human rights defender based in Hebron, is currently the target of an Israeli military court indictment, involving 18 separate charges relating to his nonviolent activism against the occupation. He was also recently jailed by the Palestinian Authority. 38 Members of the US Congress callled upon Israel to reconsider the charges against Amro. Towards Amro’s next court hearing, the implications of this case will be discussed in a Washinton DC event featuring Peter Beinart, Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York. [ak] 12/9/2017
Palestinian activist arrested over Facebook post releasedAP - Independent - Issa Amro was detained under edict that allows government to crack down on social media critics [ry]11/9/2017
Banksy Walled Off Hotel in Palestine to sell new works by elusive artistHannah Ellis-Petersen - The Guardian - Gift shop, which will open in autumn in West Bank, will sell pieces including crucifixes fashioned into grappling hooks [ry]11/9/2017
Young Palestinian photographer in Gaza shines a light on fishermen’s struggleCharlotte Kates - Mondoweis - . Khalid Hashem Abu al-Jedian’s photographs were taken as he accompanied the fishermen of Gaza on their hazardous daily journeys into the sea, where Gaza’s traditional fishery is boxed in on all sides by Israeli siege, enforced by gunships. [bz]9/9/2017
Condemnations of Israeli Occupation Aren’t Enough Amira Hass - Haaretz - The evacuation of the Shamasneh family from their home in Jerusalem and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s plans to demolish Sussia and Khan al-Akhmar are the other side of the coin of settlement construction. This is how Israel carries out a gradual expulsion. Europeans, your denunciations are seen by Israel as lacking urgency. Without sanctions, it can take a deep breath and its faith in its ability to implement the plan is solid. [bz] 9/9/2017
My sister has just spent 110 days in Israeli prison for refusing to serve in the IDF – and I`m so proudAmitai Ben-Abba - Independent - When the other prisoners find out that I`m Atalya`s brother, they greet me cordially. `You have a wonderful sister – she always supports everyone` [bz]9/9/2017
Literary Figures speak out in solidarity with imprisoned Palestinian Poet Dareen TatourEileen Myles, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ayelet Waldman, Jacqueline Woodson among writers in solidarity with imprisoned poet "Following an initial three months of imprisonment after her arrest, Tatour has been held under house arrest for over a year-and-a-half. At her upcoming October 17 court date she expects to receive a verdict from an Israel court with high rates of conviction for both Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation as well as Palestinian citizens of Israel." ca 8/9/2017
Marching against the Sheikh Jarrah evictions 8/9/2017
Stop working with Israeli torturers, Palestinians urge EU academicsAli Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - "“Entrepreneurship” commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, right, is the latest in a parade of EU officials heading to Israel to reward it for its crimes. (via Twitter) Palestinian academics are urging their European counterparts to end their cooperation with a European Union project that funds Israeli torturers." -id 6/9/2017
Nabi Saleh: ‘It’s a silent ethnic cleansing’Jaclynn Ashly - IMEMC "In lieu of the weekly protests, Nabi Saleh residents are now employing a more sporadic strategy, holding protests at random times to surprise the soldiers and move away from the predictability of their weekly routine.The village is also focusing on building up a “culture of resistance” among other communities." id6/9/2017
Arabs and Jews unite against Netanyahu`s divide and rule tacticsShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - "Jewish and Arab activists are mobilizing to stop discriminatory and divisive policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu." - id 6/9/2017
Stop settler harassment at Umm al-Kheir 5/9/2017
Every night, settlers harass the Umm al-Kheir villagers Li Lorian - Ta’ayush - In these hot summer nights, people often sleep outside. For the villagers of Umm al-Kheir in the South Hebron Hills, this has become a rather dangerous practice. In the past five nights, every hour on the hour a large stone is lobbed at the village from the nearby Israeli settlement of Carmel, with the sole aim of depriving the villagers of their sleep. Last night Ta’ayush activists spent the night with the people of Umm al-Kheir. When we called the police after the first stone was thrown, we were told they would call us back. They didn’t. [ak]5/9/2017
After Bimkom petitoned Supreme Court, Palestinian village gets power Yotam Berger - Haaretz - the link-up to electricity is part of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s “carrot and stick” policy toward Palestinian villages. Architect Alon Cohen-Lifshitz of Bimkom-Planners for Planning Rights said that the plan is insufficient but is still a significant improvement. In February 2016 Bimkom petitioned the High Court of Justice demanding proper infrastructure and electricity for the village. The Civil Administration, which had a plan, promised to take the necessary steps. [bz] 5/9/2017
B’Tselem to Netanyahu: Demolishing Palestinian communities – a war crime for which you would bear personal liability Amit Gilutz - B’Tselem - Defense Minister Lieberman told the press that preparations are made to totally destroy two Palestinian communities, Susiya and Khan al-Ahmar - since its houses were "built without authorization”. In response, B’Tselem sent a grave letter to the Prime Minister, Defense Minister, Army Chief of Staff and the head of the Army`s Civil Administration, cautioning that the planned demolition would constitute a war crime for which all of them would bear personal liability. The demolition of entire communities in the Occupied Territories is virtually unprecedented since 1967. Forcible transfer is one of the offenses that come under the purview of the International Criminal Court. [ak]5/9/2017
Major Canadian union joins BDSItamar Eichner - Ynet - Unifor National, Canada`s largest private union, adopts proposal to boycott Israel "until such time as Israel implements a permanent ban on further settlement construction in the OPT, and enters into good faith negotiations with representatives of the Palestinian people for the purpose of establishing a viable, contiguous and truly sovereign Palestinian state.” [bz]5/9/2017
Palestinian poet`s show trial goes on stage for all to seeYoav Haifawi - +972 - Hundreds of Palestinians and Jews came to show support for Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour last week, who has been under house arrest for almost two years for publishing a poem on Facebook [ry]4/9/2017
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