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Petition: International Criminal Court - rule now on the question of Palestinian Human Rights!Jahalin Solidarity - Already more than three months ago, the Prosecutor leading the preliminary examination at the International Criminal Court (ICC) concluded that the Court has “reasonable basis to proceed” with regard to war-crime related allegations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the ongoing forcible displacement of tens of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank. However, having said that the allegations deserved to be taken seriously, the Prosecutor then asked the court to first detemine if it had jurisdiction at all. That is where matters stand now - unless and until the ICC declares itself to have jurisdiction in the Palestinian Territories, it can do nothing. While the ICC weighs this issue, the Jahalin Bedouin and many other Palestinian communities are locked into an untenable position. Their status in limbo, they have no legal recourse to protect their homes and livelihoods. We, residents of member state signatories of the Rome Statute of the ICC, and other concerned citizens, demand that the Court settle the matter of jurisdiction quickly and positively. This issue cannot wait. The machine driving forcible displacement grinds on. The lives of tens of thousands lie in the balance. [ak] 31/3/2020
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Invite: Hear directly from Palestinians in Gaza on Wednesday.IfNot Now - Over ten thousand American Jews and others have joined in demanding that Israel lift its blockade on Gaza and help deliver medical supplies to combat the COVID-19 crisis. Many Senators, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, wrote a letter demanding that the Israeli government do what is necessary to avoid an outbreak in Gaza. Now I want to invite you to join our mass call this Wednesday, April 1st, at 12pm EST and hear directly from Palestinian medical professionals and activists living in Gaza. We need to hear what’s going on directly from people in Gaza! [ak]31/3/2020
Palestinian Political Parties Call for Digitally Marking Land DayRami Almeghari - IMEMCnews - "The Higher Committee for Follow-up, consisting of majority of Palestinian political factions in the occupied West Bank, decided Saturday that due to current widely-spread Coronavirus in Palestine and other world countries, there will be no marches for marking the Palestinian Land Day of March 30, 2020" [ry] 30/3/2020
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Demand Israel Protect Gaza Palestinians in — Lift the Blockade, Make Medical Supplies AccessibleIfNotNow - 1.8 million Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip appear to be on the precipice of catastrophe — and the Israeli government, which controls what goes in and out of Gaza, has a responsibility to act now. Palestinians in Gaza must now weather the Coronavirus in addition to the punishing, 15-year-long Israeli blockade. The international community must do everything it can to protect everyone in the world from this pandemic — and this must include the stateless Palestinians in Gaza, whose lives are controlled by the Israeli military.If there was ever a moment to realize that we are in this fight together, it is now.[ak] 24/3/2020
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Israel must protest Gaza Palestinians from Coronavirus outbreak - sign the petition! 24/3/2020
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Virtual protest - It`s not the virus which is murdering women! 22/3/2020
8 arrested at protest against suspension of Knesset activities Gilad Cohen , Moran Azulay, Yuval Yanko, Yael Freidson -Ynet - Convoy of cars drives on main Tel Aviv-Jerusalem artery, earning some participants fines for breaking directives against mass gatherings. Those who joined the protest "against attempts to destroy Israeli democracy," said in response that driving in separate cars did not breach the directives. Edelstein, who came under intense criticism for his decision to suspend a vote on filling Knesset committees key to fighting the coronavirus, said Thursday that that the vote would go ahead on Monday. Not clear whether he will also place the replacement of his speaker`s chair on the agenda. The speaker was also rapped by Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon, who called for the vote to take place as soon as possible. [bz]19/3/2020
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J-Street Webinar: Forming a Government in the Time of COVID-19 18/3/2020
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B’Tselem: International Criminal Court does have jurisdiction in PalestineB’Tselem - In trying to deny that the ICC has jurisdiction on the West bank, Israel Attorney General Mandelblit has taken the position that "there is no occupation" – conveniently ignoring the facts on the ground, the principles of international law and the declared positions of the international community. He glosses over more than 52 years in which Israel has kept the West Bank and Gaza Strip under a cruel, violent occupation regime, transforming the area completely. Palestinian space is now fragmented into isolated units in which Palestinians live without political rights or any real control over their lives – which are run by various Israeli authorities. The AG also describes Israel and the Palestinians as negotiating in good faith to bring about full reconciliation. In these circumstances, he argues, the parties do not need “a criminal process to pull them further apart”. Yet the attempt to hide behind supposed negotiations is utterly disconnected from Israel’s actions and declared long-term intentions regarding the Occupied Territories. Israel’s top officials have long since confirmed that the state does not view the occupation as temporary and intends to cement its control over the Palestinians while dispossessing them of land and rights. [ak]17/3/2020
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475 lawyers protest Israel Bar Association intervention in International Court deliberations Adalah - A month ago Adv. Avi Himi, head of the Israel Bar Association submitted on behalf of the IBA an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) opinion to the International Criminal Court, arguing that the court has no jurisdiction in the Palestinian Occupied Territories and cannot rule on Israel`s acts there. 475 lawyers in Israel - all of them members of the IBA - signed a letter of protest, demanding that the IBA rescind that act. Among other things, the 475 attorneys argue that contend that the IBA decision is strictly political in motive and intended to support the Israeli government’s positions entrenching occupation, , that it falls far beyond both the IBA’s authority and area of legal expertise, and that the move was pushed through in a hasty and underhanded manner. "The IBA has never before sought to involve itself in any Israeli Supreme Court proceedings concerning issues relating to the law of occupation and the applicability of international humanitarian law to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, nor has it ever expressed a legal position on these issues. The letter emphasized that the IBA, therefore, “cannot pretend to have any special professional expertise at the international level. There is no doubt that it seeks to intervene only in order to support the political position of the Israeli government.” [ak] 17/3/2020
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Why cycling in Palestine is an intensely political act -
thumbing the nose at occupation and connecting with the land
Carlton Reid - The Guardian - “Between each valley and the next, there’s [an illegal Israeli] settlement,” said Hasan. “If you want to cycle for 50km you will be faced with at least two checkpoints and a settlement, maybe a surveillance tower, patrols; continuity is always broken.” [bz]10/3/2020
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PHOTOS: Israeli women who have stood up to the occupation for 26 yearsKeren Manor & Shiraz Grinbaum, Activestills - +972 - In honor of International Women’s Day, Activestills pays tribute to more than a quarter century of anti- occupation activism by the ‘Women in Black’ group in Israel. Every Friday since 1988, the women have stood in the main squares of cities or at highway junctions with signs calling to end the Israeli occupation. Often spat at, cursed or violently harassed by passersby, they have become, for us, a symbol of persistence [ry] 9/3/2020
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International Women`s Day Action in the South Hebron HillsSahar M. Vardi - On March 6th, ahead of International Women`s Day, the women of the village of Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills invite people of all genders to join for a day of women-led resistance against the occupation and in celebration of International Women`s Day. Women from across South Hebron Hills, the West Bank, and from within the 1948 borders will come together in Tuwani for a day full of celebration and joint resistance. We will plant plants together, raise feminist issues, and support the steadfast resistance of the people of the South Hebron Hills in claiming and reclaiming their lands as Palestinians. We will gather in Tuwani at 10am and will depart by mid-afternoon. More practical information will follow. Transportation will be provided from multiple locations, which will be determined by demand. Please register in this form.6/3/2020
International Women`s Day Action in the South Hebron Hills 6/3/2020
Ronnie Barkan’s speech against Israeli Apartheid in a Berlin court: ‘I stand here today as the accuser, not the accused’Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - Monday, three activists for Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel faced a first trial hearing in Berlin for disrupting a talk by Israeli lawmaker Aliza Lavie at Humboldt University in Berlin (in 2017). The three were pointing out her complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity. The three are Ronnie Barkan, Stavit Sinai (both Jewish-Israeli) and Majed Abusalama (Palestinian), known as the “Humboldt 3”. Although they were recently awarded for their courage by a Copenhagen Mayor, they were regarded as criminals in Berlin. A protest outside the court ahead of the trial featured placards saying “Put Israeli war crimes on trial. NOT those who speak against them”. Ronnie Barkan’s speech, which he held at the opening, was breathtaking. [bz]4/3/2020
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