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UN says Israeli bill to legalize settler homes ‘unequivocally illegal’AFP - Times of Israel - “Israel, as the occupying power, must respect the private property of Palestinians, regardless of whether or not compensation is provided.” (...) Israel differentiates between those it has authorized and those it has not. The bill would legalize nearly 4,000 settler homes built on private Palestinian land, according to settlement watchdog Peace Now. [bz]10/12/2016
Vigil at Prime Minister’s Residence: “Say no to legalized land robbery!” 8/12/2016
Israel`s Lehava stirs `anarchy` in Jerusalem : The far-right group stokes hatred and incites followers to violence against Palestinians, say analystsJonathan Cook - Aljazeera - The attacks were carried out by a far-right group called Lehava, or Flame in Hebrew, an acronym for the Organisation for the Prevention of Miscegenation in the Holy Land. Run by a far-right rabbi, Ben-Zion Gopstein, Lehava rejects any interaction between Jews and Palestinians.Run by a far-right rabbi, Ben-Zion Gopstein, Lehava rejects any interaction between Jews and Palestinians. Founded in 2009, Lehava is distinguished from other far-right groups by its official focus on stopping miscegenation and intermarriage between Jews and Palestinians. In addition to the 300,000 Palestinians in Jerusalem, some 1.7 million of Israel`s citizens are Palestinian by origin, making them nearly a fifth of the population.-rh 8/12/2016
Golden statue of Benjamin Netanyahu toppled after causing stirJeffrey Heller - Independent - A gilded statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dubbed “King Bibi” by its creator stirred condemnation from Israel`s culture minister and was toppled by an onlooker after a brief public appearance. Sculptor Itay Zalait said he had placed the four metre (13 foot) tall effigy of Mr Netanyahu on a white pedestal in Tel Aviv`s Rabin Square, adjacent to city hall, to test the limits of freedom of expression in Israel.-rh 8/12/2016
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Sixth annual race for peace!! joint Israeli-Palestinian bike race in the desert 6/12/2016
Palestinian village of Susya tests citizen powerRabbi Arik Ascherman - Mercury News/Action Network - Nasser Nawajeh, spokesperson for the threatened village of Susya, once told me that when they were expelled in 1986 they were powerless because they were alone. He said, “We are again in great danger, but with one big difference. We are no longer alone.” Susya probably would not be standing today were it not for international concern, especially expressed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Nobody knows what will be the policy of the next administration regarding Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. This is where average citizens come in. Our best hope to have Susya residents able to remain in their homes on the land they own is through American constituents pressing their representatives to express concern on their behalf. [ak]6/12/2016
Norway`s 3rd largest city votes to boycott settlement productsItamar Eichner - Ynet - Israel`s Ambassador to Norway Raphael Schutz slammed the resolution and asked the Jewish community in the city to condemn the decision. However, the Jewish community decided against condemning the resolution, saying it was a political issue, while its policy is only to condemn anti-Semitic incidents. This isn`t the first time a Jewish community in the Diaspora refuses requests made by the Israeli Embassy to condemn a boycott of Israel. Israeli diplomatic officials say there is a trend in which Jewish communities abroad do not wish to be associated with the State of Israel. [bz] 3/12/2016
The Real Link Between Israel’s Forest Fires And Muezzin BillJonathan Cook - Counter Currents - Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his support this month for the so-called “muezzin bill”, claiming it was urgently needed to stop the dawn call to prayer from mosques ruining the Israeli public’s sleep. A vote in the parliament is due this week. The use of loudspeakers by muezzins was unnecessarily disruptive, Mr Netanyahu argued, in an age of alarm clocks and phone apps. But the one in five of Israel’s population who are Palestinian, most of them Muslim, and a further 300,000 living under occupation in East Jerusalem, say the legislation is grossly discriminatory. The bill’s environmental rationale is bogus, they note. Moti Yogev, a settler leader who drafted the bill, originally wanted the loudspeaker ban to curb the broadcasting of sermons supposedly full of “incitement” against Israel.-rh 1/12/2016
Bernie Sanders Is Not Giving Up on Positive Change Because of an Election Bernie Sanders, Thomas Dunne Books - Truthout - Despite the dismay and consternation that so many of our readers felt with the election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency, Bernie Sanders released a 450-page book recently with the proud rallying cry of Our Revolution as the title. The book emphasizes a roll-up-our-sleeves optimism in progressive populism despite the election of a white nationalist leader to the highest office in the land. That is further emphasized by the cover photo that includes his campaign slogan -- now his rallying cry -- "A Future to Believe In."1/12/2016
Now is the moment for us Palestinians to renew our national movementSalem Barahmeh - The Guardian - Fatah has long been the backbone of the Palestinian national movement. Today it is plagued by infighting between its various camps, often headlined by the feud between President Mahmoud Abbas and the former leader Mohammad Dahlan. This infighting is crippling Palestinian politics and society. It is incumbent on Fatah to hold itself to a higher standard and live up to its responsibility as the leader of the national movement. It must take this as a serious opportunity to elect fresh young faces and address its issues – not as an opportunity to further polarise the party and consolidate power. The final opportunity is the rumoured Palestine National Council meeting, which could be held before the year’s end.-rh 1/12/2016
WATCH: A new brand of Jewish nonviolence in Palestine Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - In the summer of 2016, dozens of Jews from the U.S. and other countries came to Palestine, at the request of Palestinian activists, to use nonviolence, civil disobedience, and their privilege as Jews to help oppose the Israeli occupation. Under the banner of “Occupation is not my Judaism,” the activists helped rebuild homes demolished by the Israeli army, facilitated an entire displaced Palestinian village’s return to to its former homes, and put their bodies on the line to challenge the Israeli military regime of segregation and settlement in Hebron.-rh 1/12/2016
PCA Footballers Raise $10,000 for Aida CampIMEMC - "...the money will go to the Al-Awda kindergarten in Al-Azzeh camp, Bethlehem, Aida Youth Center in Aida refugee Camp, and to Lajee cultural center in Aida as well." - id 30/11/2016
We want our children back!al-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Many of these family members who attended were holding signs and posters of their loved ones and appeared very distraught." - id 30/11/2016
Illegal Jewish Settlers Hunker Down for Fight in West Bank OutpostMaayan Lubell - Forward - On a hilltop in the occupied West Bank, Israeli teenagers are hammering stakes into the earth and erecting tent frames, preparing the ground for a confrontation with Israeli security forces. The devoutly religious young men see themselves as a last line of defense for Amona, a collection of pre-fabricated homes perched in the highlands of the West Bank.-rh 30/11/2016
Top Israeli Justices Face War Crimes Suit in Chile for Authorizing West Bank Wall Amira Hass - Haaretz -  The suit was filed against former chief Justice Asher Grunis, and Justices Neal Hendel and Uzi Vogelman. The three presided over a petition lodged by Beit Jala residents and rejected an alternative route for the barrier fence suggested by the Council for Peace and Security, an Israeli group comprised of retired military experts. (...) Chile is a signatory on the 2012 Rome Statute, and has since included the principle of universal jurisdiction in its constitution. [bz]29/11/2016
Settler University at Ariel uses false pretenses in inviting foreign scholarsGush Shalom - In invitations to an international academic conference, the settler university at Ariel referred to its location as "Ariel, Israel". Gush Shalom sent letters to the foreign participants - mainly from Poland and Ukraine - informing them that the University of Ariel is not located in Israel but is a settlement enclave in the occupied West Bank. One of the intended participants - from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland - informed Gush Shalom that she had cancelled her participation and asked the Ariel University to remove her name from the program. [ak] 29/11/2016
How Israel used a Dutchman’s bravery to cover up its crimes Adri Nieuwhof - EI - Erik Ader, a retired diplomat, felt that he needed to protest against how his father’s brave deeds had been used to conceal the mass displacement of Palestinians. "Zochrot, an Israeli group, told me that the Bas Ader Forest was not planted to make the desert bloom but to cover the Palestinian village of Bayt Natiff." [bz]26/11/2016
With Ta`ayush to the South Hebron hills 24/11/2016
Norwegian city boycotts Israeli settlementsRyan Rodrick Beiler - EI - "Trondheim’s city council has also called on the Norwegian national parliament to take a similar decision and urged the city’s residents to shun goods from Israeli settlements." - id 23/11/2016
Amnesty : Israel must drop all charges against Palestinian human rights defender Issa AmroPNN - Palestinian News Network - "Issa Amro’s trial is due to begin on 23 November at Ofer Military Court in the occupied West Bank...If he is convicted we will consider Issa Amro a prisoner of conscience,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International." - id 23/11/2016
Call to action to #FreeSalah!Secretary of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee.23/11/2016
Support immediate financing of urgent activism and humanitarian aidby making now a small donation to The Other Israel`s solidarity foundation via paypal 22/11/2016
N.B.: Israeli forces a no-show, Umm al-Hiran’s demolition delayed Alternative Information Center - Residents of Umm al-Hiran had unpacked their homes to save their belongings. The delay "a tactic by the authorities to exhaust residents and activists” commented Rabbis for Human Rights, who had representatives at the site. Coexistence in the Negev, a group of Jewish and Bedouin residents of Israel’s southern desert region, urged all supporters to be with Umm al-Hiran’s residents in their village everyday, at least until November 30. [bz] 22/11/2016
Desperate plea from Umm Al HiranArik Ascherman - Facebook - "They want to destroy everything we have-Sheep, flocks, property. (Vehicles and flocks are to be confiscated. A. A.) They are ignoring the values and the humanity, if people have the ability to appeal to ministers, to the Prime Minister, to intervene. The High Court ruled in 2015 that if the State was to expel us, they had to provide an agreed upon place for us to go." [bz] 22/11/2016
Israel Razes Makeshift Palestinian Settlement, but Keeps Jewish One Yotam Berger - Haaretz - Israelis moved into that Jordan Valley outpost near the settlement of Salit a few weeks ago in a similar tent camp, but were not removed by the army. The IDF dispersed the Palestinians a few hours after they had first put up their tents; the military says the Palestinians had demonstrated illegally. But a Haaretz reporter present during the eviction saw no disturbance or demonstration; the Palestinians were dispersed while they were eating lunch in a tent. [bz]20/11/2016
The different ways Israel treats Jewish, Palestinian outposts in the West BankHaggai Matar - +972 - Palestinian activists protest Israeli attempts to ‘legalize’ settlement outposts by erecting one of their own. Unlike two nearby Jewish outposts, however, the Israeli army demolishes the Palestinian camp within hours. “The army has demolished homes in Khirbet al-Hama many times over the past few months, and at the same time settlers erected new outposts in the area,” said Abdullah Abu Rahme, an activist with the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, which organized the nonviolent action. [bz]19/11/2016
Adalah Represents Four Women Detained In Gaza Boat Raid, Slated For Deportation From IsraelIMEMC - "Adalah – The Legal Center for Minority Rights in Israel provided legal representation for four of the 13 women detained by the Israeli military when it commandeered their Gaza-bound boat, dubbed “The Women’s Boat to Gaza”, who were slated for deportation from the country... The Women’s Boat to Gaza is part of the wider Freedom Flotilla Coalition, intended to “raise awareness about the ongoing struggle that women in Gaza, in the West Bank, inside the Green Line and in the diaspora, have waged and continue to wage against the Occupation,” according to the organization’s website." ca18/11/2016
Palestinian youths call for end of divisionPNN - Palestine News Network - "The conference is a conclusion to the “I am Palestinian” campaign, a petition which was launched in  in Bethlehem in March 2015, and collected 15,000+ signatures from different areas of Palestine, enhancing values of pluralism, countering extremism and calling for ending the division between Palestinian parties." - id 16/11/2016
WATCH: Israeli band marks Palestinian independence day in new videoHaggai Matar - +972 - "Israel’s treatment of Palestine troubles me greatly, and it is part of our role as artists to talk about the occupation and restrictions on movement." - id 16/11/2016
A Tour and Public Apology event in the destroyed village Bayt NattifZochrot/Olive Tree Campaign - In the Nazi-occupied Nethelands, the Reverend Bastiaan Jan Ader saved Jews at risk to himself and his own family. After the foundation of Israel, his deed was recognized - and the Jewish National Fund named for him a "forest" of 1,100 trees planted on the site of the destroyed Palestinian village Bayt Nattif. On Friday, Nov. 18, his son Erik Ader, a former ambassador of the Netherlands, will arrive at the site to express a public apology for the fact that "honoring" his father involved the obliterating of a village whose inhabitants became refugees. [ak] 15/11/2016
Wed. Nov. 16 - rally in support of CO Tamar Alon & Tamar Ze`evi 15/11/2016
CO`s Tamar Alon & Tamar Ze`evi to Refuse Conscription - Expect to be Imprisoned Hila Aloni Ohayon - Mesarvot – Political Refusal Network - CO`s Tamar Alon & Tamar Ze`evi will report to the induction center and declare their refusal to join the IDF, due to unwillingness to contribute to the oppression of the Palestinian People. They are expecting to be sent to prison. Supporters, friends and family members will accompany them on a support rally across from the Tel HaShomer Induction Center. [ak]15/11/2016
Palestinian Artist, Israeli Mapping Experts: put missing Palestinian Villages on the mapDonna Baranski-Walker - ActionNetwork - "Thousands of people in Area C of the West Bank can`t locate their homes on Apple or Google maps, or on Waze (Google`s subsidiary). They are real locations, however, in the virtual mapped world of the Web, they simply can`t be found." Seeking to put these villages on the map, a distinguished Palestinian artist and and two Israeli mapping experts are talking to Congressional leaders in Washinton D.C. and from there will fly to Silicon Valley. [ak]15/11/2016
Protest Chemical Brothers performance in Israel 12/11/2016
Ni`lin, West Bank, 11.11..2016 - one of the weekly protests against the wallIsrael Puterman - video 12/11/2016
Israeli forces injure 4, detain 2 Palestinians after student march erupts into clashes in RamallahMa`an News Agency - "A student march commemorating the 12th anniversary of the death of late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat erupted into clashes with Israeli forces as the march headed to the Ofer detention center to support child prisoners held in Israeli detention centers." ca11/11/2016
Israel’s ruling party used Facebook to track ‘antigovernment’ journalistsRuth Eglash - The Washington Post - Likud parliamentarian David Bitan, who serves as chairman of the government coalition, told the gathering that he and some friends had been following the Facebook pages of journalists hired recently to set up a new public broadcasting service. “We went and we checked the Facebook pages of these people. We saw what they are writing and I will tell you that we are talking about people who are leftist. They want to impose their own agenda on the new channel,” he said in the forum.-rh 10/11/2016
Urge FIFA to drop illegal Israeli soccer teams Rasy Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Currently, there are at least five Israeli clubs based in illegal Israel settlements (Ma’aleh Adumim, Ariel, Bik’at Hayarden, Givat Ze’ev, Kiryat Arba, and Oranit) that are included in the Israeli Football Association’s league." - id 9/11/2016
`Proud to be outside the consensus, until the occupation ends`Yuli Novak - +972 - "But if occupation is the consensus, Breaking the Silence says it is proud to be on the outside.The following is a speech delivered by the organization’s executive director at an alternative prize ceremony." - id 9/11/2016
Olive harvest in Kafr Qalil and protective presenceHuwwara team - International Solidarity Movement - "The land that was worked on is between the il­­­­legal Israeli settlement Bracha and the road that leads up to the settlement. The family has been attacked and physically assaulted by settler colonists from Bracha in the past." - id 9/11/2016
WATCH: Activism and spirituality in the Palestinian olive harvestSocial TV - 972 - "The activists came to the West Bank to combine activism and spirituality. Beyond the contribution of their manual labor, however, their very presence also helps reduce and prevent friction with the Israeli army and settlers." - id 9/11/2016
Obama’s last chance of ending Israeli occupationAkiva Eldar - AlMonitor - Israel feels free to conduct itself in the West Bank as if it owned the place, simply because it can. It can because the United States enables it, because Obama turned his back on the promise he made during his landmark 2009 Cairo speech to promote the establishment of a Palestinian state. Not only have things not improved since then, they have deteriorated. The hope that a democratic president, committed to human rights, would be the one to bring peace is all but gone. If Obama does not dare to expel Israel from the occupied territories, who will? He has only a few months left to rectify the wrong and stop our plunge into an abyss.-rh 9/11/2016
Creating a legal precedent: Palestine considers suing Israel in international sports courtJames M. Dorsey - Redress Information - Jibril Rajoub, President of the PFA (Palestinian Football Association) is demanding that six clubs based in Israeli settlements on the occupied West Bank be forbidden from taking part in the Israeli Football League. This demand is in accordance with the rules of FIFA, the International Football Federation, which forbid clubs from the territory of one national football association (in this case, the PFA) from taking part in the games of another national association. However, FIFA has so far hesitated to enforce its own rules, and the efforts of Israeli sport lobbyists were tacitly helped behind the scenes by Saudi Arabia amd the Gulf Emirates. Should FIFA fails to take more decisive action at its next council meeting in January 2017, Rajoub plans to take legal recourse and take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the highest authority in the world of international sports. [ak]8/11/2016
Amos Oz: Those who were dubbed `traitors` are in time shown to be trailblazersIlana Curiel - Y-Net - “People want to feel good and Breaking the Silence interferes with that. It`s very human, I do not mock this feeling" said writer Amos Oz. "I want our adversaries to ponder that moral force is not a luxury but an existential matter. One of the few remaining reasons to feel good as Israelis is that there are organizations such as Breaking the Silence and B`Tselem and Peace Now." Oz was speaking at a ceremony at Be`er Sheva University, where Breaking the Silence was awarded an alternative cash prize after the university administration denied them the Berelson Coexistence Prize. Outside a group of extreme right militants were shouting abuse and chanting "We love the IDF!" in which they were joined by members of Ya`ir Lapid`s "centrist" party. [ak] 8/11/2016
Demolishing homes and confiscating tractors for army maneuver purposesAmos Gvirtz - Don`t say we did not know - Whether it is towards Palestinians in the Jordan valley, or Bedouins inside Israel proper - the same bullying. [bz]8/11/2016
Project Hayei Sarah: Challenging settler narrative in Hebron. Nov. 11 8/11/2016
Video: Army injures three, kidnaps one, and sprays waste-water inside home in Kufur QaddoumIMEMC - Several Israeli army vehicles invaded the town, and fired dozens of gas bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets and concussion grenades at the protesters. An Israeli peace activist was mildly injured by army fire; Palestinian medics provided him with the needed treatment. Morad Eshteiwy of the Popular Committee also stated that the soldiers deliberately fired gas bombs into several homes, and sprayed them with waste-water mixed with chemicals, some families suffering severe effects of teargas inhalation. [bz]5/11/2016
How Arab women are reshaping Israel`s film industryShlomi Eldar - Almonitor - The rift between the Jewish and Arab communities in Israel has deepened recently, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning his constituents on the last day of the elections in March 2015 that Arabs were "voting in droves," thus making more than a million Arabs feel like second-class citizens. But despite this deepening rift, three films have taken the Israeli film world by storm, providing a fascinating glimpse into Arab society in the Jewish state.-rh 3/11/2016
Netanyahu`s coalition whip wants to revoke B`Tselem director`s citizenshipMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - How does the only democracy in the Middle East deal with outspoken human rights activists? By threatening to revoke their citizenship, of course.“I examined whether, legally speaking, if I can ask the interior minister to revoke the citizenship of B’Tselem’s executive director,” declared the Israeli parliament’s coalition chair, David Bitan, who serves as the whip for Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party.-rh 3/11/2016
Israel`s bogus history lessonJonathan Cook - Moondoweiss - It was presumably intended as an Israeli history lesson to the world. A video posted to social media by Israel¡¦s foreign ministry shows an everyday Jewish couple, Jacob and Rachel, in a home named the ¡§Land of Israel¡¨. A series of knocks on the door brings 3,000 years of interruptions to their happiness. First it¡¦s the Assyrians, followed by the Babylonians, Hellenists, Arabs, Romans, Crusaders, Mamluks, and Ottomans ¡V all straight out of Monty Python central casting.-rh 3/11/2016
Israelis charged with inciting terrorism for celebrating murder of Palestinian toddler in arson attack at weddingLizzie Dearden - Independent - An Israeli groom and 12 of his wedding guests have been charged with inciting violence and terrorism by celebrating the murder of a Palestinian toddler who was burned to death in an arson attack. Ali Dawabsheh died alongside his parents after their home in the West Bank village of Duma was firebombed by settlers in July last year. Only Ahmed, Ali’s four-year-old brother, survived with serious burns.-rh 3/11/2016
Pro-Israel activists smear student solidarity with Palestine Middle East Monitor - The attack on Palestine solidarity activists, and students in particular, is not just about intimidation and Islamophobia. It is also about using the smear of antisemitism to try and stifle debate, and stigmatise tactics like the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. A statement condemning the UCL protest was released in the name of the Board, the JLC, the Union of Jewish Students, and, notably, the Community Security Trust (CST), a charity whose evidence was heavily relied upon by the recent Home Affairs Select Committee report on antisemitism. The statement, which referred to “violent” protests without any acknowledgement that this is a contested allegation, claimed that an “extreme and intolerant minority” on campus is “determined to prevent pro-Israel, Israeli or Jewish speakers from being heard.”-rh 2/11/2016
`Israel`s democracy under pressure` - Berlin lecture by Sharon Abraham-Weiss of ACRI Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Schumannstraße 8; Wedn., Nov. 9 at 7 PM - 9 PM - in EnglIsh. 1/11/2016
The coming Palestinian prisoners` struggle in 2017 - a view from inside Wael Jaghoub - IMEMC/Handala Center for Prisoners/Samidoun Solidarity Network - Writing from inside the Israeli prison, Jaghoub points out that the prison authorities once again attempt to restrict the Palestinian prisoners and worsen their conditions, and sets out detailed strategies for the prisoners` struggle likely to intensify in 2017. Wael Jaghoub is among the leaders in the prisoners’ movement affiliated to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine [ak]1/11/2016
Redraw Our Smile - with $7000 for materials Gazan family father could rebuild his home (crowdfunding) 1/11/2016
Petition: call upon UK government to help Human Rights Defender Issa Amro 1/11/2016
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