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Should an Australian public health expert accept an Israeli award while Israel denies immunization to Palestinians? BDS Australia - Tel Aviv University announced that its prestigious Dan David Prize, amounting to a million Dollars, will be awarded to Prof. Alison Bashford of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, described as a "world-leader and an agenda-setter in the history of health and medicine", whose books constitute a major resource for understanding the current global pandemic. However, an open letter signed by numerous academics, researchers and students called upon Prof. Bashford to decline the "tainted" prize and refuse to be honored in Israel at the time when "Israel - hailed for vaccinating its own population - is refusing to immunize all Palestinians under its rule, as is its responsibility, and is placing obstacles in the way of transfer of vaccines into Gaza and the West Bank, entry to which it fully controls." Back in 2018, Prof. Catherine Hall of University College, London declined the Dan David Prize, saying “I have withdrawn from the prize – this was an independent political choice, undertaken after many discussions with those who are deeply involved with the politics of Israel-Palestine, but with differing views as to how best to act.” [ak] 25/2/2021
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The weather forecasts predicted a snowstorm - and the army arrived at Hamsa to confiscate tentsTaayush - Just as a snow storm approached, the occupation forces confiscated tents that had been donated to the Humsa community after the village was demolished; Palestinian shepherds are expelled from their grazing grounds by settlers and soldiers in the Palestinian Jordan Valley, West Bank Hill Range, and the South Hebron Hills; this week activists managed to prevent settler flocks from invading Palestinian fields in the West Bank Hill Range; home demolitions in neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.[ak]25/2/2021
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Book Discussion Event-Dr. Bashar Shammout, Audiovisual Palestinian Heritage - Event by Cambridge Centre for Palestine Studies Online Feb 25, 2021, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (your local time) Add to calendar 25/2/2021
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Webinar: Israel-Palestine at the International Criminal Court 25/2/2021
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WEBINAR: Israel-Palestine at the International Criminal CourtB`Tselem USA - FMEP is pleased to invite you to join us for this webinar — featuring a panel of Israeli, Palestinian, and international legal experts — examining the latest ICC ruling and its implications for the fight for accountability, justice, and human rights in Israel/Palestine. On February 5, 2021, the Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC), found that “the Court’s territorial jurisdiction in the Situation in Palestine, a State party to the ICC Rome Statute, extends to the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, namely Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.” This ruling – explained by the ICC itself here – opens the door for investigations into alleged war crimes perpetrated by “members of the Israeli Defense Forces, Israeli authorities, Hamas, and Palestinian armed groups.” This webinar is a follow-up to the ICC-focused webinar FMEP convened in April 2020, in the context of the ICC’s then-ongoing consideration of opening a formal probe into Israeli and Palestinian actions in the Occupied Territories. That webinar — which attracted nearly 1000 viewers in real time, and which has been viewed nearly 1000 times since — can be watched here. [ak]25/2/2021
Litigation works! Georgia amending and narrowing its anti-BDS law!Michael Arria - The Shift - You might remember that Georgia Southern University was sued last year, after it tried to force Abby Martin to sign a loyalty oath to Israel. Martin made a film called Gaza Fights for Freedom and was scheduled to appear at a media conference hosted by the school. As a result of the state`s anti-BDS law, she was required to sign a contract promising that she wouldn`t boycott the country. She refused to sign it and the conference ended up getting canceled. "My right to speak at a media conference at a public university was conditioned on my pledge to never participate in my constitutional right to engage in peaceful political action,” she said at a the time. “Situations of oppression, racism, and violations of international law that are funded by my tax dollars is something that I care very deeply about.” Now it seems like Georgia is attempting to amend its anti-BDS law to avoid this kind of litigation in the future. The modification would mean that only businesses or individuals entering state contracts of over $100,000 would have to sign such an oath. This has become a pretty standard move throughout states. Texas narrowed the extent of its law in 2019, after it was sued by an elementary school employee who also refused to sign such an oath.[ak]25/2/2021
For this Hebron activist, every protest could end in a trialOren Ziv - +972 - Israel`s conviction of Palestinian activist Issa Amro shows that there can never be justice when the judge and prosecutor wear the same army uniform [ry] 15/2/2021
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Jordan Valley struggle - mass destruction and reconstruction at Humsa Al FauqaTa`ayush - Another round of demolition and destruction of the Humsa community in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley – 46 structures were demolished and all of the inhabitants’ property confiscated – the next day the villagers and activists began rebuilding, supported by the Palestinian Authority and diplomats who came to express their solidarity; this week the Israeli army held massive maneuvers in the Yatta area for two whole days, during which the forces passed through Palestinian communities and caused heavy damages; settlers attacked Palestinian shepherds near Tawane village, invaded sheep pens around Auja, and continue chasing away flocks everywhere; home demolitions throughout the Occupied Territories; On Saturday night, hundreds of Palestinians and Israelis held a joint march protesting the occupation and settler takeover of the Silwan neighborhood in Jerusalem, and then joined the demonstrators at Balfour St. near the Israeli Prime Minister’s residence. [ak]11/2/2021
This database is exposing decades of Israel’s shady arms dealsSahar Vardi - +972 magazine - Israel has been exporting arms to the world’s most repressive governments. A new project aims to hold it accountable by tracking these confidential sales. In recent years activists in Israel have demanded — and sometimes succeeded — in stopping Israel’s arms sales to countries committing gross human rights violations. To try to expose this information to the public, the U.S. Quaker nonprofit American Friends Service Committee has launched the Database of Israeli Military and Security Exports (DIMSE). Over the past year, we have collected publicly available information on Israeli military and security exports from the past two decades. Using import reports, publications by the exporting companies, media reports, and more, we have been able to gather information not only on the sales themselves, but also on the political and military relations of the different buyer countries with Israel, information about the human rights situation in those countries, and the use of Israeli arms in human rights violations there. [bz]11/2/2021
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Canadian activists call on Trudeau to drop drone contract with Israeli arms producer Elbit, implicated in Human Rights violationsCanadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) - Canada’s Transportation Ministry recently approved a 36 million dollar contract for drone technology from Elbit Systems,Israel’s largest weapons company. The money will purchase a “civilian”version of Elbit’s lethal military drone, the same one which was used to kill civilians during Israel’s assault on Gaza in 2014. Through this purchase, Canada directly supports the profits of a weapons company responsible for ongoing human rights violations against Palestinians. Canadian citizens are urged to sing an online call upon Transport Minister Omar Alghabra and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cancel the Elbit contract, the petition stating "Our tax dollars should not give business to a company which enables Israel’s oppression of Palestinians!". [ak]11/2/2021
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Call on Trudeau to cancel Canada`s contract with Human Rights violator Elbit Company 11/2/2021
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Striking Palestinians workers triumph!Palestine New Federation of Trade Unions - After 19 days of an open- ended strike demanding their human and labor rights, Palestinian workers of the Israeli-owned Yamit Company go back to work, having reached an agreement, considered "An important victory though still partial". Over the coming three months, during which negotiations will continue, workers will receive an increase of around 200$ on their wages; the Palestinian workers will every July get a paid holiday such as already given to Israeli workers; and at the end of employment at Yamit, workers would receive severance pay, based on the number of years they have been working for the company. Yamit would not be allowed to hire new workers without the consent of the Workers’ Committee. Negotiations on further demands will continue over the next three months. "Achieving this success was anything but easy" said Mohammed Blaidi, Secretary General of the Palestine New Federation of Trade Union.[ak] 4/2/2021
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Virtual tour of Al Walaja – resistance and rebuilding in the face of bulldozers 4/2/2021
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Virtual tour of Al Walaja – resistance and rebuilding in the face of bulldozers Holy Land Trust Events - The village of Al Walaja does not appear on the itineraries of tourist groups or pilgrims who visit the Holy Lands. But for those who do make the effort to visit the village, they will be struck by the beauty of the landscape, the warmth of the welcome and the visible, devastating impact of the occupation. All around the village, destroyed homes tell a story of lives disrupted and families uprooted. Homes with roofs ripped off and walls torn down reveal the intimate details of domestic life - fragments of wallpaper, a broken basin, an overturned child’s pram left in a hurry. Holy Land Trust have made their latest Virtual Tour video in Al Walaja working with a local tour guide Noor A’Wad. Noor outlines the seven decades of struggle this village has faced. [ak]4/2/2021
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Innocent Until Proven Guilty? Not in this Court! Visit on zoom the Israeli military courts 4/2/2021
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Rally for Palestine in Paris, Saturday 6 February Olivia Zémor - EuroPalestine - You may have read that the Israeli Minister of Health, when asked about his obligations to provide vaccines to Palestinians under occupation, replied that Israel has "as much obligation to vaccinate Palestinians as they have to take care of dolphins"(!). Covid and even curfew do not mean that we are unable to show the Palestinians our solidarity, our support for their resistance in the face of their persecution by Israel. More than ever we must demand the lifting of the blockade of Gaza, as well as sanctions against Israel to end colonization and apartheid. If we don`t, who will?[ak]  4/2/2021
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Innocent Until Proven Guilty? Not in this Court! MachsomWatch Women - We would like to invite you to our third zoom presentation with MachsomWatch member Nitza Aminov and Adv. Sahar Francis, General Director of Ramallah-based Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Our topic this time focuses on the Military Courts: Innocent until Proven Guilty? Not in This Court! With the help of MachsomWatch members Ivonne M. and Vivi S., Nitza and Sahar will take us inside a Military Court where Palestinian civilians are tried. They will give us a glimpse of the proceedings most Israelis cannot attend. The meeting will take place on Sunday, February 7, at 19:00 Israel time, 12 noon EST, 9:00 am PST, 17:00 UK, 18:00 CET This time, we are pleased to offer simultaneous English translation. [ak]4/2/2021
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Farewell to Ezra Nawi, a Mizrahi Jew who refused to live by Zionism’s rulesOrly Noy - +972 - Nawi gave his body, mind, and possessions to the most vulnerable Palestinians. This made him a threat to the Israeli regime — and its easiest prey [ry] 1/2/2021
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Issa Amro`s plight highlights Israel`s intolerance of even nonviolent protestRaja Shehadeh - The Guardian - The Hebron-based activist spurned violence in his campaign against illegal settlements in the West Bank but still faces jail [ry] 1/2/2021
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