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Listen: Eleven-year-old Gaza boy performs Palestine’s anthemRami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - "As Israel bombed and shelled buildings and infrastructure across the Strip, Firas did his best to replace the sounds of destruction with life-affirming tunes." - id 25/2/2015
Bil`in: Photographing a decade of popular struggleActivestills - +972 - "Activestills photographers have been documenting the popular struggle protests against the Israeli separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bil’in from their inception in 2005. The following is a selection with personal stories marking 10 years of their work in the village." - id 25/2/2015
14-year-old Palestinian jailed for stone-throwing maintains innocencePeter Beaumont - The Guardian - At a reception last week to mark her return home to the West Bank village of Beitin, near Ramallah, Malak and her family continued to insist she was innocent and had only admitted to the charges of throwing stones and carrying a knife because she had felt intimidated during her time in custody.-rh25/2/2015
Stanford University student senate passes Israel divestment resolutionJerusalem Post - The Stanford students voted to divest from corporations complicit in human right abuses in “Israel and Palestine.” The text actually stated that it “was not connected to the BDS movement.” Notwithstanding, it is a substantial victory of the BDS activists, who for a long time had Stanford - a prestigious but largely apolitical university - on their “wish list”. Their aim is now achieved, after a failure last year. In principle university authorities can go to court against a student divestment resolution; Harvard University had done so regarding a divestment resolution by their own students (on an environmental issue). However, Israeli government PR experts note that even a divestment resolution ultimately overturned by a court does generate negative publicity and adds to the delegitimization of Israel. [ak]24/2/2015
Israeli forces destroy E1 protest camp for 9th timeMa`an - Dozens of Israeli military vehicles escorted a bulldozer to demolish the Gateway to Jerusalem (Bawwabat al-Quds) protest camp for the ninth time in two weeks. The activists - protesting Israeli plans to displace bedouin communities - had remained in the camp, just outside Abu Dis, during the recent rains, thunderstorms and sub-zero temperatures. They started reconstructing the camp immediately upon the soldiers` departure. [ak]23/2/2015
E1 protest camp steadfast despite Israeli demolitions, snow stormMa’an News Agency--JERUSALEM (Ma`an) -- Despite the severe winter storm over the last two days and continuing Israeli military pressure, Palestinian popular resistance activists stayed put at the Gateway to Jerusalem protest camp overnight Friday. "Our permanent presence here is a message of defiance and firmness in the face of the Israeli plans, including the 2020 and the E1 plans whose goal is to separate Jerusalem and confiscate lands which constitute about one third of the West Bank," Hani Halabiya, spokesman for the local popular resistance committees in East Jerusalem told Ma`an. dn 22/2/2015
Demonstration in Bil’in honoring slain US citizens faces attacks and arrests by Israeli forcesRamallah team - International Solidarity Movement - "Member of the Bil’in popular committee Mohammed Khatib and a UK citizen and solidarity volunteer Michael “Mick” Bowman were both violently arrested." - id18/2/2015
Controversial Jewish Defense League revived in MontrealJTA - "JDL leader Meir Weinstein of Toronto said he would be setting up the country’s second branch outside that city on Feb. 16 to stem the rise of “radical Islam” in Quebec and to help the pro-Israel Conservative Party government return to power in a national election slated for the fall.Weinstein, 56, said he planned to have local JDL members aggressively monitor and “infiltrate” radical Islamic groups." ca13/2/2015
I was “part of a terror organization,” says Israeli pilot turned activistRyan Rodrick Beiler - The Electronic Intifada - "The education I got was very much about peace, equality, freedom and a lot of socialist values — caring about the other, caring about the poor — but at the same time with a big wall of negligence of Palestine. The same time I was in class learning these beautiful values, the Israeli army was engaged in occupation, land grabs, settlements, massacres, deportation of Palestinian activists." - id 11/2/2015
IDF: Palestinian nonviolent protest is an ideological crimeYael Marom - +972 - "The nonviolent protest organizer from Bil’in who already served more than a year in prison has been declared a ‘human rights defender’ by the European Union." - id 11/2/2015
Palestinians call for boycott of Israeli goodsAssociated Press - Ynet - Activists from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas` Fatah movement launched a campaign in the West Bank on Wednesday, calling on people to boycott products made by six major Israeli food companies.-rh11/2/2015
Palestinian children in Israeli custody victims of `forced confession`Maan - "The Israeli military detention system subjects Palestinian children to several days of prolonged interrogation and isolation with the apparent goal of obtaining a confession at all costs," said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defense for Children International Palestine, on Monday.-rh 11/2/2015
Palestinians to boycott products of five large Israeli companiesElior Levy - Ynet - Sticker put on products of Strauss/Elite, Tnuva, Jafora-Tabori, Osem and Prigat: `When you buy this product, you donate 16% to the Israeli army.` The move comes in response to Israel`s decision to freeze tax funds. [bz] 10/2/2015
Three arrested for facilitating fraudulent sales of Palestinian land to Jewish groups Tovah Lazaroff - Jpost - Suspicions about the three were raised in land sale cases that appeared before the High Court of Justice. The question of property ownership is often at the heart of many High Court cases involving unauthorized construction. The State Attorney’s Office then instructed the police to investigate the matter. Yariv Oppenheimer (Peace Now) said “We hope that settlers now understand that they cannot bring fake documents to the High Court of Justice. This is the first time that we see a real action being taken on the issue of fake documents. “We will not give up until the police and the Justice Ministry make sure that the main settler leaders will also be investigated, as to whether or not they knew or took part in this scheme.” [bz]10/2/2015
J-Street petition against Netanyahu`s Congress speech rallies 20,000 signaturesJerusalem Post - Netanyahu had asserted that he is coming to Washington "not just as the prime minister of Israel but as a representative of the entire Jewish people." In response, J-Street has launched a petition stating that while the PM may represent Israelis, "he certainly cannot claim any mandate to speak for Jews in the United States". It already gained some 20,000 signatures. [ak]10/2/2015
400 rabbis urge Netanyahu to end Palestinian house demolitionsMark Woods - Christian Today - The letter - asking the State, at its own initiative, to implement moral, reasonable and fair planning and zoning principles that are in-line with international law and Jewish tradition - is in support of a petition to the High Court from Rabbis for Human Rights which seeks to end demolitions by reforming planning and zoning laws. [bz]7/2/2015
Knesset candidates plant olive trees with Palestinian farmersHaggai Matar - +972 - "The activists planted the trees near the Israeli settlement of Tapuach, an area where olive trees have been uprooted time and again, allegedly by settlers." - id for ca6/2/2015
Boycott the Muslim Leadership Initiative and similar attempts to “Faithwash” Israel’s Regime of OppressionPalestinian BDS National Committee - "The MLI is part of a broader spectrum of political tours to the oPt designed to normalize and build acceptance to Israeli policies of oppression against Palestinians." - id for ca5/2/2015
“We believe in a bright future…a future when our children will be free” – Kufr Qaddum resident released from prisonInterview - International Solidarity Movement - "He sees the issues facing his village of Kufr Qaddum as symbolic of the bigger issues of the Israeli occupation: restricted movement, injuries, house damage, arbitrary arrest, imprisonment and murder of Palestinians. But he asserts: ¨In the face of this bad situation, we will do anything." - id for rh5/2/2015
Case dropped against protesters who cost Elbit drone parts factory $280,000Asa Winstanley - Electronic Intifada - "The most decisive evidence, we feel, is that they dropped the charges.” In other words, they let the activists get away with it rather then let the truth come out in court. [bz]3/2/2015
`Rivlin is not welcome in Hebron` - Palestinians protest Israeli president`s visit to Hebron settlersMiddle East Eye - Rivlin said that Hebron bore witness to Jewish presence in Palestine for "thousands of years." Members of Israel`s leftist Meretz movement said that the visit was meant for electoral propaganda for the right-wing Likud Party. [bz]3/2/2015
Eyes Wide Open | Photo BlogMuhammad Sabah - B`Tselem - The following photographs were taken by Muhammad Sabah, B’Tselem’s field researcher in the northern Gaza Strip. This is his account of the story behind the images: “The fighting during Operation Protective Edge made it practically impossible to get around Gaza to document events as they unfolded. It would have meant risking life and limb.-rh29/1/2015
Tell Congress not to attend Netanyahu`s speechwith a special link for "Not from the US" just above the standard letter28/1/2015
Black Flag: The legal and moral implications of the policy of attacking residential buildings in the Gaza Strip, summer 2014B`Tselem - Summary - Even if political and military leaders thought this policy would bring an end to attacks on Israeli communities, they should not have implemented it because of its foreseeable, horrifying consequences as well as because of the black flag of illegality flying over it.-rh28/1/2015
Palestinian political unity welcomed for Israeli electionsDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The unprecedented success of Palestinians in Israel agreeing to a joint list is in fact likely to create the fourth-largest bloc in the 120-member Israeli Knesset provided the public comes out to vote. Palestinians in the occupied territories generally welcomed the unity of their compatriots in Israel, and some leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) have even taken partial credit for the list. In a phone interview with Al-Monitor, Yaser Abed Rabbo, secretary-general of the PLO’s Executive Committee, expressed his pride in the PLO’s contribution.-rh 28/1/2015
Online petition: UN Security Council, set the date to end the occupation 27/1/2015
ICC backers defy Israeli call to cut funding to war crimes courtJerusalem Post - Last week Israel`s Foreign Minister Lieberman called upon funding states to cut off funding to "that biased political body, the International Criminal Court". Lieberman`s call was rejected out of hand by the states funding the ICC. Germany - the second-largest donor to the ICC budget - said it "couldn`t imagine" cutting off that funding. Similar statements were made by the French, British and Italians, and also by the Canadian government, which often supports the Netanyahu government on other issues. (The US, for its own reasons, did not join the ICC and does not contribute to its budget). [ak] 27/1/2015
IDF commander dismisses Unit 8200 refuseniksMairav Zonszein - +972 - "Unfortunately, the unit is choosing to cope with the claims we have raised by throwing us out of the unit, as if the harsh reality will disappear together with us." (The reservists in a statement responding to their dismissal.) [bz]27/1/2015
Thursday 29/1 at Ministry of Defence: demo calling for the immediate release of the 14 yr-old girl Malak al-Khatib 27/1/2015
Occupation Captured : A week of occupation in photosChristian Peacemaker Teams - Pictured here: Palestinian children playing in the streets of Hebron. Next to them and above them is the illegal settlement of Beit Romano, and the ever watchful eyes of the Israeli Military. Despite the presence of the occupation, they continue to play and practice their athletic tricks on their streets. THIS is resistance.-rh 21/1/2015
Peace Bus Project: JOURNEY TO JERICHO - January 22, Thursday, 8:30, Damascus Gate 21/1/2015
"Protest in the form of a prayer": Dream Defenders demonstration in Nazareth makes connections from Ferguson to PalestineAnnie Robbins - Mondoweiss "This powerfully moving video of a flashmob in Nazareth by the recent Dream Defenders delegation to Israel/Palestine is an earth shifter. The demonstration was coordinated by Patrisse Cullors co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter - " ca 16/1/2015
Why I Won’t Serve IsraelMORIEL ROTHMAN-ZECHERJAN - NYT - "The outrage is disproportionate. Rarely do more than a few hundred Jewish Israelis publicly refuse to serve each year in protest against Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. The shrill condemnation of refusers is thus an indication of the establishment’s panic." - id 14/1/2015
A Historic Day For The Palestine National Football Team, And, Indeed, PalelestineJack Muir - IMEMC - "The refusal of Israel to issue exit visas to players forced Palestine to abandon their qualification attempts for both the 2007 Asian Cup and the 2010 World Cup." - id 14/1/2015
Congress says possible Palestinian unity gov’t must recognize Israel as a Jewish state in order to receive aidAllison Deger - Mondoweiss - Congress has passed provisions that immediately end funding to the Palestinian Authority in the event of a unity government with Hamas, or a joint government where Hamas exercises “undue influence.” Though, there is one exception. If a supposed unity government recognizes Israel as a Jewish state, the aid will continue.-rh 14/1/2015
General Briefing: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli PrisonsAdameer - This general briefing, prepared by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, provides a comprehensive overview of the situation of Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli prisons and detention centers. The issues covered include different violations that prisoners are subjected to, including torture, isolation, and medical negligence, as well as the main categories of prisoners, such as women, children and administrative detainees.-rh14/1/2015
Khader Adnan launches hunger strike against administrative detentionMa`an - Khader Adnan, a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails who staged one of the longest hunger strikes in history in 2012, has launched a new week-long hunger strike to protest his renewed detention without charge or trial by Israeli authorities. In November an Israeli military court ruled to release Adnan after five months without trial or charge, but that ruling was never implemented. [bz]13/1/2015
Humanitarian relief aid urgently needed in storm-battered Gaza and for Syrian refugees 13/1/2015
2014 Gaza crisis - your questions answeredREPORT Catholic Agency for Overseas Development - "We strongly believe that the only way out of the cycle of violence is to address the root causes of the conflict: there needs to be an end to the occupation of Palestinian territory, to the building of illegal settlements and to the closure of Gaza." ca9/1/2015
First Palestinian ICC case to focus on Gaza warAttila Somfalvi - AFP - The first case the Palestinians will refer to the International Criminal Court will be the crimes Israel committed during summer 2014, including the Gaza war, a legal expert said Sunday.-rh 7/1/2015
Palestinian girl Malaak al-Khatib, 14, detained for additional week by Israeli forcesSamidoun - Palestinian girl, Malaak Ali al-Khatib, 14, was arrested on 31 December near her school in Bittin village, near Ramallah. Her detention was extended on Monday, 5 January for one week, until Sunday, 11 January, under the pretext of requiring a “conduct report” on the girl before releasing her. The 14-year-old girl is accused of “throwing stones” at Israeli occupation soldiers at the settler bypass road closed to Palestinians near her school. She is one of 23 women and girls and nearly 200 children detained by Israeli occupation forces.-rh 7/1/2015
The amazing things we achieved together in 2014Palestinian BDS National Committee - BDS Movement - "Here’s our round up of some of the key BDS developments of 2014." - id 7/1/2015
The German Left’s Palestine ProblemLeandros Fischer - Jacobin - he history of the German left’s attitude to Israel/Palestine is truly complex and for the uninitiated foreign leftist, perplexing and occasionally shocking. In the 1950`s Israel was seen as a progressive Socialist society. In the 1960`s and 1970`s, conversely, left-wing German students, like their peers elsewhere, felt strong solidarity with the Palestinians. Later, however, came the so-called "anti-German" intellectual and political current whose opposition to and rejection of German Nationalism took the perverse form of uncritical support for Israel and Israeli policies. The influence of such "anti-German" activists is perceptible in the present controversy convulsing Gregor Gysi`s Die Linke, the main political expression of the German Left. [ak] 6/1/2015
On US College Campuses, Semester Ends With Big BDS PushAlexander Joffe - The Algemeiner - The most important BDS development took place in the American Anthropological Association (AAA) which held several panels on BDS at its annual meeting. While no pro-BDS resolution was proposed, a resolution opposing BDS was defeated. As expected, discussions were dominated by pro-BDS speakers, and it is widely expected that a BDS resolution will be introduced and approved at next yearfs meeting. [ak]6/1/2015
Alumni of the Israel Arts and Science Academy call on others to refuse military serviceAnnie Robbins - Mondoweiss "Over fifty alumni, former educators and staff members of the Israel Arts and Science Academy, Jews and Palestinians, have published a letter calling the high-school community – students and alumni alike – to refuse service in the Israeli military...“The refusal to serve means also resisting the militaristic indoctrination process we all went through since our childhood in schools, youth movements, national ceremonies, in high school – and which continues in our adult lives.” ca 2/1/2015
Uriel Ferera released from military serviceRuth Ferera - I am happy to inform you that last week Uriel Ferera was released from the Israeli military after spending 177 days in jail. You can read more about Uriel`s release in this article from the online magazine +972. Thank you for all your ongoing support.-rh1/1/2015
PALESTINIAN RESIDENCY REVOKED AS PUNISHMENT Amnesty International - Urgent Action - The Israeli authorities have revoked the residency of a Palestinian woman, Nadia Abu Jamal, and stripped her three children of their health care rights. They are threatening to do this to all Palestinians involved in “terror” attacks, and their relatives.-rh 1/1/2015
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