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Ban on Israeli activists from West Bank based on lies and misinformation Oren Ziv - +972 "Defense Minister Naftali Bennett announced Saturday night that he had issued administrative restraining orders against 30 Israeli left-wing and anarchist activists, barring them entry to the West Bank in order to stop them from joining the weekly, Palestinian-led protests against the separation barrier and the settlements...Bennett’s announcement feels like it may have been relevant in 2005 when members of Anarchists Against the Wall would regularly join Palestinians in the West Bank. But the Palestinian popular struggle, which began with the building of the wall in 2002, and included demonstrations, marches, and direct actions, has reached a nadir over the past years." ca20/1/2020
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`Talking of Israeli Human Rights violations is causing me emotional distress and diminishes my enjoyment of Sabbath services`Alison Weir - If Americans Knew - In 2002 Henry Herskovitz, a member of the Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, visited the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Shocked by what he saw there, he tried to give a talk to his synagogue about his trip, but was refused. The Beth Israel Congregation takes a clear position - hosting Israeli soldiers for talks, waving Israeli flags and offering prayers for the State of Israel - and is not interested in negative views. Forbidden to speak inside the synagogue, Henry Herskovitz with some like minded friends started the "Jewish Witnesses for Peace" group, which is holding a weekly vigil outside the synagogue for the past 16 years. Now, Beth Israel member Marvin Gerber has filed suit in a Federal court, seeking both to forbid continuation of the weekly vigil and to order participants to pay him compensations, on the grounds that having to see signs accusing Israel of war crimes and Human Rights violations "offend and anger him, cause extreme emotional distress, significantly diminish his enjoyment in attending sabbath services and adversely affect his willingness to attend.” The case seems likely to go into a jury trial and draw considerable attention to the protesters - much more than they gain by just standing quietly outside the synagogue. [ak] 14/1/2020
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Join the 2020 Freedom Ride! 14/1/2020
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Join the 2020 Freedom RideThe Freedom Theatre - The Freedom Bus project is an initiative of The Freedom Theatre that uses interactive theatre and cultural activism to bear witness, raise awareness and build alliances throughout occupied Palestine and beyond. Initiated in 2011, the Freedom Bus has carried out five annual Freedom Rides to some of the key sites of oppression and resistance in the West Bank, gathering internationals and Palestinians who come to learn from and engage in solidarity actions with community members. At the heart of all Freedom Bus activities is the belief that active solidarity and creative expression are vital in the journey towards a more just, peaceful and egalitarian world. Endorsers of the Freedom Bus include Alice Walker, Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Judith Butler, John Berger, Peter Brook, Omar Barghouti, Ramy Essam, Maya Angelou and Mairead Maguire. [ak]14/1/2020
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Demo Wed.Free Anwar ‘Abid, Adam Mahmoud, Saleh Abu ‘Asab, Fayez Muheisen, Nadim a-Safadi, Jonathan Pollak, and all the Occupation’s prisonersEinat Podjarny - Tomorrow, Wednesday January 15, 2020, a hearing will be held regarding Jonathan Pollak. We will come at 10am to the Jerusalem magistrates court to demonstrate our full solidarity with those resisting the occupation, against cooperation with Apartheid, and against Israeli colonialism. Five Palestinian youths, residents of Issawiya, are also currently in detention after violating in protest the administrative house arrest imposed on them and refusing to accept the release conditions they were offered. Jonathan Pollak has been in detention for over a week for refusing to accept the release conditions he was offered. In the shrinking space for resistance to the occupation, the refusal to recognize the authority of the courts is an important political action, deserving broad support. This action rejects the legitimacy of Israel’s control, and seeks to subvert the separation mechanisms of a regime that presents itself as democratic, yet in practice is a democracy for Jewish Israelis only, and a military dictatorship for Palestinians.[ak]14/1/2020
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Arrest of Israeli activist shows extreme-right group working with the stateOren Ziv - +972 "Anti-occupation activist Jonathan Pollak`s arrest could only have come about as a result of coordination between the police, the courts, and the extreme-right group suing him...Pollak is one of three Israelis being sued by Ad Kan, an extreme-right group that has previously infiltrated and secretly taped Israeli human rights organizations. The private prosecution attempt, the first of its kind, focuses on the trio’s participation in protests against the West Bank separation wall and accuses the defendants of “attacking IDF soldiers and Border Police officers.” ca11/1/2020
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Solidarity visit to Issawiyeh, East JerusalemFree Jerusalem - Together let’s stand in solidarity and get to know Issawiyeh up close. A neighborhood of 20,000 residents in eastern Jerusalem that has suffered from horrific police suppression and brutality for over half a year. Come hear about the violent reality that the police has created as well as how to take part in protest efforts with the broad coalition fighting to end this reality once and for all and make life in Issawiyeh normal again. 10/1/2020
Palestinians in Gaza are bringing their stories of siege to IsraelisOrly Noy - +972 - “My name is Ahmed and I live in Gaza. This year I celebrated my 25th birthday. I work as a journalist for a Palestinian media outlet published in Gaza. Young people such as myself — journalists, poets, authors — decided to translate our texts to Hebrew. We want our voices to reach you directly, without filters, out of a sense that Gaza is represented in the Israeli media in a shallow way. [bz]7/1/2020
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Undercover police arrest prominent Israeli anti-occupation activistOren Ziv - +972 - When Israeli authorities did not see it fit to charge the three activists, Ad Kan — which came to prominence in the last few years for sending its employees to infiltrate human rights organizations and record their every move with hidden cameras — took matters into their own hands. The organization claims it was involved with Monday morning’s arrest, and noted that police had surrounded the area where Pollak works in order to prevent him escaping. Pollak, however, repeatedly refused to appear in court, saying he did not recognize the legitimacy of a system that maintains a “military dictatorship” over “subjects that lack all basic democratic rights” in the West Bank and Gaza or are “second-class citizens” in Israel. [bz]7/1/2020
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To Prison, Again, for Protesting Against Israel`s Colonial RuleJonathan Pollak - Haaretz - My Palestinian comrades do not enjoy the luxury of being tried in the relatively comfortable conditions of the Israeli courts. Rather, they are tried as subjects in the parody of a legal system that are Israel’s military courts. Unlike me, Palestinians do not have the option of refusing to cooperate with their captors, since the vast majority of them are tried while remanded into custody for the duration of their proceedings. It has been almost nine years since the last time I was incarcerated for more than a day or two. Much has changed since. Politically, reality does not even resemble that of a decade ago, and none of the changes were for the better. Personally, I am older, more tired and, mostly, not as healthy as I was. Of course, the price I have paid for my part in the struggle is a fraction of that paid by Palestinian comrades, but I cannot deny its subjective weight on me: from physical injuries, some irreversible, through sporadic despair, anxiety and sense of helplessness, to the encumbering sensation of loss and the presence of death – and the grip all these have on my day-to-day life. And yet, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Right now, just as it was back then, sitting in prison is better than any other alternative available to me. [bz]7/1/2020
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Remembering Hava Keller, a pioneer in the anti-occupation struggleOren Ziv - +972 Magazine - Hava Keller, a veteran anti-occupation activist, passed away in Tel Aviv on Tuesday at the age of 90. Keller was one of the founders of the feminist anti-occupation group Women in Black, as well as Gush Shalom and Women for Political Prisoners. She was also an activist with Ta’ayush and other left- wing groups. Over the past three decades, Keller had been a consistent presence at left-wing protests, always standing curbside with a sign and driven, according to friends’ recollections following her death, by an unshakeable belief in human rights. [ak]4/1/2020
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Born Without Civil Rights Human Rights Watch - The Israeli army has deprived generations of Palestinians in the West Bank of their basic civil rights, including the rights to free assembly, association and expression, regularly drawing on military orders issued in the first days of the occupation. Even if such restrictions could have been justified then to preserve public order and safety, the suspension of core rights more than half a century later with no end in sight violates Israel’s core responsibilities under the law of occupation. The responsibilities of an occupying power toward the rights of the occupied population increase with the duration of the occupation. (...) It is long past time for Israel to fully respect the human rights of Palestinians, using as a benchmark the rights it grants Israeli citizens, an obligation that exists regardless of the political arrangement in the Occupied Palestinian Territory now or in the future[bz]17/12/2019
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Jewish Letter denounces smears of Anti-Semitism against Labour and CorbynA celebrated attack on Corbyn by Chief Rabbi Mirvis was devoid of facts and instead complained of the Labour Party “culture”. (...) A detailed examination of all the anti-Semitism accusations against Labour done by a group of UK Jews supporting Labour found the charges were “smoke without fire”. As for what Jeremy Corbyn has done (as opposed to words taken out of context) his record is sterling, going back to the time he organized the defense of Jewish-populated Wood Green from a National Front rally. John Bercow, the Jewish former Conservative MP and Speaker of the House of Commons, testifies that, having known Corbyn over two decades, he has ‘never detected a whiff of antisemitism’ about him. This is a political fight, not a matter of a racist attack on religion or ethnicity. Right-wing Jews who hate Corbyn for his support for Palestinian rights and Right-wing non-Jews who hate Corbyn for his proposed social reforms are united in spreading the “Labour anti-Semitism” slander. If false charges of anti-Semitism are used by the Right in successfully destroying a candidacy in the UK, they’ll do it again and again worldwide. [bz] 14/12/2019
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To understand the violence of Israel’s occupation, know these 30 storiesHagai El-Ad (director of B`tselem) - +972 - Violence and whitewashing are the double helix of the occupation`s DNA. Here are 30 stories of Palestinians killed or harmed by its brutality, collected by B`Tselem over three decades. And they’re just the tip of the iceberg. [bz]10/12/2019
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British Jews blockade Israeli ‘lawfare’ group talk in LondonJewish News (UK) - While a community centre in north London was hosting a talk by Naomi Linder Kahn, a director of the Israeli radical nationalist ‘lawfare’ group Regavim, activists from the anti-occupation group Na’amod linked arms and stood in front of the entrance. The Na’amod protesters made their presence known by singing songs, and using a megaphone to recite Birkat HaBayit, the Jewish prayer for the home. A separate protest by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign took place nearby. Regavim has led the legal charge to demolish Bedouin and Palestinian homes. Josh Cohen, a Na’amod member who took part in the blockade, said that "Welcomin Regavim to the UK demonstrates the depths of the moral crisis in our community when it comes to the occupation. Regavim doesn’t just support the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Israel and the West Bank. It is actively involved in efforts to make this happen. Just as British Jews have rejected the home-grown extremism of British racists, they must reject the vile hatred championed by organisations such as Regavim. Everyone who opposes racism must condemn those Jews who welcome this sort of hate into our community.” [ak] 10/12/2019
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Exploited and underpaid, Palestinian women are fighting back in the workplaceJudith Sudilovsky - +972 - Subject to below minimum wage jobs, no pay slips, and arbitrary layoffs in Israeli settlements, Palestinian women under occupation are learning more about their rights and are beginning to unionize [ry] 9/12/2019
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December 8, 1987 – The First Palestinian Uprising (Intifada)IMEMC & Agencies - "On that day 32 years ago, Israeli settler, Herzel Boukiza, rammed his vehicle into Palestinian workers returning home through the Erez/Beit Hanoun checkpoint between Israel and Gaza. Four Palestinian workers [...] were killed [...]. The next day, December 9, 1987 and following the funerals of the four martyrs, angry Palestinians took to the streets in Jabalia to protest [...]" [ry] 9/12/2019
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Hundreds protest ongoing police presence in IsawiyaThe Jerusalem Post - Israeli, Palestinian and international protestors demonstrated against the police in Isawiya [ry] 9/12/2019
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Only 19.7% of Americans agree with US State Dept on Israeli settlementsGrant Smith - Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) / If Americans Knew - Following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declaring that Israeli settlements were not “inherently illegal,” the IRmep public opinion poll posed to 2,034 American adults the question: “International law SHOULD APPLY to Israel’s military occupation & colonization of the West Bank, Golan Heights, E. Jerusalem and displacement of their indigenous populations. Do you Disagree or Agree?” 53.6 percent had no opinion at all to give. Of those who did have an opinion, 26.7 percent said that in their opinion international law still applies, while only 19.7 percent believe it does not. [ak] 4/12/2019
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Rabbis standing up together for Palestinian childrenRabbi Alissa Wise - Jewish Voice for Peace - For decades “unconditional” U.S. support for Israel has been code for funding Israel’s human rights abuses of Palestinians – Trump is simply taking that to its logical next step. But more and more Jews, especially young Jews, commit to working for justice and equality for all in Israel/Palestine. [ak]3/12/2019
Join Taayush In the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills 3/12/2019
Join Taayush In the Jordan Valley and South Hebron HillsTaayush - A group of volunteers heads out every Week to the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills, where the Israeli Occupation has been systematically demolishing Palestinian villages, restricting access to water supplies and grazing lands, and incessantly limiting Palestinian`s freedom of movement. [ak]  This coming week, we will be heading again to our activity in several locations, accompany Palestinian farmers and shepherds to their lands and help them stand up for their rights.   3/12/2019
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