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Israeli activist who slapped Ahed Tamimi`s prosecutor wants a political trialOren Ziv - +972 - "Yifat Doron says she slapped the IDF prosecutor to defend her friend. ‘We are not punished the same way the Palestinians are for the same actions.’" - id 17/1/2019
The Freedom Theatre presents: `Us Too... Women of Palestine`The Freedom Theatre - An original production and urgent protest inspired by Aeschylus’s play “The Suppliant Women” and performed by women from across Palestine involved with Interpeace’s programme in Palestine, and hoping to pursue theatre school. Taking refuge in a holy place, asking God and the citizens of the city to grant them asylum, these women are running not from war, or famine or occupation, but from men. Directed by Zoe Delemere Lafferty and Ahmed Tobasi with an all- female cast, this production is a juxtaposition of the original text, as well as powerful personal stories of harassment, fights to be educated, a choice in marriage, and dreams of determining their own futures.[ak]15/1/2019
Don`t say we didn`t know. The bookAmos Gvirtz - Why don`t people want to know about their own country`s crimes? Why do Human Rights and Peace movements` activities evoke such strong opposition? [You can buy the book from Amazon. Also available to read it for free--bz]15/1/2019
The Palestinian struggle is shifting to a civil rights movement, and Gaza is leading the wayRami Younis - +972 - The Great Return March signals a shift for the Palestinian people, says scholar Tareq Baconi. Palestinians are no longer fighting for a state, and are increasingly demanding their full rights — primarily the right of return [ry] 14/1/2019
Child Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered Last Friday in GazaIMEMC News - "Abdul-Rauf Ismael Salha, 14, was shot with a live round in the head during the Great Return March procession, east of Jabalia, in the northern part of the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip" [ry] 14/1/2019
Birmingham honors Angela Davis after Israel lobby sabotages awardAli Abunimah - EI - “Davis said that the trip to Birmingham to receive the BCRI award was to be the ‘highlight of my year,’ but despite its cancellation she would still travel there next month ‘for an alternative event organized by those who believe that the movement for civil rights in this moment must include a robust discussion of all of the injustices that surround us’” [ry] 14/1/2019
Arab, Jewish groups denounce law to stifle American freedomsRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Here are releases from some of the organizations that have voiced opposition to the bill introduced to the U.S. Senate by Marco Rubio of Florida." - id 10/1/2019
Birthright-will-fail-if-it-cant-adapt-to-the-needs-of-young-jewsPeter Beinart - Forward - Since June, 22 Diaspora Jews have either walked off Birthright trips in protest against their tour guide’s refusal to take them to meet Palestinians or been kicked off for raising uncomfortable questions about Israeli policy. And If Not Now activists and members of Na’amod, a similar group in Britain, have distributed anti-occupation literature to people about to embark on Birthright trips at airports. All this is both necessary and tragic. It is necessary because taking Diaspora Jews to Israel without giving them the chance to hear from Palestinians who live as non-citizens under Israeli control in the West Bank is dishonest and immoral. It’s like organizing a tour to America in the 1950s without introducing participants to blacks in the segregated south.-rh 8/1/2019
Israel`s Nation-State Law also discriminates against Mizrahi JewsOrly Noy - +972 - Over 50 prominent Israeli Jews of Mizrahi origin filed a petition to the High Court of Justice demanding it strike down the Jewish Nation-State Law, saying it discriminates against both Palestinian citizens and Jewish Mizrahi citizens of Israel. They criticize not only the demotion of the Arabic language but also a clause in the law that establishes Jewish settlement “as a national value”, as every time Israel takes it upon itself to demographically “re-engineer” the land, it harms Mizrahim. This process hinders their access to highly-valued land through admissions committees, which allow communities across the country to reject housing applicants based on their “social suitability”, pushing Mizrachim into the country’s underserved geographical periphery [bz] 8/1/2019
Oppose Senate bill S.1! – which gives Israel $38 billion, `combats` BDS,etc. 8/1/2019
Detained Jewish teenagers suspected of murdering Palestinian woman — Shin BetJACOB MAGID - The Times of Israel - The Shin Bet security service on Sunday revealed that a group of Jewish teenagers arrested over the past week are suspected of involvement in the murder of a Palestinian woman in October. Aisha Rabi, 47, was struck in the head with a large stone while sitting in the passenger seat of a car being driven by her husband in the northern West Bank, the Shin Bet said in a statement, providing the first details on the investigation since a gag order was imposed on the case two days after the October 12, 2018, killing of the mother of eight.-rh 8/1/2019
23 police officers, 4 settlers hurt in violent clashes at Amona outpostJACOB MAGID - The Times od Israel - Israeli security forces early Thursday morning clashed with roughly 300 settler youths who gathered overnight inside a pair of mobile homes illegally installed on the West Bank hilltop where the Amona outpost once stood. Officers who arrived on the scene to carry out a Jerusalem District Court order to remove the caravans encountered “very severe violence from dozens of rioters who threw stones, burned tires and threw irons bars” at the forces, a Border Police spokesman said.-rh8/1/2019
Youth Interfaith Encounter group increasingly active in Bar Ilan University In March of 2018, two students in the Bar Ilan University BA Program, Ms. Sariba Feinstein and Ms. Fatima Amer, launched a monthly dialogue between students of all faiths on Bar Ilan Campus with the vision of changing perceptions, building bridges and creating friendships. Structure of the dialogue followed Gordon W. Allport’s Contact Hypothesis: Equal status between members, ongoing/intimate contact, cooperative goals, institutional support, and finding commonalities with the other. The dialogue was developed according to the model of the Interfaith Encounter Association, encouraging discussion related to religious beliefs, traditions and observances, where it has determined the most common ground can be found. [ak]8/1/2019
Gaza march leader to conscientious objectors: `Turn your words into weapons`Edo Konrad - +972 - "The leader of Gaza’s Great Return March holds a rare conversation with Israelis who refuse to serve in the army because of the occupation." - id3/1/2019
Three Israeli teens arrested in Jewish terror probeJACOB MAGID - The Times of Israel - Three Israelis were arrested Sunday on suspicion of involvement in a major security probe whose details are under gag order, a defence official confirmed to The Times of Israel. The investigation is being conducted jointly by the Shin Bet security service and the police’s nationalistic crime unit, which are probing the unspecified incident as a possible Jewish terror attack. A squad of Shin Bet agents and officers in the Yasam police reconnaissance unit raided a yeshiva in the northern West Bank and grabbed one student, who has since been prevented from speaking to a lawyer, said a spokesman for the Honenu legal aid organization that is representing the detained student.-rh1/1/2019
Hot debate ILTV - Watch: activists Adam Keller and Yotam Ya`akoba debate with right-wingers Martin Sherman and Ariel Burstein on Syria, Iran, the Palestinians, Trump and Netanyahu - many issues covered in an intensive half hour. [ak] 1/1/2019
BDS victory: HSBC divests from Elbit SystemsPalestine Solidarity Campaign UK - "We have great news to share with you as we end 2018: HSBC have announced they have divested in full from Elbit Systems, which is Israel’s largest private arms security firm, who market their weapons as “battle-tested” due to them being tested on Palestinian civilians in Gaza.This victory comes after a campaign calling on HSBC to end its financial support for Israel’s military, led by PSC, War On Want and Campaign Against the Arms Trade with huge support from the British public." ca 29/12/2018
Arabs should support J StreetRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "We can’t reject support from Jews or Israelis who share in our support of justice. We need to build coalitions to build a Palestine State. We need to support groups like J Street, the New Israel Fund and Americans for Peace Now, among many other Jewish activism groups." - id 27/12/2018
Following 107 days incarceration, CO Hillel Garmi is released Dror Mizrahi - Gush Shalom - "Conscientious objector Adam Rafaelov (18) of Kiryat Motzkin is currently in prison, having already served 97 days for refusing to join the army. Garmi and Rafaelov are accompanied by Mesarvot – A political refusing network that writes letters and initiates refusing groups from the last few years to joint action." - id 27/12/2018
Activists discover right-wing mole during Gaza solidarity protestOren Ziv - +972 - "The mole, who has been posing as an anti-occupation activist both online and offline, turned out to be a member of the far-right nationalist group Im Tirzu. In addition to joining the demonstration under false pretenses, the man transmitted information about its timing and location to other Im Tirzu members." - id27/12/2018
Conscientious objector freed after 107 days in military prison+972 Magazine - “The five months I spent in prison were dedicated to the struggle against the occupation and the siege, for the sake of the five million Palestinians who actually live under the rule of the Israeli government, but do not enjoy the right to elect it.” “There were people who told me that I was shirking my responsibility [to ensure] the security of the citizens of Israel, but I think that it is precisely with this act that I take responsibility for the safety of all the people affected by what I do — both Israelis and Palestinians.” Hillel Garmi, who was inspired by one of the leaders of Gaza’s ‘Great Return March,’ served seven prison terms for his refusal to join the Israeli army. [bz]25/12/2018
In the West Bank, the Israeli Army Works for the SettlersAmira Hass - Haaretz - On Tuesday morning the activists accompanied shepherds Ayman and Diab, who come from the small village of Samra and were grazing their sheep and goats on the western side of Route 5788. A resident of the outpost drove his van past two activists who were standing on the road near the entrance to the reserve. He stopped, photographed something, was seen phoning someone, then drove away (...) “A military Hummer passed us by,” Banai told Haaretz, “and drove towards [a settler outpost,‘Uri’s Farm,’ illegal according to Israeli law]. About 10 minutes later the Hummer returned and stopped next to us. A masked male soldier and a female soldier got out. The female soldier waved several papers at us and said: ‘You’re not allowed to be here, this is Uri’s territory and you aren’t allowed to enter here without permission from him.’” [bz]25/12/2018
Israeli Forces Suppress Sit-in for Human Rights Activist near Ofer PrisonIMEMC - Several Palestinians suffocated from tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces suppressed the demonstration of a crowd who gathered in front of Ofer prison, in solidarity with prominent Palestinian human rights activist Abdullah Abu Rahmeh. Abu Rahmeh was sentenced to four months in prison, a suspended sentence for three years and a $545 fine, based on charges from 2016. The sentence was based on his detention of May 13, 2016, over his participation in a cycling marathon that started from Ramallah until the apartheid wall at his Bil’in village, west of Ramallah. Abu Rahmeh has been detained several times in the past, for his activism. [ak] 25/12/2018
States Are Cracking Down on the Movement for Palestinian Rights—but Cities Are Pushing BackAlex Kane - The Nation "We’ve all seen how the exception to Palestinian rights that occurred on the left is disappearing. Palestinian human and civil rights are right there in the center of our work as we fight racism in the US, as we fight unjust immigration policy, as we fight for queer and trans rights—the intersectional movement building we see happening is very resilient,” said Stefanie Fox, the deputy director of Jewish Voice for Peace." ca22/12/2018
I am writing to you today from prisonPress Release - Gush Shalom - "My crime? I refuse to serve in the Israeli military. I am one of a growing number of Israelis – men and women – who refuse to take part in the occupation of millions of Palestinians from the Jordan River to the sea." - id 20/12/2018
Palestine`s Petty Fiefdoms: How the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are Destroying the Dream of a Free Palestine with Torture, Corruption and a Parallel Police StateTy Joplin - albawaba - The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza have prioritized ruling their strips of Palestinian land over guaranteeing the rights of Palestinians. Al Bawaba spoke with Palestinian activists, analysts, and human rights defenders who count the PA and Hamas’ brutal tactics to maintain power, including torturing dissidents and rampant corruption. It is becoming clear that both have a significant role in disempowering Palestinians, taking away their rights and any semblance that their wills are being represented. They both have helped to trap the Palestinian people.-rh 18/12/2018
Can Israelis notice the Palestinians only under tragic and violent circumstances? Noam Rabinovich - The Geneva Initiative - This weekend’s surge of violence in the West Bank has reminded Israelis of the existence of Palestinians. It is time to recognize that Palestinians exist the rest of the time, as well. If Israel continues to ignore its neighbors, without advancing any kind of agenda or making progress toward peace, this cycle of violent flare-ups and loss of life will repeat itself over and over again. As we witness difficult days on the ground, we are reminded of the necessity and urgency of bringing this cycle of bloodshed to an end. We mourn the needless loss of life. These tragic events serve as a reminder of the importance of the work we do; it is more crucial than ever to bring Israelis and Palestinians together in educational and partnership forums, to inform people about the feasibility of promoting the two-state solution and reconciliation, and to confront the dangers and costs of delaying peace. [ak]18/12/2018
Join Ta`ayush action of solidarity with threatened communities 18/12/2018
Portland Trail Blazers team up with firm supplying Israel’s snipers Rod Such - Electronic Intifada "During 2017, the Israeli military bought a consignment of telescopes from Leupold for sniper rifles. The deal was worth more than $2 million, Israel Defense, a publication specializing in the weapons industry, reported.Under it, a Leupold product line known as Mark 6 would become “the telescopic sight of choice” for Israel’s ground force snipers, according to the publication.It is almost certain, then, that the firm’s equipment has helped Israel’s snipers to kill and maim unarmed protesters taking part in Gaza’s Great March of Return this year.About 180 Palestinians have been shot dead by the Israeli military during the Great March of Return." ca 16/12/2018
`Israelis don`t want to hear what I have to say`Edo Konrad - +972 " From Shin Bet interrogations at the border to coordinated attacks on prominent anti-occupation activists to the delegitimization of left-wing NGOs, authorities have been making life increasingly difficult for outspoken Jewish Israelis. For more well-known activists, the ad hominem attacks are worn like a badge of honor: proof that laying bare the cruelties of occupation is actually doing something.Then there are activists like Guy Hirschfeld, who stand little to gain from becoming a target. Over the past few months, it has felt at times like Hirschfeld, 49, is Public Enemy No. 1 for Israeli authorities in the West Bank — and particularly the settlers. A long-time member of Ta’ayush — an Israeli-Palestinian volunteer grassroots group founded during the Second Intifada, and one of the few groups of Israelis that regularly puts their bodies on the line in solidarity with Palestinians.. " ca 15/12/2018
Netanyahu will do all he can to destroy Jewish-Arab alliancesEli Bitan - +972 - "The alliance between Palestinian citizens of Israel and the Jewish left has historically been viewed as a threat to the rule of the right. That’s why Netanyahu is doing everything he can to undermine it." - id 13/12/2018
B’Tselem director at French award ceremony: Hysterical Israeli government response illustrates reality of propaganda, lies, and threatsAmit Gilutz - B’Tselem - The Human Rights Award of the French Republic was presented to B’Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad, despite intensive pressure that Israeli government officials tried to exert on decision-makers in France, attempting to stop the prize from being awarded. “The hysterical response by the government of Israel itself illustrates the reality within which we work: propaganda, lies, and threats by a government which believes that silencing and cover-up will enable further human rights violations. In the face of this moral bankruptcy, we are here not only to further expose the truth – but also to bring an end to the injustice” said El-Ad. [ak]11/12/2018
Pink Floyd tribute band pulls out of Israel showsAl Jazeera - Cover band cancels gigs in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beersheba after Roger Waters urged them to pull out [ry] 10/12/2018
Political vacuum in Palestine leaves fertile ground for radical groups Read more: Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The failure of the major Palestinian movements to produce any concrete results in ending the occupation has given an international Islamic movement a chance to shine. Hizb ut- Tahrir (Party of Liberation) is a unique organization that seeks the establishment of an Islamic state. They hope to recreate the caliphate system that initially ruled Islam after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. The party does not partake in or support violent or military resistance activities.-rh 5/12/2018
Inequality in the Holy City: Palestinians, Jews, and Jerusalem Partners for a Progressive Israel invites you to join our webinar Conversations with Isreal and Palestine. On Wednesday, December 5 @12:30PM EST: Inequality in the Holy City - Palestinians, Jews, and Jerusalem with Aziz Abu Sarah - recent mayoral candidate for Al-Quds Lana ("Our Jerusalem") and Gershon Baskin - longtime peace activist, author, public speaker, and Jerusalemite. Modreator: Hillel Schenker, Co-editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal. This online discussion can be accessed via your computer or by phone.4/12/2018
Support Marc Lamont Hill 4/12/2018
Marc Lamont Hill stands for justice and equality for all.Rebecca Vilkomerson - Jewish Voice for Peace - It’s hard to sugarcoat the impact of what happened to Professor Marc Lamont Hill last week. Professor Hill spoke up for Palestinian rights and freedom – and got fired by CNN after what appeared to be a well- orchestrated campaign to oust him. Among the ludicrous accusations hurled at him were charges of antisemitism, and that he was calling for Israel’s destruction. But if you read Marc Lamont Hill’s powerful words, and know about his years of work on behalf of all oppressed people, you’d know that these accusations are false. Marc Lamont Hill stands for justice and equality for all.Everyone who works for Palestinian rights knows all too well the pain these kinds of accusations cause. They are an attempt to bully and intimidate us into silence – and unfortunately, often they are successful. But we won’t be silent. [AK]4/12/2018
Rejecting the traditional AIPAC tours to Israel, representative-elect Rashida Tlaib plans to lead delegation to Palestine Alex Kane, Lee Fang - The Intercept - Rashida Tlaib, Democratic representative-elect from Michigan, does not intend to take part a in the traditional "Freshman trips to Israel" sponsored by the education arm of AIPAC, which typically consist of a weeklong tour of Israel and meetings with leading Israeli figures in business, government, and the military - and no exposure to the Palestinain point of view. Both critics and proponents of the AIPAC freshmen trip say the endeavor is incredibly influential, providing House members with a distinctly pro-Israel viewpoint on complex controversies in the region. Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress, hopes to draw on her roots in the region to offer her fellow incoming representatives an alternative introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She said her group`s visit will focus on issues like Israel’s detention of Palestinian children, education, access to clean water, and poverty. She may even take them to Beit Ur al-Foqa, the village where Tlaib’s grandmother lives, in the northern West Bank. [ak]4/12/2018
Chilean Congress Votes to Ban Products from Illegal Israeli SettlementsIMEMC - With an overwhelming majority, the National Congress of Chile approved a resolution demanding the government “forbid the entry of products manufactured and coming from Israeli colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory.” The resolution had 99 votes in favor and only 7 against.[ak]1/12/2018
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