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Military colludes with settler incursions and itself intensifies house demolitions Ta`ayush - Report of the between November 15-22, 2020 in the Occupied Territories: Cases of explicit cooperation of the Civil Administration, Israeli army and police with incursions of settlers from their outposts into Palestinians’ lands and homes in the South Hebron Hills – while the pace of demolitions of Palestinian structures and property throughout Area C and East Jerusalem is steadily growing; a Palestinian activist was wounded on Friday by Israeli army fire during a violent dispersion of a protest demonstration against a new settler outpost in Samiya, in the West Bank hill range, and a paramedic was detained; activists from Palestine, Israel and abroad took part in tree planting in the lands of Sa’ir and Shuyukh, close to the settlement ‘Asfar’.26/11/2020
It is time for a progressive American foreign policyEmily - IfNotNow - For four years, we’ve watched the Trump administration’s open support for the Israeli far-right’s agenda, which has revealed the underlying failure of American foreign policy in the region. We’ve watched AIPAC weaponize Jewish identity and false accusations of antisemitism to protect the Israeli government from any accountability and deny freedom to the Palestinian people. It doesn’t have to be this way. It is time for a new direction of American foreign policy — that’s why we must come together to push for Rep. Joaquin Castro to be the new chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. [ak] 24/11/2020
For a progressive American foreign policy - Joaquin Castro for House Foreign Affairs Chair! 24/11/2020
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The US freed Pollard - Israel should release Mordechai VanunuAdam Keller - Gush Shalom - Following intensive and prolonged lobbying by the Government of Israel, the United States this week lifted the restrictions placed on Jonathan Pollard, who had provided classified material to an Israeli agent and served a long prison term on charges of espionage. No longer forbidden to leave the US, Pollard is likely to move to Israel. At the same time, the Government of Israel is itself maintaining the same kind of restrictions on "The Nuclear Whitleblower" Mordechai Vanunu who provided to the London Sunday Times information on nulcear arms manufacture at the Dimona Nuclear Pile. Though having long since finished serving his 16-year prions term, Vanunu is forbidden to leave Usrael, a country from which he feels deeply alienated. Mordechai Vanunu has spent more than half his lifetime paying for an act which broke Israeli law but which he felt was morally justified – a view shared by many others. He needs and deserves to be set free, to be allowed to fly off to Norway – a country which already years ago agreed to host him and where he can expect to be welcomed and live the rest of his life among friends. All that is needed to enable it is a single signature by Israel`s Interior Minister. All that prevents it is the lingering narrow-minded vindictiveness of the authorities. [ak] 24/11/2020
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Geneva Initiative sees a New Horizon with Biden Jess Manville - Geneva Initiative - We learned this week about the individuals that will lead foreign policy in the new Biden administration. Blinken and Sullivan are no Kushner and Greenblatt. They don’t have to learn the issues, they already know them very well. For the peace camp in Israel, the biggest challenge when dealing with the Biden administration will be to convince them of the urgency of Israeli-Palestinian peace. (...) The challenges ahead loom large, but equipped with joint solutions, reinvigorated hope and a new approach in the White House, the opportunities and prospects are even greater. That is why the responsibility on our shoulders is larger than before. [ak]24/11/2020
Settlers resort to open theft and robbery Ta`ayush - The settlers intensify their looting and robbery activities: 20 sheep stolen from Palestinian shepherds near the Tayibe junction were delivered to the settler-colony ‘Rimonim’ on the West Bank hill range – settlers stole equipment worth tens of thousands of NIS from Turmus Aya and left the graffiti “The People of Israel lives!” – and at Tel Rumeida in Hebron settlers were documented stealing the Palestinian inhabitants’ harvest of olives; more demolitions by the Israeli occupation forces in East Jerusalem; volunteers worked during the weekend to repair demolition damages in Humsa, in the Palestinian Jordan Valley; activists helped a Safa inhabitant harvest his groves bordering on ‘Bat Ayin’, under threats of the Israeli army and the settlement’s security official. [ak]18/11/2020
Message from the military jail Hallel Rabin - Mesarvot / Refuser Solidarity Network - The military "Conscience Committee" heard my appeal against their earlier decision not to "recognize" my conscience. I hope to receive my exemption. But if that won’t happen, I’m willing to stay in jail for as long as it takes until justice is done. I`m held at Military Jail No. 6 with other female inmates. My connection to the outside world is through phone calls with my parents and meetings with my lawyer. I was moved and excited by the enormous wave of international solidarity I received - though from where I am, I cannot thank each one of you personally. [ak]18/11/2020
Video: Hallel Rabin speaks of refusing to enlist and going to prison 18/11/2020
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B’Tselem Director in European Parliament: Europe must move from words to actionAmit Gilutz - B’Tselem - Hagai El-Ad, B’Tselem’s Executive Director, told the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights of the urgent need for determined European action on Israeli violation of Palestinians human rights. A real action, as opposed to words, can be implemented by effectively using Europe’s considerable leverage. Clearly, the decision to not do so is a political choice. It undermines Europe’s commitment to human rights and weakens the rules-based international order. It normalizes oppression and dehumanizes Palestinians, because – as things now stand – no one is being held accountable for the Palestinians` permanent subjugation. [ak]18/11/2020
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Biden will fail to bring back ‘normal’ politics. What’s needed now is a populism of the leftJonathan Cook - Countercurrents - But most significantly, he almost held his own against Democratic challenger Joe Biden at a time when the US economy – the incumbent’s “trump” card – was in dire straits after eight months of a pandemic. Had it not been for Covid-19, Trump – not Biden – would most likely be preparing for the next four years in the White House. Of course, much of Trump’s appeal was that he is not Biden. The Democratic party decided to run pretty much the worst candidate imaginable: an old-school machine politician, one emphatically beholden to the corporate donor class and unsuited to the new, more populist political climate. His campaigning – on the rare occasions he appeared – suggested significant cognitive decline. Biden often looked more suited to a luxury retirement home than heading the most powerful nation on earth. But then again, if Trump could lead the world’s only superpower for four years, how hard can it really be? He showed that those tinfoil-hatted conspiracy theorists might be right after all: maybe the president is largely a figurehead, while a permanent bureaucracy runs much of the show from behind the curtain. Were Ronald Reagan and George W Bush not enough to persuade us that any halfwit who can string together a few cliches from a teleprompter will suffice? (rh)15/11/2020
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The straightforward diplomat behind Arafat and Abbas - in memoriam Saeb Erekat.Adam Keller - Gush Shalom - My first contact with Saeb Erekat was when he was not yet in politics - as a lecturer at Al-Najah University, when I was invited to a university ceremony which I could not attend, and I called him to express my regret. At the later occasions where I went as part of a Gush Shalom delegation to meet President Arafat, and still later President Abbas, Dr. Saeb Erekat  was always there at the President`s side. In conversations with him he was strikingly open and straightforward. Also in more official appearances he was an unlikely diplomat who conveyed confidence, courage and emotion, and that he is interested in doing business (with those who had something real to offer the Palestinians). The Trump Middle East approach made him very bitter.  That he died days after Trumpo`s demise, of which he probably was not aware, is intensily sad. He will be missed in whatever hopeful turn to come. May the memory of his devotion be a consolation for his family and friends. [ak] 10/11/2020
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Webinar: Annexation and the Aftermath of the US ElectionFMEP/B’Tselem USA - NB: Date change!
Jordan Valley Nov 3: Israel razed an entire Palestinian community
10/11/2020
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Webinar: Annexation and the Aftermath of the US Election Thur. Nov 12, 2020 10/11/2020
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Maher al-Akhras "prevails over jailer," ends 103-day hunger strikeTamara Nassar - Electronic Intifada - Al-Akhras took the decision after Israel agreed to release him on 26 November, when his current administrative detention [i.e. detention without trial-bz] ends. Such orders can be renewed indefinitely but Israel has agreed not to renew his. The 49-year-old father of six hails from the occupied West Bank town of Silat al-Dahr, near Jenin, where he owns a dairy farm. “I don’t want to die. I love life. I do not choose death,” he told Tel Aviv daily Haaretz this week. Palestinians are crediting al-Akhras’ with rallying national and global support for Palestinian political prisoners. [bz]7/11/2020
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