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The Palestinian phoenix, unexpectedly rising from the ashes.Omar Barghouti - BDS Movement - In the summer of 1987, I visited occupied Ramallah on a visitor’s permit requested by my grandmother and issued by the Israeli military authorities. I was shocked how complacent so many Palestinians seemed to have become about Israel’s occupation and apartheid. A few months after I left Palestine for the US that year, the Intifada broke out, shattering all complacency and asserting the Palestinian quest for liberation on the world’s agenda again. Palestinians have frequently proven to be like a phoenix, unexpectedly rising from the ashes. (...) In the past few months, Palestinians across historic Palestine and in exile have reaffirmed our unity as a people in our quest for self determination. And there was a truly unprecedented outpouring of global solidarity with the struggle for Palestinian liberation during the most recent Israeli terror unleashed on us. Trade unions and social justice movements, representing tens of millions, and many thousands of artists, academics, students, feminists, climate justice organizers, LGBTQI+ activists, not to mention an extraordinary number of music, film and sports celebrities, have declared support for Palestinian rights, with many endorsing BDS. This time, it is truly different. We’ve been planting seeds of meaningful and effective solidarity for years. We’ve been mainstreaming our analysis of Israel’s regime of oppression and the indispensable role that states, corporations and institutions play in maintaining it. And now, we are seeing our seedlings yield their first fruits. [ak] 15/7/2021
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Video: ‘Beita is undefeatable’Mondoweiss - In early May, a group of Israeli settlers arrived with caravans and set up an illegal outpost on the top of Jabal Sabih on the outskirts of Beita. Since then, every single day for more than two months, protests in the village have been nonstop, and the Israeli response has been severe. Since protests began on Jabal Sabih, Israeli forces have killed five Palestinians: four residents of Beita, and one young man from the nearby village of Yatma. The latest victims of the Beita protests were two teenagers: 16-year-old Mohammed Hamayel, and 17-year-old Ahmed Bani Shamsa. The two were reportedly school friends, and were some of the hundreds of Beita’s youth who participated in the protests regularly. Hundreds more Palestinians from Beita and the surrounding villages have been injured by Israeli forces during the protests, a significant amount with live ammunition. Some locals estimate that there have been over 1,000 injuries with live ammunition since protests began. And it goes on, the inhabitantsd showing no sign of being intimidated. As the call to prayer rings through the town at sunset, the streets of Beita are practically empty. Most of the town’s residents can be found making their way to Jabal Sabih. Scattered across the mountain, the residents of Beita split into groups, or teams, each one designated with a different task aimed at irritating and disturbing the settlers on the mountaintop. [ak]15/7/2021
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Ex-Israeli soldiers call for halt to settler violence against PalestiniansMuhammed Semiz - According to a report on Israeli Army Radio, the former soldiers, who have just completed their military service, sent a letter to Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Internal Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev about their experiences in the occupied West Bank. Calling for action "against the phenomenon of settler violence,” the former soldiers said the responsibility for countering the violence of Jewish settlers rests with Gantz and Bar-Lev. The violence perpetrated by the Jewish settlers against Palestinians has increased with the implicit support of the Israeli state for years, the letter said, adding: "We are the ones serving there and we have personally seen how that violence happened on the field." The phenomenon of settler violence manifested and intensified last year as "damaging private property, stone throwing, physical violence against Palestinians and attacks on activists and [Israeli] security forces,” it added. "We were sent to defend them [Jewish settlers], but we had no means to withstand them," it said. [bz]15/7/2021
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Why Palestinians are uniting around watermelon emojiMiriam Berger - The Washington Post - Millions of mostly pro- Palestinian social media posts were incorrectly taken down by Facebook and Twitter amid the latest crisis, raising the ire of Palestinians who have long felt that their speech online was overpenalized. At a high rate, Palestinian-related hashtags and accounts were also blocked or had content removed. Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms reject accusations that they have intentionally over-moderated, censored or deprioritized Palestinian or pro-Palestinian content. But many digital rights activists reject these explanations and say it is a long-standing trend that’s more recently escalated as Palestinians take to social media to organize. This has led to the resurgence of the watermelon motif. Already before Oslo, when Raising the red, green, white and black Palestinian flag was completely banned, the watermelon — locally grown and similarly colored — served in Palestinian iconography as a subversive stand-in. Palestinian artists used the watermelon as a metaphor for the Palestinian flag and to circumvent the ban. Now, the tradition persists online: Palestinians, distrustful of social media platforms and fearful of Israeli digital surveillance online, are using the watermelon emoji and iconography to avoid the catch nets of what they say are unfavorable algorithms and content moderation methods.[ak] In recent weeks, the watermelon has resurged on social media, as part of what some Palestinians say are efforts to preempt or circumvent online censorship and content moderation, in the face of heightened enforcement sparked by the Israel-Hamas conflict in May and the attendant wave of grass-roots Palestinian activism. The users posting emoji, images and artwork — Palestinians in Israel, the occupied territories and the diaspora, along with their supporters — reflect 15/7/2021
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Army injures dozens of Palestinians, including journalists,in Kufur QaddoumIMEMC - This Friday, villagers in Kufur Qaddoum marked the tenth anniversary of their weekly protests against the illegal Annexation Wall and settlements - specifically, against settlers having taken over the access road to their village, denying its use to villagers and forcing them to use a much longer and roundabout road. To mark the anniversary, the weekly protest was attended by political, social political and social and religious figures, such as Archimandrite Abdullah Yulio, parish priest of the Melkite Greek Catholic church, and the head of the Wall and Colonization Resistance Commission, Walid Assaf. Israeli soldiers soldiers tried to ambush the protesters in several locations, hiding behind trees or in buildings, and attacked the protesters with a barrage of gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets. Dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, and many sustained cuts and bruises. However, the soldiers failed in several attempts to haul protesters off to detention in Israel. [ak]3/7/2021
Inside Beita’s Protests: ‘The settlers didn’t understand who they were dealing with’Oren Ziv - +972 Magazine - Over the past few weeks, the town of Beita, home to about 18,000 residents, has become one of the most prominent faces of the Palestinian struggle. In May, settlers established the outpost of Eviatar on land that belongs to Beita, as well as three other Palestinian villages. The demonstrations in Beita this past month have looked and felt like a battlefield: over a thousand residents and workers from other villages protest every week, with Israeli soldiers and Border Police attacking them with tear gas (sometimes fired from a drone), stun grenades, rubber-coated metal bullets, and live “toto” bullets. The army has killed four residents of the town, including 16-year-old Muhammad Hamayel and 15-year-old Ahmad Bani Shams, and has wounded more than 50 people by live ammunition. The demonstrations in Beita are quite distinct from those that characterized the Palestinian popular struggle during the late 2000s, which have largely waned in recent years. Unlike in other villages such as Bil’in, the Beita protests are not joint Palestinian-Israeli demonstrations, but clearly Palestinian ones; although individual Israeli activists attend, they do not march alongside Palestinian residents. And compared to most West Bank protests in recent years, Beita’s demonstrations are much larger, more frequent, and more intense. I joined Beita’s demonstrations over a number of weeks, compiling a chronicle of the town’s resistance and the attempts to suppress it. [ak]1/7/2021
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New government in crisis as Meretz refuses to the banning of Palestinian family reunificationsMichael Hauser Tov - Haaretz - Left-wing Meretz, which says it was not consulted on a compromise with the Evyatar settlers, will not support extending the temporary legislation that prevents Palestinians married to Israelis from gaining citizenship. The "temporary amendment" has been passed year after year since 2003, with hardly any public debate. But now Meretz, together with Majmud Abbas` Ra`am Party, are in government and in a position to oppose its passage. A senior Meretz official said that the right-wing component of the government coalition feels they can do whatever they want, and that everyone else will have to accept it. “[Yamina`s Ayelet] Shaked even allows herself to make threats. It doesn’t work that way. The two sides knew what type of marriage they were getting into,” and both sides will have to put up with things they don’t want, the official said. “This is a racist law and I reject it, even at the price of giving up the job of minister,” said Meretz`s Esawi Freige, who was just two weeks ago installed as Rgional Cooperation Minister. Similarly, Meretz Knesset member Mossi Raz said that Raz said earlier in the week that "This a discriminatory law that imposes restrictions on the Arab citizen and sees him as a security and demographic threat.” Meterz is also displeased with the compromise reache with the settlers of the manifestly illegal West bank settlement outpost Evyatar, which stipulates that though they have to leave now they may come back later and have a legal status as "an approved settlment". "We are in the government` but nobody consulted us about this compromise. It looks bad." [ak] 1/7/2021
No avoiding of the real issues Gush Shalom - A law forbidding Arab citizens of Israel from marrying West Bank Palestinians. Can a law be more ideological than that and more controversial? [bz]21/6/2021
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No moment of grace Gush Shalom - The “Flag Dance” organizers have been for many years political and ideological partners of Naftali Bennett. Will he be willing and able to block them on his very first day as Prime Minister? [bz]12/6/2021
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This week - May 30-June 5, 2021 – in the Occupied Territories Taayush - The occupation forces returned to demolishing structures and roads of Palestinian communities in Area C – at the same time the Jewish settlers are fully backed up in their ‘illegal’ works on expansion, paving new roads and building new outposts etc. etc. [bz] 11/6/2021
Inside Israel’s largest crackdown on Palestinian citizens in decadesSuha Arraf and Baker Zoubi - +972 - The police hoped that arresting thousands of Palestinian citizens would restore dignity to the force. Instead, it only strengthened Palestinian resolve [ry] 7/6/2021
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My Bill Would Stop US Aid From Funding Palestinian SufferingBetty McCollum - The Nation - On April 22, a letter signed by 331 Members of Congress called for the unconditioned appropriation of $3.8 billion in US military aid to Israel, asserting that “U.S. support for Israel makes the region a safer place and bolsters diplomatic efforts aimed at achieving a negotiated two-state solution". The truth is otherwise. There is no Israeli-Palestinian peace process, making the prospect for a two-state solution appear bleak. Israel does have egitimate security concerns; Hamas firing rockets from Gaza into Israel is an attack that I condemn unequivocally. But Israel can act in the name of “security” without being hampered by any conditions or limits. Our tax dollars should not support Israel’s military occupation, expanding settlements, detaining Palestinian children, demolishing Palestinian homes, annexing Palestinian lands (formally or de facto), and bombing Gaza into oblivion. advancing legislation. The Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act (HR 2590) is a bill I’ve introduced along with 20 courageous colleagues. It would restrict US military aid to Israel from being used to demolish homes, annex Palestinian land, or imprison Palestinian children in military detention facilities. HR 2590 places the bare minimum of restraint on Israel’s blatant violations of international humanitarian law.[ak] 4/6/2021
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