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British national challenges Israel`s policy of deporting peace activistsHaggai Matar - +972 "Israel’s Interior Ministry banned British peace activist Gary Spedding from the country for 10 years, claiming that he was an anti-Semitic liar who might start a riot. Unlike other activists who have suffered the same fate, Spedding isn’t giving up without a fight." ca for id26/8/2015
Demonstration: No building of a Jewish community by destroying a Bedouin village! 26/8/2015
International Solidarity Movement - urgent call for West Bank volunteers 25/8/2015
Brazilian petition: Reject settler leader as ambassador Itamar Eichner - Ynet - The petition signed by 40 leading organizations, declares the selection of Dani Dayan - the former head of the Yesha Council - as ambassador as a "violation of the international legitimacy and sovereignty of Brazil," and was sent to Brazil`s president with the demand to reject, demanding that the government reject Dayan`s appointment. Members of the Brazilian parliament who joined the condemnations stated the country`s official diplomatic positions – which view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal under international law. [bz] 25/8/2015
Bereaved Palestinian father fights for justice in USRania Khalek - The Electronic Intifada - The 17-year-old Nadim Nuwara was shot to death by an Israeli soldier on May 15, 2004. A year later his father, Siam Nuwara, is on a lecture tour of the US. Nuwara expressed optimism about the conversation he had with Oni Blair, director of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department, and Christopher Russell, a US foreign affairs officer. His story and demand for accountability seemed to resonate, he said, and at the end of the meeting the State Department representatives hugged him, promising to do all they could to hold Israel accountable for the killing of Nadim. ak25/8/2015
Petition to arrest Netanyahu gains momentum in UKPhilippa H Stewart - AlJazeera - With 76,000 signatures, petition calls for Israeli PM`s arrest for alleged Gaza war crimes upon UK arrival in September [ry]24/8/2015
61-year old female Palestinian held in solitary confinementMa`an News Agency - "Palestinian prisoner Fathiyeh Abd al-Fattah Khanfar, 61, is currently being held in solitary confinement in Israeli jail, the lawyer of a prisoners` committee said Saturday. Khanfar, from the village of Silat al-Thahr in Jenin in the occupied West Bank, is being held in a "tomb-like" room in unbearable living conditions, lawyer Hanan al-Khatib of the Prisoners and Former Prisoners` Committee told Ma`an" [ry]24/8/2015
Netanyahu pressed for Iran attacks, but was denied: ex-defense chiefReuters/Brendan McDermid--Israel`s political leaders pushed to attack Iran at least three times in the past few years but had to back down on the advice of the military and due to concerns about its ally the United States, former defense minister Ehud Barak said. dn23/8/2015
Drone manufacturers linked to Gaza War cross-examined during Scottish activists` trialGlasgow Palestine Action - Mondoweiss - “Today was a major victory for Palestine activism in Scotland. We hauled Thales into court. We made them admit that they manufacture components of drones on the Clyde, and we confronted them with the devastating consequences of their business, in Gaza, and all over the world. There has never been a better time for us to push for an arms embargo on Israel, and boycott, divestment and sanctions against all companies which seek to profit from the devastation meted out on the people of Palestine.” [bz]22/8/2015
One man’s mission to preserve Palestinian heritageAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - Saeed al-Ashkar has spent 20 years interviewing elderly members of various Palestinian families who emigrated to the Gaza Strip from the villages that Israel occupied in 1948, villages that are now inside the Green Line.-rh 19/8/2015
Force-feeding Palestinian prisoners pits Israeli doctors against lawmakersEhab Zahriyeh - Aljazeera - Adnan and Allaan`s form of hunger strike differs from tactics employed by most other Palestinian prisoners, according to Tamar Karni, the chairwoman of the Israeli Medical Association’s (IMA) ethics committee. “All the administrative detainees, except Khader Adnan, agreed to accept saline intravenous infusion with vitamin injections to prolong their life,” Karni said. “Similarly to Adnan, Allaan has refused to accept this palliative care.”-rh19/8/2015
`Night guards` aim to deter settler attacks in West BankAhmad Melhem - Al-Monitor - Alarm bells sound in Palestinian villages attacked by settlers after members of the Dawabsha family were burned alive in Douma, southeast of Nablus in the north of the West Bank July 31. The incident claimed the lives of Saad Dawabsha and his toddler son Ali. This crime prompted Palestinians in some villages to form night guard committees to watch the villages and protect them against settler attacks, especially during the late night hours until dawn.-rh 19/8/2015
Allan wakes from coma; 250 Palestinian prisoners join open-ended hunger strikeSaed Bannoura - IMEMC "The prisoners join ‘Allan in demanding an end to the Israeli practice of administrative detention, in which Palestinian prisoners are held indefinitely without charges or trial, in direct violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention." ca for id 19/8/2015
SEE! Palestine marches for Muhammad AllanAIC - Protests throughout Palestine on 15 and 16 August took to the streets, demanding freedom for imprisoned Palestinian lawyer Muhammad Allan, 31, held under administrative detention without charge or trial. He is currently comatose in Barzilai Hospital facing extreme risk to his life after 62 days of hunger strike [ry] 18/8/2015
Doctor Tarek Loubani in Gaza working to produce medical industry`s best stethoscope for 30 cents Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith - The Independent - Loubani is aiming to bring low-cost medical supplies to hospitals in Gaza [ry]17/8/2015
Muhammad Allan: PA says Israel is Preventing Palestinian Doctor from VisitingIMEMC News & Agencies - "Issa Qaraqe, the head of the PA Prisoners` Affairs Committee, and PA Minister of Health Jawwad Awwad accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of personally interfering in the case and preventing Dr. Hani Abdeen from visiting Allan to examine his health" [ry]17/8/2015
Israeli Banks flipping out over looming European boycott Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss "According to Ma’ariv there is “increasing evidence in recent weeks” that the European Union is considering recommendations published in a policy paper last month by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Heavily reported at the time (our coverage here), ECFR’s policy paper warned that transactions between European states and Israeli financial institutions are obligated to adhere to EU policies based on international law when providing loans and financing to Israeli businesses, institutions and individuals in transaction with the illegal Israeli settlements enterprise." ca 14/8/2015
Israel’s Willful Blindness to the Growing Settler Violence Shlomi Eldar - Portside - For years, however, we’ve been turning a blind eye to the uprooting of Palestinian olive trees and the perpetrators of the violent and vandalistic “price tag” attacks. We tell ourselves that these incidents are nothing more than graffiti sprayed on the walls of a house in an Arab village and that its perpetrators are just a bunch of bad apples, a small group of radical settlers gone wild who do as they please, representing no one but themselves. Thus, we refused to see that these bad apples have multiplied rampantly and that there is no one stopping their growth.-rh 12/8/2015
Leader of extremist Israeli organization calls for torching churchesMa`an News Agency - Benzi Gopstein, leader of anti-Arab group Lehava, allegedly called for the burning of churches at a panel held this week for Jewish yeshiva students, using ancient Halachic, or Jewish law, to condemn what he called Christian "idol worship."-rh12/8/2015
Ultra-Orthodox School Bans Reuven Rivlin Over Gay StabbingJTA - Forward - Army Radio, which first reported the cancellation, reported on Wednesday that several haredi rabbis had pressured the school to cancel the appearance. The chairman of the Knesset Education Committee, Yaakov Margi of the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party, said the committee was considering dismissing the head of the school over the incident, according to Army Radio.-rh 12/8/2015
Israeli doctors versus the state in showdown over force-feedingNoa Yachot - +972 - A confrontation between the Israeli government and doctors treating hunger-striking prisoners is reaching a fever pitch, testing the medical community’s independence against government efforts to quell a nonviolent protest by Palestinian detainees.-rh 12/8/2015
Israeli doctors versus the state in showdown over force-feedingNoa Yachot - +972 - "When the state breaks the law, its institutions and citizens must chose between becoming accomplices or dissidents. May all of Israel’s doctors choose right." - id 11/8/2015
32 Detainees Join Hunger Strike; 180 Striking, More To JoinIMEMC News - "The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that all negotiation sessions between detained representatives, and the prison administration, have failed to lead to any positive outcome, especially since Israel is vowing escalation, rejecting to ease its restrictions, and is ongoing with violations against the detainees" [ry]10/8/2015
Why I Support the BDS Movement Against IsraelChris Hedges - Nation of Change "Justice for Palestine will never come from the traditional governmental institutions or political parties that administer power. These institutions have surrendered to moneyed interests. Justice will come only from us. And the sole mechanism left to ensure justice for Palestine is the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Sanctions brought down the apartheid regime of South Africa. And they are what will bring down the apartheid regime of Israel. BDS is nonviolent. It appeals to conscience. And it works." ca7/8/2015
Inside the World of the Extremist Trying to Lead a Jewish RevoltChaim Levinson - Haaretz "In December 2011, Ettinger and four other right-wing activists were arrested on suspicion of gathering information about army movements, in order to help thwart outpost demolitions. They were put under house arrest, but Ettinger violated his twice and was jailed.During his 18 months in prison, he changed radically. He spent all day studying Torah, and his views became steadily more extreme." ca 7/8/2015
Over 60 Top Ex-Security Officials Urge Netanyahu to Accept Iran DealJTA - Forward - Nearly 70 former Israeli top security officials urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to treat the Iran nuclear agreement as a done deal and to repair relations with the United States.-rh 5/8/2015
VIDEO: Know Thy Heritage 2015, 4th International ConferenceIMEMC - "The delegates went on to say that even though they came from so many different places, they all remain Palestinians and could feel the unity with everyone. They said that they will carry the Palestinian cause, message and spread it to the world, and assured that they still maintain their responsibility towards Palestine." - id 4/8/2015
PALESTINE MOMENTUMSami The-Bedouin - The Arab Daily News - "Palestine Momentum is a joint Palestinian Norwegian non-profit organization that aims at spreading the word of Palestine among the Western and specially the English Language readers." - id 4/8/2015
Villagers Form Groups to Protect against Settler AttacksIMEMC News & Agencies - "Residents of the Palestinian village of Douma in the occupied West Bank are forming voluntary groups to guard against attacks by Israeli settlers, days after a deadly arson attack left an 18-month-old resident burned alive" [ry]3/8/2015
Demo: No to violence and incitement! 31/7/2015
Go ahead, tear down the High Court — watch the occupation crumbleNoam Sheizaf - +972 - In response to the High Court order to demolish the two settlement buildings Wednesday morning, ruling coalition MK Moti Yogev of the Jewish Home party said the government should send a military bulldozer to demolish the highest court of the land. Be my guest, Mr. Yogev. The High Court is the cornerstone of the occupation and each brick removed from its walls brings us one step closer to ending Israel’s military rule over the Palestinians.-rh 29/7/2015
Why I am going to SusiyaRebecca Strober - Times of Israel - I am going to Susiya to stand in solidarity with the residents of the village, knowing that my voice will be one more in the masses that is against our policy in the occupied Palestinian Territory. Because, proper or not, I am an Israeli; I am an occupier.-rh 29/7/2015
Four things every Israeli needs to know about Jewish BDS activistsDavid Harris-Gershon - +972 - "A recent feature on Israeli television attempted to cast Jewish-American BDS and anti-occupation activists as self-hating Jews. As anti-Semites. How dare you!" - is 29/7/2015
Q&A: `It is possible to break the Israeli occupation` : Palestinian Khader Adnan speaks with Al Jazeera about his recent release from Israeli jail after a 56-day hunger strike.Liam OHare - Aljazeera - Adnan: The prisoners` movement and hunger strikes in particular are a symbol of the principle and demand for justice in Palestine. It proves that of course it is both possible and necessary to break the Israeli occupation.-rh29/7/2015
A traffic jam in the middle of the desert Adam Keller - Crazy Country - "Come and see Susiya - an ancient Jewish town" says the sign on the road we had not taken. The Jews who lived here 1,500 years ago had lived in caves. In the Twentieth Century, Palestinians had been living in these same caves, until in 1986 the army came to expel them and turn the caves into an archeological site [bz]28/7/2015
Israel`s failed prisoner release policiesShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - The bottom line is that Israel’s working premise — according to which "heavyweight" prisoners are to be expelled to the Gaza Strip upon their release — has been proven to be wrong. Keeping them at a distance doesn’t keep them away from terror. Moreover, banishing them to Gaza further motivates them to resume their terrorist activities.rh 22/7/2015
Israel to EU: Halt funding of NGOs working against usItamar Eichner - Ynet - "The United Kingdom provided NIS 12 Breaking the Silence, Yesh Din, Gisha, Bimkom, Terrestrial Jerusalem, and No Legal Frontiers." - id 22/7/2015
Amira Hass: “Let me be blunt: Gaza is a Huge Concentration Camp”Amira Hass, JULIE POUCHER HARBIN - Juan Cole - In practice, Gaza has become a huge, let me be blunt, concentration camp for right now 1, 800,000 people. This is not a novelty. This is not something new. This did not start, unlike what many people think, with the rise of Hamas, Hamas being elected in 2006, or Hamas taking over the security agencies and apparatus in Gaza in 2007 after the short civil war. We can almost trace it to the moment when it started, and this is the 15th of January 1991 — long before Oslo, long before Madrid, and of course long before the suicide attacks inside Israeli cities and against Israeli civilians.-rh 22/7/2015
US, EU take strong stand against Israeli demolition planAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Kirby made clear that the consequences of Israel’s harassment of Susiya residents would extend beyond the demolitions’ impact on the villagers and their families. He noted that the planned expulsions and land appropriations in Susiya were particularly glaring given the settlement activity in that same region.-rh22/7/2015
Exclusive: The IDF is monitoring what Israeli citizens say on FacebookJohn Brown* and Noam Rotem - +972 - Did you post the word ‘demonstration’ in Hebrew on Facebook? The army is keeping an eye on you. Did you use the word ‘Al Quds’ in Arabic in a WhatsApp conversation? You may have just been flagged as a terrorist. How the IDF contracts private tech companies to monitor Israeli citizens on social media.-rh22/7/2015
European Council calls for lifting siege of GazaEuropean Council - Reiterating its support for the two state solution the EU expressed concern about "The grave situation in the Gaza Strip, (...) where the humanitarian and socio-economic situation remains dire and called for "a fundamental change of the political, security and economic situation in the Gaza Strip, including the end of the closure and a full opening of the crossing points, while addressing Israel`s legitimate security concerns." ak21/7/2015
Stop the Susya destruction! Demo July 24 21/7/2015
Teaching tolerance: Five Israeli schools unite Jews and PalestiniansAnna Kokko - Ma`an News Agency "This is one of a mere five mixed schools and preschools across all of Israel, established by Hand In Hand, an organization promoting mixed Jewish and Palestinian education in Israel.Created in 1998, the organization now counts 1,400 students, and is opening its sixth kindergarten this fall. Half the students are Jewish while the other half are Palestinians living in Israel.Here in Jaffa, the kindergarten was the project of a group of parents that wanted a better future both for their children and for the community at large." ca17/7/2015
Why is Israel trying to shut down this Palestinian TV station?Daoud Kuttab- Al Monitor - "By broadcasting out of Ramallah to their brethren in Nazareth, Haifa and the Negev, Palestinians have been united despite the walls and legal obstacles that separate them." - id 15/7/2015
Palestinian leadership faces foggy futureDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - That the presidential succession has returned as a strong issue is a sign of uncertainty about the future among Palestinians. Without a clear executable agreement that includes parliamentary and presidential elections with Hamas and some kind of understanding within the ruling Fatah movement, the writing on the wall is very worrisome. The recent success of nonviolent activities by Palestinians abroad, such as the boycott, divestment and sanctions activities, might lead some to argue that the time is right to give up on the limited powers of presidency under occupation and return to the days where the real power is in the hands of the PLO leadership outside the occupied territories.-rh 15/7/2015
Video appears to contradict account of Israeli officer who killed PalestinianPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - Doubts about the account of Col Yisrael Shomer, a brigade commander in the occupied territories, began to emerge last week in witness accounts and medical evidence collected by the Guardian, Washington Post and human rights groups. They suggested that 17-year-old Mohammed Kasbeh was shot in the upper body by Shomer as the youth was fleeing, not in the midst of a life-threatening attack.-rh 15/7/2015
Addameer: Report on 13 July military court hearing of Khalida JarrarAdameer - Samidoun - At the hearing today for Palestinian Legislative Council Member Khalida Jarrar, the defense team submitted preliminary arguments to cancel the charges. The defense argued concerning the legality of the occupation. Particularly, it argued that the occupation’s situation as continued and long-term deems it illegal. The defense also argued that Mrs. Khalida Jarrar is entitled to immunity as a Palestinian Legislative Council Member.-rh 15/7/2015
Israeli Teachers` Union signs anti-settlement document to prevent boycottMiddle East Monitor - Teachers` unions in Britain and South Africa announced they would call for boycott of Israel unless the Israeli teachers` union supports condemnation of settlements and calls for a two-state solution.The Head of the Israeli Teachers` Union, Ran Erez, informed the prime minister`s office and the Israeli Foreign Ministry of that and sought advice on how to address the issue but got no official response. ak14/7/2015
WATCH: Two states, one homeland — a new configuration?Social TV - +972 - "If you ask most people, you’ll find that the only two conceptions of how to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are either a one- or two-state solution. But what if there’s a third path? A recent conference explored that option." - id 10/7/2015
Israel’s Army of Spin-doctors is Doomed to DefeatJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House "In the latest offensive, the education ministry has launched a compulsory hasbara course for Israeli students travelling abroad. All youth delegations are now required to learn how to justify to outsiders Israel’s policies in the occupied territories. According to officials, the students must challenge those who “seek to delegitimize Israel”. It is yet more evidence that hasbara has become a national obsession in Israel – and that the line between support for one’s country and support for the subjugation of another people has been erased. Some 85 per cent of Israelis tell pollsters they are keen to become hasbara ambassadors for the Netanyahu government." ca8/7/2015
The Death and Life of the Two-State SolutionGrant Rumley and Amir Tibon - Foreign Affairs - For the Palestinians, in other words, the increasingly likeliest way to achieve an independent state is, paradoxically, to give up on trying to get one. Only when the Palestinians make the Israelis recognize that the status quo cannot persist indefinitely and reach for something the Israelis hold even more dear than the West Bank—control over Israel itself as a Jewish state—will the Israelis begin to see a two-state solution as their least-bad option.-rh8/7/2015
Another grim anniversary for GazaSharif Nashashibi - Aljazeera - Israel`s recently elected government - aptly described as the most extremist in the country`s history (and that is saying something) - consists of figures who believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has actually been too soft on Hamas, and want a full-scale invasion and reoccupation of Gaza to wipe out the Palestinian faction.-rh8/7/2015
Bulldozers poised outside Susiya, right in time for July 4th congressional break Donna Baranski-Walker - Mondoweiss - Congressional intervention, along with a network of US and foreign diplomats whom we contact in emergencies, has helped stave off demolition and keeps that kindergarten safe and Al Aqaba Village thriving.-rh8/7/2015
Palestinian teenager `shot in back by senior Israeli soldier while fleeing`Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - The killing of Mohammed near the Qalandia checkpoint last Friday received widespread coverage in the Israeli media, both because of the seniority of the officer involved – a brigade commander, Col Yisrael Shomer, and because of the support he received immediately after the shooting from senior members of Israel’s government, including education minister Naftali Bennett.-rh8/7/2015
Hunger Striking Detainee Moved Into Solitary ConfinementIMEMC - The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported, Wednesday, that the Prison Administration of the Negev Israeli Detention Camp, forced a hunger striking detainee into solitary confinement.-rh8/7/2015
David Sheen, Israeli anti-racist activist, in London 7/7/2015
Support the Bil`in Education Fund 7/7/2015
Protests close four factories owned by Israeli arms firm ElbitHilary Aked - EI - "Protesters today shut down four different factories owned by Israel’s biggest arms company Elbit Systems. The protests mark the one-year anniversary of the 2014 Israeli attack on Gaza" [ry]6/7/2015
In rebuke to Israel, State Dep’t says it has no objection to BDS aimed at occupation - Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Chemi Shalev of Haaretz says Israel led the effort: The U.S. State Department on Tuesday punched a big hole in Israel-led efforts to induce the Obama administration to regard boycotts of settlements as identical to boycott of Israel proper… The boycott of settlements, in effect, has now been officially stamped “kosher” by the State Department.Jewish Voice for Peace also celebrated the statement, having objected to the provision in the trade bill, but says that boycotting the settlements is not enough..." ca 3/7/2015
Will Israel Cooperate With ICC Palestinian Probe?Thomas Escritt - The Forward - The Palestinian Authority made its first submission of evidence of alleged Israeli war crimes to the International Criminal Court on Thursday, trying to speed up an ICC inquiry into abuses committed during last year’s Gaza conflict. The move may leave Israel in a quandary since it must decide whether to cooperate with the ICC investigation or find itself isolated as one of a very few countries that have declined to work with its prosecutors.-rh 2/7/2015
Interview: Church-based BDS and the Jewish voices beside itRyan Rodrick Beiler - +972 - "As more U.S. churches vote on divestment, Jewish Voice for Peace aims to provide key support to a movement often accused of anti-Semitism. An interview with JVP’s advocacy director Sydney Levy." = id 1/7/2015
Khader Adnan for Presidentnadiaharhash - In a cynical scene, Saeb Eriqat mentioned the Khader Adnan’s crisis and hunger strike yesterday after a rich Iftar yesterday, condemning Israeli coercive laws and behaviors against Palestinian prisoners. A scene that reflects the bitter reality of Palestinian leadership. Whereas, the single act of one man and his very own family in believing so strongly in the righteousness of his cause, made him eventually defeat occupation. With his meager, sick, body and powerful undefeatable soul. Maybe we should consider. Khader Adnan for the next Palestinian President.-rh1/7/2015
Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza Strip in video statementReuters - The Guardian - The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the US-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah.-rh1/7/2015
Marianne flotilla reflects Turkey`s changed Israel stanceBen Caspit - Al Monitor - "With a new geopolitical setup in the Middle East and the regional focus on Syria rather than on Gaza, the Marianne flotilla was intercepted by the Israeli navy without "significant media coverage" for this protest." - id 1/7/2015
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