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Tens of thousands of Israelis attend `two states one hope` demonstration in Tel AvivMa`an - Among the first speakers at the demonstration was Peace Now`s Director General Avi Buskila, who addressed the crowds saying, "We, here in this square, are the hope of Israel. It is time for a Palestinian state alongside Israel." A message from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was read which said: "There isn`t a voice stronger than the voice of just and inclusive peace, just like there isn`t a voice stronger than the right of people for self-determination and freedom from the burden of occupation.[bz for dn]28/5/2017
After 40 days, Palestinians suspend mass hunger strike in Israeli prisonsMa`an - The statement added that IPS officials announced the end of the strike after negotiating with Barghouthi, who they had consistently refused to speak with throughout the strike’s duration. However, the statement did not mention which of the hunger strikers’ demands were actually met by Israeli prison authorities. [bz]27/5/2017
The Israeli Left must show up to protest 50 years of occupationHaggai Matar - +972 - After 50 years of a racist military regime, it’s time for the Israeli Left to go out and protest en masse — and, in the face of such an urgent task, to overlook our differences. [bz]27/5/2017
Returning From Gaza War in Despair, Army Vet Created Israeli-Palestinian Incubator Eliran Rubin - Haaretz "Elhelo began to lecture about the conflict and his insights from the battlefield, stressing the need for immediate change. Some of his lectures went viral, and in 2015 he took his idea to the next stage, setting up OGS: Our Generation Speaks, a startups incubator for Israelis and Palestinians." ca27/5/2017
As prisoners strike, relatives wait and hopeBudour Youssef Hassan - Electronic Intifada "Waiting for news on the hunger striker is like torture,” she said. “You live with your family, you try to remain calm, to go to work, to pretend you are strong, but your heart and mind are elsewhere, in a cell that you don’t know, with the person you love.” ca27/5/2017
Anti-Trump protests greet U.S. president in IsraelYael Marom - +972 - "“Trump and U.S. government policy are part of the problem, not the solution. After 50 years of occupation, peace between Israel and the Palestinians will come from the people who live here, and not from the interests of the American superpower — which is the biggest beneficiary of the continuing wars, destruction and repression in the region.”" - id 24/5/2017
As Trump Toured the Holy Land, Palestine Went On StrikeJesse Rosenfeld - The Daily Beast - "...the arrival of an American president whose ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and whose chief advisor, son-in-law Jared Kushner, have actively supported expanding Israeli settlements in the West Bank — that injected new energy into the protests." - id 24/5/2017
Bethlehem Rally for Palestinian prisoners develops into anti-Trump protestMa`an - Solidarity demonstrations with the hunger striking prisoners developed into fierce anti-Trump rallies. At least 20 Palestinians were shot and injured during rallies that were violently suppressed by Israeli forces. In front of the the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, protesters chanted “Trump, listen! The prisoners will not kneel!” and “We have a message to the Americans: Prisoners are our priority!". An effigy representing Palestinian prisoners was erected in front of the Nativity Church. However, Trump avoided the location, heading back to Jerusalem by another route after his meeting with President Abbas. [ak] 23/5/2017
PIJ conference: 50 years of occupation - with Hanan Ashrawi and Zehava GalonMay 24, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the American Colony Hotel. 23/5/2017
May 24 - protest the `Jerusalem Day` march of hate 23/5/2017
Mass Tel Aviv Rally, Sat. May 27 - Two States, One Hope 23/5/2017
American Jewish Activists assaulted by troops at Sumud Freedom CampSharon Goldtzvik / Adam Greenberg / Oriel Eisner - If Not Now/CJNV 2017 - Approx. 25 IDF soldiers arrived at Sumud Freedom Camp, which re-established the Palestinian village of Sarura in the South Hebron Hills. About 90 activists were present, approx. 60 American, Canadian, European and Australian Jews, 20 Palestinians and 10 Israelis. An American Jewish activist was punched in the ribs by a soldier. Several activists stood around the camp`s generator - whereupon soldiers shoved, punched, and kicked them in order to seize the generator. One soldier hit an American Jew in the leg with the butt of his gun, causing a large visible bruise. Another soldier punched another American Jew activist in the face. A Canadian Jewish activist was thrown into a table by a soldier. Soldiers tore down three tents and confiscated tent poles and sleeping mattresses. They also confiscated a generator and threw the camp`s food on the ground. After approx 45 minutes, the soldiers left the area. No arrests were made. The activists remain. [ak]23/5/2017
100 year of conflict - 50 years of occupationPalestine-Israel Journal invitation to public event at the occasion of its new issue "50 Years of Occupation". It will be held May 24, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the American Colony Hotel, and the keynote speakers will be Dr. Hanan Ashrawi and MK Zehava Galon. [bz]23/5/2017
Prominent Palestinian community leaders, activists seized by Israeli forcesSamidoun - AIC - Israeli occupation forces seized at least nine Palestinians in overnight or pre-dawn raids, including three prominent human rights activists and former prisoners [ry]22/5/2017
IDF reservists and Pro-Palestinian demonstrators clash at California campus LIDAR GRAVÉ-LAZI - Jerusalem Post - At the campus of the University of California, Irvine, two groups - "Reservists on Duty" and "The Lone Soldier Center" - organized a meeting to denounce BDS and declare total support for Israel and especially for the Israeli armed forces. A group of five Israeli military reservists was invited to speak, with care taken to include Christian and Muslim Israeli soldiers, as well as Jewish ones. Pro-Palestinian protesters, some fifty of whom showed up, were not convinced by this evidence of Israeli multicultural democracy. A riot broke out and finally the reservists were escorted off the campus by police. [ak]16/5/2017
Final protest: Aerosmith visit Occupied Territory 16/5/2017
Norwegian Trade Unions call for boycott of Israel Itamar Eichner - Y-Net - LO, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, voted by 197 to 117 in favor of an international economic, cultural and academic boycott against Israel. The newly elected LO leader Hans-Christian Gabrielsen objected to the decision, arguing that a boycott might also negatively affect Palestinian workers - however, his position was rejected by the majority. Israeli activists of the radical "Boycott from within" expressed support for the LO decision, stating that it was "a direct continuation of Norwegian involvement in opposing South African Apartheid". [ak] 16/5/2017
69 years on, Palestinians see Nakba as `ongoing journey of pain, loss, and injustice`Ma`an - “The Nakba is ongoing, not only through policies of ongoing displacement implemented through the Zionist-Israeli strategy which seeks to control the maximum amount of land with the minimum number of Palestinians on that land, but also through the failure of the international community and Arab states to uphold their obligations, the continued internal fragmentation, the disenfranchisement of the PLO, and the weak performance of the Palestinian Authority which is dictated by the restrictive Oslo Accords” says the Global Palestinian Refugee and Internally Displaced People Network. [bz] 16/5/2017
Is BDS to blame for Israel’s poor showing in the Eurovision Contest?Naomi Zeveloff - The Forward - Israeli music director Yoav Tzafir, who headed the Israeli delegation at the 2017 Eurovision song contest in Kiev, is blaming Israel’s poor showing on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Israeli pop singer Imri Ziv came in 23rd out of 26th places in the competition. “There is no doubt that BDS worked very hard all over Europe,” Tzafir told Israel’s Army Radio. Ahead of Eurovision, a group of boycotters had set up a Facebook page urging the judges to give “zero points to the song of Israeli apartheid.” The group called Ziv’s participation in Eurovision a “mask covering up a loathsome ugliness” of Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. [ak]16/5/2017
Barghouti threatens to escalate Palestinian prisoners` hunger strikeRaanan Ben-Zur, Elior Levy - Ynet - Barghouti, who is leading the hunger strike, has been put in solitary confinement since it began almost a month ago. The only visitors he has been allowed to have are representatives of the Red Cross and his attorney. His lawyer, Hader Shkirat, told Ynet after their meeting on Sunday that if no agreement is reached between the striking prisoners` leadership and Israeli authorities in the coming days, the prisoners would also stop drinking water in addition to not eating. [bz]16/5/2017
Palestinian hunger strikers: `They had no choice`Nigel Wilson - Al Jazeera - Family of Majd Ziadeh, one of 1,500 hunger-striking prisoners, say they support the fight for dignity and humanity [ry] 15/5/2017
Lawyer visits Barghouthi for the first time since beginning of prisoner hunger strikeMa’an News Agency - "In a letter reportedly written by Barghouthi and released Sunday, the leader of the mass prisoner hunger strike urged the Palestinian people show more solidarity with the prisoners on the 69th anniversary of the Nakba commemorated on Monday, including through acts of civil disobedience at a national level" [ry]15/5/2017
35 More Palestinian Detainees Join Hunger StrikeIMEMC News & Agencies - "35 more Palestinian detainees have reportedly joined the Freedom and Dignity hunger strike, which nearly 1,800 Palestinian detainees have been active in for 28 consecutive days" [ry]15/5/2017
BDS urges audience to give `zero points to Israel at Eurovision` Becky Brothman - Jerusalem Post - "Even if there will appear in Kiev an exquisitely beautiful Israeli song, it will be a beauty covering up a loathsome ugliness – the ugliness of oppression, dispossession and killing." [bz] 13/5/2017
`Struggling with death`: Palestinian prisoners enter 27th day of mass hunger strikeMa`an - Issa Qaraqe held the Israeli government and Erdan responsible for the condition of the hunger strikers, saying that the Israeli authorities are “carrying out a massacre” by refusing to negotiate with the leaders of the strike whose demands are all about basic rights. The hunger strikers have only been calling for improved prison conditions, such as an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention. [bz]13/5/2017
Hunger Striking Detainees Reach Critical Levels, Many Vomiting BloodIMEMC - "The committee stated that the striking detainees, and despite their life-threatening health conditions, are facing escalating Israeli violations, while the authorities are not even trying to negotiate with them...The Israeli Prison Authority is also frequently transferring striking detainees to various prisons, despite their deteriorating health conditions, while the soldiers have assaulted many of them." CA12/5/2017
Could Hamas` pragmatic new leader finally reconcile with Fatah?Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Haniyeh’s election has injected great optimism into the Fatah movement. Fatah leaders are well acquainted with Haniyeh, as opposed to Meshaal. Meshaal has lived his entire life outside the Palestinian territories, so the vast majority of Fatah activists have never even met him. “Haniyeh is the ticket to reconciliation,” said a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council and former Gaza resident on condition of anonymity. He said that Haniyeh is very interested in reconciliation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and has in fact been operating behind the scenes toward this end. Haniyeh realizes that the only way to save Gaza and extricate it from its blockade is by resolving the long crisis between the two organizations. This Fatah higher-up argued that Meshaal did not succeed in this task because he is a foreigner in the West Bank and Gaza and never really understood the distress of the Palestinians. “He only knows how to inflame the masses, to talk about jihad. And that others should fight in his stead. By contrast, Haniyeh knows that only Palestinian unity will benefit the Gaza residents and the Hamas movement that he now heads,” he added.-rh 10/5/2017
Somaia Shahin: Engraving Gaza’s seashellsGroup 194 - Somaia has chosen a new pattern of arts, engraving colorful drawings and phrases on stones and seashells, and decorating the hands of girls with henna. Somaia, a mother of five, is taking engraving as her career of profession, after graduating from the English language department and not practicing her teaching career.-rh 10/5/2017
Is A Jewish Group Funding Killers While The U.S. Slams Palestinians For Doing The Same Thing?Naomi Zeveloff - Forward - Last week, Israeli Channel 10 reported that Honenu, an Israeli legal aid group, has been paying thousands of dollars to Jewish killers, including Yosef Ben David, who was convicted of burning alive Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir. The Central Fund Of Israel, a U.S. tax-exempt organization that funds 300 different charities around Israel, supports Honenu. Following the Channel 10 report, U.S. rabbinic human rights group T’ruah asked the IRS to investigate the Central Fund Of Israel.-rh 10/5/2017
Hunger Strike Continues For The 24th Consecutive DayIMEMC News - "The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society and the Detainees’ Committee have reported that some of the striking detainees started refraining from drinking water for several hours at a time, due to the increasing difficulties they face just by trying to walk to the toilets, including when trying to refill their water bottles." - id 10/5/2017
Hunger strike solidarity - Haifa & Paris Yoav Haifawi, Haifa - We will not leave alone those who daily sacrifice their freedom and their lives for the sake of our freedom. // Olivia Zémor, Paris - We have been on hunger strike since Monday midnight, expressing our support for the Palestinian political prisoners who have been fasting for three weeks. 9/5/2017
Israel resorts to “psychological warfare” to try to break strikeCharlotte Silver - EI - In addition to increased raids and transfers to solitary confinement, Israel has also begun seizing money from striking prisoners’ accounts. In response, the Palestinian Authority announced that it would stop paying an allowance to prisoners. This money is used for purchases at the prison commissary, including salts, which are a vital nutrient for hunger strikers. According to lawyers who visited Ketziot, several of their clients were unable to walk or stand. (...) Prison authorities have begun fining them for not standing up during roll call. [bz]9/5/2017
Israeli-Palestinian FIFA war nearing the decisive point Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - PM Netanyahu is making an intensive personal to avert the impending vote by FIFA, the International Soccer Federation, on the issue of six soccer teams based at West Bank settlements being enrolled in the Israeli soccer federation? Should it come to a vote, the FIFA bylaws are very clear - one national federation (in this case the Israeli one) is not allowed to set up soccer clubs in the territory of another federation (in this case, the Palestinian federation). Should the matter come to a vote, FIFA would have no choice but to to demand that Israel stop the participation of settler teams. Non-compliance potentially leading to Israel being altogether banned from international soccer. There is already a precedent - soccer teams from the Crimea were not allowed to play in the Russian soccer league. [ak]. 9/5/2017
Don’t give Israel another free pass, Palestinian teams urge FIFAAli Abunimah - EI - "More than 170 Palestinian football clubs and sports associations are urging FIFA to suspend the Israel Football Association because of its inclusion of Israeli teams based in settlements in the occupied West Bank" [ry]8/5/2017
Qaraqe: “We will Prosecute Any Doctor Who Participates In Force-Feeding The Detainees”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "The head of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee Issa Qaraqe stated, Saturday, that the committee will file legal charges against any physician or health professional, regardless of their nationality, who participates in force-feeding the hunger striking Palestinian detainees" [ry]8/5/2017
Mohammad Sabaaneh’s dangerous cartoonsMarguerite Dabaie - EI - Every tiny detail is pregnant with meaning. Sabaaneh said such density is a reflection of Palestinian life. “This crowded cartoon reflects our lives in Palestine, the limited land, and our limited city,” he told The Electronic Intifada. “My blank paper looks like [Palestinian] cities surrounded by limits and I should put everything in this limited area.” [bz for dn] 7/5/2017
After mob attacks alternative Memorial Day ceremonies, Israeli education minister criticizes ceremonies not mob Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss "in the past 12 years, there has been a serious attempt to offer an alternative commemoration. Two organizations joining Palestinians and Israelis – the Parents Circle – Families Forum, and Combatants for Peace, arrange alternative commemoration ceremonies, which take into account the loss on both sides – that is, also on the side that is considered “the enemy”... The Tel Aviv assault against the mourners was particularly virulent, with mobs shouting “Nazis,” “worthless cowards,” “seed of Amalek,” “go back to Auschwitz,” “get out of our country”. The video embedded in the article is really quite unbelievable. These protesters simply came ‘in honor’ of the fallen, whom these people supposedly desecrate, because they show empathy with the ‘other’." ca5/5/2017
Three Jordanian Detainees Join Hunger Strike IMEMC - "The Jordanian al-Ghad newspaper said the detainees are aware of the life-threatening consequences of the hunger strike, but are determined to continue because they are fighting for basic, fundamental rights."..."It is worth mentioning that Israel is still holding captive twenty-three Jordanians in its prisons." - id 3/5/2017
Only 2 days left to the Aerosmith BDS Thunderclap! 2/5/2017
Israel says 300 inmates end hunger strike; Palestinian official says it`s not soMiddle East Eye - The prison service plan to set up 400 medical centres inside jails "to avoid as much as possible the transfer of hunger striking detainees to civilian hospitals". The hunger strike began on 17 April, with those taking part ingesting only water and salt. They have issued demands ranging from better medical care to phone access. [bz]2/5/2017
Former prisoner dies in protest tentIMEMC - Mazin Mohammad al-Maghraby, 45, died of a heart attack at a protest tent in Ramallah- where he took part in a hunger strike in solidarity with that of the detainees. Al-Maghraby was himself released from Israeli detention only five months ago. During his five years` detention he suffered from medical neglect, leading to a severe deterioration of his health, including kidney failure. Since being released he had been forced to undergo kidney dialysis, and was hospitalized a number of times. [It was in fact unwise of him to take part in the solidarity hunger strike - evidently he felt it to be his duty to still imprisoned fellows. ak] 2/5/2017
To Honor Israel`s Memorial Day, They Attacked My Family Bradley Burston - Haaretz - The annual memorial, organized by the Bereaved Parents Circle and Combatants for Peace, joint Israeli-Palestinian groups working for reconciliation and peace, has resonated so deeply within this society that after a dozen years, even the Tel Aviv-area basketball arena in which it was held this year, proved too small to contain all those who wanted to take part. And this was even after Israel denied entry permits to hundreds of West Bank Palestinians who wanted deeply to attend. But, some self-appointed saviors of the Jewish race saw these thousands as a danger. [bz] 2/5/2017
Video: Israeli Palestinian Bereaved Families for Peace - The Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony, 2017 1/5/2017
Wife of jailed Fatah leader tells of her fears for hunger strikersPeter Beaumont - The Guardian -Her husband is the convicted killer some call the Palestinian Mandela [ry]1/5/2017
Day of anger in Palestine in solidarity with the hunger strikers Ahmad Jaradat - AIC - Protests and clashes with Israeli soldiers erupted soon after Friday prayers. Dozens of Palestinians were injured and many more overcome with teargas [ry]1/5/2017
225 Palestinians Barred From Entering Israel for Joint Memorial Day Ceremony Barak Ravid - Haaretz - For the past 12 years, The Parents Circle Families Forum, an Israeli-Palestinian organization for those who have lost family members to the conflict, along with Combatants for Peace, have held an alternative Memorial Day ceremony which has been attended by thousands of people. The ceremony includes both Israeli and Palestinian speakers and is intended “to commemorate the memory of the victims of the conflict and the shared pain,” say organizers. The event will be held on Sunday evening, the beginning of Memorial Day in Israel, at the Shlomo Group Arena next to the Tel Aviv Convention Center. As of now, it seems that the 225 Palestinian participants will not be able to attend. - after a stabbing attack a week ago by an 18-year-old resident of Nablus injuring four in Tel Aviv. [bz for dn] 30/4/2017
13 Palestinian journalists injured while attempting to cover Jerusalem sit-inMa`an - Israeli police had forcibly evacuated a peaceful sit-in organized at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City, held to express support for approximately 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike in Israeli prisons for the past 14 days. After marching through the streets, chanting slogans in solidarity with the hunger strikers, demonstrators were chased by Israeli police on horseback, with Israeli police officers also ripping up and confiscating pictures of Palestinian prisoners that protesters were carrying. [bz for dn]30/4/2017
Barghouti: BDS is growing as Israel becomes associated with far-right movements around the worldJesse Rubin - Mondoweiss "The event was organized by Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD)—a coalition of Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine and Barnard College Jewish Voice for Peace calling for the university’s divestment from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. “Tonight’s panel will allow us all to reflect on what it means to build a movement against apartheid in the 21st Century” said Nadine Talaat of CUAD and moderator of the talk... Mr. Barghouti’s travel ban was just last week lifted by an Israeli court, allowing him to accept a peace prize at Yale University before coming to speak at Columbia." ca27/4/2017
Did Netanyahu`s ultimatum to German foreign minister pay off? Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "Not only is this not a victory for Breaking the Silence, this is a setback in their effort to convince Israeli society to fight against the occupation. Even before the organization stood at the center of a storm that hurt relations with an important ally of Israel, large segments of the public disagreed with its work and see it as slandering Israel Defense Forces (IDF) abroad...Gabriel, like Netanyahu, seemed to act for domestic political reasons. He defended his decision not to give in to the prime minister`s ultimatum, saying that meeting with organizations opposed to Israel’s policy is “totally normal." Gabriel then said that it would be unimaginable to cancel meetings with Netanyahu if he met with critics of the government in Germany, adding, “We mustn’t become part of the domestic policy game in Israel.” But that’s exactly what he did." ca 27/4/2017
Lecture and Movie at the Cinemateque JerusalemThursday, April 27 at 8:00 PM. Itay Mack: The Many Facets of Israel`s Wars and The Lab.26/4/2017
Hillel must put Jewish diversity and social justice above Israel allegianceAlly Fernandez - +972 - "I am exactly the kind of Jew whom Naftali Bennett thinks should not exist. I am a proud, Puerto Rican, feminist, Jewish woman of color who stands in solidarity with Palestine and supports the call for BDS." - id 26/4/2017
Nabi Salih marches in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strikeFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "Teargas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and live rounds were fired at demonstrators by Israeli forces who later surrounded and blockaded the village for several hours." - id 26/4/2017
Barghouthi`s health deteriorates on 8th day of Palestinian prisoner hunger strikeMa`an - Israeli authorities have cracked down on Palestinian prisoners since the beginning of the strike, placing scores of hunger strikers in solitary confinement, or dispersing them throughout Israel’s network of prisons to separate hunger strikers from each other, while denying the vast majority access to their lawyers and maintaining a freeze on family visits. --Barghouthi who had a severe drop in blood pressure and blood sugar levels was not willing to take medicine offered him by the prison authorities. [bz] 25/4/2017
Settler attack showcases impunity of Jewish extremistsGuy Hircefeld - +972 - In all my years as of activism, I have never seen or experienced such hatred as I did last Friday, when masked settlers attacked a group of Ta’ayush volunteers with clubs and stones [ry]24/4/2017
186 security prisoners quit hunger strikeRaanan Ben Zur - Ynet - 100 prisoners reported that they were dropping out just 24 hours after it began. Most of the prisoners who joined the strike hailed predominantly from Fatah and the Popular Front, with only a handful being members of Hamas. The security prisoners resolved to stage the hunger strike after a series of demands submitted to the Israel Prison Service were rejected, among them that the Prisons Service install public telephone wings, similar to those installed for criminal prisoners. [bz for dn]23/4/2017
More Palestinians join mass hunger strike on 6th day, PFLP leaders transferred to solitary. Punitive measures against the hunger strikersMa`an - The Handala Center for Prisoners added that these procedures used on hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners were “aimed at breaking the will of prisoners and preventing the strike from growing.” The center also rejected all “collective punishment procedures” imposed on Palestinian prisoners and added that such policies “violate all international and human rights laws.” [bz for dn]23/4/2017
Video of Nabi Saleh latest weekly protestDavid Reeb - Friday April 21 protest by the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners` hunger strike. Also against the theft of their land and their spring by the neighboring settlement Halamish, against the Israeli occupation and against apartheid. [bz for dn]23/4/2017
Israeli settlers attack peace activists in West BankThe New Arab - One settler can be seen striking prominent Israeli peace activist Rabbi Arik Ashcerman on the back of the head with a stick. At least five activists from the grassroots movement Ta`ayush were injured in the attack, including one with a broken arm. The incident took place in the Jordan Valley. [bz for dn] 23/4/2017
The ‘Beautiful Resistance’ of Aida Camp – “People cannot tolerate injustice for eternity”Features - ISM - "“Aida is a hotspot because it is so near the border.  They want us to be silent on every level.  They target the young to be collaborators.  The high unemployment rates lead to despair.  And when children feel despair, they feel unsafe.  At that point, the best thing is to want to die.”" - id 21/4/2017
1500 Detainees Continue Hunger Strike For Fourth Day IMEMC - "At least 1500 Palestinian detainees, held by Israel, are ongoing with their hunger strike for the fourth consecutive day, and intend to continue while more detainees are gradually joining the strike that started on April 17th, which also marks the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day." - id 21/4/2017
Haaretz columnist compares Barghouti to Irgun and Lehi fightersIsaac Dabush - YnetNews - In an acrimonious interview with Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin, Haaretz columnist and Army Radio interviewer Ravit Hecht draws angry reactions by comparing convicted murderer and terrorist Marwan Barghouti to fighters from the Irgun and Lehi.-rh19/4/2017
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Jewish Group Releases Blacklist of U.S. Professors Who Back Academic Boycott of Israel Judy Maltz - Haaretz "AMCHA`s list, which includes hundreds of names, comes weeks after Israel barred entry to supporters of boycott. `Knesset travel ban is toothless, unless there are lists,` professor says. Barely three weeks after the Knesset passed controversial legislation that would deny entry into Israel to any foreigners who publicly support a boycott of the country, a small but vocal Jewish organization that fights anti-Israel activism on American college campuses published a list Wednesday of all the professors in the United States who have ever called for an academic boycott of Israel." ca19/4/2017
Israeli Government Is Petrified of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement Mark Karlin - Truthout - Rebecca Vilkomerson: In our advocacy work for Palestinian rights, we must always be vigilant for cases of real antisemitism directed against Jewish people -- as opposed to protest against the Israeli state -- just as we need to do more to combat all forms of bigotry and oppression in all of our movements.-rh19/4/2017
‘Being a former prisoner’s daughter has instilled in me an unstoppable determination’Tamam Abusalama - Mondoweiss "My dad has always been the role model in my life. I have always been proud to be my dad’s daughter. His struggle, determination, strength and knowledge contributed much to my personality. Being a former prisoner’s daughter has instilled in me an unstoppable determination to break all borders and limits. I struggle against everything that violates my freedom and that of my people." ca19/4/2017
Samidoun: 1500 Palestinian prisoners launch hunger strike.Take action in support! 18/4/2017
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1500 Palestinian prisoners launch largest collective hunger strike in years: Take action in support!Samidoun - While the strike was announced by Fateh prisoners with Barghouthi as their spokesperson, prisoners from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Islamic Jihad, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hamas, the People’s Party and others have declared participation in the strike, especially in prisons like Hadarim, Gilboa and Nafha, where there is nearly unanimous participation in the strike among political prisoners. [bz]18/4/2017
Protesting the Technion`s `Arms trading course` Shahaf Weisbein - Hamushim/Coalition of Women for Peace - As part of the Global day of Action on Military Spending, Hamushim activists delivered to the Haifa Technion hundreds of letters petitioning against their arms trading course “Defense Strategy for International Markets”, reminding that “Israeli military industries fuel conflicts around the world, and their products are key to almost all mass killers, dictators and those involved in genocides today." [ak]18/4/2017
António Guterres and Federica Mogherini! Women demand: End the Siege on Gaza! (CWP petition)Gaza is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis in spite of all foreign aid. 18/4/2017
Palestinian prisoners launch mass hunger strikeZena Tahhan - Al Jazeera - Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners launch hunger strike to demand basic rights in Israeli jails [ry]17/4/2017
Swiss lawmakers roll back anti-BDS lawAdri Nieuwhof - EI - On 8 March, the lower house of the Swiss parliament passed an anti-BDS bill put forward by the right-wing People’s Party. But now the foreign affairs committee of the upper house has stripped all references to BDS and the Middle East from the text. The upper house will debate the amended measure in May. The motion passed by the lower house urges the government to ban any funding to nongovernmental groups “implicated in racism, anti-semitism, incitement to hatred or BDS campaigns.” Switzerland now joins the European Union, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden in resisting pressure to outlaw or ostracize BDS as a tool to defend the rights of the Palestinian people. [bz for dn]16/4/2017
Bargouthi urges solidarity with Palestinian prisoners ahead of hunger strikeMa`an - "We call upon our people to join demonstrations, rallies, sit-ins, and general strikes, as we urge (Palestinian) President Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), Palestinian leadership, and Palestinian factions to take steps at every level to free prisoners and support them in their battle," Bargouthi wrote in a statement conveyed to Ma’an by his wife Fadwa. "About one million Palestinians have been detained, tortured, psychologically and physically humiliated, and subjected to demeaning and bitter conditions in the bastilles of barbaric Zionist colonialism." [bz for dn]16/4/2017
‘Peace train’: ‘Only women will lead to real change’Itay Blumenthal - Ynet - Some 1,000 women dressed in white from the Women Make Peace movement boarded the train from a number of stations along the route. The main event took place in Beit She`an, where Likud MK Yehuda Glick and Michal Fruman, who was injured in a stabbing attack in Tekoa and other public figures participated. ‘We want peace regardless of our political outlook, we will support any leader that leads to peace.’ [bz] 15/4/2017
Palestine Museum of Natural History opens in BethlehemMazin Qumsiyeh - We opened the Palestine Museum of Natural History and our botanical gardens (part of the Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University) to the public. This is a dream come true, a culmination of countless hours and countless volunteers. We started preparing and working here in Mar Andrea in August 2014. We had a strategy to officially open the museum after five years but here we are with an opening ceremony in about half the time. We consider this a Palestinian national accomplishment. [ak] 15/4/2017
University of Exeter Must Not Normalize Israeli Apartheid Alex Clark - The Palestine Chronicle - The University of Exeter is a microcosm of university campuses across the UK. Activists for Palestine have been met every step of the way with repression from government bodies, and university managements which do their bidding, and give in easily to pressure from pro-Israel lobby groups. But they have also been met with support from many students. At Exeter, students will continue to fight for their right to protest, to support the work of their elected representatives, and to campaign for solidarity with the Palestinian people. They will not rest until they have achieved Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, knowing that, as with South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s, freedom for Palestine will not be far behind.-rh12/4/2017
CALL TO ACTION: Salfit under brutal settlement expansionISM - International Solidarity Movement - "Since the beginning of the year, the Salfit municipality in the occupied West Bank (Palestine) has become a target not only for illegal settlement expansion and growth but also for the imposition of serious restrictions to the daily lives of Palestinians." - id12/4/2017
Open letter to Jeremy Corbyn: "If Jackie Walker & Ken Livingstone are Anti-Semitic, then so are we" Tony Greenstein`s Blog - Dear Jeremy, We attach an Open Letter to you signed by 145 members of the [British Labour] Party, Jews and non-Jews, all socialists, who are alarmed by the treatment of left- wing supporters of Palestine facing victimisation within the party. We began collecting signatures before the NCC’s decision to extend Ken Livingstone’s suspension and your failure to defend him. Of other party members also enduring disciplinary, the most high- profile of these is Jackie Walker. We do not believe that the actions that Jackie has been accused of are, in any way, antisemitic. However, if the Labour Party is to employ an expansive definition of antisemitism that encompasses Jackie’s actions, then all 145 of us too are guilty.[ak]11/4/2017
Australia bars visit by Palestinian prisoner of conscienceAli Abunimah - EI - Australia’s policy of barring Palestinians based on their views aligns the country even more closely with Israel, which earlier this year passed legislation barring entry to advocates of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) measures against the state. On Monday, Israel barred entry to Anuar Majluf, the head of the Palestine Federation of Chile. The South American nation has one of the world’s biggest Palestinian diaspora communities. [bz]11/4/2017
Scores join Freedom March: “Stop Annexing the Jordan Valley”Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC/Combatants for Peace - At the start of the protest, Israeli troops and police tried to block the road. However, the protesters kept marching, chanting slogans against occupation and settlements. The march went along the settler road and culminated at Ecome, a Palestinian-Israeli Peace Farming Project at the entrance to Jericho city. In the concluding rally, Israeli organizer Noga Herbaz said "Soldiers demolish homes, leaving Palestinian families and children without shelter under the burning sun, and deny Palestinians access to water - while at the same time building new Israeli settlements and providing them with all infrastructure". This, she said, amounted to a policy of Apartheid. [ak]11/4/2017
Passover event at Umm Al Hiran 11/4/2017
Israeli police block Palestinian `March of Return`Jonathan Cook - Al Jazeera - The March of Return is held each year to commemorate the 1948 Nakba [ry]10/4/2017
Haaretz to Distribute 100,000 Jubilee Haggadahs New Israel Fund - "The Haaretz newspaper will distribute 100,000 copies of the Jubilee Haggadah that marks 50 years of occupation of the Palestinians on the eve of Passover next week.In the arrangement sponsored by the New Israel Fund, Haggadah supplements will be inserted in the Haaretz print edition in Israel on April 9.The Haggadah was compiled by Save Israel, Stop the Occupation (SISO) and includes writings from public figures such as American comedian Sarah Silverman and Israeli author Amos Oz." ca 7/4/2017
International petition against the eviction of Umm el Hiran 5/4/2017
Basel Ghattas: Why I brought phones to Palestinians in prisonMiddle East Eye - "In fact, it was a personal act motivated by humanitarian and moral reasons. Palestinian "security prisoners" are denied the right to communicate with their families and relatives by phone - a clear violation of the recently ratified UN `Nelson Mandela` rules for the treatment of prisoners. I several times took up with the prison authorities and the minister in charge the demand that Palestinian prisoners get att least one public phone in each section of the prison under the full surveillance of the prison authorities - as is the practice with (Jewish) "criminal prisoners". To no avail. It was in this context that I finally decided to help Palestinian prisoners communicate with their families." [For the next two years, Ghattas himself will now be denied the possibility of communicating with his family, unless somebody succeeds in smuggling a mobile phone to him. ak]4/4/2017
"Police Minister Erdan, add us to your blacklist!" - a petition Already more than a thousand Israeli citizens signed the petition "Gilad Erdan, note it down: we, too, boycott the settlements!!"4/4/2017
`Police Minister Erdan, add us to your blacklist!` - a petition Already more than a thousand Israeli citizens signed4/4/2017
The Next Phase in the War on BDS: Why Israel Detained Omar BarghoutiRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "[BDS] is a decentralized movement with local, regional, national and global networks spanning hundreds of cities across the world. Smearing one individual, or a hundred, will not alter the upward movement of BDS. Israel will soon realize that its war on BDS, freedom of speech and expression is unwinnable. It is a futile attempt to muzzle a global community that now works in unison from Cape Town, South Africa to Uppsala, Sweden" [ry]3/4/2017
`The occupation will collapse. And then we`ll build a moral society here`Yuli Novak - +972 - On Saturday night, thousands of Palestinians and Jews gathered in Jerusalem for an anti-occupation protest marking 50 years since the occupation began. Breaking the Silence head Yuli Novak spoke to demonstrators about the importance of solidarity and resistance to the violence and racism of the Israeli government. [bz for dn]2/4/2017
Under Israeli gag order, Omar Barghouti urges more BDSAli Abunimah - EI - Barghouti was due to travel to the US this month to receive the Gandhi Peace Award. But by preventing him from doing so, “Israel’s regime has inadvertently increased the publicity around this award,” Barghouti asserted. [bz for dn]2/4/2017
Can J Street coherently fight both boycott and occupation?Noa Yachot - +972 - Students representing the university arm of J Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby,” attracted the ire of the anti-BDS conference at the United Nations when they rose to ask how to counter BDS to fellow students who oppose Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. [bz]1/4/2017
Jews and Arabs March in Jerusalem - say stabbing attack `was a painful reminder of the price of the occupation.`Nir Hasson - Haaretz - Avi Buskila of Peace Now, expressed hope for unity: "The rightist settler government and the occupation want hatred to take over hearts and control the streets, with Jews hating Arabs, Mizrahim hating Ashenazim, rightists despising leftists, Ofakim hating Tel Aviv. They are afraid because they know we will win, all of us, Jews and Palestinians, Jerusalemites and Tel Avivians, Mizrahim and Ashkenazim, Ethiopians and Russians, men and women, all of us together will win." [bz]1/4/2017
Jews and Arabs march in Jerusalem to protest Israeli occupation (video) 1/4/2017
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