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Emergency demonstration - the government is setting Jerusalem ablaze! 22/7/2017
J Street, a Reliable Foe of BDS, Urges Congress to Oppose Israel Anti-Boycott ActZaid Jilani- The Intercept - The Israel Anti-Boycott Actwould levy penalties of up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine — leading many to claim, such as the ACLU did, that it is a serious threat to free speech. J Street, founded in late 2007 to promote a two-state solution, opposes the Israeli occupation and general treatment of the Palestinians, but also its activists regularly find themselves at odds with left-wing groups such as Jewish Voices for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine who view BDS as the best way to end the occupation of the Palestinians. J Street often lobbies in favor of anti-BDS legislation. However, the Israel Anti- Boycott Act is a step too far for even these reliable opponents of BDS. J Street now sent an email to foreign policy staffers on Capitol Hill urging them to oppose the legislation as it is currently written, primarily because of its impact on free speech. [ak]22/7/2017
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The children of Nabi Saleh in Israeli prisons: a conversation with Bassem TamimiRichard Hardigan - Mondoweiss - The demonstrations in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh began in December of 2009. The villagers have been protesting against the theft of a local spring by the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish, but it has also been a battle against the Occupation in general. The Israeli authorities have responded to the protests in brutal fashion. In addition to three deaths and countless injuries over the years, the treatment of children has been particularly horrifying.-rh19/7/2017
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Palestinians pray outside Al-Aqsa Mosque in protest of new metal detectorsMa`an - Palestinians performed prayers outside of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to show their opposition to new metal detectors installed by Israeli authorities at the mosque`s entrances, which came in response to a deadly shooting attack at the holy site on Friday. Dozens of Muslim worshipers, all Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem, refused to pass through the metal detectors and gathered for dawn and afternoon prayers outside of the Lions` Gate entrance to the compound, which was opened Sunday after the compound had been under a rare closure since the attack. Meanwhile, Jewish Israelis were again allowed to enter the compound freely without the presence of Al-Aqsa security guards. [ak]18/7/2017
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Israeli And Palestinian Teens Have Advice For Divided AmericansSarah Ruiz-Grossman - Huffington Post - The YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus brings together Israeli and Palestinian teens to sing together and to discuss issues facing the region, as well as their own lives. Started five years ago by Micah Hendler, a Jewish-American, the chorus has around 30 students, about evenly split between Israelis and Palestinians. They come from schools in East and West Jerusalem, are Christian, Jewish and Muslim, and represent a range of political beliefs.-rh12/7/2017
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Palestinians hope UN ruling will improve life in Hebron : West Bank residents welcome decision to recognise Hebron`s Old City as World Heritage Site.Nigel Wilson - Aljazeera - Twelve states on UNESCO`s World Heritage committee voted in favour of the Palestinian proposal to name the city a heritage site, while three countries voted against the move and six abstained. The proposal was accepted despite intense lobbying from Israel and the United States to prevent the resolution from passing. Israel reacted furiously to the decision and announced it would cut $1m in funding to the UN that would be diverted to Israeli cultural projects in Hebron. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it "another delusional decision by UNESCO" and charged that by naming it a Palestinian heritage site, UNESCO had denied Jewish ties to the site.-rh 12/7/2017
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Will Mohammed Dahlan return to lead Gaza?Dylans Collins - Aljazeera - The document provides details of an alleged agreement between Hamas` second-in-command, Yahya Sinwar, and Dahlan. Under the deal, allegedly made during Egyptian-led talks last month, Dahlan would return to Gaza to lead the government and Hamas would run the territory`s interior ministry. Many believe that Dahlan brokered talks in Cairo between Hamas and senior Egyptian officials in an attempt to strengthen relations between Hamas and Cairo and pave the way for his return.-rh 12/7/2017
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Activist Issa Amro dragged through Israeli GulagRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "All of Amro’s protests have been non-violent but effective in generating public attention to the illegal activities of the settlers, who often engage in unpunished violence against Christians and Muslims." - id 12/7/2017
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Call to action: Olive Harvest 2017The ISM will be holding mandatory two day training sessions which will run weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays.12/7/2017
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Pro-Palestinian activists disrupt Radiohead concert in ScotlandCOS Festival News - Next week, Radiohead are due to take the stage in Tel Aviv. The performance has drawn controversy from Palestinian activists, and a group of musicians including Roger Waters, Thurston Moore, and Tunde Adebimpe signed an open letter calling on Radiohead to cancel the Tel Aviv concert. During Radiohead’s concert at the TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, there was a strong presence of activists from Glasgow Palestine Action, Glasgow Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and Radiohead Fans for Palestine. When Radiohead took the stage, they were met by a sea of Palestinian flags and signs. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke appeared agitated by the protestors. Prior to the band’s performance of “Myxomatosis”, he repeatedly exclaimed, “Some fucking people!” while staring out into the crowd. He was also caught giving the middle finger.[ak]11/7/2017
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A disaster! An American Jewish BDS supporter slipped in! Yael Marom - +972 Magazine - Last Thursday Israel Hayom - the widely-circulated paper owned by the right-wing gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson - carried a sensational headline: “BDS activist tricks authorities, enters Israel against protocol”. What the paper called "a disaster" referred to Ariel Gold, a prominent activist in the left-wing feminist organization, CODEPINK, getting through Ben Gurion Airport and getting to Hebron, to attend the trial of Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro. "I was interrogated by the airport security. I told them I support Palestinian human rights and international law, and believe only in nonviolence as a way to achieve that. BDS is certainly a non-violent way". [ak]11/7/2017
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Issa Amro, activist from Hebron: I am headed to court 9/7/2017
Beyond protesting occupation, `Sumud` is protecting lifeSami Awad - +972 "For over a month now, I have been involved with a group of Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals in a new and emerging protest and protect movement called “Sumud: Freedom Camp.” One of our key aims is to build a nonviolent movement that focuses on joint action toward resisting the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian people." ca7/7/2017
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What does it take to support excellent journalism in Israel/Palestine?Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "To work as a journalist in Palestine means to expect at any moment injury, arrest, or even death,” writes reporter Linda Shalash. “Why do I keep reporting despite the danger and abuse? If I face death in order to help build a better tomorrow—well, there is no more important cause for which to take such a risk.” ca7/7/2017
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Fri. July 7 - the Israeli-Palestinian Freedom March 7/7/2017
Gaza`s child laborers find their way back to school Najlaa Eskafi - Al-Monitor - Operated by Terre des Hommes, an international nongovernmental organization, the center raises awareness among children, parents and other community members about the dangers of child labor and the importance of education. The center helps vulnerable working children and those who drop out of school through various projects, ranging from a summer school to year-round programs requiring a few hours every day.-rh 5/7/2017
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US church demands end to abuse of Palestinian childrenAli Abunimah - EI - "The resolution – passed with the support of 79 percent of delegates at the general synod in Baltimore, the church’s top governing body – urges Israel to “exercise an absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment of detained children” and cease all practices that violate “international juvenile justice standards.”" - id 5/7/2017
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40 days and 40 nights: Building a new reality in Sumud Freedom CampSophie Schor - +972 - "Members of the Popular Resistance Committee of the South Hebron Hills, Holy Land Trust, Combatants for Peace, All That’s Left: An Anti-Occupation Collective, and Center for Jewish Nonviolence came together in an unprecedented joint effort." - id 5/7/2017
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Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar arrested by Israeli occupation forcesAddameer - "Israeli occupation forces arrested Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin, chairwoman of the Union of Palestinian Women`s Committees, who have been taken to an undisclosed location, in addition to 9 other individuals in a pre-dawn raid" [ry]3/7/2017
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Turning up the volume in GazaOsama Najjar - EI - “But Gaza is also a place of unyielding spirit, of occasional joy and of music and performance. In spite of the odds, young people have formed bands to convey some of the reality of Gaza” [ry]3/7/2017
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`It`s okay to be racist in Israel`Zena Tahhan - Aljazeera "“ You dehumanise them just so you can say no at a checkpoint. But the next time you`re in a situation where you have to push them it`ll be easy enough for you to push them. And then when you have to shoot them, it`ll be easy enough for you to shoot them.” Sahar Vardi, Israeli activist." ca 30/6/2017
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IDF releases conscientious objector after 110 days in prison+972 Magazine Staff - +972 - "Ben-Abba was released on grounds of unsuitability...“The army can call the waiver [from mandatory conscription] whatever it wants, but the fact of the matter remains that it gave me a waiver as a result of my simple refusal to participate in a system that uses violent means to oppress another people."" - id 28/6/2017
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Former soldiers to Israeli gov`t: Investigate us for occupation abusesYael Marom - +972 - ""Violence is a permanent practice of the occupation in the territories, and it is destroying us from the inside as a society. The lone investigation against a left-wing activist is political persecution and has no intention of reaching the truth.”" - id 28/6/2017
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British court allows councils to boycott IsraelBen Jamal - The Guardian - In September last year the UK government announced a new guidance, prohibiting local government pension schemes from pursuing “divestment and sanctions against foreign nations and UK defence industries" - i.e. the boycott of Israel. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, of which I’m the director, decided to take the government to court. I found myself in a sweaty room in the Royal Courts of Justice, packed with fellow Palestine activists, listening to detailed and sometimes arcane legal arguments about pension law. Finally, on 22 June, we got the verdict – we won! Judge Sir Ross Cranston ruled the government "guidance" was unlawful and that the government had acted for an improper purpose.[ak]27/6/2017
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Former soldiers to Israeli gov`t: Investigate us for occupation abuses+972 Blog - Israel’s justice minister demanded an investigation of an anti- occupation activist after he admitted to beating a Palestinian during his army service. Now other former soldiers are stepping up to show solidarity [ry] 26/6/2017
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Indignation and horror: 26 writers visit PalestineAnne Haverty - The Irish Times - Book review: ‘Kingdom of Olives And Ash: Writers confront the Occupation’ [ry]26/6/2017
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Jews Gather at Sumud Freedom Camp to Support Palestinian Outpost in the West BankElhanan Miller - Tablet Magazine "Six months ago, a coalition of Palestinian organizations and left- wing Jewish American groups decided to take up Aamar’s cause. On May 19, 300 activists arrived on the site and set up the “Sumud” Freedom Camp, Arabic for “steadfastness.” The group, which included 130 volunteers with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, erected tents and began clearing rubble from the abandoned caves, preparing them for repopulation." ca23/6/2017
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Write to NY Times about Gaza power cuts 21/6/2017
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B’Tselem field researchers detained by Israeli police in HebronAmit Gilutz - B`Tselem - B’Tselem field researchers Manal al-Ja’bri and Musa Abu Hashhash were detained in Hebron while documenting the increase in movement restrictions imposed by the military at the Bakery Checkpoint. Al-Ja’bri was questioned and held in police custody in the settlement of Kiryat Arba until late night. Abu Hashhash was held at the checkpoint for about 40 minutes and released. [ak] 21/6/2017
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Central Bureau of Statistics: 70% Rise in Construction of Settlements during The Past Year, Compared to Previous YearPeace Now - The ICBS data also shows that between April 2016 and March 2017 there has been a decrease of 2.65% in construction starts within Israel proper (excluding settlements).* [bz]21/6/2017
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Israelis release paper lanterns in solidarity with blacked-out GazaEli Bitan - +972 - "According to Gisha, an Israeli legal NGO that focuses on Gaza, Israel has for years been selling 120 megawatts to Gaza — supplied through 10 power lines — with each line carrying 12 megawatts. On Monday morning, Israel cut supply on two lines from 12 to eight megawatts." - id 20/6/2017
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PNGO applauds Swiss Parliament blocking attempt to criminalize BDSPNN - Palestine News Network - "The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network said that the right to engage for the rights of the Palestinian people through BDS is publically recognized by the EU as well as the governments of the Netherlands, Ireland and Sweden." - id 20/6/2017
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Lighting the sky of Gaza 19/6/2017
Iftar in the RubbleShow solidarity with Palestinian families affected by Israel’s policy of home demolition 14/6/2017
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Amnesty International: ban all settlement goods, prevent foreign companies from operating in settlementsEdith Garwood - Amnesty International USA - Amnesty International has launched the ‘Occupation @ 50’ campaign - calling on all states to abide by their legal obligations under international law to not recognize or assist illegal situations, and therefore to: 1) Stop helping to sustain the settlements (illegal activity) by banning all settlement goods from their markets; and 2) Prevent companies domiciled in their countries from operating in settlements or trading in settlement goods. [ak] 13/6/2017
The PA’s wrongful actions towards Gaza residents does not mean Israel can shirk its responsibility for their fateAmit Gilutz - B`Tselem - The Gaza Strip is in the throes of a humanitarian disaster. It is a crisis with severe, sometimes even fatal, consequences for the two million or so people living there. Without a regular power supply, all aspects of life are harmed; even the water and sewage systems are paralyzed, and untreated sewage flows straight into the Mediterranean. This reality is part of an Israeli policy, of the blockade Israel has imposed on Gaza for the past ten years, consigning its residents to living in abject poverty under practically inhuman conditions unparalleled in the modern world. [ak]13/6/2017
`Dean` of prisoners appointed to top Fatah bodyDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - "As the hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails ended, Fatah named the longest-serving prisoner, Karim Younis, to its Central Committee." - id 7/6/2017
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Two shot in Hebron as Israeli forces clash with protesters during general strikeFeatures - ISM - "The demonstrations occurred on the same day that the Palestinians held a general strike in support of the prisoners. According to the organisers of the strike, it was the first general strike since the first intifada to be observed by Palestinians living both at home and in the diaspora." - id 7/6/2017
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LGBTQ Israelis come out against occupation and homophobiaYael Marom - +972 - We are not prepared for the state to continue cynically using our identity in order to portray itself as an enlightened country, as all the while the occupation continues undisturbed, people are thrown out of their homes and into the street in Givat Amal and Umm al-Hiran, asylum seekers are sent to jail, and demonstrations are violently suppressed. [bz]6/6/2017
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Celebrate the end of Apartheid Jewish Voice for Peace - Youtube Video - Yesterday was New York’s annual “Celebrate Israel Parade.” But while Palestinians are denied their freedom, what is there to celebrate? So with JVPers and friends, we did something about it-- and you have to see it. Over 100 activists, seven of whom were arrested for civil disobedience, stopped and slowed the parade over and over again with a vision of what we can celebrate: ending Israeli Apartheid and the #DeadlyExchange between US and Israeli police and military. One group blocked New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his contingent, protesting the New York Police Department’s collaboration with Israeli security forces, an exchange of worst practices that harm Palestinians as well as communities of color in the US. Another group of queer Jews staged a sit in disrupting the LGBTQ contingent, holding signs saying “No pride in apartheid” and “Queer Jews for a free Palestine.” [bz]6/6/2017
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5 June 2017: Today is no ordinary dayB`tselem - Reporting the truth combined with international action that resonates locally are what may bring about a non-violent resolution to the present reality: this is the objective we are committed to and are working towards. Otherwise, the violence of the past half century - both organized and spontaneous - might be just a preview of much more to come. The effort to achieve a different future here is not only a pressing moral task. [bz] 6/6/2017
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Life under occupation: Resisting Israeli apartheid in H2 area of HebronPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - AIC - The violence of soldiers and settlers has not deterred the Shamsiya family from reporting on human rights violations in Israeli occupied Hebron [ry]5/6/2017
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In Haifa: A Jewish-Arab demonstration against the occupation 5/6/2017
UK poll shows strong backing for Israel boycottAsa Winstanley - EI - “Majorities of voters for the opposition Labour and Liberal Democratic parties said BDS is reasonable – 51 percent and 54 percent respectively. But even two in five of voters for the ruling Conservative Party also agreed BDS is reasonable. The poll is another sign of the growing divide between Prime Minister Theresa May and her own voters” [ry]5/6/2017
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