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Detainee Jawareesh Starts Hunger Strike Demanding Ending Violations, Constant TransfersIMEMC - "Mohammad Hamida, the head of the Association of Palestinian Prisoners called on international human rights and legal groups to intervene and stop the constant and escalating violations against the detainees, and the illegal policies of medical neglect, which recently claimed the life of detainee Yasser Hamdouni." id28/9/2016
`Vancouver wine stores are on the wrong side of history!`Boycott Israeli Wines (Canada) - "Don`t Drink with Apartheid!" Vancouver activists came out in the rain to support BDS (despite all attempts to silence them) and to call upon Liquor Stores in British Columbia that by selling Israeli wines they are on the wrong side of history. [ak]27/9/2016
Let the Women’s Flotilla reach the Port of Gaza!Gush Shalom - Gush Shalom calls upon the government to allow the Women’s Flotilla which sailed from Barcelona to reach the shores of Gaza. There should be no repetition of the shameful images of Israeli commandos brutally boarding and taking over vessels on the open sea and using Taser guns against international peace activists - images which are a disgrace to the State of Israel and its citizens. [ak]27/9/2016
For an Economic Boycott and Political Nonrecognition of the Israeli Settlements in the Occupied TerritoriesTodd Gitlin, Peter Beinart, Peter Brooks, Michael Walzer, Edward Witten, et al. - The New York Review of Books - We believe that [the] so-called Green Line, as defined by the 1949 armistice, should be the starting point for negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian parties on future boundaries between two states. To promote such negotiations, we call for a targeted boycott of all goods and services from all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories. [bz]27/9/2016
Why I`ll be on the Gaza flotilla this Jewish New YearOrly Noy - +972 Magazine - In the days set by Jewish tradition for introspection and forgiveness, I am reminded that as an Israeli citizen I am responsible for the disaster and tragedy befalling the people of Gaza. I am reminded of one girl, Muna, whom I saw in a film by Gaza-based director Fida Qishta: bombings, white phosphorous, children’s bodies, more bombings, cruel and arbitrary attacks on fisherman, gunfire at farmers whose land is too close to the no-go zone, a father harrowingly calling for his son among the wreckage, and a 10-year-old girl, Muna, who accompanies Qishta throughout almost the entire movie, pointing out the location where the people she knew were killed. [ak] 27/9/2016
In latest Cases of Travel Ban; Israeli Authorities Prevent Nadia Abu Nahla from Travelling for Medical TreatmentThe Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the Israeli forces decision to prevent Nadia Abu Nahla (al-Bakri) (52), a cancer patient, from travelling via Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing to receive medical treatment in Tel Hashomer Hospital.[bz]27/9/2016
PHOTOS: Palestinians hold pray-in to protest road closuresAhmad Al-Bazz / Activestills - +972 - Palestinian residents of a village cut off by Israeli military closures hold prayer services at the roadblock to protest [ry] 26/9/2016
Why won’t Norway theater apologize for embracing Israel’s war crimes?Ali Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - The video and a written “apology” were published as a work of art on Friday, online and in the national newspaper Morgenbladet. The ambiguity was deliberate and those who didn’t pay attention to the small print might not have noticed that it was a performance. The work’s creators wanted to draw national attention to artistic complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights. [bz] 25/9/2016
Jewish National Fund Gives $530K From American Donors to West Bank SettlementJosh Nathan-Kazis - Forward - “People who are putting their dollar bills in a JNF (box), or writing a check to buy a tree, might want to know that instead of buying a tree in Israel … that their money might be going to developments in the settlements which block peace,” said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, T’ruah’s executive director. T’ruah also noted that JNF reported giving $33,000 to a U.S.-based group called Friends of Ir David, which funds the Israeli organization Elad, which is engaged in settlement activity in East Jerusalem. [bz]24/9/2016
Bil’in’s Weekly Nonviolent Protest Celebrates Victory Of Hunger Striking DetaineesIMEMC News - "The procession started from the center of the village, and headed towards the Israeli Annexation Wall, while chanting against the illegal Israeli occupation, ongoing violations and also celebrating the victory of Mohammad Balboul, his brother Mahmoud, and Malek Qadi." ca24/9/2016
Zaytouna-Oliva Leaves Corsica for Italy before Sailing to GazaIMEMC - "The Women’s Boat to Gaza (Zaytouna-Oliva) left the port of Ajaccio at 09:30, this morning. It is due to arrive later this week in Messina, Sicily, Italy, where it will dock for the last time, prior to sailing to challenge the illegal blockade of Gaza." CA23/9/2016
Why I am on the Women’s Boat to GazaLISAGAY HAMILTON - CounterPunch - "I’m here because some 1.8 million Gazans are trapped in what is often described as a giant open-air prison." - id 21/9/2016
Women`s flotilla to Gaza is more than mere symbolismSusan Abulhawa - Al Jazeera = "Their actions blur the boundaries of nation-states, race and class, shifting loyalties towards universal rights." - id21/9/2016
B`Tselem: IDF prosecutors whitewashing Protective Edge crimesIlana Messika/TPS - Ynet - Even though Israel is not a party to the ICC, the Palestinians filed for “retroactive jurisdiction” which could entitle the court to jurisdiction on Operation Protective Edge if the Hague deems Israel “unwilling or unable” to prosecute its own alleged war crimes. [bz]20/9/2016
Prisoners begin mass hunger strike to support jailed student “fighting death”Charlotte Silver - The Electronic Intifada - Approximately 100 Palestinian prisoners have started to refuse food in support of 25-year-old Malik al-Qadi, who fell into a coma on 10 September after eight weeks on hunger strike. Just two days before he fell unconscious, an Israeli court suspended his detention order but said it could be reimposed if his health improved. Al-Qadi refused to end his strike, insisting his administrative detention order be completely cancelled. [bz]20/9/2016
Stand with Issa AmroCodepink petition20/9/2016
It`s time for the UN Security Council to recognize Palestine! We – Israeli and Palestinian citizens, and those of the rest of the world – call upon you20/9/2016
Hundreds of Israeli intellectuals to world Jewry: ‘End occupation for Israel’s sake’Times of Israel staff and AP - “We call upon Jews around the world to join with Israeli partners for coordinated action to end the occupation and build a new future, for the sake of the State of Israel and the generations to come,” the letter said. Signatories include seven high-ranking IDF officers, 20 former ambassadors, authors David Grossman, Amos Oz. [bz]17/9/2016
Barcelona Hosts Women’s Boat to Gaza (WBG) for their inaugural journeypPalestine News Network - "From September 12-14, the sailing vessels Amal-Hope and Zaytouna- Oliva will moor at Bosch i Alsina dock in the port of Barcelona where various events (concerts, talks, nonviolent workshops, a street parade and visits to the boats) will take place as farewell for the women leaving to break the blockade on Gaza." ca16/9/2016
Force-feeding law seeks to oppress Palestinian lives, not save themAmjad Iraqi - +972 - "Israeli security authorities view hunger striking Palestinian prisoners as political time-bombs that can undermine the occupation’s control. The High Court agrees." - id 14/9/2016
Barcelona Hosts Women’s Boat to Gaza - Departing WednesdayWBG - On September 14, the sailing vessels Amal-Hope and Zaytouna- Oliva, with their crews of women seeking to break the blockade on Gaza, will leave the port of Barcelona after a large farewell ceremony by the municipality and citizens of Barcelona. The boats will depart for Ajaccio, France and then travel through another Western Mediterranean port before reaching the shores of Gaza in early October. For the Barcelona-Ajaccio leg, the passenger lists include Malin Björk, a Member of European Parliament from Sweden; Zohar Chamberlain Regev, an Israeli who currently lives in Spain and Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army Colonel and former U.S. diplomat who resigned in 2003 in opposition to the invasion of Iraq. [ak] 13/9/2016
I need your immediate help to continue my life`s work 13/9/2016
Naomi Chazan: Against a referendum on ending the occupation Naomi Chazan - Times of Israel - The idea of a referendum is motivated by the need to challenge the foot-dragging of the Netanyahu government. Referenda, however, are very fickle political instruments. To conduct the first referendum in Israel’s history on the most essential and contentious question on the public agenda is foolhardy at best, if not downright irresponsible. Moreover, The notion that Israelis have the right to decide the political destiny of Palestinians is beyond absurd.It assumes that Israel possesses all the lands in question and can retain or discard them at will. Worldwide, referendums on the future of a specific territory are conducted among the residents of the areas affected - not among their overlords.[ak] 13/9/2016
Peace Now: Proposing a referendum on ending the occupation Ori Nir - Americans for Peace Now - Peace Now, in cooperation with other Israeli civil society organizations, launched a new initiative demanding a referendum on the future of Israel’s rule over the West Bank and on peace with the Palestinians.The referendum initiative, anchored in a new organization, Decision at 50, will collect signatures of Israeli citizens, demanding a voice in deciding on the future of the Occupied Territories – a decision until now dictated by the settlers and their allies, through establishing facts on the ground, with an immense impact on the national security and wellbeing of the state of Israel.Many prominent Israeli public figures have joined the initiative, including current and former Knesset members, former security officials, as well as prominent academics, entertainers and writers.[ak]13/9/2016
Call to action: Olive Harvest 2016 Press Releases - International Solidarity Movement - "Despite efforts by Israeli settlers and soldiers to prevent them from accessing their land, Palestinian communities have remained steadfast in refusing to give up their olive harvest." - id 9/9/2016
Olive Harvest 2016 Please contact for further information. 9/9/2016
Critiques not fit to print: Students and allies respond to ‘NYT’ coverage of Palestine activism on campusLeah Muskin-Pierret - Mondoweiss - "So, it was no surprise to find the Times coverage of campus activism on Palestine riddled with revealing silences and implicit endorsement of a right-wing “dialogue” effort that was cast as the laudable middle road." - id31/8/2016
Listen: US student politics “rapidly shifting” despite Israel lobby effortsNora Barrows-Friedman - The Electronic Intifada - "Across the country, students are gearing up for another academic year and another season of campaigning for Palestinian rights. They are organizing amidst expanded attacks on free speech waged by well-funded Israel lobby groups on and off campus." - id 30/8/2016
MSF celebrates 20 years wroking in Hebron Palestine News Network - PNN - "The two-day celebration, held in Hebron’s old city, will include a play which displays the ongiong struggle in Hebron’s H2 area, in addition to a photo exhibition showcasing the psychological effects of occupation and violence on Palestinians of all ages." - id 30/8/2016
PHOTOS: Palestinian protestors offer soldiers popsicles, receive tear gas in returnOren Ziv / - +972 - The villagers of Kufr Qaddum look for a creative way to protest the occupation [ry] 29/8/2016
Cairo Institute condemns crackdown on Palestinian activists The Arab Daily News - "Under international law, such measures amount to a collective punishment, a serious breach of customary law." - id 24/8/2016
UN deeply concerned at deteriorating health of striking prisoner Bilal Kayed PNN - Palestine News Network - "After 70 days of hunger strike, Kayed is reported to be in a critical condition and doctors have informed him that he may suffer irreversible damage to his health." - id 24/8/2016
Rights groups say Israel behind death threats campaignJillian Kestler-D`Amours - AlJazeera - Palestinian human rights workers targeted for attempting to hold Israel accountable for its treatment of Palestinians [ry] 22/8/2016
Palestinian journalist ordered to spend three months in admin. detentionHaggai Matar - +972 - The Supreme Court upheld the army’s request to extend Omar Nazzal’s remand by three months only, instead of four. The judges did not specify why he posed a security threat, and how he would cease to in three months’ time [ry] 22/8/2016
Israeli buys Palestinian girl a new bike after border guards broke hersJudah Ari Gross - Times of Israel - Burqan’s experience reminded Jolles of something that had happened to his father in Europe during the 1920s, when a group of anti-Semites attacked him and threw his bicycle into a river, Jolles said. Giving a little girl a new bicycle after hers had unfairly been destroyed was a way to “close that circle.” [bz]20/8/2016
Army Injures Three In Kufur QaddoumIMEMC News - "Morad Eshteiwy, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, said a large military force invaded Kufur Qaddoum and assaulted locals, holding the weekly nonviolent protest, leading to clashes.The army fired rubber-coated steel bullets, wounding three Palestinians, and many gas bombs, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation." ca 20/8/2016
Global protests highlight severe water crisis in Gaza and West Bank Orly Noy - +972 - "In a display of lights reflected in the water, activists from Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Boston, New York, Houston, Johannesburg, Melbourne, and Perth stood alongside ponds and beaches forming illuminated words reading, “Water is a basic right,” in different languages." - id 17/8/2016
Gaza merchants say Israel withholding permits, stifling tradeTimes of Israel staff and AFP - Gazan businessmen and traders staged a protest at a crossing point Monday over what they said was the mass cancellation of travel permits by Israel, which they blamed for suffocating trade, having scrapped hundreds of travel documents allowing them to enter Israel and the West Bank as well as other countries for trade. [bz]16/8/2016
Israel laying ground for new settlement near Bethlehem which would `cut West Bank in two`Ma`an - The announcement by the Israeli government came after Peace Now petitioned to the Israeli Supreme Court, demanding more transparency from the state of Israel regarding the plans, so the group could appeal the decision ahead of time. [bz]16/8/2016
WATCH: Activists show solidarity with parched Bedouin village Social TV - +972 - Israel’s National Water Company, Mekorot, supplies water to Israeli settlements in Area C of the West Bank while Palestinians are denied access to wells and pipes that run through their land. Watch Israeli activists show solidarity with Bedouin living on the edge of the village of Fasayil in the Jordan Valley. [bz]16/8/2016
European lawmakers show solidarity with hunger striking Palestinians prisonersMa`an - Anger directed at the Red Cross for the reduction in visits and at Israeli authorities for denying entry to scores of Palestinians from entering Israel to visit their incarcerated relatives has only intensified in recent weeks, as hunger strikes in Israeli prisons continued to gain momentum. [bz]16/8/2016
Crimea precedent might hasten “red card” to Israeli settlement teamsKwara Kekana - BDS South Africa - The next FIFA council meeting (October), is expected to deal will the six soccer clubs of Israeli settlements on the West Bank. A precedent is the decision of FIFA/UEFA, after the Russian occupation of Crimea in March 2014, to prohibit Crimean soccer clubs playing in the Russian league. [ak] 16/8/2016
Worldwide participation in the Palestine International Dance and Music Festival Palestine International Festival for Dance and Music (PIF) - This week in Palestine - The annual festival, designed as a creative project towards breaking the cultural siege imposed on Palestine and Palestinians, this year hosted international music and dance groups from such countries as Spain, Italy, Greece, Chile, Egypt, France, Morocco, Tunisia, Algiria, Iraq, the UK and Turkey. [ak] 16/8/2016
Activists break their Fast of Av in Sussiya, praying Liberman will save it todayTovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - The activists sang a traditional Tisha Be’av prayer, but added a special verse for Sussiya, “for the village in danger, because of the appetite of the state.” [bz]16/8/2016
In photos: Bethlehem LivePoppy Liuba-Carmichael - AIC - The Bethlehem Live Festival brings local and international artists to Palestine to revive historic Star Street and energize cultural resistance to Israeli occupation [ry] 15/8/2016
Global protests highlight severe water crisis in Gaza and West BankOrly Noy - +972 - An international light installation coordinated by the ‘Water Coalition’ calls for equal water rights for Palestinians [ry] 15/8/2016
Gaza football club dazzles IrelandCiaran Tierney - EI - “The talented young Palestinian footballers got to showcase their talents before Galway United’s biggest crowd of the season. Al-Helal played an exhibiton game during the half-time break in a match between Galway United and Dundalk. During the event, football fans rose to their feet, singing ‘stand up for Palestine.’ The gesture brought tears to the eyes of the boys and their two adult coaches” [ry] 15/8/2016
Palestinian seeks freedom in 3rd month of hunger strikeAP, Yahoo!News - “Bilal Kayed, 34, began the fast June 14, after Israel ordered him held for six months without charges, immediately following completion of a 14-and-a-half-year prison term, his relatives said” [ry] 15/8/2016
Tisha B`Av visit to threatened villages 14/8/2016
Statement concerning Israeli measures against activists Features - International Solidarity Movement - "Further isolation of Palestinians by denying access and/or deporting human rights activists aims to make Palestinian communities already vulnerable and suffering from abuse even more vulnerable." - id 10/8/2016
Re/Max continues settlement real estate deals - Code Pink intensifies protests Code Pink - Ahead of the Presbyterian General Assembly in June, CEO Dave Liniger of the real estate giant RE/MAX told the Presbyterians that "RE/MAX would stop earning profits" from sales of properties at Israeli settlements on the West Bank. As soon turned out, however, the Israeli subsidiary of RE/MAX in no way feels bound to change its policies. RE/MAX Israel CEO Bernard Raskin told Judy Maltz of Haaretz that the promise to the Presbyterians has “zero impact on anything we are doing.” RE/MAX Israel currently operates in all of the large settlements and even has an office in the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumin! Therefore, the activists of Code Pink decided to intensify their campaign. There were protests outside RE/MAX offices in Los Angeles, California, and Syracuse, New York. Further protests are planned at cities across the country: from Chicago to Atlanta to Portland, Oregon. [ak] 9/8/2016
Fans call upon singer Gali Atari to cancel settlement performance Jerusalem Post - Singer Gali Atari, winner of the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest, is currently in the eye of the storm because left-wing fans want her to cancel her scheduled performance in the West Bank settlement of Shilo. The fans wrote on Atari`s Facebook page that if she sings in Occupied Territory, she will lose a lot of her following. Atari answered that "music was created as a bridge". [ak]9/8/2016
Swedes demand Israel repair ship after court victoryAFP - Yahoo News - In its ruling on Sunday the Supreme Court said the state impounded the ship illegally and awarded its owners legal costs of 40,000 shekels ($10,500, 9,400 euros). Ship to Gaza spokesman Dror Feiler said Ship to Gaza would now file a claim for damages. "They kept the boat for four years in the port of Haifa." It is still afloat but unfit to put to sea. "We will demand that the boat will be put into seaworthy condition so we can sail." [bz] 9/8/2016
Palestinian music band protests Israeli Security Forces with an impromptu concertMEMO - Dawaween was blocked from leaving Gaza to travel to the Palestine International Festival for Dance and Music in Jerusalem [ry] 8/8/2016
Solidarity Ships to Sail for Besieged Gaza in SeptemberIMEMC News & Agencies - "Named ‘Amal’ and ‘Zaytouna’ — meaning ‘Hope’ and ‘Olives’ in Arabic, respectively — the ships will be led by an all-female crew of 24, including Nobel Prize winner Mairead Maguire" [ry] 8/8/2016
Israel launching task force to target, deport BDS activistsMa’an News Agency - "The Israeli government announced on Sunday that it was launching a task force to identify and deport members from the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, marking the latest attack on left-wing and pro-Palestinian activism by Israel" [ry] 8/8/2016
Global Shabbat Against Demolition!a call from Center for Jewish Nonviolence, T`ruah6/8/2016
What`s really behind PA`s threat to sue Britain? Rasha Abou Jalal - Al Monitor "“The PA is upset as the international resolutions that are in favor of the Palestinian cause are not being implemented, such as Resolution 194 issued by the UN in 1948, which acknowledged the Palestinian refugees’ right to return. The PA is seeking to push Britain into taking action to implement those resolutions.” (Quote from political analyst Eyad Qara - ca)" ca 5/8/2016
After FIFA complaint, Israel lets Gaza soccer players travel to championship game in HebronYoni Mendel - +972 - Like last year, the Israeli authorities - citing unspecified "security considerations" - initially refused to allow Palestinian soccer players to travel from Gaza to the West Bank to participate in the Palestine Cup Final. Like last year, the decision was changed and the players allowed to travel after the Palestinians appealed to FIFA, the International Soccer Federation. Travel restrictions on Palestinian players are one of the ongoing soccer-related issues raised by Palestinians, along with the situation of West Bank settler clubs being admitted to the Israeli Soccer League in contravention of FIFA bylaws. In last year`s FIFA Congress, the Palestinians agreed to shelve their motion to have Israel suspended - but it might be revived in the next congress. [ak] 2/8/2016
Kiryat Arba settler population is shrinkingDebra DeLee - Americans for Peace Now - A recent article in the Washington Post revealed the fact that Kiryat Arba – one of the most iconic and radical of the ideological settlements on the West Bank – is shrinking. Settlers there are given to lament that frequently-made statements of support from the Netanyhau government "mean nothing" because the government is constrained by "political considerations and outside pressure". [ak]2/8/2016
A concrete call for international action re Palestinian water rights 2/8/2016
Solidarity Water Convoy to the Jordan Valley – Sat. Aug. 6 2/8/2016
Pressure mounts on Israel to release Bilal KayedEmily Mulder - Al Jazeera - At least 100 Palestinian political prisoners have now joined a mass hunger strike in support of Bilal Kayed, as he nears 50 days without food in protest against his detention by Israel.Prisoners who have joined the strike, the majority comprising PFLP members, have come under harsh punitive measures by the Israel Prison Service, including isolation, violent raids on cells, and revocation of family visits. Lawyer Farah Bayadsi,who visited Kayed on Sunday at the Israeli hospital where he is being held, said that his health was continuing to deteriorate as he remained shackled to the bed under the constant watch of Israeli guards. [ak]2/8/2016
Palestine Youth Orchestra’s triumphant UK debutSarah Irving - EI - Palestine Youth Orchestra at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 26 July 2016 [ry] 1/8/2016
BDS and normalization: a Palestinian perspectiveHaidar Eid - AIC - Opposing the normalization of Israeli occupation does not make the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement exclusive; it is an essential political commitment for justice in Palestine [ry] 1/8/2016
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