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Palestinian protesters egg US politicians visiting RamallahAFP - "Several members of the council and New York civil society groups were meeting a Palestinian polling company in the city of Ramallah, the polling company confirmed. As they left they were pelted with eggs by several dozen protesters, who also chased their bus. Palestinian security forces protected the Americans." CA 23/2/2018
French comedians Michele Laroque and Muriel Robin, “Don’t entertain Israeli apartheid !” 20/2/2018
French comedians Michele Laroque and Muriel Robin, “Don’t entertain Israeli apartheid !” 20/2/2018
Reprehensible actions by Israeli troops against Palestinians following killing of Rabbi Raziel ShevachDemolishing a home with inhabitants still inside, strip searching 3 women, setting dogs on 3 residents
B`Tselem - Press release - The troops involved in these incidents - including the commanders who gave the orders - are well aware of their complete impunity, as well as of the fact that the residents facing them are defenseless, even inside their own homes - and exploited this to the full. [bz]
`If they wanted to go to the bathroom, in their own home, they needed my permission` Breaking the Silence - BBC HARDtalk - "The mission was, again and again, to go into a family home in the middle of the night, push the family into one room and make the rest of the apartment into a temporary military position. If they wanted to go to the bathroom, they needed my permission. I remember especially a physician and his wife in Nablus. He was kind enough to talk with me and try to explain what it means to be a Palestinian." Avner Gvaryahu, Breaking the Silence`s executive director, speaking with BBC`s Stephen Sackur. [ak] 20/2/2018
Motorcycle racing star refuses to appear in occupied territory - race movedEdo Konrad - +972 - A Honda-sponsored racing event is moved from a settlement into Israel proper. Organizers admit they didn’t inform the headliner that it was in occupied territory, and the racer says he wouldn’t have participated if he had been told. [ak] 20/2/2018
Israel Social TV: Sa`ar Yahalom explains why he refuses to be a soldier "The occupation is not a small project of the army. The occupation is the project around which the army resolves." [bz]20/2/2018
Ahed Tamimi Returns Before Israeli Show TrialReports - ISM - "...all media and foreign diplomats were barred from entering the court room during the trial."..."When asked if he had any hopes for the upcoming trial he said “No, they are a state above the law”." - id 14/2/2018
Worldwide campaign in solidarity with Hebron 13/2/2018
“Dismantle the Ghetto, settlers out of Hebron”Hisham Sharabati - Hebron Defense Committee - On November 1, 2015, the Tel Rumeida neighborhood was declared a closed military zone, in order to "protect" Israeli settlers who established themselves there. Palestinians who are not residents have been denied access to this part of the city. Palestinian residents were forced to register with the army, or else risk being barred from their homes.(...) Thousands have been expelled from their homes, thousands of shops were closed. The occupation and its illegal settlers have turned the lives of 200,000 native Palestinians into a living hell. We call for a world wide campaign of solidarity with Hebron towards the anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre of Nov. 25th 1994, when an Israeli settler killed 29 people and wounded more than a hundred. [ak]13/2/2018
In one month, soldiers kill 5 unarmed young Palestinians – 3 with shots to the headB`Tselem press release - All were shot in the upper body during clashes and demonstrations that included stone-throwing, although they were not endangering the lives of the soldiers or of anyone else. According to the Israeli military’s open-fire regulations, shooting to kill is permitted only when the lives of security forces or other persons are in danger. Even then, it is allowed only when there are no other means of averting the danger. These incidents did not meet these conditions. [bz] 13/2/2018
Draft refusers prepare for jail: `We are part of a movement for change`Yael Marom - +972 - Saar Yahalom and Matan Helman will serve time in prison for refusing to enlist in the army because of the occupation [ry]12/2/2018
What happened to Palestine`s youth-led struggle?Mersiha Gadzo - Al Jazeera - "’Israel tries to destroy [the youth] by arresting them, imprisoning them and by attacking, especially, the student council,’ said Sondos Hamad, coordinator of the Right to Education campaign. ‘The Israeli occupation feels threatened by student leaders, by members of the student council, by those who are our hope to change the status quo’" [ry]12/2/2018
JVP urges companies to stop supporting illegal settlementsRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Those companies are shameful and include: Caterpillar,, TripAdvisor and Airbnb. These companies are contributing to the oppression of human beings in the West Bank and are undermining human rights." - id 7/2/2018
Hagai El-Ad talks war crimes, forced displacement, and int`l pressureJoshua Leifer and Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "B’Tselem’s executive director speaks to +972 Magazine about his organization’s decision to describe the demolition and displacement of Palestinian villages as ‘war crimes,’ and the role of international pressure in changing Israeli policy in the West Bank." - id 7/2/2018
Save Susiya from demolition! 6/2/2018
Court Extends Remand Detention of Ahed Tamimi and Mother IMEMC - "Amnesty International has launched an urgent appeal demanding the immediate release of Tamimi, whom they say has suffered aggressive interrogations, sometimes at night, while her family has also been threatened. “Her trial before an Israeli military juvenile court is imminent, we must mobilize quickly and effectively,” the rights group said, according to Days of Palestine." - id 31/1/2018
Ireland to vote on settlement trade sanctions billEdo Konrad - +972 - "The law would prohibit the import and sale of goods and services that originate in settlements in occupied territories, targeting Israeli settlements but also other occupations worldwide." - id31/1/2018
French intellectuals’ statement on Palestinian child prisoners published in “Le Monde”Samidoun - Ahed Tamimi’s case is not isolated. (...) According to the reports of international agencies, including UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, B’Tselem, Amnesty International and Defense for Children International – Palestine, three out of every four children arrested experience violence during arrest or interrogation. They are frequently arrested in night raids on their home; 85 percent of arrested Palestinian children were blindfolded and 95 percent were handcuffed. They are deprived of access to lawyers, denied the presence of their parents during interrogation and forced to sign confessions. They are also subject to “administrative detention,” imprisonment without charge or trial. They are often detained in detention centers located outside the territories occupied by Israel, making visits from their families difficult. The use of isolation cells for the interrogation of children is a practice that has been likened to torture under international law. [ak]30/1/2018
South African sports minister boycotts Davis Cup matches with IsraelAli Abunimah - EI - “[…] activists have pointed out, sports has never been an arena separate from politics, and the sporting boycott of South Africa was a key international tool to help bring pressure to end apartheid” [ry]29/1/2018
As long as occupation exists, soldiers will continue to speak outAvner Gvaryahu - +972 "We must make our voices heard sharply and clearly, so that every person who served in the occupied territories will know that speaking out is not merely an option — it is a moral duty." ca26/1/2018
Israeli Holocaust survivors ask Netanyahu not to expel AfricansAFP - Al-Monitor "We, who know precisely what it`s like to be refugees, to be homeless and bereft of a state that preserves and protects us from violence and suffering, cannot comprehend how a Jewish government can expel refugees and asylum seekers to a journey of suffering, torment and death," the 36 signatories wrote in an open letter published in English by Haaretz newspaper on Friday.The appeal came on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day." ca 26/1/2018
Israel official doubted Palestinian protest icon, her familyJOSEF FEDERMAN - AP News archive "The stunning comments by Michael Oren, a deputy minister and former ambassador to the United States, promptly drew accusations of racism from the family — the latest twist in a case that has turned into a public relations headache for Israel.The case revolves around Israel`s handling of Ahed Tamimi, who was arrested on Dec. 19 for slapping two Israeli soldiers outside her West Bank home four days earlier.Video of the scuffle quickly spread, giving Ahed worldwide attention. " ca 26/1/2018
ISM Training in the UKJoin ISM and come to the training in Manchester! 24/1/2018
Model fired from L’Oreal campaign due to 3-years old `anti-Israel tweets`IMEMC - Amena Khan, a model who has worked for L’Oreal since 2016, was fired Monday due to a vicious ad campaign, targeting her wearing a hijab and the allegedly "anti-Israeli" tweets which she published during the 2014 Israeli bombings of Gaza. The tweets, unearthed by the extreme right Breitbart news website, expressed support for the British journalist who at the time reported from the Gaza Strip and strongly criticized the killing of children by Israel. That was enough for L’Oreal to fire her. Ironically, when first starting to work for that company, Amena Khan had been herself the target of a BDS campaign - due to L’Oreal having a factory in the Israeli city of Migdal Ha`Emek. Now, those who then campaigned against her are demanding that L’Oreal reinstate her. [ak] 23/1/2018
El Al pilots refuse to fly deported African refugees to dangerous country Melanie Lidman - Times of Israel - One of the El Al pilots, Ido Elad, wrote on Facebook: “I have joined many of my best friends by declaring that I will not fly refugees to their deaths. I will not be a partner to this barbarism.” Noting the similar dangers Jews faced throughout history, pilot Yoel Piterbarg posted a lengthy missive on Facebook detailing why he refuses to fly the refugees back to Africa.“The State of Israel is populated mainly by Jews who were in their distant and recent past refugees in countries [around] the world,” wrote Piterbarg. “Most of them went through the Holocaust, many were forcibly expelled from their countries, and many emigrated voluntarily to better their situation to better countries that agreed to accept and care for them.” [ak] 23/1/2018
Listen: How Israel “couldn’t bear” Ahed Tamimi’s slapNora Barrows-Friedman - EI - “’We have to remember that this is a military court, and it’s a court of occupation,’ Lasky tells The Electronic Intifada Podcast. ‘The real task of this court is not to enact justice, but to perpetuate occupation.’ Israel wants to use Ahed’s case ‘as a deterrent to other Palestinians’ who see what Ahed did ‘and resist occupation the way she has done’” [ry]22/1/2018
Ahed Tamimi should stay in prison because she might slap again — Israeli ethicistJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - Yesterday, Kasher appeared as a commentator on Ahed’s case. In news coverage for the Dutch NOS Journaal, he is seen viewing a video of her slap (see link from 7:47). Here’s the text of his short interview: Kasher: “So she is permanently provocative. So I can understand the judge” [who has so far not released Ahed on bail, unlike her cousin Nour, ed]. Interviewer: “But she’s a minor. How can she be dangerous?” Kasher: “Dangerous in the sense that she can slap the… slap another officer, and another… ‘Dangerous’ doesn’t need to mean jeopardizing life. It means breaking law and order. I mean, not acting properly, to the extent that disturbs the people from accomplishing their missions.”.-rh17/1/2018
Apple censors Vic Mensa’s views on PalestineAli Abunimah - EI - "“I took scenes from the military occupation of a village I visited in Palestine and juxtaposed them with racial violence in America to show how similar our struggles are and imagine a world without division.” The Grammy-nominated Chicago artist went much further in a powerful essay in Time last week detailing Israel’s depredations and his sense of outrage after witnessing them last summer." - id 17/1/2018
Israeli army declares Nabi Saleh, home to Tamimi family, closed military zoneMa`an - "While Wafa said that the closure was enforced to prevent people from accessing the protest, some have speculated that the closure was taken as a punitive measure against the residents of Nabi Saleh, specifically the Tamimi family." - id 17/1/2018
Banning the Quakers won`t stop our struggle for justice in Israel-PalestineBrant Rosen - +972 Magazine - The inclusion of the AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) in the blacklist published by the government of Israel affects me directly, as a rabbi who works for AFSC, and who is proud of the important historical connections between the Jewish community and our organization. The AFSC helped get Jewish refugees out of Nazi Europe and got them settled in the US. A few years later, the AFSC helped Palestinian refugees who got in increasing number into the Gaza Strip. These were not contradictionary acts, as asserted by some apologists for the Israeli government. Helping Jewish refugees and helping Palestinian refugees derived from the same humanitarian commitment - which later led the AFSC to support the BDS call - a cri de coeur by Palestinians who were denied justice for many decades and who use a legitimate menas of non-violent struggle to demand rights which International Law should have guaranteed to them. [ak] 16/1/2018
Conscientious objector Mattan Helman imprisoned againWar Resisters` International: This is Mattan`s third imprisonment, at the end of which he will have spent 50 days in military prison in total. With links how to send protest and support emails. [bz] 16/1/2018
New Orleans Passes BDS inspired Human Rights ResolutionIMEMC - This is among the strongest municipal wins to date, encompassing both boycotts and divestment, and is the first of its kind in the South. The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights celebrate the victory today, on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, remembering the critical role of boycotts used in the Civil Rights Movement in protest of apartheid policies in the Jim Crow South. [bz]16/1/2018
Nabi Salah rally: release the Tamimi women! 12/1/2018
In Be`er Sheva, coexistence is `political,` and can get you evictedYehudit Keshet - +972 - "Over the years, the Forum, an NGO that promotes tolerance and joint living, has scrupulously adhered to this stipulation, imposed on tenants of all property owned by the city."- id 10/1/2018
Night Demonstration in Al-Khalil, HebronPhoto Story - International Solidarity Movement - "The action was organized by Dismantle the Ghetto, a collation of Human Rights organizations, popular resistance committees and Palestinian political organizations. They call for the removal of checkpoints and the illegal settlements in Hebron."- id 10/1/2018
Peace Now: Israel to approve more than 1,329 illegal settlement unitsMa`an - According to the group, two-thirds of the 1,329 units (883 housing units) “will be located in isolated settlements that Israel would probably have to evacuate under any two-state agreement.” Peace Now said that a total of 361 housing units will receive approval for validation, while another 986 will be approved for deposit. [bz]9/1/2018
Military court still mulls jailing of Tamimi teen until end of her trialYonah Jeremy Bob - Jerusalem Post - “If the court accepts the claim that the incident in the video does not justify being held in police custody until the end of the trial, especially when speaking of a minor,” her lawyer Gaby Lasky said, it will probably order Ahed Tamimi freed on bail like her cousin. She added, “Ahed was detained because of the feeling of insult and humiliation of part of the Israeli public, and the IDF prosecution wants to return the honor that was trampled on.” The IDF prosecution responded by saying Tamimi was indicted on 10 counts, including numerous instances of throwing rocks at soldiers and that law in the West Bank in such cases permits holding a detainee in custody until the end of a trial. There is also a debate over Tamimi’s family. Her father, Bassem, is revered in Palestinian circles as a Palestinian-style Gandhi for leading protests against the “occupation” and for being jailed over the years. The IDF prosecution views him as a crafty leader who has mixed violent and non-violent forms of protest, in order to harm IDF soldiers while reaping global sympathy. Tamimi’s mother, Neriman, is also under indictment and has been arrested in the past. [ak] 9/1/2018
Open-fire policyB`tselem press release - Not only in Iran: Israeli troops fire live ammunition during protests against Trump’s declaration, killing 10 Palestinians and injuring hundreds. In protests near the Gaza perimeter fence alone, Israeli soldiers shot and killed in December eight unarmed Palestinian demonstrators, none of whom posed mortal danger. [ak]9/1/2018
Hundreds protest in Tel Aviv against the deportation of asylum seekersHaggai Matar - +972 - The protest is the first of many planned to resist the government’s plan to deport 40,000 asylum seekers currently living in Israel [ry]8/1/2018
Israel bans entry for 20 groups over BDS supportJaclynn Ashly - Al Jazeera - “A spokesperson for Israel`s ministry of strategic affairs told Al Jazeera that the list did not represent a ‘blanket ban’on all members of the organisations, but the entry of their members would be considered on a ‘case by case basis’" [ry]8/1/2018
Petition: Free Ahed Tamimi! 7/1/2018
Dozens of Israeli teens: `We refuse to enlist out of a commitment to peace`Haggai Matar - +972 - Sixty-three Israeli teenagers have published an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday, declaring their refusal to join the Israeli army due to their opposition to the occupation. “The army carries out a racist government policy that enforces one legal system for Israelis and another for Palestinian in the same territory,” they write. “Therefore, we have decided not to take any part in the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people… for as long as people live under an occupation that denies their human rights and national rights – we cannot have peace.”-rh3/1/2018
Palestinian 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi is the latest child victim of Israel’s occupationHarriet Sherwood - The Guardian - Ahed’s experiences are echoed in the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the West Bank and Gaza. Such a brutal context for childhood can shape attitudes for a lifetime. Frank Roni, a former child protection specialist for Unicef in the Palestinian territories, said he had observed the “intergenerational trauma” of those growing up under occupation. “The ongoing conflict, the deterioration of the economy and social environment, the increase in violence – this all impacts heavily on children. Children form a ghetto mentality and lose hope for the future, which fuels a cycle of despair,” he said in 2013.-rh3/1/2018
Shin Bet Warns Israeli Ministers: Death Penalty for Terrorists Will Lead to Kidnappings of Jews Worldwide Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman has shared his negative opinion of the bill with the inner security cabinet. The security service will be presenting its opinion to the cabinet when it convenes to discuss the bill, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it would.-rh 3/1/2018
Israeli Anti-BDS Ministry Pays for Best ‘Journalism’ Money Can BuyRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Gilad Erdan’s ministry for strategic affairs has become a third intelligence branch (let’s call it “the third eye”) of the Israeli state alongside the Shin Bet and Mossad,  It’s brief is to fight an existential battle against the world-wide campaign to destroy Israel, aka “delegitimization.”  This primarily takes the form of a war to the death against BDS, a movement that is anti-Semitic and Jew-hating to its core (or so the story goes).  The ministry is filled with current and former Israeli intelligence agents; and wannabes like the poor Shai Masot, caught on video trying to topple a UK cabinet minister for being insufficiently pro-Israel." - id3/1/2018
An Israeli NGO has specifically focused on the US organization, `Refuser Solidarity Network.`i24NEWS - The NGO, “Reservists On Duty,” which was established in 2015 by IDF reserve combat soldiers and officers, works to counter Israeli NGOs that assist the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement(BDS). They sent a letter to the Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, regarding 63 Israeli 12th graders who declared their refusal to serve in the IDF - a letter originally revealed by Yedioth Ahronoth. “Shockingly enough", they write, "this organization is financed by an American based organization called RSN (Refuser Solidarity Network)." They argue that RSN’s status as a 501 (C)3, allowing it to receive tax deductible donations, is illegitimate due to the special alliance between the US and Israel. [bz]2/1/2018
Ahed Tamimi indicted: `There`s a possibility of her facing a lot of time` Jaclynn Ashly - Al Jazeera - Ahed`s father, Bassem, told Al Jazeera that it was very likely his daughter would be sentenced and imprisoned over the charges. Her lawyer Gaby Lasky told Al Jazeera that owing to the charges, "there`s a possibility of her facing a lot of time." Palestinian teenagers typically face about six to nine months in prison for charges of stone-throwing, but according to a recent law it is punishable by up to 20 years. [bz] 2/1/2018
Activists bring London commuters face-to-face with Ahed TamimiNatasha Roth - +972 Magazine - London activist groups put up posters at bus stops around the city calling for the release of Ahed Tamimi. The project — conceived and executed by London Palestine Action and Protest Stencil — hit London’s streets nine days after Israeli soldiers took Ahed, 16, from her Nabi Saleh home in the middle of the night, and is the latest in a series of global protests against the arrest. “Many of those involved in London Palestine Action have been to Nabi Saleh, and have joined protests there, have marched behind Ahed and her family” said Leila White of London Palestine Action. [ak]2/1/2018
Dozens of youth sign letter refusing to serve the occupationElior Levy - Ynet - 63 teen-agers from all over Israel pen letter to PM, ministers, refusing to enlist in the IDF and perpetuate the `occupation and oppression of Palestinians.` In the coming weeks, the group intends to visit various locations and enlist other youngsters to their cause. [bz]2/1/2018
Lorde called a bigot over Israel stance in full-page Washington Post adThe Guardian Staff and agencies - Advertisement taken by rabbi Shmuley Boteach also accuses New Zealand of prejudice against Israel [ry]1/1/2018
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