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Peace Now advocates film on Palestinian children healthcare needsRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Children should not have to suffer because of the circumstances or actions of their parents. Yet thousands of children living in Palestine who are born with heart defects are unable to receive critical medical care inside Israel because their parents are denied entry due to security or other reasons." - id 8/11/2018
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Why Is Israel Afraid of Khalida Jarrar?Ramzy Baroud - Counter Punch - "When Israeli troops stormed the house of Palestinian parliamentarian and lawyer, Khalida Jarrar, on April 2, 2015, she was engrossed in her research. For months, Jarrar had been leading a Palestinian effort to take Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Her research on that very evening was directly related to the kind of behavior that allows a group of soldiers to handcuff a respected Palestinian intellectual, throwing her in jail with no trial and with no accountability for their action." - id 8/11/2018
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Israel settlers dump sewage on Palestinian school in QalqiliyaMiddle East Monitor - Israeli settlers dumped their sewage on a Palestinian school in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqilia yesterday. The Azzun Beit Amin School playground was flooded with sewage for the second time in two months as a result of the settlers’ actions. Principal Alaa Marabeh said it would take more than ten days for the sewage water to dry and this has caused a foul smell to spread across the school building and risks damaging the students’ health. The settlers live in the nearby illegal settlement of Sha’arei Tikva which is home to some 4,000 Jewish settlers.-rh6/11/2018
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2 realitiesFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "Palestinians resist occupation with violence, they’re met with heavy handed military force. Palestinians resist occupation with non-violence, they’re met with heavy handed military force. It’s a no-win situation." - id1/11/2018
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WATCH: Israelis and Palestinians meet face to face at Gaza fenceOren Ziv - +972 - "The rare meeting lasted only a few minutes, until Israeli soldiers arrived and ordered the Israelis to leave the area." - id24/10/2018
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Geneva Initiative: the Two State Coalition project goes on Noam Rabinovich - The Geneva Initiative - In April 2018, the Geneva Initiative launched the Two State Coalition project – a program aimed at institutionalizing and consolidating the efforts of the Israeli and Palestinian peace organizations. The coalition works to encourage and support the Israeli and Palestinian peace camps by establishing a strong, inclusive and action-oriented coalition of civil society organizations acting in support of the Two-State Solution. In October, representatives of the member organizations of both the Palestinian and Israeli coalitions met for an intensive two-day workshop, aimed at analyzing and understanding the current political landscape and identifying possible messages and strategies that can influence the situation.We believe that civil society in both Palestine and Israel has the potential to be an invaluable force in promoting a negotiated settlement for the conflict.[ak] 23/10/2018
We have been fined for asking Lorde to boycott Israel – but we won’t be silenced Nadia Abu-Shanab and Justine Sachs - The Guardian - Our letter didn’t sway the balance of forces. The slow patient work of movement-building did. Nevertheless, Israel has thrust a platform beneath our feet. This platform comes with a responsibility to demonstrate how we can and should respond to its tactics. Israel’s aim was to intimidate, but also to set the terms of the debate. Israeli sensibilities are the starting point from which things must be understood. We see this in the way Palestinians are constantly quizzed on whether they believe in Israel’s right to exist, while Palestinian existence is denied and threatened. [bz]23/10/2018
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In Khan al-Ahmar, I found renewed hope for resisting the occupationOren Ziv - +972 - Over the last four months I have spent most of my time in Khan al-Ahmar, watching young Palestinians resist, day after day, the Israeli authorities’ attempts to demolish the village. On Saturday night, their struggle finally bore fruit [ry]22/10/2018
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Big BDS legal win in GermanyRiri Hylton - EI - "Supporters of the BDS [...] movement in Germany have won a two-year court battle against a local authority that could set a legal precedent for BDS activism in the country" [ry]22/10/2018
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Invitation to Emek Shaveh`s conference and updatesEmek Shaveh - "Emek Shaveh`s conference "Heritage as a Cultural, National and International Resource in Jerusalem," will deal with the impact of Jerusalem`s multi-layered heritage on the daily lives of residents." - id17/10/2018
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Israeli and International Activists Join Gazan Protestors in the Great Return MarchWafa Aludini - International Solidarity Movement - "On the morning of October 10, 2018, ten activists from around the world delivered messages of support to the Great March of Return in the Eastern Gaza Strip via Skype, as a part of a ‘virtual rally’ entitled “Words Over Walls.”...All people of conscience, all people who have a heart, regardless of nationality or religion, must stand with the brave people of Gaza and support their demand to be free and to return to their land and homes in Palestine. The siege on Gaza must be broken and the prison walls that surround Gaza must come down. Palestine must be free,” said author Mike Peled." - id17/10/2018
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Jerusalem students reserve seat for Lara Alqassem Adir Yanko - Ynet - Activists from the "Standing Together" students club at Hebrew University placed signs on seats throughout campus reading `Reserved for Lara Alqasem,` an American who is barred from entering Israel to pursue a graduate degree at the university because of her alleged involvement in the BDS movement. At the same time, the administrative staff at the university also expressed concern about Alqasem`s case, and the possibility that this case symbolizes an aggressive approach towards foreign students in academic institutions. [bz]16/10/2018
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The Israeli activists helping protect the Palestinian olive harvestOrly Noy - +972 Magazine - For the past decade and a half, dozens of left-wing Israeli activists have come together to accompany Palestinians to their groves during the olive harvest. Despite recurring settler violence, the situation has improved over the years. The coalition was formed in 2002 by 82-year-old Yaakov Manor, a veteran Israeli human rights activist. “In 2002 we had a friend from the village Hares who worked in the Palestinian Authority’s District Coordination Office. We asked him to organize a tour of several villages to see what was happening. We were 15 people, mostly from Ta’ayush. We went into many villages, sat with heads of local councils and farmers. Everywhere we went I wrote down the statistics — how many acres of land hadn’t been cultivated, what were the main problems, etc. I came home with my long list of villages, particularly ones located next to settlements. I counted something like 22,240 acres of land that had not been cultivated due to settler violence. In 2002, all the radical groups worked together to organize a large harvest. More than 200 people came, and we divided the volunteers into groups. Eerywhere we went, soldiers tried to block our way. They really waited for us, but we were able to circumvent them. From that day, we decided to do it every year.” [ak]9/10/2018
`We all live under one undemocratic system, so we must struggle together`Hillel Garmi - +972 - "In a letter from prison, Israeli conscientious objector Hillel Garmi responds to Ahmed Abu Artema, one of the leaders of Gaza’s Great Return March. ‘Although we will not agree on everything, I discovered a vision for justice in your writing.’" - id 3/10/2018
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Amnesty: Demolition of Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar is cruel blow and war crimeAMNESTY International - IMEMC - "Monday’s planned demolition of a West Bank village and forcible transfer of its residents to make way for illegal Jewish settlements is a war crime that lays bare the Israeli government’s callous disregard for the Palestinians." - id3/10/2018
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`We all live under one undemocratic system, so we must struggle together`Hillel Garmi - +972 - "In a letter from prison, Israeli conscientious objector Hillel Garmi responds to Ahmed Abu Artema, one of the leaders of Gaza’s Great Return March. ‘Although we will not agree on everything, I discovered a vision for justice in your writing.’" - id 3/10/2018
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Commemorating Uri Avnery - Tel Aviv Cinemateque, today Wed. Oct. 3 at 7.30 pm ‬Following Uri Avnery`s death, the Tel Aviv Cinematheque will hold today, Wed., Oct. 3 at 7:30 pm a renewed screening of Yair Lev`s 2002 film "Uri Avnery: Warrior for Peace" At the end of the screening, there will be a panel discussion including MK Zahava Gal-On, former Meretz Chair, MK Ahmad Tibi, a delegation from the Palestinian Authority headed by Elias Zananiri, a delegation from Kfar Kassem, headed by former MK Ibrahim Sarsur, Latif Dori, Adam Keller - Gush Shalom, Reno Tzror - former correspondent for "Ha`olam Hazeh" weekly, Raymonada Tawil - a Palestinian message. 3/10/2018
Irish public broadcaster won`t sanction employees who refuse to travel to Tel Aviv EurovisionThe Journal (Ireland) - Members of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity met with representatives of the Irish public broadcaster RTÉ, presenting presented a petition with over 11,000 signatures calling for RTÉ to boycott the 2019 Eurovision contest in Tel Aviv, since "Israel is determined to put forward a pretty face to hide its ugly regime of settler colonialism, apartheid and brutal military occupation”. The RTÉ representatives stated that they “will take away all that has been said and think about it”, and promised that "there will not be any sanction against anyone from within RTÉ who doesn’t wish to travel to the event in Israel, on conscientious grounds”. [ak]2/10/2018
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States can’t punish businesses for boycotting Israel, federal judge in Arizona saysIsaac Stanley-Becker - The Washington Post - U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa issued an injunction blocking enforcement of an Arizona state law which compels any business contracting with the state to submit a written pledge that it was not involved in boycott activity targeting Israel. The appeal was lodged by Jordahl, a lawyer involved in Jewish Voice for Peace, who asserted that the law infringed his First Amendment right to Freedom of Speech. The ruling was the second this year to turn back a wave of state legislation against boycott of Israel. The first was in January, when a federal judge in Kansas ruled that forcing contractors to sign a no-boycott certification violated "expressive rights guaranteed under the First Amendment." [ak]2/10/2018
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Classmates mourn boy shot dead by Israeli troops in Gaza borderReuters - "The school friends of Nassir al-Mosabeh sat tearfully in their classroom in Khan Younis on Sunday and mourned their 12-year-old friend who was killed in a protest on the Gaza-Israel border" [ry]1/10/2018
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Palestinian-French lawyer Salah Hamouri freed by IsraelAli Abunimah - EI - “Meanwhile France continued to reward Israel, including by hosting Israeli weapons firms at a Paris arms fair and proceeding with the controversial Saison France-Israël, a series of propaganda events sponsored by both governments aimed at whitewashing Israel’s image” [ry]1/10/2018
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