|Hebron Update: 19-25 November 2007||CPT-Weekly Update-"Israeli authorities are demolishing Bedouin homes in these unrecognized villages, part of an effort to force them to move to urban areas set up especially for them, and off their ancestral lands. The Bedouin resist these efforts to move them. When some of the villages petitioned the Israeli authorities for water services, the authorities told them their problem would be solved if they moved to the townships provided for them by the government."||30/11/2007|
| Replaying Rachel`s words||Kathryn Greenaway-The Gazette-"For Wong, the actress who tells Corrie`s story, "The play is not presented as anything other that one woman`s experience." She said she looks forward to meeting the Corries in Montreal. "During heartbreaking moments in the play you remember that someone`s daughter is dead.""||30/11/2007|
|Gush Shalom ad to run in Ha`aretz ||Gush Shalom-Haaretz Ad-"Olmert gave the conference a wreath of beautiful promises. He must prove that they are not rubber checks."||30/11/2007|
|A Moral Witness to the `Intricate Machine` : Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine||Avishai Margalit - The New York Review of Books - "I am an Israeli. I live in Jerusalem. I have a story, not yet finished, to tell." This is the opening line of David Shulman`s powerful and memorable book, Dark Hope, a diary of four years of political activity in Israel and the Palestinian territories. It is a record of the author`s intense involvement with a volunteer organization composed of Israeli Palestinians and Israeli Jews, called Ta`ayush, an Arabic term for "living together" or "life in common." The group was founded in October 2000, soon after the start of the second Palestinian intifada.""
|Volunteers called for olive harvest 2007|| ||28/11/2007|
|boycott call in Scotland: `Mei Eden is pillaging Syrian natural resources`||Anat Tzipkin - Y-Net - The Israeli mineral water company Eden Springs (Mei Eden), located in the Occupied Golan Heights, may lose a Ł117,000 (about $352,000) contract with Edinburgh`s city council due to claims that it is pillaging Syrian natural resources. ||28/11/2007|
|Danish trial to decide PFLP and solidarity activist rights||Ron Ridenour- World News-“The occupied settlements are a main cause of the increased violence. There are 140 settlements now in and around the West Bank. Many of these civilians are in the army reserves, are well armed and often conduct unprovoked attacks upon Palestinians. The military protects them but not the Palestinians,”||23/11/2007|
|Hebron Update 29 October – 4 November 2007||CPT-Hebron Update-"Frederick showed him her CPT ID, but he insisted on seeing her passport, which he snatched from her hand. Scowling, he looked at Frederick and said, “You’re a strong woman. I’m a strong boy . . . I don’t like you.” He then muttered something about what he would do if he were prime minister, and Frederick and Stucky passed through the checkpoint....As they passed the Occupied House, settlers dropped a styrofoam bowl of eggs on Frederick’s head. "
|Medical tests confirm the alleged severe neurological harm inflicted on a detainee during his interrogation||PCATI-Press Release-"Mr. Hotri told the Judge, Lieutenant-Colonel Arieh Avriel, that he underwent severe torture during his interrogation including extended painful handcuffing of both hands and that as a result his hands became paralyzed and hanged in an unnatural position. The judge ordered that he be taken for a medical examination and that the interrogation be terminated immediately. "||23/11/2007|
|Don`t say we did not know 84||ICAHD-"Almost daily, the soldiers arrive with a jeep near the school, before it ends. If any pupil throws stones, they impose a curfew on the whole village. Two weeks ago, two stun grenades were thrown into the school yard during studies. On 9th November, the soldiers caught a boy, beat him up, and took him for arrest. The next day they entered an internet cafe, where they beat and arrested four youngsters. On 13th November, they announced that they would use live ammunution on children throwing stones. "||23/11/2007|
|Breaking the Silence exhibition to be held in USA||The exhibition consists of photographs and video testimonies provided by over 60 current and former IDF soldiers documenting their experiences in the Occupied Territories||19/11/2007|
|Hebron Update: the usual craziness seen through calm eyes||CPT - While on CPT’s roof, Mary Rose and a soldier on duty on the roof across the road began chatting. Rose offered the soldier a brochure to describe the work of CPT. They decided to meet in Shuhada Street, so Rose asked Muhtaseb for access through her house. The two went to Muhtaseb’s front door. After aggressive settler adolescents confronted them and a soldier questioned them about using the door, the other soldier arrived to collect the brochure.||17/11/2007|
| Resisting the Wall - reaffirming the right to politics ||Jared Malsin - Opendemocracy.net - The Palestinian slogan "to resist is to exist" is manifested in the stubbornness and determination of demonstrations in villages like Bil`in and Al-Walajeh. On 15 October, Olmert publicly contemplated giving up some of the towns and villages annexed in Israel`s idea of "greater Jerusalem." One of the villages he named was Al-Walajeh. This mention of a tiny Palestinian village, unknown to most Israelis, does in a muted way mark the effect of the demonstrations there.||17/11/2007|
|Yoni Ben-Arzi: End of a Pacifist`s long-drawn saga||The Other Israel - The army at last conceded that Ben-Arzi sincerely considers himself a pacifist, a point on which they had hitherto cast endless doubts and aspersions. The generals still refused to admit that he really and truly is a pacifist - a rather scholastic hair-splitting, since being a pacifist is commonly gauged precisely by the sincerity or lack thereof of a person`s beliefs and convictions.
|Olive Harvest Coalition - 2007 harvest||The Other Israel - This year`s harvest was particularly meager - which made it all the more imperative to help the villagers harvest all that their trees did produce. According to coalition coordinator Ya`akov Manor, the weekend moblizations from mid-October to mid-November involved more than a thousand Israelis, some coming only once while others returned every week - several hundred participants each Saturday, spread over dozens of villages.||17/11/2007|
|Palestinian Mayors Lobby for Christian Support ||Nathan Guttman -Jewish FORWARD- "The message that the mayors carried was one of Palestinian unity, denying any tension between Christians and Muslims despite recent flare-ups of violence in the West Bank and Gaza.
“We as Christians and Muslims live under the same culture,” Nasser said. “The only way to differentiate us is to follow us on Friday or Sunday and see where we go to pray.””
|A fight for harvests and housing||HRISTOPHER HAZOU-The Mirror /The Front-"Since 2000, more than a half-million olive trees have been destroyed to make way for the construction of the Israeli security wall or by Israeli settlers who covet the land on which they sit. “We act as human shields to protect Palestinians from settler violence when they’re going to harvest their olive trees,” says Ascherman. “We’ve also re-planted tens of thousands of trees that have been uprooted and cut down by settlers and the army.” "||16/11/2007|
|Campaign: End the siege on Gaza||End the Siege Campaign - IE -- "The aim of this humanitarian, non-partisan campaign is to put pressure on the Israeli government to lift the siege imposed on the population of Gaza. By raising the awareness of the international community on the deteriorating living conditions resulting from the siege, we aim at mobilizing the efforts of the various international community organizations and governments to stop the boycott of Gaza"||12/11/2007|
|Urgent Invitation to High Court hearing on Gaza patients tomorrow, 12 November||On 12 November at 11:30am, an urgent hearing will take place in the High Court of Justice, on PHR-Israel`s petition for the exit of 11 patients in urgent life-threatening condition from Gaza. Their request to exit Gaza for medical care has been repeatedly refused for "security reasons". Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (for details contact Miri Weingarten, 0546995199 or Ran Yaron, 0547577696)||11/11/2007|
|Apartheid masked: third in a series of non-violent protests against Apartheid Road 443||ISM - Yesterday saw the third in a series of non-violent protest against the Israeli system of Apartheid in the West Bank. 100 Palestinian, Israeli
and internationals marched down to the side of Route 443 to convey the
message of how Israel is denying Palestinians their rights to free
movement within their own territory.||11/11/2007|
|Sabeel volunteer barred from Israel/Palestine||Friends of Sabeel--North America - "I may be in Jerusalem - I may be in Indianapolis - but I will continue to work and to advocate for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel. Denied entry or not, I will not let them win, I will not quit. I am not finished yet." ||11/11/2007|
|Five injured and two kidnapped in the weekly protest at Bil`in / Two kidnapped, three injured during peaceful demonstration near Bethlehem|| ||10/11/2007|
|Architect of Unity : Daniel Amit (1938-2007)||Michael Warschawski-
While walking in Bil’in and chatting, Danny was not looking at the past with regret, as many previous-war veterans are sometimes tempted. On the contrary, he was expressing a strong satisfaction that a new generation of activists has taken the baton, and, in its own way, created a frame of struggle better adapted to the 21st century’s needs.
|JVP-Boston: Defending the right to speak out||Jewish Voice for Peace -
The main speaker at the conference was Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He thanked Jewish Voice for Peace and the many Jews who are following their conscience and speaking against the Israeli occupation:
"Thanks be to God for the many, many Jews who know what their divine calling is and who want the Israeli Government to live it out.
|Hebron update 15-21 October 2007||CPT - The Israeli young man began speaking with the settler boy, to deter him from harassing the Palestinians. More settlers arrived, and one man, wearing a kippa (skull cap), began to pick olives from the tree. Israeli police arrived, followed by members of Breaking the Silence, one of whom advised Amro to file a complaint against the settler picking olives (who left shortly thereafter.) The Palestinians and internationals finished harvesting, drank coffee, and departed.||3/11/2007|
|Boston solidarity with beleaguered Sabeel conference ||"Attacking and demonizing someone like Archbishop Tutu by calling him an Anti-Semite because he criticizes Israeli human rights abuses doesn`t change the fact that the occupation is wrong," stated Martin Federman, co-chair of the Boston chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. ||3/11/2007|
|Ex-Minister Aloni: Barak should be tried by UN||Ronny Shaked - Yediot Aharonot - "Collective punishment is an inhumane move. Ehud Barak is the most dangerous person in the State of Israel, because of his character, because he’s a man of war, and because of his arrogance. He does all those extreme things because he thinks that he’s beating Bibi (Netanyahu) that way” said ex-Education Minister Shulamit Aloni. ||3/11/2007|
|Tutu urges Jews to challenge oppression of Palestinians||Michael Paulson-Boston Globe-"If you reject your calling, you may survive for a long time, but you will find it is all corrosive inside, and one day you will implode."||2/11/2007|
|Jonathan Ben Artzi: Israeli Supreme Court Grants Victory to Draft Resister||Richard Silverstein-
Tikun Olam -
"Yoni`s story was on the front pages of all major European newspapers (with particular coverage in the Guardian and Le Monde, but also Le Figaro, Frankfurter Algemeine, El Pais?). HOWEVER, all three major US papers (NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post) never published a WORD about the story (and the refusal movement in general)."||21/11/2007|
|Arbitrary detention / Harassment of Mr. Mohammad Bsharat||THE OBSERVATORY for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders- "..according to the Israeli law, the status of administrative detention denies detainees their basic right to due process. Therefore, the authorities do not have to charge the prisoner, nor to bring him to trial. Mr. Bsharat is currently being held at the Ketziot Prison in the Negev. The Observatory expresses its deep concern at the arbitrary detention of Mr. Mohammad Bsharat as it seems to merely aim at
sanctioning his human rights activities. "||2/11/2007|
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