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News and updates from the June 5 InitiativeGershon Baskin/Hanna Siniora - IPCRI - The June 5 Initiative, a grass roots enterprise is organizing events in Palestine, Israel and the rest of the world in support of Israeli-Palestinian, Two States for Two Peoples, one Peace. Peace must be with justice – end of conflict, end of occupation. Events will be held in cities around the world during the week of June 5 (June 5-11, 2007). These events will include marches, demonstrations, seminars, peace concerts, exhibitions. Etc. under the slogans listed above. It is important to begin to meet with the other people in your city that are engaged. We are working to make contact between all of you. It is true that there are already similar initiatives that have been launched around the world for the same week. We are trying to cooperate and coordinate wherever possible. 31/3/2007
Global Day of Action - June 9-10, 2007 - The World Says NO to Israeli Occupation!ICNP - People across the globe will come together on those days to demand an end to occupation and the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to self-determination and the right to establish an independent, sovereign Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem. We will insist that our own governments stop providing military, economic, diplomatic and corporate support for Israel`s illegal occupation, and instead create new foreign policies that will support an end to occupation, equal rights for all, and a comprehensive, just and lasting peace. 31/3/2007
For a change, no army attack on anti-Wall protest at Um SalamunaGeorge Rishmawi - IMEMC - Around two hundred protestors marched in the village of Um Salamuna, south of Bethlehem to protest the construction of the wall on their land and to commemorate the 31 anniversary of Land Day. Protestors, including Palestinians, Internationals and Israelis, carried signs and banners and chanted slogans calling for the removal of the Wall, describing it as land theft that is killing the Palestinian life. No clashes erupted with the soldiers as the protestors remained nonviolent. 30/3/2007
Jews and Arabs commemorate together Memorial Day, Independence Day and the NakbaA group of Arabs and Jews, in cooperation with Middeway Invite you to a Unique Bi-National Gathering 29/3/2007
Solidarity visit to Palestinian families in Hebron-Friday, March 30, Saturday April 21 26/3/2007
Friday prayers on Bethlehem lands threatened with confiscation Najib Farag - PNN (Bethlehem)- Hundreds of Palestinians marched in the weekly nonviolent demonstration against land confiscation in southern Bethlehem. Today`s site was Wadi Rahal Village where foreign supporters joined Palestinians after prayers on the ground that the Israeli administration is in the process of confiscating. 24/3/2007
Amnesty condemns prohibition for Palestinians to live with spouses in IsraelAI Public Statement - Amnesty International condemns Israeli Knesset`s extension of discriminatory law denying family unification to Palestinian spouses of Israelis24/3/2007
`Breaking the Silence` at the Yakar Center for Social ConcernSteven Erlanger - New York Times - One man stood and said Manekin and his friends were hurting Israel, especially its image abroad, to salve their own consciences. Many in the audience nodded in agreement. Tall and dignified, about 45, the man said that he, too, had served in the West Bank, "and I`m proud of what I did there to defend Israelis." It`s crucial to intimidate people at checkpoints to keep them cowed, he said, his voice shaking a little, "because we are so few there and they are so many." Then he said: "These people are not like us! They come up to our faces and they lie to us!" That was enough for Uriel Simon, 77, a professor emeritus of Biblical Studies at Bar-Ilan University and a noted religious dove. "As for liars," he said, then paused. "My father was a liar. My grandfather was a liar. How else did we cross lines to get to this country? We stayed alive by lying. We lied to the Russians, we lied to the Germans, we lied to the British!24/3/2007
Bil`in conference on nonviolent Palestinian resistance to occupation PNN Ramallah - Bil`in Village hosted a conference for all regions of the West Bank. None of its districts are being spared the devastation of the Wall and settlement expansion. The People`s Committee to Resist the Wall, and the national and Islamic resistance movements, convened to strategize. 24/3/2007
Solidarity visit to Palestinian families in Hebron-Friday, March 30Please come and take part in solidarity and protest tour to Hebron to meet with Palestinian families that undergo daily harassment by the Settlers of Hebron and to understand how the only democracy in the Middle East can inflict such an Apartheid regime. The tour will take place on Friday March 30. For details call Amos Goldberg: amog@mscc.huji.ac.il Tel: 0505223432 28/3/2007
Kick apartheid out of footballOn Saturday 24th March England are playing Israel in a Euro 2008 qualifier match in Israel. The Boycott Israeli Goods campaign will hold a vigil in protest at the match and to call for a sporting boycott of apartheid Israel.23/3/2007
Israeli Committee for Right of Residency confronts Israel`s policy of expelling foreigners from Palestinian territories Maan News - "It is also unacceptable that no procedure exists for the acquisition of permanent residency on the basis of marriage or employment that would be compatible with international standards."21/3/2007
Palestine-Israel: The 110th Friday demo in Bil`in and still surprises occurr...Ilan S. - Anarchists Against the Wall 20/3/2007
Towards Land Day 2007 on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 11 a.m.You are invited to participate in a solidarity visit and tree plantings in villages of the El Nasassra families south of Kseife and in the village of Twail Abu Jarwal demolished for the 5th time on March 7th, 2007 The Recognition Forum calls upon the State of Israel to speak with the villagers and their representatives, to achieve agreement rather than exercise brute force, to build rather than demolish and destroy villages, calls for rural community solutions rather than strictly urban ones. The Recognition Forum consists of the following organizations: The Association of Forty, The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, The Negev Co-Existence Forum for Civil Equality, New Profile, The Coalition of Women for Peace, Taayush – Arab Jewish Partnership, Rabbis for Human Rights (not participating in activities held on Saturdays) Travel from Tel Aviv: Arlozorov Train Station, El Al pre-flight terminal gate at 8:30 a.m. Contact Yaacov 050-5733276, or Amos 052-6035685 Travel from Jerusalem: from Ha`paamon (Liberty Bell) Park at 8:30 a.m. Contact ICAHD, 02-6245560 Travel from Haifa: Contact Walid Yasin, 050-9044268 Meeting point: 10:30 a.m. at Shoket Junction Further information: Atiya Al Aasem, 050-5702064, Amos Gwirtz, 052-6035685 24/3/2007
Rachel Corrie`s voiceBessy Reyna - Electronic Intifada - Reflections on the fourth anniversary of Rachel Corrie`s death18/3/2007
Rabbis for Human Rights/ICAHD - volunteers needed following home demolitionsIN LIGHT OF THE NEWEST WAVE OF HOME DEMOLITIONS, WE ARE AGAIN IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS WHO WILL TRY TO ARRIVE AT SHORT NOTICE. PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE 02-6482757 OR ICAHD. TEL: 02-6245560, FAX: 02-6221530, E-MAIL: INFO@ICAHD.ORG17/3/2007
Rabbis for Human Rights - call for help with plowingRHR - We are almost finished planting, and now many villages are asking for our help in plowing. You can sign up for any day you wish and we will contact you the day before to confirm that we are going out and letting you know where. Because we only need a few people for each location it is particularly helpful if you can drive. We hope to be in Mrier, Turmos Aya and Sinjil on Sunday, and in Jamain on Thursday. We should have additional dates as well. Those interested are asked to call the office at 02-6482757 or 050-2110639. (Not on Shabbat)17/3/2007
There is someone to talk to: new Regional Peace MovementRPM begins its campaign on March 28 - the fifth anniversary of the Arab League Initiative - determined that we will not be forced to suffer another five bloody years before negotiations begin. www.rpm.org.il17/3/2007
Pro-Palestinian French group appeals to stop Jerusalem tram Ali Waked - Ynet - A French-Palestinian organization is taking two French companies involved in the light-rail project in Jerusalem to court, claiming that "the project is aimed at connecting between occupied Jerusalem and the Israeli settlements in west Jerusalem." 17/3/2007
Army steps-up measures to crush non-violent protest against Bilin Wall - activists undauntedBannoura & Bangoriad - IMEMC NEWS - the Israeli secret service, Shin Bet, have been telephoning activists at home and threatening that if they continued to demonstrate they would be arrested, shot or killed. (...) the army started to distribute leaflets written in Arabic, trying to dissuade people from attending the weekly protest by saying that it is a protest for no reason, since the wall will be built anyway. THIS EFFORT WAS SEEN BY THE LOCAL ORGANIZERS AS A SIGN THAT THE ISRAELI ARMY IS FAILING TO CRUSH THE DEMONSTRATION [capitals added].17/3/2007
Registering for 16th March - the 110th Friday demo in Bil`in As in previous weeks, and in spite of the turmoil, you are invited for register to the organized transportation to the --- 16th Mar, --- Friday demo in Bilin - better late than never - but not later than Thursday night. Please contact as early as you can. Phones: 03-6482749 052-4-655520 Or better by e-mail with your phone number to: ilan@shalif.com 15/3/2007
Jewish Voice for Peace By Muzzlewatch - "Long before the silencing of Jewish dissent exploded as an international issue, the Board of Jewish Voice for Peace voted to mount a campaign that would help put an end to widespread incidents of intimidation and silencing." 14/3/2007
On the road from Mecca to RiyadhAkiva Eldar -- Haaretz -- "But if Israel can have talks with the Arab League, why not hold talks with the Palestinian government, which is a legitimate member of that organization?"12/3/2007
Nonviolent demonstration against takeover of southern Bethlehem on Women`s Day Najib Farag - PNN - Dozens of Palestinian women from throughout the Bethlehem and Hebron districts demonstrated in Umm Salamuna against land confiscation on Thursday.11/3/2007
Second Annual Conference in Bil`in 18 - 20 April 2007ISM - The International Conference will follow upon a Palestinian conference to be held in March to extend the Popular Non-Violent Struggle across Palestine and offers Israelis and Internationals opportunity to join their Palestinian partners in spreading non-violent resistance11/3/2007
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Omry Harari sentenced to prison for obeying international lawYesh Gvul - Sergeant Major (res.) Omry Harari, has been sentenced to 28 days in prison for refusing to serve in the West Bank11/3/2007
Two Non Violent demonstrations against the wall, in Bil`in and in Wadi Al Niss 10/3/2007
Palestinian women march for International Women`s Day at Qalandia checkpoint Ma`an News Agency - "Hundreds of West Bank women mixed with Palestinian women from inside Israel, in addition to Israeli women. They waved Palestinian flags and posters calling for the embargo of the Palestinian people to be lifted." 9/3/2007
Gallery Fundraiser Against The Wall:David Reeb And Yael Reshef-"The funds will be used to support the ongoing joint Palestinian-Israeli struggle against the wall in the West Bank and for legal defence of demonstrators. " 2/3/2007
Bil`in bluesSeth Freedman - Guardian Unlimited - "Everyone knew this was coming - from the organisers, to the participants, to the army. It was never a matter of if, but when. The original rocks had not been scooped up in response to the soldier`s actions - they`d been clutched surreptitiously well beforehand, in hands belonging to angry young men waiting for any excuse to launch them." 1/3/2007
Stop cluster bombs nowJewish Voice for Peace - "From the end of the war, through January 2007, 22 Lebanese civilians were killed and another 164 wounded by cluster bombs that were left unexploded. Seven of the dead and 63 of the wounded were children, who often find unexploded cluster "8/3/2007
Mass rally against checkpoints held at Huwwara to commemorate International Women`s Day Ma`an News Agency - "The Israeli occupation forces announced the checkpoint area a military zone, and dispersed the demonstrators by force. The Israeli soldiers arrested the general manager of the Palestinian Medical Relief in Nablus, Dr Ghassan Hamdan, but released him after a few hours." 7/3/2007
YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN BIL`IN, PALESTINE 18 – 20 APRIL 2007 Bil’in Popular Committee - "February 2007 marks the second anniversary of the weekly non-violent protests in opposition to the "work-site of shame" for the Apartheid Wall that has annexed almost 60% of the land of Bil`in village in the West Bank. Bil`in has become a symbol both of the theft of land across Palestine and of the power of non-violent grassroots movements in building local and international resistance to Occupation." 7/3/2007
RHR: help needed against new demolitionsWE ARE AGAIN IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE WILL TRY TO ARRIVE AT SHORT NOTICE. PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE 02-6482757 OR ICAHD TEL: 02-6245560, FAX: 02-6221530, E-MAIL: INFO@ICAHD.ORG The Kupat Holim Klalit medical clinic at Silwan is in danger of demolition. The Jerusalem Municipality claims the two storey building owned by the Rajami family was built without a permit. For the past two years the clinic has been renting the central part of the building; only two days ago they found out the building has a demolition order as of 21.2.07. In the clinic there is equipment worth over a million NIS. The clinic serves about 1000 patients and is the largest one in eastern Jerusalem. Please contact if you can help. Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann 050-211063923/3/2007
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