|South Africa`s largest trade union seeks Israel boycott||Cnaan Liphshiz - Haaretz - South Africa`s largest trade union federation will launch a campaign against "the Israeli occupation of Arab lands" this week, demanding that Pretoria impose a boycott on all Israeli goods and break diplomatic relations. South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils, who is Jewish, told Haaretz that he actively supported the initiative - which contradicts the policy of his own cabinet.
|U.K. union backs calls for boycott of Israel academe||Assaf Uni - Haaretz - Britain`s University and College Union (UCU) voted on Wednesday to promote a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, protesting Israel`s policy on the Palestinians. Jewish and Israeli officials in the U.K. and Israel reacted with outrage to the motion which, for the most part, is a rhetorical move.||31/5/2007|
|Barghouthi urges Quartet, meeting in Berlin today, to recognise the Palestinian unity government ||Ma`an News - Barghouthi also called on the Quartet, in a statement received by Ma`an, to exert pressure on Israel to accept the Palestinian ceasefire initiative and to start final status negotiations. He said that once a final status solution is achieved, the cycle of violence will come to an end along with the longest occupation in modern history.||30/5/2007|
| Friends of Bil`in -- A Call to Action||Israeli Friends of Bil`in -- Pasted below is the letter that will be sent to the councils and ambassadors requesting a meeting on behalf of Israeli friends of Bil`in. Please consider signing on as an individual or better yet as a group/organization||28/5/2007|
|On the academic boycott of Israel||Virginia Tilley - Electronic Intifada - Israeli academics protesting the boycott may not grasp its real purpose, which is to force them to confront the horrors of the occupation. It is not acceptable for them to insist on ivory-tower privileges with so terrible a human rights catastrophe as the occupation stark on their doorstep, perpetrated by their own government and involving their own institutions. [OM editor`s comment: The fact that a boycott of US universities would be no less morally justified does not constitute a legitimate argument against boycotting Israeli universities. The important question is: are there grounds to believe that an international boycott of Israeli universities help the Palestinians? If the answer is "yes", then it would be perverse to refuse to boycott Israeli universities just because US universities are not being boycotted as well]||27/5/2007|
|Throw a pebble at Goliath: don’t buy Israeli produce||Yvonne Roberts - The Guardian - [OM editor`s comment: it goes without saying that a boycott of British products is justified as long as Britain continues to murder Iraqis. But that fact does not detract from the legitimacy of any appeal for a boycott of Israeli products in solidarity with the Palestinians]||27/5/2007|
|Academic and cultural boycott - the only weapon available||Hilary Rose - Guardian - The call from Palestinians for an academic and cultural boycott did not come from any political party but from Palestinian civil society itself. They saw that any claim to academic freedom and even the right to education was being destroyed. As members of civil society we have to consider such a moral and political call. ||26/5/2007|
|Six wounded, two taken prisoner during Bilin`s weekly march||George Rishmawi - IMEMC - The weekly protest march of Bilin villagers, joined by international and Israeli peace activists arrived at barbed wire installed by the army [to bar their way]. At this point, using a mega phone, troops called on the demonstrators not to come any closer, after which tear-gas, sound bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets were fired at the protestors. ||26/5/2007|
|Hamas officials are Israeli hostages||Richard Burden MP - The Guardian - Internationally, there has rightly been condemnation of the taking of hostages by militant Palestinian groups. The news of these abductions in the West Bank suggests that Israel is in the business of taking hostages of its own.||26/5/2007|
|Bitter comments from Palestine||Tony Sayegh - Palestinian Pundit - Why are the Palestinians who do not have a state burdening themselves with its trappings? So you have a "parliament" that can`t convene because half of its members have been arrested.||26/5/2007|
|Judaism is not a matter of real estate.||We, Colorado Jews, are asking our fellow Jews to consider compassionately and in the spirit of traditional Jewish values, the implications of [the 40 year old] occupation for Israel.
|Friday demo - in Bilin (the 120th)||As in previous weeks you are invited to register to the organized
transportation to the 25th May, Friday demo - in Bilin (the 120th)
Departing 11:00 from central buss station of Tel Aviv. and
at west of Beithlehem - Um Salmuna - Departing 08:00 from central buss
of Tel Aviv.
Please contact as early as you can but not later than Thursday night.
052-4-655520 (No SMS please)
Or better by e-mail with your mobile phone number to:
|Letter to Black America on Palestinian Rights & June 10 March||ZNet -- On 15 May 2007, 22 Black American professors, writers, religious figures, and other leaders issued a call to Black America to join in the June 10 March and rally, and break the silence on the injustices faced by the Palestinian people.||21/5/2007|
|The joint nonviolent struggle against the separation fence and occupation - Bil`in, Um Salmuna , Bethlehem||Ilan Shalif - ainfos.ca -- Sami Awad - samiawad.wordpress.com - While the news coverage on the situation in Palestine is only focusing on the deadly events in Gaza, it is important to realize that in many areas of the West Bank the nonviolent movement against the Wall continues to grow. ||19/5/2007|
|Israeli professors visit U.K., trying to avert academic boycott ||Assaf Uni/ Charlotte Hall - Haaretz - A growing wave of British initiatives to boycott Israel includes earlier efforts for an academic boycott; last month`s decision by Britain`s National Union of Journalists to boycott Israeli products; the Anglican Church`s decision to divest from companies doing business with the Israel Defense Forces; a demand for Israel`s expulsion from the World Medical Association by 130 British doctors; and boycott calls by leading British architects. Israeli academics are, however, specially concerned by the "silent" boycott phenomenon.||19/5/2007|
|Desert Generation - exhibition by Israeli and Palestinian Artists ||IPCRI - On Tuesday, June 5, 2007, the 40th anniversary of the 1967 War, Israeli and Palestinian artists who oppose the occupation and continue to call for its immediate and peaceful end, will open a joint exhibition at the Artists House, Jerusalem, which will two weeks later move the Kibbutz Gallery in Tel Aviv. The hundreds of images in the exhibition represent a generation of Israeli and Palestinian artists doomed to waste their best years in the desert of the occupation. [As the "Desert Generation" in the Bible had to spend forty years wandering the desert, and did not live to see the Promised Land. A.K.]
|Canadian bookstore chain boycotted for supporting IDF soldiers ||Wendy Alnuweiri/Itamar Eichner - CAIA/Y-Net - On Saturday, May 12th, the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign officially launched a boycott against Chapters and Indigo Bookstores. Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz - majority owners of Chapters and Indigo bookstores - are the founders of the "Heseg Foundation for Lone Soldiers," which provides scholarships and other financial support to soldiers in the Israeli Military on the basis of need and military `achievement`.
|Canada Must Break its Siege on the Palestinian People End 40 Years of Israeli Occupation||Palestine House Toronto-"The siege is the first time in human history that the ?international community? has decided to punish a people under occupation, let alone punish them for democratically electing their leadership."||18/5/2007|
|War criminal on the loose at Harvard! ||Laila El-Haddad -
Rasing Yousuf -
"Halutz will be declared a "fugitive from justice" if he is still missing after two days."
|Calls for action - from Rabbis for Human Rights||Agricultural work
. Needed volunteers for next week. Please help out.
. To sign up please call the office: 02-6482757, or Rabbi Arik Ascherman: 050-5607034, or Rabbi Yehiel Greniman: 050-2110639. (Not on Shabbat)
If volunteers sign up for Sunday before Shabbat we avoid the need for last minute recruiting on Saturday night.
IN LIGHT OF THE NEWEST WAVE OF HOME DEMOLITIONS, WE ARE AGAIN IN NEED OF VOLUTNEERS 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
|Anti-Wall demonstration - from the Anarchists against the Wall||This Friday, 18th May, we`ll join the people of Umm Salamuna, Ma`asara
Niss in their demonstration against the barrier. According to the
barrier is to be built 12 km (7.5 miles) east of the pre-1967 green
effectively annexing thousands of dunams from the lands of Umm Salamuna
neighbouring villages. The route of the barrier here is designed to
the "Israeli" side not just the built area of Efrata, but also lands
future development plans of the colony. This `secondary barrier, that
in addition to the separation wall along the green line, creates a huge
(70 sq.km.) in which 19,000 Palestinians will be separated surrounded
from all directions.
For details and transportation from Jerusalem - call Sahar: 054-5683419
from Tel Aviv - Ilan: 0524-655520
|Tours of Hebron - from Children of Abraham & Breaking the Silence||Hebron is one of the most problematic places in the occupied territories. It is the only place where a settlement lies in the heart of a Palestinian city... The next tours will be on Friday, June 15 and Friday, June 29. We will leave Jerusalem at 8.30 and we will be back around 3 p.m. Participation costs 40 NIS.
For further questions and registration please contact Silvana: silvana.hogg@ gmx.ch / 054 803 24 28||15/5/2007|
|War criminal Dan Halutz on the loose at Harvard||AJME -- EI -- A campaign in Harvard University against ex Chief of Staff Dan Halutz, presently "rubbing elbows with top CEOs and business leaders at HBS [Harvard Business School] in an exclusive two-month, $56,000 executive training program"||14/5/2007|
|Political tour in the Old City, Jerusalem - 17.5.07||In the week of Yom Yerushalaim, while Israel will be celebrating 40 years of a "united" Jerusalem, PEACE NOW invites you to discover the Old City from a different perspective.||13/5/2007|
|The left starts debating solutions||Ilan Pappe & Uri Avnery - www.gush-shalom.org - Pappe: Even when the whole country was swallowed, official Israel attempted to preserve also the idea of Zionist democracy. That is how such formulas were born as `Territory in exchange for Peace` and `Two States for Two Peoples`. // Avnery: Somebody told me: OK, it is not realistic, but it is moral, and that is the place where I want to be. I say: that is a luxury we cannot afford (...) a moral stand that is not realistic is immoral.||12/5/2007|
|HR orgs support struggle of Palestinian legislators to continue living in East Jerusalem ||Adalah & ACRI - press release - The human rights organizations emphasize in the brief that the Israeli Interior Minister’s decision to revoke the residency of members of the Palestinian parliament gravely violates their rights, and that the law does not grant the minister the authority to cancel permanent residency for "breach of trust" or due to membership in a foreign parliament. The residency of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem has a special status, which is of a different nature than that of immigrants, the organizations argued.||12/5/2007|
|Palestinians denied access to the Dead Sea shore ||Gush Shalom press release - "It should be noted that the Dead Sea is the last sea shore which was hitherto open for bathing to West Bank inhabitants."||12/5/2007|
|Four injured in weekly protest in Bil`in against separation fence ||Meron Rappaport - Haaretz - Over the last two years, the village of Bil`in has become the site of a weekly demonstration protesting the erection of a security fence Israel claims is intended to keep out terrorists, which Palestinians say is a land-grab. [A land-grab it is: walls and fences are not even close to the `67 border. ed]. See also P.S.||12/5/2007|
|Alternative Jerusalem Day - a report||Adam Keller - TOI/Kibush.co.il - Once, a distinctive slogan of the radical left, now "Jerusalem - Capital of Two States" appeared on large placards in Hebrew, Arabic and English behind the podium in the "Alternative Jerusalem Day" ceremony organized by Peace Now. ||12/5/2007|
|Photo exhibit 15 May||Over the last year we, the members of the ActiveStills photo collective have collected photos for an exhibit which we will shown in mid May. The show will relate to the `victory` of the six-day war as it is perceived by the Israel public.||6/5/2007|
|Not only in war you failed - also in peace-making||Meir Shalev - Yediot Aharonot - [Translation of speech at May 3 rally] "Forty years of occupation are forty years of no education, no health, no personal security, no welfare, and also no proper military training - and the result is all too visible. But the urgent need for a vision to guide us to a better future is something which your successors will have to address, not you. From you we expect and demand just this: go home. Goodbye."||5/5/2007|
|Outsmarting the Occupation in Bil’in||Martinez - ISM - Thirty demonstrators turned in a direction where the army did not expect them, walking between two barbed wires, and soldiers were caught off guard. Officers ordered the soldiers not to shoot, and negotiated with the demonstrators, and as a compromise allowed them to reach the point where they had been forbidden to step in the past month and more. A small victory, but a victory nevertheless. ||5/5/2007|
|Painted peace activists entangle illegal separation fence in Al Numan, Bethlehem district||Polly Bangoriad - IMEMC - Today, peaceful protestors marched from both sides of the illegal separation fence between the southern West Bank villages of Al Qhass and Al Numan. They met at the razor wire-topped fence to hold a non-violent demonstration against the illegal Israeli barrier from both sides.
|Residents of Al Nu`man Resist Exclusion and Indirect Forcible Transfer! ||Call For symbolic action – lift the siege!
Saturday, 5th May h 11 a.
Residents of Al Nu`man will stage a symbolic action drawing attention to human rights violations experienced daily through the Israeli policy of transfer, the construction of the Israeli separation wall, and Israeli settlement construction and expansion.
Jerusalem – Liberty Bell Garden , Parking Lot at 9.30.am (Transportation contact: Oded 052.8590924).
Beit Sahour – Souq Shab at 10.00 a.m. (for more info contact 054-5718763 – 054.6376735).
|Upcoming Taayush (Coexistence) activities||On Saturday, May 5, at 16:00
We will hold a Protest and Solidarity Vigil in Wadi Ara, against the demolition warrents to the road we together 6 years ago.
If you do not intend to join the action in Dar el Hanoun you are therefore invited to join the protest of the people of al-Nueman this coming Saturday (5th May) at 11 AM. The activity is important in order to raise public awareness to the case of the village, whose appeal to the Israeli high court will be heard soon.||2/5/2007|
|IOF Attacks Peaceful Demonstration at Qalandia Checkpoint ||WAFA -
"He called on peace advocates and peoples of the world to support the rights of our people and working class, urging them to put pressure on their governments to remove oppression, occupation barriers, the wall and colonies." ||2/5/2007|
|Attack by settlers in South Hebron Hills||Rabbi Arik W. Ascherman -
Rabbis For Human Rights -
"His first words to me were, "I am not stupid like the others. I have broken the cameras and there will be no evidence.""||2/5/2007|
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