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European parliament members brutalized by Israeli soldiersIyad Burnat-Friends of Freedom and Justice in Bilin-"The vice president of the European Parliament, Luisa Morgantini, joined the protest with one other parliamentarian, Chris Davis. .. The soldiers came through the gate, pushed Luisa Morgantini and Chris Davis who fell down to the ground. When the protest reached the wall, the Israeli army closed the gate to stop the protesters from going through. The army fired sound grenades, tear gas canisters and rubber coated steel bullets at the protesters while they were trying to open the gate. Dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and seven were injured, two from France, Ponal and José, who was already injured the last time he participated." Also, links to videos of yesterday`s demonstrations in Bil`in and Ni`ilin31/10/2008
[GazaFriends] We`ve done it againGreta Berlin-Free Gaza Movement-"Yesterday, The Israel Navy said they would stop the stop our vessel once it reached Israel`s territorial waters. Apparently to save face, they said they would harm our boat, arrest us and tow us IF we entered Israeli waters. The problem for Israel is that the SS Dignity had no intention of getting anywhere near those waters. "31/10/2008
A March and prayer for peace, reconciliation and justiceThe Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Lands (ELCJHL)- On Thursday October 30th Two marches, one from Jerusalem and the other from Bethlehem, will converge on both sides of the separation wall near Rachel`s Tomb calling to remove the walls from Palestinian land, from our minds and from our hearts 30/10/2008
A SHIP CALLED DIGNITYPRESS RELEASE Israel says they will stop us and not allow us into Gaza.29/10/2008
Thur., Oct. 30 - Jerusalem-Bethlehem march for peace, reconciliation and justice, on both sides of the Wall 28/10/2008
Alternative Tours of Nablus and Jenin 28/10/2008
Every Monday - tours of the settler-threatened Old City of Jerusalem 28/10/2008
A third Palestinian Intifada in the makingRamzy Baroud - Asia Times - Israel`s methods for subduing Palestinians and crushing uprisings have also produced new realities, thresholds and relationships. Methods such as huge walls, new settlements and weapons of mass suppression often complicate the already painful existence of Palestinians living under occupation and result in more revolts. 28/10/2008
US Consul-General participates in Palestinian olive harvest, condemns settler violenceIMEMC - During his participation in olives picking in the Tarmisa village, US Consul General Jacob Walles said: "I have been invited to visit this place long time ago, yet I wanted to come at this particular time". 28/10/2008
`We moved the factory because it was in a West Bank settlement` Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - A Swedish-based locksmith company that operates a factory in the industrial zone of the Barkan settlement announced that it was relocating to within the Green Line, for political reasons. "We`re leaving because it is in the West Bank," Ann Holmberg, spokeswoman for the Assa Abloy company, told The Jerusalem Post by phone from Sweden.28/10/2008
Boat will be stopped from reaching GazaHerb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - Among the 26 passengers are five physicians, 1976 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire, who has been involved in the protests at Nil`in, MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) and Palestinian Legislative Council member Mustafa Barghouti. "This second trip is just one of many we intend to organize over the next year," said American volunteer Greta Berlin. 28/10/2008
Knocking on the gates of Gaza, pushed away by force Coalition Against the Gaza Siege - Raz Bar David Veron, whose call up order is due next week, said that the behaviour of the army and police which she just witnessed increased her determination to refuse military service.28/10/2008
Sunday Oct. 26 (tommorow) 2.00 Demo at Erez - 120 doctors not allowed to enter Gaza 25/10/2008
Lock maker Assa Abloy to move West Bank plant Associated Press/Forbes -"Sweden`s Assa Abloy AB, the world`s largest lock maker, said Tuesday it would move a production plant from an Israeli settlement in the West Bank after being criticized by human rights groups...The plant is located in the West Bank settlement of Barkan and has 100 employees "24/10/2008
Jewish Human Rights Group Urges Harper to Push Israel to Allow International Access to GazaIndependent jewish voices-Press release-"The complicity of the Canadian government in supporting the humanitarian disaster of the Gaza blockade is making the situation worse."24/10/2008
October Jewish Voice for Peace 2008 Newsletter - breaking news on Gaza conferenceJewish Voice for Peace- Newsletter-"...after a year of planning, and with only two weeks to go, the Israeli authorities have announced they will bar all participants from entering Gaza for the GCMHP and World Health Organization sponsored academic conference "Siege and Mental Health... Walls vs. Bridges"24/10/2008
[GazaFriends] Wave of Hope Heading for GazaGreta Berlin-Free Gaza Movement-"We intend to break Israel`s blockade as often as we can. This second trip is just one of many we intend to organize over the next year. We have lawyers, members of Parliament and other professionals already on our passenger lists for upcoming voyages." 24/10/2008
Harvest of hateBob Birch - Through Australian Eyes - Palestinian farmers face a threat which their counterparts in Australia do not - spiteful, sometimes murderous, settlers intent on disrupting or stopping the harvest.21/10/2008
Galat"z commander cancels interview with Yesh Gvul`s Ishai MenuchinYesh Gvul - The interview was one of the obligations imposed by a judge on Galat"z, following our victory in a libel suit against the station, after defamatory statements against Yesh Gvul had been made on a daily show during the second Lebanon war. 19/10/2008
Dutch authorities let Israel get away with torture Arjan El Fassed - The Electronic Intifada - As soon as Israeli officials learned of al-Shami`s legal action, they "immediately contacted Dutch authorities to make certain Ayalon would not be arrested." The Dutch government`s "speedy and positive response to Israel`s plea," the newspaper said, meant that Israeli officials did not have to consider "the possibility of spiriting Ayalon out of the country immediately," as they had done in other 18/10/2008
Second Prison Term for Four Women COsNew Profile - Four women COs, signatories of the 2008 high school seniors refusal letter, have been sent to a another prison term today (12 Oct.). Sahar Vardi and Tamar Katz have been sentenced to 21 days in prison and are due to be released on 30 Oct. Omer Goldman and Mia Tamarin have been sentenced to 14 days in prison and are due to be released on 24 Oct. This is the second term in prison for each of them (click on their names to read the more detailed reports on their first prison terms). Their addresses in prison are listed below 18/10/2008
Zochrot Tour of Ajjur – Remembering; Learning; Supporting the Return; Picking OlivesOn Saturday, 25 October, we will visit the site of the Palestinian village of Ajjur. 052-8743099 Zochrot’s office: 03-6953155 17/10/2008
Middle East, Aljazeera, Media, Palestinian and Israeli Organizations Nominated for Ossietzky MedalA-Infos-"International League for Human Rights nominated the Grassroots Anti Apartheid wall Campaign Organization and the Anarchists Against the Wall Organization for the Carl Von Ossietzky Medal for Courage 2008...The two organizations will be granted the award for their courage in struggling against the Apartheid Wall"17/10/2008
Letter to Border Police Officer in Na’alinArik Asherman - The message you gave by busting up a coordinated in advance harvest is that one can’t trust the word of the security forces in any situation. Is that going to help you next time you are trying to speak to residents of Na’alin or anywhere else? Yes, I wish a few of our folks had also exercised restraint and had held back until we spoke and worked things out. However, did you notice that not one single stone was thrown and that not one of your men was attacked? The most people tried to do was to run across the road and begin harvesting. 16/10/2008
Obituary: Irene Bruegel - Academic and activist against injusticeSue Himmelweit and Simon Mohun - Guardian - "In 2002, she founded Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), today one of the largest and most influential of Jewish voices against the Israeli occupation." 15/10/2008
Israel`s Occupation, A New Book By Neve GordonNeve Gordon and Chris Spannos - ZNet Interview - "Between the six-year period of 2001- 2007, Israel, on average, killed 674 Palestinians per year, which is more than it killed throughout the first 20 years of occupation." 15/10/2008
Beit Sahour residents protect Ush Ghrab from settler encroachment George N. Rishmawi - The Ush Ghrab area of Beit Sahour has been used for many years by the Israeli army, as a camp known as "Sdema". The army no longer uses it, and is ready to give the area back to the Palestinian residents - but settlers are trying to grab it for themselves. [ed.] 14/10/2008
Wed. Oct. 15 - protest at Damon Prison: Release Sarah and Salwa from administrative detention! 13/10/2008
UK Jewish voices challenge the crude polarities of the Israel/Palestine debate Verso/Independent Jewish Voices - In "A Time to Speak Out" a collection of strong Jewish voices, drawing on an established tradition of Jewish dissidence, come together to explore some of the most challenging issues facing diaspora Jews, notably in relation to the ongoing conflict in Israel-Palestine. 13/10/2008
`They shot our son but they can`t kill his spirit`Kate Kellaway - The Guardian/The Observer - On 11 April 2003, Thomas Hurndall, a 21-year-old photo journalist, was shot in the head in Gaza by an Israeli army sniper. Tom was a brilliant, intrepid young man, driven by an energetic morality, a wish to make a difference in the world. While he lay dying his parents, Anthony and Jocelyn Hurndall, took on a heroic struggle to seek truth and accountability. They had no idea how hard this was going to be. 13/10/2008
`The turning point was when the soldiers shot at me`Omer Goldman rebelled against the way her father had paved for her and went to have a look at Palestinian life on the other side of the wall. "Dad was astonished and angry that I had been in a Palestinian village where soldiers shot at me and endangered my life. We had conversations. He supported me as his daughter and we have a good relationship, but he is decidedly opposed to what I do and even more to my refusal to serve in the army". 13/10/2008
Second Prison Term for Four Women COsNew Profile - On 12 Oct., four young Israeli women, signatories of the 2008 high school seniors refusal letter, have been sent to a another term in the military prison. All four of them could have easily avoided military service by falsely claiming to be "religious", which is done be thousands of non-religious Israeli girls every year, or by falsely declaring themselves to "pacifists opposed to all military service", in which case the "Conscience Committee would have granted them a discharge. They are being continually punished for openly stating the truth - that they are unwilling to be part of an oppressive army of occupation [ed.]. 13/10/2008
Conscience of the Israeli spymaster’s daughterIgal Sarna - The First Post - a Mossad chief’s daughter is in jail for refusing national service12/10/2008
Mass olive harvest in Palestinian villageIsraelis help occupied Palestinians harvest their olives, are attacked by Israeli soldiers - video in Hebrew12/10/2008
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Dutch lawyers seek arrest of Israeli minister Ami Ayalon The Associated Press/Herlad Tribune/Ma`an News Agency - Lawyers for a Palestinian man who claims he was tortured in an Israeli jail say they want Dutch prosecutors to investigate and issue an arrest warrant for an Israeli government minister. The lawyers are appealing Dutch prosecutors` decision not to investigate Ami Ayalon when he was visiting the Netherlands in May. Ayalon is a minister without portfolio and former head of the Shin Bet security service. 7/10/2008
Mideast: Breaking the SilenceCherrie Heywood - IPS - "As the term of my military service was drawing to a close, I started questioning who I was and what I wanted from life as a civilian and what I had become," recalls Shaul. "It`s a very terrifying moment because, in one second military terminology and way of thinking doesn`t apply to you any more, and in one second you lose the justification for 95 percent of actions you took part in over the past two years and ten months," said the former soldier. "4/10/2008
Three injured in Bilin weekly protest Oct. 3-rd Report by Iyad Burnat, Head of Popular Commitee in Bilin. Also, link to video by Yisrael Puterman4/10/2008
Israeli exporter shut down as part of `Boycott Israeli Goods` week of actionIndyMedia-"Protesters argue that Agrexco`s harvesting and sale of goods from illegal settlements built in the Palestinian Occupied Territories have only been enabled by eviction, murder and theft of resources, which are considered "war crimes" under the International Criminal Courts Act 2001. As such, Agrexco`s business of importing fresh produce into the UK is "unlawful business"."3/10/2008
Double standards : Conscientious objection is despicable, unless, of course, you`re from the ultra-orthodox community Seth Freedman - The Guardian - Being forced to serve just because it`s the done thing does not make it acceptable or palatable to every young Israeli, all the more so when the matter of aiding the illegal occupation of the West Bank is thrown into the mix. Under international law, not serving over the Green Line is actually a far more moral position for an Israeli to take than blindly following the herd and doing the IDF`s bidding without a second thought. 2/10/2008
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