|Unilever withdraws from an Israeli settlement||United Civilians for Peace - UCP congratulates Unilever with their decision to divest. This important and constructive step shows that Unilever takes serious both the provisions of international law as well as its Corporate Social Responsibility. Israeli settlements form a major obstacle to a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians and the industrial zones play an important economic role in maintaining these settlements.||30/11/2008|
|Three internationals imprisoned by Israel declare hunger strike||Saed Bannoura- IMEMC & Agencies-"Three international peace activists imprisoned by Israel after the Israeli Navy abducted them as they were accompanying Palestinian fishermen, stated on Thursday that they are on hunger strike until the Israeli authorities return the three Palestinian fishing boats the Navy confiscated and is holding at the Ashdod port. " ||28/11/2008|
|Music of Refusal: Drums and Torches at the Wall of Prison 400 ||Yigal Sarna - Yediot Aharonot, translated for OM - One officer said he understood them, another - that the army would crush them. I heard that the Army Chief of Staff in person talked with Omer`s father and told him the army would not give up. A beaten army hits out at the weakest. "Let`s show them!" say officers who have come battered out of a bad war. It is all too easy to break them. What are they, after all? Just vulnerable school girls who do not want to stop people at a checkpoint.||27/11/2008|
|Report: Most cases of IDF abuse of Palestinians don`t lead to charges||Ynet - Report by Israeli Human rights organization `Yesh Din` (`There is Law`) illustrates how the IDF leaves the population of the occupied territories exposed to its soldiers` arbitrariness. ||26/11/2008|
|Libyan ship sets sail to Gaza - carrying 3,000 tons of food and medicine||PNN - "This mission was not created to show our messages of solidarity, but to provide concrete assistance."
|Freedom for all people - of misery, human warmth and resilience||Mairead Maguire - Sabeel - I recognize there is a deep fear of ethnic annihilation amongst many Israelis, but we, as the human family, must all learn to deal with our fears non-violently, and realize our best hope for human security is not in occupation but in implementing just and equal policies for all the people, and making friends with our enemies.
|Urge Wiesenthal Center not to build a "Museum of Tolerance" on a Jerusalem cemetary - petition|| ||23/11/2008|
|Comment on PLO full-page advertisment in the Israeli daily press on 20/11/2008||The Socialist Organization in Israel - Matzpen - The choice facing the Israeli voters is between peace with Israeli settlers who occupy conquered Palestinian territories illegally and forcibly or peace with the Palestinian people inhabiting and cultivating these territories for over a thousand years.
Also: BBC official translation of the Arab peace plan of 2002||22/11/2008|
|Press release in Canada to end the siege||Yousef Mousa/Health Professionals Against the Siege of Gaza-Free Gaza-"We once again demand that our government (Canada)condemn this morally reprehensible tool of siege and blockade that increases the suffering of the people of Gaza and which is in blatant contravention of international law. It does nothing to achieve peace and justice in the region and is destroying a people and a whole new future generation. We demand our government and the international community break the silence against the siege of Gaza."||21/11/2008|
| The price of resisting the occupation in Israel: "leftists aren`t allowed..."||Jewish Voice for Peace-"While trying to maintain an image of a democratic state, and using that image as one of its arguments for its exceptionality and need for support, it constantly strives to place limits on the bounds of acceptable legitimate dissent while trying to make the price of being part of the movement too high for activists to pay. It is truly a testament to the moral courage and dedication of Israeli activists that they continue to work as tenaciously as they do, but I fear that these tactics have contributed to keeping the movement smaller and further from the mainstream than it should be."||21/11/2008|
|UN human rights chief calls for an immediate end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza||UN High Commissioner-UN News Center-“By function of this blockade, 1.5 million Palestinian men, women and children have been forcibly deprived of their most basic human rights for months. This is in direct contravention of international human rights and humanitarian law. It must end now,”||21/11/2008|
|Disinvestment From West Bank Settlements Gains Momentum||CHERRIE HEYWOOD- Middle East Times-"But of prime importance to Tel Aviv was the fear that Israeli defense officials could face indictment for war crimes if they visit Britain. .. Israel`s "disappointment" over the British government`s failure to change legislation regarding the apprehension of war criminals. This legislation enables Britain to arrest alleged war criminals for crimes committed overseas."||21/11/2008|
|In besieged Gaza: Journal of a voyage ||Gideon Spiro - A call for civil disobedience: "any law that forbids us to express solidarity with suffering people through non-violent action is patently illegal."
|NY: Rights groups protest Hebron settlement fundraiser||Adalah-NY, Brooklyn for Peace rally outside Marriott Marquis hotel against fundraiser held there by settlement group, chant `Hebron`s settlers, Klu Klux Klan, racist groups go hand in hand` ||18/11/2008|
|4 Palestinian fishermen and 3 internationals arrested by the Israeli Navy 7 miles off the coast of Gaza||ISM - When confronted by the Israeli Navy, the boats were 7 nautical miles from the shore of Deir al Balah, well within the fishing limit
detailed in the Oslo Accords of 1994. The average catch of fish was over 3000 tons a year in the 1990’s, now it is around 500 tons directly due to the Israeli siege of Gaza.
|Stop the killings ï¿½ return to the ceasefire! Demo, Tel Aviv, Tue. Nov 18, at 17.30|| ||17/11/2008|
|Fifteen Palestinian fishermen along with three internationals have been kidnapped in Palestinian waters by the Israeli Navy||CONTACT:
Caoimhe (Gaza) + 972 598 273 960
Donna (Gaza) + 972 598 836 420
Fida (Gaza - Arabic) â€“ + 972 599 681 669
ISM Media Office - + 972 2-2971824
Stephen Brown, UK Consulate +972 25 41 41 00
U.S. Consulate General + 972-2-6227230
Luigi MATTIOLO, Italian Ambassador +972 3 5104004
Free Gaza Movement
357 99 08 17 67
|Israelis bristle at attempt to limit exports||Donald Macintyre - The Independent - "David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, is embroiled in a diplomatic wrangle with Israel over Britain`s attempts to restrict European imports from Jewish settlements in the West Bank"||17/11/2008|
|Groups protest settlement fundraiser at New York hotel ||Adalah-NY - EI - "Eight groups representing tens of thousands of people in the United States, Palestine and Israel have called on the Marriott Marquis hotel in Manhattan to cancel the 17 November dinner for the Brooklyn-based Hebron Fund aiming to raise money for Israeli settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Hebron"||17/11/2008|
|Chug Ahvah: `The riots in Akko and the spectre of racism in Israel`||An evening with Rim Hazan, led by Binyamin Gonen. 39, Sderot Ben-Gurion, Haifa. Wednesday, 26 November, 7:30 PM. ||16/11/2008|
|Come, Obama, Change My Life||Edna Canetti-CounterPunch-"Come to Israel, grab its stupid leadership by the throat and take its foot off the neck of another people. Come and force us to do what is clear, and written, and fitting, and necessary, come and get us out of the Territories, if necessary do it with a smile that reveals million-dollar teeth. If necessary bare your teeth and force us to do it."||14/11/2008|
|Don`t say we did not know #135||Amos Gvirtz-"Settlers threw stones at the family, and a soldier beat the father and hit him over the head with his rifle butt. For nearly an hour soldiers prevented the family from helping their father."||14/11/2008|
|Invitation to Diakonia`s Monitoring Seminar on Companies involved in the Occupation ||"18 Nov., Al-Quds Univ. Workshop for oPt fieldworkers on companies involved in the occupation. www.diakonia.se/ihl"||14/11/2008|
|Saturday 4pm, PRISON PARTY in support of refuseniks Raz Bar-David-Varon, Mia Tamarin, Tamar Katz, Sahar Vardi and Omer Goldman||register for transportation from Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem||13/11/2008|
|Youths looking for hope||Adam Keller - Occupation Magazine - "Come to the Rabin Festival to hear Barak speak? Not me!" But we are not coming to listen to the bastards of the podium, we come to speak to the audience, these are the people we have to reach!"||11/11/2008|
peace speeches in Tel Aviv - a family expelled in East Jerusalem
|Gush Shalom - The expulsion of the Al-Kurd Family was in accordance with a court order recognizing the house as pre-`48 "Jewish Property." This is a clear and manifest discrimination, since the Al-Kurd family are refugees from West Jerusalem, and the State of Israel refuses to recognize their title deed to the house where they lived prior to 1948.||11/11/2008|
|Short boats into Gaza with fact-finding mission||Rob Sharp - The Independent - "Obviously by coming in boats we are all saying the siege is wrong, Israel is wrong and its breach of international law is a collective punishment. The siege is being put upon [Gaza`s inhabitants] because the Palestinian people dared to vote for people they wanted to vote for, and that is total Western hypocrisy on the issue of democracy”||10/11/2008|
|`Israel won`t give Gaza-bound boats PR`||Yaakov Lappin - The Jerusalem Post - “The Israeli official described the sailing activists as ‘ridiculous people who play into Hamas`s hands. They want to be stopped and they are looking for a confrontation, so we decided not to give them one.’ A drama involving the boats and the Israel Navy would serve the Free Gaza Movement`s interest by attracting the media spotlight, the official said”
|European legislators sail to Gaza||AL Jazeera -
A boat carrying 11 European politicians has reached the Gaza Strip, breaking the Israeli blockade of the coastal territory..."This is an historic time as we have European members of parliament going to Gaza to draw international attention to Israel`s collective punishment of 1.5 million Palestinians," Lord Nazir Ahmad, a Labour member of Britain`s House of Lords and head of the delegation, said.
He described the Gaza Strip as the "largest prison in the world".
|London U. event likens Gaza to Ghetto||JONNY PAUL -
The situation in Gaza will be compared to that in the Warsaw Ghetto under the Nazis, at a prestigious London university next week.
The Student Union at Goldsmiths college, University of London, is hosting an event on Wednesday titled "From the Warsaw Ghetto to the Gaza Ghetto."...Speaking at Wednesday event will be Suzanne Weiss, a Holocaust survivor...She goes on to compare Israeli policies to those of the Third Reich.
"In fact, the Zionist state uses many of the methods of Nazism to oppress the Palestinians, including confining them in walled ghettos,"
|Concern over Israel settlement exports||BBC NEWS-"The British Government believes that Israeli settlements on occupied territory are illegal. So does every other government in the world, except for Israel...Ahava is one of the better known brands to come from the occupied West Bank. Tourists pack the visitor centre for the skin care company, located on a settlement called Mitzpe Shalem,...But although the herbs do indeed come from the West Bank, the geographical label does not tell consumers whether they are buying from a Palestinian farmer or from an Israeli settler"||7/11/2008|
|Cancel November 17 Hebron Fund Banquet over Human Rights Violations||TO: The Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York, NY: Cancel November 17 Hebron Fund Banquet over Human Rights Violations||7/11/2008|
|More News on the Dignity||Angela Godfrey Goldstein- "On the past trips, Israel has threatened to stop the DIGNITY, arrest its passengers and tow the boat to Israel. The government has been silent on its plans this time, perhaps out of respect for the dignitaries on the voyage. Members of the two organizations stress that the DIGNITY has no intention of going anywhere near Israeli waters but will enter Gaza through its own coastal waters. "||7/11/2008|
|Campaign Against The Israeli Closures in Hebron||The National Campaign Against The Israeli Closures in Hebron Old City -
Hebron has been divided into two parts – H1 and H2 – according to the Hebron Protocol signed between Palestinians and Israelis in 1997, which indicated that Hebron should be an open city.
The reality of having Israeli settlements in the center of Hebron city, within Palestinian residential areas, creates high level of tension among Palestinian citizens who live under very sever circumstances. Citizens of H2 area in Hebron are suffering double aggressive actions from both Israeli authorities and settlers.
|Obama, please do me a personal favour ||Edna Canetti - MachsomWatch - "Come, Obama, come and save us from ourselves"||6/11/2008|
|Young Israelis resent occupation||Vita Bekker -
"Their group is unique because in Israel, 18-year-olds facing conscription only rarely openly protest against policies relating to Palestinians."
|Hebron Settlers attack Palestinian Home - as revenge for their eviction by Israeli police||Brighton-Tubas Friendship and Solidarity Group - First the settlers
attacked a 65 year old Palestinian woman, who was walking with the aid
of a zimmer frame. The settlers pushed her over and kicked her with
the result that she had to be taken to hospital. They then turned on
the internationals who slept over with the threatened family. ||4/11/2008|
|Junk ||Meir Margalit - Occupation Magazine - The city’s attorney tried to prove that Bedouin shacks do not match the definition of the term “home” as it appears in the Planning & Construction Law. The Bedouin’s attorney tried to prove that the land where they are situated does not comply with the term “street” as defined in the Planning & Construction Law.
| COs Sahar Vardi and Raz Bar-David Varon Sentenced to 21 Days in Prison||New Profile - Raz Bar-David Varon, a signatory of the 2008 high school seniors refusal letter, Reported yesterday (3 Nov.) at the Induction Base, declared her refusal to serve in the Israeli military and was sentenced to 21 days in military prison. CO Sahar Vardi, who reported at the induction base together with her, was sentenced to a third prison term, also of 21 days.
|A Museum of Tolerance built on top of a Muslim Cemetery in Jerusalem? Hard to Believe? It must be stopped!!!!|| ||4/11/2008|
|EU legislators invite Hamas lawmakers to Brussels ||Reuters - Ynet - "We don`t care who they are as long as they are members of the Legislative Council," Triantaphyllides said. "We don`t ask if they are members of Hamas or members of Fatah."
"The PLC was elected in 2006 and it was democratically elected," he added.
|US Activist Detained in Israeli Jail Condemns Blockade of Gaza||AMY GOODMAN, Darlene Wallach-Democracy Now- "I was kidnapped at gunpoint by the fourth largest military in the world, and I was on a Palestinian fishing boat in Palestinian fishing waters. So it doesn’t make any sense why I’m here, why I’m being held...what Israel does is they sink the boats or they damage the boats, like taking the engines off, or steal all the equipment."||28/11/2008|
|MESA - Middle East Studies Association Grants Academic Freedom Award to Israeli NGO Defending Palestinians` Right to Study||Middle East Studies Association - News Release - The Middle East Studies Association of North American tonight granted its annual Academic Freedom Award to the Israeli human rights organization Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, in recognition of Gisha`s work promoting freedom of movement for Palestinian students and scholars, especially from the nearly hermetically sealed Gaza Strip. Gisha Director Sari Bashi accepted the award on behalf of the organization during MESA`s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.||27/11/2008|
|On the fourth anniversary of Arafat`s death, Abbas: `We will remain steadfast`||Saed Bannoura -
"The six demands are Jerusalem, evacuation of settlements, borders, refugees, water and security."||12/11/2008|
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