|Building in settlements destroys two-state solution - demonstrate before it is too late (Peace Now )||Monday, Oct. 5, demonstration against new building activity in Nokdim, transportation from TA (9am) and J`lem (10am)||30/9/2009|
|`We will continue to seek legal action against Israeli officials` ||Hagit Klaiman -
""I have nothing against Israel personally. My political views have nothing to do with this case.""||30/9/2009|
|After Goldstone report: WHAT`S NEXT? - Side Event Human Rights Council at Geneva (Sept. 29 )||Joint statement - The participating Israeli, Palestinian and international NGOs organizations will discuss various views on follow-up and mechanisms for justice. ||29/9/2009|
|Register for Transportation to Friday October 2nd Demos Against the Wall||Bil`in, Contact Ilan 03-6482749 - Ma`asara, Contact Ayala 052-4707885
|Water is a potent weapon||David Shulman - We search for heavy boulders to fill the wide gap. The back-hoe rolls back and forth, compacting the earth, turning rock and dust into something akin to a road. The water tankers can now slowly creep down the hill and pass us on their way to Jinbah, where the water is so much needed and so difficult to get.||29/9/2009|
|Saturday, Oct. 3, Water Convoy to the village of Al-Arakib (Recognition Forum in the Negev )||for transportation - at 12:00 from Tel-Aviv - register!||29/9/2009|
| Atlanta Jews and Udi Aloni React to Toronto Film Festival||Sarah Anne Minkin - Jewish Peace News - "In their statement, the Atlanta Jews focused on the need for open conversation about the state of Israel`s behavior towards Palestinians. […] This letter comes from the heart of mainstream Jewry and represents yet another opening in how American Jews talk about and relate to the state of Israel. It shows the willingness of this small group of people to defend an unpopular action and speak out on the very combustible issue of Israel, exposing themselves to condemnation and reproach from friends, family, community members and others"||28/9/2009|
|Palestinians and Israelis Follow Thoreau, but Is Anyone Watching?||Neve Gordon - AntiWar - "The problem is that the world knows very little about these acts [of civil disobedience]. A simple Google search with the words `Palestinian violence` yields over 86,000 pages, while a search with the words `Palestinian civil disobedience` generates only 47 pages – this despite the fact that for several years now Palestinians have been carrying out daily acts of civil disobedience against the Israeli occupation"||28/9/2009|
|Water reached Palestinians - activists broke through army cordon||Gush Shalom - This Saturday morning, September 26, the IDF declared the area of the Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills to be "a closed military zone" in order to prevent the entry of a Water Convoy organized by Israeli peace movements - but nevertheless, the activists managed to break through the military cordon and pass the convoy as planned.||27/9/2009|
|This Friday in Bil`in ||Roy Wagner/ISM - The fence gate was pulled open quite quickly by protesters, who entered the area between the fences as a symbolic assertion of Palestinian ownership of the land stolen by means of the fence. A couple rounds of gas pushed most demonstrators away. |
During the last round soldiers crossed over and arrested two Israeli demonstrators as well as Haithem Khatib, the courageous video journalist responsible for the documentation of the recent nightly military raids on the village.
|Rosh Ha`Shana / Eid al-Fitr at the checkpoints||Ronny Hamerman and Tamar Fleishman - MachsomWatch - For the West Bank Palestinians the Holidays` coinciding meant they were prevented from paying Eid al-Fitr visits to their Jerusalem relatives.||26/9/2009|
|Gila Svirsky`s speaking tour in Oregon, Sept. 25 - Oct. 6|| ||25/9/2009|
|Free Mohammad Othman, Palestine’s first BDS Prisoner of Conscience! ||Stop the Wall - On Tuesday, September 22, Mohammad Othman (33 years old)—a Palestinian human rights activist and advocate of the non-violent civil society campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)—was arrested by Israeli authorities at the Allenby Crossing, the border terminal between Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territory. He was returning from a trip to Norway—where he had been promoting BDS—when he was detained, arrested and then moved to a prison where he is being held for a military hearing scheduled for next Tuesday.||24/9/2009|
|PSP Supports Kobi Snitz, an Israeli Activist Beginning Short Prison Term for Anti-Occupation Activity ||Palestine Solidarity Project - Kobi Snitz, a long-time activist with the Israeli group Anarchists Against the Wall, and a personal friend of PSP, begins a 20 day prison term for an arrest in 2004 in which he tried to prevent a home demolition in the Palestinian village of Kharbatha, in the Ramallah District. He is the first Israeli activist to serve time for a demonstration in the Occupied Territories. His statement (from yesterday) is below.
|Army Refuses to contact HR Organizations - Call for Action||Gisha - Gisha wishes to express its grave concern over a new, unilateral decision by the army to refuse to respond to requests from Israeli human rights organizations on behalf of Palestinians residing in the Gaza Strip, even in emergency humanitarian cases. The decision represents another step in a systematic attempt to restrict the activities of human rights organizations in Israel – and Palestinians residing in Gaza with urgent humanitarian needs will pay the price. ||23/9/2009|
|Israeli Activist Group Targeting U.S. Charities for ‘Illegal’ Fundraising||Kristen A. Parillo - Worldwide Tax Daily - ‘‘The U.S. government — particularly under President Obama — has said it is very strongly opposed to settlements and sees them as an obstacle to peace talks,’’ the Gush Shalom spokesperson said. ‘‘At the same time, the U.S. government is in a sense funding the settlements.’’||22/9/2009|
|Spain excludes settlement university from academic competition||BNC Europe - "It represents the first case of sanctions against an Israeli academic institution in Spain and one of the very first such actions in the West. [...] This move of the government of Spain follows the decision of the UK government not to rent offices from Israeli settlement builder Lev Leviev and the divestment of the Norwegian Pension Fund from Elbit Systems, an Israeli company providing surveillance equipment to the Wall"||21/9/2009|
|Rail Firm Pays Price for Link to Settlements - Boycott Derails Jerusalem Rail Line ||Jonathan Cook - CounterPunch - "Veolia’s unexpected withdrawal from City Pass, a French-Israeli private consortium backed in part by public finances, is being claimed as a victory by Palestinian officials and activists whose boycott and lobbying efforts appear to have forced the company to quit the project"||21/9/2009|
|The unbearable nonviolence of Bil`in||Adam Keller - The army`s escalation shows the increasing brutalization
since the Gaza War, inherited and expanded by the new government.||19/9/2009|
|Noam Shalit: Gilad to spend yet another Rosh Hashanah in Gaza ||Jack Khoury - Haaretz - A remarkable rally of Israelis and Palestinians on both sides of the Gaza security fence, calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel and of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. ||19/9/2009|
|Gush Shalom cries foul over growth of settler radio station||Dan Izenberg - Jerusalem Post - The settlers intend to `create facts` on the radio waves and begin operating a station that, in the disguise of a regional radio station, will reach every part of Israel except Eilat. ||15/9/2009|
|Demo against the ongoing expulsion of Jerusalem Palestinians||Gush Shalom website - Rabbi Arik Asherman opened with the words: "Thou shalt not have in thy town divers measures [i.e. double standards]!", referring to the glaring injustice of expelling Arabs from houses in East Jerusalem that were owned by Jews before 1967, while hundreds of houses in West Jerusalem were not returned to Arabs that owned them before 1967.
|Friday Sept. 18th Demonstrate Against the Wall in Bil`in||phone Dan if you are a newcomer // for transportation register with Ilan // and more ||15/9/2009|
|Two women occupation refusers who spent time in military jail speak at US colleges||E.B. Solomont - Jerusalem Post - "We believe it is important to spread information about the Israeli occupation and about the movements that work against it," stated Maya Wind, who will tour the US together with Netta Mishly.||15/9/2009|
|Palestine`s Peaceful Struggle ||Mohammed Khatib - The Nation - "A few weeks ago, in the dead of night, dozens of Israeli soldiers with painted faces burst violently into my home. If only they had knocked, I would have opened the door. They arrested me. My wife, Lamia, was left alone with our four children. My youngest, 3-year-old Khaled, woke up to the image of Israeli soldiers with painted faces who were taking his father away"||14/9/2009|
|Jerusalem of Gold - and of Human Rights ||Action report - gush-shalom.org - â€śThou shalt not have in thy town divers measures!â€ť, Rabbi Asherman on the glaring injustice to expel Arabs from houses in East Jerusalem that were owned by Jews before 1967, while hundreds of houses in West Jerusalem were not returned to Arabs that owned them before 1967.
|Once a month Nuri el-Okbi leaves his protest tent in the desert - to tell his story in Tel-Aviv||Next meeting: Monday, Oct. 19 [first: Sep. 13, at 5pm. in Beit Hasofer, Kaplan St. 6]||12/9/2009|
|Another night raid - Bilin being punished for its persistent non-violent protest which the army can`t get rid off during daylight||a request for worldwide protests and letters to Israeli embassies||8/9/2009|
|`Why did God put us here?`||Paulette Schroeder & Hebron + Tuwani teams - CPT - When the bulldozers departed, their work of destruction completed, the father said: ďż˝We have nothing. We have lost everything. Sometimes I ask myself: "Why did God put us here? You tell me: Why did God put us here? We have nothing. We have lost everything. We are poor; we have no weapons; we have little water and food. The only thing we have to leave our children is our land. Sometimes I ask myself: Why did God put us here? You tell me: Why did God put us here?||8/9/2009|
|CALL FOR THE SEVENTH WEEK AGAINST THE APARTHEID WALL, NOVEMBER 9 – 16 2009.||Iyad Burnat - Head of Popular Commitee in Bilin - Five years ago – the International Court of Justice ruled that the Wall is illegal and has required that it be torn down and all laws and orders related to it be reversed. The Court has reminded the international community of its obligation not to render any aid or assistance to the Wall and to ensure the implementation of international law. To date, the international community has not promoted any tangible move towards the ruling’s implementation.
|Back to Warsaw 1968||Michael Sfard - Haaretz - The people who ordered the arrests of Khatib, Abu Nizar and dozens of their colleagues, some of whom are still in custody (such as the taxi driver Adib Abu Rahme, who has been rotting in jail for two months already, accused only of being a member of the Popular Committee), are ignoramuses who have not learned a single lesson from the human history of liberation struggles. They believed that this was the way to break the Bil`in protest movement - which, judging by the most recent demonstrations, has only grown greater in the wake of their actions.
|NO TO THE SETTLEMENTS IN EAST JERUSALEM Join us Thursday Sep. 10, Jaffa Gate, at 19:30 ||register for transportation from Tel-Aviv||7/9/2009|
|Protest expansion of settlements TODAY. Sep. 7, in Maaleh Adumim, at 5pm (Peace Now)||meeting point: Gan Hapaamon Jerusalem, 16.30||7/9/2009|
|CALL FOR THE SEVENTH WEEK AGAINST THE APARTHEID WALL||Tear down the walls in Palestine! Break the siege in Gaza!
NOVEMBER 9-16 2009 -Iyad Burnat
|Why I resigned from the Gaza Freedom March coalition||Norman Finkelstein - normanfinkelstein.com - The original consensus of the International Coalition to End the Illegal Siege of Gaza was that we would limit our statement to a pair of uncontroversial, basic and complementary principles that would have the broadest possible appeal: the march to break the siege would be nonviolent and anchored in international law. I agreed with this approach and consequent statement and decided to remove myself from the steering committee in order to invest my full energies in mobilizing for the march. During the week beginning August 30, 2009 and in a matter of days an entirely new sectarian agenda dubbed "the political context" was foisted on those who originally signed on and worked tirelessly for three months.||6/9/2009|
|Witnesses: Palestinians storm outpost in north West Bank ||Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - The Palestinians, armed with hoes and axes, set fire to some structures at the outpost before security services summoned by settler girls arrived at the site. Nobody was wounded in the incident.||5/9/2009|
|Bilin Friday protest as usual, but the real thing happened in the night||Iyad Burnat - Bilin Popular Committee - During the weekly demonstration some demonstrators succeeded attaching flags to the Fence. Around 2:30am, another nightly raid. The army attempted to arrest Hamza Burnat (age 16), but he was not at home at the time. They also raided the house where Yaseen Mohammed Ali Yaseen (age 21) lives but could not find him either.||5/9/2009|
|Beachfront exhibit mimics West Bank barrier||Maya Lecker - Ynet - "I deal with architectural violence (...) in this case â€“- the concrete has a military context."||1/9/2009|
|Bil`in night raid, one arrest 01.09.09 - two more not found home||Iyad Burnat - Head of Popular Committee in Bilin - Continuous crackdown on the West Bank village Bilin with its exemplary non-violent struggle against landgrab. This night, the soldiers entering shorlty after 3am, encountered many international activists who stood in their way filming and challenging their action. The soldiers threw tear gas and sound bombs to clear the way. They also used a laser beam on some activists as a means of intimidation.||1/9/2009|
|Israeli photographer injured in Naalin||Ali Waked - Ynet - Hundreds of Israelis, Palestinians, and left-wing activists from around the world protested the fence at Naalin Friday. ||5/9/2009|
|Film fest`s focus on Israel `propaganda,` artists say ||MICHAEL POSNER -
Globe and Mail -
""We protest that TIFF, whether intentionally or not, has become complicit in the Israeli propaganda machine.""
|Seinfeld, you were wrong to condemn our Toronto protest ||Udi Aloni -
"That is why even if the Arab is the slain, even if it is clear that it is he who is the victim, he will remain the object. Not a full person, certainly not sovereign or free."
|BREAKING THE THIRST Water convoy to villages in South-Hebron Hills, Saturday, 26.9||reserve your seat, from TA with firstname.lastname@example.org from J`lem with email@example.com||22/9/2009|
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