|500 Montreal artists against Israeli apartheid||Tadamon.ca - A call from Montreal artists to support the international campaign for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israeli apartheid…
|Help Free Abdallah Abu Rahmah||Tell President Obama to demand that Israel free Bil’in nonviolent leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah||27/2/2010|
|Nuri el-Okbi was taken from his protest tent - into custody. Support him by attending the arrest hearing Monday|| ||26/2/2010|
|An update on our investigation and further recommended action||Rela Mazali and Ruth Hiller - New Profile - Over the last two years, we have faced a series of direct challenges to our longtime efforts towards demilitarizing state and society in Israel. As you may remember, in March 2008, New Profile was notified that its non-profit status was under review by the official body in charge of non-profits in Israel (the Fellowship of Societies Registrar). At the end of May 2008, New Profile learned that a rightwing non-profit had petitioned the High Court of Justice, requesting that it instruct the Registrar to revoke our legal status and effectively block our legal funding channel. Then, in September 2008, the State Prosecutor`s office announced a criminal investigation of New Profile`s activities. Over six months later, in April, this was followed by a highly publicized police raid immediately prior to Israel’s Memorial Day, which clearly drew on the loaded emotions aroused by the rituals commemorating military dead. ||26/2/2010|
|Up against the wall: challenging Israel`s impunity ||Jamal Juma` - The Electronic Intifada - A wave of serial arrests of well-known grassroots human rights defenders began this past summer and escalated in September 2009. A vocal advocate of Palestinian rights, Mohammed Othman, youth coordinator of the Stop the Wall Campaign, was arrested in September when he returned from a speaking tour in Norway. At the beginning of December, Abdullah Abu Rahmah, a key figure in organizing the weekly protests against the wall in the Palestinian village of Bilin, was arrested during a night raid at his home. In mid-December, I was arrested from my home by Israeli forces and taken to an interrogation center where I was kept for one month and then released without charge -- a reprisal for my public outcry against Israel`s policies that have reduced Palestine to a number of isolated Bantustans behind cement walls.
|Israeli military respond with tear gas to Open Shuhada Street demonstration||CPT Hebron - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Although there was brief localised stone throwing by Palestinian boys watching the demonstrators walk through their neighbourhood, the Palestinian leadership was determined that the demonstration would be free from violence. Despite the Israeli military’s prolonged and repeated use of tear gas and percussion grenades the demonstrators’ discipline held and the action remained non-violent throughout. Tear gas was fired in succession at different points into and beyond the crowd, in some instances blocking off routes of escape for those attempting to leave the scene. Several demonstrators and passers-by suffered ill effects from the tear gas and were taken to hospital in Palestinian ambulances in attendance. There are unconfirmed reports that the military detained two Israeli activists. Towards the end of the action, Israeli special forces rushed into the crowd and detained an international activist.
The demonstrators dispersed around 1645.||26/2/2010|
|Yasmin Opens the Braille Little Oxford Dictionary||Ehud Krinis - The Villages Group - One of our Villages Group’s strongest connections is with Yasmin Gebara, a very special young woman from the village of Salem near Nablus. Yasmin is blind from birth. A younger brother, Muhammad, is also blind. In September 2004, Yasmin’s father Saael, a taxi driver, was killed in cold blood by Yehoshua Elitzur, from the nearby Itamar settlement. Elitzur was sentenced in an Israeli court for eight years, but then fully exploited the pro-settler leniency of the Israeli justice system who let him go home before reporting to jail, and has probably escaped the country without serving a single day.
|5th anniversary in Bil`in||Roy Wagner - A complex logistic operation brought over 300 people from Israel to Bil`in`s 5th anniversary demonstration where they joined
radical clowns, a Palestinian prime minister, the Ka/Ya-Samba
percussionists, representatives of various Palestinian parties, The
Palestinian Struggle Youth Union marching band, one mayor from Geneva,
dozens of journalists and supporters from all over Palestine and other
parts of the world||23/2/2010|
|Israel grants visas to witnesses in suit over Rachel Corrie death ||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - Under pressure from the United States, Israel is to grant visas to four activists from the International Solidarity Movement so they can testify in suit brought against the government by the family of Rachel Corrie, an activist killed by an IDF bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in March 2003. But the Defense Ministry blocked the family`s request to allow Dr. Ahmed Abu Nakira from the Al-Najar Hospital in Rafah, who treated Corrie`s injuries and later confirmed her death, to enter Israel. A request by Abu Hussein to question the physician via video conference was also rejected.
|Peace Now holds ‘masquerade carnival’ to protest gov’t ||Ben Hartman - Jerusalem Post - Billed as “Bibi and Barak’s Masquerade Carnival,” the demonstration was held to “reveal the real faces behind the masks, exposing that they are really enacting extreme right-wing policy,” according to Peace Now.
|European Jews for Peace preparing Ships to Gaza to join the Free Gaza fleet; Israelis especially invited|| ||22/2/2010|
|Palestinians protest heritage plan||Efrat Weiss - Ynet - A day after cabinet`s decision to include Cave of Patriarchs in national heritage plan, Palestinians march toward site; hurl stones at security forces||22/2/2010|
|Video - Troops attack Sunday Mass with tear gas in Beit Sahour||Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News - "The municipality of Beit Sahour has been prevented by the army from converting the rest of the area into a children’s hospital serving all southern West Bank, as they had planned to do. Two years ago settlers announced that they were planning to erect a settlement at Ush Ghrab and called it Shdema. Last week, the Israeli army came back to the old military site and started to bulldoze land and put in military installations"||22/2/2010|
|VIDEO Bilin Weekly Demo Feb 19 2010||1000 participants commemorate 5 years of protest. This Friday demonstrators try to demolish part of the fence, which Israel`s own High Court ordered to be moved in 2008 but the Army is only "planning" to move it... Haitham Al Katib reports. ||20/2/2010|
|Invitation to Mass Demonstration in Bil`in||Iyad Burnat - Friends of Freedom and Justice - Bilin - On Friday, February 19th 2010, we shall join the weekly demonstration in Bil`in and convey a simple message to the Israeli army: you will not be able to kill the popular resistance! The wall must and will fall!
|Feb. 20, Peace Now demo in Tel-Aviv: exposing Bibi and Barak`s real faces behind the masks|| ||16/2/2010|
|VIDEO: Bilin Reenacts Avatar Film 12-02-2010||Another gem by Haitham Al Katib.||13/2/2010|
|Support Human Rights Activist Ezra Nawi ||Call for support -
|Five years of struggle will end only when the wall falls! Friday Bil`in & Al Ma`sara||you`re coming with a car/need a seat - please, contact Ayala||16/2/2010|
|Pressure continues on Veolia and Alstom to halt light rail project ||Adri Nieuwhof - EI - "Last month, Ahmed Rweidi, an advisor to Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority, announced that Palestinian officials will once again call on Arab countries to cut business ties with Veolia and Alstom. […] In response, David Hadari, one of Jerusalem`s deputy mayors, told the Jerusalem Post that he was disturbed by the interference of the Palestinian Authority. Hadari stated that ‘They`re simply interfering with the planning policy of the State of Israel’” ||15/2/2010|
|Army Used to Deport Anti-Wall Activists - Israel`s War on Protest||Jonathan Cook - CounterPunch - “’Israel knows that the non-violence struggle is spreading and that it’s a powerful weapon against the occupation,’ said Neta Golan, an Israeli activist based in Ramallah. ‘Israel has no answer to it, which is why the security forces are panicking and have started making lots of arrests’”||15/2/2010|
|Dar El-Hanoun in danger of eviction||The Israeli government is escalating its threats against Arab villages within Israel, and has now started establishing two new cities for Jews-only. The unrecognized village Dar El-Hanoun in Wadi Ara is in danger of eviction. Following these new threats against Arab citizens, the Negev Coexistence Forum and the Committee for Dar El-Hanoun are launching a fund raising campaign for the village.
|Dar El-Hanoun in danger of eviction, call for support of the village’s legal struggle!|| ||10/2/2010|
|Attacks on New Israel Fund, Critical Groups, Threaten Civil Society||Human Rights Watch - "What we`re seeing in Israel is a greater official intolerance of dissent." ||9/2/2010|
|Report to UN on suppression of Palestinian human rights activism ||Addameer - (...) those who are charged with offenses in the Israeli military courts face almost certain conviction and imprisonment by a military justice system that is heavily biased against them; those who are not charged are nonetheless often levied with administrative detention.||9/2/2010|
|No Treatment in Gaza, No Security Risk, but Israel Prevents a Seriously ill Man from Getting Treatment||Gisha press release - The State refuses to allow Issam Hamdan out of Gaza based on its claim that he may settle in the West Bank after treatment [Sic!] -- Gisha and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel appealed to the Supreme Court.||9/2/2010|
|Contact UC-Irvine to support students who protested Oren speech||UC-Irvine is considering punishment to students who practiced civil disobedience and disrupted the Israeli ambassador`s speech by repeatedly making counter-statements.||13/2/2010|
|Detention of international activists declared illegal ||ISM/Haaretz - Spanish journalist Ariadna Jove Marti and Australian student Bridgette Chappell were detained during a pre-dawn raid on the Ramallah media office of the International Solidarity Movement. But during the proceedings at the Supreme Court, the State Prosecutor admitted that it was illegal for the Israeli Immigration Police to receive custody of the two in the Occupied Territories, where it has no legal authority. The court ordered their release on bail.
|What Israelis read about international grassroots pressures||Three items in Ynet - 1) Hagit Klaiman: British academics ask Elton John to read Goldstone 2) Hagit Klaiman: UK assures Ayalon he won`t be arrested 3) Yitzhak Benhorin: Arab students disrupt speech by Israeli envoy to US (includes video)||9/2/2010|
|Presence needed in Sheikh Jarrah|| ||9/2/2010|
|Yediot`s Sima Kadmon methodically deconstructs the anti-NIF smear campaign||Didi Remez - Coteret - "Sima Kadmon is senior political commentator at Yediot, second in stature only to Nahum Barnea. She devotes much of her Friday (February 5 2010) column to a methodical deconstruction of the motivation and methodology behind the Im Tirzu anti-NIF smear campaign. Kadmon adds domestic depth to Nahum Barnea`s exposé ¯f the role mainstream Jewish-American leaders played in putting the brakes on the Knesset`s participation in the campaign"||8/2/2010|
|Israel arrests two foreign activists in West Bank||Joseph Krauss - Yahoo!News - "The raid took place in the so-called Area A, a part of the West Bank under the complete control of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority but where Israel reserves the right to operate for security reasons. Soldiers raided the apartment in the town of Ramallah at around 3:00 am (0100 GMT) and arrested the two activists, Ariadna Jove Marti of Spain and Bridgette Chappell of Australia, according to the ISM"||8/2/2010|
|Few Israeli soldiers charged in abuse cases ||No author -
Khaleej Times online
"JERUSALEM - Only six percent of all investigations into alleged abuse of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers led to prosecutions over the past decade, an Israeli human rights group said on Thursday.
|Judith Butler in Palestine||Invitation from Birzeit University -
"The Institute of Women’s Studies would like to invite you to Prof. Judith Butler lecture titled:
Boycott Politics and Academic Freedom, or Who Can Exercise a Right to Education?
Monday, February 8, 2010, 2:00-4:00 PM
Venue: Hall 101, Institute of Women Studies"
|The army shooting of Tristan Anderson: a flawed police investigation, no one to be prosecuted no one charged ||Connie Hackbarth - Alternative Information Center - Att. Michael Sfard, representing the family of American activist Tristan Anderson, accused the police of conducting a "gravely negligent" investigation into the conduct of the soldiers who in March 2009 shot critically injured Anderson at a non-violent demonstration in the West Bank village of Ni`ilin. The flawed investigation led to the Israeli Ministry of Justice decision not to indict anyone in the case.
|Divestment Campaign at Carleton||Aidan Macdonald - ZNet - "Students Against Israeli Apartheid" embarked on the campaign after discovering that, despite Carleton President Roseann Runte`s assertion that the university "emphasizes human rights and social justice" in disposing of its funds, much of them are in fact invested in companies notorious as war profiteers, environmental destroyers, and being implicated in human rights violations. ||2/2/2010|
|Palestinians Clash With Israeli Police As It Cracks Down On Protests In Jerusalem||Ghassan Bannoura -
"Israeli Jewish settlers control the two sites and deny others access there."
|Rachel Corrie`s family bring civil suit over human shield`s death in Gaza||Rory McCarthy -
""After her death the military began an investigation but unfortunately, as in most of these cases, it found the activity of the army was legal and there was no intentional killing."" ||24/2/2010|
|NIF Under Attack ||Daniel Sokatch - New Israel Fund - A number of the civil and human rights organizations that are funded and supported by NIF have written challenging, thoughtful criticisms of how the Israeli military behaved during Gaza Operation Cast Lead in 2008-9. The most recent attacks on NIF claim that if only we didn’t exist, if only we didn’t support these organizations in their work, Goldstone would not have had the evidence needed to come to the conclusions presented in his report.
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