|Demonstrators shake the Ofer Prison fence ||Hundreds of demonstrators demanded the immediate release of the Bethlehem ten. Denied access to the Ofer military court, where the ten`s hearings were scheduled to be heard, protesters tried to topple the fence, and were treated to the Border Police`s concussion grenades, tear-gas and rubber-coated bullets. Israeli media reports only mentioned "Palestinians throwing stones at the police", ignoring all that had gone before it got to that. ||31/3/2010|
|Tomorrow (Wed. March 31) : Solidarity Demo with Jailed Peaceful Protesters|| ||30/3/2010|
|Register for Transportation to April 2 - April 4 Weekly Demonstrations Against the Wall and the Settlements|| ||30/3/2010|
|Help needed to set up a `Free Adib` website|| ||30/3/2010|
|Three injured in Budrus protest ||Jonathan Pollak - Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - 300 people protested at Budrus Village, planting trees along the route of the Separation Barrier. Three people were injured when the army opened up with tear gas and rubber bullets. ||30/3/2010|
|PM Salam Fayyad joins Qarawat Bani Hassan protest ||Jonathan Pollak - Over 200 Israelis, Palestinians and internationals, joined by Palestinian National Authority PM Salam Fayyad demonstrated near the Ein Entweteg Spring in the West Bank village of Qarawat Bani Hassan. 89% of the village`s land, including the Ein Enwetef spring, is in Area C, under complete Israeli control, and is in constant threat of annexation and settlement expansion.
|15 year old boy killed by the army at south Gaza Strip border ||Saed Bannoura - Maan/IMEMC/Haaretz - Muhammad Zen Ismail Al-Farmawi, 15, was shot dead by Israeli forces. Oalestinian ambulances had been unable to retrieve the body because of ongoing clashes in the area. Dozens of Palestinians sustained injuries when marching in protest into the areas near the Gaza Strip border, in which it is Israeli policy to open fire on anyone approaching the border fence.
|Tuesday, March 30, Land Day rally in the Negev , Jews and Arabs against the land theft|| ||29/3/2010|
|The apartheid walls of Jerusalem breached on Palm Sunday||Mazin Qumsiyeh -“We arrived at the main gate used for tourist buses at around 12:30 and decided to just keep going. The few soldiers and police at the gate tried to close it but we managed to get in and the huge 8 meter high metal gate stopped half way perhaps as a safety mechanism since there were dozens of people passing and they could be crushed if it continued. The Israeli security forces tried to close other fences but we kept going”||29/3/2010|
|Israeli Troops Attack Palm Sunday Protest In Bethlehem, Detain 15 Including Two Journalists||Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News - "Palestinians, along with international and Israeli supporters, gathered at the Church on Nativity in Bethlehem city, southern West Bank, and carried Palm leaves and flags, and headed towards the gate of the Annexation Wall separating Bethlehem from Jerusalem city. [...] At the gate of the wall, protesters marched forward and managed to pass the military checkpoint and entered Jerusalem"||29/3/2010|
|Bili’in as an Allegory: The Party is Over, Declares Netanyahu ||Michael Warschawski - AIC - "The decision to declare Bili’in and Na’alin as closed military zones for a period of six months (so far) has meaning that goes far beyond the weekly demonstrations held there for the past five years already. `The party is over` – that is the message that the Netanyahu-Liberman government is sending to the social movement in Israel in general, and to activists against the occupation in particular. In other words, `from now on, what was will no longer be`” ||29/3/2010|
|Register for Transportation to March 26 - March 28 Weekly Demonstrations Against the Wall and the Settlements|| ||25/3/2010|
|Register for Transportation to March 26 - March 28 Weekly Demonstrations Against the Wall and the Settlements|| ||25/3/2010|
|Thy destroyers shall go forth from thee! Friday 26.3 - all to Sheikh Jarrah, to stop the madness! || ||25/3/2010|
|Land Day rally in Izbat Tabib village, (Qalqilya District), Sat. March 27|| ||25/3/2010|
|Surviving Israel’s Military with Solar Power: Imperfect Life in South Hebron Hills||David Shulman - It’s birthing season: the goat-pen is dense with scraggly white kids, new-born, still struggling to find their feet. But there’s other news, big news, in Tuba: three days ago Noam and Elad, along with other volunteers, finished installing a wind-and-solar turbine here, and now, for the first time ever, Tuba has electric power. It’s a revelation and a revolution, moving beyond words. Like Thomas Edison, still astonished, ‘Ali takes us into one of the caves, a deep one, so deep and dark that his own children had never explored its hidden recesses. A coiled pale light-bulb now hangs from the ceiling; ‘Ali points to the soccer ball far inside, where his sons have started playing. ||25/3/2010|
|Hundreds Protest Jerusalem’s Mayor Visit to London||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - Ahmad Al Turk, spokesperson of the Palestinian Forum in the U.K. said that the protestors were angered by the British government for inviting Barkat instead of prosecuting him for demolishing dozens of Palestinian and Arab homes in the Old City of Jerusalem.||23/3/2010|
|Open letter in defence of the right to boycott Israel||Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign - "It is no more anti-Semitic to boycott Israel to end the occupation of Palestine than it was anti-white to boycott South Africa to end apartheid. Israel has a long history of deflecting criticism of its policies by calling its critics anti-semitic — a tactic typical of those who defend the indefensible"||22/3/2010|
|OECD Countries Attempt to Illegally Affirm Israel`s Occupation of Palestinian, Syrian Territories||AIC - "A confidential document released at http://cryptome.org/israel-oecd.zip reveals that the statistics committees of the OECD know that Israel has not provided the necessary data, but have decided to postpone the demand for this data to after Israel has been accepted into the organisation. Such a demand would be meaningless since after becoming an OECD member, Israel would be able to veto any further requests to provide such data. Accepting Israel into the OECD would therefore be complicit with Israel`s ongoing discrimination and human rights violations against the Palestinian population in the occupied territories. Such a move is in contradiction with the European law prohibiting EU members from recognizing the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation"||22/3/2010|
|Israelis are behaving like spoiled rich brats||Udi Aloni - Haaretz - "As long as the Jewish settler who is sitting on the plundered land of Bil`in, and the contractor from uptown Tel Aviv who is making a fortune from building on that land, are free to go to the Pixies concert, while the original inhabitants of Bil`in are prevented from doing so, simply because they are Arab - the concert should be regarded as an apartheid concert"||22/3/2010|
|16-year old Muhammad Qadus shot dead at Iraq Burin near Nablus ||Ha`aretz/Ma`an - Clashes take place at Iraq Burin every week, with villagers protesting the settlers` attempt to take over a a water well. The IDF said its soldiers did not fire live ammunition, but used riot control weapons such as teargas and rubber-coated bullets. Whatever the army used, the result was that Muhammad Qadus was killed and several others wounded.
|American activist shot and injured by rubber bullet near Ramallah||Amanda Mueller - ISM/Ma`an/ Amanda Mueller`s Blog - An Israeli military jeep stopped in front of a group of activists shooting rubber bullets and tear gas canisters from dangerously close range. US citizen Ellen Stark, 20, was shot with a rubber bullet from less than 12 feet away and her arm broken. Later in the demonstration, the 87-year old Alkhatib Mahmud Tamimi and the 17-year-old Raaft Ahmad were both hospitalised after being wounded in the army`s shooting. ||20/3/2010|
|Berkeley Student Senate Israel Divestment Vote Sparks Controversy ||Riya Bhattacharjee/Henry Norr - Berkeley Daily Planet/Mondoweiss - A controversial UC Berkeley student senate bill opposing UC investments in companies providing military support to Israel has once again added a local twist to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Among others, the resolution called upon the university to divest funds from General Electric, which supplies the propulsion system for Apache Assault Helicopters, and from `United Technologies` which supplies Blackhawk helicopters and F-15 and F-16 aircraft engines - all of which were used in Israeli bobmings of Lebanon and Gaza.
|This Friday in Bilin ||Roy Wagner - Concerned about the attempt to crush demonstrations with a highly publicized closed military zone warrant, almost 50 Israelis and over 25 internationals joined the local Palestinians for the weekly demonstration against the apartheid and land grab wall in Bil`in.||20/3/2010|
|Ban Ki Moon meets Popular Committees Reps during tour of the Wall held by Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad ||Press release - popularstruggle.org - "We believe that as a people faced by military occupation, we must organize under clear principles based in international law, UN resolutions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Popular Committees believe in the power of non-violence as the most effective agent for change.||20/3/2010|
|Press Release||Press Release -
March 19, 2010
"The organization: Jews for a Just Peace in the Middle East (Jüdische Stimme für gerechten Frieden in Nahost – EJJP Germany e.V.) - is sending a ship to Gaza.
Our ship to Gaza should sail this spring with passengers and badly needed goods. Every member of the German Parliament has received a personal letter last week informing them of these plans."
|Sheikh Jarrah`s peaceful protests Nonviolent Palestinian protest serves as a magnet for ordinary Israelis alienated by the rock-throwing seen elsewhere||Seth Freedman - The Guardian - However, I know plenty of Israelis who shy away from attending the demonstrations at Bil`in and Nil`in precisely because of the anticipated violence of both the army and the protesters. In Sheikh Jarrah, on the other hand, hundreds of Israelis attend solidarity rallies every week thanks to the reputation for peaceful protest attached to the locals` fight for equality. Despite sporadic outbursts of hostilities between police and demonstrators in Sheikh Jarrah, the overall tone of the marches is far less aggressive than those occurring simultaneously a few miles away in Bil`in and Nil`in.
|URGENT APPEAL: Illegal detention of children inside Israel||DCI-Palestine - On or about 8 March 2010, Israeli authorities transferred at least seven Palestinian children from Ofer Prison, in the West Bank, to Rimonim Prison, inside Israel. This decision occurred after lawyers for DCI-Palestine informed Ofer military court that children were being detained illegally with adult detainees inside Ofer prison. However, the response of the Israeli authorities to transfer the children to Israel amounts to a further contravention of international law. Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits the transfer of detainees out of occupied territory.||17/3/2010|
|Today, do something for Rachel||Call the White House at 202-456-1111
Urge Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell to visit Gaza ||17/3/2010|
|West Bank street named for dead US activist||AP -
""People are stepping up. They will not be silent.""
|Register for Transportation to March 19 - March 21 Weekly Demonstrations Against the Wall and the Settlements||Bil`in, Al Ma`asara, Beit Ummar and Beit Jala need you especially now ||16/3/2010|
|US family seeks Israeli damages||Agencies -
Al Jazeera -
"The case is expected to fuel anger in a nation facing accusations by a UN report that its army and Palestinian fighters committed war crimes during the 2008-9 Israel-Gaza conflict."
|There is a new Left in town!||Sara Benninga -
Speech at the Sheikh Jarrah demonstration - "Look around you. We are not as few as we thought! And we will win!"
|Industrialists, don`t tilt at windmills! ||Adam Keller - Gush Shalom - It is time to see the writing on the wall - letter, sent to Shraga Brosh, the Chairperson of the Israeli Industrialists` Association and to Danny Katrivas, Head of that association`s Foreigh Trade Section||8/3/2010|
|Palestinian Authority to ban work in settlements||Associated Press - Ynet - Law drafted by Palestinian economics minister seeks to prevent workers from taking jobs in settlements, slated to be signed by Mahmoud Abbas by end of March||8/3/2010|
|Call to action: Corrie trial in Israel, 10-24 March 2010||Craig and Cindy Corrie - As many of you know, a civil lawsuit in the case of our daughter
Rachel Corrie is scheduled for trial in the Haifa District Court
beginning March 10, 2010. A human rights observer and activist, Rachel,
23, tried nonviolently to offer protection for a Palestinian family
whose home was threatened with demolition by the Israeli military. On
March 16, 2003, she was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Force
(IDF) Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza.||7/3/2010|
|The Sheikh Jarrah activists: a new path for the Left||Ronen Medzini - Ynet/Yediot Aharonot - Middle East News Service comments: Last night’s Jerusalem demonstration marked the coming of age of a new force on the Israeli Left. Various commentators in the Israeli media and blogosphere have been remarking recently about these “new young people” who do not belong to any existing formation. This article by Ynet’s Ronen Medzini is the best one I have seen so far. It’s been a long time since there were reasons for optimism in discussing the Israeli Left – Sol Salbe.||7/3/2010|
|Sheikh Jarrah demo Sat March 6, 7 PM||7-9 PM, Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem.||6/3/2010|
|Nonviolent protests are also taking place in Gaza ||Alex Kane - Mondoweiss - Weekly protests in Gaza - akin to the protests in Bil’in and Ni’lin - are challenging the Israeli-imposed “buffer zone” that extends 2 kilometers inside Palestinian land. Gaza’s farmers have been denied access to their arable land near the border and only reach it at enormous risk.||5/3/2010|
|Challenging Israel`s ambassador||Ryan McGinley and Eskandar - socialistworker.org - Universities should be places of critical scholarship, where the roots of problems, like colonial occupation and poverty, are addressed.||5/3/2010|
|`Edna Canetti is cute and Tirawi will get a life sentence`||Revital Sella - Machsom Watch military court report - Most of the time, Justice Kaufman was busy reprimanding Mrs. Tirawi ("If you want to talk, not here!") and dictating to the typists what to write. When the man from Nablus testified, she added detailed descriptions of his body language: "He lowered his eyes, he looked sideways, he rolled his eyes, he smiled, he didn`t smile... type, type." Apparently, he was the only witness who used body language||5/3/2010|
|Court slams J`lem police, permits Sheikh Jarrah rally||Nir Hasson -
"The senior police officer said that closing off the street, as the demonstrators would like, would make it difficult for worshipers to make their way to the nearby tomb of Simon the Just (Shimon HaTzadik)."
|Barakat`s plan for Silwan is a political plan - for the settlers only! ||Peace Now - demo alert - It is noteworthy that the municipality appointed architect Arieh Rahamimov to draw the plan, and he is the same architect who is working on a number of plans in Silwan for the settlers of the Elad organization.
|Israel`s report to the UN misstates truth ||B`tselem - To date, only one soldier who participated in Operation Cast Lead has been prosecuted - for stealing a credit card. [One among seven items of the 28.2 B`tselem agenda-ed]||2/3/2010|
|`Israeli Apartheid Week` starts today ||Ben Hartman - Jerusalem Post - Noah Kochman, chair of the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students at McGill University in Montreal: activists will seek to counter IAW by reaching out to the 80 percent of students “who don’t know about Israel and haven’t made their mind up about Israel yet (SIC!).” [This report is a barometer to the effect of such international campaigning on the Israeli mainstream-ed]
|IDF recording license plates of Israeli anti-fence protesters||Amira Hass - Haaretz - A document was presented to a number of left-wing activists during the last three Friday demonstrations in Bil`in and Na`alin. The activists were forbidden from crossing the Rantis checkpoint. At one occasion a soldier asked whether they belong to the "anarcho-mobile" - the term activists use among themselves. "Perhaps they are listening in on our phone calls, looking into our e-mails, or they have a snitch." ||2/3/2010|
|First H&M Store Opens in Israel - Protests Across Europe||n Sweden protests took place in Stockholm, Malmö, Gothenburg, Lund, Umeå and Helsinborg. Events also took place in Denmark (Copenhagen) and UK (Sheffield).||13/3/2010|
|Rachel Corrie’s (Posthumous) Day In Court||Amy Goodman - Countercurrents - Just before heading to JFK Airport in New York to attend the trial, Craig Corrie told me about the lawsuit: "We`re accusing the state of Israel of either intentionally killing Rachel or of gross negligence in her killing seven years ago." The day after Rachel was killed, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon promised President George W. Bush a "thorough, credible and transparent investigation." Yet according to a Human Rights Watch report from 2005, Israel`s "investigations into Corrie`s killing ... fell far short of the transparency, impartiality, and thoroughness required by international law." ||10/3/2010|
|J-Street: Call for Action||
J-Street: Call for Action -
"Tell Obama: Time for Strong Action on Two States, Not More Talk
Sign our petition to the President right now. It`ll only take a moment."
We`ll deliver your signatures in person to the White House on Monday.
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