|Israel has become a society of force and violence||Gideon Levy - Haaretz - But the truth is the real humiliation lies in the fact that naval commandos were deployed to intercept the ships in the first place, and that is something that reflects on us all: how we have become a society whose language is violence, a country that seeks to resolve nearly everything by force, and only by force. rh
|People Power is Stronger than any Occupation ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - In our little battle at the checkpoint, we won, not because we stooped to the soldiers’ level but because we rose above and stood up for what is truly right. In Bilin, the tireless protesters return week after week demanding that a simple God-given right be granted to them. And piece by little piece, they, just like all Palestinians, will achieve it.
|The IDF lied about the flotilla||Alex Fishman - Yediot - Take, for example, the report about chemicalsthat supposedly are going to be used against IDF troops: The issue at hand are sacks of fertilizer that havebeen loaded onto one of the ships. Some of the fertilizers are phosphate-based. Israel has banned substancesof that sort from entering Gaza since those organic fertilizers can be used as rocket fuel and in bombs.Hamas no longer needs to use fertilizer for those purposes, since it now obtains standard explosives via thetunnels.||30/6/2011|
|Nabih Saleh Clownistan ||Youtube by Jan Beddegenoodts - Every Friday there is a demonstration in Nabih Saleh against the occupation and the land grab. Last Friday, it took the form of a colourfull childrens day with clowns, spidermans, kites and... teargas.
|Not only from the sea - 500 activists to arrive by air on July 8 ||Olivia Zémor, Roni Hammermann, Laura Durkay - While the Gaza-bound flotilla catches the headlines, preparations are going ahead for the July 8 fly-in, when some 500 activists will arrive simultaneously at Ben Gurion Airport and declare openly their intention of going to the West Bank in support of the Palestinians. Israeli Machsom Watch women activists prepare to welcome the internationals. ||28/6/2011|
|Friday July 1: Bil`in, Al Ma`asara, An Nabi Saleh, Ni`lin; Sat: Beit Ummar ||Drivers, ask passengers who can to join in fuel expenses, or get a refund from the transportation coordinator.
|New Version of Boycott Prohibition Bill Approved for Final Reading||ACRI press release - A boycott by consumers is a legitimate tool of protest and falls within the protection of freedom of expression. [includes a link to the English translation of the current version of the bill-bz]||28/6/2011|
|The `anti-boycott` bill is another attempt to gag the opposition||Gush Shalom press release - The "anti-boycott" bill is an assault on the freedom of expression and political association, an attempt to gag the opposition. It would greatly accelerate the process of Israel`s de-legitimation in the international arena. Boycotting the settlements is not `a boycott of Israel` – it is a boycott for the sake of Israel.
|Desmond Tutu - From South Africa to Palestine — music and the struggle for freedom|| ||27/6/2011|
|Most important Jewish anti-occupation group needs your support||Noam Sheizaf - +972 - Facing mounting legal costs, Anarchists against the Wall have issued an urgent plea for donations. This is why I think we should support them||27/6/2011|
|Israel accused of trying to intimidate Gaza flotilla journalists||Conal Urquhart - The Guardian - Foreign Press Association urges Israel to withdraw threat of 10-year ban against journalists travelling with flotilla||27/6/2011|
|Overcoming injustice together ||Kevin Zeese--A new US movement seeks to unite citizens in overcoming corruption, war, and social injustice.
|Palestinian PM attends Bilin protest ||Elior Levy - Ynet - The protesters brought a bulldozer to the site in order to dismantle the fence, and were actually successful in removing part of it. The army was not amused though two days earlier the military themselves began taking down parts of the fence around the village, four years since the High Court ruling. bz||25/6/2011|
|Alice Walker: Why I`m sailing to Gaza||Alice Walker - CNN - Why am I going on the Freedom Flotilla II to Gaza? I am in my sixty-seventh year, having lived already a long and fruitful life, one with which I am content. It seems to me that it is good to reap the harvest of one`s understanding of what is important, and to share this, especially with the young. How are they to learn, otherwise?
|Palestinians Win Access To Lands, but Soldiers Undermine Law||Arik Ascherman - Rabbis for Human Rights - Our 2006 Court decision says explicitly that when Palestinians are attacked, the army can not issue a closure order removing them from their lands "For their own good." Yet, that is exactly what happened.||25/6/2011|
|Academics Support Israel’s “Civil Disobedience Women” Willing to Break Israel’s Entry Laws ||Alternative Information Center - 300 academics put their full names in an advertisement in the Ha`aretz newspaper, 17 June 2011, next to an advertisement published by the women`s group called "Civil Disobedience". The disobedience: taking West Bank Palestinian women and children in their cars for a day at the beach. bz||25/6/2011|
|Weekly Demonstrations Against the Wall and the Settlements||Register for Transportation August 5 - August 6||29/6/2011|
|One of `Freedom Flotilla` ships found sabotaged in Greek port||Saed Bannoura -
"The crew of the ship discovered that unknown persons had damaged the ship`s propeller shaft by diving under the ship and cutting the shaft with metal-cutting instruments. It is unknown at this time who carried out the attack."
|Gaza-bound / From Aborigine to Palestinian rights ||Amira Hass -
""There are situations a person cannot avoid being aware of and cannot pretend they do not exist. And this is the case of the situation in Gaza," Hale says." - id
|Gaza flotilla organizers demand Greek police provide security for ships||Anshel Pfeffer, Barak Ravid and Jack Khoury -
"The IDF yesterday declined to comment on allegations that Israel was behind the acts of sabotage, while Foreign Ministry officials rejected them out of hand, calling them "whiny" and "baseless."" - id
|Boycott bill: A way to persecute the left||Yossi Gurvitz -
"It is in effect the outlawing of an entire political camp, which considers the settlements to be a disaster for Israel." id
|Setting Sail for Gaza, Armed with Love Letters and a Missive from Dr. King||Medea Benjamin - Dissident Voice - Our intrepid group has its moral compass aimed at the way things ought to be. Our cargo is not humanitarian aid, as some of the other ships are carrying, but thousands of letters from the U.S. people, letters of compassion, solidarity and hope written to people living in the Gaza Strip. We travel with what Dr. King called “unarmed truth and unconditional love.”
|`Freedom Flotilla 2` prepares to sail to Gaza in next few days||IMEMC Staff - At a recent press conference by an Israeli naval commander, the commander said he did not believe that the flotilla would contain weapons, and acknowledged that the passengers on the boats are known peace activists committed to non-violence. But the Israeli government continues to warn that it will attack the flotilla with military force, and has pre-emptively blamed the volunteer participants in the flotilla for any Israeli attack on the boats.
|GOING TO THE UN? WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?||June 27, 2011 - 14:00 – 19:00 - Ambassador Hotel, Jerusalem
|June 24 - June 25 Weekly Demonstrations Against the Wall and the Settlements||Register timely for Transportation!||22/6/2011|
|Friday, Saturday: Accompanying farmers - with Ta`ayush Jerusalem|| ||22/6/2011|
|Will Israel Kill Americans Again?||Ray McGovern -
"Americans also face the reality that they are put in harm’s way by the view held by millions around the world—and especially in the Middle East—that the United States is partly responsible for the injustices and the humiliations that Palestinians face daily." id
|Despite Israeli Pressure, Apple Approves “Third Intifada” App||Saed Bannoura -
"Edelstein claimed that the App is “anti-Israel” and “anti-Zionism” especially “due to its name, The Third Intifada”, and considered it targeting Israel’s existence."
|Picasso masterpiece goes on display in West Bank||The Associated Press - After two years of planning, the most valuable artwork ever displayed in the West Bank makes it through Israeli checkpoints to a small Ramallah art school. Picasso`s 1943 Buste de Femme is on loan from the Van Abbe museum in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Palestinian art director Khalid Horani, said that "normally such inter-museum exchanges take about six months to coordinatem but nothing is normal over here, it took us two years to overcome all the political complications." ||21/6/2011|
|`Solidarity` in Jaffa: Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21-22||Tuesday at 4pm in front of Amidar offices, Tel Aviv; Wedn 10.30 protest vigil District Court
|Write a protest letter to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat||Jerusalem Day - a manifestation of racism, using the residents’ tax money||21/6/2011|
|Silwan children abducted from their bedrooms||Mel Frykberg - The Electronic Intifada - Last month Ahmed was pulled out of his bed at 4am by Israeli security forces led by Shin Bet agents from Israel’s domestic intelligence agency. He was taken to the Russian Compound police station in West Jerusalem where he was accused of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and police during clashes with Palestinian youth in the volatile neighborhood of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem.
|Spanish version - Carta a Shakira y Gerard Pique|| ||13/6/2011|
|FROM ISRAELI CITIZENS - SHAKIRA AND GERARD PIQUÉ, PLEASE SING FREEDOM FOR PALESTINE INSTEAD OF ENDORSING SHIMON PERES AND ISRAELI APARTHEID!|| ||12/6/2011|
|FROM ISRAELI CITIZENS - SHAKIRA AND GERARD PIQUÉ, PLEASE SING FREEDOM FOR PALESTINE INSTEAD OF ENDORSING SHIMON PERES AND ISRAELI APARTHEID!|| ||17/6/2011|
|ACTION ALERT: EU’s plan threatens Palestine’s legal rights||One Democracy!
"Israel has cancelled diplomatic leave for the month, clearly set its goals and arguments, and told its police to prepare for mass arrests in September. In a cable to all ambassadors, Israel’s Foreign Ministry has instructed them that “The goal we have set is to have the maximum number of countries oppose the process of having the UN recognize a Palestinian state. The primary argument is that by pursuing this process in the UN, the Palestinians are trying to achieve their aims in a manner other than negotiations with Israel, and this violates the principle that the only route to resolving the conflict is through bilateral negotiations.” ca||17/6/2011|
|UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL||EU statement -
H.E. Ambassador András DÉKÁNY
"The rights of Israeli and Palestinian Human Rights Defenders protesting peacefully against settlements and the separation barrier are severely curtailed. While the EU welcomed before this Council in March the release of Abdallah Abu Rahma, the EU is concerned that other human rights defenders continue to be detained for their non violent protests. The EU is observing the trial, which opened on 5 June before an Israeli military court, of Bassem Tamimi, an activist of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh affected by the illegal settlement expansion. The EU is also concerned by reports that journalists in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are exposed to severe harassment as this affects negatively the right to freedom of expression. Impunity for such acts is unacceptable."ca
|Friday, July 17 be there in Sheikh Jarrah at 4pm / transportation from Tel-Aviv at 2.30 ||settler activist Aryeh King managed to take over another large building in the Umm Haroun neighbourhood in Sheikh Jarrah.||16/6/2011|
|Two Protesters Injured by Live Ammo in Deir Qaddis ||Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - Two Palestinian youths in their twenties were hit by live ammunition today, during a demo against settlement expansion in the village of Dier Qaddis. One, a 24 year-old, was shot twice – in the pelvis and in the shoulder, and the second, a 22 year-old, was shot in the back of his thigh and will require an operation. Mohammed Amirah, a member of the Ni`lin popular committee, was arrested, apparently for incitement.
|STATEMENT OF FREEDOM FLOTILLA II : We are determined to sail to Gaza.||FREEDOM FLOTILLA II - HUMAN STEERING COMMITTEE - We are determined to sail to Gaza. Our cause is just and our means
are transparent. To underline the fact that we do not present an
imminent threat to Israel nor do we aim to contribute to a war effort
against Israel, thus eliminating any claim by Israel to self-defense,
we invite the HRC or any other UN or international agency to come on
board and inspect our vessels at their point of departure, on the high
seas, and/or on their arrival in the Gaza port.
|US citizen in Jerusalem arrest video speaks to EI||Maureen Clare Murphy -
"My main motivation was that being an activist, you can know all the facts, you can have all the graphs, all the tables, all the presentations, but when it comes down to it, none of that is a substitution for first-hand empirical experience of actually going and seeing it for yourself."
|Irish Rugby Players for Irish Ship to Gaza||a video||14/6/2011|
|Troops Kidnap Three International Activists Near Hebron||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - Yousef Abu Maria, media spokesperson of the Popular Committee Against the Wall in Beit Ummar, reported that the soldiers prevented dozens of locals and internationals from reaching Palestinian orchards Israel intends to annex.
| June 17 - June 18 Weekly Demonstrations Against the Wall and the Settlements - Bil`in, Al Ma`asara, An Nabi Saleh, Ni`lin, Beit Ummar ||let us know if you can bring a car/register for transportation as early as you can ||14/6/2011|
|South Hebron Hills Residents Commence Campaign against Flowing Settlement Sewage ||Ahmad Jaradat - Alternative Information Center - So far all complaints ended without action by the Israeli civil administration, despite several promises made by the latter. It`s about villages located in Area C, under full Israeli civil and military control. ||14/6/2011|
|American Group Seeks to Assure Survival of Palestinian Village - focussing on Al Aqaba||WAFA - “With President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu now in a turf war over the Jordan Valley, this is an especially critical time, a watershed moment,” said Donna Baranski-Walker, founder of the Rebuilding Alliance. The focus is on Al Aqaba, as an example of the 149 Jordan Valley Palestinian villages blanketed with demolition orders.
|Activists from across Europe gather to build the campaign against Agrexco||Stephanie Westbrook – Mondoweiss - This past weekend in the Montpellier, France, over 100 activists from 9 countries gathered for the first ever European Forum Against Agrexco. Delegates from Italy, UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Palestine joined the French organizers for two full days of workshops aimed at strengthening the boycott campaign against the Israeli agricultural export giant. ||13/6/2011|
|Pro-Palestinian protest targets Sweden-Israel handball game||Associated Press - Ynet - Police say around 150 pro-Palestinian demonstrators are protesting outside a sports stadium in southern Sweden hosting a handball game between Sweden and Israel. bz||13/6/2011|
|The brutal arrest on Jerusalem Day of Lucas Koerner - a 19-year old American Jew||Adam Horowitz - Mondoweiss - [Quoting Koerner] I myself had elected to wear, along with my keffiyeh, a kippah adorned with a small Palestinian flag. This last article of clothing on my head contributed, I believe, more than anything else to the climate of collective bewilderment." Includes video. bz||11/6/2011|
|Protest in Nabi Saleh consumed by tear gas||Joseph Dana - +972 - Roughly 40 new (and many first time) Israeli supporters joined the demonstration today, led by IPCRI director Gershon Baskin. Tear gas canisters were fired directly at protesters, houses and even inside homes. One protester lost consciousness. All that in spite of Baskin repeatedly contacting the Israeli army and informing them of the high numbers of Israelis present and the desire to maintain a non-violent, unarmed demonstration. bz||11/6/2011|
|East Jerusalem: `My kids won`t live under the same illusion I did` - video||B`Tselem -
"Raised in West Jerusalem, Sara Benninga is an emerging activist leader in a growing mixed solidarity movement. We gave her a camera to record her daily life moving between opposing cultures in East and West Jerusalem" ca||10/6/2011|
|The Occupation does not Discriminate ||Meg Walsh - MIFTAH - Tear gas canisters shot into the crowd, into the air, up the street, everywhere. They exploded in front of shops, on the backs of trucks stuck in traffic, near the elementary school. We started running but there was nothing we could do to escape because the canisters were exploding in front of us and behind us simultaneously, the irony of our American tax dollars exploding in our faces.
|Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy speaks out about the need to give peace a push||Leonard Nimoy - peacenow.org - I reach out to you as someone who is troubled to see the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians continue apparently without an end in sight. In fact, there is an end in sight.
|Cosmetics firm LUSH endorses `Freedom for Palestine` (including link to the song)||Ali Abunimah - Electronic Intifada - In an appeal in the â€śEthical Campaignsâ€ť section on its website, the company says: â€śThe catastrophe facing the Palestinian people is one of the defining global justice issues of our timeâ€ť (...) â€śIf OneWorld are successful at getting the song in the charts, the mainstream media will find it hard to ignore it or censor its message.â€ť
| Protest organizer to military court: We fight for freedom & dignity||Joseph Dana - +972 magazine - At the start of his trial for having organized (unarmed) demonstrations at Nabi Saleh, Bassem Tamimi red out a statement to the court. The judge refused to have it entered on the official record, letting the stenographer put in instead a short summary in her own words. Tamimi`s full statement is published here. ak ||7/6/2011|
|Coldplay removes `Freedom for Palestine` link||Or Barnea - Ynet - Coldplay in retreat? The British band created an online commotion last week when it posted a link to the song "Freedom for Palestine" on its official Facebook page. ||7/6/2011|
|`August Burns Red` cancels Israel concert ||US Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel - "August Burns Red", a popular Christian metalcore band from the USA, has cancelled their concert in Israel, which had been scheduled for June 9. The decision followed an intensive three months` campaign by internet and facebook. ak ||6/6/2011|
|Tension Remains High on Syrian Border||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - The Israeli Army deployed dozens of additional units at the border with Syria following Sunday clashes in which the army short and killed 23 protesters marking the Naksa Day, and injured more than 350. The clashes lasted until night hours on Sunday while dozens of protesters remained near the border area demanding their right to cross back into their occupied homeland.
|The British band Coldplay promotes `Freedom for Palestine` song||Ynet - The well-known British band`s Facebook page invites fans to listen to `Freedom for Palestine`, a music video clip created by various artists, songs alternating with images of the security fence and Palestinian residents. ak||6/6/2011|
|Extensive reporting by Jerusalem Post on Naksa events, including a video ||Yaakov Lappin & Herb Keinon - Syria claims "23 killed, 350 wounded" in border clashes; confrontation could go on for days as protesters set up camp in Kuneitra for the night; Assad desperate "to distract from slaughter within own country," IDF says. bz ||6/6/2011|
|Israeli left-wing leader: IDF used `excessive force` in Naksa Day protests||Haaretz Service - Avnery conceded that a country has a right to defend its borders and prevent illegal entrance to its territory, yet added that "in order to effectively protect its borders, the state should first know where its borders are and have them recognized by the international community – and this is a decision which Israel has been avoiding for years." See also http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/press_releases/1307301226
|Thousands rally in support of Palestine||Boaz Fyler--Leftist organizations hold march in Central Tel Avis under the banner `Israel says yes to a Palestinian state`; demonstrators call on Netanyahu to recognize that establishment of Palestine serves vital Israeli interests
[there were probably 5-10,000 rather than 20,000 as reported below. DN]||5/6/2011|
|500 Palestinians set for mass ‘fly-in’ to B-G Airport July ||By OREN KESSLER -
"Pro-Palestinian activists planning to send hundreds living abroad on commercial flights July 8; after holding protest rally at airport, arrivals plan to travel to the W. Bank to “express solidarity” with Palestinians.In the wake of “Nakba Day,” “Naksa Day” and an anticipated Gaza-bound flotilla later this month, pro-Palestinian activists are planning to send hundreds of Palestinians living abroad on commercial flights to Ben-Gurion Airport next month in a dramatic display of solidarity." ca
|Historic Protest in Ras al-Amud, Jerusalem||Lia Tarachansky - The Real News - For the first time in decades, Palestinian activists in Ras al-Amud, a neighborhood of Jerusalem south-east of the Old City, invited Jewish Israeli activists to join them in their protest against a fortress settlement in their area. The neighborhood is the site of nearly daily confrontations between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces, and is sometimes referred to as the "daily intifada". It is located in an area known as E1, or the "linchpin settlement" which if won over by settlers, would officially divide the West Bank into a south and a north half.||2/6/2011|
|Journalist and activist Gideon Spiro arrested for “incitement”||Yossi Gurvitz -
"One wonders how, precisely, the police would defend the arrest, when they would have to haul Spiro before a judge. One also wonders just how dangerous the police considered a 76-year-old man."
|Marching through Tel Aviv for a Palestinian state ||Adam Keller -
Gush Shalom -
""Bibi had said No – We say Yes to a Palestinian State". Many activists felt that this obscured the issue of the borders, which are the main bone of contention."||8/6/2011|
|Syria warns of more marches on Israeli border||Ian Deitch and Bradley Klapper -
"...Israel should expect 600,000 refugees to march "at any time" back to their villages and farms from where their families were forcefully uprooted."
|Three Arrested In Majdal Shams As Security Remains Tight||Kevin Murphy -
"The Israeli military has declared the Golan a closed military zone and has maintained a large presence there." ||8/6/2011|
|Trial of West Bank Protest Organizer, Bassem Tamimi, to Begin Sunday||Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - Tamimi, who is the coordinator of the Nabi Saleh popular committee, will plead not guilty to the charges against him. He will, however, admit to having organized demonstrations against settlement expansion and argue that it is i,n fact, the Israeli Occupation that should be on trial.
|Returning to Safed in shackles||Budour Youssef Hassan -
"“A soldier stepped with his knee on my face. My eyes were looking at an old man laying still on the ground and hearing and smelling the gas bombs that have been fired at the peaceful demonstrators. As I was staring at the soldiers’ eyes, I saw fear.""||1/6/2011|
|Palestinians gear for Sunday march on Israel`s borders||Roee Nahmias -
" The highest flurry of activities is noted on Facebook, where various pro-Palestinian group have issued a similar call." id||1/6/2011|
|one year celebration of Susya`s Creative and Learning Center||Judy Labensohn--mpressions from the one year celebration of Susya`s Creative and Learning Center
held in Susiya at 28.5.2011
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