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Social activists: The revolution is hereNaama Cohen-Friedman--"We do not want to replace the government, we want much more than that – to change the rules of the game and say loud and clear: Social services are rights, not commodities." [dn]31/7/2011
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Al-Arakib - sixty years, and the struggle is just beginning Adam Keller - Crazy Country - "The Government of Israel has not given up its intention to wipe Al-Arakib off the face of the Earth. But the villagers have definitely not given up, either." 27/7/2011
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Left-wing groups urge musicians to boycott City of David Dafna Arad - Haaretz - The Solidarity Movement and leftist figures are calling on artists not to perform in the City of David, located in the East Jerusalem area of Silwan next to the Old City. 26/7/2011
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Sign the Avaaz petition - Support Palestinian Statehood - Save the 2-State solution 26/7/2011
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Support Palestinian Statehood - Save the 2-State solutionAvaaz.org - We will deliver the petition to PM Netanyahu and to key international leaders, to prove that the Israeli public will not be manipulated by its government into giving up this unique chance for peace, security and stability.26/7/2011
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My Problem With BDSCharles Lenchner - Daily Kos - Listening to the stream of pro-BDS statements what I hear is the abandonment of the Israeli public as a site of struggle (...) the left in Israel reduced to the status of impotent cheerleader. 26/7/2011
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Palestinian well under threat of demolitionMaisa Almanasreh - "The Israeli authorities have issued our company with a warning, yesterday morning, to demolish the water well from which we water all of our Palm trees. This decision means destroying 4000 Date Palm trees, 35 jobs and 35 Palestinian families. This although the well is in area A. Also, we started all the required procedures weeks ago and on time, in order to renew the already existing license from both the Israeli and the Palestinian authorities"25/7/2011
Colonel Pinky`s last standHatim Kanaaneh - Al-Ahram - "Colonel Pinhas Zuaretz, better known by his nickname, Pinky, was the commanding officer of the Gaza Division`s Southern Brigade at the time the late peace activist was killed." - id 22/7/2011
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Sailing on a bucket, surrounded by commandosAmira Hass - Haaretz - "At least 150 soldiers were sent to sea early in the morning to prevent the 10 civilian activists, the three crew members and the three journalists on the "freedom flotilla" from reaching Gaza`s port." - id 20/7/2011
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Palestinian prisoners` kids visit IsraelHassan Shaalan - Ynet - ""The main purpose of the visit is to promote co-existence and the relationship between Palestinian children and Israeli-Arab children," explains Farouk Amrour, chairman of the Jewish-Arab institute at Beit Berl." - id 20/7/2011
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Balaam`s curse 2011Adam Keller - Crazy Country - "Ze`ev Elkin and his settler friends expected that they would achieve their goal and erase the settlement boycott from the spectrum of political expression and activity in Israel." - id20/7/2011
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Israeli forces halt Hebron bicycle actionJessie Smith - CPT - Sixty bicyclists - forty Palestinian Hebronites joined by twenty internationals - tried to ride from Hebron to the nearby Al Bweireh so as to underline the Palestinians` demand for freedom of movement on their own roads. Israeli soldiers and police refused to let them pass, installing razor wire to prevent the bikes` passage and thereby all the more underlining the Palestinians` grievances. 19/7/2011
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Yes Mr. Lieberman, I`m a proud Jewish terrorist Shlomo Gazit - Haaretz - For being a member of the Jewish resistance the British government considered me a "terrorist." I considered the epithet a badge of honor. Today I see the same title, attached to me as board member of Yesh Din, as a new badge of honor. The activity of Yesh Din deserves a medal. 19/7/2011
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Israeli navy intercepts and boards Gaza-bound French boatMa`an - "The boat is surrounded by at least three Israeli ships and since 9:06am we can`t get in touch as communications have been jammed," one of the organizers Julien Rivoire said by phone from Paris. 19/7/2011
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Out of Israeli detentionLaura Durkay - blog - Most people`s passports were stamped ENTRY DENIED; mine and a few others were stamped with nothing at all. It`s as if I never entered the country, except for the fact that I was in prison for 4 days. 16/7/2011
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Thousands of Israelis and Arabs march in Jerusalem to support Palestinian independenceNir Hasson - Haaretz: The march began at Jaffa Gate and ended at the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, the opposite route taken by right-wing activists during Jerusalem Day last month. // Dahlia Scheindlin/+972: Photo essay. 16/7/2011
In major shift, ‘Peace Now’ calls for boycott of settlement goodsPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Bravo to Peace Now. Understanding the crisis that the new anti-democratic law in Israel represents, it has called on everyone to boycott settlement products. It has at last come out for boycott, of a limited nature. Will J Street follow? "15/7/2011
The other Jerusalem march Haaretz - Editorial "The Friday march is meant to be a joint demonstration by the peace-seekers of both Israeli and Palestinian nations." ca15/7/2011
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Educators teaching the Nakba in spite of political persecution by the Legal Forum for Eretz IsraelEitan Bronstein - Zochrot - Educators who participated noted how important it is to teach the Nakba in Israel as part of our history as citizens of Israel and not because it`s "the Other`s narrative". Studying the Nakba, they noted, is neither self-deprecating nor a kind of favor to the Palestinians. Learning about the Nakba is an Israeli interest of the first order. Educators, participants in the seminar, told about pupils who had approached them and asked them with embarrassment, "What is the Nakba that everyone is talking about lately?" 14/7/2011
Palestinians mark third year of Gaza "buffer zone" protestsEva Bartlett - EI - "“We are aware there is great danger in this area,” says a protester. “And they do regularly shoot at us. We don’t want casualties but we will march on Palestinian land, for the families and farmers who can’t access their land.”" 13/7/2011
After banning international activists from West Bank, Israel tries to do same with IsraelisJoseph Dana - +972 - "Barring activists from the West Bank and criminalizing support for BDS are the two concrete responses which Israel has chosen to combat the recent wave of Palestinian nonviolent resistance. As nonviolent efforts like the ‘air flotilla’ continue to gain momentum, Israel will surly have to chart a new course in order to maintain its occupation and its standing in the international community"11/7/2011
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Start of the Season - Greece, Gaza and the Grand DramaKathy Kelly - CounterPunch - "Several Greek people passing us read our signs seeking freedom for Gaza and asked us to understand that as recently as one year ago, the government of Greece showed no sign of submitting to Israeli or U.S. pressure and allowed international flotilla boats to sail. But, now, they are dependent on the whims of financial elites around the world. The IMF is prescribing draconian measures which will wreck their economy and make them subservient to the dictates of foreign multinationals. What would happen if the government defied the masters?"11/7/2011
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Moby, please don`t play for apartheid - BDS activists respond to Moby`s recent Facebook postingWe agree with your assertion that visiting Italy, as you will be doing this weekend, is not akin to supporting Berlusconi. The difference here, and this is important, is that there is no appeal for a boycott of Italy as a way of pressuring Berlusconi to change his policies. You can`t say the same in the case of Israel.10/7/2011
Melbourne action stopped by the policeKim--on July 1, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) and Students for Palestine in Melbourne Australia held a non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) action in Melbourne`s CBD. The action called for the boycotting of two Israeli companies, Jericho/Black Pearl and Max Brenner Chocolate and sought to highlight not only the complicity of these two companies in Israel`s occupation and apartheid policies but Israel`s ongoing war crimes and human rights abuses. [dn] 9/7/2011
Peace Now Launches Boycott Campaign Who will dare to stop us and arrest us? 13/7/2011
So Sue Me, I`m Boycotting the Settlements 12/7/2011
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Peace Now defies the Boycott LawAFP - Peace Now launched a Facebook group challenging the "Boycott Law" enacted yesterday by the Knesset. "We have no intention of obeying this law, and we`re going to campaign against it because anyone who buys products made in settlements is contributing to the continuation of the occupation," said Peace Now`s Hagit Ofran . 12/7/2011
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Dear Moby, We are writing to ask you to cancel your performance in Tel Aviv.We have recently learned of your concert in Israel on July 12. We are writing to ask you to cancel your performance in Tel Aviv.7/7/2011
"Welcome to Palestine" Organizers decry Israeli propaganda efforts and threats of mass deportationWelcome to Palestine - Press Release 2 - Our visitors are coming to Palestine with a nonviolent approach to peace building and conflict resolution, with full respect of the universal declaration of human rights. We urge the Israeli authorities to allow the journalists to have access to our participants and to report the true story of "Welcome to Palestine." 7/7/2011
Mr. Minister; peace activists are not "hooligans"Adam Keller - Gush Shalom - Whatever happens at Ben-Gurion Airport on Friday is entirely in your hands, Mr. Minister. If the peace activists are allowed to pass through passport control and depart for their destination, it will be just another routine day at the airport. If, on the other hand, you decide to act abusively and violently and to deport no less than 600 people at once, including families with children, there will be severe logistical problems and later, political, diplomatic and public relations problems which might continue to plague us for a long time to come. It is not yet too late to decide to act wisely. 7/7/2011
Israel: ‘Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid’Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - Another interesting feature of the government’s plans is the expectation that airlines will obey Israeli instructions to prevent specific passengers from boarding flights, which places these international companies in the position of enforcing Israel’s Occupation policies. 7/7/2011
In dealing with flotilla, Israel is anything but smartAmira Hass - Haaretz - The flotilla`s organizers added a term from the world of business and globalization to their description of Israel`s domination of the Palestinians. Israel, they said, was outsourcing the industry of the blockade on Gaza. In exchange for reward, a foreign government - Greece - took on an active role and adopted a deliberate policy of keeping the Gaza Strip one huge prison. rh 7/7/2011
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French boat sets sail to GazaSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Passengers on the boat say that they will wait in international waters for the other boats in the Flotilla to join them, unless they are directed by organizers to go ahead." - id 6/7/2011
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Awaiting activists, police to deploy extra forces at TLV airportNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "Netanyahu ordered the Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharomowitz (Israel Beitenu) to handle the preparation of all security agencies to the arrival of the activists." - id 6/7/2011
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Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists planning to fly to Israel as counterpart to Gaza flotillaAnshel Pfeffer, Zohar Blumenkrantz, Barak Ravid, Eli Ashkenazi and Jack Khoury - Haaretz - ""I want to make it clear that as a sovereign democratic state, we won`t allow them to conduct propaganda, foment unrest or hold illegal demonstrations - not at the airport and not anywhere else."" - id 6/7/2011
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Alice Walker sailing the Hot Streets of Athens Alice Walker - I have no computer - they said not to bring one on the boat because it would likely by destroyed or confiscated - only this small notebook in which I have been avoiding writing the poem that starts and stops in my head. 5/7/2011
Peace groups express support for Gaza Freedom FlotillaIsraeli Peace and Human Rights Groups - It is the right of Gaza Palestinians to maintain direct contact with the outside world; it is their right to open and maintain sea port where vessels might freely dock and depart, to import and export all goods, for the benefit of their economy and in fulfillment of its needs. The Palestinians have all these rights – not one whit less than Israel has them. 5/7/2011
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`Thirty Captains` on Intercepted Canadian Boat For GazaElla Ide - AFP - The Captain of the American boat "Audacity of Hope", intercepted by the Greek coast guard, was detained and faces criminal charges by the Greek authorities. The Canadian "Tahrir" made its own effort to escape to sea and was intercepted in turn. When asled by the boarding Coast Guards "Who is the Captain?", all the passengers answered "I am the Captain!". 5/7/2011
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Gaza-bound French boat outwits Greek coast guard AFP - A small French pleasure craft with eight protesters on board, among them the former far-left French presidential candidate Olivier Besancenot, is on irs way to Gaza, having managed to evade the Greek Coast Guard which intercepted other Freedom Flotilla boats. 5/7/2011
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Hundreds to challenge restrictions on traveling to Occupied Territories (UPDATED)Noam Sheizaf - +972 - Israel is not yet done with the second flotilla, and a new effort to challenge its control over the travel to and from Palestinian Territories might take place this week – in no other place than the Tel Aviv International Airport4/7/2011
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A Messsage to Israeli Government from San Francisco Queersvideo [dn]3/7/2011
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Video of Greek Coastguard stopping the Audacity of HOpeJohnny Barber [dn]3/7/2011
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Pyrrhus in PiraeusAdam Keller - One could have thought that Israel was facing a major invasion by a mighty fleet of dreadnaughts. 2/7/2011
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LET THE FLOTILLA GO! STOP GREEK COMPLICITY!protest today (Saturday) in front of the Greek embassy 3, Daniel Frish Street, Tel Aviv - at 19:002/7/2011
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LET THE FLOTILLA GO! STOP GREECE COMPLICITY!protest today (Saturday) in front of the Greek embassy 3, Daniel Frish Street, Tel Aviv - at 19:00 2/7/2011
Susiya’s 3rd Summer Camp –A Call for AidAppeal for aid - "In the two previous occasions, the costs of the summer camp were covered by some of you via the mediation services of the Villages Group -Susiya summer camp"1/7/2011
Celebrating the publication of THREAT - PALESTINIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS IN ISRAEL 18/7/2011
A Palestinian East Jerusalemite’s view of the joint marchJalal Abukhater - +972 - The writer, a resident of East Jerusalem, does not favor a two-state solution, but the joint demonstration did leave him hopeful that Palestinians and Israelis can work together for a better future18/7/2011
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Spokeswoman: Protest ship to reach Gaza soonThe Associated Press - Ynet - Carrying 16 passengers, boat left Greece with sole aim of `making political statement,` organizer says18/7/2011
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Rights groups to appeal `Boycott Law` at High Court Jerusalem Post - The "Boycott Bill" is "completely unlawful which limits freedom of political expression and is contrary to international law" according to four organizations (Adalah - the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Physicians for Human Rights and Coalition of Women for Peace) in a letter to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz. 12/7/2011
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Left launches public campaign against new Israeli law banning boycottsJonathan Lis and Tomer Zarchin - Haaretz - Gush Shalom immediately filed a petition to the Supreme Court. Peace Now [which never before called for boycott of settlement products, but in defiance of the law now does]: "The first to feel the struggle will be the factories in the territories." bz 12/7/2011
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Where Politics Are Complex, Simple Joys at the BeachETHAN BRONNER - NYT - "It showed why coexistence here is hard, but also why there are, on both sides, people who refuse to give up on it." - id 27/7/2011
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