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Israel: Palestinian’s Conviction Violates Freedom of AssemblyHuman Rights Watch - In court, Tamimi acknowledged organizing weekly protests in the village against the confiscation of village lands by a Jewish settlement, Halamish, and the denial of Palestinian access to the village’s agricultural spring. Tamimi denied the charge of soliciting village youths to throw stones at Israeli security forces.-rh 31/5/2012
Detainee Mahmoud al-Sarsak frequently losing consciousness, after 72 days` hunger strikeMa`an - After 72 days on hunger strike, prisoner Mahmoud al-Sarsak is frequently losing consciousness and has difficulty standing, a lawyer said. A soccer player in Palestine`s national team, al-Sarsak has been detained for almost two years, without being charged with any offence and is on hunger strike to demand his release. He was detained by Israeli forces while leaving the Gaza Strip in June 2009 on his way to join his team in the West Bank. He is detained him under the "unlawful combatant law," which allows Israel to imprison suspects without presenting any charges and without a trial. Al-Sarsak has still not been told why he is in jail. 29/5/2012
Memorial for Ziad Jilani, Al Hakawatee Theater, June 11, 2012 29/5/2012
Habima in London: heavy-handed policing of the performance at least as disruptive as the protests themselvesPeter Kirwan - The Bardathon - I have never been in a theatrical situation where I have felt more intimidated, watched and surrounded by hate. And for the most part, that wasn’t coming from the protesters. 29/5/2012
Protester arrested at Habima performance in LondonThe Guardian - One man was arrested on suspicion of "assault", after pro-Palestinian protesters disrupted a performance by the Israeli theatre company Habima. Protester Zoe Mars said: "We tried non-violently to convey the message that culture may not be used to give a civilised gloss to a state that perpetrates human rights abuses."29/5/2012
Bassem Tamimi to Receive Sentence from Military Court, on TuesdaySarah Snobar - IMEMC & Agencies - "PNN reports today that Bassem Tamimi’s sentence will be delivered on Tuesday, May 29 at the Ofer Military Court"28/5/2012
Mahmoud Sarsak, Akram Rikhawi still on hunger strike as Israel’s violations continue Addameer - AIC - Israel has already violated the terms of the agreement addressing the demands of approximately 2,000 Palestinian political prisoners just over one week since they ended their historic mass hunger strike. Two prisoners remain on hunger strike and are in increasingly critical conditions, without access to independent medical care28/5/2012
[Ta`ayush] Accompany harvest tomorrow 28.5.2012‎ 27/5/2012
Videos of artists explaining the Habima boycottBRICUP: British Committee for Universities of Palestine - Many distinguished theartical artists have supported the campaign to get Shakespeare`s Globe to cancel their invitation to Israel`s national Habima Theatre in May 2012. A number of the artists have recorded videos explaing their boycott call. 27/5/2012
Activists demonstrate outside MK Regev`s home to protest "immgirants are cancer" speech Boaz Fyler - Y-Net - Some 20 activists gathered on the Likud MK`s doorstep, observe moment of silence in protest of her inciting, racist speech against African refugees and asylum seekers. 27/5/2012
Israel’s UK embassy plans Twitter campaign against boycott of Tel Aviv theater groupBen White - The Electronic Intifada - The Israeli Embassy in London and its supporting British organizations embarked on a Tweeter campaign to oppose boycott of the Habima Theatre performance, with the the hashtag #LoveCulture. This, as noted in an email from the Liverpool Jewish Community, is "won’t be taken at first glance as a political statement".27/5/2012
In remote Palestinian villages, catastrophe becomes routineAmira Hass - Haaretz - If it were not for a few nudniks, I wouldn`t have to deal with a report about every work stoppage order for every tent, or demolition orders for bathrooms, or actual demolitions of tents or rooms made out of concrete blocks.-rh24/5/2012
Weekly Demonstrations Against the Wall and the SettlementsRegister for Transportation - May 25 - May 26 23/5/2012
Ziad Jilani petition: your signature can make a difference 22/5/2012
Killing Without Consequence: Demand Justice for Ziad JilaniMoira Jilani - - There is undeniable evidence that my beloved husband, Ziad Jilani, was lying unarmed and wounded on the ground, posing no threat, when Israeli Border Policeman Maxim Vinogradov shot him point blank in the head. After long refusing to prosecute Vinogradov, Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has now requested a further extension to decide whether to press charges. This is the time when signing the petition could make a difference. 22/5/2012
Lieberman`s London visit sparks protests and counter-protests among UK Jews Raphael Ahren and Yoel Goldman - Haaretz/Times of Israel - "Liberman is the leader of a far-right party, instigating anti-democratic legislation in the Knesset and advocating transfer of many of Israel’s Arab citizens to the West Bank" read the petition signed by 300 British Jews ptesting Lieberman`s visit - among them Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, co-chair of the UK Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism and Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner of Reform Judaism. 22/5/2012
Teachers` petition: `Don`t deport refugees` children`Tomer Velmer - Y-net - Teachers from Tel Aviv and Arad have signed a petition asking the prime minister to help the children of refugees from South Sudan. "Most of the pupils have started studying in Israeli schools within the last five years. They`ve shared their hard experiences with us." 22/5/2012
Activist prevents Israeli officer from arresting Palestinian childLisa Goldman - +972 Magazine - During Sunday’s Jerusalem Day events, a Palestinian boy, perhaps 10 years old, was chased down an East Jerusalem street by a very angry officer of the Border Police. A 22 year-old female Israeli activist prevented the boy’s arrest by throwing herself between the two, allowing the boy to flee.22/5/2012
Palestinian protester cleared of incitement chargeHarriet Sherwood - The Guardian - Israeli military trial acquits Bassem Tamimi of main charge but convicts him of soliciting protesters to throw stones21/5/2012
Israel reacts with extremism to South African decision on settlement product labeling Connie Hackbarth - AIC - Racist! Liable to result in the death of Jews! Reprimand the South African ambassador! Reactions from Israel’s government, coalition and right-wing to the South African decision to ban labeling of products made in West Bank settlements as being made in Israe21/5/2012
Soldiers Attack Nonviolent Protest Near HebronSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - Soldiers then fired conscious grenades and gas bombs at the protesters; Yousef Abu Maria, spokesperson of the Popular Committee in Beit Ummar suffered a concussion in his head and several bruises in his shoulders.20/5/2012
`Jerusalem Day`: Demonstrate at Damascus Gate against settler `Flag Dance` 20/5/2012
Israelis and Palestinians will demonstrate at the Old City`s Damascus Gate against the "Jerusalem Day", the Day of Occupation 20/5/2012
Nakba Day at the center of Tel Aviv: report and photosEitan Bronstein and Nataniel Furgang - Zochrot - The commemoration was identical to the one planned for the eve of Israel’s Independence Day, which the police forcibly prevented On Nakba Day, this time with police permission and no right-wing attmpts at disruption, participants placed hundreds of cards on the ground along Ben Zion Boulevard displaying the names of the localities Israel had destroyed during the Nakba.20/5/2012
AVAAZ: Support targeted boycott of Israeli Settlement Goods 19/5/2012
Detainee On Hunger Strike Since 63 Days Determined To ContinueSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - Mahmoud Kamel As-Sarsak was taken prisoner while heading to participate in a soccer tournament, nearly three years ago. Since then, Israel held him under administrative detention, without charges.
- Sarsak is determined to continue his strike until he is released and sent back to his family in the Shaboura refugee camp, in Rafah city.
Details emerge of Israeli concessions that ended historic Palestinian mass hunger strike Ali Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "•the prisoners would end their hunger strike following the signing of the agreement; •There will be an end to the use of long-term isolation of prisoners for “security” reasons, and the 19 prisoners will be moved out of isolation within 72 hours; •Family visits for first degree relatives to prisoners from the Gaza Strip and for families from the West Bank who have been denied visit based on vague “security reasons” will be reinstated within one month; •The Israeli intelligence agency guarantees that there will be a committee formed to facilitate meetings between the IPS and prisoners in order to improve their daily conditions; •There will be no new administrative detention orders or renewals of administrative detention orders for the 308 Palestinians currently in administrative detention, unless the secret files, upon which administrative detention is based, contains “very serious” information." ca 18/5/2012
Thaer Halahleh’s letter to his daughter: "My Beloved Lamar…Forgive me" Linah Alsaafin - The Electronic Intifada - “Lamar my love: I know that you are not to be blamed and that you don’t yet understand why your father is going through this battle of hunger strike for the 75th day, but when you grow up you will understand that the battle of freedom is the battle of going back to you, so that I can never be taken away from you again or to be deprived of your smile or seeing you, so that the occupier will never kidnap me again from you.”-rh 17/5/2012
Encountering Peace: Observations, thoughts and questions GERSHON BASKIN - J-Post - "So I invite the hundreds of thousands who took to the streets last summer to come out once again – not for an evening of entertainment with popular singers but for a real political struggle that will not be a passing illusion of accomplishment, but the real thing." - id 16/5/2012
Deal reached over Palestinian hunger strike AlJazeera - About 2,000 prisoners agree to a deal with Israel to end their strike in return for an easing of their conditions15/5/2012
`Judicial proceedings against Muhammad Bakri would be a severe Violation of the Freedom of Expression` Vardit Shalfy and Rani Blair - Hundreds of Israeli public figures and concerned citizens wrote to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, calling upon him to reject the idea of prosecuting actor Muhammad Bakri over his film "Jenin, Jenin". Any such action – which the Attorney General is reported to be mulling - would "constitute a severe and completely unwarranted violation of the Freedom of Expression in Israel".14/5/2012
Activists blocking Maale Edumin entrance Fadi Arouri - About 40 Palestinian, Israeli and International Activists succeed in closing the entrance of Ma`ale Adumin settlement, in support of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners14/5/2012
Clashes at Tel Aviv Univerity`s Nakba Day rally Shahar Chai - Y-net - Ethan Bronstein of Zochrot: "After the end of the confrontation at Tel Aviv University, I had a chance for a short talk with the Kahanist KM Michael Ben Ari. I told him: `You can`t deny that there were many more of us then there were of you`. He said `No, but if you discount the Arabs and the homosexuals, there were more of us.` To which I replied: `Please let Hitler lie quietly in his grave`" (translated by Adam Keller from Bronstein`s message on Facebook). 14/5/2012
May 15 - Tel Aviv Commemoration of Nakba DayZochrot will commemorate the Nakba Day by doing what the police prevented at The Israeli Independence Day 14/5/2012
Their Fate is in Our HandsThursday, May 17th: 24 hours of hunger in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails 14/5/2012
Zochrot : May 15 - Tel Aviv Commemoration of Nakba Day7pm - commemorating the Palestinian villages destroyed in 1948, corner Sderot BenZion/King George, Tel Aviv14/5/2012
PA: Talks ongoing to resolve hunger strike demandsMa`an - The fate of the hunger strikers has touched a raw nerve in the Palestinian territories with daily demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. An estimated 40 percent of men in the occupied territories have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives. bz12/5/2012
Thousands March in Support of the Prisoners` Hunger StrikeAbir Kopty - PSCC - Marches, demonstrations and clashes took place all across the West Bank in solidarity with over 2,000 Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike - some fasting already more than two months, their lives under immediate threat. 12/5/2012
Four Christian Brothers Jailed By Israel For Prisoner Solidarity ActivismAsa Winstanley - The Electronic Intifada - "“I went to hug my son, and I said, no, you’re not taking this one, you have three already, leave this one!”" - id 11/5/2012
Israel Police must stop the brutality and permit protestsHaaretz - Editorial - But according to the testimony of many demonstrators, this demonstration of civic engagement encountered fierce opposition. The massive police forces sent to the site acted with great brutality toward the demonstrators, including beating and kicking them. Five people were arrested, among them two journalists.-rh 10/5/2012
From Ofer to Ramle: Impressions of protests across the Green LineOmar Rahman - +972 - In the occupied West Bank, peaceable assembly by Palestinians is prohibited unless authorized by the Israeli military, which does not happen. Thus, any form of collective protest is dealt with harshly by the Israeli military, leaving Palestinians with no outlet for releasing public frustration or protesting for their basic rights.-rh 9/5/2012
70 Days for Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh as their appeal is rejected – take action for 2500 prisoners on hunger strike!Samidoun - As Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh enter their 70th day of hunger strike, the Israeli occupation courts have rejected their appeal, refusing to free them from administrative detention where they remain without charge or trial, subject to secret evidence and secret allegations.-rh9/5/2012
Action alert: Stop The Wall office raided by Israeli militaryStop the Wall - Action alert -It is no coincidence that the Israeli authorities have chosen this moment to escalate their repression against the Stop the Wall grassroots network of civil resistance against the Wall and the settlements, choosing to act on the same day that the Israeli High Court rejected the appeals of Palestinian hunger strikers Bilal Diab and Tha’’ir Halahleh, imprisoned without charge and without trial, effectively condemning them to death.-rh9/5/2012
Concern Mounts for the Lives of Prisoners on Protracted Hunger StrikesPress Release, Addameer & PHR-Israel - EI - Detainees Bilal Diab, Thaer Halahleh and Hassan Safadi are Subjected to Medical Negligence7/5/2012
Stop Jailing People Without Charge or TrialHuman Rights Watch - Around 2,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently on hunger strike to protest administrative detention and measures taken by the Israeli Prison Service, according to prison officials.-rh 3/5/2012
20 Palestinians hurt at prisoner demo near RamallahMa`an News Agency - A student demonstration set out from Birzeit University toward Ofer to express solidarity with hundreds of Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike for 16 days. The students marched with Palestinian flags before arriving at the site, where Israeli forces were waiting. Forces fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets toward the demonstrators.-rh 2/5/2012
Palestinians assert right to return on Israeli "Independence Day"Asa Winstanley - EI - " This year, the march ended on land belonging to Kweikat, a village that was ethnically cleansed by Israeli forces in July 1948. Out of sight was the nearby Israeli settlement of Beit HaEmek, built on the ruins of Kweikat." - id2/5/2012
Former MK Mordechai Virshubski dies at 82 Asher Zeiger - Times of Israel - "Virshubski was one of the founders of the left-wing Shinui party in 1974, which eventually merged with the Mapam and Ratz parties to form Meretz." - id 2/5/2012
Israeli writers` festival to preview speeches in bid to ban political contentMaya Sela - Ha`aretz - In 2010 novelist Nir Baraman made opening remarks at the International Writers Festival in Jerusalem, critical of government policies towards the Palestinians. The festival`s director cites this speech to writers who tends to boycott the event - but also asks this years speakers to submit their text in advance, so as to avoid another such speech. 1/5/2012
Stand with hunger striking Palestinian prisoners - Thursday, May 3 from 5:30 to 8:30pmOpposite Ramleh Prison Hospital. Contact: 050-2003042, 050-6676905, 050-6676905. 1/5/2012
Thursday, May 3 - stand with hunger striking Palestinian prisoners Murad Jadallah and Yara Sa`di - This Thursday, May 3, 2012, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, we will stand in solidarity with the Palestinian political prisoners on mass hunger strike. The vigil will take place outside Ramleh Prison Hospital, where hunger strikers in difficult conditions are chained to their beds. Contact: 050-2003042, 050-6676905, 050-6676905. 1/5/2012
Assist the farmers of Wadi Qana - phone Israeli officials and sign the petition1400 olive trees, mostly planted on privately owned land - the largest Wadi Qana uprooting order ever 1/5/2012
Assist the farmers of Wadi Qana - phone Israeli officials and sign the petitionMarie - IWPS - 1400 olive trees... This is the largest order for uprooting trees that the farmers of Wadi Qana have ever been given. Most of the trees were planted approximately 5 years ago on privately owned Palestinian land. If the farmers do not uproot their trees they will face punishment which could include large fines and imprisonment. 1/5/2012
"In order to stop the Flytilla, arbitrary Israeli methods were imported into Europe"Olivia Zémor - EuroPalestine - Due to the government of Israel`s determination to prevent activists from getting to Ben Gurion Airport, an Air France hostess found herself forced to ask a female passenger if she is Jewish, in order to know whether she can be allowed to board the plane; businessmen and diplomats were refused access to the plane because they were neither Israeli nor Jewish. (Note: text begins in French, followed by English). 1/5/2012
Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike - demands examinedElior Levy, Raanan Ben-Zur - Ynet - On backdrop of hunger strike launched by hundreds of Palestinian prisoners protesting incarceration conditions, Prison Service chief Franco meets their leaders, including Barghouti at Hadarim jail. PA: Rest of prisoners will join strike if demands not met. bz 1/5/2012
Palestinians shut down UN building in Ramallah to protest inaction over hunger strikersAsa Winstanley - The Electronic Intifada - “The UN as an international human rights body has not said one word for the hunger strikers whose lives are in very very critical danger… it should have spoken up… against the Israeli policy of administrative detention”.-rh 9/5/2012
Weekly Demonstrations Against the Wall and the SettlementsRegister for Transportation to May 11 - May 12 -
Rabbis Support Church Divestment From Israeli Occupation still possibility of signing the petition8/5/2012
Rabbis Support Church Divestment From Israeli Occupation There is a growing desire within the North American Jewish community to end our silence over Israel’s oppressive occupation of Palestine. [with possibility of signing the petition] 8/5/2012
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel: Urgent Appeal for Emergency DonationsFollowing submission of 16 court petitions on behalf of hunger strikers, PHR-Israel`s legal funds depleted. 8/5/2012
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel: Urgent Appeal for Emergency DonationsFollowing submission of 16 court petitions on behalf of hunger strikers, PHR-Israel`s legal funds allotted for the year are fully depleted. 8/5/2012
Israeli Government to Prosecute Uri Blau for EspionageRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - Israeli journalists have created a protest website and there is a petition for journalists to sign. I have created a Facebook group, Free Uri Blau. I hope you’ll join and be updated (and offer your own updates) on news related to this important case. 200 Israeli journalists have written to the Shin Bet complaining about this egregious violation of press freedom.-rh31/5/2012
In Israel, We Do Not TrustJoharah Baker - MIFTAH - Today, newspapers are full of disheartening news about Israel renewing the administrative detention orders of Palestinian parliamentarians for the second, third and even fourth times. Other news reports are about prisoners either still on hunger strike – Mahmoud Sarsak has entered his 74th day – or who are threatening to go back to starving themselves because Israel has broken its agreement with the prisoners.-rh30/5/2012
Swiss Giant to Begin Labelling Settlement ProductsSarah Snobar - IMEMC - "Migros’ decision is the latest in a string of decisions to mark settlement products by various countries such as South Africa and Ireland." - id 30/5/2012
Urgent appeal for funds: help overturn the unjust court ruling against the Negev Bedouins 5/5/2012
Palestinians Go Hungry to Make Their Voices HeardJodi Rudoren - New York Times - The two longest-striking prisoners, who have gone without food for 66 days, appeared in wheelchairs before Israel’s Supreme Court on Thursday morning. -- Prisoners play a crucial emotional and political role in Palestinian culture. Virtually every family has been touched by incarceration. 5/5/2012
PALESTINIAN HUNGER STRIKERS` LIVES IN DANGERURGENT ACTION - Amnesty International - Two men, Bilal Diab and Tha�er Halahleh, are at immediate risk of death on their 67th day of hunger strike. Both are being held without charge or trial. 5/5/2012
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