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Snowden, Assange, Manning, Vanunu - the true heroes of our timeGideon Levy - Information Clearinghouse - Mordechai Vanunu and Anat Kamm also belong to this list of real Israeli heroes. They were likewise condemned and sentenced, punished and incarcerated, and no one here fully appreciated their contribution and bravery. Also Ilana Hammerman and her partners in the “Disobedience” organization, smuggling West Bank Palestinian women to Tel Aviv for day trips - an act that could see them potentially in court.-rh 31/10/2013
Toronto Transit bans “Disappearing Palestine” ad, claiming "risk of anti-Jewish violence" Ali Abunimah - The Bullet/Portside - The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has rejected a group`s bus ad showing Israel`s expropriation of Palestinian land over time, claiming the ad could incite anti-Jewish discrimination and violence. The centerpiece is a series of four maps that show the loss of control of Palestinian land to the Zionist movement and Israel between 1946 and the present.29/10/2013
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French BDS activists face judicial proceedings at the Paris Palais de Justice Olivia Zémor - CAPJPO-EuroPalestine - We are expecting a large turnout at the Paris Palais de Justice at noon this Wednesday, when we will appear in court for "inciting racial hatred and violence," because of our call for a boycott of the Israeli occupier. The same appeals court, in the name of freedom of speech, acquitted those who were responsible for the publication of the cartoons showing the Prophet Muhammad carrying a bomb in his turban, which was not seen as an incitation to hate or violence nor in the least islamophobic. On the other hand, our peaceful actions, which are not directed at Jews but at the colonial policies of the State of Israel, are treated as antisemitic and are the objects of continual harassment, with already 15 judicial proceedings. ak 29/10/2013
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South African committee adopts Marwan Barghouthi`s plightMa`an - A conference in Cape Town saw the launch of a higher international committee to free Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouthi and all Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. Noble Prize winners Desmond Tutu and his former cellmate Ahmed Kathrada - who was also Nelson Mandela`s cellmate for 26 years. The campaign makes a direct link between anti-Apartheid prisoners formerly held in Robben Island and Palestinians now held in Israeli prisons. ak 29/10/2013
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Promoting a culture of cinema in the Gaza StripAVAAZ - A group of young volunteer activists started the Youth Cinema Initiative, involving community-based youths of of both sexes in discussion of films and cinema as a means of activating and empowering them. ak29/10/2013
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Negotiating the People’s Peace Plan in Jerusalem October 24-25 - Israelis & Palestinians Taking Peace into their Own Hands 24/10/2013
French BDS supporters on trial for "Antisemitism"Olivia Zémor - EuroPalestine - Four French BDS activists will tomorrow (Wed. Oct. 30) face charges of "antisemitism" and of "inciting racial hatred". This is the 15th such case. Previous similar proceedings ended with the court ruling that calling for boycott of Israel does not in itself constitute "Antisemitism". However, supporters of the Israeli government persist in making such accusations, and the French judiciary persists in starting official proceedings again and again. 22/10/2013
Join the South Hebron Hills children to protest settler violence - At-Tuwani, Tomorrow Oct 23. 2013 22/10/2013
Join the South Hebron Hills children to protest settler violence - At-Tuwani, Oct 23. 2013 Operation Dove/Freedom Theatre - Children from the village of Tuba, on their way to school, must walk past Ma’on Settlement and Havat Ma’on Outpost. They daily face threats of violence - or actual violence - from the settlers. The South Hebron Hills Popular Committee is organizing a support action tomorrow (Oct 23rd) at 11am, including a performance by The Freedom Theatre’s Freedom Bus troupe as well as by other Palestinian and International artists. The action will commence at At-Tuwani`s school and move to the hilltop near Ma’on Settlement.22/10/2013
If you want Two States, support BDSKathleen Peratis - The Daily Beast - Most of those who populate the very narrow ground that I stand on (I call them "sad Zionists") know that the current peace process is at best a Hail Mary, that the occupation is a lot more entrenched and sustainable than we ever thought, that the two- state solution—along with our liberal Zionist dreams—is going down the drain. For all of our efforts, why are we getting nowhere? For one thing, we are fighting the fight with a hand tied behind our backs. We hysterically condemn the use of a nonviolent tool that works. The tool is Boycott, Divestment Sanction (BDS). ak 22/10/2013
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Selling Palestinian olive oil to Israelis - trade, not aidphone Abed: 0546179703 or 0599798319; Tel-Aviv area contact: Aliya 036589983 mstrauss@012.net.il 21/10/2013
Settlers attack olive harvesters - your help urgently needed! 21/10/2013
Muzzling Discussion of the Nakba and Palestinian HistoryDonna Nevel - Muzzlewatch - Zochrot is having a truth commission for the events of 1948, to be held in March 2014, “that will seek to collect and document information about the 1948 events, focusing in particular on the actions that led to the uprooting of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.-rh 17/10/2013
The Rabin assassination– and the immunity of rightwing Jewish terroristsPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - We all know that Yigal Amir killed Rabin. But we don’t know much about the broader conspiracy. And while other conspirators were charged and convicted, Gurvitz said that the investigation was incomplete and feeble. If it had been vigorous, he said, it would have inflamed tensions inside Israeli society, and risked wider violence.-rh 16/10/2013
Video: Palestinians throw stones, soldiers leaveItamar Fleishman - Ynet - "IDF soldiers encounter Palestinian demonstrators near village of Anata, retire from scene. Incident documented, posted on social media." - id16/10/2013
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Rights group: Israel cancels Jordan Valley evacuationB`Tselem/Ma`an - Earlier, an Israeli military officer ordered the inhabitants of the Palestinian communities of al-Burj and al-Mita in the Jordan Valley - 75 people including 35 children - to leave their homes on Tuesday between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. while troops conduct a training exercise. The Israeli Human Rights group B`Tselem lodged a strong protest, pointing out that removing residents from their homes for military exercises is unlawful, and that the evictions were timed for Eid al-Adha, a major Muslim holiday. A few hours after the protest, the army cancelled the planned eviction. ak15/10/2013
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Rabin`s grandson to Netanyahu: You owe us peaceItay Blumenthal - Ynet - "My grandfather was murdered over peace, and you owe us peace" -- at the event "Remembering the murder, fighting for democracy," organized by youth, student and social groups commemorating the murder of Rabin 18 years ago (according to Jewish calendar). bz15/10/2013
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Call for olive harvest volunteers 15/10/2013
PHOTOS: A week in the demolished West Bank village of Khirbet Al-Makhoul+972 - Israeli authorities razed the West Bank village of Khirbet al-Makhoul, located in the Jordan Valley, on September 16, 2013. The destruction caused nearly all of its 120 residents to relocate to the nearby village of Tannoun14/10/2013
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Weekly Demonstrations on FridayRegister now for Transportation to October 11th Demonstrations Against the Wall and the Settlements9/10/2013
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Tell your MEP`s to support guidelines on Israel’s participation in EU programsICAHD - Although the EU Guidelines banning investment in Israeli institutions operating in the Occupied Palestinian Territory is not strictly a BDS action but rather one that merely enforces EU policies of conforming to international law, it has a similar effect. And the message is the same: the EU will not be party to perpetuating Israel`s 46-year occupation, with its attendant violations of international law, human rights and dozens of UN resolutions. Even before they have been implemented the Guidelines have had an impact on Israel: a shocking wake-up call, they have impelled Israel to enter into substantive negotiations with the Palestinians.-rh9/10/2013
PHOTOS: What the press missed in Bil`in tear gas flower gardenElias Nawawieh - Activestills - +972 - "A garden of flowers planted in used tear gas grenades memorializes Bassem Abu Rahmah, killed by Israeli forces in 2009 in Bil’in. But recent AP photo coverage looks mostly at the flowers and misses the memorial." - id 9/10/2013
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West Bank garden of teargas canisters - in picturesThe Guardian - The Palestinian residents of Bilin have come up with a novel use for the teargas canisters left over from clashes with Israeli soldiers during the weekly protest against the West Bank separation barrier8/10/2013
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The second intifada put holes in Israel’s wall of fearBudour Youssef Hassan - EI - "Although there are several negative aspects of the second intifada, it remains — for good or bad — a momentous, life-changing event for many Palestinians, particularly those of us born in the late 1980s and early 1990s. There are so many lessons we can draw from it, fatal mistakes to rue, and many disappointments and personal traumas to nurse." - id 6/10/2013
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Video - Demonstrators arrested, injured AIC - "On Friday October 25 the West Bank village of al Maasara celebrated seven years of struggle, marching from the center of the village in an attempt to reach village lands. However, Israeli forces blocked the village entrance, preventing demonstrators from reaching their lands. Later, Israeli forces attacked the demonstrators, chasing the people into the village. Four Palestinians were injured"28/10/2013
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Rebuilding Kha`let Mak’hul in the Jordan Valley Friday, October 11, 2013 8am 11/10/2013
PHOTOS: Palestinian activists dismantle Israeli roadblockActivestills - +972 - "The activists used a sledge hammer to break the lock on a steel gate blocking the road between Al Walaja and the bordering village of Beit Jala." - id6/10/2013
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Abbas to meet Israeli MKs in RamallahMa`an - A delegation of 14 Knesset Members are due to visit Ramallah and meet President Mahmoud Abbas, in order to strengthen support for peace negotiations and for the two state solution. The delegation will include lawmakers from Labor, Meretz, Hatnua and Shas. Finance minister Ya`ir Lapid vetoed the participation of members of his party, Yesh Atid ("There is a Future"). 7/10/2013
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Village embroidery: preserving Palestinian heritageResistance Art - The Palestinian cross-stitch needlepoint embroidery goes back in history to the time of the Canaanites. At a young age, Palestinian village women learned from mothers, grandmothers or older sisters how to embroider dresses, head veils and caps decorated with coins, as well cushions, coasters and covers. Costumes indicated the social role and position, and each region of Palestine had its distinctive style. Najat El-Taji El-Khairy has made it her mission to preserve and document this specific form of Palestinian art. ak7/10/2013
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The Greatest Human Rights Challenge Of Our TimeEdward Snowden - Information Clearing House - A culture of secrecy has denied our societies the opportunity to determine the appropriate balance between the human right of privacy and the governmental interest in investigation. These are not decisions that should be made for a people, but only by the people after full, informed, and fearless debate. Yet public debate is not possible without public knowledge, and in my country, the cost for one in my position of returning public knowledge to public hands has been persecution and exile.-rh3/10/2013
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Remembering Fouzi El-Asmar, poet of the Palestinian liberation struggleTerri Ginsberg - The Electronic Intifada - "Fouzi El-Asmar was one of the first post-Nakba intellectuals to break into the Anglophone public sphere, with groundbreaking analyses of the everyday life and struggles of the Palestinian with Israeli citizenship." - id2/10/2013
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Israeli military refuser Noam Gur speaking in Britain, 12-24 November 1/10/2013
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Palestinians petition High Court to reclaim Jordan Valley landChaim Levinson - Haaretz - The land was cultivated by Palestinians even after the Six-Day War. They were banished in 1969 after Palestinians began trying to return to the area from Jordan. The land was handed over to the World Zionist Organization. The WZO leased the land to the settlers; the government hoped to create a kind of buffer zone along the border. bz1/10/2013
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Volunteers rebuild part of village demolished by IsraelMa`an - “Despite the flying checkpoints, we managed to reach the village and build a number of tents and steel houses to shelter our citizens.” [After Khirbet al-Makhoul had been totally destroyed a Supreme Court injunction was obtained against new demolition (following the 20.9.13 diplomatic incident!). Since then, the army made special efforts to prevent such reconstruction as now succeeded.-bz]1/10/2013
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