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Natan Blanc 150 days in prison - when will it end? Yesh Gvul calls a support vigil Friday May 3Transport: 10am J`lem Binyaney Hauma 11am T-A Arlozorov train station 12:30 Atlit on mountain across prison 630/4/2013
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Joint statement: Freedom to Conscientious Objectors in the Middle EastSergeiy Sandler - Together, we in No to Compulsory Military Service (Egypt) and New Profile (Israel) confirm our support of peace and of conscientious objectors in both countries, re-affirming the human right to freedom of conscience, faith and self-determination. We condemn the way both our governments treat conscientious objectors: Natan Blank, Emad El Dafrawi, and Mohammed Fathy. 30/4/2013
Pick up truck for Ezra NawiKobi Snitz - We are working on raising money for a new pick up truck for Ezra Nawi. We are using something new to me called crowd-sourcing which I am told works well with online social networking. Please share this with your networks and if you can, please consider contributing a few shekels too. 30/4/2013
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Divestment win at UC BerkeleySydney Levy - Jewish Voice for Peace - Like hundreds of others in the overflow crowd last night, I`m completely exhausted after having spent 10 hours straight listening to an extraordinary night of emotional testimony about divestment at UC Berkeley. I`m so proud to tell you that at 5:30 this morning, Associated Students at the University of California (ASUC) voted 11 to 9 in favor of divesting from companies that profit from the violation of human rights abuses in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. 27/4/2013
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Urgent concerns over death threats issued to UN Human Rights defender, Issa AmroTeam Khalil - Occupied Palestine - Amro has been violently attacked by this same community of Israeli settlers many times in the past – his nose and wrist have been broken and he received five stitches to his head. He and his family regularly receive death threats from the settlers of Hebron over the phone, continuing their campaign of threats and violence against him.-rh 24/4/2013
Unique Memorial Ceremony Unites Israelis, PalestiniansAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - Perhaps their bequest instructs us to do all that’s humanly possible to ensure that their children get to live in a peace-loving and not in a territory-loving state? In a democratic state, rather than one that deprives others? In a Jewish state rather than a nationalistic state? Perhaps they willed us reconciliation with our Arab neighbors, recognition of the Palestinian pain and a joint striving for prosperity in our blood-soaked land?-rh 24/4/2013
Israeli army breaks up Palestinian march Al Jazeera - "This was a peaceful area. We`re gathered today to say we refuse to be attacked and driven off our own land," said Sami Issa, a resident. "We want their army to pull the settlers out." bz28/4/2013
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WATCH: IDF soldier screams at Israeli activists: `You are worse than the Arabs`Mairav Zonszein - +972 - “Get out of here you Israel haters, I’ll kick the crap out of you. You are worse than the Arabs.” He then turned to one of the female Israeli activists and said: “Shut up, Israel hater who goes to bed with Arabs.” [All thhat on the Taayush video-bz]28/4/2013
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Map of destroyed villages aims to teach Israelis about NakbaJillian Kestler-D`Amours - The Electronic Intifada - "“It’s about time, no?” said Zochrot founder Eitan Bronstein, explaining why the organization decided to create a “Nakba map” in Hebrew." - id 24/4/2013
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Bethlehem and Boston: That amazing thing called runningDahlia Scheindlin - +972 - "Under the title “Right to Movement”, runners had to complete two laps of the same route, as organizers were unable to find a single course of 42 uninterrupted kilometers under Palestinian Authority control." - id 24/4/2013
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The Land of Outposts – a tour to the Nablus rural area Friday, 26.4 with Combatants for Peace 23/4/2013
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Egypt and Israel - let your Conscientious Objectors free!Maikel Nabil Sanad`s Blog - Last Tuesday, activists of the Egyptian “No to Compulsory Military Service" movement held a protest in Talaat Harb Square in Cairo, just a few meters from Tahrir Square. The Egyptian Conscientious Objectors Emad Dafrawi and Mohammed Fathi - who, due to their refusal to serve in the Egyptian Army, are not allowed to work, study in a university or have a passport - carried posters calling for the freedom of the imprisoned Israeli Conscientious Objector Natan Blanc. ak23/4/2013
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An Nabi Saleh, Kufr Qaddum, Al Ma`asara, Ni`lin, Bil`in Register for transportation Friday May 10 to weekly demonstrations against the wall and the settlements 23/4/2013
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PPS: “No Official Proposal To End The Case Of Eesawy”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - Al-Eesawy will not make any decision without an official, documented, Israeli offer regarding his release. He also boycotted a court session held Monday after stating: “The Jerusalem District Court sentenced me to eight months, those eight months ended in March. “There is no reason to continue my detention and imprisonment, and I do not recognize your committee and its decisions”. When the Israeli judge asked an Israeli Physician about the situation of Al-Eesawy, the physician said that Al-Eesawy stopped taking vitamins, and refuses to conduct any medical tests, adding. bz23/4/2013
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Lawyer: “Eesawy Conditionally Agrees To End His Hunger Strike”IMEMC & Agencies - "Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, reported that hunger striking Palestinian detainee, Samer Al-Eesawy, expressed a conditional acceptance of an Israeli offer to end his strike in exchange for his release on October 10 this year"22/4/2013
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“Don’t serve in Israel’s military,” refusenik urges compatriots (interview with Natan Blanc in between prison terms)Sawsan Khalife` - Electronic Intifada - "There is no democracy, Palestinians don’t choose their own fate as they have no right to vote under a regime that forces its decisions on them. The Knesset [Israel’s parliament] votes and decides their fate without including them in the decision-making process. I will not take part in that either."21/4/2013
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Nineth consecutive prison term for CO Natan Blanc The need for solidarity and protest letters only increases20/4/2013
Nineth consecutive prison term for CO Natan Blanc ["The politicians] can continue with this bloody cycle, with no end in sight. But we, as citizens and human beings, have a moral duty to refuse to participate in this cynical game." bz20/4/2013
Palestine activists call on Netherlands prince to disassociate from JNF water projectAdri Nieuwhof - Electronic Intifada - According to the JNF charter and the “Basic Law: Israel Lands,” the JNF may exchange and lease land only to Jewish legal persons, to the state and the government-controlled Development Authority bz20/4/2013
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After all-night debate, Berkeley student senate calls on university to divest from 3 companies profiting from occupationPhilip Weiss and Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss "In a dramatic vote that was emotional for all sides, the ASUC [Associated Students at the University of California] Senate voted 11-9 to divest from companies affiliated with Israel’s military early Thursday morning. The heated debate began Wednesday evening and carried on for 10 hours, continuing into Thursday. Anna Head Alumnae Hall overflowed with hundreds of UC Berkeley students, faculty and community members engaging in a contentious debate regarding the bill, SB 160." ca 19/4/2013
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He sings in the prisonNicola Perugini - London Review of Books - He is accused of throwing stones at the Israeli army (they’d killed one of his friends a week earlier). But his family insist he wasn’t involved in the incident that led to his arrest. His trial has been postponed twice: it’s now due on 17 April. ‘He sings in the prison, and everyone listens to him,’ his mother says.-rh18/4/2013
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Israeli Women Visit Palestinian Hunger StrikerShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - So you just decided to buy flowers and visit him? “Yes. I read in the newspaper that he was hospitalized at Kaplan, and I couldn’t just let that go by. I went with a friend. They didn’t expect us, and when the guards saw us, they jumped up and blocked our way. Still, we were able to relay the message that there are people here who are concerned about his well-being.`-rh 17/4/2013
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Playback and protest: The Freedom Bus hits the roadDaryl Meador - EI- "The events and excursions were met with sometimes violent opposition from the Israeli forces, who arrested and deported one of the Freedom Bus Tour participants." - id 17/4/2013
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Humanity has no nationality: 2nd anniversary of the murder of Vittorio ArrigoniTeam Khalil - International Solidarity Movement - "In an interview he said: “I am from a partisan family, my grandfathers fought and died struggling against occupation, a fascist Nazi one. For that reason presumably in my DNA, my blood, there are particles that push me to struggle for freedom and human rights.”": - id 17/4/2013
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Israeli Intellectuals Call for End to Administrative Detention, Freedom for Samer IssawiRICHARD SILVERSTEIN - Tikun Olam - "... they wrote to the Chief Jailer himself, Bibi Netanyahu. They called for an end to the oppressive policy of administrative detention under which Issawi is held, along with thousands of others." - id 17/4/2013
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Weekly Demonstrations Against the Wall and the SettlementsAATW - Register for Transportation to Demonstrations on April 19th - April 20th 17/4/2013
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Hunger Speech by Samer IssawiSamer Issawi - Youth against Settlements - I chose to write to you: intellectuals, writers, lawyers and journalists, associations, and civil society activists. I invite you to visit me, to see a skeleton tied to his hospital bed, and around him three exhausted jailers. Sometimes they have their appetizing food and drinks around me. The jailers watch my suffering, my loss of weight and my gradual melting. They often look at their watches, asking themselves in surprise: how does this damaged body have an excess of time to live after its time?-rh 10/4/2013
Youth move back to Palestinian village stolen from their familiesJillian Kestler-D`Amours - The Electronic Intifada - "Last August, a group of third-generation, internally displaced Palestinian youth returned to Iqrit. Living in two small rooms, built as extensions of the church, the young men sleep in the village in shifts. They maintain a constant presence in the village." - id 10/4/2013
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Ta`ayush Jerusalem - We need you financial support This coming Saturday, April 1310/4/2013
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Doctors fear Palestinian hunger striker`s life in immediate dangerHaggai Matar - +972 - "A request by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) to send an independent doctor to examine his medical condition has been denied by IPS." - id 10/4/2013
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The system in place Sandy Tolan - AlJazeera - The arrest of acclaimed musician, Oday Khatib, sheds light on Israel`s draconian system of arrest and detention8/4/2013
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Israel set to jail teenage conscientious objector for eighth time: Nathan Blanc has spent more than 100 days in prison over the past 19 weeks due to his refusal to enlist in Israeli armyHarriet Sherwood - The Guardian - It is a routine Nathan Blanc knows well. At 9am on Tuesday morning, the 19-year-old will report, as instructed in his draft papers, to a military base near Tel Aviv. There he will state his objection to serving in the Israeli army. Following his refusal to enlist, Blanc expects to be arrested and sentenced to between 10 and 20 days in jail. He will then be taken to Military Prison Number 6 to serve his time. And then, following his release, the cycle will begin over again.-rh 2/4/2013
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