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Activism

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Finding Happiness in Helping Others -Ten Principles to Guide the Young Activist RAMZY BAROUD - Counterpunch - "It is essential that you define your cause, first and foremost to yourself before you present it to others...If you are not fully convinced of your message, you will not be able to influence others." - id for rh 30/1/2014
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Chicago Botanic Garden forced to rethink links with Jewish National FundBill Chambers - The Electronic Intifada - "We learned that targeting the private or public sponsors of events held by pro-Israel organizations can be as effective as directly targeting the organization itself. Many of these private-public groups may not want their image tarnished by association with an organization like the JNF that supports apartheid policies and the denial of human rights in Palestine." - id for rh 30/1/2014
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Gaza`s 2nd Feature Film Revisits Resistance ThemeTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS - NYT - "Despite the Gaza government`s support, Jundiyeh said he is independent. "I`m not Hamas," he said. "I`m a Palestinian who is proud of his people and national struggle."" - id for rh 30/1/2014
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Glimpse of Hebron children’s reality: video footage of minors, some under age 12, detained for throwing stonesB’Tselem press release - B`Tselem has written to Legal Advisor for Judea and Samaria Col. Doron Ben-Barak notifying him of two recent incidents in which soldiers unlawfully detained children, some under the age of criminal responsibility, on suspicion of throwing stones. Although both incidents were relatively short, the children involved remained very frightened. Video footage of the incidents gives a glimpse into the harsh daily routine of many Palestinian minors and their parents, which will undoubtedly have long-term implications for the children. bz28/1/2014
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Number Of Palestinian Druze Refusing Israeli Service IncreasingChris Carlson, International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group - IMEMC News - "A recent poll, conducted by the University of Haifa, has revealed that the number of Druze refusing to serve in the Israeli army is increasing. It also shows that a growing number of Israeli youth prefer being jailed instead of military service" [ry]27/1/2014
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Palestinian left demonstrates against US-led negotiations AIC - "Palestinian left wing factions demonstrated across the West Bank on Saturday against the US led negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. According to the factions, the negotiations intend to `liquidate the question of Palestine and prolong the Israeli occupation`" [ry]27/1/2014
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Against All Odds, Palestinian Prisoners Recieve University Degrees in Israeli PrisonsASSOCIATED PRESS - PNN - "Uprising leader Marwan Barghouti, the most famous Palestinian prisoner, teaches a master`s degree course in Israeli Studies, and Abu Muhsin was one of Barghouti`s students. Abu Muhsin said studying helped him get through 23 years behind bars." - id 29/1/2014
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Palestinian civil society to Oxfam: “match words with action”, break ties with Scarlett JohanssonPalestinian BDS National Committee - BDS Movement - "Johansson’s defense of her public relations role with occupation profiteer SodaStream undermines Oxfam’s stated opposition to economic relations with illegal Israeli settlements." - id 29/1/2014
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Hundreds Rally In London To Protest Gaza BlockadeChris Carlson - International Middle East Media Center - "Hugh Lanning, chairman of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said, "No more bombs, no more siege, no more settlements. The world looks on whilst Israel continues its blockades, punishes and steals. It is the time for this to end."" - id for rh 23/1/2014
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Peaceful protest ends in deportation and imprisonmentPress Release - ISM - "Almost 95% of the Jordan Valley lies in Area C, under full Israeli civil and military control. Palestinian Bedouin herders suffer repeated demolitions of their homes and animal shelters, and water tanks are frequently confiscated. A large section of the area is reserved as a firing zone and residents are often forcibly removed from their homes to make way for military exercises." - id 22/1/2014
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Israel`s captains of industry fear boycottTelem Yahav - Y-Net - Leaders from Israel`s tech and banking industries will fly to Davos economic forum to support Kerry`s peace effort, urge Israel and Palestinians to reach deal to save Israel`s economy from looming boycott. "The world is beginning to lose its patience and the threat of sanctions is becoming more imminent from day to day. We have a small window of opportunity with Kerry`s arrival in the region, and it should be taken advantage of." A week ago, when members of the group met Netanyahu in his office, Smadar Barber Tsadik, CEO of the First International Bank of Israel, warned of the ominous precedent of the largest investment fund in Holland announcing it will not invest in Israel anymore because of its treatment of the Palestinians. ak 21/1/2014
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Students demonstrate in support of a `leftist` teacher facing dismissalAhiya Raved - Y-net - Some 200 students took to the streets to protest the potential dismissal of one of their teachers, who allegedly made left wing comments in class - especially casting doubt on the IDF`s claim to be `The most moral army in world`. Following a letter of complaint sent by a right-wing student to the Education Minister, Adam Verta - a civics teacher at Kiryat Tivon`s Ort Greenberg High School - was summoned to a hearing by his employer, the Ort education system. Ort representatives said that "such statements have no room in the classroom". ak 21/1/2014
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Boycott goes prime-time in IsraelLarry Derfner - +972 - The country’s number-one news show runs lengthy piece on the growing movement – and blames it not on anti-Semitism or Israel-bashing, but on settlements [ry]20/1/2014
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Trees of hope Michel Capeluto - AIC - "Last Thursday, the Israeli organization Rabbis for Human Rights promoted an unusual celebration of Tu B’Shvat, a Jewish holiday akin to arbor day - replanting 100 trees with the inhabitants of the Palestinian West Bank village of Jalud, located northeast of Nablus. Over the past two years Jalud, has been the target of numerous `price tag` attacks by settlers from the nearby outpost of Esh Kodesh. Only four days previously, there was an attempt to uproot olive trees belonging to farmers from Jalud" [ry]20/1/2014
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50 Shades of Peace at the CrossroadsHillel Schenker - Times of Israel - Stop! A Peace Crossroads Ahead of You: The Majority Has Decided – Peace. That was the sign hung on both sides of the corner of Rothschild Boulevard, facing Habima Square in the heart of Tel Aviv, the location of the command post of the mass social protest movement in the summer of 2011. The scene was repeated at 50 crossroads throughout the country, from the Upper Galilee in the north down to Eilat. ak 18/1/2014
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Israeli settlement exports from the Jordan Valley down $29 million in 2013 due to international boycottAdam Horowitz - Mondoweiss "The Associated Press reports that the success of the international boycott movement is starting to squeeze Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley: An international campaign to boycott Israeli settlement products has rapidly turned from a distant nuisance into a harsh economic reality for Israeli farmers in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley." ca 17/1/2014
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Imprisonment of Conscientious Objector Mahmood SaadNew Profile - "Mahmood Saad, 20 years old from Shfaamer, a village in the Galil, was arrested on 6.12.2013 and was brought to prison no. 6. where he declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army was arrested and brought to prison no. 4. after, he was brought to the military court which extended his imprisonment, until the final ruiling in his case, which is continuing these days." ca17/1/2014
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Palestinians aim to win back right to appeal property confiscations in military courtChaim Levinson - Haaretz "Adalah, an advocacy group for Arab minority rights, wants to overturn the military order barring West Bank Palestinians from appealing the confiscation of their property in a military court... The order “is designed to harm the Palestinians and restrict their rights, without any legitimate justification,” ca17/1/2014
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Fri. Jan. 17: Stand at road junctions to support peace 16/1/2014
“Politicians are cowards” on Israel, says prominent Australian scholarSamah Sabawi - The Electronic Intifada - "You can’t have academic freedom for one people at the expense of another." - id 15/1/2014
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G4S contracts in Israeli occupied territories face major investigationJim Armitage - BDS Movement - "It is alleged that G4S provides Israel with surveillance equipment at its checkpoints in the occupied territories, although the precise nature of the equipment is not known." - id 15/1/2014
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International activists physically and verbally abused in detentionISM - International Solidarity Movement - "Vincent and Fabio are very likely to be deported within the next few days, their arrest has been ruled illegal by an Israeli court but this has not made any difference to their situation. Their treatment since being arrested should serve as a reminder in terms of how Israeli forces are able to treat their prisoners, whether justified or not." - id15/1/2014
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BDS campaign against the Red Sea Jazz Festival re-launched 13/1/2014
Palestinian activists block entrance to Elazar settlementSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - Approximately 35 Palestinians, accompanied by international activists, closed the entrance of the Israeli settlement Elazar, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc in the Bethlehem district, causing a traffic jam before the army arrived at the scene. Soldiers attacked the protesters and detained several of them. Mohammad Breijiyya, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements, stated that the intention was to protest Israeli takeover of Palestinian lands for settlement extension and that further such acts are planned.ak13/1/2014
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Are we attending a university, or a cold, faceless corporation?Samia Ayyash and Brandon Baxter - Electronic Intifada "SAFE spent months contemplating which action would best achieve our aim, and created a plan to raise ongoing awareness — and, ultimately, direct action. With the mock eviction initiative, we believe we successfully accomplished this goal, as many student leaders and administrators have reached out to us in solidarity." ca10/1/2014
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Write to Minister Yair Shamir to protest any further plans of Bedouin expulsion 9/1/2014
Minds of Peace grassroots peacemaking congress, Jerusalem & Ramallah, Jan. 9-10 2014 7/1/2014
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A year in photos: Palestine-Israel in 2013Activestills - +972 - "The following selection is a narrow peek into the amazing struggles and troubling events that took place in 2013." - id 1/1/2014
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Palestinian activist arrested in night raid in NablusInternational Solidarity Movement - ISM - "This is the second time in a year that Sireen has been arrested without a warrant. On May 14th 2013 she was arrested and held for two months on the charge of having written a Facebook page that “compromised the security of the state of Israel”. Her detention included 22 days of solitary confinement and no access to a lawyer or her family." - id for rh9/1/2014
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Sheikh Jarrah VigilFriday, January 17th at 3:00 PM9/1/2014
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