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On the 47th year of the occupation, Women in Black will hold special protest vigils 31/5/2014
Sign the Jewish Voice for Peace `Thank You Pope Francis` letterIn Bethlehem, Pope Francis stared injustice in the face, and refused to look away.29/5/2014
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Second prison term for conscientious objector Uriel Ferera. Full details and calls for action and support below.New Profile - Uriel Ferera, 18 years old from Be’er Sheva, reported to Tel Hashomer military induction base, accompanied by a demonstration of support for his refusal to serve in the military. Uriel declared his refusal to serve for reasons of conscience due to his opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian people and discrimination against Palestinians inside Israel. 25.5.2014 Uriel was sentenced to 10 days in military prison no. 6 near Atlit.-rh28/5/2014
“Elbit out of Brazil!” – Protests in Porto Alegre target the Israeli military companyStop the Wall - BDS Movement - "In Porto Alegre activists gathered in front of the doors of AEL Sistemas, the subsidiary of Elbit located in the city, and blocked the work of the criminal company for two hours as they prevented the workers from entering the compound." - id 28/5/2014
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Worms in the showerAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "On the same day that the Pope made an impassioned call for an end to the occupation and for peace between the existing State of Israel and the to-be-created State of Palestine, Uriel Ferera returned to Military Prison Six, after a few days of freedom spent with his family in Be`er Sheva." - id28/5/2014
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Demo to reclaim the land in Thahr alSobkhAmnon Lotan - Anarchists Against Fences - Today we took to the hill of Thahr alSobkh (near Brukhin) with a group of activists from Bidya and all around, to agitate and reclaim it to its rightful owners, the townspeople of Bidya. Just recently the settlers and government have laid eyes on it - meaning the army has blocked entry and construction of a new settlement has begun. (See link to photos on Facebook.) ak27/5/2014
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“Humans without Borders” - a festive event providing a bit of joy to ill Palestinian children 27/5/2014
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“Humans without Borders” - a festive event providing a bit of joy to ill Palestinian children Dana Cohen - Humans without Borders - HWB was formed in response to the urgent need among Palestinian children for advanced medical care that is not available under the health care system of the Palestinian Authority. It has some 150 volunteers from all sectors of Israeli and Palestinian society and from the world community. Each year we conduct a festive happening for the children and their families, including a circus, clowns, music, food and more. ak 27/5/2014
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DePaul students vote for divestment despite Israeli government interferenceAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada - By 1,575 to 1,333 (54% to 46%), the students at DePaul University in Chicago voted to call upon for divestment of university funds from “corporations that manufacture weapons and provide surveillance technology to the Israeli government, army and prison services,” including Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Caterpillar. There had been a conspicuous Israeli governmental involvement in the student referendum, both via the formally independent lobbyist group StandWithUs and openly by the Israeli Consulate in Chicago - but to no avail. ak 27/5/2014
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Dozens of Hunger Striking Detainees Face Serious ComplicationSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "The Ministry of Detainees announced one of its lawyers managed to meet detainee representative of the detainees, Mahmoud Shabana, who told him that scores of detainees were moved to Israeli medical centers suffering serious complications" [ry]26/5/2014
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ACT! No to ACEA-Mekorot cooperation Committee against the ACEA-Mekorot Agreement - AIC - Sign the petition calling on Italian water utility ACEA to terminate the agreement with Israel`s national water company Mekorot, responsible for serious violations of international law and human rights26/5/2014
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Netanyahu: We are considering unilateral moves in West BankBarak Ravid - Haaretz "Earlier this week Haaretz reported that Netanyahu was examining the option of unilateral moves, after talks with the Palestinians collapsed last month. According to the report, Netanyahu plans to undertake a round of deliberations on the matter with members of his coalition." ca 23/5/2014
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The Israeli Court System on Trial: The Rachel Corrie AppealKatherine Gallagher - The Huffington Post - For the past 11 years, Rachel`s family has sought accountability for her killing, while also shining a spotlight on Israel`s ongoing violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the widespread impunity Israeli officials enjoy. This week`s appeal hearing before the Israeli Supreme Court will likely signal whether there will finally be a modicum of justice for Rachel -- and a measure of accountability to be had in an Israeli court.-rh 22/5/2014
New video shows Palestinian youths killed by Israeli army on Nakba Day posed no threat to soldiersAllison Deger - Mondoweiss - The CCTV footage released by Defense of Children International-Palestine captures Nadim Siam Abu Nuwara, 17, standing with a group of youth before he collapsed to the ground. Mohammed Mahmoud Odeh Salameh, 16, was also killed in the demonstration, along with one other protester critically wounded from live-fire. Abu Nuwara is hit at 48 seconds into the video.-rh22/5/2014
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As Israeli Violations Escalate, BDS Gains International MomentumChris Carlson - IMEMC - "Students around the world, from New Mexico to Sydney and the UK have engaged in major and historically significant boycott solidarity movements, in the face of huge obstacles imposed by both academic and legislative institutions." - id 21/5/2014
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Shin Bet `warns` Israeli blogger about his reporting on interrogationsNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "“The entire conversation left me with a very uncomfortable feeling. It is too early to analyze it, but the fact that a person is summoned to a police station without informing him why, and there he is reprimanded for his activism and interrogated about his ideology and on his ties to others – this is wrong.”" - id 21/5/2014
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Letter writing campaign against criminal activity in Tel Rumeidahttp://www.antiquities.org.il/contact_us_eng.asp 21/5/2014
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Barghouthi, Saadat to go on hunger strike WednesdayMa`an - Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi and PFLP leader Ahmad Saadat to hunger strike Wednesday in solidarity with administrative detainees who have refused meals for nearly 4 weeks.20/5/2014
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Rachel Corrie`s family to have case reheard in Israeli supreme courtPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - "The case is about our own deep and personal loss, but it has become about more than that, about impunity and the protection of civilians." [bz]20/5/2014
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Rachel Corrie hearing at Supreme Court, Wed. May 21 20/5/2014
Interview with Rachel Corrie`s parentsIsrael Social TV - Rachel Corrie, a human rights activist from the State of Washington on the US West Coast, was crushed to death on March 16, 2003, by an IDF bulldozer as she demonstrated non-violently against the demolition of a Palestinian home in Rafah. This week, the High Court will start hearing the family`s appeal to the district court`s ruling that Rachel is responsible for her own death. The interview with Rachel`s parents was made when they arrived in Israel to attend the court hearings. ak20/5/2014
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Shabak: Revenge of the TorturersRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - On May 2, Noam R. posted excerpts from the witness testimony of Palestinian minors who said they were interrogated by the Shin Bet, including an 8-year-old boy who said he asked to use the bathroom and was told to pee in his pants and a 15-year-old who said a Shin Bet official put jumper cables between his legs and threatened to turn on the electricity if he didn’t confess. On Noam’s Hebrew-language blog he wrote that he cried that day for the first time since he was 11. See also: http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.591619 [bz] 20/5/2014
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FREE SHIREEN ISSAWI/PLEASE SIGN THE PETITIONHelp to protect lawyers in Palestine - Shireen Issawi, sister of Samer, started a hunger strike18/5/2014
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PHOTOS: Nakba commemorations from Gaza to the GalileeActivestills - +972 - The commemoration began last week on Israel’s Independence Day, when Palestinian citizens of Israel held an annual “march of return” to the destroyed village of Lubye near the Sea of Galilee. Most of the former residents of Lubye currently live in Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. [bz]17/5/2014
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Israeli forces display recklessness in killing of two protesters in West Bank Amnesty International - press release - The killings occurred in a demonstration outside Ofer military camp. As well as commemorating the Nakba (the dispossession of Palestinians in 1948), the demonstrators were expressing solidarity with around 125 Palestinian detainees who are being held by Israel without charge and have been on hunger strike for 22 days to protest their detention conditions. The Israeli army and border police used excessive, including lethal, force in response to rock-throwing protesters who could not have posed a threat to the lives of the soldiers and policemen in or near the fortified military camp. [bz]17/5/2014
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Rights groups call on Israel to free Druze army refuserMaureen Clare Murphy - Electronic Intifada - Sixteen human rights groups and political parties, including Amnesty International and bodies representing Palestinians in Israel, published a petition yesterday calling on Israel’s minister of defense to put an end to the repeated detention of refuser Omar Saad.-rh15/5/2014
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`God can`t hear you`: Orthodox draft refuser`s first night in prisonAvi Belcherman - +972 - On Sunday night (April 27, 2014) I went into Prison 6 in Atlit. At first, I refused to put on a uniform, and as a result, I was left without clothes aside from underwear, socks and a shirt. I panicked and cried – I felt horrible. I didn’t want to put on a uniform even though they were yelling at me and told me to stop playing around…-rh14/5/2014
Mass Protests in Denunciation of Peres` Visit to NorwayChris Carlson - IMEMC - "26 human rights organizations and Norwegian leftist parties issued a joint statement expressing their anger over Peres` visit, due to the historically ongoing and unacceptable violations by Israel against the Palestinian people and their property." - id 14/5/2014
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Solidarity with Palestinian administrative detaineesCall to action:Friday 16th of May 14/5/2014
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Navigating Lost Villages in IsraelJodi Rudoren - New York Time - While my husband drove through 2014 Israel, past vast greenhouses and sleek malls, I navigated 1948 Palestine on my iPhone.s [bz]14/5/2014
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State must remove homes on private Palestinian property in three unauthorized West Bank outposts by SundayTovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - The High Court of Justice issued its order in November in response to a 2007 petition by Peace Now. The state at the time responded it had plans to authorize the six outposts, if legally possible, but had not yet done so.[bz] 13/5/2014
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The play `My Name is Rachel Corrie`, in Hebrew - Monday, May 19 at 21:00 at the Arab-Hebrew Theatre in JaffaIsraeli Supreme Court to Hear Rachel Corrie Appeal on May 21 at 11:30 AM 13/5/2014
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17 Human Rights Groups Urge Palestinians to Join World CourtJodi Rudoren - New York Times - Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International and other groups urged Palestinin President Mahmoud Abbas to “promptly” join the International Criminal Court, a move strongly opposed by Israel and the United States. After such a move. the court could prosecute Israel for building Jewish settlements in the West Bank and demolishing Palestinian homes there; legal experts have warned that joining the court could also expose Palestinians themselves to prosecution for war crimes. [bz]10/5/2014
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Mass Demonstration Against Tag Mechir - Jewish TerrorismSunday May 11th at 18:00 at the Prime Minister`s Residence 8/5/2014
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Scottish students say “yes” to boycotting IsraelJalal Abukhater - EI - "Israel’s efforts to stifle pro-justice grassroots activism on university campuses seem to be fruitless. More and more students are being exposed to the reality of the situation in Palestine." - id 7/5/2014
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Palestinian Christian struggle mapped in new bookJoe Catron - The Electronic Intifada - "American Mennonite theologian and aid worker Alain Epp Weaver explores a legacy of Palestinian Christian exile, and struggle for return." - id 7/5/2014
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The Thessaloniki Book Fair Should Not Honor Israeli Occupation and ApartheidBoycott from Within 7/5/2014
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Wesleyan student fund bars investment in Israeli-occupation profiteersAli Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - Student representatives at Wesleyan University voted to support divestment from companies profiting from Israeli military occupation in Palestine. Earlier, students at other American universities already passed similar resolutions - but they had largely symbolic implications. Conversely, in Wesleyan the Student Assembly directly controls an endowment which will soon implement in practice the divestment resolution. ak6/5/2014
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Israeli organization creates smartphone ‘app’ promoting Nakba Day in three languages Jerusalem Post - Zochrot (“Remembering”), an Israeli organization that promotes information related to Palestinian Nakba Day, which is observed by many Palestinians on Israel’s Independence Day, has determined to promote its message this year in three languages, with a mobile phone application it is calling iNakba. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V3-pse0GoKk [bz]6/5/2014
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Memorial Day: An open letter to Israel`s defense minister from a bereaved brotherLior Ben Eliahu - +972 - I ask you, Defense Minister Ya’alon, on this Memorial Day, for a bit of personal soul searching. Have you yourself helped push Israel and its citizens toward “peace and quiet?” Do you really “strive for peace” - as stated in your letter to bereaved families, in honor of Memorial Day? Even before you were appointed defense minister, you announced that there is no place for the establishment of a Palestinian state. And specifically this past month, when the peace process ran into difficulties you decided it was the right time to approve the expansion of Jewish settlements in Hebron and violate the status quo there. Furthermore, you decided to approve the expropriation of 984 dunams of private Palestinian land in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, and to declare them state lands for the purpose of expanding the settlements of Neve Daniel, Elazar, Alon Shvut and the illegal outpost Nativ Ha’Avot. [bz]6/5/2014
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Israel’s relentless persecution of the Issawi familyPatrick O. Strickland - EI - “Shireen, who is the sister of the released hunger striker Samer Issawi, was arrested on 6 March and subsequently charged with passing information obtained from Palestinian prisoners in Israeli lockup to ‘hostile parties,’ as well as charges related to transferring money to political groups banned by Israel. ‘The charges are false,’ [Shireen’s mother] Um Rafaat told The Electronic Intifada. ‘Shireen hasn’t worked as a lawyer for more than three years’” [ry]5/5/2014
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ACT! Demand freedom for Israeli CO Uriel Ferera 5/5/2014
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Protest against the wall and the occupation, Ni`lin, West Bank, 2.5.2014 - video 3/5/2014
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