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Israelis & Palestinians hold grassroots negotiatations in downtown Tel-Aviv 30/4/2015
Paying a price for blowing the whistle on Israel’s nuclear weapons, 30 years onRichard Norton-Taylor - The Guardian - Responding to a petition submitted by his lawyers Avigdor Feldman and Michael Sfard, Home Front Command chief Maj. Gen. Eyal Eizenberg signed an order allowing Vanunu “a chance conversation orally with foreigners, as long as it is a one-time conversation, which takes place face to face, is not planned in advance, is held in a public place open to the general public, and takes place for a period no longer than 30 minutes.”-rh 30/4/2015
One person shot at protest against Israel’s cancer-causing chemical plants in TulkaremInternational Solidarity Movement - Around fifty Palestinians and international activists gathered today in Tulkarem, east of Nablus, to protest the presence of 11 Israeli chemical plants located in the city. The protest took place outside the Gishuri chemical plant on what is locally referred to as the “death road” due to the health problems caused by the Israeli plants.-rh29/4/2015
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Campaign lampooning anti-Muslim posters set to debut in NYC subwaysStephen Rex Brown - NYDaily News - Documentary filmmakers Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah say they will post 144 posters in 140 subway stations thanks to roughly $20,000 raised through crowdfunding. The posters bear messages like: “The ugly truth about Muslims: Muslims have great frittata recipes.”-rh29/4/2015
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Arab Israelis and Jewish sympathizers hold general strike and Tel Aviv rally to protest house demolitions 28/4/2015
Israeli Arabs call general strike to protest house demolitionsi24news / AFP - Israel`s Arab minority observed a general strike on Tuesday that was to climax with a rally in Tel Aviv [5pm, Rabin Square] to protest against a wave of demolitions of Arab homes. [bz] 28/4/2015
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Following protests, UK Barclays bank no longer listed as shareholder in the Israeli armamaments firm Elbit AIC/Palestinian BDS Committee - UK bank Barclays is no longer listed as a shareholder in Elbit Systems, the major Israeli military company that manufactures drones used in Israel’s attacks on Palestinians. Earlier, when Barclays emerged as the named owner of $2.9 million worth of shares in Elbit Systems, More than 1.7 million people signed a petition organised by Avaaz calling on Barclays to divest from Elbit Systems, and campaigners have occupied and protested at bank branches across the UK. However, campaigners note that Barclays is yet to make a public commitment that it won’t own shares in Elbit in the future and still holds shares in other arms companies that supply Israel.ak28/4/2015
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Spread of BDS Movement Unprecedented WorldwideIMEMC - The PLO Executive Committee welcomed a letter sent by the foreign ministers of 16 countries to the High Commission of the European Union demanding the speedy marking Israeli settlement products in European markets. It called for the adoption of policies and decisions of concrete and binding and action on illegal Israeli settlements, including the source of certification and proper marking appropriate to the source of goods and products manufactured in these settlements, calling it a first step in a series of steps should lead to a complete ban of all settlement products. [bz] 28/4/2015
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Spread of BDS Movement Unprecedented WorldwideIMEMC News & Agencies - "In its periodic report on the boycott against Israeli products, the national office for land defense said that the movement is growing worldwide, and that people in different fields including cultural, academic, economic, sport and military fields, are demanding Israel be held accountable for its crimes against Palestine" [ry]27/4/2015
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Thousands return to destroyed Palestinian villages in IsraelNatasha Roth - +972 - “These are Israeli citizens. They have Israeli identity cards. And they remain in this country,” explained Joint List chairman Ayman Odeh. “They fled during the war from one village to the next one. And they were not allowed to return.” “So tell me, what is the problem with them returning?” Odeh continued. “What is the problem with residents of Hadatha returning here? What is the problem with residents of Tzipori [Sepphoris] who fled from Tzipori to Nazareth during wartime returning? [bz] 25/4/2015
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Marking Memorial Day in Tel Aviv with Kahanists and Combatants for Peace Dan Cohen- Mondoweiss "Tuesday night, as recently re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised his ideological hero Vlamidir Jabotinksky’s Iron Wall policy at Israel’s Memorial Day, a busload of Palestinians from the West Bank and hundreds of Israeli Jews filed into the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds — an upscale theater in affluent north Tel Aviv — to attend a Combatants for Peace event billed as “Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony: Honoring the Victims, Fighting for Peace.” The 25 Palestinians in attendance were permitted entry into Israel from the West Bank and promptly returned that night following the event." ca24/4/2015
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Bethlehem PA police thwart attempt to steal Banksy muralMa`an - The Bethlehem municipality is seeking protection for 12 known artworks by British graffiti artist Banksy across the city, after police discovered drilling work which was apparently carried out with the intention of removing and selling the mural, which depicts a young girl searching a soldier. Copies of this mural are often used by Palestinian solidarity activists worldwide, as well as by some anti- militarist and Pacifist groups. In the past, Bethlehem residents have painted over another Banksy mural, depicting an Israeli soldier checking a donkey`s identity papers - intended by the British artist as satire of Israeli occupation practices but interpreted as offensive by Bethlehem residents. ak 21/4/2015
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Settler group tries to shut down bi-national Memorial Day eventHaggai Matar - +972 - The Samaria Settler Council, the same group that recently released a video defaming human rights groups with anti-Semitic imagery, petitions the defense minister to stop Palestinians from participating in, and to pass a law banning an alternative Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony. [bz]21/4/2015
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“Combatants for Peace” holds 9th Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony, Tel-Aviv 21 April. 21/4/2015
Wednesday 22.4 at 19:45, Yesh Gvul`s annual (alternative) beacon lightning, Emil Grunzweig Square Jerusalem 21/4/2015
Cross Borders Concert at the Gaza Strip border - Thur. June 4, 2015, at 20:00 in Kibbutz Kfar Aza 21/4/2015
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Thousands in Gaza plan int`l protest: It`s impossible to live hereYael Marom - +972 - A group of young activists in Gaza are organizing an international day of solidarity to protest against the impossible conditions and human rights violations created by Israel’s and Egypt’s siege, the occupation, internal Palestinian conflicts and poverty [ry]20/4/2015
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Against the Occupation: Ten Years of Grassroots Resistance L. Michael Hager -Truthout - In the US, Dr. Martin Luther King showed that nonviolent protest works. His Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 inspired passage of the Voting Rights Act that year, a landmark for US civil rights. In Palestine, Iyad Burnat, head of both the Bilin Popular Committee against the Wall and the Friends of Freedom and Justice in Bilin, has followed Dr. King`s example.-rh15/4/2015
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Escalating violence at Friday Demo in Kafr QaddumNablus Team - International Solidarity Movement - "The Israeli military did not even wait for Kafr Qaddum’s Friday demonstration to start before firing at the crowd of demonstrators today. prayers had finished the Israeli military began firing at the demonstration with teargas, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets. A 16-year-old chiBefore ld was hit in the head with a tear gas canister." - id for bz14/4/2015
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High court success for al Arakib residentsAIC - A decision of Israel`s High Court is now being published which rejects the state`s appeal and accepts the position of al Arakib residents, the Abu Madyam A-Turi and Abu Freih families: al Arakib residents who are struggling for their land that was stolen from them can bring their arguments before the court in the city of Beer Sheva and to demand recognition of their ownership and annulment of the confiscation of their land in the 1950s [ry]13/4/2015
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Palestinian workers in the settlements uniteBethan Staton - AlJazeera - Workers in one West Bank settlement are protesting inequalities experienced by many Palestinians in Israel [ry]13/4/2015
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S Victory: Veolia sells Israel businesses targeted by Palestinian-led boycott campaignPalestinian BDS National Committee on April 8, 201 - "†Ü †Ê …Y †Ô ‡ç Graffiti on the Separation Wall. (Photo: BDS Movement) Graffiti on the Separation Wall. (Photo: BDS Movement) "Palestinian civil society activists have heralded the decision by French corporate giant Veolia to sell off nearly all of its business activity in Israel as a huge victory for the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The sale follows a worldwide campaign against the company¡¦s role in illegal Israeli settlements that cost the firm billions of dollars of lost contracts." ca12/4/2015
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Knesset Joint List denounces arrest, detention of Jarrarsamidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network - the Joint List condemned the arrest of Jarrar, calling it a violation of international law and conventions. "The arrest of Jarrar is a repressive and arbitrary step, part of a framework of targeting activists against the occupation.-rh 9/4/2015
The renewed witch hunt against Australian champion of Palestinian rightsDavid Brophy - The Electronic Intifada - "Lynch, an associate professor and director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in the university, is a prominent figure in the campaign for Palestinian rights in Australia. To this day, he is the most well-known scholar in Australia to have used tactics of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel." - id 8/4/2015
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Successful olive tree planting action in BruqinNablus Team - International Solidarity Movement - "By planting trees in the shadow of Ariel West settlement, Palestinians are reaffirming their ownership of the land in the face of the Occupation." - id 8/4/2015
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WATCH: The feminist struggle for peace in Israel-PalestineSocialTV - +972 - No woman is free until all women are free. That is the essence of the feminist concept, ‘the personal is political.’ But can feminist discourse lodge itself into the political discourse, and not only on International Women’s Day? A special SocialTV feature on the practices of solidarity, non-violent struggle, striving for peace and ending the occupation [ry]7/4/2015
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Will PA focus on settlements at ICC?Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - To start war crimes cases against Israelis involved in last summer`s attack on Gaza, Palestinians would need to show to the ICC`s satisfaction that investigations carried out by Israel`s own judicial system were not effective; this might take years. On the other hand, the case against Israeli settlement activities, land confiscation and the movement of persons from the occupying country to the occupied areas form a much easier case to win. The Fourth Geneva Convention makes very clear that settlements and those directing and protecting the settlers are committing a violation of international humanitarian law — which makes the settlement track stronger for Palestinians, since it is a crime that is still continuing, and no denial of its existence is possible. ak 6/4/2015
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Big turn out and high spirits at Wadi Fukin Land Day olive tree planting and protestWadi Fukin/ISM--al Khalil Team - Wadi Fukin is in a valley sandwiched between the Green Line to the north-west and the fastest-growing illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank, Beitar Illit. (...) The apartheid wall is being built on Palestinian land far inside the Green Line around this settlement bloc. Regular Friday demonstrations are held in Wadi Fukin protesting against the ongoing land grab. [bz for id]1/4/2015
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Pitzer Students for Justice in Palestine Defy Censorship Attempts with Display of Mock Israeli Apartheid WallMuzzleWatch - In defiance against attempts at censorship, Students for Justice in Palestine activists at Pitzer College in Claremont California will erect a mock Apartheid Wall to educate their campus about the Israeli occupation and how Israeli policies confiscate Palestinian land and separate Palestinian families and communities. [bz for id]1/4/2015
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