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EU recognizes right to boycott IsraelAli Abunimah - EI - The EU declaration comes after Israel or entities aligned with it have launched secret “black ops” aimed at sabotaging the Palestine solidarity movement. This sabotage campaign has been linked to threats and harassment targeting human rights lawyers working with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, under investigation by Dutch police. Israel has also pressured governments and legislatures to adopt laws and policies aimed at restricting BDS. Mogherini’s statement may be viewed as a correction to EU policy. [bz]29/10/2016
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‘My solution is just equality for all of the people’: Israeli activist Renen Raz dies at 28Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "Raz frequently mentioned his kibbutz upbringing as both a sheltering from the conflict with Palestinians and his personal turning point. One stone building in particular near his childhood home did not match the style of the modern houses of his communal town, he said often in interviews. The stone house was Palestinian and empty, the kibbutz was Israeli and full of life." ca28/10/2016
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Israeli far-right activist betrayed by his ownMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "Last year, far-right activist, journalist and former Knesset member Sharon Gal launched hate campaigns against those defending democracy and freedom of expression, only to become a victim of the monster he created." ca 28/10/2016
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Petition: Opposing occupation is supporting justice 27/10/2016
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Peace Now`s new director is a different kind of leftistNevo Ziv- Ynet - "Avi Buskila has no intention of being a `pet Mizrahi` for the left- wing NGO; in his first interview since taking over 6 months ago, he declares, `I won`t apologize for spending more time in the army than Bennett, or for being in the periphery longer than Miri Regev." - id26/10/2016
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How thousands of Palestinian and Israeli women are waging peaceRiman Barakat - +972 - "When my dear friend Huda Abuarqoub from Hebron stood on the podium at Neve Shalom, declaring loudly, bravely and clearly, “Enough with the myth, I promise you, you have a partner,” it almost felt like a dream, like we were on a different planet. I watched the shock and elation of my Israeli friends. It was as if Huda herself was from another planet." - id 26/10/2016
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Open letter from Israelis and Jewish cultural workers in Berlin against censorshipAs Jews and Israelis, who cannot avoid dealing with Middle Eastern topics and are affected by regional developments, we are alarmed by calls for the restriction of free expression, directed also at our freedom of expression as academics and artists. We see the instrumentalization of accusations of anti-Semitism against left-wing Palestinians, Israelis and others as an obstacle in the fight against existing anti-Semitism, which is of particular concern today in light of the right-wing rise in Germany. [bz] 25/10/2016
Nabil Shaath: Peace process is dead - boycott Israeli goods Ma’an - Nabil Shaat, International Relations Commissioner for the Fatah movement, said that " the peace process should be declared dead" and that Palestinians should “wake up from their dreams of peace”. He said that international peace brokers like the US and France - which announced its efforts to renew a multilateral peace initiative earlier this year - “cannot realistically put pressure on Israel. Israel does not give anything to anybody for free. It will never give us our land if the cost of occupying this land is not far higher than leaving it.” Therefore, in Shaath`s opinion, Palestinians must begin a full-fledged consumer boycott of Israel. “Rights are not given, but taken by force. The biggest strength Palestinians have against Israel’s military, air force, and navy, is public action." In earlier times, Shaath himslef had been an outspoken proponent of the diplomatic peace process he now denounces. [ak]25/10/2016
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Paypal - stop discriminating against the Palestinians! 25/10/2016
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Paypal - stop discriminating against the Palestinians!SumOfUs - PayPal does business in 203 countries around the world and is the default method of online payment for millions. But it won’t serve Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank -- even though it has no problem providing Israelis living in illegal settlements with the same service.This shocking discrimination is crippling the burgeoning Palestinian tech sector, and without PayPal, Palestinian tech companies are at a distinct disadvantage. [ak]25/10/2016
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200 Israeli cultural icons call to release Palestinian poet under house arrestHaokets - +972 - The treatment of Dareen Tatour by the authorities expresses a policy of severe discrimination vis-a-vis Palestinian citizens’ freedom of expression. The attempt to present legitimate political protest as a criminal act prevents the possibility of honest discourse, and is intended to block dialogue between Jews and Arabs. We, poets, authors, academics, and educators, who fear for freedom of expression and the ability to understand each other and build a life together with Arabs and Jews in this country, call on the state to put an end to Dareen Tatour’s persecution. [bz]23/10/2016
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We have a partner among Palestinian womenZeruya Shalev - Ynet - From Jenin, from Bethlehem, from Nablus, from Hebron, from nearby Jericho. Older women and younger women, religious and secular, some speaking fluent English and some who introduce themselves only in Arabic, asking: Can we take a picture together? We squeeze into the iPhone screens together in the blazing heat. They will take the pictures back with them to Jenin and to Bethlehem, to Nablus and to Hebron. Pictures which bring us together on one rare day, in which we managed to believe. Because when I told my acquaintances about the planned event at Qasr el-Yahud with 1,000 Palestinian women, most of them doubted it. They won’t come, they said. [bz]23/10/2016
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Israeli government criticised for video depicting Palestinians as home invaders who only recently arrived: `What an awful, warped piece of propaganda. A complete and total erasure of Palestinians`Samuel Osborne - Independent - Israel`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been criticised for sharing an "awful, warped piece of propaganda" after it published a satirical video about the history of the Jewish people. Titled "Welcome to the Home of the Jewish People," the three-and-a-half minute long video depics Jacob, Rachel and their child, enjoying life in the "Land of Israel".-rh 20/10/2016
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B`Tselem`s response to Prime Minister`s attack: We will continue saying the truth in Israel and abroad; the occupation must endB`Tselem - Unlike the Prime Minister and his slander, we believe that the Israeli public is worthy of meaningful discussion of the occupation. And, contrary to the complete overlap the Prime Minister establishes between the occupation and Israel, we insist on saying loud and clear: the occupation is not Israel, and resisting it is not anti-Israel. The opposite is true. -rh20/10/2016
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The March of Hope by Women Wage Peace reaches PM Residence in J`lem Gush Shalom - "The March will culminate on Wed. Oct. 19 in a rally outside the Prime Minister’s home, where we will demand from the government to strive for change, to try for a political agreement." = id19/10/2016
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In Kansas City: can asking a question critical of Israel lead to prosecution? Ian Cummings - Kansas City Star - At the Kansas City Public Library, former diplomat Dennis Ross gave the inaugural Truman and Israel Lecture, established by the Truman Library Institute and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City. A member of the audience, Jeremy Rothe-Kushel, asked Ross whether Jewish Americans such as himself should be concerned about actions by the U.S. and Israel "which amount to state-sponsored terrorism.” Instead of Ross answering the question, private security guards employed by the Jewish Community Foundation grabbed Rothe-Kushel and dragged him out. Now, is charged in city court with "trespassing" and "resisting arrest", while library employee Woolfolk is charged with "interfering" with Rothe-Kushel`s arrest by the police. “This is a big violation of the very first amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” says Kansas City Public Library executive director R. Crosby Kemper III. [ak] 18/10/2016
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US ‘troubled’ by attacks on Israeli rights group B’TselemBarak Ravid/Rapul Wootliff - Haaretz/Times of Israel - US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said that Washington valued the information provided by B’Tselem about the situation in the West Bank. Reacting to the sharp attack of PM Netanyahu against B’Tselem, Kirby said: “We believe that a free and unfettered civil society is a critical component of democracy. We believe it is important that governments protect the freedoms of expression, and create an atmosphere where all voices can be heard. We are troubled by instances anywhere in the world where these principles are threatened.” [ak]18/10/2016
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The March of Hope by Women Wage Peace reaches PM`s Residence in J`lem 17/10/2016
After Israeli PM `attack,` B`Tselem vows to continue efforts to end the occupationMa`an News Agency - "B’Tselem fired back in a statement Sunday morning, denouncing Netanyahu for `slander,` and vowed that the prime minister`s comments would not deter the organization’s work `nor the hundreds of thousands in Israel who oppose the occupation. We will continue saying the truth in Israel and abroad: the occupation must end`” [ry] 17/10/2016
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`The occupation is sustainable because the world refuses to take action`+972 - Hagai El-Ad`s transcript of the prepared remarks he as B’Tselem`s executive director delivered to UN Security Council members during a special ‘Arria-formula’ session on ‘Illegal Israeli Settlements: Obstacles to Peace and the Two-State Solution’ in New York on October 14, 2016. [bz]15/10/2016
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B`tselem goes to UN, demands end to `occupation`Moran Azulay - Ynet - B`tselem chairman Hagi El-Ad, used his time at the UN to attack the Israeli government’s policies, blame the government for violence against the Palestinians, “take action (against Israel), now." The Israeli leftist organization “Peace Now” was also invited to the session, but was unable to come, instead sending a representative from its US office. The representative said that “the values enshrined in the Israeli Declaration of Independence are in question.” [bz]15/10/2016
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Ilan Halevi: In memoriamMichel Warschawski - Alternative Information Center "Already three years since my friend Ilan Halevi passed away, when he was only 70 years old. In a few days, Syllepse Editions will re- publish Ilan`s book, Jewish Question: Tribe, Law and Space. This book was published in French first in 1981 by the prestigious Les Editions de Minuit. For many years now, it has been almost impossible to find a copy. Thanks to his daughter Mariam, Ilan`s book will be again be available." ca 14/10/2016
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B’Tselem Executive Director, Hagai El-Ad, to lay out the reality of the occupation in a special discussion about settlements at the United Nations Security CouncilB`Tselem - Press Release "The discussion will take place on Friday, October 14th, 2016, starting at 10:00 am EST (5:00 pm IST), and lasting a total of three hours. It will be broadcast live at the following link: http://webtv.un.org." ca14/10/2016
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Occupation denial is pushing me out of my Jewish communityJenn Pollan - +972 - I can no longer remain silent as many in the Jewish establishment continue to support the occupation, publicly reject the Movement for Black Lives, and remain silent on Trump. [bz]11/10/2016
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Israeli troops block non-violent demonstration in Bil’in, abduct organizerIMEMC - Before the protest began, the soldiers stopped local organizer Mohammad al-Khatib. When the soldiers tried to confiscate his car, al-Khatib staged a sit-in, lying in front of the car to prevent the soldiers from confiscating it. He told a camera person, “I will not move. This is my car, this is my land.” The soldiers then abducted al-Khatib and took his car. [bz]8/10/2016
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‘An attack on local democracy’: UK gov’t and Spanish High Court issue decisions against BDS Kate - Mondoweiss "In a devastating blow against democracy, new guidance aims to curb the power of local authorities to make ethical financial choices — The UK government’s attack on local democracy and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has intensified in recent weeks." ca7/10/2016
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Israel begins deporting women who tried to sail to Gaza Israel/Palestine Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "Mina Harbalou and Huda Rahmeh, both journalists with Al Jazeera, arrived at Heathrow airport, greeted with bouquets of flowers. Harbalou was draped in a Palestinian flag.The remaining 11 passengers and captain of the Zaytouna-Olivia are still in Israeli custody, according to an organizer with Women’s Boat to Gaza, Wendy Goldsmith who spoke to Mondoweiss from Canada." ca 7/10/2016
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The camera that made Elor Azaria `man of the year`Yael Marom - +972 - "Without Abu Shamsiyeh’s camera having been pointed in the right direction at the right time, the story would have ended exactly as it was reported by Channel 10 and so many other news outlets that March morning: “Soldier lightly wounded in Hebron stabbing, the terrorists were killed.”" - id 5/10/2016
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Two Palestinian prisoners end hunger strikes after reaching deal with Israeli authoritiesMa`an/Palestinian Committee of Prisoners` Affairs - Two hunger- striking Palestinian prisoners ended their hunger strikes on Monday after the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) answered their demands. Jawad Jawarish had been on two weeks of hunger strike to protest being punitively moved from one prison to another - five times in short succession. Maher Ibayyat`s hunger strike lasted 18 days, in protest of being places in solitary confinement. Both ended their hunger strikes when their specific demands were answered. It should be noted that while a hunger strike of two to thee weeks could win some improvement in prison condition, in order to have any chance of complete release Palestinian prisoners need to hold far long hunger strikes. For that is usually needed a strike on the order of 70 or 80 days, bringing the prisoner into concrete danger of death or irreversible brain damage. [ak]11/10/2016
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Pink Floyd unite to support the Women`s Boat to Gaza The Guardian - 11 after the last time that Pink Floyd reunited, the three remaining members have put their differences behind them in common cause - not musical cause: David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters have joined together – in word only – to offer their support for the Women’s Boat to Gaza, a group of women from around the world who set sail from Barcelona to Gaza last month, to protest Israel`s siege of Gaza. They were intercepted at mid-sea by the Israeli navy, arrested, taken to Israel and deported. Their boat remains in Israeli custody. [ak] 11/10/2016
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‘Women’s Boat to Gaza’ set to arrive this weekMondoweiss - Thirteen women including several parliamentarians, an Olympic athlete, Nobel Laureate, Mairead Maguire and former US Diplomat, Ann Wright are days away from breaking the Israeli blockade by reaching Gaza shores. Sources indicate that the Israel navy has been given orders to intercept the boat. According to Wright “we are sailing to remind the world of the brutal, illegal Israeli naval blockade that has trapped the 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza and made Gaza a prison for them. As a citizen of the United States, I am sailing to remind my nation’s leaders of their complicity with Israel in maintaining this prison, as well as the illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the apartheid walls and the inhumane checkpoints for Palestinians.” [ak]5/10/2016
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Israelis seek to uncover government’s secret war against BDSAli Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - Attorney Eitay Mack and human rights activists Sahar Vardi, Ofer Neiman, Rachel Giora and Kobi Snitz have filed requests under Israel’s freedom of information law, to both the foreign ministry and the strategic affairs ministry. They are asking the government to reveal its financial support to foreign organizations, individuals, journalists or bloggers assisting Israel in its battle against what it calls “delegitimization.” The Israeli embassy in London has warned in a leaked cable that some of Israel’s tactics against the BDS movement may violate UK law. [bz]2/10/2016
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