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Why Israeli companies are fleeing West Bank settlements Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "EU and UN decisions to label settlement products and identify firms doing business there are driving companies to relocate from West Bank settlements across the Green Line." - id 30/3/2016
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Apartheid in the fields: From occupied Palestine to UK Supermarkets Therezia Cooper, Tom Anderson and Luke Starr - Corporate Occupation - "“We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.”" - id 30/3/2016
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Illinois blacklist applies anti-BDS legislation, Alternative Information Center (AIC) - The Illinois Investment Policy Board blacklisted 11 companies from doing business with the state for allegedly boycotting Israel. In fact, this applies even companies who have eased to conduct business with Israeli companies in the West Bank, but continue to work with Israeli companies within Israel’s 1948 borders. Blacklisted by Illinois include G4S, a security giant selling off its Israeli subsidiaries; Karsten Farms, a South African company that stopped working with an Israeli settlement company in 2013; and the Cooperative Group, a British retail chain that stopped trading with companies in Israeli settlements.ak29/3/2016
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London protest urges Shakespeare`s Globe Theatre to cancel Israel performanceMEMO - " [Last Friday] activists from Inminds human rights group protested outside Shakespeare`s Globe Theatre in London urging the theatre not to breach the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel and cancel their scheduled performance at the Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv on 30 March" [ry] 28/3/2016
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The Israeli media is branding Breaking the Silence as traitorsHaggai Matar - +972 - The first thing that troubles me about it is the extreme lack of self-awareness: what arises from the segment is that Ad Kan in effect gathered classified materials, forbidden for publication, in attempt to ensnare Breaking the Silence. So if a civilian organization is prohibited from gathering such materials, isn’t Ad Kan just as ‘guilty’ as Breaking the Silence? And if Ad Kan’s moles attempted to take down Breaking the Silence by sharing classified information themselves – which they knew was classified – are they not the ones who disobeyed the law and violated their obligation to protect military secrets?-rh23/3/2016
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Why Netanyahu is so threatened by Breaking the Silence Dotan Greenvald - +972 - "With the black booklets of testimonies of soldiers who chose to break their silence and talk about what they were sent to do in the occupied territories, Breaking the Silence is capable of – God forbid! – exposing what we all already know: that the occupation is untenable, and that it definitely does not remain in the occupied territories." - id 23/3/2016
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Protest Purim carnaval for the release of CO Tair KaminerStarting Thursday March 24, 4:30pm corner Shderot Ben Tzion/King George St., Tel-Aviv22/3/2016
Palestinian clown is in Israeli prisonSocial TV - Since December 2015 Mohammad Abu Sakha, a well-known Palestinian clown and circus artist, had been held under Adminstrative Detention without trial. Israeli security asserted that he "constitutes a threat" but refused to make any specific charges or present any evidence. Amnesty International called for his immediate release and circus artists worldwide mobilized to take up his case. Israeli circus artists, too, held two protest performances - on March 2 at Meggido Prison and this week on March 21 at the Ofer detention Center. ak 22/3/2016
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The Wanted 18AlJazeera - The incredible story of 18 cows that became Israel`s most wanted fugitives and symbols of Palestinian resistance [ry] 21/3/2016
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Volunteer initiative boosts Gaza women’s self-relianceIsra Saleh el-Namey - EI - “The team fights stereotypes. We provide examples of strong women who work hard to save their families from the ghost of poverty” [ry] 21/3/2016
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UN body to compile blacklist of settlement businessesItamar Eichner - YNet News - The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva approved a resolution on Thursday to gather a blacklist of Israeli and international companies operating directly or indirectly in settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and in the Golan Heights. This list is to be updated annually.-rh 30/3/2016
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Release circus artist Abu Sakha - a protest Purim Carnival at Ofer Prison 21/3/2016
Palestinians grapple with knife attacks as violence enters fifth month Israel/Palestine Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "Speaking at an event in Ramallah last month on the current confrontations with Israel, activist Mariam Barghouti said of the attacks, “we may not agree with the tactics, but that doesn’t mean we should bring anyone down.” ...The subject is touchy, which explains why this panel has been the only public event so far to showcase leading Palestinian thinkers sharing a frank discussion on the matter in front of members of the press."ca18/3/2016
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Frustrated Palestinian teachers escalate strike actionNadim Baba - Aljazeera - Tens of thousands of Palestinian teachers have entered a second month of a strike, demanding a pay rise which they say was promised years ago. The strike has closed state schools across the West Bank and pitted teachers against their own union leaders and a hesitant government. The teachers say their pay packets have not increased alongsde the rising cost of living.-rh 16/3/2016
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48% of Israeli Jews Back ‘Expulsion’ or ‘Transfer’ of Arabs, New Pew Survey SaysNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - lmost half of all Israeli Jews are in favor of transferring or expelling the state’s Arab population, a major U.S. survey of Israeli public opinion has found. That staggering statistic comes from the Pew Research Center’s report on Israel’s religiously divided society, released on March 8.-rh 16/3/2016
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Is the West Bank cracking down on free speech?Ahmad Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - On March 10, Najat Abu Bakr, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in Ramallah, ended her two-week sit-in after she reached an agreement with member of parliament Azzam al-Ahmad, head of Fatah`s parliamentary bloc in the PLC, under which Abu Bakr appeared before the public prosecutor.-rh 16/3/2016
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Combatants for PeaceAn acquaintance meeting with the movement in Be`er-Sheba 16/3/2016
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Academics take their university to court over Israel conference Owen Bowcott - Guardian - "Southampton University professors claim free speech at stake as they challenge costs imposed for security at conference on Israel." - id 16/3/2016
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Israeli human rights and civil society organizations condemn attacks against Al-Haq Press release - B`Tselem - "These recent threats were directly connected to Al-Haq`s ongoing work before the International Criminal Court in The Hague." - id 16/3/2016
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Sociologists decide to boycott Ariel UniversityShachar Chai - Ynet - The Israeli Sociological Society (ISS) stated that "the institute known as Ariel University is not located in the borders of the state of Israel, and so it is not a part of the sociological society`s activities, which associates only with Israeli sociologists and institutes." Education Minister Bennet responded, `we have no intention of allowing boycotts.` [bz]15/3/2016
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Latest boycott victories signify new momentum for BDSMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - That people are openly questioning whether policy changes by multinational corporations are the result of BDS is itself already a victory [ry] 14/3/2016
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Keeping traditional music alive in GazaRami Almeghari - EI - “Riwan Okasha, 24, [is] a financial management graduate and daughter of locally renowned musician, Atef Okasha. Okasha has sung since the age of three — she had little choice, she said, in a musical family — but never contemplated performing in public. ‘I was reluctant to join [Dawaween] at first. Gaza is a conservative society, and it is not common for women to perform on stage,’ she said. With her father’s and two musician brothers’ encouragement, however, she overcame her reluctance. Still, she conceded, her first time on stage was nerve-wracking” [ry] 14/3/2016
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Ahava moving factory out of West Bank following BDS pressureNavit Zomer - Ynetnews "Cosmetics company, which is in the process of being bought by the Chinese company Puson, is moving its factory out of the West Bank in order to mitigate the threat posed to it by the anti-Israel boycott.The Israeli cosmetics firm Ahava Dead Sea is moving its factory from Mitzpe Shalem to an area outside of Kibbutz Ein Gedi, according to a deal signed this week." ca 11/3/2016
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British giant G4S to end Israeli business after BDS pressureMa`an News Agency - "British security giant G4S announced Wednesday plans to sell its Israeli businesses in the next 12 to 24 months citing commercial reasons, according to the official website of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement.The world’s largest private security company has been a major target for the movement, and has lost millions of dollars in contracts in more than a dozen countries as a result of a four-year long BDS campaign against them.The announcement to close the Israeli subsidiary of the company was reported in their full-year results released Wednesday that showed a 40 percent fall in pre-tax profits." ca11/3/2016
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Strike by West Bank Teachers Gains Momentum, Challenging GovernmentDIAA HADID and RAMI NAZZAL - The New York Times - Public schools across the West Bank have been shuttered since Feb. 7, in an unprecedented teacher strike against the ossifying Palestinian government. A dispute that began with the teachers’ demand for a pay raise has spiraled into the largest demonstrations in the West Bank in years, and a broad challenge to the Palestinian Authority, which is facing a severe budget shortfall and has responded with threats of arrests and mass firings.-rh9/3/2016
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Palestinians sue pro-Israel tycoons for $34.5bnJames Reinl - Aljazeera - A group of Palestinians has launched an ambitious $34.5bn lawsuit against United States-based tycoons, charities and firms for supporting Israeli land grabs, settlement-building and other violations of Palestinians` rights these past four decades. They seek damages from Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate, Irving Moskowitz, a philanthropist with property interests in East Jerusalem, and megachurch pastor John Hagee for financing the construction of settlements on Palestinian soil.-rh 9/3/2016
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PHOTOS: A year of women`s struggles in Palestine and IsraelActivestills - +972 - "They confronted Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and police in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, opposed the occupation, violence against women, and fought against racism and police brutality." - id9/3/2016
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Freedom Flotilla Coalition to launch the Women’s Boat to GazaPNN - Palestine News Network - "The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) has chosen March 8th, which marks International Women’s Day (IWD), to announce the launch of their Women’s Boat to Gaza (WBG) project." - id 9/3/2016
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The demonstrators of Nabi Saleh face new dangers from Israelal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "The Israeli army is now using a newer, more lethal type of tear gas canisters. The canisters are heavier than previous gas used, whilst being undetectable during their flight path as they don’t leave a trail of smoke which makes them much harder to spot along with a much longer range, they’re designed to do as much damage as possible." - id 9/3/2016
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A Day of (Un)Rest in HebronAriel Gold and Tali Ruskin - Tikkun Daily - "The settlers transformed the Shabbat celebration from a day of sanctity, rest, and joy into a day of provocation, harassment, and occupation." - id 9/3/2016
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Guy Butavia speaksAIC - Guy Butavia is one of three activists, along with Ezra Nawi and Nasser Nawajah, who were arrested following a TV news show that depicted inciting work made about them by extremist settlers. Police questioned Butavia on suspicion of conspiracy in attempted murder as well as several other offenses, including accessory to manslaughter and passing information to a foreign agent. The three were released by a court without bail and without restrictions, claiming the accusations brought forward by the police were baseless. ak8/3/2016
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Israel must give Palestinians their own state, says chief of NGO funding bodyBen Lynfield - The Independent - Dovish Israeli civil society organisations are under an unprecedently determined attack from the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But now Talia Sasson, the president of an organisation that provides them with vital funding, is mounting a spirited defence of the groups she regards as guardians of democracy. ak8/3/2016
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WATCH: Palestinians, Israelis march to mark Int`l Women`s DayHaggai Matar - +972 - Hundreds mark International Women’s Day with a joint Israeli-Palestinian protest outside the ‘tunnels checkpoint’ in the West Bank. ‘Our children pay the price of the conflict, and we want to protect them’ [ry] 7/3/2016
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Bedouin Villagers Slated for Evacuation Take Their Struggle to the Streets of Beer ShevaAlmog Ben Zikri - Haaretz - .Supreme Court President Miriam Naor rejected a petition for another discussion. “As the ruling noted, this really is a matter of public importance and sensitivity,” she said. “However... this case is not one of those extremely rare and exceptional cases that justify further deliberation.” [bz] 5/3/2016
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420 Acres of Land to be Returned to PalestiniansIMEMC News & Agencies - "Mohammad Shqeir and Shlomy Zachary brought the case to Israeli courts several months ago, claiming that Israeli forces illegally seized the land around 35 years previously from the Palestinian villages of Jalud, Douma, Qusra and Mikhmad in Nablus, and Deir Dubwan village in Ramallah. According to Israeli rights` group Yesh Din, during the 1970s it was common practice to issue military seizure orders for the purpose of establishing illegal Israeli settlements." ca 4/3/2016
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Invitations Delivered to Nominees’ Reps - Skip The Trip Brian Eno - Jewish Voice for Peace - "A petition launched last week urging nominees to follow the lead of celebrities like Ms. Lauryn Hill, Danny Glover, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Angela Davis, and others who have refused to lend their names to Israel’s past propaganda attempts already has over 10,000 signatures." - id 2/3/2016
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The Freedom March - Israelis and Palestinians March for Peace, Independence and Justice for Two PeoplesFriday, 4 March 2016, 1:30pm at the Tunnels Checkpoint; buses from J`lem, Tel-Aviv, Beer Sheva1/3/2016
Reviving the art of cinema in Gaza CityYlenia Gostoli - AlJazeera - A new initiative is bringing cinema culture back to Gaza, where movie theatres have been shut since the first Intifada [ry] 28/3/2016
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Gush Shalom presents: Settlement Products WikiGush Shalom - Settlement Products Wiki - a systematic informational research about businesses in the settlements and their products; businesses that have left the settlements and relocated to within the Green Line; and the misleading tactics with which businesses attempt to cover up and conceal their location in the settlements [ry] 28/3/2016
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