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Two States, One Homeland: The Promised Land of Isra-stine?Elhanan Miller - Haaretz "On June 2, some 300 Israelis and Palestinians gathered at the Tel Aviv Convention Center to listen to details of the unique confederation in a conference titled “from initiative to implementation.” Breakout sessions tackled thorny issues such as security, education and constitutions. Settlers from Ofra and the Etzion Bloc mingled with post-Zionists from north Tel Aviv and Palestinians from Beit Sahour in an excited medley of Hebrew, English and Arabic." ca29/7/2016
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Will Palestinians sue Britain over the Balfour declaration of 1917? Ian Black - The Guardian "the statement may be seen as a symptom of desperation about the Palestinian cause at a time when the peace process is non-existent and hopes for an end to occupation and a two-state solution to the conflict appear moribund." ca29/7/2016
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What the economic boycott of Israel can achieve Nada Elia - Mondoweiss "Clearly, BDS, with its call for an economic boycott of Israel, is a movement to be reckoned with. Nevertheless, its greatest impact is not and cannot be the economic strangulation of Israel. Nor is this its only or primary goal. Rather, BDS seeks to disrupt the narrative that presents Israel as victimized by the Palestinians, and empower every individual to act upon their outrage at Israel’s decades-long oppression of the Palestinian people. And this, BDS is doing very well." ca29/7/2016
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Israeli state-funded radio station could lose financial backing after reporting on Palestinian poetCaroline Mortimer - Independent - Israel’s official Army Radio has come under fire by senior government ministers for featuring a piece about a renown Palestinian poet on an education programme about “fundamental Israeli texts”. Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman summoned the station director Yaron Dekel to explain why the Palestinian nationalist Mahmoud Darwish was featured on the station which is controlled and funded by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF).-rh 27/7/2016
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Israeli Soldier Who Shot Helpless Palestinian Suspect Claims Commanders Were ‘Complacent’Marcy Oster - Forward - Azaria testified that during briefings before the March attack, the soldiers had been warned by Shin Bet security service officials that intelligence information indicated a “serious attack” was being planned by Palestinians in Hebron, which had been a flashpoint in a spree of Palestinian attacks against Jewish Israelis since October. When he heard bystanders shouting that the downed Palestinian was moving, and took into consideration that he was wearing a heavy coat on a warm day, Azaria said he took aim and shot Sharif.-rh27/7/2016
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“Palestinians ought to be free.” Rabbi Alissa Wise - Jewish Voice for Peace - "Dr. Cornel West said it plain and clear at the Democratic National Convention Platform meeting: “Palestinians ought to be free.” - id 27/7/2016
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Carlos “Let The Children Play” Santana to Perform in Tel Aviv Boycott Movement - IMEMC - "Carlos, the records and CDs with your music will be thrown into the garbage today, and the first that will go will be your “Love, Devotion, Surrender”. Rest assured that I’ll be breaking them so nobody can pick them up from the trash to use them." - id 27/7/2016
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US labor board affirms union’s right to boycott IsraelAli Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - Last August, the 30,000- strong United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) voted to support BDS. Shurat HaDin, a right-wing Israeli lawfare group filed a complaint on the grounds that "support for BDS violates the law against secondary boycotts" - but this was thrown out by The National Labor Relations Board.UE national president Peter Knowlton said: "UE had withstood attempts to silence us during the McCarthy era in the 1950s, and we are unbowed by this latest attempt by a surrogate of the Israeli government". [ak] 26/7/2016
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Dareen Tatour Returned… To Prison!Yoav Bar - Free Haifa - Poet Dareen Tatour, accused of publishing "seditious" poetry on Facebook, expected to move to house arrest at her own family home surrounded by family and friends - after more than three months in prison and more than six months in house arrest in exile in Kiryat Ono near Tel Aviv (more than 100 km from her home). But seemingly technical problems in installing electronic surveillance at the family home led to her being taken off once again to prison, to the great chagrin of herself and her family and supporters who crowded the courtroom. [ak]26/7/2016
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Activists defeat anti-BDS legislation in MassachusettsNora Barrows-Friedman - The Electronic Intifada - At the legislatures various states in the US, bills are put forward - encouraged by Israel lobby groups and the Israeli government – to suppress BDS activism. In Massachusetts, one such initiative was foiled, thanks to a broad coalition of groups coming together and engaging directly with lawmakers over a sustained period. The bottom line: Amendment 133, which would have blacklisted individuals and businesses that engage with the boycott of Israel, was withdrawn a few hours before the vote. [ak]26/7/2016
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Solving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, One Phone Number at a Time Ofra Edelman - Haaretz - Anyone caught last Friday at the edge of Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv was liable to think that the new Middle East was coming to fruition before his very eyes. Some 300 Israelis and Palestinians sat around 20 large tables spread out along the boulevard, discussing a solution to the conflict. One proposal called for two states for two people, another for confederation and a third for internationalizing Jerusalem. [bz]26/7/2016
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Palestinian Artist in Gaza Using Spices and Fruit as PaintEman Hussein - BarakaBits - Abu Al-Eish explained that her main goal is to “promote the Palestinian cause to the World”. To be able to carry out her art she had to find alternatives for paint - not available under the siege. [bz]26/7/2016
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Imprisoned Palestinian women and girls: Teen detained over Facebook posts, injured woman denied medical careSamidoun - "Qamar Manasra, 16, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, remains detained after she was arrested by Israeli forces who invaded her home in Reineh village on Tuesday, 19 July. Her home was ransacked and her father and two brothers assaulted. Qamar is allegedly being investigated for `incitement` for her posts on social media, specifically Facebook. Facebook `incitement` charges have been cited as the reason for arrests of hundreds of Palestinians" [ry] 25/7/2016
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Police arrest nine during march in unrecognized Bedouin villageOren Ziv, Activestills.org - +972 - Nine Bedouin and Jewish activists arrested for trying to prevent JNF bulldozers from turning Al-Araqib’s land into a forest [ry] 25/7/2016
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Honey provides relief for Palestinian womenShatha Yaish, Agence France Presse - The Daily Star - “Muntaha Bairat, 37, started beekeeping four years ago in an olive grove near the village of Kafr Malik, near Ramallah. [...] She was not expecting big results, she told AFP as she examined the beehives, which she runs with five women from the village. `But after we worked we discovered it was a great project for us. [...] It has totally changed our lives`" [ry] 25/7/2016
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500 Israelis and Palestinians hold Grassroots Negotiations in Tel Aviv 21/7/2016
Bilal Kayed shackled to hospital bed on 34th day of hunger strike as increasing number of prisoners join protestNorman G. Finkelstein - Over 45 Palestinian prisoners are now on an open hunger strike against administrative detention and in solidarity with imprisoned hunger striker Bilal Kayed, 35, on his 34th day of hunger strike against administrative detention. Kayed was scheduled for release after the completion of his 14.5 year sentence in Israeli prison on 13 June – instead, however, he was ordered to six months’ administrative detention without charge or trial.-rh20/7/2016
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LA Times Editorial: Boycotts of Israel are a protected form of free speech BDS - Editorial - "Many supporters of Israel have sought to portray the BDS movement as anti-Semitic." - id 20/7/2016
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Combatants for Peace - film screening on the Separation Wall 19/7/2016
Peter Beinart joins US Jews for civil rights-style protest in West BankAndrew Tobin - Times of Israel - Though anti-occupation demonstrations in the West Bank are nothing new, such a large group taking action under the banner of American Judaism is. [bz]19/7/2016
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Jewish, Palestinian activists try to build a cinema in HebronDahlia Scheindlin - +972 - As soldiers and settlers look on, dozens of foreign Jews join Palestinians in the segregated city of Hebron try ‘to make the unbearable a little more bearable.’ Police detain six Israelis among the group, prevent others from even joining. [ak]19/7/2016
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Ambassadors protest Israel`s confiscation of West Bank shelters Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - Eight ambassadors to Israel - from Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Ireland and Norway - accuse the Israeli military of breaking international humanitarian law by confiscating shelters for Bedouins in the occupied West Bank that were paid for by European governments. In the first incident, the army dismantled and confiscated 10 residential caravans in the community of Jabal al Baba, displacing 49 people. The second incident referred to the dismantling and confiscation of seven caravans in Sateh el Bahir, six of which were being used as homes and the seventh as a kindergarten. Six families, numbering 26 individuals, were displaced.[ak] 19/7/2016
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Hunger striker Bilal Kayed to hospital - other prisoners began collective hunger strike - international campaign: 20-30 July 19/7/2016
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Hunger striker Bilal Kayed to hospital - other prisoners began collective hunger strike - international campaign: 20-30 JulySamidoun - Kayed’s case is a threatening precedent to all Palestinian prisoners: of indefinite detention following the expiration of lengthy sentences in Israeli prisons. [bz] 19/7/2016
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IDF releases longest-serving female conscientious objectorEdo Konrad - +972 "Israel’s longest-serving conscientious objector Tair Kaminer was granted exemption from military service on Thursday after spending nearly 150 days in an IDF prison." ca15/7/2016
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Three Israeli minors arrested over anti-Arab attacksAFP - "Three Jewish minors have been arrested for having set on fire a vehicle in the village of Yafia... and for having sprayed graffiti calling for vengeance after the attack on the Sarona in Tel Aviv," it said in a statement." ca 15/7/2016
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The Freedom March - Israelis and Palestinians march together 14/7/2016
Israeli MPs Try To Assault Haneen ZoabiJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - But when Zoabi accuses the soldiers of “murder” at about 4.30-min into the video, all hell breaks loose. A dozen or more Jewish MPs rush to the podium and start circling Zoabi like a pack of baying hyenas. By this stage, when Zoabi is being physically threatened by a number of MPs in the parliament chamber, you might think it would be time for some of them to be forcefully ejected, if only to indicate that this subversion of the democratic process will not be tolerated. But not a bit of it. They are treated with kid gloves.-rh13/7/2016
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BDS is a war Israel can`t win Stanley L Cohen - Al Jazeera - "Israel`s apologists would call the BDS campaign "immoral", but the slander is laughably false." - id 13/7/2016
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Hunger strike enters 25th day for Palestinian dissident Dezeray Lyn - The Arab Daily News - "The occupation surges forth and with it, the captives rattle the bars of their cages, refusing to be broken on a wheel." - id 13/7/2016
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Hunger striker Bilal Kayed likely to be transferred AgainAlternative Information Center - On June 14th, Israeli authorities imposed six months of administrative detention upon Bilal Kayed rather than release him at the expiration of his 14.5-year sentence. He immediately started a strict hunger strike. After 27 days, his physical condition is deteriorating and he is likely to be soon transferred from Ashkelon prison to Barzilai Hospital. Earlier cases show that Administrative Detainees get released only if when they bring themselves in grave life danger. [ak]12/7/2016
Demonstrators close Bethlehem-Hebron road to protest water shortageMaan - Residents of the village of al-Khader in the southern West Bank closed the main road between Bethlehem and Hebron to protest ongoing water shortages. There were large-scale traffic jam, as protesters used rocks and car tires to block the way. The severe water shortages shortages previously sparked clashes between Israeli forces and local youths. A Palestinian youth was injured in the al- Duheisha Refugee Camp on Friday after Israeli forces suppressed a demonstration there with live fire. [ak]12/7/2016
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South African Congregational Church commits to BDSRev. Thulani Ndlazi - Marthiemombergblog/United Congregational Church of Southern Africa - We recognize that the Palestinian struggle is not simply a conflict, but an asymmetric struggle between an oppressor and the oppressed. We hear the call of our sisters and brothers from Kairos Palestine who asked the world, and Christians in particular, to take a public stand against injustice. We are extremely concerned about fundamentalist Christian Zionism which conflates the Biblical Israel with the modern state of Israel. We call on all Christians to read the Bible responsibly so as to not trample on the human rights and the dignity of the Palestinians. We pledge our support to the international Boycott Divestments Sanctions (BDS) campaign. [ak]12/7/2016
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Help us give the Palestinians back their stolen water! 10/7/2016
Netanyahu vs. the Generals : Israel’s prime minister is fighting hard to weaken the most important moderate force in his country. Which is why he’s going to be a big problem for the next U.S. president.Amir Tibon - POLITICO MAGAZINE - But Netanyahu doesn’t seem to be going anywhere; instead it is Israel’s former generals, like Barak, who are being marginalized while the longest-running prime minister in the Jewish state’s history consolidates his power. Barak wasn`t speaking only for himself when he attacked Netanyahu in such strong language. Over the past few months, the top news story in Israel has been the right-wing prime minister`s tectonic power struggle with Israel`s security establishment. One after the other, Israel`s top security chiefs and military leaders have criticized Netanyahu`s flagship policies and warned about the direction in which he is leading the country, typically over his refusal to engage in talks with the Palestinians and his push for military action against Iran.-rh 6/7/2016
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Help Nabil Abed Get Higher EducationNabil lives in besieged Gaza. After 3 wars he still has a dream: to complete his studies at Al-Azhar University 6/7/2016
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Join Amnesty International\s protest at detention of Human Rights activist 5/7/2016
“We have a right to engage in non-violent action”: Christian leaders refuse to be silenced in struggle for Palestinian rights David Palumbo-Liu - Salon - "I respectfully request that the New York Conference, United Church of Christ be placed on the top of your list of organizations you would like the state of the New York to boycott. Gov. Cuomo – stop denying our rights. Rescind your executive order now!" (From a letter to Governor Cuomo by Reverend David Gaewski representing 260 churches in the state of New York). [bz]5/7/2016
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Evict Israeli settlement teams from FIFA 5/7/2016
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Hunger striker refuses "release in exchange for deportation"Samidoun - Hunger striking detainee Bilal Kayed refused an offer made by the military authorities to set him free on condition that he accepts a four years` deportation to Jordan. Since starting his hunger strike he had been harassed by the authorities, repeatedly transferred from prison to prison and denied a fan in the summer heat. Kayed had served a long prison term and at its end was not released but kept imprisoned under an Administrative Detention order. Rejecting all medical examinations, vitamins, and salt supplements, Kayed told lawyers: "If they refuse to allow me to live with dignity, then I will choose to die with dignity.” [ak] 5/7/2016
Dozens of Senior Legal Experts In An Urgent Appeal to the Chief Military Advocate: “Tair Kaminer’s imprisonment is an unacceptable policy.”Misarvot Press Release - “An individual’s refusal to serve in the IDF, because s/he believes that serving in the army would force him/her to act in such a way that would deeply compromise his/her basic concepts of morality, is the realization of a person’s right to the freedom to follow their own conscience" [ry] 4/7/2016
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