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Roger Waters to Nick Cave: `These are crimes`Nick Reilly - NME - “Like others who’ve added Tel Aviv to their touring schedule, you may say that you oppose Netanyahu. But it matters little whether or not artists endorse Israel’s government. It’s the fact they’re willing to perform in Israel that is important” wrote Roger Waters to Nick Cave, who is due to perform in Israel next month. “Domination means Palestinian writers under house arrest. Literary festivals broken up. Travel bans for actors and musicians. Social media under surveillance. Media centres raided and plundered. The normalized use of military force against a captive population. The steady expansion of illegal settlements. These are crimes. But when international artists of your stature continue to turn up on Israeli stages, despite the appeals of Palestinians, the government which promotes these crimes takes heart: whatever it does, it seems there will be no penalty." [ak]31/10/2017
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CO Noa Gur Golan released after 98 days in prison+972 Magazine - Gur Golan, 19, from Netanya, refused to serve in the IDF due to her pacifist beliefs, and because she believes that she must actively work to reduce violence and bring about peace. The army`s Conscience Committee rejected her request for exemption. Instead, she was released on the grounds of ‘serious misconduct,`. “I am proud of this ‘serious misconduct,`” said Gur Golan upon her release. “I am happy to be free and the possibility to continue working toward a just and equal society. I hope that future conscientious objectors, whether secular or ultra-Orthodox, won’t need to sit a single day in prison in order to prove their beliefs.” [ak] 31/10/2017
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DROP CHARGES AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS: FARID AL-ATRASH AND ISSA AMRO 31/10/2017
AI: Drop Charges Against Human Rights Defenders: Farid Al-Atrash and Issa AmroAmnesty International campaign - Edith Garwood - According to Issa, the witnesses stated that he was the lead organizer of protests against the Israeli authorities in the city of Hebron. The witnesses also stated that he was present in a closed military zone when the Feb. 2016 demonstration took place, and accused him of inciting against the Israeli occupation, including in his call to open Shuhada street in the old city of Hebron. In regards to Farid, the witnesses stated that he took part in the Open Shuhada Street demonstration in February 2016, and was therefore present in a closed military zone. They did not mention however his charge of assaulting an Israeli soldier. [bz]31/10/2017
Israeli women march to ‘wage peace’ but refuse to challenge the occupationJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - So the Palestinian women want to talk about the occupation, but someone at the core of this movement, a movement which is actually dominated by what could be described as ‘liberal-Zionists’, decided that this would defeat the purpose of appealing to the wide spectrum – the predominantly Jewish-Zionist spectrum that is.-rh25/10/2017
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Remembering two iconic champions of Palestinian rightsRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "One of the first two people who recruited me to activism after I completed military service during the Vietnam War were Palestinian scholar Ibrahim Abu-Lughod and Egyptian scholar M. Cherif Bassiouni." - id 25/10/2017
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In Unprecedented Move, Eight European Countries to Demand Compensation From Israel for West Bank Demolitions Barak Ravid - Haaretz "Eight European Union countries wrote an official protest letter to Israel, demanding over €30,000 ($35,400) in compensation for confiscating and demolishing structures and infrastructure which the countries had built in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control. A senior European diplomat told Haaretz that the letter, which is the first of its kind, was expected to be delivered to senior Foreign Ministry officials within a few days." ca 20/10/2017
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Israeli Foreign Ministry Censors Telecom CEO’s Facebook Post Attacking UN BlacklistRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The BDS movement frightens official Israel profoundly."..." It could have a significant chilling effect on their international trade prospects.  Not a welcome prospect for a nation whose economy depends so highly on exports." - id 18/10/2017
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World Premiere set for film “Naila and the Uprising”Ray Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "A Story of the Hidden Role Women Played in the Nonviolent Movement of the First Intifada receives World Premiere at DOC NYC. Film Screens at DOC NYC and IDFA in Lead-up to 30th Anniversary of First Intifada." - id18/10/2017
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Bryan Adams, not coming to Israel is the best way to give Israelis a messageBoycott From Within - Dear Bryan Adams,We remember well your condemnation of Israeli actions in the strongest possible terms during the Israeli assault on Gaza. From your scheduling a performance in Israel for December this year, we must conclude that you feel your performance here will be a chance to deliver a positive message of resistance, or at least to interject some humanity into a tragic situation. However, past experience has shown that such messages have little impact on the Israeli public, while the Israeli government is very happy to claim a moral victory for itself whenever a well known artist performs in Israel (...). We, too are Israeli fans of yours. Much as we would enjoy your concert, we would hate to see you perform here. Seeing one of our favorite artists cross a picket line would be far more disappointing than missing out on his music.[ak]17/10/2017
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Ten school children injured in East Jerusalem raids - parents suspend studies in protest IMEMC - Israeli forces invaded the Schools Street in al-‘Isawiya, and fired many gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets. Ten school children, 9 to 16 years of age, were wounded in the face, limbs and abdomen, and moved to hospitals and clinics. The Pupils’ Parents Committee decided to suspend classes in all schools in the town until further notice, demanding an end to Israel’s ongoing military invasions, which have escalated since the beginning of the new school year, with the Israeli forces repeatedly and provocatively targeting the pupils. [ak] 17/10/2017
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Censorship battle and an antisemitic charge cause angerThe Guardian - Dr David Alderson and 42 others want the University of Manchester to apologise to the students whose campaign it has maligned, and to the censored speaker whom it has defamed. Meanwhile Prof Avi Shlaim and six other signatories object to Moshe Machover’s expulsion from the Labour party [ry]16/10/2017
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ACLU launches first major challenge of anti-BDS legislationSamer Badawi - +972 - "The lawsuit offers the most stark example yet of how anti-BDS legislation threatens Americans’ First Amendment rights." - id 14/10/2017
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The Siege-The Freedom Theater performing in New York-Avi Dichter displeased NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center - New York University is presently hosting the Jenin-based Freedom Theater, playing "The Siege": "A passionate retelling of the story of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. It is told from the point of view of some of the armed Palestinian fighters who found refuge in the church. Along with 200 civilians, they were given sanctuary by the church’s resident priests and nuns and spent 39 days there with dwindling food, water and medical supplies." As told in the right-wing Israeli paper "Yisrael Today", the university got an angry letter from Avi Dichter, at the time the Head of Israeli Security and now a Likud politician. "These were terrorists who took the Christian clergy hostage!" wrote Dichter, demanding that NYU put an end to the "glorification of terrorism", "inciting anti-Israeli play" and "anti-Semitic play". [ak] 10/10/2017
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Defense Ministry teach-in against the destruction of Khan Al Akhmar and Susya 10/10/2017
Ken Loach donates Israel screening profits to BDSYaniv Halily - Y-net - British director Ken Loach donated the proceeds from the screenings of his latest film in Israel to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Loach was heavily criticized last summer after reports revealed that, although he called for a boycott on Israel, he himself was profiting from screening his films there. Loach`s producer Rebecca O`Brien replied that distribution company of "I, Daniel Blake," signed a distribution agreement with Israel without Loach`s knowledge. The film - telling the story of Daniel Blake, a working-class man who was crushed under the weight of bureaucracy after suffering a heart attack - was widely acclaimed by Israeli critics and screened in front of audiences at packed theaters in Israel last spring. Loach now decided to donate the entire Israeli profits to the BDS movement, which published its warm thanks. [ak] 10/10/2017
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Thousands of Israeli, Palestinian women `wage peace` in the desert+972 Blog - The march by Israeli and Palestinian women, demanding that both peoples’ leaders do more for peace, culminated with a protest outside Netanyahu’s residence. Before arriving in Jerusalem, thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women marched through the West Bank along the Dead Sea, part of more than two weeks of a “Journey to Peace” by an organization called Women Wage Peace. The organization was founded in the wake of the 2014 Gaza war. Earlier actions an earlier march near Jericho and a 50-day sit-in and hunger strike outside the PM`s residence.[ak] 10/10/2017
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Mass women`s peace rally calls for ending conflictAdi Rozenberg - Ynet - Some 30,000 people participated in a Jerusalem rally Sunday, the culmination of the Women Wage Peace organization`s "Journey to Peace" campaign, with former MK Shachiv Shnaan, who lost his son in the July Temple Mount attack, calling for an end to bloodshed on both sides. [bz]10/10/2017
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Women`s Journey to Peace 8/10/2017
Sanders stands with Palestinian activist. More politicians must do the sameMaya Garner - +972 - "It is a big deal when high profile American politicians like Bernie Sanders stand up for a Palestinian." - id 4/10/2017
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Can a Holocaust survivor be an anti-Semite?The Guardian - After an intervention by the Israeli Ambassador to London, the University of Manchester forbade the historian Marika Sherwood, a Jewish survivor of the Budapest ghetto, to entitle her lecture "You`re doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to me". Ambassador Mark Regev asserted that having this title would make the lecture into "an anti-Semitic hate speech". Sherwood herself said: “I was just speaking of my experience of what the Nazis were doing to me as a Jewish child. I had to move away from where I was living, because Jews couldn’t live there. I couldn’t go to school. I would have died were it not for the Christians who baptized us and shared papers with us to save us. I can’t say I’m a Palestinian, but my experiences as a child are not dissimilar to what Palestinian children are experiencing now”. Eventually, the lecture took place under the title "A Holocaust survivor’s story and the Balfour declaration’". [ak]3/10/2017
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‘There must be another way’: Israeli 19-year-old jailed for refusing military service Bethan McKernan - Independent - “I have had the privilege of meeting friends from the Palestinian Territories, Jordan and other countries. I have gotten to know the people, their personal stories and not the perceptions we were raised upon,” Noa says. [bz]3/10/2017
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Sanders stands with Palestinian activist. More politicians must do the sameMaya Garner - +972 - Issa Amro, whose work has been recognized by the EU and the UN, adheres strictly to nonviolence as a methodology of resistance. He is a human rights defender who refuses to compromise on his principles. He refuses to accept anything less than full rights for the Palestinian people. As a Palestinian, any action against the occupation carries the cost of detention, arrest, beatings and military prison. [bz]3/10/2017
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