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Is an intifada starting in US Congress?Jennifer Bing - The Electronic Intifada - "Last month members of Congress led by Minnesota’s Betty McCollum introduced House Bill 4391, the first in US history that calls for accountability and transparency for US aid to Israel. Within a month of its introduction, 20 members of Congress have cosponsored a bill that focuses on Israeli violations of Palestinian children’s rights." - id 27/12/2017
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The high cost of freedom – Israeli army targets kidsReports - International Solidarity Movement - "What could be a simple report of isolated events underlines an ongoing strategy adopted by Israel. The choice of targeting kids reveals two goals. On one side, it’s easy to notice how the kids in question are usually the children of activists. It’s a way to hit the most human and vulnerable nerve.“Israeli authorities have said that we teach our kids hate,”Iyad says,“But who teaches hate to whom?"" - id27/12/2017
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The threatened Jahalin Bedouin`s persistance is what preserves access to Jerusalem. Please, donate!“Gatekeepers of Jerusalem” whose sumud on E-1 lands keeps East Jerusalem on the table as Palestine’s capital.26/12/2017
Support imprisoned CO Mattan Helman 26/12/2017
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CO Mattan Helman remains imprisoned for refusing to serve the occupationWar Resisters International - Mattan Helman, 20, from Kibbutz Haogen, is again in Military Prison 6, sentenced this this time to 20 days. Mattan wrote: "I know I`ll remember this day all my life. I will remember it not for being imprisoned, but for being the day in which I mark my freedom, for refusing to take part in oppression". Solidarity vigils took place in both Tel Aviv and London. WRI notes that the IDF system of repeated imprisonment of CO`s - incremental sentencing, each time a terms of a three weeks or a month in an "instant trial" of five minutes without a lawyer or witnesses, and altogether amounting to a long period behind bars - constitutes a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, of which Israel is a signatory. [ak] 26/12/2017
Israeli activists stage vigil to release the Tamimi women+972 Magazine - Activists from the Coalition of Women for Peace staged a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Defense on Sunday evening to protest the detention of Ahed, Nariman, and Nur Tamimi, of Nabi Saleh. Some of the demonstrators kneeled, their eyes blindfolded, while others held signs reading, “It’s not the slap, it’s the occupation,” and called for the three Palestinian women to be released from prison. After a few minutes, security guards removed the demonstrators from the area.[ak]26/12/2017
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Lorde`s cancellation: losing a generationDavid Brinn - Jerusalem Post - The sudden cancellation by New Zealand pop sensation Lorde was undoubtedly a blow to the mantra we, Israelis, like to believe of “BDS is ineffective, everything is fine.” True, Radiohead and Nick Cave gracing Israel’s shores and making sharp statements against "BDS bullying" have made us all warm and fuzzy - but they unfortunately, don’t represent the norm. Aging rockers who don’t have a young, merchandise-buying fan base to alienate will gladly play to a full house in Israel. But artists like Lorde do have that fan base to consider. And when a certain vocal segment starts bombarding them with “Israel is Apartheid” tweets, they easily crumble under the pressure. If this portends a trend of contemporary artists deciding that Israel is not worth the trouble, Israel’s musical future is going to be full of a lot more Ringos. That may be great for baby boomers, but it’s bad for Israel. [ak] 26/12/2017
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Israel has transferred Ahed Tamimi to three different detention facilities in the last five days even though she has not yet been charged with a crimeJesse Rubin - Mondoweis - "The recent arrest of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi by Israeli soldiers from her family home in the West Bank town of Nabi Saleh has sparked protest around the world and refocused light on Israel’s unjust treatment of Palestinian children" [ry]25/12/2017
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Lorde mulls cancelation of Israeli performanceAmi Friedman - Ynet News "Lorde`s announcement came following an open letter addressed to her by two fellow New Zealander women, an Arab named Nadia Abu-Shanab and a Jew named Justine Sachs, in which they asked her to cancel the planned concert. " ca23/12/2017
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Israeli official threatens German activists: `We know who you are`Inna Michaeli - +972 - "After an Israeli flag was burned at a Berlin protest, the head of international relations for Israel’s Ministry of Intelligence Services says Germany’s pro-Palestine activists must ‘live in fear.’" - id 19/12/2017
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Sign the petition: Jerusalem, Capital City of Two States 18/12/2017
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Israeli Soldiers Continue To Target Journalists; 60 Violations this WeekIMEMC - Nasser Abu Bakr, head of the Palestinian Journalists` Syndicate, said at least 60 Israeli violations against journalists and media outlets have been documented this week alone, in several parts of the West Bank, including Jerusalem. Journalists were subjected to live fire by the soldiers who also fired rubber-coated steel bullets and concussion grenades at them, in addition to assaulting many of them. The soldiers also destroyed, damaged and confiscated cameras. “There is an open campaign against journalists in Israeli society, and by representatives of the Israeli government. On Israeli social networks there is open incitement for killing and hurting journalists. We managed to document these violations and collected sworn testimonies from the journalists. The International Journalists` Association as well as the one of Arab Journalist have already issued statements demanding Israel stop the illegal attacks against the media in occupied Palestine."[ak]18/12/2017
In HaSharon Prison there are 33 women political prisoners, including nine minorsWomen`s Organization For Political Prisoners - wofpp.org - Medical treatment and reasonable living conditions are not supposed to be given as a matter of benevolence. Thus, WOFPP prepared a legal petition emphasizing the case of Abla al-`Adam who was seriously injured in the head during her arrest and is waiting and waiting for the promised head surgeries to continue. [Through the years WOFPP has been meticulously reporting on the women Palestinian prisoners-bz]18/12/2017
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Palestinian Teen in Viral Photo to Appear in Israeli Court IMEMC - "Fawzi Muhammad al-Juneidi, 16, from the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron was detained by 23 Israeli soldiers on Friday, during protests against US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel." - id 13/12/2017
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Trump protests evoke memories of the Second IntifadaZizo Abul Hawa - +972 - "We stayed home from school for more than three months. When we returned, more than half of the class was gone. They say children always pay the highest price." - id 13/12/2017
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Jews and Arabs stand together in Wadi Ara 12/12/2017
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‘If there were just one more Dalia, there would be peace by now’Yifat Erlich - Ynet - In her job as the Civil Administration’s health coordinator, Dalia Bassa wasn’t supposed to save the lives of hundreds of Palestinian children, visit them in hospitals, take them on trips and treat them as the children she never had. “After the Oslo Agreement in 1994,” she says, “at first, things went well. There was a time when we used to sit together with the PA representatives and help them develop the Palestinian health system. In 2002, after Operation Defensive Shield, everything was breached, and Palestinian residents who had no one to turn to began approaching me directly.” [A human voice from within-bz]12/12/2017
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Much more than a threat to peace
--a hundred artists on Trump`s Jerusalem move--
Open letter - The Guardian - The Guardian reports President Macron’s comment that recent US moves on the status of Jerusalem are a threat to peace. They are much more than that. In recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Donald Trump seeks to achieve through a declaration what Israel has been trying to do for fifty years through force of arms: to erase Palestinians, as a political and cultural presence, from the life of their own city. The Palestinian people of Jerusalem are already subject to municipal discrimination at every level, and a creeping process of ethnic cleansing. In addition to the continuing policy of house demolitions, in the last 15 years at least 35 Palestinian public institutions and NGOs in occupied East Jerusalem have been permanently or temporarily closed by the occupying forces. Cultural institutions have been a particular target. At the same time, Israeli authorities and entrepreneurs have spent millions in clearing Palestinian neighbourhoods to create “heritage” projects that promote a myth of mono-ethnic urban identity, said to stretch back 3,000 years. We reject Trump’s collusion with such racist manipulation and his disregard for international law. [bz]12/12/2017
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Congress Member McCollum: US Tax Dollars Must Not Be Used to Detain Palestinian ChildrenCongress Member Betty McCollum - The Nation - Israel is the single greatest beneficiary of American military assistance, receiving $3.8 billion, some 25 percent of its defense budget, from American taxpayers each year. Of this, Israel is allowed to spend as much as $800 million a year with little transparency, accountability, or oversight by US officials. Some of this money almost certainly flows to Israel’s abusive military detention of Palestinian children.To help sustain the occupation, Israel’s military and police forces have arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned thousands of Palestinian children, mostly for throwing stones.Israel’s military court and detention system is unique in the world in its systematic incarceration of children, in this case Palestinian children. It is a system that denies basic due-process rights and is cruel, inhumane, and degrading.[ak]12/12/2017
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US senators cautiously challenge ethnic cleansing by IsraelMichael F. Brown - EI - "In a rare move, 10 US senators wrote Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week calling on him “not to demolish the Palestinian village of Susiya and the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar” in the occupied West Bank." - id 6/12/2017
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Palestinians burning Trump pictures protesting his intention to recognize Jerusalem as Israel capital PNN - Palestine News Network - "The activists  also chanted national slogans in which they attacked  Trump Declaration which is anti-Palestinian and pro-Israel positions. Some activists took off their shoes and hit Trump’s pictures before burning his picture and chanted slogans that America was the head of the snake assuring that Palestinian people will not surrender." - id 6/12/2017
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In Spain, hundreds of elected officials endorse BDS Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee - "Condemning the occupation is not enough. Condemning attacks against the civilian population is not enough. As with the institutionalized regime of racial discrimination in apartheid South Africa, it is necessary to end the complicity of the European governments, the United States and the Western powers in maintaining a system of injustice that has already lasted for too many decades". So read the statement signed by 350 elected officials - including mayors, city councilors, presidents of regional parliaments and members of the members of the Spanish Parliament and the European Parliament. [Some of the signatories are from Catalonia, others from different areas. There was no reference to Spain`s own ongoing deep crisis, except in an oblique way - the signatories defining themselves "elected officials in the Spanish state" rather than "Spanish elected officials". ak] 5/12/2017
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Government angered by EU visit to B’Tselem eventAFP/Times of Israel - Next week, PM Netanyahu is due to visit Brussels for talks with EU foreign ministers. But just ahead of this event, officials and ministers of the Netanyahu government are strongly attacking the European Union, angered at the news that the EU Ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret will visit an exhibition on “50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank”, held at the Port of Jaffa by the Israeli Human Rights group B’Tselem. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nahshon said it constituted "spitting in the faces of Israelis”. However, the EU reiterated that visiting an event by a Human Rights organization was an appropriate way of marking Human Rights Day [ak]. 5/12/2017
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Palestinians tear down Israeli iron gate in protest of separation wallMa`an - Spokesperson of the Fatah movement pointed out that the gate is located in the middle of the separation wall that runs through Anata, and separates it from the nearby illegal settlement of Pisgat Zeev. Fasfous said that as the youth were taking down the gate, an Israeli army patrol raided the village. [bz]5/12/2017
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