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Jewish Defense League counter-protests turn violent outside AIPAC conferenceGeorge Altshuler — Washington Jewish Week "As 15,000 people attended sessions inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the annual gathering of protesters including groups that want Israel to be replaced by a Palestinian state, critics of Israeli settlement building and Satmar chasidim who believe Israel is an affront to God, was augmented by 1,000 members of IfNotNow, a Jewish group advocating an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank." ca31/3/2017
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The little NGO that managed to move an Israeli settlementRuth Eglash - The Washington Post - “In legal terms, the Amona case was simple. Someone had invaded private land and built structures on the property. But ultimately we were dealing with the Israeli government with all its power, not just the trespassers,” said Michael Sfard, Yesh Din’s legal adviser and a key figure in the fight against Amona for nearly a decade. -rh29/3/2017
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U.S. NGO Demands Charges Against Barghouti Be DismissedRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The U.S. peace group, Promoting Enduring Peace, plans to bestow its Gandhi Peace Award on Omar Barghouti and Ralph Nader next month at Yale University. However, the Israeli government has quite a different plan. It doesn’t want the Number 1 Palestinian delegitimizer and thorn in its side to receive an international peace prize." - id 29/3/2017
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Dozens protest against AIPAC in Hebron sunshineal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Lacking the freedom of movement to protest in DC, the people of Hebron still want their voices to be heard." - id 29/3/2017
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Sat. April 1, Marching in Jerusalem: After 50 years, High Time to End the Occupation 28/3/2017
Anti Aipac protest in Washington (video)Youtube - "Jews won`t be free until Palestinians are", reads the big banner of the IfNotNow crowd. [bz]28/3/2017
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`There`s an opportunity to embed Palestine in the progressive agenda`Michael Omer-Man - +972 - What role does a Jewish-American organization have in fighting for Palestinian rights? What is the future of activism on Israel/Palestine in the Trump era? I sat down with Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, to discuss strategies, hopes and fears for the coming four years. [bz]28/3/2017
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Allow Omar Barghouti to Receive the Gandhi Peace AwardSign Petition To be delivered to Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel 29/3/2017
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American Jews, which side are you on?Shira Yudkin Tiffany - +972 - "Two human chains of protestors in matching t-shirts bound themselves together to the doorways to the Washington Convention Center. Beyond them were barricades and a sea of mostly young, largely unaffiliated Jews, cheering on the action in Hebrew." - id 29/3/2017
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The Persecution and Assassination of Omar Barghouti by the Inmates of the Asylum of Israel Under the Direction of the Marquis de MillikovskyRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "What a clever way to destroy the career of a Palestinian activist. He founded an international movement, BDS, so arresting him for espionage or on a political pretext would bring the wrath of the world down upon Israel. So you look for an alternative and rip a page from the early FBI, which couldn’t topple Al Capone by conventional means. So it chose an alternative: taxes." ca24/3/2017
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PHOTOS: Palestinian village protests 17 years of military closureActivestills - +972 - "Some 250 Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Qalqas, south of Hebron, protested on Friday against the Israeli military’s closure of their village’s main entrance, which has been in place since the Second Intifada — which started 17 years ago." - id 22/3/2017
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Negotiating the Arab-Israeli conflict in Rabin Square Adam Rasgon - Jerusalem Post - At table 13, where Korin, Natsheh and London were sitting, the participants sat across from each other engaged in an intense but cordial exchange about mutual recognition, ending violence and freedom of movement. [bz]21/3/2017
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Palestinian families prevent Israeli settlers from breaking into Hebron kindergartenMa`an - Youth Against Settlement (YAS) coordinator Issa Amro said that a number of settlers and their children attempted to enter a kindergarten on al-Shuhada street in Hebron’s Old City, but that Palestinian locals were able to prevent them from crossing the fence surrounding the school. Israeli settlers in Hebron often gather in al-Shuhada street and the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida during the Jewish holiday of Purim. The Hebron settlers chanted a number of anti-Palestinian slogans on Sunday, including some hailing Baruch Goldstein, who killed 29 Palestinian Muslims in Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque in 1994. [bz for dn]19/3/2017
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Trial of poet Dareen Tatour resumes 19/3/2017
Petition: UN - either endorse the UN-ESCWA report on Israeli apartheid or disprove it. 18/3/2017
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‘Unfortunately there are many more decent than brave people’ — Michael Sfard Robert Herbst - Mondoweiss - “We can no longer resist with complete freedom. One has to be brave to participate in non-violent dissent, and unfortunately there are many more decent than brave people. Israeli politicians are afraid,” and there have been a “tsunami of bills to close the democratic space available to us.” -rh15/3/2017
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Never obey the occupation: the legacy of Bassel al-ArajBudour Youssef Hassan - The Electronic Intifada - "Bassel was heavily involved in a project known as the Popular University. In that capacity, he led tours around the West Bank. Their objective was to revive the stories of forgotten revolutionaries and acts of resistance." - id15/3/2017
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Supporting BDS is enough to get detained by the cops in Israel these daysLisa Goldman - +972 - "Police near Jerusalem picked up an Israeli citizen who was just standing on the street Monday. He was not doing anything illegal. Someone who lived in the neighborhood reported him on suspicion of carrying material related to BDS; and while it is not illegal for Israelis to carry material about BDS in territory under Israel’s control, the police answered the call." - id 15/3/2017
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Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference: Post-Event VideoEric Garris - AntiWar [ry]27/3/2017
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Richard Gere on segregation in Hebron: It`s exactly like the Old SouthLisa Goldman - +972 - In the report, broadcast during the prime time evening news hour Wednesday, Gere responds to what he sees in blunt terms. He compares occupied Hebron to the Jim Crow era in the southern United States. "Blacks knew where they could go: they could drink from that fountain, they couldn’t go over there, they couldn’t eat in that place. It was well understood — you didn’t cross over if you didn’t want to get your head beat in, or to get lynched.” [bz for dn]26/3/2017
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Israel bans annual Nakba marchMiddle East Monitor - “We will insist on our right to mark the event and will commit to all the conditions to assure the wellbeing and security of the marchers.” [bz for dn]26/3/2017
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Academics and public figures call upon Netnayahu: stop demolition of Umm Al Hiran! 15/3/2017
At Be`er Shaba court, Dr. Abuelaish seeks justice for daughters killed in Gaza 14/3/2017
Palestinian priest: Oust PA and start civil disobedienceMiddle East Monitor - Senior Christian Priest in Ramallah Monsignor Manuel Musallam yesterday severely criticised the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s security cooperation with Israel which has led to the death of tens of Palestinian resistance fighters in the West Bank. [bz]14/3/2017
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Israel denies entry to prominent British boycott activist AP / Ynet - Ahead of anti-BDS law`s approval, Hugh Lanning of the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign was prohibited Sunday from entering Israel. The BDS movement advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel in what supporters say is a nonviolent way to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence. It has urged businesses, artists and universities to sever ties with Israel and includes thousands of volunteers around the world. [bz] 14/3/2017
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Israeli Apartheid Week held at 30 UK universities, despite repressionMichael Deas - EI - "Israeli Apartheid Week took place on more than 30 university campuses across the UK last week despite a massive government backed campaign of repression. The week saw some events cancelled, with unprecedented and bizarre restrictions imposed on organizers" [ry]13/3/2017
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Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine, Pro-Peace, Anti-Occupation - report on J Street ConferenceHillel Schenker - Times of Israel blog - There is no contradiction between being pro-Israel and pro-Palestine. On the contrary, a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the condition for peace, for both peoples. And being anti-occupation is a key to guaranteeing the future of the State of Israel, As General (Ret.) Amiram Levin says, “the only existential threat to the State of Israel is the continuation of the occupation.” That’s the opinion of an estimated 90% of the Israeli security establishment. [bz for dn]12/3/2017
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Muhammad al-Qiq suspends hunger strike upon reaching agreement for his releaseMa`an - Al-Qiq, who lives in Ramallah, was released from prison in May last year after he refused food for a grueling 94 days -- also in protest of his administrative detention at the time. However, al-Qiq was redetained in mid-January after he participated in a protest in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem demanding the release of bodies of slain Palestinians held in Israeli custody. [bz]11/3/2017
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Lobby group laments Israel travel ban as “victory” for BDSCharlotte Silver - EI - "“My grandparents are buried in Israel, my husband and kids are citizens, and I lived there for three years, but this bill would bar me from visiting because of my work in support of Palestinian rights,” Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, said in response to the new law." - id 8/3/2017
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A Palestinian woman finds hope in American Jewish resistanceSamah Salaime - +972 - "At the progressive Jewish conference of the year, a Palestinian politician wins rousing applause and a former U.S. presidential candidate talks of the injustices caused by the founding of the State of Israel — both seeds of hope for someone who wakes up every day to news of home demolitions and land grabs." - id 8/3/2017
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Demonstration in Nabi Saleh attacked by settlers and ArmyPress Release - International Solidarity Movement - "The Army allowed the settlers to chase the demonstration attacking people with stones, assisting them by firing at the crowd. This attack was held off by the people of the demonstration with stones." - id8/3/2017
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Call Congress - to save Khan al Ahmar! 7/3/2017
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An intensive campaign to save Khan al AhmarDonna Baranski-Walker - Rebuilding Alliance - Khan al Ahmar in the West Bank is located between the Israeli settlement of Ma`ale Adumim and one of its elite suburbs, Kfar Adumim. All its 127 houses now got demolition orders. An intensive campaign has been going on in the US, calling upon US Senators and Representatives to take up this grave humanitarian issue, resulting so far in a visit to the threatened village by US Consular staff from East Jerusalem (not to be taken for granted under Trump). [ak] 7/3/2017
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Basil al-Araj in the Freedom Ride bus 7/3/2017
Palestinian children gather at Jerusalem municipality to protest school closureMa`an - Israeli Education Ministry officials visited al-Nukhba at the beginning of the school year to observe the curriculum, students, teachers, and employees, “and everything seemed positive.” [bz]7/3/2017
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Israeli soldiers stand by as settlers attack civilians in West Bank villageOren Ziv/Activestills - +972 - Because there hadn’t been protests of late in Nabi Saleh, it appeared the army was caught off on Friday, and the protesters managed to reach what had been their spring, waving a Palestinian flag. Within a matter of minutes, settlers from Halamish arrived, and began to attack the protesters. Soldiers arrived shortly thereafter. [bz]7/3/2017
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Don’t believe only bad things happen in Palestine...Emma Graham-Harrison - The Guardian - Banksy’s Walled Off hotel and Yaqoub Shaheen’s Arab Idol victory offered good news to an area that sorely needs it [ry]6/3/2017
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Rebuilding Gaza from its ashesMersiha Gadzo - Al Jazeera - Palestinian inventor hopes to help rebuild Gaza using Green Cake, a new type of brick made of coal and wood ash [ry] 6/3/2017
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Kafr Qaddoum: Israeli forces shoot Palestinian journalistPopular Resistance Committee of Kafr Qaddum - ISM - Stun grenades and teargas at Palestinian protesters. One journalist, from Palestine TV, was shot in the head with a rubber coated steel bullet. A group of masked Israeli soldiers also took his telephone, and deleted all of his pictures and videos from the demonstration. [bz for dn]5/3/2017
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Fri. March 17 - Intensive Day of Action 17/3/2017
Haifa Disrict Court - protest confiscation of Gaza anti-blockade boat 4/3/2017
`Worst view in the world`: Banksy opens hotel overlooking Bethlehem wall - `The Walled Off Hotel`Emma Graham-Harrison - The Guardian - The lodging in Bethlehem is a hotel, museum, protest and gallery all in one, packed with the artworks and angry brilliance of its owner, British street artist Banksy - in hope of bringing Israeli tourists - and dialogue - to West Bank city [bz] 4/3/2017
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80 percent of Canadians back Israel boycott — pollAli Abunimah - EI - "“Our government’s support for Israel is not just immoral and unjust, it’s irrational, because it’s not a vote winner to be pro-Israel – the opposite is true."" - id 3/3/2017
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Tel Aviv, Friday - launching campaign for 50 years` occupation 2/3/2017
New documentary highlights life of imprisoned Palestinian leaderDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - “Marwan” was produced and directed by young Palestinian director Ahmad Barghouti (no close relation) and is more of a political documentary than a work of art. Othman noted that the story of Barghouti is the classical story of all Palestinians. “He was 8 years old when the 1967 occupation occurred. He came from a poor family and graduated from Birzeit University, where he headed the student council. He became a Fatah youth leader. He was deported in the first intifada, returned with [Yasser] Arafat and dedicated his life to the Fatah youth movement he had helped establish. He was imprisoned many times and yet he has never given up. And today, he has become the highest vote receiver in the seventh Fatah congress.”-rh 2/3/2017
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