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Palestinian hunger strike ends with prisoners declaring victory – but Israel claims nothing happenedJonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - So what are we to make of this glaring discrepancy between the two versions? The Israelis are basically saying that nothing happened, and the Palestinians are noting that most demands were met. his should be a major source of concern, since it is the Israelis who are the jailer. If they are claiming this essentially did not happen, then there could be a real chance that they would ignore the reported agreements.-rh31/5/2017
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Tens of thousands of Israelis attend `two states one hope` demonstration in Tel AvivMa`an - Among the first speakers at the demonstration was Peace Now`s Director General Avi Buskila, who addressed the crowds saying, "We, here in this square, are the hope of Israel. It is time for a Palestinian state alongside Israel." A message from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was read which said: "There isn`t a voice stronger than the voice of just and inclusive peace, just like there isn`t a voice stronger than the right of people for self-determination and freedom from the burden of occupation.[bz for dn]28/5/2017
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After 40 days, Palestinians suspend mass hunger strike in Israeli prisonsMa`an - The statement added that IPS officials announced the end of the strike after negotiating with Barghouthi, who they had consistently refused to speak with throughout the strike’s duration. However, the statement did not mention which of the hunger strikers’ demands were actually met by Israeli prison authorities. [bz]27/5/2017
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Returning From Gaza War in Despair, Army Vet Created Israeli-Palestinian Incubator Eliran Rubin - Haaretz "Elhelo began to lecture about the conflict and his insights from the battlefield, stressing the need for immediate change. Some of his lectures went viral, and in 2015 he took his idea to the next stage, setting up OGS: Our Generation Speaks, a startups incubator for Israelis and Palestinians." ca27/5/2017
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As prisoners strike, relatives wait and hopeBudour Youssef Hassan - Electronic Intifada "Waiting for news on the hunger striker is like torture,” she said. “You live with your family, you try to remain calm, to go to work, to pretend you are strong, but your heart and mind are elsewhere, in a cell that you don’t know, with the person you love.” ca27/5/2017
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Anti-Trump protests greet U.S. president in IsraelYael Marom - +972 - "“Trump and U.S. government policy are part of the problem, not the solution. After 50 years of occupation, peace between Israel and the Palestinians will come from the people who live here, and not from the interests of the American superpower — which is the biggest beneficiary of the continuing wars, destruction and repression in the region.”" - id 24/5/2017
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As Trump Toured the Holy Land, Palestine Went On StrikeJesse Rosenfeld - The Daily Beast - "...the arrival of an American president whose ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and whose chief advisor, son-in-law Jared Kushner, have actively supported expanding Israeli settlements in the West Bank — that injected new energy into the protests." - id 24/5/2017
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American Jewish Activists assaulted by troops at Sumud Freedom CampSharon Goldtzvik / Adam Greenberg / Oriel Eisner - If Not Now/CJNV 2017 - Approx. 25 IDF soldiers arrived at Sumud Freedom Camp, which re-established the Palestinian village of Sarura in the South Hebron Hills. About 90 activists were present, approx. 60 American, Canadian, European and Australian Jews, 20 Palestinians and 10 Israelis. An American Jewish activist was punched in the ribs by a soldier. Several activists stood around the camp`s generator - whereupon soldiers shoved, punched, and kicked them in order to seize the generator. One soldier hit an American Jew in the leg with the butt of his gun, causing a large visible bruise. Another soldier punched another American Jew activist in the face. A Canadian Jewish activist was thrown into a table by a soldier. Soldiers tore down three tents and confiscated tent poles and sleeping mattresses. They also confiscated a generator and threw the camp`s food on the ground. After approx 45 minutes, the soldiers left the area. No arrests were made. The activists remain. [ak]23/5/2017
Mass Tel Aviv Rally, Sat. May 27 - Two States, One Hope 23/5/2017
May 24 - protest the `Jerusalem Day` march of hate 23/5/2017
Bethlehem Rally for Palestinian prisoners develops into anti-Trump protestMa`an - Solidarity demonstrations with the hunger striking prisoners developed into fierce anti-Trump rallies. At least 20 Palestinians were shot and injured during rallies that were violently suppressed by Israeli forces. In front of the the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, protesters chanted “Trump, listen! The prisoners will not kneel!” and “We have a message to the Americans: Prisoners are our priority!". An effigy representing Palestinian prisoners was erected in front of the Nativity Church. However, Trump avoided the location, heading back to Jerusalem by another route after his meeting with President Abbas. [ak] 23/5/2017
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PIJ conference: 50 years of occupation - with Hanan Ashrawi and Zehava GalonMay 24, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the American Colony Hotel. 23/5/2017
100 year of conflict - 50 years of occupationPalestine-Israel Journal invitation to public event at the occasion of its new issue "50 Years of Occupation". It will be held May 24, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the American Colony Hotel, and the keynote speakers will be Dr. Hanan Ashrawi and MK Zehava Galon. [bz]23/5/2017
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Prominent Palestinian community leaders, activists seized by Israeli forcesSamidoun - AIC - Israeli occupation forces seized at least nine Palestinians in overnight or pre-dawn raids, including three prominent human rights activists and former prisoners [ry]22/5/2017
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IDF reservists and Pro-Palestinian demonstrators clash at California campus LIDAR GRAVÉ-LAZI - Jerusalem Post - At the campus of the University of California, Irvine, two groups - "Reservists on Duty" and "The Lone Soldier Center" - organized a meeting to denounce BDS and declare total support for Israel and especially for the Israeli armed forces. A group of five Israeli military reservists was invited to speak, with care taken to include Christian and Muslim Israeli soldiers, as well as Jewish ones. Pro-Palestinian protesters, some fifty of whom showed up, were not convinced by this evidence of Israeli multicultural democracy. A riot broke out and finally the reservists were escorted off the campus by police. [ak]16/5/2017
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Final protest: Aerosmith visit Occupied Territory 16/5/2017
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Norwegian Trade Unions call for boycott of Israel Itamar Eichner - Y-Net - LO, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, voted by 197 to 117 in favor of an international economic, cultural and academic boycott against Israel. The newly elected LO leader Hans-Christian Gabrielsen objected to the decision, arguing that a boycott might also negatively affect Palestinian workers - however, his position was rejected by the majority. Israeli activists of the radical "Boycott from within" expressed support for the LO decision, stating that it was "a direct continuation of Norwegian involvement in opposing South African Apartheid". [ak] 16/5/2017
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69 years on, Palestinians see Nakba as `ongoing journey of pain, loss, and injustice`Ma`an - “The Nakba is ongoing, not only through policies of ongoing displacement implemented through the Zionist-Israeli strategy which seeks to control the maximum amount of land with the minimum number of Palestinians on that land, but also through the failure of the international community and Arab states to uphold their obligations, the continued internal fragmentation, the disenfranchisement of the PLO, and the weak performance of the Palestinian Authority which is dictated by the restrictive Oslo Accords” says the Global Palestinian Refugee and Internally Displaced People Network. [bz] 16/5/2017
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Is BDS to blame for Israel’s poor showing in the Eurovision Contest?Naomi Zeveloff - The Forward - Israeli music director Yoav Tzafir, who headed the Israeli delegation at the 2017 Eurovision song contest in Kiev, is blaming Israel’s poor showing on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Israeli pop singer Imri Ziv came in 23rd out of 26th places in the competition. “There is no doubt that BDS worked very hard all over Europe,” Tzafir told Israel’s Army Radio. Ahead of Eurovision, a group of boycotters had set up a Facebook page urging the judges to give “zero points to the song of Israeli apartheid.” The group called Ziv’s participation in Eurovision a “mask covering up a loathsome ugliness” of Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. [ak]16/5/2017
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Barghouti threatens to escalate Palestinian prisoners` hunger strikeRaanan Ben-Zur, Elior Levy - Ynet - Barghouti, who is leading the hunger strike, has been put in solitary confinement since it began almost a month ago. The only visitors he has been allowed to have are representatives of the Red Cross and his attorney. His lawyer, Hader Shkirat, told Ynet after their meeting on Sunday that if no agreement is reached between the striking prisoners` leadership and Israeli authorities in the coming days, the prisoners would also stop drinking water in addition to not eating. [bz]16/5/2017
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Lawyer visits Barghouthi for the first time since beginning of prisoner hunger strikeMa’an News Agency - "In a letter reportedly written by Barghouthi and released Sunday, the leader of the mass prisoner hunger strike urged the Palestinian people show more solidarity with the prisoners on the 69th anniversary of the Nakba commemorated on Monday, including through acts of civil disobedience at a national level" [ry]15/5/2017
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35 More Palestinian Detainees Join Hunger StrikeIMEMC News & Agencies - "35 more Palestinian detainees have reportedly joined the Freedom and Dignity hunger strike, which nearly 1,800 Palestinian detainees have been active in for 28 consecutive days" [ry]15/5/2017
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Palestinian hunger strikers: `They had no choice`Nigel Wilson - Al Jazeera - Family of Majd Ziadeh, one of 1,500 hunger-striking prisoners, say they support the fight for dignity and humanity [ry] 15/5/2017
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BDS urges audience to give `zero points to Israel at Eurovision` Becky Brothman - Jerusalem Post - "Even if there will appear in Kiev an exquisitely beautiful Israeli song, it will be a beauty covering up a loathsome ugliness – the ugliness of oppression, dispossession and killing." [bz] 13/5/2017
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`Struggling with death`: Palestinian prisoners enter 27th day of mass hunger strikeMa`an - Issa Qaraqe held the Israeli government and Erdan responsible for the condition of the hunger strikers, saying that the Israeli authorities are “carrying out a massacre” by refusing to negotiate with the leaders of the strike whose demands are all about basic rights. The hunger strikers have only been calling for improved prison conditions, such as an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention. [bz]13/5/2017
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Hunger Striking Detainees Reach Critical Levels, Many Vomiting BloodIMEMC - "The committee stated that the striking detainees, and despite their life-threatening health conditions, are facing escalating Israeli violations, while the authorities are not even trying to negotiate with them...The Israeli Prison Authority is also frequently transferring striking detainees to various prisons, despite their deteriorating health conditions, while the soldiers have assaulted many of them." CA12/5/2017
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Hunger Strike Continues For The 24th Consecutive DayIMEMC News - "The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society and the Detainees’ Committee have reported that some of the striking detainees started refraining from drinking water for several hours at a time, due to the increasing difficulties they face just by trying to walk to the toilets, including when trying to refill their water bottles." - id 10/5/2017
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Hunger strike solidarity - Haifa & Paris Yoav Haifawi, Haifa - We will not leave alone those who daily sacrifice their freedom and their lives for the sake of our freedom. // Olivia Zémor, Paris - We have been on hunger strike since Monday midnight, expressing our support for the Palestinian political prisoners who have been fasting for three weeks. 9/5/2017
Israel resorts to “psychological warfare” to try to break strikeCharlotte Silver - EI - In addition to increased raids and transfers to solitary confinement, Israel has also begun seizing money from striking prisoners’ accounts. In response, the Palestinian Authority announced that it would stop paying an allowance to prisoners. This money is used for purchases at the prison commissary, including salts, which are a vital nutrient for hunger strikers. According to lawyers who visited Ketziot, several of their clients were unable to walk or stand. (...) Prison authorities have begun fining them for not standing up during roll call. [bz]9/5/2017
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Qaraqe: “We will Prosecute Any Doctor Who Participates In Force-Feeding The Detainees”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - "The head of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee Issa Qaraqe stated, Saturday, that the committee will file legal charges against any physician or health professional, regardless of their nationality, who participates in force-feeding the hunger striking Palestinian detainees" [ry]8/5/2017
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Don’t give Israel another free pass, Palestinian teams urge FIFAAli Abunimah - EI - "More than 170 Palestinian football clubs and sports associations are urging FIFA to suspend the Israel Football Association because of its inclusion of Israeli teams based in settlements in the occupied West Bank" [ry]8/5/2017
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Mohammad Sabaaneh’s dangerous cartoonsMarguerite Dabaie - EI - Every tiny detail is pregnant with meaning. Sabaaneh said such density is a reflection of Palestinian life. “This crowded cartoon reflects our lives in Palestine, the limited land, and our limited city,” he told The Electronic Intifada. “My blank paper looks like [Palestinian] cities surrounded by limits and I should put everything in this limited area.” [bz for dn] 7/5/2017
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After mob attacks alternative Memorial Day ceremonies, Israeli education minister criticizes ceremonies not mob Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss "in the past 12 years, there has been a serious attempt to offer an alternative commemoration. Two organizations joining Palestinians and Israelis – the Parents Circle – Families Forum, and Combatants for Peace, arrange alternative commemoration ceremonies, which take into account the loss on both sides – that is, also on the side that is considered “the enemy”... The Tel Aviv assault against the mourners was particularly virulent, with mobs shouting “Nazis,” “worthless cowards,” “seed of Amalek,” “go back to Auschwitz,” “get out of our country”. The video embedded in the article is really quite unbelievable. These protesters simply came ‘in honor’ of the fallen, whom these people supposedly desecrate, because they show empathy with the ‘other’." ca5/5/2017
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Three Jordanian Detainees Join Hunger Strike IMEMC - "The Jordanian al-Ghad newspaper said the detainees are aware of the life-threatening consequences of the hunger strike, but are determined to continue because they are fighting for basic, fundamental rights."..."It is worth mentioning that Israel is still holding captive twenty-three Jordanians in its prisons." - id 3/5/2017
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Only 2 days left to the Aerosmith BDS Thunderclap! 2/5/2017
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Former prisoner dies in protest tentIMEMC - Mazin Mohammad al-Maghraby, 45, died of a heart attack at a protest tent in Ramallah- where he took part in a hunger strike in solidarity with that of the detainees. Al-Maghraby was himself released from Israeli detention only five months ago. During his five years` detention he suffered from medical neglect, leading to a severe deterioration of his health, including kidney failure. Since being released he had been forced to undergo kidney dialysis, and was hospitalized a number of times. [It was in fact unwise of him to take part in the solidarity hunger strike - evidently he felt it to be his duty to still imprisoned fellows. ak] 2/5/2017
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To Honor Israel`s Memorial Day, They Attacked My Family Bradley Burston - Haaretz - The annual memorial, organized by the Bereaved Parents Circle and Combatants for Peace, joint Israeli-Palestinian groups working for reconciliation and peace, has resonated so deeply within this society that after a dozen years, even the Tel Aviv-area basketball arena in which it was held this year, proved too small to contain all those who wanted to take part. And this was even after Israel denied entry permits to hundreds of West Bank Palestinians who wanted deeply to attend. But, some self-appointed saviors of the Jewish race saw these thousands as a danger. [bz] 2/5/2017
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Video: Israeli Palestinian Bereaved Families for Peace - The Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony, 2017 1/5/2017
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Wife of jailed Fatah leader tells of her fears for hunger strikersPeter Beaumont - The Guardian -Her husband is the convicted killer some call the Palestinian Mandela [ry]1/5/2017
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Day of anger in Palestine in solidarity with the hunger strikers Ahmad Jaradat - AIC - Protests and clashes with Israeli soldiers erupted soon after Friday prayers. Dozens of Palestinians were injured and many more overcome with teargas [ry]1/5/2017
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