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`It`s okay to be racist in Israel`Zena Tahhan - Aljazeera "“ You dehumanise them just so you can say no at a checkpoint. But the next time you`re in a situation where you have to push them it`ll be easy enough for you to push them. And then when you have to shoot them, it`ll be easy enough for you to shoot them.” Sahar Vardi, Israeli activist." ca 30/6/2017
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Former soldiers to Israeli gov`t: Investigate us for occupation abusesYael Marom - +972 - ""Violence is a permanent practice of the occupation in the territories, and it is destroying us from the inside as a society. The lone investigation against a left-wing activist is political persecution and has no intention of reaching the truth.”" - id 28/6/2017
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IDF releases conscientious objector after 110 days in prison+972 Magazine Staff - +972 - "Ben-Abba was released on grounds of unsuitability...“The army can call the waiver [from mandatory conscription] whatever it wants, but the fact of the matter remains that it gave me a waiver as a result of my simple refusal to participate in a system that uses violent means to oppress another people."" - id 28/6/2017
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British court allows councils to boycott IsraelBen Jamal - The Guardian - In September last year the UK government announced a new guidance, prohibiting local government pension schemes from pursuing “divestment and sanctions against foreign nations and UK defence industries" - i.e. the boycott of Israel. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, of which I’m the director, decided to take the government to court. I found myself in a sweaty room in the Royal Courts of Justice, packed with fellow Palestine activists, listening to detailed and sometimes arcane legal arguments about pension law. Finally, on 22 June, we got the verdict – we won! Judge Sir Ross Cranston ruled the government "guidance" was unlawful and that the government had acted for an improper purpose.[ak]27/6/2017
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Former soldiers to Israeli gov`t: Investigate us for occupation abuses+972 Blog - Israel’s justice minister demanded an investigation of an anti- occupation activist after he admitted to beating a Palestinian during his army service. Now other former soldiers are stepping up to show solidarity [ry] 26/6/2017
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Indignation and horror: 26 writers visit PalestineAnne Haverty - The Irish Times - Book review: ‘Kingdom of Olives And Ash: Writers confront the Occupation’ [ry]26/6/2017
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Jews Gather at Sumud Freedom Camp to Support Palestinian Outpost in the West BankElhanan Miller - Tablet Magazine "Six months ago, a coalition of Palestinian organizations and left- wing Jewish American groups decided to take up Aamar’s cause. On May 19, 300 activists arrived on the site and set up the “Sumud” Freedom Camp, Arabic for “steadfastness.” The group, which included 130 volunteers with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, erected tents and began clearing rubble from the abandoned caves, preparing them for repopulation." ca23/6/2017
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Write to NY Times about Gaza power cuts 21/6/2017
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B’Tselem field researchers detained by Israeli police in HebronAmit Gilutz - B`Tselem - B’Tselem field researchers Manal al-Ja’bri and Musa Abu Hashhash were detained in Hebron while documenting the increase in movement restrictions imposed by the military at the Bakery Checkpoint. Al-Ja’bri was questioned and held in police custody in the settlement of Kiryat Arba until late night. Abu Hashhash was held at the checkpoint for about 40 minutes and released. [ak] 21/6/2017
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PNGO applauds Swiss Parliament blocking attempt to criminalize BDSPNN - Palestine News Network - "The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network said that the right to engage for the rights of the Palestinian people through BDS is publically recognized by the EU as well as the governments of the Netherlands, Ireland and Sweden." - id 20/6/2017
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Israelis release paper lanterns in solidarity with blacked-out GazaEli Bitan - +972 - "According to Gisha, an Israeli legal NGO that focuses on Gaza, Israel has for years been selling 120 megawatts to Gaza — supplied through 10 power lines — with each line carrying 12 megawatts. On Monday morning, Israel cut supply on two lines from 12 to eight megawatts." - id 20/6/2017
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Lighting the sky of Gaza 19/6/2017
Iftar in the RubbleShow solidarity with Palestinian families affected by Israel’s policy of home demolition 14/6/2017
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Amnesty International: ban all settlement goods, prevent foreign companies from operating in settlementsEdith Garwood - Amnesty International USA - Amnesty International has launched the ‘Occupation @ 50’ campaign - calling on all states to abide by their legal obligations under international law to not recognize or assist illegal situations, and therefore to: 1) Stop helping to sustain the settlements (illegal activity) by banning all settlement goods from their markets; and 2) Prevent companies domiciled in their countries from operating in settlements or trading in settlement goods. [ak] 13/6/2017
`Dean` of prisoners appointed to top Fatah bodyDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - "As the hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails ended, Fatah named the longest-serving prisoner, Karim Younis, to its Central Committee." - id 7/6/2017
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Two shot in Hebron as Israeli forces clash with protesters during general strikeFeatures - ISM - "The demonstrations occurred on the same day that the Palestinians held a general strike in support of the prisoners. According to the organisers of the strike, it was the first general strike since the first intifada to be observed by Palestinians living both at home and in the diaspora." - id 7/6/2017
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LGBTQ Israelis come out against occupation and homophobiaYael Marom - +972 - We are not prepared for the state to continue cynically using our identity in order to portray itself as an enlightened country, as all the while the occupation continues undisturbed, people are thrown out of their homes and into the street in Givat Amal and Umm al-Hiran, asylum seekers are sent to jail, and demonstrations are violently suppressed. [bz]6/6/2017
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Celebrate the end of Apartheid Jewish Voice for Peace - Youtube Video - Yesterday was New York’s annual “Celebrate Israel Parade.” But while Palestinians are denied their freedom, what is there to celebrate? So with JVPers and friends, we did something about it-- and you have to see it. Over 100 activists, seven of whom were arrested for civil disobedience, stopped and slowed the parade over and over again with a vision of what we can celebrate: ending Israeli Apartheid and the #DeadlyExchange between US and Israeli police and military. One group blocked New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his contingent, protesting the New York Police Department’s collaboration with Israeli security forces, an exchange of worst practices that harm Palestinians as well as communities of color in the US. Another group of queer Jews staged a sit in disrupting the LGBTQ contingent, holding signs saying “No pride in apartheid” and “Queer Jews for a free Palestine.” [bz]6/6/2017
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5 June 2017: Today is no ordinary dayB`tselem - Reporting the truth combined with international action that resonates locally are what may bring about a non-violent resolution to the present reality: this is the objective we are committed to and are working towards. Otherwise, the violence of the past half century - both organized and spontaneous - might be just a preview of much more to come. The effort to achieve a different future here is not only a pressing moral task. [bz] 6/6/2017
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In Haifa: A Jewish-Arab demonstration against the occupation 5/6/2017
UK poll shows strong backing for Israel boycottAsa Winstanley - EI - “Majorities of voters for the opposition Labour and Liberal Democratic parties said BDS is reasonable – 51 percent and 54 percent respectively. But even two in five of voters for the ruling Conservative Party also agreed BDS is reasonable. The poll is another sign of the growing divide between Prime Minister Theresa May and her own voters” [ry]5/6/2017
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Life under occupation: Resisting Israeli apartheid in H2 area of HebronPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - AIC - The violence of soldiers and settlers has not deterred the Shamsiya family from reporting on human rights violations in Israeli occupied Hebron [ry]5/6/2017
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