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Knesset advances bill banning Breaking the Silence from schools Lidar Gravé-Lazi - Jerusalem Post - By a vote of 35 in favor and 23 opposed, the Knesset passed in its First Reading a bill that would authorize the Education Minister to ban from schools organizations whose activity is deemed to be "harmful to IDF soldiers" or to “undermine the goals of the state education system" - and the bill defines "a meaningful service in the IDF" as part of these goals. Though "Breaking the Silence" is not explicitly named, it is clearly the main target. MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) said that Breaking the Silence is “an organization of soldiers and commanders in the army, who call on the Government to change its policy of occupation. These are our boys and girls who you send to protect your settlements at the price of damage to the State of Israel." Breaking the Silence itself focused on Education Minister Bennett, whose party initiated and backed the bill. “For a year and a half Bennett has made infinite failed attempts to prevent us from meeting teenagers from across the country. Those who are harming the IDF are the politicians, like Bennett, who are sending us to maintain rule over the Palestinians, and who are silent when settlers attack soldiers and Palestinians as a routine. Face it, Naftali - the only way to stop us is to end the occupation,” the group tweeted. [ak]27/2/2018
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Under the banner: “Anti-expulsion, pro-south Tel Aviv,” some 20,000 asylum seekers, supporters, participate in protestYnet - Shula Keshet, activist in the movement “South Tel Aviv Against the Expulsion said: “They say that it will begin on Passover, and I say that the Holiday of Freedom will be stained with the disgrace of the expulsion. South Tel Aviv is for renewal, for public housing, for spreading the refugees throughout the country and for a dignified life for all. Zehava Vaknin, another local resident: “Our daily difficulties did not begin with the arrival of the asylum seekers. Why jail people who have fled war? I was scared to walk the streets, not because of the asylum seekers, but because the streets are so dark in the neighborhood.” Tugud Omer Adam from Sudan: “We did not choose to come to south Tel Aviv. They are not handing out maps to Levinski Street in the Sinai Desert. When we arrived in Israel, we were handed a one-way ticket to the New Bus Station.” [The demonstration was supported by the untiring peace group Omdim Yachad (Standing Together)-bz] 27/2/2018
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Joining the Canadian Boat to Gaze is a Jewish thing to do Rabbi Lucia Pizarro - Jewish Liberation Theology Institute / Canadian Boat to Gaza - The stigma of living life as a minority has forever shaped Jewish history and the histories of many other peoples. Throughout history, from Poland to Iraq, from Argentina to South Africa, from Brooklyn to Mississippi, Jews have taken up their quest for justice, and their desire for a more just world, by joining with others in collective struggles. The State of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people contradicts and betrays these long histories of Jewish participation in liberation struggles.Thus, I invite you to join me in my support for the Canadian Boat to Gaza, and its insistence on ending the illegal and immoral blockade imposed by the Israeli State on over 2 million Palestinian civilians living in the Gaza Strip. [ak] 27/2/2018
Palestinian protesters egg US politicians visiting RamallahAFP - "Several members of the council and New York civil society groups were meeting a Palestinian polling company in the city of Ramallah, the polling company confirmed. As they left they were pelted with eggs by several dozen protesters, who also chased their bus. Palestinian security forces protected the Americans." CA 23/2/2018
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French comedians Michele Laroque and Muriel Robin, “Don’t entertain Israeli apartheid !” 20/2/2018
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`If they wanted to go to the bathroom, in their own home, they needed my permission` Breaking the Silence - BBC HARDtalk - "The mission was, again and again, to go into a family home in the middle of the night, push the family into one room and make the rest of the apartment into a temporary military position. If they wanted to go to the bathroom, they needed my permission. I remember especially a physician and his wife in Nablus. He was kind enough to talk with me and try to explain what it means to be a Palestinian." Avner Gvaryahu, Breaking the Silence`s executive director, speaking with BBC`s Stephen Sackur. [ak] 20/2/2018
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Motorcycle racing star refuses to appear in occupied territory - race movedEdo Konrad - +972 - A Honda-sponsored racing event is moved from a settlement into Israel proper. Organizers admit they didn’t inform the headliner that it was in occupied territory, and the racer says he wouldn’t have participated if he had been told. [ak] 20/2/2018
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Israel Social TV: Sa`ar Yahalom explains why he refuses to be a soldier "The occupation is not a small project of the army. The occupation is the project around which the army resolves." [bz]20/2/2018
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Ahed Tamimi Returns Before Israeli Show TrialReports - ISM - "...all media and foreign diplomats were barred from entering the court room during the trial."..."When asked if he had any hopes for the upcoming trial he said “No, they are a state above the law”." - id 14/2/2018
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Worldwide campaign in solidarity with Hebron 13/2/2018
“Dismantle the Ghetto, settlers out of Hebron”Hisham Sharabati - Hebron Defense Committee - On November 1, 2015, the Tel Rumeida neighborhood was declared a closed military zone, in order to "protect" Israeli settlers who established themselves there. Palestinians who are not residents have been denied access to this part of the city. Palestinian residents were forced to register with the army, or else risk being barred from their homes.(...) Thousands have been expelled from their homes, thousands of shops were closed. The occupation and its illegal settlers have turned the lives of 200,000 native Palestinians into a living hell. We call for a world wide campaign of solidarity with Hebron towards the anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre of Nov. 25th 1994, when an Israeli settler killed 29 people and wounded more than a hundred. [ak]13/2/2018
Draft refusers prepare for jail: `We are part of a movement for change`Yael Marom - +972 - Saar Yahalom and Matan Helman will serve time in prison for refusing to enlist in the army because of the occupation [ry]12/2/2018
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What happened to Palestine`s youth-led struggle?Mersiha Gadzo - Al Jazeera - "’Israel tries to destroy [the youth] by arresting them, imprisoning them and by attacking, especially, the student council,’ said Sondos Hamad, coordinator of the Right to Education campaign. ‘The Israeli occupation feels threatened by student leaders, by members of the student council, by those who are our hope to change the status quo’" [ry]12/2/2018
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Hagai El-Ad talks war crimes, forced displacement, and int`l pressureJoshua Leifer and Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - "B’Tselem’s executive director speaks to +972 Magazine about his organization’s decision to describe the demolition and displacement of Palestinian villages as ‘war crimes,’ and the role of international pressure in changing Israeli policy in the West Bank." - id 7/2/2018
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JVP urges companies to stop supporting illegal settlementsRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Those companies are shameful and include: Caterpillar, Priceline.com, TripAdvisor and Airbnb. These companies are contributing to the oppression of human beings in the West Bank and are undermining human rights." - id 7/2/2018
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Save Susiya from demolition! 6/2/2018
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