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Italian Jews call: "Let arms be silent, move back to a path of dialogue!"Giorgio Gomel - Repubblica/Espresso/Manifesto - "Israel today may be a fortress, but it is not yet a home” stated David Grossman. We look with the utmost concern to the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem as decided by the Trump administration. We cannot keep silent in the face of the disproportionate use of force by Israel in Gaza. The use of live ammunition against civilians is admitted only if those civilians take part directly in acts of armed violence, not if they approach or seek to break the border fence with Israel. We ask that arms be silent and that avenues be sought now and for the future to attain dialogue, mutual recognition and peace in the region. (The above is taken from the statement issued on May 15, 2018 by a number of Jewish-Italian intellectuals and political activists, published in several Italian newspapers and later endorsed by 400 others). [ak] 29/5/2018
Gaza boats will attempt to break Israel Navy siege on TuesdayMEMO - “’This trip will carry the hopes and dreams of the Palestinian people for freedom,’ Salah Abdul-Ati, a member of a Palestinian committee tasked with breaking the siege, told a press conference in the Gaza City on Sunday. He said the first ship will set sail on Tuesday morning, with a number of injured Gazans and patients aboard” [ry]28/5/2018
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Tayseer Khaled: Prosecution of Israeli Officials Became Possible after Referral to ICCTayseer Khaled - IMEMC "Tayseer Khaled, member of the PLO’s Executive Committee and Head of the Palestinian Expatriate Affairs Department, has described the referral of the Palestinian situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a qualitative step, adding that the leaders have to be reckoned for the series of crimes they have committed against the Palestinian people under occupation, including settlement crimes." ca25/5/2018
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In search of Israel’s oppositionNaomi Chazan - The Times of Israel - The arrest of Jafar Farah along with 21 other protestors in Haifa on Friday night and his subsequent beating and hospitalization for a broken knee are the culmination of a series of increasingly violent police efforts to silence what remains of the opposition in Israel. Systematic attempts to quash alternative voices have been a norm for quite some time; the events of the past two weeks have granted a renewed mandate to push almost all divergent voices beyond the pale. Dissent is being presented as betrayal; protest is viewed as treason; criticism has become illegitimate.-rh23/5/2018
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Freedom Flotilla Sets Sail for Gaza after The Great March of ReturnDimitri Lascaris - IMEMC - "Starting this week, human rights activists will again attempt to break the blockade of Gaza peacefully. Several ships, including a Canadian vessel, are departing this week from Copenhagen and Denmark. They will sail South through Atlantic waters, and then into the Mediterranean, stopping at various ports along the way to draw attention of the world to their voyage, and above all, to the suffering in Gaza." - id23/5/2018
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`Open up or we`ll tase you`: Police arrest activists protesting Gaza violenceOrly Noy - +972 - In the northern city of Haifa, Israeli police are arresting activists who are organizing demonstrations against the violence in Gaza [ry]21/5/2018
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Demonstration near the Gaza border: Put out the Fire – Rebuild Gaza!! 17/5/2018
Laila Anwar al-Ghandour becomes the face of Gaza carnageAl-Jazeera - "An eight-month-old baby girl, died of tear-gas inhalation at dawn, Gaza`s Ministry of Health says, highlighting international outrage over the killings by Israeli soldiers of 60 Palestinians who joined in a massive protest against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem." - id 16/5/2018
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Gaza Killings Spark Mass Protests in Ireland, South AfricaIMEMC - " “The IPSC condemns this latest massacre of unarmed Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces. This is the single deadliest day for Palestinians in the occupied territories in four years. The ‘Great March of Return’ protests come on the 70th Anniversary of the Nakba – the expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinians, two thirds of the indigenous Arab population, from their homes by Israeli forces between 1947 and 1949." - id16/5/2018
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“We witnessed at least 40 Palestinians dropping to the ground from tear gas inhalation”ISM - International Solidarity Movement - "Palestinian children released black balloons with Palestinian flags attached into the skies when they reached to Qalandiya. Hundreds of Palestinians then proceeded to protest against the Israeli occupation. Palestinian press and medics were assaulted by Israeli forces before the march even made its way to Qalandiya. Israeli forces used weapons of violence to suppress a peaceful march, attended by men, women and children. Many were injured by rubber coated steel bullets and foam batons fired by Israeli forces. The amount of tear gas used was shocking." - id 16/5/2018
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Trump: moving the Embassy won`t hide the occupation! "All That`s Left" - This Jerusalem demo takes place only 24 hours after Jerusalem Day, during which thousands of Israelis marched through Palestinian East Jerusalem and the Muslim Quarter of the Old City shouted racist and hateful slogans. It takes place as Israeli snipers on the Gaza border go on shooting and killing dozens of Palestinian demonstrators. In parallel, American Jewish IfNotNow activists are holding a protest against the Embassy move in Washington D.C. [bz]15/5/2018
Tuesday, 15.5, 7pm opposite Likud HQ in Tel Aviv: STOP THE FIRE! STOP PLAYING WITH LIVES! STOP THE BLOCKADE! 15/5/2018
De-colonising the mind - a former Zionist fighter`s journeyWilliam Parry - Al-Jazeera - "Tikva Honig-Parnass joined the Palmach militia as it ethnically cleansed Palestinians and now works to expose the crime." - id 9/5/2018
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Why Israel`s Eurovision contestant became a target for BDSOrly Noy - +972 - "That we have succeeded in creating a conscious separation between our lives and the occupation is our tragedy. The boycott movement is simply trying to stop the rest of the world from making the same mistake." - id 9/5/2018
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Canada: Group initiates “World Keffiyeh Day” in solidarity with PalestinePNN - Palestine News Network - "World Keffiyeh Day (May 11th) will be commemorated on an annual basis in conjunction with Nakba Day (15 May), in order to show solidarity with the Palestinian cause and struggle." - id 9/5/2018
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Palestinian poet convicted of inciting terror in Facebook +972 Magazine - Dareen Tatour, 36, hails from the village of Reineh near Nazareth and is a Palestinian Israeli citizen. She was arrested on October 15, 2015 after publishing a number of poems on her Facebook page, including “Qawem Ya Sha’abi, Qawemhum” (“Resist my people, resist them”). She spent three months in detention until she was placed under house arrest. Tatour`s attorney Gabi Laski disputed the poem`s translation to Hebrew which was presented to the court - done by a policeman with no training in literary translation. Experts on Hebrew and Arabic literature, appearing as expert witnesses, testified about the various meanings of specific words and phrases used by Tatour in her art, as well as the nature of political poetry. The court ruled against the poet. "They say that every poet is a prophet. Well, I have written a poem about being in handcuffs, and it came true" said Tatour after the verdict. [ak]8/5/2018
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Netanyahu, ensure safe passage to Palestinian school children! 8/5/2018
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International campaign: Ensure safe passage to Palestinian school children!Rabbis for Human Rights / The Action Network - In the highly vulnerable Palestinian communities pf the the South Hebron Hills, poverty levels are high and there is no access to basic services including clean water, sewage and electricity. Children from the small villages of Tuba and Maghiyir al Abeed attend school at the nearby village Tuwani. However, the road to the school — forbidden for Palestinians except for the schoolchildren — traverses closely to the illegal Israeli outpost "Havat Maon," known for harboring a number of ideologically extreme and sometimes violent Israeli settlers. For over ten years these extremists have physically attacked and verbally intimidated these schoolchildren as they attempted to walk to school in neighboring Tuwani. Although the state has clearly acknowledged the ongoing danger to the children, it has refused to act against the criminal perpetrators. No arrests, to our knowledge, have ever been made despite clear documentation of the abuse (see videos). [ak]8/5/2018
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BDS campaign targets Netta Barzilai`s Eurovision bidYaniv Halily - Ynet - Singer Netta Barzilai, Israel`s representative to the Eurovision song contest, was noted as an early favorite to win the competition, whose final will be held Saturday, with her song "Toy." In an attempt to prevent that from happening, the boycott`s organizers called on European residents to boycott the Israeli song, awarding it zero points. The campaign`s Facebook page, titled "Eurovision boycott of Israel – ZERO points to the song of Israeli Apartheid," uploaded a photo of the Israeli crooner from her days in the Israeli Navy`s band, noting she had served in 2014— during Operation Protective Edge—and sang "My Sailor, My Angel" to navy members who later took part in the massacre of children in Gaza. "The gunboat crews whom Netta Barzilai sent off with her songs played a part in the Gaza carnage," the Facebook page accused, going on to say that while Toy was supposedly an anthem of female empowerment, it did not empower the "women of the Gaza open-air prison." [ak] 8/5/2018
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The new Jewish-Arab movement that plans to save the Israeli leftJoshua Leifer - +972 "Standing Together, a new joint Arab-Jewish movement, is aiming to transform Israeli politics. It won’t be easy, but the Israeli left’s first step back to power might be believing that it can win again." ca4/5/2018
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Gaza in 2018 is what Selma was in 1965David A Love - Al-Jazeera "Israel`s latest attacks on non-violent protesters in Gaza mark a turning point in the Palestinian movement for justice...With a younger generation committed to racial justice, social equity and human rights, attitudes towards Israel`s occupation of Palestine are shifting, even as many mainstream Jewish organisations remain silent. 4/5/2018
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Verdict expected in the trial of poet Dareen Tatour 2/5/2018
Israel rejects entry to human rights activistsVincent Warren - The Arab Daily News - "Israel has a well-known history of denying human rights advocates and other possible critics of its policies entry to Israel, even if those individuals only seek to visit and meet with Palestinians—whose borders Israeli fully controls." - id2/5/2018
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A new anti-BDS tactic - dress up as chickensMondoweiss - The George Washington University student Senate convened to vote on a proposal to divest from nine companies known to be complicit in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights. Suddenly Members of the anti-BDS group "Canary Mission" showed up, dressed in yellow chicken costumes. By a rather convoluted logic this was supposed to deter the students from adopting the divestment resolution... [ak] 1/5/2018
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In Haifa, a display of Palestinian grassroots powerAmjad Iraqi - +972 - "The combined efforts of Palestinians in using their bodies, cameras, and voices to support detained protesters made it impossible for the police to hide the severity of their actions." - id 23/5/2018
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`Police broke my knee, threatened my doctors,` Arab civil society leader tells courtOren Ziv, Yael Marom and Meron Rapoport - +972 - "Seven require medical treatment for injuries sustained during their arrests or while in custody, including Jafar Farah, who says an officer broke his knee inside the police station. Police file criminal complaint against Arab MK Ayman Odeh for calling the officers who refused to let him visit a hospitalized protester ‘losers’." - id 23/5/2018
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If Bob Dylan Were Palestinian “Blowin’ in the Wind” Would Blow the Doors off Israel’s OccupationEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "Palestinian Christian author and activist Samia Khoury updates Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” in response to this week in Gaza."..."How many massacres must we go through - Before they see us as humans?" - id 23/5/2018
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Gaza border killings lead Brazilian artist Gilberto Gil to cancel Tel Aviv performanceBDS Movement - The internationally-renowned Brazilian artists Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso have long grappled with the dilemma of whether or not to perform in Israel. In the July 2015 they rejected a call by the BDS movement to cancel their Tel Aviv performance. At the time, Veloso wrote that, though hating the occupation and the arrogance of the Netanyahu government, they would go to Israel for the sake of Israelis who oppose the occupation and love their music. However, while in Israel they were taken to see a samll Palestinian village on the West Bank. What he saw there led Veloso to announce in Novemeber 2015 that he would never again go to Israel - for which the Brazilian Jewish community denounced him as "having given in to Anti-semitism". Veloso`s long-standing partner Gilberto Gil did not share this decision, and he scheduled a new performance in Tel Aviv for July 2018. However, the mass killing of Palestinian demonstrators on the Gaza border caused Gil to change his mind and cancel this performance. [ak] 22/5/2018
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The persecution of Ezra NawiOrly Noy - +972 - "The fabrication of criminal cases against activists, particularly anti-occupation activists, has become an almost routine tool. Every one of us could find themselves the target of a similar right-wing campaign." - id 30/5/2018
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Shakira cancels Israel performance in face of worldwide outcryThe Arab Daily News - "Shakira is sending a super-star powered message: she’s choosing freedom, for Palestinians and all people, over apartheid and occupation." - id 30/5/2018
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