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Celebrity historian Yuval Noah Harari Snubs Israeli Consulate Over Anti-Liberal Legislation,Asaf Shalev - CTech/Ynet - Yuval Noah Harari, the Israeli celebrity historian and author of bestsellers like "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind," refused an invitation to collaborate with the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles, citing recent decisions by the Israeli government impacting the rights of gay couples and ethnic minorities. “Although Professor Harari is proud of being Israeli, we have no interest in cooperating with the consulate, which represents to us a far-reaching organ of Israeli government policy that limits freedoms of the press and of expression, creativity and thought,” said Harari’s manager. [ak]30/7/2018
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Pro-Palestinian Italian artists barred from IsraelMa’an News Agency - "According to lawyer of the two Italian artists, Azmi Masalha, since their detention on Saturday, the two have been questioned and then transferred to the Ministry of Interior, which decided to revoke their tourist visas and ordered them to depart Israel within 72 hours. Masalha added that Israel also barred the two Italian artists from entering Israel for the next 10 years" [ry] 31/7/2018
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Israel seeks to isolate Palestinians from global supportAdri Nieuwhof - EI - “Israel is obstructing the ability of international organizations to monitor its compliance with its obligations as an occupying power under international law. Therefore by refusing to stand up to Israel’s entry ban, European governments are helping Israel conceal its abuses from the world and giving it cover to commit more violations” [ry]31/7/2018
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Thousands Attend Mega Arabic Lesson in Tel Aviv to Protest Nation-state LawJudy Maltz - Haaretz - It was billed the biggest Arabic lesson in the world, and on Monday evening organizers estimated that a few thousand Israelis participated in the mega-event held in one of Tel Aviv’s big city squares.In addition to learning new words in Arabic, the crowd was treated to performances by Jewish and Arab musicians and artists. Organized by a consortium of Israeli civil society organization, the event was held to protest the controversial nation-state law, passed by the Knesset this month, that downgrades Arabic as one of the country’s official languages. T-shirts sold at the event had the words “I love Arabic” (in Arabic words, but Hebrew letters) printed on them. The crowd included Jews and Arabs, including many who had traveled long distances to attend. They repeated basic words and terms in Arabic after the teachers, who delivered their lesson from a central stage.[ak]30/7/2018
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Police arrests artists who painted Ahed Tamimi mural on separation wallHaggai Matar - +972 Magazine - Two Italian citizens and one Palestinian were arrested by Israeli Border Police officers on Saturday after graffitiing a portrait of Ahed Tamimi, who was released from prison the following day, on part of the West Bank separation barrier in Bethlehem. Following the arrest, the Israel Police Spokesperson announced that the “Border Police views every attempt to harm or vandalize the wall with great severity, we will arrest the offenders and bring them to justice.” The section of the separation wall chosen by the artists, located on the edge of Bethlehem near Rachel’s Tomb, is one of the most popular with graffiti artists and tourists alike. Just a few meters from Ahed’s portrait is a giant mural of President Donald Trump. The police made no effort to arrest whoever made that. [ak]30/7/2018
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Activists tasered as Israeli navy intercepts Freedom Flotilla boat heading to Gaza iFreedom Flotilla Coalition - Eye-witness Zohar Chamberlain Regev reports that at the time of boarding “People on the boat were tasered and hit by masked soldiers. Do not believe reports of peaceful interception.” The Freedom Flotilla`s Al Awda, a former fishing boat sailing under a Norwegian flag, took off from Italy with 22 activists on board - including Yonatan Shapira, former combat pilot of the Israeli Air Force, who is on his fourth attempt to break the blockade from the sea. Other activists came from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK and the United States. The boat was carrying aid and €13,000 worth of medical supplies, and the organizers had intended to donate the boat itself to the hard- pressed Gazan fishermen`s community. [ak] 30/7/2018
When a sniper shot a surferAmjad Ayman Yaghi - The Electronic Intifada - "“I was shot with an explosive bullet in my left leg,” the 26-year-old said. “Doctors have told me that I will not be able to go back to surfing because my muscles will not be as strong as they were. Surfing requires strong muscles and being able to balance on the surfboard. At the moment, I cannot move my leg."" - id 25/7/2018
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Israeli forces arrest Palestinian female journalist in HebronShatha Hammad - Aljazeera - "At least 63 Palestinian women are being held in Israeli prisons, including journalists and mothers." - id 25/7/2018
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New flotilla set to leave Palermo in bid to break blockade on GazaTimes of Israel - Before departing, the flotilla was welcomed by the mayor of the southern Italian town of Palermo, who renamed a section of the port in honor of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. [ak]24/7/2018
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Tisha B’Av pilgrimage to villages that have suffered destruction, or are in danger 22/7/2018
From the Freedom Flotilla, Former Israeli Air Force Pilot Calls for a Boycott of IsraelIMEMC - "I realized together with other friends in the air force that we are fighting for the wrong side, and we are part of an organization that commits a crime against innocent Palestinians, and we do not want to be part of it anymore. So together with a group of about 27 pilots from all different squadrons of the Israeli air force, attack pilots, rescue pilots like me and others, veterans and active, we send this letter to our commander and the whole society in Israel telling them that we are no longer willing to obey the orders and be part of this illegal and criminal, immoral, occupation. That’s what started my life as an activist fifteen years ago, on the eve of the Jewish year, Rosh Hashanah." - id18/7/2018
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Stop the war - reach an agreement! 18/7/2018
The road from Qaddum to Nablus: Seven years of protestsSocial TV - +972 - "For the past seven years, the Palestinian residents of Qaddum have been protesting the Israeli army’s closure of their main access road to Nablus, the nearest West Bank city. Why was the road closed and how does it affect the residents?" - id18/7/2018
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No Legitimacy to anti-Semitism! Protest Hungarian PM`s visit to Holocaust museum 17/7/2018
Demonstrate on the Gaza border: Stop the war - reach an agreement!The Other Voice - The past week was one of the most difficult we have experienced since the summer of 2014. Dozens of missiles shot, nights of running to air raid shelters, leaving dead on the Palestinian side and wounded on the Israeli side. The terrible sequence of events, which we have witnessed too many times already, is once again running its familiar course. Once again, swords are rattled on both sides and preparations made for a destructive new round of all-out fighting. The politicians and the media no longer talk of whether there will be a war, but only of when it will break out. To us, this situation is completely unacceptable – because there is no real reason for war. It`s time for an agreement! [ak]17/7/2018
How to fight the demolition of a West Bank school? Start the year earlyOren Ziv/Activestills - +972 - At around 7 a.m. on Monday morning, the Palestinian activists who slept in the yard rolled up their mattresses and packed up their belongings, as students from various nearby Bedouin communities arrived in their school uniforms. Over the past few weeks, the school yard has become a gathering spot for Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists fighting to prevent the demolition. [bz]17/7/2018
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As Israel prepares to demolish Bedouin school, activists lay out backpacks for each studentEdo Konrad - +972 - "...a group of activists lay backpacks outside Israel’s Supreme Court — one for each student who may soon find himself without a place to learn." - id 11/7/2018
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A fantasy of partnership between two peoplesAssaf Adiv - Challenge - "An exhibition by artist Noam Toran at Tel Aviv’s RawArt Gallery takes us back to Arab and Jewish rail workers in 1930s Haifa and imagines an alternative to the bloody conflict between the two peoples. Instead of death and hatred, Toran offers a fantasy of partnership based on solidarity among workers." - id 11/7/2018
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Socialist International backs BDSThe Left Chapter - In a surprisingly strongly worded statement from them, the Socialist International (SI) -- which "brings together 140 global political parties, including 35 parties in government" -- has denounced recent actions by Israel and called on "all governments and civil society organizations to activate Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli occupation, all the occupation institutions, and the illegal Israeli settlement including the total embargo on all forms of military trade and cooperation with Israel as long as it continues its policies of occupation and Apartheid against the Palestinian people." The BDS website describes this as "the most significant call for sanctions against Israel to date". Of course, resolutions like this do not necessarily guide the actions of the member parties, but it is definitely a positive step. [ak]10/7/2018
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Jerusalem demo against the destruction of Khan Al-Ahmar 10/7/2018
Is Israel`s justice minister determined to undermine the judicial system? Yossi Beilin - Al-Monitor - The Knesset’s Justice Committee hasn’t had a meeting like Monday`s in a very long time. On June 25, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of HaBayit HaYehudi submitted legislation that would allow each minister to select the legal adviser for his ministry. She faced opposition from three senior figures — the current and two former attorney generals. In the administrative hierarchy of government, the current attorney general serves under the minister.-rh 4/7/2018
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The brief but exciting life of the bill to outlaw filming IDF soldiersHAVIV RETTIG GUR - The Times of Israel - MK Ilatov did, in fact, pen a bill of the sort that Sokatch warned about. But he didn’t do so because he thought it might pass, nor even because he wanted it to pass. As anyone with more than a passing familiarity with Israeli politics of the past decade can attest, right-wing lawmakers use such bills to get their names in the newspaper in a nation where news events come at a fevered pace and no mere press release from a junior politician has much hope of getting noticed. The most effective way to get noticed, right-wing lawmakers have discovered, is to trigger the left into a public relations campaign against them. Countless right- wing bills have been proposed, but only an infinitesimal number have passed into law. Those that did were so gutted by the time they became law that they have not been enforced, usually because the final version negotiated by lawmakers during the legislative process was carefully constructed to ensure they could not be enforced.rh4/7/2018
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IDF releases conscientious objector after 100 days in military prisonOrly Noy - +972 - "Brachfeld had declared her refusal ‘to take part in the oppression of the Palestinian people.’ It is very rare for the army to grant conscientious objector status to non-religious Jewish Israelis. A new lawsuit seeks to change that." - id 4/7/2018
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Israeli support rally for the women`s march in Gaza Nomika Zion and Eric Yellin - Other Voice - Members of Other Voice will today ( Tuesday, July 3 ) hold a support rally for the women`s march in Gaza Today, at 17:00, there will be a non-violent march of some 20,000 women in Gaza demanding the end of the siege and the right to a dignified life. The march is organized by the leaders of the nonviolent struggle in Gaza. Women from all over the Palestinian political spectrum will march from the Saja`iya neighborhood towards the border - near Kibbutz Nahal Oz. They asked us to march with them as a sign of solidarity on the other side of the fence ... It is important for them to see that there is someone in Israel to talk to.[ak] 3/7/2018
Activists change street names in Tel Aviv Killing Without Consequence facebook page - Early this morning activists changed the names of streets in Salama - a former Palestinian village emptied of its original population in 1948, incorporated into Tel Aviv and re-settled with Jewish Israelis. The Herzl Street was renamed "Return Street and Ben-Zvi as "Razan al Najar Street". This action was in advance of a memorial ceremony for Razan A-Najar, a nurse that was shot in her back during the Great March of Return on the Gaza separation fence. The ceremony will take place in the location of Salameh, Razan’s families village from which they were expelled in 1948. [ak]3/7/2018
Salama Remembers Razan Al-Najjar 3/7/2018
Jewish American BDS activist denied entry into IsraelAmir Alon - Ynet - Population and Immigration Authority bars Ariel Gold from entering country following instruction from Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and recommendation of Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, who later writes: `The rules have changed. Israel will not show restraint towards those who try to hurt it` [ry]2/7/2018
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