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Why I Will Never Go on BirthrightSafia Southey - The Palestine Chronicle - Taglit-Birthright Israel’ or simply ‘Birthright’ is a well-known Jewish heritage experience that many young Jewish people take part in. In its description, it sounds like a fantastic cultural experience that is packed with authentic cultural and historical experiences – and it’s free! But now, down the rabbit hole we go after all – once and for all I’d like to explain why I have never, and will never will, go on Birthright – even if it’s free.-rh29/8/2018
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The Israeli peace activist who crossed enemy lines and shaped generationsAdam Keller - +972 - Going back to 1969, to an article I read by Uri under the table during a very boring class in eighth grade. I still remember it, almost word for word; it was a futuristic article that attempted to imagine what the country would look like in 1990... [bz]28/8/2018
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Supreme Court allows entry to Hamas kin for medical careAP & Ynet - The court ruling came after a petition filed on July 29 this year by Gisha, Al Mezan, Adalah, and Physicians for Human Rights Israel was unanimously accepted by Supreme Court Justices Uzi Fogelman, Isaac Amit, and Ofer Grosskopf. Adalah—The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel—released a press statement saying that the justices also ruled that the Israeli Security Cabinet’s 2017 decision to deny Gaza patients access to medical treatment as means of leverage over Hamas was ineffective and illegal. [bz]28/8/2018
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Amana moves its headquarters to east J`lmItamar Eichner - Ynet News "As part of reinforcing the territorial contiguity of Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem, the Jewish settlement movement relocates its main building to the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood; Amana`s secretary general stresses its mission to further establish Jewish settlements in the West Bank." ca24/8/2018
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Why we continue to march in GazaAbdalrahim Alfarra - The Electronic Intifada - "All of us, together, were demanding the lifting of Israel’s blockade on Gaza, now in its 11th year. We were united against the US embassy move to Jerusalem." - id22/8/2018
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A statement from the Norwegian ISM volunteer targeted and shot by an Israeli soldier in Kafr QaddumRamallah team - International Solidarity Movement - "One of the soliders shouts something at me in Hebrew, I don’t understand, but I shout back that the man just wants his car back. Then he shouts that it is dangerous. I shout back that it is only dangerous because he is pointing a machine gun at me. Those far behind me posed no danger to the soldier, nor to me. One shot is fired as I am shouting, then another shot is directed at me, and hits me in the abdomen. I would say from approximately 20-30 metres. It is absolutely no doubt I was targeted and shot deliberately." - id22/8/2018
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Uri Avnery - 1923-2018. His opponents will ultimately have to follow in his footstepsGush Shalom - We – the members of Gush Shalom as well as very many other people who were directly and indirectly influenced by him - will continue his mission. [ry]20/8/2018
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Israeli navy opens fire at Gaza flotillaMa’an News Agency - "Israeli naval forces opened fire at dozens of Gaza flotilla boats that set sail on Saturday from the besieged Gaza Strip port in attempt to break the maritime blockade imposed by Israel" [ry]20/8/2018
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For one day, the villagers of Ein Samia beat Israel`s most radical settlersOren Ziv - +972 - Accompanied by Israeli and international activists, the residents of the rural Palestinian community Ein Samia marched to their grazing land, located between the West Bank’s most notoriously violent settlement outposts [ry]20/8/2018
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Classical music censored for IsraelRaymond Deane - EI - “However, when Hoban approached Björn Gottstein, the director of the legendary Donaueschingen music festival in southwest Germany, with a proposal for a third work in the cycle he was met not just with rejection but with the following statement, as paraphrased by Hoban: ‘although [Gottstein] gave composers a free hand in their use of political content, he would not tolerate any criticism of Israel at the festival and would prevent the appearance of any piece on the program that contained such criticism’” [ry]20/8/2018
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After Emerging From An Israeli Prison, Freedom Flotilla Captain Accuses Canada’s Government Of Complicity In A “Slow Genocide”IMEMC - "Human rights activist John Turnbull describes how Israel’s navy hijacked a peaceful vessel in international waters, and kidnapped its passengers and crew." - id15/8/2018
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`My Israel Is Dead`: Dame Vivien Duffield, One of Israel`s Biggest Donors, Is Furious About the Nation-state LawGili Izikovich - Ha`aretz - ““It’s very difficult to defend Israel now in England or anywhere. It’s still a fantastic place, but I prefer to only talk about the Weizmann Institute. Do I like Israel at the moment? No, I hate Israel. I think it’s a strong word, but I disapprove of everything. The vote in parliament [for the nation-state law] was appalling, absolutely terrible. It’s apartheid! This is South Africa! This is one rule for one group and another rule for the other." Duffield may have sharp criticism of Israel’s policies, but she cannot be dismissed as an enemy of the state or an arrogant foreigner. She is, in fact, one of the biggest philanthropists donating to Israeli institutions over the past fifty years, and far from a supporter of BDS she had endowed an anti-BDS program. Asked if the new legislation will affect the foundation’s activities in Israel, she said “I don’t know, it’s too early to say. But I’m very angry. I will make absolutely sure that Arabic is still part of every project we do." [ak] 14/8/2018
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I Was Detained At Ben Gurion Airport Because Of My BeliefsPeter Beinart - The Forward - The security official asked why I was in Israel and I told him about my niece`s Bat Mitzvah. I got the feeling this was not the answer he wanted. He asked if I was involved in any organization that could provoke violence in Israel. I said no. Then he told me that on my last trip to Israel I had participated in a protest, which is true. He asked where it occurred and I answered “Hebron. He asked its purpose and I answered that we were protesting the fact that Palestinians in Hebron and across the West Bank lack basic rights. He asked how I had become involved in the protest and I mentioned The Center for Jewish Nonviolence. He asked if the Center had incited violence, and I replied that, as its name suggests, it practices non-violence. My interrogator then replied that names could be misleading. The government of North Korea, he observed, calls itself a democracy but is not. I told him I didn`t think the Center for Jewish Nonviolence and the North Korean government have much in common. [ak]14/8/2018
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Palestinian flags fly at Arab-led rally in Tel Aviv against nation-state lawTamar Pileggi and TOI staff - Times of Israel "Thousands of Israelis gathered at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night to march in a protest, led by the Arab community, against the controversial nation-state law. It was the second demonstration against the legislation in as many weekends, with last week’s gathering, led by the Druze community, drawing at least 50,000 people. Many of the protesters at Saturday’s protest carried Palestinian flags, defying a request by the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee, which organized the demonstration, not to wave the flags at the event." ca 10/8/2018
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Jews and Arabs - Standing Together! 8/8/2018
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Jews and Arabs - Standing Together! 8/8/2018
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What spurred Israel`s Druze to demand equality now?Henriette Chacar - +972 - "Eman Safady, like many Druze citizens of Israel, felt personally betrayed by the Jewish Nation-State Law. A journalist from the village of Abu Snan in the Galilee and an officer at the Union of Journalists in Israel, she was one of the tens of thousands of protesters who took to Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square last weekend to oppose the law." - id8/8/2018
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Video: Activists stand in solidarity with Gaza, are arrested by Israeli military and policeFeatures - ISM - " They raised the Palestinian flag so that demonstrators in besieged Gaza could see it. They also carried a banner in Arabic reading “Jews for Return”. The Israeli and international demonstrators were assaulted and arrested by the Israeli military and police. Hours later they were released from the Netivot police station." - id8/8/2018
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No hope on the political level - which means we have to be more active at the grassroots! Combatants for Peace - The recent weeks and months have shown that there is no hope on the political level, several discriminatory laws in Israeli parliament have passed shortly before the summer break of the Knesset. In Palestine, we observe growing frustration and desperation. What is happening in Gaza, the Bedouin communities and in the villages of our Palestinian partners is - again - more than alarming. Which does not mean we have to give up in despair. It means that we all have to become more involved than ever, to become change agents ourselves! People may tell you the opposite, but we know that there is a partner on the other side. We all have the responsibility to make this little piece of land as a home for both peoples - without violence, hatred or injustice. [ak] 7/8/2018
Summer of Peace Summit 7/8/2018
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Occupation objector`s Hillel Grami`s statement from military prisonRefuser Solidarity Network - When I was a young child, the army, for me, was not only an inevitable obligation, but also the pinnacle of my aspirations. I wanted to enlist in the most selective commando unit possible. But when I grew older and I came to understand the present reality between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, I realized enlisting would be impossible for me. I cannot enlist, because from a very young age I was educated to believe that all humans are equal. I do not believe in some common denominator which all Jews share and which sets them apart from Arabs. [bz]7/8/2018
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Norway Demands Explanation for Israeli Seizure of Gaza-bound BoatIMEMC News & Agencies - "Torstein Dahle, head of the group Ship to Gaza Norway which organized the shipment, said it was the first Norwegian aid vessel to attempt to breach the Israeli blockade of Gaza.The captain had been struck on the head by Israeli soldiers who ordered him to sail for Israel, but no one was seriously hurt, Dahle said. “This is a peaceful boat; it’s impossible that it can threaten Israel’s security,” he said." ca 2/8/2018
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