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Now Biggest Donor in all of US Politics, Sheldon Adelson Brings an Israel First Agenda to Washington Whitney Webb - MintPress "A New York Times article on Adelson, titled “Sheldon Adelson Sees a Lot to Like in Trump’s Washington,” notes that Adelson “enjoys a direct line to the president.” Furthermore, Adelson and Trump regularly meet once a month “in private in-person meetings and phone conversations” that Adelson has used to push major changes to U.S. policy that Trump has made reality — such as moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and cutting aid to Palestinian refugees, among others." ca29/9/2018
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35 senators send letter to Trump opposing Palestinian aid cutKate, blogger - Mondoweiss "14 Democrats and 51 Republicans, mostly Senators who have received huge campaign donations from Israel’s lobby AIPAC, refused to sign the letter including those who have claimed to be advocates for “peaceful negotiations with Israel.” The letter was immediately applauded by Churches for Middle East Peace — Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) led a letter of 34 Democratic Senators to President Trump to express strong opposition to his decision to cut more than $500 million in aid to the Palestinian people..." ca28/9/2018
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Rabbis for Human Rights celebrate Sukkot at Khan al-AhmarMa`an - ""We will sit during Sukkot in the Judean Desert during the seven days of the holiday. We will live a life of confidence in our temporary quarters, together with members of the Jahalin tribe, who have been living in this vulnerable situation for years."" - id 26/9/2018
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Khan al-Ahmar: Join Amnesty International`s emergency campaign 25/9/2018
Amnesty International calls for action to prevent Khan al-Ahmar demolitionEdith Garwood - Amnesty International - I called the office of the the Israeli COGAT (the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories). The call was answered by a polite English speaker. I said that as an Amnesty International supporter, I was calling about the Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin community. I said that demolishing this village and forcibly transferring its residents to the vicinity of a garbage dump would be war crimes, and therefore I strongly urged "DO NOT DO IT!". I asked COGAT`s polite English speaker to pass on this message to whoever was in charge. He said he would do that. In order to have a real effect, very many people need to go on calling that office. [ak] 25/9/2018
Donate to help poor families in Gaza 25/9/2018
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A Yom Kippur Martyrology Service for GazaRabbi Brant Rosen - Shalom Rav Blog - It is traditional at Yom Kippur morning to read a Martyrology that describes the executions of ten leading rabbis who were brutally executed by the Roman Empire. At Tzedek Chicago, we devote the Yom Kippur Martyrology to honor specific individuals throughout the world who have given their lives for the cause of liberation. This year, we will dedicate our Martyrology service to the Palestinians in Gaza who have been killed by the Israeli military during the Great Return March. This nonviolent demonstration began last spring with a simple question: “What would happen if thousands of Gazans, most of them refugees, attempted to peacefully cross the fence that separated them from their ancestral lands?” Since the first day of the march last spring, demonstrators have consistently been met by live fire from the Israeli military. To date, 170 Palestinians have been killed and tens of thousands wounded and maimed, most of them unarmed demonstrators, including children, medics and bystanders. [ak]25/9/2018
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PHOTOS: Activists spend night in Palestinian village Israel plans to demolish+972 - "After dinner and a few live broadcasts on Facebook, the activists sleep on thin mattresses and heavy blankets laid out across the schoolyard’s artificial grass covered courtyard. As the sun rises each morning, a sense of temporary relief is tangible. The village survived to see another day another night. They made it through the night." - id20/9/2018
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Join ISM: Training in London—October 6, 2018International Solidarity Movement To sign up for the training, please contact training.ismlondon@riseup.net 20/9/2018
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Judge: Israeli police `scandalous` for trying to deport U.S.-French activist applying military procedures.Orly Noy - +972 - According to Lasky, the decision to book her client under military law instead of into the civilian justice system was made in order to give them time to deport him before he saw a judge. The judge, upon hearing what police had done, reminded the police representative that she had scheduled a detention hearing and “[I get] the impression that you want to thwart it.” [bz]18/9/2018
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Israel releases US professor detained in West Bank villageAP - USA TODAY - The 66-year-old Frank Romano was detained on Friday in the embattled village of Khan al-Ahmar, along with two Palestinian activists. Romano stood in front of heavy equipment being used to clear barriers that had been set up to slow demolition. Activists said he began a hunger strike while in detention. Gaby Lasky, Romano’s lawyer, said a court ordered his release Sunday. She said he was freed early Monday after police decided not to appeal the decision. Upon his release, Romano returned to the village and said: “I can continue the struggle with you.” [bz]18/9/2018
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Israelis activists support Corbyn 18/9/2018
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Antisemitism or manipulation? Israelis support Corbyn Anat Matar - We are Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel, committed to civil equality within Israel, to an end to the occupation and the blockade of Gaza, to a just peace and justice for the Palestinian refugees. The solidarity of progressive forces abroad is vital to our struggle, and we therefore welcomed the election of Jeremy Corbyn, a committed campaigner for peace, as leader of the British Labour Party. Since his election, Corbyn has been subjected to sustained attacks for his supposed friendliness to antisemitism. We reject the substance of these accusations completely, and we note that some of Corbyn’s accusers, such as Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu, are themselves notorious racists and allies of known antisemites, such as Viktor Orbán and the Polish nationalists.[ak]18/9/2018
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Settlers and military continue their joint assaults on the village of ‘Urif with impunityOrly Noy - +972 - Instead of bringing to court Frank Romano, who was arrested trying to block an Israeli army bulldozer in Khan al-Ahmar, Israeli police tried to deport him without notifying his lawyer or the court. Judge orders him released [ry]17/9/2018
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3 Palestinian prisoners continue open hunger strikeMa’an News Agency - "According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 5,781 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, of whom 456 are administrative detainees" [ry]17/9/2018
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Activists Establish Al-Wadi Al-Ahmar VillageIMEMC - "The new village is meant to send a message that the Palestinians will remain steadfast on their lands, despite Israel’s escalating violations and colonialist policies, especially as the army is preparing to demolish al-Khan al-Ahmar, the activists said." - id12/9/2018
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Conscientious objector to mark Jewish new year in prison+972 Magazine Staff - +972 - "Hilel Garmi is in prison for the third time, for refusing to serve in the Israeli military. His decision was partly inspired by one of the lead organizers of the Great Return March in Gaza." - id 12/9/2018
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Activists stand in solidarity with the residents of Khan al-AhmarInternational Solidarity Movement - ISM - "On the morning of September 7, 2018, around 09:40, as approximately 40 Palestinians and internationals were peacefully enjoying morning tea and coffee, a busload of an estimated 40-50 people from the Israeli zionist hate-group “Im Tirtzu” pulled off the highway by the village and approached. The Palestinians and internationals who were gathered at Khan al-Ahmar met the Israeli hate group at the entrance of the village before they entered it. The Palestinians questioned the purpose of the group’s presence were met with verbal insults and accusations of anti-semitism." - id 12/9/2018
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B`Tselem to EU: Clarify to Israel demolition of Khan al-Ahmar will have consequences Hagai El-Ad - B’Tselem - Israel is trampling the shared values that are at the core of its relationship with the EU. The European Union must act urgently to prevent the destruction of the Khan al-Ahmar community, after Israel’s High Court gave the demolition plan the go-ahead. According to the ruling, the state may demolish all the structures in the community, including a school attended by some 180 children. Back in July, the EU`s Federica Mogherini warned Israel that destroying this community would have serious consequences. Now, we have reached the juncture where it appears that these serious consequences must be spelled out, if the EU is to credibly back its own positions. [ak] 11/9/2018
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Activists build `Wadi al-Ahmar` villageMa`an - During night hours, dozens of Palestinian and international activists built substitute homes for residents of Khan al-Ahmar using wood and steel. Head of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Committee against the Wall and Settlements, Minister Walid Assaf, announced the "birth" of the "Wadi al-Ahmar" village, dozens of meters away from the illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adumim that is built on lands of Khan al-Ahmar - "a message to the world that our people will continue to defend their lands, especially in Area C, as this is part of Palestinian lands." Activist Abdullah Abu Rahmeh. heading the popular work department said that activists took the initiative so residents of Khan al-Ahmar could find a place to live if their village is demolished.[bz]11/9/2018
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Why candidates must boycott IsraelJoel Reinstein - Electronic Intifada "The recent Democratic Party primary victories of Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and others have generated arguments among progressives and socialists about their stances on Palestine, and whether or how to hold them accountable.Unfortunately, the principles of the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions movement have been left out of much of the discussion. These guidelines clearly set out what accountability to Palestinian self-determination looks like, and must be foregrounded if our solidarity with Palestinians is to be successful.The BDS movement’s demands and guiding principles are laid out on its website, run by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC). The BNC is a coalition of Palestinian groups representing the overwhelming majority of Palestinians, including trade unions, protest committees, women’s groups, youth organizations and political parties." ca 7/9/2018
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Gaza’s battle-hardened medics always on dutyAmjad Ayman Yaghi - The Electronic Intifada - "According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, there have been at least 370 instances of paramedics being injured during the demonstrations and nearly 70 ambulances have sustained damage. “I believe in the saying, he who saves a life, saves all humanity,” said 43-year-old Muhammad al-Hissi, a paramedic with two decades of experience." - id5/9/2018
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“I think that today, I’m just going to cry”: A journal entry by an ISM volunteer Kristin Foss - International Solidarity Movement - " Then I think of what these same people say about my Palestinian friends: that they are an invented people, there was never a place called Palestine. If a nurse gets killed tending to the wounded, she is Hamas. If a school or hospital gets bombed, then Hamas was storing weapons there. If a child is murdered, his parents are using him for sympathy. It’s inexplicably inhumane. I have never witnessed anything like this, people denouncing a whole people. It is so unspeakably evil. How does it feel for Palestinians to read this; to read that they don’t even exist? To be faced with this evil? When all they did was to be born on their own land, and all they do is try to live under an inhumane occupation." - id5/9/2018
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As Palestinian Arab MPs in Israel, we salute Corbyn as a champion of peace and justiceAhmad Tibi, Masud Ganaim, Yousef Jabareen, Jamal Zahalka, MPs, Joint List - The Guardian, Letters - ‘With the Netanyahu government ramping up the racism, our struggle for survival is more precarious than ever.’ Palestinian Arab MPs in the Knesset commend Jeremy Corbyn for his ‘longstanding solidarity with all oppressed peoples around the world’ [ry]4/9/2018
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Abbas: no `confederation` with Jordan, only tripartite ‘confederation’ with both Israel and JordanRaphael Ahren - Times of Israel - Meeting with a delegation of Peace Now activists, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that said senior US administration officials Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt had asked about his opinion of a “confederation with Jordan” to which Abbas had replied that he would only agree to a three-way confederation with both Jordan and Israel.’ That must have taken place before the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, after which Abbas refused to have anything more to do with Trump`s emissaries. Abbas recounted that Russia, Japan, Belgium, and the Netherlands all offered to host Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, but such offers were rejected by Netanyahu. The Israeli PM holds out for an exclusive US mediation, which the Palestinians consider Trump as blatantly biased in Israel`s favor and thus not an acceptable mediator. Sunday’s meeting with Abbas was attended by Peace Now executive director Shaqued Morag, Meretz MK Mossi Raz (a former Peace Now director), and Zionist Union MK Ksenia Svetlova. According to the PA’s official Wafa news agency, unnamed “peace activists” from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party attended the meeting as well. “I have a problem with Netanyahu, not with Likud,” Peace Now quoted Abbas as saying.[ak] 3/9/2018
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Eleven Artists Have Pulled Out of Israel`s Meteor Festival Amid BDS PressureShira Makin - Ha`artez - Lana Del Rey is the most well-known of the international artists who had a second thought after the pressure put on by the BDS movement and its prominent activist Roger Waters, but ten other artists also pulled out of the Meteor Festival. For example, American electronic musician Shlohmo announced that originally he intended to perform in Israel and donate his pay to the inhabitants of Gaza, but later realized that he would help the Gazans more by altogether canceling the performance. Waters is now concentrating his campaign on the American jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, the "only notable standout" who - as of now - still plans to come to Israel and perform. [ak]3/9/2018
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