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Act now to free Heba Al-Labadichange.org will take care that your statements will get to congressional offices and presidential campaigns!29/10/2019
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Virgin Airlines’ Richard Branson – a force for justice for Palestinians?Kathryn Shihadah - If Americans Knew - Sir Richard Branson, billionaire, activist, and philanthropist, has founded together with Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and various other VIP`s the international forum called "The Elders". He co-signed some statements condemning Israeli bombings in Gaza. Just last year, Branson`s Virgin Airlines aroused the anger of nationalist Israelis for serving "Palestinian Couscous". Yet now, Brabson made headlines when he emerged from his Virgin Atlantic flight and kissed the ground in the Tel Aviv airport. And the new Virgin Holidays vacation packages, named “Classic Israel,” includes time in Bethlehem – which is, significantly, not in Israel, but in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory, a fact omitted from publicity for the tours. It is time to write to Branson, remind him of his own declared philosophy - "Social Justice is good for business" - and ask him where he now stands with regard to the cause of justice to Palestinians. [ak]29/10/2019
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Medical days in the West BankProf. Rafi Walden - Physicians for Human Rights Israel - In our medical days in the West Bank, we treat several hundred patients in our mobile clinic, but this contact has a ripple effect that reaches many others - family members, neighbors, residents of nearby villages. On each of these days, I feel like we touch the hearts of thousands. This work shows that coexistence between the two nations, that living together, is possible. For many Palestinians, this is the only positive contact with Israelis, in a reality where daily interactions are hostile - soldiers at checkpoints, settlers and security service personnel.[ak]29/10/2019
Tell Microsoft: Drop AnyVision, the surveillance company spying on West Bank Palestinians 29/10/2019
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Tell Microsoft: Drop AnyVision, the surveillance company spying on West Bank Palestinians 29/10/2019
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Tell Microsoft: Drop AnyVision, the surveillance company spying on West Bank PalestiniansJewish Voice for Peace - Microsoft made a multi-million dollar investment in AnyVision, an Israeli facial recognition company led by former Israeli military and intelligence personnel, which plans to cover the West Bank with a sophisticated camera network, in order "to spot and monitor potential Palestinian assailants.” Presented with the argument that mass surveillance is being carried out in a territory that is not governed democratically, AnyVision CEO Etshtein was rather evasive. Jewish Voice for Peace launched the petition, calling upon Microsoft to end their investment in AnyVision - which is what Microsoft should have done by themselves, under their own clearly formulated Ethical Code. [ak] 29/10/2019
Puma keeps helping Israel sports-wash its human rights abusesAya Khattab - Al Jazeera - Companies like Puma which back Israeli sport associations purposefully ignore the oppression of Palestinian athletes [ry] 28/10/2019
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Tell the European Union: Action and not just words! 28/10/2019
Invitation by Jahalin Solidarity for a field visit to Khan al AhmarAngela Godfrey - Jahalin Solidarity - We are extending an invitation for a field tour, with a briefing at Al Khan al Ahmar, and overviews from Kfar Adumim and Ma`ale Adumim. Dates this month or early November are yet to be finalised, depending on preferences and numbers, so if you or colleagues who may not yet be receiving such invitations (please forward to them) have preferences, we hope to meet those requests. [ak]22/10/2019
International Criminal Court - Heed the Victims of Israeli War Crimes! Demonstrations at the Hague, Paris Olivia Zémor - EuroPalestine - A European initiative, calling upon the ICC (International Criminal Court) to heed the complaints lodged by Palestinian victims against Israel war criminals, is gathering momentum. The number of signatories and participants has grown. A rally will take place at the Hague on November 29, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. French and Belgian supporters have chartered buses, to depart from from Paris, Lille & Brussels. A preliminary French rally will take place on November 26 at the Forum des Halles, Paris. [ak] 22/10/2019
Tell Congress: No US aid for child torture!Alison Weir - If Americans Knew - New legislation in the House has the simple, humane goal of withholding any aid to Israel that would be used to detain, prosecute, and torture Palestinian children. This bill sets the bar extremely low for supporting Palestine: all it asks is that Palestinian children not be tortured using American aid money. Isn`t this a no-brainer? Shouldn`t everyone sign on? But in fact, out of 435 representatives, fewer than two dozen have committed to supporting `No Way to Treat a Child` (H.R.2407). Now, activists in California convinced their Congressman to co-sponsor the bill. If you are an American citizen, you can do the same! Please spend two minutes to tell your legislator: cosponsor this bill that protects Palestinian children! [ak]22/10/2019
Palestinians cry foul over Facebook pro-Israel biasDima Abumaria - Y-Net/The Media Line - The Sada Social Center launched a campaign to expose what it considers a discriminatory, anti-Palestinian policy by Facebook. “Facebook has developed an algorithm that automatically deletes users` posts and accounts if they include names of Palestinian political parties, for example ‘Hamas,’ ‘Jihad,’ ‘Popular Front,’ ‘Qassam,’ ‘Saraya’ and ‘Islamic Jihad,’ or names of martyrs, leaders and others without looking at the context in which they were posted, which sets a historic precedent for infringement on media freedom. Palestinian journalists and media people are unable to carry out their work work as a result of `Facebook’s unfair policy, which doesn’t pay attention to professional work standards.” says Eyad Rifai of the Sada Center. Complaints get the standard answer that “Facebook is an American company committed to renouncing terrorism as part of an agreement with the American government". There is no comparable action against anti-Palestinian incitement extensively placed on Facebook by right- wing Israelis and their supporters abroad. This Facebook policy seems influenced by Israeli Minister Gilad Erdan who had said that "Facebook has become a monster" and that "Facebook facilitates Palestinian terrorism and is directly responsible for the killing of Israeli citizens [https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/fr/originals/2016/07/israel- demands- zuckerberg-to-monitor-facebook-incitement.amp.html]. [ak]15/10/2019
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Dr. Hanan Ashrawi: Israel is waging war against everything Palestinian in JerusalemDr. Hanan Ashrawi - PLO Dept. of Public Diplomacy - The Palestinian leadership strongly condemns the illegal detention of Jerusalem Governor Adnan Ghaith in an overnight raid of his home in Jerusalem’s Isawiyeh neighborhood. This is the second time in less than a month that Israeli occupation forces target this senior official as part of its wider and systematic campaign to terrorize and provoke the residents of occupied Jerusalem, especially Isawiyeh, which has seen 450 of its residents detained in the past four months. Governor Ghaith’s detention is an act of political persecution. It is an illegal abduction that must be roundly and firmly condemned by all concerned parties. Israel is waging war against everything Palestinian in Jerusalem. It is targeting cultural centers, commercial activity, and neighborhoods. It is persecuting leaders and targeting youths through arbitrary arrests, daily raids and other crimes such as home demolitions and evictions, ID revocation and forced transfer.[ak]15/10/2019
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Administrative Torture: Free Heba al-Labadi, a Jordanian Citizen in Israeli PrisonRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "On August 20, Heba Ahmed al-Labadi fell into the dark hole of the Israeli legal system, joining 413 Palestinian prisoners who are currently held in so-called administrative detention" [ry] 14/10/2019
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Let`s take on Goliaths!Rabbi Alissa Wise - Jewish Voice for Peace - I want to take on Goliaths. Like Microsoft, which gave $31 million to AnyVision, a shady Israeli company that uses facial recognition technology to surveil Palestinians in the West Bank. Like the Anti- Defamation League, which maintains that Jewish support for Palestinian human rights is as big a threat to Jews as white nationalism. Like Christians United for Israel, the largest Zionist organization in the U.S., which frames the oppression of Palestinians and Jewish ethnic supremacy in Israel as necessary for bringing about the “end times” – and whose leaders have the ears of those in the highest echelons of power in the U.S. [ak]8/10/2019
Not the Israel My Parents Promised MeHarvey Pekar - The Book Depository - In "Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me", one of the final graphic memoirs from the man who defined the genre, Pekar explores what it means to be Jewish and what Israel means to the Jews. Over the course of a single day in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Pekar and the illustrator JT Waldman wrestle with the mythologies passed down to them. Combining his increasing disillusionment with Israel with an account of the Jewish people since biblical times, Pekar, aided by Waldman`s protean art, weaves a personal and historical odyssey. Plainspoken and empathetic, Pekar had no patience for injustice and prejudice, and he arrives at the firm belief that all peoples should be held to the same universal standards of decency, fairness, and democracy. [ak]8/10/2019
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Hadassah Hospital - do not hand Samer Arbid over to further interrogation!Anat Litvin - Physicians for Human Rights / Public Committee Against Torture - In an unusual move, a group of twenty senior physicians, members of PHRI’s board of directors and ethics committee, as well as members of the board of directors of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, has written a letter to the management of Hadassah Hospital urging the institution not to hand Samer Arbid over to continued Security Service interrogation, where he might be subjected to torture. The list of signatories includes senior physicians from Hadassah Hospital itself, where Arbid is currently treated, as well as physicians from other hospitals around the country, among them Prof. Rafi Walden, Prof. Bella Kaufman, Prof. Micha Eldar, Dr. Mushira Abu-Dia, Prof. Shaul Dollberg, Prof. Ruth Stalnikowicz, Dr. Bettina Birmanns MD and others. [ak] 8/10/2019
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Israeli army forcibly evicts nonviolent demonstrators at the Dead SeaPopular Struggle Coordination Committee / All That’s Left: Anti- Occupation Collective - Amidst the deepening Israeli occupation of the West Bank - specifically, the threat of full annexation made by Netanyahu - more than a hundred activists, Palestinians from across the West Bank as well as Israeli and international human rights defenders - came together at the former Lido Hotel, on the North Bank of the Dead Sea, with signs calling for a reclamation of Palestinian sovereignty over its land and resources. Dozens of Israeli soldiers forcibly evicted the activists. Sahar Vardi from Jerusalem said, “I am standing here in solidarity with my Palestinian partners because it is our duty, as Israelis, to resist these policies of resource theft, which are done in our names. At a time where Israeli politicians say that they will annex Area C, even further depriving Palestinians from their lands and resources, and in places like here, at the Dead Sea, we have no time to waste. It is our responsibility as Israelis to resist this in our actions and not just with words." [ak] 1/10/2019
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