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Palestinian political prisoners tell their stories in new Israeli playOren Ziv - +972 "Prisoners of the Occupation” was performed this week in Tel Aviv, a fact that Einat Weitzman, the actress who wrote and produced it, regards as a triumph for art. In May 2017, when it was still in the development stage, the mayor of Acre forced the steering committee of the prestigious Acre Festival to reject the play for political reasons. The decision caused an uproar: Avi Gibson Bar-El, the artistic director of the festival, resigned — as did members of the steering committee. Several of the participating artists also withdrew from the festival in protest." ca29/11/2019
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Palestinians clash with IDF during ‘day of rage’ over US settlement stanceMichael Bachner - Times of Israel / AP - During a demonstration in the center of Nablus, Palestinian protesters burned cardboard cutouts of US President Donald Trump, his State Secretary Mike Pompeo, and Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu. Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated across the West Bank to protest the recent US announcement that it no longer believes Israeli settlements in the West Bank violate international law. As the “Day of Rage” continued, groups of protesters clashed with Israeli security forces in several flashpoints, with 77 reported lightly injured. Schools, universities and government offices were shuttered and rallies were held in city centers around the West Bank.“The biased American policy toward Israel, and the American support of the Israeli settlements and the Israeli occupation, leaves us with only one option: To go back to resistance,” Mahmoud Aloul, an official with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, told the crowd in Ramallah.[ak]26/11/2019
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Palestinian Day of Rage called to protest US position on settlementsIMEMC - Palestinian factions united in calling for rallies and protests throughout the occupied Palestinian territories, against the latest US position that considers Israeli settlements "not inconsistent with international law." The Fateh movement of PA President Mahmoud Abbas spearheaded the call, joined by other factions and city councils rallying people throughout the occupied territories to join the protests “in condemnation of the American- Israeli conspiracy against our people, their cause and for stealing the land.” Azzam Ahmad of the Fateh Central Committee and said all the factions have agreed on holding the Day of Rage tomorrow, “to speak in one voice and tell the entire world that our rights cannot be stolen by the occupation and to affirm our commitment to the national program of the PLO and its rejection of the American administration, which is biased toward Israel.” [ak] 26/11/2019
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Israelis & Palestinians Negotiate Solutions to the Gaza Crisis 14/11/2019
A war to keep Netanyahu on his throneRaluca Ganea - Zazim - Hundreds of thousands of us woke up this morning to the air raid alarms, but yet we are expected to shut up. Outside, missiles fly, and we`re told it`s not the time for politics, because there`s a war. But this war is political. And those who pay the price are us - the ordinary people. Women, children and men on both sides of the border and everywhere. [ak] 12/11/2019
Back Home in U.S., Israel’s Lone Soldiers Break Their Silence About the OccupationJudy Maltz - Haaretz - While serving on a military base in the West Bank, Benzi Sanders recalls opening his eyes one morning and being struck by the sight of a tattered Israeli flag caught in the barbed-wire fence surrounding the Jewish settlement just across the way. “I couldn’t help thinking about how that flag, torn into shreds, symbolized what had become of my romantic vision of Zionism,” says the former New Yorker. “So I got up and took a picture of it.” Sanders, 28, is part of a first-of-its-kind delegation of Jewish-American veterans who are returning to their communities to share their not-so-happy stories of serving in the Israel Defense Forces in the West Bank. The two-and-a-half-week tour, which kicked off in Philadelphia last Wednesday, is sponsored by Breaking the Silence. [ak] 12/11/2019
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`Advocate` - the controversial documentary about Human Rights lawyer Lea TsemelRachel Leah Jones & Philippe Bellaiche - Lea Tsemel defends Palestinians: from feminists to fundamentalists, from non-violent demonstrators to armed militants. As a Jewish-Israeli lawyer who has represented political prisoners for nearly 50 years, Tsemel, in her tireless quest for justice, pushes the praxis of a human rights defender to its limits.[ak] 12/11/2019
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A Conscientious Objector`s Thoughts From an Israeli Military PrisonYasmin Ricci-Yahav - Haaretz - In my conversations with fellow girl prisoners, both sides were forced to not only hear things they disagreed with, but to stay relatively calm and continue living together. I walked away from many of the conversations still thinking about the points that were raised, and how I saw them. I think other girls did too, because it was not uncommon for us to pick up a conversation that had been seemingly put to rest several days earlier. It was only after I spent time in jail that I realized how much we are missing this process in Israeli society. In our society, we can spend our entire lives agreeing with, and being agreed with, by our friends and family, whose opinions are similar – if not identical – to ours. We can demonize the other side, put words and beliefs in their mouths, but never give them the opportunity to explain themselves, or rebut our preconceptions and prejudices. We can feel enlightened, educated and realistic without actually engaging in productive talk with those who disagree with our perceptions. Israeli society desperately needs a more comprehensive, honest conversation, one that is conducted with respect and open-mindedness. Maybe it can learn a thing or two from the girls in Prison Six. The writer is 18 year-old, and is serving a fourth sentence in military prison as a conscientious objector. [bz] 5/11/2019
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Duke Students Protest Speech by Tzipi Livni, Former Israeli Foreign Minister Accused of War CrimesBrett Wilkins - AntiWar - "Students at Duke University in North Carolina repeatedly interrupted a recent speaking event featuring Tzipi Livni, the former Israeli foreign minister who has been the subject of arrest warrants and a lawsuit in three countries for her alleged role in war crimes committed during the 2008- 09 Cast Lead invasion of Gaza" [ry] 4/11/2019
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