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Activists Announce 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid WeekThe 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week will take place between March 18th and April 8th 2019 under the theme “Stop Arming Colonialism”28/2/2019
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Soldier uses stun grenade on school children at SalaymehAl-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Infamous illegal settler Ofer Yohana (òåôø àåçðä) arrived around 7.20am, greeting the soldiers warmly and began conversing in Hebrew while looking in the direction of the activists. He then began to film and harass activists, insinuating that they were pedophiles for greeting the students on their way to school." - id28/2/2019
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Netanyahu and the Kahanists: A moral compromise that may ruin his legacy : Few politicians will put moral concerns above political ones unless they fear public shame. The Otzma Yehudit deal may exact a higher cost than the PM realizesHAVIV RETTIG GUR - The Times of Israel - for all his influence and accomplishments, Netanyahu does not feel powerful. Often mocked as paranoid, he has been well-served by his penchant for seeing enemies at every turn. Likud under his leadership has repeatedly jettisoned its most popular politicians when their popularity came to be seen as threatening Netanyahu’s control of the party. He warned ominously (and to many ears, ludicrously) in the run-up to the party’s primary on February 5 that rival Gideon Sa’ar had conspired with President Reuven Rivlin to take the party from him after the election, and openly worked to suppress voting for Sa’ar, whose no. 5 showing on the final slate suggests he was only partly successful. It is easy to mock this conduct, but hard to argue with the results: his opponents have all fallen by the wayside, while Netanyahu remains firmly ensconced at the top.-rh26/2/2019
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Workers reject Spanish firm’s bid for Israeli settlement projectAdri Nieuwhof - Electronic Intifada - Media reports in recent weeks stated that CAF itself had refused to take part in the project, but this is not the case. The company “has not refused to participate in the tender of the Jerusalem tram,” CAF spokesperson Iñaki Escrig informed The Electronic Intifada by email. Rather, it is the workers council – the legally mandated framework for labor representation – which has rejected participation. If the company wins the tender, it could be a prelude to action by the trade unions. [bz]26/2/2019
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15 Israelis and one Vietnamese Zen teacher meet with PalestiniansYehuda Stolov - Interfaith Encounter Association - About 15 Israelis from all over Israel and one Vietnamese Zen teacher gathered to come and hear from the people living on the other side of the fence, in the Occupied Territories. We met two young men who lived in a small, quiet village in the heart of the mountains and heard about their lives, how much they loved life, cared about the earth and about humanity. Despite difficulties in their lives, their hearts are not bitter and full of hatred. They just want to continue living well. In another village, we had lunch and heard the life story of an older man. He experienced in his life few demolitions. As a child he suffered greatly from repeated uprooting and episodes of violence in all its forms. The hardships he described led many of us to tears and feelings of suffocation.[ak] 19/2/2019
The Palestinian activists protecting Hebron from settler violenceSteven Davidson - +972 - A group of Palestinian volunteers is trying to fill the monitoring gap left behind by the recent departures of the two international observer organizations. The new group, Kifah, or “struggle,” is the brainchild of Tel Rumeida community leader Issa Amro. This week, Palestinian volunteers in blue vests, identifying themselves as “human rights observers" made their way toward the Israeli army’s Checkpoint 56 on Shuhada Street in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron early last week. They were escorting children on their way to the Qurtuba school 100 meters away, enduring harassment and kicking by settlers as they let the schoolchildren pass. [bz]19/2/2019
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TV presenter comes under fire for dubbing IDF soldiers `beasts`Jerusalem Post - After airing story about Netzah Yehuda soldiers charged with abusing Palestinian detainees, veteran TV anchor journalist Oshrat Kotler remarked "We send kids to the army, to the territories, and we get them back as beasts. This is the result of the occupation". The comments aroused an angry storm of right-wing reactions, mostly concentrated on accusing Kotler of "insulting our soldiers" - starting with PM Netanyahu saying he was "proud of IDF soldiers and loves them very much" and that "Oshrat Kotler`s comments should be condemned" and going on to Netanyahu`s tame newspaper "Israel Today" publishing a commentary comparing Kotler with the WWII pro-Nazi propagandist "Lord Haw Haw" who was hanged for treason in 1945. Altogether, some 2000 complaints were made to the Channel 13 TV network, demanding that Kotler be fired and some adding that she should be prosecuted for "defaming the soldiers". However, Channel 13 responded that Kotler has clear opinions which she is free to occasionally voice on the air, and that since numerous threats were made on her life the Channel will provide her with bodyguards. ""You don`t want a reality of occupation and violence? Then it is this reality which needs to be changed" said Tamar Zandberg, leader of the left-wing Meretz Party. A surprising expression of support came from Er`el Segal, a radio and TV commentator known for his radical nationalist views, who declared both his "complete opposition to Kotler`s views" and his "full, unreserved support for her right to express these views". [ak] 19/2/2019
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Hebron ReportISM - International Solidarity Movement - "On the morning of February 14th ISM activists were notified that a closed military zone had been declared for the day of February 14th. Prior to this, Anat Cohen, an infamously violent settler, assaulted an ISM activist. This was the fifth time in the past week that ISM activists have been assaulted by settlers. Leaving the Qurtuba area, activists joined others who were monitoring the Qeitun checkpoint." - id 17/2/2019
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Forget about dialogue groups, it`s time to switch to co-resistanceRenad Uri and Omri Evron - +972 "As the dispossession of Palestine enters its eighth decade and Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian people its sixth, it is time to finally change the conversation." ca16/2/2019
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In Hebron, Palestinians patrol in place of foreign monitorsAssociated Press - "By expelling the international monitors, the Israeli government wanted to hide the Israeli settlers` and soldiers` violations, but we will not let them get away with that," Issa Amro, an activist leader, told The Associated Press. "We will document any attack by photos and words, and we will circulate it all over the world." ca16/2/2019
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The Knesset Candidate Who Says Zionism Encourages anti-Semitism and Calls Netanyahu `Arch-murderer` Ravit Hecht   - Haaretz "Clinging to Communist past, Hadash party hopes to reunite Israeli Arabs behind it." ca16/2/2019
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Jenin Freedom Theatre holds premiere of the “The Little Lantern`The Freedom Theatre - On the same day of the above military raid the Freedom Theatre, based at the Jenin Refugee Camp, held the premiere of the “The Little Lantern", a play for children based on a story by Ghassan Kanafani, a well-known Palestinian writer who was assassinated by Israeli commandos in his Beirut home. “The Little Lantern" is a story about following your dreams, having courage and breaking down seemingly insurmountable barriers. [ak]12/2/2019
Palestinians pay condolence visit to family of slain teen Ori AnsbacherTimes of Israel - “We believe that the violent path brings nothing but violence,” said Ziyad Sabatin, of the southern West Bank town of Husan, outside the home of the Ansbacher family in the settlement of Tekoa. Asked by the radio interviewer what prompted him to carry out the condolence visit, Sabatin noted that Israeli friends had accompanied him on a condolence visit in Ramallah to the family of Aisha Rabi, a Palestinian mother of eight killed in a rock-throwing attack in the West Bank in October by a suspected Jewish terrorist. “We went there to pay condolences together with Israeli friends, and we came to console here today,” he said. He was among a group of roughly a dozen Palestinian peace activists who wished to console the Ansbacher family, he said. Asked why Israelis don’t often hear about Palestinians who care about Israeli dead, he blamed the media. “The interest of journalists is to find where there’s violence,” Sabatin said. “Whenever there’s blood, you see them running there straightaway and making a fuss. Where there’s peace you don’t see that. That’s a problem with journalists. We do a lot for peace, gatherings with people, a ton of activities for peace, coexistence, a shared life.” The group also included Israeli activists from Tag Meir, an anti-racism activism group.[ak] 12/2/2019
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JVP just declared itself anti-Zionist and it`s already shifting the conversationMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 "Jewish Voice for Peace’s announcement that it opposes Zionism, published quietly on its website earlier this month, has thus far come and gone without much fanfare or public attention. It simply wasn’t surprising for many." ca9/2/2019
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In wake of human rights observers expulsion, other rights groups in Hebron fear escalation in violenceYumna Patel - Mondoweiss "Netanyahu wants to satisfy the settlers, and under Trump, they can get away with anything, including the expulsion of a mandated international presence,” C. continued. “The Israelis have always acted with impunity, but this is a whole other level.” ca9/2/2019
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Netanyahu’s new anti-indictment weapon: his own TV channel Ben Caspit - Al-Monitor "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a Facebook television channel in a bid to fortify his constituency ahead of the critical decision by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit regarding his possible indictment. Not that Netanyahu lacks media outlets under his control. He has a freebie newspaper with a circulation in the hundreds of thousands (Israel Hayom), a TV station wholly dedicated to right-wing propaganda and Netanyahu support (Channel 20), and he has a loyal cadre of so-called “journalists” — some wholly lacking in skills or experience — in major media outlets. All ensure that his messages resonate clearly on all available platforms...On Feb. 2, Netanyahu’s Likud party launched its own online television channel from its historic Metzudat Ze’ev headquarters in Tel Aviv. BB-TV, as it has come to be known..." ca 9/2/2019
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Dublin National Union of Journalists to Support Eurovision BoycottIMEMC - "The Irish Campaign to Boycott the 2019 Eurovision, in Israel, welcomes the motion passed by the Dublin Broadcasting Branch of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) on January 29th ,whereby it states it “will support any member, working in RTÉ or elsewhere, who chooses to exercise a conscientious objection towards involvement in coverage of the song contest.” The motion was passed by a large majority and represents a recognition that the Eurovision contest in Israel presents serious ethical issues for anyone who cares about human rights." - id7/2/2019
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How to turn human rights activists into `traitors` in a few easy stepsOrly Noy - +972 - "The Israeli right’s years-long effort to portray Breaking the Silence as traitors fell flat on its face this last week. Will the media or the politicians who incited against them apologize?" - id7/2/2019
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CAF rejects tender for Jerusalem`s railway as it traverses `67 borderMa’an News Agency - "Representatives of the company`s workers who objected to the company`s participation in the construction of the section explained that the problem lies in the fact that the railway will pass through Palestinian lands to serve illegal settlements in East Jerusalem" [ry] 4/2/2019
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UPDATE: On 45th Friday of Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Wound 98 Civilians, including 15 Children, 4 Women; 2 of them Paramedics, and 1 JournalistPCHR - IMEMCnews - "On Friday afternoon, 01 February, 2019, in use of excessive force against peaceful protesters on the 45th Friday of the Great March of Return in the eastern Gaza Strip, Israeli forces wounded 98 civilians, including 15 children, 4 women; 2 of them are paramedics, and a journalist. The injury of 7 of those wounded were reported serious, including a 17-year-old girl who was shot with a bullet to the chest in eastern Khan Younis" [ry] 4/2/2019
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Israel releases report on links between BDS and militantsAP - Yahoo! News - “The BDS movement has grown in popularity overseas in recent years, in large part because of its nonviolent message. It declined to comment on the allegations in the Israeli report” [ry] 4/2/2019
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