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North America Nakba Tour halfway throughWe are more than halfway through this year’s Nakba Tour, and it has been wildly popular, to the extent that we have not been able to honor all requests in all parts of the country, and in one case only via live streaming. 89-year-old Mariam Fathalla (Umm Akram) and 25- year-old Amena Elashkar have brought their powerful stories to audiences in the mid-Atlantic and midwest states, and spread awareness about the experience and views of millions of Palestinian refugees that the state of Israel forces to live outside Palestine. [ak] 30/4/2019
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Save Khan al Ahmar - press Congress to take action! 30/4/2019
Fun Days on the Beach for Palestinian Children 30/4/2019
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Fun Days on the Beach for Palestinian Children – Summer 2019"Sea Days" - Letting Palestinian children who had never seen the sea have a fun day on the beach is a small action in itself, which will not change the overall situation. It is going to be our 13th year and we have never asked ourselves whether to continue or not. In these political circumstances that threaten the lives of so many Palestinians, we persist in our little resistance against the occupation (...) [letting] Palestinians and Israelis meet happily, enjoy time together and maintain a spark of chance and hope. The schedule is already filled by groups of mothers and their children who look forward to enjoy the sea for the first time in their lives. We would appreciate your donation to help us go on. [ak]30/4/2019
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Save Khan al Ahmar! And - give a bit of hope to Gaza!Donna Baranski-Walker - Rebuilding Alliance - There are so many good reasons not to demolish a village. Israel’s High Court of Justice has set Wednesday, May 1st as the deadline for the State of Israel to explain why the Palestinian Bedouin Village of Khan al Ahmar has not yet been demolished. This is an especially good moment for Congress to weigh-in, privately or publicly. So, we ask of all Americans reading this: please take a moment to ask your Senators and Congresspeople to take up this issue and to call the Israeli Embassy and the US State Department. [ak] 30/4/2019
British Filmmakers Call On UK Cinemas to Boycott Israeli Film FestivalIMEMC News & Agencies - "“We’re shocked and dismayed to see how many mainstream cinemas – among them Picturehouse and Everyman – are hosting this year’s Israeli film festival, Seret, whose funders and supporters include the Israeli government and a clutch of pro-Israel advocacy organizations,` the letter read" [ry] 29/4/2019
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Beyond the Frontlines: Tales of Resistance and Resilience from Palestine IMEMC - "“Beyond the Frontlines” is a remarkable documentary, about Palestine, from France, directed by Alexandra Dols. The Jerusalem-based psychiatrist, Dr. Samah Jabr, is the subject of the film, which has already achieved renown in many countries, internationally." - id26/4/2019
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Gaza embroidery artist challenges gender normsAmjad Ayman Yaghi, Sanad Ltefa and Ismail Abu Hatab - The Electronic Intifada - "Usually done by women, embroidery is a cherished part of Palestinian heritage.Abu Taima was displaced from his home in Khan Younis in the south of Gaza, during Israel’s 2014 assault on the Gaza Strip and forced to seek refuge in a school run by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, where he taught girls how to embroider." - id26/4/2019
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In these dark times, young American Jews are a ray of hopeOren Kroll-Zeldin - +972 - "The recent campaigns taking aim at Birthright and the American political establishment are more than symbolic — they are sowing the seeds of a powerful resistance movement against Israel’s occupation." - id26/4/2019
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Can young Israeli & Palestinian female students make history?Michal Kandel - Gush Shalom - " The Congress of the Female Students is an important step towards the establishment of a major Israeli-Palestinian Public Negotiating Congress – a powerful peacemaking institution that will operate over a period of time. This peacemaking institution is designed to involve the people in the peacemaking efforts and motivate the leaderships, on the opposing sides, to conclude agreements." - id26/4/2019
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Israel to allow Gazans into Jerusalem for Easter after Haaretz report - and a lot of protestingJack Khoury - Haaretz - Gaza`s Christians heavily criticized Israel`s initial decision, which they claim intended to cut Gaza off from the West Bank. Leaders of the Gazan Christian community said there`s no reason to prevent any of its members to visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem during the holiday, citing Israel`s claim to ensure freedom of worship for all. Human rights organization Gisha, which monitors restrictions to Palestinians` freedom of movement, had also asked COGAT to increase the number of permits it provided and said there`s no justification for the last-minute timing of their announcement. "Israel must allow all those seeking to practice their right to freedom of religion and worship to leave Gaza, subject only to individual security checks," it said. [bz]23/4/2019
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Amputee Football Championships Held In GazaIMEMC - Palestinian amputees held the first football championship for those who have lost a limb, while living in the Gaza Strip. Eighty players are taking part in the tournament, held under the auspices of the Red Cross (ICRC). Twenty of them lost their limbs while participating in the Great March of Return, along the Gaza- Israel fence, while others were injured during previous wars and incidents. Secretary-General of the World Federation of Disabled Persons in the World, Simon Baker, launched the initiative at the Stadium of Palestine. Baker, who lost his right leg in a workplace accident, in 2004, and uses an artificial limb, was invited by the Red Cross to prepare for the tournament. The championship kicked off in the Palestine Stadium, which was restored by FIFA after being targeted in the 2014 war. Suhair Zaqout, spokesperson for the ICRC in Gaza, said that her organization is sponsoring people with disabilities caused by military conflicts, and is attempting to reintegrate them into society via psychological and physical rehabilitation.[ak] 23/4/2019
8th anniversary of the death of Vittorio Arrigoniin Gaza - ISM - "After breaking the blockade in 2008, Arrigoni described that moment as being on of the happiest of his life, as “it became clear, not only to the world, but Palestinians also, that there are people who are willing to spend their lives to come and hug their brothers here in Gaza.”." - id18/4/2019
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Conceiving a new form of resistanceHamza Abu Eltarabesh - Electronic Intifada "Conjugal visits are not allowed for Palestinian prisoners from the West Bank and Gaza Strip held in Israeli jails. And for families from Gaza, there are practically no visits at all...In total, 49 Palestinian prisoners have successfully managed to father children by smuggling sperm out of prison, according to Riad al-Ashqar, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies." ca12/4/2019
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Israeli-Palestinian Congress of Female Students 12/4/2019
Madonna faces backlash over Israel Eurovision gigTamara Nassar - EI - "“There’s no neutrality in situations of injustice. Please stand with us on the right side of history to create a better world for all and cancel your performance at Eurovision,” the petition states." - id11/4/2019
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Horrified, ashamed, bewilderedYoav Peck - Gush Shalom - "Tomorrow (Thur. April 11) the Alliance for Middle East peace, a coalition of 100 peace groups, will meet here in Jerusalem. What we will say to each other must lay new track, as we carry on. Although perhaps first we will mourn together this loss of a chance for change in Israel." - id 11/4/2019
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Likud admits deploying cameras at polling stations to monitor ‘problem Arabs’Tamar Pileggi - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party on Tuesday confirmed dispatching 1,200 election-day observers equipped with cameras to polling stations in Arab towns. Party officials told the Kan public broadcaster that Likud activists were hired to counter what it claimed were widespread voter irregularities, in areas it said were at high risk of voter fraud.-rh 9/4/2019
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These Israelis Are Helping Arabs Make Good on Netanyahu’s Election Day ThreatEetta Prince-Gibson - Haaretz - Bedouin living in unrecognized villages have neither polls to vote in nor public transportation, so an Israeli NGO raised 75,000 shekels to help Throughout the day on Tuesday, some 50 minibuses plied the roads of southern Israel’s Negev desert. Focusing on Israeli Bedouin and organized by Zazim — a nongovernmental organization that defines itself as a campaigning community for social and political change — the minivans brought voters from remote villages to their assigned polling stations. More than half of the approximately 160,000 Negev Bedouin reside in so-called unrecognized villages, which the state refuses to provide with a planning structure or place under municipal jurisdiction. Atiya al-Assam, head of the council of unrecognized villages, says that without the campaign, “most of our people just can’t vote.” [Netanyahu`s Likud appealed the campaign, but as the Zazim activists didn`t tell the Bedouins for whom to vote, it wasn`t illegal-bz]9/4/2019
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Hundreds of Israelis protest Gaza blockade outside IDF headquartersMagazine Staff - +972 - "The demonstration in the heart of Tel Aviv was in solidarity with Palestinians taking part in the Great March of Return. " - id4/4/2019
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URGENT ACTION ALERT: Behind The Fence, They Sing of FreedomAction Alerts - ISM - "Whilst the colonization forces prepare historical Palestine for the upcoming Eurovision singing contest, the stage is also being set for further oppression and genocide of the Palestinian people." - id4/4/2019
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Israeli researchers - hundreds of fake Twitter accounts boost NetanyahuReuters - JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Two Israeli researchers said on Monday they had discovered a network of hundreds of fake Twitter accounts that promoted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and attacked his political rivals, a week before a national election.-rh 2/4/2019
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Beit Sahour Twins with Tralee, IrelandIMEMC - The town of Tralee, Ireland, became the first Irish town to formally twin with a Palestinian municipality. The historic agreement - approved unanimously by both the Iris and the Palestinian partners was signed at Tralee in a ceremony attended by Beit Sahour mayor Jehad Khair and Palestine’s Ambassador to Ireland, Ahmad Abdelrazak. At the ceremony Mayor Khair said he looks forward to developing strategic relationships to facilitate real and meaningful collaboration, in as many areas as possible, such as tourism, agriculture, local industry and investment. The Tralee town hall, where the ceremony took place, is overlooked by "The Pikeman", a monument commemorating the Irish who struggled in past generations against British rule. The town of Tralee suffered greatly from British retaliations during the 1919-1922 Irish War of Independence. This past has clearly influenced the Tralee townspeople`s feeling of solidarity with the Palestinians and their outspoken support for the Palestinian right to self-determination. [ak] 2/4/2019
Fatma, a 25 year old activist from Gaza, sends her message to Israeli citizens ahead of the electionsZazim ("On the move")- "We want to leave the next generation a better future - that`s the main goal." That`s what Fatma, a 25-year-old activist from Gaza, said during our video call with 200 Israelis and 10 young men and women from Gaza. [Mostly English spoken!]. Just before the elections, we will decide the future of 2 million women, men and children in Gaza. We decided to remove the fences, to hear directly the young generation in Gaza - and to bring the most muted voice to the center of the election discourse. In the face of cynicism and incitement by politicians, we know that there is another option - that of the hope and courage of young people in Gaza, and of our 135,000 amazing activists and activists who refuse to remain indifferent. We have only one week left until the elections to spread the voice of the young people of Gaza to tens of thousands of Israeli voters. [bz]
For information about Zazim: https://www.zazim.org.il/en/home-en
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Hundreds of Israelis protest Gaza blockade outside IDF headquarters+972 staff/Photos: Keren Manor/Activestills.org - Hundreds of Israelis demonstrated in solidarity with Gaza protesters Saturday evening outside Israeli military headquarters in central Tel Aviv, marking Land Day and one year since the beginning of the Great March of Return protests. The protests came as Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian group that rules Gaza, were said to be nearing “understandings” about a cease-fire following a tense several weeks that saw rockets fired at Tel Aviv and Israeli bombing raids across Gaza. Hamas’ demands reportedly focused on easing the blockade, while one of Israel’s central demands was that Hamas rein back the weekly protests along the fence. [bz]2/4/2019
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