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In the Face of Netanyahu`s Threat to Democracy, Israel`s Opposition Makes Rare Show of UnityChemi Shalev - Haaretz - An overflow crowd of close to 100,000, which exceeded the most optimistic expectations, came to see the leaders of the opposition parties standing together and speaking in one voice, after trying to avoid each other like the plague during the election campaign. From Kahol Lavan’s Benny Gantz and his partner Yair Lapid — who received the warmest welcome — through Labor’s Avi Gabbay and Meretz’s Tamar Zandberg, all the way to the surprise star of the show, Ayman Odeh of the predominantly Arab Hadash-Ta’al party, the speakers were more impassioned and their message sharper and more aggressive than in the past. Their audience, meanwhile, seemed angrier and more animated than ever, at least by the standards of the mostly well-to-do Tel Avivians who took part. (,,,) The importance of the demonstration wasn’t the fact it was held, but rather in the tense 24 hours that preceded it — when a vigorous left-wing campaign on social media compelled the Kahol Lavan organizers to issue a last-minute invitation to Odeh to participate. The vision of a joint Jewish-Arab front — the long-held dream of the Israeli left — suddenly came to life (,,,) It was Odeh’s appearance that electrified the crowd. [bz] 27/5/2019
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In July: Gaza Freedom Flotilla on the Chicago RiverVoices for Creative Nonviolence / Freedom Flotilla Coalition - July 18-20 will be three days of Chicago actions in support of freedom for the people of Gaza, including a mini-flotilla of kayaks, canoes and rowboats on the Chicago River. It is time to give Gazans desperately-needed access to food, fuel, medicine, employment, & basic human dignity! Since 2010, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition has sent many international flotillas sailing to Gaza to highlight the brutal violation of international law and of Gazans’ human rights that is the Israeli government’s lethal Gaza blockade. Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright, veteran of four past flotillas, and Gazan scholar/activist Jehad Abusalim will speak at the Gaza Solidarity event at Chicago’s Grace Episcopal Church on Dearborn St.[ak]21/5/2019
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Eurovision protests grow in solidarity with PalestineAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "London Palestine Action and Queers for Justice in Palestine on Friday released a catchy spoof of the Village People’s “YMCA” to urge broadcaster Graham Norton to drop out as the BBC’s Eurovision host.“Stand up for justice, say Yes, BDS!” the activists sing, urging support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement." ca 18/5/2019
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Court overturns Palestinian`s incitement conviction over poemOren Ziv - +972 - "did not appeal her sentence, which she has already served. “This verdict is important because it tells the authorities not to interfere in creativity, not interfere with art,” Tatour’s attorney, Gaby Lasky, said after the hearing. “We are free, thinking people and your job is to allow creativity and expression, not make us censor ourselves and constantly fear persecution.”" - id17/5/2019
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Eurovision defends “Greater Israel” logoAli Abunimah - EI - "The organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest are defending their use of an official logo which appears to represent all of historic Palestine – including the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip – as part of Israel. In a letter to the Palestinian Authority foreign ministry on Wednesday, the European Broadcasting Union states that there was nothing intentional about the logo that depicts a stylized outline of historic Palestine – or “Greater Israel” as Zionists label it – including occupied territory that Israel is moving to annex in flagrant violation of international law." - id17/5/2019
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Backed by Corbyn, over 3,000 march for Free Palestine in LondonTimes of Israel - Leading the march commemorating the 71st anniversary of the “Nakba" was Ahed Tamimi, an 18-year-old icon who served an eight- month sentence in an Israeli prison for slapping an Israeli soldier on film. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn expressed his support. “We cannot stand by or stay silent at the continuing denial of rights and justice to the Palestinian people. The Labour Party is united in condemning the ongoing human rights abuses by Israeli forces, including the shooting of hundreds of unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza… demanding their rights." He accused the British government of deafening silence, called for condemnation of “the killing of demonstrators — including children, paramedics and journalists – and other civilians, and demanded that Britain “freeze arms sales to Israel.” Corbyn also criticized the anticipated US peace plan: “If President Trump’s Middle East plan is, as expected, an attempt to bury the Palestinians’ right to a viable state alongside Israel, we will call on our government and the international community to reject it decisively. No peace plan can succeed at the expense of the rights of the Palestinian people. That’s why a Labour government will recognise a Palestinian state and press for an immediate return to meaningful negotiations, aimed at achieving a lasting settlement based on UN resolutions, international law and justice that has been too long denied.” [ak] 14/5/2019
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We refuse to continue `business as usual` Less than 100km away, millions of people on both sides of the fence pay the price of our apathy - ***Today Tue. 14 May, we will meet at 7pm in Habima Square, Tel Aviv and march from there demanding the end of the siege of Gaza and the beginning of hope. [bz]14/5/2019
Less than 100km away, people on both sides of the fence pay the price of our apathy - call for demoToday Tue. 14 May, we will meet today at 7pm in Habima Square, Tel Aviv and march from there. 14/5/2019
Gaza artists urge Eurovision singers to boycott IsraelAl-Jazeera - "The Palestinian Artists Association said Israel is using the event to `whitewash a brutal apartheid regime`." - id9/5/2019
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Netanyahu wants you to think Israeli-Palestinian mourning is seditiousEdo Konrad - +972 - "The prime minister pulls out all the stops in his failed attempt at preventing the annual Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony from taking place." - id 9/5/2019
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What happens when you call a right-winger a `fascist` in IsraelOren Ziv - +972 - "A known right-wing activist tried to sue left-wing academic Anat Matar for calling him an ‘arch-fascist’ on Facebook. It blew up in his face." - id 9/5/2019
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Supreme Court removes the ban! Dror Mizrahi - Gush Shalom - "In a more just reality, we would have had no need to submit such a petition to the Supreme Court and in a more just reality, we would have no need for such a memorial ceremony at all." - id9/5/2019
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Actions in Paris: Gaza solidarity demonstration / boycott settler dates and clementines / help the children of Khan Younis Oliva Zémor - CAPJPO-EuroPalestine - Today, May 8 at 16:30, we gather at the Place du Châtelet ŕ Paris, to express solidarity with the people of Gaza. They had gone through a year of unarmed popular demonstrations for the end of the siege and all they got was the killing of hundreds of people and thousands of injured by the Israeli army - and after Hamas did send rockets to Israel, they got more than 20 people killed in intensive bombings of Gaza: men, women and children. With the coming of Ramadan, we need to remind Paris Muslims making extensive holiday shopping that Medjoul dates and clementines exported by Israel and present in stores and on the markets are often coming from settlements in the Occupied Territories. And we ask for donations to help the children of Khan Younis Refugee Camp have a real holiday this year.[ak] 7/5/2019
Israeli army arrests 17 activists, two journalists in South Hebron HillsArianna Skibell - +972 "Hundreds of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists partnered together to repair a central access road in the South Hebron Hills. Israeli soldiers then declared the area a closed military zone, forcibly dispersing volunteers." ca4/5/2019
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Fans staying away from Eurovision in Tel AvivTamara Nassar - EI - "Act.IL is an Israeli government-funded smartphone app that directs users to take actions online that make it appear Israel has much more grassroots support than it actually does. This tactic is known as astroturfing." - id 3/5/2019
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Twitter May Have Been Bought By IsraelIMEMC - "Recently, not one, not two, but three members of the team have had their accounts destroyed. Abdulraheem Alfarra, Bahaa Shammala, and Saif Eldden Bitar: Twitter’s waste disposal unit has been busy recently." - id 3/5/2019
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