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Five Days after Demolition: Picking Up the PiecesInternational Solidarity Movement - Palestinian flags fluttered over the rubble of Mohammad al Dababsh’s home in the South Hebron Hills, this week, as local activists helped the family put up a a tarpaulin tent as a temporary shelter. Pots and pans lay scattered amongst bricks, metal and dust – the only remnants left of the two-roomed house which was demolished on Monday. The tent was cold and dark, the solar panels that once supplied energy to the house now destroyed or confiscated by soldiers. In stark contrast, the illegal settlement of Havat Maon glared in the distance. ‘The settlers have big homes, running water and electricity,’ a member of the committee told ISM. ‘This family just has a tent.’[ak] 25/6/2019
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Jerusalem event `Palestinians and Israelis at a Dangerous Crossroads` 18/6/2019
PIJ Event on "Palestinians and Israelis at a Dangerous Crossroads"Palestine-Israel Journal/Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung - At today`s event, entitled "Palestinians and Israelis at a Dangerous Crossroads", speakers will include Mr. Hannes Alpen of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung; Dr. Sari Nusseibeh : Philosopher, Author, and Former President of Al-Quds University; Mr. Avrum Burg: Philosopher, Author, Former Speaker of the Knesset; MK Dr. Ahmad Tibi: Arab List For Change, Chair Ta`al-Balad; MK Tamar Zandberg: Chair of Meretz; Moderator: Hillel Schenker - Co-Editor PIJ. [AK] 18/6/2019
Conquer and Divide: Tens of thousands explore interactive mapHagai El-Ad - B’Tselem - Just a few days ago, we launched the interactive project Conquer and Divide: a series of maps illustrating what it is exactly that Israel has done in the Occupied Territories since 1967. We got a deluge of positive responses. In only a handful of days, tens of thousands of people around the world have explored the maps on their cellphones or computers. People must know the facts – so that we can together demand an entirely different future. [ak] 11/6/2019
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Ashkenazi petition against Israeli State-Nation Law Eitan Bronstein Aparicio - We refuse to inhabit the privileged position allocated to us. We demand a full equality for all the residents of this country. The petition argues that the law discriminates against the non-Jewish - mainly Palestinian - citizens of Israel, as elaborated in a similar petition submitted by Adalah. Furthermore, the petition supports the petition of some 60 Mizrahi Israelis who argued that the law discriminates against Jews of Arab extraction as it degrades the Arabic language to that of a "special status". [bz]11/6/2019
Drama on the tarmac - Palestinian professor`s deportation averted at the last momentAli Abunima - The Electronic Initifada - On Wednesday morning, a private jet chartered by the US government landed in Tel Aviv. On board was Abdelhaleem Ashqar, a Palestinian business professor who ran for the presidency of the Palestinian Authority in 2005. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were attempting to secretly deport him to Israel, which would then transfer him to the West Bank. But contrary to the plan, the aircraft was met by a US embassy official who told the ICE agents on board that they could not hand Ashqar over. Pursuant to an emergency order issued by a federal judge back in Virginia, Ashqar had to remain on the plane in US custody. He would sit on the grounded plane for more than a day while a legal drama unfolded back in the US - ending with his being flown back to America, with the deportation plan foiled. [ak]11/6/2019
SUPPORT THE FREEDOM THEATRE IN JENIN 6/6/2019
Ashkenazi petition against State-Nation LawEitan Bronstein Aparicio - The new petition to the High Court of Justice, in a bid to strike down the discriminatory "Nation-State Law", follows upon earlier petitions lodged by the Arab Adalah institute and by 60 Mizrahi Israelis - who argued that the law discriminates against Jews of Arab extraction as it degrades the Arabic language to a `special status` rather than an official language. Specifically, the Ashkenazi Israelis who signed the present petition add the argument that the Nation-State Law defines them as superior to non-Jews as well as Mizrahi Jewish-Israelis: "We refuse to inhabit the privileged position allocated to us. We demand a full equality for all the residents of this country. We see ourselves as the bearers of a tradition pioneered by Ashkenazi Jews who lived in this country and mastered the Arabic language out of respect for the language of the region, rather than the `enemy language` which is the way it is often perceived in Israel nowadays.There were also Jews in Europe in the 19th and early 20th centuries who saw the studying of Arabic language and culture as an important tool to emancipate themselves as Jews. This is the Israeli Ashkenazi identity we wish to champion, against a racist colonial one." [ak] 4/6/2019
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The Freedom Theatre of JeninShaina Low & Jen Marlowe - ILA Intersections - A little boy, approximately seven years old, leans against a light blue door embedded in a single-story, cement-block home in Jenin camp, the northern most refugee camp in the West Bank. “Freedom to me is the occupation ending and the army leaving.” His political manifesto declared, he then gets down to the real business of defining freedom: “It is also playing snooker, hide and seek, and no one hitting me.” Other children of Jenin refugee camp espoused similar thoughts on freedom. First, an end to Israeli occupation (one boy offered the chilling detail of “being able to sleep in your house and not hiding in hospitals”), followed by more personal desires: one girl wished to travel and learn other languages; another wanted to pursue her hobbies of theatre, circus, and music. That is why The Freedom Theatre (TFT) exists. Artistic Director Nabil Al-Raee describes TFT as “a safe spot for people to express themselves and to find their own freedom; individually and then, collectively” [ak]. 4/6/2019
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