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Exhibition at the Gaza border: the history of a destroyed Palestinian village.Ishay Friedman - Makor Rishon - The "White House Gallery” is located in the only remaining house of the former Palestinian village of Al- Ma’in, whose site is now taken up by the kibbutzim Nir-Oz and Nirim. The Gallery hosts an exhibition presenting the history of that destroyed village,initiated by activist Eitan Bronstein Aparicio. Refugees from Al-Ma’in nowadays reside in Khan-Younis in the Gaza Strip - just a short distance away, but on the other side of an impassable border. Bronstein Aparicio says "The exhibition aims at transcending the violent spatial fracture imposed by the military force”. One of the sons of the village is the Palestinian-British geographer and engineer Salman Abu Sitta, who has provided to the exhibition important work regarding the documentation of the Palestinian Nakba. The 94 year old Haim Shilo, a founder of kibbutz Nirim, has opposed the exhibition and argues that the other members of the kibbutz should not collaborates with it". "What do you want me to say? It was war, and they lost. Anyway, I remember these Abu Sittas, even then they were a tribe of rioters and trouble-makers". [ak] 30/7/2019
London Cyclists Ride in Support of Palestinian CauseIMEMC - For the fourth consecutive year, hundreds of British cyclists have joined the “Big Ride for Palestine” - taking a 36-mile circuitous rout through the streets of London, bearing Palestinian flags and ringing their bike bells, so as to raise attention for the conditions of the Palestinians, and to raise money for a Palestinian charity. Before hopping on their bikes in North Kensington, the riders heard Palestinian national football team player Mahmoud Sarsak, who had gone on a three-month hunger strike while being detained by Israeli authorities - now released and recovered enough to deliver an impassioned speech to the cyclists. Since the Big Ride started it has raised more than £130,000 (161,000 US dollars) for Palestinian charities. Organizers say this year the crowd was double the size of last year’s, and think they may have raised a record amount.[ak] 30/7/2019
Israeli army knew it was unnecessarily killing Gaza protesters in real timeEdo Konrad - +972 - "The Israeli army admits that it secretly changed its policy once it realized that shooting unarmed protesters in the leg was lethal. Rights group says the revelation is an admission that Israel was killing protesters without any justification." - id25/7/2019
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Thousands Visit London’s 2019 Palestine ExpoIMEMC - British groups supporting the Israeli government failed in their efforts to prevent the holding of the 2019 Palestine Expo events in London. Organized by Friends of Al-Aqsa, a UK-based NGO working to defend the human rights in Palestine, thousands of people attended the two-day event. Virtual reality tours of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and exhibits on the struggles of providing healthcare under Gaza’s blockade have been on show at the Palestine Expo in London this weekend. Being the largest event of its type in Europe, organizers have described it as a way to experience Palestinian culture and listen at the same time to thought-provoking discussions about the Israeli occupation. The event includes discussions on US president Donald Trump’s so-called deal of the century, Gaza’s Great March of Return protests, the blockade on Gaza, and Israel’s Nation State law.[ak]23/7/2019
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BDS Movement Welcomes Proposed New U.S. Congress Resolution Affirming Right to BoycottIMEMC News & Agencies - "The BDS movement for Palestinian rights warmly welcomes the resolution introduced by Congress members Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and US civil rights veteran John Lewis `Affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights`” [ry] 22/7/2019
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Hundreds to Cycle Through London and Manchester In Support of PalestineIMEMC - "The event is supported by a number of campaigning organisations including Palestine Solidarity Campaign, War on Want, Jews for Justice for Palestinians and Campaign Against Arms Trade." - id18/7/2019
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Sunita`s Harp Tour in Israel and Palestine, Oct.-Nov. 2019 16/7/2019
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Touring the Israeli Occupation: Young U.S. Jews Get an Unflinching ViewDavid M. Halbfinger - New York Times - Birthright Israel`s free trips have become a rite of passage for hundreds of thousands of young American Jews. But Birthright’s avoidance of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank has made it the target of angry protests by left-leaning Jewish activists. For sheer ambition, no critique has approached this week’s attempt by the liberal lobbying group J Street to map out an alternative route for Birthright’s tours. The organizers said they embraced Birthright’s goal of helping young American Jews connect with Israel and with their Jewishness, but that they also needed to be exposed to the realities of the occupation. After several upbeat days hiking in the Galilee, learning about the kibbutz movement and bonding over buffets and Israeli pop songs, the J Street cohort took a sharp left turn into territory where Birthright does not go. In the West Bank settlement of Har Gilo, they received a harsh history lesson from a veteran opponent of the occupation. Then they toured an impoverished, water- starved Palestinian village that Israeli settlers want to demolish, and visited the city of Hebron, where repeated outbreaks of violence have turned an entire Palestinian business district into a ghost town.[ak]16/7/2019
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‘Mad’ Magazine Told the Truth About War, Advertising, and the MediaJeet Heer - The Nation "In Mad, McCarthy and other senators are performing for the TV camera and work their parliamentary antics to fit the time allotted to them by a commercial sponsor. Politics, the story suggests, is just another TV show. The sting of this message has only gotten sharper under the presidency of Donald Trump, Fox News addict and Roy Cohn’s proud political acolyte. Mad was often rude, tasteless, and childish—which made it all the more potent as a tributary of youth culture. The kids who read Mad learned from it to distrust authority, whether in the form of politicians, advertisers or media figures. That was a lesson that successive generations took to heart. " ca13/7/2019
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Israeli Soldiers Remove Solidarity Tent In Jerusalem, Injure Dozens Of PalestinianS IMEMC News - "Media sources said the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians, nonviolently protesting in the tent, demanding Israel to void its plans to demolish more than 230 apartments and displace the families.|Israeli High Court Rules Against Palestinian Families; Will Allow Their Homes to be Demolished|" ca 13/7/2019
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PODCAST: Exposing Israel`s arms sales to oppressive regimes+972 - "Israeli human rights lawyer Eitay Mack is working to uncover both Israel’s historic ties to brutal military regimes, such as Pinochet’s Chile, as well as its current arms exports to countries carrying out gross violations of human rights, like South Sudan and Myanmar." ca13/7/2019
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BDS @ 14: Hope in the Face of Israeli ApartheidIMEMC - "Israel’s ongoing Nakba against the Palestinian people is most brutally manifested in its illegal siege and repeated massacres that have reduced Gaza into an uninhabitable ghetto, causing unspeakable suffering to its two million Palestinians." - id11/7/2019
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Google-censored blog postRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "So when people complain about social media or search engines being complicit in censorship in China or other countries, remember it’s happening in a country many people consider a western-style democracy (though it isn’t). As a form of resistance, especially if you are Israeli, please circulate this post and the censored one as widely as you can within Israel and abroad. We must not let the censors win." - id11/7/2019
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`Who says we must be Ambassadors of Israel?` - Arab pupils reject propaganda course Judith Sudilovsky - The Media Line / Y-net - "Whether you want to or not, you are going as ambassadors of Israel" was the message given to high school pupils going abroad on trips organized by the Education Ministry. In a course made obligatory for all participants in such trips, they were told that in meeting foreign youngsters they must uphold "“Israel`s two basic principles: a Jewish and a democratic state", and that when meeting people who "only know Israel as a country with the Intifada and where Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinians" they must turn the conversation to "more positive issues" such as Israel`s hi-tech achievements or Israel`s toleration of LGBT. The Masar School in Nazareth, backed by the Adalah Legal Center, strongly protests: "The course`s content is mainly political, biased and transmitted from a very narrow and one- sided perspective." Pupils are required to answer multiple-choice exams, which allow for only one correct answer. The Masar School does not accept the answer considered correct by the ultra Jewish Nationalist Naftali Bennet who as Education Minister personally initiated this course. [ak]9/7/2019
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“From Here, From There” - exhibition in the one remaining house of the 1948 destroyed village al-Ma`inEitan Bronstein Aparicio - De-Coloniser - "The White House Gallery” in kibbutz Nir Oz is located in the only house still standing of the village al-Ma`in, destroyed in 1948. A new exhibit by Eitan Bronstein Aparicio will present there the story of that Palestinian village. The historical and geographical surrounding of the gallery will be shown with the involvement of the refugees from al-Ma`in who most of them are living in Khan Yunis, 8 km away in the Gaza Strip. Ahmad Salman Saqer Abu Sitta is the grandson of the man who built the house of the gallery. In the invitation photo he`s pointing at the lands of his village from his current home in Khan Yunis. He can only say "I`m from there" but can`t return, nor even visit his hometown. This exhibit is an attempt to overcome the fragmentation of the space by violent military power and control. [ak]9/7/2019
Watch the film the Israel lobby didn’t want you to seeThe Electronic Intifada - "The Electronic Intifada has obtained a complete copy of The Lobby – USA, a four-part undercover investigation by Al Jazeera into Israel’s covert influence campaign in the United States.We are releasing the leaked film simultaneously with France’s Orient XXI and Lebanon’s Al-Akhbar, which have respectively subtitled the episodes in French and Arabic.The film was made by Al Jazeera during 2016 and was completed in October 2017." ca 6/7/2019
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The man who helped build Israel`s legal infrastructure of oppressionHagai El-Ad - +972 "Aharon Barak says he is concerned about Israeli democracy, but he bears responsibility for no small part of where the country is today." ca6/7/2019
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Volunteers needed for protective presence in IsaawiyaFollowing the large police operation in Issawiya last night during the funeral procession and the arrest of three residents2/7/2019
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