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Emergency demonstration: Yes to real peace, no to the Trump-Netanyahu annexation deal! Tel Aviv, Saturday night Feb. 1Standing Together / Peace Now - The Trump-Netanyahu Plan is dangerous for all of us, Israelis and Palestinians - to the future of both peoples. This is the time for action, the time to stand up and be counted. Saturday night, February 1, we will meet at 19:00 at the Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv. From there we will embark on an emergency march through the streets of Tel Aviv , to demand the one thing that will ensure a life of security for us, our families, our children: negotiations to end the occupation and a peace between two free and sovereign states, Israel and Palestine. 31/1/2020
Israel lobby prompts federal investigations over Palestine eventsNora Barrows-Friedman - Electronic Intifada "The US Department of Education has opened two separate investigations into the University of California at Los Angeles because of events that discussed advocacy for Palestinian rights.The investigations have been prompted by complaints filed by Israel lobby groups, which allege that Palestine-related education or advocacy on campus is inherently anti-Semitic and discriminates against Jewish students...The Middle East Studies Association’s committee on academic freedom has called on NYU’s president to reject “all efforts to weaponize allegations of anti-Semitism in order to advance a political agenda.” ca 31/1/2020
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Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza demonstrate against US ‘deal of century’M.K.- WAFA "Palestinians took to the streets today to protest the American so- called deal of the century, hours before US President Donald Trump is expected to reveal it in Washington...More rallies are expected in the major cities at 7:00 p.m. local time (17:00 GMT) when Trump is expected to reveal his plan after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponent, head of Blue/White party Benny Gantz." ca 31/1/2020
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No Accident: Israel Targets EyeIMEMC News & Agencies - "Israeli snipers targeting participants in Gaza’s weekly Great Return March protests have aimed for the legs—and eyes. To date, Gaza’s Ministry of Health reports that 50 protesters have been shot in the eye since the demonstrations began March 30, 2018—leaving them permanently blind" [ry] 27/1/2020
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Israeli activists visit Irish Embassy, call for recognition of PalestineTsilli Goldenberg - Poalot - Today we visited the Embassy of Ireland in Israel and presented the Ambassador, Mr. Kyle O’Sullivan, a letter written in three languages – Arabic, Hebrew and English – signed by us, the POALOT group and 50 Palestinian, Israeli, and international peace activists. As we reiterated, there is no basis for the claim, commonplace in the world today, that “peace will be achieved only through negotiations with no pre-conditions”. Peace will be achieved only by founding a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders and by implementing the Palestinians’ right of return to the lands and property from which they were expelled in 1948. We claim that the Palestinians’ right to a sovereign state of their own, an end to the Israeli military occupation and a just, agreed- upon solution of the refugee problem cannot depend upon the Israeli government’s good will and we turn, therefore, to Ireland and to other states to recognize the State of Palestine unilaterally and support the Right of Return.[ak]21/1/2020
What made International herbalist experts change their mind about a conference in Israel? `The BDS Conspiracy`?Itamar Eichner - Y-net - Eleven herbal specialists from around the world had been booked to attend the "The Ancient Roots" conference, due to be held near Tiberias in February. The American Herbal Guild (AHG) initially invited all its members to attend the event in Israel. The prestigious guild, however, decided to pull its support after a BDS activist named Shabina Lafleur-Gangji posted a Facebook message, noting not only the general issue of Israel`s mistreatment of the Palestinians, but also that the conference itself featured no Palestinian or Muslim speakers, and did invite a herbalist who is on record referring to Palestinians as "a non- people" who "willfully left their ancestral lands". Following Gangji`s post, two members of the AHG - one from the U.S. and another from Ireland - cancelled their participation, and the guild`s president demanded the conference`s organizers remove his support video from their website. As a result, ticket sales for the conference have dropped drastically. Reservists on Duty - an Israeli NGO that works to counter BDS efforts - asserted that all this is part of a "shameful conspiracy" whereby "BDS infiltrates more and more organizations in order to further its boycott on Israel". [ak] 21/1/2020
Ban on Israeli activists from West Bank based on lies and misinformation Oren Ziv - +972 "Defense Minister Naftali Bennett announced Saturday night that he had issued administrative restraining orders against 30 Israeli left-wing and anarchist activists, barring them entry to the West Bank in order to stop them from joining the weekly, Palestinian-led protests against the separation barrier and the settlements...Bennett’s announcement feels like it may have been relevant in 2005 when members of Anarchists Against the Wall would regularly join Palestinians in the West Bank. But the Palestinian popular struggle, which began with the building of the wall in 2002, and included demonstrations, marches, and direct actions, has reached a nadir over the past years." ca20/1/2020
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`Talking of Israeli Human Rights violations is causing me emotional distress and diminishes my enjoyment of Sabbath services`Alison Weir - If Americans Knew - In 2002 Henry Herskovitz, a member of the Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, visited the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Shocked by what he saw there, he tried to give a talk to his synagogue about his trip, but was refused. The Beth Israel Congregation takes a clear position - hosting Israeli soldiers for talks, waving Israeli flags and offering prayers for the State of Israel - and is not interested in negative views. Forbidden to speak inside the synagogue, Henry Herskovitz with some like minded friends started the "Jewish Witnesses for Peace" group, which is holding a weekly vigil outside the synagogue for the past 16 years. Now, Beth Israel member Marvin Gerber has filed suit in a Federal court, seeking both to forbid continuation of the weekly vigil and to order participants to pay him compensations, on the grounds that having to see signs accusing Israel of war crimes and Human Rights violations "offend and anger him, cause extreme emotional distress, significantly diminish his enjoyment in attending sabbath services and adversely affect his willingness to attend.” The case seems likely to go into a jury trial and draw considerable attention to the protesters - much more than they gain by just standing quietly outside the synagogue. [ak] 14/1/2020
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Join the 2020 Freedom Ride! 14/1/2020
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Join the 2020 Freedom RideThe Freedom Theatre - The Freedom Bus project is an initiative of The Freedom Theatre that uses interactive theatre and cultural activism to bear witness, raise awareness and build alliances throughout occupied Palestine and beyond. Initiated in 2011, the Freedom Bus has carried out five annual Freedom Rides to some of the key sites of oppression and resistance in the West Bank, gathering internationals and Palestinians who come to learn from and engage in solidarity actions with community members. At the heart of all Freedom Bus activities is the belief that active solidarity and creative expression are vital in the journey towards a more just, peaceful and egalitarian world. Endorsers of the Freedom Bus include Alice Walker, Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Judith Butler, John Berger, Peter Brook, Omar Barghouti, Ramy Essam, Maya Angelou and Mairead Maguire. [ak]14/1/2020
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Demo Wed.Free Anwar ‘Abid, Adam Mahmoud, Saleh Abu ‘Asab, Fayez Muheisen, Nadim a-Safadi, Jonathan Pollak, and all the Occupation’s prisonersEinat Podjarny - Tomorrow, Wednesday January 15, 2020, a hearing will be held regarding Jonathan Pollak. We will come at 10am to the Jerusalem magistrates court to demonstrate our full solidarity with those resisting the occupation, against cooperation with Apartheid, and against Israeli colonialism. Five Palestinian youths, residents of Issawiya, are also currently in detention after violating in protest the administrative house arrest imposed on them and refusing to accept the release conditions they were offered. Jonathan Pollak has been in detention for over a week for refusing to accept the release conditions he was offered. In the shrinking space for resistance to the occupation, the refusal to recognize the authority of the courts is an important political action, deserving broad support. This action rejects the legitimacy of Israel’s control, and seeks to subvert the separation mechanisms of a regime that presents itself as democratic, yet in practice is a democracy for Jewish Israelis only, and a military dictatorship for Palestinians.[ak]14/1/2020
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Arrest of Israeli activist shows extreme-right group working with the stateOren Ziv - +972 "Anti-occupation activist Jonathan Pollak`s arrest could only have come about as a result of coordination between the police, the courts, and the extreme-right group suing him...Pollak is one of three Israelis being sued by Ad Kan, an extreme-right group that has previously infiltrated and secretly taped Israeli human rights organizations. The private prosecution attempt, the first of its kind, focuses on the trio’s participation in protests against the West Bank separation wall and accuses the defendants of “attacking IDF soldiers and Border Police officers.” ca11/1/2020
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Palestinians in Gaza are bringing their stories of siege to IsraelisOrly Noy - +972 - “My name is Ahmed and I live in Gaza. This year I celebrated my 25th birthday. I work as a journalist for a Palestinian media outlet published in Gaza. Young people such as myself — journalists, poets, authors — decided to translate our texts to Hebrew. We want our voices to reach you directly, without filters, out of a sense that Gaza is represented in the Israeli media in a shallow way. [bz]7/1/2020
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Undercover police arrest prominent Israeli anti-occupation activistOren Ziv - +972 - When Israeli authorities did not see it fit to charge the three activists, Ad Kan — which came to prominence in the last few years for sending its employees to infiltrate human rights organizations and record their every move with hidden cameras — took matters into their own hands. The organization claims it was involved with Monday morning’s arrest, and noted that police had surrounded the area where Pollak works in order to prevent him escaping. Pollak, however, repeatedly refused to appear in court, saying he did not recognize the legitimacy of a system that maintains a “military dictatorship” over “subjects that lack all basic democratic rights” in the West Bank and Gaza or are “second-class citizens” in Israel. [bz]7/1/2020
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To Prison, Again, for Protesting Against Israel`s Colonial RuleJonathan Pollak - Haaretz - My Palestinian comrades do not enjoy the luxury of being tried in the relatively comfortable conditions of the Israeli courts. Rather, they are tried as subjects in the parody of a legal system that are Israel’s military courts. Unlike me, Palestinians do not have the option of refusing to cooperate with their captors, since the vast majority of them are tried while remanded into custody for the duration of their proceedings. It has been almost nine years since the last time I was incarcerated for more than a day or two. Much has changed since. Politically, reality does not even resemble that of a decade ago, and none of the changes were for the better. Personally, I am older, more tired and, mostly, not as healthy as I was. Of course, the price I have paid for my part in the struggle is a fraction of that paid by Palestinian comrades, but I cannot deny its subjective weight on me: from physical injuries, some irreversible, through sporadic despair, anxiety and sense of helplessness, to the encumbering sensation of loss and the presence of death – and the grip all these have on my day-to-day life. And yet, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Right now, just as it was back then, sitting in prison is better than any other alternative available to me. [bz]7/1/2020
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Remembering Hava Keller, a pioneer in the anti-occupation struggleOren Ziv - +972 Magazine - Hava Keller, a veteran anti-occupation activist, passed away in Tel Aviv on Tuesday at the age of 90. Keller was one of the founders of the feminist anti-occupation group Women in Black, as well as Gush Shalom and Women for Political Prisoners. She was also an activist with Ta’ayush and other left- wing groups. Over the past three decades, Keller had been a consistent presence at left-wing protests, always standing curbside with a sign and driven, according to friends’ recollections following her death, by an unshakeable belief in human rights. [ak]4/1/2020
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