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Adalah - dragging a human body by bulldozer is a war crime IMEMC - The Adalah Legal Center sent an urgent letter to Sharon Afek, head of the IDF legal branch. demanding he immediately open a criminal investigation into the incident that occurred Sunday morning near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, in which an Israeli military armored bulldozer was filmed dragging a human body along the ground and repeatedly lifting it up in the air and dropping it down in the mud. Adalah Attorney Sawsan Zaher detailed a series of international laws – including the Rome Statute, the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, and the Hague Regulations – which classify the Israeli military actions depicted in the video as war crimes and blatant violations of international criminal law, and international human rights and humanitarian law. The Israeli Supreme Court has likewise recognized in past rulings that harm to the dignity of the deceased is a violation of Israel’s Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty.[ak] 25/2/2020
American Jewish students in Israel forbidden to go to Palestinian territories Allison Kaplan Sommer - Haaretz - Max Antman, 27, arrived in Israel last fall to begin his rabbinical studies in a year-long program at Hebrew Union College’s Jerusalem campus, determined to take advantage of living in the city “to experience everything going on both in Israel and in Palestine.” But the organizers had other ideas. The Mesa Israel Journey, which gave him a $3,500 grant for his studies in Jerusalem, informed him that “entering the [Palestinian] territories A and B independently, not as part of a trip organized as part of the program, is expressly prohibited for all Masa participants" and that "any independent movement of participants in the [Israeli ruled] West Bank Area C requires the participant/s to inform the organizers in advance and receive the organizers` authorization and relevant instructions.” [ak] 18/2/2020
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A united Ireland becomes more likely - what is the significance of Palestine?Paul Seligman - The Economist, an establishment magazine if ever there was one, writes that Irish unification is a real possibility. We often use the example of apartheid South Africa when talking about Palestine, as an example of how a discriminatory ethnic supremacy can change. But the example of Northern Ireland is also instructive.Now in Northern Ireland the descendants of the English colonists and settlers are increasingly willing to live with the descendants of the indigenous Irish. (...)Faced with the constant resistance of the oppressed in South Africa and their supporters, a broad consensus arose among most of the international capitalist class that change was necessary to remove an obstacle to modern capitalist market development in Southern Africa. Similarly, a United Ireland will be supported by all western Countries, once Britain allows a border poll. The opposite is true in Palestine. Here the almost unanimous capitalist consensus is that Zionist Israel must be supported at all costs. Currently, there is no reason at all for the Israelis to surrender their supremacy. No price to pay to continue as is, or worse. To change this is the role of the international solidarity movement (as well as the Palestinian resistance). We face enormous odds, but we will not give up.[ak] 18/2/2020
Palestinian civil society welcomes this long-awaited UN list of companies complicit in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprisePalestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) - We thank all human rights organizations that worked tirelessly for the release of such an important instrument of transparency and accountability. Upholding international law is the one appropriate response to attempts by authoritarian and far-right regimes, led by the Trump White House and Israel’s extremist government, to undermine human rights and the rule of law and enforce domination by the most powerful instead. Recognizing the important role that the UN played in ending apartheid in South Africa, we view the release of this database as a first significant and concrete step by any UN entity towards holding to account Israeli and international corporations that enable and profit from Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian rights.[ak]18/2/2020
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Journalist Abby Martin Sues State of Georgia Over Israel Loyalty OathDave DeCamp - AntiWar - Martin lost speaking gig after refusing to sign contract pledging not to boycott Israel [ry] 17/2/2020
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`Do not despair of losing so often` – Lea Tsemel, the Israeli lawyer who defends PalestiniansRachel Shabi - The Guardian - She has been called a traitor and the Israeli government tried to block an award-winning new film about her work and spirit. "Advocate" by Israeli film-makers Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche, chronicles the 75-year-old lawyer’s life and work. The film provides a compelling insight into the uneasy complexities of representing Palestinians in Israeli courts, where the occupiers effectively judge the occupied in a system that can’t escape the bloody conflict raging between the two sides. Early in the film, as the camera sweeps along the rows of battered files that crowd Tsemel’s office, we see the nature of her work spelled out in their headings: possession of a weapon, stone throwing, accessory to murder, suicide bombings. It’s a life spent losing inside courtrooms and facing attacks outside them. The film begins with the footage of an Israeli TV interview with Tsemel. The presenter says: “It’s as if you identify with them!”, tallies all things which she had been called: traitor, leftist, devil’s dvocate and says: “In my view, terrorists are no different to rapists and murderers.” Tsemel answers: "Some people in the world consider them as freedom fighters”.[ak] 11/2/2020
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Clean energy, dirty dealing: Syrian Druze resist greenwashing of Golan occupationEllie Stern - +972 "An Israeli wind farm slated for construction on Syrian Druze agricultural land in the occupied Golan Heights has been met with profound resistance from residents." ca8/2/2020
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Tel Aviv rally condemns Trump plan as ‘Apartheid’ and ‘Population Transfer’Jerusalem Post - Peace Now organized the event, which included a march and a rally. The Israeli Left opposes US President Donald Trump’s peace plan, in part because it calls for redrawing the map of sovereign Israel in such a way that the Arab-Israeli communities in the Triangle area would be excluded from the State of Israel and included in a Palestinian state. They are also against the plan because it allows for unilateral annexation and puts forward what they believe is a nonviable vision of a Palestinian state. “This isn’t a peace plan – it’s not even a plan,” Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg told the activists who attended the rally. Rather, she considered it "a recipe for annexation, population transfer, violence and apartheid". [ak]4/2/2020
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Emergency march: Yes to real peace, no to the Trump-Netanyahu annexation deal! Tel Aviv, Saturday Feb. 1, gathering at 7pmWe gather at Dizengov Square. Our demand: negotiations to end the occupation and peace between two free and sovereign states, Israel and Palestine. 1/2/2020
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