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Israelis and Palestinians Remember the Slain, Home Alone or Online David M. Halbfinger - New York Times - Civil-defense sirens sounded at 8 p.m. to mark the start of Israel’s solemn Memorial Day observance, but unlike in ordinary years, this year`s remembrance of fallen soldiers or victims of terrorism came with most of the country already on lockdown. But the coronavirus was a boon to an alternative ceremony that for 15 years has drawn together bereaved families from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.With Israelis in a studio in Tel Aviv and Palestinians speaking from Ramallah, on the West Bank, the live-streamed event reached its biggest audience yet, organizers said: At least 170,000 people watched worldwide on more than 60 different online channels like YouTube and Facebook. John Lyndon, director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace, called it the biggest joint Israeli-Palestinian event in history. Over 90 minutes Monday night, poems and songs in Hebrew and Arabic punctuated heartfelt testimonials by people like Hagai Yoel, an Israeli whose older brother was killed in 2002 on a military rescue mission in Jenin in the West Bank, and who said he couldn’t bear to imagine his own 13-year-old son in uniform when he turns 18. “I know that in order to resolve a conflict, both sides have to give up on something, because if I take it all, the other side will remain frustrated and despairing,” Mr. Yoel said. “Such a situation will condemn us to perpetual war.” And Yaqub al-Rabi, a Palestinian whose wife, Aisha, was killed in 2018 by Israeli settlers who stoned their car just before their daughter’s wedding, said he believed in “divine justice” but that, “even after paying such a huge price, I will not let my anger lead me to revenge.” [ak] 28/4/2020
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Due to Coronavirus, Gaza Freedom Flotilla will saill later than plannedCanada Boat to Gaza - With the help of supporters, we have purchased a boat for this voyage, and further donations will help equip this boat with vital safety, communications and other materials.In light of global health restrictions on travel and public gatherings, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition has decided to delay our planned departure towards Gaza. We had initially planned to visit several southern European ports in April and May of this year, and head for Gaza at the end of May, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara. The revised departure time will be defined based on ongoing reviews of public health conditions worldwide and specifically in the ports we are planning to visit.[ak]28/4/2020
71 days to stop annexationJeremy Ben-Ami - J Street - Even in the face of an unprecedented pandemic, Netanyahu and the Israeli right remain determined to carry out the illegal, unilateral annexation of Israeli settlements while Trump remains in office. [bz]21/4/2020
Israelis accuse Netanyahu of endangering democracyODED BALILTY - AP News - “You don’t fight corruption from within. If you’re inside, you’re part of it,” said Yair Lapid during the 2000 strong demo filling Tel Aviv`s Rabin Square under corona restrictions. [bz]21/4/2020
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2nd Appeal in COVID-19 Crisis: PCHR Calls for Immediate Release of Minors, Women, Patients and Elderlies among Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli JailsIMEMC - Israeli authorities have neglected the continued and urgent requests for the immediate release of those among the 5000 Palestinian prisoners who are considered at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19, the elderly and the chronically ill in particular. Making matters worse, Physicians for Human Rights received a shocking decision by the Israeli High Court of Justice (HCJ) rejecting its petition to the Court demanding it order the Israel Prison Service (IPS) and the Ministry of Health to ensure proper medical services are provided for Palestinian prisoners, and take necessary measures to prevent the spread of the virus within the prison system. The Court had determined that the petition did not include any legal demands that warrants its intervention... [bz] 16/4/2020
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Settlement extension under the cover of the CoronvirusMichal Hai - Ta`ayush - Taking advantage of the general closure (imposed by Israel to prevent Corona- virus spread), the Israeli settlers are constructing a series of new settler outposts on the hill range around Auja, expanding and building in the illegal outposts already existing in the South Hebron Hills, invade with their flocks sown Palestinian fields inside Area C and causing extensive damage to their Palestinian neighbors, nearly always without any interference by Israeli army and police; Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills have put up a network of checkpoints manned by volunteers in order to prevent the spreading of Corona among the rural communities there and the urban center of Yatta – the security official of Carmel settlement summoned the army in order to dismantle such a checkpoint at the entrance to the Palestinian hamlet of Umm Al Kheir; a fundraising campaign to aid shepherd families in need in the Palestinian Jordan Valley who are on the brink of famine following the state of emergency – update and link for donations at the end of the present report [ak]16/4/2020
Donations for needy families in Gaza 14/4/2020
Donations for needy families in Gaza Olivia Zémor - CAPJPO-EuroPalestine - Palestinians must face the coronavirus crisis in dire conditions. Those living in the Westbank and East Jerusalem continue to be subjected to Israeli army raids on families` homes with endangerment, as well as attacks by settlers (78% increase). The 35,000 Palestinians who have agreed to go to work in Israel to survive are treated much worse than cattle and thrown on the road at checkpoints when they show symptoms of covid- 19. In the Gaza Strip, in addition to the total destitution linked to the blockade, Israel finds a way to spread toxic pesticides on agricultural land and injure fishermen who go out to feed the inhabitants. While donations cannot be a substitute for freedom, all gestures of solidarity are welcome, as the UNRWA budget has been cut, and many families in the Gaza Strip are finding it increasingly difficult to survive.[ak]14/4/2020
Viral OccupationWho Profits - Monitoring developments in Palestine is crucial not because Palestine is an exceptional case, but precisely because it is not. As one political economist put it, Gaza (and Palestine more broadly) may be “the proverbial canary in the COVID-19 coal mine.” There is no doubt that for Palestinians living under occupation, the acute shortage of testing kits, protective gear and ICU capacity is only the tip of the iceberg. A host of structural issues inevitably compound the virus’ devastating impact. [bz]14/4/2020
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Webinar tomorrow: Israel, Palestine and the International Court in the Hague 13/4/2020
Donate for Gaza Medical Aid! 9/4/2020
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