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Here’s how I am organizing my Jewish community against annexationSara - IfNotNow - I grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland, deeply immersed in Jewish youth programming. My Jewish community raised me to value social justice, inclusion, and equity. However, we rarely talked about justice for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, and I often felt frustrated by the silence of my community regarding this issue. Years later, after leaving my hometown for college, I am back. I’m organizing the Montgomery County Jewish community to take a stand against Israel’s plan to annex the West Bank - and things are changing. It started with some old friends from my Jewish youth group and I starting a conversation in our community about how annexation will worsen the violence that Palestinians already experience as part of the daily nightmare of Occupation.30/6/2020
BDS: Pressure the AXA and HPE companies to end coluusion with Israeli oppressionApoorva Gautam and Alys Samson Estape - BDS Campaign - Today, the French insurance company AXA’s holds its shareholder meeting. Under pressure from our BDS campaign, AXA has divested from Israeli weapons-maker Elbit Systems and largely divested from its subsidiary. But AXA still invests in three Israeli banks which are listed in a UN database of companies that enable Israel’s illegal settlements. HPE provides exclusive servers to the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority - the backbone of racist segregation, domination and control of movement. You can join our campaign to pressure these two companies.[AK} 30/6/2020
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Coalition Against Annexation Meets Israeli Diplomats in 18 Cities WorldwideAmir Tibon - Haaretz - The Israeli ambassadors did not always agree to meet the representatives of JLINK. Three ambassadors who are political appointees of Prime Minister Netanyahu, and are considered Bibi loyalists, didn’t have time to meet. This group included Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer. Meetings like this have also taken place at the Israeli consulates in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco, as well as at the Israeli embassies in Berlin, Paris, Madrid and Copenhagen. “In each meeting we have between three to ten representatives of local Jewish groups attend, because it’s important for us to show that this isn’t a concern just among the ‘usual suspects’ of the left. According to Kenneth Bob, president of the liberal North American Zionist organization Ameinu, “this action against annexation has been our first test. We realized a few months ago that this is how things were going to unfold, and that we need to prepare to take action on this issue.” [bz] 30/6/2020
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Trump Square fountain in Petah Tikva gushes fake blood in annexation protestTimes of Israel - “Annexation will cost us in blood,” was graffitied in red at the site, which was inaugurated last year in honor of the US president’s 2017 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The vandalism was the latest in a series of protests against plans by the government to begin annexing parts of the West Bank as early as this week, sparking fears of a new outbreak of violence by Palestinians angry over the move, which would chop wide swaths out of their prospective state. [bz]30/6/2020
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IDF covered settler aggression in Susiya and Tawane and the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian Jordan Valley escalatesTa`ayush - Week report June 7-13, and a call to join as accompaniment of Palestinian shepherds to grazing grounds involves a great number of activists, and many more are needed during the next few weeks. To join contact 0532363884 and/or 050-5607034 [bz] 16/6/2020
Journey Into a Changing Middle EastYossi Klein Halevi - Hadassah Magazine "Two years ago, I published a book called Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, an attempt to explain to Palestinians and others in the Middle East who the Jews are and why we returned home. No Israeli writer had ever turned directly to our neighbors to confront the misperceptions and distortions widespread in the Arab world about Jewish history and identity, our ancient connection to the land and our modern right to sovereignty. The culture of denial that rejects Jewish indigenousness is, I believe, the main reason why a solution continues to elude us. And so I decided to challenge that conceptual obstacle to peace...The new edition of my book concludes with a joint letter written by two friends—a young Palestinian-American named Rawan Odeh and a young Israeli named Bar Galin who first met at a coexistence seminar in Washington, D.C. " ca15/6/2020
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Home gardening plants seeds for Palestinian self-sufficiencySuha Arraf - +972 - Palestinians are digging in their yards and potting plants on roofs to tackle the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis [ry] 15/6/2020
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New Poll Results: The Israeli Public Opposes AnnexationGeneva Initiative - Over the past two days, the results of two opinion polls were published assessing the attitudes of the Israeli public towards annexation. The survey by Israel’s Channel 12 News Outlet asked respondents about the “application of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria” within the framework of the Trump Plan. Meanwhile our GI poll asked, simply, whether the public supports or opposes annexation of territories. Still, the results were remarkably similar. According to Channel 12: 46% of the public opposes annexation and only 34% supports it. Likewise, our survey reveals that 42% are against it and only 32% are in favour (see below). With these two polls in mind, we draw one very stark conclusion: only one-third of the Israeli public is willing to support annexation. As per our results, a number of right-wing voters also understand that these dangerous moves must be averted and constituted a considerable portion of the majority opposing it.[ak]9/6/2020
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`Annexation would cause a divisive toxicity of debate among Diaspora Jews, and completely alienate large numbers of them from Israel`Harriet Sherwood - The Guardian - “The damage to Israel’s international reputation [from carrying out the planned annexation] will be enormous. The UK government has said it will oppose the annexation plan, and the proposed move would bolster calls for boycotts and sanctions against Israel. The impact on diaspora Jewry and its relationship with the state of Israel would also be profound. The British Jewish community is an overwhelmingly Zionist community with a passionate commitment to Israel.A policy of annexation would call that into question, polarising Jewish communities and increasing the divisive toxicity of debate within them, but also alienating large numbers of diaspora Jews from engaging with Israel at all. Under these circumstances, the commitment to Israel that has been such a vital glue in sustaining and uniting Jewish communities, as well an asset for Israel, will decline. If asked to make the case for West Bank annexations, we will not be able to do so. The policy not only lacks merit, but would pose an existential threat to the traditions of Zionism in Britain, and to Israel as we know it”. Among more than forty signatories of this unprecedented letter to the Israeli ambassador are some of the most prominent and respected names in British Jewry. [ak]9/6/2020
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On Palestinian Naksa Day, Israeli Forces Suppress Marches across West BankAli Salam - IMEMCnews - "Several Palestinian demonstrations were held on Friday, condemning the Israeli government’s plan to annex more of the West Bank, were met with tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets [...] The protests were held on the same day as the 53rd anniversary of the Palestinian Naksa or setback" [ry] 8/6/2020
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‘It’s a war crime’: Thousands rally in Tel Aviv against Netanyahu annexation bidJacob Magid - Times of Israel - MK Nitzan Horowitz, the head of Meretz, told the crowd that annexation would be a “war crime” and would cost Israel millions as the economy is already reeling due to the pandemic. “We cannot replace an occupation of dozens of years with an apartheid that will last forever.” [bz]7/6/2020
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June 4, 2020 - `UN Forum: Threats of Annexation and the Prospects for Peace”, livestreamed on UN Web 2/6/2020
Israeli Court Rules Against Demolition of Dozens of Palestinian Family HomesIMEMC - The Ein Aljowaiza Neighborhood had always been part of the city of Bethlehem; however, Israeli authorities consider it to be included in "United Jerusalem" where the rules of town planning are heavily skewed against Palestinians. Recently,the Israeli authorities delivered demolition warrants to 38 families, since this rural neighborhood is "not included in urban planning" and therefore should not exist. However, Palestinian attorney Ghayath Naser was able to win an appeal to an Israeli court and halt the demolition plans. Thus, for once Hassan Brega, head of the Bethlehem branch of the committee Resisting the Apartheid Wall and Settlements, had positive news to tell. [ak] 2/6/2020
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‘Justice for Iyad, justice for George’: Hundreds protest police killing of Palestinian in JerusalemOren Ziv - +972 - Israelis and Palestinians take to the streets to protest police violence, drawing parallels with the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis [ry] 1/6/2020
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