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Who are the Israeli protesters at Netanyahu’s doorstep?Robert Swift - +972 Magazine - The people who have been taking to the streets over the last two weeks — in numbers unprecedented in recent years — can be roughly divided into there main categories. Many protesters demand that Netanyahu resign, arguing that he is corrupt and is pushing an anti-democratic agenda. A prominent symbol at the protests is the black flag, representing the death of democracy in Israel, which protesters often wave on bridges over highways across the country. Others have been wearing t-shirts and carrying posters that say “Crime Minister,”. Another gripe comes from younger protesters who are frustrated by the bleak economic options on their horizon, struggling to provide for their families or to prevent their business from going under during the pandemic, even as the prime minister is focused on granting himself tax rebates. A minority among the protesters can be termed the anti- occupation camp, calling for a change in Israel`s attitude to the Palestinians, expressing solidarity with the US Black Lives Matter movement and revulsion at the recent fatal shooting by Jerusalem police of Iyad al-Hallaq, an autistic Palestinian man. Of the 15 people interviewed for this story, two or three seemed to place oppression of Palestinians as their central reason for protesting, with a similar number mentioning the occupation after first referring to corruption.[ak] 28/7/2020
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From India: protesting the Israeli court ruling re social distancing for Palestinian prisoners Indo-Palestine Solidarity Network - What is the logic by which the Israel [Supreme] Court claims that social distancing policies essential for protecting prisoners serving time for criminal charges are somehow not relevant for `security prisoners`? [bz]28/7/2020
Web conference today: “Annexation in Practice – Palestinian Lives in Jerusalem” 28/7/2020
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Web conference today: “Annexation in Practice – Palestinian Lives in Jerusalem”UN Palestinian Rights Committee - The first is a series of web events will be held today, 28 July 2020 from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. (New York Time). The speakers – Ms. Maha Abdallah (Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Jerusalem), Ms. Hagit Ofran (Peace Now, Jerusalem), Mr. Osamah Khalil (Syracuse University, USA) – will highlight the history of Israel’s decades-long illegal annexation of East Jerusalem and the lived reality of Palestinian Jerusalemites under this regime, as an example of what can expected of further Israeli annexation plans. [ak]28/7/2020
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Right wingers furious at Haifa`s bid to honour Egyptian diva AFP/Y-net - Haifa Mayor Einat Kalisch-Rotem said the naming of a Haifa street for the late Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum "highlights the diversity of the city, which represents a model of co-existence between Arabs and Jews" and noted that the Egyptian singer had performed in Haifa in the 1930s, when the city was in British mandatory Palestine. Outraged right wingers such as Yair Natanyahu, the PM`s son, condemned the move as "crazy", quoting Umm Kulthum`s support for Palestinian armed struggle and for the Egypt`s war with Israel in 1967. Israeli musician Ariel Cohen said that some Jews with Arab roots "grew up with Umm Kulthum," and noted that one of her most famous songs, "Enta Omri", was translated into Hebrew. "Umm Kulthum is not an enemy," Cohen said. Even if she sang patriotic songs during conflict between Egypt and Israel before the neighbours signed a 1979 peace, "it is natural for singers to sing patriotic songs in times of war," Cohen added. The singer died in 1975 and did not witness the Israeli- Egyptian peace. [ak] 28/7/2020
‘People are waking up’: 50 arrested in anti-Netanyahu protestsOren Ziv - +972 - A protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned into a chaotic and historic night, during which Israeli-Jewish leftists turned their anger on the police. (rh)22/7/2020
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We’re fighting the same battle everywhereAdam Mahoney - EI - “These questions have helped me in the process of decentering myself and American Blackness when thinking about our world’s struggles. Of course, I want Black lives to matter. But the necessary changes to our material conditions which would necessitate Black lives mattering in an anti- Black world demand global remedies” [ry] 20/7/2020
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The U.S. Struggle for Justice for Palestine Begins a New ChapterMary Miller, Ariel Gold CounterPunch - "No one can say for sure what the future of the Palestine peace movement will look like. [...] But an optimist might say inaction or callousness in the White House could serve to further inspire Congress and activists to return to the fight with a renewed passion" [ry] 20/7/2020
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Mandela’s Legacy, Then and NowOSSIM SHALOM – Social Workers For Peace & Social Welfare - a coalition of organizations invite you to an online event commemorating Nelson Mandela. Panel: MP Ayman Odeh - Leader of the Hadash Party, head of the Joint List Alliance Dr. Alon Liel - former Ambassador of Israel to South Africa, founder of J-LINK Robi Damelin - Spokesperson, Parents Circle - Families Forum Maya Savir - Author Moderator: Perli Shachar - Journalist With greetings from: Sharon Katz – Artist activist, founder of the “Peace Train” in South Africa Prof. Izzledin Abuelaish – MD, author, founder of Daughters for Light Foundation Sulaiman Khatib - Co- Founder and former Co-Director of Combatants for Peace Dr. Stephen Fulder - founder of Amutat Tovana, senior mindfulness teacher, author Registration page (Todaa Bria): https://bit.ly/2ZDhjgz 19/7/2020
Help anti-settlement activists pay absurd fine 14/7/2020
Help anti-settlement activists pay unjustly imposed fine 14/7/2020
Shepherds around Auja no longer dare reach their grazing grounds unaccompanied by Israeli activistsTa`ayush - July 5-11, 2020 - in the Occupied Territories - Expulsion of Palestinian shepherds, Jewish settler-colonist incursions in Palestinian farm and grazing lands, confiscation of water pipes in the midst of summer, and Palestinian home demolitions by the occupation forces in the Palestinian Jordan Valley, in the South Hebron Hills, in Jerusalem and in Khan Al Ahmar [bz]14/7/2020
Help the Sumarin Family Go to Israel`s Supreme CourtDonna Baranski-Walker - Rebuilding Alliance - We can do this. On Wed, July 15th, our legal aid fund for the Sumarin`s will be competing against 400 other projects to win a $10K Bonus... [bz] 14/7/2020
83 Organisations Send Urgent Appeal to UN Special Procedures on the Killing of Ahmad ErekatPalestinian Centre for Human Rights - After being shot Ahmad Erekat was left to bleed to death for an hour and a half, while the Israeli occupying forces denied him access to medical care, despite the presence of an Israeli ambulance at the scene. They also prevented a Palestine Red Crescent Society ambulance from reaching Ahmad. [bz] 14/7/2020
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Urge U.S. elected officials to recognize the Sumarin Family`s right to their homeAsk them to make two calls on your behalf: one to the U.S. State Department and one to the Israeli Embassy9/7/2020
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Palestinians protest against Israel’s planned annexationAdam Adada - Al Jazeera - "Palestinians took to the streets to protest against Israel`s declared intention to annex parts of the already illegally occupied West Bank, a move that was said to begin on July 1" [ry] 6/7/2020
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