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`One system, one policy`: Why Human Rights Watch is charging Israel with apartheidAmjad Iraqi + +972 Magazine - The word “apartheid” has undoubtedly become a centerpiece of the mainstream public debate around Israel- Palestine this past year — and today, the once-taboo term may have received one of its biggest endorsements yet. Human Rights Watch, a leading organization monitoring rights abuses worldwide, released a major report arguing that Israel is committing the crimes of apartheid and persecution — both defined by the Rome Statute as crimes against humanity — on both sides of the Green Line. The 213- page report details the ways in which Israel is intentionally pursuing the domination of Jews over Palestinians in all parts of the land, as well as in the diaspora, regardless of their legal status. “Every day,” the report reads, “a person is born in Gaza into an open-air prison, in the West Bank without civil rights, in Israel with an inferior status by law, and in neighboring countries effectively condemned to lifelong refugee status, like their parents and grandparents before them, solely because they are Palestinian and not Jewish.” Among other recommendations, the report calls on states to condition military aid to Israel and impose targeted sanctions against Israeli officials deemed responsible for the crimes [ak].29/4/2021
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"Jaffa is not for sale": Palestinian-Israelis protest planned evictionsTheNewArab - Protests against Israeli government plans to sell Palestinian homes to Jewish investors have been taking place amid accusations that Israel is trying to alter the demographic make-up of Jaffa [ry] 26/4/2021
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Army Injures More Than 100 Palestinians In NablusIMEMC News - “It is worth mentioning that the Israeli military and police escalation against the Palestinians started on the first day of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan after the army imposed severe restrictions and installed dozens of roadblocks isolating the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City” [ry] 26/4/2021
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Paris rally against detention and torture of Palestinian minors - Sat. April 24 22/4/2021
Sens. Sanders, Warren call for ‘restricting’ US aid to Israel at J Street confabJacob Magid - Times of Israel - “If we’re serious about arresting settlement expansion and helping move the parties toward a two-state solution, then it would be irresponsible not to consider all of the tools we have at our disposal,” Senator Elizabeth Warren told the J- Street conference. “One of those is restricting military aid from being used in the occupied territories. By continuing to provide military aid without restriction, we provide no incentive for Israel to adjust course”. For his part, Sen. Bernie Sanders also declared himself in favor of the US using its aid as leverage. “I strongly believe that we must also be willing to bring real pressure to bear, including restricting US aid, in response to moves by either side that undermine the chances for peace. It is totally appropriate for the United States to say what that aid may and may not be used for. In my view, the American people do not want to see that money being used to support policies that violate human rights and treat the Palestinian people as second-class human beings”. Both Warren and Sanders called on Israel to do more to ensure that Palestinians are vaccinated. “Jewish settlers in the West Bank are receiving vaccinations, while few Palestinians have any access to life-saving shots,” Warren said.[ak] 21/4/2021
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16th Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony Held With Message of PeaceHaaretz - Bar Peleg - “The strong feelings that accompanied me were hatred, revenge and complete certainty that I was right … I believed that giving up revenge would be like losing [my brother] again and betraying him. But then, just before I finished high school, by chance I met Ali from East Jerusalem and the friendship that developed put my whole worldview to the test.” Gili Meisler, whose brother Giora was missing for two years after the Yom Kippur War until his remains were returned from Egypt. // Layla Alsheikh, 43, from the village of Battir in the West Bank said that 19 years ago her baby son died after inhaling tear gas from a canister that had been thrown into their courtyard. She described the hard road she was forced to travel with her son to get medical attention. “Despite all this, I didn’t look for revenge, I focused on protecting my other children.” The online ceremony (because of Corona) was organized by Bereaved Parents and Combatants for Peace. It was watched by more than 200 000 worldwide. [bz] 15/4/2021
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Canada`s New Democratic Party calls for boycotting settlements, stopping arms trade with Israel Michael Bueckert - Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) - The policy convention of the New Democratic Party voted for “ending all trade and economic cooperation with illegal settlements in Israel-Palestine,” and “suspending the bilateral trade of all arms and related materials with the State of Israel until Palestinian rights are upheld.” These resolutions were adopted by an overwhelming 80% majority. [The NDP is not in a position to itself gain power in Canada, but on various past occasions it held the balance between the mainstream Liberal and Conservative parties and may do so again. ak] 15/4/2021
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The Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial CeremonyCombatants for Peace ` Bereaved Families` Forum - Today, Tuesday, April 13 at 1:30 PM ET, the Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony will be broadcast live around the world. The Ceremony is hosted by Combatants for Peace and The Parents Circle–Families Forum, and we are proud that T`ruah is once again an official sponsor. What began as a small ceremony of 50 people in 2005 is now the largest Memorial Day ceremony in Israel, attended by over 200,000 people last year – and the largest Israeli-Palestinian peace event in history. This year, the Ceremony will take place virtually, broadcast live from Tel Aviv and Ramallah. In this time of anxiety and separation, the upcoming Joint Memorial Day Ceremony offers solidarity and hope for a peaceful future.13/4/2021
Joint List`s Cassif files complaint over police beatingGilad Cohen - Ynet - MK Cassif says violence against him is a violation of Knesset`s sovereignty and dignity; slams Netanyahu for inaction, warning that `another political assassination is around the corner` [ry] 12/4/2021
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Supreme Court allows minister to `temporarily` block Israel Prize for left-wing math prof. Oded GoldreichTimes of Israel - Michael Sfard, Goldreich’s attorney, said that Gallant and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit “created a clear McCarthyistic track for denying the Israel Prize to people with positions opposing occupation, expulsion and apartheid, and thus bar from it an entire political camp in Israel that is guilty of the same crime.” Prof. Oded Goldreich, a professor at the Weizmann Institute, was nominated for this year`s prestigious Israel Prize in the field of Mathematics, for his work on computational complexity theory - but Education Minister Yoav Galant is determined to deny him the prize, over Goldreich having signed a petition calling upon the German Parliament not to define the BDS movement as "Antisemitic". The court gave the minister 30 days to determine whether he has the right to block the granting of a prize on such grounds. That means that Goldreich will not get the prize at the ceremony on Israel Independence Day next week - though, if the final decision should go against the Minister, he might get it at a later time. The prize’s mathematics and computer science committee said Thursday it was dismayed that the award had turned into “a political playing field, and that the regulations of the prize are not being upheld by the education minister.” [ak] 8/4/2021
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Imprisoned Militant Barghouti Will Challenge Abbas’s Party in the Palestinian ElectionThe New York Times - Marwan Barghouti, a highly respected Palestinian militant serving multiple life sentences in an Israeli prison, broke with the leadership of the dominant Fatah party that controls the Palestinian Authority - escalating a power struggle and dimming the party’s hopes of retaining a monopoly on power in parliamentary elections. From his prions cell, Mr. Barghouti commands considerable respect among many party cadres and is considered a potential future candidate for Palestinian president. Fatah members acting on his behalf broke with the party, forming a separate electoral slate that will compete against Fatah in the elections in May and posing a direct challenge to Fatah’s 85-year- old leader, Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority. [ak] 1/4/2021
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No Academic Business As Usual with Ariel University -- hundreds of academics supporting the Palestinian call on `Horizon Europe` Petition - noarielties.org - "Respecting international law, as a peaceful and universal means of conflict resolution, requires denying recognition to, and severing institutional relations with Ariel University as an illegal settlement institution." Among the signatories are more than twenty professors and lecturers of Israeli universities. [bz]1/4/2021
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