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Israel increasingly relies on US evangelicals for support - but younger evangelicals are walking away: Shibley Telhami - Center for Middle East Policy - Ron Dermer, Former Israeli Ambassador to the US, roused a controversy by stating that Israel should spend more of its energy reaching out to “passionate” American evangelicals than to Jews, who are “disproportionately among our critics.” Criticizing Dermer, Israel’s former consul general in New York, Dani Dayan, added that “our embassy in the United States capital has invested most of its energy in the relationship with conservatives, Republicans, evangelicals, and a certain type of Jews only.” But a new survey commissioned by University for North Carolina researchers has exposed what we have been finding for some time: younger evangelicals are much less supportive of Israel than older evangelicals, by a widening margin. The poll found a dramatic shift in attitudes between 2018 and 2021: support for Israel among young evangelicals dropped from 75% to 34%. There is evidence of a substantial and unusual shift. The Israeli right is pinning its hopes on solid support from evangelicals as the backbone of U.S. patronage of the Jewish state, anchored in a biblical narrative that sidesteps international law and norms — as witnessed during the Trump administration. But the trends among young evangelicals raise questions about the trajectory of strong religiously-driven evangelical support for Israel. Among younger evangelicals, only 38% say their religious beliefs led them to support Israel - much less than among older ones - while 17% say their beliefs led them to back the Palestinians. The work of progressive evangelical organizations, which focus on social justice, might have been more effective among young evangelicals. Such issues as the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border and climate change have galvanized young evangelicals and caused some of them - like young Americans in general - to increasingly view the plight of Palestinians through the prism of scoial justice and link it with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.[ak]28/5/2021
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Hundreds of Amazon employees call on company to sever business contracts with the Israeli army Zoe Schiffer - The Verge - “We ask Amazon leadership to acknowledge the continued assault upon Palestinians’ basic human rights under an illegal occupation... without using language that implies a power symmetry or situational equivalency, which minimizes and isrepresents the disruption, destruction, and death that has disproportionately been inflicted upon the Palestinians in recent days and over several decades” wrote more than 500 Amazon employees. have signed a letter calling for the company to acknowledge the plight of the Palestinian people. The note echoes similar petitions from workers at Apple and Google; Jewish employees Apple firmly “reject any definition of antisemitism that holds that criticism of Israel or Zionism is antisemitic.” [ak] 28/5/2021
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Irish Parliament Condemns Israel’s “de facto annexation” of West Bank and JerusalemNiall Ó Brolcháin / Mary Lou Macdonald - The Irish Parliament has unanimously passed a motion condemning Israel’s colonial settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem as ‘de facto annexation’. The motion was tabled soon after a ceasefire was issued following 11 of the most deadliest days for Palestinians in recent years. The motion was tabled by the opposition Sinn Fein party and received cross-party support. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, who has represented Ireland on the United Nations Security Council in the last month stated: “The scale, pace and strategic nature of Israel’s actions on settlement expansion and the intent behind it have brought us to a point where we need to be honest about what is actually happening on the ground. … It is de facto annexation,”. He also condemned what he described as Israel’s “manifestly unequal” treatment of Palestinians. However, Coveney conditioned his support for the notion on adding a condemnation of the rockets fired by Hamas into Israel - which was eventually accepted by Parliament, despite being rejected by the left-leaning Sinn Fein which tabled the original motion. Adding this condemnation of the Hamas rockets did not prevent the Israeli Foreign Ministry from sharply condemning the Irish Parliament resolution, calling it ‘outrageous’ and ‘baseless’ and stating that "it would distance Ireland from playing a constructive role in the conflict". However, the Government of Israel consistently refuses to give any mediation role even to EU members who are far more friendly to it - so that Ireland has little to lose. [ak]28/5/2021
Tens of thousands attend largest pro-Palestine march in British historyAreeb Ullah - MEE - Organisers say the demonstration in London was attended by 180,000 people, as Gaza ceasefire holds for second day [ry] 24/5/2021
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Fundraiser to help rebuild destroyed Gaza bookstore 21/5/2021
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Jews in Bristol protest Israel’s violence and oppression in PalestineAdam Cantwell-Corn and Aphra Evans - Na’amod - With a slogan of “Racism isn’t Kosher”, Na’amod members and those present wanted to demonstrate that British Jews are not united in support for Israel’s actions, and as Axelrod said: “It is okay to criticise Israel without being anti-Semitic and there’s ways of doing that, and people shouldn’t feel like they can’t criticise Israel for fear of offending British Jews”. In a sombre atmosphere, the group read names and ages of Palestinians killed, from smallchildren to whole families. [ak]20/5/2021
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Bibi and Gantz! End this unnecessary and pointless war! Residents of the Gaza Border Region - The Other Voice - End our ongoing suffering and the inferno that you have unleashed on the people in the Gaza Strip. This is not our war! Sending Gaza back to the Stone Age - not in our name. Do what you should have done years ago - enter into negotiations with the enemy and reach long-term agreements. [bz]20/5/2021
Waiting for the ceasefireAdam Keller - Well, there are several alarms every day or night and we run to the staircase and all our neighbors are also there, we live on the fourth floor and there are three apartments on each floor, so people from 12 apartments go into the staircase. There are known cases from the Second World War that when a house was hit by a bomb and everything collapsed but the staircase remained standing, so this is the safest place. We know that the chance of one missile hitting exactly our house is very small, but if it happens than for those where it hits it is a 100% danger. So the neighbors are a bit nervous and a bit angry and grumbling, especially if the alarm came in the middle of the night.20/5/2021
The storm which Netanyahu enleashedAdam Keller - Gush Shalom - We woke up with the news of twenty one Palestinians killed in Gaza, nine of them minors, and two Israeli women killed in Ashkelon (one of them; it later turned out, was a migrant worker from India, and since then, the death toll on both sides more than doubled). Then came the email which I was expecting. An urgent call for emergency protests in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and Haifa. “The government is playing with fire - all of us get burned! In a desperate attempt to cling to power, Netanyahu is dragging us into war, into killing and suffering and pain for both peoples. Stop the escalation! Cease the fire! Stop the expulsion of families from Sheikh Jarrah, stop the police rampage in East Jerusalem. There can be no peace and no quiet as long as the West Bank lives under occupation and Gaza suffers a suffocating siege. The solution: an end to the occupation, an end to the siege of Gaza, and the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, with East Jerusalem as its capital. We all deserve to live in freedom and security. The time to act is now!” [ak]13/5/2021
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`President Biden, You’ve Got Mail!`Jennifer Bing - Palestine-Israel program at American Friends Service - When I think about Biden and his first 100 days, I’m reminded of the old AOL alert, “You’ve Got Mail!” In their first 100 days, the Biden administration got a lot of mail from Congress that concerns Palestine. Letters to the Biden administration have been sent about restoring U.S. funding to UNRWA and the Palestinian Authority cut by the Trump administration, pressing Israel to live up to its international responsibility to provide Palestinians the COVID-19 vaccine, ending the demolition and eviction of Palestinians from their homes, and most recently introducing a new bill (H.R. 2590) that calls on the State Department to certify that U.S. aid is not used to detain and abuse Palestinian children. Our movement has been busy on zoom webinars that inspire action, producing and sharing action alerts for engagement, and letting elected officials know we haven’t given up our demands for change. I don’t think Biden’s mailbox is full, and more calls for action are needed. Despite a pandemic, our movement is energized and dedicated to moving public opinion and holding our government accountable for (and changing) policies that perpetuate militarism and inequality. [ak] 7/5/2021
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Over 180 Israeli Intellectuals, Scientists Warn ICC: Don`t Rely on Israel to Probe War CrimesNir Hasson - Haaretz - “We are writing to the ICC following your request to the Israeli government to clarify whether it intends to investigate complaints of war crimes allegedly committed in the Occupied Territories. We wish to assert our deep suspicion, based on past experience, that the State of Israel, including its investigative and legal institutions, has no intention to seriously investigate complaints of war crimes. Our suspicion is backed by a very large number of documented cases ostensibly involving war crimes committed by Israel in the Occupied Territories in gross violation of international law. Most of these cases have not been investigated at all, and a few have been concluded with acquittal following a superficial and inadequate investigation.” The letter, addressed to Chief ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, was signed by 180 Israeli scientists and intellectuals, called on Bensouda not to accept conclusions made by the Israeli authorities, but rather rely on the findings of independent Israeli Human Rights groups. [ak]6/5/2021
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