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Israeli police detain 2 Palestinians, evacuate 9 Israelis from tense AqsaMa`an News Agency - Israeli police continued heightened security measures in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday morning following tension surrounding the Jewish holiday of Passover on Friday. Witnesses told Ma’an armed Israeli forces escorted a group of right-wing Israelis to the area, who were stopped by guards after they attempted to carry out “rituals” in the compound. Following a verbal and physical confrontation between Palestinian youths and the group of Israelis, two Palestinians were detained and five Israelis were evacuated from the compound.-rh27/4/2016
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First food truck rolls into Palestine : Two former prisoners have launched an environmentally friendly mobile kitchen in the occupied West Dalia Hatuqa - Aljazeera - Onlookers and elderly men sitting at a cafe across the street appear intrigued. "What is this?" someone yells. "It`s a food truck," shouts back owner Khaldoun Barghouti, a 43-year-old from Kobar, a village near Ramallah. This is the first mobile kitchen in the West Bank.-rh 27/4/2016
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An Israeli journalist asks, ‘What happened to the people in the photographs?Michaela Whitton - Mondoweiss - The uncommon scenario of an Israeli Jew attending a wedding in a Palestinian refugee camp meant Kratsman was accepted by locals immediately. He quickly found himself the centre of attention as people clamoured to spot themselves in his photos. As the Palestinians pored over the images taken during a 2007 parade of militia, he handed out pens and they circled the faces of those they knew were dead. Returning home with 20 martyrs identified and keen to locate more Palestinians in his archive, Kratsman soon realised he couldn’t carry thousands of images all over the West Bank and Gaza. Then, prompted by his wife, he quickly understood the potential Facebook had to help in his quest. - rh27/4/2016
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Israel bulldozes scores of EU-built Palestinian homes in bitter dispute over control of West Bank Raf Sanchez, Jabal al-Baba - The Telegraph - Simple homes like this are at the heart of a bitter argument raging between Israel and the EU. So far this year, Israel has bulldozed more than 65 of these houses in the West Bank, arguing that they were constructed illegally and the EU has no right to build in the area without permission. Some Israelis even accuse Europe of building its own version of "settlements" .-rh27/4/2016
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Palestinian woman, teen shot dead after alleged stab attempt at QalandiyaMa`an News Agency - Israeli forces on Wednesday shot and killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her 16-year-old brother after they allegedly attempted to carry out a stab attack on border police at Qalandiya military checkpoint near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, police and witnesses said. Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said two suspects -- a woman and a youth -- approached the vehicular path leading through the military checkpoint and walked towards border police officers, the woman with her hand in her bag and the youth with hands behind his back. Officers ordered them to halt several times and they began to turn back before police said the woman threw a knife at an officer. Police opened fire, killing the woman immediately. The youth`s death was confirmed shortly after.-rh27/4/2016
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How one Israeli Arab woman seeks to wipe out hatredMazal Mualem - Al Monitor - "“We got harsh reactions and we were expecting that. There were threats, too. There were also those who claimed that the Bokra website is owned by the Mossad." ..."All of this, of course, does not deter us because it’s obvious that if we don’t do something, we will lose control over our young people.”" - id 27/4/2016
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Petition: Keep the Israeli Army Off Kadoorie University Campus! 26/4/2016
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`There`s always an Intifada inside the prisons`Patrick Strickland - AlJazeera - Health of Palestinian Sami Janazrah, on hunger strike for 51 days, plummets as tensions rise in several prisons [ry] 25/4/2016
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Palestinians create seed bank to save their farming heritage in the Holy Land’s hillsPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - In the birthplace of agriculture, traditional crops are dying out. But one woman has a plan to preserve them [ry]25/4/2016
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Canadian student union will divest from firms aiding Israeli abusesAli Abunimah--The student union at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is to sell its investments in nine companies involved in human rights abuses. dn24/4/2016
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From Israeli jail, ‘nonviolent’ bid to ‘free Palestine’ takes shapeAvi Issacharoff - The Times of Israel - A group of people close to leading Fatah activist Marwan Barghouti, jailed in Israel for murder, have reached an understanding with the Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaderships overseas on a comprehensive plan to jointly campaign against the Israeli occupation until it is brought to an end, Palestinian sources told The Times of Israel.-rh20/4/2016
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Israel rabbi to paramedics: `Leave Palestinians to die` : Israeli ambulance crews adopt a policy of denying injured Palestinians treatment, say rights groups.Jonathan Cook - Aljazeera - There is mounting evidence that Israeli ambulance crews are withholding treatment from Palestinians injured during a wave of attacks over the past six months, according to rights groups. Physicians for Human Rights in Israel, a medical watchdog group, found that wounded Palestinians had been left untreated for as long as two hours. In some cases, medical teams are suspected of failing to tend to the injuries of suspected attackers as revenge, in the expectation that they will die from their wounds.-rh 20/4/2016
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Literary Stars Learn ‘Occupation 101’ Firsthand in Tense Tour of West BankNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - The American writer Ayelet Waldman was on a tour near the Hamra checkpoint, deep inside the Palestinian West Bank, when a silver car with Israeli plates pulled over. The driver, an Israeli Jew, got out and began taking photos of Waldman’s tour group, which included the Austrian author Eva Menasse and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks, as well as a bevy of photographers and anti-occupation activists.-rh 20/4/2016
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Ringleader in Abu Khdeir murder case convicted in Jerusalem court Allison Deger - Mondoweiss - Today, a Jerusalem district court convicted the ringleader of the 2014 murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was abducted near his home in East Jerusalem and burned alive. The defendant, Yosef Haim Ben-David, 30, will be sentenced in the coming weeks. He along with two minors kidnapped Abu Khdeir and beat and killed the youth. The slaying prompted weeks of unrest and gained international prominence as a high-profile case of settler violence against Palestinians.-rh20/4/2016
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Israeli forces raid Silwan, deliver demolition ordersMa`an News - Israeli forces on Saturday raided Silwan and delivered demolition orders to two Palestinian-owned buildings amid a surge of demolitions in the occupied East Jerusalem area, locals said. Member of a Silwan-based committee formed to fight such demolitions, Fakhri Abu Diab, told Ma’an that inspectors from the Jerusalem municipality accompanied by armed forces delivered the orders to owners who have already forged long legal battles in Israeli courts in efforts to protect their properties. Of those slated for demolition included the home of Yasin al-Rajabi, said Majdi al-Abbasi of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center.-rh20/4/2016
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A Confederation of Israel and PalestineUri Avnery - antiwar.com - This week, President Rivlin published a peace plan. That is not a usual act by a president, whose office is mainly ceremonial. His plan is based on a federation of two "entities" – a Zionist-Jewish entity and an Arab-Palestinian one. He did not go into detail. He obviously believes that at this stage it is better to float a general idea and get the people used to it. This may well be wise.However, it also makes it difficult to judge the plan seriously. As the saying goes, the devil is in the details. It can be a very good plan or a very bad plan. Depends. Depends on the details.-rh 20/4/2016
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Help save two Palestinian villages threatened with demolition. 19/4/2016
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I don`t want to give up my dream or let the occupation succeed in destroying it. My only hope now lies in your support.24-year old Ni`ilin blogger/activist Saeed Amireh needs some money to complete studies18/4/2016
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Poetic injustice: Palestinian poet arrested over Facebook postYoav Haifawi - +972 - Poet and activist Dareen Tatour has been charged with incitement to violence based on a poem she posted on Facebook. Its translation by a policeman whose sole competence as a translator is his ‘love for the Arabic language,’ was enough to convince the court to extend her remand and keep her under house arrest [ry] 18/4/2016
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Reverse censorship of Palestine maps, scholars tell McGraw-HillCharlotte Silver - EI - “In a letter signed by more than 35 prominent academics, including Judith Butler, Ilan Pappe, Avi Shlaim and Noam Chomsky, the scholars state, ‘This blatant act of censorship, in response to complaints from those who seek to suppress a free exchange of knowledge and ideas about Israel and Palestine, is shocking and unacceptable’” [ry] 18/4/2016
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We Stand with Palestine in the Spirit of “Sumud”Susie Day--At a moment of growing resistance to state violence and injustice the world over, a delegation of nineteen anti-prison, labor and scholar-activists from the United States traveled to Palestine in March 2016. Our delegation included former U.S.-held political prisoners and social prisoners, former Black Panther Party members, prison abolitionists, trade unionists and university professors. We are the first U.S. delegation to Palestine to focus specifically on political imprisonment and solidarity between Palestinian and U.S. prisoners. Our delegation also focused on recent labor struggles in Palestine for bread and dignity, and on the struggles of Palestinian intellectuals to assert the rightful claims of Indigenous Palestinians to their land, culture and history. dn17/4/2016
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Israelis and Palestinians in Grassroots Negotiations Congress 15/4/2016
Non-violent protest in Ni’lin again met with collective punishment against whole villageal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "After the prayer, the demonstrators walked up towards the soldiers in order to engage them in a dialogue about their actions in the village of Ni’lin and their excessive use of force against the civilian population in Ni’lin." - id15/4/2016
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Three masked soldiers and an arrogant catAdam Keller - Crazy Country - `Organizers hand out signs in Hebrew, Arabic and English: "There is another way" / "It will not end - until we talk!" / "Stand together against occupation and violence" / "Stand together against racism and hatred" / "Theft of land breeds violence" / "Our tears all have the same color" / "Building together a new hope."" - ID 14/4/2016
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Amid the bloodshed, Palestinians and Israelis are giving up on themselves Jonathan Freedland - The Guardian - The case has sparked huge controversy. Unexpectedly perhaps, the army and the military establishment has been loud and clear in its moral condemnation of the soldier’s conduct. Israel’s defence minister (and former army chief of staff) Moshe Ya’alon delivered an impassioned denunciation of the crime. In parliament he warned of “an army that is becoming bestial”, one “an army that has lost its moral backbone”.-rh13/4/2016
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How Hebron shooting highlights shift in Israeli societyMazal Mualem - Al Monitor - It becomes obvious how much Israeli society has changed when comparing the public’s attitude toward soldiers convicted of excessive force during the first intifada and the transformation of the Hebron shooter into a national hero. There are, of course, many reasons for this, ranging from the rise of the right in Israeli politics to the longstanding Israeli feeling of exhaustion and fatigue resulting from Palestinian terrorism despite the 1993 Oslo Accord. The prevailing mood in the country is that there is no one to talk to on the other side. It is a reality in which an organization like Breaking the Silence is branded a group of traitors, while left-wing, human rights or simply critical civil society groups become targets of incitement.-rh 13/4/2016
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Furtive Jewish wedding held on Temple MountSTUART WINER and JUDAH ARI GROSS - The Times of Israel - The announcement of the wedding came hours before Palestinian leaders, apparently unaware of the wedding, warned that Jews visiting the compound during the upcoming Passover festival will inflame tensions.-rh 13/4/2016
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Ex-Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Israelis Trained U.S. to Use "Palestinian Chair" Torture DeviceEric Fair - Democracy Now - As a former interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI, Eric Fair was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. While in Fallujah, he witnessed a torture device known as the Palestinian chair. He writes in his new book, "Consequence: A Memoir," that the chair was a way to immobilize prisoners in order to break them down both physically and mentally. He also wrote that the Israeli military taught them how to use the Palestinian chair during a joint training exercise.-rh13/4/2016
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Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program and the Displacement of Palestinian BedouinsIMEMC News - Lance Bartholomeusz, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank condemned Israel’s latest round of large scale demolitions of homes in the Palestinian Bedouin refugee community Um al-Khair in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Israel uses parts of the Negev desert for testing weapons with nuclear material and to dispose of nuclear waste from its not-IAEA monitored Dimona nuclear facility.-rh13/4/2016
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Demolition escalates in the West Bank (including graphs)Oxfam - Oxfam calls upon European governments to live up to their commitments and to start protesting and requesting compensation for the destruction by Israeli authorities of Palestinian homes and the confiscation of humanitarian aid in the West Bank. [bz]12/4/2016
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Brazilian province cancels cooperation agreement with Israeli water company PNN (Palestinian News Network) - The Brazilian state of Bahia decided to end its cooperation agreement with the Israeli water company Mekorot. Brazilian Civil society groups - working in close cooperation with the Palestinian Farmers Union and the Land Defense Coalition - have campaigned, pointing out that Mekorot is centrally involved in pumping West Bank water sources for Israeli use, leaving the Palestinians only a minor share of their own water. This was joined by regional legislator Marcelino Galo, vice-president of the state commission on environment, draught and water resources - culminating in the decision to cancel the agreement. [ak]12/4/2016
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Occupation, not a road! rally of solidarity with Qalqilya 7/4/2016
Frontline: East JerusalemJennifer Loewenstein - Counterpuntch - Is it any wonder that US-Israeli actions over the past 22 years have significantly worsened? That a United Nations report concludes that the continued deterioration of conditions on the ground for approximately 4.5 million people in Gaza Strip will render it “uninhabitable” by 2020 (UN UNCTAD Report, Sept 1st, 2015)? and that the ongoing denial of basic human rights in the West Bank have made the atmosphere there more heated and tempestuous than it has been since the military crackdowns of the second Intifada (uprising)? Surely Abbas recognizes that his “security arrangements” with Israel transformed his own fighting forces into Israel’s proxy police. If he isn’t there yet, he is miles behind his own people and gradually falling out of sight.-rh6/4/2016
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Palestinians forever changed by Israeli tortureJonathan Brown - Aljazeera - Abu Sharefa, who has a tattoo of an M16 rifle on his chest, is among dozens of residents of Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah who say they are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after being arrested, detained and tortured by Israeli security forces.-rh6/4/2016
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Yes Theatre: Resisting occupation through theatre and socially engaged art practiceal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Roughly eight new productions every year reach an audience of over thirty thousand Palestinians, and on occasion also tour theatres of Germany, France and Tunisia." - id6/4/2016
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Nowhere to run: Palestine marathoners race on short trackDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Local Palestinian organizer George Zeidan told Al-Monitor that this year’s marathon was the biggest. Zeidan proudly noted the participation of more than 2,000 women, nearly 46% of all registrants. While a large number of participants completed part of the marathon, 298 men and 89 women ran the entire 42-kilometer run. Runners of 64 nationalities participated in the marathon, which 450 volunteers helped make a major success.-rh 6/4/2016
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Fighting Israeli Occupying Forces Is “Terrorism.” Boycotting Is “Anti-Semitism.” What’s Allowed?Glenn Greenwald - The Intercept - THAT “TERRORISM” IS a malleable term of propaganda, with no fixed meaning or consistent application, is now quite well-established. Still, its recent application to a spate of violence targeting Israel’s occupying soldiers in the West Bank is so manipulative and extreme that it’s well worth highlighting.-rh6/4/2016
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`There is another way`: Palestinians, Israelis march together against the occupationOren Ziv/Activestills.org - +972 - The monthly protest march is deliberately held on a road that both Palestinians and Israeli settlers use, with the intention of demonstrating a joint Palestinian-Israeli anti-occupation message in full view of settlers. Roughly 300 Palestinians and Israelis are seen marching on the photo series.[bz]5/4/2016
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"Already here for 85 days" - CO Tair Kaminer blogs from the military prisonTair Kaminer - The truth is that it was not an easy day. And in days like this I have to repeatedly remind myself what I am doing. I could easily ask to see the psychologist to get out of here. But... 5/4/2016
Hand Made - you can give a hand to these Gaza women who try to become self-supportingThey make very beautiful things. It`s a project of creating hope for Gazans. Please, help by donating/spreading.5/4/2016
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Transgender teenager jailed for refusing military service in Israeli Defence ForcesLizzie Dearden - The Independent - Aiden Katri, a 19-year-old trans woman, faces multiple prison sentences if she continues to refuse [ry] 4/4/2016
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Music therapy for traumatised Palestinian childrenMatthew Vickery - AlJazeera - Sounds of Palestine offers a "peaceful and safe place" for children in Aida refugee camp to study music [ry] 4/4/2016
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How these Israeli mayors are finding their own path to peaceShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - As a result of the meeting in Ma’alot, Shlomo Bohbot, the mayor of the municipality of Ma’alot-Tarshiha, proposed a reciprocal meeting in Ramallah between Israeli mayors, regional council heads and Abbas. Zenaniri confirmed to Al-Monitor that the Palestinian Authority has begun preparing for such a meeting and that the Palestinian participants plan to reiterate to their guests that there is a partner for peace. “I’m ready to go to Ramallah right now,” Shevo told Al-Monitor. “I’ve already submitted a request to travel there, but I have yet to receive permission from the defense authorities.” According to Shevo, he is not the only Likud mayor whose approach to dealing with the Palestinians is not in accord with the rejectionist diplomatic line espoused by the prime minister. [bz]2/4/2016
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Video: Meet the brave shoemaker who filmed Israeli soldier executing a Palestinian Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - The video was shot by Imad Abu Shamsiya, who lives behind a wall of barbed wire in that neighborhood. As his video ricochets around the world, Abu Shamsiya is facing death threats, law suits and political pressure over his video. And it’s not the first time he’s come under assault. Jewish settlers want this brave shoemaker and other Palestinians to move out so they can take over his home.-rh30/3/2016
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Sephardic Chief Rabbi Argues Ethnic Cleansing Justified by Jewish LawRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam - Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi Yitzhak Yosef delivered a sermon (video above with English translation by Ronnie Barkan) to the faithful two weeks ago in which he argued that Jewish law (halacha) directs the State to expel all non-Jews [ie. Palestinians] from Israel. Of course, he adds some qualifiers: if they accept the Noahide Laws, they may remain (because they will be useful as servants to Jews). But otherwise, they may be driven from the land.-rh30/3/2016
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UN body to compile blacklist of settlement businessesItamar Eichner - YNet News - The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva approved a resolution on Thursday to gather a blacklist of Israeli and international companies operating directly or indirectly in settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and in the Golan Heights. This list is to be updated annually.-rh 30/3/2016
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Five Palestinian prisoners on open hunger strike to protest administrative detention and isolationSamidoun - Five Palestinian prisoners are currently engaged in an open hunger strike against Israeli policies of administrative detention without charge or trial and solitary confinement.-rh30/3/2016
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The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United StatesRobert Jensen - Counterpunch - The basics of that propaganda are easy to identify: simplistic phrases, repeated over and over, designed to engage emotions rather than produce rational arguments, all shaped to fit into a narrative of good (Western-oriented Israel, the Middle East’s only true democracy) versus evil (Arab/Muslim terrorists who seek not only to destroy the Jewish state but kill all Jews).-rh30/3/2016
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Apartheid in the fields: From occupied Palestine to UK Supermarkets Therezia Cooper, Tom Anderson and Luke Starr - Corporate Occupation - "“We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.”" - id 30/3/2016
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Why Israeli companies are fleeing West Bank settlements Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "EU and UN decisions to label settlement products and identify firms doing business there are driving companies to relocate from West Bank settlements across the Green Line." - id 30/3/2016
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Wiki Settlement ProductsThe comprehensive collection of companies and products marks factories misleading and concealing their location and those who claim "Hebrew Labor". [bz]29/3/2016
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Illinois blacklist applies anti-BDS legislation, Alternative Information Center (AIC) - The Illinois Investment Policy Board blacklisted 11 companies from doing business with the state for allegedly boycotting Israel. In fact, this applies even companies who have eased to conduct business with Israeli companies in the West Bank, but continue to work with Israeli companies within Israel’s 1948 borders. Blacklisted by Illinois include G4S, a security giant selling off its Israeli subsidiaries; Karsten Farms, a South African company that stopped working with an Israeli settlement company in 2013; and the Cooperative Group, a British retail chain that stopped trading with companies in Israeli settlements.ak29/3/2016
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London protest urges Shakespeare`s Globe Theatre to cancel Israel performanceMEMO - " [Last Friday] activists from Inminds human rights group protested outside Shakespeare`s Globe Theatre in London urging the theatre not to breach the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel and cancel their scheduled performance at the Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv on 30 March" [ry] 28/3/2016
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Reviving the art of cinema in Gaza CityYlenia Gostoli - AlJazeera - A new initiative is bringing cinema culture back to Gaza, where movie theatres have been shut since the first Intifada [ry] 28/3/2016
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Gush Shalom presents: Settlement Products WikiGush Shalom - Settlement Products Wiki - a systematic informational research about businesses in the settlements and their products; businesses that have left the settlements and relocated to within the Green Line; and the misleading tactics with which businesses attempt to cover up and conceal their location in the settlements [ry] 28/3/2016
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The Israeli media is branding Breaking the Silence as traitorsHaggai Matar - +972 - The first thing that troubles me about it is the extreme lack of self-awareness: what arises from the segment is that Ad Kan in effect gathered classified materials, forbidden for publication, in attempt to ensnare Breaking the Silence. So if a civilian organization is prohibited from gathering such materials, isn’t Ad Kan just as ‘guilty’ as Breaking the Silence? And if Ad Kan’s moles attempted to take down Breaking the Silence by sharing classified information themselves – which they knew was classified – are they not the ones who disobeyed the law and violated their obligation to protect military secrets?-rh23/3/2016
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Why Netanyahu is so threatened by Breaking the Silence Dotan Greenvald - +972 - "With the black booklets of testimonies of soldiers who chose to break their silence and talk about what they were sent to do in the occupied territories, Breaking the Silence is capable of – God forbid! – exposing what we all already know: that the occupation is untenable, and that it definitely does not remain in the occupied territories." - id 23/3/2016
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Decades on, Israel tries to bury its darkest timesJonathan Cook - The National - Western understandings of the 1948 war – what Palestinians term their Nakba, or catastrophe – are dominated by an enduring Israeli narrative. Israel’s army, it is said, abided by a strict moral code. Palestinians left not because of Israel’s actions but on the orders of Arab leaders. In this rendering, the Palestinians’ mass dispossession was the fault of the Arab world – and a solution for the millions of today’s refugees lies with their host countries. For decades Israel’s chief concession to the truth was an admission that a massacre took place just outside Jerusalem, at Deir Yassin.-rh 23/3/2016
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Palestinian clown is in Israeli prisonSocial TV - Since December 2015 Mohammad Abu Sakha, a well-known Palestinian clown and circus artist, had been held under Adminstrative Detention without trial. Israeli security asserted that he "constitutes a threat" but refused to make any specific charges or present any evidence. Amnesty International called for his immediate release and circus artists worldwide mobilized to take up his case. Israeli circus artists, too, held two protest performances - on March 2 at Meggido Prison and this week on March 21 at the Ofer detention Center. ak 22/3/2016
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Protest Purim carnaval for the release of CO Tair KaminerStarting Thursday March 24, 4:30pm corner Shderot Ben Tzion/King George St., Tel-Aviv22/3/2016
Restricting the life out of Hebron’s Old CityKathleen Kern - CPT (Christian Peacemakes Team) - Every year when I return to Hebron I find Occupation more entrenched, the people more battered, more resigned. Even much this year. International observers are very restricted, kept further and further away from where soldiers daily shoot teargas at Palestinian children of the Qurtuba School and settlers endlessly harass them. The military assigned numbers to Palestinians living in Tel Rumeida; if you don’t have such a number, you are not allowed to be there - even if you are a relative or a friend of a resident.(Relatives and friends of settlers living there are of course, allowed to visit them.) The morning we visited, Hani Abu Haikel with his wife and daughter went to a dentist. When they wanted to return to their homes a settler boy told the soldiers they didn’t live there. The soldier made them wait in the pouring rain for twenty minutes while he checked their IDs and finally confirmed they were indeed residents of Tel Rumeida with numbers duly assigned by the army."They make our lives in hell so that we will all go away and everything will fall into the settlers` hands" said Hani. ak22/3/2016
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The Wanted 18AlJazeera - The incredible story of 18 cows that became Israel`s most wanted fugitives and symbols of Palestinian resistance [ry] 21/3/2016
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Volunteer initiative boosts Gaza women’s self-relianceIsra Saleh el-Namey - EI - “The team fights stereotypes. We provide examples of strong women who work hard to save their families from the ghost of poverty” [ry] 21/3/2016
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Release circus artist Abu Sakha - a protest Purim Carnival at Ofer Prison 21/3/2016
Palestinians grapple with knife attacks as violence enters fifth month Israel/Palestine Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "Speaking at an event in Ramallah last month on the current confrontations with Israel, activist Mariam Barghouti said of the attacks, “we may not agree with the tactics, but that doesn’t mean we should bring anyone down.” ...The subject is touchy, which explains why this panel has been the only public event so far to showcase leading Palestinian thinkers sharing a frank discussion on the matter in front of members of the press."ca18/3/2016
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48% of Israeli Jews Back ‘Expulsion’ or ‘Transfer’ of Arabs, New Pew Survey SaysNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - lmost half of all Israeli Jews are in favor of transferring or expelling the state’s Arab population, a major U.S. survey of Israeli public opinion has found. That staggering statistic comes from the Pew Research Center’s report on Israel’s religiously divided society, released on March 8.-rh 16/3/2016
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Israeli human rights and civil society organizations condemn attacks against Al-Haq Press release - B`Tselem - "These recent threats were directly connected to Al-Haq`s ongoing work before the International Criminal Court in The Hague." - id 16/3/2016
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Academics take their university to court over Israel conference Owen Bowcott - Guardian - "Southampton University professors claim free speech at stake as they challenge costs imposed for security at conference on Israel." - id 16/3/2016
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Combatants for PeaceAn acquaintance meeting with the movement in Be`er-Sheba 16/3/2016
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Is free speech a crime in Palestine?Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Majed Arruri, a media rights expert from Ramallah, told Al-Monitor, “Defamation in both its written [libel] or spoken forms [slander] is a tangible issue that doesn’t require [criminal] investigation and, therefore, there is no need to hold someone in jail awaiting the results of an investigation.” He believes Palestinian legislation needs to be enacted to eliminate imprisonment in cases involving defamation.-rh 16/3/2016
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Frustrated Palestinian teachers escalate strike actionNadim Baba - Aljazeera - Tens of thousands of Palestinian teachers have entered a second month of a strike, demanding a pay rise which they say was promised years ago. The strike has closed state schools across the West Bank and pitted teachers against their own union leaders and a hesitant government. The teachers say their pay packets have not increased alongsde the rising cost of living.-rh 16/3/2016
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Is the West Bank cracking down on free speech?Ahmad Abu Amer - Al-Monitor - On March 10, Najat Abu Bakr, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in Ramallah, ended her two-week sit-in after she reached an agreement with member of parliament Azzam al-Ahmad, head of Fatah`s parliamentary bloc in the PLC, under which Abu Bakr appeared before the public prosecutor.-rh 16/3/2016
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Sociologists decide to boycott Ariel UniversityShachar Chai - Ynet - The Israeli Sociological Society (ISS) stated that "the institute known as Ariel University is not located in the borders of the state of Israel, and so it is not a part of the sociological society`s activities, which associates only with Israeli sociologists and institutes." Education Minister Bennet responded, `we have no intention of allowing boycotts.` [bz]15/3/2016
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Latest boycott victories signify new momentum for BDSMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - That people are openly questioning whether policy changes by multinational corporations are the result of BDS is itself already a victory [ry] 14/3/2016
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Keeping traditional music alive in GazaRami Almeghari - EI - “Riwan Okasha, 24, [is] a financial management graduate and daughter of locally renowned musician, Atef Okasha. Okasha has sung since the age of three — she had little choice, she said, in a musical family — but never contemplated performing in public. ‘I was reluctant to join [Dawaween] at first. Gaza is a conservative society, and it is not common for women to perform on stage,’ she said. With her father’s and two musician brothers’ encouragement, however, she overcame her reluctance. Still, she conceded, her first time on stage was nerve-wracking” [ry] 14/3/2016
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Ahava moving factory out of West Bank following BDS pressureNavit Zomer - Ynetnews "Cosmetics company, which is in the process of being bought by the Chinese company Puson, is moving its factory out of the West Bank in order to mitigate the threat posed to it by the anti-Israel boycott.The Israeli cosmetics firm Ahava Dead Sea is moving its factory from Mitzpe Shalem to an area outside of Kibbutz Ein Gedi, according to a deal signed this week." ca 11/3/2016
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British giant G4S to end Israeli business after BDS pressureMa`an News Agency - "British security giant G4S announced Wednesday plans to sell its Israeli businesses in the next 12 to 24 months citing commercial reasons, according to the official website of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement.The world’s largest private security company has been a major target for the movement, and has lost millions of dollars in contracts in more than a dozen countries as a result of a four-year long BDS campaign against them.The announcement to close the Israeli subsidiary of the company was reported in their full-year results released Wednesday that showed a 40 percent fall in pre-tax profits." ca11/3/2016
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Strike by West Bank Teachers Gains Momentum, Challenging GovernmentDIAA HADID and RAMI NAZZAL - The New York Times - Public schools across the West Bank have been shuttered since Feb. 7, in an unprecedented teacher strike against the ossifying Palestinian government. A dispute that began with the teachers’ demand for a pay raise has spiraled into the largest demonstrations in the West Bank in years, and a broad challenge to the Palestinian Authority, which is facing a severe budget shortfall and has responded with threats of arrests and mass firings.-rh9/3/2016
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Palestinians sue pro-Israel tycoons for $34.5bnJames Reinl - Aljazeera - A group of Palestinians has launched an ambitious $34.5bn lawsuit against United States-based tycoons, charities and firms for supporting Israeli land grabs, settlement-building and other violations of Palestinians` rights these past four decades. They seek damages from Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate, Irving Moskowitz, a philanthropist with property interests in East Jerusalem, and megachurch pastor John Hagee for financing the construction of settlements on Palestinian soil.-rh 9/3/2016
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PHOTOS: A year of women`s struggles in Palestine and IsraelActivestills - +972 - "They confronted Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and police in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, opposed the occupation, violence against women, and fought against racism and police brutality." - id9/3/2016
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Freedom Flotilla Coalition to launch the Women’s Boat to GazaPNN - Palestine News Network - "The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) has chosen March 8th, which marks International Women’s Day (IWD), to announce the launch of their Women’s Boat to Gaza (WBG) project." - id 9/3/2016
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The demonstrators of Nabi Saleh face new dangers from Israelal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "The Israeli army is now using a newer, more lethal type of tear gas canisters. The canisters are heavier than previous gas used, whilst being undetectable during their flight path as they don’t leave a trail of smoke which makes them much harder to spot along with a much longer range, they’re designed to do as much damage as possible." - id 9/3/2016
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A Day of (Un)Rest in HebronAriel Gold and Tali Ruskin - Tikkun Daily - "The settlers transformed the Shabbat celebration from a day of sanctity, rest, and joy into a day of provocation, harassment, and occupation." - id 9/3/2016
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Violence Surges During Joe Biden Trip as Palestinians Fire on Car in JerusalemReuters - wo Palestinian assailants opened fire at cars in Jerusalem, wounding one man before police shot them dead on Wednesday, the force said, as violence surged during a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.-rh 9/3/2016
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Guy Butavia speaksAIC - Guy Butavia is one of three activists, along with Ezra Nawi and Nasser Nawajah, who were arrested following a TV news show that depicted inciting work made about them by extremist settlers. Police questioned Butavia on suspicion of conspiracy in attempted murder as well as several other offenses, including accessory to manslaughter and passing information to a foreign agent. The three were released by a court without bail and without restrictions, claiming the accusations brought forward by the police were baseless. ak8/3/2016
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Israel must give Palestinians their own state, says chief of NGO funding bodyBen Lynfield - The Independent - Dovish Israeli civil society organisations are under an unprecedently determined attack from the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But now Talia Sasson, the president of an organisation that provides them with vital funding, is mounting a spirited defence of the groups she regards as guardians of democracy. ak8/3/2016
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WATCH: Palestinians, Israelis march to mark Int`l Women`s DayHaggai Matar - +972 - Hundreds mark International Women’s Day with a joint Israeli-Palestinian protest outside the ‘tunnels checkpoint’ in the West Bank. ‘Our children pay the price of the conflict, and we want to protect them’ [ry] 7/3/2016
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Bedouin Villagers Slated for Evacuation Take Their Struggle to the Streets of Beer ShevaAlmog Ben Zikri - Haaretz - .Supreme Court President Miriam Naor rejected a petition for another discussion. “As the ruling noted, this really is a matter of public importance and sensitivity,” she said. “However... this case is not one of those extremely rare and exceptional cases that justify further deliberation.” [bz] 5/3/2016
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420 Acres of Land to be Returned to PalestiniansIMEMC News & Agencies - "Mohammad Shqeir and Shlomy Zachary brought the case to Israeli courts several months ago, claiming that Israeli forces illegally seized the land around 35 years previously from the Palestinian villages of Jalud, Douma, Qusra and Mikhmad in Nablus, and Deir Dubwan village in Ramallah. According to Israeli rights` group Yesh Din, during the 1970s it was common practice to issue military seizure orders for the purpose of establishing illegal Israeli settlements." ca 4/3/2016
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One of the longest hunger strikes in history has come to an endMaya Oppenheim - Independent - According to the Palestinian rights organisation Addameer, Mr Qiq began his fast on 25 November in protest at the “torture and ill treatment that he was subjected to during interrogation”. In this time his health has severely deteriorated, with the journalist previously reported to be facing “immediate death”. The head of the Palestinian Prisoner`s Society, Qadura Fares, said that Mr Qiq was now allowing doctors to treat him.-rh 2/3/2016
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Jews and Arabs running for peace in Jerusalem Danny Spektor - YnetNews - Despite the fact Jerusalem is in the midst of one of the more turbulent and difficult periods in recent years, there are residents from its western and eastern parts - Jews and Arabs alike - have decided to run together for peace.-rh 2/3/2016
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Invitations Delivered to Nominees’ Reps - Skip The Trip Brian Eno - Jewish Voice for Peace - "A petition launched last week urging nominees to follow the lead of celebrities like Ms. Lauryn Hill, Danny Glover, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Angela Davis, and others who have refused to lend their names to Israel’s past propaganda attempts already has over 10,000 signatures." - id 2/3/2016
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The Freedom March - Israelis and Palestinians March for Peace, Independence and Justice for Two PeoplesFriday, 4 March 2016, 1:30pm at the Tunnels Checkpoint; buses from J`lem, Tel-Aviv, Beer Sheva1/3/2016
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