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500 Israelis and Palestinians hold Grassroots Negotiations in Tel Aviv 21/7/2016
Bilal Kayed shackled to hospital bed on 34th day of hunger strike as increasing number of prisoners join protestNorman G. Finkelstein - Over 45 Palestinian prisoners are now on an open hunger strike against administrative detention and in solidarity with imprisoned hunger striker Bilal Kayed, 35, on his 34th day of hunger strike against administrative detention. Kayed was scheduled for release after the completion of his 14.5 year sentence in Israeli prison on 13 June – instead, however, he was ordered to six months’ administrative detention without charge or trial.-rh20/7/2016
`We want water` say Bethlehem area protestersDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - “We haven’t had water for nearly 40 days,” a caller to the Voice of Palestine radio station told the presenter of the show July 8. The caller lives in the picturesque village of Artas, southwest of Bethlehem, which is known for its fertile land and imposing monastery. Residents of the village are the latest victims of this summer’s extreme water shortage that has hit many parts of Palestine, but especially the Bethlehem governorate.-rh 20/7/2016
Palestinian child Muawiya Alqam, 14, sentenced to 6.5 years in Israeli prisonSamidoun - Muawiya and his cousin Ali Alqam, 12, were arrested on 10 November 2015 and accused of attempting to stab an Israeli occupation guard on the Jerusalem light rail. Today, Ali, who was 11 at the time of arrest and turned 12 while imprisoned, is held inside a juvenile detention facility while Muawiya is held in Megiddo prison. Ali was shot three times by Israeli forces and had to undergo surgery to remove a bullet from his stomach. He is being detained for at least one year. Muawiya was accused of attempted murder and possession of a knife, despite the fact that the guard was only lightly wounded.-rh 20/7/2016
Using My Jewish Privilege To Make a Difference for Palestinians in HebronBecca Strober - Forward - Our direct-action of creating a communal space in the form of a cinema reminded me how privileged I am, and how capable I am (we are) of using our bodies in a different way. Instead of using my body and the privilege that comes with it to uphold a system, I can use it to resist that system. In that, I feel neither pride nor shame, but simply a responsibility to use my body and privilege to help dismantle the systems that oppress Palestinians.-rh20/7/2016
Benjamin Netanyahu investigated for money laundering by Israeli authoritiesJess Staufenberg - Independent - Benjamin Netanyahu is under investigation by Israel`s attorney general after reports he was gifted a large amount of money from an unknown source. The Israel Prime Minister has dismissed the allegations of corruption, which are the most recent in a series leveled against himself and his wife, as "baseless". But a formal examination was announced by the attorney general late on Sunday, and could prove to be embarrassing for the leader known as "Bibi" if found to be true.-rh 20/7/2016
LA Times Editorial: Boycotts of Israel are a protected form of free speech BDS - Editorial - "Many supporters of Israel have sought to portray the BDS movement as anti-Semitic." - id 20/7/2016
`No military solution` say Israeli, Palestinian ex-fightersDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - What makes Combatants for Peace unique is its Israeli and Palestinian wings, both committed to ending the occupation. “Over the years we had a lot of discussions about the situation, but we agree that the occupation is the basis of violence (...)" [bz]19/7/2016
Hunger striker Bilal Kayed to hospital - other prisoners began collective hunger strike - international campaign: 20-30 JulySamidoun - Kayed’s case is a threatening precedent to all Palestinian prisoners: of indefinite detention following the expiration of lengthy sentences in Israeli prisons. [bz] 19/7/2016
Hunger striker Bilal Kayed to hospital - other prisoners began collective hunger strike - international campaign: 20-30 July 19/7/2016
Ambassadors protest Israel`s confiscation of West Bank shelters Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - Eight ambassadors to Israel - from Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Ireland and Norway - accuse the Israeli military of breaking international humanitarian law by confiscating shelters for Bedouins in the occupied West Bank that were paid for by European governments. In the first incident, the army dismantled and confiscated 10 residential caravans in the community of Jabal al Baba, displacing 49 people. The second incident referred to the dismantling and confiscation of seven caravans in Sateh el Bahir, six of which were being used as homes and the seventh as a kindergarten. Six families, numbering 26 individuals, were displaced.[ak] 19/7/2016
Peter Beinart joins US Jews for civil rights-style protest in West BankAndrew Tobin - Times of Israel - Though anti-occupation demonstrations in the West Bank are nothing new, such a large group taking action under the banner of American Judaism is. [bz]19/7/2016
Combatants for Peace - film screening on the Separation Wall 19/7/2016
Jewish, Palestinian activists try to build a cinema in HebronDahlia Scheindlin - +972 - As soldiers and settlers look on, dozens of foreign Jews join Palestinians in the segregated city of Hebron try ‘to make the unbearable a little more bearable.’ Police detain six Israelis among the group, prevent others from even joining. [ak]19/7/2016
IDF releases longest-serving female conscientious objectorEdo Konrad - +972 "Israel’s longest-serving conscientious objector Tair Kaminer was granted exemption from military service on Thursday after spending nearly 150 days in an IDF prison." ca15/7/2016
Three Israeli minors arrested over anti-Arab attacksAFP - "Three Jewish minors have been arrested for having set on fire a vehicle in the village of Yafia... and for having sprayed graffiti calling for vengeance after the attack on the Sarona in Tel Aviv," it said in a statement." ca 15/7/2016
The Freedom March - Israelis and Palestinians march together 14/7/2016
How education reform could curb Palestinian unemploymentAhmad Melhem - Al Monitor - There are more students in Palestine pursuing academic tracks at universities than the job market can handle. While university graduates can`t find jobs in their majors, technical and vocational jobs go unfilled.-rh 13/7/2016
Israeli police initiate ‘friction activity’ on quiet streets in East Jerusalem Annie Robbins - Mondoweiss - An internal Jerusalem police department report reveals Israeli border police “initiated friction activity” to deliberately provoke violence in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, according to Haaretz.-rh13/7/2016
BDS is a war Israel can`t win Stanley L Cohen - Al Jazeera - "Israel`s apologists would call the BDS campaign "immoral", but the slander is laughably false." - id 13/7/2016
Israeli MPs Try To Assault Haneen ZoabiJonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - But when Zoabi accuses the soldiers of “murder” at about 4.30-min into the video, all hell breaks loose. A dozen or more Jewish MPs rush to the podium and start circling Zoabi like a pack of baying hyenas. By this stage, when Zoabi is being physically threatened by a number of MPs in the parliament chamber, you might think it would be time for some of them to be forcefully ejected, if only to indicate that this subversion of the democratic process will not be tolerated. But not a bit of it. They are treated with kid gloves.-rh13/7/2016
Why Israel’s Mossad and Shin Bet Leaders Are Morphing Into ‘Leftists’J.J. Goldberg - ForwaRD It’s the conflict between the security chiefs’ overwhelming support for two states and the seeming immobility of a rightist-led political system that’s driving the growing clash between the groups. Generals complain that time is running out for a two-state solution because settlement growth will make separation impossible. Politicians dismiss the complaints as self-serving bellyaching by isolated individuals. The result is a growing mood of despair among security chiefs, leading to explosions of the sort that took place near Tel Aviv June 28.-rh 13/7/2016
Hunger strike enters 25th day for Palestinian dissident Dezeray Lyn - The Arab Daily News - "The occupation surges forth and with it, the captives rattle the bars of their cages, refusing to be broken on a wheel." - id 13/7/2016
Hunger striker Bilal Kayed likely to be transferred AgainAlternative Information Center - On June 14th, Israeli authorities imposed six months of administrative detention upon Bilal Kayed rather than release him at the expiration of his 14.5-year sentence. He immediately started a strict hunger strike. After 27 days, his physical condition is deteriorating and he is likely to be soon transferred from Ashkelon prison to Barzilai Hospital. Earlier cases show that Administrative Detainees get released only if when they bring themselves in grave life danger. [ak]12/7/2016
EU: Israeli "NGO Law" undermines democratic values EU External Action - The new legislation, specifically targeting non-profit organisations, imposes reporting requirements which go beyond the legitimate need for transparency and seem aimed at constraining the activities of civil society organisations. This new legislation risks undermining such democratic values as the freedom of speech and a diverse civil society. We call upon Israel to continue to promote its active NGO sector and to refrain from actions which may curtail freedom of expression and association. [ak] 12/7/2016
Demonstrators close Bethlehem-Hebron road to protest water shortageMaan - Residents of the village of al-Khader in the southern West Bank closed the main road between Bethlehem and Hebron to protest ongoing water shortages. There were large-scale traffic jam, as protesters used rocks and car tires to block the way. The severe water shortages shortages previously sparked clashes between Israeli forces and local youths. A Palestinian youth was injured in the al- Duheisha Refugee Camp on Friday after Israeli forces suppressed a demonstration there with live fire. [ak]12/7/2016
Presbyterian Church, real estate giant RE/MAX - and West Bank settlementsJudy Maltz - Haaretz - Ahead of the Presbyterian Church General Assembly two weeks ago, RE/MAX CEO and co-founder Dave Liniger sent a letter to church officials reassuring them that RE/MAX "will no longer receive any income from the sale of Jewish settlement properties in the West Bank. However, RE/MAX Israel CEO Bernard Raskin said that this "has zero impact on anything we are doing" and that the company will continue activity in the settlements as usual. Marita A. Mayer of the Presbyterian Church said that RE/MAX must follow up on its verbal statement with "concrete action to fully end its complicity in Israel’s occupation and theft of Palestinian land.” Adam Keller of Gush Shalom said “Again and again, Israeli companies discover that it is impossible to be involved in the settlement project and at the same time build business relationships and partnerships abroad”. [ak]12/7/2016
South African Congregational Church commits to BDSRev. Thulani Ndlazi - Marthiemombergblog/United Congregational Church of Southern Africa - We recognize that the Palestinian struggle is not simply a conflict, but an asymmetric struggle between an oppressor and the oppressed. We hear the call of our sisters and brothers from Kairos Palestine who asked the world, and Christians in particular, to take a public stand against injustice. We are extremely concerned about fundamentalist Christian Zionism which conflates the Biblical Israel with the modern state of Israel. We call on all Christians to read the Bible responsibly so as to not trample on the human rights and the dignity of the Palestinians. We pledge our support to the international Boycott Divestments Sanctions (BDS) campaign. [ak]12/7/2016
Lieberman Blocks Israeli Pro-peace Group From Visiting RamallahGili Cohen and Amos Harel - Haaretz - “This makes it clear who’s a partner here and who isn’t,” said Geneva Initiative Director General Gadi Baltiansky. “It’s the government that prevents itself, and its citizens, from speaking to the person responsible for ties with Israeli society.” [bz]12/7/2016
Amputees in the Gaza Strip - for them the war is not over Physicians for Human Rights - During the summer 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip medical teams were often forced to work in field conditions. Chaos also reigned in the hospitals due to the heavy workload and the shortage in resources to provide care. And with wounded individuals prematurely discharged from hospital in order to clear beds for hospitalization, their treatment remained partial and faulty. For all these reasons, many individuals who were injured in the limbs underwent improper limb amputation, which prevents the fitting of an artificial limb without surgery to correct the stump. [ak]10/7/2016
The bulldozers get closer to Umm El HiranRabbi Arik Asherman - Rabbis for Human Rights - The residents of Um El Hiran have issued an urgent call, after being informed that JNF bulldozers are going to start working on a security road right next to their homes. Up until now they have been working much further away. The police said they will not be entering the village or demolishing homes for another few months, but the residents don`t trust that. [ak]10/7/2016
Help us give the Palestinians back their stolen water! 10/7/2016
What Israel`s payoff for Turkish civilians means for PalestiniansShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - The agreement to compensate those injured by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) actions, whether they were “terrorist activists,” as they are called in Israel, or “human rights activists,” as they are called in Turkey, has also angered groups in Gaza and the West Bank. For years, human rights organizations have tried to get the Israeli government to take responsibility for harming civilians, but Israel passed a series of laws that prevent Palestinians from suing for damages to body or property.-rh 6/7/2016
Israel Is Secretly Shipping Thousands Of Refugees To AfricaAmy Fallon - Thinkprogress - Adam, 29, who requested his real name not be used, escaped the genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region and is now one of the many “refugees in orbit,” as Israeli NGOs have dubbed them, created by the flaws in Israel’s “voluntary” return system. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to visit Uganda on July 4 for the 40th anniversary of the Entebbe raid — the first time an Israeli premier has visited Africa since 1994 — Adam and other African asylum-seekers remain stranded in limbo here.-rh6/7/2016
Boycotts of Israel are a protected form of free speechLos Angeles Times - Editorial - You don’t have to support the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to be troubled when state governments in this country penalize American citizens for their political speech. As the Supreme Court has recognized, boycotts are a form of speech, protected under the Constitution.-rh6/7/2016
Help Nabil Abed Get Higher EducationNabil lives in besieged Gaza. After 3 wars he still has a dream: to complete his studies at Al-Azhar University 6/7/2016
Netanyahu vs. the Generals : Israel’s prime minister is fighting hard to weaken the most important moderate force in his country. Which is why he’s going to be a big problem for the next U.S. president.Amir Tibon - POLITICO MAGAZINE - But Netanyahu doesn’t seem to be going anywhere; instead it is Israel’s former generals, like Barak, who are being marginalized while the longest-running prime minister in the Jewish state’s history consolidates his power. Barak wasn`t speaking only for himself when he attacked Netanyahu in such strong language. Over the past few months, the top news story in Israel has been the right-wing prime minister`s tectonic power struggle with Israel`s security establishment. One after the other, Israel`s top security chiefs and military leaders have criticized Netanyahu`s flagship policies and warned about the direction in which he is leading the country, typically over his refusal to engage in talks with the Palestinians and his push for military action against Iran.-rh 6/7/2016
Peace Now: Settlement expansion strengthens extremism, endangers IsraelisMa`an - “New housing units in the settlements will not prevent the next victims but rather strengthen the extremists on both sides." [bz]5/7/2016
Join Amnesty International\s protest at detention of Human Rights activist 5/7/2016
“We have a right to engage in non-violent action”: Christian leaders refuse to be silenced in struggle for Palestinian rights David Palumbo-Liu - Salon - "I respectfully request that the New York Conference, United Church of Christ be placed on the top of your list of organizations you would like the state of the New York to boycott. Gov. Cuomo – stop denying our rights. Rescind your executive order now!" (From a letter to Governor Cuomo by Reverend David Gaewski representing 260 churches in the state of New York). [bz]5/7/2016
Evict Israeli settlement teams from FIFA 5/7/2016
Hunger striker refuses "release in exchange for deportation"Samidoun - Hunger striking detainee Bilal Kayed refused an offer made by the military authorities to set him free on condition that he accepts a four years` deportation to Jordan. Since starting his hunger strike he had been harassed by the authorities, repeatedly transferred from prison to prison and denied a fan in the summer heat. Kayed had served a long prison term and at its end was not released but kept imprisoned under an Administrative Detention order. Rejecting all medical examinations, vitamins, and salt supplements, Kayed told lawyers: "If they refuse to allow me to live with dignity, then I will choose to die with dignity.” [ak] 5/7/2016
Dozens of Senior Legal Experts In An Urgent Appeal to the Chief Military Advocate: “Tair Kaminer’s imprisonment is an unacceptable policy.”Misarvot Press Release - “An individual’s refusal to serve in the IDF, because s/he believes that serving in the army would force him/her to act in such a way that would deeply compromise his/her basic concepts of morality, is the realization of a person’s right to the freedom to follow their own conscience" [ry] 4/7/2016
Al-Hadidiya, Jordan Valley - No running water, of course, and almost no water at all. David Shulman - Touching Photographs - Here’s the point. Suppose you want to build a pipeline for water—to be taken from well-known, legal Palestinian sources and paid for according to a water meter that you install—so that your tents and shacks would have the elementary happiness of running water. In theory, you could apply to the Civil Administration for a permit. Your application will be rejected. Almost all such applications are. Palestinians in the Jordan Valley cannot get water through pipes or wells by the standard bureaucratic procedures. In desperation, lacking any alternative, they may try to put a pipeline in place. They can be sure the Civil Administration will send its soldiers and policemen to demolish it and to punish them. It happened today at Al-Hadidiya. I saw it. [bz]2/7/2016
How media blackout on Hebron shooter trial will undermine IDFMazal Mualem - Al-Monitor - Azaria’s trial will also have enormous importance in the battle over the country’s values. Furthermore, the judges could decide that there were expedient circumstances behind his decision to shoot and kill a neutralized attacker. But if the court accepts the prosecution’s request and the important testimonies are delivered behind closed doors, the court will be betraying its own role in the process and contribute to further blurring the boundaries between what is moral and what is political.-rh 29/6/2016
Yehuda Glick Brings Extreme Vision of Temple Mount to the Knesset — With an Affable TouchNaomi Zeveloff - Forward - Even so, Glick’s Knesset seat now gives him a bigger platform from which to spread his ideas about Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. Once thought of as the domain of right-wing nationalists, the Temple Mount prayer issue has evolved under Glick into a cause wrapped in the mantle of civil rights. In Glick’s discourse, Jews and Muslims deserve the chance to worship equally on the site. By framing his immediate goal as one of equal prayer, a seemingly liberal concept, Glick has widened the appeal of what was once a fringe movement.-rh 29/6/2016
Israel’s security figures take aim at hard-line NetanyahuDan Perry and Josef Federman - Boston Globe - On Tuesday, a group representing more than 200 retired leaders in Israel’s military, police, Mossad spy service, and Shin Bet security agency presented a plan to help end the half-century occupation of the Palestinians through unilateral steps, including disavowing claims to over 90 percent of the West Bank and freezing Jewish settlement construction in such areas.-rh29/6/2016
Turning entire Palestinian villages invisibleUmar al-Ghubari - +972 - Standing on the “Ayalon Valley Lookout,” the villages of Beit Sira, Beit Liqya, Kharbatha, Beit Ur al-Fuka, Beit Ur al-Tahta and Safa are in front of your eyes on the opposite mountain range. They are visible even more clearly than are Modi’in and Shaalabim, which you can see only by craning your neck to the north and to the south. The colonizer fails to see the natives, even though they are right there before him. The sign tells you to look at the view, and to fail to see the Palestinian; to see a purely Jewish landscape. Ignore the rest. Or better yet, make it unseen.-rh29/6/2016
Youth reminds Palestine of need for Boycott movement al-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reported that Israel had lost half of its foreign direct investment in 2014 mainly due to BDS efforts across the globe." - id 29/6/2016
How’s this for a contrast: Jimmy Pasch - Jewish Voice for Peace - "Over the last few months, politicians all over the country have mobilized to attack, slander, misrepresent, undermine, blacklist, and otherwise condemn the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement working to hold Israel to basic standards for international law and human rights." - id 29/6/2016
Under pressure from Presbyterians, RE/MAX announces it will no longer profit from sales of Jewish settlementsMondoweiss - During its General Assembly this week the Presbyterian Church called on real estate company RE/MAX to stop selling properties in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land. In response, RE/MAX CEO Dave Liniger informed the Presbyterians that "RE/MAX will no longer receive any income from the sale of Jewish settlement properties in the West Bank.” The Church cautiously welcomed the statement, while "waiting to see what this means in practical terms". Hitherto, the Israeli branch of RE/MAX conducted real estate sales in no less than 18 locations in West Bank settlements and Israeli neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem. [ak]28/6/2016
A shorter road to peace Susie Lubell - Times of Israel - Last time it took him and his mom four hours to get to his appointment and 500 shekels ($125) in cab fair. One way. His treatment protocol is two days of treatment every twenty days, but it’s outpatient. He doesn’t stay at the hospital. A week ago a friend of his had mentioned an organization called Road to Recovery that provides rides to Palestinian patients who are being treated in Israeli hospitals. Raafat made a phone call to Nayim, the coordinator on the Palestinian side, and now here he was in my car. [Including link to fundraiser-bz]28/6/2016
`Remember the injustices of the past - and of the present`David Palumbo-Liu - Salon - "Always remember, never forget. These powerful words compel us to think about both the injustices of the past and the injustices of the present. One of those contemporary injustices that we struggle to remember is the Israeli occupation and the deprivation of Palestinian rights" stated Pulitzer Prize- winner Viet Thanh Nguyen when declaring his adherence to the BDS movement. Nguyen, who came as a child to the US after his Vietnamese parents fled the Fall of Saigon, was hitherto mainly known for his penetrating analysis of the Vietnam War, a tragedy which profundly affected his own family. [ak] .28/6/2016
20,000 call upon Carlos Santana to cancel Tel Aviv performanceJewish Voice for Peace - Some 20,000 people signed the call upon rock legend Carlos Santana to cancel his scheduled performance in Tel Aviv. Activists will deliver the signatures to Santana through his children’s charity, The Milagro Foundation. Santana supports that foundation’s good work, premised on the idea that all children are miracles. The signatories point out that since 2000, Israel has killed some 1800 such "miracles", i.e. Palestinian children, and that several hundred Palestinian children are detained every year, often under harsh conditions. In 2010, Santana cancelled an earlier scheduled performance in Israel. Nothing had changed since then, except that in the meantime Gazan children have undergone two further major bombing offensives by the Israeli Air Force. [ak] 28/6/2016
In military prison there is no such thing as stepping up to protect a friendTair Kaminer`s new blog - (...) when she was no longer able to respond and her tears were flowing, they chose to give her "the red line" treatment. Girls here also call it "the humiliation line" and there are myths aplenty about it, because surveillance cameras don`t operate there and the commanders can do whatever they please. As they told Nufar there, "this is my yard and here you play by my rules". What exactly happened to her there, I don`t know. [bz]28/6/2016
UN Secretary General to Arrive in Gaza Next WeekIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Palestinian Authority, Riyad al-Maliki, announced that the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki moon, and the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shokri, will visit Palestine at the end of June. “We will talk with Shokri about the role of the ministerial Arab quartet committee, headed by Egypt, to take serious actions regarding Israeli escalation in settlement expansion,” said al-Maliki. Spokesperson for the Secretary General, Stéphane Dujarric, said that Ban is to visit the West Bank and Israel next week, adding that he will arrive in Jerusalem on Monday, to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and to deliver a lecture in Tel Aviv University. He will then arrive in the Gaza Strip to visit UN schools, and to meet officials at the UN headquarters. He will also meet with PA president Mahmoud Abbas, “to be honored”, according to Al Ray." ca 24/6/2016
Marwan Barghouti, A Palestinian Mandela Or Israel’s Worst Nightmare?Piotr Smolar - Worldcrunch - Marwan Barghouti, 56, takes care of himself. He walks and runs. Once a week, he meets with one of his lawyers. Once every two weeks, his wife Fadwa visits and tells him about their four children. In 14 years, he`s gotten to see them just a few times. A picture of his face painted or plastered on the walls of the West Bank reminds the children that their father has a special status. He is the hardened résistant, a symbol of the Palestinian national movement. "My release is bound to happen, sooner or later,” says Marwan Barghouti, in a written interview with Le Monde. "Israel will have to release me, me and the others. During these last decades, it has already happened thanks to the exchange of prisoners or through political discussion."-rh 22/6/2016
Israeli defense minister moves to muzzle Palestinian voices for peaceShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - On June 15, Liberman ordered the revocation of Madani’s entry permit into Israel on the grounds that he had promoted subversion in Israel, attempted to intervene in its internal affairs and had even tried to establish a political party. The revocation of Madani’s entry permit means the muzzling of the committee that was created at the instruction of Abbas to establish a dialogue with Israeli society and convey the message that the Palestinian Authority seeks peace and does not engage in incitement and warmongering, as the Netanyahu government depicts it.-rh 22/6/2016
`Recalculating Route`Thursday, 30 June 2016, 17:00-21:00 at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute22/6/2016
BTS: “You Force People the Age of Your Grandma Out of Some Tin Shed Where They Live” Breaking The Silence - IMEMC - "“Do you hear the tractors working in the new neighborhood in Carmel? What’s that?” And we told him, “They’re building with an approved plan, you aren’t.” He goes, “Does that sound just, to you?” And we told him, “That’s the way it is.”" - id 22/6/2016
Gaza Mechanic Turns Heads With Classic Mercedes Replica Nidal al-Mughrabi - Ha`aretz - Repairing cars in the Gulf, a Palestinian mechanic from Gaza spotted a vehicle that took his breath away - the classic Mercedes Gazelle. Munir Shindi knew that he had to have one, and after returning home to Gaza, set about building a replica of the 1927 model of the two-door, open-top roadster from scratch. Harsh conditions in the Strip did not deter him from going on, cannibalizing parts from used vehicles and importing a few items such as locks, hub caps and hinges from the United States. Now, the masterpiece shaped by Shindi, 36, is on display in his workshop, admired by his neighbors. [ak] 21/6/2016
`Lieberman will not dissuade us from continuing our interaction with the Israeli society!`Palestinian Committee for Interaction with the Israeli Society - Lieberman`s decision to curtail the movement of Mohammad Madani, our committee`s Chair, comes as no surprise. The defence minister is annoyed by any rapprochement between Palestinians and Israelis, as by any entente among the Israelis themselves, Arabs and Jews. But Lieberman’s decision will not dissuade us from continuing our interaction with various layers of the Israeli society. We had contact with no less than 70 Knesset Members, from a broad spectrum of Israeli political parties, as well as diverse Jewish groups of both Oriental (Sephardic) and Western (Ashkenazi) origin, with lecturers, scholars, researchers, university students and representatives of various civil society institutions. We have no intention of stopping all this. [ak] 21/6/2016
Israeli Conscientious Objector Sentenced to Sixth Term in Military Lock-up Gili Cohen - Haaretz - Tair Kaminer has been imprisoned for the sixth time; she was sentenced to another 45 days, which makes her the woman longest jailed for refusing to be a soldier. Her fellow refuser, Omri Barness was sentenced - for the third time - to 30 more days. [bz] 21/6/2016
At least 60 Palestinian prisoners begin hunger strikeMa`an News Agency - "The decision to start the hunger strikes, added the lawyer, was in protest against Israeli decision to send PFLP- affiliated prisoner Bilal Kayid to administrative detention without trial or indictment for six months after he completed a 14-year sentence. Kayid began his own hunger strike on June 14 following his sentence of six months in administrative detention" [ry] 20/6/2016
Gaza: Resistance Through PoetryRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "True, the wars have devastated Gaza and the siege is severely diminishing its ability to develop the massive and promising human capital it has. But it has not disfigured its essence, or lessened its humanity. Gaza remains a place of poets, artists, dabka dancers and untamable spirits of utterly resilient and refreshingly stubborn people" [ry] 20/6/2016
Senior Israeli minister: Make BDS activists in Israel `pay a price`Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 "Public Security Minister Erdan says ‘the message has to be that it’s not worth being a BDS activist,’ reveals his plans to create government-sponsored legislation to that end." ca17/6/2016
`Ramadan Tov`: How to stop funding Israel`s occupation: A new BDS campaign to encourage Palestinians to boycott Israeli goods in Ramadan and afterwardsZena Tahhan - Aljazeera - Entitled "Ramadan Tov" - meaning "Happy Ramadan" in Hebrew - the campaign has brought together a majority of the local Palestinian boycott movements for the first time under the umbrella of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group. It aims to encourage Palestinians to boycott Israeli products, food items in particular, during Ramadan, and afterwards. The targets are the biggest Israeli food companies including Jafora, Tnuva, Strauss and Osem. The face of the campaign is an Israeli soldier in his distinguishable green uniform serving a tray of popular Israeli food products regularly consumed by Palestinians during the holy month.-rh 15/6/2016
Palestine hopes to join Interpol this fallDaoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - Gen. Adnan al-Damiri, a spokesman for the Palestinian police, told Al-Monitor that joining Interpol will improve the security situation in Palestine and at the same time help strengthen Palestinian efforts at state building. He said, “We need Interpol to stop many cases of people fleeing justice and to extradite those criminals who have fled Palestine.”-rh 15/6/2016
Network Against Islamophobia We know we have to fight homophobia, transphobia, racism and Islamophobia at once. 15/6/2016
Irish Support of Boycott Welcomed by Human Rights Campaigners IMEMC - "...thirteen of Ireland¡¦s best-known musicians, writers, artists and sports stars have called on the Irish government to join them in supporting the growing worldwide boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel." - id 15/6/2016
Palestinian Ramadan Boycott campaign Mahmoud Nawajaa - BDS - "The campaign is intended at raising awareness among the people that buying Palestinian products rather than Israeli ones can have a political impact and encourages the Palestinian public to make a conscious choice of popular resistance during their Ramadan shopping." - id 15/6/2016
Detention of Palestinian circus performer extended despite international outcryMaan - Israeli authorities ruled to extend Muhammad Faisal Abu Sakha’s remand for another six months from June 13 until Dec. 12, in addition to the six months he has already served in administrative detention -- Israel’s controversial policy of internment without trial or charge. According to prisoner’s rights group Addameer, a confirmation hearing for the ruling is scheduled for June 15, during which a military judge may confirm, limit, or cancel the administrative detention order. [bz]14/6/2016
`Ramadan Tov` campaign boycotts Israeli products during holy monthThe New Arab - The BDS movement protests the Israeli occupation through boycott [BDS] [ry] 13/6/2016
Israel Boycott Has Staying PowerSteven Salaita - The Chronicle of Higher Education - We can debate ad nauseam the probity of academic boycott, but it would be more useful to address the problems of repression and occupation that spurred the boycott movement to begin with.-rh 9/6/2016
Israel`s smartest student is an ArabShlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Mohammed Zeidan, from the Arab community of Kafr Manda in northern Israel, is the only Arab in Israel who has been able to get the ultranationalist Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Arab Knesset member Ahmad Tibi from the Joint List to exchange warm greetings. Zeidan, 19, scored an 800 on Israeli`s Psychometric Entrance Test, the highest possible score. Tibi praised his achievement on Twitter, and Bennett was quick to retweet Tibi’s greeting, leading the two political foes to exchange kind words.-rh 8/6/2016
Khalida Jarrar freed – Palestinian leftist leader calls for action to liberate Palestinian prisonersSamidoun - Arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Israeli occupation soldiers who raided her home on 1 April 2015, Jarrar was first ordered to administrative detention without charge or trial. Following an international outcry, Jarrar was charged in the Israeli military courts with 12 charges based entirely on public political activity, including giving speeches, attending events, and expressing support for Palestinian prisoners and their families. She was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, in addition to a suspended sentence and a fine.-rh8/6/2016
Global protests target Airbnb over Israeli settlement rentalsJohn Brown - +972 - Over 150,000 sign petition calling on Airbnb to pull out of Israeli settlements as part of the #StolenHomes campaign, which was launched by a consortium of organizations following an investigative report by +972 and Local Call. The investigation also found that many property owners were discriminating by refusing to rent to prospective Arab guests, which violates company policy. [bz]7/6/2016
Israeli counter-protesters confronted by extremist paraders on Jerusalem DayYumna Patel, Jaclynn Ashly - Ma`an - Israeli counter-protesters hand out flowers on Jerusalem Day, outside Damascus Gate, while thousands paraders were entering the Old City. “A lot of Israelis are angry at us for what we do, they don’t support us, but we keep doing it.” [bz]7/6/2016
Demonstrate solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers 6/6/2016
`Two countries, One homeland` Itay Blumental - Ynet News "A new peace organization called "two countries, one homeland" which is made up of both Israelis and Palestinians had its first convocation on Thursday morning whereby it announced its principals: two independent states based on the 1967 lines, economic cooperation, and a shared capital in Jerusalem." ca3/6/2016
Israeli mayors meet with AbbasJesse Lempel/TPS - Ynet News "Israeli delegation of mayors arrived on the eve of an international peace conference in Paris on Friday – and as Israeli leaders turn to Egypt to spearhead new talks with the Palestinians – to discuss another peace conference to be held in, of all places, the small northern Israeli town of Ma’alot Tarshiha." ca3/6/2016
BDS movement in Morocco gets dozens of shop owners to boycott Israeli datesMa`an News Agency - "BDS Maroc started the boycott campaign last year, adopting several strategies to pressure retailers in the Darb Mila date markets to discontinue their relationship with Israeli date companies, while promoting the campaign among Morocco’s consumer base. " ca3/6/2016
Special Protest Vigils Women in Black On June​ 3, 2016 ​​at 13:00;4​9​ years of one long disaster! END THE OCCUPATION! 2/6/2016
Remembering Hedy Epstein (1924 – 2016) Palestinian BDS National Committee BNC - "Hedy visited Palestine several times. She took nonviolent direct action to resist occupation in the West Bank with the International Solidarity Movement." - id 1/6/2016
Israeli ex-officers issue plan to restart peace talks, condemn government inactionIan Deitch - Boston Globe - With peace talks in a deep freeze, the plan by Commanders for Israel’s Security on Friday called to ‘‘preserve conditions’’ for negotiations with the Palestinians. It urges a combination of political and security initiatives together with delivering economic benefits to Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem simultaneously.-rh1/6/2016
Yehuda Glick’s meteoric rise from messianic margins to Israeli parliamentDan Cohen and Tamar Aviyah - Mondoweiss - After leaving his position in the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, Glick took a greater leading role in the Temple Movement, becoming the executive director of the Temple Institute. Founded in 1984 by Yisrael Ariel, the Temple Institute is a state-funded organization that takes a multi-faceted approach to achieve its goal of building a third Jewish temple on what Muslims call Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and Jews called Har Habayit (Temple Mount). -rh1/6/2016
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