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Spread of BDS Movement Unprecedented WorldwideIMEMC News & Agencies - "In its periodic report on the boycott against Israeli products, the national office for land defense said that the movement is growing worldwide, and that people in different fields including cultural, academic, economic, sport and military fields, are demanding Israel be held accountable for its crimes against Palestine" [ry]27/4/2015
Thousands return to destroyed Palestinian villages in IsraelNatasha Roth - +972 - “These are Israeli citizens. They have Israeli identity cards. And they remain in this country,” explained Joint List chairman Ayman Odeh. “They fled during the war from one village to the next one. And they were not allowed to return.” “So tell me, what is the problem with them returning?” Odeh continued. “What is the problem with residents of Hadatha returning here? What is the problem with residents of Tzipori [Sepphoris] who fled from Tzipori to Nazareth during wartime returning? [bz] 25/4/2015
Marking Memorial Day in Tel Aviv with Kahanists and Combatants for Peace Dan Cohen- Mondoweiss "Tuesday night, as recently re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised his ideological hero Vlamidir Jabotinksky’s Iron Wall policy at Israel’s Memorial Day, a busload of Palestinians from the West Bank and hundreds of Israeli Jews filed into the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds — an upscale theater in affluent north Tel Aviv — to attend a Combatants for Peace event billed as “Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony: Honoring the Victims, Fighting for Peace.” The 25 Palestinians in attendance were permitted entry into Israel from the West Bank and promptly returned that night following the event." ca24/4/2015
Facebook group shares checkpoint wait in real timeDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The Facebook group monitoring the crossings was started by Richard Khoury, a Palestinian who works for the International Committee of the Red Cross. In an interview with Al-Monitor, Khoury explained how the group was established. “My wife and I live in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, and on weekends we normally go to Ramallah to see family and friends.” Khoury said that after wasting so many hours waiting in line, he and his colleagues at work began exchanging information on traffic backups through Facebook.-rh 22/4/2015
Wednesday 22.4 at 19:45, Yesh Gvul`s annual (alternative) beacon lightning, Emil Grunzweig Square Jerusalem 21/4/2015
Cross Borders Concertto take place Thursday, 4th of June 2015, at 20:00 in Kibbutz Kfar Aza, 21/4/2015
“Combatants for Peace” holds 9th Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony, Tel-Aviv 21 April. 21/4/2015
Settler group tries to shut down bi-national Memorial Day eventHaggai Matar - +972 - The Samaria Settler Council, the same group that recently released a video defaming human rights groups with anti-Semitic imagery, petitions the defense minister to stop Palestinians from participating in, and to pass a law banning an alternative Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony. [bz]21/4/2015
Bethlehem PA police thwart attempt to steal Banksy muralMa`an - The Bethlehem municipality is seeking protection for 12 known artworks by British graffiti artist Banksy across the city, after police discovered drilling work which was apparently carried out with the intention of removing and selling the mural, which depicts a young girl searching a soldier. Copies of this mural are often used by Palestinian solidarity activists worldwide, as well as by some anti- militarist and Pacifist groups. In the past, Bethlehem residents have painted over another Banksy mural, depicting an Israeli soldier checking a donkey`s identity papers - intended by the British artist as satire of Israeli occupation practices but interpreted as offensive by Bethlehem residents. ak 21/4/2015
Thousands in Gaza plan int`l protest: It`s impossible to live hereYael Marom - +972 - A group of young activists in Gaza are organizing an international day of solidarity to protest against the impossible conditions and human rights violations created by Israel’s and Egypt’s siege, the occupation, internal Palestinian conflicts and poverty [ry]20/4/2015
" Boycott of cottage cheese is allowed, but not if it settler-made cottage cheese”Gush Shalom - "This is a deplorable ruling with far-reaching implications” said Adv. Gaby Lasky, who represented Gush Shalom in this appeal. “The Justices effectively changed the basic Israeli constitutional law as we had known them, giving the interest of maintaining settlements in the Occupied Territories a precedence over the fundamental right of all citizens to Freedom of Political Expression. In fact, the Supreme Court has been captured by the political precepts of anti-democratic right wingers, giving its stamp of approval to a piece of legislation designed to gag one side of the political spectrum." ak16/4/2015
`Empty words`: Donors fail to deliver pledged Gaza aidMegan O`Toole - Aljazeera - The report from the Association of International Development Agencies, released on Monday, found that only 26.8 percent ($945m) of the money pledged by donors at the Cairo conference six months ago has been released, and reconstruction and recovery have barely started in the besieged coastal enclave.-rh15/4/2015
Smuggled Palestinian prison literature gains outside audienceAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - During the 22 years he spent in Beersheba prison, writer Shaaban Hassouna managed to draft five novels, which he sneaked out in capsules for his family to print. One of his novels, “Shade of a Black Cloud,” received critical and local acclaim. -rh15/4/2015
Gaza is a TombBel Trew - Foreign Policy - Gaza today is a powder keg waiting to explode. The key aspects of the cease-fire agreement that ended the war last summer remain unfulfilled — both Israel and Hamas feel that only more violence can force their enemy to assent to their demands.-rh15/4/2015
Against the Occupation: Ten Years of Grassroots Resistance L. Michael Hager -Truthout - In the US, Dr. Martin Luther King showed that nonviolent protest works. His Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 inspired passage of the Voting Rights Act that year, a landmark for US civil rights. In Palestine, Iyad Burnat, head of both the Bilin Popular Committee against the Wall and the Friends of Freedom and Justice in Bilin, has followed Dr. King`s example.-rh15/4/2015
Escalating violence at Friday Demo in Kafr QaddumNablus Team - International Solidarity Movement - "The Israeli military did not even wait for Kafr Qaddum’s Friday demonstration to start before firing at the crowd of demonstrators today. prayers had finished the Israeli military began firing at the demonstration with teargas, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets. A 16-year-old chiBefore ld was hit in the head with a tear gas canister." - id for bz14/4/2015
High court success for al Arakib residentsAIC - A decision of Israel`s High Court is now being published which rejects the state`s appeal and accepts the position of al Arakib residents, the Abu Madyam A-Turi and Abu Freih families: al Arakib residents who are struggling for their land that was stolen from them can bring their arguments before the court in the city of Beer Sheva and to demand recognition of their ownership and annulment of the confiscation of their land in the 1950s [ry]13/4/2015
Palestinian workers in the settlements uniteBethan Staton - AlJazeera - Workers in one West Bank settlement are protesting inequalities experienced by many Palestinians in Israel [ry]13/4/2015
S Victory: Veolia sells Israel businesses targeted by Palestinian-led boycott campaignPalestinian BDS National Committee on April 8, 201 - "†Ü †Ê …Y †Ô ‡ç Graffiti on the Separation Wall. (Photo: BDS Movement) Graffiti on the Separation Wall. (Photo: BDS Movement) "Palestinian civil society activists have heralded the decision by French corporate giant Veolia to sell off nearly all of its business activity in Israel as a huge victory for the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The sale follows a worldwide campaign against the company¡¦s role in illegal Israeli settlements that cost the firm billions of dollars of lost contracts." ca12/4/2015
Knesset Joint List denounces arrest, detention of Jarrarsamidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network - the Joint List condemned the arrest of Jarrar, calling it a violation of international law and conventions. "The arrest of Jarrar is a repressive and arbitrary step, part of a framework of targeting activists against the occupation.-rh 9/4/2015
The renewed witch hunt against Australian champion of Palestinian rightsDavid Brophy - The Electronic Intifada - "Lynch, an associate professor and director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in the university, is a prominent figure in the campaign for Palestinian rights in Australia. To this day, he is the most well-known scholar in Australia to have used tactics of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel." - id 8/4/2015
Successful olive tree planting action in BruqinNablus Team - International Solidarity Movement - "By planting trees in the shadow of Ariel West settlement, Palestinians are reaffirming their ownership of the land in the face of the Occupation." - id 8/4/2015
WATCH: The feminist struggle for peace in Israel-PalestineSocialTV - +972 - No woman is free until all women are free. That is the essence of the feminist concept, ‘the personal is political.’ But can feminist discourse lodge itself into the political discourse, and not only on International Women’s Day? A special SocialTV feature on the practices of solidarity, non-violent struggle, striving for peace and ending the occupation [ry]7/4/2015
Separation policy in Hebron (including video exposing the apartheid`s implementation)B`Tselem - Military renews segregation on main street; wide part – for Jews, narrow, rough side passage – for Palestinians [bz]6/4/2015
Will PA focus on settlements at ICC?Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - To start war crimes cases against Israelis involved in last summer`s attack on Gaza, Palestinians would need to show to the ICC`s satisfaction that investigations carried out by Israel`s own judicial system were not effective; this might take years. On the other hand, the case against Israeli settlement activities, land confiscation and the movement of persons from the occupying country to the occupied areas form a much easier case to win. The Fourth Geneva Convention makes very clear that settlements and those directing and protecting the settlers are committing a violation of international humanitarian law — which makes the settlement track stronger for Palestinians, since it is a crime that is still continuing, and no denial of its existence is possible. ak 6/4/2015
Celebrating Holiday of Freedom in an Israeli Desert Jail : African Immigrants Hold Seder Under Deportation ThreatYermi Brenner - The Jewish Daily Forward - The asylum seekers organized the mock Refugee Seder in March to raise awareness of their struggle against Israel’s policy of detaining them and denying them a fair asylum procedure. The event, which took place outside Holot because the facility’s rules disallow visitors, was organized in cooperation with Israeli human rights activists.-rh2/4/2015
Sneaking across Israeli border last resort for desperate GazansHana Salah - Al-Monitor - Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been illegally crossing the eastern border into Israel for years. Yet, what was once a rare phenomenon has now transformed into an almost daily occurrence. Palestinian youths hope to find a better life and jobs across the border, or even obtain refugee status, but they are almost always detained by Israel. Regardless, more and more youths are risking their lives to sneak across the border.-rh 2/4/2015
ICC: Palestine is Newest Member : Court Membership Could Open Door for Justice to VictimsHuman Rights Watch - The ICC treaty officially went into effect for Palestine on April 1, 2015, giving the court a mandate dating back to June 13, 2014, over serious crimes, including war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on or from Palestinian territory.-rh 2/4/2015
The bravery of those many Jews who fight for a fairer Israel : Hamas is a wicked and dangerous force in the Middle East. But Israel is now more wicked and dangerousYasmin Alibhai Brown - The Independent - I wish more of us Muslims acknowledged Jewish men and women who, in spite of intolerable pressures, fight for Palestine, an ethical, just Israel and equality for all. I wish more Muslims were as fair-minded and honourable as these Jewish resistors.-rh 2/4/2015
David Shulman’s Appeal on Behalf of the People of Palestinian SusyaDavid Shulman - The Villages Group - About a year ago I reported on a truly astonishing document prepared by the Civil Administration in which they argue, in classic colonial style, that the impoverished Palestinians of Susya do not know what is good for them and that their opportunities will increase if only they are moved to the city of Yata-- in other words, if they are forced to relinquish forever their homes, grazing grounds, and fields.-rh 2/4/2015
Israel Using Live Ammunition for Palestinian Crowd ControlMel Frykberg - IPS - “Ali Safi had critical injuries to his kidneys, spinal cord, lungs and spleen,” Dr Sami Naghli, who runs Jelazon refugee camp’s medical relief services, told IPS. Seventeen-year-old Safi was shot last week by an Israeli sniper armed with a Ruger rifle during clashes between Palestinian youngsters and Israeli soldiers. The bullet which hit him was a 0.22 inch calibre bullet, which is considered less lethal than ordinary bullets of 5.56 mm calibre. There has been a recent increase in the use of this kind of bullet against Palestinian demonstrators by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) despite disagreement within the Israeli military about the use of this controversial weapon for riot control when the lives of Israeli soldiers are not endangered. [bz-id]1/4/2015
Pitzer Students for Justice in Palestine Defy Censorship Attempts with Display of Mock Israeli Apartheid WallMuzzleWatch - In defiance against attempts at censorship, Students for Justice in Palestine activists at Pitzer College in Claremont California will erect a mock Apartheid Wall to educate their campus about the Israeli occupation and how Israeli policies confiscate Palestinian land and separate Palestinian families and communities. [bz for id]1/4/2015
Big turn out and high spirits at Wadi Fukin Land Day olive tree planting and protestWadi Fukin/ISM--al Khalil Team - Wadi Fukin is in a valley sandwiched between the Green Line to the north-west and the fastest-growing illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank, Beitar Illit. (...) The apartheid wall is being built on Palestinian land far inside the Green Line around this settlement bloc. Regular Friday demonstrations are held in Wadi Fukin protesting against the ongoing land grab. [bz for id]1/4/2015
New anti-boycott initiative in the US CongressIsrael Academy Monitor - The Republican majority in the US congress has embarked on a new legislative initiative in an effort to blunt the BDS movement, spreading through American univerity campuses. And earlier anti-BDS law, the so-called "“Protect Academic Freedom Act” was enacted but encountered complex "First Amendment problems" for its infringement of the Freedom of Speech. Under the new bill, contractors with the U.S. government and those seeking contracts would have to certify that they are not engaged in any boycott against Israel. [From the opponent media-ak] 31/3/2015
From Israeli citizens to UEFA/FIFA - Red Card to Israeli apartheid now!We are Israeli citizens, active against our government`s policies of racism, occupation and apartheid. Soccer/Football cannot take place without fair play. The Palestinian people however, ethnically cleansed from their homeland and living under Israeli occupation for decades, have experienced little fair play from FIFA and UEFA. Palestinian daily life is dominated by military orders which prevent any normal development of a sustainable economy, including Palestinian football.30/3/2015
Four Injured As Israeli Soldiers Attack Bil’in’s Weekly ProtestSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - The soldiers also chased the nonviolent protesters into the village’s streets and alleys, before detaining a child, identified as Mahmoud Khaled Abu Rahma, 12 years of age. The army took the child out of the village, and released him after the weekly protest was concluded. The Popular Committee said its coordinator Dr. Rateb Abu Rahma, 50 years of age, was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet in his back, while Ismael Mohammad Abu Rahma, 18, was shot in the leg. It added that an international peace activist who was shot by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the leg, was moved to the Palestine medical center, while a 78-year-old international supporter was also shot in the leg. [bz]28/3/2015
Demonstration: Stop the Judiazation of East Jerusalem! 26/3/2015
Continuing harassment of activists in PalestinePress Release - ISM - ""First they threatened us with retaliation if we don’t open, and then they came back a few nights later and broke down the door. It’s clear that they want to scare us away from the city, but we are not going to leave.”" - id 25/3/2015
Stop the Judaization of East Jerusalem! Breaking the ring of settlements - Friday, 27/3, 13:45, Damascus Gate 24/3/2015
Making Peace: Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day 24/3/2015
Israel lobby, UK officials attempt to shut down Univ. of Southampton conferenceAli Abunimah - Electronic Intifada - The University of Southampton has come under intense pressure over the conference “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism,” scheduled for 17-19 April, and whose agenda also includes the circumstances of Israel`s creation in 1948 and the massive expulsion of Palestinians. Some of the vociferous critics have called for the conference to be banned outright, while others are urging the university to require pro-Israel speakers, on the grounds that the conference is one sided. The university administration is upholding the organizers` academic Freedom of Speech, while distancing itself from the content of the conference. ak 24/3/2015
West Bank boycott takes aim at Israeli food productsRania Zabaneh - AlJazeera - Opponents and advocates of boycotting Israel agree that it is an important tactic in the Palestinian struggle [ry]23/3/2015
Spitting in the face of Israel`s Arab citizensHaggai Matar and Yael Marom - +972 - "With 14 seats representing over 400,000 voters, and with above-average voter participation, the success of the Joint List is the Palestinian public in Israel’s message to its Jewish compatriots, which was the antithesis of the message it got in return." - id for rh 19/3/2015
PHOTOS: Israeli army arrests 7 in action against E1 settlementAhmad Al-Bazz - +972 - "Palestinian, international and Israeli activists protested against Israeli plans to seize and build in the E1 area, which would cut off the northern and southern parts of the West Bank. Held on the same day as Israeli elections, the protest was aimed at attracting international attention to the progress of illegal Israeli construction and the planed displacement over 15,000 Palestinians and Bedouin communities living in 45 communities in the area." - id for rh 19/3/2015
THE 12th ANNIVERSARY OF RACHEL CORRIE’S STAND IN GAZA Family Statement - Rachel Corrie Foundation - " The U.S. Department of State reported that on March 17, 2003, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon promised President Bush that the Israeli Government would undertake a “thorough, credible, and transparent” investigation into Rachel’s killing and report the results to the United States." - id18/3/2015
Army arrests unconscious activist at Corrie commemoration (scene captured on video) Ahmad Al-Bazz/ - +972 - Soldiers tried to arrest many Palestinians but village women managed to protect most of them. Soldiers decided to arrest an unconscious Palestinian who fell while he was running away. Villagers and activists tried to convince the soldiers to release him and demanded a Palestinian ambulance, but the soldiers refused. “I know you are trying to mislead us! You will be arrested!” [bz]17/3/2015
Support Munga`s Struggle with Cohen Syndrome$2500 needed - mostly for genetic test 14/3/2015
Gaza’s female mediators stand up for women’s rightsHana Salah - Al-Monitor "Women in Palestinian society are ashamed to discuss their problems with the male elders in charge of mediation committees. However, today, things have become easier for women, as the first female mediators have pushed forward social reform and now defend women`s rights in tribal councils headed by men. Gazans go to these councils to settle their family problems and avoid going to court, where the resolution process is much longer and complicated." ca13/3/2015
An agreement to Stop the Palestinian Prisoners’ ProtestPNN - Palestine News Network - "Palestinians have been protesting against mistreatment in prisons of the Jewish state, isolation, administrative detention (without trial or sentencing) and the difficult living conditions." - id for rh 12/3/2015
Palestine Power Generation Company withdraws from Israel gas dealNational Committee - Palestinian BDS - "After the BNC press conference, key Palestinian business and political figures added their voices to those calling for the cancellation of the Israeli gas deal, a demand that has won wide popular support as well." - id for rh 12/3/2015
VIDEO: Israeli forces invade ISM apartment as part of a campaign of continual harassment against activists in HebronKhalil Team - International Solidarity Movement - "The harassment did not stop after the Open Shuhada Street demonstration – where around 20 were injured, several activists including a 17-year-old and a female German activist were shot with live ammunition, and three were arrested." - id 11/3/2015
10 years after modest launch, Israeli Apartheid Week spans the globe Middel East Eye - In March 2005, the Arab Students’ Collective, a campus organisation at the University of Toronto, held a series of local events to support Palestinians and protest Israeli policies - the first Israeli Apartheid Week. The concept catching on and appearing in cities across the globe, reflects on the tremendous importance of Palestine solidarity as a movement for human rights and justice in the 21st century. [bz]10/3/2015
Gaza women protest in front of UNRWA headquartersMa`an - Women held placards calling on the international community to uphold its responsibilities; pressure Israel to allow reconstruction material into Gaza; calling on Fatah and Hamas to end their disunity. [bz]9/3/2015
Israeli, Palestinian women protest on both sides of Israeli checkpointYael Marom Photos by Anne Paq, Ahmad Al-Bazz / women march toward the Qalandia checkpoint separating Ramallah and Jerusalem. Israeli soldiers broke up the joint Israeli-Palestinian protest against the occupation, a day before International Women’s Day, March 7, 2015. (Anne Paq/ dn 8/3/2015
After decades of conflict, Israeli women say `enough`Delphine Matthieussent - Yahoo News - "I don`t want to see anymore of this war against the youth, with 18- or 20-year-old Israeli soldiers on one side and Palestinian children on the other," says Amal Rihan, a mother-of-four and Arabic teacher living near Tel Aviv. [bz]7/3/2015
Incident in which soldiers set dogs on Palestinian youth was part of official policyBtselem press release - A dog handler takes the dog off the leash, the dog chases a group of civilians, clamps its teeth onto a person who did not manage to escape, and holds on until the handler arrives. In some cases documented by B’Tselem, the dog refused to release the person and the dog handler had to use a taser to release his grip. Previous responses [to Btselem complaints] centered on professional mistakes made in some of the cases, according to the MAG Corps, and not on the policy of allowing dog attacks against unarmed civilians. [bz]3/3/2015
No, Mr. Netanyahu—you do not speak for American Jews - ad today in NYT, tomorrow in The HillTikkun - Most polls indicate that a majority of American Jews (and most non-Jews) support President Obama’s attempt to negotiate a settlement that would prohibit Iranian development of nuclear weapons rather than the Netanyahu approach of undermining those negotiations. • Most polls indicate that a majority of American Jews oppose the expansion of West Bank settlements that Netanyahu favors and support the creation of an independent Palestinian state living in peace with Israel. And… The American People Do Not Want a War with Iran [bz]3/3/2015
Satmar Rebbe Calls for Mass Rally to Protest NetanyahuEliyahu Berkowitz - JP Updates - “All this behavior (of Netanyahu) contradicts the internationally accepted diplomatic rules and all the other Zionist heads of government were sure to keep the same rules,” he said. “Israel receives from the United States more than any other country receives, and what gives him the chutzpah so that he dares to come and challenge US President. He is not a mensch, he is not a diplomat, he is vile and despicable.” [bz]3/3/2015
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