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Interview With Adam Keller: Israeli Journalist, Dissident and RefusenikPaul Buhle - Truthout - "The settlers would rather destroy their own homes with their own hands than give Palestinians the vote." [bz]28/2/2015
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14-year-old Palestinian jailed for stone-throwing maintains innocencePeter Beaumont - The Guardian - At a reception last week to mark her return home to the West Bank village of Beitin, near Ramallah, Malak and her family continued to insist she was innocent and had only admitted to the charges of throwing stones and carrying a knife because she had felt intimidated during her time in custody.-rh25/2/2015
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Listen: Eleven-year-old Gaza boy performs Palestine’s anthemRami Almeghari - The Electronic Intifada - "As Israel bombed and shelled buildings and infrastructure across the Strip, Firas did his best to replace the sounds of destruction with life-affirming tunes." - id 25/2/2015
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Bil`in: Photographing a decade of popular struggleActivestills - +972 - "Activestills photographers have been documenting the popular struggle protests against the Israeli separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bil’in from their inception in 2005. The following is a selection with personal stories marking 10 years of their work in the village." - id 25/2/2015
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Stanford University student senate passes Israel divestment resolutionJerusalem Post - The Stanford students voted to divest from corporations complicit in human right abuses in “Israel and Palestine.” The text actually stated that it “was not connected to the BDS movement.” Notwithstanding, it is a substantial victory of the BDS activists, who for a long time had Stanford - a prestigious but largely apolitical university - on their “wish list”. Their aim is now achieved, after a failure last year. In principle university authorities can go to court against a student divestment resolution; Harvard University had done so regarding a divestment resolution by their own students (on an environmental issue). However, Israeli government PR experts note that even a divestment resolution ultimately overturned by a court does generate negative publicity and adds to the delegitimization of Israel. [ak]24/2/2015
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Israeli forces destroy E1 protest camp for 9th timeMa`an - Dozens of Israeli military vehicles escorted a bulldozer to demolish the Gateway to Jerusalem (Bawwabat al-Quds) protest camp for the ninth time in two weeks. The activists - protesting Israeli plans to displace bedouin communities - had remained in the camp, just outside Abu Dis, during the recent rains, thunderstorms and sub-zero temperatures. They started reconstructing the camp immediately upon the soldiers` departure. [ak]23/2/2015
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E1 protest camp steadfast despite Israeli demolitions, snow stormMa’an News Agency--JERUSALEM (Ma`an) -- Despite the severe winter storm over the last two days and continuing Israeli military pressure, Palestinian popular resistance activists stayed put at the Gateway to Jerusalem protest camp overnight Friday. "Our permanent presence here is a message of defiance and firmness in the face of the Israeli plans, including the 2020 and the E1 plans whose goal is to separate Jerusalem and confiscate lands which constitute about one third of the West Bank," Hani Halabiya, spokesman for the local popular resistance committees in East Jerusalem told Ma`an. dn 22/2/2015
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Demonstration in Bil’in honoring slain US citizens faces attacks and arrests by Israeli forcesRamallah team - International Solidarity Movement - "Member of the Bil’in popular committee Mohammed Khatib and a UK citizen and solidarity volunteer Michael “Mick” Bowman were both violently arrested." - id18/2/2015
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Controversial Jewish Defense League revived in MontrealJTA - "JDL leader Meir Weinstein of Toronto said he would be setting up the country’s second branch outside that city on Feb. 16 to stem the rise of “radical Islam” in Quebec and to help the pro-Israel Conservative Party government return to power in a national election slated for the fall.Weinstein, 56, said he planned to have local JDL members aggressively monitor and “infiltrate” radical Islamic groups." ca13/2/2015
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IDF: Palestinian nonviolent protest is an ideological crimeYael Marom - +972 - "The nonviolent protest organizer from Bil’in who already served more than a year in prison has been declared a ‘human rights defender’ by the European Union." - id 11/2/2015
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Palestinian children in Israeli custody victims of `forced confession`Maan - "The Israeli military detention system subjects Palestinian children to several days of prolonged interrogation and isolation with the apparent goal of obtaining a confession at all costs," said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at Defense for Children International Palestine, on Monday.-rh 11/2/2015
I was “part of a terror organization,” says Israeli pilot turned activistRyan Rodrick Beiler - The Electronic Intifada - "The education I got was very much about peace, equality, freedom and a lot of socialist values — caring about the other, caring about the poor — but at the same time with a big wall of negligence of Palestine. The same time I was in class learning these beautiful values, the Israeli army was engaged in occupation, land grabs, settlements, massacres, deportation of Palestinian activists." - id 11/2/2015
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Palestinians call for boycott of Israeli goodsAssociated Press - Ynet - Activists from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas` Fatah movement launched a campaign in the West Bank on Wednesday, calling on people to boycott products made by six major Israeli food companies.-rh11/2/2015
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J-Street petition against Netanyahu`s Congress speech rallies 20,000 signaturesJerusalem Post - Netanyahu had asserted that he is coming to Washington "not just as the prime minister of Israel but as a representative of the entire Jewish people." In response, J-Street has launched a petition stating that while the PM may represent Israelis, "he certainly cannot claim any mandate to speak for Jews in the United States". It already gained some 20,000 signatures. [ak]10/2/2015
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Palestinians to boycott products of five large Israeli companiesElior Levy - Ynet - Sticker put on products of Strauss/Elite, Tnuva, Jafora-Tabori, Osem and Prigat: `When you buy this product, you donate 16% to the Israeli army.` The move comes in response to Israel`s decision to freeze tax funds. [bz] 10/2/2015
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Three arrested for facilitating fraudulent sales of Palestinian land to Jewish groups Tovah Lazaroff - Jpost - Suspicions about the three were raised in land sale cases that appeared before the High Court of Justice. The question of property ownership is often at the heart of many High Court cases involving unauthorized construction. The State Attorney’s Office then instructed the police to investigate the matter. Yariv Oppenheimer (Peace Now) said “We hope that settlers now understand that they cannot bring fake documents to the High Court of Justice. This is the first time that we see a real action being taken on the issue of fake documents. “We will not give up until the police and the Justice Ministry make sure that the main settler leaders will also be investigated, as to whether or not they knew or took part in this scheme.” [bz]10/2/2015
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400 rabbis urge Netanyahu to end Palestinian house demolitionsMark Woods - Christian Today - The letter - asking the State, at its own initiative, to implement moral, reasonable and fair planning and zoning principles that are in-line with international law and Jewish tradition - is in support of a petition to the High Court from Rabbis for Human Rights which seeks to end demolitions by reforming planning and zoning laws. [bz]7/2/2015
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Knesset candidates plant olive trees with Palestinian farmersHaggai Matar - +972 - "The activists planted the trees near the Israeli settlement of Tapuach, an area where olive trees have been uprooted time and again, allegedly by settlers." - id for ca6/2/2015
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Boycott the Muslim Leadership Initiative and similar attempts to “Faithwash” Israel’s Regime of OppressionPalestinian BDS National Committee - "The MLI is part of a broader spectrum of political tours to the oPt designed to normalize and build acceptance to Israeli policies of oppression against Palestinians." - id for ca5/2/2015
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“We believe in a bright future…a future when our children will be free” – Kufr Qaddum resident released from prisonInterview - International Solidarity Movement - "He sees the issues facing his village of Kufr Qaddum as symbolic of the bigger issues of the Israeli occupation: restricted movement, injuries, house damage, arbitrary arrest, imprisonment and murder of Palestinians. But he asserts: ¨In the face of this bad situation, we will do anything." - id for rh5/2/2015
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`Rivlin is not welcome in Hebron` - Palestinians protest Israeli president`s visit to Hebron settlersMiddle East Eye - Rivlin said that Hebron bore witness to Jewish presence in Palestine for "thousands of years." Members of Israel`s leftist Meretz movement said that the visit was meant for electoral propaganda for the right-wing Likud Party. [bz]3/2/2015
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Case dropped against protesters who cost Elbit drone parts factory $280,000Asa Winstanley - Electronic Intifada - "The most decisive evidence, we feel, is that they dropped the charges.” In other words, they let the activists get away with it rather then let the truth come out in court. [bz]3/2/2015
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