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Im Tirzu, Israeli movement ‘with fascist elements,’ to meet at Jerusalem center with links to Reform movementYossi Gurvitz - Mondoweiss - As Im Tirzu was in the vanguard of the assault on human rights NGOs and academic freedom in Israel, it is surprising and disheartening news to learn its conference will be hosted at a conference center owned by the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), which is dedicated to strengthening Reform Jewish life. is stranger still when you examine the list of speakers: it includes Dr. Mordechai Keidar, an orientalist who became notorious when suggesting raping the sisters or mothers of Palestinian terrorists as a terrorism counter-measure (Hebrew). The conference will also host the singer Ariel Zilber, noted for his support of Meir Kahane (his greatest hit in the last decade being “Kahane was right”) and of Elor Azariya, the soldier recently convicted of killing a defenseless Palestinian attacker.-rh23/8/2017
The battle for al-Aqsa `has just started`Linah Alsaafin & Budour Hassan - Al-Jazeera - ""Through popular mobilisation, we managed to defeat Israel`s plan to expand control over Al-Aqsa," said al-Jallad, who is still banned from entering Al-Aqsa despite the lack of an official order against her. "But we also know that the battle has just started. Israeli authorities` attempts to Judaise the city will not stop, and we have to take advantage of our victory to escalate the resistance."" - id Al-Jazeera - "23/8/2017
Trump’s Mideast envoys moving to next phaseUri Savir - Al-Monitor - Is launching peace negotiations currently possible? Judging by the two parties’ positions on the substance of permanent status issues, the answer is probably negative. Yet the PLO official may be right that such a process might take place after all, given the domestic political problems of Trump, Netanyahu and Abbas.- rh 23/8/2017
"Look into the mirror / Look into my eyes" - Poetry to heal a split society Hadassah Haskale - Interfaith Encounter Association/Jerusalem International YMCA - "Look into the mirror / Look into my eyes", a tri-lingual presentation and workshop event, a public reading of poems in English, Arabic and Hebrew. This is a project designed to create empathy between people embroiled in a long-standing unresolved conflict over possession of land variously called “Palestine”,“Judea and Shomron” and “The Occupied Territories”.[ak] 22/8/2017
Poetry to heal a split society 22/8/2017
`Denial of treatment to Gaza cancer patients makes Israel unfit to host the International Biochemistry Congress`AURDIP (Assoc. des Universitaires Pour le Respect du Droit International) - In September, the Israeli Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is due to host in Jerusalem the 42nd Congress of the Federation of the European Biochemical Societies (FEBS). 89 acadmics, some of them Israeli, have signed a call for a boycott of that conference. Among other things, the signatories note that "The biochemistry of cancer is one of the themes of the FEBS Congress. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer is as low as 30% in Gaza, which Israel has besieged for the past ten years, as compared to 86% in Israel. In 2016, only 44% of Gaza patients who requested access to Israeli hospitals were admitted; more than half of those refused entry were cancer patients." [ak] 22/8/2017
Portuguese Photographers Pledge BDS on Israeli GovernmentIMEMC News & Agencies - “Photographers can no longer be silent about the treatment of their Palestinian colleagues living under an indefensible occupation that has lasted for over half a century. Palestinians have called for solidarity through boycotts and this pledge is our practical contribution to their struggle” [ry]21/8/2017
Left wing Israeli think tank trolls Benjamin Netanyahu and his son Yair in libel suitBethan McKernan - Independent - Molad, a left-leaning institution which describes itself as ‘the centre for the renewal of Israeli democracy’, decided to sue the younger Mr Netanyahu for libel last week after he refused to apologise for comments in a Facebook post which branded the organisation “The Fund for the Destruction of Israel, funded by Soros and the European Union.” -rh16/8/2017
Supporting FayzehISM - "In the last ten years Issa has organised retreats and healing camps for children, adults and teenage female ex-prisoners. When Fayzeh gave birth to Ward, their first son, Issa was already paraplegic." - id16/8/2017
Sponge rounds, rubber bullets, and tear gas — how Israel’s non-lethal munitions can killSheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - It was the middle of a cold October night in 2015 when an Israeli army jeep came driving through Aida refugee camp blaring a message through its loudspeaker “People of Aida refugee camp, we are the occupation forces,” the message began in Arabic. “If you throw stones, we will hit you with gas until you all die. The children, the youth, the old people – you will all die. We won’t leave any of you alive … Go home or we will gas you until you die. Your families, your children, everyone – we will kill you.”-rh16/8/2017
Bands pull out of Berlin’s Pop-Kultur festival over Israeli sponsorshipAli Abunimah/Mohammad Abu Hajar - Electronic Intifada - Mohammad Abu Haja - an artist who had been jailed for his activism by the government of Syria and who got political asylum in Germany in 2014 - had spent a lot of time and energy in preparing a performance for Berlin’s Pop-Kultur music festival. But when he learned that the Israeli Embassy is among the festival`s sponsors, he had no hestation in withdrawing. "There can be no participation in a festival that accepts partnership with an embassy representing a state and a government which openly declared on many different occasions anti- Arab, anti-Muslim and anti-Black attitudes.” The Egyptian band Islam Chipsy also withdrew from the festival, as did the Syrian DJ and producer Samer Saem Eldahr, who goes by the name Hello Psychaleppo. [ak]15/8/2017
`The Return Will Begin from the Youth` (Video)Israel Social TV - A group of young Palestinians from Umm al-Fahm, descendants of families displaced in 48 of their villages, discussing identity, national oppression and the Nakba. They are part of the "Odna" (return) project. [bz]15/8/2017
Support the imprisoned CO`s! 15/8/2017
Tell musicians: Boycott the Red Sea Jazz Festival 15/8/2017
Former Israeli attorney-general: eviction of Sheikh Jarrah family will be unjustMaan - Israel’s former Attorney-General, Michael Ben Yair, denounced the double standard built into Israeli law, whereby Jews can reclaim property lost to them in 1948 while Palestinians are denied this option. He spoke to a crowd of Palestinians and Israeli activists who had gathered in solidarity in front of the home of the Shamasna family in East Jerusalem`s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. “My own family and the family of my cousin lived in Sheikh Jarrah and were forced to leave the neighborhood in January 1948. They got properties of Palestinians refugees on Jaffa Road and in the Katamon neighborhood in west Jerusalem. Ben Yair said also, if Israel conducts land registration in Sheikh Jarrah, “he would demand that the ownership of the building that his family had would go to the Palestinians who live in it today.” [ak] 15/8/2017
Rani Bornat and courageous peaceful resistance - 50% of what is needed for new wheelchair donated so far 14/8/2017
Israel would use nuclear weapons to keep refugees from returning — Noam ChomskyPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - "BDS tactics in the Israel Palestine case, were actually initiated in 1997 by an Israeli group, Gush Shalom, Uri Avnery’s group, a militantly anti-occupation group which played a significant role. They proposed boycott of the settlements and divestment from anything involving the settlements. And I myself have been involved in– it’s really BD activities, there are no real sanctions, that’s a state matter. But I’ve been involved in these things since the late ’90s, when it took off, aimed at the settlements. The BDS movement, which developed in 2005, has a different approach. That’s the movement, not the tactics. [bz]12/8/2017
The State of Israel on the nature of poetryYarden Katz - Mondoweiss -    Dareen Tatour, a Palestinian poet and citizen of Israel, was arrested in 2015 for posting a poem on Facebook. Tatour was charged with “incitement” (partly based on an erroneous translation of her poem from Arabic to Hebrew), imprisoned for months and then kept under house arrest while awaiting trial. Transcripts from her trial were recently published in Haaretz newspaper (in Hebrew) by the sociologist Yehouda Shenhav.-rh9/8/2017
New graffiti on Israeli separation wall denounces Trump obsession with barriersMa`an - Shortly after midnight, a foreign man was seen perched on a ladder spray-painting a military tower embedded in the Israeli Separation Wall adjacent to Bethlehem and Aida refugee camp. Once finished, the mural revealed a large-scale portrait of US President Donald Trump embracing the watchtower, with a thought bubble reading "I am going to build you a brother." The painting of this mural coincided with The Washington Post releasing the transcript of a phone conversation between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, where Trump cited the Israeli Separation Wall as a precedent for his own planned wall on the US-Mexican border. [ak] 8/8/2017
Conscientious objector: `I refuse to be a tool of the gov`t`Orly Noy - +972 - "It’s absurd that people, even adults, who have lived their whole lives here aren’t aware that there are millions of people living under our control without any citizenship." [bz]8/8/2017
Power to the People: Why Palestinian Victory in Jerusalem is a Pivotal MomentRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “This grassroot movement was made of thousands of women, men and children. They included Zeina Amro, who cooked daily for those who held steadfast outside the compound, was shot by a rubber bullet in the head, yet returned to urge the men to stand their ground the following day. It also includes the child Yousef Sakafi, whose chores included splashing water over people as they sat endless hours under the unforgiving sun, refusing to move. It also includes many Palestinian Christians who came to pray with their Muslim brethren” [ry]7/8/2017
Sheikh Jarah - stop the expulsion! 4/8/2017
Children Arrive for ‘Gaza Kids to Ireland’ Football Tour IMEMC - "“As the trip was such an uplifting, joyous experience, we are doing it all again this year,” Gaza Action Ireland (GAI) coordinator Zoë Lawlor said. The Gaza Kids to Ireland project is a way to show solidarity with the people of Gaza and to raise awareness in Ireland about the siege of Gaza and the broader situation in Palestine." - id2/8/2017
Even In Moments of ViolenceDaniel Sokatch - New Israel Fund "The NIF community in Israel has something to offer at this moment. We can and must help Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem better understand each other. We can and must bring Jewish and Palestinian Israelis together and foster a sense of solidarity. And we can and must continue to advocate for religious freedom and equality, even when the public focus has shifted to security matters.In the past two weeks our colleagues have done all of these things — from the incredible reporting of Ir Amim, to the advocacy efforts of Sikkuy, to the preparations for next week’s Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance — we are doing everything in our power to press ahead." ca 28/7/2017
Major clashes in Hebron as thousands take to the streets [VIDEO]al-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "The protest was suppressed violently by scores of Israeli soldiers and police, who fired live ammunition indiscriminately into crowds of young men and boys." - id 26/7/2017
Israel Denies Interfaith BDS Activists Entry and Resurrects Memories of Rick Ufford ChaseEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "...because of their support of BDS/Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions on Israel UNTIL Israel ends the military occupation of Palestine and honors equal human rights for all." id 26/7/2017
Caught in Israel`s Activist Ban Rabbi Alissa Wise - JVP (Jewish Voice for Peace) - Five nonviolent activists — Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faith leaders — were forbidden to board a plane from Washington to Israel. Neither the airline (Lufthansa) or the Israeli government will explain why or show us documentation. Israel’s hypocrisy in demanding to speak for all Jews, and denying a rabbi entry because of her beliefs, is not lost on me. But it’s not about me personally being prevented from boarding a plane. The larger issue is Israel’s attempt to sabotage genuine partnerships between Palestinians, Israelis, and people all around the world working for equality and justice. [ak]25/7/2017
Israel to replace contested Al-Aqsa metal detectors with ‘smart’ surveillanceMa`an - "It`s not about technology, it`s about control," a resident of Jerusalem told Ma`an. "It`s about who controls the gate of the mosque, which means who controls the mosque." The Waqf wouldn’t accept any changes to the status quo, and announced to issue a report evaluating the overall situation in and around the Al-Aqsa compound before deciding whether to resume prayers inside Al-Aqsa or to continue demonstrations. [bz]25/7/2017
J Street, a Reliable Foe of BDS, Urges Congress to Oppose Israel Anti-Boycott ActZaid Jilani- The Intercept - The Israel Anti-Boycott Actwould levy penalties of up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine — leading many to claim, such as the ACLU did, that it is a serious threat to free speech. J Street, founded in late 2007 to promote a two-state solution, opposes the Israeli occupation and general treatment of the Palestinians, but also its activists regularly find themselves at odds with left-wing groups such as Jewish Voices for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine who view BDS as the best way to end the occupation of the Palestinians. J Street often lobbies in favor of anti-BDS legislation. However, the Israel Anti- Boycott Act is a step too far for even these reliable opponents of BDS. J Street now sent an email to foreign policy staffers on Capitol Hill urging them to oppose the legislation as it is currently written, primarily because of its impact on free speech. [ak]22/7/2017
Emergency demonstration - the government is setting Jerusalem ablaze! 22/7/2017
The children of Nabi Saleh in Israeli prisons: a conversation with Bassem TamimiRichard Hardigan - Mondoweiss - The demonstrations in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh began in December of 2009. The villagers have been protesting against the theft of a local spring by the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish, but it has also been a battle against the Occupation in general. The Israeli authorities have responded to the protests in brutal fashion. In addition to three deaths and countless injuries over the years, the treatment of children has been particularly horrifying.-rh19/7/2017
Palestinians pray outside Al-Aqsa Mosque in protest of new metal detectorsMa`an - Palestinians performed prayers outside of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to show their opposition to new metal detectors installed by Israeli authorities at the mosque`s entrances, which came in response to a deadly shooting attack at the holy site on Friday. Dozens of Muslim worshipers, all Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem, refused to pass through the metal detectors and gathered for dawn and afternoon prayers outside of the Lions` Gate entrance to the compound, which was opened Sunday after the compound had been under a rare closure since the attack. Meanwhile, Jewish Israelis were again allowed to enter the compound freely without the presence of Al-Aqsa security guards. [ak]18/7/2017
Call to action: Olive Harvest 2017The ISM will be holding mandatory two day training sessions which will run weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays.12/7/2017
Israeli And Palestinian Teens Have Advice For Divided AmericansSarah Ruiz-Grossman - Huffington Post - The YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus brings together Israeli and Palestinian teens to sing together and to discuss issues facing the region, as well as their own lives. Started five years ago by Micah Hendler, a Jewish-American, the chorus has around 30 students, about evenly split between Israelis and Palestinians. They come from schools in East and West Jerusalem, are Christian, Jewish and Muslim, and represent a range of political beliefs.-rh12/7/2017
Palestinians hope UN ruling will improve life in Hebron : West Bank residents welcome decision to recognise Hebron`s Old City as World Heritage Site.Nigel Wilson - Aljazeera - Twelve states on UNESCO`s World Heritage committee voted in favour of the Palestinian proposal to name the city a heritage site, while three countries voted against the move and six abstained. The proposal was accepted despite intense lobbying from Israel and the United States to prevent the resolution from passing. Israel reacted furiously to the decision and announced it would cut $1m in funding to the UN that would be diverted to Israeli cultural projects in Hebron. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it "another delusional decision by UNESCO" and charged that by naming it a Palestinian heritage site, UNESCO had denied Jewish ties to the site.-rh 12/7/2017
Will Mohammed Dahlan return to lead Gaza?Dylans Collins - Aljazeera - The document provides details of an alleged agreement between Hamas` second-in-command, Yahya Sinwar, and Dahlan. Under the deal, allegedly made during Egyptian-led talks last month, Dahlan would return to Gaza to lead the government and Hamas would run the territory`s interior ministry. Many believe that Dahlan brokered talks in Cairo between Hamas and senior Egyptian officials in an attempt to strengthen relations between Hamas and Cairo and pave the way for his return.-rh 12/7/2017
Activist Issa Amro dragged through Israeli GulagRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "All of Amro’s protests have been non-violent but effective in generating public attention to the illegal activities of the settlers, who often engage in unpunished violence against Christians and Muslims." - id 12/7/2017
Pro-Palestinian activists disrupt Radiohead concert in ScotlandCOS Festival News - Next week, Radiohead are due to take the stage in Tel Aviv. The performance has drawn controversy from Palestinian activists, and a group of musicians including Roger Waters, Thurston Moore, and Tunde Adebimpe signed an open letter calling on Radiohead to cancel the Tel Aviv concert. During Radiohead’s concert at the TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, there was a strong presence of activists from Glasgow Palestine Action, Glasgow Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and Radiohead Fans for Palestine. When Radiohead took the stage, they were met by a sea of Palestinian flags and signs. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke appeared agitated by the protestors. Prior to the band’s performance of “Myxomatosis”, he repeatedly exclaimed, “Some fucking people!” while staring out into the crowd. He was also caught giving the middle finger.[ak]11/7/2017
A disaster! An American Jewish BDS supporter slipped in! Yael Marom - +972 Magazine - Last Thursday Israel Hayom - the widely-circulated paper owned by the right-wing gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson - carried a sensational headline: “BDS activist tricks authorities, enters Israel against protocol”. What the paper called "a disaster" referred to Ariel Gold, a prominent activist in the left-wing feminist organization, CODEPINK, getting through Ben Gurion Airport and getting to Hebron, to attend the trial of Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro. "I was interrogated by the airport security. I told them I support Palestinian human rights and international law, and believe only in nonviolence as a way to achieve that. BDS is certainly a non-violent way". [ak]11/7/2017
Issa Amro, activist from Hebron: I am headed to court 9/7/2017
Beyond protesting occupation, `Sumud` is protecting lifeSami Awad - +972 "For over a month now, I have been involved with a group of Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals in a new and emerging protest and protect movement called “Sumud: Freedom Camp.” One of our key aims is to build a nonviolent movement that focuses on joint action toward resisting the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian people." ca7/7/2017
What does it take to support excellent journalism in Israel/Palestine?Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "To work as a journalist in Palestine means to expect at any moment injury, arrest, or even death,” writes reporter Linda Shalash. “Why do I keep reporting despite the danger and abuse? If I face death in order to help build a better tomorrow—well, there is no more important cause for which to take such a risk.” ca7/7/2017
Fri. July 7 - the Israeli-Palestinian Freedom March 7/7/2017
Gaza`s child laborers find their way back to school Najlaa Eskafi - Al-Monitor - Operated by Terre des Hommes, an international nongovernmental organization, the center raises awareness among children, parents and other community members about the dangers of child labor and the importance of education. The center helps vulnerable working children and those who drop out of school through various projects, ranging from a summer school to year-round programs requiring a few hours every day.-rh 5/7/2017
US church demands end to abuse of Palestinian childrenAli Abunimah - EI - "The resolution – passed with the support of 79 percent of delegates at the general synod in Baltimore, the church’s top governing body – urges Israel to “exercise an absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment of detained children” and cease all practices that violate “international juvenile justice standards.”" - id 5/7/2017
40 days and 40 nights: Building a new reality in Sumud Freedom CampSophie Schor - +972 - "Members of the Popular Resistance Committee of the South Hebron Hills, Holy Land Trust, Combatants for Peace, All That’s Left: An Anti-Occupation Collective, and Center for Jewish Nonviolence came together in an unprecedented joint effort." - id 5/7/2017
Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar arrested by Israeli occupation forcesAddameer - "Israeli occupation forces arrested Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin, chairwoman of the Union of Palestinian Women`s Committees, who have been taken to an undisclosed location, in addition to 9 other individuals in a pre-dawn raid" [ry]3/7/2017
Turning up the volume in GazaOsama Najjar - EI - “But Gaza is also a place of unyielding spirit, of occasional joy and of music and performance. In spite of the odds, young people have formed bands to convey some of the reality of Gaza” [ry]3/7/2017
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