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From Gaza to London-Help me to study abroadAwni Farhat, known from the Gaza Ark, worked during the July-August war with children taking refuge in UN schools23/12/2014
6,000 Palestinians strike over `daily humiliation` at crossingElior Levy - Ynet - Palestinian workers who use the crossing daily say construction to create pedestrian crossing is not progressing and making conditions worse [ry]22/12/2014
Solidarity hunger strike brings end to 570-day isolation of Palestinian prisonerAdri Nieuwhof - EI - “[...] more than one hundred Palestinian political prisoners ended a hunger strike in solidarity with Nahar al-Saadi, a Palestinian prisoner who was held in solitary confinement for more than 570 days by Israel. […] The Israeli Prison Service gave in to the hunger strikers’ demands to end al-Saadi’s isolation and respect his right to family visits” [ry]22/12/2014
Abdallah Abu Rahma facing years in prison for standing in front of bulldozers Take part in Amnesty International letter campaign19/12/2014
Abdallah Abu Rahma facing years in prison for standing in front of bulldozers Amnesty International - Palestinian activist Abdallah Abu Rahma faces up to five years in jail as a prisoner of conscience: he will be sentenced by an Israeli military court on 5 January 2015. He was convicted on 21 October of charges relating to a 2012 protest. At the time, Israeli forces detained him for standing in front of bulldozers which were bringing concrete blocks to be used as road blocks and defences. He was released on bail after a few hours and was only summoned in February 2013 on charges of obstructing a soldier in the line of duty. [Including letter campaign details-bz] 19/12/2014
Death of Ziad Abu Ein could work to Abbas’ advantageDaoud Kouttab - Al-Monitor - On a strategic level, the death of Abu Ein will certainly help Abbas and Fatah demonstrate that their policy of nonviolent resistance is a serious strategy that needs to be encouraged and expanded. Fatah is holding its seventh congress on Jan. 2 in Ramallah, and there is no doubt that the story of the new martyr and his effort to save Palestinian land with his body will resonate and produce a much more serious plan for Palestinian statehood based in large part on the need to support nonviolent popular resistance.-rh 17/12/2014
US Feels The Heat On Palestine Vote At UNJonathan Cook - Countercurrents - But while Europe is tentatively finding a voice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, silence reigns across the Atlantic. The White House appears paralysed, afraid to appear out of sync with world opinion but more afraid still of upsetting Israel and its powerful allies in the US Congress.-rh 17/12/2014
Israel tries to head off UN resolution calling for West Bank withdrawal in two yearsBEN LYNFIELD - The Independent - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today mounted a last-ditch effort to thwart a Palestinian and Arab bid to pass a UN Security Council resolution calling for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within two years.-rh17/12/2014
Take Action: End Solitary Confinement and Isolation, Support Palestinian Hunger StrikersSamidoun - Over 100 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails are now participating in a collective hunger strike, as prisoners from Eshel and Ramon prisons joined the strike demanding an end to the policy of solitary confinement and in solidarity with Nahar al-Saadi, who has been held in solitary confinement since May 2013 and has been on hunger strike since 20 November. The collective strike was launched by 70 prisoners on 9 December. The strikers are demanding al-Saadi’s release from isolation; regular family visits for al-Saadi; and an end to the use of solitary confinement and isolation against Palestinian prisoners.-rh17/12/2014
Palestinians sceptical of UN statehood vote : The repercussions of a resolution that ends the Israeli occupation would have a resounding effect on Palestinians.Creede Newton - Aljazeera - But a lack of US support may not end the issue entirely. The recent wave of recognition of a Palestinian state by European parliaments gave him further hope that "there might well be sanctions" taken against Israel, should they refuse to comply.-rh17/12/2014
PHOTOS: In West Bank village, Palestinian farmers go against the grainAhmad al-Bazz, Activestills - +972 - Farmers who own lands located near Israeli settlements, military camps or settler bypass roads are barred from accessing their land throughout most of the year. In these areas, Israeli authorities allow farmers to reach their lands only two times a year: once in April, during which they till the soil around olive trees, and again in October for the olive harvest. Because this process is limited to such a short time, it is usually not long enough to finish the work.-rh11/12/2014
Time for international community to hold Israel accountable — here`s howHiba Husseini and Omar M. Dajani - +972 - What is needed is a coherent and sustained effort by the international community to enable Palestinians to secure their fundamental rights as individuals and as a people. International recognition of Palestine – and, by extension, of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination in their homeland – is an important part of that effort. But it must be complemented by unequivocal non-recognition of the legitimacy of Israel’s continuing presence in the Palestinian territory, as well as further steps to define the framework for an eventual negotiated settlement.-rh11/12/2014
The Young Woman at the Forefront of Jerusalem`s New Holy WarSARAH HELM - Newsweek - The women talk of how, a few days earlier, Latifa, aged 24, was arrested at this gate with eight others. She was accused of causing trouble by crying “Allahu Akbar” as the Jews tried to pray. The chant is called the takbir and means “God is great”. Women were hit by the police, they say, and some had their veils torn off.-rh11/12/2014
Palestinian prisoners’ resistance escalates as occupation increases use of solitary confinementSamidoun - Nahar al-Saadi, 33, has been on hunger strike for 16 consecutive days in protest of denial of family visits and solitary confinement; al-Saadi has been held in solitary confinement since May of 2013, despite an earlier agreement with Palestinian prisoners to abolish solitary confinement in order to end the mass hunger strike of April 2012.-rh 11/12/2014
PA official dies after being assaulted by Israeli soldierMa`an News Agency - Ziad Abu Ein, 55, died after an Israeli soldier beat him on the chest with his helmet in the village of Turmsayya in the Ramallah district, the director of the committee`s information center, Jamil al-Barghouthi, told Ma`an.-rh11/12/2014
New mooovie remembers cows that `threatened` IsraelDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Audiences across the globe might not initially believe that this agricultural act is innocent, but to the Israeli army, which was terrified of Palestinians becoming self-sufficient, this was nothing short of a declaration of war. Israeli military officers interviewed for the film admit that they were concerned that this action would spread, empowering Palestinians. Until the very last scene of the film, Israeli military officials were curious as to what happened to the cows.-rh 11/12/2014
Rock Stars produce benefit album for Gaza ReliefRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "A diverse group of famed musicians...have come together for a first-of-its-kind benefit album to deliver urgent humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza." - id 10/12/2014
Journalist most recent victim of Israeli military violence at Kufr QaddumNablus team - International Solidarity Movement - "Bashar has been going to the Kafr Qaddum demonstrations since they began four years ago. This particular one was a special demonstration in solidarity with Patrick, an Italian activist who was shot in the chest with a .22 caliber bullet the Friday before." - id10/12/2014
These famous Israeli authors want Europe to recognize a Palestinian state!Albawaba - Three famous authors – Amos Oz, David Grossman and A.B. Yehoshua – signed their names to a public petition with 878 signatures of Israelis that calls on European nations to recognize “Palestine” as a state. Among earlier signatories are Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, former Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg and former Minister Yossi Sarid. The petition, along with a letter, was sent on Sunday to members of Ireland’s House of Commons, which is scheduled to vote on Wednesday on a nonbinding motion, already approved by its upper house, in favor of a Palestinian state. The same letter was also sent to members of the Danish parliament, which is scheduled to hold a similar vote on Thursday of this week. Letters will also be sent to the Belgian parliament and the European Union Parliament, which are also voting on the matter this month. The letter states: “We citizens of Israel who wish it to be a safe and thriving country are worried by the continued political stalemate and by the occupation and settlements activities which lead to further confrontations with the Palestinians and torpedo the chances for a compromise. (...) Your initiative for recognizing the state of Palestine will advance the prospects of peace and will encourage Israelis and Palestinians to bring an end to their conflict.” ak 9/12/2014
Friday 12.12. Marching against the Wall, Occupation, and Settlements in Nabi Saleh , Kufr Qaddum, Al Ma`asara , Ni`lin and Bil`inRegister for Transportation9/12/2014
2014: The Political Year in ReviewRami G. Khouri - This Week in Palestine - This year may a historic shift away from the two dominant failed legacies - American-mediated peace negotiations and armed-struggle resistance leading to savage Israeli attacks, primarily against Gaza - towards a new and potentially more effective diplomatic strategy. This combines the use of international organisations and the power of European recognition to achieve meaningful Palestinian statehood, together with bottom-up activism such as the BDS movement. ak9/12/2014
Today (Sun. Dec. 7) at Jerusalem District Court, Tristan Anderson`s damages suit against the IDF 7/12/2014
We are Staying - Morning in PalestineMATS SVENSSON = Counter Punch - "All he knows is that the house will soon be razed to the ground. He knows that everything will be over in a few hours." - id 2/12/2014
VIDEO: Non-violent protest met with tear gas and stun grenadesKhalil Team - International Solidarity Movement - "The protesters met outside of the closed checkpoint at 1 pm, armed with nothing but Palestinian flags." - id 2/12/2014
Jailed Palestinian leader calls for armed resistanceDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - Efforts to release Barghouti, whose face adorns the Israeli wall at the strategic Qalandia checkpoint, are on the increase. The Guardian ran an op-ed by former UK Labour Party member of parliament Martin Linton, where he argued that Barghouti could be the Palestinian Nelson Mandela. “If Israel is really serious about peace, it will release Barghouti — the one man uniquely placed to negotiate an agreement,” he argued.-rh 26/11/2014
Jailed Palestinian leader calls for armed resistanceDaoud Kuttab - A Monitor - " Fadwa Barghouti, wife of the jailed leader, told Al-Monitor that her husband has never changed his position. “Ever since his arrest until now, he has held on to the right of comprehensive resistance that international law guarantees.” - id25/11/2014
Right-wing Protesters Attack Art Talk in JerusalemYonatan Amir & Ronen Eidelman - Hyperallergic - The night of the event, Monday, November 10, there were roughly 50 people inside to attend our event, while others were left outside after the guards locked the gates as a safety precaution. When police arrived, they recognized some of the protesters — and they suspected things may turn violent — so the police officers stayed at the scene and called for backup.-rh19/11/2014
VIDEO: Palestinian and international activists cross makeshift bridges over the separation wallPhoto Story - ISM - "Activists scaled the wall one by one at around 10 am yesterday morning. Only a few hundred meters from an Israeli settlement, the activists then set about cutting through a barbed-wire fence that had been placed close to the Apartheid wall." - id 19/11/2014
The conflict is managing usAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "In spite of proclamations by the Chairman and leaders of the Palestinian Authority of their intention to unilaterally declare the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, the announcement has yet to be made. Diplomatic activity has resulted in a number of countries including Russia, Cyprus and most South American nations to declare their recognition of the State." - id19/11/2014
At Qalandia checkpoint Palestinian activists cross separation wall in protest actionMa`an - Activists used makeshift ramparts, ladders and cut through barbed wire to climb over the separation wall near Qalandia military checkpoint, which is at least six-eight meters in height. The action was part of a campaign organized by the Popular Resistance Committees. [bz] 15/11/2014
What is the vision of Jews who want to replace Al Aqsa mosque with temple? Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - These Jews explained that when the temple is rebuilt, no Muslim holy places would remain on the Temple Mount– or Haram al Sharif, as Muslims describe the site. How the Muslim sites would be removed these Jews could not say. “We don’t know the exact detail,” said a psychotherapist who gave his name as Yechiel Israel. There are hints, he said: earthquake or war. He pointed out that a Lubavitcher rabbi advised in 1967 that the Israeli army blow up the Al Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock—and the Six Day War had been a “window of opportunity” that wasn’t taken (video below).-rh12/11/2014
The One-State Reality : Israel’s conservative President speaks up for civility, and pays a price.DAVID REMNICK - The New Yorker - since Rivlin was elected President, in June, he has become Israel’s most unlikely moralist. Rivlin—not a left-wing writer from Tel Aviv, not an idealistic justice of the Supreme Court—has emerged as the most prominent critic of racist rhetoric, jingoism, fundamentalism, and sectarian violence, the highest-ranking advocate among Jewish Israelis for the civil rights of the Palestinians both in Israel and in the occupied territories. Last month, he told an academic conference in Jerusalem, “It is time to honestly admit that Israel is sick, and it is our duty to treat this illness.”-rh 12/11/2014
Group: Barghouthi in solitary after calling for `armed resistance` Ma`an - The Israeli Prison Service on Wednesday moved jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi to solitary confinement in Hadareim prison, a day after he sent a widely-published letter from prison calling for armed resistance against the Israeli occupation, a rights group said.-rh12/11/2014
Donate to save `Gaza Sky Geeks`, a 3-yr old organization for mentoring and supporting startups Crowdfunding effort because earlier funding was redirected to the humanitarian response...12/11/2014
660 Israelis, among them many well-known, to Danish Parliament members: Vote in favor of recognizing State of Palestine!Amiram Goldblum / Translation: Adam Keller - Press release - The Danish Parliament is due to vote on such a motion later this week, following similar votes in the British Parliament and the Irish Senate, and the decision of Sweden, Denmark`s neighbor, to extend such recognition to the State of Palestine. A similar vote is due in the French Parliament, in December, as well as in Spain. 11/11/2014
NB: UPDATED, CHANGE OF HOUR - Combatants for Peace: On November 15, Israelis Will Say `Yes` to a Palestinian StateTransportation from Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. Please, register.11/11/2014
On November 15, Israelis Will Say `Yes` to a Palestinian StateCombatants for Peace - The event will challenge the validity of the separation barrier in regard to relations between peoples, and will create a constructive interaction between the two communities – an interaction that is intended as a declaration of our support for Palestinian independence. And thereby also free us of the burden of Israeli domination over another people.11/11/2014
Solidarity tour: `Isawya is a calm village, don`t make it lose its calm` / hands off al-aqsa 11/11/2014
Isawya is a calm village, don`t make it lose its calm!"Free Jerusalem" - (...) main entrances to the village have been blocked and regular citizens are being attacked by noise-bombs, tear gas and `Skunk`. Also, many minors have been arrested.11/11/2014
Palestinian activists destroy section of Apartheid wall9th November 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah Team | Beit Hanina, Occupied Palestine - "Yesterday, to mark the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall today, a direct action took place in Beit Hanina, a neighbourhood in Jerusalem" [ry]10/11/2014
IDF Generals` Letter: `Embrace Saudi Plan`J.J. Goldberg - Forward -the letter raises the Arab Peace Initiative directly and forcefully, not implicitly. It’s fair to say that the existence of the initiative (text here) is central to the generals’ argument: The Arab states have announced unanimously (with the Palestinian Authority included as a voting member) that they are willing to make full peace with the state of Israel and “consider the Arab-Israeli conflict ended” under certain circumstances, and that the circumstances can be negotiated-rh 5/11/2014
ISM activist shot in the head with rubber-coated steel bulletReport - International Solidarity Movement - "“I was just standing on the side of a street, and the military was firing tear gas at the protesters. I was photographing the army when I felt the bullets strike me, one in the head, and another in my leg, and then all I could see was blood.”" - id 5/11/2014
Militarized Parenthood in IsraelRuth L. Hiller - New Profile - But the tragedy does not just lie in the loss of a life or in an old man`s belief that every young man and woman must join the army no matter the circumstances. The tragedy is in the conditioning and ongoing indoctrination. The tragedy lays in the way we; as citizens, adults, parents and so-called free thinkers, totally accept the call to the arms.-rh 5/11/2014
Gaza isn’t just a physical wreck. The psychological damage is even worse.James S. Gordon - The Wadhington Post - “The psychological damage is even greater,” says El Najaar, who is leading some local reconstruction efforts. “And it will take much longer and be far harder to repair.” It’s a tragically common refrain here — from political leaders, homeless women, university officials and my own team of trauma counselors from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.-rh5/11/2014
Newsletter 03 Nov. 2014B`Tselem - It is the gradual, creeping impact of the occupation that we present in our new report on the village of Burqah: B’Tselem’s first comprehensive attempt to examine the occupation’s effect on the development of a single Palestinian village.-rh5/11/2014
‘There’s no such thing as illegal houses, there is such thing as racist laws`: Israelis demonstrate against collective punishment in East JerusalemSarah Levy - Mondoweiss - About 80 Israelis rallied last Wednesday night outside of Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat’s house, chanting and banging drums in protest against the intensified attack on East Jerusalem that has taken place over the last week and to demand an end to what they call the policy of collective punishment toward the residents of East Jerusalem.-rh 5/11/2014
International observers in Gaza: Restrictions of Raji Sourani’s freedom of movement hampers courageous and much needed human rights workPress release - “Restrictions placed on Raji Sourani’s freedom of movement in and out of Gaza are unacceptable. Raji Sourani advocates against violations of human rights and for the rule of law regardless who the perpetrator is, whether it is Israel, Hamas or the Palestinian Authority. (...) For all those whose human rights needs defending, it is very important that Raji Sourani can carry out his vital work without obstruction.”4/11/2014
Defence Minister Yaalon, stop persecution of Israeli conscientious objectors! 4/11/2014
Jerusalem municipal inspectors harass peace vigilYitzchak Frankenthal - At 10.25 am this morning, there arrived at the vigil a Jerusalem municipal van. The inspectors started tearing up the protest signs placed on the wall of the PM’s residence. Co-organizer Naftali Raz pointed out that the vigil had gotten a permit from both police and town hall, but was answered with jeering. The inspectors went on with their work, confiscated the signs, loaded them on the van and drove away. Before departing one of the inspectors called at Raz:”We will come to settle accounts with you at Mevaseret Tzion” (the Jerusalem suburb where Raz lives).4/11/2014
The full text of the `100+ General`s Letter` in EnglishTranslation: Israel Policy Forum - We are concerned that similar blindness will thwart the opportunity before us. Therefore we call on you to adopt the political-regional approach and begin negotiations with moderate Arab states and with the Palestinians (in the West Bank and in Gaza, too) based on the Saudi-Arab Peace Initiative. 4/11/2014
A small band of activists humiliating an Israeli shipping giantMurtaza Hussain - The Intercept/Portside - The operations of Zim Integrated Shipping Services, one of the largest cargo shipping outfits in the world, are lately seriously disrupted by a small group of California activists. What appears to be their greatest victory came this week, when Zim decided reroute its cargo to Russia rather than attempt to dock in Oakland once more. 4/11/2014
Bibi Leads Us To Disaster - daily vigil from 10am to darkness in front of PM`s residenceInitiated by Yitzchak Frankenthal; Tuesday 4pm guest speakers4/11/2014
Ex-generals, police chiefs tell PM: Resume peace talks Nechama Duek - Ynet - 105 former high-ranking army and police officers and Mossad chiefs have decided to join together and step out of their private comfort zones to sign a letter calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "not to join the ranks of those who use threats as an excuse for resting on our laurels, and to initiate a political process." [bz] 4/11/2014
Jailed Israeli conscientious objector starts hunger strikeYael Marom - +972 - Udi Segal, who refuses to enlist in the IDF due to its human rights violations in the occupied territories, declares he will go on hunger strike until his release from military prison. [bz]4/11/2014
Demonstration and Rabin Memorial in TASaturday night, November 1st, 7:30 PM Rabin Square1/11/2014
Peres: Where`s the Israeli peace initiative?Yaara Shalom - Ynet - "Those who gave up on peace - they are the delusional ones! Those who surrendered and stopped seeking peace - they are the naive ones, the ones who are not patriots," Peres cried out towards the tens of thousands who flooded Rabin Square in Tel Aviv for a memorial rally marking 19 years to the assassination of Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin. -- Yuval Rabin, the late prime minister`s son, attacked the Israeli government for its lack of vision and for ignoring the Arab peace initiative. [bz] 1/11/2014
Israeli left-wingers urge Spanish parliament to recognize Palestinian state Jpost - Breaking News - Hundreds of prominent left-wing figures from politics, academia, the arts, the media, and the military signed a letter on Friday urging the Spanish parliament to vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state. Just one day after the Swedish government followed through on its symbolic pledge to accord recognition to Palestine, Israeli leftists sought to bring their influence to bear on the parliament in Madrid, which is expected to hold another symbolic discussion regarding recognition of a Palestinian state. While the vote is largely ceremonial, it does take on added importance given that Spain is about to inherit a seat on the United Nations Security Council. [bz] 1/11/2014
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