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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
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
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
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
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
`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
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
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
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
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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