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End the occupation! Stop the separation! - May 30, Sat.night, Jerusalem, marking 48 years 27/5/2015
The Ministry of Economic DefenseGisha - Gaza Gateway - Ten years after the implementation of the disengagement plan, Israel’s Ministry of Defense has wide discretion to determine the bottom line on the monthly balance sheet of your average private entrepreneur from Gaza and it appears to have nothing at all to do with security. [bz]27/5/2015
Palestinian Festival of Literature begins tonight!Yasmin El-Rifae - Mondoweiss - In a few days, over a dozen writers will arrive in Ramallah from different parts of the world to take part in the Palestine Festival of Literature, which I help organize. It is a traveling roadshow that puts on public literary events featuring Palestinian and visiting writers in different cities in the evenings. Over the course of the week, it also aims to show writers something of Palestinian histories and present-day realities. A lot of time is spent on the road, traveling in and around the geography of occupation: the checkpoints, walls, and segregated motorways.-rh27/5/2015
Jibril Rajoub confident FIFA will vote on expelling IsraelDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - “Our issue with the Israelis is not only about the movement of our players. We can’t accept that the Israeli Football Association includes five clubs from settlements and the racism in Israeli stadiums,” Rajoub said. Israeli soccer teams and their fans act and tolerate a high level of racism against Arabs in the stadiums. FIFA has a strong policy against racism and conducts campaigns to root it out of the game.-rh 27/5/2015
Israel launches Gaza air strikes after rocket attack : No casualties reported on either side, and Hamas reportedly arrests Islamic Jihad members behind attackReuters - The Guardian - Israeli warplanes hit back early on Wednesday, striking four “terror infrastructures” in the southern Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said. Gaza residents said the targets included training camps used by Islamic Jihad militants.-rh 27/5/2015
The "S" in the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) CallAmjad Alqasis - IMEMC - "More and more states, state officials and private companies are aware of the possible legal consequences their corporations with Israel may entail. In order to promote this momentum, the BDS movement and all supporters worldwide must demand the fulfillment of international law by advancing the `S` in BDS." - id 26/5/2015
Denmark cancels Elbit dealAIC - Denmark has cancelled its planned purchase of howitzers from the Israeli arms company Elbit Systems, a deal that was worth up to DK 1.000 million [ry]25/5/2015
Israeli prime minister calls off West Bank bus segregation AP - Cairopost - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday called off a proposed plan to segregate Palestinians from Israelis on West Bank buses, overruling his own defense minister following a flurry of criticism in an attempt to avert the first crisis of his new government.-rh 21/5/2015
Anti-Israel Group Makes Waves With In-Your-Face TacticsNathan Guttman - Forward - Students for Justice in Palestine activists have set up roadblocks on campuses, which they claim resemble those Israel has put up across the occupied territories. They have built so-called “apartheid walls” on campus grounds, symbolizing the barrier Israel has erected — citing security needs — to keep Palestinians within those same territories. Another tactic involves the mock eviction of students from their dorm rooms with leaflets that mirror some of the language Israel’s military authorities use when notifying West Bank Palestinians of demolition orders against their homes.-rh 21/5/2015
Hundreds of unarmed demonstrators confront live fire at Kafr Qaddum on Nakba DayInternational Solidarity Movement - Reports - Today (15th of May), during the Nakba day demonstration in Kafr Qaddum, four young men were shot with live ammunition in their legs. One of the men got a serious bone fracture. Apart from the live ammunition being shot from all directions, Israeli forces fired several rounds of rubber coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades. Throughout the protest, the Israeli military forces used a skunk truck to force the demonstrators back from reaching the closed road; closed since 2002 due to the building of the settlement Kedumim. ISMers in the demonstration saw houses and gardens being sprayed, and a boy as young as four crying, covered in the noxious chemical skunk ‘water’-rh21/5/2015
Our hope for peace will not be lostSavyona Rotlevy - Ynet - "My friends and I don’t want to lose hope, for our sake and for the sake of our children and grandchildren. Our hope will not be lost!" - id 20/5/2015
Film festival opens amid Gaza`s ruinsAsmaa al-Ghoul - Al-Monitor - Muzayen told Al-Monitor, “We wanted to hold the film festival in the Shajaiyah neighborhood to draw the world`s attention to neighborhoods devastated by the war and which have yet to be reconstructed. We wanted this event to be very special and to tackle human rights issues to the fullest extent. This is why we organized the festival in Shajaiyah.”-rh 20/5/2015
Khader Adnan enters 15th day of hunger strikeMa`an - Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan has entered the 15th day of a hunger strike demanding an end to his administrative detentionõ Sheikh Adnan, 37, is currently being held in solitary confinement in Hadarim Israeli jail and is refusing to take vitamins, medical tests or sugar or salt. In his most recent letter,Adnan wrotethat he was undertaking the open-ended hunger strike to defend all Palestinians. ak19/5/2015
`I Love Jerusalem. I Hate Racism!`Beate Zilversmidt - On the bus from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem with a school class of greatly misbehaving teenagers. 19/5/2015
PHOTOS: Jerusalem Day brings tensions in divided city to the foreActivestills - +972 - The traditional ‘march of the flags’ on Jerusalem Day, marking the ‘reunification’ of the city under Israeli sovereignty, has more to do with domination over Palestinians than celebration. A photo and video report, including a picture of the left-wing protest. [bz]19/5/2015
Gush Shalom: Abolish "Jerusalem Day" 17/5/2015
Stop the March of Hate on Jerusalem Day! 17/5/2015
Palestinians In Nablus Mark Nakba Day With Candle ProcessionIMEMC - "“Marking the Nakba Day is a clear message to the colonialist settlers, the government of this occupation, and all who support them, that the Palestinians will never abandon their rights.”" - id15/5/2015
Return is Our Right and Our WillPNN - Palestine News Network - "The event, organized by the International Network of Refugees and Displaced People, was attended by refugees from Aida, Azza and Deheisha camps, international activists, Bethlehemites and partner organizations." - id 15/5/2015
Israel`s anti-boycott law to `muzzle` PalestiniansDalia Hatuqa - Al Jazeera "According to Omar Barghouti, a Palestinian human rights activist and a co-founder of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement: "This repressive law will disproportionately muzzle the second-class Palestinian citizens of Israel, the Palestinian non-citizens in occupied Jerusalem, and the small but clearly effective minority of Jewish-Israeli supporters of BDS and other selective boycotts of the occupation-related companies and institutions." ca13/5/2015
Palestinians Begin Commemoration of 67th Nakba AnniversaryIMEMC News & Agencies - Marked by Palestinians throughout the world every May 15th, the Nakba represents a historic injustice, where approximately 800,000 Palestinians or 67% of the Palestinian people by 1948, became refugees and approximately 418 Palestinian villages were depopulated and/or destroyed, said PLO Negotiations Affairs Department.-rh13/5/2015
In Support of Diplomacy - backing the nuclear peace talks with IranBy signing this petition you give backing to the modest and fragile achievements so far12/5/2015
Marianne is headed for Gaza todayShip to Gaza - "Marianne is not a cargo-ship, but she will bring a limited cargo including solar panels and medical equipment" [ry]11/5/2015
Gaza rules: Kill 2 Palestinian women on cellphones in an orchard so Israeli soldiers face zero riskPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Underlying the testimonies, though, are two new doctrines of war that the Israeli military has adopted at the highest level in order to combat violent Palestinian resistance: 1, zero risk to Israeli troops, 2, destruction of entire neighborhoods as a form of deterrence and collective punishment.-rh7/5/2015
Israeli state pushes Court to take an unusual step threatening immediate demolition of an entire Palestinian villageRabbis for Human Rights - Press Release - By refusing to issue an interim order until the case is heard, the court is allowing for the demolition of the Palestinian village of Susya and subsequent expulsion of its 340 residents to Area A.-rh 6/5/2015
South Africans apologize over forest planted on Palestinian villageSarah Levy - The Electronic Intifada - "In a novel ceremony on 1 May, a number of South Africans who have previously given money to the JNF issued a public apology." - id 6/5/2015
Palestinian soccer chairman asks FIFA to suspend IsraelShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - ""Last year in Brazil I raised our plight again. UEFA President Michel Platini proposed to set up a committee that would look into the matter and resolve the problem. However, not only has there been no change but the situation has in fact gotten worse. The Israelis were condescending and offensive to us during all the encounters."" - id 6/5/2015
Chronicle of a tragedy foretold in GazaIdo Even Paz - +972 - "If there’s one takeaway from the newly published Breaking the Silence report, it’s that the IDF is most certainly not the most moral army in the world." - id 6/5/2015
Gunning for destruction in Gaza: ‘You want to see people in pieces’Natasha Roth - +972 - Given that these words come from those responsible for the destruction, this report should introduce – or reintroduce – the sense of shock that was profoundly lacking when images started to filter out of the Gaza Strip during the war. [ak] 5/5/2015
Likud MK gives false testimony to Breaking the Silence in attempt to discredit itAdiv Sterman - The Times of Israel - The fabricated account had been given not by Asaf Hazan, but rather by Oren Hazan, who was elected to Knesset last month on the Likud party’s 30th slot. Hazan later admitted he had provided false testimony to Breaking the Silence, but insisted that his made-up description had in fact been published. Not true says Breaking the Silence, all accounts are carefully and rigorously examined in order to ensure reliability, exactly because of the many attempts by public bodies and individuals to discredit us. [bz] 5/5/2015
Organisers of Pilsen 2015, don’t host Days of Jerusalem festivalPress Release - International Solidarity Movement - ""The Days of Jerusalem event is part of a political strategy through which the State of Israel seeks to secure legitimation of its illegal annexation of Jerusalem."" - id for ca 1/5/2015
Israelis & Palestinians hold grassroots negotiatations in downtown Tel-Aviv 30/4/2015
Paying a price for blowing the whistle on Israel’s nuclear weapons, 30 years onRichard Norton-Taylor - The Guardian - Responding to a petition submitted by his lawyers Avigdor Feldman and Michael Sfard, Home Front Command chief Maj. Gen. Eyal Eizenberg signed an order allowing Vanunu “a chance conversation orally with foreigners, as long as it is a one-time conversation, which takes place face to face, is not planned in advance, is held in a public place open to the general public, and takes place for a period no longer than 30 minutes.”-rh 30/4/2015
UNESCO resolutions raise Palestinian hopesDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - “The resolution requires that Israel, as an occupation force, commit to international decisions and UNESCO resolutions related to the heritage of the Old City in Jerusalem and its walls, which has been on UNESCO`s World Heritage List since 1981 and on the World Heritage in Danger list since 1982.”-rh 29/4/2015
One person shot at protest against Israel’s cancer-causing chemical plants in TulkaremInternational Solidarity Movement - Around fifty Palestinians and international activists gathered today in Tulkarem, east of Nablus, to protest the presence of 11 Israeli chemical plants located in the city. The protest took place outside the Gishuri chemical plant on what is locally referred to as the “death road” due to the health problems caused by the Israeli plants.-rh29/4/2015
Campaign lampooning anti-Muslim posters set to debut in NYC subwaysStephen Rex Brown - NYDaily News - Documentary filmmakers Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah say they will post 144 posters in 140 subway stations thanks to roughly $20,000 raised through crowdfunding. The posters bear messages like: “The ugly truth about Muslims: Muslims have great frittata recipes.”-rh29/4/2015
Mass Strike Staged in Pre-48 Occupied TerritoriesIMEMC News & Agencies - "The Israeli governments lead a racist policy against the Palestinian people; they besiege them from one hand, and demolish their homes at the other, under false pretenses and under the pretext of unauthorized demolition, in addition to preventing of Palestinian town expansion and issuing racist laws against that." ca for id29/4/2015
Israeli Arabs call general strike to protest house demolitionsi24news / AFP - Israel`s Arab minority observed a general strike on Tuesday that was to climax with a rally in Tel Aviv [5pm, Rabin Square] to protest against a wave of demolitions of Arab homes. [bz] 28/4/2015
Following protests, UK Barclays bank no longer listed as shareholder in the Israeli armamaments firm Elbit AIC/Palestinian BDS Committee - UK bank Barclays is no longer listed as a shareholder in Elbit Systems, the major Israeli military company that manufactures drones used in Israel’s attacks on Palestinians. Earlier, when Barclays emerged as the named owner of $2.9 million worth of shares in Elbit Systems, More than 1.7 million people signed a petition organised by Avaaz calling on Barclays to divest from Elbit Systems, and campaigners have occupied and protested at bank branches across the UK. However, campaigners note that Barclays is yet to make a public commitment that it won’t own shares in Elbit in the future and still holds shares in other arms companies that supply Israel.ak28/4/2015
Spread of BDS Movement Unprecedented WorldwideIMEMC - The PLO Executive Committee welcomed a letter sent by the foreign ministers of 16 countries to the High Commission of the European Union demanding the speedy marking Israeli settlement products in European markets. It called for the adoption of policies and decisions of concrete and binding and action on illegal Israeli settlements, including the source of certification and proper marking appropriate to the source of goods and products manufactured in these settlements, calling it a first step in a series of steps should lead to a complete ban of all settlement products. [bz] 28/4/2015
Settlers farming land Israeli army has closed off to its Palestinian ownersChaim Levinson - Haaretz - The state will have to decide whether the land belongs to the people registered as its owners in the Land Registry, or to those who received it from WZO. In the meantime, the state is trying to reach compensation agreements with the Palestinian owners. Last week, Supreme Court President Miriam Naor and justices Daphne Barak-Erez and Menachem Mazuz, who heard the petition, criticized the state. “Someone decided to ignore [state] decisions and took rights in private land,” said Mazuz, while Naor noted, “I don’t understand how this can happen.” [bz]28/4/2015
Arab Israelis and Jewish sympathizers hold general strike and Tel Aviv rally to protest house demolitions 28/4/2015
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
Cross Borders Concertto take place Thursday, 4th of June 2015, at 20:00 in Kibbutz Kfar Aza, 21/4/2015
Wednesday 22.4 at 19:45, Yesh Gvul`s annual (alternative) beacon lightning, Emil Grunzweig Square Jerusalem 21/4/2015
“Combatants for Peace” holds 9th Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony, Tel-Aviv 21 April. 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
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
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
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
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
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
`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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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