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Barghouti: BDS is growing as Israel becomes associated with far-right movements around the worldJesse Rubin - Mondoweiss "The event was organized by Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD)—a coalition of Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine and Barnard College Jewish Voice for Peace calling for the university’s divestment from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. “Tonight’s panel will allow us all to reflect on what it means to build a movement against apartheid in the 21st Century” said Nadine Talaat of CUAD and moderator of the talk... Mr. Barghouti’s travel ban was just last week lifted by an Israeli court, allowing him to accept a peace prize at Yale University before coming to speak at Columbia." ca27/4/2017
Did Netanyahu`s ultimatum to German foreign minister pay off? Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "Not only is this not a victory for Breaking the Silence, this is a setback in their effort to convince Israeli society to fight against the occupation. Even before the organization stood at the center of a storm that hurt relations with an important ally of Israel, large segments of the public disagreed with its work and see it as slandering Israel Defense Forces (IDF) abroad...Gabriel, like Netanyahu, seemed to act for domestic political reasons. He defended his decision not to give in to the prime minister`s ultimatum, saying that meeting with organizations opposed to Israel’s policy is “totally normal." Gabriel then said that it would be unimaginable to cancel meetings with Netanyahu if he met with critics of the government in Germany, adding, “We mustn’t become part of the domestic policy game in Israel.” But that’s exactly what he did." ca 27/4/2017
Lecture and Movie at the Cinemateque JerusalemThursday, April 27 at 8:00 PM. Itay Mack: The Many Facets of Israel`s Wars and The Lab.26/4/2017
Hillel must put Jewish diversity and social justice above Israel allegianceAlly Fernandez - +972 - "I am exactly the kind of Jew whom Naftali Bennett thinks should not exist. I am a proud, Puerto Rican, feminist, Jewish woman of color who stands in solidarity with Palestine and supports the call for BDS." - id 26/4/2017
Nabi Salih marches in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strikeFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "Teargas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and live rounds were fired at demonstrators by Israeli forces who later surrounded and blockaded the village for several hours." - id 26/4/2017
Barghouthi`s health deteriorates on 8th day of Palestinian prisoner hunger strikeMa`an - Israeli authorities have cracked down on Palestinian prisoners since the beginning of the strike, placing scores of hunger strikers in solitary confinement, or dispersing them throughout Israel’s network of prisons to separate hunger strikers from each other, while denying the vast majority access to their lawyers and maintaining a freeze on family visits. --Barghouthi who had a severe drop in blood pressure and blood sugar levels was not willing to take medicine offered him by the prison authorities. [bz] 25/4/2017
Settler attack showcases impunity of Jewish extremistsGuy Hircefeld - +972 - In all my years as of activism, I have never seen or experienced such hatred as I did last Friday, when masked settlers attacked a group of Ta’ayush volunteers with clubs and stones [ry]24/4/2017
Israeli settlers attack peace activists in West BankThe New Arab - One settler can be seen striking prominent Israeli peace activist Rabbi Arik Ashcerman on the back of the head with a stick. At least five activists from the grassroots movement Ta`ayush were injured in the attack, including one with a broken arm. The incident took place in the Jordan Valley. [bz for dn] 23/4/2017
Video of Nabi Saleh latest weekly protestDavid Reeb - Friday April 21 protest by the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners` hunger strike. Also against the theft of their land and their spring by the neighboring settlement Halamish, against the Israeli occupation and against apartheid. [bz for dn]23/4/2017
186 security prisoners quit hunger strikeRaanan Ben Zur - Ynet - 100 prisoners reported that they were dropping out just 24 hours after it began. Most of the prisoners who joined the strike hailed predominantly from Fatah and the Popular Front, with only a handful being members of Hamas. The security prisoners resolved to stage the hunger strike after a series of demands submitted to the Israel Prison Service were rejected, among them that the Prisons Service install public telephone wings, similar to those installed for criminal prisoners. [bz for dn]23/4/2017
More Palestinians join mass hunger strike on 6th day, PFLP leaders transferred to solitary. Punitive measures against the hunger strikersMa`an - The Handala Center for Prisoners added that these procedures used on hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners were “aimed at breaking the will of prisoners and preventing the strike from growing.” The center also rejected all “collective punishment procedures” imposed on Palestinian prisoners and added that such policies “violate all international and human rights laws.” [bz for dn]23/4/2017
1500 Detainees Continue Hunger Strike For Fourth Day IMEMC - "At least 1500 Palestinian detainees, held by Israel, are ongoing with their hunger strike for the fourth consecutive day, and intend to continue while more detainees are gradually joining the strike that started on April 17th, which also marks the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day." - id 21/4/2017
The ‘Beautiful Resistance’ of Aida Camp – “People cannot tolerate injustice for eternity”Features - ISM - "“Aida is a hotspot because it is so near the border.  They want us to be silent on every level.  They target the young to be collaborators.  The high unemployment rates lead to despair.  And when children feel despair, they feel unsafe.  At that point, the best thing is to want to die.”" - id 21/4/2017
‘Being a former prisoner’s daughter has instilled in me an unstoppable determination’Tamam Abusalama - Mondoweiss "My dad has always been the role model in my life. I have always been proud to be my dad’s daughter. His struggle, determination, strength and knowledge contributed much to my personality. Being a former prisoner’s daughter has instilled in me an unstoppable determination to break all borders and limits. I struggle against everything that violates my freedom and that of my people." ca19/4/2017
Israeli Government Is Petrified of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement Mark Karlin - Truthout - Rebecca Vilkomerson: In our advocacy work for Palestinian rights, we must always be vigilant for cases of real antisemitism directed against Jewish people -- as opposed to protest against the Israeli state -- just as we need to do more to combat all forms of bigotry and oppression in all of our movements.-rh19/4/2017
Jewish Group Releases Blacklist of U.S. Professors Who Back Academic Boycott of Israel Judy Maltz - Haaretz "AMCHA`s list, which includes hundreds of names, comes weeks after Israel barred entry to supporters of boycott. `Knesset travel ban is toothless, unless there are lists,` professor says. Barely three weeks after the Knesset passed controversial legislation that would deny entry into Israel to any foreigners who publicly support a boycott of the country, a small but vocal Jewish organization that fights anti-Israel activism on American college campuses published a list Wednesday of all the professors in the United States who have ever called for an academic boycott of Israel." ca19/4/2017
Haaretz columnist compares Barghouti to Irgun and Lehi fightersIsaac Dabush - YnetNews - In an acrimonious interview with Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin, Haaretz columnist and Army Radio interviewer Ravit Hecht draws angry reactions by comparing convicted murderer and terrorist Marwan Barghouti to fighters from the Irgun and Lehi.-rh19/4/2017
Dareen Tatour donations campaign 19/4/2017
António Guterres and Federica Mogherini! Women demand: End the Siege on Gaza! (CWP petition)Gaza is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis in spite of all foreign aid. 18/4/2017
Protesting the Technion`s `Arms trading course` Shahaf Weisbein - Hamushim/Coalition of Women for Peace - As part of the Global day of Action on Military Spending, Hamushim activists delivered to the Haifa Technion hundreds of letters petitioning against their arms trading course “Defense Strategy for International Markets”, reminding that “Israeli military industries fuel conflicts around the world, and their products are key to almost all mass killers, dictators and those involved in genocides today." [ak]18/4/2017
Donate to legal defense of Palestinian prisoners 18/4/2017
Samidoun: 1500 Palestinian prisoners launch hunger strike.Take action in support! 18/4/2017
1500 Palestinian prisoners launch largest collective hunger strike in years: Take action in support!Samidoun - While the strike was announced by Fateh prisoners with Barghouthi as their spokesperson, prisoners from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Islamic Jihad, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hamas, the People’s Party and others have declared participation in the strike, especially in prisons like Hadarim, Gilboa and Nafha, where there is nearly unanimous participation in the strike among political prisoners. [bz]18/4/2017
Palestinian prisoners launch mass hunger strikeZena Tahhan - Al Jazeera - Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners launch hunger strike to demand basic rights in Israeli jails [ry]17/4/2017
Swiss lawmakers roll back anti-BDS lawAdri Nieuwhof - EI - On 8 March, the lower house of the Swiss parliament passed an anti-BDS bill put forward by the right-wing People’s Party. But now the foreign affairs committee of the upper house has stripped all references to BDS and the Middle East from the text. The upper house will debate the amended measure in May. The motion passed by the lower house urges the government to ban any funding to nongovernmental groups “implicated in racism, anti-semitism, incitement to hatred or BDS campaigns.” Switzerland now joins the European Union, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden in resisting pressure to outlaw or ostracize BDS as a tool to defend the rights of the Palestinian people. [bz for dn]16/4/2017
Bargouthi urges solidarity with Palestinian prisoners ahead of hunger strikeMa`an - "We call upon our people to join demonstrations, rallies, sit-ins, and general strikes, as we urge (Palestinian) President Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), Palestinian leadership, and Palestinian factions to take steps at every level to free prisoners and support them in their battle," Bargouthi wrote in a statement conveyed to Ma’an by his wife Fadwa. "About one million Palestinians have been detained, tortured, psychologically and physically humiliated, and subjected to demeaning and bitter conditions in the bastilles of barbaric Zionist colonialism." [bz for dn]16/4/2017
‘Peace train’: ‘Only women will lead to real change’Itay Blumenthal - Ynet - Some 1,000 women dressed in white from the Women Make Peace movement boarded the train from a number of stations along the route. The main event took place in Beit She`an, where Likud MK Yehuda Glick and Michal Fruman, who was injured in a stabbing attack in Tekoa and other public figures participated. ‘We want peace regardless of our political outlook, we will support any leader that leads to peace.’ [bz] 15/4/2017
Palestine Museum of Natural History opens in BethlehemMazin Qumsiyeh - We opened the Palestine Museum of Natural History and our botanical gardens (part of the Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University) to the public. This is a dream come true, a culmination of countless hours and countless volunteers. We started preparing and working here in Mar Andrea in August 2014. We had a strategy to officially open the museum after five years but here we are with an opening ceremony in about half the time. We consider this a Palestinian national accomplishment. [ak] 15/4/2017
University of Exeter Must Not Normalize Israeli Apartheid Alex Clark - The Palestine Chronicle - The University of Exeter is a microcosm of university campuses across the UK. Activists for Palestine have been met every step of the way with repression from government bodies, and university managements which do their bidding, and give in easily to pressure from pro-Israel lobby groups. But they have also been met with support from many students. At Exeter, students will continue to fight for their right to protest, to support the work of their elected representatives, and to campaign for solidarity with the Palestinian people. They will not rest until they have achieved Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, knowing that, as with South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s, freedom for Palestine will not be far behind.-rh12/4/2017
CALL TO ACTION: Salfit under brutal settlement expansionISM - International Solidarity Movement - "Since the beginning of the year, the Salfit municipality in the occupied West Bank (Palestine) has become a target not only for illegal settlement expansion and growth but also for the imposition of serious restrictions to the daily lives of Palestinians." - id12/4/2017
Passover event at Umm Al Hiran 11/4/2017
Scores join Freedom March: “Stop Annexing the Jordan Valley”Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC/Combatants for Peace - At the start of the protest, Israeli troops and police tried to block the road. However, the protesters kept marching, chanting slogans against occupation and settlements. The march went along the settler road and culminated at Ecome, a Palestinian-Israeli Peace Farming Project at the entrance to Jericho city. In the concluding rally, Israeli organizer Noga Herbaz said "Soldiers demolish homes, leaving Palestinian families and children without shelter under the burning sun, and deny Palestinians access to water - while at the same time building new Israeli settlements and providing them with all infrastructure". This, she said, amounted to a policy of Apartheid. [ak]11/4/2017
Open letter to Jeremy Corbyn: "If Jackie Walker & Ken Livingstone are Anti-Semitic, then so are we" Tony Greenstein`s Blog - Dear Jeremy, We attach an Open Letter to you signed by 145 members of the [British Labour] Party, Jews and non-Jews, all socialists, who are alarmed by the treatment of left- wing supporters of Palestine facing victimisation within the party. We began collecting signatures before the NCC’s decision to extend Ken Livingstone’s suspension and your failure to defend him. Of other party members also enduring disciplinary, the most high- profile of these is Jackie Walker. We do not believe that the actions that Jackie has been accused of are, in any way, antisemitic. However, if the Labour Party is to employ an expansive definition of antisemitism that encompasses Jackie’s actions, then all 145 of us too are guilty.[ak]11/4/2017
Australia bars visit by Palestinian prisoner of conscienceAli Abunimah - EI - Australia’s policy of barring Palestinians based on their views aligns the country even more closely with Israel, which earlier this year passed legislation barring entry to advocates of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) measures against the state. On Monday, Israel barred entry to Anuar Majluf, the head of the Palestine Federation of Chile. The South American nation has one of the world’s biggest Palestinian diaspora communities. [bz]11/4/2017
Israeli police block Palestinian `March of Return`Jonathan Cook - Al Jazeera - The March of Return is held each year to commemorate the 1948 Nakba [ry]10/4/2017
Haaretz to Distribute 100,000 Jubilee Haggadahs New Israel Fund - "The Haaretz newspaper will distribute 100,000 copies of the Jubilee Haggadah that marks 50 years of occupation of the Palestinians on the eve of Passover next week.In the arrangement sponsored by the New Israel Fund, Haggadah supplements will be inserted in the Haaretz print edition in Israel on April 9.The Haggadah was compiled by Save Israel, Stop the Occupation (SISO) and includes writings from public figures such as American comedian Sarah Silverman and Israeli author Amos Oz." ca 7/4/2017
International petition against the eviction of Umm el Hiran 5/4/2017
`Police Minister Erdan, add us to your blacklist!` - a petition Already more than a thousand Israeli citizens signed4/4/2017
Basel Ghattas: Why I brought phones to Palestinians in prisonMiddle East Eye - "In fact, it was a personal act motivated by humanitarian and moral reasons. Palestinian "security prisoners" are denied the right to communicate with their families and relatives by phone - a clear violation of the recently ratified UN `Nelson Mandela` rules for the treatment of prisoners. I several times took up with the prison authorities and the minister in charge the demand that Palestinian prisoners get att least one public phone in each section of the prison under the full surveillance of the prison authorities - as is the practice with (Jewish) "criminal prisoners". To no avail. It was in this context that I finally decided to help Palestinian prisoners communicate with their families." [For the next two years, Ghattas himself will now be denied the possibility of communicating with his family, unless somebody succeeds in smuggling a mobile phone to him. ak]4/4/2017
"Police Minister Erdan, add us to your blacklist!" - a petition Already more than a thousand Israeli citizens signed the petition "Gilad Erdan, note it down: we, too, boycott the settlements!!"4/4/2017
The Next Phase in the War on BDS: Why Israel Detained Omar BarghoutiRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "[BDS] is a decentralized movement with local, regional, national and global networks spanning hundreds of cities across the world. Smearing one individual, or a hundred, will not alter the upward movement of BDS. Israel will soon realize that its war on BDS, freedom of speech and expression is unwinnable. It is a futile attempt to muzzle a global community that now works in unison from Cape Town, South Africa to Uppsala, Sweden" [ry]3/4/2017
`The occupation will collapse. And then we`ll build a moral society here`Yuli Novak - +972 - On Saturday night, thousands of Palestinians and Jews gathered in Jerusalem for an anti-occupation protest marking 50 years since the occupation began. Breaking the Silence head Yuli Novak spoke to demonstrators about the importance of solidarity and resistance to the violence and racism of the Israeli government. [bz for dn]2/4/2017
Under Israeli gag order, Omar Barghouti urges more BDSAli Abunimah - EI - Barghouti was due to travel to the US this month to receive the Gandhi Peace Award. But by preventing him from doing so, “Israel’s regime has inadvertently increased the publicity around this award,” Barghouti asserted. [bz for dn]2/4/2017
Jews and Arabs March in Jerusalem - say stabbing attack `was a painful reminder of the price of the occupation.`Nir Hasson - Haaretz - Avi Buskila of Peace Now, expressed hope for unity: "The rightist settler government and the occupation want hatred to take over hearts and control the streets, with Jews hating Arabs, Mizrahim hating Ashenazim, rightists despising leftists, Ofakim hating Tel Aviv. They are afraid because they know we will win, all of us, Jews and Palestinians, Jerusalemites and Tel Avivians, Mizrahim and Ashkenazim, Ethiopians and Russians, men and women, all of us together will win." [bz]1/4/2017
Jews and Arabs march in Jerusalem to protest Israeli occupation (video) 1/4/2017
Can J Street coherently fight both boycott and occupation?Noa Yachot - +972 - Students representing the university arm of J Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby,” attracted the ire of the anti-BDS conference at the United Nations when they rose to ask how to counter BDS to fellow students who oppose Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. [bz]1/4/2017
Jewish Defense League counter-protests turn violent outside AIPAC conferenceGeorge Altshuler — Washington Jewish Week "As 15,000 people attended sessions inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the annual gathering of protesters including groups that want Israel to be replaced by a Palestinian state, critics of Israeli settlement building and Satmar chasidim who believe Israel is an affront to God, was augmented by 1,000 members of IfNotNow, a Jewish group advocating an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank." ca31/3/2017
U.S. NGO Demands Charges Against Barghouti Be DismissedRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The U.S. peace group, Promoting Enduring Peace, plans to bestow its Gandhi Peace Award on Omar Barghouti and Ralph Nader next month at Yale University. However, the Israeli government has quite a different plan. It doesn’t want the Number 1 Palestinian delegitimizer and thorn in its side to receive an international peace prize." - id 29/3/2017
The little NGO that managed to move an Israeli settlementRuth Eglash - The Washington Post - “In legal terms, the Amona case was simple. Someone had invaded private land and built structures on the property. But ultimately we were dealing with the Israeli government with all its power, not just the trespassers,” said Michael Sfard, Yesh Din’s legal adviser and a key figure in the fight against Amona for nearly a decade. -rh29/3/2017
Dozens protest against AIPAC in Hebron sunshineal-Khalil team - International Solidarity Movement - "Lacking the freedom of movement to protest in DC, the people of Hebron still want their voices to be heard." - id 29/3/2017
Allow Omar Barghouti to Receive the Gandhi Peace AwardSign Petition To be delivered to Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel 29/3/2017
American Jews, which side are you on?Shira Yudkin Tiffany - +972 - "Two human chains of protestors in matching t-shirts bound themselves together to the doorways to the Washington Convention Center. Beyond them were barricades and a sea of mostly young, largely unaffiliated Jews, cheering on the action in Hebrew." - id 29/3/2017
Anti Aipac protest in Washington (video)Youtube - "Jews won`t be free until Palestinians are", reads the big banner of the IfNotNow crowd. [bz]28/3/2017
`There`s an opportunity to embed Palestine in the progressive agenda`Michael Omer-Man - +972 - What role does a Jewish-American organization have in fighting for Palestinian rights? What is the future of activism on Israel/Palestine in the Trump era? I sat down with Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, to discuss strategies, hopes and fears for the coming four years. [bz]28/3/2017
Sat. April 1, Marching in Jerusalem: After 50 years, High Time to End the Occupation 28/3/2017
Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference: Post-Event VideoEric Garris - AntiWar [ry]27/3/2017
Richard Gere on segregation in Hebron: It`s exactly like the Old SouthLisa Goldman - +972 - In the report, broadcast during the prime time evening news hour Wednesday, Gere responds to what he sees in blunt terms. He compares occupied Hebron to the Jim Crow era in the southern United States. "Blacks knew where they could go: they could drink from that fountain, they couldn’t go over there, they couldn’t eat in that place. It was well understood — you didn’t cross over if you didn’t want to get your head beat in, or to get lynched.” [bz for dn]26/3/2017
Israel bans annual Nakba marchMiddle East Monitor - “We will insist on our right to mark the event and will commit to all the conditions to assure the wellbeing and security of the marchers.” [bz for dn]26/3/2017
The Persecution and Assassination of Omar Barghouti by the Inmates of the Asylum of Israel Under the Direction of the Marquis de MillikovskyRichard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "What a clever way to destroy the career of a Palestinian activist. He founded an international movement, BDS, so arresting him for espionage or on a political pretext would bring the wrath of the world down upon Israel. So you look for an alternative and rip a page from the early FBI, which couldn’t topple Al Capone by conventional means. So it chose an alternative: taxes." ca24/3/2017
PHOTOS: Palestinian village protests 17 years of military closureActivestills - +972 - "Some 250 Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Qalqas, south of Hebron, protested on Friday against the Israeli military’s closure of their village’s main entrance, which has been in place since the Second Intifada — which started 17 years ago." - id 22/3/2017
Negotiating the Arab-Israeli conflict in Rabin Square Adam Rasgon - Jerusalem Post - At table 13, where Korin, Natsheh and London were sitting, the participants sat across from each other engaged in an intense but cordial exchange about mutual recognition, ending violence and freedom of movement. [bz]21/3/2017
Palestinian families prevent Israeli settlers from breaking into Hebron kindergartenMa`an - Youth Against Settlement (YAS) coordinator Issa Amro said that a number of settlers and their children attempted to enter a kindergarten on al-Shuhada street in Hebron’s Old City, but that Palestinian locals were able to prevent them from crossing the fence surrounding the school. Israeli settlers in Hebron often gather in al-Shuhada street and the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida during the Jewish holiday of Purim. The Hebron settlers chanted a number of anti-Palestinian slogans on Sunday, including some hailing Baruch Goldstein, who killed 29 Palestinian Muslims in Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque in 1994. [bz for dn]19/3/2017
Trial of poet Dareen Tatour resumes 19/3/2017
Petition: UN - either endorse the UN-ESCWA report on Israeli apartheid or disprove it. 18/3/2017
Fri. March 17 - Intensive Day of Action 17/3/2017
Left-wing activist detained by police in the West BankThe Times of Israel Staff - Times of Israel -Jeff Halper, a cofounder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, told Haaretz that he was stopped by police after leading a group on a tour near the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. He said they pulled him off a bus heading to Jerusalem and put him in a police van after saying something about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which advocates sanctioning Israel over its policies in the West Bank. According to Halper, the officers asked him if he had “any BDS material” in his bag, before proceeding to throw a number of maps he had on the ground.-rh 16/3/2017
Academics and public figures call upon Netnayahu: stop demolition of Umm Al Hiran! 15/3/2017
Arab citizens, not Israeli leftists, pay the real price for speaking outRoi Manor - +972 - The Israeli government may be cracking down on human rights NGOs and left-wing activists, but Palestinians citizens of Israel are the ones suffering from concrete persecution — with sometimes fatal results.-rh15/3/2017
Supporting BDS is enough to get detained by the cops in Israel these daysLisa Goldman - +972 - "Police near Jerusalem picked up an Israeli citizen who was just standing on the street Monday. He was not doing anything illegal. Someone who lived in the neighborhood reported him on suspicion of carrying material related to BDS; and while it is not illegal for Israelis to carry material about BDS in territory under Israel’s control, the police answered the call." - id 15/3/2017
‘Unfortunately there are many more decent than brave people’ — Michael Sfard Robert Herbst - Mondoweiss - “We can no longer resist with complete freedom. One has to be brave to participate in non-violent dissent, and unfortunately there are many more decent than brave people. Israeli politicians are afraid,” and there have been a “tsunami of bills to close the democratic space available to us.” -rh15/3/2017
Never obey the occupation: the legacy of Bassel al-ArajBudour Youssef Hassan - The Electronic Intifada - "Bassel was heavily involved in a project known as the Popular University. In that capacity, he led tours around the West Bank. Their objective was to revive the stories of forgotten revolutionaries and acts of resistance." - id15/3/2017
Getting Off Scot-Free: Israel’s Refusal to Compensate Palestinians for Damages Caused by Its Security ForcesB`Tselem - Proposing that the tens of thousands of people injured during this half century wait for the occupation to end is tantamount to assuring that they will never receive any compensation. [bz]14/3/2017
At Be`er Shaba court, Dr. Abuelaish seeks justice for daughters killed in Gaza 14/3/2017
Palestinian priest: Oust PA and start civil disobedienceMiddle East Monitor - Senior Christian Priest in Ramallah Monsignor Manuel Musallam yesterday severely criticised the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s security cooperation with Israel which has led to the death of tens of Palestinian resistance fighters in the West Bank. [bz]14/3/2017
Israel denies entry to prominent British boycott activist AP / Ynet - Ahead of anti-BDS law`s approval, Hugh Lanning of the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign was prohibited Sunday from entering Israel. The BDS movement advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel in what supporters say is a nonviolent way to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence. It has urged businesses, artists and universities to sever ties with Israel and includes thousands of volunteers around the world. [bz] 14/3/2017
Israeli Apartheid Week held at 30 UK universities, despite repressionMichael Deas - EI - "Israeli Apartheid Week took place on more than 30 university campuses across the UK last week despite a massive government backed campaign of repression. The week saw some events cancelled, with unprecedented and bizarre restrictions imposed on organizers" [ry]13/3/2017
Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine, Pro-Peace, Anti-Occupation - report on J Street ConferenceHillel Schenker - Times of Israel blog - There is no contradiction between being pro-Israel and pro-Palestine. On the contrary, a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the condition for peace, for both peoples. And being anti-occupation is a key to guaranteeing the future of the State of Israel, As General (Ret.) Amiram Levin says, “the only existential threat to the State of Israel is the continuation of the occupation.” That’s the opinion of an estimated 90% of the Israeli security establishment. [bz for dn]12/3/2017
Muhammad al-Qiq suspends hunger strike upon reaching agreement for his releaseMa`an - Al-Qiq, who lives in Ramallah, was released from prison in May last year after he refused food for a grueling 94 days -- also in protest of his administrative detention at the time. However, al-Qiq was redetained in mid-January after he participated in a protest in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem demanding the release of bodies of slain Palestinians held in Israeli custody. [bz]11/3/2017
Richard Gere calls for an end to `the occupation`Tzipi Shmilovitz - Ynet - "The occupation must end. The occupation is ruining everyone on both sides. A bi-national state won`t solve anything, and it will only turn Israel into an apartheid state. There needs to be two states for two peoples, with Jerusalem as the capital of both nations. In his comments, Gere also referred to the issue of settlements, saying, "Why do you need all these provocations? How is it that the settlers are running the government? During his visit to Israel, Gere is also planning on meeting members of Breaking the Silence. [bz] 11/3/2017
A Palestinian woman finds hope in American Jewish resistanceSamah Salaime - +972 - At the progressive Jewish conference of the year, a Palestinian politician wins rousing applause and a former U.S. presidential candidate talks of the injustices caused by the founding of the State of Israel — both seeds of hope for someone who wakes up every day to news of home demolitions and land grabs.-rh9/3/2017
Exit through the checkpoint: Inside Banksy`s new Bethlehem hotelHaggai Matar - +972 - Every room overlooks the West Bank separation wall, the lobby features a Greek statue choking on teargas, and faux-security cameras dot the corridors. Welcome to “The Walled Off Hotel,” the new Bethlehem-based project from British street artist and enfant terrible Banksy.-rh 9/3/2017
`Basil al-Araj was a beacon for Palestinian youth` : Family, friends of Basil al-Araj, killed by the Israeli army, say his struggle against occupation will not be forgotten.Shatha Hammad and Zena Tahhan - Aljazeera - Dozens of Basil`s friends and family members have subsequently visited the house where Basil barricaded himself before he was killed. They marched in the streets of Ramallah on Monday with tears on their faces, carrying pictures of Basil and calling him the "martyr of security coordination". In response to Basil`s death, Hamas, the Islamic resistance movement in Gaza, condemned in a statement the security coordination between the PA and Israel. "The systematic killings and the security coordination with the [Israeli] occupation will not succeed in breaking the resistance or undermine the determination of our people."-rh 8/3/2017
Lobby group laments Israel travel ban as “victory” for BDSCharlotte Silver - EI - "“My grandparents are buried in Israel, my husband and kids are citizens, and I lived there for three years, but this bill would bar me from visiting because of my work in support of Palestinian rights,” Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, said in response to the new law." - id 8/3/2017
A Palestinian woman finds hope in American Jewish resistanceSamah Salaime - +972 - "At the progressive Jewish conference of the year, a Palestinian politician wins rousing applause and a former U.S. presidential candidate talks of the injustices caused by the founding of the State of Israel — both seeds of hope for someone who wakes up every day to news of home demolitions and land grabs." - id 8/3/2017
Demonstration in Nabi Saleh attacked by settlers and ArmyPress Release - International Solidarity Movement - "The Army allowed the settlers to chase the demonstration attacking people with stones, assisting them by firing at the crowd. This attack was held off by the people of the demonstration with stones." - id8/3/2017
Palestinian children gather at Jerusalem municipality to protest school closureMa`an - Israeli Education Ministry officials visited al-Nukhba at the beginning of the school year to observe the curriculum, students, teachers, and employees, “and everything seemed positive.” [bz]7/3/2017
Israeli soldiers stand by as settlers attack civilians in West Bank villageOren Ziv/Activestills - +972 - Because there hadn’t been protests of late in Nabi Saleh, it appeared the army was caught off on Friday, and the protesters managed to reach what had been their spring, waving a Palestinian flag. Within a matter of minutes, settlers from Halamish arrived, and began to attack the protesters. Soldiers arrived shortly thereafter. [bz]7/3/2017
Basil al-Araj in the Freedom Ride bus 7/3/2017
An intensive campaign to save Khan al AhmarDonna Baranski-Walker - Rebuilding Alliance - Khan al Ahmar in the West Bank is located between the Israeli settlement of Ma`ale Adumim and one of its elite suburbs, Kfar Adumim. All its 127 houses now got demolition orders. An intensive campaign has been going on in the US, calling upon US Senators and Representatives to take up this grave humanitarian issue, resulting so far in a visit to the threatened village by US Consular staff from East Jerusalem (not to be taken for granted under Trump). [ak] 7/3/2017
Call Congress - to save Khan al Ahmar! 7/3/2017
Rebuilding Gaza from its ashesMersiha Gadzo - Al Jazeera - Palestinian inventor hopes to help rebuild Gaza using Green Cake, a new type of brick made of coal and wood ash [ry] 6/3/2017
Don’t believe only bad things happen in Palestine...Emma Graham-Harrison - The Guardian - Banksy’s Walled Off hotel and Yaqoub Shaheen’s Arab Idol victory offered good news to an area that sorely needs it [ry]6/3/2017
Kafr Qaddoum: Israeli forces shoot Palestinian journalistPopular Resistance Committee of Kafr Qaddum - ISM - Stun grenades and teargas at Palestinian protesters. One journalist, from Palestine TV, was shot in the head with a rubber coated steel bullet. A group of masked Israeli soldiers also took his telephone, and deleted all of his pictures and videos from the demonstration. [bz for dn]5/3/2017
Haifa Disrict Court - protest confiscation of Gaza anti-blockade boat 4/3/2017
`Worst view in the world`: Banksy opens hotel overlooking Bethlehem wall - `The Walled Off Hotel`Emma Graham-Harrison - The Guardian - The lodging in Bethlehem is a hotel, museum, protest and gallery all in one, packed with the artworks and angry brilliance of its owner, British street artist Banksy - in hope of bringing Israeli tourists - and dialogue - to West Bank city [bz] 4/3/2017
80 percent of Canadians back Israel boycott — pollAli Abunimah - EI - "“Our government’s support for Israel is not just immoral and unjust, it’s irrational, because it’s not a vote winner to be pro-Israel – the opposite is true."" - id 3/3/2017
Tel Aviv, Friday - launching campaign for 50 years` occupation 2/3/2017
New documentary highlights life of imprisoned Palestinian leaderDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - “Marwan” was produced and directed by young Palestinian director Ahmad Barghouti (no close relation) and is more of a political documentary than a work of art. Othman noted that the story of Barghouti is the classical story of all Palestinians. “He was 8 years old when the 1967 occupation occurred. He came from a poor family and graduated from Birzeit University, where he headed the student council. He became a Fatah youth leader. He was deported in the first intifada, returned with [Yasser] Arafat and dedicated his life to the Fatah youth movement he had helped establish. He was imprisoned many times and yet he has never given up. And today, he has become the highest vote receiver in the seventh Fatah congress.”-rh 2/3/2017
Flags, spirits high as week of action in Hebron comes to climax Ahmad Jaradat - Alternative Information Center "Dozens of Hebron residents and local activists gathered at the entrance to Shuhada Street on Wednesday to hoist and release a Palestinian flag over the main commercial thoroughfare in Hebron. A checkpoint and electrical gate tightly control Palestinian access to Shuhada Street, while armed settlers are able to walk in the area freely. This activity, one of three that day in Hebron, is part of the week of action taking place under the banner “Dismantle the Ghetto, Take the Settlers out of Hebron.” Human rights defender Bade Amr explained, “this activity is to say loudly…we will continue struggling against all Israeli human rights violations that result from the closing of spaces in Hebron.” ca 1/3/2017
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