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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
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
‘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
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
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
Academics and public figures call upon Netnayahu: stop demolition of Umm Al Hiran! 15/3/2017
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
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
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
`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
Basil al-Araj in the Freedom Ride bus 7/3/2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tel Aviv, Friday - launching campaign for 50 years` occupation 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
Palestinian prisoners urged to boycott Israeli courts Nigel Wilson - Al Jazeera - "We need to stop being a part in these dirty games, to send a lawyer and to be part of this game. It creates misunderstandings with journalists and the international community that Israel is ruling by laws. It`s not the truth." [bz]28/2/2017
Freedom Flotilla Coalition goes to Israeli court WOMEN`S BOAT TO GAZA: The Freedom Flotilla Coalition goes to Israeli court demanding the release of the boat Zaytouna-Oliva illegally confiscated during the Women`s Boat to Gaza Mission, outside the self-declared Israeli security zone. Also to be released: Palestinian fishing boats from Gaza. [bz]28/2/2017
‘If we resist: more sanctions. If the settlers kill us: more sanctions.’Ahmad Jaradat - AIC - After the massacre, Palestinians in Hebron anticipated the evacuation of nearby settlers or at least for restrictions to be imposed on them. Instead, Israeli authorities instituted restrictions on Palestinian locals, including eventually prohibiting Palestinian foot traffic on Shuhada Street. [bz]28/2/2017
Palestinians urge boycott of Israeli military courtsAFP - Yahoo! News - "Speaking in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian Prisoners Club head Qadura Fares called on detainees` families and Palestinian organisations to stop taking part in military trials and to refuse to pay convicts` fines, which he said amounted to $6 million in 2016" [ry]27/2/2017
PEN America drops Israel sponsorshipCharlotte Silver - EI - PEN America came under heavy criticism last year for accepting funding from the Israeli government, which jails Palestinian journalists and writers in Israel and the occupied West Bank for their work. More than 250 writers, poets and publishers, many members of PEN, had signed an appeal urging the group to end the relationship with Israel’s government. They include Wallace Shawn, Alice Walker, Eileen Myles, Louis Erdrich, Russel Bank, Cornel West, Junot Díaz and Viet Thanh Nguyen. [bz for dn]26/2/2017
Qalandia refugee camp: Youth block roads demanding PA intervene in case of Palestinian hunger strikersMa`an - Qalandia refugee camp residents Jamal Abu al-Leil, 50, and 47-year-old Raed Fayez Mteir declared hunger strikes on Feb. 16, after being imprisoned by Israel without charge or trial for one year under the widely-condemned policy of administrative detention. Israeli authorities have issued six-month administrative detention orders for the two prisoners three times since they were detained. The two have joined imprisoned journalist Muhammad al-Qiq who has been on hunger strike for at least 10 days to protest his administrative detention. [bz for dn]26/2/2017
Hundreds march in Hebron: `Open segregated Shuhada Street`Haggai Matar - +972 - Israeli soldiers fire volleys of tear gas to break up the protest, prevent the march from reaching the street Israel has forbidden Palestinians but not Jews from walking or driving down.[bz]25/2/2017
12th anniversary of the popular resistance in Bil’inRamallah team - International Solidarity Movement - "Throughout these 12 years there have been protests every week by the people of the village, supported by both Israeli and international activists. These demonstrations have been met by serious repression by the Israeli military and police." - id 22/2/2017
Guy Hirschfeld’s post on the Palestinian Jordan Valley:Guy Hirschfeld - Machsomwatch reports - While on our way we were already informed by phone that the bulldozer was seen on the road, escorted by the Civil Administration. Through our local contacts we located the forces. We will probably never quite understand the panic that seizes the locals when they feel that they’re next – some of them simply begin to evacuate their homes, knowing that the evil agents will not even let them get their meager possessions out in time.-rh 22/2/2017
Event involving Israeli Ambassador to Ireland cancelled following BDS protestsYnet - An event supposed to take place at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland involving Israeli Ambassador Ze’ev Boker was cancelled following pro-Palestinian protests and demonstrations. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "They obviously have no interest in helping efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." [bz]21/2/2017
B’Tselem: 2016 a record year in Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homesElior Levy - Ynet - But although Ayoub and his family are required to evacuate the land, which the authorities say can only be used for agriculture, an outpost named Givat Salit has been established just 200 meters away. [bz for dn]19/2/2017
12 years strong: Hundreds march against Israel`s wall in Bil`inHaggai Matar - +972 - Perhaps finally learning the value of nonviolence from the villagers, the Israeli army did not disperse the weekly protest on Friday. Youth manage to pry open gate in the wall. Among the participants was a group of U.S. military veterans who came to stand in solidarity with the village and its struggle. ActiveStills photos and video included. [bz for dn]19/2/2017
Weekly marches against Israeli settlements launched in Bilin, Nilin, and Kafr QaddumMa`an News Agency - "In Bilin, the popular resistance committee against Israeli settlements and the separation wall organized a march to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the popular movement in the village. Palestinian officials also took part in the march, with Sheikh Nasser al-Qarm, a Palestinian judge, giving the Jumaa Khutbah -- the Islamic sermon before Friday prayers -- and commending the popular resistance in Bilin and its longstanding struggle against the Israeli occupation." ca17/2/2017
Over 100,000 Palestinians send Trump letters for PalestineYnet - "A massive public campaign urges Trump not to give up on Palestine by keeping with the longstanding US policy supporting a two-state solution; `All of the letters focused on the Palestinians’ right to freedom and self-determination, putting an end to the occupation,` says the director of the Palestinian youth center behond the campaign."17/2/2017
Using art to heal: Battling cancer in Gaza : One Palestinian female artist`s battle with cancer in Gaza. Aljazeera - Aya Abdulrahman was informed by her doctors that she would be dead by the end of 2014. At 21, she had seven malignant tumours. "Your daughter has two months left to live. You cannot do anything. Go home," the doctor told Abdulrahman`s mother. The painful news, however, did not stop her from pursuing her dreams. Since childhood, all Abdulrahman wanted to do was become an artist and leave her mark on the world through art. Abdulrahman seized every opportunity that came her way to display her paintings and drawings across the Gaza Strip and abroad, from Los Angeles to Morocco. She participated in art competitions, worked with sick and disabled children in Gaza to have them express themselves through art, and trained youth in drama and acting. After undergoing a series of surgeries over a three-year span, the locally renowned artist recovered in 2015.-rh 16/2/2017
How Hamas prisoners elect leaders behind barsAdnan Abu Amer - Al Monitor - "Even locked in Israeli prisons, Hamas members contribute to the movement`s decision-making process by holding leadership elections every two years." - id 15/2/2017
Petition: Defend five Spanish activists persecuted for supporting Palestinian rights 15/2/2017
Palestine activists in Spain could face prison over Matisyahu boycott callAli Abunimah - EI - The legal complaint follows tactics advocated by the Israeli government to pursue and punish supporters of Palestinian rights using all means, including covert “black ops” and lawfare, lawsuits and prosecutions to sabotage and attack activists. Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister in charge of combating the BDS movement, vowed last year that “Soon, any activist who uses their influence to delegitimize the only Jewish state in the world will know they will pay a price for it.” [bz]14/2/2017
Berlin protesters target exploitive Israeli settler date producers BDS Berlin - Protesters picketed Fruit Logiscitica 2017, a major international agricultural fair held annually in Berlin. Visitors could not avoid the big signs held on the porch, before the entrance to the fair: "Boycott the companies which profit from Israeli Apartheid: Mhehadrin, Arava, Hadiklaim" and "Ignorance is a choice". The Israeli companies named participate in Fruit Logiscitica to promote their dates, which compete for the European consumer market. They neglect to tell visitors that most of these dates come from settlements in the Jordan Valley, part of the occupied West Bank, or that harvesting the dates is done by highly exploited, low paid Palestinian workers - many of them minors. [ak] 14/2/2017
Suggest questions for Senators to ask Trump`s Ambassador to Israel 14/2/2017
Gaza`s starman aims to fight occupation with scienceYlenia Gostoli - Aljazeera - Palestinian astrophysicist Suleiman Baraka wants to put Palestine on the map for research in the field [ry]13/2/2017
Will EU be more open to ICC probe of Israeli settlements?Daoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor - The sharp increase of Israeli settlement building since the swearing in of Donald Trump, coupled with the anger brewing in Europe over the new US president, is providing an opening for the Palestinians. Attempts to encourage the International Criminal Court (ICC) to initiate a probe into Israeli war crimes have received new life due to the rift between Washington and the European Union.-rh 9/2/2017
JVP: Stopping Friedman (and Netanyahu!) is our responsibilityAri Wohfeiler - Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) - In the streets and in the media, we`re going to make it known that we don`t accept Netanyahu`s silence on Trump`s Muslim Ban, his egging on of the wall on the US/Mexico border, his encouragement to move the US Embassy, or the thousands of new settlement homes he just approved. Friedman is the pivot point of all of this: it would be his job to maintain a US/Israeli relationship focused on accomplishing all of these destructive policy goals, and more. 8/2/2017
Tell the FIFA president to show Israel the red card 8/2/2017
Palestinians call for boycott of HyundaiAli Abunimah - EI - "...over the company’s failure to stop its construction equipment being used by Israel to destroy their homes and communities." - id 8/2/2017
Petition: No to Ambassador Friendman, no to Jerusalem Embassy 8/2/2017
My sister is refusing to join the IDF — and I couldn`t be prouderAmitai Ben-Abba - +972 Magazine - In our childhood we would fight imaginary monsters. Today the monster of the occupation is far stronger — yet Atalya continues to bravely fight on, and is willing to pay the price for her beliefs. Atalya wrote the following in her statement of refusal: “I grew up in Jerusalem, so fear is no stranger to me. I know what it means not to take a bus because there’s an alert against an attack, what it means to hear gunshots and later learn of a terrorist attack on the other side of the street. That’s why I know so deeply that we cannot let this situation last.” Atalya could have avoided military army service in other ways, which don`t involve going to prison, but she wanted to make a statement against the military regime that systematically deprives Palestinians of their basic rights. [ak]7/2/2017
New BDS call - Boycott Hyundai to end its involvement in Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinian communities 7/2/2017
B`Tselem: a semblance of legality to ongoing plunder Amit Gilutz - B`Tselem - The law passed by the Knesset proves yet again that Israel has no intention of ending its control over the Palestinians or its theft of their land. Lending a semblance of legality to this ongoing act of plunder is a disgrace for the state and its legislature. Passing the bill mere weeks after UN Security Council Resolution 2334 is a slap in the face of the international community. While enshrining the dispossession in law is a new development, in practice it is another facet of the massive land grab carried out openly for decades by declaring `state land`. [ak]7/2/2017
Dismantle the ghetto, take the settlers out of Hebron!Ahmad Jaradat - AIC - Palestinian groups in Hebron prepare for the annual commemoration of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre [ry]6/2/2017
Thousands march in Tel Aviv over demolition of Arab homesDov Lieber - Times of Israel - Abu Al-Qia’an’s widow, Amal Abu Sa’id, called for an end to “incitement, separation and racism” and urged a future of equality and coexistence. She accused the government of “declaring war on its citizens” at Umm al-Hiran and said Netanyahu was cynically using Arab home demolitions to mollify settlers angered by the court-ordered evacuation of Amona. “The choice to treat Bedouin citizens as enemies cost my dear husband his life as well as the life of officer Erez Levi…who in their unnecessary deaths paid for your reckless and irresponsible choices.” She called for the establishment of an independent investigative committee into the events in Umm al-Hiran. Abu Sa’id called the large and diverse crowd “proof Arab and Jews want to live together.” [bz]5/2/2017
They Destroy, We Are Building A Common Future - Tel Aviv march, Sat. Feb. 4 3/2/2017
Fri. Feb. 3 - a visit to threatened Silwan 3/2/2017
How Palestinian authorities plan to clamp down on cybercrimeEntsar Abu Jahal - Al-Monitor - The law would address all forms of electronic crimes, in light of the recent high number of cybercrimes in Palestine. Per Palestinian police statistics in Ramallah, 2016 witnessed more than 1,200 cybercrimes compared to 520 in 2015, according to officer Louay Azriqat, the spokesman for the Palestinian police in Ramallah.-rh 2/2/2017
Two families, die-hard protesters remain in AmonaYnet reporters & Reuters - Ynet - Police plan to first evacuate the remaining families of the 40 that have been evacuated that day, followed by the evacuation of those barricaded in the synagogue. Thursday morning, Ministry of Defense officials will commence the next stage of the evacuation—pack the belongings and removing the houses. Violent clashes had broken earlier in the afternoon as hundreds of activists staged fierce resistance against thousands of policemen deployed to the outpost to implement an evacuation ordered by the High Court of Justice (HCJ).-rh 1/2/2017
Why I, as a Proud Israeli, Want the World to Boycott Us Ilana Hammerman - Haaretz -As an Israeli citizen and a woman engaged in public life, I declare that the state does not respect my basic right to live according to my conscience. The Judaism it is forcing upon me is not my Judaism. Furthermore, the nationalist and racist fanaticism of the government (led by its interior, culture and education ministers) is becoming more and more extreme, and contrary to the values I hold most dear. These iniquities are an internal concern of Israeli society and I have the right – and for now, at least, also the possibility – to fight for their correction from within society.-rh1/2/2017
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