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In rebuke to Israel, State Dep’t says it has no objection to BDS aimed at occupation - Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Chemi Shalev of Haaretz says Israel led the effort: The U.S. State Department on Tuesday punched a big hole in Israel-led efforts to induce the Obama administration to regard boycotts of settlements as identical to boycott of Israel proper… The boycott of settlements, in effect, has now been officially stamped “kosher” by the State Department.Jewish Voice for Peace also celebrated the statement, having objected to the provision in the trade bill, but says that boycotting the settlements is not enough..." ca 3/7/2015
Will Israel Cooperate With ICC Palestinian Probe?Thomas Escritt - The Forward - The Palestinian Authority made its first submission of evidence of alleged Israeli war crimes to the International Criminal Court on Thursday, trying to speed up an ICC inquiry into abuses committed during last year’s Gaza conflict. The move may leave Israel in a quandary since it must decide whether to cooperate with the ICC investigation or find itself isolated as one of a very few countries that have declined to work with its prosecutors.-rh 2/7/2015
Khader Adnan for Presidentnadiaharhash - In a cynical scene, Saeb Eriqat mentioned the Khader Adnan’s crisis and hunger strike yesterday after a rich Iftar yesterday, condemning Israeli coercive laws and behaviors against Palestinian prisoners. A scene that reflects the bitter reality of Palestinian leadership. Whereas, the single act of one man and his very own family in believing so strongly in the righteousness of his cause, made him eventually defeat occupation. With his meager, sick, body and powerful undefeatable soul. Maybe we should consider. Khader Adnan for the next Palestinian President.-rh1/7/2015
Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza Strip in video statementReuters - The Guardian - The video statement, issued from an Islamic State stronghold in Syria, was a rare public challenge to Hamas, which has been cracking down on jihadis in Gaza who oppose its truces with Israel and reconciliation with the US-backed rival Palestinian faction Fatah.-rh1/7/2015
Marianne flotilla reflects Turkey`s changed Israel stanceBen Caspit - Al Monitor - "With a new geopolitical setup in the Middle East and the regional focus on Syria rather than on Gaza, the Marianne flotilla was intercepted by the Israeli navy without "significant media coverage" for this protest." - id 1/7/2015
Interview: Church-based BDS and the Jewish voices beside itRyan Rodrick Beiler - +972 - "As more U.S. churches vote on divestment, Jewish Voice for Peace aims to provide key support to a movement often accused of anti-Semitism. An interview with JVP’s advocacy director Sydney Levy." = id 1/7/2015
Why I Broke the SilenceNadav Weiman - Haaretz - The battalion intelligence officer explained to me that the aim of “mapping” is not actually to gather intelligence. He told me to throw away the maps that we had sketched, and to delete the images from the camera. At first I didn`t understand. If the information we collected was not important, why were we sent to wake families in the middle of the night? In the end I figured it out. As my commander explained to me, the aim of this operation, as with many others that I carried out throughout my service, was to create “a sense of persecution” among the Palestinian population. [bz]30/6/2015
Israel seizes activist flotilla headed to Gaza - towing it to Ashdod portYoav Zitun, Elior Levy - Ynet - Naval special forces take control of ship, which carried 20 activists including Joint Arab List MK Basel Ghattas, former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki and Dror Feiler. But according to the Minister of Defence "There is no siege on Gaza." [bz]30/6/2015
Israelis Overtake, Board Siege Breaking VesselIMEMC News & Agencies - "Israel`s navy has boarded and taken over an activist ship seeking to break its Gaza blockade and was escorting it to port, Monday, in an operation that did not employ force, the military said" [ry]29/6/2015
Victory for hunger striking prisoner!Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network - AIC - Khader Adnan, Palestinian political prisoner and long-term hunger striker, has achieved victory for the second time via hunger strike [ry]29/6/2015
Netanyahu to Gaza flotilla: Did you mean to sail to Syria?Mairav Zonszein - +972 - Netanyahu publishes letter to flotilla participants in which he states there is no blockade, while at the same time declaring that Israel will prevent them from reaching Gaza [ry]29/6/2015
Hundreds march for Khader Adnan at Aqsa mosqueMa`an - Adnan has said he will continue his strike until Israel agrees either to release him or bring charges against him. [bz]27/6/2015
UK Actors, directors and writers demand immediate sanctions on IsraelPNN - Palestine News Network - "The film directors, Ken Loach and Peter Kosminsky, actors Maxine Peake, Samuel West and Miriam Margolyes, musician Brian Eno, poet Benjamin Zephaniah and the writers and academics, Tariq Ali and Karma Nabulsi, are among those who have put their name to the call." - id 24/6/2015
PLC Member Khalida Jarrar Detained IndefinitelyPalestinian Center for Human Rights - 1. PCHR strongly condemns detaining PLC Member Khalida Jarrar by the Israeli authorities and calls for immediately releasing her and all PLC members detained in Israeli prisons. 2. PCHR stresses that the bill of indictment against Jarrar is an evidence that Israel is trying her for her political affiliation in violation of international law and humanitarian law. 3. PCHR calls upon the international community, including the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, to fulfill their obligations and take immediate action to stop violations of international law perpetrated by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians.-rh 24/6/2015
Catholic church in Israel badly damaged by suspected arson attackAssociated Press in Tabgha - The Guardian - In recent years, mosques and churches have been targeted by vandals in similar attacks. They are often attributed to extremist Jews from West Bank settlements. Such attacks have been widely condemned across the political spectrum in Israel, though few arrests have been made.-rh24/6/2015
Israeli forces use live ammunition in Kafr Qaddum on the first Friday of RamadanAl Khalil Team - International Solidarity Movement - "Israeli forces also used skunk spray (chemically treated sewage water) and tear gas as well as rubber coated steel bullets." - id24/6/2015
Palestinians stand their ground in Wadi FukinAziza Nofal - Al-Monitor - Manasara has a big house in the center of Fukin, but he left it to live in an isolated cave with his wife about 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) away from their home. They did this to safeguard their land, which is threatened by expropriation by Israel. The patch of land where the cave is located is a home for old people who cultivate the land and own livestock — which has been deterring Israeli bulldozers from carrying out works in the area, especially as many neighboring areas have been bulldozed by Israel.-rh 24/6/2015
Jailed Palestinian lawmaker pleads innocenceHaggai Matar - +972 - "The trial was attended by Jarrar’s family members, a number of journalists, as well as a delegation of EU diplomats who expressed their concern over her detention." - id 24/6/2015
Israeli Navy set to intercept dangerous flotilla carrying medical supplies and solar panelsTimes of Israel - The Marianne of Gothenburg, a Scandinavian fishing boat, has left Messina, Sicily en route to Crete, Greece - their final destination being Gaza, with a humanitarian cargo of medical supplies and solar panels. On board are among others Swedish journalist Kajsa Ekis Ekman, Swedish-Israeli composer Dror Feiler, and Spanish Member of the European Parliament Ana Maria Miranda Paza. If intercepted by the Israeli Navy, they are committed to strict non-violence. ak23/6/2015
MK Bassel Ghattas threatened over Gaza flotillaMoran Azulay - Y-net - Joint Arab List MK Bassel Ghattas` decision to participate in the upcoming Gaza flotilla has caused an uproar in the Knesset, with various right-wingers making shrill calls for his "suspension". Ghattas himself remains adamant; stating: "I am performing my duty as a publicly elected representative. I am not doing anything illegal or illegitimate. My participation in the humanitarian flotilla to Gaza is my right and duty. The issue is not the flotilla but the humanitarian crisis that exists for a million Palestinians, as a result of Israel`s blockade. I want to remind the hypocrites who are trying to make headlines at my expense that Israel apologized over the Marmara affair." ak 23/6/2015
Palestinians make urgent plea to save Khader Adnan as more join hunger strikeAli Abunimah - EI - "Palestinians are calling for urgent international intervention to save the life of Khader Adnan who has been on total hunger strike for almost 50 days to protest his detention without charge or trial by Israel[...] Meanwhile, at least three more Palestinians jailed by Israel have started open-ended hunger strikes" [ry]22/6/2015
Artists` rights and theaters` duty A. B. Yehoshua - Ynet - The fact that the culture minister decided to take revenge against the children`s theater run by Norman Issa in Jaffa just because he refused to perform in front of settlers in the Jordan Valley shows us that it`s not the actual refusal which led to the decision. There is a refusal she accepts from an ideological perspective and maybe even welcomes, and there is a refusal she punishes for from an ideological perspective. And this is something she has no legal authority to do, and that`s what the protest was about. [bz]20/6/2015
Now Israel wants to legalize force-feedingCharlotte Silver - EI - "Last year, the Israel Medical Association denounced the measure, saying that the union would not defend any doctor at the Hague for participating in force-feeding." - id 17/6/2015
Israel accused of `war crime` over bulldozing of Palestinian olive grovesBen Lynfield - The Independent - The uprooting operation, the largest of its kind in the southern West Bank in three years, was carried out on Thursday by what farmers said were five military vehicles on land the farmers say they own.-rh17/6/2015
Israel passes bill to force-feed prisonersAlJazeera - The bill will likely target Palestinian prisoners observing hunger strike against their administrative detention [ry]15/6/2015
Has G4S really been cleared of aiding Israel’s abuses?Adri Nieuwhof - EI - "We have to keep boycotting G4S until it is has no option than to stop aiding Israeli apartheid." - id 12/6/2015
Freedom Flotilla: `This time we will reach Gaza`Anna Kokko - IMEMC - "If the Israeli forces attack Marianne, which is sailing under the Swedish flag, it could lead to diplomatic repercussions between Israel and the European country." - id 12/6/2015
EU diplomats unite in support of demolition-threatened Palestinian village : European envoys visit West Bank village in show of solidarity after Israeli court rules it can be demolished and its residents evicted Robert Tait - The Telegraph - Envoys from all 28 European Union member states` Jerusalem consulates - including Britain - arrived en masse at Khirbet Susiya in the South Hebron Hills to send a sharp message to Israel not to implement an eviction order that some said would damage the chances of resolving the decades-old conflict with the Palestinians.-rh 11/6/2015
No garbage disposal at Shuafat Refugee Camp! Protest rally Fri. June 12 11/6/2015
No permit, no entryLauren S. Marcus - +972 - I thought of mandatory conscription as somewhat of an inconvenience — I never thought the army would be ‘fun.’ I never expected to serve at a checkpoint. I never expected to hate myself for it.-rh10/6/2015
Gaza`s crowded political sceneMohammed Othman - Al-Monitor - There are dozens of political and military factions operating on the Palestinian scene. Factions working under the auspices of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Gaza account for more than 10, such as the Fatah movement, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Palestinian People’s Party (PPP). This is in addition to factions independent from the PLO, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other smaller factions, such as the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), the Popular Resistance Movement, the Mujahedeen Brigades and the Ahrar movement.-rh 10/6/2015
The Cultural Boycott: Israel vs. South AfricaOmar Barghouti - Hyperallergic - Cultural boycott initiatives against Israel, which come in response to the 2004 call by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and to the 2005 Palestinian civil-society initiated BDS Call, more often than not cite the boycott of apartheid South Africa as a key reference.-rh10/6/2015
Diplomats, activists rally to save Palestinian village from `forced transfer`Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Officials from the EU and the UN joined the Palestinian prime minister in the West Bank village of Susya, where 340 Palestinians are at risk of being pushed out of their homes. ak 9/6/2015
In West Bank industrial zone, everything is Israeli – except the harsh labor lawsWAC-Maan - Set up at the start of the Oslo process, Nitzanei Shalom employs hundreds of Palestinians and is run according to Israeli standards, with one glaring exception – Palestinian workers are subject to draconian Jordanian labor law. [bz] 9/6/2015
Let them studyGisha - Gaza Gateway - We sent to the Coordinator of Government Activities (COGAT) yesterday a letter, asking that students be allowed to travel through Israel to the Allenby Bridge border crossing and continue to their destinations via Jordan. The most recent version of the regulations published this week, also states that, in addition to medical patients and individuals participating in special conferences, “students enrolled in advanced degree programs abroad” may travel (Sec G.5, p. 16). So what is the problem? Too little, too slow. [bz] 9/6/2015
Israeli rights groups join battle to save symbol of Arab resistance to evictions Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - The fate of the West Bank Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya has attracted worldwide attention. Now bulldozers are set to displace its residents yet again [ry]8/6/2015
Khader Adnan in `critical condition` as hunger strike continuesMa`an News Agency - "The health of prisoner Khader Adnan has reached critical condition as he enters his 35th day of hunger strike, head of the Palestinian Authority Prisoner`s Affairs Committee said Saturday" [ry]8/6/2015
Palestinian popular resistance in HebronAIC - The southern West Bank city of Hebron is a microcosm of the Israeli occupation with its five settlements and 600 settlers, massive military presence, Separation Wall and institutionalised violation of human and national rights of the city`s 160 thousand residents. It is, however, also a microcosm of Palestinian resistance, as local activists struggle against the reality of Israeli colonialism [ry]8/6/2015
Israelis, Palestinians march for West Bank town set for demolitionAFP - Ynet - Hundreds gather on `Naska Day` to avert destruction of Susya, which Human Rights Watch calls `a grave breach` of Israeli obligations. Members of Combatants for Peace, an NGO that brings together former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants to promote peace, held signs reading "There is another way!". [bz]6/6/2015
Gaza border peace concertMenahem Kahana - gettyimages - Hundreds of Israelis and several Gazans attend peace concert on Israeli side of Gaza border in an attempt to `bring an end to the bloody conflict between Israel and Gaza and to set out on the path of a political solution`, say the organisers. [It made an impression on the Friday Prime Time Channel-1 TV News-bz] 6/6/2015
Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence meets Obama aides in Washington Barak Ravid - Haaretz - The meetings with representatives of the NGO came during a week in which the organization attracted harsh criticism from the Israeli government because of its exhibition in Zurich, partially funded by the Swiss government. Israel’s ambassador to Switzerland, Yigal Caspi, lodged a protest with the Swiss Foreign Ministry over it, and asked that donations and support for a group that deals with the “defamation of Israel” be halted. [bz]6/6/2015
Friday June 5, 4pm: Join the residents protest, meeting 4pm at Sheikh Jarrah Garden, J-lemagainst violent evictions from their homes; neighborhood take-over by the settlers; Judaization of East Jerusalem4/6/2015
Women in Black : June 5, at 1pm - On the 48th year of the occupation special protest vigilssimultaneously in Jerusalem, Gan Shmuel, Tel Aviv and Haifa Women AND men invited to join the protest!!4/6/2015
When death was in everyone’s eyes: recalling Bethlehem’s siegeSarah Irving - The Electronic Intifada - " Based on interviews with fighters who experienced the siege and were expelled to Gaza and Europe, these scenarios are by turns heartbreaking, thought-provoking and challenging to both actors and audience." - id 3/6/2015
“The worst spot in Gaza”: “You will not understand how hard it is here” until you see this checkpoint Ghada Karmi - Salon - Looking at the scenes around me I might have been in a poor Indian city: cracked pavements, mounds of rubble and sand, overflowing rubbish bins. A young boy passed by me, barefoot, sooty black with dirt, his blue eyes and fairish hair suggesting his normal complexion underneath was also fair; a grubby T-shirt and short trousers clothed his angular frame. The beaches were deserted; no throngs of skinny boys like him splashing and running in and out of the waves.-rh 3/6/2015
Israeli military court goes back on Jarrar releaseMa`an - An Israeli military judge reversed a ruling to release Khalida Jarrar on bail, deeming the Palestinian parliamentarian a "security risk" based on secret evidence, prisoner rights group Addameer told Ma`an.-rh 3/6/2015
Palestinian prisoners resort to hunger strikesAhmad Melhem - Al Monitor - Based on statistics Al-Monitor obtained from the Palestinian Prisoners Club, Israeli forces have used administrative detention since occupying the West Bank in 1967 — which culminated in the first intifada in 1987, when the number of administrative detainees reached more than 20,000. During the second intifada (2000-2007), Israel issued roughly 18,000 administrative detention orders.-rh 3/6/2015
Join us for a march in Palestinian Susya this Friday, 5.6.15 3/6/2015
WATCH: 48 to 67 AIC - Youtube (with English subtitles) - Hundreds of Israelis marched on May 30 in Jerusalem to commemorate and protest 48 years of occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. After the march, form West Jerusalem`s Zion Square to the East Jerusalem Old City Wall some speeches. [bz]2/6/2015
Success and pitfalls of Palestinian anti-normalization Seth Frantzman - Jerusalem Post - On May 28 Palestinian activists, acting in the name of “anti-normalization”, attacked Palestinian, Israeli and international participants in the annual "Jerusalem Hug" event near the Old City`s Damascus Gate. The "Jerusalem Hug", with its aim of promoting coexistence without dealing directly with political issues, was regarded as in practice accepting the situation of Israeli rule. Seth Frantzman, who was himself among those assaulted, analyses the ten years of “anti-normalization”, what it achieved and and what it can`t achieve. ak 2/6/2015
Barghouti Begins Hunger Strike in Solitary ConfinementIMEMC News & Agencies - "Palestinian detainee Abdullah Barghouti began, on Sunday, an open-ended hunger strike to protest his solitary confinement, Chairman of the Prisoners’ Affairs Committee, Issa Qaraqe, reported. The Israeli prison administration placed the senior Hamas official in solitary confinement after he made a phone call from prison with the Hamas-affiliated al-Ray radio, in which he asked Hamas not to be too hasty in reaching a prisoner exchange deal with Israel" [ry]1/6/2015
Video: 48 to 67Alternative Information Center (AIC) - Several hundred Israelis marched on May 30 in Jerusalem to commemorate and protest 48 years of occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights [ry]1/6/2015
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