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GAZA: LIFT THE BLOCKADE - The Relief Convoy on its way/Uri Avnery`s Speech/PoemGush Shalom-"Our hearts are with our Palestinian brothers/Who are at this moment demonstrating with us/On the other side of the fence /– Don’t lose faith that one day /We will meet together in this place /Without fences, without walls, /Without violence, without fighting,/ The sons of two peoples living next to each other/In peace, in friendship, in partnership. "30/1/2008
Israel bars aid convoy to Gaza Rachel Shabi - Al-Jazeera - "We are still in negotiations with the army and are trying to mobilise Knesset members. We have an appeal to the supreme court that is ready to be lodged. We hope it will not come to that, but will use it if necessary." 29/1/2008
`We are all under the same sky` - story of the aid convoy to GazaAdam Keller - The Other Israel - A new situation was created by the decision of Defence Minister Barak to make an already terrible situation completely intolerable (...) In desperation the Palestinians have taken the step which is often urged on them, not always in good faith - i.e. to undertake mass non-violent action a la Mahatma Gandhi. (...) In fact, a relief convoy had been in stages of preparation already for several weeks before these stirring events.28/1/2008
A tiny little bit of fuel now, but new electricity cuts next weekIsraeli human rights organizations - The fuel and electricity cuts constitute illegal collective punishment. Gaza needs 240 MW electricity in the current peak winter season. Israel supplies (before the planned cut) 120 MW, Egypt supplies 17 MW, and Gaza`s power plant is currently producing only 45 MW – meaning that there is a deficit of 58 MW, or 24% - even before the Feb. 7 cuts are scheduled to take place.28/1/2008
Supporting divestment Israelis invited to sign at http://www.petitiononline.com/Israelis/petition.html28/1/2008
A rough guide to Hebron: The world`s strangest guided tour highlights the abuse of PalestiniansDonald MacIntyre - The Independent - "We have a few hundred settlers there," says Shaul. "We don`t even question it. They are Israeli citizens and they deserve protection, just like people in Tel Aviv. To give them the protection, we take a lot of things into consideration – we have geography, we have a budget, large numbers of soldiers – but there`s one thing we won`t take into consideration, and that`s 166,000 Palestinians around here. This is the problem of Hebron. Only in this way can you close what used to be the main street for 60 years and then say it was a mistake and continue this mistake." 28/1/2008
Breaking outSaleh Al-Naami, Amira Howeidy, Dina Ezzat-Al Ahram -"Even supporters of Abbas say they are uncomfortable. Palestinian writer Hani Al-Masri says the president needs to halt negotiations immediately. "It doesn`t make sense for negotiations to continue while Israel is changing facts on the ground and undermining the chances for a just and acceptable solution," " 25/1/2008
Two Forms of ResistanceArt Gish- CPT-"The soldier tried to stop her, got in front of her, but the woman just walked around the soldier. The poor soldier gave up, and the woman walked away. The actions of the woman left the soldier with his M-16 gun powerless. With internationals watching, he was not going to shoot the woman. The simple act of resistance by the woman was more powerful than the actions of either the soldiers or the stone-throwing youth. "25/1/2008
Submission to the United Nations Human Rights CouncilPCHR - "As NGO’s committed to the protection and promotion of human rights and international humanitarian law, FIDH and PCHR are especially concerned about the continuing siege and closure of the Gaza Strip, including deliberate deprivation of essential fuel supplies, amidst escalating IOF attacks which are killing and injuring civilians on an almost daily basis. From January 2007-January 2008, three hundred and seventy Palestinians were killed by the IOF in the Gaza Strip, and another 850 were injured. In addition to inflicting thousands of deaths and injuries on Palestinian civilians in Gaza, Israel has manufactured a chronic humanitarian crisis as a tool of collective punishment against the 1.5 million Palestinian citizens living in Gaza."25/1/2008
Letter to the of the representatives of the Quartet . Call for Urgent ActionLetter to the representatives of the Quartet by the Palestinian International Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza, signed by Dr. Eyad Sarraj. Also, An Israeli Call for Urgent Action on behalf of Gaza, signed by anti-occupation organizations.22/1/2008
`GAZA: LIFT THE BLOCKADE` - the relief convoy on its wayGush Shalom - In consultation with Dr. al-Sarraj it was decided to buy not only five tons of essential foodstuffs - flour, sugar, rice, oil, salt, beans and lentils - but also water distillers. "The water in the Gaza Strip is undrinkable," al-Sarraj reported, "therefore there is an urgent need for distillers." 27/1/2008
Court gives state 20 days to answer appeal against settler radio Gush Shalom - During the discussion, it turned out that the Supreme Court Library has no copy of the eleven Legislative Annexes enacted by the West Bank Military Commander to regulate daily life in the settlements. Adv. Gabi Lasky, representing Gush Shalom, told the judges that these Annexes are also not available in Israeli public libraries and the libraries of Law Faculties at Israeli universities, nor do their texts appear in the online legal resource websites. "This is nearly a secret legislation" she said.19/1/2008
Nonviolent Anti-Wall Protest in Al-Khader near BethlehemAl-Khader Popular Committee Against The Wall & Colonialism -"The construction of the wall in this town will expropriate more than 20000 dunams (5000 acres) of the town’s land which will make life difficult for everyone in this town.demonstration will start Friday January 18, 2008 at 11:30 at the main road (Jerusalem-Hebron road)." 18/1/2008
On Music, War and EmpathyGilad Atzmon-Palestine Chronicle-"Like my peers, I didn’t see the Palestinians around me. They were no doubt there, they fixed my father’s car for half the price, they built our houses, they cleaned the mess we left behind, they where schlepping boxes in the local food store, but they always disappeared just before sunset and appeared again around dawn. They had never socialized with us. We didn’t really understand who they were and what they stood for. Supremacy was no doubt brewed in our being,"14/1/2008
CO Ben Kogan sentenced to 21 days in military prisonNew Profile - Ben Kogan, a pacifist conscientious objector, was sentenced to 21 days in military prison for refusing to serve in the Israeli army. Ben appeared before the military Conscience Committee in December, but was rejected. The rejection was based on a distorted version of things said at the Committee. Upon his arrival at the prison, Ben had to undergo a humiliating ritual by other soldiers. Ben refused to wear a uniform in prison and to refer to the prison commanders by their ranks. He was therefore sent to solitary confinement and denied telephone calls.13/1/2008
Bil’in on Madison Avenue: protest against Leviev Nimrod Halperin - The Marker -The exclusive jewelry shop that Lev Leviev opened in New York became a focus for protests against the extensive construction of settlements in the territories that is being implemented by the construction company Danya Cebus, owned by the diamond and real estate magnate. 12/1/2008
Recognition Forum calls for letter-writing campaign on behalf of Bedouin rights 12/1/2008
Bil’in`s Abdullah Abu Rahme wounded second time in a weekISM Reports - Near the end of the demonstration, army snipers shot Bil’in Popular Committee member Abdullah Abu Rahme in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet. Abdullah was also one of the activists hospitalized a week ago when settlers attacked a group of Palestinians who were non-violently protesting the placement of more caravans on their land. After the soldier shot Abdullah, he dances a bit and cheers, telling his comrades-in-arms that he “got one in the head!” 12/1/2008
Rabbis applying human rights by farming and legal struggleWeekly report including a call for agricultural volunteers.12/1/2008
PHR-Israel Gaza Convoy entered Gaza today 9.1 -Campaign to End the Siege on GazaMiri Weingarten -PHR Israel-"Our message with the convoy: Bush`s visit today ignores Gaza; no peace process can be possible without Gaza."11/1/2008
URGENT settlers building structures on pal land in Hebron, blocking roads Pal Reports -What the police are not trying to prevent is the settlers building stone structures on Palestinian land, they have taken down the tent and now have built two stone structures and stone pathways and blocking the road with stones. 11/1/2008
The Bush circus comes to townSeth Freedman-commentisfree.guardian-"We gave them the freedom to choose their own leadership," he boomed into the microphone, "but then they elected terrorists, so we had to take that freedom away again. What choice did we have?" 11/1/2008
Demonstrate against Bush!Wednesday 9 January, 5pm, Agron St., Independence Park, West Jerusalem. Transportation from Tel-Aviv at 15:45, from the El-Al terminal. Bus info: 054-6634443 7/1/2008
The School of Occupation StudiesHilla Dayan - HaOketz - Over three years ago Yehuda Shenhav wrote in Ha-`Oketz about his impressions of a conference of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco. On that occasion Yehuda did a thorough stocktaking and found that of 133 Israeli sociologists in tenure-track positions (of whom 2 were Palestinian and 14 Mizrahi), there were maybe about two researchers who offered courses on the Occupation. ... Israeli sociology for some reason still relates to the Occupation as if it were a temporary phenomenon and not a permanent one.6/1/2008
`They want us to leave - we are going to stay!`Richard Boudreaux - Los Angeles Times - A Palestinian fights in court for a hill his family has held since 1916. But Israeli settlers nearby say the farm should be theirs.5/1/2008
Donate for Gaza Relief Convoy 4/1/2008
At Tuwani Update: 16 December - 31 DecemberCPT-"the soldiers explained they would not interfere with the plowing but that the effort was futile since the settlers will plow the field again to stake a claim on the land. The action was to confirm continuous land use by the Palestinian family and prevent the land reverting to the state." 4/1/2008
HELP US TO PLAN OUR NEXT US TRIP -MARCH 2008 GERSHON BASKIN & HANNA SINIORA In the beginning of March, IPCRI Co-CEOs, Gershon Baskin and Hanna Siniora will be coming to the US for a visit of two weeks. During that time we will be on the road traveling across the country working to "raise friends" who will become supporters of our work for Israeli-Palestinian peace. 2/1/2008
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