|BDS victory: French transportation giant Alstom loses $10 billion contract due to BDS pressure||Nora`s blog
"After several years’ worth of pressure by boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists worldwide, French transportation multinational Alstom has officially lost a significant contract bid with the Saudi Haramain Railway Project in Saudi Arabia. Alstom and Veolia, another French urban systems corporation, are involved with the illegal Jerusalem Light Rail project that links West Jerusalem with settlement colonies in the occupied West Bank, and boycott activists have been campaigning heavily across Europe and in Saudi Arabia to encourage governments to cut contracts with Alstom and Veolia, and award bids to other companies." ca||28/10/2011|
|Israel stopped mother visiting prisoner son for 11 years||Rami Almeghari -
“While I was riding the bus on the way to Maghazi, I bet with my fellow passengers who were released prisoners like myself that I would recognize Maghazi. But as we got closer to the camp, I discovered that many things have changed since I left twenty years ago,” Misleh told the Electronic Intifada,” as he, seated next to his mother, received people coming to congratulate him and his extended family." ca
|Fadwa Barghouti: `For peace to come, Israel must release my husband`||Donald Macintyre - The Independent - "I hope Abu Mazen will demand Marwan`s release as a precondition of negotiations, as he did with the settlements," she says. "If Israel wants to release Marwan Barghouti it will support Abu Mazen. He is a force in Fatah and Fatah is supporting peace. If he is released it will mean that Israel is on the road to making real peace."
|Exhibition explores implementing right of return||Jillian Kestler-D`Amours - The Electronic Intifada - “Based on the right of return, we developed since 2008 a project of thinking practically about return. It’s not so much about the right itself, but more about the possibilities, once there will be the right, of how it could be implemented,” Eitan Bronstein, founder and spokesperson of Israeli organization Zochrot said.||26/10/2011|
|As settlers disrupt olive harvest, Israeli officer declares: ‘I am the law, I am God.’||International Solidarity Movement - Mondoweiss - A group of around 10 settlers gathered in the lower olive groves in Tel Rumeida at 11:55am where Palestinians were busy picking olives. Baruch Marzel, a prominent extremist settler, stood on a Palestinian flag in an obvious attempt to provoke olive harvesters. The ||26/10/2011|
|Testimony of `A`, 61 years` old peace activist, who was robbed and beaten badly by settlers in a pogrom during an olive harvest||"A" -
Combatants for Peace -
"I told him: "Aren`t you ashamed? Why do you act violently? I`m old enough to be your father!". As soon as these words came out of my mouth, I felt a blow to my head, followed by the feeling of blood gushing out of the wound." - id ||26/10/2011|
|October 28 - October 29 Weekly Demonstrations ||Register for Transportation Against the Wall and the Settlements
|New Ben Gurion Airport Fly-In planned for April 2012||Bienvenuepalestine - Activists of the France-based "Bienvenue Palestine"
(Welcome to Palestine) initiative have resolved on a new international mission to Palestine, to be held on April 15 to 2012. A large number of international activists are to arrive in the Bethlehem Area at the invitation of local Palestinians. As in the previous "fly-in", which caused great consternation to Israeli authorities a few months ago, activists intend declare openly their intentions upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport - thus challenging the government`s policy of turning back activists heading for the Palestinian territories. ||25/10/2011|
|Urgent Appeal - urging the release of all 164 Palestinian child detainees currently in detention||DCI-Palestine - On Sunday, 16 October 2011, the Israeli authorities published a list of 477 prisoners, including 27 women, to be released in the first stage on 18 October. The list does not include any children. DCI-Palestine can not confirm how many children, if any, will be released at the second stage in December 2011. rh||19/10/2011|
|My part in the prisoner exchange deal ||GERSHON BASKIN -
"Ghazi and I differ on almost all political issues. We don’t differ on the importance of trust between rival parties in negotiations, and we share the same values of humanity, compassion and hope for peace. I hope that Ghazi and I will continue to remain in contact but from now on, work together to bring real peace to our two peoples." - id
|No comfort in revenge ||Robi Damelin -
"And then I think of the pain of the Palestinian mothers in our group. This may be difficult for some to swallow, but the pain is the same as mine and the tears are the same color." - id
|Oil for Peace ï¿½ Olive Harvest in Jayus|| ||18/10/2011|
| Occupying Rothschild: A wild night out||Yuval Ben-Ami - +972 - "Tel Aviv’s main street was blocked for nearly two hours and no television camera was there to document it. The various news websites ignored the event altogether. When I approached a reporter for a major TV channel, texting him that they should send a crew over, he replied: “I’m all in favor, but for the next half a year we’re going to be all about the Schalit festival. The struggle makes an attempt to rise anew, despite animosity from the mayor and the use of Gilad Schalit’s release as yet another media spin. Socially conscious Israelis will need all the global help they can get"||17/10/2011|
|Empty Stomachs, Emboldened Hearts ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - As mentioned, this is not the first time the prisoners go on strike but today, the atmosphere is palpably different. Perhaps it is because the Palestinians feel emboldened by the determined stance of their leadership to lead them to a state.
|Hunger strikes will continue until prisoners’ demands respected||Jillian Kestler-D`Amours - The Electronic Intifada - Sitting in the shade of a small lemon tree in the German Colony area of Haifa, eight Palestinian activists have been on hunger strike since last weekend in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners who have been going without food for nearly two weeks in protest against poor prison conditions and a lack of basic rights.||13/10/2011|
|Israelis and Palestinians refusing to be enemies||Haggai Matar - Common Ground News Service - Despite the fact that the J14 leaders are dubbing this movement "apolitical" – meaning that it takes no stand on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict – I argue that its spirit reflects a growing understanding that social justice cannot be achieved so long as the Occupation persists.||13/10/2011|
|Political Prisoners||Mazin Qumsiyeh - Popular Resistence - I read Nelson Mandel`s inspiring autobiography many years ago. His book was titled "Long Walk to Freedom" because it was done after the end of apartheid. Marwan Barghouthi`s book is not an autobiography in that sense because our people`s walk to freedom is still ongoing. It is thus titled "One thousand days in prison isolation cell" and refers to a part of the struggle
|Encountering Peace: Confessions of a ‘yefeh nefesh’ ||GERSHON BASKIN -
"I am opposed to the occupation because it is morally wrong. It is the most Jewish thing to do and I will continue to be on the front lines of Israeli Jewish peace actors until we achieve our goal of a just and lasting peace – two states for two peoples." - id
|Ta`ayush Jerusalem: Sat. 15.10, we will accompany Palestinians farmers and shepherds in South Hebron hills||There is a direct link between the number of accompaniers and the farmers` ability to harvest and work their lands.
|POSTPONED: This Friday, October 14th, 2:00 PM ï¿½ We will demonstrate again in Anatot||Postponed because of police objection
|In Bil`in, Al Ma`asara, An Nabi Saleh, Ni`lin, Beit Ummar: October 14 - 15 weekly demos against the wall / settlements||Register for Transportation||11/10/2011|
|Is there a plan that both Israelis & Palestinians would support? Help us develop such plans!||IPCRI: Register for Nov. 14 Workshop on Democratically Improving Peace Solutions (+ Request for Permits)||11/10/2011|
|Appeal for Ibrahim from Susiya||The Villages Group - Ibrahim and others have created the Susiya center as part of their attempts for their community to flourish despite the difficult circumstances.||11/10/2011|
|General strike and hunger strike declared in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners||Diana Alzeer - +972 - The issue of Palestinian prisoners is a hot subject among Palestinians as statistics show that about 40% of the Palestinian male population in the occupied territories have been jailed at one point or another by Israel. This makes the subject of prisoners a nearly universal experience.
|Accompany and Join the Olive Harvest ||call for participation and donations||11/10/2011|
|Wedn. 12.10.11: Join for one day Palestinian prisoners hunger strike ||and spread the word...||10/10/2011|
|Support grows for Palestinian`s prison strike ||Sangwon Yoon - AlJazeera - Activists start open-ended hunger strike in support of prisoners in Israel fasting against "worsening jail conditions"||10/10/2011|
|Over 1,000 Jews gather at Wall St. for Alternative Kol Nidre||Lisa Goldman - +972 - Jews of all ages and backgrounds, from secular to observant, showed up for an exhilarating experience.
|Rights group: Israel punishing detainee hunger strikers||Ma`an - Hunger strikers at Ofer and Ashkelon prisons have been beaten by prison authorities, a release from Addameer says.||8/10/2011|
|Solidarity with the Palestinian Hungerstrikers||Wedn. 5.10 7pm, Haifa - elJabal & elKarma (Hagefen) st. junction (near `beit hagefen`)||5/10/2011|
|Pilgrims` Route On Foot to Jerusalem - The Pathway Circle||following the tradition of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Includes visiting protest locations.||4/10/2011|
|Avigail/Jibrin and Um-Nir, or: Taayush/Sisyphus||David Shulman - None of this is new, but it’s perhaps a little starker, cruder, more manifest than usual. And why hide it? It’s the face—one face—of Israel, autumn 2011.
|Palestinian prisoners` hunger strike spreading, as does the support - and the army crackdown||Saed Bannoura, IMEMC / PNN - Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention facilities started an open-ended hunger strike a week ago, after a Prison Service crack-down to punish the detainees while at the same time starting a campaign aimed at influencing world public opinion regarding prison conditions.
|Be`er Sheva, Oct. 6 : No to Praver Plan - No to eviction of 30.000 Bedouins !!||transportation from TA & J`lem. Called by: High Bedouin Popular Committee of the Negev
|Policeman identified among settlers who attacked activists||Yossi Gurvitz - +972 - One of the attackers in Anatot was identified as Yossi Ben Arush, a police investigator residing in the settlement. Police: If someone complains, Internal Affairs will investigate
|Footage and testimonies! Israeli Activists report about the attempted lynching of Palestinian farmers and Israeli activists by Anatot settlers, with Israeli police collaboration||PLEASE CIRCULATE AND POST WIDELY - THE CRIMES WILL NOT END WITHOUT AN
INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISRAEL`S APARTHEID SYSTEM
|23 people injured during settler attack on Palestinians and Israeli activists ___including photos+video||Activist testimony, banned so far in Israeli mainstream media. ||1/10/2011|
|A new Palestinian Intifada?||Foreign Policy -
Palestinian society has been engaging in various kinds of protest for nearly 100 years. It is rightfully exhausted. Over the course of the twentieth century, whenever the question of Palestine reached a point of stagnation, it was typically Palestinian civilian men, women, and children who shook things up by mobilizing the meager resources at their disposal. We should stop wondering if or when they will do so again. Rather, it is time for the international community to use the resources at its disposal to help bring about a just and lasting peace, once and for all." ca
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