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UN to list businesses operating illegally in Occupied Palestinian landsRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Despite Israel’s clever PR, companies that operate in the Occupied West Bank, Occupied Jerusalem and the Occupied Golan Heights are violating the Rule of Law if they produce food or other products manufactured or grown on lands stolen from Palestinian Christians and Muslims." - id 29/11/2017
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MachsomWatch needs your support 28/11/2017
In the French Senate, B`Tselem Executive Director urges an active Frence role in the Palestinian TerritoriesAmit Gilutz - B`Tselem - “In the past, Israel seized control of Palestinian land under the cloak of a peace process. Now even this is no longer necessary: all that is required is some vague anticipation of an American plan, perceived in Jerusalem as a green light for demolition on one side and settlement on the other. International action to end the occupation is more important and more necessary today than ever before. [ak]28/11/2017
Palestinians in Jabal al-Baba protest Israeli expulsion orderActivestills - +972 - The small village is located in E1, an area in which the U.S. and Europe have long demanded Israel not build new settlements, because doing so would cut the West Bank in two [ry]27/11/2017
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Israel `doing everything they can` with Trump to suppress UN list of companies operating in West Bank settlementsJosef Federman, Jamey Keaten and Josh Lederman - Independent - `We just view that type of blacklist as counterproductive`, says US State Department spokesperson [ry]27/11/2017
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Palestinians to appeal over Israeli settlement teamsDalia Hatuqa - Al Jazeera - "The Palestinian Football Association has long raised objections that Israeli football teams based in West Bank settlements violate FIFA regulations, which prohibit games from being held in a member federation`s territory without its authorisation" [ry] 27/11/2017
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What`s behind Israel`s sudden enthusiasm to investigate attacks on Palestinians?Shlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - "Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked`s push for a fast-paced inquiry into the case of an Israeli soldier`s alleged abuse of a Palestinian was not about justice, but about bringing down Breaking the Silence." - id 22/11/2017
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Israel Hayom`s new target: Conscientious objector`s motherYael Marom - +972 - "If my daughter is willing to pay the price and go to prison, then I too am willing to pay. If someone thinks I am doing the wrong thing, then I am willing to pay any price to support my daughter. I am, first and foremost, her mother. They say that I am putting my job at risk, but I have been in the education system for 30 years, and I find it hard to believe that I will be fired for saying I support my daughter." - id22/11/2017
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Thanksgiving for Palestinians, Israelis and USS Liberty Veterans With HOPEEileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "USS Liberty survivor of The Six Day War Donald Pageler, Palestinian Christian Authors, and Jewish Israeli BDS Activist exemplify HOPE in action for Thanksgiving 2017. “HOPE has two children. The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about it.”-St. Augustine." - id 22/11/2017
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Government campaign against Breaking the Silence: absurd upon absurdTimes of Israel - Israel Hayom’s front page is dominated by another curious chapter of the peculiar Breaking the Silence saga, which involves the organization’s spokesman Dean Issacharoff vehemently attempting to prove he is guilty — you read that right — of assaulting a Palestinian during his army service. Proving it would vindicate the campaign of Breaking the Silence to expose the essential immorality of the occupation, while declaring Issacharoff not guilty of beating a Palestinian would tend to make him and his organization into "liers who defame the army". Adding to the confusion is the fact that Issacharoff’s father, Jeremy Issacharoff, happens to be Israeli ambassador to Germany. Like all Israeli diplomats, Issacharoff Senior is instructed by the Foreign Ministry to wage an unrelenting international struggle against his son`s organization and do all he could to discredit it in German and European public opinion... [ak] 21/11/2017
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Historic US bill would outlaw Israel aid used to abuse childrenNora Barrows-Friedman - The Electronic Intifada - "The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, introduced on Tuesday, is the first ever bill to prioritize the human rights of Palestinian children as a condition for US support, according to campaigners." - id 15/11/2017
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Haifa court to deliberate on `The Women`s Boat` which tries to reach Gaza 12/11/2017
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Understanding anti-normalization in Palestinian society Rami Elhanan - Ynet - "We must try to understand each other, honor our Palestinian partners who are courageously standing at the forefront of the battle against their society, and keep deepening the joint activity of those who believe in peaceful cooperation against the occupation." - id   9/11/2017
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Ramallah: Seminar on Ending Impunity for Crimes against Palestinian JournalistsPNN - Palestine News Network - "This seminar is an important step in the quest to promote the rights and freedoms of the press." - id9/11/2017
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Thousands march through London in Balfour protestNoor Nanji - The National - Up to 4,000 people took to the streets of London on Saturday to oppose the Balfour Declaration. Rather than the long-dead Arthur Balfour, the protest`s main target was mainly the incumbent PM Theresa May, who had declared her "pride" at the Balfour Declaration and hosted Netanyahu for the centenary. But the message from the protestors was clear. “Theresa May, shame on you,” was written on placards waved by the crowds. “She’s proud to celebrate the Balfour Declaration… is she proud to celebrate ethnic cleansing? Apartheid? And the oppression of human rights?” Rajab Shamlakh, from the Association of the Palestinian Community in the UK, asked the crowd in one of the many speeches at the event. “This government should feel shame, not pride,” he continued.[ak] Other banners held at the march included “100 years of injustice”, “Free Palestine” and “Israel is a terror state”. Colin from Liverpool told The National he travelled down to London to attend the protest, together with 30 other members of the “Liverpool Friends of Palestine” group. “I’m very ashamed of the British government,” he said. “They signed that declaration in 1917 with no care whatsoever for the indigenous people. It is very important that British people come out and show solidarity with the Palestinians.” The protest was delayed by almost an hour as pro-Israeli demonstrators attempted to block the streets. They ended up marching ahead of the pro-Palestinian protest all the way to Westminster, holding signs which lambasted the “anti-semitic rally”. But Glyn Secker, from campaign group Jews for Justice for Palestinians, told the crowd: “These criticisms are not and cannot be anti-Semitic – they are to assert basic human and Jewish values.” ________________ Read more Netanyahu warns Iran over Mediterranean military bases The bitter legacy of Balfour - protests in Ramallah, 100 years on Britain marks Balfour centenary amid Palestinian protests ________________ Describing Palestine as “the world’s biggest prison” and a “psychological torture chamber”, Mr Secker took direct aim at the Israeli leadership, saying: “Netanyahu you do not speak for me, nor for hundreds of thousands of Jews around the world who identify with your victims.” Other speakers at the rally included representatives from trade unions, film director Ken Loach, SNP politician John Nicolson and Palestinian politician Dr Mustafa Barghouti. A video of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a long-time patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, was also played to the crowd, which burst into energetic chants of “Ohh, Jeremy Corbyn” – one of the more memorable refrains from this year`s general election campaign. Speakers and attendees expressed outrage at the steady loss of Palestinian land to Israeli settlers, with maps handed out at the event showing the dramatic reduction in Palestinian-controlled territory since 1917. “Palestinians only have 22% of their land left, which is being eroded daily,” said Mr Nickleson said. “That’s a pitifully small amount of land.” They also urged Theresa May’s government to apologise for the Balfour Declaration. “She should apologise for this crime,” another protester, Hassan, told The National. “She has lost touch with the British people, and what we want.” Ismail Patel, founder of Friends of Al-Aqsa, said the message to the government from Saturday’s march was clear. “First and foremost, apologise for the Balfour Declaration,” he said. “Secondly, recognise the state of Palestine today. Third, continue with BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] until Palestine is free. “My friends, take this message home and keep working until Palestine is free,” he added, to rapturous chants of “free, free Palestine”. 7/11/2017
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Conscientious objector freed after 150 days in IDF prison+972 - "I call on all teenagers who face the draft to do away with all the prejudices we are educated on, and that they look at the violent situation in our region for what it is, and ask themselves whether they are willing to take responsibility for it” says Ofir Averbukh upon release. Averbukh is 18, from moshav Tzofit. [bz]7/11/2017
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Activist Moshe Machover reinstated in the British Labour Party, after intensive campaignAsa Winstanley - Jewish Voice for Labour - The former Israeli activist Moshé Machover regained his membership in the British Labor Party after numerous resolutions were passed by Labour Party constituencies and branches, protesting his expulsion some weeks ago. However, the language of letter which Machover got, announcing his reinstatement, is highly grudging and petulant - with no hint of apology for having falsely accused Machover of "antisemitism" because of his support for the Palestinians. [ak] 7/11/2017
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BIL`IN ACTIVIST RANI GOT NEARLY THE $10 000 TOGETHER WHICH HE NEEDS FOR THE LIFE-CHANGING WHEELCHAIR 7/11/2017
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Al Shakaba Roundtable: After Balfour — 100 Years of History and the Roads Not TakenAl Shakaba/IMEMC - A worldwide wave of analysis and activism is marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on November 2, 2017.Could history have taken a different trajectory? Were there points during the past century at which the Palestinians could have influenced the course of events in a different direction? We turned to the historians and analysts in Al-Shabaka’s policy network and asked them to identify and reflect on a turning point at which things might have gone differently had the Palestinian people decided on another course of action, and to draw lessons that should be applied in this quest for self-determination, freedom, justice, and equality. [ak]7/11/2017
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The Rabin Memorial - did I make the correct decision to go?Hillel Schenker - Times of Israel - While the organizers said there would be no civil society and political stands allowed at the rally, Peace Now had a stand in the middle of the square, constantly surrounded by people who were picking up signs to be held at the rally. I picked up one which read: “We Have Not Forgotten the Incitement, the Murder, The Peace, Peace Now”. Meretz also had a stand which gave out countless green Meretz balloons held up high by young people, and Hebrew-Arabic bilingual signs against the occupation and for peace. Other signs, some made by organizations, others personal, read, “Two States for Two Peoples”, “I’m a Patriotic Leftist” and “It’s all Political”. And the Gush Shalom people circulated a sticker which said “Continuing in Rabin’s Path”, with a photo of Rabin and Arafat shaking hands, and map of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza with the Green Line. [bz] 7/11/2017
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Tens of thousands attend Rabin memorial rally in Tel AvivKorin Elbaz Alush, Itay Blumenthal, Elisha Ben Kimon - Ynet - "We can separate from the Palestinians without compromising our security. We must separate from the Palestinians to keep the State of Israel as the democratic home of the Jewish people," said Commanders for Israel`s Security leader Maj. Gen. (res.) Amnon Reshef. Darkenu head Col. (res.) Dr. Kobi Richter spoke of the "moderate majority" in Israel. "The moderate majority is Haredi people who watch in shame as extremists from their sector wildly protest," he began. "The moderate majority is Israeli Arabs who see the radicalization in both nations and have come here to support a discourse of peace and coexistence. The moderate majority is residents from Judea and Samaria who renounce the extremism of the Hilltop Youth. The moderate majority is the Tel Aviv residents who came here this year in particular to shirk off seclusion. [bz]5/11/2017
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Memorial rally takes place Tel Aviv for 22nd anniversary of Rabin assassinationYonatan Baniyeh - Ynet - "The event, titled "Remembering in Song—from HaReut Song to Shir LaShalom", originated with an initiative by Army Radio and the Menashe Regional Council in the Gan Shmuel kibbutz and was held for the 17th consecutive year." - id1/11/2017
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Alert!!! Communities Facing Expulsion - for no just reason 14/11/2017
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Communities Facing Expulsion - for no just reason and with almost no forewarning CWJP - They are not connected to the electricity grid and are denied water from pipes or natural sources. They are mainly poor shepherds who live off their herds. Since the Oslo agreement they found themselves living in area C and hence under direct Israeli occupation. Israel has declared in many occasions that these areas should be annexed to Israel. This latest eviction order will help Israel declare these areas empty and enhance its claim for sovereignty. [bz]14/11/2017
Palestinian citizens of Israel won`t be bullied into silence any longerRami Younis - +972 - A recent campaign against Palestinian journalist Makbula Nasser, who was attacked on the front page of Israel’s most-read newspaper, was meant to strike fear in the hearts of Palestinian citizens of Israel — the fear of speaking out. That may have worked with previous generations [ry] 13/11/2017
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Palestinian organizer Hassan Karajah released after 16 months in prison without charge or trialSamidoun - “Karajah is a prominent Palestinian leftist and a community leader and youth organizer. He is a trainer at the Handala cultural center in Saffa and director of its annual arts and cultural festival in the village” [ry]13/11/2017
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