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225 Palestinians Barred From Entering Israel for Joint Memorial Day Ceremony Barak Ravid - Haaretz - For the past 12 years, The Parents Circle Families Forum, an Israeli-Palestinian organization for those who have lost family members to the conflict, along with Combatants for Peace, have held an alternative Memorial Day ceremony which has been attended by thousands of people. The ceremony includes both Israeli and Palestinian speakers and is intended “to commemorate the memory of the victims of the conflict and the shared pain,” say organizers. The event will be held on Sunday evening, the beginning of Memorial Day in Israel, at the Shlomo Group Arena next to the Tel Aviv Convention Center. As of now, it seems that the 225 Palestinian participants will not be able to attend. - after a stabbing attack a week ago by an 18-year-old resident of Nablus injuring four in Tel Aviv. [bz for dn] 30/4/2017
13 Palestinian journalists injured while attempting to cover Jerusalem sit-inMa`an - Israeli police had forcibly evacuated a peaceful sit-in organized at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City, held to express support for approximately 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike in Israeli prisons for the past 14 days. After marching through the streets, chanting slogans in solidarity with the hunger strikers, demonstrators were chased by Israeli police on horseback, with Israeli police officers also ripping up and confiscating pictures of Palestinian prisoners that protesters were carrying. [bz for dn]30/4/2017
Did Netanyahu`s ultimatum to German foreign minister pay off? Mazal Mualem - Al-Monitor "Not only is this not a victory for Breaking the Silence, this is a setback in their effort to convince Israeli society to fight against the occupation. Even before the organization stood at the center of a storm that hurt relations with an important ally of Israel, large segments of the public disagreed with its work and see it as slandering Israel Defense Forces (IDF) abroad...Gabriel, like Netanyahu, seemed to act for domestic political reasons. He defended his decision not to give in to the prime minister`s ultimatum, saying that meeting with organizations opposed to Israel’s policy is “totally normal." Gabriel then said that it would be unimaginable to cancel meetings with Netanyahu if he met with critics of the government in Germany, adding, “We mustn’t become part of the domestic policy game in Israel.” But that’s exactly what he did." ca 27/4/2017
Barghouti: BDS is growing as Israel becomes associated with far-right movements around the worldJesse Rubin - Mondoweiss "The event was organized by Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD)—a coalition of Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine and Barnard College Jewish Voice for Peace calling for the university’s divestment from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. “Tonight’s panel will allow us all to reflect on what it means to build a movement against apartheid in the 21st Century” said Nadine Talaat of CUAD and moderator of the talk... Mr. Barghouti’s travel ban was just last week lifted by an Israeli court, allowing him to accept a peace prize at Yale University before coming to speak at Columbia." ca27/4/2017
Lecture and Movie at the Cinemateque JerusalemThursday, April 27 at 8:00 PM. Itay Mack: The Many Facets of Israel`s Wars and The Lab.26/4/2017
Hillel must put Jewish diversity and social justice above Israel allegianceAlly Fernandez - +972 - "I am exactly the kind of Jew whom Naftali Bennett thinks should not exist. I am a proud, Puerto Rican, feminist, Jewish woman of color who stands in solidarity with Palestine and supports the call for BDS." - id 26/4/2017
Nabi Salih marches in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strikeFeatures - International Solidarity Movement - "Teargas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and live rounds were fired at demonstrators by Israeli forces who later surrounded and blockaded the village for several hours." - id 26/4/2017
Barghouthi`s health deteriorates on 8th day of Palestinian prisoner hunger strikeMa`an - Israeli authorities have cracked down on Palestinian prisoners since the beginning of the strike, placing scores of hunger strikers in solitary confinement, or dispersing them throughout Israel’s network of prisons to separate hunger strikers from each other, while denying the vast majority access to their lawyers and maintaining a freeze on family visits. --Barghouthi who had a severe drop in blood pressure and blood sugar levels was not willing to take medicine offered him by the prison authorities. [bz] 25/4/2017
Settler attack showcases impunity of Jewish extremistsGuy Hircefeld - +972 - In all my years as of activism, I have never seen or experienced such hatred as I did last Friday, when masked settlers attacked a group of Ta’ayush volunteers with clubs and stones [ry]24/4/2017
Israeli settlers attack peace activists in West BankThe New Arab - One settler can be seen striking prominent Israeli peace activist Rabbi Arik Ashcerman on the back of the head with a stick. At least five activists from the grassroots movement Ta`ayush were injured in the attack, including one with a broken arm. The incident took place in the Jordan Valley. [bz for dn] 23/4/2017
Video of Nabi Saleh latest weekly protestDavid Reeb - Friday April 21 protest by the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners` hunger strike. Also against the theft of their land and their spring by the neighboring settlement Halamish, against the Israeli occupation and against apartheid. [bz for dn]23/4/2017
More Palestinians join mass hunger strike on 6th day, PFLP leaders transferred to solitary. Punitive measures against the hunger strikersMa`an - The Handala Center for Prisoners added that these procedures used on hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners were “aimed at breaking the will of prisoners and preventing the strike from growing.” The center also rejected all “collective punishment procedures” imposed on Palestinian prisoners and added that such policies “violate all international and human rights laws.” [bz for dn]23/4/2017
1500 Detainees Continue Hunger Strike For Fourth Day IMEMC - "At least 1500 Palestinian detainees, held by Israel, are ongoing with their hunger strike for the fourth consecutive day, and intend to continue while more detainees are gradually joining the strike that started on April 17th, which also marks the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day." - id 21/4/2017
Dareen Tatour donations campaign 19/4/2017
Jewish Group Releases Blacklist of U.S. Professors Who Back Academic Boycott of Israel Judy Maltz - Haaretz "AMCHA`s list, which includes hundreds of names, comes weeks after Israel barred entry to supporters of boycott. `Knesset travel ban is toothless, unless there are lists,` professor says. Barely three weeks after the Knesset passed controversial legislation that would deny entry into Israel to any foreigners who publicly support a boycott of the country, a small but vocal Jewish organization that fights anti-Israel activism on American college campuses published a list Wednesday of all the professors in the United States who have ever called for an academic boycott of Israel." ca19/4/2017
The ‘Beautiful Resistance’ of Aida Camp – “People cannot tolerate injustice for eternity”Features - ISM - "“Aida is a hotspot because it is so near the border.  They want us to be silent on every level.  They target the young to be collaborators.  The high unemployment rates lead to despair.  And when children feel despair, they feel unsafe.  At that point, the best thing is to want to die.”" - id 21/4/2017
Israeli Government Is Petrified of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement Mark Karlin - Truthout - Rebecca Vilkomerson: In our advocacy work for Palestinian rights, we must always be vigilant for cases of real antisemitism directed against Jewish people -- as opposed to protest against the Israeli state -- just as we need to do more to combat all forms of bigotry and oppression in all of our movements.-rh19/4/2017
‘Being a former prisoner’s daughter has instilled in me an unstoppable determination’Tamam Abusalama - Mondoweiss "My dad has always been the role model in my life. I have always been proud to be my dad’s daughter. His struggle, determination, strength and knowledge contributed much to my personality. Being a former prisoner’s daughter has instilled in me an unstoppable determination to break all borders and limits. I struggle against everything that violates my freedom and that of my people." ca19/4/2017
António Guterres and Federica Mogherini! Women demand: End the Siege on Gaza! (CWP petition)Gaza is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis in spite of all foreign aid. 18/4/2017
Protesting the Technion`s `Arms trading course` Shahaf Weisbein - Hamushim/Coalition of Women for Peace - As part of the Global day of Action on Military Spending, Hamushim activists delivered to the Haifa Technion hundreds of letters petitioning against their arms trading course “Defense Strategy for International Markets”, reminding that “Israeli military industries fuel conflicts around the world, and their products are key to almost all mass killers, dictators and those involved in genocides today." [ak]18/4/2017
Donate to legal defense of Palestinian prisoners 18/4/2017
Samidoun: 1500 Palestinian prisoners launch hunger strike.Take action in support! 18/4/2017
1500 Palestinian prisoners launch largest collective hunger strike in years: Take action in support!Samidoun - While the strike was announced by Fateh prisoners with Barghouthi as their spokesperson, prisoners from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Islamic Jihad, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hamas, the People’s Party and others have declared participation in the strike, especially in prisons like Hadarim, Gilboa and Nafha, where there is nearly unanimous participation in the strike among political prisoners. [bz]18/4/2017
Palestinian prisoners launch mass hunger strikeZena Tahhan - Al Jazeera - Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners launch hunger strike to demand basic rights in Israeli jails [ry]17/4/2017
Swiss lawmakers roll back anti-BDS lawAdri Nieuwhof - EI - On 8 March, the lower house of the Swiss parliament passed an anti-BDS bill put forward by the right-wing People’s Party. But now the foreign affairs committee of the upper house has stripped all references to BDS and the Middle East from the text. The upper house will debate the amended measure in May. The motion passed by the lower house urges the government to ban any funding to nongovernmental groups “implicated in racism, anti-semitism, incitement to hatred or BDS campaigns.” Switzerland now joins the European Union, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden in resisting pressure to outlaw or ostracize BDS as a tool to defend the rights of the Palestinian people. [bz for dn]16/4/2017
Bargouthi urges solidarity with Palestinian prisoners ahead of hunger strikeMa`an - "We call upon our people to join demonstrations, rallies, sit-ins, and general strikes, as we urge (Palestinian) President Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), Palestinian leadership, and Palestinian factions to take steps at every level to free prisoners and support them in their battle," Bargouthi wrote in a statement conveyed to Ma’an by his wife Fadwa. "About one million Palestinians have been detained, tortured, psychologically and physically humiliated, and subjected to demeaning and bitter conditions in the bastilles of barbaric Zionist colonialism." [bz for dn]16/4/2017
‘Peace train’: ‘Only women will lead to real change’Itay Blumenthal - Ynet - Some 1,000 women dressed in white from the Women Make Peace movement boarded the train from a number of stations along the route. The main event took place in Beit She`an, where Likud MK Yehuda Glick and Michal Fruman, who was injured in a stabbing attack in Tekoa and other public figures participated. ‘We want peace regardless of our political outlook, we will support any leader that leads to peace.’ [bz] 15/4/2017
Palestine Museum of Natural History opens in BethlehemMazin Qumsiyeh - We opened the Palestine Museum of Natural History and our botanical gardens (part of the Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University) to the public. This is a dream come true, a culmination of countless hours and countless volunteers. We started preparing and working here in Mar Andrea in August 2014. We had a strategy to officially open the museum after five years but here we are with an opening ceremony in about half the time. We consider this a Palestinian national accomplishment. [ak] 15/4/2017
University of Exeter Must Not Normalize Israeli Apartheid Alex Clark - The Palestine Chronicle - The University of Exeter is a microcosm of university campuses across the UK. Activists for Palestine have been met every step of the way with repression from government bodies, and university managements which do their bidding, and give in easily to pressure from pro-Israel lobby groups. But they have also been met with support from many students. At Exeter, students will continue to fight for their right to protest, to support the work of their elected representatives, and to campaign for solidarity with the Palestinian people. They will not rest until they have achieved Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, knowing that, as with South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s, freedom for Palestine will not be far behind.-rh12/4/2017
CALL TO ACTION: Salfit under brutal settlement expansionISM - International Solidarity Movement - "Since the beginning of the year, the Salfit municipality in the occupied West Bank (Palestine) has become a target not only for illegal settlement expansion and growth but also for the imposition of serious restrictions to the daily lives of Palestinians." - id12/4/2017
Passover event at Umm Al Hiran 11/4/2017
Scores join Freedom March: “Stop Annexing the Jordan Valley”Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC/Combatants for Peace - At the start of the protest, Israeli troops and police tried to block the road. However, the protesters kept marching, chanting slogans against occupation and settlements. The march went along the settler road and culminated at Ecome, a Palestinian-Israeli Peace Farming Project at the entrance to Jericho city. In the concluding rally, Israeli organizer Noga Herbaz said "Soldiers demolish homes, leaving Palestinian families and children without shelter under the burning sun, and deny Palestinians access to water - while at the same time building new Israeli settlements and providing them with all infrastructure". This, she said, amounted to a policy of Apartheid. [ak]11/4/2017
Open letter to Jeremy Corbyn: "If Jackie Walker & Ken Livingstone are Anti-Semitic, then so are we" Tony Greenstein`s Blog - Dear Jeremy, We attach an Open Letter to you signed by 145 members of the [British Labour] Party, Jews and non-Jews, all socialists, who are alarmed by the treatment of left- wing supporters of Palestine facing victimisation within the party. We began collecting signatures before the NCC’s decision to extend Ken Livingstone’s suspension and your failure to defend him. Of other party members also enduring disciplinary, the most high- profile of these is Jackie Walker. We do not believe that the actions that Jackie has been accused of are, in any way, antisemitic. However, if the Labour Party is to employ an expansive definition of antisemitism that encompasses Jackie’s actions, then all 145 of us too are guilty.[ak]11/4/2017
Israeli police block Palestinian `March of Return`Jonathan Cook - Al Jazeera - The March of Return is held each year to commemorate the 1948 Nakba [ry]10/4/2017
Haaretz to Distribute 100,000 Jubilee Haggadahs New Israel Fund - "The Haaretz newspaper will distribute 100,000 copies of the Jubilee Haggadah that marks 50 years of occupation of the Palestinians on the eve of Passover next week.In the arrangement sponsored by the New Israel Fund, Haggadah supplements will be inserted in the Haaretz print edition in Israel on April 9.The Haggadah was compiled by Save Israel, Stop the Occupation (SISO) and includes writings from public figures such as American comedian Sarah Silverman and Israeli author Amos Oz." ca 7/4/2017
Basel Ghattas: Why I brought phones to Palestinians in prisonMiddle East Eye - "In fact, it was a personal act motivated by humanitarian and moral reasons. Palestinian "security prisoners" are denied the right to communicate with their families and relatives by phone - a clear violation of the recently ratified UN `Nelson Mandela` rules for the treatment of prisoners. I several times took up with the prison authorities and the minister in charge the demand that Palestinian prisoners get att least one public phone in each section of the prison under the full surveillance of the prison authorities - as is the practice with (Jewish) "criminal prisoners". To no avail. It was in this context that I finally decided to help Palestinian prisoners communicate with their families." [For the next two years, Ghattas himself will now be denied the possibility of communicating with his family, unless somebody succeeds in smuggling a mobile phone to him. ak]4/4/2017
"Police Minister Erdan, add us to your blacklist!" - a petition Already more than a thousand Israeli citizens signed the petition "Gilad Erdan, note it down: we, too, boycott the settlements!!"4/4/2017
`Police Minister Erdan, add us to your blacklist!` - a petition Already more than a thousand Israeli citizens signed4/4/2017
The Next Phase in the War on BDS: Why Israel Detained Omar BarghoutiRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "[BDS] is a decentralized movement with local, regional, national and global networks spanning hundreds of cities across the world. Smearing one individual, or a hundred, will not alter the upward movement of BDS. Israel will soon realize that its war on BDS, freedom of speech and expression is unwinnable. It is a futile attempt to muzzle a global community that now works in unison from Cape Town, South Africa to Uppsala, Sweden" [ry]3/4/2017
`The occupation will collapse. And then we`ll build a moral society here`Yuli Novak - +972 - On Saturday night, thousands of Palestinians and Jews gathered in Jerusalem for an anti-occupation protest marking 50 years since the occupation began. Breaking the Silence head Yuli Novak spoke to demonstrators about the importance of solidarity and resistance to the violence and racism of the Israeli government. [bz for dn]2/4/2017
Under Israeli gag order, Omar Barghouti urges more BDSAli Abunimah - EI - Barghouti was due to travel to the US this month to receive the Gandhi Peace Award. But by preventing him from doing so, “Israel’s regime has inadvertently increased the publicity around this award,” Barghouti asserted. [bz for dn]2/4/2017
Jews and Arabs March in Jerusalem - say stabbing attack `was a painful reminder of the price of the occupation.`Nir Hasson - Haaretz - Avi Buskila of Peace Now, expressed hope for unity: "The rightist settler government and the occupation want hatred to take over hearts and control the streets, with Jews hating Arabs, Mizrahim hating Ashenazim, rightists despising leftists, Ofakim hating Tel Aviv. They are afraid because they know we will win, all of us, Jews and Palestinians, Jerusalemites and Tel Avivians, Mizrahim and Ashkenazim, Ethiopians and Russians, men and women, all of us together will win." [bz]1/4/2017
Jews and Arabs march in Jerusalem to protest Israeli occupation (video) 1/4/2017
Can J Street coherently fight both boycott and occupation?Noa Yachot - +972 - Students representing the university arm of J Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby,” attracted the ire of the anti-BDS conference at the United Nations when they rose to ask how to counter BDS to fellow students who oppose Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. [bz]1/4/2017
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