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Women`s Journey to Peace - Sept./Oct. 2017 26/9/2017
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Women`s Journey to Peace - Sept./Oct. 2017Women Wage Peace - This week, tens of thousands of women embarked upon a journey of hope and peace, in order to voice their uncompromising demand for the resolution of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict through a political agreement and the inclusion of women in the negotiation process. The Journey to Peace begun at the end of Rosh Hashana and will reach its high point during the week of Sukkot in the Tent of Sarah and Hagar – a huge tent of discussions, hope and peace, art and music, encounters and talking with the decision makers. We, Jewish and Palestinian women, the daughters of Sarah and Hagar, will sit together in the tent and we will ask to end the long running dispute and we will call for the leaders of both peoples to come to the tent and to begin continual negotiations there until an agreement is signed. From the tent, we will continue to Jerusalem, where we will launch the largest women’s congress ever. [ak] 26/9/2017
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150 Palestinians and Israelis mark interfaith new year in East Jerusalem with a street dinner Orly Noy - +972 - The settlers who proudly entered the Shamanseh’s home three weeks ago were nowhere to be found. Maybe they hid behind locked doors, listening to the Arab-Jewish party outside — a reminder of the days in which Jews and Arabs lived here side by side, and did not make a mockery of themselves by expelling children and the elderly from their homes. [bz]26/9/2017
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Israelis and Palestinians march together: Build bridges, not walls! 15/9/2017
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Giro d’Italia must steer away from IsraelTamara Nassar - EI - "Sharaf Qutaifan, from PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, recalled Israel’s continuous abuse of Palestinian athletes and destruction of sports infrastructure. `To claim this race will somehow ‘unite’ is ludicrous and an affront to Palestinians forced for decades to navigate Israel’s lethal obstacle course of bombs, bullets, checkpoints, roadblocks and walls,` he said" [ry]25/9/2017
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WHTT and Two Jewish Activist Groups Challenge Christian Zionist Event at SF SynagogueActivists from Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow picketed the speech of prominent “Christian Zionist" speaker David Brogh at the Emanu-El synagogue in San Francisco. The activists carried `End the Occupation and `Resist Islamophobia` slogans. Also participating in the protest were Christian members of "We Hold These Truths", who said said that the militant warlike attitudes of Christian Zionism - e.g. supporting the Iraq War and calling for war against Iran as well - compleltely contradict the teachings of Jesus.[ak] 19/9/2017
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Help bring Palestinian children to Congress! 19/9/2017
Bernie Sanders sponsors special Congressional Briefing: Palestinian children speak about peaceDonna Baranski-Walker - Churches for Middle East Peace/Rebuilding Alliance - Just before International Peace Day, the office of Senator Bernie Sanders is sponsoring a special briefing on Capitol Hill, featuring Palestinian children, who will recount what peace means to them, giving examples of what its absence implies. Also present will be human rights defenders Rabbi Arik Ascherman from Torat Tzedek, and Alon Cohen-Lifshitz from Bimkom: Planners for Planning Rights. [ak]. 19/9/2017
Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis march to support village encircled by wallHaggai Matar - +972 Magazine - Over 500 Palestinian and Israeli demonstrators marched to protest the construction of the separation wall and house demolitions in the West Bank village of Walaje, south of Jerusalem. The march started at the entrance to the nearby city of Beit Jala, with activists chanting against the occupation and in favor of a two-state solution. As the march got underway, Jews and Palestinians stood together forming a bridge with their hands for others to pass through, calling for “build bridges, not walls.” [ak]19/9/2017
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Three detainees currently holding hunger strikesIMEMC - Three Administrative Detainees are currently holding hunger strikes protesting being held without charges, as well as bad living conditions and treatment. --Anas Ibrahim Shadeed, 20, from Doura is now on the sixth day of his hunger strike. He had previously been detained, when he went on hunger strike for no less than 88 days - leading to memory loss. He was then released - but detained again after two weeks. He now resumes his hunger strike. --Salama Sawarka, from Gaza city had been arrested in March 2009 and was sentenced to seven and a half years - but when he was supposed to be released in September 2016, Israel kept him detained without charges and without any release date in sight. --Ezzeddin ‘Amarna, 55, from Jenin, West Bank, also declared an open-ended hunger strike - protesting being held without charges, bad conditions and repeated harassment in Nafha prison.[ak] 19/9/2017
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Is it possible to voice criticism of Israel`s government - in Munich?"Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue Group", Munich - The SPD-CSU majority in the Munich City Council seeks to curtail the right of free discussion in urban spaces and forbid criticism of the Israeli government, labeling it "anti-Semitism". Should the Spd/CSU proposal be adopted, many international speakers - including those from the Israeli peace movement - would no longer be able to speak in municipal halls. The lecture "50 years of Israeli occupation", which Israeli journalist Gideon Levy (Haaretz) delivered in May this year, would become impossible to repeat in the future. Even South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu would no longer be able to speak in Munich. [ak]19/9/2017
War crimes and open wounds: The physician who took on Israeli segregationAlon Mizrahi - +972 - "The State of Israel never considered itself responsible for the health of those it occupied." - id13/9/2017
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`Occupation will not deprive our children of education!” - Jeb Al-Theeb school rebuilt and defendedIMEMC - Three weeks after it was demolished by the army, parents and activists completed reconstructing the school of Jeb Al-Theeb village, enabling 64 children in grades one to four to start at last their school year. At the inauguration, Palestinian Authority Minister Walid Assaf stated that "this occupation will not deprive our children of their right to education!”. Numerous Israeli soldiers were seen on the hills overlooking the rebuilt school, arousing apprehensions that the army intended to demolish it again. However, the village obtained a court injunction, temporaritly preventing a re-demolition. Later, thirty Israeli settlers attmpted to storm the rebuilt school and were held off by villagers and activists. [ak] 12/9/2017
Jailing Issa Amro: Israel (and the PA’s) Problem with Non-Violent ActivismFoundation for Middle East Peace - Issa Amro, an internationally recognized human rights defender based in Hebron, is currently the target of an Israeli military court indictment, involving 18 separate charges relating to his nonviolent activism against the occupation. He was also recently jailed by the Palestinian Authority. 38 Members of the US Congress callled upon Israel to reconsider the charges against Amro. Towards Amro’s next court hearing, the implications of this case will be discussed in a Washinton DC event featuring Peter Beinart, Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York. [ak] 12/9/2017
Banksy Walled Off Hotel in Palestine to sell new works by elusive artistHannah Ellis-Petersen - The Guardian - Gift shop, which will open in autumn in West Bank, will sell pieces including crucifixes fashioned into grappling hooks [ry]11/9/2017
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Palestinian activist arrested over Facebook post releasedAP - Independent - Issa Amro was detained under edict that allows government to crack down on social media critics [ry]11/9/2017
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My sister has just spent 110 days in Israeli prison for refusing to serve in the IDF – and I`m so proudAmitai Ben-Abba - Independent - When the other prisoners find out that I`m Atalya`s brother, they greet me cordially. `You have a wonderful sister – she always supports everyone` [bz]9/9/2017
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Young Palestinian photographer in Gaza shines a light on fishermen’s struggleCharlotte Kates - Mondoweis - . Khalid Hashem Abu al-Jedian’s photographs were taken as he accompanied the fishermen of Gaza on their hazardous daily journeys into the sea, where Gaza’s traditional fishery is boxed in on all sides by Israeli siege, enforced by gunships. [bz]9/9/2017
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Literary Figures speak out in solidarity with imprisoned Palestinian Poet Dareen TatourEileen Myles, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ayelet Waldman, Jacqueline Woodson among writers in solidarity with imprisoned poet "Following an initial three months of imprisonment after her arrest, Tatour has been held under house arrest for over a year-and-a-half. At her upcoming October 17 court date she expects to receive a verdict from an Israel court with high rates of conviction for both Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation as well as Palestinian citizens of Israel." ca 8/9/2017
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Marching against the Sheikh Jarrah evictions 8/9/2017
Stop working with Israeli torturers, Palestinians urge EU academicsAli Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - "“Entrepreneurship” commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, right, is the latest in a parade of EU officials heading to Israel to reward it for its crimes. (via Twitter) Palestinian academics are urging their European counterparts to end their cooperation with a European Union project that funds Israeli torturers." -id 6/9/2017
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Nabi Saleh: ‘It’s a silent ethnic cleansing’Jaclynn Ashly - IMEMC "In lieu of the weekly protests, Nabi Saleh residents are now employing a more sporadic strategy, holding protests at random times to surprise the soldiers and move away from the predictability of their weekly routine.The village is also focusing on building up a “culture of resistance” among other communities." id6/9/2017
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Arabs and Jews unite against Netanyahu`s divide and rule tacticsShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - "Jewish and Arab activists are mobilizing to stop discriminatory and divisive policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu." - id 6/9/2017
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Stop settler harassment at Umm al-Kheir 5/9/2017
B’Tselem to Netanyahu: Demolishing Palestinian communities – a war crime for which you would bear personal liability Amit Gilutz - B’Tselem - Defense Minister Lieberman told the press that preparations are made to totally destroy two Palestinian communities, Susiya and Khan al-Ahmar - since its houses were "built without authorization”. In response, B’Tselem sent a grave letter to the Prime Minister, Defense Minister, Army Chief of Staff and the head of the Army`s Civil Administration, cautioning that the planned demolition would constitute a war crime for which all of them would bear personal liability. The demolition of entire communities in the Occupied Territories is virtually unprecedented since 1967. Forcible transfer is one of the offenses that come under the purview of the International Criminal Court. [ak]5/9/2017
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Palestinian poet`s show trial goes on stage for all to seeYoav Haifawi - +972 - Hundreds of Palestinians and Jews came to show support for Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour last week, who has been under house arrest for almost two years for publishing a poem on Facebook [ry]4/9/2017
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