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225 Palestinians Barred From Entering Israel for Joint Memorial Day Ceremony

Occupation News - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 00:00
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]

13 Palestinian journalists injured while attempting to cover Jerusalem sit-in

Occupation News - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 00:00
Ma`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]

Hamas to amend controversial charter in bid to ease ties

Occupation News - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 00:00
AFP - Ynet - After years of internal debate, the party leadership is to publish a supplementary charter at a conference in Qatar on Monday that will formally accept the idea of a state in the territories occupied by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967. The new document defines the movement’s goals as “political and not religious,” easing its entry into the Palestine Liberation Organization, headed by Abbas. [bz for dn]

Leaked report highlights Israel lobby’s failures

Occupation News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 00:00
Ali Abunimah - EI - The report, published here in full for the first time, outlines Israel’s failure to stem the “impressive growth” and “significant successes” of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. It also sets out strategies, endorsed by the Israeli government, aimed at reversing the deterioration in Israel’s position. But while calling for harsher measures against the Palestine solidarity movement, the report offers no new ideas to deal with how Israel is beset not by an image problem but a reality problem: its regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid is increasingly viewed around the world as reprehensible and unsustainable, even by many of Israel’s defenders. [bz]

U.S. Says Leftist Groups Under Fire From Netanyahu Are `Vital Part of Functioning Democracy`

Occupation News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 00:00
Amir Tibon - Haaretz - U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Wednesday that human rights groups such as Breaking the Silence and B`Tselem are an important part of "any functioning civil society." "I don’t think it’s necessarily for us to speak to who the prime minister of Israel decides to meet with," Toner said. "But I think we would regard it as important that any functioning civil society has these types of groups and the diverse viewpoints. [bz]

For settlers, there`s no reason not to break the law

Occupation News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 00:00
Yossi Gurvitz/Yesh Din - +972 "In August 2009, the residents of Kfar Aqeb, a Palestinian village near Ramallah, noticed 12 illegal structures being built on their land near the settlement of Kochav Ya’akov. The residents urgently petitioned the High Court of Justice, assisted by Yesh Din, demanding the court order an immediate halt to the construction. What happened next is a microcosm of the behavior of the law enforcement apparatus in the occupied Palestinian territories." ca

Did Netanyahu`s ultimatum to German foreign minister pay off?

Occupation News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 00:00
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

Barghouti will not bring salvation

Occupation News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 00:00
Yacov Ben Efrat - Challenge "The Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike led by Marwan Barghouti has global repercussions. The Israeli political-security cabinet discussed the issue in light of the strike`s potential to ignite widespread unrest in the West Bank and sever the “idyllic” security cooperation between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel...This strike is unlike others we have known. It bears a strong personal imprint, and Barghouti`s status and prestige are linked to the prisoners’ demands." ca

Palestinian refugees are under attack in Lebanon again

Occupation News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 00:00
Duaa Ardat - Mondoweiss "News reports said a battle had broken out between the Fatah movement and a mysterious extremist named Bilal Badr and his followers. Many people were fleeing the camp under the hail of the shelling; others were stuck in their homes, afraid of being hit by random shots. The Lebanese Army was on high alert at the entrances of the camp. In an agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization, the Lebanese Army agreed to stay out of the Palestinian camps, but we fear that if the fighting gets too out of hand, they will enter anyway, and then we will have another Nahr El- Bared (a camp in the north that was almost completely destroyed in a fight to rid it of extremist elements). The Lebanese media call Ein El-Helweh the “zone without laws,” but it is home to more than 100,000 people (about half of whom are Palestinian). " ca

Barghouti: BDS is growing as Israel becomes associated with far-right movements around the world

Occupation News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 00:00
Jesse 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." ca

Jerusalem municipality to confiscate Palestinian land for ‘tourist center’

Occupation News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 00:00
Molly Mae - Alternative Information Center "On April 24, 2017, the West Jerusalem municipality published a plan to confiscate 1,300 square meters of land in Ras al-Amoud, an area adjacent to the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem...Haaretz adds that despite the fact that the plans have yet to be approved, the city has already started working at the site. The public has 60 days to file objections to the plan as of Monday. Israeli settlement monitoring group Peace Now adds that the municipality used a “highly unusual” procedure to expedite the land confiscation." ca

VIDEO: Israel Acknowledges Use of Computer Algorithm For Palestinian Arrests

Occupation News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 00:00
IMEMC News & Agencies - "Mass detentions of over 400 Palestinians were the result of a computer algorithm based on their social media usage, explains TRNN’s Shir Hever." ca

General Strike Held in Solidarity with Hunger Stikers

Occupation News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 00:00
IMEMC News & Agencies - "According to the PNN, the strike includes all sectors except for health sector, tawjihi class and bakeries. This precedes an expected day of rage, where protests and demonstrations will take place on Friday." ca

PCHR Concerned over Life of Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Israeli Jails

Occupation News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00
IMEMC - "Most of those prisoners are residents of the West Bank, including 57 women and 300 children. Moreover, the number of sick prisoners is about 1800 prisoners, including 180 prisoners who suffer from serious diseases in addition to 26 others who have cancer." - id

“Poor man’s kebab” is Gaza’s most treasured food

Occupation News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00
Mousa Tawfiq and Mohammed Asad - The Electronic Intifada - "“I work summer and winter. My booth wasn’t cheap, it cost me $600. I equipped it with extra parts to be used when it rains. I look forward to summer, because I sell hundreds of falafel sandwiches to holiday-makers each day.”" - id

Israel’s poisonous political discourse

Occupation News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00
Nadav Eyal - Ynet - "One of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s great ‘contributions’ to the Israeli discourse is turning the definition of ‘left’ into a curse, an accusation and a condemnation and turning any legitimate argument into an identity conflict." - id

Germany`s foreign minister calls Netanyahu`s bluff — and rightly so

Occupation News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00
Dahlia Scheindlin - +972 - "He was right simply because what would he have actually learned from Netanyahu? Those organizations will give Gabriel concrete information: B’Tselem will update him on developments regarding the 50-year-old occupation and its most current manifestations, in the form of data, documentation and analysis. Breaking the Silence will give him human experiences of occupation, and tell the truth about growing attempts to intimidate and suppress the group for daring to oppose Israeli policies." - id

Beitar Jerusalem Commemorates Holocaust Day: “Death to Arabs!”

Occupation News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00
Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Today, the “Beitar Heart” Instagram account of the Beitar fan club featured a somber image of a candle lit to commemorate Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Only one small problem: the image was tagged with #Death to Arabs!" - id

IOF demolish bedouin village for 112th time

Occupation News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00
PNN - Palestine News Network - "Al-Araqeeb is one of 35 Bedouin villages considered “unrecognized” by the Israeli authorities. Rights groups said that the demolition of al-Araqeeb and other unrecognized Bedouin villages is a central Israeli policy aimed at removing the indigenous Palestinian population from the Negev and transferring them to government-zoned townships to make room for the expansion of Israeli settlement outposts." - id

A visit to Saint George Church in Burqin

Occupation News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00
Maria C. Khoury- The Arab Daily News - "Saint George is the most beloved saint in the whole Middle East and the patron saint of Taybeh in particular and Palestine in general." - id
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