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Indignation and horror: 26 writers visit Palestine

Occupation News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 00:00
Anne Haverty - The Irish Times - Book review: ‘Kingdom of Olives And Ash: Writers confront the Occupation’ [ry]

Claims of Israeli settlement freeze an `attempt to fool the public`

Occupation News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 00:00
Ma’an News Agency - “Hagit Ofran, the spokesperson for the settlement watch team of the Israeli NGO Peace Now, told Ma’an that ‘The alleged promise by Netanyahu, if it truly happened, is another spin of the Netanyahu government trying to fool the public.’ Pointing to information gathered by Peace Now from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (ICBS), Ofran highlighted that this year, the Israeli government had already issued tenders for the construction of 2,858 settlement units in the West Bank” [ry]

Former soldiers to Israeli gov`t: Investigate us for occupation abuses

Occupation News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 00:00
+972 Blog - Israel’s justice minister demanded an investigation of an anti- occupation activist after he admitted to beating a Palestinian during his army service. Now other former soldiers are stepping up to show solidarity [ry]

7,000 Settler Housing Units Approved for Jerusalem

Occupation News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 00:00
IMEMC News & Agencies - Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Meir Turjeman: "I congratulate the prime minister, who accelerated this move and thawed the frozen construction plans … Jerusalem does not have a lot of land reserves, and we have no solutions for the young couples. This is, therefore, a very significant step" [ry]

Palestinians in Gaza reflect on 10 years of siege

Occupation News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 00:00
Hosam Salem - Al Jazeera - Residents reflect on how life has changed since Israel blockaded the Strip and Hamas took control [ry]

IDF commander refutes Breaking the Silence testimony

Occupation News - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 00:00
Attila Somfalvi, Alexandra Lukash - Ynet - Weighing in on an investigation of a spokesman for the left-wing group over testimony in which he claimed to have seriously assaulted a Palestinian during his IDF service in Hebron, Omri Seiner, his commander at the time, insists the incident `never happened. All soldiers under his command also say it didn`t. [bz]

Gaza residents abandoned by Hamas, Abbas and Israel

Occupation News - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - How evil does one have to be to ask the same country occupying his people’s land for 50 years to reduce the amount of electricity it supplies the Strip down to three hours of power a day? (...) If Israel has accepted Abbas as a partner in punishing Hamas, why is Netanyahu going out of his way to rule him out as a partner for a negotiated arrangement with Israel? [bz]

Red Rag column - exchange of letters with Amos Oz (1986)

Occupation News - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 00:00
Gideon Spiro - official Hebrew does not recognize the term “Occupied Territories” but the pastoral and Biblical term “Judea and Samaria”, which instructs that these are ancient territories that were promised to us and have belonged to us since the Divine Promise. Just as there are no occupied territories, nor is there an occupation army, and the Israeli army, even when it is an occupier, continues to be the Israel Defence Force. And if the Israeli army is not an occupier, then naturally it cannot carry out oppression of a civilian population and the denial of human freedoms, but rather concerns itself only with enforcing the law and protecting public order. Clean and pleasant language.

Rabbis Slam Hillel For Taking Funds From Right-Wing Israeli Group

Occupation News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:00
Daniel J. Solomon - Forward "More than 100 rabbis and rabbinical students have signed a letter calling on Hillel to sever ties with a right-wing Israeli funder and drop its guidelines on discourse about Israel.In the letter, the religious leaders - many of them identified as LGBT - denounce Hillel’s links with Mosaic United, an initiative sponsored by Israel’s education minister Naftali Bennett. The organization, which has granted $22 million to Hillel International, has been seen as pushing a conservative agenda, including reinforcing “the Jewish foundations of the family unit.” ca

After Abbas and Kushner Meet, Palestinians Disappointed With Trump Over Settlements

Occupation News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:00
Jack Khoury - Haaretz "President Trump spoke about establishing a joint committee of five [representatives from each side] and we want to make progress on it. But first of all we need to understand from the administration what is its position concerning the issue of the settlements, if they see the settlements as the main and most serious obstacle to progress in any negotiations, so there is a serious problem making progress," said the senior Palestinian official." ca

Israel’s NSO Group Permits Foreign Intelligence Agencies to Spy on Human Rights Activists

Occupation News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:00
Richard Silverstein — Tikun Olam " Perhaps the NSOs of Israel are doing precisely what the government wishes them to. Perhaps Israeli cyber hacking tools are instruments of state. If you examine the company’s client list you will find many of the Arab states Israel is attempting to cultivate in its efforts to sabotage the Palestinian cause. What getter way to peel off an authoritarian state from such allegiance than by doing favors for its intelligence agencies; hoping the favor will be returned one day when Israel needs it." ca

Israeli Woman Who Sued El Al for Sexism Wins Landmark Ruling

Occupation News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:00
ISABEL KERSHNER - NYT "Israeli airline employees cannot ask women to change seats to spare a man from having to sit next to them, a Jerusalem court ruled on Wednesday, handing down a groundbreaking decision in a case brought by a woman in her 80s." ca

Heroes of Israel: Meet Eli Bitan, an Ultra-Orthodox Journalist Who Lost His Job for Speaking Out

Occupation News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:00
New Israel Fund - "Bitan, 26, was fired from his job as an editor of “In the Ultra- Orthodox Rooms” website after an online storm about his speech supporting a vision of two states at the Tel Aviv Peace Now demonstration in May...There are hundreds of thousands more ultra- Orthodox youngsters who go out into Israeli society and see the heavy price that they pay for a political alliance with the right. Our role is to make them feel comfortable, to cooperate between the struggles..." ca

Israel`s new `security strategy` at Damascus Gate to further control Palestinian movement

Occupation News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:00
Ma`an News Agency - "Witnesses told Ma`an that Israeli police were conducting physical searches on Palestinians, including women and children, and forcing holders of West Bank IDs to board special buses, which had been deployed across Jerusalem since the early hours of Saturday morning following the attack.The “deportations” followed a decision from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to revoke family visitation permits issued to Palestinians to enter Jerusalem and Israel for Ramadan, as a punitive reaction to the attack. According to Israeli news site Haaretz, 250,000 Palestinians had their permits revoked." ca

Palestinian press groups blast ban on websites linked to Abbas rivals

Occupation News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:00
Daoud Kuttab - Al Monitor "The Palestinian government`s blocking of websites and arrest of journalists is yet another indication of the Ramallah-based leadership`s loss of control. Such acts reflect a leadership that is paying a high price for the internal struggles within the leading Fatah movement and between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas. This toll affects the Abbas administration’s credibility and deteriorates its public support." ca

Jews Gather at Sumud Freedom Camp to Support Palestinian Outpost in the West Bank

Occupation News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:00
Elhanan Miller - Tablet Magazine "Six months ago, a coalition of Palestinian organizations and left- wing Jewish American groups decided to take up Aamar’s cause. On May 19, 300 activists arrived on the site and set up the “Sumud” Freedom Camp, Arabic for “steadfastness.” The group, which included 130 volunteers with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, erected tents and began clearing rubble from the abandoned caves, preparing them for repopulation." ca

What we didn’t know about the 1967 war

Occupation News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:00
James Zogby - Al Ahram Weekly "In September of 1995, The New York Times ran a story under the headline “Egypt Says Israelis Killed POW’s in the ‘67 War”. The story reported on the discovery of mass graves in the Sinai desert containing the bodies of Egyptian soldiers, together with eyewitness accounts of the killings... The story of the Western Wall was no less troubling. Here, too, what happened to the Palestinian inhabitants of the Moughrabi neighbourhood that was adjacent to the wall has long been known and long been ignored." ca

Life in a septic tank

Occupation News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:00
Sarah Algherbawi - Electronic Intifada "Every day, 100,000 cubic meters of raw sewage are discharged into the sea around Gaza. The Gaza Strip’s environmental problems have worsened in recent years. Gaza has suffered from chronic electricity shortages ever since its sole power plant was bombed by Israel in 2006. Israel imposed an ongoing, severe economic blockade on the territory one year later, restricting the import of fuel and hindering repair of electricity infrastructure destroyed and damaged during successive military offensives." ca

Israel`s `Ethics Code` to Formally Suppress Academic Freedom, Palestinians Urge Intensifying BDS

Occupation News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) - Israel’s far-right, pro-settler Education Minister Naftali Bennett is promoting a new “ethics code” that would prohibit Israeli university professors from expressing “political opinions.” The new code would also forbid professors to call for or participate in an academic boycott of Israel, or even of its settlement colleges, and university departments to collaborate with “political organizations.” Academic institutions would be required to institute committees tasked with monitoring political activity of professors, act on complaints from students and take disciplinary action against transgressors.-rh

Bennett’s ‘peace’ plan: I’ll dictate, you’ll sign

Occupation News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 00:00
Aviad Kleinberg - YNet - In Bennett’s world, however, the other side— as well as its needs, its desires, its abilities and its rights— doesn’t exist. We will determine the outlines of the coexistence according to our demographic, security and cultural needs (we will determine, for example, that “Jerusalem is above reasoning and above peace”). We will determine the borders of the Palestinians` autonomy and, of course, the borders of the state and, as a result, the borders of the Palestinian “entity.” If we are strong enough, the other side will be forced to accept this dictation. Peace, in other words, is not a move in which we recognize the other and try to get the other to agree, but a one-sided move which exclusively reflects our needs.-rh
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