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Banning the Quakers won`t stop our struggle for justice in Israel-Palestine

Occupation News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:00
Brant Rosen - +972 Magazine - The inclusion of the AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) in the blacklist published by the government of Israel affects me directly, as a rabbi who works for AFSC, and who is proud of the important historical connections between the Jewish community and our organization. The AFSC helped get Jewish refugees out of Nazi Europe and got them settled in the US. A few years later, the AFSC helped Palestinian refugees who got in increasing number into the Gaza Strip. These were not contradictionary acts, as asserted by some apologists for the Israeli government. Helping Jewish refugees and helping Palestinian refugees derived from the same humanitarian commitment - which later led the AFSC to support the BDS call - a cri de coeur by Palestinians who were denied justice for many decades and who use a legitimate menas of non-violent struggle to demand rights which International Law should have guaranteed to them. [ak]

Palestinian Leadership Decides to Suspend Recognition of and Cooperation with Israel

Occupation News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:00
IMEMC - In light of the withdrawal of the occupying state from all agreements and revoking them by practice and imposing a fait accompli (...) the PLO Central Council decided that the transitional period stipulated in the agreements signed in Oslo, Cairo and Washington, with its obligations, no longer stands.(...) To suspend recognition of Israel until it recognizes the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders and revokes the decision to annex East Jerusalem and expand and build settlements.(...) To stop security coordination in all its forms and to break away from the relationship of economic dependence established by the Paris Economic Agreement, [in order] to achieve the independence of the national economy. [ak]

Conscientious objector Mattan Helman imprisoned again

Occupation News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:00
War Resisters` International: This is Mattan`s third imprisonment, at the end of which he will have spent 50 days in military prison in total. With links how to send protest and support emails. [bz]

Abbas’s speech is a grenade in the Israeli right’s lap

Occupation News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:00
Avi Issacharoff - Times of Israel - The conclusion of the Abbas era, even if only in the symbolic sense, shouldn’t be cause for celebration on the Israeli side, not even among annexationists. On the contrary, there are more reasons to be worried. In recent years, the PA and Abbas have been the main buffer preventing violent and bloody outbursts against Israel. The Palestinian security forces prevented hundreds of terror attacks, stopped mass demonstrations and thwarted potentially volatile events. Simultaneously, the PA supplied a livelihood to a majority of West Bank residents.[bz]

Palestinian student killed by army near Qalqilia

Occupation News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:00
IMEMC - Ahmad Abdul-Jaber Salim, 28, from Jayyous, was shot with a live round to his head, and died of his wounds at Darwish Nazzal hospital, Qalqilia. Eyewitnesses said Israeli soldiers fired many live rounds at Palestinian protesters, fatally wounding Ahmad, and then fired many gas bombs at Palestinian ambulances and medics. Ahmad was a political prisoner, who was held by Israel for three years until being released in 2016, then enrolling at the Qalqilia branch of the Al-Quds Open University, where he was secretary of the student faction linked to the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP).[ak]

2017: Tightening of the closure, further limiting movement of people to and from Gaza

Occupation News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:00
GISHA - The number of exits by Palestinians through Erez Crossing in 2017 dropped by 51 percent compared to 2016. The monthly average in 2017 was only 5,963 exits compared to a monthly average of 12,150 exits in 2016 and 14,276 exits in 2015. (...) What is clear is that these measures were introduced with little to no public discussion, with immediate effect and no prior notice (...) and, it appears, no consideration of the impact they would have on Gaza’s civilian population, which is already under great duress. [bz]

New Orleans Passes BDS inspired Human Rights Resolution

Occupation News - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:00
IMEMC - This is among the strongest municipal wins to date, encompassing both boycotts and divestment, and is the first of its kind in the South. The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights celebrate the victory today, on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, remembering the critical role of boycotts used in the Civil Rights Movement in protest of apartheid policies in the Jim Crow South. [bz]

Abbas Calls Oslo Accords Dead and Blasts U.S.: ‘Damn Your Money!’

Occupation News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 00:00
DAVID M. HALBFINGER - New York Times - “Israel has killed Oslo” Mr. Abbas said. “Now we are an authority without any authority." (...) “This is a colonial enterprise that has nothing to do with Jewishness,” Mr. Abbas said. “The Jews were used as a tool under the concept of the promised land — call it whatever you want. Everything has been made up.” [bz]

Latest tunnel strike puts Hamas leaders in a tough spot with Cairo

Occupation News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 00:00
Avi Issacharoff - Times of Israel "Hamas leaders find themselves in a worrisome situation. Another of their tunnels penetrating into Israeli territory has been exposed and destroyed. In total, three tunnels (four, by another tally) have been destroyed in about two and a half months, and it seems like Hamas is quickly losing its most significant strategic weapon ahead of the next possible military confrontation with Israel." ca

Israeli Jews will never accept Palestinians as equals

Occupation News - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 00:00
Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Jim Klutznick, the chairman of the liberal Zionist group Americans for Peace Now (and a political player in Chicago and an early Obama supporter), yesterday dismissed the idea of a one-state outcome in Israel and Palestine because Israelis will never accept Palestinians as equals." ca

Silence as Israel Destroys Academia

Occupation News - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 00:00
Amiram Goldblum - Haaretz "A bill that would make Ariel University in the West Bank a de facto part of Israel is a guaranteed formula for a tsunami against science in the country." ca  

Is Israel testing new types of tear gas in Bethlehem?

Occupation News - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 00:00
Ryan Rodrick Beiler - Electronic Intifada "While the report underscores the Israeli military forces’ responsibility under international law for the safety of the Palestinian civilians under its control, it also urges UNRWA to respect its mandate to provide practical protection and assistance to refugees in Aida.“The UN must do something more useful for the people here,” al-Azza from the Lajee Center said." ca

Book review: fresh thought on Israeli colonialism offered by “Global Palestine”

Occupation News - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 00:00
Jimmy Johnson - Electronic Intifada "Settler colonialism — or the relationship between the Israeli settler and indigenous Palestinian societies — remains peripheral to mainstream discourse, even in the Palestine solidarity movement, but some exciting analysis has resulted from its study. Joseph Massad’s 2005 essay “The Persistence of the Palestinian Question” and Gabriel Piterberg’s 2008 book The Returns of Zionism are just two of the works helping put Zionism in a new, critical light.To this we can add John Collins’s latest book Global Palestine."ca

Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi—Message From A Freedom Fighter

Occupation News - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 00:00
Abby Martin -VIDEO- Information Clearing House "Recently, the struggle for Palestinian human rights gained international attention surrounding a new icon of resistance--16 year old Ahed Tamimi." ca

Israel`s betrayal of African refugees

Occupation News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - On Dec. 11, the Knesset plenum passed, by a 71-41 vote, a law that would deport and imprison thousands of refugees living in Israel. This month, Netanyahu directed the National Security Council to formulate a plan to forcibly deport those refugees who refuse to “voluntarily be removed.” That is, the fate is sealed even for those who prefer living in an Israeli prison to dying somewhere in Africa.-rh

Ahed Tamimi’s arrest sheds a disturbing light on how children are targeted by Israel

Occupation News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 00:00
Jonathan Cook - The National - Palestinian villages like Nabi Saleh are regularly invaded by soldiers. Children are dragged from their beds in the middle of the night, as happened to Ahed during her arrest last month in retaliation for her slaps. Human rights groups document how children are routinely beaten and tortured in detention. Many hundreds pass through Israeli jails each year charged with throwing stones. With conviction rates in Israeli military courts of more than 99 per cent, the guilt and incarceration of such children is a foregone conclusion.-rh

Ahed Tamimi flips Zionist mythology on its head

Occupation News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 00:00
Gil Gertel - +972 - The story of David and Goliath is a central Zionist myth. The case of Ahed Tamimi shows that while Israel still thinks it’s David, in reality, it’s Goliath.-rh

Israel`s new death penalty bill `targets Palestinians`

Occupation News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 00:00
Shafik Mandhai - Aljazeera - The Israeli government`s proposal to make it easier for judges to hand out the death penalty for "terrorist activity" has been condemned as "fascist" by Palestinian politicians and rights groups, who fear it will give Israel legal cover to target Palestinians.-rh

Israel Shoots Palestinian Teen in the Head During Funeral of Musaab Tamimi (VIDEO)

Occupation News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 00:00
Palestine Chronicle - A Palestinian youth was critically injured after being shot in the head by Israeli forces during clashes that erupted following the funeral of slain Palestinian teenager Musaab Firas al- Tamimi, 16, in the Deir Nitham village, northwest of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.-rh

Israel Accused Of Revoking Thousands Of Jerusalem Residency Permits From Palestinians

Occupation News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 00:00
DANIEL ESTRIN - NPR - According to an August report by Human Rights Watch, Israel has revoked the residency status of at least 14,595 Palestinians in East Jerusalem since Israel captured the territory from Jordan in 1967. The group cited data that lawyers and rights groups collected from Israel`s Interior Ministry through freedom of information requests and court cases.-rh
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