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Israeli forces murder Palestinian boy in West Bank

Occupation News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 00:00
Days of Palestine - Israeli occupation claimed he stabbed an Israeli soldier, but Israeli medical service Megan David Adom stressed that the Israeli soldier was wounded by friendly fire [ry]

Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinians, including brother of slain teenage assailant

Occupation News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 00:00
Ma’an News Agency - "Israeli forces detained at least 17 Palestinians between Saturday night and Sunday morning in the occupied territory as well as inside Israel, including at least six minors and the brother of a teenager who was shot dead Saturday. At least three others were summoned to appear for interrogation" [ry]

Israel`s problem isn`t Palestinian nationalism — it`s Palestinians themselves

Occupation News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 00:00
Noam Sheizaf - +972 - Most of the circumstances that made the Israeli- Palestinian conflict ripe for resolution — or at least made the peace process attractive to both parties — have all but disappeared over the past decade [ry]

Israeli police block anti-Netanyahu protest and arrest organisers

Occupation News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 00:00
Samuel Osborne - Independent - Israeli Prime Minister is suspected of committing bribery, fraud and breach of trust [ry]

Portuguese Photographers Pledge BDS on Israeli Government

Occupation News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 00:00
IMEMC News & Agencies - “Photographers can no longer be silent about the treatment of their Palestinian colleagues living under an indefensible occupation that has lasted for over half a century. Palestinians have called for solidarity through boycotts and this pledge is our practical contribution to their struggle” [ry]

Will South Africa push back Israel’s charm offensive in Africa?

Occupation News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 00:00
Ali Abunimah - EI - "South Africa will boycott an Africa-Israel summit planned for the Togolese capital Lomי in October. Pretoria’s ambassador in Beirut reportedly said that the summit was aimed at normalizing relations between African countries and what he termed an `occupation state`” [ry]

What comes after Abbas and Netanyahu?

Occupation News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 00:00
Alaa Tartir - Al Jazeera - A leadership vacuum is looming, and its effect on the peace process and everyday life has alarmed many observers [ry]

Israeli court suspends eviction of Shamasna family in East Jerusalem

Occupation News - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 00:00
Ma`an - The court ruled to suspend the eviction order, after challenges were presented by the family’s lawyer Said Ghaliyeh on the lack of documentation of the plots of lands in the neighborhood on the municipal level. The Israeli judge transferred lawyers for the family and the settlers to the execution department of Israel’s Enforcement and Collection Authority to begin procedures of marking the land to determine how much of the home was built on so-called Jewish property. [bz]

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act Is an Act of Political Persecution undermining American democracy

Occupation News - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:00
Lara Friedman - LobeLog - My endorsement of UN and EU policies calling for differentiation between Israel and settlements—as well as my related work tracking and reporting on economic activity in settlements, and advocating boycotts of settlements—would become “willful” violations of this new law (anyone “who willfully commits, willfully attempts to commit, or willfully conspires to commit, or aids or abets in the commission of” any act prohibited under the law would be in trouble). Were I to continue exercising my right to free speech in opposing settlements and occupation, I could face draconian penalties: punitive fines of between $250,000 and one million dollars, and up to 20 years in prison. [bz]

Sea of Hope

Occupation News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00
New Israel Fund - "The group of over 50 Palestinians from Bethlehem who recently came to Tel Aviv was among 1,500 West Bank Palestinians who had an opportunity to spend time in the Mediterranean this summer thanks to the “Sea Day” recently organized by NIF grantee Machsom Watch. The program, which has been operating for 10 years, brought 20 groups of Palestinians to Israel’s Mediterranean coast by bus, mainly women and children who had never seen the sea before." ca

The Israel Lobby vs the First Amendment

Occupation News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00
Ramzy Baroud - nformation Clearing House "In its obsessive efforts to defeat the Palestinian-led boycott movement, AIPAC will soon force the revisitation of a long-dormant debate on the illegal Israeli military occupation of Palestine. US mainstream media has long avoided an honest discussion on Israel and Palestine as if the mere acknowledgment of a Palestinian point of view, let alone Palestinian rights, is in itself a sinister act." ca

IT disruption panics Gaza’s new Internet entrepreneurs

Occupation News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00
Mousa Tawfiq - Electronic Intifada "No Internet? Hussain Mahdi, 24, looked shocked. “Our lives would be paralyzed,” the young T-shirt designer said. He has cause for concern. On 11 July, the Palestine Telecommunications Company, Paltel, announced that its main generator had broken down because of high loads and long power cuts. Tens of thousands of landline customers and some 8,000 Internet subscribers lost service because, as the company explained on its Facebook page, it was not able to import parts for its backup generators or bring in new, better ones." ca

ISIL claims responsibility for van attack in Barcelona

Occupation News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00
Al-Jazeera - "The executors of the Barcelona attack were soldiers of the Islamic State," ISIL`s Amaq outlet said on its Telegram messenger account, without naming those it claimed were behind the attack. Amaq said ISIL had launched the attack in response to calls to target states taking part in the United States-led coalition battling the group in Iraq and Syria." ca

Video: Under protection from Israeli forces, settlers take over Palestinian home in Hebron’s Old City

Occupation News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00
Sheren Khalel, Yumna Patel and Akram Al-Wa`ra - Mondoweiss "Mohammed, 27, grew up in the Hebron’s Old City, surrounded by illegal Israeli settlers. Settlers taking over homes in Hebron is not uncommon, so it came to no surprise to the family when they were delivered a notice in 2012 informing them their family home had been sold to settlers, and they would have to leave.The Abu Rajab’s took the notice to the Civil Administration, the Israeli body in charge of the occupied West Bank, claiming that the home sale was a forgery." ca

Netanyahu is silent for 3 days over neo-Nazi violence, while his son says Black Lives Matter and Antifa are the real threat

Occupation News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00
Allison Deger - Mondoweiss "Bradley Burston wrote in an op-ed for Haaretz, “This is the message of Netanyahu’s silence regarding Charlottesville: I am not the prime minister of the Jewish people. I am the prime minister of all of the Jewish people who are right-wing, pro-settlement, anti-Palestinian, pro-Me.” ca

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian bus driver

Occupation News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00
PNN/ Bethlehem - "Two Israeli settlers attacked on Thursday attacked a Palestinian bus driver near the Bat Ayin settlement in Gush Etzion settlement bloc, southwest of Bethlehem.Israel’s Channel 7 said the settlers assaulted the Palestinian driver, sprayed him with pepper spray, beat him and tried to damage his car after they confirmed he was an Arab." ca

Two initiatives revive hopes for Palestinian reconciliation

Occupation News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00
Ahmad Abu Amer - Al Monitor "Within the span of some 12 hours on Aug. 3, Hamas in Gaza and the Patriots to End the Split and Restore the National Unity in the West Bank independently launched two initiatives to end the political and administrative division between Gaza and the West Bank resulting from the Hamas-Fatah feud." ca

Criticism grows over Netanyahu`s response to US neo-Nazism

Occupation News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00
AFP - Al Monitor "Criticism of Netanyahu among opposition politicians and others has grown louder over the last couple of days, particularly after Trump`s comments on Tuesday in which he said there was "blame on both sides." Perhaps the harshest criticism came from Shelly Yachimovich, a parliament member and former leader of the opposition Labour party." ca

Are Israelis indifferent to corruption around Netanyahu?

Occupation News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Netanyahu, for his part, succeeded in making corruption much more sophisticated than ever before, all while undermining the pillars of democracy. But given the heavy "background noise" emanating from police investigations against him to every Israeli household, the guardians of democracy and the judicial system may just end Netanyahu’s rule before he destroys them.-rh

Making It a Crime to Support Palestinian Human Rights

Occupation News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:00
James J. Zogby - LobeLog - It is fascinating to watch some US senators tripping over themselves as they attempt to defend their support for or opposition to proposed legislation that would make it a federal crime to support the international campaign to Boycott, Divest, or Sanction (BDS) Israel for its continued occupation of Palestinian lands. What ties these officials up in knots are their efforts to square the circle of their “love of Israel”, their opposition to BDS, their support for a “two-state solution”, and their commitment to free speech.-rh
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