|Date:||Wed, 15 May 2019 17:58:10 +0000 (UTC)|
|From:||Nonviolence International <info|
|Date:||Wed, 15 May 2019 17:58:10 +0000 (UTC)|
|From:||Nonviolence International <info|
With thanks to Kathy Bergen:
Many of you have met Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of the Palestian BDS movement. He has been under a travel ban imposed by Israel.
Last week he was refused entry to the US in order to attend his daughter’s wedding and to do a do a speaking tour.
Read his account below.
“Quakers became the first church in the UK to say they “will not invest in any company profiting from [Israel’s military] occupation.” Recently, several US churches have also voted to divest from Israeli and international companies complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.”
Today marks the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and we celebrate the extraordinary strides that the BDS movement for Palestinian rights has made with your support. We are exposing Israel’s crimes and apartheid policies and building pressure to end them.
Please donate to help us do more in the year ahead.
Here are just a few highlights of direct and indirect BDS impact from 2018:
Just last week, Airbnb decided it would no longer profit from most illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land. This followed an international campaign led by the #StolenHomes coalition of organizations affiliated with the BDS movement for Palestinian rights and human rights organizations.
Earlier this month, Ilhan Omar made history by becoming the first sitting Congressperson to publicly endorse BDS.
Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, praised the BDS movement and supported cutting U.S. military aid to Israel.
Mobilizations across the world convinced Argentina’s national football team, led by Captain Lionel Messi, to cancel its exhibition match with Israel.
Celebrity singer Lana Del Rey became one of 19 artists to withdraw from Israel’s Meteor Festival, after thousands of fans and activists from around the world urged her to respect the Palestinian picket line. Shakira and Lorde were among other top artists to cancel their concerts in Israel this year. More than 100 DJs and electronic music artists joined the cultural boycott of Israel under #DJsForPalestine.
Major organizations from the Indian women’s movement, representing over 10 million women, endorsed the BDS movement and demanded the release of all Palestinian child prisoners.
Amnesty International called for an arms embargo on Israel. It slammed the United States and the European Union for their military deals with Israel and held them responsible for “fueling mass violations” of Palestinian human rights.
The UK Labour Party recently voted to freeze arms sales to Israel. In Ireland, a Minister of State and 50 Irish lawmakers called for Ireland to stop arming Israel. Earlier, Dublin became the first European capital to endorse BDS for Palestinian rights.
Parliamentarians from Spain and Portugal took a stand for Palestinian rights and denounced Israel’s war crimes and racist “Jewish Nation-State Law.” Several cities in Italy and the Spanish state called for an arms embargo on Israel.
The Movement for Black Lives released a powerful statement of solidarity with the Palestinian people and called for the United States to end its $38 billion in annual military aid to Israel.
40 international Jewish social justice organizations recognized that the BDS movement for Palestinian rights has a proven commitment to “fighting antisemitism and all forms of racism and bigotry.” They condemned attempts to stifle criticism of Israel’s policies.
A 2018 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Professor George P. Smith, expressed support for the BDS movement and for cutting US military aid to Israel.
Adidas stopped sponsoring the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes teams based in illegal settlements built on stolen Palestinian land, after appeals from more than 130 Palestinian sports clubs.
Trade unionists and human rights activists in Tunisia and across the Arab world forced Israel’s Zim shipping line to suspend its routes to Tunisia.
The Canadian Federation of Students, representing more than 500,000 students, just voted at their Annual General Meeting to back the BDS movement.
Leeds became the first UK university to divest from firms involved in Israel’s arms trade, following a BDS campaign by Palestine solidarity activists. The university has divested more than $1.2 million in holdings from corporations that trade military equipment with Israel.
Quakers became the first church in the UK to say they “will not invest in any company profiting from [Israel’s military] occupation.” Recently, several US churches have also voted to divest from Israeli and international companies complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.
From South Africa, Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, a member of parliament and Nelson Mandela’s grandson, has affirmed the critical role BDS is playing to end Israeli apartheid.
Together we can, and will, make the words “freedom, justice and equality” not an aspiration, but a reality.
The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.
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Subject: [AL-AWDA-News] Today in Palestine! ~ Monday, 20 August 2018 ~
Israeli soldiers kill a Palestinian in northern Gaza
IMEMC 21 Aug — Israeli soldiers killed, on Monday morning, a young Palestinian man near the perimeter fence in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army said it opened fire at a Palestinian who reportedly opened fire at the soldiers in northern Gaza, and killed him. The army said no soldiers were injured. The military published a picture of the slain Palestinian after he was shot, and his family was able to recognize him from the photo. He has been identified as Hani Mohammad Odah al-Majdalawi, 24, from Jabalia refugee camp, in northern Gaza; his corpse is in the hands of the Israeli army.
Update: ‘Israeli soldiers kill two Palestinians, injure 270, in Gaza’
IMEMC 18 Aug — The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, two Palestinians and injured 270 others, including 60 who were shot with live fire. The Ministry said the soldiers killed Karim Abu Fatayer, 30, by shooting him with a live round in his head, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza. The Palestinian was shot in his eye, and the bullet exited through the back of his head after fracturing his skill and scattering his brain.. The slain Palestinian is from Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.
Furthermore, the soldiers killed Sa‘adi Akram Abu Muammar, 26, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Sa‘adi is a married father of two daughters, Rahaf, 5, and Aseel, 3, and his wife is seven months pregnant.
The Health Ministry also said the soldiers injured 270 Palestinians in several parts of the Gaza Strip, during the Great Return processions; 166 of them were treated in field clinics, and 104 were rushed to hospitals. Among the wounded are 60 who were shot with live fire, including 19 children, in addition to nine medics, who were injured by shrapnel or suffered the effects of teargas inhalation. The Health Ministry in Gaza said the latest Israeli assaults bring the number of slain Palestinians since March 30th, to 170, in addition to 18300 who were injured.
Palestinians injured at eastern borders of Gaza Strip
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 17 Aug — At least thirty Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces’ live fire near return camps alongside the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip on Friday. A Ma‘an reporter said that Israeli soldiers deployed at the borders of eastern Gaza City opened live ammunition at dozens of Palestinian youths who arrived two hours earlier than the scheduled time for “The Great March of Return” protests. One Palestinian protester was injured and transferred to the al-Shifa Hospital for treatment. In Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip, one Palestinian sustained moderate wounds as Israeli soldiers opened live fire at peaceful protesters. Injuries were also reported in the southern district of Khan Younis. Meanwhile, two Palestinians were also injured with live fire in eastern al-Breij refugee camp.
Israeli forces open fire along Gaza border
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 20 Aug — Israeli forces opened fire along the besieged Gaza Strip borders after shots were fired towards soldiers, on Monday morning. An Israeli army spokesperson told Hebrew-language news outlets that an armed Palestinian opened fire towards Israeli soldiers deployed near the border. Sources added that Israeli forces opened fire at the sources of fire, in response. No injuries were reported.
Israeli navy opens fire at Gaza flotilla
[with photos] GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 19 Aug — Israeli naval forces opened fire at dozens of Gaza flotilla boats that set sail on Saturday from the besieged Gaza Strip port in attempt to break the maritime blockade imposed by Israel. According to local sources, Israeli naval forces opened fire a while after five boats of the Gaza flotilla set sail towards the northern borders of Gaza to break the nearly 12-year siege. Sources mentioned that the Gaza flotilla consisted of 40 boats, with patients and students on board, carrying Palestinian flags and signs demanding the lift of the siege on Gaza. The Gaza flotilla was forced to sail back to the Gaza port after shots were fired. No injuries were reported during the incident.
Incendiary objects continue to be launched from Gaza
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 18 Aug — Palestinians continued to launch incendiary kites and explosive balloons on Friday from Gaza towards Israeli communities surrounding the besieged Gaza Strip. Hebrew-language news outlets reported that Palestinian youths continued to launch incendiary objects from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel as factions in Gaza were preparing to agree an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel. Sources added that the Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, was following the developments along the Gaza border throughout the 21st Friday of “The Great March of Return” protests. Palestinians in Gaza view the incendiary kites as a form of protest against Israel’s nearly 12-year blockade of Gaza and for Palestinian refugees right of return to their homes and lands which are now known as Israel.
Israel closes Erez crossing in response to Gaza marches
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 19 Aug — Israeli authorities announced the closure of the Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun), excluding emergency medical cases, which need immediate treatment outside of the Gaza Strip, from the closure. The office of the Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, issued a statement saying that Lieberman ordered the close of the Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun), in response to the continuing of “The Great March of Return” protests, during which 171 Palestinians have been killed and over 18,000 injured by Israeli forces. Muhammad Maqadmeh, media official of the Palestinian Civil Affairs Commission, said “Israeli authorities informed the commission regarding the closure of Beit Hanoun crossing since Sunday morning and that it will be closed for those traveling outside of Gaza, while for Palestinians returning to Gaza, it will remain open.” Maqadmeh explained the reason reported by Israeli authorities for the unexpected closure was “The naval march being organized by the Palestinians on Saturday near the northern border of Gaza and the continuing of the return marches along the eastern border.” Maqadmeh confirmed that the crossing will be closed to the movement of Palestinians traveling outside of Gaza until further notice….
Rafah crossing reopens allowing passage in both directions
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 19 Aug — Egyptian authorities on Sunday reopened the Rafah crossing in the southern besieged Gaza Strip Allowing passage in both directions before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The Rafah crossing administration said the Egyptian authorities had decided to reopen the crossing on Sunday to allow the passage of only 100 individuals from the Gaza Strip into Egypt. The administration said in a statement that the crossing will also be open for the return of the hundreds of people stranded at the Egyptian checkpoints and in front of the gates of the Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip. The Egyptian authorities close the crossing every Friday and Saturday, while only about 300 individuals cross per day, under strict conditions.
Rafah crossing to close for holidays
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 16 Aug — The Egyptian authorities announced, on Wednesday evening, the closure of the Rafah crossing in the southern besieged Gaza Strip during the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday next week. According to the Rafah crossing administration, the crossing will be closed in both directions during the Eid al-Adha holiday. The Rafah crossing with Gaza will be closed from Monday August 20th, 2018 until Saturday August 25th, 2018. The administration added that work on the crossing will resume on Sunday August 26th, 2018.
UN’s McGoldrick applauds humanitarian workers in Palestine
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 19 Aug — In honor of World Humanitarian Day, Jamie McGoldrick, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, called for the protection of the Palestinian people, particularly health workers helping to save lives along the borders of Gaza. The World Humanitarian Day is an annual occasion dedicated by the United Nations General Assembly to raising public awareness about the millions of people who risk their lives in order to provide food, water, and other needs to people living in conflicts, in natural disasters, and other emergencies. On this day, humanitarians around the world call for the need of increased protection of civilians, humanitarians, and health workers in conflict zones.
McGoldrick said in a statement “Today, I applaud the committed humanitarian workers in the occupied Palestinian territory, especially my national colleagues, who regularly face personal risk and assaults on their dignity, often while withstanding the same restrictive conditions that drive the humanitarian crisis in the occupied territories.” He added “Particular admiration goes to the health workers of Gaza, who, since March 30th, have exerted heroic efforts to treat people injured during demonstrations along Israel’s perimeter fence. I mourn the deaths of the three Palestinian health workers who were killed in this context and I am outraged regarding the 370 others injured, who risked their own lives while trying to save the lives of other Palestinians.”….
‘Not cannon fodder’: South Israel residents march to demand quiet on Gaza border
Times of Israel 19 Aug by ToI staff — As possible cease-fire takes shape, hundreds at Rabin Square protest say they won’t tolerate continuation of airborne arson attacks torching their fields — More than 200 Israelis from communities along the Gaza border converged on Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square Saturday evening. Protesters called on the government to act to ensure their security after months marred by rocket fire that has had them scrambling toward shelters on a regular basis, as well as incendiary kites and balloons that have torched thousands of acres of land. Demonstrators held signs reading, “We are not cannon fodder,” “We are not human shields,” and “Wake up, government — the entire south is burning.” They released balloons, to highlight the arson kite and balloon attacks from Gaza that have burned 7,000 acres of southern Israeli land in recent weeks, and lay on the ground to mimic procedures when rocket attacks find them too far from shelters. After convening at Rabin Square, the demonstrators marched north up Ibn Gabirol St. under police escort. A similar protest was held last week in front of IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, also bringing hundreds to the coastal city….
Foreign ministers to meet in Israel; Gaza pier issue resurfaces
Cyprus-Mail 18 Aug by George Psyllides — The foreign ministers of Cyprus and Greece, Nicos Christodoulides and Nicos Kotzias, will have a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on September 13 in Israel, it was announced on Friday. The Cyprus News Agency said the meeting had been arranged a long time ago and it will focus on the ongoing trilateral cooperation between the three countries. It was not expected to delve into the matter of building a pier in Cyprus to serve Gaza, which has resurfaced in Israeli media. State broadcaster CyBC reported on Friday – quoting a government source – that on the issue of the pier, the government was ready to help as long as all sides – Israel, the Palestinians, Egypt, Jordan and the UN – were on board. Quoting an unnamed Cypriot foreign ministry official, Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post reported on Friday that Nicosia has not yet had a “substantial bilateral dialogue” with Israel on the matter, and that there has not been any activity in recent days moving this proposal forward. “We are aware of this proposal, and we are aware that the Israeli side is thinking of perhaps going forward and exploring the idea, but we have not yet had a substantial bilateral dialogue,” the official said. The idea of using a section of a port or a pier in Cyprus to service Gaza was raised in late June when Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman visited Nicosia. Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told the Sunday Mail in July that the Israeli request was being examined and that Cyprus had a positive view of the possibility of helping out with the situation in Gaza. Asked if he was aware that Cyprus might be seen as being complicit in the Israeli siege of Gaza, which the Council of Europe has condemned as “collective punishment”, Prodromou said the government is cognisant of this aspect….
Solidarity Cup to commence despite cancellation of Gaza Kids to Ireland trip
IMEMC/Agencies 17 Aug — The young footballers from Gaza who have visited Ireland for the past two summers have been forced to cancel their trip this year. The Palestinian boys from Al Helal Football Academy, who live under Israeli occupation in Gaza, had planned to travel Tuesday (August 14th) through the territory’s border with Egypt, at the Rafah crossing and across the Sinai Desert to Cairo, where they would fly to Dublin. However, the difficult trip was prevented when the Rafah crossing was unexpectedly closed, forcing Gaza Action Ireland to cancel the program for now. Despite this terrible disappointment for the children and the organizers, ‘Gaza Kids to Dublin’ are determined to stand with the Palestinians living under siege in Gaza by holding the Solidarity Cup tournament on Sunday, August 19th. There will be a football tournament with Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians/ SKB and Cliftonville FC, as well as a family fun day. The football kicks off at 10am until 4pm, with the family events starting at 1pm. At 4pm, after the winning trophy is presented, everyone who sponsored one of the Al Helal players will release a balloon as a symbol of support. This will be live-streamed to the kids in Gaza to show them how much they are missed. Gaza Kids to Dublin organizer Danielle Robinson said, according to the PNN: “We need to let the boys know we stand with them because football is a way of life for these kids – they live and breathe it and it is an opportunity for them to have a future. Sport is a magnificent way for children to bond and show solidarity and it’s exactly what this event is all about.” As well as the Solidarity Cup, a full nine days of events had been planned for the team of teenagers, with events organised around the country, including in Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Leitrim and Wexford….
Violence / Detentions — Jerusalem / West Bank
Palestinian killed after attempted stabbing of Israeli police officer
IMEMC/Agencies 18 Aug — Local sources in Jerusalem and Israeli sources reported Friday afternoon that a Palestinian was shot dead in occupied Jerusalem, after attempting to stab an Israeli police officer. The Palestinian man, from the town of Umm al-Fahm in Israel, was shot and killed by Israeli police after attempting to stab an Israeli police officer in the Old City of Jerusalem, near the Damascus Gate. Israeli police released a video [below] showing the street from above, with people walking, then a young man pulling out a knife and trying to stab an Israeli police officer, with the officer then moving backward behind a barricade. But the released video cuts off at that point, and does not show the officers shooting the man. No Israelis were hurt in the incident. Ahmad Mahameed, 30, was identified by Israeli police as the man who was killed. He had never been arrested by Israeli authorities before, nor was he on any ‘wanted’ list of suspects. The Israeli media alleges that Mahameed left the Council Gate at the al-Aqsa Mosque at about 5:30pm. He then turned toward a group of policemen stationed a few meters away, and tried to stab one of them with the knife he was holding..
Mahameed’s hometown, Umm al-Fahm, is one of the few Palestinian towns that survived the expulsion of Palestinians in 1948 for the creation of the state of Israel. It is now home to 60,000 residents, all Palestinians. Israeli authorities have failed to provide adequate, electric, plumbing or sewage facilities to the town, and frequently deny requests from the town’s council for basic services. Though the town is located near Jenin, and has an historic relationship with the city, it has been cut off from all access to Jenin since the construction of the Israeli Annexation Wall in 2003.
Following the incident, Israeli police and military cordoned off a large area of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the al-Aqsa Mosque, and prevented Palestinians from entering for evening prayers. They also forced all worshipers who were in the mosque to leave.
In addition, the Israeli army invaded Mahameed’s town, Umm al-Fahm, closed the entrances to the town and ransacked his family home, taking several members of his family into custody for interrogation….
Police to investigate Israeli Arab attacker’s family over violation of funeral terms
Haaretz 21 Aug by Noa Shpigel & Jack Khoury — Authorities suspect Ahmed Mahmid’s family violated terms of agreement by allowing more than 150 people to attend; Lieberman: Proof we need population exchange — Authorities intend to investigate relatives of Ahmed Mahmid, an Arab Israeli who was shot dead after attempting to stab a policeman, over suspicions that they violated the agreed-upon terms for his funeral on Monday night. Law enforcement believe more than 150 people attended the funeral, which they say goes against what was agreed upon with the family. Police also plan to keep the financial guarantee of 50,000 shekels ($13,690) that the family provided. Police said in a statement that the agreement with the family was reached on “conditions that allow the remains of the terrorist, Ahmed Mahmid, to be delivered to his family for a funeral in Umm al-Fahm. Mahmid’s relatives said Saturday that he suffered from mental distress and that the stabbing attempt was not politically motivated. They also said that he could have been stopped without being killed. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman slammed images from the funeral on his Twitter account, writing: “Are you still asking yourself why Umm al-Fahm needs to be part of Palestine and not Israel? The sights from yesterday of many hundreds of people participating in the terrorist’s funeral with Palestinian flags and cries of ‘in spirit and blood, we will redeem the martyr,’ will finally answer the question for you. The plan I promoted many years ago for territorial and population exchanges is more relevant than ever.”
Israeli forces, settlers raze lands in Ramallah village
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 19 Aug — Israeli settlers, under the armed protection of Israeli forces, stormed the Palestinian village of Ras Karkar in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Sunday and began to raze agricultural lands in the area …. Sources said that residents of the Ras Karkar village resisted the razing of their lands, causing clashes to break out among the residents and Israeli forces who were providing protection to the Israeli settlers throughout the attack. Israeli forces attempted to remove the Palestinian residents from the area by force, however the residents remained standing in their place, refusing to leave before the withdrawal of Israeli settlers and the bulldozers. Members of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee, as well as the residents succeeded in preventing Israeli settlers from completing the razing of their lands and regained control of the area.
Israeli forces remove tent, assault Palestinian in Hebron
HEBRON (Ma‘an) 20 Aug — Israeli settlers, escorted by Israeli soldiers, removed a tent and assaulted a Palestinian man in the Masafer Yatta village, in southern Hebron in the southern West Bank.Rateb al-Jbour, coordinator of the National and Popular Committee in southern Hebron, told the Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa News Agency that Israeli soldiers and settlers raided Masafer Yatta where a Palestinians identified as Youssef Abu Arram had set up a tent to shelter his family until a wooden room that he was building to replace the tent was ready, took down the tent and confiscated his construction material and wood. Al-Jbour said that Israeli settlers attempted to seize the room while soldiers assaulted another Palestinian, identified as Bassel Abu Arram, who tried to stop them, causing him cuts and bruises on his body.
In video – Israeli forces assault Palestinian farmers in East Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 20 Aug — Israeli municipality staff assaulted Palestinian farmers and vendors in the streets of occupied East Jerusalem on Monday, a day before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Locals said that Israeli municipality staff, under armed security by Israeli forces, targeted Palestinian farmers in the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem and in the Salah al-Din Street of the city. Sources confirmed that Israeli municipality authorities stormed the areas, issuing tickets to the farmers and vendors forcefully removing them. Meanwhile, Israeli forces assaulted an elderly Palestinian woman and several other farmers and destroyed their crops, including grapes, apples and peaches. It is noteworthy, that farmers in Jerusalem are subjected to such assaults on a daily basis, preventing them from selling their crops in the street. In addition, the proceeds of selling these crops support dozens of needy or less fortunate Palestinian families in various neighborhoods. The assault on farmers and vendors in occupied East Jerusalem coincides with preparations for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The video below shows the result of Israeli forces assaulting Palestinian farmers:
Israeli colonizers injure four Palestinians near Nablus
A number of Israeli colonizers from Yitzhar colony, illegally built on Palestinian lands south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, hurled stones at several Palestinian cars, wounding four residents, and caused damage to many cars. Media sources in Nablus said the attacks took place on the main road between the city and Qalqilia. They added that the wounded Palestinians have been identified as Abdul-Hafith Mousa, and his sons Mohammad and Tareq, in addition to Mohammad Saleh Awad, from Tulkarem. They were rushed for treatment in Rafidia hospital, in Nablus.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said such assaults have witnessed a very serious escalation after a settler woman was killed in a traffic accident, last Thursday. He added that Yitzhar colonists have carried out numerous assaults against the Palestinians, and closed the Nablus-Qalqilia road, in addition to causing damage to many cars and wounding many residents, including several children. Daghlas stated that, in 48 hours, the Israeli assailants burnt a bulldozer, attacked many homes in ‘Aseera ash-Shamaliya town and Jaloud village, south of Nablus, in addition to cutting 900 trees in the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, also south of Nablus, ‘Arraba town, south of Jenin, and Ras Karkar village, northwest of Ramallah in central West Bank, and demolished a well….
Israeli settlers vandalize vehicles, spray racist graffiti in ‘Issawiya
JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 19 Aug — Israeli settlers punctured and vandalized about 15 Palestinian-owned vehicles on Saturday in the ‘Issawiya neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem. Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, member of a local follow-up committee, said that Israeli settlers stormed the neighborhood from its north-east entrance and vandalized about 15 Palestinian-owned vehicles. Al-Hummus added that the Israeli settlers punctured the tires of the vehicles and spray painted racist, anti-Arab slogans on the neighborhood walls and on one of the vehicles. The racist slogans read “Arabs of Jerusalem are terrorists.” Al-Hummus called on the committees and institutions of ‘Issawiya neighborhood to detain the Israeli settlers responsible for the vandalism.
Illegal colonizers cut down dozens of olive trees near Jenin
IMEMC 18 Aug — A group of illegal Israeli colonizers cut, on Saturday at dawn, dozens of Palestinian olive trees in ‘Arraba town, south of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. Media sources said the assailants invaded an orchard owned by a local resident identified as Nathmi Dheidi, near the illegal Dothan colony, which was built on Palestinian lands. They added that the colonizers cut down dozens of olive trees, which were planted approximately four years ago. Nathmi said that attack was not the first, as the colonists previously targeted his land, and several other orchards and farmlands in the area.
In related news, Israeli soldiers invaded Ya‘bad town, southwest of Jenin, before invading and violently searching many homes, and interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
Norwegian activist shot as Israeli forces subdue protest east of Qalqilia
IMEMC/Agencies 18 Aug — A Norwegian activist, Saturday, was shot and injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet as Israeli forces quelled the weekly and peaceful anti-settlement demonstration in the village of Kufr Qaddoum, to the east of Qalqilia, said WAFA correspondence. Confrontations reportedly broke out between demonstrators who also rallied to protest Israel’s closure of the main road that connects the village of Kufr Qaddoum with the city of Nablus since 2003. Subsequently, Israeli forces cracked down on the peaceful rally, using excessive force against demonstrators. A forty-five-year-old Norwegian activist was struck in the abdomen area with a rubber-coated steel bullet. Her medical status remains unknown until the moment. No other injuries or arrests were reported.
Threats at gunpoint and stone-hurling: Israeli Arab bus drivers in West Bank suffer daily abuse
[behind paywall] Haaretz 17 Aug by Or Kashti — Three weeks ago, at around 9 P.M., Mustafa Samareen was driving the Egged route 44 bus. As he approached his final destination at the settlement of Bat Ayin, a few youths starting throwing stones at the bus. The front windshield was completely shattered and Samareen needed medical assistance. “I don’t understand what they want, I’m only a driver,” Samareen says. “They don’t want Arab drivers there.” He says soldiers in the area didn’t manage to catch the young men. This wasn’t the first instance: Stone-throwing has become a familiar feature at the settlement, one more example of the violence inflicted on Arab drivers working in public transportation. Last year there were 18 registered cases of assaults on drivers, averaging one or two a month. Monitoring these incidents are two groups, the Racism Crisis Center and Koach LaOvdim, a labor-union group representing drivers at private bus companies. This is but a partial list since drivers often don’t report assaults in cases when the blows were light, when they were merely spat at, or when no delay in service was caused that would require an explanation to a manager. There is also a lack of trust that complaints will be addressed. “No one looks after us, not the company, not the Transportation Ministry, not the police – we’re on our own,” says a driver who requested anonymity. In any case, verbal abuse seems to have become the norm….
PPS: ‘Israeli soldiers abduct 14 Palestinians in West Bank’
IMEMC 20 Aug — The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, fourteen Palestinians, including a former political prisoner who was imprisoned for 15 years, in several parts of the occupied West Bank. The PPS office in Nablus, in northern West Bank, said the soldiers invaded the al-Ein neighborhood and Younis Street, on the western entrances of the city, searched homes and abducted Wafa Damouni, a former political prisoner, who was detained for 15 years. It is worth mentioning that Wafa is the nephew of Jamail Salim Damouni, who was assassinated by Israeli soldiers in 2001. In related news, the soldiers invaded the home of Osama Herzallah, in Nablus, and injured two young men with rubber-coated bullets during protests against the invasion. Furthermore, the soldiers abducted Zakariya al-Bakri and Abdullah Najeeb, from their homes in the Old City of Nablus.
In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Sielet ath-Thaher town, south of the city, searched homes and abducted Ahmad Hasan Hantouli and Nidal Mohammad Hantouli.
In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Hasan Oleyyan, from his home in the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, after invading it along with many other homes owned by members of Oleyyan, Makhlouf and Awwad families. The soldiers fired several rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades at local protesters during the invasion….
Israel allows hundreds of thousands more civilians to carry guns
[behind paywall] Haaretz 21 Aug by Josh Breiner — ‘Skilled civilians carrying a gun in public contribute to a sense of security,’ public security minister says
Many of you may have already heard the sad news of Uri Avnery’s passing, but for those who haven’t:
With thanks to Adam Keller:
Gush Shalom: Avnery’s opponents will ultimately have to follow in his footsteps
Gush Shalom grieves and mourns the passing of its founder, Uri Avnery. Until the last moment he continued on the way he had traveled all his life. On Saturday, two weeks ago, he collapsed in his home when he was about to leave for the Rabin Square and attend a demonstration against the “Nation State Law”, a few hours after he wrote a sharp article against that law.
Avnery devoted himself entirely to the struggle to achieve peace between the state of Israel and the Palestinian people in their independent state, as well as between Israel and the Arab and Muslim World. He did not get to the end of the road, did not live to see peace come about. We – the members of Gush Shalom as well as very many other people who were directly and indirectly influenced by him – will continue his mission and honor his memory.
On the day of the passing of Uri Avnery, themost right wing government in the history of Israel is engaged in negotiations with Hamas. Ironically, the same kind of demagogic accusations which were hurled at Uri Avnery throughout his life are now made against Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
In the history of the State of Israel, Uri Avnery will be inscribed as a far-seeing visionary who pointed to a way which others failed to see. It is the fate and future of the State of Israel to reach peace with its neighbors and to integrate into the geographical and political region in which it is located. Avnery’s greatest opponents will ultimately have to follow in his footsteps – because the State of Israel has no other real choice.
Contact: Adam Keller, Gush Shalom Spokesperson +972-(0)54-2340749
גוש שלום: מתנגדיו הגדולים ביותר של אורי אבנרי יאלצו בסופו של דבר ללכת בעקבותיו
גוש שלום אבל ומרכין ראש על מותו של מייסד התנועה אורי אבנרי. עד הרגע האחרון הוא המשיך בדרך בה הלך כל חייו. בשבת לפני שבועיים התמוטט אבנרי בביתו כאשר עמד לצאת לכיכר רבין להפגנה נגד “חוק הלאום”, מספר שעות לאחר שכתב מאמר חריף נגד החוק הזה, ומאז היה מחוסר הכרה.
אבנרי הקדיש את כל כולו למאבק למען השלום בין מדינת ישראל לבין העם הפלסטיני במדינתו העצמאית ובין ישראל והעולם הערבי והמוסלמי. הוא לא זכה להגיע לסוף הדרך ולראות את השלום מתממש. אנו – חברי גוש שלום וגם אנשים רבים אחרים שהושפעו ממנו במישרין ובעקיפין – נמשיך בדרכו ונכבד את זכרו.
ביום פטירתו של אורי אבנרי עוסקת הממשלת הימנית ביותר בתולדות מדינת ישראל במשא ומתן עם ארגון החמאס. למרבה האירוניה, האשמות דמגוגיות המזכירות את אלה שהוטחו באבנרי כל חייו מושמעות היום דווקא נגד שר הביטחון אביגדור ליברמן.
בהיסטוריה של מדינת ישראל ירשם אורי אבנרי כחוזה שראה למרחק וצפה והצביע על הדרך שאחרים לא הבחינו בה. גורלה ועתידה של מדינת ישראל היא להגיע לשלום עם שכניה ולהשתלב במרחב הגיאוגרפי והפוליטי שבו היא ממוקמת. גם מתנגדיו הגדולים ביותר של אבנרי יאלצו בסופו של דבר ללכת בעקבותיו – כי אין למדינת ישראל ברירה אמיתית אחרת.
לפרטים: אדם קלר, דובר גוש שלום 054-2340749
Important info. As you may recall, Ilana Hammerman was the first”Disobedient Woman” to publically acknowledge ilkegally “smuggling” Palestinian women and children into Israel for a day at the beach.
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