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Belgian Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel

Newsletter N° 41 (November 2018)

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A wreath sits at the schoolroom desk belonging to Faris al-Sarsawi, 13, who was shot dead by Israeli forces during Great March of Return protests, Gaza City, 7 October (Ramadan El-Agha APA images).
 

Contents:

Actions -- Agenda -- Gaza -- Analysis -- Boycott -- Current Affairs -- EU-US-World -- Israel -- Palestine Resources -- Videos

Actions & Calls:

"Letter from BRISMES protesting against Israeli violations of Palestinian academic freedom"

Letter sent by Stuart Laing, President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, to the Israeli Prime Minister and the ministers of Justice, of the Interior and of Education to protest against Israeli violations of Palestinian academic freedom. It has been forwarded to Prof. Ghassan Khatib at Birzeit university to support its campaign of protest against the enforced departure of academics from Palestinian campuses.


"Palestinian leader Khalida Jarrar's imprisonment without charge or trial extended again" (Samidoun, Oct 28):

Palestinian parliamentarian, feminist and leftist leader Khalida Jarrar was once more ordered to imprisonment without charge or trial by the Israeli occupation. The renewal came for the fourth time on Thursday, 25 October; Jarrar has already been jailed without charge or trial for 16 months. 


"No EU money for Israeli military: EU's role in militarisation and profiteering from human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territory" (European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine - ECCP).

Video (YouTube): "No EU Money to the Israeli Arms Industry".

"Palestinian women prisoners escalate struggle against repression" (Samidoun, Oct 31):

Palestinian women in HaSharon prison are continuing their protest against the imposition of surveillance cameras on 5 September in the prison yard. The placement of surveillance cameras also covers the collective kitchens, washing machine areas and prayer areas.


"Nidal and Mohammed Abu Aker, father and son activists in Dheisheh camp, seized by occupation forces" (Samidoun, Nov 1):

Nidal Abu Aker, a longtime community leader and a journalist in Dheisheh refugee camp, and his son Mohammed Abu Aker, a university student, were seized by Israeli forces who invaded the camp in the early morning hours of Thursday, 1 November.


"Susan Abulhawa must be released now!"

The US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel denounces in the strongest terms the exclusion of renowned author and Palestinian rights defender Susan Abulhawa from occupied Palestine. Abulhawa, a member of the OC of USACBI, the author of "Mornings in Jenin" and "The Blue Between Sky and Water" and the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, was denied entry to Palestine by the Israeli occupation at Ben Gurion airport on Nov 1.


The Rights Forum: "Israël trekt in Brussel ten strijde tegen Europese burgerrechten" (5 nov):

Een conferentie van pro-Israël-organisaties in Brussel staat in het teken van inperking van Europese burgerrechten en veroordeling van de BDS-beweging als 'fundamenteel antisemitisch'. Israël is betrokken bij de organisatie en wordt vertegenwoordigd door een minister die in een illegale nederzetting woont.


"Public statement by Jewish European organizations on the definition and elimination of anti-Semitism" (ECCP, Oct 30):

14 Jewish European organizations published a statement voicing their concern over the organization of a conference in Brussels backed by the Israeli government, aiming to label legitimate criticism and protest against Israeli governmental policies, including through BDS tactics, as anti-Semitism.


The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) and 7amleh the Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media invite you to protect Palestinian lands and farmers by planting a virtual seed in Area C.

For this campaign we have developed a unique web application that allows you to choose where to plant seeds (and which seeds). [PS only accostable with MS Edge]. We have also developed an infographic, video and texts focused on protecting Palestinian farmers and their land. Please take a moment to protect Palestinian farmers and land by planting a seed today! Click here and Plant a Seed in Area C !

Agenda:

# Etterbeek, 14 nov @ 18 h 00 : "La Palestine à l'heure de la justice internationale", Conférence-débat avec ALEXIS DESWAEF, Ancien président de la Ligue des droits de l'homme. Où : Av. d'Auderghem 289, Mission de Palestine, Salle Naim Khader.

À l'invitation de la Mission de Palestine auprès de l'UE, la Belgique et le Luxembourg, Alexis Deswaef abordera toutes les questions qui font mal : l'occupation militaire, la colonisation civile, le mur d'annexion, les prisonniers politiques, l'exploitation des ressources des territoires palestiniens ou encore le régime d'apartheid en Israël, ainsi que l'horreur totale à Gaza.

# Gent, 21 nov, 19:00 - 22:30: "De Universele Rechten van de Mens - Palestina". Org.: Fed. van Marokkaanse Verenigingen, Palestina Solidariteit & GAPP. Waar: Seminariezaal New Zebra, Gustaaf Callierlaan 232, 9000 Gent. Info-debat met :
* Prof. John Dugard, Prof. Em. Internationaal Recht, ULeiden, ex- mensenrechtenrapporteur bij de VN;
* H. Lovatt, Israel/Palestine Project Coordinator, Middle East and North Africa Programme of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Moderator: Wided Bouchrika (Journalist & Creative Producer Londen). Inschrijven door 10 euro (studenten: 5 euro ) te storten op: Luc Hanssens - Mensenrechten, BE21 0359 8340 1603. (De opbrengst gaat naar een pedagogisch project).


# Berchem, 28 nov, 19:00 - 22:30: Gespreksavond "70 jaar etnische zuivering van Palestina". Org.: Antwerp for Palestine, Intal Antwerpen, Palestina Solidariteit, Fed. v. Marokkaanse Verenigingen. Waar: Theaterzaal De Nieuwe Vrede, Vredestr., 16-22, 2600 Berchem. 
PROGRAMMA : -- Huidige situatie in Palestina, Dr. Seloua, actief in vluchtelingenkampen in Palestina; -- Strijd om rechtvaardigheid, Dries van Agt (ex-premier en auteur van 'Een schreeuw om recht, de tragedie van het Palestijnse volk'.); -- Amir Haberkorn, Een Andere Joodse Stem; -- Poëzie van Charles Ducal.  Deelnemen is gratis, maar inschrijven is verplicht: jessica.nana@fmv-vzw.be.


Gaza "Massacre of the Innocents":

"Israëlische leger doodt twee Palestijnse tieners" (The Rights Forum, 9 sept):

Tijdens de wekelijkse Mars van Terugkeer-demonstratie in Gaza schoten Israëlische militairen vrijdag twee Palestijnse jongens van 16 en 17 jaar dood. Het neerschieten van de 16-jarige is op film vastgelegd. Een bedreiging voor de militairen vormde hij niet. Zondag werd opnieuw een demonstrant gedood.


"Israeli soldier executed Gaza teen at close range: witness" (Maureen Clare Murphy, EI, Oct 13):

Ahmad Abdallah Abu Naim, 17, was shot while attempting to flee soldier, reporter says.The slain Palestinian, identified as Ahmad Abdallah Abu Naim, 17, was one of seven killed during mass protests along Gaza's boundary with Israel on Friday.


"Teen killed as Israel uses sharpshooters to police Gaza protests" (Maureen Clare Murphy, EI 23 Oct):

Gaza's health ministry identified the slain youth as Muntasir Muhammad Ismail al-Bazz. Amnesty International: "many of the wounds observed by doctors in Gaza are consistent with those caused by high-velocity Israeli-manufactured Tavor rifles using 5.56mm military ammunition. Other wounds bear the hallmarks of US-manufactured M24 Remington sniper rifles shooting 7.62mm hunting ammunition, which expand and mushroom inside the body."


Sarah Algherbawi, "Israel targets Gaza's children, say witnesses" (Electronic Intifada, 24 Oct):

Every Friday for the past few months, Nasir Musbah insisted that he accompany his two older sisters to the Great March of Return. Both women are medics; Nasir used to carry their first aid bags. Nasir's mother, Samah, allowed him to go on the condition that he would stay at a tent east of Khan Younis city from where the medics worked... Nasir had been hit in the head with a bullet fired by an Israeli sniper. He was only 11.


"Israeli Forces Kill Three Children who Approach the Fence in Deir Al Balah" (Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Oct 29):

Earlier this week, 3 children (13, 13 and 14 years old) were killed by an Israeli drone as they walked in the access restricted area in the east of the Gaza Strip. The paramedics that were called to the area of the incident were prevented by Israeli forces from getting close to provide medical care for approximately 2 hours.


"No justice for 50 Palestinian children killed in 2018" (Defence for Children International-Palestine, Oct 30):

Israeli forces killed 3 children aged 13 - 15, during a targeted air strike on Sunday evening in the central Gaza Strip, bringing the number of Palestinian children to be killed by Israeli forces or settlers this year up to at least 50. While Israeli authorities stated that the children were attempting to cross the perimeter fence with explosives, these killings are just the latest in an ever-lengthening list of child fatalities at the hands of Israeli forces in unclear circumstances that may amount to an unlawful use of force and which the state has failed to fully and impartially investigate.


Shahd Abusalama, "Palestinians are as worthy as children of Holocaust survivors for dignity" (Mondoweiss, Oct 24):

Palestinians' legitimate claims continue to be silenced at the expense of sustaining Israel's longstanding myths of being the safe haven for world Jewry and a democracy with the world's most moral army. As if we are not as worthy as the children of Holocaust survivors of freedom, security, justice and dignity.


"PLO Calls on ICC to Investigate Israeli Killing of 3 Gaza Children" (Palestine Chronicle, Oct 30):

The PLO Monday called on International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch an investigation into an Israeli airstrike that killed 3 children in the east of Khan Younes in the besieged Gaza Strip. PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi in a statement: "The Israeli occupation army has been deliberately targeting and killing Palestinian children. This is a clear war crime in violation of international law and international humanitarian law". [More than 205 Palestinians, including 37 children, have been killed in Gaza since March 30.]


"Gaza's Dying of Thirst, and Its Water Crisis Will Become a Threat to Israel" (Sandy Tolan, Daily Beast, Oct 13):

With Gaza's water system on the verge of "collapse" a humanitarian catastrophe looms, including potential epidemics. The consequences will reach far beyond Gaza's borders.


"Ongoing blockade will cause Gaza to explode in the face of Israel, Hamas warns" (Hana Salah, Al-Monitor, Oct 18):

Employees are being laid off and shops are closing down in the cash-strapped Gaza Strip, while the World Bank warns that the economy is collapsing after a decadelong blockade.


"Israeli forces open fire, injure Palestinian farmer in Gaza" (Ma'an News Agency, Oct 28):

Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian farmers, on Sunday morning, in several areas along the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip. The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds and farmers.


Huda Baroud, "Gazans flee to Europe, illegally" (Al-Monitor, Oct 30):

Palestinians are increasingly seeking to leave the Gaza Strip given the deteriorating living conditions, seeking refuge in Europe. A survey conducted in July by Al-Aqsa University in Gaza indicates that 92% of the 1,280 people polled in the study believe youth migration has become a phenomenon. They blame the ongoing rift between Hamas and Fatah and high unemployment rates as well as a lack of basic services.


Analysis & Comments:

Jean-Pierre Filiu, "L'assassinat par Israël du médiateur de l'ONU en Palestine" (Le Monde, 14/9):

Alors qu'Israël a célébré son 70ième anniversaire, marqué par le transfert de l'ambassade des Etats-Unis à Jérusalem, un autre 70ième anniversaire est passé bien inaperçu: celui de l'assassinat, le 17 septembre 1948 à Jérusalem, du comte suédois Folke Bernadotte, médiateur de l'ONU pour la Palestine.


Seth Anziska, "Nouvelles révélations sur les massacres de Sabra et Chatila" (Orient XXI, 26 oct):

Dans un livre sur la diplomatie américaine au Proche-Orient, le chercheur Seth Anziska revient sur les massacres de Sabra et Chatila (1982). Il apporte des éléments nouveaux sur l'implication du gouvernement israélien. Analyse de l'ouvrage et entretien avec l'auteur par Sylvain Cypel.


Sophia Brown, "Israel's assault on Palestinian universities is a threat to human rights and a tragedy for this generation of students" (The Independent, Oct 21):

Palestine has had to contend with Israel's systematic obstruction of education: from enforced closures, campus raids, and the oppression of individual students and teachers, including arbitrary arrests and detention without trial.


Khaled Barakat, "Palestinian national unity and class conflict" (Samidoun, Nov 3):

When the positions of national forces clash in a country confronting occupation and colonization, as has been the case in Algeria, Ireland, India, South Africa and elsewhere, it is natural to inquire as to the motivations of this conflict and to identify those who benefit from the situation as well as those who are negatively affected.


Olivier Schulz, "L'état civil des Palestiniens : contrôle, domination, séparation" (Agence Medias Palestine, 21 oct - BDS France, 8 sept):

Choisir de s'intéresser à l'état civil pour aborder la question palestinienne peut paraître surprenant. L'étude des procédures définies pour l'établissement des registres de populations ainsi que la nature des différentes administrations impliquées est certes un exercice aride, il est aussi passionnant. Les critères utilisés pour décider de la nationalité et de la citoyenneté des personnes, ainsi que les procédures régissant l'établissement des registres d'état civil mettent à jour un aspect important du fonctionnement du régime d'apartheid construit par l'État israélien.


Charlotte Kates, "Palestinian prisoners: A battleground for international Solidarity" (Samidoun, 3 Nov):

Ghassan Kanafani's quote that "Palestine today is not a cause for Palestinians only; it is the cause of every revolutionary, the cause of the oppressed and exploited masses in our era" has not dulled in its accuracy over time. Perhaps it resonates more clearly than ever before, when U.S. imperialism and its European partners appear as an ongoing threat to Palestinian existence and self-determination as well as to any form of Arab unity or even truly independent policy.


Mohammed El-Kurd, "Palestinian women: An untold history of leadership and resistance" (Al Jazeera, 25 Oct):

Our collective deafness to the stories of Palestinian women needs to end for the sake of future generations. Historically, Palestinian women have stood at the forefronts of our resistance. Not only nursing victims of violence, but actively orchestrating popular resistance movements and navigating, or at least contributing to, the political conversation, whether with their assigned-authority or self-proclaimed seat at the table. 


Dareen Tatour, "Women imprisoned in Israel: life between pressure, suffering and sudden transfer" (Mondoweiss, Nov 1):

One month after my release from detention, house arrest and prison that went on, including all of its phases, for three years, during which I have lived through the suffering of imprisonment and detention that is different than any other type of suffering that I have personally experienced.


Anya Topolski, "De Ambiguïteit van Antisemitisme" (MO*, 31 okt):

De joodse uitzonderingspositie draagt bij tot structureel racisme. Het is van essentieel belang dat we antisemitisme of de Shoah niet zien als uniek, zegt Anya Topolski in haar maandelijkse column. En wel omdat dit ons verblindt voor een meer systematisch patroon van racisme en genocide, én omdat dit betekent dat we niet proberen om tot de oorzaak van het probleem te komen.


Jacques Pous, "Le projet sioniste est colonial" (Le Courrier, 25 oct):

Histoire méconnue, ce sont les chrétiens qui sont à l'origine du sionisme, de l'idée du retour des Juifs en Palestine. "Le sionisme chrétien précède le sionisme juif moderne et, je crois, lui a permis d'exister' ne craindra pas de dire Benyamin Netanyahou le 8 mars 2010 à l'occasion de la "Night to honor Israel" à Jérusalem, cite Jacques Pous, historien genevois d'adoption.


Boycott:

Nora Barrows-Friedman, "Victory for San Francisco State professor over pro-Israel lawfare suit" (The Electronic Intifada, Nov 1):

After three attempts at litigation, pro-Israel lawfare strategists have failed to silence a Palestinian American professor at San Francisco State University. On Monday, a federal judge in San Francisco finally dismissed a frivolous lawsuit against professor Rabab Abdulhadi and the university over her Palestine research and criticisms of Israel.


Ben White, "Has the BDS campaign really achieved so little?" (Middle East Eye, 1 Nov):

Last March, outgoing Jewish Agency chair Natan Sharansky declared that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign had "been almost fully defeated". Sharansky's pronouncement came two years after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced BDS had been 'beaten'.


"News du BDS 77" (ABP, Bulletin, N° 77):

Le 19 juillet dernier, les députés israéliens adoptaient la loi sur "l'État-nation du peuple juif" qui constitutionnalise le caractère juif de l'État d'Israël. Officialisant la politique d'apartheid de l'État d'Israël, cette loi, condamnée par de nombreuses personnalités israéliennes issues de multiples mouvances politiques, inscrit l'inégalité des citoyens au coeur même du fonctionnement de l'État....


Eyal Hareuveni, "Un si mystérieux ministère israélien des affaires stratégiques" (Orient XXI, 29 oct):

Inquiet de la montée du mouvement Boycott désinvestissement sanctions (BDS) de solidarité avec les Palestiniens, le gouvernement israélien tente d'organiser la riposte, n'hésitant pas à espionner des citoyens dans des pays étrangers, comme aux États-Unis. Il a créé un discret ministère des affaires stratégiques à cette fin, dont le bilan est pour le moins mitigé.


Arthur Neslen, "European parties urged to agree Israel boycott tactics are antisemitic" (The Guardian, Oct 24):

A conference in Brussels backed by the Israeli government is to push for all European political parties to sign up to "red lines" that declare boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) tactics to be "fundamentally antisemitic". [It] will propose a text for prospective MEPs and political parties to sign up to before European elections in May next year.


"Na minister Kaag wordt Dries van Agt besmeurd door Israëlische journalist" (The Rights Forum, 3 nov):

Het wordt al de 'Wraak van de Israël-lobby' genoemd: nog geen twee dagen nadat The Rights Forum een oud-medewerker van het CIDI, nu journalist voor de Jewish Telegraphic Agency, aanwees als bron van de lastercampagne tegen minister Kaag, publiceerde die een lasterlijk artikel over Rights Forum-oprichter Dries van Agt.


Current Affairs:

Annelies Verbeek, "'De olijfbomen beschermen ons land op verschillende manieren'" (MO*, 4 nov):

'We zetten de traditie voort', klinkt het tijdens de olijfoogst in Palestina. Wie over Palestina praat, praat over de Israëlische bezetting. Ook wanneer het gaat over olijfbomen. Zo is de olijfboom doorheen 70 jaar ontheemding en bezetting een symbool geworden van Palestijnse 'sumoud' of standvastigheid.


Amira Hass: "Hundreds of trees destroyed in West Bank Palestinian villages, Israeli rights groups report" (Haaretz, Oct 15):

The trees were in plots Palestinians can only access under army supervision due to proximity to settlements and outposts where Israelis have attacked Palestinian farmers in the past.

Amira Hass: "Settlers keep attacking Palestinian farmers' produce, and Israeli authorities don't care" (Haaretz, Nov 4):

Israelis coming from a nearby northern West Bank outpost damage trees, steal olives and throw stones, yet the Palestinian villagers say involving the police is a waste of time.


"Hebron: Seven weeks after the murder of Wael Fatah Ja'aberi by Israeli Forces, family still awaits his body for burial" (International Solidarity Movement, Al-Khalil Team, Oct 28):

On Monday Oct 22, the family of Wael Fatah Ja'aberi gathered in Ibn Rush square in downtown Hebron to protest the murder of their son and the decision of Israeli forces not to return his body to their family for more than a month. In September, Ja'aberi was killed in a combined settler and soldier ambush.


"Rights Group Says Israel Currently Holding 19 Bodies of Slain Palestinians(The Palestine Chronicle, Feb 9):

Director of the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC) Issam Arouri told the Voice of Palestine radio station that Israeli forces continue to withhold the remains of 260 slain Palestinians buried in the so-called "cemetery of numbers" in Israel, in addition to holding the bodies of 19 Palestinians, who were killed by Israeli forces since 2016, in morgues.


"Cemetery of Numbers" (Asharq Al-Awsat, July 12, 2008):

"Even if it is only my daughter's finger, I want it here... I want to pray for her. Every bone is my right and the right of every Palestinian". These words were spoken by the father of Ayat al Akras whose body is being held by the Israeli army in a cemetery known as the 'Cemetery of Numbers'. It acquired its name by virtue of the fact that all the graves only have numbers inscribed on metal plates. The numbers signify the identity of buried people; no one knows who they are except for the Israeli army.


"Israel settlers dump sewage on Palestinian school in Qalqiliya" (Middle East Monitor, Nov 2):

Israeli settlers dumped their sewage on a Palestinian school in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqilia yesterday. The Azzun Beit Amin School playground was flooded with sewage for the second time in two months as a result of the settlers' actions.


Ramzy Baroud, "'A Cruel Choice': Why Israel Targets Palestinian Schools" (The Palestine Chronicle, Oct 26):

Several students, along with teachers and officials, were wounded in the Israeli army attack on a school south of Nablus in the West Bank on 15 October. The students of Al- Sawiya Al-Lebban Mixed School were challenging an Israeli military order to shut down their school based on the ever-versatile accusation of the school being a "site of popular terror and rioting".


"'Silent ethnic cleansing': Israel to build dozens of new settlement units in Hebron" (Lubna Masarwa, Middle East Eye, Nov 1):

Residents of Hebron tell MEE that the approved settlers units will turn the city into a 'museum of apartheid'. Israel's government approved building 31 settlement units and a kindergarten in Hebron's old city, and is now planning "to promote" new settlement homes in the vegetable market, known by locals as the Hisbeh.


"Defense Ministry: Israel has destroyed 45 homes of terrorists' families in last 3 years" (Jonathan Lis & Yaniv Kubovich, Haaretz, Nov 1):

Forty of the homes that were destroyed were in the West Bank and five were in the Jerusalem area, Uliel said. The data presented show that the process of demolishing the home of a terrorist's family takes an average of two months from the date of the terror attack.


EU-US-World:

Mark Akkerman, "Will Europe use Israeli drones against refugees?" (EI, Oct 30):

Frontex, the EU's border guard agency, has begun testing Israeli warplanes... The identification of Israel as a partner for "strategic cooperation" by Frontex is worrying in itself. The preparations to use Israel's tools of repression against refugees sailing towards Europe are even worse.


Victor Ginsburgh, "Quarante ans après Charlottesville, Virginie, 1979, Afula, Israël, 2018, et autres" (The Big Bang Blog, 30 oct): 

À l'époque où j'étais professeur visiteur à l'Université de Virginie (Charlottesville) en 1979, j'ai été stupéfait d'apprendre que ni les Noirs ni les Juifs ne pouvaient acheter une propriété autour du golf en construction à peu de distance de Charlottesville.


Chemi Shalev, "Israelis' post-Pittsburgh defense of Trump isn't just realpolitik: They just don't get it" (Haaretz, Nov 1):

For American Jews, the Tree of Life atrocity is a product of America's violent, hate-filled present but for Israelis it reflects 2000 years of Jewish persecution.


"Meet the Chilestinians, the largest Palestinian community outside the Middle East" (Roy Arad, Haaretz, Oct 31):

They maintain good relations with the Jews, are reluctant to visit Israel and Palestine, but identify with their brethren in the territories. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians live in Chile - we spoke to some of them.


Israel:

Haaretz Editorial, "Academic loyalty test" (Oct 25):

The scent of elections is in the air and Education Minister Naftali Bennett is determined to attract voters at any cost, even at the expense of his direct area of responsibility. His target is the Committee of University Heads, which is against Ariel University joining it.


Akiva Eldar, "Israeli artists campaign against 'Loyalty in Culture' law" (Al-Monitor, Oct 30):

Speaking at the protest against the new law, choreographer and dancer Renana Raz urged her colleagues to be willing to pay the price for protecting their right to express political views. Writer, playwright and filmmaker Moti Lerner was more explicit. "We must continue to deal with the occupation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," he said.


Danny Zaken, "Netanyahu protects Supreme Court's power, for now" (Al-Monitor, Nov 1):

The decision of the Supreme Court justices on Oct. 18 to allow (past) BDS activist Lara Alqasem to enter the country, reversing the interior minister's decision to deport her, has raised the bar for the right-wing coalition's attack on the Supreme Court. Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan tweeted that the Supreme Court gave the BDS movement a huge victory.


Rami Kaplan, "Why the Left should radicalize, not moderate itself" (+972, Nov 2):

Over the last decade, the Israeli Right has demonstrated innovation, determination, and successful public outreach that led to impressive gains in the hegemony war. The result has been the tragic demise of the Left, which lost its public standing, along with the loss of hope, a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, and a solution to other national problems.


Palestine:

Ahmad Melhem, "Abbas says OK to demilitarized Palestinian state" (Al-Monitor, Sept 12):

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said to Israeli peace activists that he would approve the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state, which his close associates saw as a message to Israel that Palestinians want peace.


Ramona Wadi, "Amid torture accusations, the PA consolidates its links with the CIA" (Middle East Monitor, Oct 25): 

The news that the US and the Palestinian Authority are planning for CIA Director Gina Haspell to visit Ramallah comes just as Human Rights Watch released a report which accuses Hamas and the PA of torture.


Reports & Resources:

© "I've Been There: A Study of Torture and Inhumane Treatment in Al-Moscabiyah Interrogation Center" (Report of Addameer, 25 Oct 2018, pdf, 46p.):

Al Moscabiyeh, in the heart of Jerusalem, represents the most notorious interrogation facility in all of historical Palestine. Generations of Palestinians have experienced what it has to offer in regards of techniques of torture and dehumanisation. This report seeks to quantify the instances of torture, and mistreatment in the facility. Using first hand, a clear pattern is observed in regard to systematic mistreatment and torture of Palestinian detainees.


© 7amleh releases Policy Paper "Facebook and Palestinians: Biased or Neutral Content Moderation Policies" (7amleh, Oct 29):

The paper focuses on Facebook's discriminatory practices in moderation of Palestinian content against the background of the Israeli government's heavy pressure on Facebook. The policy paper begins with an analysis of Facebook's content moderation guidelines and practices, in particular in areas in conflict or under occupation, and later focuses on Palestinian content.

Report (Oct 2018, pdf, 22p.): click here!
7amleh, Arab Center for Social Media Advancement.


© "Hagai El-Ad's address at the United Nations Security Council, 18 Oct. 2018" (B'Tselem): 

Thank you, Madam President, Thank you, members of the Security Council,
It is very difficult, if not impossible, to fully convey the indignity, the outrage and the pain of a people denied the benefit of human rights for more than fifty years. Here, in these chambers, it is hard to articulate the flesh and blood meaning of the exposed lives Palestinians endure under occupation...


© OCHA, "Over 700 road obstacles control Palestinian movement within the West Bank" (The Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin, September 2018):

In July 2018, OCHA completed a comprehensive 'closure survey' that recorded 705 permanent obstacles across the West Bank restricting or controlling Palestinian vehicular, and in some cases pedestrian, movement. This figure is three per cent higher than in December 2016, the date of the previous survey.


© "September 2018 Demolition and Displacement Report" (ICAHD - The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Oct 3):

At least 29 structures were demolished by Israeli forces in the oPT (including East Jerusalem) in September, displacing 51 people - including 23 children - and affecting a further 79 people, including 54 children. In addition, two families from East Jerusalem self-demolished their homes.


© "The Environmental Justice and Olive Harvest Delegation to Palestine/Israel" (Eyewitness Palestine, Oct-Nov 2018):

The Environmental Justice and Olive Harvest Delegation focuses on the Palestinian harvest season and its deep cultural significance. Read eyewitness accounts from the grounds, reports from meetings, and experiences with Palestinians and Israelis.


© "Palestine - Association belgo-palestinienne" (N° 77 - juillet/août/sept 2018, 47p.):

2018. Année commémorative de la Nakba, cette catastrophe qui touche le peuple palestinien depuis 70 ans. Dans ce numéro, nous avons voulu mettre en avant la diaspora palestinienne dans un dossier spécial, première victime des expulsions commencées en 1947 qui continuent jusqu'à aujourd'hui. De Bruxelles à l'Amérique latine, petit aperçu de la richesse d'un peuple... Pour s'inscrire: cliquez-ici.


© BRICUP Newsletter 125 (October 2018):

In this newsletter from the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine a.o. © "Letter from BRISMES protesting against Israeli violations of Palestinian academic freedom", sent to the Israeli government (p.2); © Letter from the President of the Israeli Anthropologists and Sociologists denouncing the regularization of settlement colleges in the West Bank (most of all: Ariel Univ.) (p.8); © our own Belgian Birzeit solidarity campaign (p.12), and others.

© Alain Gresh, "Lobby israélien, le documentaire interdit" (Le Monde Diplomatique, 1 nov):

Une enquête menée par la chaîne qatarie Al-Jazira dévoile les méthodes des groupes de pression américains favorables à Israël. Mais, soucieux de ne pas s'aliéner ces organisations dans son contentieux avec l'Arabie saoudite, le Qatar avait gelé la diffusion. 


© Lode Vanoost, "De Israël-lobby in de VS beschouwt de strijd in Europa als 'over'" (De Wereld Morgen, 5 nov):

In januari 2017 pakte Al Jazeera uit met een onthullende documentaire over de Britse Israël-lobby. Eenzelfde reportage over de lobby in de VS bleef een jaar liggen onder zware druk van Israël en de VS maar is nu te zien op Electronic Intifada.


© "Watch the film the Israel lobby didn't want you to see!" (EI, 2 Nov):

The Electronic Intifada has obtained a complete copy of "The Lobby - USA", a 4-part undercover investigation by Al Jazeera into Israel's covert influence campaign in the US. It is today publishing the first two episodes. Orient XXI has published the same episodes with French subtitles [below]. The film was made during 2016 and completed October 2017. But it was censored after Qatar, the Gulf emirate that funds Al Jazeera, came under intense Israel lobby pressure not to air the film.


Videos:

LE LOBBY - U.S.A. la guerre secrete (épisode 1)

Lobby USA: Orienter les élites (épisode 2)