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BACBI
Academic Newsletter N°44 (February 2019)

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"Children affected by armed conflict are entitled to special respect and protections under international law, but Israeli armed forces have consistently violated these protections through indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks that result in the unlawful killing and maiming of Palestinian children amounting to war crimes, according to evidence collected by DCIP" (DCI-P, 15 Jan 2019).

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Contents

Actions -- Agenda -- Academia -- Analyses -- BDS -- EU-US -- Gaza -- Israel -- Occupation -- Resources -- Videos

Actions & Calls:

"Mladenov Addresses Security Council" (IMEMC News, Jan 24, 2019):

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, stated that Gaza is currently facing a real catastrophe, pointing out that the possibility of establishing an independent Palestinian state have dwindled. Al Ray reports that the coordinator renewed his rejection to Israel's expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.


"UN officials and NGO partners call for a halt to plans to displace Palestine refugees from Sheikh Jarrah" (OCHA, Jan 22, 2019):

Statement by Jamie McGoldrick (Humanitarian Coordinator), Gwyn Lewis (Director of West Bank Operations for UNRWA), James Heenan (Head of OHCHR in the occupied Palestinian territory) and Kate O'Rourke (Country Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council). Today, we visited the Sabbagh family in their home, who face imminent forced eviction from their home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, part of the occupied Palestinian territory, and are at heightened risk of forcible transfer.


"92 Australian MPs urge UNICEF to fulfil its reporting commitments on child detention" (Military Court Watch, Jan 21, 2019):

92 Australian Federal and State politicians have recently written to UNICEF's Special Representative in Jerusalem urging the UN agency not to abandon an earlier commitment to publish periodic updates to its groundbreaking report (Feb 2013, pdf, 28p.) - "Children in Israeli Military Detention. Observations and Recommendations".


Agenda:

# Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, zaterdag 26 jan, vanaf 15u: Palestina Solidariteit Nieuwjaarsreceptiel. Waar: Secretariaat van Palestina Solidariteit, Vier-Windenstraat 60, 1080 S-J-M. Kom mee met ons het nieuwe jaar vieren met een hapje, een drankje, uitleg over onze werking en jaarplanning  en muziek van het Palestijnse trio Masar! Wij hopen u talrijk te mogen ontmoeten. Graag inschrijven bij info@palestinasolidariteit.be

# Brxl - A'pen, 28/1 - 30/5: "DE VERDWENEN DORPEN VAN PALESTINA / LES VILLAGES DISPARUS DE PALESTINE - Expo Johan Depoortere." 
Expo: 28/1 - 30/4:  VRT ; 6-30/5: De Markten, Brxl, & De Groene Waterman, A'pen. 
Op 26 maart organiseren we een publiek bezoek in de VRT, inclusief een rondleiding achter de schermen van de openbare omroep. Inschrijven kan via acod@vrt.be. Le 26 mars, nous organiserons une visite guidée de l'exposition à la VRT,  en ce compris une visite des coulisses de la chaîne publique. Vous pouvez vous inscrire via l'adresse électronique acod@vrt.be. Brochure (auteur: Johan Depoortere; 11p., pdf), NL: klik hier! FR:  cliquez-ici! Org.: ACOD VRT.

In mei zullen de camera's op Eurovision 2019 in Israël gericht zijn. Dat festival zal zich letterlijk voltrekken bovenop de ruïnes van de verdwenen Palestijnse dorpen. Uit internationale solidariteit steunen we de boycot tegen deze propagandacultuur die de schending van mensenrechten wilt toedekken. Met een fototentoonstelling van journalist Johan Depoortere brengen we de misdaad voor het voetlicht die het Eurovisiesongfestival als feestelijk rookgordijn aan onze blik wilt onttrekken. ---
Au mois de mai, les caméras de télévision seront braquées sur l'Eurovision, qui aura lieu cette année en Israël. L'événement se déroulera littéralement sur les ruines des villages palestiniens disparus. Par solidarité internationale, nous soutenons le boycott de cette culture de propagande qui vise à cacher les violations des droits humains. En montant une exposition de photographies du journaliste Johan Depoortere, nous souhaitons révéler au grand jour les crimes que l'on s'emploie à nous dissimuler en créant un écran de fumée festif sous la forme du Concours Eurovision de la chanson.

# Bruxelles, 1er février @ 20h15 : [Conférence-débat] Jean-Pierre Filiu : " Main basse sur Israël. Netanyahou et la fin du rêve sioniste. " Modérateur: Michel Staszewski. 

# Bruxelles, 17 février @ 16h00 : " Et Israël fut ", film de Romed Wyder.  Mod.: Michel Staszewski. Ce film revient aux origines de la création de l'État d'Israël et regarde les faits historiques sous l'angle de la responsabilité de l'Occident.

Org.: UPJB, Rue de la Victoire 61 - 1060 Brx. Tél. 02/537.82.45, email: info@upjb.be. Tarifs: 6 - 4 euro (membres) -2 euro (réduit).

# Call Out: The 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week, March 18th - April 8th 2019: 

The 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week of actions will take place all around the world between March 18th and April 8th 2019 under the theme "Stop Arming Colonialism". IAW is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel's apartheid regime over the Palestinian people and build support for the growing BDS movement.


Academia in the OPT:

"Birzeit University leads local universities, ranks 28 among Arabs in Google Scholar Ranking" (BZU, Jan 14, 2019):

Based on the Google Scholar citation data issued in the January 2019 edition by Webometrics, BZU came first among 13 Palestinian universities included in this edition ranking, retaining its leading position for the sixth consecutive year. The university is the 28th among 327 Arab universities, and 1482 among more than 6 thousands world universities included in the list.


"Birzeit bolsters international cooperation with the University of Gothenburg in Sweden" (BZU, Jan 17, 2019):

Dr. Amir Khalil, the external academic relations officer at BZU, and Dr. Islah Jad, a professor of political science and a faculty member at the Institute of Women's Studies, visited the University of Gothenburg in Sweden to discuss faculty and student exchange opportunities, as well as future joint research efforts, on January 10 and 11, 2019.


Sari Bashi, "Israel's truthiness on Palestinian academic freedom" (+972, Jan 13, 2019):

In denying that Israel limits academic freedom in Palestine, the Israeli embassy in Washington seems to forget about the Palestinian students and academics whose movement it restricts. The embassy (also) recently decried as baseless "the accusation that Israel arbitrarily limits the entry of foreign nationals who seek to lecture, teach and attend conferences at Palestinian universities." [Sari Bashi is the co-founder of Gisha-Legal Center for Freedom of Movement. Read an interview with her here.]


Analyses & Comments:

Haidar Eid, "One state for all: The only alternative to Israeli apartheid" (Middle East Eye, Dec 3, 2019):

The establishment of a sovereign, independent Palestinian state on 1967 borders has become unfeasible, largely thanks to Israel's policy of settlement expansion and its apartheid wall. There are lessons to be learned from the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.


Ramzy Baroud, "The Moral Travesty of Israel Demanding Arab and Iranian Money for Its Own 'Nakba'" (The Palestine Chronicle, Jan 16, 2019):

The game is afoot. Israel, believe it or not, is demanding that seven Arab countries and Iran should pay $250 billion as compensation for what it claims was the forceful expulsion of Jews from Arab countries during the late 1940s. The events that Israel cites allegedly occurred at a time when Zionist Jewish militias were actively uprooting nearly one million Palestinian Arabs and systematically destroying their homes, villages, and towns throughout Palestine.


Khaled Barakat, "Ahmad Sa'adat: An exceptional revolutionary leader in challenging times" (Samidoun, Jan 20, 2019):

The following article was originally published in Arabic at Quds News Network on 18 Jan 2019. Palestinian writer Khaled Barakat is the international coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat. The leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmad Sa'adat, does not cry out from prison to complain about his own conditions.


Olivia Goldhill, "Palestine's head of mental health services says PTSD is a western concept" (Quartz, Jan 13, 2019):

Palestine has some of the highest rates of mental illness in the world. A quarter of Palestinian adolescents have made suicide attempts; about 23.2% have post-traumatic stress disorder (according to a survey of 1,369 over three years) compared to around 6-9% in the US; and the Palestinian territories have by far the highest levels of depression in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Samah Jabr, chair of the mental health unit at the Palestinian Ministry of Health and one of just 32 psychiatrists in the Palestinian territories, doubts those statistics.


BDS:

Asa Winstanley, "2018 was another year of BDS victories" (Middle East Monitor, Jan 19, 2019): 

An old saying attributed to Gandhi goes: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you and then you win." This saying is, broadly speaking, the right way to understand Israel's response to the BDS movement, since it was first founded by Palestinian civil society in 2005.


Ben White, "Anti-BDS bill: For Israel, the terrain is shifting unfavourably" (Middle East Eye, Jan 15, 201):

Dehumanising Palestinians used to be easier but decades of deep-rooted, civil society activism by Palestinian Americans and their allies is bearing fruit. A battle over efforts to suppress the BDS campaign has become headlines news in the US, in the context of an ongoing federal government shutdown.


Nada Elia, "Beyond free speech" (Mondoweiss, Jan 14, 2019):

The fight to block the criminalization of BDS should go beyond the focus on making it a matter of American freedom of expression, and American citizens' constitutional rights. It is a matter of solidarity with an oppressed people, suffering under brutal occupation, a genocidal siege, and apartheid.


EU-US-World:

Nada Elia, "The 'arc of the moral universe' bends towards justice for Palestine" (Mondoweiss, Jan 21, 2019):

An interesting development happened this 'Martin Luther King Jr. Day' weekend:  acclaimed African American scholar Michelle Alexander ("Time to break the silence on Palestine") joined the long list of African American activists and intellectuals (Angela Davis, Marc Lamont Hill, Robin Kelley, Cornel West, and more) as well as thousands of younger organizers (Black Lives Matter, Black for Palestine, Dream Defenders) who openly support Palestine, even as she indicated, in her New York Times Op-Ed, that she had been intimidated by the Israel Lobby into not expressing her views earlier.  


Amjad Iraqi, "For Michelle Alexander's critics, Palestinians don't deserve civil rights" (+972, Jan 23, 2019):

The uproar by Jewish establishment figures over Alexander's New York Times essay in support of Palestinian rights echoes the reactions of white Americans to the Civil Rights Movement decades ago. Michelle Alexander's powerful essay ("Time to Break the Silence on Palestine"), ahead of the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was arguably a milestone for the Palestine movement in the U.S.


"Helping Hamas? Trump's USAID to End all Projects for Palestinians on Jan. 31st" (Ma'an via Informed Comment, Jan 19, 2019):

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will end all its projects in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip following the US administration's decision to cut funding to the Palestinians. Dave Harden, former USAID Mission Director, expressed deep concern and said that the US administration "demonstrates again a lack of nuance, sophistication, and appreciation for the complexity of the situation."


Ramzy Baroud, "War on BDS: How AIPAC-Israel Agenda Became US Priority" (The Palestine Chronicle, Jan 18, 2019):

US Congress is now leading the Israeli war on Palestinians and their supporters. In the process, they are attempting to demolish the very core of American democratic values.


Omar Shakir, "Don't Punish US Companies That Help End Abuses in the West Bank" (HRW, Dec 18, 2018):

US Congress Should Reject Israel Anti-Boycott Act. - The US Congress is weighing draft legislation based on problematic logic that conflates a call for businesses to stop operating in West Bank settlements, which are unlawful under the 1949 Geneva Conventions, with a boycott of Israel. [Omar Shakir is Israel and Palestine Director for Human Rights Watch] 


"Unwavering Love, Respect, and Support for Our Sister and Comrade, Dr. Angela Y. Davis" (USACBI, Jan 2019):

We were shocked and appalled to learn on January 6th that the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) rescinded the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award which was to be granted to Dr. Davis at a gala event in February. We were further saddened to learn that BCRI's cancellation of Dr. Davis' award was issued under pressure from sections of the Jewish community, in particular the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (BHEC), on the spurious claim that Dr. Davis' support for the BDS Movement is "anti-Semitic."


Joshua Leifer, "No, America's activist left is not inherently anti-Semitic. It's our home" (Haaretz, Jan 21, 2019):

Our commitment to racial or gender equality can't be derailed by one Palestine-related bullet point, or one celebrity's insensitive gaffes. Our community's safety depends on working with our historical allies - not retreating to the ghetto of 'what's good for the Jews first'. We must continue to combat anti-Semitism in progressive spaces, whenever it rears its head, while refusing to allow the cynical conflation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism to drive a wedge between us and our activist partners.


Bradley Burston, "As an American-Israeli, I Am Thrilled for the Palestinians and for Rashida Tlaib" (Haaretz via If Americans Knew, Jan 9, 2019):

As an Israeli and as an American, I want to congratulate Michigan Democratic socialist Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman member of the House of Representatives. I am thrilled for her, and for the Palestinian people, and for America.


Jonathan Weisman, "American Jews and Israeli Jews Are Headed for a Messy Breakup" (The New York Times, Jan 4, 2019):

The events of the past year brought American and Israeli Jews ever closer to a breaking point. President Trump, beloved in Israel and decidedly unloved by a majority of American Jews, moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem, with the evangelical pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress consecrating the ceremony. 


Gaza, "the world's largest prison" :

Avi Shlaim, "Ten years after the first war on Gaza, Israel still plans endless brute force" (The Guardian, Jan 7, 2019):

Operation Cast Lead killed 1,417 people. Chillingly, the generals call their repeated bombardments "mowing the lawn", says academic Avi Shlaim. Operation Cast Lead was just the first in a series of Israeli mini-wars on Gaza. It was followed by Operation Pillar of Defence in November 2012 and Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. The fancy names given to these operations were fraudulent, dressing up offensive attacks on defenceless civilians and civilian infrastructure in the sanctimonious language of self-defence. They are typical examples of Orwellian double-speak.


"Een Andere Joodse Stem over N-VA en Freilich: 'De maskers zijn gevallen'" (De Wereld Morgen, 23 jan 2019):

Volgens de Joodse organisatie Een Andere Joodse Stem zijn "de maskers gevallen" nu de N-VA Michael Freilich in zijn rangen heeft opgenomen. Hij is een openlijk voorstander van apartheid in Israël, van bezetting, repressie en kolonisatie in Palestina en de blokkade van Gaza.


"'Catastrophic situation' imminent as Gaza's children hospitals nearly out of fuel" (MEE Staff, Jan 19, 2019):

A spokesperson for Gaza's health ministry has warned of a "catastrophic situation" as hospitals, including ones for children, are forced to close down due to a lack of fuel. Hundreds of patients face an unknown fate in the coming hours as Israel continues to block vital Qatari funds.


"Crimes against Humanity: Israeli Snipers have shot down 45 Child Gaza Protesters" (Ma'an News Agency via Informed Comment, Jan 20, 2019):

Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP) submitted a joint report to UN investigators last week detailing Israeli forces' killing of Palestinian children during mass protests in the Gaza Strip, conduct amounting to war crimes, said DCIP in a press release. The 57-page report highlights Israeli forces' unlawful killing of Palestinian child protesters.


Maureen Clare Murphy, "Israeli sniper kills Gaza woman in first fatality of 2019" (The Electronic Intifada, 11 Jan 2019):

Amal al-Taramsi, 44, died after she was shot in the head by live fire during Great March of Return protests east of Gaza City. She was 200 meters away from the boundary fence at the time of her injury, according to the human rights group Al Mezan.


"Gaza: Poverty Rate Exceeds 80%" (The Palestine Chronicle, Jan 18, 2019):

The General Federation of Palestinian Trade Unions (PGFTU) warned yesterday that both poverty and unemployment rates have reached unprecedented levels in the Gaza Strip, with poverty exceeding 80 %. Meanwhile, unemployment rates have reached more than 54.9 % in the besieged enclave, both of which are serious indicators of the deteriorated economic situation in Gaza. PGFTU called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to lift the sanctions imposed on the Gaza Strip and provide emergency relief and development projects to alleviate the Palestinian workers' suffering.


OCHA oPt: "Helping women-headed families in Gaza prepare for the summer" (Dec 20, 2018):

Miassar Zo'orb is a 48-year-old widowed mother who lives with four of her children in Khan Younis. The Gaza Strip lacks enough houses that adequately meet residents' needs. This is largely due to the dire economic situation and devastation in recurring rounds of hostilities. Last year, it was estimated that more than 24,000 homes in Gaza do not meet half or more of the core minimum shelter standards.


Ali Abunimah, "Israeli election ad boasts Gaza bombed back to 'stone ages'" (EI, Jan 21, 2019):

Benny Gantz, the former Israeli army chief, is bragging about how much killing and destruction he committed in Gaza in a series of campaign videos for his new political party. Gantz hopes to replace Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel's prime minister in elections scheduled for April.

Cf. Haaretz, Jan 21: "Fact-check: Did Netanyahu Challenger Benny Gantz Really Kill 1,364 'Terrorists' in Gaza?"


Israel:

"The Guardian view on Israel's democracy: killing with impunity, lying without consequence?" (Editorial, Jan 22, 2019):

The late Amos Oz was right to say "even unavoidable occupation is a corrupting occupation'." Israeli voters should heed his words. Mr Netanyahu's nearest rival brags that he sent parts of Gaza "back to the stone age" when in the military. Mr Netanyahu would dismiss Oz's warnings; but perhaps he ought to take heed of the recent spat between the historian Benny Morris and the writer Gideon Levy.


Lawrence Davidson: "Amos Oz and the real Israel" (Redress Information & Analysis, Jan 18, 2019):

Oz's hope for Israel, and not his alone, always rested on the assumption that a humane Zionist state was possible. The reality is that it is not possible. Any state designed first and foremost for one ethnically- and/or religiously-defined group, and also having in its midst a sizable minority, must inevitably become discriminatory in its laws and practices.


Jonathan Ofir, "Gideon Levy vs Benny Morris - and the fight for the soul of the one-state" (Mondoweiss, Jan 23, 2019):

For nearly a week now, a fierce ideological fight has been taking place on the pages of the Israeli daily Haaretz, between Israeli historian Benny Morris and Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy. Morris tells Gideon Levy that one state means a future of genocide and ethnic cleansing for Israeli Jews, thereby dehumanizing Palestinians as murderous, wild animals.


Jan Tervoort, "'Joodse terreur is gevaarlijker voor Israël dan Arabische terreur'" (The Rights Forum, 18 jan 2019):

Joodse terreur loopt als een rode draad door de geschiedenis van de staat Israël en heeft op belangrijke momenten de koers van het Israëlisch-Palestijns conflict mede bepaald. De toenemende dreiging van joods terrorisme op de Westoever vormt de komende jaren in allerlei opzichten een gevaar voor Israël.


Sylvain Sypel, "Benyamin Nétanyahou. Fin ou accomplissement du rêve sioniste ? " (Orient xxi, 18 janvier 2019):

Dans son livre, " Main basse sur Israël, " Jean-Pierre Filiu revient sur l'incroyable carrière de Benyamin Nétanyahou, et l'affirmation hégémonique en Israël d'une version radicale du sionisme, violemment nationaliste et anti-arabe. Mais la rupture avec la période précédent marquée par le pouvoir travailliste est-elle vraiment radicale ? De quoi Nétanyahou est-il le nom ?


Refaella Goichman, "Netanyahu presides over a social media empire. Here's how he runs it" (Haaretz, Jan 17, 2019):

"At 8 P.M. I will deliver a special message to the media. You're invited to follow my Facebook page," Benjamin Netanyahu announced on his Twitter page on Monday. Thus the prime minister set a precedent for his manipulation of the public: He announced via social media that he would give a statement on prime time TV, that could be viewed via his Facebook profile.


Shlomi Eldar, "Former IDF chief launches shocking right-wing campaign" (Al-Monitor, Jan 23, 2019):

Benny Gantz, brand-new Israeli politician, has appeared in the polls as the greatest threat to pm Benjamin Netanyahu. Having come under harsh criticism from the right, the chief of staff of Operation Protective Edge indicates in a video clip that he took pride in returning Gaza to the Stone Age.


"Ex-legerleider Gantz wil premier worden, maar staat in Nederland voor de rechter" (The Rights Forum, 23 jan 2019):

Voormalig stafchef Benny Gantz loopt zich warm voor een hoofdrol op het Israëlische politieke toneel, terwijl hem in Den Haag een proces wacht wegens een vermeende oorlogsmisdaad.


Or Kashti, "Israeli ministry fails to offer Arabic preparatory course for university entrance exam" (Haaretz, Jan 2, 2019):

Ministry promised online course would 'give equal opportunity for all citizens,' but rights group says it 'perpetuates gaps' by putting Arabs at a disadvantage.


Shany Littman, "'McJesus' affair: In Israel, culture is now a dirty word" (Haaretz, Jan 13, 2019):

Not only is freedom of expression a liberal, Western value and therefore unnecessary in Miri Regev's opinion, but culture as a whole becomes a dubious idea... If culture is a Western value, and by necessity also includes a critical aspect, maybe it doesn't have any place in Israeli society.


Occupation:

Zena Tahhan, "What an Israeli army closure on Ramallah looks like" (+972, Dec 15, 2018):

The past few days in the occupied West Bank have been particularly difficult. Violence, killings, and military raids are common here, but Palestinian cities are now facing even deeper uncertainty and instability. The Israeli army imposed a military closure on the city of Ramallah on Thursday, and closed major checkpoints between cities.


Maureen Clare Murphy, "Israel kills Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza" (EI, Jan 23, 2019):

Soldiers shot and killed a man identified as Muhammad Fawzi Adwi, 36, at Huwwara checkpoint near Nablus in the northern West Bank on Monday. The Israeli military claimed that the man had attempted to stab a soldier before he was shot dead. No Israeli soldiers were injured during the incident, as in many such past cases in which an alleged Palestinian attacker was killed.

Maureen Clare Murphy, "Près de 300 Palestiniens tués et 29.000 blessés en 2018" (Agence Medias Palestine, 29 déc, 2018):

Les forces d'occupation et les colons israéliens ont tué 295 Palestiniens en Cisjordanie et à Gaza  depuis le début de l'année, d'après un groupe de surveillance de l'ONU.


Amira Hass, "In Three Years, Israeli Military Courts Have Fined Palestinians $16 Million" (Haaretz via If Americans Knew, Jan 14, 2019):

Israeli military courts not only have a 99% conviction rate when it comes to Palestinian prisoners, but in many cases they also impose exorbitant fines and unreasonable prison sentences. From 2015 to 2017 military courts imposed fines topping 60 million shekels ($16 million) on West Bank Palestinians, even though the great majority of the offenses don't involve the harming of people or property.


"6,489 Palestinians arrested by Israel in 2018" (Qais Abu Samra, AA, Dec 29, 2018):

Israeli forces rounded up 6,489 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip this year, according to official estimates. A total of 1,063 minors and 140 women were among those arrested in 2018, the Palestine Liberation Organization's Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs said in a statement on Saturday. Israeli forces detained six lawmakers and 38 journalists in 2018, the commission said. 


"Palestinian prisoners under attack: Raids in Ofer Prison and prisoners' resistance" (Samidoun, Jan 23, 2019):

Repressive forces raided Section 17 of Ofer prison on 20 January, followed by Section 15 and other sections on 21 January. These violent raids have involved the use of dogs, batons, tasers, large-scale damage and confiscation of prisoners' belongings by the heavily armed units. Most concerningly, these armed units fired tear gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets inside closed prison rooms, endangering prisoners' health and even their lives. There are between 1,000 and 1,200 Palestinian prisoners held in Ofer, including hundreds of Palestinian children.


"Second longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israel completes 36 years behind bars" (WAFA, Jan 17, 2019):

RAMALLAH - Maher Abdul Latif Younis, 61, from the town of Arra in northern Israel and the second longest-serving Palestinian resistance prisoner in Israel, completed on Thursday 36 years behind bars, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society. The longest serving is his cousin, Karim Younis.

"Al Mezan Calls for Investigation into a Woman's Death and Due Consideration of the Gender Elements of Crimes" (22 Jan 2019):

At 10pm on Saturday, 19 Jan, F.M., a 23-year-old woman, arrived with critical head wounds to Al-Aqsa Hospital in the Middle Gaza district of the Gaza Strip. Documentation by Al Mezan Center for Human Rights shows that F.M. had been wounded from a live bullet to the head while at her house in the village of Al-Zawayda. Al Mezan expresses regret at the death of F.M. and condemns the ongoing killing and injury occurring in communities in Gaza through the spread of small arms.


Edo Konrad, "Israel's permit regime isn't about security, it's about segregation" (+972, Jan 9, 2019):

The permit system for Palestinians allows Israel to recruit informants, suppress political activity, and create an opaque system of segregation and control. Just don't say it's about security, says Yael Berda. The image should be familiar to every person with even the slightest bit of knowledge about Palestine.


Yumna Patel, "Israel's 'Apartheid Road' brings renewed home demolitions, land confiscations for Palestinian town" (Mondoweiss, Jan 22, 2019):

When Israel's new Route 4370 opened, stark images of the eight meter wall running through the middle of the highway made international headlines. But as the international media buzzed about the new "Apartheid Road", one reality of the highway's inauguration was noticeably absent.

> Oren Ziv, "Activists shut down traffic on new West Bank 'apartheid road'" (+972, Jan 23, 2019): Activists say the highway, which separates Israeli and Palestinian traffic with an 26-foot concrete wall, will "strengthen Israeli rule, including by shutting out entire Palestinian areas."


"Israel to Shut UNRWA-Run Schools in Occupied East Jerusalem" (teleSur, Jan 20, 2019):

In the latest blow to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Israeli authorities are prepared to shut down the agency-run schools in occupied East Jerusalem next year. The schools will be replaced by Jerusalem municipal-run schools which are supported by Israel's education ministry as decided by the occupying country's National Security Council.


"Hundreds protest in Sheikh Jarrah against Palestinian evictions" (+972 Magazine Staff, Jan 18, 2019):

Hundreds of Israeli and international activists marched from central West Jerusalem to Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem, on Friday, in solidarity with the families there who Israeli authorities want to evict.


Alaa Tartir, "Palestinian farmers caught between Israeli rock and PA hard place" (Ma'an News Agency, Jan 10, 2019); 

The fundamental deficiencies that plague the Palestinian agricultural sector are driven by the decades-long Israeli colonisation of Palestine. This process of colonization rested upon the conquest of Palestinian land, which sought to restrict and confine independent Palestinian development, both political and economic. De-development is not an unfortunate or coincidental outcome, but a deliberate and focused colonial strategy.


Gary Libot, " En Palestine, des pierres contre les vols de terres " (orient xxi, janvier 8, 2019):

Début septembre, une dizaine de colons juifs se sont installés en haut d'une colline stratégiquement située à la croisée de plusieurs colonies, en Cisjordanie occupée. Depuis lors, une importante mobilisation se met en place contre l'accaparement de ces terres effectué sous la protection de l'armée israélienne.


"UN: Israeli demolition or seizure of Palestinian structures in the West Bank rose 10% in 2018" (Mondoweiss, Jan 17, 2019):

Each month the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs releases a report on demolitions and displacement in the West Bank (click here to download the full report as a PDF). 


"Israëlische kolonisten richten op grote schaal vernielingen aan" (The Rights Forum, 20 dec 2018):

Vandaag was het raak in Palestijns Oost-Jeruzalem en het Palestijnse dorp Battir, eerder deze week waren tal van andere Palestijnse plaatsen doelwit van vernielingen en aanvallen door Israëlische kolonisten. Ze hebben tot doel de Palestijnse inwoners het leven onmogelijk te maken. 


Yumna Patel, "Palestinian Authority feels the heat at Palestinian digital activist forum" (Mondoweiss, Jan 18, 2019):

As more Palestinians enter the digital sphere, there has been an increase in violations of freedom of expression including hundreds of Palestinians who have been arrested by Israel, the PA, and Hamas for their social media posts.


Resources - Books - Bulletins - Reports

BRICUP Newsletter 128, January 2019 (pdf, 16p.)

The Jan 2019 Newsletter of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine is available on the BRICUP website. At a recent meeting BRICUP's committee agreed a broadening of the Newsletters's focus. Among the  items in this edition: # Jonathan Rosenhead, "The Last Antisemite"; # Les Levidow, "The Britain-Israel partnership driving 'antisemitism' allegations: thoughts on a counter-strategy"; # "Trump's extended reach. A message from the President of the American University of Beirut"; # Derek Summerfield, "Palestinian ambulances and the Israeli military"; # Dr Mads Gilbert and Colleagues : analysis of the traumatic amputations in Gaza.


@ The "European Legal Support Center (ELSC)" (The Rights Forum, pdf):

The European Legal Support Center (ELSC) is an independent, non-governmental initiative dedicated to protecting the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and assembly of those who speak out and take peaceful action in Europe for justice and freedom of the Palestinian people. It is based in Amsterdam and will become operational in early 2019. From this week their coordinator/legal expert Giovanni Fassina started officially his work. ELSC's mission and work are inspired by Palestine Legal in the US.

The ELSC was established (by/in cooperation with BNC) in order to help BDS and Palestine solidarity activists in Europe to challenge all types of different attacks their are facing on the legal level. The long term goal of the ELSC is to find a space for legal intervention. There is a great need for developing case law on such an issue. In this way, we would have a stronger legal basis for affirming that criticism of the laws and policies of the state of Israel for its displacement of Palestinians and denial of their rights is not anti-Semitic. Contact: elsc@rightsforum.org.


© Jean-Pierre Filiu, " Main basse sur IsraëlNetanyahou et la fin du rêve sioniste. " La Découverte, 2019, ISBN : 9782707199331, 224p., 16 euro.

Israël va vivre en 2019 des élections d'une importance capitale. Les pères fondateurs du sionisme auraient pourtant bien de la peine à se retrouver dans l'actualité israélienne, marquée par les scandales à répétition et des polémiques d'une brutalité inouïe.


# Johan Depoortere, "DE VERDWENEN DORPEN VAN PALESTINA" (Salon van Sisyphus, 24 jan, 2019):

Als in mei volgend jaar het Eurovisie songfestival in Israël plaatsvindt zal dat gebeuren in een arena bij de universiteit van Tel Aviv, op de grond van het verdwenen dorp Sheikh Muwanis. Alle huizen van Sheikh Muwanis zijn met de grond gelijk gemaakt, behalve één: het zogenaamde Green House, een voormalige Palestijnse patriciërswoning waar nu de faculty club is gevestigd en waar bij feestelijke gelegenheden op de campus de recepties plaats vinden.


# Report: "Submission to the UN Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory concerning unlawful killing and use of excessive force by Israeli forces against Palestinian children", January 11, 2019 (pdf, 60p.):
Submitted by Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCI-P) & Human Rights and Gender Justice Law Clinic, City University of New York School of Law. Contents: e.g. p. 30ss.: "V. International Law violations: A. Human Rights violations, B. International crimes (41ss.): 1. Crimes against Humanity; 2. War crimes (49): a. War crime of wilful killing (51); b. War crime of wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury (52); c. War crime of intentionally directing attacks against civilians (53); d. War crime of excessive incidental death, injury, or damage (54).


# OCHA oPt: "The impact on women of the Great March of Return" (Jan 16, 2019):

The impact of violence and casualties incurred during Gaza's Great March of Return (GMR) demonstrations differs by sex due to social norms. Despite the relatively low proportion of injuries among females, the consequences of an injury are often harsher for women and for the rest of the family, particularly when the injured female is a mother.


# Human Rights Watch:"Israel/Palestine" [Jan 2019)]

Israel maintains entrenched discriminatory systems that treat Palestinians unequally. Its 50-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza involves systematic rights abuses, including collective punishment, routine use of excessive lethal force, and prolonged administrative detention without charge or trial for hundreds. It builds and supports illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, expropriating Palestinian land and imposing burdens on Palestinians but not on settlers, restricting their access to basic services and making it nearly impossible for them to build in much of the West Bank without risking demolition. Israel's decade-long closure of Gaza, supported by Egypt, severely restricts the movement of people and goods, with devastating humanitarian impact. The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza both sharply restrict dissent, arbitrarily arresting critics and abusing those in their custody.

# Human Rights Watch: "World Report 2019: Israel and Palestine Events of  2018" :

The Israeli government continued to enforce severe and discriminatory restrictions on Palestinians' human rights; restrict the movement of people and goods into and out of the Gaza Strip; and facilitate the unlawful transfer of Israeli citizens to settlements in the occupied West Bank.


# Jewish Voice for Peace: "Our Approach to Zionism" (2019)

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is guided by a vision of justice, equality and freedom for all people. We unequivocally oppose Zionism because it is counter to those ideals. We know that opposing Zionism, or even discussing it, can be painful, can strike at the deepest trauma and greatest fears of many of us. Zionism is a 19th-century political ideology that emerged in a moment where Jews were defined as irrevocably outside of a Christian Europe. European antisemitism threatened and ended millions of Jewish lives - in pogroms, in exile, and in the Holocaust.