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Academic Newsletter N°52 (November 2019)

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"Israel is turning Palestinian students into criminals"

According to data collected by Right to Education, a grassroots campaign aimed at defending education in Palestine, Israeli forces have detained at least 64 university students since the start of this year. A spokesperson at Addameer, a Palestinian prisoners' rights organization, told +972 that Israel has been targeting an increasing number of Palestinian students since the start of 2019. There are currently 260 Palestinian high school and university students in Israeli prisons. Of the 18 Birzeit students who were arrested in August, Israel has released only three. All of them were taken from their homes during overnight army raids, with Israeli soldiers using "excessive force" in the course of making the arrests, according to Addameer. Most of the detained Birzeit students are still under interrogation, which could last up to 75 days or be extended to another 90 days. Yara Hawari of Al-Shabaka explained that Israel targets politically active students regardless of any specific affiliation. Arrest campaigns usually come in waves, she said... Arrests campaigns are an effective technique to break Palestinian youth, she added. (Jaclynn Ashley, +972, Oct 11, 2019).

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Contents of N° 52

Actions -- Agenda -- Academia -- Analyses -- Antisemitism -- BDS -- Current Affairs -- EU/US -- Gaza -- Israel -- Jerusalem -- Palestine -- Prisoners -- Refugees -- Resources -- Videos

Actions & Calls :

"Petition For the Immediate Release of Mr. Ubai Aboudi" (Scientists for Palestine):

"Pétition : pour la libération immédiate de M. Ubai Aboudi" (AURDIP, 22 nov):

U.S. citizen Mr. Ubai Aboudi, one of Scientists for Palestine's (S4P) closest partners and director of the Ramallah-based Bisan Center for Research and Development, was brutally abducted by the Israeli army at 3 a.m. in the morning of Wednesday, November 13th, 2019.

M. Ubai Aboudi, citoyen Etasunien, un des plus proches partenaires de Scientists for Palestine (S4P) et directeur du 'Centre Bisan pour la recherche et le développement' basé à Ramallah, a été brutalement enlevé par l’armée israélienne à 3 heures du matin le mercredi 13 novembre 2019.

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"Civil Society And Human Rights Organisations Demand International Community To Take Urgent Action For Samer Al Arbeed" (ECCP: European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine, Oct 29):

Dozens of civil society and human writes organisations have written to representatives of the European Union and the United Nations demanding urgent action to be taken for Samer Al Arbeed, tortured by Israeli forces. "We are shocked by the inexcusable and barbaric torture of Mr. Arbeed by the Israeli Security Agency."
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Letter: "Use of torture, cruel and inhumane treatment by the Israeli forces in the case of Mr. Samer Al-Arbeed" (pdf, 3p., with list of endorsers.).

"Appel au boycott universitaire: Stop à la collaboration avec les criminels de guerre!" (Comité BDS de l'ULB, petition on change.org).

Nous, étudiant.e.s membres du comité BDS de l'Université libre de Bruxelles, ainsi que les signataires soucieux.euses du droit international, exigeons que les autorités de l'ULB mettent immédiatement fin au partenariat avec l'entreprise d'armement française THALES. En effet, au mois de mai 2018, notre université a signé un nouveau partenariat avec l'entreprise d'armement française THALES pour une durée de trois ans. 

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Breaking news: Israeli occupation forces arrest Khalida Jarrar, Palestinian leftist, feminist parliamentarian (Samidoun, Oct 30):

In the early dawn hours of Thursday, 31 October, Israeli occupation forces stormed the Ramallah home of Palestinian leftist and feminist leader and internationally-known parliamentarian, Khalida Jarrar. They seized Jarrar from her family home at 3 a.m. Jerusalem time, with over 70 soldiers and 12 military vehicles armed for the forcible invasion, as reported by her daughter Yafa on Facebook. The arrest comes just eight months after Jarrar was last released from Israeli imprisonment after spending 20 months jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention.

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Agenda :

# Brx, 12 nov, 13-15h: "Manifestation des demandeurs d'asile Palestiniens." Org.: Palestinian Refugees Movement\ Belgium. Où: devant le CGRA 40 place Victor Horta à 1060 Saint-Gilles.

Avec le soutien de : la Plateforme Charleroi Palestine, Amitié sans frontières, Bruxelles Panthères; Palestina Solidariteit; The Belgian Committee for Palestinian Prisonners; l'Association Belgo Palestinienne; Actrices et Acteurs des Temps Présents...


# Bruxelles, le 16 nov, 14h00: projection " Le char et l'olivier, une autre histoire de la Palestine " [Festival du cinéma d'Attac]. Org.: Ass. Belgo-Palestinienne & Attac. Lieu: Le Kinographe, 227, av. de la Couronne. Tarifs: 7 euros.
"Le char et l'olivier, une autre histoire de la Palestine" de Roland Nurier est un documentaire magistral qui recontextualise cette histoire jusqu'à la situation vécue aujourd'hui. Il est basé sur un travail d'investigation qui s'appuie sur la narration des faits historiques. La projection sera suivie d'un débat avec Hassan Balawi (Mission de Palestine à Brx), Nadia Farkh (ABP) et Michel Staszewski (UPJB).


# Charleroi, 23 nov, 10h00 à 13h00: Conférence « Jeunesse palestinienne sous occupation: réalités et résistance. » (2/6) Nous accueillerons la militante politique et féministe palestinienne, Asrar Kayal.
Où : Charleroi - UT (bâtiment de la bibliothèque). Contact : Plate-forme Charleroi-Palestine, 0473/28.63.75. 2ième séance d'un cycle de formation. 

Tant en Cisjordanie occupée que dans les territoires israéliens, une partie importante des Palestiniens font face aux traumatismes et au stress causés par l'occupation. Asrar soutient des mouvements qui renforcent l'autonomisation (empowerment) de la jeunesse et des enfants palestiniens.

# 29/11: Tous à La Haye! Allen naar Den Haag! #ICCJustice4Palestine !
Manifestation devant la CPI
le 29 novembre, 13:30 - 17:30. ICC - CPI Oude Waalsdorperweg 10 2597 AK, The Hague. Org.: Que les crimes d'Israël soient enfin jugés à la CPI de La Haye.  Un autocar partira de Bruxelles le vendredi 29, 8h30 Gare du Nord (10 euros, aller-retour). Voir aussi: CAPJPO-Europalestine & Facebook. Pour vous inscrire, ou pour avoir plus d'informations sur les départs à partir de différentes villes, merci de contacter: denhaag.11.29@icloud.com.


# Gent, zaterdag 7 dec, 19:00 - 04:00: "Feest 70 jaar Vrede." Org.: Vrede vzw. Waar: De Expeditie, Dok Noord 4F, 9000 Gent. Verdere info: Facebook.

Vrede vzw blaast 70 kaarsjes uit en dat vieren we graag met jou erbij! Op het programma: 19u15-21u: Vier sterke vrouwen aan het woord over vrede en internationale solidariteit, interview en panelgesprek gemodereerd door prof. Marlies Casier (UGent). Onder de deelneemsters ook Haneen Zoabi. Zij is een Palestijns-Israëlische activiste en tot voor kort lid van de Knesset voor de Balad partij. Haar strijd voor gelijke Palestijnse rechten en tegen de Israëlische Apartheid leverde haar tal van parlementaire sancties op.


"Les droits des travailleurs en Palestine - Le rôle de l'UE"

CONFÉRENCE DE LANCEMENT DU RAPPORT
Le 11 décembre 2019, 13h-15h

 Parlement Européen, Place du Luxembourg 100, Bruxelles
Salle PHS 4 B 001

 À l'invitation de MARIE ARENA, Députée Parlement Européen - Alliance Progressiste des Socialistes et Démocrates (S&D)

 Avec la participation de :

- RIYA AL SANAH - Auteur du rapport;
- JAN WILLEM GOUDRIAAN - La Fédération Syndicale Européenne des Services Publics (EPSU);
- PATRICIA MCKEOWN - Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU);
- MARK BEACON - UNISON;
- PROF. TOM MOERENHOUT - Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs;
- KOEN VANBRABANDT - La Centrale Générale FGTB 

Traduction vers le français est prévue     
Inscription obligatoire jusqu'au 27 novembre
cliquez ici 
 
Contactez-nous à etu.palestine@gmail.com

Academia :

"Guarantee full freedom of movement for international academics working at Palestinian academic institutions!" (Academy for Equality):

Dear colleagues,
Please consider signing this petition regarding the discrimination against Palestinian universities, an initiative of Academia for Equality. The petition will be forwarded to the following: Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, Israeli Chief Military Advocate General Sharon Afek, and the Israeli military's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

Petition launched by Academia for Equality. 'Academia for Equality' is an organization of over 550 academics dedicated to a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians and for the democratisation of Israeli academia and society. A4E fights academic complicity in the oppression of the Palestinian people, campaigns against sexual violence and labor exploitation, protects academic freedom and defends critical voices against attacks and the silencing of dissent. A4E promotes alternatives to policies that undermine the value of free and equal public education.

INFO: "Israeli University Heads Say Won't Intervene in Discrimination Against Palestinian Schools" (Amira HASS, Haaretz, Aug 28).

"Third International Meeting for Science in Palestine" 
MIT, 10-12 Jan 2020

The third International Meeting for Science in Palestine will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from January 10th through 12th, 2020. 

The third international meeting aims to escalate and refine plans toward Scientists for Palestine's primary objectives of advancing science in Palestine and integrating Palestinian sciences into the international scientific community by: enhancing collaboration between Scientists in Palestine and exile with key partners globally; highlighting Palestinian scientists and scientific development; and devising measurable goals toward these ends. The international meeting will provide space to access information about the challenges and successes of Palestinians practicing and researching science under occupation while also providing concrete opportunities for international scientists to get involved. A working group track will also run to help develop enhanced strategies to identify mechanisms for sustained international collaboration with and elevation of Palestinian scientists.
The meeting will include presentations by Palestinian scientists from both Historic Palestine (Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel) and Palestinians abroad, as well as other young and established scientists from around the world, and will be joined by prominent scientists including 2018 Chemistry Nobel Prize winner George Smith, MacArthur fellow Astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala, and renowned Palestinian medic and innovator Dr. Tarek Loubani.

Registration
The Saturday and Sunday sessions are only open for registered participants. The registration deadline is December 15, 2019. Registration is open here. 
Participants are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
For further questions, please contact
mitmeeting@scientists4palestine.com .

BZU: "Lecture explores failure to connect misogyny on social media with politics, the law in Palestine" (Birzeit.edu, Oct 30):

Birzeit University's Faculty of Business and Economics, jointly with its Institute of Women's Studies, held the fourth lecture of a series that explores the status of Palestinian women, in both real life and virtual reality, on October 16, 2019. The event featured Reem Albatmah, a researcher and the director of the university's Institute of Law.

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BZU: "Lecture tracks French media coverage changes to Palestine, Palestinian resistance" (Birzeit.edu, Oct 24):

Birzeit University's Media Department held a lecture explaining the changes found in the French media coverage of the Palestinian resistance. Held on October 22, 2019, the event featured Rajai Abu Daqqa, a journalist at the Ouest-France daily newspaper, and Nasser Abu Baker, chairman of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS).

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Danny Zaken, "Why more Israeli-Arabs go to university" (Al-Monitor, Oct 28):

According to figures provided by the Council for Higher Education in Israel, the number of Arab students in higher education more than doubled over the last decade, growing from over 22,000 in 2008 to over 48,000 in 2018. Arab students now studying toward an undergraduate degree make up about 17% of the entire student body in Israel and are just short of the percentage of Arab Israelis in the total population of Israel (21%). The same data shows that the number of students who work toward undergraduate and master's degrees is rising. The Council has been promoting higher education among Israel's Arab population through a number of means. 

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Analyses & Comments :

Sheldon Richman, "To Be or Not to Be a Jewish State, That is the Question" (CounterPunch, Oct 28):

Israel's champions owe us an explanation. First, they insist that Israel is and always must be a Jewish state, by which most of them mean not religiously Jewish but of the "Jewish People" everywhere, including Jews who are citizens of other states and not looking for a new country. To be Jewish, according to the prevailing view, it is enough to have a Jewish mother (or to have been converted by an approved Orthodox rabbi). Belief in one supreme creator of the universe, in the Torah as the word of God, and in Jewish ritual need have nothing whatever to do with Jewishness... Israeli law uniquely distinguishes citizenship from nationality. The nationality of an Israeli Arab citizen is "Arab" not Israeli, while the nationality of a Jewish citizen is "Jewish" not Israeli. Are citizens of any other country distinguished in law like that?

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Yumna Patel, "UN expert Michael Lynk: International community must end Israel's 'belligerent' occupation"with the 'advance unedited version' of Lynk's report & an interview (Mondoweiss, Oct 30):

Canadian law professor and UN human rights expert Michael Lynk is no stranger to media attention. As the Special Rapporteur on Palestinian territories, Lynk has reported on Israel's human rights violations in the territories for years, drawing criticism from Israel and its allies, and widespread support from human rights defenders in Palestine and across the globe. Lynk's latest round of media scrutiny came last week when he released his newest report on the human rights situation in Palestine, and called for an international ban on Israeli settlement goods.

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Adam Shatz: "We Are Conquerors: Ben-Gurion's Obsession" (London Review of Books, Vol. 41/20, 24 Oct):

Review of: "A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion" by Tom SEGEV (Head of Zeus, pb, 804 pp, £30.00).

Segev met Ben-Gurion once, in 1968, when he interviewed him at his home in Sde Boker, a kibbutz in the Negev, for a Hebrew University student newspaper. Ben-Gurion was 82, but he was "still sharp and radiated power". Segev, now 74, has spent four decades exploring Ben-Gurion's impact on Israel, in a body of work that has no equal either for the brilliance of his storytelling or the ironies of his analysis. He is neither a sentimental apologist for Ben-Gurion nor a crusading dethroner in the style of the New Historians with whom he has often been grouped. He is, rather, a student of power, and is at once fascinated and horrified by what he sees.

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Ramzy Baroud, "Is Microsoft Funding Israeli Spying on Palestinians?" (Informed Comment, Nov 5):

(Middle East Monitor) The act of Palestinian activists covering their faces during anti-Israeli occupation rallies is an old practice that spans decades. The masking of the face, often by Kufyias - traditional Palestinian scarves that grew to symbolise Palestinian resistance - is far from being a fashion statement. Instead, it is a survival technique, without it, activists are likely to be arrested in subsequent nightly raids; at times, even assassinated... Writing in the American news network NBC News on October 27, Olivia Solon reported on Microsoft funding of the Israeli firm, AnyVision, which uses facial recognition "to secretly watch West Bank Palestinians".

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Antisemitism Politics :

Richard Falk, "In Praise of Kamila Shamsie 'Home Fire'" (Global Justice in the 21st Century, Oct 13):

In Praise of Kamila Shamsie's 'Home Fire'.  It took the withdrawal of the Nelly Sachs Prize to make me familiar with the fine literary achievements and compassionate politics of Kamila Shamsie. Selfishly, I cannot thank the Dortmund City Council enough for its outrageous behavior, evidently canceling the award because a right-wing newspaper outed Shamsie as a supporter of the BDS Campaign. I can imagine Shamsie's feeling of hurt as well as disappointment as this incident unfolded. In her novels, she has manifested an uncannny awareness, more so than any writer I have encountered, of the precarious existence of ethnic, gender, and civilizational outsiders, especially Muslims, if they happen to reside in the supposedly once more tolerant West.

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Liam Hoare, "This Week Proves It: Anti-Semitism On The Right Is The Only Real Threat To Jews" (The Forward, Nov 5):

This week provided yet another illustration that despite the endless handwringing about anti-Semitism on the left, it is far-right extremism which constitutes the paramount threat to American Jewish life today. On Friday, Richard Holzer, a self-described skinhead and former KKK member, was arrested by federal authorities, accused of plotting to blow up a synagogue in Pueblo, Colorado... It was not the extreme political left that shot up the Chabad synagogue in Poway, California, murdering one woman and injuring three others. Nor was it the left who was responsible for killing 11 people and injuring seven at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue. They were not responsible for Holzer's bungled night of broken glass, nor for the swastikas and SS symbols found graffitied on the side of a shul in Hancock, Michigan.

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Hannah Gurman, "The Centrism of Fools" (Mondoweiss, Nov 4):

"HOW TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM," by Bari Weiss, 224 pp. Crown, $20.00. - Today, a new generation of Jewish intellectuals is calling attention to the rise of anti-semitism on the left. At age 33, NYT columnist wunderkind Bari Weiss is both one of the youngest and most prominent members of this group. Weiss eschews the neocon label, identifying herself as a centrist. Her first book, "How to Fight Anti-Semitism", which came out in September, ostensibly warns against the rise of anti-semitism on both the left and the right. Yet, the essential point of her book is to call out the left for being just as bad or worse than the right. In so doing, she continues the neoconservative tradition of smearing the left through accusations of anti-semitism.

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BDS:

"Academic win in India! Indian students convince university to refuse to host future Israeli government events" (BDS Movement):

Students at Jamia Millia Islamia University protested an event featuring Israel as a partner country. The university's violent crackdown on peaceful student protesters led to a 10-day sit-in with widespread support across campus. The university finally conceded to the students' demands, including refusing to host future Israeli government events. 

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Ali Abunimah, "Norway's capital says it won't buy Israeli settlement goods" (EI, 28 okt):

Norway's capital is banning goods and services from Israeli settlements from public contracts. The ban on purchases from Israel's colonies on occupied Palestinian land is contained in the platform of the Oslo city council's new ruling coalition. In their 2019-2023 plan, the Socialist Left, Green and Labor parties commit to ensuring that public procurement does not include "goods and services produced on territory occupied in violation of international law by companies operating under the permission of the occupying power."

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"Israeli Embassy in South Africa closes (and no one notices) - BDS" (BDS South Africa, Oct 31):

PRESS STATEMENT: The independent South African human rights and Palestine solidarity NGO, BDS South Africa, joins NEHAWU and fellow South Africans in celebrating the closure of Israeli diplomatic missions across the world, particularly the Israeli Embassy in Pretoria. According to Israel's Haaretz, the Israeli Foreign Ministry earlier this year faced a $100 million budget shortfall, which led to several key national events being cancelled among other financial problems. Haaretz also reported that the Israeli foreign ministry had suffered severe budget cuts in recent years mainly as a result of Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs channeling funds into the battle against the BDS movement.

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"Omar Barghouti at Imminent Risk of Deportation as Israeli Interior Minister Initiates Proceedings to Punitively Revoke his Residency Status" (Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Nov 1):

Israel's policy of silencing opposition through threatened deportations and punitive residency revocation stands in clear violation of international human rights standards and treaties, which Israel is bound to respect, protect, and fulfil towards the Palestinian people, in particular the right to freedom of expression and to freedom of movement and residence, including to leave one's country and to return.
In light of the above, the undersigned organisations call on the international community to:...

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Chandler Davis, "No Premature Burial for Academic Freedom: Speaking up in Ann Arbor" (Informed Comment, Nov 4):

Let me make a case for urgency of defense of academic freedom. I'm not addressing the whole University community. Surely there are some who don't have any concern for academic freedom as the AAUP understands it... Some of you may be uncomfortable with terms like "Israeli apartheid", but let's not get hung up on a few such words: Israel gives one ethnic group favored status, and enforces its overlordship with overwhelming weaponry, and if you don't want to call that apartheid, call it what you will.

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Current Affairs :

Yumna Patel, "Outrage after leaked video shows Israeli officer shoot Palestinian in the back" (Mondoweiss, Nov 4):

Palestinian social media erupted over the weekend as people expressed their outrage over a leaked video showing an Israeli border police officer shooting a Palestinian in the back as the man walked away from the officers, his hands raised in the air. Footage shows Israeli border police officers ordering an unidentified Palestinian man to turn around and walk away from the officers, who were stationed at a checkpoint between the West Bank and Jerusalem.

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OCHA Protection of Civilians Report: 15 - 28 October 2019

  • Demonstrations in the context of the 'Great March of Return' continued for the 80th time since the weekly protests began on 30 March 2018, resulting in the injury of 335 Palestinians, including 168 children by Israeli forces, with no fatalities reported. Among the total number of injuries, 68 people, including 29 children, were shot with live ammunition.
  • In the West Bank, another 134 Palestinians, including at least seven children, were injured by Israeli forces, during protests and clashes.
  • Israeli forces carried out a total of 79 search and arrest operations across the West Bank and arrested 86 Palestinians, including nine children...

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Ramzy Baroud, "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinian Christians that nobody is talking about" (Middle East Monitor, Oct 29):

Palestine's Christian population is dwindling at an alarming rate. The world's most ancient Christian community is moving elsewhere. And the reason for this is Israel. Christian leaders from Palestine and South Africa sounded the alarm at a conference in Johannesburg on October 15. Their gathering was titled: "The Holy Land: A Palestinian Christian Perspective".

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EU-US-World:

"Les ONG saluent la décision de la Cour de justice de l'Union européenne sur l'étiquetage des produits des colonies israéliennes" (Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine, 12 nov):

La Cour de justice de l'Union européenne (CJUE) vient de rendre une décision en faveur de la réglementation européenne qui oblige les opérateurs économiques à inscrire l'origine réelle des produits issus des colonies israéliennes, dans un souci de protection des consommateurs. Cette décision est la conséquence d'une requête de la société de vins israélienne Psagot (située dans une colonie en Territoire palestinien occupé) et l'Organisation Juive Européenne, une association française soutenant systématiquement le gouvernement israélien, devant le Conseil d'Etat

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Mehdi Hasan, "Bernie Sanders: 'Using Hamas to Deny Aid Dehumanizes Palestinians'" (The Intercept, Nov 1):

On Monday, the only Jewish candidate in the Democratic presidential race stood in front of an audience of Jews in Washington, D.C., and suggested cutting U.S. aid to Israel. And they applauded him. "I would use the leverage, $3.8 billion is a lot of money, and we cannot give it carte blanche to the Israeli government or for that matter to any government at all," ... Then came the kicker: "In fact, I think it is fair to say that some of that should go right now into humanitarian aid in Gaza."

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Joshua Leifer, "For J Street, holding Israel accountable is still a step too far" (+972, Nov 7):

J Street's 2019 conference heralded a new willingness to tie military aid to Israel to its human rights record. But the organization was quick to reaffirm a status quo of unconditional aid - despite ongoing Israeli human rights abuses and settlement expansions.

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Gaza :

"Polluted Water Leading Cause of Child Mortality in Gaza, Study Finds" (Yaniv Kubovich, Haaretz, Oct 16):

Illness caused by water pollution is a leading cause of child mortality in the Gaza Strip, says a study by the RAND Corporation, a copy of which was obtained by Haaretz. The study shows that water pollution accounts for more than a quarter of illnesses in Gaza and that more than 12 percent of child deaths up until four years ago was linked to gastrointestinal disorders due to water pollution. Since that time these numbers have continued to grow. (Credit for picture: Wissam Nassar/DPA).

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Juan Cole, "Israeli Army slammed for Hypocrisy over Cancer Tweet, as Gaza Patients Denied Care" (Informed Comment, Nov 10):

In 2017 alone, an Al Jazeera interviewee alleges, some 57 Palestinians in Gaza died of cancer because they could not get the requisite treatment. The World Health Organization reports that 4 in 10 applications by Gaza cancer patients for exit visas were rejected by the Israelis in 2018, Al Jazeera says, and adds that there are at least 8,515 cancer patients in Gaza, including 608 children. Because of the Israeli blockade, which makes funding a world class hospital impossible, many Palestinians are only diagnosed in the later stages of the disease, which presents big hurdles for successful treatment.

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Ben White, "How Israel redefines international law as a cover for its Gaza crimes" (MEE, Nov 5):

Israel's approach to international law can be summed up as 'If you do something for long enough, the world will accept it.' Since removing settlers and redeploying its armed forces to the perimeter fence in 2005, Israel has subjected Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to numerous devastating assaults, a blockade, and routine attacks on the likes of farmers and fishermen. Many of these policies have been subject of substantial condemnation - from Palestinians, of course, as well as Israeli and international human rights groups, and even world leaders and politicians - albeit, critically, with little concrete action at the state level. Israel, however, has sought to thwart even the possibility of meaningful accountability. Its approach has been very simple: in the face of criticism for breaking the law, change the law.

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"Gazan refugees in Belgium protest against 'crackdown' on Palestinian asylum requests" (Davide Lerner, Haaretz, Nov 4):

Gazan asylum seekers in Belgium have launched a protest movement to decry what they describe as unfair treatment by the Belgian authorities processing their asylum requests. The Palestinian Refugees Movement/Belgium held a number of marches over recent weeks in asylum seeker receptions centers across Belgium, and also organized several "hunger strikes" - where the Palestinians symbolically rejected the meals offered to them in the facilities.

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Maureen Clare Murphy, "Israeli sniper gets community service over killing of Gaza boy" (The Electronic Intifada, Oct 30):

An Israeli soldier has been sentenced to a month of the military's equivalent of community service and his rank downgraded for firing his weapon toward an unarmed boy during protests in Gaza last year. The child, Uthman Rami Hillis, 14, died after he was hit in the chest with a live bullet that exited through his back east of Gaza City on 13 July 2018.

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Israel :

Yumna Patel, "Israeli Supreme Court greenlights deportation of HRW official Omar Shakir" (Mondoweiss, Nov 6):

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday to uphold the state's decision to deport Human Rights Watch's (HRW) Israel and Palestine Director Omar Shakir, over accusations that he advocates for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement - the international Palestinian-led boycott campaign criminalized by Israel in recent years. Shakir took to Twitter to comment on his deportation, saying Israel will "join ranks of Iran, North Korea & Egypt in blocking access for @hrw official. We won't stop. And we won't be the last."

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Jonathan Cook, "Israel is silencing the last voices trying to prevent abuse of Palestinians" (J.C., Nov 10):

It has been a week of appalling abuses committed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank - little different from the other 2,670 weeks endured by Palestinians since the occupation began in 1967. The difference this past week was that several entirely unexceptional human rights violations that had been caught on film went viral on social media...
Israel is working hard to shut down those doing the investigating - human rights groups. It is a sign of Israel's overweening confidence in its own impunity that it so openly violates the rights of those whose job it is to monitor human rights. Palestinians, meanwhile, are rapidly losing the very last voices prepared to stand up and defend them against the systematic abuses associated with Israel's occupation. Unless reversed, the outcome is preordained: the rule of the settlers and soldiers will grow ever more ruthless, the repression ever more ugly.

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Gathered from Haaretz...

© Jonathan Lis, "Rare Moment in Israeli Politics as Gantz Meets Arab Party Leaders for Coalition Talks." Earlier Thursday, Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman went after the Joint List, calling the alliance a 'fifth column' in a radio interview (Oct 31);

© Noga Brenner Samia, "Israeli Schools Teach Pro-settler Religious Nationalism as the Only Way to Be Jewish." Raising a pious, pro-settler generation: Israeli schoolkids are now targets of a state-sponsored campaign of political and religious indoctrination (Oct 31);

© Netta Ahituv, "Could Netanyahu Actually Be Good for Israel's Arabs?" In recent years, Israel's Arab community has been benefiting from higher budgets and making great strides in academia and high-tech, says Ron Gerlitz, the country's most optimistic leftist (Oct 31);

© Noa Shpigel, "Bedouin Man Shot Dead in Northern Israel." The 47-year-old contractor from the Lower Galilee is the 79th person killed amid gun violence in the Arab society in 2019 (Nov 1).

© Gideon Levy, "Deport Me, Too." If Omar Shakir deserves to be deported, then so do I and others like me. Shakir is being expelled for his views. But his views are my views exactly, even though we've never met. If they are forbidden and dangerous, then everyone who advocates them must be deported (Nov 7).

© Rogel Alpher, "Israeli Soldiers Attacked a Palestinian Dad With His Son. Watch It and Cry ." Every day of the last week has offered another glimpse of the racist, fascist and brutal conduct by IDF "fighters," the pride of the nation. The stomach churns each time anew when watching them in action. These Judeo-Nazi storm troopers. The latest video was filmed on Tuesday in Hebron. Hebron is a stain on Israeli society. An ongoing moral disgrace (Nov 7).

© Gideon Levy, "Only a Jew Can Be an Israeli." ...Interior Minister Arye Dery and the director general of the Interior Ministry's Population and Immigration Authority, Shlomo Mor-Yosef, have become the greatest educators of this generation. Their pedagogic poem will be inscribed deep in the hearts of Israel's schoolchildren. A friend being nabbed at the school gate and deported is a formative, unforgettable experience. And now, for tomorrow's homework: Write 100 times: Only a Jew can be an Israeli, only a Jew can be an Israeli, until you understand it. (Nov 10).

Jerusalem, ethnic cleansed :

Oren Ziv, "Daily police violence is the new norm in Issawiya - with no end in sight" (+972, Nov 13):

For the past six months, Israeli police have subjected Issawiya's residents to daily raids, arrests and beatings, alongside constant drone surveillance. No one seems to know the goal of the operation - including the police. Monday evening looked like this: Border Police and riot police jeeps roving constantly; officers arresting a young Palestinian and beating his peers who try to protest; cops pepper-spraying an elderly man; and a police drone circling over people's homes, reminding them who is watching them from above.

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Yumna Patel, "Israel destroyed record number of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem in 2019" (Mondoweiss, Oct 25):

Israel has demolished a record number of homes in occupied East Jerusalem in 2019, the most in the past 15 years, Israeli rights group B'Tselem reported on Thursday. More than 140 Palestinian homes were demolished, resulting in the displacement of 238 Palestinians, 127 of them minors. Since B'Tselem began recording home demolitions in East Jerusalem in 2004, Israel has destroyed a total of 949 homes, displacing more than 3,000 Palestinians.

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Ahmad Melhem, "Why is Israel after Adnan Ghaith?" (Al-Monitor, Nov 11):

Israel continues to target Adnan Ghaith, the Palestinian Authority's representative in Jerusalem, for arrest and bans, claiming that his activities in East Jerusalem undermine Israeli authority over the city, while Palestinians see the Israeli actions as an attempt to eliminate the Palestinian presence there.

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Palestine :

"Exposé du Rapporteur spécial sur la situation des droits de l'homme dans les territoires palestiniens occupés depuis 1967" (24 oct 2019 ONU. Assoc. France Palestine Solidarité):

M. Michael Lynk a tout d'abord indiqué que le Gouvernement israélien persiste à s'opposer à toute coopération avec son mandat, notamment en lui refusant un accès à son territoire ainsi qu'aux territoires palestiniens occupés. Il a souligné que rien ne peut se substituer à une visite sur le terrain. Ce refus de coopération ne sert les intérêts de personne, et encore moins la noble cause des droits de l'homme, a-t-il déploré.

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"Silenced Net: The Chilling Effect among Palestinian Youth in Social Media" (7amleh, Oct 20):

According to a new research report, "Silenced Net: The Chilling Effect among Palestinian Youth in Social Media," the current legal, political and social environment is having a significant impact on the political activity of Palestinian youth on the internet. Many young Palestinians have had their content removed from online platforms, experienced harassment, or were interrogated in relation to what they posted on social networks. This has created a "Chilling Effect" among youth and made two-thirds of Palestinian youth afraid to express their political opinions online.
For the report (Oct 2019, pdf, 19p.):
click here!


Hatem Kanaaneh, "A village in the Galilee holds on, with sumud the price of steadfastness" (Mondoweiss, Oct 30):

Palestinian history, similar to what James Baldwin wrote of black history in America, "testifies to nothing less than the perpetual achievement of the impossible." Sumud is Arabic for steadfastness, a term that we, Palestinians, have reinvented. It comes at a price. To paraphrase social and behavioral sciences professor Dr. Moslih Kanaaneh at Birzeit University, such a price is heavy psychologically, mentally and physically. Heroism is attained in remaining steadfast as one pays the price for steadfastness. There is sumud in practicing sumud.

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Prisoners :

Cristina Maza, "Aux Etats-Unis comme en Israël, des compagnies privées tirent profit du système carcéral" (AlJazeera via AFPS, 8 oct):

Nidal Abu Aker, un Palestinien de 51 ans qui vit dans le camp de réfugiés de Dheisheh, connaît bien les prisons israéliennes. Il y a passé 16 ans de sa vie, souvent sans avoir été officiellement inculpé. Mais maintenant que son fils Muhammad, âgé de 24 ans, est à son tour incarcéré dans une prison israélienne, Abu Aker connaît une autre forme de souffrance, celle de lutter pour soutenir un être cher qui se trouve derrière les barreaux. « Nous lui donnons 1 200 shekels (environ 310 euros) par mois pour qu'il puisse acheter ce qu'il lui faut en prison », a déclaré Abu Aker à Al Jazeera. « Il doit acheter de la nourriture, du coca cola, du savon, du matériel de rasage, des cigarettes. C'est beaucoup d'argent pour moi. »

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Refugees :

Amena ElAshkar, "Why Palestinians are wary of joining Lebanon's protests" (IE, 5 Nov):

In Elia Square in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, Nashwa Hammad last week stood holding a Palestinian flag in one hand and a Lebanese in the other. The freelance journalist was chanting alongside her Lebanese friends. "I am one of very few Palestinians on these protests..." (I)n the refugee camps, Palestinians have largely decided to keep themselves away from the demonstrations.

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Haidar Eid, "The power of Ghassan Kanafani's 'The Land of Sad Oranges'" (Mondoweiss, Oct 24):

In my re-reading, and teaching, of Ghassan Kanafani's literary works, I came across one of the first short stories I encountered as a teenager. I was about 14 or 15 years old at the time and there was something adventurous and dangerous about reading Kanfani's banned books. Perhaps for this reason I would read these inspirational short stories and novels late into the evening.

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Resources - Reports - Books :

@ "Build Resistance Not Walls!" - A Reader for a World without Walls: Edited by The Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall). November 9 is since 2017 the Global Day of InterAction for a World without Walls. During the weekend dozens of activities are taking place across the globe - from Malaysia to California - to mark the day and call for an effective end of walls of injustice.

Editorial words: click here!...

"Palestine: Perspectives on the walls in Palestine":

@ "Joint statement for a World without Walls from European Palestine solidarity and migrants rights groups and networks".  73 European Palestine solidarity and migrants rights groups and networks from 17 European states have chosen Nakba Day 2019 - the Day Palestinians reaffirm their commitment to the struggle for the return of their refugees - to unite in a joint call for a #WorldwithoutWalls in order to claim the right for all to move, to stay and to return in freedom, justice and equality.

@ Human Rights Violations in Jerusalem, September 2019: "Annexation System: Israeli Judiciary Legitimizing Control over Palestinian Properties". Report Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, Oct 2019, pdf, 46p.


@ "Expert Opinion on the "Working Definition of Antisemitism" of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance," by Peter Ullrich, Technische Universität Berlin, Fellow at the Center for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA), co-head of the research unit "Social Movements, Technology, Conflicts" at the Center for Technology and Society (ZTG) & member of the Institute for Social Movement Studies (ipb). Publ. Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, 3/2019, ISSN 2194-0916, pdf, 21p. Click here!

@ BRICUP Newsletter 133, November 2019:

NL of the British Committee for the Universities in Palestine. Contents (a selection): 

p. 2: BOOK REVIEW:
"Bad News for Labour: antisemitism, the party, and public belief," Greg Philo et al. Pluto Press, 2019, 272pp. Review by Jonathan Rosenhead
p. 4: NEWS FROM PALESTINE
+ "AnyVision: The involvement of UK universities in an Israeli firm secretly tracking Palestinians." Join
Jewish Voice for Peace and MPower Change and sign their petition calling on Microsoft to drop Anyvision.

p. 5: MEETINGS AND EVENTS:
p. 6: Scientists for Palestine: Third International Meeting for Science in Palestine, MIT January. 

p. 6: + UK Palestine Mental Health Network: Specialist Mental Health Study Tour to Palestine/Israel, March 2020.  For an application form and further details, email us at ukpalmhn@gmail.com.
p. 6: + Meeting: "Fanon in Palestine" Birbeck College, December 8th, 10.30am - 1.00 pm.
Psychoanalysts Lara and Stephen Sheehi will present papers at a special meeting organised with Political Minds and the Centre for Researching and Embedding Human Rights at Birkbeck University:
Stephen Sheehi: "The Settlers Town is a Strongly Built Town: Fanon in Palestine"; 
+ Lara Sheehi: 'Toward a Decolonial Clinical Praxis: A Case Example from Palestine."

p. 7. MEDICAL CAMPAIGN NEWS:
+ "The Lancet and the Right to Reply", by Derek Summerfeld;

p. 8: + "How Israeli doctors enable the Shin Bet's torture industry," article in +972;
p. 8: + From the Jewish Voice for Peace :
Media Watch, Nov 2019.

@ Al-Shabaka: "Focus On: Palestine's Natural Resources," by Samer Abdelnour, Zena Agha, Tareq Baconi, Muna Dajani, Victor Kattan, Vivien Sansour, Alaa Tartir, Rami Zurayk (Oct 17). For pdf version (3p.): click here!

Issues: Water as a Weapon - The Discovery of Oil and Gas - The Struggle Over Land - Climate Change as a Threat Multiplier. E.g. "Climate Change, the Occupation, and a Vulnerable Palestine", by Zena Agha, & "Climate Change and the Palestinian Authority", by Zena Agha.
Palestine has an abundance of natural resources, but in the decades since the establishment of the state of Israel they have been compromised and exploited. In this collection of analyses, Al-Shabaka experts provide insight into issues related to Palestinian natural resources, from their theft by Israel to the effects of climate change and its intersection with the Israeli occupation.

@ See PALESTINE! Israel denied Reps. Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar entry to Palestine for a congressional delegation. Here is some of what they would have seen. #WitnessPalestine.

The IMEU (Institute for Middle East Understanding) has just launched an interactive website that takes you on a journey through Palestine to witness what Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar would have seen in August if they hadn't been denied entry by Israel. From occupied Jerusalem to segregated Hebron to besieged Gaza, seepalestine.org provides context into the realities of the Israeli occupation and how its discriminatory policies impact every aspect of Palestinians' daily lives. Please share the resource on your platforms and spread the word.

Archive: @ Ari Shavit: "An Interview with Benny Morris," in CounterPunch, January 16, 2004:

Note: Benny Morris is the dean of Israeli 'new historians', who have done so much to create a critical vision of Zionism - its expulsion and continuing oppression of the Palestinians, its pressing need for moral and political atonement... But in an astonishing recent Ha'aretz interview, after summarizing his new research, Morris proceeds to argue for the necessity of ethnic cleansing in 1948.

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Videos:

Khalida Jarrar Detained! Israeli forces have detained former Palestinian lawmaker and activist Khalida Jarrar just 8 months after she was released from prison.

Bernie Sanders discusses U.S.-Israel relationship at J Street forum

«The camera is my weapon.» The film, directed by Anne Paq and Haidi Motola of the media collective ActiveStills, received the winning title in an international category named «Fragments.»

Documentary « Lea Tsemel Advocate » (screening at documentary festival canceled under pressure by Culture Minister)

Why Criticism Of Israel Isn't Antisemitism

Belgian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel