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Academic Newsletter N°54 (January 2020)

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HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, "Born Without Civil Rights. Israel's Use of Draconian Military Orders to Repress Palestinians in the West Bank" (November 2019, ISBN: 978-1-6231-37816, pdf, 97p.). Summary.

The Israeli army has deprived generations of Palestinians in the West Bank of their basic civil rights, including the rights to free assembly, association and expression, regularly drawing on military orders issued in the first days of the occupation. Even if such restrictions could have been justified then to preserve public order and safety, the suspension of core rights more than half a century later with no end in sight violates Israel's core responsibilities under the law of occupation.

The responsibilities of an occupying power toward the rights of the occupied population increase with the duration of the occupation. Israel remains principally in control of the West Bank, despite limited Palestinian Authority rule over certain areas, and yet has failed to provide the people living under its control with the rights they are due, including the right to equal treatment without regard to race, religion or national identity. It is long past time for Israel to fully respect the human rights of Palestinians, using as a benchmark the rights it grants Israeli citizens, an obligation that exists regardless of the political arrangement in the Occupied Palestinian Territory now or in the future...

Contents of No 54:

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

Actualiteit/Actualités Belgium :

Brief aan Gentse Schepen Sofie Bracke vanwege meer dan 50 academici, auteurs en kunstenaars (BACBI, 20 januari, pdf, 5 blz.):

Aan: Sofie Bracke, Gentse schepen bevoegd voor Economie en Handel, en het Gentse Schepencollege. Betreft: Vergadering Gemeenteraad 20 januari 2020. Agendapunt: 2020_VVB_00005 - Intrekking deelname VOKA-missie naar Israël (Tom De Meester, PVDA).

Naschrift: Op de gemeenteraadszitting van 20/1 heeft een verbond van VLD, CD&V, N-VA en Vlaams Belang de deelname aan de handelsmissie naar Israël er alsnog doorgedrukt.

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Lieve Herijgers, "Huldiging Ambassadeur voor de Vrede mocht niet in Kazerne Dossin: « Mensenrechtenverdediger wordt monddood gemaakt »" (vrtNWS, Dec 13):

Brigitte Herremans, oud-medewerker van Broederlijk Delen, werd gisteren samen met de organisatie Artsen Zonder Grenzen, gehuldigd door Pax Christi Vlaanderen als Ambassadeur voor de Vrede 2019. De uitreiking vond plaats in de Predikherenbibliotheek in Mechelen. Niet zoals gepland in de naburige Kazerne Dossin. Eerder op de dag was de Raad van Bestuur van dit Memoriaal, Museum en documentatiecentrum over de Holocaust én de mensenrechten, gezwicht voor de druk van een goed georkestreerde lastercampagne, stelt Lieve Herijgers, directeur van Broederlijk Delen.

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"The recent campaign against our colleague Brigitte Herremans" (14 Israeli human rights activists, Dec 19, 2019, pdf):

Dear friends in Belgium,
We, the undersigned, human rights activists based in Israel, would like to add our perspective around the recent campaign against our colleague Brigitte Herremans and the unfounded accusations of antisemitism levied against her.
Many of us have worked with Brigitte, shoulder to shoulder, for the better part of the last two decades. She has been with us, defending human rights, in search of an Israeli-Palestinian peace. She speaks out against the occupation, discrimination and racism and - importantly - educates people about Jewish and Palestinian history and sense of peoplehood. We often rely on her to call out criticism of Israeli policy when it crosses the line into hate. Her commitment to human rights is unwavering, universal and inspiring. It is thus even more shocking and outrageous to see the lies spread about her...

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"Geloof de leugens over Herremans niet," (De Standaard, 21-22 dec 2019).
"Ne croyez pas ces mensonges sur Herremans," signée par les responsables de 14 ONG israéliennes (pdf, trad. J-M F.):

« Nous, les activistes des droits de l'homme établis en Israël, aimerions donner notre vision de la campagne organisée contre notre collègue Brigitte Herremans et des accusations infondées d'antisémitisme lancées à son adresse. Nous sommes nombreux à avoir travaillé avec elle au cours des deux décennies écoulées. Elle s'exprime contre l'occupation, la discrimination et le racisme et donne des explications sur l'histoire juive et palestinienne. Nous comptons souvent sur elle pour approcher de façon critique la politique d'Israël, quand cela s'impose et que cela se mue en haine. Son engagement en faveur des droits de l'homme est inébranlable, universel et mobilisateur. Partant, il est d'autant plus choquant de découvrir les mensonges qui sont propagés à son sujet...

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7 november vorig jaar vond in het federale parlement een besloten Belgisch-Palestijnse vergadering plaats in het kader van de Interparlementaire Unie (IPU). Behalve Dokters van de Wereld waren drie vertegenwoordigers aanwezig van Palestijnse ngo's. Kwamen ter sprake: het geweld van de bezetter in de Palestijnse gebieden en de dreiging van annexatie op de Westelijke Jordaanoever. Toen de vergadering reeds een 10-tal minuten gevorderd was, werd N-VA Kamerlid Michael Freilich - op eigen verzoek lid van de Belgische delegatie - met zijn medewerker erop betrapt dat ze een beeld- en geluidsopname van de vergadering maakten. Pas na meermaals daartoe aangemaand te zijn stopten zij met de opname. Nadien deed Freilich de zaak af als een "non-issue"; het filmpje was enkel bedoeld, zo zei hij, "voor mijn sociale contacten." De ontdekking leidde tot grote onrust in de vergadering, vooral ook bij de Palestijnse vertegenwoordigers. "Zij vroegen meteen of ze gevaar liepen", herinnert parlementslid Malik Ben Achour zich...

Ten einde het optreden van kamerlid Freilich zowel als de bekommernis van de Palestijnse aanwezigen te evalueren, is het nuttig een schets te geven van Israëls militair-politionele repressiepolitiek die in literatuur is omschreven als "de ultieme politiestaat": lees verder...

Actions & Calls : 

Stop Torture, Free Mays Abu Ghosh! Petition Jewish Voice for Peace.

21-year-old Palestinian journalism student Mays Abu Ghosh was a victim of torture by Israeli interrogators, according to her attorneys and reports. Her parents could barely recognize her when they were finally allowed to visit the interrogation center. A 4th year Bir Zeit student, Mays was arrested at 4am in her home on August 29 in a sweep of Palestinian student arrests. The charges being brought against them mostly have to do with their political activity. Mays' biggest crime appears to be a lifelong resistance to displacement, a desire to return to her ancestral home, and her work organizing with fellow students against Israeli oppression of Palestinians. In short: she was jailed for her commitment to justice. 
We stand with Mays Abu Ghosh and other students at Bir Zeit being harassed by the Israeli government. We demand an end to Israeli torture of Palestinian prisoners and freedom for the many wrongly jailed.  


End the Israeli Military Detention of Ubai Aboudi!

To the People of the International Community, and to UN Members and its General Secretary (Sponsored by Scientists for Palestine, The Action Network).

Ubai Aboudi, a US citizen, director of the Ramallah-based Bisan Center for Research and Development and a key player in Palestinian civil society, was abducted by the Israeli military occupation on Nov. 13, 2019 and forcefully taken from his home by 12 soldiers. The day after the abduction, Mr. Aboudi was brought before the Israeli military tribunal and kept in Israeli custody despite no charges being brought against him. At his hearing on November 18, 2019, Mr. Aboudi was given 4 months of administrative detentionThe brutal arrest and detention without charges of Mr. Aboudi violates international law and is a direct attack on anyone attempting to help elevate Palestinian science and education
We call on all those concerned with human rights and the enforcement of the universal right to education to lend their support for Mr. Aboudi and sign this petition.

@ Palestinian Civil Society to Austrian Parliament: "Oppose resolution to criminalize peaceful activism for Palestinian human rights" (2 January 2020, pdf, 4p.):

Dear Members of the Austrian National Parliament and Political Parties, We, the undersigned [38] Palestinian civil society coalitions, human rights organizations and labor unions write to you regarding the resolution (141/A(E) "Condemnation of Antisemitism and the BDS Movement" tabled jointly by all elected political parties for discussion and vote in the Austrian parliament.

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"Internationaal Strafhof kondigt onderzoek aan naar de 'situatie in Palestina', met één voorbehoud" (The Rights Forum, 21 dec):

Er is voldoende basis om een officieel onderzoek in te stellen naar mogelijke oorlogsmisdaden in door Israël bezet gebied...

Dear colleagues and friends, an impressive number of 185 [correction: more than 200, cf. up to date list of signatories] civil society organizations from 25 different countries joined our call on the International Criminal Court to open a formal investigation into 'the situation in Palestine' without further delay. We are grateful and proud - this might well be the biggest pro-Palestinian rights coalition of all times! 


"#This is Apartheid Archives" - Association belgo-palestinienne:

ON A FAIT CHUTER L'APARTHEID EN AFRIQUE DU SUD, FAISONS-LE POUR LA PALESTINE! STOP A L'APARTHEID ISRAÉLIEN!
Quels que soient leurs statuts, tous les Palestinien.ne.s sont victimes d'un système politique discriminatoire qui est qualifié d'apartheid au regard du droit international. Ces politiques mises en place par l'État d'Israël constituent un crime contre l'humanité. Il doit être condamné avec la plus grande force par nos gouvernements !

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Agenda :  

# Bruxelles, du 31 janvier, 18h00, au février 16 2020: « De la Nakba à la Naksa à aujourd'hui ». Exposition de photographies. Lieu: UPJB. Une exposition engagée, pédagogique et artistique ! Inauguration : vendredi 31 janvier de 18 à 20h. Heures d'ouverture : les samedi et dimanche 1er, 2, 8, 9 et 15 février de 14h à 18h et le dimanche 16 février de 14 à 17h.

L'UPJB accueille l'exposition, créée en 2017-2018 par le groupe PJPO d'Ittre à l'occasion des 70 ans de la Nakba (la Catastrophe) et des 50 ans de la Naksa (Guerre des Six Jours). Les photographes présentés, belges pour la plupart, ont couvert avec engagement et une grande force d'expression ces événements dont les conséquences, toujours actuelles, ont dramatiquement bouleversé la vie quotidienne des Palestiniens. Des guides expérimentés (ayant tous participé à au moins un voyage dans les territoires palestiniens) seront sur place pour guider et répondre aux questions des visiteurs. Des visites guidées de groupe (scolaires et autres) peuvent être organisées, à la demande, gratuitement, y compris en semaine, du 3 au 14 février.

Academia :

Qassam Muaddi, " Arrêté à tout moment " : les étudiants palestiniens dans la ligne de mire d'Israël (AURDIP, 16 janvier):

Pour la plupart des étudiants, les notes, les examens et les relations sociales figurent parmi les plus grandes préoccupations de la vie quand ils sont à l'université. Mais ce n'est pas le cas de Hadi Tarshah. A 24 ans, le jeune Palestinien a passé le dernier semestre dans une prison israélienne, et sa préoccupation principale est son audition au tribunal en mars.

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"A Report on the Israeli Destruction of the Palestinian Academic and Scientific Institutions (in 2002)" (Palestine Academy for Science and Technology, 2019):

During the Israeli incursions into the Palestinian cities, and especially during the military operation in April 2002, almost all scientific, academic, and research and development institutions have been stormed by the Israeli military forces inflicting severe damage to the institutions. Among those institutions were the Palestinian universities, educational centers, and of course our own Palestine Academy for Science and Technology.

The Academy, in its function of umbrella organization for institutes engaged in basic and strategic research and scientific information services, has taken the initiative to assess the damage that was inflicted on those institutes. To that aim, the Academy was responsible for preparing and circulating a questionnaire. This report not only provides a physical assessment of the damage but more importantly describes the ramifications and adverse implications of that damage, such as the disruption of the educational process for extended periods of time and the halting of all scientific and research activities.

Report (pdf, 32p.).


'Academy for Equality' re Issawiya (Facebook, AR-HE-EN):

Two weeks ago Palestinian student groups at the Hebrew University issued a joint statement protesting growing militarization of the campus and the growing presence of armed soldiers and police officers, marginalization of Arab students out of the dorms to make way for soldiers, and turning the campus into a de-facto barrack, deterring students from expressing their identity and opinion. 
Alongside celebration of the growing number of Palestinian students at the Hebrew University, the statement exposes the threats which these students sense, and the discrimination they face. That is an intolerable reality. Academia for Equality has warned of the destructive implications repercussions of subordinating academia to military needs, and we are hereby demanding yet again from the heads of the Hebrew University that they protect the civil and academic fabric of life and preserve the distinction between the university, as an educational civil institution, which promotes free thought and expression, and systems of military policing and enforcement. We stand in solidarity with Palestinian students and we will continue to fight against enlisting academia for the needs of the military and the occupation.

The European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) has issued a statement encouraging the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to engage with Academia for Equality regarding Isawiya:

Letter to Prof. Asher Cohen, President, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Prof. Barak Medina, Rector, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Academia for Equality's concern about the neighbourhood of Isawiya (Jan 20, 2020), pdf: click here!

Analyses & Comments :

Selma Dabbagh, "Mending the holes in collective memory" (The Electronic Intifada, 20 Jan):

When the past has been subjected to a systematic process of erasure, how can artists, writers, historians, politicians, educators and activists on Palestine address it? With villages destroyed, libraries and documentation centers looted and archives appropriated by Israeli forces, reclaiming history has become a mission and a mantra for Palestinian intellectuals and activists.

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Christophe Oberlin, "Les dirigeants israéliens devant la Cour Pénale Internationale" (Investig'Action, 16 janvier):

Longtemps considérée comme un « tribunal de Blancs pour juger des Noirs », la Cour Pénale Internationale a annoncé vouloir ouvrir une enquête pour les crimes de guerre commis dans les territoires palestiniens. Il y a cinq ans, Christophe Oberlin écrivait un livre sur la question israélo-palestinienne au regard de la CPI. Aujourd'hui, il décrypte les motivations de cette cour, décortique les réactions israéliennes et analyse les enjeux que représente la possible enquête pour crimes de guerre en Palestine.

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Amjad Iraqi, "With international law under siege, can the ICC bring justice to Palestinians?" (+972 Magazine, Jan 13):

As the ICC prosecutor's investigation awaits a green light, Palestinian experts reflect on what the legal battle portends for their struggle. In a surprise statement last month, Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, announced that there is legal basis to probe Israel and Palestinian groups over war crimes in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip, and that her office was ready to investigate the matter. The announcement has stirred many questions and mixed reflections among Palestinians. 

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Raphael Ahren, "ICC prosecutor: Netanyahu's anti-Semitism charge is 'particularly regrettable'" (The Times of Israel, Jan 13):

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court this week shot back at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who last month accused her of "pure anti-Semitism" for seeking to investigate possible war crimes committed in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. "This is a particularly regrettable accusation that is without merit," Fatou Bensouda told The Times of Israel in a wide-ranging interview.

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Ramzy Baroud, "Justice at Last? 'Panic' in Israel as the ICC Takes 'momentous step' in the right direction" (MEMo, Jan 6):

At long last, Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, has uttered the long-anticipated conclusion that "all the statutory criteria under the Rome statute for the opening of an investigation (into alleged war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories) have been met".

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Antisemitism Politics :

Willem Staes (11.11.11), "'Israëlische desinformatiecampagne in Europa moet stoppen'"(Erik Raspoet, Knack, 21 jan 2020):

Israël voert een internationale haatcampagne tegen ngo's die kritisch zijn over de bezetting van de Palestijnse gebieden. 'De vrijheid van meningsuiting staat op het spel', waarschuwt Willem Staes, Midden-Oostenspecialist van 11.11.11. Israël lobbyt ook in Europa bij regeringen, parlementen en zelfs rechtbanken om de politieke en financiële steun aan Palestijnse en pro-Palestijnse ngo's droog te leggen. Het probeert hen te delegitimeren door ze als antisemitisch te brandmerken.

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Johan Depoortere, "HOLOCAUST EN PROPAGANDA" (Salon van Sisyphus, 21 Jan):

De doden spreken niet. De miljoenen Joden die door de nazi's werden vermoord, protesteren dus niet als ze worden gebruikt om een ander onrecht goed te praten: een regime dat discriminatie en apartheid in de wet heeft gebeiteld. In zijn interview verwijst N-VA-politicus André Gantman naar het tragische lot van zijn familie en van alle Joden, om dan antizionisme gelijk te stellen met antisemitisme (De Standaard, 18 jan). Dat betekent dat de zes miljoen Palestijnen die onder Israëlisch bestuur leven en het zionisme verwerpen, gebrandmerkt worden als Jodenhaters. Dat een volk dat part noch deel had aan de uitmoording van de Europese Joden door de nazi's de prijs moet betalen voor die misdaad of van antisemitisme beschuldigd wordt.

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Jonathan Cook, "Antisemitism has been used to smear the left, while the right targets Jews" (J.C., Jan 7, 2020):

Israel may emerge stronger by playing politics with antisemitism, but not without severe repercussions for Western Jews. - The year ended with two terrible setbacks for those seeking justice for the Palestinian people. One was the defeat in the British election of Jeremy Corbyn - a European leader with a unique record of solidarity with Palestinians. He had suffered four years of constant media abuse, recasting his activism as evidence of antisemitism.

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Eric Cortallessa, "The scholar who wrote the definition of anti-Semitism says it's been subverted" (The Times of Israel, Jan 9):

Kenneth Stern drafted the "working definition of anti-Semitism" that US President Donald Trump used in an executive order to target anti-Semitism on college campuses. He's also one of the recent order's most vociferous critics. "It's not the definition that's the problem, it's the abuse of it," Stern told The Times of Israel.

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BDS:

Palestinian civil society to Austrian Parliament: "Oppose resolution to criminalize peaceful activism for Palestinian human rights." Signed by 38 Palestinian organisations: unions, ngos... (ECCP, Jan 13):

"Dear Members of the Austrian National Parliament and Political Parties, We commend all genuine and serious efforts to combat antisemitism because, like you, we reject antisemitism as one of the most harmful forms of racism, especially in the light of rising anti-Jewish bigotry and hate crimes across Europe..."

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"20 Highlights of BDS Impact in 2019" (BDS Movement):

The anti-Palestinian Trump Administration and Boris Johnson government are more than ever directly engaged in Israel's desperate war of repression on advocacy for Palestinian rights and the BDS movement in particular. Thanks to your support, our BDS movement for freedom, justice and equality continued to grow in scale and impact in 2019.

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"Brazilian groups stop bill in Parliament to strengthen military and scientific cooperation with Israel" (BDS Movement, Dec 22, 2019):

Wednesday, 50+ Brazilian groups won a victory for Palestinians and for demilitarizing Brazil, mobilizing opposition in Brazil's Parliament to filibuster a bill to strengthen military and scientific cooperation with Israel. The struggle will continue in 2020 to fully derail the agreements and end Brazil's military ties with Israel. Brazilian movements stated that this cooperation fuels not only Israeli apartheid, but "more militarization and police violence, aggravating a reality that is already desperate, especially for blacks, young people and residents of the favelas."

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Current Affairs:

Asa Winstanley, "Israel has kidnapped a Palestinian socialist and is torturing her" (MEMo, Nov 13, 2019):

Khalida Jarrar is a leading Palestinian activist for women's rights and prisoners' rights. She is a socialist MP elected to the Palestinian Authority's moribund legislative council, as part of the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). All of this makes her an enemy in the eyes of Israel's cruel and vindictive military occupation. The Israeli torture regime has had Jarrar in and out of prison for years now, with neither charge nor trial. Her latest "arrest" occurred last week when cowardly Israeli army thugs broke into her Ramallah home, in the occupied West Bank, and took her away at gunpoint.

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"Displacement of Negev Bedouin an 'attack on dignity'" (Middle East Monitor, Dec 11, 2019):

Israeli rights group Adalah, which seeks legal justice for Palestinian citizens of Israel, issued an in-depth report on 10 December breaking down the illegality of Israel's recent advancement in the forceful removal of thousands of Bedouin in the Negev (referred to as 'Naqab' by Bedouin) desert. The report, issued on the International Day for Human Rights, dived into a discussion by Israel's Southern District Planning and Building Committee which took place on Sunday, 6 October.

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EU - UN - US - World: 

"Human rights organisations welcome Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on racial segregation and apartheid on both sides of the Green Line" (Al-Haq, Dec 20):

Palestinian, regional, and international human rights organisations welcome the adoption, on Friday, 12 December 2019, by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD or 'the Committee') of its Concluding Observations on Israel, which highlight, for the first time, Israeli policies and practices of racial segregation and apartheid over the Palestinian people on both sides of the Green Line. Issued following Israel's review by the Committee at its 100th session on 4-5 December 2019 in Geneva, the Concluding Observations reflect the active engagement of Palestinian, regional, and international civil society organisations in the review process. In a joint statement to the Committee on 2 December 2019, the organisations argued that, since the Nakba of 1948, Israel has instituted a series of discriminatory laws, policies, and practices that form the foundation of its institutionalised regime of racial domination and oppression over the Palestinian people. Accordingly, the groups urged CERD to examine Israeli policy towards the Palestinian people as a whole as a step towards undoing the political, legal, and geographic fragmentation imposed on the Palestinian people that underpins Israel's apartheid regime.

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Shibley Telhami, "What do Americans think of the BDS movement, aimed at Israel?" (Brookings, Jan 8, 2020):

Even as Americans are preoccupied with the impeachment process and a raft of other news developments, the issue of U.S. policy toward Israel has not escaped our national debate as of late. President Trump's December executive order on anti-Semitism, which some saw as an attempt to limit free speech on Israel policy, followed a July resolution in the House of Representatives that directly addressed the BDS movement. Although BDS had not been on most Americans' radar screens, it has suddenly become a subject of more mainstream conversation. How much do Americans know about BDS and what do they think about it? Does it matter for the American political process? The newest University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll provides some answers.

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Gaza Strip:

"Gaza Up Close" - Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, Report (07/08/2019):

Unemployment close to 50%; long blackouts; severe shortages of clean water; limited economic opportunities; a very young, educated population with immense potential, and a closure that undermines their chances of succeeding. This is life in Gaza today.
January 30, 2019. This morning, Israel's High Court again found
no reason to intervene in the ongoing, severe injustices being done to Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip. Gisha submitted a petition (Hebrew), along with Physicians for Human Rights - Israel and HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, demanding that Israel amend its directive on processing times of permit applications by Gaza residents. We argued that the timeframes the state has granted itself to respond to permit applications are grossly unreasonable, and showed that the directive infringes systematically on residents' ability to fulfill basic needs, let alone to exercise their fundamental human rights.

Tania Hary, "The UN predicted Gaza would be unlivable by 2020. They were right" (Gisha, Jan 1, 2020):

While revelers around the world are making new year's resolutions for 2020, in the Gaza Strip, a different kind of assessment is taking place as Palestinians try to determine whether, or how, they can survive the next 10 years. In 2012, the United Nations published a report whose title asked a jarring question: "Gaza in 2020: A Liveable Place?" The report surmised that without fundamental change and collective effort, the strip would become "unlivable" in only eight years' time.

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Maureen Clare Murphy, "Israel shot at Gaza fishers 347 times in 2019" (EI, 10 Jan 2020):

Israel and its leaders do not shy from boasting about committing war crimes, even while being scrutinized by the International Criminal Court. Multiple times last year, COGAT, the bureaucratic arm of Israel's military occupation, announced that it was collectively punishing Palestinian fishers by restricting access to Gaza's coastal waters.

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"Immunostaining machine provided by MAP will improve accuracy and speed of cancer diagnosis in Gaza" (Medical Aid for Palestinian, Jan 8):

The 13-year illegal closure of Gaza and other factors have had a devastating effect on Gaza's health system, including cancer care. Cancer departments face severe shortages of essential drugs and supplies, as well as a lack of equipment. According to the World Health Organization, nearly half (48%) of essential drugs in Gaza in November were at 'zero stock', with less than a month's supply available. For chemotherapy drugs, the situation was even bleaker, with 63% of essential drugs at zero stock.

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Israel:

Elisabeth Braw, "How Israeli Conscription Drives Innovation" (Foreign Affairs, April 19, 2017):

Ofer Familier, a 35-year-old Israeli, works as business development director of Vayyar Imaging, a successful start-up that makes radar-based imaging sensors for breast cancer. At first glance, this work seems to stand apart from his former duties in the Israeli air force intelligence corps, where he completed his three-year mandatory military service. The IDF's conscription system has brought great benefits to Israel's economy. The armed forces meticulously place talented conscripts in technological, combat, and intelligence units.

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Gina Dowding, "Israel's weapons industry earns millions from EU states. It must end" (Middle East Eye, Jan 16):

A new report shows that the European Union is funnelling millions of euros of taxpayers' money to Israeli weapons manufacturers. With a resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict seeming ever more elusive, the EU's role as a credible mediator is growing in importance. This revelation puts that role at risk. The EU must stop funding the Israeli defence industry, and re-establish itself as an impartial arbiter in this longstanding conflict. The report, published by the European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine, shows that the EU has handed out 2m euros to private weapons manufacturer Elbit Systems and more than 7m euros to state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) between 2014 and 2019. The companies received grants under the EU’s programme for research funding, Horizon 2020.

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Jonathan Cook, "How Israeli spy tech reaches deep into our lives" (Middle East Eye, Nov 11, 2019): 

Digital age weapons developed by Israel to oppress Palestinians are rapidly being repurposed for much wider applications - against Western populations who have long taken their freedoms for granted. Israel's status as a "startup nation" was established decades ago. But its reputation for hi-tech innovation always depended on a dark side, one that is becoming ever harder to ignore.

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Amjad Iraqi, "The Israeli right's fury is driven by fear of Palestinian citizens" (+972, Dec 27):

Palestinian citizens of Israel are intensifying their fight for equality. The right-wing has spent the last decade doing everything in its power to stop them. When the Knesset passed the Jewish Nation-State Law on July 19, 2018, there was an outpouring of concern for the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, who make up a fifth of the state's population with 1.8 million people. The law is the crown jewel of the Israeli right's decade-long power streak. Having transfused Revisionist Zionism into the Israeli mainstream, and finding like-minded global allies to support its mission, the right-wing establishment no longer feels the need to uphold the Zionist left's democratic pretenses toward its "minority" citizens: Jewish supremacism is now the unequivocal and unapologetic law of the land.

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Nasser Nasser, "The Real Reasons for the Israeli Race to Annex the Palestinian West Bank and Jordan Valley" (Informed Comment, Jan 16):

We are witnessing the "annexation of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley" fever and the left in Israel is running to catch up to Israel. This is the meaning of what one of Israel's senior investigative journalist, Raviv Drucker, revealed in Haaretz on January 13th, regarding Netanyahu's real motives for announcing his intention to annex the Jordan Valley.

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Adnan Abu Amer, "Israel's countdown to achieve the 'alternative homeland' in Jordan begins" (MEMo, Jan 1):

The Israeli right is preparing to present a plan to overthrow the Jordanian king after annexing the Jordan Valley in the West Bank to realise the dream of Jordan being converted to Palestine. They aim to establish a confederation between the PA and "Palestinian Jordan" because the Israeli right is interested in annexing the West Bank without the millions of Palestinians within it.

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Jerusalem - Al-Quds :

"200 Palestinian children arrested by Israel forces in Jerusalem neighbourhood" (Middle East Monitor, Jan 10):

Israeli forces have detained an estimated 200 Palestinian children in the Issawiya neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem over the last few months, in many cases violating their basic rights. According to data from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), reported by Haaretz, more than 600 residents have been arrested since the launch of regular police raids in Issawiya, with residents and lawyers saying that "about a third of those who have been held are minors". The report added that these raids have been characterised by "the violation of the rights" of detained Palestinian children, including "the use of force, night-time arrests, questioning not in the presence of their parents, rides in patrol cars for intimidation and unnecessary handcuffing".

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Adam Rasgon, "East Jerusalem's Issawiya boils as residents decry months of police intervention" (The Times of Israel, Jan 12):

Since the start of the school year in September, Khader Obeid, the principal of the sole junior high school in East Jerusalem's Issawiya neighborhood, has devoted a significant amount of his time to overseeing the commute of his students to and from classes. Obeid, who has run the school for the past 16 years, said he spent more than four hours daily, standing outside its entrance to prevent the Israel Police from coming into contact with its 430 pupils.

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Palestine:

Hagar Shezaf, "Israeli confiscations, demolitions of Palestinian homes up 45 percent in 2019, UN figures show" (Haaretz, Jan 6):

Last year saw a 45-percent increase in demolitions and confiscations of Palestinian homes in the West Bank compared to 2018, according to figures released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. A total of 393 Palestinian structures were destroyed or confiscated in Area C, which is under full Israeli civil and military control, compared to 271 structures in 2018.

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Ahmad Al-Bazz, "Settlers are seizing 'empty' land. The Palestinian owners are fighting back" (+972 Magazine, Jan 7):

When Israel took over Ahmad Qaddoura's land in the 1980s, it rejected his petition to stop the expropriation. Now, a nearby settlement is using the land to build a factory. For Ahmad Qaddoura, there is no choice left other than "to confront the Israeli army." "This is my land, and I will not leave it if they try to start working on it again."

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Oren Ziv, "Palestinian, Israeli and diaspora Jewish activists reclaim spring seized by settlers" (+972 Magazine, Jan 3, 2020):

A coalition of groups, led by local Palestinian communities, restored access to the Ein Albeida spring in the South Hebron Hills, 15 years after an illegal settlement outpost had barred Palestinians from accessing the site. Kifah Adara lives less than two kilometers from the Ein Albeida spring in the southern West Bank, but was unable to visit the site for nearly 15 years.

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Natasha Roth-Rowland, "How one hilltop became an incubator for Israeli settler violence" (+972 Magazine, Jan 2):

The Israeli government has done little to stop the religious settlers of Yitzhar, whose extremist doctrine is instigating waves of violence against Palestinians in the West Bank. On Oct. 16, 2019, masked settlers from Yitzhar and its surrounding outposts assaulted Israeli and American-Jewish activists who were assisting Palestinians with their olive harvest, among them an 80-year-old rabbi. Three days later, settlers in the same area attacked Palestinians farming their land. For the following two days, Yitzhar residents also attacked Israeli Border Police troops, part of a running series of altercations after the military arrested a settler suspected of setting fire to a plot of Palestinian-owned land.

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Prisoners : 

Gideon Levy, "No #MeToo for these Palestinian women imprisoned in Israel" (Haaretz, Jan 16, 2020):

They're not women, they're "terrorists," so no one cares when they suffer abuse. At a time when any sexist remark to a woman can lead to a riot, the torture during interrogation or false imprisonment of women infuriate no one.

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"Severe torture in Israeli prisons targets Palestinian steadfastness: Walid Hanatsheh, Samer Arbeed, Mays Abu Ghosh and more" (Samidoun, Jan 19):

In the last months of 2019 and early 2020, a growing number of cases of severe physical torture against Palestinian detainees carried out by Israeli Shin Bet interrogators have been documented. While torture and abuse of various kinds have been a mainstay of the Israeli interrogation process, after a 1999 Israeli Supreme Court ruling and amid widespread international attention, torture under interrogation for some years focused on physical and psychological techniques that were less likely to leave physical scars.

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"Palestinian child prisoners face further repression and transfer" (Samidoun,Jan 12):

Israeli occupation officials announced that child prisoners would be transferred away from the Ofer prison and separated into cells without the adult prisoner representatives who support them before the prison administration. The Prisoners Society noted that, rather than being held in groups, child prisoners would be held two to a cell. It said that this tactic was designed to isolate imprisoned children further from one another and from protective oversight of Palestinian elder prisoners.

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"Victory for Ahmad Zahran! Hunger strike ends after 114 days of struggle" (Samidoun, Jan 13):

On Monday Jan 13 evening, Zahran, 42, from the village of Deir Abu Mishaal near Ramallah, called his family - after family visits and calls had been denied him throughout his nearly four months of hunger strike - from the Kaplan hospital where he has been held due to the severe deterioration of his health. He informed them that he had reached an agreement with the Israeli occupation prison administration that his administrative detention would not be renewed and would come to an end on 25 February 2020. Zahran is one of approximately 450 Palestinians held in administrative detention, of around 5,000 total Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails.

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Refugees :

"Aftermath of the destruction of Yarmouk, Syria" - UNRWA Update Syria:

Yarmouk lay in ruins. Once a symbol of the Palestine refugee diaspora in Syria, the camp, a scene of fierce fighting during the conflict, had been home to some 160,000 Palestine refugees. Today, Yarmouk feels like an abandoned city, with block after block of destroyed buildings. During the conflict, 75% of UNRWA buildings were damaged with three health centres destroyed and sixteen schools so severely damaged they need to be completely rebuilt. "The scale of the destruction in Yarmouk is unimaginable and the situation is desperate and appalling," Acting UNRWA Commisioner-General Christian Saunders, visiting Syria in early December to assess the situation on the ground. During his visit, he heard first-hand accounts of the pain, despair, and profound sense of loss suffered by Palestine refugees living there. Many of the refugees he met were displaced from Yarmouk camp. They now live in nearby Yalda and rely on UNRWA for food assistance and cash assistance to get by, especially in the winter months.

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"Through rubble and debris to a better future" | UNRWA (Dec 26, 2019):

Seventh-graders Sondous and Zahra'a from Yarmouk walk past the debris of war to reach their school in nearby Yalda: devastated buildings, black and grey, with rooftops that are bent over, kissing the ground. The two girls are among thousands of Palestine refugee children in Syria who bear the scars of the Syrian war. For children like Sondous and Zahra'a, the UNRWA al-Faloujeh alternative school in Yalda in south Damascus is a safe haven where they can learn new things and make friends. It helps them restore some normalcy in their lives and develop future goals.

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Resources - Reports - Books :

Nouveau site Web de nos ami.e.s de la Plate-forme Charleroi-Palestine!

Nouveau nom du site : "Charleroi pour la Palestine"! 
Nouvelle adresse: https://charleroi-pourlapalestine.be/

Nous félicitons Myriam et ses camarades pour ce site si bien fait et attrayant d'en être jaloux! Il rendra de grands services au mouvement de solidarité avec la Palestine en Belgique et en Europe! :-)

"Maps, Technology, and Decolonial Spatial Practices in Palestine," by Zena Agha (Al-Shabaka, Jan 14, 2020:

The practice of mapping in Palestine-Israel has long been an exercise in power, imperialism, and dispossession. From the British Mandate to the present day, Zionist (later Israeli) cartographers have used maps to obfuscate and eradicate physical, geographic, and social markers of Palestinians' connections to, and possession of, the land. Al-Shabaka Policy Analyst Zena Agha examines how Palestinians have been excluded from maps of their own land, and explores ways that Palestinians can - and do - reclaim maps as a means of resistance.

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© "THESE CHAINS WILL BE BROKEN. Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons", by Ramzy BAROUD. Publ. by Clarity Press, Nov 2019, ISBN 9781949762099, 204p. Price: £16.00 - $24.95. Foreword by Khalida JARRAR, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council; Afterword by Richard FALK, former UN Special Rapporteur. Illustrated by Dalia Alkayyali.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have experienced life in Israel's prisons since 1967, as did many more in previous decades during the course of the ongoing Israeli military occupation. Yet rarely has the story of their experiences in Israeli jails been told by the prisoners themselves. Typically the Western media portrays them as 'terrorists' while well-meaning third-party human rights advocates paint them as hapless victims. They are neither. This book permits the reader to access the reality of Palestinian imprisonment as told by Palestinian prisoners themselves - stories of appalling suffering and determination to reclaim their freedom. Palestinian prisoners are an essential element in the collective resistance against Israeli colonialism, apartheid and military occupation. Rather than being viewed as unfortunate victims, their steadfastness exemplifies the ongoing fight of the Palestinian people as a whole. Despite Palestinian factionalism and lack of a unified political movement, Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons serve as one of the remaining platforms for unity.


@ 'palestine' bulletin n°82 - Association belgo-palestinienne (Oct-Nov-Déc 2019):

Edito: le droit malgré tout. Dossier: Apartheid & économie coloniale - Occupation et vol des ressources - L'impossible développement de la Palestine occupée - Les travailleurs palestiniens captifs de la dépendance économique coloniale - Travailler en Israël : chronique un chemin de croix - Comment Israël profite de l'aide à la reconstruction de Gaza - Un espace civique se rétréci en Palestine et en Israël. France : Instrumentalisation de l'antisémitisme et résistances. Prisonniers: "le régime carcéral d'occupation ne doit pas être amélioré, mais aboli!" Colonies: La longue historie de tolérance de l'Amérique face à l'expansion illégale d'Israël. Culture: Michel Khleifi, cinéaste belgo-palestinien.


# "The Jahalin Bedouin - Jahalin Solidarity":

Jahalin Solidarity (co-directed by Israeli, Angela Godfrey-Goldstein and Palestinian, Fakhri abu Diab) is a Palestinian registered non-profit working to prevent forcible displacement of Bedouin refugees living under Israeli occupation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, in a coercive environment aimed to "encourage" their displacement : defined as a war crime , as is the actual act of displacement. One of our major campaigns is AL KHAN AL AHMAR.


# List of Israeli & Palestinian Human Rights Organizations" (13/01/2020: 73 NGOs, with links).

# List of Palestinian Civil Society Organizations" (14/1/2020: 38, no links for the moment).

@ "2019 in Numbers" (Staat van Beleg, Jan 8, 2020)Nederlandse tekst hier!

In the year 2019 we were able to register a total of 8828 violations, an average of more than 24 violations per day. When we look at the nature of the violations committed in 2019, the first thing that stands out is the 'Raids/arrests/abductions' category: with 3677 cases it represents no less than 41% of the total. The vast majority of these are Palestinian civilians who were often lifted from their beds and taken away by Israeli soldiers during their recurring nightly raids, usually without a reason or under the guise of a vague accusation. This category also includes the military raids of Palestinian villages, neighborhoods and refugee camps. These are accompanied by a lot of 'show of force', intimidation and tear gas shells that are shot randomly on the streets and in civilian homes...

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@ Yumna Patel, "A decade in review: the moments that shaped the past 10 years in Israel/Palestine" (Mondoweiss, Dec 24):

As another decade of the Israel-Palestine conflict comes to a close, the idea of a peaceful and just solution seems further out of reach than ever before. Much of the past 10 years has been characterized by loss. Loss in the literal sense: of land, of homes, of lives. Paramount, however, seems to be the loss of hope. Loss of hope in local and world leaders, in international accountability, and in the prospect of a two-state solution. 

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Videos:

Hind Shraydeh Aboudi addresses Scientists for Palestine message of Palestinian scholar, political prisoner Ubai Aboudi

"Twilight of a school" - Trailer (Jahalin Solidarity)

"High Hopes" - A film by Oscar Award nominee and International Emmy Award Winner Guy Davidi (Trailer)

If Only - Young Palestinians in Gaza on What Freedom of Movement Means to Them (Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement)

Belgian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel

Committee: Prof. ém. Marie-Christine Closon (UCL), Prof. Patrick Deboosere (VUB), Prof. Lieven De Cauter (KULeuven), Em. Prof. Herman De Ley (UGent), Em. Prof. Marc De Meyere (UGent), Prof. Serge Deruette (UMons), Lieve Franssen (dir. Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor), Carl Gydé (director CAMPO), Prof. Perrine Humblet (ULB), Prof. Marc Jacquemain (ULiège), Em. Prof. Madeline Lutjeharms (VUB), Raven Ruëll (metteur en scène), Prof. ém. Christiane Schomblond (ULB), Dr. Nozomi Takahashi (UGent), Prof. Karin Verelst (VUB).

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