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Academic Newsletter N° 59 (June 2020)

« Kill Them, They're Fair Game »
(Gideon Levy, Haaretz, Jan 20, 2017)

"To most Jewish Israelis, Arabs aren't human beings equal to us. This dehumanization makes the soldiers and police trigger-happy. The roots are deep; they must be acknowledged. To most Israelis, all Arabs are the same and they're not human beings equal to us. They're not like us. They don't love their children or their lives the way we do. They were born to kill. There's no problem killing them. They're all enemies, suspicious objects, terrorists, murderers - their lives and deaths are cheap.
So kill them, because nothing bad will happen to you. Kill them, because it's the only way to treat them."


Mother of Slain Palestinian: "My Son Was A Child In A Man's Body" (International Middle East Media Center, May 31)

The mother of the Palestinian who was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in occupied Jerusalem, said that the Israeli allegations and justifications for his brutal murder are mere lies, as the slain man was autistic, and was a child in a man's body."He was an innocent person, he hated nobody, and what they did to him is a crime not only against him, but also against every person with special needs. They killed my only son, who was a child in a man's body. They killed my only son, they killed my only son..."

Eyad al-Hallaq, 32, was killed when the soldiers shot him with eight live rounds at the stairs of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, while he was walking to the al-Bakriyyah School for persons with special needs. He was laid to rest Sunday overnight in his East Jerusalem neighborhood. "He didn't even know there was such a thing as Jews and Arabs in this country," said Hallaq's cousin Dr. Hatem Awiwi. "Hallaq was diagnosed as being on the low-functioning end of the autism spectrum as a child, and he had trouble communicating with those around him. He didn't know what a soldier is or what a weapon is. He saw a stranger and fled, and then they shot him." He died after being shot twice in the chest, an autopsy report revealed on Sunday (Nir Hasson & Bar Peleg, Haaretz, June 1).

Gideon Levy: "George Floyd à Minneapolis, Eyad Hallaq à Jérusalem" (Haaretz, May 30via Charleroi pour la Palestine, 31 mai, trad. par J-M F.):

Vous avez vu les policiers américains ? Vous avez vu comment, à Minneapolis, ils ont étouffé George Floyd jusqu'à ce que mort s'ensuive ? Vous avez vu l'agent Derek Chavin lui écraser le genou sur le cou, le coincer au sol, pendant que Floyd le suppliait jusqu'au moment où il est mort, quelques instants plus tard ?... Quelques jours après Minneapolis, samedi soir, dans la Vieille Ville de Jérusalem, Eyad Hallaq, un autiste de 32 ans, se rendait au centre Elwyn pour handicapés. Les agents de la Police des frontières ont prétendu avoir cru qu'il tenait une arme - il n'y en avait pas - et, quand ils lui avaient ordonné de s'arrêter, il s'était mis à courir. La sanction avait été la mort.
La Police des frontières, la plus brutale de toutes les unités [israélliennes], ne connaît pas d'autre façon de maîtriser un Palestinien autiste que de l'exécuter. Les lâches agents de la Police des frontières ont tiré une dizaine de balles sur Hallaq alors qu'il s'enfuyait, jusqu'à ce qu'il meure. C'est ainsi qu'ils opèrent toujours. C'est en ce sens qu'on les a formés... La Police des frontières n'est pas moins brutale et raciste que la police des États-Unis. Là-bas, elle abat les noirs, dont le sang est bon marché et, ici, en Israël, elle abat les Palestiniens, dont le sang est tout aussi bon marché....

Etan Nechin, "Why do Jews recognize the racism of George Floyd's murder but not Iyad Hallaq's?" (Forward, June 2):

On Saturday, when the U.S. was already engulfed in protests over the brutal murder of George Floyd, Iyad Hallaq, a 32-year-old Palestinian with special needs was shot and killed by Israeli border police in Jerusalem's Wadi Joz neighborhood. They chased him. Hallaq, who rarely left the house alone, got scared and ran to an alley with dumpsters. He was shot at seven times, though he was unarmed, autistic, and according to his cousin, "didn't even know there was such a thing as Jews and Arabs in this country." 
In Israel, thousands have not gone on the streets. Politicians have offered only tepid renunciations. American Jews didn't condemn Hallaq's brutal murder and call to end this racist and violent system. This is because for many, acknowledging the inherent racism in the U.S. system is relatively easy. The distinctions are clear. Yet when it comes to the almost exact same system that oppresses the lives of Palestinians, they find ways to justify it...


Miko Peled: "'Deadly Exchange': America's Racist Policing Has Roots in Israel" (Mint Press News, May 29):

During training sessions in Israel, American police delegations meet with Israeli military, police and intelligence agencies and taught what Israel calls counterterrorism, but is in fact no more than "refining methods of racial profiling."
Racism and violence against people of color in the U.S. is nothing new. In fact, the US, with its claims to be "the land of the free," has always been a racist, genocidal and violent state. It was founded on genocide of the native people and on the backs of African slaves... The state of Israel, which historically speaking is a new creation, was also founded on genocide and racism. For close to one hundred years the Zionist movement which created Israel has been engaged in a brutal campaign to rid Palestine of its indegenous population and give the land to Jewish colonizers. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that good relations exist between the US and Israel.

"Researching the American-Israeli Alliance"
Supplying research to the movement for justice in Palestine.

RAIA is a research initiative launched in 2017 dedicated to exposing the connections between American and Israeli state violence. Our work is grounded in the conviction that the ongoing dispossession and oppression of the Palestinian people undermines the possibility of a viable homeland for both Palestinians and Israelis. Embracing the 2005 Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until Israel ends its Occupation, grants full equality to its Palestinian citizens, and honors the Palestinian right of return, RAIA is committed to conducting research for the movement for justice in Palestine in the United States. Our focus is the coordination, collaboration, and exchange of technologies, weapons, and "security" expertise between the US and Israel. 

"Deadly Exchange" - "The dangerous consequences of American law enforcement trainings in Israel"
A report by RAIA in partnership with Jewish Voice for Peace, Sept 2018 (pdf, 57p.)

"We can't breathe until we're free! Palestinians stand in solidarity with Black Americans"(BDS, May 30):

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian society that leads the global BDS movement, stands resolutely in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters across the US who are calling for justice in the wake of the latest wave of insufferable police murders of Black Americans, including George Floyd in Minneapolis, Tony McDade in Tallahassee, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville. The growing protests by "the unheard" against police brutality in the US are fundamentally an uprising against an entire system of racist exploitation and oppression, exacerbated and nakedly exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic and its disproportionate toll on African Americans. The system of structural racism is violently enforced by paramilitary police departments, many trained by Israel, including the Minnesota police. 
As indigenous people of Palestine, we have firsthand experience with settler-colonialism, apartheid and racist violence wielded by Israel's regime of oppression - with the military funding and unconditional support of the US government - to dispossess us, ethnically cleanse us, and reduce us to lesser humans. To our Black brothers and sisters: your resilience in the face of brutal dehumanization is a source of inspiration to our own struggle against Israel's regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid.


Actions -- Academia -- Analyses -- COVID-19 -- Gaza -- International -- Israel -- Jerusalem/Al-Quds -- Palestine -- Prisoners -- Refugees -- Resources -- Videos

Actions & Calls : 

"Palestinians demand sanctions on Israel to stop illegal annexation"
(Palestinian BDS National Committee, May 21):

May 21, 2020 - In a statement launched today, tens of Palestinian civil society organizations, professional associations, unions, human rights and advocacy groups, and networks, representing an overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society, called on governments to adopt "effective countermeasures, including sanctions" to "stop Israel's illegal annexation of the Occupied West Bank and grave violations of human rights." The groups denounced Israel's rule over the Palestinian people as an "apartheid regime of racial discrimination, segregation and territorial expansion that is enshrined in Israel's domestic law."

"La société civile palestinienne appelle les États à sanctionner Israël pour arrêter l'annexion illégale" (Association belgo-palestinienne, 24 mai).

"Letter to UN Ambassadors urging member states to vote no to Canada's bid for the UN Security Council" (Just Peace Advocates - Mouvement pour une paix juste):

Criticizing Canada's anti-Palestinian record, the letter has been endorsed by 100+ organizations, including Sabeel Jerusalem, Kairos Palestine, American Muslims for Palestine, CUPW, Canadian Arab Federation, Independent Jewish Voices. Nearly 200 academics, artists and activists - including Ken Loach, Bruce Cockburn, Roger Waters, Naim Ateek, Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, John Dugard, Ruba Ghazal - have also backed an appeal that points out how Canada has isolated itself against the world on Palestinian rights at the UN. Canada has repeatedly sided with Israel. Ottawa justified Israel's killing of "Great March of Return" protesters in Gaza and has sought to deter the International Criminal Court from investigating Israeli war crimes. In fact, Canada's foreign affairs minister announced that should it win a seat on the UNSC, it would act as an "asset for Israel" on the Council.

When deciding who represents the international community on the UN's highest decision-making body, we urge you to consider the UN-established rights of the long-suffering Palestinians, and to vote for Ireland and Norway, which have better records on the matter than Canada .

en français

Adalah's Case List: Coronavirus and Human Rights Petitions pending before the Israeli Supreme Court - as of 2 June 2020 (pdf, 5p.):

Adalah filed 10 petitions before the Israeli Supreme Court (ISC) since mid-March 2020, 4 of which remain pending, in 3 main areas: (i) ensuring access to health care; (ii) promoting dignified life, and (iii) promoting the rule of law and separation of powers. 4 of the 7 cases challenge the government's authority to continuously decree Emergency Regulations regarding the coronavirus epidemic without the oversight of the Knesset.

I. Ensuring access to health care
1. 21 May 2020 - Demanding isolation structures and a coronavirus action plan appropriate for Arab Bedouin women living in unrecognized villages in the Naqab...

Joint Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967, Mr Michael Lynk, on Accountability (May 31):

Submitted by: Al-Haq - Law in the Service of Man, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Habitat International Coalition - Housing and Land Rights Network.

As previously noted by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967, Mr Michael Lynk, "Accountability - the duty to account for the exercise of power - is an indispensable cornerstone of the rule of law and a rules-based international order."[1] Despite this, Israel, in its subjugation of the Palestinian people as a whole under an institutionalised regime of racial domination and oppression, amounting to the crime of apartheid,[2] and in the context of crimes committed during its belligerent occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), enjoyed widespread and pervasive impunity for its repeated and ongoing breaches of international law.

Academia :

"Israeli military court sentences Palestinian American researcher Ubai Aboudi in new injustice" (Samidoun, June 2):

On Tuesday, 2 June, the Israeli occupation military court in Ofer sentenced Palestinian American researcher Ubai Aboudi, the Executive Director of the Bisan Center for Research and Development, to 12 months in Israeli prison and a fine of 2,500 NIS (approximately $720 USD). Aboudi was initially abducted by Israeli occupation forces on 13 November 2019; he was held without charge or trial under "administrative detention" for two months, sparking an international outcry, especially among scientists and academics familiar with his work. Israeli occupation forces then transferred his case to the military courts, extending his detention.

Shany Littman, "D'éminents activistes et scientifiques de gauche quittent Israël" (Haaretz via Charleroi pour la Palestine, trad. J-M F., 23 mai):

Ils ont fondé des mouvements contre l'occupation et ont lutté tant et plus pour l'âme de la société israélienne mais ont finalement décidé d'émigrer. Les nouveaux exilés expliquent à Haaretz comment ils ont été harcelés et réduits au silence, jusqu'au moment où il ne leur est quasiment resté d'autre choix que de s'en aller.

Oren Ziv, "Palestinian students battle militarization of Hebrew University" (+972, May 27):

Palestinian students released a video on Nakba Day highlighting the growing militarization of their university campus, sparking right-wing calls for a criminal investigation. A recent video clip about the Nakba and the militarization of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, put together by a left-wing student group, has led to a furious backlash by right-wing groups and politicians who claim the clip incites to violence against soldiers.

"'Every cultural institution which isn't perceived as 100% 'pro-Israel' is taking a serious risk'" (Gilad Meltzer, Haaretz, May 27):

Renowned scholar and curator Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, a recipient of this year's Dan David Prize, talks about the pandemic, the problems of launching shows about the Jewish state..."Abroad, Israel is a hot potato for cultural and art institutions, especially Jewish ones. When museums touch on something connected to Israel they have to be very, very careful, and whoever takes the risk must be prepared for the reactions, both from the Jewish community and from Israeli embassies and consulates, and it can go all the way up to the Prime Minister's Office, all of them exerting pressure on the museum, their donors, and their supporters."

Analyses and Comments :

Emad Moussa, "Please don't call us 'Arab'" (Mondoweiss, May 31):

Yes indeed, as far as language and the overall cultural heritage are concerned, we Palestinians are an intrinsic part of the Arab World. But when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the issue is a lot more complex. Over the years, we were made more Arab than we actually are. Our 'Arabism' has been overemphasised at the expense of our Palestinianism. The second layer of identity, in other words, was pushed up to the top in order to become THE dominant identity. This was done by design, and has slowly grown into a deceiving 'common sense.'

Gabriel Polley, "Britain and Palestine: a question of colonialism" (Mondoweiss, June 1):

Ignorance of Britain's role in Palestine's past is symptomatic of wider social amnesia of Britain's colonial crimes committed until well within living memory. -- On June 16, 1936, British soldiers made up to 6,000 Palestinian men, women and children homeless when they dynamited an entire neighborhood in Jaffa. It was far from the only atrocity Britain committed in its three-decade occupation of Palestine, but it was amongst the most vindictive. Between 220 and 240 houses were blown up after 9 p.m.; their residents were only informed that morning after a plane dumped leaflets warning them to leave.

Yara Hawari, "Remembering 72 years of the Nakba in the shadow of annexation" (The New Arab, May 15):

When Palestinians commemorate the Nakba - the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 - they are not simply remembering a past event in which over 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homeland, over 400 villages and towns destroyed and thousands killed. They are also marking a continued Nakba (al-Nakba al-Mustimirrah in Arabic) - an ongoing process of erasure and ethnic cleansing which has seen Palestinians ghettoised, fragmented, killed and more.

Mehdi Belmecheri-Rosental, "La terre, racine du roman national israélien" (Orient XXI, 26 mai):

Pour l'État israélien, l'histoire palestinienne ne peut pas exister car elle viendrait perturber le roman national, basé sur une continuité historique des temps bibliques à la fondation d'Israël. Au nom de ce lien à la terre qui serait exclusif, la politique israélienne fait tout pour dépouiller la mémoire palestinienne de ses traditions et de sa culture... Israël impose donc par la force sa volonté d'ancrer les racines de sa nation aux dépens de toute autre mémoire et culture, laboure cette terre patrimoine de l'humanité et du peuple palestinien pour en faire disparaître leurs germes et mieux s'y implanter. Mais bâtir un pays et unir une nation sur un imaginaire étriqué sacrifiant la mémoire de l'Autre n'est-il pas l'emblème d'un nationalisme nauséabond, mal de trop nombreux conflits ?

Sivan Tal, "On the racial basis of Zionism" (Mondoweiss, May 28):

The Likud election campaign for the 23rd Knesset claimed that the Blue and White party aims to form a government supported by the Joint List, and this led Benny Gantz to declare that he "will set up a government with a Jewish majority" that will not depend on Arab parties. Yair Lapid continued in a similar vein, arguing that "we are just a few mandates away from forming a coalition of a Jewish majority." Lapid refined the claim by stating  "We need a majority of Zionist parties that believe in a Jewish and democratic state." Why is the coupling of religion and nationality so important for Zionist Jews? Is Judaism a religion, or a race, or a people? Either way, once the state is by definition Jewish, any criticism of the Jewish state is viewed as criticism of Jews for being Jewish, and such critics are immediately called antisemitic.

Qassam Muaddi, "De la solution à deux États au plan Trump : ce que le monde n'a pas compris de la cause palestinienne" (Middle East Eye fr, 18 mai):

Aujourd'hui, la communauté internationale reste obstinément accrochée à une vision du conflit israélo-palestinien centrée sur la géographie. Une vision qui a réduit la cause palestinienne à une discussion stérile sur les limites d'un territoire morcelé. -- Que le plan de Trump pour le conflit israélo-palestinien ne tienne pas compte des aspirations nationales des Palestiniens n'est pas une surprise. Qu'il légitime la colonisation israélienne de la Cisjordanie non plus. Encore moins surprenante est la réaction du président palestinien au Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU, où il a comparé la carte du plan Trump à du gruyère.

Paul Lookman, "Geen Palestijnse staat, maar gelijke rechten voor iedereen in Israël" (Geopolitiek in Context, 24 mei):

Israël staat niet boven het internationaal recht. Het land vreest voor de consequenties van een ICC-onderzoek. Na een mislukte poging een minderheidsregering te vormen stapte Gantz in een regering van nationale een­heid. Een Palestijnse staat komt er niet. De wereld moet zich hard maken voor gelijke rechten voor iedereen in Israël.

COVID-19 in the oPt:

Riya Al Sanah & Rafael Ziyadah, "Palestinian Workers Are Bearing the Brunt of the Pandemic" (European Trade Union Initiative for Justice in Palestine, May 27):

Palestinian workers play a vital role in Israel's economy, but they've been left exposed to the danger of COVID-19 without any support from the Israeli authorities or their own leaders. The pandemic has exposed the harsh realities of life for workers under Israeli occupation.

Fidaa Shurrab, "Palestinians worry for livelihoods as COVID-19 cripples blockaded Gaza" (+972, May 28):

The coronavirus has threatened the socioeconomic welfare of Gaza's Palestinians as much as their health. An April 2020 economic update by the World Bank reported that 46% of people in the strip live below the poverty line. Measures to curb the spread of the virus have disrupted the Palestinian economy, it added, and the repercussions will be even more severe if the outbreak is not controlled. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Gaza's unemployment rate reached 52% in 2018, and was even higher for young people at 69%; those figures have likely risen since March.

Gaza Strip:

"Remembering Razan al-Najjar, honoring health workers"
(Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, June 1, 2020):

Exactly two years ago today, an Israeli sniper shot dead Razan al-Najjar. The young volunteer medic was among a group of rescue workers walking with their hands in the air and dressed in white vests approaching the Gaza-Israel boundary fence to treat a wounded protester.

"Israeli navy opens fire on Gaza fishermen 70% more times in April than previous three months" (Gisha - Al Mezan - Adalah, May 20):

NGOs to Israel's Attorney General and Military Advocate General: Stop military's violent attacks on fishermen and open investigations; increased attacks come as Gaza faces economic uncertainty and food security issues due to COVID-19 pandemic. -- In recent weeks, the Israeli navy has increasingly used violent enforcement measures at sea, with incidents of fire on fishermen off the coast of Gaza rising by 70% in April compared to January-March 2020. The use of live fire threatens fishermen's lives and causes severe damage to boats and equipment.

Amjad Ayman Yaghi, "Israel wages scorched earth warfare in Gaza" (The Electronic Intifada, 26 May):

Ibrahim was working on a farm when he saw an Israeli aircraft approach. As the aircraft got nearer, Ibrahim noticed that a liquid was being sprayed from it. He was immediately worried that the crops he had planted would not survive... Nidal Hamad, 30, was on a farm in al-Bureij, an area in central Gaza, when the spraying occurred. He estimates that an Israeli aircraft came as close as 20 meters to the ground. "The Israeli army does not know how much we suffer after each spraying," Hamad said. "We see the destruction of our future in this process."

International :

Asa Wistanley, "British municipalities invest billions in Israeli occupation" (EI, May 29):

At least 33 local government pension schemes (LPGS) in England and Wales have direct investments worth at least $2.9 billion in companies complicit with Israel's crimes against Palestinians. That's the stark conclusion of new research released by the (UK) Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) on Friday: "Through our research we have found that LGPS funds invest billions in a range of companies that supply the Israeli military with weapons and services, and companies blacklisted by the UN for their involvement in Israel's illegal settlements." The publication of the new database follows PSC's recent Supreme Court victory. The PSC published a similar database in November, showing that UK universities have investments in complicit firms worth more than $580 million.

Ciaran Tierney, "Ireland's foreign minister seeks to foil ban on Israeli settlement goods" (The Electronic Intifada, 29 May):

Political parties [Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens] seeking to form a new government in Ireland are divided over a proposed ban on goods from Israel's settlements in the occupied West Bank. Talks aimed at piecing together a ruling coalition are at an advanced stage in Dublin with participants differing on how they should respond to Israel's war crimes.

Richard Silverstein, "Black and Palestinian Lives Don't Israeli and American Cops" (Tikun Olam, June 2):

To many Americans, but especially African-Americans, this time must feel like the worst case of Groundhog Day ever. Like waking up every day to witness yet another Black man or woman shot dead by the police. And each of those days would bring riots and mayhem to cities throughout the country.

Israel :

Henri Goldman, "Israël : l'exode des justes" (Le blog cosmopolite, 27 mai):

" Tous mes amis sont partis / Mon coeur a déménagé... " (Michel Berger). Cette rengaine m'obsédait en parcourant cet article de Shany Littman dans Haaretz - le journal de référence de la presse israélienne. Elle y égrène la noria des activistes et universitaires qui ont fini par quitter Israël par impossibilité morale d'y rester. En voici quelques extraits, en vrac, dans leur traduction française :

Netanyahu: "The Palestinians have to concede, not Israel" (Amnon Lord, Israel Hayom, May 28):

On the magnitude of achieving US recognition of Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, PM Neyanyahu says: "We aren't the ones being forced to make concessions, rather the Palestinians are. Regardless of negotiations. If they see fit to meet and accept about 10 stringent conditions - including Israeli sovereignty west of the Jordan River, preserving a united Jerusalem, refusing to accept refugees, not uprooting Jewish communities, and Israeli sovereignty in large swathes of Judea and Samaria, etc. the [diplomatic] process will move ahead. They need to acknowledge that we control security in all areas. If they consent to all this, then they will have an entity of their own that President Trump defines as a state."

Hagar Shezaf, "Disaster or opportunity?: Israeli Settlers torn over Trump's 'Deal of the Century'" (Haaretz, May 27):

"The argument is not between supporters and opponents of sovereignty, but between supporters and opponents of a Palestinian state," Bezazel Smotrich says. - As the first of July approaches, and Israeli annexation in the West Bank looms, rifts and disagreements among settler leaders regarding Trump's "Deal of the Century" are emerging.

Netanyahu: "Palestinians in Israeli-annexed Jordan Valley won't get citizenship" (The Times of Israel, May 28):

In interviews, PM also rebuffs settler complaints, saying his annexation plan won't mention Palestinian state, any settlement freeze will also apply to Palestinians in Area C. - Netanyahu said in an interview that Palestinians living under Israeli rule in an annexed Jordan Valley would not receive Israeli citizenship. Palestinian towns and villages in the area will remain "Palestinian enclaves" under Palestinian rule but Israel security control, he explained.

Odeh Bisharat, "Palestinian, give up your life!" (Haaretz, June 1):

"It's not we who have to give in, it's the Palestinians," said PM Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview to the daily Yisrael Hayom, regarding the annexation plan in the Jordan Valley scheduled to be implemented in July. I look around myself and ask, what will the Palestinians give up that they maliciously haven't given up yet for the benefit of their cousins?

Jerusalem - Al-Quds :

"This is Jerusalem: Violence and Dispossession in al-'Esawiyah"
(B'Tselem, Summary, May 2020)

Since April 2019, the Israel Police has been engaged in a campaign of abuse and collective punishment against the neighborhood of al-'Esawiyah in East Jerusalem. The operation continues, despite social distancing restrictions announced by the government, putting local residents in danger.
One of the poorest neighborhoods in Jerusalem, al-'Esawiyah, lies on the eastern slopes of the Mount Scopus ridge, hemmed in by an array of Israeli institutions, Jewish neighborhoods, military bases and roads built on its land. The neighborhood is estimated to have 22,000 residents, and its population density is 3.5 times the average population density in Jerusalem.

The full publication (pdf, 24p.): click here!

"The Stark Rise in Home Demolitions in East Jerusalem in 2019." 
Analysis paper of IR AMIM
 ("The City of Nations"), Jan 1, 2020:

2019 marks the second to highest record of home demolitions in East Jerusalem in the last two decades. 104 housing units were demolished in 2019, constituting a 44% increase from 2018 and an overall deviation from the decline in the trend over the past few years. Due to the municipality's longstanding policy of neglecting to approve outline plans for the city's Palestinian neighborhoods, which precludes the issuance of building permits, residents are often forced to build without permits, subjecting their homes to the risk of demolition.

The full paper (pdf, 9p.): Click here!

Oren Ziv, "'Justice for Iyad, justice for George': Hundreds protest police killing of Palestinian in Jerusalem" (Haaretz, May 30):

Israelis and Palestinians take to the streets to protest police violence, drawing parallels with the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians demonstrated Saturday evening in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv against the killing of Iyad Hallak, a Palestinian man with autism who was shot dead by police officers in Jerusalem's Old City.

Palestine :

"'Iyad was the flower of the family. They cut him down too early. He was our joy, a pure soul.'" (Suha Arraf+972, June 3):

...The officers chased him down and opened fire. They reportedly found him lying wounded in a dumpster room, accompanied by one of the Elwyn teachers who pleaded with the soldiers. According to reports, one of the officers opened fire from close range, killing al-Hallaq... "He was our mother's love, her entire life," laments his sister. "She would hold his hand like he was a baby, and he would walk with her to the market or the mosque or the clothing store. He was like her shadow. She worried about him and whether other kids would bother or hurt him. They would sit for hours in his room, playing and eating and laughing together every day. They took him from her. They took her joy and left her with great sorrow and a broken heart. They left her with a wound that will never heal until the day she dies." 

Maureen Clare Murphy, "Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian man in West Bank" (EI, May 29):

A narrative that plays out all too often in occupied Palestine was repeated again in the West Bank on Friday. A Palestinian motorist was killed by Israeli soldiers who claimed that he had accelerated his car when approaching them. The military claimed that the "assailant" was attempting a car-ramming attack before he was "neutralized" by troops, none of whom were injured. Palestinian outlets named the slain man as Fadi Samara QaadHaaretz reported that Qaad's family said that the 37-year-old was on his way to pick up his wife and was not attempting any attack when he was killed. Dozens of Palestinians have been killed in similar circumstances in which Israel said there were attempted attacks, but no Israelis were injured.
Qaad is the third Palestinian killed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank so far this month. More than 20 Palestinians have died by Israeli fire in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel so far this year, or succumbed to wounds sustained in previous years. Human rights groups like B'Tselem have long contended that Israel has a shoot-to-kill policy when it comes to Palestinians, including children. Investigations by those groups frequently reveal Israel's claims to be flat-out lies.

Yumna Patel, "Despite pandemic, Israeli army shoots at water tanks in Palestinian village" (Mondoweiss, May 27):

B'Tselem has concluded that the shooting is deliberate, and "an illegal act of collective punishment." - The residents of Kafr Qaddum are no strangers to Israeli military incursions in their village, which sits northwest of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank. Nearly every week they are met with violence on part of Israeli forces, which has over the years resulted in severe injuries, disabilities, and even deathIn recent weeks, however, Israeli forces have been practicing a new tactic of suppression in the village, one the Israeli rights group B'Tselem has slammed as "collective punishment" in a new report published Wednesday. Since the beginning of April, Israeli forces have been documented shooting holes into the water tanks on the rooftops of people's homes in the village, causing hundreds of dollars worth of damage and significant loss of water resources for the community

Yumna Patel, "Following row with PA, Palestinian cameraman fired by AP" (Mondoweiss, May 29):

Eyad Hamad, a Bethlehem-based journalist who has been with Associated Press for 20 years, was fired from his post this week after Palestinian Authority police allegedly filed a complaint to the company accusing Hamad of "incitement, abuse, and the threat of using violence."

Prisoners : 

"Israeli military court once again detains Palestinian former hunger striker without charge or trial" (Samidoun, May 26):

Former long-term hunger striker and Palestinian detainee Huzaifa Halabiya Bader was once again ordered to six months in administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial, by the Israeli Ofer Military Court on 25 May 2020. The new administrative detention order comes only five and a half months after he was released in December 2019 from a previous period of imprisonment without charge or trial, during which he conducted a 67-day hunger strike to win his freedom.

Refugees :

Fouad Daher : "Les réfugiés palestiniens au Liban se mobilisent contre le coronavirus et l'Etat sioniste" (Collectif Palestine Vaincra, juin 2):

Ci-dessous, une brève interview de Fouad Daher, un membre du FPLP qui vit dans les camps de réfugiés au Liban. Ces derniers mois, il a été en première ligne dans la lutte contre la propagation de l'épidémie chez les Palestiniens en exil.

Resources : Reports & Books :

© "Enforcing Silence. Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel". Edited by David Landy, Ronit Lentin, and Conor McCarthy. Zed Books, May 2020, ISBN 9781786996503, 288p. Pb: £15.19.

Situates the academic boycott of Israel in the broader context of academic freedom. This collection uses the controversies surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a means of exploring the limits placed on academic freedom in a variety of different national contexts. It looks at how the increased neoliberalisation of higher education has shaped the current climate, and considers how academics and their universities should respond to these new threats. Bringing together new and established scholars from Palestine and the wider Middle East as well as the US and Europe, "Enforcing Silence" shows us how we can and must defend our universities as places for critical thinking and free expression.

To mark the 72nd year of the Nakba - the catastrophe when Zionist forces evicted the majority of Palestinians from their homes and lands, occupying 78% of Palestine - Al-Shabaka reissues this insightful compilation of essays by its engaged scholars and analysts.  These timely pieces dissect the betrayal of Palestine, the struggle of the refugees, the warning signs during the decades of seeking Palestinian-Israeli peace without justice, and strategies for the future. They give us strength at a time of looming annexation and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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"7amleh 2019 Annual Report" | The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media:

In 2019, 7amleh continued to focus on advancing and protecting Palestinians digital rights. Some of our achievements include:
+ Building the capacity of more than 2,000 Palestinians to use digital security skills and knowledge to safely access the internet and launching the first Digital Security Education Conference in Palestine.
+ Attracting over 700 participants and 40 local and international experts to the Palestine Digital Activism Forum to participate in panels and 20 workshops...


'Stop Settlements - On The Road To Justice In Palestine' with Michael Lynk, Clare Daly and more

"Vertical Farm in Gaza"

Rashid Khalidi on his book: "The Hundred Years' War on Palestine."

Belgian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel

Committee: Prof. Karel Arnaut (KU Leuven), 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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