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Belgian Campaign for the Cultural Boycott of Israel

Newsletter N°37 (November 2018)

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Adèle Ribuot & Nadav Joffe, "Israël-Palestine, des arbres qui cachent la colonisation - Le parc Ayalon-Canada" (Orient XXI, 18 sept):

Situé sur la route 1 qui relie Tel-Aviv et Jérusalem, le parc Ayalon-Canada, destination très convoitée par les Israéliens, compte plus de 300 000 visiteurs par an. Les circuits de randonnée et de VTT qui le traversent, les cascades et les vues panoramiques qu'il offre sur la vallée d'Ayalon et sur les monts de Judée occultent le fait qu'il a servi d'arme de conquête à Israël... Sous les pins du parc Canada se trouvent les ruines de trois villages palestiniens : Yalou, Imwas et Beit Nouba. Dix mille habitants en sont expulsés par l'armée en 1967, puis les villages sont rasés et 1464 maisons sont détruites.

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Contents:

Actions and Calls -- Events -- Gaza -- Analyses -- Arts, Culture & Heritage -- Boycott -- Current Affairs -- Israel -- Resources -- Videos

Actions & Calls:

"Actions and Protests: Stand with the Palestinian People and Their Resistance in Gaza!" (Samidoun, Nov 13):

In the past two days, Israeli occupation forces have engaged in repeated attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, bombing Al-Aqsa TV as it broadcasted, the University College of Applied Sciences and residential buildings. The latest attack on Gaza, following the murder of hundreds in the Great March of Return, began after an Israeli special forces group attempted to infiltrate the Gaza Strip near Khan Younis. There, they were discovered and confronted by the Palestinian resistance. 


"Love Bollywood, hate apartheid!" (BDS, Nov 12):

The Israeli government wants to use Bollywood stars to whitewash its oppression against Palestinians. Join us in urging them to refuse to participate. 
Four famous Bollywood actors are due to perform in apartheid Israel. The event has been postponed once already. This is our chance to get it cancelled altogether.


"Belgium pledges to consider recognition of Palestinian state" (Ma'an News Agency, Nov 8):

The Belgian government has pledged to consider the recognition of the State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to the Palestinian ambassador to Belgium and the European Union (EU), Abdul Rahim al-Farra, on Thursday.


"Press conference at the European Parliament denounces criminalisation of Palestine solidarity and BDS" (ECCP, 9 Nov):

On Nov 6th representatives of European Jewish organisations and Members of the EP from GUE/NGL and Green parties organised a press conference at the EP voicing their concerns over the organization of a meeting in Brussels backed by the Israeli government, aiming to label legitimate criticism and protest against Israeli governmental policies, including through Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) tactics, as antisemitism.


"La lutte contre l'antisémitisme ne peut servir à criminaliser la solidarité" (Ass. belgo-palestinienne, 7 nov):

Cdp de l'ABP et de l'ECCP. Les 6 et 7 nov se tient la conférence annuelle de l'European Jewish Association (EJA), un réseau qui, derrière la défense légitime des intérêts des Juifs d'Europe, cache mal sa proximité avec le pouvoir israélien.


Joods-Europese organisaties: "Israël spreekt niet in onze naam" (De Wereld Morgen, 10 nov):

In Brussel ging op 6 en 7 november in Brussel een conferentie door georganiseerd door de Joods-Europese Associatie en twee Israëlische ministeries, waarop leden van het Europees Parlement uitgenodigd zijn. Op deze samenkomst bepleit de regering van Israël om de definitie van anti-semitisme uit te breiden tot elke vorm van protest tegen of kritiek op Israël.


"Muslim Trailblazer Ilhan Omar Admits She Backs BDS - Now That Election Is Over" (Aiden Pink, The Forward, Nov 13):

Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar, a former Somali refugee and Democrat from Minneapolis, became one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress [see also Rashida Tlaib, 42, daughter of Palestinian immigrants]. She appears to be the first member (or future member) of Congress to publicly support the BDS movement. 


Events:

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

# Gent, don- 22 nov, 19u30: "Boycot Israël, een goed idee?" Org.: MO*, Gents Overleg Noord-Zuid & ZebrastraatWaar: Zebrastraat 32, 9000-Gent. Gratis maar inschrijven via info@mo.be.
De vraag is of zo'n boycot een goed idee is om Israël tot toegevingen te dwingen? Treft zo'n boycot de juiste instellingen en personen? Kan zo'n boycot de vrede tussen Israëli's en Palestijnen dichterbij brengen?  We gaan hierover in debat met onder meer Lukas Pairon (Music Fund), Ludo De Brabander (Vrede vzw), Mathhias Van der Heyden (Intal), Ria Cabus (GAPP).

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


# Gent, 12 dec, 20u-22u: Palestinian Circus School: "Sarab". Waar: Theaterzaal Vooruit, Sint-Pietersnieuwstr. 23, 9000 Gent. In het kader van het "Festival van de Gelijkheid 2018". Tickets (voorverkoop, rang 1: 12 euro).
Met de voorstelling "Sarab" ("Luchtspiegeling") vertolken de artiesten van de Palestinian Circus School de gevoelens van miljoenen mensen op de vlucht. De zeven performers gebruiken hun jongleer-, klim- en acrobatische kunsten om hun eigen geschiedenis uit te drukken; Een prachtige voorstelling over wanhoop en hoop, die raakt tot op het bot.

# Bruxelles, ULB, 12 & 13 déc: "Résurgences de l'antisémitisme : réalités, fictions, usages." Colloque international - Institut Marcel Liebman, av. Jeanne 44, 1050-Brx. Présentation et programme sur notre site web: http://www.institut-liebman.be
Ces dernières années, des événements dramatiques en France, en Belgique et aux États-Unis ont fait ressortir le caractère meurtrier que peut prendre la haine antisémite toujours présente dans les sociétés européennes. Au-delà de l'indispensable condamnation d'actes et de discours criminels, un débat fait rage autour de leurs interprétations, comme le montre encore la récente polémique en France autour de l'appel contre le " nouvel antisémitisme ".


Gaza's "Incremental Genocide":

"Twin survivor of 2014 Israeli missile strike dies from injuries" (Defense for Children International - Palestine, Nov 6): 

A 13-year-old boy from Gaza City, Mohammad Naser Ziad al-Reefi, died early Saturday morning, Nov 3, from a severe spinal cord injury sustained Aug 21, 2014. While irrigating agricultural fields with a group of his family members, he was badly wounded at that time from an Israeli drone-launched missile strike. Seven al-Reefi family members, including his twin brother, his father and 4 other children, were killed on the spot or in following days.


Israeli court: "State isn't liable for damages for severely wounding Gaza boy in 2014; new law grants comprehensive immunity to Israeli military in Gaza" (Al Mezan, Nov 14):

According to court, Gaza Palestinians are not entitled to seek compensation for damages from Israel as they live in an "enemy entity", regardless of the circumstances and the gravity of the injury. Al Mezan and Adalah stress that the court's refusal to hear such cases violates the right of Gaza residents to fulfill their right to "effective legal remedy" from the occupying power as guaranteed to them under international humanitarian law.


"Israeli Forces Continue to Use of Lethal and Excessive Force on Unarmed Protesters in the Gaza Strip" (Al-Mezan pr Nov 12):

The documentation by Al Mezan Center for Human Rights shows that at 3:10pm on Friday, 9 Nov, Israeli forces used live ammunition, plastic-coated steel bullets, and tear gas canisters, killing one protester and wounding 149 others, including 17 children and 15 women.


"Al Mezan Condemns Massive Israeli Airstrikes on Residential Buildings and Public Properties throughout Gaza Strip" (Nov 13):

Time: 2pm (local time) The Israeli military launched an extensive series of attacks on Monday and Tuesday, 12-13 November 2018, that targeted residential buildings and civilian objects throughout the Gaza Strip. The bombardment followed an operation conducted by Israeli forces on Palestinian territory that resulted in the killing of at least seven people in Khan Younis, south Gaza.


Mondoweiss: "Gaza in photos: ceasefire, mourning and protests of the destruction of a television station" (Nov 14):

Israel/Palestine Over the last 24 hours of escalated tensions between Gaza and Israel, Israeli forces targeted 160 sites in Gaza and Palestinian militants fired 460 rockets into Israel. In Gaza, six high-rise buildings were leveled, including the Hamas-run television station for al-Aqsa TV.


Maureen Clare Murphy, "Israel kills Gaza fisher despite ceasefire" (EI, 14 Nov):

Israel killed a fisherman in Gaza less than 24 hours after a ceasefire ended intensive bombing against and rocket fire from the territory. Gaza's health ministry identified the slain man as Nawaf Ahmad al-Attar, 20. The head of Gaza's fishers union said that Israeli soldiers positioned on land shot at al-Attar when he was only 30 meters into the sea in northern Gaza.


Al-Mezan: "Israeli Authorities Decrease Palestinian Fishing Zone by a Third" (Nov 14):

Israeli authorities informed the Palestinian Civil Liaison Office of new limitations on Gaza's fishing zone: Palestinian fishermen would now be prohibited from working in the waters between the demarcation line in the north of the Gaza Strip and Gaza City's port. The Israeli forces continue to open fire on fishermen who enter the restricted-access areas.


Henriette Chacar, "Israeli incursions into Gaza are the rule, not the exception" (+972, Nov 13):

Israeli troops have crossed into Gaza over 70 times this year alone, according to the UN. And those are only the incursions we know about. Since Israeli special forces troops got into a deadly firefight with Hamas commandos deep inside the Gaza Strip Sunday night, Israel has dropped dozens of bombs and missiles into Gaza and Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel.


Samer Badawi, "Hamas didn't start this fight, but it won't win it either" (+972, Nov 13):

If Hamas allows Israel to drag it into another lopsided fight, it will not only cost the lives of countless innocent civilians in Gaza, it will also distract from ongoing mass resistance to the siege. Israel's killing of Hamas commander Nour Baraka on Sunday and the predictable response from the Islamist movement have sparked fears of renewed hostilities between the two sides.


"What Gaza Wants" (Mondoweiss, 9 Nov):

Haidar Eid writes from Gaza: As we, Palestinians of Gaza, embark on our long walk to freedom, we have come to the conclusion that we can no longer rely on governments; instead, we request that the citizens of the world oppose these ongoing deadly crimes.  The failure of the UN and its numerous organizations to condemn such crimes proves their complicity. We have also come to the conclusion that only civil society is able to mobilize to demand the implementation of international law and put an end to Israel's unprecedented impunity. 


Amjad Yaghi, "The thousands of undocumented Gazans living in limbo" (+972, Nov 8):

Rola Abu Obeid, 22, is in her third year of English literature studies at Al-Azhar University in Gaza. Three years ago, Rola, who maintains a high GPA and is fluent in English, received a scholarship from a university in London. When she learned that she could not accept the scholarship without a Palestinian ID in hand, her father tried to pressure the scholarship directors, but to no avail.


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

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


Analysis & Comments:

Sam Bahour, "Israel's Mockery of Security: 101 Actions Israel Could Take" (CounterPunch, Nov 14):

Here it is. A quick compilation, with the generous assistance of several friends here in Palestine, and with a few items selected from the umpteen reports being published about the rapidly deteriorating state of affairs.


Alain Gresh, "How Israel Spies on US Citizens - The Truths that Won't Be Heard" (Le Monde Diplomatique, via OrientXXI, 29 Aug):

An investigative documentary by Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera scheduled for broadcast earlier this year was expected to cause a sensation. Its four 50-minute episodes centred on the young and personable James Anthony Kleinfeld, British, Jewish, an Oxford graduate who speaks six languages including Dutch and Yiddish and is well informed about Middle East conflicts - seemingly a natural fit for a western foreign ministry or a major thinktank.


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

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


Ramzy Baroud, "Israel is Afraid of Khalida Jarrar because She Shatters Its False Democratic Image" (The Palestine Chronicle, Nov 7):

The 55-year-old lawyer has championed a political discourse that is largely missing amid the ongoing feud between the Palestinian Authority's largest faction, Fatah, in the occupied West Bank, and Hamas in besieged Gaza. As a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and an active member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Jarrar has advocated the kind of politics that is not disconnected from the people and, especially, from the women who she strongly and uncompromisingly represents.


Aaron Tordjman, "Israël est, par définition, une colonie européenne" (Haaretz, Feb 27, 2017, via: Palestine+, 10 nov):

Comment se fait-il que la Palestine, partie intégrante du Moyen-Orient, et morceau de terre habité depuis l'Antiquité par une population orientale ayant adopté, depuis plus d'un millénaire, la culture et la langue arabe, à l'instar de la Syrie, de l'Égypte ou de l'Algérie, soit, en une centaine d'années, devenue un État peuplé de migrants venus du monde entier?


"La naissance d'Israël s'est faite contre la population palestinienne" (Palestine+, 8 nov):

Quelle que soit la part de responsabilité du sionisme dans la situation créée au Proche-Orient et dans la spoliation et l'oppression du peuple palestinien, la responsabilité écrasante en revient aux puissances impérialistes d'Europe et, plus tard, d'Amérique. Ce sont l'arrivée au pouvoir de Hitler, la barbarie nazie, le génocide des Juifs et comment oublier la participation de l'État français lui-même aux déportations ? qui ont convaincu des centaines de milliers de Juifs qu'il n'y avait pas de place pour eux dans la vieille Europe. Et comment oublier, aussi, que même les États qui n'avaient pas été envahis par Hitler fermaient leurs portes devant les Juifs fuyant la répression !


Nada Yafi, "Ces divisions qui menacent l'avenir de la Palestine" - Entretien avec Omar Shaban (orient XXI, 8 nov):

Un effondrement de Gaza retentirait sur toute la question palestinienne, voire sur Israël. Omar Shaban, directeur de l'ONG palestinienne Pal-Think for Strategic Studies et politologue basé à Gaza tire la sonnette d'alarme : le blocus israélien, les séquelles des guerres successives, la réduction du budget de l'UNRWA représentent un péril immédiat, mais il en est de même des divisions au sein du mouvement palestinien.


Tine Danckaers, "Als Palestijnse vluchteling zal ik het recht op terugkeer nooit opgeven" (MO*, 14 nov):

Met het recht op terugkeer valt niet te morsen. Dat geldt voor de Palestijnse vluchtelingen in Gaza waar de spanningen opnieuw hoog oplopen sinds de terugkeermarsen. Dat geldt ook voor de 2 miljoen Palestijnse vluchtelingen in het relatief stabiele Jordanië.


Lawrence Davidson, "A tale of two massacres: Pittsburgh and Hebron" (Redress Information & Analysis, Nov 7):

Lawrence Davidson compares the cultures in the US and Israel that gave rise to the Pittsburgh and Hebron mass murderers, one an anti-Semite American and the other an Arab-hating American-Israeli settler [25 Feb 1994].


Peter Koenig, "Israel to Police European Coastlines - Protecting the Continent from Refugees?" (Mint Press News, Nov 13):

Israel will patrol the Mediterranean Sea and Europe's Coastlines with drones and inform Europe's authorities of 'irregularities', of refugee ships. This sounds like a bad joke. It ain't. It's real. One fascist government helps another fascist government.


"Betaalt de PA jaarlijks 307 miljoen euro aan terroristen? Dit zijn de feiten" (Rights Forum, 8 nov):

'Terreursalarissen' worden ze genoemd, de betalingen die de Palestijnse Autoriteit doet aan Palestijnen in Israëlische gevangenissen en aan families van gedode Palestijnen. Volgens Israël betaalt de PA jaarlijks 307 miljoen euro aan 'terroristen' en vormen de betalingen een 'perverse prikkel'. Maar klopt dat ook? The Rights Forum deed een factcheck.


Arts, Culture & Heritage:

"Noa Shpigel, "Israel pulls funding from Jewish-Arab festival in Haifa a day before it opens" (Haaretz, Nov 7);

An Israeli government ministry claims that the Haifa Story Festival was not aimed at people from marginalized communities in Israel, and therefore doesn't merit funding allocated to events that cater to disadvantaged groups.


"Gaza University launches drama course, but few enroll" (Huda Baroud, Al-Monitor, Nov 2):

Gaza University in Gaza City will offer a one-year theater program starting at the beginning of November, but few students have signed up for Gaza's first academic drama program. The theater program is the brainchild of Riyad Saidam, a former actor and the dean of professional diploma programs at Gaza Univ.


Rasha Abou Jalal, "Palestine seeks UN support to reclaim its deadly viper from Israel" (Al-Monitor, Nov 14):

GAZA CITY - The Palestinian Authority is preparing to file a formal complaint against Israel at the 14th UN Biodiversity Conference, to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh on Nov. 17-29, on the grounds that the Jewish state has "seized the symbol of Palestinian diversity."


Boycott:

Ramzy Baroud & Romana Rubeo, "Israel's $72m 'war chest' to fight BDS arrives in Europe" (Al Jazeera, Nov 14):

For BDS supporters, however, every Israeli strategy presents an opportunity to raise awareness of Palestinian rights and to mobilise civil society around the world against Israeli occupation and racism.


Ben White, "Has The BDS Campaign Really Achieved So Little?" (Middle East Eye, Nov 9):

Last March, outgoing Jewish Agency chair Natan Sharansky declared that the BDS campaign had "been almost fully defeated". Sharansky's pronouncement came two years after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced BDS had been "beaten". BDS 'failure'? Premature reports of the BDS campaign's "failure" are not the sole preserve of Israeli officials.


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

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


Asa Winstenley, "The first UK university to divest from Israeli apartheid is Leeds" (EI, 6 Nov):

Leeds has become the first UK university to divest from firms involved in the Israeli arms trade, after a BDS campaign by Palestine solidarity activists. A spokesperson revealed to the Leeds student newspaper The Gryphon on Friday that the university has "divested of our holdings in Airbus, United Technologies and Keyence Corporation."


Nora Barrows-Friedman, "Chefs take Israeli propaganda off the menu" (EI, 16 Nov)

One of New York's best known chefs has withdrawn from Round Tables, an annual Israeli government-sponsored propaganda initiative. Gabrielle Hamilton, the award-winning chef and owner of Prune restaurant in New York City dropped out of the Tel Aviv initiative this week.


Roger Waters: "Hebben de Palestijnen ook mensenrechten?"  (Lode Vanoost, 5 nov):

Roger Waters, stichtend lid van Pink Floyd, toert voor het ogenblik door Latijns-Amerika. Tijdens zijn optredens in Brazilië sprak hij zich uit tegen Jair Bolsonaro. In Uruguay nam hij voor zijn optreden deel aan een panelgesprek over Palestina, waar hij ook uitlegde hoe hij politiek activist voor Palestina is geworden.


Riri Hylton: "Big BDS legal win in Germany" (EI, Oct 17):

Supporters of the BDS movement in Germany have won a two-year court battle against a local authority that could set a legal precedent for BDS activism in the country. On 27 Sept, the administrative court of the northwestern German city of Oldenburg ruled that the municipality's decision to cancel a 2016 BDS event had been unlawful.


Current Affairs:

Yumna Patel, "No justice under occupation: Family of Palestinian woman killed by settlers searches for answers" (Mondoweiss, Nov 15):

After Aisha al-Raibi, 48, was killed by rocks hurled through a car windshield evidently by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank on Oct. 12, her husband Yaqoub was summoned back to the scene to answer many questions about the crime. The attack on al-Rabi came at a sensitive time for Palestinians, who during this year's olive harvest season witnessed a rise in attacks on their crops, property, and even physical assaults, particularly on farmers.


Ramzy Baroud, "'A Cruel Choice': Why Israel Targets Palestinian Schools" (The Palestine Chronicle, video, Oct 22):

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


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

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


"Israeli forces detain 8-year-old Palestinian child near Hebron" (Ma'an News Agency, Nov 9):

Israeli forces detained an eight-year-old Palestinian child, on Friday afternoon, near the entrance of the town of Beit Ummar, north of the southern occupied West bank district of Hebron. Local sources said that Israeli forces targeted eight-year-old Omar Rabie Abu Ayyash and detained him near the entrance to the town of Beit Ummar. The reason for Ayyash's detention remained unknown.


"Soldiers Attack Students during School Celebration" (IMEMC, Nov 9):

Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, Beit Ta'mar Palestinian village, east of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and started firing live rounds at children, teachers and families who were celebrating, singing and performing Dabka during a celebration in the Tahadi Basic School in the village.


Madeeha Araj, "Israeli Government Target Educational Institutions, Escalate Settlements Activities" (If Americans Knew, Nov 14):

Israeli settler violence, with IDF complicity, is becoming more and more commonplace, even targeting elementary schools. The government has also approved extensive settlement expansions and Jewish-only roads to be built on Palestinian land, which will result in isolation of  communities and loss of olive trees.


Yumna Patel, "A familiar invasion: Settlers take another mountain top, soldiers follow, and Palestinians demonstrate for their rights" (Mondoweiss, Nov 13):

"The settlers came in the middle of the night, no one knew. By morning they had paved a road up to the mountain, set up their tents, and had soldiers protecting them," Zafer Attayah, a resident of Kfar Ni'ma told Mondoweiss.


Oren Ziv, "Palestinian activist sent to prison for riding a bike in his village" (+972, Nov 14):

An Israeli military court sentenced Abdullah Abu Rahma, a recognized human rights defender, to 110 days in prison for riding a bicycle during a protest against the occupation two years ago. Hundreds of Palestinian and international cyclists participated in the so-called "Return Ride" which kicked off in Ramallah and ended in the West Bank village.


"Army Injures Twenty Palestinians In Nablus" (IMEMC, Nov 7):

Dozens of Israeli soldiers accompanied colonialist settlers' buses into the city of Nablus, to visit a historic site, and invaded neighborhoods in the city to remove the Palestinians from the streets, before clashing with dozens of youngsters, who hurled stones at them, while the soldiers fired live rounds, gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets, wounding at least twenty Palestinians.


Israel:

Ramzy Baroud, "In Breach of Human Rights, Netanyahu Supports the Death Penalty for Palestinians" (Palestine Chronicle, Nov 14):

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is escalating his war on the Palestinian people, although for reasons almost entirely related to Israeli politics. He has just given the green light to legislation that would make it easier for Israeli courts to issue death sentences against Palestinians accused of carrying out "terrorist" acts.


Haggai Matar, "Israel's next elections will be about who is more violent to Palestinians" (+972, Nov 14):

The resignation of Defense Minister Liberman could very well trigger elections as early as next March. Many will be going the polls with one question in mind: how much force should we use against Palestinians? Israel appears to be going to early elections.


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

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


Haggai Matar, "IDF Censor redacted 2,358 news articles last year" (+972 Magazine, July 4):

While the number of articles submitted to the IDF Censor decreased in 2017, the percentage of articles that it fully or partially redacted went up. Israel's Military Censor outright prohibited the publication of 271 articles in 2017, more than five a week, and partially or fully redacted a total of 2,358 news items submitted to it for prior review. The latter figure amounts to roughly one redaction every four hours.


Ofer Aderet, "Israeli historian thinks 1956 massacre was part of a secret plan to expel Palestinians" (Haaretz, via IAK, Oct 13):

The highest Israeli officer tried for Israel's 1956 Kafr Qasem massacre admitted before his death that his trial was staged to protect Israeli military and political elites.


Publications & Resources:

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

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

© "Staat van Beleg: Overzicht Oktober 2018 - Met een focus op de gestagneerde heropbouw van Gaza" (6 nov):

De maand oktober 2018 laat weer een behoorlijke lijst aan mensenrechtenschendingen zien. Staat van Beleg wist er 901 te registreren en nog 162 rapporten. (Zie ook ons archief). Deze maand een focus op de toegezegde donorhulp tijdens de conferentie in Cairo, precies vier jaar geleden, voor de wederopbouw van de Gazastrook.


© Palestina Solidariteit: Nieuwsbrief-52 (14/11):

Rubrieken: Redactioneel - Gazastrook - Palestina - Israël - BDS - Uit de Belgische parlementen, e.a.


Videos:

# "Birzeit : espoirs d'une jeunesse éduquée" (teaser): 
https://www.facebook.com/birzeit.espoirs/videos/139466926758307/

# "Why did Israel attack Gaza?" (Mouin Rabbani, Inst. for Palestine Studies, Nov 12):
https://www.facebook.com/palstudies/videos/2211272859202418/ 

# "Palestinian underground | Boiler Room x 4:3 Presents Contemporary Scenes" (27:20'): https://www.facebook.com/boilerroom.tv/videos/1166708680164000/

# "Canary Project: anti-BDS" (Jewish Voice for Peace):
https://www.facebook.com/JewishVoiceforPeace/videos/1731174970324130/

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Prof. Richard Falk on Challenging Israeli Apartheid (2:03).

Belgian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel

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