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Belgian Campaign for the Cultural Boycott of Israel

Newsletter N°38 (December 2018)

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"But how can one be a conscientious Israeli and not bow one's head before the Palestinian people? How can one not admit guilt? Not take responsibility? What Israel has been doing to Palestinians from the dawn of Zionism to this day, incessantly, is one of the greatest abuses in history. Anyone not recognizing this - and that includes most Israelis - apparently has no conscience" (Gideon Levy).

"The Freedom Theatre draws its inspiration from a unique project, 'Care and Learning', which used theatre and art to address the chronic fear, depression and trauma experienced by children in Jenin Refugee Camp."

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Contents:

Actions and Calls -- Events -- Gaza -- Analyses -- Arts, Culture, Heritage -- Boycott -- Current Affairs -- EU-UK-US -- Israel -- Palestine -- Resources -- Videos

Actions & Calls:

"ACOD-VRT: steun de boycot Eurovision in Israël" (Wies Descheemaeker, DWM, 29 nov):

Een trieste verjaardag. 71 jaar geleden beslisten de VN over een opsplitsing van Palestina. De tweestatenoplossing draaide na een gefaald vredesproces uit in de apartheidsstaat Israël. Dat land wil volgend jaar het Eurovisiesongfestival ontvangen als windowdressing. ACOD-VRT roept op tot een boycot van deze propagandastunt die de schending van mensenrechten wil toedekken: die van de Palestijnen én die van ons.


"Tell CNN: Reinstate Marc Lamont Hill. Advocating for Palestinian Rights is not Antisemitic" (IfNotNow, petition):

We are demanding that CNN reinstate Marc Lamont Hill because advocating for Palestinian rights should NOT be a fireable offense. In supporting Palestinian freedom, Marc Lamont-Hill was in no way being anti-semitic. [Marc Lamont Hill was one of the speakers invited by the UN on the special meeting held by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on 28 November to observe the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People].


" Publiez la base de données des Nations Unies sur les entreprises impliquées dans la colonisation ! " (Assoc. belgo-palestinienne, 3 déc):

Dans une lettre ouverte adressée au Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme 100 organisations, dont plusieurs ONG belges, demandent la publication immédiate d'une base de données des entreprises actives dans les colonies israéliennes.


Palestinian BDS National Committee:

The Palestinian BDS National Committee is the broadest Palestinian civil society coalition that works to lead and support the BDS movement for Palestinian rights. Increasingly, international artists are refusing to help cover-up or "art-wash" Israel's criminal treatment of Palestinians and are responding to our call to respect the Palestinian picket line against Israeli apartheid. With your support, we can reach more artists in 2019. Please donate to our year-end fundraiser.


"B'Tselem and Al-Haq receive 2018 Human Rights Award of the French Republic" (B'Tselem, Dec 10):

B'Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad at French Republic 2018 Human Rights Award ceremony: "Hysterical Israeli government response illustrates reality of propaganda, lies, and threats B'Tselem operates in; we will act with determination to end the occupation... The occupation, in and of itself, is organized, prolonged, state violence, which brings about dispossession, killings, and oppression. All branches of the state are part of it: ministers and judges, officers and planners, parliamentarians and bureaucrats." 


"Open letter of Israeli academics and artists warning against equating anti-Zionism with Antisemitism, and against giving Israel immunity for grave violations of human rights and international law" (20 Nov, pdf, 5p., with list of the endorsers).

Ahmad Sa'adat: "Palestine will be freed by the people, not the elites" (Samidoun, Nov 11):

Interview with imprisoned Palestinian leftist leader, Ahmad Sa'adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Sa'adat has been imprisoned in Israeli prison since 2006, when he was seized along with several comrades in a violent Israeli attack on the Palestinian Authority's Jericho prison.


Jan Tervoort, "Excuses van het CIDI voor anti-palestinisme" (The Rights Forum, 10 dec):

Anti-palestinisme is een vorm van racisme specifiek gericht tegen het Palestijnse volk. Het structureel demoniseren van Palestijnen is een standaard wapen van de Israël-lobby. Hoewel het een duidelijk politiek doel heeft, gaat het uiteindelijk een eigen leven leiden. Vorige week bood CIDI-directeur Hanna Luden voor het eerst excuses aan voor deze vorm van racisme.


"Ashrawi urges EBU not to broadcast Eurovision in Israeli settlements" (Ma'an News Agency, Nov 30):

PLO Executive Committee Member, Hanan Ashrawi, called upon the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to respect the Palestinian people's rights by not broadcasting any Eurovision Song Contest events in Israel's illegal settlements. 


"Gent neemt mensenrechten op als 'rode draad'(Ludo De Brabander, Vrede.be, 20 nov):

Op 19/11 is de motie van het burgerinitiatief 'Gent Vrij van Israëlische Apartheid' opnieuw besproken. De partijen sp.a, Groen, Open-VLD en CD&V dienden een alternatieve tekst in die vervolgens is goedgekeurd. Het GAPP is alvast "verheugd dat de grote lijnen van de motie werden behouden en reeds deels concreet werden uitgewerkt", zij het dat een paar principes in de 'alternatieve tekst van de stad' gesneuveld zijn.


"Zakendoen met Israël: moreel verantwoord?" (Palestina Solidariteit, 5 dec):

Donderdag 6 december organiseert Voka Vlaams-Brabant in samenwerking met Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT) een seminarie te Vilvoorde waarbij men de zakelijke opportuniteiten die Israël te bieden heeft naar voren schuift. 


Events:

# London, 11 Dec - 22 Dec: "London launch celebrates history of Palestinian embroidery". Venue: P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton St, Kings Cross, London NW1 1JD.

Hundreds of people gathered today to attend the London launch of the Palestinian History Tapestry Project (PHT), an exhibition celebrating the history of Palestine as told by Palestinians themselves. Embroidered by 36 Palestinian women living across the Middle East, the tapestry is composed of 80 panels, each of which depicts a different period of Palestinian history.


# Bruxelles, 20 déc @ 19 h 30: "Al Nakba". La projection (50') sera suivie d'un débat (30') avec la réalisatrice palestinienne Rawan Aldhamen. Modératrice : Mirna Nabhan (réalisatrice belgo-syrienne). Où : Galerie de la Reine 26, 1000 Brx, Cinéma des Galeries. Coût : 3 euros. Contact : Union des Femmes palestiniennes.


# Bruxelles, 22/12/2018: "Zaher II: présentation d'objets de la Palestine. Performance de Pierre Muylle", Chaire Mahmoud Darwich: 15:00 > 16:00 (Français) -- 17:00 > 18:00 (Néerlandais). Lieu: BOZAR, Terarken, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brx. Entrée: 10-8 Euro. 

En 2017, le commissaire et artiste Pierre Muylle a créé une présentation faite d'objets ramenés de différentes villes palestiniennes. Il s'attelle maintenant à une deuxième représentation. Il s'est rendu à Hébron afin de dénicher des objets, rencontrer des gens et recueillir des histoires qui donneront forme au deuxième volet de son projet.


# Nivelles,14 janvier 2019 @ 14 h 30 - 16 h 30:  "La Palestine1948-2018 : la tragédie permanente", conférence par Bichara Khader, prof. ém. Ucl. Où: Place Albert 1er, 1400 Nivelles, Waux Hall. Coût : 6 / 3 / 2 euros.  Conférence de l'antenne interuniversitaire Ucl-Ulb des Aînés à Nivelles.  


Gaza's Chutzpah:

Odeh Bisharat, "The chutzpah of Gaza, refusing to die" (Haaretz, Nov 26):

What hasn't Israel tried from 1948 until today: innumerable rounds of war, innumerable homes demolished, tens of thousands of dead, hundreds of thousands of wounded - and it's all as though it never happened... So perhaps Israel should drop an atomic bomb? Once and for all?


"Palestinian minors killed by Israeli troops at Gaza protests: B'Tselem reports on four cases" (B'Tselem, 27 Nov): 

"Gaza has been under the Israeli blockade ever since Fares was a baby. He witnessed three wars. He didn't have the childhood that other children around the world have. He saw Israeli tanks and heard airstrikes and live gunfire. He grew up with power cuts... On Friday, 5 October 2018, at around 6:00 P.M., a few young guys showed up on my doorstep and told me that Fares had been lightly wounded in the shoulder..." This is how Fatimah a-Sarsawi (43), a married mother of nine, recounted the discovery that her son Fares had been killed,


"Child Wounded in Demonstration Dies from his Injuries; Number of Children Killed now 34" (Al-Mezan, Dec 13):

The Great Return March demonstrations in Gaza, slated to last just six weeks, are in their thirty-seventh week and the Israeli military continues to harm children through the use of apparent unlawful use of force. On 11 December 2018, a child hit with shrapnel days earlier, died from his wounds, according to documentation by Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.


"Israël a blessé 24 000 manifestants à Gaza" (Maureen Clare Murphy, EI, via Agence Médias Palestine, 27 nov): 

Les Palestiniens ont payé un lourd tribut pour leur appel à une vie dans la dignité pendant les manifestations de masse le long de la frontière de Gaza avec Israël ces huit derniers mois.


"En mémoire de Yasser Murtaja, journaliste palestinien assassiné par Israël" (Fadi O Al Naji, Investig'Action, 30 nov):

En août 2017, Al Jazeera a produit un documentaire intitulé " Gaza: survivre à Shujayea ". La plupart des images ont été tournées par Yasser Murtaja, journaliste de Gaza âgé de 30 ans, qui figurait parmi les 10 journalistes pris pour cible par des snipers israéliens depuis le lancement de la Grande Marche du Retour 6 semaines auparavants.


"Gaza: Thousands of people shot during protests require urgent treatment" (DWB/MSF/AZG, Nov 29):

Thousands of people shot by the Israeli army during protests in Gaza this year are overwhelming the Gazan medical system with complex wounds, infections, and disabilities, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders said today.


Todd Pitman, "In Gaza protests, Israeli troops aim for the legs" (AP, Dec 9):

Of the 10,511 protesters treated at hospitals and field clinics so far, at least 6,392, or roughly 60 %, have been struck in the lower limbs, according to Gaza's Health Ministry. At least 5,884 of those casualties were hit by live ammunition; others have been hit by rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters.


Mersiha Gadzo, "'Life is all about trying': Disabled Palestinians defy challenges" (Al Jazeera, 3 Dec):

Some laughed at him, others told him that he wouldn't succeed. But with a strong will and positive attitude, Abdulrahman Abu Rawaa proved them wrong. With just one arm and a leg each, he can easily ride his bike along Gaza's sandy streets.


Donald Macintyre, "'We need more food, not less': US cuts leave Palestinian refugees in crisis" (The Guardian, Dec 7):

The US has decided to end funding, in what Matthias Schmale, UNRWA's Gaza director, called an unprecedented politicisation of aid which risks a "Yemen-style crisis".


Akiva Eldar, "Israel won't apologize for killing daughters of Gaza doctor" (Al-Monitor, Dec 7):

The Beersheba District Court has thrown out a lawsuit brought by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish against the State of Israel. He was suing the government for killing his three daughters and niece 10 years ago, during Operation Cast Lead. The girls were killed when two tank shells hit his home in the town of Jabalia in the Gaza Strip.


'Ludo De Brabander, "Het rechtse opbod rond migratie loopt steeds verder uit de hand" (Knack, 18 dec):

Ludo De Brabander van Vrede vzw reageert op het nieuws dat nu asielzoekers uit de Palestijnse Gazastrook niet meer automatisch erkend worden, minister Maggie De Block (Open VLD) met het idee speelt om de dossiers van reeds erkende vluchtelingen uit die regio te herbekijken en hen mogelijk terug te sturen.


Analysis & Comments:

Marisa Mazria-Katz & Mairav Zonszein, "Israel's War on Culture" (NYRB Daily, March 22, 2018):

Like many in the ruling coalition, the Culture Minister Miri Regev is openly against the establishment of a Palestinian state and has proposed annexing parts of the West Bank. She curries favor well with voters, in part because she fuses her political agenda with her promise to upend the monopoly that Israel's Ashkenazi elite has had on the country's cultural establishment.


Denijal Jegic, "Palestinicide(s)" (Mondoweiss, Dec 11):

While apartheid, military occupation, and even ethnic cleansing, have at times surfaced in mainstream discussions, these phenomena are not Israel's ultimate crimes. They are means to control Palestinian lives and, as such, symptoms of the ongoing Nakba. But they are effectively part of a structure that is rarely verbalized: Israel's genocide of the Palestinian population.


"Insidious colonial strategy" (ISM, Dec 7):

In the area of Salfit, harassment by settlers is a regular occurrence. They come to the villages, often late at night, to graffiti messages of hatred, and also vandalize cars and property. New settlements are being established frequently and are rapidly expanding. Farris is a university teacher living in the village of Kufr al-Dik.


Jonathan Cook: "How Palestinians in Jerusalem are being targeted in a campaign of ethnic cleansing" (The National, Dec 2):

Settlers are coming up with new and increasingly underhand tactics to uproot Palestinians from their homes in and around the Old City. Israel has never hidden its ambition to seize control of East Jerusalem, Palestinian territory it occupied in 1967 and then annexed, as a way of preventing a viable Palestinian state from emerging.


Gideon Levy & Alex Levac, "In the Dead of Night, By Brute Force: Raids in West Bank show how occupation becomes routine" (Haaretz, Dec 8):

There's barely a Palestinian family that isn't familiar with this practice. Israelis don't get abducted from their homes. This is a feature of the apartheid system.


Asa Winstanley, "Neo-Nazis push Israel's bogus anti-Semitism definition at EU" (EI, 7 Dec):

A new EU declaration could make it harder to criticize Israel as a racist state without being dubbed an anti-Semite. Politicians in Brussels on Thursday rubber-stamped the document. The declaration asks all EU governments to "endorse the non-legally binding working definition of anti-Semitism employed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance."


Emmaia Gelman, "Neturei Karta's long history of solidarity with Palestinians is subject of upcoming documentary" (Mondoweiss, Dec 3):

The orthodox anti-Zionist group Neturei Karta is often kept at arms length by the left because of its socially conservative views. Filmmaker Heather Tenzer reached out to Neturei Karta for her upcoming documentary, "The Rabbis' Intifada", and shows how the group has been able to build bridges with conservative religious Muslims, thereby offering a challenge to our ideas about activism.


Rima Najjar, "Why Oranges Stick in My Throat" (The Palestine Chronicle, April 27):

In the 1930s the Jewish painter Nahum Gutman painted a picture of the area between the Old Mosque in Jaffa and Tel Aviv as if it were empty, nothing but sand. He erased the Arab houses that were there from his vision, exemplifying the Zionist concept of an empty land, ignoring the Palestinians who actually lived there.


Arts, Culture & Heritage:

Allison Kaplan Sommer, "Arab village near Nazareth 'celebrates its destruction' right in the ruins" (Haaretz, Dec 7):

The "Zochrot 48mm Film Festival From Nakba to Return" (from 08/12/2018 to: 15/12/2018) is showing Michel Khleifi's film "Ma'aloul Celebrates Its Destruction" exactly where the houses stood before the 1948 war. The festival aims to "bring together cinematic works dealing with the Nakba and the return of Palestinian refugees." Khleifi's films cast a harshly critical eye on Israel while humanizing Palestinians on the world stage. Haaretz spoke to him by phone.


"Memorial to Palestinian writer in Acre removed due to pressure by Israeli minister" (Jack Khoury, Haaretz, Dec 20):

Interior Minister Arye Dery wielded pressure in Acre, to rid the seaside city of a memorial to the Palestinian author and playwright Ghassan Kanafani, a week after the prime minister and interior minister intervened to foil the appointment of the Israeli Arab Raja Zaatry as deputy mayor of Haifa.


Jan Chalmers, "Radical Objects: The Palestinian Tapestry: A People's History" (History Workshop, 20 Oct 2014):

Following in the tradition of the Bayeux Tapestry, the Keiskamma History Tapestry  and the Great Tapestry of Scotland, the Palestinian History Tapestry aims to tell and preserve the story of the Palestinian people, their livelihoods and traditions, and their struggle under colonial rule and Israeli occupation. Visit its website.


Dareen Tatour, in conversation with Einat Weizman: "The role of art and intellectual diversity against the 'loyalty in culture' bill" (Mondoweiss, Nov 29):

Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour and Israeli playwright and actress Einat Weizman in conversation, as the Knesset passes the first round of a bill that will censor artworks deemed disloyal to Israel.


"Meet the Palestinian rocker writing love songs and protest anthems" (Eloise Blondiau, in: America - The Jesuit Review, Nov 29):

When she is on stage, Rasha Nahas's wiry frame splays like a bird on the cusp of take off, her swoop of curls falling forward. "Myself, I am a desert torn," the 22-year-old singer-songwriter declares, accompanied by her electric guitar. "I was born on a mountain by the sea."


"Palestinians pay giant homage to keffiyeh" (Ahmad Melhem, Al-Monitor, Dec 6):

Palestinians have long sported the checkered black-and-white keffiyeh with pride as a symbol of Palestinian nationalism. This emblem of heritage and rebellion, also used by other countries in the region - from Iraq to Turkey - has inspired poems, songs, political slogans, cartoons and even high fashion.


Lucas Catherine, "Onder Israël ligt Palestina en onder Tel Aviv ligt Jaffa" (Salon van Sisyphus, 20 dec):

Over Witte en Zwarte steden. Tijdens de kolonisatie heeft Europa zijn cultuur opgedrongen aan de landen en volkeren die het overheerste. Dat is ook te merken aan de koloniale architectuur. Europa exporteerde zijn toenmalige architectuur naar Afrika en het Midden-Oosten. 


"The mysterious fate of an ancient Apollo statue pulled from Gaza's sea" (Nir Hasson, Haaretz, Dec 12): 

Discovered (in August 2013) by a local fisherman, Jouda Ghurab, the statue garnered world renown before being confiscated by Hamas. In May, the Swiss documentary filmmaker Nicolas Wadimoff and his partner, Beatrice Guelpa, came to Gaza to investigate the statue's origins and its fate. The film they produced, "The Apollo of Gaza," will be screened as part of the "Zochrot 48mm Film Festival From Nakba to Return"The film raises fascinating questions on the origins and fate of the sculpture. "We tried to make the people remember what Gaza was and therefore what Gaza could be again ... a crossroad of civilization in one of the most beautiful places in the world."


"Will Neolithic West Bank mask spark modern-day culture war?" (Ilan Ben Zion, Al-Monitor, Nov 30):

One of the world's oldest masks, dating to the dawn of the agricultural revolution thousands of years ago, was recently discovered in the West Bank. It already stands to elicit legal challenges should it eventually go on public display in Israel. International law prohibits occupying powers from the "illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property" from territories under their control.


Boycott:

"Israëllobby VS: "Culturele boycot BDS werkt en neemt toe" (Lode Vanoost, De Wereld Morgen, 17 dec):

De organisatie Creative Community for Peace (CCFP), een in Los Angeles gevestigde ngo die zich richt op de entertainmentindustrie, stelt in een geheim rapport vast dat de culturele boycot van de BDS-beweging een veel diepere impact heeft dan oorspronkelijk was gevreesd. 


"Israeli Government-Linked Creative Community for Peace's Confidential Report #CCFPfraud" (PACBI, Dec 6):

The BDS movement for Palestinian rights continues to make long strides in effectively challenging Israel's regime of occupation and apartheid. Front group for Israel lobby organization StandWithUs admits: "The cultural boycott movement is constantly growing and changing, developing new and innovative tactics to reach artists". Read and share their report.


"Belgian City Votes to Ban Contracts with Companies that Violate Human Rights" (IMEMC News, Dec 10):

Last month, the City Council in Ghent, Belgium, voted to ban companies involved in human rights violations from doing business with the the city. Palestinian solidarity activists with the group Ghent Action Platform Palestine (GAPP) were the driving force behind this vote.


BDS Oldenburg: "Oldenburg Court, Germany rules: Public Advocacy for BDS is part of the Protected Fundamental Rights" (Dec 7):

The Administrative Court-Oldenburg, Germany, confirms: Public Advocacy for BDS is part of the Protected Fundamental Rights to Freedom of Expression and Assembly. In May 2016, the City of Oldenburg had prevented the public lecture "BDS - the Palestinian human rights campaign presenting itself" from going ahead.


"Chilean Congress Votes to Ban Products From Illegal Israeli Settlements" (BDS, Nov 29):

With an overwhelming majority, the National Congress of Chile approved a resolution demanding the government "forbid the entry of products manufactured and coming from Israeli colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory." The resolution had 99 votes in favor and only 7 against.


"Defeat for Israeli lobby, Victory for Freedom of Expression & Palestine Solidarity" (BDS South Africa, Dec 7):

Press Statement: BDS South Africa, joins other progressive organisations and trade unions in welcoming South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal's ruling that has cleared the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and its International Relations Secretary from false accusations of anti-Semitism and hate speech. 


"Airbnb drops Israeli settlements from listings" (Nora Barrows-Friedman, EI, 19 Nov):

In a major win for the BDS campaign, Airbnb, the popular vacation home rental website, announced on Monday it will remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. But the announcement does not appear to include Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, which under international law is part of the occupied West Bank conquered by Israel in 1967.


17/12/2018: "Airbnb says it suspends implementation of West Bank settlement ban" (Noa Landau, Haaretz, Dec 17):

"Our policy will not be implemented," the company said in Hebrew statement following a meeting with Israeli tourism minister, adding it will continue negotiations with the Israeli government. Following the release of the Hebrew-language statement, Airbnb told Haaretz that it was "released in error" by staff in Israel.


"New York University student government adopts BDS-inspired divestment resolution" (Middle East Monitor, Dec 7):

The NYU Student Government Assembly passed a divestment resolution inspired by the BDS movement last night, in what campaigners hailed as "the first resolution of this nature ever to be presented at NYU".


"BDS victory: Two U.S. Police Departments Drop Out of Training Program With Israel" (Amir Tibon , Haaretz via IAK, Dec 2):

This is the first time in the ADL program's two-decade-long history that public pressure by a coalition of progressive organisations, including a number of groups affiliated with the BDS movement, led police departments to pull out.


"This is What Solidarity Looks Like: Major BDS Victories in 2018" (teleSur, Nov 29):

Four decades ago, in 1977, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) named Nov. 29 as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. While world leaders show symbolic solidarity with Palestine, the BDS movement is shaking the Israeli occupation one win at a time.


Michelle Goldberg, "Anti-Zionism Isn't the Same as Anti-Semitism" (The New York Times, Dec 7):

American Jews have nothing to fear from the new congressional critics of Israel. On Monday, in an interview with The Intercept, Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat who in November became the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress, went public with her support for the BDS movement.


Current Affairs:

"Sent to prison for trespassing on his own land" (Oren Ziv +972, Dec 11):

Before heading to prison for rebuilding and staying on his land, the village's leader says he knows justice is on his side."I have a good feeling I'll be in prison alongside Netanyahu," Sheikh Sayeh Abu Madi'am jokes, sitting in a tent in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al-Arâqib, which Israeli authorities have demolished well over 100 times - 136 times, to be exact.


"Army Invades Al-Quds University, Confiscates Surveillance Recordings And Causes Damage" (IMEMC, Dec 12):

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, the campus of Al-Quds University in Abu Dis town, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and searched it, causing excessive property damage, in addition to confiscating surveillance equipment and recordings. The WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported that the soldiers damaged many doors, desks and offices, especially while searching rooms of various student blocks.


Yotam Berger, "Israeli Army Denied Soldiers Threw Gas Canister Into Hebron School. Then a Video Surfaced" (Haaretz, via IAK, Dec 6):

The IDF said their army doesn't launch stun grenades or tear gas into Palestinian schools, but after a video surfaced it altered its response, blaming "the wind." An Israeli soldier was filmed shooting tear gas into a Palestinian school in Hebron during school hours, despite military denials.


"After School in Hebron, A Journal - 6 boys detained by Israeli forces in 2 Days" (ISM, Dec 5):

For two days running, Israeli occupation soldiers and Border Police ambushed young children aged 10-14 years after school in Hebron. Tuesday, 2 boys were detained at Salaymeh checkpoint after being ambushed by a group of soldiers sneaking around in gardens and through a garage before bursting out behind the boys who were standing in a driveway.


"Israëlische leger sloopt opnieuw een Palestijnse school in bezet gebied" (The Rights Forum, 6 dec):

De school zou eind deze week open gaan, maar zover kwam het niet. Woensdagochtend sloopten Israëlische militairen de splinternieuwe basisschool in het dorp Al-Simiya, gelegen ten zuiden van Al-Khalil (Hebron) op de door Israël bezette Westelijke Jordaanoever. 


"Israëlische militairen schieten geestelijk gehandicapte Palestijn dood" (The Rights Forum, 5 dec): Een inval van Israëlische bezettingstroepen in de stad Tulkarm [Zone A!] kostte de 22-jarige Muhammad Ihbali het leven. De geestelijk gehandicapte man was op weg naar huis toen hij met twee kogels werd gedood.

"New Footage Strengthens Palestinian Claims That Israeli Soldiers Shot Palestinian Who Wasn't Protesting" (Yotam Berger, Haaretz, Dec 11): Videos published by B'Tselem show Mohammad Khossam Khabali walking away from soldiers, assisted by a cane, before falling to the ground. He was fired at despite the fact that he did not attend a protest or a riot in the area.The footage doesn't show any riots or demonstrations whatsoever. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry called the incident a part of the ongoing executions of young Palestinians by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.


"Israeli settlers, with IDF complicity, have destroyed 800,000 olive trees since 1967" (IMEMC via IAK, Nov 28):

Palestinians who rely on olive harvests for their livelihood have been terrorized by Israeli settlers since the beginning of the occupation in 1967. Settlers - often guarded or assisted by Israeli military - destroy trees and equipment, steal large quantities of olives, kill livestock, and attack Palestinian farmers.


"Israel raids Palestinian news agency, detains journalist in the West Bank" (Committee to Protect Journalists, Dec 10):

The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern at today's raid on the offices of the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA) by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Ramallah and the detention of Al-Quds News Network writer and Quds Radio Tulkarm correspondent Sameh Manasra by Israeli authorities.


"Israel Occupying Force (IOF) Dawn Raids in the Dheisheh Camp, south of Bethlehem" (Al-Haq, July 5):

The IOF frequently conduct raids on the homes of Palestinian families without obtaining a warrant or providing notice. The raids are conducted late at night or in the early morning, usually when the occupants are asleep. Israel performs the raids, in part, to ensure its subjugation of the Palestinian population and as a method of social control.


"Israeli Navy Abducts Two Palestinian Fishermen In Rafah" (IMEMC, Dec 10):

Israeli navy ships attacked, Monday, Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters, near Rafah, in the southern part of the coastal region, and abducted two fishermen. Media sources in Gaza said the soldiers fired many live rounds at the boats, and used water cannons, while the fishermen were only four nautical miles from the shore.


"Israel releases youngest Palestinian prisoners after 3-year imprisonment" (MEMo, Nov 30):

2 Palestinian minors from occupied East Jerusalem were released from Israeli jails yesterday after serving 3 years in Israeli juvenile detention centres. Occupation forces released 15-year-old Ahmad Raed Zaatari and Shadi Anwar Farrah who had been convicted of "possessing sharp tools and endangering public security".


"The ethnic cleansing of Palestine continues in Fasayil" (International Solidarity Movement, 5 Dec):

The ethnic cleansing of Palestine continues. Dunum by dunum, village by village, house by house, the people of Palestine face a slow, systematic genocide in their homeland. Two houses were demolished in the south of the Jordan Valley, in the village of Fasayil, on Sunday morning. The Israeli government did not issue a warning.


Oren Ziv, "After a decade, evictions set to return in Sheikh Jarrah" (+972, Dec 3):

Residents of Sheikh Jarrah are bracing for a new wave of evictions, ten years after Israeli settlers attempted to take over Palestinian homes in the embattled East Jerusalem neighborhood. 


EU-UK-US:

Gideon Levy Tells It Like It Is: "In U.S. media, Israel is untouchable" (Haaretz via If Americans Knew, Dec 2): "How is it that an Israeli newspaper can publish this, but in the US, CNN is required to fire Marc Lamont Hill?" (IAK)

You can attack the Palestinians in America uninterrupted, call to expel them and deny their existence. Just don't dare say a bad word about Israel, the holy of holies, the country that exists above suspicion. And the height of chutzpah? Israel and the Jewish establishment keep on accusing the media, including CNN, of being slanderers of Israel.


Jonathan Cook: "From Marc Lamont Hill to the Quakers, no criticism of Israel is allowed" (Middle East Eye, Dec 7):

What all three cases illustrate is how the definition of anti-semitism is being rapidly expanded to encompass even extremely limited forms of criticism of Israel and support for Palestinian rights. This redefinition is occurring at a time when Israel is led by the most intransigent and ultra-nationalist government in its history.


Alex Kane & Lee Fang, "Rejecting Israel Lobby's Influence Over Congress, Rashida Tlaib Plans to Lead Delegation to Palestine"