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BACBI

Cultural Newsletter N° 39 (January 2019)

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Painting by Maher Naji
(Palestine Museum US, Woodbridge, Connecticut)

After his family fled from northern Sawafer village, Maher Naji was born in 1963 in Jabalaya refugee camp, where he completed his primary and secondary education. He went to Russia in 1983, where he earned a B.Sc. in art and a Ph.D. in architecture at the Baron Stieglitz Academy of Art and Architecture in St. Petersburg. During his stay in Russia, Naji participated in numerous art exhibitions. Since returning to Gaza in 1994, Naji has continued his career as an artist, exhibiting his paintings at various art festivals, galleries, and other venues.

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Contents:

Actions and Calls -- Agenda -- Analyses -- Arts, Culture, Heritage -- BDS -- Current Affairs -- EU-US -- Gaza -- Israel -- Occupation -- Resources -- Videos

Actions & Calls:

N'oublions pas Mustapha ! Ecrivons-lui une carte, une lettre pour rompre son isolement !

Notre ami Mustapha Awad a passé par des semaines d'interrogatoires sévères, immanquablement accompagnés de torture. Il est emprisonné dans les conditions sévères d'une prison de sécurité. Ecrivez à Mustapha ! Vos cartes, vos lettres passeront évidemment par la censure israélienne, mais sachez qu'elles seront d'un grand réconfort pour Mustapha. Adresse postale: "Prison of Gilboa, To the attention of Mr. Mustapha AWAD, P.O.B.65 Gilboa, State of Israel".


Sponsor een Olijfboom!

Sponsor een olijfboom! Je kunt een boom in Palestina in jouw naam of in naam van een vriend(in) laten planten door dit formulier in te vullen. Je sponsort een boom voor 20 euro. 
In de eerste twee weken van 2019 kregen verschillende Palestijnse boeren alweer te maken met vernielingen door het IDF of kolonisten. Zo werden er bij verschillende boeren in totaal meer dan tachtig olijfbomen ontworteld of vernield; meer dan 1.000 jonge boompjes kapotgemaakt of gestolen door kolonisten.


" Du 15 au 22 janvier : Semaine internationale d'actions pour la libération d'Ahmad Saadat! " (Samidoun via Pour la Palestine, 28 déc 2018):

Nous commémorons le 10e anniversaire de la condamnation par Israël du dirigeant de gauche, leader international de la libération palestinienne, Ahmad Sa'adat, secrétaire général du Front Populaire de Libération de la Palestine (FPLP). Nous vous invitons à vous joindre à nous pour la Semaine Internationale d'Action pour la libération d'Ahmad Saadad et de tous les prisonniers palestiniens du 15 au 22 janvier 2019!


"Europe, Don't Join Pompeo's War on Iran!" Petition CODEPINK: Sign here please!

"Dear Representatives of the EU, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced that the US and Poland will jointly host a ministerial meeting on the Middle East in Warsaw on February 13-14. The aim of the conference will be to set the stage for an unnecessary conflict with Iran."


Call on members of the European Broadcasting Union to withdraw from the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

We, the undersigned residents of Europe and beyond, call on members of the European Broadcasting Union -- our public broadcasters -- to withdraw from the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Israel, to avoid being complicit in Israel's ongoing violations of Palestinian human rights.


"Les Palestiniens de Gaza otages de l'obsession anti-migrants" (Abp, 19 déc 2018):

Cdp de l'Ass. belgo-palestinienne: Les Palestiniens ne bénéficieront visiblement pas du retour du coeur annoncé dans la gestion de la problématique des réfugiés. C'est ainsi qu'on apprenait, le mardi 18 déc, que la Ministre Maggie De Block (Open VLD), nouvellement en charge de l'asile et de l'immigration, entendait réévaluer le dossier des ressortissants de la bande de Gaza.


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

6 december organiseer(de) Voka Vlaams-Brabant ism Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT) een seminarie in Vilvoorde waarbijde zakelijke opportuniteiten die Israël te bieden heeft naar voren werden geschoven. Voor verdere info: Koen.


Agenda:

# Brussel, 26 januari: Nieuwjaarsreceptie Palestina Solidariteit:

Graag nodigen we jullie uit op onze nieuwjaarsreceptie van zaterdag 26 januari om 17 u. op het secretariaat van Palestina Solidariteit in de Vierwindenstraat 60 te 1080 Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. Kom mee met ons het nieuwe jaar vieren bij een hapje en een drankje.


# Bruxelles, 1er février @ 20h15: [Conférence-débat] Jean-Pierre Filiu : " Main basse sur Israël. Netanyahou et la fin du rêve sioniste. " Modérateur: Michel Staszewski. Org.: UPJB, Rue de la Victoire 61 - 1060 Brx. Tél. 02/537.82.45, email: info@upjb.be. Tarifs: 6 - 4 euro (membres) -2 euro (réduit).
Israël vivra en 2019 des élections d'une importance capitale. Les pères fondateurs du sionisme auraient pourtant bien de la peine à se retrouver dans l'actualité israélienne, marquée par les scandales à répétition et des polémiques d'une brutalité inouïe.


# Brussel-Antwerpen, 28 jan - 30 mei: "De Verdwenen Dorpen van Palestina - Expo Johan Depoortere." Van 28 januari tot 30 april in de gebouwen van de VRT, van 6 tot 30 mei in De Markten in Brussel en in De Groene Waterman in Antwerpen. Op 26 maart organiseren we een publiek bezoek in de VRT, inclusief een rondleiding achter de schermen van de openbare omroep. Inschrijven kan via acod@vrt.be.  Voor de brochure bij de expo (11blz., pdf): klik hier!

In mei zullen de camera's op Eurovision 2019 in Israël gericht zijn. Dat festival zal zich letterlijk voltrekken bovenop de ruïnes van de verdwenen Palestijnse dorpen. Uit internationale solidariteit steunen we de boycot tegen deze propagandacultuur die de schending van mensenrechten wilt toedekken. Met een fototentoonstelling van journalist Johan Depoortere brengen we de misdaad voor het voetlicht die het Eurovisiesongfestival als feestelijk rookgordijn aan onze blik wilt onttrekken.


# Call Out: The 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week, March 18th - April 8th 2019: 

The 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week of actions will take place all around the world between March 18th and April 8th 2019 under the theme "Stop Arming Colonialism". IAW is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel's apartheid regime over the Palestinian people and build support for the growing BDS movement.


Analysis & Comments:

Haidar Eid, "New Year Reflections from Gaza" (The Palestine Chronicle, Jan 3, 2019):

The great Italian, Marxist thinker Antonio Gramsci wrote about the reasons why he did not celebrate the coming of the new year from a critical perspective. He also wrote very eloquently about the pessimism of the intellect and the optimism of the well.


Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man, "The Israeli and Palestinian grassroots movements that won 2018" (+972, Dec 31, 2018):

+972 Magazine's story of the year for 2018 is the protest movements that managed to beat the odds by forcing governments to revisit and even change their policies. The story of African refugees stopping their deportation from Israel, and Gazans using popular protests to make sure the world doesn't forget about them.


Ben White, "Israeli occupation: More of the same in 2019" (Middle East Eye, Dec 25, 2018):

Barring, of course, an unexpected development, the status quo is likely to prevail - which means more occupation and periodic, but limited, escalations. And all the while, the Israeli government will assure us that there is no partner for peace, the Palestinians teach their children to hate, and that to even dare breathe the word "apartheid" is nothing but an antisemitic lie.


Haidar Eid, "One state for all: The only alternative to Israeli apartheid" (Middle East Eye, Dec 3, 2018):

The establishment of a sovereign, independent Palestinian state on 1967 borders has become unfeasible, largely thanks to Israel's policy of settlement expansion and its apartheid wall. There are lessons to be learned from the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.


Arts, Culture & Heritage:

The Freedom Theatre: "Us Too ... Women of Palestine" (Ramallah, Jan 19):

The Freedom Theatre, in collaboration with Mustakbalna (Our Future), is thrilled to present "Us Too ... Women of Palestine." An original production and urgent protest inspired by Aeschylus's play "The Suppliant Women" and performed by women from across Palestine. Directed by Zoe Delemere Lafferty and Ahmed Tobasi with an all-female cast, this production is a juxtaposition of the original text, as well as powerful personal stories of harassment, fights to be educated, a choice in marriage, and dreams of determining their own futures. We would like to formally invite you to our Ramallah show, which will be performed at Ashtar for Theatre Production and Training, January 19 at 12pm.


Ben White, "Amos Oz : le mythe tenace du sioniste libéral" (Middle East Eye v. française, 1 janvier 2019):

Longtemps marginalisée en Israël par une droite nationaliste en plein essor, la dénommée " gauche sioniste " a conservé une influence morale et intellectuelle de premier plan à l'étranger. L'écrivain Amos Oz, décédé le 28 décembre dernier à l'âge de 79 ans, était peut-être l'incarnation la plus connue de ce courant politique.


Yoav Haifawi, "Palestinian jailed for poems appeals conviction" (+972, Jan 4, 2019):

Dareen Tatour was convicted of incitement to violence and support for terrorism in her poetry. Rescinding the charges won't exonerate her completely, but it would allow her to continue writing. In ordinary trials, after a defendant has finished serving the sentence, one can safely assume that the legal drama is over.


Mousa Tawfiq, "Slaughter of Gaza family reverberates 10 years later" (EI, 3 Jan 2019):

On 3 January, 10 years ago, the ground invasion stage of Israel's 2008-2009 assault on Gaza began. As with much else during what is known as Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli army exploited its massive military advantage to the full. Palestinians in Gaza paid a devastating price. Among them, few suffered more than the Samouni family. [video trailer film "Samouni Road" by Stefano Savona: below].


Zena Tahhan, " La broderie n'est pas réservée aux femmes : le passe-temps interdit des prisonniers palestiniens " (MEE, Dec 28, 2018):

L’art de la broderie procurait un peu de joie aux prisonniers palestiniens et à leurs familles, mais les autorités israéliennes ont de plus en plus limité sa pratique au sein des prisons.


"Rashida Tlaib wears a Palestinian dress to be sworn into Congress and inspires #TweetYourThobe" (Allison Deger, Mondoweiss, Jan 3, 2019):

Palestinian-American congresswoman Rashida Tlaib from Michigan was sworn into Congress today wearing a traditional embroidered Palestinian dress known as a 'thobe', inspiring many to post images of themselves and relatives to social media wearing similar dresses.


"3D maps in Beirut tell story of Nakba" (Sam Brennan, Al-Monitor, Jan 14, 2019):

BEIRUT - A "National Monument" exhibition in Beirut presents the changing map of Palestine after the Nakba. 32 plywood boxes are meticulously positioned on the floor of Beirut's Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, forming a map of Palestine. On top of each box is a detailed carving of the largest 22 cities in the region.


Nir Hasson, "Israel displays archaeological finds looted from West Bank" (Haaretz, Jan 1, 2019):

A model temple with a bull's head inside, Bronze Age pottery and Byzantine lamps - all were looted somewhere in the West Bank, all were recovered by the authorities, and are all now on display at the Bible Lands Museum in the first-ever exhibition of stolen antiquities in Israel.


Ariel David, "1,200-year-old Islamic-period town found in Israel, but you will never see it" (Haaretz, Jan 6, 2019):

Archaeologists digging in central Israel have uncovered the remains of a prosperous rural town from the early Islamic period. They unearthed luxurious homes decorated with mosaics and arches, plastered water cisterns, and once-bustling oil presses and glass workshops from about a thousand years ago...


BDS :

"18 Highlights of BDS Impact in 2018" (Palestine BDS National Committee):

Here are 18 highlights of direct and indirect impact from 2018. We celebrate the extraordinary strides  the BDS movement for Palestinian rights has made with your support. We are exposing Israel's crimes and apartheid policies and building pressure to end them. Please to help us do more in the year ahead.


Nora Barrows-Friedman, "How did the Israel boycott campaign grow in 2018?" (Europal Forum, Jan 10, 2019):

The year 2018 was one of victories by human rights activists despite heavy pressure, attacks and propaganda efforts by Israel and its lobby groups to whitewash its image. Starting off the year, it was revealed that US President Donald Trump's alliance with white supremacist groups and anti-Semitic figures has pushed support for Israel to a low point, especially among young American Jews.


"Europe's largest bank to divest from Israeli defense contractor following BDS campaign" (Haaretz, Dec 29, 2018):

Britain-based HSBC informed campaigners it has completely liquidated its holdings in Elbit Systems, which 'sells weapons to the Israeli military used in attacks on Palestinians."


Nada Elia, "Beyond free speech" (Mondoweiss, Jan 14, 2019):

The fight to block the criminalization of BDS should go beyond the focus on making it a matter of American freedom of expression, and American citizens' constitutional rights. It is a matter of solidarity with an oppressed people, suffering under brutal occupation, a genocidal siege, and apartheid.


"The BDS Movement Salutes Angela Davis" (IMEMC News, Jan 10, 2019):

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a founding member of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights, salutes Angela Davis for her lifelong struggle for justice and expresses its full solidarity with her.


"BDS-backing artist asked Haifa museum to remove his controversial 'McJesus' sculpture" (Naama Riba, Haaretz, Jan 14, 2019):

Finnish artist Jani Leinonen, creator of the “McJesus” artwork on display in the Haifa Museum of Art, which belatedly triggered protests by hundreds of Christians last week, had asked the museum to remove the piece in September because he had joined the BDS movement.


Current Affairs:

Adri Nieuwhof, "Netanyahu challenger Benny Gantz faces Dutch war crimes case" (The Electronic Intifada, 14 Jan 2019):

Benny Gantz is seen as the main contender to unseat Netanyahu in the upcoming elections. But the former army chief is currently being sued in the Netherlands for bombing the home of the Ziada family during Israel's 2014 onslaught in Gaza. An airstrike destroyed the house in the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza on 20 July, killing 6 members of the Ziada family and a seventh person who was visiting at the time.


"Government bans Israeli produce in Palestinian markets" (Ma'an News Agency, Dec 27, 2018):

The Palestinian government decided to ban the entry of Israeli vegetables, fruits and poultry into Palestinian markets. The Palestinian cabinet made the decision during its weekly meeting in Ramallah City, in the central occupied West Bank. The decision comes after Israel had announced banning Palestinian vegetables, druits and poultry in its markets.


EU-US:

"Amerikaanse vrouw weigert 'niet-boycotverklaring Israël' te tekenen en verliest baan" (The Rights Forum, 24 dec 2019):

In Texas verloor een spraakpathologe haar baan omdat zij weigert te verklaren dat ze Israël niet boycot. Ze beschuldigt de staat van aantasting van haar rechten en schending van de Grondwet. Ook andere getroffen ondernemers en een krant spannen zaken aan tegen de Amerikaanse anti-boycot-wetgeving.


"Rashida Tlaib responds to anti-Semitism accusations" (Haaretz, Jan 9, 2019)

Less than a week into her term as a congresswoman, freshman Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib sparked her second controversy since her inauguration, after tweeting Sunday that people supporting a bill protecting states that penalize Israel boycotters have "forgot what country they represent."


Philip Weiss, "'Israel has never been so divisive in modern political history' - anti-BDS bill fails again in Senate" (Mondoweiss, Jan 11, 2019):

The US Senate bill punishing support for BDS against Israel failed again yesterday. Israel has never been so openly politicized before, and many Democratic supporters are expressing the fear that the issue is going to divide the party leading up to the 2020 election.


Jonathan Weisman, "American Jews and Israeli Jews Are Headed for a Messy Breakup" (The New York Times, Jan 4, 2019):

The events of the past year brought American and Israeli Jews ever closer to a breaking point. President Trump, beloved in Israel and decidedly unloved by a majority of American Jews, moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem, with the evangelical pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress consecrating the ceremony. 


Gaza:

"Israeli forces kill Palestinian man in Gaza protest" (Middle East Eye, Dec 28, 2018):

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man during a demonstration in the Gaza Strip on Friday, as the Great March of Return entered its 40th week. The Gaza ministry of health identified the slain Palestinian as 26-year-old Karam Mohammed Fayyad, saying he had been wounded east of Khan Younis earlier in the day and succumbed to his wounds in the evening. More than 25,000 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli forces since 30 March in Gaza.


"Unseen enemy: Doctors in Gaza battling superbug epicemic" (The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Dec 31, 2018):

Doctors in Gaza and the West Bank warn they are battling an epidemic of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, a growing problem in the world's conflict zones. The scale of the problem was thrown into relief by the scale of violence in Gaza this year, when over 200 were killed and thousands injured, mostly shot in the legs. Fahed Zuhud, 29, is one of the wounded. He was shot in February and the bullet shattered his leg. Rushed to hospital for surgery, his wound became infected and he developed osteomyelitis, infection inside the bone and a serious complication which can often lead to amputation.


"Gaza : 20 manifestants palestiniens blessés par l'armée israélienne" (TRT, 5 janvier 2019):

Vingt Palestiniens ont été blessés par des balles et des grenades à gaz lacrymogène lancées par les soldats israéliens vendredi alors qu'ils participaient à la Marche du Retour près de la frontière Est de la bande de Gaza. 15 des blessés ont été touchés par balles et cinq ambulanciers paramédicaux ont été directement touchés par des grenades lacrymogènes.


"Israël achève la construction d'une barrière de sécurité au large de la bande de Gaza" (Middle East Eye éd. fr., 3 janvier 2019):

L'armée israélienne a presque achevé l'édification d'une barrière de 200 mètres de long constituée de blocs et de béton à la frontière avec la bande de Gaza, a rapporté la chaîne israélienne Channel 10.


Ahmed El-Komi, "Egypt closes crossing to Gaza as Abbas tightens noose" (Al-Monitor, Jan 15, 2019):

GAZA CITY. Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem told Al-Monitor, "The withdrawal of the PA staff is yet another punitive measure imposed by President Abbas on the Gaza Strip that will contribute to increasing the people's suffering and further [serve] to separate Gaza from the homeland."


"Israel suspends Qatari funds transfer to Gaza" (Fatma Abu Esbitan, Anadolu Agency, Jan 7, 2019):

The Israeli government on Monday suspended the transfer of Qatari funds allocated to pay salaries of employees in the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to Israeli television.


Israel:

"Israëlisch parlement stemt tegen gelijke rechten voor alle inwoners" (The Rights Forum, 25 dec 2018):

Deze maand stemde de Knesset in grote meerderheid tegen een wetsvoorstel dat gelijke politieke rechten inhield voor alle burgers, ongeacht hun geloof, etniciteit of sekse. Het voorstel, ingediend door de linkse partij Meretz en met 71 tegen 38 stemmen verworpen, luidde als volgt: "The State of Israel shall maintain equal political rights amongst all its citizens, without any difference between religions, race and sex."


Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man, "Who gets to vote in Israel's democracy" (+972, Jan 3, 2019):

On April 9, 2019, Israel will hold general elections but not everyone living under Israeli rule gets to vote in them. At the end of 2018, the population of Israel was approximately 8,972,000 people. That includes more than 330,000 Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem who do not have Israeli citizenship and thus do not have the right to vote in national elections. It also includes more than 214,000 Jewish Israeli citizens who live in occupied East Jerusalem and more than 435,000 Jewish Israelis who live in the occupied West Bank.


Orly Noy, "Israel's Nation-State Law also discriminates against Mizrahi Jews" (+972, Jan 2, 2019):

Mizrahi academics and activists demand Israel's High Court strike down the Jewish Nation-State Law, saying it erases their cultural legacy and perpetuates injustices against both them and Palestinian citizens of Israel.


"Israel officially withdraws from UNESCO" (Middle East Monitor, Jan 1, 2019):

Israel has officially withdrawn from UN heritage agency UNESCO. In October 2017, Israel said it will quit the UN agency, citing what it described as UNESCO's "bias" toward the Palestinians. The withdrawal decision went into effect on Tuesday.


Occupation:

Seth Herald, "A village under occupation" (The Electronic Intifada, 15 Jan 2019):

For the residents of Issawiyeh, a Palestinian village of some 20,000, surveillance, military raids and building demolitions are a daily reality. Nestled in the hills of East Jerusalem, the village is plagued by poor infrastructure, residents are constantly harassed by the Israeli Border Police and anyone, including children, run the risk of arbitrary arrest.


Sari Bashi, "Israel's truthiness on Palestinian academic freedom" (+972, Jan 13, 2019):

In denying that Israel limits academic freedom in Palestine, the Israeli embassy in Washington seems to forget about the Palestinian students and academics whose movement it restricts. The embassy (also) recently decried as baseless "the accusation that Israel arbitrarily limits the entry of foreign nationals who seek to lecture, teach and attend conferences at Palestinian universities."


Maureen Clare Murphy, "Près de 300 Palestiniens tués et 29.000 blessés en 2018" (Agence Medias Palestine, 29 déc, 2018):

Les forces d'occupation et les colons israéliens ont tué 295 Palestiniens en Cisjordanie et à Gaza  depuis le début de l'année, d'après un groupe de surveillance de l'ONU.


"Israel minister: Bodies of slain Palestinians will not be returned" (Middle East Monitor, Dec 18, 2018):

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked announced on Sunday that bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces would not be returned to their families for burial, Quds Press reported. "It must be clear that the bodies of terrorists will not be returned," Shaked told journalists yesterday, in reference to Palestinians killed at the hands of Israeli occupation forces.


Amira Hass, "In three years, Israeli military courts have fined Palestinians $16 million" (Haaretz, Jan 12, 2019):

The army details how many Palestinians are tried in military court and for what, but does not give the criteria for the scale of its fines or their breakdown. Fines are part of the Palestinians' life under a military regime, and there's no reason the Israeli and Palestinian public shouldn't know how high they are.


"6,489 Palestinians arrested by Israel in 2018" (Qais Abu Samra, AA, Dec 29, 2018):

Israeli forces rounded up 6,489 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip this year, according to official estimates. A total of 1063 minors and 140 women were among those arrested in 2018, the Palestine Liberation Organization's Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs said in a statement on Saturday. Israeli forces detained six lawmakers and 38 journalists in 2018, the commission said. 


"Israel demolished 538 Palestinian homes in 2018" (Qais Abu Samra, AA, Dec 28, 2018):

The Israeli authorities demolished 538 Palestinian homes in 2018, according to an NGO affiliated with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Demolitions left 1,300 Palestinians, including 225 children, homeless.


" Israël approuve des plans de construction de 2.200 logements dans des colonies " (RTBF, 26 déc 2018):

Une commission du ministère israélien de la Défense a approuvé des plans de construction d'environ 2.200 logements dans des colonies de Cisjordanie occupée, a annoncé mercredi le mouvement anti-colonisation israélien " La Paix Maintenant ".


Edo Konrad, "Israel's permit regime isn't about security, it's about segregation" (+972, Jan 9, 2019):

The permit system for Palestinians allows Israel to recruit informants, suppress political activity, and create an opaque system of segregation and control. Just don't say it's about security, says Yael Berda. The image should be familiar to every person with even the slightest bit of knowledge about Palestine.


"Israel opens road dividing Palestinian, Israeli drivers in Jerusalem" (Ma'an News Agency, Jan 10, 2019):

Israel has opened Route 4370 in Jerusalem, in the central occupied West Bank, dividing Palestinian drivers and Israeli settlers. The Haaretz news outlet reported that the highway, which has been called the "Apartheid Road," is divided in the middle by a high wall; the road's western side serves Palestinians who cannot enter Jerusalem, whereas its eastern side serves Israeli settlers. This is the first road to have a wall along its entire length, dividing Palestinian and Israeli drivers, however, the West Bank has many segregated roads.


Michael Schaeffer Omer Man, "Israel spraying herbicides inside Gaza violates int'l law, rights groups say" (+972, Jan 9, 2019):

The Israeli army is continuing to spray dangerous herbicides on agricultural fields inside the Gaza Strip, three years since +972 Magazine first reported on the practice. This week, three Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups sent a letter to Israeli military officials demanding they immediately cease spraying the dangerous chemicals into Gaza.


Gary Libot, " En Palestine, des pierres contre les vols de terres " (orient xxi, janvier 8, 2019):

Début septembre, une dizaine de colons juifs se sont installés en haut d'une colline stratégiquement située à la croisée de plusieurs colonies, en Cisjordanie occupée. Depuis lors, une importante mobilisation se met en place contre l'accaparement de ces terres effectué sous la protection de l'armée israélienne.


"'Death to Arabs' painted, Palestinian olive trees chopped down in West Bank" (Jacob Magid, The Times of Israel, Jan 8, 2019):

Police opened an investigation Tuesday into an apparent hate crime targeting a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank. Residents of Tuwani, in the south Hebron Hills just west of the Israeli outpost of Havat Maon, woke up Tuesday to find 15 olive trees chopped down.


Amos Harel, "Israeli 'Jewish terror' incidents targeting Palestinians tripled in 2018" (Haaretz, Jan 6, 2019):

Last year saw a steep rise in "nationalist crimes," violence and property damage by Jews against Palestinians in the West Bank. As of mid-December, 482 such incidents had been reported, compared to 140 for 2017.


"Israëlische kolonisten richten op grote schaal vernielingen aan" (The Rights Forum, 20 dec 2018):

Vandaag was het raak in Palestijns Oost-Jeruzalem en het Palestijnse dorp Battir, eerder deze week waren tal van andere Palestijnse plaatsen doelwit van vernielingen en aanvallen door Israëlische kolonisten. Ze hebben tot doel de Palestijnse inwoners het leven onmogelijk te maken. De Israëlische autoriteiten treden er zelden tegen op.


"L'expérience de Marie Quirynen dans un camp de réfugiés palestiniens: 'On construit la peur'" (L'Avenir, 4 janvier 2019):

Pendant six mois, Marie Quirynen a fréquenté le camp de réfugiés palestinien Aïda, aux portes de Bethléem. À l'ombre du mur, sous les gaz lacrymogènes, l'expérience vécue par la jeune femme originaire de Marche-en-Famenne s'est avérée particulièrement douloureuse. Mais ô combien enrichissante.


Resources:

Jewish Voice for Peace: "Our Approach to Zionism"

Jewish Voice for Peace is guided by a vision of justice, equality and freedom for all people. We unequivocally oppose Zionism because it is counter to those ideals...


# Carte de la Bande de Gaza (source: Middle East Eye éd. fr.). 

Le territoire palestinien de Gaza est un des lieux les plus surpeuplés au monde. Mais en raison du blocus israélien, quitter l'enclave s'avère difficile voire impossible pour ses habitants.
Population: 1.899.291 - Superficie: 365 km² - Densité de population: 5.203 habitants/km².

Ron Jacobs, "Palestine: The History of a People" (CounterPunch, Jan 11, 2019):

Masalha's "Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History" (Zed Books) is the most comprehensive English language history of Palestine to date. This book is a painstakingly researched and well-documented deconstruction of the myths too many Zionists and their western apologists have convinced the world to be factual history.


Videos:

# "Miko Peled speaks on the Israeli racist occupation of Palestine" (The Palestinian Information Center):
https://www.facebook.com/PalinfoEN/videos/339110580014555
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# "Home Evictions: Continuous Displacement of Palestinians" (The Palestinian Information Center):
https://www.facebook.com/PalinfoEN/videos/2388457331199480/

Bande-annonce SAMOUNI ROAD de Stefano Savona - 7/11/18

The Truth About Israel, Boycotts, and BDS.

"Together for Freedom" (Jewish Voice for Peace)

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