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BACBI

Cultural Newsletter N° 40 (February 2019)

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Mohammad Sabaaneh: "As long as we are under this occupation, and this atrocity, and brutality, I will not do any exhibition with Israeli cartoonist. I will not do any joint event or joint project with any Israeli artist or citizen. Because he is a soldier. Whatever his work -  artist, doctor, engineer, journalist - he served in the IDF, or will serve in the IDF, or serves in the IDF. That means he's a soldier. You cannot separate the Israeli people and say this is army or military forces, and this is citizen or civilian, because all of them served in the IDF" (Mondoweiss, Jan 31, 2019).

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Contents:

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

Actions & Calls:

Vrijspraak Palestijn in Antwerpen! Op 21 feb, 15u Hof van Beroep, Waalse Kaai, Antwerpen Deel de video, deel de folder, steun de kosten van advocaat (bankrekening BE74 0010 1920 8807).


Samidoun call to action: "Save the life of Walid Sharaf!" (Samidoun, Feb 5):

Palestinian prisoner Walid Khaled Sharaf, 25 is suffering from serious illness in Ramle prison clinic. Sharaf is jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention; the order against him was renewed for another six months on 4 Feb on the basis of so-called "secret evidence" despite his deteriorating health condition.


Hebron Freedom Fund: "Keep human rights monitors in Hebron!"

Please, add your name to our letter below calling upon the UN and EU to condemn the expulsion of TIPH ('Temporary International Presence in Hebron', established in 1994, after the Goldstein massacre) and use all methods at their disposal to see that international human rights monitors, activists, and volunteers are able to operate safely in Hebron.


# "Open Brief aan Alexander De Croo, minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking" (12 feb, pdf, 5 blz.).

# "Lettre ouverte à Alexander De Croo, ministre de la Coopération au développement" (14 févr, trad. J-M Flémal, pdf, 6p.).

Voir aussi: "Une nouvelle lettre ouverte au ministre belge Decroo" (Pour la Palestine, trad. Jean-Marie Flémal).

"Minister De Croo, bestraf het geweld van de Israëlische bezetter tegen Palestijnse schoolkinderen" (De Wereld Morgen, 5 feb; ook op Uitpers):

Geachte Vice-eersteminister, enkele maanden geleden, in september 2018, mocht u in uw hoedanigheid van minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking kennisnemen van onze kritische commentaar bij uw beslissing de samenwerking met het Palestijnse ministerie van Onderwijs stop te zetten.


Amnesty International, "Les entreprises de tourisme en ligne doivent se retirer des colonies israéliennes illégales en Palestine occupée" (30 janvier): Signez la pétition en ligne!

Les colonies de peuplement israéliennes sont soutenues par une série d'activités économiques qui contribuent, du même coup, au maintien d'une situation illégale et soutiennent une approche intrinsèquement discriminatoire et abusive qui viole systématiquement les droits de l'homme de la population palestinienne. Cette situation n'empêche pas les plus grandes entreprises de tourisme d'y prendre part.


PÉTITION:  "Tripadvisor doit se retirer des colonies israéliennes!" (Agence Medias Palestine, 6 février):

Un garçon palestinien assis sur un canapé après la démolition le 26 octobre 2016 de l'immeuble appartenant à sa famille, qui, d'après Israël, avait été construit sans permis, à Silwan, un quartier de Jérusalem-Est occupée. Signez la pétition sur le site d'Amnesty International !


"Gaza's 'Edward Said Public Library' needs your support to do even more" (Nadia Elia, Mondoweiss, Jan 28, 2019):

The Edward Said Library is in desperate need of donations in order to be able to continue offering book clubs, English language conversation classes, and opportunities for schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip. Nada Elia writes, Please donate what you can. It can buy a box of crayons, coloring books, books on decolonial struggle, it can help pay the rent.


"Open Letter: Supporting Human Rights is not Antisemitic" (Jüdischen Stimme für gerechten Frieden in Nahost, EJJP Deutschland, 17 Januar):

More than 90 renowned Jewish scholars and intellectuals - including Noam Chomsky, Eva Illouz, Alfred Grosser, Moshe Zimmermann, Judith Butler and Micha Brumlik - have signed an open letter condemning the attacks against our association, Jewish Voice for Just Peace in the Middle East, and calling on German civil society to guarantee freedom of expression for those who oppose the oppression of the Palestinian people.


The Good Shepherd Collective, Update 2.10.2019:

It has been a busy month for the GSC. Most importantly, we convened a meeting in South Hebron with a delegation of Palestinian representatives of 12 different villages, associations, and organizations to bring together a coalition to deal with the onslaught of Israeli settler violence and annexation.


Soetkin Van Muylem, "Israëlische Elbit wil oorlogsschepen slijten aan België en Nederland" (Uitpers, 28 jan 2019):

Sinds enkele maanden probeert OIP Sensor Systems een belangrijk contract binnen te halen om de marinecomponenten van de Belgische en Nederlandse legers te voorzien van nieuwe oorlogsschepen, met de slogan "Koop Belgisch". Hoewel OIP Sensor Systems ooit opgericht werd als een Belgisch bedrijf, en het nog altijd een fabriek heeft nabij Gent, is het nu wel degelijk volledig in Israëlische handen.


Ludo De Brabander, "Mocht je nog twijfelen: met Freilich bekent N-VA definitief kleur" (Uitpers, 29 jan 2019): 

Michael Freilich, ex-hoofdredacteur Joods Actueel, krijgt de 5de plaats op de Antwerpse N-VA-kamerlijst. Freilich is niet de eerste de beste. De laatste jaren is deze rabiate zionist en verdediger van de Israëlische zaak erin geslaagd zich op te werpen als "de stem van de joodse gemeenschap" in ons land.


Agenda:

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

L'exposition "Les villages disparus de Palestine" est visible du 28 janvier au 30 avril dans les bâtiments de la VRT et du 6 au 20 mai à De Markten à Bruxelles ainsi qu'à De Groene Waterman à Anvers. Le 26 mars, l'ACOD organise une visite publique à la VRT, qui comprendra également une visite guidée dans les coulisses de la chaîne publique. On peut s'inscrire via acod@vrt.beCatalogue de l'expo en français.


Johan Depoortere, "De verdwenen dorpen van Palestina" (Salon van Sisyphus, 24 jan):

Als in mei het Eurovisiesongfestival in Israël plaatsvindt zal dat gebeuren in een arena bij de universiteit van Tel Aviv, op de grond van het verdwenen dorp Sheikh Muwanis. Alle huizen van Sheikh Muwanis zijn met de grond gelijkgemaakt, behalve één: het zgn. Green House, een patriciërswoning waar nu de faculty club is gevestigd. Sheikh Muwanis is geen alleenstaand geval, het is slechts één van de ruim 600 Palestijnse dorpen die sinds de oprichting van de staat Israël, 70 jaar geleden, zijn verdwenen.

Interview Johan Depoortere / Wies Descheemaeker: "De Verdwenen dorpen van Palestina" (ACOD, Cultuurkameraad, 28 jan).

"Les villages disparus de Palestine": interview Johan Depoortere / Wies Descheemaeker (Pour la Palestine, 3 février):

En mai prochain, les caméras seront braquées sur le concours Eurovision 2019, en Israël. Ce festival se déroulera littéralement sur les ruines de villages palestiniens disparus. 


# Bruxelles, mardi le 12 mars, 20h30 : "Derrière les fronts - Résistances et Résiliences en Palestine". Lieu: Le cinéma Aventure, rue des Fripiers 57, Galerie du Centre Bloc II, 1000 Brx. Prix: 9,50 euro. Achetez vos billets: tickets en ligne. Teaser (en bas): Videos.

"Au quotidien la colonisation n'est pas seulement celle des terres, des logements ou de l'eau. Elle ne cherche pas simplement à s'imposer par les armes, elle travaille aussi les esprits. J'ai choisi de m'intéresser à ces formes invisibles : l'occupation intime, celle de l'espace mental," dit la réalisatrice du film, Alexandra Dols.


Analyses & Comments:

Yousef Munayyer, "Does Israel Have A Right To Exist' Is A Trick Question" (The Forward, via IAK, Jan 25, 2019):

The question "Does Israel have the right to exist?" is intellectually dishonest and intended, almost always, to silence critics and criticism of Israeli policies. Anyone who does not answer with a resounding 'Yes', is guaranteed the label "anti-Semite." This was Tamika Mallory's recent predicament - but she went in full speed and declared that "all people have the right to exist."


Arts, Culture & Heritage:

Adri Nieuwhof, "How Dareen Tatour found a "magic pen" in Israeli prison" (EI, 12 Feb):

4 months after her release from an Israeli prison, Palestinian poet and photographer Dareen Tatour received in The Hague the 'Oxfam Novib PEN Award for Freedom of Expression'. Oxfam Novib, the Dutch affiliate of Oxfam, said it awarded Tatour the prize to highlight "the growing repression of critical voices in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories."


"Dichteres Dareen Tatour in gevecht tegen haar publicatieverbod" (Abu Pessoptimist, 10 feb):

In januari was Dareen Tatour ineens in Nederland. Vanuit het niets stond ze in het oog van de schijnwerpers op het "Winternachten" festival in Den Haag. Net uit de Israelische gevangenis waar ze twee maanden in had gezeten - van de vijf - was ze uitverkoren om, samen met de Nicaraguaanse Gioconda Belli op dit festival de ''Oxfam Novib PEN Award'' in ontvangst te komen nemen.


Dareen Tatour "draws in jail: a journey between feelings, sensations and reality" (Mondoweiss, Feb 6):

There are many ways of expressing resistance to the occupation through art. For me art has become the only peaceful weapon available to express and transmit all of the ways in which I suffer to the world. Resistance through art, or as I like to call it "white resistance," is where art arises as a form of struggle itself.


Ramallah Exhibition: "Assassination: The Intellectual Martyrs of the Palestinian Revolution"Venue: Yasser Arafat Museum, until June 2019.

Since the beginning of the Palestinian revolution, many Palestinian intellectuals and academics have joined their fellow nationals in the fight for their cause. The contributions of these courageous individuals in communicating and disseminating the Palestinian narrative in their milieus and fields were invaluable and ultimately cost them their lives.


Aziza Nofal, "Palestinian farmers check out seeds from West Bank library" (Al-Monitor, Feb 14):

Vivien Sansour's quest to restore the rare seeds of Palestine started with a search for Palestinian red carrots. She founded the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library to work with Palestinian farmers to ensure that the vegetables of her childhood would reach the coming generations. The library, located in Beit Sahour, east of Bethlehem, aims to preserve Palestinian local seeds that have been pushed to the brink of extinction, particularly after various hybrid seeds swept the Palestinian markets.


Isabel Debre, "Iconic Palestinian robe fashions a new political symbol" (The Washington Post, Feb 12):

The traditional brightly embroidered dress of Palestinian women known as the "thobe" was not the type of garment one would expect to become a pop political symbol. Now it's gaining prominence as a softer expression of Palestinian nationalism, competing even with the classic keffiyeh - the headscarf donned by young stone-throwing Palestinian men protesting Israel's occupation.


BDS :

"Ireland passes BDS bill banning Israel settlement goods - Israel summons Irish Ambassador over the BDS bill" (MEMo, Jan 25):

Ireland has advanced a bill which will prevent the sale of goods and services from Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. The lower house of the Irish parliament - the Dail - yesterday voted in favour.


"Dublin National Union of Journalists to Support Eurovision Boycott" (IMEMC News, Feb 7):

The Irish Campaign to Boycott the 2019 Eurovision, in Israel, welcomes the motion passed by the Dublin Broadcasting Branch of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) on January 29th whereby it states it "will support any member, working in RTÉ or elsewhere, who chooses to exercise a conscientious objection towards involvement in coverage of the song contest."


"The Tuts turned down representing UK in Eurovision as it's being hosted in Israel" (Louise Griffin, Metro, Jan 26, 2019):

UK band The Tuts have claimed they turned down representing the country in the Eurovision Song Contest this year due to the event being held in Israel. The London-born pop-punk trio told their fans on Twitter, writing: "So, we got asked to enter EUROVISION 2019 to represent the UK but it's being held in ISRAEL so that's a NO from us!"


"More Than 60 LGBTQI Groups Boycott Eurovision, Tel Aviv Pride" (teleSur, Jan 30, 2019):

More than 60 LGBTQ groups from nearly 20 countries called on other LGBTQ organizations to boycott the 2019 Eurovision contest in Israel. The organizations also gave a call to boycott the Tel Aviv pride parade and festival as according to them, Israel is "promoting Eurovision alongside Tel Aviv Pride in order to reap maximum benefits for Israel for an entire month of pinkwashing."


" Bilal Hassani, ne chante pas pour l'apartheid israélien ! " (Assoc. France Palestine Solidarité, 28 janvier): 

"Cher et adoré Bilal, Avant toute chose, MERCI D'EXISTER ! Depuis que tu as fait ton entrée fulgurante sur la scène culturelle française, nous ne cessons de contempler le bien que tu fais à la jeunesse de nos communautés Queer et LGBTI."


"Israelis to John Cleese: Please don't normalise Israel's war crimes" (BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS call from within, Feb 2019):

To John Cleese. We are citizens of Israel, opposed to our government's policies of military occupation, apartheid, and ethnic cleansing against the indigenous Palestinian people. We write to ask you to respect the Palestinian civil society call to boycott Israel, especially its cultural aspect.


"Australia's Eurovision hopefuls and SBS face pressure to boycott event in Israel" (The Guardian, Feb 7):

What has in the past been a frothy showbiz event, seen by many as a kitschy celebration of song and international community spirit, has taken on a political edge amid growing calls for an artistic and broadcaster boycott because it is being held in Israel.


"'No Art for ApARTheid's Sake': New York human rights advocates protest Israel Philharmonic Orchestra" (Mondoweiss, Feb 5):

On Sunday afternoon, 70 human rights advocates gathered in a noisy, musical protest in front of Carnegie Hall to demonstrate against an extravagant fundraising brunch and performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO).The IPO, a self-proclaimed "cultural ambassador" representing the state of Israel, orchestrates a positive image of Israel to divert attention from its human rights abuses, as part of the "Brand Israel" initiative launched in 2006


F. Brinley Bruton, Lawahez Jabari and Paul Goldman, "Israel fights boycott movement as pro-Palestinian campaign gains global support" (NBCNews, Feb 10): 

The campaign is reverberating in the US, where the Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow states to punish businesses that take part in Israel boycotts. But despite vigorous efforts to quash BDS, the pressure from those who support it is mounting.


Jonathan Ofir, "Copenhagen mayor awards BDS activists for their courage" (Mondoweiss, Feb 9):

The Humboldt 3 are three BDS activists who face a criminal trial in Berlin next month for disrupting a pro-Israel event by an Israeli lawmaker at a university in 2017. Israel has silenced Germany on Palestinian rights using Holocaust guilt, but in Copenhagen the 3 activists received an award for their courage in exposing apartheid.


Current Affairs:

"Israel seals off road in southern Hebron" (Ma'an News Agency, Feb 11):

Coordinator of a local popular committee, Fouad al-Umour, said that Israeli bulldozers razed the road connecting Shaab al-Butm and Masafer Yatta areas, which has been opened to facilitate movement of Palestinians in southern Hebron. Israeli forces have continuously sealed off the road since it was opened.


"Ex-legerleider Gantz wil premier worden, maar staat in Nederland voor de rechter" (The Rights Forum, 23 jan):

Voormalig stafchef Benny Gantz loopt zich warm voor een hoofdrol op het Israëlische politieke toneel, terwijl hem in Den Haag een proces wacht wegens een vermeende oorlogsmisdaad. De Palestijnse Nederlander Ismail Ziada houdt hem verantwoordelijk voor het bombarderen van het huis van zijn familie in Gaza in 2014.


EU, US & the World:

David Cronin, "La firme israélienne Elbit lorgne un important contrat d'armement avec la Belgique" (Pour la Palestine, 29 janvier): 

L'industrie des armements a confirmé une nouvelle fois le cliché disant que le patriotisme est le dernier refuge des scélérats. Depuis quelques mois, la firme OIP Sensor fait du battage autour de son offre en faveur d'un important contrat portant sur l'équipement des marines de guerre belge et hollandaise de navires spécialisés dans la guerre des mines.


Henriette Chacar, "With US aid cuts Palestinian women pay biggest price" (+972 Feb 7):

For years, the US was the largest aid donor to Palestinians. With funding to health, education and sanitation programs brought to a sudden halt, it's women and girls who are hit the hardest.


Andrew Rettman, "No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank" (EUObserver, Feb 1, 2019):

Palestinians in the West Bank face "systematic legal discrimination" by Israel, EU diplomats have said in a confidential report seen by EUobserver. It is equivalent to the old "apartheid" regime for blacks in South Africa, a former Israeli diplomat said, but Israel is, just like violent settlers in Palestine, getting away with "impunity".


Grégory Mauzé, "Enquête sur les réseaux d'influence israéliens à Bruxelles" (orient xxi, 31 janvier 2019):

Tout le monde le sait, les réseaux pro-israéliens jouent un rôle actif sur la scène politique américaine. Moins connue en revanche est leur influence à Bruxelles, siège des institutions européennes. Avec l'appui de leurs homologues d'outre-Atlantique et le soutien de Tel-Aviv, ils consolident le statut sans équivalent d'Israël auprès d'une Union européenne qui refuse toute mesure contre la poursuite de la colonisation et les innombrables violations des droits humains dans les territoires palestiniens occupés. 


"Netherlands to recognise Gaza Strip and West Bank as birthplaces" (Al Jazeeera, Feb 10):

The Dutch government has announced it will begin recognising the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as official birthplaces for Palestinians who were born in the country after the establishment of Israel.


Bryant Harris, "Senate's first anti-BDS bill faces uncertain future in House" (Al-Monitor, Feb 5):

The Senate today passed its first bill clamping down on the pro-Palestinian BDS movement against Israel by a vote of 77 to 23. But Democratic leaders aren't committing to putting the Combating BDS Act on the House floor amid a debate over free speech within their caucus.


Noah Kulwin, "The Schism Is Finally Here" (Jacobin, Feb 1, 2019):

For years, observers have speculated about when the Washington bipartisan consensus on Israel would crack. Pushed by leftist activists and legislators like Rashida Tlaib, the Democratic Party is finally having it over Israel. It's a long-overdue step toward changing US foreign policy and challenging Israel's occupation. 


M.J.Rosenberg, "This Is How AIPAC Really Works" (The Nation, Feb 14):

One thing that should be said about Representative Ilhan Omar's tweet about the power of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (more commonly known as AIPAC, or the "Israel lobby") is that the hysterical reaction to it proved her main point: The power of AIPAC over members of Congress is literally awesome, although not in a good way.


Gaza:

"Crimes against Humanity: Israeli Snipers have shot down 45 Child Gaza Protesters" (Defense for Children International - Palestine, via IAK, Jan 22):

45 children were killed in the Gaza Strip since March 30; in the overwhelming majority of cases, DCI-P was able to confirm children did not present any imminent, mortal threat or threat of serious injury when killed by Israeli forces.


Video: "Slow death for Gaza cancer patients" (The Electronic Intifada, 14 Feb):

Israel's siege on the Gaza Strip makes it difficult, if not impossible, for cancer patients to receive treatment. Over the last decade, Israel has controlled and restricted shipments of medicine, among other basic necessities, into Gaza. This often causes severe drug shortages in Gaza hospitals.


Ola Mousa, "Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide" (The Electronic Intifada, 30 Jan 2019):

Where can you hide when you can't run? This is the question Gaza's two million inhabitants ask themselves after every Israeli assault. It was the question Abdallah Zaid, 45, last asked himself in November when a bombing raid came perilously close to his home in the Nasser neighborhood of Gaza City.


"In video - Israel starts building massive barrier along Gaza border" (Ma'an, Feb 4):

Israel began the construction of the over-ground portion of the Gaza border barrier that will connect to the under-construction sea barrier aimed at preventing the movement of the Hamas military wing out of the coastal enclave and into Israel. The Israeli Defense Ministry confirmed that the section will be 65 km long and will be 6 m high.


Haim Schwarczenberg, "An end to racism - We can see it" (+ video, Feb 9): 

Friday Feb 8, despite the occupying military's attempts to prevent it, another demonstration took place on both sides of the Israeli made fence besieging the Gaza strip. Palestinian BDS activists welcomed Israeli anti-Zionist demonstrators as family, friends and comrades.


Rami Almeghari, "Gaza gets new center for treating children with cancer" (EI, Feb 1, 2019):

Costing $3.5 million, the new department has been built on the initiative of the Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF), a US-based charity. It has been named after Musa and Suhaila Nasir, co-founders of the PCRF. Cancer is a leading cause of death - for both adults and children - in Gaza. Children with serious illnesses, including cancer, frequently have to leave Gaza for medical treatment. In many cases, they have been blocked from traveling by Israel. The World Health Organization has reported that 5 child patients were denied permits to cross the military checkpoint Erez during December 2018 alone.


Entsar Abu Jahal, "Can Gaza get a handle on its waste problem?" (Al-Monitor, Feb 14):

The Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Jan. 28 that Israel has approved the construction of a waste recycling plant in Gaza at the former site of Gush Katif, the largest Israeli settlements before the 2005 disengagement. In cooperation with the UN and other agencies, the Israeli Coordination and Liaison Administration to the Gaza Strip had recently submitted a proposal to construct a UN-funded recycling facility.


Al Mezan Center: "Court of First Instance in Khan Younis Issues Death Sentence" (Feb 2, 2019):

On Tuesday, 29 January 2019, the Court of First Instance in Khan Younis sentenced to death Y.A., 30, a resident of Al-Jneena neighborhood in Rafah district, after he was indicted of murder of Mrs Mahasen Abu Shallouf, 79, also a resident of Rafah.


Israel:

Shabtay Bendet, "I was a settler. I know how settlers become killers" (Haaretz, Jan 30, 2019): 

I helped establish the illegal West Bank outpost where the suspects in the murder of a Palestinian woman, Aisha Rabi, studied. I've watched the Israeli right wing radicalize to the point of devaluing human life - for anyone who isn't Jewish.


Edo Konrad, "Settlers to Palestinian laborers: 'Work with human rights groups and lose your job'" (+972, Feb 4): 

Settlers in the southern West Bank posted flyers in villages near Gush Etzion warning Palestinian laborers not to cooperate with Israeli human rights activists or organizations if they want to keep their jobs.


"Israeli Ministers Sign Petition to Settle 2 Million Israelis in Palestinian West Bank" (Ma'an News Agency via Informed Comment, Feb 10):

The Nahala Movement's declaration reads, "I hereby commit to be loyal to the land of Israel, not to cede one inch of our inheritance from our forefathers. I hereby commit to act to realize the settlement plan for the settlement of 2 million Jews in Judea and Samaria in accordance with Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's plan, as well as to encourage and lead the redemption of all the lands throughout Judea and Samaria."


"Israeli Voter Suppression: Bedouin Villages have no Polling Stations" (Ma'an via Informed Comment, Feb 15):

Eleven unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev desert, in southern Israel, have no polling stations or public transportation and a number of their thousands of residents will have to travel up to 50 kilometers to vote in the upcoming national elections.


Ramzy Baroud, "The moral travesty of Israel demanding Arab and Iranian money for its own 'Nakba'" (Middle East Monitor, Feb 15):

The game is afoot. Israel, believe it or not, is demanding that seven Arab countries and Iran should pay $250 billion as compensation for what it claims was the forceful expulsion of Jews from Arab countries during the late 1940s.


Occupation:

"Whitney Webb, "Largest Land Grab Since 1948" -- Israel to Expel 36,000 Palestinians From Negev" (MPNews, Feb 1):

According to an Israeli media report, the Israeli government has completed work on a massive, far-reaching plan that would expel an estimated 36,000 Palestinians from "unrecognized" villages in the Negev Desert. Given the Israeli state's rejection of their existence, government officials have called the Palestinians living in these villagers "violators" and "squatters" - accusing them of illegally occupying "state lands." 


Gideon Levy & Alex Levac, "Israel builds settlements while razing Palestinian homes. If that's not apartheid, what is?" (Haaretz, Feb 7):

In 16 years Israel approved just 4 percent of Palestinian building requests, while annually issuing 1,000 demolition orders. The High Court of Justice has never debated a Palestinian petition against such an order... 


Mathijs Clarysse, "Israël verbant internationale waarnemersmissie uit Hebron" (MO*, 7 feb):

De premier Benjamin Netanyahu maakt een einde aan de internationale waarnemersmissie in Hebron. De missie, die bestaat uit onafhankelijke waarnemers uit Europa en Turkije, rapporteert sinds 1994 over geweld onder de Palestijnen en de Israëlische kolonisten maar wordt door Netanyahu nu afgedaan als "een internationale macht die tegen Israël opereert".


Ahmad Melhem, "Why residents of Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah face eviction" (Al-Monitor, Feb 12):

About 36 Palestinians, including six children from the Sabbagh family in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, live in constant fear of the Israeli Execution Office's decision regarding their eviction in favor of Israeli settlers.


The Good Sheperd Collective: "Israel destroys main road in Masafer Yatta, South Hebron" (Facebook video).

Israel's policy of separating and cutting off Palestinian communities from each other and from resources are properly on display in the 918 Firing Zone in the South Hebron Hills. Pictured here clearly, Israel continues to create physical obstacles on the ground that make Palestinian life unsustainable in an attempt to push them into small ethnic enclaves. But cutting off these roads, it cuts children off from the al-Fakheit school district, which serves the several hamlets in the area, it disrupts the local farming economy by restricting access to the exporting of their goods and creates a dangerous health situation by literally cutting off medical access. 

Gideon Levy & Alex Levac, "Palestinian teen hiking with friends was killed in Israeli army ambush. He posed no danger" (Haaretz, 31 Jan):

Six teens went to the valley to have a picnic. Israeli soldiers ambushed them from behind an oak tree and fired dozens of rounds at them. Ayman Hamad was killed.


Ali Abunimah, "Palestinian girl fatally shot at Israeli checkpoint" (EI, 30 Jan 2019):

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian girl at al-Zaayim checkpoint in the occupied West Bank east of Jerusalem on Wednesday. Israeli police claimed that Samah Zuhair Mubarak attempted to stab a security guard at the checkpoint before she was fatally shot. The Palestinian Authority health ministry gave Mubarak's age as 16, and media reported she was in the 11th grade.


"Israel Orders School Razed, Halt to Construction of Homes in Hebron, Palestine" (Ma'an via Informed Comment, Jan 31):

Israeli authorities delivered demolition notices and halt of construction orders to several homes and schools in Masafer Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron. Coordinator of a local popular committee against the separation wall and settlements, Rateb al-Jbour, said forces stormed the Masafer Yatta area and delivered halt of construction orders to several homes belonging to al-Dababseh family.


"Israeli forces assault Palestinian workers at Checkpoint 300" (Ma'an, Jan 27, 2019):

Israeli forces assaulted a large number of Palestinian workers, on Sunday morning, as they passed through Checkpoint 300 at the northern entrance of Bethlehem City to Jerusalem City.  Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces assaulted a large number of Palestinian workers, who were making their way to work through the checkpoint, causing fainting, suffocation, and bruises among the workers.


"Israel demolishes Bedouin village Al-Araqeeb for 139th time" (Middle East Monitor, Feb 1, 2019): 

Israeli bulldozers demolished the unrecognised Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb in the Negev desert in southern Israel for the 139th time yesterday morning. Villagers of Al-Araqeeb reported that Israeli forces and the "Yoav" unit from the Israeli Negev Development Authority stormed the village, escorting bulldozers and vehicles that carried out the demolition.


Shlomi Eldar, "Why Abbas risks an economic collapse of the PA" (Al-Monitor, Feb 11):

The Knesset passed the " pay-to-slay" law in July 2018, which enables the government to withhold tax money from the Palestinian Authority (PA) as long as it continues to pay stipends to Palestinian assailants in Israeli prisons and to their families.


Prisoners:

"Israel Detained 500 Palestinians, Including 89 Children So Far in 2019" (teleSur, Feb 15):

This January alone, Israel detained 509 Palestinians, including 89 children and 8 women, from occupied Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian prisoners rights groups  "As Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party heads into the election, they are no doubt seeking to show they are even tougher on Palestinians," Nadia Hijab said.


Gideon Levy & Alex Levac, "Reminder: Israel is still holding a Palestinian lawmaker as political prisoner indefinitely" (Haaretz, Feb 14):

Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar has been incarcerated in an Israeli jail without a trial for 20 months. Another period of 'administrative detention' will soon expire. Will she come home?


Tamara Nasser, "Palestinian dies in 28th year of Israeli imprisonment" (EI, 8 Feb):

A Palestinian prisoner from Gaza City died in Israeli detention on Wednesday after years of medical neglect. Faris Baroud, 51, spent 17 years in isolation following his arrest in 1991, after which he was given a life sentence for killing an Israeli and injuring three others earlier that year.