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Newsletter N°42 (April 2019)

"War is a scary time for children who continue to suffer in conflict zones despite the protection provided by international law. In his first short film 'Paper Boat', Palestinian mathematics graduate turned filmmaker Mahmoud Abu Ghalwa asks whether human beings should have children in such a dangerous environment as the besieged Gaza Strip" (Jehan Alfarra, "Palestinian director: 'Everyone is a slave in Gaza'"Middle East Monitor, April 19)

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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:

"ACTION: La Palestine en deuil, la RTBF fait la fête? (1)" (Assoc. belgo-palestinienne, 5 avril):

Aujourd'hui, c'est le multiple anniversaire de la première Marche du Retour à Gaza : 1 an, 250 morts, 20 000 blessés. Nous pourrions également rappeler les 70 ans d'expulsions forcées et les 50 ans de colonisation. Aujourd'hui, la RTBF et la VRT décident de diffuser l'Eurovision 2019 qui se déroulera en Israël. Nous soutenons le peuple palestinien dans son combat pour l'auto-détermination et nous appelons les chaines publiques au boycott de l'eurovision 2019. Durant la nuit du jeudi 4 au vendredi 5 avril, dans tout Bruxelles, nous avons collé les 250 visages des hommes, femmes et enfants tués à Gaza durant les marches du retour. 


" ACTION: La Palestine en deuil, la RTBF fait la fête? (2) " (Abp, 5 avril):

A l'aube, un message a également été affiché sur les bâtiments de la RTBF et de la VRT pour dénoncer la diffusion de l'Eurovision 2019 qui aura lieu en Israël : " Eurovision en Israël ? RTBF, VRT, ne soyez pas complices! " Nous exigeons le boycott d'Israël et de l'Eurovision 2019, car en diffusant l'Eurovision, la RTBF fait passer un message : vous pouvez continuer à transgresser le droit international, à bombarder Gaza comme ces derniers jours, nous ne faisons pas la différence. 


#MadonnaDontGo! (Petition Jewish Voice for Peace & PACBI):

Dear Madonna, There's no neutrality in situations of injustice. Please stand with us on the right side of history to create a better world for all and cancel your performance at Eurovision. If you believe in equality and dignity for all, you will choose not to lend your star-power to the far-right Israeli government that is using Eurovision to cover up their continued human rights abuses. Your performance at Eurovision will bring harm to the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality.


# STEUN RECHTVAARDIGHEID VOOR PALESTINA! (ETUN)

Wij, leden van de stuurgroep van het Europees Vakbondsnetwerk voor Rechtvaardigheid in Palestina (ETUN), roepen al onze leden en werknemers in Europa op om de Europese verkiezingen van 23 tot 26 mei aan te grijpen om op te komen voor rechtvaardigheid voor Palestina. We vragen aan de kandidaten om zich te engageren om de Europese medeplichtigheid aan Israëlische schendingen van de rechten van Palestijnen te stoppen.

# PRENEZ POSITION POUR LA JUSTICE EN PALESTINE! (ETUN)

Nous, membres du Comité de pilotage du Réseau syndical européen pour la justice en Palestine (ETUN), appelons tous nos membres et travailleurs des pays européens à saisir l'occasion des élections européennes du 23 au 26 mai pour prendre position en faveur de la justice en Palestine. Nous demandons aux candidats européens de s'engager à mettre fin à la complicité européenne dans les violations israéliennes des droits des Palestiniens.

http://www.etun-palestine.org/site/ --  etu.palestine@gmail.com 

"Joint statement following the US denial of entry to the BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti" (AURDIP, April 17):

The United States, a country where freedom of speech is supposedly guaranteed by the constitution, has banned Omar Barghouti from entering to fulfil a speaking tour. Omar Barghouti is the highly-respected co-founder of the Palestinian-led, global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement for Palestinian rights. The BDS movement itself grew out of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) initiative that Omar Barghouti had co-founded in 2004 with prominent Palestinian academics and cultural figures. Our BDS organisations offer a means for the world to engage with Palestinians in a global non-violent resistance movement against Israeli settler colonialism, apartheid and occupation. Israel's apartheid regime is fighting unscrupulously against BDS and its most effective spokesperson.

In Trump's America Israel has a truly fitting partner. We call on supporters of the rights of Palestinians everywhere to protest this outrageous and unjustified attack on freedom of speech and of pro-Palestinian advocacy. The most effective way to do so is through intensified BDS campaigns to hold Israel to account.

Signed:
Academics for Palestine (AfP Ireland)
Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP)
Belgian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI)
British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP)
Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (InCACBI)
Moroccan Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (MACBI)
Sydney University Staff for BDS
Tunisian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (TACBI)
US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI)


Agenda:

# Genval, 1 mai @ 20h00: Film documentaire " Palestine : La case prison " de Franck Salomé. 

Film sur les prisonniers politiques et d'opinion palestiniens au regard du Droit international, suivi du commentaire d'Alexis Deswaef, président d'honneur de la Ligue des Droits Humains. Org.: Groupe Paix juste au proche Orient (PJPO) Mazerine. Où:  Centre culturel de Rixensart. Place communale 38. 1332 Genval. Coût: 5 euros.


# Leuven, 4 mei: "Zing je eigen Eurosong voor Palestina!" Waar? Op de Oude Markt.
Wil je deelnemen aan onze zangstonde? We repeteren tussen 14u en 15u op het Helleputteplein in Leuven. De zangstonde houden we tussen 15u en 16u op de Oude Markt. Org.: Leuvense Actiegroep Palestina. Dit jaar vindt het Eurovisiesongfestival plaats in Tel Aviv, Israël. Wij vinden dat echt geen goed idee en zingen onze eigen versie van eurosong 2019 uit solidariteit met de Palestijnen. Kom je meezingen, geef ons een seintje via media@palestinasolidariteit.be zodat we de actie goed kunnen plannen!

# Gent, 8 mei, 14u: "Dare to dream! Gentse inzending voor Eurosong." Waar? TUMULT IN GENT 7, De Krook.

Samen met artistiek leider (Action Zoo Humain) en onderzoeker (Kask/School of Arts/Hogent) Chokri Ben Chikha toetsen studenten van KASK het symbolische motto #DareToDream van het Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv aan de Israëlische werkelijkheid. Hoe komen democratische waarden als inclusiviteit en eenheid tot uiting in een land waar apartheid heerst? Gezien de boycot door prominente artiesten (Ken Loach, Roger Waters, Alain Platel enz.) zonder effect is gebleven, breken de jonge kunstenaars met een eigen(zinnige) inzending in op de 64e editie van het Eurovisiesongfestival. 


# Brx, 11/5/2019: "ViaVélo Palestina", Sortez vos vélos, Protestons ensemble! - Haal je fiets van stal en protesteer mee!"

10h15 --> RDV, Rond Point Schuman; 11h00 --> Départ;  13u30 --> Picknick (Maison de la Création, av. Emile Bockstael 246, 1020 Brx); dès 15h --> Arrivée festive, Place de la Monnaie. 
10u15 --> Afspraak Jubelpark (kant Schumanplein); 11u00
 --> Vertrek; 13u30 --> Picknick (Maison de la Création, Emile Bockstaellaan 246, 1020 Brx); 15-16u --> Aankomst aan het Muntplein: stands, animaties, Palestijnse dans, muziek

ViaVelo Palestina roulera pour dire non à l'EUROVISION de la Chanson en Israël! Neen aan liedjes en glitter om de misdaden van de Staat Israël te verdoezelen!


# London, Sat 11 May, 12h - 16h: National Demo for Palestine: Exist! Resist! Return! Venu: Assemble 12 Noon Portland Place, March to Whitehall. Org.: Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Friends of Al- Aqsa, Muslim Association of Britain. Supported by: Unite the Union, PCS, UNISON, RMT, ASLEF, UCU, NEU, TSSA, Amos Trust, CND, ICAHDUK, Momentum.


Gent, vrijdag, 17 mei, 19u: "Palestijnse avond". Waar? Sparrestr. 1a. Org.: Palestina Solidariteit.

Vrijdag 17 mei, enkele dagen na de "verjaardag" van de Nakba, staat 't Assez in het teken van het conflict in Palestina. Die avond zal de volkskeuken bestaan uit Palestijnse gerechten, zal er wat info te vinden zijn rond het conflict, met een korte inleiding door iemand en de documentaire "Roadmap to Apartheid".


# Leuven, dinsdag 21 mei, 18u30-19u30 of 20u30-21u30: "Voorstelling Zaher." Waar? Openbaar Entrepot voor de Kunsten (OPEK), Vaartkom 4, 3000 Leuven. Org.: Broederlijk Delen Vla-Brabant/ Mechelen/ Brussel. Tickets: 10 euro. Inschrijven: via marieke.lagrou@broederlijkdelen.be. Belgisch curator en kunstenaar Pierre Muylle creëerde een performance met objecten die hij meebracht uit Hebron en Nabloes. Hij koos objecten, verhalen en ervaringen die hij verpakte en wegstak in dozen.


Analyses & Comments:

John Dugard, "Why aren't Europeans calling Israel an apartheid state?" (Al-Jazeera, April 17):

Apartheid is alive and well and thriving in occupied Palestine. Palestinians know this. South Africans know this. Many Israelis have accepted this as part of their political debate. Americans are coming to terms with this, with new voices in Congress and NGOs like Jewish Voice for Peace unafraid of speaking this truth. Only in Europe is there a steadfast denial of Israeli apartheid over Palestinians despite overwhelming evidence underlining it.


Jeremy Hammond, "Why Israel Has No 'Right to Exist'" (Foreign Policy Journal, March 15):

Apologists for Israel's crimes against the Palestinians claim the state has a "right to exist" in an effort to legitimize the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Zionists taking it upon themselves to try to defend Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people frequently level the charge that its critics are attempting to "delegitimize" the self-described "Jewish state".


Ramzy Baroud, "Access to Clean Water is a Human Right, so why is Palestine an Exception?" (MEMo via Informed Comment, April 16):

Free access to clean water is a basic human right. This is not just a common-sense assertion, but also a binding legal commitment enshrined in international law. In Nov 2002, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights adopted "General Comment No 15" regarding the right to water: "The human right to water is indispensable for leading a life in human dignity. It is a prerequisite for the realisation of other human rights." (I.1)


Els Hertogen, "Uitzetting HRW-directeur is nieuwe aanval op democratische ruimte in Israël en Palestina" (MO*, 19 april):

Op 16 april besliste een Israëlische rechtbank Omar Shakir, de Israël/Palestina directeur van mensenrechtenorganisatie Human Rights Watch (HRW), het land uit te zetten. Die beslissing creëert een gevaarlijk precedent voor mensenrechtenverdedigers en is de zoveelste uiting van een snel krimpende democratische ruimte in Israël en Palestina.


Arts, Culture & Heritage:

"Palestinian director: 'Everyone is a slave in Gaza'" (Middle East Monitor, April 19, with video):

War is a scary time for children who continue to suffer in conflict zones despite the protection provided by international law. In his first short film 'Paper Boat', Palestinian mathematics graduate turned filmmaker Mahmoud Abu Ghalwa asks whether human beings should have children in such a dangerous environment as the besieged Gaza Strip...


"Women filmmakers shine at Palestine's first student film fest" (Suha Arraf, +972, April 16):

The first Bethlehem Student Film Festival kicked off last week, showcasing 74 student films from all over the world, including France, Algeria, Egypt, China, Syria, the UK. It included a strong showing from Palestinian women from both sides of the Green Line, with films tackling patriarchy, gender stereotypes, and the occupation.


Ahmad Melhem, "Palestine theater pays homage to country's pioneer journalist" (Al-Monitor, April 15):

A new play, "The Owner of Al-Karmil," pays homage to the man who established Palestine's first major newspaper and faced strong pressures at first from the Ottoman Empire and then from Britain, which subjected his co-editor wife to administrative detention.


"At Gaza Book Fair, Only Local Titles Available Due to Siege" (The Palestine Chronicle, April 18):

Only local publishers could take part in the ongoing Book Fair being held in Gaza City, Safa news agency reported, stating that there are only 20,000 titles compared to previous fairs where there were hundreds of thousands of books. "You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." (Ray Bradbury)


Benay Blend, "On the Meaning of Sumoud" (The Palestine Chronicle, March 30): 

In his poem "I Come from There," Mahmoud Darwish distinguishes himself as the poet of resistance, insistent that he could make "a single word: Homeland" stand for Palestine, the place where he will always be from, yet still "break the rule[s]" that a refugee must in order to survive.


BDS :

"Mohammad Sabaaneh, "You cannot legitimise the Eurovision by saying it is just about art'" (Charlie McBride, Galway Advertiser, April 11):

"All the Eurovision singers going to Tel Aviv will be making this entertainment for Israeli soldiers. From that perspective I invite all the bands enrolled in the song contest to stop their participation in Eurovision."


"171 Swedish Artists Call for Boycotting Eurovision in Israel" (teleSur, April 4):

"We, Swedish artists and cultural workers who have signed this call, cannot quietly watch Israel use the Eurovision Song Contest to conceal their crimes against the Palestinian people," the signatories wrote. In conclusion, they said, "as long as Israel, with its apartheid policy, denies the Palestinians their basic human rights, we must renounce all participation in Israeli cultural exchanges." 


"Israeli artists join Palestinians in urging Eurovision contestants not to play Tel Aviv" (Open Letter, Mondoweiss, March 29):

"Dear Eurovision contestants, We are Israeli artists, musicians, filmmakers, and authors. Many of us signed a letter supporting Palestinian calls to relocate the Eurovision Song Contest from Tel Aviv. Here's why.


"Irish LGBT+ activists sign open letter calling on Sarah McTernan to boycott Eurovision" (gcn, April 16):

The following letter, signed by 20 LGBT and by prominent campaigners including Senator David Norris and Ailbhe Smith, was recently sent to Sarah McTernan, Ireland's Eurovision entrant, asking her not to aid in Israel's "pinkwashing" tactics and to boycott the song contest due to be held in Israel on May 18.


Dorien Ballout, "Hoe politiek is het Eurovisie Songfestival in Tel Aviv?" (Eurostory, 17 april):

De afgelopen weken ging Eurostory op zoek naar verschillende antwoorden die mogelijk zijn op de vraag: hoe politiek is het Eurovisie Songfestival in Tel Aviv? In het derde deel van dit drieluik laten wij Dorien Ballout van docP aan het woord: een organisatie die is opgericht om 'Boycot, Desinvestering en Sancties' (BDS) tegen Israël in Nederland te versterken.


Roger Waters, "If you believe in human rights, Madonna, don't play Tel Aviv" (The Guardian, April 17):

Madonna's acceptance of an invitation to perform in Tel Aviv at the Eurovision song contest finals in May raises, yet again, fundamentally important ethical and political questions for each and every one of us to contemplate.


Aya Iskandarani, "Why Madonna shouldn't perform at the Eurovision final in Tel Aviv" (The National, April 17):

On her forthcoming concept album Madame X, Madonna takes on the role of a secret agent with a cause - a femme fatale dedicated to "fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places". The recent drive for Madonna to cancel her Eurovision appearance may be successful, or it may not, but it is important that she is made aware that her choices matter. If she wanted to, she could leverage her fame to "fight for freedom" in the real world, not just as a fictional alter-ego.


"AXA IM se désinvestit d'Elbit Systems - impliqué dans des crimes de guerre israéliens" (Agences Medias Palestine, 17 avril):

SumOfUs et la Coalition Stop Assistance to Israeli Apartheid se félicitent de la décision d'AXA de se retirer - en partie - du capital d'Elbit Systems mais appellent AXA à aller plus loin en mettant un terme à l'ensemble de ses investissements dans les sociétés complices de l'Occupation israélienne.


"American singer expresses support for Palestine" (Ma'an News Agency, March 26):

American singer and songwriter, Della Miles, expressed her support for Palestine and its people in response to the recent Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip and US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize to the occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory. Miles posted on her personal Instagram account, saying "Who knows how many innocent Palestinian children will break from their parents only because of this embarrassing and unfair American decision." She added, "My heart beats with you Palestine."


Current Affairs:

"'We will rebuild', Palestinians say as Israel demolishes village for 143rd time" (Middle East Monitor, April 18):

Israeli bulldozers demolished the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb in the Negev desert for the 143rd time. Locals reported that Israeli bulldozers, escorted by Israeli police forces, demolished residential structures and tents of villagers, leaving women, children and the elderly without a shelter.


Entsar Abu Jahal, "Gaza fishermen hope for new start with expanded zone" (Al-Monitor, April 10):

On April 1, Israel expanded the Gaza Strip fishing zone to a maximum of 15 nautical miles offshore - the longest distance allowed for Gazan fishermen since the signing of the Oslo Accord in 1993. Palestinians are pleased with the Israeli army's decision, though fishermen there still have to recover from years of hardship that have taken their toll.


"Israeli Soldiers Fire Live Rounds At Fishermen And Farmers In Gaza" (IMEMC News, April 16):

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an News Agency that Israeli naval forces opened heavy fire towards Palestinian fishing boats, within the permitted fishing zone of six nautical miles, off the southern coast of Rafah. Meanwhile, Israeli forces also opened fire on Palestinian farmers while they were working on agricultural lands to the east of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza.


EU, UN, US & the World:

"Trump's Deal of the Century Will 'Officially Make Israel an Apartheid State': French Envoy to US" (teleSur, April 21):

The peace plan for the Middle East by the U.S. President Donald Trump is "doomed to fail," outgoing French Ambassador to the U.S., Gerard Araud, said in an interview with The Atlantic magazine, adding that such a deal would make Israel "officially an apartheid state" which is already the case according to him.


Nikolaj Nielsen, "EU offers terse response to Gaza youth shot by Israelis" (EU Observer, April 8):

People shot by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip want the EU to cut research funding to Israeli defence and security industries. But their demands have been met with short shrift by the European Commission, highlighting the sense of abandonment of a population ring-fenced in an open air like prison.


Oliver Holmes, "Europe urged to reject US Middle East plan if it is unfair to Palestinians" (The Guardian, April 15):

High-ranking former European politicians have condemned the Trump administration's one-sided Israel-Palestine policy and called in a letter for Europe to reject any US Middle East peace plan unless it is fair to Palestinians.


Gaza:

Maureen Clare Murphy, "The violence of "relative calm"" (The Electronic Intifada, 5 April):

The first anniversary of Gaza's Great March of Return has now passed and Israel is counting down the days to an election that will determine its next government. Egypt and the United Nations have scrambled to head off a major armed confrontation between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and so cross-boundary projectile and warplane fire have gone silent.


Al Mezan Calls for Enhanced Collaboration to Ensure Access to Healthcare for Gaza's Cancer Patients (During an Event to Mark World Health Day, 7 April):

The past decade has seen a continued decline in the quality and capacity of service providers to provide healthcare in the Gaza Strip where 8,515 patients were diagnosed with cancer in 2018, including 608 children. Al Mezan Center for Human Rights has been working to facilitate access to healthcare with project support from the EU.


Amjad Ayman Yaghi: "Liberty leads the people: fighting for a decent life in Gaza" (EI, 5 April):

When Aed Abu Amro held a Palestinian flag aloft during one of the Great March of Return protests last year on the boundary between Gaza and Israel, the last thought on his mind was that he would become an internet sensation.


Samer Badawi, "In Gaza's Return March, echoes of an Apartheid-era massacre" (+972, March 31):

The Sharpeville Massacre, in which South African police gunned down 250 black protesters, marked a turning point in the struggle against Apartheid. But it would take another 34 years until democracy finally came to South Africa. A cautionary tale for Palestinians. 


Israel:

"Netanyahou réélu : la complaisance vis-à-vis d'Israël ne peut plus être de mise"  (cdp Ass. belgo-palestinienne, 16 avril):

Avec l'habileté tactique, les basses manoeuvres et la démagogie qu'on lui connaît, Benyamin Netanyahou est parvenu à s'assurer un cinquième mandat à la tête de l'État d'Israël. Celui qui est en passe de battre le record de longévité pour un Premier ministre récolte ainsi les fruits de la haine qu'il aura semée durant toute sa  carrière.


Edo Konrad, "Why the Zionist left died this week" (+972, April 10):

Stuck in a Zionist paradigm, Israel's mainstream left-wing parties are unable to put forth a vision of equality and inclusion for all in Israel-Palestine. Tuesday's election results were obvious to anyone paying attention.


Anya Topolski, "Wat de verkiezingen in Israël ons leren over de paradox van democratie" (MO*, 17 april)

Als het over Israël gaat, is er één zin waaraan Anya Topolski zich zwaar ergert - één die ad nauseam wordt herhaald door Westerse politici en media: 'Israël is de enige democratie in het Midden-Oosten'. Heeft u ooit gehoord van een democratie waar slechts 50 procent van het volk stemt?


Jonathan Cook, "When coalition talks are complete, Netanyahu is likely to head the most ultra-nationalist government in Israeli history" (The Nation, April 14):

After winning the Israeli election with a slim majority, in a campaign that grew more sordid and vilifying by the day, Benjamin Netanyahu is in pole position to form a new government and begin his fifth term as Israeli prime minister. The culmination of his dirty tricks campaign was an election-day stunt in which his Likud party broke regulations - and possibly the law - by arming 1,200 activists with hidden cameras, to film polling stations in communities belonging to Israel's large Palestinian minority.


Michelle Van den Broeck, "Gideon Levy: 'Geen enkele Israëlische premier stond ooit achter tweestatenoplossing'" (MO*, 6 april):

Gideon Levy, journalist bij de progressieve Israëlische krant Haaretz, blikt vooruit op de Israëlische verkiezingen van 9 april. De tweestatenoplossing is een trein die het station al lang verlaten heeft, zegt hij. Rest er dan nog een sprankeltje hoop voor Palestijnen onder Israëlische bezetting?


Gideon Levy, "Even to the most enlightened Zionist leftists, the Palestinians are invisible" (Haaretz, March 31):

Even to the most enlightened, the Palestinians are invisible, they don't exist, they are subhuman. Kotler was shocked by the video of soldiers in the Netzah Yehuda Battalion abusing two Palestinian detainees, father and son... There was just one thing Kotler didn't see: the real victims. Soldiers abuse a man and his son who are blindfolded and in restraints, and the opinionated anchor, the voice of courageous protest, is shocked. At what? At the fate of the abusers.


Azeezah Kanji, "Israel Uses Animal Rights to Distract From War Crimes" (truthout, April 18):

As unarmed Palestinians continued to be "gunned down like birds on their own land," in the words of human rights lawyer Noura Erakat, news of an avian rescue set Israeli and international media aflutter. "Sick Gaza parrot saved by Israeli animal rights group," as the Times of Israel's headline proclaimed.


Occupation:

Yotam Berger, "Israeli soldiers shoot bound, blindfolded Palestinian teen trying to flee" (Haaretz, April 21):

Israeli soldiers shot on Thursday a restrained Palestinian teenager they had detained for suspected stone-throwing as he was attempting to flee, although he was blindfolded and handcuffed. Palestinians managed to evacuate the suspect to receive medical treatment after arguments with the soldiers.


David Brennan, "Jerusalem municipality tells kindergartens that minority members are not allowed" (Newsweek, April 18):

The city of Jerusalem has ordered its public kindergartens not to allow foreigners and minorities into its facilities. The notice came from the city's Emergency and Security Division, according to the Ma'ariv newspaper. It urged kindergartens to block the entrance to certain groups for security reasons. According to the +972 Magazine, the Hebrew usage of the word 'minorities' has been a widely understood euphemism in Israel for 'Arabs.'


Prisoners:

Ramzy Baroud, "The Unfinished Gaza War: What Netanyahu Hopes to Gain from Attacking Palestinian Prisoners" (The Palestine Chronicle, April 8):

Considering the direct impact of the situation in Israeli prisons on the collective psyche of all Palestinians, any more reckless steps by Netanyahu, Erdan and their IPS goons will soon result in greater collective resistance, a struggle that Israel cannot easily suppress.


"'Prisoners are heroes': Being a Palestinian prisoner in Israel" (Middle East Monitor, April 8):

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons are gearing up for a mass hunger strike. Already horrific conditions in these jails deteriorated further in recent months, especially since the announcement by Israel's Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, that the "party is over".


"400 Palestinian prisoners join hunger strike as "Battle of Dignity 2" continues in Israeli prisons" (Samidoun, April 9):

Palestinian prisoners continued to develop their collective hunger strike on 9 April, the second day of the "Battle of Dignity (Karameh) 2" inside Israeli prison. A number of leaders from different Palestinian political forces announced the launch of the strike on Monday, 8 April after Israeli prison administration officials reneged on earlier commitments.


Tamara Nassar, "Palestinians launch mass hunger strike against prison repression" (The Electronic Intifada, 12 April):

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners entered day five of their mass hunger strike in several Israeli prisons on Friday. On 8 April, 400 Palestinians launched an open-ended mass hunger strike with a long list of demands, including improved medical care and conditions, more family visits and access to a public telephone, among others.


"On Palestinian Prisoners' Day, Families Express Waning Hope" (teleSur, April 17):

Internationally, April 17 is marked as Palestinian Prisoners' day. It was chosen by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to show solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails, and the date - April 17 - also marks the 1974 date when Mahmoud Bakir Hijazi, the first Palestinian prisoner to be held in an Israeli prison, was released.


"Report: 250 Palestinian children deprived of basic rights in Israel jails" (MEMo, April 5):

As many as 250 Palestinian children under the age of 18 are held in Israeli jails and subjected to all forms of oppression, torture and degrading treatment, the Palestinian Detainees Committee said. In a special report released to mark Palestinian Children's Day, the group revealed that Israeli forces have arrested nearly 10,000 Palestinian children since the Second Intifada in September 2000.


"Georges Ibrahim Abdallah's statement for Palestinian Prisoners' Day 2019" (Samidoun, April 20):

Georges Ibrahim Abdallah issued the following statement on the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners' Day 2019. The imprisoned Arab Communist struggler for Palestine has been jailed in French prisons for 34 years, despite being eligible for release since 1999. 


"La grève de la faim des prisonniers palestiniens se termine en parvenant à un accord avec l'occupant" (Addameer via Ass. France Palestine Solidarité, 17 avril):

Huit jours après que l'entrée en grève de la faim a été annoncée par les prisonniers politiques palestiniens dans les prisons de l'occupant, un accord a été conclu, le lundi 15 avril 2019, entre l'administration des prisons de l'occupant et les représentants des prisonniers. L'accord est intervenu après une série de séances de discussions intensives.


Resources:

© Dries van Agt, "Palestina in doodsnood." Uitgeverij Vantilt, 2019, ISBN 9789460044427, pb, geïllustreerd, 64p. Prijs: 10 euro.

In zeventig jaar tijd verloren de bewoners van historisch Palestina de beschikking over veruit het grootste deel van hun land. Dit verlies en de wijze waarop het zich voltrok, had niet plaatsgevonden als Israël zich had gedragen in overeenstemming met het internationaal recht.


© Mats Svensson, "Apartheid is a Crime: Portraits of the Israeli Occupation". Cune Press, 2019; ISBN 9781614572237. Price: $21.95.

Mats Svensson, is a former Swedish diplomat and a photographer who has lived in the oPt. From the systematic ethnic cleansing which drove Palestinians from their land to the premeditated apartheid practices and destruction of the Gaza Strip, the photos speak for themselves. The changing landscapes also changed the people, while memory became a link to be protected at all costs, especially as the geophysical space became burdened with manifestations of Israeli colonialism and violence.


© Farah Aboubakr, "The Folktales of Palestine. Cultural Identity, Memory and the Politics of Storytelling." In: SOAS Palestine Studies, I.B.Tauris, 2019, ISBN:9781788314268; 256p., £76.50.

Folktales are instrumental in ensuring the survival of oral traditions and strengthening communal bonds. Both the stories and the process of storytelling itself help to define social, cultural and political identity. For Palestinians, the threat of losing their heritage has engendered a sense of urgency among storytellers and Palestinian folklorists.


© Andrew Ross, "Stone Men. The Palestinians Who Built Israel." Verso Books, 2019, 320pp., ISBN 9781788730266. £16.99 £10.19 40% off.

 "They demolish our houses while we build theirs." This is how a Palestinian stonemason described his life to Andrew Ross. Drawing on hundreds of interviews in Palestine and Israel, Ross's engrossing, surprising, and gracefully written story of this fascinating ancient trade shows how the stones of Palestine, and Palestinian labour, have been used to build out the state of Israel - in the process, constructing "facts on the ground" - even while the industry is central to Palestinians' own efforts to erect bulwarks against the Occupation. Review: Nada Elia: "From early Zionism until today, Palestinian stonemasons built Israel" (Mondoweiss, April 16).


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