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Newsletter N°49 (January 2020)

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"Go to Gaza and Cry 'Never Again'"
Gideon Levy

It's very important to remember the past; no less important is to be cognizant of the present without shutting one's eyes. The dozens of statesmen who arrived in Israel yesterday may remember the past, but they're blurring the present. In their silence, in their disregard of reality while lining up unconditionally alongside Israel, they not only betray their roles, they also betray the memory of the past in the name of which they came here. To be the guests of Israel without mentioning its crimes; to commemorate the Holocaust while ignoring its lessons; to visit Jerusalem without traveling to the Gaza ghetto on International Holocaust Remembrance Day - one can barely think of any greater hypocrisy. It's good that kings, presidents and other notables came here in honor of this remembrance day. It's deplorable that they're ignoring what the victims of the Holocaust are inflicting on another nation (Haaretz, 23 January 2020).

Contents:

Actions and Calls -- Agenda -- Analyses -- Arts, Culture, Heritage -- BDS -- Current Affairs -- Gaza -- International -- Israel -- Palestine -- Prisoners -- Resources -- Videos

Actions & Calls:

Ludo De Brabander, "Vrede vzw is verontwaardigd over de Gentse deelname aan de VOKA-missie naar Israël" (Vrede, 14 jan):

Vrede vzw is verontwaardigd dat het Gentse schepencollege beslist heeft om schepen van economie Sofie Bracke mee te sturen met een handelsmissie van VOKA naar Israël. Amper anderhalf jaar geleden engageerde de stad Gent zich middels een motie ertoe om "mensenrechten als rode draad" op te nemen in het lokaal Gents beleid. Dat kwam er na een burgerinitiatief dat tegen de 2.800 handtekeningen verzamelde met de vraag om de banden van Gent met de Israëlische Apartheidsstaat te doorbreken.

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Brief aan Gentse Schepen Sofie Bracke vanwege meer dan 50 academici, auteurs en kunstenaars (BACBI, 20 jan 2020, pdf, 5 blz.):

Betreft de vergadering van de Gentse gemeenteraad 20/1, agendapunt (Tom De Meester) "Intrekking deelname VOKA-missie naar Israël."

Als academici, auteurs en kunstenaars die de Israëlische politiek t.a.v. de Palestijnse bevolking in de Bezette Gebieden reeds lang kritisch volgen, voelen wij ons genoopt uw participatie aan de VOKA -missie in vraag te stellen. U schrijft dat u "niet blind (bent) voor de gevoeligheden rond Israël. Meegaan op deze missie is geen legitimatie van een bepaald regime." U voegt hieraan toe dat u dat "louter (doet) vanuit een economisch, innovatief standpunt". Een dergelijke poging tot vergoelijking geeft o.i. blijk van een grote inschattingsfout. Economie, technologie en politiek zijn voor de Israëlische staat wel degelijk ten nauwste met elkaar verbonden en Israëls economische en technologische successen vormen een wezenlijk onderdeel van en ondersteuning voor een militaristische politiek die in dienst staat van de blijvende onteigening en onderdrukking van de Palestijnse bevolking...

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Sabine Van Damme, "Politieke aardschok in Gent: Sofie Bracke (Open Vld) gaat naar Israël, tegen de zin van coalitiepartners, maar met steun van extreemrechts" (Het Laatste Nieuws, 20 jan):

"Het is geen handelsmissie en laat ons dat er ook niet van maken. En ikzelf en het college zijn helemaal niet ongevoelig voor de situatie in Israël." Daarmee verdedigde schepen Sofie Bracke (Open Vld) haar 'inspiratiereis' met VOKA naar Israël. Coalitiepartners Sp.a en Groen dienden nochtans een motie in tegen deze reis. Maar met de steun van N-VA, CD&V en Vlaams Belang kan Bracke toch gaan. Een pijnlijke opdoffer voor het Gentse samenwerkingscollege van Mathias De Clercq én een gevaarlijk precedent.

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"#This is Apartheid Archives" - Association belgo-palestinienne:

ON A FAIT CHUTER L'APARTHEID EN AFRIQUE DU SUD, FAISONS-LE POUR LA PALESTINE! STOP A L'APARTHEID ISRAÉLIEN!
Quels que soient leurs statuts, tous les Palestinien.ne.s sont victimes d'un système politique discriminatoire qui est qualifié d'apartheid au regard du droit international. Ces politiques mises en place par l'État d'Israël constituent un crime contre l'humanité. Il doit être condamné avec la plus grande force par nos gouvernements !

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Agenda:

# Brussels, Thursday, Febr 6, 19h - 21h:"The ICC in Palestine: Continued Impunity or Justice at Last?" Hosted by Café Palestine. Venu: BOOM - Café associatif, rue Plétinckx, 7, 1000 Brx. The event will be in English | Free entrance.

In this edition of Café Palestine we are pleased to invite Prof. Eric David, expert in international law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and Mr. Mahmoud Abu Rahma, human rights activist from Gaza, to further discuss the details of these developments and what they mean for justice in Palestine.

Analyses & Comments:

Johan Depoortere, "HOLOCAUST EN PROPAGANDA" (Salon van Sisyphus, Jan 21):

De doden spreken niet. De miljoenen Joden die door de nazi's werden vermoord protesteren dus ook niet als ze worden gebruikt om een ander onrecht goed te praten: het settlerkolonialisme dat een heel volk van zijn huis en grond heeft verdreven en een regime dat discriminatie en Apartheid in wet heeft gebeiteld. Dat is nochtans wat N-va politicus André Gantman doet in zijn recent interview in De Standaard als hij  het tragische lot van zijn familie en van alle Joden inroept om antizionisme gelijk te stellen met antisemitisme, Jodenhaat. Dat betekent dat de zes miljoen Palestijnen die onder Israëlisch bestuur leven en die het zionisme verwerpen, gebrandmerkt worden als Jodenhaters.

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Richard Silverstein, "World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem: Hijacking the Shoah, Whitewashing Nakba" (Tikun Olam, Jan 23):

This week, thirty world leaders are converging on Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. I wrote about it in my new piece for Middle East Eye. All appearances to the contrary, this is not an official "Israeli" commemoration. Despite the fact that the country's president is welcoming the dignitaries and Yad VaShem is serving as the host of some of the events, it is a "wholly-owned" production of the Russian Jewish oligarch, Moshe Kantor. He made his fortune stealing government companies which made fertilizer and turning them into a huge conglomerate called Acron Group.

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Mathias Van Hoof, "Palestijnse vluchtelingen willen we niet, wel hun grondstoffen" (Palestina Solidariteit, 22 jan):

In het Radio 1 programma 'De Ochtend' hekelt Theo Francken op maandag 13 januari het enorm problematisch 'fenomeen' van Palestijnse asielzoekers uit Gaza in 2019, vooral mannen. Volgens de voormalige minister van asiel is dit fenomeen te wijten aan het te zachte migratiebeleid van huidig minister van asiel en migratie Maggie De Block. Het klopt dat het aantal vluchtelingen stijgt. Palestina staat, met meer dan 2300 vluchtelingen in 2019, in de top 3 van landen van waaruit het meeste vluchtelingen naar hier kwamen, na Afghanistan en Syrië. In 2018 waarschuwden de Verenigde Naties dat Gaza in 2020 onleefbaar zal zijn, als gevolg van de wurgende blokkade door Israël sinds 2007. We zijn ondertussen in 2020...

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Arts, Culture & Heritage:

Mohammed Asad, "Using hyperrealism to bring Gaza back to life" (MEMo, Jan 24):

Adam Shehata spends hundreds of hours working with pencils to make almost lifelike portraits in black and white because not only does he like the colours, it relaxes him. The 28-year-old, who lives in the besieged Gaza Strip, began drawing when he was very young. Adam's paintings vary in his small studio covering national themes, Palestinian heritage, the occupation's violations and the faces of figures of symbolic value, but they are all characterised by their extreme accuracy and embodiment of the soul of each of his subjects.

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Catherine Fache, "Michel Khleifi, cinéaste belgo-palestinien" (Palestine, N° 82, Ab-p, 7 janvier 2020):

"La blessure du peuple palestinien" est au coeur de l'oeuvre cinématographique de Michel Khleifi. Cet automne, la Cinémathèque royale de Belgique organisait une rétrospective des films récemment restaurés de Michel Khleifi, précisant dans le programme que "son cinéma militant, observateur et poétique, décrit le quotidien du peuple palestinien, entre exil, mémoire et occupation" et que "ses films font de lui un grand cinéaste de la lutte, de l'émancipation et de la liberté."

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BDS :

Ali Abunimah, "German crackdown on Palestine defenders prompts UN warning" (The Electronic Intifada, 15 Jan):

UN experts have warned the German government that its tightening crackdown on supporters of Palestinian rights violates freedom of expression. The five special rapporteurs on freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, human rights defenders, human rights in Palestine and freedom of religion sent Germany a letter in October.

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Asa Winstanley, "UK PM's threat to Palestine is also a threat to our free speech" (MEMo, Jan 22):

The entire western world is facing an almost unprecedented assault on freedom of speech - and Palestine is the issue at hand. In the US over the last few years, at the urging of the Israel lobby, 28 states have now passed laws targeting the BDS movement, according to US civil rights group Palestine Legal. Western European countries too have seen even more severe repression of solidarity with the Palestinian people - especially in France and Germany. There are attempts to outlaw it all together, or effectively outlaw opposition to the Israeli state's official ideology, Zionism.

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Itamar Benzaquen & The Seventh Eye, "Israeli ministry paying for anti-BDS propaganda in major news outlets" (+972, Jan 14):

The Strategic Affairs Ministry, which is leading the international campaign against BDS, is buying space in mainstream Israeli newspapers to promote its messages under the guise of published articles. The Israeli government recently paid tens of thousands of shekels to the Jerusalem Post in order to publish a series of articles connecting the BDS movement to anti-Semitism, according to the government's own procurement department.

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Rajaa Natour, "Should BDS include a boycott of Palestinians living in Israel?" (Haaretz, Jan 24):

In late December, Tunisian-Jordanian musician Aziz Maraqa performed in the Israeli Arab village Kafr Yasif, in Galilee, before an audience of Palestinian Israelis. As a result, he was accused of normalization, collaboration and whitewashing the occupation, and was attacked in every way possible in the Arab press and on social media. (It) shows how boycotters of Israel dictate the bounds of political-cultural discourse - and expect Palestinian citizens living in the country to unquestioningly obey it... The criteria for any boycott must be determined through cooperation and open dialogue with the Palestinians who reside in Israel. For yes, they are the ones who will pay the price of the artistic-cultural boycott, and they are the ones who will be impacted by its ramifications, whether immediate or long-term.

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"Liverpool FC reject Puma sponsorship bid" (Palestine Solidarity Campaign):

This week Liverpool FC announced they will be signing Nike, rather than Puma, as their official kit suppliers from next season onwards. Their decision comes amidst a growing international campaign for sports teams to boycott Puma over their complicity with Israeli war crimes. Puma is the main sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes football clubs based in illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land. 

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Current Affairs:

Staat van Beleg: "2019 in Cijfers" (8 januari 2020):

In het jaar 2019 konden we in totaal 8828 schendingen registreren, een gemiddelde van ruim 24 schendingen per dag. In 2018 waren het er 9572. Mogen we hieruit concluderen dat Israël minder vaak de mensenrechten van Palestijnen schendt? Zeker niet. De schendingen die we hier presenteren geven een totaalbeeld van de schendingen die het nieuws halen maar zijn slechts een indicatie van wat zich in Palestina afspeelt.

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"Palestinian recounts brutal Israeli dog attack: 'I bled for two and a half hours'" (Palestine Post 24, Jan 23):

Mabruk Jarrar, a 39-year-old schoolteacher, was savagely mauled by Israeli military dog during a raid on his home in the occupied West Bank. Here, he recounts his horrific experience. According to journalist Max Blumenthal, the use of attack dogs on Palestinians is part of a long-standing policy.

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Tamara Nassar, "Israel cuts school buses for Bedouin children" (The Electronic Intifada, 21 Jan):

Thousands of Palestinian Bedouin preschoolers haven't been in class for days after Israeli authorities halted their only means of getting to school. The Neve Midbar Regional Council announced on 12 January that buses would stop serving 20 villages in the southern Naqab (Negev) region the next day without prior warning. 16 of the affected villages are "unrecognized," including Bir al-Hammam, al-Zarnouq, Abda and Rahma, among others.

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"Israel Demolishes School Foundation Near Hebron, Closes Two Schools in Jerusalem" (IMEMC, Jan 17):

Israeli forces, Thursday, demolished the foundations of a new school that was in the process of being built, east of Yatta town, south of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, according to Rateb Jabour, member of the National and Popular Committee Resisting the Wall and Settlements.

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Gaza:

Lydia de Leeuw: "Gaza is nu officieel onleefbaar: onze collectieve schandvlek" (Joop, 17 jan):

We hebben net het nieuwe decennium feestelijk ingeluid, vol plannen, verwachtingen en her en der een goed voornemen. De inwoners van de Gazastrook gingen op 1 januari iets heel anders tegemoet: hun leefomgeving is vanaf dit jaar onleefbaar. De hele wereld, inclusief Nederland, heeft de afgelopen decennia toegekeken hoe Israël moedwillig een chronische humanitaire crisis creëerde. Gaza is onze collectieve schandvlek... De internationale gemeenschap, waaronder Nederland, behandelt de crisis in de Gazastrook als een humanitaire crisis waar geen menselijke opzet bij komt kijken... Als de Nederlandse overheid een fractie van de moed zou hebben die mensen in Gaza tonen, dan zouden sancties volgen. Totdat de illegale blokkade van de Gazastrook is opgeheven.

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Tareq Hajjaj, "Families in disbelief after Israeli army kills three Gaza teens" (MEE, Jan 24):

On Tuesday afternoon, just before maghrib - the fourth daily Muslim call to prayer - Mohammed Abu Mandel, Salem al-Naami and Mahmoud Saed decided to take a break from their studies and spend some time on family farmland in the northern besieged Gaza Strip. The plan, family and friends told Middle East Eye, was to light a bonfire and relax ahead of the high-pressure tawjihi exams that would mark the end of high school in a few months' time. But the three 17-year-olds never came home. That evening, Israeli forces shot and killed the three boys, alleging that they had crossed the separation barrier between the blockaded Palestinian enclave and Israel in an attempt to carry out an attack.

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"Rights groups: Israel must halt aerial herbicide chemicals spraying in Gaza" (The Palestine Project, Medium, Jan 16):

Israeli crop dusters flew along the perimeter fence separating Gaza and Israel on Tuesday and sprayed chemicals purported to be herbicides. The spraying was conducted sporadically for about three and half hours, with the sprayed chemicals reaching Palestinian farmlands inside the Gaza Strip, mainly east of Gaza, North Gaza, and Deir al-Balah districts.

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Annelies Keuleers: "Dit is de grootste dierenliefhebber van Gaza: 'De oorlog is moeilijk voor mens én dier'" (MO*, 26 jan):

Gaza domineert de krantenkoppen als een plek van oorlog en verwoesting. Na 13 jaar Israëlische blokkade heerst er extreme armoede. Bovendien zijn, sinds de laatste bombardementen in november, sommige Gazanen nog steeds dakloos in de winterkoude. Toch is er in alle puin ook mededogen te vinden. Saeed Al Arr komt op voor een groep inwoners van Gaza die binnen het oorlogsgeweld vergeten wordt: de dieren. Met zijn organisatie Sulala verzorgt hij honderden mishandelde, gewonde of zieke honden en katten in Gaza.

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International:

Amjad Iraqi, "With international law under siege, can the ICC bring justice to Palestinians?"(+972 Magazine, Jan 13):

As the ICC prosecutor's investigation awaits a green light, Palestinian experts reflect on what the legal battle portends for their struggle. In a surprise statement last month, Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, announced that there is legal basis to probe Israel and Palestinian groups over war crimes in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip, and that her office was ready to investigate the matter. The announcement has stirred many questions and mixed reflections among Palestinians.

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"Palestine Justice Campaign: Creating Accountability for War Crimes in Gaza."

News Update: Public Pronouncement to be delivered in court on January 29th.

A principled Palestinian is making history in a legal action in a Dutch court against two Israeli military commanders for the killing of 6 family members from 3 generations, during the carnage inflicted by the Israeli war machine on the people of Gaza during the summer of 2014.

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"Le conflit israélo-palestinien est le grand oublié de la diplomatie française" (Mediapart, 21 janvier - paywall):

Emmanuel Macron se rend en Israël et dans les territoires palestiniens les 22 et 23 janvier. Une visite essentiellement consacrée aux questions mémorielles. Depuis au moins dix ans, la France ne considère plus le conflit israélo-palestinien comme une " urgence ". Pour de nombreux diplomates, cette indifférence rend la situation " explosive ".

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Dominique Minten, "Israël vernielt alweer Belgisch hulpproject" (De Standaard, 20 jan):

Oxfam-project lijdt voor naar schatting 76.000 euro schade. Israël vernielt steeds meer projecten op de Westelijke Jordaanoever die met Europees geld zijn gefinancierd. Oxfam vraagt dat de EU meer doet dan verklaringen afleggen. Dit was al de vijfde vernieling van een ­Oxfam-project in minder dan één jaar tijd. Israël waant zich onaantastbaar. Nog nooit heeft het de schade vergoed. Drie jaar geleden eiste de Belgische regering al eens compensaties, maar daar is nooit iets van in huis gekomen.

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Andrew Rettman, "Surge in Israeli demolition of EU-funded buildings" (euobserver, Jan 17):

Israel has sped up demolitions of EU-funded and Palestinian structures in the West Bank amid hawkish talk on taking over the territory. It wrecked or seized 97 structures worth some 480,000 euros in the area last year which had been built using EU or member states' funds - a 90% increase on the year before, according to internal EU figures seen by EUobserver. It also demolished 35% more Palestinian structures and displaced 95% more Palestinian people in the West Bank and East Jerusalem than in 2018.

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Gina Dowding,"Israel's weapons industry earns millions from EU states. It must end" (Middle East Eye, Jan 16):

A new report shows that the European Union is funnelling millions of euros of taxpayers' money to Israeli weapons manufacturers. With a resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict seeming ever more elusive, the EU's role as a credible mediator is growing in importance. This revelation puts that role at risk.

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Ramzy Baroud, "In the Name of "Israel's Security": Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding" (CounterPunch, Jan 24):

Billions of US tax-payers' money will continue to be funneled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for many years in the foreseeable future. Republican and Democratic Senators have recently achieved just that, passing a bill aimed at providing Israel with $3.3 billion in annual aid.

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Asa Winstanley, "We "slaughtered" Jeremy Corbyn, says Israel lobbyist" (EI, 10 Jan):

A prominent Israel lobbyist in the UK has claimed credit for last month's electoral defeat of the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn. "The beast is slain," Joe Glasman delighted - Corbyn has been "slaughtered." He rejoiced that "we defeated him" in the election. "They tried to kill us," he ranted, but "we won." Glasman leads the "political investigations team" at the Campaign Against Antisemitism, or CAA - an influential anti-Palestinian lobby group.

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Israel :

Gideon Levy, "Why I'm obsessed with Israel's occupation of the Palestinians" (Haaretz, Nov 29, 2018):

The radical left also has an obsession: The occupation. No obsession is more justified since the occupation by nature is an obsessive phenomenon. In contrast to other obsessions, those of the Zionist left, for example, being obsessed with the occupation is not a matter of running away from the core problem - it's a matter of dealing with it. When talking about such a fateful issue - no other one is as fateful for the State of Israel in the most profound sense - one cannot be anything but obsessive. Moreover, being obsessive is required in light of the repression of this issue by society, the media and the political system in this country.

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11.11.11, "Israël richt desinformatiecampagne naar Europese hoofdsteden" (De Wereld Morgen, 22 jan):

Uit een onderzoek van 11.11.11 blijkt dat de bewegingsruimte van Palestijnse en Israëlische ngo's en activisten steeds kleiner wordt. Zowel de Palestijnse Autoriteit, Hamas als de Israëlische regering gaan daarbij steeds driester te werk. De Israëlische overheid verzet het actieterrein meer en meer.

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Palestine Occupied:

"Palestijnen dreigen zich terug te trekken uit Oslo-akkoorden" (Knack, 26 jan):

De Palestijnen dreigen zich terug te trekken uit de akkoorden van Oslo indien de Amerikaanse president Donald Trump zoals verwacht deze week zijn vredesplan voor het Midden-Oosten aankondigt. Dat hebben Palestijnse beleidsverantwoordelijken aangegeven aan het Franse persbureau AFP. Die akkoorden kaderen momenteel de relaties tussen Israël en de Palestijnse Autoriteit.

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Nir Hasson, "Israel arrests hundreds of Palestinian minors in Jerusalem, violating children's rights" (Haaretz, Jan 10):

The use of force, nighttime arrests, questioning not in the presence of their parents, rides in patrol cars for intimidation and unnecessary handcuffing - these are just some of the violations of the rights of minors arrested by police in the Isawiyah neighborhood of Jerusalem over the past few months. One 13 year-old boy says police officers broke into his house while his parents were not home and hit him on the head before arresting him.

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Yumna Patel, "Palestinian NGO's launch campaign against EU 'anti-terror' funding requirement" (Mondoweiss, Jan 24):

Palestinian NGOs are hitting back at international donors, particularly the EU, for their "anti-terror" funding requirements, which the groups argue unfairly target Palestinian civil society groups. The Palestinian National Campaign to Reject Conditional Funding was launched in recent weeks by a number of Palestinian NGOs who are refusing to sign an EU grant request stipulating that recipients must refuse to transfer any E.U. assistance given to "terrorist groups or entities."

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Bel Trew, "Palestinians to lodge UN complaint after Israel announces new nature reserves in occupied West Bank" (Independent, Jan 16):

Palestinians call controversial move 'dangerous and expansionist' as Israeli rights groups say building new reserves violates international and local law. - Israel has announced that it will open seven new nature reserves in the occupied West Bank, the first time it has made such a move in 25 years. The controversial decision sparked a backlash from Israeli rights groups and the Palestinian leadership, which has vowed to lodge complaints with the UN and international courts.

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Prisoners:

"Palestinian children face disastrous conditions in Israeli jails" (Palestine Post 24, Jan 24):

Children as young as 12 years can be prosecuted in Israeli military courts. - More than 33 Palestinian children are facing "disastrous" conditions inside Israeli prison of Damoun, PLO's Commission for Prisoners and Freed Prisoners revealed on Tuesday.  When the children protested against their relocation and harsh prison conditions, jail guards sent in special forces to deter them by cutting electricity and water supplies, teargassed them and confiscating their personal kits. Some of them were placed in solitary confinement in Al Jalama Prison and some were issued with fines.

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"Palestinian child prisoner reveals horrible details about his detention" (Quds News Network, Jan 23):

17-year-old Ishaq Abu Hitteh from Hebron (Al-Khalil) was arrested near the Ibrahimi mosque on January 18, while he was heading to the mosque to pray. Abu Hitteh told the Committee of Prisoners that he was assaulted by a group of Jewish settlers, who surrounded and threatened him, before a large number of Israeli soldiers arrived and brutally beat him, claiming that he had tried to stab the settlers. The soldiers forced Abu Hitteh to sit on his knees and left him for three hours in the freezing weather. The soldiers did not stop insulting and humiliating him the whole time. They also removed his clothes, leaving him shivering under the rain with only a flannel shirt on him...

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Resources:

Nouveau site Web de nos ami.e.s de la Plate-forme Charleroi-Palestine! Nieuwe website van de vrienden van het Platform Charleroi-Palestine!

Nouveau nom du site/nieuwe naam : "Charleroi pour la Palestine"! 
Nouvelle adresse:
 https://charleroi-pourlapalestine.be/

We feliciteren Myriam en haar kameraden van harte met deze nieuwe website: hij is zo goed gedaan en aantrekkelijk om jaloers op te zijn // Nous félicitons Myriam et ses camarades pour ce site si bien fait et attrayant d'en être jaloux! Hij zal grote diensten bewijzen aan de Belgische en Europese solidariteitsbeweging met Palestina.//Il rendra de grands services au mouvement de solidarité avec la Palestine en Belgique et en Europe. :-)

"Gaza Strip Map: Mapping Movement and Access, January 2020":

A new and updated map published by Gisha in January 2020 emphasizes the spatial dimensions of Israel's ongoing control over Gaza, and the means by which Israel denies movement of people and goods. The map includes data and background on the crossing points with Israel and Egypt, the "fishing zone" enforced by Israel in Gaza's territorial waters, and the "buffer zone" it imposes along the barrier separating Gaza from Israel.

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"Access Kit" (Gisha, Last update: Oct 2019):

A guide to procedures and protocols that regulate access to and from the Gaza Strip.
The State of Israel restricts the movement of both people and goods to and from Gaza through Israeli territory. To travel, or transport goods, Palestinians must submit a permit application to the Israeli authorities and receive their approval. Israel controls Gaza residents' freedom of movement through dozens of procedures and protocols, violating their rights to family life, health, religious worship and more.

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Videos:

# "Inleefreis Palestina Solidariteit (2019)":
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=337393003579924

# "Des familles palestiniennes contraintes par Israël de détruire leurs maisons" (Middle East Eye, FR): https://www.facebook.com/MiddleEastEyeFr/videos/485732855688355/

# "Nous assistons à la mort purement et simplement du droit international" (Prof. Stéphane Rials) : https://www.facebook.com/idirtfrance/videos/462786258001091/

# "Why we are cutting the Israeli barrier fence around Gaza" (Finnish member of Parliament Anna Kontula talks about why she took part in Gaza 2020):
https://www.facebook.com/gaza2020breakingtheseige/videos/489562168604162/

Gaza 2020: Has Israel's siege made life impossible for Palestinians?

If Only - Young Palestinians in Gaza on What Freedom of Movement Means to Them

Belgian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel

Committee: Prof. ém. Marie-Christine Closon (UCL), Prof. Patrick Deboosere (VUB), Prof. Lieven De Cauter (KULeuven), Em. Prof. Herman De Ley (UGent), Em. Prof. Marc De Meyere (UGent), Prof. Serge Deruette (UMons), Lieve Franssen (dir. Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor), Carl Gydé (director CAMPO), Prof. Perrine Humblet (ULB), Prof. Marc Jacquemain (ULiège), Em. Prof. Madeline Lutjeharms (VUB), Raven Ruëll (metteur en scène), Prof. ém. Christiane Schomblond (ULB), Dr. Nozomi Takahashi (UGent), Prof. Karin Verelst (VUB).

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