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Israel detains Bil’in non-violence activist

19 hours 18 min ago
WAFA - An army unit raided the village and detained Abdallah Abu Rahmeh and two others from the same family identified as Mohammad Adib Abu Rahmeh and Ahmad Mohammad Abu Rahmeh. Abdullah Abu Rahmeh is an internationally recognized peace activist and coordinator of the Bil’in popular committee against the wall and settlements. He was detained several times in the past for his non-violence activities in his village against Israel’s seizure of Bil’in land for the construction and expansion of its illegal settlements and the construction of the apartheid barrier that has separated the village from most of its agricultural land. [bz]

Arab League steps in to salvage peace process

19 hours 18 min ago
Ma`an - The Arab League has reportedly approached the United States government regarding its recent threat to punitively shut down the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington D.C, over the Palestinian leadership’s threat to bring Israel before the International Criminal Court (ICC). A regional organization of 22 Arab countries, the Arab League announced that its Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit approached the US President Donald Trump’s administration over the closure. The league is reportedly attempting to do damage control. [bz]

Palestinians to suspend US ties if PLO office closed

19 hours 18 min ago
Al Jazeera - Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for the Palestinian presidency, said in a statement that the US measure (...) "represents a blow to peacemaking efforts, while rewarding Israel, which is working to obstruct US efforts by persisting with its policy of settlements and its refusal to accept the two-state solution". [bz]

You can’t support the US if you oppose the Occupation

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 00:00
Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - Has it not occurred to our liberals (and even part of some of the radicals among them) that if the Americans really wanted to end the Occupation, they could get Israel out of the Palestinian territories without much difficultly? gm

Palestinian rights make a rare appearance in Congress

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 00:00
Samer Badawi - +972 "A first-of-its-kind bill introduced this week focusing on the rights of Palestinian children could pave the way for greater transparency and accountability in America’s dealings with Israel...“As the first-ever bill on Palestinian human rights introduced in Congress, we see [this] as a direct challenge to the systemic impunity enjoyed by Israeli forces,” said Brad Parker, an attorney with Defense for Children International-Palestine, which has been working to support McCollum and other members of Congress through its No Way to Treat a Child campaign." ca

You are here Anti-Semites feted by Zionist Organization of America

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 00:00
Michael F. Brown - Electronic Intifada "Men like Bannon are now the political partners of the ZOA and the crowd of supporters that turned out on Sunday. If you’re pro-Israel in these circles, then any form of bigotry goes.Nazi sympathizer Sebastian Gorka – who worked alongside Bannon in the White House – was there despite his connections to anti-Semitic leaders in Hungary.Alan Dershowitz, the lawyer who has advocated such war crimes as the destruction of Palestinian villages, was there." ca

Global medical watchdog complicit with Israeli abuses

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 00:00
Derek Summerfield - Elecronic Intifada "It is now more than 20 years since Amnesty International first concluded that Israeli doctors working with Israel’s security services “form part of a system in which detainees are tortured, ill-treated and humiliated in ways that place prison medical practice in conflict with medical ethics.” Since then there have been repeated attempts – of which this author has been part – to have the global medical ethics watchdog World Medical Association (WMA) hold the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) accountable for these practices...Unfortunately, as the case with Israel illustrates, the WMA seems unwilling to act against those with powerful friends like the US." ca

BREAKING: Corrupt Israeli Arms Deal with Azerbaijan Under Gag Order

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 00:00
Richard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "Yesterday, The Marker reported that the Israeli drone manufacturer, Aeronautics Group, was under investigation by the Israeli major crimes unit 433 for corrupt dealings with a “significant client.” Since the publication included a reference to a previous case brought against the company involving dealings it with Azerbaijan, it’s clear that the paper was implicitly saying that this new matter also involves Azerbaijan." ca

McCollum Introduces Legislation to Promote Human Rights for Palestinian Children

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 00:00
Betty McCollum - Press Release "An estimated 10,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli security forces and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system since 2000. Independent monitors such as Human Rights Watch have documented that these children are subject to abuse and, in some cases, torture — specifically citing the use of chokeholds, beatings, and coercive interrogation on children between the ages of 11 and 15. In addition, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has found that Palestinian children are frequently held for extended periods without access to either their parents or attorneys...The legislation has been endorsed by the American Friends Service Committee, Amnesty International USA, Center for Constitutional Rights, Churches for Middle East Peace, Defense for Children International - Palestine, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ, Jewish Voice for Peace, Mennonite Central Committee, Presbyterian Church (USA), the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR), and United Methodist General Board of Church and Society." ca

Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara is Winning in Italy

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 00:00
Romana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud - Dissident Voice "A proposed law at the Italian Parliament is set to punish the boycott of Israel. In the past, such an initiative would have been unthinkable. Alas, Italy, a country that had historic sympathies with the Palestinian cause, has shifted its politics in a dramatic way in recent years. Most surprisingly, though, the Left is as implicated as the Right in the rush to please Israel, at the expense of Palestinian rights.The sad reality is this: Italy is moving to the Israeli camp. The sad reality is this: Italy is moving to the Israeli camp." ca

Israeli forces target Palestinian schools, teachers in East Jerusalem and Hebron

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:00
Sheren Khalel - Mondoweiss - Israeli police forces entered Zahwat al- Quds school in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday, arresting the principal of the school as well as three teachers in front of students, before closing down the school and instructing parents to find alternative facilities for their children, according to Palestinian official media, Wafa.The events in East Jerusalem came one day after Israeli forces detained several teachers in the southern Hebron Hills on their walk to school, again in the presence of their students.-rh

Israeli right’s anti-democratic laws penetrate everywhere

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 00:00
Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - The takeover of the corporation of the State of Israel is being executed in incremental fashion, using legislation and sanctions, making it a little less democratic, a little more Jewish. The plethora of laws and sanctions make a mockery of Israeli democracy. Viewed separately, each of these initiatives is a yawn; taken together, this accumulation of legislation should make every Israeli lose sleep.-rh

The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 00:00
Ramzy Baroud - Dissident Voice - Corruption in Israeli society has become particularly endemic after the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza in 1967. The idea that ordinary Israelis can move into a Palestinian house, evict the family, claim the house as their own, with the full support of the military, the government and the court, exemplifies moral corruption to the highest degree. It was only a matter of time before this massive corruption racket – military occupation, the settlement enterprise, the media whitewashing of Israeli crimes – seeped back into mainstream Israeli society, which has become rotten to the core. While Israelis might have ‘gotten used’ to their own corruption, Palestinians have not, because the price of Israel’s moral corruption is too high for them to bear.-rh

Arab-Israelis fear new bill to increase security guards` powers

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 00:00
Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Next week, the Knesset`s Interior Committee will debate a proposed piece of legislation by Minister for Public Security Gilad Erdan, which would expand the authority of civilian security guards. According to the proposal, security guards will be given powers similar to the police in that they will have the right to detain suspects, demand that they identify themselves and even use force to prevent them from entering crowded spaces such as shopping malls and public transportation. Erdan claims that the purpose of the law is to increase civilians` sense of safety in recreation centers and offices that provide services to citizens.-rh

Israel Draws Up Blacklist of Boycott Supporters

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 00:00
IMEMCnews - The Israeli government is currently preparing a blacklist of local and international organizations and activists who call for boycotting Israeli institutions, products and events, local media sources revealed yesterday. On Sunday, the Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation passed a law against activists who encourage the international boycott of Israel, under which they are likely to be sued or fined.-rh

Cambridge slammed for `censoring` Palestine BDS event 11 NOVEMBER 2017

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 00:00
Shafik Mandhai - Aljazeera - Ruba Salih from the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) was set to oversee Wednesday`s event featuring Palestinian BDS activist, Omar Barghouti, but organisers say they were forced to cancel her participation hours before it was due to start after the university intervened citing concerns over her neutrality. Palestinian activists say the incident highlights the increasingly restrictive atmosphere for critics of Israel on campuses across the UK.-rh

Military Court Watch: Newsletter - October 2017

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 00:00
Military Court Watch - Detention figures: The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) continues to experience difficulties in providing accurate and timely information regarding the number of Palestinian children in its detention facilities in accordance with an outstanding Freedom of Information application (FOI application). According to the IPS, as of 30 June 2017, 318 Palestinian children were held as "security prisoners" in Israeli detention facilities. This represents a 4 percent decrease compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 17 percent compared with 2016. Out of 318 children, 10 were girls, representing 3 percent. There is currently no available data relating to age breakdown, administrative detention or the percentage of children transferred to prisons inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.-rh

Gaza Kids Live in Hell: A Psychologist Tells of Rampant Sexual Abuse, Drugs and Despair

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 00:00
Ayelett Shani - Middle East Transparent - Mohammed Mansour, who treats Gaza victims of sexual assault, describes the dystopian nightmare that Palestinians are living.-rh

Palestinian human rights bill on child imprisonment introduced in United States Congress

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 00:00
Samidoun - Washington, D.C., November 14, 2017—Members of Congress on Tuesday introduced a bill prohibiting U.S. financial support of abuses against Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system, putting violations under the magnifying glass of U.S. taxpayers.-rh

Netanyahu: Israel Will Act Alone to Force Iran Out of Syria

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 00:00
Jason Ditz - Antiwar.com - On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed that the most recent ceasefire announcement did not involve any commitment for Russia to force Iran out of Syria, saying that Iran can maintain a legitimate presence in Syria. This isn’t sitting well with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who urged the world to unite and force Iran out of Syria at all costs. Now, he’s saying Israel is prepared to act alone to ensure Iran has no permanent presence there.-rh