New settlement housing and new confiscation of Palestinian lands 

Occupation Magazine  August, 6, 2013, and a selection of articles posted on earlier days

 
Avaaz`s worldwide campaign highlights Palestinians` plight under occupation
Alice Jay - Avaaz.org - Following a visit to the West Bank and meeting with activists, Avaaz launched a worldwide campaign to collect funds in support of the non-violent resistance movement. The specific case chosen to highkight the situation of Palerstinians under occupation was that of Fadel Jaber - arrested by Israeli security forces for the crime of trying to get water for his family, and was dragged of while his heartbroken five-year-old son Khaled could be heard screaming “baba, baba!”

The Maximum Possible - new position paper with infographics by Gisha
Gisha - The new report addresses the gap that should be bridged between the current policy of allowing the minimum necessary access, i.e. meeting basic humanitarian needs only, and achieving the maximum possible, meaning what Israel can do to ensure normal life for Palestinians and respect their right to freedom of movement without compromising its own security interests. bz

Palestinians and Israelis cannot afford to be cynical about peace 
James Zogby - The National - There are plenty of reasons to be cynical about US Secretary of State John Kerry`s relaunch of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The personalities and the politics involved do not immediately inspire confidence. But I choose not to be negative, partly because it is easy to sit on the sidelines and take potshots.bz

Army Invades Central Gaza Strip
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - In the latest of nearly daily Israeli incursions, six military bulldozers, accompanied by several jeeps, carried out a limited invasion into the central Gaza Strip near Al- Boreij Refugee Camp and Juhr Ed-Deen village. Israeli forces fired  several rounds of live ammunition before proceeding to uproot farmlands, allegedly in order to deny cover to cross-border infiltrators. Such incursions are direct violations to the ceasefire agreement mediated by Egypt, in November of last year - however, the Hamas-led government in Gaza is on very bad terms with the Egyptian Armny which seized power last month, and is not in a position to call for Egyptian help. ak

Demanding Freedom of Movement and Access for Palestinian Journalists [+link to petition of Palestinian journalists]
The +972 Magazine and Activestills collectives - Palestinian journalists are given official accreditation by the Palestinian Information Ministry. Israel, however, does not honor those press cards. Palestinian journalists are unable to pass through Israeli checkpoints, are not granted access to official press events and are subject to state violence in a way that Israeli journalists are not. Israeli journalists have broad access, traveling freely between the Muqata and the Knesset.bz

Australian activists call upon their government to halt expulsion of Negev Bedouins
David Albuquerque (Brisbane, Australia) - The petition, addressed to Foreign Minister Bob Carr, reads "Your government has repeatedly and vigorously reaffirmed your commitment to strengthening your friendship with Israel. its abysmal human rights record notwithstanding. I urge you to use your influence and warn Knesset members to abandon the forced relocation of 40,000 Bedouins, while there is still time to avoid this human rights catastrophe.

230 new housing units at Ma`on settlement entail confiscation of 4000 Dunams of Palestinian land 
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - The construction of 230 units in the Ma’on illegal settlement, east of Yatta in the South Hebron Hills, is to start in 60 days. According to Rateb Jabour, Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements, this entails plans to confiscate nearly 4000 Dunams of Palestinian lands that belong to the families of Ash-Sha’abeen, Roomy, Abu Sabha, Ash-Shawaheen, al- Hathaleen, and Shinraan. The lands in question are located in the local communities of Um Al-Kheir, Um Hatba, and Khalayel Az-Zattoun. Following last week`s relaunching of Israeli-Palestinian talks in Washington, PM Netanyhau promised settlers that he has no intention to "freeze" settlement contruction. ak

The Original No: Why Arabs Rejected Zionism And Why It Matters
Natasha Gill - Middle East Policy Council - In his March 2013 Jerusalem speech, President Obama offered the Israelis an astonishing bargain: history for peace. In return for his personal endorsement of each detail of the standard Jewish/Zionist narrative, the Israelis were asked to acknowledge the Palestinians as human beings with some human rights, to reconsider the occupation and do the right thing so as to help renew the peace process. But they were not asked to take into account the Palestinians` own narrative and perception of history.ak 

Stolen Beauty Ahava boycott campaign continues
CODEPINK: Women for Peace - By this past weekend, more than 5,000 signatures were collected denouncing the Ahava cosmetics company for illegally using Palestinian natural resources. We are going to continue collecting signatures on the petition which will be delivered in September to to Nordstrom corporate headquarters in Seattle.ak




IDF soldier filmed kicking Palestinian boy
Itamar Fleishman - Ynet - Video distributed by International Solidarity Movement shows soldier cursing, shoving and kicking 12 year old in Hebron; IDF says will investigate

Palestinian orchestra takes centre stage at The Proms with Kennedy’s support 
Alistair Dawber - The Independent - "Nigel Kennedy is no stranger to the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis. He has refused to play in Israel and in 2007 told the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, `I was really shocked when I saw the wall [that divides the Israel and the West Bank] here. It’s a new type of apartheid, barbaric behaviour. How can you impose collective punishment and divide people from one another? We are all residents of the same planet. I would think that the world learned something from South Africa. And the world should boycott a nation that didn’t learn. That’s why I won’t perform in your country`”

In a West Bank Culture of Conflict, Boys Wield the Weapon at Hand
Jodi Rudoren - The New York Times - "Youths hurling stones has long been the indelible icon — some call it a caricature — of Palestinian pushback against Israel: a recent United Nations report said 7,000 minors, some as young as 9, had been detained between 2002 and 2012. Here in Beit Ommar, a village of 17,000 between Bethlehem and Hebron that is surrounded by Jewish settlements, rock throwing is a rite of passage and an honored act of defiance. The futility of stones bouncing off armored vehicles matters little: confrontation is what counts"

We can’t lose a democracy we never had
Tsafi Saar--Many dirges have been heard lately lamenting the death of democracy on account of the governability law that passed its first reading in the Knesset this past week. There is reason to lament; it is indeed a bad and dangerous piece of legislation. But for something to die, it must have once lived. dn

Video Shows Iran’s President-Elect Was Misquoted on Israel
ROBERT MACKEY--A video report from Iran’s state-owned Press TV included subtitled remarks by President-elect Hassan Rouhani that were misreported by other Iranian news agencies on Friday. dn

Savir`s corner: John Kerry’s diplomacy
Uri Savir - Jerusalem Post - America is involved not because of opportunity, but because of danger. Internationally we live in an era where a country’s well-being is highly dependent on the global scene, globalization making economies interdependent. And, if before, domestic considerations affected foreign policy, today the opposite is also true. bz

Time is on our side
Efraim Inbar - Israel Hayom - Israel`s integration into the global economy is evidence that it is not isolated internationally (...) Israel will be negotiating from a position of strength. [This article, appearing in Sheldon Adelson`s freely-distributed paper in support of Netanyahu gives a good summary of how right-wingers view things-bz]

The army’s precious time
Haaretz Editorial--The IDF`s time is invaluable, but it is intolerable to believe that this is the reason 1,300 people will be evicted from their homes and cut off from their livelihoods. dn

West Bank water shortage forcing Palestinians to lease land from settlers
Amira Hass--Shortage of water and agricultural land in area leads local farmers into embarrassing predicament. dn


Army Attacks Nonviolent Protesters In Jerusalem
Agencies - IMEMC - "Local sources have reported that the army and police used excessive force against the nonviolent protesters and struck them with batons before throwing concussion grenades at them." - id

From Ramadan at Qalandiya to Iftar in Al-Araqib
Activestills - +972 - "A week in photos" - id


Israeli activists replace threatening military signs with messages of peace and resistance
Haggai Matar - +972 - On Saturday, July 13, a group of Israeli women went on a road trip to replace these threatening signs with more inviting texts. They traveled between several Palestinian towns and with the help of local residents, covered the military’s red with sheets of more colorful cloth. The messages on the new signposts read: “Civilian zone: No entry to the army! This road leads to Palestinian settlements. Israeli civilians, do not be afraid! Come and visit Palestinian settlements, refuse to be enemies!”-rh


Filmmaking as resistance: Hany Abu Assad’s dream of a new Palestinian cinema
Jonathan Cook - jonathan-cook.net - “I want my films to put fear into Israelis. My job is to disturb their dreams, to wake them from the fantasy that there is no occupation,” says Hany Abu-Assad, a Palestinian filmmaker whose new movie, Omar, won the Jury Prize at Cannes.-rh


High Court Petition: Shin Bet Must Quit Summoning Political Activists for "Warning Conversations" 
ACRI - Press Release - The petition includes testimonies of political and civil society activists who were called in over the past year for "warning conversations" with Shin Bet agents. The testimonies reveal how these conversations, which were not formal investigations on suspicion of specific crimes, were used to deter activists who pursue agendas outside the consensus. The conversations included personal questions about the citizens` political activities, relationships and finances.-rh

Gaza hospital chosen for solar power project
Rami Almeghari - Electronic Intifada "Power cuts can affect Gaza hospitals so badly that medical operations sometimes have to be carried out under the faint light provided by doctors’ mobile phones.Eager to improve this situation, a Gaza-based scientist has teamed up with an international group to undertake a renewable energy project for the health sector. Its aim is to provide 168 solar panels and other equipment for Jenin Hospital in al-Shajaiyeh neighborhood, east of Gaza City." ca


War in Syria highlights vulnerability of Palestinian refugees
Anne Irfan - Electronic Intifada "To fully understand the significance of this mass migration, we need to consider the dire conditions in these often-forgotten camps, which shelter most of the approximately 450,000 Palestinians registered in Lebanon. The 12 official camps encapsulate the impossible situation of the Palestinians in Lebanon, where they comprise about 10 percent of the population but are deprived of basic civil and legal rights." ca




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