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By banning the leaders of peace organizations like CODEPINK, Israel is isolating itself even further as an apartheid state, said Ariel Gold, national director of CODEPINK


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fly bird (26)
Monday January 8, 2018, 7:27 am
Israel's New Blacklist of BDS-Supporting Groups Sparks Outrage - VIDEO
By Common Dreams staff / Common Dreams

"Israel is isolating itself even further as an apartheid state," says CODEPINK.

Advocacy groups vowed to continue their fight for peace and justice on Sunday after the Israeli government announced they are banned from the country for their support of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement known as BDS.

"By banning the leaders of peace organizations like CODEPINK, Israel is isolating itself even further as an apartheid state," said Ariel Gold, national director of CODEPINK. "Their BDS blacklist is contrary to democratic principles and Jewish values. As an American Jew, I am proud of my work to challenge Israel's policies of repression. I will not give up the fight."

The list of 20 groups was published Sunday by the Strategic Affairs Minister, and follows Israel's passageof a law in March 2017 banning BDS supporters from entering the country.

"We have shifted from defense to offense," said Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan. "The boycott organizations need to know that the State of Israel will act against them and not allow [them] to enter its territory to harm its citizens."

In addition to CODEPINK, the U.S.-based groups on the list include the Nobel Peace Prize-winning American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), American Muslims for Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), National Students for Justice in Palestine, and U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights. Among the European organizations on the list are War on Want and Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

According to JVP executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson, the development "is disconcerting but not surprising, given the further erosion of democratic norms as well as rising anxiety about the power of BDS as a tool to demand freedom. JVP members are now joining Palestinians as well as Muslims from around the world, people of color, and other activists who are often barred from entry."

For CODEPINK member Nancy Kricorian, being included on the list is actually a source of pride.

"As I read through the names of groups now banned from entering Israel because of their advocacy for Palestinian rights," she said in a statement, "I thought that this list was rather a roll of honor. Israel's desperate attempt to counter the BDS movement with this latest blacklist, along with the millions of dollars they are spending on internet trolling and propaganda campaigns, will not stop our principled support of equality and justice for the Palestinian people."


fly bird (26)
Monday January 8, 2018, 7:44 am
Irish Minister Advocates Palestinian State, Calls for Boycott of Israel.
January 5, 2018

Irish Minister Finian McGrath has expressed support for boycotting Israel over “unfair” treatment of Palestinians. Reported the Irish Examiner.

The Irish Independent politician, who has served as Minister of State for Disability Issues since May 2016 made his comments following Trumps declaration of Jerusalem being the capital of Israel and after threatening to cut off aid to UNRWA, the main UN agency established in 1949 to provide relief assistance to millions of Palestinian refugees.

In a recent interview with The Irish Examiner McGrath was critical of the US role in inciting violence in the area, and expressed that his views are shared by many Irish citizens.

Talking about an Irish prioritization of a Palestinian state in 2018, McGrath said, “It is something that we all feel very strongly about and that is something that I put into the program for government.”

“We want to make sure that that message goes to the United Nations and we are advocating that at the UN and that is our position. It is non-negotiable; it is a very important issue for us.”

He also advocated for boycotting Israel until they comply with international law:

“I don’t like boycotts in my heart because I prefer dialogue and interaction but I think we have reached the stage now and particularly in recent weeks now where [Donald] Trump and the Israelis were saying that Jerusalem will become a capital of Israel. And that has provoked me, that has provoked me very seriously.

“So my personal view is we have to start looking at the whole economic sanctions area now because it just is unfair. The vast majority of the international community, they want to see Palestine recognized, they want to seem treated with respect and their human rights recognized and that’s not going to happen, so I think we have to up it a gear.

“But we have to up it a gear at the UN and at the EU. But also in relation to if it comes to it [boycotting] I will support it.”

McGrath’s determination to declare a Palestinian state in 2018 is shared by other Irish Ministers, such as Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Minister of Foreign Affairs, who declared that Trump’s decision was “premature and ill advised”.

“Jerusalem is one of the permanent status issues which is to be settled in a final peace agreement in the Middle East. It has been the united position of the international community for decades, as set out in UN Security Council resolutions, that a resolution of the Middle East conflict will include agreement for Jerusalem to be the capital of both Israel and the future state of Palestine,” Coveney said to the Irish Times.

fly bird (26)
Monday January 8, 2018, 7:46 am
Israel is preventing Omar Barghouti from traveling to Jordan to be with his mother for cancer surgery.

Barghouti believes that he is being punished for his leadership role in the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights, “given the well-established record of the Israeli regime’s all-out war” on the nonviolent campaign.

The human rights defender’s mother, Wafieh Barghouti, 75, was diagnosed with cancer several months ago. “[She] has been fighting it ever since with bravery, dignity and lots of her typically stinging political commentary on Facebook,” Barghouti stated on Thursday.

Israel has publicly threatened Barghouti over his role as a leader in the BDS movement.

In May 2016, Israel effectively imposed a travel ban on him by refusing to renew his residency document.

That came after interior minister Aryeh Deri had explicitly threatened to revoke Barghouti’s residency on the grounds that “he is using his resident status to travel all over the world in order to operate against Israel in the most serious manner.”

Intelligence minister Yisrael Katz called for a campaign of “targeted civil eliminations” of BDS leaders with the help of Israeli intelligence. The Hebrew term Katz used was similar to the Israeli term for “targeted assassinations.”

Gilad Erdan, the Israeli minister in charge of combating BDS, has said that activists should “pay the price” for their work.

Amnesty International condemned these threats, saying they have “created an increasingly dangerous environment” for human rights defenders in Israel and the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In April last year, Israel subjected Barghouti to days of interrogation and a gag order as part of what he called a “McCarthyite witch hunt” against him and the BDS movement.

Court order

According to Barghouti, he has been able to travel to Amman with his mother for several chemotherapy sessions, but each time his lawyers have had to apply for a court order to temporarily suspend the travel ban. But now he’s unable to go for her upcoming surgery.

“In response to a​n​​ urgent request from my lawyers​ – that explained my mother’s upcoming surgery and the need for me to be with her​ – an Israeli court temporarily suspended the travel ban from 2 January to 16 January 2018,” Barghouti stated.

Israel’s ministry of interior, however, has failed to renew his travel document for three weeks despite the court order, he said.

Barghouti added that the threats and restrictions imposed on him “all pale in comparison with the war crimes and crimes against humanity (including apartheid) perpetrated by Israel’s regime of oppression against millions of Palestinians.”

He pointed to the jailing of teenager Ahed Tamimi, the slaying of disabled protester Ibrahim Abu Thurayya, ongoing colonization and ethnic cleansing, and the siege on Gaza – which also systematically obstructs cancer care for Palestinians.

Time for appeasement is over

“Mother, forgive me, I shall not be physically with you in your testing time,” Barghouti stated. “Ours is an insignificant sacrifice when compared to our people’s many heartaching sacrifices.”

Barghouti affirmed that Israel’s “intimidation and bullying will never deter me from doing what’s right – continuing my modest contribution to my people’s struggle for liberation.”

To those who want to help, for example by sending letters to Israeli authorities, Barghouti stated: “Nothing from the outside can pressure Israel’s regime of occupation and apartheid like BDS. The time of appeasement and groveling appeals to them to respect our rights must come to an end.”

He concluded: “To help lift Israel’s boots off of our necks, I call for more creative, strategic and sustained BDS campaigns, leading to effective international sanctions similar to those imposed on apartheid South Africa. Only then can justice prevail.”

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fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 9, 2018, 1:38 am
Quaker group honored by Yad Vashem for helping Jews during Holocaust is now banned from Israel.

One of the special ironies of the weekend’s news that Israel is barring 20 international organizations from entry because they support BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is the appearance on that list of the venerable American Friends Service Committee, or AFSC, which was founded 101 years ago as an antiwar organization.

AFSC earned distinction and a Nobel Prize for helping Jews and other refugees escape the Holocaust. Now it is on that list because it is helping Palestinians!

AFSC is honored at Israel’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem. From Yad Vashem’s portrait of the American Friends Service Committee:

Relief organization established in 1917 by the Quakers, also known as the Society of Friends, as a forum for doing service to humanity in a moral
fashion. The Quakers make up one of the smallest religious groups in the United States.

During the first years after Adolf Hitler rose to power, the Quakers were afraid to jeopardize their reputation in Germany, so they did relatively little to help
refugees escaping the Nazis. However, after the Kristallnacht pogrom of 1938, the AFSC opened a Refugee Division, which provided services for European
refugees who immigrated to the US. The AFSC concentrated on Americanizing the new arrivals and adjusting them to their new country.

The Foreign Service Section of the AFSC did even more than the Refugee Division. Cooperating with Jewish relief agencies, in 1939 the organization
sent a delegation to Germany to check on the situation of Jews and Christians and provide relief if necessary. They mainly assisted Christian refugees, but
they also helped Jews. Among other activities, they fed and saved children in France, assisted Jews who had reached Portugal, and organized the activities
of relief agencies in Spain.

In 1947 the AFSC won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping refugees during and after World War II.

Mike Merryman-Lotze of the AFSC was quoted today by IMEU on the move by Israel:

“We will continue to stand up for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine regardless of the recent Israeli announcement that staff from AFSC and 19 other organizations may be denied entry to Israel because of our support for the grassroots Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement for Palestinian human rights.

“Our response to the Palestinian BDS call is in line with our similar support for divestment from apartheid South Africa and boycotts during the civil rights era. Our work is motivated by Quaker belief in the worth and dignity of all people, and it is that belief that has led us to support and join in nonviolent resistance to violence and oppression around the world, including the Palestinian BDS call, for a hundred years.”

Thanks to Ofer Neiman and Eitan Diamond. Oh and Haaretz also did the story. And thanks to Mondo’s co-editor Adam Horowitz– who used to do Palestinian work at AFSC.

P.S. This story feeds my spiritual understanding that Palestinians are being forced by Israel to recapitulate the history of the Jews. What we experienced in Europe, Palestinians must experience in Israel and Palestine. This time around we play the guys with the jack boots! Of course there is a big arc in that story; the group goes from being humiliated outsiders to people granted prestige by the world for their suffering. Palestinians are gaining prestige by the moment. AFSC is surely proud of being named.

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Tuesday January 9, 2018, 8:16 pm
Barghouti: ‘We have no need for a mediator between us as Palestinians and our oppressor’.

By Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi - January 02, 2018

It is totally unacceptable that some international officials continue saying that the situation in Palestine is but a dispute or a conflict between two parties whose responsibilities are equal and that some of them repeat Trump's sin in considering that the Palestinians' rights in freedom and independence is conditional to Israel's acceptance.

The Palestinian people's cause has made big strides through 151 countries refusing Trump's decision and the European Union's firm stand against it and the Palestinian, Arab and international great popular reaction, although some governments' official stands were unable to keep up with.

It is impermissible after all what has happened to continue talking about a certain settlement between the two parties when Israel infringes the International Law om daily basis, literally demolishes through its settlements and measures every chance for a political solution and when it firmly establishes every moment in impertinent persistence the worst racist apartheid system in history.

After 25 years of failed peace process we have to an alternative and different approach that returns to the essence and root of the problem that is the Palestinian cause. It is a cause of a people who are struggling against injustice, oppression, aggression and racial discrimination. It is imperative that the Palestinian people’s struggle against Israel's mighty force be backed.

We have no need for a mediator between us as Palestinians and our oppressor. But we need that our struggle against him be backed and supported in order to change the balance of power to force him to retreat like other several colonial powers were compelled to retreat and respect the will of peoples who are struggling for their freedom.

There is no Arab or Islamic country which believes in Jerusalem's standing and its holy sites, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque the first Qiblah and the third holiest site in Islam, can be slack in performing its duties in standing with the Palestinian people and taking punitive measures against Israel instead of searching for means of normalising and establishing formal relations with her.

The European countries, which confirmed their acknowledgement of the Palestinians’ rights in Jerusalem, won’t be true to themselves and to their policies unless they acknowledge immediately the state of Palestine and did not take concrete actions against the Israeli violations.

Palestinians do not ask anybody to send armies to fight Israel because they know the limits of power of many countries. But it is their right to ask all the world countries, first and foremost Arab Islamic countries, to sever their relations with Israel, close its embassies if they existed and join the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

These moves are to be done in order to force Israel to abide by the International Law and human law and stop its incessant crime it started seventy years ago against the Palestinian people.

There are several countries that suffered from international sanctions, often unjustly so, only because the USA ordered this. This has happened with the Sudan, North Korea, Cuba and Russia.

There is a noble and a unique case, when the peoples’ weight and will were capable of obliging countries and governments to boycott the apartheid regime in South Africa until it was overthrown. When Nelson Mandela was elected president to this country said his famous sentence “Our freedom won’t be complete except with the freedom of the Palestinian people”.

As of today, we cannot be silent about injustice. As for us Palestinians, we cannot endure the silence of others towards it. As of today, it is impermissible for us to accept that anybody deceive us by talking about mediation, settlements, co-existing with occupation and racial persecution after all what happened. After all those years were lost in the darkness of an unending “peace” process which was used every time to give Israel rulers time and cover to expand their settlements activities and their Judaising operations, to distort the narrative and poison the world’s intellects through media deception.

There is only one right way: to say to the world there is a legitimate right for the Palestinian people, that is to be with it or against it. If you are with it is inevitable to confront Israel through practical and concrete measures, the most important one is imposing sanctions on it and boycotting its occupation and racist regime. Whoever does not want to stand with the right will find himself accused of collusion with violating the International Law and with obnoxious injustice that the time has come to end it.

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 6:27 am
70 Years Later, Israel Continues to Ignore What It Doesn’t Like in Partition Resolution.
2018 January-February

United Nations Report

By Ian Williams

IT IS NOW 70 years since the U.N. General Assembly voted for Resolution 181 to partition Palestine between an Arab and a Jewish state. When pro-Israel commentators demand to know why the U.N. is “obsessed” with Israel and the Middle East question, this is why. The partition of Mandatory Palestine and dispossession of its people are the original sins of the world organization when it collectively overrode the very principles it had just written into its charter.

The Arab side understandably boycotted the U.N.’s Special Committee on Palestine. After all, they were being invited to help map out the cuts for their own vivisection and did not agree with the process, since it did flout most of the principles for which the post-War U.N. was supposed to stand. However, firm principles are not always conducive to sound policy, and the Palestinian absence allowed the Zionist side to shape the agenda and the details for the committee members—who, minutes show, were already predisposed to see the Jewish refugees and settlers in a very sympathetic light.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz recently discovered the papers of Paul Mohn, Sweden’s deputy representative to the commission. David Horowitz, the Jewish Agency emissary to the U.N., wrote at the time that Mohn is the person “who more than anyone else established the boundaries of the future Hebrew state.”

It has always been a mystery why delegates thought it was acceptable to draw boundaries in complete disregard to the wishes, and in some cases even the existence, of the actual population living there. Mohn seems to have been the actual drafter of the gerrymandered boundaries, and his papers explain his partiality to Zionist demands, based on family revulsion against anti-Semitism going back to the Dreyfus case and exacerbated as it obviously was for committee members by the recent Nazi genocide.

Mohn’s papers seem to indicate that it was only at the end of its mission, when it had been persuaded to recommend partition, that the committee realized that it was supposed to map the actual boundaries, which Mohn undertook almost singlehandedly.

But that does not explain their insouciance toward the very existence, let alone the rights, of the Bedouin, who were the majority inhabitants of the Negev—which the committee handed over to the Jewish state despite a complete absence of Jews there!—let alone to the sensibilities of the Palestinians gerrymandered into a 45 percent minority in cantons with 55 percent Jews. Looking at their comments at the time it is chillingly clear that the committee members did not idealistically expect the Arabs and Jews to live happily ever after in binational harmony. Not at all. The Palestinians were supposed to take the hint and move out, as of course many of them did, when the hint was reinforced with bayonets and news of the massacre at Deir Yassin.

For extra resonance, we should also remember that it was Mohn’s maps and recommendations to make Jerusalem a corpus separatum under U.N. trusteeship that results in Israel’s claimed capital to be a diplomatic desert devoid of embassies. You will not be surprised that this and other inconvenient sections of 181 were overlooked when Vice President Mike Pence joined the bumptious Israeli ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, in celebrating the 70th anniversary.

Those celebrations notwithstanding, Israeli celebration of Resolution 181 tends to be ambivalent. Back in 1947, its passage was greeted with enthusiasm as the foundation of the Jewish state, but since then, there is that Jerusalem thing. How do you celebrate a resolution that explicitly bars you from control of your “eternal capital”? That was compounded a year later when Resolution 194, passed almost simultaneously with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, enshrined the right of return or compensation to the dispossessed Palestinians.

Israel’s response, which could be discounted, and that of its American patron, which is harder to sideline, has been to diminish the legitimacy of the U.N. General Assembly, particularly since Washington lost its guaranteed majority in the 1960s with the influx of newly independent nations. It is now firmly asserted that Assembly resolutions are not legally binding.

Inadvertently expressing his country’s ambivalence, Ambassador Danon on the one hand denounces the U.N. as totally biased against Israel, while on the other trumpeting every minor voting success it has. In 2016, he wrote to the secretary-general asking for kosher food in U.N. catering to “ensure that the parliament of nations be open and respectful to the traditions of the Jewish people.” Fair enough—if he could ensure that Israeli politicians paid heed to the parliament of nations! It is not as if Israel has been particularly good at following Security Council resolutions, let alone those of the General Assembly!


With so many important members of the U.N. in effect deciding that they do not have a dog in the fight on issues of principle, like the Palestinian question, it is heartening to see the work of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Jordan’s Hashemite dynasty has not always been closely associated with human rights, nor even those of Palestinians, but those of us who saw Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein at work, for example on the Balkans, are not so surprised by the effective and independent work he is now doing as High Commissioner of Human Rights, in the face of relentless pressure from the Saudis, who have reportedly called Amman to ask King Abdullah to rein in his brother, and of course from the West and Israel.

Currently he is holding steady on the completion of a database of companies operating in Israel’s West Bank settlements. The U.N. Human Rights Council ordered its compilation in March of 2016, mandating the OHCHR to “investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on Palestinians.” Hundreds of companies have been approached, and neither they nor their Israeli hosts are happy.

Israel and its friends failed to stop the database research, but as the irrepressible Danon put it to The Associated Press, “We will do everything we can to ensure that this list does not see the light of day.” Washington’s permanent representative, Nikki Haley, in her avatar as joint representative for AIPAC and Danon, can be relied upon to bring the White House into the fray, but so far it is going ahead.

If or when published, it will be an authoritative guide for BDS supporters worldwide to fine tune their decisions. It also presents an interesting dilemma for the U.S., whose diplomats are frequently at the fore in denouncing human rights violations—often deservedly so. Its ultimate weapon would be to walk out of the Human Rights Council—but the U.S. has been voted off in the past, and the Council survived long enough for Washington to use some unseemly pressure to get back on again! If it did walk out, Israel would be left with “supporters” who abstain when their arms are twisted by the U.S. and who thus could not be guaranteed to hold the line in Washington’s absence.

Even though it’s been a long time since anyone expected consistency or logic from any U.S. administration, what type of international profile will it present if it tries to stop publication of information on which companies are operating in territory which the State Department considers occupied, and in settlements which the Security Council and the International Court of Justice have deemed illegal?

To bring us back to the beginning, Vice President Pence, attending (of course) the Israeli mission’s celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Resolution 181, was explaining why in June President Donald Trump, like all his predecessors, signed a waiver to legislation mandating the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. It was, of course, because of 181’s clauses on Jerusalem!

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 7:02 am
First-ever Bill on Palestinian Human Rights Introduced in Congress.
14 November 2017

Defense for Children International-Palestine issued the following press release on 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.

The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act requires the Secretary of State to certify annually that no funds obligated or expended in the previous year by the United States for assistance to Israel have been used to support the ill-treatment of Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces from the occupied West Bank.

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) brought the bill to the floor, with eight original co-sponsors, including Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

An estimated 10,000 Palestinians between the ages of 12 and 17 in the West Bank have been subject to arrest, detention, interrogation, and/or imprisonment under the jurisdiction of Israeli military courts since 2000. This bill was drafted in response to widely documented rights violations carried out by Israeli military and police against children within the military detention system, including torture or cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.

“Despite ongoing engagement with U.N. bodies and repeated calls to abide by international law, Israeli military and police continue night arrests, physical violence, coercion, and threats against Palestinian children,” said Khaled Quzmar, general director of Defense for Children International- Palestine. “These practices remain institutionalized and systemic rather than last resort measures, and we call on the U.S. to halt its support of these violations.”

The bill aims to establish, as a minimum safeguard, a U.S. demand for basic due process rights for and an absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children arrested and prosecuted within the Israeli military court system.

Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes an estimated 500 to 700 children each year in military courts that lack fundamental fair trial rights and protections.

In every annual report on Israel and the occupied territories released since 2007, U.S. authorities have openly acknowledged the prevalence of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children and the denial of fair trials rights in the Israeli military detention system.

In 2013, UNICEF released a report titled Children in Israeli Military Detention: Observations and Recommendations. The report concluded that “ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process.”

Despite sustained engagement by UNICEF and repeated calls to end night arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention, Israeli authorities have persistently failed to implement substantive reforms to end violence against child detainees.

Special Report

As Pawns of the Occupation, Palestinian Children Face Regular Abuse and Torture.

In ratifying the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, Israel vowed to respect the dignity of all children, Palestinian and Israeli alike.

But according to two human rights observers who spoke at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies on March 27, there is ample evidence that Israel has drifted far from the principles of this document and regularly violates several of its key provisions.

Palestinian children are regularly subjected to violence and torture by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), noted Brad Parker, international advocacy officer and staff attorney at Defense for Children International Palestine (DCI Palestine).

Nor is this violence limited to military campaigns such as the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead assault on Gaza, he emphasized. “Kids are subjected to violence regularly throughout the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza,” he stated.

Parker described children living in refugee camps and areas near the separation wall, settlements and IDF military camps as particularly vulnerable. “Those are communities that are targeted and affected,” he explained, “and where we spend most of our time documenting cases.”

Palestinian children face “systemic discrimination,” Parker continued, since, unlike their Jewish neighbors living in illegal West Bank settlements, they are subject to Israeli military law. “It’s really the basic definition of discrimination,” he said.

The military laws governing Palestinians are not meant to keep peace and order, but rather to suppress the people, Parker argued. “They’re not necessarily meant to punish people for conduct they have done,” he noted. “It’s really more of a system to control a population.”

Parker cited several “occupation-related offenses” which apply only to Palestinians: being a member of a banned organization, throwing stones at the separation wall and throwing an object at a moving vehicle. Maximum sentences for these offenses range from 10 to 20 years, he said.

Children are frequently charged with these crimes, he pointed out. “Under military law, anyone 12 years and older is subject to being prosecuted in a military court.” These children, sometimes as young as 5, are often arrested in the middle of the night, without a warrant or probable cause.

Parker described the harrowing journey a typical Palestinian child charged with throwing stones faces after being awoken from sleep at 2 a.m. by armed IDF soldiers.

Taken out of their homes, the children are blindfolded and have their hands tied behind their backs. They are then placed in a military jeep and transported to a military camp. While in the jeep, many children report being hit with helmets, beer bottles or other objects, Parker noted.

When they arrive at the military camp, the children—still bound and blindfolded—are forced to sit on the ground, exposed to the elements, and wait until the sun rises to be interrogated. During this period they are denied food, water, and access to medical assistance, Parker said. If they ask for their handcuffs to be loosened, he added, Israeli authorities often respond by making the handcuffs painfully tighter.

Meanwhile, the parents of those arrested have no idea where their children are or why they’ve been arrested, as the Israelis withhold this information.

The scared, sleepless and hungry children are then subjected to a brutal interrogation, Parker said. Those who do not cooperate risk being placed in solitary confinement. Throughout this process the children have no access to their parents or to legal council. “They’re alone,” Parker said. “They don’t really have much of a chance.”

Many children, desiring nothing more than to be reunited with their families, sign forced “confessions” written in Hebrew. These confessions are then used—along with testimony from the arresting IDF officer and witness statements submitted by other tortured children—as the basis for their conviction when they appear before a military judge, Parker said.

Parker characterized the treatment of Palestinian children by the Israeli military courts as a blatant violation of international law.

Among the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child that Israel violates is Article 37, which states that the “arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child…shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest period of time.” In addition, “No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

According to Parker, however, “75 percent of kids encounter some form of physical violence during their arrest, transfer and interrogation.”

Israel also disregards Article 40 of the convention, which affirms a child’s right “to have the free assistance of an interpreter if the child cannot understand or speak the language used.” Furthermore, Article 9 requires governments to “ensure that a child shall not be separated from his or her parents against their will.”

Responding to growing international criticism, in February Lt. Col. Maurice Hirsch, Israel’s chief military prosecutor for the West Bank, told The Jerusalem Post that a pilot program will be launched in which written summons will be issued to Palestinians wanted for questioning instead of arresting them in the middle of night. “We approach this with an open mind; we are going to try to make it work,” Hirsch told the Post.

At the same time, Hirsch gave no indication that Israel will stop targeting Palestinian children. “We have no intention of reducing the intensity of the fight against Palestinian terrorism, stone throwing and offenses committed by minors,” he said.

In addition to the persistant problem of torture, Palestinian children also suffer from subpar access to education.

Sulieman Mleahat, education program manager at American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), described the developmental challenges posed by the occupation.

Most Palestinian children (60 to 72 percent) do not have access to critical early childhood programs, he explained. Schools are overcrowded and do not have such essential services as proper hygiene facilities. Furthermore, most teachers, particularly those in Gaza, have not received adequate training for their job. Indeed, Mleahat pointed out, only 3 percent of instructors in Gaza hold a teaching diploma.

These realities mean that young Palestinian children face developmental disadvantages at a key moment in their lives, Mleahat explained, since at two-and-a-half years of age, the child’s brain is at its peak. Furthermore, a recent study has found that for every dollar invested in early childhood care, there is a $17 return to society—a powerful argument for doing more to improve education in Palestine.

Mleahat concluded by lamenting that many of the impediments to childhood development in Palestine are preventable and exist only because of the Israeli occupation. “Many of these issues are avoidable,” he pointed out. “They really shouldn’t be happening.”

For more information see the March 2013 Washington Report, p. 16, and December 2013 Washington Report, p. 68

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 7:10 am
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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 7:13 am
Ahed Tamimi’s arrest sheds a disturbing light on how children are targeted by Israel.
The National – 8 January 2018

Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi may not be what Israelis had in mind when, over many years, they criticised Palestinians for not producing a Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela.

Eventually, colonised peoples bring to the fore a figure best suited to challenge the rotten values at the core of the society oppressing them. Ahed is well qualified for the task.

She was charged last week with assault and incitement after she slapped two heavily armed Israeli soldiers as they refused to leave the courtyard of her family home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah. Her mother, Nariman, is in detention for filming the incident. The video quickly went viral.

Ahed lashed out shortly after soldiers nearby shot her 15-year-old cousin in the face, seriously injuring him.

Western commentators have largely denied Ahed the kind of effusive support offered to democracy protesters in places such as China and Iran. Nevertheless, this Palestinian schoolgirl – possibly facing a long jail term for defying her oppressors – has quickly become a social media icon.

While Ahed might have been previously unknown to most Israelis, she is a familiar face to Palestinians and campaigners around the world.

For years, she and other villagers have held a weekly confrontation with the Israeli army as it enforces the rule of Jewish settlers over Nabi Saleh. These settlers have forcibly taken over the village’s lands and ancient spring, a vital water source for a community that depends on farming.

Distinctive for her irrepressible blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, Ahed has been filmed regularly since she was a small girl confronting soldiers who tower above her. Such scenes inspired one veteran Israeli peace activist to anoint her Palestine’s Joan of Arc.

But few Israelis are so enamoured.

Not only does she defy Israeli stereotypes of a Palestinian, she has struck a blow against the self-deception of a highly militarised and masculine culture.

She has also given troubling form to the until-now anonymised Palestinian children Israel accuses of stone-throwing.

Palestinian villages like Nabi Saleh are regularly invaded by soldiers. Children are dragged from their beds in the middle of the night, as happened to Ahed during her arrest last month in retaliation for her slaps. Human rights groups document how children are routinely beaten and tortured in detention.

Many hundreds pass through Israeli jails each year charged with throwing stones. With conviction rates in Israeli military courts of more than 99 per cent, the guilt and incarceration of such children is a foregone conclusion.

They may be the lucky ones. Over the past 16 years, Israel’s army has killed on average 11 children a month.

The video of Ahed, screened repeatedly on Israeli TV, has threatened to upturn Israel’s self-image as David fighting an Arab Goliath. This explains the toxic outrage and indignation that has gripped Israel since the video aired.

Predictably, Israeli politicians were incensed. Naftali Bennett, the education minister, called for Ahed to “end her life in jail”. Culture minister Miri Regev, a former army spokeswoman, said she felt personally “humiliated” and “crushed” by Ahed.

But more troubling is a media debate that has characterised the soldiers’ failure to beat Ahed in response to her slaps as a “national shame”.

The revered television host Yaron London expressed astonishment that the soldiers “refrained from using their weapons” against her, wondering whether they “hesitated out of cowardice”.

But far more sinister were the threats from Ben Caspit, a leading Israeli analyst. In a column, he said Ahed’s actions made “every Israeli’s blood boil”. He proposed subjecting her to retribution “in the dark, without witnesses and cameras”, adding that his own form of revenge would lead to his certain detention.

That fantasy – of cold-bloodedly violating an incarcerated child – should have sickened every Israeli. And yet Mr Caspit is still safely ensconced in his job.

But aside from exposing the sickness of a society addicted to dehumanising and oppressing Palestinians, including children, Ahed’s case raises the troubling question of what kind of resistance Israelis think Palestinians are permitted.

International law, at least, is clear. The United Nations has stated that people under occupation are allowed to use “all available means”, including armed struggle, to liberate themselves.

But Ahed, the villagers of Nabi Saleh and many Palestinians like them have preferred to adopt a different strategy – a confrontational, militant civil disobedience. Their resistance defies the occupier’s assumption that it is entitled to lord it over Palestinians.

Their approach contrasts strongly with the constant compromises and so-called “security cooperation” accepted by the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas.

According to Israeli commentator Gideon Levy, Ahed’s case demonstrates that Israelis deny Palestinians the right not only to use rockets, guns, knives or stones, but even to what he mockingly terms an “uprising of slappings”.

Ahed and Nabi Saleh have shown that popular unarmed resistance – if it is to discomfort Israel and the world – cannot afford to be passive or polite. It must be fearless, antagonistic and disruptive.

Most of all, it must hold up a mirror to the oppressor. Ahed has exposed the gun-wielding bully lurking in the soul of too many Israelis. That is a lesson worthy of Gandhi or Mandela.

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 7:22 am
Ahed Tamimi's Relative 1st Palestinian killed by Israel in 2018
4 January 2018

People gather around the body of Mosab Tamimi, who was killed during clashes with Israeli troops, at a hospital in the West Bank city of Ramallah Jan. 3, 2018.

Musaab Tamimi was shot at close range by Israeli soldiers during a raid on one of the villages where the Tamimis have been persecuted for years.

Musaab Firas Tamimi, 17, was shot and killed Wednesday by Israeli occupation forces near Ramallah in the West Bank, making him Israel’s first victim in the year 2018 amid major clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and Gaza.

Tamimi was shot by an Israeli soldier, reportedly at a close range, in Deir Nitham village after occupation forces raided the village.

"He died shortly after the occupation forces fired a bullet into his neck," Maria Aqraa, a spokesman for the Palestinian health ministry, told Al-Jazeera Wednesday. "He was transferred to a hospital in Ramallah and he passed away minutes later."

Israeli officials told local media that Tamimi was shot after he appeared to be carrying a gun. The Times of Israel reported the army saying it was "not immediately confirmed that Tamimi had been armed at the time of the shooting."

The slain teen is also a relative of Ahed Tamimi, the iconic revolutionary teen who was arrested and charged with assaulting an Israeli soldier and throwing stones after a video of her slapping an Israeli soldier in her home’s yard in the nearby village of Nabi Saleh went viral. It was revealed later that the Palestinian girl was upset after soldiers had shot her 14-year-old cousin in the face a day earlier.

The Israeli occupation has been actively persecuting the family for decades over their weekly protests against the theft of their lands in favor of the illegal Jewish settlement of Halamish near their villages. Several members of the family have been detained and killed over the years.

"The occupation army has been raiding both Deir Nitham and Nabi Saleh day in and day out. They come in, irritate the residents, raid our homes at night and throw sound bombs in the street. This has been our reality every day," Firas Tamimi, Mussab’s father, told Al-Jazeera.

"We cannot just keep quiet and keep watching. No one is listening to us - no one feels the pain that we're going through. The world is just silently watching."

According to a tally by Ma’an news agency Tamimi was the 14th Palestinian to have been killed by Israel since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last month, sparking widespread protests across the West Bank, gaza, and East jerusalem.

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 7:45 am
Take action on 10 January: Day of Action for Palestinian Child Prisoners

The Arab American Civic Council is holding a day of action on Wednesday, January 10 to show Members of Congress that we will not be silent as American tax dollars are supporting the detention, interrogation, ill-treatment, and imprisonment of children in Israeli separate-and-unequal military courts.

On November 14, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced H.R. 4391: the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act ( The bill prohibits any U.S. assistance appropriated to Israel being used to support military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children in violation of international law.

Now is the time to take action, support the bill, and send a message to our elected officials and the Trump Administration, that we will not be complicit. The bill is a step towards justice and equality for Palestinians and ensuring that American taxpayers know that human rights abuses of Palestinians are being funded through the $3.8 billion in weapons provided annually.


It’s simple.

1. Call your Member of Congress at 202-224-3121
2. Say: “As your constituent, I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 4391: the “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act”
3. Share on social media. Express your concern with others. Share your thoughts and use #FreeTheChildren & #NoWayToTreatAChild

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 9:29 am
Foreign Minister says Israeli settlement plans have a US green light.

RAMALLAH, January 10, 2018 (WAFA) – Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said on Wednesday that Israeli announcement of plans to build 1285 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank was one outcome of US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which gave Israel the green light to do whatever it wants with the Palestinian land.

Malki told Voice of Palestine radio that the Israeli decision was also a result of the international community’s failure to hold Israel accountable for its acts, particularly with regard to settlement construction.

He expressed concern that the international community is currently afraid to take a stand on settlements because of US threats to cut aid to states and organizations who speak against Israeli policies.

Malki said that the Palestinian leadership cannot rely on anyone anymore because of the US threats, yet it will continue to struggle against Israel’s ongoing violations on the political, diplomatic and legal fronts.

He said a meeting of Arab foreign ministers will be held on the 31st of this month to determine the next Arab move regarding Trump’s announcement and Israel’s measures, explaining that the last foreign ministers meeting in the Jordanian capital, Amman, was for consultation purposes.

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 5:10 pm
Israel/OPT: Military must end excessive force to avoid further bloodshed and deaths
21 December 2017
Ahead of planned protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territories tomorrow, and in the wake of the deaths of four Palestinian protesters and the injuring of hundreds of others in the last two weeks, Amnesty International is calling on the Israeli authorities to put an end to the excessive force that has been part of its response to demonstrations and clashes resulting from the decision by the US administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Respect for the right to peaceful protest is an obligation binding on Israel and, even where violence erupts, the Israeli security forces must use the minimum force necessary to address it.”

Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International

“Israeli authorities must stop using excessive force against protesters once and for all. The fact that live ammunition has been used during protests in Gaza and the West Bank is particularly shocking. Under international human rights law lethal force can only be used when lives are at imminent risk, which clearly was not the case in the examples we have documented,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

“Respect for the right to peaceful protest is an obligation binding on Israel and, even where violence erupts, the Israeli security forces must use the minimum force necessary to address it, while allowing peaceful marches and demonstrations to continue.”

Over the last two weeks, four Palestinians, three in the Gaza Strip and one in the West Bank, have been killed by the Israeli authorities during demonstrations and ensuing clashes. Figures issued by the Palestinian ministry of health indicate that more than 3,000 others have been injured and, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, more than 400 have been arrested.

Israeli forces have used tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at a number of demonstrations, sometimes in response to protesters throwing stones and, in the case of the West Bank, Molotov cocktails. Particularly alarming has been the Israeli army’s use of live ammunition against Palestinian protesters in Gaza during demonstrations at or near the fence that separates the Strip and Israel. One of those killed was 29-year-old Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, who was shot in the head by a soldier on 15 December. At the time he was shot, he was sitting with a group of young protesters near Nahal Oz, a heavily militarized area, where barbed wire separated them from the Israeli army, positioned approximately 15 metres away. According to eyewitnesses, Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, who was wheelchair-bound after losing both his legs in an Israeli air strike in 2008, was waving a Palestinian flag and chanting slogans. He was in possession of a slingshot, which he did not use. Israeli military investigations have concluded there were “no moral or professional failures” identified in this killing.

The other two Palestinian protesters killed in the Gaza Strip were Mahmoud Abdelmajid al-Masri on 8 December and Yasser Naji Sukkar on 15 December. The fourth Palestinian protester killed – in the West Bank – was Basel Mustafa Ibrahim, also on 15 December.

“There’s no denying that Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza threw stones at Israeli soldiers, but it’s hard to believe how any of them posed an imminent danger to the lives of well-equipped soldiers protected by concrete blocks,” said Philip Luther.

“The Israeli authorities have consistently refused to investigate killings of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers or police or at least not done so to international standards. As long as Israeli officers are not held to account for abusing their powers, the pattern of unlawful killings will continue, and Palestinians will be denied their right to peaceful protest without fear of injury or death.

“If further bloodshed is to be avoided as these demonstrations continue, the Israeli authorities must properly investigate all incidents in which arbitrary and otherwise abusive force appears to have been used and bring those suspected of being responsible to justice. This is all the more important when serious injury and loss of life are involved. Israel must also reform its investigation systems to ensure their impartiality and independence. A failure to do so will only perpetuate years of impunity.”

Three other Palestinians, two armed group members and one civilian, have been killed as a result of Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for rockets fired by Palestinian armed groups. The air strikes targeted a military site used by Hamas in Beit Lahya, in the north of the Gaza Strip. Another Palestinian was killed in al-Bireh in the West Bank on 15 December by Israeli soldiers who said he had attempted to stab one of them.


US President Donald Trump’s recent decisions to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv has caused widespread condemnation and protest in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and around the world.

This decision has implied a “unified” Jerusalem and implicitly recognized the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem in disregard of the mass violations of Palestinian human rights resulting from Israel’s annexation policies.

Israel’s illegal annexation of occupied East Jerusalem was formalized in domestic law in 1980. It has been repeatedly condemned by the international community through various UN Security Council resolutions.

For more than 10 years, Gaza’s 2 million residents have been subjected to collective punishment as a result of Israel’s illegal blockade. Between October 2015 and September 2016, Amnesty International documented the killings of 21 protesters in Gaza, including a 10-year-old child.

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 5:32 pm
Witness Report, Video: Israeli War Crimes Against Palestinian Youth in Hebron.

December 8 2017, How the Israeli army treats arrested minors in Hebron.

Friday, December 8, 2017 in occupied Palestine, a day of non-violent protests worldwide against the USA-Israel Jerusalem agreement.

The Israeli army in Hebron illegally invaded the Palestinian area H1 and brutally intervened with the demonstration.
Many young boys were randomly arrested and treated inhumanely on their way to the Israeli police station.

Witness accounts and video footage confirm that the Israeli army has been and is committing war crimes in dealing with the current wave of protests against the occupation, colonization, and ethnic cleansing in Palestine.

On Friday, December 8, 2017 around 4:30 PM, ISM activists clearly witnessed and filmed a unit of of around 40 Israeli soldiers and commanders in the H1 area of Hebron – which, according to the 1997 Hebron agreement, should be fully controlled by the Palestinian Authority – intentionally injuring the backs, shoulders, and heads of two randomly arrested teens. Much of this occurred after they had been handcuffed, blindfolded, and were held in custody.

Hebron-H1 – Checkpoint 56 – Hebron-H2

The incidents took place shortly after the Israeli forces invaded Bab al-Zawiya from the military Checkpoint 56 (Shuhada Street in H2) and stormed more than 300 meters up Adel Street, as well as two other main civilian thoroughfares.

The teens were captured near the Hasona Petrol station. If previous child arrests in that area are any indication, they were likely grabbed at random from the street without having been involved in any form of protest beforehand.

The video evidence below, a combination of 3 different camera positions, shows how cruelly the teens are treated by different soldiers, while and after they were handcuffed, blindfolded, and cooperating with the soldiers in walking to Israeli controlled H2.

December 8 2017, How the Israeli army treats arrested minors in Hebron.

The almost-raw video footage of all three cameras is included and viewable with the following hyper-links:

Camera 1: from 4:23:10 PM

Camera 2: from 4:23:30 PM

Camera 3: from 4:23:35 PM and from 4:24:05 PM

War Crimes

Human Rights Watch (HRW), an NGO that is widely acknowledged for its monitoring and determination of human rights abuses, compiled a readable publication based on the 685 page ‘ICRC Customary International Humanitarian Law’ study manual.

In the HRW publication, war crimes are defined as:
“Serious violations of international humanitarian law, including the mistreatment of persons in custody and deliberate attacks on civilians and civilian property, when committed with criminal intent amount to war crimes. Criminal intent requires purposeful or reckless action. Individuals may also be held criminally liable for attempting to commit a war crime, as well as assisting in, facilitating, aiding or abetting a war crime. Responsibility may also fall on persons ordering, planning, or instigating the commission of a war crime. Commanders and civilian leaders may be prosecuted for war crimes as a matter of command responsibility when they knew or should have known about the commission of war crimes and took insufficient measures to prevent them or punish those responsible.” [emphasis added]

Based on this definition, the video depicts a war crime committed by the Israeli army, for which it’s soldiers and commanders bear responsibility.

This isn’t the 1st documented war crime committed by the Israeli state or its armed forces against the Palestinian people. Other examples include:
•Extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully;
•Willfully depriving a prisoner of war or other protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial;
•Unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement;
•Enforced disappearance of persons;
•Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender;
•The crime of apartheid;
•The transfer, directly or indirectly, by the occupying power of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

It is the obligation of all states that have signed the multiple international treaties violated here to stop these Israeli war crimes, and a duty of the people to put pressure on their governments to do so.

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 5:51 pm
12 January, Rosario: Open Radio/Open Mic – No to Zionism in Palestine and Latin America

Ahed Tamimi was arrested on December 19 after a video went viral in which she, along with her cousins, resisted the invasion of armed soldiers to their home in Nabi Saleh – a small town near the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

The Israeli military court charged Ahed with a total of twelve charges, including “assaulting a soldier,” “throwing stones,” and “incitement.”

Ahed is a Palestinian activist known for her resistance to the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank. When she was only 12 years old, she faced soldiers of the occupation preventing them from taking her younger brother. In 2009 the Israeli occupation took control of the only source of water in the village. From then on the people of NabiSaleh demonstrate every Friday of the year against the occupation and it is one of the most active centers of the Palestinian popular resistance.

The State of Israel wants to escalate its attack upon the Palestinian resistance that, after Donald Trump’s announcement of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, led to new episodes of struggle.

The protests last December against the Zionist occupation claimed the death of dozens of Palestinians and more than three thousand wounded. The Israeli repression has primarily targeted youth as 95% of the detainees in the protests are children and young people.

According to Bassem Tamimi, father of Ahed, Palestinian minors are detained and exposed to threats and physical violence. They are interrogated without lawyers or parents present and pressured to sign confessions in Hebrew, a language that most do not understand. The case of Ahed is representative of this reality. Recall that 6500 Palestinians are prisoners in prisons of the regime of Israel in subhuman conditions, as indicated by the Committee for Palestinian Prisoner Affairs, among them there are at least 300 minors, while more than a thousand of them are sick and some or they suffer from serious illnesses that need permanent medical care.

Ahed Tamimi has become an example and a symbol of the struggle against the oppression suffered by the Palestinian people by the occupation of the genocidal State of Israel. Her detention seeks to make an example of those who, like her, are the organizers of the Palestinian protests.

The struggle for the liberation of Ahed is part of the global struggle to end Israeli apartheid. Therefore, we join the immense global movement that calls for the freedom of Ahed Tamini and her relatives. And we call to increase actions of solidarity with their cause.

Zionism Out of Palestine and Latin America!

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Wednesday January 10, 2018, 10:19 pm
USCPR Statement on Israeli Blacklist of Palestinian Rights Organizations. (Posted article)

WASHINGTON, DC, January 7, 2018 – Today, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) learned through media reports that it, along with 19 other organizations, including several members of USCPR’s broad national coalition, have been added to a blacklist of organizations compiled by the Israeli Strategic Affairs Ministry. The stated purpose of the blacklist is to deny members of the organizations entry into Palestine/Israel due to their support for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) tactics.

The publication of this list is part of an increasing effort by the State of Israel to repress the growing movement for Palestinian rights around the globe, as exhibited by the inclusion of organizations in the US, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. This blatant discrimination against individuals for their political viewpoints will mean that Palestinians who are members or staff of these organizations will be denied access to their families and loved ones in another effort by the State of Israel to sever their connection to their homeland. Countless activists across the world will be unable to visit a land they care about and people whose rights they work to defend.

USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer said, “We wear this designation as a badge of honor. When Israel, which aims to portray itself to the world as liberal and democratic, blacklists activists dedicated to nonviolent organizing and dissent, it only further exposes itself as a fraud. It is clear to us how effective building the movement for Palestinian rights around the world has become. Our commitment to the rights of Palestinians, and our demand to hold Israel to account for the denial of these rights, is unwavering. As in the effort against apartheid in South Africa, this blacklist and repressive efforts like it will be mere footnotes in the historic march toward freedom, justice and equality.”

Banning entry is by no means a new tactic in the maintenance of Israeli apartheid, but a policy that Israel has been enacting for decades, first and foremost by denying Palestinian refugees their right to return, and then by denying supporters of Palestinian rights. Ramah Kudaimi, USCPR Director of Grassroots Organizing, was banned in July 2016: “By publishing this list, Israel is just openly admitting to what it has been doing for years. Palestinians first and foremost have been denied the right to their homeland since the creation of Israel. As BDS campaigns have increased worldwide with people of conscience taking action in support of Palestinian rights, Israel’s desperate response to the inevitable collapse of its apartheid regime is to criminalize and punish activists. We must and will continue organizing to end US support for Israel in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice, and equality because it is clear from Israel’s responses that this organizing is working.”

The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) is a national coalition of hundreds of groups working together for freedom, justice and equality. Founded in 2001 as the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, USCPR has been a leading player in the movement for Palestinian rights in the United States. The coalition is bound by commonly shared principles on Palestine solidarity as well as anti-racism principles.

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Thursday January 11, 2018, 2:02 pm
Free Ahed Tamimi
December 18, 2017
Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Ahed Tamimi, 16 years old and a prominent activist in the occupied Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, whose courage along with that of her family in standing up to armed Israeli soldiers, land confiscation and settlement construction stealing the resources and even the well of their village has become world-renowned, was seized by occupation soldiers who invaded the Tamimi family home on the morning of 19 December 2017.

Ahed’s father, Bassem, posted on Facebook that Ahed was targeted for arrest after she was attacked by Israeli media after she protested occupation soldiers in Nabi Saleh who shot a 14-year-old boy in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet; the boy, Mohammed Tamimi, is in a medically-induced coma. Tamimi reported that the soldiers violently invaded the home, hitting Ahed’s mother, Nariman Tamimi, and siblings, and confiscating phones, cameras, laptop and other electronics. Ahed was taken away by the occupation soldiers to an unknown location.

Ahed has become internationally known for her defense of Palestinian rights under occupation, including her defense of her younger brother when he was seized by an occupation soldier and regular protests against land confiscation targeting Nabi Saleh and other villages around Ramallah. She has spoken internationally, including in Turkey, South Africa, and in the European Parliament in a conference earlier this year on women in Palestinian resistance, where she spoke alongside Leila Khaled, Sahar Francis and several members of parliament.

Ahed’s visa to the United States in early 2017 was put under “administrative review,” when she was to participate in a tour across the U.S. with writer and activist Nadya Tannous and Black liberation activist and minister Amanda Weatherspoon on Palestinian-Black solidarity and joint struggle. The lengthy delay and effective visa denial meant that Ahed was unable to join the tour live.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network denounces the arrest of Ahed Tamimi and Nariman Tamimi, the latest of over 450 Palestinians arrested by Israeli occupation forces following U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Issa Qaraqe of the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission stated that approximately half of those detained, like Ahed, Abdul-Khalik Burnat and Fawzi al-Junaidi, are children. There are hundreds of Palestinian children jailed by Israel and frequently subject to beatings, abuse, and interrogations without parents or lawyers present in violation of the law. We urge people of conscience around the world to take action to demand freedom for Ahed and her fellow detained and jailed Palestinian children in occupation detention centers, interrogation centers and prisons – and for Nariman Tamimi and all detained and imprisoned Palestinians.

The resistance of the Palestinian people has never been quelled by arrests or repression, and it must be clear that we, around the world, stand alongside the Palestinian people as they defend Jerusalem and their entire land and people under attack. This includes standing with detained and jailed Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for liberation for themselves, their people, and their occupied homeland.

1. 1.For supporters in the US: Call your member of Congress to support H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. Tell them specifically about Ahed’s arrest, and urge them to act for her release. Click here to tell your member of Congress to support the bill. Tell them to pressure Israel to free Ahed and other detained Palestinian kids.
2.For international supporters: Call your government officials and demand action for Ahed Tamimi and other Palestinian child prisoners, and freedom for Nariman Tamimi.
Call your country’s officials urgently:
Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop: + 61 2 6277 7500
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland: +1-613-992-5234
European Union Commissioner Federica Mogherini: +32 (0) 2 29 53516
New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully: +64 4 439 8000
United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson: +44 20 7008 1500
United States President Donald Trump: 1-202-456-1111

3.Call your nearest Israeli embassy and let them know that you know about the detention of Ahed Tamimi in Nabi Saleh and other Palestinian child prisoners. Demand Ahed, her mother Nariman, and the other detained children be immediately released. Contact infomation here:
4.Join one of the many protests for Jerusalem and distribute this post and other news about Ahed and the Palestinian prisoners. Get others involved in the struggle for Palestinian freedom! Build the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and complicit corporations like HP and G4S.

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Thursday January 11, 2018, 7:28 pm
See VIDEO (Evelyn's post)
Nabi Saleh is where I lost my Zionism.

By the time I began going to Nabi Saleh, I had spent about four years reporting on what I saw in the West Bank and Gaza, watching detachedly as my politics moved ever leftward. What I witnessed in that small West Bank village was the last straw.

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Thursday January 11, 2018, 10:21 pm
And here I thought turnabout was fair play. silly me.

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Friday January 12, 2018, 9:50 am
Jewish Defense League beat Palestinian protesters at AIPAC (Mar 26, 2017)

Mar 29, 2017

Members of the JDL outside the AIPAC convention in Washington DC beating an older Palestinian man with flagpoles, and attacking members of IfNotNow who were protesting AIPAC. (Video courtesy of JDL Watch)

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Friday January 12, 2018, 1:28 pm
TAKE ACTION! NEWS: Mohammed Tamimi, 19, seized by occupation forces as global solidarity escalates. VIDEO
12 January 2018

The ongoing Israeli harassment and targeted oppression of the Tamimi family, organizers in the anti-colonial land defense and popular resistance in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, continued in the pre-dawn hours of 11 January. While 16-year-old activist Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman remain in Israeli prison, facing a series of charges before an Israeli military court, Israeli occupation forces raided the family home of Manal and Bilal Tamimi, seizing their 19-year-old son Mohammed. Manal, Mohammed’s mother, was released one week ago after nearly a week in Israeli prison.


Mohammed smiled and raised his fingers in the “victory” sign as he was taken from his family home surrounded by occupation soldiers. Manal later reported on Facebook that her son is currently being held in the infamous Petah Tikva interrogation center. He is the latest member of the Tamimi family to be targeted in an ongoing series of raids and and arrests in the village of Nabi Saleh and the neighboring village of Deir Nizam, both near Ramallah. Nabi Saleh, a village of 600, has become a center of popular organizing and indigenous land defense after the illegal settlement of Halamish has stolen the village’s agricultural land as well as its spring.

Ahed and Nariman’s imprisonment has drawn international attention; Ahed’s cousin Nour is also facing several charges before an Israeli military court. The military courts have a conviction rate of over 99 percent, and the two women are charged with incitement for political posts on social media, “assault” on an occupation soldier on their family’s land, and throwing stones, among other allegations. The “assault” charges refer to the livestreamed interaction in which Ahed and Nour demand an occupation soldier leave their home; he was attempting to move to higher ground on the family’s land in order to position himself to shoot at demonstrators in the village. After being slapped by the soldier, Ahed slapped the occupation soldier with her bare hand.

Ahed’s 15-year-old cousin Mohammed was shot in the head by a rubber-coated metal bullet and was in a coma for days; he continues to struggle with serious injuries. Last week, another Tamimi cousin, Musa’ab, 17, was shot and killed by occupation forces in the village of Deir Nizam, the first Palestinian killed in 2018.

As the repression targeting the Tamimi family has continued and intensified, Palestinian and international support for Ahed Tamimi and her family has only grown. Ahed, who has traveled to South Africa, Europe, Lebanon and elsewhere to speak about the Palestinian struggle, is an internationally-known leader in the indigenous land defense movement. She has been involved in the movement in Nabi Saleh since she was only 11 years old.

Protests are continuing around the world to demand Ahed’s freedom and that of the other 6,200 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. Upcoming protests are scheduled in London (on both 12 January and 13 January), Saint-Etienne, Brussels, Rosario, Montevideo, Sydney, Toulouse, Dublin, Braga, Porto, Lisbon, Rome, New York City, Portland, Copenhagen, Berlin, Washington, DC, Arlington and elsewhere.

Street visual actions are also taking place to highlight Ahed’s case and the Palestinian struggle for freedom. In London, grassroots activists put up “guerilla” transit ads and posters on bus stops and Tube trains throughout the city. @Protestencil on Twitter has made the stencil-style posters available for download and use in supporters’ local cities.

London Palestine Action has highlighted the ongoing appearance of these “adhacks” throughout London, bringing Ahed’s case and the struggle of Palestinian child prisoners to the streets of the UK capital. Italian activists in Venice replicated the posters on the streets of the city as well:

On the streets of Berlin, Jewish Antifa Berlin shared images of large stickers and posters highlighting Ahed Tamimi’s case and those of the Tamimi women posted on signboards and advertising spaces around the German capital city. Women in Berlin are also organizing a bloc for the women’s march on 21 January that will highlight Ahed’s case.

An international action week is taking place from 10 to 20 January, focusing on pressure on national parliamentarians in countries around the world to speak out about the case of Ahed Tamimi, including actions targeting Dutch, French, German and Portuguese politicians. In addition, UK minister of state for the Middle East Alistair Burt responded to questions from Labour MP Julie Elliott on 10 January by noting that “the soldiers should not be there and the young woman should not have needed to do what she did.” This followed an earlier Early Day Motion submitted by a multi-party group of parliamentarians on Ahed’s case.


Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network denounces the arrest of Ahed Tamimi and Nariman Tamimi, the latest of well over 500 Palestinians arrested by Israeli occupation forces following U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Approximately half of those detained, like Ahed, Abdul-Khalik Burnat and Fawzi al-Junaidi, are children. There are hundreds of Palestinian children jailed by Israel and frequently subject to beatings, abuse, and interrogations without parents or lawyers present in violation of the law. We urge people of conscience around the world to take action to demand freedom for Ahed and her fellow detained and jailed Palestinian children in occupation detention centers, interrogation centers and prisons – and for Nariman Tamimi and all detained and imprisoned Palestinians.

The resistance of the Palestinian people has never been quelled by arrests or repression, and it must be clear that we, around the world, stand alongside the Palestinian people as they defend Jerusalem and their entire land and people under attack. This includes standing with detained and jailed Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for liberation for themselves, their people, and their occupied homeland.

1.For supporters in the US: Call your member of the House of Representatives to support H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. Tell them specifically about Ahed’s arrest, and urge them to act for her release. Tell them to pressure Israel to free Ahed and other detained Palestinian kids. Call the House switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative’s office. CODEPINK has an action to highlight this case specifically.
2.Take action around the world: From 10 January to 20 January, there is an international week of action to contact local parliamentarians in each country and urge the freedom of Ahed Tamimi and her fellow Palestinian prisoners.
3.Call your nearest Israeli embassy and let them know that you know about the detention of Ahed Tamimi in Nabi Saleh and other Palestinian child prisoners. Demand Ahed, her mother Nariman, and the other detained children be immediately released. Contact infomation here:
4.Sign the petition. Over 150,000 people have already signed on to demand freedom for Ahed:
5.Organize a protest for Ahed or join one of the many protests for Jerusalem and distribute this post and other news about Ahed and the Palestinian prisoners. Get others involved in the struggle for Palestinian freedom! Build the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and complicit corporations like HP and G4S.
6.Write to Ahed, Nour and Nariman. While Zionist jailers frequently censor Palestinian prisoners’ mail, these letters can help bolster morale and even send a message to the jailers and censors themselves. Write to Ahed Tamimi, Nour Tamimi or Nariman Tamimi (choose one and address your letter to one only) at: HaSharon prison
Ben Yehuda, P.O. Box 7
40 330 Israel

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Saturday January 13, 2018, 9:55 am
Lieberman imposes collective punishment on Tamimi family; Nabi Saleh declared “closed military zone”.
13 January 2018

The Israeli occupation army has declared the Ramallah-area Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh to be a closed military zone in an attempt to suppress a planned demonstration in support of Jerusalem against Israeli ethnic cleansing and U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of recognizing it as the capital of Israel.

The mass march was attacked by Israeli occupation forces who fired large amounts of tear gas on the marchers, many of whom suffered as a result of inhaling tear gas. They also attacked the demonstration with rubber-coated metal bullets after surrounding the village and blocking the roads and entrances. Journalists seeking to attend the march were prevented from passing through the checkpoint and denied entry to Nabi Saleh.

This latest attack on Nabi Saleh, the village that has been at the center of an indigenous Palestinian land defense struggle after its land and spring were stolen by the illegal settlement of Halamish, comes in addition to repeated raids and arrests, particularly those targeting Ahed Tamimi and her family, one of the largest and most active families in the village.

The order comes shortly following the decision of far-right, racist Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s collective punishment order against the Tamimi family. Bassem Tamimi, the father of Ahed and the husband of Nariman, Ahed’s mother, who is also imprisoned, was banned from traveling outside Palestine. Bassem was previously imprisoned for several years for his involvement in protests and was recognized as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.

The Tamimi family have traveled to South Africa, Lebanon, Europe and elsewhere to speak about the situation in Nabi Saleh and the Palestinian people’s struggle for liberation. This comes as a clear attempt to cut off the Tamimi family from international support.

However, that international support has only continued to grow. In addition to protests in Sydney, Berlin, Athens, Rome, Porto, Lisbon, Dublin, New York, Brussels, Portland, Braga, Toulouse and elsewhere to demand freedom for Ahed Tamimi and her fellow Palestinian prisoners, French trade unionists also showed their support for Ahed. CGT railway workers at a conference in Versailles responded to the World Federation of Trade Unions’ call for solidarity:

Ahed is one of over 300 Palestinian children currently jailed by the Israeli occupation. Each year, approximately 700 Palestinian kids are brought before Israeli military courts and are frequently subject to beating, solitary confinement, physical and psychological abuse and other forms of cruel and inhumane treatment.

In addition, Lieberman withdrew the Israeli work permits of 20 Tamimi family members in an apparent attempt to impoverish the family into submission. Six Tamimi family members, including Mohammed Bilal Tamimi, the son of Manal Tamimi, earlier arrested and released, were also seized by occupation forces on Thursday in pre-dawn raids.

Justifying the collective punishment, Lieberman declared that “Dealing with Tamimi and her family has to be severe, exhaust all legal measures and generate deterrence” of involvement in popular Palestinian resistance.


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Wednesday January 24, 2018, 2:15 am
PLO endorses BDS, makes unprecedented call for sanctions
January 17, 2018

On Monday, the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, officially announced its support for the BDS movement and called, for the first time, on the international community to “impose sanctions on Israel” to end its ongoing, grave violations of Palestinian rights as stipulated by international law.

This is the most explicit and official adoption of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement by the PLO.

Specifically, a statement released by the Palestinian Central Council, the second highest authority in the PLO, agreed to:

Adopt the BDS movement and call on states around the world to impose sanctions on Israel to put an end to its flagrant violations of international law, its continued aggression against the Palestinian people, and to the apartheid regime [Israel has] imposed on them.

This statement emerged from a PLO meeting centered on the Trump administration’s efforts to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in contravention of decades of US policy and in direct violation of international law. The meeting took place in occupied Ramallah on January 14-15, and included the majority of the PLO Central Council’s 109 members.

It also comes in the wake of Israel’s escalating theft of Palestinian land through its expansion of illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory and its ruling party’s escalating efforts to annex all illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. To date, there are more than 600,000 illegal Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) said:

As the leadership of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights, we welcome the PLO’s decision to officially and unequivocally declare its support for the BDS movement, already supported across the breadth of Palestinian society in Palestine and in exile. This declaration, along with the PLO’s unprecedented call for sanctions against Israel, will further enhance the growth and impact of BDS across the world in pursuit of Palestinian freedom, justice and equality.

The PLO’s executive branch should implement the Central Council’s decisions by calling for states to impose meaningful sanctions on Israel’s regime of military occupation and apartheid, like those imposed on apartheid South Africa.

With this official Palestinian backing of BDS, we shall work more diligently than ever with our popular base and international allies to push for a two-way military embargo on Israel, the suspension of free trade agreements with it, and the cessation of trade with or investment in any Israeli or international company involved in Israel’s annexation of occupied Palestinian land and flagrant violation of Palestinian human rights.

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Saturday January 27, 2018, 11:24 am
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