Posts made in August, 2019

University of Illinois Reverses Ban on Palestine Event

Posted on Aug 31, 2019

A community group in Rockford, Ill., that had been blocked from renting space for an event featuring Israeli-American activist and author Miko Peled successfully held their event on Saturday after Palestine Legal intervened.

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‘We are not defeated’: Palestinian family defiant after Israel demolishes restaurant

Posted on Aug 30, 2019

The Qaisyeh family used to host guests in the picturesque hills around Beit Jala. Now Israeli forces have torn down their home and business.

Image: The Qaisyeh family's demolished restaurant in Beit Jala (MEE/Megan Giovannetti)

The Qaisyeh family’s demolished restaurant in Beit Jala (MEE/Megan Giovannetti)

By Megan Giovannetti in Beit Jala, occupied West Bank

Middle East Eye, August 29, 2019 – The Israeli military was demolishing the home and the restaurant of the Palestinian Qaisyeh family.

As usual, the military said that the demolition order was given due to the lack of a proper construction permit, but the Qaisyeh family says they have been battling settler organisations over the ownership of the land itself.

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Churches for Middle East Peace: Statement on the barring of Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib

Posted on Aug 30, 2019

On August 15, 2019, the Israeli government announced it would ban two U.S. Congresswomen–Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ilhan Omar (MN) to Israel just days before they were to depart on a Congressional delegation. Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) strongly condemns this decision and calls on Prime Minister Netanyahu to reverse this action. Denying any member of Congress entrance to Israel is not an appropriate behavior of a democratic state, let alone an appropriate action for a strong U.S. ally.

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Church of the Holy Land prepares for the “extraordinary missionary month, October 2019”

Posted on Aug 30, 2019

by Filippo De Grazia, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

HOLY LAND – On Sunday August 18, in the library of the Patriarchal Seminary of Beit Jala, a preparatory meeting was held for the extraordinary missionary month scheduled for October 2019. The meeting, directed by Fr. Abdo Abdo, OCD, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of The Holy Land, with Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo present, involved several representatives of pastoral organizations of the Jerusalem-Bethlehem area.

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Rebecca Vilkomerson’s message as she steps down as Executive Director of the Jewish Voice for Peace

Posted on Aug 29, 2019

…And I witnessed the first Gaza war from Tel Aviv. As I took my children to their daycare each morning, noticing how little attention other parents were paying to the massacre happening merely an hour away, I became convinced that Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions was a crucial tool in fighting Israeli apartheid and aggression.

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4-Year-Old Palestinian Summoned For Interrogation By Israeli Police

Posted on Aug 27, 2019

Israeli police summon a 4-year-old Palestinian boy for interrogation.

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American Jews Tell a Big New Story ~ Steve France reviews ‘Reclaiming Judaism From Zionism’

Posted on Aug 26, 2019

A new book, “Reclaiming Judaism From Zionism,” wants to start a big new conversation about Israel. The book presents the personal stories of 40 American Jews of all ages and descriptions who pull back the veil on a topic that is largely taboo in the U.S.: the trouble the Jewish establishment is having keeping the lid on Jews who are critical of the Jewish State.

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Booklet: OCCUPYING HEBRON

Posted on Aug 26, 2019

Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. We endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life. Our work aims to bring an end to the occupation.

Testimonies given by soldiers who served in the city from 2011-2017 are available in booklet form. They reveal the violence and discrimination that have become an inextricable part of life in Hebron.

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Gazans suffer life-shattering injuries when border protests turn violent

Posted on Aug 26, 2019

For months, Palestinians in Gaza have protested their conditions along the border fence with Israel. The demonstrations have often turned violent — even deadly. Doctors and international observers [Doctors without Borders and Amnesty International] say they’re disturbed by the devastating sniper injuries that further limit the young protesters’ prospects.

Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports.

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July 2019 in Numbers: Summary of Incidents

Posted on Aug 25, 2019

Child Detentions: 2 Palestinian boys

Israeli Military Use of Force: 2 incidents
Teargas Canisters: 28
Stun Grenades: 29

Injuries: 1 Palestinian girl, hospitalized due to excessive teargas inhalation

Body Searches: 135 Palestinian adults

Checkpoint Closures: 1 checkpoint closed for 4 hours

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