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Breaking the Silence about Israel’s occupation of Hebron

Posted on Oct 10, 2018

Image: Israeli soldiers escort Ido Even-Paz and his Breaking the Silence tour through the West Bank city of Hebron on September 27,2018. Heidi Levine for The National

Israeli soldiers escort Ido Even-Paz and his Breaking the Silence tour through the West Bank city of Hebron on September 27,2018. Heidi Levine for The National

by Jonathan Cook | The National

Ido Even-Paz switched on his body camera as his tour group decamped from the bus in Hebron. The former Israeli soldier wanted to document any trouble we might encounter in this, the largest Palestinian city in the occupied West Bank.

It was not Hebron’s Palestinian residents who concerned him. He was worried about Israelis – Jewish religious extremists and the soldiers there to guard them – who have seized control of much of the city centre.

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Palestinian Christians: Israelis torturing non-Jewish children

Posted on Sep 4, 2019

Mazin Qumsiyeh shares this Australian documentary (viewer discretion advised):

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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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A threat to the Occupation: CPT Reservist denied entry to Israel/Palestine

Posted on Feb 18, 2019

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Christian Peacemaker Teams

by Alicia Rynkowska

On January 31, 2019, I was denied entry into Israel, which adds my name to a long list of human rights advocates who also did not pass the political litmus test required for entry. After hours of interrogation, I was told that my work to “free the people of Palestine is a threat to the State of Israel.” For a government that claims to be “the only democracy in the Middle East,” this ideological exclusion and censorship reveals an intolerant and repressive regime.

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As Israel moves right, young American Jews target Birthright tours in protest

Posted on Sep 9, 2018

An American Jewish anti-occupation group, IfNotNow, is protesting tours that they say ignore Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

Image: A small unit of Israeli soldiers walks past sisters Clare, left, and Leah Jordan, natives of Kansas City, as they walk through East Jerusalem's Old City.Tanya Habjouqa / for NBC News

A small unit of Israeli soldiers walks past sisters Clare, left, and Leah Jordan, natives of Kansas City, as they walk through East Jerusalem’s Old City.Tanya Habjouqa / for NBC News

by F. Brinley Bruton / Sep.09.2018 / 1:56 AM ET

NBC News, JERUSALEM — For nearly 20 years, the Birthright program has been a rite of passage for hundreds of thousands of young American Jews, who get a free trip to Israel along with a tour that shows the country in a very positive light.

But in recent weeks, the same discomfort that many Americans Jews feel about the current Israeli government, and in particular its continued occupation of the West Bank, has been reflected in some of the tours. An American anti-occupation group, called IfNotNow, has organized walkouts by a few Birthright participants, hoping the resultant publicity will inspire other young tourists to make the same gesture, and pressure American Jews to reassess its support for Israeli policies.

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Uri Avnery: Whoso Confesseth and Forsaketh

Posted on Jun 10, 2017

by Uri Avnery

IN THE tumult of the last few days, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the “unification” of Jerusalem, one of the articles stated that “even peace-activist Uri Avnery” voted in the Knesset for the unification of the city.

That is true. I have tried to set out the circumstances in my autobiography, “Optimistic”. But not everyone has read the book and it has so far appeared only in Hebrew.

Therefore I shall try to explain again that curious vote. Explain, not justify.

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“Salt and Water” as a German Leader Is Rejected

Posted on Apr 27, 2017

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived in Jerusalem for a prearranged meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Prime Minister canceled the meeting.

by James M. Wall | Wallwritings | April 27,2017

Ma’an reported Thursday that a general strike has begun in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

As part of the strike, Palestinians shut down their shops and businesses in solidarity with the more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners now enduring the 11th day of their “Freedom and Dignity” hunger strike.

The Arabic graffiti above means, “Salt and Water,” the only nutrients striking prisoners allow themselves. Placed on the locked  door of a Palestinian sh0p, “salt and water” signals  support for the strike which was organized by imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouthi.

The general strike calls for a Day of Rage on Friday, April 28, during which Palestinians are expected to show their solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners’ movement.

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An Irish Writer and a US Scholar Walk into a Bar

Posted on Apr 19, 2017

by James M. Wall | Wallwritings | April 19, 2017

The Irish writer is Eimear McBride. The scholar is a fellow named Chas Freeman. They did not actually walk into a bar together. Most likely they have never met. But they are soul-mates.

Chas and Eimear have each recently offered readers a deeper look into the evils of Israel’s occupation. The old “walk into a bar” line is merely a device to entice you to read what they want to share.

Eimear McBride speaks first. She is back from her first visit to  Palestine. She is angry. She has brought many pictures with her. She slams one of them on a table.

In the picture, a Palestinian boy stands on the tiled floor of what had been his bathroom. The roof and the walls are gone.

The house was not bombed. It was destroyed, one might say to the boy, by some bad people who didn’t want him to live there.

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Israeli textbook ‘bad for Arabs, bad for Jews’

Posted on Sep 3, 2016

The current textbook depicts Arabs as immigrants in their own land

An alternative textbook is being created for Arab schools in Israel to reflect the Palestinians’ perspectives on major historic and political events [Reuters]

by Jonathan Cook

(Al Jazeera) Nazareth, March 10, 2016 – Leaders of Israel’s large Palestinian minority have begun creating an alternative syllabus for Arab schools, in what they are terming “a revolutionary” step towards educational autonomy.

It will be the first time in Israel’s history that the Palestinian minority has tried to wrest control of the curriculum taught in Arab schools from the Israeli education ministry.

The move follows the Israeli education ministry’s decision to revise the civics textbook, a central part of Israel’s matriculation exam.

Traditionally, civics has been the only subject that uses the same textbook in both Jewish and Arab schools.

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Israeli NGOs decry ‘deeply anti-democratic move’ as new law approved

Posted on Jul 26, 2016

sraeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, right takes part in a Jewish Home party meeting in the Knesset in February. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

By Ruth Eglash and William Booth*

JERUSALEM, July 12 — Internationally known human rights organizations in Israel reacted with indignation Tuesday to a controversial law passed by the Israeli parliament that singles out groups receiving the majority of their funding from foreign governments.

Leaders of the groups, who make up the core of Israel’s “peace camp” and are part of the dwindling left wing in Israel, said the law was written by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to muzzle opposition to the almost 50-year military occupation of the West Bank.

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