Adam Keller in the Netherlands - Feb. 6 to 22
Hi, this is Adam Keller of Gush Shalom.
I write to let you know that I will be in the Netherlands from tomorrow, February 6, 2023 until Feb. 22. This is primarily a private visit, I am going there mainly in order to visit the children and grandchildren of my beloved and unforgettable Beate, my wife, companion and fellow activist for 35 years of the most happy marriage imaginable, who died exactly a year and half ago, on August 6, 2021. Beate was originally Dutch, and we were in the habit of going to Holland at least once a year and usually more than once. During these years her three children got married and started having children of their own. I have known these eight grandchildren since they were born and saw them grow up, most of them are already adults with their own lives - thirty five years is a long time. I am glad that Beate's children and grandchildren consider me as part of their family, and intend to go visiting regularly. And in addition I have made quite a few good Dutch friends which I intend to meet during my stay.
Anyway, while in the Netherlands I will be happy to meet anybody who wants to meet me and talk either about politics, personal things or both. I will have with me my computer and have paid a bit to make sure my Israeli mobile phone will work while I am there, so I should be accessible either by mail (write to email@example.com, with the subject line in capitals RE MEETING IN THE NETHERLANDS) or by phone and Whatsapp to +972-54-2340749.
As you must have heard by now, Israel has been in a big turmoil since the disastrous elections of last November, which brought to power the worst government in Israel's history (and we already had quite a few bad ones...). It is a combination of Netanyahu's Likud Party, which was right-wing nationalist to begin with and in recent years shifted considerably further to the right, with a collection of extreme-right, ultra-nationalist and openly racist parties. People who were not so long ago dismissed as "lunatic fringe" are now holding senior ministerial positions.
From the perspective of this nasty government holding power for about two months, there had so far been no strategic change in policies towards the Palestinians. To be sure, there is a clear escalation in the Occupied Territories, an ever mounting death toll. But this is not primarily due to the new Israeli government, and in fact started already under the previous government, the so-called "Government of Change". It is primarily due to young Palestinians having had enough of living under an oppressive occupaion and being ready to openly defy it - at very great risk to life and limb. The powerless Palestinian Authority, which according to the text of the original Oslo Accords should have been merely a transitional stage towards full independence, is fast losing the last shreds of credibility among its people, and might not survive the passing of Prfesident Abbas (Abu Mazen), now 87 years old. To maintain its rule, the Israeli Army is conducting ever more raids into Palestinian towns and villages, which often end with the killing of one or more Palestinian. Rather than "restoring calm", this causes ever more unrest, to which the army responds with more raids, and so on and on. This continues in more or less the same way under the new government. For example, the deadly raid on the Jenin Refugee Camp in which nine Palestinians were killed on the same day, precipitating a bloody Palestinian retaliation in Jerusalem on the next day, might have happened in much the same way even had Yair Lapid still been Prime Minister. The new government so far did little more than add icing to the rotten cake. For example the order of the notorious Itamar Ben Gvir, now "Minister of National Security", to concentrate in a single week the demolitions of Palestinian "illegal homes" in East Jerusalem which were scheduled for a whole month. This can change - the new government is full of extreme, Messianic Nationalists who hatch dreams of far-reaching assaults on the Palestinians - and they may yet get a chance to try implementing them.
So far, the main thrust of the new Netanyahu government has been to conduct an all-out attack on the Israeli judicial system, with the manifest aim of breaking down the power of the Supreme Court, totally deprive it of the ability to stop violations of human and civil rights, and completely pack the court with obedient government appointees. The record of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem is far from unblemished, and in recent years it issued some very shameful verdicts. Still, it is clear that with its power completely broken the government could act completely unrestrained in other spheres - which might be the exact reason why the government chose to start with this measure. As many observers noted, Israel might follow Poland and Hungary, European countries where democracy was eroded and authoritarian governments hold sway, paying only lip service to democratic norms. Netanyhau is indeed known to have close cordial relations with Hungary's quasi-dictator Viktor Orbán.
It was this clear and manifest danger which precipitated an enormous and growing protest. For more than a month, every weekend tens of thousands of protesters are flooding the streets of Tel Aviv, and considerable protests take place in many other locations throughout the country. Yesterday night I took some moments off from packing warm clothes for the Dutch winter to join yet again the protest. For hours we marched along kilometers of the city's main streets, ceaselessly chanting and hooting: "Israel will not be a dictatorship! No pasarán! Fascism will not pass! De-mo-cra-cy! De-mo-cra-cy! De-mo-cra-cy! What do we say to Netanyahu? De-mo-cra-cy! De-mo-cra-cy! De-mo-cra-cy! What do we say to Ben Gvir? De-mo-cra-cy! De-mo-cra-cy! De-mo-cra-cy! Either democracy or rebellion - no third choice!" There was constant drumming, the young volunteer drummers did not stop for a single moment. The drumming had a kind of hypnotic effect on the marchers. For hundreds of years, soldiers marched into battle to the sound of drums. In modern warfare, this would be complete suicide - but drums are still highly effective in the political struggle of unarmed civil protesters. Of course, I know that only a minority of these protesters are ready to acknowledge the inherent link between the threat to democracy inside Israel and the constant oppression in Israel's backyard on the West Bank, where there had never been any democracy at any time of Israel's 55 years of rule. The radical faction in the protest, in which I of course took part, held aloft the signs "No Democracy with Occupation!" and waved the Red-Green-White-Black Palestinian flag, in solidarity with the oppressed Palestinians whose flag this is.
Throughout the march I very much missed Beate, who had so often marched at my side in earlier marches through these same streets. I wish I could believe that she is still somewhere high up in the sky, someplace from where she could watch and listen and invisibly wave her hand. I am nor religious and I am not sure there is anything at all after death (if there is, we will all find out sooner or later...). But imagining her watching the Tel Aviv march from heaven was a bit comforting.
I had been hesitating whether this was the right time to be away from the country - but this crisis will not be resolved in anything like two weeks, there are more than enough activists to carry on the protest even without my presence - and it might do me some good to be a little bit outside this pressure cooker of a country.
So, to repeat - I will be in the Netherlands from Feb. 6 to 22, and anyone wanting to meet me is most welcome to make contact.
Israel red alert: Weekend of emergency demonstrations
The following calls for action were hastily translated from Hebrew, We tried to edit the automatic translation, apologies of grammatical errors still remain.
Adam Keller for the Gush Shalom team
Friday (today) at Rahat in the Negev - Jews and Bedouins stand together facing Police Minister Ben Gvir. During his rabble rousing campaign, which catapulted him to control of the Israel police, Ben Gvir asked: "Whose home is this?" meaning that the country belongs to Jews only.
Our answer is loud and clear: "This is the home of all of us!" This country belongs to all who live in it.
On Friday at 12:30 we will gather for an Arab-Jewish rally at the plaza outside Rhat Community Center.
This rally is very important. After trying to intimidate the anti-government demonstrators in Tel Aviv and threating police violence of Palestinian flags are flown, Ben Gvir came to the Negev to promote the "restoration of law and order", meaning that it is Bedouins who "threaten public order" and must be "restrained".
And Ben Gvir talks openly and explicitly openly of "The Judaisation of the Negev". Not for him the euphemisms used by more mainstream politicans. An all-out police assault on the Negev Bedouins is clearly what he plans.
It is very important that Jewish activists devote the time and effort to come to the Negev and stand in solidarity with the Bedouins. This is no less important than the demonstrations in Tel Aviv!
For the event on Facebook For the event on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/3aBtV3uuF
The residents of Sheikh Jarrah continue to resist eviction from their homes - we come to show solidarity
A demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah - today, Friday at 3.00 PM. The main and immediate victims of this evil government are the Palestinians. The order to ban Palestinian flags is a clear call for the police to suppress the protest. We must show broad solidarity!
This Friday we will protest, as every week, together with the residents of the neighborhood against the expulsion of families from their homes, the trampling on rights, the Judaization of Jerusalem, police violence, Apartheid, Fascism and occupation.
Do you want to defend democracy? Democracy is for everyone! Join Sheikh Jarrah struggle - because there is no better time for resistance and solidarity! shorturl.at/egZ45
Saturday night in Tel Aviv: Mass march against the government - and the police riot control units, alrerdy placed in readiness, will not deter us!
This government is bad for everyone. It appears to be headed towards an open dictatorship that will continue the oppression of the Palestinians, increase settlement construction and expose Palestinian residents to settler terrorism and seek to expel hem from their homes.
Some say this is not the time to talk about the occupation, becuase the government is also threaenting the basic rights of Jewish Israelis. We say every time is a right time to talk of the occupation and now is the best time for it.
For decades there was an attempt to ignore the occupation and exclude it from the discourse.
Now the oppression is seeping from the West Bank and threatens also the residents of Tel Aviv who thought themselves imune and turned away their gaze from the oppression of the Palestinians!
Come fight for democracy, Saturday night at 19:00, mass rally at the Government Tower on Kaplan St., Tel Aviv. Shake up the country!
Knesset Member Zvika Fogel of the Jewish Power Party (the party whose leader now controls the police!) called for the opposition leaders to be arrested and charged with High Treson - which in Israeli law carries the capital punishement, never (yet?) enforced.
These are the dark days in the history of Israel.
The hallmarks of Fascism are already visible: an attempt to take over the judiciary, calls to imprison opposition leaders and use police violence against pro-democracy demonstrators.
We call on citizens to take to the streets on Saturday to fight for democracy before it is too late!
We call on the police to remember they are supposed to serve the public, not Ben Gvir's racist agenda. But Whatever happens, police violence or no police violence, we are coming! We take to the streets, we do not hesitate, we are not intimidated!
The program of this governnment amounts to a coup d'état - the crushing of the judiciary, making all officials totally subservient, suppression of the media. In face of this, it the right and duty of the people to get out and revolt! Citizens, don't be intimidated by Netanyahu and Ben Gvir. This is the time to come out and be counted.
This is no time to stay home, no time to say "I have other plans for this evening, I will come next time". There might be no next time - if we don't stop them NOW!
All, all, all - Come and fight for democracy. All gather on Saturday night 19:00 to Kaplan Street in Tel Aviv!
Gush Shalom: The UN decision is a very necessary message to Israel’s extreme right-wing government
Gush Shalom, the Israeli Peace Bloc wrote tonight to the United Nations Secretary-General, welcoming the General Assembly’s decision to refer to the review of the International Court the issue of Israel’s occupation rule over millions of Palestinians. This conveys a correct and message to the extreme right-wing government that has emerged in Israel. Let this government know that the International Community is not indifferent to wrongdoings committed by the State of Israel.
Since 1967, and for 55 years already, the State of Israel maintains a brutal military rule over millions of Palestinian residents and imposes its rule on them against their will. For fifty-five years, successive Israeli governments asserted that this is a "temporary" situation, pending negotiations at some misty future date. But this argument sounds more and more hollow and empty - especially when the government that has now been installed in Israel intends to act with all its might to perpetuate Israeli rule in these territories and increase and expand the construction of settlements.
As Israeli citizens anxious for the future of our country, we in Gush Shalom wholeheartedly welcome the decision of the Assembly General and the comprehensive judicial review that will take place at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. One can wish and hope that this process will force the State of Israel to take at last the decision it has been trying to avoid for so many years.
If these territories are "our country" as Prime Minister Netanyahu claims, and if the State of Israel is a democratic country, then Israel should grant its citizenship to all residents living in "our country" and allow them to participate in the elections which determine the government that rules over them – and then there will be a completely different government in Israel. If the State of Israel does not want this, it must withdraw its army from these territories and allow the Palestinians to establish their independent state there.
And should the State of Israel refuse to grant citizenship to the Palestinians and also insist on maintaining military rule over them and shooting to death young Palestinians who oppose this rule, Israel will no longer be able to claim that it is "the only democracy in the Middle East". Rather, Israel will become heir to the former Apartheid regime in South Africa, where the right to vote was limited to whites and denied to blacks.
We strongly uphold the judges of the International Court of Justice, who will now deal in depth with the issues that the judges of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem avoid.
Contact: Adam Keller, Gush Shalom spokesperson +972-(0)54-2340749
Hebron: “No one walked away not feeling outraged”
Every year, the J Street Education Fund takes Members of Congress and their staff to Israel and the West Bank on experiences that participants have called “life-changing”.
We aim to deliver a comprehensive, no-holds-barred examination of Israel’s security challenges, the occupation and the settlement movement -- and the impact all this has on the lives and freedoms of everyday Israelis and Palestinians.
Today, with their permission, I’m sharing a piece of feedback from a congressional staffer who joined our most recent trip which included a tour of the divided, occupied city of Hebron. I think it demonstrates the profound impact these trips can have:
“Hebron was the most emotionally intense moment that I’ve had in this job. No one walked away not feeling outraged, no matter their personal politics before the trip or the orientation of their office.”
We must make sure that leaders in Washington -- even those who can’t join us in the region -- understand the reality on the ground and the threat that indefinite occupation poses to Palestinian freedoms, our values and Israel’s democratic future.
Our visits to the city of Hebron -- home to 200,000 Palestinians, and in their midst 800 settlers and over 1,000 soldiers -- are among the most emotionally taxing moments for me as well.
For myself and many other Jews, Muslims and Christians, Hebron is one of the holiest cities in the Middle East. It’s the resting place of important Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs and carries a tremendous amount of religious significance, which is why it’s so painful to see what it has become.
With checkpoints, razor-wire, gates and guns, the very sharpest edges of the occupation, injustice and hostility are on full display. It carries the painful, recent history of horrific massacres inflicted by Jewish and Arab perpetrators.
On our trips we’re often shadowed, yelled at and intimidated. Last trip, a settler hit me square in the chest with a full cup of coffee.
Photos of Hebron showing the occupation
While some would rather hide the occupation and ignore the settlement movement, at J Street we know that those who are truly pro-Israel cannot afford to look away.
“One of my greatest takeaways is that to be pro-Israel is to be in favor of recognizing, understanding and dealing with the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” Rep. Madeleine Dean told Jewish Insider after joining one of our trips earlier this year. “A failure to deal with that only jeopardizes the security of Israel.”
Indeed, Hebron demonstrates not only the injustice and humiliation that the occupation inflicts on Palestinians, but the danger faced by thousands of young Israelis who are sent to guard settlements, checkpoints and outposts and uphold a deeply unjust, unequal system of military control.
Perpetual conflict, perpetual settlement construction and perpetual occupation bring misery and pain to both Israeli and Palestinian families.
Cooper Boyar Associate Director for Congressional Education, J Street
Palestinian farmers are under attack
My name is Rafa, and I lead the Palestinian youth group at Combatants for Peace. I am proud to share that in the midst of violence and occupation, our brave youth continue the nonviolent struggle for equality and human rights. Over the past few months, we have planted olive trees to help families stay on their land, organized powerful nonviolent demonstrations, and advocated for equal water access.
Recently, our youth group supported Palestinian families by helping to harvest olives: using their own bodies to protect the farmers from settler and military violence. Below is a note from Razan Mohamed, one of our young activists:
There is no doubt that the situation is deteriorating rapidly right now:
Less than four weeks ago, a Jewish Israeli woman named Hagar Geffen was accompanying a Palestinian farmer in his olive harvest just south of Bethlehem. A group of masked settlers approached and sprayed toxic chemicals on the elderly farmer's 180 olive trees.
Hagar was documenting the incident on camera, when she was attacked by the settlers. They carried machetes, knives, and axes. They held her down, brutally beat her head with clubs and dropped large rocks on her until she bled. Hagar is 70 years old.
It takes tremendous courage for our activists to do what they do. In the face of acute violence, we hold fast to hope, and continue to use nonviolence to resist brutality.
Together we are taking action to dismantle systems of oppression.
Together we are working for dignity, equality, and justice.
For every act of violence, we strive for a greater show of peace.
Now is the time to act!
Rafa Mismar Palestinian Youth Group Coordinator Combatants for Peace
American Friends of Combatants for Peace 48 Wall Street Suite 1100 New York, NY 10005 United States
Ganz, stop pereceuting Human Rights organizations!
Defence Minister Ganz: Stop persecution of Palestinian civil society and Human Rights groups!
On Friday September 9, at 9:00 am, we will arrive at the home of Defence Minister Benny Ganz at 9 Talalim St., in Rosh Ha'Ain, east of Tel Aviv - to deliver a wake up call and tell the Defence Minister that he had overreached himself and should turn back.
Gantz is responsible for the ongoing harassment and the closing of the offices of six Palestinian civil organizations, without anything resembling due process . This is an anti-democratic step that tramples on the rights of the Palestinians and also causes damage to Israel.
With every passing day it becomes even more clear that the closure of the six Palestinian civil society organizations (and one other organization, in a separate procedure) by Benni Gantz, with the arrogant posture "Trust me, they are terrorists!" is entirely baseless, a violation of human rights reminiscent of the highly dubious acts of such regimes as those that dominate Russia, China or Turkey.
On the other hand, Israel's most prominent allies, the US, Britain, the European Union as well as individual European countries, submitted Ganz's "evidence" to their intelligence services - all of which rejected it out of hand. None of the Western countries, which all too often take Israel's side, was impressed by that "evidence".
So far, even faced with this severe public relations damage to Israel, Gantz did not change his stance. But we do not despair. Gantz is trying to court various sections of Israeli and international public opinion, including liberal people who care for Human Rights. This makes him vulnerable to pressure, and we intend to apply maximum pressure and cry out as loudly as we can about Human Rights violations and about the suppression of Human Rights organizations.
We will cry out loudly - also outside Ganz's own home - and call on him to show real courage - admit that he had made a mistake, and rectify it!
The protest outside Ganz's home - and more actions to follow - is orgaizned by a coalition of organizations and activists (among them Standing Together, Amnesty International Israel and others).
See article in The Guardian: "CIA unable to corroborate Israel’s ‘terror’ label for Palestinian rights groups" https://tinyurl.com/bdzhdr5y
Four refuse service in an occupation army
On Sunday the 4/9 Shahar, Einat, Nave and Evyatar are going to refuse to join the Israeli Occupation Army!
After they refuse it is very likely that they will be held in military prison. We will of course be there to support them! join us at 9:00 Sunday the 4/9 next to the entrance of the Tel Hashomer military recruitment Base
Gaza Ceasefire in the offing? Let it be!
August 6 was going to be for me a private day of mourning. It was last year, on August 6, 2021, that I said goodbye forever to my dear wife Beate - the final end of 35 years of the most successful and happy marriage imaginable. But Yair Lapid, the "Center Left" Prime Minister of Israel's caretaker government, had other plans. The Prime Minister provided me with a spectacular diversion, to have much else on my mind except for sad memories. So yesterday afternoon I had no time to pine in sad memories, I was busy sending out action alerts and press releases about Mr. Lapid's military assault on the Gaza Strip. First sending out the Hebrew text, then translating it to English and sending that out.
While I was doing all that, the air raid alarm sounded in my city of Holon. I did not seek shelter, I just remained at my computer and continued working. I do not claim any special heroism - the statistical chance of a rocket from Gaza landing directly on my home was very small. Indeed, it did not happen - I and my computer are completely intact. When it was done, I caught a taxi to attend the Tel Aviv demo myself. We were at the Defence Ministry gate, several hundred strong, chanting "Stop the War! Stop the Bloodshed! On both sides of the border, children want to live!" So many times, Beate had been with me at such emergency protests in the same place. It was a fitting memorial for her.
Tonight there will be a further protest at Lapid's private home, initiated by a very industrious group of young Feminists, and in some other locations. Meanwhile, very welcome news of a possible ceasefire at 8.00 PM - the exact hour scheduled for the protest of the "Broom-Riding Witches" as they call themselves.
Hopefully it will come true, and this madness will end after three days, which is three days too many, with a death toll "only" in the dozens rather than thousands as in earlier Gaza assaults. And a five year old girl whose death was certainly caused by an Israeli Air Force bomb, and four other children for whom the responsibility will temain disputed (but they are cetainly dead...).
But oh, let it end tonight!
Adam Keller - Gush Shalom
Out on the streets: Stop the Gaza war now!
Demonstrations throughout Israel: Stop the bloodshed! Stop the Gaza war now! Only peace will bring security!
While I was sending out the following in Hebrew and then translating it to English the air raid alarm sounded in my city of Holon. I did not seek shelter, I just remained at my computer and continued working. I do not claim any special heroism - the statistical chance of a rocket from Gaza landing directly on my home was very small. Indeed, it did not happen - I and my computer are completely intact.
So, I will send this to you, and then I am going to catch a taxi to attend the Tel Aviv demo myself.
Adam Keller - Gush Shalom
Stop the bloodshed! Stop the Gaza war now! Only peace will bring security!
Sat. night Aug. 6 - protest demonstrations throughout the country
Tel Aviv 19:00 in front of the Defense Ministry
Jaffa 19:00 Clock Square
Haifa 17:00 Emil Habibi Square (entrance to Wadi Nisnas)
Jerusalem: 20:30 Old Mashbir Square
Umm El Fahm: 18:00 at the entrance to the city
Yeshiva Bridge in Sde Ya'akov: 17:30
Press Release Aug. 6. 2022
The Ezracheiha ('All Citizens') Movement, new Jewish-Arab civil movement, today calls on the government of Israeli to immediately stop an armed election campaign soaked in the blood of innocents, cynically aimed at giving the caretaker government of Yair lapid a warlike imgae towards the November general elections.
The time has come to realize that there is no military solution to the conflict. The there is one and only one way to ensure the sustainable security of all the people of this country. The way is putting an end to the occupation and achieving a peace agreement acceptable to all.
We, Jews and Arabs, want a different future for ourselves and for our children. So, Mr. Prime Minister, stop bombing and start talking!
Prof. Faisal Azeize
Vigil at Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv, calling for Australia to recognize State of Palestine
Recognition of Palestinian Independence – The Way to Peace Between Countries
Call for action:
On Friday, July 22, 2022 we will meet at 11:00 am in front of the Australian Embassy to Israel, 23 Yehuda Halevi St., Tel Aviv, and call for recognition of Palestinian independence
The Labor Party's victory in the Australian elections and the appointment of Anthony Albanese as Prime Minister have raised hopes among Palestinians as among Israelis seeking to end the occupation and promoting the creation of an independent Palestinian state, side by side with Israel.
Labor, and its leader Albanese have repeatedly – also in this year’s election campaign - stated their opposition to the Israeli occupation and reiterated the need to recognize an independent Palestinian state.
Unfortunately, also after the change of government, on the Australian Foreign Ministry website the section devoted to the Palestinian Territories still incduled the statement: “Australia does not recognise a Palestinian state. We are committed to a two-state solution.”
Australia does not recognize the state of Palestine, but is committed to a two-state solution... Is this possible?
We believe that exactly this kind of approach tends to perpetuate the occupation and greatly hinder the creation of an independent Palestinian state and. That is so because such an attitude implies that national self-determination depends on the consent of the occupier.
Recent experience has shown that trying for "negotiations without preconditions" in fact strengthens the hand of occupation supporters, allowing to perpetuate military rule to continue indefinitely, including with all its crimes and violations of private and national rights - house demolitions, settlement creations, land grabs, the shooting of protesters, unjustified detentions even extra-judicial executions.
So far, Palestine has been recognized by 157 countries around the world, but it is precisely the "Western Bloc" countries - on whom Israel depends – which persistently refrain from doing so.
Following the change of government in Australia, we hope that it will be Australia that will break the stalemate of "Western" indifference and unilaterally recognize the State of Palestine. We believe that such a move may set a precedent and make it easier for other governments, including in Europe and North America, to make a similar move. This would facilitate the launching of true peace negotiations - rather than formal, empty "negotiations" that simply allow the occupier to continue the occupation indefinitely.
Mr Albanese, Government of Australia! Please help us Israelis to finally free ourselves of the malignant burden of occupation. Occupation is, first and foremost, harmful to the occupied - but it also fatally harms the citizens of Israel.
The rights of the Palestinians are not subject to the consent of Israel. Fruitful peace negotiations should be taking place between countries.
Contact: Yuval +972-50-5613924
Put an end to 55 years of occupation and oppression! March and rally in Tel Aviv, Sat. June 18.
We now mark 55 years of occupation. Already for 55 years now, Israel has been holding millions of people under military rule, enforcing two disparate systems of law
for in the same territory, denying and violating human and civil rights.
Therfe is ongoing repression: more and more victimization, more demolitions expulsions, expropriation, administrative detentions, detentions of minors, land grabs,
daily settler violence, and much much more rerpession of all kinds.
We all see how the occupation is creating facts on the ground every day, its settlments expanding and growing at the expense of the Palestinians - and ever more
violent. Therefore - we must not remain silent!
We in Gush Shalom join with all our fellow peace and human rights organizations in the struggle for an end to the occupation; for the creation of a sovereign
Palestinian state; for democracy and equality to both peoples; for peace and justice.
It is time to act, to stop the occupation and oppression. We call on all citizens who care to join us for a demonstration tomorrow, Saturday June 18. We will meet at 19:00
in the Tel Aviv Museum plaza (King Saul 25) and march to a rally in Habima Square.
Put an end to 55 years of occupation and oppression - because we must! For all our sakes!
Emergency Protest - Stop Forced Displacement in Masafer Yatta
Emergency Protest - Stop Forced Displacement in Masafer Yatta (Firing Zone 918) Last week, the High Court gave legal approval to the forcible transfer of thousands of Palestinians living in the Masafer Yatta area of the South Hebron Hills. More then one thousand civilians from eight villages are at risk of displacement in favor of Israeli military training in Firing Zone 918. If carried out, this will be the largest expulsion of Palestinians in decades. The ink has not yet dried on the verdict, and yesterday, Civil Administration bulldozers demolished 19 buildings in two villages in the firing zone. This is part of a longstanding Israeli practice of dispossesing Palestinians of their lands.
This Friday, 13.5 we will join the residents of Masafer Yatta in a protest against expulsion of their community. Transportation will leave at 8:30 from Migdal Haneviim in Haifa, 9:00 from Ginat Levinsky in Tel Aviv, and at 9:30 from Gan Hapaamon in Jerusalem. Join us!
Register for rides: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLScD9fQKg.../viewform
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Rally in support of the al-Hallaq family during the trial of the police officer who shot Eyad al-Hallaq
Rally in support of the al-Hallaq family during the second hearing in the case of the police officer who shot Eyad al-Hallaq to death. Monday 9th May at 11:30. District Court, Salah al-Din street 40, Jerusalem.
During the first hearing we saw cynical and malicious counter-protestors, including shameless physical attacks on the al-Hallaq family as they asked for justice for their son who was murdered by the police. This included calling the bereaved parents "terrorists".
During the hearing, the officer who shot Eyad was concealed behind a screen along with his family, instead of being forced to look into the eyes of Eyad's parents and to see in their eyes the consequences of his crime. Eyad's parents came to court searching for justice for their son, who was murdered simply for being Palestinian as he made his way to the school where he studied in the Old City on 30th May 2020. Instead they experienced racist challenged and support for their son's murderer.
Eyad's story managed to break into the international media and to crack its wall of apathy. Never forget that stories like these happen regularly, and only rarely do they garner media attention. Every Palestinian could find themself in Eyad's situation, perniciously identified as a suspect or as a terrorist. This was the fate of Dalia Samudi, who was killed by "crowd dispersal" weapons during an army raid in the al-Jabiriyat neighbourhood of Jenin on 7th August 2020. It was the fate of Amar Shafiq Abu Afifa, the 18 year old who was shot in the head in March 2022 while hiking with his friend in a forest near the Al-Aroub refugee camp where he lived. It has been the fate of countless others.
Therefore we are gathering to demand justice for Eyad and all the Palestinians who have been killed by the Israeli occupation, and to demand the basic rights to life and safety for all. We will also gather to protest against the police's Internal Affairs department, Mahash. We will not forget the attempted whitewash in the murder investigation, the concealing of footage from seven security cameras on the path along which Eyad fled from his attackers, or the fact that the reconstruction of the event was only carried out three months after the murder.
Join us on 9th May to support Eyad's family, to show them that we haven't forgotten this callous killing, and to stand as a protective presence between the family and the supporters of the murderous police officer, so as not to allow them to touch the al-Hallaq family again. Join us to call for personal and systemic accountability for this murder as we try to build a different reality
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Protesting administrative detentions at Security Service HQ in Tel Aviv
Saturday night - protest against administrative detentions at Security Service HQ in Tel Aviv, demanding release of boy detainee Amal Nahaleh
In less than two weeks, on May 18, Israel General Security Service, the Shabk, will decide whether to renew the administrative detention order facing the Palestinian youth Amal Nahala or allow him to return to his worried family and parents. Amal was arrested at seventeen, over a year ago. He is being held in continuous detention without charge or trial, even though he suffers from an autoimmune disease that impairs his muscle function and ability to breathe, and which requires ongoing medical treatment and follow-up.
Decisions on administrative detentions are actually made by the Shabak. Theoretically there is a "judicial oversight" but in practice the judges serve as no more than a rubber stamp, automatically approving requests for an administrative detention order, based on "secret material" that the detainee and his lawyers are not allowed to see.
Due to the unwillingness of judges to intervene in Shabak requests for administrative detention orders, this legal procedure has become an empty show. That is why Palestinian administrative detainees have decided since the beginning of the year not to participate in such shows. As a sign of solidarity with the Palestinian detainees, Israeli activists decided that if they are arrested during the current demonstration or during other actions against the occupation and apartheid, they too would refuse to cooperate with the Israeli legal system, appear in court, be represented by lawyers and or take any other legal action. 162 Israeli activists have so far signed the declaration of boycott on the legal system, and the signing continues. Among these the signatories, Neta Golan boycotted a hearing on an indictment issued against her in connection with protests against the Gaza siege and a subpoena was issued against her. Another signatory, Yasmin Eran-Vardi, refused to cooperate when she was taken to the Hebron police after a police officer attacked her while she stood with Palestinian farmers, and was finally released without signing anything.
In addition to the case of Amal Nahala, the protesters will focus on Saturday night on two other cases of administrative arrests with prominent humanitarian aspects.
The " the eldest detainee," Bashir Al-Khairi, is a 79 year old poet, who suffers from the health problems usual at such an age and who is in concrete life danger due to living conditions in the prison. As usual, the Shabak does not make known the reasons for his detention.
Khalil al-Awawda, a resident of Hebron and a father of four daughters, who has already been in administrative detention for five years, is on a hunger strike which is approaching its seventieth day, and his health is deteriorating. From past experience, when administrative detainees go on a prolonged hunger strike, the Shabak eventually agrees not to extend their detention - but recently this decision comes only after the detainee has suffered irreversible health damage.
In principle, the organizers of the demonstration oppose the entire system of administrative detentions without trial and especially their wholesale use against Palestinian residents of the occupied territory and recently also against Palestinian who hold Israeli citizenship.
For background see:
Declaration of solidarity of Israelis with the strike of administrative detainees:
הצהרת סולדריות עם שביתת העצירים המנהליים – Israeli Jews Call: (wordpress.com)
Palestinian administrative detainees boycotting court proceedings for 4 months - while Israel continues to uphold them regardless | B'Tselem (btselem.org)
Palestinian administrative detainees boycotting court proceedings for 4 months – while Israel continue to uphold them regardless | B'Tselem (btselem.org)
+972 Artice by Neta Golanhttps://www.972mag.com/israeli-refuse-court-arrest/
Video: Israeli activists and anti-apartheid activists demonstrate in front of Shin Bet offices in Ramat Aviv. Demonstration in front of Shein Beit offices in Tel Aviv – Israeli Jews Call: (wordpress.com) te:
Today: 17th Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony
The 17th Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony is taking place today. After months of planning and many sleepless nights, we will gather with a few hundred people in Tel Aviv and Beit Jala in Area C, and hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to remember all those lost through conflict, and discover a new path to equality, justice and peace.
Reject violence, support hope
As always, the week before the ceremony is an intense one. From intimidation by political opposition, to accusations of being a traitor or siding with ‘the other’ - we will prevail together. We hope you will have a meaningful experience, and one which will inspire a sense of humanity, empathy, and courage to follow the right path ahead.
In Peace & Solidarity from Israel/Palestine
Rana Salman Palestinian Director
Yonatan Gher Israeli Director
Zoom Rooms 9:30pm Jerusalem Time
Click on the following links to join the room of your choice
Room 1: The Place of Compassion
Tuli Flint, a social worker who treats PTSD and CFP’s Israeli general coordinator; and Basaam Aramin, co-founder of CFP, will speak on the meaning of compassion in our lives, and in the work of bi-national organizations who take action to bring peace.
Language: Hebrew | Translation: To Arabic and English
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Room 2: The Place of Transformation
Tal Sagi, who grew up in a settlement and served in the Israeli military in Hebron, will speak on her journey from there to her role today, coordinating all education activities in Breaking The Silence.
Language: Hebrew | Translation: To English
Room 3: The Safe Space
Bentzi Banderas served as a combatant in the Israeli military in the West Bank and fought in “Protective Edge”, will speak on his journey which led him to his role in Breaking The Silence as the coordinator for Diaspora Jewry.
Language: English | Translation: To Arabic
Room 4: The Brave Place – the place of dialogue
Scott Rasmussen, CEO of “Hands of Peace”, will talk with the organization’s alumni about the courage to talk and listen to the “other” and about the significance – and limitations – of dialogue.
Language: English | Translation: To Hebrew
Room 5: The Place of Youth
Talia Balaban from Tel Aviv and Sima Awad from Beit Omer, both 18 year old, grew up in bereaved families. We’ll hear from them how they got to Parents Circle Family Forum’s summer camp and how it affected them. Teenagers are especially welcome.
Language: Hebrew and Arabic | Translation: To Hebrew and Arabic
Room 6: Dialogue meeting with Parents Circle Family Forum members
Laila Alsheikh, who lost her baby son, and Tal Kfir Schurr, who lost her sister, tell their personal story and talk about their journey to the PCFF.
Language: English | Translation: To Hebrew
Room 7: Dialogue meeting with Parents Circle Family Forum members
Eytan Amir, who lost his brother, and Ashraf Abu Ayash, who lost his father and grandfather, tell their personal stories, and speak about their journeys who led them to PCFF.
Language: Hebrew | Translation: To Arabic
Room 8: Dialogue meeting with Parents Circle Family Forum members
Yakub Rabi, who lost his wife, and Kamaal Zidane, who lost two sons, tell their personal stories and speak about their journeys that led them to PCFF.
Support the Israeli-Palestinian Joint Memorial Ceremony
Visit our website: https://cfpeace.org/
The Joint Memorial Ceremony, co-hosted by Combatants for Peace and Parents Circle - Families Forum, is the largest annual Peace event in the entire world! With all of the violence taking place in the world right now, this event is more critical than ever.
Pulling together an event of this size and scope (300,000+ people!) takes a huge amount of time, dedication, and resources. We sincerely hope you can join us at the Ceremony, and if you are able to make a gift to support this historic event, we would be deeply grateful. Your generosity helps to build a peaceful future. We can't do it without you.
Join us this Tuesday May 3rd, 1:30pm ET/ 10:30am PT Register Support the Ceremony
I hope to see you at the Memorial!
Beth Schuman Executive Director American Friends of Combatants for Peace
Now is the time to act. Join our movement.
American Friends of Combatants for Peace PO Box 27671 San Francisco, CA 94127 United States
> Fwd: May 2022 > > ---------- Forwarded message --------- > From: mistaclim > > > > Can't see this message? View in a browser > > May 2022 > > voices from the ground > > We, "looking the occupation in the eye", contact you as the recipient of our letter regarding the prevention of human rights in the Occupied Territories by Israeli authorities. > As the situation worsens in front of our eyes from day to day, we want to continue to pass on information about what is happening in daily life in Area C under Israeli occupation. In a letter sent from time to time we will report on some significant events among many that have happened recently as well as a description of the life of an activist both Israeli and Palestinian. > If you are not interested in receiving our letter please write it to us in a return email. > Hoping for a better future for those living between the Jordan and the sea. > > > The voice of an Israeli activist > > My name is Zoria Haddad, I was born in Tunis 60 years ago. I am a psychotherapist by profession. > When I was 5 years old, my family immigrated to Israel, I grew up in a religious and right-wing family. > > Read More > > > The voice of a Palestinian activist > > My name is Ali Awad. I was born and raised in the village of Tuba in Masafer Yatta, one of twelve villages that were declared ‘Firing Zone 918’ by the Israeli military. > > In 1999, my family was