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Palestinian woman on hunger strike against Israeli imprisonment and abuse

Palestinian prisoner, Heba Al-Labadi is on a hunger strike after being sentenced to administrative detention for five months without charge or trial on August 20, 2019. She was interrogated by the Shin Bet for over a month…

By Amira Hass, reposted from Haaretz

A young Jordanian woman who has been held in Israel since August 20 has entered the 22nd day of a hunger strike in protest over the administrative detention order that was issued against her. This order frees the authorities from the need to issue an indictment and back it up with evidence. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 975

Gideon Levy: A Quiet, Cruel Population Transfer in South Hebron Hills

Demolition of Palestinian homes – last week’s excuse was to create Israeli “nature reserves,” this week a “firing zone” – causes now-homeless Mahmoud Hamamdi to ask, “Who is the terrorist: the one who builds a house or the one who demolishes a house?”

by Gideon Levy and Alec Levoc, reposted from Ha’aretz

It’s obvious from the pink walls, the colored tiles decorated with butterflies and the white ceramic flooring that the people who lived here loved their home, maintained it as best as their meager means allowed and gave it a distinctive look. The gardening outside tells the same story: small, well-tended pine saplings planted in the arid, rocky ground, a small herb garden, miniature fruit trees. All of this now lies in ruins, alongside water cisterns and drainage ditches that were also demolished in two tiny shepherd communities in the South Hebron Hills, planted among the lawless wilds of Jewish settlements. Here, a quiet population transfer is going on every day with no one to stop it. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 974

Let’s protest at The Hague so that Israel’s crimes can finally be judged by the ICC!

The Attorney General of the ICC (International Criminal Court based at The Hague), Fatou Bensouda, refuses to handle the complaints filed against Israeli crimes, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Recently, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was forced to order her to reconsider her refusal to continue the investigation into the bloody assault and act of piracy by the Israeli navy against the Mavi Marmara, a humanitarian flotilla sailing to Gaza. She has until December 2 to review her dossier, but she is the only one who has the power to decide. (In 2013, the state of Comoros, the country under which the Mavi Marmara was registered, filed a war crimes complaint with the ICC, but Ms. Bensouda decided that she would not prosecute Israel because the crime was “not massive enough”!) (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 973

Media rules explained: Mention Israeli slaughter and Palestinian children in same breath, kiss your career goodbye

Donald Johnson

It turns out that with just two words that seemingly refer to the actual crimes of two people you can reconstruct the entire history of European antisemitism. The educated man who demonstrated the use of this decompression algorithm earlier this week is Matt Seaton. Observe the master at work. On Monday, Matt Seaton, an editor of The New York Review of Books (and earlier at the Guardian and the NYT opinion page) laid down the law in response to a tweet by Ali Abunimah—

“This one gets reported for blood libel anti-Semitism. Bye bye, Ali”

So Ali Abunimah must have said something really terrible. Judge for yourself. In response to the Israeli election, where Benny Gantz’s party won more seats than Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Ali Abunimah said this —

“What’s to celebrate? He will be replaced by another cold-blooded butcher of Palestinian children. Netanyahu’s replacement represents precisely zero progress for Palestinian rights.” (more…)

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