” End of Occupation ” No 943

Israel releases Palestinian MP after 20 months in detention

Khalida Jarrar was arrested in July 2017 at her home in Ramallah, occupied by the Israeli army. Member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) –  a party placed on the list of terrorist organizations by Israel, the United States and the European Union –  this Palestinian MP spent nearly two years in administrative detention, without trial, before finally being released on Thursday, February 28th, 2019.

This well-known figure of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine had already been incarcerated by Israel in 2015. And one year after her release, the Palestinian MP had once again been placed in administrative detention, that is, without charge or trial. (more…)

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” End of Occupation ” No 942

The Clintons Earned Over $3.5 Million in Paid Addresses to Pro-Israel Organizations

Sarah Lazare et Max Blumenthal

Bill Clinton said he “would grab a rifle” and fight for Israel during paid speech.

Bill and Hillary Clinton are under increasing scrutiny from the mainstream press over paid speeches they have given to big banks in exchange for millions of dollars. According to CNN, the couple has earned a total of $153 million in lecture fees from companies and organizations affiliated with the financial industry. (more…)

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” End of Occupation ” No 941

US federal judge dismisses lawsuit against BDS supporters

Pro-Israeli groups have suffered a major defeat in a US court after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the American Studies Association’s (ASA) resolution to endorse the call to boycott Israeli academic institutions as part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The ruling is a significant victory for human rights campaigners and a blow to efforts by Israel lobby groups to use courts to harass, intimidate and silence supporters of Palestinian rights in US universities – a tactic known as lawfare. It’s also a major boost for Americans sacked from their jobs on the back of anti-BDS legislation, denounced by critics as unconstitutional. (more…)

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“END OF OCCUPATION!” No 940

Eurovision: Peter Gabriel, Vivienne Westwood and more urge BBC to move the competition from Israel

Peter Gabriel, Vivienne Westwood and Roger Waters are among those British cultural figures to sign an open letter asking the BBC to push Eurovision on moving the competition from Israel. “Eurovision may be light entertainment,” the letter published in The Guardian reads, ”but it is not exempt from human rights considerations – and we cannot ignore Israel’s systematic violation of Palestinian human rights.” Israel are set to host the singing competition after the country’s entry – Netta, with the song “Toy” – won the 2018 edition. The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, had wanted to hold the 2019 competition in Jerusalem, but the city’s nationality has been heavily disputed, with Palestine claiming ownership over the Israeli-occupied area. The competition will instead take place in Tel Aviv. The letter, also signed by the band Wolf Alice and director Mike Leigh, continues: “The European Broadcasting Union chose Tel Aviv as the venue over occupied Jerusalem – but this does nothing to protect.” (more…)

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