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Another case of Israeli repression of Palestinian human rights defenders - Latest: November 23, the Israeli military court extended the interrogation period for Salah Khawaja for 9 days. Upcoming court hearing appealing the decision: November 27, 16h at Ofar military detention facility. For more see the fully updated dossier here.

Three solidarity protests have already been held in the West Bank and Gaza demanding Salah’s immediate release while foreign ministries are briefed about his case and pressured to act. Read here to learn more and see what you can do.

Yesterday, Wednesday November 16, a new hearing against Salah Khawaja took place at the Israeli military court in Petah Tikva: The court decided to extend the interrogation period for another 8 days. In the meanwhile Israeli forces had stormed once again into the heart of Ramallah in the preceding night and had raided the offices of the Health Development Information and Policy Institute (HDIP), leaving destruction behind and confiscating archives and technological equipment.

We need your support to #FreeSalah - Please take one minute and send the below message to your government and authorities! Salah Khawaja's  shocking conditions after 15 days of almost non-stop interrogation cannot but move us to redouble our efforts to #FreeSalah, to denounce Israeli illegal and inhumane practices inside its prison system and as part of its institutionalized and structural regime of repression against the Palestinian people and all those opposing Israeli violations of human rights.

The hearing at the Israeli military court in Petah Tikva ruled Salah Khawaja would be subjected for another 8 days of interrogation. It further revealed the shocking physical conditions Salah is in after having been subjected to two weeks of almost non-stop interrogation already for two weeks. Join us to #Free Salah.

We are proud to launch our online donation tool and ask you to use it! The Land Defense Coalition unites 12 movements and organizations, among others some of Palestine’s most active movements, such as the Stop the Wall Campaign, the Palestinian Farmers Union, the New Trade Unions. It is almost entirely based on voluntary efforts but we need a minimum of resources to act effectively and independently. Please give and become a supporter of our struggle. Please encourage your friends and contacts to join as well.

 

 

For the 13th year in a row, Stop the Wall and the Land Defense Coalition in collaboration with the Palestinian Farmers Union have conducted the “You Are Not Alone” campaign, the collective voluntary efforts to support Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest against Israeli aggression and land confiscation.

Prominent Palestinian human rights defender Salah Al Khawaja has been arrested on the morning of October 26 at 2 am without being informed about charges or reasons for his arrest. We ask for your support! Please help us to address your MPs and governments requesting: 

  • they raise immediately concern about the arrest of Salah Khawaja through the appropriate channels with Israeli officials, demanding his release

  • in accordance with the provisions of the guidelines on Human Rights Defenders, they ensure attendance of UN offices at the hearings of Salah Khawaja, starting from his hearing on November 9, and reinforce trial observation in Israeli military courts.

  • they take determined action to pressure Israeli to stop repression of human rights defenders, including increasing arrests and ongoing practices of torture and ill-treatment. 

  • suspension or maintenance of non-cooperation with Israeli national institutions overseeing and implementing Israeli illegal policies of repression.

  • effective compliance with third state obligations stemming from the ICJ’s decision on the legal consequences of Israel’s construction of the Wall.

Salah Al Khawaja is currently held in Petah Tikwa interrogation centre, the military court has granted a 15 days interrogation period during which no access to legal council or family will be granted. Lawyers are now appealing the decision.
The military court has already convened few hours after Salah's arrest yesterday morning, without the lawyer being informed or even able to trace the whereabouts of his client. We are deeply concerned for him suffering ill-treatment, duress and maybe even torture.

At 2 am last night, convoys of the IDF entered the old city of Ramallah and raided the house of 46 years old Salah Khawaja. The house was searched, computers and his phone were controlled and then destroyed, together with the furniture. Salah was eventually arrested and driven away in the army jeeps. The big amount of soldiers inside a densely populated neighbourhood produced a feeling of threat and insecurity in the area so that the arrival of the Israeli military lead as well to clashes in the streets.

Over the past two decades, social, political, cultural and institutional changes have swept across the occupied Palestinian territories. Many of the changes can be traced back to the Oslo process, such as the establishment of the Palestinian Authority, the redefinition of official Palestinian-Israeli relations, the involvement of international donors, and the radical shift in the political economy of the occupied territories. Al-Shabaka policy member Tariq Dana argues that Palestinian civil society is fundamental to understanding the multilayered changes that have negatively affected Palestinian society. He identifies the four dimensions of “what went wrong” since Oslo – the shift in organizations’ agendas, the role of the grassroots, the status of politics, and the production of knowledge – and concludes with recommendations to revive civil society as a fertile terrain for profound social transformation.

Shimon Peres was a Nobel Peace Prize winner for the West but continues to be a War Criminal for Palestine. Shimon Peres died few days ago and is best known  as an Israeli prince of peace. Peres certainly would have liked to enter history as a peacemaker, but that’s not how he should be remembered: indeed, his greatest contributions were to Israel’s military victories. Despite his involvement in the Oslo peace process, which earned him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was never his primary work.

 Violations continue in the West Bank: 13 people have been killed and 170 wounded, whilst a massive raid of arrests put 380 Palestinians under arrest. Meantime, the construction of 2 new settlements was announced together with 1000 new housing units in the West Bank including Jerusalem. As usual, Israel enforces violence, murders and oppression with one hand, while expanding vital place for its own population with the other. Pushing away Palestinians, pulling in Israelis.  

After one year of coordination and planning, yesterday the Palestinian Youth Forum (PYF) gathered for the first time. Over 250 young people from all over the West Bank met in Ramallah, Jerusalem to discuss a common vision on the Palestinian struggle and coordinate common further action. Coming from different political experiences and perspectives, the Forum testifies a foundational moment to overcome the differences and divisions tearing apart the Palestinian struggle and unify within differences, the Youth as the most valuable agent of resistance.

 7 people have been killed in the past five days in the Hebron province and in East Jerusalem. With the ending of the Aid celebration, the climate in the West Bank seems to raise up to level it reached last year in the same period. Since October 2015, 227 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces.

The Canadian government is threatening not only the participation of delegates from Palestine but from the entire global south in the upcoming World Social Forum (WSF) to be held in Montreal from August 9-14 2016. We urgently need your help! From Palestine alone four delegates - renown activists, trade union leaders, youth activists - have been unable to receive visas.

Together with the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity and Mayfirst/People's Link we have coordinated action and are asking you to: 

1) Sign and share among your contacts and networks the online petition here.

2) Please help us to find organizational endorsements and signatures of high level figures for the text below. Please send any endorsement to: global@stopthewall.org.

Twelve years ago the International Court of Justice in its verdict on the apartheid Wall, ruled the Wall and Israel’s settlement project illegal and reminded the international of its obligation to stop Israeli crimes. Today, in Palestine we are facing a full scale attack to try to subdue Palestinian rebellion flaring up over and over again while Israel rushes to close off the ghettos in which we are supposed to be herded. The last week has shown the shocking scale of repression.

It is time for European citizens to demand not a penny more of their tax money be spent on Israeli military and security corporations
As European leaders are gathered in Brussels to discuss the future of the EU, they would be well advised to put into effect values of accountability, justice and solidarity - and halt funding for Israel's repressive apparatus against Palestinian youth.

Break your fast, break your ties to the occupation

In 2005 the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli apartheid, occupation and colonialism started with a call by Palestinian civil society. The initiative is based on the understanding that once the profits Israeli economy reaps from the occupation, a new process of resistance and of change will have started. The Palestinian National Boycott, divestment and Sanction Committee (BNC), a wide coalition of the largest Palestinian organisations, trade unions, networks and NGOs, is the national and international reference body for the global BDS movement that has developed over the last decade. Its board is made of 32 members, which represent the different grassroots movement, associations and NGO network.

The Paris initiative aims to restart negotiations for a two-state solution. But so far peace plans have only helped Israel take more Palestinian land.
The Israeli Bantustanization project is an attempt to reduce the areas accessible to Palestinians to fragmented cantons - or Bantustans - and annex the remaining land and natural resources, using the term 'Bantustan' as was applied to partially self-governing areas under South Africa’s white supremacist apartheid system. So far, "peace initiatives", like the planned conference that started in Paris this week, haven’t exactly helped in stalling this process.

Ramallah, people fighting for social justice

Ramallah 10 May 2016 - In Ramallah, nearly two thousand people gathered to protest against the social security law. The demonstration started in the city centre to march past the Legislative Council building up to the ministry of public housing The protest has been called in opposition to a law that violates social and civic rights and engenders social injustice, favouring employers against employees. The demonstration, organised by the national committee formed to coordinate mobilization against the law, attracted workers of all different kinds, testifying how the opposition to the law unifies all strata of the population. The organisers say the participation would have been much bigger had the big companies not prevent their employees to join the demonstration.

It is with sadness and indignation that we have learned about the murder of João Pereira de Oliveira, known as João Bigode. He was murdered on April 15 at around 7pm by a death squad that shot him in his home in Santana, municipality of Antônio Gonçalves (Bahia/Brazil).

Today, a first mass demonstration against the social security law that has been issued by president Abu Mazen and is supposed to come into force on April 21 has shown an overwhelming opposition among the Palestinian population to the policies of the Palestinian National Authority. After the mobilization of the teachers union at the beginning of this year, this is the second time Palestinian masses are out on the streets against the policies of the PNA.

The Brazilian state of Bahia decided on April 2 to end its cooperation agreement with Israeli water company Mekorot. The decision comes after pressure from campaigners from the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which works to end Brazilian complicity with Israel’s violations of international law.

Saturday, March 26, the Palestine New Federation of Trade Unions (New Unions) have celebrated their official recognition as trade union federation by the Palestinian authorities and at the same time have held their annual congress, voting for a new union council and executive committee. The New Unions unite today  26 trade unions in all of the 10 West Bank districts and represent around 10 000 workers from all sectors.

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