|copy_BDM's Newsletter #088/2018Sent on 16 March 2018A massive, celebratory crowd attended the nighttime burial of the three young Palestinian citizens of Israel killed during the deadly ambush on police outside the Jerusalem mosque compound last July. Held in the town of Umm al-Fahm during the midst of celebrations after Israel backed down from additional restrictions at the mosque following the shooting two weeks earlier, the funeral resembled a victory rally. BDM's Newsletter #087/2018Sent on 15 March 2018Seventeen year old Palestinian icon Ahed Tamimi, alone against the might of the Israeli government and Military Court, has been compared to David against Goliath, Joan of Arc or Anne Frank. It is a "Mission Impossible" for Israel to turn Ahed into a terrorist. BDM's Newsletter #086/2018Sent on 15 March 2018nesset member Yousef Jabareen of the predominantly Arab Joint List party was informed on Tuesday by committee chairman Yitzhak Vaknin (Shas) that the committee had decided to refuse his request to fly abroad for a series of lectures in April to be funded by Jewish Voice for Peace. The group appears on a Strategic Affairs Ministry list of groups supporting BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. BDM's Newsletter #085/2018Sent on 14 March 2018Speaking at his office in the upscale Washington DC neighborhood of Georgetown last month, Zomlot told Mondoweiss the Palestinian negotiators need to see the U.S. commit to an international mechanism to solving the conflict, and support relevant United Nations resolutions, namely the calls for an independent state of Palestine, “And then we are willing to sit and cooperate if these two things materialize.” BDM's Newsletter #083/2018Sent on 10 March 2018Some 500 demonstrators marked 13 years of struggle against the separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bil’in on Friday. The demonstrators — Palestinians, Israelis, and international solidarity activists — marched toward the wall, where Israeli border police fired tear gas at them. Several activists suffered from tear gas inhalation, and one international activist was arrested. BDM's Newsletter #082/2018Sent on 10 March 2018AlJazeera reported yesterday that the Israeli parliament has passed a law that allows the Minister of Interior to revoke the residency rights of any Palestinian in Jerusalem on grounds of a "breach of loyalty" to Israel.
Under the new measure, Israel's Interior Minister, Aryeh Deri, leader of the ultra-Orthodox political party Shas and a convicted criminal , has the authority to revoke the residency documents of any Palestinian whom he deems a “threat.”
BDM's Newsletter #081/2018Sent on 08 March 2018In recent months there has been a deterioration in the health of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who will be 83 at the end of the month. Information about his health has been submitted to Israeli political and security officials BDM's Newsletter #080/2018Sent on 06 March 2018At the suggestion of Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, Netanyahu decided to hold an in-depth discussion with the security cabinet on the implications of imposing the death penalty. The debate, which has been delayed for some time, is due to take place next week. Despite Lieberman’s position, the professionals in the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service have long objected to the death penalty for terrorists. There are several reasons for this. BDM's Newsletter #079/2018Sent on 06 March 2018U.S. officials are expected to bring up with Netanyahu the “peace deal” that the Trump administration still hopes to put forth. Last month Trump said in an interview with Israel Hayom editor-in-chief Boaz Bismuth that he had doubts about the willingness of Israel and the Palestinians to reach a peace agreement. BDM's Newsletter #078/2018Sent on 06 March 2018Video by Haitham Khatib — On Friday, dozens of Palestinians, accompanied by Israeli and international peace activists, marched in Bil‘in village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, marking the 13th anniversary of ongoing popular nonviolent resistance against the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall and colonies, before the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force, injured five, and dragged and abducted an international peace activist. BDM's Newsletter #077/2018Sent on 05 March 2018In his article “While we’re waiting for redemption,” Micah Goodman, author of the Israeli best seller “Catch-67,” describes a captivating symmetry between the right and the left on tactical matters, in reference to the divisive reality of the occupation. However, he avoids taking a hard look at the image of the country that the dispute has generated. Devotees of Jewish history know that it wasn’t the disputes, nor even the fraternal hatred, but nationalist and religious fanaticism, arrogance and a blind belief that God will save us in the face of tremendous forces, that led to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and the subsequent exile. Twice. BDM's Newsletter #076/2018Sent on 03 March 2018It is much, much more. For us readers, it is an intimate encounter, chapter by chapter, wherein we are entertaining new friends; having the privilege of listening to, savouring and indeed cherishing the rarely heard Palestinian stories saturated with the fears, joys, suffering, and triumphs of the human spirit. BDM's Newsletter #075/2018Sent on 03 March 2018Despite the humiliation, we felt buoyant. We were certain that we were brave freedom fighters striking a blow for liberty. In retrospect, we were simply clearing the way for Levy and his ultra-conservative dispatchers at Hollinger to seize control of the Post, which enjoyed considerable international prestige at the time, and to mold it to their right-wing hearts’ content. BDM's Newsletter #074/2018Sent on 02 March 2018The US propaganda outlet did get one thing right: Conditions in Gaza are certainly deteriorating. The notion that Israel is serious about helping, however, flies in the face of 10 years of an Israeli siege and three devastating wars against the people of Gaza resulting in the deaths of more than 3,500 Palestinians. BDM's Newsletter #073/2018Sent on 01 March 2018A labor association for Turkish immigrants, HTIB, told De Telegraaf on Tuesday that it is bowing out of hosting Rasmea Odeh this week. HTIB Chairperson Mustafa Ayranci said this following the publication of a report that called into question the move, in light of HTIB’s receiving state subsidies. BDM's Newsletter #072/2018Sent on 01 March 2018I am told that the makers of the video will be challenging the censorship. Glaringly, there are tons of other videos on YouTube by others covering Lorde’s hit and adding lyrics that discuss such matters as– the Kansas City Royals, the almighty, the Cleveland Browns, Pinterest… just about anything. Many of these videos are aimed at mocking Lorde for being spoiled or blase– often savagely. BDM's Newsletter #071/2018Sent on 27 February 2018A video filmed this month shows Chaya Ra’anan, a settler, shouting at soldiers and police officers accompanying a tour. “It’s illegal for them to stand here; the brigade commander said they wouldn’t. They can pass through, but not stand. This is the last time they come here. If I see them here again, everyone that backs them and the soldiers will be punished because the brigade commander BDM's Newsletter #070/2018Sent on 25 February 2018Abelow offered Islamophobic commentary to the congressmen and their wives as the tour proceeded. For instance, he said that Muslims don’t consider the Dome of the Rock holy because they pray to Al-Aqsa mosque with “their backsides” pointing at the Dome of the Rock. “They claim it’s holy.” And he said that Muslims desecrate the site. BDM's Newsletter #069/2018Sent on 23 February 2018The report also cites the death of Yakub Abu al-Kiyan, who ran over and killed police officer Erez Levi during a protest in the south in January 2017. Abu al-Kiyan was shot to death by the police; Amnesty says the killing of Abu al-Kiyan and certain other killings “appeared to have been extrajudicial executions.”