Ending the ongoing Palestinian Nakba #KeyToJustice

Ending the ongoing Palestinian Nakba #KeyToJustice BNC Statement Stop G4S Economic Boycott Military Embargo Boycott HP Apartheid Free Zones Sanctions and governments Boycott Puma AXA Divest CAF get off Israel's apartheid train May 14, 2020 By:  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
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#HealthcareNotWarfare - defund militarization, fund healthcare for all

#HealthcareNotWarfare - defund militarization, fund healthcare for all Update Economic Boycott Military Embargo Sanctions and governments May 13, 2020 By:  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
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Take Action: Mark 72 years since the Nakba with #KeyToJustice

Take Action: Mark 72 years since the Nakba with #KeyToJustice Action Alert May 11, 2020 By:  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
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Key to Justice: Ending the ongoing Palestinian Nakba

Key to Justice: Ending the ongoing Palestinian Nakba Update May 11, 2020 By:  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
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BDS movement mourns loss of anti-apartheid icon Denis Goldberg

BDS movement mourns loss of anti-apartheid icon Denis Goldberg BNC Statement May 7, 2020 By:  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
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Key to Justice: May 14 webinar with Rafeef Ziadah, Marta Ill and Rey Perez Asis

Key to Justice: May 14 webinar with Rafeef Ziadah, Marta Ill and Rey Perez Asis Update May 6, 2020 By:  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
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Take 3 Actions for 3rd Global Boycott Puma (Online) Day of Action

Take 3 Actions for 3rd Global Boycott Puma (Online) Day of Action Action Alert Ahead of Puma shareholders meeting, help ensure ending Puma’s support for Israel’s illegal military occupation making Palestinian families even more vulnerable at a time of global pandemic is on the agenda. Red Card Israel Boycott Puma April 30, 2020 By:  Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)
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Israel’s anti-BDS lawfare dealt major blow by UK Supreme Court

Israel’s anti-BDS lawfare dealt major blow by UK Supreme Court Update Economic Boycott Right To Boycott April 30, 2020 By:  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
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Palestinian resistance to the Trump-Netanyahu plan: When quarantine ends the fight will begin

Palestinian resistance to the Trump-Netanyahu plan: When quarantine ends the fight will begin Update April 7, 2020
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“Colonization and imperialism do not take a break”: Webinar on Security, Racism and Solidarity in the Time of Global Pandemics

“Colonization and imperialism do not take a break”: Webinar on Security, Racism and Solidarity in the Time of Global Pandemics Update April 3, 2020 By:  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
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Israel’s Losing Battle: Palestine Advocacy in the University

Overview Emergence of the US Palestine Advocacy Movement Today, one cannot have a progressive political mobilization on any subject, local or global, without Palestine being a part of it Click To Tweet Palestine Advocacy on College Campuses A perspective in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle has become the dominant perspective at universities Click To Tweet Israel’s Desperate Response It is no longer possible to reconstitute Israel in the university setting and broader civil society as a state not considered a
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Fact Sheet: Coronavirus under Israeli Apartheid

Fact Sheet: Coronavirus under Israeli Apartheid Update April 20, 2020 By:  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
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UNDP and multinational firm in Jordan dump G4S

UNDP and multinational firm in Jordan dump G4S Update Stop G4S Economic Boycott April 16, 2020 By:  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
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In Palestine, COVID-19 Meets the Israeli Occupation

COVID-19 Meets the Occupation Meanwhile, daily manifestations of the occupation persist, such as the continued demolition of Palestinian homes and military raids on Palestinian villages and towns. There have also been direct Israeli attacks on Palestinian attempts to confront the virus, such as the destruction of a COVID 19 clinic in the Jordan Valley and the arrest of Palestinian volunteers attempting to distribute supplies to impoverished communities in East Jerusalem. The Israeli occupation authorities are also failing to take any
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Q&A: How to #BeActive during COVID-19 Lockdown

He hasn’t left the house in over two weeks since the coronavirus lockdown. “That’s why I ran on the balcony and went around maybe a thousand times,” he says, explaining that he’s run about 5km. And he’s seen colleagues skipping rope and jumping to keep fit. IPS caught up with Nasser on what sports and being active means at a time we’re locked in our homes. Inter Press Service (IPS): What is the mission of the #BeActive and #StayAtHome activity?
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On Land Day, spread solidarity with BDS

On Land Day, spread solidarity with BDS BNC Statement April 11, 2020 By:  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
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BDS win! Microsoft drops AnyVision

BDS win! Microsoft drops AnyVision BNC Statement Military Embargo March 30, 2020 By:  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
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It’s Time to Reclaim UNRWA

New Cuts, Same Policy Palestinians whose voices have been marginalized for too long, especially refugees and the poor, must be encouraged to participate in efforts to reclaim UNRWA Click To Tweet Pushing Back Palestinians in civil society organizations, political parties, and right of return committees must take UNRWA back from those who attempt to instrumentalize it as a mechanism for integration or resettlement. This means mobilizing refugees and UNRWA’s refugee-employees to better coordinate campaigns calling attention to the fact that
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Israel's Gantz 'ready to accept' limited West Bank annexation in coronavirus unity government deal

Benny Gantz and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are currently in negotiations to form a unity government during the coronavirus pandemic. Israel 's main opposition leader Benny Gantz is considering a plan to annex illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank as part of a unity government deal, geared at seeing the country through the coronavirus crisis, local media reported. The controversial issue of annexing large swathes of the occupied Palestinian territory has
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On Palestinian Child Day: Almost half of the Palestinian society are children

Age group West Bank Gaza Strip Males Females Males Females 0-4 202,441 193,388 155,637 149,389 5-9 188,248 178,258 145,137 138,626 10-14 173,700 165,978 131,314 125,399 15-17 97,550 93,701 66,702 63,692 Total 661,939
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The Fierce Urgency of Now – ECW Allocates $15M in Emergency Funds

The Education Cannot Wait Global Fund (ECW) allocates a total of US$15 million in an initial series of emergency grants for the rapid delivery of holistic education services to protect and support vulnerable children and youth hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in 16 countries/emergency contexts. These girls and boys are already impacted by armed conflicts, forced displacement, natural disasters and protracted crises. An additional series of grants to support the response in other crisis-affected countries will be released shortly and
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In Photos: Scenes from the West Bank and Gaza under coronavirus lockdown

Palestinians have entered the third week of lockdown across the West Bank and Gaza as measures to slow the transmission of the coronavirus continue. In the West Bank where a state of emergency was declared in mid-March, security was dispatched to ensure stores stayed closed and shoppers stayed home. In Gaza, around 3,000 have been ordered to quarantine at home, mostly Palestinians who recently... Source
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National Public Radio reports from Israel/Palestine are biased towards Israel

Anyone who thinks that the National Public Radio’s international correspondent in Jerusalem, Daniel Estrin, is giving them unbiased reports is sadly mistaken. Estrin’s slant is subtle, not always as obvious as his counterparts at the New York Times, but a quick look at his recent work is revealing. Let’s start with Estrin’s March 15 report, back when Benny Gantz had a chance to form a coalition... Source
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An epidemiologist’s view of COVID-19 in Palestine

In a departure from my usual Muzzlewatch focus on efforts to censor BDS and more “pro–Palestinian” and anti-Zionist points of view, I’m putting on my day job hat as a spatial/social epidemiologist to talk about certain aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic as it plays across Palestine and Israel. This will be an ongoing series that will track the effects of the pandemic in Israel/Palestine. Clearly... Source
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WHO health report on Palestine

On 26 March 2020, the Palestinian Authority released the National COVID-19 Response Plan that outlined the strategic measures from a number of key sectors, including health, economy and social protection to contain the outbreak. The amount of $120 million planned by the PA for a period of 90 days is needed to support the proposed measures COVID-19 testing kits to conduct an estimated 5,760 tests alongside with swabs for collection of samples and
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Palestine solidarity activism hasn’t stopped: Watch these webinars, interviews, and virtual rallies while social distancing

Public protests and campus events are obviously not happening these days, but that certainly hasn’t stopped activists and organizations from holding online events. We’ve collected some of them below for you to watch while social distancing. Watch our Bethlehem-based correspondent Yumna Patel discuss the state of COVID-19 in the West Bank. It was attended by over 500 people and more than 30... Source
| Activism, activism, BDS |

In the midst of global pandemic, Israeli occupation thrives

When the Palestinian Authority (PA) first announced a state of emergency over the coronavirus in early March, an initial panic swept over the occupied territory, as checkpoints and borders with Israel were closed, and entire cities were shut down. In the early days of the outbreak, which was initially contained to the city of Bethlehem, there was a joke going around between Palestinians that... Source
| News, coronavirus, Israeli occupation |

Filmmaker Ken Loach shows (all) racism the Red Card

Two years ago, during the Q&A of a talk I gave about Palestine at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, British filmmaker Ken Loach raised a most essential question. Paraphrasing, he asked, “Where do we go from here?” The gist of my reply: We must first expose Israel’s front-line weapon against justice for Palestine, its cynical misuse of the smear of antisemitism. So long as we... Source
| Opinion, BDS, Board of Deputies |

Palestinian resistance to the Trump-Netanyahu Plan in times of global pandemics: April 6 webinar

Palestinian resistance to the Trump-Netanyahu Plan in times of global pandemics: April 6 webinar Update April 1, 2020 By:  The Israeli Apartheid Week 2020 Coordinating Committee
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Act in solidarity with Gaza, Stop Israel's killer Elbit drones

Act in solidarity with Gaza, Stop Israel's killer Elbit drones Action Alert Economic Boycott Military Embargo April 1, 2020 By:  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
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Over 30,000 people tuned into a virtual rally calling for an end to the Gaza blockade

On March 30, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), MPower Change, and other Palestinian solidarity groups held a virtual rally to call for an end to the blockade on Gaza. Over 500 people attended the online event, and over 30,000 have viewed it over Facebook. Speakers included Linda Sarsour (MPower Change), Dr. Mona Qasim El-Farr (Middle East Children’s Alliance), and Salem Barameh (Palestine Institute... Source
| Activism, coronavirus, Gaza blockade |

‘We’ve been through worse’ — Palestinian resilience continues in face of COVID-19

This is the latest edition of our special coverage newsletter on the COVID-19 crisis in Palestine featuring dispatches directly from our Palestine correspondent Yumna Patel on the ground in Bethlehem. This newsletter is published Tuesdays and Fridays. In the past few days we have watched the number of coronavirus cases climb in Palestine; and it has become ever more apparent that this crisis is... Source
| News, Newsletters, coronavirus |

Foreign Ministry marks Palestine Land Day, honoring liberation movement from Israeli occupation

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Monday released a statement on the occasion of the Land Day of Palestine, honoring Palestinian people’s liberation movement from Israeli occupation. According to Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department, the statement said that in the culture and history of the Palestinian people’s campaign, March 30 marks Land Day of Palestine which is reminiscent of Palestinians’ protest and resistance to the Zionist occupiers. It said that after the occupation of the Palestinian territories, the Israeli
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Pakistani politicians, religious leaders demand end to Israeli illegal occupation

Pakistan political parties and religious leaders expressing solidarity with the oppressed nation of Palestine on Tuesday demanded an end to Gaza Siege and illegal occupation of Palestinian land by the Zionist regime. They made the remarks during a video conference to mark the Land Day of Palestine organized by Palestinian Foundation of Pakistan in southern city of Karachi. Due to the coronavirus outbreak the conference was held through a video link and was attended by prominent Pakistani political
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The politics of coronavirus: A timeline of public health actions in Israel/Palestine

Welcome to the Health and Human Rights Media Watch of Jewish Voice for Peace. This month Media Watch is going to be largely focused on the Coronavirus and its impact on Israel/Palestine. We are sharing pertinent articles as a timeline, rather than by region, because the virus knows no boundaries and we thought it would be useful for you to see the pandemic unfold in real time, the facts, fears... Source
| Activism, AIPAC, coronavirus |

Bring maximum pressure on Israel to end siege or Gaza could become a graveyard

Khalil Abu Yahia is a 24 year-old English teacher in Gaza City. He spoke to Independent Jewish Voices Canada, on Skype from his house and a wide smile didn’t leave his face during the interview, even though he goes to dark places at times. He begins by offering his reflections on the arrival of the deadly Coronavirus in the Gaza Strip. “For me, it’s like a deja-vu. We’ve been through things like... Source
| Opinion, coronavirus, Gaza |

Take Action: Gaza’s Covid-19 Crisis means Irish government must call for Israel’s siege to end

Always be respectful , no matter your personal opinion of the parties or individual politicians. Be as brief as you can, and note that you understand that they are receiving huge amounts of correspondence every day due to people’s fears about the Covid-19 pandemic and containment measures. Note that although the Covid19 Pandemic is obviously the most urgent matter facing the Irish government right now, Covid-19 affects everyone on the planet
| Action Item, Email Campaign, EU |

An Epidemic in a Settler Colony: Coronavirus in Palestine/Israel

As a West Bank resident, ruled by a weak authority-less Palestinian Authority and indirect Israeli military control at the same time, I am very concerned how we will survive the widespread novel coronavirus if the number of cases keeps rising. We are all facing a tough fate. We have no choice but to rely on the PA’s weak health system. I have never supported the idea of an autonomously-ruled... Source
| Opinion, coronavirus, Israeli occupation |

Arab League urges international organizations to expose Israel’s racist policies

The Arab League called on the relevant international bodies and organizations to expose Israel’s racist policies, condemn the Israeli practices and violations against the basic Palestinian rights and address these Israeli practices, in accordance with the rules of international law and what international conventions and laws have established. On the occasion of the 44th anniversary of Land Day in Palestine, the Arab League hailed the steadfastness and struggle of the Palestinian people, reiterating its absolute support for the brave
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IPSC Statement: On Land Day Palestine stands on the brink of unimaginable tragedy

What Covid-19 means for the IPSC’s solidarity campaigning Six quick actions you can take right now! Gaza: On the brink of unimaginable tragedy Political and child prisoners, Bedouin and refugees Business as usual for Apartheid Israel Unbreakable solidarity from Ireland
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Take Action: FF-FG Program for Government must include Occupied Territories Bill commitment

Their email addresses are: Fine Gael: leo.varadkar@oir.ie , simon.coveney@oir.ie Fianna Fáil: micheal.martin@oir.ie , sean.haughey@oir.ie You can find your local TDs’ email addresses here by searching by constituency. Always be respectful , no matter your personal opinion of the parties or individual politicians. Be as brief as you can, and note that you understand that they are receiving huge amounts of correspondence every day due to people’s fears about
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Coronavirus exposes Israel’s political secret (apartheid)

Last night I heard Bill Gates explain the correct global public health response to coronavirus on CNN, and realized that one result of the pandemic is that Israel’s apartheid moment has arrived. Corona will undermine the long public relations campaign carried on by Israel’s friends to prevent a recognition of systematic ethnic discrimination in Palestine. But let’s look at the global response... Source
| Opinion, Andrew Cuomo, Apartheid |

All occupied Palestinian territory is State of Palestine: Former UN expert

In an Amicus Curiae on the situation of the State of Palestine submitted on 16 March to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Richard Falk, former UN special rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories, said that the entirety of the occupied Palestinian territory constitutes the legitimate territory of the State of Palestine. According to a press release by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med), Falk, who is also a legal expert and head of the Board of Trustees of the Euro-Med
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Israeli military confiscates Palestinian field clinic for virus victims — B’Tselem’s ‘shocking’ report

Land theft / Ethnic cleansing / Settlements During the Coronavirus crisis, Israel confiscates tents designated for clinic in the Northern West Bank B’Tselem 26 Mar — This morning, Thursday, 26 March 2020, at around 7:30 am, officials from Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank arrived with a military jeep escort, a bulldozer and two flatbed trucks with cranes at the Palestinian community... Source
| News, B'Tselem, coronavirus |

COVID-19 reaches Gaza as cases spike in the West Bank

The Latest: First coronavirus-related Palestinian death reported this week in the West Bank 82 Palestinians in the West Bank tested positive for COVID-19 9 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip tested positive for COVID-19 2,693 Israelis have tested positive for COVID-19 8 Israelis have died from coronavirus-related causes The ministry of health in Gaza said they are equipped to care for only 100... Source
| Newsletters, coronavirus, covid-newsletter-fri |

‘Coronavirus does not stop at a checkpoint’: Wi’am Center’s Zoughbi Alzoughbi on the pandemic from Bethlehem

Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie” is no longer just a Christmas carol. It is now the daily experience of all Bethlehemites. An eerie stillness has descended on Bethlehem and the surrounding towns. Virtually every public and private gathering place has been closed on the orders of the Palestinian Authority (PA). All schools, universities, banks, stores, hotels, restaurants... Source
| News, Bethlehem, coronavirus |

Warren, Van Hollen lead Senators in demanding Trump admin send aid to Palestine amid COVID-19 crisis

A group of Senators has sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging the administration to supply Gaza and the West Bank with much-needed humanitarian aid. There are already are at least 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the West Bank and multiple individuals have tested positive for the virus in Gaza. Gaza has been under siege for years and the densely populated area is bracing for a... Source
| News, Bernie Sanders, Chris Van Hollen |

Coronavirus cases spike in West Bank as laborers return from Israel

After three weeks of a relatively slow growth rate of coronavirus cases in Palestine, things took a turn for the worse this week, as the number jumped from 62 to 91 in just two days. While 91 is a shockingly low number compared to Israel, which has over 2,000 cases, and other countries, it marked a sharp increase from the steady 50-60 cases which Palestinians had seen in the past three weeks. Source
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