Webinar: Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Detention (Tomorrow)

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Please join our brothers and sisters Jewish Voices for Peace Health Advisory Council for an in-depth webinar and discussion on Palestinian children in Israeli detention with Brad Parker from Defense of Children International
Date: Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019
Time: 5:00–6:00 pm, PST
8:00–9:00 pm, EST
Location: Webinar
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Tickets: Free
Event Details

Brad Parker will be speaking about the ill-treatment and violations Palestinian child detainees experience; the impact of those violations on children, families, and communities; and then touch on the congressional advocacy work, including drafting and getting HR 4391 introduced in the last Congress as well as current efforts in the 116th Congress.

Brad Parker is a Senior Adviser, Policy and Advocacy, at Defense for Children International – Palestine. He specializes in issues of juvenile justice and grave violations against children during armed conflict, and leads DCIP’s legal advocacy efforts on Palestinian children’s rights. Parker regularly writes and speaks on the situation of Palestinian children, particularly issues involving detention, ill-treatment and torture of child detainees within the Israeli military detention system, and violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. He leads DCIP’s US Program and is a co-leader of the No Way to Treat a Child campaign in the United States and Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and received his JD from the City University of New York School of Law.

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Webinar: Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Detention (Tue)

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Please join our brothers and sisters Jewish Voices for Peace Health Advisory Council for an in-depth webinar and discussion on Palestinian children in Israeli detention with Brad Parker from Defense of Children International
Date: Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019
Time: 5:00–6:00 pm, PST
8:00–9:00 pm, EST
Location: Webinar
Information: Event information here →
Tickets: Free
Event Details

Brad Parker will be speaking about the ill-treatment and violations Palestinian child detainees experience; the impact of those violations on children, families, and communities; and then touch on the congressional advocacy work, including drafting and getting HR 4391 introduced in the last Congress as well as current efforts in the 116th Congress.

Brad Parker is a Senior Adviser, Policy and Advocacy, at Defense for Children International – Palestine. He specializes in issues of juvenile justice and grave violations against children during armed conflict, and leads DCIP’s legal advocacy efforts on Palestinian children’s rights. Parker regularly writes and speaks on the situation of Palestinian children, particularly issues involving detention, ill-treatment and torture of child detainees within the Israeli military detention system, and violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. He leads DCIP’s US Program and is a co-leader of the No Way to Treat a Child campaign in the United States and Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and received his JD from the City University of New York School of Law.

More information here →

Progressives must stop weaponizing charges of anti-Semitism against critics of Israel

Rep. Ilhan Omar, an outspoken and successful American Muslim Black woman, embodies the very threat to patriarchal white supremacy and colonialism that many in power find so disturbing. (Photo: Lorie Shaull/Flickr/cc)
Rep. Ilhan Omar, an outspoken and successful American Muslim Black woman, embodies the very threat to patriarchal white supremacy and colonialism that many in power find so disturbing. (photo: Lorie Shaull / Flickr)
Pitting marginalized groups against each other poses a real threat to Jews, Muslims, and Blacks alike in our country.

Jordan Goldwarg, Aneelah Afzali | Common Dreams | Feb 27, 2019

It is important to ask why marginalized community members are the main targets of outrage, and who benefits when marginalized groups are pitted against each other.

As an American Jew and an American Muslim, we find the cycle of attacks on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Angela Davis, and others deeply troubling. These attacks reflect a weaponization of the “anti-Semitism” charge against certain individuals (especially Muslim and/or Black leaders supporting Palestinian human rights), which turns progressive allies against each other and ignores the real source of physical threat to our Jewish (and Muslim and Black) siblings.

There is no doubt that anti-Semitism is alive and well. The FBI reported a 37% increase in anti-Semitic crimes from 2016 to 2017 (the most recent year for which data is available). Islamophobia has also increased sharply in recent years, as we face some of the highest levels of anti-Muslim hate crimes in our nation’s history along with hateful rhetoric and policies from the highest levels of our government (such as the Muslim Ban). And Black Americans are still victims of hate crimes more than any other group in our country, with a 16% increase from 2016 to 2017.

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As Israel’s Arab political coalition splits, its supporters have more choices and less power

Ayman Odeh
Head of the Joint List party Ayman Odeh attends a Knesset session in Jerusalem, Jan 1, 2019. (photo: Yonatan Sindel / Flash90)
A split among Arab parties in Israel threatens to diminish Arab vote.

By Sam Sokol | Jewish Telegraphic Agency | Feb 22, 2019

The right wing wants to see us divided, and our answer should be to run together — against racism, against incitement, against the policy of ‘divide and conquer.’
Ayman Odeh, Hadash leader

The big Israeli election news is the forming of new factions: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brokering a deal with a far-right group inspired by the late extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane, the center-left challengers Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid forming a joint list to break the right wing’s hold on the government.

But one sector of the electorate is facing the opposite trend: The Arab parties in Israel have split into two competing groups. The rupture is raising worries that an already disenfranchised minority will lose what little clout it has in the nation’s parliament.

As the deadline neared this week for submitting electoral lists to the Central Elections Committee, four Arab parties comprising the Joint List fractured. Hadash is now running with the Arab Movement for Renewal, or Taal. The more religious Raam, or United Arab List, has allied itself with the secular nationalist Balad.

Nearly 1.9 million, or 20 percent, of Israel’s nearly 9 million citizens are Arabs. In the 2015 elections, the newly formed Joint List managed to win 13 seats out of 120 in the Knesset with a boost in Arab voter participation to 64 percent — a significant rise over the 55 percent of Arabs who came to the polls only two years earlier, said Arik Rudnitzky, a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute.

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After Israeli anchor calls out brutality of ‘occupation,’ political leaders land hard on her

Journalist Oshrat Kotler (photo: Channel 13)
An Israel TV anchor used the word occupation and death threats ensued.

By Jonathan Ofir | Mondoweiss | Feb 19, 2019

They send children to the army, to the territories, and get them back human animals. That’s the result of the occupation.
— Oshrat Kotler

This is a big story in Israel. On Saturday, Channel 13 anchorwoman Oshrat Kotler commented on a case of sadistic Israeli soldier beatings of a Palestinian father and son in occupied territory, saying:

They send children to the army, to the territories, and get them back human animals. That’s the result of the occupation.

The response was immediate. Thousands of expressions of rage streamed in from audiences, and many leaders on the right were condemnatory. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted:

Proud of IDF soldiers and love them very much. Oshrat Kotler’s words should be roundly condemned.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett Bennett wrote:

Oshrat, you’re confused. IDF soldiers give their lives so you can sleep peacefully. Human animals are the terrorists who murder children in their beds, a young girl on a walk or a whole family driving on the road. IDF soldiers are our strength. Our children. Apologize.

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Israel evicts Palestinians from Jerusalem home

Israeli security forces evict the Abu Assab family from their home in Old City quarter of occupied East Jerusalem [Anadolu Agency]
Israeli security forces evict the Abu Assab family from their home in Old City quarter of occupied East Jerusalem (photo: Anadolu Agency)
Israeli authorities served the Abu Assab family eviction notice ordering them to vacate property by end of February.

By Aljazeera News | Feb 17, 2019

We live there, it’s my house, it’s my whole life. They took everything.
— Rania Abu Assab

Israeli police on Sunday evicted a Palestinian family from their home in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City after the Israeli supreme court ruled Jewish settlers were the rightful owners.

An AFP photographer said residents of the neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem scuffled with police, who stood guard as about a dozen Israeli settlers took possession of the large building.

Rania Abu Assab, who lived in the house with her husband, their children and his aunt, stood weeping outside as the settlers raised the Israeli flag on the roof.

“We live there, it’s my house, it’s my whole life,” she said. “They took everything.”

She said the family was compelled to leave behind all their furniture and belongings. Her husband Hatem and son Mehdi were arrested by Israeli forces after they were physically assaulted, witnesses said.

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For Palestinians, Israeli High Court is a legal fig leaf for home demolitions

A Palestinian holds a child as he watches Israeli hydraulic shovels demolishing a Palestinian building, north of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on 14 February 2018 (AFP)
A Palestinian holds a child as he watches Israeli hydraulic shovels demolishing a Palestinian building, north of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on 14 February 2018.  (Photo: Hazem Bader / AFP / Getty Images)
A new B’Tselem report highlights how the High Court, often seen as the last judicial recourse against demolitions, ends up being complicit in perpetuating such policies

By Tessa Fox| Middle East Eye| Feb 6, 2019

“It’s not an honest game,” Abu Imad told Middle East Eye.

Lying back on a mattress on the ground, Abu Imad soaks up the midday sun.

As he smokes a cigarette in front of the welcome tent of his village, Abu Nuwar, he can see the rocky hills roll down and then up again to the Israeli settlement of Kedar.

In spite of his demeanour, it is hard to imagine how the head of Abu Nuwar could be relaxed while the village is under constant threat of demolition by Israeli authorities.

Since 2005, the village has filled over 250 petitions to the Israeli High Court against planned home demolitions and confiscation of property and land to make way for illegal settlements.

While it is the highest Israeli legal institution that could rule on the fate of the village, Abu Imad believes the court is part and parcel of the Israeli occupation.

“It’s not an honest game,” Abu Imad told Middle East Eye.

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What you should know about AFSC’s support for the BDS movement

Under the occupation, Palestinians are denied their human and civil rights. Their freedom of movement is severely limited by permanent checkpoints, roadblocks, gates, closed roads, barriers, and the separation wall.  (photo: Mike Merryman-Lotze / AFSC)
Quakers pioneered boycotts in the 1800’s and see support for BDS as part of their ongoing work for justice.

American Friends Service Committee  | AFSC Newsletter | Jan 7, 2019

We believe that all people, including Palestinians, have a right to live in safety and peace and have their human rights respected.

Throughout our history, AFSC has stayed true to our belief that there is “that of God” in every human being. Because of that, we have stood with communities facing oppression and violence around the world, opposing such evils as segregation, collective punishment and incarceration, colonization, economic exploitation, and genocide.

We now continue our legacy of speaking truth to power in Israel, the occupied Palestinian territory, and around the world. We see our economic activism as a nonviolent witness against injustice.

That’s why AFSC supports the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. Here’s what you to know:

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Can Arab Evangelicals play a bridging role?

 

Palestinian Christian delegations travel to Latin America to argue the shift of embassies to Jerusalem is counterproductive to peace.

By Daoud Kuttab | The Jordan Times | Feb 6, 2019

Palestinian Evangelicals turned the tables on their counterparts, using biblical arguments that there are no more chosen people and that God’s blessing is no longer limited to one people, but as Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount “blessed are the peacemakers”.

Palestinian foreign ministry officials were in a quandary in recent months. Despite the strong support for the Palestinian cause around the world, a handful of small Latin American countries were causing a political-headache, as they were publicly talking about the possibility of moving their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. For the Spanish speaking Palestinian foreign minister, this was truly troubling. He has been to many Central and South American countries and is aware that Palestinian and Arab immigrants to these countries are among the most important communities, both in terms of economic abilities and political power. Arab social clubs are so powerful that anyone wanting to have a chance for networking and influence wanted to join them.

The trouble, of course, was coming from a wave of new fundamentalist Christian leaders, often referred to as Christian Zionists. These leaders, who often get their theology from fellow American televangelists, were bringing the Middle East conflict into internal discussions and promising their supporters to move their embassies as part of their distorted view that somehow blessing and supporting Israel would bring blessing to them.

To counter these new phenomena, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki and his staff decided to turn to their own Palestinian Christian community to enlist them in the campaign to put a stop or to reverse the pro-Israeli shift that was taking place by some right-wing Latin American leaders. Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun and others were asked to travel to countries like Guatemala, Honduras and Brazil to argue the danger of such a reckless move not only to regional peace, but also to the very same religious communities that these leaders claim to be supporting.

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Deep empathy of Irish for Palestinians is in no way anti-Semitic

A new Israeli road divided into a side for Palestinians and another to be used exclusively by Israelis and settlers, in East Jerusalem. Dubbed the “Apartheid Road”, it is divided by an 8m-high wall. File photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty
A new Israeli road divided into a side for Palestinians and another to be used exclusively by Israelis and settlers, in East Jerusalem. Dubbed the “Apartheid Road”, it is divided by an 8m-high wall. (Photo: Thomas Coex / AFP / Getty)
Occupied Territories Bill and criticism of Israel’s colonization are not attacks on Jews

By Dr. Ronit Lentin | The Irish Times | Feb 4, 2019

Settlements, built on Palestinian (often privately owned) lands, impinge on Palestinian human rights

Israel’s response to the passing of the Occupied Territories Bill in the Dáil last week entailed, on the one hand, threatening to impose severe economic-political measures against Ireland, including taxing Irish imports and suspending bilateral economic and commercial agreements with Dublin. On the other hand, Israel accused Ireland of anti-Semitism, often weaponised against any criticism of the Israeli colonisation of Palestine and its ongoing infringements of international law.

There is no need for me to discuss the merits and effectiveness of the Bill here. It’s worth noting, however, that the settlements, from which products would be banned if the Bill becomes law, are considered illegal under international law. According to article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, “The occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own population into the territories it occupies”, making Israel’s building and transferring of its population to the occupied Palestinian territory illegal.

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