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IOP Report {No. 1 for February 2018} Print
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While Occupation and blockade are business as usual for Israel,

there should be no business with Israel

In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

(Compiled by Leslie Bravery, Palestine Human Rights Campaign, Auckland, New Zealand [If you have difficulty with the display of this report, it may be better viewed on our website]

NB: We shall always do our utmost to verify the accuracy of all items in these IOP newsletters/reports wherever possible – but please forgive us for any errors or omissions (not of our own making) that may occur! L & M.

IOP Report {Number 1 for February 2018}

Gaza Resistance downs

Israeli Army

surveillance drone

Settlers critically injure

Palestinian youth

in Jerusalem

Trial of Ahed Tamimi begins

behind closed doors

Israeli Justice Minister

holds that national


belongs only to

the Jewish majority

Palestinian villagers

thwart attempt by

Israeli settlers to abduct

2 Palestinian children

Thank artists for

withdrawing from

Israeli government-backed

Pop-Kultur in Berlin

UN Security Council

briefed on ‘catastrophic’

situation in Gaza

Recent news updates:

Auckland – Free Ahed Tamimi Rally, 3 February 2018, speeches:

NZ Green MP Marama Davidson

Mike Treen National Director Unite Union New Zealand

Justine Sachs of Dayenu

Sister Barbara Cameron of The Mission Sisters, Morrinsville

Roger Fowler of Kia Ora Gaza

Settlers critically injure Palestinian youth in Jerusalem. 14 February 2018 (WAFA) | A Palestinian youth was severely beaten by a group of Israeli settlers who broke into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound earlier today, accompanied by Israeli police. Firas al-Debs, an official from Jerusalem's Islamic Endowments Department, said the settlers beat the young man into unconsciousness. The victim, critically injured, is now being treated in hospital as an emergency.

Trial of Ahed Tamimi begins behind closed doors. 13 February 2018 | The judge in the trial at the Ofer military court ordered journalists to be removed from the courtroom. Only family members were allowed to remain, and even diplomats acting as observers were also asked to leave. Ahed Tamimi has been charged with 12 counts, including assault, and could face a lengthy prison term if convicted. Ahed, who has already been incarcerated for nearly two months, was seen whispering across the courtroom to her family. Her father, Bassem Tamimi, shouted, “Stay strong!” He told The Associated Press as he headed into the court that he came “with no good expectations, because this [is] a military court, and it’s part of the Israeli military occupation.” Ahed Tamimi’s lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said previous hearings for the teenager had been open and she argued for it to remain that way. “They understand that people outside the court are interested in Ahed’s case, they understand that her rights are being infringed on and her trial is something that shouldn’t be happening.” Ahed celebrated her 17th birthday in prison at the end of January after a military judge ordered her to be remanded until the end of proceedings against her. Ahed Tamimi’s mother, Nariman Tamimi, was also remanded until the end of proceedings. Ahed’s cousin, Nour Tamimi, was released after being charged for her participation in the 15 December 2017 incident. Ahed Tamimi says that the soldiers featured in the video are the same ones that had shot her cousin in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet an hour before the filmed encounter. Earlier this month, attorney Lasky told The Times of Israel that the trial has twice been delayed because the military prosecution had failed to hand over evidence. Since her arrest, Ahed Tamimi has become a cause célèbre for Palestinian supporters, and rallies have been held in several locations calling for her release. See also:

In Israel, Justice Minister holds that national self-determination belongs only to the Jewish majority. 15 February 2018 | The Nation-State Bill, which still needs to be approved by Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed a preliminary reading last May. It is expected to be brought to a first reading later this year. The bill states that “the right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people”. It also demotes Arabic from an official language to a language with “special status”, even though it is the mother tongue of approximately 1.7 million Palestinian citizens of the state. Adalah, a legal centre for Palestinian citizens of Israel, says that, because the bill would become a Basic Law in Israel, i.e. constitutionally binding, “its enactment could be used to justify through law widespread discrimination” against Israel’s non-Jewish citizens and, for that reason, it is “highly dangerous”. The bill would also force all citizens of the state, regardless of their religion, to comply with Jewish civil law, often without legal precedent, explained Mossawa, an advocacy centre for Palestinian citizens of Israel, in a position paper. The legislation “clearly denigrates the non-Jewish, Palestinian Arab minority to the status of second-class citizens”, Mossawa concluded.

Gaza Resistance downs Israeli Army surveillance drone. 11 February 2018 | An Israeli surveillance drone's operational computer was hacked into while flying over the northern Gaza Strip and downed by a Palestinian Resistance group.

Palestinian villagers thwart attempt by Israeli settlers to abduct 2 Palestinian children. 14 February 2018 | The head of the Madma village council, Ehab Qat, told al-Araby that a number of settlers from the nearby settlement of Yitzhar stormed the village and attempted to kidnap the two children, aged 10 and 14 years, as they were tending sheep in the eastern outskirts of the village. Local sources said that the settlers, watched over by the Israeli Army, followed the two children, who fled back to their homes. Another source told Quds Press that Israeli forces had also launched tear gas and stun grenades during the incident. The villagers remain fearful of another attack as both the settlers and Israeli forces are still in the area south of the village. Yitzhar settlers are especially notorious for their fanaticism and violence against Palestinians, having routinely destroyed Palestinian olive groves and vandalised Palestinian property.

Thank artists for withdrawing from Israeli Government-backed Pop-Kultur in Berlin. 24 August 2017 | From Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). Following a popular campaign across several countries in a matter of days, nine acts have withdrawn from the Pop-Kultur festival in Berlin. The festival is sponsored by the Israeli Embassy. Send a letter of thanks to these principled artists for standing in solidarity with Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Young Fathers were among the latest to withdraw, recalling their “long history of opposing any form of hatred, including racism and anti-Semitism” and their support for “a peaceful solution that allows Palestinians the right to return to a safe homeland and that allows Israelis and Palestinians of all faiths (and none) to live together in peace.” Sleaford Mods announced their manager, Steve Underwood, would withdraw from a panel discussion at the festival. They join Syrian artists Mohammad Abu Hajar of Mazzaj Rap and DJ Hello Psychaleppo, Islam Chipsy from Egypt, Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi, UK artists Annie Goh and Iklan feat. Law Holt and the Finnish band Oranssi Pazuzu. Thurston Moore, who performed at Pop-Kultur last year, tweeted in support of these principled artists and urged the festival to withdraw “Israeli embassy sponsorship in solidarity with Palestinian call for cultural boycott.” In their statements announcing the cancellations, many of the artists stressed their firm stands against all forms of discrimination and oppression and the responsibility of artists to be true to their beliefs. The eloquent statements from the artists stand in stark contrast to the festival’s crude attempts to falsely portray the Palestinian boycott call as directed at individual Israeli artists, shrewdly omitting the fact that the protests were clearly aimed at the Israeli Government involvement. Some of the artists referred to their acts of solidarity as “tiny” or “minor.” Let’s make sure they know their refusal to cross the Palestinian-led cultural boycott of Israel picket line is huge and means the world to Palestinians and all those working for a more just world. Sign the thank you letter by filling out the form provided:

Gaza Crossings: Monthly update. January 2018 | Longstanding restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza have undermined the living conditions of approximately two million Palestinians in that area. Many of the current restrictions, originally imposed by Israel in the early 1990s, were intensified after June 2007, following the Hamas election win. These restrictions continue to reduce access to livelihoods, essential services and housing, disrupt family life and undermine people’s hopes for a secure and prosperous future. The situation has been compounded by the restrictions imposed by Egypt at the Rafah Crossing since June 2013. This crossing has become the main point of entry and exit used by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, given the restrictions on the Israeli-controlled crossings. On 1 November 2017, pursuant to the Palestinian reconciliation agreement reached on 12 October, Hamas handed over control of the Gaza side of the Erez, Kerem Shalom and Rafah Crossings to the Palestinian Authority. Click here to view the full report:

UN Security Council briefed on ‘catastrophic’ situation in Gaza. The United Nations’ Mid-East Envoy briefed the Security Council behind closed doors on Wednesday, 14 February, at the request of Kuwait and Bolivia on what Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour called the “catastrophic” humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. Bolivian Ambassador, Sacha Llorentty Soliz, said Nikolay Mladenov, the special co-ordinator for the Middle East peace process, told the Council that drinking water is short, hospitals have been closed and “doctors stopped doing surgery.” Mladenov also cited Gaza’s 47% unemployment rate, rising to 60% for young people, he said. Llorentty Soliz said he highlighted that the situation in Gaza has been worsened by the US suspension of millions of dollars in funding for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, known as UNRWA, was notified on 16 January that the US was withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million installment. The US demanded a “fundamental re-examination” of the agency in addition to changes to its programmes, which have been heavily criticised by Israel. Llorentty Soliz said he told the Council the primary responsibility for “the catastrophic situation in Gaza” rests with Israel. Mansour said Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, will address the Security Council on February 20 on the situation of all Palestinians and will ask members to implement UN resolutions “to end the Occupation that started in 1967, to allow for the independence of the state of Palestine, and therefore to save the two-state solution.”

Urgent appeal: help us to stop HSBC complicity with Palestinian oppression. Two months ago the funeral of Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, was held. A double amputee, who lost both his legs following a 2008 Israeli air strike in Gaza, Ibrahim was shot in the head by an Israeli sniper while peacefully demonstrating against Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. His case is far from unique. Israel uses lethal force against Palestinian civilians living in their own land every single day. In 2016, Israeli forces killed 112 Palestinians, including 32 Palestinian children in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, making it the deadliest year in a decade for these children. The reality behind each of these incidents is clear. Israel is maintaining a crippling 50-year Occupation over a people who choose not to be Occupied and choose to resist that Occupation. Palestinians should enjoy the same rights and freedoms as anyone else. But right now they do not. This is why we campaign. This year we'll be taking on the might of HSBC who are complicit in Israel's violations of Palestinian rights through their business ties with arms manufacturers. HSBC owns shares worth over £831 million in military and technology companies, such as BAE Systems, Boeing, Caterpillar and Raytheon, that sell weapons and equipment to Israel, including that used to kill Ibrahim Abu Thuraya. PSC branches across the country will have staged over 80 demonstrations by the end of February, and we've already secured a high-level meeting with HSBC. We will not be quiet until there is justice for Palestine!
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Anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism has been a fraught topic in recent years, with the political right accusing the left of being soft on it, and the left sometimes viewing accusations of anti-Semitism as attempts to derail the Corbyn project. This discussion will attempt to bring insight and nuance to the topic, and reclaim the fight against anti-Semitism as a left wing, anti-racist cause. It will consider the question of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, intersections between anti-Semitism and other racism and the complexities of being a majority group in one state and a minority everywhere else. The discussion will be rooted in the new book from the US group Jewish Voice for Peace: On Antisemitism; Solidarity and the Struggle for Social Justice. This event is organised by Jewish Voice for Labour.


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