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Peaceful Settlement of the Question of Palestine
3.19.2013 | HRJ Palestine Collective
WHEREAS, the United Nations General Assembly resolution, Peaceful Settlement of the Question of Palestine, has continually addressed the 4 final status issues, including borders, East Jerusalem, settlements and the question of the Palestinian refugees for 20 years now. The resolution is adopted every year by the UN General Assembly and receives confirmatory votes by the overwhelming majority of the international community. The number of negative votes is only between 2 to 7 depending on the year. Read document at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Noam Chomsky: Palestine 2012 – Gaza and the UN Resolution
3.07.2013 | Chomsky Info.
An old man in Gaza held a placard that reads: “You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.” The old man’s message provides the proper context for the timelines on the latest episode in the savage punishment of Gaza. They are useful, but any effort to establish a “beginning” cannot help but be misleading. Read article at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Palestine at the United Nations?
12.27.2012 | Jadaliyya
Ensuring that the UN initiative serves the internationalization of the struggle for Palestinian self-determination, rather than being a prelude to more negotiations that are but a fig leaf for deepening colonization, can hardly be considered an impossible task. It will require serious effort, and won’t succeed overnight, but it can and therefore should be done. To dismiss and miss this opportunity strikes me as a dereliction of duty. Read article at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Important Facts about the Second Gaza Massacre
11.20.2012 | HRJ Palestine Collective
In light of the recent Israeli attacks targeting the people of Gaza there’s been a rise in public interest with regard to the Israel-Palestine conflict. The HRJ Palestine Collective believes that it is important to be aware of the facts surrounding this tragic situation at hand. Please note and circulate this information widely. The illegal and brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine and its inhumane blockade of Gaza (a form of collective punishment as it targets the civilian population of Gaza which is illegal under international law according to Amnesty International) must be stopped! Read article at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Uprooting Palestinian Trees and Lives
08.21.2012 | Haaretz
Residents of the Palestinian village Beitilu watch helplessly as their trees are mysteriously mutilated. On the foot of the mountain, beneath the Swiss roofs, there is an entire olive grove. Its owners are allowed to work on it just a few days each year. Ask any moshav or kibbutz member whether he would agree to such an arrangement. To the north and east of the warm, Torah-centered settlement there are lands which have not been visited by their owners since the late 1980s. Read article at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Akram Rikhawi on His 95th Day of Hunger Strike | Take Action Now!
07.16.2012 | UFree Network
UFree Network urges all human rights defenders around the world to take urgent action, and to publicise the case of Akram Rikhawi, 95 days on hunger strike, the longest serving hunger striker in the world. By his hunger strike Akram Rikhawi represents the voices of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees. UFree Network has issued Action Alerts since Akram’s condition became critical – we encourage you to distribute the letter campaign and ask MEPs to intervene immediately before he dies! Read article at: HRJ Palestine Collective

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
07.09.2012 | Physicians for Human Rights-Israel
On 14 and 15 May, an agreement was concluded between hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners and detainees and the Israeli Prison Service (IPS). Despite this agreement, Israel has not changed its policy of administrative detention, family visits from the Gaza Strip have not been renewed, and punitive policies are still employed against prisoners and detainees. Moreover, at least one administrative detainee who was due to be released has had his detention order renewed in violation of the agreement. Read document at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Settlers Firing Live Ammunition at Palestinians in Presence of Soldiers
05.25.2012 | B’Tselem
Around 5pm, a group of three settlers are seen standing with a soldier in front of the Palestinian youths, while all around there is mutual stone throwing. Two of the settlers seen were armed with M4 rifles, and one was armed with a pistol. One of the settlers is wearing what looks like a police cap. The video footage shows the settlers aiming their weapons at the Palestinians and firing. Read article at: HRJ Palestine Collective

ICC Prosecutor Statement: Fears Over Justice for Gaza Victims
04.08.2012 | Amnesty International
A “dangerous” statement by the office of International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor that it cannot consider allegations of crimes committed during the 2008-9 Gaza conflict means Palestinian and Israeli victims seem likely to be denied justice, Amnesty International said. The Office of the Prosecutor today said that it cannot consider allegations of crimes committed during the conflict unless the relevant UN bodies or ICC states parties determine that the Palestinian Authority is a state. Read article at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Amnesty International: Israel Should End Use of Administrative Detention
02.18.2012 | Amnesty International
Palestinian activist Khader Adnan has been on hunger strike since 18 December 2011 in protest against his detention by the Israeli authorities without charge or trial. Khader Adnan started his hunger strike the day following his arrest from his home in the occupied West Bank to protest his ill-treatment by the Israel Security Agency (ISA). Read and sign petition at: HRJ Palestine Collective

B’Tselem: Immediately Release or Try Administrative Detainee on Hunger Strike
02.12.2012 | B’Tselem
On 9 February, B’Tselem made an urgent demand to Minister for Intelligence Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor to bring about the immediate release of Khader ‘Adnan, an administrative detainee who has been on a hunger strike for 54 days. If he is not released, he must be charged and tried in a manner that respects his right to due process. PHR-Israel classifies his medical condition as life-threatening. ‘Adnan has not been told the evidence against him and is unable to refute the military’s accusations. Read article at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Palestinians are Heroes, Braving Israeli Dictatorship
12.23.2011 | Haaretz
The Palestinians are heroes, and that’s the only fact that’s relevant after the slight shock of the hilltop thugs. The hands are the hands of thugs, and the head? The head is the head of the hostile regime under which the Palestinians live and which harasses them every moment of every day, week after week for decades. To live this way and remain sane – that’s heroism. “And who says we’re sane?” Palestinians answer me. Well, here’s the proof: self-irony. Read article at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Record Number of Palestinians Displaced by Demolitions amidst Quartet Talks
12.13.2011 | Amnesty International
Israeli authorities have stepped up unlawful demolitions in the West Bank including East Jerusalem over the past year, displacing a record number of Palestinian families from their homes, an international coalition of 20 leading aid agencies and human rights groups said today. “Israel’s escalating violations show the fundamental failure of the Quartet’s approach”. Read article at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Norman Finkelstein & Jonathan Rosenhead on BDS
12.03.2011 | Norman G. Finkelstein
On November 11th of 2011, at University College London, renowned political analyst and activist Professor Norman Finkelstein and Professor Jonathan Rosenhead, chair of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine discussed Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). Each spoke for 20 minutes, followed by 45 minutes of discussion with the audience and ending with 10 minutes closing response by each speaker. Read article or watch video at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Ceasefire Magazine: Conversation with Norman Finkelstein
11.23.2011 | Norman G. Finkelstein
In an exclusive and revealing video interview, internationally-renowned scholar and author Norman Finkelstein talks to Ceasefire editor-in-chief Hicham Yezza about life, politics and peace in the Middle East. Born in 1953 in New York, his parents had both survived the Nazi concentration camps. The rest of his family was exterminated in the Holocaust; a defining, guiding experience throughout his life. Read article or watch video at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Palestinian Freedom Riders Violently Arrested on Israeli Settler Bus
11.16.2011 | Palestinian Freedom Riders
Inspired by the Freedom Rides of the Jim Crow American South and asserting their own aspirations for freedom, justice and self determination, six Freedom Riders boarded a settler bus at 3:30 pm in the occupied West Bank near the illegal Jewish-only colony of Psagot. In a scene reminiscent of the early U.S. civil rights movement, border police and army surrounded and shut down Jerusalem Bus 148, blocking the Freedom Riders at the Hizmeh checkpoint. Read article at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Occupy Birthright Israel, Un-Occupy Palestine
11.13.2011 | Jewish Voice for Peace
A group of 10 young Jews with YJP: the young adult wing of Jewish Voice for Peace issued their new declaration “Occupy the Occupiers: a Jewish Call to Action” in novel form last night. Using the “human microphone” or “people’s microphone” made famous by the Occupy Wall Street protests they interrupted a Birthright Israel Next-sponsored event. Read article at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Young U.S. Jews Aim ‘Occupy’ Movement at Birthright Israel
11.10.2011 | Haaretz
In a mission statement titled “Occupy the Occupiers: A Jewish Call to Action,” the Young, Jewish, and Proud (YJP), described as the youth wing of the left-leaning Jewish Voice for Peace movement, called out to young Jews to “stand up to the 1% in our own community, the powerful institutions that support Israel’s corporate-backed military control of the Palestinian people and act as the gatekeepers for our community.” Read article at: HRJ Palestine Collective