Fifty MEPs send an open letter to their Israeli counterparts urging them to abandon legislation that singles out European-funded human rights and peace NGOs while not touching right-wing organizations. By Davide Lerner Dozens of members of the European Parliament published a harshly worded open letter to all members of the Israeli Knesset on Tuesday regarding the controversial “NGO law,” a new bill that selectively imposes transparency requirements on those largely left-wing associations receiving more than half of their funding from abroad. The bill passed the first of three readings in the Knesset late Monday night. [tmwinpost] The letter, promoted by UK Labour MEP…Read More... | 2 Comments
Chairwoman Tzipi Livni asks government agencies to present examples of 'biased reporting,' suggestions for legal and diplomatic tools for countering unflattering news coverage. Foreign Press Association slams the very premise of the hearing. The influential Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense subcommittee held an urgent hearing on Tuesday on "legal warfare with respect to foreign media coverage – coverage which in the long term erodes the legitimacy of [Israel's] fight against terrorism" (Emphasis mine). [tmwinpost] Subcommittee chairwoman Tzipi Livni asked representatives of various government agencies, among them the Government Press Office, Prime Minister's Office, Defense Ministry, Border Police and IDF to…Read More... | 2 Comments
The Supreme Court suspended Muhammad al-Qiq's administrative detention order but won't let him return to the West Bank; al-Qiq's attorney says he will only accept medical treatement in a Palestinian hospital. By Oren Ziv and Yael Marom Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq is on day 77 of a hunger strike protesting his administrative detention, a practice Israel uses to imprison people without having to charge them or bring them to trial. [tmwinpost] Al-Qiq is suffering from serious vertigo, has lost most of his sight and hearing, and can barely speak. Since the High Court of Justice “suspended” his administrative detention last…Read More... | 1 Comment
Dozens of Palestinians active in joint peace groups will no longer be able to cross into Israel to give workshops on reconciliation and dialogue. The Israeli army's Civil Administration, formerly known as the military government, recently informed dozens of joint Israeli-Palestinian peace organizations that it would retroactively revoke entry permits for Palestinian peace activists from the West Bank into Israel. The change will affect veteran Palestinian activists, many of whom work or even manage peace organizations alongside their Israeli counterparts, and who have led workshops on peace, reconciliation, and dialogue in Israel for many years. [tmwinpost] In early January, Lt.-Col.…Read More... | 3 Comments
West Bank town put under closure following last week's deadly attack on Israeli Border Police officers in Jerusalem's Old City. Photos and text by: Ahmad Al-Bazz / Activestills.org After three days of strict military closure, the Israeli army lifted its blockade Saturday evening on the town of Qabatiya in the northern West Bank. The blockade was put in place last week after three Palestinians from the town carried out a shooting attack at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, killing one Israeli Border Police officer and wounding three others. The three Palestinians were immediately shot and killed by Israeli security forces. Many have…Read More...
Cleaning services are being promoted to potential clients in north Tel Aviv with a flyer that prices its cleaners according to their ethnic origin. The advert also refers to its employees in the feminine only. A service provider offering cleaning and housekeeping in north Tel Aviv has taken the term "human resources" to a whole new level, distributing a flyer that prices its cleaners according to their ethnic origin. [tmwinpost] The advert, which was distributed in one of Tel Aviv's most affluent areas, was first posted on Facebook by political blogger Tal Schneider, who was given the flyer by an…Read More... | 4 Comments
For the third time in the past two months, Israeli and Palestinian activists march on West Bank checkpoint to call for an end to the ongoing violence. Photos and text by Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Over 200 Israelis and Palestinians marched on the Israeli army’s “tunnels checkpoint” south of Jerusalem Friday to demonstrate against the occupation and the ongoing violence in the country. The protesters began marching from the Husan junction on Route 60 — the southern West Bank’s main north-south artery that connects Jerusalem, Beit Jala, the Gush Etzion settlements, and Hebron — while chanting slogans against the occupation…Read More... | 3 Comments
Amid an unprecedented wave of delegitimization and attacks on human rights groups in Israel, dozens of organizations throw a mini-festival in Tel Aviv, sending a message that they will not be deterred. Over a thousand people joined dozens of human rights organizations in Tel Aviv’s port Friday afternoon in order to send a message that silencing, shaming and blacklisting Israelis who oppose — and speak out against — the occupation of the Palestinian territories will not work. The event, titled "Blacklist," was as a direct response to a right-wing campaign claiming to “expose” Israeli artists and cultural figures who are involved…Read More... | 9 Comments
Palestinian reporter Muhammad al-Qiq has been on hunger strike for some 70 days in protest of his administrative detention — a tool Israeli authorities use to imprison people without charge or trial. Ethics committee considers treating him against his will. By Yael Marom and Noam Rotem The medical ethics committee at Emek Medical Center reportedly met on Thursday to discuss forcefully administering medical treatment to hunger striking Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq. Israel passed a law last summer allowing the force-feeding of hunger striking prisoners under some conditions, something that directly contradicts established medical ethics and international conventions. It has never been used.…Read More...
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