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Gaza Corner Audio 6/24/17
Jim Haber reports back from his second delegation with the Center for
Jewish Nonviolence under the banner "Occupation is Not Our
Judaism." The work centered on “Sumud Freedom Camp”, a historic
coalition working to assist Palestinians reclaim land and
dwellings they were evicted from by the Israeli military. Haber
will also discuss the ‘Palestinian Gandhi’, Issa Amro, who faces a
potential long prison sentence based on politically motivated bogus
Audio is usually uploaded within 72 hours of broadcast.
Raid on the Sumud Freedom Camp.
Photo: Ethan Miller
Confronting the Occupation
with my Father
(Moriah Ella Mason, Mondoweiss, 6/22/17)Fadhel Ammar sits in one of the caves excerpt:
than 48 hours before the IDF attack, my father and I had walked down a
dusty road into Sarura—a small Bedouin village in the South Hebron
Hills. We were walking with a historic coalition of Palestinian and
Israeli groups, and with the Diaspora Jewish group the Center for
We came to Sarura to accompany a
Palestinian family previously evicted from their village who wanted to
return to their homes. Three hundred people gathered for this occasion
because, for a Palestinian family in the West Bank, moving home is a
dangerous task. ,
located on his land in Sarura.
Photo: Elhanan Miller
Jews Gather at Sumud Freedom Camp to Support Palestinian Outpost in the West Bank
(Elhanan Miller, Tabletmag.com, 6/20/17) excerpt: Aamar,
a 55-year-old farmer, said that in 1997, the violence of settlers from
the nearby outpost of Havat Ma’on forced him and his family to relocate
to the Palestinian village of Twaneh.
“They would burn our crops and
our tents, and threw animal corpses and chemical substances into our
wells to destroy them,” he said.
Six months ago, a coalition of
Palestinian organizations and Jewish American groups decided to
take up Aamar’s cause. On May 19, 300 activists arrived on the site and
set up the “Sumud” Freedom Camp, Arabic for “steadfastness.” The group,
which included 130 volunteers with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, erected tents and began clearing rubble from the abandoned caves, preparing them for repopulation.
Why Israel Should Embrace This ‘Palestinian Gandhi’ — Not Jail Him
(Peter Beinart, Forward, 5/28/17) excerpt:
Issa Amro is the kind of Palestinian for which American Jewish officials say they yearn.
Unfortunately, the Israeli government does not yearn for Palestinian Gandhis. It arrests them.
Israeli government is persecuting Amro because it fears him. Gaby
Lasky, Amro’s attorney, explained: “Israel manages very well regarding
how to act against violence. But Israel hasn’t found a good way to
fight nonviolence. So the way they have chosen to treat nonviolence is
to incarcerate the leaders to make people uncomfortable or afraid of
coming to nonviolent activities because they see what happens to those
“They don’t want civil disobedience because it’s the best methodology to defeat them,” Amro said.
A message to our mums
after ’50 Years of Occupation’
(Rabbi Leah Jordan, blogs.timesofIsrael.com, 5/31/17) excerpt:
we met lots of Israelis, we also wanted to meet Palestinians in the
occupied West Bank. Why? Because of the values you brought us up with –
to inquire, to act with kindness, to learn. What we experienced shocked
us. Palestinians shared stories of discrimination, curfews and
violence. We saw roads in Hebron divided into ‘Jewish’ and
‘Palestinian’ sections reminiscent of the signs in Apartheid history
museums or the Jim Crow segregated South.
Palestinian life under occupation, carried out in our name, led us to participate on this trip.
We are part of a new Jewish generation saying ‘The Occupation is not our Judaism’.
Who’s Afraid of Nonviolence?
(Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldmanjan, excerpt:
Issa Amro is a prominent Palestinian advocate of nonviolent resistance
is the man who now faces a long sentence in an Israeli military prison
over offenses that include a schoolyard taunt he says he never uttered
and an assault he says he could not possibly have carried out.
articulate and principled, Mr. Amro and his rising public profile serve
as an embarrassment to the Israeli military regime that controls
If Israel harasses and prosecutes community
organizers like Mr. Amro, the youth of Palestine will have no models of
resistance to turn to in their frustration and despair.
NY Times Op-Ed, 1/27/17)
letter is now circulating in the US House of Representatives calling on
the State Department to protect the freedom of Palestinian nonviolent
human rights defender Issa Amro as he faces 18 politically motivated
charges in Israeli military court where the conviction rate is over
Email your representative and tell them to sign the letter in support of Issa.
Gaza Corner Audio 6/17/17
in Gaza is worse than it's ever been. And now Israel has partnered
with the Palestinian Authority to further cut electricity in
Gaza to only 3 hours per day. Who can live like this?
Gazans may be nearing a boiling point as the incremental genocide in Gaza accelerates with an indifferent world looking on.
Palestinian children at home reading books by candle light due to electricity shortages in Gaza City on 13 June (AFP)
Israel implements illegal cuts to Gaza’s power supply
(Charlotte Silver, Electronic Intifada, 6/19/17)Palestinians walk on a street at the Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City during a power outage on 11 June 2017 (AFP) excerpt:
cuts come despite dire warnings in recent weeks from the International
Committee of the Red Cross, the World Health Organization and UN
officials that the induced electricity shortage is causing a
humanitarian catastrophe, as essential health, water and sanitation
facilities cannot function.
the occupying power, Israel has obligations to ensure the basic needs
of the civilian population are met,” Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty
International’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa,
said last week.
One question left in Gaza: Death by massacre or lack of electricity?
Who's in Favor of a Massacre in Gaza?
(Gideon Levy, Opinion, Haaretz, 6/15/17)A
Palestinian woman washes the dishes by candlelight in the southern Gaza
Strip, during a power outage on June 11, 2017. SAID KHATIB/AFP
more hour in Gaza without electricity, and the signal there will be
given: Qassam rockets. Israel once again will be the victim, and the
massacre will beginexcerpt:
What other way does Gaza have to remind the
world of its existence and inhuman distress, except the Qassam rocket?
There's a Partner for Hurting Gaza
government must order the supply of electricity to Gaza to continue,
and make it clear to Abbas that internal Palestinian battles won’t be
waged on the back of either Israel’s own citizens or the people living
under its control
Gaza Power Crisis Explained: Why Israel and Hamas Are Heading for a Face-off Neither Side Wants
(Amos Harel, Haaretz, 6/12/17)
With Israel's decision to curb power supply to Gaza, the Strip is coming to a boiling point
Blackouts and bedlam: Gazans left in the dark about their future
Mohammed and Noor Yasin study their lessons on candlelight in Gaza City 1/17/17 (MEE/Mohammed Asad)
(Mousa Tawfiq, Middle East Eye, 1/191/17) excerpt:
"I don't remember a day without power cuts."
Yasin was born after the beginning of the electricity crisis in 2006,
when an Israeli air strike hit the sole power plant operating in the
“I'm getting better at lighting the candles, and sticking them on plates with my mother's help,” Mohammed said
Gaza Corner Audio 6/10/17
performance from members of Aswat Ensemble including Palestinian singer Samira Kharoubi. Samira sings songs
from Libya, Syria and Iraq, 3 of the countries originally targeted by
Trump's travel ban.
Aswat Ensemble member Samira Kharoubi singing live
at the KALW studio during Gaza Corner, 6/10/17.
photo by Dore Stein
Also discussed will be Israel's policy of arbitrarily resentencing Palestinians after being released.
Saturday, June 24
Notes Against Trump's Travel Ban
A concert by Aswat Ensemble
and guest performers showcasing
the music of the 7 countries
SF Live Arts @ St. Cyprian's $25
(gen) $22 (seniors, students, children)
2097 Turk St. (2 blks east of Masonic)
Salma Al Aasal, the Voice (KQED Arts, May 2017)Maan News file photo
No Travel Ban Could Silence
Israel resentences 74 year old Palestinian 34 years after being released in prisoner swap deal
authorities regularly redetain Palestinians who were released
during prisoner exchange deals, in violation of the agreements.(Maan News, 6/5/17)
Israel rearrests Palestinian released in prisoner swap 34 years ago
Two years ago, he started to take steps to return to his birthplace and the Israeli authorities granted him permission to do so.(Middle East Eye, 6/6/17)
returned to Israel two weeks ago and “was immediately arrested and
brought before the parole board,” which accepted a request to “cancel
his release and to force him to immediately serve the life sentence
imposed by the military court.”
Israeli military court reimposes life sentence on longest-held Palestinian prisoner Nael Barghouthi
Israeli military order 1651, former Palestinian prisoners released in
an exchange can have their former sentences reimposed on the basis of
“secret evidence” at the discretion of an Israeli military
commission. (Samidoun.net, 2/22/17)