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    Default Remember and Support the Abuelaish Family

    A Salute to Women & Take Action for the Abuelaish Family

    Rachel Corrie Foundation For Peace and Justice


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    Remember and Support the Abuelaish Family
    Seeking accountability March 15th - Trial in Beersheba

    During the three-week 2008-2009 Israeli assault on the people of Gaza, more than 1,400 Palestinians were killed and 5,300 injured. A third of the casualties were children. Among the tragedies is the story of the Abuelaish family.

    Four women and girls from the same family: Bessan 21, Mayar 15, Aya 13 and Nour 17, were killed by indiscriminate Israeli shelling of their home in the Jabaliya refugee camp on 16 January 2009.

    Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, father to three of the girls killed and uncle to the fourth, has filed a lawsuit against the Israeli government in pursuit of basic accountability. On March 15th and 19th, 2017, he will testify along with his surviving two daughters, Shatha and Rafah, at the Bir al-Sabe' (Beersheba) Israeli District Court. As we remember Bessan, Mayar, Aya, and Noor and their family members, we encourage you to learn about their case and provide what public support you can. Look for more information coming from the RCF.

    Gaza doctor writes book of hope despite death of three daughters, 15 August 2010
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    Default ADDAMEER AND CODEPINK: 55 Palestinian Women and Girls In Israel Prisons

    ADDAMEER AND CODEPINK: 55 Palestinian Women and Girls In Israel Prisons on International Women's Day


    07 March 2017


    ADDAMEER AND CODEPINK: 55 PALESTINIAN WOMEN AND GIRLS IN ISRAELI PRISONS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

    This International Women’s Day, there are 55 Palestinian females held in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 12 female children and 2 administrative detainees held without charge or trial. Among these female prisoners and detainees, 16 are mothers of 58 children. In total, 42 are held in HaSharon Prison and 13 are held in Damon Prison. Both of these prisons are located inside Israel in contravention with the Forth Geneva Convention which prohibits the transfer of the population from the occupied territory.


    ARREST AND DETENTION OF PALESTINIAN WOMEN AND GIRLS

    Since the beginning of the occupation 50 years ago in 1967, over 10,000 Palestinian women have been arrested and detained by Israeli occupation forces. In 2017, Palestinian women and girls are routinely arrested from the streets, Israeli military checkpoints, and during violent night raids on their homes during military incursions accompanied with the presence of Israeli soldiers, intelligence officers, and police dogs, during which destruction of household items and property damage takes place. They are blindfolded and their hands are tied, and are forcibly taken to a military jeep.

    Marah Bakeer, a 16-year-old girl from the city of Jerusalem, was arrested on 10 October 2015, after she was shot 10 times in her left arm by Israeli forces. She was later transferred in a degrading manner by an ambulance to Hadassah Ein Karem, while she was left with her body exposed despite her repeated requests to cover her body. Marah was subsequently taken to a hospital room, with her hand and leg tied to the bed, with the presence of two male guards, who cursed her and her mother. One of the guards told her to die, and another guard took a ‘selfie’ with her against her will. Marah insisted that she had no intent to carry out an attack – which is corroborated by video recordings at the scene that indicate that she was unarmed – contrary to claims of Israeli prosecution. Despite this, in January 2017, Marah was sentenced by an Israeli court to 8 years and a half years in prison.


    INTERROGATION

    Upon being taken to interrogation and detention centers, female Palestinian detainees are routinely denied an explanation of their rights and the reason for their arrests. Often, they are denied attorney access, and held for several days under interrogation where they are subjected to torture and ill treatment. The methods of torture and ill treatment used against female Palestinian prisoners cause severe physical and mental suffering. Interrogation methods include prolonged isolation from the outside world, inhuman detention conditions, excessive use of blindfolds and handcuffs, sleep deprivation, denial of food and water for extended periods, denial of access to toilets, denial of access to showers or change of clothes for days or weeks, being forced into stress positions, yelling, insults and cursing, and sexual harassment.

    22-year-old prisoner S.A. described her interrogation in Al-Moscobiyeh in an affidavit given to Addameer Attorney Mona Naddaf at Damon prison on 07/06/2016. She explained that after being arrested from her apartment in Abu Dis during a raid on 04/19/2016 at approximately 3:30 AM, she was subjected to shouting, being placed in shabah stress positions, sleep deprivation, prolonged interrogation sessions, threats of raiding her home, threats of assassinations, and threats of arrests of family members and friends. S.A, who was denied access to an attorney for 18 days also recounted that if her eyes would close due to sleep deprivation, the interrogator would hit the table in front of her or shout loudly to prevent her from sleeping. She also recounted:

    “At the end of the investigation on this [particular] day, the interrogator ‘Reno’ told me that he would stay with me all night, and then he tied my hands behind the back of the chair with strapped restrictions on the chair I sat in, and I was kept in this position from 10:00 PM to 4:30 AM.”[1]


    DEGRADING TRANSFERS

    Palestinian girls and women in Israeli detention are subjected to an exhausting and degrading transfer process between the place of their arrest, and the interrogation or detention center, and from their prison to and from the court. They are placed in painfully uncomfortable seating, after being placed in a mavar, a cage-like holding place before the time of their transport. An affidavit of 16 year-old N.S. taken by Addameer attorney Mona Naddaf on 28 July 2017 described her experience:

    “On April 28th, 2016, The Nahshon Unit soldier asked me to take off my clothes and my shoes, but it was very painful for me to do because of my injuries that were not yet healed, and another detainee … tried to help but the soldier would not let her… then came the restraints… My feet were cuffed and when they wanted to cuff my hands I was trying to tell her my hands are still injured and that it was too painful, but she did not listen to me and pulled the cuffs on my injured arm… We left HaSharon at 2.30 AM and were taken a vehicle with the Nahshon … there was an iron cell inside... it was so hot… we got to Ramlah in the morning… We waited in Ramlah for a long time… between two and three hours… we were then taken to an uncomfortable cell with a low metal bar… The driver was driving fast causing me to hit the wall of the cell, causing more pain to the wounds.”[2]


    FEMALE PALESTINIANS IN CONTEXT OF OCCUPATION

    Israel is accountable for its actions in the occupied territories, including West Bank military checkpoints, particularly the ill treatment of women during arrests and transfers. Article 12 of General Recommendation 28 by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on the Core Obligations of States Parties states that:

    “Although subject to international law, States primarily exercise territorial jurisdiction. The obligations of States parties apply, however, without discrimination both to citizens and non-citizens, including refugees, asylum-seekers, migrant workers and stateless persons, within their territory or effective control, even if not situated within the territory. States parties are responsible for all their actions affecting human rights, regardless of whether the affected persons are in their territory.”[3]

    In its General Recommendation No. 30 on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations, the Committee confirms the aforementioned paragraph, stating, “… the obligations of States parties also apply extraterritorially to persons within their effective control, even if not situated within their territory, and that States parties are responsible for all their actions affecting human rights, regardless of whether the affected persons are in their territory”. [4]

    Testimonies by Palestinian women and girls highlight the brutality of the arrest process as well as conditions inside Israeli interrogation, detention and prison centers, and even hospitals while in custody. The abuse, ill treatment, and torture of Palestinian women and girls take place within the context of ongoing occupation of 50 years and annexation of Palestinian lands. In the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against women, States Parties emphasize “that the eradication of apartheid, all forms of racism, racial discrimination, colonialism, neo-colonialism, aggression, foreign occupation and domination and interference in the internal affairs of States is essential to the full enjoyment of the rights of men and women”. [5]


    RECOMMENDATIONS

    - The United Nations and all States Parties call upon Israel to respect, uphold and strive to surpass the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against women, and UN Security Council Resolution 1325, in regulating the treatment of women and girls during interrogation and detention, and their lives of women and girls in prison.

    - States Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention call for an end to physical and psychological abuse in the hands of soldiers during the arrests of Palestinian women and girls and their illegal detention in occupying territory, accountability and sanctions.

    - States Parties call for an end to the practices of physical and psychological torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian women under interrogation.

    - States Parties to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against women call upon Israel to develop a gender-sensitive policy for the treatment of Palestinian female prisoners.

    - States Parties, women’s organizations, and human rights organizations call for the immediate release of female prisoners and an end to their ill treatment


    [1] Affidavit to Addameer Attorney Mona Naddaf at Damon prison on 07/06/2016 with 22-year-old prisoner S.A.

    [2] Affidavit taken by Addameer attorney Mona Naddaf on 28 July 2017 with prisoner N.S.

    [3] UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), General Recommendation No. 28 on the Core Obligations of States Parties under Article 2 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 16 December 2010, CEDAW/C/GC/28.

    [4] UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), General recommendation No. 30 on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations, 1 November 2013, CEDAW/C/GC/30, paragraph 8.

    [5] UN General Assembly, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, 18 December 1979, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1249, p. 13.



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    Default AMP condemns Israeli bill condemning adhan; Ask your senators to say NO to Friedman

    AMP condemns Israeli bill condemning adhan; Ask your senators to say NO to Friedman


    Call your senators and ask them to vote NO on Friedman as ambassador to Israel



    (WASHINGTON DC 03/10/2017) – In a 12-9 vote that went mostly along party lines, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to approve the nomination of David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel on Thursday. The issue will go before the full Senate for a final vote.

    All Democrats on the committee, except New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez voted against the nomination. Ranking member Ben Cardin of Maryland told the committee he would not be able to support the nomination because of Friedman’s “divisive, inflammatory, and offensive statements,” saying he could not “credibly” represent the United States.

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    AMP condemns Israeli bill banning the call to prayer

    (WASHINGTON DC 03/10/2017) – The Israeli Knesset on Wednesday passed the first reading of a bill that would ban the use of loudspeakers to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. This draft, referred to as the “softer version,” was one of two bills lawmakers considered. The other, introduced by the extremist, right-wing Yisrael Beytenu party, would have banned the adhan outright.

    The American Muslims for Palestine condemns both measures as an assault on religious freedom in general and on Palestinian Muslims in particular. While the draft bill targets all ‘houses of prayer,’ it makes allowances for the siren that announces the Jewish observance of the Sabbath on Friday evenings.

    Israeli Knesset member MK Moti Yogev said he introduced his bill to protect people – including Muslims – from the “noise” of the adhan, a position AMP finds reprehensible.

    “The Muslim call to prayer is a tradition that’s no different from Christian churches ringing bells to call worshipers to prayer or mass, or the siren used to pronounce the start of the Sabbath in the Jewish faith,” said Dr. Osama Abuirshaid, AMP national policy director. “If Israel is truly the only so-called democracy in the Middle East, this bill once again proves otherwise.”

    The bill will now go to committee and eventually to the full Knesset for a vote. A timeline has not been set.

    AMP calls on the U.S. State Department to intervene to ensure Israel does not interfere with the free practice of religion. If this bill eventually becomes law, AMP is asking for the State Department to designate it as a human rights violation and include it in its annual international religious freedom report.


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    Default Issa Amro Should Be Free.

    Issa Amro Should Be Free.



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    Dear Chris,

    Palestinian human rights defender, Issa Amro, is facing 18 politically-motivated charges in Israeli military courts.

    As Israel ramps up its repressive campaign against Palestinians, human rights defenders--those documenting, speaking, and organizing against Israel's oppressive policies--are one of its first targets. And Issa Amro, community leader and co-founder of the Hebron-based Youth Against Settlements, is no stranger to being a target of Israeli efforts to silence his activism.

    Palestinians face a conviction rate of 99.74% in Israeli military courts, which is why we, and our member groups at Codepink, Jewish Voice for Peace, Interfaith Peace Builders, and others, are petitioning United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein to pressure Israel to drop the charges against Issa.

    Under Israeli military occupation, Palestinians are forbidden from partaking in almost every form of political expression. The ridiculous charges against Issa range from "insulting a soldier" to "gathering without permission." They reek of political persecution as clear as day.

    The work of Issa and Youth Against Settlements has been internationally recognized, and more importantly, it is incredibly effective in fostering and building Palestinian community and resistance in Hebron, a place where Israeli apartheid, oppression, and occupation is often at its worst and most violent. Israel wants to lock up Issa because he is a powerful community leader and organizer against Israeli apartheid, and therefore a threat to the Israeli status quo.

    Chris, help keep Issa free and able to do his incredible work. After you have signed the petition, share it on Facebook & Twitter so we can get as many signatures as possible before the official start of his trial on March 26!

    Thank you for taking action to help one more Palestinian voice for freedom, justice, and equality!

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    P.S.--Israel is once again targeting Omar Barghouti, another Palestinian human rights defender, and co-founder of the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. Click here to read a statement by the Palestinian BDS National Committee about the fabricated charges against him.


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    Default Refusing Settler Colonialism, From Turtle Island to Palestine

    Refusing Settler Colonialism, From Turtle Island to Palestine


    LeftStreamed — Recorded in Toronto, 15 March 2017

    Refusing Settler Colonialism, From Turtle Island to Palestine

    The keynote event of Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 focused on articulating connections between ongoing struggles against settler colonial violence and dispossession across Turtle Island (North America) and in historic Palestine. The panelists reflected on the history and current state of these anti-colonial struggles.

    Erica Violet Lee is a Nēhiyaw (Cree) writer, student, feminist, and community organizer from misâskwatôminihk (Saskatoon) and Thunderchild First Nation, on Treaty 6 Territory and Métis Homeland. Erica is an organizer with Idle No More, a YWCA Women of Distinction award recipient, an Iris Marion Young scholar, and she was part of the 2015 Canadian Youth Delegation to the United Nations Climate Conference. She has a blog named Moontime Warrior: Fearless Philosophizing, Embodied Resistance, where she writes on environmental racism, colonial borders, and the love, knowledge, and beauty found in the wastelands.

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    BNC Statement on Israel’s Ongoing Campaign to Silence Omar Barghouti and Repress BDS

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    On the morning of Sunday, March 19, Israeli tax authorities barged into the home of Omar Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for the freedom, justice and equality of the Palestinian people. They detained and interrogated Omar and his wife Safa for 16 hours that first day. Omar is currently enduring a fourth day of interrogation.

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    Default Oppose AIPAC Bills Attacking Iran Deal & Palestinian Human Rights

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    Dear Chris,

    Urge your reps. to oppose AIPAC bills that attack the Iran deal & Palestinian rights.

    Take Action

    Lobbyists with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC] are pressing Members of Congress to co-sponsor bills that attack the Iran nuclear agreement by imposing new sanctions on Iran [S.722 & H.R.1698] [1] and attack Palestinian self-determination by promoting Israeli settlements in the West Bank [S.720 & H.R.1697]. [2]

    Urge your reps. to oppose these bills by signing our petition at MoveOn.

    S.722 would designate part of Iran's military as a terrorist organization, which would obstruct contact between the U.S. and Iranian militaries. U.S. military leaders have opposed this move on the grounds that it would undermine the U.S. fight against ISIS in Iraq. [3]

    S.720 & H.R.1697 would erase the distinction in U.S. law between Israel and Israeli settlements in the West Bank and make it illegal for U.S. companies to boycott or otherwise discriminate against Israeli settlements in the West Bank based on calls by the United Nations or the European Union. [4]

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    Default Will Trump Move the Embassy to Jerusalem?

    Will Trump Move the Embassy to Jerusalem?





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    Dear Chris,

    Did you hear what Vice President Mike Pence said at last month’s AIPAC policy conference? The Trump administration is still giving “serious consideration” to moving the US Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    And the decision to do so could be coming soon. In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which mandates an embassy move unless the president signs a waiver every six months declaring that doing so would harm national security.

    For the past 22 years, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama signed the waiver and kept the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.

    And for good reason. Moving the embassy would be tantamount to recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, an act which would legitimize Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from West Jerusalem in 1948 and its denial of Palestinian refugee rights.

    It would also legitimize Israel’s violations of international law in East Jerusalem since 1967, including demolishing Palestinian homes and building illegal settlements.

    The most recently signed waiver expires at the end of May, after which the president will have to decide whether to extend it or begin the process of moving the embassy to Jerusalem—one of his signature campaign pledges.

    Today we’re releasing a policy paper, Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem: Historical, Legal, and Policy Considerations, detailing the seven-decade-long bipartisan policy of not recognizing Israeli sovereignty over any portion of Jerusalem and laying out the case for why moving the embassy would be a grave mistake.

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    Did you know?

    • The Truman administration wrote a detailed plan for the internationalization of Jerusalem
    • The Nixon administration determined that East Jerusalem is under Israeli military occupation
    • The Obama administration successfully argued before the Supreme Court that Congress cannot force the president to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

    These are just a few of the many interesting facts we dug up from the archives and declassified documents. Check out the policy paper to learn more about why every president since 1948 has refused to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

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    Default Honor Deir Yassin by taking action for Palestine

    Honor Deir Yassin by taking action for Palestine



    (WASHINGTON DC 04/09/2017) -- Deir Yassin was not the first massacre or even the largest that occurred between the Partition of Palestine in November 1947 and the end of the Zionist war in January 1949. But it was the one Zionist Jews used to terrorize the native Palestinians, causing them to flee their homes and their beloved Palestine.

    Deir Yassin represents the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Palestine that still continues because of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and its apartheid policies that violate international law and deprives Palestinians of their human rights. Now with the confirmation of pro-settlement David Friedman as ambassador to Israel and plans of the Trump administration to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, there is concern among Palestinians and the global community the rate of Israeli dispossession of the Palestinian people will increase.

    At dawn on April 9, 1948 extremist Zionist militias entered Deir Yassin and systematically murdered men, women and children as they slept. Zionist leaders, intent on creating the state of Israel, used the massacre to terrorize the indigenous population into fleeing the oncoming Haganah and militias, such as the Stern Gang and the Irgun.

    “The Nakba is not just one historical event, but an ongoing event,” said Osama Abuirshaid, AMP National Policy Director. “The Nakba is a process that developed the systematic dispossession of Palestinians; it’s the destruction of a civil society for the intended purposes of a colonial enterprise to be set in its place.”

    We must never forget the victims of Deir Yassin. Educate yourself so that you can spread the truth about the events that led to the creation of the state of Israel and the dispossession of the Palestinians.


    Read Nakba survivor testimonials

    Read our Nakba book, “Preserving our Narrative”

    Read the Nakba fact sheet

    Visit Deir Yassin Remembered

    Attend our Palestine Advocacy Day and Training from April 29-May 1, 2017

    Watch for calls for action in coming months to push back against plans to move the embassy to Jerusalem and settlement expansion.

    We must honor the deceased, those permanently in exile and all those who today continue to resist the occupation by striving to bring justice to the Palestinian people.


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    Default On Prisoners Day, AMP stands with Palestinians hunger striking in Israeli prisons

    On Prisoners Day, AMP stands with Palestinians hunger striking in Israeli prisons


    On Prisoners Day, AMP stands with Palestinians hunger striking in Israeli prisons



    (WASHINGTON DC 04/172017) – In an op-ed today in the New York Times, Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouti announced the beginning of a new hunger strike, joined by perhaps up to 1,600 Palestinian prisoners, to protest “torture, inhumane and degrading treatment, and medical negligence.”

    “Hunger striking is the most peaceful form of resistance available,” Barghouti writes. “It inflicts pain solely on those who participate and on their loved ones, in the hopes that their empty stomachs and their sacrifice will help the message resonate beyond the confines of their dark cells.”

    The American Muslims for Palestine, a national education organization, fully stands with Palestinian prisoners and calls upon the international community and all people of conscience to demand an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands; and an end to arbitrary arrests and detentions, administrative detentions, isolation, torture and other treatment that violates numerous international laws.

    The prisoner rights group Addameer estimates Israel has imprisoned fully 40 percent of the Palestinian male population and since 1967 has incarcerated about 800,000 Palestinians. Children are not immune. Defense for Children International – Palestine reports that Israeli military authorities arrest and detain up to 700 children per year in the military court system and 8,000 children have been imprisoned since 2000.

    Addameer reports in April 6,300 Palestinians are being held as political prisoners. Of that number, 500 are being held without charge or trial in administrative detention; 300 are children; 16 are women; and 13 – including Marwan Barghouti – are Palestinian Legislative Council members.

    The last massive Palestinian prisoner hunger strike took place in spring of 2012, when about 2,000 prisoners staged a long-standing hunger strike. In 2014, about 220 administrative detainees launched a hunger strike lasting 63 days to protest the illegal use of detention without charge or trial. The strike ended with Israeli prison authorities agreeing to ease restrictions on the prisoners and to continue dialogue about the use of administrative detention. The prisoners’ current demands include: family visits, proper medical care, end to Israel’s practice of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial in so-called administrative detention and stopping the use of isolation.

    We must support the Palestinians who are putting their bodies and lives on the line to protest the occupation and inhumane treatment in Israeli prisons.

    TAKE ACTION
    Addameer is calling upon the international community to take action to support the hunger strike:

    Social Media: Hold a sign saying #PalHunger, #FreePalestinianPoliticalPrisoners, and #StopAD (stop administrative detention), and share either a picture of you holding a sign or with the hashtag. Use Twitter handles @Addameer and @AMPalestine so we can follow your activism!

    Organize an event: Plan a protest, demonstration, speaking event or banner drop in your city, community or campus calling for the immediate release of all Palestinian political prisoners and to show solidarity with the hunger striking prisoners and detainees. Contact AMP for materials and information.

    Join a BDS Campaign: Organize an action at Hewlett-Packard office in your city to highlight the role of corporations involved in – and profiting from – the political imprisonment of Palestinians by the Israeli occupation. Get information on BDS campaigns at www.bdsmovement.net.

    Send an email to info@ampalestine.org to let us know what you’re doing to support Palestinian political prisoners. For further actions, go to www.addameer.org.

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    Default Take Action: Palestinian political prisoners launch mass hunger strike

    Take Action: Palestinian political prisoners launch mass hunger strike


    Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers have launched a mass hunger strike starting 17 April 2017. The call for hunger strike came amidst resentment of Israeli’s cruel policies towards political prisoners. An estimated 1500 Palestinian prisoners have announced the beginning of an open hunger strike.

    The hunger striking prisoners’ demands include: family visits, proper medical care, end to Israel’s practice of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial in so-called administrative detention and stopping the use of isolation. As the strike begins, Addameer Prisoner Support urges supporters of justice around the world to take action to support the Palestinian prisoners whose bodies and lives are on the line for freedom and dignity.

    The issue of Palestinian prisoners and detainees held in Israeli prisons and detention centers transcends one of individual human rights; it is also one of collective rights of an entire people – the Palestinian people, who continue to be deprived of the right to self-determination and sovereignty – basic fundamentals of international law. All Palestinian political prisoners – regardless of their alleged political affiliations or charges – are entitled to fair trial guarantees under international humanitarian law and international human rights laws. Palestinian political prisoners and detainees are systematically subjected to torture and ill-treatment with continued impunity – highlighting the need for more solidarity actions from people around the globe to call for immediate release of all Palestinian political prisoners, long-denied their basic rights.

    Addameer Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association urges all people to organize events in solidarity with the struggle of hunger-striking prisoners and detainees. 2017 marks 100 years of the Balfour declaration; 70 years of Palestinian Catastrophe (al-Nakba); 50 years of brutal military occupation. This is also the year to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for its actions and to demand the immediate release of all Palestinian political prisoners!

    TAKE ACTION:

    1. Join Addameer social media campaign aims at raising awareness: hold a sign saying #PalHunger, #Free_Palestinian_Political_Prisoners, or #StopAD (administrative detention campaign), #NotATarget (Human Rights Defenders campaign), and share either a picture of you holding a sign or just the hashtag along with a picture of a prisoner or a detainee on social media (twitter and facebook) to raise awareness.

    2. Join Addameer’s campaigns and their Call to Action: Addameer has two major campaigns: Stop Administrative Detention campaign and the Human Rights Defenders. You could use any of addameer’s materials prepared for these two campaigns or any other materials on Addameer’s website.

    3. Organize a protest, demonstration, speaking event or banner drop in your city, community or campus calling for the immediate release of all Palestinian political prisoners and to show solidarity with the hunger striking prisoners and detainees.

    4. Write to Israeli officials or to your local MPs to demand release for Palestinian political prisoners. Write a message and email or fax it to the officials below.

    5. Join BDS Campaign: Organize an action at HP office in your city to highlight the role of corporations involved in – and profiting from – the political imprisonment of Palestinians by the Israeli occupation.

    6. Send an email to info@addameer.ps or to our Facebook page to let us know about any actions you are planning.

    Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

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    Default Radiohead: don't be a creep, cancel your concert in Israel

    Radiohead: don't be a creep, cancel your concert in Israel




    Dear Chris,

    I was at the Radiohead show at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley last night - I’m a huge fan. And I unfurled this banner not to shame them, but to show frontman Thom Yorke and the band that they will be losing a huge fan if they go through with their planned concert in Tel Aviv.

    The band knows what social justice means - they’ve stood up for Tibet, and against the War on Terror. York even tweeted about not normalizing Trump. And as artists with a conscience, Radiohead should stand in solidarity with Palestine.

    Nearly 8,000 people have already signed our petition asking Radiohead to cancel their concert in Tel Aviv this July. Will you help us get to 18,000?

    Because in a world where Palestinians have freedom of movement and other basic human rights, there'd be no need for an international call for cultural boycott.

    Radiohead has not played Israel since 2000. That was before the apartheid wall. 200,000 more illegal settlers have moved into the West Bank and East Jerusalem since then, and there have been three massive attacks on Gaza.

    And more to the point, hundreds of Palestinian civil society organizations have come together to call for an international cultural boycott of Israel until it abides by international law. And Radiohead shouldn’t cross that picket line.



    They’d be far from alone. Ms. Lauryn Hill, Roger Waters, Brian Eno, Elvis Costello, Bjork and many others have heeded Palestinian civil society’s call. These artists see apartheid Israel for what it is. And most importantly, they’ve embraced their role in making change.

    Palestinians don't have a choice to reject or accept apartheid in Israel. It is a daily, grinding experience. Radiohead has a choice to do the right thing. I still hold out hope that they will.

    Sign the petition and tell Radiohead: don’t be a creep. Stand in solidarity with Palestinian civil society and cancel your concert in Israel.

    Onward,
    Susannah



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    Default Prosecutors fail to drop charges: AMP staffers may be heading toward jury trial

    DIGEST: Prosecutors fail to drop charges: AMP staffers may be heading toward jury trial

    Defense will file motion to dismiss based on selective prosecution



    NLG attorney Ann Wilcox explains the charges at a rally before the hearing for AMP staffers Kareem El-Hosseiny, left, and Taher Herzallah on April 20, 2017.

    (WASHINGTON DC 04.20.2017) -- AMP staffers Taher Herzallah and Kareem El-Hosseiny may be heading to trial, after federal prosecutors declined to drop the charges against them stemming from their arrest at the Senate confirmation hearing for U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

    In a short hearing before Superior Court Judge Marisa Demeo on Thursday morning, the Assistant US Attorney unfortunately failed to drop the charges, as we have demanded. Instead the parties established a schedule for filing the Motion to Dismiss based on selective prosecution, on the grounds the charges result from racial, religious and ethnic bias.

    Motions will be filed over the coming weeks, and a hearing will be held at DC Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave. NW, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 14 in Courtroom 311. If the motion to dismiss is not successful at that hearing, the jury trial will start on Oct. 12.

    AMP was joined by more than 30 supporters, including representatives from Jewish Voice for Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace -DC chapter, IfNotNow, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and many others, who rallied in the rain for an hour. Stay tuned for more updates and action alerts. Please put July 14 on your calendar so we can fill the courtroom.

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    FOSNA, 15 faith leaders sign letter of support



    Friends of Sabeel North America today released a letter signed by 15 Christian and faith leaders supporting AMP staffers Taher Herzallah and Kareem El-Hosseiny. The letter was addressed to the assistant attorney general and asked for the government to dismiss the charges against the two men, because they "suggested anti-Muslim bias."

    Read the full letter.

    Get the background of the case, watch the video of the protest at the Friedman hearing, and pertinent news articles.


    AMP-NJ impresses with star speakers at annual dinner


    Journalist Abby Martin addresses the crown. See more pictures.

    An overwhelming crowd attended the annual dinner for the New Jersey chapter of the American Muslims for Palestine last weekend. Among the keynote speakers were The Empire Files journalist Abby Martin, author and activist Miko Peled and Sheikh Abdelfattah Mourou, founder of the Ennahdha Party in Tunisia. Dr. Osama Abuirshaid, AMP's national policy director, delivered a strong analysis of the current situation in Palestine.

    AMP-NJ leaders Kefah Elabed, Ramzi Issa and Sayel Kayed presented Martin, Peled, Mourou and Imam Said Alqasabi with an award recognizing their dedication and committment to the cause of Palestine.


    AMP's 3rd annual Palestine Advocacy Day in 11 days!



    We're excited because we're expecting a full house for our third annual Palestine Advocacy Day! In addition, we will be holding two full days of advocacy training that will give participants the tools they need to moblize people in their home districts.

    It's not too late to join us. If you're interested, please register here for all three days, April 29-May 1 (training is April 29-30, and the day on The Hill is May 1.)

    If you'd like to attend only on May 1, register here.


    2017: 100 years since the Balfour Declaration; 70 years since the partition of Palestine; 50 years of occupation of the remaining 22 percent of historic Palestine and 10 years of the siege on Gaza.

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    Default Breaking: Feds drop charges against AMP staffers

    BREAKING: FEDS DROP CHARGES AGAINST AMP STAFFERS


    BREAKING: FEDS DROP CHARGES!



    (WASHINGTON DC 04.21.2017) --The federal government has dropped the charges against AMP staffers Taher Herzallah and Kareem El-Hosseiny. Stephen Rickard, deputy chief of the misdemeanors section in the U.S. Attorney's office notified the men's attorney, Ann Wilcox, on Friday evening.

    Filing what is called a "nolle prosequi," or a formal notice of abandonment, the charges have been dropped and the case is closed.



    "The United States of America, by and through its attorney, the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, hereby notifies the court and the defense that the government is entering a nolle prosequi in this case, thereby causing the information to be dismissed without prejudice."
    "We are overjoyed," Herzallah said. "We showed the federal government we were not going to take their biased charges silently. This really shows the power of the people to speak truth to power."

    Herzallah and El-Hosseiny were arrested in February along with four others from Code Pink and If Not Now for protesting at the Senate confirmation hearing for U.S. Ambassador David Friedman. Herzallah and El-Hosseiny -- the only two Arabs and Muslims in the group -- were the only two with criminal charges filed against them by the U.S. Attorney’s office. Three of the protesters were allowed to pay a small fine the same day. One had his case transferred to traffic court.

    The men rejected a plea deal that would have required 32 hours of community service and included being banned from Capitol grounds for a lengthy period of time. Instead, they opted for a trial to fight the selective prosecution charges on the grounds they were based on racial, religious and ethnic bias.

    El-Hosseiny added, "This proves that all the public, organizational and faith-based support we received was enough to send a strong message to federal prosecutors."

    In addition to a successful social media campaign, which was joined by several Palestinian rights and social justice organizations and that reached upwards of 1 million accounts, the Huffington Post, AJ Plus, Mondoweiss, Muftah and other media outlets kept the case in the news. The Associated Press had also started working on a story.

    The American Muslims for Palestine is extremely grateful for how our partners rallied around our colleagues and supported their effort to fight the charges.

    "AMP thanks NLG attorney Ann Wilcox for her expertise, professionalism and willingness to fight for justice and to see this through to the end," said Dr. Osama Abuirshaid, AMP national policy director. "We could not be prouder of our colleagues and we're relieved at the positive outcome."

    AMP is also thankful to all the individuals and groups who helped spread the word, including the US Palestinian Community Network, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Friends of Sabeel North America and the 15 faith leaders who signed the letter of support, DCI-Palestine, Adalah, IfNotNow, Code Pink, Jewish Voice for Peace national, as well as the DC and New York chapters of Jewish Voice for Peace.


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