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Marking the 10-December UN Human Rights Day, which this year raises the slogan, “Stand up for someone's rights today,” about 200 legal scholars and practicing lawyers from 15 European states have issued a statement that stands for Palestinian rights and considers the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality as “a lawful exercise of freedom...
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Groundbreaking statement by 200 European Legal Scholars Upholds the Right to BDS for Palestinian Rights

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UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities Robert Piper said: “This is about freedom of movement at its most raw level – the right to access, literally, life-saving services for you, or an elderly parent or perhaps an infant child.”

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WHO: Israel obstructs health access for Palestinian patients, medical workers

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More than 150 actions were held, in 101 towns and cities in 30 countries, across 6 continents during the International Week of Action on HP - the broadest-ever coordinated Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) action.

40 UK towns and cities saw actions across the week, from Brighton to Bristol, Liverpool to Lewisham, Edinburgh to East London, Cardiff to Chester and many places in between.


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UK Report: International Week of Action on HP - Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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Israeli minister calls for 'blacklist' of organizations supporting BDS

The Israeli government has grown increasingly concerned about the growth of the BDS movement, as the movement’s support base has expanded to include companies, universities, and religious institutions around the world divesting from organizations complicit in Israel’s violation of Palestinian rights.

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Israeli minister calls for

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The International Week of Action on HP was the broadest-ever coordinated BDS action. More than 150 actions were held, in 101 towns and cities in 30 countries, across 6 continents.

40 UK towns and cities saw actions across the week, from Brighton to Bristol, Liverpool to Lewisham, Edinburgh to East London, Cardiff to Chester and many places in between. Read our report here.

UK Report: International Week of Action on HP - Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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"During her final days, the dead woman had told her daughter that she hoped to be buried near to her husband’s grave. “That hope was dashed by the oppression of the Israeli occupation,” said her daughter"

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Israel prevents burial of Palestinian woman in Jerusalem cemetery

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In an unprecedented move against the leadership of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the ecumenical movement, WCC associate general secretary Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri was apprehended, interrogated and deported from Ben Gurion International Airport on the 6th December.

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WCC: Israeli action towards WCC leadership unjust, discriminatory and misinformed — World Council of Churches

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"Khuloud Abu Qamar spoke quietly but her words still shocked. “Israel is killing me slowly,” she said. “And it is killing my children, too.”

"After undergoing surgery for breast cancer last year, Abu Qamar requires further treatment which she has not been able to receive in Gaza. She has asked Israel for permission to travel. Her applications have so far been rejected. Aged 40, she has six...
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Israel blocks Gaza women from breast cancer treatment

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"Will they or won’t they and when? This has been the question being raised constantly over the past few weeks about Israel’s intention to expel the Bedouins of Um Al-Hiran village in the Negev."

Palestinian Bedouins face Israeli discrimination from the river to the sea

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PSC is pleased to have received an explanation from the New Statesman regarding the removal of a piece by Salah Ajarma from its website in November. PSC commissioned an article from Salah Ajarma, the co-founder and Director of the Lajee Cultural Centre in Aida Refugee camp to be hosted on the New Statesman website. The New Statesman published the piece as part of a two year partnership between...
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Successful resolution of New Statesman e-action – thank you to all supporters - Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner sits on the board of his family foundation, who have given tens of thousands of dollars to groups in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Kushner family foundation gave money to illegal West Bank settlements

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Alaa Shweiki said that Israeli authorities demolished three structures belonging to him, in Silwan, occupied East Jerusalem.

At least 1,569 Palestinians have been displaced by Israel's demolitions programme in 2016.

Israeli authorities demolish 3 Palestinian structures in Jerusalem-area neighborhood

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"The Israel lobby has suffered an epic fail in Canada. An attempt at persuading the country’s Green Party to drop its support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement galvanized many activists. The result was that Canada’s Greens have emphatically demanded that Palestinian rights be respected."

Canada's Greens stand up to pro-Israel bullies

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Nearly half of Americans support economic sanctions on Israel as a response to new Israeli illegal settlements, according to a new poll.

Almost half of Americans back sanctions on Israel

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The coalition in the Israeli parliament that represents Palestinians with Israeli citizenship said on Monday that they plan to file a lawsuit against Benjamin Netanyahu "for incitement against Arab citizens".

Joint List to file lawsuit against Israeli PM

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"Gaza’s sole power plant, which has been bombed during Israeli attacks, cannot provide the energy needs of the enclave’s two million residents who have been struggling under Israel’s decade-long blockade."

Listen: Gaza fuel emergency is a daily routine

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"Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman suggested on Friday that the controversial "formalization bill," which would legalize Israeli settler outposts throughout the occupied West Bank and is set to be voted on this Monday, should be postponed until US President Barack Obama leaves office."

Lieberman: Postpone controversial 'formalization' bill until Trump takes over

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Israeli forces again opened fire at Palestinian fishermen, who were attempting to earn a living despite Israel's crippling blockade.

Two fishermen were detained and their boats confiscated on Sunday.

Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza coast

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In Silwan, an area of occupied East Jerusalem, two Palestinian brothers were forced to demolish their own homes to avoid crippling fees from the Jerusalem municipality. At least 1,569 Palestinians have been displaced by Israeli demolitions in 2016.

Palestinian brothers from East Jerusalem forced to demolish their own homes

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"No matter how extreme the rhetoric gets, or how shameless the smears become, the case for BDS remains as straightforward and compelling as it always has been. It is based on the reality of Israel's longstanding, systematic violations of international law and human rights, on the call for solidarity from Palestinian civil society groups, and its value as a tactic." - Ben White.

BDS is not the only tactic against Israeli occupation, but it is working

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