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[l] at 4/2/20 1:07pm

Palestinians have entered the third week of lockdown across the West Bank and Gaza as measures to slow the transmission of the coronavirus continue. In the West Bank where a state of emergency was declared in mid-March, security was dispatched to ensure stores stayed closed and shoppers stayed home. In Gaza, around 3,000 have been ordered to quarantine at home, mostly Palestinians who recently...

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[Category: News, coronavirus, COVID-19, Gaza, pandemic, photo, photojournalism, West Bank]

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[l] at 4/2/20 12:40pm

Microsoft Drops AnyVision Let’s begin with some good news amid these dark times. Microsoft recently announced that its divesting its shares from the Israeli facial recognition company AnyVision. After Microsoft invested in the company last June, NBC News reported that AnyVision was surveilling Palestinians in the West Bank. When questioned about this issue, AnyVision CEO Eylon Etshtein denied...

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[Category: Newsletters, The Shift]

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[l] at 4/2/20 9:26am

Axios reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared a video with members of his cabinet, which he believed to be proof of an Iranian coronavirus cover-up. It turns out that it was actually a clip from the 2007 Hallmark Channel mini-series Pandemic. Two Israeli Cabinet ministers told reporter Barak Ravid that Netanyahu had informed them that he’d personally seen proof that Iran was...

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[Category: News, Netanyahu]

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[l] at 4/2/20 8:42am

Anyone who thinks that the National Public Radio correspondent in Israel, Daniel Estrin, is giving them unbiased reports is sadly mistaken. Estrin’s slant is subtle, not always as obvious as his counterparts at the New York Times, but a quick look at his recent work is revealing. Let’s start with Estrin’s March 15 report, back when Benny Gantz had a chance to form a coalition government that would...

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[Category: Media Analysis, Daniel Estrin, National Public Radio]

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[l] at 4/2/20 7:44am

In a departure from my usual Muzzlewatch focus on efforts to censor BDS and more “pro–Palestinian” and anti-Zionist points of view, I’m putting on my day job hat as a spatial/social epidemiologist to talk about certain aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic as it plays across Palestine and Israel. This will be an ongoing series that will track the effects of the pandemic in Israel/Palestine. Clearly...

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[Category: News, coronavirus]

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[l] at 4/1/20 1:48pm

Public protests and campus events are obviously not happening these days, but that certainly hasn’t stopped activists and organizations from holding online events. We’ve collected some of them below for you to watch while social distancing. Watch our Bethlehem-based correspondent Yumna Patel discuss the state of COVID-19 in the West Bank. It was attended by over 500 people and more than 30...

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[Category: Activism, activism, BDS, COVID-19]

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[l] at 4/1/20 12:48pm

When the Palestinian Authority (PA) first announced a state of emergency over the coronavirus in early March, an initial panic swept over the occupied territory, as checkpoints and borders with Israel were closed, and entire cities were shut down. In the early days of the outbreak, which was initially contained to the city of Bethlehem, there was a joke going around between Palestinians that...

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[Category: News, coronavirus, Israeli occupation]

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[l] at 4/1/20 9:48am

The Israel lobby group the American Jewish Committee (AJC) decided to support the Israeli government against the White House in 1991 over illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank, even though many officials at the organization privately backed the president. The AJC supported Israel because a leading Jewish organization in Washington had a “primary responsibility” to stand up for Israel as...

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[Category: Activism, American Jewish Committee, George H.W. Bush, Lebanon war, Liberal Zionism, Peter Beinart, settlements, Steven Bayme]

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[l] at 4/1/20 7:59am

Two years ago, during the Q&A of a talk I gave about Palestine at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, British filmmaker Ken Loach raised a most essential question. Paraphrasing, he asked, “Where do we go from here?” The gist of my reply: We must first expose Israel’s front-line weapon against justice for Palestine, its cynical misuse of the smear of antisemitism. So long as we...

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[Category: News, BDS, Board of Deputies, ken loach, Michael Rosen]

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[l] at 3/31/20 1:53pm

On March 30, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), MPower Change, and other Palestinian solidarity groups held a virtual rally to call for an end to the blockade on Gaza. Over 500 people attended the online event, and over 30,000 have viewed it over Facebook. Speakers included Linda Sarsour (MPower Change), Dr. Mona Qasim El-Farr (Middle East Children’s Alliance), and Salem Barameh (Palestine Institute...

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[Category: Activism, coronavirus, Gaza blockade, JVP]

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[l] at 3/31/20 11:52am

This is the latest edition of our special coverage newsletter on the COVID-19 crisis in Palestine featuring dispatches directly from our Palestine correspondent Yumna Patel on the ground in Bethlehem. This newsletter is published Tuesdays and Fridays. In the past few days we have watched the number of coronavirus cases climb in Palestine; and it has become ever more apparent that this crisis is...

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[Category: News, Newsletters, coronavirus, covid-newsletter-tues]

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[l] at 3/30/20 3:03pm

Welcome to the Health and Human Rights Media Watch of Jewish Voice for Peace. This month Media Watch is going to be largely focused on the Coronavirus and its impact on Israel/Palestine. We are sharing pertinent articles as a timeline, rather than by region, because the virus knows no boundaries and we thought it would be useful for you to see the pandemic unfold in real time, the facts, fears...

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[Category: Activism, AIPAC, coronavirus, Gaza, Netanyahu, occupation]

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[l] at 3/30/20 2:44pm

Khalil Abu Yahia is a 24 year-old English teacher in Gaza City. He spoke to Independent Jewish Voices Canada, on Skype from his house and a wide smile didn’t leave his face during the interview, even though he goes to dark places at times. He begins by offering his reflections on the arrival of the deadly Coronavirus in the Gaza Strip. “For me, it’s like a deja-vu. We’ve been through things like...

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[Category: Opinion, coronavirus, Gaza]

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[l] at 3/30/20 1:54pm

Earlier this month, nine members of Congress called on the Trump administration to lift its sanctions on Iran in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Asked if he would support such a policy on Sunday, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden would not endorse that call and said he needed more information to make a decision. The letter (which was sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of...

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[Category: News, 2020 U.S. Election, Iran, Joe Biden, sanctions]

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[l] at 3/30/20 10:09am

Benny Gantz, the former Israeli general turned party leader, agreed late last week to join his rival Benjamin Netanyahu in an “emergency government” to deal with the coronavirus epidemic. Two weeks ago he had won a wafer-thin majority vote in the parliament that gave him first shot at trying to put together a coalition government. Instead he has conceded to Netanyahu, who will remain prime...

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[Category: Opinion, 2019 Israeli Elections, Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz]

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[l] at 3/30/20 8:50am

As a West Bank resident, ruled by a weak authority-less Palestinian Authority and indirect Israeli military control at the same time, I am very concerned how we will survive the widespread novel coronavirus if the number of cases keeps rising. We are all facing a tough fate. We have no choice but to rely on the PA’s weak health system. I have never supported the idea of an autonomously-ruled...

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[Category: Opinion, coronavirus, Israeli occupation, Palestinian Authority]

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[l] at 3/30/20 8:05am

Microsoft has announced that its divesting its shareholding in the Israeli facial recognition company AnyVision. The move follows an audit which was forced by a BDS campaign targeting the company. Activists say that AnyVision’s facial recognition technology is used to spy on Palestinians in the West Bank. After Microsoft invested in the company last June, NBC News reported that AnyVision “powers a...

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[Category: Activism, BDS, Microsoft]

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[l] at 3/29/20 9:53am

Last night I heard Bill Gates explain the correct global public health response to coronavirus on CNN, and realized that one result of the pandemic is that Israel’s apartheid moment has arrived. Corona will undermine the long public relations campaign carried on by Israel’s friends to prevent a recognition of systematic ethnic discrimination in Palestine. But let’s look at the global response...

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[Category: Opinion, Andrew Cuomo, Apartheid, Bill Gates, coronavirus]

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[l] at 3/28/20 1:21pm

Land theft / Ethnic cleansing / Settlements During the Coronavirus crisis, Israel confiscates tents designated for clinic in the Northern West Bank B’Tselem 26 Mar — This morning, Thursday, 26 March 2020, at around 7:30 am, officials from Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank arrived with a military jeep escort, a bulldozer and two flatbed trucks with cranes at the Palestinian community...

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[Category: News, B'Tselem, coronavirus, Jordan Valley, occupation]

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[l] at 3/28/20 9:44am

A brave U.S. army lieutenant general may be risking his career to resist Trump administration efforts to provoke war with Iran. Robert P. White, who commands American forces in Iraq, last week wrote what the New York Times called a “blunt memo,” in which he opposed a new plan by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others to attack Iranian-allied militias inside Iraq. Most of the world is...

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[Category: Media Analysis, attacking Iran, Iraq, Mike Pompeo]

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[l] at 3/27/20 11:51am

The Latest: First coronavirus-related Palestinian death reported this week in the West Bank 82 Palestinians in the West Bank tested positive for COVID-19 9 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip tested positive for COVID-19 2,693 Israelis have tested positive for COVID-19 8 Israelis have died from coronavirus-related causes The ministry of health in Gaza said they are equipped to care for only 100...

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[Category: Newsletters, coronavirus, covid-newsletter-fri]

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