UNJPPI Newsletter – June 20, 2015

In This Issue

• Untold Stories
• Tabghe Church burned
• Letter re CIJA Award to Wynne
• Quaker support for BDS
• Ahava to move
• Amos Gvirtz: Don’t say you din’t know

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Untold Stories: First-ever US Nakba Museum opens in Washington DC
When Bshara Nassar arrived in Washington, DC, he strolled along the National Mall and passed myriad museums dedicated to exposing the painful history of oppressed peoples: the National Museum of the American Indian, the Holocaust Museum, Laogai Museum, the list goes on. He quickly recognized there was no “place for the Palestinian story to be told,” which inspired him to launch the first-ever Nakba Museum Project of Memory and Hope.
Nassar emphasizes that the museum is as much focused on the present as the past, and describes the Nakba as an ongoing event for Palestinian refugees who still live in camps and for all Palestinian people who live under occupation. To address that reality in their own lives, Nassar’s family founded an organization called Tent of Nations. Based at their 100-acre farm in the West Bank, near Bethlehem, it is dedicated to building respect and understanding between different people and cultures.
See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/06/untold-stories-washington

16 arrested, then released, in church torching
Settlers questioned in connection with attack at site where Christians believe Jesus fed 5,000 with five loaves and two fish
BY STUART WINER June 18, 2015, 1:47 pm Updated: June 18, 2015, 3:03 pm
Tabghe Church in the Galillee withstood 1700 years of various rulers in Palestine. It is the church on the location we are told where Jesus multiplied the fish and the bread. For the first time in its long history it was burned nearly completely (arson) this week. The perpetrators wrote in red Hebrew graffiti that the “idol worshippers” will also be killed! It joins other churches and dozens of mosques destroyed since the founding of the “Jewish state” in Palestine.    by Mazin Qumsiyeh
Ed. Note: This church is visited by many tourists.

Reported by Times of Israel
Police said on Thursday they had detained 16 suspects in connection with the torching of the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, which was set ablaze early that morning. The group was released a few hours later.
See more at: http://www.timesofisrael.com/police-nab-over-a-dozen-suspects-in-church-torching/

Kathleen Wynne: Please refuse ‘honour’ from Israel lobby group
Rabble.ca June 1, 2015
On May 4, individuals representing Independent Jewish Voices — Canada, Women in Solidarity with Palestine, Dykes and Trans People for Palestine, and Palestine House sent a very similar letter to this one to Premier Kathleen Wynne. In that letter, we requested a meeting with Premier Wynne to discuss this issue further. After waiting nearly four weeks for a response, we decided to publish a letter publicly, with additional support from Palestine solidarity organizations active in Ontario.

Canada rights group voices support for boycott of Israel
A Canadian advocacy organization has defied the Ottawa government’s warning not to promote boycotts against the Israeli regime.
On Monday, members of the Canadian Friends Service Committee, known as the Canadian Quakers, reaffirmed their support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Tel Aviv over its aggressive policies.
The rights organization said it would ignore the government’s threat to the Canadian rights groups who call for boycotts of the Tel Aviv regime.
Read more…

Ahava seeks to move production out of West Bank
Under pressure from the BDS movement, the Israeli cosmetics company is considering opening a plant inside the Green Line.
Read more…

Don’t Say We Didn’t Know – Amos Gvirtz
Amos Gvirt, Founder of Palestinians and Israelis for Nonviolence, Chairperson of the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD). Kibbitz Sheffayim, Israel, was visiting/touring Canada in April/May and was at the CFOS Conference (Seeking the Peace of Jerusalem) in Vancouver. I met him and have been receiving his posts, “Don’t Say We Didn’t Know”.

Curtis Marwood includes some of his recent posts:
Don’t say we didn’t know #454

On Thursday, 11th June, 2015, the IDF ordered Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley to evacuate, together with their livestock, due to army manoeuvres. The communities live in El Malih, El Burj, El Minka and Khumsa. They moved out of their homes and localities for six hours (06:00-12:00). The army said that on 17th June, 2015 they would again have to evacuate for similar reasons – military exercises in the region.
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On Wednesday, 10th June, 2015, government representatives again demolished El’Araqib. Similarly, in ’Abde (near the ruins of Ovdat) and in Fur’a (near Arad), Bedouin homeowners demolished their own homes, fearing that the authorities would demolish those homes and make them pay the expenses!
Don’t say we didn’t know #453
On Thursday, 4th June 2015, IDF soldiers demolished tent living quarters and sheep-pens belonging to four Palestinian families in Humsa, in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank (near Hamra checkpoint).
Read more about demolition and displacement of Bedouins in the Negev.

Don’t Say We Did Not Know 452
Palestinians living in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron suffer repeated assaults by the Jewish settlers and IDF soldiers. For example, on May 16, 2015, young settlers threw stones at the home of the Abu Aisha family located next to the Jewish settlement at Tel Rumeida. On May 23, 2015, teen-age settlers assaulted a delegation of Quakers exiting after visiting the home of Palestinian family Azzeh. Soldiers entered the house after the visit and conducted a search. First they accused on of the family’s female member of throwing stones. Then settlers began to hurl stones at the house. The girl was hurt. The soldiers went out towards the settlers and did not return.
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On Thursday, May 28, 2015, government agents escorted by police demolished homes in Bedouin villages in the Negev: a residence was demolished in Kuchla, north of Kseife and in Kufr Sar near Dimona. At Umm Batin, near Omer, a structure was destroyed.

Copyright © 2015 United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel

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