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During a protest against settler attacks, Palestinians & solidarity activists block Highway 443, which runs from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem thru the West Bank.

The Israeli human rights group Gisha won a court order forcing the Israeli government to release plans from 2007 to put Gaza 'on a diet.'

The Palestinian brewers of Taybeh beer celebrate Oktoberfest.

Several videos on the olive harvest in Gaza & the West Bank.

Demos took place in Nabi Saleh & Beit Ommar.

Khalil Shahin, Mohammed Al Bakri, & Issam Younis welcome the Gaza aid ship the Estelle.

Settlers from Karmei Tsur go where they damn well please in Beit Ommar with the escort of the IDF.

One of Israel's oldest newspapers is closing down due to competition from Sheldon Adelson's free right wing newspaper.

Sudanese refugees protest Israeli government policies in Tel Aviv.

 Irit Rosenblum criticizes modern marriage.

Social justice activist hoild another demo in Tel Aviv (NSFW) & may become involved in the coming elections.

Israeli musician Izhar Ashdot's song 'A Matter of Habit' has been banned from the IDF radio station.  Press the CC button for English captions.

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  •  You had me at (2+ / 0-)
    "...we are civilians, we are farmers, and this is our land".
    Irit Rosenblum has a very interesting take on marriage. I like the idea of "Partnership certificates". Very intriquing.

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

    by ZenTrainer on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 07:55:10 PM PDT

  •  From Firedoglake (3+ / 0-)

    Gaza Relief Vessel Estelle to Be Attacked by Israeli Naval Forces Tonight
    By: EdwardTeller Friday October 19, 2012 3:43 pm    

    A rapidly developing story.

    A Swedish-flagged, Finnish sailing vessel, the SV Estelle, is the latest boat full of supplies, international relief supporters, human rights activists, and progressive political figures to attempt to break the illegal Israeli blockage of the Gaza Strip enclave, a densely-paced enclave of misery sometimes called the largest open-air prison in the world.

    This afternoon the vessel passed by the Nile Delta and Suez Canal, on a course headed directly to Gaza City.  It has been followed for the past four hours or so by what are assumed to be six Israeli naval vessels, one probably a small frigate.

    •  From Gush Shalom (1+ / 0-)
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      "Even while the Prime Minister is considering bringing to his cabinet's approval the report of Judge Edmond Levy, which asserts that the Palestinian territories are 'not occupied', Netanyahu and his ally and rival Ehud Barak are ordering the Naval Commandos on a stupid resort to force, demonstrating for the whole world to see that there is an occupation, and that the State of Israel is extending this occupation into international waters in the Mediterranean.

      Among the passengers on the Swedish ship "Estelle", which is now being dragged to the port of Ashdod, are three Israeli peace activists - Elik Elhanan Reut Mor and Yonathan Shapira. They arrived at a boat a few days ago, going by speedboat from Greece and dodging the Greek Coast Guard. Along with them came on board the "Estelle" five Members of Parliament, from Sweden, Norway, Spain and Greece.

      In an email message sent to the Gush Shalom spokesperson Adam Keller, before Israeli Naval Commandos took over the Estelle, Shapira wrote that his decision to participate in an attempt to break the siege and bring humanitarian aid to Gaza, is a direct continuation to his taking part, back in 2003, in the "Refuser Pilot Letter". Previous to the publication of this letter, Shapira had served in the Israeli Air Force as a helicopter pilot. Shapiro has been detained in the past when he sailed on "The Jewish Peace Ship" which was stopped off the Gaza shore in 2010.

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