JOIN BDS SOCIAL MEDIA ACTION TO CALL ARTISTS TO WITHDRAW FROM BERLIN’S POP-KULTUR, SPONSORED BY APARTHEID

Please support Boycott from Within חרם מבפנים مقاطعة من الداخل and call remaining artists and bands follow the example of the five who have pulled back from participating Berlin’s POP-Kultur event because Israel’s local embassy is a partner in it.
 
There is three days to join the Thunderclap, which on August 23rd will send one message once in each social media platform message you decide to join in:
 
 
FROM PACBI ABOUT POP-KULTUR
 
“The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel salutes the artists who have cancelled their participation in Pop-Kultur to protest Israel’s sponsorship. As in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, a regime of oppression and racism should never be welcomed in cultural spaces claiming to advocate for openness, inclusion and human rights.
 
Israel conditions its funding of Israeli artists‘ international tours on signing a contractthat commits them to „promote the policy interests of the State of Israel via culture and art.“
 
One ranking Israeli officials has admitted: „We are seeing culture as a hasbara [propaganda] tool of the first rank, and I do not differentiate between hasbara and culture.“
 
Another official openly called for sending „well-known novelists, theatre companies, exhibits and writers overseas „to counter the international outrage at Israel’s human rights violations by showing Israel’s „prettier face“ .
 
We strongly condemn Pop-Kultur’s acceptance of Israel’s sponsorship as a conscious act of complicity in whitewashing Israel’s regime of occupation and apartheid.
 
We call on all participating artists to be on the right side of history, the side of the oppressed, by cancelling their performances unless the festival rescinds this shameful sponsorship.”
 

IPNOT QUOTE OF THE DAY August 19th 2017: The Testament of Qutayba Ziad Zahran(17)

This abridged text comes via Israel’s occupation forces’ Arabic account on Twitter, so there might be some questions about it and certainly by publishing it Israel’s occupation forces could be seen to be guilty of ‘incitement’ on the basis of how Israel itself defines it when it accuses Palestinians of it.
 
Dear family members… I have good news for you.
 
My precious father, forgive me.
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Here I have achieved my wish and I am about to die a martyr for the sake of God, armed with the determination of mujahidin (fighters). I have left this mortal world, rushing to the immortal life in paradise where I will meet God’s chosen prophet, peace be upon him, alongside prophets, companions, and virtuous people. You should know, my family, that I haven’t left you because I am fed up with you, or because you were bad to me, but only because martyrdom has called upon me after I have been wishing to obtain it for a while.
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My precious mother, forgive me.
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God’s consent is dependent on your consent, and my wish won’t be realized without this condition. My wish won’t be complete unless you remain patient and sacrifice me for God’s reward by considering me a martyr who died fighting for the sake of God, to make sure that God’s word is the highest word, and to take revenge for the martyrs of Palestine. Don’t cry over losing me, but rather utter trilling cries of joy because this is your martyr son’s wedding.
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My beloved brothers, forgive me.
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Be helpful to your mother and father and be patient and sacrifice me for God’s reward. Be firm and support each other, and forgive me if I had ever erred against any of you. Continue to cling to God’s religion and hold firmly to the rope of God.
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My beloved sisters, forgive me.
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Don’t forget what I asked you a few days before I left for the sake of God. Stay by my mother’s side and be sisters to Aisha and al-Khansaa.
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Forgive me everybody. If I failed to be helpful enough in life in this world, I won’t fail to be unhelpful to you on the day of judgment, God willing. The prophet promised that a martyr will intercede for the benefit of 70 of his family members.
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My will:
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My will for you, my family, is that nobody cries during my procession to paradise, but rather distribute dates and utter trilling cries of joy during my martyrdom wedding.
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And finally, I will say: see you soon in a paradise, whose width is only equal to heaven and earth and has been prepared for God-fearing people.
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Our last prayer is thanks be to God, the lord of the worlds.
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Living martyr,
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Qutayba Ziad Zahran
 

ISRAEL KILLS 17-YEAR-OLD BOY IN THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK

Israel’s occupation forces killed on Saturday 17-year-old Qutayba Ziad Zahran at the occupation forces’ military checkpoint in Zaatara in the Nablus district of the occupied West Bank.
 
The teen was from the village of Ellar / Illar in the Tulkarem district on the occupied West Bank.
 
THE INCIDENT
 
Israeli occupation at first claimed that Zahran had ‘stabbed’ occupation forces’ soldier in leg; it was soon revealed that the occupation soldier was injured from a bullet shrapnel fired by another occupation soldier.
 
The Israeli occupation soldier was treated at the scene by illegal Israeli settler medics; whether the shot teenager was given any medical aid is unknown. Israeli occupation made three announcements about his health in quick succession: That he was dead, that he was ‘critically injured’ and that he was dead.
 
The teenager had gone to the occupation checkpoint expecting to die, leaving behind a testament in which he asked for forgiveness and acceptance from his parents and his brothers.
 
Whether Israel’s occupation forces’ claim that he ‘battled’ one occupation soldier after occupation forces had supposedly tried to arrest him, before being ‘neutralized’, resembles what really happened, is an open question.
 
So far we haven’t seen any video material and the few photographs from the scene just show gathering of Israel’s occupation forces.
 
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IPNOT QUOTE OF THE DAY August 17th 2017: US ‘Alt-Right’ Leader Richard Spencer: ‘I am a white Zionist’

Richard Spencer, a white nationalist and de facto leader of the so-called “alt-right,” described himself to a reporter on Israel’s Channel 2 News as “a white Zionist” on Wednesday evening and argued that Israelis “should respect someone like me…”

“Let’s be honest,” Spencer said, when asked whether such slogans constitute anti-Semitism. “Jews are vastly over-represented in what you could call ‘the establishment,’ that is, Ivy League educated people who really determine policy, and white people are being dispossesed from this country.”

“… an Israeli citizen, someone who understands your identity, who has a sense of nationhood and peoplehood, and the history and experience of the Jewish people, you should respect someone like me, who has analogous feelings about whites. You could say that I am a white Zionist – in the sense that I care about my people, I want us to have a secure homeland for us and ourselves. Just like you want a secure homeland in Israel.”

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IPNOT PICTURE OF THE DAY August 17th 2017: Security Officer Killed In Suicide Bombing In The Besieged Gaza Strip

On the morning of Thursday August 17th a suicide bombing in the besieged Gaza Strip’s south-western border with Egypt led to the death of one Palestinian security officer.

Nidal al-Jaafari(28), a member of Hamas al-Qassam Brigades was killed and another security officer was wounded; the fate of the suicide bomber and his companion, who had approached the border from the Egyptian side, is unknown.

The suicide bomber detonated the bomb after confronted by the security officers, who ordered him and his companion to stop from walking further into the Gaza side of the border.

PHOTO via Shehab News Agency

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Hamas security officer killed, 1 injured in suicide bombing attack on Gaza-Egypt border 

IPNOT PICTURE OF THE DAY from August 12th 2017: Sit-In Against Closure Of UNRWA Hospital In Occupied Qalqilya

A sit-in was held at the entrance of the local UNRWA hospital in Qalqilya on the occupied West Bank on Saturday August 12th. The sit-in was a protest against UNRWA’s announcement that the hospital will be shut down.
 
Two days later UNRWA announced that the decision is ‘an interim’ one and instead of closure, spoke of a decision to stop taking in new patients, but the Palestinian authorities and protesters treat the decision as final.
 
UNRWA has defended the decision, saying that it can no longer guarantee adequate level of health-service in the hospital, which was opened in 1952. It cites the recent death of a child, which is being investigated, as the apparent final reason for the closure.
 
Behind the protests appear partly to be the implied belief that the closure is actually connected to funding cuts for UNRWA, under constant criticism and outright demands for its closure by the occupier Israel and its vassals.
 
Although UNRWA says that patients will be diverted to other hospitals and medical centers and that a local Qalqilya Health Center will continue to operate providing healthcare to 54 000 refugees, there’s a belief that the waiting times for treatment will be increased and that healthcare services overall will suffer.
 
PHOTO: Younes Nazzal / WAFA News Agency.
 
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IPNOT QUOTE OF THE DAY August 16th 2017: Benyamin Netanyahu’s Son Yair Attacks Antifa and Black Lives Matter As Worse Than Neo-Nazis

The son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said American left-wing groups are more dangerous than neo-Nazis

“To put things in perspective,” Netanyahu wrote on Facebook, “I’m a Jew, I’m an Israeli, the neo nazis scums [sic] in Virginia hate me and my country. But they belong to the past. Their breed is dying out.

“However the thugs of Antifa and [Black Lives Matter] who hate my country (and America too in my view) just as much are getting stronger and stronger and becoming super dominant in American universities and public life.”

Yair Netanyahu says leftists more dangerous than neo-Nazis