NGO ACTION NEWS
Global

· Coinciding with the season of Jewish High Holidays, from 4 to 19 October, the grassroots movement Women Wage Peace is organizing a “March of Hope” from all parts of Israel to Jerusalem, demanding a political agreement as the only way to ensure safety for their children. Solidarity events are planned in other countries such as Morocco, Jordan, Tunisia, Egypt, USA, France and Mexico.

· From 13 to 16 October, nine Palestinian marathoners affiliated to Right to Movement, a civil society organization with branches in Palestine, UK, Norway and Israel, are being hosted by the US-based Rebuilding Alliance for joint awareness raising and advocacy activities. On 13 October, the marathoners raced through Silicon Valley requesting Google and Apple to add missing Palestinian West Bank villages to their maps, which already feature illegal Israeli settlements.

· Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters issued a statement in support for the “Women’s boat to Gaza” which was intercepted by the Israeli navy last week.


Middle East

· From 26 to 31 October, during the olive harvest season in the West Bank, the Alternative Information Centre is organizing an international camp under the theme “Bridges Instead of Walls”.

· From 6 to 14 October, the Palestine Circus Festival was held in several West Bank towns including East Jerusalem. On 11 October, the Irish circus group Taking Flight travelled to Gaza for a four-day acrobatics training and circus culture exchange with the Gaza Circus School which was founded two years ago and survives on donations.

· The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre (JLAC) petitioned on 13 October the Israeli High Court of Justice, demanding that Israel release the bodies of 52 Palestinians buried in what is known as “numbers cemeteries.”

· Under the title “Narratives, Human Rights and Identities (in Conflict)”, the Swedish Christian Study Centre in Jerusalem invited participants on 13 October to a discussion about storytelling, ideological horizons and narratives of conflict.

· On 9 October, B’Tselem informed about the demolition of 18 Palestinian homes northeast of Jerusalem and in the northern Jordan Valley, stating that “a massive demolition campaign” has been waged since the beginning of 2016.

· An updated summary of punitive house demolitions covering the period from July 2014 to 28 September 2016 was issued by Hamoked at the end of last month.

Europe

· From 8 to 12 October, the Belgian-Palestinian Association hosted in Belgian cities screenings of “Obliterated Families”, a web documentary by French photographer Anne Paq about the 2014 war in Gaza.

· On 10 October, the Palestinian Return Centre held a seminar at the UK Parliament to discuss the prospects of Palestinian refugees in Jordan. The event was hosted by Dr. Paul Monaghan, a Member of Parliament from the Scottish National Party.



North America

· The 2016 Palestine Centre Annual Conference at the Jerusalem Fund in Washington is scheduled to take place on 11 November under the theme “The Palestinians: History, Agency, and Future Prospects”.

· On 3 November, Shawan Jabarin, General Director of the Ramallah-based Al Haq, will speak at The Jerusalem Fund about Israel’s exploitation of Palestinian natural resources.

· From 14 to 30 October, the Boston Palestine Film Festival will screen at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston Palestine-related documentaries, video art pieces and new films by emerging artists and youth.

· On 13 October, New America hosted in Washington an expert panel by Al Shabaka – The Palestinian Policy Network on “State-Building and Economic Development in Palestine without a Political Horizon”.


United Nations

· On 18 October, speakers from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Al Haq will hold a briefing on current human issues in the OPT including the use of excessive force and the need for accountability. The briefing will be followed by a Q&A session. It will be held in the ECOSOC Chamber, at United Nations Headquarters in New York at 11 am.

· On 14 October, the Security Council held an Arria-formula meeting on (“Illegal Israeli Settlements: Obstacles to Peace and the Two-State Solution”) with Americans for Peace Now, B'Tselem, and Prof. Dubuisson from the Free University of Brussels. The speakers urged the Council to move from condemnation to concrete international action to stop settlements and give Palestinians and Israelis reasons for hope.

· In a letter to FIFA dated 7 October, Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, reiterated the position of the Security Council which deems settlements a violation of international law. Ahead of its Council meeting on 13 and 14 October, FIFA had sought from the UN an opinion regarding the participation of Israeli football clubs based in settlements in FIFA-sponsored competitions.


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