NGO ACTION NEWS
· This year’s edition of the biennial exhibition of contemporary Palestinian art, focusing on the right of return, entitled “Qalandia International 2016: This Sea is Mine”, opened in Haifa, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Beirut, Amman, and London.
· According to the findings of an investigation released by Defence for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) on 4 October, the teenager killed in a stone-throwing incident next to the fence surrounding Gaza on 9 September had been hit in the head by an illumination flare cartridge that ignited, setting him on fire. Earlier, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) had reportedly stated that while their forces were in the area at the time of the incident, they had used tear gas, not live fire.
· From 3 to 28 October, “The Long Journey” travelling exhibition, which has already been shown in New York, Jerusalem and Rome among others, will be on display at the Atrium City Hall in The Hague. The exhibition features selected photographs from the UNRWA Audiovisual Archive and showcases the EU support for the human development, humanitarian and protection needs of Palestine refugees since 1949.
· On 5 October, the “Women’s Boat to Gaza”, carrying 13 civil society activists with the goal to break the Israeli blockade, was reportedly intercepted by the Israeli Navy 35 nautical miles off the coast of the Gaza Strip and towed to the Israeli port of Ashdod. A statement signed by 45 Members of the European Parliament the same day called on governments to support the right to unimpeded passage for peaceful civilian navigation and freedom of movement for Gazans.
· On 4 October, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign reported that its accounts had been closed last week by the Bank of Ireland.
· On 17 October, members of The Freedom Theatre of Jenin will discuss at the Jerusalem Fund in Washington the role of creative work as a means of resisting the occupation (“Palestine in Focus: Art as Resistance at The Freedom Theatre of Jenin”). On 11 October, a panel discussion entitled “Against Israel’s Colonial Tide: Palestinian Initiatives to Shape their Future” with Nadia Hijab, Nur Arefeh and Tareq G. Baconi from Al Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network is scheduled to take place.
· On 11 October, Ali Abu Awwad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, directors of the nonviolent conflict transformation initiative Roots, will be holding at the US Congress, in Washington, D.C. a briefing sponsored by Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) and Global Peace Foundation USA. The talk is part of an US speaking tour.
· On 6 October, the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) released a new report (“The Obscured Role of Women in Nonviolent Movements”) with a panel discussion featuring Julia Bacha, creative director of Just Vision. Julia Bacha recently gave a TED Talk entitled “How Women Wage Conflict Without Violence” focusing on Israel and Palestine and is currently finalizing a documentary about women who led nonviolent civil resistance during the First Intifada.
· In support of a Recognize Palestine Walk from Sidney to Canberra, from 2 to 11 October, the Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA) will be collecting signatures for a petition to be delivered to the House of Representatives asking the Australian Government to formally recognize the State of Palestine.
· On 14 October, an “Arria formula” Security Council meeting on Israeli settlements, co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Angola, Egypt, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela, is scheduled to take place. UN-accredited NGOs can attend as well.
· On 3 October, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, adopted its annual report for submission to the GA and heard a briefing on economic developments in the OPT and the economic costs of the occupation, delivered by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
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