NGO ACTION NEWS
Middle East

· On 19 January 2017, the Arab Centre for the Advancement of Social Media will hold the Palestine Digital Activism Forum at the Red Crescent Society Hotel in Al Bireh/Ramallah.

· According to an opinion poll conducted in the West Bank and Gaza by the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research between 8 and 10 December, the public perception that the two-State solution is no longer viable significantly increased during the last quarter of 2016, probably due to a rise in settlement activity during that period.


Europe

· Medical Aid for Palestine opened registration for the Cycle for Palestine bike ride from London to Glasgow, scheduled to take place from 4 to 9 July 2017.

· On 8 December, numerous European legal scholars issued a statement to defend the right to support BDS as a lawful exercise of freedom of expression, criticizing legislative measures to outlaw the movement.

· In November, over 100 trade union delegates from all over Europe launched in Brussels the European Trade Union Initiative for Justice in Palestine which seeks to strengthen ties between the Palestinian labour movement and European trade unions.

· On 22 November, the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies of the Fundación Promoción Social de la Cultura (FPSC) organized in Madrid a seminar on “The participation of women in water access and management: the case of Palestine", funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).



North America

· Registration opened for J Street’s national conference (“Defending our Values – Fighting for Our Future”), scheduled to take place from 25 to 28 February 2017 in Washington D.C.

· To mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December, Defence for Children International- Palestine and the American Friends Service Committee collected as part of their “No Way to Treat a Child” campaign signatures for a petition urging the US Secretary of State to hold Israeli authorities accountable for human rights violations against Palestinian child detainees.


Latin America

· On 6 December, the University of São Paolo organized in collaboration with Middle East Monitor a conference entitled “Brazilian Perspectives on Palestine in a Changing Middle East”.
Australia

· From 19 December until Christmas Eve, the Australian Friends for Palestine Association (AFOPA) is organizing a Christmas Sale at the Palestine Centre for Peace in Adelaide of food products, ceramics, glass and hand-made olive wood decoration from Palestine.


United Nations

· As part of its Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin, on 13 December, UN OCHA presented the first in a series of articles on the de facto expansion of settlements and its humanitarian impact on Palestinian communities, featuring the case of Asfar settlement in the Hebron governorate.


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