NGO ACTION NEWS
· In a press release issued on 31 August, Peace Now warned about the potential implications of establishing a municipal services administration for Jewish settlers in Hebron (“Official Status Granted to Hebron Settlers by Civil Administration”).
· On 29 August, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights reported the death of two female cancer patients from Gaza who had been waiting for exit permits from the Israeli authorities in order to be able to access adequate medical treatment in East Jerusalem.
· On 27 August, Adalah-The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Al Mezan and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) issued a press release demanding a response to their appeal against the closure of the investigation into the killing of four children during the 2014 Gaza war (“Israeli AG fails to respond – for two years – to appeals against closure of investigation into Bakr boys’ killings during 2014 Gaza war”).
· Starting in August, the 2017 Women’s Leadership Incubator, a project initiated by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor to strengthen the sensitivity of civil society to women’s rights and needs, will be implemented in the Gaza Strip in partnership with local NGOs.
· On 20 October, Prof. David Palumbo-Liu, Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University, will deliver at The Jerusalem Fund in Washington, D.C. the 2017 Edward Said Memorial Lecture (“Literature, Empathy, and Rights”).
· Al Shabaka - The Palestinian Policy Network issued on 31 August “Focus On: PLO and Palestinian Representation” featuring pieces by different analysts, and on 27 August a policy brief by academics Andi Clarno and Haidar Eid entitled “Rethinking our Definition of Apartheid: Not Just a Political Regime”.
· On 29 August, Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen, Director of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Programme at the United States Institute of Peace, shared her thoughts about “Two States - or Not – for Israelis and Palestinians?”
· On 29 August, Jewish Voice for Peace reported that prominent US writers, playwrights and publishers had issued statements in support of Dareen Tatour, a Palestinian citizen of Israel charged with incitement to violence, apparently over a poem she posted online with the title “Resist, My People, Resist Them”.
· Churches for Middle East Peace contributed to the #Gaza51days campaign launched by Just World Educational an article entitled “The Christian Community in Gaza: Faith under Pressure”.
· While witnessing one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises he had seen in many years working with the United Nations, in his remarks to the press at an UNRWA school in Gaza, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated on 30 August that “the solution for the problems of the people of Gaza is not humanitarian”.
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