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Sat, 27 Dec 2014
General chronic harassment: West Bank: Israeli military invade Tequ and Budrus, storm houses, kidnap at least 9 Palestinians (inc. 14 year-old). Settlers with military escort conduct major harassment action in the Idhna area.
Fri, 26 Dec 2014
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli warships fire on fishing boats; soldiers fire on farmers. West Bank: Israeli military suppress demonstrations; block off village; storm houses; seriously injure 12 (inc. live ammo), kidnap 27 Palestinians (inc. 12 year-old). Settlers vandalize cars; settlers with military escort invade village
Two Israeli Border Police officers stabbed in Jerusalem's Old City near Lions Gate
Thu, 25 Dec 2014
Firebomb thrown at car in West Bank settlement
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Wed, 24 Dec 2014
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli soldiers menace border area with gunfire, kill one. West Bank: Israeli military invade villages, conduct harassment operations; seriously injure 3 (inc. 5 year-old), kidnap 23 Palestinians. Hundreds of settlers invade Kifl Haris, menace residents; stage provocative action at Al Aqsa mosque.
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General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli soldiers fire on houses in border area. West Bank: Israeli military invade several locales, provoke confrontations, suppress demonstrations, storm houses, issue orders for house demolitions; kidnap 18 Palestinians (inc. 12 year-old). Settlers with military escort invade Al Aqsa mosque courtyard.
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Mon, 22 Dec 2014
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli soldiers menace residents of border area with gunfire. West Bank: Israeli military invade several towns, conduct harassment operations, block off village, fire teargas into school; demolish 4 houses; kidnap at least 13 Palestinians. Settlers invade Al Aqsa mosque courtyard; assault farmers
Sun, 21 Dec 2014
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli warships menace fishing boats with gunfire; soldiers fire on farmers. West Bank: Israeli military invade several towns, conduct harassment operations, block off villages; seriously injure 4, kidnap 13 Palestinians. Settlers stage provocative action at Al Aqsa; settler cars run over 3 Palestinians
start of Strike by Palestinians who normally cross into Israel daily at checkpoint near Tul Karm to work
Sat, 20 Dec 2014
end of Israeli aerial bombing of Gaza Strip
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Fri, 19 Dec 2014
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli military fire on farmers in the border area; bomb farmland and fire on houses. West Bank: Israeli military suppress demonstrations; steal tractors; storm houses. Soldiers seriously injure 25, kidnap 11 Palestinians. Soldiers lockdown village for settlers to march through and menace residents.
start of Israeli aerial bombing of Gaza Strip
Thu, 18 Dec 2014
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli warships fire on fishing boats. West Bank: Israeli military invade Nablus and storm dozens of houses; provoke confrontations; seriously injure 2 (live ammo), kidnap 12 Palestinians. Settlers cut off electricity to village; settler car runs over 6 year-old; stage provocative action at Al Aqsa mosque
US Secretary of State tells 28 EU ambassadors that US will not allow a resolution on Israeli-Palestinian situation by UN Security Council before Israeli elections
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Banning Dissent in the Name of Civility

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Article/book #: 272649
Title: Banning Dissent in the Name of Civility
By: Chris Hedges  
Published in: truthdig
Date of issue: Sunday, 21 December 2014
Topic(s) addressed: People/entities mentioned in this item: Place(s) mentioned in this item:

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  1. Chris Hedges writes about the reaction to this article: Banning Dissent
Commentary

Abstract:

I had been invited to talk next April 3 at the University of Pennsylvania at a peace conference sponsored by the International Affairs Association, but last week after Truthdig published my column “ISIS—the New Israel” the lecture agency that set up the event received this email from Zachary Michael Belnavis, who is part of the student group:

"We’re sorry to inform you that we don’t think that Chris Hedges would be a suitable fit for our upcoming peace conference. We’re saying this in light of a recent article he’s written in which he compares the organization ISIS to Israel (here’s the article in question). In light of this comparison we don’t believe he would be suitable to a co-existence speaker based on this stance he’s taken."

Being banned from speaking about the conflict between Israel and Palestine, especially at universities, is familiar to anyone who attempts to challenge the narrative of the Israel lobby. This is not the first time one of my speaking offers has been revoked and it will not be the last. However, the charge of Belnavis and the International Affairs Association that I do not believe in coexistence between the Palestinians and Israel is false. I oppose violence by either party. I have condemned Hamas rocket attacks as war crimes. And I support Israel’s right to exist within the pre-1967 borders. The charge that I oppose coexistence cannot be substantiated by anything I have said or written. And those of us who call on Israel to withdraw to the pre-1967 borders are, after all, only demanding what is required by international law and numerous U.N. resolutions. (...)

Dershowitz has called on Israel to use bulldozers to demolish entire Palestinian villages, rather than individual houses, in retaliation for Palestinian terrorist attacks, although collective punishment violates international law. In another context he defends the use of torture and proposes methods that include shoving a “sterilized needle underneath the nail.” He lambastes as an anti-Semite nearly everyone who has criticized the Israeli state; he once said “there is a special place in hell” for former President Jimmy Carter and that South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is “one of the most evil men in the world.” (/B>











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