The YMCA-YWCA Joint Advocacy Initiative issues this bi-weekly newsletter to keep you updated on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories related to the Israeli occupation.
Hamas, Fatah sign reconciliation agreement in Cairo
Palestinian political parties Hamas and Fatahsigned a reconciliation deal in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Thursday, as part of an effort to end a decade-long rift.
The announcement comes after representatives from Hamas and the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) convened in Cairo on Tuesday to implement a unity agreement that was signed in 2011 but not put into action.
At a press conference, head of the PA delegation Azzam Al-Ahmad said the two sides agreed that the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza would be operated by the presidential guards of PA President Mahmoud Abbas by November 1.
The First Amendment squarely protects the right to boycott. Lately, though, a legislative assault on that right has been spreading through the United States – designed to stamp out constitutionally protected boycotts of Israel.
In a landmark decision from 1982, the Supreme Court ruled that an NAACP boycott of white-owned businesses in Mississippi, to protest segregation and racial injustice, was a protected form of free association and free expression. As the court recognized, political boycotts empower individuals to collectively express their dissatisfaction with the status quo and advocate for political, social, and economic change. These are precisely the freedoms the Constitution is meant to protect.
Shireen Issawi released after occupation forces detain her again, tear posters; fifth Palestinian woman ordered to administrative detention
Palestinian lawyer and human rights defender Shireen Issawi was released on Tuesday, 17 October after 43 months in Israeli prisons. Issawi, the sister of fellow prisoners Medhat and Samer Issawi and the spokesperson for her brother Samer's campaign during his lengthy hunger strike, served 43 months in Israeli prison.
On Tuesday, Issawi's freedom did not come easily; Issawi was seized after being released from Damon prison by occupation forces and taken to the Moskobiyeh interrogation center as her brother Shadi was also taken for questioning. At the same time that she was interrogated, as her family waited for the celebration of her release in Issawiyeh in Jerusalem, occupation forces attacked the home, tearing down posters welcoming Shireen and her freedom.
"They re-arrested me with the aim of upsetting my family's joy at my release and I decided not to allow them to do so," said Issawi to Al-Jazeera. "We are a people living under occupaiton and we have a right to rejoice."
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