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4 February, 2021

Spring flowers and confused figs


(anemones growing wild on the hillside)


(they're a bit early)

Links blog

✭Panel discussion with actor/filmmaker Muhammad Bakri following recent court (...) - Wahat al-Salam - Neve Shalom
My post on the evening for the WASNS website
#israel #film

2 Israeli hospitals announce promising separate "cures" for COVID-19:

✭14 of 16 severe COVID patients in trial recover with experimental Israeli drug | The Times of Israel
2 cases remain in critical condition 28 days after receiving Enlivex Therapeutics’ Allocetra therapy in Phase II trials, marking 0% mortality rate in both studies of treatment

✭Israeli hospital claims may have found cure for COVID-19
"Preliminary testing shows that 29 out of 30 virus patients in serious condition that were administered the drug, dubbed EXO-CD24, once a day made a full recovery within five days; similar treatment announced by Hadassah Medical Center"

✭At last, the regime that enabled Amazon's monopoly power is crumbling | Amazon | The Guardian
"At last, the regime that enabled Amazon's monopoly power is crumbling"

✭Brian Eno: Artists like me are being censored in Germany – because we support Palestinian rights | Germany | The Guardian
", in an unprecedented move, representatives of 32 of Germany’s leading cultural institutions, including the Goethe-Institut, have spoken out together, expressing alarm about the repression of critical and minority voices in Germany as a result of the parliament’s anti-BDS resolution.

Their joint statement says: “By invoking this resolution, accusations of antisemitism are being misused to push aside important voices and to distort critical positions.” A few days later, more than 1,000 artists and academics signed an open letter supporting the protest by cultural institutions."
#BDS #israel #palestine

✭For Palestinian filmmakers in Israel, it’s loyalty or silence
Mohammad Bakri’s story is the story of all Palestinian artists and filmmakers living in Israel who are trying as best they can to tell our story, and who are standing strong in the face of the Israeli establishment’s immensely powerful forces that try to turn us into a fig leaf. If we succeed in bankrolling our own films, we end up silenced.
#israel #palestine

✭Court indicts Palestinian terrorist for murder of Israeli woman
Indictment says Muhammad Mruh Kabha, who murdered Esther Horgen in December, smashed the mother of six on the head with a rock until she stopped moving in an attack he planned for over a month

✭Palestinians receive 10,000 doses of Russian COVID-19 vaccine
"Palestinians receive 10,000 doses of Russian COVID-19 vaccine"
(Donation from Russia).

#COVID-19 #palestine

✭Off-road, off-grid: the modern nomads wandering America's back country | Life and style | The Guardian
Across US public lands thousands of people are taking to van life, as featured in the Oscar-tipped film Nomadland

✭Over 300 million Indians may have COVID-19 - source citing government study | Reuters
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - About one in four of India’s 1.35 billion people may have been infected with the coronavirus, said a source with direct knowledge of a government serological survey, suggesting the country’s real caseload was many times higher than reported.
#india #COVID-19

✭Intercepted: Inside China’s Police State Tactics Against Muslims
A new report from The Intercept provides a raw glimpse into the persecution and sweeping internment of Muslims in northwest China’s Xinjiang region.

✭In the Cold and Rain, India’s Farmers Press Their Stand Against Modi - The New York Times
“They sold everything else. Only the farmers are left,” said 18-year old Ajay Veer Singh, who has been at the protest with his 67-year-old grandfather since it began in November. “Now they want to sell the farmers to their corporate friends too.”

✭Rihanna angers Indian government with tweet about farmers’ protests | India | The Guardian
The Indian government appeared to be angered by the celebrity attention on the protests, and in an unusual step it issued a statement that did not directly mention Rihanna or Thunberg but criticised foreign individuals for “rushing to comment on such matters” without a “proper understanding of the issues”.
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✭Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for two years and eight months | Alexei Navalny | The Guardian
“Someone did not want me to take a single step on my country’s territory as a free man. And we know who and we know why – the hatred and fear of one man, living in a bunker, whom I offended by surviving when he tried to have me killed,” he said of Putin.