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As Gaza Protests Resume, Urgent Call for Israeli Soldiers to Disobey 'Patently Illegal' Orders to Shoot Unarmed Demonstrators

Gaza protests: call for Israeli soldiers to disobey ordersAs anti-occupation protests kicked off once more in Gaza on Friday just a week after Israeli soldiers massacred 17 Palestinians and injured over a thousand more, the prominent human rights group B'Tselem launched its first-ever ad campaign calling on Israeli soldiers to disobey "patently illegal" orders to shoot unarmed demonstrators.

"The use of live ammunition against unarmed persons who pose no danger to anyone is unlawful," B'Tselem noted in a statement on Thursday. "It is even more blatantly unlawful in the case of soldiers firing from a great distance at demonstrators located on the other side of the fence that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip."


Israeli authorities block airport ads urging women to refuse to give up seats

Israel removes ads telling women not to give up their seat

Israel’s airports authority has refused to display adverts informing female passengers that it is illegal for airline staff to ask them to move seats at the behest of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men.

The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) had planned to display the billboard ads at Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, during Passover, the Jewish holiday that ends on Saturday.

IRAC’s ad campaign follows a court ruling in June in favour of an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor, Renee Rabinowitz, who sued Israel’s national airline, El Al, for gender discrimination. Cabin crew had asked her to move when an ultra-Orthodox man refused to take his seat next to her.


Netanyahu cancels U.N. deal to resettle African migrants

Netanyahu cancels Un deal on African immigrantsHours after signing a deal with the United Nations to resettle African asylum seekers, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday he'd cancel the agreement.

The deal, which Netanyahu announced on Monday, would have stopped the forced deportation of 16,000 African migrants from Israel to African countries and would've instead sent them to Western countries. Another 16,000 migrants would've been offered the opportunity to live in Israel for five more years.


California AG issues guidelines to protect undocumented students from ICE

 California Attorney General Xavier Becerra California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Friday issued guidelines for public schools to protect undocumented immigrants on campus from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The guide provides recommendations for how to respond to information requests regarding immigration status; a warrant or court order regarding immigration enforcement; immigration agents requesting access to school grounds; hate crimes related to national origin; and the detention of a student's family member.



Israel ends deportation policy affecting African migrants

Israel scraps deportation of AfricansIsrael announced Monday the cancellation of a policy by which it would deport African migrants to African countries -- sending them instead to Western countries.

The Israeli government said it reached a deal to scrap the contentious plan after it met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

About 38,000 migrants were originally given the option of indefinite imprisonment in Israel, or $3,500 and a plane ticket to their home countries -- or to Rwanda or Uganda, countries with which Israel arranged an agreement to take migrants.

Most of the migrants are seeking asylum and currently live in camps near Tel Aviv while doing menial work in Israeli cities.



US blocks UNSC statement on Israel's use of force on Land Day

Land Day deaths probe by UN stopped by US

The United States has blocked a draft statement by the United Nations Security Council that called for an investigation into the killing of 17 unarmed Palestinian protesters near the Gaza Strip's eastern border.

The statement, which was proposed by Kuwait, demanded an "independent and transparent investigation" under international law into the bloody events on Friday's Land Day protests.


Court: Trump administration can't block immigrant teens from obtaining abortions

Dept. of health and Human servicesA federal court in Washington told the Trump administration Friday the government can't interfere with the ability of pregnant teens in the country illegally and being held in federal custody to obtain abortions.

The court issued an order Friday evening barring the government from "interfering with or obstructing" pregnant immigrant children in federal custody from accessing abortion counseling or abortions, among other things, while a lawsuit proceeds.

Lawyers for the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for sheltering children who illegally enter the country unaccompanied by a parent, had said the department has a policy of "refusing to facilitate" abortions.



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