Although I woke up feeling rather gloomy this morning, the day has ended on what passes for upbeat at the moment: a tweet from the Campaign Against Arms Trade in reply to mine enquiring about the status of their case against the UK government.

In the midst of one of Operation Sturdy Edge’s failed ceasefires, the CAAT had announced that its solicitors Leigh Day would challenge the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for refusing to suspend 12 licences to export weapons to Israel. After reviewing the licences, the Business Secretary Vince Cable had announced that if ‘significant hostilities resumed’ BIS would ‘consider’ suspending them. This was despite clear guidance that if there is a ‘risk’ that the weapons might be used in the commission of war crimes the licences should be suspended. Needless to say, the power to revoke is intended to be preventative, not punitive. In other words, it’s meant to save lives.

Mr Cable’s conspicuously vague language raised eyebrows at the time, and I doubt anyone was surprised by his silence when the ceasefire was broken and hundreds more Palestinians died. Indeed, no one in the coalition government dared to utter a peep of condemnation for Israel over Gaza from that day forward, presumably lest it draw attention to their own complicity in the new civilian deaths. Or perhaps they just didn’t care.

I hadn’t heard anything about the legal challenge since mid-August so I tweeted CAAT a couple of days ago for an update. This evening they replied to let me know that the legal challenge will go ahead.

I have no idea what’s likely to come of this move, of course, but it is good news on two fronts. First, it’s a reminder that individuals and organisations needn’t wait for government or business to take the moral or political lead on Palestine. Whether it’s boycotting goods produced on stolen land through BDS or initiatives like this one, we have the power to act. And second, it might work.

On a slightly more sour note, yesterday evening I discovered that I’d been included on a Twitter list of ‘ugly women on the Internet.’ Unsurprisingly, this list was created by a New York based pro-Israel troll and when I had a quick look before blocking the creep I discovered that I was in very good company. His list included many of the women I follow who tweet regularly and passionately about Palestine. As such, the misogynistic loser had inadvertently created a rather useful inventory of the latest Israeli aggression.

Here’s what the media don’t call news in Palestine, with special thanks to Joe Catron today.

1. Council builds West Bank bypass on Palestinian-owned land, for Israelis only

An Israeli regional council has illegally built a road on privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank, allowing Israeli citizens to avoid traffic jams at a busy junction north of Jerusalem. The bypass is not accessible to Palestinians from the West Bank.

2. Prisoner rights leader Abdul Latif Ghaith banned from entering the West Bank or leaving Palestine

Abdul Latif Ghaith, chairman of the board of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, was again subjected to a travel ban by Israeli occupation forces on September 28, 2014.

Occupation authorities issued two travel bans to Ghaith, who lives in Jerusalem. He is barred from entering the West Bank for a six month period, until March 15, 2015, and from traveling abroad until February 23, 2015.

3. Israel’s water war crimes

There is a war going on and it long predates Israel’s summer Gaza onslaught. It is a war on water, and it runs deep. For the last decade, Israel has been carrying out a systemic and willful campaign to deny Palestinians access to clean water…

Under international law, deliberate targeting of civilian infrastructure is a war crime, and as of 2010, water and sanitation were enshrined as basic human rights. Israel has blatantly and systemically been denying these rights.

4. Prominent Israeli settler rabbi calls for “cleansing” of Palestinians

A well-known Israeli settler rabbi recently called for Israel to “cleanse” the territories it occupies of all Palestinians, according to the news website The Times of Israel.,

During a visit to Israeli settlers on 30 September in the occupied West Bank, Rabbi Dov Lior said that Israel “must strive to cleanse the entire country” of Palestinians, ostensibly referring to present-day Israel, the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip.

5. Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian Owned Olive Trees Near Nablus

The settlers cut off the branches of 100 olive trees owned by Palestinian farmers from the Bani Yasouf village, near Nablus…Local sources are reporting an increase of attacks on Palestinian farmers by Israeli settlers since the olive harvest season began three days ago.

6. Israeli Troops Attack Children, Invade a Village and Clash With Youth in Bethlehem

Israeli troops assaulted, on Monday afternoon, three Palestinian children near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem…

Troops detained the three boys and assaulted them with their rifle buts and batons, and then released them. The three children sustained cuts and bruises, local sources reported.

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