As Mondoweiss and others outside the propaganda apparatus known as the ‘mainstream media’ report, seems the Israeli government decided to celebrate Nakba (catastrophe) day – which marks the expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and the slaughter of thousands more by terrorist militias – by imposing a travel ban on Omar Barghouti, a founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

What better way to remind the world of its total control over Palestinians’ freedom of movement, and to expose its deep anxiety about growing civil society demands for Israel to reject its ethno-nationalist ambitions and denial of Palestinian rights, than to make a martyr of a high-profile advocate of the non-violent tools that helped bring down South African apartheid? Top marks for chutzpah. Wisdom? Not so much.

Here’s an excerpt from the Mondoweiss piece; you can read the rest here.

The travel ban follows thinly-veiled incitement to physical violence against Barghouti and BDS activists by Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz and Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan. Katz called on Israel to engage in ‘targeted civil eliminations’ [read: the ever-popular smear campaigns] of BDS leaders, while Erdan described BDS activists and leaders as threats and called for them to ‘pay the price’ for their work, following this with a clarification that he does not mean ‘physical harm’. Defending ‘campaigns to hold Israel accountable for human rights and other international law violations,’ Amnesty International has expressed its concern for ‘the safety and liberty of Palestinian human rights defender Omar Barghouti’ following these threats, ‘including of physical harm and deprivation of basic rights’.

And here’s the Stanford University lecture Barghouti gave via Skype in April, after Israeli authorities stopped him from travelling to California to present it in person.

Speaking of chutzpah, here’s ‘Why I put myself in danger to tell the stories of Gaza’, a Ted talk by Ameera Harouda, Gaza’s first female ‘fixer’. If you need a reminder of what’s at stake, listen out for the bit where she talks about the photos she takes each day with her kids.

And finally, this is what Nakba day means to many Palestinians:

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