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Fears Grow of Possible Massacre in East Khan Younis; Area Completely Cut Off Until Early Thursday

Palestinian Ministry of Health Report | July 24, 2014

The Khuza’a area of east Khan Younis was cut off from the rest of the city for hours on Wednesday night, with medics unable to enter, journalists forced out and Israeli military forces engaged in a ground and air assault that has been ongoing, and has now sparked fears of a massacre similar to the one on Sunday, in Shuja’eyya, in which more than 75 people were killed.

Early Thursday, Israeli forces agreed to let up the assault for an hour to allow medics to retrieve the bodies of the dead and wounded.

Doctor Yusef Abu Al-Rish, the Deputy Health Minister of Gaza, issued a statement that reads:

Another massacre is underway in Khan Younis, where relentless Israeli shelling and sniper fire are wreaking death and destruction on all that moves in the zone east of Khan Younis city.

The villages of Khuza’a, Al Fukhari, Abasan Alkabir, Abasan Al Sa’ir, Jarara, and Bani Suhela received no warning of the attacks, and no warnings to evacuate before the bombardment began at around 11pm last night.

The intensity of Israeli shelling around the Algerian Hospital in Abasan Alkabir shattered its windows, and led to its evacuation, leaving only the emergency department operational.

Despite residents’ frantic calls to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for help in finding a safe route and safe vehicles to escape, the ICRC was unable to get a response from Israeli authorities until dawn today, when five bodies and 17 injured were retrieved and taken to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.

An unknown number of dead and injured remain behind, as ambulances are prevented access.

Israeli military has declared the Khuza’a area a closed military zone, preventing even medics from entering it, but reports from Khuza’a stated that 12 were dead by morning.

The casualties in other villages are unable to be established at this time. Random shelling continues unabated, and Israeli snipers inside houses are attacking anything that moves.

Homes are being destroyed over the heads of entire families. Thousands have been displaced, many fleeing to the Nasser and European Gaza Hospitals.

Even hospitals are not safe, however. Monday’s attack on Al Aqsa hospital has left staff and patients alike fearing for their lives even within medical facilities.

The reality is that there is no safe sanctuary, for residents, patients or health personnel alike.

As they did in Shuja’eyya, the Israeli military is indiscriminately attacking civilians.

As they did in Shuja’eyya, the Israelis military is refusing to provide humanitarian access to the dead and injured, in clear breach of humanitarian law.

As they did in Shuja’eyya, the Israeli military is committing war crimes, with apparent impunity.

The Ministry of Health Gaza demands that the international community require the Israeli military to

1. Immediately cease all attacks on civilian targets in Gaza;
2. Immediately cease all attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Gaza;
3. Immediately provide access to the dead and injured, as required by international humanitarian law.

July 24, 2014 Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Solidarity and Activism, War Crimes | , , , , | Leave a comment

How Have Latin America’s Political Leaders Responded to Israel’s Siege on Gaza?

By Stephan Lefebvre | Center for Economic and Policy research | July 21, 2014

On July 10th, just two days after Israel launched Operation Protective Edge (the largest attack on Gaza in several years) President Obama released a statement in which he “reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself.” With a death toll now over 550, it is important to look beyond U.S. government sources for information and perspective. Foreign policy among the countries in Latin America conforms to the long-standing, overwhelming international consensus that opposes Israeli aggression and occupation, but it also reflects the region’s “second independence.” Over the last 15 years, most countries in Latin America have increased their ability to pursue a foreign policy agenda separate from the goals of the U.S. State Department. In the vast majority of cases, reactions to the latest hostilities are fundamentally at odds with the U.S. position, but they are also varied: many governments directly criticize Israel, using words like “crimes against humanity” and “genocide” to describe recent events; other official statements limit themselves to calling for a ceasefire and a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Some of the strongest statements were issued by left-leaning governments in South America, including those of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay and Venezuela. The government of Argentina issued a statement “strongly condemn[ing] that Israel — defying calls by the Security County, by the Secretary General and by the many voices of the international community – has decided to escalate the crisis by launching a ground offensive.” President Evo Morales of Bolivia announced that he had petitioned the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) to consider a case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for “crimes against humanity” and “genocide.” (Bolivia broke diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 over Israel’s Operation Cast Lead assault on Gaza.) The statement from Brazil reads in part:[1]

The Brazilian Government vehemently condemns the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, with disproportionate use of force, which resulted in more than 230 Palestinians dead, many of them unarmed civilians and children. It equally condemns the firing of rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel.

The foreign ministry of Chile released a statement that “strongly condemns the Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip,” also saying that “The reprehensible kidnappings and deaths of three young Israelis and one young Palestinian cannot serve as an excuse to initiate terrorist actions nor to attack areas densely populated by civilians.” Chile has reportedly suspended trade talks with Israel and is considering withdrawal of its ambassador in Tel Aviv over Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip. The Government of Ecuador released a statement saying that it:

strongly condemns the disproportionate military operations by the Israeli army against the civilian population of the Gaza Strip, which have left more than a hundred deaths [sic] and considerable damage to property and civil infrastructure, demands an immediate cessation of these aggressions against the Palestinian civilian population and called [sic] the State of Israel to exercise maximum restraint and act in accordance to international law and humanitarian law.

Uruguay issued a similar statement condemning the military attacks by Israel in the Gaza Strip, which “caused dozens of civilian deaths and injuries, including women and children, in a disproportionate response to the launch of rockets against the Israeli territory on the part of armed Palestinian groups.” The statement also condemns the “repeated [rocket] launchings that put the civilian population in central and southern Israel at risk.” On the whole, this was not positively received by the Israeli ambassador to Uruguay. Finally, President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela issued a statement lamenting the murders of three young Israelis, saying it is a case that “demands a full investigation.” He also rejected the attacks by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, saying:

the Bolivarian Government of Venezuelan energetically condemns the unjust, disproportionate and illegal military response of the State of Israel against the historic Palestinian nation and urges its government to immediately end this aggression which goes against international law and against the most elemental sense of respect for life and human dignity.

Clearly the language used by each country varies, but it is interesting to note that Venezuela’s response falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum in terms of condemning the Israeli siege. The Venezuelan foreign ministry issued a separate statement on behalf of the ALBA counties which echoes the Venezuelan government’s statement and reaffirms the ALBA group’s “unconditional solidarity, support and influence for the people of Palestine before this new wave of violence.”

Outside South America, several other countries issued strong responses, including Cuba and El Salvador. Cuba’s foreign ministry condemned Israel for “us[ing] its military and technological superiority to execute a policy of collective punishment with a disproportionate use of force which causes civilian casualties and enormous material damage.” El Salvador issued a statement in which the government “strongly condemns and rejects Israel’s increased armed aggression against the Gaza Strip” which caused the “loss of human lives, hundreds of injuries and the flight of thousands of Palestinians from their homes, besides serious material damage.” Also, the statement explains that the U.N.’s legitimate self-defense clause “does not justify the use of disproportionate military force against another State, much less against its civilian population.”

As an historical aside, the United Nations declared 2014 the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and several of the countries that introduced the resolution to the General Assembly were from Latin America, including Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guayana, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

Colombia stands out, not only in South America but in Latin America as a whole, for condemning the “acts of violence and terrorism” against Israel and its civilian population. They called on both Israel and Palestine to end the confrontations and return to the dialogue and negotiation. Colombia has not supported U.N. membership for Palestine, abstaining during the 2012 vote.

More measured statements were issued by the governments of Costa Rica, Honduras [PDF], Mexico, and Peru. These statements typically called for a ceasefire, a peaceful resolution to the conflict, and condemned both sides equally for the violence. Several countries have not issued official responses, including the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Paraguay. Panama’s foreign minister did not release a dedicated statement on the recent events, but received the Israeli Ambassador for a meeting to strengthen the bilateral relationship during which time the Panamanian official expressed concern over the rise in violence in the Middle East and expressed support for a peaceful resolution.

These statements clearly show not only that the vast majority of Latin American countries are at odds with U.S. foreign policy, but also that these countries are more and more able to articulate opposing views that challenge U.S. State Department narratives. Back in 2010, CEPR examined the region’s response to Israel’s deadly raid of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and then as now we found that there was a “hemispheric isolation of the U.S. on critical foreign policy issues.” While the era of U.S. supported coups and interference in the region is not over, significant progress has been made to increase national sovereignty and independence in Latin America, and these are changes that reverberate not just throughout the hemisphere, but across the world.

[1] In this blog post, estimates for casualties and other statistics included in official statements are quoted as written in the original versions, not corrected for the latest information available. The latest numbers for the death toll indicate over 550 killed since July 8, 2014.

July 23, 2014 Posted by | Solidarity and Activism, War Crimes | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Interview with an international human shield in Gaza

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By Roqayah Chamseddine | Al-Akhbar | July 23, 2014

Israel’s bombardment of Gaza continues, with a death toll that has reached 655 – and just as an array of munitions rain down indiscriminately on the heads of those living in Gaza, turning night into day and forcing the residents of one of the most densely populated places on earth into becoming mourners in an instant, Gaza’s hospitals are made to endure the incoming salvo of missiles as well as a crippling siege.

Israel has a well-documented history of deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure in Gaza and Lebanon – homes, police stations, mosques, power plants, sport facilities, schools and hospitals. On Monday in central Gaza the floor housing operating rooms and the intensive care unit of al-Aqsa Hospital was struck by at least three tank shells, which killed five, according to Al-Jazeera correspondent Stephanie Dekker in Gaza. Gaza’s Ministry of Health released a statement denouncing the attack and demanding medical facilities be protected and medical staff, who have also been targeted by Israel, be allowed to provide urgent medical care:

We deplore the escalating violence against Gazan civilians and civilian infrastructure, and demand that the Israeli occupation respect their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians, health facilities and health professionals.

We note that attacks against health facilities can be considered war crimes under international law, and call upon the international community and the United Nations to take immediate action to prevent further such outrages against the Gazan citizenry by the Israeli occupation.

Al-Aqsa Hospital was not the only medical facility directly targeted by Israel, but one of four – another casualty of Israel’s unrelenting assault on the people of Gaza is charity-run al-Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital, the only medical rehabilitation hospital in Gaza that treats and rehabilitates those with special needs and functions as a nursing home. On July 11, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) released a statement on the conditions around the hospital, relaying that not only had Israel fired “warning missiles” at the roof of al-Wafa but international activists were hearing missiles falling nearby Israel and so in an act of selflessness, foreign activists from the USA, Sweden, Spain, UK, Venezuela, Australia, New Zealand and France were maintaining a presence in the hospital so as to protect the patients and doctors inside. “The civilian population of Gaza is being bombed. We will stay with them in solidarity until the international community and our governments take action to stop Israel’s crimes against humanity,” states Swedish International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist Fred Ekblad.

Joe Catron, a freelance reporter who writes for the Electronic Intifada, Middle East Eye and other media outlets, is one of the ISM activists from the United States who remained inside al-Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital. He entered the Gaza Strip in 2011 as part of the first solidarity delegation to arrive after the fall of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, and has lived there since. Catron and I spoke by way of email regarding his experiences as well as how doctors and Gaza’s medical facilities are coping as a result of Israel’s continued bombing:

Al-Akhbar English (AAE): What is the situation on the ground in Gaza currently, and how are Palestinians coping?

Joe Catron (JC): The situation is very difficult. Aside from the rapidly-mounting deaths and injuries, tens of thousands have been displaced by Israel’s destruction of their homes, or shelling and airstrikes on their neighborhoods. With many businesses and charities shuttered due to the risks of commuting, obtaining even basic supplies has become difficult for many. And Israel’s attacks on electrical and water infrastructure have made these resources even more inaccessible than the ongoing siege already had.

But people are pulling together, as they always do in times of escalated Israeli aggression, opening their homes to the displaced and sharing what they have. It’s the worst of times; in a strange way, it’s also the best of times. Palestinians are rarely more united than during an offensive.

AAE: What hospitals have you visited and what have you witnessed?

JC: I and seven other foreign activists spent a week in shifts at al-Wafa hospital, the only rehabilitation facility of its kind dedicated to occupational and physical therapy in the Gaza Strip. After an initial flurry of five Israeli missiles damaged it on July 11, we hoped our presence might discourage further Israeli aggression against it.

Unfortunately, it was insufficient. After a week of telephone threats and heavy shelling of the area, Israeli forces struck the hospital hard on July 17, forcing the evacuation of its patients at great risk and leaving smoking craters in its walls.

Al-Shifa hospital, Gaza’s main and largest medical facility, is simply flooded. With new patients pouring in every hour, others are being discharged or transferred as quickly as possible.

On Sunday, four international activists accompanied rescue workers into Gaza’s Shujayeh neighborhood, the site of Israel’s largest massacre yet in its current offensive. Days of Israeli shelling have reduced this once-thriving neighborhood to an apocalyptic landscape of fire and rubble, bombed ambulances and demolished homes. We saw a young man trying to reach his family’s home and locate survivors shot by an Israeli sniper, then repeatedly shot again while prone on the ground. He lay only meters from us, but Israeli gun and artillery fire blocked us from reaching him.

AAE: What else can you tell me about the situation in the hospitals?

JC: Hospitals are crowded and chaotic, but also oddly inspiring. They’re sites to treat the wounded, but also for others to show support for them, their families, and the health care workers looking after them. A number of my friends here are doing what they can for the struggle by preparing food and bringing it to al-Shifa. Many political factions and civil society organizations are doing the same.

AAE: How are doctors dealing with what has been transpiring in Gaza?

JC: Doctors and other health care workers face grave challenges not only from a massive influx of new casualties and critical shortages of medications and other supplies, but also in threats to their own safety. Israel’s attacks on at least four hospitals and six clinics have shown that in its current offensive, they are its targets as much as anything else.

Hospitals and clinics face critical shortages not only of essential medications, but also of supplies as routine as bandages. In some cases, like Israel’s shelling of el-Wafa hospital, staff have been forced to abandon supplies in their facilities while evacuating patients, which hasn’t helped matters.

AAE: What do you want people to know about Gaza, in terms of this situation and beyond it? Anything else to add?

JC: Like most places, the Gaza Strip is a product of its history more than the news. The overwhelming majority of its population are Palestinian refugees ethnically cleansed from land now claimed by Israel. This is the single most important factor in its resistance to the occupation, and also the one most quickly obscured in mainstream reporting, which focuses instead, and almost exclusively, on the events of the day.

You can follow Joe Catron’s updates from the Gaza Strip on Twitter @jncatron

Roqayah Chamseddine is a Sydney based Lebanese-American journalist and commentator. She tweets @roqchams and writes ‘Letters From the Underground.

July 23, 2014 Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Solidarity and Activism, War Crimes | , , , , | 1 Comment

Human rights defenders under live fire, one dead

International Solidarity Movement | July 20, 2014

Gaza, Occupied Palestine – The Israeli military just shot a Gazan man trying to reach his family, during an announced ceasefire. He was with a group of municipality workers and international human rights defenders who were attempting to retrieve injured people in the Shajiya neighbourhood.

“We all just watched a man murdered in front of us. He was trying to reach his family in Shajiya, he had not heard from them and was worried about them. They shot him, and then continued to fire as he was on the ground. We had no choice but to retreat. We couldn’t reach him due to the artillery fire and then he stopped moving.” Stated Joe Catron, U.S. International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist in Gaza. “Shajiya is a smoking wasteland. We just passed two bombed out ambulances.”

The Israel military has also shelled Red Crescent ambulances as they attempted to retrieve injured people in the Shajiya neighbourhood, east of Gaza City. A ceasefire was announced, during which injured and dead people, could be evacuated from the area, in which at least 60 people have been killed today.

“They said we would be able to evacuate the injured from the disaster zone, but they have been shelling ambulances,” stated Dr Khalil Abu Foul of the Palestinian Red Crescent, speaking from Shajiya.

Now, the international volunteers, including some from the U.S., the UK, and Sweden, are in a rescue centre on the outskirts of Shajiya.

July 20, 2014 Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Solidarity and Activism, War Crimes | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hamas commends withdrawal of Ecuadorian ambassador from Tel-Aviv

MEMO | July 19, 2014

The Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas hailed on Friday the Ecuadorian decision to withdraw his country’s ambassador to Tel-Aviv in protest against Israeli aggression on Gaza.

Speaking to the Palestinian newspaper Al-Resalah, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said: “This is a very advanced position, to which the countries in the region have not arrived at.”

Barhoum described the withdrawal of the ambassador as a “courageous” decision.

Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said the Ecuadorian government condemned the Israeli invasion on the Gaza Strip.

“We condemn the Israeli military incursion into Palestinian territory, we require cessation of operations and indiscriminate attacks against civilians,” Patino said.

Barhoum also called for the UN Security Council to pass a resolution to lift the eight-year siege on Gaza and stop Israeli aggression on Gaza, which has continued for 13 days.

Ecuador announced Thursday that it was calling in its ambassador to Israel, according to La Informacion and El Universo.

July 19, 2014 Posted by | Solidarity and Activism, War Crimes | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From ‘God’s Wrath’ to ‘Protective Edge’: Israel’s Four-Decade-Long Assault on Palestine

By Derek Ide | The Hampton Institute | July 16, 2014

gaza1In Beirut on July 8, 1972, thirty-six year old Ghassan Kanafani entered into his Volkswagen for the last time. The prolific writer and editor of Al Hadaf (“The Goal”) was headed to the newspaper’s office. His seventeen year old niece Lamis Najm was with him. Not long before, he had penned these words to her:

“Dearest: You are rising now, while we start to fall. Our role is almost complete. The role of this generation was the shortest for any generation in history. We live in crucial times for the history of humanity and people are divided between participants and spectators… The battle is harsh and human capacity cannot tolerate this much. I, young one, chose not to be a spectator. It means that I chose to live the crucial moments of our history, no matter how short…”[1]

It was around 11 a.m. that Saturday when the explosion occurred, judging from the watch later found on what remained of Lamis’ hand.[2] Kanafani was a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the heart of the left-wing secular opposition to Israel. He was a noncombatant, and although pictures of Ho Chi Minh and Che Guevara adorned his office, he never personally picked up a gun against his Zionist enemies, despite having every right to resist the ongoing occupation by whatever means necessary. Yet, he still became a victim of Israeli terror.

The car bomb attached to Kanafani’s vehicle killed him and his teenage niece on July 8, 1972. The assassination was part of a secret operation known as God’s Wrath. The plan, carried out under the tutelage of Prime Minister Golda Meir, was intended to murder leading militants and officials within the Palestinian resistance movement carried out by Israel’s “Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations,” more commonly known as Mossad.

Operation God’s Wrath was a covert operation that utilized methods, such as car bombs, akin to what Arundhati Roy once referred to as the “privatization of war.”[3] Forty-two years later, to the day, after the car bomb killed Ghassan and Lamis, the terrorist state of Israel began a new public operation of a different sort. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Israel unleashed Operation Protective Edge onto Gaza, a much more hasbara-friendly initiative. This spectacle of sheer force – conventional terrorism, it might be called – had indiscriminately slaughtered nearly 200 Palestinians within the span of one week.[4] Seven days in and Israel’s casualties had reached a stunning zero.

Unlike the names of the three Israeli teenage settlers who were kidnapped and murdered not long before Operation Protective Edge was initiated, the names of the 192 victims of Israeli aggression have not yet been plastered on the front pages of every newspaper or the headlines on every television set. Sa’ad Mahmoud al-Hajj was 17, the same age as Kanafani’s niece Lamis, was murdered along with seven members of his family when an Israeli bomb destroyed their home in Khan Younis. Sa’ad’s brother Tarek, age 18, and his sister Fatima, age 12, died with him. Ziad Maher al-Najjar, 17 years old, was also killed in Khan Younis days later. 17-year-old Anas Youssef Kandil was murdered by Israeli terror in Jabalia, and 17-year-old Mohammed Isam al-Batash was killed in Gaza city. 10-year-old Bassim Salim Kawareh, 11-year-old Maryam Atieh Mohammed al-Arja, 12-year-old Qassi Isam al-Batash, all victims of this most recent terrorist attack. These names may not find their way onto the pages or television screens of major news outlets in the west, where Palestinian blood has always been worth less than Israeli blood, but they, along with all the other names of victims of Israeli barbarity, should grace the lips and enter the hearts of those engaged in the struggle for a free Palestine.

Thus, forty-two years after the terrorist state martyred Kanafani, its reign of terror continues. The world is a different place from 1972, however, and the voice of worldwide opposition is growing. Just as the movement against apartheid South Africa took decades to build, so did the opposition to the settler-terrorist state of Israel. Today, however, the movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS), put forward by Palestinian civil society in 2005, is growing at an even more rapid pace than did its predecessor. Across US campuses, student governments have passed resolutions calling for divestment, and victories in the name of a free Palestine have been on the rise.[5] While the puppet Arab leaders, sheikhs and Israeli pawns wring their hands, donate a pittance of their enormous wealth to clean up the aftermath, and send fighters off to die in Iraq or Syria, they cannot be the face of the Palestinian resistance.

As Ghassan Kanafani explained: “If we are failed defenders of the cause, it is better to change the defenders, not to change the cause.” Since his time, the defenders have changed more than once, but Kanafani’s cause lives on. For those of us who live outside the “harsh battle,” we too should “chose not to be a spectator.” Let us, like Kanafani, “chose to live the crucial moments of our history” and contribute to the struggle for a free Palestine. For those of us who face no imminent threat of retaliation, no fear of bombs dropping onto our homes while we eat with our families, no chance of a car bomb detonating as we head to our offices, it should not only be our choice, but our obligation, our duty, to support the movement to boycott and divest from the terrorist state of Israel. As Alice Walker, who refused an Israeli publisher’s offer to publish “The Color Purple,” once said, “Activism is my rent for living on this planet.” Indeed, when it comes to Palestine, it is time for Americans to pay some rent.

Notes

[2] Ibid.

July 16, 2014 Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Solidarity and Activism, Timeless or most popular, War Crimes | , , | Leave a comment

CALL FROM GAZA CIVIL SOCIETY: ACT NOW!

July 12, 2014

made-in-illegalityBesieged Gaza, Occupied Palestine – We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world, to act, protest, and intensify the boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account.

With the world turning their backs on us once again, for the last four days we have in Gaza been left to face massacre after massacre. As you read these words over 120 Palestinians are dead now, including 25 children. Over 1000 have been injured including countless horrifying injuries that will limit lives forever – more than two thirds of the injured are women and children. We know for a fact that many more will not make it through the next day. Which of us will be next, as we lie awake from the sound of the carnage in our beds tonight? Will we be the next photo left in an unrecognizable state from Israel’s state of the art flesh tearing, limb stripping machinery of destruction?

We call for a final end to the crimes and oppression against us. We call for:

- Arms embargoes on Israel, sanctions that would cut off the supply of weapons and military aid from Europe and the United States on which Israel depends to commit such war crimes;

- Suspension of all free trade and bilateral agreements with Israel such as the EU-Israel Association agreement; (1)

- Boycott, divestment and sanctions, as called for by the overwhelming majority of Palestinian Civil Society in 2005 (2)

Without pressure and isolation, the Israeli regime has proven time and time again that it will continue such massacres as we see around us now, and continue the decades of systematic ethnic cleansing, military occupation and apartheid policies. (3)

We are writing this on Saturday night, again paralyzed in our homes as the bombs fall on us in Gaza. Who knows when the current attacks will end? For anyone over seven years old, permanently etched on our minds are the rivers of blood that ran through the Gaza streets when for over 3 weeks in 2009 over 1400 Palestinians were killed including over 330 children. White phosphorous and other chemical weapons were used in civilian areas and contaminating our land with a rise in cancers as a result. More recently 180 more were killed in the week-long attacks in late November 2012.

This time what? 200, 500, 5000? We ask: how many of our lives are dispensable enough until the world takes action? How much of our blood is sufficient? Before the Israeli bombings, a member of the Israeli Knesset Ayelet Shaked of the far-right Jewish Home party called for genocide of the Palestinian people. “They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes.” she said. “Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.” Right now nothing is beyond the murderous nature of the Israeli State, for we, a population that is mostly children, are all mere snakes to them.(3)

As said Omar Ghraib in Gaza, “It was heart shattering to see the pictures of little boys and girls viciously killed. Also how an elderly woman was killed while she was having her iftar at Maghreb prayer by bombing her house. She died holding the spoon in her hand, an image that will need a lot of time to leave my head.” (4)

Entire houses are being targeted and entire families are being murdered. Early Thursday morning the entire Al-Hajj family was wiped out – the father Mahmoud, mother Bassema and five children. No warning, a family targeted and removed from life. Thursday night, the same again, no warning, 5 more dead including four from the Ghannam family, a woman and a seven year old child amongst them. (5)

On Tuesday morning the Kaware family did get a phone call telling them their 3 storey house would be bombed. The family began to leave when a water tank was struck, but then returned with members of the community, who all came to the house to stand with them, people from all over the neighbourhood. The Israeli jets bombed the building with a roof full of people, knowing full well it was full of civilians. 7 people died immediately including 5 children under 13 years old. 25 more were injured, and 8 year old Seraj Abed al-Aal, succumbed to his injuries later that evening. (6) Perhaps the family was trying to appeal to the Israeli regime’s humanity, surely they wouldn’t bomb the roof full of people. But as we watch families being torn apart around us, it’s clear that Israel’s actions have nothing to do with humanity.

Other places hit include a clearly marked media vehicle killing the independent journalist Hamed Shehab, injuring 8 others, a hit on a Red Crescent rescue vehicle and attacks on hospitals which caused evacuations and more injuries. (7)

This latest session of Israeli barbarity is placed firmly in the context of Israel’s inhuman seven-year blockade that has cut off the main life-line of goods and people coming in and out of Gaza, resulting in the severe medical and food shortages being reported by all our hospitals and clinics right now. Cement to rebuild the thousands of homes destroyed by Israeli attacks had been banned and many injured and ill people are still not being allowed to travel abroad to receive urgent medical treatment which has caused the deaths of over 600 sick patients.

As more news comes in, as Israeli leaders’ give promises of moving onto a next stage in brutality, we know there are more horrors yet to come. For this we call on you to not turn your backs on us. We call on you to stand up for justice and humanity and demonstrate and support the courageous men, women and children rooted in the Gaza Strip facing the darkest of times ahead. We insist on international action:

- Severance of diplomatic ties with Israel

- Trials for war crimes

- Immediate International protection of the civilians of Gaza

We call on you to join the growing international boycott, divestment and sanction campaign to hold this rogue state to account that is proving once again to be so violent and yet so unchallenged. Join the growing critical mass around the world with a commitment to the day when Palestinians do not have to grow up amidst this relentless murder and destruction by the Israeli regime. When we can move freely, when the siege is lifted, the occupation is over and the world’s Palestinian refugees are finally granted justice.

ACT NOW, before it is too late!

Signed by

Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions

University Teachers’ Association in Palestine

Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (Umbrella for 133 orgs)

General Union of Palestinian Women

Medical Democratic Assembly

General Union of Palestine Workers

General Union for Health Services Workers

General Union for Public Services Workers

General Union for Petrochemical and Gas Workers

General Union for Agricultural Workers

Union of Women’s Work Committees

Pal-Cinema (Palestine Cinema Forum)

Youth Herak Movement

Union of Women’s Struggle Committees

Union of Synergies—Women Unit

Union of Palestinian Women Committees

Women’s Studies Society

Working Woman’s Society

Press House

Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel

Gaza BDS Working Group

One Democratic State Group

References:

(1)    http://www.enpi-info.eu/library/content/eu-israel-association-agreement

(2)    http://www.bdsmovement.net/call

(3)    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.599422

(4)    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/why-im-on-the-brink-of-burning-my-israeli-passport-9600165.html

(5)    http://gazatimes.blogspot.ca/2014/07/day-2-of-israeli-aggression-on-gaza-72.html

(6)    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=711990

(7)    http://dci-palestine.org/documents/eight-children-killed-israeli-airstrikes-over-gaza

(8)    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/07/palestinian-journalists-under-israeli-fire-201471011727662978.html

July 12, 2014 Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation, Solidarity and Activism, War Crimes | , , , , | Leave a comment

Iran issues NAM statement, condemning Israeli aggression

Press TV – July 12, 2014

The chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement has strongly condemned the Israeli regime’s “organized crimes” against Palestinians, calling for an immediate end to blockade on the Gaza Strip.

In a Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) statement, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani who is the incumbent chair of the movement called on all regional and international circles to fulfill their legal duties to quickly end the Gaza blockade and dispatch humanitarian aid to the besieged enclave.

The Israeli blitz on the Gaza Strip over the past few days which has left dozens of Palestinians dead and hundreds wounded “has once again reminded the world of the sad tragedy of the Palestinian nation and flagrant breach of rules and principles of international law by the Zionists [Israelis],” the president noted.

“The recent acts of aggression have created an extremely worrisome and catastrophic situation, and seriously jeopardized regional and international peace and security,” Rouhani said.

He added that the continuation of Israel’s attacks and serious lack of humanitarian aid is feared to lead to a “big humanitarian catastrophe.”

The Iranian president called for an immediate dispatch of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

The NAM head also called for an effective international law mechanism to prosecute and try Zionist criminals.

He expressed disappointment at the UN Security Council’s inability to take urgent action to stop the ongoing onslaught, calling on the world body’s members to immediately fulfill their duties to end the brutal acts.

The death toll from the five days of Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip has risen to at least 122. More than 800 people were injured in the latest round of Israeli attacks on Gaza.

NAM is an international organization with 120 members and 17 observer countries and is not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. Nearly two-thirds of the countries of the UN are also NAM members.

July 12, 2014 Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Solidarity and Activism, War Crimes | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Palestine Solidarity Movement Demands Venezuelan Government and MERCOSUR Cut All Ties with Israel

By Arlene Eisen | Venezuelanalysis | July 11, 2014

Caracas – Hundreds of people gathered after work yesterday in downtown Caracas to protest Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” – the continuing massive bombardment of Gaza.

At the rally, speaker after speaker voiced outrage at the massacre of innocent children and other civilians and called for the Venezuelan government and MERCOSUR to cut all ties with Israel.

Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez cut diplomatic relations with Israel after its earlier war on Gaza in 2008-2009. However, the two countries have maintained commercial relations, and a number of Venezuela’s Latin American allies also maintain diplomatic relations with Israel.

On July 10, President Maduro expressed grief over the assassination of three Israeli youth and urged a thorough investigation of the crime. Then he went on to “energetically condemn Israel’s unjust , disproportionate and illegal military attack on the heroic Palestinian people”… and demanded the Israeli government immediately stop this aggression. Then, the President of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, called on the world powers to raise their voices against the massacre of the Palestinian people by Israeli bombs on Gaza.

An article released by the government sponsored, Venezuelan News Agency (AVN) also pointed out that private media around the world have contributed to the massacre of the people of Gaza by perpetuating the narrative that the military action is a “war between equals”.

AVN noted that Israel is a great military power while the Palestinian people in Gaza have no modern military resources. AVN added that Israel has surrounded and blockaded Gaza, keeping it under siege, since Hamas won elections there in 2006.

Calling for an end to Israeli Impunity

At the rally, and in a number of editorials, members of various grassroots organizations called for an international response to Israel’s “chronic and flagrant disregard for international law”. Hindu Anderi, winner of the prestigious Anibal Nazoa prize in journalism, delivered the main speech at the rally. She received prolonged applause when she called Israel a “terrorist state” that practices systematic murder to maintain its military occupation of Palestine.

The crowd at the rally included children and their parents, youth in kaffiehs and elderly people, Venezuelans from various political organizations on the left, and individuals waving handmade signs and articles picturing wounded children.

They grew more serious when Anderi reminded them, “Our solidarity with Palestine is not enough. We call for a total boycott of Israel by MERCOSUR, ALBA… All countries must put an end to diplomatic, economic, political and cultural ties to Israel. The only thing that will finally stop the terrorist state is to pressure US imperialism, Israel’s principle ally, to stop its support.”

The rally had been announced in government media and the independent left news website, Aporrea. News services had featured graphic photos of the mayhem caused by Israeli bombing. Editorials reflected a consensus that Israel’s international impunity must end. [...]

More information on upcoming events can be found on the University of Simon Bolivar’s Solidarity Facebook page.

July 12, 2014 Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Solidarity and Activism, War Crimes | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Updated – Protests around the world respond to assault on Palestine

Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

sfp12-250x250Protests are being organized in cities around the world to respond to the ongoing assault on Palestine and the Palestinian people, including the murders of Palestinians (including 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, murdered brutally by Israeli settlers), the bombing of Gaza, the mass arrests of over 600, and the raids, attacks, tear-gassing, invasions and closure that Palestinians are being subjected to. If a rally you know of is not listed, please email samidoun@samidoun.ca to have it posted!

Updated July 23rd

List your protest here

Montreal, Quebec
Wednesday, July 23
5:30 PM
Mont-Royal Metro
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/748130615250482/

Bonn, Germany
Wednesday, July 23
5:00 PM
Hofgarten
More info: http://abedkhattar.com/

Bremen, Germany
Wednesday, July 23
6:00 PM
Hauptbanhof
More info: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=477245202410205&set=a.117576195043776.19312.100003741896281&type=1&ref=nf

Genova, Italy
Wednesday, July 23
6:00 PM
Piazza De Ferrari
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/787893081260856/

Jersey City, NJ, US
Wednesday, July 23
7:00 PM
Washington Blvd (Counter-protest to Zionists)
More info: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=533596803407863&set=p.533596803407863&type=1&theater

San Francisco, CA, US
Wednesday, July 23
4:00 PM
Israeli consulate
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/262928467232073/

Des Moines, IA, US
Wednesday, July 23
10:00 AM
Federal Building
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/759801407403864/

Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday, July 23
5:00 PM
Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1507530086126085/

Austin, TX, US
Wednesday, July 23
5:00 PM
Texas Capitol
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/687476544621848/

Durham, NC, US
Wednesday, July 23
5:30 PM
Chapel Hill St and Main St
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1396765573879366/

Santa Rosa, CA, US
Wednesday, July 23
5:00 PM
4th Street and Mendocino
More info: http://nccpal.org

Bilbao, Basque Country
Wednesday, July 23
7:00 PM
Sagrado Corazón Square
More info: http://www.komiteinternazionalistak.org/index.php/eu/noticias/eh-internacionalista/1924-palestinarekiko-elkartasunez-beste-bi-mobilizaio-aste-honetan-bilbon

Firenze, Italy
Wednesday, July 23
9:00 PM
Piazza della Repubblica

Berlin, Germany
Wednesday, July 23
3 pm
Egyptian Embassy in Berlin
more info: http://www.palaestina-solidaritaet.de/2014/07/berlin-solidarity-with-gaza/

Tours, France
Wednesday, July 23
6:00 PM
Mairie de Tours
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1902410996566519/

Marseille, France
Wednesday, July 23
7:00 PM
Vieux Port (sous l ombriere)
More info: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203422387352555&set=gm.326234950864687&type=1&relevant_count=1

Bordeaux, France
Wednesday, July 23
6:30 PM
Place de la Victoire
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/300072606839831/

Paris, France
Wednesday, July 23
6:30 PM
Denfert-Rochereau to Invalides
More info: http://www.france-palestine.org/Manifestation-mercredi-23-juillet

Lyon, France
Wednesday, July 23
6:00 PM
Lyon Place des Terreaux 1er
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/443830102420565/

Toulouse, France
Wednesday, July 23
6:30 PM
Capitole de Toulouse
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/320346244800557/

Brest, France
Wednesday, July 23
6:30 PM
Monuments aux Morts
More info: https://www.facebook.com/anticapitaliste.brest

Nancy, France
Wednesday, July 23
6:00 PM
Place Maginot

Rennes, France
Wednesday, July 23
6:00 PM
Metro Le Blosne

La Rochelle, France
Wednesday, July 23
6:00 PM
Vieux Port devant la statue
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/571877162921497/?fref=ts

Lorient, France
Wednesday, July 23
6:30 PM
Place Aristide Briand
More info: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1490560601184614&set=gm.686560124731348&type=1&theater

Bradford, UK
Wednesday, July 23
10:30 PM
Centenary Square
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/673603086066156/

Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, July 24
5:00 PM
Los Angeles City Hall
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1447066265562967/

Oakland, California, US
Thursday, July 24
4:00 PM
Ron Dellums Federal Building
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/234129970130060/

Nottingham, UK
Thursday, July 24
5:30 PM
BBC Centre
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/667353843356046/

Roma, Italy
Thursday, July 24
6:00 PM
Piazza Vittorio
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/809035842462292/

Des Moines, IA, US
Thursday, July 24
4:00 PM
MLK & Ingersoll Ave
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/671350319615010/

New York, NY, US
Thursday, July 24
5:00 PM
Lower Manhattan
More info: http://adalahny.org/event/1179/national-day-action-gaza-march-thursday-500

Portland, Oregon, US
Thursday, July 24
6:00 PM
Pioneer Courthouse Square
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1444267752524992/

Cleveland, OH, US
Thursday, July 24
4:00 PM
Federal Building, 1240 E. 9th
More info: http://peaceactioncleveland.org

Woodstock, NY, US
Thursday, July 24
5:00 PM
Village Green
More info: http://mideastcrisis.org

Madison, WI, US
Thursday, July 24
11:00 AM
Capital Steps
More info: http://www.madisonsocialists.org/

Seattle, WA, US
Thursday, July 24
7:30 PM
Seattle Central College
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/493403387470104

Newport, UK
Thursday, July 24
5:00 PM
Chartist Statue

Brussels, Belgium
Thursday, July 24
6:45 PM
Rue Froissart 95
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1450581565221346/

Brescia, Italy
Thursday, July 24
7:00 PM
Piazza della Loggia
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/265372080336230/

Berlin, Germany
Thursday, July 24
11:00 PM
Hermann Square
More info: http://www.palaestina-solidaritaet.de/2014/07/berlin-nachtkundgebung-mit-kerzen/

Iowa City, Iowa, US
Thursday, July 24
5:00 PM
Pentacrest
More info:https://www.facebook.com/events/682622065147912/

San Francisco, CA, US
Thursday, July 24
4:00 PM
Israeli consulate
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/262928467232073/

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Thursday, July 24
6:00 PM
Harbourside Park
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/824980570847539/

Los Angeles, CA, US
Thursday, July 24
12:00 PM
Santee Education Complex
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1502767066625161/

Montclair, NJ, US
Thursday, July 24
6:30 PM
S. Fullerton Ave
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/771368149582397/?fref=ts

Olympia, WA, US
Thursday, July 24
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Various locations
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/659242280810659/

Warren, OH, US
Thursday, July 24
4:00 PM
Congressman Ryan’s Office
Courthouse Square

Mechanicville, NY, US
Thursday, July 24
5:30 PM
Hudson River Bridge

Tacoma, WA, US
Thursday, July 24
5:00 PM
D St/McKinley Ave Overpass over I-5

Corvallis, OH, US
Thursday, July 24
4:45 PM
Benton County Courthouse

Omaha, NE, US
Thursday, July 24
6:30 PM
Midtown Crossing at Turner Park
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/240725179469844/

Seville, Spain
Thursday, July 24
9:00 PM
Puente de Triana

New York City, US
Friday, July 25
4:30 PM
Times Square, Corner of 42nd and 7th
More info: https://m.facebook.com/events/743760239016219/?ref=22

Houston, TX, US
Friday, July 25
3:30 PM
Corner of Westheimer and Post Oak, Houston, TX

Vancouver, Canada (unceded Coast Salish territories)
Friday, July 25
6:15 PM
Vancouver Art Gallery
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/691825760852651/

Montreal, Quebec
Friday, July 25
5:30 PM
Israeli Consulate
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1473846162855504/

Pretoria, South Africa
Friday, July 25
1:30 PM
428 Kings Highway
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1444600715801889/

Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Friday, July 25
12:00 noon
Commercial and Terminal

Durban, South Africa
Friday, July 25
1:30 PM
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1444600715801889/

New York, NY, US
Friday, July 25
10:30 AM
New York Public Library Steps
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/686789004729070/

Los Angeles, CA, US
Friday, July 25
11:30 AM
Israel Consulate

Grand Rapids, MI, US
Friday, July 25
4:00 PM
Federal Building
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1444222959188701/

Palermo, Italy
Friday, July 25
8:00 PM
Piazza Verdi
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1459331067668115/

Brussels, Belgium
Friday, July 25
12:30 PM
Rue Joseph Vanderlinden 40, Uccle
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1461358397457589

London, UK
Friday, July 25
3:00 PM
Duchess Street (behind BBC Broadcasting House), March to US Embassy
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/269233609944348

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Friday, July 25
6:00 PM
Alberta Legislative Grounds, 10820 98 Ave, Edmonton

Sacramento, CA, US
Friday, July 25
4:00 PM
16th & J Streets

Atlanta, Georgia, US
Friday, July 25
4:00 PM
190 Marietta St NW, CNN Center
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/748517295214968/

Chicago, IL, US
Friday, July 25
4:00 PM
Richard J Daley Center
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1441089229490097/

Coventry, UK
Friday, July 25
4:00 PM
Coventry Council House
More info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coventry-Friends-of-Palestine-Group/348472765293519?ref_type=bookmark

Stuttgart, Germany
Friday, July 25
4:30 PM
Lautenschlagerstrasse 2
More info: http://www.palaestina-solidaritaet.de/2014/07/stuttgart-stoppt-die-aggression-israels-und-den-voelkermord-in-gaza/

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Friday, July 25
6:00 PM
City Hall
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1505147226381900/

St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada
Friday, July 25
2:30 PM
61 Geneva Street
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/520410698060109

Philadelphia, PA, US
Friday, July 25
4:00 PM
Israeli Consulate
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/614800058617183/

Blois, France
Friday, July 25
10:45 AM
Grand place de la Halle
More info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Manifestation-Blois-pour-la-Palestine/1446584832282710?fref=ts

Seattle, WA, US
Friday, July 25
4:00 PM
4th and Pine
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1507021212842999/

Kortrijk, Belgium
Friday, July 25
4:00 PM
Kortrijk St-Jansplein

Portland, Maine, US
Friday, July 25
1:30 PM
Monument Square

San Francisco, CA, US
Friday, July 25
4:00 PM
Israeli consulate
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/262928467232073/

San Francisco, CA
Saturday, July 26
1:00 PM
Justin Herman Plaza
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1480712518836310/

Dearborn, MI
Saturday, July 26
3:30 PM
Dearborn City Hall
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/765422090146963/

Bradford, UK
Saturday, July 26
12:00 PM
Bradford (Driving Rally)
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/690187064386068/

Swansea, UK
Saturday, July 26
11:30 AM/2:30 PM
Castle Sq. Swansea 11.30 AM – 1 PM Info Stall & Protest
Cardiff City Hall 2.30pm for March
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/314564288701081/

London, UK
Saturday, July 26
12:00 PM
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/263148077211393/

Rome, Italy
Saturday, July 26
2:30 PM
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1475889822651141/

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, July 26
2:00 PM
Queens Park Legislative Building
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/910802972279851/

Edinburgh, Scotland
Saturday, July 26
1:00 PM
The Mound
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1458548851064221/

Southampton, UK
Saturday, July 26
4:30 PM
Southampton Cenotaph
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1444169795846901/

Marseille, France
Saturday, July 26
3:00 PM
Vieux Port sous l’ombriere

Bordeaux, France
Saturday, July 26
3:00 PM
Place de la Victoire
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/300072606839831/

Lecce, Italy
Saturday, July 26
8:30 PM
Lecce
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/263385293867765/

Memphis, TN, US
Saturday, July 26
4:30 PM
Poplar and Highland
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/952367888122598/

Paris, France
Saturday, July 26
3:00 PM
Place de la Republique
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1443775662564724/

Gießen (Germany)
Saturday, July 26
2:00 PM
Seltersweg (Drei Schwätzer)

Seattle, WA, US
Saturday, July 26
Seattle Center
12:00 PM
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/665212870225672/

London, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, July 26
5:00 PM
Victoria Park
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/759801407403864/

Ennis, Ireland
Saturday, July 26
12:00 PM
O’Connell Square
More info: http://www.ipsc.ie/event/ennis-vigil-in-solidarity-with-palestine-ipsc

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Saturday, July 26
7:00 PM
222 Copland Crescent
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/673239206100688/

Brussels, Belgium
Sunday, July 27
2:00 PM
Bruxelles Gare Du Nord
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1434646573481952/

Jersey City, NJ, US
Sunday, July 27
12:00 PM
Journal Square Fountain

Dallas, Texas, US
Sunday, July 27
11:00 AM
3030 Olive Street
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1424123134514801/?ref=4

Montreal, Quebec
Monday, July 28
2:00 PM
Israeli Consulate
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/335745323246105/

San Francisco, CA, US
Monday, July 28
4:00 PM
Israeli consulate
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/262928467232073/

San Jose, CA, US
Monday, July 28
5:00 PM
Market and San Carlos Sts
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/921056234576823/

San Francisco, CA, US
Tuesday, July 29
4:00 PM
Israeli consulate
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/262928467232073/

New Orleans, LA, US
Friday, August 1
7:30 PM
Carrollton and Canal Streetcar Stop
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1445302115744961

Washington, DC, US
Saturday, August 2
1:00 PM
White House
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1505340756367346/

Lincoln, NE, US
Saturday, August 2
12:00 PM
Nebraska State Capitol
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1522061614679723/

Austin, TX, US
Saturday, August 2
1:00 PM
Texas State Capitol
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/869959109698145/

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, August 9
6:00 PM
Celebration Square
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1480697442177557/

 Albany, NY, US
Saturday, August 9
1:00 PM
NY State Capital Building
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/617078228390029/

 

July 9, 2014 Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation, Solidarity and Activism | , , | 2 Comments

Chomsky, BDS And The Jewish Left Paradigm

By Gilad Atzmon | July 8, 2014

In his latest article in The Nation, Noam Chomsky selectively cherry picks the facts that fit his preferred narrative, while ignoring and disguising relevant details that contradict his thesis.  One would expect an academic of Chomsky’s stature to perform at a much higher standard of intellectual integrity.

Reviewing Chomsky’s latest criticism of the BDS reveals that the MIT linguist borders on deception. It is especially fascinating to examine Chomsky’s tactics in light of the current violent events in Israel/Palestine.

Chomsky writes, “The opening call of the BDS movement, by a group of Palestinian intellectuals in 2005, demanded that Israel fully comply with international law by “(1) Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall.”

This is simply not true.  In July 2005 BDS’ first goal read rather differently – “(1). Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall.”

In 2005 the first BDS goal didn’t include any reference to 1967 as Noam Chomsky suggests. It expressed opposition to the Israeli occupation of the entire land of historic Palestine. This goal was very upsetting for Jews and especially distressful to members of the Jewish Left. For them, the meaning was obvious; it implied that the Zionist project was a pure land grab. Then, at some unknown date around 2010 and without any protocol that suggested a formal decision, the goal changed as if by ‘magic’ and the words “occupied in June 1967” were added.

Attempts to discover who, within the BDS movement, had made the change didn’t reveal any answers. We do know, however, that the change followed growing pressure from Jewish anti Zionists within the BDS movement. We also know that the change occurred when BDS formed a dependence on EU money and Wall Street financers such as George Soros. I would like to believe that Chomsky, who is a meticulous researcher who doesn’t miss details, is well aware of this change in BDS’ Goal statement. However, it may as well be possible that I am totally wrong and Chomsky was not aware of this BDS saga at the time he wrote his article.  

But what is really the difference between the original 2005 BDS goal that called for an end to the occupation of ‘all Arab lands’ and the amended call that specified opposition to land occupied in 1967 only?

The answer is clear. BDS was initially a forceful political tool aimed at delegitimizing Israel, but has now become an instrument of the Jewish Left used to legitimize the existence of the Jews only State. The recent considerable success of BDS in organizing a boycott of products from the settlements proves this point. By targeting the settlements, it implicitly legitimizes the pre 1967 Jewish State in accordance with the Left Zionist perception that the gist of the Arab/Israeli problem stems from the ‘occupation.’ The message of the Israeli Left is as simple as it is wrong: once the occupation ends, peace will prevail. But is that really the case? As shown below, recent events in Israel/Palestine prove the opposite. The violent clashes between the IDF and Arab Israeli citizens this week are well within the borders of pre 1967 Israel.   

It seems that the success of Jewish ‘anti’ Zionists’ in bending the BDS into submission served to increase the appetite of Jews-only groups. It was only a question of time until they asked for more Palestinians concessions.  In his article in ‘The Nation,’ Chomsky pursued just such a call.  He criticized the third goal of the BDS, “(3) Respecting, protecting, and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.”

Admittedly, the third BDS goal is uniquely weak. It ‘respects, ‘protects’ and ‘promotes’ the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes. If I were a Palestinian refugee living in a camp for more than six decades, I would expect my ‘grassroots’ BDS movement to demand my absolute ethical ‘right to return’ to my land instead of weakly ‘respecting’ or ‘promoting’ it.

Chomsky, however, advocates the opposite goal. He tells the Palestinians – forget about your return, just move on. In his Nation piece Chomsky recommends that the BDS abolish the third goal. “Insistence on (3) is a virtual guarantee of failure….this could lead to a ‘no-state solution’ – the optimal one, in my view, and in the real world no less plausible than the ‘one-state solution’ that is commonly, but mistakenly, discussed as an alternative to the international consensus.”  To clarify the deliberately obscure, Noam Chomsky advises the Palestinians to dump the core of their cause. And why?        Because of an alleged ‘international consensus.’

This obsession with ‘legalism’, ‘international law‘ and ‘consensus’ while ignoring ethics, morality and justice is typical of the materialist thinking inherent in Left and progressive schools of thought. It is, once again, the commissar advocating the ‘correct’ political  ‘action’ instead of adopting a humanist discourse driven by an authentic sense of justice and truthfulness.

We should remind Chomsky, the master of detail, that Israel actually holds the world record in ignoring international law, dismissing human rights and scorning UN resolutions. Israel chooses instead to invest its energy buying political influence in the west through its forceful lobbies. And no surprise, the same Chomsky who now recommends that the Palestinians abandon their aspirations to return was also the first to criticize Mearsheimer and Walt’s work on the Israeli Lobby and its immense influence.

The message to the Palestinian Western activists who worked for years to build a dialogue with the Jewish Left is simple and devastating – you went to bed with the wrong people. Trust in the Jewish left killed your resistance and seems to have killed whatever is left of your cause. Chomsky, on the other hand, may not be the sophisticated mind that some people believe he is, but he is at least dedicated to his cause – Chomsky is a light Zionist by admission. He promotes and operates within Jews only political cells. Chomsky is consistent. However, the Palestinians who for years enlisted his support were tricked into betraying their own cause and their people’s interests.

Recent events in Israel and Palestine prove beyond doubt that that Left Zionist paradigm has been thoroughly misleading. The clashes this week are taking place within Israeli territory in Jerusalem, the Galilee and Negev, not in the occupied territories, and the violence has little to do with the ‘occupation.’

The Award-winning Palestinian novelist Sayed Kashua, probably the best Hebrew writer and for many years a symbol of Arab/Israeli co-existence, expressed this realisation better than anyone else.  Kashua concluded last week that co-existence is  “a lie.” Following the bloodthirsty calls for revenge coming from all quarters of Israeli society Kashua wrote about the continued prospect of living together – “this is really the end, it’s finished.” For Kashua, an Israeli Palestinian the Nakba II is now, he wants to leave Jerusalem and never return. He has been ethnically cleansed by the Jewish State.

The verdict is clear. The occupation is not the problem; it is just a symptom of the problem. The Jewish state is a problem and it is a serious problem. The Jewish Lobby is an even greater problem and it is a global one. And as it seems, even the Jewish Left a la Chomsky is also a grave problem. At the very least it has been an obstacle that prevented the Palestinians from grasping the real context of their struggle.  

July 8, 2014 Posted by | Deception, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Solidarity and Activism | , , | 4 Comments

Israeli universities establish committee to fight “growing” BDS campaign

MEMO | July 8, 2014

Israeli universities have established a new joint committee to fight the academic boycott campaign, described by Hebrew University president Menahem Ben-Sasson as an “increasingly growing phenomenon”.

The forum was announced Tuesday by the Committee of University Heads, a body representing the country’s seven research universities on matters such as budgeting and wages, and currently chaired by Ben-Sasson.

The committee will be headed by Zvi Ziegler, an academic at The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and active in opposing boycotts since at least 2006. Its activities will include mapping out “the scope of the threat, gathering information on future potential boycotts as well as coordinating with relevant parties and institutions in Israel and abroad to minimize the damage”.

Ziegler stressed the importance of intelligence-gathering in fighting BDS, saying that “foreknowledge of boycott endeavours” would help “thwart the initiative before it stews”. He also said the committee would seek “information regarding cases of discrimination against Israeli researchers”.

According to The Jerusalem Post, while academic boycotts have so far “surfaced primarily in the humanities disciplines” there “remains great concern among Israeli universities and officials that the phenomenon will spread to encompass the sciences”.

July 8, 2014 Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Full Spectrum Dominance, Illegal Occupation, Solidarity and Activism | , , | Leave a comment

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