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South Africa’s lessons for Gaza

August 7th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Economy
    Haidar Eid, Al-Shabaka, Palestinian Policy Network, 2 August 2010

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Photo Matthew Cassel Does Gaza today resemble South Africa under apartheid?

The Palestinian national movement has overlooked this question: does the Gaza Strip resemble the racist Bantustans of apartheid South Africa? During the apartheid era, South Africa’s black population was kept in isolation and without political and civil rights. Is Gaza similar? The answer is yes and no.

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Canada’s immigration door begins closing

July 31st, 2010 | Posted in Beirut, Canada, Lebanon, Economy
    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 by Elie Nasrallah Daily Star

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    Photo: Tanya Traboulsi Sky over sea, Beirut, Lebanon.

Canada has always been a favorite destination for many Lebanese emigrants. However, the country is now changing its immigration policies and is beginning to resemble a club open to a chosen few who possess the required skills, education and selective criteria to enter.

Last June 26, Jason Kenney, Canada’s minister for citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, announced that to be eligible to apply as a federal skilled worker, immigrants must either have a job offer from a Canadian employer or experience in one of just 29 in-demand occupations.

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La situation démographique et économique de l’Entité sioniste d’aujourd’hui

July 24th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Economy
    18/07/2010 Dr. Salman Abou Sitta, As-Safir le 12 juillet 2010

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    Photo Travailleur palestinien à l’implantation d’entreprises.

Quelle est la situation d’”Israël” d’aujourd’hui ? Notons tout d’abord qu’”Israël” n’aurait pas été “Israël” si elle avait laissé tomber le sionisme ; elle serait restée la Palestine avec une minorité juive, aussi grande soit cette minorité. Il est alors inutile de chercher un chef israélien qui croirait aux droits des Palestiniens, il est inutile de chercher parmi la gauche ou parmi la droite israéliennes.

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Israel Grows Uneasy Over Reliance on Migrant Labor

July 24th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Economy
    July 4 2010 New York Times

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Photo Chinese construction workers at their camp on Tel Aviv’s outskirts this month. Their presence has increasingly clashed with Israel’s Zionist ideology.

Tel Aviv — Perched 22 stories above an affluent suburb of this prosperous seaside city, three Chinese construction workers inched their way along the arm of a crane last autumn and refused to budge. Facing deportation because of expiring visas, theirs was an act of desperation aimed at getting thousands of dollars in wages they claimed their Israeli employer had illegally withheld.

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Ireland: Tribute to the people of Gaza

June 2nd, 2010 | Posted in Economy
    Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, statement May, 2010

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    Photo: Free Gaza boats sail over the Mediterranean Sea.

I never cease to be amazed at the power of the human spirit to survive. During my last visit to Gaza in October 2008 I was amazed and deeply moved by the power of the people I witnessed. In a triumph of hope over adversity and tremendous suffering, love still abides.

Gaza comprises a small strip of land 27 miles long and 6 miles wide. This coastal strip is bordered by Israel on the one side, the Mediterranean Sea on the other and to a lesser extent by Egypt at the southern end. With one and a half million inhabitants Gaza is the fifth most densely populated place on the planet, 50% of which are under the age of 18. Two thirds of the total population hold refugees status, and comprise the victims and their descendants of previous acts of Israeli aggression.

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Interview: ethnic cleansing inside green line

June 2nd, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Economy, Environment
    Nora Barrows-Friedman, Electronic Intifada 25 May 2010

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Photo: Israel denies Palestinians in “unrecognized villages” basic services like water and electricity. (Yotam Ronen/ActiveStills)

Al-Masadiya, al-Garin, Khirbat al-Watan, Bir al-Hamam, Khashem Zana, Sawin, al-Shahabi, Wadi al-Naam and al-Mashash are all Palestinian Bedouin villages facing destruction by bulldozers and cement mixers as Israel’s transportation ministry plans to lengthen its Trans-Israel Highway southward into the Naqab (Negev) desert. This means that more than 3,000 Palestinian Bedouins could be displaced if an injunction filed by Israeli civil rights nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) doesn’t succeed in the high court.

Spokespeople for Bimkom (Planners for Planning Rights), the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and the Regional Council for Unrecognized Villages in the Negev, some of the groups filing the injunction, say that the Israeli government approved the highway construction without consideration for indigenous populations in the Naqab.

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Absence of human security has greatly impeded Palestinian progress

May 14th, 2010 | Posted in Economy, Politics
    United Nations Development Program May 9th, 2010

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Photo: Palestinian farmers prepare harvest materials under Israeli occupation.

Until Palestinians are afforded economic and environmental control, specifically control over macro-economic policy, trade, livelihoods, water resources and borders, sustained development will remain elusive, according to the latest Palestinian Human Development Report, released today by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Special Representative of the Administrator, Mr. Jens Toyberg-Frandzen.

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Palestinian Statement on Israel’s attempt to join the OECD

April 20th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Economy, Environment
    Boycott National Committee (BNC) – Palestine, March 2010

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    Photo: Palestinian boy walking in Gaza Strip.

A Vote for Israel’s Accession to the OECD is a Vote in Support of Israel’s War Crimes and Other Grave Violations of International Law and Human Rights

Palestinian civil society urges the peoples and governments of OECD member states to defer Israel’s OECD accession until it respects international law and the human rights of the Palestinian people and shows commitment to the fundamental values shared by OECD members.

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Adbusters: The Israeli Brand

November 12th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine, Corporate Media, Economy, Independent Media
    Adbusters by Craig Smith, October 2009.

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    Photo: Masser Faces within buildings in Palestine / Israel.

The public relations (PR) industry has made exceptional use of the communications revolution. But for all the globalizing effects of multinational campaigns, many brands seem inextricably tied to their home country. Injecting products into foreign markets has, to a certain extent, acted as a driving force in the way nation-states are perceived internationally.

Coke, Marlboro and Starbucks are inseparable from their provenance, and Brand America is intimately tied to its products. But consumerism alone doesn’t tell the story of how America is perceived in the world; military adventurism and moral exceptionalism undermine the feel-good aspects of consuming Americana. A nation’s brand is inextricably tied to its actions in the world.

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TIAA-CREF confirms Africa Israel divestment

September 13th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Economy, Politics
    Haaretz by Ora Coren, September 12th, 2009.

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Photo: Filippo Minelli. Open sky shining above Israel’s apartheid wall in Palestine.

The U.S. pension fund giant, TIAA-CREF, confirmed in statements to the media on Friday that it divested from Africa Israel Investments, owned by Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, earlier this year.

The statements came in response to a letter initiated by a pro-Palestinian group, Adalah-NY, and signed by TIAA-CREF clients.

The fund’s investment in Africa Israel amounted to only $257,000, so the financial effect of the divestment is minimal. The news of the divestment came as the Israeli firm was suffering a deep financial crisis, having recently announced that is unable to meet its liabilities to its bondholders.

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