All posts in category 'Repression'

Tutu calls on Israel to release Palestinian

September 21st, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Repression
    Ma’an news September 2010.

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    Photo Time Anti-Apartheid activist Bishop Desmond M. Tutu.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa expressed concern Saturday over the conviction of a Palestinian anti-wall campaign leader by an Israeli military court for his involvement in non-violent protests.

“I am deeply concerned about the conviction earlier this week of Abdallah Abu Rahmah by an Israeli military court. When I met him with my fellow Elders last year, we were very impressed by his commitment to non-violence and the wise leadership he showed,” Tutu said in a statement.

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Palestinian hip-hop artist surrounded by gunmen in Israeli airport

September 10th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine, Politics, Repression
    September 9, 2010. Detroit HipHop news

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    Photo Matthew Cassel Shadia Mansour at Chicago concert.

British-born Palestinian Hip Hop artist, Shadia Mansour was surrounded by airport security and “intelligence officers” armed with guns on Saturday, September 4, 2010, in Ben Gurion Airport, Israel.

Ms. Mansour was told to return to her luggage after a usual baggage xray and multiple searches, when eight agents ran towards her, weapons drawn and pointed, they aggressively kicked away her bags and surrounded her.

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Peace Talks in the Shadow of Demolitions

August 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Repression
    BADIL statement August 2010

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    Photo Remains of Palestinian home destroyed via Israeli demolition policies.

While President Barack Obama pressures Palestinians to re-engage in direct peace talks, and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu loftily counsels President Mahmoud Abbas not to miss the opportunity, recent demolitions within the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel continue unabated and unaddressed.

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Uribe’s appointment to flotilla probe guarantees its failure

August 9th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Repression, Solidarity
    José Antonio Gutiérrez and David Landy, Electronic Intifada, 6 August 2010

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    Photo Upside Down World Yankees get out of Colombia and the World

At the beginning of this month the Israeli government announced it would cooperate with one out of two international UN-sponsored investigation commissions into the 31 May Gaza Freedom Flotilla massacre, a move which UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon claimed was “unprecedented.” However, the details of this commission and who will take part in it — particularly the notorious outgoing president of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe Vélez — cast doubt over its impartiality.

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“Gaza is a man-made crisis”

August 7th, 2010 | Posted in Culture, Palestine, Economy, Egypt, Repression
    Report, IRIN 5 August 2010

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Photo IRIN Suhair Karam: The UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) says 222,000 children are enrolled in its schools in Gaza.

Gaza City, occupied Gaza Strip (IRIN) – The quality of life, the economy and food security for Palestinians living in Gaza have been severely impaired by Israel’s strict four-year blockade, according to the UN.

Israel says its closure regime is designed to protect Israeli citizens from attacks by militants in Gaza. Hamas, the ruling group in Gaza, says Israel’s blockade is aimed at undermining its rule.

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Palestinians face being walled by Israeli security barrier

July 24th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Repression
    guardian.co.uk Harriet Sherwood in Al Walaja Thursday 8 July 2010

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    Photo Israeli apartheid wall colonizing Palestinian lands.

Sixty-three-year-old Ahmed Bargouth sits in the shade of a walnut tree and contemplates the view before him.

Across the valley is Jerusalem’s zoo, which his grandchildren have never been able to visit, although they have watched animals through binoculars.

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A Palestinian arrest so ridiculous even the Israeli judges smiled

April 14th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Politics, Prisoners, Repression
    Haaretz by Amira Hass. 15/02/2010

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    Photo Palestinian child next to fruit stall in the streets of Jerusalem.

Something about 12-year-old Bassam caused two Israelis to smile. Two Palestinians noticed, but did not remember their smiles as being disparaging or arrogant. On the contrary. The Palestinians regarded the smiles as a rare moment in which two Israelis – and not just any Israelis, but military judges – realized how ridiculous the situation was.

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Prison letter from Abdallah Abu Rahmah

February 20th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Politics, Prisoners, Repression, Solidarity

letter from Bil’in’s Abdallah Abu Rahmah was shared from his prison cell to his lawyers

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    Photo: Barbed wire sky in Israeli prison.

Dear Friends and Supporters, It has been two months now since I was handcuffed, blindfolded and taken from my home. Today news has reached Ofer Military Prison that the apartheid wall on Bil’in’s land will finally be moved and construction has begun on the new route. This will return half of the land that was stolen from our village. For those of us in Ofer, imprisoned for our protest against the wall, this victory makes the suffering of being here easier to bear. After actively resisting the theft of our land by the Israeli apartheid wall and settlements every week for five years now, we long to be standing along side our brothers and sisters to mark this victory and the fifth anniversary of our struggle.

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Photos: Nahr al-Bared refugee camp 2009

November 17th, 2009 | Posted in Culture, Lebanon, Palestine, Repression
    photo essay by Farah Kobaissy in Lebanon

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    Photo: Farah Kobaissy. Palestinian youth plays football in Nahr el Bared

Nahr al-Bared, a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon, center to a major military conflict between the Lebanese army and Fatah al-Islam in 2007, remains destroyed in 2009.

Palestinian civilians in Nahr al-Bared faced massive displacement during the armed conflict in 2007, as the civilian infrastructure in the camp was bombarded by the Lebanese military and dozens of Palestinian civilians killed. Until today the overwhelming majority of the 30,000 Palestinian refugees from Nahr al-Bared remain displaced, living within other Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

Years after the military conflict in Nahr al-Bared, the refugee camp remains largely rubble, while millions in international aid dollars for reconstruction have equaled little concrete reconstruction on the ground in Nahr al-Bared. Lebanese activist and photographer Farah Kobaissy visited the camp in October 2009 and took these photos.

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Israel targeting grassroots activists

October 28th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Repression
    Inter Press Service, Mel Frykberg, 28 October 2009

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Photo: Palestinian activist confronts Israeli occupation solider at Bil’in weekly protest

Jerusalem – Israeli authorities are increasingly targeting and intimidating nonviolent Palestinian grassroots activists involved in anti-occupation activities who are drawing increased support from the international community.

Several weeks ago masked Israeli soldiers stormed the home of Ehab Jallad from The Jerusalem Popular Committee for the Celebration of Jerusalem as the Capital of Arab Culture for 2009.

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