All posts for July 2007

Our apartheid state

July 28th, 2007 | Posted in Other

    By Yossi Paritzky, YNet News

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    Photo: Settler graffiti near Tel Rumeida. (CPT)

Three racist, discriminatory decisions undermine Israel’s democratic character…

One of the clearest rules that distinguishes a democratic state from a non-democratic state is the principle of equality when it comes to rights and obligations. In a democratic country, all citizens regardless of race, religious, gender or origin are entitled to equality when it comes to national assets, services and resources, and all citizens regardless of race, religion, gender or origin are equally obligated by national duties.

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Art of war: Open-air exhibition in Dahiyeh takes visitors on a tour of conflict

July 28th, 2007 | Posted in Other

    By Nafez Zouk, The Daily Star, Friday, July 27, 2007

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    Photo: Dahiyeh, August 2006. Voices in the Wilderness

BEIRUT: An empty lot in Dahiyeh, Beirut’s southern suburbs and a Hizbullah stronghold, has been converted into an open-air exhibition in remembrance of last summer’s war with Israel.

Spider Web, as the exhibit is titled, serves as a stark reminder of the scale of death, destruction and the breadth of military engagement of the conflict.

“The idea behind this project was conceived by a group of artists and media people in commemoration of the war last summer. The exhibition embodies a panoramic story of the war told in an artistic way,” says Ali Daher, who supervised the project.

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Commemorating the Qana Massacre.

July 25th, 2007 | Posted in Boycott

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    PICKET: Boycott Israeli Apartheid!
    Saturday, 28 July 2007, 1pm – 3pm
    Indigo Bookstore, north-west corner of St. Catherine & McGill College
    (McGill Metro)

Join us on Saturday, 28 July to remember the second Qana massacre in 2006, and to support the growing boycott against Israeli apartheid.

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Le Devoir: U.S. Attempt for Hegemony in the Middle East

July 24th, 2007 | Posted in Hezbollah, Iran, Corporate Media, Politics

    Édition du mardi 24 juillet 2007. Hoda Asmar, Historienne.
    Membre de Tadamon! Montreal.

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    Photo: U.S. military unit near Safwan Hill, Iraq
    during the U.S. military invasion of 2003.

    Réponse à la libre opinion du consul général d’Israël,
    «La tentative iranienne d’exercer une hégémonie régionale au Moyen-Orient».

Le 20 juillet, dans les colonnes du Devoir, M. Attali, consul général d’Israël à Montréal, pose la question suivante: «Quel est le point commun entre les nombreuses turbulences que traverse le Moyen-Orient actuellement, qu’il s’agisse de la prise de contrôle de la bande de Gaza par le Hamas, de la lutte pour le pouvoir du Hezbollah au Liban, de l’agitation qui secoue l’Irak ou de l’acquisition prochaine de l’arme nucléaire par une dictature radicale? La réponse est l’Iran.» En réalité, cette réponse serait plutôt: les États-Unis. Lorsqu’on connaît les projets américains de «nouveau Moyen-Orient», agiter la «menace iranienne» constitue une stratégie de diversion qui ne résiste pas à l’examen des faits.

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Radio Tadamon! Canada and the Palestinian Authority

July 24th, 2007 | Posted in Other

    Produced for Radio Tadamon! by Stefan Christoff.

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    Download / Podcast the interview from the Rabble Podcast Network.

Listen to an interview with Khaled Mouammar, of the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) on the recent decision of the Conservative government of Canada to re-institute limited funding toward the Palestinian Authority (PA). On Monday, July 23rd, Canada’s Forgein Minister Peter MacKay announced that the Canadian government would pledge a limited $8 million to the fragile P.A.

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Lebanese refugee camps as space of exception

July 23rd, 2007 | Posted in Palestine, Politics

    By Sari Hanafi, Wednesday, July 18, 2007. The Daily Star.

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    Photo: Palestinian Children from Nahr el Bared seeking refuge
    in the nearby Beddawi Camp, Tripoli, Lebanon, May 2007
    Tayna Traboulsi

The battle between the Lebanese Army and Fatah al-Islam inside the Nahr al-Bared camp has lasted 40 days so far, resulting in huge destruction and displacing 30,000 people to the other camps. In Ein al-Hilweh, many arguments lead to clashes between armed young men. Some other camps are besieged in an attempt to control human and arms flows to the camps.

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Lebanon: End Abuse of Palestinians Fleeing Refugee Camp

July 23rd, 2007 | Posted in Palestine, Repression

    Human Rights Watch, July, 2007.

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    Photo: Palestinian refugees who fled the besieged Nahr el Bared to seek
    shelter in the nearby Beddawi Camp, Tripoli, Lebanon, June 2007.
    Tanya Traboulsi

The Lebanese army and internal security forces have arbitrarily detained and physically abused some Palestinian men fleeing the fighting in Nahr al-Bared refugee camp, Human Rights Watch said today.

Since Sunday, more than 340 civilians have fled the camp in northern Lebanon, where fighting between the Lebanese army and the armed group Fatah al-Islam has entered its fourth week. The Lebanese army is interrogating many of the men as they leave the camp, and detaining those suspected of supporting or having information about Fatah al-Islam.

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A racist Jewish state

July 21st, 2007 | Posted in Other

    By Haaretz Editorial

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Every day the Knesset has the option of passing laws that will advance Israel as a democratic Jewish state or turn it into a racist Jewish state. There is a very thin line between the two. This week, the line was crossed. If the Knesset legal counselor did not consider the bill entitled “the Jewish National Fund Law” as sufficiently racist to keep it off the agenda, it is hard to imagine what legislation she will consider racist.

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Stop Trying To ‘Save’ Africa

July 20th, 2007 | Posted in Darfur, Politics

    By Uzodinma Iweala, Washington Post, Sunday, July 15, 2007.

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    Photo: Refugee from Darfur in Sam Ouandja, UNHCR

Last fall, shortly after I returned from Nigeria, I was accosted by a perky blond college student whose blue eyes seemed to match the “African” beads around her wrists.

“Save Darfur!” she shouted from behind a table covered with pamphlets urging students to Take Action Now! Stop Genocide In Darfur!

My aversion to college kids jumping onto fashionable social causes nearly caused me to walk on, but her next shout stopped me.

“Don’t you want to help us save Africa?” she yelled.

It seems that these days, wracked by guilt at the humanitarian crisis it has created in the Middle East, the West has turned to Africa for redemption. Idealistic college students, celebrities such as Bob Geldof and politicians such as Tony Blair have all made bringing light to the dark continent their mission. They fly in for internships and fact-finding missions or to pick out children to adopt in much the same way my friends and I in New York take the subway to the pound to adopt stray dogs.

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Lebanon: Beyond mass media

July 19th, 2007 | Posted in Other
    Alex Selim, The Daily Star Thursday, July 19, 2007

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Photo, Lens on Lebanon: Amani Bzei in the village of Zibquine, with Eric Gottesman.

Project empowers members of hardest-hit communities to express their own stories and opinions about conflict through photographs and videos…

BEIRUT: Last summer’s war with Israel drew the world’s attention, once again, to Lebanon in a state of siege. During the 34 days of bombardment, most of the stories and images about the war came filtered through the mainstream media. Some journalists and photographers for both domestic and international press outlets reported their stories with a tinge of their own or their employer’s political bias. Lost in such coverage was the perspective of private citizens who lived through the upheaval.

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