All posts for December 2007

Lebanon: Cast to the wind

    Lucy Fielder Reports for Al-Ahram.

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    Photo: In Beirut a worker sweeps the street in front of the parliament

Lebanon ended the year much as it had begun, in political limbo. In November 2006, six ministers’ resignations paralysed the government and crystallised the two-year-old split between government loyalists and the opposition. A year later, president Emile Lahoud’s term ended without a successor, leaving a dangerous vacuum at the top. As the year drew to a close, it looked as though Lebanon would drift rudderless until either fractious politicians resolved their power struggle, or frustrations spread to the streets.

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Grass stains on Canada’s hands

December 29th, 2007 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Independent Media, Politics, Repression, Solidarity

    JNF and Canada Park in the West Bank

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    Jesse Rosenfeld, Toronto Now December 20, 2007.

Why are feds subsidizing the refurbishment of a park built on razed Palestinian towns?

Ramallah, Palestine: It‚s easy to forget, while soaking up the tranquillity along with happy picnickers under the pine trees, that Canada Park is steeped in a disturbing controversy.

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Refusing to accept apartheid in Beit Jala

    Electronic Intifada: Adri Nieuwhof and Amer Madi from Beit Jala

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    Photo: Beit Jala, September 2005.

Last night the rains finally arrived in Beit Jala, a small town in the West Bank, one kilometer west of Bethlehem and about eight kilometers south of Jerusalem. Its alluring hills are covered with olive trees, vineyards and apricots. In 1967 Israel confiscated 22 percent of Beit Jala’s land. Now, the construction of Israel’s separation wall is in full swing and will cut off another 45 per cent of Beit Jala’s land. We went to visit the area to feel the impact of the wall and listen to the stories of the farmers who didn’t sell their land and choose to resist the its confiscation.

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Beirut’s contemporary art scene struggled through 2007

December 28th, 2007 | Posted in Beirut, Culture, Lebanon, Politics

    By Kaelen Wilson-Goldie. Daily Star. Friday, December 28, 2007

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    Photo: Nadim Asfar, Beirut.

BEIRUT: For the contemporary art scene in Beirut, 2006 was a tough year, as it was for nearly every other sector in the country, creative industries and otherwise. Twelve months ago, few might have guessed that 2007 would be worse. But it was. The opposition protests in Downtown Beirut turned epic. Riots broke out on Black Tuesday. Explosions and assassinations continued. The fighting at Naher al-Bared and the displacement of thousands of refugee-camp residents made vibrant cultural life remote, irrelevant and impossible. The ongoing fiasco surrounding the failure of Lebanon’s political class to elect a president is at best bad theater.

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PFLP: Campaign to remove “terrorist” designations

    Statement from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

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    Image: PFLP Poster Art from Lebanon.

In the European Union, Canada and the United States, numerous organizations – including many national liberation movements and organizations – are listed as “designated terrorist organizations.” This status is used in an attempt to criminalize popular resistance and national liberation movements, equate those movements with “terrorism,” frighten and silence communities’ support of their national movements, and potentially penalize supporters of the Palestinian cause, as well as other national liberation movements.

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Israel upholds use of cluster bombs

    Monday, December 24th. By Josef Federman, Associated Press.

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    Photo: Lebanon Destroyed Grave

JERUSALEM: The Israeli army on Monday said it will not press charges against officers who ordered the use of cluster bombs during last year’s war in Lebanon, brushing off international criticism that the weapons unnecessarily put Lebanese civilians at risk.

Announcing the results of a more than year-long probe, the army said investigators determined Israel’s use of cluster bombs was a “concrete military necessity” and did not violate international humanitarian law. Lebanese officials accused the army of covering up war crimes.

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In Gaza, Santa is insolvent

December 26th, 2007 | Posted in Palestine, Politics, Repression, Solidarity, War and Terror

    Mohammed Omer, Inter Press Service, December, 25th, 2007

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    Photo: Church in Palestine.

GAZA CITY: “Santa Claus is empty handed this year … insolvent,” says Father Manuel Musallam, head of the Holy Family School in Gaza City.

“All forms of celebration are absent,” he says, raising his empty palms skywards. “We Christians and Muslims all live in fear and instability. The Israeli tanks, bulldozers and warplanes have laid siege on us all.”

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Montreal: Rally for Gaza

December 20th, 2007 | Posted in Palestine, Quebec, Politics, Resistance, Solidarity, War and Terror

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    Friday, December 21
    12 noon to 1pm
    The Israeli Consulate
    Peel & Rene Levesque

Since Monday, December 17, in a series of air strikes that are continuing, Israel killed 24 and wounded dozens of residents of the Gaza strip leaving some of them with severed limbs. Israeli air strikes in the past also bombed crowded streets and markets in Gaza — Gaza is the most densely populated place on earth — resulting in many civilian casualties.

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Guardian: Privatising Zionism.

December 17th, 2007 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Politics, Repression

    the Guardian: Neve Gordon and Erez Tzfadia.

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    Photo: Wadi al-Naam, unrecognized Negev, Bedouin Village, February 2006.

Increasingly, Israel is handing over its ‘Judaisation’ project to private firms
– leading to a corrosion of accountability…

For less than four dollars an hour, the Jewish teenagers removed furniture, clothes, kitchenware and toys from the homes and loaded them on to trucks. As they worked diligently alongside the many policemen who had come to secure the destruction of 30 houses in two unrecognised Bedouin villages, Bedouin teenagers stood by watching their homes being emptied.

When all the belongings had been removed, the bulldozers rapidly destroyed the homes. All those present, Jews and Bedouins, were Israeli citizens; together they learned an important lesson in the discrimination characterising civic life in the Jewish state.

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Report on Southern Gaza Incursion

    Report from International Middle East Media Center.

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    Photo: Palestinian Youth.

Palestinian medical sources reported on Tuesday that six Palestinians have been killed and 19 others wounded, during an Israeli army ground offensive on southern Gaza Strip today.

Dr. Moa’wiya Abu Hasanin, chief of emergency room of the health ministry, told the IMEMC that a number of the wounded had to undergo surgery to amputate limbs and that majority of those killed had burns all over their bodies.

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