All posts for June 2008

Vancouver: JNF Fundraiser Disrupted by Local Palestine Solidarity Activists

June 30th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Politics, Solidarity

    Report from Vancouver…

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    Photo: Israeli settlement in the West Bank, Palestine.

On Sunday June 14th, the Jewish National Fund held their annual fundraising banquet in Vancouver at the Four Seasons Hotel. The JNF is one of the primary organizations responsible for the historic and ongoing colonization of Palestinian lands for the development of Jewish-only settlement. This has resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, and contributed to the apartheid system in Israel. Despite its racist history and policies, the JNF is granted status as a charity in Canada, enabling it to raise millions of dollars through tax-deductible donations, including annual fundraising dinners held across Canada.

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Beirut: Taking the classical-jazz fusion to a new level

June 23rd, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Culture, Lebanon, Egypt

    Daily Star. by Jim Quilty. Thursday, June 19th, 2008

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    Photo: Buildings in downtown Beirut.

Beirut: “I was in Cairo for my first Egyptian concert,” Rima Khcheich smiles. “I was preparing an Umm Kalthoum song, a dour [a classical vocal form without improvisation] called ‘Dour Emta al-Hawa.’ Two days before the concert I met [iconic Egyptian composer] Fouad Abdel Majid. The rehearsals were difficult and I was very tired but they asked me to sing his song ‘Foutina al-Lathi.’ They recorded it on a little cassette tape recorder.”

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Four documentarians look back at Palestine, and Lebanon

    Babel Theater hosts Cinema al-Fuqdan to mark the Nakba’s 60th anniversary

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    Photo: Palestine/Lebanon border. Daily Star. Saturday, June 21st, 2008

BEIRUT: The peoples of Lebanon and Palestine have an ambivalent relationship. In the years since the terms “Lebanon” and “Palestine” were assigned their 20th-century political meanings, they have accumulated meaning, just as the experiences of their citizens have diverged.

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Palestine: “We could not even bury our daughter”

June 19th, 2008 | Posted in Palestine, Politics, Resistance, War and Terror

    Report: Palestinian Center for Human Rights. June 19th 2008

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    Photo: © Stefania Zamparelli. Palestinian child in the Gaza Strip.

On 11 June, eight-year-old Hadeel Al-Sumairi was killed when her home in southeastern Gaza was shelled by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF). Less than a week earlier, eight-year-old Aya Hamdan al-Najjar was killed by a rocket fired from an IOF helicopter. These two young girls had been living just a few kilometers apart, both in villages in the southeastern Gaza Strip near the border with Israel. Their violent deaths highlight both the continual dangers facing families who live anywhere near the Israeli border — and the grim and rising child death toll in the Gaza Strip. Sixty-two children have been killed by IOF in the Gaza Strip this year — almost double the number of children who were killed by the IOF in Gaza during the whole of last year.

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Beirut reiterates rejection of bilateral talks over Shebaa

    Daily Star. Thursday, June 19, 2008

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    Photo: Lebanese children flee Israel’s bombing of south Lebanon in 2006.

The Lebanese government on Wednesday rejected Israel’s call for direct peace negotiations.

“Lebanon’s position is clear to all and there is no place for bilateral negotiations between Lebanon and Israel,” Premier Fouad Siniora’s media office said in a statement late Wednesday. The statement stressed that Lebanese territories occupied by the Jewish state are subject to “UN resolutions that do not require any negotiations.”

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Anti-colonial films under the stars!

June 19th, 2008 | Posted in Canada, Culture, Palestine, Quebec, Politics, Repression, Solidarity

    Tadamon! Montreal presents…

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    Tuesday, July 1st, 9pm, 2008
    in the lot beside l’Insoumise
    2035 St-Laurent
    (between Ontario and Sherbrooke)
    metro St-Laurent

Join us for a double-bill of fabulous documentary films under the moon in downtown Montreal. Tadamon! will be presenting two excellent films reflecting on struggles against land theft and colonization in Palestine and Turtle Island. Presented as part of the mobilization for the demonstration “400 years of colonialism and militarism: nothing to celebrate!” in Quebec City on July 3rd.

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Cluster bombs claim another victim in South Lebanon

June 13th, 2008 | Posted in Cluster Munitions, Lebanon, Corporate Media, Politics

    Daily Star. Friday, June 13th, 2008

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Photo: Armand Emamdjomeh. Village in south Lebanon after Israel’s 2006 attack.

Tyre: A Lebanese man was killed on Thursday by a cluster bomb dropped by Israeli forces during the 2006 war in Lebanon, a police official said.

Hisham al-Ghossein, 39, was killed in the village of Qantara, near the Southern town of Marjayoun, after stepping on the bomb while working in his field, the official said.

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Palestine: the most reliable path to freedom

June 10th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine, Politics, Solidarity

    Omar Barghouti, the Electronic Intifada, June 9th 2008.

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Photo: Maan Images. Palestinians in Gaza take cover during clashes with Israeli troops during demonstrations marking 60 years of Palestinian dispossession from their homeland. May 15th 2008.

“The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet but not to make them die of hunger,” said Dov Weissglas, Sharon’s closest advisor, a few years ago. Today, Israel is slowly choking occupied Gaza, indeed bringing its civilian population to the brink of starvation and a planned humanitarian catastrophe.

If the US government is an obvious accomplice in financing, justifying and covering up Israel’s occupation and other forms of oppression, the European Union, Israel’s largest trade partner in the world, is not any less complicit in perpetuating Israel’s colonial oppression and special form of apartheid.

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Irish union passes motions for Palestine

June 9th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Politics, Resistance

    Statement: Trade Union Friends of Palestine (ICTU). June 5th 2008

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    Photo: Scott Weinstein. Apartheid wall in Palestine.

At its Biennial Delegate Conference in May 2008 the public sector union IMPACT passed two motions criticizing Israeli suppression of the Palestinian people and calling for a boycott of Israeli goods and services. The motions also called for divestment from those companies engaged in or profiting from the occupation as well as an education campaign to raise awareness of the plight of the Palestinian people. Conference furthermore called on the Irish Government to take a stand on Palestine independent of EU foreign policy, demanded the restoration of EU funding, and also called for the suspension of the preferential trading status enjoyed under the Euro-Med Agreement.

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La flambée des prix alimentaires aggrave la situation des Palestiniens

    La Presse. Jooneed Khan.

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    Photo: la bande de Gaza.

Les Palestiniens, qui subissent les privations quotidiennes dues au siège de l’armée israélienne, sont très durement frappés par la flambée des prix des aliments, qu’ils doivent importer en grande partie.

C’est ce qu’a indiqué le syndicaliste Manawell Abdul-Al, dirigeant de la Fédération générale des syndicats palestiniens (FGSP), hier à La Presse.

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