All posts for September 2008

Hijacker: Leila Khaled of Palestine

September 24th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Lebanon, Palestine

Report: Artists Against Apartheid IV

September 24th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine, Tadamon!

    photo essay from Ian Lawrence.

    Photo: Matana Roberts on sax and Rebbecca Foon on cello.

Artists Against Apartheid in Montreal captured in photo and video, an incredible cultural event which united many celebrated artists as part of the global campaign against Israeli apartheid through an international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions on the Israeli government.

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26 years after the massacre

September 18th, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Lebanon, Palestine

Israel denies Palestinians access to land around settlements

September 18th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Repression

    Report, B’Tselem, 16 September 2008.

Photo: Activestills. Palestinian worshipers trying to reach Jerusalem in Ramadan.

For years, Israeli authorities have both barred Palestinian access to rings of land surrounding settlements, and have not acted to eliminate settlers’ piratical closing of lands adjacent to settlements and blocking of Palestinian access to them. Blocking access is one of the many ways used to expand settlements. In recent years, Israel has institutionalized the closing of such lands in an attempt to retroactively sanction the unauthorized placement of barriers far from the houses at the edge of the settlements.

Settlers pave patrol roads and place physical obstructions on Palestinian lands adjacent to settlements, at times with the authorities’ approval, at others not. Settlers also forcibly remove Palestinians, primarily farmers, from their lands. B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, has documented cases of gunfire, threats of gunfire and killing, beatings, stone throwing, use of attack dogs, attempts to run over Palestinians, destruction of farming equipment and crops, theft of crops, killing and theft of livestock and animals used in farming, unauthorized demands to see identification cards, and theft of documents.

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Anti-colonial films – under the stars! II

September 15th, 2008 | Posted in Canada, Culture, Palestine

    Barriere Lake Solidarity and Tadamon! Montreal present.

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 7:30pm, 2008
    (rain-date, same time Sunday)
    in the lot beside l’Insoumise
    2035 St-Laurent. between Ontario and Sherbrooke
    metro St-Laurent
    free, but donation encouraged

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Palestine: Harvesting in hope

September 14th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Repression

    Narratives Under Siege: Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

    Photo: Active Stills. Protest against the Israeli apartheid Wall.

On a hot afternoon during the month of Ramadan, there are few better places to be than resting beneath the shade of an orchard of guava trees, with the scent of fresh ripening fruit wafting around you. Farmer Sa’id Al-Agha sits quietly, his eyes resting on his fruit trees. ‘My father and my grandfather both grew up here, farming guavas, and I’ve lived here all my life’ he says. ‘This land is in my blood.’

Sa’id Al-Agha farms thirty donumms of guava plantations in Mawasi, in the south western Gaza Strip, where the loamy soil also encourages date palms and citrus trees to thrive (a donumm is equivalent to 1,000 square metres). His Mawasi farm is a tranquil haven in Gaza, which has one of the highest population densities in the world. There are some 120 guava farms dotted around Mawasi, and between them the farmers and their families cultivate more than 2,500 donumms of guavas. August and September are the height of the Gaza guava season, and we can hear workers calling to each other as they harvest the fruit by hand.

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Remembering Sabra and Shatila

September 12th, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Boycott, Canada, Palestine

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