All posts for November 2008

UN: Gaza on brink of humanitarian disaster

November 23rd, 2008 | Posted in Palestine

    Reuters Suleiman al-Khalidi. November 21 2008.

Photo: Palestinians sit on Gaza wall after brief liberation from confinement in 2008.

AMMAN: Gaza faces a humanitarian “catastrophe” if Israel continues to prevent aid reaching the territory by blocking crossing points, the head of the main U.N. aid agency for the Palestinians said on Friday.

Karen AbuZayd, commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said the human toll of this month’s sealing of Gaza’s goods crossings was the gravest since the early days of a Palestinian uprising eight years ago.

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President-elect Obama and the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace

November 20th, 2008 | Posted in Palestine

    Ali Abunimah, the Electronic Intifada, 18 November 2008.

    Photo: Active Stills. Palestinians protest against Israeli apartheid wall.

United States President-elect Barack Obama’s election victory has revived hopes that stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations could finally lead to a two-state solution. Few new presidents have been greeted with such optimism and associated high expectations.

However, the chances for progress depend on more than a new American president. There are several interrelated factors: US engagement, the availability of a viable peace agreement, Israeli and Palestinian internal politics and the broader international situation.

An examination of these factors indicates that the optimism is unjustified and that President Obama will not be more successful in bringing about a two-state solution to the conflict. This does not however mean that the situation will remain static or that those pursuing a just peace have no recourse for action.

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Artists Against Apartheid V

November 20th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Imperialism, Palestine, Repression

within the ongoing cultural series uniting artists in Montreal against Israeli Apartheid.

    SUNDAY DECEMBER 7th 2008
    8pm. 5-10$
    La Sala Rossa, 4848 St. Laurent
    Montreal, Quebec

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Lebanon: Interview on Migrant Workers

November 19th, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Labor

Interview with Nadim Houry of Human Rights Watch. Broadcasts from Beirut VIII.

    Photo: Airport in Middle East. Interview produced by Lillian Boctor.

In Lebanon, between 150,000 to 300,000 women work as migrant domestic workers, with approximately 100,000 having legal status in the country. In August 2008, Human Rights Watch released a report covering the period of January 1, 2007 to August 15, 2008 revealing migrant domestic workers had extremely high death tolls due to unnatural causes.

Migrant domestic workers experience harsh working conditions and consistent workplace abuse, and currently many migrant domestic workers can be found sleeping under cars or on the ground surrounding their respective countries’ embassies in Lebanon, searching for assistance for their situations. Nadim Houry is the senior researcher at Human Rights Watch covering Lebanon and Lillian Boctor from Tadamon spoke with Houry about the situation.

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Gaza border crossings closed for sixth day

November 14th, 2008 | Posted in Palestine

    press release, Palestinian Center for Human Rights, 12 November 2008

    Photo: Scott Weinstein, Israeli check-point halting Palestinian movements.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is deeply concerned over continued policies of collective punishment imposed by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip. These policies have included ban on delivery of food supplies and basic goods, including energy fuel required for electricity generation, grains and wheat. Following the halt of fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip in the past six days, more than 30 percent of the population of Gaza was in complete darkness last night, and people lined up in front of bakeries to buy flour and bread. Although IOF allowed the delivery of 427,410 liters of energy fuel this morning, which is enough to operate Gaza’s power plant for a single day, PCHR in concerned that humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip may further deteriorate.

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Palestine: Imagination nation

November 10th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine

Gaza residents ‘terribly trapped’

November 6th, 2008 | Posted in Palestine, Politics, Tadamon!

    BBC: Tuesday, 4 November 2008.

    Photo: Israeli military walls surrounding Gaza.

A former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, has told the BBC she was taken aback by the “terrible” conditions in Gaza on a recent visit.

Mrs Robinson said it was “almost unbelievable” that the world did not care about what she called “a shocking violation of so many human rights”.

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Photos: Aks’ser | Nomadic Massive

November 5th, 2008 | Posted in Canada, Culture, Lebanon, Quebec

Middle East Popular Education Project III

November 5th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Solidarity

    Tadamon! / ASSÉ present: Montreal November 2008

A popular education initiative in Montreal building on the critical resolution adopted by ASSÉ to support the international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions to fight against Israeli apartheid, as ASSÉ became the first major student union in Canada to support the international campaign against Israeli apartheid and for equality in Palestine…

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Israel prepares ‘decisive’ strike against resistance

November 1st, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Lebanon

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