Tous les posts pour février 2009

Défendons la liberté d’expression

27 février 2009 | Posté dans Canada, Palestine
    Lettre ouverte à la communauté universitaire au sujet des droits
    des Palestinien(ne)s et des universités canadiennes.

    Photo: Fathima Cader. manif de solidarité avec la Palestine à Toronto.

Durant les deux dernières années, plusieurs efforts ont été déployés pour restreindre le débat en faveur des droits des Palestinien(ne)s dans les universités canadiennes, à un tel point qu’on voit se dessiner un motif ou un modèle établi de suppression de la liberté d’expression et de la liberté d’association.

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Photos: Khiam Detention Center

26 février 2009 | Posté dans Hezbollah, Lebanon, Palestine
    photo essay on Khaim prison, southern Lebanon.

    Photo: Benjamin Aronoff. “A Solitary Confinement” at Khiam.

A striking symbol for the twenty-two year Israeli military occupation in southern Lebanon is the Khiam detention center. Hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinian political prisoners were detained for years at Khiam, living in squalor conditions, at times in solitary confinement and all without trial.

Multiple accounts from former prisoners at Khiam and reports issued by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International illustrate that torture was widely practiced against prisoners at Khiam. Israel’s proxy army in Southern Lebanon, the South Lebanon Army (SLA), maintained Khiam as a detention and interrogation center from 1985 until 2000 when the Israeli military was forced from southern Lebanon, leading to the collapse of the SLA.

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McGill must rally around equality and freedom

26 février 2009 | Posté dans Boycott, Canada, Palestine
    McGill Daily, by Nadim Roberts.

    Photo: Matthew Cassel. Olive branch and refugee tents in the Gaza Strip.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recently ordered an inquiry into the attacks against UN facilities in the Gaza Strip, including educational facilities. While Ban Ki-moon, Amnesty International, and many other human rights groups are looking for answers regarding Israeli military aggression in the Gaza Strip, McGill has shamefully excluded itself from the process of seeking truth and establishing justice and equality.

A recent motion submitted to SSMU’s General Assembly that called for the condemnation of Israel’s bombing of educational institutions in Gaza was not even given a chance to be discussed or debated; as it turns out, even human rights can be “postponed indefinitely.”

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Exposed: University of Toronto suppresses pro-Palestinian activism

26 février 2009 | Posté dans Boycott, Canada, Palestine
    rabble.ca By Liisa Schofield | February 18, 2009.

    Photo: Bissane. Solidarity demonstration with Gaza, January 2009.

The last few months have seen a global surge in support for the movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli Apartheid. Important solidarity actions have occurred across the globe, including: a wave of student occupations across the UK; union resolutions in Europe, New Zealand and Australia; and, most recently, the historic action of South African dockworkers refusing to unload Israeli ships.

These actions register important steps forward in building solidarity with the Palestinian people and show that popular opinion is beginning to shift towards an understanding of Israel as an apartheid state that must be isolated in the manner of the struggle that was waged against South African Apartheid.

At the same time, pro-Israel organizations have responded to the strength of the BDS movement with the familiar tactics of repression, stifling of dissent and bureaucratic harassment. This article details a remarkable case of repression against student organizing at the University of Toronto (UofT).

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U.S. Trade Unionists Support South African and Australian Dockers’ Boycott of Israeli Cargo

26 février 2009 | Posté dans Boycott, Palestine
    February, 2009

    Photo: Israeli walls surrounding the Gaza Strip.

“For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.” –Martin Luther King Jr., Beyond Vietnam, April 4, 1967

We salute the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) in Durban, and Western Australian dock worker members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), for refusing to handle Israeli cargo.

Theirs is a courageous response to Israel’s attack on Palestinians in Gaza that, since December 27 alone, have left some 1,400 dead and 5,000 wounded — nearly all of them civilians.

This action is in the best tradition of dock workers in Denmark and Sweden (1963), the San Francisco Bay Area (1984) and Liverpool (1988), who refused to handle shipping for apartheid South Africa; Oakland dock workers’ refusal to load bombs for the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile (1978); and West Coast dock workers’ strike against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (2008).

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Beirut: Music is Life

21 février 2009 | Posté dans Beirut, Culture, Lebanon
    A photo essay by Tanya Traboulsi

    Photo: Tanya Traboulsi. Scrambled Eggs perform in Beirut, Lebanon.

A striking compilation of photos presented by Tadamon! from photographer Tanya Traboulsi which document the underground music scene in Beirut, Lebanon, a center for groundbreaking culture in the Middle East today and for decades. Admits the political chaos of Lebanon these photographs present a glimpse into the thriving world of alternative musical culture in Beirut which has attracted international attention for it’s mix of Middle Eastern musical traditions and modern musical expression from hip-hop, to free Jazz, to electronic music.

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Prisonniers et prisonnières de l’apartheid

20 février 2009 | Posté dans Hezbollah, Lebanon, Palestine, Prisoniers

Soha Béchara écrivaine libanaise, résistante et ex-prisonnière politique

    LUNDI le 2 MARS à 19h00
    Cégep de Saint-Laurent, salle Émile-Legault
    625 ave Sainte-Croix
    Montréal, Québec
    (métro Du Collège)

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Palestine : Journée d’action mondiale

18 février 2009 | Posté dans Boycott, Palestine

30 Mars 2009: Journée d’action mondiale, Boycott Désinvestissement Sanctions.

    Appel lancé au Forum Social Mondial 2009 de Bélem, Brazil.

En Décembre 2008, Israël a décidé de marquer le 60e anniversaire de son existence, de la même manière que lors de sa création c’est-à-dire en commettant des massacres contre le peuple palestinien. Durant les 23 jours de l’offensive, Israël a tué plus de 1300 personnes et fait plus de 5000 blessés dans la bande de Gaza.

L’ironie de l’histoire, c’est qu’Israël a précisément ciblé ces Palestiniens et Palestiniennes – et leurs descendant-e-s – qui ont été expulsés de leurs maisons, dont les terres ont été volée et qui ont été contraints de se réfugier à Gaza en 1948, qui continuent d’être opprimés depuis 1967 sous l’effet d’une occupation militaire brutale et qu’Israël tente d’affamer par le maintien d’un blocus implacable et criminel interdisant l’entrée de nourriture, de carburant et d’électricité depuis les 18 derniers mois précédant l’agression militaire. Nous ne pouvons pas attendre d’Israël élimine complètement la population de Gaza lors de sa prochaine agression. La Palestine est devenue aujourd’hui le test incontournable de notre conscience morale et de notre commune humanité.

Nous demandons donc à tous et à toutes d’unir nos ressources et d’unifier nos luttes dans une : Journée mondiale d’action en solidarité avec le peuple palestinien et de Boycott, Désinvestissement et Sanctions (BDS) contre Israël en Mars 30.

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Gaza: Discord in narratives on war

18 février 2009 | Posté dans Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    Interview with journalist Jooneed Khan, for Tadamon! by Stefan Christoff.

    Photo: U.N. school shelled by the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip.

Major gaps exist between different narratives on the recent war in Gaza; as major Canadian media outlets and human rights organizations on the ground in Gaza offer strikingly different pictures of the conflict.

U.N. officials have labeled recent Israeli actions as ‘disproportionate’ while the U.N. Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories issued a statement outlining the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip as representing “severe and massive violations of international humanitarian law.”

In discord to U.N. positions on Gaza statements from the Conservative government of Canada consistently painted Israel’s actions as defensive in nature. Editorials across the Canadian media offered a similar line to the Conservative government.

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Egypt: Workers strike against Israel exports

17 février 2009 | Posté dans Boycott, Palestine, Égypte
    Tadamon! translation from Mashahed, Egypt.

    Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy. Workers strike in Egypt.

In an unprecedented action, the first following the recent Israeli war on Gaza, workers of an Egyptian Fertilizers Company in Suez protested on Saturday February 7th against the export of fertilizers to Israel.

The Fertilizers Egyptian Company is owned by Sawiris family, Naguib Sawiris ranks 62 in Forbes’ world’s richest list, while his father Onsi ranks 96 and his brother Nassif ranks 226, under the name Orascom construction company. Fertilizers Egyptian Company signed an agreement to export 1000 tons of phosphate fertilizer to Israel, at a rate of 100 tons per week. An estimated 800 Egyptians work at this factory.

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