All posts for July 2009

Photos: Night demonstration in Bil’in

July 31st, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    photo essay by Yotam Ronen ActiveStills

Photo: Yotam Ronen: ActiveStills. Palestinian lands under Israeli occupation at night.

Bil’in, Palestine has become an inspiring example of popular resistance to many across the world, as the small village in occupied Palestine has engaged in a consistent struggle against Israeli colonization, through weekly creative protests against the Israeli apartheid wall which is set to annex an estimated 60% of Bil’in’s land.

In June 2009, Bil’in village launched a historical lawsuit in Montreal against Green Park International and Green Mount International, two companies registered in Quebec. Members of Bil’in’s Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements and Emily Schaeffer, an Israeli lawyer representing the village of Bil’in were present in Montreal for the first hearings and also toured eleven cities across Canada. Bil’in’s lawsuit is rooted in the fact that the two companies are constructing illegal Israeli colonies on Bil’in’s lands in the West Bank which violates both international and Canadian law, specifically the Geneva Convention.

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A night in Bilin

July 31st, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine

United Church of Canada to debate boycott, divestment, and sanctions for Israel

July 31st, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine
    Georgia Straight, by Omar Barghouti and Sid Shniad.

    Photo: Palestinian walking in lands under Israeli occupation.

For several decades, the world has watched in frustration as the crisis in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory deepened. Confused by the details of what is alleged to be a highly complicated situation and loathed to be attacked for criticizing Israel lest they be vilified as anti-Semites, people who would otherwise be expected to play an active role in striving for an end to Israel’s occupation, colonization, and system of discrimination in accordance with international law have chosen to focus their attention elsewhere.

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Israel admits white phosphorus use

July 31st, 2009 | Posted in Palestine
    Al Jazeera Friday, July 31, 2009.

    Photo: Palestinian boy killed by Israeli military forces in Gaza.

Israel has admitted to using white phosphorus during its war on the Gaza Strip earlier this year, but says it did so in accordance with international law.

The admission came in a 163-page document published by the Israeli foreign ministry on Thursday ahead of a UN report next week.

The Israeli army “used munitions containing white phosphorus” in Gaza, the document said, but it denied violating international law, saying it had not fired such weapons inside populated areas.

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Report: Palestinian children prisoners

July 31st, 2009 | Posted in Palestine, Prisoners
    DCI-Palestine submits alternative report to UN Human Rights Committee.

    Photo: Darren Ell. Palestinian children in Rafah, Gaza Strip.

Ramallah, 30 July 2009 – On 29 July 2009, Defense for Children International (DCI-Palestine) submitted an Alternative Report to the UN Human Rights Committee which is scheduled to review Israel’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) (ICCPR) in October 2009.

The report focuses on the right to life (Article 6), torture and ill-treatment (Article 7), arbitrary detention (Article 9) and fair trial rights (Article 14) in the Israeli military court system which has operated in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for the last 42 years.

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Gaza children shatter world record

July 30th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine

Entertaining Apartheid Israel Deserves No Amnesty!

July 30th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Quebec

Israel bans use of Palestinian term ‘nakba’ in textbooks

July 30th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine
    Reuters, July 22nd, 2009.

    Photo: Palestinian Nakba in 1948.

Israel will remove from school textbooks an Arabic term that describes its creation in 1948 as a “catastrophe”, the Education Ministry said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said when he was opposition leader two years ago the word “nakba” in Israeli Arab schools was tantamount to spreading propaganda against Israel.

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Norway examines the ethics of its Israel investments

July 29th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine
    Haartez, by Amira Hass, July 27th, 2009.

    Photo: Palestine solidarity graffiti in Europe.

Norway is reexamining its investments in several Israeli companies, in particular Elbit Systems. Two representatives of the Council on Ethics of the Norwegian finance ministry visited Israel at the beginning of June, in the wake of growing criticism of Israel in Norway in the months following last winter’s Israeli offensive in Gaza. The representatives met with, among others, groups of Palestinians and Israelis who claim that Norway invests in businesses directly involved in the Israeli occupation, which, they say, contradicts its commitment to abide by international law and to a just solution for the area.

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Israel: Trendy bar bans soldiers in uniform

July 29th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine

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