All posts for November 2009

Palestinians break Israel’s wall

November 14th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine
    Al Jazeera Monday, November 09 2009.

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    Photo: ActiveStills Palestinians in Nil’in break Israeli wall.

Palestinians and foreign activists have torn down segments of Israel’s separation wall in a demonstration marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

In the town of Qalandiya in the occupied West Bank, a group of masked activists using a lorry pulled down a two-metre cement block before Israeli security forces confronted them with tear gas grenades.

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Photos: Olive War in Palestine

November 13th, 2009 | Posted in Culture, Palestine
    photo essay and text by Valerian Mazataud

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Photo: Valerian Mazataud. Palestinian farmers harvest olives in the West Bank.

Palestine The olive harvest in the West Bank, used to be a joyful time. But now it is defined by burned trees, missing crops, and confrontations. Having become a significant source of strife for Palestinian farmers and Jewish settlers, Israeli media now refers to the harvest as the “Olive War.” Photographer Valerian Mazataud is currently visiting Palestine and documented the Palestinian olive harvest in the Israeli occupied West Bank.

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BDS Hitting Israel where it hurts

November 12th, 2009 | Posted in Other
    Adbusters 9 November 2009

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    Photo: Palestinian flag admits crowd in Spain.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign was launched in July 2005 by the Palestinian BDS National Committee and is endorsed by over 170 Palestinian organizations from the occupied Palestinian Territories, from Palestinian citizens of Israel and from the vast diaspora of Palestinian emigrants and refugees. The campaign calls upon “people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.”

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Adbusters: The Israeli Brand

November 12th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine, Corporate Media, Economy, Independent Media
    Adbusters by Craig Smith, October 2009.

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    Photo: Masser Faces within buildings in Palestine / Israel.

The public relations (PR) industry has made exceptional use of the communications revolution. But for all the globalizing effects of multinational campaigns, many brands seem inextricably tied to their home country. Injecting products into foreign markets has, to a certain extent, acted as a driving force in the way nation-states are perceived internationally.

Coke, Marlboro and Starbucks are inseparable from their provenance, and Brand America is intimately tied to its products. But consumerism alone doesn’t tell the story of how America is perceived in the world; military adventurism and moral exceptionalism undermine the feel-good aspects of consuming Americana. A nation’s brand is inextricably tied to its actions in the world.

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Right of Reply: Don’t smear the messenger

November 11th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine
    Jerusalem Post October 2009, by Kenneth Roth

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    Photo: Zoriah (c) Palestinian building destroyed by Israel in Gaza.

A series of detailed human rights reports about serious Israeli abuses during the recent Gaza conflict has given rise to an intense campaign by the Israeli government and some of its uncritical supporters to smear the messengers and change the subject.

Irwin Cotler’s attack in these pages on Judge Richard Goldstone’s UN-mandated investigation of the conflict is of a piece with these efforts (“The Goldstone Mission – Tainted to the core,” August 17 and 19). Rather than addressing the sad reality in Gaza, he effectively offers an apology for Israeli abuse.

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Palestine: Cracked and Shrinking Maps

November 10th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Prisoners
    Interview with Palestinian artist Suleiman Mansour by Aaron Lakoff

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    Photo: Painting on the apartheid wall near Ramallah by Suleiman Mansour

Suleiman Mansour is one of Palestine’s most renowned painters. Active in the Palestinian artist community since the 1970s, he has contributed greatly to art education and promotion in the West Bank. He is a co-founder of the Wasiti Art Center in Jerusalem, and is also a member of the “New Vision” artist group, which focuses on the use of local material in artwork.

On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba in 2008, Suleiman Mansour was interviewed at the Palestinian International Academy of Art in Ramallah about the struggles of Palestinian cultural producers over the decades, and what the significance of art is in the face of this historic milestone.

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Israeli banks entrenched in settlement building

November 8th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine
    Adri Nieuwhof, Electronic Intifada, 27 October 2009

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Photo: Scott Weinstein Israel’s wall next to Har Homa settlement in the West Bank

Several Western pension funds and financial managers hold shares in two Israeli banks: Bank Hapoalim and Bank Leumi. Both banks operate in and offer loans to finance illegal settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian and Syrian territories.

Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest bank, was established in 1921 by the Israeli trade union Histadrut and the World Zionist Organization. It was nationalized in 1983 but privatized again in 1996. Founded in 1902 and originally named the Anglo-Palestine Bank, Bank Leumi is Israel’s second-largest bank. Both banks have branches in the settlements of Gilo and Pisgat Ze’ev, located in the occupied West Bank. Bank Hapoalim also has branches in the Ramot settlement in occupied East Jerusalem as well as the occupied Golan Heights. Meanwhile, Bank Leumi maintains branches in the settlements of Ma’ale Adumim, Oranit, Kiryat Arba, all in the occupied West Bank, and Katzrin in the Golan Heights.

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Homeless by Israeli policy

November 7th, 2009 | Posted in Palestine
    Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler, Electronic Intifada, 30 October 2009

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Photo: Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. Destroyed Palestinian home.

Sur Baher, occupied East Jerusalem (IPS) – “We knew something bad was about to happen when we saw the roadblocks being thrown up, and police everywhere. It soon came down the grapevine — the Israelis were demolishing more houses.”

Naim Awisat, an East Jerusalem Palestinian community leader and entrepreneur, drove quickly down America Way (the winding old valley road that links the city’s southern neighborhoods of the Holy Basin with the walled Old City and its holy sites) to Salaa, a rundown quarter at the heart of the wadi.

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Palestinian refugees seek closer ties with host communities

November 5th, 2009 | Posted in Beirut, Lebanon, Palestine
    Daily Star by Dalila Mahdawi, Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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    Photo: Stefan Christoff Wires over the street in Ein El Hilweh

BEIRUT: Most Palestinian refugees in southern Lebanon believe greater interaction with their Lebanese neighbors would help dismantle the prejudices and misconceptions that abound between the two communities, a recent report said.

The report, entitled “Community Perspectives on Protection: A Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Analysis of Palestinian Communities in Southern Lebanon,” also found Palestinians endured high levels of familial and community violence because residents of formal camps and informal gatherings lack the necessary space and institutions where they can otherwise release their frustration.

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Photos: DAM performance in Montreal

November 5th, 2009 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Culture, Palestine, Tadamon!
    photo essay by photographer Claudia Espinosa

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    Photo: Claudia Espinosa. DAM performs in Montreal with Narcicyst

Hundreds gathered in Montreal for the ninth Artists Against Apartheid concert featuring DAM, the celebrated Palestinian hip-hop group, who took the stage in Montreal for the first time at Café Campus.

Joining DAM at the concert was Montreal-based Iraqi hip-hop artist the Narcicyst, along with MCs from the celebrated local hip-hop group Nomadic Massive

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