All posts for January 2010

Mohammed Khatib arrested in Palestine

January 28th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec

Mohammed Khatib, from the West Bank Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

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Photo: Valerian Mazataud Mohamed Khatib speaking in Montreal at solidarity rally.

In the highest profile arrest of the recent wave of repression against West Bank popular struggle, Israeli soldiers arrested Mohammed Khatib today before dawn. Khatib is a member of Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlement in the West Bank village of Bil’in and the coordinator of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee.

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Celebrate the Popular Resistance in Bil’in!

January 21st, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec, Events, Prisoners
    Come Celebrate five years of the Popular Resistance in Bil’in!

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    Saturday, February 6, 8pm
    Kaza Maza 4629 avenue du Parc
    Fundraising evening featuring
    live music, slideshows, theater and a poster exhibit
    Share a piece of Fifth Anniversary Cake!
    Sunday, February 7, 1pm
    Demonstration in Solidarity with Bil’in
    métro Mont-Royal plaza

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Abdallah Abu Rahmah: No army, no prison and no wall can stop us

January 18th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine
    Free Abdallah Abu Rahmah – January 2010

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    Photo: Israeli military fence enforcing apartheid admits open sky.

I mark the beginning of the new decade imprisoned in a military detention camp. Nevertheless, from within the occupation′s holding cell I meet the New Year with determination and hope.

I know that Israel’s military campaign to imprison the leadership of the Palestinian popular struggle shows that our non-violent struggle is effective. The occupation is threatened by our growing movement and is therefore trying to shut us down. What Israel′s leaders do not understand is that popular struggle cannot be stopped by our imprisonment.

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Stealing Gaza

January 17th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine
    An Experiment in Provocation. January 2009 by Brian Eno.

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    Photo: FocusZero Palestinian youth jumping high in occupied Palestine.

It’s a tragedy that the Israelis – a people who must understand better than almost anybody the horrors of oppression – are now acting as oppressors. As the great Jewish writer Primo Levi once remarked “Everybody has their Jews, and for the Israelis it’s the Palestinians”. By creating a middle Eastern version of the Warsaw ghetto they are recapitulating their own history as though they’ve forgotten it. And by trying to paint an equivalence between the Palestinians – with their homemade rockets and stone-throwing teenagers – and themselves – with one of the most sophisticated military machines in the world – they sacrifice all credibility.

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Open Letter to Bono: Entertaining Apartheid Israel…U 2 Bono?

January 14th, 2010 | Posted in Culture, Palestine
    PACBI Occupied Ramallah, 13 January 2010

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    Photo: Israeli apartheid wall in occupied Palestine.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) was deeply disturbed to learn that that you are scheduled to perform in Israel this coming summer. Two years ago, you were invited by Israeli President Shimon Peres to attend a conference in Israel marking Israel‘s contributions to medicine, science, and conservation; we urged you then, as a prominent activist on issues of global inequality and a campaigner for basic human rights, to say no to Israel, especially since the invitation coincided with celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state.[1] You did not go to Israel then; we call on you now not to grant legitimacy to a state that practices the most pernicious form of colonialism and apartheid.

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Palestinian activist Jamal Juma’ freed

January 13th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Prisoners
    13 January 2010 Amnesty International

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    Photo: Israeli soldier attempts to cover camera in the West Bank

Amnesty International has welcomed the release of Palestinian human rights activist Jamal Juma’, who was detained by the Israeli military late last year.

Jamal Juma’ was arrested in December 2009, joining fellow activists Abdallah Abu Rahma and Mohammed Othman in detention, following a series of protests against the construction of the fence/wall in the West Bank.

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Tadamon! solidarity statement for resistance to Vancouver 2010 Olympics

January 12th, 2010 | Posted in Canada, Palestine, Environment, Solidarity

Tadamon! statement of solidarity with resistance against the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

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    Photo: Mohawk flag over highway during Six Nations blockade in 2007.

From February 12-28, 2010 the Winter Olympic games will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia. As a grassroots social justice collective who engages in Middle-East solidarity from an anti-capitalist and anti-colonial perspective, Tadamon gives its solidarity and support to the many social justice and indigenous organizations who are calling out to disrupt and protest the Vancouver Winter Olympics. From Palestine to the Coast Salish Territory (“Vancouver”), there can never be justice on stolen land.

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Rally: End the Siege of Gaza!

January 11th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec
    rally and march in downtown Montreal

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    Saturday January 16th 13h
    Corner Peel and Rene-Levesque
    metro Peel or Bonaventure
    Montreal, Quebec

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Home-grown in Lebanon

January 9th, 2010 | Posted in Beirut, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine

    Bilal Elamine Red Pepper Magazine

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Photo: Zoriah (c). Hezbollah logo painted on bullet pocked wall in Beirut, Lebanon.

Responding to the discussion on political Islam begun in the previous issue of Red Pepper, Bilal El-Amine considers the experience of Hizbullah in Lebanon

It is no doubt commendable that Red Pepper has tried to tackle the thorny issue of political Islam and in particular the Iranian experience, a subject that is greatly misunderstood in the west, even in left circles. But unfortunately the discussion created more spark than substance. This can be attributed to both Alastair Crooke’s rather abstract philosophical approach that often clashes with the reality of events on the ground and Azar Majedi’s shrill response, which reduces the legacy of the Islamic revolution in Iran to ‘30 years of bloodshed, oppression, misogyny, gender apartheid, stoning and mutilation’. One wonders how it is that women in Iran make up 65 per cent of university students under such conditions.

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Lebanon: Hip-hop Kindles Hopes in Destroyed Refugee Camp

January 9th, 2010 | Posted in Beirut, Culture, Lebanon, Palestine
    Inter Press Service by Ray Smith.

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    Photo: Raed El Rafei Bullet holes marking walls in Nahr el-Bared.

NAHR AL-BARED (North Lebanon) – The hip-hop beats ringing through the muddy, unlit streets of this burnt-out Palestinian refugee camp seem incongruous. But the rhymes are camp-grown – and courageous.

“I’m carrying worries / From inside a destroyed camp / I’m preparing an attack / Words that keep turning in my head / Nahr al-Bared is fenced-in with iron bars / In the newspapers they speak about suffering / Every word makes sense”.

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