All posts for May 2010

PACBI: UNICEF should quit Jerusalem conference

May 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel PACBI

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Photo Moti Milrod A general view of the Jerusalem skyline and Israel’s West Bank Barrier in Abu Dis, on the edge of Jerusalem, 1 November 2005.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is shocked and greatly concerned that UNICEF as well as one Palestinian and several international academics intend to participate in a conference organized by the Minerva Centre for Human Rights at the Hebrew University, jointly with the Van Leer Institute. We regard this participation as a violation of the Palestinian academic boycott Call and Guidelines and a most regrettable whitewash of the entrenched and well-documented complicity of Israeli academic institutions in maintaining Israel’s occupation and apartheid against the Palestinian people, and Palestinian children in particular.

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Bil’in: Disabled Palestinian child injured

May 21st, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine
    21-5-2010 Disabled child injured, three Israeli activists arrested in Bil’in

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Photo Muhammed Muheisen. Palestinian demonstrator in a wheelchair reacts as he get caught in tear gas fired by Israeli troops, during a demonstration against Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank village Bil’in.

A disabled child were injured and three Israeli activists arrested today, And dozens of cases of suffocation as a result of inhaling the tear gas fired by the Israeli Occupation Forces in the village of Bil’in, today along with internationals and Israiles activists people from the village run the weekly march against the wall and settlements in the 62 anniversary of the Nakba.

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Palestinian Authority upgrades boycott of settlement products

May 21st, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine
    Haaretz by Avi Issacharoff and Chaim Levinson May 20 2010

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    Photo Israeli colony on Palestinian lands in the West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority has upgraded its campaign against products made in Israeli settlements, notwithstanding warnings from Israel.

On Tuesday, some 3,000 Palestinian volunteers, conscripted by the government of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad through a group set up by the Palestinian Finance Ministry, went from door to door in West Bank communities explaining the reasons they should boycott settlement products.

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Montreal: Solidarity with Bil’in June 2010

May 21st, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec, Events
    Bil’in case continues at the Quebec Court of Appeal in Montreal

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on June 3rd: support activities organized to support of Bil’in’s struggle in Palestine!

    9h30: Appeal at the Quebec Court of Appeal
    Courtroom Pierre-Basile-Mignault
    100 Notre Dame East
    metro Champ-de-Mars
    Montreal, Quebec
    19h : Conference with villagers from Bil’in and Israeli lawyer
    Georges-Vanier Cultural Center
    2450 Workman
    Lionel-Groulx metro

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Israeli Troops Detain Women And Children In Northern West Bank

May 21st, 2010 | Posted in Agriculture, Palestine
    May 19 2010 International Middle East Media Center- IMEMC

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    Photo Israeli colony approaching olive trees in Palestine.

Six women and their children from the village of Araba, northern West Bank, were detained by Israeli troops on Tuesday evening.

The women and their children were collecting grab leaves from their lands close to the Mabo Do Than settlement built on villagers’ lands. Troops detained them, then moved them to a military site inside the settlement and kept them there until Wednesday at dawn.

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Israel urged to ensure safety of Irish on aid ship to Gaza

May 21st, 2010 | Posted in Palestine
    Irish Times Mark Weiss in Jerusalem, May 2010

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Photo Mathew Cassel Blankets and mattresses are handed out to Palestinians whose homes were destroyed in Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip.

Ireland’s Ambassador to Israel has urged the Israeli authorities to take every precaution to ensure the safety of Irish citizens travelling aboard aid boats heading for Gaza.

The plea from ambassador Briefne O’Reilly came during a meeting at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem on Monday where he was informed by the ministry’s director of European affairs, Naor Gilon, that Irish peace activists, together with other European participants in the “freedom flotilla”, will be turned back by Israeli naval patrols before they reach the shores of Gaza.

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Persecution of Palestinian citizens recalls S. Africa apartheid repression

May 20th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Prisoners
    Adri Nieuwhof and Bangani Ngeleza, Electronic Intifada 19 May 2010

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Photo South African carried away after being injured by police at anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Province, 1985. (UN Photo)

Two weeks after Israel imposed a travel ban on him, Ameer Makhoul, a well-respected Palestinian leader holding Israeli citizenship, was kidnapped from his home on 6 May in the middle of the night. The persecution of Makhoul brings back memories of the South Africa apartheid regime: he has been held incommunicado and was not allowed access to his lawyer for two weeks; a court order prohibited publication of any information on the case against Makhoul for 90 days; and the so-called evidence justifying the “security charges” against Makhoul remains secret. During the South Africa anti-apartheid movement, similar tactics were used against those advocating for freedom and equal rights, who were accused of terrorism and having links with the Soviet Union.

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A victory for ethical responsibility of international artists

May 19th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine
    PACBI reaction to Elvis Costello’s cancellation of two gigs in Israel

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Photo Larry Towell Palestinian youth resisting Israeli tanks with stones in Palestine.

Occupied Ramallah, 18 May 2010 – The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) warmly welcomes Elvis Costello’s cancellation of his scheduled performances in Israel. Costello’s decision is a great victory for the ethical responsibilities of international cultural figures, a key factor in the cultural boycott of Israel. It comes after similar cancellations by Gil Scott-Heron, Carlos Santana and Bono/U2 upon appeals by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and its international partners, particularly in the UK and U.S.

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Photos: Commemoration of the 62nd Anniversary of the Nakba

May 18th, 2010 | Posted in Other

photo essay: Commemoration of the 62nd Anniversary of the Nakba (“the catastrophe”)

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    The key is one of the enduring symbols of the Nakba, representing the claim that Palestinians still have to their homes and properties in Palestine.

In commemoration of the 62nd anniversary of the Nakba (Arabic for “the catastrophe”), Tadamon! held an afternoon gathering on Sunday May 16 in Parc Lafontaine.
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Elvis Costello cancels Israel concerts

May 18th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine
    Elvis Costello statement May 2010.

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    Photo: Israeli apartheid wall winds through Palestinians lands.

It is after considerable contemplation that I have lately arrived at the decision that I must withdraw from the two performances scheduled in Israel on the 30th of June and the 1st of July.

One lives in hope that music is more than mere noise, filling up idle time, whether intending to elate or lament.

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