All posts for July 2010

Israel Grows Uneasy Over Reliance on Migrant Labor

July 24th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Economy
    July 4 2010 New York Times

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Photo Chinese construction workers at their camp on Tel Aviv’s outskirts this month. Their presence has increasingly clashed with Israel’s Zionist ideology.

Tel Aviv — Perched 22 stories above an affluent suburb of this prosperous seaside city, three Chinese construction workers inched their way along the arm of a crane last autumn and refused to budge. Facing deportation because of expiring visas, theirs was an act of desperation aimed at getting thousands of dollars in wages they claimed their Israeli employer had illegally withheld.

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Unexploded ordnance poses deadly threat in Gaza

July 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Palestine
    Eva Bartlett, Electronic Intifada, 8 July 2010

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Photo Eva Bartlett Explosive experts and Palestinian civilians are working together to clear Gaza of remaining white phosphorous shells.

Gaza City, occupied Gaza Strip – At precisely 12 noon on a Thursday afternoon, among the rolling sandy hills in southern Gaza, a controlled explosion destroys another round of white phosphorous shells left in Gaza following the 2008-09 Israeli assault on Gaza.

Explosives experts from the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and the United Nations Mine Action Team (UNMAT) are working together to eliminate the remainders of a deadly Israeli attack. The Israeli bombings from land, sea and air left behind large amounts of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in civilian areas.

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Boycott, divestment and sanctions in Australia, five years on

July 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Solidarity
    Sonja Karkar, Electronic Intifada 9 July 2010

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    Photo Palestine solidarity vigil.

It is five years since Palestinian civil society first made the call for a global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the apartheid state of Israel. At the time, introducing such action in Australia seemed impossible when the public barely knew anything about the Palestinian struggle for justice and freedom. Education had to be a priority if there was to be any overturning of the long-accepted and indulged Zionist narrative.

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Are Arabs swimming with or against the BDS tide against Israeli Apartheid?

July 20th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Egypt, Politics
    July 2010 by Mohannad El-Khairy download pdf

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    Photo Palestinian worker at stone quarry in Gaza Strip.

Charles C. Boycott seems to have become a household word because of his strong sense of duty to his employer. An Englishman and former British soldier, Boycott was the estate agent of the Earl of Erne in County Mayo, Ireland. The earl was one of the absentee landowners who as a group held most of the land in Ireland. Boycott was chosen in the fall of 1880 to be the test case for a new policy advocated by Charles Parnell, an Irish politician who wanted land reform.

Any landlord who would not charge lower rents or any tenant who took over the farm of an evicted tenant would be given the complete cold shoulder by Parnell’s supporters. Boycott refused to charge lower rents and ejected his tenants. At this point members of Parnell’s Irish Land League stepped in, and Boycott and his family found themselves isolated without servants, farmhands, service in stores, or mail delivery.

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Report: Israeli raid of the Freedom flotilla

July 14th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Politics
    download report by Richard Lightbown June 2010

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Photo Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to an Israeli navy base.

An international flotilla comprising the cruise ship Mavi Marmara, a cargo ship and four smaller craft sailing to Gaza with humanitarian aid was attacked in international waters by a large Israeli naval force on 31 May 2010. Nine passengers were killed and many injured by live fire. The legality of the raid is considered according the San Remo Manual and the Fourth Geneva Convention. The report concludes that the International Committee of the Red Cross declaration of a ‘dire situation’ in the Gaza Strip renders the raid unlawful.

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Water in Gaza: “it’s not a simple problem”

July 14th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine
    Sarah Irving, Electronic Intifada 7 July 2010

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    Photo Palestinian woman in Gaza cleans dishes.

For the last year Mark Buttle has been the coordinator for the “WASH cluster,” the group of aid organizations working on water, sanitation and hygiene in the Gaza Strip. A chartered water engineer, Buttle has worked for a development-oriented nongovernmental organization (NGO) for more than a decade, including in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and has been based in Gaza since May 2009. He spoke to The Electronic Intifada contributor Sarah Irving about the challenges faced by international agencies working in Gaza.

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Military prosecutor demands two-year term for grassroots activist

July 10th, 2010 | Posted in Canada, Palestine
    Amy Darwish, Electronic Intifada 1 July 2010

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    Photo ActiveStills Palestinians drive a flag covered truck in Bil’in.

On 30 June an Israeli military prosecutor demanded two years’ imprisonment for grassroots activist Adeeb Abu Rahmah, at a military court hearing at the Ofer Military Complex in the occupied West Bank. Abu Rahmah has already spent 11 months behind bars and his arrest and detention is part of Israel’s repressive efforts to criminalize the grassroots popular resistance to the Israeli occupation.

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Boycott Israeli Apartheid

July 8th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec

Celebrating 5 yrs since the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions!

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    Friday, July 9, 2010
    12pm – 5:30pm
    Indigo Bookstore
    1500 McGill College, corner Ste-Catherine
    Métro McGill
    Montreal, QC

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Rights Group Files FOIA Requests Regarding Israel Attack on Flotilla Delivering Aid to Gaza

July 8th, 2010 | Posted in Culture, Palestine
    Center for Constitutional Rights, July 1, 2010, Washington, D.C.

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Photo Palestinian boats gather at Gaza coast-line awaiting for the freedom flotilla

Yesterday, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed eight Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests regarding the United States government’s knowledge of, and actions in relation to, the May 31, 2010 attack by Israel on a flotilla of six vessels in international waters seeking to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, and U.S. policy towards the blockade of Gaza, which has entered its fourth year. The FOIA requests were made to a number of U.S. departments and agencies, including the Coast Guard, the Department of State, the Navy and the U.S. European Command.

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Gaza lawyer challenges West Bank study ban

July 8th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Politics, Solidarity
    Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem, guardian.co.uk Thursday 1 July 2010

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Photo Dome of the Rock at Al Aqsa mosque compound under open sky in Palestine.

A 29-year-old lawyer from Gaza has launched a legal challenge against Israel’s refusal to allow her to travel to the West Bank to study human rights and democracy.

Fatima Sharif must register for her masters degree at Birzeit University near Ramallah in two weeks’ time or she will lose her place.

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