All posts for July 2010

A success for non-violence in Gaza?

July 8th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine
    Toronto Star Jonathan Power Wed Jun 02 2010

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Photo Activist arrested on a Gaza-bound ship held as prisoner on Israeli military bus.

The unprovoked and murderous Israeli commando attack on the peace flotilla is the Selma of the Arab-Jewish struggle for the land of Palestine.

Selma, a small town in Alabama, was where Martin Luther King based his campaign to win voting rights for disenfranchised blacks. Attempting to march to the state capital, Montgomery, the marchers were set upon by baton-wielding police as they tried to cross Pettus Bridge.

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Israel’s gay propaganda war

July 8th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine
    Jasbir Puar guardian.co.uk Thursday 1 July 2010

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    Photo: Israeli queer couple kisses during a Gay Pride rally in Jerusalem.

Israel’s recent attack on a flotilla delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza, killing at least nine people, suggests a growing indifference of the Israeli government to global condemnation of its Palestine policies. Yet at the same time Israel appears to be actively concerned to shape itself as a benign and even progressive democracy.

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Lessons from Camp David

July 7th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Politics
    Ben White guardian.co.uk Thursday 1 July 2010

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    Photo Birds fly over occupied Palestine.

Ten years ago this month, Israelis and Palestinians gathered at Camp David, under the guidance of President Bill Clinton, for negotiations aimed at reaching a final agreement. The talks ended in failure, and by the end of September, the second intifada had begun.

The Camp David talks have largely been remembered in the context of apportioning blame. This was particularly true in the first months and years of the Palestinian uprising, as Israel spun the narrative of a rejectionist Palestinian leadership that had turned down an incredibly “generous offer” and instead opted for a campaign of violence.

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Direct action around Palestine

July 7th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine
    International Solidarity Movement 1 July 2010

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Photo ActiveStills Palestinian youth hurls stone at protest against the wall in Bilin 2009.

The people of Al-Ma’asara’s again demonstrated peacefully last Friday, protesting against land seizures and settler harassment. Twenty villagers were joined by a handful of Israelis and internationals, marching from the village out towards the confiscated fields.

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Israel: In Violation of Medical Ethics

July 6th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine
    report on Gaza patients in need of medical care, June 2010 download report

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    Photo Palestinian man working at sewing machine in Gaza Strip.

This paper reviews Israel’s exit policy at the Erez Crossing as it affects Palestinian patients and Israeli-imposed restrictions on their passage from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank, Jordan and Israel in order to undergo medical treatment unavailable in Gaza. The paper argues that there is a consistent Israeli policy of distinguishing between life-threatening cases and cases that affect quality of life, analyzing both the medical-ethical and legal aspects of the subject.

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Israel’s anti-boycott belligerence

July 6th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine
    guardian.co.uk Miri Weingarten, Wednesday 30 June 2010

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    Photo: Israeli apartheid wall cutting through Palestinian territories.

A new “anti-boycott bill”, the third in a series of proposed laws that aim to curtail the ability of civil society to criticise Israeli government policy, will punish Israelis or foreign nationals who initiate or promote a boycott of Israel.

The bill not only prohibits boycotts of legal Israeli institutions, but also of settlement activities and products. It seeks to impose fines on Israelis who “promote boycotts” and transfer the fines to boycotted organisations.

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To end the occupation, cripple Israeli banks

July 6th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine
    Terry Crawford-Browne, Electronic Intifada 30 June 2010

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Photo Uriel Sinai/Getty Images Israeli soldiers stand guard as the Israeli navy raids one of the ships in the Freedom Flotilla.

The international banking sanctions campaign in New York against apartheid South Africa during the 1980s is regarded as the most effective strategy in bringing about a nonviolent end to the country’s apartheid system. The campaign culminated in President FW de Klerk’s announcement in February 1990, releasing Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners, and the beginning of constitutional negotiations towards a non-racial and democratic society.

If international civil society is serious about urgently ending Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights, including ending the occupation, then suspension of SWIFT transactions to and from Israeli banks offers an instrument to help bring about a peaceful resolution of an intractable conflict. With computerization, international banking technology has advanced dramatically in the subsequent 20 years since the South African anti-apartheid campaign.

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Gaza: A Better Blockade?

July 5th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine
    June, 2010 by Nadia Hijab counterpunch.org

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    Photo ActiveStills Israeli soldiers in occupied East Jerusalem, Palestine.

After locking itself up for hours on end, Israel’s security cabinet finally emerged to announce an easing of its blockade on Gaza, a move immediately welcomed by the United States. Israel and the U.S. hope to defuse world outrage over the collective punishment of the 1.5 million Palestinians who live there and to prevent future flotillas from trying to break the siege.

Will they succeed? It is tempting to think that the flagrant illegality of attacking unarmed humanitarians on the open seas is bound to lead to an end to the blockade. However, Palestinian analyst Mouin Rabbani has warned against over-optimism. He notes that after the horror of Israel’s 2008-9 attacks on Gaza the blockade was not only kept in place; it was tightened.

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After the Flotilla Massacre: Cultural Boycott of Israel Takes Off

July 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec

Palestinian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel PACBI June 2010

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    Photo Palestinian youth walking along the Israeli apartheid wall.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), established in April 2004 by a small group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals and widely supported by leading civil society associations, unions and networks, [1] has not witnessed a sustained surge in cultural boycott of Israel such as has occurred in the last year and a half, since the Israeli war of aggression on Gaza.

Today there are campaigns for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel in the US, Britain, France, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Norway, among others.

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Artists Against Apartheid XIII

July 2nd, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Culture, Palestine, Quebec, Events
    launch for Montreal Artists declaration in solidarity with Palestine

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    Thursday July 22 20h
    Suggested donation 5-10$
    La Sala Rossa
    4848 St. Laurent
    Montreal, Quebec

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