All posts for January 2008

Montreal Demonstration: Break the Siege on Gaza!

    occurring within the context of the international Israeli Apartheid Week.


    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9th, 12:30
    Maisonneuve & Mackay
    (metro Guy-Concordia)
    Montreal, Quebec

    * bring banners, signs, placards, noise-makers…


Gaza: Beit Hanoun, Northern Gaza Strip

    Palestinian Center for Human Rights: Narratives Under Siege.


    Photo: Palestinian refugee.

Whenever he stands at his front door, or looks out of an upstairs window, Jamal Swailem can clearly see Erez Crossing. His house lies just 400 metres from Erez, close enough for him to see pedestrians walking through the crossing into Gaza; and also close enough for the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) to see every move the Swailem family make.


Link: Israel Academic Boycott?

January 30th, 2008 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Politics, Resistance, Solidarity

    Link. By Rita Cant.


    Photo: Palestinian students in the West Bank.

An angry debate was reignited in the Guardian last summer over calls for an academic boycott of Israeli universities by British ones. The United Kingdom’s University and College Union recommended boycotting Israeli academics’ “complicity” in their government’s occupation of Palestine. The act hearkens back to the 1965 academic boycott of apartheid South Africa, which the union considered instrumental in ending state-sponsored segregation.


Seven killed in Beirut violence

January 28th, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Politics, Repression

    BBC: Sunday, January 27th.


    Photo: Lebanese soldiers in Beirut.

Seven people have been killed in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, after a demonstration against power cuts descended into violence.

Shots were fired as the army intervened when protesters tried to block a road.

An activist from the opposition Shia Amal movement was killed, triggering violent protests in which six more people were killed, reports say.


Gaza: Breaking out

    Al-Ahram: As ordinary Palestinians force their way into Egypt from besieged
    Gaza, the Israeli-instigated humanitarian crisis is carried with them…


    Photo: Palestinians trying to buy bread crowd outside a bakery in Gaza…

Qualified as a “war crime” by Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa and illegal “collective punishment” by the European Union and international agencies, the humanitarian and political crisis created by Israel’s five-day hermetic seal on Gaza is taking a toll not only on the 1.5 million inhabitants of the impoverished coastal strip. Damaged “beyond repair”, according to several Palestinians speaking to Al-Ahram Weekly from Rafah, is the image of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is being widely blamed for “turning a blind eye to the misery of his own people in Gaza” while continuing to engage in talks with Israel on peace.


Lebanon: Deminers find new cluster bomb sites without Israeli data

January 27th, 2008 | Posted in Beirut, Lebanon, Palestine, Politics, Resistance, Solidarity, War and Terror

    Report: IRIN, UN humanitarian news and information service, 23 January 2008.


    Deminers from the Mine Action Group scour farmland in the village of
    Zawtar West in south Lebanon for Israeli-dropped cluster bombs.
    (Hugh Macleod/IRIN)

ZAWTAR WEST, 22 January: Deminers clearing Israeli-dropped cluster bombs in south Lebanon are turning up an average of 10 new sites per month, while Israel continues to ignore requests for data that would assist clearing the estimated one million unexploded bomblets, which continue to kill and maim civilians and decimate rural livelihoods. A single cluster bomb can disperse hundreds of bomblets.


Palestine: Down goes the wall

January 25th, 2008 | Posted in Palestine, Politics, Repression, Resistance, Solidarity, War and Terror

    Laila El-Haddad, Live from Palestine, 25 January 2008


    Photo: Palestinian children play on top of the bombed metal fence that used to
    separate the Gaza Strip and Egypt at Rafah. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)

Last night I received a text message from my dear friend Fida: “It’s coming down — it’s coming down!” she declared ecstatically. “Laila! The Palestinians destroyed [the] Rafah wall, all of it. All of it not part of it! Your sister, Fida.”


Demonstration: End the Israeli siege on Gaza!

    bring banners, signs, placards, noise-makers…


    FRIDAY, JANUARY 25th, 2pm
    corner of Maisonneuve & Mackay
    ends at Square Phillips
    (metro Guy-Concordia)
    Montreal, Quebec


Montreal: Israeli Apartheid Week

    60 Years of Nakba: End Israeli Apartheid.


    Tadamon! Montreal invites you to participate in a series
    of events to mark Israeli Apartheid Week in Montreal…

Cities across Canada and around the world are participating in a global week of action against Israeli apartheid from 3 to 10 February. Israeli Apartheid Week, initiated at the grassroots level in Palestine, is now in its fourth consecutive year. In 2008, Israeli Apartheid Week occurs during the 60th year of the Palestinian Nakba (“catastrophe”)– 60 years of dispossession, ethnic cleansing and exile for Palestinians resulting from the creation of the state of Israel.

    radio publicity here.


Palestinian hip-hop doc premieres at Sundance

January 22nd, 2008 | Posted in Culture, Palestine, Politics, Resistance

    Agence France Presse (AFP). Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008


    Photo: Nigel Parry, DAM performing in New York City.

The Palestinian hip-hop group DAM, which has spawned a cult following and a small army of imitators, stars in a new film about the underground music scene in the Middle East, which premiered on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. “Slingshot Hip Hop,” by director Jackie Salloum, offers a peek into contemporary life in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, as well as the Middle East hip-hop culture inspired by the political positions of American rappers such as Chuck D, Tupac Shakur and Eminem.


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