All posts for September 2010

Spanish Parliament condemns Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s conviction

September 8th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Prisoners
    8 September 2010 | Popular Struggle


    Photo Painting on Israeli apartheid wall.

The Spanish Parliament followed the footsteps of the EU and the Desmond Tutu of the Elders, and joined the rising tide of international criticism over Abu Rahmah’s conviction of incitement by an Israeli military court.

The Spanish Parliament’s Intergroup for Palestine issued a statement that expressed their “deep concern that Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s potential incarceration aims at preventing him and other Palestinians from exercising their legitimate right to protest against the existence of the Wall in a non violent manner.” (full text of the statement is available below or here in the Spanish original)


Artist Action for Education in Palestine

September 8th, 2010 | Posted in Canada, Culture, Palestine, Quebec

solidarity concert for the World Education Forum in Palestine fall 2010


    Friday September 24th 21h 2010
    suggested donation: $10-20
    download PDF poster
    Cabaret Mile-End
    5240 avenue du Parc
    (close to Fairmount)
    Montréal, Québec


An artist’s pledge to boycott

September 4th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine
    Dave Lordan, Electronic Intifada 27 August 2010


Photo ActiveStills Oren Ziv The boycott movement threatens the visage of respectability and normality which the leaders of apartheid Israel so desperately crave.

I am proud to be among the many Irish and Ireland-based artists from across creative disciplines who have chosen to publicly support the growing campaign of boycott against apartheid Israel. Compared to the imprisoned Palestinian people themselves and to those taking part in flotillas and other perilous anti-apartheid activities in Palestine our contribution and risk may be justly considered small. At most we might lose the chance of lucrative invitations to read, perform or display our works in parts of the US where apartheid Israel’s supporters hold the power of censorship. Departments of foreign affairs and ministries of culture may also not include us among those artists they can rely upon to project a lying image of a harmonious, bon vivant and, above all, harmlessly apolitical intelligentsia. We are sure to be slandered and ridiculed by the hired bullies of the global media empires.


Ties that Bind: Canada & Israel

September 4th, 2010 | Posted in Canada, Palestine
    Dominion August 2010 by Yavar Hameed & Jeffrey Monaghan


    Photo Israeli soldiers patrol Dome of the Rock in occupied east Jerusalem.

OTTAWA—Canadian military officials have undertaken a comprehensive effort with their Israeli counterparts to “pursue deeper relationships,” to borrow from Israel’s weapons, war training, and counter-insurgency strategies, and to strengthen diplomatic ties, according to documents obtained through access to information (ATI) requests.


Massive Attack on Israel boycott

September 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine
    William Parry, 3 September 2010, New Statesman


    Photo Massive Attack performing in London.

The movement for a cultural boycott of Israel in response to its treatment of the Palestinians, modelled on the boycott of apartheid South Africa, could eclipse decades of disingenuous political charades in engaging western intellectuals, academics and artists. Internationally renowned figures such as Naomi Klein and Ken Loach have supported the call, and now one of Britain’s most successful bands, Massive Attack, is publicly backing the boycott.


Gaza’s industries suffer under siege

September 1st, 2010 | Posted in Economy, Palestine
    Mel Frykberg, Inter Press Service 23 August 2010


    Photo: Palestinians selling items on Gaza street.

Gaza City – Just off Omar al-Mukhtar Street, Gaza City’s main thoroughfare, in a narrow, sandy alleyway is a little second-hand clothing shop. In the dimly lit store, with only intermittent electricity for some hours a day at best, sits a single battered and aging sewing machine.

This is where Khaled Nassan, a father of four children, tries in vain to eke out a living repairing and selling second-hand clothing. Nassan charges the equivalent of 25 cents on average to repair an item. Gazans can’t afford to pay the dollar it used to cost. Nassan is lucky if he takes home $20 a day.


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