|Born to Demolish||Jeff Halper - ICAHD - "...we were accosted by a slim, blond Border Policeman, probably of Russian origin. "I was born to demolish Palestinian homes," he informed us mockingly, a big smile on his face, a swagger in his movements. "I love demolishing homes. I wake up in the morning hungry to demolish homes."
|Israeli Independence Day vs. Nakba Commemoration at East Renfrewshire, Scotland ||Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign - An intense controversy, campaigning and counter-campaigning was aroused by the East Renfrewshire Council in Scotalnd decsision to officially participate in the `Israel at 60 Celebrations`. The council decided to the Council has withdraw the facility of using the council`s flag pole to raise the Israeli flag, but the Civic Leader of East Renfrewshire, Provost Mackie, will still be attending the event in an official capacity. In a curious compromise wording, the council defined the Israeli Independence day event as intended to `celebrate 60 years of modern Palestine` - a formulation displeasing to Israelis and Palestinians alike.
|Jerusalem municipal elections and the one-state solution||Walid M. Awad - Maan News - Should Israel persist in its current anti-peace policies, causing the collapse of President Abbas` Authority, Palestinians will turn to the apparently unavoidable option and demand a one state solution. a start in this direction could begin in November when the Jerusalem municipality council elections are due. The 250,000 Palestinians in Arab East Jerusalem, eligible to vote in the municipal elections may make a U-turn and decide to participate in the elections. If the Palestinian leadership so choose, Palestinian Jerusalemites could constitute one third of the municipal council. The implications of such a move are wide-ranging. Up to 1948, the vast majority of Jerusalem mayors were Palestinian Arabs.||29/4/2008|
|Protest impending closure of Palestinian orphanages|| ||29/4/2008|
|Jimmy Carter does what the “gutless wonders” are afraid to do||Stuart Littlewood - Radio Free Palestine/Redress Information -
Things are going from bad to worse in the Holy Land while the international community does what it does best: twiddling its thumbs.(...) Carter has done at a stroke what peace envoy Blair was too dim or cowardly to do and what all the gutless wonders who represent us at the UN are afraid even to contemplate. While hell and disaster continue to stalk the Holy Land, a shortcut has to be found. Nowadays it takes good men like Jimmy Carter to bypass the stooge-infested diplomatic machinery and go straight to the nub of the issue, and connect with the key players. We need more like him.
|The World must Step in ||MIFTAH - MIFTAH believes it is time that Israel is held accountable in international courts and in the corridors of the Security Council for the crimes it commits against Palestinians. Similar to the crippling sanctions the UN imposes on other countries that fail to comply with international law, Israel should not be immune to such measures. If the international community continues to turn a blind eye to the atrocities committed against the Palestinians, such as the killing of mother and children today, the Palestinians will continue to be targets of indiscriminate Israeli military attacks, which far too often claim the lives of innocent bystanders
|DON"T SAY WE DID NOT KNOW #106||ICAHD-"The next day Hamed`s father found his son`s dead body on the land of Hamra with signs of abuse. An Israeli police officer determined that the signs are those of murder. The family suspects that settlers from Hamra murdered their son."||25/4/2008|
|Boycott Israel at the Turin Book Fair||Global Women`s Strike/Payday Men`s Network - In Italy and internationally there has been a mounting groundswell of public opinion and actions against the outrageous decision of the Turin Book Fair (8-12 May 2008) to invite the State of Israel as the guest of honour. You may have already received our report of the picket of the Italian Embassy in London, and our letter calling for a boycott of the Book Fair. Please add your name to the letter (below) addressed to Italian ambassadors or write your own, and circulate among your friends and networks. ||23/4/2008|
|International campaing against Leviev stores in Dubai ||Adalah-NY - New York human rights activists, and representatives of the West Bank Palestinian villages of Bil`in and Jayyous called on the government and the people of the United Arab Emirates to boycott the recently-opened jewelry stores of Israeli billionaire and diamond magnate Lev Leviev, involved in settlement construction. ||22/4/2008|
|Sorry, meeing with Dr. Eyad Sarraj cancelled. || ||22/4/2008|
|Happy Passover and Have a Pleasant Closure||Bassam Aramin - "How beautiful and wondrous is the exodus from slavery to freedom, and how glorious is liberation from the ropes of enslavement! How heavenly is it to be freed from occupation, and how fine is the justice that follows oppression! […] Take, for instance, the holiday of Passover, the holiday of liberation that is going on right now. […] the members of the Israeli families, like all Jews around the world, talk about the value of freedom for all humans, regardless of their differences—with the exception of the Palestinians whom they place on the outside of this moral equation"||21/4/2008|
|An Open Letter to Nadine Gordimer: From the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine||The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine - AIC - "Dear Nadine Gordimer: Many of us who paid attention to, and valued, your writing during the dark days of apartheid are dismayed to see that you are participating in the International Writers Festival in Israel in May. It can only send a dispiriting message to the Palestinians that a writer of your moral standing and international renown is prepared to appear in a city at least half of which is under illegal military occupation"
|Jews for Justice for Palestinians: Pesach message||Published by Jews for Justice for Palestinians. Endorsed by the Occupation Magazine Editorial Board. "The blockade of Gaza will simply perpetuate the vicious cycle of terror rooted in the long Israeli occupation and settlement of Palestinian land. It can only serve to distort values in Israeli society and breed yet more hatred. Maror, matzot and charoset remind us of the bitterness of slavery and the joy of freedom. Can we, in all conscience, enjoy our Seder meals while both peoples suffer, and the promise of a just peace recedes with terrifying speed?". ||19/4/2008|
|New alliance opposing Israeli policies dismissed as `rump` group by CJC head||Stuart Laidlaw -TORONTO STAR-""We should be standing up for everyone`s human rights," Ralph says. She charges that Israel has ignored Palestinians` rights in Gaza and the West Bank, where shortages of food, water and medicine have made life difficult. "All these despicable acts become fodder for a rising tide of anti-Semitism worldwide," she says." "||18/4/2008|
|Letter to Nadine Gordimer concerning her attendance at the first International Writers` Festival in Jerusalem||Paula Abrams-Hourani -Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East (Austria)-"Several Israeli artists have refused to take part in celebrations this year because of Palestinian suffering and Israel’s military occupation such as the poet, Aharon Shabtai, and the conductor and pianist, Daniel Barenboim. Other artists, such as the British artist, Banksy, who painted the apartheid wall surrounding Bethlehem, the violinist, Nigel Kennedy, and the filmmaker and director, Ken Loach, have also condemned the practices which are being carried out in the Occupied Territories. Some, such as Ken Loach and Nigel Kennedy, have boycotted Israel."||18/4/2008|
|Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) resolution||CAIA -Electronic Newsletter-"The resolution commits CUPW to "support the international campaign of BDS until Israel meets its obligations to recognize the Palestinian people`s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of
international law including the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands as stipulated in UN Resolution 194." "||18/4/2008|
|The latest demonstration at Bil`in - video||The latest demonstration against the Apartheid fence at Bil`in: "Why did you shoot at my camera?"||27/4/2008|
|Christian leaders on 60 years anniversary: remember both joy and catrastrophe, make peace ||By Ben White & Philip Rizk - Justpeace60/Palestine Chrinicle - As the 60th anniversary of the creation of the state of Israel approaches, Western church leaders are putting their names to a historic joint declaration calling for a just peace in Palestine/Israel. Recognising that for many Israelis and Jews around the world, this landmark is a cause for joyful celebration, the declaration goes on to recognise that Palestinians will mark the same occasion by remembering 60 years since the Nakba (Catastrophe). ||15/4/2008|
|A different vision for Israel: Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians||Stuart Laidlaw - Toronto Star - Diana Ralph says the Alliance is needed to open up debate in her community. "When you try to ask about two subjects, there`s no room for discussion. One is circumcision and the other is support for Israel."||13/4/2008|
|New work too loud for orchestra||Kate Connolly - The Guardian - The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BR) said it had little choice but to drop the world premiere of Swedish-Israeli composer Dror Feiler`s Halat Hisar (State of Siege), from a concert because it was "adverse to the health" of its musicians. Feiler, 56, said that his work was "no louder than anything by Shostakovich or Wagner". He told the Munich Abendzeitung that he was willing to compromise but "there was no will there".||11/4/2008|
|Jews for Justice for Palestinians: Pesach message||As we tell this story of our liberation, the people of Gaza remain locked in an open-air prison, enduring severe deprivation of food, electricity, medical treatment and supplies. This collective punishment is illegal under international law and intensifies week by week.||11/4/2008|
|You are invited to participate in the Third Annual Conference in Bil`in, Palestine, 4-6 June 2008||CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Sixty years after Deir Yassin ||Ronnie Kasrils -
"That such barbarism was conducted by Jewish people a mere three years after the Holocaust must have been too ghastly to contemplate, as it would constitute a major embarrassment for the state of Israel, held-up as a "light unto nations;" hence the attempts to bury the truth behind a veil of secrecy and disinformation."||9/4/2008|
|To revive Gaza by Music - and shed the light on Gaza siege - for details click ||DONATE NOW for making the concert happen||8/4/2008|
|Activists urge boycott of Jerusalem literature festival||Electronic Intifada - The Alternative Information Center (AIC) calls on those who are working for social justice, along with Palestine solidarity groups from around the world, to contact the participating authors, particularly those from their home countries, and encourage them to boycott the first International Writers` Festival in Jerusalem, scheduled for 10-15 May 2008, in solidarity and support of a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis.||13/4/2008|
|Dr. Norman Finkelstein||Israel and Palestine: Roots of Conflict and Prospects for Peace
Speaker Series. www.cjpme.ca.||6/4/2008|
|Hebron Rehabilitation Committee - reversing the ethnic cleansing ||Emad Abdallah Hamdan - This Week In Palestine - Since the beginning of Israeli colonization in Hebron, the Israeli authorities forcefully began the systematic expulsion of Palestinian civilians from the old city. In 1952 the Old City`s population was 10,000, but due to Israeli aggression and other political, social, and economic reasons, the population decreased to 400 in 1996. Buildings were deserted, and the Palestinians who remained in the old city lived in constant misery. Through the efforts of the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee to make the old city more liveable by renovating and restoring abandoned buildings, the city’s population is growing again. The present population is approximately 5,000. The Hebron Rehabilitation Committee encouraged counter-immigration through bringing people from all over the West Bank to live in the city of Hebron and strengthening social ties among people. This had the result of creating a pluralist and diverse society in Hebron, attracting Palestinians from various educational and social backgrounds to the city.
|New Canadian Jewish group opposes Israeli occupation ||EMEMC - On Sunday a new Jewish movement which opposes the Israeli occupation to the Palestinian territorieswas was formed in Canada. The movement, calling itself the Jewish Canadian Coalition, wishes to be an alternative to the established Jewish Canadian Congress.
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