¬†¬†¬† Palestinian land loss due to Zionist land grabs for Israel’s creation and its ongoing expansion
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¬†¬†¬† B O Y C O T T¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† D I V E S T M E N T¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† S A N C T I O N S
Australians for Palestine fully endorses Palestinian Civil Society‚Äôs call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights.¬† It joins the global movement against
Israeli Apartheid and will concentrate its efforts on developing material and providing information about the BDS
call and how it can be implemented.¬† AFP’s BDS aims and guidelines can be found HERE.¬† ¬† AFP has also created
a learning video called “BDS explained – DID YOU KNOW?” which can be seen HERE and OMAR BARGHOUTI,
founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) explains
BDS and answers the arguments against it HERE¬† A list of products to boycott can be found HERE (by no means
comprehensive) or in our BDS Manual which can be downloaded from our website (top of left hand column).
by Nicola Nasser¬†¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬† The Palestine Chronicle¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† 12 December 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was scheduled to start his ninth trip of shuttle diplomacy between Palestinian and Israeli leaders on this December 11. However, the bridging ‚Äúsecurity arrangements,‚ÄĚ which he proposed less than a week earlier on his last trip, have backfired and are now snowballing into a major crisis with Palestinian negotiators who view Kerry‚Äôs ‚Äúideas‚ÄĚ as a coup turning the US top diplomat from a mediator into an antagonist.
Kerry‚Äôs ‚Äúideas‚ÄĚ had provoked a ‚Äúreal crisis‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúwill drive Kerry‚Äôs efforts to an impasse and to total failure,‚ÄĚ the secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Yasser Abed Rabbo, said on this December 9.
Resumption of the peace talks and U.S. involvement in the negotiations with Israel were both on record Palestinian demands. Disappointed by the deadlocked negotiations and more by the way Kerry decided finally to get his country involved, the Palestinian presidency expectedly stands now to regret both demands. Read More…
by Barak Ravid¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† Haaretz¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† 13 December 2013
A senior European diplomat met with an Israeli counterpart a few weeks ago and one of the topics they discussed was the continued European Union sanctions against the settlements. They raised in their conversation the possible scenario that Israeli produce from the West Bank would be marked as such in European supermarkets. The conversation points to one of the gravest threats Israel will face in the coming year, namely its growing international isolation.
‚ÄúThe marking of produce from the [Palestinian] territories is on hold at this stage,” the European diplomat said to his Israeli interlocutor. ‚ÄúHowever, should the negotiations with the Palestinians run aground you should expect a deluge of sanctions.‚ÄĚ The Israeli official was taken aback by the sharp words. ‚ÄúAren‚Äôt the circumstances of a breakdown in negotiations relevant,‚ÄĚ he asked. The European replied laconically, ‚Äúthe way things look now, you will be the losers in the blame game.‚ÄĚ Read More…
by Jessica Purkiss¬†¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† MEMO-Middle East Monitor¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† 11 December 2013
The festive season has begun. In Bethlehem, a large Christmas tree stands tall in Manger Square. The tree is a gift to the Palestinians from USAID, the lead US government agency primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid.
Just five minutes down the road, in Aida Refugee Camp, clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli soldiers are a regular occurrence. For weeks residents have been ducking tear canisters and rubber coated steel bullets on an almost daily basis. The weapons, fired by Israeli soldiers, like the decorations that adorn the tree, were made in the US.
This year residents of the camp erected their own Christmas tree in Manger Square. The tree was adorned with US-made tear gas canisters, stun grenades, and ammunition that had been fired at Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces in the camp the day before.
They hoped to highlight the “hypocrisy‚ÄĚ of the US, which, while donating $40,000 to fund the Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, has also equipped the Israeli military with 670 million weapons over a nine year period. In those 9 years, soldiers belonging to that same military have killed 2,960 unarmed Palestinians. Read More…
Jonathan Cook¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† MONDOWEISS¬†¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† 11 December 2013
As United States envoys shuttle back and forth in search of a peace formula to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a matter supposedly settled decades ago is smouldering back into life.
In what was billed as a ‚Äúday of rage‚ÄĚ last month, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to protest against a plan to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin from their ancestral lands inside Israel, in the Negev (Naqab).
The clashes were the worst between Israeli police and the country‚Äôs large Palestinian minority since the outbreak of the second intifada 13 years ago, with police using batons, stun grenades, water cannon and arrests to deter future protests.
Things are only likely to get more heated. The so-called Prawer Plan, being hurried through parliament, will authorise the destruction of more than 30 Bedouin villages, forcibly relocating the inhabitants to deprived, overcrowded townships. Built decades ago, these urban reservations languish at the bottom of every social and economic index. Read More…
by Samira Shackle¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† MEMO-MiddleEast Monitor¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† 10 December 2013
Israel’s settlements – civilian communities built on land occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War – are widely accepted to be illegal under international law. They have been classified as such by the International Court of Justice and repeatedly by the United Nations, which holds that the settlements violate the fourth Geneva Convention. Not a single foreign government supports Israel’s settlement programme, and even its staunch allies in America and the UK make statements criticising it as a barrier to peace.
Yet despite this rare unity of international opinion, beyond such statements, very little has been done to make Israel dismantle its settlements, or to prevent them from expanding further and further into Palestinian land. Indeed, during Israel’s election campaign in January, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged that if he were elected, not a single settlement would be dismantled. Settler politicians such as Naftali Bennett have explicitly spoken about settlements changing the “facts on the ground” and making a two-state solution unviable. Read More…
by Ola al-Tamimi¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† Al Akhbar English¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† 29 November 2013
In the West Bank‚Äôs Jenin refugee camp, the Palestinian Authority is conducting a security campaign. Its objective: apprehend activists and resistance members who oppose the US-brokered Palestinian negotiations with Israel.
Jenin ‚Äď Since the resumption of negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government in July, there have been several achievements: 17 Palestinian martyrs (three of whom died Tuesday at the hands of Israeli troops); 400 Palestinians detained by Israel; and 50 Palestinians detained by the Palestinian Authority.
Meanwhile, settlement activity continues unabated in Jerusalem and other West Bank cities without any regard for the promises made by the broker of the negotiations, the US administration, in order to get the Palestinian Authority to return to the negotiating table.
Expressing any opposition to the negotiations by the public or Palestinian political groups has become taboo. As a result, scores of people have been detained by the Palestinian Authority to ensure negotiations can continue smoothly. Read More…
by Judith Butler¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† The Nation¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬†¬† 8 December 2013
I was appalled to read the article ‚ÄúWhat Does the American Studies Association‚Äôs Israel Boycott Mean for Academic Freedom?‚ÄĚ in the The Nation online. Michelle Goldberg erroneously attributes to me a position against academic freedom and for the boycott from an article I wrote in 2006. In fact, if anyone were to consult that piece in Radical Philosophy, it would clearly be seen that at the time I did not support the cultural and academic boycott of Israel, and that the position attributed to me was one that I was characterizing for the purposes of explicitly disagreeing with that view. This is shabby journalism, and it points to the high level of irresponsible accusation that has marked the effort to demean the American Studies Association‚Äôs principled and courageous stand. I believe that the only version of BDS that can be defended is one that is compatible with principles of academic freedom. That is my published view, and it has remained the same throughout my concern with this issue (I began to support the boycott in 2009). I believe Michelle Goldberg should retract this article or offer a public apology. Read More…
by Nancy Murray¬†¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† MONDOWEISS¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬†¬† 7 December 2013
As Massachusetts officials and businessmen prepare to launch water industry collaborations with Israeli companies, they should be aware of certain facts about ‚ÄúIsrael‚Äôs innate understanding of water issues‚ÄĚ (as Boston Globe reporter Erin Ailworth put it in a November 17 front page article).
Both Palestinians under occupation and Palestinian citizens of Israel are paying a heavy price for what Ailworth terms ‚Äúthe modern version of the land of milk and honey.‚ÄĚ The Israeli government has created one integrated water system for both ‚ÄėIsrael proper‚Äô and the occupied Palestinian territory that benefits Israeli Jews, while depriving the Palestinian population in both areas of their right to access water.
The Interfaith Peace-Builders delegation that I led to the West Bank and Israel last month saw the impact of Israel‚Äôs discriminatory water policies.¬† These have been documented by the UN, World Bank, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the US State Department and water researchers from Tufts University, among others. Read More…
A conversation with Roger Waters¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† MONDOWEISS¬†¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬†¬† 7 December 2013
Phone interview recorded on 4th¬†December 2013 by Frank Barat for ‚ÄúThe Wall has ears‚ÄĚ
Listen to full audio version of interview¬†here.
Frank Barat: When did you make the decision to make the ¬ę¬†Wall tour¬†¬Ľ (that ended in Paris in September 2013) so political¬†? And why did you dedicate the final concert to Jean-Charles De Menezes¬†?
Roger Waters: The first show was October 14th¬†2010. We started working on content of show with Sean Evans in 2009. I had already decided to make it much broader politically than it had been in 1979/80. It could not be just about this whinny little guy who didn‚Äôt like his teachers. It had to be more universal. That‚Äôs why ‚Äėfallen loved ones‚Äô came into it (the shows are showing pictures of people that died during wars) trying to universalise the sense of grief and loss that we all feel towards family members killed in conflict. Whatever the wars or the circumstances,they¬†(in the non western world), feel has much lost as¬†we¬†do. Wars become an important symbol because of that separation between ‚Äėus and them,‚Äô which is fundamental to all conflicts. Regarding Jean-Charles, we used to do Brick II with three solos at the end and I decided that three solos was too much, it was boring me. So sitting in a hotel room, one night, I was thinking about what I could do instead of that. Somebody had recently sent me a photograph of Jean-Charles De Menezes to go on the wall. So he was in my mind and I thought that I should sing his story. I wrote that song, taught it to the band, and that‚Äôs what we did. Read More…
In his acceptance speech, given at an official Hanukkah party in New York, Mayor Bloomberg remained true to U.S. Jewish American politics and thus, before making his speech, cleared his intention to donate the money to ‚Äúpromote commerce between the people in Palestine and the people in Israel‚ÄĚ with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
As a Palestinian American businessman on the ground in the occupied Palestinian territory for twenty years, I did not know whether to laugh or cry at this seemingly generous announcement. This well-intentioned act is flawed for several reasons. Read More…