¬†¬†¬† 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 Ira Glunts¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬†¬† MONDOWEISS¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† 20 May 2013
Palestinian-American Raed Zidan became the first Palestinian to reach the summit of the earth’s highest mountain last Saturday, dedicating his climb to Palestinians – especially political prisoners.
Zidan was one of 35 foreigners, along with 29 Nepalese Sherpa guides, intent on reaching the summit and raising a million dollars to promote education in Nepal. Calling themselves “Arabs With Altitude,” Zidan was joined by two men from Qatar and Iran, and by¬†25-year-old Raha Moharrak, who became the first Saudi Arabian woman to reach the world’s tallest peak.
According to Ynet:
Raed Zidan was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents who immigrated from a village near Qalqilya. ¬†Zidan, who is living in the US, is a seasoned mountaineer who had previously scaled Mount Kilimanjaro. There, as on top of Nepal [Everest], he erected a Palestinian flag, saying he dedicates his feat to Palestinians, especially those “languishing” in Israeli prisons. Read More…
by Pamela Olson¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬†¬† If Americans Knew¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬†¬† 12 April 2013
Israel has a population of approximately 7.8 million, or a million fewer than the state of New Jersey. It is among the world‚Äôs most affluent nations, with a per capita income similar to that of the European Union. Israel‚Äôs unemployment rate of 5.6% is much better than America‚Äôs 9.1%, and Israel‚Äôs net trade, earnings, and payments is ranked 48th in the world while the US sits at a dismal 198th.
Yet Israel receives approximately 10% of America‚Äôs foreign aid budget every year. The US has, in fact, given more aid to Israel than it has to all the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean combined‚ÄĒwhich have a total population of over a billion people. And foreign aid is just one component of the staggering cost of our alliance with Israel.
Given the tremendous costs, it is critical to examine why we lavish so much aid on Israel, and whether it is worth Americans‚Äô hard-earned tax dollars. But first, let‚Äôs take a look at what our alliance with Israel truly costs. Read More…
BADIL Education Centre
WATCH VIDEO HERE
To see more than 80 films, photo-stories and interviews about Palestine’s Ongoing Nakba please visit the ever expanding project website
Coordinator, BAIL’s Ongoing Nakba Education Centre
Editor- Generation Palestine: Voices from the BDS Movement (PLUTO Press 2013)
Editor’s Note: As we are unable for copyright reasons, to reproduce this article in full, we have selected the most pertinent points.¬† The rest of the article can be read if you have a subscription to The Australian.
by Stuart Rees¬†¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The Australian¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬†¬† 21 May 2013
“ANTI-SEMITE!” “Racist!” “Despicable values!” “Should be sacked!”
I received these comments and accusations following an article by Christian Kerr in The Australian on May 14. He correctly quoted me saying Liberal MP Christopher Pyne’s support for the London Declaration against anti-Semitism was “populist”.
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My point was that the London Declaration against anti-Semitism is a consensus document. Politicians are applauded and often applaud themselves for signing it and take no risk in doing so. Pyne’s press release was a “pat myself on the back eulogy” and a gratuitous attack on the Palestinian-initiated Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions supporters whose campaign is seldom explained in mainstream media and easily depicted as controversial. Read More…
by Rami A Khouri¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬† The Daily Star¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† 18 May 2013
An important but unclear aspect of the ongoing Arab uprisings has been how more democratic and legitimate Arab governments would impact on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Several incidents in Egypt indicate how government and popular street sentiment are likely to behave differently on Israel-Palestine than did the previous Mubarak regime. Now Jordan vividly captures the complexities and nuances of the consequences of more representative Arab governance systems.
The newly elected lower house of the Jordanian parliament last week asked the government to expel Israeli Ambassador Daniel Nevo, and to recall Jordan‚Äôs ambassador to Israel, Walid Obeidat. Neither of those things is going to happen, but the political dynamics of the process are intriguing, and highlight an issue that other Arabs must also address in due course: What do Arab governments do when they prefer to maintain peaceful relations with Israel and satisfy American government dictates, but their citizens are angry with Israeli policies and want to take political-diplomatic action to express their discontent?
The Jordanian parliament‚Äôs vote was non-binding, and will not result in any changes because its decisions must be ratified by a majority of the upper house of parliament, which is appointed by the king. This vote was especially intriguing because the lower house that was elected last November, in a vote boycotted by the Muslim Brotherhood‚Äôs party, was thought to be dominated by pro-government tribal interests, and thus would be little more than a rubber stamp body. Read More…
by Annie Robbins¬†¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† MONDOWEISS¬†¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬†¬† 16 May 2013
What happened at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher on May 4th, “Holy Saturday”, the eve of Easter Sunday? Outraged Christians are decrying Israeli police measures that prevented Palestinians from worshiping on that day:
We, the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, watched with sorrowful hearts the horrific scenes of the brutal treatment of our clergy, people, and pilgrims in the Old City of Jerusalem during Holy Saturday last week. A day of joy and celebration was turned to great sorrow and pain for some of our faithful because they were ill-treated by some Israeli policemen who were present around the gates of the Old City and passages that lead to the Holy Sepulcher. Read More…
by Pat Strickland¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† Palestine Monitor¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬† 18 May 2013
JERUSALEM‚ÄĒMainstream media outlets are marred with depictions of Palestinians as kuffiyeh-draped militants who indoctrinate in their children a ‚Äúculture of hate‚ÄĚ and take up arms against their morally superior, democratic and pluralistic Israeli opponent. Equally flawed and Orientalist in character, more subtle presentations frame debates in strictly policy-oriented lexicon and fail to contextualize Palestinian political violence against a historical backdrop of ¬†the infinitely greater violence inherent to forced dispossession, colonization and occupation.
The late Palestinian intellectual Edward Said wrote in a 1986 essay, ‚ÄúWhether the deflection will be longstanding or temporary remains to be seen, but given the almost unconditional assent of the media, intellectuals and policy-makers to the terrorist vogue, the prospects for a return to a semblance of sanity are not encouraging.‚ÄĚ
Little has changed today. Read More…
by Jane Ferguson¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬†¬† Aljazeera¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬† 15 May 2013
It can be a hard concept to grasp, but soon there will be no originally displaced Palestinians. No one left alive who was around when they were either driven from their homes in 1948, or fled fearing for their lives.
Around five million Palestinians live scattered across the world now – many are the children of the children of the over 750,000 displaced during the 1947 to 1949 fighting which saw Israel declared a state and land annexed. But few are like Husun al-Azza. She is old enough to remember it.
When her family fled the village of Beit Jabreen, they had spent¬†10 days hiding in nearby Roman Era caves, terrified of the Israeli planes which flew low over their homes. Read More…
by Stuart Littlewood¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬†¬† REDRESS¬†¬†¬†¬† -¬†¬†¬†¬† 18 May 2013
The Church of Scotland‚Äôs revised report, The Inheritance of Abraham?‚Äô A Report on the ‚ÄúPromised Land‚ÄĚ, has now been released ahead of their Assembly.
The Church felt obliged to change some of it after Jewish leaders sought to interfere, one complaining that it was ‚Äúan outrage to everything that interfaith dialogue stands for‚Ä¶ and closes the door on meaningful dialogue‚ÄĚ. Another said: ‚ÄúIt reads like an Inquisition-era polemic against Jews and Judaism.‚ÄĚ
The Israeli ambassador moaned that it belittled the deeply held Jewish attachment to the land of Israel in a way which was ‚Äútruly hurtful‚ÄĚ.
So do the changes amount to a caving-in to Zionist meddlers? Read More…