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Music above fighting

5 May

” Music Above Fighting “. The story follows two people from opposing sides singing Imagine by John Lennon to one another through a dividing wall and shows people who are trying to live and communicate through music, a powerful language that goes beyond bombs, fighting and differences.

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What to do with Israel?

10 Jun

Last Monday Israel ‘intercepted’ the freedom flotilla bound to Gaza to deliver 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid, the ‘interception’  in international waters, left 9 of the humanitarian activists  dead. Israel claims the killings were in ‘self-defense’ as they were being attack by chairs, clubs and knives. One of the victims was a 19 year old US citizen who was shot in the head 4 times at 45cm, so DEFEND themselves they did.

Israel has seized all the video and photographs taken by the journalists on the ship and has only allowed their own EDITED video, and photographs, including a IDF released photograph that was apparently taken on the ship. However the picture is somewhat confusing the picture was obviously taken on daylight but the ship was attacked at night. To learn more about the picture you can go to Max Blumenthal’s blog who has carefully examined the oddities of IDF’s released information:

http://maxblumenthal.com/2010/06/nailed-again-under-pressure-idf-and-haaretz-retract-description-of-suspicious-idf-distributed-photo/

The Rache Correy ship was also intercepted o Friday so all the humanitarian efforts seems to be worhtless, it did  cause, however, an uproar on the international community and increase the awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza due to the imposed  (illegal) blockade by Israel.

But will Israel ever be punish for playing pirates on international waters and killing 9 civilians, although the international community has condemned the attack, Israel’s biggest allied the United States (and financial supporter) continues to defend Israel’s right to know what was on the ship and of course to “defend” themselves. Obama has called for an investigation that “meets international standards” but has not called for an un-biased international investigation as requested by the UN and the international community. Israel has rejected an international investigation.

Let’s face it, like the disproportionate attack on Gaza in December of 2008, where almost 1500 Palestinians were killed, Israel will come out untouched. Even the efforts of the Goldstone report to bring the Israeli Defense Forces to the UN Human Rights Council for crimes against humanity were doomed. Perhaps that is why Richard Falk, a United Nations special rapporteur on Palestinian human rights said when interviewed on Democracy Now! “that the best hope for the Palestinians is not at a governmental level or through reliance on the United Nations, but rather through the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign, which has increasingly come to resemble the anti-apartheid campaign that was so successful in delegitimizing the racist regime in South Africa.”

Naomi Klein, author and journalist,  has also called for a boycott on Israel stating “It’s time. Long past time. The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa.”

How do we boycott? according to the BDS movement (http://bdsmovement.net/) we can do it in 3 ways:

1-Consumer Boycott

Individual consumers can show their opposition to Israel’s project by participating in a consumer boycott of Israeli goods and services. A consumer boycott works in two ways: firstly by generating bad publicity for the offender and secondly by applying economic pressure for change.

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2-Academic/Cultural Boycott

Gorillaz, The Pixies and Elvis Costello are some of the artists that have canceled their concerts in Israel

Relevant website: www.pacbi.org

Academic and cultural collaboration boosts Israel’s image on the international stage. By refusing to participate in cultural exchange, artists and cultural institutions globally can send a clear message to Israel that their occupation and discrimination against Palestinians is unacceptable. In particular, the academic boycott can have significant impact on the establishment that is responsible for promoting theories and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of Israeli policies of occupation and discrimination.

3- Sports Boycott

International sporting events can play an important role in shaping a country’s image in the rest of the world. A sporting boycott of Israel would send a powerful message that its policy of occupation, expulsion and racism against Palestinians is unacceptable.

Swiss activists distrupt Israel's World Cup qualifier

Swiss activists disrupts Israel’s World Cup qualifier, September 2007

But there are also a call to boycott the companies that support Israel’s policies and 13 companies with the worst record for supporting Israel’s policies are:

General Electric

CATerpillar

The Home Depot

The Limited (Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza)

Starbucks

McDonald’s

Estée Lauder

L’Oréal

Delta Galil

Marks & Spencer

Sara Lee

Coca-Cola (Ive alway’s liked Pepsi anyway)

Intel

Additional companies you may wish to boycott, that I haven’t profiled here, are:

Danone (yogurt, HP, Lea & Perrins, Evian water, Jacob biscuits),

Kimberly-Clark (Kleenex, Kotex, Huggies),

Johnson & Johnson

Nokia, Nestlé, and Timberland.

Please let me know your thoughts and if you know of any other ways to boycott apartheid Israel or if you want any other information. I will be happy to do my research.

Blinding the Witnesses

10 Jun

By Naomi Klein – June 4th, 2010

There is something way too literal about Israel shooting out the eye of a witness to its crimes.

This photograph of Emily Henochowicz’s bandaged face needs to be seen by the world.

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Like many of us around the world, Henochowicz, a 21-year-old Cooper Union art student, joined protests on Monday against Israel’s outrageous attack on the humanitarian flotilla. But unfortunately, the protest Emily attended was in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and like so many protests in the West Bank, it was violently attacked by the IDF. According to a report from the International Solidarity Movement, Emily was “hit in the face with a tear gas projectile fired directly at her by an Israeli soldier during the demonstration at Qalandiya checkpoint today.” Sören Johanssen, a Swedish activist standing beside Henochowicz, reported that, “They fired many canisters at us in rapid succession. One landed on either side of Emily, then the third one hit her in the face.”

This courageous young woman is now the wrenching embodiment of a policy that systematically targets witnesses and human rights advocates—from Stop the Wall’s Mohammad Othman, arrested on his way back from a European speaking tour, to the vicious smear campaign waged against Justice Richard Goldstone.

eyeVisiting Emily’s homepage, I was struck that eyeballs are a recurring theme in her work. Not surprising, I suppose, for a visual artist. But an eyeball was how she chose to present herself to the world.

And there are eyeballs all over this beautiful piece:

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That Mood (By Emily Henochowicz)

She devoted her life to seeing, to witnessing. And for this she lost her left eye.

We owe it to Emily to look at her tragedy—both its physical and its metaphorical implications—as hard as we possibly can.

Palestinians mark Prisoners Day

17 Apr

By Bilal Randeree

Marwan Barghouti, seen by some as a Palestinian Nelson Mandela, is a political leader who has been held by Israeli military since 2002 [Getty]

More than 7,000 Palestinians, including 270 who are under the age of 18, are currently held in Israeli prisons, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said in a statement released to coincide with Prisoners Day, which Palestinians mark on Saturday.

Three of the prisoners have been in jail for more than 30 years, and 315 for more than 15 years, PCBS said in the statement.

It is estimated that around 9,000 Palestinians are detained every year by Israel for either armed resistance or acts of civil disobedience. According to Human Rights groups, up to 700 teenagers and children were detained last year alone.

Three hundred Palestinians, who are under the age of 18, are currently held in Israeli prisons.

6,155 prisoners are from the occupied West Bank,

400 prisoners are from within Israel and occupied East Jerusalem,

745 are from the Gaza Strip,

33 of the prisoners are women,

300 of the prisoners are under the age of 18 years,

296 are under administrative detention,

800 of these prisoners face life imprisonment,

570 have been sentenced for 50 years,

460 have spent between 10-15 years of their 50-year sentences,

110 have spent more than 20 years in prisons,

13 have spent more than 25 years in prisons,

3 prisoners have spent more than 30 years in prison,

1 prisoner, Nael al-Barghouthi, has spent more than 32 years in prison,

720 prisoners are currently serving between 10 and 50 years,

40 prisoners have been sentenced for 20 years,

130 prisoners have been sentenced for 15 years,

245 prisoners have been sentenced for more than 10 years,

325 prisoners have been in prison from before the signing of the Oslo agreement,

555 prisoners were imprisoned prior to al-Aqsa intifada of September 2000,

2,000 sick persons are in prison, of which

160 have permanent medical conditions, and

16 have fatal medical conditions including cancer,

1 Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, is being held by Hamas.

Source: Al Jazeera English