Palestinian Children Living Off Israeli Trash

September 6, 2007


This is an awful sight. Yet, I must give kudos to the New York Times for capturing and reporting on this tragedy. It carried an article and showed a series of photographs with sad captions, such as:

Delighted
with a whole box of clothing in good shape, a boy shows off a sweater.
The boys say the real treasures come in deliveries of trash from the
Israeli settlements.

Can there be any question about the
basic inhumanity of this? The raw contrast between colonialist excess,
and the natives so oppressed and starved as to feed off their waste.

The
Palestinians have become so dependent, a pragmatists would welcome US
aid to Israel. Enough of the billions of dollars a year that goes to
Israel must indirectly subsidize the wasteful lifestyles of Israel’s
settlers. In a weird way, US taxpayers probably helped subsidize the computer Fadi El-Ammour found and fixed.
Wow, a trickle-down economist whose Zionist (read, statist) leanings
barely overshadow his economic views would agree passionately with this
analysis.

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‘Oprah’ supports racism in solidarity with Zionism?

May 25, 2007

via Sabbah

According to the Israeli press, Oprah is going to Israel for a “solidarity” visit.
Coming from someone like Oprah, she should be sympathizing with the
oppressed and above all, not showing solidarity with a racist state.
Most surprising is that the word “apartheid” has no meaning for her or
“ethnic cleansing.”

Wiesel called on Winfrey to visit Israel, where “the major war against terror is currently taking place.”

in her speech, Winfrey said she sympathized with the suffering of
the people of Israel, and that she intended to accept Wiesel’s
invitation and come with him to Israel.

Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Gillerman, who attended the event, said
that a visit of a figure with such influence on the international media
could help bring an end to the indifference towards the terror threat
faced by Israelis. (Source: YNet)

It is sad to believe that Oprah believed these Zionist lies about
fighting terror. Someone needs to tell her that Israel is the terrorist
state which kills the Palestinian children everyday and commit war
crimes every sunrise and that Palestinians are not terrorists but
freedom fighter struggling for decades to return their stolen lands and
live in peace.

Action:

Please write to her and send whatever information you can including reports from human rights organizations (Example: Yesterday’s Amnesty report)
and/or articles. Even recommendations for books that might educate her.
I’m sure she will change her mind if she knows more about the racist
state she intend to visit.

This is a page where you can write your thoughts:
http://www2.oprah.com/email/reach/email_reach_fromu.jhtml

Also, you can send your ideas in for a future show, which might be
about the suffering of the Palestinians, and their Nakba. This is a
page where there are a few email addresses:
http://www2.oprah.com/email/email_landing.jhtml

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I always knew some underhanded shit was up with that pseudo-humanitarian Eli Wiesel.  Since I saw him on Oprah once with a show covering the holocaust and his campaign to end the suffering of the people of Darfur, I was wondering… why the hell can’t he see through the blatant oppression happening in Israel.  Blatant Segregation and Inequality and yet he’s supporting the state wholeheartedly while shifting focus to other lands, which I think is a deliberate attampt to change the media agenda away from Palestinian suffering, not that other conflicts are any less deserving of coverage.  But this media and PR war is getting sickening.

I don’t like Oprah much, but many people follow her show religiously… for someone like her not to see the disconnect here is very disturbing.  I seriously think that her allegiance is to her show and her making a good appearance rather than to any true moral values.  So if you like the Oprah show, please write to her and let her know that this is just wrong and she should think about it seriously.

Peace,

M.

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Open Letter to Rolling Stones against Playing in Israel

May 21, 2007

I got this from Sabbah and Jews sans Frontieres

Please circulate and forward widely

Boycott IsraelThe following letter is addressed to the Rolling Stones who are planning a concert in Israel. At this point we are soliciting endorsements from artists, cultural figures, intellectuals and cultural organizations, and others who wish to lend their support.

Please send endorsements to info@boycottisrael.ps , with your name/name of organization, city and country.

Boycott Israel – Don’t Play another “Sun City”!

An open letter to the Rolling Stones regarding their planned gig in Israel

18 May 2007

Dear Rolling Stones,

The Palestinian arts community received in disbelief media reports of your upcoming performance in Israel, at a time when Israel continues unabated with its colonial and apartheid designs to further dispossess, oppress, and ultimately ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their homeland. If the news is accurate, we strongly urge you to cancel your plans to perform in Israel until the time comes when it ends its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory and respects fundamental human rights as well as the relevant precepts of international law concerning Palestinian rights to freedom, self-determination and equality.

Performing in Israel at this time is morally equivalent to performing in South Africa during the apartheid era. We all remember how leading Rolling Stones musicians played a prominent role in enforcing a cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa in the 1980’s, and participated in recording the timeless song, Sun City, which had a singular influence on raising public awareness about apartheid and its injustices. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights Prof. John Dugard, and South African government minister Ronnie Kasrils have repeatedly declared, Israel has created a worse system of apartheid than anything that ever existed in South Africa.

Indeed, Israel’s policies throughout its illegal military occupation of Palestinian territory, which have surpassed their South African counterparts, include house demolitions; Jews-only colonies and roads; uprooting hundreds of thousands of trees; indiscriminate killings of civilians, particularly children; incessant theft of land and water resources; denying freedom of movement to millions under occupation, cutting up the occupied Palestinian territory into Bantustans, some entirely caged by walls, fences and hundreds of roadblocks. Sixty years since the Nakba, Israel’s planned campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people, and 40 years into its military occupation of Palestinian and other Arab territory, Israel has consistently and relentlessly violated basic human rights and relevant precepts of international law with utter impunity. Moreover, Israel’s war of aggression against Lebanon last year caused more than one thousand civilian deaths, not to mention massive destruction to infrastructure and decimation of entire residential neighbourhoods.

The resounding failure of the international community to date in ending Israel’s occupation, collective punishment, and other forms of oppression was what prompted Palestinians to appeal to international civil society to bear its moral responsibility to put an end to injustice, just as it did against apartheid South Africa. To this end, Palestinian civil society has almost unanimously called for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it fully complies with international law and recognizes the fundamental human rights of the people of Palestine. A specific call for cultural boycott of Israel was issued last year, garnering wide support. Among the many groups and institutions that have heeded the Palestinian boycott calls and started to consider or apply diverse forms of effective pressure on Israel are the Church of England; the US Presbyterian Church; a group of top British architects; the British National Union of Journalists in the UK; the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU); the South African Council of Churches; the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Ontario; Aosdana, the Irish state-sponsored academy of artists; celebrated authors, artists and intellectuals led by John Berger; and Palme d’Or winner director Ken Loach. Is it too much, then, to expect conscientious artists like the Rolling Stones to similarly uphold the values of freedom, equality and justice for all by supporting the growing boycott against Israel?

We appeal to your moral principles and your record of standing up for human rights and human dignity. We sincerely hope that you shall cancel this ill-conceived and particularly harmful concert in Israel.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned:

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Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
www.pacbi.org
info@boycottisrael.ps

This is especially important.  The Rolling Stones are known for their stance against racism and oppression in past years and this would seem like a very big misstep on their part.  The Occupation and Repression of the Palestinians is the most ghastly hate crime and it’s unfathomable that it is allowed to continue in our modern times of Democracy and advocacy for Peace.

Although, I would like to see them playing “Street Fighting Man” in Nablus, Gaza and the West Bank 🙂

Word.

M.

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The Language of Losing a Palestinian Baby

May 14, 2007

Four
days ago, Israeli military went into a refugee camp and a violent
exchange took place between soldiers and Palestinian fighters. During
the gunfight a pregnant Palestinian woman was shot and lost her child.
This is how various international media reported it:

A pregnant Palestinian woman lost her baby after being
shot by Israeli troops during a raid in the West Bank city of Nablus,
Palestinian officials said. Maha Katoumi, 30, was injured when Israeli
troops and Palestinian gunmen exchanged fire at the Ein Beit Ilma
refugee camp, witnesses said. An Israeli army spokesman said the
military was checking reports that a pregnant women had been shot. He
said the clash came when improvised grenades were thrown at soldiers. [BBC]

Israeli forces shoot pregnant Palestinian woman. A
pregnant Palestinian woman lost her baby on Thursday after being shot
by Israeli occupation forces during an incursion into the West Bank
city of Nablus, Palestinian security and health officials said. A
bullet hit the head of Maha Katoumi’s eight-month-old fetus when
Israeli troops opened fire at Palestinian fighters in the Ein Beit Ilma
refugee camp. Katoumi, a mother of three, was in the third trimester of
pregnancy, Palestinian medics said. One doctor showed the dead fetus to
a Reuters television crew. [Tehran Times]

A Palestinian in her seventh month of pregnancy
miscarried Thursday due to wounds she sustained from crossfire during a
clash between Israel Defense Forces and armed Palestinians in a West
Bank refugee camp. Maha Katoumi, 30, was seriously wounded when IDF
soldiers fired at militants, who were hurling improvised grenades at
them. She is currently in intensive care. Doctors say her wounds caused
her to lose her baby. [Haaretz]

A pregnant Palestinian woman was seriously wounded on
Thursday morning in Nablus after she was shot by IDF soldiers,
Palestinian sources reported. The woman, who was seven months pregnant,
lost her baby. An IDF soldier and a 16-year-old Palestinian teenager
sustained light wounds in the incident. According to the IDF, Golani
troops spotted several armed Palestinians in the city’s Ein Beit Ilma
refugee camp and a gun battle erupted. [Jerusalem Post]

A pregnant Palestinian woman was wounded and lost her
baby during fighting on Thursday between Israeli troops and gunmen in
the West Bank, local medical officials said. Residents of Ain Beit Alma
refugee camp in the town of Nablus said Maha Katoumi, 30, had been shot
and wounded by Israeli soldiers who fired at gunmen attacking them with
explosives. [Reuters]

A Palestinian woman has lost her unborn baby after she
was caught in the crossfire of a shootout between Israeli soldiers and
Palestinian fighters in the occupied West Bank. The woman’s husband,
holding a box containing the baby’s body, told reporters that when the
shooting started, his wife went to fetch their other children from
another room. “As she stood up, the bullets entered her body, she flew
from the bed to the bathroom,” he said. Doctors at a local hospital
said Katoumi, in her eighth month of pregnancy, lost the baby. [Al Jazeera]

As far as I can tell, American media did not report it.

Thanks to Black Iris

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A Case in Hypocrisy: The Pope and the US on Palestine

November 13, 2006

Papal Moral Bankruptcy…

On Beit Hanoun: Yesterday the Arab League said that the actions of the US vetoing the draft UN resolution to condemn the massacres in Beit Hanoun dooms the Middle East Peace Process.

“This sends a message that causes us great sorrow and anger. The message was well received, and it tells us that the peace process is completely dead… This veto is incomprehensible and will only fan the flames of anger gripping the Middle East.” Secretary General Amr Mussa said.

The draft resolution would have condemned the artillery strike which occured on Wednesday in the northern Gaza Strip town and killed 19 Palestinians, mostly women and children. Britain abstained, France and Russia voted in favour, but America refused to allow the United Nations to condemn the Israelis. The resolution would also have condemned Palestinian rocket firing into the Jewish state (this aspect was included when Qatar modified the resolution). Even though this was included, America’s Ambassador to the UN, Mr Bolton described it as “in many places biased against Israel and politically motivated”.

Here, I echo Jews Sans Frontieres… A UN resolution that’s “Politically Motivated”? These zionists don’t even have to make sense any more.

Surprisingly, the Arab League announced that they are NOT going to adhere to any resolutions or foreign on-ground actions that ban support of Palestinians, financially.
Arab League Breaks Financial Embargo against PA (Reuters).