Jun 21, 2011

The battle lines are drawn

Israel's UN ambassador met with major American Jewish organizations telling them to work hard to ensure there will not be passage of any votes on Palestine at the UN.  Presidernt Obama met with 80 influential Jewish donors (who each gave $25-35,000 to attend the private dinner with the President) and Obama assured them that the US has iron-clad commitment to Israel.  He stated to them that any differences with the current Israeli government are not about goals and strategies but merely minor tactical differences among close friends and allies.  Money and weapons will keep flowing and American lives will continue to be threatened and shed for this Zionist cash.  Fatah and Hamas are dragging their feet and have yet to follow on their promises of putting together a unity "authority" (although the term is misleading as there is no authority under occupation) let alone allowing for a constitution of a representative Palestinian National Council (the main demand of the Paestinain people).

Israeli apartheid system continues its ethnic cleansing.  Last week dozens of structures for poor bedouins were demolished rendering nearly 100 homeless.  The apartheid Knesset is debating new racist laws to punish free speech and any NGOs that do not accept apartheid/refuse to acknowledge the Jewish nature of the state. The apartheid regime continues to hold thousands of Palestinian political prisoners and continues to deny basic human rights (like the right to return to one's home and land or the right to travel free in one's country).  Further, the despotic regimes in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Morocco and elsewhere continue to torture, kill, and imprison their citizens who dare call for democracy.  Greece is being threatened about its loans unless it joins the US/Israel to stop the freedom flotilla.  Turkey's elections consolidated power in the ruling party which now felt a bit freer (or so we are told) to bend to US/Israel pressure to a) stop the Freedom Flotilla II, and b) drop its demand for an apology and for lifting the siege on Gaza (after the execution of 9 Turkish passengers in International waters last year). 

But all these political shenanigans can be stopped when enough people say "enough is enough" and demand all these governments comply with International law and human rights. The brave pioneers of the world-wide people movement/Intifada who have worked for years urge you to join them. They celebrate and consolidate success in Tunisia and Egypt.  I send example regularly of people power and today I send you a few more links.  Action is the best antidote to despair.  Silence is complicity.

Challenging Israeli apartheid, starting at Ben Gurion Airport
"From July 8-16, I will join hundreds of internationals for a week of solidarity actions in coordination with 15 Palestinian civil resistance organizations in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem…"

Allemagne, Israël : les leçons de l’histoire
Conference de presse de Mazin Qumsiyeh, le 31 mai à Berlin.

David Cronin interviews Mazin Qumsiyeh in EI

AMAZING SPEECH BY WAR VETERAN Asombroso discurso de un Veterano SUBTITULADO ESPAÑOL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kWU-JHetMM

Official weblinks to boats to Gaza from Europe http://www.freedomflotilla.eu/
and general one http://witnessgaza.com/
US boat called the "Audacity of Hope" leads flotilla to break the illegal and immoral siege on Gaza
ACTION: Easy way to contact US Congress (e.g. to demand Israel allow US citizens safe passage both on the Freedom Flotilla and on the July 8-16 actions)

Video of action: Peaceful demonstrators in the village of Deir Qaddis

9th International Seminar “Bridges instead of Walls” 26th - 31st  July 2011 http://www.alternativenews.org/english/

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