Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Na'alin 16.6.2008

YouTube - Na'alin 16.6.2008:

"Video of protest on lands belonging to the village of Na'alin, June 16 2008"

Also read this Article describing what happened in full details:

Israeli Military Escalates Violence against Peaceful Protestors in Ni’lin

Soldiers fire live and rubber-coated bullets at demonstrators and employ new tear gas battery that can fire up to 80 tear gas canisters at once

Palestinian National Initiative
16 June 2008

Ramallah, 16-06-08: The Israeli military stepped up its use of violence against peaceful demonstrators and health workers at a non-violent demonstration against construction of the Apartheid Wall in Ni’lin village today.

Approximately 100 soldiers fired live and rubber-coated bullets as some 200 peaceful protestors attempted to reach the bulldozers that are stripping villagers’ olive groves of their trees in preparation for construction of the Wall. For the first time, the Israeli military also employed a new tear gas battery that can fire an estimated 80 tear gas canisters at once.

Some 17 Palestinians were injured – seven from rubber-coated bullet injuries – and three were taken to hospital. An Irish national was also wounded after he received a rubber-coated bullet to the leg.

The windows and body of an ambulance from the Palestinian Medical Relief Society were damaged when soldiers fired 17 live bullets at the vehicle while the ambulance team was inside. No one was injured in the attack, although one of the team members suffered from breathing difficulties after inhaling tear gas.

The Apartheid Wall is being built on 2,500 dunums of land belonging to Ni’lin villagers. When completed, the Wall, the encroaching settlements and the closure of the main entrance to the village will totally isolate Ni’lin from the surrounding area. Residents will be forced to exit and enter their villages via one strictly controlled access tunnel, severely impeding their access to their lands, and to workplaces, places of study, and health services in Ramallah.

Prior to 1948, the lands of Ni’lin amounted to some 58,000 dunums and stretched as far as the towns of Ramle and Lod, which now lie inside Israel. Following the Nakba, 40,000 dunums of this land were annexed to the newly-created Israeli state. Since 1982, the construction of the illegal Israeli settlements of Nili and Nala have eaten up a further 8,000 dunums of land belonging to the village.

http://www.almubadara.org/new/edetails.php?id=4676


Hard right neocons and AIPAC

Hard right neocons and AIPAC (1 of 2):

"Jim Lobe: The origin of the Zionist, Neocon, Christian Right alliance (1 of 2)" see 2 of 2 below
Pepe Escobar talks with Jim Lobe about this history of the Israel lobby in the United States. From Christian Zionists to Neoconservatives. (Jointly produced by IPS and The Real News)



YouTube - Who funds AIPAC?:
(part 2 of 2)
"Jim Lobe of IPS on the role of AIPAC (2 of 2)"

Monday, June 16, 2008

Rachel: An American Conscience

Rachel: An American Conscience:

"Rachel: An American Conscience by Yahya Barakat From the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs: Yahya Barakat, who teaches at Al-Quds University, told The Washington Report that he began work on the documentary the instant he learned that Corrie had been crushed to death by an Israeli-driven Caterpillar bulldozer. This documentary offers rare footage of Rachel talking to a camera and describing Israeli human rights violations against a Palestinian civilian population. The film opens with grim images of dinosaur-like Caterpillar bulldozers turning urban Rafah into a garbage pile of destroyed buildings. It continues with interviews of Rachel's fellow International Solidarity Movement volunteers, and concludes with comments from her parents. ***** Learn more about Rachel Corrie life and activities http://www.rachelcorrie.org/ There is a play of her life, which has been censored in the 'free world'. http://www.rachelswords.org"

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Israeli settlements harm peace talks - Al Jazeera 15 Jun 08

Israeli settlements harm peace talks - Al Jazeera - 15 Jun 08:

"It is a move that has enraged Palestinians and now it has drawn strong criticism from Washington.

As Condoleeza Rice arrives in the region for a visit, the issue of Israeli settlements is threatening to cause a rift between the two countries.

Since the Annapolis conference in November, Israel has approved the construction of 7974 new homes.

Dan Nolan reports."

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Friday, June 13, 2008

Israeli Army Uses Live Rounds on Peaceful Protest in Bilin -13-06-2008

Israeli Army Uses Live Rounds on Peaceful Protest in Bilin-13-06-2008:

"Bilin Weekly Protest- Israeli Army Uses Live Rounds on Peaceful Protest.
F.F.J. June 13 2008- Today a young man from Bilin was shot with live rounds during the weekly Bilin Protest. Ibrahim Burnat who was shot in his right thigh was taken directly to Sheik Zaid Hospital in Ramallah and was described by doctors as being in critical condition. Ibrahim posed no threat to Israeli soldiers who shot him with live rounds simply for attempting to scale the Apartheid Wall as a symbolic gesture against the ongoing illegal occupation.

The protestors were shot with tear gas, rubber coated steel bullets, and finally live ammunition as the protest wound down. The Israeli peace activist Lee Lorian was injuried with a rubber bullet in the chest and another more seriously injured. In addition dozens were treated for tear gas inhalation.

Locals where joined by International activists this week to protest against the Apartheid Wall and the expansion of Israeli Settlements. The weekly protestors raised the Palestinian flag and slogans against the occupation. The signs demanded the dismantling of the Apartheid Wall, land confiscation, and the expansion of Israeli Settlements. The protesters also demanded an end to Israel's killing of unarmed Palestinian civilians, the closure of roads in the West Bank, and large scale imprisonment as a form of collective punishment"


Palestinian pharmacy makes first shipment - 12 June 2008

Palestinian pharmacy makes first shipment - Al Jazeera - YouTube - 12 June 2008:

"A rare story of success now marks the Palestinian territories as a West Bank pharmaceutical company has defied the odds and Israeli restrictions. Al Jazeera's Nour Odeh reports from Ramallah on how they became the first Palestinian drugs company to ship its goods to Europe."


Israeli Settlers West Bank attack filmed - BBC at YouTube

West Bank attack filmed:

"The BBC has obtained footage of Palestinians being attacked in the West Bank by a group of men wielding sticks."

The attack occurred in the south Hebron Hills

For background purposes, read this Article Written by Ahmad Jaradat, Alternative Information Center (AIC) Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Israeli Policy Leaves Palestinians Homeless in the South Hebron Hills of the Occupied Territories

In the south hills of Hebron, ever since Jewish settlers arrived to colonize the region, we witness a comprehensive and ongoing policy of mass deportation of Palestinians from the area in order to create space for the expansion of surrounding Israeli settlements.

The main settlements surrounding the area—Susya, Karmel, Maon and Yatir—are known to be inhabited by some of the most militant and violent settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The area was originally inhabited by a small Palestinian population of approximately 2,000 pastoralist herders and farmers living in caves carved out of the hillside, hence, their designation as “cave dwellers.” Their way of life is unique in Palestine, as they have survived by farming the rocky hillsides and tending their flocks for at least 170 years. Before this, they were poor Palestinian families living in villages in the southern Hebron region, who bought land 20 kilometers away. About two centuries ago, they started to live in caves spread out across the area, gaining their livelihood from the mountains and surrounding fields. Some generations later they succeed in developing a culture and a way of living based on sheep herding, agriculture and cave dwelling.

However, since the occupation of the region by Israel in 1967, the Israeli authorities have been confiscating their land, first using military justifications and then for the purpose of building and expanding settlements.

In the beginning of the 1990s, the Israel Civil Administration, with the support of the military, began to implement a policy of deportation, removing the residents from their traditional huts and forcing them to move to the town of Yatta and its surroundings. The frequent settler harassment, which has resulted in the destruction of nearly 80% of the Palestinians’ cave-homes and the poisoning of wells, was intended to further the policies of deportation and settlement expansion.

The majority of those who lost land were located in what is now the Susya settlement. Those villagers who managed to return to work their land were faced with increasingly violent acts of vandalism by the settlers, who have prevented them from working on their own land by beating people, destroying their caves and their wells, ripping up their fields and olive trees and killing their cattle.

According to a list compiled by residents and given to the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, 300 Palestinians in this area have been expelled from their homes. The Israeli Civil Administration has continually denied this number, referring to a report from the Red Cross which counts no more than 100 people displaced. The administration considered cave dwellers as seasonal farmers who lived in the caves for few months out of the year, when they were cultivating their land and grazing their flocks, while actually maintaining houses in the neighboring town of Yatta. For this reason they never accepted their stable presence in the area. Instead, the Israeli authorities intend to permanently expel them from their villages and seize their lands for the settlers.

The case has had some level of international recognition and is followed by several human rights organizations, included Israeli ones. The most active international group in the area is the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), which undertakes nonviolent civil disobedience actions against the Israeli military and attempts, through its permanent presence there, to protect the Palestinian residents from settler attacks and soldier violations.

In 2004, the Israeli High Court of Justice decided that the Israeli army was not allowed to destroy and evacuate the inhabitants from Susya. They suggested trying to get building permits from the Civil Administration, an institution which mainly consists of settlers. But the inhabitants of Susya were not allowed to rebuild the destroyed ruins of their homes, and therefore, they live in tents and shacks. Israel is now claiming that they live illegally on their own land, without proper building permits.

This is why, up to the present, Israel’s policy of house demolitions is continuing in the area.

It appears that the same fate as the Susya cave dwellers is waiting for other Palestinian villages in the area, which host at least 10,000 inhabitants. Years ago the Israeli military declared that several villages on the south hills of Hebron were a closed military area. Six-thousand dunam of land have been already confiscated by Israel to build military bases and expand settlements, and has meant the loss of many jobs as farmers and the possibility to feed their goats and sheep.

Only last month, on 19 March, the Israeli Army demolished six houses in the area. A spokesperson from the Yatta Regional Council reported that tens of soldiers came at six in the morning with their bulldozers and demolished two houses in the al-Dairat village, located to the west of the Karmel settlement. The houses belonged to the residents Yesser and Ismail Odra. An additional three houses and a hut have been demolished in the Eqwaiqees village, close to the Beit Yatir settlement. The houses belonged to Ibrahim No’man Abu o’ram, Abdel al-Azeez Na’aseen, A’ed Salama and Ibrahim Khaleel. The third village targeted was Imnazil, where, in the last years, hundreds of residents have already been deported from their homes.

Abdel Hadi Hantash, from the Land Defense Committee, reported that these most recent demolitions are intended to open a new settlement road in the area. The new road will link the Ze’ev settlement to Karmel. According to Hantash, this is only the beginning. More and more houses are going to be destroyed to attend this project.

On the same day, the Israeli military destroyed another six houses in the Borto’a village, to the southwest of Jenin. According to a leader of the village, the demolitions took place without previous orders being handed to residents.

Another three houses have been demolished in al-Jeeb town, to the northwest of Jerusalem, which belonged to families from the Ka’abna Bedouin tribe. Salem Abu Dahook, the leader of the Bedouin community in the Jerusalem area, said: “we lived in these houses for more than 10 years. A lot of our families have demolition orders on their houses and huts, and several houses and tents have already been destroyed by the military. We know that there is a plan by the Israeli government to deport all our Bedouin tribes in order to replace the area with Jewish settlers and to leave space for the Separation Wall.”

In only one day, the Israeli military was able to demolish 15 houses in different locations throughout the West Bank.

But if wider political plans underlie these actions, this will only be the beginning of a catastrophe.

More than 300 people have already been left without homes in the south of Hebron. Another approximately ten villages are threatened with the same fate. This difficult situation is very alarming. Why does the world remain silent while the Israeli government implements the deportation of Palestinian people against international and humanitarian law? Where are these people supposed to go? What future is waiting for them?



The video below is published by B'Tselem

Settlers Beat up Palestinian Shepherds

http://www.btselem.org/english/Video/

On the 8.6.2008, 4 masked settlers from the settlement of Suseya in the South Hebron Hills (in the West Bank), attacked with clubs a family of shepherds on the nearby village.

B'Tselem is an Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.



Thursday, June 12, 2008

In the Spider's Web (pt. 1) - Eng. Sub.

In the Spider's Web (pt. 1) - Eng. Sub.:

"In the Spider's Web is a 47-minute long documentary produced in 2004 by Al-Haq and directed by Hannah Musleh. The film is part of Al-Haq's campaign to stop collective punishment practiced by Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Through In the Spider's Web Al-Haq provides an overview of these punitive measures against the Palestinian civilians. While the film mainly addresses the accounts of two women, it also highlights the impact that collective punishment has on the whole civilian population. The film also takes the audience to a girls; school in Hebron, where it shows a typical day in the lives of these students. The documentary also seeks to capture and relay some of the disastrous implications of the continuing construction of the Annexation Wall and the further expropriation of land for its construction."


In the Spider's Web (pt. 2) - Eng. Sub.

In the Spider's Web (pt. 2) - Eng. Sub.:

"In the Spider's Web is a 47-minute long documentary produced in 2004 by Al-Haq and directed by Hannah Musleh. The film is part of Al-Haq's campaign to stop collective punishment practiced by Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Through In the Spider's Web Al-Haq provides an overview of these punitive measures against the Palestinian civilians. While the film mainly addresses the accounts of two women, it also highlights the impact that collective punishment has on the whole civilian population. The film also takes the audience to a girls; school in Hebron, where it shows a typical day in the lives of these students. The documentary also seeks to capture and relay some of the disastrous implications of the continuing construction of the Annexation Wall and the further expropriation of land for its construction."


In the Spider's Web (pt. 3) - Eng. Sub.

In the Spider's Web (pt. 3) - Eng. Sub.:

"In the Spider's Web is a 47-minute long documentary produced in 2004 by Al-Haq and directed by Hannah Musleh. The film is part of Al-Haq's campaign to stop collective punishment practiced by Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Through In the Spider's Web Al-Haq provides an overview of these punitive measures against the Palestinian civilians. While the film mainly addresses the accounts of two women, it also highlights the impact that collective punishment has on the whole civilian population. The film also takes the audience to a girls; school in Hebron, where it shows a typical day in the lives of these students. The documentary also seeks to capture and relay some of the disastrous implications of the continuing construction of the Annexation Wall and the further expropriation of land for its construction."


In the Spider's Web (pt. 4) - Eng. Sub.

In the Spider's Web (pt. 4) - Eng. Sub.:

"In the Spider's Web is a 47-minute long documentary produced in 2004 by Al-Haq and directed by Hannah Musleh. The film is part of Al-Haq's campaign to stop collective punishment practiced by Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Through In the Spider's Web Al-Haq provides an overview of these punitive measures against the Palestinian civilians. While the film mainly addresses the accounts of two women, it also highlights the impact that collective punishment has on the whole civilian population. The film also takes the audience to a girls; school in Hebron, where it shows a typical day in the lives of these students. The documentary also seeks to capture and relay some of the disastrous implications of the continuing construction of the Annexation Wall and the further expropriation of land for its construction."

In the Spider's Web (pt. 5) - Eng. Sub.

In the Spider's Web (pt. 5) - Eng. Sub.: "In the Spider's Web is a 47-minute long documentary produced in 2004 by Al-Haq and directed by Hannah Musleh. The film is part of Al-Haq's campaign to stop collective punishment practiced by Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Through In the Spider's Web Al-Haq provides an overview of these punitive measures against the Palestinian civilians. While the film mainly addresses the accounts of two women, it also highlights the impact that collective punishment has on the whole civilian population. The film also takes the audience to a girls; school in Hebron, where it shows a typical day in the lives of these students. The documentary also seeks to capture and relay some of the disastrous implications of the continuing construction of the Annexation Wall and the further expropriation of land for its construction."

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tell the world: The Rachel's Tomb case - slideshow

YouTube - Tell the world: The Rachel's Tomb case - slideshow:

"How the Rachel's Tomb area of historic Bethlehem has been adversely affected by the construction of an Israeli settlement, military base and the notorious concrete 'security barrier' which snakes through the district. The biblical road into Bethlehem has become a concrete walled corridor."

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Isolated Communities - Sheikh Saed

Isolated Communities aicvideo:

"Sheikh Saed is an isolated community in Jerusalem."

Shimon Hatzadik

Shimon Hatzadik - aicvideo:

"New settlement planned in Jerusalem. More than 40 Palestinian families are going to be evicted."

The Last Family

YouTube - The Last Family:

"The last Palestinian family living in the old Maghrebite neighborhood in the Old City of Jerusalem."

Monday, June 9, 2008

Labor for Palestine-NYCLAW Opposes Racist State of Israel

Labor for Palestine-NYCLAW Opposes Racist State of Israel:

"NYC Labor Against War (NYCLAW) protests AFSCME-DC 37 celebration of 60 years of Israeli apartheid in Palestine. Workers stand in solidarity with the victims of oppression. Cut off support for the State of Israel."



Palestine Video - A Palestine Vlog

Sunday, June 8, 2008

John Pilger - Freedom Next Time

John Pilger - Freedom Next Time:

"Australian journalist, author, film maker John Pilger speaks about global media consolidation, war by journalism, US military's quest for domination/hegemony in the post 9/11 era, false history in the guise of 'objective' journalism. Filmed in Chicago at Socialism 2007: Socialism for the 21st Century by Paul Hubbard. June 16, 2007 Broadcast on Democracy Now - The War and Peace Report - August 7, 2007 http://www.haymarketbooks.org/ http://www.socialistworker.org/"

Gaza's children suffering from malnutrition- 8 June 08

YouTube - Gaza's children suffering from malnutrition- 8 June 08:

"Gaza's hospitals are used to treating victims of rocket attacks and gunfire. But now their waiting rooms are increasingly filled with severely malnourished children. Since Israel imposed a blockade on the strip following the Hamas takeover a year ago, families have been struggling to feed their children. Al Jazeera's Owen Fay reports from Gaza."

Saturday, June 7, 2008

George Galloway Interviews Jeff Halper

Israelis Against House Demolitions & George Galloway Pt1:

"George Galloway talking with Jeff Halper, head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) - a non-violent, direct-action group established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories.

ICAHD's activities have extended to: resistance and protest actions in the Occupied Territories; efforts to bring the reality of the Occupation to Israeli society; and mobilizing the international community for a just peace.

ICAHD is comprised of members of Israeli peace and human rights organizations. Their work in the Occupied Territories is closely coordinated with local Palestinian organizations.

ICAHD: http://www.icahd.org/

Recorded 30 May 2008 from George Galloway's live talkshow on Talksport radio.

Listen to George Galloway live online every Friday and Saturday night, 10pm - 1am GMT:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtFg_F..."

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Palestine Video - A Palestine Vlog

Bil'in Friday 6.6.2008

YouTube - Bil'in Friday 6.6.2008:

demonstration against the route of Israel's Annexation Wall that steals the land belonging to the people of Bil'in; The video shows the use of new tear-gas projectile launcher against peaceful nonviolent demonstrators.

The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children

The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children:

"An award winning documentary film produced for German television by Freider Wagner and Valentin Thurn. The film exposes the use and impact of radioactive weapons during the current war against Iraq. The story is told by citizens of many nations. It opens with comments by two British veterans, Kenny Duncan and Jenny Moore, describing their exposure to radioactive, so-called depleted uranium (DU), weapons and the congenital abnormalities of their children. Dr. Siegwart-Horst Gunther, a former colleague of Albert Schweitzer, and Tedd Weyman of the Uranium Medical Research Center (UMRC) traveled to Iraq, from Germany and Canada respectively, to assess uranium contamination in Iraq."

Friday, June 6, 2008

Racist settler aggresion in land stealing operation

YouTube - Racist settler aggresion in land stealing operation:

"Jewish settlers steal Palestinian land in Sousia, an area near Hebron."

Israeli army uses grenades as a threat to Palestinians at checkpoint

YouTube - israeli army uses grenades as a threat:

Added September 16, 2007
"the israel army closes a the check points surrounding Nablus then use a grenade as a threat towards the local Palestinians"

Occupation Inc.

Occupation Inc.YouTube

"Palestinians always thought that the military occupation is the worst that could ever happen to any nation. Israel has introduced a privatized occupation, and some has described it as Human Occupation, does soemthing like this exist?"

Mosaic News - 6/5/08: World News from the Middle East

YouTube - Mosaic News - 6/5/08: World News from the Middle East: "'Abbas Calls for Comprehensive Reconciliation,' Dubai TV, UAE
'Hamas and Fatah Reach Preliminary Reconciliations,' Al Jazeera English, Qatar
'Obama Rushes to Win the Heart of AIPAC,' Syria TV, Syria
'A Look Back at the History of Negotiations,' Al-Alam TV, Iran
'Al Sahwa Forces Cleanse New Areas of Al Qaeda,' Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
'UAE Appoints Ambassador to Iraq,' Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
'Iraqi Military Operations Over the Past Year,' Sumaria TV, Iraq
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani."

Has Obama moved to the right?

Has Obama moved to the right? (1 of 2): "At the AIPAC conference Barack Obama shows that on foreign policy he has moved closer to McCain and Bush"



YouTube - Has Obama moved to the right? (2 of 2)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Bases Are Loaded: US Permanent Military Presence in Iraq

The Bases Are Loaded: US Permanent Military Presence in Iraq:

"Will the U.S. ever leave Iraq? Official policy promises an eventual departure, while warning of the dire consequences of a 'premature' withdrawal. But while Washington equivocates, facts on the ground tell another story. Independent journalist Dahr Jamail, and author Chalmers Johnson, are discovering that military bases in Iraq are being consolidated from over a hundred to a handful of 'megabases' with lavish amenities. Much of what is taking place is obscured by denials and quibbles over the definition of 'permanent.' The Bases Are Loaded covers a wide range of topics. Gary Hart, James Goldsborough, Nadia Keilani, Raed Jarrar, Bruce Finley Kam Zarrabi and Mark Rudd all add their observations about the extent and purpose of the bases in Iraq."

Inside Story - The role of AIPAC - 05 June 08 - Part 1

Inside Story - The role of AIPAC - 05 June 08 - Part 1 - YouTube





Inside Story - The role of AIPAC - 05 June 08 - Part 2



Mosaic News - 6/4/08: World News from the Middle East - YouTube

YouTube - Mosaic News - 6/4/08: World News from the Middle East

Na'alin Wednesday 4.6.2008

Na'alin Wednesday 4.6.2008 - YouTube

demonstration protesting a new part of the Apartheid Wall being built near Na'alin



Obama courts Israel lobby - The Real News Network - Story

Obama courts Israel lobby - The Real News Network - Story: "Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama, addressing the AIPAC conference in Washington DC, made sure to express his unconditional support of Israel and took great pains to clarify his position on Iran: tough negotiations as leverage."

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Palestinian farmer defies Israeli settlement policy - 3Jun08

Since Annapolis, Israel has issued over 17,000 new tenders for housing units in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

The Palestinians say this is a policy that destroys any prospect of peace and renders establishing a viable Palestinian state impossible.

Israel's Prime Minister is courting new controversy by approving the building of nearly 900 new homes in occupied East Jerusalem.

Many Palestinians are fighting to keep their land, and one farmer, Mohamed Elian, in Bethlehem has made it a life-time commitment from his cave.

For almost 4 decades, he has lived in a cave in his land in the village of Wad Fukeen to make sure his land is not lost to the expanding Israeli settlement nearby.

Al Jazeera's Nour Odeh visited Mohamed Elian and filed this report.


At the Entrance to the Village of Marda

The army received a report about stone throwing next to the village of Marda. Two suspected teenagers were arrested and the village was put under curfew as a collective punishment. The residents of the village had tp leave their cars next to the entrance gate and continue by foot.


McCain at AIPAC: Drumbeats of War?

McCain: Tehran's pursuit of nuclear weapons poses an unacceptable risk, a danger we cannot allow (1of2)


Carter says Israel has 150 nukes

Aijaz Ahmad: Why is corporate media marginalizing a former President?


Monday, June 2, 2008

George W. Guilty of Murder?

A prominent lawyer lays out a compelling case in THE PROSECUTION OF GEORGE W. BUSH FOR MURDER. Staggering evidence is collected against the president in a startling new book.


Sunday, June 1, 2008

Captured Prisoners - The Whole Story

Part 2 contains an additional four segments. The 15 minute video "Captured Prisoners" features testimony from former inmates and outside observers about Palestinian's minimal legal rights and the brutal conditions inside Israeli prisons. The next segment explores "Gaza After Disengagement". The third segment offers interviews with American politicians, diplomats, and journalists about the Israel-Palestine conflict. The program concludes with a three minute version of the Alternate Focus show "Divesting From Violence: Presbyterian Policy in the Middle East".

Alternate Focus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational media group promoting an alternative view of Middle East issues. We use the web, cable and satellite television, and DVDs to showcase media not usually seen by American audiences.

Alternate Focus is available on the Dish Network, Free Speech TV, Channel 9415, Saturdays at 8:00pm EST and on cable stations near you. Check www.alternatefocus.org for details.



Jeffrey Goldberg: Pundit for Israel

4-minute video about media pundit and New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Goldberg.

High quality version and more information at http://www.ifamericansknew.org/

B'Tselem: Hebron, Tarkumia Checkpoint

Saturday, May 31, 2008

IPSC - Al Nakba - eamonn mccann

Eamonn McCann, journalist, campaigner & member of Raytheon 9 , speaking at a demo in Belfast on 17th May 2008 to mark the 60th anniversary of Al Nakba.

'Al Nakba', which is Arabic for 'the catastrophe', marks the illegal foundation of the State of Israel on May 14th 1948. In order to facilitate this foundation, 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their lands, 531 villages, towns & cities were depopulated and destroyed, and even today some 6 million Palestinian refugees are prevented from returning to their homes, by Zionists, in direct contravention of UN Resolutions.

Everything, absolutely everything, that has happened in Palestine, every disaster, every tragedy, every death, every imprisonment, stems from this lamentable injustice.

It follows then, that every and any hope for Palestine and its people rests upon this injustice being overcome.


Raytheon 9

via The Fanonite by Dave on 5/30/08
During the July war activists in Northern Ireland, shocked by the Israeli onslaught, occupied their local Ratheon arms manufacturer. Knowing full well Raytheons complicity in unfolding events the group halted production and destroyed the Raytheon computer system. A brave and moral act of resistance these activists are now on trial for criminal damage and affray, [...]


A short documentary Featuring Derry Antiwar Coalition's support For the Raytheon 9.
The Derry protestors decommissioned computer equipment used by Raytheon to produce software for its weapons systems.
Raytheon is the fifth biggest arms manufacturer in the world. It manufactured the 100 GBU-28 bunker buster bomb which was used in the attack in Qana Lebanon, slaughtering many innocent people 36 of which were sleeping women and children.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Edward Said Lecture: Imperial Continuity - Palestine, Iraq, and U.S. Policy

Edward Said, acclaimed for his literary and cultural criticism, is a sought-after commentator on Middle Eastern politics and America's foremost spokesman for the Palestinian cause. His influential book, "Orientalism," (1978), is an examination of Western perceptions of the Islamic world. His criticism extends to the United States, which he calls a dishonest broker in the peace process due to its long-standing support for Israel. - ResearchChannel is a nonprofit media and technology organization that connects a global audience with the research and academic institutions whose developments, insights and discoveries affect our lives and futures.
The lecture is entitled Imperial Continuity
99 min - Jun 20, 2003


Click Link to See Video on Google Imperial Continuity - Palestine, Iraq and U.S. Policy

Edward Said Lecture: The Myth of 'The Clash of Civilzations'

In 1993 Harvard Professor Samuel P. Huntington wrote an essay titled "The Clash of Civilizations?" and later he expanded into a book with the same title, but without the question mark. Edward Said, late Columbia professor rips Huntington's thesis to shreds.
52 min - Dec 21, 2006

Jonathan Cook - Blood and Religion: Unmasking the Jewish and Democratic State

65 min - Dec 28, 2006


Jonathan Cook is a British journalist based in Nazareth, Israel. He has regularly published articles on the Middle East in international newspapers, English-language Arab publications and specialist magazines since 2001. This interview took place in Nazareth, Israel, on December 28th, 2006. To order a DVD copy of this program, please contact pdxjustice Media Productions at pdxjustice@riseup.net.


Azmi Bishara : The Last Colonial Question

Head of the National Democratic Assembly political party, Azmi Bishara was born in Nazareth to Christian parents. He is a Palestinian and a citizen of Israel. He represents Israel's Palestinian minority in the Knesset. In this talk presented at the City Club, Bishara discusses the last question of colonialism and its distinctive features that make it unique. A significant part of the talk delves into the question of misrepresentation, its extent and resulting consequences. The talk is followed by a heated question and answer exchange with the audience.



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Thursday, May 29, 2008

When a flag in the wind stops settlement extension work

via Palestine Monitor by Palestine Monitor on 5/27/08

On Monday May 26 an urgent call for support arrived in Ramallah. It came from Bil'in, but not directly from the village. It was from the nearby settlement of Modi'in Ilit. The Palestinian village of Bil'in is well known for its lasting, popular non-violent struggle against the confiscation of its land for expanding a settlement and building the Apartheid Wall. A few months ago, the activist community “celebrated” the third anniversary of the weekly demonstrations, proof both of the villagers' enduring will for peace and of their tragic powerlessness.


But this Monday, one of the villagers, Ashraf Abu Rahme, took individual action. He is living in the village's ‘outpost', a small hut on the villagers' land located behind the Wall, near the settlement. He stays there in order to try to prevent any construction on the confiscated land, perpetually proving that it is not ‘vacant' or ‘abandoned'.

The settlement of Modi'in Ilit is being extended in violation of all agreements and promises made by the Israeli government at Annapolis and before to halt settlement construction and expansion. Settlers are bringing in trucks loaded with mobile homes and use a huge crane to install them.

Ashraf saw a unique chance and he did not hesitate one second to rush and climb up the crane, in the middle of the settlement's construction area!

When I arrived with Neta Golan – co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement - at three o'clock, four Israeli activists from Anarchists Against the Wall had reached the scene half an hour earlier. Ashraf had already spent nearly three hours on the crane, perched as high as he could climb up to. His Palestinian flag was waving in the wind, visible from afar, a message that could not be clearer – stop expanding the settlement on our Palestinian land!

Angry settlers came from the nearby Matityahu East settlement and did not stop shouting, yelling, spitting, trying to grab cameras and attacking us with stones. After a while the Israeli police pushed the scuffling settlers aside and let us enter the construction area, where policemen, soldiers, workers and settlers argued intensely. Ashraf was more than glad to see Neta and other supporters in the midst of a hostile crowd. So we stood there, reviled by settlers, but physically expressing our solidarity, either directly next to the crane or some meters behind it after the soldiers had forced everyone away. Only a rabbi was able to convince the Jewish settlers to leave the construction site… He needed just a few words.

Mohammad Khatib, a well-known activist and inhabitant of Bil'in, joined Neta and together they insisted on a fair treatment for Ashraf in talks with the police. When the police confirmed that a professional negotiating team would come and that Ashraf would be protected from settler violence, he finally decided to come down, more than four hours after he climbed onto the crane. During all this time he had only his flag; no food, no water.

When the crane was lowered, the settlers approached, and clapped their hands and jeered. I felt deep anger and disappointment. Obviously there was no room for understanding. But, as Neta put it, for his symbolic action Ashraf “deserves to be a hero”.


Azmi Bishara on Israeli Apartheid

Azmi Bishara speaks about Israeli Apartheid at the launch of Israeli Apartheid Week 2008 in Soweto, South Africa. One of the clearest and best articulations of the apartheid nature of the Israeli state and the requirements for a just solution.

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An Interview with Professor Ilan Pappe



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Professor Ilan Pappe is one of Israel's acclaimed New Historians who debunked the idealized Zionist version of the Jewish State's history and exposed that massacre, rape and dispossession of the native Palestinians that attended its birth. Prof. Pappe is an advocate for a single secular democratic state in historic Palestine with equal rights for Jews and Arabs. His outspoken views put him out of favour with the Israeli mainstream and recently, he has decided to leave Israel to teach at Exeter University. This interview was conducted shortly after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon by Muhammad Idrees Ahmad of Spinwatch and Rena Bivens of the Glasgow University Media Group.

Dozens of Jewish Settler Youth Stab Two Palestinian Teenagers



http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/9...
According to the indictment, the Jewish teens gathered outside the local shopping center armed with knives, sticks and bats and attacked two Arab teens, aged 16 and 18, from the nearby Shuafat refugee camp.

One of the Arab youths, Ahmed Abu Camal, was stabbed in the back, but managed to escape. His friend was described by one of the suspects during questioning as a "trampoline and a punching bag." The suspect recounted how "everyone jumped, kicked and stepped on him."

IOF demolishes Palestinian homes, South Hebron Hills



Video from Tayyush, uploaded by ISM Israeli Occupation Forces demolish Palestinian homes in the South Hebron Hills, West Bank. Palestinian, Israeli, and international solidarity activists aid in the attempt to halt the illegal demolitions. What Ezra, in the green jacket says, towards the end of the video: (to the arresting soldier) Don't hit me... Why are you tying it so hard? (to the cameraman) Bring me some water from the car... (to the soldiers) I hear you're from Russia, save your Russian passports, you're going to need them... Never mind, the last thing that's going to be left here is hatred, the only thing that's going to be left here is hatred... It's very funny, huh soldier, when you hear that these children are going to sleep outside (simultaneous - under the dome of the sky), it's very funny, huh?
also see this shorter, but translated video http://palestinevideo.blogspot.com/2009/05/help-israeli-human-rights-activist-ezra.html

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tutu leads UN probe into Beit Hanoun killings - 28 May 08

Tutu leads UN probe into Beit Hanoun killings - 28 May 08:

"A United Nations inquiry is taking place in Gaza over an Israeli air-strike 18 months ago that killed 23 Palestinians - 20 of them from the same family.

Accounts differ about what happened in Beit Hanoun and how many missiles were fired. Israel has already said it was a mistake.

From Gaza, Owen Fay reports for Al Jazeera."



Palestine Video - A Palestine Vlog

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Continuing Catastrophe - 24 May 08 - (4 Parts)

The Continuing Catastrophe - 24 May 08 - Part 1:

"To conclude Al Jazeera's special coverage of the 60th anniversary of the creation of Israel - an event known to Palestinians as 'al Nakba' (the catastrophe) - senior political analyst Marwan Bishara hosts a debate examining why the events of 1948 still have wide-ranging political ramifications today."

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Palestine Video - A Palestine Vlog

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Struggle: Ghada Karmi at Yale:

The Struggle: Ghada Karmi at Yale: 29 min

"Ghada Karmi, Palestinian-British citizen and professor, exiled from Jerusalem in 1948, talks about the April 9, 1948 massacre at Deir Yassin and her ideas on how there can be a permanent peace…the one-state solution."

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Nakba day in Um Salmuna (Bethlehem district) 16-5-08

Nakba day in Um Salmuna (Bethlehem district) 16-5-08:

"Demonstration in Um Salmune to mark 60 years of the Palestinian Nakba"

Monday, May 19, 2008

MIR: Al Jazeera on Israel's 60th Anniversary

MIR: Al Jazeera on Israel's 60th Anniversary:

"Al Jazeera's program, 'The Listening Post,' examines the media coverage during Israel's 60th anniversary. From Israeli media to Arab media and beyond, the world viewed Israel's anniversary from multiple lenses. But which networks focused on the Palestinian Nakba or Catastrophe? Richard Gizbert from 'The Listening Post' has these answers."



Palestine Video - A Palestine Vlog