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

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
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

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

Friday, May 16, 2008

Israel-Palestine: Why Today`s Crisis is Rooted in the Denial

Israel-Palestine: Why Today`s Crisis is Rooted in the Denial:

"Speaker: Sylvain Cypel, Editor in Chief of Le Monde

Location: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Date: Apr 16, 2008"

Palestine Video - A Palestine Vlog

Finkelstein - Israel & Palestine: Roots of Conflict, Prospects for Peace-Part 1 & 2

Finkelstein - Israel & Palestine: Roots of Conflict, Prospects for Peace-Part 1:

"PART 1 - Independent scholar and author, Norman Finkelstein, explains why, contrary to common perceptions shaped by the commercial news media, the basic facts about the Israel-Palestine conflict are not controversial."
103 min - May 8, 2008

Finkelstein - Israel & Palestine: Roots of Conflict, Prospects for Peace-Part 2 -
29 min - May 8, 2008
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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Palestine Street - The Bride in Exile - 15 May 2008

Palestine Street - The Bride in Exile - 15 May 08 - Part 1:

"The second episode of a special programme that looks at one street in Jaffa, Tel Aviv and how that street conveys the tragic narrative of the Palestinian 'Nakba'."

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Palestine Street - The Lost Bride - 14 May 08

Palestine Street - The Lost Bride - 14 May 08 - Part 1:

"In a special two-part series Al Jazeera relives the tragic narrative of the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) through the stories of one street in the city of Jaffa."

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Monday, May 12, 2008

60 years of displacement, 60th anniversary of Nakba

YouTube - 60 years of displacement, 60th anniversary of Nakba: "After 60 years of displacement, the Palestinian refugees are still denied the right of retune to their homes.

The impoverished Gaza strip is home to 1.5 million Palestinians most of them refugees.

100's of 1000's of these people live in miserable conditions in 8 over-crowded refugee camps"

Palestine Video - A Palestine Vlog

Thursday, May 8, 2008

After 60 years of displacement,Palestinians hope return home

After 60 years of displacement,Palestinians hope return home:

"in the memory of 60 years of Palestinian Nakba, Palestinian refugees remain the world's largest refugee community and the Palestinian people are still dispossessed of their right to return home"

Palestine Video - A Palestine Vlog

Norman Finkelstein - The Coming Breakup of American Zionism, Part 1 & 2

Norman Finkelstein - The Coming Breakup of American Zionism, Part 1:

"Independent scholar and author, Norman Finkelstein, speaking at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. The title of the lecture is 'The Coming Breakup of American Zionism'."
87 min - May 8, 2008
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Part 2 (Q&A) - 56 min - May 8, 2008
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Gazans remember Al Nakba

Gazans remember Al Nakba:

"Press TV 080507 [LinkTV/Mosaic]"

Palestine Video - A Palestine Vlog

Sunday, May 4, 2008

House Demolition in West Bank

House Demolition in West Bank:

"On 31 January 2008, the Civil Administration delivered to two homeowners in Far'un, a village south of Tulkarm, notice that orders had been issued to demolish their houses, which lie close to the Separation Barrier. In 2007, the Civil Administration demolished seven houses in the village that were situated near the route of the barrier. The authorities claimed that the houses were constructed without a building permit.

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

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Secret WMD in Israel

Secret WMD in Israel:

Which Country in the Middle East has undeclared Nuclear Weapons?
Which Country in the Middle East has undeclared biological and chemical capabilities?
Which Country in the Middle East has no outside inspections?
Which Country Jailed its Nuclear Whistleblower for 18 years?