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The International Working Women's Coalition, which for the past 10 years has commemorated International Working Women's Day in New York City, stands with the world's working and oppressed peoples in solidarity with the heroic people of Gaza who are resisting the heinous atrocities by the fascistic, Zionist regime, especially the Israeli Defense Forces....
According to the French newspaper Le Monde, on July 19 between 6,000 and 8,000 people showed up at a banned demonstration in Paris to support the Palestinian resistance in Gaza. Their main slogan was “Israel is an assassin, [French President] Hollande is an accomplice.” (Reuters, July 19)  Demonstrations, likewise officially banned, also took place in Sarcelles, a small city north of Paris, and Nice in southern France and in a number of other cities where they weren’t banned....
Often the corporate media use the term “international community” to give weight to an opinion that is really the opinion of a handful of imperialist heads of state — from the U.S., its major NATO allies and Japan. Since the Israeli assault on Gaza began, the real international community is coming out into the streets, sometimes defying police violence, to show its solidarity with Gaza and Palestine and protest....
As people of conscience around the world condemn the genocidal Israeli invasion of Gaza, protesters inside the U.S. are among those raising their voices for an immediate end to the Zionist war offensive. Many are well aware of — and angry about — the fact that U.S. taxpayer dollars fund Israel’s weapons of mass destruction and that the U.S.-backed policy toward the Palestinians is what spurs on the terrorist actions of the racist Israeli apartheid state.<...
Jul 23, 2014
We are all Gaza
Israel’s horrific assault on the people of Gaza is in its 14th day. Just today, Tel Aviv’s used its U.S.-supplied arsenal to hit five mosques and a hospital intensive care unit in Deir al-Balah, killing at least five people, including doctors, and wounding at least 70, including 30 medics....
The Alternative Information Center describes itself as “an internationally oriented, progressive, joint Palestinian-Israeli activist organization, located in Beit Sahour and Jerusalem.” As of July 20, a group of more than 200 Israelis had sent a letter to the European Council, Commission and the European Parliament calling on the EU to pressure Israel to accept Hamas’ terms of truce. And it had also gathered 725 Israeli signers as of July 21 on a Hebrew/Arabic online petition supporting Hamas’ conditions as a basis for immediate and direct negotiations....
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South Africa’s ruling African National Congress and its allies have expressed outrage over Israel’s attacks on Gaza. ANC Deputy Secretary General Jesse Duarte re-emphasized its position in the July 11-17 issue of ANC Today....
People from all around the world and some governments have rallied to the side of the Palestinian people in Gaza, who are under relentless attack from the U.S.-armed Israeli state. Here is a small sample of what has been taking place worldwide....
STAND WITH CHILDREN & YOUTH UNDER ATTACK! Solidarity with Palestine & the People of Central America...
The Israeli apartheid state has called up as many as 40,000 reserve troops to prepare for an all-out invasion of the Gaza territory, where 1.5 million Palestinians live. Because of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, the territory has been described as “the largest open-air prison in the world.”...
Algeria’s soccer team competing in the World Cup in Brazil took the prize this year. No, not for winning the cup, although it’s true the Fennec Foxes got further along in the tournament than ever before. The prize the Foxes won was that of advancing the politics of the World Cup spectacle....
July 1 — Early this morning, the Israeli authorities used the death of three Israeli teenagers as the pretext to begin a major assault on Palestinian organizations and civilians in the West Bank and Gaza. Every voice should be raised against this assault....
June 20 is World Refugee Day. This year, a report issued by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees revealed that the number of displaced persons has reached a post-World-War-II high....
The following statement was released by the leadership of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Jan. 15:...
Once again the U.S. government is targeting the solidarity movement with harassment in an attempt to silence the progressive movement in this country....
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine expressed its deep condolences upon the death of the South African national symbol of struggle and solidarity against the apartheid regime, a friend of liberation movements around the world, the leader Nelson Mandela....
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The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology is a corporation that does military research for the Israeli government. They design drones that kill Palestinian children and design tractors that bulldoze Palestinian families....
President Barack Obama’s four-day visit to Israel, the first since his first election in 2008, began March 20. Worldwide media attention was focused on what the powerful U.S. leader would tell its client regime and settler state. Overall, reports indicated worse news for the beleaguered Palestinian people and for sovereign Syria....
Nearly two years after the New York City Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Community Center first barred the groups Siegebusters and Queers Against Israeli Apartheid from meeting there, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community erupted in outrage in mid-February, when the Center again denied a space request from QAIA, as it had continually done for the last two years....
Within days of the start of Israel’s latest aerial offensive on the imprisoned people of the Gaza Strip, solidarity protests with the Palestinian people were held in over 300 cities worldwide. Demonstrations have continued since the Nov. 21 cease-fire agreement....
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A cease-fire agreement went into effect in battle-scarred Gaza on Nov. 21. After a week of heavy bombing raids and missile attacks by the Israeli armed forces that killed more than 160 Palestinians and wounded over 1,000, mainly civilians, Israel and the elected Hamas government of Gaza agreed to end hostilities. The government of Egypt, with the participation of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, brokered the agreement....
The Russell Tribunal is an International People’s Tribunal organized to bring to light Israel’s recognized violations of international law and to advocate for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights....
Nov. 19 — Israel has launched another brutal military attack on the Palestinian people living in Gaza, a small, densely populated strip of land that houses 1.7 million people. Once again, Israel has the complete backing of the U.S. government, which for decades has bankrolled the Zionist settler state and its military, enabling their many assaults on the Arab and Muslim peoples of the oil-rich region....
Israel continues to attack Gaza, killing innocent people and destroying infrastructure!...
Nine years after the crushing to death of Rachel Aliene Corrie by an Israeli bulldozer, a judge in Haifa has absolved the state of Israel of any responsibility, either for her death or for failing to hold a full and credible investigation....
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Carlos Montes goes on trial Tuesday, May 15, to 22, 2012 because District Attorney Steve Cooley is moving forward with the FBI-initiated political prosecution against this long time Chicano leader and anti-war, labor, and immigrant rights activist. Along with the FBI, District Attorney Steve Cooley is attempting to imprison Carlos Montes on charges stemming from 42 years ago....
The International Action Center urges you to take immediate action on the appeal below in solidarity with 2,000 Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike in the prisons of the U.S.-backed Israeli apartheid regime....
On that day we will say that we are all Mumia, we are all immigrants, we are all prisoners, we are all Bradley Manning, we are all poor, we are all Palestinian, we are all Troy Davis, we are all political prisoners, we are all occupiers!!! ...
Update: On Feb. 21 the Guardian (Britain) reported that Adnan had agreed to end his hunger strike in exchange for his release from detention on April 17....
Khader Adnan has been on hunger strike for 63 days – one day for each year of the occupation of Palestine; one day, one year, of steadfastness, resilience, resistance, and dignity in the face of occupation and oppression. His courage and commitment must inspire us all to act to amplify his message, support his action, demand his freedom – and the freedom of Palestine....
strong>The struggle for Syria isn't just about Syria--it's the struggle for a free, democratic Middle East versus one that lives under the yoke of American and Israeli hegemony....
U.S. imperialism is once again maneuvering to counter growing world support for the Palestinian struggle. Its primary motive is to protect the interests of U.S. capital in the Middle East, which center around, but are not restricted to, exploitation of the fabulous oil wealth in the area....
Palestinians everywhere are mobilizing to remind the world of their right to self-determination. In New York we are marching to the UN because the world’s attention is focused on the vote on Palestine scheduled to take place there....
Over the last few years, as the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel (BDS) has gathered steam in the U.S. and throughout the world, the apartheid state of Israel has turned to various tactics in an attempt to counter the growing solidarity with the Palestinian people. One such strategy is to portray Israel as the only place in the Middle East that is friendly to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people....
This new book provides the bankground and analysis key to understanding today’s fast-breaking Middle East events....
President Barack Obama delivered a foreign policy address related to developments in the Middle East on May 19. The speech — which avoided addressing the uprisings throughout North Africa, the Palestinian question and the U.S./NATO war against Libya — created even more hostility toward his administration domestically and internationally....
Thousands of Palestinian refugees from Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza surged across fenced off borders and into Israel on May 15, asserting their right to return home. The unarmed protesters were fired upon by Israeli soldiers, killing 16 and wounding hundreds....
Playwright Tony Kushner has done some good work. His most famous plays, the “Angels in America” cycle, were some of the first mainstream dramas to draw attention to how the AIDS crisis was devastating the gay community in this country. His musical “Caroline, or Change,” which I saw in 2004 during its all-too-brief Broadway run, is an honest, tough-minded yet tender treatment of race, racism, and Black-Jewish relations in the 1960s South....
Thousands of Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank cheered the news that the occupied Palestinian territories had taken a major step toward reconciliation. On April 27 the movements of Hamas and Fatah announced an agreement to unite. In a move that seems to have stunned the Western imperialist diplomatic world, the two groups agreed to create an interim unity government and hold elections within a year....
Israel has been rewarded by the U.S. imperialist government for its latest assault on the besieged Palestinian territory of Gaza, which began on April 7 at the same time as the federal budget showdown in Washington....
Thousands of people from virtually all sectors of U.S. workers, the oppressed and youths gathered in Union Square in New York City April 9 and marched, shouted and drummed their anti-war slogans for two miles to Foley Square in downtown Manhattan. As this largest anti-war march in New York in years stretched for 20 blocks down Broadway, it passed by thousands of New Yorkers busy shopping, who smiled, cheered and waved at what can only be described as the new face of a vibrant movement to confront the war-makers....
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he major national Antiwar Rallies in NYC at Union Square, on Saturday, April 9 and in San Francisco on Sunday, April 10 are just 2 weeks away. Momentum is building based on the urgency of responding to the new attacks in Libya, no end to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, more attacks and threats to Gaza, ugly attacks on Muslims, new attacks on unions and collective bargaining and a new rounds of cutbacks of every possible social program, particularly hitting the Black and immigrant communities and the unemployed....
The revolutionary upheaval in Egypt has brought millions of workers, youth and professionals into the streets to demand the removal of the U.S.-backed regime of Hosni Mubarak. The potential looms for a total collapse of Washington’s foreign policy in the region....
The steadfast determination that we saw in Gaza reinforces the importance of the major national antiwar coalition that is taking shape for April 9, organized by the United National Antiwar Committee - UNAC. What makes the April 9th bi-coastal rallies, in New York City and San Francisco truly historic is this coalitions very strong solidarity with the Palestinian people as well as the strong opposition to racism and the wave of anti-Islamic hysteria that has been sweeping the country. The International Action Center has made these issues a cornerstone of our work for many years. ...
The steadfast determination that we saw in Gaza reinforces the importance of the major national antiwar coalition that is taking shape for April 9, organized by the United National Antiwar Committee - UNAC. What makes the April 9th bi-coastal rallies, in New York City and San Francisco truly historic is this coalitions very strong solidarity with the Palestinian people as well as the strong opposition to racism and the wave of anti-Islamic hysteria that has been sweeping the country. The International Action Center has made these issues a cornerstone of our work for many years. ...
Hear: Ramsey Clark and Sara Flounders, just returned from Gaza on: Gaza in 2011 – what is needed from the Solidarity Movement?...
The movement in solidarity with the people of Gaza has grown rapidly since the Dec. 27, 2008, bombing and invasion of Gaza that killed 1,450 Palestinians, almost all civilians. The ongoing Israeli blockade of the 1.5 million people living in the small territory and the continued Israeli threats have accelerated this movement’s growth. Behind this development is not only the exposure of the crimes of the Israeli occupation regime, but also the courage of Palestinians both in Gaza and the West Back who keep on struggling against all odds....
International human rights activist Ramsey Clark led a delegation that, after a day-long struggle for admission, crossed into Gaza on Jan. 4 to show solidarity with the blockaded population of the strip. Two years ago the Israeli military invaded and bombed Gaza two years ago, killing 1,450 Palestinians, almost all civilians, including many children. Among those with Clark is Co-director of the International Action Center Sara Flounders. Both are veteran solidarity activists with the struggle of Palestinians for self-determination and the right to live in peace and freedom in every part of Palestine.....
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THEY are the government, corporate, and financial powers that wage war, ravage the environment and the economy and trample on our democratic rights and liberties....
The message was as grim and clear as a KKK cross burning. “Mosques, we burn,” said a warning scribbled at the door of the smoke-smudged mosque of Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem in Palestine’s West Bank....
Furcan Dogan Furcan Dogan. I’m going to say Furcan Dogan so often that it will seem as “American” as Tom Smith or Bill Jones. Furcan Dogan was an American, a young American of only 19 years when on May 31st a hail of Israeli bullets ended his life on the Gaza aid ship, Mavi Marmarar. Furcan was filming the Israeli assault when an IDF commando fired his first shot pointblank hitting Furcan squarely in the chest. Four more shots were fired into Furcan leaving him dead and unrecognizable....
Israel and its apologists bristle when Israel is called an apartheid state. Most loudly shouting, “Israeli apartheid,” however, are those who know the best — the workers of South Africa, who suffered the most under South African apartheid. South African trade unions have denounced the siege of Gaza and the apartheid wall on the West Bank, and have urged forward the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign (BDS)....
The heroes and heroines of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, so brutally attacked by Israeli commandos on May 31, have transformed the struggle to break the siege of Gaza and raised it to a higher level. They are the new Freedom Riders....
A group of politicians and Zionist organizations are trying to ban speakers to a major NYC meeting scheduled for this Thursday, June 17, 7 pm at House of the Lord Church, 415 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn and speaking tour by a Turkish Member of Parliament, a U.S. filmmaker and other survivors of the horrific Israeli attack on the Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara....
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Talks from the IAC meeting after the attack on the Mavi Marmara in international waters by Israel....
Be part of the international opposition to the blockade of Gaza. Make your voice heard! The International Action Center urges you to sign a petition demanding justice in the wake of Israel's latest brutality -- the massacre of 9 or more unarmed activists by the Israeli army in international waters north of Gaza. Your message will go to President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Congressional leaders, U.N. Secretary General Ban, members of the U.N. Security Council, U.N. member states, and the President, Prime Minister, and Cabinet of Israel along with Major media representatives and the International Red Cross....
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Israeli troops’ criminal actions aboard the Turkish Mavi Marmara, killing at least nine of the anti-blockade activists and wounding dozens, in turn released a storm of sympathy worldwide for those on the Freedom Flotilla and for the Palestinians caught in Gaza behind the Israeli blockade....
May 31 — A firestorm of condemnation and protest has followed Israel’s latest brutality — the massacre of at least 9 unarmed activists by the Israeli navy in international waters north of Gaza. The activists were part of a 750-member delegation on a six-boat flotilla attempting to bring humanitarian aid to the besieged people of Gaza.The Freedom Flotilla was the largest attempt to date in the growing movement to break a three-year blockade of Gaza by Israel. Led by the Free Gaza Movement and Insani Yardim Vakfi, a Turkish organization, the flotilla carried some 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid, including medical and construction supplies. Representing 40 different countries, participants in the international delegation included 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, and government diplomats from various countries....
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The International Action Center joins with the Gaza Freedom March, Al Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition NY and a number of Palestine solidarity and human rights activists and organizations in calling for Emergency protests on Monday and Tuesday in response to the brutal Israeli attack on 600 unarmed Palestine Solidarity activists participating in the Free Gaza Flotilla....
Despite angry statements by U.S. officials and endless verbiage in the establishment media about what it all means, this disagreement is about a diplomatic embarrassment and is not substantial....
A lot of noise is being made over what happened recently in Israel when U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden went there to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....
The International Action Center will be traveling to DC this weekend with activists from Bailout the People Movement, BAYAN, FIST-Fight Imperialism Stand Together, Peoples Organization for Progress, May 1 Coalition for Workers and Immigrant rights, Women’s Fight Back Network, Free Mumia Coalition and many others in cars, vans and buses.

Saturday, MARCH 20...

The Bail Out the People Movement, meeting in New York on Feb. 24, voted to endorse and help to mobilize for the March 20 National March on Washington. The demonstration, called by the Answer Coalition, raises the slogans: U.S. out of Afghanistan and Iraq, Free Palestine, Reparations for Haiti, and Money for Healthcare, Jobs and Education. The endorsement, proposed by the International Action Center, had unanimous support and was followed by a concrete discussion of outreach, transportation and material to take to Washington....
Jan 24, 2010
Eyewitness Lebanon
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Jan 13, 2010
Get a mirror
Looking for terrorists? Get a mirror, Secretary of State Clinton....
Demonstrators around the world marched in solidarity with the people of Gaza on the one-year anniversary of Israel’s massacre there and to demand an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza....
A Jan. 6 post on the Viva Palestina Web site reports, "One month, thousands of miles, ten countries, one ship and four flights later, Viva Palestina has begun to enter the besieged Gaza Strip."...
Egyptian security police have launched a brutal, unprovoked assault on the 500-member third Viva Palestina humanitarian relief convoy to Gaza. Dozens of convoy members have been injured and some are reported missing....
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Members of the Viva Palestina international aid convoy to Gaza will begin a hunger strike at 11.25 am tomorrow (27th) in protest at the Egyptian government's refusal to allow the convoy entry onto its soil....
Dec 26, 2009
Standoff in Aqaba
This is a report from New Jersey IAC activist Ralph Loeffler, who is with the Third Viva Palestina Lifeline to Gaza convoy, which is being blocked from entering Egypt at the Jordanian port of Aqaba....
Last Dec. 27, the U.S.-funded Israel war machine unleashed a blizzard of U.S.-made weapons of mass destruction on the towns and refugee camps of Gaza, the most densely populated place on earth. 1,500 died, many of them women and children. Tens of thousands lost their arms, legs, eyes, were paralyzed, orphaned or made homeless....
...the Open Letter supports the growing international campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, by calling on trade unionists in the United States to Divest from State of Israel Bonds, support workers' refusal to handle Israeli cargo, break ties with the racist Histadrut, and oppose U.S. military and economic aid for Israel....
The use of devices that carry and spread to unknown distances high amounts of toxic metals poses the question of the present contamination in the territory of the strip of Gaza. One report on the presence of metals in the soil of Gaza, with samples in 170 locations, published in 2005, could be a reference for comparison, if a more systematic collection of samples is undertaken, as it should....
A national tour organized to highlight the use of administrative detention, an inhumane punishment aimed at Palestinian political prisoners, visited a number of U.S. cities from Nov. 3 to Nov. 20. Administrative detention is a cruel form of arrest that offers the accused man, woman or even child no charges to dispute, no trial and no limit to their maximum sentence....
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On 4 November 2009, the Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (Goldstone Report) is scheduled to be tabled before the Plenary of the UN General Assembly in New York.  Following the Report’s endorsement at the Human Rights Council on 21 October 2009, it now falls to the General Assembly to ensure that the Report is endorsed and its recommendations acted upon. ...
Some 2,000 demonstrators from all over Lebanon gathered in downtown Beirut Oct. 12 to demand that the Lebanese government rebuild the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp destroyed by the Lebanese Army in 2007. A master plan for reconstruction was approved by the Lebanese government in 2008, but reconstruction has been postponed repeatedly....
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It concluded that there is evidence of serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict and that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity....
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When cameras are running, Washington officials sometimes express “concern” for the plight of the Palestinian people. But even this phony caring doesn’t extend to the 4.5 million Palestinians who for 61 years have remained stateless, without official nationality, stranded in Arab countries....
It has been 27 years since the massacre of at least 2,000 unarmed Palestinians and poor Lebanese in the Sabra and Shatila refugees camps here in Beirut....
A vast reconstruction effort, spearheaded by Hezbollah, the Lebanese resistance movement, is rebuilding some 300 villages and towns in Lebanon devastated by the Israeli bombing of 2006. Yet these mountainous regions have not yet restored much of the small family farming plots so crucial to the economy....
Two disasters. One a natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005. The other a human-made disaster, the carpet bombing of Lebanon in 2006. Both inflicted widespread death and destruction.

In the U.S, the richest country in the world, Washington is coordinating the recovery effort. In Lebanon, a tiny poor and war-torn nation, Hezbollah, a grassroots resistance movement that Washington called “terrorist,” organizes most of the reconstruction. Hezbollah receives substantial aid in this effort from Syria and especially Iran, countries Washington also calls “terrorist.”...

Dahia was the area hardest hit by Israel in 2006. It suffered 934 bombing raids, according to the Lebanese army. Much of the neighborhood was reduced to rubble....
In the 2006 war, in retaliation for its failed invasion, Israel bombed virtually every one of Lebanon’s southern villages and towns. Roads and bridges were destroyed, with mosques and churches smashed and Red Cross ambulances, schools, government emergency centers, factories, power and water networks blown apart. And then, in the last days of the war, after getting a rush weapons’ delivery from the Pentagon, Israel dropped 1.2 million cluster bombs on the South....
The pride was palpable and the emotion stirring. It was the pride of a people who have twice freed their land from U.S.-backed Israeli forces....
The Gaza Strip, populated by 1.5 million Palestinians, is virtually an open-air prison—a place of punishment and exile for Palestinians. No one can officially get in or out of Gaza unless given permission at border checkpoints that are opened at the whim of Israel and Egypt. If your name is not on a pre-existing list, you can’t get into Gaza or leave it....
Unlike the Pentagon, when Hezbollah gets money for reconstruction, it uses it for reconstruction....
Imprisoned Palestinian national leader Ahmad Sa'adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was transferred on August 11, 2009 to Ramon prison in the Naqab desert from Asqelan prison, where he had been held for a number of months. He remains in isolation; prior to his transfer from Asqelan, he had been held since August 1 in a tiny isolation cell of 140 cm x 240 cm after being penalized for communicating with another prisoner in the isolation unit....
On July 29 the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn hosted a standing-room-only report-back meeting led by several participants of the Viva Palestina historic U.S. convoy who returned July 17 and 18 from Gaza City in Palestine. The audience was majority Black....
We got in. We were in one of the last buses to arrive at the Gaza border in Rafah toward night in mid-July when Palestinian students greeted us and rode with us to Gaza City....
We have just learned that Israeli security forces have refused entry to three U.S. activists attempting to visit the Palestinian Territories. One of them, Karen Sullivan, is being sent home on a flight tonight, and two others, Sarah Martin and Katrina Plotz have refused to leave, and are being taken into custody. They are being treated as criminals, while their only goal was to learn about the reality of life for the Palestinian people. All three should be allowed to enter the country, as millions of tourists do every year....
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If the U.S. government was interested in supporting democracy or in building respect for the will of the people in a democratic election, it should have started by respecting the outcome of the 2006 Palestinian election. The Palestinian people voted in large numbers, electing Hamas candidates to parliament with large enough votes to form the Palestinian government. In Gaza, Hamas had a total sweep....
Organizers of the largest U.S. humanitarian aid convoy to Palestine in history spoke today by telephone from Cairo to 50 people protesting outside the Egyptian United Nations Mission in New York. ...
he largest humanitarian aid convoy in history to travel from the U.S. to Palestine succeeded in crossing the Rafah border into Gaza late today....
For the better part of the last 75 years, revolutionary peoples’ artist Irving Fierstein used his immense talent to depict the many struggles of working and oppressed people for social and economic justice and against imperialism. In the early 1980s Fierstein created a unique genre of art—striking full-color revolutionary banners thoughtfully composed and painstakingly painted by hand....
July 14—Organizers of the largest U.S. humanitarian aid convoy to Palestine in history spoke today by telephone from Cairo to 50 people protesting outside the Egyptian United Nations Mission in New York. They updated supporters on the progress of the Viva Palestina effort. The news was that the Egyptian government had agreed to allow more than $1 million in medical aid into Gaza, and that the convoy was expected to reach the border with Gaza on July 15....
As we write, the Viva Palestina Convoy is being denied passage into Gaza by the Egyptian Government....
As we write, the Viva Palestina Convoy is being denied passage into Gaza by the Egyptian Government....
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The largest ever US humanitarian aid convoy is now gathering in Egypt to head across the border into Gaza on Monday, July 13....
The thousands of Palestinian prisoners are facing an ongoing campaign in denial of their rights - from denial of family visits, to the imposition of solitary confinement and isolation. Every day, they stand on the front lines, confronting the injustice and repression of the occupation, as prisoners for the freedom of Palestinian land and the Palestinian people....
Today units of the Israeli navy blockading Gaza attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the Spirit of Humanity, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries. The passengers and crew, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, are being forcibly dragged toward Israel. The boat is carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza with an international delegation that set sail from Lanarca, Cyprus....
The next day, July 4th, hundreds  of people from across the United States will depart New York to Egypt, where they will load trucks with millions of dollars worth of medical supplies and drive it to the besieged people of Gaza. Weapons made in USA have brought death and destruction to the people of Palestine. We will be coming to Gaza with medical aid that saves lives instead....
Last night, Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel....
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Last night, Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel....
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[23 miles off the coast of Gaza, 15:30pm] - Today Israeli Occupation Forces attacked and boarded the Free Gaza Movement boat, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, abducting 21 human rights workers from 11 countries, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (see below for a complete list of passengers). The passengers and crew are being forcibly dragged toward Israel....
Councilmember Barron Calls on President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton to Call off Israeli Warships which are threatening the life of Fmr Rep Cynthia McKinney and those aboard the Spirit of Humanity...
Supporters of the beleaguered Palestinian people plan to leave from New York City on July 4 with medical supplies they will deliver to hospitals in Gaza....
Join dozens of organizations, academics and activists to endorse this letter to Ban Ki-Moon, including the National Lawyers Guild, the Palestinian Youth Network, UK MP George Galloway and many more! See full list of initial endorsers below......
There have been two "walkouts" from the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Geneva. It is instructive to observe which countries walked out....
On International Women's Day this year, we express our solidarity with our heroic sisters in Gaza who have endured the horrific U.S.-backed Israeli siege and who are standing up with courage and resilience....
Mar 14, 2009
Boycott Starbucks!
Protesters from the Gaza Committee in Dearborn, Mich., picketed Starbucks on March 7 over its connections to Israel. ...
A divestment teach-in at Temple University on March 5 put technology to use for Palestine as students here spoke directly with students from the Hampshire College divestment movement in Massachusetts through the power of Skype, an Internet telephone program....
he Palestinian Unified Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel is taking hold and growing in unions, universities and among political forces on many continents....
A Lebanese ship carrying 60 tons of humanitarian aid for the besieged people of Gaza was aggressively intercepted and seized on Feb. 5 by the Israeli navy....
As of this letter's date, the Israeli military has brutally killed over 784 (and rising) people in Gaza, including countless children and women....
Eighteen months ago, outraged when the Palestinians voted for the militant leadership of Hamas in democratic elections, Israel imposed a total lockdown on the entire population of Gaza. But the entire people were determined to continue to resist. They found a way to circumvent total starvation....
They demanded that President-elect Barack Obama and Black elected officials in Congress meet their historical obligations of fighting injustice by ending their silent complicity and work towards ending all aid to Israel....
Since the invasion of Gaza began on Dec. 27, the idea of divestment and boycott against Israel has spread to college campuses all over the country. A group called Students for Justice in Palestine based at Hampshire College, a small liberal arts school in western Massachusetts, has been advocating for divestment at its school for the last two years....
Israel's savage assault on the civilian population of Gaza has aroused the greatest worldwide outrage ever against the U.S.-backed settler state. Perhaps nothing symbolized this more than the report of veteran anti-apartheid fighter Dennis Brutus leading a protest in Durban, South Africa, against Israeli Ambassador Dov Segev-Steinberg. Brutus was instrumental in the cultural boycott campaign against apartheid South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s....
Washington and Tel Aviv want to destroy any organization that fights for Palestinian self-determination. And the European Union wants this too. Why? Because the Palestinian struggle and especially Gaza for 60 years has been the shining example of resistance to occupation, an example of national liberation for all the world. And the imperialists hope that by smashing the civilian population they can defeat this struggle and demoralize millions....
Jan 30, 2009
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This forum coincided with the terrorist and criminal attack launched by “Israel” against the Palestinians in Gaza, at a time when the whole world is facing financial, economic and political crises resulting mainly from the policies of war and hegemony. The forum aimed at reinforcing the possibility of building an alternative world based on the principles of respecting humanity as a whole and defending the vulnerable and oppressed in the world....
The best protection against another Lebanon, Iraq, and Gaza is to make sure that the United States enacts better policy by electing better policy-makers. The financial crisis inside the U.S. also means that the traditional engines of empire have run out of gas. Gaza also shows us that the mighty don't always win....
The following is from a talk by Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center, at the Palestine Plenary Session of the Jan. 16-18 Beirut International Forum for Resistance, Anti-Imperialism, Peoples' Solidarity and Alternatives....
As the people of Gaza staved off yet another attempt by the U.S.-armed and -funded Israeli military to eradicate the cause of Palestine by murdering its people, delegates from around the world gathered in Beirut to build solidarity and practical support for their cause among secular leftist and Islamic anti-imperialist forces....
From five prisons scattered throughout the bowels of the United States, we condemn this crime with all our strength; we demand that the barbarity stop now and we send all of our love and support from the deepest part of our souls to the beloved Palestinian people. We will be with you today and always. If there is one thing that profoundly hurts us about our imprisonment it is that we cannot do much more for you, for your cause, for our peoples, but we trust that soon we will be able to accompany you physically....
It's good that Jewish people of conscience are disassociating themselves from the Gaza aggression. But it's not enough. This atrocity is only the latest, and it's no aberration. It reflects the program of the Israeli settler state—which is based on the theft of Palestine, the ouster and suppression of the Palestinian people, and the racist ideology of Zionism—and of its primary sponsor, the Pentagon and U.S. business establishment....
The United Nations just stands by, the European Union is in full support of the Zionist state and the whole war is paid and equipped by U.S. imperialism. From Saudi Arabia to Egypt to India, nations who were once considered friends of Palestine stand by and watch Gaza BURN -- Day after Day, after Day!! ...We must sustain an ongoing movement to BOYCOTT, DIVEST and to impose SANCTIONS on the Israeli state and WAR CRIMES CHARGES on its leaders. We must demand an accounting from our own governments. ...
It's not enough to oppose the bombing. It's not enough to demand an end to the 41-year occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. We stand in complete and unconditional support for the self-determination of the Palestinian people. This includes the right to return to Palestine, from the river to the sea, and the right to democratically determine the form and the future of the Palestinian state. ...
International Action Center co-director Sara Flounders, on route to the Beirut Forum (Jan. 16-19), spoke at the important Rosa Luxemburg Conference in Berlin Jan. 10 (sponsored by the daily newspaper, Junge Welt). The conference became a de-facto tribunal condemning Israel, along with its backers in the U.S. and the European Union, for war crimes in Gaza. Before 1,000 people, Flounders argued forcefully for the Palestinian right to resist siege and occupation and the need for progressives in the imperialist countries to act in solidarity with this resistance in Palestine as well as in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan....
While the president of the UN General Assembly has condemned Israel's killings of Palestinians as "genocide," so too have Black activists and religious leaders who will be holding a press conference Thursday at the Downtown Federal Building to denounce the U.S. government for funding and supplying with arms Israel's latest war in Gaza, which has killed nearly 1,000 Palestinians with well over 4,000 injured....
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Today, more than 15,000 people rallied in Times Square to protest Israel's ongoing assault against the people of Palestine . The demonstration stretched from 42nd Street south to 38 Street, along 7th Ave , and was followed by a spirited march past the New York Times building to the Time Warner building on 58th Street where CNN's New York office is located. Eyewitnesses reported that the police used pepper spray in an unprovoked assault on the protesters including teenagers and children as young as ten years old. Others were pushed and struck by police....
For 18 months my people in Gaza have been under siege, incarcerated inside the world's biggest prison, sealed off from land, air and sea, caged and starved, denied even medication for our sick. After the slow death policy came the bombardment. In this most densely populated of places, nothing has been spared Israel's warplanes, from government buildings to homes, mosques, hospitals, schools and markets. More than 540 have been killed and thousands permanently maimed. A third are women and children. Whole families have been massacred, some while they slept....
We are writing with an urgent request for your help to build an ongoing massive outpouring of support and solidarity to stand with Gaza....
The International Action Center condemns the criminal U.S.-backed Israeli bombing and invasion of Gaza, and the massacre of now nearly 600 and serious wounding of thousands of Palestinians. We call upon the progressive, anti-war and workers' movement in the United States to join the angry, growing worldwide protests of these latest Israeli war crimes with U.S. complicity and stop the genocide. We refuse impunity to the Israeli state and its backers....
La Federación Democrática Internacional de Mujeres - FDIM, expresa su condena al ataque militar asesino, perpetrado por el Estado sionista de Israel con apoyo y respaldo de la Administración Bush , en la Franja de Gaza, en la Palestina. Después de más de diez días de bombardeos aéreos y ahora también por tierra, ese crimen de guerra sin precedente, deja centenares de muertos y miles de heridos, de entre ellos las mujeres, los niños y los anciões, en medio de una destrucción volumosa, dejando el pueblo palestino sin electricidad, en la oscuridad total, sin comida, sin agua y sin remedios en los hospitales que viven un verdadero colapso. ...
The following is a summary of actions in solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza, concentrating on those that took place between Jan. 1 and Jan. 4, 2009. By Jan. 4 this included some emergency protests of the Israeli invasion of the Gaza strip....
"Denunciamos que con el visto bueno de la Casa Blanca y bajo la complicidad del sistema de Naciones Unidas, se permite al gobierno sionista de Israel convertir a Gaza en un inmenso campo de concentración, convertir a Palestina en la mayor prisión a cielo abierto conocida en el mundo y tolerada por muchos de los supuestos países defensores de los Derechos Humanos", declar acció Carolus Wimmer, Vicepresidente del Parlatino Grupo Venezolano, ante los recientes ataques de Israel contra el pueblo palestino en la Franja de Gaza...." ...
Since December 27, 2008, the US-supported Zionist Israel has carried out a war of aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza. It has launched air strikes by F-16 jet fighter planes and Apache helicopters and artillery shelling by naval vessels in order to massacre hundreds and injure thousands of Palestinians and destroy their homes, mosques, schools, public buildings, oil depots, power plants, water facilities and other infrastructure. ...
Saturday saw sizable protests throughout the world against the bombing and invasion of Gaza. -- As the Israeli military began a massive ground invasion of Gaza, including infantry, tanks, and artillery, hundreds of thousands of people were in the streets around the world chanting "Free, Free Palestine!"...The International Action Center is mobilizing for demonstrations across the U.S. to stop the attack on Gaza, and we are networking with activists across the globe who are taking to the streets against U.S./Israeli war crimes....
The genocidal U.S.-backed Israeli bombardment of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has had at least one unintended consequence. It has mobilized the anti-imperialist movement and other anti-war forces around the world. The Washington-Tel-Aviv axis might not yet see this as an obstacle to their war crimes. But it is a work in progress, coming as the workers' movements are beginning to get in motion to fight the repercussions of the capitalist economic collapse. Now they are fighting to prevent the massacre associated with what appears to be a planned ground assault into Gaza. In 2006, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon had other unintended consequences....
The genocidal U.S.-backed Israeli bombardment of the Palestinian people of the Gaza Strip has had at least one unintended consequence. It has mobilized the anti-imperialist movement and other anti-war forces around the world. The Washington-Tel Aviv axis might not yet see this as an obstacle to their war crimes. But it is a work in progress, coming as the workers' movements are beginning to get in motion to fight the consequences of the capitalist economic collapse. Even in vast parts of the world where the winter holidays often drain the strength of a social movement, people reacted quickly, angrily and in some places massively to oppose the new Israeli assault....
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More than 5,000 delegates filled the hall to overflowing at the Arab International Congress for the Right of Return, held in Damascus, Syria, on Nov. 23 and 24. Delegates came from 54 countries....
The International Anti-imperialist and people's Solidarity Coordinating Committee (IAPSCC) strongly condemns the horrendous aerial attack by Israel on Gaza killing and injuring hundreds of Palestinian people and demands that Israeli aggression against Palestine must immediately cease. In a most brazen manner the Israeli Government has bragged more severe attacks might follow....
The youth organization FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together) sent out the following statement on the Israeli assault on Gaza: The massacre of at least 225 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the Zionist military, using U.S.-supplied F-16s and Apache attack helicopters, is the latest in a long line of crimes against humanity committed by Israel....
Unable to break the spirit of the Palestinians after 18 months of putting Gaza under siege, the Israeli terror machine, using U.S.-supplied Israeli F-16 warplanes and “Apache” helicopters, dropped more than 100 tons of bombs on Palestinians in Gaza on Dec. 27. The unprecedented onslaught on a civilian population killed at least 229 people and wounded at least 700 more. (Reuters, Dec. 28)...
The International Action Center condemns the criminal U.S.-backed Israeli bombing massacre on Gaza, and the mass murder of 200 and serious wounding of another 300 Palestinians. We call upon the progressive, anti-war and workers' movement in the United States to join the angry, growing worldwide protests of these latest Israeli war crimes with U.S. complicity. We refuse impunity to the Israeli state and its backers....
e must act now, before the massacres continue! Over 200 people were killed in Gaza on Saturday, December 27 in a series of Israeli attacks - with US-made and paid for weaponry - upon the Palestinian people. These cold-blooded killings come on top of a siege on Gaza that has killed hundreds by depriving them of medical care, deprived Gazans of electricity, power and fuel and attempted to strangle the life of the Palestinian people in Gaza....
Today, November 23rd, I was slated to give remarks in Damascus, Syria at a Conference being held to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and, sadly, the 60th year that the Palestinian people have been denied their Right of Return enshrined in that Universal Declaration. But a funny thing happened to me while at the Atlanta airport on my way to the Conference: I was not allowed to exit the country....
The right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands from which they were expelled with compensation for the losses that they have incurred lies at the centre and heart of the Palestinian issue. It is a deeply-rooted and inalienable right that cannot be compromised, bargained or diminished....
This First Arab International Congregation is taking place at a time when defense and support of the heroic Palestinian Resistance is sorely needed. We are confident that its decisions and the Damascus Declaration for the Right of Return will resonate throughout Palestine, the Middle East and all over the world, including Washington D.C. ...
The Israeli Army invaded the Gaza Strip on Nov. 4 with tanks, helicopters and jet aircraft. The attack was an explicit violation of a five-month Egyptian-mediated truce between Israel and the Palestinian resistance groupings in Gaza. The elected Hamas government there had agreed to the cease-fire....
Help us pressure the Egyptian Government to Open the Rafah Crossing so that Palestinians may access basic supplies to survive....
Mr. Marsalis, perhaps by now you've seen or heard about the open letter to you from the British Committee for Universities of Palestine regarding your quartet's concert date in Tel Aviv on July 17. ...
May 7, 2008 - Oppose Zionist celebration of 60 years of Nakba 2. May 16, 2008 - Major Rally at the UN to commemorate 60 years of Nakba...
In 1948 villages and towns in Palestine were destroyed by the Israeli military and its Zionist gangs. Hundreds of Palestinian women, men and children were killed. New towns -- exclusively for Israelis -- were built atop the ruins. Seven hundred fifty thousand Palestinians fled to neighboring Arab countries living their lives in refugee camps. They continue to live in forced exile (shatat) all over the world and as internally displaced in refugee camps in Palestine. In the three generations of raising their children, their numbers have grown to millions, and the their struggle to return home has never faltered....
A national press conference to demand the immediate release of Dr. Sami Al-Arian was held at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial, Educational and Cultural Center in Harlem on April 15. Al-Arian was in the 44th day of a hunger strike to demand that the government abide by the terms of his release. He has been imprisoned for more than five years....Al-Arian, a tenured professor at the University of South Florida, was arrested in 2003. Then-Attorney General John Ashcroft trumpeted it as the "arrest of the most dangerous financier of Islamic Jihad in the Western world." This case of a Palestinian who raised funds for orphans and charities back home is viewed as one of the most extreme examples of racist and anti-Muslim persecution....
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Yesterday, on the morning of April 15th, Dr. Al-Arian was removed from the abusive prison of Howard County Detention Center in Maryland. Although immigration officials promised to prevent any further abuse, he was simply thrown from the pot into the frying pan....
Friday, April 11, is the scheduled release date of Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian professor on a hunger strike, who has been imprisoned for more than five years. But the Department of Justice, through its continuous abuse of the grand jury system, is threatening to keep him imprisoned for many years....
Unable to defeat the Palestinian people's determination to assert their rights and sovereignty after 60 years of the most brutal occupation and expropriation of land, the entire U.S.-Israeli strategy for years has been based on exacerbating every division, every difference in the Palestinian struggle....
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Suppose a group of KKKers and other white supremacists had their own "church" that was really a center for justifying and organizing murderous attacks on African Americans. Suppose an African-American person, tired of lynchings, tortures, beatings and humiliation of his people, came into this church with guns blazing....
Dr. Sami Al-Arian was transferred yesterday morning, on the 9th day of his hunger strike, to a federal medical facility in Butner, North Carolina run by the Bureau of Prisons. Since beginning his no- water or food hunger strike on March 3, Dr. Al-Arian has lost 23 pounds and grown weaker. He has not yet been given an IV. A doctor who examined him on Monday said he is suffering from starvation and Dr. Sami Al-Arian was transferred yesterday morning, on the 9th day of his hunger strike, to a federal medical facility in Butner, North Carolina run by the Bureau of Prisons. Since beginning his no- water or food hunger strike on March 3, Dr. Al-Arian has lost 23 pounds and grown weaker. He has not yet been given an IV. A doctor who examined him on Monday said he is suffering from starvation and dehydration....
A four-member jury of distinguished legal officials, after hearing and considering two days of intense, moving and precise testimony at the International Associations Center in Brussels, Belgium, on Feb. 24 found the Israeli state guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in its 2006 war on Lebanon....
The International Citizens' Tribunal on Lebanon, according to conventional and usual international law, and according to the imperative standards contained in the 1948 and 1949 Geneva Conventions and Protocol A (1977) and in the Statute of the International Criminal Court of 1998; acknowledging the enormous crimes committed by Israel in the 2006 war (indiscriminate bombardments and destruction, murder of more than one thousand and one hundred persons, among them children, women and elderly persons, enormous damage to social and economic life, use of forbidden arms, etc.) declares the Israeli authorities responsible for the 2006 war against Lebanon and guilty of the following international crimes: War Crimes, Crimes against humanity, Genocide...
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By tearing down the wall between Gaza and Egypt, the Palestinian people and their organizations gave an impulse to the anti-imperialist movement all over the Middle East and throughout the world. Demonstrations set for Jan. 25-26,which were first called as a plea to stop Israel’s criminal siege of 1.5 million Palestinians trapped in Gaza, turned into militant displays of solidarity with a people in struggle....
The whole world watched in wonder on Jan. 23 when the blockaded Palestinian people of Gaza blew up the walls imprisoning them and walked en masse into Egypt....
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More than 800,000 Palestinians have been living in darkness since Israel forcibly closed the border and blocked fuel shipments into Gaza on Jan. 18, forcing Gaza's only electrical plant to shut down. The general director of Gaza's single electricity plant, Derar Abu Sissi, explained that "the catastrophe will affect hospitals, clinics, water wells, houses, factories, all aspects of life."...
The U.S. backed Israeli blockade of Gaza must end! Internationally coordinated demonstrations will be happening on Friday and Saturday. International Action Center urges everyone to attend the demonstration nearest you, and to forward this call from Al-Awda (Palestine Right to Return Coalition) to as many people and as many lists as you can!...
The Israeli state, with the complete backing of the imperialists of the U.S. and the European Union, as well as their clients among the corrupt feudal monarchs in the region, has deprived the entire Palestinian population in Gaza of electricity, sanitation, potable water, heat, cooking gas, medicines and adequate food. And it is winter in Palestine. Nothing has been done to end this crime against humanity, this collective punishment of the Palestinian people, despite many appeals to international agencies and organizations....
The crimes committed by the Israeli army in Lebanon during the summer 2006 are a violent affront to the universal human conscience. These are criminal acts, as many people feel instinctively. They are different from the acts that take place in all armed conflict committed by the aggressor as well as by the aggressed. But feeling is not enough. The facts must be established. They must then be assessed in light of existing international law. This should be done with the detachment and rigor of a process that excludes any a priori conclusions, the results of which will convince all people of good will....
The deeds committed by the Israeli army and secret services in Lebanon, as in the occupied Palestinian territories, is a violent affront to the universal human conscience. These are criminal acts, as many people feel instinctively.They are different from the acts that take place in all armed conflict committed by the aggressor as well as by the aggressed.But feeling is not enough.The facts must be established....
The International Jury of Conscience for Lebanon” is a project which intends to develop the struggle against impunity regarding the crimes committed, which intends to promote international law and in particular human rights and which places the respect of fundamental human rights above any other consideration. The discussion will proceed in greatest serenity and the publicity that arises from it will reside exclusively within the framework of human rights. It will question only the facts that occurred during the conflict of July-August 2006 in connection with the respect of these rights. This project does not include a political debate on the question of the relationship between Israel and its neighbors, nor about the Palestinian question....
The Israeli siege of Gaza is an international crime of collective punishment on an entire population. It is a crime carried out with the full support and authorization of Washington. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had rejected overtures by Hamas, the militant Islamic group that is the elected government in Gaza, for discussions about even a temporary cease-fire. ...
On Aug. 28, 2007, New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. attacked British unions for supporting a boycott of Israel. The Chief, an influential weekly newspaper that covers civil service unions and is widely read by New York City civil service union members and New York City politicians, published an article in the Sept. 7th edition about Comptroller Thompson’s action. The article included a statement of praise for Thompson’s action that was issued by Jewish Labor Committee (JLC) President Stuart Appelbaum....
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