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Live video footage of what is happening on the bus is available at the link
A small number of brave Palestinians will risk attack and arrest to commit a forbidden act -- they have boarded a public bus.
"Lacking their own state, Palestinians are forbidden to use buses and roads reserved for non-Arabs -- part of a host of race-based rules that US President Jimmy Carter has called "apartheid". 50 years ago, African-Americans in the US challenged these rules by simply and non-violently refusing to follow them. In a few hours, Palestinians will take the same approach, and their actions will be live webcasted by Avaaz teams at the link below.
As diplomats stall in the fight for a Palestinian state, the Palestinian people are taking the fight into their own hands, one public service at a time. And they're doing it with the simple, elegant and unstoppable moral force of non-violence in the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King. The Palestinian spring begins right now - click below to watch it LIVE, register support, and give these brave activists the global solidarity and attention they urgently need to win:
Non-violence is the game-changing force in this long-standing conflict. Boarding buses is a symbolic act, but so was Gandhi's salt march, and Rosa Park's own courageous ride on a segregated bus in the US. Just as non-violent protest was able to topple dictators in Egypt and Tunisia, so can it finally free the Palestinian people from 40 years of crippling military oppression by a foreign power.
There are many dangers. Israel has been arming the extremist settler population, a tactic which is likely, if not intended, to provoke awful violence that will draw the news cameras away from the brave acts of non-violence. Even the Palestinian authorities are pushing back on the action which they fear will start a democratic protest movement that they cannot control. But these few brave Palestinians have had enough, and if we stand with them now, we can help them ignite a flame that will burn its way all the way to a free and peaceful Palestinian state:
We have no idea what will happen in the next 24 hours. Maybe the authorities will crush this brave action. Maybe it will spark into a massive conflagration. Maybe it will sow the first seed of an unstoppable movement with tremendous integrity. But we can watch it live, and lend our voices to the effort. And maybe one day, we can tell our grandchildren that we were there when Palestinians boarded the buses that would ultimately take them to freedom."Live video footage of what is happening on the bus is available at the link A small... more
Israel have rejected claims that a cyber-attack by the hacker group Anonymous was behind the crashing of several government websites on Sunday, including those of the Mossad, the Shin Bet secret service, the Israeli army and some government ministries.
The websites were inaccessible for several hours but all were back online again by Monday.
In a YouTube video posted on Friday 4/11, Anonymous threatened to "strike back" at Israel if it continued to block vessels attempting to reach Gaza by sea.
The video was released shortly after Israeli naval commandos boarded a Canadian and Irish vessel sailing to Gaza and arrested the passengers and crew.
In the YouTube message An Open Letter from Anonymous to the Government of Israel, an electronically generated voice can be heard accusing Israel of "piracy on the high seas". "Your actions are illegal, against democracy, human rights, international, and maritime laws," the statement continues. "Justifying war, murder, illegal interception, and pirate-like activities under an illegal cover of defence will not go unnoticed by us or the people of the world.
"We do not tolerate this kind of repeated offensive behaviour against unarmed civilians. If you continue blocking humanitarian vessels to Gaza or repeat the dreadful actions of 31 May 2010 against any Gaza freedom flotillas then you will leave us no choice but to strike back. Again and again, until you stop." The message ends with a warning: "Expect us."
The Israeli sites crashed about 48 hours later.
An army spokesperson said it was "a coincidence" – a response dismissed by observers who noted that several Palestinian sites were hacked last week, as was the site of the Russell tribunal, currently hearing testimony in South Africa on why Israel is an apartheid state.
Source: Anonymous and The GuardianIsrael have rejected claims that a cyber-attack by the hacker group Anonymous was... more
Juan Cole succinctly delineates what the vote to include Palestine in UNESCO means. Especially in light of current global disgust with Israel's anti-peace policies! Concluding: 'Disgust with these Israeli policies of continually victimizing the Palestinians is so widespread and deep that even Germany has just threatened to cancel the delivery to Israel of a submarine because of the announcement of settlements in Arab east Jerusalem. Germany, for understandable historical reasons, almost never criticizes Israel. But the Likud attempt to expel Palestinians from their long-time homes in Jerusalem has pushed even Berlin to criticize the policy publicly.
It isn’t just the world community that is dismayed at the setting in of long-term Israeli Apartheid. Even the widow of Israeli war hero Moshe Dayan now laments,
“I’m a peacemaker, but the current Israeli government does not know how to make peace. We move from war to war, and this will never stop. I think Zionism has run its course.”…
“Today we use foreign labor to work in Israel because Palestinians are not allowed. And this continuous expansion of the settlements everywhere-—I cannot accept it. I cannot tolerate this deterioration in the territories and the roadblocks everywhere. And that horrible wall! It’s not right.”"
http://tinyurl.com/22do3Juan Cole succinctly delineates what the vote to include Palestine in UNESCO means.... more
Do you want to know how we could prevent an Islamic radical such as Bin Laden and his longtime dedicated followers who would give up their life while bomb-forcing us to give up ours? The answer is very simple, “Let the Palestinians have the kind of human rights and sovereignty we so heartedly enjoy at our leisure here in the United States of America, and we will begin to see a sharp decline in the number of those who want to do us harm”. Oh and while I’m at it, it is my opinion that the Israeli Prime Minister "Mr. Netanyahu" is more dangerous to the United States than an average Palestinian ever was. I wish for someone to prove me wrong!Do you want to know how we could prevent an Islamic radical such as Bin Laden and his... more
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In September of 2011, the Israeli cabinet approved a plan to relocate up to 30,000 Bedouin from unrecognised villages in the Negev. A national strike is planned in Israeli Arab areas in protest at this move.
The Bedouin are the indigenous owner-occupiers of the Negev – they have been there for thousands of years. Since 1948 Israel has built dozens of Jewish towns, villages, kibbutzim and farms while pushing the Bedouin into ever smaller enclaves. In Rahat, for example, there are 52,000 Bedouin living on 21,000 acres, while the regional council of Bnei-Shimon covers 440,000 acres and is home to just 6,000 Jews.
Watch the video and read the article in its entirety.
http://equalitynow.blog.com/2011/10/17/evicting-the-bedouin-people/In September of 2011, the Israeli cabinet approved a plan to relocate up to 30,000... more
A family being brutally torn from their home by Israeli police 04.10.2011
September turned out to be nothing short of a political tsunami for Israel's leaders and, consequently, for the United States as well. Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince at the Foreign Policy in Focus blog Focal Points.
http://www.fpif.org/blog/kaddish_for_oslo_part_2_the_palmer_reportSeptember turned out to be nothing short of a political tsunami for Israel's... more
Both the United States and Israeli believed their wildernesses -- and those that inhabited them -- needed to be tamed. Paul Mutter at the Foreign Policy in Focus blog Focal Points.
http://www.fpif.org/blog/when_creation_myths_converge_us_and_israeli_colonialismBoth the United States and Israeli believed their wildernesses -- and those that... more
The number of UN member states extending diplomatic recognition to the State of Palestine has now risen to 131, leaving only 62 UN member states on the wrong side of history and humanity.
If one ignores small island states in the Caribbean and the Pacific, almost all of the non-recognisers are Western states, including all five of the settler-colonial states founded on the ethnic cleansing or genocide of indigenous populations and all eight of the former European colonial powers.
It appears that the current American strategy to defeat the State of Palestine's UN membership application is to try to deprive Palestine of the required nine affirmative votes in the Security Council by convincing all five European members (including Bosnia & Herzegovina, which has recognised the State of Palestine) and Colombia (the only South American state which has not recognised the State of Palestine) to abstain, leaving only eight affirmative votes and thus making America's lone negative vote not technically a "veto".
Even though everyone knows that the Security Council would approve Palestinian membership unanimously if the United States announced its support, the explanation and expectation behind this strategy is, apparently, that, in the absence of a "veto", no one would notice America's fingerprints all over this result, no one (notably in the Arab and Muslim worlds) would be outraged by America's blocking of Palestine's membership application and Mahmoud Abbas and his colleagues would crawl back into the hamster cage from which they have so recently and dramatically escaped, duly chastened and docile, and resume running mindlessly on the Israeli-American exercise wheel.
This is not simply a breathtakingly naïve strategy but an extraordinarily dangerous one - and not only because the Ramallah leadership, having experienced enlightenment and a spine transplant, has also recovered its self-respect and human dignity and will not be crawling back into its cage.
An American veto would be neither a big deal nor a bad thing. It would unequivocally confirm the sad and humiliating reality, now almost universally recognised, that the United States of America is enslaved to Israel, paying tribute and taking orders. By doing so, an American veto would definitively disqualify the United States from playing any significant role in any genuine Middle East "peace process" which would replace the fraudulent one which the United States has been controlling and manipulating on Israel's behalf for the past 20 years and, thereby, would finally give peace a chance.
Indeed, since state observer status would confer on the State of Palestine virtually all the same benefits as member state status (most importantly, right of access to the International Criminal Court, where it could sue Israelis for war crimes, including settlement building, and crimes against humanity), an American veto in the Security Council followed by an upgrade to state observer status by the General Assembly might actually be the most constructive possible result for Palestine - even better than full UN membership with American acquiescence but with the United States maintaining its monopoly stranglehold on any "peace process".
One might then realistically hope that the new emerging international force, the "BRICS" countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - all current members of the Security Council which have recognised the State of Palestine and are on record as planning to vote for Palestinian membership), and the European Union could jointly mobilise the true international community behind a genuine and urgent effort to actually achieve peace with some measure of justice.
On the other hand, America's unanimous European abstention strategy, if successful, would have catastrophic consequences. While the Arab and Muslim worlds have learned to expect the worst from the United States, they have, at least until now, maintained some hope that Europe is not their enemy. If Palestine's membership application were to be defeated by a united Western front, the world would be confronted by a fundamental clash of the "West against the Rest", resurrecting memories of the most arrogant and contemptuous periods of Western imperialism and colonialism and confirming the belief, already widespread in the Arab and Muslim worlds, that the Judeo-Christian world is at war with the Muslim world.
Of course, it is within the power of one man to prevent this ugly scenario from playing out. Are the prospects of a few more votes for himself and less campaign money for his eventual Republican opponent really more important to America's multi-racial president than preventing a long-running clash of civilisations, cultures, races and religions and permitting - indeed, promoting - progress toward a more peaceful, just and harmonious world?
The world should find out in the coming weeks.
John V. Whitbeck is an international lawyer who has advised the Palestinian negotiating team in negotiations with Israel.
The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial policy.The number of UN member states extending diplomatic recognition to the State of... more
SO THE PALESTINIANS MADE SUCH A BIG DEAL ABOUT STATEHOOD.
IN THE END IS THAT WHAT THEY WANT?
OR JUST ANOTHER MANIPULATIVE PLAY TO PIT ISRAEL AS THE BAD GUY.SO THE PALESTINIANS MADE SUCH A BIG DEAL ABOUT STATEHOOD. IN THE END IS THAT WHAT... more
In 1948 it wasn't a whole lot different, but it was.
"Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is due to submit his bid to the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state.
He is expected to present a letter in the next few hours requesting admission to the UN shortly before addressing the General Assembly to argue the case.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to speak soon after, and is expected to denounce the move.
Israel and the US oppose it, saying a Palestinian state can only be achieved through talks with Israel.
President Barack Obama told Mr Abbas on Thursday that the US will use its UN Security Council veto to block the move, but Mr Abbas vowed to press ahead with the bid.
Meanwhile in the West Bank, Palestinians are expected to begin gathering in the early evening shortly before the submission of the bid.""Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is due to submit his bid to the UN for... more
Nearly 70 percent of Israelis surveyed recently said that Israel should accept a Palestinian state if the United Nations chooses to recognize it, according to a report in Thursday's edition of The Jerusalem Post.
The poll results fly in the face of American conservatives and even President Barack Obama, who have taken the lead in discouraging the U.N. from voting on the matter, claiming that it could threaten Israel's security.
The study was carried out by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. They found that just over 69 percent of the Israeli respondents felt the country should accept the U.N.'s ultimate decision on a Palestinian state. A further 83 percent of Palestinians said that turning to the U.N. for statehood is the right thing to do.
The United States has vowed to veto any request for Palestinian statehood at the Security Council, potentially sparking a new Middle East crisis. Tens of thousands of Palestinians took part in rallies to back the Palestinian leader on Wednesday.
Both Israel and the United States insist that only direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations can set up a peace deal that could lead to the creation of a new state.
"I am convinced that there is no shortcut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades," Obama told the U.N. General Assembly.
He did not mention the U.S. threat to veto the Security Council bid, but said: "Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN -- if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now."
Obama insisted Israelis and Palestinians must sit down to "reach agreement on the issues that divide them: on borders and security; on refugees and Jerusalem."
For Obama, the confrontation is an embarrassment as 12 months ago he stood before the same assembly and called for Palestinian membership in the United Nations within a year.
Obama said he believed then and now "that the Palestinian people deserve a state of their own." But he added Israel must have security guarantees because of the threat from "neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it."
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/09/22/poll-vast-majority-of-israelis-want-u-n-to-recognize-palestine/?utm_source=Raw+Story+Daily+Update&utm_campaign=6cb5df8e27-9_22_119_22_2011&utm_medium=emailNearly 70 percent of Israelis surveyed recently said that Israel should accept a... more
The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks down President Obama's speech at the United Nations regarding Israel and a Palestinian state.
"What do you folks think???"The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks down President Obama's speech at the... more
A joint poll by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in the Occupied Palestinian Territories found that 69 percent of Israelis think that their country should accept United Nations recognition of an independent Palestinian state, according the Jerusalem Post. The survey also found that 83 percent of Palestinians supported the U.N. bid. Six hundred Israelis and 1,200 Palestinians in the Occupied Territories participated in the poll. Of the Israelis that sided with accepting the U.N. decision, 34 percent said Israel should start negotiating with the Palestinians and 35 percent said the Palestinians should not be allowed to change dynamics on the ground.A joint poll by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at... more
Try not to cry
by Sami yusuf ft Outlandish
this song is a song of love to every child in the world
especially the children in Palestine and children who face death everyday more than a once)
After seeing countless videos, and pictures of the situation in Israel/Palestine I'm wondering why the U.S. is so opposed to Palestinian statehood? Understanding a small population of Jewish people have always lived in the area, and before 1948 seemed to have gotten along with Palestine fairly well.
These days the Palestinians are being pushed further off lands that have historically been theirs, while dealing with one of the closest situations to Nazi Germany you can find images of in recent history. It's horrible, but to deny Palestine as a recognized seat on the U.N.? Is it so simply answered with; "Russia & China will have another voting partner."?
Just what is the reason the U.S. has no problem sending Billions in dollars in aid to Israel (while it's own economy collapses), and allows Israel to treat Palestinians as if they were Jews living one step away from Auschwitz? It's a human rights nightmare, and totally undermines our standing in the international community.
Why would the Palestinians think giving up their bid for a seat on the U.N. would lead to peace? The U.S. will continue handing billions in aid to Israel, while having no concern with the fascist (looking) policies and procedures of Israel in regards to Palestine.
Idk, disappointed not just the current administration, but the seemingly the whole political spectrum's (curiously absent is one Ron Paul) blind support of Israel...
I'm really wondering why the U.S. is opposed to a Palestinian UN seat, anybody else know why?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERzjxsQG57c&feature=related(Song Try not to cry by Sami yusuf ft Outlandish this song is a song of love to... more
The cookie today is pronounced “Real-Politik.” The confection’ll have a many-layered, Middle Eastern flavor to it.
Palestine at this moment is nothing less than a political petry dish for “post-modern” colonialism. Israel it seems will never cease to try to expel Arabs from what it deems its “natural’ territorial sphere. Assimilation seems a dubious proposition at best. Arabs, for their part, probably will NEVER cease to resent and resist.The cookie today is pronounced “Real-Politik.” The confection’ll... more
An early casualty of the Peace Process in the Middle East.
I am an American who believes that Freedom, Liberty, and Justice for all are the fundamental rights of a modern human civilization, no matter who you are, or where you are. Freedom should reach all who are living in the world. No matter what or who may oppress you. Freedom is a divine right, given from the Creator. Whomever you call your God or being that you worship, even the atheist, whom fails to believe in the Creator, his ‘will’ reaches and protects you as well. Yet there are people who attempt to obstruct this ‘will’. They create excuses to deny this ‘will’, and then they create political and media induced formulas to cheat people of this ‘will’. t the fundamental core of the enlightenment of man is the light of the Spirit, and that source energy is love and compassion that flows through all things. If anything is devoid of ‘Love or Compassion,’ it is not of the Creator and therefore destructive to life and thyself. There is the right path of thought, a simple as that is put. To deny life is to guarantee certain death. To deny freedom is to extinguish the light of liberty that burns in the thoughts of the mind in every free man and woman. As a bird must fly across the sky so shall the light of liberty travel the human consciousness of man through out the world. To be denied such a right is to be robbed of the soul in its entirety.
No mountain is so vast we can not move it in our minds and further with our hearts. No life lived, is ever in vein nor forgotten, no matter how short or long one may have lived. No people upon this earth are ever so insignificant, we turn blind eyes and death ears, when they need our help the most to stand and do whats right. That becomes the test of humanity, true equality at the very core.http://rtruth.blog.com/2011/09/13/mideastconflict%E2%80%A8/ I am an American who... more