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Adbusters: Hold The New York Times’ feet to the fire!

Posted by uscsjp on April 23, 2016

Adbusters Media Foundation

Adbusters is launching a #AlltheNewsThatsFitToPrint campaign to take on the biased reporting at The New York Times.

For years now, The New York Times has had a pro-Israeli bias in much of its coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Its writers report in-depth about Israel’s plight and suffering, but fail to document the Palestinian side of the story with anywhere near the same level of detail or humanity.

The problem is that a number of The New York Times‘ journalists have close family ties to Israel and its military.

In 2010, it was discovered that Jerusalem Bureau Chief Ethan Bronner had a son enlisted in Israel’s military. The Electronic Intifada described it as a conflict of interest.

Current senior reporter Isabel Kershner is married to Hirsh Goodman, a senior employee at the Institute for National Security Studies, a think tank with close ties to Israel’s government and armed forces.

David Brooks has a son in the Israel Defense Forces—at the very moment that Brooks may be writing a column about the fraught sensitivities of the Arab-Israeli conflict, his child is taking up arms against the Palestinians.

We wrote a letter to The New York Times asking them to provide pertinent biographical details of its writer’s backgrounds. They refused to print it.

Share your thoughts about this on social media. Contact public editor Margaret Sullivan [@sulliview] and demand that every time they print an article, details of the writer’s background be disclosed. Contact Kershner [@IKershner], Brooks [@nytdavidbrooks], Bronner [@ethanbronner], tell them we want to see Palestinian issues treated with the same care and integrity as any other issue. Share the letter they refused to print. And let’s get #AlltheNewsThatsFitToPrint and #nytimedisclaimer trending!

This is the perfect moment for what is perhaps the most influential newspaper in the world to change the tone of its reporting on the Middle East.

For the wild,

Team Adbusters

 

TO THE EDITOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES:

Re: Israel Polarized Over Soldier Who Killed Wounded Palestinian (March 30, 2016)

Isabel Kershner’s latest article compels me to question your objectivity towards the Israel- Palestine conflict. This story is typical of Kershner’s reporting: she writes in-depth about Israel’s reaction to the shooting of a Palestinian assailant, but fails to document the Palestinian response with the same level of detail or humanity. Like her pieces on January 28 th and February 18 th , Kershner neglects to address both sides of the tragedy.

This is not the first time your paper has been accused of a pro-Israeli bias. In 2010, The New York Timescame under fire when an independent publication discovered Jerusalem Bureau Chief Ethan Bronner had a son enlisted in Israel’s military. The Electronic Intifada described it as a conflict of interest, and your own Public Editor agreed.

Readers similarly deserve to know that Kershner is married to Hirsh Goodman, a senior employee at the Institute for National Security Studies: a think tank with close ties to Israel’s government and armed forces. They also deserve to know that Times columnist David Brooks, like Bronner, has a son in the Israel Defense Forces. At the very moment that Brooks may be writing a column about the fraught sensitivities in the Arab-Israeli war, his child is taking up arms against the Palestinians.

I am not suggesting that these or other writers’ private lives necessarily bias their work. That is for each individual reader to decide. But the myth of perfect journalistic objectivity has been set aside; the influence of subjectivity is now understood to be significant, and with that recognition comes an urgent need for transparency.

In the 2010 Bronner case, The Times responded by providing a disclaimer at the bottom of just one of his articles. Clearly, this is inadequate. I urge you to provide relevant biographical details at the end of any article where private interests or relationships potentially conflict with the ideal of fair and accurate reporting. At the very least, this is an issue that warrants substantive debate among your journalists and your readers.

KATE WILSON

Vancouver, British Columbia

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17 Jewish Activists Protesting Israeli Occupation Arrested at ADL Headquarters

Posted by uscsjp on April 22, 2016

By Sam KestenbaumApr 20, 2016

Police arrested 17 activists denouncing the “Jewish establishment’s support of the occupation of Palestine” on April 20 in the lobby of the Anti-Defamation League during one of a series of Passover protests organized by anti-occupation group If Not Now.

Before they were cuffed and shuffled into New York Police Department vans, the young activists had sat cross-legged on the lobby floor, leading a larger crowd in their version of a Passover Seder.

They banged on the floor, danced in circles and sang familiar Hebrew songs. The Seder’s ten plagues included “subjecting Palestinians to daily humiliation” and “destroying the Palestinian economy.” A hand-drawn cardboard Seder plate rested next to a sculpted tinfoil goblet, reserved for Elijah.

“We act now to build a Jewish community that recognizes that we cannot be free absent the freedom for Palestinians,” the text of one handout read.

Passersby paused, snapping photos on their cameras, to take in the unusual scene — around 100 Jewish activists singing and dancing in the glass-walled lobby of a midtown office. One young woman turned to the assembled crowd as she was led away by police, so that her shirt was in full view. “No liberation with occupation,” it read.

If Not Now, which formed two years ago to protest the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict and Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank, staged several other Passover-themed events this week.

Six were arrested in Boston, where they rallied outside the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. In Washington D.C., activists gathered outside Hillel.

But the New York protest took on another layer of significance as one prominent New York activist has been at the center of national controversy.

Simone Zimmerman, an If Not Now co-founder, made headlines last week when she was named Jewish outreach coordinator for Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Her peers celebrated. But, just days later, she was suspended from that position after an old Facebook post resurfaced, in which Zimmerman had used profanity and insulted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Abe Foxman, former head of the Anti-Defamation League, denounced Zimmerman and the Zionist Organization of America followed suit.

“She is entitled to say what she wants, but there is something bizarre about making her the liaison for the Jewish community,” Foxman said in a Wednesday interview with the Forward. “Either she wasn’t vetted — or worse, she was.”

Foxman said he took issue with Zimmerman’s criticism of Israel during the 2014 Gaza conflict. Her comments “go to the essence of questioning and challenging Israel’s credibility.”

Foxman declined to comment about the 17 activists’ arrest, deferring to the ADL.

“ADL had no role whatsoever in the arrest of the protesters,” Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL’s CEO stressed in a Thursday statement . “The protesters trespassed in the lobby of a private office building in which ADL happens to be one of dozens of tenants.”

“ADL and [If Not Now] … share the same goal,” Greenblatt continued, “a two-state solution that provides for the safety and security of Israel and a viable Palestinian state.”

If Not Now, however, has not taken any specific position on a two-state solution, nor the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel — another divisive topic in the Jewish establishment.

“It is unfortunate that [If Not Now] seems to be more interested in spectacles and ultimatums than in discussion and dialogue grappling with the difficult issues involved in achieving peace,” Greenblatt said. “Nevertheless, our doors are open, and our invitation to speak with [If Not Now] still stands.”

Zimmerman stood in the background at Wednesday’s protest. She declined to speak with the Forward, but her friends rallied around her, posing for photos and intoning her name during the rally.

“Simone speaks for my kind of Judaism,” said Gabrielle Egan, an If Not Now activist from Canada.

If Not Now first took shape online in 2014, as a rallying hash tag on social media during the latest Israel-Gaza conflict. Many participants had been involved in J Street, but had become dissatisfied with that organization’s position on the conflict. Several activists describe their involvement with If Not Now as a sort of Jewish homecoming.

“These are people who grew up in a post-peace process environment,” said Peter Beinart, a mentor to Zimmerman and a leading voice in liberal Zionism. “If you look at If Not Now, there is a deep alienation, a dissatisfaction with the Jewish community’s lack of discussion.”

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EI: From Palestine to Honduras, every day is Land Day

Posted by uscsjp on April 13, 2016

Berta Cáceres was one of three indigenous land rights activists murdered in Central America in March. (CIDH)

On 30 March 1976, Palestinian citizens of Israel declared a general strike and held large demonstrations against land expropriations by Israeli authorities in the Galilee.

Now observed annually as Land Day, these events marked the first organized popular rebellion by Palestinians inside present-day Israel. They had undergone three decades of disenfranchisement and intimidation.

In 1948, Zionist militias, which would later constitute the Israeli army, occupied the majority of historic Palestine.

Using force and the threat of force, some 750,000 Palestinians were expelled.

Those who remained in the territory then unilaterally declared as Israel were granted Israeli citizenship, but the new authorities imposed military rule on them that was not lifted until 1966.

Even after military rule, systematic Israeli attempts to squelch Palestinian dissent and colonize both land and minds continued.

The Zionist project is fixated on controlling as much land as possible with as few Palestinians on it as possible. It has used both naked violence and legal frameworks to gradually reduce Palestinian land ownership in present-day Israel to just a tiny fraction of what it was before 1948.

Defiance

Land Day was an act of resistance to an Israeli government plan to confiscate thousands of acres in the north of historic Palestine.

But it was also a form of collective defiance against attempts to erase Palestinian identity. The workers and farmers Israel had tried to turn into obedient subjects took to the streets en masse on 30 March to fight for their lands and to take control of their destiny.

The Palestinian villages of Sakhnin, Arraba and Deir Hanna — known as the Land Day Triangle — were the most affected by the confiscation plans and witnessed the most violence.

Protesters march iagainst Israel’s planned demolition of the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran on 30 March. Annual Land Day demonstrations also commemorate the six Palestinian citizens of Israel shot dead by Israeli forces during mass protests against land seizures in the Galilee on the same date in 1976.Oren ZivActiveStills

In total, six Palestinians were murdered by Israeli police on that day.

They were Khadija Shawahna, a 23-year-old farmer who was killed by an Israeli bullet while looking for her brother among the demonstrators; Khader Khalayleh, shot with a bullet to the head as he tried to help a wounded teacher and protester; Khayr Yasin, shot dead by Israeli soldiers during an unarmed protest in Arraba; Raja Abu Rayya, killed by soldiers after defying a curfew to protest the killing of Khalayleh; Muhsin Taha, a 15-year-old boy killed during a large protest in the village of Kufr Kana near Nazareth and Rafat Zuhairi, a student and refugee killed by soldiers who raided the town of Taybeh before a demonstration.

The grievances and injustices that sparked the protests in March 1976 linger throughout Palestine today. But those injustices are not exclusive to Palestinians.

Four decades later, on the other side of the globe, at least three prominent indigenous land defenders were assassinated for resisting the onslaught of multinationals on their rivers and forests.

Assassinated

The assassination of indigenous Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres on 3 March captured international attention. She was the cofounder of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Movements of Honduras.

She was well known for organizing campaigns against hydroelectric power projects, particularly against construction of the Agua Zarca dam on the territory of the indigenous Lenca people.

Cáceres was shot dead in her home at La Esperanza one day shy of her birthday. She had long complained of death threats from the police, army and corporations.

But she would not be the only victim of state-backed corporate and police brutality that month.

Less than two weeks after her death, fellow activist Nelson Garcia was shot in the face and killed by unidentified gunmen after spending the day with the Río Chiquito community.

More than one hundred Honduran police and military officers had evicted dozens of Lenca families from their land.

On 12 March, another activist, Walter Méndez Barrios, was assassinated near his home in Guatemala. He had been a prominent environmental leader who fought against deforestation and hydroelectric projects, and for community-based, sustainable forest management.

Forefront of struggle

Indigenous activists in Latin America are at the forefront of the struggle to save Mother Earth and prevent the privatization of natural resources, the dispossession of rural communities and the exploitation of the most vulnerable under the guise of growth and development. And thus they bear the brunt of repression.

A report published by the group Global Witness found that of the 116 environmental activists known to have been killed in 2014, 40 percent of them were indigenous and three-quarters were in Central and Latin America amid disputes over mining, agri-business and hydroelectric power.

These activists pay the price for leading the fight against a deadly neoliberal assault, protected by state terror and on many occasions directly backed by the United States, as in the case of Honduras.

In fact, Berta Cáceres had singled out Hillary Clinton for her support as secretary of state of the 2009 coup in Honduras and the subsequent whitewashing of atrocities in its wake.

The social movements sprouting in Central and Latin America grasp the multiple facets of their fight and the need to connect the struggle against the corporations seizing their lands with resistance to capitalism, imperialism, patriarchy, militarism and environmental destruction.

Feminist

A feminist, an anti-capitalist and a staunch opponent of US imperialism, Berta Cáceres was acutely aware of the intersection of these battles and repeatedly called for solidarity between social movements around the world.

Her internationalist perspective was not mere rhetoric, but resulted in action, as it led her to create bonds between her movement and other grassroots movements outside Honduras.

Her perspective has expanded even beyond Latin America.

For Palestinians, Honduras and Guatemala might seem too distant, even too irrelevant for our struggle. And while there are some apparent stark differences in our lived realities and in the faces of our oppressors, there are commonalities as well.

In Palestine as well as in many parts of Central and Latin America, the oppression is directly sponsored by US military and financial aid. And in all these places our collective survival rests upon defending and preserving our land.

Inseparable

Similarly, our struggle for self-determination is inseparable from the struggle against capitalism and militarism.

This does not mean that the forms of resistance employed in Central and Latin America should simply be copied in Palestine or vice versa. Rather, it means that we can create strategic alliances that draw from our respective experiences and build a global movement.

To survive, repressive regimes collaborate with one another and to defeat them, oppressed peoples have to create networks of solidarity.

Transnational corporations are so good at blurring borders to increase their profits; we should break those same borders to create a decolonized, more humane, just and diverse world.

“Berta was a force rooted in the past and imagining a different, decolonized future, free of the three systemic forces she routinely identified as her true enemies. Capitalism, racism and patriarchy,” freelance journalist and friend Jesse Freeston said of Cáceres.

To honor her, and to confront those who murdered her, it is necessary to step up the fight and to revive the spirit of Land Day in Palestine and Honduras and throughout the Middle East and the Americas.

From: https://electronicintifada.net/content/palestine-honduras-every-day-land-day/16221

Budour Youssef Hassan is a Palestinian writer and law graduate based in occupied Jerusalem. Blog:budourhassan.wordpress.com. Twitter: @Budour48

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US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation: Thank you, Rep. Hank Johnson

Posted by uscsjp on April 7, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Representative Hank Johnson organized 10 of his fellow lawmakers, including Senator Patrick Leahy, to sign on to a letter to the State Department, urging them to investigate “gross violations of human rights” by Israel and Egypt.

Here is why this is so important: these lawmakers implored Secretary Kerry to determine if these reports of human rights violations triggered the Leahy Law and if so, “to take the appropriate action called for under this law.”
The Leahy Law prohibits the U.S. from providing military aid to foreign military units who commit human rights abuses, which means that some of Israel’s military aid could be cut off. This is huge.

The backlash against these lawmakers has already begun, which is why we need to make our support loud and clear by thanking Rep. Johnson!

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Irish Parliamentarian Richard Boyd Barrett Confronts Israeli Ambassador

Posted by uscsjp on March 30, 2016

–originally viewed on Tony Greenstein’s blog:

http://azvsas.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/must-watch-video-irish-dail-member.html

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Letter from CODEPINK: CODEPINK protests AIPAC – one arrested

Posted by uscsjp on March 28, 2016

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A few weeks ago CODEPINK launched a petition asking Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to reject the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) invitation to speak at their annual policy conference in Washington DC. About a week later, Sanders announced that he was skipping the conference! Sanders is the only presidential candidate in American history to have declined an invitation to speak at AIPAC. Shortly afterwards, Sanders released a statement to AIPAC in which he expressing ed empathy for Palestinian suffering and promised, if elected, to be a friend to both Palestinians and Israelis.

While we applaud Sanders for skipping the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference and for his commendable statement in recognition of Palestinians’ human rights, we also know that more is needed. This is why while Donald Trump was inside addressing AIPAC, CODEPINK was outside protesting and engaging in civil disobedience.

Read about and watch why CODEPINK’s Ariel Gold chose to get arrested at the AIPAC conference.

The struggle for justice in Palestine has seen a lot of wins lately. Along with Sanders heeding our call to reject AIPAC, the month of March saw numerous wins in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, including a massive victory for CODEPINK’s Ahava campaign.

We know that when we fight, we win. That is why we are keeping the pressure up. CODEPINK is proud to be part of the Stolen Homes campaign asking Airbnb to stop listing homes in illegal Israeli settlements. Check out this mock website and leave a review telling Airbnb that they should abide by international law.

Together we can bring peace and equality to all people in Israel/Palestine.

Toward a just peace,

Ariel, Nancy K., and the entire CODEPINK team

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UCSD Guardian: UC Regents Condemns Anti-Semitism in Revision of Discrimination Guidelines

Posted by uscsjp on March 28, 2016

The UC Board of Regents voted to amend the University of California’s Statement of Principles Against Intolerance to include a condemnation of anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism at last Wednesday’s Regents meeting. However, the committee declined to condemn anti-Zionism as a form of discrimination in and of itself.

Anti-Zionism — a political ideology that opposes Israel’s right to exist in Palestine — has raised a lot of questions at the UC campuses ever since 521 alumni along with 23 education and Jewish advocacy groups submitted a petition to UC President Janet Napolitano last May. The petition called for the UC system to formally adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism, which denounces statements about Israel that demonize or delegitimize the nation.

UCSD Hillel of San Diego Director David Singer expressed his support for the resolution, calling it a step in the right direction for a the UC system at which anti-Semitism has had tangible consequences. He said that it was “no coincidence” that UCSD’s Jewish student population declined by more than 60 percent over the last decade.

“Jewish students throughout the UC campuses have, for years, lived in the shadow of incidents of anti-Semitic speech, intimidation, vandalism and even violence,” Singer told the UCSD Guardian. “Yesterday’s condemnation by the Regents is an important step in defining the problem and pledging to ensure that the university is hate-free for all students.”

Examples of these incidents include one that occurred in February 2015, when vandals defaced a Jewish fraternity house at UC Davis with a Nazi swastika. More recently, members of UCLA’s student government questioned a student’s ability to remain unbiased because she was Jewish, and they planned to reject her nomination to their judicial board until a faculty advisor intervened.

Originally, the amendment stated that “anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place at the University of California,” implying that anti-Zionism is a form of discrimination. However, some across the UC campuses have raised concerns that this would infringe on free speech.

Among them is the UC Academic Council, which sent its own letter to the Regents stating that the amendment would harm academic freedom. The council argued that it would cause “needless and expensive litigation, embarrassing to the university, to sort out the difference between intolerance on the one hand, and protected debate and study of Zionism and its alternatives on the other.”

Moreover, when the Guardian spoke to UCSD’s Students for Justice in Palestine last November, the organization expressed fear that the revision would silence all perspectives that opposed Israel.

“Any critique of Israeli policy, because of the nation’s identity as a Jewish state, would be labeled as anti-Semitic,” SJP said in a statement. “Anti-Zionist activity, such as that of SJP, strives to amplify Palestinian voices calling for their right to self-determination and their right to return to their homeland. This policy seeks to silence and censor these voices.”

Following these complaints, Regent Norman Pattiz, who proposed the amendment, revised it to state that “anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place at the University of California.”

Singer applauded the revision, stating that it ensures that people can use their First Amendment rights by only targeting political beliefs that cross over into hateful speech.

“Freedom of speech is paramount, and we are encouraged that the resolution affirms this fact,” Singer said. “We respect the right of students to speak out for politics that they believe in. Yet, all too often we have seen criticism of Israel elicit deeply anti-Semitic undertones, or, worse, result in attacks on Jewish students.”

The University of California stands as the first and only public university system so far that has reaffirmed its opposition to anti-Semitic behavior.

The Guardian contacted the UC Office of the President and Students for Justice in Palestine regarding the UC Regents’ recent decision, but neither could be reached by press time.

 

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Protest Censorship of Palestinian History

Posted by uscsjp on March 18, 2016

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Publishing giant McGraw-Hill Education has censored and is planning to destroy copies of a US college textbook entitled “Global Politics: Engaging a Complex World,” after complaints about a series of maps showing loss of Palestinian land from 1946-2000.

Send a letter to McGraw-Hill Education to let them know it is unacceptable to censor Palestinian history! 

Use the form below to send an email to McGraw-Hill Education executives. You can use these suggested points to serve as a reference for messages. Please make sure to write letters in your own words rather than repeating suggested points verbatim. Your signature will be automatically included so no need to write it.

  • This is a blatant example of censorship of an academic text for political reasons.
  • The maps in question were in fact accurate and only removed because of complaints from supporters of Israel who wish to prevent people from learning the truth about Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and its ongoing theft of Palestinian land.
  • Israel’s dispossession of the Palestinian people and taking of their land, as illustrated by the censored maps, is the root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For students and others to properly understand what’s taking place in Israel-Palestine, it is vital for them to learn about this dispossession and the story told by these maps. This is why Israel’s supporters are working so hard to suppress them.
  • Rather than caving into complaints from right-wing supporters of Israel who wish to deny Palestinian history, McGraw-Hill should demonstrate professional integrity and reinstate the maps and textbooks in question.
  • The campaign to censor “Global Politics: Engaging a Complex World” is part of a larger campaign being waged by the Israeli government and its supporters to suppress the Palestinian narrative and Palestine human rights activism in the United States, including in schools and on campuses across the country. Last year, Palestine Legal (which is part of the Center for Constitutional Rights), released a report entitled “The Palestine Exception to Free Speech” that documented widespread attacks against student Palestine rights activists on US campuses, including numerous cases of attempted censorship.
  • It is deeply disappointing that McGraw-Hill Education has succumbed to political pressure and censored the Palestinian narrative from a textbook. I urge you to reconsider this shameful decision.

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Common Dreams: Brother and Sister, Children Aged 10 and 6, Killed by Israeli Bombing in Gaza

Posted by uscsjp on March 13, 2016

Two young children, 10-year-old Yassin Abu Khussa and his 6-year-old sister Israa Abu Khussa, were killed on Saturday when the Israeli military bombed an area near their home in Beit Lahiya in the Gaza Strip.

Reports indicate the missile (or missiles) struck while the family was asleep. Yassin was reportedly killed instantly in the blast, while Israa was transported to a hospital where she later died from her wounds. Other family members were also reported injured.

According to the Ma’an News Agency:

The Israeli air force had reportedly targeted four Hamas sites in the northern Gaza Strip early Saturday after four rockets were fired from the besieged enclave the evening before.

A Ma’an reporter based in Gaza said the children were in their house at the time of the airstrike, located in northwestern Beit Lahiya, adding that the family was still living in their home that was partially destroyed during the most recent Israeli offensive on the strip in 2014.The Israeli army said the rockets fired from Gaza had landed in open areas in southern Israel, without reporting damage or injuries.

Suleiman Abu Khoussa, 50, the children’s father, told the New York Times the family was sleeping in a makeshift shelter just outside their house when the missile struck.  “Their mother was screaming, ‘The children are dead, the children are dead,'” he said in a telephone interview. “I went and I saw them covered in blood.”

Lieutenant Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces, defended the bombing that killed the children by telling Reuters that rockets launch are an attempt by militants in Gaza to “threaten the security and safety of the people of southern Israel.”

The Israeli military, he continued with no apparent sense of irony or dread, “will continue to act to protect against those who threaten innocent lives.”

As the Israeli military occupation and blockade continues year after year, many organizations and individual experts have documented the severe negative impacts the siege is having on the Palestinian people – and children in particular – trapped in Gaza.

Despite those factors and international criticism, the United States government continues to provide political backing and military aid to the Israeli government.

Just last week, Vice President Joe Biden was in Israel to negotiate a new round of U.S. military aid, currently estimated at about $3 billion annually but likely to increase by as much as 50 percent.

“We’re committed to making sure that Israel can defend itself against all serious threats,” Biden told reporters after meeting with Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu.

So far this weekend, however, there has been no comment from the U.S. State Department or other officials about whether or not there will be any money left over to help the children of Gaza defend themselves against the “serious threats” they face.

Danny Muller, who has traveled to Gaza regularly since 2003 and previously coordinated humanitarian aid and psychological and social programs for children traumatized by war with the Middle East Children’s Alliance, the young people of Palestine have become the serial victims of the violence unleashed by the Israeli government and backed with U.S. support.

“Children do not choose where they live, where they play, or how they die—but we do,” said Muller in an email to Common Dreams on Sunday. “Israel and the United States continue to use collective punishment via carpet bombing in response to criminal acts. When you use intensive airstrikes on one of the most densely populated areas in world, the inevitable result is large numbers of the deaths of children. Just because this happens with regularity does not mean we should allow ourselves to lose our own humanity and not be horrified and take every appropriate action to bring retribution upon those responsible.”

–Jon Queally, staff writer for Common Dreams, Sunday, March 13, 2016

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/03/13/brother-and-sister-children-aged-10-and-6-killed-israeli-bombing-gaza

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Get on the bus to D.C.! March 20 National March to Support Palestine is just two weeks away!

Posted by uscsjp on March 4, 2016

March 20 is just over two weeks away!

Get on the bus to D.C. to join the
National March to Support Palestine

Sunday, March 20, 2016
12 Noon: Assemble at the White House
1pm-5pm: March to the Washington, D.C., Convention Center

People are coming to D.C. by bus, van, car, train and plane from across the East Coast, Midwest and South, and from across the country. Here are just some cities organizing transportation:

New York City, New York
nyc@answercoalition.org · 212-694-8720
The bus will leave NYC on Sunday, March 20 at 7:00 a.m. and return the same day.
Click here to get your bus ticket today!

Chicago, Illinois
answer@chicagoanswer.net · 773-463-0311
The bus will leave Chicago on Saturday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Boston, Massachusetts
boston@answercoalition.org ·boston@answercoalition.org · 857-334-5084
The bus will leave Boston on Saturday, March 19 at 10:30 p.m.
Click here to get your bus ticket today!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
philly@answercoalition.org · 267-281-3859
The bus will leave Philadelphia on Sunday, March 20 at 8:00 a.m. and return the same day.
Click here to get your bus ticket today!

Dearborn, Michigan
Dearborn coordinator Ruba Odeh: Rodeh1@gmail.com

Columbus, Ohio
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1558144191165437/

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
pittsburgh@answercoalition.org

New Haven, Connecticut
ct@answercoalition.org · 203-903-4480

If you can help bring other people from your area to Washington, D.C., on March 20, sign up today!

NEW ENDORSERS!

Al-Awda, The Palestinian Right to Return Coalition and the ANSWER Coalition are co-sponsoring the National March on March 20. Endorsers include: 14 Friends of Palestine – Marin, Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, Alliance for Global Justice, Al-Nakba Awareness Project, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Berkeley Women in Black, Brash For New Jersey, Cindy Sheehan, Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel, Committee for Palestinian Rights – Howard County, MD, CU-Divest!, Deir Yassin Remembered, Free Palestine Movement, Friends of Sabeel – North America, Hilton Head for Peace, Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, International Action Center, International Solidarity Movement – Northern California, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, Media Watch on Hunger & Poverty, Methodist Federation for Social Action, Middle East Crisis Response, Neturei Karta, National Lawyers Guild, Orange County Peace Action, OWS Special Projects Affinity Group, Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace, Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Solidarity Iran – SI, St. Pete for Peace, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), Veterans for Peace, Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality, Voices for Justice in Palestine, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and more!

Click here to become an endorser of this important action.

NEW SPEAKERS!

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Speakers include: Dr. Cornel West, professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University; Abbas Hamideh, co-founder, Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition & National Organizer; Sabry Wazwaz, Palestinian documentary filmmaker and activist; Laila El-Haddad, award-winning Palestinian author and speaker; Brian Becker, Natioanl Director, ANSWER Coalition; Rami Ibrahim, Palestinian kickboxing world champion-USKA; Fatina Abdrabboh, attorney, Executive Director, ADC-Michigan; Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general; Eugene Puryear, ANSWER Coalition; Amer Zahr, Palestinian comedian and entertainer; Said Durrah, Palestinian comedian and entertainer; Joe Catron, American journalist, Gaza massacres on the ground in 2012 and 2014; Omar Kurdi, Arabic singer, poet and human rights activist; Robert Matin, Australian International Palestine Activist; Iyad Burnat, Palestinian activist, head of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall; Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Minister, Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington, D.C.; Robby Martin, Irish International Palestine activist; Rabbi Weiss, Neturei Karta; Ahmad N Abuznaid, Palestinian-American attorney, co-founder of the Dream Defenders; and more!

RSVP TODAY!

The National March and Rally to Support Palestine on Sunday, March 20 is timed to coincide with the opening of the convention of AIPAC, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. JOIN US IN DC to Stand with Palestine, say NO to the racist reign of terror and the Apartheid Wall, and say YES to the right of Palestinian refugees to return home. We must stand together to reject the efforts by the Israeli state and settlers to abuse, violate and evict the Palestinian people. We say NO to racism and YES to self-determination!

Please join and help bring thousands of people to Washington, D.C., on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

If you are coming to D.C. and need housing, click here for some information about hotels.

Free Palestine!

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