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Archive for March, 2008

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Endorses Anti-Apartheid Tour–See the Video

Posted by uscsjp on March 29, 2008

“The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is organizing a nationwide speaking and organizing tour with high-profile South African and Palestinian leaders in November 2008.

We are pleased to announce that Diana Buttu and Eddie Makue will be the headlined speakers for our tour. Diana Buttu is a former PLO legal advisor and attorney, and Eddie Makue is the General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches in Johannesburg …”


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A Mirror on Israel

Posted by uscsjp on March 28, 2008

“Last summer, the Pappe family packed its belongings, rented out its spacious house in Israel and moved to Britain. Ever since his support of an academic boycott on Israel’s universities became public, historian Ilan Pappe, 54, has felt like public enemy number one. Pappe says he had received death threats by phone almost on a daily basis.

Did it not occur to you that calling for an academic boycott on Israel might incite the public against you?

‘I supported the boycott because I believe that without pressure, Israel will not end the occupation. Even before then I reached the conclusion that the peace process enables Israel to stall for time. When in 2003 several international organizations approached me and asked whether I would support the boycott I replied positively’…” 

–Ilan Pappe and Ayelet Negev, YNet News, cited on the Z Communications Site 

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Food prices double in besieged Gaza

Posted by uscsjp on March 28, 2008

“There have been rapid price increases over the last few months because of the closure. Three months ago, for instance, a liter of corn oil cost 19 shekels [the equivalent of $4.50]. Now it costs 29 shekels [$7]. The price of flour has also doubled; three months ago a kilo of flour was two shekels. Now our customers have to pay four shekels…”

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Israelis, Palestinians fight on Facebook

Posted by uscsjp on March 22, 2008

“Israelis and Palestinians have taken their conflict to Facebook.

Jewish settlers living in the West Bank were incensed to discover they had to choose Palestine, not Israel, when filling out the address section of their profile pages on the popular social networking site…”

–Associated Press, March 18, 2008

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BBC: Hamas men ‘tortured by Egyptians’

Posted by uscsjp on March 22, 2008

“The Palestinian militant movement Hamas has accused Egypt of torturing members of the group who were detained after crossing from the Gaza Strip…”

–BBC, March 21, 2008

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Updates from the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Posted by uscsjp on March 21, 2008

The year 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the Nakba (“the catastrophe”): the expulsion and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes and land in 1948.

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is soliciting entries for a commemoration of the Nakba through personal expressions in the form of visual arts, essays, poetry, music, video, and digital media.

Learn more about the competition and how you can participate.


Tax Day Is Coming: Offset Your Tax Dollars to Israel

In 2007, the United States gave Israel $2.34 billion in military aid to enforce its illegal military occupation and siege of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem , and the Gaza Strip. As Tax Day nears, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation wants to give you an opportunity to offset the tax dollars you give to Israel .

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Bin Laden condemns Gaza siege

Posted by uscsjp on March 21, 2008

“Osama bin Laden has said that the best way for Muslims to help Palestinians is to support Iraqis fighting against the government and US forces.In the audiotape, which was the second to be released by the al-Qaeda leader in 24 hours, he also accused Arab leaders of backing the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip…”
–Al Jazeera, Thursday, March 20, 2008

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Israelis can sue for suicide blasts

Posted by uscsjp on March 20, 2008

“Israelis can now sue the Palestinian Authority for suicide bomb attacks.
The Israeli foreign ministry ruled that the Palestinian Authority, the government led by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, does not represent a country and therefore does not have immunity from such lawsuits…”
–Al Jazeera, March 17, 2008

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New York Times and BBC Propaganda

Posted by uscsjp on March 13, 2008

The New York Times and Gaza
By Howard Friel, ZNet

During the first two months of 2008, Israeli security forces killed 146 Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, 42 of which did not participate in fighting. During the same period, Palestinians killed one member of the Israeli security forces and two Israeli civilians. These figures were reported by B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, on February 28, two days before Israel invaded the Gaza Strip. Consistent with its custom, the New York Times ignored this B’Tselem report, nor did it independently report similar statistics. In short, it would be difficult to learn by reading the Times that Israel had killed so many Palestinians in the two-month period prior to its March 1 invasion of Gaza..”

Israeli Deaths Matter More
By David Cromwell, ZNet

“The horrific shooting of eight young people at a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem last Thursday was followed by saturation media coverage. International statesmen lined up with condemnations of the attack and condolences for the victims and their families… The contrast to reactions to the killing of over 120 Palestinians, including many women and children, in occupied Gaza the previous week could hardly be more striking. On one day alone, 60 people died in a hail of Israeli firepower using F-16 planes, Apache helicopter gunships, tanks, armoured bulldozers and ground troops…”

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Israeli government boycotts Al Jazeera

Posted by uscsjp on March 13, 2008

“JERUSALEM, March 12 (Reuters) – Israel said on Wednesday it would no longer cooperate with the influential Arabic television station Al Jazeera, accusing it of one-sided reporting that favours the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Al Jazeera denied any bias in its reporting and said it had received no formal communication from the Israeli government on the decision.

Israeli officials said the government would not grant interviews to the Qatar-based satellite station and could deny visas to its employees due to its coverage of fighting between Israel and militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip…” 

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