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Ezra Nawi; Apartheid South Africa

Posted by uscsjp on August 4, 2009

“Ezra Nawi ( is one of Israel’s most courageous human rights/pro-democracy activists. He is being tried on August 16, 2009 for trying to stop the army from bulldozing a Palestinian Bedouin home. Go to, watch the video and sign the letter. Be a character witness for Ezra Nawi…”

–from a Jewish Voice for Peace email, 3 August, 2009

And fromThe Electronic Intifada

Why is South Africa still helping apartheid Israel?

Due to their support of South Africans struggling against apartheid, Palestinians likewise expect the same level of support from the now free and democratic South Africa. (Tess Scheflan/ActiveStills-EI)

"Due to their support of South Africans struggling against apartheid, Palestinians likewise expect the same level of support from the now free and democratic South Africa." (Tess Scheflan/ActiveStills-EI)

“A few weeks ago I departed from South Africa for the Gaza Strip in order to take up a short-term voluntary post with a humanitarian organization there. As the Rafah border crossing with Egypt is effectively the only passage in and out of the besieged territory, flying to Cairo was my only option in gaining access to Gaza.

The Egyptian border authorities controlling the Rafah crossing have varying and often arbitrary requirements that must be fulfilled by anyone wishing to enter Gaza, which change regularly and without notice. The latest requirement is that any non-Palestinian wishing to visit Gaza needs to obtain prior written permission from their embassy in Cairo. This is ostensibly to ensure that foreigners have received the relevant travel warnings from their respective embassies and to absolve the Egyptian government of any responsibility for their health or safety once in Gaza.

While this appears reasonable, as I learned over the next few days, it is actually designed to prevent the entry of foreigners into the Gaza Strip. At the South African Embassy in Cairo, I quickly realized that my government was conspiring with the Egyptian and Israeli siege of the tiny coastal territory…”

Sayed Dhansay, The Electronic Intifada, 21 July 2009

Also from The Electronic Intifada:

A third uprising?

I recently returned from the Holy Land after leading about 40 Presbyterians from Galilee to Jerusalem. This isn’t new territory for me. I’ve been in the country many times leading students, working at archaeology digs, speaking at conferences, and occasionally taking a church such as this. And this time what I saw and heard was worrying…”

Gary M. Burge, The Electronic Intifada, 3 August 2009

And from The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

8th Annual National Organizers’ Conference, Chicago, IL, September 12-13, 2009

“The 8th Annual National Organizers’ Conference will be held during the weekend of September 12th – 13th, 2009 in Chicago, IL. We have compiled a list of helpful and necessary information for you to plan and book your flights…”

Finally, some recent headlines from Democracy Now!

Clinton: Eviction of Palestinian Families ‘Deeply Regrettable

On Monday, Hillary Clinton met Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh at the State Department. Clinton criticized Israel for evicting more than fifty Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.

Hillary Clinton: ‘These actions are deeply regrettable. I have said before that the eviction of families and demolition of homes in East Jerusalem is not in keeping with Israeli obligations, and I urge the government of Israel and municipal officials to refrain from such provocative actions’…

Israel Deports Three US Peace Activists

Three US peace activists from Minneapolis have been deported from Israel after trying to enter the country as part of a human rights delegation. Israeli officials reportedly said the three were security risks and would not be allowed to enter the country. The activists are Sarah Martin, a sixty-nine-year-old retired nurse, and two members of the Anti-War Committee, Katrina Plotz and Karen Sullivan.”

–Democracy Now!, 4 August, 2009


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