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Israel to Build New Museum of Tolerance by Desecrating Historic Muslim Cemetery

Posted by uscsjp on February 17, 2010

Palestinian Families Appeal to UN Over Israeli Construction of “Museum of Tolerance” on Jerusalem’s Historic Mamilla Cemetery

“Palestinian families have filed a petition with the United Nations over the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s plans to build a “Museum of Tolerance” over the historic Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem. Opponents of the project have long questioned how a monument to tolerance can be built on the remains of the graves of generations of Palestinian Muslims. We speak to Columbia University professor and author Rashid Khalidi, a petitioner whose ancestors were buried at the Mamilla Cemetery; and Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, which is representing the families in their petition…”

–Democracy Now!, 10 February, 2010

See also:

Palestinian and Foreign Protesters Dress as Na’vi from Avatar

“(AP) JERUSALEM — Palestinian protesters have added a colorful twist to demonstrations against Israel’s separation barrier, painting themselves blue and posing as characters from the hit film ‘Avatar.’

The demonstrators also donned long hair and loincloths Friday for the weekly protest against the barrier near the village of Bilin.

They equated their struggle to the intergalactic one portrayed in the film.

Israel says the barrier is needed for its security. Palestinians consider it a land grab.

The protests have become a symbol of opposition. They often end in clashes with Israeli security forces involving stones and tear gas.

The ‘Avatar’ protest comes a day after the Israeli government began rerouting the enclosure to eat up less of the Palestinian village…”

–The Huffington Post, February 12, 2010

And from a recent email by Alex Shams:

Urgent Action Needed! Please Distribute Widely

You may have heard of the recent event at UC Irvine with Michael Oren, the ambassador of Israel to the US.

While he was invited by a student organization to speak on US-Israeli relations, the UCI Law School and the Political Science Department cosponsored the speech by Oren, a public figure who represents a state that continues to commit more human rights violations than any other country. See the MSU’s statement regarding his presence on campus for more details:

At the event, 11 students who chose to protest by making clear and organized statements were arrested and held in a room until after the event. The school is also currently threatening to punish the students, aiming to send a political message by selective enforcement of university policies.

Contact UCI Chancellor Michael Drake NOW to declare that it is unjust to arrest these students. Supporters of the arrests are contacting administration in large numbers, and your support is needed desperately!

Ask to speak with Chancellor Drake or leave a message at: (949) 824 – 5011 and email him at: chancellor@uci. edu

Speak to the Dean of Students office, who are determining the punishment at: (949) 824-5181 and email them at: deanstu@uci. edu

Here are some important points to bring up:
· It was unjust to arrest students for simply having the courage to stand up and speak out against a man responsible for propagating the deaths of thousands of innocent people.
· Civil disobedience has historically played an instrumental role in the
civil rights movement in America the eventually ensured equality and human rights for all minorities.
· Michael Oren is a representative of a state that is condemned by more UN Human Rights Council resolutions than all other countries in the world, and he should not be honored at UC Irvine.
· As concerned community members, we will not support an educational
institution that threatens to punish its’ students with suspension and expulsion for
standing up for their principles.

Thank you for your support.”

Also, Local Upcoming Actions (Thanks, as always, to Jeff Warner of LA Jews for Peace)

Thursday, February 18, 2010 – 7:00pm

How A Muslim and a Jew View the Middle East

Speakers: Dr Nazir Khaja and Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs

State Building Auditorium, 6150 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

1/2 block north of Van Nuys Orange Line Station
Metered street parking available (bring quarters)
Light refreshments served

Sponsored:  Valley Grassroots for Democracy
Click to RSVP

Saturday, April 24, 2010, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

The Rebuilding Alliance 2nd Annual Peacemakers Dinner
at the Red Rock Chateau, Silverado Canyon, Orange County, CA
1   Cindy and Craig Corrie, Parents of Rachel Corrie, Advisory Board members of the Rebuilding Alliance
2   Congressman Brian Baird, Visited Gaza to see for himself, a clear advocate for Palestinian and Israeli human rights
3  Professor Richard Falk, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Palestinian Human Rights

Info and reservations: Mary Bentley Abu-Saba, Rebuilding Alliance Outreach Director
510 205 1469, mabusaba@rebuilding alliance. org

And Finally:

Although this topic is only very indirectly related to Palestinian issues, I feel compelled to post it, due both to my involvement in the movement and to the fact that USC SJP is a university group in California.

–Omar Hussein

“On March 4th, cities across California and throughout the nation will engage in strikes, work stoppages, occupations, and rallies for public education. From Humboldt to MexiCali we will be demanding Free Education on all levels and organizing a fight back against attempts to privitize education.

Students, teachers, education workers, parents and other community will be converging at Pershing Square at 3pm and having rallies at UCLA, Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Northridge.

We are an independent movement and are not run or controlled by the union leadership, Democrats, Republicans or non-profits. We are however dedicated to building a grassroots, militant worker student united movement for education.

PLEASE COME Every Saturday unil March 4th @1pm at the UTLA Building 3303 W. Wilshire Blvd Room 812


–Julia Wallace
LA March 4th Committee
(310) 404-6729


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