In Wake Of Deadly Attack, Tel Aviv Mayor Speaks Out Against Israel’s Occupation Of Palestine

Written by JUSTIN SALHANI   
Friday, 10 June 2016 09:52

Two Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a shopping center near Israel’s Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night. The attack, that killed four people, has resulted in severe repercussions, as Israel revoked the permits of 83,000 Palestinians from visiting Israel.

The attack received the usual denunciations from many members of the Knesset — but Tel Aviv’s 71-year-old Mayor, Ron Huldai, blamed Israel’s occupation of Palestine for the attack.

“We might be the only country in the world where another nation is under occupation without civil rights,” he said when speaking to Israeli army radio on Thursday. “You can’t hold people in a situation of occupation and hope they’ll reach the conclusion everything is alright.”
“No one has the courage [to find peace with the Palestinians],” he said.

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about BDS

Written by AUPHR   
Thursday, 09 June 2016 12:52

A talk by

Dalit Baum

Friday June 17 from 7 to 9 PM At TaborSpace (in the Dining Room)

5441 SE Belmont in the
Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church

Dalit Baum, PhD., is the Director of Economic Activism for the American Friends Service Committee. An Israeli researcher, scholar, feminist, and social justice activist, Dalit

Why would a nice Israeli Jewish girl support the Palestinian Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)?
Does BDS actually work and how?
Learn more about corporate power and war profiteering, and about organizing in Israel and the U.S. to expose these corporations and help them step away from the Israeli occupation.

Come to ask all questions, or to be reintroduced to the issues, Enjoy refreshments, old and new friends.

Facebook Page Here!

Free and all are invited

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Bernie Sanders, the Coming Convention and a Democratic Reassessment of Support for Israel

Written by Gilbert Schramm   
Saturday, 04 June 2016 09:56

As is typical in election years, a huge amount of nonsense dominates the airwaves and internet. From Trump’s latest Muslim baiting or immigrant bashing, to the GOP’s continued efforts to make big issues out of Benghazi and Hillary’s e-mail foul-ups, most of this is truly irrelevant. Among the issues almost never given the truly serious, sustained and coherent attention it deserves is our country’s Middle East policy.

If you pay attention to the odd corners of the media, you will see more and more articles about how the Democratic Party is abandoning its decades of kneejerk, unconditional support for Israel. In most places, this development is decried. In reality, it is the best thing that could happen to both Israel and the US.

The Zionist/AIPAC driven side of the argument desperately wants to spin this development as a result of week-kneed, misguided liberals reneging on a historic friendship—that is pure and rather ugly propaganda. The real issue for progressives, and hopefully for average Americans, is not whether to stand with Israel, but what kind of Israel to stand for. Those Zionists pleading for unconditional support are merely helping drive their country further into the grip of its rising fascist elements.

It appears that this issue may result in a serious platform fight in the Democratic Party this summer. If that is so, it is just another thank you that the party owes to Bernie Sanders.  A levelheaded reassessment of our alliance with Israel is long overdue.

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Hedy Epstein 1924-2016

Written by Saint Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee (STL-PSC)   
Thursday, 26 May 2016 21:20

Hedy Epstein, 91, died at her home in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, on May 26, 2016. An internationally renowned, respected and admired advocate for human and civil rights, Hedy was encircled by friends who lovingly cared for her at home.

Born August 15, 1924, in the Bavarian region of Germany, her lifelong commitment to human rights was formed by the horrific experiences she and her family endured under the repressive Nazi regime.
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US accuses Israel of using excessive force against Palestinians

Saturday, 16 April 2016 08:38

Annual US report on human rights says nearly half of Palestinians killed by Israel were not carrying out attacks, and many times did not pose a threat to life

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration accused Israel of using excessive force against Palestinians during a wave of deadly violence, in an annual report that pointed to a global decline in human rights.

The annual report by the State Department into human rights abuses around the world accused Israeli forces of “excessive use of force” in the Palestinian territories, and “arbitrary arrest and associated torture and abuse, often with impunity,” by the IDF, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

According to numbers cited in the report, 149 Palestinians were killed in 2015 by Israeli security forces, but only 77 were in the course of attacking Israelis.

“There were numerous reports of the ISF (Israel security forces) killing Palestinians during riots, demonstrations, at checkpoints, and during routine operations; in some cases they did not pose a threat to life,” the report read.

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