National Day of Action in Solidarity with Ferguson, Saturday, August 16th:

Written by Urban League of Portland and others   
Friday, 15 August 2014 23:15

National Day of Action in Solidarity with Ferguson, Saturday, August 16th:
 
 Join with the Urban League of Portland and a coalition of community organizations as we stand in solidarity against police misconduct and militarization in Ferguson, Missouri and in our own communities in Portland.
 
Police racial profiling and excessive use of force has claimed the life of another young black man. We join with communities around the country to achieve justice for Michael Brown's family and community.

Portland Solidarity With Ferguson: part of a national day of solidarity and action, will take place on Saturday, August 16th, at Lownsdale Square (SW 4th Ave. & Main St.) in downtown Portland at 1pm.
 
Coalition members include the Center for Intercultural Organizing, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Portland African-American Leadership Forum, and the Urban League of Portland.
 
    Enough IS Enough.

 
 

Israel-trained police "occupy" Missouri after killing of black youth

Written by Rania Khalek   
Friday, 15 August 2014 22:06

[NOTE: Former Portland Chief of Police Mark Kroeker went to Israel for "terrorism training" as chief of police in Portland back in 2003: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/pbnotify.cfm?action=ViewContent&content_id=379   Not sure how much special training Portland police or other Oregon police are receiving in Israel today...  Let AUPHR know if you have information about the sending of Oregon police to Israel for "training"  at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  ]

Since the killing of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police in Missouri last weekend, the people of Ferguson have been subjected to a military-style crackdown by a squadron of local police departments dressed like combat soldiers. This has prompted residents to liken the conditions on the ground in Ferguson to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. 

And who can blame them? 

The dystopian scenes of paramilitary units in camouflage rampaging through the streets of Ferguson, pointing assault rifles at unarmed residents and launching tear gas into people’s front yards from behind armored personnel carriers (APCs), could easily be mistaken for a Tuesday afternoon in the occupied West Bank. 

And it’s no coincidence. 

At least two of the four law enforcement agencies that were deployed in Ferguson up until Thursday evening — the St. Louis County Police Department and the St. Louis Police Department — received training from Israeli security forces in recent years. 

Read more: Israel-trained police "occupy" Missouri after killing of black youth

 
   

U.S. complicit in Israel's killing of Palestinians

Written by Zaha Hassan on OregonLive   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 10:48

Since the horrific killing of well over 1,800 innocents in Gaza began on July 8, demonstrations have been held all over the U.S., including here in Portland.

Why, Bob Horenstein asks, aren't similar demonstrations organized for civilians killed in other conflict zones? The answer is simple: because we are complicit. It is U.S. political cover and the over $3 billion in military and economic aid we give to Israel every year that has been funding the destruction and genocide taking place in Gaza.  In fact, at the same time President Obama was calling for a ceasefire, the U.S. released stockpiles of ammunition to Israel so that it could reload its guns.

So, yes, people of conscience around the country have come out by the hundreds and thousands not just to call for an end to U.S. support for Israel, but also to express our alarm at the way in which Palestinians have been dehumanized. Particularly offensive has been how the otherwise hamstrung U.S. Senate miraculously came together in a matter of hours to unanimously pass a resolution supporting Israel's "right to defend itself."  Surely killing one child per hour each day is not how a country defends itself. 
Read more: U.S. complicit in Israel's killing of Palestinians

 
   

Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 13 August 2014, 0800 hrs)

Written by OCHA oPt   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:54

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67

Israelis killed, including 64 soldiers, three civilians including one foreign national.

370,000

People hosted at UNRWA, government shelters and with host families.

230

Schools (90 UNRWA and 140 government) have sustained damage.

1,965

Palestinians killed, including 1,417 civilians, of whom 458 are children and 238 are women.1

16,800

Homes in the Gaza Strip have been destroyed or severely damaged.

 
   

Help Requested! Lutheran World Federation's Augusta Victoria Hospital struggling in East Jerusalem

Written by Peace Not Walls   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:36

Help Requested! Lutheran World Federation's Augusta Victoria Hospital struggling in East Jerusalem

Call your representatives!

Dear Peace Not Walls Network,
 
I am writing regarding the cash crisis that Augusta Victoria Hospital is experiencing due to the lack of payments from the Palestinian Authority for the patients that the PA refers to AVH.  Augusta Victoria Hospital is struggling to continue to keep the AVH doors open in order to treat cancer patients from Gaza and the West Bank, and now also wounded from Gaza.  Your advocacy is needed!
 
USAID was very close in the spring to sending funding to the PA, earmarked for AVH and other East Jerusalem hospitals.  However, at the last minute, the funding was halted due to issues with the peace process and the reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas. 
 
We got some relief on July 26th when we received 9.5 million Euro from the EU.  However, this only covered a portion of the PA's bills.  The PA still owes AVH/LWF over 20 million USD, and, since the PA continues to refer cancer patients and others to AVH, the amount owed by the PA to AVH is increasing by over 2 million USD each month.  This is not sustainable for AVH and the need for funding is urgent.
 

Read more: Help Requested! Lutheran World Federation's Augusta Victoria Hospital struggling in East Jerusalem
 
   

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