By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Rachel Corrie, a US peace activist, was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she tried to block the demolition of a Palestinian home. Her parents, Craig and Cindy, speak on the 10th anniversary of the killing of their daughter. WATCH: This [...]
Top: Instagram ‘sniper’ image Below: Mor Ostrovski and weapons
A photo posted on the personal Instagram account of Israeli soldier, Mor Ostrovski, showing rifle crosshairs trained on the head of what appears to be a Palestinian youth has sparked outrage and criticism.
Ostrovski’s twisted visual isn’t exactly unusual. That Palestinian life is cheap in the eyes of some IDF soldiers comes across also in t’shirts. In an earlier post I discussed incredibly offensive anti-Palestinian t’shirt graphics, one of which depicted crosshairs trained on the stomach of a pregnant Palestinian woman along with the line “1 shot kills 2.”
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Twitter / suzhawkins: As settlers… #idlenomore ….
York University’s Suzanne Hawkins is my hero today for showing us all this amazing poster that succinctly describes how us non-indigenous settler folk can stand alongside with the world’s indigenous people seeking redress for generations of racism and discrimination.
Solidarity matters! Dialogue matters!
Let’s make 2013 a year of reconciliation!
For many years, I have felt that, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were an exaggeration. Yes, Israel has been unyielding in its expansion of settlements in the West Bank in clear violation of international law, effectively dividing the already-slight territory into several isolated segments and making the creation of a viable Palestinian state nearly impossible. But Israel has withdrawn settlers from occupied territory before, in the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip. Unlikely as it may now appear, it could always happen again.
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An old man in Gaza held a placard that read: “You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all, but I am to blame: I shot a rocket backThis article is a really great examination of the situation in Israel and Gaza by Noam Chomsky.
h/t to Mound of Sound for posting this.
Israel’s Haaretz newspaper is one of my favorite global publications. That’s because, on both domestic and global issues, it’s editorial policy is centre-left and refreshingly progressive. Haaretz is the place to go for an Israeli voice that’s against the apartheid-style occupation of Palestinian land and inhuman treatment of Arab citizens. Consider this title for an [...] . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: “Israel is demolishing hope”
by Independent Jewish Voices | December 3, 2012 A Canadian Jewish human rights group is condemning the Harper government’s opposition to giving Palestine non-member observer state status at the United Nations. In a vote taken this week by the General Assembly, 138 countries voted to grant Palestine this status. “Once again the Harper government has embarrassed [...] . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Jewish human rights group condemns Harper government’s UN vote on Palestine
I wrote less than two weeks ago that Israel was in an accelerating decline as a result of changed geopolitical realities in the Middle East, most recently and acutely the Arab Spring. That Arab Spring is now in the throes of a 2.0 reawakening and reconstitution of last year’s settlements, as events in Egypt in the last two weeks have made clear, not to mention the momentum of Syrian rebels,
High-impact anti-Israeli apartheid online activism by peace makers around the world forced Stevie Wonder to cancel his planned performance for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The American singer, songwriter, and activist had been scheduled to perfo… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: No Stevie Wonder for the Israel Defense Forces
Muscial icon Stevie Wonder will perform for a fundraiser to support the Israeli military, who recently ended their week-long bombing campaign of Gaza that killed 160 Palestinians and injured one thousand more, mostly civilians. According to Israeli news website Ynetnews, Wonder will appear at an annual gala hosted by the Friends of the Israel Defense [...] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Stevie Wonder to perform at Israeli military fundraiser
Independent columnist Owen Jones appeared this week on a BBC Question Time that addressed the Gaza/Israel conflict. He took aim at extremist Israeli rhetoric on Gaza – including the ‘Hiroshima’ musings of Gilad Sharon and touched on the root of the … . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Owen Jones nails it on Gaza assault: BBC Question Time
I have purposely stayed out of the blogosphere discussion of the latest atrocities between Israel and Gaza, atrocities that both sides must bear responsibility for. I have done so simply because I don’t feel I have anything new or startling to add to t… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Domestic Israeli State
Not alone any more: Egyptian protestors in Tahrir last year
In some ways what just went down in Gaza was business as usual. Israel provoked a mini-war with Gaza killing a leading Hamas politician (who was, in fact, the chief negotiator for a long term ceasefire with Israel) after engaging in its “normal” policies of drone flights, missile strikes and, of course, economy-crippling embargoes. In
Benjamin Netanyahu, with a looming date with Israeli voters, is doing his best to portray himself as the victor in Israel’s 8-day, Operation Pillar of Defence but, in the minds of many Israelis, he’s actually the loser. Der Spiegel reports that a… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Netanyahu Steps In His Own Mess
Joel Lion, Israel’s Consul-General in Montreal, wrote an op-ed in the Montreal Gazette detailing the virtuous lengths Israel goes to in order to avoid civilian casualties in its unrelenting bombardment of the Gaza Strip. At the urging of Canadians for … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Montreal Gazette Letter
It was the bloodiest day so far in the living nightmare that is Gaza.More rockets, more bombs, more horrifying violence.First there were six ambulances, one after the other, unloading the bodies of men identified as militants, at least two of them… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Gaza Horror
Chris Hedges: Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig We are well on our way to becoming Gazans under neoliberal rule as the 1%, the investor class and its corporate institutions, becomes more frightened of losing both t… . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Chris Hedges: Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All
Nothing cuts through the bullshit quite like live footage. The following comes inadvertently from a CNN interview conducted with a Palestinian in Gaza and an Israeli in Ashkelon. I will let the video speak for itself: . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Live From Gaza
If you care about Stephen Harper giving China a veto over our democracy for 31 years in the FIPA sellout, tune into Politics, Re-Spun radio on Coop Radio tonight at 6pm Vancouver time to listen to federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May tell us what kind of despotism Harper has in store for us all. [...] . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Join Elizabeth May on Politics, Re-Spun Radio Tonight
Gilad Sharon, son of former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon has written an op-ed piece for the Jerusalem Post in which he makes reference to the dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in making a case for ‘flattening’ Gaza. Sharon: “We n… . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Gilad Sharon evokes ‘Hiroshima and Nagasaki’ in call to ‘flatten’ Gaza
Summary of demands: Which seem more reasonable?
By Israel: – No fighting (well, you can’t attack us, but we can attack you) – We continue to cut off all your trade and travel by water and land with Israel and the rest of the world (except for through Egypt) (but we can continue to trade with and travel to and from the rest of the world) – You are allowed to get no more weapons (but we can continue to increase our military might) – We will continue to assassinate your members of parliament (which may include deaths of other (Read more…)
Obama calls current aggression of Gaza by Israel ‘self-defence’ and that Israel has every right for such self-defence.Watch the following video and you decide that whether it is a self-defence or mass-murder.Warning: These pictures are of the curre… . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Israel: Self-Defence or Mass Murder
It couldn't be more horrible. Or more familiar. Bombs raining down again on a tiny enclave where more than half of its residents are children. Or more grotesque.The Hamas fanatics playing into the hands of the fanatical Netanyahu regime, by firin… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Gaza:The Horror and the Hypocrisy
Gaza stripSome reports have spelled out the terms Israel has tabled for a ceasefire in Gaza.Here is one summaryof those rumoured terms:According to reports in Cairo, these are the conditions for a ceasefire set forth by Israel: 1. A lull for a pe… . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Israel’s terms for a Gaza ceasefire?
Top: BBC worker Jihad Masharawi holds the body of his 11-month old son Ahmad after an Israeli strike on the family home in Gaza City. Bottom: Canadian protesters in Ottawa. When Israel launched Operation Cast Lead in 2008 it was short… . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Israeli attack on Gaza: al-Jabari killing and airstrikes not just about rockets