… but not on his face. Yes, our peripatetic and staunch, uncritical supporter of all things Israeli, Foreign Minister John baird, was spared the ultimate humiliation during a visit to the West Bank city of Ramallah today to meet with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki.
The protesters, who were waiting as Baird left Malki’s office, were kept well back and Baird was not hit, authorities say. One media report says only one of the eggs landed on the roof of his car.
Protesters held signs reading: “Baird you are not welcome in Palestine.”
Here is some raw footage of the (Read more…)
This is a two-part post dealing with resistance to the Israeli occupation. The first part covers news of a controversial Israel-related Banksy mural in the Atlanta area. The second stays with the Christian theme to discuss the growing numbers of American evangelicals who are openly critical of Israel and expressing increased solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Thanks to ifAmericansknew.org, a billboard in Atlanta is host to the artwork of British mural artist Banksy. In the run-up to Christmas it might at first glance appear to be a seasonal scene. The artwork shows Joseph and Mary enroute to Bethlehem (Read more…)
Human rights groups says Israel committed war crimes during Gaza conflict, urges the International Criminal Court to facilitate the “prosecution of serious international crimes by both sides.”
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Whatever damage Israel did to Hamas during the recent war, it didn’t harm the group’s standing among the Palestinian people. Quite the contrary. According to a survey by the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research, the popularity of Hamas has surged in both Gaza and the West Bank to the point that if elections were held today it would win, as it did in the last Palestinian election in
In this edited Democracy Now interview Noam Chomsky graphically describes the vicious cycle of violence Israel visits time and again on Gaza… with particular reference to the most recent Israeli military assault dubbed Operation Protective Edge.
It’s a hideous atrocity, sadistic, vicious, murderous – totally without any credible pretext. It’s another one of the periodic Israeli exercises in what they delicately call “mowing the lawn.” That means shooting fish in the pond to make sure the animals stay quiet in the cage you have constructed for them. After which you go to a period of what’s called ceasefire which (Read more…)
August 9 saw Day of Rage demos around the world protesting Israeli actions in Gaza and calling for sanctions. Behind the fold I’ve posted a selection of photos.
I’ve also posted a video from the London Day of Rage featuring a speech by a nineteen-year-old British activist named Barnaby Raine who has been involved in organizing a “Jewish Bloc against Zionism.” His impassioned appeal underscores the importance of solidarity of all people in the face of the inhumanity of Israeli occupation and aggression.
Click “read more” for videos and photos.
Day of Rage demos around the world:
Amman, Jordan (Read more…) . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Global Day of Rage calls for sanctions against Israel – photos: Barnaby Raine speech – "Jewish Bloc Against Zionism"
John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, blames Palestinians that they are being butchered by Israel. He is a bigger jackass than his boss Stephen Harper who holds similar views.
Tories Release Pro-Israel Ad Amid War In Gaza, But They Don’t Want Everyone To See It
Other parties don’t have much different views including Justin Trudeau.
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Various concerned Canadian citizens and residents urge the NDP to stop apologizing for Israel’s alleged war crimes and breaches of human rights in the ongoing Gaza conflict.
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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki has informed the International Criminal Court that there was “clear evidence” of war crimes committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict.
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Moshe Feiglin – deputy speaker of the Knesset and a member of Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party – published a statement on his Facebook page on August 1 calling for the “conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters.” He has also proposed what amounts to concentration camps on the Sinai border.
Feiglin’s Facebook page links from his official page on the Knesset website. As of the date of the screenshot below, his incendiary Facebook post had received over 8,000 likes and been shared over two thousand times.
His plan proposes stripping populated (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Knesset deputy speaker Moshe Feiglin calls for concentration camps… conquest of ‘entire Gaza strip’
Stephen Harper is Israel’s most unequivocal cheerleader. And yet, he doesn’t follow Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter.
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Israel kills 40 Palestinians immediately following the collapse of the ceasefire in Gaza, and the capture of an Israeli soldier, reports Democracy Now!
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“It’s disgraceful that western countries are permitting such genocide,” Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem says of Israel’s ongoing massacres in Gaza.
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“A slaughter of innocents,” Henry Siegman, an American Jewish leader and leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, says of Israel’s ongoing war crimes in Gaza.
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A recent post on World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) draws attention to the failure of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) to “denounce the murderous assault being carried out by the Israeli government” in Gaza:
Over the past two weeks, Thomas Mulcair, the head of the NDP and the leader of the Official Opposition in parliament, and Paul Dewar, the NDP foreign affairs critic, have refused to oppose Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s full-throated support for the Israeli onslaught [in Gaza].
The article notes that Mulcair’s stance on the Gaza conflict has drawn kudos from at least one columnist on the (Read more…)
Rights group says Canadian party leaders’ unequivocal support of Israel a betrayal of Canadian values, demonstrates “no nuance of understanding of the broader situation between Israel, Gaza and the Palestinians.”
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Images following the shelling of UN-run school in Beit Hanoun
War crimes committed by Israel in the course of its attack on Gaza are a consequence of an overall strategy rather than isolated incidents due to alleged mistaken targeting or other “accidents.”
The recent Israeli shelling of a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun resulted in 15 deaths and hundreds of wounded – most of the casualties were women and children. The IDF knew there were hundreds of civilians in the facility seeking shelter from violence but they went ahead and shelled it anyway claiming the target was Hamas, (Read more…)
“Mr. Obama – do you have a heart?” asks Norwegian Dr. Mads Gilbert in this letter, which also describes the incomprehensible horror he’s currently witnessing in Gaza.
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In Ottawa on Tuesday, July 22, hundreds of pro-Palestine protesters denounced Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s uncompromising support of Israel and its ongoing war crimes in Gaza.
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Controversial Israeli group Honenu is raising tax-exempt money in the U.S. to support Israelis charged with or convicted of violence against Palestinian tens.
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In official statement that reiterates the Liberal Party’ of Canada’s position on the Middle East, leader Justin Trudeau lauds Israel’s “commitment to peace.”
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This analysis by Chris Hedges is well worth the read.
By Chris Hedges TruthDig.com
Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination and ended with mass murder. “The destructive process was a development that was begun with caution and ended without restraint,”
The Palestinians over the past few decades have endured a similar “destructive process.” They have gradually been stripped of basic civil liberties, robbed of assets including (Read more…)
Dorothy Field, Writer, Artist, Poet, Contributor
Dear Nathan Cullen,
I’m writing to you because I think you are still a man we can trust, not just an NDP hack. I am in despair about the NDP’s silence on Israeli rocket attacks on Gaza.
First, let me say, though I shouldn’t have to, that I write as a Jew who strongly believes we must be both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian. If not, we are part of the problem, not part of the solution. By pro-Israeli, I mean I support Israel’s right to exist, not these horrendous policies.
Nathan Cullen MP
I will (Read more…)
Top: Wounded Palestinian girl following strike in northern Gaza strip Below: Israeli strike on buildings in Khan Younis / Palestinian boy with younger wounded sibling upon learning family was killed in strike
Yet another bloodbath in Gaza. One of the most powerful militaries on the planet is once again turning its US-supplied weaponry on an enclave no bigger than Manhattan. Palestinian civilians are paying a heavy price in this grotesquely unequal contest: to date Palestinian dead stands at over 200… Israeli dead 1.
The stark contrast between the military power of Israel and the resources of beleaguered Gaza was (Read more…)