"He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder." Einstein
Hamas backs Abbas’ plan to end ‘Israeli occupation’ – report
August 30, 2014
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (L) and political bureau head of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal (AFP Photo)
Hamas and the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have reportedly agreed on a three-stage plan that would create an independent Palestinian state, first of all calling on the US to come up with defined borders that Israel would agree with.
According to the Saudi daily Asharq Al-Awsat the agreement was reached between Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Doha. According to the initiative, the US serving as a mediator in negotiations will be given a four month deadline to reach an agreement with Israel and demarcate the map.
“If the two parties agree, immediate negotiations, governed by a deadline, will begin. During the talks Israel will be asked to provide a map of its borders,” a Palestinian source told the Saudi daily.
Such a proposal however is most likely to fail, as history shows, Israel is reluctant to negotiate with Hamas, an organization which at its core does not recognize Israel’s right to exist as a nation.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.
On Monday 18th August a public meeting will be held on
'With Israeli attacks on Gaza, how can Palestine be free?'
The meeting will commence at 8pm in Richardson's upstairs meeting room, 1 Eyre Square, Galway.
Ciaran Tierney, well-known Galway journalist working for the Connacht Tribune, will address the meeting.
Ciaran will speak of his support for Gaza, what shaped his views, what role the media does & could play in the reporting of the situation for the Palestinian peoples.
It is quite rare that local journalists voice their personal political opinions in public. This may be because of structures in place that makes it extremely difficult for them to stick their hand up and say, “We support the Palestinians.” Many journalists though sympathetic to the suffering of the Palestinians feel they have to prove that they are “balanced” for fear of being accused of bias in their professional role.
The meeting will also be addressed by Kieran Allen of the Socialist Worker's Party & People Before Profit Alliance who is a lecturer in Sociology at UCD.
Kieran will follow on the political analysis of the Palestine/Israel question past & present and future peace. How can there be peace if there has to be a continual struggle by people against military rule, occupation, and the blockade of Gaza?
The meeting aims to provide a better understanding of the politics behind the ongoing situation. It will be open for questions & general discussion. Galway SWP are hosting this public meeting- all welcome, event is free.