When we look back in a few years, Hawking's decision to respect BDS may be seen as a turning point – the moment when boycotting Israel as a stance for justice went mainstream.
Detailed report here on what looks to have been an excellent 4th Annual BDS Conference held in Bethlehem in June this year. 700 people attended. PA Minister forced to leave platform due to criticisms of inaction. Many live link ups. Palestinians certainly support the international BDS campaign - http://www.bdsmovement.net/2013/report-fourth-national-bds-conference-1…
the picture accompanying your report on the new Middle East peace talks (World News 26 July) showing Jewish emigrants from the US arriving at Tel Aviv Airport captures the essence of the apartheid nature of the Israeli state.
The infamous Law of Return allows anyone with remotely Jewish connections to travel to Israel, become an Israeli citizen and in many cases receive financial aid to live in illegal settlements built on Palestinian land in the West Bank. Meanwhile, the descendants of Palestinians from Jerusalem, the West Bank or Gaza cannot even visit their homeland, let alone return to live there. Those Palestinians who do live there, whether within 1948 Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territory, are subject to a Kafkaesque cocktail of discriminatory laws, house demolitions, expulsions, land theft, travel restrictions, harassment and deathly terror attacks by an occupying military.
The American Government’s intentions are highly suspect given its own total support for the occupier over the occupied, its refusal to deal with the mandated representatives of the people of Gaza, and its perverse insistence on the ever illusive chimera of a two state solution that its own policies have rendered unattainable.
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The Road to Nowhere - Kerry Mideast Journey
By Eric Margolis July 21, 2013 Here we go again, another round of Mideast peace talk kabuki.
A process in which Washington, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization hold intense talks over holding talks, a ritual as stylized as the traditional Japanese dance. In the end, it’s the same empty, cynical ritual, year after year.
This past week, US Secretary of State John Kerry has been leading the dance in the latest attempt to restart peace talks between Israel and the Mahmoud Abbas’ PLO. As of this writing, the talks appear off. But they may be on again just as quickly. It depends on how much Washington offers its feuding clients, Israel and the PLO.
Watching this annual charade is both painful and exhausting. It makes cynics of the most idealistic hopers for Mideast peace.
Israel holds all the cards, and knows it. Jewish settlements, roads, and security walls are roaring ahead, relentlessly gobbling up the occupied West Bank, Golan and their water resources. West Bank Palestinians are being crammed into future native Bantustans patterned after South Africa’s apartheid-era reservations for blacks.
the report on the extrajudicial killing of Haitham Al-Mes-hal by an Israeli air strike attack in Gaza (World Report, 1 May) states that “Islamist militants in Gaza have fired intermittently at Israel in recent weeks despite an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire reached after the November conflict” - thus giving the impression yet again that it is the Palestinians who have broken the ceasefire agreed after the eight day war last November.
According to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, Israeli soldiers fatally shot four Palestinians in the West Bank and at least one in the Gaza Strip in January alone. The people killed were unarmed and posed no danger to the soldiers. Over eighty Palestinians had been injured by Israeli forces in the same period. Palestinian civilians, whose only crime is to live in the border areas or to fish for their livelihood in the restricted zones in the sea, are terrorized on a daily basis by the Israeli armed forces who do not wait for the excuse of sporadic rocket fire to indulge in their daily harassment and terror.
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- 16 March 2013
- Andy Beale
- Palestine and Israel
"Rachel’s untimely death was an inspiration to become more involved in the struggle for freedom for Palestine. We honour her memory and what she was standing for."
The Department of Sociology in TCD collaborated with the Centre for Post-Conflict Justice to host a public lecture, Surveillance, Fear and Israeli Colonialism by Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Dr Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a feminist activist and leading expert in the field of human rights and women's rights in Israel/Palestine.
The lecture discussed surveillance over colonized Palestinian subjects to argue that colonial dispossession functions in different layers. The lecture is based on Professor Shalhoub-Kevorkian's work on surveillance, securitization and social control in militarized zones. http://naderakevorkian.blogspot.ie/
Part 1: Dr. Shalhoub-Kevorkian on Surveillance, Fear and Israeli Colonialism, TCD, 20-2-2013
Part 2: Dr. Shalhoub-Kevorkian on Surveillance, Fear and Israeli Colonialism, TCD, 20-2-2013
Part 1: Col. Ann Wright Speaks in Galway
Part 2: Col. Ann Wright Speaks in Galway
Part 3: Col. Ann Wright Speaks in Galway
Part 4: Col. Ann Wright Speaks in Galway
Proof of apartheid - Israel to launch 'Palestinians-only' bus service
Service will ferry workers from the Palestinian town of Qalqiliya across the border of the West Bank towards Tel Aviv
The Guardian, Monday 4 March 2013
The Israeli government will on Monday begin operating a "Palestinians-only" bus service to ferry Palestinian workers from the West Bank to Israel, encouraging them to use it instead of travelling with Israeli settlers on a similar route.
Officially anyone can use them, but the ministry of transport said that the new lines are meant to improve services for Palestinians.
Information on the new services, which are operated by the company Afikim, have reportedly only been advertised in Arabic and distributed only in Palestinian areas of the West Bank.
The buses will run from the Eyal checkpoint by the Palestinian town of Qalqiliya across the border of the West Bank towards Tel Aviv. The passengers are Palestinians who have been granted permits by the army to enter Israel during the day to work.
Palestinians used to use Palestinian minibuses and taxis to travel into Israel but Israel has increased the number of permits it gives to Palestinians which has led to more mixing on shared routes.
In a statement to the Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, the ministry said: "The new lines are not separate lines for Palestinians but rather two designated lines meant to improve the services offered to Palestinian workers who enter Israel through Eyal Crossing.
"The new lines will replace irregular, pirate lines that charge very high prices from Palestinian passengers. The new lines will reduce congestion and will benefit Israelis and Palestinians alike."
The ministry also said it is against the law to prevent any passenger from boarding a bus but Israeli civil rights groups said this was not the case in practice.