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Saturday, 29 March 2014

European Union Parliament joins boycott Israel campaign

The European Union Parliament has joined a growing international campaign to boycott Israel over its settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

In a letter to EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton on Friday, 29 members of the EU Parliament called for an action to discourage European firms from trading with firms based in Israeli settlements.
The EU lawmakers say any economic relations with Israeli firms involved in settlement construction will contribute to Tel Aviv’s violation of international law and human rights abuses.
“There are several examples of the many ways in which European businesses contribute to the existence and expansion of the settlements,” the letter read.
Israel, which is facing isolation over its aggressive policies against Palestinians, is mainly under fire over its ongoing illegal settlement projects.
The European Union has also blocked all grants and funding to any Israeli entity based in the illegal settlements.
The American Studies Association and several European education institutes have also announced a decision to boycott Israeli institutions and academics over discriminatory treatment of Palestinians.
The international boycott of Israeli products, or the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), has cost the Israeli regime 30 million dollars so far.
The BDS campaign is part of international efforts to pressure Tel Aviv to stop illegal constructions in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Over half a million Israelis live in more than 120 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank including East Jerusalem al-Quds in 1967.
Israel is reportedly pushing ahead with plans for more than 2,000 new illegal settler units in six settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

DEFYING SILENCE: Professing Peace, Raining Death

DEFYING SILENCE: Professing Peace, Raining Death: What "Israel" Has Wrought: A Full Accounting By Gulamhusein A. Abba Following worldwide outrage and condemnation of its recent...

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Palästinakomitee Stuttgart - Attia Rajab

Gaza - Attia Rajab - (1/12)

Die Zerstörung in Gaza - ein Jahr danach - Bericht von Attia Rajab - Veranstaltung des Palästinakomitees Stuttgart am 17.01.2010:

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Dozens of teens sign letter vowing not to serve in IDF

Refusenik letter sent to Netanyahu cites Israeli policies toward Palestinians and military’s 'penetration into civilian life'

By Mar. 9, 2014 | 2:00 AM 

Israeli soldiers train in the Golan Heights, September 2013.

Dozens of draft-age youth blasted the Israel Defense Forces and declared themselves conscientious objectors in a letter sent Saturday morning to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The letter cited the “continued occupation of the West Bank” and the military’s “penetration into civilian life, which deepens the country’s chauvinism, militarism, violence, inequality and racism.”
Itay Aknin, 19, said he signed the letter out of political motivations even though he has already received a medical exemption from military service.
“At a time when the system is very busy dealing with sharing the burden equally,” Aknin said referring to the push to reform the draft, “we think our role is not to take part in the circle of killing, in the circle of blood, and we are refusing to enlist in the army.”
Aknin, despite his strong stance against the military, has not skirted duty altogether. He volunteers in Tel Aviv as part of the National Service program.
Bat Yam resident Shaked Harari, 18, said he chose not to enlist “because of the influence of the army on society” in the areas of education, work, politics, society and economics. “We as a group believe that the army harms society and its citizens, both in Israel and in Palestine, and as long as people continue to enlist they are helping to deepen the social gaps,” Harari said.
The campaign to get more draft-age youth on board spread by word of mouth according to Harari who said he successfully convinced others to join the pledge not to serve.
“We are not embarrassed that we are refusing,” said Harari. “We believe that this declaration can make an ideological change, and it will not happen if we don’t stand behind it and we are not honest with it.”
The organization Yesh Gvul, which advocates conscientious objection, said Saturday evening in response to the letter’s publication that “refusal is a personal decision by every person in a democratic society.”
Yesh Gvul added: “We support anyone whose democratic and humanist values drove him to refuse to take part in occupation and repression of the Palestinian people.”
“We are proud of the young people who refuse to take part in oppression and are calling on the government of Israel to sit with the government of Palestine and end the occupation,” Yesh Gvul said. A different world is possible for both us and also the Palestinians and we both deserve true peace, and not peace as defined by the Israeli government.”
The full list of names is expected to be published this week.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Palestine - so beautifull

Monday, 3 March 2014

it is

Russell Tribunal on Palestine Israeli treatment of the Palestinians amounts to a single integrated regime of apartheid. [here]

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Facts About Israeli Apartheid [index]

A. What is Apartheid? [view]
B. International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid [view]
C. Apartheid in the Israeli Occupied Territories [view]
D. Learn about apartheid and discrimination inside the state of Israel [view]
E. Apartheid in Israeli Occupied Jerusalem [view]
F. Water Apartheid [view]
G. Apartheid Laws inside the State of Israel [view]
H. Apartheid Laws in the Israeli Occupied Territories [view]
I. Comparison of Apartheid in South Africa and Apartheid in Israel/Palestine [view]
J. Quotes from Desmond TuTu, Jimmy Carter and others about Israeli Apartheid [view]
K. Powerpoint [view]
L. Downloadable Fact Sheets [view]
M. Israeli Violations of International Law [view]

Fragmentation of the West Bank [view]

Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
A. Main Page of Ethinic Cleansing of Palestine [view]
B. Learn how the Ancient City of Jaffa (now inside Israel) was ethnically cleansed [view]
C. Learn the story of how three ethnically cleansed villages on the West Bank became an Israeli National Park [view]
D. Ethnic cleansing is both a war crime and a crime against humanity. Learn about the international legal framework [view]

Further Reading and Resources [view]

Gaza [view]