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15 May, Cape Town: National Protest for the #GreatReturnMarch and Against Israeli Apartheid

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On the 15th we will be in the streets of Cape Town in solidarity with Palestinians and the #GreatReturnMarch with our national leg of the South African #GreatReturnMarch


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fly bird (26)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 6:27 pm
Tuesday, 15 May
11:00 am
March from Keizersgracht to Parliament
Cape Town, South Africa

On the 15th we will be in the streets of Cape Town in solidarity with Palestinians and the #GreatReturnMarch with our national leg of the South African #GreatReturnMarch

fly bird (26)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 6:27 pm
Events for May 2018.

fly bird (26)
Saturday May 12, 2018, 6:32 pm
London: Palestine on the Thames – Nakba in my Present
May 12 - May 13

Brussels: ViaVelo Palestina 2018 + Nakba 70 Commemoration
May 13

Madrid: Popular solidarity race for Palestine
May 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Manchester: Nakba@70 – Nakba Commemoration Event & Rally
May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Malmo, Sweden: Al-Nakba – 70 years of exile
May 13 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Calgary: Remembering the Nakba
May 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Copenhagen: 70 Years – We will never forget al-Nakba!
May 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

All Events May 2018


fly bird (26)
Sunday May 13, 2018, 9:24 pm
Johannesburg: Palestine Picket at the US Consulate.
May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, 15 May
2:00 pm
US Consulate
1 Sandton Drive
Johannesburg, South Africa

Against the US Embassy being moved to Jeruslem, marking Nakba Day and in support of the Palestinian people’s #GreatReturnMarch

fly bird (26)
Sunday May 13, 2018, 9:36 pm
Events for May 14, 2018

Philadelphia: Palestinian Great March of Return – Solidarity Rally

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn: Jerusalem is Palestinian! Rally to end 70 years of colonialism

Montreal: Nakba 70 Action

Milwaukee: Nakba70 Rally and March

Prague: Protest against US Embassy Move, 70 Years of Nakba, Killings in Gaza

Athens: Solidarity with Palestinians against Israeli Occupation

London: Protest at the US Embassy for #Nakba70 and Right of Return

Detroit: Nakba Day – Jerusalem is (still) the capital of Palestine!

Berlin: 70 Years of Nakba

Events for 15 May 2018

Window Rock: Nakba: Diné Solidarity with Great Return March

Cape Town: National Protest for the #GreatReturnMarch and Against Israeli Apartheid

Vancouver: Mark Nakba70 – End Canadian Complicity

Johannesburg: Palestine Picket at the US Consulate

Copenhagen: Nakba=Catastrophe

Winnipeg: Al-Nakba 70 – Hope Lives in Remembrance

15 May, Odense: Commemoration of al-Nakba

Aalborg: We will never forget al-Nakba!

Washington DC: 70 Years too Long – Nakba Vigil and Storytelling

Oslo: Marking the Nakba, 70 Years of Exile

Helsinki: Protest 70 Years of Nakba

Gothenburg: Demonstration for Palestine

Stockholm: 70 years of displacement – Rally for a Free Palestine

London: Nakba Candlelight Vigil 1948-2018

Athens: 70 Years of Nakba, the struggle continues until the liberation of Palestine

Berlin: 70 Years of Nakba – Solidarity Demonstration for Palestine

Sydney: Protest for Palestine – 70 Years of Nakba

Malmo: Film and Conversation – Al Nakba, 70 Years of Exile

Manchester: Solidarity with Student Prisoners! Resist political detention!

Montevideo: 70 Years of Al-Nakba, 70 Years of Resistance

Sevilla: Nakba – 70 years of the occupation of Palestine

Valladolid: Rally to commemorate Al-Nakba

Gothenburg: Demonstration for Palestine


fly bird (26)
Monday May 14, 2018, 12:02 am
Israeli Shootings of Palestinians in Gaza “A Violation of International Law”.
May 13, 2018

UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk outlined on Canadian television why Israel’s attacks against Gazans in the March of Return violate international law. We speak to Peter Larson of Canada Talks Israel Palestine, who recently returned from Gaza.


SHARMINI PERIES: It’s the Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore.

The Palestinian March of Return in Gaza continues, with tens of thousands of protesters demanding the right to leave what has become known as the world’s largest open-air prison, the Gaza Strip. The protests are expected to culminate to next week on May 15, the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the deportation of most of the native population of Palestine, and what has now become the state of Israel. Israel is also celebrating its formation of the state of Israel on that very day. It is going to be a [inaudible] one.

In the meantime in Gaza, so far Israeli forces have killed over 50 Palestinian protesters and injured thousands. U.N. Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk has stated that what the state of Israel is doing by killing and maiming protesters by sniper fire is a violation of international law, when he was interviewed on Canadian television, CTV. Let’s have a listen.

MICHAEL LYNK: Most of the demonstrations, in fact, are unarmed demonstrations. The violence is really coming from the fire shot at them by the Israeli Defense Forces. Over the last, past five Fridays we’ve had over 40 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and over 5000 Israeli-Palestinians injured, including 1700 by live fire. Of the 1700, a number of these are very devastating injuries. The doctors at the main hospitals in Gaza are reporting that high velocity ammunition has been used against them. They’re reporting patients who are arriving with significant internal damage to tissue, to bone, to organs, where there are narrow entry wounds by the ammunition and high velocity, large exit wounds, which, all of which, I must point out, probably is in violation of international law. It’s an international law, it’s a violation of international law for security forces of any sort to be using deadly ammunition fire against unarmed protesters.

Deadly, lethal fire is only permitted as a last resort, only when the lives or safety of the security forces are in imminent threat of either danger or or death. It doesn’t appear to be the case so far in these five Fridays of demonstrations.

SHARMINI PERIES: Shortly after this interview was aired, the Special Repertoire Lynk, Michael Lynk, was accused of lying by the Israeli lobby group Honest Reporting Canada, who also condemned CTV for giving the special repertoire airtime. The special rapporteur’s claims made in that interview and also in a press release was supported in a recent statement by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, both of whom says that Israel was unlawfully killing and maiming protesters, and several other U.N. officials and of UN bodies joined and issued another statement, which was a joint press statement, which lays out in more detail why international human rights experts consider IDF sniper fire a potential violation of international law.

And to add to that, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has warned Israel that its action could constitute crimes under the Rome Statute. Here is how U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley responded to the UN reports on the Israeli violence in Gaza, and trying to blame the deaths that have occurred thus far on the Palestinian Hamas party.

NIKKI HALEY: Anyone who truly cares about children in Gaza should insist that Hamas immediately stop using children as cannon fodder in its conflict with Israel.

SHARMINI PERIES: With us to discuss all of this is Peter Larson. He has just returned from Gaza, and he represents an organization in Canada called Canada Talks Israel Palestine. Dr. Peter Larson writes a regular blog on the same site, and a frequent visitor to the region. Peter, I thank you so much for joining us.

PETER LARSON: Good to be here, thank you.

SHARMINI PERIES: So, Peter, you’ve just returned from Gaza, where you observed the March of Return, and took some videos, which we will be showing our viewers as we do this interview. I want to ask you, when pro-Israeli groups say that Palestinians are threatening Israel with their protests, what did you see?

PETER LARSON: Sharmini, I went to one, of their five camps, I went to one of them on the 27th of April. And what I saw is really, there’s two parts to the demonstration. Part of it is just tents, bands, marches, food, clowns, right at the edge of the Israeli no-go zone. And then there are some young people who are more aggressive, more courageous, who are daring to oppose the Israelis, yelling at them, throwing stones and so on. But as I could see, none of the stones could come anywhere near to reaching the Israelis.

SHARMINI PERIES: All right. Did you see any weapons on any of them?

PETER LARSON: I didn’t see that. I didn’t see any weapons. I didn’t see any stones. And I didn’t, I guess if you could call a a tire a weapon, I saw them pulling some tires down to burn them to the front. But even the front, Israel has established two separate fences on the Palestinian side. So even at the first fence it’s still another 50 or 60 yards from the perimeter fence, which defines Gaza.

SHARMINI PERIES: Right. So as we heard, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador at the UN, and when you listen to Prime Minister Netanyahu from Israel and other spokespeople from the government of Israel you are hearing more or less the same talking points. Trying to blame Hamas for what is going on on the ground, which they repeatedly say is violence that is created by Hamas. And what we have been witnessing, what people on the ground and what our reporters on the ground are reporting, is that largely the protesters are peaceful, free of any form of violence, well away from the actual military installations on the Israeli side. So tell us, you know, is this picture that I’ve just painted correct? What are your observations in terms of who’s organizing the march? Is it peaceful, and is Hamas involved?

PETER LARSON: There is a committee, a public committee, that includes groups like student unions, the bar association, women’s groups. It also includes Hamas and Fatah and so on, political parties. Hamas and Fatah are definitely involved. But based on what I saw, they are big political parties that have lots of members. It would be surprising if they weren’t involved. But it certainly did not appear to me that they were running it, or coordinating it. On the contrary.

SHARMINI PERIES: And were you witness to any of the sniper fires that was going on? I mean, we now have a total of about 50 people that have been killed by sniper fire. Did you witness any of that?

PETER LARSON: Yes I did. I’m not qualified to tell the difference between sniper and regular, a regular rifle. I certainly heard gunfire I could hear some automatic fire, and the occasional individual shots. I saw someone get hit about 50 meters in front of me, and I was standing at that time, I would say, 250 meters away from the Israeli perimeter fence. And we were being bombarded by tear gas, also I would estimate a good 250 meters into the, what the Israelis call the no-go area. Israel has unilaterally decided that Palestinians are not allowed to approach the perimeter fence, and so just doing so by the Palestinians is an act of defiance.

SHARMINI PERIES: Now, the interview that is in controversy in Canada, with the Special Rapporteur Lynk, who is on, who was on CTV. Now, he’s been condemned for saying what he did, plus CTV is being charged with giving the special rapporteur airtime. Tell us what you thought of the interview that took place on CTV, and was it, what was he saying anything that was contrary to what you witnessed?

PETER LARSON: No, I think what Michael Lynk was saying was quite consistent with what I saw. Now, I wasn’t at every place. There are five different camps. It was on different days. I went to two different camps on two different days. And in general I saw, it was overwhelming. You might be interested, I have a note here that I received from one of the organizers, who points out that this is a huge thing, and there are lots of young people in Gaza who are very unhappy and very angry. It’s not really possible to control them. The organizing committee has said that they don’t really approve of burning Israeli flags. They don’t really approve of flying those kites over and trying to cause, because they don’t really affect anything, and they just give a bad image. They don’t really approve of trying to break through the fence. But there are lots of young people who have been born in Gaza, never allowed to exit from it, and they can’t really control everybody.

SHARMINI PERIES: And Peter, you have a letter that was just sent to you by one of the organizers. Can you tell us who it is and read it for us?

PETER LARSON: Sure. So that’s from Ahmed Ratima. He’s 35-year-old Palestinian man from Gaza. He published a blog post in December saying we should do something like this. And it kind of caught fire. Because I think, and this is my view, not his, and my words, not his, that it’s clear that yes, the Palestinians in Gaza are going to resolve the problem, they have to have outside support. He says that this desperation is fueling this new generation. We’re not going back. He intends it to be entirely peaceful.

I think one of the most striking images in my mind is the picture of Hamas leaders standing up addressing the crowd, and behind them pictures of Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela. Now, for Hamas to be openly talking about nonviolent resistance is quite extraordinary. And I think that captures the sense of the organizing committee. We’ll see. I think there will be doubters. But I think we’ll see going forward that there has been a sea change here in an understanding of how this issue has to be addressed.

SHARMINI PERIES: All right, Peter, I thank you so much for joining us. Peter Larson, with Canada Talks Israel Palestine, I appreciate your honesty, and the fact that you shared your observations and what you witnessed with us. Thank you so much for joining us today.

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Monday May 14, 2018, 11:46 am
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fly bird (26)
Monday May 14, 2018, 11:24 pm

South Africa withdraws its ambassador to Israel “with immediate effect”

May 14, 2018

The South African government today condemned in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by the Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border, which has led to the deaths of 52 peaceful protesters against the provocative inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

A statement issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said, “This latest attack has resulted in scores of other Palestinian citizens reported injured, and the wanton destruction of property.”

It added, “Given the indiscriminate and gravity of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice.

As we have stated previous, South Africa reiterates its view that the Israeli Defence Force must withdraw from the Gaza Strip and bring to an end the violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories. South Africa maintains further that the violence in the Gaza Strip will stand in the way of rebuilding Palestinian institutions and infrastructure.”

The government of South Africa further noted that routine actions of the Israeli armed forces present an obstacle to a permanent resolution to the conflict.

The statement concluded with a call from Pretoria “for an independent inquiry into the killings, with a view to holding to account those who are responsible.”

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 12:25 am
“Horrific, unprecedented”: Israel massacres almost 60 Palestinians in Gaza. (PODCAST)
14 May 2018

A report from the Great March of Return, after Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza; excerpts of talks by Ghada Karmi, Joseph Massad, Ilan Pappe and Salman Abu Sitta.

Read more here:…stinians-gaza

(Photo: Palestinian protesters demand their rights during the Great March of Return, Rafah, Gaza Strip, 14 May. Photo by Mahmoud Bassam/APA Images)

fly bird (26)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 11:12 am
UK: Jews deliver message of condemnation to Israel

In a message to world leaders, international organization of Orthodox Jews against Zionism reiterates support for Palestine.



The anti-Zionist Neturei Karta organization has delivered a message of support and solidarity to Palestine as well as one of criticism and condemnation to Israel over its treatment of Palestinian civilians.

In a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday evening, Elahanan Beck, the chief rabbi of Neturei Karta, said “we have to realize and understand -- helping the state of Israel is not in the favor of Jewish people”.

“The Zionists say they want to make a safe haven for Jewish people, they want to help Jews… but this is untrue. The most dangerous place today for Jewish people -- not to speak for Palestinians, but even for Jews -- is in the state of Israel,” Beck said.

Praising Erdogan for withdrawing Turkey’s ambassador to Israel after the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Beck said: “If you want to help the Jewish people, follow the example of what the Turkish president did: withdraw your ambassador from there and come out in the clear”.

Tensions have risen in the region after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December and ordered the opening of a new U.S. embassy in the disputed and occupied city, a decision that has earned him global criticism and has broken many agreements regarding Jerusalem’s status.

At least 62 Palestinian demonstrators on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel who were protesting the embassy’s inauguration were killed Monday by the Israeli Defense Forces.

The killings have sparked a global outcry, with many world leaders condemning Israel, which claimed it was in self-defense.

“We are against the state of Israel. We are against occupiers, and we have to bring peace to the region,” Beck added.
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