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Irish Academics Denounce Gaza Slaughter

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AfP urged its supporters to attend protest and solidarity events around Ireland during this week, with various events marking 70 years since the Nakba saw the expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes


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fly bird (26)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 6:43 pm
Irish Academics denounce Gaza slaughter.

ACADEMICS in Ireland have added their voices to the growing international call for action against Israel’s ongoing slaughter of protesters in Gaza.

Academics for Palestine (AfP), a group that works to forge links with scholars and students in Palestine and to support an academic boycott of Israeli institutions, said its members were full of horror and anger about events in Gaza.

“This open and unapologetic massacre of unarmed civilians shows why we urgently need to break links with the Israeli state and with complicit institutions,” AfP chair Ronit Lentin said. “The EU and Ireland facilitate these murders by funding and working with Israeli companies and universities that are integral parts of the brutal occupation of Palestine.”

Students, children and lecturers have been among the many hundreds of victims of Israeli rifle-fire near the wall that separates the besieged Gaza strip from Israel.

For many years, educational institutions in Gaza have been crippled by the stranglehold Israel holds over the territory, preventing travel and blocking materials from reaching Gaza’s 2 million residents. Schools and universities have been bombed in previous Israeli assaults. In the occupied West Bank, too, Palestinians students and the institutions where they study regularly come under Israeli attack.

Palestinian students who are fortunate enough to study abroad often face difficulty returning home to their families.

AfP representatives met over the weekend with Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Barghouti told Irish supporters that popular sentiment here needs to be matched by concrete action from the Irish Government to hold Israel accountable for its actions.

As Barghouti wrote in the Irish Times Tuesday, “As a first step to fulfil its legal obligations, Ireland must prohibit entry of goods and services produced in settlements established in occupied territories and end direct and indirect military trade with Israel.”

AfP urged its supporters to attend protest and solidarity events around Ireland during this week, with various events marking 70 years since the ‘Nakba’ saw the expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes.

Kathleen M (210)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 6:49 pm
S&N. As should every other compassionate and decent Being! Thx for sharing Fly.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 10:02 pm
Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

The Killing Fields of Gaza.

Israeli activists speak out on the occupation of Gaza.

Tania N (883)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 1:55 am
Thanks for the info.

Tania N (883)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 1:55 am
Thanks for the info.

fly bird (26)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 8:48 am
Events for 17 May 2018

Pensacola: Pensacola Stands for Palestine!
May 17 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Plaza, N Palafox St
Pensacola, FL United States

Regina: Emergency Rally for Gaza
May 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Victoria Park, Victoria Park
Regina, Canada

Milan: Protest for Palestine outside the RAI
May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RAI office, Corso Sempione
Milan, Italy

Siena: Rally in Solidarity with the Palestinian People
May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Piazza del Duomo, Piazza del Duomo
Siena, Italy

Cologne: 70 Years of Nakba – Solidarity with the Palestinian people
May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hauptbahnhof – Köln, Hauptbahnhof
Cologne, Germany

Saint-Etienne: Rally in support of the Palestinian People
May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Place d’Hotel de Ville, place d'Hotel de Ville
Saint-Etienne, France

Events for 18 May 2018

Toronto: Emergency Action for Palestine at Chrystia Freeland’s Office
May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chrystia Freeland’s Office, 344 Bloor St W
Toronto, Canada

Venice: Mobilization Against the Giro d’Italia
May 18 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Via Brigata Aosta and Via Zateri, Via Brigata Aosta and Via Zateri
Nervesa della Battaglia, Italy

NYC: Nakba Day 2018 – Rally and March for 70 Years of Resistance
May 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Times Square, Times Square
New York, NY United States

Cleveland: Nakba70 – Gaza – Jerusalem
May 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Public Square, Public Square
Cleveland, OH United States

Chicago: Jan Schakowsky – Justice for Palestinian Protesters
May 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jan Schakowsky’s Office, 5533 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL United States

Rome: Rally for Palestine at the US Embassy
May 18 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Piazza Barberini, Piazza Barberini
Rome, Italy

Nottingham: Gaza – Stop the Massacre
May 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Brian Clough Statue, King Street
Nottingham, United Kingdom

Tampa: Emergency Rally to Reject US Embassy Move and Israeli Massacres
May 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
N 56th St and East Fowler Ave, N 56th St and East Fowler Ave
Temple Terrace, FL United States

Events for 18 May 2018

NYC: Nakba Day 2018 – Rally and March for 70 Years of Resistance
May 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Times Square, Times Square
New York, NY United States

Cleveland: Nakba70 – Gaza – Jerusalem
May 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Public Square, Public Square
Cleveland, OH United States

Events for 19 May 2018

Glasgow: End Israel’s Bloody Massacre in Gaza
May 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Buchanan Steps, Buchanan Steps
Glasgow, United Kingdom

London: End British Support for Israel! Solidarity with Gaza!
May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Barclays Bank London, Tottenham Court Road 190
London, United Kingdom

Cardiff: Gaza – Stop the Massacre
May 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Nye Bevan Statue, Queen Street
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Bonn: 70 years of expulsion and occupation are enough!
May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Münsterplatz, Münsterplatz
Bonn, Germany

Clermont-Farrand: Nakba – Gaza – BDS Demonstration
May 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Place de Jaude, Place de Jaude
Clermont-Farrand, France

Montpellier: Stand with Gaza – Protest the Massacre
May 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Place de la Comedie, Place de la Comedie
Lyon, France

Florence: Protest to support Palestine and its resistance
May 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Piazza di San Marco, Piazza di San Marco
Florence, Italy

Hamburg: Freedom for Palestine – Stop the Massacre in Gaza!
May 19 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, Hachmannplatz
Hamburg, Germany

Milan: March in support of Palestinian Resistance
May 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Piazza San Babila, Piazza San Babila
Milan, Italy

Events for 20 May 2018

Anaheim: Nakba 70 and the Great March of Return
May 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
611 S Brookhurst St, 611 S Brookhurst St
Anaheim, CA United States

Boston: Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Nakba in Palestine
May 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
City School, 614 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA United States

fly bird (26)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 9:50 am
Passive media whitewash Israel’s massacre in Gaza.
May 15, 2018

(VIDEO) 3:58
Examined: Gaza massacre media bias.
RT America
May 15, 2018

Following the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 Gaza war, many media outlets are finding themselves at the center of criticism for coverage that many are calling biased in favor of Israel. RT America’s Anya Parampil analyzes this coverage from the US Capitol, where demonstrations took place to show solidarity with Palestine.

Passive media whitewash Israel’s massacre in Gaza.

As Israel slaughtered dozens of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza this week, prominent media outlets employed innocuous headlines to obscure the horrific reality.

In the video above, RT correspondent Anya Parampil points to some examples of what she calls “an almost across the board obfuscation of Israel’s responsibility for the violence.”

A BBC headline read for instance, “Gaza’s deadliest day of violence in years,” while The Guardian ran with “Fatal clashes in Gaza after opening of US embassy.”

The word “clashes,” Parampil observes, “would lead you to believe there are casualties or injuries on the Israeli side.”

In fact after seven weeks in which Israel has killed some 100 Palestinians and injured 12,600 others, Israel has reported one minor injury to a soldier.

Parampil also criticizes the overemphasis on the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, obscuring that the protests have largely been driven by Palestinian resistance to more than a decade of Israel’s siege of Gaza and 70 years of dispossession since the Nakba, the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine before and after Israel was founded.

Parampil notes that after fierce criticism on social media, The New York Times changed one of its notorious passive-voice headlines – “At least 28 Palestinians die in protests as US prepares to open Jerusalem embassy” – to the more straightforward: “Israeli troops kill dozens of Palestinian protesters as US embassy opens in Jerusalem.”

That original headline and other media whitewashing of Israel’s crimes have drawn lots of sharp criticism:

Writing in The Los Angeles Times soon after Israel massacred protesters during the first Great March of Return rallies in Gaza on 30 March, UCLA professor Saree Makdisi commented on “how syntax and word choice shape, and even distort, representations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

“Even if the facts are accurately stated, the ways in which sentences are constructed, and the extent to which details are contextualized, can subtly lead readers astray,” Makdisi wrote.

Some observers noted that the satirical publication The Onion is doing a better job of getting to the heart of the matter than supposedly serious media:

The Onion ran such headlines as “IDF soldier recounts harrowing, heroic war story of killing 8-month-old child,” “Netanyahu announces day of mourning for fence damaged in yesterday’s conflict” and “Trump fascinated by Israeli cultural tradition of mass slaughter of protesters.”


There have been some cracks: in recent days, The Washington Post published a video interview with Palestinian American human rights attorney Noura Erakat, and The New York Times published an op-ed by Ahmed Abu Ratima, an activist in Gaza who helped start the Great March of Return protests.

The Irish Times also ran an op-ed this week by Omar Barghouti, a founder of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.

Though these pieces are important, they are framed as “opinion,” while on the news pages of the same publications, Israeli propaganda often gets spun as fact.

Meanwhile, alternative media continue to provide venues for uncensored discussion.

On Tuesday, I spoke to The Real News about the massacre in Gaza:

I also gave these radio interviews:

And Democracy Now! returned to form with on-the-ground reporting from Gaza by its correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous after years of bare-bones coverage of Palestine.

fly bird (26)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 10:16 pm

fly bird (26)
Friday May 18, 2018, 7:20 pm
‘Killing Gaza’: A New Documentary on Palestinians Under Siege. 23:15
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In their new film “Killing Gaza,” journalists Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal capture the harrowing stories of Palestinians who survived the 2014 Israeli assault, and their struggles to recover and persist under a crippling blockade. Watch video.
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