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Sue H (7)
Saturday May 19, 2018, 8:32 pm
As they should. Prayers up for peace.
 

Freya H (345)
Saturday May 19, 2018, 8:39 pm
Could this latest slaughter be the Parkland of the Israel-Palestine conflict?
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday May 19, 2018, 11:38 pm
In Commemorating Al-Nakba 70, Al-Awda Salutes the Great Return March in Palestine.
May 18, 2018

In Commemorating Al-Nakba 70, Al-Awda Salutes the Great Return March in Palestine

In light of the recent escalated violence and naked atrocities carried out by the state of Israel against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition, calls on peace-loving, justice-driven people of the world to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people as they heroically continue their Great March of Return, in protest of the illegal opening of the U.S embassy in occupied Jerusalem, and reaffirm their right to return home.

The Great March of Return began on March 30th- Land Day, and culminated on the 70th anniversary of our catastrophe, or Al-Nakba – when Zionist gangs expelled 750,000 Palestinian people from their ancestral land. We condemn in strongest terms, and deeply mourn the grave injustices and mass killings incurred upon our people by the criminal – settler-colonialist state of Israel and all who continue to provide unconscionable cover for its crimes.

During this time, Israel killed 111 unarmed Palestinians and on May 14th alone, occupation snipers targeted and murdered 61 people in cold blood – including 14 children, and maimed and injured a total of over 12,000, including 19 (killing one) medical personnel. Hospitals are overcrowded and overwhelmed, while running out of blood and essential medical supplies, and experiencing a severe shortage of electricity. As Doctor Tarek Loubani who was wounded while on duty in Gaza said, “If this were downtown New York or downtown Toronto or downtown any other metropolis, they would not be able to deal with the devastation that was faced.” As these crimes persist, the international community fails to hold Israel to account or take any meaningful action, meanwhile Palestinians have no means for which to defend themselves.

Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have called for an arms embargo on Israel and accused it of war crimes. Meanwhile the corporate media and the political apparatus in the U.S have defaulted to its usual “blame the victim” storyline by portraying peaceful protesters as “Hamas” or “violent”. Such allegations could not be further from the truth. In fact, the root cause of the unrest stems from an amalgamated incidents of injustices compounded over the past 100 years, and in clear violation of over 60 UN Resolutions.

Al-Awda calls on its members and allies to amplify the cries of Palestinians. We ask that you Take Action by:
Using the hashtag #Nakba70 in social media and send messages to your elected officials.
Organize a rally or vigil for Palestine in your community.
Write letters to the editors in local newspapers and call for protests
Contact elected officials and express your disapproval of U.S. biased policy in the Middle East.

Demand that Israel immediately halt its illegal and inhumane measures, and treat Palestinians with dignity and equality. Hold Israel accountable for its indefensible crimes in Gaza and elsewhere in occupied Palestine. Most importantly- on this 70th anniversary of the Nakba, we must demand to end the illegal occupation – and for the besieged, sequestered and exiled Palestinians to be repatriated back to their homes in all of historic Palestine. May Allah bless our martyrs who gave their lives so we may return, may their sacrifices not be in vain:

1. Laila Anwar Al-Ghandoor, 8 months old
2. Ezz el-din Musa Mohamed Alsamaak, 14 years old
3. Wisaal Fadl Ezzat Alsheikh Khalil, 15 years old
4. Ahmed Adel Musa Alshaer, 16 years old
5. Saeed Mohamed Abu Alkheir, 16 years old
6. Ibrahim Ahmed Alzarqa, 18 years old
7. Eman Ali Sadiq Alsheikh, 19 years old
8. Zayid Mohamed Hasan Omar, 19 years old
9. Motassem Fawzy Abu Louley, 20
10. Anas Hamdan Salim Qadeeh, 21 years old
11. Mohamed Abd Alsalam Harz, 21 years old
12. Yehia Ismail Rajab Aldaqoor, 22 years old
13. Mustafa Mohamed Samir Mahmoud Almasry, 22 years old
14. Ezz Eldeen Nahid Aloyutey, 23 years old
15. Mahmoud Mustafa Ahmed Assaf, 23 years old
16. Ahmed Fayez Harb Shahadah, 23 years old
17. Ahmed Awad Allah, 24 years old
18. Khalil Ismail Khalil Mansor, 25 years old
19. Mohamed Ashraf Abu Sitta, 26 years old
20. Bilal Ahmed Abu Diqah, 26 years old
21. Ahmed Majed Qaasim Ata Allah, 27 years old
22. Mahmoud Rabah Abu Maamar, 28 years old
23.Musab Yousef Abu Leilah, 28 years old
24. Ahmed Fawzy Altetr, 28 years old
25. Mohamed Abdelrahman Meqdad, 28 years old
26. Obaidah Salim Farhan, 30 years old
27. Jihad Mufid Al-Farra, 30 years old
28. Fadi Hassan Abu Salah, 30 years old
29. Motaz Bassam Kamil Al-Nunu, 31 years old
30. Mohammed Riyad Abdulrahman Alamudi, 31 years old
31. Jihad Mohammed Othman Mousa, 31 years old
32. Shahir Mahmoud Mohammed Almadhoon, 32 years old
33. Mousa Jabr Abdulsalam Abu Hasnayn, 35 years old
34. Mohammed Mahmoud Abdulmoti Abdal’al, 39 years old
35. Ahmed Mohammed Ibrahim Hamdan, 27 years old
36. Ismail Khalil Ramadhan Aldaahuk, 30 years old
37. Ahmed Mahmoud Mohammed Alrantisi, 27 years old
38. Alaa Alnoor Ahmed Alkhatib, 28 years old
39. Mahmoud Yahya Abdawahab Hussain, 24 years old
40. Ahmed Abdullah Aladini, 30 years old
41. Saadi Said Fahmi Abu Salah, 16 years old
42. Ahmed Zahir Hamid Alshawa, 24 years old
43. Mohammed Hani Hosni Alnajjar, 33 years old
44. Fadl Mohamed Ata Habshy, 34 years old
45. Mokhtar Kaamil Salim Abu Khamash, 23 years old
46. Mahmoud Wael Mahmoud Jundeyah, 21 years old
47. Abdulrahman Sami Abu Mattar, 18 years old
48. Ahmed Salim Alyaan Aljarf, 26 years old
49. Mahmoud Sulayman Ibrahim Aql, 32 years old
50. Mohamed Hasan Mustafa Alabadilah, 25 years old
51. Kamil Jihad Kamil Mihna, 19 years old
52. Mahmoud Saber Hamad Abu Taeemah, 23 years old
53. Ali Mohamed Ahmed Khafajah, 21 years old
54. Abdelsalam Yousef Abdelwahab, 39 years old
55. Mohamed Samir Duwedar, 27 years old
56. Talal Adel Ibrahim Mattar, 16 years old
57. Omar Jomaa Abu Ful, 30 years old
58 – 60: Unidentified

Ongoing #Nakba70

Until Return!

Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition

http://al-awda.org/in-commemorating-al-nakba-70-al-awda-salutes-the-great-return-march-in-palestine/
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday May 19, 2018, 11:45 pm
Noted
 

Colleen L (3)
Sunday May 20, 2018, 11:46 am
Prayers going to these protesters. Pray for Peace. Thanks Fly
 

fly bird (26)
Monday May 21, 2018, 12:30 am
NYC: People’s Monday for #YaserMurtaja
Monday, 21 May
7:00 pm
Grand Central Terminal
89 E 42nd St
NYC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/200911590632686/

Yaser Murtaja was a 31 year old Palestinian man from Gaza City. He was a father and a husband. He was also a renowned photojournalist.

On April 6, 2018 he was covering a Palestinian demonstration at the Israeli border. Despite the fact that he was taking photographs and was wearing a blue vest that indicated he was a journalist, Yaser was shot and killed by an Israeli sniper.

5 weeks later, 60 Palestinians were killed in a demonstration at the Gaza fence, in a single day.

If you believe that Yaser Murtaja’s life mattered, then come meet us at the clock in Grand Central so we can tell Yaser Murtaja’s story.

http://samidoun.net/event/nyc-peoples-monday-for-yasermurtaja/
 

fly bird (26)
Monday May 21, 2018, 12:39 am
US Psychoanalytic organisation attempts to block meeting on mental health in Palestine.
May 21, 2018

The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP) has recently, and unsuccessfully, attempted to prevent a meeting of the USA-Palestine Mental Health Network (USA-P MHN) from taking place later in June. The conferences were scheduled to take place at the same hotel.

According to the USA-P MHN, the IARPP, while purportedly a non-political professional organization, has consistently acted to defend the behaviour of the Israeli government while presenting a false façade of encouraging “open dialogue.”

According to a press release from the USA-P MHN, “When the IARPP announced in December 2017 its plans to hold its 2019 annual meeting in Tel Aviv, the USA-P MHN and a noted Palestinian psychiatrist wrote the IARPP Board requesting that they reconsider the venue; the plea for a different venue was rooted in a protest of Israeli human rights violations as well as the practical fact that Israeli policy would severely limit conference access by Palestinian mental health professionals, clinicians from several other countries, and clinicians who are known to belong to various human rights organizations.”

However, the IARPP rejected this request and refused to consider alternative venues.

The statement continues, “In response, the USA-P MHN with Jewish Voice for Peace and the UK-Palestine Mental Health Network circulated an on-line petition asking for reconsideration of venue that has now gathered over 1400 signatures from mental health workers and professionals globally.”

The USA-P MHN again attempted to engage the IARPP Board by renting space at its conference in New York. However this was denied. The USA P MHN then contracted with the New York hotel to rent a separate conference room for an independent symposium of scholars, professors of medicine, senior clinicians, and other academic dignitaries entitled “Voices on Palestine” during a lunch-time break within the main IARPP meeting activities and invited the entire IARPP Board of Directors to attend.

However, according to the statement, “Instead of responding to the invitation, IARPP instead complained to the hotel’s Managing Director that the “Voices” forum had been scheduled to “interfere” with the IARPP conference and that its goal was to “disrupt” the IARPP conference. IARPP further informed the hotel that it had hired its own private security forces to be present at its conference. Alarmed by these statements, the hotel’s Managing Director arranged for there to be a NYC Police Department presence in the hotel to maintain order. He then contacted the USA-P MHN and asked for the “Voices” event to be postponed or moved elsewhere.”

In spite of this, the USA-P MHN managed to elevate the hotel’s concerns and to clarify the true intent behind the symposium. The hotel was therefore able to allow both meeting to take place.

The statement concludes, “The USA-P MHN goes on record as objecting most vigorously to IARPP’s underhanded, dishonest, and hysteria-fanning manipulations, which are especially distasteful in an organization allegedly devoted to professionalism and human dignity. The parallels with the behavior of Israel are all too apparent: hypocritical claims of innocent victimization and a disingenuous eagerness for “dialogue,” concealing a brutal ruthlessness in silencing all genuine debate.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180521-us-psychoanalytic-organisation-attempts-to-block-meeting-on-mental-health-in-palestine/
 

Peggy B (43)
Monday May 21, 2018, 3:37 pm
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fly bird (26)
Monday May 21, 2018, 5:48 pm
The Day of Shame.
by Uri Avnery

May 21, 2018

On Bloody Monday, when the number of Palestinian killed and wounded was rising by the hour, I asked myself: what would I have done if I had been a youngster of 15 in the Gaza Strip?

My answer was, without hesitation: I would have stood near the border fence and demonstrated, risking my life and limbs every minute.

How am I so sure?

Simple: I did the same when I was 15.

I was a member of the National Military Organization (the “Irgun”), an armed underground group labeled “terrorist”.

Palestine was at the time under British occupation (called “mandate”). In May 1939, the British enacted a law limiting the right of Jews to acquire land. I received an order to be at a certain time at a certain spot near the sea shore of Tel Aviv in order to take part in a demonstration. I was to wait for a trumpet signal.

The trumpet sounded and we started the march down Allenby Road, then the city’s main street. Near the main synagogue, somebody climbed the stairs and delivered an inflammatory speech. Then we marched on, to the end of the street, where the offices of the British administration were located. There we sang the national anthem, “Hatikvah”, while some adult members set fire to the offices.

Suddenly several lorries carrying British soldiers screeched to a halt, and a salvo of shots rang out. The British fired over our heads, and we ran away.

Remembering this event 79 years later, it crossed my mind that the boys of Gaza are greater heroes then we were then. They did not run away. They stood their ground for hours, while the death toll rose to 61 and the number of those wounded by live ammunition to some 1500, in addition to 1000 affected by gas.

On that day, most TV stations in Israel and abroad split their screen. On the right, the events in Gaza. On the left, the inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

In the 136th year of the Zionist-Palestinian war, that split screen is the picture of reality: the celebration in Jerusalem and the bloodbath in Gaza. Not on two different planets, not in two different continents, but hardly an hour’s drive apart.

The celebration in Jerusalem started as a silly event. A bunch of suited males, inflated with self-importance, celebrating – what, exactly? The symbolic movement of an office from one town to another.

Jerusalem is a major bone of contention. Everybody knows that there will be no peace, not now, not ever, without a compromise there. For every Palestinian, every Arab, every Muslim throughout the world, it is unthinkable to give up Jerusalem. It is from there, according to Muslim tradition, that the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven, after tying his horse to the rock that is now the center of the holy places. After Mecca and Medina, Jerusalem is the third holiest place of Islam.

For the Jews, of course, Jerusalem means the place where, some 2000 years ago, there stood the temple built by King Herod, a cruel half-Jew. A remnant of an outer wall still stands there and is revered as the “Western Wall”. It used to be called the “Wailing Wall”, and is the holiest place of the Jews.

Statesmen have tried to square the circle and find a solution. The 1947 United Nations committee that decreed the partition of Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state – a solution enthusiastically endorsed by the Jewish leadership – suggested separating Jerusalem from both states and constituting it as a separate unit within what was supposed to be in fact a kind of confederation.

The war of 1948 resulted in a divided city, the Eastern part was occupied by the Arab side (the Kingdom of Jordan) and the Western part became the capital of Israel. (My modest part was to fight in the battle for the road.)

No one liked the division of the city. So my friends and I devised a third solution, which by now has become a world consensus: keep the city united on the municipal level and divide it politically: the West as capital of the State of Israel, the East as capital of the State of Palestine. The leader of the local Palestinians, Faisal al-Husseini, the scion of a most distinguished local Palestinian family and the son of a national hero who was killed not far from my position in the same battle, endorsed this formula publicly. Yasser Arafat gave me his tacit consent.

If President Donald Trump had declared West Jerusalem the capital of Israel and moved his embassy there, almost nobody would have got excited. By omitting the word “West”, Trump ignited a fire. Perhaps without realizing what he was doing, and probably not giving a damn.

For me, the moving of the US embassy means nothing. It is a symbolic act that does not change reality. If and when peace does come, no one will care about some stupid act of a half-forgotten US president. Inshallah.

So there they were, this bunch of self-important nobodies, Israelis, Americans and those in-between, having their little festival, while rivers of blood were flowing in Gaza. Human beings were killed by the dozen and wounded by the thousand.

The ceremony started as a cynical meeting, which quickly became grotesque, and ended in being sinister. Nero fiddling while Rome was burning.

When the last hug was exchanged and the last compliment paid (especially to the graceful Ivanka), Gaza remained what it was – a huge concentration camp with severely overcrowded hospitals, lacking medicines and food, drinkable water and electricity.

A ridiculous world-wide propaganda campaign was let loose to counter the world-wide condemnation. For example: the story that the terrorist Hamas had compelled the Gazans to go and demonstrate – as if anyone could be compelled to risk their life in a demonstration.

Or: the story that Hamas paid every demonstrator 50 dollars. Would you risk your life for 50 dollars? Would anybody?

Or: The soldiers had no choice but to kill them, because they were storming the border fence. Actually, no one did so – the huge concentration of Israeli army brigades would have easily prevented it without shooting.

Almost forgotten was a small news item from the days before: Hamas had discreetly offered a Hudna for ten years. A Hudna is a sacred armistice, never to be broken. The Crusaders, our remote predecessors, had many Hudnas with their Arab enemies during their 200-year stay here.

Israeli leaders immediately rejected the offer.

So why were the soldiers ordered to kill? It is the same logic that has animated countless occupation regimes throughout history: make the “natives” so afraid that they will give up. Alas, the results have almost always been the very opposite: the oppressed have become more hardened, more resolute. This is happening now.

Bloody Monday may well be seen in future as the day when the Palestinians regained their national pride, their will to stand up and fight for their independence.

Strangely, the next day – the main day of the planned protest, Naqba Day – only two demonstrators were killed. Israeli diplomats abroad, facing world-wide indignation, had probably sent home SOS messages. Clearly the Israeli army had changed its orders. Non-lethal means were used and sufficed.

My conscience does not allow me to conclude this without some self-criticism.

I would have expected that all of Israel’s renowned writers would publish a thundering joint condemnation while the shooting was still going on. It did not happen.

The political “opposition” was contemptible. No word from the Labor party. No word from Ya’ir Lapid. The new leader of the Meretz party, Esther Sandberg, did at least boycott the Jerusalem celebration. Labor and Lapid did not even do that.

I would have expected that the dozens of our brave peace organizations would unite in a dramatic act of condemnation, an act that would arouse the world. It did not happen. Perhaps they were in a state of shock.

The next day, the excellent boys and girls of the peace groups demonstrated opposite the Likud office in Tel Aviv. Some 500 took part. Far, far from the hundreds of thousands who demonstrated some years ago against the price of cottage cheese.

In short: we did not do our duty. I accuse myself as much as I accuse everybody else.

We must prepare at once for the next atrocity. We must organize for mass action now!

But what topped everything was the huge machine of brain-washing that was set in motion. For many years I have not experienced anything like it.

Almost all the so-called “military correspondents” acted like army propaganda agents. Day by day they helped the army to spread lies and falsifications. The public had no alternative but to believe every word. Nobody told them otherwise.

The same is true for almost all other means of communication, program presenters, announcers and correspondents. They willingly became government liars. Probably many of them were ordered to do so by their bosses. Not a glorious chapter.

After the day of blood, when the army was faced with world condemnation and had to stop shooting (“only” killing two unarmed demonstrators) all Israeli media were united in declaring this a great Israeli victory.

Israel had to open the crossings and send food and medicines to Gaza. Egypt had to open its Gaza crossing and accept many hundreds of wounded for operations and other treatment.

The Day of Shame has passed. Until the next time.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/21/the-day-of-shame/
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 22, 2018, 4:03 pm
Toulouse: Israeli Ambassador Not Welcome!
Wednesday, 23 May
6:30 pm
CCI
2 Rue Alsace Lorraine
Toulouse, France
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/789590711428835/

Stop the Israeli crimes! The Israeli ambassador is not welcome in Toulouse. Shame on those who roll out the red carpet stained with Palestinian blood.

The blood of the over 120 dead Palestinians and thousands of wounded since 30 March is not yet dry, and a gala dinner is being organized on 23 May in the salons of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Toulouse, with the participation of the Mayor of Toulouse, a vice-president of the region and, as the guest of honor, the Israeli ambassador representing a racist, colonial state that has systematically perpetrated massacres against the Palestinian people for 70 years.

This propaganda-business operation occurs when, aside from the USA and a few satellites, the entire planet – and even, lately, President Macron! – has condemned the bloody repression against unarmed demonstrators seeking their right to return to the lands from which they were dispossessed in 1948 and the lifting of the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip that has lasted for nearly 11 years.

To justify the gala dinner, a conference is being organized on “Israeli innovation,” an undignified celebration at a time when Israeli companies have received nearly a half-billion dollars in European public money, when European agencies are buying Israeli drones, some of which are being tested in Gaza.

We must put an end to impunity and the Israeli occupation and apartheid regime by building our solidarity with the Palestinian people, in particular through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (the State of Israel must be sanctioned and held accountable for its crimes.) With a priority demand: no weapons from Israel, no weapons for Israel.

We salute and support the Palestinian resistance – Sumoud – and the Great Return March. Long live Palestine, liberated from the regime of Israeli oppression and apartheid!

RASSEMBLEMENT le 23 mai à 18h30
devant la CCI, 2 rue Alsace Lorraine – M° Esquirol ou Carmes

Halte aux crimes israéliens !
L’ambassadrice d’Israël n’est pas la bienvenue à Toulouse
Honte à celles et ceux qui lui déroulent un tapis
rouge du sang des Palestinien.ne.s

Le sang des Palestiniens – plus de 120 morts, des milliers de blessés depuis le 30 mars – n’est pas encore sec qu’un dîner de gala est organisé le 23 mai dans les salons de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Toulouse avec la participation du Maire de Toulouse, d’une vice-présidente de la région et, comme invitée « d’honneur » l’ambassadrice d’Israël représentante d’un Etat raciste et colonial auteur de massacres méthodiques du peuple Palestinien depuis 70 ans.

Cette opération de propagande-business survient alors qu’à part les USA et quelques satellites, l’ensemble de la planète (et même tardivement le Président Macron !) condamne la répression par un bain de sang des manifestants désarmés qui revendiquent depuis le 30 mars leur droit au retour sur les terres dont ils ont été dépossédés en 1948 et la levée du blocus israélien sur la bande de Gaza qui dure depuis près de 11 ans.

Pour justifier le dîner de gala est organisée une conférence sur« La valorisation de l’innovation Occitanie -Israël… ». Une collaboration indigne à l’heure où les entreprises israéliennes auraient touché près d’un demi-milliard d’argent public européen, à l’heure où des agences européennes se fournissent en drones israéliens dont certains sont testés à Gaza.

Il faut mettre fin à l’impunité, et au régime d’occupation et d’apartheid israélien, en développant notre solidarité avec le peuple palestinien, en particulier par la campagne Boycott Désinvestissement Sanctions (l’État d’Israël doit être sanctionné et rendu comptable de ses crimes). Avec pour exigence prioritaire : pas une arme d’Israël, pas une arme pour Israël.

Nous saluons et soutenons la résistance palestinienne – Soumoud – et la marche du retour. Vive la Palestine libérée du régime d’oppression et d’apartheid israélien !

2018 – Le Temps de la Palestine Toulouse

Premiers signataires : Association France Palestine Solidarité 31, Association des Palestiniens de Toulouse, Attac 31, CGT Educ’Action 31, Collectif Coup pour Coup 31, Campagne BDS Toulouse, NPA 31, PCOF 31, SUD Santé Sociaux 31, Union des EtudiantEs de Toulouse, Union Juive Française pour la Paix…

http://samidoun.net/event/toulouse-israeli-ambassador-not-welcome/

Charleroi: Rally for Gaza in Solidarity with Palestine.

Friday, 25 May
5:00 pm
On the steps of the Hotel de Ville
Charleroi, Belgium

In homage to the victims of the Great Return March

For the right of return of Palestinian refugees

For an end to the blockade on Gaza

For an end to occupation

For an end to discrimination

For the boycott of Israel

Stop the massacres! Support the Palestinian resistance!

Vendredi 25 mai, de 17 à 18 h, sur les marches de l’Hôtel de Ville de Charleroi (place Charles II )
En hommage aux victimes de la Grande Marche du Retour

-Pour le droit au retour des réfugiés palestiniens

-Pour la levée du blocus de Gaza

-Pour l’arrêt de l’occupation

-Pour la fin de la discrimination

-Pour le boycott d’Israël

Stop aux massacres

Soutien à la résistance palestinienne

http://samidoun.net/event/charleroi-rally-for-gaza-in-solidarity-with-palestine/
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday May 23, 2018, 3:47 pm
Irish council to light up buildings in support of Gaza.
May 23, 2018

A Northern Irish Town will light up the city building in support of Palestinians in Gaza despite strong opposition against a public display of solidarity by local pro-Israeli politicians.

Irish Republican Party Sinn Fein raised a motion at a special meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council at the Guildhall on Monday, to light up civic buildings in the colours of the Palestinian flag for two days following last week’s violence in Gaza.

The motion was passed by 22 votes to one following a lively council. According to the local press, Derry Now, there were walkouts and accusations of terrorism and immorality by the main Unionist parties, who have strong ties with the pro-Israel lobby group, Northern Ireland Friends of Israel.

Councillor Sandra Duffy, who proposed the motion, said: “This is an important issue and we need to send a clear message of solidarity.

“The people of Derry have a long history of standing against aggression and last week two rallies in protest at what happened in Gaza were held.”

“Israel must be held accountable for its actions,” she said.

READ: Ireland’s book of condolence for Palestinians killed in Gaza blocked by pro-Israel groups

Seconding the proposal, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) group leader Martin Reilly said: “The actions of the Israeli defence forces are of grave concern around the world.”

“It is not appropriate for defence forces to use live ammunition for crowd control and that has led to these deaths and injuries.”

“There is a degree of anger in this city because of the history of Bloody Sunday.”

This was a welcome victory for the two pro-Palestinian parties in Northern Ireland after the Unionist parties blocked Sinn Fein from opening a book of condolence in Belfast last week.

Local MPs insisted that debate was a waste of time and that there were issues of greater concern within Derry that needed to be discussed than the plight of Palestinians. But it appears that the same local councillors who didn’t want to attend the meeting proposed a plan to have council buildings lit up in the colours of the American Stars and Stripe flag for 48-hours to remember the victims of last week’s Texas school shooting.

Derry made a name for itself after it became the first local authority in the north to pass a motion boycotting Israeli goods. A Sinn Fein motion backing the BDS campaign, which encourages the international community to turn its back on Israel because of its treatment of Palestinians, was passed in 2016.

READ: Dublin City Council backs BDS, urges expulsion of Israeli ambassador

Effective steps to implement BDS were discussed during Monday’s meeting, according to local sources. Local papers revealed that the council is considering the expense of writing to every home and business in the area to inform them of the products on the BDS list of products.

“If people didn’t take a stand on these issues, then we would still have apartheid,” said Duffy.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180523-irish-council-to-light-up-buildings-in-support-of-gaza/
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday May 24, 2018, 7:27 am
Belfast: Children Under Fire Documentary

May 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday, 25 May
8:00 pm
Felons Social Club
Belfast, Ireland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2119939561355825/

Ireland Supporting Palestinian Youth Presents Children Under Fire on the 25th May at 8pm until late, DJ/Ballots /Bar tickets £5 or pay at the door
our aim is to raise awareness on Palestinian children who are targeted by IOF on a shoot to kill policy! children dragged out of their beds or kidnapped on the street and threw into Israeli hellholes held without charge ! Tortured to confess to something they havent done! Made to sign confessions in a language they dont understand (Hebrew) with no lawyer present!

http://samidoun.net/event/belfast-children-under-fire-documentary/


http://samidoun.net/event/belfast-children-under-fire-documentary/
 

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