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Nigerian Activists Call for Boycott of Israel

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JOHANNESBURG. Thousands of Nigerian activists have called on the international community to boycott Israel due to its illegal occupation of Palestinian land


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fly bird (26)
Thursday November 29, 2018, 7:44 pm
JOHANNESBURG – Thousands of Nigerian activists have called on the international community to boycott Israel due to its illegal occupation of Palestinian land.

At a Tuesday rally held in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, commemorating 100 years of the Balfour Declaration in which Britain supported the establishment of a Jewish state on Palestinian land, activists called on the United Nations and other global bodies to isolate the Israeli government for abandoning the two-state solution, the Afro-Palestine Newswire reported.

The rally, organised by the Muslim Awareness International (MAI) group, also celebrated Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation.

“The international community must prevail on the State of Israel to obey all UN resolutions concerning Palestine,” said Dele Ashiru, one of the speakers at the event.

“Israeli belligerence represents both present and future danger for lasting peace in the Middle East and globally. The United States must reverse the declaration and recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Ashiru added.

Nigeria’s representative at the UN, Ibrahim Umar, recently blasted the Israeli government’s construction of illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) as an obstacle in the peace process.

“The spike in the expansion and consolidation of settlements in the West bank, including East Jerusalem, among others, will have a negative impact on the Middle East peace process as they affect the contiguity and viability of a future sovereign Palestinian State,” Umar said.

Umar added that the demolition of Palestinian homes, forced evictions, and threat of violence from Israeli settlers infringes on the Palestinian right to life, liberty and the security of the Palestinian person.

“Nigeria expresses concern that the settlements, which displace and restrict the movement of Palestinians, have negative consequences on their human rights and quality of life,” he said.

The Nigerian delegation also called for an end to Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip and the restoration of movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza.

“The situation in the Gaza Strip and the near collapse of its infrastructure being enforced by the Israeli blockade and military action should be of grave concern to the international community,” added Umar.

African News Agency (ANA)

fly bird (26)
Thursday November 29, 2018, 9:14 pm
Every American dollar donated to the occupation’s state translates into our suffering as a Palestinian people

- Fareed Taamallah, Palestinian activist

fly bird (26)
Friday November 30, 2018, 12:40 am
Chilean Congress Votes to Ban Products From Illegal Israeli Settlements.
November 29, 2018

The National Congress of Chile overwhelmingly voted to ban products from illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.

November 29, 2018 — With an overwhelming majority, the National Congress of Chile approved a resolution demanding the government “forbid the entry of products manufactured and coming from Israeli colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory.” The resolution had 99 votes in favor and only 7 against.

The resolution was debated as part of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The text states that “since 1947 there has been a permanent expulsion of Palestinians and loss of their territory, which made impossible the full exercise of the right to national sovereignty held by the Palestinian People.”

Mahmoud Nawajaa, from the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) welcomed the decision:

We are glad that the Chilean Congress has marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People with concrete measures of solidarity and respect for international law. We urge the Chilean government to respect the Congress resolution and make sure that no products from illegal Israeli settlements are allowed into the country.

Israel’s entire economy benefits from its illegal apartheid, colonization and occupation policies. It is time for all countries in Latin America and around the world to end their complicity with Israel’s violations of international law. Banning products from illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land is hardly enough. To fulfill its moral and legal obligations, Chile should also implement an urgent military embargo on Israel.

The BDS movement has been steadily growing in Chile. Earlier this year, the Chilean city of Valdivia became the first Latin American city to declare itself an “Israeli Apartheid Free Zone” (AFZ). Last year, students at University of Chile’s Faculty of Medicine voted to break institutional ties with Israeli universities, following similar decisions by Social Sciences and Law faculty students.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.

Colleen L (3)
Friday November 30, 2018, 7:14 am
Hope they do.
Thanks Fly

fly bird (26)
Friday November 30, 2018, 7:07 pm
Irish Boycott Bill Passes First Senate Reading
November 30, 2018

bill prohibiting the importation and sale of goods and services originating in illegal Israeli settlements approved in July by the Irish Senate, was passed in its first reading, on Wednesday.

The Control of Economic Activities (occupied territories) Bill 2018, which was sponsored by Senator Frances Black, seeks to prohibit the import and sale of goods, services and natural resources originating in illegal settlements located in occupied Palestine.

According to local reports, 25 Irish senators voted in favor, while 20 opposed and 14 abstained.

However, the bill still needs to pass through another two readings before it becomes a law.

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said, according to Ma’an: “The Irish Senate has sent a strong and important message to both the Palestinian people and to the global community that there is a price to be paid for Israel’s criminal behavior and its persistent violations of international law, international humanitarian law and human rights law.”

Janet B (0)
Saturday December 1, 2018, 7:44 pm

S J (124)
Wednesday December 5, 2018, 3:54 am
I'm with him, boycott israel! Meows meow fly

Janet B (0)
Wednesday December 5, 2018, 6:15 pm

fly bird (26)
Thursday December 6, 2018, 7:55 pm
Will Europe use Israeli drones against refugees?

Europe’s coastal guards are examining whether Israel’s warplanes would be helpful tools in repressing refugees.

In September, the EU’s border management agency Frontex announced the start of trial flights for drones in Italy, Greece and Portugal. There was a major omission in the Frontex statement: the type of drones being tested have been used previously to attack Gaza.

Some details of the companies involved in these trials were published earlier this year. A “contract award notice” revealed that Israel Aerospace Industries was one of two bidders selected.

Israel Aerospace Industries is being paid $5.5 million for up to 600 hours of trial flights.

The drone which Israel Aerospace Industries offers for maritime surveillance is called the Heron.

According to the company’s own website, the Heron is “combat-proven.” That is code for saying it has been employed during Israel’s three major attacks on Gaza over the past decade.

Following Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s assault on Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009, a Human Rights Watch investigation concluded that dozens of civilians were killed with missiles launched from drones. The Heron was identified as one of the main drones deployed in that offensive.

Frontex – which frequently expels refugees from Europe – has been assessing drones for some time. Back in 2012, Israel Aerospace Industries showcased the Heron at an event organized by Frontex.

Through its flight trials, Frontex is enabling Israel’s war industry to adapt technology tested on Palestinians for surveillance purposes. While the EU’s representatives routinely profess concern for human rights, the involvement of weapons makers in monitoring borders bears more than a few similarities to the bellicose policies pursued by Donald Trump’s administration in the US.

Business opportunities

Israeli firms stand to benefit from decisions taken on both sides of the Atlantic.

Last year, Elta – a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries – was hired to design a prototype for the controversial wall that Trump has proposed along the US border with Mexico. Elbit, another Israeli manufacturer of drones, was awarded a contract in 2014 to build surveillance towers between Arizona and Mexico.

The same companies have been pursuing business opportunities in Europe.

Elta has been in contact with various governments about its “virtual border patrol” system – which is based on the interception of mobile phone communications and snooping on internet users. To provide a pretext for such intrusion, the company plays the politics of fear. Amnon Sofrin, an Elta representative who was previously a senior figure in Israel’s spying and assassination agency Mossad, has advocated that Europe should prioritize “security” over civil liberties.

The Israeli firm Magal Systems is similarly eyeing contracts in Europe. Magal installed what it calls a “smart” fence – complete with sensors and advanced camera equipment – along Israel’s boundary with Gaza.

Saar Koush, until recently Magal’s CEO, has argued that the company’s role in enforcing a siege on Gaza’s two million inhabitants gave it a unique – or at least rare – selling point. “Anybody can give you a very nice Powerpoint, but few can show you such a complex project as Gaza that is constantly battle-tested,” Koush has said.

Learning from Israel?

Frontex has liaised with other Israeli firms.

In June this year, the EU published a notice showing that the Israeli company Windward has been awarded a contract worth nearly $1 million for work on a “maritime analysis” project run by Frontex. Gabi Ashkenazi, a former chief of Israel’s military, is an adviser to Windward; David Petraeus, who commanded US troops occupying Iraq and Afghanistan, is one of its investors.

In its 2016 annual report Frontex stated that the “first steps” had been made towards developing “strategic” relations with Israel. Frontex has subsequently expressed its intention to increase that cooperation between now and 2020.

One focus is “mutual learning.” More than likely, that is a euphemism for swapping notes about which tactics should be used against people fleeing poverty or persecution.

Israel has an appalling record of treating refugees. Africans living in Israel have been subject to racist abuse from the very highest levels of government. Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, has labeled them “infiltrators.”

Another government minister has insisted Africans cannot be considered as human.

According to the polling agency Gallup, Israel is one of the world’s least accepting nations for refugees. Despite its geographical proximity to Syria, Israel has refused admittance to victims of its ongoing war.

Last year, Netanyahu was heard telling leaders from the group of countries known as Visegrad Four – Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia – that they should close their borders to refugees. He argued, too, that Israel plays an important role in reducing migration to Europe and implied that Israel should be rewarded for doing so.

The identification of Israel as a partner for “strategic cooperation” by Frontex is worrying in itself. The preparations to use Israel’s tools of repression against refugees sailing towards Europe are even worse.

Knud Thirup (53)
Friday December 7, 2018, 2:30 am
No drones against refugier athall
Thank you

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 9, 2018, 4:06 am
thanks for this

Danuta Watola (1251)
Tuesday January 8, 2019, 5:16 am
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