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World  (tags: Middle East, Palestine, Israel, human rights violations, waste of taxpayer money )

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US taxpayers will give Israel a total of $38 billion of weapons over 2019-2028. Israel uses these weapons, in violation of US laws, to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians living under its brutal occupation of the West Bank.


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Animae C (507)
Thursday April 19, 2018, 6:11 pm
This year’s total US allocation of weapons to Israel could fund instead one of the following:
46,778 elementary school teachers
2,514,282 people receiving food assistance
650,643 students receiving Pell Grants
1,595,938 children receiving healthcare
51,077 clean energy jobs

The average individual taxpayer gives $25.25 in weapons to Israel each year.


Derry Richardson (38)
Friday April 20, 2018, 6:16 am
Cheers, noted.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday April 21, 2018, 12:18 am
Noted and shared news article over social media.

fly b (26)
Saturday April 21, 2018, 9:30 am
Natalie Portman Rejects Israel Prize in Light of its Crimes in Gaza
April 20, 2018

After decades of egregious human rights violations against Palestinians, Israel’s recent massacre of peaceful protesters in Gaza has made its brand so toxic that even well-known Israeli-American cultural figures, like Natalie Portman, now refuse to blatantly whitewash, or art-wash, Israeli crimes and apartheid policies.

The Palestinian-led, Nobel Peace Prize nominated Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights has been growing in the cultural mainstream in the last few years. Of the twenty six Oscar nominees in 2016, none has accepted an all-expense-paid Israeli propaganda junket.

Towards the end of 2017, the New Zealand star Lorde heeded appeals from BDS activists and announced the cancellation of a gig in Tel Aviv. In response to an ugly smear campaign against her run by Israel lobby figures in the US, over one hundred artists, including Hollywood stars, signed a letter in the Guardian supporting her.

As a Washington Post report on Lorde’s act of solidarity with Palestinians concluded:

Lorde will almost certainly be one of the last major artists to schedule an Israel concert date without appearing to have fully considered the global implications. From now on … merely scheduling a concert date in Israel will be considered a political act.

Portman’s rebuff to Israeli honors underlines this conclusion.

As was the case in the struggle against apartheid South Africa, the BDS movement calls on all artists and cultural figures to respect the nonviolent Palestinian picket line and stay away from apartheid Israel until the UN-stipulated rights of the Palestinian people are fully respected.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) was initiated in 2004 to contribute to the struggle for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. PACBI advocates for the boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions, given their deep and persistent complicity in Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights as stipulated in international law.

fly b (26)
Saturday April 21, 2018, 4:30 pm
VIDEO: Israeli Forces Kill 4 Palestinians, Injure 40 on Israels Independence Day.

Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip continue to demonstrate even though they know they put their lives at risk because life in the "cage" that is Gaza is intolerable, says Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada
Apr 20, 2018


Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday April 22, 2018, 12:27 am
Shared articles and footage over social media.

TOM T (247)
Sunday April 22, 2018, 8:11 am

fly b (26)
Sunday April 22, 2018, 5:10 pm
Gaza is Under Siege But Not Alone! Let’s Build Towards a Military Embargo.

Strengthening, mainstreaming and popularizing Palestinians’ call for a two-way military embargo on Israel is the most effective response to Israel’s ongoing massacre. This means working to end all weapons sales and purchases to and from Israel, and ending military or police partnerships with the Israeli state.

We are witnessing Israel’s ongoing massacre against unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza. Through inspiring popular demonstrations, they are protesting Israel’s 12-year siege, and demanding their UN-sanctioned right of return to the homes they were ethnically cleansed from.

Palestinian activists in Gaza are asking, “What is the world doing while Israel’s massacre is live streamed?” It’s up to us to make sure they are not facing Israel’s crimes alone.

We must channel our rage at Israel’s atrocities into effective actions to hold Israel accountable. Together, we can escalate Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns.

Our concrete, strategic solidarity will send a strong message of support to Palestinians in Gaza: You are not alone, and we will work to hold Israel accountable for its murder of Palestinian protesters.

Strengthening, mainstreaming and popularizing Palestinians’ call for a two-way military embargo on Israel is the most effective response to Israel’s ongoing massacre. This means working to end all weapons sales and purchases to and from Israel, and ending military or police partnerships with the Israeli state.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee, Palestinian civil society’s largest coalition, calls on people of conscience, unions, municipalities, political parties, social movements, student groups, academics, artists, churches and LGBTQI groups, around the world to:

•Plan actions to intensify and amplify campaigns that are linked to the call to end military and security ties with Israel. For example, a protest against G4S, HP, or complicit banks (like Axa and HSBC) and companies with military ties, spreading campaigns to end partnerships with Israeli police, such as the Deadly Exchange campaign, etc. Include the hashtag #MilitaryEmbargo or #StopArmingIsrael

•Demand a position and/or debate on a military embargo against Israel in your parliament: Pressure your political parties, elected representatives and government to end military ties with Israel.

•Pass a motion to demand a military embargo against Israel at your city council, church, union or other civil society organizations. These motions are essential to popularize the demand for a military embargo on Israel, a demand which we can build in a sustained manner from the grassroots level.

•Organize a protest to pressure your government: Mobilize protests to pressure your government to end military and security ties with Israel.

•Write your local paper to express why you support a military embargo.

Visit the BNC’s military embargo campaign page for more information.

Please write to us with your action plans, questions and photos!

Two million Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip are showing incredible courage and determination to attain their rights. The #GreatReturnMarch continues despite Israel’s deliberate murder of more than 30 unarmed protesters and injuring of over 3,000. Palestinian journalists, children, women, youth and medical personnel have all been among those targeted.

Together, we can ensure they are not alone!

Sue H (7)
Monday April 23, 2018, 12:09 am

Margie FOURIE (148)
Thursday May 3, 2018, 5:50 am

fly b (26)
Monday May 7, 2018, 6:19 pm
12 May, Austin: Nakba Day Return March.

Saturday, 12 May
2:00 pm
Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress Ave
Austin, TX


WHEN: Saturday, May 12 @ 2:00PM

WHERE: Texas State Capitol

May 15th, 2018, marks 70 years of the ethnic cleansing of almost 800,000 Palestinians from their homes and lands, at the hands of zionist militias. To this day these refugees and their descendants are still barred from returning to Palestine. Israel has recently escalated its racist and genocidal policies, with the increased detention and murder of children, while Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine, is under threat. The Palestinian people, alongside their international allies, are organizing to let the world know that the land, from Haifa to Jerusalem to Gaza and all in between, will be liberated and that a sovereign, independent, free Palestine is inevitable as long as its people remain beacons of resistance and resilience.

We are gathering as a community to demand:

1. The right of return for ALL Palestinian refugees and their descendants
2. Israel keep its hands off Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine
3. The end of the 11 year blockade of Gaza
4. Freedom for all political prisoners
5. An end to Israeli colonization of ALL of historic Palestine

Despite over 70 years of Israeli colonialism, racism, occupation, and apartheid, the Palestinian people continue to resist and inspire the world to stand up against oppression in all its forms.

In the words of Marwan Barghouti, “Our chains will be broken before we are.”
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