Israel’s 60th Birthday

In Diaspora: Travel, Reflections, and a mind on Justice. by Dave
September 3, 2009, 12:29 pm
Filed under: 1948, Israel, Palestine | Tags: , , ,

In Diaspora is a touching account of the return home to Palestine of a Palestinian-America woman.  As a sample of her work I’ve included her post on her visit to her grandparents village, Umm el Zeinat, from which her family was uprooted in 1948.

As planned, yesterday we returned to my ancestral village, Umm el Zeinat, near Daliyat al Karmel, on Mount Karmel, in Haifa.  Of course when I say “return” this is much greater than my brother and me.  This return is about my family, about an oppression that they, along with all the people of Umm el Zeinat and the people of the other 500 destroyed villages of Palestine had to endure.  What we undertook is the greatest act of resistance against the Zionist movement.  Three generations later we remember, and though not under our own conditions, we return to a village from which they hoped to erase our traces.

On our way into the village we met a man and his wife, picking cactus fruit with their four children.  My uncle pulled over to ask then how well they knew the village.  As it turns out they are from the Fahmawi family of Umm el Zeinat.  We told them we were returning and they offered to guide us through the village.  Of course all that is left of the village is rubble from demolished homes, overgrown shrubbery, and trees– both indigenous and those planted by the state in an attempt to make it seem as though no one ever lived there.

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Sir Paul defiant on Israel show by Dave
September 16, 2008, 12:12 am
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‘Sir’ Paul shows he’s actually quite keen to go day tripping to apartheid Israel.   I wonder if he’ll consider how Palestinians are suffering while he is having his ‘great evening’?  Or if he’ll visit the occupied territories as well as Tel Aviv?  It’s sad when people get old and lose the idealism of their youth.  All Paul’s songs, that encapsulated the values of the sixties, values of love and peace, taste like ashes in the mouth with this careless attitude to the colonial aparthied project called Israel.  Has he ever considered his friends who support Israel might be wrong?  If he was truely thinking he’d at least consider why people have taken the time to write to him and investigate why it might be a bad idea.  It’s not like he doesn’t have the time, it’s just he doesn’t think.  ‘We can’t wait to get out there and rock’ – spoken like an ignorant cock.  As a Beatles fan, I’m disappointed Paul.  Also for those interested it appears the Israeli Government didn’t ban the Beatles after all. The following from the BBC:

Sir Paul McCartney

In 1965 the Israeli government pulled a Beatles concert

Sir Paul McCartney has insisted his first show in Israel will go ahead, despite pressure from campaigners who want him to cancel it.

The 65-year-old will perform some of his biggest Beatles and solo hits at the Tel Aviv gig later this month.

But protesters asked him to reconsider over Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and its Gaza Strip blockade.

He told newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth: “I refused. I do what I think, and I have many friends who support Israel.”

In a statement confirming the concert on McCartney’s website last month, he said: “I’ve heard so many great things about Tel Aviv and Israel, but hearing is one thing and experiencing it for yourself is another.

“We are planning to have a great time and a great evening. We can’t wait to get out there and rock.”

The Murder of Count Folke Bernadotte by Dave
September 15, 2008, 8:45 pm
Filed under: 1948, Israel, UN | Tags: , , , ,

Press release from the Scottish Friends of Palestine:

Scottish Friends of Palestine remembers and commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the murder of Count Folke Bernadotte
Folke BernadotteSixty years ago on the 16th September 1948, UN appointed mediator in Palestine, Count Folke Bernadotte, completed the report which outlined his proposals for the resolution of the Palestine question. This report offered hope to the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees created by the decision of the United Nations to partition the homeland of the Palestinian people between the indigenous Palestinian people and the Jewish colonial settlers who had arrived over the past three decades.

Within 24 hours, the UN mediator was dead, murdered by the terrorist Stern Gang. Directly implicated in the murder was Yitzhak Shamir, former prime minister of Israel. Also involved was the head of the Zionist Irgun terrorist group, Menachem Begin, another former prime minister of Israel.

On this day, 60 years ago, the hopes of the Palestinian people were dashed. With the guilty escaping any form of justice, the time had arrived for the spoils of Israel’s so-called War of Independence to be subsumed within Israeli society using the laws of the victor, not laws of justice. At a time when all other colonial movements were crumbling, the Zionist colonial movement became entrenched – with full acquiesence and support of the world powers of the day.

Israel at 60 PR Campaign in the USA by Ann
July 1, 2008, 6:31 am
Filed under: Israel, Israel's 60th Anniversary, Israel's 60th Birthday, Israel@60

Nonstop … humiliation and ethnic cleansing. Green … like land-coveting illegal settlers and uprooted Palestinian olive trees. Free …  to act with impunity, ignoring human rights and international law as long as US zio-neocons keep US taxpayer money coming and keep blocking international condemnation for our atrocious acts.

Below: hasbara advertisement in the New York Times.

Salute to Israel Parade: London 2008 by Dave
June 30, 2008, 12:31 pm
Filed under: 2008, Image, Israel, June, london, Palestine, Salute to Israel Parade, Video | Tags: ,

More video footage

Footage and reporting from the recent demo against the Salute to Israel parade.  A parade which was designed to celebrate 60 years since the rape, massacre and transfer that constituted the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and birth of Israel.

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For more excellent photographs see Terence Bunch’s work or try flickr

Indymedia: Today, a series of non-violent protest actions disrupted the ‘Salute to Israel’ parade. The parade celebrated 60 years since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. Activists wished to remind the public that since its inception, Israel has been maintained through the constant oppression of the Palestinian people, in particular through ethnic cleansing.

The ‘Salute to Israel’ parade was a shameful show of support to a government engaged in war crimes. Sponsors included the Jewish National Fund, an organisation deeply involved in the colonisation of Palestinian land as well in anti-Palestinian discrimination within Israel. Activists wish to stress that the British government’s authorisation, protection and support of this event is entirely unacceptable.
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60 years of Israeli war crimes – no reason to celebrate! by Dave
June 29, 2008, 2:26 pm
Filed under: Anniversary, Israel, london, manchester, Palestine, Salute to Israel Parade, UK | Tags: ,

Press release from the groups involved in todays demo against the Salute to Israel parade.

Buses will travel round central London 29 June to explain the catastrophe experienced by Palestinians.

Salute Israel, a parade and rally in Trafalgar Square on 29 June, will celebrate 60 years since the establishment of the state of Israel.  For millions of Palestinians, this is no cause for celebration.  It is the Nakba – or catastrophe – which started in 1948, when 13,000 Palestinians were killed and over 750,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes.  The Nakba continues today, as those refugees and their descendents are still denied by Israel their basic right to return to their homes, and Palestinians living under occupation continued to be killed in military attacks.  Dr Hafez al-Karmi, President of Palestinian Forum of Britain, described the planned activities as “a reminder to the British public that the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people has gone unabated and has never ceased since 1948.  The occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967, the Apartheid policies imposed on Palestinians and the starvation of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza today are sufficient proof that the plan to ethnically cleanse Palestine remains in action.”

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Salute to Israel Parade: London and Manchester by Dave
June 27, 2008, 8:33 pm
Filed under: Anniversary, Israel, June, london, manchester, Parade, Salute to Israel Parade, Uncategorized | Tags: ,

Good luck to all those protesting against the Salute to Israel Parade in London on Sunday the 29th.   The parade is designed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the rape, massacre and transfer that constituted the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and birth of Israel.

Jewish Chronicle:  The Community Security Trust will mount what is thought to be its biggest-ever operation on Sunday to ensure that two Salute to Israel parades in London and Manchester pass without incident.

Around 500 volunteers will join police officers on the streets of

London to shadow 25 floats and 29 marching groups, representing a wide range of communal organisations.

A similar turnout is expected at a parade and rally due to take place in Manchester’s Heaton Park.

Float organisers were told that up to 1,000 police may line the route, although police sources suggested the figure may be closer to 250.

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