Israel’s 60th Birthday


Big Apple, Big Mistake – Dancing on Palestinian Graves by Dave

New York is to hold a large celebration of Israel’s 60th Birthday aka the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in Washington Square.  The square is set to be the largest graveyard dance floor – dancing while Palestinians mourn the murder and displacement of their relatives is disgusting.

Washington Square in New York has seen its fair share of the city’s most notable cultural events: Just recently this famous square was the site for a campaign rally for US presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama, as well as for a memorial service for the victims of the 9/11 terror attack.

In May, however, Washington Square will be flooded with American youths looking to celebrate, dance and party with the State of Israel as it marks its 60th anniversary.

The Israeli Consulate in New York has organized a dance party, to be held in Washington Square on May 8, in honor of Israel’s independence.

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Google, Facebook and Murdoch to Celebrate Israel’s 60th by Dave

New media and old are combining to celebrate 60 years since the nakba (the catastrophe). Its also worth noting the new ‘peace’ envoy to the middle east – Tony Bliar – will be joining them.

Wryly amusing that he’s supposed to be bringing peace to the region yet can see no problem with celebrating the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Read Peres’s guest list below (from Ynet News)

AP: President Shimon Peres said Wednesday that the festivities marking Israel’s 60th birthday and including top personalities from around the world will open with a tribute to Israel’s staunchest ally, the United States.“After 60 years we want to stand up and say ‘thank you America,'” Peres said in an interview with the Associated Press.

The May 13-15 conference will be attended by President George W. Bush and Barbra Streisand singing the Jewish prayer Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father Our King), which Peres described as “unbelievably beautiful.”

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Germany to Celebrate Israel’s 60th by Dave
March 29, 2008, 12:57 am
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German set to celebrate the anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine – with national TV event – Pillar of Fire “ – about jewish people returning to ‘their’ homeland.  The catch line in the video advert is “a must for every home in Israel” and Germany it would seem.

JP: Israel won’t be alone in celebrating its 60th anniversary. Germany also has an impressive itinerary of cultural events planned, including dance recitals, musical events and films.

German Minister of State Hildegard Muller, who is in charge of organizing the anniversary’s events, announced that the famed documentary series Pillar of Fire will be broadcast live on German TV to mark the occasion. Muller recently met with Minister Ruhama Avraham-Balila, chairman of the Ministerial Committee for the Events Marking the 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel, and with Haimon Goldberg, chairman of the 60th Anniversary Events Directorate.

Pillar of Fire, a 19-episode documentary television series, was first broadcast in 1981 and relays the history of the Jewish people and the events leading up to the establishment of the State of Israel. The film was re-run on various TV stations over the years, and also has an English version, narrated by Sir Ian McKellen.

German television will broadcast Pillar of Fire on May 14.



UK Action – Windsor JNF dinner Protest by Dave

Some upcoming events in the UK really worth attending – 

Windsor JNF dinner Protest

MONDAY 7TH APRIL, 6PM ONWARDS
 
‘COME SPOIL ISRAEL’S 60TH BIRTHDAY BASH AT WINDSOR CASTLE’
 
Demonstrate against Israel’s 60th Birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire.  Come with banners and placards and join us at the main entrance to the castle, Henry V111th Gate, Castle Hill, Off High Street, Windsor, Berks.
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May 14th 2008 – Time to Return! by Dave

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PA urges Palestinians to  return to Israel on 60th anniversary

JP:The Palestinian Authority is planning to mark Israel’s 60th anniversary by calling on all Palestinians living abroad to converge on Israel by land, sea and air.

The plan, drawn by Ziad Abu Ein, a senior Fatah operative and Deputy Minister for Prisoners’ Affairs in the Palestinian Authority, states that the Palestinians have decided to implement United Nations Resolution 194 regarding the refugees.

Article 11 of the resolution, which was passed in December 1948, says that “refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.”

The initiative is the first of its kind and is clearly aimed at embarrassing Israel during the anniversary celebrations by highlighting the issue of the “right of return” for the refugees.

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Australians Protest – Not In Our Name! by Dave

Australians voicing opposition to the PM’s motion put before Parliament to recoginse and congratulate Israel on its 60th birthday placed this advert in a national paper The Australian.

Not in Our Name

We, as informed and concerned Australians, choose to disassociate ourselves from a celebration of the triumph of racism and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians since the al-Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948. As we write, Israel continues to expand illegal Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank including Arab East Jerusalem.

Australia and Australians should not give the Israeli people and its leaders the impression that Australia supports them in their dispossession of the Palestinian people. Israel has poisoned our (the West’s) relations with the whole of the Arab and Muslim world. Rather than celebrating the creation of the State of Israel, we should be recognising the people of Palestine, those who were dispossessed, those who lived and died as refugees, those who continue to live and die and suffer at the hands of the State of Israel, and those who will continue to suffer and die in the future until justice is done.

From 1948.com.au

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Big thanks to Ann for sending me this!



Israel’s 60th: The great catastrophe by Dave

MIKE MARQUSEE

The facts of the Nakba (catastrophe) are now well documented and beyond dispute. Yet Nakba denial remains widespread, and is as vile as denial of any other historic crime.

In the coming months, the same event will be commemorated by two different groups in starkly contrasting fashions.

May 15 sees the 60th anniversary of the birth of the State of Israel. In Britain, the programme of celebrations includes a gala fund-raising dinner at Windsor Castle in the presence of the Duke of Edinburgh (the Queen’s husband), a variety show at Wembley Stadium and street parades for Israel in London and Manchester.

Remembering a tragedy Meanwhile, Palestinians and their supporters will be recalling the same event in entirely different tones, and without the benefit of State support or vast sums of money. In meetings, conferences and exhibitions they will seek to remind the world of the Nakba — catastrophe in Arabic — that accompanied Israel’s birth in 1948.

In 1947, there were 12,93,000 Arabs and 6,08,000 Jews in Palestine. Though Jews made up 32 per cent of the population, the U.N. partition plan assigned them 55 per cent of the country, including the economically developed citrus growing plains. Israel’s Declaration of Independence was preceded by several months of civil war between Jewish and Palestinian forces, and followed by more months of war between the new State and its Arab neighbours. When the fighting finished in early 1949, the Jewish State had acquired 78 per cent of Palestine. 1,80,000 Palestinians found themselves a minority within the expanded borders of the Jewish State. 7,00,000 to 9,00,000 had been made refugees.

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