From the river to the sea,
Palestine will be free!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Israeli Intelligence Veterans Refuse to Serve in Palestinian Territories -- The Guardian


He said: “The intelligence gathering about Palestinians is not clean. When you rule a population that does not have political rights, laws like we have, [then] the nature of this regime of ruling over people, especially when you do it for many years, [is that] it forces you to take control or infiltrate every aspect of their life.”
“D”, a 29-year-old captain who served for eight years, added: “[That] question is one of the messages that we feel it is very important to get across mostly to the Israeli public.
“That is a very common misconception about intelligence … when we were enlisting in the military [we thought] our job is going to be minimising violence, minimising loss of lives, and that made the moral side of it feel much easier.”
He added: “What the IDF does in the occupied territories is rule another people. One of the things you need to do is defend yourself from them, but you also need to oppress the population.
“You need to weaken the politics. You need to strengthen and deepen your control of Palestinian society so that the [Israeli] state can remain [there] in the long term. We can’t talk about specifics … [but] intelligence is used to apply pressure to people to make them cooperate with Israel.
“It’s important to say, the reason I decided to refuse – and I decided to refuse long before the recent [Gaza] operation. It was when I realised that what I was doing was the same job that the intelligence services of every undemocratic regime are doing.
“This realisation was what made me [realise] personally that I’m part of this large mechanism that is trying to defend or perpetuate its presence in the occupied territories.”
The last major refusenik episode in Israel to grab the public’s attention was in 2002 when 27 reserve pilots published a letter refusing to fly assassination sorties over Gaza after 14 civilians, including children, were killed alongside Salah Shehade, the leader of Hamas’s military wing, in a bombing.
Nadav made a reference to the killing – and the outcry that surrounded it. “When you look at what happened this summer, when building after building were destroyed and the inhabitants and hundreds of innocent people were killed and no one raised an eyebrow, as opposed to just one decade ago when the killing of a family of a commander of Hamas shocked people. It was a huge story in Israel.”

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Urban Shield 2014 [Cop Trade Show Now in Oakland]-- VIDEO: Makes Connections w/IDF in Palestine & Training U.S. Cops

for more info on Urban Shield, go to this Daily Kos article (where I found the above video):

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Does David Cameron Secretly Like ISIS? Russell Brand on The Trews--Refreshingly Trew! @rustyrockets

WONDERFUL Cornel West speech at Answer Coalition rally, Washington DC 2014 [5 min.] @CornelWest #FreePalestine

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

"This part of my life is called: Running! "ناس بتجري" -- #GazaUnderAttack #ILoveGaza #IHateIsrael

If you can watch this without crying, you have more intestinal fortitude than I do.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: Activist blockade delays Israeli ZIM ship another day at Port of Seattle

August 27, 2014
Contact: Nada Elia   425 736-4859
                Amin Odeh  206 605-8448

Activist blockade delays Israeli ZIM ship another day at Port of Seattle

After delaying work on the Israeli freight ship ZIM CHICAGO at the Port of Tacoma, local human-rights activists have learned that they also delayed the arrival of ZIM CHICAGO into the Port of Seattle for another full day.

The unloading and loading of ZIM CHICAGO in the Port of Tacoma was completed by 8 AM on Sunday August 24.  Ordinarily the ship would have moved to the Port of Seattle within a few hours and been ready for a longshore work shift starting that same Sunday at 6 PM.  However, ZIM CHICAGO spent a full day anchored north of Vashon Island, only docking on Monday afternoon.  As a result, the longshore work shift to unload the ship began a full 24 hours later, on Monday at 6 PM.  

There was plenty of room for ZIM CHICAGO at its scheduled berth in Seattle, but ZIM CHICAGO waited until there were no other ships in a berth that could handle up to three other ships at once.  

“We know of no other reason for the ship to wait for an open dock except to avoid spreading the impact of our blockade to other ships, who might then ask for refunds because of delays. This would not be out of simple goodwill toward other shipping lines, but rather to avoid isolation from other shipping lines that might refuse to share berths with ZIM ships in the future,”, said Ed Mast, one of the blockade organizers. “A full day’s delay costs ZIM not only the extra running time money for fuel and staff, but also potential losses in cargo diverted to other ships, as well as credibility with customers that might start to distrust the irregular schedule, and credibility with other shipping lines that might refuse to share berths with ZIM at this and other ports.” 

At 5:00 PM on Monday, over 100 protestors gathered at the Port of Seattle to blockade the gates through which longshore workers would enter to unload ZIM CHICAGO.  An almost equal number of police had been called, and those police used aggressive physical force to push back the blockaders and open pathways for longshore workers to enter.  One arrest was made, though no physical aggression was reported from the blockaders.  

“Delay was always our victory condition, since delay costs money to ZIM and sends a message to Israel that it will be increasingly isolated as long as it maintains its regime of apartheid against Palestinians, “ said Nada Elia, another organizer.  “They once again delivered us this victory before they reached the port and before we even understood it.  We owe this success to the previous successful blockades against ZIM ships in Oakland and Los Angeles, as well as our own blockade in Tacoma.  We plan to continue resisting business-as-usual for ZIM and other Israeli companies as long as Israel’s apartheid continues.”

The blockade actions at the Port of Seattle slowed down the entrance of longshore workers to the terminal where the ZIM ship was docked, though it is not yet clear whether or not the blockade caused actual delays to the start of unloading the ZIM ship beyond the 24-hour initial delay in docking.

The West Coast blockades of Israeli ZIM ships are part of the international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel for its ongoing violations of human rights and international law, including Israel’s recent assault on the captive population of Gaza, during which Israel bombed schools, several hospitals, seven UN-­designated shelters, Gaza’s only power plant, and Gaza’s water purification system.  More than 2000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed by Israel’s attacks over the past month.

Local activists are also responding to the Palestinian General Federation Trade Unions’ call for international supporters to  take action in support of the people of Gaza. A letter signed by 93 Gazan civil society members, including teachers, doctors, and lawyers, demands three basic rights: 
1) freedom for Palestinians to move freely in and out of Gaza; 
2) unlimited import and export of supplies and goods, including by land, sea and air; 
3) unrestricted use of the Gaza seaport. 

Updates are public on and questions can be directed  


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dr. @Rania_Masri Speaking at "Crisis in Gaza and West Bank: Context and Action" Forum--EXCELLENT!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Anatomy of Ferguson’s Police Riot -- [Expect Them in Your Neighborhood Soon]

There was no warning. It was three hours before the state-imposed curfew. The demonstration was peaceful, yet all of a sudden police began throwing tear-gas canisters. People scattered in different directions. I saw two young shirtless men racing a woman in a wheelchair out of the tear gas. Someone screamed, “They gassed my baby” and another exclaimed, “They’re treating us like animals.” Spots that were considered safe, like the press area, were hit repeatedly. Police threw tear-gas canisters at fleeing crowds. There was no safe place to run to. There is no safe place for the people to assemble. The town of Ferguson is under siege."

No safe place.  Sounds like Gaza, right?  But it is in Ferguson.  And this is in America.  

We need to knit ourselves together and become a bulwark against this onslaught.  They are on the hill shooting down at us and we need to gather together and save  each other.  And by that action, prepare ourselves to stop our government from funding the genocide in Gaza and around the world.   Linda