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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Why Is Jerusalem Always On Edge?



http://youtu.be/8410LF4TMvw

Sunday, November 16, 2014

West Bank Protesters Cross Separation Wall in Effort to Get into Jerusalem -- Mondoweiss


EXCERPT:
“Jerusalem is here, it is not away from us,” said Ahmad Nasser, 27, a medic who was watching the clash from higher ground. Nasser pointed to the settlement beyond the army vehicles, indicating Pisgat Ze’ev, which stands between the West Bank and the Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Without it, and an army road and fence that line the bypass, Nasser said the walk from Beitunya to Jerusalem takes ten minutes.
“In Qalandia it’s not that strong. It finished fast so people came to Ofer because it’s special to be in Ofer,” continued Nasser. “The prisoners are for sure watching us,” he said, “If they don’t see us, than they hear us. When they hear the army shooting they know that there are people standing in front of the prison. So it gives them some hope that people are still moving, doing things outside.”

#BDS -- We Protest Israel's "Musical Ambassador" Idan Raichel at University of Washington's Meany Hall


Updated to include new pic.






Israeli musician Idan Raichel is an enthusiastic ambassador for the Israeli government, especially the inaccurately named Israel Defense Force (IDF), for whom he has performed benefit concerts.  Last night, Voices for Palestine, Women in Black, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights-UW (SUPER) and other allies demonstrated at his Meany Hall concert, which was part of the UW World Series of Music concert series. 

A world music performer, Raichel is the perfect foil.  His music projects a peaceful image,  allowing Israel to chauffeur him around the world, attempting to distract with his hipster gloss, from the atrocities Israel's army is committing against Palestinians. 

For more background on the slick propagandist cum musician, here is an article in Electronic Intifada.  http://electronicintifada.net/content/open-door-tour-israeli-apartheid/10531 

We educated a lot of series subscribers who had no idea about Raichel's chosen role as propagandist.  It was clear that our banners and signs (pictured here) raised the ire of some attendees.  But many more welcomed our flyers and one family (that we know of) told us they weren't going to attend as a result.  Other individuals stated they would contact the series office objecting to Raichel's inclusion in the program.  It felt great to challenge the whitewashing of Israeli war crimes.   It is clear the world cannot afford to be lulled by the siren song of  Raichel's "peaceful music."  



If you would like information on events like this one in Seattle, please contact info@voicesforpalestine.org

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Was Convicted Palestinian-American Rasmea Yousef Odeh Allowed a Fair Defense? @TheRealNews Report w/Charlotte Silver



http://youtu.be/IttkFHxsRSc

WHAT YOU CAN DO (from her Defense Committee):
http://www.stopfbi.net/national-week-action-freerasmeanow

Participate in the week of action:
Wednesday, November 12-18!

  1. Write to Judge Drain and urge him to send Rasmea home.
    Click here for sample letter
  2. Organize a protest at your local federal building or on your campus.
    • The SJP National Ad-Hoc Steering Committee calls on all SJP chapters to participate by organizing actions on your campuses on November 14, 2014.
    • Please send in the details of your protest plans so we can share - justice4rasmea@uspcn.org
  3.  Write letters of support to Rasmea.
        Rasmieh Odeh #144979
        St. Clair County Jail
        1170 Michigan
        Port Huron, MI. 48060
  4. Organize a fundraiser to help fund Rasmea’s defense.
    • NSJP also calls on all those who are able to donate money to Rasmea’s legal defense fund, so that they can continue to zealously represent her and prepare for an appeal.

ACTIVISTS LOCKDOWN US FEDERAL COURT IN SUPPORT OF TORTURED CHICAGO COMMUNITY LEADER!

Bay Area activists have chained themselves to fed courthouse in Oakland to protest Rasmea's conviction and detention pending sentencing. Amazing.


Folks--this is happening right now...please forward to all your networks. 
Bay Area activists have chained themselves to the oakland federal building. 

For Immediate Release – November 12, 2014

ACTIVISTS LOCKDOWN US FEDERAL COURT IN SUPPORT OF TORTURED CHICAGO COMMUNITY LEADER

Oakland Rallies Against Conviction of Palestinian Organizer

Press Contact: Lara Kiswani: 530.220.2842 (Oakland), Hatem Abudayyeh 773.301.4108 (Detroit)
Where: Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building
When: 7am - Wednesday, Nov 12

Oakland – Activists with the Bay Area Rasmea Defense Committee have chained themselves to doors of the federal courthouse in Oakland to protest the conviction and imprisonment of 67 year-old Palestinian community organizer, Rasmea Odeh. Supporters are also rallying in front of the federal building, condemning what they call a politically motivated trial targeting Odeh because of her role as an outspoken Palestinian leader and activist. Odeh was convicted on Monday, November 10th in a Detroit federal court of knowingly lying on her immigration application, even though she maintains that she did not understand the questions on the application.

The main basis for Odeh’s conviction was that she had allegedly falsely answered “No” to a question asking whether she had ever been arrested or imprisoned. The government claimed that Odeh failed to disclose that she had been convicted by the Israeli government of participating in “terrorism,” even though this conviction in a military court lacked due process and was the result of a forced confession made after she was repeatedly tortured and raped by Israeli military authorities. 

"The only reason Rasmea was imprisoned in Israel was because she was tortured, sexually assaulted, threatened with death and ultimately forced to confess to charges she didn't commit," says Hatem Abudayyeh, spokesman for the Rasmea Defense Committee. "Now, more than 40 years later, and after 9 years of living here with US citizenship, she's being made to re-live her trauma and is wrongly imprisoned once again." Although the judge in the case allowed the Israeli conviction of Odeh to be used as evidence against her, the torture and rape she suffered – which the judge admitted was credible – was not allowed as evidence, a move that brought widespread condemnation from supporters and human rights activist alike. 

"The targeting of Rasmea is purely to criminalize Palestinians who are outspoken and critical of Israel’s oppression and occupation of Palestine," says Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center. The case against Odeh was originally part of a larger federal investigation in Chicago and Minneapolis where the government has to this day unsuccessfully tried to convict 23 anti-war and Palestinian activists on trumped up terrorism charges.

Hundreds were present in court to support Odeh over the course of her trial in Detroit, and many more across the country have held solidarity demonstrations demanding that she be freed. Activists in the Bay Area will continue to protest, and vow to intensify their efforts until Odeh is released.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Seattle, Come Out to Protest IDF Serenader & Supporter, Idan Raichel! Saturday at Meany Hall, UW, 7pm

            Protest Israeli musician on tour to whitewash Israel's War Crimes

Please join Voices for Palestine and Women in Black this Saturday Nov.15 at 7pm to protest an Israeli Government-funded concert at Meany Hall. 
 
Idan Raichel -- the musician on tour in the U.S. this month -- has strong links with the Israeli military and is a leading endorser of the right-wing US organization [Thank Israeli Soldiers]. "Our army is a basic ingredient of Israeliness," Raichel says, proudly.

Raichel performed for the army before, during, and after its August 2014 attack on Gaza, which killed over 2100 Palestinians, including 500 children.
 
According to Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, sending Israeli artists and musicians abroad "show[s]  Israel's prettier face, so we are not thought of purely in the context of war." This intentionally misleading use of art and music serves to obscure Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as Israel's overall history of grave human rights abuses. 

What:     Protest Israeli musician on tour to whitewash Israel's War Crimes
 
Where:  Meany Hall-UW Campus
*we will be standing at the entrance of the underground parking garage on 41st & 15th Ave NE and also inside the garage near the elevators.
 
When:   Saturday Nov. 15th, 7-8pm 
 

Thanks for all your support!

  Amin Odeh
“STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT~ EVEN IF YOU ARE STANDING ALONE

Monday, November 10, 2014

George Mason University Students Against Israeli Apartheid Walk Out on IDF Colonel



http://youtu.be/zKATWJ8QVuQ

Sunday, November 09, 2014

CHAIRMAN LAWRENCE HAMM calls for ACTION THE DAY AFTER FERGUSON GRAND JURY DECISION! [BRILLIANT!]



http://youtu.be/axL9UXZJl2A

PEACE THROUGH REVOLUTION!

Bassem Tamimi: We Need You in the Global Intifada; Mazin Qumsiyeh: Live Together as Human Beings or Die Together as Fools; Max Blumenthal: Intervene to Stop the Genocide [All in 5 Minutes!]



http://youtu.be/E7_os7bbo9A



Saturday, November 08, 2014

Greetings, Life!



We went to the beach yesterday (November 7th) and I saw a gorgeous moon last night.  ;)