international solidarity

“the blockade is ongoing, no matter how you sanitize it linguistically.” -Haidar Eid

Palestinian Resistance are stronger than media allows us to think [photo: from Pal QA]

Haidar Eid (in Gaza):

“Our message to the Palestinian negotiators in Cairo (trans. by Nada Elian): The fact that the six crossings [with Israel] and the Rafah crossing [with Egypt] are not permanently open, and the inability of a single person to leave whenever they want, and the shortage of medicine in pharmacies, and the lack of alternatives to Israeli merchandise, and the absence of a safe maritime channel, all this means the blockade is ongoing, no matter how you sanitize it linguistically.”

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Israel’s Real Target is Not Hamas:

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“All colonial settler states are based on the violent dispossession of the native peoples – and as a result, their fundamental and overriding aim has always been to keep those native peoples as weak as possible. Israel’s aim for the Palestinians is no different.

Palestinian statehood is clearly an obstacle to this goal; a Palestinian state would strengthen the Palestinians. Genuine sovereignty would end Israel’s current presumed right to steal their land, control their borders, place them under siege, and bomb them at will. That is why Netanyahu’s Likud party platform “flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”; that is why Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated for even suggesting some limited self-governance for the Palestinians; and that is why every proposal for Palestinian statehood, however limited and conditional, has been wilfully sabotaged by successive Israeli governments of all hues.
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Gaza & Joint Struggles: “When a human being is given two choices, either surrender or fight, there is no choice between fighting and humiliation”

Al Akhbar: Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah: The Resistance in Gaza is on quest for tangible victory:

“When a human being is given two choices, either surrender or fight, there is no choice between fighting and humiliation. The culture of the Resistance and the choice of the Resistance grew among the Palestinian people because they have no other option. They tried [with] the negotiations and they waited long enough for the regional and international situations to change. In relation to Egypt, a golden opportunity presented itself for Gaza and the whole Palestinian cause but it was soon lost. For the people living in Gaza, what choices do they have? Either resist or surrender to Israeli conditions or throw themselves in the sea or immigrate and join the refugee camps. I think after all these experiences, the Palestinians have no choice but the one they have chosen today. There is no choice here, in the sense that if a human being cares about his dignity, survival and existence, he resorts to this choice.

…Gaza’s problem is that it is caught between a problem of confidence with Israel on one hand – a fundamental and substantial problem – and between two axes on the other, the Qatari-Turkish axis and the Egyptian-Saudi-Emirati axis.

… First of all, Israel is an illegitimate entity and it is a threat to the region. It is a constant threat to the whole region. … All the strife, sensitivities, disputes and struggles should not eradicate the culture that says Israel is a cancer, an absolute evil and a danger to the peoples and governments of this region and to their dignity and holy sites. Therefore, the ultimate goal should be to remove it.”

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The victims of Gaza: A list of Palestinians killed in Israel’s ongoing assault:

“The Gaza health ministry has confirmed the deaths of at least 1,951 Palestinians in the besieged strip since Israel began its relentless assault on July 8. Among those killed, at least 467 were aged 18 or younger.
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solidarity, in the community

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So i live in a very small community, two neighbouring towns with a combined population under 30,000, many of whose families have lived here for generations. Not very diverse, and many are not very politically aware.

This morning a friend of mine, a teacher in my town, and i went to a park in the neighbouring town where every Saturday there is a farmer’s market.

We brought my Palestinian flag, a couple of enlarged photos i’d prepared, and engaged with passersby on Gaza and Syria.

Small number of people who stopped to talk, but it was a positive experience in that they were well-informed (on Gaza, Syria I’m working on it), and agreed to my suggestion that we form a small solidarity group and grow it, bring these issues to our community.  Great conversation and some great ideas for the future.
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Gaza genocide and terrorism in Syria

Because I know so many of the people in that very small Strip, through my cumulative about 3 years there, I can’t stop myself from scouring the latest death toll updates to see if any of the families, farmers, medics, resistance I knew are among the martyred.

At the same time, I worry about new friends in Syria who–while Syria seems to have mysteriously fallen from the corporate media–still suffer from the terrorism of armed groups which shoot their mortars (filled with hundreds of jagged metal pieces, glass) on residential areas, on schools. Yesterday, a friend in Damascus updated me on the latest attacks, 9 shells on the city, which killed three civilians and injured (remember the jagged bits of metal and glass…) at least 20 [Sana reports on the mortars in Damascus and throughout Syria yesterday]. The same friend days earlier sent photos of minor damage to his home, not on ground level. Although like Palestinians, Syrians are taking this in stride, they are nonetheless, like Palestinians, living under terrorism.

Then there are the random, deadly car-bombings every now and then. And of course the presence of the despicable ISIS and their ilk, still be-heading Syrians who don’t live up to their fabricated version of religion, flogging others, be-handing others…This is all still going on, even though the corporate media does not deign to highlight these crimes.

I am grateful that more and more the reality of the Gaza genocide is getting told truthfully, with elements of truth even in some of the corporate media.

But, while there is supposedly a 72 hour ceasefire in place, without intending to be a sour pessimist, I have to say I’m waiting for the Zionists to violate it as they always do (see: Israeli Ceasefire Violations in Gaza and World Silence  and   Israel, not Hamas, is the serial truce-breaker, for examples, as well as my own experiences post 2009 massacre and 10 minutes into the ceasefire after the Nov 2012 massacre, as well as repeated violations in the days after, against farmers and against fishers).

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Articles:

Gaza truce enters second day as Israel and Palestine prepare for talks

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Israel’s illegitimate, terrorist and criminal violence against Palestinians:

“Israel says it’s pummelling Gaza, killing civilians, and destroying civilian infrastructure to destroy tunnels the Palestinian resistance could use to kill or kidnap civilians. But how many times has the Palestinian resistance emerged from tunnels to kidnap or kill civilians? None. And how many Israeli civilians were killed by rocket fire in the year and half before Operation Protective Edge? Zero.

The use of violence by the Palestinian resistance against Israel is legitimate.
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July 31 interview on Gaza, and Martinez on Harper’s vision problem [VIDEO]

Rolling coverage of current situation in Gaza… [VIDEO]

Commentary with Greta Berlin on the genocide of Gaza, the right to Resist, the manufactured crises…

 

Also:

Brandon Martinez: Harper sees world upside down in Gaza:

 

As Israel’s ritual slaughter of thousands of innocents in Gaza and the West Bank continues full steam ahead, Canada’s neocon Prime Minister Stephen Harper has declared that the Zionist terrorist regime that has butchered more than 1400 Palestinians, injuring close to 7000 others, is the beleaguered victim and the prostrate, impoverished, nearly-defenseless Palestinians are the aggressors, responsible for their own deaths at the hands of Israeli bullets and missiles.

As hundred pound Israeli bombs rain down on Gaza from every direction, causing mass carnage and death as far as the eye can see, “Prime Minister Stephen Harper is reiterating his government’s hard line against Hamas, saying it is solely responsible for the death and destruction in Gaza,” reported the National Post on July 30.

This is the equivalent of blaming a home invasion on the home owner. If a criminal entered your house with a deadly weapon with intent to steal and/or harm, does the home owner not have every right to use lethal force if necessary to subdue or expel the criminal invader?
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“they’re ethnically cleansing certain areas, like in the east, 1948 style….”

 

 

Over the past week I’ve been talking with Joe Catron, one of the 9 activists doing shifts in Shifa hospital, in hopes of their presence being a deterrent to it being bombed, and regularly updating from Gaza.

Some nights ago, after Shujaiya  had been erased, wiped off the map, the focus turned to other border areas. “They’re ethnically cleansing certain areas, like in the east, 1948 style….” Joe said.

Later, after Khoza’a had been pounded, decimated, and the Zios had turned their focus back to Gaza City, where internally displaced Palestinians from all over Gaza were attempting to seek refuge, Joe said: “We’ve had continuous airstrikes throughout the night. I said before that they were concentrating on the east, now it seems they are concentrating on Gaza.

From Shifa, Joe noted the refugees who’ve covered the grounds outside. “People have erected tents, Nakba-style.”

Not only is Shifa Gaza’s main hospital, it is now a base for some of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians terrorized out of their homes, homes which for many no longer exist. And it is under threat of being targeted itself.

Should the thought of targeting a hospital seem so extreme and unbelievable, note that already the Zionist perpetrators of genocide have:

-bombed and damaged at least 13 hospitals and 10 clinics (including destroying the Wafa hospital for invalids and destroying part of the Aqsa hospital in Deir al Balah), as of Aug 1 [Israel shells Youssef al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah]

-killed 16 medics, targeted 13 ambulances [Israel bombs Gaza ambulance as Friday death toll surpasses 100]

Joe, who has been in Gaza for roughly the past three years, and who in Nov 2012 was there (as was I, in Deir al Balah) documenting the Zionist crimes, said this time round is basically the worst Gaza has seen, to paraphrase.

“I don’t think in 2008 and 2012 we saw this kind of ethnic cleansing of the Gaza Strip, ordering vast areas of Gaza 43% at last count… Beit Hanoun, Shujaiya, ….
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Gaza and related reading and listening

Collective Punishment in Gaza:

“What is going on in Palestine today is not really about Hamas. It is not about rockets. It is not about “human shields” or terrorism or tunnels. It is about Israel’s permanent control over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives. That is what Netanyahu is really saying, and that is what he now admits he has “always” talked about. It is about an unswerving, decades-long Israeli policy of denying Palestine self-determination, freedom, and sovereignty.  What Israel is doing in Gaza now is collective punishment. It is punishment for Gaza’s refusal to be a docile ghetto. It is punishment for the gall of Palestinians in unifying, and of Hamas and other factions in responding to Israel’s siege and its provocations with resistance, armed or otherwise, after Israel repeatedly reacted to unarmed protest with crushing force. Despite years of ceasefires and truces, the siege of Gaza has never been lifted.

Punishing Palestinians for existing has a long history. It was Israel’s policy before Hamas and its rudimentary rockets were Israel’s boogeyman of the moment, and before Israel turned Gaza into an open-air prison, punching bag, and weapons laboratory. In 1948, Israel killed thousands of innocents, and terrorized and displaced hundreds of thousands more, in the name of creating a Jewish-majority state in a land that was then sixty-five per cent Arab. In 1967, it displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians again, occupying territory that it still largely controls, forty-seven years later.

In the past seven or more years, Israel has besieged, tormented, and regularly attacked the Gaza Strip. The pretexts change: they elected Hamas; they refused to be docile; they refused to recognize Israel; they fired rockets; they built tunnels to circumvent the siege; and on and on. But each pretext is a red herring, because the truth of ghettos—what happens when you imprison 1.8 million people in a hundred and forty square miles, about a third of the area of New York City, with no control of borders, almost no access to the sea for fishermen (three out of the twenty kilometres allowed by the Oslo accords), no real way in or out, and with drones buzzing overhead night and day—is that, eventually, the ghetto will fight back. It was true in Soweto and Belfast, and it is true in Gaza. We might not like Hamas or some of its methods, but that is not the same as accepting the proposition that Palestinians should supinely accept the denial of their right to exist as a free people in their ancestral homeland.
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opposing Zionism in all it’s forms, including amongst Canadian “leaders”


“Today, the state of “israel” is every bit the terrorist state that Irgun and the Stern Gang killed to bring into existence.

Zionism isn’t about self-determination, Zionism is about colonialism, imperialism and ethnic cleaning. Never let them lie to you. Never let people make you feel ashamed for being an anti-Zionist or for opposing Zionism.”

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#ArrestHarper4AdvocatingGenocide [PETITION]:

This video is hate propaganda published by the Conservative Party of Canada to terrorize both Gazans and Canadians. The Conservative Party are an International Terrorist Organization.

The video features Stephen Harper and John Baird speaking to Israel in January about eradicating the dark forces (races). They advocate the use of violence in settling political and religious issues, insisting that the Gazans have no rights as human beings.

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Toronto’s al-Quds Day rally…”the largest in our history”

…and they were calling for a Free Gaza, Free Palestine.

100% Free…no pathetic smoke-and-mirrors, Swiss-cheese “Two State solution”.

The global al-Quds Day demonstrations occur annually. According to organizers, in Toronto’s history this was the largest, and the most pluralistic, …including not only the usual Canadian Peace Alliance, Palestine House, Independent Jewish Voices, and other core affiliations, as well as numerous faiths… but new faces. Many of them, and many from all walks of life and ages, so-said a Cuban solidarity activist who has been standing for justice for over a decade, if not more.

On the ground, behind the speaker’s pick-up truck podium, I could only see the immediate masses, which were already overwhelming. But organizers standing in the greater vicinity of Queen’s Park noted 5,000, which grew as we marched an hour later to amass in front of the representative of Gangster number One: the US Embassy, for it is the US which funds and vetoes UN resolutions for the Zionist regime. By the end of the speeches in from of the Embassy, organizers cited as many as 25,000 supporters of peace and justice spilling down the avenue.
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