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July 31, 2006

2006.07.31: Antiwar Bulletin: 5 p.m. Today — Protest Israeli Massacre in Qana

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From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2006 8:37 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Antiwar Bulletin: 5 p.m. Today — Protest Israeli Massacre in Qana

[Latest News: Israel Carries Out Airstrikes Despite Agreement: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Lebanon-Israel.html ]

5 p.m. Today: Emergency Call to Action: Protest Israeli Massacre in Qana

When: 5:00 P.M. – July 31, 2006 Where: Dag Hammarsjold Plaza at 46th and 1st, slightly north of the United Nations, followed by a march to Ralph Bunche Park, directly across from the UN. From there, march on 42nd street, past Grand Central, to Times Square.

Why: On July 30, 2006 Israel bombed a building where 100 civilians had taken shelter, massacring at least 54 Lebanese civilians, including 37 children in the city of Qana.[1] Israeli missiles struck just after one in the middle of the night, leveling a three-story building where two extended families had taken refuge in the basement from heavy Israeli bombardment in the area.

Come out to protest this vicious attack against the people of Lebanon.
Demand that your tax-dollars stop being sent to kill people in Palestine and Lebanon.[2] Support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

Bring Palestinian and Lebanese flags and signs demanding an unconditional ceasefire, an end to U.S. Aid to Israel, and U.N.
Sanctions on Israel.[3]

Ad-Hoc Coalition for Justice in the Middle East – protectpalestine@gmail.com

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NOTES

[1] Pictures & Video from Qana. WARNING — Graphic images depicting the reality and horror of Israel’s invasion and destruction of Lebanon:
http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2006/07/74040.html
http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2006/07/74027.html
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14276.htm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/nolavconsole/ukfs_news/hi/nb_wm_fs.stm?news=1&bbram=1&bbwm=1&nbram=1&nbwm=1&nol_storyid=5228266&checkedBandwidth=nb&checkedMedia=asx&subtitles=hide&alreadySeen=1

[2] The United States is the primary source of Israel’s arsenal. For
more than 30 years, Israel had been the largest recipient of U.S.
foreign assistance and since 1985 Jerusalem has received about $3
billion in military and economic aid each year from Washington.
Full report: http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/3387

[3] Report on Recent NYC Protests

Saturday, July 29: 1500 March Across the Brooklyn Bridge
http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2006/07/74012.shtml
http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2006/07/74007.html

Friday, July 28: 3000 in Midtown
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NYCLAWOrganizers/message/1249
http://www.kodakgallery.com/Slideshow.jsp?Uc=xrrpryh.9vs6kck9&Uy=lntcbi&Upost_signin=Slideshow.jsp%3Fmode%3Dfromshare&Ux=0&mode=fromshare&conn_speed=1

July 28, 2006

2006.07.28: Antiwar Bulletin: Today & Sat. – Antiwar Protests

Filed under: Antiwar,Palestine,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 11:57 am
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From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 8:48 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Antiwar Bulletin: Today & Sat. – Antiwar Protests

Demonstration on Friday July 28, 2006 at the Israeli Consulate March Across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday July 29, 2006

STOP THE WAR STOP THE KILLING
DEMONSTRATION IN FRONT OF THE ISRAELI CONSULATE

NYC, July 28, 2006
What: Stop the War, Stop the Killing Demonstration
When: FRIDAY –  JULY 28th  3:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Where: 2nd Ave. – Bet. 42nd St. & 43rd St (In front of The Israeli
Consulate)

Sponsored By: Arab Muslim American Federation, National Council Of Arab Americans, International Action Center, Troops Out Now Coalition , Alawda New York, Al-Khuli Islamic Center, ICNA N.Y, MAS New York. [Also endorsed by New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)]

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STOP US SPONSORED ISRAELI TERROR
MARCH ACROSS THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE

NYC, July 29, 2006
Links to Downloadable Fliers Below

What: Stop Us Sponsored Israeli Terror – March Across The Brooklyn Bridge

When: Saturday July 29, 2006 – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn (near the Brooklyn Bridge) March across the Bridge followed by rally at Thomas Paine Park at Worth, Pearl and Centre Streets in lower Manhattan at 3:30 PM.

Why: Israeli attacks on Palestine and Lebanon have reached new heights with the displacement of almost 1 million people in Lebanon, the killing of hundreds of civilians in Lebanon, and Palestine, the destruction of civilian infrastructure; all of which are crimes against humanity, as the world watches in either silent complicity or outright support.  The United States wants to give Israel enough time to ‘finish the job’ and has accelerated shipment of even more destructive bombs to add to the Israeli arsenal which includes illegal phosphorous and cluster bombs being used against the civilian population in Lebanon and Palestine.

We call on all people of conscience to come out and demand an end to the US Sponsored Israeli War Crimes being perpetrated against the people of Palestine and Lebanon.

Stop the Invasion of Lebanon
End the Occupation of Palestine
Stop US AID to Israel
Free Arab Political Prisoners In Israel

To download flier go to:
http://www.naaponline.org/ny/Rally06/rally_7_29_11.JPG
http://www.naaponline.org/ny/Rally06/rally_7_29_5.5.JPG
http://www.naaponline.org/ny/Rally06/rally_7_29_8.5.JPG

Sponsored by: Ad – Hoc Coalition for Justice in the Middle East

Endorsed by: National Council of Arab-Americans – NYC, ANSWER Coalition, International Action Center, Network of Arab-American Professionals of NY-PC, the International Solidarity Movement – NYC, the New York Campaign for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, the International Socialist Organization, ADC New York Chapter, Action Wednesdays Against War, Jews Against the Occupation – NYC, WESPAC Foundation, NYC Labor Against the War.

To endorse and for further information contact – Ad-Hoc Coalition for Justice in the Middle East – protectpalestine@gmail.com

Transportation by subway:

*A, C (8th Ave Line) High Street station located at Cranberry Street and Cadman Plaza.  Exit at the rear of the train, if coming from Manhattan.
Walk one block south and cross the Cadman Plaza.

*M, R (BMT) Court Street station is located at the corner of Montague Street.  Exit at the front of the train, if coming from Manhattan.  Walk north on Court Street (which becomes Cadman Plaza) about five or six blocks.

*A, C, F (8th Ave Line, Culver Line) Jay Street–Borough Hall station, located at Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue.  Exit at the rear of the train, if coming from Manhattan.  Walk north to Tillary Street, then west to Cadman Plaza

Transportation by car:

*From Manhattan, take first exit off Brooklyn Bridge

*From Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the Cadman Plaza exit.

July 26, 2006

2006.07.26: Re: Antiwar Bulletin: 6 p.m. Tonight — Stand With Lebanon & Palestine

From: Lisa R. Edwards
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 3:32 PM
To: James Rogers; Jonathan Roman; Michael Letwin; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Re: Antiwar Bulletin: 6 p.m. Tonight — Stand With Lebanon & Palestine

Here we go again.  These e-mails should not be banished to a separate e-mail group.  Shall we have a separate group for selling cars, or giving away cats or a divorce lawyer in California ??  Or is it merely the content of these antiwar bulletins that some wish to banish.  But I say as many have said before, (since these e-mails are soooo “offensive”)   press the delete key the minute you see the word “antiwar” and you need not be offended or reply again.  I personally would like to continue to receive these informational  bulletins on labor’s anti-war efforts.  We hear very little in the US media regarding the plight of the Lebanese and the Palestinians.  Everything is one-sided.  At least I now have access to both sides of the story.  Talk about free speech!

>>> Michael Letwin 07/26 1:59 PM >>>
Both of the following events begin tonight at 6 p.m.:

1.  Union Square:  Stand with the People of Lebanon and Palestine Against U.S.-Israeli Terror and War Crimes

2.  Midtown:  Lebanon Evacuees Briefing and Q&A

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1.  Union Square:  Stand with the People of Lebanon and Palestine Against U.S.-Israeli Terror and War Crimes

Wednesday, July 26
6:00 P.M.
Union Sq. South
14 Street and Broadway

With the full backing of the U.S. government, Israel continues to unleash its U.S. funded military might on the civilian and refugee populations of Lebanon and Palestine.

Israel has killed hundreds, wounded thousands and displaced over half a million people, while intentionally targeting the infrastructure of Lebanon and Gaza with missiles and bombs.

With their propaganda, the  U.S. and Israel also demonize Iran and Syria, in a bloodthirsty attempt to expand their war crimes further throughout the region. All the while the U.S. continues to occupy Iraq.

The onslaught against the Arab world expands and continues, and we stand up to say no more!

Join Al-Awda New York on Wednesday, July 26th at 6:00 p.m. in Union Square at 14th St. to rally against the war crimes in Palestine and Lebanon!

Stop the War on Lebanon and Palestine!!
Freedom for All Arab Political Prisoners in Zionist and U.S. Jails!!
End US Aid to Israel Now!!
The People of Palestine Have the Right to Return!!

Download and distribute flyers:

http://www.al-awdany.org/flyers/20060726/Awda_UnionSq726.pdf

Join Awda NY and other Arab and community organizations again on Friday, July 28th from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 at the Zionist Consulate at 42nd St. and 2nd Ave.

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2.  Midtown:  Lebanon Evacuees Briefing and Q&A

In an effort to generate some media coverage of the dire consequences of the Israeli assault on Lebanon for civilians, NAAP-NY has invited recentevacuees from Lebanon to share their on-the-ground stories.
Living for days in a constant state of siege and under a barrage of artillery and missile bombardment, speakers will share their insights and perspectives.

Evacuees will also take audience questions following their remarks.

What: Lebanon Evacuees Briefing and Q&A
When: Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00 PM
Where: St. Bartholomew’s Church, 51st Street and Park Avenue, New York City
Subways: E,V,6 to Lexington Avenue/53rd Street

This event is co-sponsored by the Arab American Institute (AAI).

The Network of Arab-American Professionals of New York http://www.naaponline.org/ny/ | naap…@naaponline.org | 212.592.4052

2006.07.26: Antiwar Bulletin: 6 p.m. Tonight — Stand With Lebanon & Palestine

Filed under: Antiwar,Palestine,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 11:58 am
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From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 2:00 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Antiwar Bulletin: 6 p.m. Tonight — Stand With Lebanon & Palestine

Both of the following events begin tonight at 6 p.m.:

1.  Union Square:  Stand with the People of Lebanon and Palestine Against U.S.-Israeli Terror and War Crimes

2.  Midtown:  Lebanon Evacuees Briefing and Q&A

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1.  Union Square:  Stand with the People of Lebanon and Palestine Against U.S.-Israeli Terror and War Crimes

Wednesday, July 26
6:00 P.M.
Union Sq. South
14 Street and Broadway

With the full backing of the U.S. government, Israel continues to unleash its U.S. funded military might on the civilian and refugee populations of Lebanon and Palestine.

Israel has killed hundreds, wounded thousands and displaced over half a million people, while intentionally targeting the infrastructure of Lebanon and Gaza with missiles and bombs.

With their propaganda, the  U.S. and Israel also demonize Iran and Syria, in a bloodthirsty attempt to expand their war crimes further throughout the region. All the while the U.S. continues to occupy Iraq.

The onslaught against the Arab world expands and continues, and we stand up to say no more!

Join Al-Awda New York on Wednesday, July 26th at 6:00 p.m. in Union Square at 14th St. to rally against the war crimes in Palestine and Lebanon!

Stop the War on Lebanon and Palestine!!
Freedom for All Arab Political Prisoners in Zionist and U.S. Jails!!
End US Aid to Israel Now!!
The People of Palestine Have the Right to Return!!

Download and distribute flyers:

http://www.al-awdany.org/flyers/20060726/Awda_UnionSq726.pdf

Join Awda NY and other Arab and community organizations again on Friday, July 28th from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 at the Zionist Consulate at 42nd St. and 2nd Ave.

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2.  Midtown:  Lebanon Evacuees Briefing and Q&A

In an effort to generate some media coverage of the dire consequences of the Israeli assault on Lebanon for civilians, NAAP-NY has invited recentevacuees from Lebanon to share their on-the-ground stories.
Living for days in a constant state of siege and under a barrage of artillery and missile bombardment, speakers will share their insights and perspectives.

Evacuees will also take audience questions following their remarks.

What: Lebanon Evacuees Briefing and Q&A
When: Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00 PM
Where: St. Bartholomew’s Church, 51st Street and Park Avenue, New York City
Subways: E,V,6 to Lexington Avenue/53rd Street

This event is co-sponsored by the Arab American Institute (AAI).

The Network of Arab-American Professionals of New York http://www.naaponline.org/ny/ | naap…@naaponline.org | 212.592.4052

July 21, 2006

2006.07.21: Charges Dismissed Against MXGM Cop Watchers

From: Susan Morris
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2006 5:51 PM
To: 111 CDD
Cc: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST MXGM COP-WATCHERS
CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST MXGM COP-WATCHERS

For Immediate Release
July 18, 2006
Contact: Monifa Akinwole-Bandele (917) 407-3018

ALL CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST THREE COP-WATCHERS FROM THE MALCOLM X GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT (MXGM)

ARRESTING OFFICER DOES NOT COOPERATE WITH DISTRICT ATTORNEY

JUDGE ADMONISHES DISTRICT ATTORNEY

On Monday, July 17, 2006 a year and a half after being arrested and
indicted for assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and
obstruction of governmental administration, the Brooklyn DAs office
dismissed all charges against the three activists from the Malcolm X
Grassroots Movement (MXGM). In what had been expected to be a
routine court appearance, the Brooklyn ADA, surprisingly made a motion to dismiss all charges. The motion was based on the inability of the people to secure their witness participation. The witness to whom they were referring was arresting officer Thomas Stevens of the 77th Precinct.

The Judge chastised the ADA stating that he had never heard of case
in which the DA’s office could not compel the testimony of a witness
totally within their control–a police officer.

The events which culminated yesterday began just past midnight on
February 8th, 2005 when three members of MXGM, Djbril Toure, Dasaw Floyd, and Lumumba Bandele were arrested in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. At the time of their arrest, the three were engaged in the legal monitoring of police activities as part of the MXGM’s Cop-Watch Program. The three were driving down Greene Avenue and observed an unusual amount of police activity on the block. They parked their car and began recording the scene. Bandele, Toure and Floyd were then approached by Officer Thomas Stevens of the 77th precinct who demanded that they turn the camera off and leave the area. Bandele told the officer that they had a legal right to observe the activities, and that they were not interfering with the arrest, only witnessing it.

At that point, the officer along with back-up violently arrested the
three, charging them with assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration.

While all three expressed both relief at the sudden turn of events,
Mr. Akinwole-Bandele also offered that “on behalf of MXGM we thank all of our members and supporters who helped spread the word about the case. And while we celebrate this moment, we understand that the state will continue to use arrests and the threat of imprisonment as a tactic to discourage further organized efforts of resistance. We must combat police and state terrorism and secure the release of the many Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War in the US.

The three MXGM members were represented by Kamau Karl Franklin, Joan Gibbs and Robert Boyle. Franklin stated that a lawsuit against the police department is in the works. It is important that we continue to challenge the illegal use of police power to intimidate activists and other community members from safe guarding their human and civil rights.

Stop Police Brutality, Repression and
The Criminalization of a Generation
No More Stolen Lives!
October 22 – Wear Black!
http://october22-ny.org

July 12, 2006

2006.07.12: Antiwar Bulletin: S. African Labor: Israeli Apartheid is Union Concern

Filed under: Labor Solidarity,Palestine,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 12:00 pm
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From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 12:30 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Antiwar Bulletin: S. African Labor: Israeli Apartheid is Union Concern

South African Council of Churches/COSATU/PSC push for sanctions against Israel

Media Statement

Media Conference convened by Palestine Solidarity Committee (South Africa), Cosatu House, 10th July 2006: 14H30

The conference was packed to capacity. Speakers at the conference
included: Willie Madisha (president of COSATU), Eddie Makue (general secretary of the South African Council of Churches), Ali Halimeh (Palestinian Ambassador to South Africa), Virginia Tilley (academic and author), Na’eem Jeenah (chair), Salim Vally (Palestine Solidarity Committee and Patrick Craven (spokesperson for COSATU).

We, delegates of organisations and movements that represent and have the support of the majority of South Africans, oppose and condemn the Israeli atrocities in Palestine and we make the following call:

* We call on the South African government to immediately recall the South African ambassador from Tel Aviv and to begin the process of ending diplomatic relations with Israel;

* We call on all South Africans to establish a strong, forceful and determined boycott and sanctions campaign against the Israeli apartheid state until the end of the occupation.

* We call on South Africans to identify a national day of action in solidarity with the Palestinian people and to observe it with rolling mass action around the country.

* We call on the South African government to ensure that no South African serves in any capacity in the Israeli Occupation Forces and that any South African citizen doing so will be prosecuted under the Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act;

* We demand that Israel immediately withdraws all Israeli Occupation Forces from Gaza and ends the occupation of Palestinian lands;

* We demand that Israel abides by the provisions of international humanitarian law and human rights law, and refrains from imposing collective punishment on Palestinian civilians (as per the UN Human Rights Council declaration issued on 6 July 2006);

* Call on Israel to release all detained Palestinian ministers and legislators and to release all political prisoners including hundreds of women and children;

* We call on the EU to stop the severe sanctions imposed by Europe on the Palestinian Authority as a penalty for exercising their democratic right and electing a government of their choice. This by itself is a brutal intervention on behalf of the occupation

* We call on the United Nations to implement the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on Israel’s Apartheid wall;

* We call on the United Nations to ensure that Israel fulfils its obligations in terms of international law.

The latest round of bloodletting in Palestine started on the 9th June when Israel shelled a beach in Gaza, gruesomely killing eight civilians and injuring 32. Four days later, Israeli aircraft fired missiles at a van in an extrajudicial assassination of two Palestinians in Gaza City.
A second barrage of missiles fired shortly afterward killed nine Palestinian bystanders. Last Tuesday, Israeli warplanes fired air-to-ground missiles at a university in Gaza City, causing extensive damage. This was the second time in less than a week that Israeli warplanes targeted the largest institute of higher education in the occupied territories, with more than 15,000 students. A few days earlier, an Israeli F-16 fighter dropped a large bomb on the campus. The bombing of Gaza’s main university was part of a campaign of war crimes against the Palestinian people especially in Gaza including the bombing of the office of the democratically-elected Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, the destruction of Fatah offices, the destruction of Gaza’s only power plant, the bombing of boarding schools, orphanages, charity committees, clinics, the capture and detention of more than 120 lawmakers, officials and government ministers?

Many of the detained politicians were kept in solitary confinement and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert tacitly admitted that the democratically-elected officials were hostages to be used as bargaining chips for the release of an Israeli soldier taken prisoner by Palestinian liberation fighters near Gaza. Israel also, in a letter to Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, warned that it would consider assassinating Prime Minister Haniyeh.

The destruction of the power station in Gaza plunged the world’s most densely populated region into total darkness, forcing 1.3 million Gazans to be without cooking, lighting or cooling facilities. Hospitals, including prenatal wards, suffered because of the power outage.

These attacks followed a Palestinian resistance operation and the capture of an Israeli soldier. Let us be clear: the Palestinian operation was not a ‘terrorist attack’; its target was not civilians; it was deliberately planned against a military target. And the soldier is not an Israeli child kidnapped off an Israeli street; he is a soldier with the fourth largest army in the world, engaged in a war against a civilian population and captured while he was in active duty in that war. In terms of international law, he is a legitimate target; in terms of the Geneva Conventions, the Palestinians as an occupied people have a right to resist the occupation with any and all means necessary. Let us also be clear that until this resistance action, most Palestinian groups had maintained a unilateral 18-month ceasefire, not attacking any Israeli targets even when provoked by the murder of Palestinian civilians, including a large number of children. And, let us note that the Palestinian resistance groups have made it clear they are willing to release the soldier if Israel would release hundreds of Palestinian women and children who are languishing in Israeli dungeons.

Israel has been emboldened by the meek international response against its atrocities in Gaza and has threatened to step up the obliteration of Palestinian civil infrastructure and the Palestinian people. Statements by Israeli political and military officials indicate that the next phase could likely be the deliberate bombing of schools, water installations, media outlets, public transportation systems and hospitals. One Israeli army general was quoted as saying, ‘This time, there will be no red lines, and all aspects of Palestinian life will be under attack.’ The number of Palestinian martyrs in the past 72 hours, mostly civilians, is almost 60. Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, also made the astounding statement that ‘the lives and well-being of Sderot’s [Jewish] residents are more important than the deaths of dozens of Palestinian innocents.’
The Associated Press quoted Olmert as saying, ‘I want no one to sleep at night in Gaza. I want them to know what it feels like.’ For Israel, the life of a Palestinian is barely worth consideration in comparison to the life of a Jew. Their value belongs to a different order of magnitude. A number of Israeli rabbis question the very humanity of Palestinians.
While attempting to apologize for the recent deaths of 14 Palestinian civilians by Israeli shelling, Mr. Olmert reportedly asserted that ‘threatened’ Israeli lives are ‘even more important’.

Israel’s refusal to negotiate the release of its soldier, coupled with threats to assassinate Palestinian officials, has prompted even the soldier’s father to accuse the Israeli government of seeking to ‘achieve deterrence at the expense of my son’.

Journalist Graham Usher says one of Israel’s aims in this invasion ‘is to force the Palestinian government from office via a rising curve of pre-emptive strikes.’ ‘The ouster,’ he says ‘has little to do with the government’s refusal to recognise the legitimacy of the Jewish state — a rejection that suits Israel since it frees it from having to deal with an elected Palestinian Authority. It has more to do with Hamas’s success not only in surviving the siege but in enshrining resistance as a central policy in its and any future National Unity Palestinian government, courtesy of the recently agreed Prisoners’ Document.’

Another aim, Usher adds, ‘is to repair the battered status of Israel’s deterrence’. It is now clear to most Israelis that the relative quiet they enjoyed for the last year or so was not due to their army’s military prowess. It was due to the Palestinian ceasefire, observed above all by Hamas’s military arm, Izzeddin El-Qassam. Since it was renounced, 200 mortars have been fired into Israel, four soldier abductions have been attempted or carried out and two soldiers and one settler have been killed.’

Particularly concerning is Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s statement that, ‘It is going to be a long war.’ Clearly, Israel will stop short of nothing less than the complete destruction of Gaza and the enslavement of its 1 million inhabitants.

The day after Olmert’s statement, Zeev Boim, a close aide to Olmert and former deputy-defence minister, urged hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in northern Gaza to start packing or else! ‘As far as I am concerned,’ he said, ‘the inhabitants of Beit Lahya and Beit Hanun should start packing right away.’ Avigdor Lieberman, another Israeli parliamentarian, called on the Israeli air force to carry out a carpet-bombing of Palestinian residential areas. Can one imagine the response if such threats of genocide or ethnic cleansing were made against Jews or any other community? But, it seems, when directed against Palestinians, the international community accepts threats of genocide as normal.

Israeli columnist, Gideon Levy, said in the *Ha’aretz* newspaper last
week: ‘It is not legitimate to cut off 750,000 people from electricity.
It is not legitimate to call on 20,000 people to run from their homes and turn their towns into ghost towns. It is not legitimate to kidnap half a government and a quarter of a parliament. A state that takes such steps is no longer distinguishable from a terror organisation.’

Israel is fighting the legitimate resistance of the Palestinian people; it is fighting the Palestinian Authority; it is fighting the Palestinian people as a whole. Its actions and atrocities are all a part of its collective punishment of the Palestinians. Such collective punishment is illegal under international law, as per Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention (‘No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed’) and Article 75 of Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions. Israel forgets that you cannot bomb a people into submission, and that moral right is ultimately stronger than the executioner’s menace. As South Africans we know this only too well.

Media present included SABC TV, ETV, Al Jazeera, SABC Radio, Kaya FM, Citizen, Indymedia, ITV, SA Press Association, Jacaranda FM, Business Day, The Star, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent, Sowetan, Independent Newspapers.

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http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__national/&articleid=276860

‘Apartheid Israel’ worse than apartheid SA

Johannesburg, South Africa

10 July 2006 05:48

The “apartheid Israel state” is worse than the apartheid that was conducted in South Africa, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Willie Madisha said on Monday.

He said Palestinians were being attacked with heavy machinery and tanks used in war, which had never happened in South Africa.

Cosatu and other organisations supporting Palestine have called on government to end diplomatic relations with Israel and establish boycotts and sanctions such as those against apartheid South Africa.

Israel has launched several attacks on Gaza, bombing its main university and firing missiles that have killed Palestinian bystanders.

This follows the capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinians.

“We see no justification for this attack,” said Palestinian ambassador to South Africa Ali Hamileh.

He said while the whole world was talking about one Israeli soldier, more than 10 000 Palestinians were being kept in Israeli jails.

“My leadership made it clear … the soldier can be released immediately if Israel responds to mediation. The demand for exchange of prisoners is justified by international law. We are not demanding something unacceptable,” he said.

Professor of political science Virginia Tilley said South Africa was one of the only places where a vision had been brought forward to address collective punishment of perceived inferiority.

“I can’t imagine a better beacon in that struggle than this country and it has stood back. If there is any moral authority in South Africa, it must come into play now,” she said.

Madisha said Israel should be seen as an apartheid state and the same sanctions must be applied that were established against South Africa. — Sapa

July 10, 2006

2006.07.10: Antiwar Bulletin: 4 p.m. Rally v. Police Abuse at Brooklyn DA

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From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2006 2:06 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Antiwar Bulletin: 4 p.m. Rally v. Police Abuse at Brooklyn DA

Please see attached (right click>open with>Adobe Acrobat)

July 5, 2006

2006.07.05: FWD: Demonstration against the Israeli siege on Gaza – tomorrow at 4:30

Filed under: Antiwar,Palestine — nyclaw01 @ 12:28 pm
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From: Lucy Herschel
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 5:14 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: FWD: Demonstration against the Israeli siege on Gaza – tomorrow at 4:30

CALL TO ACTION

A CALL TO ACTION: DEMONSTRATION AT THE UN
PROTEST THE ASSAULT ON THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE!
CALL FOR IMMEDIATE INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION FOR PALESTINIANS AND A RELEASE OF PALESTINIAN PRISONERS!
When    This Thursday July, 6, 2006, 4:30 p.m.
Where   1st Avenue between E 43nd and E 44rd St., NY (Dag Hammarskjold Park – two blocks from the United Nations)  This is the confirmed new location.
Why: The Israeli military is conducting daily raids that have killed dozens of Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others. Come to a protest and demonstration to demand action now to stop the killing of Palestinians and hold Israel accountable for its crimes.

Additionally, a group of organizations will present a letter to the Security Council and to Secretary-General Kofi Annan demanding an end to Israeli aggression and calling upon the international community to protect the lives of Palestinians. Dozens of organizations and hundreds of individuals have signed. See below for the letter.

Bring signs, candles, and slogans. Bring white throw-away T-shirts on which you can write facts about the assault and slogans.

Who: The New York Chapter of the National Council of Arab-Americans, the International Solidarity Movement, the New York Campaign for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, The Arab American Muslim Federation, the International Socialist Organization, the Troops Out Now Coalition, the International Action Center, and ADC New York.

For more information, contact Issa Mikel at 917-446-8032 or issamikel@gmail.com.

Since Wednesday, June 28, there have been protests around the world calling for an end to the recent escalation in Israeli aggression. And many more are planned, including in Palestine; Sudan; Egypt; New York; Toledo, Ohio; France; Houston, Texas; Oxford, UK; London, UK; Ontario, Canada; Seattle, Washington; Luxembourg; Brussels, Belgium; Berlin, Germany; Washington, D.C.; and Minneapolis, MN.
(Not all organizations listed above as organizers of the protest have signed onto the letter. Endorsees listed below.)

TO ENDORSE THIS LETTER, SEND AN E-MAIL TO PROTECTPALESTINE@GMAIL.COM WITH YOUR/YOUR ORGANIZAITON’S NAME AND COUNTRY

July 6, 2006
H. E. Kofi Annan
Secretary-General
The United Nations,  First Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Honorable members of the United Nations Security Council
RE: Immediate International Protection for the Palestinian People in the Occupied Territory
The United Nations was founded “to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace . . . .”  The ongoing ethnic cleansing in Palestine has thrown into stark relief the need for the United Nations to live up to this duty.
Since the Palestinian people have time and again signaled their refusal to acquiesce in their own subjugation, the inexorable march of Israeli human rights violations continues with renewed savagery.  The Israeli military has escalated its assault upon the Palestinian people, with dozens of Palestinians killed and wounded in recent months. Since the so-called Israeli redeployment from Gaza, Israel has continued to attack unarmed Palestinian civilians.  On June 9, seven people of the same family were killed by Israeli shelling on a beach in the Gaza Strip.  Dozens of Palestinian children have been killed in the first six months of 2006 alone, with the world community looking on. As of June 27, the Israeli Occupation Forces have launched a large scale attack on Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, punishing over one million Palestinian civilians for the legitimate exercise of the inherent right of self-defense against Israeli combatants conducting a wide-scale assault  on heavily populated areas.
Meanwhile, these forces continue illegally to arrest and detain thousands of Palestinians, confiscate Palestinian land, demolish homes, impose a deadly economic blockade, and build an annexationist Apartheid wall.  The historic policy of “Hafrada” (the Hebrew word for Apartheid) has reached its apex, and the international community is confronted more vividly than ever with the fruit of its inaction.  It is thus time for the United Nations to discharge its historic obligation.
We therefore call upon the United Nations to intervene to defend the Palestinian people by immediately undertaking the following actions:

forming an international force to protect Palestinian lives against violent attacks by the Israeli military;

calling for the immediate release of Palestinian prisoners held in violation of international law;

holding Israel accountable for its war crimes against the Palestinian people, its violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Right and the Convention Against Torture, and its blatant disregard for the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Such actions would form the necessary beginnings of a just policy on Palestine that is long overdue. The Palestinian people are under brutal assault, and the moral failure of the international community cries out for rectification.
Respectfully,

Palestine Bar Association –Palestine
Gaza Community Mental Health –Palestine
University Teachers’ Association –Palestine
Addameer Prisoners’ Rights and Support Group –Palestine
Teacher Creativity Center –Palestine
Palestinian Counseling Center –Palestine
Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) –Palestine
Arab Cultural Forum/Gaza –Palestine
Society of Christian Heritage in the Holy Land –Palestine
Women’s Affairs Technical Committee –Palestine
Jerusalem Center for Educational Enrichment (JCEE) –Palestine
Filastiniyat –Palestine
Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC) –Palestine
Network of Christian Organizations in Bethlehem (NCOB) –Palestine
Baladna, Association for Arab Youth Association –Palestine
Ittijah, Union of Arab Community Based Associations –Palestine
The Arab Association for Human Rights (HRA/Nazareth) –Palestine
Himaya Association for the protection of Lands Rights –Palestine
Ansar Al-Sajeen Association –Palestine
The Committee for the Defence of the Rights of Internally Displaced Palestinians in Israel –Palestine/ Israel
Friends of Political Prisoners and Detainees –Palestine
Jeel Jadeed Cultural Association –Palestine
The Culture and Volunteer Association, Umm el-Fahm –Palestine
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
(PACBI) –Palestine
The Nahif Development and Welfare Association –Palestine
Shumou’ Association –Palestine
Palestinian Women Development Centre (Tulkarm) –Palestine
Council for National Interest –USA
Center on Law and Human Rights in Colorado Springs –USA
Palestine Aid Society of North America –USA
Workers World Party -San Francisco Branch –USA
Ohio State University’s Committee for Justice in Palestine –USA
Palestinian American Congress –USA
Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center/ Colorado –USA
Georgetown Students for Justice in Palestine –USA
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom/ Washington, D.C., Branch –USA
Indigenous Peoples Literature –USA
New York Campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions –USA
International Solidarity Movement, New York Chapter –USA
National Council of Arab Americans, New York Chapter –USA
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, New York Chapter –USA
Troops Out Now Coalition –USA
International Action Center –USA
Arab Muslim American Federation –USA
The Middle East Children’s Alliance – USA
Arab American Club/ San Diego, California –USA
American Council on Middle East Policy –USA
Deir Yassin Society –USA
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition/NYC –USA
International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal –USA
Women in Black/ Los Angeles –USA
WESPAC Foundation –USA
International Solidarity Movement/ Seattle –USA
International Solidarity Movement/ Chicago –USA
Arab Jewish Peace Alliance –USA
Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project –USA
Jewish Women’s Committee to End the Occupation of Palestine/ Toronto –Canada
International Women’s Peace Service/Palestine –Canada
Coalition for a Just Peace in Israel/Palestine –Canada
Palestine House in Mississauga ( Toronto ) – Canada
The Right of Return Congress –Europe/UK
Oxford Palestine Solidarity Campaign –UK
Architects & Planners for Justice in Palestine –UK
Welfare Association/ Great Britain –UK
Oxford Women In Black –UK
Collectif Judéo-arabe et citoyen pour la Paix/ Strasbourg –France
Coordination de L’appel de Strasbourg pour une Paix Juste au Proche Orient –France
Collectif Guantanamo –France
Paz con Dignidad –Spain
Aktionsbündnis für einen gerechten Frieden für Palästina –Germany
Comite pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient –Luxembourg
Belgian Interuniversity Cooperation with Universities in Palestine –Belgium
Comité de Soutien au Peuple Palestinien d’Ottignies-Louvain-La-Neuve – Belgium
Verein fuer Antirassistische und Friedenspolitische Initiative/Dar al Janub” (Union for Antiracism and Peace Policy/Dar al Janub) – Austria
Frauen in Schwarz (Wien)/Women in Black (Vienna ) –Austria
Jüdische Stimme für Gerechten Frieden/ Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East – Austria
European Jews for a Just Peace

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