ALAA Roots — An Unofficial Site

October 23, 2007

2007.10.23: Antiwar Bulletin

From: Azalia Torres

Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 1:07 PM

To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS

Subject: Antiwar Bulletin

*Union Free Speech Notice

Contents

1. Louisiana: Justice for the Jena 6

2. Iraq: Death Toll Rivals Rwanda Genocide, Cambodian Killing Fields

3. Iraq: Democrats, Too, Plan Longterm Occupation of Iraq

4. Iraq: Must See Video: Meet the Iraqi Resistance

5. Iran: Turning Ahmadinejad Into Public Enemy No. 1

6. Palestine: Must Watch Video: Occupation 101

7. Palestine: NYC Labor Support for Israel Boycott

8. Subscribe to NYC Labor Against the War (NYCLAW) Listserv

—————

1. Louisiana: Justice for the Jena 6

313,268 signatures so far

96% of our new 325,000 goal

The lives of six young black men are being ruined by Jim Crow justice in Jena, Louisiana.

The District Attorney has refused to protect the rights of Jena’s Black population and has turned the police and courts into instruments of intimidation and oppression.

We can help turn things around by making it a political liability for the authorities of Jena to continue the racist status quo, and by forcing the Governor of Louisiana to intervene.

Today is only the first step. Please join us.

Sign statement at: http://www.colorofchange.org/jena/

—————-

2. Iraq: Death Toll Rivals Rwanda Genocide, Cambodian Killing Fields

According to a new study, 1.2 million Iraqis have met violent deaths since the 2003 invasion, the highest estimate of war-related fatalities yet. . . .

The poll’s findings are in line with the rolling estimate maintained on the Just Foreign Policy website, based on the Johns Hopkins’ data, that stands at just over 1 million Iraqis killed as of this writing.

These numbers suggest that the invasion and occupation of Iraq rivals the great crimes of the last century — the human toll exceeds the 800,000 to 900,000 believed killed in the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and is approaching the number ( 1.7 million) who died in Cambodia’s infamous “Killing Fields” during the Khmer Rouge era of the 1970s.

Full text: http://www.alternet.org/story/62728/

—————-

3. Iraq: Democrats, Too, Plan Longterm Occupation of Iraq

In their debate Wednesday night in Hanover, N.H., none of the three top Democratic presidential candidates would promise to have the U.S.

military out of Iraq by January 2013 — more than five years from now.

“I think it would be irresponsible” to state that, said Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.).

“I cannot make that commitment,” added former senator John Edwards of North Carolina.

And Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) put it simply when she outlined the dilemma that Democratic presidential aspirants face on Iraq. “It is very difficult to know what we’re going to be inheriting,” the party’s front-runner said.

Full text: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/28/AR2007092802077.html

—————-

4. Iraq: Must See Video: Meet the Iraqi Resistance

Trailer for Meeting Resistance: In a video Op-Ed by documentary filmmakers Molly Bingham and Steve Connors, Iraqis explain the roots of the insurgency.

http://video.on.nytimes.com/?fr_story=8e9862a9f3a8216027ef2f9ecd1c3bc5345b4134

Synopsis: What would you do if your country was invaded? Directed by Steve Connors and Molly Bingham, this daring, eye-opening film provides unique insight into the personal narratives of people involved in the resistance, exploding myth after myth about the war in Iraq and the Iraqis who participate. Through its unprecedented access to these clandestine groups, MEETING RESISTANCE focuses the spotlight on the “other side,” leaving the viewer with clarity as to why the violence in Iraq continues to this day.

Upcoming NYC Screenings

Cinema Village, 22 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Friday, October 19th – Thursday, October 25th

1:35pm, 3:25pm, 5:15pm, 7:20pm & 9:25pm daily Q&A with producer Daniel J. Chalfen on Sunday, October 21st following the 5:15 & 7:20pm showtimes.

—————-

5. Iran: Turning Ahmadinejad Into Public Enemy No. 1

He has been depicted as a Hitler figure intent on killing Israeli Jews, even though he is not commander in chief of the Iranian armed forces, has never invaded any other country, denies he is an anti-Semite, has never called for any Israeli civilians to be killed, and allows Iran’s 20,000 Jews to have representation in Parliament. .

. .

The real reason his visit is controversial is that the American right has decided the United States needs to go to war against Iran.

Ahmadinejad is therefore being configured as an enemy head of state.

Full text: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18453.htm

—————-

6. Palestine: Must Watch Video: Occupation 101

Watch Online: http://www.occupation101.com/multimedia.html

Synopsis

A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict — ‘Occupation 101’ presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions.

The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets.

The film covers a wide range of topics — which include — the first wave of Jewish immigration from Europe in the 1880’s, the 1920 tensions, the 1948 war, the 1967 war, the first Intifada of 1987, the Oslo Peace Process, Settlement expansion, the role of the United States Government, the second Intifada of 2000, the separation barrier and the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, as well as many heart wrenching testimonials from victims of this tragedy.

—————-

7. NYC Labor Support for Israel Boycott

http://www.thechief-leader.com/news/2007/1019/letters/032.html

The Chief-Leader, The NYC Civil Service Newspaper October 19, 2007

Thompson and Israel

To the Editor:

The undersigned trade-union activists disagree with New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson and the Jewish Labor Committee, who have joined the witch-hunt against British unions for boycotting Israel (Sept. 7 issue).

Palestinian trade-union bodies have long asked international labor to support the boycott; endorsers now include the Congress of South African Trade Unions, and unions in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada.

It is no more unfairly selective or one-sided than the isolation of apartheid South Africa, a campaign in which we and many others actively participated. This boycott — many of whose supporters are Jewish — DOES NOT target Israel for its ethnicity, but for theft and colonization of Arab lands, denial of equality to Arab-Palestinians in Israel, and violation of Palestinian refugees’ right to return home.

South African apartheid — racist oppression of the black majority — was consolidated in a 1948 white-only election. At the same time, apartheid Israel began with the Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1947-49, when Zionists systematically terrorized, dispossessed and ethnically cleansed the Palestinian majority. Some 13,000 Palestinians were massacred, 531 towns and villages erased, 11 urban neighborhoods emptied, and more than 750,000 (85 percent) driven from 78 percent of their country.

In 1967, Israel seized the remaining 22 percent — including East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza — which remains under military rule.

Today, at least 70 percent of the 10 million Palestinians are in exile

— the world’s largest refugee population. Those who managed to remain

— today, 1.4 million (or 20 percent of the population in Israel) — are confined to 2.5 percent of the land, subject to more than 20 discriminatory laws, and deemed a “demographic threat” to be “transferred” elsewhere.

In East Jerusalem and the West Bank, 140 illegal, ever-expanding Jewish-only settlements and road systems dominate the water resources and control 40 percent of the land. Palestinians are confined, separated and degraded by an 8-meter-high separation wall, pass laws, curfews and 600 military checkpoints. In Gaza, 1.4 million suffer sealed borders; air, artillery and ground strikes; economic blockade; designation as “enemy entity”; and suspension of essential services.

During the past seven years, 4,274 Palestinians in these 1967 territories have been killed, compared with 1,024 Israelis. The military has seized 60,000 political prisoners; it still holds and tortures 11,000.

Apartheid Israel has also aggressively exported itself beyond Palestine. It was apartheid South Africa’s closest ally. Especially since 9/11, it has promoted the demonization of Arabs and Muslims. It has 200 nuclear weapons, but manufactured phony “evidence” of WMD for the Bush administration to invade Iraq.

There, in Afghanistan and in Lebanon, the U.S./Israel alliance has killed, maimed and displaced millions of people, using Israeli-perfected techniques of collective punishment, air war, human shields, home demolition, assassination, kidnapping, rendition, detention, torture, separation walls, partition and ethnic cleansing.

Working people in this country have also paid a high price for these wars to dominate the oil-rich Middle East. Now, Israel is at the forefront of escalating attacks against Syria and Iran.

Moreover, apartheid Israel is sponsored by the U.S. In the past ten years alone, it has provided $17 billion in military aid, which the bipartisan Congress has just increased by 25 percent. U.S. trade-union officialdom is a shameful accomplice, and tries to silence union members who oppose this apartheid regime.

Ending this support would strike a critical blow against war and racism — abroad and at home. As in South Africa, points out Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, a boycott “will not change [the regime’s] position in a day, but it will send a clear message that [apartheid is] racist and unacceptable in the 21st century . . . They would have to choose.”

Workers in Palestine, the United States, and around the world, deserve no less.

LARRY ADAMS

Former president, Mail Handlers Local 300

MARTY GOODMAN

Former executive board member, TWU Local 100

MICHAEL LETWIN

Former president, Assn. of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325

BRENDA STOKELY

Former president, AFSCME DC 1707

[Signers affiliated with New York City Labor Against the War; other affiliations listed for identification only]

————–

8. Subscribe to NYC Labor Against the War (NYCLAW) Listserv

Send an email to: LaborAgainstWar-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

<><><><><><><>

*Free Speech Notice:

This message, like thousands of others that have been posted to the ALAA e-list (17 recent examples of which are listed below*) constitutes protected free speech, pursuant to Collective Bargaining Agreement, §§ 3.5 (“The expression of personal religious, political, social or economic beliefs of each and every attorney is fully guaranteed and will never constitute grounds for discharge or relief from an individual assignment unless, in either instance, it can be demonstrated that such expression has, or will, directly interfere(d) with, and detract from, representation of a Society client so as to render said representation less than at the highest level of competence and effectiveness.”) and 1.5 (“The Union will have reasonable use of the Society’s internal communication mechanisms.”). during the past week include the following

17 messages in the last week alone, posted to the LAS e-lists shown

below: [REDACTED]

Advertisements

Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: