The times really are a-changing

On Sunday, July 4th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

The cross-party motion, an unusual demonstration of unity against Israeli policy, follows calls in Germany to being Hamas into the political process. The German parliament is due to back a rare cross-party motion later on Thursday demanding that Israel lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip immediately, in an unusual demonstration of unity against Israeli policy. The motion by lawmakers in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, her coalition partners the Free Democrats (FDP), and the main center-left opposition parties follows calls

Chuckie Schumer braces for attack

On Sunday, July 4th, 2010 in News.

Five found not guilty after arguing they were seeking to prevent Israeli war crimes in Gaza Five activists who caused £180,000 damage to an arms factory were acquitted after they argued they were seeking to prevent Israeli war crimes. The five were jubilant after a jury found them not guilty of conspiring to cause criminal damage to the factory on the outskirts of Brighton. The five admitted they had broken in and sabotaged the factory, but argued they were legally

Hey, the kids do look happy.

On Sunday, July 4th, 2010 in News.

Driving along a dusty, potholed track in southern Gaza on the way to meet one of the territory’s most prolific lovers, we were lost. We stopped to ask directions. “Do you know Abu Talal’s house?” I shouted out of the car window to a young boy by the side of the road. “Yes, he’s my grandfather,” the child beamed. Quite a coincidence you might think – until you hear that 82-year-old Abu Talal al-Najar says he has more than 430

A principled stand

On Sunday, July 4th, 2010 in News.

The Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council said the Methodists’ annual conference should “hang its head in shame” for passing a policy which calls for a boycott of goods from “illegal” Israeli West Bank settlements and blames Israeli occupation as the “key hindrance” to Middle East peace. Lord Sacks said the implications of the decision would “reverberate across the hitherto harmonious relationship between the faith communities in the UK”. He blasted the report as “unbalanced, factually and historically

From Bilin

On Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Video.

Dozens suffer from tear gas inhalation in Bil’in Friday 2 July 2010 Today the people of Bil’in were joined by internationals and Israelis in the weekly demonstration against the illegal apartheid wall that has stolen more than half of Bil’ins land. About 150 protestors carried out the message to the Palestinian leaders, expressing the need for unification, bringing a large banner showing a picture of Arafat and Yaseen together. The popular committee in Bil’in, represented by Iyad Burnat said there

Hitler Awards Mussolini Peace Prize

On Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 in News.

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is to receive a prestigious US medal and $100,000 (£67,000) prize for his work in conflict resolution. The National Constitution Centre is awarding him its Liberty Medal for “steadfast” efforts to broker peace in Northern Ireland and the Middle East. Previous winners include Nelson Mandela and former US presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush senior. Mr Blair said he was driven by values of “freedom, liberty and justice”. Mr Clinton, the centre’s chairman, will

Chomsky on Iran

On Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 in News.

The dire threat of Iran is widely recognized to be the most serious foreign policy crisis facing the Obama administration. Congress has just strengthened the sanctions against Iran, with even more severe penalties against foreign companies. The Obama administration has been rapidly expanding its offensive capacity in the African island of Diego Garcia, claimed by Britain, which had expelled the population so that the US could build the massive base it uses for attacking the Middle East and Central Asia.

European Jewish Congress predicts another Holocaust between April Fool's Day and Halloween

On Friday, July 2nd, 2010 in News.

Jewish Congress president says Jews face hostility, violence. BRUSSELS—The situation of European Jewry is at its worst since the end of World War II, said European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor on Tuesday. “Jews are afraid to walk the streets in Europe with Jewish signs. Synagogues, Jewish schools and kindergartens require barbed-wire fences and security and Jewish men, women and children are beaten up in broad daylight,” he said in a message to Members of European Parliament from the three

Conjurers and scarecrows

On Friday, July 2nd, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

The scarecrow There is a long tradition of frightening people over the release of terrorists. The suggestion of talking to the Palestine Liberation Organization was once an especially frightening scarecrow, as was the establishment of a Palestinian state. By Gideon Levy Our landscape is strewn with monuments, but there is one thing we have even more of: scarecrows. That sorry, ridiculous rag doll, hands stretched wide in a helpless gesture, intended to frighten (birds ). In recent years the birds

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