Death in Bilin

On Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 in News.

By Frank Barat On April the 17th, like any Fridays afternoon for the last 4 years, the small village of Bil’in, north of Ramallah, was preparing for the usual demonstration against Israel’s annexation wall (some people call it apartheid wall or separation wall. The Israeli government refers to it as the security fence). The village of Bil’in has, since the mid eighties, lost more than 60% of its land for the purpose of Israeli growing settlements the construction of the


The torment continues

On Sunday, April 19th, 2009 in News.

Jerusalem – A coalition of international aid agencies today warned that tens of thousands of Gazans are still homeless and without basic services such as piped drinking water three months after the 18 January ceasefire. The agencies, including Oxfam International, CARE West Bank and Gaza, War Child Holland and Medical Aid for Palestinians-UK, also called on the international community – and the European Union in particular which in the coming weeks will consider strengthening ties with Israel – to do


Heroes and Cowards

On Sunday, April 19th, 2009 in News.

By Ali Waked and Anat Shalev Local demonstrator seriously injured by tear gas canister hit to his chest during anti-fence rally, dies of wounds shortly after reaching hospital. IDF says protest was violent. Demonstrators: We’re like sitting ducks; soldiers fire at anything that moves; army, PA investigating Palestinian sources reported Friday that a local demonstrator was killed after being hit in the chest by a tear gas canister during a protest against the separation fence in the West Bank village


Palestine—What we can do

On Sunday, April 19th, 2009 in News, What We Can Do.

In the morning of April 15, 2009, an unknown individual set fire to The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp, Occupied Palestine. The main door of the theatre was completely burned, but the fire did not spread inside the building and the theatre remains largely unharmed. This was the second attempt to burn the theatre. On the night when Al Kamandjati Music Centre in Jenin was devastatingly set on fire three weeks ago, there was also a first failed attempt


WASHINGTON DC: ALL OUT FOR DR. AL-ARIAN!

On Sunday, April 19th, 2009 in News.

By TBCJP – Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace On Monday, Dr. Sami Al-Arian’s attorneys filed in federal court a motion replying to the government’s brief which opposes Dr. Al-Arian’s original motion (filed three weeks ago) to have the criminal contempt charges against him dismissed. Prosecutors seem to hope that sheer repetition will be the key to prevailing in this legal dispute. In their opposition motion, they had nothing new to say that had not already been stated in


Shocking and outrageous

On Saturday, April 18th, 2009 in News.

By Denis Rancourt I was fired by the University of Ottawa on March 31, 2009. I was fired under the false pretext of having arbitrarily assigned high grades in one course in the winter 2008 semester. All relevant documents, media report links, letters of support, petitions, etc., have been made public at rancourt.academicfreedom.ca. In order to fire me the university had to dispense with due process. In the words of the professors’ union’s lawyer, my dismissal was “both a denial


Boston Herald on Clark-Basset

On Saturday, April 18th, 2009 in News.

By Nancy Murray and Sarah Wunsch The Founding Fathers thought it was so important that they made it No. 1. The former slave Frederick Douglass told a Boston crowd that liberty was meaningless without it. Public Enemy rapped about it in “Fight the Power.” Across the centuries, freedom of speech has been held up as a freedom worth fighting for. It is enshrined in the First Amendment. How regrettable that it seems so little valued at the Massachusetts institutions where


COWARDLY BBC

On Saturday, April 18th, 2009 in News.

By Robert Fisk The BBC Trust’s report on Jeremy Bowen’s dispatches from the Middle East is pusillanimous, cowardly, outrageous, factually wrong and ethically dishonest. But I am mincing my words. The trust – how I love that word which so dishonours everything about the BBC – has collapsed, in the most shameful way, against the usual Israeli lobbyists who have claimed – against all the facts – that Bowen was wrong to tell the truth. Let’s go step by step


Keeping track of terrorists

On Friday, April 17th, 2009 in News.

Please check the Palestinian Center for Human Rights pdf file linked above where victims names, ages, jobs, place of residence, and time and place of the killing attacks are reported.


Out of sight, out of mind

On Friday, April 17th, 2009 in News.

By Gideon Levy The 18th Knesset is different from all its predecessors. It is the first that does not have a Jewish MK whose guiding principle is the struggle against the occupation. Since the 7th Knesset, the first to be elected after the Six-Day War, we have not had a parliament like this one, devoid of Jewish anti-occupation activists. As such, the new Knesset precisely reflects the popular zeitgeist, in which the occupation is completely missing from the national agenda,



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