Sunday, May 30, 2010

16 dead Under Fire from Israeli military

A Flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, attempted to run an Israeli blockade this night- 5/30/10. 

One of the ships carrying food and medical supplies was boarded by helicopter and ten on that boat are dead. The remaining fleet is on track, though official reports show that some have been detained and rerouted by force. 

More loss of life for an area already full of suffering. Total death count on Aljazeera is at 16.

An Israeli group Stand with us claims the crew of the boats did not take a letter for a captive israeli solider and is therefore illegitimate, since the Pro-Palestinian group did not fully embrace the humanitarian mission they claimed. 

The ships left from Turkey and now in response to the deaths, in Istanbul citizens are now rioting at the Israeli embassy. 

This period will now be trying for the families of the dead flotilla crew and for the Israeli embassy workers. 

The Israeli army created a blockade to prevent weapons flow into Gaza, but rockets have periodically continued to flow despite the blockade, so it seems pointless, excepts now, to clearly halt even humanitarian aid. Food, medical supplies and clothing. The Palestinian ship's crew was unarmed. 

The use of force by the state is necessary only to preserve the basic health of its people. This force has ended the lives and acted against the interest of the people of Gaza. 

Why the Israeli army didn't just search the vessel, for the weapons they fear and let them go, we will likely never know. But today marks a solemn period of mourning, for again, a state uses weapons against an unarmed people. Like in Thailand, Tibet, Sudan, etc. The Israeli government has only further cemented it's position as an illegitimate and evil force on this earth. If Israel would let Palestine be and halt settlement expansion, the rockets would stop. In the meantime however, the United States is funding this operation, giving millions every day to continue this blockade, the demolition of Palestinian homes and the encroachment of Palestinian territory. 

for updates in english on the event check Aljazeera or http://www.witnessgaza.com/.

19 comments:

Nemo said...

They didn't blockade Gaza to stop any flow of weapons. They did it to starve the people there as punishment for voting in an election. The rocket fire was in response to the blockade and the attacks on their country.

Look at the comments on any of the websites carrying this story. Zionists are happy. It's another proud military victory, like Operation Cast Lead.

Cimmeron Gillespie posted on the "Breaking Bigotry" Facebook page. He wanted to know what to protest now. I say isolate and attack the scum who defend and support Israel.

HHM said...

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”-MLK

And when the oppressed are helpless, others must provide whatever help is necessary by confronting the oppressor. Accordingly, Palestinian civil society has requested international solidarity with their comprehensive non-violent resistance strategy, the boycott, divestment, and sanction campaign (BDS). Our university students can support it on many levels (see below) since Israel considers this citizen-led movement one of the greatest threats to its colonial Zionism and policies of Jewish supremacy. The Israel PR machine for the UO - e.g., Hillel, Stand With Us, AIPAC interns, Campus Watch - and community organizations such as the Jewish Community Relations Council and CALC engage in a variety of techniques to eviscerate support for such potentially effective action.

Palestinians and Palestinian activists here and throughout the state despise groups such as the Pacifica Forum as well as organizations on the so-called "left" promoting "progressive Zionism" since both elements have hijacked the legitimate human rights issues of the Palestinian people for their own racist agendas.

Flagrant white racism is easily seen and opposed. Less obvious are the shams on the left that include promotion of (1) "dialogue," "compassionate listening" and discussion groups in an effort to confuse well-meaning but naive people into a formaldehyde type of paralysis by presuming a false parity of suffering, responsibility, and power to effect change, (2) deceptive organizations such as J-Street and Tikkun that sweet-talk but stop short of demanding full Palestinian rights under international law, and (3) “peace plans” that bypass justice such as the Geneva Accord/Initiative that would serve Israel’s segregationist agenda but not Palestinian rights and interests (see www.al-nakba-history.com/solutions/peaceprocessproducts.html). In essence, promoting the legal and moral right of return for the Palestinian refugees (a condition of Israel's 1949 admittance to the UN) and envisioning one democratic state with a constitution and legal equality is seen as an “existential threat” for Zionists who fear loss of Jewish majority.

The UN-declared right of return for Palestinian refugees has been evaded for 62 years because racist Israelis and their American supporters are unwilling to accept a democratic state in historic Palestine with legal equality for all its citizens irrespective of religion or ethnicity that would end the Jewish demographic majority and Jewish supremacy. We can relentlessly expose and confront anti-Palestinian/Arab racism, ethnic cleansing, denial and memoricide of the “Nakba” (the 1948 Palestinian “catastrophe” and its historic documentation) in our own communities. We can support human rights-based organizational alternatives to segregation-promoting J-Street such as the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, http://www.ijsn.net/home/ Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel http://www.adalah.org/eng/ and the Israeli NGO Zochrot. http://www.nakbainhebrew.org/index.php?lang=english


Middle East peace will come through recognizing and correcting injustice, and advocating nothing less than freedom, justice, and equality in the Holy Land.


www.pacbi.org/
http://www.bdsmovement.net
PACBI's call for in next post.

HHM said...

www.pacbi.org/
http://www.bdsmovement.net

Here is PACBI's call for

CALL FOR ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL

Whereas Israel‘s colonial oppression of the Palestinian people, which is based on Zionist ideology, comprises the following:

* Denial of its responsibility for the Nakba – in particular the waves of ethnic cleansing and dispossession that created the Palestinian refugee problem -- and therefore refusal to accept the inalienable rights of the refugees and displaced stipulated in and protected by international law;
* Military occupation and colonization of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza since 1967, in violation of international law and UN resolutions;
* The entrenched system of racial discrimination and segregation against the Palestinian citizens of Israel, which resembles the defunct apartheid system in South Africa;

Since Israeli academic institutions (mostly state controlled) and the vast majority of Israeli intellectuals and academics have either contributed directly to maintaining, defending or otherwise justifying the above forms of oppression, or have been complicit in them through their silence,

Given that all forms of international intervention have until now failed to force Israel to comply with international law or to end its repression of the Palestinians, which has manifested itself in many forms, including siege, indiscriminate killing, wanton destruction and the racist colonial wall,

In view of the fact that people of conscience in the international community of scholars and intellectuals have historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in their struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa through diverse forms of boycott,

Recognizing that the growing international boycott movement against Israel has expressed the need for a Palestinian frame of reference outlining guiding principles,

In the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression,

We, Palestinian academics and intellectuals, call upon our colleagues in the international community to comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions as a contribution to the struggle to end Israel‘s occupation, colonization and system of apartheid, by applying the following:

1. Refrain from participation in any form of academic and cultural cooperation, collaboration or joint projects with Israeli institutions;
2. Advocate a comprehensive boycott of Israeli institutions at the national and international levels, including suspension of all forms of funding and subsidies to these institutions;
3. Promote divestment and disinvestment from Israel by international academic institutions;
4. Work toward the condemnation of Israeli policies by pressing for resolutions to be adopted by academic, professional and cultural associations and organizations;
5. Support Palestinian academic and cultural institutions directly without requiring them to partner with Israeli counterparts as an explicit or implicit condition for such support.

Endorsed by:

Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees; Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions; Palestinian NGO Network, West Bank; Teachers‘ Federation; Palestinian Writers‘ Federation; Palestinian League of Artists; Palestinian Journalists‘ Federation; General Union of Palestinian Women; Palestinian Lawyers‘ Association; and tens of other Palestinian federations, associations, and civil society organizations.

PACBI, P.O. Box 1701, Ramallah, Palestine; info@BoycottIsrael.ps; http://www.PACBI.org

HHM said...

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network IJAN

http://www.ijsn.net/


Points of Unity

While we all come from diverse organizing and activist experiences, and have diverse relationships to our Jewish histories and identities, we share the following points of unity:

* Solidarity with the struggle for Palestinian self-determination, including full political, economic, cultural, social and land rights for all those living in the historic Palestine, and the right of return for its refugees;
* Rejection of the Israeli apartheid state, premised on Jewish supremacy and Zionist ideology, and support for all struggles for legal and economic equality against it;
* Support for the building of just societies in historic Palestine, the larger region, and the other places in which we live;
* A commitment to the values of democratic self-determination, social justice and solidarity, gender equality and cultural rights, and to assert the same values in our own organizing and political practice;
* Commitment to the call from Palestine for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel;
* Challenging the current use of Islamophobia as a strategy for defending and justifying an imperialist US-European agenda;
* Challenging white racism, including its manifestations as Ashkenazi racism against Mizrahi Jews;
* Challenging the privileging of Jewish voices in conversations and negotiations about Palestine;
* Rejection of the ways in which the Zionist movement and Western governments exploit the Nazi holocaust to justify the historic and current actions of the State of Israel; and
* Rejection of alliances with anti-Jewish racists, white supremacist and Nazi holocaust deniers in our Palestinian solidarity work.

uoinsurgent said...

Update, Riots in Istanbul seriously wound one solider and injure several more.

Scores of national organizations pressure the US government to stop supporting financially the Israeli government and to begin an investigation of the violence of the attacks.

The crewfolk of the boats were unarmed in the attack, reports say.

Images show white flags being waved before gunfire by Israelis.

The shooting of aid workers appears like a massacre. As part of a prolonged blockade and military siege of Gaza and the West Bank.

Millions of refugees across the region are still suffering, the residents under siege have been victims to having resources like water turned off en masse to houses. Food and other aid delayed and now aid workers being killed.

The death of these workers, are but a few names in a long list, from a ongoing fight. lengthened by violence and a denial of human rights.

Nemo said...

Noam Chomsky was recently barred from entering the West Bank. He was going to speak at a Palestinian university. Look at reports of it on the internet---Zionists were gloating about it.

Keep it in mind if anyone makes an "academic freedom" argument against an academic boycott of Israel.

Lately, the Israelis have demanded boycotts of Turkey (because they criticized Operation Cast Lead) and Sweden (because a Swedish newspaper ran a story of the Israelis harvesting organs from the Palestinians they kill---something the Israelis finally admitted they did.) Not to mention the blockade of Gaza.

You have that to throw in the Zionists' faces if they cry anti-Semitism over a boycott of Israel.

On Track said...

HHM's first post on this thread includes the following comment:

"Palestinians and Palestinian activists here and throughout the state despise groups such as the Pacifica Forum as well as organizations on the so-called "left" promoting "progressive Zionism" since both elements have hijacked the legitimate human rights issues of the Palestinian people for their own racist agendas."

I'd like to suggest now, especially, is not the time to focus on personal animosities.

Palestinians and Palistinian activists are free to select what groups they are most comfortable working with. There is no question, however, that locally, the Pacifica Forum and it's willingness to give nearly everyone a voice, has put the Palestinian issue closer to the front page.

If no one from the Arab community elects to take the floor at this venue, those who do choose to attend will do so with the recent deaths and Palestinian justice in mind.

Prtitim said...

The military fire was loss many of the persons. There are 16 dead under the fire from Israeli military. So you should need to be care full.

On Track said...

'prtitim,'

WHO should "need to be care full" and about what?

Your comment is not clear. Can you find someone to write your message in better English? I am interested in what you mean.

Anonymous said...

"Hijacked the legitimate human rights issues of the Palestinian people for their own racist agendas" says a poster on this page re. Zios and Pacifica-ites. If you are concerned about the Palestinians, you only care about ONE racist agenda, and it's not the one allegedly defended by Pacifica Forum! Even if the worst allegations against the Forum were true - which they are not - they would be IRRELEVANT to Palestinians. From Eugene to Gaza, Zios on the prowl...

Nemo said...

Hmm...well...the Israelis have admitted to harvesting organs from the Palestinians they kill. I don't know if Pacifca Forum talked about that, but Allison Weir, who was one of the people who helped bring it to light, did speak to their group.

And now we know that Israel attempted to sell nuclear missiles to the apartheid regime in South Africa. It was already known that they helped South Africa build and test a nuclear bomb in the '70s.

I'm not defending Pacifica Forum. Just pointing out that a number of accusations against Israel that some thought were outlandish are turning out to be true.

HHM said...

PROTEST ISRAELI ATTACK ON GAZA FREEDOM FLOTILLA

Greetings all,

The people of Palestine have called for international solidarity expressed in a GLOBAL DAY of ACTION on SATURDAY, June 5 to protest Israel's recent massacre against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters, to launch a campaign to break the Israeli Siege, and to amplify the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign.

These are all non-violent resistance methods proven successful against our Jim Crow south and So. Africa's institutionalized apartheid system. If Mississippi can change, so can Israel.

When: Saturday, June 5, from 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. (After lunch and ending early enough for people who have evening plans) You are welcome to show up early to help us set up.

Where: grassy area between EWEB and Ferry Street Bridge, with parking in the EWEB parking lot

What to use: We will have some signs and Palestinian flags, but more will be welcome.

About two thousand cars per hour pass by and will see our stand for Palestine! If it is anything like past actions at this location, the response from passersby will be 10-1 positive!

In the meantime, here is a CNN audio interview link with Huwaida Arraf, Flotilla organizer.

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/06/01/gaza.raid.eyewitnesses/

Many thanks all,

Al-Nakba Awareness Project
Advocating Freedom, Justice & Equality in the Holy Land

Nemo said...

Quite a few years ago, the U of O announced it was becoming a "sister university" with Hebrew University in Israel.

Is this still the case? If it is, we should be demanding the UO join academic boycott of Israel.

As I said before, "academic freedom" isn't an argument against it. Israel recently barred Noam Chomsky from speaking at a Palestinian university.

And the U.S. State Department has a travel advisory out for Israel. They warn Arab- and African-Americans that they will likely be harassed if they travel there. Should we have a "sister university" where student are likely to be harassed because of their race?

HHM said...

Nemo- what might also be of concern to some is reflected in the bizarre case of PSU student, Zachary Bucharest.

http://tinyurl.com/2do3vye

http://tinyurl.com/ykj2ag5

Regardless of whether the professor was right or wrong about supposedly "outing" him (at great risk to himself and his career) as an "FBI" agent, Bucharest bragged about being a sniper for the IDF.

Does the UO have former IDF students attending who brag about being snipers? (murdering Palestinians) Or who somehow go around justifying it? It would bother me to know we have that kind of hate on campus.

I can only imagine how some Arab students here might feel sitting next to ex IDF (or maybe not even "ex") students attending the UO, perhaps having families "over there" who have suffered tangible, direct, sadistic hate, oppression and expulsion at the hands of Israeli commandos. I've never asked and they might be too afraid to speak honestly anyway.

I do remember talking to one young former IDF who bragged about bulldozing homes in Palestine. It was unclear to me at the time if he was a UO student but he ended the dialogue after I challenged his blatant racism and dehumanization of "the other."

HHM said...

Short video segment on Democracy now:

US Student Loses Eye After Israel Fires on West Bank Protest

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/6/3/emily

HHM said...

Is IDF audio of radio communication with Mavi Marmara fabricated?


http://aliabunimah.posterous.com/proof-emerges-idf-audio-of-radio-communicatio


http://tinyurl.com/2car8ch



The following is a transcript of the audio:


ISRAELI SHIP "This is the Israeli Navy, you are approaching an area which is under a naval blockade"


MAN'S VOICE 1 "Shut up, go back to Auschwitz."


WOMAN'S VOICE "We have permission from the Gaza Port Authority to enter."


MAN'S VOICE 2 "We're helping Arabs go against the US, don't forget 9/11 guy"


On hearing the recording Adam Shapiro, co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement, identified the woman's voice as that of his wife Huwaida Arraf, chair of the Free Gaza Movement. However, Arraf was not aboard the Mavi Marmara. She was aboard one of the small passenger vessels in the six-boat flotilla, called Challenger 1. She recounted what she experienced on Russia Today, among other major media outlets (video below). It would appear that Israel has once more been caught fabricating evidence in its desperate effort to justify its violent assault on the Free Gaza Flotilla, a civilian convoy carrying humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Raul said...

HHM, thanks for posting the principles of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. It goes some way to explaining why Palestine solidarity is so weak. It opposes "Ashkenazi racism against Mizrahi Jews", "the privileging of Jewish voices" and "anti-Jewish racists".

Notice how harsh it is on white racism, and on attitudes which divide Jews in Israel. "Privileging of Jewish voices"? That's as far as it goes in criticizing pro-Jewish racism. You might think that would be of more concern to opponents of Zionism, but IJAN only mildly criticizes 'privileging Jewish voices', and is much more critical of white racism. Opposing Zionism doesn't mean worrying about squabbles among Israelis. It doesn't mean taking a position on 'Holocaust denial'. It has nothing to say about European xenophobia. The Palestinians aren't being oppressed by Nazis!

HHM said...

Statement of Support from the US Palestinian Community Network:

The US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) congratulates IJAN (the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network) for convening the first national gathering of Anti-Zionist Jews in the United States. This is a momentous and historic achievement! We offer our unequivocal and strongest support for this Assembly Against Racism and Israeli Apartheid, its leadership, and organizers. You are unwavering allies in struggle, and indefatigable brothers and sisters in solidarity. Together, we will overcome Zionism, decolonize Palestine, and make another world possible. L'kheirut! (To liberty)!

http://www.jewsconfrontapartheid.org/

HHM said...

Evergreen College votes overwhelmingly in support of Divestment:

http://tescdivest.org/