Israel lobby panics over Green Party resolutions on Israel

Canada Talks Israel/Palestine

ELIZABETH-MAYSome of Canada’s pro-Israel lobby groups are panicked by resolutions that will be considered by the Green Party of Canada (GPC) at its annual convention in August. They have launched a fierce attack on its leader Elizabeth May. What are they so upset about?  Read more.

View original post 715 more words

Poet Dareen Tatour thanks you for standing by her

Free Haifa

(On Monday, June 27, the court in Nazareth heard Dareen Tatour’s request to relieve the strict conditions imposed on her in her house detention, and, most important, to let her return to her home in Reineh, even if still under detention. As the prosecution firmly objected, the judge postponed his decision until July 18. In the meantime we had a chance to meet Dareen and she gave me the following letter to all of you who support her against persecution.)

One Who Does Not Thank People, Does Not Thank God

With these few words I open my letter to all of you who stood by me and my family in these difficult times and through this harsh experience.

I thank you with all my heart. Thanking you is perhaps the least I can do while I am in this detention and exile, far from everything I’d lived through before my imprisonment…

View original post 152 more words

Stains: le tribunal rejette la demande de retrait d’une banderole soutenant un résistant palestinien


Le tribunal administratif de Montreuil a rejeté mardi un recours de la préfecture de Seine-Saint-Denis demandant le retrait d’une banderole déployée sur la mairie de Stains en soutien à Marwan Barghouti, figure de la cause palestinienne emprisonné en Israël.


Le tribunal a considéré que les conclusions de la préfecture motivant ce recours sont “tardives et irrecevables”, a expliqué Azzedine Taïbi, le maire de Stains.

En mars, la préfecture avait dans un premier temps obtenu gain de cause en référé, une procédure d’urgence. L’élu avait dû décrocher la banderole, déployée sur la façade de la mairie communiste depuis 2009, en attendant le jugement sur le fond.

“C’est une belle victoire, je suis très, très heureux de cette décision”, a ajouté M. Taïbi. Il a annoncé son intention de redéployer la banderole sur la mairie “dès que possible”.

Représentant Marwan Barghouti, un des leaders de la Seconde Intifada (2000-2005), menotté en train…

View original post 192 more words

Open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne about her proposed motion to protect Israel against a boycott

Canada Talks Israel/Palestine

wynnenetanyahu.jpg.size.custom.crop.1086x722On returning to Toronto from her visit to Israel last month, Ontario Premier Wynne promised that she would work on a motion to oppose the movement to boycott Israel called BDS. I appeal to her to do some public consultation before preparing the legislation. It might change her mind. Read more.

View original post 852 more words

Perpetual Nakba

Poetry for Palestine

In 1948 WAR, my grandmother was a young mother,

My mother was a child in 1948

* * *

In 1967 WAR my mother was a young mother,

I was a child in 1967

* * *

In 1987 WAR, I was a young mother,

My daughter was a child in 1987

* * *

In 2014 WAR, my daughter is a young mother

My granddaughter is a child in 2014

* * *


FIVE generation girls/ women/ mothers/ grandmothers

Have lived the Nakba

Repeated over and over and over again

Copy of Picture 375aa - Copy

View original post

Blessings & Correcting/Repairing an Error / Chapter 2: To the Majority, the Minority, & the Majority of the Minority


Posting again in Hebrew, to my primary audience, with an English translation below.

ברכות ותיקון טעות2

This is how I see it, from the other side of the world:

Most of you are mute, ignoring all the violence & injustices of the ongoing occupation and the Nakba, the disaster, of the Arab Palestinians, living as-it-were normally in the “Jewish” state. Occasionally there’s an attack, mourning, bereavement for the bereaved, & for all the rest a return to your agendas in the “Jewish” state.

A minority of you are alert, not silent, courageously active against the injustices of the “Jewish” state in Eretz Yisrael, Israeland, which is undoubtedly also Falastin, Palestine. Not silent, active, expressing your frustration about the muteness, the ignoring, the lack of compassion, of understanding, of humaneness of the majority – & return to your agendas in the “Jewish” state. At least you haven’t been silent.

But it seems to me…

View original post 273 more words

The Poem That Exposed Israeli War Crimes in 1948

Independent Australian Jewish Voices

The Poem That Exposed Israeli War Crimes in 1948

A poem published by Natan Alterman during Israel’s War of Independence criticizing human-rights abuses was lauded by Prime Minister Ben-Gurion, who even distributed 100,000 copies of it among soldiers; other such testimonies were made to disappear.

Yair Auron

Mar 18, 2016

On November 19, 1948, Natan Alterman, whose influential “Seventh Column” – an op-ed in poetry form – appeared every Friday in the daily Davar, the mouthpiece of Israel’s ruling Mapai party (forerunner of Labor), published a poem titled “About This.” Excerpts:

Across the vanquished city in a jeep he did speed –
A lad bold and armed, a young lion of a lad!
And an old man and a woman on that very street
Cowered against a wall, in fear of him clad.
Said the lad smiling, milk teeth shining:
“I’ll try the machine gun”… and put it into play!

View original post 3,185 more words

Histadrut: Labor zionism & its Apartheid policies

The Histadrut: The General Confederation of Labour in the Land of Israel

Written by Richard Irivine for Trade Union Friends of Palestine Campaigning in solidarity with the Palestinian People:

Executive Summary:

The Histadrut was founded in December 1920 in British Mandate Palestine. From its inception its aims were neither to build workers‟ solidarity nor represent or campaign for workers‟ rights; instead it was founded as an exclusively Jewish organisation to facilitate the colonisation of Palestine. As such it worked in tandem with the Jewish Agency to promote the exclusion of Palestinian labour and produce and was at the forefront of the movement to turn Palestine from an Arab country into a Zionist one. Today it continues to work hand in hand with the Israeli government and promotes and defends policies that violate the basic civil, political and human rights of Palestinians.




In 2009 the Director General of the International Labour Organisation, Juan Somavia stated:

In the face of economic and social hardship, Palestinians nurture noble aspirations, as my representatives have again found. The large majority want to get on, in peace, with plans for their own future, their children and their statehood. These aspirations are constantly challenged by today‟s grim prospects, which leave little room for hope. Yet hope is vital to counter extreme alternatives that hold no future .

The issue then for trade unionists is whether continued engagement with the Histadrut can be considered as a positive dialogue that contributes to the achievement of legitimate Palestinian aspirations, or whether in actual fact such a dialogue merely reinforces Israel‟s colonial occupation.

One answer was perhaps suggested by UNISON Scottish Regional Delegate, Mike Kirby, who in 2009 reluctantly felt the need to call for a review of his union‟s relationship with the Histadrut:

Conference, I believe in dialogue with all parties. History in Northern Ireland illustrates the necessity. The potential for capacity building and joint vocational training with PGFTU and Histadrut is inspiring. However, when Histadrut condones the excess of ‘Operation Cast Lead” in Gaza, when Histradut is accused of organising in the illegal settlements, we must review our relations and contracts.

Given the history of Histadrut‟s collusion in and profit from the occupation of Palestinian territory, including its support for racial discrimination and colonization, its refusal to defend the rights of Palestinian workers and to oppose the ongoing daily repression of the Palestinian people, it is not surprising that sections of the international trade union movement, including the British TUC and the Scottish TUC, are either severing or reviewing their relationship with this organisation. In the words of a 2007 Palestinian Labour Coalition:

Since its inception, the Histadrut has supported the occupation and enacted racist policies against our workers, denying them their rights. It has kept silent in front of Israel‟s crimes against our people throughout the decades of occupation. We are thus asking the international trade unions to boycott the Histadrut to pressure it to guarantee rights for our workers and to pressure the government to end the occupation and to recognise the full rights of the Palestinian people.”


I highly recommend reading the whole 20 pages papers to learn how Labor zionism was at the forefront of Israel’s Apartheid policies (incuding the “Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS ” in annex):


Qalandiya Checkpoint (20 Tweets)

The Leftern Wall

View original post 391 more words