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Zoom Palestine: 200 administrative detainees in the Zionist occupation jails launched an open Hunger Strike in protest with their Administrative Detention under the slogan of “Revolution, Freedom and Dignity”. April 24, 2014
#stop_AD #PalHunger
Via Translators for Palestine

Palestine: 200 administrative detainees in the Zionist occupation jails launched an open Hunger Strike in protest with their Administrative Detention under the slogan of “Revolution, Freedom and Dignity”. April 24, 2014

#stop_AD #PalHunger

Via Translators for Palestine

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Palestinian Rivals Announce Unity Pact; U.S. imperialism and apartheid Israel whine

JERUSALEM — The faltering Middle East peace process was thrown into further jeopardy on Wednesday, with Israel and the United States harshly condemning a new deal announced by feuding Palestinian factions, including the militant group Hamas, to repair their seven-year rift.

Israel canceled a negotiating session scheduled for Wednesday night shortly after leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization joined hands with their rivals from Hamas at a celebratory ceremony in the Gaza Strip.

“Whoever chooses Hamas does not want peace,” the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said in a statement, describing the group as “a murderous terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel.”

The unity pact, coming days before the April 29 expiration date for the American-brokered peace talks that have been the mainstay of Secretary of State John Kerry’s tenure, surprised officials in Washington, which, like Israel, deems Hamas a terrorist group and forbids direct dealings with it.

After months of intensive shuttle diplomacy in which Mr. Kerry relentlessly pursued the peace process and even dangled the possibility of releasing an American convicted of spying for Israel to salvage the lifeless talks, his spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, called the Palestinian move “disappointing” and the timing “troubling.”

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About media claim that ‘Jews are ordered to register’ in Donetsk

Folks should be on the alert for this story that is being spread by the bourgeois media and is already causing confusion on the left, claiming that the People’s Republic of Donetsk put out a flier ordering all Jews in Eastern Ukraine to register.

There is no reason to believe this is legit. It stinks of fascist / imperialist psy-ops. Even the group that provided it to the media (based in apartheid Israel, no less) admits they don’t know where it came from.

Denis Pushilin, chair of the People’s Council of Donetsk, has denied any connection to the flier and calls it a “provocation.”

It defies logic for the People’s Council to do something like this, since the whole basis of their support is the appeal to anti-fascist sentiment.

This is a blatant attempt to stir up pro-war sentiment in the West.

"The fliers were official-looking documents that carried what was presented as Pushilin’s signature, but the news site tvrain.ru on Wednesday quoted Pushilin as denying any connection to the flyers, calling them a provocation.

"On Tuesday, the news website novosti.dn.ua reported that the fliers were handed out that day by three unidentified men in balaclava masks carrying a flag of the Russian Federation. According to the report, the men distributed the fliers next to a local synagogue. The website quoted unnamed sources from the local Jewish community as saying that the fliers were an attempt to provoke a conflict and blame the attack on the separatists.” - JTA.org

As a Borotba comrade told me: “It’s completely bullshit.”

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'For me, Palestine is paradise': An interview with Leila Khaled

Exclusive interview with Leila Khaled

Recorded on Thursday 3rd of April 2014
First published here.

Frank Barat for Le Mur A Des Oreilles (LMADO): LMADO: If negotiations do not bring peace to the Palestinians, what will? What should the leadership do?

LK: Resist! That’s how you achieve your rights as a People. History has shown us that. No People achieved their freedom without a struggle. Where there is occupation, there is resistance. It is not a Palestinian invention. We are actually going to call for a conference to be held under the auspices of the U.N, just to implement the resolutions taken by this body on the Palestinian question. Resolution 194 calls on Israel to accept the return of the refugees. Fine, let’s put the U.N on the spot. Let’s have a conference reminding people of this. The problem is that the references to any negotiations that have taken place were drafted by the Americans, which we know are biased towards Israel.

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Palestine: PFLP demands PA security forces end campaign of arrests and persecution against members

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the West Bank demanded the Palestinian Authority security apparatus and its intelligence services immediately halt the campaign of arrests and persecution of its supporters and members in various parts of the West Bank on March 20. Specifically, the PFLP statement pointed to al-Azza refugee camp, where 5 PFLP supporters were arrested, dozens of homes raided, and 5 others being pursued by PA security forces.

The PFLP denounced the Authority’s security forces’ campaign against a Palestinian national faction that is targeted by the Zionist occupation, which is increasing its aggression against our people everywhere, including targeting our comrades with murder and mass arrests.

The PFLP demanded that the PA end security coordination with the occupation, which has been a scourge upon our people, including the arrests of many honourable activists. It recalled that the past days have seen several occasions in which the Zionist occupation has arrested Palestinian activists and freedom fighters hours after they were released by the PA security apparatus.

The Front demanded that the PA must learn that these practices are rejected by the Palestinian people. It is the proper task of any Palestinian security force to protect our people, their activists and their freedom fighters and not become a whip to lash at the rising of their own people and their activists.

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Zoom In Defence and Celebration of the Revolutionary Legacy of Nelson Mandela
By Carlos Martinez
On 5 December 2013, the progressive forces of the world lost one of their greatest strategists and toughest fighters, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Mandela was, in the words of South African Communist Party General Secretary Blade Nzimande, “a brave and courageous soldier, patriot and internationalist who, to borrow from Che Guevara, was a true revolutionary guided by great feelings of love for his people, an outstanding feature of all genuine people’s revolutionaries.”
The legacy of Nelson Mandela and of the organisations that he did so much to shape – the African National Congress, the South African Communist Party, and Umkhonto weSizwe (Spear of the Nation) – deserves to be celebrated, studied and emulated. And yet, this legacy is under attack from both left and right.
In the following article, I will attempt to show that Nelson Mandela – as part of the wider leadership of the liberation struggle – acted with exceptional creativity, bravery and strategic brilliance in pursuit of meaningful and lasting change in South Africa.
Further, I will attempt to demonstrate that, in spite of exceptionally difficult domestic and international circumstances, the liberation movement has managed to make impressive progress towards the fulfilment of its historic aims of equality, justice, solidarity, freedom, democracy and shared prosperity, as laid out in the Freedom Charter.
I hope also to demonstrate that Nelson Mandela, far from being a fluffy liberal whose actions were perfectly acceptable to the prevailing imperialist order, was by any reasonable measure one of the great revolutionaries of the twentieth century; a man who fought ceaselessly against racism, imperialism and colonialism, by any means necessary.
Lastly, I will argue that the current fashion (seemingly all-pervasive in the western left) of heaping abuse on the ANC – exaggerating its perceived failures and ignoring its successes – is not in the slightest bit consistent with the principles and political practice of Nelson Mandela, and that disunity in the ranks of the liberation movement serves nobody but the right wing and their allies in international capital.

In Defence and Celebration of the Revolutionary Legacy of Nelson Mandela

By Carlos Martinez

On 5 December 2013, the progressive forces of the world lost one of their greatest strategists and toughest fighters, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Mandela was, in the words of South African Communist Party General Secretary Blade Nzimande“a brave and courageous soldier, patriot and internationalist who, to borrow from Che Guevara, was a true revolutionary guided by great feelings of love for his people, an outstanding feature of all genuine people’s revolutionaries.”

The legacy of Nelson Mandela and of the organisations that he did so much to shape – the African National Congress, the South African Communist Party, and Umkhonto weSizwe (Spear of the Nation) – deserves to be celebrated, studied and emulated. And yet, this legacy is under attack from both left and right.

In the following article, I will attempt to show that Nelson Mandela – as part of the wider leadership of the liberation struggle – acted with exceptional creativity, bravery and strategic brilliance in pursuit of meaningful and lasting change in South Africa.

Further, I will attempt to demonstrate that, in spite of exceptionally difficult domestic and international circumstances, the liberation movement has managed to make impressive progress towards the fulfilment of its historic aims of equality, justice, solidarity, freedom, democracy and shared prosperity, as laid out in the Freedom Charter.

I hope also to demonstrate that Nelson Mandela, far from being a fluffy liberal whose actions were perfectly acceptable to the prevailing imperialist order, was by any reasonable measure one of the great revolutionaries of the twentieth century; a man who fought ceaselessly against racism, imperialism and colonialism, by any means necessary.

Lastly, I will argue that the current fashion (seemingly all-pervasive in the western left) of heaping abuse on the ANC – exaggerating its perceived failures and ignoring its successes – is not in the slightest bit consistent with the principles and political practice of Nelson Mandela, and that disunity in the ranks of the liberation movement serves nobody but the right wing and their allies in international capital.

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Zoom Selflessness. Rachel Corrie, Presente!"I’ve been here for a month and a half now, and this is definitely the most difficult situation I’ve seen. In the time that I’ve been here children have been shot and killed. On the 30th of January the Israeli military bulldozed the two largest water wells, destroying over half of Rafah’s water supply. Every day houses are demolished here. People are economically devastated because of the closure of the borders with Egypt….I feel what I’m watching here is the systematic destruction of people’s ability to survive…Sometimes I’m sitting down to dinner with people and I just realize that there is a massive military machine surrounding them and trying to kill these people that I’m having dinner with, these families that I’m sitting down with, and are being very generous and kind to me…I feel a lot of horror about the situation….It’s ridiculous that my government supports this government, and referred to Ariel Sharon as a man of peace. It’s clear to me being here that Ariel Sharon is invested in perpetuating violence. I think calling it a cycle of violence disregards the imbalance of power in this situation, in that people’s lives here are almost completely controlled by the Israeli government and it’s amazing that people are able to hold on their humanity as much as they have.”—American pro-Palestine activist Rachel Corrie, two days before she was murdered in Gaza by an Israeli Defense Force bulldozer on March 16. 2003.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3JI-axaRF4

Selflessness. Rachel Corrie, Presente!

"I’ve been here for a month and a half now, and this is definitely the most difficult situation I’ve seen. In the time that I’ve been here children have been shot and killed. On the 30th of January the Israeli military bulldozed the two largest water wells, destroying over half of Rafah’s water supply. Every day houses are demolished here. People are economically devastated because of the closure of the borders with Egypt….I feel what I’m watching here is the systematic destruction of people’s ability to survive…

Sometimes I’m sitting down to dinner with people and I just realize that there is a massive military machine surrounding them and trying to kill these people that I’m having dinner with, these families that I’m sitting down with, and are being very generous and kind to me…I feel a lot of horror about the situation….It’s ridiculous that my government supports this government, and referred to Ariel Sharon as a man of peace. It’s clear to me being here that Ariel Sharon is invested in perpetuating violence. I think calling it a cycle of violence disregards the imbalance of power in this situation, in that people’s lives here are almost completely controlled by the Israeli government and it’s amazing that people are able to hold on their humanity as much as they have.”

—American pro-Palestine activist Rachel Corrie, two days before she was murdered in Gaza by an Israeli Defense Force bulldozer on March 16. 2003.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3JI-axaRF4

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Zoom March 16, 2003: Internationalist Rachel Corrie murdered by Israeli occupation bulldozer while defending a Palestinian home.
Who was Rachel Corrie?Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip, Palestine during the Second Intifada. She was killed by a Caterpillar D9R armored bulldozer operated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during a protest against the destruction of Palestinian homes by the IDF in the Gaza Strip, Palestine on March 16th, 2003.Cindy Corrie when was asked following the verdict how she felt about the fact that the judge in one out of many victim-blaming phrases in his ruling said that Rachel should have moved out of the bulldozer’s way. To that Cindy Corrie replied: “I don’t think that Rachel should have moved. I think we should all have been standing there with her.”In order to honor Rachel Corrie’s memory, lets change our Facebook profile picture with a picture of Rachel on March 16.We can show to the whole world that we will never forget Rachel Corrie and her non-violent way of protesting against occupation. In fact we are going to show to world that “We are all Rachel Corrie”Video: Rachel Corrie - Interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3JI-axaRF4Link to Rachel’s Emails from Palestine: If you haven’t read her emails, I would strongly recommend reading them. http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/rachel/emailsVideo: Dr. Dahlia Wasfi on Rachel Corriehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I089kCrvdmA&feature=youtu.be
Via Honoring Rachel Corrie’s Memory - March 16

March 16, 2003: Internationalist Rachel Corrie murdered by Israeli occupation bulldozer while defending a Palestinian home.

Who was Rachel Corrie?

Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip, Palestine during the Second Intifada. She was killed by a Caterpillar D9R armored bulldozer operated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during a protest against the destruction of Palestinian homes by the IDF in the Gaza Strip, Palestine on March 16th, 2003.

Cindy Corrie when was asked following the verdict how she felt about the fact that the judge in one out of many victim-blaming phrases in his ruling said that Rachel should have moved out of the bulldozer’s way. To that Cindy Corrie replied: “I don’t think that Rachel should have moved. I think we should all have been standing there with her.”

In order to honor Rachel Corrie’s memory, lets change our Facebook profile picture with a picture of Rachel on March 16.

We can show to the whole world that we will never forget Rachel Corrie and her non-violent way of protesting against occupation. In fact we are going to show to world that “We are all Rachel Corrie”

Video: Rachel Corrie - Interview 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3JI-axaRF4

Link to Rachel’s Emails from Palestine: If you haven’t read her emails, I would strongly recommend reading them. 
http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/rachel/emails

Video: Dr. Dahlia Wasfi on Rachel Corrie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I089kCrvdmA&feature=youtu.be

Via Honoring Rachel Corrie’s Memory - March 16

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Zoom Qalandiya, occupied Palestine: Clashes on International Women’s Day between the occupation forces and Palestinian youth at Israeli military barrier, March 8, 2014

Qalandiya, occupied Palestine: Clashes on International Women’s Day between the occupation forces and Palestinian youth at Israeli military barrier, March 8, 2014

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