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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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Zoom International Women’s Day 2014 - Palestine
Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees

International Women’s Day 2014 - Palestine

Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees

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Zoom West Bank, occupied Palestine: The Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC) has called for a march on Saturday, March 8, International Women’s Day, beginning in Qalandiya refugee camp, and marching toward the apartheid barrier wall.
Via Richard Reilly

West Bank, occupied Palestine: The Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC) has called for a march on Saturday, March 8, International Women’s Day, beginning in Qalandiya refugee camp, and marching toward the apartheid barrier wall.

Via Richard Reilly

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US hires Israeli company to retrofit Mexico border wall

An Israeli military contractor, whose surveillance technology is used along Israel’s apartheid wall constructed in the Palestinian West Bank, has been chosen by the United States to provide similar services on the southern border with Mexico, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

Elbit Systems announced on Sunday that the US Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had awarded its subsidiary a $145 million contract to deploy border surveillance technology in southern Arizona, Reuters reported.

But according to Bloomberg analyst Brian Friel, quoted by Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the one-year contract could expand to a broader $1 billion deal if the US Congress passes stringent immigration legislation.

Elbit Systems is set to install watch towers along the border with sensors for spotting, tracking, and classifying data, along with command and control centers.

Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona [by no coincidence, a cheerleader of the neo-Nazi coup in Ukraine] hailed the deal as a “step in the right direction.”

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