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  • Support a Palestinian family fighting to stay together under Israel's citizenship law
  • 'International week against the Apartheid Wall' seeks to rally the 'global 99%'
    • Strong piece. It is crucial that people are becoming aware that dissent is brutally suppressed by the state-whether it's "violent" or not, whether it's here in Oakland or in Palestine. One small correction-Bassem was fired on and killed one MONTH after Tristan, not one year as stated here. The op ed (below) was published yesterday on Al Jazeera and reposted on this site and provides a lot of context and background to Tristan's story as well as that of so many Palestinians who have suffered horrific (and even by their own stated rules, as well as by laws that govern the actions of an occupying power, illegal) violence at the hands of the IOF at non-violent demos in the West Bank. Tristan Anderson is bringing a case against Israel which will be heard in Jerusalem this month. Not holding my breath, but it will be interesting to follow.
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  • DAM is touring the US - and needs your help to finish their 2nd album
    • They're not good they're awesome!! Heard them in person twice-the last time in Silwan when IOF-sponsored tear gas accompanied the event. Note: the little soldier-boy thugs' attacks injured a youth and delayed the DAM show/poetry reading in the Silwan tent-and set us all running and my faint heart pounding- but did NOT shut it down. Viva resistance.

  • Struggling for water in Gaza
    • Okay patient people. My copy and paste technique seems to be jinxed. Look up MECA online, go to their projects and check out The Maia Project.

    • Staggering piece. The water crisis in Gaza is horrifying. The only lasting solution to this-and every other injustice Palestinians suffer-is a just, political one but right now I urge readers to read about and donate what you can to MECA, an organization that has worked on the ground in Palestine for over 23 years.

      MECA is addressing the water crisis in Gaza by partnering with Palestinians to create water purification and desalination units for schools (clean water was voted the number one need by the children themselves.) Many readers of this site are probably aware of MECA if only because it was at the center of the recent storm created by its exhibit of children's art from Gaza (drawings made in the immediate aftermath of the 08-09 assault) which was censored by the museum that had originally agreed to host it. That story was covered eloquently and inspiringly by Henry Norr for this site. (Don't worry, the powerful and very poignant exhibit is up and running in a private gallery in Oakland, CA and if you're in the area you should come see it. I'll be staffing it today.)

      Read more about the organization's Maia (means water in Arabic) Project here. link to

      I have helped out at this small and wonderful organization for five years and can assure readers their donations go directly to implement truly vital projects in the West Bank and Gaza.

  • Breaking: 'Irvine 11' found guilty on two charges for protesting Michael Oren
    • As I stand in solidarity with the brave people who received this outrageously unjust blow and recover from my initial grief on hearing the verdict (while still reeling from the ravings of the loutish Netanyahu), I am inspired and comforted by the fact that the whole attack on them is an indication of how powerful the movement for the Palestinian cause has become. History is a good friend in times like these.

  • 'What was that?' my sister cried. 'Thunder,' I lied. That night they killed 3
  • Close Enough to Touch: A view from Ramallah
    • What a beautiful, informative piece. Thanks for enlightening us about the city where I was fortunate to spend a little time this past lovely spring and, inshallah, hope to return. You do indeed capture its feeling and thanks for the historical context. Next trip I'll have my bearings!

  • Jenin Freedom Theatre raided in the middle of the night by Israeli military
  • In the British press, Israeli general warns of unchecked 'Jewish terror' in W.B.
    • annie, i do think you misunderstood me. I apologize if I was not clear, but in re-reading my comment I am not quite sure how the misunderstanding came about, or where your confusion about my obvious anti-zionist stance stems from. Of course I mean liberal zionists, and liberals in general who are apologists for Israel.

    • This may be the source of statistics on settler violence that annie refers to (see below). Settler violence is indeed horrifying, and Palestinians in the WB suffer ongoing terror from the settlers and the IOF. But what encourages or enables them? The occupation, of course, but more to the point, Zionism, which originally saw the ethnic cleansing of the Arabs of the land as necessary to its project, and continues to do so. Settlers carry out lots of the dirty work of this plan very well, and let liberals here and in Israel-who like to mock their origins and general unsavoriness and express shock at their outrages-off the hook about questioning the state of Israel's truly outrageous agenda.
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  • Miko Peled, the General's son
    • I watched and loved this very compelling video a while ago and really appreciate being reminded of it, annie. I think this may be one of the best "introduction" pieces out there. The primary myths about Israel are laid out succinctly and articulately with no flinching from the truth-quite a feat for a piece that's less than half an hour long. Peled invites a person unaware of the reality to study more and learn the details of the original and ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine he refers to. Truly a triumph.

  • Photo essay: Ten months of demolitions in Al Araqib
    • These are staggeringly moving pictures of vicious and ongoing crimes against the people of this land-Arab citizens of Israel. Thanks for posting them and many thanks to the wonderful photographer and writer who took them. Here is a piece published in March in EI that may give some helpful additional background for those interested in this issue. It's hard to keep up with the atrocities but I think we have to try. link to

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