Posts Tagged ‘gaza’

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VALENTINE’S FOR PALESTINE

February 4, 2009

video by John Harrison. 
Visit the official VALENTINES FOR PALESTINE website:

The show in downtown LA will be held at the Lost Souls Café on Thursday February 12thAfter the LA show, pieces will be permanently displayed in the Arts & Crafts Village in Gaza City 

Submit donated work to:
124 W. 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

for additional info, email: ValentinesforPalestine@gmail.com

Many thanks to Bambu for giving us permission to use his song “When Will The Time Come”. Visit his site:

http://www.bambu.la

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Holy Wars and International Lawlessness

January 26, 2009

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From Alex: A video containing my opinions on the relationship between current developments in the Israel-Palestine conflict and the international political climate and the long-lasting negative effects of the rhetoric and false logic used to justify American aggression and war crimes. Visual material is from a variety of different sources; these are current events portrayed in a manner I believe to be consistent with fair use. Update: Barack Obama, immediately following his inauguration, has started to reverse some of the illegal policies of the previous administration, but has not taken a stand against the use of white phosphorus or uranium “bunker busters” in civilian areas.

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(VIDEO) Continuing Bush Policies in Israel and Afghanistan

January 26, 2009

Glenn Greenwald    more in NEWS & ANALYSIS header

us-israelBy all accounts, the U.S. is suffering extreme economic woes.  We continue to borrow trillions of dollars simply to prevent financial collapse.  Our military resources are spread so thin that the establishment consensus view blames the failure of our seven-year (and counting) occupation of Afghanistan, at least in part, on the lack of necessary resources devoted to that occupation.  And a significant (though not the only) reason why we are unable to extricate ourselves from the endless resource-draining and liberty-degrading involvement in Middle East conflicts is because our one-sided support for Israel ensures that we remain involved and makes ourselves the target of hatred around the world and, especially, in the Muslim world.

Despite all of that, the Bush administration, just days before it left office,entered into yet another new agreement with Israel pursuant to which the U.S. committed to use its resources to prevent guns and other weapons from entering Gaza.  That agreement cites “the steadfast commitment of the United States to Israel’s security” and “and to preserve and strengthen Israel’s capability to deter and defend itself,” and vows that the U.S. will “address the problem of the supply of arms and related materiel and weapons transfers and shipments to Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza.”

Speaking about that new U.S./Israeli agreement on her show late last week, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow (in the course of aggressively questioning an absurdly evasive Sen. Claire McCaskill on the wisdom of Obama’s plans to escalate the war in Afghanistan and noting the cadre of Bush defense officials on whom Obama is relying — video below) observed that the Obama administration has enthusiastically expressed its full support for the new Israeli agreement entered into in the last days of Bush’s presidency.  Maddow said (h/t Antiwar.com):

Also, not particularly change-like, then-President Bush made a deal in his final day in office with Israel about the terms of Israel’s relationship with Gaza. I’m sorry – it wasn’t his last day in office. It was within his last few days in office — my mistake.

The U.S. under President Obama is bound by that last-minute agreement between the U.S. and Israel. And a statement from Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today says that President Obama supports the agreement fully.

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The Gaza Trip

January 22, 2009

This is Sean Bedlam’s first Video for Operation Itch. 

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Israeli FM confronted by Press Club journalists

January 19, 2009

From THE REAL NEWS. Try to follow the logic of the Israeli foreign minister  Tzipi Livni here:

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Cease Fire, Cease Siege

January 14, 2009

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Arish, Egypt— Yesterday, en route to the Rafah border crossing that
leads into Gaza, our driver pointed to a long line of trucks laden with
goods that are desperately needed in every area of Gaza. “You see,” he
said, “all of this is to help people.” Generous people, around the
world, want Gazans to have food, shelter, fuel, medicine and water while
the Israeli military ruthlessly attacks their homes and neighborhoods.
The aid shipments will surely save lives and ease affliction.
Nevertheless, this relief will meet only a fraction of the need. What’s
more, the Egyptian government’s recent decision to allow humanitarian
goods into Gaza through the Rafah border crossing, a border over which
they have sovereign control, is a departure from the normal state of
siege that Gazans have endured for most of the past sixteen months.

A friend, Caoihme Butterly, who had lived in Gaza during the period when
the borders were sealed, told me that the limited access to food drove
up the prices for basic foods. “A kilo of lentils cost $4.00, but the
average person lived on less that $2.00 per day. “Gazans don’t want to
live on charity,” said Caoihme, “but the humanitarian provisions become
political. We were campaigning just to have the border open once a week,
but we didn’t succeed.”
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Israel accused of using white phosphorus in Gaza –

January 12, 2009

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Human rights groups have expressed concern that a highly flammable weapon used by Israel could be causing additional casualties among civilians in Gaza.  Al Jazeera’s Tom Ackerman examines the controversy surrounding white phosphorus munitions.