Palestine Video: Bil’in night raid, some injuries By haitham al katib

16 September, 2009 — Palestine Video

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Shortly after 1:30am, Israeli forces invaded Bil’in again. They raided the house of Abdullah Mahmoud Aburahma in an attempt to arrest him. However, he was not home at the time. Palestinian and international activists intervened by jumping over the wall into the garden since the soldiers had shut the gate closed. Some international activists were threatened with arrest unless they move back. The soldiers had sealed off the house while operating inside. They forced open two doors breaking the locks and destroying the doors. They trashed several rooms and beat Mohammed Khatib who had come to the rescue of Abdullah’s family. He was taken to hospital in Ramallah for treatment and returned to the village later.

Military reinforcement arrived in five Jeeps. Outside the house, one Palestinian activist, Emad Burnat, who was filming, was pushed to the ground. One soldier also broke his camera. Hamde Aburahma and other Palestinian journalists were threatened with arrest unless they stop filming. They hit Ashraf Aburahma, another activist, with the gun injuring his right hand. The house of Abdullah’s brother, Khaled Aburahma, was raided as well, which traumatized his children that were pulled brutally out of their sleep. The invading forces said that until they find Abdullah, the entire neighborhood was theirs. They searched every room and trashed one room downstairs next to the store. They stole Palestinian flags, banners and posters used during demonstrations, and then left the house.The invading forces exited the village around 3am without any victims.Abdullah Aburahma called all the Human Rights organizations worldwide to help stopping the night raids in Bil’in, and to support the demonstrations against the occupation which is a legal activity.”

Stuart Littlewood – How Low will Israel Stoop to Win the Propaganda War?

17 September, 2009 — Palestine Think Tank

israel-project.jpg[One of the main goals of PTT has been to debunk, uncover and counter the ways that Israel and its advocates use the tools of propaganda. They are very good at their propaganda, especially because they have the economic possibilities to exploit it to its maximum potential. PTT (and Peacepalestine blog before it) has been analysing the Hasbara Handbook and The Israel Project on many occasions. One of The Israel Project’s most devious aspects is that it was “born” to look like it was just a lot of caring individuals, young mothers, especially, who wanted to express their beliefs in the way they were convinced that Israel was getting bad press that it didn’t deserve, and with their free time and good will, they would be benefitting the cause close to their hearts. As they were just regular folks like you and me, we wouldn’t even think of looking at it as a major propaganda or marketing ploy, nor in any way directly related to Israel, which, in fact, it is all of those things and more. The “moms” were a fake (in fact, they don’t even promote themselves that way anymore, since everyone discovered that Miri Eisin, in the photo, one of the “moms”, is Olmert’s Press Advisor) and it is precisely what we’d all fear and suspect it was. This is but one aspect of TIP which makes it an item worth looking into and exposing. We are in the process of compiling our own “Counter Hasbara Guidebook”, an on-going project, and the new additions to the revised version of TIP give us more stimulus to achieve this project. In the meantime, we offer this excellent commentary by Stuart Littlewood, a companion piece to the Balles article we published yesterday. – mary rizzo]

“The Israel Project”, a US media advocacy group, has produced a revised training manual to help the worldwide Zionist movement win the propaganda war, keep their ill-gotten territorial gains and persuade international audiences to accept that their crimes are necessary and conform to “shared values” between Israel and the civilized West.

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Haitham Sabbah – Photo of the Day

17 September, 2009 — Palestine Think Tank

As they say, a picture is worth more than a thousand words.

The attached photo is from the slideshow entitled “Fervent Believers” which accompanies this New York Times article: Resolve of West Bank Settlers May Have Limits

The photo captions reads: A settler tosses wine at a Palestinian woman on Shuhada Street in Hebron. The approach of some settlers towards neighboring Palestinians, especially around Nablus in the north and Hebron in the south, has often been one of contempt and violence. Photo: Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times

This is another example of the Racism in the Apartheid State of Zionist Jews.

Just imagine someone doing similar thing to a Jew somewhere around the world. What would Israel do?

If the Jews have the “right” to do all of this and more, why don’t we practice the same “rights”? Simply because we are not ZIONIST-JEWS.

Black Sea Crisis Deepens As US-NATO Threat To Iran Grows By Rick Rozoff

16 September, 2009 — Global ResearchStop NATO

Tensions are mounting in the Black Sea with the threat of another conflict between U.S. and NATO client state Georgia and Russia as Washington is manifesting plans for possible military strikes against Iran in both word and deed.

Referring to Georgia having recently impounded several vessels off the Black Sea coast of Abkhazia, reportedly 23 in total this year, the New York Times wrote on September 9 that “Rising tensions between Russia and Georgia over shipping rights to a breakaway Georgian region have opened a potential new theater for conflict between the countries, a little more than a year after they went to war.” [1]

Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh ordered his nation’s navy to respond to Georgia’s forceful seizure of civilian ships in neutral waters, calling such actions what they are – piracy – by confronting and if need be sinking Georgian navy and coast guard vessels. The Georgian and navy and coast guard are trained by the United States and NATO.

The spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry addressed the dangers inherent in Georgia’s latest provocations by warning “They risk aggravating the military and political situation in the region and could result in serious armed incidents.” [2]

On September 15 Russia announced that its “border guards will detain all vessels that violate Abkhazia’s maritime border….” [3]

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London Conference: A Model of Ecosocialist Collaboration By Ian Angus

17 September, 2009 — Climate and Capitalism

On September 12, about 100 people attended ‘Climate and Capitalism,’ a one-day conference in London, England, organized by Green Left and Socialist Resistance.

I was invited to participate as editor of this website, and as editor of The Global Fight for Climate Justice, published this summer by Resistance Books. (The meeting was in part a launch-event for the book.) I spoke at the opening plenary, and in a workshop on the Global South.

Often, meetings like this are actually organized by one group, with one or two others as passive sponsors, named on the poster but otherwise not very involved. That was decidedly NOT the case this time. In fact, from everything I could see, this was almost a perfect example of collaboration between two groups – Green Left, the organized ecosocialist tendency within the Green Party of England and Wales; and Socialist Resistance, the British section of the Trotskyist Fourth International.

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Video: Climate & Capitalism – Ian Angus Speaking in London

17 September, 2009

A talk at the opening session of Climate and Capitalism, a one-day seminar in London (England) on Sept. 12, organized by the Green Left and Socialist Resistance. Derek Wall, former Principal Speaker of the Green Party, says this one day meeting was “one of the best ecosocialist events I have ever been to,” and I agree. The Green Left blog has more videos, and I will write more about it as soon as I get my brain back on Ontario time. — Ian Angus