Jews for Justice for Palestinians Weekly newsletter 20 June 2011

20 June 2011 — Jews for Justice for Palestinians

The state of Jews
June 18th, 2011 From its origin as ‘Jew-state’ through various twists of meaning, the current ‘Jewish state’ which Palestinians must recognise has more in common with Pakistan than the USA or any European state of all its citizens. Uri Avnery traces the path

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 25 May, 2011: America’s Coming Nakba

25 May, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Amnesty International Demands End To Destruction Of “Unrecognized” Villages In Israel
IMEMC РWednesday May 25, 2011 Р16:27, Amnesty International has called on Israel to cease the demolition of the Bedouin village of al-‘Araqib in the Negev desert in southern Israel.

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Media Lens: Bad News From The BBC – Part 1: ‘Replete With Imbalance And Distortion’

25 May 2011 — Media Lens

One of the main headlines on the BBC news homepage earlier this month read, ‘Violence erupts at Israel borders’. Israeli soldiers had shot dead at least 12 protesters and injured dozens more. BBC ‘impartiality’ decreed that the brutal killings were presented almost as an act of nature, a volcanic eruption that simply happened.

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On an old anniversary, a new sense that change is possible By Jonathan Cook

17 May 2011 — Jonathon Cook

They are extraordinary scenes. Film shot on mobile phones captured the moment on Sunday when at least 1,000 Palestinian refugees marched across no-man’s land to one of the most heavily protected borders in the world, the one separating Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 18 May, 2011: Amnesty International Calls For Investigation Into Nakba Killings

18 May, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Prison Protest Expands
IMEMC – Wednesday May 18, 2011 – 18:33, Protests against conditions in Israeli jails have continued recently, with two additional institutions joining the hunger-strikers’ action.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 17 May, 2011: Israel’s Nightmare: Nonviolent Palestinians

17 May, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Local Palestinian Elections Due To Be Delayed
IMEMC – Tuesday May 17, 2011 – 15:00, The Palestinian Authority has stated it will delay local elections due to be held in July. The elections are now due to be held on the 22nd of October in order to give time to allow for voters to be registered in the Gaza strip.

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A Freedom Charter or A Second Nakba? By Kenneth O’Keefe

21 July, 2010 — Gilad Atzmon – Writings

2-state.jpgImagine this, imagine that Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress negotiated a deal with the South African Apartheid regime and settled for a ‘two-state solution.’ Imagine Mandela negotiating with the Apartheid regime a land deal in which less than 15% of current day South Africa went to the black South Africans, the remaining 85% to the inherently racist Apartheid government and its people.

With that in mind, I ask, is there any real difference between that scenario and the idea of a ‘two-state solution’ today? I am happy to know that ever-increasing numbers of people inside and outside of Palestine see what I see, the so-called two-state solution is in truth the two-state disaster, the second Nakba.

I can imagine the result of two states and, as far as I am concerned, anything less than one state, with all equal protection under the law, is a recipe for perpetual conflict. And that is exactly why every US and EU administration and puppets and stooges of all stations from around the globe support the second Nakba of two states. One a nuclear armed, economically advanced and land rich, the other impoverished and beaten, a legacy to the motto that ‘might makes right’ and justice comes at the barrel of a gun.

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Hazem Jamjoum: Palestine from Nakba to the Global Movement for BDS

11 May, 2010 — Badil Resource Center

Hazem-Jamjoum.jpgHazem Jamjoum is a very distinguished activist and one of the key organisers of the Stop the JNF Campaign, which was formalised 8-9 May 2010, in Edinburgh. Information about this campaign will be circulating soon. He will be speaking in Bradford tonight, London on Wednesday, Nottingham on Thursday. Michael K (IJAN UK)

Hazem Jamjoum at Stop the JNF conference

Hazem Jamjoum from Badil
Speaking Tour, 10-13 May 2010

Tuesday 11 May 6.30-8pm
Desmond Tutu House, 2 Ashgrove, Bradford (opposite Bradford Uni) Organised by Bradford PSC

Thursday 13 May, 7.30pm
International Community Centre
Mansfield Road, Nottingham
Organised by Nottingham PSC

Palestine from Nakba to the Global Movement for BDS Hazem Jamjoum from Badil
Wednesday 12 May 6.30pm, Room K2.31 Raked Lecture Theatre
King’s College London,
Strand Campus, Strand, WC2R 2LS Organised by Kings College Palestine Society LSE Palestine Society, supported by PSC

A presentation by Hazem Jamjoum, Communications Officer at the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency Refugee Rights ( in Bethlehem, to explore the Palestinian resistance movement and the role of international solidarity, from the 1948 Nakba, through to the current wave of popular resistance and the growing movement for BDS against Apartheid Israel.

Nakba London Commemoration 2010 – National Day of Action Saturday 15 May

10 May, 2010 —

LONDON EVENT: Free Palestine! Saturday 15 May, 12–2pm

Opposite 10 Downing Street, London SW1 (nearest tube Westminster)

We demand the government:

  • End Israel’s violations of international law, including ending its illegal occupation and building of settlements
  • Support bringing Israeli war criminals to justice — no attack on universal jurisdiction
  • End the siege on Gaza
  • Ban settlement goods
  • Suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement
  • End the arms trade with Israel

Organised by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign, British Muslim Initiative, Stop the War Coalition, CND, Palestinian Forum in Britain

Supported by: Association of the Palestinian Community UK, Friends of Al Aqsa, Friends of Lebanon, the Green Party, ICAHD UK, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Liberal Democrats Friends of Palestine, Pax Christi, Public and Commercial Services Union, UNISON, UNITE the Union, Zaytoun

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Between the Fleeting Words A Palestinian dance production inspired by the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish

7 May, 2010 — Alzaytouna

MahmoudDarwish.jpgAl Zaytouna is proud to present a new full-length production entitled Between the Fleeting Words, directed by Ahmed Masoud. The production fuses traditional dabke, contemporary dance, poetry, music and digital media. The show is a unique tribute to the work of the late great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, celebrating his poetry and the musical interpretations of his work, and using his words to tell the story of Palestine through the experiences of its people. The show also commemorates the 62nd anniversary of the Nakba and explores themes of identity, struggle, loss and resistance.

Between the Fleeting Words will debut on the 13th and 14th May  

13th and 14th May 2010 The Greenwood Theatre 55 Weston Street London SE1 3RA Map

Advance Tickets: £13 for 13th May performance and £16 for 14th May performance To book tickets click here or call 0871 230 0010


I will mourn on Nakba Day By Nurit Peled-Elhanan

16 March, 2010

The “Nakba law” passed in a first reading last Tuesday. The law forbids mourning the Nakba on Israel’s Independence Day.

Breaking the law will result in high fines and withdrawal of gevernmental financing from municipal authorities.

I will mourn on Nakba Day

Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Sakharov Human Rights Prize laureate, member of Bereaved Families for Peace and a co-initiator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

I will mourn on Nakba Day. I will mourn for vanished Palestine most of which I never knew. I will mourn for the holy land that is losing its humanity, its landscape, its beauty and its children on the altar of racism and evil. I will mourn for the Jewish youngsters who invade and desecrate the homes of families in Chikh Jarakh, throw the inhabitants into the street, and then sing and dance in memory of Baruch Goldstein, the infamous murderer of Palestinian children, while the owners of the desecrated houses with their children and old people are sleeping in the rain, on the street, opposite their own homes.

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Help save the Palestinian village of Lifta from total destruction

26 November, 2009 — Palestine Think Tank

lifta.jpgLifta, a most picturesque Palestinian village, lies on the slopes of West Jerusalem below the highway linking it to Tel-Aviv. It has been abandoned since the invading Hagana underground forces backed by the Stern Gang drove the last of its Palestinian inhabitants in 1948 during the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

It was the one single event which changed the nature of the place and the whole region. Although dozens of houses were destroyed, many of them still remain poised on the landscape.

Lifta is considered by many as a rare and fine example of Palestinian rural architecture with narrow streets aligned with the slopes of the mountains around it. Its cubist forms are a wonderful manifestation of the mastery of the Palestinian stone masons who were the indigenous owners and builders of these houses.

Today Lifta is more or less a ghost town suspended in space and remains deserted despite the fact that most of its original Palestinian inhabitants live in the surrounding communities. The Israeli authorities refuse to allow them to return.

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Video: AL NAKBA: The Palestinian Catastrophe 1948 by Benny Brunner

Al Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe 1948 (58 min. documentary, Israel-Germany-The Netherlands, 1997). Arguably the first film that seriously tackles the historic events that lead to the creation of 750.000 Palestinian refugees at the end of the first Israeli-Arab war of 1948. Based on historian Benny Morris’ book “The birth of the Palestinian refugee problem, 1947-49”.

Produced and directed for ARTE by Benny Brunner & Alexandra Jansse. Photography: Ram Lital. Editor: Joseph Rochlitz. Original music composed & performed by: Elizabeth & Ilya Magnes.

Broadcast: Europe. Screened at the cinematheques of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in March-April 1998.

AL NAKBA: The Palestinian Catastrophe 1948 from Benny Brunner on Vimeo.

Hisham Zreiq’s film Sons of Eilaboun: introduction by Gilad Atzmon

18 May, 2009 – Palestine Think Tank

The truth of the Nakba has been hidden for many decades. Not many except the Palestinians are aware of the scale of 1948 ethnic expulsions and even fewer are aware of the atrocities occasionally performed by the newly born IDF. As a young Israeli pupil I was taught to believe that the ‘Arabs’ (this is how we called them) just run for their lives. No one forced ‘them’ to do so, they were just a bunch of cowards, we were told. Similarly, we were preached that they were not as attached to the land as we, the Israelis, are. While they fled for their lives without fighting back, we, the chosens, schlepped all the way back to Zion after 2000 years to reclaim ‘our’ historic land.

The truth of hundreds of massacres of Palestinian villagers committed by a young and well-trained enthusiastic IDF was absolutely hidden. There wasn’t even a hint that such a thing took place. We knew of one massacre only, the one in Deir Yassin. We were aware of it just because it was there to serve the Israeli so-called ‘left’ leadership, as a means of vilifying their rightwing political rival, namely Menahem (who was directly responsible for this very massacre).

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Reham Alhelsi — 61 Years of On-Going Nakba: the Old Still Live through Us and the Young Never Forgot

14 May, 2009 — Palestine Think Tank

pal-women.jpgOn 18/07/1948 David Ben-Gurion wrote in his diary: “We must do everything to ensure they (the Palestinian refugees) never do return…. The old will die and the young will forget.”(1)

Today, 61 years after the Nakba of 1948 and despite the on-going Zionist terror and ethnic cleansing, we are still here and we have not forgotten, nor will we ever. In 1948/49, accompanied by looting, pillage and plunder, 418 Palestinian localities, including towns, villages and tribes, were destroyed by Zionist terror groups, the predecessors of the IOF. A study by researcher Salman Abu Sitta lists 531 destroyed localities and 11 emptied urban neighbourhoods.(2)

Many villages were completely erased off the face of the earth, while others stand in ruins today. The inhabitants of these villages were faced with massacres and forced expulsion, and Palestinian houses, belongings and lands were usurped. 70 massacres left 15,000 Palestinians dead and up to 850,000 Palestinians were made refugees.(3)

The Zionists did not spare those living peacefully on their lands nor the dead lying peacefully under their lands. Graves were desecrated, dug and destroyed. Knowing they were stealing something that didn’t belong to them, and as if fearing that even the dead would wake up one day and demand justice and their homes back, they wanted to erase every trace of its real owners, including the graves.

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