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Direct Action in Palestine
MARCH 6 (Thursday)
7:30 pm
OAKES COLLEGE #105
UCSC
D I R E C T A C T I O N
in the Occupied
Territories of
P A L E S T I N E

Eyewitness Reports by the
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT

Speakers:

LISA NESSAN-
Former Program Manager of Hillel, Santa Cruz. UCSC
Graduate and nonviolent activist.

MAIA RAMNATH-
UCSC Graduate Student and organizer.

JOHN CARUSO-
Bay Area resident and Israeli Security Zone infiltrator.

IRENE SIEGEL-
International Solidarity Movement activist and organizer.


Event sponsored by:
The Committee for Justice in Palestine and
The Resource Center for Nonviolence

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is an organization of international volunteers taking direct action in defence of Palestinian rights in the Israeli occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. ISM uses only non-violent tactics epitomized by leaders such as Gandhi, Archbishop Tutu, Dr. Martin Luther King, and other practitioners of creative non-violent resistance.

ISM works under the leadership of Palestinian peace activists, supporting them in their resistance to the Occupation, and lending support to Israeli and other peace activist groups. Groups of international volunteers take direct action by travelling to conflict areas with the aim of protecting Palestinian civilians from the physical violence of Israeli soldiers and settlers.

For more info check out the ISM website:
 
 


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Boy Wire

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A CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE,
AND FOR A JUST AND VIABLE PEACE

Palestinians have lived under an illegal occupation for decades. Through UN resolutions, the nations of the world have repeatedly asked Israel to respect international law, to stop brutalizing Palestinians, and to end the
Occupation of their land. Under the protection of its powerful ally and benefactor, the United States , Israel has been able to continue the occupation, build illegal settlements, deny the most basic of human rights, and pursue policies aimed at removing all Palestinians from their homeland.
 

I don't call it Occupation anymore

Hello all,

I don't think its reasonable to use the word "Occupation" to describe the situation in Israel and the West Bank. To use that word, means that the clear title to the land belongs with one people and not the other. How can we presume to know, for sure, who really owns the West Bank/Israel/Samaria/Judea/Palestine?

It is far more accurate to describe these lands as "disputed lands" or "disputed territories".

Perhaps the organizers of this event want to make the case that the land does indeed belong to the Palestinian people.
If this is clearly true, and what activists are working so hard to obtain, how do you explain that the Palestinians refused the independant state of Palestine back in 1947 (and refused again in 2000) and instead joined other Arab nations to attack the infant Jewish nation? If both Arab and Jew have been living together on the West Bank for thousands of years, how does the land suddenly "belong" to one people and not the other?

In 1993, the Palestinian Authority was formed so that a 3 step process was to create the independant state of Palestine. The Palestinians instead, chose to launch terror attacks on the Jews and successfully disrupted the peace process. But when the ink was still wet on the agreement, in Oslo, Israel could no longer be considered the "occupier" of "Palestine". Only last March did the IDF incursion into the PA, and re-occupied parts of those cities.

Israel wants peace. Israel is willing to live side by side in peace with their Palestinian neighbors. Israel is willing to adjust borders, give up resources, and even dismantle settlements if it will bring peace. The issue here is does Israel have a right to exist as a Jewish state?
 

Stop Israel from Destroying Homes!

Becky wrote:

"Israel wants peace. Israel is willing to live side by side in peace with their Palestinian neighbors. Israel is willing to adjust borders, give up resources, and even dismantle settlements if it will bring peace. The issue here is does Israel have a right to exist as a Jewish state?"


Is Israel willing to give up its war machines?

Give up the Military funding from US (that's "us", as in tax payers, and US, as in United States Governmnet).

Please, Israel, give up those GIANT Catapiler Bull-Dozers.
Destroying homes with bulldozers is horrible.

Shalom,
Bradley

P.S. FYI, I do not adhere to a particular religion at this time in my life, but I was "raised jewish," went to some Hebrew school, and had a Bar Mitzvah.

Israel, stop the killing. Genocide is wrong, remember.

NOT IN OUR NAME and NOT FOR JEWISH PEOPLE!

Really, look into the $$$$$ given to Israel's war machine!
 

An occupation by any other name...

OCCUPATION -n-
1.a An activity that serves as one's regular source of
livelihood; a vocation.
1.b An activity engaged in especially as a means of
passing time; an avocation.

2.a The act or process of holding or possessing a place.
2.b The state of being held or possessed.

3.a Invasion, conquest, and control of a nation or
territory by foreign armed forces.
3.b The military government exercising control over an
occupied nation or territory.

Becky claims the Palestinian people refused an "independent state." What was offered at Camp David? This independent state as you put it woould have meant limited control of water resources, no control of it air space, no continuous borders, Jewish only roads through the heart of the "Palestinian state," foriegn occupiers in the form of Israeli soldiers could be deployed at a moments notice, Israeli control of the Jordan Valley, etc... hardly an "independent state." In fact, Ehud Barak opined in a May 2001 editorial printed by the NY Times "a gradual process of establishing secure, defensible borders, demarcated so as to encompass more than 80 percent of the Jewish settlers in several settlement blocs over about 15 percent of Judea and Samaria(the West Bank), and to ensure a wide security zone in the Jordan Valley."

Becky wrote:
>Israel is willing to adjust borders, give up resources, and even dismantle settlements if it will bring peace.

Oh really? Then why have they made no move to do so? In fact they are in the process of SEIZING BY FORCE more land through US funded military conquest. UN Security Council Resolution 1435 adopted in Sept. 2002 reads in part:
...alarmed at the reoccupation of Palestinian cities as well as the severe restrictions imposed on the freedom of movement of persons and goods, and gravely concerned at the humanitarian crisis being faced by the Palestinian people,
reiterating the need for respect in all circumstances of international humanitarian law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949,

1. Reiterates its demand for the complete cessation of all acts of violence, including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction;

2. Demands that Israel immediately cease measures in and around Ramallah including the destruction of Palestinian civilian and security infrastructure;

3. Demands also the expeditious withdrawal of the Israeli occupying forces from Palestinian cities towards the return to the positions held prior to September 2000; etc...
 

collective punishment and a nut with a gun

Becky, how can you say Isreal wants peace when they have stated that no talks will be conducted until there is a cease fire. Well the problem with that is you give one violent person with a gun the oppurunty to prevent peace, no matter what the rest of the nation thinks. These actions lead to collective punishment of palistines for the actions of forgin sup[ported radicals.
The current Isreali goverment wants no peace, for if there was peace and free elections, Sharom would be out of power and influence. Like our theif in cheif, He would gain nothing personaly from peace. And if you have nothing to gain personaly, capitalism has taught us that it is wrong to do.
 

How many Jewish nations are there at the UN?

Answer: one
How many Arab/Muslim nations are in the UN? 23
How many Arab/Muslim nations have peace treaties with Israel? ---- two
How many Arab/Muslim nations have still pledged they are at war with Israel and intent on their destruction? --- 21
How many terrorist organizations who have pledged the destruction of the state of Israel and operate within the Palestinian Authority or in nearby Lebanon? -- 12

Given these grim, never-mentioned realities (but that the Israelis are well aware of) are UN resolutions sometimes under the influence of Arab/Muslim groups and nations who hate the Jews and are intent on their destruction?

Do the European nations depend on good relations with the Arab/Muslim countries in order to get cheap and free-flowing oil? Couldn't these economic pressures cause countries to curry favor with Arab/Muslim countries who are big oil producers--especially when all they are asking is for them to kick around the Jews again?

Vinny, when Israel signed the peace treaty with Egypt they gave up 93% of the land they won in 1967, gave up their entire domestic supply of oil, and they dismantled Jewish settlements in the Sinai peninsula. I don't see where you get off being skeptical of the likelihood of the Jewish nation doing this again if they thought it would bring peace and recognition of their right to exist as a Jewish nation. Now the Palestinians....

Bradley--Israel is NOT committing genocide. There have been only four examples of genocide in the past century. East Timoor, Rwanda, Cambodia, and the Nazi holocaust. Genocide means killing an entire people. To accuse the Jews of committing genocide against the Palestinians is not only false, but it is unconscionable to use that against a people who know first hand what genocide really means.

Are you blind to the violence committed against the Israelis? The snipers, knife attacks, car bombs, bus bombs, kidnappings, murders, and suicide bombings? You say you are Jewish? Why are you silent about the daily attacks on your own people-- the people who, by their very survival, allowed you to be born and to grow up?

I am not Jewish myself. But I can see a gross injustice being committed against Israel and its people.

And Vinnie, if the deal offered the Palestinians was so bad in 2000, why didn't Arafat put up a counter-offer? Instead, he launched the intifada which, statistics bear out, is directed at killing innocent civilians-- a human rights abuse that you have largely been silent about.

Fifteen Israelis were killed on March 4th in Haifa. Haifa is nowhere near the West Bank. Mostly college students were killed as they rode the bus to class. 50 people were injured. That means lost eyes, lost limbs, being crippled and paralyzed as well as PTSD. Not a word from you Vinny about this. Its really telling.

The International Solidarity Movement claims to be non-violent, but they are the PR spokesmen of those who are committing horrible violent acts against civilian populations. Do you have any idea how many innocent people Arafat and his minions have killed? Those who wear the black and white checked keffiyeh's identifying them with Arafat's tribe are alligning themselves with murderers, bombers, snipers, and suicide bombers. These are people who break into Jewish homes and shoot babies in their cribs!

I am not saying Israel has never done anything wrong. But Israel does have rule of law, and courts who regularly rule on IDF acts and policies.
 

Response to Becky

Becky, thanks for taking the time to reply to me.

You had stated, "Israel is willing to adjust borders, give up resources, and even dismantle settlements if it will bring peace."

As we both saw last night at the ISM forum at Oakes, Israel certainly is adjusting their borders. They are not content with the current occupation so they continue to occupy more and more land, denying access to Palestinians.

I was wondering, since Israel is willing to give up resources... Is Israel willing to give up its war machines?

And the only settlements that Israel is dismantling are homes for Palestinian people.

Becky, it is up to you if you want to justify the actions of the Israeli state/government/settlers, and you could probably "What if? and How about?" for a very long time.

But I'm looking at things today. I hear Palestine people crying to be left alone and see images of their institutionalized violence, lack of safe water, life behind razor-wire fences, etc...

I know weapons will always be a fact of life (at least for a while longer), but can we stop building more of them for Israel? These weapons are not bringing peace.
How could they?

Perhaps Israel's war crimes are not yet genocide. They are more like "Genocide lite." It is so close to the real thing, that it is hard to tell the difference.

Can we agree that ethnically based killings are being carried out by the state of Israel and even many Israeli citizens living in occupied (or disputed if that is how you prefer to think of it).

No, I am not blind to the violence committed against the Israelis. I support the campaign called UC Divest which I am pretty sure was started by students at UC Berkeley last year. This campaign states, "We find the recent attacks on Israeli civilians unacceptable and abhorrent." I fully agree.

Unfortunately I do not think that campaign (or the website) has been able to be very active lately because they are still dealing with legal issues from a demonstration last April.

Please check out the website for lots of information:

University of California Divestment
www.ucdivest.org
 

Genocide

Becky wrote:
>There have been only four examples of genocide in the past century. East Timoor, Rwanda, Cambodia, and the Nazi holocaust.

Becky, do you deny the holocaust of the Armenian peoples commited by the Turks during WWI??
 

Israeli Army Continues its Killing Spree in the Gaza Strip

Israeli Army Continues its Killing Spree in the Gaza Strip
8 March, 2003

At 8 this morning Gaza City shook. One man just told me, "I was coming up the stairs to work. I thought the whole building was going down." Neighbors stuck their heads from windows to see what was happening. Four US donated Apache helicopters hung in the sky, two on each side above our heads, firing missiles directly into a car. The explosions were terrifying to an already targeted and terrorized people.

This was a targeted assassination. One of the people they murdered was a dentist working in a clinic in Gaza City's Islamic University. He was a leader in the political wing of Hamas, Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad al-Maqadmeh.

After the Israeli military finished firing its missiles, the helicopter gun-ships hung arrogantly in the sky for 15 more minutes. No one knew if they would keep shooting. A man here tells me that they wanted to make sure they killed the people inside the car. "They waited to see if anyone would get out alive." No one did.

Those murdered by the Israeli military this morning are, in addition to the Dr., are:
Abdul Rahman Zuheer al-Amudi, a 29 year old from the ash-Shati Refugee Camp, Khalid Jum'a, a 30 year-old man from Jabalia, and Ala' Udeh al-Shukri, also 30 years-old, from Gaza City. Two other people are injured. Several houses and another car were also damaged.

The night before last, the Israeli military murdered ten more people, 8 from el-Bureij Refugee Camp and two from the Namsawi area of Khan Younis. Now it's about 100 Palestinians murdered by the Israeli military in just over a week in the Gaza Strip alone.

Gaza City's Shifa Hospital is over-flowing. There is controversy internationally as the Israeli military government denies using flechettes, made in the US and illegal under international law, packed inside its tank shells while perpetrating its massacre in the Jabalia Refugee Camp two days ago. I've just been speaking with Dr. Mu'awiya Hassanain, Director General of Casualty and Emergency, Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health, Chief Surgeon of Casualty and Trauma, Vascular Surgeon in Shifa Hospital (Gaza City's main hospital).

"I would like to say, and I would like to present, that the Israeli army is using the tank shell which is full of flechettes. Those flechettes penetrate the human body causing death by penetrating on the head, neck, chest, abdomen, and arriving to two big vessels, the aorta and femoral and its causing this due to hemeologic shock an due to hemolytic shock and other causes.

"I am the responsible and medical/legal doctor for all of the Intifada. I am in the position of 'Dr. of Intifada.' I am the first one who sees and examines victims of Israelis killing and shooting of Palestinians. What I saw and what I received on the crime day, the bloody day, which was what happened in Jabalia Refugee Camp due to the using of tank shell, which is full of flechettes from the Israeli army, which caused in a few minutes death for eight Palestinian persons and injured more than 60 by the flechette and tank shell. What I would like to mention is that the flechette penetrating on the head, arriving in the brain, causing death. Its penetrating of big vessels causing severe hemorrhaging and its penetrating of the chest, localizing on the heart causing explosion for the heart and explosion for the lungs and explosion for the abdomen. All the Palestinians [in this attack] are dead due to using those flechettes."

I visited a boy in the hospital who was injured in this attack, one standing near the firefighters as they worked in Jabalia. Both of his thighs are wrapped in thick bandages. His nose is smashed and caked with blood, trying to heal. It is difficult for families to move through the hospital because there are so many injured, the rooms and hallways are stuffed with people. I ask the doctor to show me a flechette. He holds one in his hand for me to see and says,

"I remove it from the cadaver, the body, and other shrapnel. We suffer a lot from the Israeli army."

Kristen Ess
8 March, 2003
Gaza City, Occupied Palestine


Other Resources:

Photos from recent attacks:
story.news.yahoo.com/news


 

Setting it straight

Becky, you are too much. You skewed my comments about the UN. I referenced a UN *SECURITY COUNCIL* RESOLUTION, on which exactly 2 Muslim nations currently sit; Syria, and Pakistan. Are you suggesting that the US, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Guinea, Russia, Mexico, Angola, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, and Chile all hate Israel? You claim the UN is controlled by Muslim countries, can you cite some sources for us? It is actually the US, for the most part, which controls the UN. The US is Israel's strongest backer, and has routinely used its veto power to block UN security Council resolutions which are not favorable to Israel.

Becky wrote:
>How many Arab/Muslim nations have still pledged they are at war with Israel and intent on their destruction? --- 21

Are you aware of the Abdullah Plan? This was put forth by Saudi Arabia at the Arab League Summit in March 2002 and all 23 Arab nations agreed to it. The Abdullah Plan offered security guarantees to Israel, as well as, full diplomatic relations in exchange for the Israelis withdrawing from the West Bank and Gaza. Israel declined. www.guardian.co.uk/theissues/article/0,6512,675015,00.html


Becky wrote:
>Vinnie, if the deal offered the Palestinians was so bad in 2000, why didn't Arafat put up a counter-offer? Instead, he launched the intifada which, statistics bear out, is directed at killing innocent civilians-- a human rights abuse that you have largely been silent about. Fifteen Israelis were killed on March 4th in Haifa. Haifa is nowhere near the West Bank. Mostly college students were killed as they rode the bus to class. 50 people were injured. That means lost eyes, lost limbs, being crippled and paralyzed as well as PTSD. Not a word from you Vinny about this. Its really telling.


First, let me state that I am opposed to the killing of *ANY* civilian, be they Israeli, Palestinian, American, Iraqi, etc... However, the violence directed against Israeli civilians is *rightly* condemned in the mainstream media, while violence commited by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians goes largely unreported, or if reported, painted as self-defense. True, the negotiatoions ended in 2000 without a treaty, but it was BARAK, not Arafat who ended negotiations at Taba in January 2001. Arafat did have a counter offer, one which was similar to the offer made by Israel at Taba. He accepted the Taba map as a basis for negotiations, but then Barak called off the talks, almost 4 months into the Intifada. www.gush-shalom.org/generous/taba/

You claim Arafat "launched" the intifada, again I ask you to source this claim. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that it was pre-planned. According to the Mitchell Report, commisioned by Bill Clinton and headed by former US Senator George Mitchell, "In their submissions, the parties traded allegations about the motivation and degree of control exercised by the other. However, we were provided with no persuasive evidence that the Sharon visit was anything other than an internal political act; neither were we provided with persuasive evidence that the PA planned the uprising." AND "Accordingly, we have no basis on which to conclude that there was a deliberate plan by the PA to initiate a campaign of violence at the first opportunity; or to conclude that there was a deliberate plan by the GOI to respond with lethal force." AND "The Sharon visit did not cause the "Al-Aqsa Intifada." But it was poorly timed and the provocative effect should have been foreseen; indeed it was foreseen by those who urged that the visit be prohibited. More significant were the events that followed: the decision of the Israeli police on September 29 to use lethal means against the Palestinian demonstrators; and the subsequent failure, as noted above, of either party to exercise restraint."

It was more likely that the use of lethal force against demonstrators at the Temple Mount by Sharon and 1,000 Israeli troops was what sparked the spontaneous uprising known as the Al Aqsa Intifada. electronicintifada.net/v2/article865.shtml

I am no fan of Arafat, but you often assert that he is responsible for suicide bombings and other attacks. There is a wing of the PA called the Fatah Movement, that has connections to the Al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, but there is no evidence of direct ties between Arafat and the suicide bombers. There may possibly be a wink and a nod approach by Arafat, but you constantly present this as a confirmed fact. It is not. Arafat is certainly corrupt, but that doesn't excuse violence by the Israeli military against children, women, and men in the OCCUPIED territories who are only trying to live a meager existence and have nothing to do with terrorism. And by the way, keffiyahs are worn all across the Middle East. The wearing of keffiyahs is a gesture of solidarity with the Palestinian people, not Arafat, and not terrorists.

Becky wrote:
>But Israel does have rule of law, and courts who regularly rule on IDF acts and policies.

Now, if only the Palestinians had a STATE, they too could have courts in which to prosecute criminals.


 

Who Controls the UN???

I just happened upon this interesting article on the BBC website:

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2828985.stm

In relevant part to the disagreements above:
snip>

United States:
Seven of the last nine vetoes at the Security Council have been by the United States, and six of these have been of draft resolutions criticising the Israeli Government in some way.

The most recent, in December 2002, was a draft resolution criticising the killing by Israeli forces of several United Nations employees and the destruction of the World Food Programme warehouse in the West Bank.

In total, the US has blocked 35 draft resolutions on Israel.
 

Re: Direct Action in Palestine (3/6)

Actually, the jews had no right to "israel" in the first place - they just got it due to moral capital supplied by Hitler when he killed some of them, giving them an excuse (with help from the British) to go on a big racist land grab, motivated by their "we're god's chosen people" religion and concomitant feelings of entitlement. Israel still owes me money from all that usury. Why does the US need israel anyway? Let their economy collapse and let the Arabs overrun them.
 

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