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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2006 03:18:45 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 07.14.06 1. Girls intl forum 7.14 9am 2. Stop Israel now 7.14 4:15pm 3. Electric car/film 7.14 4. NE farmers mkt 7.15 9am 5. Rondo Days 7.15 10am 6. Wobfest/Lynd 7.15 1pm/7pm 7. 911/LooseChange 7.15 2:30pm 8. Immigrant students 7.15 4pm 9. Somalia/peace 7.15 4pm 10. Hastings parade 7.15 7pm 11. Immigration 7.16 1pm 12. Hopkins raspberry 7.16 1pm 13. Holocaust/hope 7.16 2pm 14. AI 7.16 3pm 15. Zimmermann/BBQ 7.16 3pm 16. Vietnam/film 7.16 3pm 17. Cuba photos 7.16-30 5pm 18. YAWR 7.16 5:30pm 19. Ag justice 7.16 6:45pm 20. Jonathan Cook - Israel's latest bureaucratic obscenity 21. Ahdaf Soueif - Only sanctions will stop this brutal campaign 22. Abunimah News - Israeli use of poisonous material alleged 23. Dyab Abou Jahjah - What is the fight in Palestine About? 24. CFL alert - Israel bars entry of Americans into the Weat Bank 25. Robert Halfhill - Malign intent behind conservative philosophy 26. ed - Israel (poem) --------1 of 26-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Girls intl forum 7.14 9am Friday, July 14: Girls International Forum Global Girls' Day: Think globally, act locally! 9 AM-5:30 PM. Macalester College in St. Paul. Meet girls from other countries, learn about global issues facing girls and participate in skill-building and awareness-building workshops. Register at www.girlsforum.org or call 651/645-3636. --------2 of 26-------- Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 12:16:18 -0700 (PDT) From: sarah standefer <scsrn [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Stop Israel now 7.14 4:15pm STOP ISRAEL NOW!! END US MILITARY AND POLITICAL SUPPORT OF ISRAEL As Israel escalates its assault on Palestine and Lebanon, ACT NOW! Friday July 14th 4:15-5:30 PM Corner of Summit and Snelling Ave. St. Paul (solidarity vigils will continue every Friday until Palestine is free) Thursday July 20th 4:30-5:30 Peavey Plaza (in front of Orchestra Hall) Nicollet Ave. and 11th St. Mpls. Called by Coalition for Palestinian Rights. for info call Sarah Standefer 612-437-0222 or Karen Redleaf 651-283-3495 --------3 of 26-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Electric car/film 7.14 7/14 to 7/20, film "Who Killed the Electric Car?," documentary about those who loved it and the company that made it and compacted them in the desert (GM), Lagoon Theater, Uptown Mpls. www.landmarktheaters.com --------4 of 26-------- From: tom [at] organicconsumers.org Subject: NE farmers mkt 7.15 9am So just where on Saturday morning can you get fresh cut flowers, your glasses adjusted, get rubbed up to relieve the stress piled up from your week's work, hear great music, pick up a one of a kind hand made bird house, greet your neighbors or meet new ones and of course find the freshest local produce sold directly by the growers on the eastside of Mississippi River? Why it's the NE Farmers Market, conveniently located on 7th and University in lovely lower NE Minneapolis. Come cool your heels in the shade of the trees that line the NE Farmers Market, sip on your first cup of coffee from Diamonds Coffee Shop and munch on some delicious, delectable, delights lovingly prepared by Chowgirls, those purveyors of killer catering, and figure out just what you are going to fix for supper. It's in season and it's going on every Saturday from 9:AM to 1:PM. Now in its 7th year the NE Farmers Market is your direct connection to shrink the minuets and miles between what's on your fork and the field from where it came. Mark you calendar for our annual CORN FEED on Saturday, AUG 12th!!! One of the true supreme joys that bust forth from the earth every summer and a good reason to believe in a higher power ~ SWEET CORN! We will have it cooked up along with some of the Trebesch's fabulous grilled brats and other delights; NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!! Please feel free to spread this message around; like manure it does not do a lot of good sitting in one place and see ya at the NE Farmers Market! Tom Taylor 612-788-4252 If you or someone you know would like to have a booth of locally produced wares at the NE Farmers Market OR if you would like to volunteer to help out AUG 12th with our annual CORN FEED please come see Tom Taylor or Rod Stevens at the NE Farmers Market. I can also be reached at the phone number above. THANKS! --------5 of 26-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Rondo Days 7.15 10am Saturday, 7/15, Rondo Days (huge African-American celebration in St Paul). 10 am, parade starts at St Peter Claver Church, 375 N Oxford St. 11 am to 6 pm, festival with art, music, food, activities, at MLKing Center, 271 Mackubin St, St Paul. www.rondodays.org -- From: Andy Hamerlinck <iamandy [at] riseup.net> The parade starts at 10am. Marchers line up by 9:30am in front of St. Peter Claver Church on Oxford Street (near Lexington Ave.) in St. Paul. For those needing parking, there is not much. I'd recommend a side street nearby. Remember, we finish up at Dunning Field, near Concordia College. --------6 of 26-------- From: margaret <hope4peace22000 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Wobfest/Lynd 7.15 1pm/7pm MIDWEST WOBFEST 2006 The Twin cities Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (The Wobblies) is hosting this annual celebration of radical unionism Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16th. The IWW is a union unlike any other. It is a grassroots, democratic and militant union that seeks to organize ALL workers in ALL industries in ALL countries into 'One Big Union,' without the bureaucracy and without the fat cat salaries that will do a deal with the boss behind members' backs. Founded over 100 years ago, the Wobblies were the first to advance many causes of the American labor movement---the first to include people of color in a union with white workers and the first to fight for the eight-hour day and the 40-hour week. A 1917 poster said, "Why Be a Soldier? Be a Man. Join the IWW And Fight on the Job for Yourself and Your Class." STAUGHTON LYND--KEYNOTE SPEAKER Saturday, July 15, 1pm Nicholson Hall, U of M Campus Staughton Lynd, political activist, author, historian, and attorney, will share his observations on the world of workers. From Manhattan to a cooperative community in Georgia, from the forefront of the civil rights and the anti-war movements of the 1960s to practicing labor law, from teaching at an Ivy League university to being taught by the working people of Ohio's Mahoning Valley, Staughton Lynd has remained steadfast in both his activism and beliefs Open to all interested workers, IWW or otherwise. WORKERS UNITED REVUE Saturday, July 15, 7pm Crescent Moon Ballroom, 2337 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis Featuring: Friendly--local punk band with Twin Cities IWW members Shannon Murray--Folk / Punk singer-songwriter and IWW member Farheen Hakeem--Educator, Community Organizer and Comedian Other acts TBA Open to the public--All Ages $5.00 cover charge For more information, contact twincities [at] iww.org or 612 339 4418 --------7 of 26-------- From: altera vista <alteravista [at] earthlink.net> Subject: 911/LooseChange 7.15 2:30pm Do you believe the government¹s explanation for 9/11? Did you know that three world trade center buildings collapsed on that date? Come see a FREE MOVIE LOOSE CHANGE (2nd Ed. 2006) about the events of 9/11 and the impossibilities of the official story. Saturday, July 15, 2:30 pm, Shoreview Library 4570 N. Victoria, Shoreview Monday, July 17, 6:30 pm, Maplewood Library 1670 Beam Ave., Maplewood Comments about this film: " a brilliant piece of research presented cinematically with great effectiveness. It's one particular selection of the mountains of evidence that are available about what happened on 9/11. "even a small portion of it is enough to convince you that the official story is nowhere near true." Presented by MN911 Group http://9-11.meetup.com/253/ 651-633-4410 --------8 of 26-------- From: David Strand <mncivil [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Immigrant students 7.15 4pm Immigrant Students invite you to this year's Dream Act BBQ!! All who care about immigrant students gaining access to higher education and who want to do something about equal access to higher education for all are invited! Please invite your families, friends, and community members so that we can keep building a stronger Mn Dream Act movement! Dream Act BBQ to celebrate the accomplishments of the Dream Act youth this past year! Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Mn 55407 We will be on the South side of the park, the side nearest to E. 35th St. Saturday, July 15, 4-7pm RSVP: We need to know who is coming so that we can buy enough food. Let us know by Monday July 10 if you plan on coming - you can RSVP by calling Emma or Felipe at 651-287-0660 or by emailing us at freedomnetwork [at] gmail.com What Else to Bring: Please bring lawn chairs, blankets, soccer balls, frisbees, and whatever else you need to have a great time on a Saturday afternoon at a park. Come and celebrate the accomplishments of this year's Mn Dream Act students and connect with other young people who want to continue working on gaining access to higher education for immigrant youth. Each school that is represented at the BBQ will have an opportunity to talk about their actions over the past year and to talk about what they plan to do in the future. Don't miss it! There will be free food, music, soccer, and gift certificates! Don't miss the jalapeño eating contest, send-a-work-glove to congress people station, dancing contest and games...get ready for serious FuN and AcTiOn! Want to volunteer? Want to donate? We need volunteers to come to Powderhorn Park at 2:00 pm to help set up and cook. If you can't come early, but still want to help, we would love to take your food donation or gifts for the raffle. If you are interested in volunteering or can donate something, please call Emma or Felipe at (651) 287-0660 or email us at freedomnetwork [at] gmail.com. In your message, please let us how you would like to help. Powderhorn Park: The address of the park is 3400 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis - just a block or two from Mercado Central. Call us if you need more details 651-287-0660. --------9 of 26-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Somalia/peace 7.15 4pm Saturday, 7/15, 4 to 8 pm, Center for Somali Solutions and Confederation of Somalis presents Prof Ahmed A. Xayle of DayStar University in Nairobi, talking about peace and reconciliation in Somalia, Brian Coyle Community Center, 420 - 15th Ave S, Mpls. 612-871-7411. --------10 of 26-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Hastings parade 7.15 7pm Greens and candidates are invited to participate in the: Hastings Rivertown Days Parade 2006 Saturday, July 15th, 7pm Line up time: 6:30pm Staging area at 15th street --------11 of 26-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Immigration 7.16 1pm Sunday, 7/16, 1 pm, community meeting for immigration with dignity, Holy Rosary Church, 2424 - 18th Ave S, Mpls. mturck [at] americas.org --------12 of 26-------- From: becki [at] opencivics.org Subject: Hopkins raspberry 7.16 1pm Hopkins Raspberry Festival 1. Sunday, July 16. The Parade starts at 1pm sharp. This is a NEW start time !! 2. Please assemble and be set up in your parade line up spot by 11:30am. The Float Judging will also begin at 11:30am. The royalty must be present with the float in order to be eligible for judging. --------13 of 26-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Holocaust/hope 7.16 2pm At Minnesota History Center this Sunday: A Minnesota Testimony: Historians, Artists and Survivors Discuss the Holocaust.A Minnesota Testimony features six Sunday afternoon programs at the History Center in which participants will examine the history of the Holocaust and its resonance in Minnesotans lives today. Tickets for the series are $74 for the general public and $54 for Minnesota Historical Society members. Individual program tickets go on sale April 26 and are $14 for the general public and $10 for members. Registration is available at www.mnhs.org/testimony. Programs include: Real Art, Real Stories Sunday July 16, 2pm Pictures and writings by children of the Holocaust are a poignant reminder of the human impulse to create, and document the sadness and hopes of the Holocaust for future generations. Dr. Elizabeth Baer will present an overview of children's poetry and observations as recorded in diaries, scraps and litter. These words offer a moving illustration of how the Holocaust affected individual people who dreamed and suffered while paying witness to one of the darkest moments in human history. Dr. Stephen Feinstein will explore the work of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, an artist and teacher who devised innovative techniques to help her young students at the Theresienstadt concentration camp/ghetto overcome its dehumanizing regime and express their humanity. The children's surviving works demonstrate how she empowered them to find light and express hope. Dr. Baer is a Professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College. Dr. Feinstein is a Historian and the Director of the Center for Holocaust Studes at the University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts. ---------14 of 26-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: AI 7.16 3pm Join Group 37 for our regular meeting on Sunday, July 16th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The first part of our meeting will be devoted to discussing plans for our upcoming 30th anniversary celebration (see item 3 below). After that, we will hear from our sub-groups, get news on Amnesty campaigns, share actions and discuss ongoing human rights issues worldwide. All are welcome at the meeting, and refreshments will be provided. Location: Center for Victims of Torture, 717 E. River Rd. SE, Minneapolis (corner of E. River Rd. and Oak St.). Park on street or in the small lot behind the center (the center is a house set back on a large lawn). A map and directions are available on-line: http://www.twincitiesamnesty.org/meetings.html. --------15 of 26-------- From: Lydia Howell [mailto:lhowell [at] visi.com] Subject: Zimmermann/BBQ 7.16 3pm Sunday, July 16, 3-7 pm A Backyard Barbeque Potluck-Before Dean's Trial Begins on July 31st (Bring food to share. Non-alcoholic cold beverages and a hot grill provided by the hosts.) 3148 29th Avenue South, Minneapolis Rebecca & Scott Cramer's home Dean Zimmermann & his attorney, Dan Scott, will be available to answer your questions and/or address your concerns. In addition, donations will be accepted in order to insure the fairest and most just defense possible of Dean against bogus charges of corruption by the U.S. government. Dean has stood & spoken out for all of us - all of his life - about the environment, the Iraq War, organic food co-ops, oppressed communities in Minneapolis, the U.S. and the world, civil rights, human rights, economic justice, social justice, increased democracy, and workers rights. Dean needs all of us to stand with him NOW! If you absotively (a Dean-ism) can't make it to this event, but positutely (another Dean-ism) wish to contribute to Dean's defense, you can send your check to the address below. Make your check out to: Z4J Legal Defense Fund. We want to see you on the 16th - and so does Dean! In solidarity, Scott Cramer & David Tilsen, Co-Chairs Zimmermann for Justice Legal Defense Fund 3220 10th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407 -- Letter from Dean Zimmermann Dear Friends: I am getting a lot of questions from people wanting to know what's going on with my case - and what are you doing now? So in answer to all your questions: My trial starts Monday July 31st , 9am, in the Mpls Federal Court House in front of Judge Ann Montgomery. The trial should last 2 weeks or so. I am confident we will have a favorable outcome, but you never know. Visitors are welcome in the court room. My lawyer is Dan Scott, who was head of the Federal Public Defenders for some 20 years or so. The Zimmermann for Justice defense committee is holding a potluck fundraiser for the trial expenses. See the invitation, from the defense committee,(below my signature) that I am forwarding. Even though I have a public defender, a trial like this runs up a lot of expenses. Come, enjoy a great backyard picnic. As for work, I am back in business as Southside Jack of all Trades. Class A handyperson and home repair specialist. I am spending most of my time and energy working and preparing for the trial. After the trial, I hope to get a little more active in politics again. Jenny is working for the Mpls Blooms Project (formerly Blooming Blvds) and she has started a home cleaning business and is still looking for more clients. The trees need watering. The Park Board has trouble keeping up with watering newly planted trees, say all those less that 3 years old. When it gets as dry and hot as it now is, the young trees can get stressed. If you have a young tree on your boulevard, pull out your hose and water it. Your grand children will thank you. Peace, Dean Zimmermann deanzimm [at] mn.rr.com C: 612-388-1311 H: 612-724-3888 2200 Clinton Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404 --------16 of 26-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Vietnam/film 7.16 3pm Sun. July 16: "SIR NO Sir" @ May Day Books George Orwell's distopia novel "1984" dealt with inconvenient realities by shoving them down The Memory Hole - as was the historical fate of soldiers' (inside and out of the U.S. military) opposing the Vietnam War. David Zieger's "Sir NO Sir!" exposes this history in all its exhillerating rebellion. Tons of archival film with interviews of these valient veterans for peace reveal the GI newspapers and coffeehouses, demonstrations and even mutiny. From humor by the (in)famous FTA (Fuck The Army) dissident roadshow put on by Jane Fonda and others, to radical ideas from the Black Power movement reached soliders in the field. This screening is hosted by Youth Against War & Racism/YAWR, working to get military recruiters off high school campuses. $5/donation to YAWR Sun. July 16, 3pm, May Day Books, 301 Cedar Av S (basement Hub Bicycle,door frwy side), West Bank, Minneapolis (612)333-4719 www.yawr.org www,sirnosir.com The film comes out on DVD JULY 15th. --------17 of 26-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Cuba photos 7.16-30 5pm PHOTOS HIGHLIGHT PAIN OF FAMILIES TORN APART GRAND OPENING Sunday July 16th, 5pm to 9pm Victor's 1959 Café 3756 Grand Ave South Minneapolis 612-827-8948 Corner of 38th & Grand Ave South On July 16th, a photo exhibit will open in Minneapolis that reveals the human impact of the Bush Administration's rules that impede contact between Cuban Americans and their relatives in Cuba. Entitled "Love, Loss, and Longing: The Impact of U.S. Travel Policy on Cuban-American Families," the photos and accompanying text showcase the situations of 20 Cuban Americans who can no longer visit relatives on the island. (Four of the 20 subjects are from the Washington area.) Ironically, while President Bush has touted family rights as one of the main tenets of his administration, U.S officials have increasingly restricted contact between Cuban Americans and their relatives in Cuba. Since 2004, Cuban Americans have been subjected to a series of inhumane and hypocritical U.S. regulations. In order to travel to Cuba, Cuban Americans must first apply for a license from the U.S. Treasury Department. This license allows them to see family once every three years, with no exceptions for emergency situations. In addition, the U.S.-drawn regulations redefine the word "family" to mean only immediate relatives. Aunts and uncles, godparents, nieces and nephews, and cousins need not apply. The result is the loss and the longing chronicled in this photography exhibit. After several weeks at the Arlington Arts Center, the exhibit will tour nationally through the end of 2007. The exhibit features photographs of Cuban Americans who have been adversely affected by U.S. travel policy, some who will be present at each of the two receptions. Each photograph in the exhibit is accompanied by a 250 word narrative - in English and Spanish - that describes the impact of the restrictions on these individuals and their families. Photos by Cuban-American photographers/artists Nestor Hernández, Jr. and Juan-Sí González. Text by Drs. Jeanne Lemkau and David Strug. Organized by the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). The exhibit will be open for viewing during the following hours through July 30th, after the opening reception on July 16th, to be held from 5 to 9pm. There will also be a special event on Wednesday July 26th from 5-9pm, more information on that event forthcoming. Viewing Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 7am-2:30pm & 4:30-9pm Sundays 8am-2pm / Closed Mondays For further information contact: VICTOR VALENS 612-327-6723 --------18 of 26-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: YAWR 7.16 5:30pm Sunday, 7/16, 5:30 pm, general planning meeting of Youth Against War and Racism, May Day Books, 301 Cedar Ave S, Mpls. 612-333-4719 or www.yawr.org --------19 of 26-------- From: Diane J. Peterson <birch7 [at] comcast.net> Subject: Ag justice 7.16 6:45pm AG JUSTICE PRESENTATION JULY 16 & 19 Presentations on the Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) and the development of a socially just food label for small family farmers and their workers will be given on July 16 and July 19 in Minneapolis and Viroqua, Wis., respectively. Representatives from RAFI-USA, the Farmworker Support Committee and Quality Certification Services will give the presentations. AJP has been developing agricultural social justice standards for a domestic fair trade program. They are currently working on a pilot project for verification and implementation of those standards. The meetings will be a great opportunity to find out more about the domestic fair trade movement and the ongoing pilot project. On July 16, the presentation will be at Wedge Community Co-op, 2105 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. On July 19, the presentation will be at Western Wisconsin Technical College in Viroqua, 220 S. Main Street (Rm. 115), from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please RSVP if you can, stating which meeting you will be attending. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Joe Riemann at 612-465-8810 or joe [at] wedge.coop. --------20 of 26-------- Israel's latest bureaucratic obscenity By Jonathan Cook The Electronic Intifada - 12 July 2006 http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article4966.shtml The same malign intent by Israel towards the Palestinians is stamped through its history like the lettering in a children's stick of seaside rock. But despite the consistent aim of Israeli policy, generation after generation of Western politicians, diplomats and journalists has shown a repeated inability to grasp what is happening before its very eyes. The Palestinian historian Rashid Khalidi once noted that the first goal of Israel's founders as they prepared to establish their Jewish state on a large swath of the Palestinian homeland in 1948 was to empty Palestine's urban heartlands of their educated elites. Even before Israel's Declaration of Independence on 15 May 1948, most Palestinians had been terrified away from the two wealthiest cities in coastal Palestine, Jaffa and Haifa. Other Palestinian cities soon fell during the war of 1948: Israeli forces mostly cleansed Lydda, Ramle, Acre, Safad, Tiberias, Baysan and Bir Saba of their native populations. Today all these cities have been repopulated with Jews - as well as renamed. Khalidi has written: "These refugees from the urban areas of the country generally tended to be those Palestinians with the highest levels of literacy, skills, wealth, and education". Or, in other words, the small number of Palestinians allowed to remain in their homeland by Israel were peasant families living in isolated rural communities. These Palestinians posed little threat to the new Jewish state: they lacked the education and tools to resist both the wholesale dispossession of their people and their own personal loss as their farm lands were expropriated by the state to establish the Jewish farming communes of the kibbutz and moshav movements. And so history repeats itself. As Israel's violent siege of Gaza continues, the Associated Press reported this week that dozens of Palestinians with American passports have left Gaza, escorted out of the Strip in a convoy of United Nations vehicles. One Palestinian American mother said she and her children could no longer stand the terrifying sonic booms produced by Israeli aircraft flying overhead during the night. These fleeing Palestinians have two things that most of their kin in Gaza lack: they have lots of money that they might have invested in rebuilding Gaza's economy were Israel not intent on destroying it; and they are familiar with a language and ideas that might have conveyed very effectively to Western audiences the horror currently being endured by Gaza's civilian population. They are also among the least radicalised elements of Gaza's population and might have been the ones most willing to start a dialogue with Israel - had Israel shown any interest in negotiating. But of course their absence from Gaza, and flight to America, will not be mourned by Israel. How much Israel fears the presence in the occupied territories of Palestinians who have lived in the West - those who have money and influence, and speak in a language the non-Arab world can understand - was highlighted in another piece of news this week that went mostly unnoticed. According to the Haaretz newspaper, Israel's interior ministry has been quietly implementing a new rule since April that allows it to refuse entry to Palestinians holding foreign passports to Israel and the occupied territories. Most of those affected are Palestinians who today have citizenship in America or Europe. Israel has this power over these Palestinians' lives because, since its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, it has usurped control of the borders of the Palestinian territories. In another sign of how mistaken Western observers are in believing that the occupation of Gaza somehow ended with the withdrawal of Jewish settlers last year, Israel is still able to prevent Palestinians with a foreign passport (as well as those from the West Bank) from entering Gaza. This new policy of exclusion affects thousands of the wealthiest and most educated Palestinians, some of whom have been living in the occupied territories for a decade or more investing in the economy as entrepreneurs, teaching in the universities or establishing desperately needed civil society organisations. In another irony, many of these Palestinians have a foreign passport only because Israel stripped them of their rights to residency in the occupied territories in violation of international law. Using its control of the area's borders since 1967, Israel revoked the residency of these Palestinians while they were studying or working abroad. As the Israeli journalist Amira Hass has documented, some of these Palestinians eventually came back to the occupied territories after marrying a local Palestinian resident but were refused rights of residency they should be entitled to according to the normal principles of family unification. Instead most Palestinians with foreign passports have remained in the occupied territories at Israel's discretion: as long as they renewed their tourist visa every three months by crossing the border into Jordan or Egypt, they were left in relative peace. But Israel is now unilaterally changing the rules (as it always does), even if it has been too embarrassed to declare the fact openly. Apparently the US embassy has been aware of the change for some time but does not think it should intervene in the "sovereign decisions" of another country - or, more accurately, in the decisions of a sovereign country, Israel, in violating the rights of an occupied people, the Palestinians. Palestinians with US passports have been told by Israel that, when their three-month visas expire, they will no longer be entitled to enter the occupied territories to visit their families - except in rare "humanitarian cases" such as a close relative dying. Some will be separated from their spouse and children, while others will lose their businesses and everything they have invested in them. With these foreign passport holders forced to leave the occupied territories, the pressure is sure to grow on their families left behind in Gaza or the West Bank to seek ways to emigrate abroad to be with them again. The purpose of Israel's current bureaucratic obscenity is the same as it was in 1948 when its highest priority was the clearing of the Palestinian cities of their elites to make way for the establishment of the Jewish state. This time Israel needs to empty the ghettoes it is crafting for the Palestinians of the most educated and well-connected of their number so that it can more credibly claim that there is no one "moderate" to talk to. Any Palestinian with a stake in an Israeli-imposed peace, even one that damages Palestinian national interests, will have been forced out by Israel's policies long before. Those who remain behind, trapped by walls of concrete and steel, will be powerless to resist the unilateral and illegal expansion of Israel's borders explicit in Ehud Olmert's convergence plan. When the only noise heard from the Palestinians in their cages is the occasional whine of a home-made Qassam rocket flying out of the ghetto into the Jewish state, we will be told by Israel and its US ally that terror is the only language the Palestinians know. But, in truth, it will be the only language we have left the Palestinians to speak. [Jonathan Cook, based in Nazareth, is the author of Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State, published by Pluto Press and available in the US from University of Michigan Press. His website is http://www.jkcook.net.] --------21 of 26-------- Only sanctions will stop this brutal campaign The world is watching, and we are all made complicit by the failure of our governments to end Palestinian anguish By Ahdaf Soueif The Guardian - 13 July 2006 http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1819073,00.html Last Saturday, I had lunch with friends in London at a benefit for the medical school at the Arab University in Jerusalem. At home later, I watched the news on al-Jazeera: 12 more Palestinians killed by the Israeli army. There were sirens. There were young men bending to kiss the forehead of their fallen comrade while his mother sat rocking and speechless. There was a man hurrying through twisted metal, carrying the bleeding body of a little girl. There were women on balconies, boys holding toddlers, old men in kaffiyes, and they all said: "Where is the world? Where are the Arabs?" I pressed a button and switched them all off. I went to bed and slept. Well, I sat on the edge of the bed for a bit. And before that I had watched the images replay in my head while I brushed my teeth and my hair. I had reminded myself to breathe properly and not to frown so hard. And after I went to bed I got up a couple of times to drink water - to try to push down whatever was sitting on my chest and making my breathing short and shallow. But, in the end, I slept. I woke up this morning, and the day was fresh and new. And I had new emails. Some were from friends desperate to do something and debating what it should be. Some from groups and organisations drafting letters and appeals on behalf of the Palestinians and the Iraqis - yes, let's not lose sight of Haditha and Ramadi because it's Gaza's turn on the rack. And there were messages from the four corners of the earth that had started their e-life in Gaza. Here's one: "Dear Friends Everywhere, I live in al-Twam, between Beit Lahia and Jabalia Camp. The Israeli troops are moving towards the area where I live. They are 2km away. In the last two days, 35 persons were killed and 120 injured. The Israeli troops are shooting and shelling randomly the houses of the civilians ... Now, while writing this email, at 10pm, the tanks are about 500m from my home. In the coming hours, my home will be in the invaded and reoccupied areas. I do not know what might happen later. My children are hearing the shootings and explosions. They understand that they are exposed to a threat from which no one can protect them ... The only thing I thought I could do is to send this appeal - and hope. Safwat Diab." Mr Diab, your appeal has reached me as it has reached many, many people. If Ehud Olmert thinks the actions of the Israeli army only affect Mr Diab and his neighbours, or even only Palestinians and Arabs, he is mistaken. The world is paying attention. Around the world, millions are bearing witness, and they hate being in the position of the bystander; they are taking action. In October 2004, at the European Social Forum in London, an Israeli air-force pilot, Yonatan Shapira, called for sanctions against Israel. A year earlier, Shapira had refused to bomb Palestinian towns and had influenced 26 of his comrades-in-arms to do the same. He spoke of his love for his country and of his conviction that it was on the road to self-destruction. He had come to London to ask for help. Europe was Israel's only hope, he said: it must impose sanctions on his country and force it to make a real peace. About 3,000 people were on their feet cheering him. A young Palestinian woman stood up and said that the last Israeli soldier she had seen had made her walk on the bodies of her cousins as she stumbled out of Shatila in 1982. Seeing Shapira and hearing his words reaffirmed her faith in a common humanity. Emotions ran high. It seemed that truth and reconciliation were almost within our grasp. Yet nothing in the official world of politics reflects the popular will. Israel continues to enjoy favoured-nation status with a Europe that starves the Palestinians for electing Hamas. We, the citizens, busy ourselves raising funds for medical equipment, collecting books and signing appeals while the Israeli army picks off a few kids in Gaza, blows off a few limbs in Jenin, knocks down a few houses in Nablus - and offers funds and freshly stolen West Bank land to Jewish settlers recently evacuated from Gaza. Three hundred British Jews have signed a letter strongly condemning Israel's actions. But we are all made complicit by the failure of our governments to act to stop Israel's barbarous campaign against the Palestinians. British Arabs feel doubly compromised as the world registers, yet again, the spineless behaviour of the Arab governments. Since the capture of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit by Palestinian fighters, Israel has killed 60 Palestinians. The Gaza Strip is virtually inaccessible to foreigners, and there are reports Israel will soon close off the West Bank as well. Yesterday, in what appears to be an attempt to take the heat off Gaza, Hizbullah in south Lebanon attacked Israeli border posts and captured two soldiers. It is only a matter of time before things escalate. At the heart of it all is Israel's persecution of the Palestinians. It's time to help the Palestinians not just survive within the parameters of Israeli policy, but to save them from Israel's brutal plan; to save Israel from itself; and to save the world from the effects of the terrible sorrow and anger that is the response of millions to the Palestinian anguish. It's time to make Israel face up to what it is and what it wants to become. It's time for sanctions. [Ahdaf Soueif 's latest book is Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground.] --------22 of 26-------- Israeli use of poisonous material alleged excerpted from Abunimah News - 13 July 2006 United Press Interntional - 10 July 2006 http://www.upi.com/InternationalIntelligence/view.php?StoryID 060710-081624-7700r GAZA, July 10 (UPI) -- The Palestinian health ministry accused Israel of using a new type of banned explosives containing poisonous material. A ministry report released Monday said testimonies from surgeons in Palestinian hospitals indicated that "all 249 casualties inflicted by the Israeli war machine during the operation on Gaza which started on June 27 resulted from shrapnel of new and developed shells and explosives which cause amputation of limbs and burning of all the injured parts." The ministry called on the international community and human rights organization "to send medical committees to examine the wounded and verify the existence of poisonous material in their bodies caused by Israeli weapons." It also urged international organization to put pressure on Israel to stop using internationally banned arms against inoffensive and unarmed civilians. The report indicated that "most casualties who were submitted to surgeries were caused by strong explosions that led to the amputation and carbonization of limbs while shrapnel caused small openings in the body through which internal parts, including intestines and spleen, are burned." In a related development, the foreign ministry warned Monday that Israel's military operations and threats to expand its incursion in Gaza will not contribute to finding a diplomatic solution to the crisis of the Israeli soldier abducted by three Palestinian factions, including Hamas which leads the Palestinian government. The ministry said in a statement that "international idleness and silence over Israel's crimes do not contribute to boosting the rule of the law but encourages the law of the jungle and Israel's ignoring of all international norms." Israel launched operation "Summer Rains" in Gaza two weeks ago in an attempt to free Cpl. Gilad Shalit, who was abducted in an attack on the crossing of Keer Shalom between Gaza and Israel by militants from Hamas, the Popular Resistance Committees and the Islamic Army. --------23 of 26-------- What is the fight in Palestine About? by Dyab Abou Jahjah Arab-European League - Jul 4, 2006 http://www.arabeuropean.org/newsdetail.php?ID=173&PHPSESSID=aae449cbe0b1fe7e56b9e1096155bd43 http://www.arabeuropean.org The onslaught against our Arab people in Palestine is ongoing while the show of cowards and the complicity put out by the International community and the Arab corrupted regimes is paramount. The final count down for the earthquake has started and the Zionist intentions are not limited to Palestine but will reach out to Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere. All that because the heroic resistance fighters have captured a soldier in a classical attack on an Israeli tank, one of the tanks that bombed their houses, killed their children and imposes a siege on them worthy of animals in a zoo. No there should be no peace with the colonizer, there should be no compromise with the fascist, and one thing should be reasserted, this conflict is not about borders, it is about existence like Gamal Abdul Nasser taught us. Zionism is a racist colonialist ideology and movement that produced a racist and colonial apartheid state called Israel by means of terror, massacres and ethnic cleansing. That state was created on a piece of Arab land called Palestine, and the Zionists used the European guilt feeling after the Holocaust to force a dubious recognition of their crime against the Arab people. The plan was facilitated by other colonial powers (France and Britain) through the division of the Arab nation into various artificial states instead of allowing an Arab State to emerge out of the ruins of the Arab empire, a state that was fought for by the brave leader Youssef Al Addem in the battle of Mayssaloun in 1920. But Al Addem and his scarcely armed comrades in the Arab Army died as martyrs that day under the bombs of French airplanes, and the division of the Arab homeland was established. The artificial Arab states were distributed to corrupted elites as rewards for their collaboration. These States did not only fail to defend Palestine in 1948, they even contributed to its colonization as a manner of gratitude to their colonial masters who gave them their positions. Today like yesterday, the battle for Palestine can only be won if it is approached from a broad Arab national perspective. Fragmenting the Arab struggle into a Palestinian one, a Lebanese one, an Egyptian one, a Syrian one etc. has been a successful strategy deployed by our enemies in order to guarantee their continuous success and our failure. Slogans like "the Palestinian case should be managed by the Palestinian people only" hide in them the same colonial connotation and agenda, they have lead to the concessions by the PLO and to the Oslo catastrophe of which we see the results today. The battle for Palestine is part of the battle of the Arab people for liberation, progress and unity against the colonial order of 1918. This is the only way we should conceive this battle and when we understand that we also understand that the battle for Palestine should be fought not only in Gaza but also in Rabat, in Cairo, In Baghdad and in all Arab cities. The colonial order of corruption, oppression and occupation is one system and it should be brought down all together. The same battle should also be fought on the cultural and mental level by reasserting the unity of the Nation, its Arab identity, and its culture. Against the anti-identity project of the Americans ( the great middle east project) we must reassert the Arab nationalist project and reject the imperialist claim that the middle east is just a geographical entity in which a Jewish state can easily be integrated. There is no Place in the Arab world for anything but an Arab state, this is the ultimate anti-colonial position that must be upheld at all times. This is how we will eventually defeat the Zionist criminal entity of Israel, and this is how Zionism will be thrown into the garbage bin of history together with Nazism and Fascism. --------24 of 26--------- 7/10/06-CFL ALERT: FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1967, ISRAEL BARS ENTRY OF AMERICANS INTO THE WEST BANK sent by Seham Fare - Jul 10,l 2006 http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=-1&url_num=0&url=http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/CFLWeb/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=4549 Palestinian-Americans who have lived and worked in the West Bank for years are being prevented from entering Palestinian territories when returning from trips abroad. Because the Israeli Interior Ministry has not issued a formal statement Palestinian-Americans are learning of this new policy when they reach border crossings and are refused entry. This ban has affected thousands of American and European citizens who are currently unable to return to their jobs, schools and families by the Israeli government. Please take a moment to condemn the treatment of American citizens by the Israeli government and to ask your representatives what they will do to help American citizens in the Occupied Territories. Tell your representatives that you believe this extreme new policy is a form of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population. These are fellow Americans who carry American passports and should be afforded the rights of every free American. By creating these ridiculous obstacle courses through which American citizens have to go through in order to go to work, to their homes or to visit their families, the Israelis are hoping to drive all Palestinians out of the Occupied Territories. Tell your representatives that not only are Palestinian-Americans being prevented from entering the territories, but Americans working for humanitarian organizations are also not being allowed into the West Bank. Ask your representatives to demand that Israel explain why it is preventing American citizens and humanitarian relief workers into the territories. Tell your representatives that you are outraged that Israel would treat American citizens this way considering that the U.S. gives that country $12 billion dollars in welfare a year. Please call the Israeli Embassy in the U.S. to let them know that you do not agree with this policy. General Comments: (212) 499-5426 feedback [at] newyork.mfa.gov.il Consular Department (212) 499-5400 consular [at] newyork.mfa.gov.il EMAIL AND OR CALL THE WHITE HOUSE WHITE HOUSE COMMENTS LINE: 202-456-1111 WHITE HOUSE SWITCHBOARD: 202-456-1414 WHITE HOUSE FAX: 202-456-2461 Citizens for Fair Legislation www.cflweb.org --------25 of 26-------- [Robert Halfhill comments on the Lakoff et al piece run recently in the Progressive Calendar. See end for context.-ed] From: Robert Halfhill "rhalfhill [at] juno.com" <rhalfhill [at] juno.com> Subject: MALIGN INTENT BEHIND CONSERVATIVE PHILOSOPHY The following article is a reply to BUSH IS NOT INCOMPETENT, by George Lakoff, Marc Ettlinger and Sam Ferguson. The authors argued that the real enemy behind Bush's action was Conservative philosophy with its three central tenets: Individual Initiative, The President As Moral Authority, and Free Markets. Bush's astronomical deficits can be explained as an attempt to make the government unable to fund social programs so people will learn to depend on their own initiative in the free market. Bush's incursions on civil liberties can be explained by the belief that the President is the moral authority with the responsibility to defend us and the power to do whatever he thinks is necessary to defend us. I argue that as important as conservative philosophy is in motivating Bush and like minded government officials, the malign intent behind the conservative philosophy is what is really central to their motivations. MALIGN INTENT MORE IMPORTANT THAN CONSERVATIVE PHILOSOPHY It was malice and not just conservative philosophy which wanted people to not be dependent on the government which can only explain the U.S. governments more spectacular fiascoes. For instance, the chain of stupidities around New Orleans and Katrina are so numerous that we have to conclude there was malign intent and not just ideological conservatism involved. Foreign ships were prevented from approaching New Orleans to offer aid. Other groups were prevented from approaching New Orleans by land. A fleet of 500 WalMart trucks with food and Water was turned away. The radio system that the city used to communicate with its police cars was reduced to only 10% functioning by the hurricane. Someone with city authorizations went to the northeast to obtain the necessary parts. He was halted by federal troops manning a roadblock a few hours from the city. They would not let him explain that he had city authorization and forced him to pull over to the side of the road. A doctor performing heart-lung resuscitation on flood victims was forced to stop by a federal official because he did not have the necessary federal credentials. Perhaps 50,000 people were left in the hell of the Superdome for days without food and water. New Orleaneans trying to escape across the bridge to a community across the river were stopped by the police and told they were not going to bring New Orleans' problems to their community. A few hundred refugees found a concrete apron beneath the bridge where they set up camp for a few days. NPR interviewed a woman who said that after a few days, a policeman charged down there, with "every other word out of his mouth beginning with f," telling them to get out. After they left, a helicopter descended and blew all their possessions off the apron. I will need to get independent confirmation for the CITY PAGES feature about the refugees who did get out being held in camps by armed troops who profanely threatened to shoot them if they ventured within so many feet of the barbed wire. The point is that this was not merely some kind of free market religious fundamentalism but the naked, racist, classist face of Amerika exposed in all its frightful ugliness in the wake of Katrina. The seemingly mind boggling chain of stupidities make perfect sense when we realize they reflected a malign, evil intent to replace a Black, democratic city with a white, Republican one. I assume [some of] you read my posts on the Minnesota Green Party discussion list about how the incredible string of stupidities that let to 9/11 can only be explained by a malign intent to bring about a new Pearl Harbor and create the super patriotic hysteria that swung the political climate in this country so markedly to the right and created the ground swell of support for Bush's war adventures and encroachments on civil liberties. And of course the Bushites were not actually so stupid that they actually believed there were WMD's in Iraq. And no one could be so stupid that they would arrange for the voting to be done on machines that could be hacked and that left no paper ballot trail. No, they INTENDED to steal the election. So the conservative free market fundamentalism is merely the epiphenomenon and the idealogical fig leaf. The real forces operating are the ruling class's malign intent is to establish a planetary Pax Americana to succeed the ancient Pax Romana, replace our facade of a capitalist democracy with a domestic dictatorship and Imperium, hog yet more outrageous displays of wealth to themselves while everybody else is cast in to abject poverty and inflict whatever unmitigated hell on minorities that is necessary to achieve their purposes. -Robert Halfhill [Minneapolis] http://halfhillviews.greatnow.com http://halfhillblog.blogspot.com ----------- BUSH IS NOT INCOMPETENT by George Lakoff, Marc Ettlinger and Sam Ferguson [See Progressive Calendar 07.11.06 for the whole article. Here is the last paragraph, followed by my comment. -ed] Conservatism itself is the villain that is harming our people, destroying our environment, and weakening our nation. Conservatives are undermining American values through legislation almost every day. This message applies to every conservative bill proposed to Congress. The issue that arises every day is which philosophy of governing should shape our country. It is the issue of our times. Unless conservative philosophy itself is discredited, Conservatives will continue their domination of public [institutions]. [And behind conservatism (as used above) is the ruling class. Conservatism is just monumental greed and amorality in a three piece suit. A very smart evil person seeking the ideological "justification" of his toxic nature would invent conservatism. As long as we tolerate a ruling class, that class will be spewing its conscience-deadening "priciples". The ruling class itself must be discredited; we should understand "super-rich" to mean: bad, socially cancerous, sneaky, underhanded, war-mongering, anti-democratic, quasi-fascist. -ed] ---------26 of 26-------- If Israel is a failed experiment, it should be treated as one ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments
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