Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mazin Qumsiyeh Professor and Director Palestine Museum of Natural History Finds Encouraging Words on Speaking Tour In Germany

Humanitarian ships trying to peacefully break the illegal and immoral siege
on Gaza were intercepted by the Israeli navy. But good people will keep
trying to do good things against all odds. See this video for example about
a Gaza initiative with colors https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CX34C2B1nt8

So far my trip to Europe is going great.  And from what I hear from the
volunteers and workers at the museum back in Bethlehem, there are also
great news.  The whirlwind tour of Europe began in Munich and goes through
Leipzig, Berlin, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Zurich, Dornbrin, Bratislava,
Vienna. Nine cites in in 12 days meant lots of trains and other modes of
transportation. Main two purposes are: signing my book on Sharing the Land
of Canaan (out in German now) and seeking collaborations and partnerships
for our nascent museum of Natural History. this gives one time to read and
reflect. I certainly gathered many books and other literature along the
way. I also reflected how two German people I never met actually influenced
my life. One is Mr. Schneller who founded an orphanage school in Jerusalem
that saved my grandfather (who lost all his immediate family members in
World War I). The other is Rev. Schmitz who collected many animals in
Palestine and also founded a girls’ school in Jerusalem. I was a teacher at
that school in 1978-1979. That collection was taken over by Israeli

As in previous visit, we got encouraged by the site of remnants of the
Berlin wall. If that wall can fall, then certainly our apartheid wall will
fall. We engaged in amazing conversations with varied people covering areas
ranging from nature conservation, research on biodiversity, early childhood
education, German-Israel relations, apartheid, Nazi-Zionist collaboration,
and much more.

Everywhere I go people are so welcoming and so interested in helping
Palestine and Helping PMNH-BU. Although so far I have been running around
without enough sleep, I feel more energy than ever before. Examples of
collaboration include sending some of our young people to learn things like
taxidermy, museum exhibition design, and modeling nature and artifacts for
exhibition. We also need to send some for acquiring higher degrees and to
return trained in various disciplines (paleontology, arachnology,
entomology, ethnology etc.).   I am always impressed by how much people do
with very limited resources. Many live simpler lives so that they are not
distracted and they can focus on good work. Others have resources and
realize that giving is very enjoyable activity. The national group of
German Palestinian Association (Deutsch-Palaestinensischen Gesellschaft
dpg-netz.de ) is well organized in many German cities and has a beautiful
and highly informative magazine.I could go on and on.

More and more, we realize our priority/challenge is how best to invest in
the young people (especially those who volunteer). This even as we keep the
energy of us older folks. In Europe I met many people of all ages engaged
in BDS and other actions for peace. Kudos to the,. But we also have so many
good young people with great potential. I am sure they/we together can make
miracles. As the great Mahatma Gandhi once said “A small body of determined
spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the
course of history.” This got me to thinking more about the mission of the
museum which includes reshaping ourselves (developing respect for ourselves
first) which brings me to another point Gandhi made: “Our greatness lies
not so much in being able to remake the world, as in being able to remake
ourselves” and similarly “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It
comes from an indomitable will.”  But the key question remains in what
direction should we push ourselves and how do we proceed to change

Mazin Qumsiyeh
Professor and Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH)
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS)
Bethlehem University
Sustainability, Youth Education and Empowerment
Tel 970-22773553

Israel intercepts & escorts Gaza flotilla flagship, RT columnist aboard

News | 30.06.2015 | 01:10
Contact has been lost with the Swedish boat Marianne, which had been leading the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla, after other boats turned back. The IDF announced that they intercepted and searched the vessel which had tried to "breach the maritime blockade."
RT's Nadezhda Kevorkova who is on board the Marianne, the flotilla’s flagship, said by phone that a military helicopter had been flying above the flotilla as well as an unknown military plane “flying very low above the water” near the activists’ vessels. 
The Freedom Flotilla Coalition lost contact with the flagship of the flotilla at 10:57pm GMT, the organization said. The vessel was some 100 nautical miles from its destination when it happened.
The Israeli navy has engaged the vessel, boarded and searched it, the Israeli Defense Forces' spokesman Peter Lerner confirmed. He said the Marianne is now being escorted to Ashdod Port after ignoring "repeated appeals to change course."
Earlier, the Coalition confirmed that three vessels which are part of the flotilla turned back to their ports of origin, as was part of the original plan.
“The three sailing boats accompanying and supporting the “Marianne” (“Rachel”, “Vittorio” and “Juliano II”) are changing their course and will be heading back to their ports of origin,” it announced.
The Israeli government ordered the navy to “redirect” the vessel only after “exhausting all diplomatic channels,” according to the IDF. After the Marianne crew refused to change the course, the naval forces“visited and searched the vessel” and “reported that use of force was unnecessary, and that the process was uneventful.”
“The vessel is currently being escorted to Ashdod Port and is expected to arrive within 12-24 hours,” the statement adds.
Israel is maintaining its naval blockade of Gaza according to international law, as confirmed by the US Secretary General, said Israeli Foreign Affairs deputy spokesman, Oren Rozenblat, answering RT’s question about why Israel is deploying the military against civilian ships.
Activists aboard the intercepted ship are “fine and on their way to Israel,” said Rozenblat, stressing that maybe he will greet them personally tonight. The activists will be expelled from Israel as soon as possible, he added.
“There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza whatsoever,” claimed the official, commenting on the Israeli prime minister’s office sarcastically proposing the flotilla head for Syria instead.
However, the European activists against Gaza siege don’t agree with the Israeli official. Rami Abdo, one of the campaigners, says ‘the situation on the ground is dire.’
Rozenblat also asserted there is no siege in Gaza. “We’ve hundreds of truckloads of goods coming to Gaza every day,” he said, adding that Israel could “send even more” goods, but that depends on the Gazans’ spending power. “There is no limitation from our side.”
However, the organizers of the flotilla have reasons to believe that the engagement was not as uneventful and non-violent as the navy claims, and that some people on board “might be hurt.”
“We could not contact the boat or anyone on the boat in the last couple of hours before capture,” a representative of the Freedom Flotilla III media team told RT by phone. “We have no reason yet to believe that the capture was [as] uneventful as the IDF claimed, because the last time they said [that] in 2012, people were tasered and beaten with clubs.”
The coalition expected Tel-Aviv to make every effort to stop the third Freedom Flotilla, but still hoped that “at some point a more reasonable voice will prevail in the Israeli government.”
Meanwhile, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has praised the navy personnel “for their determined and efficient” actions that allowed for the maintenance of the the blockade.
“This flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region,” Netanyahu said. “We are not prepared to accept the entry of war materiel [in] to the terrorist organizations in Gaza as has been done by sea in the past.”
“Israel is the only democracy that defends itself in accordance with international law,” Netanyahu was cited as saying in an issued statement.
“Preventing entry by sea was done in accordance with international law and even received backing from a committee of the UN Secretary General,” the Israeli PM claimed.
The four vessels which departed from various ports in Greece on Saturday attempted to break the eight-year long Palestinian blockade, a news release on the campaign’s official webpage said. This time, some 70 people were on board, including former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki and Spanish MEP Ana Maria Miranda Paza.
Israeli officials said on Sunday they would not allow the boats to reach the shores of Gaza.
"The Foreign Ministry and all other relevant bodies, mostly the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) and the Prime Minister’s Office, are fully prepared for the arrival of the flotilla. We are ready for every possible scenario,"the ministry's spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon said on Sunday, as quoted by The Times of Israel.
"It won’t reach Gaza," he announced. "The State of Israel won’t let that happen," the official said, adding that the organizers of the flotilla have themselves declared their aim to be the breakage of Israel's naval blockade of Gaza, which Jerusalem says "is legal according to international law."
In 2011, a report by a UN investigative committee implied that Israel has the right to stop Gaza-bound vessels, The Times of Israel reported. On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he believed "a flotilla will not help to address the dire situation in Gaza," but urged Israel to "lift all closures, with due consideration of Israel's legitimate security concerns."
While Israel says the blockade is intended to prevent Hamas from getting weapons and other materials that could potentially be used to attack it, the flotilla allegedly only had humanitarian aid set to be delivered to the people of Gaza.
There are other "acceptable and accessible"ways for Palestinians-addressed help in Gaza, Nahshon said, adding that "if they [the flotilla] want to make a statement to break the blockade, we won't allow that."
A number of politicians and activists in Israel do not support such uncompromising position, arguing that the flotilla is peaceful and poses no danger to the country's security. Sending in troops could further seal Israel's image as an "aggressor," The Times of Israel said, citing a former Knesset member and prominent far-left activist Uri Avnery.
In 2010, a similar attempt to break the blockade with the "Freedom Flotilla" ended in bloodshed. Israeli troops then boarded a Gaza-bound vessel in international waters. Nine pro-Palestinian activists made a stand against the military with rods and knives, with the clashes having resulted in the deaths of the flotilla team members.
Tags: HAMAS Gaza Strip Israel
Source: http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2015/06/30/israel-intercepts-and-escorts-gaza-flotilla-flagship-rt-columnist-aboard.html

Greece Open to Becoming BRICS Member – Defense Ministry

News | 30.06.2015 | 12:54
Sputnik – In May, Russia invited Greece to become an NDB member, with discussions on Athens' membership in the bank expected to take place at the July 9-10 BRICS summit in the Russian city of Ufa.
“Greece has also been invited to become a BRICS member within the Development Bank of the BRICS. We are still open to that,” Isychos, who is also the co-chair of the Russian-Greek Intergovernmental Committee, said.
According to him, Greece has always been in favor of good European-Russian relations and of European-Eurasian relations. Athens is currently in talks over joining the BRICS bank with the group’s members.
“So we do have a multilateral foreign policy, both in the strict sense of foreign policy, but also in a broader sense of economic external policy,” Isychos added.
Five major developing economies — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — signed an agreement to establish the NDB at a July 2014 summit in Fortaleza, Brazil. BRICS member states agreed to establish a $100-billion liquidity reserve to ensure the bank's financial stability.
The NDB is expected to become an alternative to Western-dominated financial institutions and will focus primarily on funding infrastructure projects.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Israel verweigert Breakdancern Ausreise aus Gaza für Europatournee

 Gaza Camps Breakerz
Der Gazastreifen,der vor einem Jahr zum dritten Mal innerhalb von 6 Jahren einem weiteren israelischen Inferno ausgesetzt war, bleibt von der Außenwelt abgeriegelt, wird am Wiederaufbau gehindert. 
Ein Boot der Free Gaza Flotille 3 wurde gestern in internationalen Gewässern von der israelischen Marine gekapert, weitere Boote wurden von griechischen Behörden an der Weiterfahrt gehindert. 

Auch acht junge Breakdancer der Gaza Camps Breakerz, die seit letzte Woche mit ihrer Show "Gaza Is Alive - Gaza Lebt -غزة على قيد الحياة " auf Europa-Tournee sein wollten, düfen den Gazastreifen nicht verlassen. 
Israel hat ihnen die Ausreise, obwohl sie schon eine Genehmigung hatten, in der letzten Minute doch verweigert. 

Wenn sogar jungen Menschen die Möglichkeit zu reisen, neue Erfahrungen zu machen, Freundschaften zu knüpfen, die Welt zu sehen, genommen wird, dann haben wir verloren. 

Ich bitte Jede/Jeden von Ihnen, protestieren Sie bei unseren Politikern, bei der israelischen Botschaft in Berlin, bei der deutschen Botschaft in Tel Aviv - schreiben Sie Briefe, telefonieren Sie, machen Sie Druck. 
Wir dürfen das nicht weiter hinnehmen! Die Jugend soll doch unsere Zukunft sein? Wie kann sie das, wenn wir ihr die Zukunft nehmen?

Zwei der Tänzer befinden sich schon in Deutschland, sie werden auf alle Fälle die Tournee mit ihrer Betreuerin Cécile Hertel durchführen. 
Für Fragen und Hilfsangebote können Sie Cécile Hertel unter cecile@hertel-baumpflege.de kontaktieren. 

Im Anhang finden Sie unseren Freiburger Vorab-Infoflyer. Wir freuen uns, dass wir gemeinsam mit der Tanzschule Gutmann die Camps Breakerz am 23. und 24.7.15 nach Freiburg holen können. Am 24.7. sind Workshops in der Tanzschule sowie um 23 Uhr ein Kurzauftritt der Breakerz auf der Dance Night bei Gutmann geplant.

siehe Brekadancer video aus gaza:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbXMXzndCC8


Tausend Dank an Alle, die uns Tips für Aufführungsorte geschickt haben. Für die große Show, die wir am Donnerstag, 23.7.15 geplant haben fehlt uns allerdings immer noch eine Bühne. Alle Versuche bis jetzt waren umsonst. Wir geben natürlich noch nicht auf. 

Herzliche Grüße sendet

Gabi Weber
Cafe Palestine Freiburg

Free Gaza Flotilla 3

Dr. Gabi Weber, Freiburg

Israel Seizes Gaza-Bound Boat in “Act of Piracy” By Ali Abunimah,

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Palestinians children hold placards and wave their national flag during a rally to show support for activists aboard a flotilla of boats who are soon to set sail for Gaza in a fresh bid to break Israel's blockade of the territory
Palestinian children take part in a rally to show support for the latest attempt to break the siege of Gaza by sea, at the Gaza City port on 28 June 2015. Ashraf Amra/APA images
Israeli forces boarded and commandeered the Marianne on Monday, one of four boats that were bound for Gaza in the latest attempt to break the tight Israeli siege of the occupied territory.
At around 2 am Gaza time Marianne was surrounded by three Israeli navy boats while in international waters more than 100 miles off the coast of Gaza, organizers Freedom Flotilla III said in a press release.
“After that we lost contact with the Marianne and at 05:11 am (Gaza time) the IDF [Israeli army] announced that they had ‘visited and searched’ Marianne,” the press release states. “They had captured the boat and detained all on board ‘in international waters’ as they admitted themselves. The only positive content in the IDF announcement was that they still recognize that there is a naval blockade of Gaza, despite the Netanyahu government’s recent denial that one exists.”
Organizers called the seizure of the boat and its passengers an “act of piracy.”
Israel’s Haaretz reports that the boat is being towed to Usdud (Ashdod), a port in present-day Israel, where the passengers “will be interrogated before being escorted to Ben Gurion Airport and flown out of Israel.”
The 18 passengers aboard the Marianne include Basel Ghattas, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and member of the Israeli parliament, former Tunisian president Moncef Marzuki, Spanish member of the European Parliament Ana Miranda and Professor Robert Lovelace, retired chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation in Canada.
Many Palestinians in had eagerly awaited the flotilla, hoping that it would call international attention to the siege which Israel imposed eight years ago.
Members of the crew of the Marianne, which was seized by Israeli forces in international waters early on 29 June as it headed toward Gaza.
Freedom Flotilla III
Three other boats – RachelVittorio and Juliano II – that also made up the flotilla have headed back to their ports of origin.
In total, 47 passengers from 17 countries were aboard the boats, which carried medicines, solar panels and above all a strong message of solidarity for the 1.8 million Palestinians still besieged in Gaza one year after Israel began its 51-day destructive assault that killed more than 2,200 people.
An independent UN Human Rights Council inquiry into the attack, published last week, found extensive evidence of war crimes approved by Israel’s leaders at the “highest level.”

Violence incitement

Ghattas joined the flotilla despite violent threats and incitement from fellow lawmakers in Israel to lift his parliamentary immunity so that he could be prosecuted.
Yair Lapid, head of Israel’s purportedly centrist Yesh Atid party, for instance denounced the flotilla as a “provocation against the state of Israel.”
“This is a flotilla of a group of terror supporters a heinous flotilla that needs to be stopped,” Lapid added. “We need to act against the flotilla the same way we do when dispersing a violent protest and these guys need to all be arrested.”
In a Huffington Post column on Sunday,he defended his right to take part in the flotilla.
Bigots in “a discriminatory Jewish state as a white Southern extremist in a Confederate state, seek to diminish the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and their representatives in the parliament,” Ghattas writes.
“More than anything, it is obvious that the situation of Palestinians in Gaza will inevitably lead to another round of bloody war, perhaps even more horrifying than the one we had less than one year ago,” Ghattas adds. “Still, my very outspoken colleagues in the Knesset would not even consider lifting the blockade as a means to avoid future war.”

“No siege on Gaza”

In a statement Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justified the seizure of the Marianneclaiming that the “flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region.”
Netanyahu insisted that “preventing entry by sea was done in accordance with international law and even received backing from a committee of the UN Secretary General.”
“Israel is the only democracy that defends itself in accordance with international law,” Netanyahu insisted, adding that “there is no siege on Gaza.”
The fact that 18 civilians aboard a yacht cannot sail to Gaza, and that there has been virtually no reconstruction in Gaza since Israel’s attack last year would tend to undermine Netanyahu’s contention.
According to Haaretz, after boarding the boat, Israeli army gunmen were “to hand out a letter issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, welcoming [the captives] to Israel and wondering why they sailed to Gaza and not Syria.”
“Perhaps you meant to sail somewhere else nearby – Syria, where Assad’s regime is massacring his people every day, with the support of the murderous Iranian regime,” the letter would reportedly state.
Netanyahu’s statement did not specify which UN “committee” he was talking about, but this was a likely reference to the 2011 “Palmer report” commissioned by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon into Israel’s attack the previous year on the Mavi Marmara.
Turkey rejected the report into the assault that killed 10 of its citizens on the Mavi Marmara in international waters and imposed sanctions on Israel.
The inquiry was heavily criticized for bias. The four-member committee that wrote the Palmer report was chaired by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer and vice-chaired by former president of Colombia Alvaro Uribe, a notorious human rights abuser close to Israel.
The inquiry commissioned by Ban was in addition to an official UN Human Rights Council fact-finding missionwhich found that Israel’s attack on the 2010 flotilla was illegal.


“It is disappointing that the Israeli government chose to continue the absolutely fruitless policy of ‘no tolerance,’ meaning it will continue to enforce an inhumane and illegal collective punishment against 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza,” flotilla organizers said in their statement.
“Israel’s repeated acts of state piracy in international waters are worrying signs that the occupation and blockade policy extends to the entire eastern Mediterranean.”
They also urged governments”to ensure that all passengers and crew from the Marianne are safe, and to strongly protest against the violation of international maritime law by the Israeli state.”
“We call on all civil society organizations to condemn the actions of Israel,” the statement concludes. “People all over the world will continue to respond and react to this injustice, as will we, until the port of Gaza is open and the siege and occupation is ended.”
This video, published on 20 June, shows Marianne calling at the Italian port of Messina for a solidarity visit.

​Israeli military escorts Gaza-bound aid flotilla flagship to port of Ashdod

Published time: June 29, 2015 19:51 
The ship that was trying to lead a flotilla of aid boats to the blockaded Gaza has arrived to the Israeli port of Ashdod after being apprehended by the Israeli military. It was detained earlier on Monday and there has been no contact with it for hours.
It is unclear what is going to happen to the people aboard the vessel, RT's Paula Slier reports from the port of Ashdod. They could be detained on the spot or escorted to the Ben Gurion airport to be sent out of Israel first thing Tuesday morning.
RT columnist Nadezhda Kevorkova is on board the flagship, the Marianne. Prior to the ship's detention she said by phone that there was a military helicopter and a plane flying above and near the flotilla.
Contact was lost at 10:57 GMT, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition said. The ships were some 100 nautical miles from their destination at that moment. The three other vessels that formed the flotilla with the Marianne turned back to return to their port of origin, the organization said.

Aktuelle Erklärung des Ministerpräsidenten Alexis Tsipras

Erklärung des Ministerpräsidenten Alexis Tsipras

Die gestrige Entscheidung der Eurogroup, dem Gesuch der griechischen Regierung nach einer wenige Tage umfassenden Verlängerung des Programms, in denen sich das Volk zum Ultimatum der Gläubiger äußern kann, nicht zu entsprechen, verkörpert für europäische Verhältnisse offenkundig einen Akt, der das Rechts eines souveränen Staates auf ein demokratisches Votum, auf das höchste und heilige Recht der Meinungsäußerung, infrage stellt.

Diese Entscheidung hat heute dazu geführt, dass die EZB die Liquidität der griechischen Banken nicht erhöhen wird und die Bank von Griechenland zur Inkraftsetzung von Maßnahmen der Bankenschließung und der Beschränkung der Bankabhebungen gezwungen. Es ist mehr als sicher, dass dieser Beschluss kein anderes Ziel verfolgt, als den Willen des griechischen Volkes unter Druck zu setzen und das normale demokratische Verfahren des Volksentscheides zu behindern.

Sie werden es nicht schaffen. Diese Schritte werden genau das Gegenteil bewirken. Sie werden das griechische Volk nur noch mehr in seiner Wahl bestätigen, die nicht hinnehmbaren Vorschläge des Kürzungsprogrammes und die Ultimaten der Gläubiger abzulehnen. 

Eine Sache bleibt jedoch gewiss: Die Verweigerung einer nur wenige Tage umfassenden Verlängerung und der Versuch der Entwertung eines der wertvollsten demokratischen Verfahren stellt einen Akt der Entwürdigung und der größten Schande für die demokratische Tradition Europas dar. 

Aus diesem Grund habe ich heute erneut die Bitte um eine kurzzeitige Verlängerung vorgebracht, in diesem Fall beim Vorsitzenden des Europarates und bei den 18 Regierungschefs der Länder der Eurozone, ebenso wie bei den Leitungen der EZB, der Kommission und des Europaparlaments. Ich erwarte ihre unverzügliche Reaktion auf eine begründete Forderung nach Demokratie. 

Es sind die Einzigen, die so bald wie möglich, sogar noch heute Abend, den Entschluss der Eurogroup wenden und der EZB die Möglichkeit geben können, den Liquiditätsfluss der Banken wiederherzustellen. Dessen ungeachtet ist in den nächsten Tagen Nüchternheit und Geduld in jedem Fall erforderlich. 

Die Bankeinlagen der Bürger bei den griechischen Banken sind absolut sichergestellt.
Ebenso sichergestellt ist auch die Überweisung von Gehältern und Renten.

Jedweden auftretenden Schwierigkeiten muss mit Besonnenheit und Entschlossenheit begegnet werden. Je besonnener wir den Schwierigkeiten begegnen, desto eher werden wir sie überwinden und desto milder werden ihre Auswirkungen sein.

Wir haben heute die Möglichkeit, uns selbst und der ganzen Welt zu beweisen, dass das Recht gewinnen kann. Wir haben ein weiteres Mal die historische Chance, eine Botschaft der Hoffnung und der Würde nach Europa und in die ganze Welt hinaus zu schicken.

Und mögen wir uns daran erinnern: In diesen kritischen Stunden, in denen wir uns alle mit der Größe unserer Geschichte messen, ist unsere einzige Angst die Angst. Wir werden es nicht zulassen, dass sie über uns siegt.
Wir werden es schaffen.

Die würdevolle Haltung der Griechen gegenüber den Erpressungen und dem Unrecht wird eine Botschaft der Hoffnung und des Stolzes nach ganz Europa hinaus schicken.

From: Rationalgalerie <post@rationalgalerie.de>
To: Ulrich Gellermann <ugellermann@t-online.de>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:54:53 +0200
Subject: Extra-Meldung: Alexis Tsipras
Aus gegebenem Anlass veröffentliche ich hier die Erklärung von Alexis Tsipras zu aktuellen Lage. Mit einer Veröffentlichung in den Regierungs-Medien ist nicht zu rechnen. 

Mt solidarischen Grüßen, Uli Gellermann

DEVASTATING: UN Report of Last Year's Israeli 51 Days Attack on Gaza

The United Nations Human Rights Council report which was released on Monday covering last year’s Israeli attacks on the Palestinian Gaza Strip is devastating. We are haunted by the cost of human life due to Israel’s attacks on the Palestinian Gaza. Mostly we weep, yet again, for the over 550 Palestinian children (according to UN figures) that Israel killed. The chair of the UN investigation commission, Justice Mary McGowan Davisto has said that: "The extent of the devastation and human suffering in [the Palestinian] Gaza was unprecedented and will impact generations to come”.  -   The 183-page UN report details how in total over 2251 Palestinians were killed by Israel, including 551 children. More than 11000 Palestinians, including 3436 children, were injured with almost 10 percent suffering permanent disabilities.....
Retired archbishop and directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, philosopher Noam Chomsky and barrister Michael Mansfield QC, Desmond Tutu will lead protesters on Thursday campaigning against British security firm G4S’s role in maintaining prisons and detention centers in the West Bank and Israel....

UNO beginnt Kampagne zum Schutz der Kinder von Gaza
22.06.2015 - Das Hilfswerk der Vereinten Nationen für Palästina-Flüchtlinge im Nahen Osten begann heute mit einer Kampagne zur Hilfe für die Kinder im Gazastreifen, die durch die ständigen genozidalen Angriffe schwer getroffen sind, betont AVN.  -   Die Initiative mit dem Namen #SOS4Gaza hat als hauptsächliches Verbreitungs-medium ein Video, in dem einige Kinder aus dem Flüchtlingslage Beach-Camp in Gaza-Stadt auftreten und über ihre Träume und Hoffnungen sprechen. Sie schreiben sie auf Blätter auf, die sie in eine Flasche stecken und ins Meer werfen, erzählt Hispantv....  http://www.granma.cu/mundo/2015-06-22/naciones-unidas-inicia-campana-de-apoyo-a-ninos-de-gaza

 Israel arrest Greek Orthodox Bishop protesting illegal seizure of church property

(PNN/Hebron/)Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Saturday morning arrested Bishop Atallah Hanna during his participation in a march protesting the illegal seizure of a hospital building which is part of al-Baraka church, north of Hebron.  -   Bethlehem area Coordinator for the National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, Hassan Briggah, said that the IOF arrested Bishop Hanna during his peaceful participation in a march demonstrating against the illegal seizure and subsequent sale of Beit al-Baraka hospital, part of al-Baraka church.  -   delegation from the Presbyterian church as well as international and Israeli activistsparticipated in the march against the sale of Beit al-Baraka, a hospital which provided medical services to Palestinians as part of al-Baraka church services. The sale is illegal under international and canonical lawIn an interview with PNN,...

Prof.R.Verleger: "....Wernicke hat das Ganze so betitelt: "Philosemitismus ist keine Antwort auf die Probleme in Nahost". 
Was wäre dann die Antwort? Vielleicht Gerechtigkeitsliebe...  

"Philosemitismus ist keine Antwort auf die Probleme in Nahost". Jens Wernicke 27.06.2015
Gespräch mit Rolf Verleger über Israelkritik zwischen Antisemitismus und Menschenrechtsidee
Eine soeben unter dem Titel "Israelkritik zwischen Antisemitismus und Menschenrechtsidee. Eine Spurensuche" veröffentlichte Untersuchung[1] des inzwischen emeritierten Professors für Psychologische Methodenlehre und FriedensforschungWilhelm Kempf, geht der Frage nach Erscheinungsformen und Ausprägungen des Antisemitismus im Lande nach - und kommt zu überraschenden ErgebnissenTelepolis sprach hierzu mit Rolf Verleger, der Kempfs von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft unterstütztes Projekt als wissenschaftlicher Berater begleitet hat:         Herr Verleger, über den Antisemitismus im Land wird viel diskutiert und publiziert. Unlängst forderte[2]Israels Premier Netanjahu die europäischen Juden sogar dazu auf, um ihrer eigenen Sicherheit Willen nach Israel auszuwandern. Es scheint also schlimm bestellt zu sein um die "Judenfeindlichkeit" der Europäer im Allgemeinen und der Deutschen im Besonderen - so schlimm wie seit vielen Jahrzehnten nicht mehr?   -     Rolf Verleger: Ach, Netanjahu … er spielt sich als Problemlöser auf; dabei ist Israel doch wesentlicher Teil des Problems.   Nein, Vorurteile gegen Juden wie auch gegen Muslime, Ausländer und alles, was irgendwie anders ist, bestehen in Deutschland wie in anderen Ländern....
Prof. Dr. rer. soc. Rolf Verleger ist Psychologe an der Universität Lübeck. Während seiner Mitgliedschaft im Direktorium des Zentralrats der Juden in Deutschland 2005-2009, als Delegierter Schleswig-Holsteins, setzte er sich von der unkritischen Unterstützung Israels durch die deutsche jüdische Gemeinschaft ab. Er schrieb unter anderem das Buch Israels Irrweg. Eine Jüdische Sicht[6].
Antisemitismus-Kampagne als Ablenkungsmanöver!  von Evelyn Hecht-Galinski
Es ist Samstag der 26. Juli und ich sitze hier fast gelähmt vor Wut und Trauer über die deutsche Wirklichkeit. Der „jüdische Staat“ begeht Völkermord und Kriegsverbrechen. Ohne Rücksicht auf die muslimische oder christliche Bevölkerung in Israel wird auf die Anerkennung als „jüdischer Staat“ bestanden.  -   Durch diese Forderung werden alle Bürger jüdischen Glaubens weltweit in Mithaftunggenommen, für die Verbrechen des „jüdischen Staates“. Ein hoher Preis also, den jüdische Bürger in der Diaspora bezahlen sollen. Verstärkt noch durch die Forderung jüdischer Organisationen und Funktionäre, dass sich alle jüdischen Bürger mit diesem „jüdischen Staat“ identifizieren sollen. So ist die jetzt angelaufene gemeinsame Kampagne von Medien und Politik gegen vermeintlichen Antisemitismus zu sehen.  -   Geschickt verdrängt man die Kriegsverbrechen des „jüdischen Staates“, zu Gunsten von Antisemitismus und Judenhass....

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Wenn Jüdischer Fundamentalismus zu Terrorismus wird. von Evelyn Hecht-Galinski
Diesmal hat es also die Brotvermehrungskirche und das angeschlossene deutsche Benediktiner Kloster Tabgha am See Genezareth getroffen.
Ein Trakt des erst 2012 eingeweihten und mit Geld aus Deutschlandmitfinanzierten Neubaus brannte am letzten Donnerstag völlig ab.
Noch schlimmer erging es dem 79-jährigen Pater Zacharias, der nun mit einer schweren Rauchvergiftung im Krankenhaus liegt. Der Pater hatte zuerst versucht vom Dach aus mit einem Wasserschlauch die lodernden Flammen zu löschen.  -   
Auch eine Volontärin, die zu Hilfe eilte wurde verletzt und liegt noch im Krankenhaus.  -   Nicht nur Mönche, sondern auch acht Volontäre, sowie auch noch eine Gruppe Behinderter aus dem „Jüdischen Staat“ waren im Kloster als es brannte.  -    Dass es Brandstiftung war, ist keine Frage, zumal es noch ein Bekennerschreiben gibt: „Die Götteranbeter werden vernichtet werden“. Alles in hebräischer Sprache und roter Farbe auf die Klosterwand gesprüht....   

Unter Killern und Folterern.rtf: In Israel  gehen wir unter Killern und Folterern – Diplomatie und Verteidigung. Amira Hass, Haaretz, 

In unsern Häusern, Straßen, Arbeitsplätzen und Unterhaltungsorten gibt estausende von Leuten, die Tausende andere Leute getötet oder gefoltert  oder dies  beaufsichtigt haben. Ich schreibe „Tausende“ anstelle  des ungenauen „viele“ – ein Ausdruck für  etwas, das nicht gezählt/ gemessen werden kann.  Die große Mehrheit derjenigen, die töteten und folterten, sind stolz auf ihre Taten und ihre Gesellschaft  und ihre Familien sind stolz auf ihre Taten – obwohl es gewöhnlich unmöglich ist, die direkte Verbindung zwischen den Namen der Toten und Gefolterten und denen, die töten und foltern herauszufinden. Und wenn es möglich ist, dann ist es verboten „Mörder“ zu sagen. Und es ist verboten  „zwielichtig“ oder „grausame Leute“ zu sagen.  -   Ich,  grausam? Schließlich sind unsere Hände nicht voller Blut, wenn wir auf den Knopf drücken, was eine Bombe auf ein Haus fallen lässt, in dem 30 Leute einer einzigen Familie leben. „Zwielichtig“ Wie können wir dieses Wort für jemanden benützen, um einen 19Jährigen zu beschreiben, der einen 14Jährigen Jungen tötet, der draußen essbares Grünzeug sucht. Die jüdischen Mörder und Folterer und ihre direkten Vorgesetzten handeln mit offizieller Genehmigung....    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1662364

 Must Read: The Drone Eats with Me: Diaries from a City under Fire.by Dr. Vacy Vlazna, Coordinator of Justice for Palestine Matters in Sydney, Australia...

"The diaries are a minute by minute collation of Israeli primeval war crimes and crimes against humanity in, what Hearst rightly labels Operation Stone Age – “The casualty rate grows steadily every day. More people are killed by single strikes in groups; in fives, sevens, nines. Individuals aren’t the targets, but residences, family houses. They’re bombed until there’s nothing left.”

I read The Drone Eats With Me: Diaries from a City Under Fire by Atef Abu Saif in almost one sitting – resenting that I had to break to cook and eat dinner. These beautifully written searing diaries recounting each of the horrific 51 days of Israel’s monstrous war on the people of Gaza sweeps the reader into Atef’s anguished experience. An experience so dreadfully encompassing of the dark depths of human sentience that it is simultaneously personal and collective...
 IV b ) Biography’s Life in Occupied Palestine Launched in Gaza.  By CPDS – Gaza, Palestine
....a special issue highlighting the life of Palestinians under occupation. Cynthia Franklin, Morgan Cooper and Ibrahim G. Aoudé have co-edited the newly released special issue, which has 17 authors, who contributed various articles addressing aspects of life under occupation and hardships and aspirations of Palestinians and their means to resist the Israeli occupation. The stories include writers from all parts of Palestine, which makes it a particularly an important issue.  -   Addressing Gaza’s audience via Skype, Franklin spoke of the significance of writing as a collective as well as individual act, in addition to the importance of writing and narrating especially in the U.S, where pro-Palestine academics are being harassed, adding that “in “Life in Occupied Palestine,” contributors’ writings testify to how narrating stories about Palestinian lives becomes a political and collective act as well as a deeply personal and individual one. Life narratives can challenge.... 
“Balance” in UN Gaza report can’t hide massive Israeli war crimes. Ali Abunimah
There can be no surprise that the UN Human Rights Council’s independent investigation of Israel’s assault on Gaza last summer found evidence of massive and systematic war crimes.  -  Its report, published Monday in Geneva, says investigators were “able to gather substantial information pointing to serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by Israel and by Palestinian armed groups.”  -   “The extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza was unprecedented and will impact generations to come,” the chair of the investigation commission, Justice Mary McGowan Davis told media, adding that “there is also ongoing fear in Israel among communities who come under regular threat.”  -  Despite the “balanced” language that is now the habitual refuge of international officials hoping to avoid false accusations of anti-Israel bias, the evidence shows that the scale and impact of Israeli violence dwarfs anything allegedly done by Palestinians.   -    Israel systematically targeted Palestinian residential buildings and infrastructure without any apparent military justification....