November 2011 Archives

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Note:   There’s a very interesting video on this page:  A Camera Changes Reality.  Boys in Palestine are exchanging their slingshots for another weapon of choice:  video cameras.  It’s making a world of difference in the peace movement.   B’TSELEM is the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories which was established in 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members.  “It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.”  Thanks, God, for video cameras.  Please read on.   Peace, Roy

In a message dated 11/2/2011 3:51:29 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, USA@btselem.org… writes:

Dear Roy,

We are pleased to invite you a special presentation this month featuring Israeli and Palestinian activists from B’Tselem’s groundbreaking human rights video project, “Visual Impact: B’Tselem’s Camera Distribution Project.”

We are pleased to invite you to attend one of our public events in Los Angeles and Washington, DC.  We also invite you to join our live online chat on Friday, November 11th .  Please click here for more information.

B’Tselem’s Camera Project, which began in 2007, has trained more than 200 Palestinians to use video cameras to record human rights abuses, collecting and archiving more than 2,500 hours of footage.  These powerful videos have raised public and media consciousness about human rights violations, aided in the promotion of accountability, and empowered communities and individuals.  Featuring B’Tselem staff and Palestinian Video Project volunteers, the presentations will model the use of video and citizen journalism as a platform for human rights advocacy.  Please click here to watch NBC’s coverage of B’Tselem’s Camera Distribution Project.

The events will feature presentations by Yoav Gross, B’Tselem’s Video Director, Awatif Aljadili and Arafat Amira, Camera Project participants from Gaza and the West Bank respectively.  Yoav recently spearheaded B’Tselem’s collaboration with The Guardian culminating in “Living in East Jerusalem,” featuring video diaries from four Palestinians and two Israelis.  Awatif, whose work with B’Tselem has been featured in both Ynet and the New York Times, studies filmmaking in London.  Arafat, one of the video project’s youngest participants, established the Ni’lin Media Group to record the weekly local demonstrations. They are quite an impressive team.

Please join us on our US tour for an inspiring evening of film and human rights advocacy.  For updates (and Yoav’s musings on life), follow B’Tselem and Yoav Gross on Twitter.  For more information about events, please contact usa@btselem.org… or 202-783-0629.

Sincerely,

Uri Zaki

Director, B’Tselem USA

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Note:  Greta Berlin writes today with a secret and asks us to spread the word.  Click here: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Voices From the Secret International Flotilla Now Sailing to Gaza (02:27).  Supporting this peacemaking effort is Jewish Voice for Peace, so Bibi Better Beware.   Peace, Roy

 

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Peers, this is serious.  Who do you suppose is behind it?   Peace, Roy

Article from news.yahoo.com…, posted on November 1, 2011.

Hackers from around the world have attacked Palestinian servers, cutting Internet service across the West Bank and Gaza, thePalestinian communications minister said on Tuesday.

“Since this morning all Palestinian IP addresses have come under attack from places across the world,” Mashur Abu Daqqa told AFP on Tuesday afternoon.

“The sites have been attacked in an organised using mirror servers.

“I think from the manner of the attack and its intensity that there is a state behind it, and it is not spontaneous.”

The attack affected Internet service across the West Bank and Gaza, but Abu Daqqa said the Palestinian banking system had been isolated for its protection.

The incident came a day after the Palestinians won full membership of UNESCO, over objections from the United States and Israel, and Abu Daqqa suggested the Jewish state could be behind the attack.

“Israel could be involved as it announced yesterday that it was considering the kind of sanctions it would impose on us,” he said.

To see original article click here.

 

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Note:   Benjamin Netanyahu remains adamant in his position:  “We are building in Jerusalem because it is our right and our duty to this generation and future generations.” Peace, Roy

Article from bbc.co.uk, posted on November 2, 2011.

The US has joined criticism of Israel’s decision to accelerate settlement building in the West Bank and East JerusalemJewish settlement near Jerusalem known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim , 2 Nov 2011 after Palestinians joined UN cultural agency, Unesco.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the US was “deeply disappointed”.

Earlier, the EU said it was “deeply concerned” by the announcement. The UK, France and Germany said it would hinder efforts for peace.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a “basic right of our people”.

‘Unjustifiable’

Mr Carney told a White House briefing that Israel’s decision did not help bring peace talks any nearer.

“Unilateral actions work against efforts to resume direct negotiations, and they do not advance the goal of a reasonable and necessary agreement between the two parties,” Mr Carney said.

“That is the only way to achieve the two-state solution that both sides have as their goal.”

EU policy chief Catherine Ashton urged Israel to reverse the decisionand called on both sides to return to the negotiating table.

“Israeli settlement activity is illegal under international law including in East Jerusalem and an obstacle to peace. We have stated this many times before,” she said.

To continue reading this article click here.


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Comic Relief for a War Weary World

The N.E.M

Peers,

Michelle reads Dante’s post this morning with considerable dismay.   Michelle:  Oh, dear.   President: What’s wrong?   Michelle: Dante writes:  “Recent reports in Israel have indicated that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have been trying to muster a majority in the cabinet in favor of military action against Iran.” See: Netanyahu trying to persuade cabinet to support attack on Iran.   President: I’ve read those reports.  Michelle: Dante finds the reports scary.  He fears that the writing is on the wall.  President: What else does Dante say this morning?

Michelle: He asks whether you’ve read today’s Ha’aretz:  Report: Netanyahu ordered Shin Bet to investigate leaks on Iran attack. He also asks whether you’ve been informed about the most recent polls:  Poll: 80% of Israelis believe Iran strike will lead to war with Hamas, Hezbollah and  Poll: Israelis evenly split over attacking Iran with 41 percent supporting a strike and 39 percent opposed.  The remaining 20 percent said they were undecided.   President: (expletive deleted)   Michelle: Meanwhile, Dante notes that you’ve already spoken out on the issue: Obama says pressure must be maintained on Iran.  Dante says the whole (deleted) rigmarole sounds screwy to him.   President: Screwy?   Michelle: Yes, screwy.  There’s confirmation in the postscript.

President: What does Dante suggest that I do now?   Michelle: He says you can re-read the third paragraph of the cartoon pasted below for starters.

Peace,

Roy

P.S.  BBC News – Israeli army tests rocket system in preparation for a possible…..