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Israeli Apartheid Week – Worldnews.com

“Love in the Time of Israeli Apartheid” Action 9-3-2013

Israeli forces on Saturday broke up a wedding procession organized at a West Bank checkpoint to challenge Israeli laws preventing Palestinians in the West Ba…

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/08/292448/israeli-apartheid-week-rocks-campuses-in-canada/ Human Rights activists mobilized throughout Canada this…

The Tenth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week has kicked off: an international event that raises awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. In this edition of the debate, we’ll discuss why this event has gained popularity around the world, and why perhaps at no other juncture in time, today Israel has become more isolated than ever before. Does the threat of economic boycotts will affect Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian territories? What should be done to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands? Guests – Political Commentator, Randy Short (Washington). – President, Middle East Research Center, Richard Hellman (Washington).

The Tenth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week has kicked off: an international event that raises awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. In this edition of the debate, we’ll discuss why this event has gained popularity around the world, and why perhaps at no other juncture in time, today Israel has become more isolated than ever before. Does the threat of economic boycotts will affect Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian territories? What should be done to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands? Guests – Political Commentator, Randy Short (Washington). – President, Middle East Research Center, Richard Hellman (Washington).

The 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has kicked off in the United States and Britain with similar events expected to be held in other parts of the world in March. University campuses across North America and the United Kingdom kicked off the events on Monday to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The IAW ceremonies, organized by Palestinian student groups or their allies, include lectures, meetings with speakers who oppose Israeli policies, including Israeli students who live abroad, film screenings and demonstrations calling for boycotts of Israel. Israeli Apartheid Week is being held in the United States and UK between February 24 and March 2. It is also expected to be observed in over 200 cities around the world. In England, events will take place at Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics and other high-status institutions. According to organizers, there has been “a sharp increase of literature and analysis that has sought to document and challenge Israeli apartheid, including reports issued by major international bodies and human rights organizations and findings published by political leaders, thinkers, academics, and activists.” The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education. In this edition of the show we discuss why this event has gained popularity around the world, and why perhaps at no other juncture in time, today Israel has become more isolated than ever before.

Nass El Ghiwane is a Moroccan music band, that is known to have almost a status as the Rolling Stones in the black continent. Here is their song “Palestine” a song directed at the Palestinian resistance against the Isreali Apartheid regime. In rememberance of the “Israeli Apartheid Week 2014″ UK and US: February 24-March 2 Europe: March 1-8 Canada: March 3-11 Palestine: March 8 — 15 South Africa: March 10-16 Brazil: March 24-28 Arab world and Asia: TBA Read the full call out, find out more about how to participate and check out the list of events http://apartheidweek.org Fellow Videos: Israel’s Apartheid Wall – The Wall Of Shame http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlE6hW5ipmw Occupation101 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5pEmxoVLAA Israel Destroys U.N. Headquarters in Gaza using illegal White Phosperous (1/15/2009) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUjq-0omMBk “Palestine – Peace and not Apartheid” – President Carter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zre0CXBvXNU Chris Hedges: Assault on Gaza is Murder, Not War http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f7Ptg35NkI Sources: Nass El Ghiwane – Palestine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShutB1OMjiI http://www.youtube.com/BlankaZ999 Fair Use Notice: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/107

The 10th annual campaign against the Israeli apartheid has kicked off in the United States and Britain. Similar events are expected to be held in other parts of the world in March. The Israeli Apartheid Week is marked in over 200 cities around the world. The initiative is part of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, in response to its continued occupation of the Palestinian territories. Most events take place on university campuses and are organized by pro-Palestinian student groups. In England, events will take place at Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics as well as other prestigious institutions.

African-Americans and Palestinians have good reason to join their struggles together in solidarity. Featured Speakers: Aaron Dixon, Jesse Hagopian, and Geral…

February-March 2014 in 200+ cities around the world: http://apartheidweek.org/ Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

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Madrid on the Brink | Occupy.com

This short film chronicles the events of September 25 to 29 in Madrid, Spain, where tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand the resignation of …

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Working Groups | Occupy Boston

Occupy Boston Facebook Page Like us! Occupy Boston Voices. Stand up! Speak out! Occupy Boston Flickr Page The main Occupy Boston Flickr account (new!) Photos of Occupy Boston on Flickr Open Media Boston’s #OccupyBoston photo pool Occupy Boston YouTube Page The main Occupy Boston YouTube account Occupy Boston Livestream A live broadcast of Occupy Boston General Assemblies and other events, along with an archive of previous broadcasts Occupy Boston Radio Occupy Boston’s Internet radio station @Occupy_Boston The main Occupy Boston Twitter feed #OccupyBoston The main Occupy Boston Twitter hashtag @DeweyGA The Occupy Boston General Assembly (GA) Twitter feed

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Mozillas Brendan Eich and gay marriage: Intolerance over tolerance?

Shortly after being named head of Mozilla, Brendan Eich was pressured to resign over his earlier support of California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure against gay marriage.

The resignation of tech wizard Brendan Eich as CEO of the Mozilla Foundation after only 15 days on the job has roiled Silicon Valley, reverberating across a country struggling over the fine line between privacy rights and free speech, especially when it comes to gay rights.

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Mr. Eichs $1,000 donation to the Proposition 8 campaign the anti-gay marriage referendum that passed in California in 2008 and which was overturned by courts last year prompted backlash among some of Mozillas software developers, whose agitation became an Internet groundswell that led to Eichs resignation Thursday. Eich has not been accused of discriminating against any employee, and he has not apologized nor suggested that he no longer opposed gay marriage.

“Our mission is bigger than any one of us, and under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader, he wrote in a statement.

The resignation was greeted with cheers among many in the gay community and beyond, some of whom had threatened to stop using Mozillas ubiquitous Firefox browser if Eich didnt step down.

But others are drawing a different lesson from what happened to Eich, likening the events to a scorched earth policy thats antithetical to a society where tolerance for opposing viewpoints is a mainstay of the Constitution.

This is troubling because ones politics is ones own business, Charles Elson, director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, told Bloomberg News. Thats been the rule in American business for a very long time.

To be sure, those behind the movement to oust Eich believe that a Silicon Valley company in America shouldnt accept those who believe in discrimination. Some say opposition to same-sex marriage is akin to fighting against interracial marriage, and can no longer be socially accepted.

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Mozillas Brendan Eich and gay marriage: Intolerance over tolerance? (+video)

Shortly after being named head of Mozilla, Brendan Eich was pressured to resign over his earlier support of California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure against gay marriage.

The resignation of tech wizard Brendan Eich as CEO of the Mozilla Foundation after only 15 days on the job has roiled Silicon Valley, reverberating across a country struggling over the fine line between privacy rights and free speech, especially when it comes to gay rights.

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Click Here for your FREE 30 DAYS of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition

Mr. Eichs $1,000 donation to the Proposition 8 campaign the anti-gay marriage referendum that passed in California in 2008 and which was overturned by courts last year prompted backlash among some of Mozillas software developers, whose agitation became an Internet groundswell that led to Eichs resignation Thursday. Eich has not been accused of discriminating against any employee, and he has not apologized nor suggested that he no longer opposed gay marriage.

“Our mission is bigger than any one of us, and under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader, he wrote in a statement.

The resignation was greeted with cheers among many in the gay community and beyond, some of whom had threatened to stop using Mozillas ubiquitous Firefox browser if Eich didnt step down.

But others are drawing a different lesson from what happened to Eich, likening the events to a scorched earth policy thats antithetical to a society where tolerance for opposing viewpoints is a mainstay of the Constitution.

This is troubling because ones politics is ones own business, Charles Elson, director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, told Bloomberg News. Thats been the rule in American business for a very long time.

To be sure, those behind the movement to oust Eich believe that a Silicon Valley company in America shouldnt accept those who believe in discrimination. Some say opposition to same-sex marriage is akin to fighting against interracial marriage, and can no longer be socially accepted.

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New IPCC report details global warming vulnerabilities, adaptation and mitigation

We have to transform the risk into a platform for action High temperature records are outpacing record lows by ever-bigger margins. By Bob Berwyn FRISCO Along with melting ice caps and rising seas, global warming fundamentally threatens the worlds food security, IPCC scientists said Sunday, describing how climate change is already affecting yields of key crops

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We need a productive conversation

TO THE EDITOR:

Last week, we saw, once again, how much the conversation on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is broken on the UNC-CH campus.

Events hosted and letters to the editor written by Students for Justice in Palestine who sponsored Israel Apartheid Week and Heels for Israel who countered it focused primarily on pointing fingers and placing blame for the conflict on the other party, instead of presenting real, practical ways to end it.

We understand the desire to place blame from experiencing the narratives of both peoples ourselves.

In Ramallah, Palestinians showed the world the damages of the occupation buildings falling apart in refugee camps, people scarred by army raids and violence by Jewish settlers.

And in West Jerusalem, Israelis showed the world the damages of the occupation through physical and mental scars from Palestinian terrorist attacks and exhaustion from years of conflict and fear of their neighbors.

This is the status quo, and the status quo is unacceptable.

We know the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory is incompatible with Palestinian self-determination, Israeli security and American interests.

It destroys the lives and futures of Israelis and Palestinians alike.

And, like us, we know that those involved in Heels for Israel and SJP feel that something has to change and soon.

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Students for Justice in Palestine banner removal sparks debate on free speech, display policy

Updated, March 12, 11:55 a.m.

The placement and subsequent removal of a Students for Justice in Palestine banner on Barnard Hall advertising the groups annual Israeli Apartheid Week sparked debate about banner display policies and student groups rights to free expression.

The bannererected Monday and taken down Tuesday morning by Barnard administrators in response to pushback from studentsdisplayed the words Stand for Justice, Stand for Palestine and a drawing of Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, without internal borders. Some students who said they were upset by the banner claimed that the lack of internal borders showed that SJP supports the elimination of the Israeli state, and that the banners prominent position on the building, next to a Barnard banner, implied the school endorsed such a position.

SJP, however, asserted that the banner was part of the groups right to free expression.

Columbia SJP is a student group at this universityno different from any other groupand has equal access to the same platforms and resources that are made available to all students. Barnard College students went through the necessary banner placement review process, which included clearly stating the banners message in advance, SJP said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. Had our request been rejected, it would have been an act of censorship and an infringement on our freedom of expression as a student group at this university. The fact that our banner has been taken down now is a direct violation of our freedom of expression.

The statement also said that the group was not informed of the banners removal by Barnard.

The pro-Israel student group LionPAC said that the removal of the banner was necessary to prevent confusion over Barnards position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It is a completely green map with no internal boarders, annihilating the existence of any Jewish state or the possibility of a two-state solution. The location of the banner makes it appear as if Barnard as a school is publicly endorsing SJPs message that Israel as a Jewish state does not have the right to exist, LionPAC said in a statement Tuesday. The banner was not taken down in order to suppress a particular political viewpoint, but rather to ensure that people feel comfortable walking into Barnard Campus and do not feel as if Barnard is endorsing SJPs message.

As scheduled for Israeli Apartheid week, which lasts until March 14, SJP had a display set up on Low Plaza Tuesday afternoon. SJP set up a banner that said, End Israeli Apartheid, while across College Walk LionPAC, Hillels Garin Lavi Student Center for Israel and Zionist Thought, and Columbias chapter of J Street U unfurled a banner that said, Be part of the solution, flanked by U.S. and Israeli flags.

Barnard Dean Avis Hinkson said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that it has been a long-standing policy to allow student groups to hang banners outside Barnard Hall promoting their events. But Hinkson acknowledged the concern about placing SJPs banner next to Barnards, and promised a reexamination of the banner policies.

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Students for Justice in Palestine banner advertising Israeli Apartheid week removed from Barnard Hall

Updated: Tuesday, 6:09 p.m.

After pushback from some students, Barnard administrators have removed a banner with the wordsStand for Justice, Stand for Palestinethat hung Monday on the front of Barnard Hall.

The bannerwhich also had a drawing ofIsrael, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip all colored green,without borderswas advertising Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine’s annual Israeli Apartheid week, which will last until March 14.

In an email to LionPAC, which the pro-Israel student group posted on its Facebook at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Barnard president Debora Spar said,We are removing the banner fromBarnard Hall at this time and will be reexamining our policy for student banners going forward.

Via Seffi Kogen’s public Facebook post

Spar said that it has been a long-standing policy to allow student groups to hang banners promoting their events outside Barnard Hall.

However, we understand your concern that in hanging the C-SJP banner next to the official Barnard College banner it inadvertently gave the impression that the College sanctions and supports these events,Spar wrote.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, LionPAC emphasized that hanging a banner advocating any political message gives the sense that Barnard publicly endorses the message.

We respect that SJP followed the proper protocols to book the banner space, and we recognize their respect for the policy, the statement said. We believe that the banner space is not appropriate for any political message, by any student group.

Barnard Dean Avis Hinksonreleased a statementTuesday almost identical to Spar’s email.

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SJP banner advertising Israel Apartheid week removed from Barnard Hall

Updated: Tuesday, 6:09 p.m.

After pushback from some students, Barnard administrators have removed a banner with the wordsStand for Justice, Stand for Palestinethat hung Monday on the front of Barnard Hall.

The bannerwhich also had a drawing ofIsrael, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip all colored green,without borderswas advertising Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine’s annual Israeli Apartheid week, which will last until March 14.

In an email to LionPAC, which the pro-Israel student group posted on its Facebook at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Barnard president Debora Spar said,We are removing the banner fromBarnard Hall at this time and will be reexamining our policy for student banners going forward.

Via Seffi Kogen’s public Facebook post

Spar said that it has been a long-standing policy to allow student groups to hang banners promoting their events outside Barnard Hall.

However, we understand your concern that in hanging the C-SJP banner next to the official Barnard College banner it inadvertently gave the impression that the College sanctions and supports these events,Spar wrote.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, LionPAC emphasized that hanging a banner advocating any political message gives the sense that Barnard publicly endorses the message.

We respect that SJP followed the proper protocols to book the banner space, and we recognize their respect for the policy, the statement said. We believe that the banner space is not appropriate for any political message, by any student group.

Barnard Dean Avis Hinksonreleased a statementTuesday almost identical to Spar’s email.

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