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Daily Headline – 08/05/13

Stephen Hawking joins Israel boycott

Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking has pulled out of a major conference in Israel, respecting the academic boycott in place over the treatment of Palestine and Palestinians.

The invitation was for the annual president’s conference entitled ‘Facing Tomorrow’. The conference features major international personalities and attracts thousands of participants. This years conference has particular significance as it will be President Peres’s 90th birthday.

The Guardian said:

Hawking’s decision marks another victory in the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions targeting Israeli academic institutions.

In April the Teachers’ Union of Ireland became the first lecturers’ association in Europe to call for an academic boycott of Israel, and in the United States members of the Association for Asian American Studies voted to support a boycott, the first national academic group to do so.

In typical fashion, the Israelis have responded by call Hawking an anti-Semite on his facebook page.

With Israel, anyone who disagrees with their illegal occupation of Palestine and murder of Palestinians is an anti-Semite!

Israel, fuck off!

Samer Issawi

By Anton

Samer-alissawi-is-transported-for-hearingPalestinian Samer Issawi has been in hunger strike for over 210 days. He is protesting his imprisonment as he has been detained without being charged. Issawi had been released from Israeli prison in October 2011 as a part of a prisoner swap in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. But Issawi was detained again on July 7, 2012. He has been refusing food since August 2012 to protest his detention. He is now in critical condition- he is losing his vision, vomiting blood, and lapsing in and out of consciousness.
Demonstrations in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners have been held across the West Bank, and during one such protest near Ramallah, clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli soldiers firing tear gas and rubber bullets.

Issawi plus three other prisoners held in administrative detention–Ayman Sharawna, Jafar Izzedin and Tareq Qadan–have been the focus of the recent protests.

Currently, Israel holds more than 4,500 Palestinians in its jails, with nearly 10 percent of them serving life sentences. This figure includes many high-profile leaders and elected officials, including 47 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council who belong to Hamas, the party that governs Gaza and won a majority in elections for the council in 2006.

Samer Issawi and his fellow comrades of the PFLP are fighting to end the oppression of Palestine and it’s people by the Zionist butchers. The fact many Palestinians have been held without charges shows the utter barbarity of Israel. A photo was placed on Instagram of crosshairs aiming at the back of a young boys head, and peaceful protests has been met with tear gas, rubber bullets and violence. As long as this imperialist state continues to exist, the palestinians will continue to have their land occupied, their culture destroyed, their lives cut short by the bullets of Israeli Occupation Forces.

Free Samer Issawi and all political prisoners!

Daily Headline – 01/02/13

Israel continues to breach UN Human Rights

PalestineThe UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has said that Israel is in violation of article 49 of the fourth Geneva Convention, which forbids the transfer of civilian populations to occupied territory.

This is exactly what Israel is doing, they are moving settlers to the Palestinian territory of the West Bank in order to prevent the Palestinians from taking back their land and the whole world knows it.

If this continues then Israel will be forced to face the International Criminal Court (ICC) for serious violations of international law.

Naturally Israel has dismissed the UN accusations out of hand.

Something needs to be done about this immediately, while this is a sign of progress from the international community, they need to step things up to stop the ongoing persecution of the Palestinians.
Of course as we have seen before in the numerous votes at the United Nations that one of the biggest obstacles to the UN making real progress is the United States who endlessly support Israel irrespective of what they do!

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