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Artist-activist Remy speaks on his Palestinian solidarity mural in Santa Fe by Alex De Vore

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According to the Albuquerque Journal, homeowner Guthrie Miller appealed a decision handed down from the city’s Land Use Department in a letter dated Jan. 28 informing him that the material and colors of the mural, which appeared overnight on his property on Jan. 5, did not conform to historic district standards. In an email to SFR, city spokeswoman Lilia Chacon was adamant that the mural’s politically charged content did not play a part in the decision. Bits and pieces of the mural have already been torn down by unknown parties.

The mural itself was created and executed by Arizona-based Navajo artist and activist Remy, who is launching direct actions in Iowa during the lead-up to the presidential caucus. SFR spoke with Remy by phone to get a clearer idea about his intent and how he feels about the future of the mural, entitled “Palestinian Solidarity Wall.”

Can you tell us about the impetus behind the mural?

I think it was just to bring attention to the Palestinian struggle in terms of colonization and genocide. 

Continue reading at https://www.sfreporter.com/arts/2020/01/30/the-struggle/

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Israeli Holocaust Commemoration Marred by Political Infighting by Richard Silverstein

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Returning to Yad Vashem, the western portion of its current site was the Palestinian site, Hirbat al-Hamama.  It was the agricultural fields of the adjacent village of Ayn Karem.  All of the Palestinian settlements were occupied by the Palmach in July 1948.  Their inhabitants were driven out.   The hill immediately adjacent to the current museum site is where Deir Yassin once sat.  And on another nearby hill in the Jerusalem Forest, Mohammed Abu Khdeir was brutally murdered in an incident portrayed in the HBO series, Our Boys. As conference-goers discuss weighty subjects of genocide and ethnic cleansing in Europe, they ought not to lose sight of the fact of Israeli Nakba and ethnic cleansing.  As the Jewish people recovered from the Holocaust, the Yishuv repeated a similar crime against the Palestinian people.

Continue reading at https://www.richardsilverstein.com/2020/01/27/israeli-holocaust-commemoration-marred-by-political-infighting/

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Letter: Racist world leaders cannot be tolerated on Albany Times Union

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Netanyahu treats the 5 million Palestinians under Israeli occupation in the same way. Speaking about Israel’s apartheid wall, he said that it was necessary to “defend ourselves against the wild beasts.”
… Racism is how these leaders gain power, and the destruction they cause to their societies is hard to calculate. We see how openly racist leaders in the 1930s led their willing citizenry to genocide. Today we tolerate such leaders at the world’s peril.

Continue reading at https://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Letter-Racist-world-leaders-cannot-be-tolerated-14990156.php

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South Africa: The Day Gaza Becomes Uninhabitable by Anna Majavu and Anastasya Eliseeva

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Palestinian-South African academic Haidar Eid speaks to New Frame about the day the United Nations said the densely populated Gaza Strip would officially become unsuitable for human habitation.In 2012, the United Nations published research suggesting that by 2016, the main aquifer supplying water to about two million Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip would be “unusable” and that by 2020, the aquifer would have been damaged irreversibly. This would make Gaza uninhabitable by 2020.
… “The terror of it is that Gazans die every day from preventable illnesses as a result of dirty water or the lack of a life-saving operation, or starvation due to the crops that fail to grow without sufficient irrigation, or babies dying because they cannot be kept warm in their first few days of life,” Eid said… Ilan Pappé, an Israeli academic who teaches at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, has described Israel’s policy towards Gaza as one of “incremental genocide”.

Continue reading at https://allafrica.com/stories/202001130689.html

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Israel and El Salvador: Love in a time of genocide by Belen Fernandez

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Despite a sizeable Palestinian presence, this tiny Central American country continues to be seduced by a tiny genocidal country on the other side of the world… A recent Al Jazeera video reminds us that, from 1975 to 1979 – the runup to the 12-year Salvadoran civil war – “83 percent of El Salvador’s military imports came from Israel”. Furthermore, Israelis “helped train ANSESAL, the secret police that would lay the foundation for death squads” during the war – during which at least 75,000 people perished. The vast majority of lethal violence was committed by the state and allied paramilitary groups and death squads. In its report titled “Israel’s Worldwide Role in Repression,” the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network documents how Israel not only provided weapons and counterinsurgency training to the maniacal Salvadoran right-wing, but also “helped plan and implement ‘scorched earth’ policies”. 

Continue reading at https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/israel-and-el-salvador-love-time-genocide

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Pro-Palestinian art appears on Old Pecos Trail wall on The Santa Fe New Mexican

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A Navajo artist who claimed he produced the pro-Palestinian graffiti that appeared Sunday on an east-side wall said his intention was to create a comparison between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the plight of Native Americans during periods of colonialism and conquest.
The artist, who identified himself only as “Remy,” said in an interview Monday that the images of armed Israeli soldiers and tanks confronting Palestinian women and children show “the similarities when you look at the indigenous struggle of this continent and the indigenous struggle there… “It’s anti-oppression, it’s anti-genocide,” said Remy, of Black Mesa, Ariz., who has had his artwork exhibited in several Southwestern venues in recent years.

Continue reading at https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/pro-palestinian-art-appears-on-old-pecos-trail-wall/article_b28226ba-30a5-11ea-a755-9375ab21b64f.html

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The danger of the “ethno-nationalist” state by Bill Fletcher, Jr.

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Netanyahu is a close cousin—politically speaking—of Modi’s. He and his party—the Likud—have always aimed to eliminate the Palestinian presence from not only the occupied Palestinian territories, but from Israel itself. But it is not only the Palestinians that Netanyahu, et.al. wish to eliminate. The language of the regime when it comes to other alleged outsiders is particularly provocative and echoes that of Hindu fascists in India in describing undocumented immigrants, in the case of Israel, as “infiltrators.”

Continue reading at https://www.charlestonchronicle.net/2019/12/30/the-danger-of-the-ethno-nationalist-state/

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Invincible Israel? on The New Straits Times

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It has taken five years for the ICC to act on the Palestinian request. But Israel’s genocide against the Palestinians is much older. It is older than the forced, violent birth of Israel in 1948.
Writing an op-ed for Al Jazeera on Dec 29, 2016, lawyer and human rights activist Stanley L. Cohen put it thus: “Make no mistake of it, the sum total of Israel’s efforts these past 68 years is nothing short of the deliberate infliction upon Palestinians, as a cognisable group, conditions of life and death calculated to bring about their physical destruction in whole or in part.” And then this warning: “In the presence of overwhelming evidence of premeditated Israeli genocide, to argue otherwise is to reduce the dark, evil and systematic deeds of Stalin, Kissinger, Pol Pot and the Hutu state to little more than a collection of misunderstood happenstance.” We could not have put it better.
Another irony needs mentioning. When Britain, with the generous help of the United States, manufactured the birth of Israel in 1948, the United Nations passed a General Assembly resolution enacting a legal definition of “genocide”.
Little wonder Cohen labels Israel as “a state built from the marrow of genocide”. The road to The Hague is going to be a long and thorny one for the Palestinians. And for Bensouda, too.

Continue reading at https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/leaders/2019/12/550371/nst-leader-invincible-israel

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