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YFS demands York divest and effect free education on Excalibur

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On February 1, the York Federation of Students (YFS) assembled a crowd of about 150 students in Vari Hall—filling its three floors and overrunning the then-ongoing poster sale—for “Drop Fees, Not Bombs,” a rally to demonstrate student support for York to divest from all arms manufacturers and to implement free tuition.

YFS President Rawan Habib said: “The reason many of us are here today is because of a violent process of commonization of genocide, and we can’t forget that.”

Moe Alqasem from Students Against Israeli Apartheid—one of five founding organizations of the YU Divest campaign—emphasized the struggle of Palestinian victims, particularly civilians killed by “Israel when it goes into Gaza,” with weapons provided by the five global arms manufacturers York accepts investments from: Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, Textron, and Amphenol.

Continue reading at https://excal.on.ca/yfs-demands-york-divest-and-effect-free-education/

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UN: Electricity crisis brings Gaza to verge of disaster on United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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This is another one of those rare occasions when we archive a statement that doesn’t explicitly include the word genocide. We can only guess at the reasoning behind UN OCHA’s decision to use evocative words rather than legal terminology to describe the situation in Gaza, but we archive this statement because it marks another stage of deterioration in what we analyse to be Israel’s genocide against the indigenous Palestinian people.

We hope to see, in the very near future, statements from the United Nations that are less that of damage control, and more of a strategical outline for achieving accountability, and with that, an end to crimes on a mass scale.

Emergency fuel for critical facilities in Gaza will become exhausted within the next ten days, the United Nations warned today, noting an urgent need for donor support to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe driven by the energy crisis… Currently at risk are emergency and diagnostic services, like MRIs, CT and x-rays, intensive care units and operating theatres in 13 public hospitals; some 55 sewage pools; 48 desalination plants; and solid waste collection capacity… “Hospitals have already begun to close. Without funding, more service providers will be forced to suspend operations over the coming weeks, and the situation will deteriorate dramatically, with potential impacts on the entire population. We cannot allow this to happen.”

Continue reading at https://mailchi.mp/un/0gxh7zgz0n-543817?e=20b385474c

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Israel-Palestine: a settler colonialism case by Fábio Lopes Paulos

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Israel can be described as a ‘colonial settler-state’ (Rodinson 1973) that has been implementing a ‘logic of elimination’ since the first Jewish settlement in 1967 (Wolfe 2006, 387; Gordon 2008, 28). For Wolfe, genocide is not far from the settler-colonialism debate (2006, 387). However, he uses the term logic of elimination to explain settler-colonialism and places the access to territory as the primary motive for elimination (Wolfe 2006, 387, 402). We can see this logic in the Israel-Palestine case. The illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories is meant to expel the native society and replace it by the colonial society…

Continue reading at http://one-europe.net/israel-palestine-a-settler-colonialism-case

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Israel’s sports minister posts video with genocidal chants by fans on +972 Magazine

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Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev on Monday attended a soccer game between Beitar Jerusalem, a team known for its and its fans’ anti-Arab racism, and Bnei Sakhnin, an Arab squad from northern Israel. At the end of a short message encouraging and praising a sportsmanlike atmosphere at the game, the fans gathered around her break out into chants of “burn down your village” (alternatively translated as “May your village be burned”). She continues smiling and says nothing.

One must ask why a senior government minister who is no stranger to social media decided not to edit out the final seconds of the video. It would be hard to blame her for the reactions of people around her, some of whom clearly were looking to provoke on camera. But the decision to publish genocidal chants is troubling.

Continue reading at https://972mag.com/israels-sport-minister-posts-video-with-genocidal-chants-by-fans/132635/

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Mind-boggling position on Jerusalem vote by Suleiman Bulbulia

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I am following on from my last column in which I sought to respond to an opinion put out to the public by Mr Grenville Phillips II of Solutions Barbados regarding the United Nations vote on the status of Jerusalem… Mr Phillips’ conclusion is that the United States under Donald Trump is being bullied by the majority of the nations of the world and that the US is right to retaliate as it sees fit. Such a position would be laughable if the situation weren’t so serious for the Palestinian people… Mr Phillips made the assertion that “this type of targeted sanction is normally reserved for nations committing highly offensive actions, like genocide”… what is clear from the evidence is that a case for genocide of the Palestinian people can be easily made against the Israelis.

Continue reading at https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2018/01/23/mind-boggling-position-on-jerusalem-vote/

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“Land Body Industry” explores the impact of industry on human lives by Maddy Folstein

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Drawing from conversations with her family and archival research, artist Lamia Abukhadra’s work examines the impact of genocide and war on her Palestinian heritage.

“I tell a story of genocide specifically through my family’s point of view. I talk about the orange grove that we used to own, which was our livelihood…”

As Abukhadra attempted to bring this location into her work, she had to dig to identify the specifics of the location she was trying to depict.

“I do often use maps as a way of locating, and then what’s interesting about location is that a lot of villages and streets and towns and cities were either erased off of maps or renamed, so it’s really hard to find where things were, so you have to do a lot of digging through maps … that existed before 1948,” Abukhadra said.

Continue reading at http://www.mndaily.com/article/2018/01/a-land-body-industry-explores-the-impact-of-industry-on-human-lives

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Women’s Rally for Ahed Tamimi And Palestine an Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

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More than 200 protesters attended the Jan. 6 “Women’s Rally to Free Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian Child Prisoners” in front of the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles… The event was co-sponsored by Jews for Palestinian Right of Return and Al-Awda (the Palestine Right to Return Coalition), and endorsed by Jewish Voice for Peace-Los Angeles, North America BDS, American Indian Movement (AIM), Black Lives Matter (BLM) Pasadena, CODE PINK and Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)… “We know what oppression looks like. We know what genocide looks like,” said Idle No More organizer Lydia Ponce, citing the parallels to the Native American oppression in the U.S.

Continue reading at https://www.wrmea.org/human-rights/womens-rally-for-ahed-tamimi-and-palestine.html

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Rabbani stresses consensus for Jerusalem’s final status on Daily Times Pakistan

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Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani on Wednesday said Pakistan strongly opposes US attempt to alter the legal and historical status of Al Quds Al Sharif and the move was a blatant violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions, particularly the UNSCR 478.

…He said that Pakistan fully supports Palestinians’ demand for an independent state with Al-Quds as its capital and the Parliament of Pakistan has also consistently and unequivocally supported the just cause of the Palestinian people. Senate and National Assembly, he said, in their respective sittings in August 2014, passed separate resolutions expressing strong support for the Palestinian cause and to condemn Israeli atrocities and genocide in Gaza recently.

Continue reading at https://dailytimes.com.pk/183466/rabbani-stresses-consensus-jerusalems-final-status/

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Bassem Tamimi on court decision to hold family members indefinitely: ‘we can’t expect anything else from the court, this is life under occupation’ by Mersiha Gadzo

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An Israeli military court ruled today to keep 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman in prison until the end of their trial.  Ahed, a well-known Palestinian activist was detained a month ago after a video was published online of Ahed slapping and hitting two Israeli soldiers, yelling at them to leave her family’s property.

The Tamimi family from Nabi Saleh are well known activists who have led non-violent protests against the illegal Israeli military occupation for nearly a decade. Ahed’s father Bassem was previously arrested nine times and spent four years in prison where he was tortured. He spent 14 months in jail simply waiting for a trial, which was repeatedly postponed. Bassem told Mondoweiss that he won’t be surprised if the same happens to Ahed and Nariman with the goal of detaining them for as long as possible.

“I expect the worst from the occupation,” Bassem told Mondoweiss.

“Honestly, we can’t expect anything else from the court; the court is a component of this occupation. It’s used by the legal system to punish the Palestinians.”

“They target all Palestinians… they want to show the world that, ‘We just punish those who resist.’ That’s not true. They punish all Palestinians because they’re Palestinians and they exist. This is a genocide since 1948,” Bassem said.

Continue reading at http://mondoweiss.net/2018/01/indefinitely-anything-occupation/

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