OH ALMIGHTY GOD,
WHERE IS THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF ISRAEL? PLEASE TELL ME IS THIS THE WAY HUMAN BEHAVED OR IN FACT IT IS THE DEVIL AT WORKS?
Palestine’s nonviolent hope
It was the hottest week of the year. All Fadel Jaber wanted was some water for his family. But Fadel lives in the occupied West Bank, where the Israeli government has redirected water pipes to provide swimming pools for Jewish settlers and empty faucets for Palestinians like Fadel.When the Israeli forces dragged Fadel off for taking water, his heartbroken five-year-old son Khaled could be heard screaming “baba, baba!” as his dad was torn away. This is daily life for Palestinians living under the brutal fist of martial law where their land and water has been stolen by settlers and they have no basic human rights. But after years of violence and hopelessness, a movement is growing in Palestine — a nonviolent resistance seeking the same thing that all Israelis already have: freedom, dignity and a state of their own.For years, the media has focused on Palestinian militants, and to this day, extremists on both sides are pushing peace further out of reach. But what’s lost in all that vitriol are the loving families like Fadel’s that just want a normal life. Now, those families are stepping forward, leading peaceful marches, organizing sit-ins, and working with Israeli activists to seek justice and freedom. In response, the Israeli military has thrown them in jail, beaten up organisers, and ripped children from their beds.Days ago, I went to the West Bank to meet with these brave, peaceful people. When I proposed that our community could come to their aid, their eyes lit up. They need funds for lawyers when they are jailed on spurious charges, cameras to document abuses, training in media skills and nonviolent tactics, and campaigners to take this local protest global. These families are the real hope. Let’s each pledge to boost the peaceful movement over the extremist ones and give Khaled a future worthy of his father’s dreams. Avaaz will only process the pledges if we get enough to make a real difference.– Alice Jay, Campaign Director
The Avaaz community has been unwavering in its support for freedom, justice and conflict resolution across the world. Today, one of the most virulent bastions of injustice on the planet is the Israeli government’s occupation of Palestinian lands. But even there, hope springs. And together, we can be a part of the generation that brings freedom and peace to two peoples, betrayed so often by governments, both of whom so desperately need it. Let’s show what our community can do.
With hope and determination,
Alice and the rest of the Avaaz team
Video / Palestinian boy upset by father’s arrest garners international media attention (Haaretz)
When Montgomery comes to Nabi Saleh (Foreign Policy)
The Rise of Palestinian Non-Violence: A Conversation with Mustafa Barghouti (Daily Beast)
Israel in Peril (New York Review of Books)
‘Drip, Jordan’: Water supply as a focal point of occupation (Harper’s Magazine)
Is this where the third intifada will start? (New York Times)
For West Bank protesters, legal knowledge is power (+972 Magazine)
The West Bank’s 2012: The Year of the Israeli Settlement (TIME)
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OPEN LETTER TO: AL-JAZEERA, BBC, CNN,
PRESS TV AND DEMOCRACY NOW
By: Angie Tibbs, Canada
I have just watched a most amazing video entitled “Gaza in Plain Language”,
a collaboration between Anthony Lawson and Joseph Mowrey.
This is a critical must see presentation for anyone who is unaware of what really
happened in Gaza during the Israeli bombardment from 27 December 08 to 19 January 09,
and it is equally important for those of us who are only too well aware to make sure we will
The death and destruction brought to bear on the people of Gaza by Israeli forces
during this time frame was horrific.
Mr. Lawson and Mr. Mowrey have combined their energies to produce an excellent,
hugely informative, and heartbreakingly honest piece of work that needs to be seen
I hope (no, I beg) that you will air this video so that your viewers can see for themselves
what the people of Gaza have endured. We cannot hide this atrocity as if it never were.
I wish to thank Mr. Lawson and Mr. Mowrey for this most important presentation.
Their dedication to spreading the truth about the horrors of Gaza is appreciated and
Please take this outstanding production and present it to your viewers, Al Jazeera,
BBC, CNN, Press TV and Democracy NOW.
I hope you will reserve nine minutes and 41 seconds of your time to look at this video.
Gaza in Plain Language
The text of the video was taken almost verbatim from Mr. Joe Mowrey’s article by the same name which appeared in
Dissident Voice on 19 January 2010 http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/01/gaza-in-plain-language/