TUTU: My plea to the people of Israel – Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine
The Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers rejected an Egyptian proposal for a long-term truce with Israel, as both sides prepared to resume talks in Cairo amid a cease-fire set to expire tomorrow.
Egyptian newspaper al-Shorouk reported on an 11-point proposal that included the opening of border crossings, coordination with the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority to rebuild Gaza, the extension of the enclave’s fishing zone, and a Palestinian commitment to halt tunnel building into Israel.
Perhaps the fall-out from this will be in terms of ‘blow back’. The boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement will very likely receive more attention, not so much from governments, but from an increasing number of concerned citizens. With that will go the recognition that what Israel says, its ‘hasbara’ attempts to persuade others what a wonderful place Israel is, will fall now upon ears deafened by the rockets, missiles, and bombs that have fallen on Gaza – and the resulting screams, tears, and cries that are seldom heard within mainstream media.
A highly militarized Israeli society guarding Palestinians in bantustan like areas could survive for quite some time. Hope carries forward that somehow the Israelis will create their own fully dysfunctional state that will be forced to change its actions (BDS, pariah status…..) and seek a non-violent solution by accommodating all peoples within its boundaries.
Israeli violence isn’t senseless — it follows a colonial logic.
A YOUNG PALESTINIAN GIRL IN THE VIDEO SHOUTED AT THE IDF SOLDIER AND TOLD HIM THE WORLD IS WITH PALESTINE. ONCE I FIND IT I WILL POST IT BACK FOR SURE!
ISRAELIS PALESTINIANS MARCH FOR PALESTINIAN STATE
January 06, 2014
Politics Uploaded: 17/07/2011 Duration: 5:06 Minutes Available in Hebrew
Coverage The beginning of the protest events in Israel, leading up to the expected declaration of a Palestinian state, was marked by an impressive joint march of Jews and Palestinians in Jerusalem. “Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity”, which established itself in the past year with their struggle for the rights of the Palestinians in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, organized the march, which included thousands of people from all over the country. If until today peace organizations called for renewing negotiations with the Palestinians, this time the protestors were decisive – enough negotiations! Language: Hebrew Subtitles: English
The Israeli Spring Continues, 150,000 Protestors Fill Streets Demanding Social Justice
July 30, 2011 12:29 pm
Over 150,000 social justice protesters took to the streets of 11 cities across Israel. They danced to musical performances by some of Israel’s most popular artists, and chanted slogans demanding Prime Minister Netanyahu “go home”.
“Home,” according to the protestors, is not in the official residence of the Prime Minister is Beit Aghion.
Demanding that Bibi step down from office, the protestors took on a variety of anti-Netanyahu complaints. These protests, which some are calling part of an “Israeli Spring”, began initially in response to the country’s housing crisis. But since as they began gaining momentum, they have spread to a host of social and economic complaints, including overlap with the growing Israeli peace movement.
In Tel Aviv alone, estimates for the crowd ranged from between 50,000 and 75,000. The social justice and anti-Netanyahu slogans could be heard for miles. Taking the message right to his door step, 15,000 protesters descended upon Netanyahu’s residence, where they shouted, “A whole generation wants a future.”
In Haifa, over 10,000 protesters flooded the streets, while even in the small city of Kiryat Shmonah, a full 1,000 people marched in record numbers.
Netanyahu’s political opposition leader Tzippi Livni (Kadima) noted the protests, calling upon Netanyahu to cancel the Knesset’s summer recess and address the crisis sweeping the country.
Further critics demanded revocation of Israel’s recently-passed anti-democratic laws. Just as many others said that Israel needs a change in how it approaches the Jewish-Palestinian conflict(s) and relations in general.
To understand just how big these protests are, nearly 2% of the entire Israeli population took to the streets. That may not sound like much, but this is much higher than the turn out for protests, percentage-wise, in nearly any country. When crowds of discontent citizens swell to such levels, historically that is a sign that social revolution is at hand. Had this same percentage taken to the street in the United States, by comparison, we would be looking at protests equal to approximately 5.5 million.