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Days of Palestine, Memorial to Naji Al Ali- Palestinian cartoonist and journalist


Original posted at: Posted in Censorship and Freedom , Calls by paginatransversal on June 7, 2015

 

On Saturday June 5, In the Al-Andalus Library in the city of Cordoba, it was held the “Conference for Palestine. Memorial To Naji Al Ali.“ The event was organized by the International Organization Against Impunity, HOKOK, such event was structured around the memory of the famous Palestinian cartoonist killed in London in 1987, Naji Al Ali, and had as main themes besides: denouncing the brutal Palestinian occupation by the Zionist entity called Israel, the claim of freedom of expression and the free exercise of the right to information, both severely hampered by the Zionist occupation forces and their lobbyists groups throughout the world.

The relevance and the need to hold events like this were demonstrated even before the celebration of the event (Days of Palestine), by the repressive totalitarian attitude, and censorship by certain associations that takes the arrogant attitude of exclusivity  to address the Palestinian issue in Spain and, accompanied by the usual spokesmen ideological persecution from his journalistic tribunes, have highlighted the need to persevere in the defense of pluralism and freedom of expression and against the attacks of totalitarianism and ideological persecution, wherever they come from, whether from the international Zionism, since the allegedly democratic penal code, or from sectarian organizations and democratic proceed doubtful that, relying on the label “Red Solidaria”, intended to hijack the free and plural voice of the Palestinian people.

PALESTINE CONFERENCE HOKOK

However, the impunity, the nerve to use lies of victimization and hysteria that characterizes totalitarian regimes, are these Zionists in disguise or “solidarity,”  usually little or nothing can be doneagainst the will of those who are free enough to avoid being drag by hate and yes by compromise. Thus, those attending the ceremony in Córdoba could see first hand the terrible situation facing the Palestinian people and the difficulties of journalists to do their work in the occupied territories  – at least the truthers, and not the mere intoxicators that are the voice of their master.

Chérifa Serrajd, teacher and social educator opened the conference with presentations dedicated to gloss the figure and works of Palestinian cartoonist Naji Al Ali, and focused on the censorship of the media about the unprecedented situation that exists in Gaza, the situation of the Palestinian people following the recent acts of genocide perpetrated by the Zionist occupation forces, especially the attacks of 2014  that left about 2,500 dead and 11,000 wounded, and destroyed much of Gaza, whose reconstruction work have not yet begun.

Adnan Ezzeddine, lawyer and secretary general of HOKOK, denounced the impunity of the Zionist state called Israel and its strategy of applying the politics of fear and accusation of “anti-Semitism” in both the media and through the courts, as well of terror through military force, all under coverup by governments and institutions worldwide. Similarly he denounced the bigots who had called to boycott the event on absurd charges  of  “racism”, “anti-Semitism”, etc.  With whom he would rather sit at a round table to interexchange positions. He then proceeded to describe a brief overview of the current situation in the Middle East, and accused the US and the Zionist entity called Israel of being behind the terror of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State,” terror already used since the war in Afghanistan to achieve the geopolitical objectives and economic of their sponsors.

PALESTINE CONFERENCE MEMORIAl to AL Naji al SANCHEZ RAFAEL ALI AVELLO:

Rafael Sanchez Avello

Meanwhile, veteran journalist Rafael Sanchez Avello, professional TVE,  information coordinator and editor, specialized in scientific journalism and in the Sahara conflict. He focused his speech on the right of free expression, to ensure human rights and the need for a committed journalism (see journalists as “fetters of our consciousness” that only active solidarity will silence some day). Then he drew the raw data recorded in 2014 with regard to the exercise of journalism (128 journalists killed, 16 in the attack on Gaza, 13 in Syria, 12 in Pakistan, 10 in Iraq, 60 etc .; killed so far in 2015, etc.) and reported the situation of conflict, journalist that before were protected under the media outlet that them to report, and now mostly professionals independent (freelance) underpaid. In this sense he also denounced the installed prejudice in society regarding the exercise of journalism, which they attribute to journalists dishonesty or truth or misrepresenting it, prejudices and recalled what he heard from the mouth of the well-known journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski: “There are no more journalists but mediaworkers, “ so we should not blame the true professionals, but the media themselves and their owners. Avello Sanchez recalled that without free press there is no democracy and that the fundamental mission of the journalist is to give voice to the voiceless and to make visible the invisible.

Then spoke the young Palestinian Mohammed Matter, who came from Germany, where he lives and

Mohammed Matter-Palestinian political activist from Gaza, Palestine

studies, to tell this personal experience in daily life of Gazawans, especially during the criminal attack on Gaza in 2014 by the army of the Zionist occupation. He denounced the obstacles to the free movement of Gazawans locked in “the biggest prison in the world” and the complicity of the Egyptian authorities in collusion with Zionist and United States in relation to the closure of the borders and passage of supplies and people (when is not closed, the border opens and only can cross a maximum of 50 people a day from a list of more than 42,000 people who want to leave Gaza for some reason or other). Matter emphasized the heroism of Gazawans to defend their meager assets against the Zionist aggression ( for example arriving in mass to a private house after receiving the call in the same the occupation forces threatening to bomb it), and  by individual and communitarian examples of struggle and resistance by the Palestinian people, and more specifically by Gazawan in an area without water, without light, and controlled by the Zionists to the number of daily calories consumed  by every Palestinian. Matter expressed doubts about a possible peace between Israelies and Palestinians because, on the one hand, “the Israelies do not want peace” and on the other, the Palestinian people can not embrace the Israeli people as it is literally “amputated”  by bombing and Zionist aggression. He also denounced the Palestinian Authority for its collusion with the Zionists even though they consider the Palestinians as “terrorists.” To achieve any kind of peace, Matter stressed the need to do justice first and urged the audience and citizens in Europe and around the world to increase their support to Palestine and the Palestinian people, making this visible support through mobilizations on the streets, and by boycotting products of the Zionist entity called Israel.

With this call to commitment and denouncing the Zionist outrage, extended to other abuses, ridiculous in comparison but also fruit of the hatred of freedom, plurality and coexistence, the “Conference for Palestine were closed. Memorial Naji Al Ali “, in the city of Cordoba.

Dear Jon Voight: A letter about Gaza

August 18, 2014 1 comment

Does Jon Voight have his facts on Israel and Palestine right?

Original published in Aljazeera English: 13 Aug 2014 11:35

Gil Hochberg
Gil Hochberg is a professor of Comparative Literature at UCLA. She is the author of “In Spite of Partition: Jews, Arabs, and the Limits of Separatist Imagination” (Princeton University Press, 2007) and is presently finishing a project studying the Visual Politics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Mark LeVine

Mark LeVine is a professor of Middle Eastern History at University of California, Irvine, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Lund University. His new book is One Land, Two States: Israel and Palestine as Parallel States, co-edited with Ambassador Mathias Mossberg.
Jon Voight with Israel flag in the background

Jon Voight with Israel flag in the background

 

As the carnage in Gaza reached a crescendo in the beginning of August, Jon Voight, one of Hollywood’s most vocal conservatives, penned a harsh attack on fellow actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz in response to a letter they signed condemning the latest Israeli bombing of Gaza in which he accused them of “inciting anti-Semitism all over the world”. Many activists dismiss Voight’s letter as the rantings of an unthinking actor who long ago lost touch with political reality – a poor relation of conservative icon Charlton Heston. But Voight’s vitriol, and the narratives behind them, have for decades been quite effective in silencing criticism of Israel in Hollywood or among entertainers more broadly.

Indeed, they provide the intellectual cover for even more extreme attacks by celebrities like Joan Rivers, who in an “epic rant” worthy of an Israeli Knesset member, declared that Palestinians in Gaza “deserved to be dead”. This level of hatred mirrors the increasingly genocidal discourse against Palestinians within Israeli political and culture.

Yet it also gives cover for a growing blacklist by “top industry executives” against actors like Cruz and Bardem who dare criticize Israel publicly and without the level of deference that has long defined Hollywood’s treatment of the Jewish state.

Like most Hollywood scripts, the narratives on which the views of Voight, Rivers and other Hollywood Israel supporters are based are far removed from the historical and contemporary realities they purport to describe. Yet their power remains secure precisely because they are the same narratives used by the seemingly reasonable mainstream media and political actors – from the New York Times to President Obama – whenever the conflict is discussed.

Historical myths

There are three fundamental “myths”, to borrow a phrase from one of Israel’s founding revisionist historians, Simha Flapan, surrounding Israel’s birth and subsequent history that cohere the traditional narrative Voight is re-voicing. The first surround’s the state’s creation itself: “when in 1948 the Jewish people were offered by the UN a portion of the land originally set aside for them in 1921… The Arabs rejected the offer, and the Jews accepted, only to be attacked by five surrounding Arab countries committed to driving them into the sea… The Arabs tried it again in 1967, and again in 1973.”

The remains of an ambulance hit during the shelling of Shajaira

The remains of an ambulance hit during the shelling of Shajaira

 

Voight’s account is familiar but it is a distortion of the actual history, one that echoes the official Israeli narrative to the letter. In reality, after three decades of increasing intercommunal conflict marked by periodic bursts of violence and growing Jewish immigration, the UN voted to partition Palestine in 1947.

Already by December 1947 a civil had erupted, in which both Zionist and Arab forces engaged in regular attacks and even terrorism, with coordinated Zionist attacks on Palestinian villages aimed at Judaising strategic parts of the country picking up speed by the beginning of spring 1948.

By May 15, the date of Israel’s establishment, tens of thousands of Palestinians had already been forced into exile. As Oxford University professors Avi Shlaim and Eugene Rogan demonstrated in their book The War for Palestine, Rewriting the History of 1948, Arab leaders either sent mostly untrained and badly armed forces whose primary goals were to prevent rather than support the creation of a Palestinian state. Jordan had even secretly agreed to a division of most of the territory (except Jerusalem) with the Zionist leadership.

The second myth surrounds the Six Day War. Voigt’s description of 1967 as the “Arab trying again” is familiar yet similarly inaccurate. There were certainly many threats emanating from Arab capitals in the late spring of 1967, but ultimately it was Israel that launched a “sneak attack”, one in which US and Israeli intelligence agencies correctly assumed would wipe out the combined forces of the surrounding states in roughly five days.

Whatever its motivations, 1967 became a war of conquest and expansion. Israel could have maintained a military occupation indefinitely, if security was its main concern. Instead, it began a process of settlement, which in Jerusalem and the West Bank has intensified without pause to the present day. Gaza, which Voight and other Israel supporters argues was “give[n] the Palestinians… as a peace gesture”. Gaza was never a gift Israel could “give” to Palestinians. It was not only occupied under international law but legally inseparable from the West Bank. What Israel has done was withdraw and then impose a siege while intensifying once again its settlements in and control over the West Bank, both of which violate international law.

The third myth surrounds the Oslo peace process. The traditional narrative, repeated here, is that “Israel has always labored for a peaceful relation with its Arab neighbors.” In reality, Israel violated every agreement with and about Palestinians, beginning with its pledge in the Camp David Accords to enable “full autonomy to the inhabitants” as soon as possible (as we know, instead of robust autonomy Palestinians received half a million settlers and lost control over the vast majority of their land). Israel’s record of abiding by the Oslo-era agreements is no better, and in fact doomed them from the start.
INTERACTIVE: Gaza Under Attack

The fourth myth surrounds Hamas. Voight claims that “the Palestinians elected Hamas, a terrorist organization, and they immediately began firing thousands of rockets into Israel.” Even the arch-conservative New York Post recognized that Hamas was elected not because of its terrorism but out of disgust with an utterly coopted, corrupt and brutal Palestinian Authority. More to Voight’s point, Hamas did not begin firing missiles into Israel until after it attempted to remove the newly elected leadership by force in a US and PA-supported coup. No significant rocket fire occurred until two years after Hamas was elected, during which time Israel continued its siege on Gaza and ever-tightening stranglehold on the West Bank.

Finally, Voight claims that his fellow actors “have forgotten how this war started”. But contrary to his assertion, as reported in great detail in the Israeli media, the Israeli government began a series of attacks on Hamas and other Palestinian activists, arresting, shooting and even killing many in response to its unity deal with the Palestinian Authority. This was the context for the kidnap and murder of three settler youth which was not a cause of but rather a link in a much larger chain of events that led to the present disaster.

Have Israel’s actions risen to the level of genocide, as the letter Mr Bardem and others signed alleges? Given the history of genocide against the Jews – the term was invented to describe the Holocaust – it is tragic that such a characterization can even be considered. But it must be faced, because Israel’s actions, which have long been characterized as “politicide” or “spaciocide” by Israeli and Palestinian scholars, as well as the political and public rhetoric against Palestinians, have become so intense that the genocide accusation can no longer be dismissed out of hand.

It is undeniable that Israelis have suffered in the latest Gaza war, but it’s equally certain that the suffering Israel has inflicted upon Palestinians is exponentially greater, and the responsibility for that suffering lies not just with Israel, but with the United States which has, in the words of Jon Stewart, acted as its “drug dealer” while pretending to be a caring friend. If Israel’s most vocal partisans like Jon Voight really care so much about Israel, they should take the time to understand this historical and political reality. Otherwise, their passion and concern for Israel will only lead it closer to the very reckoning they desperately hope it will avoid.

Gil Hochberg is a professor of Comparative Literature at UCLA. She is the author of "In Spite
of Partition: Jews, Arabs, and the Limits of Separatist Imagination" (Princeton University
Press, 2007) and is presently finishing a project studying the Visual Politics of the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict.
Mark LeVine is a professor of Middle Eastern History at University of California, Irvine, and
a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Lund University. His new book is One Land, Two States:
Israel and Palestine as Parallel States, co-edited with Ambassador Mathias Mossberg.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.

Edward Snowden Has Accepted Russian Asylum Offer


Published on July 13, 2013 by Akashma Online News

Snowden will have to agree not to continue releasing documents harmful to the US.

Photo Credit: Tanya Lokshina / Human Rights Watch

This article was originally published by This Can’t Be Happening.

Edward Snowden, the bete noir of the US national security state, who has leaked information that the National Security Agency is spying on all electronic communications of Americans, and on hundreds of millions of others around the globe, as well as on the leaders and the embassies of even many US allies, is accepting an offer of political asylum that has been extended by Russia, where he has been spending weeks in limbo in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, unable to fly to asylum elsewhere because of heavy-handed US pressure.

According to an RT-TV report [1], Snowden, in accepting the Russian offer, will have to abide by a condition set by Russian President Vladimir Putin that he not continue releasing documents harmful to the US.

This deal leaves a lot of questions unanswered:

First of all, Snowden has already turned over a huge trove of information to reporters at the Washington Post and the Guardian newspaper in the UK, as well as lesser amounts of documents to Der Spiegel magazine in Germany and to other publications in other countries. It would appear that he can no longer control, at this point, whether or not those news organizations continue to publish articles based on the documents in their possession, It is also unclear what the Russian government response would be concerning Snowden’s protected status should any of those organizations, as is likely, continue to publish embarrassing or damaging disclosures about the NSA. Asked by reporters at an airport press conference whether he would continue to release details about the NSA himself while in Russia, Snowden’s answer was simple: “My job is done.” That “job,” though, was providing the leaked information to reporters. Snowden himself has not publicly disclosed the information.

Snowden also correctly pointed out the distinction between “damaging America,” and exposing the NSA. “No actions I take or plan are meant to harm the US… I want the US to succeed,” he said in answer to a question. Would Putin consider further leaks about the US government’s spying on its own citizens “damaging” to America? Open question.

Liveleak.com video of Friday’s Snowden press conference for Right Group Activists in Moscow airport

In any event, Putin has made clear that Russia would never extradite Snowden. As he put it, “Russia has never extradited anyone and is not going to do so. Same as no one has ever been extradited to Russia.” Besides, the cat’s already out of the bag, in terms of the big revelations Snowden made public.

The RT-TV report also suggests that Snowden and Russia may be looking at the asylum situation there as less than a lifetime arrangement. It appears to be a way for Russia to get him out of the airport, into Russia, to further tweak the US, and to put Snowden in an official status where he could be provided with travel documents as a matter of course, as would an asylum grantee in the US

This could enable him to quietly leave Russia later for another location after some time has passed. The RT story significantly quotes Tatyana Lokshina of Human Rights Watch as saying Snowden is seeking to stay in Russia because he “can’t fly to Latin America yet.”

Three Latin American countries so far–Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua– have offered Snowden asylum without conditions, but he has been unable to safely travel to any of them, given the already demonstrated US threat to force his plane to land. (American authorities exerted pressure on French, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish governments to refuse their airspace, in violation of international law, to a presidential plane carrying Bolivia’s leader, Evo Morales, to fly home from a state visit to Russia, forcing it to land in Austria, where the government was pressed to illegally inspect the plane, which the US incorrectly suspected was transporting Snowden to asylum in Bolivia.) At the airport conference, Snowden said he had accepted all three of those offers of asylum, as well as Russia’s. “I announce today my formal acceptance of all offers of support or asylum I have been extended and all others that may be offered in the future,” Snowden said, after meeting with human rights lawyers earlier.

 

Second Part of the Original Video made public by The Guardian

Burma Student Uprising

January 22, 2013 1 comment

Posted on January 22, 2013 by Akashma Online News

Source Burma VD Documentary

8.8.88 marked a moment of nationwide unity in the Burmese democracy movement. The demonstrations were held in a “spirit of unity, sacrifice and setting aside differences

Twenty-two years ago on 8 August, Burma’s army brutally massacred as many as 3,000 peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators marching against increasing poverty and oppression, and calling for an end to the military dictatorship. The serious human rights violations and economic mismanagement that led to the national uprising in 1988 have continued to worsen under the current regime.

Twenty-two years ago on 8 August, Burma’s army brutally massacred as many as 3,000 peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators marching against increasing poverty and oppression, and calling for an end to the military dictatorship. The serious human rights violations and economic mismanagement that led to the national uprising in 1988 have continued to worsen under the current regime.

“This is my country and this is the way it has been for more than 40 years.
I only remember a few weeks when things were any different.

In 1988 I was only a little boy. But that’s when every one in Burma was in the streets went out,  they were tired of Military rulers. they wanted a change. It was the students who led the demonstrations.
They become more and more outspoken and demanded that the generals give up power. We have even Aung San Suu Kyi when came back from Europe to lead up the people, but the generals wanted it differently.
At the end of the day, 3000 lay dead in the streets and it was all over. I feel as I wanted to fight for democracy ..but I think it better make a long plan We can not go out into the streets again.

Another student massacre still fresh in the minds of Rangoon Residents was like a spear punching their fears, On 7th July 1962, Burmese university students were massacred and Rangoon University Students’ Union building was dynamited down where students were still inside.

 General Ne Win notoriously justified his action by saying “Dar Dar Chin and Hlan Hlan Chin shin mae” which is laterally meaning aggressive challenging words in Burmese saying “I will fight Sword with Sword and Spear with Spear (to wipe out the opposition)” but in reality he killed un-armed non-violent students protesters with guns and dynamites. Burma Democratic Concern

The first uprising since the Military Junta took power in Burma was in 1988, the students took to the streets and 3000 of them were massacre and the soldiers killed them with their dreams and their hopes to ask for something different. The Military Junta killed the revolution’s seed.

“From the 8.8.88 uprising, we were able to bring down a 26 year old military dictatorship because we were united as a country. It was so pure, that spirit of unity. We were able to transcend our differences for our common unified vision of justice and democracy for all. My greatest wish is for us to retain that same spirit of unity that captured the nation’s imagination over twenty-two years ago, as that cohesiveness is our only chance for genuine national reconciliation and democracy in our country.” Burma Parnership

The fear was stronger than the dreams of liberty and with the students bodies, was buried the unborn revolution.

For years the secret service was every were, they had eyes in every corner, no cameras were allowed to film the misery that the people was living. Well so they thought, but an underground network of young reporters were risking their life and filming every aspect of the misery. They were filming every act of repression. The broken buildings of the society tired of living. For 19 years was silence, no dissent was heard off. But one day the spirit of the revolution, that seeds that was buried with the students in 1988 start its first sprouts aiming to the sun. And one day, the seed cracked open and the people felt the hope again. The hope to fight again for a dream stolen more than 60 years ago, and in 2007 the hope came dressed as a women his name is Aung San Suu Kyi  was daughter of Aung San, who founded the modern Burmese army and negotiated Burma’s independence from the British Empire in 1947; he was assassinated by his rivals in the same year. Aung San Suu Kyi was raised in England and came to her country to pick up the pieces scattered all along the delta river.

Aung San Suu Kyi was no new to the Military Junta, she was loved and cherished by the people, when in 1990 she run as an opponent of the Military Junta, almost the whole country vote for her and she was placed in house arrest. Her crime was been loved by the people. That could have been the only reason why she has not been disappeared. For years the Junta was hoping for the people to forget about her, but her memory is fresh in the heart of the people. They know Aung San Yi is their only hope.

Some students have asked me which politicians are standing behind me. They are apprehensive that such politicians might manipulate me and then take over the students. I am happy that the students have been so open and honest with me. Young people are frank and free from deviousness. I answered them truthfully. There are no politicians behind me. What I am trying to do is to help achieve the democratic system of government which the people want. For the achievement of this system, there are some veteran politicians who wish to help me in various ways. I have told such politicians that if their object is to obtain positions of political power for themselves, I would not support them in any way. Should these politicians try to obtain positions of political power I promise in front of this assembly of people that I myself will not hesitate to denounce them. Speech Given in 1988 by Aung San Suu Kyi

The network of young reporters from DVB (Democratic Voice of Burma), it is a network of dissidents in exile, with headquarters in Oslo, they smuggle the footage with trusted carriers, and using satellite when it is possible, this way they have been able to export the repression out of Burma for the world to see. They have one of the most risky jobs, not for money but for the dream of freedom, to see Burma free of the Military boot rule” Burma Journalist.

I sadly announce that the Burmese military junta has cut off the internet connection… I therefore will not be able to feed in pictures of the brutality by the Burmese military junta. I will try my best to feed in their demonic appetite of fear and paranoia by posting any pictures that I receive though other means (Journos!! please don’t ask me what other means would be). Please lobby the Chinese government or UN to get junta to switch on the Internet. Please! Sept 27, 2007 Burma Voice Democratic

Burma documentary assembled entirely with video clips recorded with hidden cameras.
The camcorders bring you the students uprising, their massacre. They bring you the fear in an oppressed and hungry population. They bring you the Monks uprising, their massacre. They bring you the people uprising, their massacre. And they bring you the lies and the repression of the Military Junta.

Thousands of Buddhist monks have been on the streets of the big cities of Burma (Myanmar) for the past few days, and the numbers are only growing. They are now calling explicitly for the overthrow of the military regime which has ruled the country for almost two decades, and they say they will not stop marching until the government is gone. Burma's democratic leader and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Aung San Suu Kyi has been in prison or under house arrest for many years.

Thousands of Buddhist monks have been on the streets of the big cities of Burma (Myanmar) for the past few days, and the numbers are only growing. They are now calling explicitly for the overthrow of the military regime which has ruled the country for almost two decades, and they say they will not stop marching until the government is gone. Burma’s democratic leader and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Aung San Suu Kyi has been in prison or under house arrest for many years.

20 years later another protest shocked the Nation, this time were not the students but the beloved Buddhist Monks of Burma that came to the streets with their bowls upside down refusing to receive alms from the Military Junta and their families. The scene took by surprise the Military Junta and gave hope to the people that came to the streets to add their protests in hope that the rude-less government will respect the Monks. The Monks protest  was allowed for several days, and even when the Monks marched to greet Aung San Yi the Military Junta removed the barricades leading to Aung San Yi home. This unexpected event gave strength to the people to dream for a change, but as 20 years before the protests were beat and killed. The Monks Monastery was raided twice and the 247 Monks were taken away and the bodies started to show up in the river. Once again the people’s hopes was killed and buried with the Monks.

Burmese monks have taken part in protests in the past, against British colonial rule and against a half-century of rule by military dictatorship. The most notable recent occasion was in 1990.

Their militant resistance to the British produced the most prominent political martyr of Burmese Buddhism, U Wisara, who died in prison in 1929 after a 166-day hunger strike.

The silence of the United Nations, EU, US and the elite keep a complete silence for more than 50 years.
The question is why?.
Now, US parade Aung San Suu Yi. Why?.
The world ignores the sacrifice of the Buddhist Monks. Now, is no different than 50 years ago. What’s had changed?. Why the Elite insists on dividing Burma in slices of religious blocks. They always had fought together as an oppressed nation, during the 1962, 1988, 2005, 2007 uprising was never a sectarian divide.
Ask yourself Burma, ask yourself peace activists, ask yourself political activist in Burma, in whose interest is served when the Media feeds a war between Muslims and Buddhists. Why Aung San Suu Yi sided with the dividers? These questions need to be ask before we make any judgements.
In 1988 Aung San Suu Yi asked for unity of the Nation against the Military Boot, because of her standing against the Junta she become an instant hero, remember her words:
“Reverend monks and people! This public rally is aimed at informing the whole world of the will of the people. Therefore at this mass rally the people should be disciplined and united to demonstrate the very fact that they are a people who can be disciplined and united. Our purpose is to show that the entire people entertain the keenest desire for a multi-party democratic system of government.”

The Men of the Hour – Zbigniew Brzezinski

September 26, 2011 12 comments

Posted on September 24, 2011 by Marivel Guzman

Zbigniew Brzezinski; How much of  truth is in his words.

November 21, 1978- Secret Memo Send from Zbigniew Brzezinski to Carter, "There is still one outstanding issue that needs to be resolved--The commitment by the parties to negotiate on the West Bank and Gaza.Follow the Link to the Original Memo

November 21, 1978- Secret Memo Send from Zbigniew Brzezinski to Carter, “There is still one outstanding issue that needs to be resolved–The commitment by the parties to negotiate on the West Bank and Gaza”. Jimmy Carter Library Secret Memo Declassified, Remember The David Accords were a set of secret meetings, between Egyptian President, Israel Prime Minister and US. Palestine was not invited to the meetings, even thought they were  discussing the future of Palestine.

Israel is an Unstable Island, it is isolated;Morning Joe: Dr. Brzezinski: New era of populism in the Middle East, Former National Security Advisor Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski joins Morning Joe to discuss a recent speech on the Middle East he gave at the plenary session of the Global Policy Forum. Dr. Brzezinski also discusses Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the recent Census Bureau report on poverty in the U.S .

While I agree in every word this man says in his MSNBC interview aired on September 15, 2011 in the Show Morning Joe with her daughter and journalist Mika Brzenski  and  Joe Scarborough, I also have to say that I can not trust his words, or at least his motives to say those words, or anything that comes from him or from any member or guest of the trilateral commission, (1972 Co-Founded with Rockefeller), Member of Speaker in the Forums of The Council of Foreign Relations or frequent invitee of the Bilderberg annual meetings globalist group.

This man is the Democrat side of the coin, being Kissinger the Republican side. Zbigniew Brzezinski is the one that gave rise to the shadow of The Invisible Men, this man that with great eloquence and subtle lies and  empty promises won the hearts of the black Americans and the good heart people. The invisible men like the book subject planted the seeds of dissidence in the minds of the masses, as if following a script taken directly from the book of Ralph Ellison. Obama is his creation. “The Men Chosen to Destroy America”. “For the Greater Good!”.

Ralph Ellison gives in his master piece The Invisible Men the lesson; “As long as there is Racial Division Mentality in our Society, we must be aware of the motives behind the self proclaimed superior race, we must be aware of what is behind their mentality that has been shaped by centuries of indulgence. Ralph Ellison walks us throughout a black and white society, boiling with injustices, the whites  uses cunning language and social traps,  to make the blacks believes that they are moving to a change; Change that wants the destruction of the black men power, destroying every dissident black voice for the Greater Good ”

Do you ever wonder or perhaps you did;  How is that America Become Tolerant over night? How is that America stopped being racist over night. Before Barack Obama was kindly presented to the masses with great fanfare, when the eyes of the world were in that stage of The Annual Democratic Convention, before Barack Husein Obama, white America would  never have thought in electing a non white president, before Obama America was still fighting racial conflicts in the streets, in the courts, in the jobs, in jails, Why? because before Obama we America were a Racist Country. And Zbigniew Brzezinski The Poland men with all the Aryan literature Fresh in his mind comes to the front arena and present the world the Soon to be Non White President. And in a surprising Media Propaganda The Elite Puppet Masters sold us the Invisible Men.

With all my heart I wish that Mr President Obama will turn around on his masters and come with us the people of the world. I know that he is very smart men, he is brilliant and should stand tall against the banksters, the warmongers that want us in a continuous war to sell their gadget and weaponry, against the corporate greed  of few giants that are destroying our Planet Mother Earth. Mr Obama should stand tall, proud of being the first Non White America Men to take the seat of the United State of North America. To stand with us the We The People, the Real Power Engine that Move our World.

The Rise of Obama to Power;

President Barack Obama

Zbigniew Brzezinski visits a man thought now to be Osama bin Ladin (aka Tim Osman) in at the Afghanistan border in the late 1980’s. The same tactic of funding one foe, via offshore accounts, to defeat another remains in place, only this time the Taliban are not being used against the Soviets, but marring the name of Islam to justify the War on Terror. (Photos: Sygma Corbis Agency, Paris)

Zbigniew Brzezinski is no better than Kissinger, Paul Wolfowitz, Bush’s, Richard Perle and any puppet in the theater of the Zionist Elitist Globalist Agenda of the NWO group.

These men; do not make the mistake, as they themselves are part of the same programs, they are disposable, usable and trash-able when they finish their mission.

We need to be vigilant of any actions that will come in the next few months, as the global awareness movement is taken new levels so the Globalist Agenda. But as always We The People have the upper hand if we stay united.

There is nothing stronger than a United Family and in these volatile days we the “Human Family” needs to stay more united than ever to win the battle of the classes that has been waged against us.

And I m not talking in any socialist agenda or political agenda of any kind I m talking of the awareness that it is taking place in every block of society.

We can not be confused or convinced by Zbigniew Brzezinski words, he is not a men of the people he is a figure the moves in the highest spheres of Power and Money how can we even consider believing what he says without putting in perspective his record, and doubting the purpose of this interview, beside to obviously being to advertise another of this propaganda books.

In 1998, Brzezinski admitted in an interview with Le Nouvel Observa teur that the Taliban was being funded by the Carter administration not because they were freedom fighters, but to invoke support against a more formidable enemy, Russia.

But what the News or Main Street writers fail to mention is that the CIA started to fund the Taliban long before Russia Invaded Afghanistan, the makers of war has no limit on their practices and they do not stop to official restrains, like congress approval of funds for their operations, they use a sinister mechanism to achieve their goal, in this case they use laundered money to head start their wars.

Read the Files of Joseph Trento Investigative journalist, and if you like to trail the names, please do watch 911 of Michael Moore and make notes of the names he mention in this documentary, and make your own investigation.

Every time that the masses seems to be awaking up, the controllers changed gears, sometimes, Republican gear, or Democrat if it fits, but they are the same people behind the curtain, Bankster, Fraudsters, Mafia type group all link to the same string. Greed and Control.

Agha Hasan Abedi. [Source: Terry Kirk / Financial Times]Investigative journalist Joseph Trento will later report that in 1976, the Safari Club, a newly formed secret cabal of intelligence agencies (see September 1, 1976-Early 1980s), decides it needs a network of banks to help finance its intelligence operations. Saudi Intelligence Minister Kamal Adham is given the task. “With the official blessing of George H. W. Bush as the head of the CIA, Adham transformed a small Pakistani merchant bank, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), into a world-wide money-laundering machine, buying banks around the world to create the biggest clandestine money network in history.” BCCI was founded in 1972 by a Pakistani named Agha Hasan Abedi, who was an associate of Adham’s. Bush himself has an account at BCCI established while still director of the CIA.…….Read more

All happening under Zbigniew Brzezinski watch and control, while he was President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser. All these men like Zbigniew Brzesinski,

Henry Kissinger, Paul Wolfowitz are salesmen for the War Complex Machine, does not matter if they are Republican or Democrat,  if they have the backing of the Bank Industry and the Media Complex they are just puppets of the same theater. Please wonder little bit, why is that man like Zbigniew Brzezinski being democrat or representing the interest of the banking industry, war complex machine or any other giant monster, they never lose their political power, they are always assets to who ever political power is in the white house.

They will use any means of division be religious intolerance, racial conflict, class unrest, gay rights, abortion issues name it and all is marketable for the Elite, everything cook and distributed from the headquarters of the CIA, MOSSAD, or any clandestine agency that works for the better paid master.

The evidence found in the case of BCCI linked international bankers to efforts to fund al Qaeda operatives, and hence bolster the eventual support for the coming War on Terror. Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other pittance lackeys were spawned, funded and trained by the Illuminati to lend credence to the War on Terror, which is carrying on the mission of wholesale genocide of innocent Muslims in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan with a serious eye on the main target, Pakistan. The Islamic Post

A lot of what happen to the world is linked to the Saudi Family, the Bushes, The CIA, The Banksters, The Oil Industry. And all the conflicts from South America to the last corner of Africa and Middle East was founded with Drug Money, why do you think the US has a “War in Drugs”, because they want to be the only master of that Trade and they have their personal poppy fields in Afghanistan and in the High Sierras of Mexico and South America.

Since 911 came to be the division line of history for the US, more and more religious conflicts are  being used for their agenda, do not buy into their trap. We all the are free to believe or not believe in a superior power. We all have the capacity to understand the mighty power of God. We can be politically incorrect on social, economic and political issues, but we can not be wrong on what we believe, do not allow the men behind the curtain to tell you who is your God.

Our history is full of events that were structured to happen to keep us divided. It is time to throw their books of propaganda away, to pay no attention in their programs of control We are in control now. We The People have the Upper Hand if we want it.

I bring you some of the staged events of the 21 century where this men of the hour Brzezinski took active part. Nothing that is written is truth unless you believe it, and everything is subject to doubt.

Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, 15-21 January 1998
Posted at globalresearch.ca 15 October 2001

Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [“From the Shadows”], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

Remember the Elite find themselves in a difficult situation now. They did not planed the Jasmine and the Egyptian revolution, No these Revolutions born from  years of oppression, The Revolutions were right from the desperation of the people, the oppression that it needed to be broken, and those two countries were like an explosion of fireworks that gave us the light, the direction that we must follow in our own liberation, and there is not a straight line to do it or magic recipe. And not all the oppressed and subjugated nations needs the Revolutions or bloodshed to brake the cycle. All we need is to be active in our own affairs, to be politically motivated to work in our own future as a race on Earth, as a family.

When the Media label the Revolutions “The Arab Spring” they try to confine it to a regions, they try  to give it a racial flavor to the movement. The two successful revolutions were not planed by them and that’s why they are worry now. They see the dispersion of the ideas like dust in the wind unable to contain, and off course they are looking for a control tactics to bring the masses back to their seats as spectator of our drama, again back to the driver seat of the silver screen, as it was for many years, but they are forgetting something, we are moving to a higher level of consciousnesses  now we are being the Opinion Makers, is like we are awakening to a long dream.

The Truth is the News and can not be cover by beautiful and crafty words. The Truth is destined to survive the most entertaining fictional story of the editor of Fox or CNN, these networks are struggling to keep us hooked to their lies

There is no way that we can go back to be the passive spectators that for years, warmed the sofas in front to the TV’s. Now we are part of the making of the news, we are part of the story, we are making the story and the Opinion Makers of the Truth.

Zbigniew Brzezinski is advertising his book!? and he has no shame to write and try sell to the masses what he and the gang that he works for has helped to created. He is part of that Corporate world that he speaks of, his knowledge of the issues should tell you the truth behind everything that he says. He knows what he is talking about, he knows every plan conceived, every regional conflict, every war, he knows it all, and he try now to make benign, positive and making us believe that is thinking for the good of society, but this is to prepare for their next part of the plan, but their plan back fire on them and he knows it, and the Globalist know it, and he is put in the front of the stage to make us believe that we are ready for the change, but do not forget his back ground, his motives, his goal. The Superior Race think on the “Greater Good”, no matter how many fall, billions if that would be necessary.

Mr Barack Obama was selected to Rise and Fall and taking with him the great America. They know that Barack Obama has a dark past, starting with his birth place that until now is being use, as a confusing issue, as a mystery card ready to come out of the sleeve when the time is right for them. Then  we have Obama and Emanuel: members of same gay bath house club in Chicago. His School years and Professional Relations with a self confessed domestic terrorist; William Ayers, it all could be just part of the great scheme to be used against Mr President when times come, but that’s for you to decide, you are the opinion maker.

Brzezinski: “Its easier to kill a million people…than it is to control them”

Follow the trail of Names, he praises Icons of the Bank and Fraud Industry, take for example in this speech that he deliver for British Elite.

He mentions with passion John Cunningham Whitehead , American Bankster, currently a board member of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation (WTC Memorial Foundation), and former chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, does it ring any bells?  911 Perhaps!.That is for you to investigate, there is no secrets in this wealth of global library that we possess, The Internet.

Please listen all his speech, tight lose ends, names, conflicts and our present reality. This speech is not for the masses but directed to a select group.

I m skeptical mind, and doubt everything, and do not trust any one that is a product of the Globalist Elitist groups, of Banksters, War Complex Machine, Energy Industry Icons, Monsanto Corporation, Pharmaceutical Industry, Global Churches or Fundamental Religious Groups, or any other group or individual that make everything possible to divide us, to kills us, ignore us, numb us, or sicken us. I ask you to investigate, to Share any truth that you discover or uncover, any information that is good for us, the human family on earth. And the same way I wish with all my heart that Mr President Barack Obama, will come with us, to be part of our awakening family, to Rise to the Occasion. STAY HUMAN

Zbigniew Brzezinski Internview in MSNB

A Simple List of Demands for Global Dissenters; We The People


Posted on July 05, 2011 by Marivel GuzmanOriginal Work of Martin Truther

WE, THE PEOPLE, of this beautiful, delicate, blue-white planet called Earth, have finally had enough stupidity and corruption from our leaders and the controllers behind them. We hereby resolve to end the destruction of the natural world, the daily poisonings of and violence against humanity, the ridiculous lies, abuse of authority and constant wars that have become the seemingly unstoppable and unquestionable backdrop of our lives for the past few generations. We hereby reject all of that.

We will no longer allow ourselves to be coerced into operating the dysfunctional mechanisms of our culture that keep average people enslaved to systems beyond their control—systems that not only have ceased to be beneficial, but are actually actively destructive of ourselves and our fellow citizens to such an extent that we’re moved by an enlightened sense of self protection to reform or destroy the mechanisms that oppress us.

From now on, we absolutely refuse to cooperate with injustice in any form. We are educating each other and actively disabusing ourselves of concepts and disinformation that, in the past, have been forms of mental slavery by which we’ve unknowingly participated in our own oppression.

We claim the rights of self-determination, food, shelter, health care, freedom from poisoning, and freedom from destruction of our natural habitat because habitat is the source of our well-being and to compromise our biosphere is to reduce the planet’s carrying capacity and thus, in a very real and measurable way, habitat destruction is, inevitably, murder. In the ecological version of the game of musical chairs, every missing chair means another chalk outline on the ground.

In the past, we’ve been manipulated into fearing and murdering each other by greedy leaders who’ve sought to increase their personal power at the expense of others’ lives. We recognize and affirm the common bonds of humanity between all peoples—as well as our common cause, which is to liberate ourselves from being controlled—economically, culturally, psychologically and coercively—by the global elite.

We’ve have enough talk—the carefully crafted and framed phraseology of the marketing focus groups and public relations propagandists who translate the will of the ruling class into digestible sound bites designed to delay real action until we’ve forgotten what we were asking for or have given up hoping and sunk into despair. It is time for our leaders to act—to lead or get out of the way or be trampled as we ourselves rush in to fill the vacuum of true leadership that plagues our world.

We make the following demands—

1.- Immediate and complete nationalization of all privately-owned central banks which are today in possession of the stolen wealth of nearly all the world’s nations and the legacies of our ancestors which rightfully belong to all humanity and not to a few petty thieves in suits.

2.- A global jubilee—forgiveness of all national debts and return of authority to issue currency to public agencies of legitimate governments.

3.- Cessation of all hostilities and wars, including, but not limited to the United States’ unconstitutional wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya as well as acts of war in many other countries.

4.- Immediate re-deployment of all military personnel to protect their legitimate leaders from the likely violent backlash of vested, special interests against the demands outlined in this document.

5.- The appointment of a corps of special prosecutors, investigative journalists and historians to investigate the allegations of whistle-blowers in many countries to get to the truth behind various assassinations, plane crashes and other probable covert false flag attacks against the public and some late, but great, leaders, and to imprison those responsible where appropriate.

6.- The strengthening and reform of the IAEA to conduct immediate omnilateral and coordinated dismantling of all nuclear weapons on Earth (and in space, to the extent there may be covert space-based nuclear weaponry).

7.- The immediate shutdown of all nuclear power plants within range of earthquake, tsunami or flooding hazards and a rapid phase out of all nuclear and fossil-fuel power plants.

8.- An immediate “Apollo Project” scale global renewable energy infrastructure initiative to create jobs and energy security in all communities by hiring people to build wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, methane and/or other novel non fossil-fuel, non-nuclear energy systems.

9.- A global initiative to build solar distillation and desalinization plants to produce pure water for drinking, cooking and intensive agriculture, aquaculture and hydroponics. Designs will utilize a high percentage of recycled glass and metal.

10.- High speed rail systems everywhere to capitalize on the most efficient form of land transportation.
Bicycle lanes in all cities and towns to facilitate both health and efficient transportation.
High-tech gigantic sailing ships for efficient ocean-transport and global distribution of goods without significant use of fossil fuel except near port, if necessary.

11.- Electric and fuel-cell cars to run on hydrogen produced and stored from renewable generating plants.

12.- World-wide cessation of corporate personhood.

13.- Food freedom and land reform so that people willing and able to farm natural crops organically have the opportunity to do so for themselves, their families and friends and for the public. Food freedom will be understood to include the right to consume raw foods, including dairy, juices and other oft-attacked health practices.

13.1 Immediate cessation of growing and destruction of GMO crops and livestock everywhere and the release of suppressed data regarding the hazards of these so-called life-forms.

14.- The cessation of all federal and state interference perpetrated on medical marijuana growers, distributors, doctors and patients so that people have unfettered access to this remarkably effective and natural drug that protects and restores the nervous system, has been shown to cure cancer in a large number of cases and which is beneficial for anxiety and pain management.

15.- The cessation of all federal and state interference with those who would grow industrial hemp for paper, food oil, textiles, natural plastics to name but a few of the many beneficial uses for the non-psychoactive strains of this remarkable plant.

16.- Forgiveness of all college student loans and related educational debt and full funding of public education from Kindergarten through college (including vouchers for home-schooling at a rate lower than public systems, but workable for parents dedicated to home schooling.

17.- A national health care system not owned by big pharma interests so that costs can be a small fraction of today’s health costs once economic incentives for healthier eating habits are in effect and research showing the effectiveness of alternative natural health practices and the destructiveness of many conventional health treatments are revealed.

18.- Restoration of the Bill of Rights – freedom to assemble (without a parade permit!), freedom of speech (with “fair use” for commentary and historical limits on patents and copyrights to ensure that after a sufficient time all works become public domain), freedom of religion (even if practicing the religion requires one to refuse to participate in killing of humans under any circumstances—such as paying taxes to fund the war machines), … and more.

19.- Restoration of freedom to build and live in an owner-designed and owner built-home, especially if it is off the grid so that the owner’s decisions affect no one besides themselves.

20.- The cessation of income taxes in favor of pollution taxes (to be paid to and used by local governments), wealth taxes (capital gains and stock transaction fees).

21.- The elimination of all electronic voting machines in favor of highly redundant and transparent systems utilizing multiple, independent optical scanning vote counters, web confirmation and paper ballots suitable for supporting instant runoff voting (aka preference voting) so that third parties have a fair chance to emerge.

22.- Disclosure of all UFO and ET-related information currently being held by numerous governments.

23.- Disclosure of any and all covert government programs that directly or indirectly impact the health and/or well-being of fellow citizens.

24.-Complete preservation and restoration of all internet freedoms.

25.-Wide scale aggressive cultivation of plants to sequester carbon and help to bring global warming under control (alongside efforts to phase out fossil fuel use).

26.- Disclosure of any atmospheric geo-engineering programs (including alleged “chem-trails” and cessation of spraying any and all toxic materials.

27.- Investigation and prosecution of CIA drug traffickers and other government agents involved in illegal activities.

28.- Investigation and prosecution of CIA personal involved in flag operations around the world and at home, that rendered false positive
for imaginary and invented terror cells.

29.- The dismantling of NATO, UN and any other globalists entities that sole purpose is to centralize power and control the world.

30.- The introduction of a program of re-learning for Army and police personal to be re-educated in their role to serve society and protect humanity.

To be continued… Feel Free to summit your demands to be added

Meet the Peace Activists – Non-Violent Movement has started an invisible Revolution


Posted on June 30, 20 by Marivel Guzman, US and Omar Karem, Gaza

The Non-Violent Movement started by the conscience objectors of the world, the peace and social activists of the world has started an invisible revolution. One revolution that can not be stopped, because can not be seen, can not be attacked with soldiers or guns.

This revolution is the revolution of the ideas, the evolution of humanity where we the people have finally awaken, we can not be duped, lied or entertain with cheap propaganda any longer. We the people are shaping now our reality. We have taken the lead of the affairs of our world, we are walking the path to peace, using Non-violent channels. The governments  of our countries are trying their best tactics, intimidation, false accusations incarcerations , and some other methods known too well from our history books, but they know that no matter how  much they exert their power over some activists at the end we win.

We have the examples of the heroes of our time; Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Gandhi, John Lennon, Rachel Corrie, Vitorrio Arrigoni and hundreds other around the world that were physically terminated, their message was not stopped with their departure, their message got stronger, it took life in its own, the governments know that once the wheels of revolution are in motion nothing can stop them. And with the peace movement shaping our world in a direction that they did not imagined, they are using their last cards. Now we can not stop we are the precursors of this invisible revolution, be proud of your role in these changing times, be ready.

I know many has asked the same question, when confronted with our new reality, they think that back in the 70’s during the Vietnam war the anti-war grass movements and the many individuals such singers and writers, did not achieved their goal. I say that we live in a different moment in time, first and all we are more mature as a society, the movements are unstoppable, we count with channels that our peace activists of the 70’s could never dream off will exist, we have them, we are using them and we know the tremendous reach of these channels, the Internet has open the doors for us to Unite and get stronger, where our message travel with the velocity of the light.

It is our duty to help our brothers. Enough of waiting for our leaders to “Do” anything, they have never have our best interest in mind.
Thank you all for your participation in this humanitarian mission that is a mission of Love.

It is not easy to embark in this process of peace, it’s not easy to leave your comfort zone and go to the unknown, but we find inner energy and courage to count ourselves in the every growing number of compassionate humans that we are. One day the world will flourish with peace all over, and the men and women that made it possible is you, the world citizen, part of the same family. With your simple thought of justice and peace for all

U.S. BOAT TO GAZA

The Audacity of Hope will sail as a human rights mission to help end the illegal Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.

The U.S. Boat to Gaza Campaign is collecting thousands of personal letters to the people of Gaza from people like you in the U.S., in an act of friendship and solidarity. These letters will be carried as our cargo on the U.S. Boat to Gaza when it sets sail in June 2011 in the next International Freedom Flotilla “Stay Human”.

Interview with Chris Hedges, author, journalist and former New York Times Middle East Bureau Chief. During fundraising cruise in the New York City harbor on August 5th to raise funds for a U.S. ship to join the next International Flotilla to break the blockade of Gaza.

Hagit Borer (right) moved from Israel to the United States to study in 1977. She became an American citizen in 1992 and is currently a professor of linguistics at USC and a passenger on the Audacity of Hope.  She self-identifies as an Israeli Jewish American.  Yesterday the LA times published an Op-Ed by Borer titled “Getting on board with peace in Israel” in which she shares some experiences of her youth growing up in Jerusalem as well as reflecting on Israel today.

Here’s a brief segment:

A soldier helped me sneak into the Old City. Snipers were still at large and the city was closed to Israeli civilians. By the Western Wall, a myth to me until then, the Israeli army was already evicting Palestinian residents in the dead of night and demolishing all houses within 1,000 feet. Eventually, the area would turn into the huge open paved space it is today, a place where only last month, on Jerusalem Day, masses of Israeli youths chanted “Muhammad is dead” and “May your villages burn.”

It is a different Jerusalem now. It is not their Jerusalem, for it has been taken from them. Every day the Palestinians of Jerusalem are further strangled by more incursions, by more “housing developments” to cut them off from other Palestinians. In Sheik Jarrah, a neighborhood built by Jordan in the 1950s to house refugees, Palestinian families recently have been evicted from their homes at gunpoint based on court-sanctioned documents purporting to show Jewish land ownership in the area dating back some 100 years. But no Palestinian proof of ownership within West Jerusalem has ever prevailed in Israeli courts. Talbieh, Katamon, Baca, until 1948 affluent Palestinian neighborhoods, are today almost exclusively Jewish, with no legal recourse for the Palestinians who recently raised families and lived their lives there.

In his speech on Jerusalem Day, Yitzhak Pindrus, the deputy mayor of Jerusalem, assured a cheering crowd of the ongoing commitment to expanding the Jewish neighborhood of Shimon Hatzadik, as Sheik Jarrah has been renamed.

every single one of these people on the audacity of hope has a personal story of what drove them to break the blockade.

thank you Hagit Borer

Crew member Yonatan Shapira talks about why he is going aboard the US Boat to Gaza with the Stay Human Flotilla at the end of the month.

I was a captain in the Israeli Air Force and a Black-Hawk Pilot until 2003 when together with other pilots I initiated the pilots’ letter and refused to take part in the crimes of the occupation. Today I am a member of Boycott from Within, a group of Israeli citizens who are actively supporting the Palestinian call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions. I have a Master degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, I facilitate dialogue groups and volunteer as a sailing instructor for children with disabilities. I’ve been sailing since I was a child and in September of 2010 I was a crew member on the Jewish boat to Gaza that was intercepted by the Israeli Navy. I work as a commercial pilot in the US and am still dreaming to be a musician.

Dear Yonatan, You are an amazing human being. It takes exceptional courage in the way you have stood up to your own country to protest against its’ injustices on Palestinians. Israelis should be proud of you. Some day you will be recognized as a national hero. I sincerely hope many in the IDF will move over the line to join you as I believe there are many soldiers who hate what they are doing in following orders. I am sure you and your friends will continue to inspire defections.
Many Regards.

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Hedy Epstein was born in Germany in 1924. She was 8 years old when Hitler came to power in 1933. In 1939, she left on a Kindertransport (children’s transport) for England. Her parents and other family members perished during the Holocaust. After World War II she returned to Germany and worked as a research analyst at the Nuremberg trial of the Nazi doctors who performed medical experiments on concentration camp inmates.

Epstein came to the U.S. in 1948, and quickly became involved in civil rights, human rights and peace related issues, both professionally and in her personal life. In 1989, she visited Guatemala, Nicaragua and Cambodia as a peace delegate. Since 2003, she has visited the Israeli occupied West Bank five times, and has made four attempts to visit Gaza by land and sea. She has written and traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe to speak about social justice issues, with an emphasis on the Israel/Palestine issue. In 1999, her autobiography — “Erinnern ist nicht genug” (Remembering is Not Enough) was published in German, in Germany.

Epstein will be on the U.S. Boat to Gaza, part of Flotilla 2, her fifth attempt to reach Gaza.

Passenger Robert Naiman talks about why he is going aboard the US Boat to Gaza with the Stay Human Flotilla at the end of the month.”I am the Policy Director of Just Foreign Policy (www.justforeignpolicy.org), which works to reform U.S. foreign policy to reflect the values and interests of the majority of Americans so the U.S. complies fully with international law and supports peace, diplomacy, and negotiated resolutions of conflict.. The blockade of Gaza violates international laws and norms in regards to collective punishment against a civilian population—a crime in which the U.S. is complicit. Furthermore, the U.S.-led diplomatic embargo of Hamas is an obstacle to Palestinian self-determination as well as a just and lasting negotiated resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I’m also concerned that the present U.S. policy could lead to yet another war in the region. I’m participating in this mission to call attention to the suffering faced by the civilians in Gaza under the blockade and to press for change in U.S. policy on the conflict.”

Kathy Kelly, 58, co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence, (www.vcnv.org) a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. Since May of 2010, she traveled to Afghanistan four times, with delegations intent on learning more about conditions faced by ordinary people in Afghanistan, a country afflicted by three decades of warfare. Voices for Creative Nonviolence has been working closely with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers in search of non-military solutions to end the war. In 2009, she lived in Gaza during the Operation Cast Lead bombing. She was also in Lebanon during and after the 2006 Israeli assaults on southern Lebanon.

From 1996 — 2003, Voices activists formed 70 delegations that openly defied economic sanctions by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq. Kathy and her companions lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing. She was sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites (1988-89) and spent three months in prison, in 2004, for crossing the line at Fort Benning’s military training school. She and her companions at the Voices home/office in Chicago believe that non-violence necessarily involves simplicity, service, sharing of resources and non-violent direct action in resistance to war and oppression.

Ken Mayers was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps upon his graduation from Princeton in 1958. He resigned that commission at the end of 1966 in disgust with American foreign policy and returned to the University of California at Berkeley where he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science. His doctoral dissertation was a policy analysis of minority business enterprise. He has been a peace and justice activist ever since, at the same time progressing through four successive careers. He taught political economy at Bennington College for six years, then worked in an interdisciplinary “skunk works” at Digital Equipment Corporation for 13 years followed by eight years as an independent consultant. For the past 12 years he has been the director of member relations for two international professional alliances. In the early 1980′s he and his late wife founded the Bennington VT chapter of the Beyond War Movement. In 1986 he joined Veterans for Peace (VFP) and in 2002 he founded the Santa Fe Chapter of VFP. He served on VFP’s national board of directors from 2004 to 2009, including five years as national treasurer. In December of 2009, Ken was part of the international Gaza Freedom March that got stuck in Cairo and protested in Tahrir Square and other Cairo locations for a week. He is currently a member of VFP’s Israel-Palestine Working Group. Ken is a fourth generation American of Jewish descent (non-practicing). His mother’s extended family lost at least 17 members in the holocaust. Ken is convinced that the Israeli government has learned the wrong lessons from those tragic years. He wants to demonstrate to his Palestinian brothers and sisters that even someone in his situation supports their desire for freedom. Since the government of Egypt turned him back from Gaza a year ago, he is determined to try again now.

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