Israel Admits To Giving Ethiopian Women Birth Control Shots
A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera.
Health Ministry Director General Prof. Ron Gamzu has instructed the four health maintenance organizations to stop the practice as a matter of course. The ministry and other state agencies had previously denied knowledge or responsibility for the practice, which was first reported five years ago. Gamzu’s letter instructed “all gynecologists in the HMOs not to renew prescriptions for Depo-Provera for women of Ethiopian origin if for any reason there is concern that they might not understand the ramifications of the treatment.” Gamzu also instructed physicians to avail themselves of translators if need be.
Gamzu’s letter came in response to a letter from Sharona Eliahu-Chai of the Association of Civil Rights in Israel, representing several women’s rights and Ethiopian immigrants’ groups. The letter demanded the injections cease immediately and that an investigation be launched into the practice.
About six weeks ago, on an Educational Television program journalist Gal Gabbay revealed the results of interviews with 35 Ethiopian immigrants. The women’s testimony could help explain the almost 50-percent decline over the past 10 years in the birth rate of Israel’s Ethiopian community. According to the program, while the women were still in transit camps in Ethiopia they were sometimes intimidated or threatened into taking the injection. “They told us they are inoculations,” said one of the women interviewed. “They told us people who frequently give birth suffer. We took it every three months. We said we didn’t want to.”
but i’m anti-semetic for saying that israel is antiblack and zionism is a form of white supremacy……riiiiiiiiiiight
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The Wizard, Gus Williams.
23 PPG in 1983.
My name is badul ali
Im 30 from scunthorpe
I’m a carer for my disabled brother!
No you’re not. Bradley Manning is in isolation in Federal Prison. You’re watching Pulp Fiction.
El Pueblo Unido ~ The People United
NYCoRE’s 4th Annual Conference
Location: Vanguard High School
317 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10065
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago’s Teachers Union
accompanied by DJ ULTRAMAN, Benji Chang, Post-Doctoral Fellow with IUME Teachers College
Proposal application due: NEW: January 11th, 2013Conference OverviewA school should be the center of a community — a place that feeds the minds and hearts of its young people, a place that celebrates the neighborhood’s cultural and linguistic heritage, a place that provides the tools for a community to deepen its self-understanding and broaden its understanding of its connections to the broader world.Across the country, however, the ability of educational institutions to serve these purposes is being severely damaged. Schools are increasingly seen as opportunities for the wealthy and powerful to make a profit, or to further their own political agendas. While these agendas affect different groups in a variety of ways, in such seemingly disconnected policies as school closings, teacher bashing, and the banning of ethnic studies programs, a common thread emerges: disregard for the histories, needs and people served by local public schools.But in response to these dehumanizing, profit-driven policies, communities are fighting back. People are coming together, supporting, valuing and caring for one another as individuals with unique histories and experiences, rather than as statistics. Communities are reaching out, forming new connections, building bridges, strengthening ties. From the Chicago teachers and the parents who supported them in their recent strike, to the work that teachers do in their classrooms, we are working to listen to one another, and to hear each other’s voices over the din of the empty rhetoric of politicians, and to bring our voices together in a call for justice.NYCoRE’s 4th annual conference seeks to be a space to further this work: a space to hear one another’s voices, to strengthen our connections to one another, to form new connections. We seek to provide an opportunity to work towards becoming El Pueblo Unido — A People Unitedin the struggle for justice, even as we acknowledge the differences among us, and the differential access to power and privilege that have shaped our individual and collective histories. To this end, we are seeking workshops that will be of relevance to educators in varied settings that are diverse in their focus topics. Relevant political critiques are welcomed, as are curricular ideas, classroom strategies, presentations on community work, and other ideas for inspiring practice. We are also specifically seeking workshops that contribute to bridging the gap that often exists between educators and young people by bringing the voices of youth into workshop sessions. Allproposals should demonstrate relevance to the conference theme, described in detail below.About NYCoRENew York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) is a group of public school educators committed to fighting for social justice in our school system and society at large, by organizing and mobilizing teachers, developing curriculum, and working with community, parent, and student organizations. We are educators who believe that education is an integral part of social change and that we must work both inside and outside the classroom because the struggle for justice does not end when the school bell rings. NYCoRE members hold in common nine Points of Unity which can be found here: http://www.nycore.org/nycore-info/points-of-unity/
UCI students visited by FBI over Palestine Organizing -
IRVINE, California – Earlier this afternoon, two UC Irvine students were visited at their homes by FBI agents. The agents were asking questions about individuals involved with UCI’s Muslim Student Union and their work on Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) organizing at UCI. The students told the agents that they would only answer questions with a lawyer present.
If you are contacted by the police or FBI, do not let them into your home without a warrant. Inform them that you will not answer their questions without a lawyer present and end the conversation. Make sure to collect the agents’ information (ask for their business cards). Do not talk to them and do not lie to them. As soon as they are gone, contact the National Lawyers Guild. If the police contact you regarding Palestine-related organizing, contact the NLG helpline for Palestine repression at 312-212-0448.
Remember, nothing you say to the police will help you, but it may hurt you and others.
For more information about what to do if you are visited by law enforcement:
The Center for Constitutional Rights, “If an Agent Knocks”
The National Lawyers Guild, “You Have the Right to Remain Silent”
all the bbs in california, please watch out
Harper: Act Now Before Chief Theresa Spence Dies -
It’s been 11 days, and Harper’s stll not agreed to meet up with Theresa Spence.
Also, a warning, some of the comments are mindblowingly racist and offensive, one of them suggesting that Harper can wait until Spence has at least lost 80 lb before doing anything.
Poster by Dwayne Bird
Quick Thoughts on the Significance of the November 2012 Palestine UN Bid | Noura Erakat -
The Palestinian UN bid for non-member observer status will certainly pass today as the majority of UN member states have expressed their support for the initiative. The positive vote will do little to alter the course of Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial expansion in the West Bank or its racially-motivated policies aimed at the forced population transfer of non-Jewish Palestinians throughout Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Still, the significance of Palestine’s bolstered status is three-fold.
First, it diplomatically affirms the Palestinian cause for self-determination as a just one amongst the community of nations thereby rebuffing Israel’s insistence the the conflict is a national security issue. Unfortunately, those states will not place the necessary pressure upon Israel to thwart its structurally violent practices.
Second, it saves the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority from the specter of complete irrelevance at a moment when Hamas has emerged as a viable political player in the region together with the admission that the peace process has failed. This will not only benefit the Palestinian Authority but Israel whose occupation costs have been significantly reduced thanks to the PA’s security apparatus as well as the United States which has been its primary financier.
Finally, the new status will allow Palestine to appeal for ICC jurisdiction thereby enabling it to hold Israel to account for its alleged war crimes committed in, now two, Gaza operations as well as its settlement colonial project in the West Bank.
The bid will not, however, work to salvage the two-state solution, which has long been declared dead. Israel has civilian and military control over sixty-two percent of the West Bank; the Apartheid Wall has further confiscated another thirteen percent of the West Bank; and the Jewish-Israeli settler population now numbers six hundred thousand. East Jerusalem, which is part of the West Bank, has been the site of rapid ethnic cleansing where Israel is explicitly pursuing a Judaization campaign. Meanwhile, Gaza is territorially separated, isolated, and besieged. The World Health Organization says it will be unlivable by 2020.
The next steps forward include dealing with the one-state reality. There exists one political entity between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea home to an inextricable Jewish-Israeli and Muslim and Christian-Palestinian population whom the Israeli state distinguishes based on religion regardless of their territorial location within Israel or the OPT.
Congratulations to Palestinians.
ALL UNITED FOR FREE PALESTINE