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Here is a link to a list of companies that support Israel.
Also the site provides proof on how the companies support Israel financially. As part of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement, boycotting these products is the first step. This is the least (seriously the least) we can do to support and help the Palestinians that must live under the Israeli Occupation.
Dear Canadian Boat to Gaza Supporters, After an amazing collective Canadian effort we are almost ready for our boat to join the international Freedom Flotilla – Stay Human, of which we are a core member. We are due to sail in the last third of June, with your ongoing help and generous support. We have purchased our Canadian boat and selected the nameTahrir (Liberation in Arabic) from the many names submitted by our supporters. Our delegates are now selected and will shortly be making their arrangements to go. As well, we have opened a new website under the boat name www.tahrir.ca.
Dear Canadian Boat to Gaza Supporters,
After an amazing collective Canadian effort we are almost ready for our boat to join the international Freedom Flotilla – Stay Human, of which we are a core member. We are due to sail in the last third of June, with your ongoing help and generous support. We have purchased our Canadian boat and selected the nameTahrir (Liberation in Arabic) from the many names submitted by our supporters. Our delegates are now selected and will shortly be making their arrangements to go. As well, we have opened a new website under the boat name www.tahrir.ca.
The Israeli government’s repression of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement is growing ever more harsh. Domestically, earlier this month, “the Knesset plenum…approved in its first reading a ‘boycott law,’ which would levy harsh punitive fines on Israelis who call for academic or economic boycotts against Israeli institutions,” according to Ha’aretz.
While the anti-boycott bill is aimed at shutting up internal Israeli calls for BDS, much more punitive measures continue to be inflicted on Palestinian activists.
Jesse Rosenfeld, reporting for Alternet, has an exclusive report on the alleged torture of Mohammad Othman, a key organizer in the non-violent resistance campaign against the West Bank separation barrier. After returning from Norway in 2009, where he met with “Norwegian socialist movements and BDS activists, as well as members of the national Parliament, including the Norwegian finance minister,” Othman was arrested at the West Bank-Jordan border. The interview with Rosenfeld marks the first time Othman has spoken out about his conditions in prison.
Othman tells Rosenfeld that:
He was psychologically and physically tortured by Shin Bet interrogators. He highlighted how interrogators pressed him for details about his activities in the BDS campaign abroad, asked about the the grassroots Stop the Wall movement, and probed his meetings with Norwegian parliamentarians and activists.
In Israeli military court, the military prosecution tried unsuccessfully to prove that he was acting as an agent for Hezbollah. But Othman said that attempts to force him to confess to working with Hezbollah were merely a pretext to jail him and not what actually interested the Shin Bet.
“They spent over 25 days focused on trying to find out about my boycott contacts and activist contacts in Norway. They were particularly interested in talking about my work with a Jewish American woman in drafting a boycott call,” said Othman, who detailed the brutal methods his interrogators used to try to extract information and confessions from him. “I was told by an interrogator that if I’m released before their investigation is complete, that they would kill me, that they would shoot me in the head,” he recalled.
Kept in a tiny cell that could only fit a small mattress and subjected to extreme hot and cold temperatures, Othman says psychological terror gave way to physical torture. “At one point they tied me in stress positions for five hours. They showed pictures of my sisters and told me they would rape them. They threatened me with rape.”
Chicago Activists Rename Downtown Street Signs in Honor of Murdered Palestinian Youth
Responding to an international call to action, Palestinian solidarity activists in Chicago renamed street signs on downtown street corners commemorating a Palestinian youth killed two years ago by the Israeli military.The activists used ladders just as rush hour commuters were starting to arrive in Chicago’s loop, and replaced street signs that read “Honorary Ben Gurion Way” with “Honorary Mehdi Abu Ayyesh Way.”
According to the activists, David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, was responsible for drafting policy which intentionally drove Palestinians from their homes and disallowed them from returning.
The activists in Chicago responded to an international call to action to remember murdered Palestinian youth from the Palestine Solidarity Project, a Palestinian-led organization in Beit Ommar village in the southern West Bank which organizes unarmed resistance to the Israeli occupation.
Mehdi Abu Ayyash, aged 17, from Beit Ommar, was shot in the head by Israeli Forces on March 4th, 2009 and died of his injuries several months later. A second youth from the same village, Yousef Ikhlyal, aged 17, was shot in the head by rampaging Israeli settlers on January 28th, 2011.
On Wednesday afternoon, activists in San Francisco unfurled a large banner over the highway reading, “Justice for Mehdi Aby Ayyash,” as part of the international events planned. More actions are expected to take place in the coming weeks in different locations around the world.
Hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers reside in the West Bank, a fact deemed illegal by International Law. These settlements are built on land stolen from Palestinians and settlers often harass and even murder Palestinian residents with impunity. To date, none of the soldiers responsible for killing Mehdi Aby Ayyash, nor the settlers responsible for killing Yousef Ikhlyal, have been brought to justice by the State of Israel.
التاسع من كانون أول
الذكرى الثالثة والعشرين لإنتفاضة الحجارة، فلسطين 1987
The twenty-third anniversary of the uprising of the stone, Palestine 1987
just stones …
لا يملكون إلا الحجارة
و مع ذلك صمدوا
لم يصمدوا يوما
أو حتى سنه
بل صمدوا ٦٠ عقدا
و فلذات أكبادهم
و لم يستسلموا
تلك هي العزيمة الفلسطينية
تلك هي روح الصمود الحقيقة
Mock Israeli Checkpoint at Columbia University