Throughout the visit we had the total freedom and opportunity to see and speak to whoever we wanted to. This includes women, men, youth, and the political parties. There are over 20 parties from Kurdish to Christian, of which some are in the Democratic Self Administration (DSA) or Democratic Self Management (DSM) of the region of Al Jazera. Al Jazera is one of three regions, (cantons) of West Kurdistan. We also met the Kurdish and Christian political parties who are not in the DSA or DSM. In addition, we met the top people from the Democratic Self Administration (DSM), members of the different committees, local groups and communes as well as businesspeople, shopkeepers, workers, people in the market and people who were just walking in the street.
The war Israel started with the Hamas was intended to keep it weaker but independent of the west bank authority. A month and a half and Israel cannot stop the Hamas firing of rockets on Israel. The Hamas raised its demand about the lifting of the siege (closer) and the Israeli prime minister failed go get the support of his coalition for the needed compromise. To diminish the losses and to save face Israel with US backing are passing the decision to the UN security council the Israeli ruling elite evaded successfully so many years. The mounting economic pressures create cracks in the Israeli ruling elite and even the populist coalition party head - the foreign minister, start to promote the end of the 1967 occupation. And the joint popular grass root struggle continue - within Israel at the Arkib Bedouins as focus, Bil'in, Ma'asara, Neby Saleh, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah, South Hebron Hills.
San Francisco Bay Area Palestine activists have declared their first victory in attempting to prevent the offloading of an Israeli cargo vessel at the Oakland Port. Originally planning to show up at 5:00 am Saturday morning to block the ship, activists sent word out late last night that the meeting time had been moved up to 3:00pm, as the ship had delayed its arrival at Oakland in an apparent attempt to avoid the protest.
On Gaza, MIT Professor Noam Chomsky says the debate inside the Israeli government is whether to allow "bare survival" or to inflict "misery and starvation," as a former Israeli national security adviser recently proposed. "Israeli experts have calculated in detail exactly how many calories, literally, Gazans need to survive, and if you look at the sanctions that they impose, they’re grotesque," Chomsky says. "I mean, even John Kerry condemned them bitterly, they’re sadistic — just enough calories to survive."
The text below is translated from the poster at the centre of this image of the destruction of Gaza by the Israeli state. But it refers not to this horror but another in 1943 when the Nazis crushed the Warsaw ghetto, wiping out the poorly armed organised resistance that operated out of a warren of bunkers & sewers hidden beneath the ghetto. This poster was by one of the armed factions that defended the Ghetto, the Jewish Combat Organization (ZOB)
The joint struggles in the locations of regular weekly activities of Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Ma'asara, Sheikh Jarah, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, Western Hills of Hebron, in the week end actions and some in between focused on the war on Gaza as the more obvious aspect of occupation. To day, it seems Israel failed to establish a weakened but independent power in the Gaza strip - mainly because the atrocities of Israel failed to recruit international pressure on Egypt to open enough the siege on Gaza. It seems, there will be a revival of the accord between the Hamas and the west bank Palestinian authority. Israel invested so many efforts to sabotage. It is not clear yet how the the detail will be and how the last Israeli atrocities will influence the pressure of the imperial powers on Israel to end the 1967 occupation. Latest news: Israel started to pull back its forces from the Gaza strip with no resolution and with rockets still fired on Israel.
The war on the Hamas-ruled Gaza strip continues for the thirteenth day. Demonstrations against Israel war mongering continue both in Israel and around the world. All that Israel wants in this war it initiated is the thwarting of the Palestinian unity government and curbing the peace agreements it might speed up. The danger of the surrender of Hamas to the Palestinian Authority in the heel of its economic crisis resulted from the actions of the new Egyptian government, seriously threatening the project of splitting the Palestinians - Israel invested in it extraordinary efforts. Only a total collapse of Hamas rule in Gaza scares Israel more than it. However, internal reasons within Israel force it to introduce the war intended to stabilize the Hamas rule in Gaza and preventing its surrender to the Palestinian Authority as a war against the Hamas and not as price paid to obstruct Palestinian unity.
On the third Friday of every month radicals and activists protest in front of the Israeli consulate in attempt to bring visibility to the plight of occupied Palestine. Due to Israel's recent genocidal rampage (which has left at least 342 people dead over the past 12 days), there was an increased sense of urgency and relevance to the planned protest.
The Palestinians of Gaza, naively, went to the polling station in January 2006, mistakenly believing the Bush doctrine of bringing democracy to the Middle East — in spite of him being responsible for the brutal massacre of hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan.
People voted, but not for the preferred choice of the Israelis, or their American backers and the Arab dictators. The Palestinian choice was against the peace process industry, against the fiction that is the ever-slippery two-state solution, against the corruption of the Oslo-era nouveau riche.
The joint struggle in Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Ma'asara, Sheikh Jarah, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, Southern Hills of Hebron, Jaffa (Tel Aviv) ---- When the European pressure on Israel to compromise with the Palestinian elite collected momentum - already diminishing exports, Israel tried to take advanced of the kidnapped three settlers youth applying "plans from the drawer" trying to ignite armed Intifada. Nearly three weeks of propaganda based on lies (as if they are searching for the already known to them to be dead three youth) was all over the media. When lastly the bodies were "found", lies were exposed, and the harassments failed to ignite Intifada. The mounted hate crimes of the Israeli extreme right and murder of a Palestinian youth of the annexed East Jerusalem ignited an extreme response there and within the Palestinian regions within the 1948 borders. Vicious harassment of US-Palestinian youth - cousin of the murdered youth which was video typed became together with the video of the kidnapped cousin became viral all over the world and ignited solidarity demos all over the world.