Monthly Archives: December 2009

Long Live Palestine – LowKey

One year on from the brutal invasion of Gaza by Israeli armed forces we should all remember and re-double our efforts to end colonialism in apartheid, in Palestine, in Africa and around the world.

Comrade Sa’adat Calls for a New Year of Struggle, Unity and Resistance

From the homepage of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

The imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, sent greetings to our people marking the new year and the Christmas holidays, saying that the new year, 2010, can be a year to restore the unity of our Palestinian people, break the siege on our heroic people in Gaza, and bring the occupation war criminals to trial before international courts. He called for the new year to be a year of our inalienable right to resist, to drive occupation and settlement from our land, of the liberation of prisoners, of independence, self-determination and Jerusalem as our capital, and the right of refugees to return to their homes from which they were displaced.

Comrade Sa’adat met with his attorney on December 28, 2009 after being denied attorney visits for months, delivering his message to his attorney from the isolation cells where he is held in Ramon prison in the Naqab desert. The attorney who met with him, from Addameer, said that Comrade Sa’adat has high morale and great confidence in the ability of our people to end the internal national crisis and restore national reconciliation on a comprehensive basis.

He warned against “patching” or “mending” the Palestine Liberation Organization and its institution, saying that the PLO must instead be thoroughly rebuilt on a democratic basis, including all political forces, through elections based on proportional representation for all PLO institutions. He further emphasized the need to end all forms of negotiations with the occupier, saying that any negotiations, as well as the silence of Arab and international parties, only provide a cover of legitimacy to the ongoing aggression, expansion, racism and crimes of the occupier. He said that negotiations with the occupier provide a dangerous cover for the occupation’s crimes – the ongoing looting of our land and violation of Palestinian human rights and holy sites – and allow it to impose ‘facts on the ground’ that undermine basic rights of the Palestinian people and seek to eliminate national steadfastness and struggle. Read the rest of this entry

Palestine: What You Need to Know About Israel’s “Colonies”

A four-minute video by Anna Baltzer, Jewish-American volunteer with International Womens Peace Service in the West Bank

From World News Daily Information Clearing House:

Anna Baltzer, a young Jewish American, went to the West Bank to discover the realities of daily life for Palestinians under the occupation. What she found would change her outlook on the conflict forever. She wrote this book to give voice to the stories of the people who welcomed her with open arms as their lives crumbled around them. For five months, Baltzer lived and worked with farmers, Palestinian and Israeli activists, and the families of political prisoners, traveling with them across endless checkpoints and roadblocks to reach hospitals, universities, and olive groves.

Baltzer witnessed firsthand the environmental devastation brought on by expanding settlements and outposts and the destruction wrought by Israels Security Fence, which separates many families from each other, their communities, their land, and basic human services. What emerges from Baltzers journal is not a sensationalist tale of suicide bombers and conspiracies, but a compelling and inspiring description of the trials of daily life under the occupation. Anna Baltzer is a Jewish American graduate of Columbia University, Fulbright scholar, and two-time volunteer with the International Womens Peace Service in the West Bank, where she documented human rights abuses and supported the nonviolent resistance movement to the occupation.