2014: year of solidarity with Palestinians kicks off!
The year 2014 has been proclaimed the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People by the UN General Assembly.
by Debbie Menon
UNRIC : In a vote, 26 November, the text was adopted by 110 votes in favor to 7 against (Australia, Canada, Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau and the United States), with 56 abstentions.
The resolution requested the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to organize activities around that observance, in cooperation with Governments, the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations and civil society.
The General Assembly voted on a number of resolutions on related issues such as the convening of an international conference in Moscow, as well as a resolution stating that all legal and administrative measures taken by Israel to change the legal status of East Jerusalem were null and void. It also called for Israel to withdraw from the Golan heights to 1967 borders.
The representative of Iran, said in the debate that Israel had committed heinous crimes against Palestinians, including construction of illegal settlements and an apartheid wall, and the Gaza blockade. The Israeli regime, as a source of terrorism, continued to perpetrate its crimes with a sense of impunity.
Speaking after the votes, the representative of the United States said that his country remained deeply troubled by the repetitive and disproportionate number of one-sided Assembly resolutions condemning Israel. Only four other resolutions had been critical of other Member States. All parties to the tragic conflict had a responsibility for ending it, and the United States was disappointed that the Assembly continued to single out Israel.
“We cannot afford to lose the current moment of opportunity,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message read on his behalf. “The goal remains clear – an end to the occupation that started in 1967 and the creation of a sovereign, independent, and viable State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders, living side by side in peace with a secure State of Israel,” he said.
London’s show of solidarity — Replica of the Israeli Separation Wall Built in Central London on 23rd of December 2013.
(London) St. James’ Church in central London unveiled an eight-meter-high replica of the Israeli-built concrete wall that entirely surrounds the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
Bethlehem Unwrapped: festival opened with the unveiling of a 8m high life size replica of the separation wall that has been built by Israel in the West Bank. It has been constructed over 8 days in the church yard of St James’ near Piccadilly Circus in central London in a bid to bring some reality of what it is like to live in Bethlehem in 2013.
The wall deliberately obscures the facade of the historic St. James’ Church “because that is what has happened to Bethlehem’s holy sites and historic places.”
“This Christmas we have built a huge wall across the front of our church. We’d really like you to come and see it because it’s what the people of Bethlehem are experiencing today,” explains Reverend Lucy Winkett, rector of the church, in the brief video below.
The wall is part of the “Bethlehem Unwrapped” festival, which features a week of events, starting on 29 December, including music by Reem Kelani and Nigel Kennedy, stand up comedy with Jeremy Hardy and Mark Steel, as well as films and panel discussions.
Visit The Wall At St James’s Piccadilly and make your mark on the wall, watch what you say, watch out for the pinkies, the infiltrators, sayanims, anti-Zionist pretenders, who will be looking to control the agenda and tag a few radicals, tell them politely, but firmly to “take a hike, we know the game now.” Beat them at their game if you can.
Bethlehem billboards and newspaper ad campaign launched by www.IfAmericansKnew.org:
• There are now five billboards throughout the Atlanta area depicting Mary and Joseph being blocked from Bethlehem by the Israeli apartheid-annexation wall.
• Supporters are placing versions of our advertisements in 15 newspapers around the San Francisco Bay Area. These ads inform readers about aid to Israel and direct readers to the Stop the Blank Check website for more information.
The ad that’s running in the San Francisco area – you can see it at http://www.ifamericansknew.
In 2013 CNI (COUNCIL FOR THE NATIONAL INTEREST, Washington DC) paid for ten billboard advertisements in Atlanta, Georgia and six more nationwide protesting United States government’s “blank check” funding for Israel.
Dave Gahary of American Free Press interviews the founder of If Americans Knew, who details and decries the Israeli-centrism of the US mainstream media and how it’s harming Palestinians and the reputation and fabric of the United States, and explains how it’s up to all of us to help change that. BUY THE INTERVIEW ON CD
Many of the most serious dangers facing Americans today stem from our highly unusual relationship with Israel, says Ms. Weir.
Our uniquely massive support for Israel has cost trillions of dollars and multitudes of lives.
It has diminished our moral standing in the world, lessened our domestic freedoms, and exposed us to unnecessary and growing peril.
The majority of Americans – as well as our diplomatic and military experts – oppose this unique relationship.
The Israel lobby is one of the most powerful and pervasive special interest groups in the United States. It consists of a multitude of powerful institutions and individuals that work to influence Congress, the president, academia, the media, religious institutions, and American public opinion on behalf of Israel.
If we are to have sensible, effective policies that promote safety rather than danger, then it is essential that all Americans become active and informed. Lives depend on it.
America’s inability to resolve the question of Palestine is one of the gravest tragedies of our times. This is primarily because the US administration and the US Congress have succumbed to the demands of the Zionists, the Zionist regime and its various Lobbies, AIPAC (American–Israeli Policy Action Committee) and ADL (Anti-Defamation League). There exists a coordinating agency called “The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations,” Their website (www.conferenceofpresidents.org/) is worth exploring (and AIPAC is just one of literally dozens of organizations under its umbrella). This is a lethal ailment that afflicts the United States. The American politicians have fallen captive to this Zionist network.
Surely fair-minded Americans the likes of Ms. Alison Weir and her compatriots at the Council for the National Interest and If Americans Knew.Org, prefer US-inspired policies to those perpetrated by the Zionists. Regrettably, little is being done to cure this fatal disease. So, as long as this situation persists, we will see war and injustice in the region. The US government being the primary negotiator for peace and security between Zionists and Palestinians should bear the responsibility for the Israeli regime’s massacre of Palestinian women and children in their homes and territories. Peace and security will be realized only through the establishment of true justice. How can sustainable peace and security be reached by provoking and humiliating others?
On Christmas Eve, while Christians knelt in churches to honour the birth of the eternal light of the Child of Bethlehem — the Child of peace, Israeli Herods struck Gaza and the life-light of little Hala haemorrhaged into eternal death, writes Dr. Vacy Vlazna, Coordinator of Justice for Palestine Matters.
Let’s look more closely at why Zionist Herods attack Gaza, she writes:
Impunity aside, ultimately, they attack because they are depraved Untermenschen, not just the military but every Zionist who supports Israel’s illegal occupation, warmongering and apartheid policies. They attack because a three year old Palestinian child’s life, its delightful vitality, its laughter, its wonder, its tears, its fun and its fears means nothing to these inhuman thugs and nothing to the UN and nothing to the leaders and citizens of western democratic nations who look away from Israel’s war crimes and daily crimes against humanity.
On Christmas Eve, the songs of Christmas angels were muted by explosions when Herods’ tanks and warplanes “forcefully” bombed Gaza for two hours hitting Hala’s home in Al-Maghazi refugee camp, massacring her innocence and injuring her mother Buthaina, and brothers Mohammed 6 and Bilal, 4.
Little Hala should be alive now. It was her sacred right.
This video by My Catbird Seat and song by Finian Cunningham, pays tribute to the incredible resilience of Palestinians and steadfastness of the Global Palestinian Solidarity Movement, in their struggle for justice and end to apartheid and occupation of Palestinian homeland:
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