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This day in 1945: On Holocaust Memorial Day

Red Army doctor attends to Auschwitz prisoner after its liberation In January, 1945

Red Army doctor attends to Auschwitz prisoner after its liberation on January 27, 1945

In this seminal essay originally published on this website in 2009, Dr Hakim Adi challenges the false narrative around Holocaust Memorial Day. January 27, the day of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army in 1945, is commemorated as Holocaust Memorial Day internationally.

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Renouncing Israel on principle

By STEVEN SALAITA

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When anti-Zionists discuss the Middle East, the topic of Israel’s existence rarely arises.  It’s almost exclusively a pro-Israel talking point. We’re focused on national liberation, on surviving repression, on strategies of resistance, on recovering subjugated histories, on the complex (and sometimes touchy) relationships among an Indigenous population disaggregated by decades of aggression.  That a colonial state – or any state, really – possesses no ontological rights is an unspoken assumption.

“Do you recognize Israel’s right to exist?” pretends to honour the downtrodden, but it is an altogether different proposition, transforming sophisticated ideas of liberation into a crude test of political respectability. Prioritizing the state as worthy of relief, as something to which we automatically owe deference, subsumes life to the imperatives of capital. Continue reading

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Winston Churchill sent the infamous Black and Tans from Ireland to Palestine

The Balfour Declaration’s purpose was to form a “little loyal Jewish Ulster in a sea of potentially hostile Arabism”, according to Ronald Storrs, “the first military governor of Palestine since Pontius Pilate” (his words). Not everything went to plan… | DAVID CRONIN*

“The Birth of the Irish Republic” by Walter Paget

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Israel: Hebron assassination – ‘never have so many cheered such a vile murderer’

A mob supporting the detained Zionist murderer outside the court in Occupied Palestine where his hearing was taking place, March 29, 2016 | Ilan Assayag

A mob supporting the detained Zionist murderer outside the court in Occupied Palestine where his hearing was taking place, March 29, 2016 | Ilan Assayag

For your information: Articles from the Israeli press on the cold-blooded assassination of an incapacitated man in Occupied Palestine

Abed al-Fatah al Sharif was lying clearly unconscious on the ground, one of two men who had allegedly attacked an Israeli soldier, wounding him slightly on March 24. Despite having already been shot to the ground, where he lay wounded for several minutes, after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier. He was then shot in the head at point-blank range by another IDF soldier.

“The soldier was not acting in self-defence,” reported Al-Monitor. “He did not fear for his life or for those of other soldiers, and from initial examination of the incident, it turns out that he wasn’t even part of the force operating in the area when the man attacked. Rather, he arrived after the incident was over. He apparently acted the way he did because that was the way the wind was blowing.” Amos Harel of the Israeli paper Haaretz described the killing as nothing less than a “cold-blooded execution.” 

The assassination is hardly exceptional, nor is the Israeli culture of impunity: killing Palestinians is a way of life in the Zionist utopia, which is given carte blanche by the United States, Canada and the European Union and its media. The heroization of the executioner seems to be. Even by the barbaric standards of Zionist forces in Occupied Palestine, the cold-blooded execution of a wounded Palestinian has sent shockwaves around the world, with one senior UN official branding it an “extrajudicial execution” and a “gruesome, immoral, and unjust act,” but not among soldiers on the scene or the wider Israeli public.

On Thursday, March 30, a military judge, Lt. Col. Ronen Shor, ordered that the soldier be released from jail and instead kept under open arrest at his base.

Since last October, more than 200 Palestinians have now been shot dead by Israeli forces, some in clashes, the majority after they had been accused of attacking or attempting to attack Israelis, with nearly 30 Israelis killed in the same period. – TS

  • Never have so many cheered such a vile murderer
  • IDF grovels – downgrades charges against soldier-executioner who shot subdued Palestinian to manslaughter
  • Video shows soldier shaking hands with far-right activist after shooting subdued Palestinian attacker
  • Soldier said Palestinian assailant ‘needs to die’ before shooting, army probe finds
  • Hebron murder was no exception, but the inevitable result
  • The shooting in Hebron was a cold-blooded execution
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Largest water privatizer in the world: Private partner for Edmonton transit also violating international law in Palestine

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Graphic details. Mapping Zionist murders in Palestine

Tracking the human toll of the wave of violence in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel. Basma Atassi in Al Jazeera

(November 24) – Since the beginning of October, 94 Palestinians have been killed in shootings and clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel, while 16 Israelis have been killed in knife and gun attacks. Continue reading

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On Human Rights Day: Israeli occupation continues to carry out mass arrests of Palestinians and subject them to abuse

2014.07.18.CalgaryEndAttacksOnPalestine-50Occupied Ramallah (10 December) –This year, Palestinians mark International Human Rights Day mourning over 118 Palestinians including 25 children who were killed by IOF in the past two months. Palestinians mark this day following two months of nonstop violence and widespread human rights violations by Israeli Occupation Forces against the Palestinian civilian population in response to a popular uprising in the occupied territory. Today, over 6,500 Palestinians remain imprisoned by Israeli occupation including at least 450 children, 587 Palestinians held under arbitrary administrative detention without charge or trial and five members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Continue reading

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Trudeau Liberals defend the indefensible: UN votes on Palestine and Zionist ethnic cleansing

palestinian_landloss_48-0 1On 24 November 2015 the UN General Assembly adopted five non-binding resolutions on Palestine. Canada voted five against, showing its status as a lapdog to the United States and Israel and its contempt for the rights of the Palestinian people and international law. The only major states voting against all five resolutions were the USA, Canada and Israel. Continue reading

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Syrians express solidarity with Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayyad

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John Pilger on ISIS: Only when we see the war criminals in our midst will the blood begin to dry

 By JOHN PILGER / johnpilger.com

In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”.  As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger’s murderous honesty. Continue reading

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Word. ‘We will hit you with gas until you all die…’

In a startling and sinister escalation, Israeli troops stormed the West Bank’s Aida refugee camp this week with tear gas blasting and a truck loudspeaker blaring a deadly, perhaps unprecedented message: “We are the Occupation army,” it proclaimed. “Throw stones and we will hit you with gas until you all die – the youth, the children, the old people…We will not leave any of you alive.” Said one Palestinian, “Such threats merely add words to the deed.”

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Israeli forces respond to Womens’ Day march with violence

Israel has kidnapped nearly 15,000 Palestinian women since 1967

Detainee Lina Jarbouni

Palestinian detainee Lina Jarbouni, 40, from ‘Arraba al-Batouf in the Galilee, has been held by Israel for the thirteenth consecutive year without trial.

More than 30 Palestinians, mostly women, were injured as Israeli troops forcibly dispersed a peaceful march marking International Womens’ Day on Friday, Ma’an News Agency reports. Israeli soldiers fired tear-gas canisters, stun grenades, rubber-coated bullets, and pepper spray at hundreds of women to prevent them from reaching the Qalandiya checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah . Fourteen of the 30 injured were evacuated to hospitals. Continue reading

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Palestinian medical students begin Venezuelan scholarship program

Over 1,000 Palestinians will be granted scholarship programs in various disciplines in Venezuela, said Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

Photo courtesy of AVN

Photo courtesy of AVN

The Venezuelan government decided to expand the “Yasser Arafat Scholarship Program” from 199 to over 1,000 Palestinian students after the first 119 Palestinian medical students arrived in Caracas last Thursday.

119 Palestinian medical students arrived for studies in the Venezuelan capital Caracas. The Venezuelan “Yasser Arafat Scholarship Program” has been extended to over 1,000 Palestinian students in various disciplines. Continue reading

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Israel’s little known concentration and labour camps 1948-1955

Civilians captured during the fall of Lydda and Ramle around the time of July 12, 1948 and taken to labour camps. In the July heat they were thirsty and were given a drop of water carried by a child under soldiers’ guard. | Salman Abu Sitta, Palestine Land Society

By YAZAN AL-SAADI*

Much of the grim and murky circumstances of the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the late 1940s have gradually been exposed over time. One aspect – rarely researched or deeply discussed – is the internment of thousands of Palestinian civilians within at least 22 Zionist-run concentration and labour camps that existed from 1948 to 1955. Now more is known about the contours of this historical crime, due to the comprehensive research by renowned Palestinian historian Salman Abu Sitta and founding member of the Palestinian resource center BADIL Terry Rempel.

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Poster art tells story of Palestinian struggle

A poster from Dan Walsh’s collection titled “Viva Palestine,” depicting Leila Khaled, by Jesus Barraza, 2004. | Photo by Liberation Graphics Collection of Palestine Posters

A poster from Dan Walsh’s collection titled “Viva Palestine,” depicting Leila Khaled, by Jesus Barraza, 2004. | Photo by Liberation Graphics Collection of Palestine Posters

By BADAR SALEM

AlMonitor (Aug 29) – Dan Walsh did not realize he would be documenting more than 60 years of Palestinian history when he began assembling the world’s largest collection of Palestinian posters decades ago. Yet, his Palestine Poster Project Archives (PPPA) might be joining the documentation registry of the world’s foremost heritage, which includes the Phoenician alphabet, the Magna Carta and Karl Marx’s “Das Kapital,” among others.

Some 1,700 posters, which represent the core of the Liberation Graphics Collection of Palestine Posters, have been nominated for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Memory of the World program, which includes 301 heritage resources of “outstanding universal value.” Continue reading

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Palestine: Hundreds march with photos of Fidel, Chavez, Maduro as they say thank you Latin America

And wave flags of Iran and Syria and banners of Hezbollah. Meanwhile, Latin America acts to further assist the Palestinian people. Four articles with photos

palestine-thanks-latam-leadersHundreds of Palestinians waved photos of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez and Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro during a march held yesterday in Gaza to thank the Latin American solidarity. Continue reading

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Sighting. Graffiti in Ramallah, Palestine

Graffiti in Ramalla, Palestine. US Aid: We don’t need your aid | David Lisbona/flickr

Graffiti in Ramallah, Palestine. US Aid: We don’t need your aid | David Lisbona/flickr

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All out to support the victory of the Palestinian people in smashing the blockade of Gaza, ending the occupation of their homeland and affirming their right to be!

Mass action in Nablus, Palestine, July 24 defends right to be.

Mass action in Nablus, Palestine, July 24 defends right to be.

By K.C. ADAMS

The people of Palestine have been engaged in a courageous battle for their right to be since WWII. Following the war, the Anglo-U.S. imperialists decided to form a Zionist colonial entity in Palestine as a military base to strengthen their empire in West Asia and North Africa. The imperialist front provided arms, other assets and displaced people from Europe to occupy Palestine and force out the indigenous Palestinians from much of their land.

Using overwhelming military power, money and people supplied by Anglo-U.S. imperialism, a Zionist colonial entity occupied Palestine and negated the Palestinian people’s right to be. The Zionist colonial entity’s right to exist and defend itself has required the negation of the right to be of the Palestinian people, the theft of their land, their suppression and brutalization, and the continuing military occupation of Palestine. Continue reading

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Occupation is a crime – Resistance Is a right!

By MARGARET VILLAMIZAR*

2014.07.11.Baird stop.CalgaryPalestineRally-53International law and principles that came out of the experience of the second World War establish that occupation is a crime and resistance to occupation is a right. The Palestinian people are affirming their rights by defending themselves from Israel’s occupation and attacks. They are affirming everyone’s right to be. By resisting the occupation they say No! to war crimes, to occupation and violations of human rights. By standing with them we affirm our own rights and the rights of all.

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Venezuela’s Maduro launches ‘SOS Palestine’ campaign to demand end to Israeli bombardment

Mérida, July 12th 2014 – Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has launched an “SOS Palestine” campaign to demand an end to Israel’s ongoing bombardment of Palestine’s Gaza strip.

“Enough already, I’ve joined the campaign. #SOS Palestina, let’s launch it,” he told supporters during a televised broadcast. Continue reading

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Kitchener-Waterloo demonstration in solidarity with Gaza

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On July 11th over 200 people gathered at Waterloo Town Square at the end of the work day to take a stand against the genocide being carried out against the people of Gaza. The demonstration organized by Students For Palestinian Rights (SFPR) was part of the international outcry manifesting itself through demonstrations around the world denouncing the ongoing criminal Israeli assault on the Palestinian people and the media collusion accompanying it. Continue reading

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Israeli missile kills eight watching World Cup semi-final at café

Gaza health ministry says most of at least 105 killed in ongoing Israeli assault are non-combatants, half are women and 22 children, with another 700 injured

Remains of the Fun Time Beach bar at Khan Younis beach, Gaza, where nine friends were watching the World Cup when they were struck by a fatal Israeli strike | Robert Tait, Telegraph

Remains of the Fun Time Beach bar at Khan Younis beach, Gaza, where nine friends were watching the World Cup when they were struck by a fatal Israeli strike | Robert Tait, Telegraph

Khan Younis (July 10) – They never lived to see the final score.

Inside the Fun Time Beach café on Gaza’s Mediterranean shore, nine friends and siblings gathered around a portable television powered by a generator to watch Argentina take on Holland in the semi finals of the World Cup. Continue reading

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Palestinian Resistance organizes psychological warfare

A general view of the eastern part of the Gaza Strip from Gaza City, on July 10, 2014 | AFP-Thomas Coex

A general view of the eastern part of the Gaza Strip from Gaza City, on July 10, 2014 | AFP-Thomas Coex

At the start of the confrontation between the Resistance and Israel, the latter had absolute supremacy in using psychological warfare against the Palestinians. Ahmed Hadi informs that the armed Palestinian Resistance factions have since worked to improve their capabilities in information and propaganda, creating a counter-deterrent using the Internet and the language of the other side.

english.al-akhbar.com (July 11) Gaza IN CONJUNCTION with the physical warfare between Palestinian Resistance factions and Israel, the two sides are also engaged in psychological warfare, with a view to weaken and overwhelm the home front of the other side. No doubt, the two sides often hit and often miss, but in general, the Resistance’s communicators have sent out effective messages this time, even outdoing Israel, which has only rehashed its old propaganda seen in every previous round of conflict so far.

Military psychology experts say that the new development in this context is that the Palestinians are no longer afraid of the leaflets dropped by Israeli warplanes in order to turn the civilian population against the Resistance or force civilians to evacuate their homes, especially along the border areas.

The Resistance has launched a strong assault targeting the morale of the Israeli public, broadcasting videos in Hebrew focusing on its military capabilities, including its medium-range rocket arsenal and amphibious commandos. The Resistance has also called on Israelis to evacuate their homes, and hacked websites to display its messages. Recall that during the last conflict in Gaza, the Resistance had leaked the names and numbers of thousands of Israeli army officers.

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Case of missing youth used to undermine Palestinian unity government

Left to right: Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frankel

Left to right: Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frankel

We are posting below excerpts from a June 16 item by Ramzy Baroud published in the Palestine Chronicle. Although written before the Zionists’ disinformation about the three missing Israeli youth came to light, the item outlines attempts of the Netanyahu government’s to manipulate the situation for self-serving reasons to undermine the unity of the Palestinian people, specifically the newly formed unity government between Hamas and Fatah. Continue reading

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Beating of US teen underscores Zionists’ crimes against the youth

Relatives carry the body of a boy killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza on July 9, 2014. | UPI - Ashraf Amra

Relatives carry the body of a boy killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza on July 9, 2014. | UPI – Ashraf Amra

The Gaza health ministry has confirmed the deaths of 88 Palestinians so far and over 500 injured  in the besieged strip since Israel began its relentless assault early Tuesday. Among those killed, at least 21 were aged 16 or younger. The youngest victim, 18-month-old Mohammed Malakiyeh, was killed along with his 27-year-old mother. 

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U.S.-born Palestinian-American Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15

FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD U.S.-born Palestinian-American Tariq Abu Khdeir was brutally beaten by masked Israeli police on the evening of July 3 in the Shuafat neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem. His 16-year-old cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was lynched by Zionist extremists the day before in that area. Israeli authorities claim Tariq was arrested for participating in a demonstration against the killing of Mohammed. Video of the attack shows Tariq being brutally beaten into unconsciousness. Continue reading

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Israel: Disinformation used to launch state terror

Ruins of a building struck by Israeli airstrikes in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, July 8, 2014.

TML Daily (July 9) – Since June 13, the Zionist government in Israel has been spreading disinformation about the case of three Israeli youth, 16-year-olds Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrac, whom the government initially reported as being kidnapped by forces linked to the Hamas government of Gaza. On this basis, the Zionists launched “Operation Brother’s Keeper,” on June 13 allegedly to recover the youth. This massive campaign of state terror has seen more than 2,200 house raids and more than 700 arrests, including many youth. According to Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, as of July 4, 475 Palestinians are still detained while 170 have been placed under administrative detention.

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Widespread resistance demands a Free Palestine: End Israeli occupation and aggression!

Palestinian youth fight back against heavily armed Israeli Defense Forces in the Shufat neighbourhood of Jerusalem, July 3, 2014.

Widespread resistance is unfolding in Palestine in response to the U.S.-backed mass arrests, indefinite detention and bombing raids by Zionist Israel. Using the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on June 12 as justification to unleash retribution against the Hamas government of Gaza, who they call a terrorist organization, the Zionists have once again unleashed a murderous assault mainly against Gaza but also the West Bank.

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Algeria striker announces team will donate World Cup prize money

Reposted from Friendship First, Competition Second – An Amateur Sport Website

Homecoming: The Algerian squad are paraded through Algiers on an open-top bus on Wednesday

Homecoming: The Algerian squad are paraded through Algiers on an open-top bus on Wednesday

Tony Seed (July 3) – Algeria striker Islam Slimani said that the team will donate their World Cup prize money to the people in Gaza because “they need it more than us.” It will be a solid contribution, around $9 million. Surely a gesture for respect.

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Algeria striker Islam Slimani

Previously the team had dedicated their victory in the opening round to Palestine. They followed that up by playing an inspired game that scared top-ranked Germany, which was fortunate to win in extra-time.

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Sighting. People around the world stand with Palestine

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Calgary demonstration against Harper government’s support of Israeli war crimes, July 21, 2006. (T. Ford)

Calgary demonstration against Harper government’s support of Israeli war crimes, July 21, 2006. (T. Ford)

International protests and demonstrations around the world expressed solidarity with Palestine on July 5, as Palestinian communities in exile and diaspora, social justice movements and solidarity organizers held events in major cities globally. These international protests were organized in response to the killing of Palestinian boy Mohammad Abu Khdeir and 9 other Palestinians since June 12, the mass arrests and raids of over 600 Palestinians, checkpoints, brutal beatings, the killing of over 70 by occupation forces’ bombings and assassinations in Gaza, and the ongoing siege, apartheid and occupation – more protests are being announced daily.

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Click here for the current, updated list of international actions in support of the Palestinian people – or email samidoun@samidoun.ca to add your own, Continue reading

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Special focus: Gaza under attack

Gaza Under Attack Banner At present (9 July 2014), 53 Palestinians have been killed, and more than 500 injured since the Israeli military assault of the Gaza Strip began Tuesday, July 8th. Many of those dead from the most recent assaults are women and children; the youngest victim was 18-month-old Mohammed Melkiye, who was killed by an Israeli airstrike along with his 27-year-old mother. Continue reading

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