A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR THAT LIVES THE MANTRA “NEVER AGAIN”

This video tells the story of a German victim of holocaust who has spent most of her life trying to stop the genocide committed by Israel against the Palestinian people in the last 6 decades.

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IT DOESN’T END WITH THAT ….

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Holocaust survivor arrested in Missouri protests

By JACOB RYAN, MAYA SHWAYDER IN

Hedy Epstein, also a fierce critic of Israel: This is how I’m entering my 10th decade of life!

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New York- Hedy Epstein, 90, and eight others were arrested for “failing to disperse” during protests taking place in downtown St. Louis on Monday.They were arrested for “failure to disperse” when they marched on, and held a small rally in front of a building where the office of Gov. Jay Nixon and many of his staff are located.

The protesters had demanded to speak to the governor or his representative about the conflict in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, by a police officer, and the governor’s decision to call in the National Guard to deal with the subsequent protests and looting.

Police and security would not let them in the building. When the nine protesters refused to leave, they were arrested, taken to the police station, booked, and then released.

“We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re 90,” Epstein said when she was arrested.

She was ordered to appear in court on October 21, she told The Jerusalem Post.

“This is how I’m entering my 10th decade of life!” Epstein, who turned 90 last week, joked.

The German-born Epstein is known for her fervent activism and speaking out about national and international events.

She lives in Missouri and in 2001 started the St. Louis chapter of Women in Black, an antiwar movement organization that was founded in Jerusalem in 1988, during the second intifada, but has spread to other countries and to causes other than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Epstein has been a vocal advocate for the Free Gaza Movement.

According to her website, she has participated in several demonstrations “in opposition to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land, the 25-foot-high cement wall, and the demolition of Palestinian homes and olive orchards.” Epstein joined the failed Gaza Freedom March in 2010, trying to take a bus from Cairo to the Gaza Strip.

Epstein has won various accolades for her activism over the past decade, notably the 2005 Imagine Life Education through Media Award and the 2008 American Friends Service Committee’s Inspiration for Hope Award.

Born in born in Freiburg, in southwestern Germany, and raised in nearby Kippenheim, Epstein was eight years old when Adolf Hitler was sworn in as chancellor. In 1939, she was sent to England as part of the Kindertransport, which eventually moved 10,000 mostly Jewish children to safety. Her parents both died in concentration camps. After the war, she went back to Germany to work for the American government, including for the Nuremberg Doctors Trial, and finally immigrated to America in 1948.

Epstein told the Post that her parents were anti-Zionists, although she never had a chance to ask why they did not support a Jewish state.

“As young child, I didn’t really understand what that [anti-Zionism] is, and my parents were looking to go anywhere they could, but weren’t willing to go to Palestine,” Epstein said. “They did not wish to live in a country that was run by Jews and for Jews only.”

After arriving in the US in May 1948, the same month Israel was founded, she noted, Epstein said she remained fairly insulated from Israeli issues until 1982, when she heard about the massacres in the Sabra neighborhood and the adjacent Shatilla refugee camp in Beirut. She went to the West Bank for the first time in 2003, for several months, and said that she was stopped at Ben-Gurion Airport in January 2004 when she was trying to leave the country.

“I was accused of being a security threat and a terrorist,” Epstein recounted. “And I was stripped searched and internally searched.”

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From The New York Times: Another report of a man that ‘lives the mantra’ …

Resisting Nazis, He Saw Need for Israel. Now He Is Its Critic.

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#Ferguson ~~ LATUFF’S LATEST SPOOFS

“No more pigs in our community!” …  A quote from the Black Panthers

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Stand with the people of Ferguson

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#FergusonUnderFire ~~ 90 YEAR OLD HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR ARRESTED

FERGUSON UNDER FIRE …

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Hedy Epstein, 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor, Arrested During Michael Brown Protest

RESULTS OF ISRAELI TRAINED HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICERS

A federal Homeland Security officer fired his weapon in the direction of counter demonstrators at a rally in support of Israel held in Los Angeles.
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Israel trains US policeSlowly, every police department in the United States, at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security, is being trained by Israeli groups.

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                                               And the results …

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Shots Fired by Federal Officer at Los Angeles Pro-Palestnian Protesters

Homeland Security Fires on Anti-Israel Demonstrators

By JTA VIA

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A federal Homeland Security officer fired his weapon in the direction of counter demonstrators at a rally in support of Israel held in Los Angeles.

Some 1,200 people attended the rally Sunday afternoon in front of the Federal Building in West Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department told the Los Angeles Times.

During the rally, at least three men waving Palestinian flags and carrying wooden sticks arrived at the rally and allegedly hit some of the protesters, according to the Jewish Journal.

The men, who told the newspaper that they were Palestinians living in Anaheim, returned to their truck and drove off after the melee was broken up.

As they left, a Department of Homeland Security officer fired his gun in the direction of the truck, Brian Thomas of the LAPD West Los Angeles Patrol Division, told the Jewish Journal. The men reportedly were stopped and handcuffed, after they left the scene of the demonstration.

Speakers at the pro-Israel demonstration included Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Roz Rothstein co-founder and CEO of StandWithUs; Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer; and Israeli actress and activist Noa Tishby.

A counter demonstration of about 200 Palestinian supporters was held across the street from the pro-Israel demonstration.

Several streets in the area of the demonstration were blocked off into Sunday evening, according to CBSLA.

ALL IN THE FAMILY ~~ ISRAELI VERSION

It wasn’t bad enough that Israeli terrorists brutally burnt to death a Palestinian teenager … Israeli soldiers beat his visiting American cousin shortly before the funeral.

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Tariq Khdeir was born in the U.S. and is an American citizen.

He is the cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, the East Jerusalem boy who was bundled into a car and later murdered.

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Video shows troops beating Tariq Khdeir as he lies prone on the ground.

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American Cousin of ‘Revenge’ Victim Beaten by Israeli Soldiers

Tampa Teenager Jailed — Police Claim He Resisted

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The American cousin of suspected Palestinian revenge attack victim was beaten and imprisoned by Israeli troops during protests before the funeral of the Jerusalem teen, Arab-American activists charged.

Tariq Khdeir, 15, who is a tenth-grader in Tampa, Fla., suffered serious injuries in the July 3 beating and is being held under police guard at a hospital, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a prominent advocacy group.

Activists demanded American officials intervene with Israel to win his release — and take action against the soldiers involved.

“It is the duty of American officials to intervene and secure the release of an American citizen who was so viciously attacked and denied medical treatment,” said CAIR-Florida Chief Executive Director Hassan Shibly in a press release.

His parents, Suha and Salah Khdeir, said their son was detained but had been treated at an Israeli hospital.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said that Tariq Khdeir had resisted arrest and attacked officers, the Associated Press reported. He was detained with a slingshot in his possession used to hurl stones at police, Samri claimed.

Tariq Khdeir’s father, Salah, said he witnessed his son’s arrest and insisted the boy was not involved in the violence, the Associated Press reported.

Khdeir is a high school sophomore in Tampa, who was visiting his Palestinian relatives in Shuafat, Jerusalem, for the first time in over a decade when he was beaten and detained, Haaretz reported

The incident took place outside the home of his murdered cousin. He is being held under police guard at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

He is due to be brought before a judge in Jerusalem on Sunday, Ma’an news agency reported.

Relatives of the Florida boy have identified him as being the boy depicted in a video that show Israeli soldiers holding down and beating someone.

Israeli newspapers have reported widespread allegations of brutality and misconduct by soldiers in recent days as clashes escalate.

Tariq Khdeir was born in the U.S. and is an American citizen.

He is the cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, the East Jerusalem boy who was bundled into a car and later murdered.

Palestinians believe that the slain teen was killed by right-wing Jews incensed over the earlier killings of three kidnapped Jewish teenagers. Authorities insist they do not yet know the motive, although sources say they suspect it was a revenge slay by Jewish extremists.

A State Department spokesperson demanded a speedy probe into the case and said a consular official visited the teen in an Israeli jail Saturday.

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Beaten Florida Cousin Called ‘Fun-Loving’ All-American Teen

Tariq Khdeir Earned Trip to Jerusalem With Straight A’s

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COURTESY OF KHDEIR FAMILY
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By Dave Goldiner

The cousin of a Palestinian revenge attack victim who was beaten by Israeli troops is a fun-loving all-American high school student from Tampa, Fla., relatives said.

Tariq Khdeir, 15, earned a summer vacation to visit relatives in the Holy Land by scoring straight A’s in tenth grade — and was occupied with the soccer World Cup until his cousin was killed in a suspected revenge attack by Jewish extremists in Jerusalem.

Aunt Sana Khdeir said the family was stunned to see the boy beaten senseless by Israeli troops in widely circulated videos on social media.

“I’m all cried out of tears,” said Khdeir, 22, a student at South Florida University. “We haven’t slept since this happened.”

Tariq Khdeir, who played on his high school soccer team and joined the fishing club, had been with his cousin, Mohammed Khdeir, 16, just an hour before the Palestinian was bundled into a car and burnt alive.

Relatives say the Florida cousin was demonstrating with other relatives outside the family’s East Jerusalem home when Israeli soldiers charged at them and attacked the teen.

“He’s not used to this, not used to it all,” the aunt said. “The kids started running and he was caught.”

Videos show troops beating Tariq Khdeir as he lies prone on the ground.

The aunt said there is no doubt that the videos depict her nephew, who was wearing an Ekko shirt.

“We’re 100% sure it is him,” she said.

The boy suffered a broken jaw and nose in the beating and has been taken from a hospital to an Israeli jail, where he is being held pending a court date, she said.

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COURTESY OF KHDEIR FAMILY
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“He’s a good boy, he’s good in school, he loves soccer, loves music,” Salahedeen Khdeir, the boy’s father, told Palestinian journalists. “This is the first time he went to sleep far away from his home. And where does he end up? In a jail next to the people who hit him almost to death.”

Israeli authorities say Tariq Khdeir resisted arrest and was armed with a slingshot.

U.S. authorities demanded a speedy probe into the case and said a consular official visited the boy in jail Saturday.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, who represents the Tampa district where the Khdeirs live, did not return a call for comment.

“We are so angry and frustrated,” said Sana Khdeir, 22. “Bloodshed on either side is wrong, whether Israeli or Palestinian.”

The family was already crushed by the news that Mohammed Khdeir was killed in a slaying that Palestinians believe was a revenge attack by Jewish extremists after the killings of three kidnapped Jewish students. The beating of his younger cousin only deepened their despair.

“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going for 65 years,” Sana Khdeir. “I want peace, we all want peace. But we’re never going to come to peace when all we get is more occupation and bloodshed.”

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The US is ‘profoundly troubled’ by the incident …… let’s wait and see what they do about it …

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US ‘profoundly troubled’ by reports of police beating of US-Arab youth

Psaki: US ‘calling for speedy, transparent and credible investigation’, into alleged police beating of Tariq Khdeir.

Full Report HERE

 

WHEN MURDER IS NOT ENOUGH

Captions say …. A good Arab is a dead Arab … kahane lives!

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Two videos have emerged showing Israeli police brutally beating a Palestinian youth in the Shuafat neighborhood of eastern occupied Jerusalem.

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The second video posted on Facebook by Quds News Network shows the same incident. It appears to have been shot with a mobile phone from an adjacent building.

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Many injured

Red Crescent medics said 170 Palestinians were injured since Monday, including three with live bullets, Ma’an News Agency reported.

Dozens were injured by rubber bullets, including six journalists, and three people suffered fractures after being assaulted by Israeli police officers, Ma’an News Agency added.

The brutal beating caught on video is reminiscent of an indelible image of a similar attack on a young Palestinian during the first intifada in the late 1980s.

 

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YOUTUBE FINDS ISRAELI POLICE BRUTALITY OFFENSIVE OR INAPPROPRIATE


So do we!
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HOLIDAYS AND LOCKUPS

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In Israel, Jewish holidays mean total closure of the Occupied Territories. Total closure means that any Palestinian found roaming on Israeli streets is stopped by the Israeli Border Police and asked to show their Identity Card, God help them if they do not have one showing they are an Israeli citizen. If that is not the case, they become a part of a fast growing statistic;
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Palestinian man with Israeli ID card (Identifying him as an Arab)
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ID Card from the Occupied Territories
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(Lets not forget that Israelis complained to the world that Jews in the Soviet Union were forced to carry ID Cards identifying themselves as Jews …. but it’s OK to do the same thing to Palestinians living in Israel)
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Palestinian Prisoners

At any one time, Israel holds in excess of 9000 Palestinian prisoners. In fact, 700,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned by Israel since 1967. Prisoners include children, women, and Palestinian government officials.

Thousands of Palestinians are arrested for no apparent reason, and held without charges, or a trial for years at a time. This is called administrative detention, and is a clear violation of international law. Israel arrests Palestinians, even children, for reasons such as walking on settler only roads within occupied territory. Many Palestinians are arrested simply to keep Israeli jails full, as Palestinian prisoners have been used in negotiations in the past. Hence, for Israel, Palestinian prisoners are nothing more than commodities to be traded later on.

Many prisoners have no visitation rights, as such, they are separated from their families for years at a time. This is even true for child prisoners. The families of the prisoners are hardly ever informed about the reason for the arrest, and often don’t see their relative from the moment of arrest, where Israeli soldiers often state “we just want to speak with them for a minute”, only to disappear for years.

Vast numbers of Palestinian children are held in Israeli prisoners. These children can be as young as 12. Israel, in violation of international law, regards anyone above 16 as an adult, and furthermore, any Palestinian above the age of 14 can be tried as an adult, and held in the same prison as adults.

Torture

According to various studies, anywhere between 85% and 98% of Palestinian prisoners are tortured in Israeli prisons. The process of arresting a Palestinian is often degrading and violent, including bashing, insulting, and stripping detainees.

In prisons, these prisoners are subject to violent interrogations, and are often forced to confess in order for the torture to cease. When incarcerated, the prisoners are tortured in a variety of measures, including; sleep deprivation, beatings, forcing prisoners to be seated in painful positions, choking. The conditions are also appalling, with prisoners forced to endure extreme heat and extreme cold. Prisoners are also humiliated and mocked by Israeli guards.

Resources

http://palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article9

http://palestinianprisoners.blogspot.com/2009/06/pcdp-98-of-palestinian-prisoners-in-ioa.html

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These are facts! What is also a fact is that no one outside of Israel says a word about these injustices. THAT TOO is a crime! COMPLICITY KILLS!

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RAISE YOUR VOICE NOW TO END THESE ZIONIST CRIMES!

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JERUSALEM POLICE INITIATE THEIR OWN LYNCHINGS

 

Police violence against Jerusalem’s Palestinian citizens increases

The Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories said on Thursday that Israeli police violence against Jerusalem’s Palestinian citizens is increasing. B’Tselem confirmed that it has documented dozens of incidents in which police officers used excessive violence.

Commenting on the assault on Talal al-Sayyad by Israeli police using electric-stun guns, B’Tselem said that such attacks are classified as increasing and deliberate violence by the Israeli police. “Israeli police spray huge amounts of pepper gas at the faces and eyes of Jerusalem citizens and they also use stun guns which are only supposed to be used against dangerous persons,” added the human rights group in a written statement.

B’Tselem has documented many attacks and filed complaints with the authorities but has faced “official Israeli inaction regarding investigations against police officers”.

Talal al-Sayyad was attacked by Israeli police using stun guns, which caused a neurological spasm, when he tried to protect some children from attack by officers using the same weapon in a park in west Jerusalem.

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Related report on the growing violence against Palestinians …

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Double Take / A night on the town

After the beating of Arab youth in Zion Square this month, a nighttime stroll in downtown Jerusalem reveals the tension simmering under the lively pub scene in the city center.

By Joel Greenberg
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Youth in Jerusalem’s Zion Square at night, where a vibrant bar scene and rising racial tensions have led to recent violent confrontations.  Photo by Emil Salman
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The security men in khaki vests had the Arab youth pinned to the sidewalk, twisting one of his arms behind him as he screamed that he was in pain.

It was a late summer night on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Road, nearly a week after the pummeling of a young Arab by a group of Jewish teenagers a few blocks away in Zion Square, an attack police called an attempted lynch.

This time it was the security guards assigned to Jerusalem’s light rail system who were holding an Arab down, saying that he had resisted a security check before boarding the train. The youth, who was held on the pavement for more than half an hour as Israelis and tourists strolled wordlessly by, said from his lock-hold that when he objected to a search, he was wrestled to the ground though he had offered no physical resistance.

An Arab man from the Old City was outraged by the sight of the youth being held so long on the sidewalk, in full view off passing pedestrians.

“Is this how you treat a human being in front of everybody like that?” he thundered at the security men. “What kind of democracy is this?”  A Jewish onlooker said the security men were doing the right thing, telling me “they would do the same to you if you refused to be checked.”

Eventually, police officers showed up, handcuffed the young man, and took him away. The onlookers dispersed, and the street slipped back into its normal rhythm – a last blast of summer downtown, with people jamming cafes, restaurants and pubs late into the night. 

Under the throbbing nightlife, however, a menacing current has erupted in episodes of violence, sometimes fueled by alcohol and often stoked by the festering conflict with the Palestinians.

In the noisy alley outside Zolly’s pub, where he works, Ahmad Kamal, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, said that a day earlier he had been cursed and beaten by a group of Jewish youths who assaulted him on his way home from work in the wee hours of the morning. Complaints about such attacks to the police, he said, were usually not followed up.

Yasser Julani, who works at a neighboring restaurant, showed a scar on his neck he said was caused when he was cut by a bottle fragment in an assault by Jewish youths. “There’s racism between Jews and Arabs because of the situation,” he said. “But the Jews I work with are like brothers.” On the night of the beating in Zion Square, he recalled, the mob, which chanted “Death to Arabs,” was driven away from the area of his restaurant by both Arab and Jewish workers.

Ahmad Shweiki from Silwan, who was walking back from a night downtown with a friend, said he wasn’t afraid to go out, but sometimes carried a personal tear-gas canister in case of trouble. 

Yossi Milman, a young Israeli who said he was a regular in the bar zone near Zion Square, said the violence was often provoked by what he described as indecent passes by Arab youths at Israeli girls. “They see things here they don’t see in their villages, and they have a hard time controlling themselves,” he said. “They harass girls, touching them, and people come to help.”

A similar motive was cited in the recent beating in Zion Square, which police said followed a complaint by a Jewish girl that she had been harassed by an Arab.

But the violence is not only between Arabs and Jews. Several weeks ago, a young Israeli was badly beaten by other Israelis when he came to the aid of his brother, who was jumped by a group after he objected to their attempt to board a taxi ahead of him.

The tensions have not deterred Palestinians from East Jerusalem and those with permits from the West Bank from visiting the downtown area in the western part of the city. A few blocks away from the incident near the light rail station, Ismail Abu Ajra from Bethlehem sat on a bench with friends after an evening out and some shopping downtown.  They were enjoying a rare visit thanks to Israeli entry permits issued in large numbers this year for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. “It’s more alive here,” he said. 

Down the street, at Zion Square, a group strummed electric guitars. They were black-garbed ultra-Orthodox Jews, newly religious men who had clearly played much rock-and-roll in a previous life. One bearded player with sunglasses and sidecurls picked a tune, a cigarette wedged between his fingers sliding across the frets. The song was the Pink Floyd hit: “Wish you were here.”

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A LONG AWAITED FOR STUDY OF HOW THE NYPD ABUSED BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS AT OWS

Study: NYPD Abused Basic Human Rights at Occupy Protests

US police show epidemic suppression of protests

- Common Dreams staff

The NYPD ‘consistently violated basic rights’ during the Occupy Wall Street protests and showed a ‘shocking level of impunity’, when dealing with protesters, according to a new study (pdf), published on Wednesday.

Protesters screamed in pain after police cornered them and sprayed them with pepper spray at an Occupy Wall Street Protest (Photo/Jefferson Siegel)

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The report, by the Global Justice Clinic at New York University’s School of Law and the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School, conducted over an eight month period,examined hours of video footage, documents, press reports, and conducted extensive interviews with protestors and witnesses from the Occupy protests and encampments. The findings paint a disturbing portrait: authorities across the US will now suppress protest at all cost, even if protests are lawful, peaceful, and of no threat to the general public.

The study details the increasingly common practices of “excessive police use of force against protesters, bystanders, journalists, and legal observers; constant obstructions of media freedoms, including arrests of journalists; unjustified and sometimes violent closure of public space, dispersal of peaceful assemblies, and corralling and trapping protesters en masse,” the report states.

“Pervasive surveillance of peaceful political activity, arbitrary and selective rule enforcement, and restrictions on independent protest monitoring also raise serious concerns. The government has also failed to make transparent critical policies concerning law enforcement activities.”

The report is the first section of a several part series covering police response to Occupy protests in cities around the US, revealing a national epidemic abusive of power.

Sarah Knuckey, at NYU School of Law, told the Guardian: “All the case studies we collected show the police are violating basic rights consistently, and the level of impunity is shocking”.

“Many interviewees cried while speaking about their interaction with the police – they still carried a sense of trauma.”

The report lists a total of 130 incidents of excessive or unwarranted force by New York police.

The authors of the report are using the research as a basis of written complaints made Thursday to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the NYPD, the state department of justice and the United Nations.

The report claims the NYPD has also violated international human rights law, stating:

“Full respect for assembly and expression rights is necessary for democratic participation, the exchange of ideas, and for securing positive social reform. The rights are guaranteed in
international law binding upon the United States. Yet U.S. authorities have engaged in persistent breaches of protest rights since the start of Occupy Wall Street.”

 

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ONE MAN’S AGONY, ONE NATIONS MISERY

  
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 URGENT ACTION APPEAL: My friend is still in jail ! ! !
Submitted by Sam Bhahor
I could not make up the below update even if I were a world-class fiction writer.
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You will recall my friend Walid Abu Rass who was taken in the middle of the night on November 22, 2011 when Israeli occupation soldiers arrived at his home at 1:30 A.M. His wife, Bayan, and two daughters, Mays, 13 years old, and Malak, 4 years old, were all frighteningly awakened with soldiers in their bedrooms as Walid was blindfolded and taken away. At the time, I wrote this: http://bit.ly/walidaburass
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Then, I shared with you all a letter that his daughter Mays wrote following an attempt to deliver him a blanket in prison.
After that, I gave an update and advised that his release date was to be July 22, 2012.
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Then, Amnesty International highlighted Walid’s case in their latest report titled, Starved of justice: Palestinians detained without trial by Israel’   (pg 26).
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Something else happened after my last update that I was not aware of until a few days ago. Two weeks ago, during a case Walid brought forward to request to be released, the Israeli military “judge” REDUCED his administrative detention sentence by a month, making his new date of release June 22, this past Friday. His wife was relieved, again, finally! His daughters were in their glories. Dad was coming home, again, finally!
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Then, on Thur, June 21, Walid was orally informed that his administrative detention order was being EXTENDED for 3 more months! Today, 25/6 , he will be brought in front of an Israeli military “judge” to formally have his detention extended. 
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Remember, an Administrative Detention Order means you are being held for no reason that you or your lawyer know of. This practice was one reason behind all the prisoner hunger strikes that partially ended by Israel stating they would not renew detention orders. So much for that!  
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Walid is being held in Israel’s Ofer Military Detention Center , literally a 5 minute drive from his home, where his amazing wife and beautiful two daughter’s await him. He has now been out of his work for 7 months. His position was Finance and Administration Director at the Health Work Committees.
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URGENT ACTION APPEAL
There is no reason for Walid to be imprisoned by Israel. His interrogators basically told him that much, saying he is there for “precautionary measures,” whatever that means.
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WE WANT THE COURT TO RELEASE WALID TODAY!
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For that to happen we ask every person of conscience who sees this message to act.
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You can do any or all of the following to make your voice heard:
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Reference his name, Walid (Hanatsheh) Abu Rass, and his ID # 9-9702819-6
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1. Call/fax/email your nearest Israeli embassy/consulate. Here is a list to find one nearest you: Web Sites of Israeli Missions Abroad
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2. Call/fax/email the following Israeli occupation officials:
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    Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit
    Military Judge Advocate General
    6 David Elazar Street
    Harkiya, Tel Aviv
    Israel
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    Fax: +972 3 608 0366; +972 3 569 4526
    Email: arbel@mail.idf.il; avimn@idf.gov.il
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    Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi
    OC Central Command Nehemia Base, Central Command
    Neveh Yaacov, Jerusalam
    Fax: +972 2 530 5741
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak
    Ehud Barak
    Ministry of Defense
    37 Kaplan Street, Hakirya
    Tel Aviv 61909, Israel
    Fax: +972 3 691 6940 / +972-3-696-2757
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    Col. Eli Bar On
    Legal Advisor of Judea and Samaria PO Box 5
    Beth El 90631
    Fax: +972 2 9977326
3. Call/fax the Public Ombudsman at The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Unit (COGAT), the Israeli military unit responsible for implementing the Israeli occupation: Telephone: +972-3-697-7957,   Fax: +972-3-697-5177
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4. Call/fax the jailer himself, Col. Ganish Menashe, Commander, Ofer Prison:
24-hour number: Telephone: +972-2-541-5610 or +972-2-541-5611, Fax: +972-8-919-3360
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5. Call/fax/email your own country’s foreign affairs department (e.g. U.S. State Department, Palestine/Israel Desk) and put this issue on their radar.
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6. Lastly, I have a personal appeal to Jews in Israel and around the world who are reading this. These kind of arbitrary detentions are being made in your name. This practice is merely breeding a generation of children who will hate more than they already do. Please act.
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Walid’s wife, Bayan, was spot on when she told me at the start of this saga that “Administrative detention has a beginning, but doesn’t have an end.”
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Does Walid have to go on a hunger strike and die before his girls can hug him again?
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RELEASE WALID NOW!!!

THE DEMOCRATIC USE OF THE TASER AND OTHER FORMS OF VIOLENCE

It is inconceivable that Israel would do anything undemocratic…. ;)
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The Justice Ministry has received complaints of severe police violence against demonstrators, including the use of Taser electroshock weapons, beating and kicking bound detainees, racist verbal abuse and sexual harassment of female detainees.
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A police spokeswoman told Haaretz that due to the severe suspicions rising from the complaint the police passed it on to the Justice Ministry department.
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Protesters demonstrating outside Ramle prison in support of Palestinian security prisoners in May, 2012. Photo by Hadar Cohen
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Israeli NGO: Police beat handcuffed detainees in Palestinian solidarity protest

Complaints filed over alleged use by police of Taser electroshock weapons, beating and kicking bound detainees, racist verbal abuse and sexual harassment of female detainees.

By Akiva Eldar

The Justice Ministry has received complaints of severe police violence against demonstrators, including the use of Taser electroshock weapons, beating and kicking bound detainees, racist verbal abuse and sexual harassment of female detainees.

The complaints were filed to the ministry’s department for investigation of police officers by the Adalah advocacy group two weeks ago, after a demonstration in support of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners outside the prison clinic in Ramle.

According to Adalah’s letter to the police investigation department, after most of the demonstrators had left, about 30 of them formed a protest vigil near one of the prison gates and police commandos at the site attacked them with extreme violence and arrested eight of them.

A few of the remaining activists came to the Ramle prison station to wait for their colleagues’ release and started singing. One of them, Dorit Argo, wrote in a personal statement to the department that police commandos attacked them in a frenzy of violence and beat them up, using tasers on them, kicking and swearing.

“A policeman shouted at me that I’m a whore and if I open my mouth he would smash my face. I said he was threatening me and he kicked me, pulled my hair and threw me to the floor of the room the men were held in. Some of them were in a locked cell and others were on the floor. Two of the men were bound and blindfolded. A cop tasered all those on the floor. I managed to avoid direct contact with the taser but felt the electric shock. None of the detainees resisted, even slightly. The cop threatened that if he hears us talking he will taser us again … Throughout the evening cops and officers mocked our names, our dress and our appearance,” she wrote.

An officer named “Shimon,” who didn’t like one of the women’s reply to his derisive comments, pinned her to a wall, pointed his taser at her and threatened to use it unless she sits quietly, Argo said.

Another detainee, Eden Dror, wrote in his statement, “We heard the women shouting. A few bound youngsters were brought into the room, some screaming with pain. The first one I saw was Jihad – he was cuffed and a commando behind him pushed him and choked him with a tape. The others’ feet were bound bent on the floor and the policemen punched and kicked them. As they screamed in pain the policeman shouted ‘dumb Arabs, die,’ and I heard the sound of tasers being used on the prisoners lying tied up on the floor. Shimon spat in a detainee’s face, tasered him and shouted ‘you’re a hero, want to be a shahid (martyr )?'”

The policemen sexually harassed the female Arab detainees, calling them “whores” and saying “I’ll f— you” and “I’ll smash your face up,” Adalah attorney Orna Cohen wrote to the department.

Two other female detainees and a man who happened to be at the police station and witnessed the policemen’s violent behavior also attached statements to the complaint.

A police spokeswoman told Haaretz that due to the severe suspicions rising from the complaint the police passed it on to the Justice Ministry department.

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MAY DAY’S COMEBACK HAS THE 1% FOAMING AT THEIR MOUTHS

It began on Monday night, when the NYPD, aided by the FBI, raided the homes of prominent activists in New York. Following these preemptive, unwarranted visits — during which activists were questioned about May Day plans –  the police presence throughout Manhattan on May 1 was incomparable to anything I’ve seen in my three short years in the city. Friends, whose time in New York and its radical subcultures far predate mine, agreed; they’d never seen anything quite like it.
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The NYPD May Day siege

Pundits can argue back and forth over what Occupy’s May Day achieved, but I just can’t get over the police presence

By Natasha Lennard
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New York City police officers watch as Occupy Wall Street activists march through the Lower East Side during May Day demonstrations on Tuesday. (Credit: Reuters/Andrew Kelly)

A number of reports have pointed out that the Occupy calls for a May Day general strike drew tens of thousands in the street Tuesday — with actions from the militant to the family-minded — in cities across the country, particularly in New York and Oakland, Calif. The culmination of scheduled action in New York — a mass march of around 30,000 union workers, immigrant workers and OWS supporters that descended (with a permit) on Manhattan’s financial district — felt powerful from within, as chanting bodies jostled south. But I jumped over the barricades, which hemmed in the crowd, and walked a few blocks away. Only a muffled din signaled the crowd’s presence nearby; that and the constant flow of riot cops flooding past me and the police vans lining the street as far as the eye could see.

Ample ink has already been spilled (outside the mainstream press, that is) about May 1, some praising Occupy’s success in staging events like teach-ins and the permitted solidarity march, which garnered a diversity of support from union and community groups; some point out the obvious — that no May Day actions actually shut down any of America’s vast metropolises; some have decried the property damage carried out by participants in Seattle; Reuters first reported the day as a “dud” and then recanted, noting it “far from a dud.” We could debate forever, using different, incommensurable metrics, as to whether May Day was or was not successful. But when I think about my Tuesday on strike, my memory is of New York City shrouded in an impenetrable blanket of police.

Having reported on, and participated in Occupy actions for seven months, heavy police presence is by no means unusual. Cops routinely flank banks when protests are called outside, they surround squares where Occupy groups gather, and are swift to disperse any attempts (even when legal) to assemble against capitalism in New York’s public spaces. But on Tuesday, I left downtown Manhattan shell-shocked.

It began on Monday night, when the NYPD, aided by the FBI, raided the homes of prominent activists in New York. Following these preemptive, unwarranted visits — during which activists were questioned about May Day plans –  the police presence throughout Manhattan on May 1 was incomparable to anything I’ve seen in my three short years in the city. Friends, whose time in New York and its radical subcultures far predate mine, agreed; they’d never seen anything quite like it.

Notably, the unpermitted “Wildcat March,” called by New York anarchists and anti-authoritarians, was surrounded by hundreds of police before the 300-strong crowd could even leave its rallying point at Sarah D. Roosevelt park. Barely reaching the sidewalk from the park’s steps, a line of cops stormed into the march’s front banner, snatching and grabbing three participants. I joined a running splinter group as the crowd was chaotically dispersed into smaller marches; we then proceeded, almost one cop to every striker, as we made our slow way to regroup at Washington Square Park.

I didn’t head to the Union Square rally to join crowds swelling to over 10,000; I missed the hundreds of guitarists marching alongside Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello in a “guitarmy”; I missed musical performances, free food and free lectures from prominent thinkers like Francis Fox Piven and David Graeber. Instead I wandered around Manhattan in shock and awe with a handful of co-strikers, counting as I passed every block: at least four cops per corner. The buzz of a police helicopter overhead continued all day; I couldn’t count the number of police vehicles.

Writing for In These Times, Rebecca Burns points out that the police have changed their tactics since the early days of Occupy. Although on May 1 Oakland police once again deployed tear gas, we did not see the mass arrests or large crowd kettles typical of police responses in previous months. Burns notes: “Unlike the now-familiar Occupy scene of demonstrators being arrested en masse in dramatic, late-night evictions, May Day protesters in many locales were arrested individually throughout the day, in some cases for crossing over onto sidewalks or, according to local media on the scene in Oakland, seemingly at random.” There were only a reported 97 arrests in New York relating to May Day activity.

Snatch-and-grab police tactics intimidate crowds, but do not lead to the sort of dramatic mass arrest scenes that capture national headlines; it’s a more insidious form of crowd control. It is worth adding, however, that there was no shortage of police aggression: At one point I saw firsthand as a marcher was grabbed by police in the Lower East Side, his face slammed to the street. When pulled up and taken away, officers covered his face with his T-shirt so onlookers could not see the blood.

Then, after the mass evening march in New York had finished and no more than a thousand people had moved to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial park at Manhattan’s southerly tip, the NYPD once again covered the area. Some remaining hundreds of the May Day participants had gathered for a mass general assembly; others milled around, sharing stories about the day or dancing to the ever-present drumbeats. The police encircled the small concrete park in time to disperse the relaxed crowd at 10 p.m., when the park closes. Clad in riot gear, the number of officers kept growing; hundreds and hundreds on foot and in vans surrounded the memorial park and every office building, street and corner. The NYPD is the seventh largest standing army in the world, and on the evening of May 1, New York felt like a city under military siege — it was terrifying.

Those of us who have been inspired by Occupy over the past year, those who see the importance of reclaiming and repurposing space (for public use that is not commerce), and who see the necessity of manifesting in the streets, are not fizzling or losing momentum. We are, however, being trampled, pushed, threatened and dispersed at every turn by well-armed, militarized police forces who once again made clear: We are not allowed to assemble on our own terms in this country.

 

Source and more reports can be found HERE

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A police lieutenant swings his baton at an Occupy Wall Street activist on May 1, 2012 in New York. Hundreds of activists with a variety of causes spread out over New York City Tuesday on International Workers Day, or May Day, with Occupy Wall Street members leading a charge against financial institutions. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

People take part in a march as part of the annual May Day workers’ events on May 1, 2012 in Paris. (Guillaume Baptiste/AFP/GettyImages) #

Demonstrators march down Broadway during a May Day protest on May 1, 2012 in New York City. Occupy Wall Street demonstrators joined labor groups in a march to protest economic injustice and observe International Labor Day. (John Moore/Getty Images) #

A trade union activist dances during a rally organized by various trade unions affiliated to the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to mark May Day in Katmandu, Nepal, on May 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi) #

Riot police use tear gas against demonstrators during a May Day rally in central Ankara, Turkey, on May 1, 2012. (Reuters/Umit Bektas) #

Portland police move in to make arrests during a May Day march and protest in Portland, Oregon, on May 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) #

Activists, maids and workers rally during a May Day protest in Hong Kong on May 1, 2012. About 5,000 workers, domestic helpers and activists held a noisy procession and marched through the city center to call for better working conditions and a raise of the minimum wage which was implemented in 2011. (Laurent Fievet/AFP/GettyImages) #

Occupy Wall Street activists, one wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, rest on a sidewalk during a May Day demonstration in New York, on May 1, 2012. (Reuters/Allison Joyce) #

An Occupy Wall Street activist yells at police who are guarding other policemen making an arrest in downtown Manhattan, New York, on May 1, 2012. (Reuters/Adrees Latif) #

Protestors sit with red flags during a May Day rally in central Istanbul, on May 1, 2012. Tens of thousands of workers gathered at Taksim square in the heart of Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul to celebrate May Day. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #

A demonstrator clashes with riot policemen during May Day rallies in Santiago, Chile, on May 1, 2012. (Reuters/Carlos Vera) #

An Oakland police officer pauses after being hit in the face with paint as officers advanced on Occupy protesters blocking an intersection during a May Day demonstration on May 1, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) #

Workers raise their caps as they march to salute Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola during workers rally to mark May Day in Lagos, Nigeria on May 1, 2012. Nigerian workers joined their counterparts in other parts of the world to mark May Day with a rally held in different parts of the country. The theme of this year May Day is “Right to Work, Food and Education: Panacea to Insecurity.” (Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images) #

People march down Spadina Street with the financial district skyline in the background as they take part in May Day protests organized by the Occupy Toronto and the No One Is Illegal groups in Toronto, on May 1, 2012. (Reuters/Mark Blinch) #

Riot police stand guard in front of the Rote Flora alternative cultural center during May Day demonstrations in the Schanze district in Hamburg, Germany, on May 1, 2012. (Reuters/Fabian Bimmer) #

A protester associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement is arrested while marching through traffic in lower Manhattan, on May 1, 2012. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

Seattle Police officers gather near Pike Place Market, on May 1, 2012, during May Day protests in downtown Seattle, Washington. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) #

Protesters break windows during a rally for International Worker’s Day, May 1, 2012 in Oakland, California. Occupy Wall Street has joined with unions during the May Day protests, a traditional day of global protests in sympathy with unions and leftist politics. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images) #

Militants and labour union members gather around a burning the effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino in Manila on May 1, 2012 as part of the May Day protests demanding higher wages and policies that would make it harder to fire workers. Aquino has said he is trying to help labour but has warned that giving too many benefits will make the country less competitive, costing more jobs. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images) #

A protestor gestures to an Oakland police officer during May Day protests on May 1, 2012 in Oakland, California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) #

A woman affiliated with Occupy Toronto is arrested for trespassing after she tried to erect a structure in Simcoe Park during May Day protests in Toronto, on May 1, 2012. The protesters were told by police they would be allowed to stay at Simcoe Park as long as they did not erect any structures. (Reuters/Mark Blinch) #

Police officers form a line during a May Day protest in Oakland, California, on May 1, 2012. (Reuters/Stephen Lam) #

A woman holding a sign marches past a line of police officers in New York, on May 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) #

Protesters taunt police with donuts on fishing lines during an anti-capitalism rally on May Day in downtown Montreal, Quebec, on May 1, 2012. (Reuters/Christinne Muschi) #

A broken door, after it was damaged by a group of Occupy demonstrators during a May Day protest in Oakland, California May 1, 2012. (Reuters/Stephen Lam) #

Riot police watch as left-wing demonstrators march past Axel Springer headquarters during a May Day anti-capitalism protest on May 1, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. This year marks 25 years since a 1987 Berlin May Day demonstration turned violent and has been followed by clashes between participants and police on May Day in Berlin almost every year since in what has become an annual ritual. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images) #

An Occupy Wall Street activist with a bloody nose is arrested by New York City police during a May Day demonstration in New York, on May 1, 2012. (Reuters/Andrew Kelly) #

Members of the Tunisian General Labour Union, UGTT, demonstrate to mark International Worker’s Day, or May Day, in Tunis, Tunisia, on Tuesday, May, 1, 2012 (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi) #

Demonstrators vandalize a Bank of the West branch during May Day protests on May 1, 2012 in Oakland, California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) #

Protesters yell at police after arrests were made in downtown Miami, on May, 1, 2012, as activists marched from bank to bank demanding justice. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) #

Tom Morello (center) of the rock band Rage Against the Machine marches with Occupy Wall Street demonstrators during a May Day rally on May 1, 2012 in New York City. (Monika Graff/Getty Images) #

A Seattle police officer wearing riot gear tangles with a woman after other masked protesters used bats and wooden poles to destroy the glass storefronts of several downtown businesses, during May Day demonstrations that went violent in downtown Seattle, on May 1, 2012. Several hundred demonstrators, including hundreds in black masks, hoods and armed with bats destroyed the windows of a Wells Fargo Bank, NikeTown and an American Apparel store during one of the numerous marches throughout downtown Seattle. (Reuters/Anthony Bolante) #

A mounted riot policeman rides his horse during May Day rallies in Santiago, Chile, on May 1, 2012. (Reuters/Ivan Alvarado) #

Indonesian workers march towards the presidential palace during the May Day protests in Jakarta, on May 1, 2012. Thousands of Indonesian workers held a peaceful rally in Jakarta on May 1 demanding better pay and a halt to outsourcing to contractors. (ADEK BERRY/AFP/GettyImages) #

An Occupy demonstrator is arrested during a May Day protest in Oakland, California, on May 1, 2012. (Reuters/Stephen Lam) #

A student demonstrator tries to stop fellow protesters from throwing stones and paintballs at riot policemen during clashes on International Workers’ Day, or May Day, in Bogota, Colombia, on May 1, 2012. (Reuters/Jose Miguel Gomez) #

Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl (right) and Representative Janice Hahn (left) address members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Service Workers West labor union and their supporters during a protest on an one-day general strike at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California May 1, 2012. Approximately 1,200 protesters took part in the demonstration to protest working conditions and to lend support to other May Day rallies. (Reuters/Gus Ruelas) #

Seattle riot police shoot pepper spray at masked protesters that used bats and wooden poles to destroy the glass storefront of an American Apparel store during May Day demonstrations that turned violent in downtown Seattle, on May 1, 2012. (Reuters/Anthony Bolante) #

A California Highway patrol officer stands near the Golden Gate Bridge waiting for possible May Day demonstrations in San Francisco, California, on May 1, 2012. May Day actions began with a strike by ferry workers Tuesday stranding commuters who usually take ferry boats to work. (Reuters/Robert Galbraith) #

A demonstrator yells during a May Day march on May 1, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. About 1,000 people joined in the march which worked its way for about two miles from the city’s West side into the Loop. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) #

RACIAL PROFILING REACHES NEW HEIGHTS IN NYC

 With the new ‘Stop and Frisk’ policies…
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This policy is used by the NYC police mainly in Black and Latino communities regardless of a probable cause… Below is the latest protest against it
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Photos © by Bud Korotzer
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JUST IMAGINE IF THESE KIDS WERE JEWISH…..

Bedouin children play near their houses in Arab Ar-Ramaden near the West
Bank city of Qalqiliya. (MaanImages/Khaleel Reash, File)
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The recent horror in southern France where 3 Jewish children were gunned down in front of their school has brought to light a zionist attitude that Jewish blood is more valuable than anyone else’s.
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I stated on Tuesday; Tragedy has once again struck as innocent children were gunned down outside their school in southern France. When ANY innocent person is murdered it is a tragedy, no matter where, no matter when, especially if the victim is a child.
My post can be read HERE
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The same can be said about the torture and violence Palestinian children face in Israeli prisons, if these kids were Jewish it would be headline news throughout the world…..
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“Unlike Israeli children living in settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right to silence,”
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BETHLEHEM  — Palestinian children are systematically ill-treated in Israeli detention, and in some cases tortured, an international child rights group said on Tuesday.
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The report by Defence for Children International records that a majority of children are detained from villages near “friction points” — Israeli settlements in the West Bank, or Israeli military and settler-only roads.

Around 7,500 Palestinians under-18 years old have been detained by Israel since 2001, an average of nearly two children every day, DCI says.

Documenting testimonies of 311 children detained by Israel over four years, the report found that three-quarters of children say they were subjected to physical violence during Israeli detention.

Some 95 percent say they were held in hand ties, and 90 percent tell of being blindfolded. A third were strip-searched during detention, according to the report testimonies.

Most children experience a “coercive interrogation,” DCI said, noting that while initially protesting innocence, at least 90 percent finally plead guilty, “as this is the quickest way out of a system that denies children bail in 87 per cent of cases.”

“Unlike Israeli children living in settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right to silence,” the report notes.

Most children confess to stone-throwing, the report says. The Israeli army says that rock throwing is a serious offense that can cause injury or death.

“Palestinian boys, sometimes as young as 13 or 14 engage in stone throwing by hand or sling shot on Israeli cars, or army vehicles,” said Arye Shalitar, an Israeli military spokesman.

“It sounds like the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is just arresting kids, but people don’t understand that these kids are very violent. Instead of playing soccer they are endangering the lives of Israelis.”

But DCI says much of the pattern of abuse amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as defined in the UN Convention against Torture, and Israel fails to provide effective complaint mechanisms.

At a minimum, the report recommends that Israel end night raids, administrative detention, solitary confinement and other ill-treatment. But it adds: “no child should be prosecuted in military courts which lack comprehensive fair trial and juvenile justice standards.”

“No one should be under any illusion that the treatment documented in the report can be eliminated so long as the friction points (of settlements and military roads) remain and Palestinian children are treated as second-class individuals,” the report says. 


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Read HERE how the zionists twist the truth to maintain their victim status and see who they single out as an example…

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ WALL STREET REOCCUPIED THEN ZAPPED BY COPS

Be sure to read the report from the NYT at the end of this post….

To celebrate the 6 month anniversary of the  #Occupy Wall Street Movement, representatives of the 99% reoccupied Liberty Plaza / Zuccotti Park yesterday

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NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD LEGAL OBSERVER INFORMING OWS OF THEIR RIGHTS IF  BEING THREATENED  WITH ARREST.

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THIS WAS THE 1ST ARREST

A CAREFUL LOOK  AT THE FOTO SHOWS THE PERSON BEING ARRESTED.

ON THE A FOTO U CAN SEE THE POLICE WORKING THEIR WAY THRU TO MAKE THE ARREST.

FRM WHAT I WAS TOLD THE CHAP WAS SETTING UP A TENT. AN UNDER-COVER COP STARTED TO ARREST HIM. THE PROTESTERS PROTESTED WHICH BROUGHT IN THE OTHER POLICE.

THE GUY WAS THEN “DE-ARRESTED”. I ASKED , IF THE GUY WAS ARRESTED, THEN DE-ARRESTED WHY IS HE BEING ARRESTED NOW. IT WAS EXPLAINED TO ME THAT “DE-ARREST” MEANS THE GUY WAS PULLED AWAY BY HIS COMRADES, HE THEN  BEGAN TO RUN AWAY. AS HE RAN, ALL THE SPECTATORS WERE YELLING “RUN”  “RUN”  “RUN”.

THE POLICE CAUGHT HIM ACROSS THE STREET AND CON’T THE ARREST. THIS BROUGHT THE MASS OF OWS’ERS ACROSS THE STREET YELLING AT THE POLICE. THE SOFTEST WORDS USED WAS “SHAME” , “SHAME” .

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From the New York Times

Scores Arrested as Zuccotti Park Is Cleared

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SCOTT OLSEN, GLOBAL OCCUPY’s FIRST NEAR FATALITY SPEAKS

 Democracy Now! interviews someone who became one the faces of the global Occupy movement this year. Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old former U.S. Marine who served two tours in the Iraq war, was critically wounded after being shot in the head by a police projectile at Occupy Oakland. In a rare interview, Olsen joins us to discuss his life-threatening ordeal, his involvement in this year’s historic Wisconsin and Occupy protests.  “They aren’t respecting our right to assemble, protest and redress our government for grievances,” Olsen says of police repression of the Occupy protests. “They are terrorizing us from going out [to demonstrations]. That is a sad statement for our country.” Olsen also says he expects to rejoin the Occupy and antiwar protests as his recovery progresses. “I look forward to being a part of the 99 percent and Iraq Veterans Against the War in 2012,” he says.
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THE ART OF FASCISM AND MORE …. DON’T LET THE BASTARDS GET YOU DOWN!

 University of California at Davis campus police, who used pepper spray on protesting students, have inspired Photoshop artists to create pieces from the most famous works of art.
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For more ‘fun’ with pepper spray, check out the following;  More pepper spray fun: Testimonials go wild on Amazon.com from +972mag.com
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The not fun part has spread to Israel, THE ONLY OCCUPATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST, …. here you can see Tel Aviv police using pepper spray at a pro Democracy rally…
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No longer ‘Conning the World‘, the fascists are now Pepper Spraying the World …
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Nothing really to laugh about, but we must put on a happy face ….. that bugs the authorities more than anything!
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Don’t let the bastards get you down!

OPERATION ‘RENDER FREEDOM MEANINGLESS’

UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident
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The intent and effect of such abuse is that it renders those guaranteed freedoms meaningless. If a population becomes bullied or intimidated out of exercising rights offered on paper, those rights effectively cease to exist. Every time the citizenry watches peaceful protesters getting pepper-sprayed — or hears that an Occupy protester suffered brain damage and almost died after being shot in the skull with a rubber bullet — many become increasingly fearful of participating in this citizen movement, and also become fearful in general of exercising their rights in a way that is bothersome or threatening to those in power. That’s a natural response, and it’s exactly what the climate of fear imposed by all abusive police state actions is intended to achieve: to coerce citizens to “decide” on their own to be passive and compliant — to refrain from exercising their rights — out of fear of what will happen if they don’t.
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The roots of the UC-Davis pepper-spraying

By Glenn Greenwald

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The now-viral video of police officers in their Robocop costumes sadistically pepper-spraying peaceful, sitting protesters at UC-Davis (details here) shows a police state in its pure form.
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It’s easy to be outraged by this incident as though it’s some sort of shocking aberration, but that is exactly what it is not. The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta adeptly demonstrates with an assemblage of video how common such excessive police force has been in response to the Occupy protests. Along those lines, there are several points to note about this incident and what it reflects:

(1) Despite all the rights of free speech and assembly flamboyantly guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, the reality is that punishing the exercise of those rights with police force and state violence has been the reflexive response in America for quite some time. As Franke-Ruta put it, “America has a very long history of protests that meet with excessive or violent response, most vividly recorded in the second half of the 20th century.” Digby yesterday recounted a similar though even worse incident aimed at environmental protesters.

The intent and effect of such abuse is that it renders those guaranteed freedoms meaningless. If a population becomes bullied or intimidated out of exercising rights offered on paper, those rights effectively cease to exist. Every time the citizenry watches peaceful protesters getting pepper-sprayed — or hears that an Occupy protester suffered brain damage and almost died after being shot in the skull with a rubber bullet — many become increasingly fearful of participating in this citizen movement, and also become fearful in general of exercising their rights in a way that is bothersome or threatening to those in power. That’s a natural response, and it’s exactly what the climate of fear imposed by all abusive police state actions is intended to achieve: to coerce citizens to “decide” on their own to be passive and compliant — to refrain from exercising their rights — out of fear of what will happen if they don’t.

The genius of this approach is how insidious its effects are: because the rights continue to be offered on paper, the citizenry continues to believe it is free. They believe that they are free to do everything they choose to do, because they have been “persuaded” — through fear and intimidation — to passively accept the status quo. As Rosa Luxemburg so perfectly put it: “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” Someone who sits at home and never protests or effectively challenges power factions will not realize that their rights of speech and assembly have been effectively eroded because they never seek to exercise those rights; it’s only when we see steadfast, courageous resistance from the likes of these UC-Davis students is this erosion of rights manifest.

Pervasive police abuses and intimidation tactics applied to peaceful protesters — pepper-spray, assault rifles, tasers, tear gas and the rest — not only harm their victims but also the relationship of the citizenry to the government and the set of core political rights. Implanting fear of authorities in the heart of the citizenry is a far more effective means of tyranny than overtly denying rights. That’s exactly what incidents like this are intended to achieve. Overzealous prosecution of those who engage in peaceful political protest (which we’ve seen more and more of over the last several years) as well as rampant secrecy and the sprawling Surveillance State are the close cousins of excessive police force in both intent and effect: they are all about deterring meaningful challenges to those in power through the exercise of basic rights. Rights are so much more effectively destroyed by bullying a citizenry out of wanting to exercise them than any other means. These two short video clips — regarding the openly abusive treatment of Bradley Manning and the extra-judicial attempt to destroy WikiLeaks — are how I’ve been trying to make this point over the past month in the various speeches I’ve given around the country:

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(2) Although excessive police force has long been a reflexive response to American political protests, two developments in the post-9/11 world have exacerbated this. The first is that the U.S. Government — in the name of Terrorism — has aggressively para-militarized the nation’s domestic police forces by lavishing them with countless military-style weapons and other war-like technologies, training them in war-zone military tactics, and generally imposing a war mentality on them. Arming domestic police forces with para-military weaponry will ensure their systematic use even in the absence of a Terrorist attack on U.S. soil; they will simply find other, increasingly permissive uses for those weapons. Responding to peaceful protests and other expressions of growing citizenry unrest with brute force is a direct by-product of what we’ve allowed to be done to America’s domestic police forces in the name of the War on Terror (and, before that, in the name of the War on Drugs).

The second exacerbating development is more subtle but more important: the authoritarian mentality that has been nourished in the name of Terrorism. It’s a very small step to go from supporting the abuse of defenseless detainees (including one’s fellow citizens) to supporting the pepper-spraying and tasering of non-violent political protesters. It’s an even smaller step to go from supporting the power of the President to imprison or kill anyone he wants (including one’s fellow citizens and even their teenaged children) with no transparency, checks or due process to supporting the power of the police and the authorities who command them to punish with force anyone who commits the “crime” of non-compliance. At the root of all of those views is the classic authoritarian mindset: reflexive support for authority, contempt for those who challenge them, and a blind faith in their unilateral, unchecked decisions regarding who is Bad and deserves state-issued punishment.

It’s anything but surprising that a country that has cheered as its Presidents seize the most limitless powers against allegedly Bad People — all as part of the ultimate instrument of citizen degradation: Endless War — cheer just as loudly when that same mindset is applied at home to domestic trouble-makers. The supreme threat has never been from foreign Terrorists, but rather from what was done by our own public- and private-sector authorities (and the mentality they successfully implanted) in their name.

 

(3) Beyond the light it is shedding on how power is really exercised in the U.S., this UC-Davis episode underscores why I continue to view the Occupy movement as one of the most exciting, inspiring and important political developments in many years. What’s most striking about that UC-Davis video isn’t the depraved casualness of the officer’s dousing the protesters’ faces with a chemical agent; it’s how most of the protesters resolutely sat in place and refused to move even when that happened, while the crowd chanted support (this video, taken from a slightly different vantage point, vividly shows this, beginning at 4:15). We’ve repeatedly seen acts of similar courage spawned by the Occupy movement.

It was the NYPD’s abusive pepper-spraying, followed by Mayor Bloomberg’s lawless destruction of the Zuccotti Park encampment, that prompted far more people than ever to participate in the next march across the Brooklyn Bridge. A tear gas attack on Occupy Oakland was followed by a general strike of 20,000 people. And this truly extraordinary, blunt and piercing open letter demanding the resignation of the heinous UC-Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi was written by a young, untenured Assistant Professor — Nathan Brown — who obviously decided that his principled beliefs outweigh his careerist ambitions.

This is the most important effect of the Occupy movement: acts of defiance, courage and conscience are contagious. Just as the Arab Spring clearly played some significant role in spawning, sustaining and growing the American Occupy movement, so too have the Occupy protesters emboldened one another and their fellow citizens. The protest movement is driving the proliferation of new forms of activism, citizen passion and courage, and — most important of all — a sense of possibility. For the first time in a long time, the use of force and other forms of state intimidation are not achieving their intended outcome of deterring meaningful (i.e., unsanctioned and unwanted) citizen activism, but are, instead, spurring it even more. The state reactions to these protests are both highlighting pervasive abuses of power and generating the antidote: citizen resolve to no longer accept and tolerate it. This is why I hope to see the Occupy movement — even if it adopts specific demands — remain an outsider force rather than reduce itself into garden-variety partisan electioneering: in its current form, it is demanding and re-establishing the indispensable right of dissent, defiance of unjust authority, and sustained protest.

 

UPDATE: Regarding the last point — the uniquely effective, inspiring activism this movement is spawning — here is video of Chancellor Katehi walking to her car while being forced to confront a wall of silent condemnation and shaming. It’s not the accountability she should face (firing), but one can see from this video that it’s quite potent nonetheless; moreover, it really reveals who the actual threats are to public safety — not the protesters but rather those using force against them:

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UPDATES FROM THE OWS ENCAMPMENTS

The encampments have been turned into concentration camps …
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Commentary by Chippy Dee
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All hell is breaking loose in lower Manhattan.  Police have put barriers all over the financial district and thousands of  demonstrators are climbing over them and pushing past the police. Wall St. has been infiltrated.  As this is being reported the radio station is playing Paul Robeson singing “Joe Hill”.  The NYPD must have miscalculated – they’re probably going to bring in more police, maybe from the boroughs, and they’ll probably get more vicious. They’ve learned tactics from the “crowd control” at the big world financial meetings.  The crowds are chanting, “This is what democracy looks like” and “The banks got bailed out and we got sold out”  and “This is a non-violent protest.”  Lots of pushing and shoving from police in riot gear trying to get better control of the situation.  Plain-clothes cops have emerged.  People are going to be seriously hurt today. 

 

This would not be going on if they hadn’t raided and destroyed the encampments this week.  The mayors of 18 cities had a conference call and decided to shut down the encampments – the mayor of Oakland spilled the beans to the BBC about the call.  Of course Bloomberg did it because he was worried about the health, safety, and sanitary conditions.  So, it has been pointed out, in this city where the subways are dirty, where the garbage is piled on some streets he is worried about sanitary conditions at Zuccotti and to keep the occupiers healthy they were arrested, clubbed and pepper sprayed.

 

There are events planned for the whole day.  We haven’t seen this kind of activity since all those civil disobedience activities were planned by civil rights groups when the World Fair was opening in ‘64.  A really big event is going to take place about 5 PM.  Groups (including unions) are meeting at Foley Sq. and marching over the Brooklyn Bridge.  God only knows whose brilliant idea that was – a 2 mile walk over water in the cold where only drivers and sea gulls will see us. 

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OWS-inspired activism

It was only a matter of time before a coordinated police crackdown was imposed to end the Occupy encampments. Law enforcement officials and policy-makers in America know full well that serious protests — and more — are inevitable given the economic tumult and suffering the U.S. has seen over the last three years (and will continue to see for the foreseeable future). A country cannot radically reduce quality-of-life expectations, devote itself to the interests of its super-rich, and all but eliminate its middle class without triggering sustained citizen fury.

The reason the U.S. has para-militarized its police forces is precisely to control this type of domestic unrest, and it’s simply impossible to imagine its not being deployed in full against a growing protest movement aimed at grossly and corruptly unequal resource distribution. As Madeleine Albright said when arguing for U.S. military intervention in the Balkans: “What’s the point of having this superb military you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?” That’s obviously how governors, big-city Mayors and Police Chiefs feel about the stockpiles of assault rifles, SWAT gear, hi-tech helicopters, and the coming-soondrone technology lavished on them in the wake of the post/9-11 Security State explosion, to say nothing of the enormous federal law enforcement apparatus that, more than anything else, resembles a standing army which is increasingly directed inward.

Most of this militarization has been justified by invoking Scary Foreign Threats — primarily the Terrorist — but its prime purpose is domestic. As civil libertarians endlessly point out, the primary reason to oppose new expansions of government power is because it always — always — vastly expands beyond its original realm. I remember quite vividly the war-zone-like police force deployed against protesters at the 2008 GOP Convention in Minneapolis, as well as the invocation of Terrorism statutes to arrest and punish them, with the active involvement of federal law enforcement. Along those lines, Alternet‘s Lynn Parramore asks all the key questions about the obviously coordinated law enforcement assault on peaceful protesters over the last week.

But the same factors that rendered this police crackdown inevitable will also ensure that this protest movement endures: the roots of the anger are real, profound and impassioned. Just as American bombs ostensibly aimed at reducing Terrorism have the exact opposite effect — by fueling the anti-American sentiments that cause Terrorism in the first place — so, too, will excessive police force further fuel the Occupy movement. Nothing highlights the validity of the movement’s core grievances more than watching a piggish billionaire Wall Street Mayor — who bought and clung to his political power using his personal fortune — deploy force against marginalized citizens peacefully and lawfully protesting joblessness, foreclosures and economic suffering. If Michael Bloomberg didn’t exist, the Occupy protesters would have to invent him.

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After visiting numerous Occupy sites over the past few weeks, I’ve repeatedly said that the protests are among the most exciting, inspiring and important political developments over the last decade. That’s true for several reasons: its innovative, pioneering tactics, its refusal to be pigeonholed with partisan identity, its resistance to translating itself into establishment media language, its organic form, its appropriate contempt for the nation’s political and legal institutions, its singular ability to force discussions of wealth inequality into the discourse. But I think its most impressive attribute is that it has inspired a level of activism and a sense of possibility like few other things have. It’s worth highlighting a few representative examples.

Ever since the Occupy movement began, the blog FireDogLake, with very little attention or self-promotion, has overwhelmingly devoted itself not only to covering the protests but also to creating an amazing new template to help sustain it. Exclusively relying on reader donations, FDL has sent one of its youngest and most relentless activists, Kevin Gosztola, around the country for the last two months, visiting over 20 different encampments from every region in the nation. Gosztola has been able to provide first-hand, on-the-scene reporting from all of these sites, but more important, has built a network of representatives and liasons to enable coordination and communication among site organizers.

Over the past month, FDL — with the construction of this network — has done something truly amazing. In addition to police crackdowns, it has long been assumed that the greatest challenge to sustaining the Occupy movement would be the approaching harsh winter in Northern cities. The assumption — not unreasonable — was that few people would be willing to occupy outdoor spaces in zero-degree weather or below. FDL, with its “Occupy Supply” project, is all but ensuring the elimination of this problem.

Again using nothing more than reader donations, FDL designed and then purchased a full line of winter clothing for free distribution to the various Occupy sites around the nation: hats, sweaters, scarves, gloves, socks, blankets, jackets, thermal underwear, face masks, and more. Every penny FDL raises — 100% — goes exclusively toward the manufacture and free distribution of these products to Occupy protesters. They have thus far raised close to $90,000, and spent roughly $85,000 of it on the purchase of almost 7,000 items. They have also furnished heat generators, tents, and sleeping bags to numerous sites as well.

What makes this activism particularly impressive is that it is designed to build an ongoing and highly effective support network. Rather than indiscriminately dumping the clothing at various encampments, FDL has built a network of liasons and representatives to ensure that it goes to the places that need it most, and that it reaches those who will use it for its intended purpose: primarily, the “sleeper” protesters, largely impoverished, who form the backbone of the camps. Beyond that, FDL has expended great efforts to ensure that the goods it distributes are manufactured not in Chinese sweatshops but rather entirely by American unions — a difficult challenge in this age of disappearing American industry — which in turn ensures that the workers producing the products enjoy health insurance, living wages, and a decent standard of living: aims of the Occupy movement itself.

That last point underscores one of the most significant aspects of the Occupy movement: that it is not devoted to voicing grievances as much as it is finding a model to solve them. It’s one thing to demand middle class conditions for American workers; it’s another to help sustain them by patronizing unionized manufacturers. It’s the difference between talking and doing, and that difference has quietly fueled the Occupy movement from the start.

One of the most striking conversations I had was with an organizer at Occupy Oakland right around the time that media reports began trying to demonize the camps by pointing to the homeless contingent that had become a part of them. She reacted with scorn at the notion that there was something improper or odd that some of the occupiers would be homeless, as though they are sub-human and should be hidden. But the point she really emphasized was that one of the functions served by the Oakland encampment was that it produced its own food from volunteers in a kitchen that had been built there; they were, in essence, doing something about the problem of homelessness — by feeding them — rather than simply demanding that something be done. Before the Oakland police tore it down, the site had become its own community, existing by its own rules and outside of prevailing societal norms, and one of its functions was to feed those who had no means of feeding themselves. It did not merely complain about the prevailing landscape, but rather provided an alternative form of existence and community to the one it was protesting.

One long-time reader and commenter here, Jaime Omar Yassin, has — at great personal sacrifice — more or less devoted himself to the Occupy Oakland camp. He wrote about it on an almost daily basis from the start, and — despite what he described on the first day as his “skeptic[ism] about the possibility of mass movements in the US for various reasons” – worked full-time to sustain it. Yassin has been a student over the past several years and quite impoverished. The volunteer nature of his work for the Occupy site led him to serious financial distress. When I asked him why, given all that, he continued to do it, this is what he told me:

I started coming regularly to Occupy Oakland to report on it, spending ten or twelve hours there, doing interviews and watching the community. I was very impressed with what I saw. What really sucked me in was when I began to understand the kitchen, and how it became a focal point of what makes OO unique among the occupieds. Many people I spoke to–the unusual suspects in terms of activism, poor, and unemployed–had been drawn to the camp by the kitchen, which was running 24 hours a day. They then became real participants in the camp. The kitchen also allowed them to become part of the camp immediately, allowing them to cook, serve or wash dishes, and interact with others in a tangible way, not just sitting in a [General Assembly] or meeting. . . .

It may sound corny, but the camp has given  me the chance to use all of my human skills in the service of others, from conflict mediation, to crisis management, to writing and oratory, and simply providing an ear for troubled people, who can nevertheless be functioning members of society if just given a chance. I actually feel like I do that about ten times a day. There are a lot of troubled people there, they represent the people who’ve been turned away from society. There’s a lot of pent up hostility and resentment, but it comes out in the open, we wrestle with it, we are allowed to understand it and begin to know one another.

The camp has given my life real purpose, and brought out the best in me and allowed me to befriend the widest breadth of human experience anyone can imagine. While other occupies are focused strictly on the 1% issue, I think at OO a lot of us are excited about finally being able to talk about systemic problems in an atmosphere where the public will listen. We are talking about homelessness, about the right to dignity, the right to be free of harrassment and violence from police and others. I really feel like we’ve forced Oakland to have conversations its put off for a long time about violence and poverty and the city’s response to it, which is to marginalize it and ignore it, while crying crocodile tears.

Its difficult to describe, but the social construction of the camp has been part of the political movement, and our success has already been in declaring that middle class teachers, union workers, homeless people and even mentally ill people can inhabit the same political space as equals. This is the strength that we used to launch an unprecedented action at the port of Oakland, where tens of thousands responded to the call and shut down the port of Oakland as a clarion call to the nation and city. It was the largest human mass I’ve ever seen in my life. We’ve shown mainstream people that the right to assemble is a right that they can take without mediation or permission, and that the power of assembly can even push police back, as we did when we retook the camp two weeks ago. Despite the fact that it was fenced off, people took down the fence, and replanted tents. I just feel like we’re transforming society with each person who comes to the camp and becomes a part of it. We’re changing long held views about who matters and why, and what a just society should actually look like, and what powers people have to change all that.

As we prepare for the end of the camp again, I’m reminded of just how special all of these people are to me. We expected an imminent raid last night. We know that we can’t resist the demolition of the camp, and that we have lost some support due to media and city propaganda. So it looks like we’re really looking at the end again. We’re all exhausted, but it really still feels like a family. Someone I don’t even like much hugged me last night and it was so genuine and real that I had to choke back tears.

We also know that even if Occupy Oakland ends tomorrow in its current incarnation, the assembly of people gathered there will continue on in another unique social and political movement. That’s the legacy of the camp, no matter what happens tonight.

Though perhaps not as eloquent or well thought-out, this is more or less what I heard from almost every committed protester I spoke with at multiple sites over the past several weeks.

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It’s very difficult to imagine sentiments this impassioned and profound simply disappearing because of some police raids or cold weather. It’s even more difficult to imagine how one could find this movement anything but inspiring. If you want to contribute to FDL’s Occupy Supply project, you can do so here; if you want to help Jaime be able to continue to report on Occupy protests or otherwise provide him with much needed (and deserved) assistance, you can do so here. There are many people quite supportive of the Occupy movement who — for a variety of reasons — can’t or won’t physically occupy these spaces, but there are numerous ways to provide other forms of support. More than it needs anything, the country needs a potent and effective citizen movement outside of/independent of the electoral system, and nothing in a long time has provided that the way the Occupy movement has.

 

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