THE BEST OF ANTI OCCUPATION SPOOFS

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Your chance to vote for your favourite …
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SodaStream’s main production site is in an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank. The company exploits Palestinian land, resources, and labor. 

Check out the awesome spoofs on SodaStream’s 2013 Super Bowl ad below.  You can vote for your TWO favorites using the ballot found in the link at bottom! Friends, in the name of justice and equality, please use the honor system and don’t vote more than twice. If you cannot see the ballot, make sure JavaScript is enabled in your browser. 

We will announce the winning video at the end of the Super Bowl game. Follow @US_Campaign on Twitter or like us on Facebook to find out the winner!

Sign this petition asking consumers and stores to stop buying and selling its products. Learm more about SodaStream here

Share the videos with your friends on Facebook and your followers on Twitter.

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Sodastream presents…How to profit from Occupation, Oppression and Apartheid

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I Do Not Like SodaStream

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Shake Soda Stream Off

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SodaStream Boycott

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SodaScream

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Priceless

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SodaStream Tastes Like Occupation

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49ers Interrupt Big Game to Say Dump SodaStream

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CLICK HERE to get to the link to vote for your favourite video.

THE MOVIE THAT SHOULD MAKE EVERY DECENT ISRAELI ASHAMED OF BEING ISRAELI (IN FULL)

 A documentary on a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.
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When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. In his village, Bil’in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist this decision. For more than five years, Emad films the struggle, which is lead by two of his best friends, alongside filming how Gibreel grows. Very soon it affects his family and his own life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, brothers and him as well are either shot or arrested. One Camera after another is shot at or smashed, each camera tells a part of his story.
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Five Broken Cameras Full Movie
“This documentary should make every decent Israeli ashamed of being an Israeli.”

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A documentary on a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. In his village, Bil’in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist this decision. For more than five years, Emad films the struggle, which is lead by two of his best friends, alongside filming how Gibreel grows. Very soon it affects his family and his own life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, brothers and him as well are either shot or arrested. One Camera after another is shot at or smashed, each camera tells a part of his story.

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From Rebel Voices

FROM MY DAILY HATE MAIL …

In my daily ‘Hate Mail Inbox’ I found the following video, simply called ‘Great Hasbara’. I don’t see anything great about hatred, but the zionists seem to have a different opinion …
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Normally I do not share such rubbish with my readers, but I thought you should see for yourself how hateful these ‘chosenites’ can be …
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Here’s a much more pleasant video from ‘our side’, more powerful and meaningful, a message of hope.
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A beautiful song with an inspiring message.
There are many Israelis, Palestinians, and Arabs working for peace, and this Middle-Eastern jazzy song should be their hymn!

VOTE OBAMA ~~ LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY

New Obama video, like 2010 pro-Israel ad, uses sleazy sex talk to lure youth support

Submitted by Ali Abunimah 

The Obama campaign has released a sleazy video featuring actress and filmmaker Lena Dunham, likening voting for Obama to having sex for the first time.

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Leaning into the camera, using language suggestive of how mass media talk about sex, Dunham says, “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You wanna do it with a great guy. It should be a guy with a beautiful …. someone who really cares about and understands women.”

By the end of the one minute ad, it’s clear Dunham is appealing to youth to use their first time voting to support Obama.

This ploy reminded me of another attempt to liken a political act to sex. In 2010 a Canadian pro-Israel hasbara campaign called “Size Doesn’t Matter” released a video of a couple in bed.

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The man appears to be trying to convince a young woman to engage him in oral sex. “It’s small,” she complains, “I don’t know if I can go there.”

The gag at the end is that he is actually trying to convince her to come with him to Israel.

Another disturbing Israeli hasbara video, “Sex with the Psychologist,” likened criticism of Israel to a sexual assault, while simultaneously presenting the female “victim” in a sexualized manner.

Such ads reduce women from political actors to sexual objects doing men’s bidding, succumbing to the seduction of a powerful politician, supporting an apartheid state. The Obama ad in particular is “creepy,” as @hkubra tweeted, and “demeaning to women by alluding [to] sex as the identifier of transition from ‘girl’ to ‘woman.’”

The “seduction” hides the violence – of Obama’s wars and Israel’s occupation, colonization and apartheid. Women’s bodies are being used to sell us the candidate responsible for killing so many women, men and children – invisible and unheard. Exposing women’s bodies and exploiting sexuality are his desperate last resort to justify voting for him.

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MONTREAL RISING

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Occupons l’éducation – 100e journée de grève étudiante / Occupy Education – 100th Consecutive Day of Student Strikes

This is what happens when the SPVM tell you to move and you don’t move fast enough. On May 22, 2012, Tuesday evening, after 10 pm, riot police formed a line across along Ste. Catherine Street to disperse a crowd eastward, between Metcalfe and McGill College. Midway on the north side of Sainte-Catherine, a man was trying to remove a couple of bicycles locked to a parking meter when he was tackled to the ground and held by at least four riot police officers for not complying with the order to disperse. All he did was to try to tell them he wanted to take his bikes. The man struggled for at least two minutes as the officers tried to handcuff him as he lay on the sidewalk. I don’t what happened afterwards because the police managed to move and block people from continuing to witness the event.

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After almost 10 minutes, the police continued eastward on Sainte Catherine and I returned to the scene of the altercation. I was told to mind my step because of the blood on the sidewalk. I noticed an Urgences Sante EMS vehicle and crossed to the south side of the street. The man was being tended to by two EMS technicians. A SPVM riot police officer was also talking to the man who was in handcuffs.

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About two minutes later, the officer removed the handcuffs and the man was man allowed to leave. He took his two bicycles, one of which had a child seat attached in the rear, and left the scene. The sequence of these 15 photos took place between 10:20 pm to 10:24 pm according to the date/time stamp on the photos.

100th Consectutive Day of Student Strikes May 22, 2012, Montréal, Québec, Canada. ©Copyright John Jantak

100e jour consécutif de grève des étudiants le 22 mai 2012, Montréal, Québec, Canada. © Copyright John Jantak

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Mouvement Historique
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Montreal Rising!
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This is Montreal
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Montreal Spring
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All of the above submitted by VAS
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More photos HERE and HERE

A WEEKEND IN OCCUPIED CHICAGO

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Submitted by VAS

JUST ONE WEEK IN PALESTINE ~~ REPORTS AND VIDEOS

 The following reports deal with situations of the past week. Can you even think of another nation that suffers this much as the ENTIRE WORLD watches in silence?
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78 percent of Jerusalem Palestinians living in poverty

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WATCH: Settlers shoot Palestinian in head while soldiers stand by

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Palestinians asked to close their shops for Jerusalem Day

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Two Injured As Settlers Attack Nablus Village

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Israeli Plan to Construct 2100 New Settlement Unit

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Nakba Action

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All of the above via URUKNET

ACTIONS OF THE WEEK ~~ ISRAELI WATER AND DRONES

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What’s the connection?
Both are call to action!
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Existence is Resistance and Artists Against Apartheid along with other organizations came together to offer Free Israeli Water for the Israeli Jazz Festival :)

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Code Pink Activist Medea Benjamin speaks out against civilian casualties and human rights violations before John Brennan.

MAY DAY’S COMEBACK ~~ THE MUSICAL

Be sure not to miss THIS Photo Essay posted yesterday

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Sent by a reader, Vas.

With much appreciation.

THE ZIONIST DOGS

IDF soldiers release attack dog on unarmed Palestinian protesters (video)

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An attack dog released on unarmed Palestinians by Israeli security forces sank its teeth into the arm of a Palestinian man and refused to release it for several minutes.

Soldiers released an attack dog on unarmed Palestinians at a Friday anti-occupation demonstration in the West Bank village of Kufr Qaddoum, report eyewitnesses that include an AP photographer. According to a report from Jonathan Pollack, a political activist, Border Police officers released an army dog at a group of protesters who were standing several dozen meters away. The dog chased the protesters, then locked his jaw on the arm of one of them – Ahmad Shtawi – sinking his teeth into the man’s arm. The dog refused for several minutes to respond to his handler’s order to release Mr. Shtawi’s arm.

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IDF attack dog refuses to release his grip on Ahmad Shtawi’s arm (photo: PSCC)

Although he was bleeding, in pain and in need of medical attention, soldiers decided to arrest Mr. Shtawi  after the dog finally released his arm. When Morad Shtawi, a member of the village’s popular committee, tried to reason with the commanding officer and convince him to release the wounded man, he was thrown to the ground, handcuffed and pepper sprayed – as documented in the video below.

Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem has called several time for the Israeli army to stop using attack dogs on unarmed Palestinians. In February 2012 a 19 year-old Palestinian was attacked by an IDF dog; B’Tselem reported another five such incidents in 2011.

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EIGHT MESSAGES TO THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY FROM ISRAEL

Timely messages for the Easter Season ;)
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It is becoming a common occurrence in Israel to hear about Jews burning churches, spitting on Christian clerics, burning Christian Bibles and intimidating and harassing other Jews who believe in Jesus. Unfortunately this is almost unheard of from the Western media. If it was not for the internet this would be unknown to millions of people around the world.
Here I am presenting one example of the rampant discrimination and xenophobia against Christians that exists in the “Jewish state”. Please feel free to copy and post this video in other sites.
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The following is what the Israeli Ambassador to the US said just a week ago…. (is he dreaming?)
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Israel is only Mideast state safe for Christians, envoy to U.S. says

In Wall Street Journal op-ed, Michael Oren compares what he calls the current repression of Christians in the Muslim world to the expulsion of Jews from Arab states.

Israel is the only country in the Middle East that is safe for Christians, Israel’s ambassador to the United States Michael Oren wrote in an op-ed column for the Wall Street Journal on Friday, comparing what he said was the suppression of Christian communities in Arab states to the twentieth-century expulsion of Jews from these nations.

In his article, Oren cited the continuing violence against Egypt’s Coptic Christians, the burning of Iraqi churches, a Saudi ban on Christian worship and the desecration of the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank as instances indicating a threat to Christianity in the Muslim world, adding that conversion “to Christianity is a capital offense in Iran, where last month Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was sentenced to death.”

The Israeli official went on to compare what he called a sweeping action against Christian communities in the Arab world to the expulsion of 800,000 “from Arab countries, mostly following the Six-Day War.”

Ultimately, Oren concludes, the only place in the Middle East where Christians aren’t endangered, but are actually flourishing, is in Israel.

“Since Israel’s founding in 1948, its Christian communities (including Russian and Greek Orthodox, Catholics, Armenians and Protestants) have expanded more than 1,000%,” he added.

Oren concluded the article, in which he cites the exodus of Palestinian Christians from the West Bank and Gaza over increased pressure by Islamist groups such as Hamas, by syaing that the “extinction of the Middle East’s Christian communities is an injustice of historic magnitude.”

“Yet Israel provides an example of how this trend can not only be prevented but reversed. With the respect and appreciation that they receive in the Jewish state, the Christians of Muslim countries could not only survive but thrive,” Oren wrote.


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And let’s not forget these attitudes…

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Perhaps this Oren guy should take a daytrip to the illegal settlements  (including Jerusalem) to see the reality he seems ignorant of.

THE ONLY DEVIANT DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

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Israel is gearing up to its 64th birthday celebrations. It is traditional among Jewish people to wish the celebrant ‘ad mea v’esrim’ (until 120).
Does this mean that Palestine has to wait another 56 years to be free?
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Israel prides itself on being ‘the Only Democracy in the Middle East’. There is a Yiddish expression that goes ‘es’redt zich azoi’ (say it enough times and you will believe it). That’s exactly what Israel is doing, as in reality, the ‘Democracy’ that (does not) exists there is  deviant one. A year ago, Israel’s right-wing daily, the Jerusalem Post published an interesting piece they titled ‘Israel’s democratic veneer’. It’s worth reading and can be accessed HERE.
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Interesting to see that even Israel’s ‘right’ have their doubts about it’s Democratic character.
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But, overlooked by them and many others is at whose expense this is at … the following video might help explain that. Listen carefully to the words of Mahmoud Darwash’s poem.
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A Land that was Abducted by Myths
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ISRAEL IS STEALING A NATION’S IDENTITY TO CREATE THEIR OWN

A professionally made YouTube video released by the “Matteh Binyamin Regional Council” – an entity that represents dozens of illegal Israeli colonies in the occupied West Bank – aims to convince Israelis that Jewish settlers, not Palestinians, are the true caretakers of the region’s olive trees and the historic heirs of its olive culture.
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Hummus and falafel are already “Israeli.” Now they’re coming for Palestine’s olive oil too

Submitted by Ali Abunimah
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Zionism’s cultural appropriation of indigenous Palestinian folklore and cuisine – such as hummus, falafel and maftoul – as “Israeli” has long irked Palestinians, especially when these same cultural products are used in international propaganda and marketing efforts which deny Palestinians’ rights and history.

Now, Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank are attempting to steal perhaps the most important symbol and source of economic sustenance for rural Palestinians: olive oil and olive culture.

A professionally made YouTube video released by the “Matteh Binyamin Regional Council” – an entity that represents dozens of illegal Israeli colonies in the occupied West Bank – aims to convince Israelis that Jewish settlers, not Palestinians, are the true caretakers of the region’s olive trees and the historic heirs of its olive culture.

The video is an example of the of the increasingly slick and sophisticated propaganda efforts being aimed at the Israeli population as well as the outside world.

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Synoposis of the settler video

The title of the video is “The miracle of the oil canister and the plate of hummus,” an allusion to the Hannukah myth known as the “Miracle of the Oil.”

The action is a comedy sketch set in what appears to be a restaurant in a Palestinian town within Israel’s pre-1967 boundaries.

An Israeli is seated at a table eating hummus and olive oil. He is a caricature of a naive liberal and secular Israeli.

He finds the olive oil delicious and asks one of the two Arab waiters (the Arabs are also depicted in a stereotypical fashion as among other things deceptive) how the oil is made.

The Arab waiter tells how oil has been made for “thousands of years.” While he is speaking, the video cuts not to scenes of Palestinians harvesting olives and making oil, but rather to religious settlers wearing skullcaps doing it using modern technology.

The gag is that at the end: the Israeli diner finishes his meal thinking he ate delicious oil made by Palestinians. But then the two waiters go to the kitchen and have a joke about the fact that the oil is made by settlers and they serve it in their restaurant. They reveal the Hebrew label on the bottle which says “Binyamin Oil, Olive Oil, Fine cold-press.”

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A reminder: Israel’s destruction of olive trees and olive culture

Israeli settlers and the Israeli state routinely destroy Palestinian olive trees, and the settlers regularly attack Palestinians attempting to care for their trees or harvest them as The Electronic Intifada has reported. B’Tselem has also documented and filmed the settlers’ regular attacks on Palestinian olive farmers.

But there’s nothing new in this. After Zionists expelled much of the Palestinian population from the country in 1948, they had to decide what to do with olive groves all over the country. As Meron Benvenisti recounts in his book Sacred Landscape (2000):

At first officials responsible for Jewish settlement thought that the production of olive oil might constitute a profitable venture, but it very quickly became clear that the Jewish agricultural sector was not set up to sustain this labor-intensive branch.Only a fraction of the olive groves were cared for and cultivated, whereas the vast majority were neglected. Tens of thousands of dunams of olive trees were uprooted to make room for field crops. (165)

It is in this historic and present-day context that the settlers are now claiming to care for the olive trees.

Settlers cloak themselves in stolen Palestinian culture

At the end of the video, the following messages appear:

To the mountains of Binyamin and Shomron, Hebrew farmers returned, to grow olive trees lovingly as per the traditions of their forefathers, which is thousands of years old.

The olive groves cover 3,000 dunams and the olive presses produce 500 tons of fine olive oil per year.

Who made the video?

As mentioned, the video is “Presented by the Matteh Regional Council,” but toward the end, a logo appears for an online public relations firm called Rogatka. The company’s website states:

Our clients include the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the Likud, ‘Latma’ – media watchdog and satire, and others.

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs is a think tank for Israel’s military establishment and it was there that NGO Monitor, an extreme group that launches defamatory attacks on Israelis, Palestinians, Jews and others who criticize Israel, was founded.

Latma TV is a “satirical” web-based show, run by The Jerusalem Post’s Caroline Glick. But rather than producing satire, it disseminates Islamophobic and racist incitement,including a recent video that spread the lie of a Muslim “rape epidemic” in Norway.

And of course the Likud is the political party of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Rogatka, it would seem, is one of the key shops pumping out propaganda for Israel (Phan Nguyen has more about Rogatka and who is behind it, on Mondoweiss).

And here’s another interesting connection. One of Rogatka’s clients is the Adelson Center for Strategic Studies in Jerusalem, which was established with a $4.5 million gift from billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

Adelson was recently in the news for giving a campaign group linked to US Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich a $5 million gift, soon after Gingrich claimed the Palestinians are an “invented people.”

The goal of this particular video – aimed as it is at Israelis – is first to convince the local population that all of the olive trees, like the land, belonged always and only to Jews, perhaps before taking the same campaign internationally. In effect, it is part of a campaign to ‘un-invent’ the Palestinians, to destroy their culture and claim what’s left as “Jewish.”

With thanks to Dena Shunra for providing translation and contributing analysis.

Videos documenting settler attacks on farmers and destruction of olive trees

A couple of reports remind us how settlers really feel about olive trees.

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SPEAKING OF INVENTED NATIONS….

Here’s one the Newt overlooked … created and paid for with YOUR tax dollar$
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‘Israelis’ in Jerusalem answer the question “Where ya from?”
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AN ANIMATED LOOK AT PALESTINE

First, what Newt would have us believe …
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What Palestinians have to put up with every day of the year because of such attitudes …
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Despite the above, Palestine celebrates Hope, while celebrating the birth of the Prince of Hope, because this positive sentiment has long been our way of life; Hope and sheer will explains how despite the illegal Israeli acts of colonialism, aggression, and unilateralism, Palestinians continue to march forward believing that independence is eventual and inevitable.
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HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE!

BEST VIDEO OF 2011

This has got to be the best video of 2011 with the most meaningful message…
A must watch from beginning to end.
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Dedicated to All people who fight For Freedom and Justice
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Produced by friends in Venice,Italy,
 Linda and Maurizio Morselli

IMAGE AND VIDEO OF THE DAY ~~ STONES vs BULLETS

Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff
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How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene before this ongoing warcrime is stopped once and for all.
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HEY NEWT ….. WATCH THESE BEFORE YOU MOUTH OFF AGAINST PALESTINE!

Are these the people you want to support?
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Now look at this one Newt!
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Palestine has FRIENDS …. more than you can imagine!
Rachel Corrie’s dream WILL come true Newt …. your’s WON’T!!
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Palestinians are NOT the invented people you claim they are…. YOUR IGNORANCE IS INVENTED!
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Newt Gingrich: Palestinians are an ‘invented’ people

U.S. Republican presidential candidate differs with official U.S. policy that respects the Palestinians as a people deserving of their own state based on negotiations with Israel.

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich thrust himself into controversy on Friday by declaring that the Palestinians are an “invented” people who want to destroy Israel.

The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives predictably sided with Israel in its decades-old dispute with the Palestinians but took it a step further in an interview with the Jewish Channel.

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The cable station posted online its interview with Gingrich, who has risen to the top of Republican polls with voting to start early next year to pick a nominee to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 2012 election.

Gingrich differed with official U.S. policy that respects the Palestinians as a people deserving of their own state based on negotiations with Israel.

“Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire” until the early 20th century, Gingrich said.

“I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and it’s tragic,” he said.

Gingrich along with other Republican candidates are seeking to attract Jewish support by vowing to bolster U.S. ties with Israel if elected.

Gingrich said the Hamas militant group, which controls the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinians’ governing body, the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank, represent “an enormous desire to destroy Israel.”

The U.S. government has sought to encourage the Palestinian Authority to negotiate with Israel but has labeled Hamas as a terrorist group.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has long forsworn violence against Israel as a means to secure an independent state, pinning his hopes first on negotiations and more recently on a unilateral bid for statehood via the United Nations.

Gingrich said he would be willing to consider granting clemency to Jonathan Jay Pollard, who has been serving a life prison term since 1987 for passing U.S. secrets to Israel. Successive U.S. presidents have refused Israeli entreaties to free him.

“If we can get to a point where I’m satisfied that there’s no national security threat, and if he’s in fact served within the range of people who’ve had a similar problem, then I’d be inclined to consider clemency,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich sharply criticized the Obama administration’s approach to Middle East diplomacy, saying it is “so out of touch with reality that it would be like taking your child to the zoo and explaining that a lion was a bunny rabbit.” 

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THE TOUR YOU WON’T BE TAKING WHEN VISITING ISRAEL ~~ VIDEO ESSAY

 Watch them all … then try to answer the questions at the end …
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The settler’s Tour of Hate …
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Israel doesn’t even want you to take this ‘virtual tour’ or  see videos such as those presented above …
Watch this shocking footage of an extremist settler attacking the news crew of channel 2 Israel.
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This ‘mentality of hatred’ lives on in America …
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Until they eventually move to Israel …
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To join forces with these …
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Now ask yourself how your government supports these mongers of hate … and will you continue to be silent about that support?

ONCE UPON A TIME ~~ THE STORY OF A LAND AND ITS PEOPLE BETRAYED BY HUMANITY

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Tomorrow, the 29th of November is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Please circulate the following video wherever possible. Repost it on your Blogs,Websites, FaceBook and Twitter pages, etc.,etc… 
The URL for the video is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE1A3WrMHdI&feature=player_embedded
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When the United Nations, in 1977, proclaimed 29 November of each year as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, it was a clear admission of guilt towards this people. It was recognition that the Palestinian people deserve international solidarity and support, in the name of justice and rights. This was merely one small event in a long story.

The story of Palestine and its people is one that will go down in history. In fact it has already started to do just that. One might say that the victor is the one that writes history. The victor in this case will inevitably be justice, and justice is at the core of the Palestinian struggle against apartheid, colonialism and oppression. And as in every episode in history, everyone will be mentioned according to their positions, and more importantly their deeds with respect to each story.

In the day of solidarity, let us remember that.

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