LATEST OCCUPATION UPDATES … FEW AND FAR BETWEEN

The corporate media seems to have adopted a policy of ‘ignore the Occupation and it will go away’…. IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN! Fewer reports are appearing but the struggles continue. Below are some of the latest releases…
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Occupy Oakland Rallies Amid Anger over Pepper-Spraying of Students

Some 1,500 people marched for the 99 percent in Oakland Nov. 20. (Photo: Judith Scherr/IPS)
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Bloomberg’s Concerned About our Health? Really?

Subway lines were shut down  (Photo: Socialist Worker)
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UC Davis chancellor apologizes for pepper-spray incident

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi is escorted from a small stage on the campus quad after she apologized to more than 1,000 students and faculty members for the pepper-spraying of seated nonviolent protesters by campus police. (Paul Sakuma, AP / November 21, 2011)
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For continual updates from the ‘frontlines’ click on the following…
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The revolution continues worldwide!
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Whom Do You Serve?

You are either WITH us or against us!

UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident

This incident took place at UC Davis. See below for video of this incident, as well as more examples of state repression against the 99% movement across the U.S.

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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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NO POWER TO THE PEOPLE

The Israeli Civil Administration said that the panels were installed without a permit, and must be removed, and claimed that the Spanish Organization was allowed to appeal, but “Refused to present its case in front of the Appeals Committee.”

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 “Palestinian Village Condemned To Live In Darkness”

by Saed Bannoura
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Spanish organisation, Seeba, managed to install solar panels at a Palestinian village in the West Bank, known as Amenzil. For the first time its residents managed to have electricity, but Israel issued a military injunction ordering the residents to remove the panels.

Image By Arabs48
Image By Arabs48

The village has never had proper power, but after the panels were installed, the residents started providing their homes, and event tents, with lights, bought TV sets and other electric materials.

In cooperation with the An-Najah University In Nablus, the Spanish non-governmental organization installed two solar panels in the tiny village “Amenzil” located in the southern part of the West Bank, and the villagers managed to replace their gas-run generators that were barely enough for basic functions.

The solar panels also enabled the residents to run a water-pump to provide the village with water supplies, especially since it also does not have running water.

The Israeli army claims that the small village, located in Area C in the West Bank, was built without construction permits, and the army issued an order last month demanding the residents remove the solar panels.

Area C comprises over 60% of the occupied West Bank, and all constructions are subject to approval from the so-called “Civil Administration Authority”, that runs under the control of the Israeli Army.

Several Israeli NGO’s, along with the United Nations, are trying to convince the army to repeal the decision, which came without any prior notice.

The Spanish government is also using diplomatic channels in an attempt to prevent the army from removing the solar panels. The project was implemented with a total cost of nearly 365,000 Euros, largely funded by Seeba.

Head of the village council, Ali Hreizat, told France Press that “These solar panels were they ray of hope to the residents,” and added, “We have been living here since 1948, and have nowhere else to go.”

Hreizat added that the village was never officially recognized by Israel, and all of its constructions were built without construction permits, therefore, asking Israel to permit the instalment of the solar panels would be in vain.

A Spanish official in charge of the project stated that an application was actually filed to Israel before the project started, but the military division in charge of construction permits never responded.

The Israeli Civil Administration said that the panels were installed without a permit, and must be removed, and claimed that the Spanish Organization was allowed to appeal, but “Refused to present its case in front of the Appeals Committee.”

According to the Arabs48 News Website, the Spanish group filed an appeal to the head of the Civil Administration, Etan Dangot, who halted the demolish order and demanded that Seeba present detailed maps of the Solar Panels.

A spokesperson of the Israeli Army stated on Wednesday that the army “Is willing to approve the Panels,” adding that all approvals “Must be directed through legal channels.”

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INHERITED HATRED

The paternal grandfather of the subject in the report that follows was a neighbour of mine until his passing …. I met the child once about 15 years ago. When I was told his name (Meir) I remember commenting how wonderful it was that he carried that name. It is a tradition among Eastern European Jews to name a child after a deceased relative.  He was named after his maternal grandfather, Meir kahane. At the time, neither the child nor the grandfather got the irony of my sarcastic remark of rejoicing in the death of Israel’s most notorious fascist.
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My neighbour was a very sweet old man, I hoped at the time that inherited hatred would skip a generation in this instance, I was wrong. I never imagined that the child would follow in the devil’s footsteps, truly an example of an apple not falling far from the tree…. sad 😦
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Right-wing group mapping Jerusalem businesses that employ Arabs

Meir Ettinger, 19, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar and grandson of late Rabbi Kahane, says goal of Hebrew Labor project is ‘to warn the public’ against buying from businesses that employ Arabs.

About 10 days ago, a fish merchant in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda outdoor market noticed a young man with sidelocks and a skullcap trying to determine which of the stalls employ Arabs. The merchant, Saleh, called the police, who detained the man for questioning on suspicion that he was planning a terror attack.

But the interrogation revealed that Meir Ettinger, 19, had a completely different goal in mind. Ettinger, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar and a grandson of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, said he was investigating on behalf of a project called Hebrew Labor, whose goal is “to warn the public” against buying from businesses that employ Arabs.

Ettinger was released and ordered to keep away from Mahane Yehuda for two weeks. But last Thursday night, police detained four other young men from Yitzhar who were on the same mission.

Conversations with right-wing activists this week revealed that Ettinger and his comrades have been working on this project for several weeks now. Their goal is to map all of the businesses in Jerusalem that use Arab labor. They began in the northern neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze’ev and Neveh Yaakov, then moved to the western neighborhoods of Kiryat Moshe and Givat Shaul, and are now working on the downtown area, which includes Mahane Yehuda.

“They came to my boss and asked him if he has Arabs working for him,” related Yaakov Azaria, an electrician from Pisgat Ze’ev. “He said no, but I know they also went to others and asked them.”

About 20 people are working on the mapping project. Most are Yitzhar residents who were recently served with administrative orders requiring them to stay out of the West Bank, for fear that they might carry out attacks on Palestinians or soldiers, and are therefore living temporarily in Jerusalem. Their goal is to prevent people from patronizing businesses that employ Arabs.

“A booklet with a list of places that employ Arabs will be published soon,” said Moshe Ben Zikri, an extreme right-wing activist from Jerusalem. “That will be followed by hanging up posters and signs with these lists in the streets – just so that the public will know and be cautious.”

The modus operandi is simple: If it isn’t clear that a store does or doesn’t employ Arabs, the activists simply walk in and ask the owner. Police found a list of several dozen businesses in Ettinger’s pocket, each marked with an X if it employed Arab workers or a checkmark if it did not.

The Hebrew Labor project is not one of a kind: In January, for instance, a right-wing group called Lehava – For the Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land launched a campaign to give “kashrut certificates” to businesses that don’t employ Arabs. Benzion Gopstein, one of the leaders of Lehava, said this new campaign was unrelated, but motivated by the same goal.

“I don’t understand what the problem is here,” he said. “All in all, this is just a service to the public that isn’t interested in buying from businesses with Arabs.”

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GUESS WHO THE ZIONISTS OF AMERICA HAD FOR DINNER ….

ZOA 114th Anniversary Louis D. Brandeis Award Dinner
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2011  Reception 5:00 pm  | Dinner 6:00 pm

SPEAKERS:
Glenn Beck, TV/Radio Host/Commentator
U.S. Cong. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chair. House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Enough to make you puke!
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Don’t say you weren’t warned 😉
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Photos © by Bud Korotzer
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THE OCCUPATION ‘VIRUS’ IS SPREADING ~~ PHOTOS AND VIDEO

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It’s spreading like wildfire…. from banks to corporations to college campuses… Building to building
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Fifth Avenue and 14th St. …. NYC
Photos © by Bud Korotzer
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And this is the corporate ‘fightback’ …. Remember Kent State? Here you can watch the criminal activity caught on video ….
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This time the scene of the crime was the University of California, Davis. Police once again sprayed fuel on the fire in the form of pepper spray, and lots of it. The target? Students sitting peacefully with arms interlocked on the University’s quad. Some were positioned across a pedestrian walkway. It is wide enough for small utility vehicles, but is clearly not a roadway open to traffic.
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The students had gathered around an area that had earlier housed their tents. What an ominous threat to the community! Beware of students protesting in the quad instead of throwing a kegger party in a dorm!

The police had already removed the tents. All that remained of Occupy Davis was a banner hanging from a tree that read “Save Public Education.” How dare they call for such a radical agenda on a campus in the California University system? The students sitting across the campus walkway chanted the subversive line: “Don’t shoot students.” How is this a threat to riot-clad police?

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Perhaps the really subversive, supposedly “threatening,” act was in the simple interlocking of their arms.

Last week The San Francisco Chronicle quoted UC Berkley Police Capt. Margo Bennett:

“The individuals who linked arms and actively resisted, that in itself is an act of violence. I understand that many students may not think that, but linking arms in a human chain when ordered to step aside is not a nonviolent protest.”

In fact, Captain Bennett thought that it was okay to use batons to push back the Berkeley crowd, so we shouldn’t be surprised that the UC Davis police took it one step further and used pepper-spray to pry apart those threatening arms.

In Berkeley and in Davis, the goal was to break up Occupy encampments. In Berkeley, the police were trying to get to tents. In Davis, the tents were already gone. In both cases one wonders what exactly is so threatening about students camping on the quad? What is so “violent” about sitting with arms joined together?

Wait … they might just learn something! But it’s a lesson plan not approved by the Board of Regents.

Apparently, it would be better to force them back into their frat houses and sorority houses so they can get drunk before returning to their corporate-funded classrooms on Monday morning. We can’t have them learning about the effects of corporate greed all weekend, out in the open air of the campus commons. That must be why they moved in at 5pm on a Friday afternoon. What would the town pubs do if the students were camping on the quad instead of doing shots ’til they passed out?

All kidding aside, the scary thing is some of my sarcasm is probably not far from the truth. But the real effect of Friday’s police action at UC Davis is that this coming Monday at noon the students will be back, likely in much larger numbers. The pepper-spray fired by the police on Friday further fanned the flames of the revolution. When will they learn the relationship between cause and effect?

Watch the end of this video if you have any doubts about the outcome.

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NO PERMIT? ~~ NO ENTRY! … TRAVELS UNDER OCCUPATION THEN AND NOW

Nazi permit for Jews to use public transportation

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It happened in czarist Russia, Jews were asked for travel permits ….
It happened in nazi occupied Eastern Europe, Jews were asked for travel permits ….
It is happening in zionist controlled Palestinian Territories, Palestinians are asked for travel permits ….. BY JEWS!!!
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Israeli travel permit for Palestinians to use public transportation
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New video shows Israeli forces dragging Palestinian Freedom Riders from settler bus
Submitted by maureen
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“It’s just because I’m Palestinian” shouts a young woman toward the Israeli soldiers dragging her from a bus that serves Israel’s settler population and travels its segregated roads.

As The Electronic Intifada reported Tuesday, several Palestinian activists were arrested after attempting to travel on segregated Israeli public bus number 148 without Israeli permits.

Israel has imposed a movement restriction regime that severely limits Palestinians’ freedom of movement for the benefit of the population of its illegal settlements. Approximately 500,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank. According to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, Israel has taken control of approximately 50 percent of the land of the West Bank for the establishment, expansion and servicing of settlements — in contravention of international humanitarian law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Palestinian Freedom Riders, taking inspiration from the US civil rights movement that challenged segregation in the US south, boarded buses in an attempt to travel from the occupied West Bank to Jerusalem — off limits to the vast majority of Palestinians living under occupation.

Video shot by Anne Paq with the ActiveStills collective shows activists boarding the bus and Israeli forces asking them in broken Arabic for their travel permits. The soldiers then drag the activists from their seats.

“Why does he have ask me about the permits and not ask the settlers about the permits? This is discrimination, this is apartheid,” says one of the Freedom Riders as he passively resists being dragged off the bus.

“I’m a Freedom Rider, I just want to go to Jerusalem!” shouts one activist as she is dragged from the bus.

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If you know anyone that supports zionism ….. send them the following video.. it just might be a wakeup call.

Palestinians that resist the zionist occupation are referred to as terrorists….

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Jews that resisted the nazi occupation were referred to as heroes….

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FOLLOWING ORDERS … A POEM FOR THE TIMES

The sixties are done

Long live the tens

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Following Orders

© By Tom Karlson

 

 

Quan and Bloomberg

New York to Oakland

Master and poodle

Deliverers of well being and health

Big love sent with

Riot gear

Rubber bullet

Beanbag scatter gun

Hunting

Old women

Pregnant females

Kids

Books

At 2 am

 

Exploding the occupations

Spreading the occupations

 

Quan and Bloomberg

Following orders

Poodle and master

 

99 and the 1

The sixties are done

Long live the tens

Long live the tens

 

WHERE WILL ABBAS’ ‘KISSING UP’ TO ISRAEL LEAD TO?

See THIS humourous post as well
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The great Arab poet, Abu’ttayeb al-Mutannabi, said:
wa’inna domo’a la’yni ghodron berabbeha  Itha konna ithra al ghadereena jawariya
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(The tears of the eye betray a man if they keep running after the traitors)
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PA must end security coordination with Israel now
By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem

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The apartheid Israeli regime decided last week to freeze the transfer of tax and customs revenue levied by Israel on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA).
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The illegal and immoral measure, which Israel resorts to rather routinely, is intended to bully the Ramallah leadership to capitulate to Zionist whims and blackmailing tactics.
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Israel never stopped threatening to strangulate the PA economically and financially if the latter didn’t succumb to the Israeli will.
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The systematic Israeli blackmail of the PA is a disgraceful expression of the Oslo Accords and other subsequent accords and understandings between the pseudo autonomous authority and the Nazi-like Israeli occupation regime. 
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Needless to say, these scandalous agreements which effectively reduced the Palestinian regime-from the supposed equal partner envisioned in these so-called agreements-to a vanquished supplicant begging for virtually everything from the Israeli side, from travel permits to basic commodities without which any modern society wouldn’t be able to function.
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But the story doesn’t end here, which reminds us of what the legendary Arab poet, Abu’ttayeb al-Mutannabi, said about slaves who cling to their masters while crying out for freedom:
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The great Arab poet said:
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wa’inna domo’a la’yni ghodron berabbeha  Itha konna ithra al ghadereena jawariya
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(The tears of the eye betray a man if they keep running after the traitors)
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The PA does possess numerous cards which, if used properly and   forcefully, can force Israel to treat the Palestinians with a semblance of respect and dignity.
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For example, there is strong ongoing security coordination between the Israeli occupation army and Palestinian security agencies. 
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This security coordination, which is actually no more than a mere subordination, subjugation and  subservience by the PA security apparatus to the Israeli occupation army, covers the entirety of the West Bank and commits the PA to protect and safeguard Israeli interests, including guarding hundreds of Jewish settlers, most of whom indoctrinated in a Nazi-like ideology that teaches that non-Jews, e.g. Palestinians, living under Jewish rule,  must submit to the Chosen People or master race and resign to a status of water carriers and wood hewers.
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If the goyem (or non-Jews)  don’t submit and continue to demand human rights and civil liberties,  then they must be either expelled or killed.
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As mentioned above, Israel had resorted to withholding the transfer of Palestinian monies several times for the purpose of forcing the PA on its knees, with the PA doing virtually nothing to respond to the hostile provocation apart from issuing statements of denunciation and condemnation.
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The estimated $100 million dollar which Israel transfers to PA coffers per month constitutes the lion’s share of the Palestinian monthly budget. Hence, PA inaction and ostensible indifference with regard to this issue must invite the strongest condemnation from the Palestinian masses, especially those tens of thousands of civil servants and wage earners who receive their income from the PA regime.
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The scandal becomes even more clarion and shocking when we know that a good part of the money  withheld is used to pay salaries for those very  soldiers and officers tasked with  coordinating security matters with Israel, or, more correctly,  guarding the Nazi-like settlers.
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What can the PA do?
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Without making a short story long, the PA can and must terminate all forms of security coordination with Israel. To begin with, this coordination is a stigma upon the forehead of every Palestinian political and security official, because in its simplest form, security coordination means collaboration with the enemy against the forces of resistance and freedom.
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Moreover, it is amply clear that Israel accords “security coordination” with a pliant PA a paramount  importance since that very coordination  allows Israel to maintain its enduring occupation with minimal costs. 
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During the heights of the first and second intifadas or uprisings, Israel maintained a heavy security presence of more than 80,000 troops in the occupied territories. 
Hence, a genuine threat by the PA to terminate security coordination with the Zionist regime is very likely to sound alarm bells in Tel Aviv and Washington. Needless to say, it is the latter than finances that security coordination and bribes the PA with more money to maintain that sinful relationship with Israel.
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In any case, it is illogical and unethical to keep the Palestinian loaf of bread hostage to the rapacious and cannibalistic instincts of Talmudic sages who view all non-Jews as subhuman creatures whose lives have no sanctity and who have no human rights or dignity.
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It is these so fuehrers of Zionism who control rather tightly the present Israeli government of Binyamin Netanyahu.
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This throws the proverbial ball rather squarely onto the PA court.
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In addition, I believe the PA should immediately revoke the scandalous Economic Protocol of Paris which made the very lifeline of the Palestinian economy subject to   Israel’s whims and haphazard, sadistic fantasies.
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The PA regime did commit an unforgivable blunder in 1994; it is time the Ramallah leadership rectified and corrected that blunder which has cost our people dearly.
Finally, the PA and other Palestinian forces ought to do their utmost to get  friendly Arab, Muslim and other states involved in enabling our people to withstand Israeli bullying and blackmail.
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For example, the PA ought to press the new rulers of   Egypt to make the Egyptian commitment to honor and uphold  the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty subject to  Israeli treatment of the Palestinian people.
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The same thing applies to all new governments and regimes in the Arab world. This is what everyone would call smart politics.
Otherwise, the Palestinian people should wait to seeing a mere reproduction of the same futility and same failure characterizing PA performance over the years.

CAN A KISS LEAD TO PEACE?

 A diversion from reality

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According to Benetton “These are symbolic images of reconciliation – with a touch of ironic hope and constructive provocation – to stimulate reflection on how politics, faith and ideas, even when they are divergent and mutually opposed, must still lead to dialogue and mediation.”

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Benetton wants the world to UNHATE

A new campaign from Benetton recalls the brand’s controversial heyday. A series of posters features world leaders with lips locked to launch the UNHATE project

Benetton, says the accompanying press material, is inviting “the leaders and citizens of the world to combat the ‘culture of hatred'”. The UNHATE campaign is the first initiative from a new Benetton foundation of the same name, launched by Alessandro Benetton, executive deputy chairman of the Benetton Group.

A series of posters, created by Benetton’s ‘research communication centre’ Fabrica in cooperation with 72andSunny, features political and spiritual leaders kissing (shown above, The Pope and Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb, Imam of the Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo. Below, US President Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela)

According to Benetton “These are symbolic images of reconciliation – with a touch of ironic hope and constructive provocation – to stimulate reflection on how politics, faith and ideas, even when they are divergent and mutually opposed, must still lead to dialogue and mediation.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Il and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak

There is also an accompanying film by director Laurent Chanez.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qImJFg5dgTE

Plus social media activity including the Kiss Wall where users can upload images of themselves kissing.

Agency: Fabrica in cooperation with 72andSunny NL
Creative Director/Writer, 72andSunny: Carlo Cavallone
Creative Director/Designer, 72andSunny: Paulo Martins
Design Director/Partner, 72andSunny: Robert Nakata
Creative Director/ FABRICA: Erik Ravelo

Update: Following pressure from the Vatican, Benetton has reportedly withdrawn the poster featuring the Pope kissing Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb. Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi has been quoted in various sources criticising the company for exploiting the Pope’s image.

“We must express the firmest protest for this absolutely unacceptable use of the image of the Holy Father, manipulated and exploited in a publicity campaign with commercial ends,” he said. “This shows a grave lack of respect for the Pope, an offence to the feelings of believers, a clear demonstration of how publicity can violate the basic rules of respect for people by attracting attention with provocation.” Benetton has apologised.

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LATEST HAPPENINGS AT O W S ___ IN PHOTOS

‘You can’t evict an idea whose time has come’
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A day of activism was capped last night by a huge demonstration in Foley Sq. that overflowed into neighboring streets.  It was the biggest demonstration in NYC since the protests before the Iraq war about a decade ago.  Numbers of participants are being calculated in the tens of thousands.  The participants included every age, ethnicity and race.  It included unions, students, retirees, community groups, and the unemployed. While the concentration was on serious issues – economic justice, restoring democracy by the people taking control of our government away from corporations, creating jobs, and ending the wars so that the killing would stop and the billions of dollars they are costing could be spent here for the benefit the American people – spirits were very high because of the degree of solidary in the huge crowd.

 

After a rally at Foley Sq., a very large plaza surrounded by courthouses, symbols of the judicial power of the federal, state, and city governments, the mass of people started moving towards the Brooklyn Bridge.  Being thoroughly fenced in like cattle by police barricades for several hours, in an emancipating move they began knocking down the barricades surrounding them as they moved forward.  They then circled City Hall and began entering the walkway across the one mile span of the bridge chanting, “Whose bridge?  Our bridge!”.  The Rude Mechanical Orchestra provided musical accompaniment. The crowd was so large that when the front of the group crossed the bridge and then returned to the Manhattan side, a 2 mile walk, there were still participants leaving Foley Sq. who had not yet reached the bridge to make the crossing.  Meanwhile,someone with a portable projector projected “99%  OCCUPY TOGETHER” on several buildings, including City Hall.

 

While this event was planned in advance to mark the 2 month anniversary of the occupy movement, it is unlikely that it would have been this large if Bloomberg had not destroyed the encampment with such brutality at Zuccotti Park (now named Liberty Park).  It was universally seen as a cruel act by the 1% against the 99%.  This historic demonstration was meant to show that, as some signs said,  ‘You can’t evict an idea whose time has come’.

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HOW CAN ISRAEL EFFECTIVELY PREVENT PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD?

 Annex what is left of Palestinian lands….
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Israel effectively annexes Palestinian land near Jordan Valley

Separation barrier route in Kibbutz Merav area changed leaving 1,500 dunams on Israeli side; may be first transfer of Palestinian-owned land to community on sovereign Israeli territory.

Israel carried out a de facto annexation of Palestinian land northeast of the Jordan Valley and given it to Kibbutz Merav. Merav, part of the Religious Kibbutz Movement, is about seven kilometers northwest of the parcel.

The route of the separation barrier in the area was changed so that the plot in question, about 1,500 dunams (375 acres), would be on the Israeli side.


 

A tractor working Kibbutz Merav’s fields between the separation fence and the Green Line.

Photo by: Alon Ron

Israel has previously built roads on and given Palestinian land in the West Bank to Jewish settlements, but this is thought to be the first instance of Palestinian-owned land being transferred to a community on sovereign Israeli territory.

A spokesman for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Guy Inbar, confirmed that the property is in the West Bank and said, “Kibbutz Merav has been farming this land for decades.”

The issue of the land’s legal status and its transfer to Merav is clouded in mystery, and official statements have been contradictory. All efforts to locate documents explaining the situation have failed, Inbar said.

 

 

 

Map of disputed land near Kibbutz Merav.

The kibbutz is in the Emek Mayanot Regional Council, whose jurisdiction is entirely within the Green Line. In a statement, council officials said the land is beyond its jurisdiction and that the Israel Lands Administration controls land allocations to the council’s member communities.

Ofer Amar, a spokesman for the World Zionist Organization’s Jewish settlement division said the tract is classified as farmland within the Emek Mayanot Regional Council. He said the settlement division had no authority over the parcel.

Kibbutz Merav’s secretary general, David Yisrael, confirmed the kibbutz has been farming the land for years, growing field crops including corn as well as citrus fruit. He said he had a lease with the ILA for it, but refused to show it to Haaretz.

An official in the Civil Administration said Yisrael refused to show the contract to his agency, too.

ILA spokeswoman Ortal Tzabar said the ILA had no knowledge of the matter, as it does not deal with land outside sovereign Israeli territory.

“There is a straight line from plundering these 1,500 dunams to Amona, Migron and Givat Asaf, outposts that were built years later,” said Dror Etkes, director of Peace Now’s Settlements Watch Project, who detected the annexed land in aerial photographs.

If the appropriation of the Palestinian farmers’ lands in the Jordan Valley had happened now, rather than in the 1970s, Israeli civil rights groups would have prevented it, Etkes said.

“This is an example of why it so important for MK Ofir Akunis and his wacky right-wing colleagues to conceal and silence leftist organizations and turn the High Court of Justice and the media into the government’s puppets,” Etkes said.

Ashraf Madrasa, from the nearby village of Bardallah, showed Haaretz an ownership deed from 1961 for a 36-dunam tract of the land. He said the Israel Defense Forces seized the land, declared it a “military area,” drove out the owners and ordered never to return.

A number of landowners were given alternative plots belonging to “absentee” Palestinians who fled during the 1967 Six-Day War. Sami Rajab, whose family farms in the area, said that in exchange for several plots in the area he was evicted from, his father received a tract that belonged to his uncle, who emigrated to Canada.

Recently his cousin came to visit and demanded his lands back, Rajab related. “We told him he had to ask the Israeli government to give it back to him,” Rajab said.

According to international law Israel is the custodian of absentee property in the West Bank and is prohibited from giving it to settlers, not to mention to communities within Israel.

In an opinion issued in 1997, the Civil Administration’s legal adviser said: “The Custodian of Absentee Property in the West Bank is nothing but a trustee looking after the property so it is not harmed while the owners are absent from the area … the custodian may not make any transaction regarding the asset that conflicts with the obligation to safeguard the asset as stated, especially his obligation to return the asset to the owner upon his return to the region.”

The state comptroller wrote in a 2004 report that thousands of dunams of privately-owned Palestinian lands were given to Israeli communities in the Jordan Valley in the 1960s and 1970s, according to ILA and Custodian of Absentee Property documents.

The ILA continued “these allocations, defined in the above documents as apparently illegal, after that as well,” he wrote.

UPDATES FROM THE OWS ENCAMPMENTS

The encampments have been turned into concentration camps …
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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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ANTI- ZIONISM IS ‘OUTRAGEOUS’ … (HOPEFULLY CONTAGEOUS)

Kudos to the Irish! They know from first hand experience what oppression is and have been fighting against it for decades. Finally, one of the biggest aggressors responded with an accusation claiming that Ireland is the most hostile country in Europe ….
Seems to me that they are one of the few countries in Europe against hostility as can be seen in the report that follows…
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‘Ireland most hostile country in Europe’

Foreign Ministry accuses Irish government of inciting against Israel. Dublin City Council sponsors display presenting IDF soldiers as ‘Nazi troops’ abusing Palestinians

Hatred of Israel reaches new levels in Ireland: An outrageous anti-Israel display was held over the weekend on Dublin’s main pedestrian street, presenting IDF soldiers as Nazi troops.

As part of the display, sponsored by the Dublin City Council, a group of pro-Palestinian activists set up a model of the separation fence and an IDF roadblock.

The activists dressed up as soldiers and beat, humiliated and pointed their weapons at other activists dressed as Palestinians, in front of thousands of Irish citizens and tourists.

The display joins accusations voiced against Israel at the Irish parliament last week, on the backdrop of claims that Israel “kidnapped”, abused and undressed Irish nationals who took part in a Gaza-bound flotilla stopped by the Israeli army recently. Israel has strongly denied the accusations. But that’s not all. A Facebook group launched about two months ago called for heavy rocks to be thrown at the Israeli Embassy building in Dublin. Anti-Israel elements recently vandalized a Dublin auditorium slated to host a concert by Israeli singer Izhar Ashdot. The Facebook accounts of Israeli Embassy officials have been attacked by Irish hackers and, in addition, anti-Israeli elements are attempting to disrupt an Israeli film festival organized by the embassy in Dublin next week. “The Irish government is feeding its people with anti-Israel hatred,” an Israeli official argued. “What we are seeing here is clear anti-Semitism.” Foreign Ministry sources said Ireland had undoubtedly become the most hostile country to Israel in the European Union, “pushing all of Europe’s countries to a radical and uncompromising approach.”According to the sources, when Israeli Ambassador Boaz Modai arrived in Dublin, one of Ireland’s leading newspapers greeted him with an article titled, “Welcome to hell.” 

The officials voiced their concern that the pressures would lead to the cancellation of the Israeli film festival.

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FROM SELMA TO JERUSALEM

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There was a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian freedom riders at the busy West 96th St. subway station in NYC.  Some of the participants were freedom riders in the 60’s who went to the southern segregated states to join with people there who were working for racial equality. Today they join in the fight against apartheid in Israel.
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10 THINGS SARAH PALIN WOULD HAVE DONE AT WALL STREET IF SHE WERE PRESIDENT

10 Reasons Why The New York Police Evicted the Occupy Wall Street Protesters

Two nights ago, hundreds of New York police officers in riot gear entered Zucotti Park in Lower Manhattan where the Occupy Wall Street protesters had been camping for weeks, and forcefully evicted the protesters, injuring and arresting some of them in process.  The protesters have already received a court order allowing them to return, and are now back in the park.  Still, here are the reasons why NYPD decided to evict the Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zucotti Park.

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1)  City officials decided to show concern for health and safety of protesters by having the police beat up and arrest them.

2)  It turned out that the “We are the 99%” movement did not actually have that much popular support: a statistical research showed that the 99% of the 99% are not really concerned that the 1% own and earn much more than they do, because they are confident that very soon they will also become a part of the 1%.  The 98% of those 99% then proceeded to buy a lottery ticket.

3)  The top 1% of the city administration finally lost 99% of their patience.

4)  The NYPD wanted to provide the opportunity for the Occupy Wall Street movement to branch out into the “Occupy Prison” movement.  Occupy Prison!  Because just 1% of all people commit 40% of all the crimes!

5)  For two months, the protesters have not been able to agree on a single agenda, other than wanting to camp out for free in Manhattan.

6)  The city administration had been counting on the promised End Of Days, scheduled for October 21, 2011, to work out the protester problem, as well as many other city issues, such as crime and budget deficit.

7)  After weeks of standing still, the police officers decided that they needed some exercise, and it would be good for Occupiers too.   After all, what kind of movement is that if it does not move anywhere?

8 )  According to the New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the park is required to be open for passive recreation 24 hours a day.  However, in Mayor’s opinion, lying around in tents and sleeping bags just was not passive enough.

9)  NYPD simply organized a counter-protest to the Occupy Wall Street movement, called the Free Wall Street movement.

10)  The Wall Street complained to the United Nation about the oppressive occupation and illegal settlements in the Zucotti park which they consider historically their territory, and asked for a member-state status in the UN – and why not, since they own most of the USA anyway.

 

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A FREEDOM RIDER’S ODYSSEY

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Honored as a Freedom Rider

Prepared by Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
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I was honored to be a freedom rider and it was team effort at its best (those who rode and the many who worked behind the scenes).  Two other Palestinians were also arrested with us who were there as a reporters/observers not participants. All eight of us were released eventually pending potential trials. Fajr kindly gave us a ride to the edge of Beit Sahour from Ramallah (we were released at Qalandia checkpoint) where my wife met us there with my car and then she and I gave a ride to Nadim and Badi’ to Hebron.  I thus arrived home at 1:30 AM and the phones started ringing again at 7 AM.  I am extremely tired and with a headache but wanted to send you a brief report and links to stories about this amazing and inspiring experience. While released, we are still charged with “illegal entry to Jerusalem” and with “obstructing police business” pending potential trial. 

This was one of the most heavily covered media events I ever participated in.  It was also streamed live on the internet and nearly 100,000 people signed a petition of support for us freedom riders (https://secure.avaaz.org/en/palestine_freedom_riders/?aerQkcb). Thus, I do not need to write to you in detail about how three buses refused to let us board and then one driver (who later told journalists he did not know what was going on otherwise would have also refused) allowed us on the bus and what happened on and off the bus.  Below are some links to stories published that give you a taste of this. Note especially the signs that we carried and showed before we rode the bus and from the windows of the bus (I am the one with the “DIGNITY” sign).  Perhaps I will write more personally when my mind is clearer and I have had some sleep. But there are two anecdotes that happened that are kind of unusual and funny and in some way worth telling while they are fresh in my mind:

-They took me to the Shabak (“Israeli intelligence”) guy before they took me to the investigator for the bus issue.  The Shabak guy did not ask me about the bus at all.  He introduced himself as head of the Shabak area of Ramallah (and previously of Nablus and Jenin).  He asked me if I was abroad recently.  I said yes.  He said what happened when you came back.  I said I was interrogated at the bridge.  He said “come-on interrogating is a big word”. I said I do not know what else to call an 8 hour delay including 2 hours of actual questioning.  He said what else they told you.  I said that the interrogation would continue and that there is a captain “Suhail” or “Suhaib” or something like that who will call me later.  He said that that it is him and his name is “Shihab”!  I said “well then maybe we will save another visit”! He told me that is not likely as I seem to continue to “cause problems and violate laws”. I said there is something called international laws and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Denial of freedom of movement and entry to Jerusalem while allowing colonial settlers to live on our land and have freedom to travel in and out of Jerusalem on segregated buses is a violation of the International Convention Against the Crime of Apartheid. We also engaged in a political discussion and I explained about why Israel now has no incentive for peace (the three main sources of income for it would all dry up if there is peace) and my views of a democratic, pluralistic country for its entire people.

-One young Ashkenazi soldier was very arrogant and even called me “Professor Teez” (Teez is arabic for “ass”).  We all (freedom riders) laughed it off and I told him that I did not insult him and that when someone insults me they demean themselves first.   When he repeated it after my interrogation by the Shabak, I stood up and confronted him and the Druz officer intervened and the soldier moved away. There were other incidents with other people similar showing that our collective attitude was strong, defiant, and resilient.  We all had Palestinian Kuffiyyas and kept wearing them.  Fadi even wrapped himself in the Palestinian flag the whole time except when they did the full body search.  We have some video from inside the compound which I will share later.

I came out to find the news that the Zionist mayor of New York Mike Bloomberg ordered the clearing out of the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters for now; a very important protest *.  But my reading of history and trends tell me that the global intifada will only accelerate as a result of repression by the powers to be.

Freedom Riders odyssey:
http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=245717 (there is a picture here of me being taken off of the bus)

*Arundhati Roy: Occupy Wall Street is “So Important Because It is in the Heart of Empire”

THE OCCUPIERS FIGHT BACK ~~ PHOTOS FROM THE SCENE

HELL NO, WE WON’T GO!
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I saw a young man who I knew was one of the people who had participated in the Freedom Flotilla to break the blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza and asked him what he thought would happen next.  He replied that it would be like the flotillas, we will try again and again until we succeed.
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One of the groups of evicted Zuccotti folks were at Canal St. & 6th Ave. this morning.  There were about 300-400 people there, a few still wearing pajamas, occupiers and allies, trying to get into a fenced area while many police looked on and arrested anyone that managed to climb into it  including a woman in a wheelchair.  By then the streets were passable, the Brooklyn Bridge was open again, the subways were stopping in the Zuccotti area, Broadway had reopened, and the helicopters were no longer circling the skies.  Everyone decided to go back to Zuccotti Park.   

The crowd marched  along Canal St.  Cars and trucks beeped their horns in approval and gave them thumbs up.  Once they reached Broadway they spread out into the street.  They chanted, “Whose streets, our streets”, “This is a peaceful demonstration” and “We are the 99% and so are you” as they pointed to on-lookers.

The police didn’t object and held up traffic for them.  However, as they reached City Hall there was a line of police on motorcycles which forced them onto the sidewalk.  Some police went to vans to take out their riot gear and put it on.  There was no visible reason for this.  The occupiers were walking on the sidewalk .  Many were carrying copies of the judge’s order that was issued early this morning banning the police from doing exactly what they had done.  As we walked one person sadly told me how their beautiful library containing 10,000 books, all arranged by subject and donated by friends of the occupation, had been trashed and dumped into garbage compactors. Needless destruction. One person compared it to “Crystalnacht” in Germany just before WWII.  Another commented that the police acted with military precision and she asked if they were now the subject of the War on Terror. 

When we got to Zuccotti the park was empty.  What hours before was teeming with vitality and hope was now devoid of any sign of humanity.  A sad sight. Occupiers, friends, and allies were not allowed in and, in fact, could barely get near it.  It was ringed by layer after layer of police.  The area was very crowded and many found themselves eyeball-to-eyeball with the police.  Some told the police they should be ashamed of themselves. The city had gone to court to appeal the injunction – a decision would be reached by 4 o’clock. Lively discussions were going on.  Everyone said their work would go on but this may have been the ‘end of the beginning’ of the process.  I saw a young man who I knew was one of the people who had participated in the Freedom Flotilla to break the blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza and asked him what he thought would happen next.  He replied that it would be like the flotillas, we will try again and again until we succeed.

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Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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Enjoy the sounds of the past …. and the present!

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JEWISH SUPPORT OF THE OCCUPATON (AT WALL STREET)

Thank goodness not all Jews pay attention to the likes of the Foxmans or Becks …. some actually care about defamation and are doing something about it.
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Jewish Protesters Blast Occupy Eviction

150 Demonstrators Arrested in Late-Night Raid on Park

Get Out! Police confront demonstrators at the Occupy Wall Street protest in lower Manhattan.
getty images Get Out! Police confront demonstrators at the Occupy Wall Street protest in lower Manhattan.

Jewish demonstrators blasted authorities for clearing the Occupy Wall Street protest, saying Mayor Michael Bloomberg betrayed Jewish values by ordering the late-night raid.

“We are outraged by Mayor Bloomberg’s contempt for the rights of American citizens and his use of public health and safety to justify beating and macing nonviolent protesters,” said Daniel Sieradski, who organized Jewish religious observances at the protest site. “The mayor’s actions reflect neither Jewish, nor American, nor human values.”

Demonstrators vowed to retake the protest site Tuesday afternoon but a judge ruled they could not camp out at Zuccotti Park.

An estimated 1,000 baton-wielding police officers descended on Zuccotti Park around 1 am Tuesday. Within a couple of hours, they had cleared protesters out of the lower Manhattan park where they have been for several weeks.

After ordering demonstrators to leave, police moved into the park, followed by Sanitation workers who cleared tents and sleeping bags.

Several dozen protesters refused to leave, shouting, “Whose park? Our park!” Police arrested an estimated 150 people, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told the Associated Press.

There were no reported injuries and the operation ended without the widespread clashes that marked similar police actions in other cities such as Portland, Ore., and Oakland, Calif.

Jewish protesters, who dub themselves Occupy Judaism, said the police action would not succeed in stopping the movement.

“You cannot evict an idea thats time has come,” Sieradski said. “You cannot evict 99% of America. You cannot evict 99% of humanity.”

By daybreak, the park was entirely cleared of protesters. Authorities said demonstrators would be allowed to return at some point, without tents and sleeping gear.

 

Daniel Sieradski
Daniel Sieradski

 

Many protestors regrouped in Foley Square a few blocks away, but it was unclear if any decision had been made about what to do next. Another group linked arms outside City Hall, which is also nearby.

Protesters obtained an early morning court order that apparently permits them to return to the park, which is near the World Trade Center site and close to the Financial District.

Hundreds were marching there in hopes of restoring the protest, but police vowed not to allow them to set up a permanent camp.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a statement in which he asserted the need to balance the right of free speech with public safety and health concerns.

“The occupation was coming to pose a health and fire safety hazard to the protestors and to the surrounding community,” Bloomberg said.

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EARLY PHOTOS OF THE WALL STREET POGROM

FASCISM CAUGHT ON FILM
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Zuccotti Park was empty and clean on Tuesday morning.
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Some of the evicted protesters reconvened in Foley Square.
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Once inside the park, officers tore down the tents and tarps.
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Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, center, coordinated officers.
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Protest organizers said they planned to “shut down Wall Street.”
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Protesters initially resisted with chants of “Whose park? Our park!”
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A New York City police officer scuffled with protesters on Tuesday
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The police department said nearly 200 people were arrested.
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Police said the park would be “cleared and restored”
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Police officers scuffled with protesters.
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Protesters embraced after being removed from the park.
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Officers monitored protesters who relocated to Foley Square
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A protester slept at Foley Square on Tuesday.
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See early reports HERE

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