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Genocide Memorial Day 2010
Marking the anniversary of the Gaza massacre and its fallen victims, the Islamic Human Rights Commission organised Genocide Memorial Day. A day to remember man's inhumanity to man, to commemorate genocides and genocidal acts throughout history, and to make a commitment to prevent further acts of genocide.
Amongst the speakers were Massoud Shadjareh (IHRC), Ramdeep Ramesh (Indian War of Independence 1857), Hasan Nuhanovic (Srebrenica Genocide), Lee Jasper (Transatlantic Slave Trade), Ward Churchill (Genocide of the Indigenous Americans), Rabbi Beck (Nazi Holocaust survivor), Sameh Habeeb (Gaza) and Imam Achmad Cassiem (Modernity, Genocide and Genocidal Acts)
Our report includes full video of all the speakers and special featured articles on "Genocide of the Indigenous Americans", "African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas" and "Lessons from the Warsaw Ghetto".
Israel, the Palestinians and Apartheid: The Case for Sanctions and Boycott
On 4th December 2009, the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) and SOAS Palestine Society organised a public meeting putting forward the case for sanctions and boycott of Israel.
Amongst the speakers were several from the South African struggle against apartheid including Ronnie Kasrils - former minister in Nelson Mandela’s ANC government and Bongani Masuku - International Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
Other speakers included Omar Barghouti from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), Steven Rose of BRICUP, Yasmin Khan from War on Want, and Tarek Mustafa from Egypt's first independent trade union.
Report included full streaming video and mp3 podcast.
Who Profits from Israel's Occupation?
On 19 November 2009 the London School of Economics (LSE) hosted a seminar on "Israel's Occupation of Palestine: Who profits and who doesn't". It featured two activists from Israel.
Salwa Alenat - a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship, reported on the abuse of Palestinian workers in the Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Dr Dalit Baum runs the research project 'Who Profits from the Occupation' which exposes the companies profiting from the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
Report included full streaming video and mp3 podcast.
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SPECIAL REPORT: AL-QUDS DAY 2009
A special report from this years Al-Quds Day demonstration in London (13 September 2009).
Includes 26min video of the London Al-Quds Day!
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SPECIAL REPORT: AL-QUDS DAY 2008
A special report from last years Al-Quds Day demonstration in London (28 September 2008). Includes full video and mp3 audio of all the speeches plus summary transcipts and and lots of photos.
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Also, a report on "Fascists attack Al-Quds demonstration".
SPECIAL REPORT: Carmel Agrexco
Valentines Day Action
7 Feb 2009
Agrexco funding apartheid
Carmel Agrexco, owned by the Israeli government, is responsible for importing 60-70% of all produce grown on stolen Palestinian land in the illegal Israeli settlements (flowers constitute 17% of this). On the Saturday before Valentines Day, the busiest period for flower sales, activists targeted Carmel Agrexcos main depot (and HQ) near Heathrow Airport.
A 38 min film captures the day, also included is a photo report.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Zionist Rally Counter-Demo
11 Jan 2009
Israeli passport burnt
Whilst Israel was slaughtering children in Gaza the Board of Deputies of British Jews - the voice of Israel in the UK, held a rally in support of Israel. No matter how it was dressed up, it was nothing less that the celebration of genocide. A particularly ugly and shameful event couldn't go unchallenged, the Islamic Human Rights Commission organised a counter-demo to oppose it. At the counter-demo an anti-zionist rabbi burnt his Israeli passport in disgust.
The photo-report includes videos of the demo, speeches and passport burning.
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SPECIAL REPORT: "Open Gaza Border Now!" Demo outside Egyptian Embassy in London,
2 Jan 2009
In London on 2nd January people demonstrated outside the Egyptian Embassy to show their disgust at Mubarak’s role in the on-going genocide of the Palestinians in Gaza and to demand the opening of the Rafah crossing. Report includes photos and streaming video of demo and speech by George Galloway (2 Jan 2009).
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SPECIAL REPORT: "End Gaza Slaughter" Demo 28 Dec 2008
On 27th December Israel started its genocidal bombing of Gaza, with in a few hours over 250 people had been slaughtered. An emergency demonstration was arranged for the next day outside the Israeli Embassy in London. Report includes photos and streaming video of short speeches by George Galloway and Yvonne Ridley (28 Dec 2008).
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RAMADAN CAMPAIGN: BOYCOTT ISRAELI DATES
Medjool Dates produced in the illegal
Israeli settlements in the West Bank
Did you know that every Ramadan Europes Muslims are unknowingly bankrolling the suffering of their brothers and sisters in Palestine?
Every year at Ramadan Israel especially produces an early crop of dates in time for Ramadan which with the collaboration of Muslim shops serving the Muslim community in this country it sells to Muslims who unaware break their fasts with stolen dates - grown on land stolen from the Palestinians, making a mockery of their faith – their act of worship in opening their fast is perverted in to financing the suffering of their brothers and sisters in Palestine who are starving this Ramadan caged behind apartheid walls.
How can this be, and what can we do about it?
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SPECIAL REPORT: Lebanon Resistance and Liberation Day 2008
Celebrating the liberation of Southern Lebanon by Hizbullah from a brutal 22 years Israeli occupation. Report includes streaming video of speeches by George Galloway and Mayor of Saida (Sidon) Dr Abdul Rahman Bizri (24 May 2008).
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SPECIAL REPORT: "World Against War" rally in London 15 March 2008
A special report from the recent Stop the War rally in London (15 March 2008).
Includes full video and mp3 audio of all the speeches plus summary transcipts and and lots of photos.
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SPECIAL REPORT: "End the Siege of Gaza" Protest 9 Feb 2008
A special report from the recent "End the Siege of Gaza" protest in London (9 February 2008).
Includes a 7 minute video and lots of photos.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Al-Quds Day 2007
A special report from this years Al-Quds Day demonstration in London (7 October 2007).
Full mp3 audio from all the speeches is included, as is photos from the rally. We also have a special 41 minute video report of this years Al-Quds Day!
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Al-Quds Day 2006
A special report from last years Al-Quds Day demonstration in London (22 October 2006).
Full mp3 audio from all the speeches is included, as is photos from the rally. We also have a report "Al-Quds Day around the world" from over 20 countries.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Enough Occupation Rally, London, 9 June 2007
Special report from the "Enough Occupation: 40th Anniversary of the Occupation of large parts of Palestine" Demonstration & Rally in London.
We include full mp3 audio and summary transcripts of all the speeches; and over 70 photos from the rally.
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COMPANIES TO BOYCOTT
- AOL Time Warner
Time Life magazine, CNN, ICQ
- Apax Partners
Jonny Rockets, Sunglass Hut.
- Arsenal Football Club
Fruitopia, Fanta, Kia Orange, Lilt, Sprite, Sunkist..
HP foods, Evian, Volvic, Jacob
- Delta Galil
Hema, Barbie, Carrefour, Auchan, Tchibo, Victoria's Secret, GAP, Banana Republic, Structure, J-Crew, JC Penny, Pryca, DIM, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Playtex, cK, Hugo Boss, M&S
- Estée Lauder
Aramis, Clinique, DKNY, Prescriptives, Origins, MAC, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Tommy Hilfiger, Jane, Donna Karan, Aveda, Stila, Jo Malone, Bumble & Bumble, Kate Spade
- Home Depot
Villager's Hardware, Georgia Lighting, Apex Supply, EXPO Design Centres
- Johnson & Johnson
Kleenex, Kotex, Huggies, Andrex
- Lewis Trust Group
River Island, Isrotel hotels, Britannia Pacific
- The Limited Inc
Express stores, Lerner New York, Structure, New York & Company, Mast Industries, Intimate Brands, Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, White Barn Candle Company, Henri Bendel
Giorgio Armani, Redken 5th Avenue, Lancome Paris, Vichy, Cacharel, La Roche-Posay, Garnier, Biotherm, Helena Rubinstein, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren, Carson
- Marks & Spencer
Nescafé, Perrier, Vittel, Pure Life, Carnation, Libby's, Milkmaid, Nesquik, Maggi, Buitoni, Cross & Blackwell, KitKat, Milkybar, Quality Street, Smarties, After Eight, Aero, Polo, Lion, Felix cat food, L'Oréal
- News Corporation
TV: Fox, Sky, Star, Phoenix, Granada, CNBC. UK newspapers: Standard Newspaper, News of the World, The Sun, The Times. Australian Newspapers: The Telegraph , Gold Coast Bulletin, Herald Sun, Independent, Sunday Mail. US newspapers: New York Post. Publishers: Harper Collins Ragan, Zondervan, National Geographical. Nursery World, Rawkus, NDS, Mushroom Records, ChinaByte.com, Festival Records
New World Entertainment, Forbes
- Sara Lee
Hanes, Playtex, Champion, Leggs, Douwe Egberts, Bryan, DIM, Ambi Pur, Bali, Superior Coffee, Just My Size, Kiwi, Maison Cafe, Nur die, Pilao, Lovable, Outer Banks, Wonderbra, Sanex, Pickwick, Gossard, Body Mist, Brylcreem, Aqua Velva, Radox
Seattle Coffee, Pasqua, Hear Music, Tazo
"Each riyal, dirham …etc. used to buy their goods eventually becomes bullets to be fired at the hearts of brothers and children in Palestine.. To buy their goods is to support tyranny, oppression and aggression." -Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
DIRECT ACTION - PICKETING
An Egyptian lady said to me, during last weeks picket, that she was afraid for us picketers, she was afraid of what M&S or the Zionist might do. I think what she really meant was that we weren’t aware of the power the Zionists have. On the contrary, I think we all know how much power they have; they have as much power as we choose to give them. The plague of powerlessness that has gripped the Muslim ummah, has plunged people into a state of complacency and appeasement that goes against all our Islamic beliefs. Its’ time for all of us to pull ourselves out of that state.
Sister Alaa's Picket Diary
Picketing is a form of public protest that aims to draw attention to the realities of Palestinian suffering by exposing those that help to sustain it. It embarrasses those shoppers that know they shouldn't be shopping there, informs those shoppers that are not aware of the moral objections. The companies themselves become aware of the protests and news of pickets goes all the way to the top.
Picketing M&S in Nottingham
- A to Z of Picketing - A guide to what you need to know about organising and sustaining pickets, legal considerations as well as details about existing pickets and how to join them.
- Picket Diary - Activists share their experiences on the picket lines at M&S - Read their Diary - be inspired in to action!
- Other Direct Action - A look at other forms of direct action that activists have initiated - see whats possible with a little bit of creativity.
Marks & Spencers shop front in Brighton defaced to read
"Dont Support Apartheid - Boycott Marks & Spencers"
CULTURAL BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL
While Israeli artists have the freedom to express themselves and exhibit freely around the world, the artistic talent of Palestine is crushed by illegal occupation and apartheid, curfew, imprisonment and attack, in refugee camps and exile.
Mural class at Al-Rowwad before
soldiers destroyed the kids paints
The soldiers destroyed our animation cameras, which were rented. They destroyed computers. They destroyed video. They ... I will not say they stole them, but some of our equipment has disappeared. We have losses around $12,000. They even emptied the tubes of paint all over the place...
Al-Rowwad Palestinian Childrens Art Centre ransacked and looted by Israeli soldiers, 28 May 2002
Inad theatre specialises in working
with children to help provide an
alternative outlet for expression
We still hope that no more damages will occur to our beloved theatre, because we have worked very hard for it. Inad Theatre has been bombed over nine times since the beginning of the bombardment on Beit Jala. Each time more and more damage has been done...
Shortly after this communique, on 20th Feb 2001, Inad theatre on the West Bank was shelled again, this time the building was too badly damaged to continue as a theatre.
- Cultural Boycott of Israel - Includes information on upcoming cultural events featuring israeli participation - target details with sample letters, etc
SPORTS BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL
Sports is one of the few realms in which the international community fully recognises the Palestinian state. Perhaps its for this reason that Israel seems to have particularly targeted Palestinian sports.
Israel has made it impossible with its blockades, checkpoints and travel restrictions for Palestinian sportsmen and women to even meet together to practice as a team - the first time the players of women’s football team all met each other was in Jordon at an international match!
In addition, Israel destroys or prevents access to the very limited training facilities available on the occupied territories. Last April (2006) FIFA condemned the israeli direct strike on Gaza Stadium which it deemed was "without any reason".
Activists picket the Football Association in Soho Square in protest at the England vs Israel Euro 2008 qualifying match (24 Mar 2007)
Israel routinely prevent Palestinian sportsmen from attending international sports competitions. In 2004 five players were prevented from travelling to the World Cup qualifier game against Uzbekistan - as a result Palestine failed to qualify.
Those players who had managed to attend the Uzbekistan match were punished on their return - after crossing from the Egyptian border to return to Rafah - a distance of just 100 metres took them 40 hours due to israeli checkpoints! Then upon reaching his home, Ziad Al Kourd discovered his house in the Gaza Strip town of Deir al-Balah had been demolished by the Israeli army! Earlier the israelis had killed Palestine's talented midfielder Tarek al-Quto in the West Bank.
Poster of 11 year old Ali who was shot dead
by an israeli army sniper on 18 June 2001.
He bled to death on the football field where
he was playing football with his friends
when the sniper struck.
Even the children are not spared. A disproportionably high number of Palestinian children are shot whilst playing football.
All of this whilst Israeli sportsmen and women travel freely around the world to compete in any competition they choose, without any regard or responsibility for what their country is doing to the Palestinians. Its not surprising then to discover that following the Jenin massacre the israeli football team visiting Scotland were practically all serving soldiers, no doubt wanting a break after the dirty massacre.
The sports boycott exists as a way to express people's growing outrage over Israeli occupation and war crimes and the world community's failure to act.
Direct Action - activists invade the pitch during a Leyton Orient Vs Maccabi Tel Aviv football match (31 July 2002)
Its a peaceful means of putting international pressure on the state of Israel. If politicians won't act people must!
Nevin Kleib of the Palestinian national women's soccer team. Due to the israeli checkpoints and apartheid wall the national team cannot access the soccer field which is just 18 miles away, and are forced to play on an improvised concrete field. The first time they played on grass was at an overseas championship match.
Due to a string of stringent Israeli military checkpoints opportunities for the entire national team to play together are extremely rare. The team can meet and play together only at overseas championships.
The first such opportunity came last year at the West Asian women's football championship in Jordan. "It was a strange experience," recalls their coach Hilal, "the team playing a game together without even knowing each other's names."
Christian Science Monitor,
4 Dec 2006
- Sports Boycott of Israel - Includes information on upcoming sportsevents featuring israeli participation - target details with sample letters, etc
World soccer's governing body (FIFA) said it was considering action [against Israel] over the air strike.. which left a large crater in the centre of the main football stadium in Gaza. The IDF has acknowledged that the stadium was specifically targeted to "send a strong message to the Palestinian people.."
Jerusalem Post, 7 April 2006
Gaza football stadium pitch destroyed in targeted israeli air strike
Iran's double gold olympic champion, Arash Miresmaeili, favourite for the 2004 olympics - he forfeited his gold medal for boycotting Israel. Then he was threatened with sanctions from the International Judo Federation but he stood his ground:
Although I have trained for months and am in shape, I refused to face my Israeli rival in sympathy with the oppressed Palestinian people . . . I am not upset about the decision I have made.
- A truly honourable sportsman
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"Its important to choose a strategy that doesn't end up diverting attention from the issue.. the other side wants nothing more than to divert attention from what the record shows, what the human rights record shows, what the UN record and so forth - they don't want to talk about that because once they start talking about that they loose. They'd rather talk about anti-Semitism, the Nazi holocaust - anything accept Israel and Palestine. With that in mind you have to be careful that you don't embark on a tactic which is going to end up diverting people from Israel-Palestine.. You don't' want to choose grey areas, you always want to choose black and white areas where there is no room for discussion, where there is no room for debate. This is black and white: World Court decision [wall and settlements illegal] 14 to 1. Human rights issues - Amnesty says Israel tortures, Human Rights Watch says Israel tortures, B'Tselem says Israel tortures, everyone says it - its black and white. And the other side has to end up with some ridiculous proposition as Professor Dershowitz put it 'they're all lying'."
Academic scholar, author of 'Beyond Chutzpah - On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History'
Worshop on the best strategy to help the Palestinians pt2 (QA), FOSIS Jan 2008 [87min / 33Mb]
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