Cultural resistance, consciousness, and Palestinian existence
Since its inception Israel has taken great pains to destroy all signs of Palestinian culture and target Palestinians who chose cultural production as their method of resistance. Edward Said explained "Culture is a way of fighting against extinction and obliteration", and it is basic to colonial policy to present the colonized as primitive, backward and uncultured.
By Salim Vally [Links International Journal] April 2009 - There are moments in modern history when particular struggles galvanise millions around the world to act in solidarity.
This occurred during the Spanish Civil War, the struggle of the Vietnamese people against US imperialism and the liberation struggles of Southern Africa. The time has now come for progressive humanity to cut through the obfuscations, canards and calumnies and meaningfully support the resistance of the Palestinian people.
Omar Barghouti is an activist and writer based in Palestine. He was one of the early advocates of a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions strategy against Israel's occupation and apartheid policies. He was one of the headline speakers of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2009. I interviewed him in Toronto on March 2, 2009.
Rahela Mizrahi, [Electronic Intifada] , 1 April 2009 - When schools under the United Nations flag are targeted, when children are targeted, when a whole population is systematically deprived of food and water, sanitation and electricity, the various UN agencies affected should not be content with protest alone -- they should live up to their responsibility by taking action.
Naomi Klein and Rabbi Arthur Waskow debate whether divestment will bring peace to the Middle East.
By Joel Bleifuss - In These Times
At the height of the war in Gaza, author Naomi Klein endorsed the
campaign known as Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). A coalition
of Palestinian groups founded the BDS movement on July 9, 2005, as a
way for the international community to put pressure on Israel to reach
a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.
By Eileen Fleming [Countercurrents.org] 24 March, 2009 - The Global Week of Action; a call for BDS/Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions begins March 28th through April 4, 2009. March 30, 2009 will commemorate the 33rd annual Land Day nonviolent solidarity demonstrations and actions in Palestine and the diaspora.
Tony Karon [The National] 22 March 2009 - In one of her last acts as US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice had
Nelson Mandela’s name removed from America’s terrorist watch list. Many
Americans were shocked to learn that their favourite former political
prisoner had ever been deemed a terrorist.
Who said nearly 50 years ago that Israel was an Apartheid State?
by Ronnie Kasrils "...a colonial racist mentality which rationalised the genocide of the indigenous peoples of the Americas and Australasia, in Africa from Namibia to the Congo and elsewhere, most clearly has its parallels in Palestine."