Posts made in April, 2018

Tell Congress: Support human rights, hold Israel accountable

Posted on Apr 20, 2018

APRIL 2018

Protests in Gaza are being met with lethal force by the Israeli military.  At least 28 Palestinians have been killed and over 1600 wounded by Israeli forces since March 30, according to an April 17 press release from UN human rights experts who said, “’security forces continue to use live ammunition and rubber bullets against the protesters, killing and wounding dozens of mostly unarmed protesters, women, men and children alike.’”

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American Palestinian to Sail “The Liberty” in honor of the USS Liberty and his Mother

Posted on Apr 18, 2018

Nabil Amra will captain “The Liberty” as one of 19 sailors in the 2018 Golden Globe Race who will travel 30,000 miles alone and without outside assistance for about nine months replicating a 1968 race that ended with one finisher.

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Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza

Posted on Apr 14, 2018

Uri Avnery
April 14, 2018

WRITE DOWN: I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief.We don’t belong to the same army, or to the same state. We hardly belong to the same human race.

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My great-grandfather saved Jews during the Holocaust. Now I’m in jail for refusing to enlist in the IDF

Posted on Apr 13, 2018

Matan Helman and Ayelet Brachfeld. (Courtesy of Mesarvot)

Matan Helman and Ayelet Brachfeld. (Courtesy of Mesarvot)

Helman says his family’s history of resistance to oppression inspired his decision to refuse to enlist in the Israeli army.

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Support B’tselem: Tell Israeli soldiers not to shoot into crowds of unarmed civilians

Posted on Apr 8, 2018

 

TikkunB’tselem, the Israeli Human Rights Organization, has called for Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to shoot into a crowd of unarmed civilians. The Israeli government justifies its killing of demonstrators last Friday and its intent to do so again this Friday by claiming that there are violence seekers among the crowd, and that some threw molotov cocktails toward the separation wall. Yet this is no excuse to kill innocent civilians. Intentionally shooting and killing nonviolent protestors is inhumane and inexcusable. We face this problem in U.S. peace and justice demonstrations when a few people smash windows or throw rocks at police. It is often very difficult to restrain them, and some have been identified as undercover police agents trying to discredit our otherwise non-violent movement.

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B’Tselem urges soldiers to refuse to shoot protestors in Gaza: Shooting unarmed protestors is illegal, and a command to do so is a grossly illegal command

Posted on Apr 4, 2018


April 4, 2018 – Tomorrow (Thursday) B’Tselem will launch a campaign entitled “Sorry, Sir, I can’t shoot”. The campaign will include newspaper advertisements clarifying to soldiers that they must refuse to open fire on unarmed demonstrators. The organization is taking this unusual step following last Friday’s events, when soldiers used live fire against unarmed demonstrators. Of at least 17 Palestinians killed that day, 12 were killed at the protests. Hundreds more were injured by live gunfire.

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Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP): Participating in Non-violent Border Demonstrations Is Not an Act of Terrorism

Posted on Apr 4, 2018

Washington, D.C. – April 4, 2018 – The Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) use of live fire to suppress unarmed civilian demonstrators along the Gaza border on Friday, March 30 and over the weekend, constitutes unwarranted and excessive use of military force condemnable under international law. Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) denounces the violence, which resulted in 18 fatalities and more than 1,400 casualties, at least 750 of which were from live fire. We fully affirm the right of the Palestinian people to engage in nonviolent resistance.

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Stand with Bernie for Palestinians’ Right to Protest Without Being Shot

Posted on Apr 4, 2018

change.orgCNN reported that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders criticized the Israeli military’s violent response to recent protests in Gaza, which resulted in at least 17 Palestinians being killed and more than 1,400 injured. Senator Sanders said: “It is the right of all people to protest for a better future without a violent response.” He added: “Meanwhile, the situation in Gaza remains a humanitarian disaster. The US must play a more positive role in ending the Gaza blockade and helping Palestinians and Israelis build a future that works for all.”

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As Palestinian Christians flee Gaza, priest expresses grave concern

Posted on Apr 1, 2018

Children amid devastated buildings in Gaza. Credit: Shareef Sarhan/CRS.

Children amid devastated buildings in Gaza. Credit: Shareef Sarhan/CRS

By María Ximena Rondón

Gaza City, Apr 10, 2018 / 12:02 am (ACI Prensa).- In the past six years the number of Christians in the Gaza Strip has plummeted from 4,500 to just 1,000, due to the harsh conditions under which they are living, according to the pastor of the territory’s sole Catholic church.

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