Posts Tagged ‘Israel’

Organizers Successfully Block ZIM Ship From Entering Port of Oakland

August 21, 2014

My dear friend Reem Assil from AROC, organizers from the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and people throughout the Bay Area who support the Palestinian cause successfully blocked the ZIM ship from entering the Port of Oakland. Here is a beautiful short video of the amazing demonstration that happened in Oakland.

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Long Live Ella Baker

November 13, 2013

Today is the birthday and death anniversary of one of the most famous unsung heroes in our country. Ella Baker. She would have been 110 years old. Today is her 27th death anniversary. Ella Baker was the type of revolutionary that understood that the movement is not about being the one who gets more exposure or the person that everyone talks about. She was all about the people. She was the type of revolutionary who dedicated her life to the struggle of human rights, the type of person that clearly understood that one doesn’t have to get the limelight to fight for freedom of others. She the female version of Bayard Rustin. Both of them did so much for the civil rights movement behind the scenes. 

So much can be written about Ella Baker. What matters is that we apply her teachings and implement her ideas on grassroots organizing to systemically change our system. The best way to honor and pay tribute to Ella Baker is to get involved and organize our communities. Continue to fight for the human rights of all people. She once famously said, “We who in believe in Freedom cannot rest.” 

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest when our country continues to invade and occupy foreign countries.

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest when Palestinians continue to be treated like 2nd class citizens in their own land and Israel continues to have the apartheid wall.

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest when NSA has already invaded the privacy of most Americans and tapped all cell phones, read our emails and listen to the conversations of foreign leaders.

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest when homelessness continues to be an issue that people ignore and countries nationwide are criminalizing people for sleeping on the streets.

We who believe in Freedom cannot rest until we as a people start changing and realizing that the reason of our existence lies in using our gifts for the greater good of Humanity. When we are able to recognized that the beauty of life is found in upholding the human rights of all people and providing people with the basic human needs and working to abolish systems that seek to impose barriers on people’s dignity, human rights and way of life, then only then will we rest. Until then, we who believe in Freedom cannot rest.

Here is a great article about Ella Baker.

Here is my favorite song that honors Ella Baker.

Jorge Rafael VIdela, Argentina’s Dictator Dies in Prison at 87

May 17, 2013

During Argentina’s Dirty War it was Jorge Rafael Videla dictatorship that killed, tortured and disappeared thousands of innocent individuals. Videla’s death today at 87 in prison will bring a celebration to those who experienced his brutal dictatorship and who had families members loss during his regime. His death will be similar to the death of Gen. Augusto Pinochet (PinoShit), where for a lot of Chileans was a joyous celebration. Today is a great day for my fellow Argentinians. Now, I wish all the CIA members involved in the dirty war will follow Videla’s path and die in prison.

Videla was not alone as the CIA supported his military regime. It was also Israel who sold American arms to Argentina during the Cold War. Through this sell, Israel made millions of dollars. I want to see all those U.S. politicians who were involved in the Cold War do life in prison. Let’s see the “Department of Justice,” do its work. Let’s see if the U.S. Attorney General has the courage to go back in history and start opening up cases against all those involve in the Cold War.

Here is a great article from The Guardian to read more about Videla and his dictatorship.


Palestinian Songs Commemorating Nakba Day

May 15, 2013

This is a great video that gives a brief history of Nakba Day and includes songs commemorating the catastrophe day.
Here is information taken from the YouTube channel of this user:

May 15 marks the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) day. In 1948, more the 780,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their homeland and more than 500 Palestinian villages depopulated and destroyed by Zionist terrorist death squads that were set up in Palestine under the protection of the British mandate. Today more than 7 million Palestinian refugees, the largest refugee community in the world, are living in exile, while 5 million Palestinians are living in the world’s largest open-air prison in Gaza.

I got professional in grief & awaiting .
You retune in the evening.
Composed by : Rahbani Brothers.
Sung by; Fairuz.
Translated by: Abeer Y. Amro.
Edited & produced by: Ghinwa Al-Hamdan .
The Rahbani Brothers composed these two songs to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Catastrophe
….. Today marks the sixty-fifth memorial & the Catastrophe continues….

Nakba Day for Palestinians

May 15, 2013

Program discussing Nakba Day

Remembering the 65th anniversary of Nakba Day

May 15, 2013

Today, Palestinians all over the world commemorated the 65th anniversary of Nakba Day, also known as Catastrophe day. It has been 65 years that we witness ethnic cleansing when more than 780,000 Palestinians were displaced from their motherland.

Israel in the 65 years since the catastrophe has implemented an apartheid system when dealing with the Palestinians. It should come as no surprise to people that United States continues to support Israel’s apartheid system the same way the U.S. supported South Africa in its cruel system.

It’s been 65 years that Israel has engaged in terrorist activities, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid policies. 65 years will not stop the people of Palestine for the right to return to their motherland. 65 years of resistance. 65 years of a struggle that has received support from millions of people around the world. And on this day, I stand with the people of Palestine to commemorate Nakba Day.

Here is a link where people can see pictures of how the people of Gaza remembered today’s Nakba day.