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Jasmine Stucky to Speak in Peoria

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And in local news, I have received the following 411 from Michael Perillo, President of the Peoria Area peace Network:

Curt Keller, minister at the Forest Hill Methodist Church, and the PAPN are sponsoring Jasmine Stucky to come and speak here in Peoria.

Jasmine Stucky is a political and environmental activist from Portland, Oregon, who spent four months in Israel, from January to May 2010, in a section of East Jerusalem called Sheikh Jarrah (a predominately Arab neighborhood), she also visited villages in the West Bank called Bil’in, Al-Walaja (an enclave located in the West Bank), Ramallah, Hebron and many other places.

Jasmine spent a lot of time in Sheikh Jarrah which was once a refugee camp established in 1948 after the Nakba (“disaster” or “the catastrophe”). Due to the Absentees’ Property Law from 1950, which was created to protect the new Jewish state from the claims of the Palestinian refugees, Palestinians were stripped of any rights to property. Stucky provided 24 hour night watch for the Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, media coverage, organizing community meals, protests or mass demonstrations to get in the way of Israel authority from arresting Palestinians or evicting them from their homes.

Here’s the schedule so far at where and when she’ll be speaking:
*Friday, May 6th in the evening at the Forest Hill United Methodist Church.
*Saturday, May 7th in the morning at the Islamic Center Youth Group.
*Saturday, May 7th in the evening at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bloomington, IL.

Also, the PAPN holds an anti-war vigil every Saturday at the corner of Main and University in Peoria from noon-1pm.

And check out the Solidarity Journal on WAZU 90.7, Tuesdays at 6 am and 2 pm.

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April 15th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Irael Massacres Humanitarian Activists in International Waters

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Glenn Greenwald reports on the Israeli high seas massacre of humanitarian activists:

Late last night, Israel attacked a flotilla of ships in international waters carrying food, medicine and other aid to Gaza, killing at least 10 civilians on board and injuring at least 30 more (many reports now put the numbers at 19 dead and 60 injured). The Israeli Defense Forces is claiming that its soldiers were attacked with clubs, knives and “handguns” when they boarded the ship without permission, but none of the Israeli soldiers were killed while two are reported injured. Those on the ships emphatically state that the IDF came on board shooting. An IDF spokesman said: “Our initial findings show that at least 10 convoy participants were killed.”

The six-ship flotilla was carrying 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid along with 600 people, all civilians, which included 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Northern Ireland, European legislators and an elderly Holocaust survivor, Hedy Epstein, 85. In December, 2008, Israel, citing rocket attacks from Hamas, launched a 22-day, barbaric attack on Gaza, bombarding a trapped population, killing hundreds of innocent civilians (1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed), and devastating Gazan society. A U.N. report released earlier this month documented that, as a result of the blockade imposed on Gaza by Israel and Egypt (the two largest recipients of U.S. aid), “[m]ost of the property and infrastructure damaged . . . was still unrepaired 12 months later.”
The flotilla attacked by Israel last night was carrying materials such as cement, water purifiers, and other building materials, much of which Israel refuses to let pass into Gaza. At the end of 2009, a U.N. report found that “insufficient food and medicine is reaching Gazans, producing a further deterioration of the mental and physical health of the entire civilian population since Israel launched Operation Cast Lead against the territory,” and also “blamed the blockade for continued breakdowns of the electricity and sanitation systems due to the Israeli refusal to let spare parts needed for repair get through the crossings.”

There’s more, with links to other coverage and comment.

I don’t understand why Israel seems intent on making an enemy of the entire world (except for the United States of course). Even the U.S. will not be able to protect Israel for much longer because the U.S. economy is losing the ability to pay for the bloated “defense” department with which we are, for the time being, cursed.

One of Greenwald’s links takes readers to an IBN post that contains this:

Turkey has threatened Israel with unprecedented action after Israeli forces attacked an aid vessel, killing 10 peace activists headed to Gaza.

A shocked world has responded with outrage. Turkey recalled its ambassador to Israel and warned of unprecedented and incalculable reprisals.

Two Turkish activists were reported to be among those killed in the flotilla. Ankara warned that further supply vessels will be sent to Gaza, escorted by the Turkish Navy, a development with unpredictable consequences.

Will Israel respond by nuking Ankara or Istanbul? Or Tehran? How far will the Israeli fascist right (the faction in power there) go in its own paranoid defense? If Israel responds with force to a future Turkish mission to Gaza, how will Ankara respond?

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May 31st, 2010 at 1:53 pm

A Palestinian chcken Comes Home to Roost

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Hamas has effectively taken control of Gaza. Israel now has an implacable foe on its doorstep.

I wonder if Israel feels nostalgic for the eminently placable Yassar Arafat. I wonder if these latest developments would have been possible if Israel had accepted a Palestinian state when it was possible to do so. Instead, Israel’s paranoia has driven a nail into its own coffin.

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June 14th, 2007 at 9:25 pm

Posted in Israel,Uncategorized

Peace in the Middle East for a Few Weeks

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How ironic it is that Ariel Sharon drifts closer to death as a ceasefire suspends (not ends) the war between Hezbollah and Israel. It was Sharon after all who was largely responsible for the birth of Hezbollah.

It was Sharon who as Israeli Defense Minister oversaw the invasion of Lebanon in 1982. The war in Lebanon was supposed to wipe out the PLO who had been shelling northern Israel from there.

During that war, Christian militias entered the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps and slaughtered hundreds of civilians. Sharon was cleared of direct responsibility but temporarily left government over the scandal. The occupation of Lebanon followed and in 1985 Hezbollah was created to oppose the occupation.

Now, following the latest round of fighting between Hezbollah and the IDF, Hezbollah stands as the victor. Israel’s objective in the war was to eliminate the threat from Hezbollah, but they only succeeded in making that group stronger, largely by increasing Hezbollah’s support within Lebanon and throughout the Muslim world. By the way, Neocons also believe that Israel has lost this round, although they see things from a different angle than I do.

It is regrettable that Ariel Sharon is not awake to see his very own chickens coming home to roost.

I remember when the Sabra and Shatila massacres went down thinking that surely the world would now demand that the Palestinians be given their own state and that the Arab/Israeli conflict would be resolved. Boy was I naive. Instead, those atrocities have simply been thrown on the wood pile of grievances maintained by all sides in this conflict, used to fuel never ending bloodshed. The stalemate continues and will do so into the foreseeable future.

There will be no military solution. The only hope for real peace is to resolve the underlying political and territorial grievances that drive the conflict. I do not know if that is possible. If it is not and if Israel is to survive, it will need more backers than just the United States. We are growing broke and won’t be able to afford Israel for more than another generation.

And if the Bush Neocons have their way, we could very well be kicked out of the Middle East long before that. Seymour Hersh tells us, amng many other things, that Iran and the U.S. used this latest war to test weapons and tactics to be used in a possible upcoming Middle East championship bout, kind of like the way the Germans and Russians used the Spanish Civil War as spring training for WWII.

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August 15th, 2006 at 10:44 am

Civil War This, Civil War That

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Condi and her husband deny that Iraq is either in or sliding toward civil war.

They must think that the rest of us aren’t paying attention, distracted as we are by the Israel/Hezbollah conflict. Mind you, half of us still think Saddam had weapons of (say it with me) mass destruction, so maybe they have good reason to feel no pressure.

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August 7th, 2006 at 7:57 pm

Posted in Iraq,Israel