Review and Sign Petition:
Petition to Investigate Israeli Illegal Trafficking in Organs of Dead and Kidnapped Palestinian Victims
Now it is the turn of the dead, kidnapped and killed Palestinians. Their human organs, as reported in the press, can be a source of immense wealth through illegal trafficking in the world market. Israeli physicians, Medical Centres, rabbis and the Israeli army may to be involved, according to reports published in the Swedish press and criminal investigations in the United States. After Israeli physicians remove organs they think marketable, the soldiers bury the bodies in graves that carry only numbers and no names, or place them in sealed caskets and deliver them under curfew conditions to the families and supervise the digging of the graves and burial.
We call upon physicians, Medical centres and associations everywhere to condemn and boycott Israeli physicians and medical centres;
We call upon civil societies, human rights organisations and individuals, Christian, Jewish, Moslem and all other faiths, to condemn this practice and demand its immediate cessation;
We call upon the Secretary General of the United Nations to report the matter to the Security Council and demand that it be referred to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court of Justice for action;
We call upon the Human Rights Council to extend the remit of its Special Fact Finding Commission to conduct urgent investigation of this, the latest of Israel’s violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people and the violation of the international humanitarian law and international law;
We call upon States Party to the Geneva Conventions and the Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel for its persistent violation of its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention;
Please visit the link and Read the rest of the petition and sign it: http://www.PetitionOnline.com/EAFORD00/petition.html
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We all know that cable news can be loud and annoying - like when Fox News host Glenn Beck called President Obama "a racist" with "a deeply seated hatred of white people."1 But now that Beck's character assassinations are beginning to impact the real world, things are getting dangerous and we need to act.
Last week, Beck claimed credit for getting Van Jones - a senior African American advisor to the President and our nation's first Green Jobs czar - to resign.2 And he's still on the warpath, spouting wild conspiracy theories and vitriolic attacks almost every night on his program.3
Nobody's denying Beck's right to free speech. But there need to be consequences for people like Beck who use the platform of cable news to destroy our ability to have a real debate about the environment, health care and the economy.
Fortunately, our friends at Color of Change have an answer. They're hitting Beck and Fox News where it hurts - in their wallet. Color of Change already has cut Beck's ad revenue in half. Sign their petition today, and force Fox to consider how much it's worth to keep Beck's poison on the air. http://colorofchange.org/beck/hold/?rf=tm
So far more than 200,000 people have signed the petition asking advertisers not to support Beck. 62 corporations have listened and moved more than $500,000 worth of advertising away from his show.
In response, Beck got nastier. Lashing out at Green-Jobs Czar Van Jones, NEA official Yosi Sergant and others for being too liberal, too close to Obama or too ideologically impure.4 Beck has made it clear he's determined to create an atmosphere in which the White House can accomplish nothing, and he's doing it partly by launching vicious smear campaigns on Obama's advisers.
But with Fox sacrificing more than half a million ad dollars a week to Beck's vitriol, there's a chance to turn this around. It's a simple matter of supply and demand: If there's no advertising demand for Beck's show, the network will have to shut him down or shut him up to cover their costs. And in the process we'll send an important message to the cable news networks that facts and tone still matter in reporting.
Sign the petition now to thank the advertisers who are standing up to Beck, and ask more to do the same.
TrueMajority / USAction
1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS8jOlY6U6o&feature=player_embedded
2 - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/us/politics/07vanjones.html
3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWL-pfCao-U&feature=player_embedded
4 - http://www.voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/09/10/beck_strikes_again_yosi_sargen.html
From nada kassass
The Free Gaza Coalition received this email about our friend Amer Adi, the president of the Youngstown Arab-American Community Center. I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Amer in bringing to esteemed speakers programs to our area, Phyllis Bennis of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and George Galloway of Viva Palestina.
A PLEA FOR HELP FROM HIS DAUGHTER
My name is Haneen Adi. I am 18 years old and I live in Youngstown, Ohio. I am a Palestinian American just graduated from high school this year and preparing to go to college.
I am the oldest of four children; but this letter is not about me, it is about my father, Amer Adi. He was notified that he has to leave the United States within 60 days, or he will be detained and thrown in jail. This is shocking and devastating news to me, and my three other sisters, my mother and father, and everyone around us. My father has done nothing wrong - he didn't break any laws, and he did not commit any crimes. He has been an example and an inspiration to me my entire life, and he has done everything possible for his family and makes all of us proud every day.
In 1980, when he first came to the United States thirty years ago, he met and married a woman named Linda Wood. My father's first marriage - like many marriages in our country - ended in divorce. Years later, the immigration authorities are claiming this was a fraudulent marriage, and because of this completely false statement, my father is being forced to leave our country, in which he has built his life and his family, for the past 30 years.
In 1988, my father met and married my mother. They have been happily married for 21 years and have four children. He is a businessman who co n tributes to the community. His car dealership, Penguin Auto, is a successful business on the lower end of town, and he is adored by all who know him. He is a leader and example in the Arab and Palestinian American community in Youngstown. He is the President of the Arab American Community Center of Youngstown. All of his life, he has worked his hardest to make things better for his community and for others around him. He has a huge heart and is always concerned with the human condition.
It distresses him greatly to see anyone in pain or treated unjustly, and now he is the one facing a great injustice. He has been struggling with this accusation for years - he has gone in and out of courtrooms, and filed appeal after appeal. The whole time, he assured us that everything would be all right - after all, the allegation was false, and eventually the truth would have to win out in a court of law.
Not only does my father not deserve this unjust, unfair and unnecessary punishment, he ONLY improves the quality of life for the people around him. He is an active and productive member of society and one of the kindest, most gentle souls I've ever known. I am overwhelmed with pride because I get to call this man my father and
I am asking you to help him.
Last week we received a letter in the mail stating the amount of time he had to pack his things, say goodbye to his family and leave. We can no longer file appeals, so even though I know it's a long shot, it's all I have.
I am asking you to act on my father's case and allow my family to get back to living a normal life, he deserves to be treated with fairness and equality.
I beg you to consider. Thank you for your time,
Send e-mail to: President Barack Obama
Obtain physical addresses for mailing letters HERE
An example letter below:
FR: Your name here,
HELP STOP THE DEPORTATION OF A MODEL CITIZEN
We, the People appeal to your commitment to American and family values to help preserve the integrity of our justice system and help save the life of a local family, the family of Amer Adi of Ohio.
A terrible injustice has befallen Mr. Adi, a devoted family man and beloved father of four minor children. The U.S. Government has recently informed him of its decision to deport him within 60 days. His deportation would devastate his family and leave an enormous vacuum within our hard-pressed community.
This unjust decision cannot and must not stand within a nation under God, one dedicated to promoting justice for all and building strong families. Mr. Adi is a hard-working businessman, the president of the local Arab-American community center, and a model citizen who incarnates American values of industriousness, independence and integrity. Since his arrival in the USA as a young man from Palestine in 1980, he has done what tens of millions of immigrants who helped build this country have accomplished through sheer hard work and rugged individualism.
His story is part of the American story and the American Dream, one that now threatens to become a nightmare for him and his family. Do not let that happen. Use your considerable influence to reopen his case and reverse a terrible mistake.
Keep this good man here with his family that dearly loves him, and in his country that clearly needs him.
Excerpted, edited by Carolyn Bennett
“The war and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq are both colonial-type wars.”
Bush used the ‘War on Terror’ as a pretext for the escalation of imperialist intervention. Bush is gone but the brutal occupations continue.
Eight long years after the invasion of Afghanistan, the United States and its NATO allies are vastly expanding the war, doubling the numbers of troops.
Casualties on both sides are soaring. Resistance to foreign occupation is growing rapidly inside Afghanistan and across the border in Pakistan. The war is a disaster for the peoples of those countries—just as are the occupations of Iraq and Palestine.
The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan is also growing U.S. domestic disaster — not only for the soldiers and their families, but for the tens of millions of people suffering under the U.S. and global economic crisis.
Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq cost more than $14 billion per month
$160 billion every year
Nearly $1,000,000,000,000 ($1 trillion!) since the start.
Politicians who tell Americans there’s no money for single-payer health care are the same politicians “who never say no to the military-industrial complex and have given away more than $10 trillion to the big banks.” Money is there. The problem is, politicians are dedicated not to people but to protecting the interests of health insurance corporations and military industrialists.
THE 8TH ANNIVERSARY OF WAR ON AFGHANISTAN draws RETURN OF STREET PROTESTS!
Tuesday October 7, 2009, marks the start of the ninth year of the invasion of Afghanistan. That day anti-war protests will occur in cities and towns across America. Monday October 5 and Saturday October 17 anti-war actions will also occur.
The ANSWER Coalition is calling on people in cities and towns and on campuses to take to the streets and to engage in other actions (rallies, pickets, teach-ins) —Demanding an end to all wars and occupations and serious attention to health care for all.
The ANSWER Coalition will post all October anti-war
actions on its website at www.ANSWERCoalition.org. The site to
post actions is http://www.pephost.org/site/R?i=s4EvwX_8Piidx3tmrVBZGw
In the meantime war death tolls rise.
UPDATE from sources August 10-12, 2009 - Iraq, Afghanistan
(exact figures and costs of war are unobtainable)
American Military Casualties in Iraq: since the war began March 19, 2003: 4,331; since the Obama inauguration January 20, 2009: 103; Wounded 31,463-over 100,000; U.S. veterans with brain injuries: 320,000; 18 suicides a day [Anti-war dot com: “Casualties in Iraq, The Human Cost of Occupation” (Edited by Margaret Griffis), http://www.antiwar.com/casualties/ (latest update August 10, 2009)]
Iraq Body Count figures: 92,641-101,129 [http://www.iraqbodycount.org/]
Iraq Coalition Casualty Count figures: IRAQ: U.S. 4,331; Coalition: 4,649; AFGHANISTAN: U.S.: 780 Coalition: 1,305 [http://icasualties.org/oif/]
Just Foreign Policy: "The number is shocking and sobering. It is at least 10 times greater than most estimates cited in the US media, yet it is based on a scientific study of violent Iraqi deaths caused by the U.S.-led invasion of March 2003." Just Foreign Policy figures--Iraqi Deaths: 1,339,771 [http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/Iraq]
IN THE NEWS
Palestine Summer 2009
Since Israel imposed a siege on Gaza in 2007, Palestinians have resorted to smuggling foods and a wide array of goods, including fuel and livestock, from Egypt via underground tunnels. Scores of people, including children under the age of 16 who work inside the tunnels, have been killed in accidents or from suffocation, collapse or Egyptian detonations.
GAZA, July 27 (Xinhua) — Medical sources said today the death toll had risen to four when the bodies of three Palestinians were evacuated from the tunnel that was destroyed in a blast on Sunday (July 26) under the border line between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Rescue workers continued to search for missing people in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah “Death toll of Gaza tunnel blast rises to four,” July 27, 2009, China View, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-07/27/content_11780604.htm
Occupied Vise on Iran
PAKISTAN—At least 70 people are reported to have been killed and dozens injured in a major battle between Taliban fighters and another tribal group in Pakistan. “Deaths in Pakistan Taliban attack,” August 12, 2009, Al Jazeera, http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/08/200981214203867305.htmlAugust 11-12
AFGHANISTAN—“Gunmen have abducted five people campaigning for Dr Abdullah Abdullah, the main rival to [U.S.-ally] Hamid Karzai, in Afghanistan’s presidential election.…
“Violence in Afghanistan is at its worst levels since the Taliban were ousted in 2001 ahead of the poll, which they have vowed to disrupt.” “Afghan campaign workers kidnapped,” August 12, 2009, Al Jazeera, http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/08/2009812153737920740.html
IRAQ — Several bombs exploded nearly simultaneously Tuesday (August 11) in a mainly Shiite area in Baghdad, killing at least eight people and raising fears of a sustained insurgent campaign aimed at provoking new sectarian tensions. The five-day death toll rose to 123 in the worst spasm of bombings the country has suffered since U.S. forces left the cities at the end of June, turning over urban security to Iraqi troops.…
“The bloodshed threatened to chip away at public confidence in the U.S.-backed government as it seeks to project a sense of normalcy ahead of next year’s national elections, including an announcement last week that all concrete blast walls will be gone from Baghdad's main roads by mid-September.” “Iraqi police say bomb blasts kill 8 and wound 22,” August 11, 2009, Associated Press, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hwK_CSpBxsNuVUEaDuOwmSSCiqGwD9A0SMFO1
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Labels: ANSWER Coalition, anti-war movement, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. occupation
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Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett-author, independent journalist based in Brighton, New York State
We ask you to help by mailing / phoning....
We have been asked to mobilise our members to help 2 british women, Jenny Linnell & Natalie Abou Chakra, who are part of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) to leave Gaza via the Rafah crossing.
Jenny Linnell is a co-founder of the ISM Rafah group, and an original crew member of one of the "Free Gaza" boats. For the last year she has been accompanying Palestinians and documenting events in the Gaza strip, both before, during and after the war. You can see footage of her work with fishermen and farmers under fire at:
Since the end of May Jenny has been trying to make arrangements to leave and return home via the border crossing at Rafah into Egypt. She keeps getting turned away, most recently under pretty extreme circumstances, as outlined below. The significant part of the story is that Egyptian Border Guards told her and fellow ISMer Natalie that they were being refused exit because of their work with the Free Gaza boats. They were told that they would 'never be let out'.
For the sake of both women and other peace workers it is vital that this treatment is not allowed to continue unchallenged. So if you have some time in the next few days, please help us get them back by ringing the British Foriegn office and the Egyptian Embassy in London.
The Egyptian Embassy in London
phone 020 7499 3304/2401
Fax: 020 7491 1542
Our approach has been polite, but persistent and lengthy.
The plan is to ring every day for the next three days, step back and assess.
If you get a chance to mail me to let me know when you rang, and how it went, it would be great for helping us keep tabs on how effectively the mobilising going my address is lizthesnook at gmail.com.
Many many thanks on behalf of Jenny, Natalie and their friends and family.
International Movement to Open Rafah Border
"Only a united world against oppression will help unite and free all of Palestine."
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country
From Eileen Fleming
I hope you will respond to the challenge from the Israeli Supreme Court President, Dorit Beinish by sending her an email too. What follows is one of mine.
Letters to Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish @ Dover@court.gov.il
Dear Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish,
On July 6, 2009, in regards to Mordechai Vanunu, you stated that his "case is still generating great interest, like any other security-related case. The media's attention he gets is proof of that."
The "great interest" is for Vanunu's RIGHT to free speech and RIGHT to leave the state.
"Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country."-Article 13:2 UN UDHR
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." -Article 19. UN UDHR
On the day of the termination of the British mandate and on the strength of the United Nations General Assembly declare The State of Israel will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel: it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion it will guarantee freedom of religion [and] conscience and will be faithful to the Charter of the United Nations." - May 14, 1948. The Declaration of the Establishment of Israel
FREE VANUNU NOW!
Only in Solidarity do "we have it in our power to begin the world again."-Tom Paine
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