Archive | May 15th, 2016

On Jewish projection

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By Gilad Atzmon 

The Israeli fear of being thrown into the sea is  a projection.

The Israelis are afraid of being pushed into the sea because they themselves pushed the Palestinians into the sea (picture above). The Israelis tend to attribute their own genocidal inclinations  to  Arabs (in particular)  and Goyim (in  general).

‘Jewish fear,’ as such, is self-inflicted — the more brutal the Israelis are, the more fearful they become of the  possibility that the Palestinians may be equally murderous. Similarly, the more the Jew hates the ‘goy,’ the more the Jew is mortified by the possibility that the goy may also express some animosity in return.

Jewish fear better be grasped  as a war against terror within. Jews are too often tormented and haunted by their own racism and supremacy which they attribute to others by means of projection.

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Palestine’s reality: Al Nakba commemoration and the right of return or the return of the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement?

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By Ahmad Moussa 

A recent conversation on security and peace between former security personnel of Saudi Arabia and Israel respectively, two weeks before Al Nakba commemoration shows that the attitude of the past on Palestine remains after 68 years.

Al Nakba is a series of events that led to the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the Palestinians on May 15th, 1948. This is a day to remember the displacement and dispossession of 750,000 Palestinian people into refugee camps in neighboring countries; generations of whom continue to reside in these camps, others are scattered across the world in diaspora and many more internally displaced.

As the Palestinians across the world are on the verge of commemorating these events that happen to continue today in a process that is a form of incremental genocide, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) has recently engaged two former security personnel of Saudi Arabia and Israel respectively in a conversation related to security and peace in the Middle East.  Setting aside that the said institute is a think tank that was founded by pro-Israel political figures, it is no surprise for Palestinians that an institution of this kind hosts such a choice for a duo to discuss the two topics of peace and security when both entities are serious human rights violators as well as exporters of terrorism and war; especially in the direct or indirect connection to Palestine and the Palestinians.

First and foremost, the timing of the said conversation between the two representatives of the security apparatuses of both entities reminds us that understanding the historical context is truly important for understanding the contemporary circumstances. As the events and planning took place leading up to the execution of the Nakba of 1948, there was an annulled agreement that took place prior known as the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement of 1919. This was an agreement that was signed at the Paris Peace Conference between Emir Faisal of Hejaz and Chaim Weizmann who was leader of the World Zionist Organization eventually leading to him becoming the first President of Israel. This agreement is significant in the fact that it reminds the Palestinians about the enabling and co-conspiring of the Arabs in the region and the role they played against the interests of the Palestinians; an example of which is the following:

Dr. Weizmann argued that Palestine was designed to solve “a world-wide problem” and therefore “the rights which the Jewish people has been adjudged in Palestine do not depend on the consent, and cannot be subjected to the will of the majority of its present inhabitants.” He maintained that “the Balfour Declaration and the Mandate have definitely lifted Palestine out of the context of the Middle East and linked it up with the world-wide Jewish community and the world-wide Jewish problem.” Thus the Zionists refused to let the British grant the Palestine Arabs any role in setting immigration quotas or in influencing other aspects of the development of the Jewish national home. Weizmann’s contempt for the first Arab delegation to London was apparent in his one discussion with them at the Colonial Office, in which he adopted the attitude “of a conqueror handing to beaten foes the terms of peace.”

Today’s Saudi Arabia’s role in relation to the nature of its engagement with the State of Israel, represents the same co-conspiring agenda and essence of the Faisal-Weizmann agreement under the guise of peace and security- in pursuit of self interest and Zionist led terror against the Palestinians. For example, during the latest military campaign against the Gaza Strip by the State of Israel known as Operation Protective Edge- Prime Minister Netanyahu emphasised the fact that “renewed relations” were built as a result of Saudi Arabia along with other Gulf countries engaging in security cooperation to quell the Palestinian resistance during those events.

Furthermore, the rise of the Islamic State and their reign of terror in the region has unsettling connections with these two entities. The Islamic State’s rise and political patterns in the region are leaning towards the affirmation of the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement given that this group’s reign of terror has not targeted any of these entities and have the same enemies that are branches of the same tree”. Moreover, the group wants to abolish the Sykes-Picot Agreement which in many ways has been historically perceived as having been in the way and the obstacle of the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement. Most importantly, aside from the damage and destruction the Islamic State has done to the Palestinians both in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State is attempting to exploit the Palestinian cause which also serves the Saudi-Israeli security interests.

And yet, with all this historical context at hand, including the horrendous human rights records of both Saudi Arabia and Israel along with an already outrageous military expenditure towards the State of Israel by the United States- the United States is granting Israel the largest military aid package in history, while simultaneously, Saudi Arabia is receiving a 15 billion dollar military arms package deal from Canada.

In Jeff Halper’s new book “War against the People” he sharply states: In an endless war on terror, we are all doomed to become Palestinians.” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is a political entity that enables this doom. It is an institute with residues of the pro-Israel lobby that played a pivotal role in dragging the United States into founding the global war on terror that has produced more global insecurity, the rise of the Islamic State and a push for war against Iran with no end in sight- all whilst simultaneously continuing the memoricide and erasure campaign against Palestine and the Palestinians through a nostalgic revivalism of what was embedded within the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement- demonstrated through this latest discussion between the Saudi-Israeli security personnel. This is what Palestine is trying to show the world. This is part in parcel of the Nakba in continuum.

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Extremist Nazi Jewish settlers attack Palestinian human rights activists 

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Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

A group of extremist Nazi Jewish settlers on Saturday attacked two Palestinian human rights activists in the Tel Rumeida area in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, video footage showed.

Human Rights Defenders spokesperson Badee Dweik told Ma’an that Nazi Jewish settlers attacked Emad Abu Shamsiya and Yasser Abu Markhiya, who work with the group’s Hebron office. The two were taking footage of extremist settlers carrying rods near Palestinian homes in Tel Rumeida in Hebron’s Old City.

Abu Shamsiya, who serves as coordinator of the group in Hebron, said the settlers “were preparing to attack and intimidate Palestinian residents, especially children,” and that he rushed toward the scene with Abu Markhiya after they heard children screaming.

Their video shows a group of three Nazi Jewish settlers, two boys and one adult, begin to pass by. The adult settler can be heard saying in Hebrew, “if you take footage of me I’m going to kill you.”  The children approach Abu Shamsiya and Abu Markhiya and order them to put down the camera before the adult strikes Abu Shamsiya.

“They punched me and broke my camera,” Abu Shamsiya told Ma’an, highlighted that Nazi soldiers were watching when the settlers attacked him and his colleague without intervening.

Dweik told Ma’an that attacks by Nazi Jewish settlers and Nazi soldiers against activists attempting to document settler attacks on Palestinian residents have increased recently, especially after footage captured by Abu Shamsiya in March of Nazi soldier shooting and killing Abd al-Fatah al-Sharif while he was lying motionless on the ground stoked widespread international criticism.

A day after release of the video, Nazi Jewish settlers gathered outside the home of Abu Shamsiya in Hebron to threaten him.

Tel Rumeida — where Shamsiya’s house is located and the site both Saturday’s incident and al-Sharif’s killing — has long been a flashpoint for tensions between Palestinians and Israeli settlers and military, and is location to an illegal Nazi Jewish settlement.

Mistreatment of Palestinians in the Hebron area has been common since the city was divided in the 1990s after a US-born Nazi Jewish settler, Baruch Goldstein, massacred 29 Palestinians inside the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The majority of the city was placed under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, while the Old City and surrounding areas were placed under Nazi military control in a sector known as H2.

The area is home to 30,000 Palestinians and around 800 Nazi Jewish settlers who live under the protection of Nazi forces. Hebron residents frequently report attacks and harassment by the settlers carried out in the presence of the forces.

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Marking Al-Nakba 68: Events Around the World for Palestinian Return

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Events and actions are being organized around the world to mark the 68th anniversary of the Nakba, the expulsion of the Palestinian people from their homes and lands in order to create a Zionist Nazi settler-colonial state on the land of Palestine. These events both remember over 68 years of Palestinian struggle, steadfastness, and resistance, but also support the ongoing struggle for Palestinian refugees’ return and the liberation of Palestine.

The imprisonment of Palestinians has always been a tool of the colonial project in Palestine, meant to maintain occupation, apartheid and oppression and criminalize the existence and resistance of Palestinians. From the martial law imposed in 1948 on the Palestinians who remained in the 78% of historic Palestine occupied at that time, to the imprisonment of 7,000 Palestinian political leaders, journalists, and freedom fighters today, the imprisonment of Palestinians and their leaders has always been part and parcel of the Nakba.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is directly involved in Nakba events in several cities internationally and supports mobilizations around the world on this critical day. Numerous events will be taking place throughout occupied Palestine and in the refugee camps of Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.

This list focuses on international events organized by Palestinian communities in exile and diaspora and solidarity movements. In order to add your city’s event to the list below, please email samidoun@samidoun.net or message us on Facebook.This page will be updated regularly!

AUSTRALIA

nakba-sydneySydney

Saturday, 14 May – Palestine Will Be Free Panel, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1558629097769523/
12 pm, part of the Socialism for the 21st Century Conference, University of Sydney.

Sunday, 15 May – Commemorating the Nakba Demonstration: 68 Years On, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1402030143429918/
1 pm, Town Hall, Sydney. Organized by Palestine Action Group Sydney

Brisbane

Friday, 13 May – Al Nakba 2016 Vigil. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1528327857474082/
nakba-southafrica6 pm, King George Square, Brisbane. Organized by Justice for Palestine Brisbane.

SOUTH AFRICA

Johannesburg

Sunday, 15 May – Nakba 1948: Palestinian Catastrophe and Israeli Ethnic Cleansing
1 pm, Zoo Lake, Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg. Organized by Women’s Boat to Gaza, BDS South Africa, Media Review Network, Palestine Solidarity Alliance, South African Jews for a Free Palestine, Food for the Soul

SPAIN

nakba-madridMadrid

Saturday, 14 May – Performance at School of Decolonization. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1557093397918178/
5:00 pm, Puerta del Sol, Madrid.

Saturday, 14 May – Demonstration followed by performances, dance and Palestinian, African and Latin American food. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1557093397918178/
6:00 pm, Glorieta de Marques de Vadillo – General Ricardos – Luisa Munoz, followed by La Kupula sala.

Sunday, 15 May – Nakba demonstration for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1557093397918178/
1:30 pm, Puerta del Sol, Madrid.

Sunday 15 May – Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba
5:30 pm, Recinto Ferial, Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain.
Includes collaborative mural, debate with Majed Dibsi, Palestinian journalist and political analyst, theatrical action, photo exhibition. Organied by Madrid Para Todos, the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine, CJA and Alco Sanse en Lucha

nakba-barcelonaBarcelona

11 May – 15 May – Series of events organized by the Coalició Prou Complicitat amb Israel (CPCI). Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1613965512264082/

Wednesday, 11 May – Seminar: Why is it important to break ties with Israel? Ways toward a just peace. 7 pm, Aula Magna, Faculty of Geography and History, University of Barcelona. With Raji Sourani, Riya Hassan, and Blanca Campos. Moderated by David Bondia and joined by Catalan municipalities who have adopted BDS.

Thursday, 12 May – Raji Sourani at Catalonia Parliament. 4 pm, Parliament of Catalonia.

Friday, 13 May – Hope Award to recognize individuals and groups defending Palestine. 7 pm, Palau Robert, Passeig de Gracia 107, Barcelona. Organized by the Palestinian Community of Catalonia, and hosted by actress Rosa Boladeras.

Saturday, 14 May – Film Screening, “The Land Speaks Arabic.” 6 pm, La Sedeta, Carrer de Sicilia 321, Barcelona, with the participation of Riya Hassan, BNC. Organized by Sodepau and Association Helia.

Sunday, 15 May – Demonstration for Palestine – Long live Palestine! 6 pm, Plaza Catalonia.

nakba-berlinGERMANY

Berlin

Sunday, 15 May – Nakba Day Demonstration, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/226921581019252/
3:00 pm, Karl-Marx-Platz, Berlin. Organized by the Nakba-Tag-Bundnis

Stuttgart

Saturday, 7 May – Palestine Nakba Day
1 pm – 6 pm, Schlossplatz, Stuttgart. With speakers George Rashmawi, Shir Hever, Attia Rajab, Reiner Weigand, Annette Groth, and performers Aeham Ahmed, Muhammad Tamim, Yalla Dabke. Organized by Palestine Solidarity Committee Stuttgart and the Palestinian Community of Stuttgart.

NETHERLANDS

nakba-netherlandsRotterdam

Saturday, 14 May – Demonstration in Commemoration of the Nakba. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/701962599944259/
2 pm – 4 pm, between Markthal and Hoogstraat, organized by Palestijnse Gemeenschap Nederland, Aidoun-Group Nederland, al Awda, Palestijnse Vrouwenunie, het Samenwerkingsverband Rotterdam voor Gaza and Nederlands Palestina Komitee

Groningen

Saturday, 14 May – Demonstration in Commemoration of the Nakba
1 pm – 3 pm, on the Grand Market by the town hall, organized by Palestijnse Gemeenschap Nederland, Aidoun-Group Nederland, al Awda, Palestijnse Vrouwenunie, het Samenwerkingsverband Rotterdam voor Gaza and Nederlands Palestina Komitee

Den Haag

Event TBA, http://www.palestina-komitee.nl/agenda/1226

nakba-amsterdamNijmegen

Event TBA, http://www.palestina-komitee.nl/agenda/1226

Amsterdam

Saturday, 14 May – Demonstration in Commemoration of the Nakba
1 pm – 4 pm, on the Dam and the Spui, organized by Palestijnse Gemeenschap Nederland, Aidoun-Group Nederland, al Awda, Palestijnse Vrouwenunie, het Samenwerkingsverband Rotterdam voor Gaza and Nederlands Palestina Komitee

Sunday, 15 May – Forum on the Nakba, 1948-2016. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1107523392631820/
3 pm, International Institute for Research and Education, Lombokstraat 40, Amsterdam. With speakers Mohammed Matter, Hatem Bazian, Amin Abou Rashed, Mohammad Altamary, Sami Shabib and Saleh Salayma, Sarah, and Khouloud Ajarma. Organized by Back to Palestine

DENMARK

nakba-copenhagenCopenhagen

Series of events from May 9-May 15
Organized by the Nakba Initiative (Democratic Palestine Committees in Denmark, Boykot Israel, FN Forbundet, Human Rights March, Palaestina Orientering)Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1701774023414034/,https://www.facebook.com/events/231959850498870/

Monday, 9 May  – Palestinian film screenings, 5 pm – 9 pm,  Verdenskulturcentret, Norre Alle 7, 2200 Norrebro

Tuesday, 10 May – History of Al-Nakba – presentation by Professor Nur Masalha of the University of London,  7 pm – 9:30 pm, Verdenskulturcentret, Norre Alle 7, 2200 Norrebro

Wednesday, 11 May – Palestinian culture and music, with dabkeh dance and traditional music performed by Nassim al-Dogom, 6 pm – 9 pm, Verdenskulturcentret, Norre Alle 7, 2200 Norrebro

Friday, 13 May – Demonstration for justice for Palestine, remembering the Nakba of 1948.  Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/231959850498870/ , 3 pm – 5 pm,  Radhusplads, Copenhagen. With speakers: Trine Petrou Mach, Bilal al-Issa, Gerd Berlev, and music with Nassim al-Dogom,

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Brussels

Saturday, May 14 – Rally to Commemorate the Palestinian Nakba, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1062648220458440/
1 pm – 4 pm, Place de la Monnaie, Brussels, Belgium. Organized by the Palestinian Community of Belgium.

Maasmechelen

Sunday, 15 May – Movie Screening for Al-Nakba: 5 Broken Cameras. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/629274427223623/
6:30 pm, Valkeniersplein 19B, Maasmechelen. Organized by the Palestine Committee Maasmechelen.

Antwerp

Sunday, 15 May – Silent Wake to Commemorate Al-Nakba, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1720577544889621/
7:00 pm, Koning Albertpark, Kiosk, Antwerp, Belgium. Organized by Antwerp for Palestine.

FRANCE

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Saturday, 14 May – What Road for Palestine? Marking the Palestinian Nakba, discussion with Khaled Barakat.Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1735832763364560/
6:30 pm, Manifesten, 59 Rue Thiers, 13001 Marseille. Organized by the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) Aix-Marseille and Generation Palestine Marseille

Lyon

Saturday, 14 May – Demonstration to Support the Palestinian People, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1564176307216565/
2:30 pm, Place Bellecour, 69002, Lyon

SWEDEN

Stockholm

Friday, 13 May – Palestinian Family Dinner and Evening Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1689505781301901/ 7 pm – 10 pm, Byblos Restaurant, Storgatan 75, Huvudsta Centrum. Organized by the Palestinian Association in Stockholm.

Saturday, 14 May – Palestinian Cultural Festival 2016, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/490506727788987/
11:30 am – 6 pm, Hallunda Folkets Hus, Borgvagen 1, 145 69 Norsborf (Stockholm)

Malmo

Sunday, 15 May – Demonstration in memory of the Nakba, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/890420817746611/
12:30 pm, Gustav Adolfs Torg, Malmo. Organized by Malmo Palestine Network

Sunday, 15 May – Public Meeting on Palestinian Right of Return
3 pm, Studieframjandet, Ystadgatan 53 (following demonstration). Organized by Group 194

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Milan

Friday, 6 May – Nakba – The Catastrophe after 68 Years. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1062237983822251/
7:30 pm, CSOA Lambretta, Milan. Featuring a speech by Rajeh Zayed and concert by Al-Raseef. Organized by UDAP (Arab Palestinian Democratic Union.)

Sunday, 15 May – Commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/777360559031857/
3 pm, Piazza Gabrio Rosa, Milan. Organized by Fronte Palestina, Palestina Rossa, Global Campaign to Return to Palestine

Redona

Monday, 16 May – Nakba 1948-2016, the Catastrophe Continues Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1720129394926553/
8:30 pm, Qoelet di Redona. Presentation by Nandino Capovilla, Pax Christi. Presented by Gruppo Iabbok.

PORTUGAL

nakba-lisbonLisbon

Tuesday, 17 May – 68 Years of Nakba, Solidarity with Palestine. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1678654302395719/
6:30 pm – 8 pm, Espaco Bento Martins, J.F. Camide, Largo das Pimenteiras, 6A (Junto ao Colegio Militar). Speeches by Hikmat Ajjuri, Pezarat Correia, Jorge Cadima.

AUSTRIA

nakba-viennaVienna

Saturday, 14 May – Groovy Palestine, Alternative Music from Palestine on Nakba Day, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/605375089624773/
7 pm, OKAZ, Gusshausstrasse 14/3, 1040 Vienna. Includes discussion and performance by Jowan Safadi, Palestinian musician, followed by DJ sets by Kolonel Blip, El Captagon and Neva-i Solomon. Organized by OKAZ, Österreichisch Arabisches Kulturzentrum

IRELAND

Belfast

Thursday, 12 May – BADIL Speaking Tour on Palestinian Refugees
Time and Location TBA. More info: http://www.ipsc.ie/press-releases/nakba-week-badil-speaking-tour-on-palestinian-refugees. Organized by Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Sunday, 15 May – Tesco, Stop Trading With Israel Nakba Vigil 2016. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1738915249676703/
2 pm, Tesco, 2 Royal Ave, Belfast. Call on Tesco to boycott Israeli goods.

nakba-limerickCork

Monday, 9 May – BADIL Irish Speaking Tour on Palestinian Refugees. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/124262787978021/
7 pm, Quay Co-Op, 24 Sullivan’s Quay, Cork. With speakers Lubnah Shomali and Nidal al-Azzah from BADIL. Organized by Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Tour info: http://www.ipsc.ie/press-releases/nakba-week-badil-speaking-tour-on-palestinian-refugees

Limerick

Tuesday, 10 May – BADIL Irish Speaking Tour on Palestinian Refugees. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1603383736655913/
7 pm, Perys Hotel Limerick, Glentworth Street, Limerick. With speakers Lubnah Shomali and Nidal al-Azzah from BADIL. Organized by Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Tour info: http://www.ipsc.ie/press-releases/nakba-week-badil-speaking-tour-on-palestinian-refugees

Dublin

nakba-dublinWednesday, 11 May – BADIL Speaking Tour on Palestinian Refugees.Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1804239273138237/
6:15 pm, Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place, Dublin. With speakers Lubnah Shomali and Nidal al-Azzah from BADIL. Organized by Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Tour info: http://www.ipsc.ie/press-releases/nakba-week-badil-speaking-tour-on-palestinian-refugees

Saturday, 14 May – March and “Moving Gallery” for Palestinian Refugees. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1157920480940081/
2 pm – 3 pm, St. Stephen’s Green (Grafton St Entrance), Dublin 2. March down Grafton St to the Spire. Organized by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Derry

Friday, 13 May – BADIL Speaking Tour on Palestinian Refugees.
7 pm, UNISON Building, Clarendon St, Derry. With speaker Lubnah Shomali from BADIL. Organized by Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

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Valdivia
Wednesday, 11 May- Al-Nakba, 68 Years of Exile. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1403070739992193/
6 pm, Sala Auditorium, Austral University of Chile, Valdivia, Chile. With speaker Karmach Elias, Nakba survivor born in Palestine in 1948. Organized by Arab Youth for Palestine Valdivia.

CANADA

Montreal, Quebec

nakba-montrealSaturday, 14 May – Nocturnal Demonstration to Commemorate the Nakba; Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1522138648094029/
7 pm – midnight, Station Metro Mont-Royale, Montreal. Organized by Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU), Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights – UQAM (SPHR-UQAM) and Tadamon

Sunday, 15 May – Palestinian commemoration festival, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/927354794008542/
11 am – 5 pm, Concordia University, 1455 boulevard de Maisonneuve W., Montreal. With Palestinian cultural show, dance, music and children’s activities.

Toronto

Tuesday, 10 May – Personal stories of Palestinian Nakba Survivors. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1539654333004677/
7 pm, Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto. Part of the North America Nakba Tour, organized by Free Palestine Movement and Al-Awda Coaliation and co-presented in Canada by the Palestinian Canadian Congress and Canada Friends of Sabeel.

nakba-torontoSunday, 15 May – Commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/214844732229034/
2 pm – 5 pm, Celebration Square, Mississauga. Organized by the National Committee to Commemorate the Nakba 68 – Toronto

Sunday, 15 May – Toronto Palestinian Film Festival Nakba Commemoration, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/997858870282775/
2 pm, Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto. Film Screening of Encounter with a Lost Land with director Maryse Gargour over Skype. Organized by TPFF, Palestinian Canadian Congress, Students for Justice in Palestine – Ryerson.

Winnipeg

Sunday, 15 May – Commemoration of Al-Nakba 1948-2016, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/487890394740895/
1 pm – 4 pm, Memorial Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Including commemoration, community voices, Palestine dance, flag making and film screening. Organized by Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Canadian Palestinian Association, Canada Palestine Support Network, Independent Jewish Voices, Peace Alliance Winnipeg

nakba-winnipegOttawa

Sunday, 8 May – Personal Stories of Palestinian Nakba Survivors. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/966654723404454/
7 pm, Ben Franklin Place, Chamber Hall, 101 Centrepoint Dr, Ottawa. Part of the North America Nakba Tour, organized by Free Palestine Movement and Al-Awda Coaliation and co-presented in Canada by the Palestinian Canadian Congress and Canada Friends of Sabeel.

Kitchener

Wednesday, 11 May – The Exiled Palestinians. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1708770512722607/
6:45 pm, Forest Hill United, 121 Westmount St. E., Kitchener, Ontario. Part of the North America Nakba Tour, organized by Free Palestine Movement and Al-Awda Coaliation and co-presented in Canada by the Palestinian Canadian Congress and Canada Friends of Sabeel.

London, ON

Thursday, 12 May – Personal Stories of Palestinian Nakba Survivors. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1609037986088608/
7 pm, MAC Youth Centre, 366 Oxford St E, London. Part of the North America Nakba Tour, organized by Free Palestine Movement and Al-Awda Coaliation and co-presented in Canada by the Palestinian Canadian Congress and Canada Friends of Sabeel.

UNITED STATES

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New York

Sunday, 15 May – Nakba Day March for Resistance and Return, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1720235081568888/
1:30 pm, Rally at City Hall Park before march over Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza for activities. Organized by NY4Palestine coalition.

Chicago

Sunday, May 8 – Nakba commemoration, with speakers, and entertainment and a children’s program, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/510727702462408/
1:30 pm – 6:30 pm, speakers including Dr. Ahmad Tibi, Debkeh performances, Palestinian food and fashion show; Prayer Center of Orland Park, 16530 104th Ave, Orland Park, Illinois. Hosted by American Muslims for Palestine – Chicago.

nakba-minneapolisMinneapolis

Sunday, 15 May – Al-Nakba Protest. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/260517614279372/
1 pm, Loring Park, Minneapolis. Initiated by Anti-War Committee with many endorsers.

Oakland/Bay Area

Sunday, 15 May – George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/551591961667213/
4 pm, Uptown Auto Body and Fender, 401 26th Street, Oakland. Remember the Nakba, Black Panthers and Indigenous Resistance. Art exhibition and performance highlighting a multimedia exhibition, curated by Greg Thomas. Organized by Art Forces and AROC.

Baltimore

nakba-oaklandSunday, 15 May – Nakba Day 2016 – Performances by Ryan Harvey and Kareem Samara. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/232554823767805/
6 pm, Location TBA. Check Facebook, organized by Baltimore – Palestine Solidarity.

Tampa

Saturday, 14 May – Still Walking: Nakba 68, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1717651068510404/
5 pm – 8 pm, Joe Chillura Courthouse Square. 600 E Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL. Street theatre and reenactment of the Nakba of 1948. March from Joe Chillura Courthouse Park past Jose Marti Park, to the Immigration Statue in Centennial Park.

Knoxville

Sunday, 15 May – Nakba Day Poetry Reading. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1695026577430712/
12 pm, Market Square, Knoxville, Tennessee. Palestinian poetry read by friends, poets and community members.

nakba-sandiegoSan Diego

Saturday, 14 May – Commemorating 68 Years of Al-Nakba. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1585392255108855/
5 pm, Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego. Includes Palestinian dinner, talk by Dr. Jamal Nassar, music by Naima Shalhoub, testimonies of Nakba survivors. Organized by Nakba Committee (includes Jewish Voice for Peace, KARAMA, BDS San Diego, PAWA SD and CAIR)

Albuquerque

Saturday, 7 May – Commemorating Al-Nakba with Nadia Ben-Youssef. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/488400578020681/
11 am – 1:30 pm, Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, 202 Harvard Drive SE, Albuquerque. With speaker Nadia Ben-Youssef of Adalah.

UK

List of activities below via Palestine Solidarity Campaign Nakba Week Schedule. Additional events below.

nakba-weekTue 3 – Dr. Christos Giannou, A Surgeon in the Siege of Shatila, Guilford

Tue 3Prof. Manuel S. Hassassian, Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Milton Keynes

Wed 4Mahmoud Zawahra, Nottingham

Fri 6Film screening: The Lab (dir. Yotam Feldman), Wolverhampton

Fri 6Mahmoud Zawahra, Cardiff

Sat 7Prof. Karma Nabulsi, Palestine, Freedom of speech and Prevent, Luton

Sat 7Nakba presentation, Bradford upon Avon

Sat 7Tower Hamlets-Jenin Friendship Association Stall for Nakba, London E3

nakba-london1Sat 7Nakba commemorative vigil, Hereford

Sat 7Sabrina Tucci, Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme, Birmingham

Sat 7Nakba stall, Bradford

Sun 8Sponsored Walk for Palestine, Bristol 

Sun 8Olive & PSC present- Palestine: A Journey Through The Culture, London NW10

Sun 8Nakba Week stall, Peterborough

Mon 9 – Live music, poetry & film screening, Tatreez Cafe, London N16

Mon 9Tim Sanders and Mahmoud Zawahra, Tower Hamlets, London E2

Mon 9Film Screening: Nakba, Bristol

Mon 9 Eat for Palestine, Fundraiser, Norwich

Tue 10Nakba, Round Table Discussion with Prof. Karma Nabulsi, Parliament

Tue 10Film screening: Jaffa, the Orange’s Clockwork (dir. Eyal Sivan), London W4

Tue 10Screening of Miko Peled, The General’s Son, London SW9

Awad-Abdul-fattah-11th-May-1Tue 10Mahmoud Zawahra, Oxford Town Hall

Wed 11Film screening: Five Broken Cameras, Wellingborough

Wed 11Awad Abdelfattah (National Democratic Assembly / Balad), London N15

Wed 11Kate Cargin, Living Under Military Occupation, Norwich

Wed 11Dr Khader Abu-Hayyeh, Nakba survivor, Hastings

Thu 12Haya al Farra (Palestinian Mission), Darlington

Thu 12Jafar Ramini, The Catastrophe that is Palestine, Salisbury

Thu 12Film screening: Life in Occupied Palestine (by Anna Baltzer, JVP), Exeter

Fri 13Film screening: The Time That Remains (dir. Elia Suleiman), SOAS, London WC1

Fri 13 – The Israel lobby and the European Union, Report Launch, London NW1

Fri 13Film screening: When I Saw You (dir. Annemarie Jacir), Shrewsbury

Fri 13Film screening: Palestine Blues (dir. Nida Sinnokrot), Hereford

Sat 14 – Day-School Conference: Prof Nur Masala, Awad Abdelfattah & more, London WC1

Sat 14Palestinian Forum in Britain, Nakba anniversary protest, London W8

Sat 14Remember the Nakba in quiet contemplation, Lancaster

Sat 14 Nakba commemoration, Sheffield Town Hall

nakba-tubeSat 14 – Mahmoud Zawahra, Portsmouth

Sat 14Friends of Al Aqsa: Palestine Exhibition and Fun Day, Edinburgh

Sat 14The Nakba: Palestine Exodus, Video Conference with survivors, Bristol 

Sat 14Nakba stall, Kettering

Sun 15Nakba stall, Northampton

Sun 15Interpal: Nakba Tube Trail, London E17

Sun 15Nakba Day, Lest We Forget, Kingston upon Thames

Sun 15Rafeef Ziadah, We Teach Life Sir album launch, Birmingham

Sun 15Nakba Day Vigil, Manchester

Sun 15 – Nakba Day, ‘Registered Alive’, with Maxine Peake, Ahmed Masoud & more, London N1

Islington

nakba-islingtonFriday, 13 May – Evening for Palestine. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/942198729227447/
7 pm, Hargrave Hall, Hargrave Road, Islington. Palestinian music, food, short film and talks by Palestinian youth. Organized by CADFA.

Manchester

Saturday, 14 May – Nakba Day Commemoration. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1140770009308235/
12 pm – 9 pm, Piccadilly Gardens, Live Feed from Gaza, talks, music, drama and poetry. 9 pm, Film screening and music.

London

Monday, 16 May – Book Launch and Seminar, “Mapping My Return, A Palestinian Memoir,” by Salman Abu Sitta. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/210407026005655/
6:30 pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London. Organized by Palestinian Return Centre and Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Saturday, 21 May – Nakba Narratives 2016 Annual Dinner. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1595195460797894/
6 pm, Royal Nawaab London. Annual dinner for Interpal with speakers Majdi Aqil, Ang Swee Chai, Yvonne Ridley, Ibrahim Hewitt.

Cambridge

Monday, 16 May – Nakba Talk – One Democratic State with Awad Abdelfattah and Karl Sabbagh. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/580838385418582/
7:30 pm, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge. Event chaired by Dr Ruba Salih (Reader at SOAS) and supported by One Democratic State (ODS) and Cambridge Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

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Nazi forces open fire on Palestinian farmers in southern Gaza

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Nazi forces on Sunday morning opened fire on Palestinians farmers in the southern Gaza Strip, local sources said.

Nazi forces deployed east of Khan Yunis opened fire on farmers, preventing them from reaching their lands. No injuries were reported.

Nazi army spokesperson said they could not confirm the incident.

The incident comes after Nazi forces targeted the southern region of the small Palestinian territory with airstrikes for four consecutive days beginning Wednesday evening. Several were injured and a Palestinian woman was killed by Nazi shelling.

Nazi said air strikes were launched in response to Palestinian resistance groups targeting its troops with mortar rounds in an attempt to thwart Nazi military excavation activities in search of Hamas-made tunnels. However, Nazi army regular incursions inside Gaza’s border areas were perceived by many as the instigator of the hostilities.

The exchange was seen as an unusual escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip since a 2014 ceasefire was brokered after Nazi devastating 50-day assault on the besieged coastal enclave that left some 2,200 dead and 11,000 injured.

Hamas, Gaza’s de facto ruler, had widely observed the 2014 ceasefire; Nazi Moshe Yalon in March said Hamas hasn’t fired a bullet” since the war, and following Thursday’s hostilities, Zionist newspaper Haaretz quoted a senior Nazi army officer as saying that Hamas had even been instrumental in preventing ‘terrorist’ attacks and rocket fire directed at the Nazi regime.

However in the almost two years since the ceasefire was declared, regular violations have been committed on the Nazi side.

Nazi bulldozers frequently enter Gaza territory, carrying out land-leveling and excavation operations while accompanied by military vehicles, with four such incursions recorded by the UN between April 26 and May 2.

On a near daily basis, the Nazi army fires “warning shots” on Palestinian fisherman, farmers, and shepherds entering the Israeli-enforced “buffer zone,” implemented after Nazi Gestapo imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip a decade ago.

Due to the high frequency of the attacks, live fire often goes unreported.

While Nazi regime typically cites security concerns when targeting Palestinian agricultural areas, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights has reported in the past that fishermen are often targeted when they pose no threat.

Approximately 35 percent of Palestinian agricultural land in Gaza is inaccessible without high personal risk, according to the center.

In 2015, Nazi naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen at least 139 times, killing three, wounding dozens, and damaging at least 16 fishing boats, according to the UN Agency for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Nazi forces also regularly open fire on Palestinian protesters during Friday demonstrations held along Gaza’s border, with injuries sustained by live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets reported nearly every week. At least 25 Palestinians have been shot dead by Nazi forces in Gaza clashes since the beginning of October, according to UN documentation.

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“Our stomachs will make themselves heard”: What Sankara can teach us about food justice today

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When it comes to food justice, environmentalism and ecological practices, Thomas Sankara was way ahead of his time. Thomas Sankara helped Burkina Faso become self-sufficient before in basic foodstuffs in just a few years before he was assassinated.

In recent weeks, news of food crises in countries across Africa has been intensifying. From the Democratic Republic of Congo all the way down to South Africa – via Malawi, Zimbabwe, Angola and many others – low rainfall has contributed to millions more being left vulnerable.

Earlier this week the international NGO, Save the Children, reported that the food shortage in the drought-affected Tigray and Afar regions of northern Ethiopia has reached critical proportions.[1] Of the 30 million people living in the region, according to UNICEF and the Ethiopian government, one third of them—some 10 million people—are in need of emergency food assistance.[2] The US government is now coordinating food aid and relief efforts, announcing last month that it would supplement $532 million for emergency food assistance, safe drinking water and nutrition.[3]

Yet, direct food aid is often destructive, particularly in the long-term, for those on the receiving end. Historical examinations of famine and the aftermaths of crisis response have shown that direct food aid, rather than reducing hunger, actually suppresses local food production and distribution systems. This market suppression, in turn, contributes to the structural inequalities that sustain uneven food distribution. Uneven food distribution within the global circuits of capitalism is at the heart of modern-day hunger.[4]

The current drought in northern Ethiopia echoes the 2005/06 drought in the Somali and Afar Regions as well as the Borena Zone of the Oromia Region—precisely because endemic, cyclical food shortage is a product of uneven economic development and is further compounded by anthropogenic climate change. [5]

However, hunger is far from inevitable on the continent and there is an alternative African story worth retelling, one of food sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency, and one whose lessons could be revived today. Thomas Sankara’s ecological-political praxis provides an alternative framework for food justice on the continent.

“You don’t need us to go looking for foreign financial backers”

During his short political career—which prematurely ended when he was assassinated in 1987—Sankara argued that some of the most pervasive roots of ecological disaster and hunger were over-indebtedness and over-dependence on foreign aid structures that encourage bare survival. Not only is his political-ecological praxis and his emphasis on national food sovereignty in a context of pervasive food aid still relevant for conversations about food justice today, but the successful implementation of several ecological programs in Burkina Faso provides historical evidence for the significance of national sovereignty and collective ecological practices for cultivating food security in arid and drought-prone landscapes (such as Northern Ethiopia and Burkina Faso).

In the four years that he was the president of the West African country of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara courageously worked with people on projects of self-determination in the face of enormous international and domestic neo-imperialist pressures. Known for his pro-people restructuring of the Burkinabè state, his staunch anti-imperialisms and his efforts to unite African leaders to repudiate international debt, his ecological practices have been relatively overlooked until recently. [6]

Sankara was an anti-imperial political activist-cum-intellectual revolutionary who actively and charismatically cultivated egalitarian political policies to improve the wellbeing of Burkina Faso’s seven million citizens in the mid-1980s. Sankara insisted that too many of the challenges that Burkinabè[7] people faced on a daily basis—including hunger, thirst, desertification, illiteracy, gender inequality[8] and economic alienation—were rooted in neo-colonial political and economic relationships and structures.

At the same time that the World Bank and the IMF were implementing sweeping austerity policies under the auspices of the Structural Adjustment Programs across the African continent, [9] Sankara was engaging in a transformative and revolutionary political project. This was a collective project to restructure the post-colonial state of Burkina Faso to ensure that state policies and political structures worked for the wellbeing of the people. For Sankara, meaningful anti-colonial political projects were rooted in self-sufficiency that ‘refused to accept a state of [mere] survival’ and ‘open[s] minds to a world of collective responsibility in order to dare to invent the future’. [10]

At the 39th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, Sankara made clear the relationship between neo-imperialism and hunger in post-colonial Burkina. He said,

‘We must succeed in producing more—producing more, because it is natural that he who feeds you also imposes his will […] We are free. He who does not feed you can demand nothing of you. Here, however, we are being fed every day, every year, and we say, “Down with imperialism!” Well, your stomach knows what’s what.’

[Laughter and applause was heard from the crowd.]

‘Even though as revolutionaries we do not want to express gratitude, or at any rate, we want to do away with all forms of domination, our stomachs will make themselves heard and may well take the road to the right, the road of reaction, and of peaceful coexistence [Applause from the crowd] with all those who oppress us by means of the grain they dump here.’

His anti-imperial language was audacious and ground-breaking but his assertions about the use of food distribution as a mechanism of control and power have since been further substantiated. This ‘dumping’ (to echo Sankara’s language) of food is, precisely, oftentimes profitable for donor countries. Since the inauguration of the US foreign food aid program in 1954,[11] the program has been structured primarily as ‘tied aid’.  Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins explain that US food aid typically ‘must be grown, processed, and packaged in the United States and shipped overseas on US-flagged vessels’.[12] An Oxfam Briefing Paper from 2006 similarly asserts that the US,

‘Sometimes uses food aid to dump agricultural surpluses and to attempt to create new markets for its exports. Indeed, food aid has the potential both to reduce domestic production of food, damaging the livelihoods of poor farmers, and to displace exports from other countries into the recipient country’.[13]

More than twenty years before the Oxfam report, Sankara argued that humanitarian aid was counterintuitive to long-term wellbeing that would move Burkinabè society past mere survival in a neo-colonial global system. Sankara combined a formidable anti-imperialism with a conviction in the power of the people and encouraged people’s struggle and mobilisations in the face of thirst and hunger. Sankara urged the people of Burkina,

‘You are going to build in order to prove that you’re capable of transforming your existence and transforming the concrete conditions in which you live. You don’t need us to go looking for foreign financial backers, you only need us to give the people their freedom and their rights. That will be done’.[14]

One village, one grove

Along with his insistence on national food sovereignty (often refusing international aid) and boosting local production, new irrigation canals were constructed. Sankara endeavoured to implement a nation-wide system of agro-ecology. Agro-ecology is an approach that encourages ‘power-dispersing and power creating’ communal food cultivation that enhances ‘the dignity, knowledge and capacities of all involved’ and the regeneration of the environment.[15] Agro-ecological pioneer, Pierre Rabhi, who worked in Burkina in the 1980s, explains that Sankara ‘wanted to make agro-ecology a national policy’.[16]

To end systemic hunger, Sankara worked collaboratively to implement a revised political economy focused on the capacity to provide every Burkinabè two meals a day and clean water. Two meals a day and clean water was a radical project in the context of persistent drought and famine across the Sahel. He insisted that the Burkinabè revolution

‘be measured by something else, it will be measured by the level of production. We must produce, we must produce. That’s why I welcome the slogan, “two million tons of grain.”’

Sankara focused on combating desertification in the Sahel. For Sankara, self-reliance and independence was a constituent of human dignity. These two political commitments are reflected in his linking of self-sufficiency with ecological sustainability and are apparent through the ‘un village, un bosquet’ (one village, one grove) program. The program encouraged every town, beginning with Ouagadougou, to plant trees to mark social occasions. These trees would eventually become a forest on the outer edges of the town. Before the global rise of the discourses of environmentalism, Sankara implemented a tree-planting campaign that transformed the arid landscape of Burkina.

The program re-established a culture of people-led, grassroots tree planting. This mixing of forestlands and farmlands was historically practiced throughout West Africa but the practice had been suffocated by the colonial domination of land use.[17] Sankara re-linked the practice of tree planting to pre-colonial tradition, emphasizing both the usefulness of tree planting as well as valorising it as custom of Burkina.[18]

The programs were enormously successful. In four years, 10 million trees were planted across the Sahel. Meanwhile, Jean Ziegler, the former UN special rapporteur on the right to food, declared that hunger had been eradicated in Burkina.

Lessons for today

Sankara lived a politics that was committed to a holistic revival of health and wellbeing – one that was inclusive of the environment, women and the masses. As Minister of Information under Colonel Saye Zerbo in 1981, Sankara pedalled to work on a bicycle. Later, one of his first acts as president was to create a Ministry of Water—this was ‘the first time the country had a ministry devoted exclusively to that essential resource’.[19]

Meng-Néré Fidèle Kientega, who worked closely with Sankara before his death and the current Secretary of External Relations of the Burkina Faso National Assembly, said of Sankara’s commitment to ecological and food justice,

‘Even if the validity of certain commitments and actions of the Revolution are subject to debate, it is indisputable that, from the environmental point of view as well as the ecological, Burkina today would have presented a different face [had Sankara’s ecological approach survived] than the [current] decrepitude and hazardous sell of pesticides everywhere, the plastic packaging that suffocates our land and restrains our animals, and the GMOs [that proliferate] in spite of outcry and almost universal disapproval’.[20]

Drawing inspiration from Sankara, the organisation, Terres Vivants-Thomas Sankara (Living Earth-Thomas Sankara), is working to reinvigorate some of Sankara’s pioneering commitments to agro-ecology, food sovereignty and ecological regeneration in Burkinabè villa communities.[21] These efforts indicate some of the ways in which Sankara’s ecological-political praxis remains a powerful rubric for food justice today. Rather than ask how ‘we’ let it (i.e., famine) happen ‘again’[22]—(and, in so doing, invoke memories of the highly criticised and patronising US musical response to the 1984 Ethiopian famine, We are the World)—we might articulate increasingly holistic understandings of ecology, climactic variability, markets, community wellbeing and international food aid in the context of food justice. Burkina’s August Revolution reveals some of the potentials within community-led efforts to re-forest when they are combined with grassroots educational programs and sustained political and economic efforts for food sovereignty.

Sankara emphasised the importance of people-powered national sovereignty for sustainable food justice. And his ground-breaking efforts to work with the people to increase awareness of the environment through incremental everyday activities and to carry out concrete programmes to foster long-term agro-ecological balance for food justice remain a powerful rubric for food justice today.

As international food aid and relief programmes move to intervene in the present famines by “dropping” millions of tons of food to provide short-term relief, we might recall Sankara’s courageous assertions that food aid is too often destructive in the long-term. His emphasis on national food sovereignty in a context of pervasive food aid shows that promoting national production and encouraging collective agro-ecology can be enormously successful in addressing the roots of hunger, even in drought-prone landscapes.

Notes

 

[1] The drought has been caused by two consecutive failed rainy seasons (aggravated by global climate change) and an ocean warming El Niňo. See Drought leaves 6 million Ethiopian children hungry, Aljazeera.

[2] Country Report for Ethiopia (2016) UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children.

[3] Nicole Gaouette (2016) US Dispatches Emergency Aid for Ethiopian Drought. CNN Politics.

[4] Tate Munro and Lorenz Wild (2016) As Drought Hits Ethiopia Again, Food Aid Risks Breaking Resilience. The Guardian.

[5] For more systematic examinations of the cyclical production of famines, the uneven global distribution of food and contemporary issues of food justice see the work of Amartya Sen (Poverty and Famines), Tanya Kerssen (Grabbing Power), Eric Holt-Gimenez, Michael Watts (Silent Violence), Raj Patel (Stuffed and Starved), Alex de Waal (Famine Crimes) and Vandana Shiva.

[6] Mike Speir’s (1991) examination of food self-sufficiency under the Conseil National de la Rèvolution (CNR) is a notable exception. See Speir (1991) ‘Agrarian change and the revolution in Burkina Faso’. African Affairs 90(358), pp. 89-110. More recently, ABC Burkina’s Newsletter (2012) was devoted to Sankara’s ecological heritage, edited by Maurice Oudet, Director SEDELAN, see particularly Fidel Kientega’s contribution Sankarisme et l’Environnement.

[7] Here I use the Fulfulde spelling (è) thereof.

[8] Amber Murrey (2012) The Revolution and the Emancipation of Women—Thoughts on Sankara’s Speech, 25 Years Later. Pambazuka News.

[9] African countries had an estimated combined $200 billion in foreign debt in 1985, with many countries spending nearly 40 per cent of annual budgets in debt repayment. Sankara famously said in his July 1987 address at the Summit of the Organization for African Unity (OAU): ‘Africa, collectively, simply refuse to pay’.

[10] Thomas Sankara’s speech at the 39th Assembly of the United Nations General Assembly. New York: 4 Oct. 1984.

[11] Public Law (PL) 480 was signed into law as the Agricultural Trade Development Act by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on 10 July 1954.

[12] Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins (2015) World Hunger: Ten Myths. In Food First Backgrounder 21(2).

[13] Oxfam International (2006) Food Aid or Hidden Dumping? Separating Wheat from Chaff. Oxfam Briefing Paper 71.

[14] Ibid.

[15] Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins (2015) World Hunger: Ten Myths. In Food First Backgrounder 21(2).

[16] See Rabhi’s interview in Part 1 of Sur les traces de Thomas Sankara. Documentary film. 90 min. Burkina Faso and France: Baraka Studios.

[17] Sankara attempted to radically restructure the land regime in Burkina through the RAF or the loi portant réorganisation agraire et foncière (law on the re-organisation of agriculture and soil). The successfulness of this land paradigm, which abolished private land ownership and replaced land title with usage rights, has been questioned and criticised (see Mahmadou Zongo, 2009, ‘Terre d’etat, loi des ancêstres? Les conflits fonciers et leurs procédures de règlement dans l’ouest du Burkina Faso’ Cahiers du Cerleshs Tome XXIV(33), 1191145.

[18] The programme was implemented, as Harsch (2014, pp. 102) notes, after the unsuccessful ‘three struggles’ campaign, which had criminalised behaviours deemed unsustainable (including slash-and-burn practices, the consumption of bush meat and tree-cutting in certain areas).

[19] Harsch, pp.100.

[20] Fidel Kientega (2009) Sankarisme et Environnement. Presentation delivered at La première édition de Sankara Revival, an initiative of Musician Sams’K Le Jah. Originally in French (loose translation by author): ‘Si la justesse de certains engagements et actions de la Révolution peut être sujette à discussion, il est incontestable que du point de vue de l’environnement et de l’écologie, le Burkina aurait présenté aujourd’hui un autre visage que celui de la décrépitude et de l’option hasardeuse pour les pesticides à tout vent, les emballages plastiques qui désolent toutes nos terres et endeuillent tous nos éleveurs, les OGM au grand dam du tollé et de la désapprobation quasi-générale.’

[21] See ABC Burkina’s Newsletter (2012) devoted to Sankara’s ecological heritage, edited by Maurice Oudet, Director of SEDELAN.

[22] James Jeffrey (2016) Ethiopia Drought: How Can We Let This Happen Again? Aljazeera.

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End of ISIS? Terror group declares emergency in self-declared capital Raqqa in Syria

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End of ISIS? Terror group declares emergency in self-declared capital Raqqa in Syria

Dreaded terror group Islamic State appears to be on the verge of being defeated in the key stronghold of Syria.The militant outfit has declared a state of emergency in their self-declared capital Raqqa in Syria.

According to a senior US official involved in anti-ISIS operations, ISIS is moving personnel around the city and trying to put up covers in certain areas to shield potential targets from airstrikes and ground attacks.

“We have seen this declaration of emergency in Raqqa, whatever that means. We know this enemy feels threatened, as they should,” Steve Warren, the spokesman for the US-led anti-ISIS coalition, said on Friday.

“They see the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), along with the Syrian Arab Coalition, manoeuvre both to their east and to their west,” Warren said.

“Both of these areas becoming increasingly secure, and the SDF increasingly able to generate their own combat power in those areas.”

SDF spokesman Tajir Kobani announced earlier this week that commanders of the SDF-affiliated groups in Northern Syria had coordinated plans for a joint final operation for liberating Raqqa from the ISIS.

The US military have also detected the movement of fighters throughout Raqqa which could give overhead surveillance aircraft an improved chance of finding and targeting them.

Meanwhile, it is not clear if ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi still remains in or around Raqqa. However, the military are monitoring any potential intelligence that he could be in other locations as well.

“Baghdadi remains extremely careful about his personal security,” a US defense official said, adding that America US will continue to try to find him.

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Nazi may force Palestinians to raise Nazi flag on Nakba Day

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Culture and sports centres in including Arabic institutions, should be made to raise the Nazi Jewish flag on Nakba Day, a senior minister has said yesterday.

Nazi Culture and Sport Minister Nazi Miri Regev instructed the ministry’s Director General Nazi Yossi Sharabi to put together an initiative that would see institutions raising the Nazi flag, YnetNews reported.

The news site reported informed sources saying: “Personal judgment should not factor in here.”

If Regev’s proposal is approved by the Nazi Knesset, it would force Al-Midan Theatre in Haifa and the Doha Stadium in Sakhnin, whose population is predominantly Arab, to raise the Nazi flag.

Since she took office, Regev promised to promote the Nazi flag’s prominence.

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Palestinians – 68 Years and Counting

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Every May, Palestinians around the world and under occupation “celebrate” or let us say “mourn” what is referred to as “Nakba” or “catastrophe”, and it seems every day is a Nakba for Palestinians under Israeli Occupation and those who lost their homes and position to the Israeli state in 1947-48.

I too must not allow this occasion to pass without having something to say.

This time, I am not going to go into how the Israeli militias and terrorist groups drove over 700,000 Palestinians from their homes in Jaffa, or Acre or Lod or Ramleh, or Beersheba or Safad.

I will not talk or write about how the Jewish terrorist groups, such as Haganah or Irgun terrorized people to leave, or how they committed massacres in Deir Yassin and bombed the King David Hotel or detonated bombs in market squares, as happened years later in Sarajevo.

This time, I am devoting my article to the stupid, reckless, incompetent, corrupt even collaborating Palestinian leadership, including the late Yasser Arafat and present-day Mahmoud Abbas, and the utterly deafening silence even acquiescence of the Palestinians under occupation and in the diaspora; and how they were able, through their inaction, to enable a bunch of incompetent crooks and thieves and collaborators to take charge of what is perhaps the most noble cause of modern history — the disposition and continued exile of some 8 million Palestinians.

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What must be done

Abbas and Netanyahu in DC

Abbas and Netanyahu in DC

I do not want to blame the so-called leadership of the PLO, an illegitimate, corrupt incompetent, organization and an illegitimate leadership as anything the world has seen in decades. The PLO and its leadership have every reason to have nothing but contempt for the Palestinian people who sat in silence, and who simply enabled such organization and leadership to lead it from one Nakba to another.

The people never held Yasser Arafat or the PLO leadership accountable for their reckless criminal behavior in Amman, Jordan in 1970 that still today leaves scars and suspicion between Jordanians and Palestinians.

The people never held Yasser Arafat and the PLO leadership accountable for their reckless endangerment of Palestinians in Lebanon, when Arafat boasted that he governs Lebanon from his seat in “Fakhani”, which resulted in the Lebanese Civil war and the invasion of Lebanon; and the exile of the PLO, leaving behind a community of 300,000 at risk without jobs, without protection from the Lebanese state and denied the right to engage in or practice 35 professions; and of course we all remember the massacres of Sabra and Shatila and Tal-Zaatar and the Camp wars, when residents of camps resorted to eating cats and dogs.

Once again, the people never held Arafat or the PLO leadership accountable for the exile of 350,000 Palestinians from Kuwait after Arafat’s buddy Saddam decided to invade Kuwait. They lost everything — over $15 billion in assets, and no one was ever held accountable for.

Then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin meeting in Casablanca with then PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat

Then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin meeting in Casablanca with then PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat

The people talked and complained, but never took action when Arafat and Abu-Jihad decided to “abort” the First Intifada, injecting into Israel a few million of the billions lost and unaccounted for, in order to save Rabin and save Arafat and the PLO from oblivion after they sided with Saddam.

Both Arafat and Abu-Jihad were caught off guard with their pants and guns down when the First Intifada broke out with the Israeli army in the news every day, as the world watched on television — the killing, the breaking of bones, and putting entire cities under 24-hour curfew.

Arafat thought this was his chance, and it was, to save his “ass” and his looted corrupt PLO from extensions, making secret overtures to Rabin, with a deal that ended the First Intifada. (Perhaps the closest thing the Palestinians had to ending the Israeli Occupation.)

In return, Rabin opened secret channels with Arafat.

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Oslo Accord, the Strategic Disaster

Arafat dispatched money and agents to take over and abort the Intifada, and with the help of Israel, dispatched two of his cohorts to Tunis, only to return with Arafat to manage his security forces under Oslo.

Of course, I should not blame only the people, but must also blame the shameless, faceless Palestinian National Council — a farce, a big Zero, selected by Arafat and his cronies masquerading as the Palestinian Parliament that never took an independent decision, never held anyone accountable for looting, nor for in-house political assassinations and murders committed within the ranks of the PLO, and never really had the backbone to represent the interests of the Palestinian people.

Arafat, desperate to fulfill his promise to Rabin, entered into secret negotiations with Israel in Oslo — sending perhaps incompetent, inept and corrupt teams of negotiators with no clue about anything, and without legal, geographical or demographic data to negotiate an agreement in Oslo — under which the PLO and Arafat returned to the Occupied Territories to manage and pay for the Israeli Occupation, while Israel continues to have military and settler control over the Palestinian territories.

In more criminal collaboration with the enemy, Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas agreed to give full, unconditional recognition to Israel, even with its undefined borders, and to declare that all resistance prior to and after Oslo would be deemed “acts of terror” against the State of Israel, with a commitment that the cohesive mission of the Palestinian security forces is to give security and comfort to the IDF and to the armed, trespassing settlers and to act as as auxiliary force to Israeli security forces, even as Israel continues with targeted killings, home demolitions, and arrest of “agitators”.

None of the mission statements of the Palestinian Security Forces allows for providing safety and security for the Palestinian people with Israel.

Since Oslo, over 650,000 Israelis have settled in the West Bank; over 800,000 olive trees were uprooted; and a 360-km Apartheid Wall was built, separating families from each other and separating people from their own farms, not to mention the more than 550 security checkpoints, where over 3 million Palestinians are subjected to daily humiliation.

With corruption rampant and with security chiefs running the organization like a mafia enterprise, things were bound to explode, especially in Gaza.

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I never understood why Hamas, an organization committed to “armed resistance”, decided to enter the political arena and compete with corrupt Fatah to manage the Israeli Occupation.

Hamas leadership no less stupid and reckless like Fatah should have known better that Abbas, the US, Israel, Jordan and Egypt will never allow Hamas to govern.

It was an ambitious undertaking that backfired setting the stage for the takeover of Gaza by Hamas and the never ending political and geographical split between Hamas and Fatah.

Contrary to what the Israeli-oriented Hasbara keeps repeating, when Israel evacuated its 3,500 criminal trespassers, it designated Gaza as “enemy territory” subject to blockade and to be placed under siege, to be hit any time and at any place, and this is exactly what happened a number of times when Israel used its might the US supplied weapons to destroy Gaza, killing thousands and destroying more than 250,000 homes in its three major wars on Gaza.

Abbas and the Ramallah leadership are too content with Israel’s siege and war on Gaza, and blockade by both Israel and Egypt; that is why Abbas never bothered to visit Gaza even once, preferring to travel the world to enjoy five-star hotels, red carpets, shopping sprees, while perhaps generating some business deals for his cohorts, since there is no business to be gained inside Gaza.

Hamas is content with its “control” over Gaza keeping its cadre busy, generating income from the “tunnel” business and from what it gets from countries like Iran; and it too is not in a hurry to give up everything and hand over control to Abbas and Fatah.

Ramallah, as anyone who visited the city notes, is a booming town, with high-rises and high-class business and residential towers, a thriving nightlife, and restaurants generously funded and supported by the many corrupt officials who frequent the bars and restaurants.

Ministers, current and former, perhaps counting over 300 since Oslo, enjoy a lifetime salary, with present ministers enjoying cars, domestic servants, more than dozen guards, an SUV, VIP passes to travel to Tel Aviv for dinner and entertainment — while millions of Palestinians have to wait hours, if not days, in total humiliation at Israeli checkpoints.

The NGOs also experience a bonanza, with hundred of millions given by donor countries for ‘research and studies”; generating damn good incomes for the founding members and the staff, but never with a mission to advocate for the Palestinian people nor to develop a blueprint for ending the occupation.

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Business is also experiencing a boom in construction and in deals with the manufacturer in settlements, while officially professing to support the BDS movements and with Palestinian businessmen investing over $2.5 billion in commercial enterprises in the Israeli settlements. Ramallah is living, while everyone is dying.

I have to conclude my article by posing a question.

How can the Palestinians ever expect to end the Israeli Occupation, while not challenging and throwing this leadership out, a leadership that has been neglecting Israel for over 22 years, giving away everything except its role as manager and financial contributor to the continued occupation, which has saved Israel over $50 billion since Oslo.

How can the people in exile from Jaffa, Haifa, Acre, Lod and Ramleh among other towns and cities ever expect to go back when they keep giving an excuse to such incompetent, corrupt collaborating leadership?

It is inexplicable why the Palestinian people simply do not take matters in their hand and simply throw Abbas and the entire PLO leadership out of Ramallah and challenge the PLO for its claimed “sole representation” for the Palestinian people.

There will never be a Palestine while the Palestinian people remain spinning their wheels and lamenting their misfortune and not taking action to change history.

But then, how can the Palestinians, who have not impeached all members of the Palestinian National Congress for malfeasance, feel they are entitled to go back home or expect the PLO to enable them go back home or end the occupation?

They will have to wait for Moses to comeback.

My best recommendation is to forget the two state solution — it will never happen. And even if it were to happen, it would be a Mafiosa police state.

It’s time to pursue the One State Solution — a state for all of its people. And yes, why not? Palestinians have lived with others for many years; Jews have lived with others for centuries. Why couldn’t the two live together?

Salam/Shalom/Peace. Until next Nakba and next year.

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Nazi Jewish settlers attack Palestinian mother and child

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350395CA group of Nazi Jewish settlers attacked a Palestinian woman and her child late Friday night during an incursion into a home in the Tel Rumeida area of Hebron’s Old City in the southern occupied West Bank.

Emad Abu Shamsiya, a coordinator for Human Rights Defenders, toldMa’an settlers attacked the house of Riyad Abu Hazza and beat his wife as Nazi Jewish settlers sprayed his daughter with pepper spray and caused her to faint.

Upon hearing the commotion, a group of volunteers rushed to the house to help fend off the Nazi Jewish settlers and provide first aid to Abu Hazza’s wife and child, Abu Shamsiya said.

Jawad Abu Aisheh, a coordinator for the Hebron-based group Youth Against Settlements, said the assault occurred after a weekly Nazi Jewish settler march took place in the city — usually held on Fridays or Saturdays — where Nazi Jewish settlers chant anti-arab slogans, such as “Death to Arabs,” or “Gas the Arabs,” as they harass Palestinians and damage their properties.

Abu Aisheh told Ma’an that the near daily Nazi Jewish settler attacks are only pieces of a much larger scheme of Nazi Jewish settlers attempting to push Palestinians out of the neighborhoods by creating an environment where they must constantly live in fear.

Nazi Jewish forces declared the area of Tel Rumeida a “closed military zone” in late October, and has since renewed the military order every month, only allowing Palestinian residents of the area with issued identification numbers to enter.

However, according to Abu Aisheh, tomorrow is expected to be the last day of the closed military zone as families in the area have not yet received another military decree.

Mistreatment of Palestinians in the Hebron area has been common since the city was divided in the 1990s after a US-born Nazi Jewish settler, Baruch Goldstein, massacred 29 Palestinians inside the Ibrahimi Mosque.

Tel Rumeida is located within the area of the city designated as H2, an area taking over the bulk of the Old City that is under full Nazi military control, and the site of five illegal Nazi Jewish settlements that continually expand into the neighborhoods of the more than 6,000 Palestinians who reside within the Nazi-controlled area.

The several hundred Nazi Jewish settlers who illegally reside in Hebron have made attacks on Palestinians and their properties an almost daily occurrence for several decades.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there have been a total of 30 reported Nazi Jewish settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since the start of 2016, and a total of 221 attacks in 2015.

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