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Flags display toll of conflict

Posted in Activism, Videos by beyondtheborder on April 19, 2009

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Hundreds of red, orange and pink flags lined the HUB lawn Tuesday, representing the Palestinian and Israeli causalities of the bombings in the Gaza Strip.

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) members were outside at 8 a.m. to plant the flags and raise awareness for the issue.

“We are here to spread awareness of the occupied Palestinian territory,” said Shadi Ghrayeb (graduate student-engineering).

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Email Threat against Pro-Palestinian University Student and Activist

Posted in Activism by beyondtheborder on April 18, 2009

We are outraged to learn that on April 6, Sana Javed, a leading activist, member of the Muslim Students’ Association and a candidate with the Student Power Party, received a threatening e-mail from a classmate urging her to “withdraw from Middle Eastern Politics class” because of the role Javed played in helping to organize last month’s Palestinian Solidarity Week. The e-mail stated that “if you don’t withdraw, things could potentially get nasty” as the classmate is “loosing [sic] my ability to control myself in relations to you.”

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Haniyeh: Hamas willing to accept Palestinian state with 1967 borders

Posted in Activism, Palestine and the International Community, The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

The Hamas leader spoke at a meeting with 11 European parliamentarians who sailed from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip to protest Israel’s naval blockade of the territory. Haniyeh told his guests Israel rejected his initiative. Clare Short, who served in the cabinet of former British prime minister Tony Blair, asked Haniyeh to repeat his offer. He said the Hamas government had agreed to accept a Palestinian state that followed the 1967 borders and to offer Israel a long-term hudna, or truce, if Israel recognized the Palestinians’ national rights.

In response to a question about the international community’s impression that there are two Palestinian states, Haniyeh said: “We don’t have a state, neither in Gaza nor in the West Bank. Gaza is under siege and the West Bank is occupied. What we have in the Gaza Strip is not a state, but rather a regime of an elected government. A Palestinian state will not be created at this time except in the territories of 1967.”

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Open letter from South African scholar to be written over 2kms of Israeli seperation wall

Posted in Activism by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009 will spray a nearly 2,000 word “Open letter to Israel” on an expected 2,625 meters of concrete separation wall near Ramallah in the coming weeks, organizers say.

The letter, from South African scholar and human rights activist Farid Esack, will be spray-painted by local members of the Send a Message campaign, and the cost of equipment, paint and documentation, estimated at 12,000 euros, will be covered by donations of 20 euros by hundreds of supporters of the campaign.

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Concern at border delays of Irish humanitarian aid to Gaza

Galway Palestine Children’s Appeal has expressed concern about further border delays which have prevented four containers of Irish humanitarian aid from being delivered to the people of Gaza.

Irish embassy officials in Egypt have been trying to track the containers, following their detention in the Egyptian port of Alexandria along with aid consignments sent from Britain and France.

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Galloway: “Oslo deals are dead, will not lead us anywhere”

Posted in Activism by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

Galloway added that what I happening now cannot be called peace talks, and that the Israelis are holding talks but are not ready to achieve justice that could lead to peace.

He stated that Israel wants endless and aimless talks, and that this issue will not lead to peace but is only meant to grant Israel more time to continue its violations.

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Motorola drops bomb fuse unit following boycott campaign

Posted in Activism, BDS Campaign by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

Motorola has sold a controversial unit that produced bomb fuses and other equipment for the Israeli military, according to the Israeli financial newspaper Globes. The sale rids Motorola of some activities that had made it the target of a growing boycott in the US and worldwide. No explanation was offered in the media reports for the sale by Motorola Israel — a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola — of its unit called Government Electronics Department (GED) to the Israeli company Aeronautics Defense Systems Ltd.

The sale came just days after a 30 March protest in Brooklyn by The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel (NYCBI) kicking off a city-wide campaign to boycott Motorola over its support for Israeli apartheid. Ryvka Bar Zohar from NYCBI commented, “We are heartened that Motorola has eliminated at least its production of bomb fuses for bombs that Israel dropped on the Palestinian and Lebanese people. But we will continue our campaign to boycott Motorola until it is clear that it has eliminated production and sale of all products used to support Israeli apartheid.”

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