Stop bloody Israel-Gaza war, peace movement says


This video says about itself:

Barenboim conducts his “Orchestra for Gaza”

3 May 2011

For the last 12 years Daniel Barenboim has used his musical reputation to push for peace between Israel and its neighbours.

This 68 year-old Argentine-born Jew, yet holder of a Palestinian passport had previously taken his music to the West Bank, but now he has broken fresh ground, crossing from Egypt into Gaza to play with his “Orchestra for Gaza”, 25 handpicked musicians from the top ensembles in Europe.

From the peace movement in Israel:

First 3 Friday actions; after that Saturday night Tel Aviv demo

1)
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From: דב קולר

The Galilee Jewish-Arab Peace Vigil goes on!

Friday August 1, 2014 – at 1.00 pm , western entrance to Karmiel

Daily, innocent people get killed by the scores, sometimes by hundreds, in the ongoing terrible war between Israel and Palestine.

In recent days, Jews and Arabs joined together to protest – men and women, urban, rural, and kibbutzniks – residents of the Galilee from Karmiel, Ba’aneh, Pelech, Beit Jan, Misgav, Deir al Asad, and other locations

United, we of civil society call upon the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships to:

Implement an immediate ceasefire – and conduct a genuine dialogue in order to achieve a comprehensive political agreement between the two peoples.

We struggle to put an end to the bloodshed, in this terrible time of bombing and shelling, when the innocent are daily killed – women and children, young and old.

For more information: Dov Koller +972-(0)54-3921272

2)
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From: Vitali Markov

Update on The Peace Bus – Jerusalem to the Gaza Border

The following update, as of Thursday afternoon August 1, supersedes and replaces earlier version sent out yesterday

Friday, August 1, 9am, the Peace Bus will leave the parking lot of Gan Ha’Pa’amon (Liberty Bell Park) in Jerusalem, for the third consecutive week carrying medicines and clothes, as well as flowers, intended for the people of Gaza. Also postcards written by Israelis and addressed to Gazans, trying to bridge the terrible abyss.

The intended schedule includes:

- 10.00am – Visiting wounded Gazans at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem
– 12.00 (Noon) – Meeting with Bereaved Families maintaining a non-stop vigil at the Cinemateque Sqaure, Tel Aviv
– 2.00 pm – Visiting wounded soldiers in a Tel Aviv area hospital, with a message of peace (note: implementation of this part depends of approval by the authorities)
– 4.30 – Arriving at Sderot on the Gaza border, meeting with “The Other Voice“, an organization of Gaza border residents seeking peace and reconciliation with their Palestinian neighbors
– At the end of that meeting, symbolically laying flowers as near to Erez Checkpoint on the Gaza border as the bus could get. Supplies collected for Gaza will be delivered via the West Bank-based “Caritas” charity
Note: Intended stop in Be’er Sheba was cancelled
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Please come on board to make the message of the Peace Bus stronger and to meet people living on the border of the conflict region. Presenting a message of peace in the conflict zone is of vital importance, as is maintaining touch between Israel’s center and periphery – to stay together.

We are ready to come on the 3rd Journey and deliver medicines to the people in Gaza (we start collecting the medicine and the money to buy medicines in order to provided both direct and symbolic support from Israelis to the Gazans during the humanitarian catastrophe). Let’s take a one day break, collect energy and start Sunday with some ideas and actions. First things first – we need to contribute ourselves and find foundations supporting our project …

We just got back from the town of Sderot on the Gaza border, where on our 2nd bus journey we visited families who support peaceful solution of the conflict and were inspired by conversations. We’ve been also on a our condolences visit to a Bedouin camp next to Dimona, where a part of a rocket fired by Hamas (after the rocket was intercepted, but some shrapnel fell down) killed a Bedouin man and wounded his children. It was a good journey and more will follow. I apologize, folks, that the web-radio broadcasting came short this time, some technical stuff we’ll have to learn how to solve.

Our vision is to create the reality where Palestinians and Israelis can live in peace and dignity. We are not offering political solutions nor do all of us have a common political view. We do not have ready recipes. But what we a certain of is that we cannot continue hating, fighting, killing each other. In 66 years of war we could not achieve any permanent solution – we believe that it’s time to try a different path.

On the Peace Bus we promote the principles of tolerance, understanding and non-violence. People of all religions, colors, nations, genders come together in the loving attitude to see what the media is trying to hide away from us – a true face of the so called “enemy”. In the eyes of an Israeli and Palestinian child you will discover innocence and remember yourself once being a child, free from prejudices and hate. In this moment we mourn for all those who perished during this unnecessary and tragic conflict: not just in the current one, but for all the innocents who lost their lives in the war of hatred.

We want to see the perspectives of both sides: suffering of Palestinians and Israelis alike. We are all human beings who happened to be raised as enemies. And this is a real tragedy. We can not live in peace as long as other side is suffering. Therefore, the PEACE IS OUR COMMON GOAL!

Contact:
Vitali Markov +972-(0)58-6566767

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3)
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From:

Support Imprisoned Conscientious Objectors – Military Prison 6, Atlit, Friday Aug. 6

Uriel Ferera had refused to join an army of occupation and is going in and out of the military prison system. This week, in the midst of terrible war in Gaza, he is joined behind bars by refuser Udi Segal.

On Friday Aug. 1, the Yesh Gvul refuser support group will hold a protest outside Military prison 6 at Atlit (between Tel Aviv and Haifa) where the two are held. At 12.30 activists will climb the mountain overlooking the prison, from where they will be visible (and with favorable wind conditions, audible) from the prison courtyard.

Transportation:
Jerusalem: Binyaney Ha’uma, 10.00 am
Tel Aviv: Corner of Arlozorov and Namir, 11.00 am
Contact: Yishai Menuchin +972-(0)054-3355373

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From: maayan dak

Saturday, 2nd of August. 20:00, Habima Theater Square, Tel Aviv

We call for an immediate cease fire, putting an end to the war and bloodshed, while simultaneously seeking a political solution

Stop the attack on Gaza!

War does not lead to security, it merely claims more and more causalities.

Say yes to a political solution that will make possible a secure life for both people.

*** There will be assigned stewards. Please fallow their instructions as for the location of the protest, the conduct during the protest and the dispersal***

We ask that all participants will avoid any violent conduct.

Coalition of Women for Peace & Da’am
Contact: Maayan Dak +972-(0)508-575729

We invite other organizations to add their name to the call for the protest.

Gaza conflict: US says Israeli attack on UN school was ‘totally unacceptable’. White House’s strongest and most explicit condemnation of Israel comes as Palestinian leaders prepare for talks on short ceasefire: here.

Pro-peace demonstration in Tel Aviv, Israel


This video from Israel says about itself:

Tel Aviv: 5000 protest assault on Gaza

About 5,000 people protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday July 26, 2014 against Israel’s assault on Gaza; about 500 people counter-protested in support of the assault on Gaza.

By Fred Mazelis:

Internationally renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim speaks out in sympathy with the Palestinians

29 July 2014

Amidst the chauvinist hysteria being whipped up in Israel and the lies and propaganda from media outlets that support the Zionist state, one prominent voice has spoken out courageously against the latest Israeli onslaught on Gaza, which has already taken the lives of more than 1,000 Palestinians, including hundreds of women and children.

Daniel Barenboim, the world-famous Israeli conductor and pianist, who has for many years opposed the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, issued a brief but heartfelt statement, “Both Israelis and Palestinians are losers in this conflict,” which was published in the British Guardian newspaper. …

Barenboim reflects the opinions of many Israelis whose voices are being drowned out in the campaign to mobilize public opinion behind the latest invasion. Thousands have protested, and many more have begun to see the dead end of the militarization of Israeli society and the whipping up of the kind of social backwardness that led to the recent revenge killing of a Palestinian youth.

Peace demonstration in Israel tomorrow


This video from Britain says about itself:

Gaza Crisis: Jews & Arabs Refuse To Be Enemies

23 July 2014

Jews & Arabs around the world have been sharing loving images of coexistence using hashtag #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies in an effort to change the discourse online. BBC Trending meets the people behind the campaign.

From the Gush Shalom peace movement in Israel today:

Stop the War Demo Sat. 8pm Tel Aviv Rabin Square

We Are Not Afraid Of A Political Solution

Gush Shalom is among the initiators

Statement of the organizing coalition + transportation details:

On Saturday, the peace camp takes a stand at Rabin Square. The war is taking a heavy toll in lives and injuries on both sides, in destruction and horror, in bombings and rockets. We answer this by taking a stand and making a demand: end the war now!

We must end the war and start talking with the recognized Palestinian leadership of the West Bank and Gaza to end the occupation and the siege and to achieve independence and justice for both peoples – in Israel and Palestine.

Instead of being drawn, again and again, into more wars and more military actions, it is now time to lead the way to dialogue and political settlement. There is a political solution. What price must we pay – the people of the South and the other residents of Israel, and the people of Gaza and the West Bank – until we reach that solution?

Together, Jews and Arabs, we will overcome occupation and war, hatred, incitement and racism – and offer a path to life and hope.

Transportation:

Haifa-17:45 Al-Midan Theater (Migdal Haneviim), contact: Danny (0525655542)

Jerusalem- 18:15 Gan Hapaamon, 18:30 Binyanei Haouma, contact: Sahar: 0545683419

Registration by text messages to contact persons

Yuli Novak, former Israeli air force officer: When I served, the Israeli military was the most moral in the world. No more.

Peace demonstration in Israel again today


This video says about itself:

15 November 2012

Israeli peace activists rally against attacks on Gaza

Around 100 peace activists gathered outside Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s apartment in Tel Aviv Wednesday night, after the start of a military offensive in Gaza.

Activists carried banners and shouted “money for welfare, not war.”

From the peace movement in Israel today:

Today – Thursday, 8:30 pm, we shall rally in Zahal Square, where East Jerusalem joins West Jerusalem, in order to say out loud, Israelis and Palestinians side by side – Ceasefire!

This past week the city of Jerusalem has witnessed a wave of violence we have not experienced in a long time. Violence on both parts of the city is on the rise.

On Thursday we will come together in order to say that violence could only lead to more violence.

We have been in this situation before – during Operations Cast Lead, Pillar of Defense and now – Tzuk Eitan (“Operation Protective Edge”): Bombing which leads to rocket launching which then leads to more bombing – and so on. Revenge could only result in more acts of revenge.

It’s time to break this vicious chain of violence, and act together in order to put our lives back on track and end this conflict.

The rally is organized by the Combatants for Peace movement and supported by Meretz, Hadash and Gush Shalom.

For more information: siur.betlehem@gmail.co _972-(0)542-015159

July 13, 2014. The night it became dangerous to demonstrate in Tel Aviv. The fascists attacked. Police didn’t respond in time and ran away when the sirens wailed. We were lucky to get away with only three injured, one in the hospital and many traumatized. (Translated from Hebrew by Michael Sappir): here.

Anti-Semitism in Ukraine and the US State Department


This video from the eastern Ukraine says about itself:

19 April 2014

Ukraine: In multinational Donetsk, all are equal – Pushilin

Leaders of the Donetsk interim government gave a press conference in the Regional administration building in Donetsk, Saturday.

Denis Pushilin, the Deputy ‘People’s’ Governor of Donetsk and member of the interim government, recently said that it’s up to residents to decide where and how they want a referendum to take place.

Pushilin also responded to questions relating to a forged leaflet which showed up on social media networks, calling for Jewish people in Donetsk above the age of 16 to register their names and pay $50 (€60) in cash. Pushilin said that the republic of Donetsk is multinational and that all people are equal.

By Alex Lantier:

US imperialism and the anti-Semitic leaflet in Donetsk

19 April 2014

US outrage at a vile anti-Semitic leaflet circulating in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, demanding that all Jews register with local pro-Russian authorities, is a hypocritical fraud. US officials have seized on the leaflet, whose authorship is totally unclear and which stinks of a provocation to smear protesters hostile to the US-backed Ukrainian regime in Kiev, to denounce protesters and posture as opponents of anti-Semitism.

At talks between US, European, Ukrainian and Russian officials in Geneva, US Secretary of State John Kerry said: “In the year 2014, after all the miles traveled in the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it’s grotesque … beyond unacceptable.”

What hypocrisy! In the February putsch that toppled Ukraine’s government, Washington and its European allies worked directly with fascists, including the Right Sector militia and the Svoboda party. These forces—which hail the World War II-era Ukrainian fascists led by Stepan Bandera, who collaborated with the Nazis as they carried out the mass murder of Jews in Ukraine—now occupy top positions in the unelected, pro-Western puppet regime in Kiev.

Kerry was cynically seizing upon the leaflet to improve the US position in talks with Russia, by distracting from popular anger with the Kiev puppet regime’s ties to fascism and providing ammunition for hysterical attacks on Moscow.

US officials ignored the multiple signs that the document is a crude forgery. The leaflet—bearing the name of the pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic, which is occupying local government buildings in Donetsk, and signed by its leader, Denis Pushilin—was reported on Wednesday in Israeli media.

It begins, “Dear Ukrainian citizens of Jewish nationality, due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community support the Bandera junta and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, [we have] decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.”

It demands that Jewish citizens provide extensive documentation as to their property holdings and religion and pay a $50 fee to officials in Room 514 of the local government building occupied by the pro-Russian protesters. Otherwise, the leaflet said, they would face deportation.

The initial Israeli media reports made clear the highly dubious character of the leaflet. They cited Pushilin’s denials that his group had issued it, as well as broader doubts as to its authenticity. Alex Tenzer, a director of the National Association of Immigrants from the Former USSR in Israel, said: “It’s hard to tell whether the leaflet is valid or simply a provocation.”

Olga Reznikova, who sent YNet a copy of the document from Donetsk, said: “I do not intend to register. I am 32, I have lived in Donetsk my entire life, and have never had to deal with anti-Semitism until I laid eyes on this piece of paper. Though I take it very seriously, I am uncertain of its authenticity.”

Reporters for the New York Times who visited Room 514 of the Donetsk local government building on Thursday found it empty. They spoke to protesters who said the leaflet was a trick of the Kiev regime to discredit them. “We are laughing; this is propaganda,” one said.

As Western officials and media prepared for the Geneva talks, however, they baldly attributed the leaflet to pro-Russian groups. Ignoring continuing reports from Donetsk challenging the authenticity of the leaflet, they speculated that it could harm the pro-Russian forces and “change the narrative” about Ukraine—that is, undermine the credibility of anti-Kiev protesters.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph wrote: “A shocking story coming out of Ukraine: pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country are accused of asking Jewish citizens to register their identity or face deportation … It could change the narrative of the conflict yet again: the Russian separatism becomes a call not for self-determination, but outright bigotry informed by a desire for racial purity and Orthodox chauvinism.”

Kerry’s denunciations of the Donetsk protesters over the leaflet were echoed by other US diplomats. “Everything we’re hearing suggests this is the real deal, and that it is coming from someone on the ground there among these radical groups,” US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt told CNN, “either to stir fear or to create provocation justifying further violence.”

Reporting from Donetsk, however, CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh called the leaflet “by all accounts an isolated incident.” Referring to protesters and the Jewish community in Donetsk, he added, “All sides are really trying to calm this down. Bizarrely, really, it’s the US State Department focusing specifically on this allegation.”

This comment from CNN, which can hardly be accused of having a critical attitude towards US foreign policy, gives a far better idea than Kerry’s hypocritical statements about the political origins of the anti-Semitic leaflet. The US State Department, Kiev, and their collaborators in Europe know more about it, one may safely assume, than Moscow or the protesters in Donetsk.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Poland and the United States would announce next week the deployment of US ground troops to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO military forces in Central and Eastern Europe, in response to the crisis in Ukraine: here.

Leading German journalists, who have been agitating for weeks for a war against Russia, intensified their propaganda after Tuesday’s announcement that NATO was stepping up its intervention in Eastern Europe. Even after the experiences of the First and Second World Wars, some clearly can’t wait for a re-run of the Eastern Front: here.

Canada is deploying six F-16 fighter jets to Eastern Europe in support of the war threats against Russia made by the US, Germany and NATO, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday: here.

Russia: Fatal gun battle near Ukrainian city of Slovyansk shows Kiev is failing to rein in extremists: here.

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