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.

‘No more deaths': Thousands of Israelis protest the Gaza war: here.

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.

White House: Little doubt UN school in Gaza was hit by Israeli artillery: here.

Gaza ‘faces precipice’ as death toll passes 1,400: here.

A public letter by Hilla Dayan and PW Zuidhof, an Israeli-Dutch couple visiting Tel Aviv with their children. The full letter was published on the Jewish Voice for Peace website on July 31. It details the atmosphere of intimidation, hatred and hysteria inside Israel during its military offensive on Gaza.

In an article titled, “Arrest Gideon Levy and Haneen Zoabi,” Matti Golan, a columnist for the Israeli business daily Globes, has called for the establishment of camps modeled after the internment camps the United States established in World War II: here.

Shimon Peres has broken ranks with the prevalent mood in Israel, saying it is time to “find a way to stop” the 22-day war in Gaza. Mr Peres’s comments, made hours before the security cabinet convened to decide whether to further escalate the war or try to move towards a diplomatic exit, were immediately denounced as defeatist by legislators in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party: here.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers condemn destruction of Gaza: here.

Gaza crisis: UN, US announce ceasefire to begin Friday morning: here.

The 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed yesterday morning within hours of coming into force: here.

NSA hands Gaza targeting data to Israel, say latest Snowden docs: here. And here.

And while the U.S. approved a $225 million grant to fix the Iron Dome, the White House has been frustrated as “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has largely dismissed diplomatic efforts.” [AP]

INTERNET giant Google found itself with explaining to do yesterday after allowing a game entitled Bomb Gaza to be uploaded onto its software store. The game — in which players fire airstrikes at Palestinians from Israeli planes — was taken down after hundreds of complaints came through: here.

Britain: The Tory Party started showing its cracks yesterday when Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi stormed out of office over David Cameron’s “morally indefensible” position on Palestine: here. And 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.

Avraham Burg, once speaker of the Knesset and deputy president, is voting for the communist Hadash party in the next elections: here.

Eritrean elephant mystery in ancient Gaza battle solved


This video is called The Elephant Documentary.

From LiveScience:

Elephant Mystery at Ancient Syrian Battle Solved

By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer

January 21, 2014 08:01am ET

The mystery of an ancient battle between two warring troops of elephants has been solved, thanks to a modern genetic analysis of the lumbering beasts.

Researchers have now found that Eritrean elephants, which live in the northeastern portion of Africa, are savanna elephants, and are not related to the more diminutive forest elephants that live in the jungles of central Africa.

That, in turn, discounts an ancient Greek account of how a battle between two warring empires played out, with one side’s elephants refusing to fight and running away, the scientists report in the January issue of the Journal of Heredity. [10 Epic Battles That Changed the Course of History]

Ancient battle

In the third century B.C., the Greek historian Polybius described the epic Battle of Raphia, which took place around 217 B.C. in what is now the Gaza Strip, as part of the Syrian Wars. During these wars, Seleucid ruler Antiochus III the Great fought against  Ptolemy IV Philopator, the fourth ruler of the Ptolemaic Dynasty in Egypt, whose last leader was Cleopatra. The matchup included tens of thousands of troops, thousands of cavalry and dozens of war elephants on each side.

The elephants were the “ace in the hole,” able to trample the enemy and sow terror with their massive size.

“Elephants were considered the tanks of the time, until eventually the Romans figured out how to defeat war elephants,” in later times, said study co-author Alfred Roca, an animal scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Antiochus had easy access to Asian elephants from India, but Ptolemy didn’t. Instead, he set up outposts in what is now modern-day Eritrea to get African elephants.

Unfortunately, that strategy didn’t work out so well: According to Polybius’ account, the African elephants turned tail and ran when they saw how gigantic the Asian elephants were. Ptolemy, however, was able to recover due to missteps by Antiochus and eventually won the battle.

African elephants

In reality, Asian elephants are smaller than African elephants, so some historians speculated that perhaps the Ptolemies were using African forest elephants, which tend to be smaller, Roca said.

So Roca and his colleagues conducted a thorough genetic analysis of the elephants found in Eritrea, the descendants of the losers in the ancient battle.

“We showed using pretty much every genetic marker, that they were savanna elephants,” Roca told LiveScience. “This was contrary to some speculation that there may be forest elephants present in that part of the world.”

Ancient myths

The findings suggest that Polybius had it wrong, and the African elephants got spooked for some other reason than the overpowering size of the Asian elephants.

In other ancient documents, “There were these ancient semi-mythical accounts of India, and they claimed that India had the biggest elephants in the world,” Roca said.

Polybius, who wasn’t actually at the battle, likely read those accounts and surmised the Asian elephants’ bigger size caused their opponents to panic.

In fact, until about the 1700s, when scientists actually measured the two, most people still thought Asian elephants were the larger species, Roca said. (And even now, games such as Age of Empires that recreate the Battle of Raphia depict the Ptolemaic elephants as smaller.)

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