Israeli Cabinet decides to continue airstrikes on Gaza ‘as necessary’

Ma’an News, Nov. 13, 2018

BETHLEHEM — The Israeli Cabinet reportedly decided on Tuesday afternoon to resume the offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip, following a nearly seven-hour meeting.

Hebrew-language news sites reported that following a meeting that lasted for nearly seven hours, the Israeli Cabinet decided to continue airstrikes targeting the Gaza Strip “as necessary.”

According to a statement released by the Cabinet and published on Israel National News, “The Political-Security Cabinet discusses events in the south. The cabinet heard reports from the IDF and security sources about the attacks and the widespread actions against the terrorist elements in Gaza, and instructed the IDF to continue its operations as necessary.”

UN and Egyptian officials will reportedly visit Gaza on Wednesday.

Earlier Tuesday, sources told Ma’an that the Palestinian factions agreed to a ceasefire agreement upon request by Egypt and the United Nations (UN).

A total of seven Palestinians have been killed since Monday evening, while more than 30 were injured.

Emergency demonstrations throughout Israel

Stop the war! Move towards peace!

Occupation Magazine, Nov. 13, 2018

    Hebrew original forwarded by Standing Together media@standing-together.org, translation Adam Keller

Today at 20:00 — Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem — The Standing Together movement, along with various peace groups, will demonstrate today (Tuesday, Nov. 13) throughout the country, demanding a complete change of direction. Instead of war and fear and bloodshed we should lift the siege of Gaza, end the occupation, and actively pursue of a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace.

The pain of suffering casualties, the fear of another night without sleep and the question “why?` are now the lot of very many people. We want – we must – change this reality. This conflict has gone on far too long. Again and again it flares up. Again we hear arrogant statements about “It is time to teach them a lesson” which do not and should not give anyone a feeling of confidence.

We must take a new path. Residents of Southern Israel and residents of Gaza, Israelis and Palestinians – only peace can guarantee security to all of us. Only peace will ensure quiet nights – this is the only way. Let`s end for spreading hatred and sowing fear, let`s end this pain. Today, especially today, let us demand what should have taken place long ago, the only thing that can ensure life: lifting of the siege, ending the occupation and achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace. We deserve a happy ending to this sad and difficult story.

    The demonstrations will take place at:
    Haifa – UNESCO Square in the German Colony, at the foot of the Baha`i Gardens
    Jerusalem – Paris Square
    Tel Aviv – The corner of Rothschild Boulevard and Allenby Street

For further details and coordination of interviews: Hila +972-(0)54-2457680 or Doron +972-(0)54-4673320


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November 18, 2018
Orchard Ridge Holiday Fair Trade Fair

November 18, 2018
Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
1501 Gilbert Road, Madison
9 am – 2 pm

Join MRSCP at this annual sale of unusual and beautiful gifts and holiday items.

Help people around the world to be self-sustaining by giving the gift that gives twice: once to the producer, and once to the recipient!

For more information, call Orchard Ridge UCC at 271-7212.

November 20, 2018
Fundraiser: Clean Water for the Children of Gaza

First Unitarian Society
900 University Bay Drive
Madison
7:00 pm

Help provide a Maia Project water filter from the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) to serve clean drinking water to 3,250 students of two schools and their families in Rafah. This is a joint project of Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, First Unitarian Society of Madison, Jewish Voice for Peace – Madison, and Madison-Rafah Sister City Project.

The evening will include a project presentation, music by Beat Road Blues, inspirational words from Rep. Mark Pocan . . . plus light refreshments.

Free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Can’t make the benefit but would still like to donate? You can donate online or send a check payable to MRSCP marked “water” to:

    MRSCP
    P.O. Box 5214
    Madison, WI 53705

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December 1, 2018
Monona Terrace Fair Trade Holiday Festival

Monona Terrace Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive, Madison
8 am – 3 pm

Come visit the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and dozens of other vendors selling fair trade products from around the world at Madison’s Fair Trade Holiday Festival!

FREE! Bring your friends & family to this one-of-a-kind event!

More info? Visit http://www.fairtrademadison.org/.

In Response to Pittsburgh, We Must Come Together as One

We stand with the victims of every white-supremacist and racist and anti-Semitic assault back through history.

A memorial at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Phyllis Bennis and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, The Nation, October 28, 2018

Let’s be clear: The attack in Pittsburgh is what real anti-Semitism looks like, with all its horror, fear, and deadly violence. This is the anti-Semitism that has historically fueled right-wing and fascist movements that have targeted vulnerable communities in countries around the world and in eras going back hundreds of years.

And let’s be clear: This is what happens when a country’s leaders—especially its president—call for, defend, encourage, and protect those who threaten and commit acts of violence against Jews, Muslims, African Americans, immigrants, LGBTQ people, women, or the best-known opponents of that president.

This is what happens when a president makes false claims—blithely admitting there is no evidence—that desperate Central American asylum-seekers looking for safety in the United States somehow include terrorists, including unnamed “Middle Easterners.” We cannot separate those White House claims from the gunman’s social-media rage aimed at the historically Jewish refugee support organization HIAS, which plays a vital role in defending asylum seekers, saying just a few hours before his shooting rampage, “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

This is the kind of attack—no, these are the kinds of attack—that call for the strongest, most powerful, most unequivocal unity of all those who face racist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, homophobic, misogynistic, transphobic violence, a unity to bring down the forces of white supremacy and hate. That means we have to mobilize, organize, and vote as never before. We must vote against policy violence and physical violence. We must vote against gun violence and the proliferation of guns. We stand against any politicians’ words that demean and diminish the humanity of whomever they deem “the other,” because in so doing they legitimize more violence.

More than half a century ago, when four young girls were killed in a Birmingham church by a racist’s bomb, Dr. King told us that those little girls “have something to say to every politician who has fed his constituents with the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism…. They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderer.” Continue reading

Pittsburgh Shooting Is A Reminder: Jews And Muslims Are In This Together

Alex Kane, The Forward, October 27, 2018

Robert Bowers was angry at Jews. But the 46-year-old alleged killer of at least eleven people in a Pittsburgh synagogue seemed most angry at Jews for one particular reason: They were helping Muslim refugees flee to safety in America.

In posts on Gab, the social media network favored by white supremacists, Bowers fixated on HIAS, the Jewish group that helps refugees resettle in the United States, including many Muslim refugees from the Middle East and Africa. Earlier this month, Bowers wrote that HIAS wants “to bring in hostile invaders to dwell among us.” Another white supremacist’s post on Gab that Bowers reposted read: “It’s the filthy EVIL jews Bringing the Filthy EVIL Muslims into the Country!! Stop the kikes then Worry About the Muslims!”


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And hours before he barged into the Tree of Life Synagogue, yelled “All Jews must die” and opened fire, he wrote another post naming HIAS: “HIAS likes to bring invaders that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I’m going in.”

Bowers’ rantings should serve as a stark reminder that even some American Jews have forgot: The safety of we Jews in America is bound up in the safety of Muslims in America.

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Gaza: Fears of further bloodshed as Israel adopts ‘zero tolerance’ policy

Amnesty International, 19 October 2018

Fears of escalating bloodshed are rising ahead of planned protests in Gaza later today after Israeli authorities announced a “zero tolerance” policy towards demonstrations along the Israel/Gaza fence, said Amnesty International.

The organization is calling on the Israeli government to rein in its armed forces, which have routinely used unnecessary or excessive force during Gaza’s weekly “Great March of Return” demonstrations.

“Given Israeli forces’ horrific track record of using deadly force against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, as well as journalists, medics and others, the announcement of a ‘zero tolerance’ policy is deeply alarming,” said Saleh Higazi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

The exact details of what “zero tolerance” means have not been disclosed, but there are fears it will lead to more Palestinian deaths along the Gaza/Israel border.

“There are serious fears that this policy will further sanction the use of deadly force against unarmed protesters during today’s demonstrations, and that Israeli forces will be given carte blanche authorization to carry out large-scale, unlawful killings escalating the bloodshed. Israel has repeatedly used lethal force unnecessarily and excessively against unarmed protesters in shameless violation of international law,” said Saleh Higazi.

There are serious fears that this policy will further sanction the use of deadly force against unarmed protesters during today’s demonstrations, and that Israeli forces will be given carte blanche authorization to carry out large-scale, unlawful killings escalating the bloodshed.

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My grandfather Nelson Mandela fought apartheid

I see the parallels with Israel

It took an international effort to end institutionalised racism in my country – now it must happen again, for the Palestinian people


Relatives of 12-year-old Faris Hafez al-Sarasawi at his funeral. He was killed after Israeli soldiers’ intervention in the ‘Great March of Return’ demonstrations in Gaza, October 2018. (Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Nkosi Zwelivelile, The Guardian, 11 Oct 2018

My grandfather, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, would have turned 100 this year. The world is marking the centenary of his birth and celebrating his leadership in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa. But while my country has long been free from racist minority rule, the world is not yet free of the crime of apartheid.

Like Madiba and Desmond Tutu before me, I see the eerie similarities between Israel’s racial laws and policies towards Palestinians, and the architecture of apartheid in South Africa. We South Africans know apartheid when we see it. In fact, many recognise that, in some respects, Israel’s regime of oppression is even worse.

Apartheid is defined in international law as an “institutionalised regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other”. It is about unequal racial power relations upheld by unjust laws that are intended to deny oppressed groups their rights.

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