In Solidarity

photo essay by Darren Ell on Palestine solidarity rally at Occupy Montreal/Occupons Montréal denouncing Israeli military raid on Freedom Waves flotilla to Gaza.

In January, the Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre and Canoas received the Thematic Social Forum whose theme chosen was “Capitalist Crisis, Democracy, Social and Environmental Justice". The event, an icon of the altermundism and of the anti-neoliberal, anti-colonialist and anti - imperialist struggle, is a space for global civil society to organize itself and to debate the global social-political agenda.

Last Thursday, the 30th of January, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) announced its reconsideration over the previous decision made in August 2013, which rescinded the 2010 ban over two Israeli companies, Africa Israel Investments and its construction subsidiary, Danya Cebus.

Since 2010, The Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (InCACBI) stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for their right to live in dignity and exercise its sovereignty over their homeland. Now, the group calls for the divulgation of “From India to Palestine”, a compilation of fourteen essays on solidarity made by Indian authors that aims to re-exam the Indian position towards the Palestinians.

With the passing away of Nelson Mandela, South Africa has lost a truly inspirational leader of their struggle against apartheid. The world has lost a symbol of the human quest for justice and equality. Palestine has lost a comrade in the struggle that never forgot the natural bond between two people fighting apartheid.

 

South African Officials Must Reject Israeli Blood Diamonds and Secure Jobs in Diamond Beneficiation

 

 South African civil society and organised labour call on South African officials to show leadership by demanding change to the shamefully discredited “Kimberley Process Certification Scheme” which facilitates trade in diamonds that fund gross human rights violations by rogue regimes, and by securing decent jobs for South Africans in diamond beneficiation.

Demonstrators from the BDS campaign in Brazil (boycotts, divestments and sanctions) showed their solidarity with Palestine last week when they staged protests at the LAAD Fair. The LAAD fair (The Latin American Aerospace and Defence Exhibition) took place at the RioCentro in Rio de Janeiro from the 9 – 12 April and had been dubbed by activists the "Fair of Death".

Last week the hacking group Anonymous launched a cyber-attack campaign dubbed #OpIsrael replacing Israeli homepage messages with anti-Israel slogans and causing massive disruption to government, academic and private sites. The attach reached its peak on Sunday with high-profile government systems such as the Foreign Ministry, the Bank of Jerusalem, the Israeli Occupation Ministry, the IOF blog and the Israeli President's official website all being hacked.

The Palestinian Authority would be “traitors” if they agreed to a condition the UK is seeking to impose in exchange for agreeing to  support Palestine upgrading its membership in the UN. So said Raji Sourani, Director of the Palestine Center for Human Rights (PCHR) at a meeting with lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) in Gaza City today.

 

Occupied Palestine – On the eve of the International Day of Solidarity with the People of Palestine, 52 international notables issued a statement calling for “urgent … international action towards a mandatory, comprehensive military embargo against Israel.” Though directly motivated by Israel’s latest war of aggression against the 1.6 million Palestinians in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip, the statement is also a reaction to Israel’s decades-old military occupation and persistent denial of the UN-sanctioned rights of the Palestinia

Let’s stand together in solidarity with Gaza!

Let’s build solidarity for a free Palestine!

Probably never before have the last weeks of preparation for a WSF event been marked by such a strong sense of urgency and importance: Now more than ever we need to stand together, organize and show the strength of global solidarity with Palestine!

Activists block the entrance to G4S’ offices in Oslo.
(Norwegian Palestine Committee)

Early this morning, a group of activists from the Palestine Committee of Norway blocked the entrance to the offices of the security firm G4S in Oslo. The activists demanded that G4S stop all activities that contribute to the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The blockade adds weight to a petition — signed by 21 Norwegian organizations — which was presented to G4S management last week.

The Palestine Committee writes in a press release:

From Norway – in solidarity
Gaza demonstrations November 17th

The Palestine Committee of Norway arranged several big and small demonstrations in support for our friends in Palestine, and especially the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, Saturday November 17th. In the main cities, Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Tromsø, Lillehammer, Hamar, Narvik, but also in smaller towns, people met to condemn the attacks, the bombing, the killings of civilians, but also to protest against the Israeli occupation.

The slogans for the day were:
Stop Israelis terror on Gaza
End the blockade

NEW YORK (25 October 2012) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, today called on the UN General Assembly and civil society to take action against Israeli and international businesses that are profiting from Israeli settlements.

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Foro Social Mundial- Palestina Libre
Llamado a la acción simultánea de solidaridad, 28 noviembre-1 diciembre 2012

Del 28 de noviembre al 1 de diciembre, miles de activistas, organizadores, jóvenes, grupos religiosos, sindicatos, músicos, académicos y muchos más, se darán cita en Porto Alegre, Brasil en el primer Foro Mundial Social dedicado exclusivamente a Palestina.

Here is what's new for the WSF Palestine. Please share with your networks and see you in November 2012!

Elected pledging to hand over large swathes of land to the landless peasants of one of the most impoverished countries in Latin America, Lugo offered a challenge to the 70 year rule of the Colorado Party, and the interests of the business oligarchy who have subjected the country, and indeed the whole continent, to their own personal greed. Of course, the monopolies of the elites of Latin America have only ever been possible with the unequivocal support of the United States and their allies, and the dictators that the CIA have periodically installed.

From November 28 to December 1 2012 the World Social Forum "Free Palestine" will be held in Porto Alegre (Brazil)´.

What is a World Social Forum event? 

World Social Forum events are open, self-organized meeting spaces where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations come together to develop their thinking, debate ideas democratically, formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action. For the Charter of Principles of the WSF process, see: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/main.php?id_menu=4&cd_language=2

 

Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) on tour with his "THe Wall Live" show in Brazil today issued his support for the World Social Forum Free Palestine:

 

"Since visiting Israel and the occupied territories in 2006, I have been part of an international movement to support the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is a PhD candidate and the Chairperson of the Post Graduate Association at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ndlozi is a member of the South African Students Congress (SASCO) and a board member of BDS South Africa. Mbuyiseni is active in campaigning on both domestic and international issues, including worker rights, student issues and Palestine solidarity. He recently attended the South African session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, a people's tribunal that found Israel guilty of the crime of apartheid under international law.

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