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Archive for January, 2008

Radio Intifada: “Settler’s Societies” – 01/31

Posted by nakba60la on January 31, 2008

RADIO INTIFADA – Voices from Kolkata to Casablanca
Voices of struggle, Voices for change

Thursday, January 31, 2008,  3-4pm

KPFK 90.7 fm; and streaming live @

and available on audio archive to 4/31/08

“Settlers’ Societies, Israel and Others”

Comparisons between Israel and the Apartheid regime in South Africa have become very common, and in some respects, the societies do resemble each other – both have been analyzed as Settlers’ Societies, focused on exploiting the resources of the country that they colonize at the expense of its indigenous people. A closer look, however, may reveal that there are important differences between these societies, and that these differences are crucial to the understanding of the nature of Zionism and the placement in an appropriate context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This program is dedicated to the investigation of Settlers’ Societies, exploring in greater detail simlarities and differences between Israel, South Africa, Austraila and the US, among others.  We will be joined by Professor Gabriel Piterberg, of the History Department at UCLA, and by Dr. Patrick Wolfe of the History Department at La Trobe University in Melborne, Australia.
 Hosted and produced by Hagit Borer for the SWANA (South and West Asia and North Africa) Collective of KPFK


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Protest Gaza Siege at Democratic Debate Friday 5pm, Kodak Theater

Posted by nakba60la on January 31, 2008

Protest Israel’s Siege of Gaza
Thursday, January 31 at 5 PM

A humanitarian crisis exists in the Gaza strip due to Israel’s siege. It is important to show Israel and the United States that the Gaza siege policy is wrong. Israel must open negotiations with Hamas for a ceasefire that will stop the rocket attacks and end the siege so more general negotiation with a unified Palestinian government can proceed.

For additional information call 562-694-1637, email, or visit LA Jews for Peace.

In front of the Kodak Theatre
Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave

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Gaza Protest At Israeli Consulate: Friday, 1/25

Posted by nakba60la on January 23, 2008

From L Jews for Peace … A Call to ALL Humanitarians …
**Join LA Jews for Peace**
Friday, January 25th, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Protest Israel’s Fuel Blockade of Gaza
Demonstrate in front of the Israeli Consulate
6380 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90048
Speak out now.  Call your lawmaker:  202-224-3121
Though we do not condone violence perpetrated by either side of the conflict, we recognize that the Palestinians in Gaza offered to negotiate a truce recently, only to be rebuffed because Israel refuses to negotiate with Hamas. Collective punishment – blocking fuel shipments, cutting off clean water, and denying medical care to over a million people – will only create more hatred and terror. We call on the people of the governments of the world, and in particular those represented by the U.S. government and the European Parliament, to push to censure Israel’s action and end support for Israeli aggression.  We call on all sides to negotiate. 
Call your lawmaker:  202-224-3121
Israel has broken Jewish and international law in tightening its siege of Gaza, where 1.5 million Palestinians are suffering in freezing darkness.  Only when the world community condemned these actions did Israel partially lift the blockade. Gaza has become the largest open air prison on the planet with no ingress or egress – no fuel for heat, no food to eatno medicine for the sick, limited electricity, and no agricultural or commercial goods to sustain the economy.  The U.S. must support diplomacy, not collective punishment. 
Bring Signs and Banners
Suggested Messages:
        End the Israeli Siege of Gaza
        End US Support for Israel’s Siege
        End the Israeli Fuel Blockade of Gaza
        Feed the Children of Gaza
        End US Support for Israel’s Collective Punishment
No Flags, Please — Our Focus is on Humanism, not Nationalism
For more information:  call 562-694-1637   e-mail:
    web site:

RSVP, If you’ll be there  —

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Anaheim Protest Saturday, 1/26 – End the Siege of Gaza

Posted by nakba60la on January 23, 2008

Saturday, 1/26 1 pm – End the Siege of Gaza

Brookhurst Plaza: 512 S. Brookhurst St., Anaheim

Map and Driving Directions (Between Broadway and Orange)

ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition, joins with the National Council of Arab Americans, Free Palestine Alliance, Palestinian American Women’s Association, Al-Awda Palestine Right of Return Coalition and other anti-war and progressive organizations in calling for emergency protests demanding an immediate end to the Israeli blockade and siege of Gaza. Protests will take place on January 25-26 at Israeli embassies, consulates, U.S. federal buildings and other locations.

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Thurs. 1/24 Radio Intifada Special on Gaza, KPFK Radio 90.7

Posted by nakba60la on January 23, 2008





intifada=shaking off – oppression/silence

Voices from Kolkata to Casablanca

Voices of struggle, Voices for change


Thursday, January 24, 2008 3-4pm PST


GAZA: More than a Prelude to Genocide

Noted international law scholar, Richard Falk, characterized the siege of Gaza as a “prelude to genocide.” The situation now is even worse, as Israel’s use of collective punishment has led to a humanitarian, medical and economic disaster. The cutoff of supplies have left the people of Gaza living in the dark, cold and hungry; rendered their drinking water unsafe; threatened the lives of infants in incubators and patients on dialysis; and destroyed what little was left of the economy.

In this week’s Radio Intifada Special on Gaza, we will get the latest reports on the ground from Gaza and the West Bank, explore the question of Israeli war crimes, and report on the various actions and kinds of support that people can lend to the besieged people of Gaza.

Guests include:

Safaa Judeh, Gaza native who returned to Gaza last fall to train with Al Jazeera International, contributor to Electronic Intifada

Richard Falk, visiting professor of Global Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Sam Bahour, Palestinian American returnee to Palestine, activist, journalist, business leader

Also featuring a report on the 1/26 planned demonstration and medical convoy to Gaza by Gush Shalom; and protest and support actions in the US (see below and Radio Intifada page at for more information)

Produced and hosted by Sherna Gluck with Rana Sharif, SWANA (South &West Asia and North Africa) Collective, KPFK

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Interfaith Vigil for Gaza: Sunday, January 27

Posted by nakba60la on January 23, 2008




(Washington, DC – 1/22/08) — The Muslim Public Affairs Council announced today that it will hold an interfaith vigil for the 1.5 million residents of the Gaza Strip, who are suffering from collective punishment by Israel’s decision on January 17 to cutoff fuel supplies, which has worsened an already critical humanitarian crisis.


WHAT: Interfaith Vigil for Gaza Strip Victims

WHEN: Sunday, January 27 at 12 pm

WHERE: Islamic Center of Southern California

WHO: Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guib

Rabbi Steven Jacobs

Dr. Maher Hathout

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USC Students for Justice in Palestine present “Occupation 101”

Posted by nakba60la on January 22, 2008

This Thursday, January 24th , Students for Justice in Palestine will be screening Occupation 101. The screening will take place in Von Kleinsmid Center (VKC) 256 at 6 pm. Papa Cristo’s Restaurant will be provided for dinner. Following the screening we will have a discussion.

Below is a description of the film from Wikipedia. 

Occupation 101: Voice of the Silenced Majority is a 2006 documentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict directed by Sufyan Omeish and Abdallah Omeish, and narrated by If Americans Knew founder Alison Weir. The film discusses events from the rise of Zionism to the Second Intifada and Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan, and presents its case through dozens of interviews. It questions the nature of Israeli-American relations. Specifically, it questions the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and whether Americans should help pay for it. Occupation 101 includes interviews with mostly American and Israeli scholars, religious leaders, humanitarian workers, and NGO’s critical of the injustices and human rights abuses that stem from Israeli policy in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.

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Al-Awda’s Sixth Annual Convention Coming in May!

Posted by nakba60la on January 22, 2008

Al-Awda’s Sixth Annual International Convention on the 60th year
of al-Nakba, May 16-18, 2008 in Anaheim California is going to be huge this
year. People have already started to register at !

Start making your plans to join us for a historic convention that will end
with a mass rally for THE RETURN TO PALESTINE on May 18!

For more info, go to and keep revisiting that
page as it is being updated regularly. A number of outstanding
internationally-renowned speakers have been invited and several have
already confirmed their participation. Speaker and program information will
be posted soon.

For registration:
For sponsorship:
For exhibitor table reservations:
For program advertising:
For accommodation:
Convention host committee chapters and organizations:

For further info or to submit speaker and panel/workshop proposals, write
to: or

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Protest Against Siege of Gaza–Jan. 20, Santa Monica

Posted by nakba60la on January 17, 2008

From LA Jews for Peace …

Protest Dire Conditions in Gaza — Military Action/Occupation is Not the Answer!

B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, state in their 2007 year-end report that the humanitarian situation in Gaza has declined to an all-time low. And the situation is already worse in the third week of January – Israeli’s limitation on fuel supplies forced the Gaza power plant to cut production, and that is causing daily rolling blackouts for the 1.5 million people living in the Gaza Strip.

Change will occur when the people make it clear that they will not stand for the United States supporting Israel in its siege of Gaza. You can Help Stop the Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis in the Gaza Strip in two ways:

1. Join LA Jews for Peace and many other American, Israeli, Palestinian, and international groups in calling for an end of Israel’s siege of Gaza, and an end of U.S. support of Israel’s practice of collective punishment.

Join LA Jews for Peace in a demonstration on the Third Street

Promenade at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. 

Sunday, January 20, 2 to 4 PM

LA Jews for Peace will have large signs that say:





Bring your own similar signs that relate to the situation in Gaza.
but please, no reference to the holocaust or to genocide, and no flags of any nationality.

2. Contribute to Gush Shalom’s Relief Convoy that is scheduled to deliver truckloads of food and other necessary good to the Gaza Strip on Jan. 27. Americans can make a tax-exempt contribution as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Make a check out to “Eschaton/Gush Shalom” part of a 501(c)(3) organization.
2. Mail your check to: ESCHATON FOUNDATION, 515 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
3. Also send an e-mail to with your check amount so that your contribution can immediately be used to purchase food.

More information: call Jeff at 562-694-1637 or

e-mail or

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Report Back from Lebanon: Palestinian Refugees in the 60th year after Al-Nakba

Posted by nakba60la on January 17, 2008

In May 2007 Nahr al Bared Refugee Camp, home to over 40,000 Palestinian refugees, became the site of a 4-month battle between the Lebanese Army and extremist group Fatah al-Islam. During this time over 40 civilians, 167 soldiers and over 200 Fatah al-Islam members were killed. 40,000 refugees were displaced.


Dr. Laila Al-Marayati traveled to Lebanon to visit Palestinian refugee camps in November 2007.  She witnessed firsthand the devastation of the Nahr el Bared Camp as a result of fighting between a militant group and Lebanese armed forces. Over 30,000 refugees had to flee yet again to escape the fighting and now are faced with even more dire living conditions. 


Kelly Hayes-Raitt joined a delegation to Lebanon with the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee in September 2007, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the massacres at Sabra and Shatilla, where 3,000 innocent refugees were slaughtered.  She interviewed survivors and victims’ family members, as well as displaced Nahr el-Bared refugees at the Beddawi camp.  Kelly will be leaving this week to join a delegation to Mindanao, Philippines.  She records her experiences at

Sunday, January 27, 5:30pm

Pasadena Public Library – Lamanda Park Branch

140 S. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107


For more information contact  or  (213) 489-1900 x118

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