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When Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory will ends?

We need peace in the Middle-East

In the last 2 weeks, 1,400 Palestinian youth have been injured by live bullets. And 30 were shot dead.

The current escalation in violence did not start with the killing of two Israeli settlers, it started a long while ago and has been going on for years.

Every day Palestinians are killed, wounded, arrested.

(Everyday, Israel administratively detains a dozen of Palestinian youth in order to subjugate the youth).

Every day colonialism advances, the siege on our people in Gaza continues, oppression persists.

As many today want us to be overwhelmed by the potential consequences of a new spiral of violence, I will plead, as I did in 2002, to deal with its root causes: the denial of Palestinian freedom.

Some have suggested the reason why a peace deal could not be reached was President Yasser Arafat’s unwillingness or President Mahmoud Abbas’s inability, but both of them were ready and able to sign a peace agreement.

The real problem is that Israel has chosen occupation over peace, and used negotiations as a smokescreen to advance its colonial project.

Every government across the globe knows this simple fact and yet so many of them pretend that returning to the failed recipes of the past could achieve freedom and peace. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Andrew Bossone shared this link

“The real problem is that Israel has chosen occupation over peace, and used negotiations as a smokescreen to advance its colonial project.”

We have tried to be patient, but the international community has failed us.
Freedom for Palestinian people is long overdue
http://www.theguardian.com|By Marwan Barghouti

There can be no negotiations without a clear Israeli commitment to:

1. fully withdraw from the Palestinian territory it occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem;

2.  a complete end to all colonial policies;

3.  a recognition of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people including their right to self-determination and return; and

4. the release of all Palestinian prisoners.

We cannot coexist with the occupation, and we will not surrender to it.

We were called upon to be patient, and we were, giving chance after chance to reach a peace agreement.

Maybe it is useful to remind the world that our dispossession, forced exile and transfer, and oppression have now lasted for nearly 70 years.

We are the only item (and entity) to have stood on the UN’s agenda since its inception.

We were told that by resorting to peaceful means and to diplomatic channels we would garner the support of the international community to end the occupation.

And yet, as in 1999 at the close of the interim period, that community failed yet again to undertake any meaningful steps, neither setting up an international framework to implement international law and UN resolutions, nor enacting measures to ensure accountability, including boycott, divestment and sanctions, which played a crucial role in ridding the world of the apartheid regime.

So, in the absence of international action to end Israeli occupation and impunity or even provide protection, what are we asked to do?

Stand by and wait for the next Palestinian family to be burned, for the next Palestinian child to be killed or arrested, for the next settlement to be built? The entire world knows that Jerusalem is the flame that can inspire peace and ignite war.

Why then does the world stand still while the Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people in the city and in Muslim and Christian holy sites, notably Al-Haram al-Sharif, continue unabated?

Israel’s actions and crimes not only destroy the two-state solution on 1967 borders and violate international law, they threaten to transform a solvable political conflict into a never-ending religious war that will undermine stability in a region already experiencing unprecedented turmoil.

No people on the globe would accept to coexist with oppression.

By nature, humans yearn for freedom, struggle for freedom, sacrifice for freedom, and the freedom of the Palestinian people is long overdue. During the first intifada, the Israeli government launched a “break their bones to break their will” policy, but for generation after generation the Palestinian people have proven their will is unbreakable and needs not to be tested.

This new Palestinian generation has not awaited reconciliation talks to embody a national unity that political parties have failed to achieve, but has risen above political divides and geographic fragmentation.

It has not awaited instructions to uphold its right, and its duty, to resist this occupation. It is doing so unarmed, while being confronted by one of the biggest military powers in the world.

And yet, we remain convinced that freedom and dignity shall triumph, and we shall overcome. The flag that we raised with pride at the UN will one day fly over the walls of the old city of Jerusalem to signal our independence.

I joined the struggle for Palestinian independence 40 years ago, and was first imprisoned at the age of 15.

This did not prevent me from pleading for peace in accordance with international law and UN resolutions. But Israel, the occupying power, has methodically destroyed this perspective year after year.

I have spent 20 years of my life in Israeli jails, including the past 13 years, and these years have made me even more certain of this unalterable truth:

the last day of occupation will be the first day of peace.

Those who seek the latter need to act, and act now, to precipitate the former.

Oppose Apartheid: Lauryn Hill cancels concert in Israel

Lauryn Hill has canceled a 7 May concert in Israel, following a request by Palestinians and a campaign by many of her fans.

The former lead vocalist of The Fugees made the announcement in a message on her Facebook page addressed to “Friends and Fans in Israel.”

“When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah,” Hill writes.

“Setting up a performance in the Palestinian Territory, at the same time as our show in Israel, proved to be a challenge.”

Lauryn Hill cancels Israel show after Palestinian boycott call

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Lauryn Hill (Jessy Gonzalez/Flickr)

She says she wanted to perform in the region “but also to be a presence supporting justice and peace.”

“It is very important to me that my presence or message not be misconstrued, or a source of alienation to either my Israeli or my Palestinian fans,” Hill states. “For this reason, we have decided to cancel the upcoming performance in Israel, and seek a different strategy to bring my music to ALL of my fans in the region.”

A victory

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and Palestine solidarity activists will see Hill’s move as a victory.

Her name will be added to the growing list of artists who have pulled out of shows in Israel which includes Sinéad O’Connor, Elvis Costello, Gil Scott-Heron, Talib Kweli, Moddi and Carlos Santana.

But Hill’s strategy of seeking to offset the Israel show with one before a Palestinian audience in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank will likely raise concerns.

In its guidelines for the cultural boycott, PACBI states that artists “attempting to visit Palestinian institutions or groups in a ‘balancing’ gesture contribute to the false perception of symmetry between the colonial oppressor and the colonized.”

While Palestinians welcome visits, PACBI says that “solidarity entails respecting the boycott call, which is an authoritative call of the oppressed, and not combining a visit to Palestinian institutions or groups with activities with boycottable Israeli institutions.”

For now, however, Hill has heeded the Palestinian boycott call – a very significant step.

Israel’s Walla! News called Hill’s cancellation a “painful” blow at the hands of “pro-Palestinian” organizations.

Palestinian call

In a letter in April, PACBI told Hill that it was “deeply troubled to learn that you are scheduled to perform in Rishon Lezion’s Live Park amphitheater on 7 May 2015, while Israel continues unabatedly with its settler colonial and apartheid designs to further dispossess, oppress and ethnically cleanse native Palestinians from their homeland.”

“Performing in Israel today is the equivalent of performing in Sun City, South Africa during the apartheid era,” PACBI added.

“Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and former South African government minister Ronnie Kasrils have repeatedly declared that Israel has created a form of racial apartheid that is far worse than anything that existed in South Africa.”

A social media campaign, including a spoof of Hill’s hit cover of the song “Killing Me Softly,” had in recent weeks driven home the message. (The slow violence of Israel)

In a press release, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation thanked Hill for canceling the concert and noted that more than 11,000 people had signed a petition asking her to do so.

Separately, the director of the Israel Festival recently revealed that the flagship government-backed cultural program has had to curtail its 2015 schedule due to the growing impact of the boycott, especially in the wake of Israel’s killing more than 2,200 Palestinians in Gaza last July and August.

Asad Ghsoub commented on and shared this link

Tali Shapiro :
OK, it’s gonna be Ms. Lauryn Hill all day on twitter, here’s why:
Her concert is scheduled on Thursday. Israeli media reported yesterday that she’s told her managers she wants to cancel “because of the occupation”.

So we want to strengthen her in her decision. Please remember she hasn’t cancelled yet. Here are things you can do:
1. Join the Thunderclap https://www.thunderclap.it/…/25791-oppose-apartheid-lauryn-… (the deadline is in less than 20 hours).
2. Take the actions on the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation website at http://www.endtheoccupation.org/section.php?id=493
3. Write her supportive messages on her official facebook page and tweet to @MsLaurynHill
4. Share this post.

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I just supported Oppose Apartheid Lauryn Hill! on @ThunderclapIt
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