londonpalestineaction:

On the back of a further Block The Boat success with Vancouver also turning away a Zim ship at least once, here’s some guidance from our American allies in the struggle from the Free Palestine Movement. Obviously some is US-centric (e.g. the laws around pickets) but still some useful learnings in there!
A handbook for blocking ships
Following are some suggestions for actions of this type, based on our experience thus far.  No doubt others can offer more, so as to expand the group knowledge.  We are not including information of a confidential nature, but only that which the police and port management can reasonably be expected to anticipate.
1.  Points of blockage.
Until now, no group has tried to prevent a ship from docking at the port, nor does this seems likely.  The gates to the berths, through which there is entrance and egress seem to be the best points, with the intention of closing access for the workers.  Sometimes/often a berth is accessible from a neighboring berth although it may be forbidden to use such access in normal circumstances.  Leave no stone unturned.
2.  The workers.
There is no more important relationship than with the workers.  Intelligence from inside, and especially real time intelligence, from workers and other personnel, whether they are working the ship or doing another job, is immensely valuable.  If possible have off duty or former workers on the picket line.  They can provide invaluable advice and information.
The workers also have the most to lose.  Always remember that they are losing wages by not working.  Many probably have no opinion about our issue and are often forbidden by contract from acting on such opinion in any case.  However, they can refuse to work when the work site is in turmoil.  This is usually determined by a union arbiter when the workers are under contract.  Otherwise, it is sometimes left to the individual worker.
Workers may not have a position on our issue, but many are strongly averse to crossing a picket line.  Furthermore, if they are in contract negotiations or are dissatisfied with management, they may welcome a legitimate excuse to cooperate with a port slowdown.  Some picketers have suggested doing some fundraising to try to help offset the loss of wages, and to volunteer to help with worker issues.
Learn to recognize who is a worker and who is management or other staff.  This is usually by means of a union sticker on the car, which can be circulated to the picketers.  No one should cross a picket line, but this applies more to workers than to other personnel.
3.  Communication.
We have nothing to offer beyond the obvious.  A text alert system is an excellent way to mobilize volunteers on short notice, but you can be sure that the Israeli/Zionist hasbara trolls will sign up, as well as the police.  The usual social media are also extremely useful, especially if information is being dissimulated regularly.  Our reports, information and narrative need to grab as much of the public attention as possible.  It is good to cultivate press contacts and issue press reports, but the local MSM will be there anyway, if the story is even modestly compelling.
4.  The picket.
Obviously, numbers of picketers are paramount.  No need to tell you how to form alliances.  Although the actions are local, ask your contacts across the country and across the word and especially in Palestine to push whomever they know to participate.  Provide shuttles and transportation where possible.  Parking is often not permitted in the port area, so shuttles can be important.
Bicycles are also extremely valuable.  They can monitor all the gates and coordinate activity.  They can also be walked on the picket line, taking up space and making the line look bigger.  The same is true of signs, banners and flags, when the pickets are few.  Bullhorns also magnify the presence and are good for group communication.
The picket needs to be loud and boisterous, especially when workers and their cars approach.  The purpose is to give a good reason not to cross the picket line.  However, if workers defy the line, we have to accept their choice.  It is not for us to put ourselves in their position.  You may wish to consider flyers for both the workers and the picketers.  Music and a live band are a great help.  Food and water is helpful, but many of us find it preferable to fast on the line so that less water is needed and there is less need to access toilet facilities, which may be distant.  Wear a hat and avoid overheating.
It is good to have a few people, and especially off duty or former workers, to try to talk to the workers in their cars as they approach.  Cheer loudly and yell “Thank you” when they drive away.
5.  The police.
the police are generally permitted to lie and use force to achieve their objective, but the public (us) also has rights.  It is a big advantage to have legal counsel present.  Photo documentation can also be important, both for evidence and publication.
Our experience is that we we be allowed to express free speech rights in public areas and that the officers may try to clear a path for vehicles to enter and exit.  Obviously, we have no objection to exiting, but it is our understanding that the police have the right to clear an entrance path.  Our job is to convince the workers not to use the path.
Often, the presence of the police is itself a deterrent to workers.  Remember that workers also sometimes find themselves on the picket line.  If they see a huge number of the police personnel in formation at a gate, they might actually be less inclined to enter. This can be encouraged by testing the limits. Sometimes some of the uniformed officers will be kept in vehicles and pulled out only as needed. Larger numbers are needed to form a path for vehicles when picketers are blocking the way.
These suggestions are just a start and by no means exhaustive.  Others will undoubtedly add plenty of additional advice. Hopefully, the fact that a handbook is even motivated is an indication that this historic movement is just beginning to sweep the nation and the world.

londonpalestineaction:

On the back of a further Block The Boat success with Vancouver also turning away a Zim ship at least once, here’s some guidance from our American allies in the struggle from the Free Palestine Movement. Obviously some is US-centric (e.g. the laws around pickets) but still some useful learnings in there!

A handbook for blocking ships

Following are some suggestions for actions of this type, based on our experience thus far.  No doubt others can offer more, so as to expand the group knowledge.  We are not including information of a confidential nature, but only that which the police and port management can reasonably be expected to anticipate.

1.  Points of blockage.

Until now, no group has tried to prevent a ship from docking at the port, nor does this seems likely.  The gates to the berths, through which there is entrance and egress seem to be the best points, with the intention of closing access for the workers.  Sometimes/often a berth is accessible from a neighboring berth although it may be forbidden to use such access in normal circumstances.  Leave no stone unturned.

2.  The workers.

There is no more important relationship than with the workers.  Intelligence from inside, and especially real time intelligence, from workers and other personnel, whether they are working the ship or doing another job, is immensely valuable.  If possible have off duty or former workers on the picket line.  They can provide invaluable advice and information.

The workers also have the most to lose.  Always remember that they are losing wages by not working.  Many probably have no opinion about our issue and are often forbidden by contract from acting on such opinion in any case.  However, they can refuse to work when the work site is in turmoil.  This is usually determined by a union arbiter when the workers are under contract.  Otherwise, it is sometimes left to the individual worker.

Workers may not have a position on our issue, but many are strongly averse to crossing a picket line.  Furthermore, if they are in contract negotiations or are dissatisfied with management, they may welcome a legitimate excuse to cooperate with a port slowdown.  Some picketers have suggested doing some fundraising to try to help offset the loss of wages, and to volunteer to help with worker issues.

Learn to recognize who is a worker and who is management or other staff.  This is usually by means of a union sticker on the car, which can be circulated to the picketers.  No one should cross a picket line, but this applies more to workers than to other personnel.

3.  Communication.

We have nothing to offer beyond the obvious.  A text alert system is an excellent way to mobilize volunteers on short notice, but you can be sure that the Israeli/Zionist hasbara trolls will sign up, as well as the police.  The usual social media are also extremely useful, especially if information is being dissimulated regularly.  Our reports, information and narrative need to grab as much of the public attention as possible.  It is good to cultivate press contacts and issue press reports, but the local MSM will be there anyway, if the story is even modestly compelling.

4.  The picket.

Obviously, numbers of picketers are paramount.  No need to tell you how to form alliances.  Although the actions are local, ask your contacts across the country and across the word and especially in Palestine to push whomever they know to participate.  Provide shuttles and transportation where possible.  Parking is often not permitted in the port area, so shuttles can be important.

Bicycles are also extremely valuable.  They can monitor all the gates and coordinate activity.  They can also be walked on the picket line, taking up space and making the line look bigger.  The same is true of signs, banners and flags, when the pickets are few.  Bullhorns also magnify the presence and are good for group communication.

The picket needs to be loud and boisterous, especially when workers and their cars approach.  The purpose is to give a good reason not to cross the picket line.  However, if workers defy the line, we have to accept their choice.  It is not for us to put ourselves in their position.  You may wish to consider flyers for both the workers and the picketers.  Music and a live band are a great help.  Food and water is helpful, but many of us find it preferable to fast on the line so that less water is needed and there is less need to access toilet facilities, which may be distant.  Wear a hat and avoid overheating.

It is good to have a few people, and especially off duty or former workers, to try to talk to the workers in their cars as they approach.  Cheer loudly and yell “Thank you” when they drive away.

5.  The police.

the police are generally permitted to lie and use force to achieve their objective, but the public (us) also has rights.  It is a big advantage to have legal counsel present.  Photo documentation can also be important, both for evidence and publication.

Our experience is that we we be allowed to express free speech rights in public areas and that the officers may try to clear a path for vehicles to enter and exit.  Obviously, we have no objection to exiting, but it is our understanding that the police have the right to clear an entrance path.  Our job is to convince the workers not to use the path.

Often, the presence of the police is itself a deterrent to workers.  Remember that workers also sometimes find themselves on the picket line.  If they see a huge number of the police personnel in formation at a gate, they might actually be less inclined to enter. This can be encouraged by testing the limits. Sometimes some of the uniformed officers will be kept in vehicles and pulled out only as needed. Larger numbers are needed to form a path for vehicles when picketers are blocking the way.

These suggestions are just a start and by no means exhaustive.  Others will undoubtedly add plenty of additional advice. Hopefully, the fact that a handbook is even motivated is an indication that this historic movement is just beginning to sweep the nation and the world.

"But Hamas…"

In conversations about Gaza, I have heard many thoughtful people in the Jewish community lament the loss of Palestinian lives in Gaza but then say, “But Hamas…,” as if that were the heart of the problem. I’d like to suggest that, when we have these conversations about Hamas and Israel’s current bombing campaign, we begin with the necessary context and historical perspective.

Re: The Nakba

1. To create the Jewish state, the Zionist movement destroyed more than 400 Palestinians villages and expelled 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and land. Palestinians who remained in what became Israel were relegated to second-class citizenship, had much of their property confiscated, and, to this day, have fewer rights than Jewish Israeli citizens.

Re: The 1967 Occupation

2. In 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem and still occupies them until this day.

Re: Settlement expansion; the apartheid wall; and the siege of Gaza

3. Over the past 47 years of occupation, Israel has illegally confiscated more and more Palestinian land; built an apartheid wall; systematically denied Palestinians basic human and civil rights and engaged in state-sponsored violence; and forced the Palestinians in Gaza to live in appalling conditions that make it increasingly impossible to survive. Israel’s latest bombing campaign, Operation Protective Edge, has killed over 1,900 Palestinians, at least 450 of whom are children, and has displaced hundreds of thousands more.

If those of us in the Jewish community who are committed to justice begin from these facts, I think it would become clearer – regardless of who the Palestinian leadership is – that the underlying problem really is the denial of freedom and basic human rights to millions of people, for decades. And, as a community, it should also become clearer where priorities need to be in order to have any integrity on this issue: addressing the Nakba of 1948 and the responsibility for the Nakba head-on – including the right of return for refugees; ending the occupation; ending the siege on Gaza; and recognizing the right to full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel.

— Donna Nevel

(via standwithpalestine)

londonpalestineaction:

#GazaUnderAttack update from the ground (Sunday 20 July 17:00)

The current death count is 425, including 112 children. These include Maaly Aby Zayed, who was killed by an Israeli air strike as he distributed aid, eight members of the same family (one who was six months old), and over 40 in just the one neighbourhood of Shaja’iya in east Gaza.

Other analysis

a cause I can get behind


THIS is why we use the term “Israeli apartheid”.
"Israeli apartheid" is a term some balk at - but you shouldn’t.
Here’s one example of why: Palestinian Bedouins living in the south of modern-day Israel* are being left for dead by the Israeli state.
Their indigenous and often nomadic status is deliberately ignored by the Israeli state. Any attempt made by them to live is blocked, with Israel using tools from planning permission refusals to whole village demolitions (seriously, google “Al-Araqib”).
And even though Israeli state rhetoric is about being “under constant threat” and “fear of rockets”, when Palestinian communities in Israel look for safety from rocket fire - e.g. bomb shelters, like Jewish-Israeli neighbourhoods have - Israel give zero shits about them, because surprise surprise they don’t fit the state’s definition of a citizen i.e. they’re not Jewish.
BUT the Israeli state counts them as citizens only when they die, using their “Israeli” status to bolster their propaganda against Hamas (whilst their own state defence systems ignore them)
*some people think of Palestinians only live in the West Bank and Gaza, but lots live within the borders of modern-day Israel, because during the Nakba (the catastrophic ethnic cleansing that was the creation of an Israeli state) they either weren’t forced from their existing homes, or they were but they were forced into somewhere else that became Israel. Decent chunk of these Palestinians are Bedouins that live in the Naqab (Arabic)/Negev (Hebrew) desert in the south.
Sources: about the petition for bomb shelters, and Haaretz confirming it was denied (at 12:34pm). Photo from one of the many demolitions of Al Araqib by Israel.

THIS is why we use the term “Israeli apartheid”.

"Israeli apartheid" is a term some balk at - but you shouldn’t.

Here’s one example of why: Palestinian Bedouins living in the south of modern-day Israel* are being left for dead by the Israeli state.

Their indigenous and often nomadic status is deliberately ignored by the Israeli state. Any attempt made by them to live is blocked, with Israel using tools from planning permission refusals to whole village demolitions (seriously, google “Al-Araqib”).

And even though Israeli state rhetoric is about being “under constant threat” and “fear of rockets”, when Palestinian communities in Israel look for safety from rocket fire - e.g. bomb shelters, like Jewish-Israeli neighbourhoods have - Israel give zero shits about them, because surprise surprise they don’t fit the state’s definition of a citizen i.e. they’re not Jewish.

BUT the Israeli state counts them as citizens only when they die, using their “Israeli” status to bolster their propaganda against Hamas (whilst their own state defence systems ignore them)

*some people think of Palestinians only live in the West Bank and Gaza, but lots live within the borders of modern-day Israel, because during the Nakba (the catastrophic ethnic cleansing that was the creation of an Israeli state) they either weren’t forced from their existing homes, or they were but they were forced into somewhere else that became Israel. Decent chunk of these Palestinians are Bedouins that live in the Naqab (Arabic)/Negev (Hebrew) desert in the south.

Sources: about the petition for bomb shelters, and Haaretz confirming it was denied (at 12:34pm). Photo from one of the many demolitions of Al Araqib by Israel.

"I’ve really tried to understand the Israelis. I used to work on a farm in Israel. I speak Hebrew. I watch their news. All the time they talk about fear. How they have to run to their bunkers to hide from the rockets. How their children can’t sleep because of the sirens. This is not a good way for them to live. We Palestinians don’t talk about fear, we talk about death. Our rockets scare them; their rockets kill us. We have no bomb shelters, we have no sirens, we have nowhere we can take our children and keep them safe. They are scared. We are dying."

Mohammed al-Khoudry a Palestinian farmer in Gaza. (via news)

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Anonymous said: should israel cease to exist? why two-state solution isn't sufficient?

somepalestiniankid:

markunator:

jurhfalastini:

I was going to link you to some of my previous answers which I will do, but I thought I might explain to you why the two state solution is insufficient just because I’ve come upon a new realisation. Well firstly yes, I think Israel should cease to exist. I do think it is an illegitimate state built on stolen land through the blood of Palestinians.

That new realisation is occupation is deep, both physically and mentally. I knew that it was deep, but I never realised how deep it was. Ending the occupation is no longer about removing the siege on Gaza, removing settlers and the settlements and withdrawing the IDF from the West Bank. Talks about ending the occupation is moving to a discussion of a one state solution. However, going back to how deep it is. I want to explain why I think it’s deeply ingrained mentally. Occupation has become so normalised in Israel. Joining the IDF has become so normalised that very rarely you see people protest conscription unless they are Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel for very reasons. We see Israel becoming more and more right wing. We see Netanyahu currently bombing Gaza, and moving more and more settlers into the West Bank. More so, we see absolutely no intention of the Israeli government to end it.

It’s going to take years and years of work to simply undo and end the occupation, even though if the Israeli government wanted to, they can end it tomorrow. However I’ve rambled so let me get down to business, and truly explain. Like I said, Israel is pretty hellbent on maintaining its Jewish character, and in order to do this, it wants to absorb Israeli settlements as part of Israel proper, so basically it wants to annex them. Most of these settlements are either built in the proposed capital of a Palestinian state which is East Jerusalem, or area C which is in the deepest parts of the West Bank. Not to mention, the wall that exists to protect those settlements.This is going to leave a Palestinian state looking like Swiss cheese. Also, Israel refuses to give up the Jordan valley because it wants to maintain security considering it’s on the border of the Jordan river, and this also means it’s rich in resources.

Thirdly, a two state solution has been dead from day one, and it’s not really what Palestinians want. Palestinians want to be able to return to their homes, some of which lie in Israel. Palestinians want control and return of the land that was stolen from them in 1948. Also allowing Israel to remain existing just lets it get away with its atrocities despite the blood on its hands. Palestinians want justice.

As for those links, here I explain why I disagree with a 2ss (although I have sort of changed my reasoning but still stands): http://somepalestiniankid.tumblr.com/post/41099671218/you-guys
Here I explain why I support one state: http://somepalestiniankid.tumblr.com/post/85080607208/hi-can-you-please-explain-why-you-believe-in-the-one

Hope that helps.

The United Nations General Assembly authorized the establishment of the State of Israel by a vote of 33 in favour to 13 against with the full authority of international law.

You don’t get any more legitimate than that.

Israel has been a voting member state of the United Nations since 1949, less than one year after it was established.

They have won three wars in defense of their country which is why they still exist today and have every natural right to do so.

Jews originated from that area and they deserve to have a state there. I do want the Palestinians to have their own state as well, but the Jews need to have their own state (at least for the foreseeable future), because the world has proven one too many times that it cannot be trusted to not persecute Jews.

The two-state solution is the only option that makes sense. It’s the only option for peace right now. Who knows, once the two-state solution has been implemented, it might just be a matter of time before the two states become one? 

Firstly, just because Israel has been established by the UN, it doesn’t make it any more legitimate than the United States which currently is where the UNGA headquarters are. Also the UNGA has literally settler-colonial countries on its security council.  Israel was built through the mass ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. 

Secondly, those three wars were not in “defense” of the country, and just because it won, it doesn’t mean they have every natural right to do so. Israel waged those wars, and the only reason it won is because of American tax payer money paying for weapons, and Israel being a super power in the region. 

Thirdly, so what if Jews originated there? It doesn’t mean that they had every right to come in, slaughter Palestinians and build their own state there. Palestinians originated there too. Also nobody said that the Jews had to leave once a one-state solution is established. They can stay, they just won’t be the majority.

Fourthly, the two state solution has been dead since day one. also Palestinians want justice. No justice, no peace. 

now get the hell off my post. 

This chart shows every person killed in the Israel-Palestine conflict since 2000
londonpalestineaction:

#GazaUnderAttack report from the ground: Sunday 13 July
List of the 176 Palestinians, Including Whole Families, Killed Since Tuesday (as of 3:16am, death toll is even higher now)
"Join the growing critical mass around the world with a commitment to the day when Palestinians do not have to grow up amidst this relentless murder and destruction by the Israeli regime" - on how internationals can stand in solidarity with Palestinians.
Israeli troops launch first incursion in Gaza (Al Jazeera). More info on this from tumblr.
Loads of photos from Gaza and the West Bank up on ActiveStills.
Israeli army confiscates $3.5 million worth of Palestinian property, in their arbitrary house raids in retaliation against Palestinian civilians.
Summary of “what’s actually going on in Palestine" from @thepalestineyoudontknow
Health ministry: Israel uses internationally-banned weapons against Gazans (again)
Harrowing account from Twitter user @imPalestine on the mental health effects of the constant attacks.
Horror as Gaza handicapped care facility bombed (Ma’an News)

londonpalestineaction:

#GazaUnderAttack report from the ground: Sunday 13 July

List of the 176 Palestinians, Including Whole Families, Killed Since Tuesday (as of 3:16am, death toll is even higher now)

"Join the growing critical mass around the world with a commitment to the day when Palestinians do not have to grow up amidst this relentless murder and destruction by the Israeli regime" - on how internationals can stand in solidarity with Palestinians.

Israeli troops launch first incursion in Gaza (Al Jazeera). More info on this from tumblr.

Loads of photos from Gaza and the West Bank up on ActiveStills.

Israeli army confiscates $3.5 million worth of Palestinian property, in their arbitrary house raids in retaliation against Palestinian civilians.

Summary of “what’s actually going on in Palestine" from @thepalestineyoudontknow

Health ministry: Israel uses internationally-banned weapons against Gazans (again)

Harrowing account from Twitter user @imPalestine on the mental health effects of the constant attacks.

Horror as Gaza handicapped care facility bombed (Ma’an News)

"We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world to act, protest and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account."

In case you were wondering what Gazans want you to do in order to help. 

We call for a final end to the crimes and oppression against us. We call for:

  • Arms embargos on Israel, sanctions that would cut off the supply of weapons and military aid from Europe and the United States on which Israel depends to commit such war crimes;
  • Suspension of all free trade and bilateral agreements with Israel such as the EU-Israel Association agreement;
  • Boycott, divestment and sanctions, as called for by the overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society in 2005

(via musaafer)

Also, a statement from just the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, “To the people of the free world and to the Arab people we ask you all to show greater even greater solidarity through events, and apply more pressure on your Governments to provide real support to the struggle of our people and for the accountability of the Zionist war criminals.”

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