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BFP Statement on Escalating Violence in Israel and Palestine (October 2015)
BFP Statement on Escalating Violence in Israel and Palestine, Oct. 2015:
Willful killings of both Israeli Jews and Palestinians have been rising in the Jerusalem, the Occupied West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, and Israel. Brooklyn For Peace condemns all violence regardless of who perpetrates it and we mourn all victims.
As Americans, we pledge to redouble our efforts to bring the Israeli occupation of Palestine to an end, by campaigning to end the US government’s military, diplomatic, and economic support of Israel until it complies with international law and respects the lives and human rights of all peoples.
We must also speak the truth. Actions taken by the Israeli government have exacerbated an already dangerous situation. Activities condoned or ignored by Israeli authorities continue to fan the flames of hatred. For example:
The 48-year-long Occupation of the West Bank, dispossession of Palestinians, destruction of their lands and homes, use of collective punishment, and continued expansion of Jews-only settlements, with no end in sight, have created a tinder-box of resentment;
The Israeli government incites Jews to shoot to kill Palestinians, rather than arresting alleged wrong-doers, leading to open season on Palestinians in public spaces—many of these victims are children or teenagers;
Israeli forces have escalated the use of excessive lethal force against peaceful protests in occupied Palestinian territory;
Israeli forces conduct nightly incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, arresting civilians, children, and journalists, who are then held indefinitely and without charge;
Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons, establishing checkpoints, and arresting Palestinian citizens, including children;
Arbitrary restrictions on the movement of Palestinian citizens make work, school, and family life even more difficult;
Israeli settlers have attacked, wounded, and killed Palestinian civilians, sometimes while Israeli police watch;
Restrictions placed on access to Al Aqsa (East Jerusalem) interfere with who may pray and when. At times Muslim clergy have been barred from the mosque;
Israeli police invaded Al Aqsa (East Jerusalem) early in the morning of September 13, 2015. They destroyed property, arrested people, and trampled on Muslim holy space with boots and weapons;
Israeli officials have called for Jews to arm themselves, encouraging vigilantism as Israeli civilians, particularly settlers, shoot Palestinians while claiming self-defense.
The Israeli government has continued to show little regard for Palestinian life. The pronouncements of Cabinet ministers, military officials, and Prime Minister Netanyahu make it clear that eradication of Palestinian society, not justice, is the main objective.
Did you miss these recent programs on Israel-Palestine? Check them out on YouTube
Did you miss these recent programs?
Check them out on YouTube:
Rashid Khalidispeaking on Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Hs Undermined Peace in the Middle East? Nov 6, 2013
Max Blumenthal speaking at Alwan for the Arts: Book Launch of “Goliath”, Jan 29, 2014
Gareth Porterspeaking on Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, Feb 20, 2014
Ali Abunimah speaking at Brooklyn College: The Battle for Justice In Palestine, March 6, 2014
Max Blumenthal speaking at Brooklyn Friends Meeting House on his book “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel” on May 8, 2014
**Part One: Presentation
**Part Two: Q & A
Roots/Judur/Shorashim: Conversation about Palestinian Non-Violent Resistance and the Changing of Minds:Ali Abu Awwad and Hanan Schlesinger with Rabbi Ellen Lippman, Sept 7, 2014
Click here for Video Library including many other recent events on Israel-Palestine, filmed by I-P Committee member Edward Briody
Max Blumenthal spooke about his book: “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.” Did you miss it? See it now on YouTube
Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the NY Times, the LA Times, the Daily Beast, the Nation, the Guardian, Huffington Post, Salon, Al Jazeera English, and elsewhere. He spoke on Thursday May 8 at the Brooklyn Friends Meeting House in downtown Brooklyn, addressing the questions: Why has this book become the focus of so much controversy? Why has Israel fallen under the sway of the ultra-right? How can we respond to make a difference?
Professor Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and Adviser to the Palestinian delegation at the 1991 pre-Oslo negotiations in Washington, D.C. On November 6, 2013, he spoke at the Brooklyn Friends Meeting House about his new book, Brokers of Deceit–How the US Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East.
*Why has Middle East peace been so elusive?
*Has the US acted as an unbiased mediator?
*How do the Kerry peace talks fit into this pattern, and what can we expect
*What’s the way forward to peace with justice in Israel and Palestine?
This event was co-sposnored by:
Jews Say No! Peace Action of Bay Ridge; Jewish Voice for Peace-NY; Peace Action of Staten Island; Women in Black (Union Square); Veterans for Peace, NYC Chapgter 34; St. Michael’s Task force on Israel & Palestine; The Riverfside Church Israel Palestine Task Force; Brooklyn College Students for Justice in Palestine; Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture Action Acommittee; Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel; Park Slope United Methodist Church Social Action Committee; Brooklyn Friends Meeting Political and Social Action Committee; Park Slope Food Co-op Members for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
“Brokers of Deceit” is available for purchase at bookstores everywhere.
If your local bookstore doesn’t have it, ask them to order it for you!
Brooklyn For Peace Opposes the Cornell Technion Partnership
Brooklyn For Peace Opposes the Cornell Technion Partnership.
Brooklyn For Peace supports the campaign against the partnership between Cornell and The Technion for a new applied science and engineering facility on Roosevelt Island. This campus will be a major part of the military-industrial complex in the US and Israel. The Technion is complicit in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and attacks and siege on Gaza. This includes numerous violations of international law and human rights, including the deliberate targeting of civilians and supporting an apartheid system within Israel. The $100 million in taxpayer money that Bloomberg is turning over to this enterprise should be spent on urgent social needs like low-income housing, smaller class size, day care spaces, senior centers, and jobs.
Brooklyn For Peace would be happy to see a first-rank engineering and applied science school in New York (without ties to the military). But given the Technion’s past history of engaging in research concerning drones, and given the Obama Administration’s determination to expand worldwide the nature and scope of drone warfare, it seems highly likely that this institution will be involved with further research into drone use. This will increase the already substantial likelihood that drones will soon be produced in New York City, and very possibly used here as well. This school’s drone research will likely not just make the rest of the world less safe, but will endanger the personal security of all New Yorkers. Continue reading →
We Will Not Be Silent Shirts For Purchase! Share your message with the world.
WE WILL NOT BE SILENT! Wear your message on your chest!
WE WILL NOT BE SILENT is an artist/activist collective that has worked together since 2006. Through the creative use of language embodied on shirts and at times emboldened on signs held up in public spaces, WE WILL NOT BE SILENT responds to current social justice issues, encouraging creative direct public actions, where many people can participate.
Check out the text you want to wear! Choose from these and other collections: Reclaim; Greed Kills; Peace with Iran; Palestine; Tibet; Toward Liberation; and more.
Purchase your T-shirt on line at this link: wewillnotbesilent.net. You’ll be spreading the word while supporting the work of this energetic and important group.
Women in Black Vigil in Union Square Stand in solidarity with Rachel Corrie
Verdict has been rendered in case of Rachel Corrie: Judge Oded Gershon’s verdict absolved Israel’s military and state of the 2003 murder of American ISM activist Rachel Corrie. Rachel was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer while protesting the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip.
Despite the American administration stating that the Israeli military investigation had not been “thorough, credible and transparent” and the Israeli government withholding key video and audio evidence, Judge Gershon found no fault in the investigation or in the conclusion that the military and state were not responsible for Rachel’s death. Judge Gershon ruled that Rachel was to blame for her own murder and classifies her non-violent attempt to prevent war crimes as proof that Rachel was not a “thinking person.” Link to the full statement.
On Thursdays since the verdict was given, we have joined to stand in solidarity with Women in Black. Please join the Women in Black Union Square Vigil on Thursday, September 6 at 14th Street and Broadway from 5:30-6:30 pm. All are welcome!
Brooklyn For Peace regularly issues Action Alerts via email. The Israel-Palestine Committee has also sponsored and co-sponsored forums relating to Israel-Palestine and supported related demonstrations.
Outreach to Decision Makers
We arrange face-to-face meetings with Brooklyn Congressmembers urging them to them to support bills which advance peace in Israel-Palestine. We also encourage members to communicate by letter, telephone, and e-mail with elected officials.
Israel-Palestine Reading Group
The Israel-Palestine Reading Group meets monthly on a weekday afternoon, see the reading list. A separate reading group meeting in the evenings will be starting in early 2009. Discussions are also held at I-P committee meetings based on recent news. Click here for information on the next meeting or email us at email@example.com.
Don’t Buy Ahava Products
Ahava, an Israeli cosmetics company, is violating basic principles of international law by profiting from the occupation of Palestine.
“Be On Our Side” Mass Transit Campaign comes to NYC
With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the widely expected vote at the U.N. on recognizing Palestinian sovereignty, September will be marked by important campaigns and events in New York City. One is an important Mass Transit campaign placing ads through the NYC Subways that raise public awareness and call for ending U.S. military aid to Israel. The campaign has already appeared in press (see the Daily News story, and others, below).
“Be on our side. We are on the side of peace and justice.” These words come from Palestinians and Israelis. Continue reading →
Who We Are
The Israel-Palestine Committee of Brooklyn For Peace strives to provide accurate and unbiased information about the conflict in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories...Read more
We invite you to join the Israel-Palestine committee and get involved.
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