Sunday, 7 June 2009

Stop Saudi collusion with Israel through Alstom and Veolia contract

Action Alert: Prevent Alstom From Building The Haramain Express Railway!

End Saudi collusion with Israel

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Saudi Arabia awarded French company Alstom a multi-million dollar contract for the construction of Haramain Express Railway, to link the holy cities of Makkah and Madina. Alstom is in violation of international law for its part in the construction of the Jerusalem Light Rail, which will link illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (including East Jerusalem) with the city of Jerusalem. The construction of the light rail is part of a wider Israeli policy to ethnically cleanse the Palestinians from Jerusalem and turn permanent the illegal occupation of the city.

The decision by the Saudi Arabian authorities is in violation of its own international commitments. The Arab League barred member states from dealing with companies involved in the construction of Jerusalem Light Rail project. The Saudi contract sends a signal of approval for Alstom's actions in Jerusalem and highlights the lack of integrity of the Haramain project: the Saudi Arabian government has chosen to link two of Islam's holiest cities by sponsoring the colonization of another.

Across the world a divestment campaign is taking pace against Alstom and its partner company Veolia, with victories in Sweden and France. In 2006, Dutch ASN Bank took the responsible decision to divest from the project. Alstom and Veolia are accused by Palestinian civil society, represented by the BDS National Committee, BNC, of complicity in grave violation of international law and Palestinian rights for their role in the JLR project. Despite the pressure, the two companies have refused to end their participation in the project. With construction at an advanced stage, Alstom and Veolia are guilty of actively colluding with Israeli apartheid.

Demand That Saudi Authorities Divest From Alstom NOW!

1 - Write to the Saudi Railway Organization and to the Saudi Arabian diplomatic representation in your country demanding immediate cancellation of the contract with Alstom.

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Saudi Arabian diplomatic representations worldwide:

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2 - Sign the petition:

3 - Write about this issue in your local media. Discuss it in your trade union, local mosque and community centres. Participate in actions for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel.

Hamas calls for international campaign to open Rafah crossing

GAZA, (PIC)-- The government committee against the siege has called for an international campaign to open the Rafah border terminal between Egypt and the Gaza Strip to end the Palestinian suffering.

The committee in a statement on Wednesday asked the Egyptian government to open the terminal officially and permanently before the Palestinians to restore their normal life and to allow entry of the people's daily needs.

Adel Zurub, the committee's spokesman, said that the campaign would coincide with the growing tragic conditions in the Strip as one and a half million Palestinians are experiencing harsh living conditions because of the continued closure of all crossings.

He urged all concerned to pressure for the opening of Rafah terminal and to help the Palestinians travel without any further obstacles.

The continued closure of the main Gaza crossings is a humanitarian disaster, Zurub said, and appealed to the legal and international institutions to pressure Israel into opening the Gaza crossings to enable the Gaza inhabitants to travel freely especially the sick, students and other humanitarian cases.

Thanks to the Palestinian Information Center

Israeli gunboats fire on fishing boats - racist Jews attack Palestinians in Jerusalem

RAFAH, (PIC)-- Israeli gunboats opened up with heavy machine gun fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the Rafah coast, to the south of the Gaza Strip, on Saturday wounding a Palestinian, local sources reported.

They added that Iyad Abdul Nabi was moderately wounded in the attack.

In occupied Jerusalem a 20-year-old Palestinian was injured when a group of Jews assaulted him while on his way home last night from his work in a bakery.

Hussam Al-Za'tari said that students of a Talmudic institute attacked him along with the institute's guard.

Only four days ago a 30-year-old Palestinian was shot dead in occupied Jerusalem by a Zionist fanatic.

In Al-Khalil, Jewish settlers burnt and cut olive and grape trees in Beit Ummar town and prevented farmers and peace activists from heading to their lands.

A Hebrew daily newspaper said that the Israeli occupation forces arrested 169 Palestinian workers in 1948 occupied Palestine over the past week on the pretext they were working without legal permits.

In the Gaza Strip, an 11-year-old Palestinian child was pronounced dead on Saturday after sustaining serious wounds during the latest Israeli war on Gaza.

Mohammed Zamlat had lost his father and grandmother in the same attack. The war on Gaza left 1,350 martyrs and more than 5,000 wounded many of them suffered permanent disabilities.

Gaza's hip-hop resistance

hip-hop group DAM
L-R: Mahmood Jreri, Tamer Nafar, and Suhell Nafar of DAM

Young Palestinians Find Their Voice Through Hip-Hop

by Jordan Flaherty

The Maqusi Towers in Gaza City look a bit like US housing projects. The neighborhood consists of several tall apartment buildings grouped together in the northern part of town. It is also ground zero for Gaza’s growing Hip-Hop community. On a recent evening in one small but well-decorated apartment, a dozen rappers and their friends and families relaxed, danced, smoked flavored tobacco, and rapped the lyrics to some of their songs. more at Dissident Voice

Playground equipment for Palestinian children banned by Israel

Israel is now refusing to allow activists to deliver children's play equipment to Gaza in the latest sign of the total inhumanity of the Zionist blockade of the Strip.

In protest activists have set up equipment on the Israeli side of the Erez crossing.


Egypt flags up Palestinian reconciliation deal by July - sending security force to Gaza

Egypt will send a security delegation to the Gaza Strip to follow up the implementation of a national Palestinian agreement Cairo is currently trying to broker, Palestinian sources said Sunday.

The delegation will mainly oversee the reform of the security services, now controlled and run by Islamic Hamas movement which overran President Mahmoud Abbas's forces in a deadly fighting in June 2007, the sources told Xinhua.

The envoys are expected to come after Hamas and Abbas's Fatah party reach a reconciliation agreement, probably in July.

In addition, the delegation will also try to renew a ceasefire between Israel and the armed Palestinian groups in Gaza and secure a prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel, the sources said. more