Monday, 22 March 2010

Boycott H&M fashion store over opening programme in Israel

Swedish fashion chain H&M opened its first store in Israel on Thursday morning, but not everyone seems to be happy about it. The Swedish organization for solidarity with the Palestinians and the Palestinian association in Stockholm have called for a boycott H&M over its decision to open six more stores in Israel and urged the company to postpone the opening until Israel "respects international law."

According to a statement issued by the organizations, "The familiar red H&M sign will be visible in the Azriel Mall in Tel Aviv and, a few days later, in the Malcha shopping centre in Jerusalem, a city gradually cleansed of its Palestinian population to be replaced by Jewish-Israeli settlements." more

Ban on visit to Gaza says blockade inflicts 'unacceptable suffering' on population

UN General Sec. Ban on his first visit to Gaza since the war attacks Israel for the suffering of the population. Will Clinton call for the lifting of this illegal collective punishment by Israel when she speaks at the AIPAC conference today or for the punishment of the IDF criminals that killed four Palestinian teenagers this weekend? Of course not.
Gaza – Ma'an – On his first visit to Gaza since the end of Israel's Operation Cast Lead, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the ongoing siege "not sustainable" adding that the continued closure "is wrong."

More than a year after he spoke in front of the smoldering remains of the UN warehouse in Gaza City, hit by Israeli missiles during the December 2008-January 2009 war, Ban addressed Gazans in Khan Younis, saying they "are striving to provide for their families amid unacceptable, unsustainable conditions."

The Israeli siege of Gaza, Ban said, "causes unacceptable suffering of human beings," with half of the areas population, which is under the age of 18, suffering the most, a UN news brief quoted the official as saying.

Clinton addresses AIPAC to reassure Zionists US support is 'rock solid'

Hillary Clinton is addressing AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) today to reassure the pro-Israel crowd that US support, no matter how many people the IDF kills, will be 'rock solid' (see text of her speech here), apart from the odd cynical criticism to try and play to an Arab audience in the pretence that the US is neutral when in fact it is the main military and political backer of the settler state. Israel's Netanyahu will also be addressing the policy conference.

Last year there were protests inside the conference centre organised by women's peace group CodePink.
AIPAC, or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, describes itself as the most important organization affecting the U.S. relationship with Israel. With a budget of $65 million, and membership now standing at over 100,000, it is no wonder that congressional staffers consider it one of the most powerful and effective lobbies on Capitol Hill.

Once a year, AIPAC holds its annual conference in Washington DC. This May it was attended by over 5,000 participants. Its annual policy conference is one of Washington’s largest gatherings of lawmakers, topped only by the President’s State of the Union address. Guests this year included two-thirds of the House, half the Senate, and Vice President Richard Cheney.

Only rarely is a critical word uttered among politicians regarding AIPAC and its associates that support unjust and aggressive (and disastrous) U.S. policies toward the peoples of the Middle East. We aim to change that. Go to Protest AIPAC

IDF terrorists kill four unarmed Palestinians in weekend escalation

Two Palestinians killed protesting restriction on access to farmland because of settler presence near Iraq Burin. The IDF is a terrorist organisation but as usual no condemnation from the western hypocrites. On Saturday near Nablus two Palestinian teenagers were killed by IDF for the 'crime' of throwing stones.