Wed 22 Feb 2017: Oban Phoenix: THE FORGOTTEN, documentary by Jon Pullman

Join Oban Concern for Palestine at Oban Phoenix Cinema in February for the screening of his latest documentary

THE FORGOTTEN

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 6–7pm

OBAN PHOENIX CINEMA

Admission: £5.00

The documentary follows award-winning activist filmmaker
Jon Pullman on his journey through refugee camps in Lebanon,
where Palestinian refugees have been ignored for almost 70 years.

Screening followed by meal and chat with Jon:
Rowantree Hotel, next door to Oban Phoenix Cinema
Please bring your own Palestine-themed dish.

TICKETS
www.obanphoenix.com
or in person at the box office
140 George Street, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5NX
Tel 01631 562 905

CONTACT for more information
OC4P – Oban Concern for Palestine
http://www.facebook.com/obanconcern4palestine
ObanConcern4Palestine [@] gmail [.] com
Tel 07747 300 062

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Stuart Littlewood’s open Christmas Memo to PM Theresa May: Stop worshipping Israel. Learn the ugly truth


With deep gratitude to our Scottish Friends of Palestine for forwarding Stuart Littlewood’s heartfelt appeal to the UK Prime Minister.

 

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/12/21/christmas-memo-to-pm-theresa-may-stop-worshipping-israel-learn-the-ugly-truth/

Christmas memo to PM Theresa May: Stop worshipping Israel. Learn the ugly truth … and find a new speechwriter!

by Stuart Littlewood, 21 December 2016

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Prime Minister,

This is still a Christian country, as your colleague David Cameron reminded us not so long ago. But you wouldn’t think so when non-Christian creeds are given exceptional protection and privileges to smooth their ruffled feathers. Your government is even introducing new laws to stifle questions about Israel’s legitimacy and quash criticism of its criminal policies. We have entered a sinister era of censorship and harrassment as the gulf between government and public widens.

In an excruciating speech to a Conservative Friends of Israel lunch earlier this month, you told 800 guests that the British government will be marking the centenary of the infamous Balfour Declaration next year “with pride”. Yet that ill-conceived letter by the British foreign secretary caused a running sore in the Middle East that has lasted a hundred years. And Britain’s failure to make amends continues to endanger the whole region and cause grief for millions.

You said some astonishing things too about Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine. For example, Britain stands “very firmly” for a two-state solution and the two sides must “sit down together, without preconditions, and work towards that lasting solution”. It is plain to nearly everyone that this futile and lopsided mantra is a ploy designed to buy Israel all the time it needs to establish enough irreversible “facts on the ground” to ensure permanent annexation. But like all leaders before, you go along with it. And you’re careful not to mention that international law has already spoken and it’s high time for enforcement – or sanctions.

There seems little comprehension among you and your colleagues of the consequences for the Middle East, and indeed the whole world, if Israel is allowed to achieve its ambition to expand its borders to the Nile and the Euphrates.

You even praise Israel for being “a thriving democracy, a beacon of tolerance”, when it is obviously neither. Maybe an ethnocracy, or a theocracy, but certainly no liberal democracy.  As for your remark that it is only when you walk through Jerusalem or Tel Aviv that you see a country where people of all religions “are free and equal in the eyes of the law” and “Israel guarantees the rights of people of all religions, races and sexualities, and it wants to enable everyone to flourish”, have you ever walked through East Jerusalem?

What really offends me, though, is your belief that our two countries share “common values”. That’s straight out of Tel Aviv’s hasbara instruction manual. And it is deeply insulting to anyone who lives by Christian values, which are alien to the Istraeli regime given its crimes against humanity and cruelty to the indigenous people it terrorises. I don’t suppose too many British people feel they have much in common with a criminal foreign power that tortures children.

However, the speech did provide mild amusement when you unwisely attacked the successful BDS campaign – that’s boycott, divestment and sanctions – calling it wrong and unacceptable and warning that your government would “have no truck with those who subscribe to it”. 200 legal scholars and practising lawyers from 15 European countries promptly slapped you down in a statement that BDS is a lawful exercise of freedom of expression and outlawing it undermines a basic human right.  One expert pointed out that advocating for BDS is part of the fundamental freedoms protected by the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights. Another said BDS is civil society’s response to the international community’s irresponsible failure to act. Repressing it amounts to support for Israel’s violations of international law and a failure to honour the solemn pledge by states to “strictly respect the aims and principles of the Charter of the United Nations”.

Of course, if your Israeli friends don’t like BDS they only have to comply with international law like everyone else, get back behind Israel’s internationally recognised borders and leave the Palestinians alone.

Just think for a moment about the shredded remnants of Palestine, the endless misery in Gaza and the obscene 8-metre wall with gun towers imprisoning Bethlehem and its Christian community – all courtesy of Israel. Remember that in their 2014 blitz on Gaza Israel killed more than 500 children, injured 3,374, left more than 1,500 orphaned and 373,000 in need of psycho-social support.

There are 1.75 million people, including about 800,000 children under 15, packed into the tiny Gaza enclave with no escape. They have suffered horribly under Israeli blockade – a collective punishment which as you know is considered a war crime – for nearly 10 years. And your own ministers report that 90% of Gaza’s water is not fit even for agricultural use. The puzzle is why your government would have any truck with anyone who subscribes to an Israel fan club.

According to Wiki, you are the daughter of an Anglican priest and a regular churchgoer. The Holy Land is the well-spring of your religion, is it not? I wonder what the Good Lord, looking down on the hell-hole Balfour created and Western politicians have perpetuated, thinks of your performance this Christmas.

 

On the author:
“Stuart Littlewood worked on jet fighters in the RAF then pursued a career in industrial marketing.
“More recently he worked as a freelance and with innovation consultancies. Psychology degree Exeter University, Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Served as a Cambridgeshire county councillor 1993-7 and on the Police Authority. Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Since retiring has been a newspaper columnist and produced two photo-documentary books. He is a regular contributor to a number of internet news magazines.
“Stuart’s book Radio Free Palestine, with Foreword by Jeff Halper, tells the plight of the Palestinians under brutal occupation. It can now be read on the internet by visiting RadioFreePalestine.org.uk

 

Background to recent UN Security Council Res. on settlements

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/us-lets-security-council-pass-resolution-against-israeli-settlements?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=58c9f3bc2b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-58c9f3bc2b-299170125

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Israeli Forces invade and destroy offices of prominent Palestinian Health NGO

Israeli Forces invade and destroy offices of prominent Palestinian Health NGO

Two Palestinians were injured in clashes following the invasion of the building, during which the army seized data and smashed equipment

Israeli Forces soldiers invaded the offices of the Health Development Information and Policy Institute (HDIP) in the small hours of November 16, [2016] ransacking the Ramallah bureau and smashing up equipment and fittings.

Around 8 armored vehicles arrived on Rukab Street, in the heart of Ramallah, circa 2AM. First blasting open the doors with explosive charges, the soldiers gutted the CCTV system before seizing hard drives, documents and video footage. During the raid they also destroyed computer equipment, smashed windows and punched holes in the walls.

In the aftermath of the invasion, tyres burned in Rukab Street and the surrounding roads. Israeli soldiers fired stun grenades, tear gas and high-velocity rubber-coated metal bullets at demonstrating youths, who responded by hurling stones. Local news sources report that two Palestinians were injured by the time the Israeli soldiers withdrew at 4.30AM.

Dr Mustafa Barghouti is a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council as well as a founder of HDIP. He views the raid as part of a wider Israeli assault on Palestinian civil society.

“Over the last six months, the government has launched a huge campaign against Palestinian civil society, even against Israeli civil society, and against non violent resistance” he explained.

Speaking amid the turmoil of the office, with broken glass underfoot and CCTV cameras dangling from frayed wires about him, Dr Barghouti cited similar attacks against television stations and other human rights organisations.

HDIP is a non-governmental organization which “advocates for better government policies on behalf of overlooked groups such as women, youth and the disabled.” It has worked with the WHO, European Community, UNDP, UNICEF and local charities and organizations across occupied Palestine, providing educational, outreach and lobbying services.

Dr Barghouti also stated that the raid – which took place in the heart of Area A, theoretically under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority (PA) – showed Israeli contempt for Palestinian Authority.

The invasion fell on the night after the 28th Palestinian ‘Independence Day’, on which Palestinians celebrate Yasser Arafat’s symbolic declaration of a Palestinian state in 1988.

“This assault clearly shows Israel has no respect for the PA,” Dr. Barghouti said. “Practically, we don’t have any real authority anywhere in the West Bank. The only authority is the authority of occupation.”

More broadly, Dr Barghouti criticised the Israeli attack because the HDIP is a “non-governmental organization” that focuses on health and educational issues. “This attack is completely unjustified. It violates the rights of the Palestinian people,” he added.

Indeed, the damage the HDIP office has suffered has already brought a jarring end to a number of ongoing human rights projects, such as a health education program.

At a minimum, Dr Barghouti estimated the damage of the raid would run into “thousands of dollars.”

Nonetheless, Dr Barghouti is confident that HDIP’s staff will continue their work. He said: “this institute will not stop doing its job. Just as they failed to silence us in 2002, they will fail again now.”

This was the first invasion of the workplace, which also houses the Palestine Monitor offices, since the height of the Second Intifada in 2002. At that time, Israeli Forces occupied the offices for 6 weeks, using it as a strategic military base in the heart of the West Bank’s nominal capital.

The stairwell of the building still houses old computer equipment in dusty vitrines, smashed up by the Israeli Forces during their previous invasion.

We call on all friends and partners to:

–       Protest and send letters of condemnation to the Israeli embassy if your area and to the Israeli Defense Minister (Ministry of Defense, Kaplan St., Hakirya, Tel-Aviv 61909, Israel).

–       Ask for international protection.

–       Reach out to the media in your area to expose the Israeli violations of human rights and civil rights.

 

[This information was received via our U.S. friends]
 

Rev. Dr. Fahed AbuAkel, President
Friends of UPMRC, Inc
P.O.BOX 450554
Atlanta, GA 31145-0554
fabuakel AT gmail DOT com

www.pmrs.ps
www.kairospalestine.ps
www.kairosusa.org
www.theIPMN.org

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“Israel’s Shimon Peres: Peacemaker or war criminal?” [S.P., 2 Aug 1923–28 Sept 2016]

New, via Scottish Friends of Palestine – on the
REDRESS INFORMATION & ANALYSIS website:

“Israel’s Shimon Peres: Peacemaker or war criminal?”

Jonathan Cook reminds us of the Shimon Peres that we are unlikely to hear about in Western obituaries: a colonialist and champion of the Jewish settlers, an “Inveterate schemer”, a war criminal and the father of Israel’s nuclear weapons programme.

http://wp.me/p2HBz8-3tL
Redress Information & Analysis
Website – http://www.redressonline.com
YouTube channel – http://www.youtube.com/redressvideo
blip.tv channel – http://redress.blip.tv
Twitter feed – http://twitter.com/redress

Redress Information & Analysis is dedicated to exposing injustice, disinformation and bigotry and to providing thought-provoking interpretations of current affairs.

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OC4P adds: See also, among many others: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/28/shimon-peres-obituary

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Last minute: Glasgow, this evening Fri 26 Aug 2016, 6pm: Conversation with author of HARD LAWS & HARDER EXPERIENCES: APARTHEID IN PALESTINE

Last minute – this invitation has just come into the Oban Concern for Palestine e-mail inbox:

OPEN INVITATION

CONVERSATION WITH GHADA AGEEL, author of
HARD LAWS & HARDER EXPERIENCES:  APARTHEID IN PALESTINE

Tonight!!! Friday 26 August 2016, 6:00pm

University of Glasgow, Boyd Orr Building, Room 407 (Lecture Theatre A)
University Avenue (nearest underground: Hillhead)

Dr Ageel will be talking with Pauline McNeill and engaging the issues of representing the many voices of Palestinians in publications that show the current situation from a number of Palestinian experiences in and outside of Palestine.  In this book those involved in the quest for Palestinian justice begin with life in Gaza and the West Bank.  They give accounts of ordinary activities under siege like looking after elderly parents or protecting youngsters.  Voices are woven together to give a unique picture of the crime that is Palestine now.

Noam Chomsky writes of Hard Laws and Harder Experiences:

Of all the crimes to which Palestinians have been subjected through a century of bitter tragedy, perhaps none are more cruel than the silencing of their voices.  The suffering has been most extreme, criminal, and grotesque in Gaza, where Ghada Ageel was one of the victims from childhood.  This collection of essays is a poignant cry for justice, far too long delayed. – NOAM CHOMSKY

The book Hard Laws and Harder Experiences is available at John Smiths at Glasgow University Book Shop at a special price of £25
http://www.johnsmith.co.uk/gla

Ghada Ageel is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta and a columnist for the Middle East Eye, an online news portal based in London.
See University of Alberta Press
http://www.uap.ualberta.ca/titles/415-9781772120820-apartheid-in-palestine

How to get to the CCA, and listings of all their events:
http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme

[…]

Kind regards

David Wright
Networks Administrator

Research Strategy and Innovation Office
11 The Square
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Tel: 0141 330 1989
The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401

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Welcome

Oban Concern for Palestine is a group of Argyll residents who share an interest in Palestine, a friendship with its people and a deep concern for their welfare.

We believe that the oppression of the Palestinian people is a grave wrong and that we have a duty to speak up and do what we can to bring it to an end.

We welcome new members and supporters. If you have any questions, or would like to know more, please get in touch by sending an email quoting ‘oc4p via at wordpress’ to obanconcern4palestine@gmail.com.
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The Ecologist: In the West Bank and Gaza, Israel is using water as a weapon of war

Israel continues to violate Universal Human Rights

According Ramzy Baroud’s article published on 4 July 2016
in The Ecologist,

‘Israel is inflicting “water starvation” on Palestinian communities […], with residents of all-Jewish settlements in the West Bank each receiving thirty times more water than their Palestinian neighbours. Meanwhile resistance to the Occupation is routinely punished by water closures and the destruction of water infrastructure, contrary to international humanitarian law.’

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