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Video: Chair of National Board of Directors Against the Iraq War Talks WikiLeaks

In this exclusive interview on the Afghanistan WikiLeaks, Terra USA talks to the Chair of the National Board of Directors Against the Iraq War.
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Hannah Plotkin

The Rosen Group


Video: Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, the relentless Palestinian Peace Activist

Cultural Resistance: 'All Aboard the Mavi Marmara' David Rovics’ New Song

Who Am I? The Zionist, Apartheid State of Israel


Israeli Apartheid Soldiers on Video

Wednesday (August 4) was another honorable and painful chapter in the struggle of the village of Al-Walaja.  Israeli occupation apartheid soldiers assaulted children and adults protesting peacefully, injured many, and arrested six Palestinians.  The destruction of the beautiful ancient village land was stopped for over 1.5 hours.  I was especially touched by the courage of Omar and his two children, one of them was hit by a soldier with his gun on top of his head.  Please see this video and be both angered and inspired by the courage of the Walajans.  The villagers need our support in many ways especially to demand Israel release those they abducted. 

Come join us PLEASE and act. 


Mazin Qumsiyeh


The Ugly Truth: Guest is "Doctor" Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida: Topic: His "Burn a Koran Day" on September 11th

Today’s "The Ugly Truth" features an exclusive interview with Dr Terry Jones, pastor of the infamous Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida that is planning to have a ‘Burn a Koran Day’ this upcoming September 11th.

 Listen as we are joined by special guest Nashid Abdul Khaaliq, of, an African American convert to Islam, along with regular co-host of The Ugly Truth:

Mark Dankof, of and .

At the end of the broadcast, Dr./Pastor Jones even promises to INCLUDE copies of the Jewish Babylonian Talmud in his church-sponsored September 11th book burning conclave! Did CNN really interview this guy?????
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Mark Dankof


Press TV Under Attack:

Britain Cannot Handle the Truth

To tell the truth about Israeli barbarism is a breach of impartiality. The Guardian and the Jewish Chronicle reported today that, Ofcom, the UK broadcasting standards body, has ruled that Iranian-backed Press TV’s coverage of the Gaza flotilla incident breached guidelines on impartiality.

You ask yourself why?

Their coverage of the Flotilla wasn’t pro-Israeli enough.

The regulator said the station had not shown due impartiality during a broadcast on June 5th which dealt exclusively with the events surrounding the interception by Israeli commandos of the pro-Palestinian convoy off the coast of Gaza.
The Jewish Chronicle reports that During an episode of a current affairs show Remembering Palestine, presenter Lauren Booth discussed the flotilla with studio guests and participants of the convoy. Ofcom said the show had started with “a pro-Palestinian song set to anti-Israeli/pro-Palestinian imagery”.

Ofcom is absolutely right,  Booth should have thought about it, and played Hava Nagila along with the images of Israel executing 9 peace activists in International waters.  Such an act would bring to light the cheerful aspect in Israeli murderous zeal. It would also cement the cultural continuum between the IDF’s crimes and Jewish cultural heritage. 

Gilad Atzmon



Hear Rev. Ted Pike and Phil Tourne, survivor of Israel's attack on the USS Liberty, describe parallels between Israel's 1967 outrage and it's recent terrorist attack on the "Free Gaza" flotilla, killing 9 activists.

Tune in tonight, August 3rd, to Tourne's new radio show "The USS Liberty Survivor Hour," 10PM PDT at Call 1-888-747-1968 to give your input. 

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The Houston Conference on


Houston, Texas

October 22-24, 2010



Conference Statement

The international project to create two states in Israel-Palestine has not only failed, it is leading to greater suffering and dangers for all. Under its cover, Israel has imposed conditions in the Gaza Strip that now shock the conscience of the world. The destruction of Palestinian homes and the hideous Wall in East Jerusalem present an appalling portrait of incremental ethnic cleansing. Conditions in the West Bank are argued by some to indicate superficial gains, but to everyone else look each day more like a Bantustan. The Palestinian people are being split geographically and politically and the Middle East is heading toward a future of endless conflict and war. 

            We will no longer watch passively while a fraudulent “peace process” builds such a future for Muslims, Christians and Jews in Palestine and in the entire region. We propose to our brothers and sisters around the world that further delay in acting on the reality standing before us has become morally unacceptable.  

            The conflict in Israel-Palestine cannot be resolved until its fundamental source is addressed. That source is the premise of partition. We reject the Zionist claim that Jewish people have rights to a separate state in Palestine that deprives Palestinians of their rights to live freely and with equal rights in their ancestral homeland. But we reject just as strongly the equally racist idea that Israeli Jews and Palestinians are unable to peacefully share a non-ethnic democratic state and find a new future together in a unified country.  

            We declare our conviction that the only just, viable and stable solution to the conflict is to establish one democratic state in Palestine, in all the territory now controlled by Israel between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. A unified state is the only way to restore the rights of the Palestinian people and ensure true security, freedom, and equality for Palestinians, Israeli Jews and all the people of the land. We call on all who agree with us to join us in launching a global movement to establish this state.

Building on the Madrid, Boston, and Haifa conferences, in Houston we will assemble to affirm the Declaration of the Movement for One Democratic State in Palestine and debate and agree on a plan of action. In league with those elsewhere who agree with us we will structure and launch an international Movement for One Democratic State that promises safety, freedom and equality for all the people of Palestine. 


Friday, October 22, 2010 



  • Establish consensus on the historic importance of the ODS movement

  • Decide on the structure and organization of the movement

  • Begin to build a shared vision of the ODS movement in world politics

9:00-9:30 AM             INTRODUCTION: Why we are here

Establish the need for a ODS Movement and unity around a shared vision. 

9:30–10:30 AM          Historic Dimensions of the ODS Movement  

Review current conditions and pressures in Palestine and internationally that drive the ODS movement: including political, legal, economic, cultural, psychological, demographic, & military; inside ‘48, inside ’67, refugees/diaspora and right of return. 

10:30–10:45                BREAK 

10:45 – 1:00 PM         LAUNCHING THE MOVEMENT  

     Affirm the Declaration

     Decide on the structure of the movement: administration, chapters, coordination

     Adopt a Plan of Action

     Discuss potential movement politics and how to handle them. 

1:00-2:00 PM                         LUNCH 

2:00-4:00 PM             ODS and the UN/”Peace Process” 

Is the law on our side? Positioning ODS in terms of UN declarations, international law, the PA, and two-state diplomacy. (If the US and everyone else is focused on two states, what does this mean legally and strategically for the one-state movement? What it means to say Israel is an ‘apartheid state’, and how this matters to the ODS Movement.) 

4:00-6:00 PM             OPEN: free discussion among participants 

6:30 -7:30 PM            DINNER  

7:30     Optional: Slide History of South Africa’s Triumph over Apartheid 

DAY 2:

Saturday, October 23, 2010 



  • Clarify the principles and goals of the Declaration

  • Develop a strategy to address Movement politics and global networking

  • Identify needs and key/talking points for ODS Movement activism

9:00-09:15 AM           INTRODUCTION: The Declaration as a Freedom Charter 

9:15–10:15 AM          THE PRINCIPLES: DISCUSSION  

Review the principles that will underpin the ODSM: human rights, anti-racism, equality, freedom, democracy. These may seem easy, but what do they really mean? How does Palestinian cultural nationalism fit in ODS? How does Jewish nationalism fit, or does it? How do conservative religious sects, who may have different views about these matters, fit and can they be incorporated into the ODS Movement? 

10:30–12:30 PM         THE Goals: DISCUSSION  

Discuss and agree on what is meant by “one democratic state”: for example, the secular/religious debate; the nature of the state (federal/unitary/bi-national); the name of the state. What are the issues around these and other topics that may divide people’s view of ODS or their participation in the ODS Movement? How do we prevent these differences from becoming stumbling blocks? Can we persuade people, including ourselves, to agree to disagree? What is our role and strategy as a movement regarding taking positions on these issues and/or serving as leaders to over-arch differences?  

12:30–1:30 PM           LUNCH 

1:30-3:00 PM                         SESSION TWO: The ODS Movement and the World 

How the ODS Movement will relate to the big players—the PLO, PA, Hamas, Palestinian parties, Jewish solidarity groups, other orgs. It is particularly sensitive that the PA does not support ODS: what does this mean to the Movement? How is it best handled, in the interests of long-term unity? 

How the ODS Movement should relate to the solidarity community: To NGOs, to Palestinian and Jewish peace groups, to the BDS coalition and other cross-cutting alliances? 

The rest of the world: How the ODS movement will relate to historic Palestinian and Arab nationalism; the Arab League; the ‘war on terror’; democracy; great-power interests & interventions (the ‘great game’); the global South. 

4:306:00 PM         Open Discussion/Break 

6:30–11:00 PM           PUBLIC DINNER 

            — Keynote speaker(s):

            Reading of Declaration

            — Buffet Dinner & cultural activities

DAY 3:

Sunday, October 23, 2010 

“The Way Forward”



  • Determine pragmatic “next steps” for building the ODS Movement

  • Establish a one-year plan for the ODS Movement

10:00–1:00 PM           FINAL SESSION: WORKING GROUPS   

Determine needs and next steps: 

            — Identify potential ODS chapters;

            — Identify speakers for speaking tours and teaching/education sessions;

            — Plan a sequence of ODS meetings and conferences with geographic spread;

            — Identify sources of funding and other support;

            — Develop a strategy for media & publicity. 

1:00 PM                      LUNCH AND Close




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