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Arabic Dubai police video about the activities of the Mossad assassins,

who assassinated Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh.


 Israeli Troops Attack a Sunday Mass in Beit Sahour, We Need Help

Some 100 people gathered at Ush Ghrab in Beit Sahour to pray for peace and protest the planned military presence there. As we were gathering in peaceful contemplation and prayer, Israeli occupation army jeeps quickly rolled in between us and one officer barked orders in Hebrew.

We explained to them in Arabic and English that we do not understand Hebrew (later we realized they also knew Arabic and English) but they immediately started throwing concussion grenades and tear gas at the elderly, women, children, the priest doing the prayer, other town people and internationals (Christians and Muslims).

A translator who reviewed our video footage later in the day said that their orders meant we have one minute to disperse!  The priest's words, delivered as the army was attacking, was to plead to God to teach us to live in dignity based on morality and speak out for what is right (then we gave the Lord's prayer together). 

But considering the unusual circumstances, we persisted and succeeded in holding our ground.  On image captured on video that sticks out in my mind is Issa, which is Arabic for Jesus, holding his child in his arms while kicking the teargas canister.  His other child had started crying with the noise of a concussion grenade. 

The tape done by professional photographer Ghassan shows the rest of it:

Mazin Qumsiyeh




Palestine Solidarity Campaign Weekly Update

In this week’s PSC update:

·        Take Action: Global BDS Day: 27 - 30th March 2010

·        Bring Israeli war criminals to justice - tell your MP to oppose any change in the law!

·        23rd February 7pm - Viva Palestina Convoy Celebration, Conway Hall, London

·        25th February 9.30am - Royal Court of Justice: Britain must uphold international law

Plus: Watch MAP's new film: ‘The Silent War: Israel's Blockade of Gaza'; tour by Olive farmers from Palestinian Co-operatives; latest news and events…

This week’s update is available here:

Palestine Solidarity Campaign Box BM PSA London WC1N 3XX

Tel:   020 7700 6192 Fax:  020 7609 7779






Killing babies won't make us any safer

Gayle Brandeis and her child Afghani children

I have been writing the alerts for CODEPINK for several years, but this is the first time I feel compelled to step out from behind the collective voice I normally use and talk to you directly, in my own voice, from my own heart.

As I write this, my three month old baby has pneumonia. He is doing quite well, given the circumstances, but it breaks my heart to see him suffer in any way. My mother took her own life a week after the baby was born, so I feel especially vulnerable right now, especially attuned to potential loss. In this raw, open state, the latest news from Afghanistan hits hard.
Last weekend, twelve members of one Afghan family--including six children--were killed during NATO's Afghanistan offensive in Marjah. As I grapple with the grief over my mom's death, as well as worry over my sick baby, I can't begin to comprehend the grief of those affected by this massive loss. NATO Commander, US General Stanley McChrystal has apologized to President Karzai, but how can his words be anything but cold and empty to those left behind?

Won't you join me in writing to NATO Command to let them know that if they continue to kill Afghan babies and children, they will only create more terrorists? An apology alone won't appease those who have suffered such profound loss. These military attacks are not making us safer; in fact, they are inspiring more people to take up arms against our troops.
Click here to let NATO know that we cannot continue to terrorize and dehumanize the Afghan people.

As a concerned new mother, as a grieving daughter, as a human being who wants no other human being to suffer, I urge you to use your own pain, your own love, to help change the hearts and minds of those in power.

 Write to NATO today. And join your individual voice with us in collective chorus as we congregate in DC this March to mark the anniversary of the war and work to end our military engagements abroad. Click here to find out more.

I watch my baby sleep, follow the rise and fall of each precious breath and know I'd do anything to keep him safe. Don't the children of Afghanistan deserve to grow up feeling safe, as well? Thank you for speaking out on their behalf and on the behalf of all of our children's future. With love and outrage and hope,

Gayle Brandeis

Code Pink

*NATO ISAF (International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan)



CAABU Letter in the Guardian, Friday 19 February 2010,  on Tony Blair's Middle East role.

 Tony Blair's team speaks of progress on the ground (Response, 18 February). This is news to Palestinians and anyone visiting the occupied territories. During his time as envoy, Israeli theft and colonisation of Palestinian land and resources has not just continued but intensified. There has been an increase in the demolition of Palestinian homes and revocation of Palestinian residency rights in Jerusalem.

Palestinians, including children, have continued to be arrested without trial and tortured. Over 1.5 million civilians in Gaza are collectively punished through a medieval siege that denies or restricts the basic essentials of life. A funny definition of progress, but then again Blair denied that there was a humanitarian crisis in Iraq.

Chris Doyle


Council for Arab-British Understanding

For further information please contact the CAABU office 0207 832 1321 - Chris Doyle can be reached on 07968 040 281.


Israeli Apartheid Week 2010 - Video

Plus people have asked - the soundtrack is Checkpoint 303 mixing a speech by Che and Edward Said.


In the 9th year after THAT DAY we call 9/11 

It has been said, that 9/11 changed everything: except how we think. THAT DAY we call 9/11 changed my way of thinking, and ever since I have never relied on the established media or my government to tell the whole truth. 

All government’s lie and politicians get addicted to gaining and keeping power and religion has been misused for eons to divide people. On THAT DAY we call 9/11, the media assumed the role of secretaries taking down dictation from Big Brother who manipulated we the people with FEAR of the other.  

Corporate controlled media failed US miserably by not asking WHY did a few [and back then it was just a few] people in the world hate US so much that they could target and murder innocent people? 

Khalid Sheikh Mohammad’s involvement in the terror upon America, “By his own account…stemmed from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel.”  

Abdulmutallab’s Christmas Day 2009, attempt to blow up a plane was fueled by “his sympathies toward the Palestinians and anger over Israel’s actions in Gaza.”

  "Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official." -Theodore Roosevelt  

"The only person you have to think twice about lying to is either yourself or to God."-Bob Dylan 

And so, I offer you: 


9/11 Nailed by US Founding Fathers, Abbie Hoffman and JC

Related Links: THAT DAY and This 9/11

THAT DAY, This 9/11 and Bob Dylan 

Only in Solidarity do "we have it in our power to begin the world again."-Tom Paine

Eileen Fleming,

Founder of

A Feature Correspondent for Author of "Keep Hope Alive" and "Memoirs of a Nice Irish American 'Girl's' Life in Occupied Territory"   Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu"



Bumper sticker of the Year


Fourth World War By: BigNoise Tactical (2003)

From the front-lines of conflicts in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, 'the North' from Seattle to Genova, and the 'War on Terror' in New York, Afghanistan, and Iraq. It is the story of men and women around the world who resist being annihilated in this war. Split into 9 parts:

 Mazin Qumsiyeh





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