Friday, December 27, 2013

Beginning 5 Years Ago Today -- Israel Brutally Attacks Gaza for Weeks, Killing over 1400

Dr. Mads Gilbert has written a book about his experience in Gaza during Cast Lead.  Haaretz interviewed him:

From Eva Bartlett's blog, In Gaza.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Witness the Dire Straits of the People of Gaza; First a Siege than A Flooding Storm. Stand by Gaza!

Video via In Gaza blog:

"Palestinians Celebrate Release of Issawi Despite Israeli Threats"

"JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Defying Israeli warnings banning celebrations, dozens of Palestinian Jerusalemites on Monday evening celebrated the release of prominent prisoner Samir Issawi in his hometown of Issawiya in East Jerusalem."

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Voices for Palestine & Veterans for Peace Seattle Remind Messiah Concert Attendees of Current Status of Birthplace of Jesus

We passed out 400 postcards depicting Mary and Joseph at the Walls that now surround Bethlehem.  The card and its message are available to view here at the "If Americans Knew" website:

Friday, December 20, 2013

Our Palestine Vigil will be on Sunday Dec. 22 at 1:30PM in front of Benaroya Hall, Downtown Seattle. Join Us!

To raise awareness about US foreign policy and the plight of Palestinians, Voices of Palestine and VFP92 Greater Seattle Chapter of Veterans For Peace will be distributing "O Little Town of Bethlehem " cards to folks attending the 2 PMperformance of Handel's Messiah at Benaroya Hall.
We are planning to meet in front of Benaroya Hall at 1:30 PM. Please join us!
What: Vigil for Bethlehem
Where: Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street • Seattle, WA 98101
When: Sunday Dec. 22 at 1:30 PM

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Get the Word Out! Israel/Egypt Drowning the People of Gaza! End the Siege!

from Amin Odeh, Voices for Palestine:

Zahi Damuni
Zahi Damuni5:35pm Dec 15


Snowy weather since Wednesday December 11 — the most severe since 1878 — has further crippled daily life among the Palestinian people of the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank near Jerusalem.

The central responsibility for the problems this has brought lies with the Israeli occupation, which conducts a policy of deliberate and calculated neglect when it comes to maintaining essential infrastructure. This is aimed at further pressuring our people to leave their homeland.

Adding to the already extremely bitter taste, these outrages are being visited on the Palestinian people on the 65th anniversaries of the United Nations adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of Resolution 194. This resolution called on the Israeli entity to cease obstructing our people’s right to return to the lands and homes taken from them during the Nakba.

Earlier this month, the world’s conscience was shocked to see our people fording through sludge pouring from open sewers that overflowed when power from the Gaza Strip’s sole electricity generating plant had to be cut due to fuel shortages. Many have been shocked to learn of the repeated shortages of fuel deliveries needed for maintaining electric power. These shortages are brought on by the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip which began in 2006. Currently, driven into the streets by flooding, over 40,000 Gaza residents find themselves homeless.

Over the preceding years ‘Israel’ has deliberately left the electricity plant to collapse in the hopes of driving our people out. Two winters ago, their Mossad, acting through Ukrainian military police, went to the extent of kidnapping the plant’s chief engineer, Dirar Abu Sisi, on a train while on a visit with his wife’s family and tossed him in their Eichel prison. There they left him in solitary confinement and declining health to rot, while Gaza’s infrastructure continues further to crumble.

All this comes on top of the Israeli Occupation Forces continuing to use farmers and youth inside Gaza for target practice. On December 14-15, a farmer trying to check his crop inside the 300m so-called “security zone” at the Gaza border was killed by Israeli tank fire. Nearby, in a separate incident, Israeli forces shot a Palestinian youth in the foot. Each day brings more such news of fresh horrors.

Most discouraging of all, the current Egyptian military regime has enthusiastically taken up finding ways to make the Zionist occupation bite with that much more cruelty. It destroyed tunnels used as a lifeline to bring essentials into the Gaza Strip. In addition the regime instituted a completely arbitrary approach to opening and closing the Rafah crossing from the Gaza Strip into Egypt and which remained closed shut at the height of the most recent storm.

Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition (USA) is calling at this time on all activists for the cause of Palestine to marshal whatever resources are available or at hand — write letters to your local newspapers, raise the Palestinian emergency situation in other public venues, speak on local radio stations (especially university-campus-based) and community cable television, and whatever social media outlets are available — And organize local demonstrations (pickets or other publicly-visible manifestations; We can help with speakers, literature, etc).

You can reach Al-Awda’s national office by email; telephone 760-918-9441 and fax760-918-9442. Or by mail at 2720 Loker Avenue West Suite J, Carlsbad CA 92010, USA. Our national office will connect you with Al-Awda chapter activists in your area.


Communicate this news and additional updated reports of these developments to interested and concerned friends and family.


Call, email, fax:

1 The U.S. State Department. Insist it tell Israel and Egypt to Open the Crossings to the Gaza Strip. Call 202-647-4000; select option 4 and ask the operator for the comment line. (You get one minute to record your message.)
2. The White House at Alternatively, write to: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 Call: 202-456-1414 Fax: 202-456-2461
3. The Office of Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations at

4. Contact the Near and Middle East Desk at The International Committee of the Red Cross Ms. Dibeh FAKHR Tel: +41 22 730 37 23 Mobile: +41 79 447 37 26or fill out the form at
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10,000 Flee Flooding in Gaza -- from "In Gaza" blog

EXCERPT from In Gaza blog:
OCHA: Number of displaced tops 10000 in GazaDec 15, 2013 
Approximately 10,000 people have been forced to flee their homes due to widespread flooding in the Gaza Strip, according to a report released Saturday evening by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. 
The numbers of displaced dwarf earlier estimates, as they take into account both the thousands who have sought refuge in Gaza shelters as well as those who have sought refuge elsewhere. 
The areas most devastated by the storm are "North Gaza and Gaza City where over 1,500 houses suffered damage due to water entering houses, damaging furniture and electricity networks."
An infant died and 100 were injured in storm-related incidents throughout Gaza, the report said.
Schools throughout Palestine have been closed since Thursday, and according to OCHA 17 schools in Gaza have been converted into shelters, while five other schools have been rendered unusable due to flooding.
In Gaza, over 10 percent of the coastal enclave's greenhouses and field crops were destroyed or damaged by winter storm Alexa, in addition to 50 animal pens, the report said.
"120,000 chicks and 200 heads of livestock died as a result of the weather."
UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness said on Saturday that large regions of the Gaza Strip were a "disaster area" and called on the international community to lift the Israeli blockade in order to allow recovery efforts to proceed.

Carlos Latuff on Drowning Gaza

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Heartbreaking Picture from Farah Falasteen Blog
A Palestinian girl on an israeli checkpoint after she was banned from entering Jerusalem with her mother.
(via basosy)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"International Human Rights Day…. Palestinian People’s Suffering Continues" [Excellent Summary of Oslo Results]

via Aletho News

Moon of Alabama: "Kerry's Time Bomb And Beduin Genocide"

Kerry's Time Bomb And Beduin Genocide

The Israeli government wants to cleanse some 70,000 Beduins from their ancient land and push them into a few desolate cities. It would then give the Bedu's land to Jewish settler and some bits of compensation to the Beduins. This plan is known as the Prawer-Begin plan. The Israeli government needs the parliament to approve the plan and to assure its passage had claimed that the Beduins had agreed to it.
In fact they did not agree.
Thus, the bill passed its first reading based on the assumption that the Beduin agreed, Levin said in a letter addressed to Begin. But as it was now clear that the Beduin did not agree to the plan, it would be used as a starting point instead of as an end to their demands, he said.
The contention in the Knesset is not about ethnic cleansing or about asking the Beduins for agreement. No, those Knesset members are outraged that the Beduins would be (partly) compensated at all. They prefer to commit genocide:
Arab Knesset members were very upset during the hearing, and some were removed from the hall for disorderly conduct. UAL-Ta’al MK Taleb Abu Arar said that Begin’s comments were “proof that you are a racist – hate Arabs.”“The law will cause an intifada in the Negev,” he pronounced.
“You want to transfer an entire population,” MK Hanna Swaid (Hadash) said.
Committee chairwoman MK Miri Regev (Likud) responded, “Yes, as the Americans did to the Indians.”
Such thought seems to have support from the U.S. Secretary of State Kerry who just a few days agodeclared the non-Jewish population in Palestine to be "time bomb":
Now, I want to come back to the peace process for a moment, because there is another existential threat to Israel that diplomacy can far better address than the use of force. And I am referring to the demographic dynamic that makes it impossible for Israel to preserve its future as a democratic, Jewish state without resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a two-state solution.Force cannot defeat or defuse the demographic time bomb.

As those Palestinian and Beduin children are seen by Kerry as a bomb and a threat what else are those Zionist to do than defuse it by doing to them what "the Americans did to the Indians"?

Friday, December 06, 2013

Seattle's Free Bethlehem Singers at Figgy Pudding Choral Competition #FreePalestine

It's hard to sing and take pics at the same time!  ;)  Not to mention when it is freeeeezing!  Puts you in mind of what is happening to the people of Gaza with no power (thanks to politicians everywhere, but especially ISRAEL!)

We sing re-purposed carols about Palestine liberation.  It's great fun!  We had super audiences.

Thanks to Sima Kahn, who arranged our group and got us in the competition!

P.S.  the fact there is no video is NOT an indication that we didn't sound magnificent. 

“Made in Israel” Film Festival Draws Protest in Dublin -- #FreePalestine

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hanging from the Cross -- Day of Mourning Great Day to Listen to This!

Day of Mourning Statement from Leonard Peltier

Greetings my relatives friends and supporters It is yet another
year.  It seems like a thousand years ago but only a year in time
in reality from the last time I dictated one of these statement
for the day of mourning so, again, I want to say as last time,
that I am honored that you would want to hear my words.

Sometimes when I lay on my bunk and I am between sleeping and awake, for a small moment of time, I am free and I am there with you. I
know this sounds kind of melodramatic and I am not trying to be so,
but things affect you differently inside of here and things affect
you differently as you get older.  But I want to say with all my
strength, some things don't change, at least not for me.

When I think about all we have lost to this corporate world, when
I think about the losses of clean water and rivers and oceans and
when I think about the losses of clean air when I think about the
losses of freedom for hard working families that once had a father
that could take care of his family with as single job but now has
to work two or three jobs and the mother must work too and the
children that come home from school with their own key and have to
wait the return of one of their parents.  When I think of these
losses, when I think of the wage slaves that are being created
daily all over the world in the name of progress, when I think of
these losses I think... we damn sure have a good reason to mourn,
but I really believe that the word mourn should have a different
meaning for us, not something where we cry and throw our hands up
and say " WHY WHY, WHY ME, WHY US, WHY THIS"  but something that
we say NO MORE to. Something we make a vow to, renew our efforts,
ren ew our minds, renew our directions to take back our water take
back our air take back our forests and our mountains and valleys,
restore this mother earth to the natural balance the creator meant
it to be. We need to talk to the churches, talk to the various
religions, we need to get them to recognize that the strongest form
or worship isn't singing songs and bowing your head, the strongest
form of worship is to respect and restore to balance the beauty
of nature and the earth that was given to us, that is part of us,
that we are a part of, and to be responsible for.

This may sound like the ramblings of some old 69 year old man in
prison for 38 years but I have had a lot of time to think about
these things and when my grandchildren come to visit me, it gives
me a sense of urgency for all of us to start doing something NOW!

If each one of you would take a vow to get six other people along
with yourself to do at least ONE meaningful thing to restore this
balance and get each one of those people to network and get 6 more
people and let it go out from there like the branches of a tree
then together we can make a difference.  We can make a difference
starting today.

This day of mourning would become the morning of a new day!

I have quoted others before and I do so again because I respect
the wisdom of elders and people long past. Someone once said and
I don't remember who said it, "All evil needs to triumph is for good people to do nothing." If this is more than you care to do, or if you think you can't be
 involved with others for some reason, I respect that, but I would
 encourage you to at least plant one fruit bearing tree that someone
 in the future, perhaps some child would have something to eat. That
 maybe some other living creature might have a place of shelter
 and food to eat. there will always be changes throughout the earth
 and throughout mankind, some uncontrollable and some with design.

I know we can make a change for the better if we put our hearts and
minds together and let this day of mourning be a time of renewal,
we can spread the concept that mankind must live in harmony with
the creators handy-work and with one another.  If this time I
have spent here in prison could produce anything of value I pray
that it would move you to become involved. Find the right things
within government and support them, and find the wrong things in
government and change them.  This government as it stands right now
is on the verge of losing what constitutional rights people have.
This government is violating the constitution over and over and
over.  These violations started before you or I were even conceived.
As some of you may know the Constitution is a copy of the Iroquois 6
nations Confederacy law.  The constitution originally was designed
so that men would have maximum freedoms as long as they did not
infringe on the natural rights of others or in essence harm som eone
else. The freedoms and respect that the law implies that we should
have for one another in this nation should extend to all those
outside of this realm because what is right for one man should be
right for others. We should allow other people to be free from fear.
I remember an old jewish man I once met in hardware store, I engaged
in conversation with him.  He had fought in WW2 and he said to me,
and I always remember his words, "this isn't the nation I fought
for, this nation has become a nation of people who are afraid of
their gov't and anytime the people are afraid of their gov't they
are not free and I have noticed that what people will do to someone
else wrongfully, sooner or later if circumstances change they will
do it to you also.

These violations of human rights must stop.  I know the task may
seem overwhelming and I can't say that I have the answer for success
at making a change but I do know the answer for failure.. thats to
do nothing.

So if my imprisonment serves nothing else but to be living proof of
these violations, then so be it, but it is a reality.  Right now,
it has been selective violation, but there are powers at hand that
seek to inflict those violations upon everyone.  This reminds me
of a story that I heard once where a man said:

 "First they came for the communists, and I did not speak
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for
 the socialists, and I did not speak out-
because I was not a
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did
 not speak out-
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they
 came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-
because I was not
 a Jew;
Then they came for me-
and there was no one left to
 speak out for me."

I ask you to remember these things because they are truisms that
have happened and they will happen again to you and your children and
your children's children if we do not take a stand.  a famous warrior
named Emiliano Zapata from the Mexican revolution once said "I would
rather die on my feet then live on my knees" .... I could go on and
on but I suppose you get my meaning.  I encourage you to be active,
to stand your ground and help us recover the ground we have lost.

God, I wish I could be there with you.  [WE WISH THIS, TOO, LEONARD!]

I am going to close for now.  Be thankful you have the time you have,
be thankful you have each other, and give each other a hug for me.

I will see you when I see you

Your friend Leonard Peltier.

Join us as we fight for the freedom of Leonard Peltier!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Herman Wallace, Who Gave His Life to End Solitary Confinement, Got No Mercy by Mutope Duguma

Shortly before he left prison on Oct. 1 after 41 years in solitary, Herman Wallace raises his fist at the news a judge had ordered his release. He died three days later.


The system, whether it is in the state of California or Louisiana, has demonstrated that those of us held in solitary confinement will receive no mercy. The recent actions surrounding our dear New Afrikan Brother Herman Wallace is a sharp reminder on how each and every one of us will be treated.
Here you have a New Afrikan man who gave up his life in order to challenge the systemic attacks by the powers that be that deliberately target the poor and oppressed people of this nation. For taking this position, Herman Wallace would find himself trapped inside the belly of the beast, Angola Prison slave complex, where he would continue to challenge the system from within, where the treatment of prisoners is blatantly horrendous.
Herman Wallace was no criminal. He was a just and righteous human being, one who hated injustice so much that he sacrificed himself in order to bring about change for the lot of us. Many need to realize that the commitments and the suffering for such commitments are very serious and selfless acts on the part of many like Herman Wallace, when they challenge the injustices against our very humanity, even at the cost of their/our very own lives.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Eva Bartlett, Canadian Journalist and Activist, Speaks on Gaza Solidarity, Dec. 8, 2013, University Christian Church, Seattle @evabartlett

Eva Bartlett

A Canadian in Gaza on solidarity with Gaza

Eva Bartlett is an independent Canadian activist and freelance journalist who has spent long periods in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and reporting from the ground. 
Eva participated in nonviolent demonstrations against the Israeli separation Wall encaging and annexing the occupied West Bank, as well as against Israeli military roadblocks, and Jewish-only highways in the West Bank During Cast Lead, Israel's devastating 2008-2009 assault on Gaza which killed over 1400 Palestinians, Eva rode with medics in their ambulances and she reported from a central Gaza Strip hospital during Israel's November 2012 Gaza attacks. Her eyewitness accounts from Occupied Palestine have been published in the Electronic Intifada, Inter Press Service, Countercurrents and her own blog  

Sunday, December 8, 2013

5 – 6:30 pm
University Christian Church
4731 15th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA

                                 Sponsored by: Voices for Palestine 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Detroit Will be Democracy's Decisive Battle -- Glen Ford at Black Agenda Report
Kevin Orr, ensconced in a $5,000 per month luxury penthouse condominium paid for by one of Governor Snyder’s private slush funds with contributions from secret corporate donors, is building the template for urban democratic dissolution from scratch. He is a crude and unimaginative man, doing Wall Street’s bidding with little finesse in the bright light of day. His arrogance is buttressed by the certainty that he is backed by the real rulers of the American State, Wall Street, and that the outcome in Judge Steven Rhodes’ federal bankruptcy court will create precedent to render all of America’s cities servile and neutered. Orr is also aware that his coloration provides perfect cover for his mission – added value for his services, well worth the luxury suite. (The judge ruled that Orr’s accommodations were irrelevant to the case.) 
First-responders, revered in the post-911 United States, are crucified along with the rest of the city rabble. Orr ejected 8,000 city retirees under age 65 from their city-paid $605 per month health insurance [11], including police [12] and firefighters [13]. The state constitution specifically forbids impairing pensions [14], which average only $18,000 a year, yet Orr testified that he thinks federal law allows him to override those protections. He and the governor, who was subpoenaed by unions, both claimed they didn’t start out wanting to bankrupt the city – but why would Snyder hire bankruptcy lawyer Orr unless that were the intention? The lying duo claimed they never conspired to push Detroit into the venue, and that it was the unions that refused to negotiate in good faith. Apparently, “good faith” means negotiating away rights guaranteed by law. 
Orr ejected 8,000 city retirees under age 65 from their city-paid $605 per month health insurance, including police and firefighters.” 
Orr admitted that he never even raised the subject of getting the state to help Detroit out of its fiscal difficulties. And, why would he? His mission is not to save the city, but to break it into auctionable pieces and to garnishee its remaining revenue streams for bankers. His opening fiscal reorganization plan would pay off Bank of America and UBS, who have already made millions on a 2005 derivatives scheme with the city, establishing Britain’s Barclay’s Bank as the super-priority creditor[15] with dibs on $4 million a month in Detroit casino revenues if the city defaults. 
To ensure that the city can never escape the clutches of capital, the contract would allow Barclay’s to immediately declare Detroit in default if Emergency Financial Manager rule is ended for any reason – that is, the corporate plan calls for the permanent cessation of democracy in Detroit. 
That’s the plan for the whole country. Wall Street recognizes that it cannot effectively consume the public sphere as long as the public retains the electoral democratic mechanisms to stop it. In other words, concentrated capital can no longer coexist with even the thin gruel of American democracy. The Black polity is the weakest link in the U.S. democratic armor. White folks won’t protect it, and Black folks have the least resources to defend it. The generals of Wall Street have purposely chosen Detroit as the decisive battleground, where the power of massed capital will be hyper-charged by an endemic, unreconstructed racism that can reliably be expected to deny that democracy is really at stake, at all. It’s just, you know – “the Blacks.” 
And even some Black folks will agree.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Are You Racist? | George Galloway | Oxford Union -- MUST WATCH

The above video relates to a recent occasion when Galloway walked out of a debate when he found out his opponent was an Israeli.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

2013 Leonard Peltier Holiday Gift Drive

2013 Leonard Peltier Holiday Gift Drive

2013 Leonard Peltier
Holiday Gift Drive

Children's Winter Clothing, Toys & School Supplies

Please only send NEWitems for children of ALL ages.  

(Donors tend to send small sizes & toys for younger children often. Please remember that our teens need some holiday cheer, too!)


Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Belcourt, North Dakota
 (Leonard Peltier's Nation)

TMBCI Holiday Gift Drive
Attention Cindy Malaterre
PO Box 900
Belcourt, ND 58316


Oglala Nation, Pine Ridge, South Dakota

Paul Waha (Shields) Peltier
PO Box 646
Pine Ridge, SD 57764

Peltier Network: Year-Long Support

Peltier College Scholarship (Cash Donations)

Oglala Commemoration
1939 Wentzville Parkway
Wentzville, MO 63385

School Supplies (Paper, pens and pencils, binders, erasers, backpacks, etc.)

Oglala Commemoration
1939 Wentzville Parkway
Wentzville, MO 63385

Thank You!

We Wish You Many Blessings This Holiday Season and Throughout the New Year!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Free Leonard Peltier -- One More Reason Why: Illegal Canadian Extradition

Mr. Leonard Peltier was arrested in Canada on February 6,1976. He was extradited from Canada in December of the same year on the basis of an affidavit signed by Myrtle Poor Bear (above), a Native American woman known to have serious mental health problems. 
Poor Bear claimed to have been Leonard Peltier’s girlfriend at the time of the shootings, and to have been present during the shoot-out and witnessed the killings.
Leonard Peltier was extradited from Canada to the United States. 
Today, the government concedes that, in fact, Myrtle Poor Bear did not know Leonard Peltier, nor was she present at the time of the shooting. She later confessed she had given false statements after being pressured and terrorized by FBI agents. Myrtle Poor Bear sought to testify in this regard at Leonard Peltier’s trial. However, the judge barred her testimony on the grounds of mental incompetence. 
In addition to being a violation of Leonard Peltier's rights, the United States government committed fraud on the court during the extradition proceedings and violated the sovereignty of Canada. The U.S. government has made no attempt to correct this wrong and, to date, the illegal extradition has not been corrected by the Canadian Court.

Guantánamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes - [animation] -- Close Guantanamo!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Welcome Home to Herman Wallace!

UPDATE:  Herman Wallace died in his sleep Thursday night, surrounded by friends, family & love.  Tuesday night when he was freed, I was so happy and honored to be under the same sky.  Even though he was a continent away, I felt his joy and dignity.  Herman Wallace, Presenté.

Pics tweeted from #OpHiginiosLaw
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Article on Herman's case and the Angola 3: