Archive for Activism

Nicely done “iGaza” iPhone app just released

Posted in Activism, Gaza with tags , , , on 07/05/2011 by 3071km

Written by: Ali Abunimah

Date published: 6th May 2011

Source: Ali Abunimah’s Blog

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I just downloaded a brand new free iPhone app called iGaza. I was pleasantly surprised by how good this is. It brings a stream of news about Palestine, more specifically Gaza and activism to break the blockade of Gaza right to your phone.

It draws from wide range of sources including mainstream media and human rights groups and has buttons that give you all the latest news on a number of specific topics. The application presents a short summary of an item and a link to the original, and allows easy sharing via social media.

iGaza also finds and plays Palestine-related videos from many sources. One of my favorite features is an instant library of major UN resolutions relating to Palestine. Always handy in a debate!

There’s even a button that will allow you to instantly send a protest email to a representative of the Israeli state. iGaza is designed by UK-based developer Gary McFarlane.

Gaza we are coming

Posted in Activism, Everyday life in Gaza, Gaza, International community, Israeli occupation, Non-violent resistance, Palestine, Siege, Videos with tags , , , , on 11/09/2009 by 3071km

Date published: 11th September 2009

Source: Aljazeera English

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In August 2008, two wooden Greek ships laden with 44 activists from 17 different countries managed something no other vessel had in 41 years and broke the marine blockade that Israel has unilaterally imposed in Gaza, in contravention of  international law.

The mission was the brainchild of the Free Gaza Movement, founded in 2006, who realised that the only realistic way of breaking through the blockade was via the sea.

However the project was fraught with delays and risks from the outset and in the words of Paul Larudee from the group: “This project died a thousand deaths and every time it was about to die someone, somebody new, stepped forward to save the project.”

The last such person was Vangelis Pissias, a Greek who was touched by the Palestinian issue during his youth in Egypt and provided the boats for the group to undertake the mission to Gaza.

All involved were aware of the perilous nature of the mission. Previous attempts have been thwarted and boats even exploded. Activists have also been found dead in suspicious circumstances.

It explores the motives of those involved including the ordinary Greeks who volunteered to participate in this dangerous but successful operation.

It also recounts how the boats were built secretly in Greek shipyards, the logistics involved, the attempts to thwart the mission and why it was laden with such historical importance and pressure to succeed.

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

PART 4

London 25/08: emergency protest against B. Netanyahu

Posted in Activism, International community, Palestine, West Bank with tags , , , , , on 24/08/2009 by 3071km

E-mail received: 24 August 2009

Source: Viva Palestina

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EMERGENCY PROTEST AGAINST BENJAMIN NETANYAHU TUESDAY 25 AUGUST 1.30pm to 3.00pm DOWNING STREET

Gordon Brown is meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu tomorrow Tuesday 25 August in Downing Street.

An emergency protest has been called for 1.30 opposite Downing Street (nearest tube Westminster).

Netanyahu makes little secret of his intention to expand Israeli settlements on the West Bank and tighten the noose on the Palestinian people. In his last term of office he was responsible for a series of war crimes and countless violations of international law.

Please spread the word about tomorrow’s emergency protest as widely as possible.

Please come to send a clear message to Gordon Brown:
# Israeli settlements block peace – they must be dismantled, not just frozen
# End Israel’s siege on Gaza
# End Israel’s ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem

If you are unable to come to the protest, write to Gordon Brown to insist that real peace means delivering justice for the Palestinians. The British government must act to ensure Israel ends its numerous violations of international law.

# Fax a letter to 10 Downing Street : 020 7925 0918.
# Email David Miliband at the Foreign Office reaquesting his office convey your message to the Prime Minister: msu.correspondence@fco.gov.uk

Activism

Posted in Everyday life in Gaza, Gaza, Operation Cast Lead, Palestine, Siege with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 09/04/2009 by 3071km

Activism (Global Voices)

Interview to Richard Falk and Philip Rizk from Global Voices in which they talk about activism and non-violent resistance to express protest and disagreement not only in Gaza and Palestine but also in the rest of the world.

Rizk raises many interesting points including blogging as a powerful arm of non-violent resistance, the role of NGOs in slowing the outburst of the humanitarian and political crisis in Gaza, the Israeli strategy of dividing Palestinians in order to deepen the occupation, etc. He also talks a bit about his film This Palestinian Life. Stories of Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance, which we have introduced in our previous post.