Anthony Turner is a student at Northeastern University and a member of Students for Justice in Palestine. He submitted this article to ISM-NorCal, which we are proud to publish. We wish Justice at Northeastern for Anthony, SJP and all the student body.
Apartheid Standing, Free Speech Falling With Help From Northeastern University
On March 16, 2015, the Student Government Association (SGA) at Northeastern University blocked students from voting on a referendum asking Northeastern’s Board of Trustees to divest from four companies that provide infrastructural support for human rights violations in Palestine – Caterpillar, Raytheon, Motorola, and Hewlett-Packard. The referendum question, proposed by Northeastern University Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), was inspired in part by Northeastern’s decision to divest from companies with interests in apartheid South Africa in the 1980s.
Israel killed more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than in any other year since the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip began in 1967, a UN report has said.
Israel’s activities in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem resulted in the deaths of 2,314 Palestinians and 17,125 injuries, compared with 39 deaths and 3,964 injuries in 2013, according to the annual report (pdf) by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
ISM – NorCal provides grants to and is a fiscal sponsor of the Solidarity Movement for Free Palestine.
Following on from our successful olive tree andthyme planting campaigns, today the SFP Steering Committee is launching a campaign to specifically work with and support female Palestinian farmers. We are asking our supporters for their kind donations to help us achieve our goal of supporting female farmers to remain steadfast on the land and support their economic development in the face of a the brutal Israeli Occupation. Read more
Nureddin Amro and his brother Sharif Amro and their families were awakened at 5:30 am by over a hundred Israeli soldiers who came to demolish their home in the Wadi Al-Joz neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Both men are blind. The brothers live with their ill 79-year-old mother, their spouses and children. Nureddin has three young children, Sharif has four; all are under 14. Israeli soldiers pointed their guns in through the windows of the house while the children were still asleep and cut the electricity and phone lines to the house.
4th April 2015 | International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team | Salfit Region, Occupied Palestine
On 4th April 2015 over 25 Palestinian activists from Bruqin and the surrounding area of Salfit region of the West Bank, gathered on top of a near by hill to plant roughly 30 olive saplings. The group were joined by international activists who accompanied the locals in planting the young trees across the hill side.
Unusually, this time the protesters managed to successfully plant all trees mere meters from the settlement without facing harassment or violence from settlers or military. Locals are planning further actions to continue their grass-roots non-violent struggle.
Stand with Khalida. Stand with Justice. Stand with Palestine.
UPDATE, April 2: Khalida Jarrar has been held in Ofer under investigation. Her investigation period has ended and she will be transferred to HaSharon prison. Her detention may be extended on Sunday. A military prosecutor will either submit charges, hold her under administrative detention, or release her. Khalida is in the Palestinian National Commission for the followup of the International Criminal Court.
Israeli media have reported that, according to Ma’an News, “Jarrar was detained for being the leader of a ‘terrorist organization’, and had encouraged ‘terror activities’ over the last few weeks.”
1st April 2015 | International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team | Hebron, Occupied Palestine
On March 31st around 40 Palestinian children and adults gathered in Hebron near Qurtuba school, a Palestinian school in the H2 neighbourhood of Tel Rumeida, to plant trees in commemoration of Palestine’s Land Day. Israeli extremist settlers from the illegal settlements in Al-Khalil (Hebron) attacked them as Israeli forces stood by, threatening to arrest the Palestinians and international volunteers while doing nothing to stop the settlers’ violence. Settlers pushed a 13-year-old girl down the stairs leading up to the school, and soldiers injured a 48-year-old man with a back condition; both were hospitalised. Israeli soldiers also arrested Jenny, a 24-year-old German solidarity activist, while she was filming the action.
Thanks to an astonishing display of solidarity from our supporters, customers and donors, we received a prompt response from Alison at Etsy. In the first 24 hours we received 500 hits at our website as well as indications that tens of thousands received our appeal by email and social media. Several of you made purchases at the store on our website. Much love and thanks to you all.
The messages of solidarity show that support for Palestinian rights is a juggernaut compared to what it was only a few short years ago. Where we were once a movement we are becoming an irresistible force. Whatever the outcome of our struggle with Etsy, it feels good to be winning on a regular basis.
Here is what Alison wrote to us, and our reply.
If you have wanted to buy a Palestinian-made keffiyeh or Palestinian olive oil or soap or zaatar from our Etsy store since March 9, 2015, and wondered where we are, now you know.
Our Etsy customers gave us the highest possible ratings on Etsy. At least 65 of you gave us five stars out of five and one four (our lowest rating), all with glowing comments about our prices, quality and service. Many expressed endorsement for the use of our fundraising to support the Palestinian economy and culture, as well as nonviolent resistance in Palestine. We are fairly sure that we were the most popular site for Palestinian products.
Etsy’s complaint against us was that our items are not hand made by us. That is of course only partly true, because nearly everything that we sell requires the time and effort of our group volunteers to finish the product and make it ready for shipping.
A more telling point, however, is that there are nine other Etsy sellers offering keffiyehs for sale, and theirs are not any more handmade than ours. In fact, four of them offer the exact same product as us, from the exact same supplier in Palestine (Hirbawi factory). Why are we being singled out? We think it is precisely because we
The following message from the PCWF shows what’s possible when we work together and don’t take no for an answer. For more information, go to www.thepcwf.org
. Hopefully one day we will be able to say the same for Palestinian rights.
What did you do??? Less than three hours after we sent out yesterday’s announcement, we got word from Bank of the West Chief Counsel Quinn Osborne that he had retrieved the money from Bank of New York Mellon. They weren’t able to get it to us by the end of the day, but told us to pick it up in the morning. Now it is actually in our hands, which is why we waited until now to tell you.
You will recall that on Monday the same Mr. Osborne told us that we delivered the required information too late and that the funds were now frozen. However, something must have happened after we sent yesterday’s message abo Read more