Sunday, June 22, 2014

Presbyterian Church Votes for Divestmnet

I am overjoyed to report that just moments ago, the Presbyterian Church (USA) just voted to divest $21 million from Hewlett-Packard, Motorola Solutions, and Caterpillar – three companies whose profits from the ongoing Israeli occupation have been extensively documented.

This is an unbelievably fantastic - and brave -  decision, grounded in the Presbyterians' deep sense of justice and commitment to human rights.

And, having been here for the last week with our huge team of interfaith partners, I can guarantee you that the backlash is going to be intense.


Please click here to sign a Thank You Card
 so we can make sure the entire church also sees how many people support their courageous work to align their investments and values.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Israel/Palestine Film Series @ the Zinema!

Inside Israel/Palestine:

Scenes You Won't Find in the Mainstream Media




All films are on Mondays at 7 p.m.  Discussion afterwards.  Admission is $6.

> January 27:  Budrus
Budrus is about the non-violent demonstrations in 2000 conducted by the residents of the Palestinian town of Budrus against the building of the Israeli separation wall inside the village causing the loss of 300 acres of land and 3,000 olive trees.  Several turns of events including the active participation of Israeli peace activists bring about an unexpected outcome.

> February 3:  The Gatekeepers
The Gatekeepers brings together six former heads of Israel's internal security agency, the Shin Bet, who detail their methods against Palestinian militants and civilians in the Occupied Territories, including targeted killings, torture, recruiting informants, and the suppression of mass protests during two intifadas.

> February 10:  Man From Plains
President Jimmy Carter ignites a firestorm of controversy when he tours the country to promote "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," his book which theorizes a Middle East peace solution and asserts that Israel's staunch stance has negatively affected the region.

> February 17:  Five Broken Cameras
Five Broken Cameras, nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Documentary Film, tells the story of non-violent resistance in the village of Bilin to the building of a the Annexation Wall and expansion of nearby Jewish only settlements.  It is told through the experience of Palestinian villager Emad Burnat, who filmed the majority of the documentary.  The IDF, unhappy that their actions were being documented, broke five of his cameras and committed many other acts of violence against the demonstrators, at least two of whom died of their injuries.

Julia Bacha on Budris & Palestinian Non-Violence

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Liberation Through Boycott and Divestment from Cape Town to Gaza

Since his death, Nelson Mandela has been rightfully praised for his leading role in the ending of apartheid in South Africa.  No less important were the many thousands of activists in the struggle as well as the millions around the world who participated in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)  movement against the notorious all white regime. 

Boycott by Academic Group Is a Symbolic Sting to Israel

An American organization of professors on Monday announced a boycott of Israeli academic institutions to protest Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, signaling that a movement to isolate and pressure Israel that is gaining ground in Europe has begun to make strides in the United States.

Members of the American Studies Association voted by a ratio of more than two to one to endorse the boycott in online balloting that concluded Sunday night, the group said.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

BBC Forum on Palestinians & Native Americans

COLONIALISM FROM TWO PERSPECTIVIES:
Native American and Palestinian Commonalities


SATURDAY, NOV. 23, NOON to 2pm at the SUPERIOR PUBLIC LIBRARY




PANEL SPEAKERS:

-Reyna Crow of Idle No More and the Northwoods Wolf Alliance

-Karen Redleaf of MN Advocates for Peace & Justice in the MIddle East.

You're invited to presentation on colonization as experienced by both Native Americans and Palestinians.  Both peoples have been victims of ethnic cleaning, colonization and settler colonialism. Tragically, both peoples are far too familiar with war, death, occupation and bogus peace processes and negotiations that have only resulted in the loss of more of their land.  Come learn and discuss the ongoing injustices perpetuated against Native & Palestinian peoples, and what you can do to help the struggle for justice.  This event is free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Film Trailer for "My Neighborhood"



To view the full film click here.

Israel/Palestine Films at Zinema2--We Need Your Help!

Since spring we've been trying to find ways to fund a series of 3 or 4 documentary films on the Israel-Palestine conflict at the Zinema2. We expect the documentaries to be challenging yet hopeful (for example, Budrus, Five Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, etc.) about the prospects for justice and peace in the region. Zinema2 does not need us to foot the entire cost but we need about half of the maximum of $1000 to get the project off the ground. Other funds will come from ticket sales and fundraisers during the fall of 2013. We expect the film series to take place in early 2014. Can you help us with a gift of $10, $25, $50 or $100?

Since we don't have a bank account, it will be necessary to send money (cash or personal check to Robert Kosuth) to Robert Kosuth, 1224 E. 11th Street, Duluth 55805. You can also bring a donation to our next meeting at Bixby's Cafe (1808 Woodland) between 3-4 p.m. Sunday, November 2.

20 Years of Failure: MN State Board of Investment's Neglect of Human Rights

On September 11, 2013, members of MN BBC personally delivered a comprehensive report to Governor Mark Dayton at the quarterly State Board of Investment meeting documenting the SBI’s twenty year failure to follow its own international human rights investment guidelines. MN BBC prepared the report following a two year examination of internal SBI documents. Those documents revealed that the SBI’s human rights guidelines, adopted in 1992 by a task force led by then State Auditor Dayton following pressure from Minnesota’s two largest labor unions, have failed to prevent the SBI from investing in countries, like Israel, that are documented human rights violators. According to the the report, the guidelines have received little more than lip service from the SBI’s investment managers, exposing the State of Minnesota to accusations of financial complicity in international human rights violations. The report concludes with recommendations that would immediately bring the SBI into compliance, if adopted. Click MNBBC-White Paper to see the full report.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

BDS Workshop on May 23

Thursday, May 23, 6:30pm in the Gold Room of the downtown Duluth Public Library

Since 1948 Israel has pursued an aggressive displacement of Palestinians from their homeland with political and financial support of the U.S. and the taxpayers of Minnesota.  The MN State Board of Investment owns over $23 million of Israel bonds. 

Stephen Hawkings Boycotts Academic Conference in Israel

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Abolish the Israeli "Firing Zone" in the South Hebron Hills


In the southern West Bank, in the South Hebron Hills, there exists an area called Masafer Yatta. The area encompasses twelve Palestinian villages and some 1000 inhabitants: Tuba, al-Mufaqarah, Isfey, Maghayir al Abeed, al-Majaz, at-Tabban, al-Fakheit, Halaweh, Mirkez, Jinba, Kharoubeh and Sarura. According to the Oslo peace process, this is Area C, which means that it is under civil and military Israeli Administration. In the early 1970s, Israel declared the area a ‘closed military area’, called ‘Firing Zone 918’.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

7 Top Things You Should Know About Gaza


1. Gaza is Always Under Siege

Israel controls the airspace, waters, and borders of Gaza (with the exception of Rafah, the border with Egypt). Israel controls the electrical and sewage infrastructure of Gaza, and how much food, fuel and other supplies can arrive and leave, giving it almost total control over the economy. Palestinians in

Gaza do not have the freedom to leave at will, to visit relatives in the West Bank, or get adequate health care. 1.7 million Palestinians are crammed into 140 square miles, making it one of the most crowded places on earth.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Palestine Solidarity Activists Ejected & Assaulted at Timberwolves Game With Israeli Team

Following in the footsteps of the sports boycott of South Africa that contributed to the demise of apartheid, approximately 20 protesters advocating for human rights for Palestinians made their presence known at the Tuesday night Minnesota Timberwolves game against Maccabi-Haifa. Palestinian flags and banners calling for a boycott of Israeli apartheid were displayed and anti-apartheid chants were heard throughout the Target Center minutes into the game clearly catching the attention of the players.