Friday, July 25, 2014 Thursday, October 27, 2011
lastwaltzinvienna:shalom-salaam:


Palestinian Wajee Tameise and Israeli Mashka Litvak donate blood together as part of the “Blood Relations” project.
 
Tameise lost his brother to the conflict in 1991. Litvak also lost her brother, Arnon Litvak, who died during an army battle in 1970 and her father, Moshe Litvak, who was killed during the 1947 war for independence.
Their blood donations will be shared by both Israeli and Palestinian hospitals with the message “Will you hurt someone who has your blood running through their veins?”
“We want to be part of any future political agreement,” said Ali Abu Awwad, one of the project’s managers. “There is a need for an ongoing dialog towards peace, whatever the result of the Palestinian quest for an independent state is.” 

:)

lastwaltzinvienna:shalom-salaam:

Palestinian Wajee Tameise and Israeli Mashka Litvak donate blood together as part of the “Blood Relations” project.

Tameise lost his brother to the conflict in 1991. Litvak also lost her brother, Arnon Litvak, who died during an army battle in 1970 and her father, Moshe Litvak, who was killed during the 1947 war for independence.

Their blood donations will be shared by both Israeli and Palestinian hospitals with the message “Will you hurt someone who has your blood running through their veins?”

“We want to be part of any future political agreement,” said Ali Abu Awwad, one of the project’s managers. “There is a need for an ongoing dialog towards peace, whatever the result of the Palestinian quest for an independent state is.” 

:)

(Source: )

Thursday, June 16, 2011 Friday, May 6, 2011 Monday, April 25, 2011
The excavation of the extensive network of caves and tunnels below the Western Wall, Silwan and the Muslim Quarter is now nearing completion. The intensive activity has been under way for decades, generally without collaboration between the various agencies involved. Yet despite the lack of a unified policy, critics of the tunnels charge that the excavations have changed the geography and geopolitics of Jerusalem’s Holy Basin. The tunnels have created a new Jerusalem, one illuminated by fluorescent bulbs - a Jewish-Israeli expanse devoid of Palestinians and conflicts. Whatever the case may be, it seems that from this point on, anyone who wants to talk about dividing Jerusalem will need two maps, one for above the surface and another for the subterranean. Jerusalem’s time tunnels undermining Palestinian foundations
Monday, April 18, 2011
motherjones:

Why Did Jihadists Kill My Friend?
MJ editorial intern Ashley Bates offers her very personal story:

The jihadist militants in Gaza who kidnapped and murdered Italian journalist and human rights activist Vittorio Arrigoni could not have killed a more steadfast champion of freedom and justice for Palestinians.
I met Vittorio, known to his friends as Vik, during my first week of freelance reporting in Gaza last year…He brought along his laptop, and offered to let me use his pictures and videos. He took deep puffs from his pipe as he told me about the things he’d seen, including the time he saw a friend of his killed in an Israeli airstrike. I remember feeling awed by his determination to perservere despite his grief…

Read the entire thing here.

motherjones:

Why Did Jihadists Kill My Friend?

MJ editorial intern Ashley Bates offers her very personal story:

The jihadist militants in Gaza who kidnapped and murdered Italian journalist and human rights activist Vittorio Arrigoni could not have killed a more steadfast champion of freedom and justice for Palestinians.

I met Vittorio, known to his friends as Vik, during my first week of freelance reporting in Gaza last year…He brought along his laptop, and offered to let me use his pictures and videos. He took deep puffs from his pipe as he told me about the things he’d seen, including the time he saw a friend of his killed in an Israeli airstrike. I remember feeling awed by his determination to perservere despite his grief…

Read the entire thing here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
In the context of the last several decades, American opposition to Council action is utterly unsurprising. The United States has repeatedly blocked Council resolutions critical of Israel and has consistently sought to avoid significant Council involvement in Middle East negotiations. The reasons are clear: the United States doesn’t like the balance of power in the Council, where it is surrounded by states less accomodating of Israel, and wants to preserve its privileged position as arbiter. Historically-minded Obama administration officials may also be mindful that the Carter administration paid a political price for allowing Council criticism of Israel, an incident that led to an embarrassing retreat.

It’s not yet clear that the United States will be forced into a corner on the settlements resolution. No doubt American diplomats are still working hard to avoid a vote. But it’s possible that a Council confrontation—and an American veto—will be unavoidable.
Obama shuns the Security Council
Saturday, February 5, 2011 Sunday, January 30, 2011 Monday, January 10, 2011 Thursday, January 6, 2011 Friday, December 10, 2010 Monday, November 29, 2010
Send a message to President Obama, US Representative to the UN Susan Rice and Secretary of State Clinton via Amnesty International USA:

I am writing on behalf of Amnesty International USA with deep concern about the blockade on the Gaza Strip.
I urge you to take steps to alleviate the suffering of civilians in Gaza by calling on Israel to immediately lift the Gaza blockade.
More than 1.5 million Palestinian men, women, and children have been trapped in the Gaza Strip for over three years by the Israeli blockade. More than 80% of the population depends on aid provided by international agencies. The blockade also often prevents people from receiving necessary, urgent medical care, and from pursuing their livelihoods. Though Israel says the blockade’s purpose is to stop attacks on Israel, in reality it hits the vulnerable people of Gaza. The blockade constitutes collective punishment of the population and as such is illegal under international law.
Please do all you can to draw public attention to the suffering of civilians in Gaza and to call on Israel to immediately lift the blockade.

Send a message to President Obama, US Representative to the UN Susan Rice and Secretary of State Clinton via Amnesty International USA:

I am writing on behalf of Amnesty International USA with deep concern about the blockade on the Gaza Strip.

I urge you to take steps to alleviate the suffering of civilians in Gaza by calling on Israel to immediately lift the Gaza blockade.

More than 1.5 million Palestinian men, women, and children have been trapped in the Gaza Strip for over three years by the Israeli blockade. More than 80% of the population depends on aid provided by international agencies. The blockade also often prevents people from receiving necessary, urgent medical care, and from pursuing their livelihoods. Though Israel says the blockade’s purpose is to stop attacks on Israel, in reality it hits the vulnerable people of Gaza. The blockade constitutes collective punishment of the population and as such is illegal under international law.

Please do all you can to draw public attention to the suffering of civilians in Gaza and to call on Israel to immediately lift the blockade.

Thursday, November 25, 2010
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