Barack Obama: Nobel da Paz dos Cemitérios

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Novo ataque sobre a praça Shujayea, novo ataque a escolas da ONU, nova madrugada infernal em Gaza. Crianças e jornalistas no centro do turbilhão. Nem a insistência de Israel no terror leva os EUA a recuar, sendo que o porta-voz do Pentágono, o contra-almirante John Kirby, já confirmou que vai continuar a abastecer Israel de armamento. Como sabemos o governo dos Estados Unidos da América é parceiro de Israel em partes iguais, na hora em que a história os decida julgar.

Rami Rayan, mais um jornalista abatido por Israel

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Depois da expulsão dos jornalistas que não se limitam a repetir a comunicação de Israel, depois de dinamitada a televisão palestiniana, depois de ameaçados os jornalistas que insistissem em ficar no território, eis que Israel recorre à sua arma predilecta: o assassinato. Rami Rayan, foto-jornalista, é mais um herói que tombou em combate para que a “verdade” não seja só escrita a partir dos salões de chá de Telavive.

Quando estive em Gaza antes da intervenção militar de 2008, pude testemunhar o que fazem a IDF e a Mossad aos jornalistas que ali procuram perceber a realidade com os seus próprios olhos. Para entrar no território temos que passar por um interrogatório cerrado que, entre outros disparates, nos pergunta pela “dimensão ideológica da nossa barba”, pela nossa “opinião sobre o Estado de Israel” e nos devassam o mail à procura de actividade pró-palestiniana. No meu caso, que viajava à espera do nascimento do meu primeiro filho, tiveram ainda o desplante de dizer que confiavam em mim por estarem certos que o queria conhecer. Isto é Israel na primeira pessoa. Quando a intimidação não funciona, mata.

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“To the family of the one thousandth victim of Israel’s genocidal slaughter in Gaza”, por Ilan Pappe

41540201210291114entr41540I do not know yet who your loved one was. She might have been a baby a few months old, or a young boy, a grandfather or one of your children or parents. I heard about your loved one’s death from Chico Menashe, a political commentator on Reshet Bet, Israel’s main radio station.

He explained that the killing of your loved one, as well as turning Gaza neighborhoods to rubble and driving 150,000 people from their homes, is part of a well-calculated Israeli strategy: this carnage will destroy the impulse of Palestinians in Gaza to resist Israeli policies.

I heard this while reading in the 25 July edition of the supposedly respectable Haaretz the words of the not so respectable historian Benny Morris that even this is not enough.

He calls the genocidal policies so far “refisut” — feebleness of mind and spirit. He demands far more massive destruction in the future with the knowledge that this is how you behave if you want to defend your “villa in the jungle,” as former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak described Israel.

Inhuman wilderness

Yes, I am afraid to say the Israeli media and academia are fully behind the massacre apart from few, hardly audible voices in this inhuman wilderness. I am not writing this to tell you that I am ashamed — I long ago dissociated myself from this state ideology and do all I can as an individual to confront and defeat it. Probably it has not been enough; we are all inhibited by moments of cowardice, egotism and maybe a natural impulse to take care of our family and loved ones.

And yet I feel the urge today to make a pledge to you, which none of the Germans my father knew during the time of the Nazi regime was willing to make to him when the thugs committed genocide against his family. This is not much of a pledge at your moment of grief, but it is the best I can offer and saying nothing is not an option. And doing nothing is even less than an option.

This is 2014 — the destruction of Gaza is well documented. This is not 1948 when Palestinians had to struggle hard to tell their story of horror; so many of the crimes Zionist committed then where hidden and never came to light, even until today. So my first and simple pledge is to record, inform and insist on the truth.

My old university, University of Haifa, has recruited its students to disseminate Israel’s lies all over the world using the Internet, but this is 2014 and propaganda of this kind will not hold water.

Pledge to boycott

But surely this is not enough. I pledge to continue the effort to boycott a state that commits such crimes. Only when the Union of European Football Associations throws Israel out, when the academic community refuses to have any institutional ties with Israel, when airlines hesitate to fly there, and when every outfit that may lose money because of an ethical stance in the short-term understands that in the long run it will gain both morally and financially — only then we will begin to honor your loss.

The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has had many achievements and continues its tireless work. The obstacles still include the false allegation of anti-Semitism and the cynicism of politicians. This is how an honorable initiative by British architects to force their colleagues in Israel to take a moral stance rather than be accomplices in the criminal colonization of the land was blocked at the last moment.

Similar initiatives were sabotaged elsewhere by spineless politicians in Europe and the United States. But my pledge is to be part of the effort to overcome these hurdles. The memory of your loved one will be the driving force, together with the vivid memory of the suffering of the Palestinians in 1948 and ever since.

Slaughterhouse

I do it all egotistically. I really pray and hope that in this worst moment of your life when Palestinians stand in Shujaiya, Deir al-Balah or Gaza City, gazing at the slaughterhouse created by Israeli warplanes, tanks and artillery, you would not lose hope in humanity.

This humanity even includes Israelis, those who do not have the courage to speak but who express their horror in private as my overflowing email and Facebook inboxes attest, as well as the small handful who demonstrate publicly against the incremental genocide in Gaza.

It also includes those not born yet who perhaps will be able to escape a Zionist indoctrination machine that teaches them, from cradle to grave, to dehumanize the Palestinians to such a level that the burning alive of a sixteen-year-old Palestinian boy fails to move them or shatter their belief in their government, army or religion.

Defeated

For their sake, mine and yours, I wish we can also dream of the day after — when Zionism will be defeated as the ideology that governs our lives between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean sea and we all have the normal life we crave for and deserve.

So I pledge today not to be distracted even by friends and Palestinian leaders who still foolishly pin their hopes on the long-gone “two-state solution.” If one has the impulse to be involved in bringing regime change in Palestine, the only reason to do this is for a struggle for equal human and civil rights and full restitution for all those who are and were victimized by Zionism, inside and outside the beloved land of Palestine.

May whoever is your loved one rest in peace knowing that their death was not in vain — not because it will be avenged and revenged. We do not need more bloodshed. I still believe there is a way of bringing evil systems to an end with the power of humanity and morality.

Justice also means bringing the murderers who killed your loved one and so many others to court, and we must pursue bringing Israel’s war criminals to trial in international tribunals.

It is a far longer way and, at times, even I feel the impulse to be part of a force that uses hard power to end the inhumanity. But I pledge myself to work for justice, full justice, restorative justice.

This is what I can pledge — to work to prevent the next stage in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza.

The author of numerous books, Ilan Pappe is professor of history and director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter.

Publicado originalmente na Electronic Intifada

“GAZA: Porque um autor ou agente cultural informado é um agente social consciente”, por Soraia Simões

images (1)Como considero que as páginas do Mural também poderão servir para denunciar situações que no plano da militância cívica e humanista se insinuam como aberrações, usos abusivos, propagandas enganosas e parcialmente, por interesses económicos e/ou políticos, favorecedoras de um dos lados, que o aparato social em torno delas passou a considerar como uma nota de rodapé, sem que nada possa fazer, apelo a todos os músicos que fazem parte deste Mural Sonoro que tenham concertos em Israel, que não vão actuar lá. A população de Gaza precisa de ajuda. A Palestina precisa de ser livre e digna. Adiram e ajudem, através da BDS Portugal, em todas estas campanhas de informação consciente, multipliquem-nas, contribuam. É muito simples. Basta fazerem pequenos vídeos de 3 minutos máximo falando deste seu boicote, na prática que estão solidários com o boicote ao massacre na Palestina.

Há uma forma de ajudar concretamente a população massacrada de Gaza. Informem-se sobre a Campanha BDS. Como diz a Shad Wadi (Investigadora luso-palestiniana) não se trata de uma guerra entre dois povos embora a comunicação social passe recorrentemente tal retórica. Trata-se de um massacre a um povo. A Campanha BDS (o Movimento BDS é uma campanha de Boicote, Desinvestimento e Sanções para pressionar Israel a respeitar os direitos do povo palestiniano) traduz-se num boicote total a todos os modos de consumo israelita. Seja na Academia, como no âmbito cultural recusando espectáculos ou insurgindo-se como já o fizeram Dulce Pontes ao recusar actuar em Israel, Roger Waters ou Massive Attack. Esta é uma ajuda efectiva. Campanha BDS. A população de Gaza está a fazer apelos ao BDS, como relata a Shahd Wadi , através do FB. Há relatos impressionantes de pessoas que explicam já ter perdido praticamente tudo e só esperam durar mais um dia e que nunca lhes falte o portátil para, via Facebook, desabafarem ao mundo o que se está a passar. Esta é a única forma de serem escutadas, de percebermos a dimensão da carnificina que se passa em Gaza. Está nas nossas mãos. Boicote a Israel. Adiram por favor ao BDS Portugal e vejam como podem ajudar nestas acções. Mobilizem os vossos amigos e familiares. Vamos pôr um fim a este genocídio e domínio abusivo violador de todos os princípios humanitários existentes.

Obrigada!

Podem-me ir enviando os vídeos para: muralsonoro.info@gmail.com ou através do Facebook | Página BDS Portugal no Facebook – Publicado originalmente no Mural Sonoro.

“Tunnel, mon amour!” por Youssef Boussoumah

Après 53 militaires et 4 civils tués et des centaines de blessés. Après deux mille missiles tirés sur l’État colon, Israël, depuis le début de l’agression. Cinq soldats israéliens ayant encore été tués hier, par un commando palestinien surgi derrière eux d’un tunnel. L’opération israélienne en dépit de sa violence extrême tourne déjà à l’échec. Certes le nombre des victimes civiles palestiniennes est effroyable. Hier encore 16 civils réfugiés dans une école des Nations Unies ont été massacrés par des tirs israéliens Allah ya rahoum Mais les militaires israéliens commencent à paniquer. Ils se rendent compte qu’ils ne pourront jamais obtenir leurs objectifs qui étaient d’en finir avec les missiles, de détruire les tunnels, d’obtenir la démilitarisation de Gaza et d’obliger le peuple palestinien à se soumettre. Quatre-vingt missiles par jour en moyenne continuent à tomber sur Israël. Sur Radio J, aujourd’hui les propos rapportés d’un général israélien confirment cela. “L’opinion publique israélienne attend de nous la destruction totale des tunnels, c’est un objectif irréalisable, elle cherche une image de la victoire impossible à donner.” Effectivement, cette résistance extraordinaire est due en grande partie au courage des Moujahidin mais aussi à cette prodigieuse technique des tunnels dans laquelle les Palestiniens sont devenus experts. Gaza est truffé de tunnels. Les tunnels deviennent la hantise des colons sionistes. La psychose est telle que certains j’en suis sûr s’attendent à voir surgir à tout moment un commando palestinien en plein Tel Aviv, au beau milieu des terrasses de café de l’avenue Dizengoff ou jusque derrière le bureau de Netanyahou. Je suis littéralement émerveillé par l’inventivité des peuples dans leur résistance. Une étude plus fine sur la technique des tunnels dans l’histoire des luttes de libération populaires, nous ramènerait assurément au Vietnam qui pendant 20 ans d’une guerre d’extermination a su le 1er semble t-il, développer cette technique. C’est ainsi que pour pallier les difficultés d’un terrain et d’une géographie peu propice à la guérilla, les Palestiniens ont développé la technique des tunnels qui permettent à la fois de se protéger, de stocker des armes et de dissimuler les lance-roquettes, de s’approvisionner et de porter des coups à l’ennemi. Bien à l’abri au sein même de cette bonne terre de Palestine. Rappelons qu’au Liban en 2006, lors de l’agression sioniste ce sont encore les tunnels dont Hezbollah est devenu un maître expert et dont il a truffé tout le sud Liban qui permirent la victoire et obligèrent Israël au retrait. Y ‘aurait-il un rapport? L’opération contre le Liban en 2006 avait fait plus de 100 morts parmi les soldats et avait duré 1 mois. Nous en sommes à 53 soldats tués au moins après 22 jours de combat. Ça se tient. Sionistes! Nous vous combattrons partout, par au dessus, par en dessous, jamais la Résistance ne se rendra!” YB

* Vidéo de l’embuscade parfaitement élaborée par les Brigades du martyr Azzdine Al Qassam dans laquelle une force sioniste spéciale est tombée à l’est de Shajaaya: 10 soldats ont été tués et de nombreux autres ont été blessés, tandis que les moujahidine s’en sont sortis sains et saufs.