Archive | January, 2009

  • Thousands of Israelis Protest against the War in Gaza

    A headline on the front page of the New York Times today asserts: “Israelis United on Gaza War Even as Censure Rises Abroad” (Ethan Bronner, 13 January 2009).  The article goes on to claim that “antiwar rallies here have struggled to draw 1,000 participants” (emphasis added).  To be sure, the very first antiwar rally in […]

  • Support the PGFTU Gaza Aid Fund!

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are writing this letter to urge you to contribute to a special fund established by the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) to help with the severe humanitarian crisis in Gaza.  All funds sent to the PGFTU GAZA AID will go to basic survival needs — food, medicine, rudimentary […]

  • “Labor Boycott of Israel” Urged at Rally for Palestinians

    On January 10, 2009, thousands of people in the Bay Area protested the US-supported attack by Israel on the people of Gaza at a rally and march in San Francisco.  Trade unionists including leaders of the Oakland Education Association and ILWU Local 10 and a leader of the California Peace and Freedom party condemned the […]

  • Bomb a Ghetto, Raise a Cheer

    Pro-Israel Rally for Attacking Gaza, New York City, 11.01.09 Cf. Max Blumenthal, “Pro-Israel Rally Attended by Big-Time NY Dems Descends into Calls for ‘Wiping Out’ Palestinians,” AlterNet, 13 January 2009. Max Blumenthal is a senior writer for The Daily Beast and contributor to The Nation, Al Jazeera English,, AlterNet, the Huffington Post, and the […]

  • Muslims and Palestine: An Alliance of Values

    Listening to the feelings expressed by Muslims around the world, one perceives an emotion of anger and revolt mixed with a deep sense of helplessness.  The current massacres are but a confirmation of the well known: the “international community” does not really care about the Palestinians, and it is as if the state of Israel, […]

  • An Unarmed Palestinian Woman Confronts Israeli Soldiers

    This footage was first shown in the W (World Wide Weekly) program on South Korea’s MBC.   Brought to YouTube by oli505 11 months ago, it has been watched 306,150 times as of 12 January 2009, 15:15 PM.  The brave Palestinian woman in the video has been identified by Mitchell Cohen as Huwaida Arraf, a […]

  • Hamas: What It Is, What It Wants, and What Israel Makes of It

    Israel’s stated reasons for its declaration of “all-out war” against the population of Gaza are the latest variation on a theme it put forward following the 2006 electoral victory of Hamas in Gaza.  In February of that year Israel issued an official set of demands.  Israel requires that Hamas recognize Israel’s permanent right to exist, […]

  • Gaza: Strip Maul

    The Daily Show With Jon StewartM – Th 11p / 10c Strip Maul Barack Obama InterviewJohn McCain Interview Sarah Palin VideoFunny Election Video Transcript of “Strip Maul,” The Daily Show, 5 January 2009 Jon: 2009, nothing but hope and change — we’re back, baby — let’s do this thing. Air Assault 2009 begins in […]

  • Gaza Protests, as Seen on Al Jazeera

    . . . and unseen on American TV More Than 100,000 Protest in Paris, France, 11.01.09 USA, 11.01.09 Algeria, 11.01.09 Kenitra, Morocco, 11.01.09 Los Angeles, USA, 11.01.09 Journalists Protest the Israeli Army’s Targeting of Journalists, 10.01.09 Chicago and D.C., USA, 10.01.09 Tokyo, Japan, 10.01.09 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10.01.09 Rabat, Morocco, 10.01.09 Manama, Bahrain, 10.01.09 Algiers, […]

  • Workers Call for Rally at Detroit Auto Show

    Auto workers have called for a rally on January 11 at 1 pm outside of Cobo Hall on press day of the North American International Auto Show.  With news of the Bush administration’s $17.4 billion loan to the auto industry being tied to game-changing concessions that could erode wages across the board, auto workers will […]

  • Oakland Rebels against the Police Execution of Oscar Grant

    This is a cellphone video, taken from a subway train, of a Bay Area Rapid Transit policeman shooting Oscar Grant, an unarmed 22-year-old Black man and father of a four-year-old daughter, on New Year’s Eve.  Grant was lying face down on the ground, handcuffed, without any resistance when he was shot. The murder has triggered […]

  • You Can Call the Israeli Army

    The Israeli army has spread flyers in the air in Gaza that give a number for Palestinians to call to report on Hamas activities.  Here is the number.  Everyone is invited to call it to protest the war on Gaza instead. From the U.S., you dial:011-972-2-5839749 The flyer sent to The Electronic Intifada. Information courtesy […]

  • Israeli Citizens Calling upon International Community to Stop Israel

    Among the signatories are some very well-known artists, musicians, and writers such as Dror Burstein, Ala Hlehel, Yitzhak Laor, Yehudith Levin, Avi Mograbi, Michal Naaman, Salman Natour, Judd Ne’eman, Aharon Shabtay, and Arik Shapira (Israel Prize Laureate) and university professors such as Yossef Grodginski, Uri Hadar, Hannan Hever, Orly Lubin, Adi Ophir, Yehuda Shenhav, and […]

  • Open Letter to Israeli Soldiers

      Introduction Please sign the following statement, which we hope to be able to publish soon in Israeli newspapers.  Donations to help pay for publication can be sent via PayPal by clicking here. We encourage organizations to sign by sending us email. Jews Call on Israeli Soldiers to Stop War Crimes We Jews in the […]

  • Montreal Activists Serve Eviction Notice to Israeli Consulate

    In the early morning of Thursday, 8 January 2009, in protest against the Israeli military offensive against the people of Gaza, Montreal activists took action at the Israeli Consulate in Montreal. In solidarity with the 1.5 million people in Gaza, demonstrators in Montreal demanded that the state of Israel end its military offensive and lift […]

  • Justice and Support for Poor and Working Families in Gaza

      Sisters and Brothers: The PGFTU has been working at all levels in Palestine and in its international relations to mobilize international support for peace in the region.  This is the ultimate goal for our working families in Palestine, who have labored in every way possible to bring about an end to the Israeli occupation […]

  • Silent Rally of Jews Saying “Not in Our Name,” Monday, 12.01.09, 5:30 PM, NYC

    PLEASE JOIN US Monday, January 12 at 5:30 PM in front of the Israeli Consulate 800 Second Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets We are Jews who say “Not in Our Name” to the Israeli Government. We ask you to stand with us as we call for: an immediate end to the massacre of the […]

  • Ashura

      Nohe These days, in Tehran, you see people from all walks of life taking part in mourning ceremonies in one way or another.  You see young people wearing jeans and/or other types of western gear and brands listening to MP3 or MP4 playing “nohe.”  “Nohe” is a type of mourning music, melancholic but also […]

  • This Marvelous People, the Cuban People, a Heroic People, Has Taught the World That Revolution Has a Destiny

      Speech by His Excellency Mr. Rafael Correa Delgado, president of the Republic of Ecuador, at the commemoration event for the 50th anniversary of the entry of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro into Havana, at Ciudad Libertad, January 8, 2009 Dear Comandante, President Raúl Castro Ruz, I expect that compañero Fidel is watching us, so […]

  • Nasrallah: Arabs Have Much to Learn from Chavez

    Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the most popular leader in the Arab world, addressed a crowd of Lebanese supporters in a videoconference on 7 January 7. Yesterday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that he would expel the Israeli ambassador in Venezuela.  He, of course, did this in order to show his support for the […]