A STORM OF DISSENT HAS TAKEN ISRAEL BY SURPRISE

Originally posted on Desertpeace:

The refusal of 43 men and women to continue their reserve duty in Israel’s elite 8200 intelligence-gathering unit has taken Israel by storm.

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The refusal of 43 men and women to continue their reserve duty in Israel’s elite 8200 intelligence-gathering unit has taken Israel by storm. The group published a letter on Friday, and it made its way quickly into the Israeli, American, and international headlines. The letter stated that these soldiers and officers are no longer willing to serve in their capacities as occupiers. In their words: “We refuse to take part in actions against Palestinians and refuse to serve as tools in deepening the military control over the Occupied Territories… We cannot continue to serve this system in good conscience, denying the rights of millions of…

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Is BDS in South Africa really an abject failure? A reply to Ben Levitas.

Explaining Palestine and Israel simply and profoundly

Palestine explanation

The Centre for Christian Spirituality: Arts Programming in and about Prison in Cape Town, South Africa

Originally posted on Razor Wire Women:

I’m now back in Michigan, getting ready for the start of the new school year. I apologize for not doing any Brazil blogging while in Brazil, but we had such a lovely, jam-packed trip that my schedule simply did not afford the time. I am going to post a little more on South Africa before writing about our adventures with the PCAP Brazil Exchange this year, but rest assured, I’ll get there as soon as I am able.

A poster from the Robben Island Museum.

A poster from the Robben Island Museum.

When Andy and I were in Cape Town, South Africa, our first order of business was to head to Robben Island to see the historic prison turned museum where Nelson Mandela had spent the majority of his incarceration. Unfortunately, we only got to see the small museum on the mainland shore where one catches the ferry to the island itself. August is winter in South Africa…

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Economic responsibility in our lifetime

It is only through disciplined practice that an artist or musician can attain freedom of expression…what we might call mastery. Behaviour is much the same. Without responsibility, freedom is impossible. If we all behaved in a responsible manner, external laws and controls on us would not be necessary.

We hear so many calls for freedom these days. Some parties call for “economic freedom” for all people. Others call for free markets without government control. But where are the calls for responsibility? We would be wiser to first call for responsibility, because only responsible actions will allow us the space to have real freedom.

It is no co-incidence that we have become a nation plagued by poverty, unemployment, inequality, crime, violence etc. Apartheid and centuries of colonialism and racism left us with a legacy of inequality that we have failed to address.  It is becoming increasingly clear that freedom without responsibility is not possible:  Our poor are trapped in a cycle of poverty and squalor, and the rest live in walled prisons behind burglar bars, too afraid to walk the streets at night.  Poverty and ever increasing inequality have reached the point where revolution seems increasingly inevitable.

Fortunately, its not too late to change things for the better and to heal and build our great nation.  Our beautiful people are so truly powerful, there is no limit to what we will achieve once we get our values straight.

How we value something is reflected in how we reward each other for it.  It is wise to ensure that work is rewarded according to the quality of the work, the difficulty of the task, how much time and effort is expended, how dangerous it is, and the value that that work adds to a product or company and society in general. In rewarding adaquately, we demonstrate the true value of hard work, and we encourage quality people to do the kinds of work that would most benefit our country, our society, our companies and our people. However, because we have lost our values and use the market as an excuse, most employers reward people according to how desperate their workers are for work and money…the more desperate our workers are, the less we reward them, regardless of the quality of their work or value added.

 

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#SAMarch4Gaza: All expectations exceeded!

Originally posted on marthiemombergblog:

We hoped 100 000 people would join the march for Gaza on 9 August 2014. We were wrong!

While an accurate number of participants is not readily available, a Mail & Guardian photographer in attendance estimated there were “well over 100 000, possible even close to 200 000 people”. There is no doubt that the massive march was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, the city has ever seen.

People came from different parts of the country – Benoni, Lenasia, Johannesburg, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and many other places. When the first marchers were half way up Adderley Street in the city centre, the tail had still to leave the starting point in Keizergracht.

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What a day. Imagine all these women, men and children walking side by side, singing together….”we are marching, we are marching, we are marching…..” and chanting “free Palestine!”

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SA EAAPI Statement on Palestine and Israel

STATEMENT BY SA-EAPPI ON PALESTINE AND ISRAEL
31 July 2014

We, as a group of 70 South African ecumenical accompaniers who have monitored and reported human rights abuses in Palestine cannot remain silent at a time like this. We remember how often Palestinians told us that if we as South Africans can have a just freedom, then it must be possible for them too.

South African ecumenical accompaniers have worked side to side with other internationals in occupied Palestine since 2004 in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine Israel (EAPPI). EAPPI was established by the World Council of Churches in response to a call from the Heads of Churches in the Holy Land. EAPPI provides protective presence to the vulnerable Palestinian communities and supports Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace. We have witnessed multiple and layered injuries and losses by Palestinians whether Christian or Muslim. We value and recognise the safety and dignity of all those in Israel and Palestine. Yet we are not impartial when it comes to international law.

SA-EAPPI is appalled and devastated with the ongoing bombings, shelling and rocket firing in Israel and Palestine. However we absolutely reject any arguments that position the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis as two equal sides. The disproportionate killing of civilians including so many children horrifies us. That people are deprived of shelter, food, electricity, water and the hope of freedom is a source of shame to all who value the sacredness of life and the protection of international law. The current escalation in the conflict is not a war, let alone an act of self-defence, but a punitive, planned, strategic, militant expedition by a regional super-power to deepen Israel’s military occupation of Palestine. Moreover, Israel’s systematic, systemic, institutionalised oppression of the Palestinians that violates international law on a daily basis makes the conflict a-symmetric.

SA-EAPPI endorses the Memorandum to the South African Government issued by the National Coalition for Palestine (NC4P) on 28 July 2014 in Cape Town. In addition, we appeal to:
• South African citizens to not buy any Israeli produce or services;
• all faith communities to critically review their interpretations of sacred texts in a quest to uphold those values and principles that foster the flourishing of life for all;
• South African churches to take a clear and unequivocal stand for justice and a viable peace;
• the South African government to break its resounding silence and to demonstrate to the world what sustained, visible solidarity can mean for the freedom of an oppressed people;
• the United Nations’ Security Council to agree on resolutions to end both the conflict and the occupation, and to appoint an honest and an impartial broker for peace talks between Palestine and Israel; and
• the international society to ensure the consistent implementation of international law.

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