Get involved with Israeli Apartheid Week

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Want to support Palestinian freedom, justice and equality?

Join #IsraeliApartheidWeek 2016

Each year, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) takes place in more than 150 universities and cities across the world. With creative education and action, IAW aims to raise awareness about Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid over the Palestinian people and build support for the nonviolent Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

In response to the impressive growth of BDS in the last few years, Israel and its right-wing allies in the west have launched repressive, anti-democratic attacks on the movement and the right to boycott, instead of fulfilling their obligations to end Israel’s violations of international law. This makes this year’s #IsraeliApartheidWeek more crucial than ever.

Support Palestinian popular resistance to oppression–join IAW 2016.

Check out apartheidweek.org and #IsraeliApartheidWeek to find out what’s happening in your area. More events in different cities are being added all the time, so do check back if there’s nothing in your city listed yet. 

Want to organise #IsraeliApartheidWeek events on your campus or in your city? Register your organisation here and you’ll receive an info pack full of ideas about how to organise #IsraeliApartheidWeek.

Dates:
UK: February 22-28
Europe: February 29-March 7
Palestine: March 1-10
South Africa: March 7-13
Arab World: March 20-26
US: various, including March 27-April 3
Latin America: April 10-24
Canada: various throughout March, check with local organisers

Oh The Places We’ll Go… Or Want To Go

I’d love to travel the world. Really, I’ll go almost anywhere if money weren’t an issue. Alas money is an issue, but a woman can dream.

On with the list:

Dublin

http://photographyblogger.net/30-pictures-of-dublin-ireland/
http://photographyblogger.net/30-pictures-of-dublin-ireland/
http://www.curbfreewithcorylee.com/2014/12/18/wheelchair-accessible-dublin-ireland/
http://www.curbfreewithcorylee.com/2014/12/18/wheelchair-accessible-dublin-ireland/
http://www.policehotels.com/hotels/ipa-house-dublin-ireland/
http://www.policehotels.com/hotels/ipa-house-dublin-ireland/

Amsterdam

amsterdam_reflections_by_matthias_haker-d6tz532

http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/about-amsterdam
http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/about-amsterdam
Canal. Amsterdam. Netherland
Canal. Amsterdam. Netherland

Montreal

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal_Biosph%C3%A8re
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal_Biosph%C3%A8re
http://go.westjet.com/flights-to-montreal
http://go.westjet.com/flights-to-montreal
http://www.designsponge.com/2009/04/montreal-design-guide.html
http://www.designsponge.com/2009/04/montreal-design-guide.html

Chile

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile
http://www.allianceabroad.com/chile-encounter-culture/
http://www.allianceabroad.com/chile-encounter-culture/
Study Spanish in Chile.jpg www.oneworld365.org1000 × 562Search by image Study Spanish in Chile
Study Spanish in Chile.jpg
http://www.oneworld365.org1000 × 562Search by image
Study Spanish in Chile

Colombia

All the streets around old-town Cartagena look like this. The colors vary, but they are often strong, and lots of nice balconies. HDR of 3 handheld shots. This time Photomatix was not able to crisply align the images, but I insisted in using it because it is the only shot Ihave of this nice blue building. Cranked up the smart sharpen to make up the fuzziness, used Freaky Detail again (http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/2010/archives/8691), which is similar to Nik Tonal Contrast. For scenes with walls like these I prefer freaky detail because Tonal Contrast enhances the roughness of the walls too much. I masked the sky and street when applying freaky detail. Some dodging on the shadowed walls, and then Nik Skylight filter to give it a more sunny look. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrosz/5049256137
All the streets around old-town Cartagena look like this. The colors vary, but they are often strong, and lots of nice balconies.
HDR of 3 handheld shots. This time Photomatix was not able to crisply align the images, but I insisted in using it because it is the only shot Ihave of this nice blue building. Cranked up the smart sharpen to make up the fuzziness, used Freaky Detail again (http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/2010/archives/8691), which is similar to Nik Tonal Contrast. For scenes with walls like these I prefer freaky detail because Tonal Contrast enhances the roughness of the walls too much. I masked the sky and street when applying freaky detail. Some dodging on the shadowed walls, and then Nik Skylight filter to give it a more sunny look. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrosz/5049256137
https://www.pinterest.com/UCalgaryAbroad/universidad-externado-de-colombia/
https://www.pinterest.com/UCalgaryAbroad/universidad-externado-de-colombia/
Aerial view of Embalse del Penol reservoir, an artificial lake built in the 1970s - El Penon, Antioquia http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judith-fein/colombia-attractions_b_3177856.html
Aerial view of Embalse del Penol reservoir, an artificial lake built in the 1970s – El Penon, Antioquia
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judith-fein/colombia-attractions_b_3177856.html

Puerto Rico

Uncle Sam's Caribbean: Puerto Rico - Johnny Jet www.johnnyjet.com7336 × 5117Search by image Puerto Rico's El Morro Fort
Uncle Sam’s Caribbean: Puerto Rico – Johnny Jet
http://www.johnnyjet.com7336 × 5117Search by image
Puerto Rico’s El Morro Fort
Puerto Rico Destination Guide | Viator.com www.viator.com760 × 275Search by image
Puerto Rico Destination Guide | Viator.com
http://www.viator.com760 × 275Search by image
Puerto Rico Car Rental: Cheap deals with Sixt rent a car www.sixt.com424 × 283Search by image Puerto Rico Country
Puerto Rico Car Rental: Cheap deals with Sixt rent a car
http://www.sixt.com424 × 283Search by image
Puerto Rico Country

Cuba

http://gocuba.ca/client/home/index.php
http://gocuba.ca/client/home/index.php
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/will-hollywood-embrace-cuba-as-761423
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/will-hollywood-embrace-cuba-as-761423
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/02/airbnb-cuba_n_6990692.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/02/airbnb-cuba_n_6990692.html

Marseille

http://ecpnr.org/en/ABOUT-MARSEILLE.html
http://ecpnr.org/en/ABOUT-MARSEILLE.html
http://ecpnr.org/en/ABOUT-MARSEILLE.html
http://ecpnr.org/en/ABOUT-MARSEILLE.html
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187253-d3850473-Reviews-E_Bike_Tours_Marseille-Marseille_Bouches_du_Rhone_Provence.html
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187253-d3850473-Reviews-E_Bike_Tours_Marseille-Marseille_Bouches_du_Rhone_Provence.html

South Africa

http://globalriskinsights.com/tag/south-africa/
http://globalriskinsights.com/tag/south-africa/
http://answersafrica.com/10-amazing-facts-about-south-africa.html
http://answersafrica.com/10-amazing-facts-about-south-africa.html
http://cheapvacationholiday.com/south-africa/
http://cheapvacationholiday.com/south-africa/

Senegal

http://www.blackhistoryheroes.com/2013/02/the-african-renaissance-monument-in.html
http://www.blackhistoryheroes.com/2013/02/the-african-renaissance-monument-in.html
Looking towards Medina and Point E areas of Dakar. Image was captured by a camera suspended by a kite line. Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) http://www.visahunter.com/housing/how-to-find-an-apartment-in-senegal/
Looking towards Medina and Point E areas of Dakar.
Image was captured by a camera suspended by a kite line. Kite Aerial Photography (KAP)
http://www.visahunter.com/housing/how-to-find-an-apartment-in-senegal/
http://www.hercampus.com/school/cal-poly/my-experience-spending-summer-senegal-africa
http://www.hercampus.com/school/cal-poly/my-experience-spending-summer-senegal-africa

Tunisia

https://www-cif.climateinvestmentfunds.org/country/tunisia
https://www-cif.climateinvestmentfunds.org/country/tunisia
http://www.getintravel.com/el-djem-tunisia/
http://www.getintravel.com/el-djem-tunisia/
http://travelandstories.com/tunisia-country-feeling-never/
http://travelandstories.com/tunisia-country-feeling-never/

Iran

http://www.letstravelsomewhere.com/travel/asia/iran/
http://www.letstravelsomewhere.com/travel/asia/iran/
http://www.maguzz.com/5/iran.html
http://www.maguzz.com/5/iran.html
http://ignoringoccupation.blogspot.com/2015/08/iran-and-united-states-pain-of.html
http://ignoringoccupation.blogspot.com/2015/08/iran-and-united-states-pain-of.html

Maldives

http://www.iwallhd.com/wallpaper/1229x819/maldives-at-night-hd-wallpaper.html
http://www.iwallhd.com/wallpaper/1229×819/maldives-at-night-hd-wallpaper.html
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=110284
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=110284
http://packages.advancetrip.com/location/maldives/
http://packages.advancetrip.com/location/maldives/

New Zealand

http://www.travels321.com/new-zealand/
http://www.travels321.com/new-zealand/
http://www.worldconsultants.org/study-in-new-zealand/
http://www.worldconsultants.org/study-in-new-zealand/
http://andrew.hedges.name/kiwiculture/
http://andrew.hedges.name/kiwiculture/

There are actually many many more places I want to go, but really the list can go on and on. Here’s some wishful thinking that I’ll even get to see one of the places on my list.

Call out: International BDS wave of solidarity with Palestinian Popular Resistance #SolidarityWaveBDS

Starting this weekend October 16-18
Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance! Boycott Israel now!

#SolidarityWaveBDS

http://www.bdsmovement.net/2015/call-out-international-wave-of-solidarity-with-palestine-13334

A new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old system of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have joined demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities across historic Palestine and in refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries.

Starting this weekend, join an international wave of action in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle. People of conscience who want to stand with the Palestinian struggle are urged to take action and develop Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions efforts. This would strongly convey to Palestinians that they are not alone.

The ongoing, youth-led Palestinian uprising is a response to Israel’s intensifying ethnic cleansing and oppression of Palestinians, especially in occupied Jerusalem. In recent months, Israel has sped up its theft of Palestinian land and demolition of Palestinians homes, stepped up its racist attacks on the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, tightened the siege on Gaza and implemented new racist measures against Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Israel and its fundamentalist settler terror groups are savagely attacking Palestinian protests, executing Palestinian children and youth in the street and have left more than 1,000 with life-changing injuries.

An effective international response is urgently needed to pressure governments, institutions and corporations to end their role in Israel’s crimes.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), which leads the global BDS movement, is a broad coalition of Palestinian unions and organisations, many of which are involved in popular resistance. The BNC is calling for a wave of action this weekend in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle starting this weekend, October 16-18.

Let’s take international solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance to the next level through Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS):

  • Call for a military embargo and other sanctions against Israel at all protests and creative direct actions.
  • Maximize the benefit of solidarity protests by calling for BDS campaigns in all fields to further isolate Israel’s regime of occupation and apartheid, as was done to apartheid South Africa.
  • Campaign against complicit international companies, such as G4S and HP, and Israeli companies, such as Elbit Systems, that participate in Israel’s infrastructure of oppression.
  • Organize events, teach-ins, creative actions and occupations to educate about Palestinian rights through involvement in BDS campaigning.
  • Promote your actions using the hashtag #SolidarityWaveBDS.

Are you organising a protest in your town or city? Let us know about what you’re planning by filling out this form. We’ll be posting the details of all of the actions taking place across the world on our website at bdsmovement.net/solidarity-wave in the coming few days.

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Palestinian boycott activists salute the 1,000+ Black activists, scholars and artists for endorsing BDS for Palestinian rights

Palestinian boycott activists salute the 1,000+ Black activists, scholars and artists for endorsing BDS for Palestinian rights 

http://www.bdsmovement.net/?p=13262

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Occupied Palestine, August 25, 2015 — Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists have today welcomed the statement issued by more than 1,000 African American activists, artists and scholars in solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom, justice and equality and in support of BDS.

The statement unequivocally calls for BDS and places an emphasis on the right of Palestinian refugees to “return to their homeland in present-day Israel” as “the most important aspect of justice for Palestinians.”

Mahmoud Nawajaa, the general coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the broad Palestinian civil society coalition that leads the BDS movement, welcomed the declaration by saying, “The statement’s support for BDS against Israel’s regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid is particularly inspiring as it translates principled positions into morally-consistent actions that are capable of righting injustices.”

“The US civil rights movement has always been a key inspiration for us in the BDS movement. We are deeply moved by this powerful proclamation that evokes the spirit of that heroic civil rights struggle and the inspirational Black Lives Matter movement and epitomises speaking truth to power,” Nawajaa added.

Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement, reacted to the statement, “This deeply moving and noble declaration by our Black brothers and sisters in the US and elsewhere is not just a genuine expression of effective, altruistic international solidarity. It is a poignant testament to the organic links that connect the Palestinian struggle for self-determination with the struggle of the oppressed around the world, including ongoing struggles for racial and economic justice by black people in the US and across the world.”

Barghouti added, “Despite the obvious differences, there are compelling similarities between the forms of oppression that both Palestinians and African-Americans live under. Dehumanization, dispossession, racial injustice and discrimination, state violence, criminalization of entire communities and impunity are all key characteristics are of the oppression faced by black Americans and Palestinians.”

The leading Black activists, scholars and artists’ call for boycotts and divestment against the private security company G4S is especially noteworthy. “G4S harms thousands of Palestinian political prisoners illegally held in Israel and hundreds of Black and brown youth held in its privatized juvenile prisons in the US,” their statement said. It profits from “incarceration and deportation from the US and Palestine, to the UKSouth Africa, and Australia,” the statement added, rejecting notions of “security” that “make any of our groups unsafe” and insisting that “no one is free until all of us are.”

In 2012, the BNC was one of several Palestinian human rights and civil society organisations that launched a large international BDS campaign against G4S, the British-Danish private security company that is deeply involved in Israel’s violations of prisoners’ rights and international law.

The boycott campaign has cost G4S many contracts around the world, including in the USIrelandNorwaySouth Africa, among others.

Under this intense pressure from the BDS movement, G4S has announced that it will not renew its contract with the Israeli Prison Service when it lapses in 2017. However, G4S has not yet made any written confirmation of this decision or ended any of its contracts supporting Israeli settlements, prisons, checkpoints and military bases, so Palestinian organisations are calling for the G4S campaign to continue.

BNC secretariat member Rafeef Ziadah said, “The BDS movement joins hands with the 1,000 Black activists that have issued this statement and with communities across the world in calling for the intensification of campaigns against G4S. Let us resist the role the company plays in human rights violations across the world, from Florida to Jerusalem and everywhere in between.”

“The current surge of mass Black activism for justice rekindles the whole world’s hope for a more peaceful, just and dignified world,” Ziadah added.

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