Tuesday, January 29, 2008

"Joan Lowenstein, Dog for the Racist State of Israel"

Full video on YouTube, at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqFiFzUXA7A

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Ann Arbor City Councilmember Joan Lowenstein is pushing to be named Judge.

Lowenstein's own Zionist federation promoted an event called "Our People. Our Israel. Our War." -- right after Israel bombed Lebanon with 1 million cluster bombs.

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Video:

Joan Lowenstein is trying to become Judge in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor City Council member Joan Lowenstein, an attack dog for the racist state of "Israel"--


video


Click on the "Play" symbol, above left, to see the video.

It is unbelievable that anyone would put a courtroom into the hands of such a veteran fighter for the Apartheid state of Israel.

What would happen to Palestinians there?

What would happen to protesters, who dared to protest against Israeli army atrocities?


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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Fierce supporter of "Israel" is running for Judge,

in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Click on image to enlarge.

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How do you feel about a fighter for the racist, genocidal state of Israel actually becoming a Judge in Ann Arbor?

What would happen to Palestinians in front of her Court?

What would happen to Palestine human rights activists in front of her Court?


Tell the Ann Arbor City Council how you feel.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Israel dropped 4 million cluster bombs on Lebanon in 2006


"US insists cluster bombs not bad if used right"


By Robert Evans
January 16, 2008

On the Web at:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/homepageCrisis/idUKL16822789._CH_.242020080116

GENEVA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Cluster bombs, which nearly 100 countries are seeking to ban, should not be considered bad as long as states involved in conflicts use them responsibly, a senior United States official said on Wednesday.

The official, who declined to be identified, also told a background briefing that Washington was planning to create a "quick reaction force", or QRF, to handle threats to civilians from remnants of war, like cluster bombs.

The official's remarks, which could not be quoted directly, clearly confirmed that Washington -- like Russia, China and some other powers -- remained opposed to banning the weapon.

He spoke as negotiators on updating a 1981 international agreement on especially dangerous conventional weapons (CCW) met in Geneva to prepare for "expert discussions" on cluster weapons next year under the United Nations umbrella.

Cluster munitions include a variety of weapons that can spread up to hundreds of bomblets over a target area. Up to 30 percent fail to explode, posing a threat to civilians for many years after a conflict.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says some 400 million people in countries and regions like Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Russia's Chechnya live in effective minefields, under daily threat of maiming from cluster bombs.

Other campaigners say at least 13,000 civilians are known to have been killed or injured by the bombs -- used heavily most recently by Israel in its 2006 war against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon -- in recent years...

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Israeli executioners boast of killing Palestinian children:







"B'Tselem: Does Diskin view kids as terrorists?


"Shin Bet chief says 1,000 terrorists killed in Gaza Strip in past two years. Human rights organization says 816 Palestinians killed in that period, including children.

Full article on YNet News, at:

http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3493794,00.html

by Ali Waked

January 14, 2008

The human rights organizations in Israel and the Gaza Strip were angered by data presented Sunday by Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin during Sunday's cabinet meeting, according to which Israel had killed 1,000 terrorists in the past two years.

The B'Tselem organization expressed its surprise over Diskin's remarks, saying that according to its figures, 816 Palestinians were killed by the IDF in that same period, including 150 minors, 48 of them under the age of 14...


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Friday, January 11, 2008

Zionists Still Shooting their Way through Occupied Palestine

Zionists are racists, and only racists.

Zionism means the gun, and only the gun--

See their Web site, below.
They teach children to shoot.

Children under 6 are allowed free admission:
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דף הבית » English » Learn to Shoot






Magen Yehuda is a non-profit, apolitical organization that aims to strengthen Jewish security in Israel. Magen Yehuda’s primary goal is to train communal patrol units in towns and settlements throughout Israel. The organization recognizes that in the majority of terror attacks on Israeli towns, members of these communal patrol units are often the first to arrive at the scene. The Ministry of Defense does not invest sufficient resources in training these communal units, so Magen Yehuda has initiated intensive training and artillery practice for the members of these patrol units, to equip them with the skills needed to face and fight terror.

Caliber 3 is an artillery and anti-terror training company. The company owns a firing range in Efrat, Gush Etzion, where a highly skilled staff trains communal patrol members, guards, and combatants in artillery practice, Krav Maga (Israeli martial arts), and responding to various terror threats. The company’s trainers are all graduates of elite military, police, or National Security units and are trained in the most advanced anti-terror methods.

Moral Tours organizes trips in Israel, for groups, organizations, and schools. Moral Tours has been providing its clients with personalized, professional, and efficient service in all areas of tour logistics for over five years. (more about Moral Tours)
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The Program
Moral Tours is proud to present you with a unique, first-ever collaboration that will allow you and your families to obtain an insider’s view of the challenges faced by Israeli citizens today in the war on terror, through an attractive, compelling program that the entire family can enjoy. During the course of the program, you will:

· Receive professional M16 and 9mm handgun training
· Watch live-fire anti-terror demonstrations by elite combatants
· Speak to experts trained by elite units in the IDF, Israeli Police Force, and National Security Service
· Learn how we defend Israeli families against terrorist threats
Sample itinerary** for a “Magen Yehuda Family” program:
10 minutes: Registration and safety instructions
15 minutes: Demonstrations and artillery simulations by experts
45 minutes: Artillery lesson – firearm usage
30 minutes: Live fire practice (10 bullets with an M16 and 10 bullets with a 9mm handgun)
5 minutes: Summary
Total activity time: two hours + break

Light refreshments will be served (Kosher)


Who can participate?

The program is open to tourists* of all ages, men and women alike, excluding children under the age of six,**** who cannot actively participant in the program and are exempt from entrance fees.


When and where?
The program takes place three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 9:00. Per request, additional days may be available (ask us on the phone about other dates).

Ask us about transportation to and from the facilities, located in Efrat (Gush Etzion), 20 minutes from Jerusalem.

To register
Advance registration required. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Moral Tours at 02-624-3008 (+972-2-624-3008 when calling from abroad).

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Cost (for one person- tax included)
Non-active participation (excluding live fire practice) 30$
Full program 75$
Payment on-site, by check, cash, or credit card
Ask us about our other programs: "VIP Magen Yehuda" and "Extreme Magen Yehuda" for teenagers.

We also offer paintball activities and guided tours in Gush Eztion, included the Light and Sound show in Kfar Etzion, “Derech Ha’avot” walking tour, Eretz Ha’ayalim Farm, Gush Etzion Vineyard, “Habi’er” ancient waterways, “Gavna” dairy fish restaurant (Kosher), Harodian, Horse Ranch in Tekoa, and more.

*Participation of Israeli citizens in the program is contingent on completion of a statement of health that must be signed by a doctor. The form can be downloaded and printed by clicking here, and should be brought to the facility once it is signed by a doctor.
**The basic itinerary described may be modified in accordance to the requirements and nature of the group.
***Training ratio for the family program: One trainer for every ten participants, no minimum number of participants required.
****Children age five and younger may enter the facilities with their families and observe the program, but cannot actively participate.







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Thursday, January 10, 2008

As Bush funds genocide, against Occupied Palestine:


Protest against Bush's visit to Occupied Palestine.

In Gaza City, Jan. 9, 2008.

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Joan Lowenstein, Zionist candidate for Judge:

[Note:
In the early afternoon of January 10, 2007, ArborUpdate suddenly censored out all comments, starting with Comment 8, which are critical of Lowenstein's campaign to be Judge. Did Lowenstein make any non-judge-like threats to ArborUpdate, to cause this to happen?]


Arbor Update

Ann Arbor Area Community News

City Council: To PUD or Not to PUD

6. January 2008 • Juliew
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Monday, January 7 at 7:00 pm.
Ann Arbor City HallCity Council Agenda

Highlights:

  • McKinley Towne Centre-Liberty Retail PUD request
  • McKinley Towne Centre-Liberty Retail PUD Site Plan and Development Agreement
  • Wagner Road Improvement Special Assessment Project
  • Approval of Professional Services Agreement with Winter & Company for the Ann Arbor Discovering Downtown (A2D2) Historic Preservation and Design Guidelines Projects
  • Approval of Partnership Agreement with Community Action Network for Operation of Bryant and Northside Community Centers
  • Everyday Wine liquor license decision(?)


  1. The McKinley request for PUD is likely to generate a lot of discussion. The latest trend seems to be to make every proposal into a PUD, even if it could be built under existing zoning. The Mayor has been particularly opposed to this tactic so it will be interesting to see how the vote goes on the PUD rezoning.

    The McKinley development proposal is for the “Liberty Square” (formerly Tally Hall) building and will include demolishing the former bank building on that site and building a three-story building between Orchid Lane and the parking deck stairwell. I don’t think anyone is sad to see the bank building go, but the major concern is the alley that currently runs between Liberty and Washington. The Planning Commission requested that a pedestrian alley of at least ten feet be retained and McKinley has incorporated that in the new design, but that does not address everyone’s concerns. I will try to post a document I received on that as soon as I can get it working.

    Another item of interest is the potential liquor license approval for Everyday Cook. There have been a lot of e-mails about this asking people to show up tomorrow to provide support for Everyday Cook, but it is not on the agenda so it is hard to say what will happen tomorrow.


    —Juliew Jan 6, 07:29 PM #
  2. There was a planning commission meeting (the lower burns park one) where a dispute was over vacating an alley at Maple and Jackson – at least one person on that board was generally opposed to taking alleys away from the public and handing them over to private individuals.


    Edward Vielmetti Jan 6, 11:34 PM #
  3. I was at caucus last night. Prior to caucus Rapundalo told Mary Campbell of Everyday Cook that the license would be on the Jan 22 agenda. It needed more attorney review and the city attorney in charge was on vacation so it had to be delayed.

    The McKinley PUD for Liberty is very interesting. At caucus McKinley announced they had made changes to the drawings presented at planning commission but did not have any drawings and would try to have something on Monday. I think the result was that McKinley would not develop the alley. I guess the public hearing will be on a moving target. Kunselman asked about tabling action to allow time to review the revised drawings. If he got an answer, I did not hear it.

    A number of people spoke about the potential for the alley to be developed into a public arcade. Several thought it should go back to planning commission for pubic input on this option. A PUD requires a public benefit, and it’s unclear what the public benefit of the current proposal is.

    I think the real rub was the number of votes it takes to approve the plan McKinley presented to planning commission and which is included in the council packet. The alley is owned by the city and it takes 8 votes to transfer ownership of the alley, compared with 6 votes to approve the PUD. The city staff report that went to planning commission failed to mention that approval of the PUD would also require the city to transfer land. In other words, McKinley was proposing a project that encroached on public land and the staff report failed to mention the problem. Council members found out about it from citizens who opposed closing off all or part of the alley.


    —karen sidney Jan 7, 10:20 AM #
  4. I would like to call attention to F-2 of the Council agenda. This reduces the yard waste collection service by:

    Elimination of cans: Effective April 1st, 2008, resident-supplied cans will no longer
    be allowed for compost collection.

    End collection on October 31st: Starting in 2008, it is proposed that curbside
    compost collection end one month earlier, on October 31st.

    F-2 states that this will take effect next spring without any discussion or public hearing unless Council acts.


    —G. Thompson Jan 7, 12:43 PM #
  5. Julie: I don’t think it is PUD’s the mayor objects to but instead it is Planned Projects because they are not Planned Unit Developments. Under Planned Project status developers get a zoning change but they don’t have to offer the public benefits of a PUD, parks contribution, affordable housing (in residential projects only of course), etc. It’s like a PUD on the cheap.


    —LauraB Jan 7, 12:53 PM #
  6. Ah, good catch LauraB. Thanks for clarifying.


    —Juliew Jan 7, 02:22 PM #
  7. Council approved the McKinley Towne Centre last night, but it did not go along with Roger Fraser’s attempt to cut compostable services.

    Fraser said the proposed change was “just administrative”, but Mayor Pro Tem Marcia Higgins said the change was “substantive”, and asked that the proposal be brought back in the form of an ordinance so that Council could discuss it. She was supported by Stephen Rapundalo. Fraser agreed to do this.

    Fraser has tried to cut the compostable pickup for the past several years, but he has always done this as part of the annual City budget in the spring. Council has repeatedly shot him down.

    It looks like this latest try to cut services will also crash and burn.


    David Cahill Jan 8, 09:17 AM #
  8. Not mentioned is the criticism Councilmember Joan Lowenstein came in for, at last night’s City Council meeting. Her efforts to become a Judge were criticized due to her strong support of Israel, despite its many atrocities against the populations of Palestine, Lebanon, and, yes, Africa, too.

    Councilmember Lowenstein smiled as those atrocities were described. Then she smiled again, as more of Israel’s atrocities were described.

    How would a “Judge” Lowenstein mete out justice to Palestine human rights protestors?


    —Re: Lowenstein Jan 8, 09:31 AM #
  9. Further unmentioned here is the city’s intimidation tactics which failed to deter human rights activists from delivering their message last night.

    Suffice to say that an officer who had previously attacked and abused Ann Arbor human rights activists was installed at one of the entrances to the chambers. As the public commentary section ended, and the speakers were peacefully leaving the premises, the police officer walked up to almost an inch of the human rights activists and ordered them to leave. At this time the Mayer was told to keep her off the peaceful protestors who had already been subjected to brutal treatment by the same officer in the past.

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    Palestine human rights activists left the chambers in a group and the night was a victory for those who believe intimidation will not, in the long run, be effective against truth and justice seeking people.

    It is heartwarming that decent, truth seeking people still prevail in Ann Arbor.

    And hopefully Ms. Lowenstein’s great admiration for the racist state of Israel will bring us all together to question if Ms. Lowenstein is an appropriate choice to become a judge in Ann Arbor.

    I say, anyone whose solid support for a foreign government (in this case the racist, colonial, occupier, state of Israel) is well known is not fit to be a judge anywhere in the United States of America.


    —No more intimidation Jan 8, 04:03 PM #
  10. The officer you describe (in post number 9) is Lt. Angella Abrams Ann Arbor Police Department spokeswoman. She serves under Ann Arbor Police Chief Barnett Jones who was trained in Israel and says that “Israel is the frontline.”

    Chief Barnett Jones also says that Arab and Muslim populations “immediately become suspect, whether that is right or wrong, because of the global war.” (Reference: New York Times July 25th, 2005)

    One can’t help but to wonder if these comments got him the job that brought him to Ann Arbor to be our police chief?


    —Israeli police Jan 8, 04:36 PM #
  11. City Council, most belligerently Councilmember Lowenstein, has refused to even discuss any Resolution to penalize Israel, for many years. No matter how many thousands of Palestinians which Israel has massacred.

    This was true in January 1984, before Lowenstein was ever appointed to City Council. At that time, 4500 petition signatures were submitted to Council, demanding a Resolution urging a cut in aid to Israel. Council refused to even vote on that Resolution. See the Ann Arbor News for January 10, 1984.


    —Not Lowenstein Jan 9, 02:50 PM #
  12. let my fake name speak for itself


    —Wow way to hijack a posting Jan 10, 12:16 AM #
  13. The business of City Council is the business of this Arbor Update article. This article’s main title is “City Council.” You would have a lot to say, Mr. Wow, if an ambassador for any Arab country sat on the Council, attacking anyone who spoke ill of Arabs. You would probably put such a Council member in chains, in Guantanamo.

    As it is, a de-facto ambassador for Israel sits on Ann Arbor City Council. Unlike any Arab nation…

    * Israel today forcibly occupies seized territory,

    * Israel has killed many thousands in that territory, and

    * Israel has unleashed aerial bombardment against many Arab countries for many years.

    Joan Lowenstein has shown that she is an attack dog for Israel. Many “Michigan Daily” articles confirm it. Lowenstein’s own group called Israel’s massacre of Lebanon “Our War”, on its Web site, in 2006.

    With hundreds of atom bombs, Israel should not need an attack dog, on little old Ann Arbor’s City Council. Why is Councilmember Lowenstein, Mr. Wow, not appropriate to mention, when we are talking about City Council itself? Soon she will be a judge, able to jail protestors as she sees fit.

    What would have happened to Catherine Wilkerson, if a “Judge” Lowenstein had been her Judge?


    —Re: Lowenstein Jan 10, 08:07 AM #
  14. Re Lowenstein

    A couple of questions — why is the Michigan Daily in quotes (because it doesn’t come out on weekends?)?

    Second, how many cases would a local judge handle that even remotely relate to the Middle East? I would think something close to none.


    —PeteM Jan 10, 08:23 AM #
  15. You may certainly read those Daily articles for yourself.

    Joan Lowenstein declares that “Jews are under attack, even here”, in a tone of panic. Why? Simply because an academic conference on divestment from Israel was being held on the U-M campus.

    A judge was asked, at that time, to order the expulsion of a U-M student organizer of the divestment conference, and to shut down the conference, as the conference was seen to be pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel.

    How would a “Judge” Lowenstein have ruled?


    —Re: Lowenstein Jan 10, 08:50 AM #
  16. Re: Lowenstein,

    Thank you for the references you have furnished already. Are there other things we should know about Joan Lowenstein?

    How do we make our voices heard, if we are convinced that Joan Lowenstein is not suitable for judgeship in Ann Arbor?

    Best regards,

    Sara Razi


    —Zionists out Jan 10, 10:42 AM #
  17. You could ask why the Michiagn Daily feels that Lowenstein’s candidacy for judge is not news-worthy. Lowenstein made a rather blood-curdling accusation, in her speech against the U-M divestment conference, published in the Daily:

    Lowenstein said the U-M was being “hijacked”, and that “Jews are under attack even here”.

    Lowenstein said this just after Israel had carried out a massacre in Palestinian cities, including Jenin.

    Ex-professor Raymond Tanter made a homicidal pro-Israel speech at the same event, with Lowenstein. That speech ended with the phrase:

    “And what do you do to the leaders? You destroy them. You kill them.”

    It makes you wonder just what kind of speech Lowenstein would allow, if any, to Palestine human rights advocates.

    Here is the Michigan Daily article quoting Lowenstein and Tanter:

    Lowenstein claiming Jews are under Attack at U-M

    If you are interested, you could simply sign up to speak your mind, at the next Ann Arbor City Council meeting. The Council’s Web site includes phone numbers where you can sign up to speak:

    Sign up to speak at City Council


    —Not Lowenstein Jan 10, 12:07 PM #
  18. Joan Lowenstein is actually running for Judge.

    Even though, while a City Councilmember, Joan Lowenstein made some ugly personal remarks about the Muslim hijab, right before last Ramadan:

    Lowenstein calls hijab a Halloween Costume

    (Lowenstein’s Comment number 181 on Arbor Update, dated September 8, 2007)

    This caused a number of Washtenaw Green Party members to appear at Ann Arbor City Council, to complain about Lowenstein’s hijab remarks.

    What do you think will happen to any Palestinian woman, wearing a hijab, on trial before “Judge Lowenstein”?


    —Not Lowenstein Jan 10, 12:28 PM #
  19. I don’t know, why don’t you tell us?


    —John Q. Jan 10, 12:34 PM #
  20. Fine.

    We actually have a good idea of how a “Judge Lowenstein” will use the police, against Palestinians and their supporters.

    In 2006, Councilmember Joan Lowenstein was witnessed demanding that the police take action against Palestinians and their supporters, who were conducting a peaceful Palestine rights vigil, with signs. It was outside Lowenstein’s “Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County”.

    Lowenstein was visibly arguing with police, pushing them to stamp out this vigil, outside her Federation’s big war event.

    It is shocking, in itself, that Lowenstein’s Federation would hold an event entitled “Our People. Our Israel. Our War.”

    Lowenstein should be ashamed to be associated with such a war-like event, bearing such a genocidal title. For details, see this article:

    Our People. Our Israel. Our War.

    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -


    —Not Lowenstein Jan 10, 12:55 PM #

Thank you for adding your comment.

Monday, January 7, 2008

South African parliamentarian explains similarities between Apartheid Israel and Apartheid South Africa:


Homepage of the Parliamentary Caucus of the ANC

Speech by Mampe Ramotsamai on the Debate:

"The situation in Israel and Palestine and in particular the arrest and detention of members of the PLO"


On the ANC's Parliamentary Web site, at:
http://www.anc.org.za/caucus/index.php?include=docs/sp/2007/sp0607.html

June 7, 2007

Madam Speaker


This year 2007 marks 40 years since the end of the Six Day War, which was waged between Israel and various neighboring Arab State in 1967. The Arab States at the time vowed to ensure the "Liberation of Palestine" from Jewish occupation, however it ended in total defeat of the Arab States. Since then, the peoples of Palestine have been subjected to various forms of challenges, human rights violations and oppression which has further undermined their chances of having a State their own with secure leaders.


Madam Speaker


According to a number of humanitarian agencies, the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) is faced with huge challenges in the area of socio- economic development. Recently UNICEF issued a donor request amounting to us $25.8m in order to meet needs of Palestinian women and children. Women and children in Palestine have found themselves in the most vulnerable position due to continued military attacks by the Israeli army, and the on-going public sector strikes have gravely affected critical services such as immunization and education.


Many a times Madam Speaker as South Africans we draw similarities between what we went through during Apartheid and what is going on in Palestine and to the people of Palestine, but Madam Speaker Palestinians suffering in much more than what we here went through. The issue that continues to infringe on the rights of the Palestine has been the creation of barriers which inhibits the free movement of Palestinians especially in the West Bank like we were restricted during apartheid by pass laws, Influx Control etc. These barriers have come in different forms such as several check points, road blocks as well as a concrete wall.


This government of Israel controls 2.5m Palestinians through matrix of more than 500 check points and road blocks as well as 700km wall. Each town and village is surrounded by these checkpoints and road closures that cause extreme hardship to the people of Palestine. For a distance that could have taken one 20 minutes to reach destination it takes Palestinians 7 hours due to a wall of apartheid.


This wall is highly monstrous it even cut farmers from their land, children from their schools, mothers from medical services for their babies, grand parents from their grand children even in the Bantustans madam speaker we were not surrounded by gates. These enclosures are creating huge poverty and stiffling the economy of these villages and towns with the purpose to drive Palestinians people out. Poverty has now spread to 26% of the population, compared to 17 % in 2005. Unemployment has reached 30% of the population in the first quarter of 2007 and 70% of Palestinians living in Gaza are now dependent on food aid. By any measurable standards, it must come as an unacceptable outcome that currently across the OPT 66% of households fall below the poverty line and that in Gaza especially, eight out of ten families are struggling or cannot meet their daily food needs.


Furthermore the decision of the Western Governments to impose sanctions on the Hamas led government in Palestine must be criticized. After hamas won the legislative elections in Palestine at the beginning of 2006, The United States of America (USA), the European Union (EU), Canada and Israel imposed sanctions on the Hammas led government. These sanctions have impacted negatively on the capacity of the Palestinian Authority to deliver much needed social sources to the people of Palestine. By holding donor and they have directly contributed immensely to a process of undermining an elected government of Palestine. While on the other hand government of Israel refuses to release tax revenues which it collects on behalf of Palestinian Authority has only served to polarize relations between itself and the Palestine People. This situation has caused hardship for Palestinians.


Madam Speaker the fact that today we are still discussing the issue of Palestinian self determination and the continuing aggression and deprivation is an indictment against all of us. Today as we speak forty years after the 1967 war, the reality is that the Palestinians control only 23% of their original land even that 23% is threatened by increasing settlements. How long must the people of Palestine suffer before countries like US & EU act consciously?


It is important therefore for all of us as South Africans to understand the real reasons of this conflict. Many white South Africans believed what the apartheid government informed them about terrorists in S.A. In fact they did not see any thing wrong with the Group Areas Act, Pass Laws and many other unjust laws but many of us who suffered against that regime were feeling the pain. Madam Speaker today all of us in S. African black and white are enjoying life in a democratic country lets not forget the people of Palestine. How can you and me contribute to the liberation of this nation?


Madam Speaker every time I relate to my own children how it felt to live in apartheid conditions, detention without trial, State of Emergency. How we would be woken up at night as kids when police do their search for the illegals (Pass Laws). How as students we used to throw stones at police who were shooting us as it is happening in Palestine today. The respond I get from them is "Mom why did you allow them"? This they say without understanding how mighty the army was. I am sure children from Palestine wish to be in a situation where the present conditions they live under could be history.


As it was during apartheid in S.A. Presently there are 10 000 political prisoners in Palestine, 113 of them are women, 12 are children under the age of 16 as if that is not enough 2 babies in detention as well. All languishing in Israel's jails.


The latest action by the government of Israel which has further undermined the authority of the Palestinian Government is the detention of more than 41 of Palestinian Members of Parliament including about 10 cabinet ministers for nearly a year now. Among those arrested is Mr Nasser Shaer Nasser who is the Minister of Higher Education who had been invited by our minister of education some weeks ago. He was arrested as he was preparing to come to South Africa to participate in the week of "ACTION AGAINST OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE". The conclusion here is that this is done to prevent him from talking to us.


We call on immediate release of all detainees and I call on all members of our Parliament to send letters or post cards to our fellow counterparts in Palestine and I'm sure our parliament would agree to co-ordinate that. All those in this house who have been in that situation know how it felt just to receive a postcard or a letter from outside.


How can we as free people who benefited from international solidarity not be concerned about a matter which is a thread to world peace? At the recent I.P.U. meeting, our South African delegation ie. MP's unanimously supported the resolution that calls for the release of detainees in Palestine and hopeful that trend will apply there today as well.


I thank you!


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