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Sunday, January 01, 2006

I'm a nominee!

Turns out that while I was away someone nominated me for Israellycool's JIB2005 awards. This is a great source of pride for me. This blog has been running for quite some time (over 2 and a half years), despite that, I never participated in any blog competition, or hoped of winning one.
Anyway, I'm nominated in the "best Israeli advocacy blog" and in the "Best Series" section for my posts regarding typical anti-barrier protests in the West Bank.
Voting starts January 9th, hope you remember me then.

10 Comments:

  • I am happy that you are pleased to be nominated! I am sure I am not the only one who nominated you...your Blog is really deserving.Good luck,and Happy New Year!

    By Blogger Grandma, at 4:19 PM, January 02, 2006  

  • Hey, congratulations!

    I didn't know you've been around so long- I just recently "found" you, and I make sure to check in regularly for your insights.

    I understand the competition is pretty fierce, so even if you don't win, you should be proud of yourself. Way to go!

    By Anonymous Lee, at 11:42 PM, January 02, 2006  

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CONTACT:
    Nadeem Muaddi
    Spokesperson
    Palestine Solidarity Movement
    Phone: (484) 431 – 7432
    Email: media@palestinesolidaritymovement.org
    Site: PalestineSolidarityMovement.org

    Palestine Solidarity Movement to Hold its Fifth Annual Divestment Conference at Georgetown University, February 17-19, 2006

    Washington, DC, December 23rd, 2005 – The Palestine Solidarity Movement (PSM) announced today that its fifth annual conference will be held February 17th through 19th at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The annual conference comes to Georgetown’s campus, which possesses a Catholic and Jesuit identity, on the heels of a series of bold initiatives taken by the decision-making bodies of various Christian denominations to consider the use of divestment as a tactic to non-violently influence a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The event will be hosted by Georgetown University’s Students for Justice in Palestine (GU-SJP) on behalf of PSM, a coalition of North American organizations dedicated to implementing divestment and boycott strategies as a component of human rights activism in order to realize both equality and justice for all people residing within Israel/Palestine.

    “Bringing the annual conference to our nation’s capitol is a natural step for our movement, and one that expresses the fact that divestment from Israel has become an issue of national prominence”, said Nadeem Muaddi, a spokesperson for PSM. “Because Palestinians, like all people, are an equal component of international civil society, they deserve to live free of subjugation to a state sanctioned and institutionalized system of apartheid. Our aim is to realize this goal by calling attention to both Israel’s discriminate policies and the non-violent channels through which they may be overcome.”

    “I can think of no more fitting place for this conference than the city in which the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. led his historic 1963 march in support of the idea that all human beings deserve to be treated as equals”, said Bayann Hamid, speaking on behalf of GU-SJP. “Whether manifested in the form of a brutal military occupation or in the existence of more than twenty laws in Israel that discriminate against persons of non-Jewish descent, racism is and always has been at the heart of this conflict. Divestment, which helped bring about the end of the Apartheid regime in South Africa, represents our best hope for ending the cycle of violence and hatred and ushering in a new era of freedom and reconciliation between peoples.”

    The Washington, DC location is expected to facilitate the largest conference yet held by PSM, at which hundreds of activists, whether based in churches, universities, NGOs, or community groups, will come together to shape strategies and develop grassroots organizing skills. “This conference will serve as a forum for discussing the ways in which our movement can continue to build upon the tremendous momentum it has acquired as a result of the courageous steps recently taken by a number of prominent religious and civil organizations to consider divestment”, said Muaddi. “We believe strongly that justice and peace are attainable, and this conference is intended to lead us one small step closer to realizing that goal.

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:40 AM, January 03, 2006  

  • Let's remember that in the post about protests at Budrus that the soldier/blogger links to here, he/she denied that the Wall is being built on Palestinian land in order to steal more land for illegal Israeli settlements. He/she claimed that the Wall's path was chosen only for security reasons.

    However, Akiva Eldar has clearly documented in Ha'aretz Daily that the Wall's path in Bil'in (where the Wall will cut off half of Bil'in's land) was chosen in order to allow the expansion of the illegal settlement of Modi'in Illit (NB: all Israeli settlements are illegal according to international law):

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=662729

    The land theft in Bil'in is also documented by B'Tselem and Binkom:

    http://www.btselem.org/English/Settlements/20051228_Modiin_Ilit.asp


    Furthermore, B'Tselem and Binkom have documented that in other locations like Tsufim and Alfe Menashe, deep inside the Green Line, the Wall's path was chosen for the same reason, to allow the theft of more Palestinian land for the expansion of more illegal settlements:
    http://www.btselem.org/English/Publications/Summaries/200509_Under_the_Guise_of_Security.asp

    In short, the Israeli government lied to the world about the reasons why it chose the build 89% of the Wall inside the Green Line. Israeli citizens who saw the reality of where the Wall was being built, especially soldiers who saw this reality every day on the ground, are complicit in those lies.

    Our soldier/blogger who has been in Bil'in, in Budrus and in other locations where the Wall is being built, is therefore guilty of defending land theft, and of violating international law. Is Israellycool going to give you a blog award for trying to whitewash the crimes of the Israeli government, or for your participation in those crimes?

    ISMer

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:07 AM, January 03, 2006  

  • Translation: Nobody's paying attention to me so I have to post propaganda which is in no way connected to the topic.

    By Blogger Nemesis6, at 3:56 PM, January 03, 2006  

  • And because ISMer keeps annoying me so much, and keeps flaunting international law but can never actually directly link to one of those laws DIRECTLY, I'll just post this.

    Note about OnlyinIsrael's documentation of ISM's activities

    Now look at article five of the geneva convention

    http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/92.htm

    "Article 5

    Where, in the territory of a Party to the conflict, the latter is satisfied that an individual protected person is definitely suspected of or engaged in activities hostile to the security of the State, such individual person shall not be entitled to claim such rights and privileges under the present Convention as would, if exercised in the favour of such individual person, be prejudicial to the security of such State.

    Where in occupied territory an individual protected person is detained as a spy or saboteur, or as a person under definite suspicion of activity hostile to the security of the Occupying Power, such person shall, in those cases where absolute military security so requires, be regarded as having forfeited rights of communication under the present Convention.

    In each case, such persons shall nevertheless be treated with humanity, and in case of trial, shall not be deprived of the rights of fair and regular trial prescribed by the present Convention. They shall also be granted the full rights and privileges of a protected person under the present Convention at the earliest date consistent with the security of the State or Occupying Power, as the case may be."

    Under either scenario whether your a suburban communists who lives in his parents basement *cough ISMer cough* or someone with a single braincell. You can see that by INTERNATIONAL LAW (Straight from the damn source, instead of going through websites directly linked to Saeb "It really did happen in Jenin" Erakat [Man doing guilt by association is fun, now I see why he does it]) the Israeli government has full rights to detain and stop ISM members.

    But now ISMer will type a very long response, most likely with a lot caps, and probably some bolding. Go off and include some stuff that has nothing to do with the arguement at hand, and then say that he is right, just because.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:57 PM, January 03, 2006  

  • Hell, people, just ignore him. As soon as I see that a comment is one of his mindless rants, I stop reading. Don't respond to him, just pretend he's not there. He won't admit it, but that'll really piss him off.

    With losers like that, even negative attention (people yelling at you and calling you names) is better than no attention at all. He obviously has no life to speak of, and all our insults do is make him feel alive for a change.

    Every time one of us attacks him, it makes him positively joyous, because for just a moment his otherwise lonely existence has some meaning.

    So just ignore him. I know it's hard as he's such an easy target, but try.

    Anyway, soldier, congrats again on your nomination. You've got my vote.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:08 AM, January 04, 2006  

  • congrats, i got nominated too, so i know the feeling...

    yours was well deserved, you are a good writer.

    By Blogger Tovya @ Zion Report, at 4:34 AM, January 05, 2006  

  • May the ISMer die on the graves of his younger family members!

    May pain and suffering follow him around!

    PS. I have stopped debating the ME issues with the enemies a long time ago as it is a total waste of time. They hate the Jews! There is a woman in Europe by the name of Silvia Cattori, Lausanne, Switzerland. She is one of those anti-Jewish types. She has dedicated her life to hating Jews and spends most of her time blaming Israel. Let them hate! Hopefully, cancer or AIDs will ravage their ugly bodies.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:48 AM, January 07, 2006  

  • Firstly, Mazal Tov on the nomination and Kol Hakavod on the work you're doing in the army for Israel.

    Regarding your series on the barrier, I have enojoyed reading it. I dont think the protests can be critisised outright. Clearly the incitement to violence and the tendency for many groups to make altogether anti-Israel statements is wrong, but protesting parts of the route for which security considerations dont outway violations of property or rights is a part of the democratic process in which the construction is taking place. In fact I wish more Irsaelis rather than just foreigners would take a greater interest in these matters. The real victory is the positive responces to these realities on the groud such as Supreme Court victories that are improving the route.

    By Blogger notes from Israel, at 12:02 AM, January 09, 2006  

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